Traveling-inker Machines Patents (Class 101/123)
  • Patent number: 10410599
    Abstract: A source driver integrated circuit (IC) for driving a flat panel display is provided. The source driver IC includes a first control logic circuit configured to generate first output signals for driving first source lines arranged in a first region of the flat panel display and a second control logic circuit configured to generate second output signals for driving second source lines arranged in a second region of the flat panel display. A first output delay between two adjacent output signals among the first output signals is different from a second output delay between two adjacent output signals among the second output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ha Joon Shin, Jin-Soo Kim, Seung Hwan Baek, Kyung-Gyu Park, Ji-Yong Jeong
  • Patent number: 10410900
    Abstract: Precision screen printing is described that is capable of sub-micron uniformity of the metallization materials that are printed on green sheet ceramic. In some examples, puck is formed with electrical traces by screen printing a paste that contains metal on a ceramic green sheet in a pattern of electrical traces and processing the printed green sheet to form a puck of a workpiece carrier. In some example, the printing includes applying a squeegee of a screen printer to the printed green sheet in a squeegeeing direction while the green sheet is on a printer bed of the screen printer. The method further includes mapping the printer bed at multiple locations along the squeegeeing direction, identifying non-uniformities in the printer bed mapping, and modifying a printer controller of the screen printer to compensate for mapped non-uniformities in the printer bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Ying Huang, Steven E. Babayan, Phillip Criminale, Stephen Prouty, Anthony Huang
  • Patent number: 10369779
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for producing three-dimensional screen-printed articles, comprising a press bed with a printing screen, by means of which at least one printing object can be printed multiple times, wherein after each completed printing, the height can be increased by the application thickness of the previous printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Exentis Knowledge GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Bauer
  • Patent number: 10350879
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for screen printing on a surface of a three-dimensional substrate comprising a substantially rigid, substantially planar frame having a perimeter defining a region within the perimeter having a given surface area; and a screen attached to the frame and extending across at least a portion of the surface area, wherein the screen comprises a first portion through which a liquid printing medium can pass onto a proximate three-dimensional substrate; and a second portion coated with an emulsion substantially preventing the liquid printing medium from passing through the second portion of the screen, wherein the screen has a fixed tension of less than about 20 N/cm. Methods and systems for screen printing on a surface of a three-dimensional substrate are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thomas Cutcher, Jr., Christopher Paul Daigler, Christina Marie Laskowski, Kevin Ray Maslin
  • Patent number: 10201567
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward an article of apparel configured to deliver a bioabsorbable alloy to the skin of a wearer. In an embodiment, the apparel is a textile base layer and a delivery layer oriented to contact the skin of the wearer. The delivery layer is formed from a composition including a magnesium alloy. In another embodiment, the textile is formed of strands coated with the magnesium alloy composition. In still further embodiments, the strands are formed of the alloy. The apparel may be configured to release a therapeutically effective amount to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Amelia Helmick
  • Patent number: 10143089
    Abstract: A printing system for printing substrates, in particular printed circuit boards, includes a printing device having at least one printing table and a printing template assigned to the printing table. The printing system further includes a first pair of first slide elements and a second pair of second slide elements for aligning a substrate on the printing table. The first pair of first slide elements can be displaced counter to one another along a first axis. The second pair of second slide elements can be displaced counter to one another along a second axis, which differs from the first axis. A drive device is assigned to each pair for simultaneously displacing the slide elements thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: EKRA AUTOMATISIERUNGSSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Brosi, Gerd Krause, Klaus Mang
  • Patent number: 10112269
    Abstract: A screen printer includes: a substrate holder that holds a substrate; a mask to be contacted with the substrate; an imaging device that images the substrate; an elevation mechanism that moves up the substrate holder at a below-mask-position below the mask based on a result of the imaging to contact the substrate with the mask; a horizontal moving mechanism that moves the substrate holder between the below-mask-position and a retreat position retreated in a horizontal direction from the below-mask-position; a printing head that moves on the mask contacted with the substrate and prints a paste on the substrate via the mask; and a mask cleaner that cleans a lower surface of the mask with the substrate separated from the mask by the elevation mechanism. The imaging of the substrate and the cleaning of the mask are performed with the substrate holder positioned at the retreat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Toshiyuki Murakami
  • Patent number: 10086600
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus moves a mask, inserted through an insertion opening, to a printing position at which paste is printed onto a substrate via a mask moving mechanism, and includes: a first detecting unit that detects one of a front frame component and a back frame component of the mask at a first detection position on a path along which the mask inserted through the insertion opening is moved to the printing position; a second detecting unit that detects one of the front frame component and the back frame component at a second detection position closer to the printing position than the first detecting position is; and a print suspension controller that suspends printing when the second detecting unit detects one of the front frame component and the back frame component while the first detecting unit is detecting one of the front frame component and the back frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Takaaki Sakaue
  • Patent number: 10000072
    Abstract: A printer includes a table, a print head, a detector, and a controller. The controller includes a storage to store initial print data including information of reference position marks, a reader to acquire, using the detector, positional information of position detection marks, a print data generator to modify the initial print data such that the reference position marks each coincide with an associated one of the position detection marks acquired by the reader, thus generating actual print data; and a printing controller to perform printing in accordance with the actual print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Akao, Kenji Matsushime, Takeomi Ohta, Akira Fujita, Tetsuhiro Kunifuji
  • Patent number: 10000056
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a pair of clampers that clamp a substrate, a mask plate contacted to the substrate, a pair of squeegees provided above the mask plate vertically, and a squeegee controller that selectively controls one of the pair of squeegees to move in the horizontal direction in abutment against the mask plate so that the selected one of the pair of squeegees slides on the mask plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiya Kuroda, Masayuki Mantani
  • Patent number: 9956788
    Abstract: A device of the present disclosure has a board reception plate coupled on a first side to a first side plate and coupled on a second side to a second side plate, and the board reception plate is adapted for supporting a board. The apparatus further has a first spring-loaded sliding bar coupled to the first side plate that has a first channel for receiving a first edge of the board and a second spring-loaded sliding bar coupled to the second side plate that has a second channel for receiving a second edge of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Stitch City Industries
    Inventor: Fernando Padilla
  • Patent number: 9940555
    Abstract: An RFID label processing system for processing base webs comprises a conveyor device configured to feed a base web along a predetermined conveyor path. The base web includes a sequence of processing segments, with each processing segment forming an RFID label. The processing system further comprises at least two processing modules which are arranged adjacent to the conveyor path, wherein the processing modules are spaced apart by a variable distance. At least one sensor module is configured to determine the position of the processing segments on the base web along the predetermined conveyor path and to output a segment position signal, so that a positioning module that is coupled to at least one of the processing modules and the sensor module may be configured to displace the at least one of the processing modules along the predetermined conveyor path depending on the value of the segment position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TEXTILMA AG
    Inventor: Beat Kofel
  • Patent number: 9908320
    Abstract: A screen printer in which a squeegee is lowered towards a screen when the internal pressure of a second air chamber of a pressing force adjusting air cylinder is decreased. A control section performs control of an air regulator based on response times from starting control of the air regulator to decrease or increase the internal pressure of the second air chamber until a value detected by a pressure sensor reaches a target value of the internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 9789681
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a screen, a scraper, and a squeegee. The screen has a screen surface which has a width direction and which is placed on a workpiece. The scraper is movable along the screen surface in a first direction perpendicular to the width direction so as to coat the screen surface with a paste. The scraper includes an upper portion and a curved portion. The upper portion extends from an upper end to a lower end of the upper portion toward the screen surface. The curved portion is connected to the lower end of the upper portion. The curved portion has a curved shape projecting toward a second direction opposite to the first direction. The curved portion has an opening extending in the width direction. The squeegee is movable along the screen surface so as to transfer the paste to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9743527
    Abstract: A system for generating a program used to direct the operation of a solder paste inspection machine is provided. The system includes a solder paste inspection system having a stencil mounting bracket located therein and configured to hold a solder paste printing stencil in position within an inspection region of the solder paste inspection system. An image sensor is mounted in the solder paste inspection system and is configured to acquire images of a stencil mounted on the stencil mounting bracket. A controller is coupled to the image sensor and is configured to generate a solder paste inspection program using the acquired images of the stencil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CyberOptics Corporaiton
    Inventors: Paul R. Haugen, Brendan R. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 9724911
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a mask and a printing head. The mask has a first opening provided in a first region, and a second opening provided in a second region which is thicker than the first region. The printing head fills the first opening with a paste in a state where a substrate is in contact with the first region, and fills the second opening with the paste in a state where the substrate is in contact with the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Mantani
  • Patent number: 9701141
    Abstract: Provided are recording sections which record onto recording media which are supported on pallets, a first transport section which transports the recording media by moving the pallets in a first region which does not include recording positions according to the recording sections, and second transport section which transports the recording media with higher precision than the first transport section in a second region which includes the recording positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kunihiko Matsuhashi
  • Patent number: 9688064
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus comprises print executing parts 20A, 20B, first and second substrate loading parts En1, En2 and a substrate unloading part Ex, and first and second substrate support tables 10A, 10B for supporting a substrate W to enable printing thereon by the print executing parts 20A, 20B. The first substrate support table 10A moves between a first receiving position where the substrate W loaded from the first substrate loading part En1 is received, and a sending position where the substrate W is unloaded from the substrate unloading part Ex. The second substrate support table 10B moves between a second receiving position where the substrate W loaded from the second substrate loading part En2 is received, and the sending position. The print executing parts 20A, 20B are respectively placed at positions on the substrate support tables 10A, 10B where printing on the substrate W is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshimichi Satou
  • Patent number: 9656454
    Abstract: A screen printing method includes performing a destaticizing action that removes static electricity with which a screen mask is charged, through a mask support member, which is positioned on a lateral side of a circuit board, before bringing the circuit board into contact with a lower surface of the screen mask, by bringing the conductive mask support member into contact with a lower surface of the screen mask as a result of raising the mask support member. The method includes subsequently performing screen printing by bringing the circuit board into contact with the lower surface of the screen mask as a result of raising the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 9649836
    Abstract: A screen printing system includes a first substrate supply apparatus, a second substrate supply apparatus arranged in an upstream process side of the first substrate supply apparatus, and a screen printing apparatus that prints paste on a first substrate supplied from the first substrate supply apparatus and a second substrate supplied from the second substrate supply apparatus. In response to a request from the screen printing apparatus, the first substrate supply part supplies the first substrate and the second substrate supply part supplies the second substrate. The second substrate is carried in the screen printing apparatus by a conveyance mechanism included in the first substrate supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Nobuo Komiya
  • Patent number: 9604444
    Abstract: A screen printing machine includes a printing execution unit which fills a pattern hole of a mask with solder by sliding a squeegee on the mask contacting a board and thereafter separates the board from the mask. The screen printing machine further includes: a library which stores printing conditions, each of which includes operation parameters of the printing execution unit and corresponds to a combination of options of selection items which include aboard type, a solder type, and a squeegee type; an option display unit which displays the options of each selection item in an image display area; and a printing condition setting unit which reads out, from the library, a printing condition corresponding to a combination of selected options, and which sets the read-out printing condition to a printing control unit which operates the printing execution unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Mitsuru Kouchi, Takashi Ono
  • Patent number: 9579881
    Abstract: A rotary screen printing press includes: a screen plate; a squeegee; squeegee supporting means for supporting the squeegee; and a worm and a worm wheel. The squeegee supporting means includes: a supporting plate swingably supported and supporting the worm and the worm wheel; an eccentric sleeve configured to adjust the position of the center of swinging movement of the supporting plate; and a contact surface and a screw configured to limit the direction of the movement of the supporting plate. The eccentric sleeve and the contact surface and screw cooperate with each other to move the tip of the squeegee along the tangent line of an impression cylinder at a position at which the screen plate and the squeegee contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Akehiro Kusaka
  • Patent number: 9507280
    Abstract: A printer includes: a mask; a cleaning section configured to perform cleaning of the mask by movement relative to the mask in a predetermined direction parallel with an under surface of the mask; a mask holding section capable of turning the mask about an axis perpendicular to the under surface of the mask while holding the mask; and a control section configured to perform a control such that the cleaning is performed on the mask placed in a predetermined position about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motoki Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 9498945
