Patents Examined by William Pieprz
  • Patent number: 4995379
    Abstract: A device to provide a face lift without surgery comprising one member securely attached to a user's head and a second member slidingly attached to the first member with the second member have two ends each end being attachable to the face or other part of the head of the wearer with tension adjusting means as a part of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Joan Brooks
  • Patent number: 4986267
    Abstract: An improved underwater breathing apparatus includes a net bag suspended from an interior portion of a donut-shaped float with a compressed air diving tank being supported within the bag. One or more breathing hoses may be attached to the tank, and each hose may be of a fifty foot length or more. Conventional second stage regulators are attached to the free ends of the hoses so that divers may perform shallow water dives without the necessity of carrying compressed air cylinders on their backs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Inventor: Stephen F. Doss
  • Patent number: 4930911
    Abstract: A peripheral or stand-alone computerized stamp printer is provided particularly for office use in which a print assembly including a pressure cam and leaf spring arrangement is associated with a heated print head which contacts and impresses a daisy wheel character against an imprinting tape in a confined cartridge to serially print computer-selected letters or characters on a binder, binder spine, or other workpiece. The printer assembly may move on an X or Y axis along a fixed or movable gantry upper arm. If the gantry is fixed, means are provided for moving paper stock, binders or other workpieces into proper position for clamping on a work surface on the top surfaces of the printer chassis. A spine-holding drawer may be provided in the chassis for supporting the spine of a binder for printing letters, logos, or the like, on the binder spine. The print assembly is a discrete unit and includes a replaceable tape cartridge fitted into drive mechanisms within the printer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Taurus Impressions, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig F. Sampson, Rickson Sun, Paul N. Barsley, Dennis J. Boyle
  • Patent number: 4920882
    Abstract: An electronic labeling machine is disclosed which includes a printing mechanism with a carriage adapted for horizontal travel across assemblies of identification devices to be imprinted. A web sensor is attached to the carriage for concurrent travel therewith. In traversing horizontally across the assembly, the web sensor provides a signal to a microprocessor which indicates the presence or absence of the assembly under the current position of the sensor. The microprocessor also receives a timing signal from the printing mechanism indicative of the position of the carriage. Based on the timing signal and the signal from the web sensor, the microprocessor measures a current width of the assembly. The assembly is especially adapted for use with the invention, and includes notched portions having a width difference than the nominal assembly width, each notched portion being in a fixed relative position with respect to one of the identification devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: W. H. Brady Co.
    Inventor: Steven D. Hoyt
  • Patent number: 4919555
    Abstract: The supply spindle for the carbon ribbon in a thermal printer is supported cantileverly at one end thereof by a pair of axially spaced bearings. The axis of the second bearing is slightly off center relative to the axis of the first bearing, the precise location of the second bearing being adjustable in a manner that tilts and thus orients the spindle axis relative to the frame of the thermal printer. This enables the supply spindle to be aligned to the other parts in the printer so as to prevent twisting and wrinkling of the carbon ribbon. The invention compensates for manufacturing and assembly tolerances in the thermal printer and results in a consistently reliable printing quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sato
    Inventor: Hidenori Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 4915546
    Abstract: A data input and processing apparatus as used in a typewriter, having a function of checking the spelling of entered words which are separated by word-separation data such as a space or a period. The apparatus has a device for inhibiting an operation defined by the word-separation data, e.g., a spacing movement to the next word, if the spelling-check device finds a misspelled word. Where there exists at least one numeral and/or symbol preceding or following the entered word, the numeral and/or symbol are ignored in checking the spelling of the entered data. When a misspelled word is found, the entered word is first erased, and then at least one candidate word which replaces the mispelled word is presented to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norio Kobayashi, Naohisa Kaneko, Akemi Nagatsuna
  • Patent number: 4915098
    Abstract: An orthopaedic hinge mechanism has a body with at least one pivot and at least one hinge arm mounted thereon and having two cam abutment stops which arise from the said hinge arm either side of and close to the pivot.Screw adjustment means are housed in threaded holes in the hinge body in the plane of the hinge arms and may be driven down to impinge on the cam abutment stops. The plane of the operating surfaces of the cam abutment stops is at right angles to the axis of the motion limiting screws. The mechanism provides limiting and locking possibilities over a clinically useful range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: Protectair Limited
    Inventors: David E. Young, Kenneth P. Davis
  • Patent number: 4913568
    Abstract: A dot printer wherein a film of magnetic ink is formed in a slit shaped between a pair of magnetic poles, and needles piercing through the ink film thus formed are driven to deposit the magnetic ink on a recording paper so as to print dots thereon. The tips of the needles in an undriven state are positioned in the ink film proximately to one surface thereof adjacent to the recording paper, so that an adequate amount of the magnetic ink is deposited on the paper to eventually attain clear printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Tokyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Torisawa
