Patents by Inventor Raymond L. Kirby

Raymond L. Kirby 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: 4553476
    Abstract: There is disclosed an ink pad having an elongated one-piece body of molded plastic construction and an ink receptive pad supported by the body. The body has a bottom wall with projections adapted to engage in corresponding holes in a carrier support. The invention also relates to an ink cartridge having an elongated body of plastics material. An ink-receptive pad supported by the body, a projection extending upwardly from a top wall of the body, a resilient retainer disposed above the projection and secured to the body, the retainer having a portion extending laterally from the projection and adapted to releasably engage a support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4508252
    Abstract: There is disclosed web feeding apparatus and method for feeding a web from a web roll to a utilization device. The paying out of the web from the web roll into a U-shaped buffer loop is assisted by a pair of cooperating feed rolls which engage the web along the buffer loop. When the loop decreases to a certain extent, a sensing member causes the feed rolls to rotate to pay additional web material out of the web roll until the loop has increased to a certain extent. The web material extends from the buffer loop over the web roll and is guided to the utilization device, for example, a printer. The feed rolls can be caused to rotate when a manually engageable lever is moved in one direction. Alternatively the feed rolls can be separated and caused to rotate when the member is moved in the opposite direction. The apparatus also includes a reel assembly having a reel for handling web rolls having a variety of different widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Ivary, Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4416155
    Abstract: This electronic noise detector is an instructional device for classroom teachers to use in achieving academic excellence in educating students. Academic excellence is, among other things, dependent upon good discipline in the classroom and excessive noise in a classroom is disruptive of good discipline. This invention provides the classroom teacher with a means of immediately controlling the noise level in any classroom with any arrangement of the students. It further provides a means for instructing students to accept responsibility for maintaining a level of noise to the classroom which is conducive to achieving academic excellence.Operation of the device is simple. The teacher places it any place in the classroom that may be desired and turns it on. The device is then in a monitoring mode. The teacher sets an adjustable gain control and predetermines a level of noise which will be unacceptable. The device monitors the classroom without further intervention of the teacher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1983
    Assignee: Buddy B. Simpson A/B Electronics
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby
  • Patent number: 4364503
    Abstract: There is disclosed web feeding apparatus and method for feeding a web from a web roll to a utilization device. The paying out of the web from the web roll into a U-shaped buffer loop is assisted by a pair of cooperating feed rolls which engage the web along the buffer loop. When the loop decreases to a certain extent, a sensing member causes the feed rolls to rotate to pay additional web material out of the web roll until the loop has increased to a certain extent. The web material extends from the buffer loop over the web roll and is guided to the utilization device, for example, a printer. The feed rolls can be caused to rotate when a manually engageable lever is moved in one direction. Alternatively the feed rolls can be separated and caused to rotate when the member is moved in the opposite direction. The apparatus also includes a reel assembly having a reel for handling web rolls having a variety of different widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Ivary, Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4331302
    Abstract: There is disclosed web feeding apparatus and method for feeding a web from a web roll to a utilization device. The paying out of the web from the web roll into a U-shaped buffer loop is assisted by a pair of cooperating feed rolls which engage the web along the buffer loop. When the loop decreases to a certain extent, a sensing member causes the feed rolls to rotate to pay additional web material out of the web roll until the loop has increased to a certain extent. The web material extends from the buffer loop over the web roll and is guided to the utilization device, for example, a printer. The feed rolls can be caused to rotate when a manually engageable lever is moved in one direction. Alternatively the feed rolls can be seperated and caused to rotate when the member is moved in the opposite direction. The apparatus also includes a reel assembly having a reel for handling web rolls having a variety of different widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1982
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Ivary, Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4292893
    Abstract: There is disclosed a print head with toothed drive wheels for advancing respective printing members such as printing bands. The print head has one or more blank elements or spacers having toothed surfaces defining a gap or space which enables an indexing gear to be shifted smoothly relative to the toothed drive wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4164185
