Multicolor Patents (Class 101/171)
  • Patent number: 10279502
    Abstract: A cutting tool holder (1) for holding and driving a cutting tool (2) includes at least one actuator (3) for adjusting at least one operating state of the cutting tool holder (1). A control module (4) is disposed on the cutting tool holder (1) and is connected with the actuator (3). The control module (4) directly and independently actuates the actuator (3); information about the operating state is storable on the control module (4). A TCP- and/or UDP-based server is disposed on the control module (4) so that information transmitted from a web-browser compatible end device (5, 6) about an operating state to be assumed can be received and information about the actual operating state can be transmitted to the web-browser compatible end device (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Dienes Werke Fuer Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rolf Thielen
  • Patent number: 9811771
    Abstract: If elements (curves) of a tone reproduction curve increase application of marking material, the magnitudes of the elements of the tone reproduction curve are summed. If the summed magnitudes of the elements of the tone reproduction curve exceed marking material limits, a warning message is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Mark A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8978552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating packaging means, such as bottles, cans or similar containers, comprising a device-internal transport section, on which the treatment of the packaging means is carried out on processing stations (8) in at least two process steps, and further comprising holding and centering elements, by means of which the packaging means (1) are held at least during the respective process step in an orientation on the device-internal transport system necessary for said process step and/or by means of which the packaging means are moved at least during one process step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Katrin Preckel, Manfred Pschichholz, Frank Putzer, Markus Reiniger, Martin Schach, Winfried Schlüter, Werner Vande Wynckel
  • Publication number: 20150040785
    Abstract: There is described a device (1) for offline inspection and color measurement of printed sheets for the production of banknotes and like printed securities, comprising (i) a console (10) having a supporting surface (10a) for supporting a sample printed sheet (S), (ii) a multipurpose measuring apparatus (20), which multipurpose measuring apparatus (20) comprises multiple sensors (22, 23) including at least one camera (22) for taking images of selected portions of the sample printed sheet (S) and a color measurement sensor (23) for performing spectrophotometric, colorimetric, and/or densitometric measurements at selected locations on (22, 23) the sample printed sheet (S), (iii) a display (30) for displaying the images taken by the camera (22) and the measurements performed by the color measurement sensor (23), and (iv) a control and processing unit (40) coupled to the multipurpose measuring apparatus (20) and the display (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventors: Thomas Turke, Harald Heinrich Willeke, Jean-Baptiste Lanternier
  • Patent number: 8953218
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for extending LCDS imaging data stream imaging capabilities. An imaging data stream can be modified to permit the imaging data stream to implement at least one full-color call for rendering full-color forms and full-color jobs via at least one rendering device within a rendering system. This can be accomplished by creating and associating at least one full-color extension with a syntax of the imaging data stream in order to implement the at least one full-color call in an extensible set of color spaces, and also compactly decoding, storing indexing and searching the at least one full-color call within a particular job. In addition, an LCDS imaging data stream can be modified to provide an image substitution pathway to permit at least one full-color image included in said LCDS imaging data stream to be substituted for monochrome images or highlight color images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: George Kenneth Hartupee, Jr., Hayley H. Yau
  • Publication number: 20140331876
    Abstract: A method for in-line integrated raised printing. The method includes performing a plurality of separations, and generating a height of an in-line integrated raised print based on the performing the plurality of separations without requiring off-line printing activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Itzik Shaul, George Trendafilov, Gilad Greenberg, Shaun Henry, Gregory Doyle Creager
  • Publication number: 20140036041