    Abstract: A component mounting line has a screen printing apparatus and component mounting apparatuses. Each component mounting apparatus includes a first substrate carrying lane and a second substrate carrying lane, carries a first type substrate on which a first pattern has been printed in the first substrate carrying lane, performs a component mounting-relevant operation on the first type substrate, carries a second type substrate on which a second pattern has been printed in the second substrate carrying lane, and performs a component mounting-relevant operation on the second type substrate. The screen printing apparatus selects a type of the substrate to be carried in depending on whether a substrate is carried in the second component mounting apparatus downstream from the screen printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Murakami, Masayuki Mantani, Toshiyuki Murakami, Takashi Katsuki, Takashi Yazawa
  • Patent number: 9493022
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming an array of deposits on a substrate is disclosed. The apparatus may include a stencil capable of releasable attached to the substrate and having an array of openings and at least one alignment mark. The apparatus may further include a high throughput deposition printer aligned with the stencil to form an array of deposits on the substrate. The array of deposits may be aligned with the array of openings through the at least one alignment mark and an optional alignment device. Methods of manufacturing the stencil and using it to generate multiplexed or combinatorial arrays are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Christine P. Tan, David M. Lin, Harold G. Craighead
  • Patent number: 9461011
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method and an apparatus for manufacturing lead frames are described. For example, a coating layer is formed on one or more predefined portions of the surface of the substrate of the lead frame by delimiting the predefined portions by means of screen printing. The employment of screen printing may allow obtaining large amounts of lead frames with excellent electronic and structural properties in a quick and cost-effective way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Crema
  • Patent number: 9446603
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing system for an article of footwear includes a printing system for printing graphics onto the footwear. The flexible manufacturing system also includes a projection system for aligning a projected graphic with a predetermined portion of the article prior to printing the graphic to the article. The graphic can include a masked portion that corresponds to a design element on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9446340
    Abstract: Filters capable of dissipating static charges. One example includes a filter media pack comprising fluted media secured to facing media; the fluted media having cellulose fibers; and the fluted media including an amount of carbon black sufficient to impart a static charge dissipative property thereto. One example includes an air filter cartridge having a filter media pack comprising fluted media secured to facing media; the fluted media comprising cellulose fibers; the fluted media having at least one side coated with a static charge dissipative amount of a metallic coating. These filters are useable in, for example, dust collectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Babcock, Heather M. Tate, Mark D. Belcher, Brain Zauner, Kyle W. Undesser, Douglas A. Wersal
  • Patent number: 9437823
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a production device for graphene thin film. The production device for graphene thin film according to the present invention may comprise a deposition plate in contact with a substrate at an obtuse or acute angle, wherein the substrate is coated with a graphene oxide solution; and a reciprocating linear motion device connected to the deposition plate to put the deposition plate into reciprocating linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Chung-Ang University Industry-Academy Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Suk Tai Chang, Yeongun Ko
  • Patent number: 9427046
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing system for an article of footwear includes a printing system for printing graphics onto the footwear. The flexible manufacturing system also includes a projection system for aligning a projected graphic with a predetermined portion of the article prior to printing the graphic to the article. The graphic can include a masked portion that corresponds to a design element on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9393774
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a print screen including a printed pattern through which an ink passes, a scraper that coats the ink on the print screen, a squeegee that makes contact with the print screen and pushes out the ink through the printed pattern. A control unit may control a transfer of the scraper. After the ink is coated on the print screen, a lower portion of the scraper is transferred to a direction, in which the squeegee is disposed, by the control unit and disposed on the squeegee. The apparatus helps avoid uneven distribution of that could result in undesirable “stains” on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 9393773
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus has a base portion, and annular rail, an arm, and a first loading position. The base portion has a pair of opposing end sections separated by an intermediate section. The annular rail circumscribes a portion of the base portion. The arm radiates outwardly from the annular rail. The first loading position is located radially inwardly of the annular rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr., Boguslaw Biel
  • Patent number: 9352549
