Patents by Inventor Michael Jonathan Coates

Michael Jonathan Coates 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: 20200130344
    Abstract: A print registration system for a beverage can decorator includes an axial registration system and a circumferential registration system. Each registration system is independent and includes a slider that is translated by a motorized lead screw. Axial movement of the axial registration slider is transmitted to axial adjustment of the plate cylinder by a mechanical connection between the axial registration slider and the plate cylinder shaft. Translation of the circumferential registration slider is transmitted to a helical gear mounted to the plate cylinder shaft such that the plate cylinder shaft is rotated by the movement of the circumferential registration slider upon engagement of the helical driven gear with a stationary drive gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Egerton, Michael Jonathan Coates, Daren Blake, Michael Halstead, Damien Bailey
  • Publication number: 20200130345
    Abstract: An over-varnish unit and mandrel pre-spin system for a can decorator, especially for beverage can bodies, can have a mandrel pre-spin belt that is outside of the over-varnish unit housing. The position of the can infeed on the mandrel wheel and the print point is controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Egerton, Michael Jonathan Coates, Daren Blake, Michael Halstead, Damien Bailey
  • Publication number: 20200130347
    Abstract: An oscillating roller system for a beverage can decorator is driven back and forth by a cam follower. A cam body having a cam is mounted to a frame of the inker system. Three oscillating cam roller assemblies are positioned about the cam body. Rotation of the cam oscillates the cam followers for each one of the oscillating rollers. Bearings of the oscillating roller assemblies includes an inlet gallery and outlet gallery for a closed loop lubrication system. The rollers are water cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Egerton, Michael Jonathan Coates, Daren Blake, Michael Halstead, Damien Bailey
  • Patent number: 10376913
    Abstract: A system for spraying a coating such as lacquer on the internal surface of a can body (2) comprising vacuum chuck gears (42) for each vacuum chuck (16). The vacuum chucks hold the can body as it rotates about a main process turret (10) and to a spray station (32, 34). A ring gear rotates independently of main turret rotation and further gearing connects the ring gear to a vacuum chuck drive motor (11). The spray system provides tight process control and allows flexibility of process revolutions or use of higher machine production speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20170036229
    Abstract: A system for spraying a coating such as lacquer on the internal surface of a can body (2) comprising vacuum chuck gears (42) for each vacuum chuck (16). The vacuum chucks hold the can body as it rotates about a main process turret (10) and to a spray station (32, 34). A ring gear rotates independently of main turret rotation and further gearing connects the ring gear to a vacuum chuck drive motor (11). The spray system provides tight process control and allows flexibility of process revolutions or use of higher machine production speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Patent number: 9452600
    Abstract: An infeed system for a can body decorator in which undecorated can bodies are transported from an upstream supply in a conveyor (21). In the conveyor (21), the can bodies have a linear pitch as they are touching each other. One or more infeed turrets (22, 23; 25, 27; 28, 9, 3) separate each can body and change the pitch to the circular pitch of a separator turret and, ultimately to that of the mandrel wheel (10) in the decorator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jonathan Coates, Daniel Egerton
  • Publication number: 20150336750
    Abstract: An infeed system for a can body decorator in which undecorated can bodies are transported from an upstream supply in a conveyor (21). In the conveyor (21), the can bodies have a linear pitch as they are touching each other. One or more infeed turrets (22, 23; 25, 27; 28, 9, 3) separate each can body and change the pitch to the circular pitch of a separator turret and, ultimately to that of the mandrel wheel (10) in the decorator assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Jonathan COATES, Daniel EGERTON
  • Patent number: 9027733
    Abstract: An infeed apparatus for the manufacture of containers such as can bodies, comprises a series of 3 or more infeed turrets (22, 30). The infeed turrets (22, 30) take a can body as linear pitch and convert this pitch to a circular pitch. By use of the series of turrets, the can passes to a machine such as a container processing machine not only at a desired linear pitch but also at the specified processing speed. The exchange ratio between individual turrets (22, 30) in the infeed turret series is variable and no greater than 2:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Patent number: 8459088
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring compressed air between machine elements uses a rotary manifold in which an orifice restrictor is provided between the air supply, between each piston and shoe. The orifice restrictors meter volumetric flow rate during loading and/or unloading cans from the apparatus, thereby optimised compressed air consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20130062161
    Abstract: An infeed apparatus for the manufacture of containers such as can bodies, comprises a series of 3 or more infeed turrets (22, 30). The infeed turrets (22, 30) take a can body as linear pitch and convert this pitch to a circular pitch. By use of the series of turrets, the can passes to a machine such as a container processing machine not only at a desired linear pitch but also at the specified processing speed. The exchange ratio between individual turrets (22, 30) in the infeed turret series is variable and no greater than 2:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Patent number: 8286456
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring compressed air between machine elements uses a rotary manifold (110) in which an orifice restrictor (140) is provided between the air supply (115), between each piston (125) and shoe (130). The orifice restrictors (140) meter volumetric flow rate during loading and/or unloading cans from the apparatus, thereby optimised compressed air consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Patent number: 7942256
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling articles (4) through a multi-stage process, the apparatus comprising at least one rotatable process turret (2) having a number of pockets (3), wherein each pocket (3) is adapted to support an article (4). The pockets (3) are arranged in groups and each group of pockets (3A, 3B, 3C) has associated tooling (5A, 5B, 5C), which carries out one stage of the process. The articles (4) are initially fed into one group of pockets (3A) only. A re-phase means (6) is provided to transfer the article (4) from one group of pockets (3A, 3B) to another (3B, 3C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20100311556
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring compressed air between machine elements uses a rotary manifold (110) in which an orifice restrictor (140) is provided between the air supply (115), between each piston (125) and shoe (130). The orifice restrictors (140) meter volumetric flow rate during loading and/or unloading cans from the apparatus, thereby optimised compressed air consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20080168815
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling articles (4) through a multi-stage process, the apparatus comprising at least one rotatable process turret (2) having a number of pockets (3), wherein each pocket (3) is adapted to support an article (4). The pockets (3) are arranged in groups and each group of pockets (3A, 3B, 3C) has associated tooling (5A, 5B, 5C), which carries out one stage of the process. The articles (4) are initially fed into one group of pockets (3A) only. A re-phase means (6) is provided to transfer the article (4) from one group of pockets (3A, 3B) to another (3B, 3C).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates