Patents Examined by Marissa Ferguson-Samreth
  • Patent number: 11214087
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an automatic drawing system capable of drawing a figure having a smooth and clear contour, in which a control apparatus, based on figure data of a planned drawing figure, by operation of a cartesian coordinate robot, moves a paint discharging apparatus parallel to a contour line of the planned drawing figure to be drawn at a planned drawing location, and along with this movement, the control apparatus executes contour parallel drawing control that causes the paint discharging apparatus to continuously perform a paint discharging operation, thereby drawing a contour portion of the planned drawing figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Taikisha Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Manabe, Chikara Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11207879
    Abstract: There is provided a screen printer including: a squeegee device for spreading a cream solder over a mask having formed thereon a printing pattern configured of a plurality of through holes to force the cream solder through the printing pattern; a clamping device for holding a board that is conveyed to be placed under the mask; and a lift device for disposing the board with respect to the mask in relation to a vertical direction, wherein the clamping device includes a pair of clamping portions for holding the board therebetween from a width direction, wherein the pair of clamping portions includes individually detachable clamping members that are brought into abutment with lateral end faces of the board, and wherein the clamping members individually have two or more clamping surfaces that are brought into abutment with the board in such a way that the clamping surfaces can be converted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ritsuo Hirukawa, Yoji Fujita, Takeshi Kondo, Shoji Fukakusa, Yoshimune Yokoi, Naoki Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 11203196
    Abstract: A device for imprinting cans comprises a plurality of ink cartridges that supply ink to a plurality of printing plates; the printing plates communicate with transfer blankets fixed to a drum, the transfer blankets move ink from the printing plates and apply it to cans; each transfer blanket includes a different art in low relief which produces an image on cans in addition to the image produced by printing plates; the device is preferably a rotary dry offset printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BALL BEVERAGE CAN SOUTH AMERICA S.A.
    Inventors: Joao Vilas Boas, Jeffrey Lewis
  • Patent number: 11198287
    Abstract: A screen printing machine for appropriately contact between a mask and a board, comprising: a mask-holding device configured to hold a mask; a board-positioning device configured to hold a board and to position the held board with respect to a mask held by the mask-holding device from below; a squeegee device configured to spread a cream solder with respect to the mask; a height-measuring device configured to measure the height of the mask and the board; a control device configured to control each device, and to calculate the thickness of a mask lower layer, integrally formed with the mask, based on the measurement values obtained from the height-measuring device; and an operation display device configured to input operation and to display calculation values from the control device, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuaki Kato
  • Patent number: 11167542
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a printing mask and a method of printing an adhesive pattern with the printing mask. The printing mask includes: a screen including: an annular permeable region through which an adhesive permeates; and a barrier region which surrounds the annular permeable region and stops a permeation of the adhesive through the barrier region, the annular permeable region including an adjustment sub-region configured to increase a permeability of the adhesive, and the barrier region including barrier sub-regions respectively located on an inner side and an outer side of the corresponding adjustment sub-region; a first film covering a side of the barrier region; and a second film covering sides of the barrier sub-regions facing away from the first film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: ORDOS YUANSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Zhang, Xu Chen, Chunchieh Huang, Shanshan Bao
  • Patent number: 11155074
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for producing three-dimensional screen-printed articles, comprising a press bed with a printing screen, by means of which at least one printing exploit can be printed multiple times, wherein after each completed printing, the lift-off can be increased by the application thickness of the previous printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Exentis Knowledge GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Bauer
  • Patent number: 11148453
    Abstract: A stencil for use in stenciling complex symbols incorporates a stencil substrate employing a flexible material, having a plurality of symbols arranged thereon. A plurality of folding stiffeners are incorporated in the substrate, each stiffener being positioned to split symbols having stencil cutouts forming isolated elements within an interior of the symbol. The stiffeners are foldable about a vertex, to collapse into a raised position and bring together the split symbol, with the stiffeners supporting the isolated elements created by the cutouts and portions of the stencil cutouts forming the symbols that extend into coincident channels in the folding stiffeners, to bridge adjoining portions of said split characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William W. Kann, Minsu Kim, Niles Kinman
  • Patent number: 11148452
    Abstract: To provide a screen plate that can allow printing accuracy to be improved. A screen plate comprising a plate frame and a screen gauze formed of warp and weft fibers each made of a synthetic fiber, wherein the screen gauze is stretched on the plate frame under application of a predetermined tensile force, and the thickness of the screen gauze stretched on the plate frame is 88% or less based on the thickness of the screen gauze under application of no tensile force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NBC MESHTEC INC.
    Inventors: Shinji Kurahashi, Hiroki Sano, Nobukazu Motojima, Tsuruo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11148410
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for screen printing facilitate the application of colors, patterns, and other indicia onto a curved printing substrate, such as a concave glass surface of an appliance. The apparatus includes a print head assembly that is typically supported by a frame and is movable relative to the frame and the printing substrate. The print head assembly includes biasing elements with movable end portions that support a wiper and apply varying levels of pressure to the wiper as it is moved along the curved surface or surfaces of the substrate during a printing process. The print head assembly and associated screen printing equipment may be automated or computer controlled so as to independently vary the pressure of the biasing elements and, thus, the pressure of different areas of the wiper along the substrate, to accommodate simple or complex curves in the substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brownlow, Robert Bronsink, Roland R. Dubay, Joseph J. Gilberti
  • Patent number: 11135864
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stamp comprising a telescoping upper and lower part as well as a printing plate holder pivotally disposed in the lower part to accommodate the stamp plate. A retaining device for a stamp pad is associated with the printing plate holder, and in a rest position the printing plate holder is positioned in the range 80° to 135°, preferably at approximately 90° with respect to a contact area. From this rest position the stamp can be displaced into an operating position to produce a stamped imprint via guide means, whereby the printing plate holder is turned about two guide pins, wherein one guide pin is respectively disposed on a side face of the printing plate holder, and the guide pins simultaneously engage in guide slots in the upper and lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Markus Zehetner, Peter Zindl
  • Patent number: 11123975
    Abstract: A screen printing press includes a base and a clamping mechanism which is connected to the base. The clamping mechanism has a first member, a second member disposed perpendicular to the first member, and an edge. The clamping mechanism has X, Y, and Z axes, The screen has a first surface and a second surface perpendicular to the first surface. A protruding stop is disposed on at least one of the first surface and the second surface. The screen is positioned in the clamping mechanism so that the first surface abuts the first member, the second surface abuts the second member, and the protruding stop abuts the edge. The base includes an open frame which defines a volume which is shaped and dimensioned to receive a burn unit, so that when the burn unit is placed within the volume the burn unit is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Gary Paul Jurman
  • Patent number: 11117390
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to perform printing onto a medium, a supporting unit configured to support the medium to be printed by the printing unit, a pressing unit configured to be attachable and detachable with respect to the supporting unit and to be attached to the supporting unit to press the medium supported by the supporting unit, and a retainer configured to retain the pressing unit that is removed from the supporting unit. The retainer has a first portion on which the pressing unit is placed, and a second portion positioned closer to a leading end of the retainer than the first portion and above the first portion in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiro Yamashita, Nobuhiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 11117366
    Abstract: A retrofit kit that upgrades an existing inkjet printing mechanism by replacing it with a more efficient and advanced light imaging mechanism. The kit includes a control module, a printhead module, and a retrofit printhead. The control module is operable to communicate with the existing command processor in order to receive a digital image. The retrofit printhead includes a means for emitting light onto an emulsion coated screen and is adapted to attach to and be integrated into an existing XY plotting system within the existing printer. The control module interfaces with the existing command processor to control the XY plotting system and the position of the retrofit printhead. The control module also interfaces with the printhead module to communicate and synchronize the amount of light to be emitted at each position; the printhead module thereafter controls the retrofit printhead to emit the determined amount of light at each position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Geoff McCue
  • Patent number: 11110698
    Abstract: A sheet gripping mechanism includes a first sheet guide including a guide surface facing a sheet conveyance path along which a sheet is to be conveyed and a second sheet guide which faces the first sheet guide across the sheet conveyance path. The second sheet guide includes a protuberance extending toward the first sheet guide, to locations beyond the guide surface formed by the first sheet guide. When a sheet is located between the first sheet guide and the protuberance of the second sheet guide, the protuberance extends at least a portion of the sheet toward the first sheet guide to bring a part of a surface of the sheet into contact with the first sheet guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jun Yan Tham, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 11104168
