Stencil And Work Support Patents (Class 101/126)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8950321
    Abstract: At the two ends of a pair of clamping members (9a) which sandwich and clamp a board (10) from the Y direction, mask supporting members (9b) forming a rectangle frame are disposed, and a screen mask (12) is supported from below by the mask supporting members (9b) in a state that the board (10) abuts against the under surface of the screen mask (12). A downwards bending of the screen mask (12) can be prevented, and the time and labor of maintenance can be decreased by preventing the deposits of paste on the screen mask (12) that occur due to the bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Michinori Tomomatsu, Yuuji Ootake, Toshiyuki Murakami, Minoru Murakami, Akira Maeda
  • Publication number: 20150027328
    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: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Robert GRAY
  • Patent number: 8939076
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for depositing viscous material on an electronic substrate. The apparatus comprises a frame, an assembly material applicator coupled to the frame and configured to apply assembly material to the electronic substrate, a substrate support assembly, coupled to the frame, configured to support and secure the electronic substrate in a print position, and a transport system, coupled to the frame, to shuttle electronic substrates to and from the substrate support assembly, the transport system including a first track and a second track, the first track being mounted on a first displacement mechanism and the second track being mounted on a second displacement mechanism configured to laterally move the second track relative to the first track, the second displacement mechanism configured to raise the first track relative to the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8939074
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing three-dimensional image data for inspection, alignment and operations of a material applicator includes an imaging system configured to capture three-dimensional image data of an electronic substrate. The imaging system includes one or more illumination assembly configured to project a spectrum of light substantially along a first axis at an angle to the surface of the electronic substrate. The imaging system further includes an image sensor assembly configured to detect the spectrum of light reflected from an electronic substrate surface, with the image sensor assembly including a viewing plane. The material application includes a controller that is coupled to the imaging system. The controller is configured to control movement of the imaging system and to communicate with the image sensor assembly to produce a three-dimensional image of the topology of the electronic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Prince
  • Patent number: 8919248
    Abstract: An improved screen printing machine is provided. The main body portion and the support table portion of the printer main body are constructed independently of each other, and the main body portion is supported by the support table portion so as to be movable forward. A feed screw is axially immovably and rotatably held by the main body portion so as to be parallel to the front and rear direction, and the feed screw is engaged with the nut provided on the support table portion. An operator rotates the handle attached to the feed screw to move the main body portion forward with respect to the support table portion so that the main body portion is drawn from the support table portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Mizuno, Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi, Yoshimune Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8919249
    Abstract: Prior to a mark imaging process executed for the purpose of detecting a position of recognition marks for positioning the substrate and the mask, an optical axis calibration processing process of detecting a horizontal relative position between imaging optical axes, and a surface correction data creation processing process of detecting a local positional deviation of the imaging optical axes, which is caused by the travel of the imaging unit, are executed. Before starting production, a production pre-start precision evaluation process for evaluating a substrate positioning precision is executed by using a verification substrate and a verification mask, and after starting the production, a production post-start precision evaluation process for evaluating a substrate positioning precision after starting the production is executed by using a commercial production substrate and a commercial production mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seikou Abe, Takashi Yazawa
  • Patent number: 8881652
    Abstract: A template is provided to stretch socks out slightly so the surface of the socks are smooth and flat for printing. In order to make the process cost effective, the templates are designed to print either 2 or 3 pairs of socks at one time, the template comprises: a planar registration portion configured to assist a user to align the printing template with a printer tray; and first and second receiving portions orthogonally extending from the registration portion, each receiving portion configured to receive a garment opening and having a width configured to flatten a portion of the received sock for printing, wherein the first and second receiving portions extend in opposite direction of the planar registration portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jann Middo, Hayley Mullin
  • Patent number: 8869692
    Abstract: A transport table, comprising a transport web; an unwinding roller for unwinding the transport web therefrom; a first return element; a second return element; a winding roller for winding thereon the unwound transport web; a first frame with which the first and the second return element are connected; and a second frame with which the unwinding roller and the winding roller are rotatably connected, wherein the unwinding roller, the winding roller and the return elements together are designed for stretching the transport web such that between the first and the second return element a surface of the transport web is available as transport surface, and wherein the second frame is movable along a path substantially parallel to said transport surface with respect to the first frame. The invention also discloses a method for the use of the transport table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: OTB Solar B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelius Adrianus Henricus Van Der Avoort, Robbert Hilmar Backer, Cornelius Petrus Du Pau, Marcel Peeren
  • Patent number: 8863660
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus including two screen printers, each including a substrate introduction portion by which a substrate is introduced from an upstream side of a component mounting line, a printing portion which performs a screen printing to the introduced substrate, a substrate discharge portion by which the substrate is discharged to a downstream side, and a substrate moving stage which receives the substrate to position the substrate with respect to the printing portion and to move the substrate to the substrate discharge portion. The two substrate introduction portions, the two printing portions, and the two substrate discharge portions are arranged symmetrically to each other with respect to a perpendicular symmetrical plane extending in a transportation direction of the substrate in the component mounting line, respectively. Each printing portion is provided at a position further from the perpendicular symmetrical plane than the substrate discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhide Nagao
  • Patent number: 8857329
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a printing execution unit that performs screen printing on a substrate. At least one substrate support table that is provided movably along a specific direction orthogonal to the conveying direction. A table drive mechanism that moves the substrate support table at least between substrate entry and exit positions along a specific direction. The substrate entry and exit positions are set asymmetrically with respect to the specific direction. A printing execution unit drive mechanism is provided to drive the printing execution unit along the specific direction. A control unit is provided to control the printing execution unit drive mechanism so that the printing execution unit is driven to set the printing position on a substrate conveying path needed for the substrate support table to move from the substrate entry to the substrate exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Miyake, Takeshi Fujimoto