Stencil And Work Support Patents (Class 101/126)
  • Patent number: 10889103
    Abstract: Screen printer 10 is for screen printing solder paste 13 loaded on an upper surface of stencil 12 onto board S using one of first and second squeegees 71 and 72. Screen printer 10 is provided with a stencil frame holding rail that holds stencil frame 12a of stencil 12, pair of board holding members 36 and 38 that hold board S, raising and lowering table 16 that raises and lowers board holding members 36 and 38, and pair of stencil supporting members 50 and 52 that support stencil 12 from below at a portion outside a printing region of stencil 12 used for screen printing. Stencil supporting members 50 and 52 are provided independently from raising and lowering table 16. Therefore, the load applied to raising and lowering table 16 is reduced. Also, there is increased design freedom with respect to members and the like loaded on raising and lowering table 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10889101
    Abstract: A screen printer including a squeegee device to spread from above solder paste on a stencil; a clamp device to grip a board conveyed to a position below the stencil by a board conveyance member that is flat and provided with a board holding portion in a central opening portion, the clamp device gripping the board via the board conveyance member; a board supporting device to support the board from below and move the board in a vertical direction inside the clamp device; and a raising and lowering device to move the board supported inside the clamp device in the vertical direction and position the board at a printing position, and the clamp device is provided with a board printing guide member to be removably attached to an upper end of a pair of clamp members to sandwich the board conveyance member in a widthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Kato, Yoshimune Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10850498
    Abstract: There is provided a screen printing apparatus including: a mask plate on which a plurality of pattern holes are formed; a carrier supporter which supports a carrier which has a plurality of first openings and in which a plurality of workpieces are disposed on the plurality of first openings; a backup unit which has a plurality of workpiece supporters; a raising and lowering unit which lifts up the plurality of workpieces from the carrier and returns the plurality of lifted-up workpieces to the carrier; an aligner which aligns the plurality of workpieces in accordance with arrangement of the plurality of pattern holes; an overlapper which relatively moves the backup unit and the mask plate; and a print head which prints a paste on the plurality of workpieces on the plurality of workpiece supporters through the plurality of pattern holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Yoshinori Isobata, Takaaki Sakaue, Yuusuke Morita, Shuichi Tomeoku
  • Patent number: 10744799
    Abstract: A hold-down pallet for a textile printer, the pallet comprising a central board and flaps, the flaps moving between an open position to allow placing of a garment and a closed position to hold a garment firmly on the board for printing, the pallet travelling between a garment setting position and a printing area and comprising an engagement mechanism which engages the pallet as it enters the garment setting position. Engagement opens the flaps so that the flaps are in the open position in the garment setting area, the pallet disengaging to close the flaps as it heads for the printing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kornit Digital Ltd.
    Inventor: Ohad Snir
  • Patent number: 10654295
    Abstract: A medium support unit which supports a medium while printing is performed on the medium by a printing apparatus, the medium support unit including: a support member having a support surface that supports the medium; a frame which is detachably attached to the support member; and a friction member which has a static friction coefficient to the medium higher than that of the support surface, the friction member being attached to the frame so as to cover the support surface when the frame is attached to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 10625498
    Abstract: A garment printing machine is provided with a transportable platen that can be utilized to significantly decrease the delay in printing expended in loading and unloading a garment for printing in either a digitized garment printing machine or a screen garment printing machine. The platen is provided with structure that holds a print receiving area of a garment firmly in position atop a print panel support plate that forms a part of the platen. Furthermore, the invention includes a platen support structure that cooperates with the conventional couplings' on existing conventional garment printing machines. A plurality of transportable platens constructed according to the invention are utilized interchangeably so that while one garment loaded on one of the platens is being printed upon in the printing machine, the prior garment just printed upon is unloaded and the next garment to be printed is loaded onto another identical platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Leo Martinez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10589514
    Abstract: A printing device including a conveyance rod which discharges and introduces a screen mask and a board support member; and a control section. The control section performs a mask exchange process including a mask discharge process of discharging the screen mask to be discharged and a mask introduction process of introducing the screen mask to be introduced by controlling a conveyance rod. In addition, the control section performs a support member exchange process including a support member discharge process of discharging the board support member to be discharged and a support member introduction process of introducing the support member to be introduced by controlling the conveyance rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ritsuo Hirukawa, Yasunori Kamegai, Takeshi Kondo, Mitsuaki Kato, Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi, Atsushi Torii, Jun Iisaka, Kazuhiro Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 10543686
    Abstract: A modular textile printing apparatus is made up of multiple modules which are combined together. Each module has one rail for bearing a printing functional unit such as a print head. A second rail perpendicular to the first rail faces the first rail, and carries a printing tray or platen holding items to be printed. The tray moves along the rail. A third rail parallel to said second rail and facing away from the printing functional unit, is also for carrying the tray. The modules are connected together and the apparatus provides a starting point for loading and unloading the trays. The second rails are aligned with each other to form a continuous printing feed along the modules and the third rails are aligned to provide a return path after printing to the starting point for reloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kornit Digital Ltd.
    Inventors: Ofer Ben-Zur, Alon Feldman, Ohad Snir
  • Patent number: 10518559
    Abstract: A print device includes a head, a platen unit, and a platen support portion. The head is configured to discharge a liquid onto a print medium. The platen unit includes a platen, a mount portion, and a connection portion. The platen support portion mounts with the mount portion. The platen support portion is movable between a print position and a set position. The set position is a position in which the print medium is to be removed from the platen. The platen has a surface on which a print medium is to be placed. The connection portion connects the mount portion and the platen such that a position of the platen is changeable between a first position and a second position with respect to the mount portion. The second position is a different position from the first position in a direction along the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidekazu Komiya
  • Patent number: 10479070
    Abstract: A screen printing adapter device is disclosed. In an example, the screen printing adapter device includes a body configured as an accessory to a printing board having a tag printing surface. The body is attached to a screen and moves on and off of the printing board along with the screen for a screen printing operation. The body supports areas of the screen for a squeegee that are otherwise unsupported by the printing board. The example screen printing adapter device also includes a shoulder edge of the body shaped to fit adjacent and conform to a shoulder edge of the printing board. The example screen printing adapter device includes a collar edge of the body. In an example, the collar edge of the body is shaped to fit fully around a perimeter of the tag printing surface of the printing board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Livingston Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Livingston
  • Patent number: 10427888
    Abstract: The present invention includes an on-line wheel transfer mechanism. A cylinder, bearing seats and a linear guide rail are mounted on a base. A rack is connected to the linear guide rail through a guide rail seat, an output shaft of the cylinder is connected to the rack, and a rotating shaft A is mounted on the two symmetrical bearing seats. A gear and two rotating arms A are fixed on the rotating shaft A. The rack is engaged with the gear, a rotating shaft B is mounted on two symmetrical bearing seats B, two rotating arms B are fixed on the rotating shaft B, the rotating arms A are hinged to brackets through a rotating shaft C, and the rotating arms B are hinged to the brackets through a rotating shaft D. The rotating shafts constitute a parallelogram hinge four-bar mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Citic Dicastal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weidong Liu, Honghai Zhou, Weizhi Zhang, Kuisheng Nie, Xing Wang, Qun Zhao
  • Patent number: 10420261
    Abstract: Disclosed are a screen printer improved in solder separation and a method of controlling the same, in which close contact between a printed circuit board and a mask unit is enhanced to thereby improve the solder separation and stably supply a fixed quantity of solder supplied through a squeeze unit to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Wongeun Yoo
  • Patent number: 10381976
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solar panel installation, comprising at least one solar panel comprising photovoltaic cells, and a translucent plate on the upper side, wherein the translucent plate is provided with an electrically conductive layer that is provided in order to have an electric potential applied to it and which is electrically isolated from the photovoltaic cells, such that an electric potential applied to the electrically conductive layer will be uniformly distributed over the upper side of the at least one solar panel. In addition, the invention provides a method for applying the electrically conductive layer and for regenerating and/or preventing defects in the at least one solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FUTECH
    Inventors: Ismaƫl Ben-Al-Lal, Pieter Vangeel
  • Patent number: 10214033
    Abstract: A textile holder having adjustable side extensions is provided. The side extensions can be generally U-shaped metal rods or wires having a plurality of spaced notches for adjusting the spacing of the wires from a central pallet portion. Alternatively, other structures, such as plates can be used for the side extensions. The plates can include one or more slots. Screws or posts on the central pallet portion can be used to align the plates at appropriate extension distances and hold the plates in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr., Darek Tkacz, Jan Dolega
  • Patent number: 10204842
    Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a lead frame having a die attach pad and a plurality of leads. A die is attached to the die attach pad and the electrically connected to the plurality of leads. The die includes a plurality of bond pads along a periphery of the die and a bond pad strip surrounding a circuit in the die. A first plurality of bond wires is bonded between first opposite sides of the bond pad strip. The first plurality of bond wires is aligned in a first direction. A second plurality of bond wires is bonded between second opposite sides of the bond pad strip. The second plurality of bond wires is aligned in a second direction. Mold compound covers portions of the lead frame, the die, the bond pad strip, the first plurality of bond wires and the second plurality of bond wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Siva Prakash Gurrum, Amit Sureshkumar Nangia
  • Patent number: 10189279
    Abstract: A medium flattening method, when a medium is transported by being adhered to an adhesive layer which is on a surface of a transport belt, includes detecting a presence or absence of floating being generated in the medium on the transport belt using a sensor, executing a process for flattening to flatten the floating in the medium in the case where the floating exists, and transporting the medium, where the floating is eliminated using the process for the flattening, to a liquid discharge region of a liquid discharge section. The executing of the process for the flattening includes executing the process for the flattening with regard to the medium and liquid discharge with regard to the medium in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotaka Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 10154703