    Abstract: There is disclosed a printing, feeding and severing method and apparatus for carrying out the method. The apparatus includes a print head assembly and a platen assembly movable relatively toward and away from each other into and out of printing cooperation, mechanism for inking the print head assembly, mechanism for feeding a web of record members to between the print head assembly and the platen assembly, the web being in roll form and there being means to assist the gradual unwinding of the roll with gradual paying out of web material from the roll to the feeding mechanism, an idler contacting the web and disposed at a slight angle to the direction of feed of the web to cause the web to follow a feed edge, record severing means disposed downstream of the print head assembly and the platen assembly, and a modular support assembly of a print head of the print head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1979
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4085287
    Abstract: This data transmitting apparatus is illustrated in a system for the remote reading of water meters. It includes a passive transmitter operated by the meter, a receiver including a source of energy, and means for connecting the receiver and its energy source to the transmitter. The receiver includes electrical loading means enabling it to read a submerged meter. The receiver is compatible with one type of transmitter having 14 output wires and with another type having only three. The data, e.g., a reading of a meter, is transmitted as binary data in a word of 16 characters, each comprising four bits. A pulse coding system is insensitive to noise, and includes a first bit detector for each character, and a final character detector for each word. The receiver detects open circuits in the transmitter and produces an error signal in response to such open circuits. The receiver and transmitter may be coupled through a manual connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1978
    Assignee: Neptune Water Meter Company
    Inventors: Donald J. Kullmann, Daniel A. Seltzer, Raymond L. Kirby
  • Patent number: 4052938
    Abstract: There is disclosed printing apparatus having a pivotally mounted print head which cooperates with a platen, a cam shaft to which a cam is secured for actuating the print head and to which another cam is secured for driving an operating lever. The cam means is part of a lost-motion connection which couples the slide to the inker. As the operating lever is cammed in one direction to move the feed finger forward, the inker is moved into and out of inking cooperation with the print head assembly. Both an ink cartridge and an ink pad assembly are mounted on yieldable supports to promote uniform pressure contact and hence uniform inking. The print head is provided with toothed drive wheels and one or more intervening blank elements or spacers each having tooth surfaces defining a gap or space which enables an indexing gear to be shifted smoothly relative to the toothed drive wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby
  • Patent number: 4023491
    Abstract: A printing plate is mounted on a driven print cylinder, and ink is applied to the face of the plate by an ink applying roll which forms a nip with an ink distributing roll positioned below and horizontally offset from the ink applying roll. The rolls are driven in timed relation by a set of connecting gears and are adjustable as a unit independently on opposite ends for selecting precision uniform contact of the ink applying roll with the printing plate. In addition, the ink distributing roll is adjustable on opposite ends independently relative to the ink applying roll for precisely adjusting the nip between the rolls without changing the drive relationship. The ink is supplied to the rolls by an ink recirculating pump actuated by a cam driven by the same motor which drives the print cylinder, the ink rolls and an optional web cut-off unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4023485
    Abstract: There is disclosed a printing, feeding and severing method and apparatus for carrying out the method. The apparatus includes a print head assembly and a platen assembly movable relatively toward and away from each other into and out of printing cooperation, mechanism for inking the print head assembly, mechanism for feeding a web of record members to between the print head assembly and the platen assembly, the web being in roll form and there being means to assist the gradual unwinding of the roll with gradual paying out of web material from the roll to the feeding mechanism, an idler contacting the web and disposed at a slight angle to the direction of feed of the web to cause the web to follow a feed edge, record severing means disposed downstream of the print head assembly and the platen assembly, and a modular support assembly of a print head of the print head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1973
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 3933092
    Abstract: There is disclosed printing apparatus having a pivotally mounted print head which cooperates with a platen, a cam shaft to which a cam is secured for actuating the print head and to which another cam is secured for driving an operating lever. The operating lever is coupled to a slide which drives a feed finger and cam means for actuating an inker. The travel of the feed finger is selectively variable by changing the position of the pivot on which the lever is mounted. The cam means is part of a lost-motion connection which couples the slide to the inker. As the operating lever is cammed in one direction to move the feed finger forward, the inker is moved into and out of inking cooperation with the print head assembly. Because of the lost-motion connection adjustment of the pivot does not affect the length of travel of the inker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1976
    Assignee: Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Kirby, Jr.