Patents Examined by Marissa Ferguson-Samreth
  • Patent number: 11554436
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes an optional pre-heat station configured to receive an electronic substrate, a dispense station configured to dispense material on the electronic substrate received from the optional pre-heat station, an optional post-heat station configured to receive the electronic substrate from the dispense station, and a non-contact sensor positioned above the electronic substrate on at least one of the optional pre-heat station, the dispense station, and the optional post-heat station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Prentice, Scott A. Reid, Patsy A. Mattero, Fernando J. Aguiar
  • Patent number: 11554580
    Abstract: A squeegee drip collection system is configured to receive assembly material from at least one squeegee blade of the print head assembly. The squeegee drip collection system includes a paste shield coupled to the print head gantry and configured to be moved between a retracted position in which the paste shield is spaced from the at least one squeegee blade and an extended position in which the paste shield is positioned under the at least one squeegee blade. The squeegee drip collection system further includes a paste shield removal assembly configured to uncouple the paste shield from the print head gantry and to remove the paste shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Losiewicz
  • Patent number: 11541676
    Abstract: An assembly for precise positioning of a stamping tool, such as a photopolymer stamp. The assembly having a flat base of preferably a square shape. A platform of a predetermined height runs along the periphery of the flat base. A grid film removably adhered to the top surface of the flat base. Four alignment tabs can be provided on the four corners of the platform. A flip plate dimensioned to fit over the platform, such as corners of the flip plate juxtapose to the alignment tabs. A portion of the flip plate extends sidewards from the periphery of the platform, such as the flip plate can be lifted. The clear flip plate having radial lines that extend from the center to the periphery of the flip plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Tasnim Ahmed
  • Patent number: 11535028
    Abstract: A method for fixing and treating a flexible plate on a drum includes: providing a flexible plate comprising a support layer made of a first material and at least one additional layer made of a second material which is different from the first material, wherein one or more thin film side wings are connected to one or more sides of the flexible plate. The one or more thin film side wings have a thickness which is at least 5 times smaller than the thickness of the flexible plate. The method further includes positioning the flexible plate on the drum such that the lower face of each thin film side wing of the flexible plate covers at least one vacuum suction opening, and performing a treatment on at least one layer of the flexible plate while rotating the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: XEIKON PREPRESS N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Ludo Julien De Rauw, Marnix Gabriel Feys
  • Patent number: 11529696
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes an optional pre-heat station configured to receive an electronic substrate, a dispense station configured to dispense material on the electronic substrate received from the optional pre-heat station, an optional post-heat station configured to receive the electronic substrate from the dispense station, and a non-contact sensor positioned above the electronic substrate on at least one of the optional pre-heat station, the dispense station, and the optional post-heat station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Prentice, Scott A. Reid, Patsy A. Mattero, Fernando J. Aguiar
  • Patent number: 11524514
    Abstract: The present invention relates to method of manufacturing a tamper-proof medium for thermal printing, wherein a liquid treatment composition comprising at least one acid is deposited on a substrate which comprises a thermochromic coating layer comprising at least one halochromic leuco dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: OMYA INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Roger Bollstrom, Gilbert Botty, Philipp Hunziker
  • Patent number: 11518161
    Abstract: The present invention discloses beer barrel printing equipment, including a stand, a first matrix and a second matrix, a locating component, a first beer barrel printing device, and a second beer barrel printing device; a plurality of first matrix mounting positions and second matrix mounting positions are respectively arranged on the first beer barrel printing device and the second beer barrel printing device; the first beer barrel printing device and the second beer barrel printing device respectively control one of the first matrix mounting positions and one of the second matrix mounting positions to move; in a state that the locating member of the locating component is inserted into a tooth slot of the locating gear, the first beer barrel printing device is unable to control the first matrix mounting positions to move and/or the second printing device is unable to control the second matrix mounting positions to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ningbo Major Draft Beer Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fandong Meng, Bangcai Luo
  • Patent number: 11518183
    Abstract: While the described ink pad can include any suitable component, in some cases it includes a lid, a base, and an absorbent material. Additionally, in some cases, the lid and the base define a cavity that houses the absorbent material and the lid and the base each comprise one or more magnets and/or magnetic materials that are configured to magnetically couple with each other to releasably couple the lid and base together. In some instances, the ink pad further includes one or more seals that are configured to extend between the base and lid to limit air movement into the cavity when the lid and base are coupled together in a closed position. Additional implementations are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Cabin Creek, LLC
    Inventors: Ross A. Chiles, Tai-Yu Han, Jamie Hascall
  • Patent number: 11494527
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system and method for producing paint templates for painting a design on a target surface. The system includes a processor configured to generate a geo-file of paint template designs. The processor includes a design module configured to parse the design into a set of paint sub-designs and a template design module configured to generate the geo-file of paint template designs based on the set of paint sub-designs. The generated geo-file of paint template designs includes a paint template design that corresponds to a paint sub-design. The system further includes a plotter configured to produce a set of paint templates based on the geo-file of paint template designs. Each paint template design includes a set of alignment marks and each paint template is produced with a set of alignment apertures corresponding to the set of alignment marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Holliday, Ronald J. Steckman, William Joos, Andrew Figuracion, Jason Dill, Wayne Curtice, Jr., James Kotlik
  • Patent number: 11491777
    Abstract: A screen printing device is disclosed for printing in a label area. An example screen printing device includes a printing pallet having a chest image printing surface connected to a label printing surface. The label printing surface extends outside of a chest image printing area of a printing machine when the screen printing pallet is loaded onto the printing machine. An example screen printing device includes an offset squeegee configured for a printing operation by the printing machine on the label printing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Livingston Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Joseph Yardley
  • Patent number: 11485595
    Abstract: A peripheral capable of sensing a media count includes a body, a stopper, a supply tray and a sensor assembly. The stopper is installed in the body. The supply tray accommodated within the body includes a base and a frame. The frame elastically and pivotally connected to the base supports media and pushes the media in a direction toward the stopper so that the media contacts the stopper. The sensor assembly installed in the body detects a position state of the frame to obtain a sensing signal corresponding to the number of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventor: Chia-Hsin Lin
  • Patent number: 11485130
    Abstract: A printing pad machine that can print a 360 degree image on a cylindrical object. That objective is achieved by modifying a conventional printing pad machine having a support member—interconnected to an overhead gantry—and an adjustable and moveable actuator system and power source. The modifications include using a single angled print pad having a contact wall having a first height, a lower wall having a second height that is less than the first height, an angled surface interconnecting the contact wall's distal end and the lower wall's distal end, and a base wall (a) interconnecting the contact wall's proximal end and the lower wall's proximal end and (b) connectable to a base. Another modification includes a flexion-extension hinge positioned between (a) the support member and the base or (b) the support member and the overhead gantry and controlled by the adjustable and moveable actuator system and power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: PRINTEX INC.