    Abstract: A system and method which allows for a pre-constructed article of clothing to having printing on substantially all of its external surface area. Specifically, an image may be simultaneously printed across multiple components of a clothing article. The method generally provides for transfer of a digital image, such as a digital photograph, to be applied to an article of clothing in a manner that prints an entire two-dimensional surface of the clothing with a coherent image, that maintains coherency when the article of clothing is worn. There is also provided an article of clothing produced using the systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: All Over Printing STL, LLC
    Inventors: Sydney Northup, Joseph Werner, II
  • Patent number: 9969188
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording portion capable of executing recording on a medium, a support portion that supports the medium and that is movable in a movement direction, and a movement operation portion that accepts a movement operation for moving the support portion to a desired position in the movement direction. Due to this construction, the support portion movable in the movement direction can be easily moved to any desired position in the movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Mashima
  • Patent number: 9921492
    Abstract: A fixture for a photosensitive seal machine is deposited on a transfer paper on the photosensitive seal machine to locate at least one stamp, and the fixture has a frame. The frame has a top surface, a bottom surface, multiple locating recesses and multiple retaining faces. The bottom surface is opposite to the top surface. The locating recesses are formed through the top surface of the frame. The retaining faces are formed in the frame and respectively surround the locating recesses of the frame. Each stamp is located well by the fixture to increase the exposure effect of the stamps and raise the yield rate of the stamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SUN SAME ENTERPRISES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Jer Shih
  • Patent number: 9813592
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus prints an image using a color conversion table. The image forming apparatus includes a representative color acquisition section and a color adjustment section. The representative color acquisition section acquires at least one representative color of the image. The color adjustment section adjusts a reproduced color, of a color included in the image, obtained with reference to the color conversion table. The color adjustment section adjusts the reproduced color, of the color included in the image, obtained with reference to the color conversion table, based on positional relationship in a color space between a reproduced color of the representative color obtained by a display device and a reproduced color of the representative color obtained with reference to the color conversion table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuka Miyanaga
  • Patent number: 9782963
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a graphene roll-to-roll transfer method, a graphene roll-to-roll transfer apparatus, a graphene roll manufactured by the graphene roll-to-roll transfer method, and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Graphene Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Byung Hee Hong, Jonghyun Ahn, Sukang Bae, Hyeong Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 9635907
    Abstract: A shoe platen to securely hold a shoe so that graphics, including custom graphics, can be printed on the shoe automatically. The platen comprises a shoe plate 102 configured to receive shoes such as high-top shoes or low top shoes. Adjusters 104, 106 can also be used to accommodate shoes of various styles and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Pics on Kicks, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Romero, Fernando Padilla
  • Patent number: 9621858
    Abstract: A substrate working device includes: a base; a first substrate working table and a second substrate working table movably supported on the base; an indicator provided to one of a base side member, which is formed on the base or a member fixed to the base, and the first and second substrate working tables; an imaging unit provided on the other one, which is different from the one, of the base side member and the first and second substrate working tables in order to image the indicator; and a control unit that, by causing the imaging unit to image the indicator and based on image data thereof, acquires position information related to each of the substrate working tables and that moreover determines whether or not the respective substrate working tables interfere with each other at the time of movement of each substrate working table based on the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9610762
    Abstract: A board printing apparatus includes a board working table, a first printing table, a second printing table, and a control portion controlling printing operations. The control portion is configured to perform second printing on a board held by the board working table by a large component mask of the second printing table after a first printing performed on the board held by the board working table by a small component mask of the first printing table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9597865
    Abstract: A turnover device for wheel printing, which is composed of a stand, a servo motor, driving mechanisms, a turnover shaft, a tensioning air cylinder and the like. When in use, the turnover device provided by can meet the requirements for positioning a wheel fixed window and turning over the wheel, and meanwhile has the characteristics of simple structure, advanced technology, high automation degree, safe and stable performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bowen Xue, Jiandong Guo
  • Patent number: 9555646
