Patents Examined by Marissa Ferguson-Samreth
  • Patent number: 10093513
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding sheets or sheet stacks, including at least two folding/transport rollers, transport device and knife, the transport device defining transport plane E for sheets or sheet stacks fed in transport direction R, knife being movable substantially perpendicularly to and through transport plane E, folding/transport rollers being arranged above transport plane E, oppositely on both sides of knife, axis of rotation A of folding/transport rollers extending substantially perpendicularly to transport plane E, and at least two folding/transport rollers each having, at their end facing toward transport plane E, rounded portion, such that narrowing gap S is formed between the at least two folding/transport rollers, into which gap sheets or sheet stacks can be introduced by means of knife so as to be folded there and at same time conveyed away in transport direction R, and to corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HUNKELER AG
    Inventors: Kurt Graber, Friedrich Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 10086601
    Abstract: A lettering apparatus and a lettering method for a beer barrel are provided. The lettering apparatus includes a worktable, a hydraulic push device installed on the worktable, a first lettering device, and a second lettering device. The second lettering device includes a rotatory disk seat with the Z-axis as its axis. The rotatory disk seat is adapted to install a cask thereon. A circumferential surface of the rotatory disk seat is provided with an inner mold for lettering on an inner side of the cask. The first lettering device includes a connecting frame. The connecting frame is movable linearly along the Y-axis. The connecting frame is provided with an outer mold for lettering on an outer side of the cask. The hydraulic push device controls the outer mold of the connecting frame to move linearly along the X-axis for the outer mold and the inner mold to letter on a side wall of the cask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NINGBO MASTER DRAFT BEER KEG EQUIPMENT CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Bangcai Luo
  • Patent number: 10090122
    Abstract: A low profile keyboard backlight module includes an electrically insulative bottom membrane layer, an intermediate membrane layer including a conducting layer, an insulative layer and a light-emitting layer attached together through lamination and bonded to the top surface of the bottom membrane layer, and an electrically insulative top membrane layer bonded to a top surface of the intermediate membrane layer opposite to the bottom membrane layer and having an integrated elastic layer located at a top surface thereof to support a set of keys. Thus, the low profile keyboard backlight module provides optimal waterproof effects and is practical for use in an electronic product having light, thin, short and small characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin-Chih Liang
  • Patent number: 10086600
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus moves a mask, inserted through an insertion opening, to a printing position at which paste is printed onto a substrate via a mask moving mechanism, and includes: a first detecting unit that detects one of a front frame component and a back frame component of the mask at a first detection position on a path along which the mask inserted through the insertion opening is moved to the printing position; a second detecting unit that detects one of the front frame component and the back frame component at a second detection position closer to the printing position than the first detecting position is; and a print suspension controller that suspends printing when the second detecting unit detects one of the front frame component and the back frame component while the first detecting unit is detecting one of the front frame component and the back frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Takaaki Sakaue
  • Patent number: 10071577
    Abstract: A printer has a carriage being movable between a first end and a second end of a reciprocating path; and a driving force transmitting path selecting mechanism provided at the second end of the reciprocating path. The selecting mechanism has: a common driving force outputting member; a plurality of force receiving members; a selecting member; and a position retainer for keeping the position of the selecting member. The selecting member connects the force outputting member to one of the plurality of force receiving members, and moves in association with the carriage when the carriage moves in a vicinity of the second end in a first direction extending from the first end to the second end. The position retainer keeps the position of the selecting member when the carriage moves in a second direction extending from the second end to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Koga, Masatoshi Izuchi
  • Patent number: 10065408
    Abstract: A screen printing method for creating an image on a target support by providing a screen printing machine comprising a supporting structure a matrix mounted on the supporting structure, in which an image is defined, and a supporting surface, the matrix being faced to the supporting surface when the supporting structure is arranged in a lower position; placing the supporting structure in the lower position; applying ink on at least a portion of the matrix to enable the ink to move from the matrix to the supporting surface, such as to reproduce the image on at least a portion of the supporting surface; placing the supporting structure in an upper position; providing a transferring support to transfer the ink from the supporting surface to the target support, applying an adhesive portion of the transferring support to a region of the supporting surface on which the ink is placed; removing the transferring support from the supporting surface; and applying the adhesive portion to the target support, to allow the i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michele Petruzzelli, Annalisa D'Elia
