Patents by Inventor Gary T. Markhart

Gary T. Markhart 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).

  • Publication number: 20170129234
    Abstract: An apparatus for thermally processing a relief image printing element and a method of using the same. The relief image printing element comprises at least one photopolymer layer, and is selectively exposed to actinic radiation to crosslink portions of the at least one photopolymer layer, while portions of the at least one photopolymer layer are not exposed to actinic radiation, and are not crosslinked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Ryan W. Vest, Gary T. Markhart, Brian Cook
  • Patent number: 7767383
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of selectively pre-exposing a photosensitive printing element prior to imagewise exposure in order to remove oxygen from the photosensitive layer prior to imagewise exposure. The invention is usable in a computer-to-plate process to produce flexographic relief image printing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: David H. Roberts, Gary T. Markhart
  • Publication number: 20090042138
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of selectively pre-exposing a photosensitive printing element prior to imagewise exposure in order to remove oxygen from the photosensitive layer prior to imagewise exposure. The invention is usable in a computer-to-plate process to produce flexographic relief image printing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: David H. Roberts, Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 7237482
    Abstract: An improved flexo processor and a method of using the improved flexo processor to increase the flexibility of both the type and the size of the flexographic printing element that may be processed. The novel thermal plate processor system is capable of processing both flat and round photosensitive printing elements with only minimal changes to the system. The thermal plate processor system may also include means for exposure and post-exposure/detack in the same system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventors: Ryan Vest, Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 7202008
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and a method of using the apparatus to remove non-crosslinked photopolymer from an imaged and exposed surface of a relief image printing element. Included are means for supporting and rotating the printing element, means for softening and/or melting non-crosslinked photopolymer on the imaged and exposed surface of the printing element, and at least one thermal developing assembly. The thermal developing assembly includes means for supplying an absorbent material that is contactable with the printing element, and that is capable of removing at least a portion of the softened and/or melted non-crosslinked photopolymer, and means for causing the absorbent material to contact at least a portion of the printing element. The absorbent material is backed with an endless impression belt that is supported by a plurality of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventors: Albert Roshelli, Jr., Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 7152529
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and a system for forming a relief image on a photosensitive printing element. The system comprises an enclosure housing a conveyor and a heatable roller. The photosensitive printing element is positioned on a continuous loop of the conveyor and the heatable roller is urged towards the photosensitive printing element on the conveyor. An absorbent material is conducted over the heatable roller and is used to absorb at least a portion of the liquefied or softened material from the photosensitive printing element when the heatable roller is heated. The system also comprises ventilation means operatively connected to the enclosure for treating and recycling air containing contaminants that are released into the enclosure as the portion of the photosensitive material is heated and then softens. The ventilation means typically include a particulate filter and a bed of adsorbent material. The treated air may then be returned to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventors: Timothy Gotsick, Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 7044055
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and a system for forming a relief image on a photosensitive printing element. The system comprises an enclosure housing a conveyor and a heatable roller. The photosensitive printing element is positioned on a continuous loop of the conveyor and the heatable roller is urged towards the photosensitive printing element on the conveyor. An absorbent material is conducted over the heatable roller and is used to absorb at least a portion of the liquefied or softened material from the photosensitive printing element when the heatable roller is heated. The system also comprises ventilation means operatively connected to the enclosure for treating and recycling air containing contaminants that are released into the enclosure as the portion of the photosensitive material is heated and then softens. The ventilation means typically include a particulate filter and a bed of adsorbent material. The treated air may then be returned to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventors: Timothy Gotsick, Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 7041432
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for thermally developing a flexographic printing element to reveal a relief image on the surface and a method of using the apparatus to expose and develop a flexographic printing element. The apparatus typically comprises means for softening or melting non-crosslinked photopolymer on the imaged and exposed surface of the flexographic printing element; at least one roll that is contactable with the imaged surface of the flexographic printing element and capable of moving over at least a portion of the imaged surface of the flexographic printing element to remove the softened or melted non-crosslinked photopolymer on the imaged and exposed surface of the flexographic printing element; and means for maintaining contact between the at least one roll and the imaged and exposed surface of the flexographic printing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 6998218
    Abstract: An improved thermal development apparatus is used to remove uncured photopolymer from the imaged surface of a flexographic printing element. The apparatus typically comprises one or more heatable rolls that are contactable with an imaged surface of a flexographic printing element; and means for maintaining contact between the one or more heatable rolls and the imaged surface of the flexographic printing element. The one or more heatable rolls are heated and is moved over at least a portion of the imaged surface of the flexographic printing element, and non-crosslinked polymer on the imaged surface of the flexographic printing element is melted and removed by the one or more heatable rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 4707139
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for controlling a continuous mixer having a gear pump discharge or an extruder screw discharge. The continuous mixer, which includes a charging orifice spaced apart from a discharge orifice, feeds material fed through the charging orifice through a melter/mixer. The material is caused to move through a chamber by one or more bladed rotors which are controlled by a motor. The discharge of this material through the mixer is controlled by the gear pump, and the RPM of the pump gears is controlled in relation to the torque produced by the motor which drives the bladed rotors. A change in torque produced by this motor will result in a change in the RPM of the pump gears, thereby maintaining the rotor torque and consequently the mixing energy exerted on the material being mixed in the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Farrell Corporation
    Inventors: David Valenzky, Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 4542992
    Abstract: Apparatus for mixing powdered and liquid materials to form slurries comprising a mixer body having an inlet for such materials and parallel mixing chambers extending to a discharge outlet. Rotors are mounted for rotation in the chambers and include feed sections leading from the inlet to mixing sections and to the outlet. The mixing section of each rotor includes a first lobed mixing portion having short advancing helices, and reverse helices adapted to quickly wet and pressurize the mixture to force entrapped air back through inlet. The mixing section also has a second mixing portion having an increased number of lobes following the first portion to increase the mixing action and shear on the mixture. The second mixing section is followed by a lobed discharge section adapted to impel the mixture through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: USM Corporation
    Inventor: Gary T. Markhart