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for printing high resolution images on a surface that exhibits varying levels of thickness and/or elevation. One application of the method and apparatus of this invention is the printing of images on footwear, such as flip-flops or sandals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Homegrown For Good, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Gibb, Timothy Gibb
  • Patent number: 9550352
    Abstract: Improvements in a rotary screen printer that operates with a stepper motor for indexing the screen printer. The stepper motor provides a positive rotation and locating of the printing arms. The stepper motor can also have a controlled acceleration and deceleration speed while it indexes. The stepper motor further drives a spur gear to improve the drive ratio from the stepper motor to the indexing arms. The rotary screen printer uses pneumatic cylinders to operate the screening arms. Pneumatic cylinders are controllable for the downward force by adjusting pressure regulator(s) and the stroke by adjusting either limit switches or mechanical stops. Each station is interchangeable to accommodate the printing requirements of each job. Each station can be operated as a screen printing station, a drying station, a pad printer, and the number of stations can be changed by reprogramming the number of steps between each station stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Alexander Szyszko
  • Patent number: 9524891
    Abstract: An apparatus for fixing a metal mask includes a first substrate, a magnet array structure, a second substrate, and a metal mask. The magnet array structure includes a plurality of magnets. The magnet array structure is disposed on the first substrate. The plurality of magnets includes their respective magnetic axes. The magnetic axes cross each other. The second substrate is disposed on the magnet array structure. The metal mask is disposed on the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Suk-Beom You, Joo-Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 9475275
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes print executing parts, first and second substrate loading parts and a substrate unloading part, and first and second substrate support tables for supporting a substrate. The first substrate support table moves between a first receiving position where the substrate loaded from the first substrate loading part is received, and a sending position where the substrate is unloaded from the substrate unloading part. The second substrate support table moves between a second receiving position where the substrate loaded from the second substrate loading part is received, and the sending position. The print executing parts are respectively placed at positions on the substrate support tables where printing on the substrate is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshimichi Satou
  • Patent number: 9451708
    Abstract: A vacuum thermally bonding apparatus is provided, in which while air is being prevented in vacuum from entering a bonding layer, an element is thermally bonded to a substrate under vacuum by forming the bonding layer having a good thickness under an appropriate pressing pressure, while suppressing runout of the adhesive as much as possible, with a pressing force being slightly adjustable. A lower end portion of an upper frame member is gas-tightly slidably sealed to a peripheral portion of the lower plate member to form a vacuum partition wall therein, and a pressurizing release film is contacted with an upper face of the element, and thermally softened in the atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: MIKADO TECHNOS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Ito, Hiroki Sato
  • Patent number: 9421755
    Abstract: A screen printing system with positional alignment for aligning a substrate with a screen mask. The substrate and the screen mask have two registration holes for facilitating the positional alignment. The positional alignment method includes calculating alignment values for correcting the position of the substrate based on the determined offsets between the registration holes of the substrate and the screen mask. The position of the substrate is corrected based on the calculated alignment values so that registration holes of the substrate are vertically aligned with the registration holes of the screen mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TELEKOM MALAYSIA BERHAD
    Inventors: Muhammad Redzuan bin Saad, Zulkifli bin Ambak, Mohd Zulfadli bin Mohamed Yusoff, Sabrina Binti Mohd Shapee, Rosidah bt Alias, Azmi bin Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 9409248
    Abstract: A screen printer includes a mask, a substrate holding unit that clamps and holds a substrate below the mask by clamping members, a substrate holding unit moving mechanism that moves the substrate holding unit to contact the substrate with a lower surface of the mask, a paste filling unit that fills pattern holes of the mask with a paste, mask suction portions provided in the clamping members which suck the mask contacted with the substrate. The mask suction portions keep sucking the mask when the substrate holding unit moving mechanism moves the substrate in a direction away from the mask to perform plate releasing, and release the suction of the mask in a state in which the mask sucked to the mask suction portions maintains a posture parallel to the substrate after the movement of the substrate is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuji Ootake, Mitsuru Kouchi, Seiya Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9398696
    Abstract: Disclosed is an inexpensive small-sized screen printing machine having low redundancy and high production efficiency and applicable to a dual conveying-type component mounting machine. The screen printing machine comprises a pair of substrate supporting tables provided to hold a respective substrate that is a print object and which is juxtaposed in a direction that is perpendicular to a conveying direction of the substrate, and a print executing section that performs a printing process alternately on the substrate held by the pair of substrate supporting tables. Due to the print executing section being driven in the direction under control of a control unit, a print position where the substrate supporting tables execute alternate printing is changed within a range in which one of the pair of substrate supporting tables and the other of the pair of substrate supporting tables oppose each other in the direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Miyake, Takeshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9370923
