Multicolor Patents (Class 101/115)
  • Patent number: 10046553
    Abstract: A method of screen printing positionally synchronizes a plurality of pallet assemblies on a first screen printing machine with a plurality of pallet assemblies on a second screen printing machine. A screen printed garment having a properly aligned first image received from the first screen printing machine is transferred on a portion of one of the pallet assemblies on the first screen printing machine to one of the plurality of pallet assemblies on the second printing machine. The properly aligned first image on the garment is in proper positional alignment with a screen printing head on the second screen printing machine such that a second image complimentary to the first image is printed on the garment in proper position on the garment relative to the first image without user intervention to positionally locate the first image relative to the screen printing head on the second machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10040313
    Abstract: Processes and machines for decorating exterior surfaces of elongated, three-dimensional, discrete articles of manufacture, with decorative indicia and textural patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Allen, Robert Paul Cassoni
  • Patent number: 10028392
    Abstract: A method of printing solder paste in a component board and a stencil set for doing the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes using a first stencil having a first thickness to print solder paste into at least one through hole in the component board. The method further includes using a second stencil having a second thickness to print solder paste for at least one surface mounted part on the component board, subsequent to using the first stencil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Andrew Trelford, William Lonzo Woods, Jr., Thang Danh Truong
  • Patent number: 10016784
    Abstract: Apparatus includes a mask having an aperture corresponding to the desired shaped film product, a mask support arranged and configured to support the mask, and a system for delivering a plurality of film-forming compositions to the mask aperture. The system includes a plurality of film-forming composition reservoirs in fluid communication with at least one pump to deliver the film-forming compositions to the mask aperture; a pump controller to control the flow of the film-forming compositions, and a multistream nozzle arranged and configured to receive the film-forming compositions and to deliver them to the mask aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Curt Binner, Kenneth A. Pelley
  • Patent number: 9919513
    Abstract: A circulating feeding printer combining screen printing and digital ink jetting, includes a rack. The rack includes an upper rack layer and a lower rack layer, and the two layers are respectively provided with a transmission platen capable of moving relative to the rack. Each transmission platen is provided with a movable printing platen bearing a print medium capable of sliding relative to the transmission platen, a locking device locking the movable printing platen, and the transmission platen is arranged between them. The platen transfer devices capable of transferring the movable printing platen onto the transmission platen at the different layer are disposed on the rack, separately located at two sides of the transmission platens. The rack is further provided with a screen printer and an inkjet printer used for printing separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TAOTECH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao He
  • Patent number: 9809020
    Abstract: An automatic screen registration device for a registering a screen printing frame and method of use that includes generally (1) a print head or plurality of print heads; (2) frame or frames attached directly to the print head(s) and (3) a means for positioning a screen in the frame(s). The present invention uses a multi-point registration system that is attached to each print head of a screen printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lawson Screen Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoff McCue
  • Patent number: 9561642
    Abstract: A screen printing system includes a screen printing machine. The screen printing machines includes a screen printing unit with a screen. A platen arm assembly includes a platen configured to move in a telescoping direction from at least a first position where the platen is positioned under the screen to a second position that is different from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Rick L. Fuqua
  • Patent number: 9555441
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method of coating a workpiece includes moving a coating applicator mounted to a coating dispensing robot relative to a workpiece and moving a mask mounted to a masking robot relative to the workpiece, wherein the mask is positioned between the coating applicator and the workpiece. A portion of the coating dispensed by the applicator is deposited on the workpiece, and another portion is intercepted by and deposited onto the mask. A desired pattern of coating can be deposited by moving the mask or dispenser or both in a coordinated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Didier Rouaud
  • Patent number: 9316510
    Abstract: A method for detecting the position of a conveyor, comprising the steps of: providing on the conveyor belt an irregular marking, constituted by marks and the like that are detectable optically; by means of a vision device, detecting portions of the marking at preset time intervals; comparing a detection performed by the vision device with a previously performed detection, in order to determine the extent and direction of the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: COMELZ S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Corsico Piccolino
  • Patent number: 8985013
    Abstract: A gravure printing system is disclosed. The gravure printing system of the present disclosure is provided with a central roll having a plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof. A first of the plurality of discrete cells receives a first fluid from a first position internal to the central roll and a second of the plurality of discrete cells receives a second fluid from a second position internal to the central roll, the first fluid being different from the second fluid. The first and second cells are disposed adjacent each other upon the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, Thomas Timothy Byrne, André Mellin
  • Patent number: 8943960
    Abstract: A process for printing a web substrate in contacting engagement with an external surface of a central roll of a contact printing system is disclosed. The process comprises the steps of: a) providing the central roll with a plurality of cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof; b) providing a first fluid satisfying a first system of equations to a first of the cells from a position internal to the central roll; c) providing a second fluid satisfying a second system of equations to a second of the cells from a position internal to the central roll; d) contactingly engaging the web substrate with the external surface of said central roll and, e) fluidically displacing the first and second fluids from the first and second cells onto the web substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Scott Prodoehl, Kevin Benson McNeil, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Patent number: 8943957