    Inventor: James Cheng
  • Patent number: 11490525
    Abstract: The supply unit is used in a printing device to perform a print process of a viscous fluid on a printing target to supply the viscous fluid. The supply unit includes an attachment section to and from which a cartridge accommodating the viscous fluid is attachable or detachable, a restricting wall section configured to cover the cartridge and restrict access to an inside of the printing device, and a driving section configured to move the cartridge attached to the attachment section and the restricting wall section in a supply operation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimune Yokoi
  • Patent number: 11458725
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pallet for printing on an article of clothing. The pallet includes a mount plate including a first end and a second end and a top plate including a first end and a second end. The second end of the top plate located at the second end of the mount plate. A gap is between the top plate and the mount plate. A collar plate is located on the first end of the mount plate. The first end of the mount plate extends beyond the first end of the top plate to define a space between the top plate and the collar plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: JAKPRINTS INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Edwards
  • Patent number: 11440313
    Abstract: A vacuum wiper, comprising a housing, a connection port, multiple holes and a hole adjusting means; the housing contains a cavity; the connection port is disposed on the housing and is in communication with the cavity; the multiple holes are disposed on the housing in the length direction of the housing, such that the cavity of the vacuum wiper housing is able to be in fluid communication with the outside via the multiple holes. The vacuum wiper has a maximum vacuumizing length when all of the multiple holes are in communication with the outside. The hole adjusting means is configured to be capable of blocking one or more of the multiple holes in sequence from two ends in the length direction of arrangement of the multiple holes of the vacuum wiper, such that the vacuum wiper is able to adjust the vacuumizing length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Ranjie Zhou
  • Patent number: 11420435
    Abstract: The restretchable stencil frame according to the present invention consists of a metallic stencil foil mounted on a rectangular frame fabricated of tubular material or C-channel. Each corner of the frame is provided with one screw-actuated conical expander and one counterplate serving to biaxially tension the stencil foil. To ensure uniform stretching of the stencil foil, areas of increased elasticity are provided to the corners of the frame and to the foil itself in the form of oriented slots, cuts, holes and combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
    Inventor: Petru Aurelian Simionescu
  • Patent number: 11420461
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drum stencil printing system for reliably and automatically printing materials on the inside of a concave surface. The drum stencil printing system includes a pliable drum stencil secured in place by a stencil spring. As the printhead applies radial pressure to the drum stencil, the portion of the stencil in contact with the printhead is deflected to make contact with the container sidewall. When the printhead rotates, the portion of the stencil contacting the container sidewall also rotates to match the nozzle of the printhead. After printing is complete, the printhead retracts, and the pliable stencil is returned to its undeflected position, breaking contact between the stencil and the container, and protecting the printed material from being rubbed or worn off of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SMART CUPS, LLC
    Inventors: Owen J. Dolan, II, Chris Kanik, William F. Davidson, III, John Depiano, Mark Clemons, Gary Ayotte, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Marcoux, Matthew Ebbs
  • Patent number: 11407217
    Abstract: A printing device includes a coating material scooping unit configured to scoop a coating material on a mask, and a controller configured or programmed to determine whether or not the coating material scooping unit performs collecting operation to collect the coating material on the mask when the mask is replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimoto, Kazuyuki Sugahara, Takeshi Miwa, Jinok Park
  • Patent number: 11396176
    Abstract: In a mask printing machine, a target through hole, which is at least one of multiple through holes formed on the mask, is imaged by an imaging device when the board is below the mask and is at a separated position that is separated from the mask, and when the board is at a contact position in which an upper surface of the board contacts a lower surface of the mask, respectively. Based on a captured image, when the board is at the separated position, and a captured image when the board is at the contact position, it is possible to acquire the movement state of at least one target through hole when the board is lifted from the separated position to the contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 11396131
    Abstract: A screen unit for a printing device for printing three-dimensionally shaped structures, in particular on substrates, printed circuit boards, wafers, solar cells, carrier substrates, printing tables, carrier plates, sintering plates or the like, has a frame holding at least one printing screen and is designed to be accommodated in a screen receptacle of the printing device, to be filled with a printing compound and to be subjected to the action of a squeegee for carrying out a printing process. The screen unit has, in or on the frame, at least one holding device for the squeegee, which is in the form of an exchangeable squeegee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignees: Exentis Group AG, EKRA Automatisierungssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Srdan Vasic, Markus Engel, Franz Plachy, Hubert Reinisch