Patents by Inventor Thomas Türke

Thomas Türke 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: 10434760
    Abstract: There is described a color control pattern (CP) for the optical measurement of colors printed on a sheet or web substrate (S) by means of a multicolor printing press, especially by means of a multicolor security printing press, which substrate (S) exhibits an effective printed region (EF) having a multicolor printed image comprising a plurality of juxtaposed colored areas (A-H) printed with a corresponding plurality of printing inks of different colors, wherein the color control pattern (CP) is located in a margin portion (Im) of the substrate (S) next to the effective printed region (EF). The color control pattern (CP) comprises one or more color control strips (a-d) extending transversely to a direction of transport (T) of the substrate (S), each color control strip (a-d) comprising a plurality of distinct color control fields (CF, CFA to CFH) consisting of printed fields of each relevant printing ink that is printed in the effective printed region (EF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Jean-Baptiste Lanternier
  • Publication number: 20190176461
    Abstract: There is described a color control pattern (CP) for the optical measurement of colors printed on a sheet or web substrate (S) by means of a multicolor printing press, especially by means of a multicolor security printing press, which substrate (S) exhibits an effective printed region (EF) having a multicolor printed image comprising a plurality of juxtaposed colored areas (A-H) printed with a corresponding plurality of printing inks of different colors, wherein the color control pattern (CP) is located in a margin portion (Im) of the substrate (S) next to the effective printed region (EF). The color control pattern (CP) comprises one or more color control strips (a-d) extending transversely to a direction of transport (T) of the substrate (S), each color control strip (a-d) comprising a plurality of distinct color control fields (CF, CFA to CFH) consisting of printed fields of each relevant printing ink that is printed in the effective printed region (EF).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas TÜRKE, Harald Heinrich WILLEKE, Jean-Baptiste LANTERNIER
  • Patent number: 10059093
    Abstract: There is described an inspection system (50) for in-line inspection of sheet or web material on an intaglio printing press, wherein the inspection system comprises an optical quality control apparatus for carrying out inspection of a printed area on a printed side of the sheet or web material, the optical quality control apparatus including a camera system (55) with one or more camera units each comprising at least one line-scan camera (56) for scanning and acquiring an image of the printed area while the sheet or web material is being transported in the intaglio printing press past the camera system (55).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Johannes Georg Schaede, Thomas Türke, Rolf Volkmar Schwitzky
  • Patent number: 9850085
    Abstract: There is described a sheet numbering process involving feeding of individual sheets (S) in succession, which individual sheets (S) each carry a plurality of imprints (P) that are arranged in a matrix of rows and columns, and providing unique serial numbers to multiple ones of the plurality of imprints (P) carried by the individual sheets (S). The sheet numbering process comprises numbering of at least some of the individual sheets (S), wherein numbering of the individual sheets (S) is selectively commutable between a first numbering scheme (N1) and at least a second numbering scheme (N2; N2?; N*), different from the first numbering scheme (N1), without interruption of the numbering process. The first numbering scheme (N1) involves providing all imprints (P) of a first subset (S0) of individual sheets (S) with a unique serial number (SN1) of the first numbering scheme (N1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Matthias Gygi
  • Publication number: 20160016744
    Abstract: There is described a sheet numbering process involving feeding of individual sheets (S) in succession, which individual sheets (S) each carry a plurality of imprints (P) that are arranged in a matrix of rows and columns, and providing unique serial numbers to multiple ones of the plurality of imprints (P) carried by the individual sheets (S). The sheet numbering process comprises numbering of at least some of the individual sheets (S), wherein numbering of the individual sheets (S) is selectively commutable between a first numbering scheme (N1) and at least a second numbering scheme (N2; N2?; N*), different from the first numbering scheme (N1), without interruption of the numbering process. The first numbering scheme (N1) involves providing all imprints (P) of a first subset (S0) of individual sheets (S) with a unique serial number (SN1) of the first numbering scheme (N1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas TÜRKE, Matthias GYGI
  • Patent number: 9216569
    Abstract: There is described a device (1) for offline inspection and color measurement of printed sheets for the production of banknotes and like printed securities, comprising (i) a console (10) having a supporting surface (10a) for supporting a sample printed sheet (S), (ii) a multipurpose measuring apparatus (20), which multipurpose measuring apparatus (20) comprises multiple sensors (22, 23) including at least one camera (22) for taking images of selected portions of the sample printed sheet (S) and a color measurement sensor (23) for performing spectrophotometric, colorimetric, and/or densitometric measurements at selected locations on (22, 23) the sample printed sheet (S), (iii) a display (30) for displaying the images taken by the camera (22) and the measurements performed by the color measurement sensor (23), and (iv) a control and processing unit (40) coupled to the multipurpose measuring apparatus (20) and the display (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Jean-Baptiste Lanternier
  • Patent number: 9042632
    Abstract: There is described a method for touchless counting of substantially planar substrates, especially banknotes, which are stacked in the form of stacks of substrates, said method comprising the following steps: taking at least one sample image of a portion of a side of a stack of substrates, which sample image contains contrast information representing substrate edges that extend along substantially a first direction in the sample image; processing the contrast information representing the substrate edges within the sample image (10), which processing includes subjecting at least one area of interest (20) within the sample image (10) to anisotropic diffusion to produce a processed image containing a substantially coherent set of continuous lines representing the substrate edges; and counting the number of substrate edges in said processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventors: Denis Petker, Volker Lohweg, Eugen Gillich, Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Publication number: 20140218502