    Abstract: A contact printing system is disclosed. The contact printing system can print X colors upon a web substrate in the machine direction. The contact printing system has X-Y printing components where X and Y are whole numbers, 0<Y<X, and X>1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, Thomas Timothy Byrne, André Mellin
  • Patent number: 8943958
    Abstract: A contact printing system is disclosed. The contact printing system has a central roll having a plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof. Adjacent cells of the plurality of discrete cells each have a fluid disposed therein from a respective location internal to the central roll. Each fluid is disposable from each of the cells to a web substrate and provides a resultant color upon the web substrate having a 2-D gamut boundary represented by a defined system of CIELab equations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Scott Prodoehl, Kevin Benson McNeil, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Patent number: 8920663
    Abstract: A method for producing a security element having microdepressions for security papers, with the microdepressions being colored with a certain color, involves the steps of (a) coating an upper side of a carrier with an embossable layer; (b1) forming microdepressions in the embossable layer to configure an embossed layer; (c) applying the certain color on the upper side, so that the color remains in the microdepressions; (b2) applying a structured protective layer on the coated upper side, wherein the structured protective layer does not cover the microdepressions that are to be colored with the certain color, after step (b1) and before step (c); and removing the structured protective layer and thereby a color toning after step (c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Mario Keller
  • Patent number: 8839716
    Abstract: A gravure printing system is disclosed. The gravure printing system is provided with a central roll having a first plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof. Each cell of the first plurality of discrete cells is capable of receiving a fluid that is a first combination of at least two primary fluids. Each of the at least two primary fluids are placed in fluid contact at a first position internal to the central roll. The first combination of at least two primary fluids is fluidically displaceable into a first cell of the first plurality of discrete cells from a second position internal to the central roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Thomas Timothy Byrne, Michael Scott Prodoehl
  • Patent number: 8839717
    Abstract: A process for printing a web substrate in contacting engagement with an external surface of a central roll of a contact printing system is disclosed. The process comprises the steps of: a) providing the central roll with a plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof; b) contactingly engaging at least two primary fluids internal to the central roll to form a first secondary fluid; c) fluidically displacing the first secondary fluid into a first portion of the plurality of discrete cells from a position internal to the central roll; and, d) displacing the first secondary fluid from each of the first portion of discrete cells onto the web substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, Michael Scott Prodoehl, André Mellin, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Patent number: 8833250
    Abstract: A gravure printing system is disclosed. The gravure printing system has a central roll with a plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof. A first of the plurality of discrete cells are capable of receiving at least one fluid and a second of the plurality of discrete cells are capable of receiving at least two fluids. Each of the fluids is fluidically displaced into the first and second cells from a position internal to the central roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, Michael Scott Prodoehl, André Mellin, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Patent number: 8807026
    Abstract: Method for printing on a wafer (1) by screen-printing, characterized in that it comprises the following steps: producing at least two first test-patterns (5a-5d) on the surface (4) of the wafer (1); printing at least four second test-patterns (6a-6d), distinct from the at least two first test-patterns (5a-5d), during printing on the surface (4) of the wafer (1) by screen-printing; measuring the actual distance obtained on the surface (4) of the wafer (1) between the first test-patterns (5a-5d) and the second test-patterns (6a-6d); comparing this actual distance with a theoretical distance in order to deduce therefrom the offset of the screen-printing screen (25) of the printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Armand Bettinelli
  • Publication number: 20140216282
    Abstract: The invention describes an apparatus for producing a multicoloured design on a surface of a beverage or a food item. The apparatus comprises a stencil mount (110) comprising a first locating member (118), and a stencil (120) defining a horizontal plane and comprising a second locating member (118). The stencil is adapted to rest upon the stencil mount in such a way that the first locating member engages with the second locating member, thereby inhibiting or preventing rotation of the stencil within the horizontal plane and relative to the stencil mount. It is further described a method of producing a design on a surface of a beverage or a food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Philip Allen
  • Patent number: 8794139
    Abstract: A printing apparatus operatively connectable to a mounting arm that comprises an interchangeable pallet unit with a longitudinal axis and operatively connectable to the mounting arm for movement along the longitudinal axis, an indexing mechanism operatively connected to the interchangeable pallet so as to permit the interchangeable pallet indexed movement in a direction transverse to said longitudinal axis, and a bar unit operatively connectable to the mounting arm configured to receive a printing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Graphic Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Keith, Carl A. Maxham
  • Publication number: 20140212635
    Abstract: A method for printing an image onto fabric, preferably a dark fabric, comprises the steps of transferring an image to the fabric to provide a transferred image on the fabric; and, subsequently applying a highlight that is lighter in color than the dark color to at least a portion of the fabric surrounding the transferred image and/or a margin of the transferred image. A fabric such as a T-shirt comprising a sublimated image and white highlights is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: ACCOLADE GROUP INC.