    Abstract: A stencil printer includes a frame, a stencil coupled to the frame, and a print head coupled to the frame to deposit and print viscous material over the stencil. The stencil printer further includes a lift table assembly configured to support the substrate in a transport position and a print position, and a conveyor system. The conveyor system includes a pair of rail members coupled to the frame. The pair of rail members extends through the frame and is configured to transport the substrate through the stencil printer. The conveyor system further includes, for each rail member, a lift tool assembly coupled to the rail member. The lift tool assembly is configured to cooperate with the lift table assembly and to engage and support the substrate at a transport height and a print height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Mariano
  • Patent number: 9338892
    Abstract: A screen printer includes: a mask with a pattern hole; a substrate holder that clamps and holds a substrate at sides of the substrate by a pair of clamping members below the mask; a substrate holder elevation mechanism that moves the substrate holder up and down to contact the substrate with a lower surface of the mask; a paste filling unit that fills the pattern hole with a paste; a mask contact member that is provided in the clamp member and that contacts with the mask in a state in which the substrate contacts with the mask; and an urging portion that is provided in the clamp member and that includes an urging unit that urges the mask contact member upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Mitsuru Kouchi
  • Patent number: 9332681
    Abstract: In a case where a solder amount of a solder portion printed on an electrode does not meet a reference amount, solder is additionally applied to a center position of the electrode by a control section. With respect to a component mounting position to which the solder is not additionally applied, correction from a component mounting position of a substrate to a corrected mounting position is performed and an electronic component is mounted at the corrected mounting position. The electronic component corresponding to another component mounting position with the solder additionally applied thereto is mounted at the design component mounting position in the positioned substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Teruaki Nishinaka
  • Patent number: 9321076
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a substrate positioning part that upwardly and downwardly moves a substrate with the substrate clamped by a clamp member to thereby bring the substrate into contact with a mask stretched in a frame body and fixed in a predetermined height position from an underside of the mask and position the substrate in a predetermined height position, a mask suction part that is provided in the clamp member and sucks the mask in contact with the substrate, and a screen printing part that prints paste on the substrate through a pattern hole formed in the mask by sliding a squeegee on the mask to which the paste is supplied. The mask is pressed up by a predetermined amount through the substrate with the mask sucked by the mask suction part when the substrate is upwardly moved by the substrate positioning part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Mantani, Michinori Tomomatsu
  • Patent number: 9315063
    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: 9302462
    Abstract: A textile printing apparatus and method is disclosed. An example textile printing apparatus includes a first printing surface configured to support a first portion of a textile to be printed on. The example textile printing apparatus also includes a second printing surface configured to support a second portion of the textile in substantially a same printing plane as the first portion of the textile. The example textile printing apparatus also includes a slot formed adjacent the second printing surface. For a printing operation, a body of the textile is mounted over the first printing surface, and an inner portion of the textile is pulled through the slot and mounted, over the second printing surface. The printing operation proceeds in substantially the same printing plane onto both the outer printing surface and the inner printing surface without removing the textile during the printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Livingston Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Livingston
  • Patent number: 9297097
    Abstract: An article of apparel including a tubular knit textile region is provided, as well as an apparel printing system for printing on regions of the tubular knit textile region and related methods. The article of apparel can include a tubular knit textile region having an internal side and an opposite external side configured to be exposed during use, a plurality of yarns in an arrangement of interlocked loops forming parallel rows and channels therebetween, and a printed ink design on its external side. The printed ink design can be formed from ink applied to the parallel rows of loops and to the channels. An apparel printing system for printing on the article of apparel can include a textile printer having a print head and a tubular platen that includes features on the platen surface to retain and register the tubular knit textile on the platen surface during printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 9272538
    Abstract: The present invention relates improved device is provided for holding down textile the material on the platen of the digital printer. The inventive device includes a textile gripping material formed to define a border band on the periphery of the platen. The border material has a structure that engages/grips the textile and hold the textile in place. In operation, the textile is laid onto the platen surface and the edges are pulled taut to align the textile and remove wrinkles and the textile is next pressed onto the border material to be engaged by the border material. The border material grips and holds the textile in position, to provide a smooth textile surface on which the ink jets are applied. After the printing operation, the textile is lifted off of the border material and removed from the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Darren Livingston
