Patents Examined by Ren Yan
  • Patent number: 9056520
    Abstract: An embossing apparatus comprises an embossing die comprising a printed relief pattern, and a resilient surface for pressing media against the embossing die to emboss features corresponding to the printed relief pattern on the media, in which the printed relief pattern comprises a number of layers of a deposited material, and in which a number of layers of the deposited material closest to the top of the printed relief pattern comprises a deposited material with a relatively lower coefficient of adhesion than layers of the deposited material disposed under the deposited material closest to the top of the printed relief pattern. A printed relief pattern for embossing media comprises a number of preliminary layers, the preliminary layers comprising a first material, and a number of terminal layers, the terminal layers comprising a second material, in which the second material has a lower adhesive coefficient than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Zvika Cohen, Eyal Peleg, Shahar Stein, Itzik Shaul
  • Patent number: 9046844
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a switchback roller which switches between a normal rotation direction and a reverse rotation direction, first and second gear train for rotating the switchback roller in the normal and reverse rotation directions, respectively, a switching unit including a pendulum gear which is movable among a first engagement position where the pendulum gear is engaged with the first gear train, a second engagement position where the pendulum gear is engaged with the second gear train, and a disengagement position where the pendulum gear is not engaged with the first gear train and the second gear train. The switching unit is switchable among a first mode where the pendulum gear is held at the first engagement position, a second mode where the pendulum gear is held at the second engagement position, and a third mode where the pendulum gear is held at the disengagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Hashimoto, Yuji Tokoro, Tetsuya Okano
  • Patent number: 9027479
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of aligning magnetic flakes, which includes: coating a substrate with a carrier having the flakes dispersed therein, moving the substrate in a magnetic field so as to align the flakes along force lines of the magnetic field in the absence of an effect from a solidifying means, and at least partially solidifying the carrier using a solidifying means while further moving the substrate in the magnetic field so as to secure the magnetic flakes in the carrier while the magnetic field maintains alignment of the magnetic flakes. An apparatus is provided, which has a belt for moving a substrate along a magnet assembly for aligning magnetic flakes. The apparatus also includes a solidifying means, such as a UV- or e-beam source, and a cover above a portion of the magnet assembly for protecting the flakes from the effect of the solidifying means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir P. Raksha, Paul G. Coombs, Charles T. Markantes
  • Patent number: 9027473
    Abstract: A printing device 300 for printing elements in the form of sheets 10, includes a platen press 310 which hot stamps to affix to each sheet 10 with a colored or metallized film from at least one stamping strip 320. A transport device 340 introduces each sheet 10 one after the other into the platen press 310 by pulling the sheet 10 by its front edge. The printing device 300 further includes a device 360 able to partially restrain each sheet 10 by its rear portion during the phase of introducing the sheet 10 into the platen press 310.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Bobst Mex SA
    Inventor: Jean-François Fornay
  • Patent number: 9021953
    Abstract: A security device comprises two or more regions (1, 2). Each region (1, 2) contains a material or combination of materials wherein the two or more regions exhibit substantially the same visible appearance under first viewing conditions and different visible appearances under second viewing conditions, the second viewing conditions. The second viewing conditions comprise a combination of a) visible light and b) substantially any UV wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: De la Rue International Limited
    Inventors: Anita Barthram, Matthew Charles Sugdon
  • Patent number: 9021951
    Abstract: A method for forming an image on a flexographic media includes providing a screened image; locating transition points from data regions to non-data regions in said screened image; determining a distance between pixels in adjacent data regions for each transition point; if the distance is greater than a predetermined distance, modify said screened image to remove a shoulder of pixels in contact with the transition point; and forming the modified screened image on the flexographic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alexander Krol, Lior Perry
  • Patent number: 9016197
    Abstract: A light receiving section 27b receives a measurement beam, which is cast from a light projection section 27a and partially blocked by cream solder 19 scraped up by a squeegee 16, whereby a sensor 27 measures a one-dimensional size of a predetermined region of a cross sectional profile of the cream solder 19 as a cross sectional paste length and takes the cross sectional paste length as an index for an amount of residual cream solder 19. The amount of residual cream solder 19 can be numerically grasped at all times, so that versatility and accuracy in detecting the amount of residual cream solder 19 can be assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Murakami, Hideaki Mori, Akira Maeda