    Abstract: A digital camera includes an electromagnetic spectrum radiator for emitting electromagnetic spectrums to a target when photographing images of the target, a CCD sensor, a CMOS sensor and/or an OLCD sensor, which constitute an independent image element of the photographed image and receive electromagnetic wave radiation bands propagating in the air in different wavelengths as a result of color reactions of the target to the electromagnetic spectrums. The digital camera includes a memory for storing different color values corresponding to different electromagnetic wave radiation bands and a photographing system, which divides the photographed image into over 100 independent images of small area, and which compares the electromagnetic wave radiation band received by the sensors in each independent image of small area to the different color values in the memory, and then inserts colors corresponding to said color values back to said image of small area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Leung CHI WAI
  • Publication number: 20140033938
    Abstract: A colour proofing apparatus, including an engraved roller (12) having a pattern of ink accommodating cavities on its peripheral surface, a back pressure cylinder (14) forming a nip with the engraved roller (12), a conveyor (16) adapted to feed a sheet (18) of a print substrate through the nip in synchronism with the movements of the peripheral surfaces of the engraved roller (12) and the back pressure cylinder (14), and an optical sensor (30) disposed at the conveyor (16) for measuring a colour value of the sheet (18) that has passed through the nip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Gordon Whitelaw, Wolfgang Brusdeilins
  • Patent number: 8400681
    Abstract: A method of file preparation, ripping and plate making for high end graphics printed on cylindrical products utilizing Dry Offset printing presses. While utilizing two inverse angle techniques and one fixed angle on the Black, with virtually unlimited color pluralities, encompassing a majority of all open areas of the common printing blanket without any ink overlap. The nesting of the halftone dots at even coarse line screen rulings eliminating a dot rosette pattern and creating a continuous tone appearance. Print contrast is increased to that of offset printing quality and ink contamination over the course of the run length is virtually eliminated. This current invention also increases the ability to print white with colors as opposed to needing white coating done in advanced to transparent plastics and metallic surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Girard J. Moravcik
  • Publication number: 20130047874
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus allowing a user to easily access an operating section even in a large-size apparatus can be provided. An image forming apparatus 100 includes a main machine 110 including an operating section 113 and capable of functioning as a multifunction machine by itself, and at least one option machine 120 to 190 added to a side-face side of an enclosure 111 of the main machine. The apparatus 100 includes the operating section 113 at a fixed position in the width direction of the enclosure. The enclosure has a unified first color of a same tone at a front face thereof, and an operating position line 101 is formed at a part of the front face of the enclosure and has a second color that is clearly different from the first color so as to be a guide indicating a position of the operating section 113.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Yukio KANAOKA, Takashi MATSUDA, Kanji MIZUSUGI, Naoki SAITO, Atsushi KASENO
  • Patent number: 8020359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of using a combination permanent partial decoration and temporary decoration to mass customize refillable glass vessels. The method comprising: decorating a glass vessel with a permanent partial decoration, receiving the glass vessel at a filling facility, washing the glass vessel in caustic solution to remove presence of a temporary decoration, filling the glass vessel with a product contents, printing the temporary decoration on the glass vessel, distributing the glass vessel to a marketplace for use by a consumer, receiving the consumer used glass vessel at the filling facility, and recycling the glass vessel by returning to the step of washing. Other embodiments include not using the permanent partial decoration and printing the temporary decoration on the glass vessel, wherein at least some of the temporary decoration is printed on top of a background region to increase the luminance qualities of the temporary decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Louis Mattos, Jr., Nilton Antonio Moreira Mattos
  • Patent number: 7991498
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a method for printing a painted three-dimensional object. Each layer of the object is printed so that only the external circumference of the layer contains colored material. The building material used may be transparent, and a white colored material may be used as a barrier between the building material and the colored material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Objet Geometries Ltd.