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a stamp may include at least one stamping component and one stamping insert. The stamping component may be formed of a top part with a handle element and a bottom part with a cushion-receiving element. The stamping insert may be connected so as to move synchronously via a reversing mechanism having a slide track in the bottom part via an shaft or trunnion to the top part. In the resting position a text plate mounted on the stamping insert may abut against an ink pad soaked with ink in the cushion-receiving element. The stamping insert with the text plate can be shifted by the reversing mechanism into a stamping position. On the ink pad, a protective cover is located on that side on which a handle element is located on a support device of the ink pad. The system including an ink pad and a closure cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Sillipp, Bernd Langeder, Helmut Lindner
  • Patent number: 11090959
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an apparatus body, a carriage, an encoder, a detection target member, a detector, and circuitry. The encoder detects an amount of movement of the carriage in a main scanning direction. The target member on the carriage has a cutout portion halfway in the main scanning direction. The detector on the body detects the target member. The circuitry controls a position setting operation for setting a home position of the carriage based on a detection result of detection or non-detection of the target member. The circuitry measures an output pulse of the encoder from when the detection result changes from detection to non-detection until when the detection result changes from non-detection to detection, and determines whether a measured value of the output pulse is equal to or greater than a predetermined value set based on a width of the cutout portion in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kahei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11090964
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a stamp with metallic elements, may comprise at least one stamping component and one stamping insert. The stamping component may be formed of a top part with a handle element and a bottom part with a cushion-receiving element. The stamping insert may be connected so as to move synchronously via a reversing mechanism having a slide track in the bottom part via a shaft or trunnion to the top part. In the resting position a text plate mounted on the stamping insert may abut against an ink pad soaked with ink in the cushion-receiving element. The metallic elements can be attached from the outside onto the top and bottom parts formed from plastic material and these are fixed via a fastening system of the upper and lower parts. The metal part of the bottom part is fixed on a surface of the plastic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventors: Konrad Riegler, Markus Zehetner, Helmut Lindner
  • Patent number: 11084301
    Abstract: A method and a device as provided for printing a large surface which is situated, in particular, on a substrate which cannot be fed to a printing device. The method is distinguished by the fact that the perpendicular spacing Azo of a reference point of the device at a plurality of points which are distributed over the printing web from the surface to be printed is determined in each case at the points which are distributed over the printing web, and the perpendicular spacing Az of the print head from the surface to be printed is set in accordance with a previously recorded measured value. Here, the plurality of points can be distributed uniformly over the length of the printing web. The device for carrying out the method has a measuring device for contactless measurement of the spacing between a reference point of the device and the surface to be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: A. Schmidt e.K.
    Inventor: Andreas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11072193
    Abstract: A paper compartment in which roll paper can be held has an opening positioned along the second axial end of the roll paper and a wall positioned along the first axial end of the roll paper in the axial direction. The paper loading member can be removably installed in the paper compartment through the opening. The paper loading member has a flange and a roll support member that projects from the flange and is inserted into the paper. When roll paper is held in the paper compartment, the paper loading member is installed in the paper compartment with a first side of the flange contacting the first axial end of the paper, and the roll support member is inserted into the roll paper. When the paper loading member is installed in the paper compartment, the first side of the flange faces the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kawajiri
  • Patent number: 11065865
    Abstract: There is described a sheet-fed stamping press (10*) comprising a foil application unit (2*) designed to allow transfer or lamination of foil material onto successive sheets (S), which foil material is fed to the foil application unit (2*) in the form of a foil carrier (FC) supplied by means of a foil feeding system (3). The foil application unit (2*) comprises a stamping cylinder (21) at least one circumferential stamping section (210) provided on a circumference of the stamping cylinder (21) and comprising successive stamping segments (211 *; 211 **) distributed one after the other about the circumference of the stamping cylinder (21), the stamping cylinder (21) also acting as sheet-transporting cylinder and comprising multiple sheet holding units (21a) distributed about the circumference of the stamping cylinder (21) and designed to hold successive sheets (S) against the circumference of the stamping cylinder (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: KBA-Notasys SA
    Inventors: Matthias Gygi, Regina Bauer, Björn Kriege