Patents Examined by Leslie J. Evanisko
  • Patent number: 9967022
    Abstract: A tester that measures pressure includes at least one pressure input port, at least one transducer, GPS communications, and a controller. The transducer measures pressure of the pressure input port. The controller is coupled with the transducer and the GPS communications such that the controller associates location data provided by the GPS communications with the pressure measured by the transducer to create a test result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Nicholson Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Raymond Jurkowitz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9964525
    Abstract: A monitoring system comprising ultrasound sensors to monitor the structure of a composite material part during production is automatically calibrated using reference sensors mounted on reference blocks and placed in the production environment of the part. The automatic calibration comprises actuating a reference sensor to transmit an ultrasonic wave and measuring the amplitude of a reference echo constituted by the transmitted ultrasonic wave after it has passed through the reference block. The measured amplitude is compared to a set point value and the gain is applied to the reference sensor to obtain an amplitude value of the reference echo substantially equal to the set point value. The gain applied to the reference sensor is applied to the ultrasound sensors of the same type as the reference sensor. The operation is performed for each reference sensor, and successively for all of the stages of production of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus SAS
    Inventors: Stéphane Auffray, Hubert Voillaume
  • Patent number: 9950508
    Abstract: An electrostatic screen printer includes: an electrically conductive screen arranged in non-contact with a printing medium; sponges for rubbing a powder into the screen; and a direct current power source for applying a voltage to the printing medium and the powder, wherein the powder rubbed into the screen is adhered to the printing medium by electrostatic induction. The electrostatic screen printer includes a rotation mechanism for rotating the sponges, a parent revolution mechanism for parent revolution of the sponges, and a child revolution mechanism for child revolution of the sponges. The revolution speed ratio of the child revolution to the parent revolution may preferably be 4.0 or greater, a scraper is provided on the parent revolution mechanism so as to be interlocked with the revolution of the sponges, and the scraper is arranged so as to scrape the powder on the screen toward an axis of the parent revolution because of the interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Hideyuki Fukui, Kenji Okamoto, Yasushi Takano
  • Patent number: 9931831
    Abstract: A web printing apparatus includes a transfer device which transfers highly reactive ink/varnish onto a web, and a fixing device which fixes, on the web, the highly reactive ink/varnish transferred by the transfer device. The fixing device includes only a light irradiation device which irradiates the web with light in the wavelength range, in which no ozone is generated, to cure the highly reactive ink/varnish on the web without thermal drying of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Akira Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9925760
    Abstract: A screen printing head for and method of printing deposits of a print medium onto a workpiece through apertures in a printing screen, the printing head comprising a vibration unit for vibrating a printing blade to condition print medium forward of the printing blade, wherein the printing blade is vibrated at at least one frequency in the range of from about 20 kHz to about 200 kHz and with a displacement of at least about 0.4 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Clive Ashmore, Mark Whitmore, Gerry Cox
  • Patent number: 9925759
    Abstract: A printing screen for and method of printing elongate structures on substrates (S), the printing screen comprising first and second layers (3, 5) of different material, the first layer (3) providing a surface over which a printing element is in use traversed and including a plurality of elongate first printing apertures (7) across which extend a plurality of bridges (9) at spaced intervals, and the second layer (5) in use overlying the substrate (S) and including a plurality of elongate second printing apertures (15) through which printing medium is in use printed onto the underlying substrate (S), each of the second printing (15) apertures being located in registration with respective ones of the first printing apertures (7) in the first layer (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ASM Assembly Systems Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Tom Falcon
  • Patent number: 9919511
    Abstract: A stencil printer includes a stencil, a material applicator to apply material on the stencil, and a stencil wiper assembly to selectively wipe the stencil. The stencil wiper assembly includes has a quick-change material module having a supply roller to receive a roll of material, a take-up roller to receive used material, a drive to move the material across the stencil from the supply roller to the take-up roller, and a controllable tension device configured to vary a tension of the material when driving the material from the supply roller to the take-up roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth King, Thomas C. Prentice, Patsy A. Mattero, William A. Losiewicz, James Lynch
  • Patent number: 9919513
    Abstract: A circulating feeding printer combining screen printing and digital ink jetting, includes a rack. The rack includes an upper rack layer and a lower rack layer, and the two layers are respectively provided with a transmission platen capable of moving relative to the rack. Each transmission platen is provided with a movable printing platen bearing a print medium capable of sliding relative to the transmission platen, a locking device locking the movable printing platen, and the transmission platen is arranged between them. The platen transfer devices capable of transferring the movable printing platen onto the transmission platen at the different layer are disposed on the rack, separately located at two sides of the transmission platens. The rack is further provided with a screen printer and an inkjet printer used for printing separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Tao He
  • Patent number: 9908320
    Abstract: A screen printer in which a squeegee is lowered towards a screen when the internal pressure of a second air chamber of a pressing force adjusting air cylinder is decreased. A control section performs control of an air regulator based on response times from starting control of the air regulator to decrease or increase the internal pressure of the second air chamber until a value detected by a pressure sensor reaches a target value of the internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 9895874
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus for printing paste on a printed pattern of a print target constituted of a substrate or a plurality of aligned substrates includes a mask having a plurality of opening patterns different in size from one another. The screen printing apparatus images the substrate or one of the aligned substrates constituting the print target, and calculates a level of deformation by expansion and contraction of the print target, based on a result of the imaging. The screen printing apparatus then selects an opening pattern from among the opening patterns, based on the calculated level of deformation by expansion and contraction of the print target, brings the print target into contact with the mask to superimpose the selected opening pattern on the printed pattern, and deposits the paste on the printed pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Masayuki Mantani