    Inventor: Eliahu M. Kritchman
  • Publication number: 20110041712
    Abstract: The invention presents a method for controlling the composition of an ink mixture (11, 31) for at least one printing press (2), in which actual optical values (I) of light (7) are obtained, whereas the light (7) has interacted at least with parts of the printing picture, which is generated by the printing press (2) on the printing substrate (6) using an ink mixture which is provided by an ink supply system, and in which, due to the deviation of the actual optical value from optical reference values (S), a corrective ink mixture (31) is created, which is added to the ink mixture (11) which is provided by said ink supply system and which changes the ratio of the amounts of ink pigments therein. The ink mixtures (11, 31) used in the method are provided by different ink mixing devices (16, 24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Andreas Ihme
  • Publication number: 20100101437
    Abstract: A printing machine for multi-color printing, including at least one camera (6) for monitoring a conformity of different ink applications. The camera (7) in arranged in the printing machine (1) via a holder (7), and a clear cover (9) for an optic (10) of the camera provides protection from contamination or ink splatter. The cover (9) is embodied as a strip (11) of clear film, which can be moved along a direction of extension, with a width of the strip being at least equivalent to a width of at least one of the optic (10) or a measuring field of the camera (6) detected therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Bauernfeind
  • Patent number: 7643176
    Abstract: A printed tone control method for adjusting a printed color tone by comparing image data serving as a reference and image data obtained by reading an image from a print actually made by a printing machine. The method includes a representative point setting step for setting a representative point for use in control of the color tone based on image data, an alternative representative point setting step for setting an alternative representative point that satisfies a predetermined condition when a point inappropriate for tone measurement is selected as the representative point, and a tone adjusting step for adjusting the color tone by using the alternative representative point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Kiyohara, Kazuki Fukui
  • Publication number: 20090213420
    Abstract: A method for the automatic detection of at least one property of at least one replaceable component of an apparatus for the production of printed products is disclosed and such an apparatus and a system for the production of printed products are disclosed. The property of the component of the apparatus or of the system is detected by using an electronic device for a wireless detection of component-related data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Bernhard Dirsch, Stephan Karl, Lothar Rettner, Jochen Schlinkert
  • Patent number: 7540239
    Abstract: A web fed rotary printing unit is provided. The printing unit includes a plurality of cylinders including a first cylinder assigned a first adjustable drive motor and a second cylinder assigned a second adjustable drive motor. The first and second cylinders are in a mechanical drive connection that can be moved between engaged and disengaged positions. When the mechanical drive connection is engaged, the first drive motor assigned to the first cylinder forms a master drive in dependence on which the second drive motor assigned to the second cylinder can be controlled in the manner of a slave drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: manroland AG
    Inventors: Alfons Baintner, Karl-Heinz Bienert, Norbert Dylla, Max Eder
  • Patent number: 7516040
    Abstract: A system and method for the automated detection of printing defects in an image output device are described, employing an imaging device adjacent a photoresponsive member in the output device, wherein the imaging device generates image signals in response to developed and undeveloped regions on the photoresponsive member to identify defects therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Gerardo Leute, Judith Vandewinckel, Stephen J. Nichols
  • Patent number: 7415928
    Abstract: A printing press has at least one ink carrier. A printing substance, such as ink is applied to the ink carrier and at least some of that ink is transferred to a substrate at a separation location. A light-hydraulic effect is used to accomplish this separation. Radiation energy that is transferred to the printing substance stimulates this transfer of the print substance to the substrate to be printed. The transport of the radiation energy takes place by the use of at least two energy beams of different wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jürgen Alfred Stiel
  • Patent number: 7387068
    Abstract: A method of making an ink stamp includes providing a first porous structure having a top surface, a bottom surface and porous edges extending between the top and bottom surfaces, loading a first ink into the first porous structure, and providing a second porous structure having a top surface, a bottom surface and porous edges extending between the top and bottom surfaces. The method includes loading a second ink into the second porous structure, applying energy to one of the porous edges of the first porous structure to transform the porous edge to an edge having a non-porous surface, and assembling the first porous structure with the second porous structure so that the non-porous edge of the first porous structure is in direct contact with one of the porous edges of the second porous structure. The non-porous edge prevents the first ink from passing through the non-porous edge to the second porous structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventor: Doogong Yip
  • Publication number: 20080053323