  • Patent number: 10052863
    Abstract: A printing screen and a sealant printing method are provided. The printing screen includes a frame, a mesh/screen fixed on the frame, and a film formed on the mesh. The portion of the mesh that is not covered by the film forms a feeding port in a rectangular ring shape. The rectangular ring includes two opposite first sides and two opposite second sides. The width of an upper opening of the cross section across the first sides is less than or equal to that of an upper opening of the cross section across the second sides. At a first height, the area of the cross section across the first sides is greater than that of the cross section across the second sides, the first height being less than the thickness of the film. The printing screen and the sealant printing method solve the problem of poor height uniformity of sealants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., ORDOS YUANSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuansheng Wang, Fujiang Jin, Fuyi Cui
  • Patent number: 10048634
    Abstract: A medium feeding unit that is configure to be mounted to an image forming apparatus provided with an image forming unit and feeds a medium to the image forming unit includes a medium introducing part that introduces the medium to the image forming unit and a medium holding part that holds the medium at a feeding position from which the medium is fed to the image forming unit. The medium holding part is configured to be positioned at one of at least two different feeding positions relative to the medium introducing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Kanzawa
  • Patent number: 10022953
    Abstract: Apparatus for decorating a can body. The apparatus comprises a can body conveying mechanism (1) for conveying can bodies (2) to a printing zone (3), a blanket wheel (4) comprising a plurality of blanket segments (6) and, affixed to each blanket segment, a blanket (7) having a printing surface, the blanket wheel being configured to bring blanket printing surfaces into contact with can bodies within said printing zone, and a plurality of ink stations (5) each comprising a printing plate (31) configured to contact the printing surfaces of passing blankets in order to impart an ink image to the printing surfaces, such that a composite ink image is formed on each blanket printing surface and is printed onto a can body upon contact of the blanket printing surface and the can body within the printing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Grahame Hughes, Katherine Roselaar
  • Patent number: 10011106
    Abstract: A printing roller for a printing machine, e.g., for a flexographic printing machine, wherein the printing roller includes a rotary and longitudinal axis and an external surface, the external surface being substantially cylindrical and adapted for mounting a plate. The new feature of a printing roller according to the invention is that the external cylindrical surface includes at least one longitudinal groove, where the at least one longitudinal groove includes a geometry with one or more surfaces, the surface or surfaces lying within a circumscribed cylindrical surface for the external surface of the printing roller. In other words, this means that the longitudinal groove or grooves are cutouts in the form of milled or ground grooves in the external cylindrical surface itself on a printing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Tresu A/S
    Inventor: Erik Gydesen
  • Patent number: 10000082
    Abstract: Described is a painting stamp having built-in leveling features. For example, the stamp includes a stable backing with a three-dimensional form affixed with the stable backing. One or more leveling features are attached with the stable backing, such as a spirit level that is affixed with the stable backing and/or a series of holes formed through the stable backing. During operation, one would position the stamp upon a wall surface such that a bubble within the spirit level is levelled to indicate that the stamp is level. Alternatively, one could draw a level line upon a wall surface and then position the stamp upon the wall surface such that the level line can be seen through the series of holes to indicate that the stamp is level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Laurie Steinfeld
  • Patent number: 10000056
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a pair of clampers that clamp a substrate, a mask plate contacted to the substrate, a pair of squeegees provided above the mask plate vertically, and a squeegee controller that selectively controls one of the pair of squeegees to move in the horizontal direction in abutment against the mask plate so that the selected one of the pair of squeegees slides on the mask plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiya Kuroda, Masayuki Mantani
  • Patent number: 9993972
    Abstract: A seal carving apparatus includes a thermal head having a plurality of heat generating elements disposed in lines, and thermal drive control means that performs a control process of selectively and thermally driving the individual heat generating elements while moving the thermal head and a porous material in relative to each other with the thermal head being in abutment with the porous material, thereby forming a seal face on the porous material. The thermal drive control means controls a pulse time width for thermally driving the individual heat generating elements of the thermal head under pulse width modulation control based on gradation image data having a gradation value, thereby forming a seal with a gradation on the porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Shachihata Inc.