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a screen printing apparatus and a screen printing method with which it is possible to promote reuse of ink and thereby reduce the printing cost. [Solution] A screen printing apparatus 101 includes an ink recovery mechanism 110 that recovers excess ink 81 discharged to a region in which a scraper 60 does not slide over a screen plate 50. By sliding a squeegee 70, the ink recovery mechanism guides the excess ink from a front side 71 of the squeegee to a region that is on a back side 72 of the squeegee 70 and in which the scraper slides over the screen plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Yoshida, Kei Ono, Masaya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9315012
    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: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9315013
    Abstract: In a screen printing apparatus, a squeegee is slid on a mask contacting a board to print paste onto the board via pattern holes formed in the mask. The screen printing apparatus includes: a box-like member including a top-plate portion in which first suction hole is formed and which is allowed to contact a lower surface of the board; a blower suction pipe which communicates with an internal space of the box-like member, and which extends outside the box-like member; a motor which sucks air through the blower suction pipe to generate a blower suction force in the first suction hole; and an inverter which changes frequencies of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Isao Horie, Yusuke Sueyasu
  • Patent number: 9259912
    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: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: M&R PRINTING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9254640
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing system for an article of footwear includes a printing system for printing graphics onto the footwear. The flexible manufacturing system also includes a projection system for aligning a projected graphic with a predetermined portion of the article prior to printing the graphic to the article. The graphic can include a masked portion that corresponds to a design element on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9248664
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing system for an article of footwear includes a printing system for printing graphics onto the footwear. The flexible manufacturing system includes a first display device that is transparent and which may be used to superimpose graphics over an article to align the article with the printing system. An optical device and a second display device provide a fixed viewing angle for a user aligning the article under the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Miller, Eli R. Troyke
  • Patent number: 9224600
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of at least part of a thin-film device including forming one or more indentations in a substrate, preferably a plastic substrate, an indentation having sidewalls and a base; filling at least one of the one or more indentations with a first ink, the first ink having a first material precursor, preferably a first metal-, semiconductor-, or a metal-oxide precursor; and, annealing at least a portion of the first ink such that a surface of the base inside the indentation is dewetted and a narrowed first structure of the first material inside of the indentation is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
    Inventors: Ryoichi Ishihara, Michiel Van Der Zwan
  • Patent number: 9186879
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a screen printing stencil including an amorphous carbon film, such as a DLC film, and a water-oil-repellent layer provided on at least part of the amorphous carbon film so as to exhibit high fixability. [Solution] A screen printing plate 10 of an embodiment of the present invention includes a mesh 16 fixed to a frame body 12; an emulsion layer 14 which fills up the mesh 16 and has a print pattern opening 18; an amorphous carbon film formed on at least part of the surface of an inner wall 22 of the print pattern opening 18 and composed of at least one element of silicon, oxygen, and nitrogen; and a thin film 20 of a fluorine-containing silane coupling agent formed on at least part of the amorphous carbon film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Shibusawa, Takeshi Sato, Katsuo Kitsu
  • Patent number: 9126398
    Abstract: A screen printer 100 for paste material printing is disclosed herein. In a described embodiment, the screen printer 100 comprises a printing chamber 104; and a plurality of support members in the form of lifting tables 114, 116 arranged adjacent to one another along a single conveying path for individually supporting a respective PCB 202, 240 in the printing chamber 104. The screen printer 100 further includes a stencil 120 having a plurality of print patterns 124, 126 with each print pattern 124, 126 arranged adjacent to another print pattern to correspond to the positions of the lifting tables 114, 116 with each print pattern 124, 126 corresponding to a desired paste pattern to be printed onto the PCBs. The screen printer 100 also includes a paste printer arranged to print paste material on the at least one substrate using at least one of the print patterns. A screen printing method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ASM ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS SINGAPORE PTE LTD
    Inventor: Robert Gray
  • Patent number: 9085133
    Abstract: In a squeezing operation by a closed type squeegee mechanism which is configured so that paste compressed internally is packed from a printing opening between a pair of sliding members, before the packing of the paste into pattern holes via the printing opening, the sliding member positioned on a leading side of a squeezing direction between the pair of sliding members and moves in the squeezing direction so that the paste supplied to the outside of the closed type squeegee mechanism on an upper surface of a mask is packed into the pattern holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tanaka, Yuuji Ootake
  • Patent number: 9079390
