Patents Examined by Marissa Ferguson-Samreth
  • Patent number: 10493785
    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: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William W. Kann, Minsu Kim, Niles Kinman
  • Patent number: 10471705
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a printing machine. The printing machine includes a carrying platform for carrying a to-be-printed board, a frame above the carrying platform, a roller-shaped screen printing plate with printing graphic meshes, and an ink supply device within the roller-shaped screen printing plate. The roller-shaped screen printing plate is mounted to the frame in a manner that the roller-shaped screen printing plate is capable of rotating relative to the carrying platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yaling Kang, Xiaochu Zhang, Lanlan Dong, Pei Wu
  • Patent number: 10471752
    Abstract: A chamber blade system maximizes ink flow at an anilox doctor blade by including a heating element adjacent the doctor blade to heat ink adjacent the blade. The heating element may be a heat strip next to an anilox doctor blade that heats the ink adjacent the doctor blade and temporarily reduces the ink viscosity to improve the flow of ink in the vicinity of the blade. Doctoring blades with a ceramic tip coating may be configured to allow a small amount of controlled ink flow through that can wet the lands thereby reducing the hydrodynamic back pressures and friction when trying to force the ink into anilox cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy D. Stowe, Gregory B. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10449795
    Abstract: A print pattern of a printing plate used in intaglio printing includes plural partition walls and a groove-shaped cell unit. The plural partition walls are continuously extended in a printing direction, and arranged at predetermined intervals in an orthogonal direction. The cell unit is formed between the partition walls adjacent to each other, and a printing paste (conductive paste) is retained in the cell unit. Plural printing direction walls that are arranged in a zigzag manner in the printing direction are coupled to each other by a coupling walls that are arranged in the printing direction walls adjacent to each other in the printing direction, thereby forming the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kanayama, Hideo Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10414184
    Abstract: A print method using a printer module of a portable label printing/sticking machine, the portable label printing/sticking machine performing printing on each label piece of a continuous label formed by temporarily adhering a plurality of label pieces on a ribbon-shaped liner sheet and sticking the label pieces, wherein the printer module is first and second printer modules provided in at least two vertical stages, any one of the first and second printer modules being provided with an item print band across at least two columns, the other one of the first and second printer modules being provided with a data print band, and the print method includes printing a partitioning frame that partitions a print area of the label piece into four regions including upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right regions on the label piece in advance; and printing on the four regions of the print area using the first and second printer modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Hanyu, Kentaro Tabuchi
  • Patent number: 10406833
    Abstract: Formation of a plurality of wear visibility grooves 10 has been focused. An elastic roller includes: an inner layer side elastic material 4; a coating layer 5 disposed on an outer periphery of the inner layer side elastic material 4, the coating layer configured to make contact with the belt-shaped member; and a plurality of wear visibility grooves 10 (11, 12, 13) formed on an inner side of the coating layer 5 and formed on a surface of the inner layer side elastic material 4 in a circumferential direction, the plurality of wear visibility grooves being successively formed in an axial direction of the roller shaft, wherein at least two grooves of the plurality of wear visibility grooves have different heights, and filler is filled in the plurality of wear visibility grooves 10, the filler having a color different from that of the inner layer side elastic material 4 and different from that of the coating layer 5, and material of the filler is the same as that of the coating layer 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Haruhiko Nitta
  • Patent number: 10383350
    Abstract: A frame operable to hold a stencil taut and secure for decorating a food product such as a cookie, baked good or the like. An embodiment of the frame is comprised of a bottom sub-frame having a first height and a top sub-frame having a second height, the second height being less than the first height, such that the frame accommodates one size of cookie when the bottom sub-frame is placed around the cookie, and accommodates a thinner cookie when the frame is flipped 180 degrees about a lateral axis and the top sub-frame is placed around the cookie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Ginny McCormick, Douglas Levack
  • Patent number: 10377603
    Abstract: A trailing portion of a sheet drawn out of a sheet roll is discharged with a simple configuration. In a case where a trailing portion of the sheet is drawn out of the sheet roll, a driven roller is brought into press-contact with a core of the sheet roll via the trailing portion, whereby the trailing portion is discharged by utilizing the rotation of the core of the sheet roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Sumioka
  • Patent number: 10377128
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a web in a printing apparatus The printing apparatus includes a transport assembly for moving the web through a transport path along a printing unit for printing an image onto a print area of the web. The method includes feeding the web from a supply roll through the transport path to the transport assembly; and switching the printing apparatus to a ready-to-print mode, wherein the printing unit does not print an image on the web and the web is maintained ready to be printed on. In a printing mode after the ready-to print mode, the following steps are performed: moving the web through the transport path in a transport direction along the printing unit by the transport assembly; and printing the image onto the print area of the web by the printing unit. The image is printed by applying an image material, which solidifies on the web during the printing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Lodewijk T. Holtman, Maurice J. C. Lemmens, Jeroen J. G. Coenen
  • Patent number: 10369779
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for producing three-dimensional screen-printed articles, comprising a press bed with a printing screen, by means of which at least one printing object can be printed multiple times, wherein after each completed printing, the height can be increased by the application thickness of the previous printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Exentis Knowledge GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Bauer
  • Patent number: 10363677
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a cutter. The cutter includes a first blade and a second blade, and cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the rotatable second blade to be moved, in which a rotation center of the second blade is disposed on a first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Tokuda
  • Patent number: 10351370
