Patents by Inventor Court L. Wolfe

Court L. Wolfe has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5429009
    Abstract: A movable robot for performing tasks upon and traversing a work surface. The robot having a first support means having a longitudinal axis. The first support means have first gripping means extending therefrom for detachable adhering the first support means to the work surface. The robot further having at least one second support means movably coupled to the first support means. Respective second gripping means extend from each second support means for detachable adhering the second support means to the work surface. The first and second gripping means are capable of being moved relative to one another both in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis and along a line that intersects the longitudinal axis. At least one tool is attached to one or more of the first and second support means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Court L. Wolfe, Mel Siegel, Christopher J. Alberts
  • Patent number: 5193456
    Abstract: A decorator for cylindrical objects, such as beverage cans and the like. The cylindrical members are carried by mandrels which are sequentially presented to rotating printing plates. A plurality of mandrels are carried by a mandrel cluster and the printing plates are carried by plate wheels. The decorator is capable of utilizing flexographic inks wherein the surface of the cylindrical body can be printed with a first ink, the ink rapidly dried, followed by the application of the second ink. The mandrels are compliantly supported on the mandrel cluster by pneumatic cylinders supplied with both high and low pressure air so that the spring rate of the complaint support may be varied to ensure uniform printing. Synchronization of the rotation of a mandrel with the rotation of a printing plate carried by a plate cylinder is critical so that the second image is precisely in register with respect to a first applied image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Court L. Wolfe, Regis J. Leonard, John M. Jourdain, Edward W. Evans, Justin R. DeCheck