    Abstract: There is described an inspection system (50) for in-line inspection of sheet or web material on an intaglio printing press, wherein the inspection system comprises an optical quality control apparatus for carrying out inspection of a printed area on a printed side of the sheet or web material, the optical quality control apparatus including a camera system (55) with one or more camera units each comprising at least one line-scan camera (56) for scanning and acquiring an image of the printed area while the sheet or web material is being transported in the intaglio printing press past the camera system (55).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Johannes Georg Schaede, Thomas Türke, Rolf Volkmar Schwitzky
  • Publication number: 20140147029
    Abstract: There is described a method for touchless counting of substantially planar substrates, especially banknotes, which are stacked in the form of stacks of substrates, said method comprising the following steps: taking at least one sample image of a portion of a side of a stack of substrates, which sample image contains contrast information representing substrate edges that extend along substantially a first direction in the sample image; processing the contrast information representing the substrate edges within the sample image (10), which processing includes subjecting at least one area of interest (20) within the sample image (10) to anisotropic diffusion to produce a processed image containing a substantially coherent set of continuous lines representing the substrate edges; and counting the number of substrate edges in said processed image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Denis Petker, Volker Lohweg, Eugen Gillich, Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 8613254
    Abstract: There is described a method for detection of occurrence of printing errors on printed substrates during processing thereof on a printing press comprising the steps of providing multiple sensors on functional components of the printing press to monitor the behavior of the printing press during processing of the printed substrates and performing an in-line analysis of the behavior of the printing press to determine occurrence of a characteristic behavior of the printing press which leads or is likely to lead to occurrence of printing errors on the printed substrates or which leads or is likely to lead to good printing quality of the printed substrates. In-line analysis of the behavior of the printing press preferably includes performing fuzzy pattern classification of the behavior of the printing press. According to one embodiment of the proposed method in-line analysis of the behavior of the printing press is coupled with an in-line optical inspection of the printed substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: KBA-Notasys SA
    Inventors: Volker Lohweg, Johannes Georg Schaede, Thomas Türke
  • Publication number: 20130319269
    Abstract: There is described a color control pattern (CP) for the optical measurement of colors printed on a sheet or web substrate (S) by means of a multicolor printing press, especially by means of a multicolor security printing press, which substrate (S) a exhibits an effective printed region (EF) having a multicolor printed image comprising a plurality of juxtaposed colored areas (A-H) printed with a corresponding plurality of printing inks of different colors, wherein the color control pattern (CP) is located in a margin portion (Im) of the substrate (S) next to the effective printed region (EF). The color control pattern (CP) comprises one or more color control strips (a-d) extending transversely to a direction of transport (T) of the substrate (S), each color control strip (a-d) comprising a plurality of distinct color control fields (CF, CFA to CFH) consisting of printed fields of each relevant printing ink that is printed in the effective printed region (EF).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Jean-Baptiste Lanternier
  • Patent number: 8571327
    Abstract: A method for controlling the quality of printed documents, such as banknotes, in which only part of the surface of the printed documents is available for inspection, comprising the steps of (i) storing a reference image; (ii) acquiring a sample image of a sample printed document to be controlled, which sample image covers only a limited portion of the sample printed document; (iii) selecting a search pattern within the acquired sample image; (iv) searching the reference image for a match with the selected search pattern, (v) determining control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within said sample image and within said reference image, (vi) comparing the control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within the sample image with the control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within the reference image; and (vii) based on the results of the comparison of the control parameters, accepting or rejecting the sample printed document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Jörn Sacher, Bernd Stöber, Harald Willeke, Volker Lohweg, Thomas Türke
  • Patent number: 8035837
    Abstract: A communications system, with a network, is usable to transmit at least image data to at least one illuminating device. The illustrating device illustrates a printed image location in a printing machine. A network is provided for the control and/or monitoring of the printing machine. A network for the communication of data to be processed in a pre-printing stage is also provided in that pre-printing stage, which prepares that image data. These two networks are connected to the same signal line or transmission link or are each constructed identically, with respect to their data transmission properties. The communications system, with the network, can control or monitor a printing machine having a number of sections, with at least two of these sections having a section controlling device. These section controlling devices are connected to the network, and control or monitor their respective sections. The network has the same data transmission properties in each of these sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Stefan Birkenfeld, Thomas Türke
  • Patent number: 8001898