    Abstract: In outward path and returning path operations of a printing executing step where paste is packed into pattern holes by moving a closed type squeegee mechanism in a squeezing direction, the paste supplied to the outside of the closed type squeegee mechanism on an upper surface of a mask is spread due to a deposition members by moving the deposition members of paste deposition mechanisms positioned on a following side in a traveling direction, in the traveling direction in a state close to the upper surface of the mask. Therefore, a paste film having a predetermined thickness is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tanaka, Yuuji Ootake
  • Patent number: 9070055
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing system for an article of footwear includes a printing system for printing graphics onto the footwear. The flexible manufacturing system includes a first display device that is transparent and which may be used to superimpose graphics over an article to align the article with the printing system. An optical device and a second display device provide a fixed viewing angle for a user aligning the article under the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Miller, Eli R. Troyke
  • Patent number: 9067407
    Abstract: In a returning path operation for moving a closed type squeegee mechanism in a direction opposite to a squeezing direction after an outward path operation where paste is packed into pattern holes by moving the closed type squeegee mechanism in the squeezing direction, the paste supplied to the outside of the closed type squeegee mechanism on an upper surface of a mask is spread due to a deposition member, by moving the deposition member of a paste deposition mechanism in a state close to an upper surface of the mask in the direction opposite to the squeezing direction. Therefore, a paste film having a predetermined thickness is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tanaka, Yuuji Ootake
  • Patent number: 9067406
    Abstract: A pressing mechanism that presses a dam member 30 against a screen mask 12 has a guide shaft 32 that guides a direction of movement of the dam member 30 during pressing operation and a compression spring 33 that forces the dam member 30 in an axial direction of the guide shaft 32. A printing pressure value at which the dam member 30 is pressed against the screen mask 12 is made stable, to thus make stable an effect of preventing effluence of the paste to the outside of a print width on the screen mask 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Murakami
  • Patent number: 9032873
    Abstract: A device (1) for printing an impression by silk screen printing on at least one object (3), comprising of: a chassis (27); an object holder module (5) being movable relative to the chassis along a direction of pressing (Oz); a print head (7) including a screen holder module (29) and a squeegee holder module (31), the print head being movable relative to the chassis between an operating position close to the object holder module, and a maintenance position away from the object holder module, and an actuator (8) having a first part (125) and a second part (127) that is movable relative to the first part (125), the actuator (8) being adapted, in a first mode of operation, to be supported on the chassis by the first part and capable of moving the print head from the operating position to the maintenance position by a movement of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MACHINES DUBUIT
    Inventor: François Dumenil
  • Publication number: 20150129641
    Abstract: A screen printing machine for forming a print of paste supplied to a mask plate having pattern holes, includes: a flexible filling squeegee which performs a squeegeeing operation in which the filling squeegee is moved relative to the mask plate in a printing direction; and a scraping squeegee which is held to maintain a given interval from the filling squeegee in the printing direction and to be movable together with the filling squeegee in the printing direction, and which scraps off the paste remaining on the mask plate after passage of the filling squeegee. In the squeegeeing operation, the filling squeegee is pushed up and bent by the paste to provide a clearance between a bottom end of the filling squeegee and the mask plate with the paste interposed therebetween so that the pattern holes are filled with paste with a prescribed filling pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Seiya KURODA, Tetsuya TANAKA, Michinori TOMOMATSU
  • Publication number: 20150129640
    Abstract: A screen printing machine for forming a print of paste supplied to a mask plate having pattern holes, includes: a filling squeegee which is held to have a given clearance with respect to the mask plate, and which fills the pattern holes with the paste by moving the filling squeegee relative to the mask plate in a printing direction; and an urging member which urges the filling squeegee toward the mask plate such that at least the given clearance is maintained. The screen printing machine further includes a scraping squeegee which is held to maintain a given interval from the filling squeegee in the printing direction, and which scraps off paste remaining on the mask plate after passage of the filling squeegee by moving the scraping squeegee together with the filling squeegee in the printing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Seiya KURODA, Hachiro NAKATSUJI
  • Patent number: 9016197
    Abstract: A light receiving section 27b receives a measurement beam, which is cast from a light projection section 27a and partially blocked by cream solder 19 scraped up by a squeegee 16, whereby a sensor 27 measures a one-dimensional size of a predetermined region of a cross sectional profile of the cream solder 19 as a cross sectional paste length and takes the cross sectional paste length as an index for an amount of residual cream solder 19. The amount of residual cream solder 19 can be numerically grasped at all times, so that versatility and accuracy in detecting the amount of residual cream solder 19 can be assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Murakami, Hideaki Mori, Akira Maeda