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously or sequentially applying a plurality of distinctive markings onto the surface of an article such as a flexible polymeric hose is described in which the marking apparatus comprises a plurality of reservoirs having a plurality of marking fluids stored therein, wherein each reservoir has a marking fluid stored therein having a color which is distinctive from the color of any other marking fluid stored in any other reservoir; and a plurality of initiators operably associated with the plurality of reservoirs for initiating flow of the marking fluid from the reservoirs; a plurality of conduits for transporting the marking fluid from the reservoirs to an applicator device wherein the applicator device comprising a plurality of marking members for applying the marking fluid onto the article,
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Karl L. Karlosky
  • Patent number: 7284486
    Abstract: A device and a method for controlling a position of a lateral edge of a continuous web of a recording medium in a printer or copier provides that sensors are provided. Signals of the sensors are supplied to a control device which includes an actuator. The actuator changes the position of the lateral edge of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Oce Printing Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Winter, Günter Gassner
  • Patent number: 7273009
    Abstract: A hand stamp includes a first marking structure having a front surface adapted to print a first ink onto an object, a rear surface and peripheral edges extending between the front and rear surfaces. The hand stamp includes a second marking structure having a front surface adapted to print a second ink onto an object, a rear surface and peripheral edges extending between the front and rear surfaces of the second marking structure. The first and second marking structures are permanently assembled together so that at least one of the edges of the first marking structure opposes at least one of the edges of the second marking structure, whereby at least one of the opposing edges has a non-porous surface for preventing migration of the first ink of the first marking structure with the second ink of the second marking structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: M&R Marking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Doogong Yip
  • Patent number: 7228798
    Abstract: A web-fed printing machine is provided. The printing machine includes a plurality of printing units. A first work station precedes the printing units. A second work station follows the printing units. At least one lifting device is assigned to the printing units for transporting printing unit modules. The lifting device is movably mounted on a top side of the printing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Josef Göttling, Godber Petersen, Thomas Hartmann
  • Patent number: 7222568
    Abstract: A method for flexographic multi-color printing, wherein a print medium web is passed continuously through a flexographic printing press having at least two ink units, each ink unit including a printing cylinder, an anilox roller and an ink sup-ply system adapted to supply liquid ink of a specific color to the anilox roller, wherein the inks supplied in the different ink units differ in both, color and mass density, the method including the steps of mounting, in at least one of the ink units, an anilox roller having a larger diameter than the anilox roller of another one of the at least two ink units, and during printing, supplying the ink with the largest mass density to the anilox roller having the larger diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Fischer & Krecke GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Ron Shemesh, Bodo Steinmeier, Wolfgang Brusdeilins, Gordon Whitelaw, Andreas Kückelmann
  • Patent number: 7208904
    Abstract: A controller for motor activation providing accurate and repeatable position changes by pressing and releasing a push button switch. Repeatable position changes are made in an advance direction by triggering a digital counter for a predetermined number of cycles of a reference clock signal. Backlash in retard motion of the motor is reduced by similarly asserting a retard motor input for an amount of time determined by another digital counter with a following advance correction made automatically after the retard signal is applied, by applying a predetermined retard-advance movement amount, as again counted by a digital counter. The advance binary amount, the retard binary amount and the retard-advance binary amount of set through binary switch inputs to respective counters to count the respective time periods (TG3, TG1, and TG2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventors: Dina M. Lewis, legal representative, Clarence A. Lewis, deceased
  • Patent number: 7197980
    Abstract: An engraving sheet includes a support layer fabricated of biaxially oriented high-density polypropylene, and an engraving layer formed on the support layer and having an opacity of 40%. The engraving sheet is engraved from the engraving layer down to the support layer. The support layer is lower in opacity than the engraving layer with a difference of 20% or more between the opacity of the support layer and the opacity of the engraving layer. The engraving sheet allows a desired pattern, a photograph of the face of an individual, or the like to be engraved thereon, and presents a finger touch similar to that of paper, and is hard to be torn even after it is bound by a sewing machine or a stapler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7032518
