Multiple Couple Patents (Class 101/181)
  • Patent number: 10739783
    Abstract: A processor implemented image processing method includes recognizing a target object in a first frame of an input image; adjusting an exposure of a second frame of the input image based on a brightness of the target object; and generating a synthesized image by synthesizing the first frame and the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Wan Seo, Paul Barom Jeon, Baek Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 10682806
    Abstract: A process for producing a surface covering with an embossed printed surface is described. A substrate (16) is continuously moved through a production line, and this substrate (16) is first provided, in a printing equipment (12), with a printed pattern and thereafter, in an embossing equipment (14), with an embossed pattern, which is registered with the printed pattern. The printing equipment (12) produces the printed pattern in-line with the production of the embossed pattern. During printing in the printing equipment (12), the printed pattern is stretched or compressed, dynamically responsive to indicators of misalignments between the printed pattern and the embossed pattern, so as to correct or prevent the misalignments. A production line for carrying out this process is also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TARKETT GDL
    Inventors: Klaas Kackmann-Schneider, Igor Brankov, Jean-Yves Simon
  • Patent number: 10556422
    Abstract: A machine arrangement, that sequentially processes sheet-type substrates, includes a plurality of different processing stations, one of which includes a non-impact printing device that prints the substrates. Further processing stations are a primer application device that primes the substrates and a dryer for drying the primer applied to the substrates. The primer application device and the dryer precede the non-impact printing device, in the direction of travel of the substrates. The processing station including the non-impact printing device, also includes a printing cylinder, on the circumference of which, the non-impact printing device that prints the substrates is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventors: Christian Ziegenbalg, Uwe Becker, Ulrich Köhler, Frank Schumann, Carsten Reinsch, Michael Koch
  • Patent number: 10549525
    Abstract: Provided is a method of correcting printing misalignment in a printing apparatus that performs registration by using a printing misalignment inspection mark. This method is capable of improving registration accuracy and is capable of correcting the printing misalignment with higher accuracy. An image processor has printing misalignment value measurement means that measures a misalignment value with respect to a set position of the printing misalignment inspection mark that has been printed on an object. A printing misalignment inspection mark A is a hollow circle that is white inside, and the printing misalignment value measurement means measures the misalignment value with respect to the set position by using a white portion W of the printing misalignment inspection mark A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: I. MER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitomu Chishiki, Masayuki Izume
  • Patent number: 10486437
    Abstract: A method for printing a print control strip onto a sheet of printing material. The print control strip is divided into strip sections and the strip sections are printed into gripper gaps at the leading sheet edge and/or the trailing sheet edge of the sheet. In a variant embodiment, there is also printed a print control strip onto two sheets of printing material. The print control strip is divided into at least two portions of respective strip sections and the strip sections of a first portion and of a second portion are printed into respective gripper gaps at at least one sheet edge of a first sheet and of a second sheet, respectively. Waste production is eliminated or at least reduced and costs are thus lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Axel Hauck
  • Patent number: 10479071
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decoration method, for applying a new décor (170) on a surface (2) of an object (1) including an existing décor (120), characterized in that the method comprises the following successive steps: a step a) for measuring at least two identification points (120a, 120b, 120f) of the existing décor (120) applied on the surface (2) of the object (1); a step b) for dynamic correction of localization points (170a, 170b, 170f) of the new décor (170) to be applied on the surface (2) of the object (1), using the identification points (120a, 120b, 120f) measured during the measuring step a); and a step c) for application of the new décor (170) on the surface (2) of the object (1), by using the localization points (170a, 170b, 170f) determined in the dynamic correction step b). The invention also relates to a control system and a decoration machine comprising such a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Paita, Tiziano Lastrucci, Arnaud Villeneuve, Florent Demange
  • Patent number: 10453564
    Abstract: A sample, embedded in a paraffin block, is placed on a tissue cassette which carries a label which may be a bar code. When the sample is processed, the cassette is given to a microtome operator who scans the label. Scanning causes information to be displayed on a screen and the operator verifies that what is on the screen matches what was on the label. The paraffin block is then placed in a microtome chuck and sections are cut from the block. A number of slide labels related to the cassette label are printed for the sections. If the operator does not verify that the information displayed on the screen matches the information on the cassette label and/or does not place the paraffin block in the microtome chuck within an allocated time interval after scanning the cassette label, dispensing and labeling of slides and/or operation of the microtome is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS MELBOURNE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Phillip Clyde Roberts Gurney