    Inventors: Eiji Abe, Masayoshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 9956759
    Abstract: A broadsheet newspaper printing press is provided including an image carrier carrying three images around in broadsheet newspaper format. The image carrier transfers the three images to a web. The broadsheet newspaper printing press also includes a folder for imparting a longitudinal fold to the web and cutting the web into broadsheet newspaper pages. The folder includes a cylinder cross-folding the broadsheet newspaper pages off center. A web offset broadsheet newspaper printing press also is provided. Methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Sheridan Richards
  • Patent number: 9952602
    Abstract: A liquid material application device can alleviate programming work for drawing a line. The device includes a discharge head (50) for discharging a liquid material, a worktable (25) on which a workpiece is placed, a robot (20) for moving the discharge head and the worktable relative to each other in XYZ directions, and a control unit including an arithmetic device and a storage device for storing an application program, the liquid material application device applying the liquid material to be drawn in the form of a line on the workpiece while the workpiece and the discharge head are moved relative to each other, the control unit includes a first control unit (30) for moving the workpiece and the discharge head relative to each other in accordance with the application program, and a second control unit (40) for controlling a discharge amount of the discharge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Naotoshi Ikushima
  • 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
    Assignee: HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Fukui, Kenji Okamoto, Yasushi Takano
  • Patent number: 9944485
    Abstract: A paper discharging apparatus comprises: a first conveying unit; a second conveying unit which includes a pinch roller and a feeding roller that are arranged closer to the downstream side; a movable mechanism which moves a surface part between a first position that the surface part is not contacted with the pinch roller and a second position that the surface part is contacted with the pinch roller through the paper so as to push the pinch roller; a control unit which moves the surface part to the second position, clamps the paper by the pinch roller and the surface part, and conveys the paper, thereby bending the paper, and which moves the surface part to the first position and clamps the paper by the pinch roller and the feeding roller, and rotates the feeding roller, thereby discharging the paper from the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Eoka, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 9931832
    Abstract: There is described a multicolor letterpress printing press, in particular a numbering press, comprising a printing group (50) with at least a first letterpress (e.g. numbering) cylinder (51) and a second letterpress cylinder (52) which are inked by an associated inking system (60, 71, 72, 81, 81 a, 81 b, 82, 82a, 82b). The inking system (60, 71, 72, 81, 81 a, 81 b, 82, 82a, 82b) comprises (i) a first inking device (81) supplying ink to a first chablon cylinder (71), (ii) at least a second inking device (82) supplying ink to a second chablon cylinder (72), and (iii) an ink-collecting cylinder (60) contacting the first and second chablon cylinders (71, 72) and the first and second letterpress cylinders (51, 52). The ink-collecting cylinder (60) collects a first ink pattern (A, D) from the first chablon cylinder (71) and a second ink pattern (B, C) from the second chablon cylinder (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • 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
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9914294
    Abstract: The present invention provides a screen assembly, a screen printing system and a screen printing method, belonging to the field of screen printing technology, by means of which the problem of prior art that the printed pattern has unsmooth lines caused by deformation of a thin film screen after a plurality of times of printing can be solved. The screen assembly of the present invention comprises a thin film screen and a fixed screen both having a same pattern. When a packaging cover plate is printed, the thin film screen is arranged above the fixed screen, and the fixed screen is arranged on the packaging cover plate, so that the printing material passes through the thin film screen and the fixed screen successively to be printed onto the packaging cover plate. The screen assembly of the present invention is particularly applicable to the printing process of glass material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., ORDOS YUANSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiqiang Gao