    Abstract: A system and method for managing the tension and maintaining registration between multiple webs in a web finishing system. The method involves transporting a first web and at least second web toward a finishing apparatus, comparing relative positions of registration marks on the webs, severing lengths of the second web in response to the relative positions, aligning each length of the second web with the first web, and then performing a finishing operation on the webs with the finishing apparatus. The system includes the finishing apparatus, devices for transporting the webs toward the finishing apparatus, devices for comparing the relative positions of the registration marks on the webs, a device for severing lengths of the second web in response to the relative positions, and a device for individually aligning each length of the second web with the first web before the webs encounter the finishing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Scheffer, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Scheffer, Eric K. Lo, John Nader, Tom Payer
  • Patent number: 6987533
    Abstract: A reference device for setting color biasing mechanisms on a camera and achieving a consistent color biasing in different environmental situations, and a method of making the same. The reference device comprises a reflective media having a surface that has had its spectral characteristics analyzed and its surface treated with colored droplets, wherein each of the droplets is less than 5 picoliters in volume, to achieve a degree of desired white neutrality or color bias of different spectral quality than that which was analyzed as aforesaid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Ferrand David Ernest Corley
  • Patent number: 6983695
    Abstract: Color densities of patches included in a control strip are measured to perform printing control based on the color densities. The patches are arranged in the same direction as the arrangement of ink keys of a printing device. The patches include four typical patches of black, cyan, magenta, and yellow at area rates of 60 to 85% in the width of each ink key. The printing control is the control for keeping the color densities of the four typical patches of the width of each ink key in predetermined color-density ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Mogi, Yoshikazu Shimamura, Takashi Ichinose
  • Patent number: 6953511
    Abstract: Method for high definition printing to be dip transferred to a three-dimensional article comprises four color process printing a digital image from a digital image file onto a water soluble polymer film with solvent based ink to form a printed water soluble film and dip transfer printing the solvent based ink image through transcription on the surface of the article. The method is suitable for printing three-dimensional articles of a variety of shapes with high definition, photographic-quality images. The method is particularly suitable for decorating articles with complex images such as camouflage patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Immersion Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Royce J. Bowles, Jr., James Patrick Epling, James Phillip Hand, Samuel C. Ruffner, Jeffery Wayne Walker
  • Patent number: 6920306
    Abstract: An image recording equipment is provided with an adhesive roller that is brought into contact with a surface of an image recording sheet wound around a rotary drum and keeps in contact with the image recording sheet with contact pressure axially distributed in a range from approximately 0.01 Mpa to approximately 0.2 Mpa desirably in a concave distribution pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironobu Sato, Yoshiharu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6862986
    Abstract: An apparatus for setting the lateral register of a printing unit of a rotary press that prints on a paper web includes a first bearing block configured as a locating bearing arranged on the drive side of a forme cylinder; and a second bearing block configured as a floating bearing on the operating side of the forme cylinder. A pressure medium operated operating cylinder displaces the first bearing block axially and presses it against an adjustable stop without play for the purpose of setting the lateral register. A controller controls the axial location of the adjustable stop in at least one of a closed-loop fashion and an open-loop fashion based on register deviations determined by a scanning optics unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Robert Kersch, Godber Petersen
  • Patent number: 6835272
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multicolored steel sheet having multiple colors, designs or patterns on its surface and a manufacturing system for carrying out the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Chang-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 6796229
    Abstract: A gear train for a machine for processing flat printing materials includes a coupling for separating and closing the gear train. The gear train further includes rotating elements having toothing systems which, in a closed state of the gear train, are in mutual engagement and, in a separated state of the gear train, are out of engagement. A multiplicity of the rotating elements are combined into pairs. The toothing systems of one of the pairs of rotating elements has a tooth pitch differing from the toothing systems of a respective other of the pairs of rotating elements. A machine, including the gear train, for processing flat printing materials, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Christian Görbing, Ivo Richter
  • Patent number: 6789475
    Abstract: A satellite printing machine for printing sheets includes a single central common counter-pressure cylinder and at least four satellite printing groups arranged in a peripherally distributed manner about the counter-pressure cylinder in a rotational direction thereof from a feed cylinder to an output cylinder. The counter-pressure cylinder is provided in the form of a rubber blanket cylinder. At least one additional satellite printing group cooperates with the counter-pressure cylinder for at least single-color back side printing, and is disposed in the rotational direction of the counter-pressure cylinder before the feed system and after the output cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Ebe Hesterman
  • Patent number: 6751329