  • Patent number: 9895919
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a stamp comprising at least one stamping component and one stamping insert with a mounted band unit. The stamping component may comprise a top part and a bottom part with a cushion-receiving element. The mounted band unit may be connected so as to move synchronously via a reversing mechanism in the bottom part to the top part. In the resting position a text plate mounted on the stamping insert and a stamping area of the mounted band unit may abut against an ink pad soaked with ink in the cushion-receiving element. During a stamping process for producing a stamp impression the stamping insert can be shifted via the reversing mechanism into a stamping position. On the stamping insert, a height adjustment element for the mounted band unit and/or a text plate carrier may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Zehetner, Konrad Riegler, Helmut Lindner
  • Patent number: 9895875
    Abstract: A printing unit has a printing form cylinder. A plate changer is arranged in a manner which is allocated to the printing form cylinder. The plate changer has a bearing surface on which a printing form, which is arranged or is to be arranged on the printing form cylinder, can be laid. That bearing surface is arranged such that it can be moved to and fro between at least two defined positions longitudinally with respect to the rotational axis of the printing form cylinder. The printing form is arranged and registered on the bearing surface of the plate changer. At least two edges of a carrier for the relevant printing form, which are arranged at a right angle with respect to each other, are brought into physical contact with register pins which are arranged on the bearing surface of the plate changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Lars Keil, Bernd Masuch, Wolfgang Reder, Karl Schäfer
  • Patent number: 9891091
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the location of a phase boundary such as a fill level, in a vessel. The method includes: providing at least one source of radiation capable of emitting radiation through a portion of the interior of the vessel; providing a plurality of radiation detectors, each detector being capable of detecting, within a part of the measurement range, radiation emitted by the source; and providing a data processing unit for calculation of the position of the phase boundary from the amount of radiation detected by the detectors, wherein the data processing unit calculates the position of the phase boundary from the amount of radiation detected by the detectors by: (i) in a first step, determining within which detector stage the phase boundary is located; and then (ii) in a second step, determining the position of the phase boundary within the detector stage determined in (i).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Edgar Ramon Sanchez Galicia, Kenneth James, Stephen John Roe
  • Patent number: 9884478
    Abstract: An ink station assembly is for a can decorator machine structured to decorate a plurality of cans. The ink station assembly includes a first oscillator roll and a second oscillator roll each having a longitudinal axis and being structured to oscillate back and forth along the longitudinal axis, a printing plate cylinder including a printing plate, and only one single form roll cooperating with the printing plate cylinder to apply a supply of ink to the printing plate, the single form roll cooperating with the first oscillator roll and the second oscillator roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Karl Fleischer, Anthony Joseph Vella
  • Patent number: 9878532
    Abstract: An imaging device can include an imaging drum to support a carrier fluid. A roller can remove a portion of the carrier fluid from the imaging drum. A fluid container can collect the carrier fluid from the roller. A fluid remover on the container can be used to remove the carrier fluid from the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daihua Zhang, Napoleon J. Leoni, Henryk Birecki, Omer Gila
  • Patent number: 9878344
    Abstract: A coating machine has a receiving box, a releasing device, a length measuring device, a driving roller device and a coating device. The releasing device, the length measuring device, the driving roller device, and the coating device are assembled inside the receiving box. The coating device has a coating pole and a releasing set. The coating pole is arranged below the releasing set. The releasing set has a receptacle to contain an activator. The receptacle has at least one releasing hole to release the activator. The coating machine adopts the coating device with a simplified structure and has a merit of coating the activator evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Tai-An Chen
  • Patent number: 9862204
    Abstract: An image processor 53 processing taken images includes an image inspection means 54 for inspecting whether printing is performed properly as compared with a master image by using the image of the entire can taken by a first camera, a density measurement means 55 for measuring densities in designated positions for respective colors also by using the image of the entire can taken by the first camera, and a printing misalignment value measurement means 56 for measuring misalignment values with respect to set positions of printing misalignment inspection marks printed on an opening-side end portion of a can for respective colors by using the image of the opening-side end portion of the can taken by the second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Masayuki Izume
  • Patent number: 9854829
    Abstract: A 3D printing device, which is adapted to print a second object on a first object. The 3D printing device includes a body, a 3D printing unit, a sensor unit, a storage unit, a control unit and a carrier plate. The control unit is electrically connected to the 3D printing unit, the storage unit and the sensor unit. The storage unit stores initial coordinates, and the initial coordinates correspond to an initial printing position of the 3D printing unit. The carrier plate is located at a bottom of the body and has a ocular mark. The first object is adapted to be placed on the carrier plate. The sensor unit senses a height of the first object relative to the carrier plate, and the control unit drives the 3D printing unit to print the second object on the first object according to the height and the initial coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc., Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited
    Inventors: Shih-Jer Din, Jui-Feng Chang, Shy-Huey Yee
  • Patent number: 9849665
    Abstract: A platen is disclosed. In an example, the platen may include a shirtboard configured to receive a garment. A backing is coupled to the shirtboard. The backing and the shirtboard are compressible to selectively compress the shirtboard against the backing during a printing operation. An example method of printing on a garment includes threading a garment onto a board so that the board is wearing the garment, supporting the board against a backing during compression, and printing on the garment. In an example, a fabric of the garment is pretreated, heat-pressed, and printed on, all without removing the garment from the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Livingston Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Livingston
  • Patent number: 9840074
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for replacing the printing roller in a printing unit, in particular for in line rotary flexographic machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: BOBST FIRENZE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Massimo Bastici, Federico D'Annunzio, Giacomo Maccalli, Mauro Maccalli