    Abstract: A sheet-supply tray device for use with an image recording apparatus, includes a lower sheet-supply tray and an upper sheet-supply tray. The upper sheet-supply tray includes a main body, a leading-end stopper, a trailing-end stopper and a side-end stopper. The main body includes a support surface that supports a recording sheet. The leading-end stopper is fixed on the main body and stops a leading end of the recording sheet. The trailing-end stopper includes a trailing-end contact surface having a trailing-end protrusion extending over an upper surface of a trailing-end portion of the recording sheet toward the leading-end stopper. The trailing-end contact surface contacts a trailing end of the recording sheet. The side-end stopper includes a side-end contact surface that contacts a side end of the recording sheet. The side-end contact surface has at least one side-end protrusion extending over an upper surface of a side-end portion of the recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Yukio Shiohara
  • Patent number: 10350879
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for screen printing on a surface of a three-dimensional substrate comprising a substantially rigid, substantially planar frame having a perimeter defining a region within the perimeter having a given surface area; and a screen attached to the frame and extending across at least a portion of the surface area, wherein the screen comprises a first portion through which a liquid printing medium can pass onto a proximate three-dimensional substrate; and a second portion coated with an emulsion substantially preventing the liquid printing medium from passing through the second portion of the screen, wherein the screen has a fixed tension of less than about 20 N/cm. Methods and systems for screen printing on a surface of a three-dimensional substrate are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Cutcher, Jr., Christopher Paul Daigler, Christina Marie Laskowski, Kevin Ray Maslin
  • Patent number: 10345754
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes first and second sheet conveying bodies to contact each other, a cover to move relative to an apparatus body of the image forming apparatus, and a connecting body to connect the cover and the second sheet conveying body. The second sheet conveying body separates from the first sheet conveying body along with an opening movement of the cover. The connecting body includes a first connecting portion connected to the cover and a second connecting portion connected to the second sheet conveying body. At least one of a connection with the cover and a connection with the second sheet conveying body is released when the cover is closed. The connecting body is brought into connection with the cover or the second sheet conveying body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuki Shiga
  • Patent number: 10336059
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for coating selected regions of a surface of a substrate with a film. A cyclically moveable transfer member has an imaging surface which is coated with individual particles formed of, or coated with a thermoplastic polymer, and substantially all particles that are not in direct contact with the imaging surface are removed so as to leave a uniform monolayer particle coating on the imaging surface. Selected regions of the imaging surface are exposed to radiation to render the particles tacky within the regions, and the coated imaging surface and the substrate are pressed against one another to cause transfer of only the tacky particle coating, such that only the particles in the tacky regions form a film on the substrate. The monolayer on the imaging surface of the transfer member is replenished with fresh thermoplastic particles and the cycle repeats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LANDA LABS (2012) LTD.
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Anton Krassilnikov, Michael Nagler, Moshe Fahima, Nir Rubin Ben Haim, Ofer Aknin, Ronen Yogev
  • Patent number: 10315411
    Abstract: A device 1 for imprinting cans 8 comprises a plurality of ink cartridges 2a-2f that supply ink to a plurality of printing plates 3a-3f; the printing plates 2a-2f communicate with transfer blankets 5a-5l fixed to drum 6, the transfer blankets 5a-5l move ink from the printing plates 2a-2f and apply it to cans 8; each transfer blanket 2a-2f includes a different art in low relief (FIG. 15) which produces an image on cans 8 in addition to the image produced by printing plates 2a-2f; the device 1 is preferably a rotary dry offset printer. A method of printing cans comprising forming a relief image in a transfer blanket with a laser is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Joao Vilas Boas, Jeffrey Lewis
  • Patent number: 10317841
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes pair of ejection rollers that are used for ejecting a recording material to a stacking unit from a main body of the image forming apparatus and a cooling unit. The cooling unit includes, air-blowing ports that are used for blowing air onto the recording material in a direction crossing a transport direction of the recording material are positioned in a region that is located above the position of a nip portion of the pair of ejection rollers and below an extension line tangent to the nip portion of the pair of ejection rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Yoshimura, Tomoya Kuruma, Akimichi Suzuki, Satoshi Nishida, Kazuhiro Doda, Isamu Takeda, Takanori Mitani
  • Patent number: 10308008
    Abstract: A device for printing hollow bodies includes a segmented wheel which can be rotated about a rotational axis. The segmented wheel has multiple segments, one behind the other, on the segmented wheel circumference, each for receiving a respective printing blanket. At least one of the printing blankets, which is arranged on one of the segments, is arranged on the hollow body to be printed in a rolling manner or at least in a rollable manner. Each of the printing blankets is arranged on a plate-shaped metal support. Each plate-shaped metal support is configured to be bendable and forms a metal printing blanket, together with the printing blanket arranged on the support. Each metal printing blanket formed by the respective support, together with the printing blanket arranged on the support, is arranged or can at least be arranged on one of the segments of the segmented wheel in a replaceable manner as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Stephan Behnke, Bernd Masuch, Kurt Weschenfelder
  • Patent number: 10296103
    Abstract: A wireless keyboard wirelessly connects to a desktop computer, a tablet and/or a cellular phone, and carries the tablet and/or cellular phone in a dock. The dock has a slot formed in an upper wall of a keyboard panel. A bar with a channel is pivotally carried by the keyboard panel and pivots in the slot. One or more ribs and/or notches on an exterior of the bar are engaged by a pawl in the keyboard panel to releasably maintain a position of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Carreon, Kelly A. Harward, Paul Faerber
  • Patent number: 10295961
    Abstract: A process for decorating a dial includes a step (E1) of engraving a pattern in a pad-printing cliché with a femtosecond laser, then a step (E20) of transferring said pattern to the dial using the pad-printing cliché. The process can include surface structuring of the dial, then transferring the pattern to the dial at least partially superposed on surface-structuring obtained by the surface structuring, and can also include an intermediate coloring of the decorated or to be decorated surface in the surface structuring, using a different color from the color used in the transferring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Alexandre Oliveira