    Inventor: Hyman Ngo
  • Publication number: 20140047988
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-aligning stencil device for producing a multi-color composite image on a target surface. The self-aligning stencil device includes a central panel and a plurality of stencil panels foldably connected to the central panel. The central panel includes a solid region and a cut-out region. The solid region of the central panel includes a front surface and a back surface, and is defined by an outer border of the central panel and an inner border of the central panel. The cut-out region is vacant space that is defined by the inner border of the central panel. Each stencil panel has its own distinct stencil pattern and is foldably connected to a different corresponding portion of the outer border of the central panel, thereby forming a connection fold between each stencil panel and its corresponding portion of the outer border of the central panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE ART CONCEPTS, LLC
    Inventors: John G. SWISHER, Janna MAKAEVA
  • Patent number: 8616126
    Abstract: A contact printing system is disclosed. The contact printing system is provided with a central roll having a plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof. Each of the plurality of discrete cells is in fluidic communication with a respective fluid delivery channel. Each of the fluid delivery channels are formed in situ with the formation of the central roll and the plurality of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Thomas Timothy Byrne, André Mellin
  • Patent number: 8601944
    Abstract: A screen printing machine includes a supporting member, a printing mechanism, and a spraying mechanism. The supporting member includes a supporting surface, a number of cavities defined in the supporting surface to receive a number of substrates, and a number of screens detachably covering the plurality of cavities. The printing mechanism includes a guide plate located above the screens, a sliding device slidably connected to the guide plate, a roller rotatably connected to the sliding device, and a squeegee. The sliding device is configured to drive the roller to roll across and the squeegee to slide across the screens. The spraying mechanism is located at one side of the supporting member for dispensing printing material onto the press roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8590448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-aligning stencil device for producing a multi-color composite image on a target surface. The self-aligning stencil device includes a central panel and a plurality of stencil panels foldably connected to the central panel. The central panel includes a solid region and a cut-out region. The solid region of the central panel includes a front surface and a back surface, and is defined by an outer border of the central panel and an inner border of the central panel. The cut-out region is vacant space that is defined by the inner border of the central panel. Each stencil panel has its own distinct stencil pattern and is foldably connected to a different corresponding portion of the outer border of the central panel, thereby forming a connection fold between each stencil panel and its corresponding portion of the outer border of the central panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Innovative Art Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: John G. Swisher, Janna Makaeva
  • Patent number: 8516959
    Abstract: The invention relates to a silk-screen printing machine (2) comprising a frame (4), a plate (6) for transporting the objects (18, 20), which plate (6) is mobile relative to the frame, a first (10) and a second (12) printing station, means (7) for displacing the plate (6) in order to bring the objects (18, 20) into alignment with the printing stations, and an object support (22) capable of carrying a first (18) and a second (20) object. The first printing station (10) is capable of printing solely the first object (18). The second printing station (12) is capable of printing solely the second object (20). The displacement means (7) are suitable for displacing the object support (22) between the first (10) and the second (12) printing station after the first object (18) has been printed at the first printing station (10) and the second object (20) has been printed at the second printing station (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Machines Debuit
    Inventors: Francois Dumenil, Jean-Louis Dubuit
  • Patent number: 8498001
    Abstract: A multi-station discrete media printing system, comprising at least one digital printing station for imprinting objects, while they rest thereat, according to digital data supplied thereto. The digital printing station includes a digital printing subsystem, which cooperates with the system and includes at least one printhead that is operative to print an image or a pattern on each of the objects according to the supplied digital data, The digital printing subsystem preferably includes one or more printhead assemblies that are movable along at least one axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Moshe Zach
  • Patent number: 8413578
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a modular printing system for printing viscous material on electronic substrates. The modular printing system comprises a first stencil printer including a substrate support assembly including a support configured to support and secure the electronic substrate in a print position, and a first system configured to shuttle electronic substrates to and from the first support of the first substrate support assembly, the first system including an upper track and a lower track disposed below the upper track, and at least one second stencil printer including a second substrate support assembly including a support configured to support and secure the electronic substrate in a print position, and a system configured to shuttle electronic substrates to and from the support of the second substrate support assembly, the system including a at least one upper track and a lower track disposed below the upper track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8408121