  • Patent number: 10397421
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming device that performs additional printing, including: an image forming unit that prints an additional image on a transfer medium; a storage that stores information about an alignment image printed on the transfer medium; a reader unit that reads the alignment image printed on the transfer medium on an upstream side of the transfer direction of the transfer medium in the image forming unit; and a control unit that detects and distinguishes multiple alignment images upon reception of reading results from the reader unit. The control unit performs control of storing adjustment information for adjusting the position of the additional image to be formed, according to multiple alignment images, in the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoriko Noda
  • Patent number: 10264814
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a smoking article, the smoking article having a rod of smoke able material (15) and a cylindrically wrapped layer of sheet material, comprises a holder (3) for holding sheet material, an embossing unit (8) configured to emboss sheet material drawn from the holder and an assembling station (14) for assembling the smoking article, configured to receive embossed sheet material from the embossing unit and to wrap the embossing sheet material at least partially around a part of the smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Karl Kaljura, Sanjeev Sharma
  • Patent number: 10210626
    Abstract: A register error amount detection apparatus obtains the register error amounts between the colors of patterns printed on a printing product based on the positions of register marks in a captured image of the printing product. The register marks have different colors including a reference color and are printed in a line at intervals a in the vertical direction. The register marks all have the reference color and are printed in a line at the intervals a in the vertical direction at positions translated from the positions of the register marks by a distance b in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Chiba, Yuki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10189244
    Abstract: A method for selecting a format is disclosed by selecting a print section layout, which divides the section to be printed in a running direction and in a transversal direction of the section to be printed into adjacent units with a signature assigned to a unit such that subsequently in the running direction, longitudinal dimensions and in transversal direction, transversal dimensions of the signature and technically required border portions outside of the signature are determined, and subsequently, on the one hand, a minimum longitudinal dimension is calculated as the sum of the longitudinal dimensions of the signature and of required border regions adjoining in running direction, and, on the other hand, a minimum transversal dimension is computed as the sum of the transversal dimensions of the signature and of required border regions, adjoining in transversal direction, and wherein eventually, the print section format is selected so that a longitudinal dimension of the print section format is at least equal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Gesellschaft m.b.H
    Inventor: Dieter Reichhart
  • Patent number: 10144210
    Abstract: There is described a method of increasing the output of a transfer film (1) upon embossing, in particular hot embossing, wherein the transfer film (1) has a carrier film (1a) and a transfer layer portion (1b) which is releasable from the carrier film (1a). During a first embossing operation first regions (10) of the transfer layer portion (1b) which are arranged removed from each other at a spacing a are transferred by means of a first embossing tool from the transfer film (1) onto at least one substrate (2), wherein first openings (10a) are produced at the spacing a in the transfer layer portion (1b) of the transfer film (1). After the first embossing operation the transfer film (1) is wound up after the first embossing operation and fed to at least a further embossing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LEONHARD KURZ STIFTUNG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ljubisa Drinic, Ralf Friedmann
  • Patent number: 10029454
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aligning preprinted images on a roll of substrate to the moving components of a web press are disclosed. A method in accordance with one embodiment includes determining the speed of the moving components of the press, determining the speed of the web of preprinted images and adjusting the speed of the web of preprinted image to match the speed of the web. In particular embodiments, a press which produces rolls of preprinted material can be modified to change the equivalent cutoff length of the press. In further embodiments, a method of pasting new rolls of material to expiring rolls of material is accomplished by modulating the drive speed of the new roll of material to match the expiring roll of material while at the same time aligning the images on the new roll with the expiring roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Russell Charles Crozier, Daniel O'Leary
  • Patent number: 10022953