  • Patent number: 4909649
    Abstract: A thermal transfer recording apparatus wherein it comprises a power transmitting device for transmitting power from a driving motor of the apparatus to a platen roller of the apparatus, which device can change rotational speed of the platen roller to rotate the platen roller at high speed, thereby shortening a non-printing time such as required for introduction and ejection of a recording paper to reduce the total recording time of the thermal transfer recording apparatus. Further, the power transmitting device has a neutral position where the platen roller can be freely rotated, thereby easily restoring the recording apparatus to its normal conditions even when the recording paper and/or an inked ribbon is jammed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Seizi Okunomiya
  • Patent number: 4909648
    Abstract: A multi-format document printer and processor has a plurality of data writing and reading means for data in different formats, disposed along a transport path. Forms are separated from a continuous perforated form supply and advanced along the transport path. Bidirectional drive rollers disposed along the path advance the documents and reverse them for reprocessing as necessary. At the end of the transport path, the documents are routed to an exit hopper or a reject hopper and a sensor at the exit detects already-issued forms manually loaded by an operator, which already-issued forms can be likewise bidirectionally processed for reading, verification, modification and the like. The processor is preferably embodied for transportation tickets and boarding passes, having: optical character recognition (OCR) write and read devices, magnetic strip write and read devices and a dot matrix printer having an array of print heads operable to print a document in one pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Datamax Corporation
    Inventors: G. William Hartman, Robert L. Wohlers, Thomas R. Routhieaux
  • Patent number: 4909647
    Abstract: An exchangeably insertable ink ribbon cassette, for a printer has a storage space for an ink ribbon and a transport device for the ink ribbon that can be driven through a reduction driving gear by an electric motor. The liability to repair of the printer is reduced in that the electric motor (12) and the reduction gear (15, 16) are arranged in a drive housing (6) fixedly integrated with the housing of the ink ribbon cassette and means (7 to 10) are provided for establishing a current connection between the motor (12) and the printer by means of a detachable contact connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Schulte, Horst-Werner Bach
  • Patent number: 4907902
    Abstract: An ink ribbon cassette has a cassette case in which a thermal transfer ink ribbon subjected to a plurality of printing operations on the same surface at the same position. The case is alternately loaded in a thermal printer in a first loading posture and in a second loading posture which is a reversed posture to the first one to change a feed direction of the ribbon in the printer. A count display unit is provided on the case to record the number of times of use of the ribbon and display the number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Tokyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Doi
  • Patent number: 4906114
    Abstract: An electronic typewriter has a function of making a rectangular frame, which is composed of a horizontal line and a vertical line. To make a frame in the course of the sequential input of characters, an operator moves the printing position to the upper left vertex of the frame that is to be printed, and then, the operator depresses a specific key, which is called frame key, when the printing position arrives at the upper left vertex of the frame that is to be printed. After the operator puts in characters or spaces that are to be inserted in the frame, the operator moves the printing point to the lower right vertex of the frame and the operator then depresses the frame key again. By the operations of twice depressing the frame key, the printing position data for making the frame is taken in. The electronic typewriter then calculates both the starting and ending positions of the segments that compose the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tanaka, Kiyotaka Mori
  • Patent number: 4904099
    Abstract: Character and control code data are input from a keyboard into a memory. A CRT display unit displays one line of data stored in the memory. A printer is automatically activated to print the line of data in response to a carriage return or line feed code, a hyphen near the right margin or a space near the right margin with a character in the right margin position. In the latter case, the next line is displayed starting with the character position following the space. The printer prints the line while the next line is being input and displayed. The margins, tab positions and a hot zone near the right margin are displayed above the line of data while a cursor is displayed below the line. Character codes such as backspace codes are displayed with the data and the positions of the data on the display always correspond to the printed data positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventors: Shintaro Abe, Tomoyuki Haganuma
  • Patent number: 4904097
    Abstract: A cartridge for a printing ribbon for a typewriter having a character-carrying disc comprises a casing and two oscillating arms between the ends of which a run of the ribbon extends in a straight line on the outside of the casing between the disc and the platen. The arms oscillate from a rest position in which they make the typing point visible, to three or more working positions in which they make it possible to print using one of three tracks of the ribbon. The two oscillating arms are pivoted by means of pins on seats of fixed supports of the casing. Pivotally mounted at the free end of each arm is a guide element, a stem of the guide element being received in a sleeve of the arm. Each guide element is thus capable of modifying its angular position with respect to the respective arm in response to the selection movement so that the ribbon is always held in tension in a uniform manner, irrespective of the track selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Ing.C. Olivetti & C., S.p.A.