    Abstract: A drive module for attachment to a rigid panel and adapted to apply bending wave energy at audio frequencies to the panel whereby the panel can radiate an audio output. The drive module has a housing adapted to be secured to the panel, at least one foot on the housing and adapted to fix the housing securely to the panel, an electro-mechanical transducer in the housing, a support for the transducer in the housing, the transducer being adapted to contact the panel to apply bending wave energy thereto when energized with an electrical audio signal, and an audio signal amplifier in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: New Transducers Limited
    Inventors: Martin Colloms, Ian David MacFarlane
  • Patent number: 6721068
    Abstract: A hard proof is created that can be visually inspected to determine if it meets industry standards. The proof has a content image portion and color bar image data. To create the hard proof, a sheet of proofing paper is provided that has one or more known good first color bars pre-printed thereon, but no content image portion printed thereon. The content image portion of the proof and one or more second color bars are then printed on the sheet of proofing paper. The one or more second color bars are printed on the proofing paper in a pre-defined relationship to the one or more first color bars so as to allow for visual inspection directly on the proofing paper using only the color bar image data of the first and second color bars, and without using any external color reference materials. A visually discernable color match indicates that a proof which meets industry standards has been made and a visually discernable color mismatch indicates that a proof which meets industry standards has not been made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Mark A. Weiss
  • Patent number: 6718871
    Abstract: A method of providing printing and embossing data includes transmitting print image data defining an image to be printed and emboss image data defining an image to be embossed, where the data is transmitted over a single data path to a common recipient processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Terry M. Fritz
  • Patent number: 6705219
    Abstract: The web-fed rotary offset printing machine utilizes a blanket belt onto which two or more colors are offset and which prints the two or more colors at once onto a material web. The blanket belt travels about guide rollers which have a lesser mass and/or a lesser diameter than the form cylinders which offset the colors onto the blanket belt. If several impression nips—blanket to web nips—are formed along the travel path of the material web, they are located so close to one another that fan out register errors cannot occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Gerald Roger Douillard, Eric Michael Lapine, Michael Robert Lemelin
  • Publication number: 20040000241
    Abstract: In an initial state, a key control switch for adjusting opening degrees of ink keys and a display changeover switch are displayed on a display screen of a touch sensitive control panel. The key control switch is a collection of key control switches individually arranged in areas corresponding to the ink keys, and for each ink color. The individual key control switches indicate color densities of control strips on a print measured by a color density measuring device and the opening degrees of the ink keys. When the changeover switch is operated in this state, the control panel simultaneously displays the key control switches and an image of the print being processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Satoru Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 6644182
    Abstract: A method of producing cone diaphragm having color patterns includes steps of using a fiber-made thin sheet as a base material; printing the base material with a high molecular ink; soaking the printed base material in a high molecular resin material; or alternatively, first soaking the base material in the high molecular resin material and drying the base material, and then printing the base material wish the high molecular ink; so that the base material is coated with a layer of the high molecular resin to maintain a desired brilliance of the color patterns; drying the base material and positioning it in a high-temperature mold, so that the base material is molded into a cone having a predetermined shape; painting outer surfaces of the molded cone with a paint; and trimming the molded and painted cone to produce a finished cone diaphragm having color patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Chui-Che Chen
  • Patent number: 6626102
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to automatically adjust cutting and printing registers based on the detection of predetermined mark for different colors in a rotary press using a paper web, thereby eliminating the need for skills and reducing time for adjusting cutting registers. A driving reference setting section, a feedback signal output section, a mark detecting section and a register correction value output section are provided, and a control section for controlling the driving section of the printing mechanism effects control so that the driving reference phase is synchronized with the feedback phase of the plate cylinder by each driving means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shizurou Tokiwa
  • Patent number: 6626101
    Abstract: A color-image forming apparatus minimizes displacement in toner images due to irregularities in the thickness of an inter-stage transfer belt. The pattern detector detects a registration reference pattern formed on the belt. Accepting information on displacement over one cycle of travel of the belt from the pattern detector, the displacement amount calculator detects information on displacement in a print range which the toner images formed in a plurality of image-forming stations are transferred thereto. The displacement amount calculator then calculates a mean value of displacement in the range. The central processing unit (CPU) controls the image-forming timing determined by a plurality of exposure units, according to the result calculated by the displacement amount calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tadayuki Kajiwara, Junichi Tanizaki, Masaya Shimada