    Abstract: Apparatus for decorating a can body. The apparatus comprises a can body conveying mechanism (1) for conveying can bodies (2) to a printing zone (3), a blanket wheel (4) comprising a plurality of blanket segments (6) and, affixed to each blanket segment, a blanket (7) having a printing surface, the blanket wheel being configured to bring blanket printing surfaces into contact with can bodies within said printing zone, and a plurality of ink stations (5) each comprising a printing plate (31) configured to contact the printing surfaces of passing blankets in order to impart an ink image to the printing surfaces, such that a composite ink image is formed on each blanket printing surface and is printed onto a can body upon contact of the blanket printing surface and the can body within the printing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Grahame Hughes, Katherine Roselaar
  • Patent number: 10000352
    Abstract: An electronic component supply apparatus that transports a component supply tape which has accommodation sections and sprocket holes formed at regular intervals and which accommodates an electronic component in each of the accommodation sections, to a component picking-up position and that supplies the electronic component accommodated in the accommodation section to a component mounting apparatus, the electronic component supply apparatus includes a slippage detector that detects slippage occurring in a transport of the component supply tape by a component supply tape transport unit; and a transport correction unit that corrects the transport of the component supply tape by the component supply tape transport unit based on the slippage detected by the slippage detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Matsumori, Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9996775
    Abstract: A method for configuring the further processing of printing substrates in a digital printing machine includes modifying settings for configuring the further processing while the machine is in operation. The settings of the further processing are created by using a configuration program running on a control unit of the digital printing machine. The modified settings have an effect on at least one region to be further processed on the printing substrate and the settings are printed onto the printing substrate so as to be allocated to a corresponding region to be further processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Bernd Sitzmann, Rolf Kuendgen, Patrick Roth, Rainer Hofmann, Michael Postels
  • Patent number: 9938114
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for winding a metal strip (1) into a reel with a winding mandrel (2), to which the metal strip (1) is routed through a pair consisting of a first and a second driver roller (5, 6), at least one of which is driven. The method is characterized in that a difference between the strip speed (VB) of the metal strip (1) and the speed) (v5, v6) of the driver rollers is adjusted on the basis of measuring, from measurable process variables, the strip speed and the speed (v5, v6) of at least one of the driver rollers (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SMS GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Tuschhoff, Peter Sudau, Olaf Norman Jepsen
  • Patent number: 9908351
    Abstract: Printers and other machines providing tangible outputs are provided. In one implementation, a printer comprises a housing having a fixed structure and a movable cover configured to be movable with respect to the fixed structure. The printer also includes a printing mechanism that is disposed inside the housing and is configured to print an image on a medium. The movable cover is movably attached to the fixed structure via a first pivoting mechanism that defines a first pivoting axis. The movable cover is configured to be pivoted about the first pivoting axis of the first pivoting mechanism. Also, the movable cover comprises a plurality of linked slats, each pair of adjacent linked slats being linked together by a second pivoting mechanism. Each second pivoting mechanism includes characteristics enabling a user to detach the adjacent linked slats from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Celinder, Michael James Wells
  • Patent number: 9873243
    Abstract: A method for operating a web printing press is provided. The method includes unwinding a substrate from a roll to define a web; during makeready, printing the web using at least one print unit, the makeready ending when the web is being printed to a desired standard; stopping the web after the makeready; rewinding the web so that the substrate printed during the make ready pass back through the print unit; and unwinding again the rewound substrate to pass through the print unit. A press and printed product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Rancourt, Howard W. Hoff, Laura Schuler Cossette
  • Patent number: 9616655
    Abstract: A method for operating a web printing press is provided. The method includes unwinding a substrate from a roll to define a web; during makeready, printing the web using at least one print unit, the makeready ending when the web is being printed to a desired standard; stopping the web after the makeready; rewinding the web so that the substrate printed during the make ready pass back through the print unit; and unwinding again the rewound substrate to pass through the print unit. A press and printed product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Rancourt, Howard W. Hoff, Laura Schuler Cossette
  • Patent number: 9597864
    Abstract: There is described an intaglio printing press (1; 1*) comprising an intaglio cylinder (8) and an ink wiping system (10) with a rotating wiping roller assembly (11) contacting a circumference of the intaglio cylinder (8) for wiping excess ink from the surface of the intaglio cylinder (8), a rotational speed of the wiping cylinder being adjustable with respect to a rotational speed of the intaglio cylinder (8). The intaglio printing press (1; 1*) comprises an adjustable drive unit (25), which adjustable drive unit (25) is interposed between the wiping roller assembly (11) acting as a rotating output body of the adjustable drive unit (25) and a driving gear (100) coupled to the intaglio cylinder (8) and acting as a rotating input body of the adjustable drive unit (25). The adjustable drive unit (25) is designed to allow selected adjustment of a rotational speed of the wiping roller assembly (11) with respect to a rotational speed of the driving gear (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Thomas Kersten, Johannes Georg Schaede, Alain Würsch, Volkmar Rolf Schwitzky, Volker Scharkus