  • Patent number: 9259951
    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: 9216607
    Abstract: The present invention relates to screen printing plate for a solar cell in which an electroconductive paste is used to simultaneously print a bus bar electrode and a finger electrode, the screen printing plate characterized in that the opening width of a finger electrode opening of the screen printing plate is less than 80 ?m and a bus bar electrode opening of the screen printing plate has a closed section. The use of this screen printing plate makes it possible to reduce the cost of manufacturing solar cells, prevent the connecting section between the bus bar electrode and the finger electrode from breaking without causing an increase in shadow loss or compromising the aesthetic quality of the solar cells, and manufacture highly reliable solar cells with good productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoko Endo, Ryo Mitta, Takenori Watabe, Hiroyuki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 9215836
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printed circuit board production apparatus which comprises a first working unit, a second working unit, and a control section. The first working unit includes a board conveying section, and a working mechanism section for subjecting the board conveyed to a given working process, wherein the board conveying section and the working mechanism section are configured to be relatively displaceable between a machine-setup position where a gap defined between the board conveying section and the working mechanism section and leading to the second working unit becomes equal to or less than a given value, and a position where the gap becomes greater than the given value. The board conveying section and the working mechanism section are arranged in the machine-setup position by the control section when machine setup for the first working unit is performed during operation of the second working unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Motoki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9067750
    Abstract: A splicing machine having an alignment mechanism is provided for aligning an end edge of a web of paperboard in preparation for splicing two webs of paperboard. An image display device such as a mirror or display screen allow an operator to view images of the end edge of the web and the alignment position to facilitate aligning the end edge at the alignment position. The alignment position is typically marked by an alignment marker produced by light, such as a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Greif Packaging LLC
    Inventors: David W. Casey, Gregg A. Bryan, Karl U. Wuerminghausen
  • Publication number: 20150136326
    Abstract: A screen printer includes: a mask with a pattern hole; a substrate holder that clamps and holds a substrate at sides of the substrate by a pair of clamping members below the mask; a substrate holder elevation mechanism that moves the substrate holder up and down to contact the substrate with a lower surface of the mask; a paste filling unit that fills the pattern hole with a paste; a mask contact member that is provided in the clamp member and that contacts with the mask in a state in which the substrate contacts with the mask; and an urging portion that is provided in the clamp member and that includes an urging unit that urges the mask contact member upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Masayuki MANTANI, Mitsuru KOUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150107467
    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: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8997646
    Abstract: An electrode formation method for a solar cell to form an electrode of a base member, includes a screen printing process and a baking process. The screen printing process includes: mounting a metal mask on a surface of the base member, wherein the metal mask includes a covering portion configured to cover a part of a surface of the base member, opening portions configured to allow parts of the base member to be exposed therefrom, and bridge portions disposed along a direction intersecting with a longitudinal direction of circuit patterns between the opening portions; and supplying a paste to an upper surface of the metal mask by a squeegee head of a cartridge type, while relatively sliding a squeegee on the upper surface of the metal mask such that the squeegee travels relatively to the metal mask. In the baking process, the paste is baked to form the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tanaka, Yuji Otake
  • Patent number: 8973496
    Abstract: A screen printing machine including: a screen mask 1 detachably mounted to a mask mounting area set in advance; a squeegee, which is arranged above the screen mask mounted to the mask mounting area, and the squeegee reciprocates relative to the screen mask in a squeegee-movement direction; and a receptacle which is installed at a location so that the screen mask is allowed to be attached and detached and which catches applying material adhered to the squeegee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Sumioka, Mitsuharu Morita
  • Patent number: 8958131
    Abstract: A system and method which allows for a pre-constructed article of clothing to having printing on substantially all of its external surface area. Specifically, an image may be simultaneously printed across multiple components of a clothing article. The method generally provides for transfer of a digital image, such as a digital photograph, to be applied to an article of clothing in a manner that prints an entire two-dimensional surface of the clothing with a coherent image, that maintains coherency when the article of clothing is worn. There is also provided an article of clothing produced using the systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Sydney Northup, Joseph Werner, II