  • Publication number: 20030172819
    Abstract: A satellite printing machine is provided for printing sheets, in that said printing machine comprises a single central counter-pressure cylinder (2) and a number of at least four satellite printing groups (S) which are provided for first printing and which are assigned, in a peripherally distributed manner to said counter-pressure cylinder in the rotational direction (D) thereof, between a feed system, said feed system comprising a feed cylinder (3) and an output system (4). The counter-pressure cylinder (2) is provided in the form of a rubber blanket cylinder and at least one additional satellite printing group (W), which is provided for at least single-color second printing, is assigned to said counter-pressure cylinder in the rotational direction (D) thereof, behind the output system (4) and in front of the feed system (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventor: Ebe Hesterman
  • Patent number: 6615730
    Abstract: The apparatus for controlling, in a power failure, a rotary press that separately drives a printing section and a folding section with independent drive sources, pulls a printing material that is being braked in a paper feeding section at least by the folding section, brings a blanket cylinder of the printing section into contact with the printing material to produce printing impressions by changing over the braking of the printing material to a braking mode with a constant braking force upon interruption of power feeding due to a main power failure, detecting a voltage drop caused by the power failure to output a power failure signal, changing over to a battery power supply, separating a blanket cylinder that is at press from the printing material, and decelerating and bringing to a halt a printing material pulling mechanism at the folding section within a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shizurou Tokiwa
  • Patent number: 6615727
    Abstract: In a color management method for a printing press, the first profile representing color reproduction characteristics of a first printing press is generated using color data of a number of patches printed by the first printing press and the dot area percent of each of a plurality of ink colors defined for each patch. The second profile representing color reproduction characteristics of a second printing press is generated using color data of a number of patches printed by the second printing press and the dot area percent of each of a plurality of ink colors defined for each patch. The dot area percent of each ink color to be used to print a printing product by the second printing press is obtained on the basis of the first and second profiles. A color management apparatus for a printing press is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Komori, Akihiro Inde
  • Patent number: 6609462
    Abstract: A method of avoiding register differences during the operation of a printing machine having a plurality of individual printing units includes counteracting, at least by circumferential register corrections, respective register differences in the individual printing units, determining the register differences for different printing speeds and storing them in a memory, and determining the various register differences at different printing speeds by an automatic register measuring and register control device and, in the event of changes in the printing speed, superimposing the previously determined magnitude of the register correction on the adjusted variable of the automatic register measuring and register control device; and a device for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Axel Hauck
  • Patent number: 6606947
    Abstract: A device for processing of printing defects detected in a printing machine which in a first phase delivers a printed support. The printing defects (20, 21, 22) on the support (1) are detected in a detection station. A database connected to the detection station can simultaneously store information relating to each detected printing defect. The processing device connected to the database can, in a second phase, process the stored information in order to evaluate the quality of overall printing of the printed support and can use various possible scenarios, even before the support (1) is cut in a third phase, to define all those portions (23) of the support which should be removed in order to improve the final quality of the printed product within the limit of a restriction in the number of portions which it has been agreed to cut out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Bobst S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Frossard, Nathan Stern
  • Patent number: 6604466
    Abstract: In a color management method for a printing press, colorimetic values of a first patch for generating a profile printed by the printing press are measured, so that a printing press profile representing a color reproduction characteristic of the printing press is generated from the measured colorimetic values of the first patch and a dot area percent of each ink color predetermined in correspondence with the first patch. Colorimetic values of a second patch for determining stability of the printing press printed by the printing press are measured. The measured colorimetic values of the second patch is compared with colorimetic values, in the printing press profile, having a dot area percent substantially equal to a dot area percent of each ink color predetermined in correspondence with the second patch. A warning is generated on the basis of a comparison result. A color management apparatus for a printing press is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Komori, Akihiro Inde