  • Patent number: 9016200
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for positioning and aligning one or more pre-punched printing plates on a cylinder for imaging a plate in a computer-to-plate drum imaging device. The apparatus includes an imaging cylinder and a registration device connectable to the cylinder. The apparatus includes at least one groove and one pair of register pins, with a first register pin in a fixed position, and a second register pin movable in the groove to a second position, and collinear with the first register pin in the axial direction of the cylinder, arranged such that when connected to the cylinder, the registration device allows a plurality of pre-punched printing plates with variable widths to be positioned and aligned on the cylinder with simplicity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Esko-Graphics Imaging, GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Koberg
  • Patent number: 9008568
    Abstract: In a sheet storing apparatus of the present invention, a tailing end supporting member which temporarily supports a tailing end of a dropping sheet bundle is arranged between a discharging port of a processing tray to discharge the sheet bundle and the upmost sheet on a stack tray as being movable between an operating position above a sheet placement face and a waiting position outside the stack tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Riso Kagaku Corporation, Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Shimura, Makoto Shimizu, Akira Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9003971
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing proof prints on which the correctness of page impositions can be checked comprises a stand configured to receive a roll of paper. A first printer and a second printer are provided for printing pages on the front side and the rear side, respectively, of a paper web fed from the paper roll. An optical sensor is arranged between the first printer and the second printer. The optical sensor is configured to detect the position of an alignment mark which has been printed by the first printer on the front side of the paper. A control unit modifies the spatial relationship between the rear side of the paper and what is printed on the rear side of the paper depending on the detected position of the alignment mark. This can be accomplished either by electronically modifying the second pages as such, or by mechanically modifying the paper position with respect to a printing head contained in the second printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Digital Information Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Haenni, Christoph Bugs
  • Patent number: 8997648
    Abstract: A system for attaching mesh to a frame and applying tension to the mesh is described. The system includes a locking strip slot in a movable frame member that permits mesh and an attached locking strip to be inserted into the slot from the top. The locking strip may be asymmetric. The system further includes a rigid frame that can hold the movable frame member under tension. The system also includes gripping the movable frame member at the locking strip slot to apply tension to the mesh. A simple hand tool may be used for engaging the locking strip slot and leveraging against the rigid portion of the frame to apply the tension. A simple hand tool may be used for separating the movable frame member from the rigid frame to remove the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: John O. H. Niswonger
  • Patent number: 8997647
    Abstract: Device for silk screen printing on an object, comprising a screen holder module for holding a screen; and a squeegee holder module for holding a squeegee for scraping over the screen along a direction of scraping. The squeegee holder module comprises a support mounted on the chassis, and a removable squeegee holder attached to the support, the support having a receiving surface for receiving the squeegee holder, and the squeegee holder having a fastening plate for fastening the squeegee holder on the receiving surface with a scraping direction extending along a direction of printing (Ox), and an alternative fastening plate for fastening the squeegee holder in an alternative printing position with a scraping direction extending along an alternative direction of printing (Oy).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Machines Dubuit
    Inventor: François Dumenil
  • Patent number: 8997646
    Abstract: An electrode formation method for a solar cell to form an electrode of a base member, includes a screen printing process and a baking process. The screen printing process includes: mounting a metal mask on a surface of the base member, wherein the metal mask includes a covering portion configured to cover a part of a surface of the base member, opening portions configured to allow parts of the base member to be exposed therefrom, and bridge portions disposed along a direction intersecting with a longitudinal direction of circuit patterns between the opening portions; and supplying a paste to an upper surface of the metal mask by a squeegee head of a cartridge type, while relatively sliding a squeegee on the upper surface of the metal mask such that the squeegee travels relatively to the metal mask. In the baking process, the paste is baked to form the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tanaka, Yuji Otake
  • Patent number: 8985012