    Inventors: Remo Falconieri, Sergio Uggetti
  • Patent number: 4904100
    Abstract: A print media cartridge for use in combination with a portable printer having a housing with a print media ingress in its lower rear wall and a print media egress in its top wall. The cartridge includes a housing having an elongated wall portion of generally U-shape cross section and two end wall portions closing the ends of the elongated portion, a roll of print media supported within the elongated wall portion with roll ends facing respective end wall portions; and a cartridge door of size and shape corresponding to the open side of the elongated U-shaped wall portion. The door is hingedly coupled to one lip of the elongated U-shaped portion and there are means for latching the door to the other lip of the elongated, U-shaped wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Bruce W. Enix
  • Patent number: 4902149
    Abstract: A printer comprises input keys for instructing predetermined characters and input keys for instructing the particular positions, wherein the instructed characters are printed in the particular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideo Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 4900174
    Abstract: The invention provides a ticket issuing system suitable for issuing tickets with or without a stub for use in payment for parking. The ticket issuing system includes a roll (4) of paper having messages pre-printed thereon, a thermal print head (13), a motor (12) for driving the strip of paper, and means (14, 16) for cutting the paper. A control assembly (34) controls these various means to ensure that a driver is provided with a ticket and a stub or with a ticket on its own depending on whether or not the driver has pressed a button (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries
    Inventor: Pierre Didiergeorge
  • Patent number: 4898484
    Abstract: A thermal printer including a thermal printer and a thermal head wherein a clearance between the platen and the thermal head is not less than a maximum diameter of one roll of an ink filled ribbon set by a thermal head driving motor. A ribbon cassette is moved to a printing position and, after a printing operation has been completed to another ribbon cassette. A guiding arrangement for positioning the ribbon cassettes in predetermined positions is adapted to be rotatably driven by a ribbon cassette motor and a plate for supplying the ribbon cassette and receiving the ribbon cassetts. The plate is joined to a take-up end portion of the ribbon cassette and the guiding arrangement is adapted to be moved in the forward and rearward direction for supplying the ribbon cassette and receiving the ribbon cassette by a transfer belt which can be moved by a cassette-moving motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuji Aoyagi, Syouji Yokoyama, Tomohiko Yanagita
  • Patent number: 4898488
    Abstract: A printer includes improved paper feeding mechanism. A manual paper guide plate below an automatic paper feeding device can guide a thick piece of paper into a printing position on the platen without bending it hard around the platen. A pin tractor below the manual paper guide plate can feed a continuous web substantially straight into the printing position. A print head below the platen prints out on the lower surface of printing paper, whereby the printed individual cut sheets of paper being piled up one after another with the printed surface facing downward in a proper paper order. A paper tray for holding the printed paper can alternatively change its position to reverse the discharge direction of the printed continuous web. The printed and reversed paper can be stacked on the upper surface of the manual paper guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Yokoi, Shigeo Nakamura, Hiroshi Yamanaka