  • Patent number: 9527690
    Abstract: A drive roller, driven by a motor, moves a material web on a set of rollers. The present rotational speed of the motor is detected. A current web speed is determined from the detected rotational speed and a diameter of the drive roller. The current web speed is compared with a specified target speed value and a specified threshold speed value of the web speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Christian Merkel, Wolf-Martin Rasenack, Mathias Rebling
  • Patent number: 9511619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for hot stamping at least part of at least one band-shaped stamping foil (10, 20) onto a band-shaped substrate (30), as well as a corresponding hot stamping device. The substrate (30) to be stamped is brought together with one stamping foil (10, 20) of the at least one stamping foils (10, 20). The substrate (30) and the stamping foil (10, 20) resting thereon are guided along the periphery of a first heated stamping roller wherein, in a first stamping, a first stamping layer is stamped onto the substrate (30). The once-stamped substrate (30) is guided away from the first stamping roller and again brought together with the same or a further stamping foil (10, 20) of the at least one stamping foils (10, 20) after the first stamping roller in the direction of travel (33) of the substrate (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: LEONHARD KURZ STIFTUNG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jochen Wening, Peter Muhlfelder, Klaus Pforte
  • Patent number: 9492995
    Abstract: The present application relates to a roll printing apparatus and a roll printing method using the same, and the roll printing apparatus according to the present application comprises a printing roll support, a printing roll, a blanket which is provided on an outer surface of the printing roll, a coater which coats a surface of the blanket with ink, a cliche, and a printing object, in which the printing roll is provided to be fixed to the printing roll support so as to perform rotational motion, and the cliche is conveyed by the rotational motion of the printing roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Young Hwang, In-Seok Hwang, Jeseob Park
  • Patent number: 9315011
    Abstract: There is described an intaglio printing press (1; 1*) comprising a plate cylinder (8) carrying one or more intaglio printing plates, the plate cylinder (8) receiving ink from an inking system (9, 20, 23; 20*, 23*) having a plurality of chablon cylinders (23; 23*) transferring ink directly or indirectly onto the plate cylinder (8), the intaglio printing press (1; 1*) comprising an adjustment system acting on the chablon cylinders (23; 23*) in order to compensate elongation of the one or more intaglio printing plates. The adjustment system comprises, for each chablon cylinder (23; 23*), an adjustable drive unit, which adjustable drive unit (25) is interposed between the chablon cylinder (23; 23*) acting as a rotating output body of the adjustable drive unit (25) and a driving gear (100) acting as a rotating input body of the adjustable drive unit (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Thomas Kersten, Johannes Georg Schaede, Alain Würsch, Volkmar Rolf Schwitzky, Volker Scharkus
  • Patent number: 9290020
    Abstract: A printing system including a plurality of printheads for printing on a web of media traveling along a web transport path, at least one of the printheads being configured to print at first and second print lines. A plurality of web transport rollers guide the web of media along the web transport path. At least some of the plurality of web transport rollers are constrained to have a roller circumference that is substantially equal to an integer fraction of a span of the web of media along the web transport path between two successive print locations in successive print heads. A span extension member provides an increased span of the web of media between the first and second print lines in a particular printhead such that the increased span is an integer multiple of the roller circumferences of the constrained web transport rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthias H. Regelsberger, Karlheinz Peter, Gary Alan Kneezel
  • Patent number: 9289971
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for determining an untensioned product length of a web moving through a printing press under tension. A controller determines a tensioned repeat length of the web in a span of the printing press while the web is moving through the printing press under tension; determines an elastic strain of the web in the span of the printing press while the web is moving through the printing press under tension; and calculates an untensioned product length of the web in the span of the printing press while the web is moving through the printing press under tension as a function of the tensioned repeat length and the elastic strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc
    Inventors: Douglas Joseph Dawley, Daniel Matthew Perdue, Drew Edwin Kiefaber
  • Patent number: 9193143
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a precision overprinting method of printed electronics rotary printing where a location can be adjusted in real time. More particularly, minute precise printing electronic patterns of a micrometer level which are multilayered by a plurality of gravure offset printing units are accurately overprinted, and a fine deviation in a rotation direction and an axial direction of a plate cylinder is quickly solved. The present invention also relates to a precision overprinting method of printed electronics rotary printing where a location can be adjusted in real time, capable of verifying a printing quality by displaying register marks printed in printing units and alignment state on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Byung-Oh Choi, Byung-Soon Ryoo, Kyu Jin Lim, Dong-Soo Kim, Jeong Dai Jo