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing leather including an ink acceptor applicator that applies ink directly onto a surface of the leather; an ink applicator that applies ink to the ink acceptor and/or the leather surface; an additive applicator that applies additive onto the ink acceptor, the ink and/or the leather surface; a barrier having a surface configured to contact the acceptor, ink and additive on the leather surface; and a heater that heats the surface of the barrier to a predetermined temperature or a temperature within a selected temperature range such that the barrier, which is substantially impervious to the ink and has a melting point higher than the select temperature range, contacts at least the acceptor ink and additive on the surface directly to liquefy the acceptor ink and additive into the leather and the acceptor, ink and additive fuses and penetrates into the leather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Codus Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Pantelis Yiannakou
  • Patent number: 8989650
    Abstract: A printing medium alignment device and an image forming apparatus having the same, the image forming apparatus includes a printing medium supply unit to supply a printing medium, a printing unit to print an image on the printing medium supplied from the printing medium supply unit, and a printing medium alignment device to align the printing medium fed toward the printing unit. The printing medium alignment device includes: a register roller; an idle roller to form a nip with the register roller, to feed the printing medium to the printing unit; a register to move to a first position to block the printing medium from entering the nip, to align the printing medium, and to move to a second position to allow the printing medium to enter the nip; and a shutter roller mounted in the register shutter. When the register shutter is in the second position, the shutter roller rolls while in contact with the printing medium, to decrease a friction between the printing medium and the register shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun Seung Yang
  • Patent number: 8989649
    Abstract: An rotation angle of a crank arm is calculated on the basis of a period of time in which a recording material is detected or a period of time in which the recording material is not detected and an end position of the recording material is calculated from the calculated rotation angle, so that detection of the end position of the recording material can be started regardless of a stop position of a sensor and the end position of the recording material can be accurately detected without using a dedicated drive source or member to reciprocate the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eijiro Ohashi, Haruki Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 8985016
    Abstract: A device and method are described for the easy and rapid loading and unloading of flexographic sleeves from flexographic processing machines. The device includes internal chucks that hold on to the end of a sleeve or sleeve adapter. The chucks are rotatably mounted within a flexographic processing machine to permit sleeve processing. In addition, the chucks may move to accommodate a large range of sleeve or adapter diameters and lengths. The method permits the loading and unloading of sleeves with a minimum amount of sleeve handling and without additional end pieces or adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Esko-Graphics Imaging, GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten E. Schwipps
  • Patent number: 8983359
    Abstract: The present invention prevents units from becoming unbalanced and falling over when an image-capturing unit is opened over an image-forming unit when an image-forming unit, image-capturing unit and document-feeding unit are stacked over each other in order. The image-capturing unit is rotatably linked to the top of the image-forming unit by a first hinge means, and the document-feeding unit having document-feeding means is rotatably linked to the top of the image-capturing unit by second hinge means. Locking means for checking rotation (opening operation of the document-feeding unit) of the second hinge means is disposed on an opposite side of the second hinge means sandwiching the document-feeding means. The locking means is composed to check the opening operation of the second hinge means when the first hinge means is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 8978551
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing system includes a printing system, a projection system and a remote device. The projection system is calibrated with the printing system and helps with aligning graphics to be printed on an article. The remote device receives information from an optical device corresponding to a projection area of the projection system. The remote device can be used to control the alignment of a projected graphic on the article when the article is inside the projection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 8973496
    Abstract: A screen printing machine including: a screen mask 1 detachably mounted to a mask mounting area set in advance; a squeegee, which is arranged above the screen mask mounted to the mask mounting area, and the squeegee reciprocates relative to the screen mask in a squeegee-movement direction; and a receptacle which is installed at a location so that the screen mask is allowed to be attached and detached and which catches applying material adhered to the squeegee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Sumioka, Mitsuharu Morita