    Abstract: A rotary printing machine for printing on containers, comprising a chuck-bearing carousel exhibiting an intermittent circular motion, being rotatably supported by a base element or casing, and being powered by an electric motor and integrated encoder, in which the electric motor comprises a stator coil supported by the casing and a rotor supported directly by the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Decomac-Sociata' a Responsabilita' Limitata
    Inventors: Vittorio Ferrari, Milo Campioli
  • Publication number: 20120318153
    Abstract: Screen printing systems and methods are disclosed. The disclosed systems and methods enable a user to employ a screen printing process to decorate a non-traditional surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Bohr
  • Publication number: 20120204744
    Abstract: A rotary screen printing device includes a printing cylinder rotatably mounted about a printing cylinder axis. A cylinder jacket of the printing cylinder is formed at least in areas by a printing screen. An impression cylinder is rotatably mounted about an impression cylinder axis. A squeegee is movable relative to the cylinder jacket of the printing cylinder. The squeegee is arranged at least partly inside the printing cylinder for pressing printing ink through the printing screen onto a substrate to be printed. At least one adjustment device is provided for adjusting a distance between the printing cylinder axis and the impression cylinder axis or a radius of the printing cylinder or of the impression cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Zyrus Beteiligungsgesellschaft MBH & Co. Patente I KG
    Inventor: Erhard Herbert Glöckner
  • Publication number: 20120192734
    Abstract: A stencil printing apparatus includes a plate cylinder, a printing pressure cylinder, and a pressing unit. The plate cylinder is rotated and driven together with a master wound therearound. The master has been subjected to plate making by a plate making unit. The printing pressure cylinder is pressed against the plate cylinder and is rotated due to the rotation of the plate cylinder. The pressing unit presses the printing pressure cylinder against the plate cylinder, thereby performing stencil printing on a printing sheet of paper delivered between the plate cylinder and the printing pressure cylinder with ink supplied from an inner part of the plate cylinder. The pressing unit is configured to be capable of individually setting pressing forces at one end and the other end in a width direction of the printing pressure cylinder, which are to be applied to the plate cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Katsuaki Ono
  • Publication number: 20110308407
    Abstract: “ROTATIVE PRINTING MACHINE WITH AUTO-TENSIONABLE RULER”, it deals with an auto-tensionable ruler (1) by spring (2) contiguous to the movable bushing (3), both annexed to the main axle (4) that receives by extreme connection (5) the printing paste spilled by holes (6), in order to make possible the scattering of said paste in the interior of the cylinder (7), in this manner making possible the preparation and/or assembly of surplus sets of stamping (CE) outside the machine (M), being the relative position of the said sets demarcated in points of reference (15) in the bushing (8) and in the flange (16) receiver of the cylinder (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Paulo Roberto Lourenco
  • Publication number: 20110094397
    Abstract: Disclosed are heating-type multicolor printing methods (i), (ii), and (iii). The heating-type multicolor printing method (i) uses a rotary multicolor screen printer and is characterized in that (1) an aqueous printing binder containing a thickening inhibiting component is used and (2) continuous printing is performed while keeping the temperature of the table (pallet) of the printer at 60 to 100° C. The heating-type multicolor printing method (ii) is characterized in that, in the method (i), the aqueous printing binder contains 10 to 60% of a hydrophilic solvent having a boiling point above the boiling point of water as a thickening inhibiting component. The heating-type multicolor printing method (iii) is characterized in that, in the method (i) or (ii), the aqueous printing binder further contains 2 to 10% of urea as the thickening inhibiting component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: MATSUI SHIKISO CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Kitagawa, Osamu Sasaki, Hirofumi Shimokawa
  • Patent number: 7520219
    Abstract: A method of transfer printing from a web of foil or flock onto a garment mounted on the pallet of a rotary screen printing machine. A heat press machine with a web feed attachment mounted on the upper platen of the heat press is provided at one printing station of a rotary screen printing machine. The foil feed direction is in the same direction as the direction of rotation of the rotary printing machine. A pallet with a garment is brought into register with the heat press and the upper platen is lowered to apply the transfer to said garment. The upper platen is raised and the printing machine is indexed so that the pallet arms are rotated and the next pallet with a garment is brought into register with the heat press. The foil web is also indexed so that the next sequential foil area is in register with the garment on the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Reefdale Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Malcolm Cowan
  • Patent number: 7519495