    Abstract: A method is used for adapting an inking unit of a printing press. During a setup phase for the printing press, at least a first actual value with regard to an ink application that is set at the inking unit and that is applied to the printed material, is determined by use of a first measuring device. The inking unit is initially set using this first actual value. During continuous printing of the printing press, a plurality of second actual values, with respect to a printed image formed on the printed materials, are determined using a second measuring device which is different from the first measuring device. These second values are fed to an ink adapting device for the inking unit. At least one of these several actual values, which corresponds to the setting mode in the setting phase, is set in the ink adjusting device as its setpoint value. The ink adjusting device detects deviations of the other second actual values for this setpoint value and adjusts the inking unit to minimize these deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke
  • Patent number: 8004706
    Abstract: A printed image is produced at least one printed image location using a printing machine with at least one illuminating device that produces at least one printed image at a number of printed image locations. These respective printed images belong to the same page of a printed product to be produced by the printing machine. This page of the printed product exists in the form of a file containing image data before it is produced as the printed image. That file contains image data of all of the printed images of the page of the printed product. A raster image processor is aligned with each printed image location and converts only image data of the printed images of the page of the printed product into raster data, with that printed image being assigned to a respective printed image position. A network is provided for use in the electronic communication of at least image data. Each raster image processor is connected to this network by an interface which receives data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Stefan Birkenfeld, Thomas Türke
  • Publication number: 20100189311
    Abstract: A method for controlling the quality of printed documents, such as banknotes, in which only part of the surface of the printed documents is available for inspection, comprising the steps of (i) storing a reference image; (ii) acquiring a sample image of a sample printed document to be controlled, which sample image covers only a limited portion of the sample printed document; (iii) selecting a search pattern within the acquired sample image; (iv) searching the reference image for a match with the selected search pattern, (v) determining control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within said sample image and within said reference image, (vi) comparing the control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within the sample image with the control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within the reference image; and (vii) based on the results of the comparison of the control parameters, accepting or rejecting the sample printed document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2007
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Jorn Sacher, Bernd Stöber, Harald Willeke, Volker Lohweg, Thomas Türke
  • Publication number: 20100116164
    Abstract: A method is used for adapting an inking unit of a printing press. During a setup phase for the printing press, at least a first actual value with regard to an ink application that is set at the inking unit and that is applied to the printed material, is determined by use of a first measuring device. The inking unit is initially set using this first actual value. During continuous printing of the printing press, a plurality of second actual values, with respect to a printed image formed on the printed materials, are determined using a second measuring device which is different from the first measuring device. These second values are fed to an ink adapting device for the inking unit. At least one of these several actual values, which corresponds to the setting mode in the setting phase, is set in the ink adjusting device as its setpoint value. The ink adjusting device detects deviations of the other second actual values for this setpoint value and adjusts the inking unit to minimize these deviations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke
  • Patent number: 7672486
    Abstract: The quality of printed matter, which is one of several copies of the same printed matter produced by a printing machine, is evaluated. An amount of copies of the printed matter is selected from the total production of this printed matter. The selected amount of these copies are evaluated with regard to at least one error type which belongs to an amount of different error types or with regard to at least one feature of the error. Within the selected amount of copies, an error of a defined error type or of a defined feature, which is detected on at least one of the copies, is evaluated in relation to at least one error of another type or feature detected on the same copy, or another copy of the selected amount. The printed matter is classified as having good or bad quality based on that evaluation. A common reading, producing image data, is obtained by an image sensor from the selected copies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Carsten Diederichs, Volker Lohweg, Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke
  • Patent number: 7650019
    Abstract: A method is used for the early identification of a deviation in the printed images which have been formed by a printing press during continuous production. A second decision threshold is provided, in addition to a decision regarding good or bad print quality. A current printed image, that has been captured, is compared with a reference image. If the current image deviates from the reference image, that deviation is evaluated using two decision thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke
  • Patent number: 7464645
    Abstract: A printing machine has at least one machine element which can be adjusted by the use of a setting element. An adjustment of the one machine element has an effect on the quality of the printing performed by the printing machine. An optical detection device, which includes a sensor that is oriented toward the surface of a material which is being printed, detects the quality of the printing. A controlling device receives data from the optical sensor and adjusts, together with the setting element, the at least one machine element based on a difference between a quality of the printing which has been specified as a set value and the quality of the printing detected as an actual value by the optical detection device. This adjustment is done to manage the differences between the set value and the actual value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Harald Heinz Peter Jeschonneck, Stefan Arthur Budach, Thomas Türke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Andreas Ewald Heinrich Bernard