    Abstract: A device and a method for executing method steps wherein an output signal is produced. Dependent on whether an output mode is switched on, the output signal is outputted. The output signal comprises items of information concerning the environment wherein the output signal was produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Peter Schlemm
  • Patent number: 7424851
    Abstract: A multi-station screen printing apparatus includes a base member; a plurality of platens, each for supporting a substrate to be printed, the platens mounted radially in a rotatable manner about the base member; and a plurality of print heads mounted radially and non-rotatably about the base member above the platens. A first print head is mounted in a vertically pivotable manner and a second print head is mounted in a non-pivotable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Inventors: David A. Landesman, Benjamin J. Landesman, Doug Seibers
  • Patent number: 7363855
    Abstract: A process progress display device includes a stencil making block which displays a progress status of a stencil making process, a printing block which displays a progress status of a printing process, a stencil making stop bar which displays whether or not an entire process is to be stopped at an end of the stencil making process, and a printing stop bar which displays whether or not the entire process is to be stopped at an end of the printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Esaki, Takayuki Tokozume, Mayumi Furukawa
  • Publication number: 20080072775
    Abstract: A multi-station screen printing apparatus includes a base member; a plurality of platens, each for supporting a substrate to be printed, the platens mounted radially in a rotatable manner about the base member; and a plurality of print heads mounted radially and non-rotatably about the base member above the platens. A first print head is mounted in a vertically pivotable manner and a second print head is mounted in a non-pivotable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: David A. Landesman, Benjamin J. Landesman, Doug Seibers
  • Patent number: 7331284
    Abstract: A stencil printer includes at least an upstream and a downstream printing section, as seen in the direction of sheet conveyance, each including a print drum and a press roller for pressing a sheet against the print drum. An intermediate conveyor, positioned between the upstream and downstream printing sections, conveys the sheet from the former toward the latter. A dual master, formed with a first and a second image, is wrapped round the print drum of the upstream printing section. This printing section includes a refeeding device, a path selector, and a switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Tohoku Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mituru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7332210
    Abstract: Various manufacturing techniques may be employed to construct an appliqué for use in an instrument cluster. In one commonly employed technique, an appliqué may be formed by applying different colored ink layers onto a surface of a polycarbonate sheet using a silk screen printing. In some instance, an edge of an underlying ink layer may cause a visible step line on the face of the appliqué. To reduce or eliminate these visible step lines, an outer boundary area of the printing layers invention are defined as a dispersing dot pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignees: Denso International America Inc., Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A Arms, Joel Stooksbury
  • Publication number: 20070240589
    Abstract: A carousel screen printing machine which includes a stationary column supporting a plurality of print heads; a rotatable carousel mounted on said column supporting a plurality of pallet support arms and drive means located at or above said carousel for indexed movement of said carousel about said stationary column. Indexation and registration is achieved using bushes on the carousel rotor to cooperate with complementary pins at an indexing station and at a registration station. The location of the motor makes the machine more stable during rotation and is easier to access. The registration and indexing system is simpler and uses fewer parts than in the prior art. In one embodiment an additional print head is used in association with a dual purpose load unload station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Applicant: Reefdale PTY Ltd
    Inventor: Otto Richard Eppinger
  • Publication number: 20070234910
    Abstract: Screen printing systems and methods are disclosed which enables a user to employ the screen printing process to decorate a non-traditional surface. The screen printing method includes the step of laying out a first screen on a surface. The first screen is imprinted with a first design. The method further includes the steps of securing the first screen to the surface; applying a first color to the surface through the first screen; and removing the first screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Bohr
  • Patent number: 7231873
    Abstract: A print carousel for color images having a plurality of radial arms carrying objects to be printed incrementally reaching a corresponding number of work stations by sequential incremental rotation of the carousel by a certain angle, a silk-screen printing ink-pot functionally installed in several of said work stations alternately to work stations of drying/polymerization of respective silk-screen printing ink or paste applied in the work station precedingly reached by the object to be printed, has at least one of said work station equipped with a supporting structure for a color digital plotter mounted on slides running on radially oriented guides, from an outermost limit position to an innermost limit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Colorprint Di Macchi L. & C. S.N.C.
    Inventor: Luigi Macchi
  • Patent number: 7208904
    Abstract: A controller for motor activation providing accurate and repeatable position changes by pressing and releasing a push button switch. Repeatable position changes are made in an advance direction by triggering a digital counter for a predetermined number of cycles of a reference clock signal. Backlash in retard motion of the motor is reduced by similarly asserting a retard motor input for an amount of time determined by another digital counter with a following advance correction made automatically after the retard signal is applied, by applying a predetermined retard-advance movement amount, as again counted by a digital counter. The advance binary amount, the retard binary amount and the retard-advance binary amount of set through binary switch inputs to respective counters to count the respective time periods (TG3, TG1, and TG2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventors: Dina M. Lewis, legal representative, Clarence A. Lewis, deceased
  • Patent number: 7156017
    Abstract: A coloring book for method is provided creating a picture 51 by different layered stencils with the steps of: Lining up the border stencil holes 21 or holes marked for lining up, then coloring each stencil page for each individual color of the picture. When all colors or pages are colored the master page 20 will have a completed picture 51.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Louis Ingraselino
  • Patent number: 7117787
    Abstract: A method of making screen printing frames can include, in certain illustrative embodiments, affixing at least two frames to one another, applying a masking film to both frames, exposing the frames, removing the unhardened emulsion in the meshes, and separating the frames from one another for deployment in a screen printing apparatus. This exemplary process can be used to create images in substantially complete registration with one another on frames having different mesh counts. Stated another way, these embodiments permit the use of multiple frames to print different inks through different meshes in a single pass to form images in substantially complete registration with one another. In certain preferred embodiments, a screen printing apparatus can include two frames, each having a mesh with a different pitch, wherein the frames are adapted to receive different inks and held in fixed register during a screen printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Carrie L. Thomas, Catherine Wynkoop, Kevin Townsend
  • Patent number: 7024993
    Abstract: An exposure unit and a work piece support table are interchangeably mounted on an elongated, horizontal support arm. The support arm is a part of a screen-printing machine that includes a post to which one end of the support arm is connected. The post includes a rotor to which a plurality of printing screens are attached. The rotor is rotated to successively place the printing screens above the exposure unit. After the printing screens are exposed, they are removed from the rotor and washed to remove from them an unexposed portion of a coating that was applied to the printing screen. This unexposed portion of the coating is washed away, leaving a positive image on the screen where the washed away material was once located. This positive image reason will pass ink. After the printing screens have been prepared, the exposure unit is removed from the support arm and is replaced on the support arm by a work piece supporting table. A work piece is positioned on the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Duke W. Goss
  • Patent number: 6935233
    Abstract: A screen-printing method for use in IML hot press, die cutting, and injection molding is disclosed to print first, second, and third (special) colors of a four-color printing with ink mixtures containing different printing inks and a hardening agent with a bonding agent, and then to perform ex-design first, second and third screen printings, and then to process the semi-finished printing work thus obtained through a hot work die treatment, a die-cutting process, and an injection-molding process so as to obtain the desired finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Jui Peng Huang
  • Patent number: 6910414
    Abstract: A method of making screen printing frames can include, in certain illustrative embodiments, affixing at least two frames to one another, applying a masking film to both frames, exposing the frames, removing the unhardened emulsion in the meshes, and separating the frames from one another for deployment in a screen printing apparatus. This exemplary process can be used to create images in substantially complete registration with one another on frames having different mesh counts. Stated another way, these embodiments permit the use of multiple frames to print different inks through different meshes in a single pass to form images in substantially complete registration with one another. In certain preferred embodiments, a screen printing apparatus can include two frames, each having a mesh with a different pitch, wherein the frames are adapted to receive different inks and held in fixed register during a screen printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Carrie L. Thomas, Catherine Wynkoop, Kevin Townsend