  • Patent number: 9141016
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus can form a correction image for correcting a positional deviation and includes an image forming unit, an image carrying member, a light detection unit, an ambient condition detection unit, and a control unit. The image carrying member receives the correction image, which is formed by the image forming unit. The light detection unit illuminates the correction image on the image carrying member and detects light reflected thereby. The ambient condition detection unit detects, as an ambient condition, at least one of temperature and humidity in an operating condition of the image forming apparatus. The control unit effects position correction control at a time of image formation of the image forming unit on the basis of a detection result of the light detection unit and an ambient condition detected by the ambient condition detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kiasha
    Inventor: Shinri Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9010243
    Abstract: A digital sheet-fed printing method includes providing one cycle of printing to print on a series of sheets of paper whose number is equal to the least common multiple of respective numbers of allocated positions; producing a reference signal on the basis of which an image in each color is printed on the sheet of paper; detecting with an image detection sensor means a mutual out of register between images in different colors printed on each sheet of paper in the series, furnishing the printing control means with a detection signal for each sheet of paper from the image detection sensor, and correcting the timing at which each image is printed on each sheet of paper in one cycle of printing so that timings to print the images in different colors on each sheet of paper coincide with one another; and printing images in the different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Izawa, Kenji Takahashi, Hidenori Kosaka
  • Patent number: 8931410
    Abstract: A system for setting up a printing station (136), the printing station (136) includes printing rollers (110, 114, 116), the printing rollers (110, 114, 116) including at least one ink transferring roller (110, 114) and an impression roller (116). The system includes a camera (104), an actuator interface (106) and a processor (102), the actuator interface (106) being coupled with at least one actuator (108, 112), the processor (102) being coupled with the camera (104) and with the actuator interface (106), the actuator interface (106) directing the at least one actuator (108, 112) to move at least one printing roller (110, 114, 116) of the printing press (1OO). The processor (102) receives an output from the camera (104), the processor (102) determining at least one no print threshold respective of each adjacent pair of the printing rollers, according to the output respective of the absence or presence of the representative impression (132).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) Ltd.
    Inventor: Noam Noy
  • Patent number: 8850982
    Abstract: A method of preparing cylinders for printing on a web during auto transfer operations is provided. The method includes the steps of printing images on a web with at least one first printing cylinder; accelerating at least one second printing cylinder so that the at least one second printing cylinder has a surface velocity that equals a velocity of the web; adjusting a phasing of the at least one second printing cylinder with respect to the web during the accelerating step and before the surface velocity of the at least one second printing cylinder equals the velocity of the web; moving the at least one first printing cylinder away from the web and moving the at least one second printing cylinder towards the web; and printing images on the web with the at least one second printing cylinder. A printing press configured for auto transfer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Rancourt, Atef Tanious Massoud, George Athans, Richard Conrad
  • Patent number: 8689687
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus for manufacturing electronic devices using a roll-to-roll rotary pressing process, comprising a winding roll around which flexible printing paper is wound; a plurality of printing units arranged in a straight line; at least one coating unit; a rewinding roll to rewind the printing paper when printing has been completed; a plurality of guide rolls arranged between the winding roll and the rewinding roll, thus guiding the printing paper; a plurality of drying units, each drying unit being provided on a printing paper-path between the printing unit and the adjacent guide roll to dry ink transferred to the printing paper or on a printing paper-path between the coating unit and the adjacent guide roll to dry the printing paper on which coating agent is supplied; and tension regulating units installed around the winding roll and the rewinding roll, respectively, for regulating tension of the printing paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials
    Inventors: Byung-Oh Choi, Byung-Soon Ryu, Kyu-Jin Lim, Kwang-Young Kim, Dong-Soo Kim, So-Nam Yun, Young-Bog Ham, Taik-Min Lee, Jeong-Dai Jo, Hyun-Eui Lim, Chan-Su Yoo
  • Patent number: 8485095
    Abstract: A device for measuring and setting the web tension on a printing press with several inking units (Dn) has measuring means (Mm,n) for measuring the web tension and setting means (Fn) for setting the web tension, using which the web tension can be set actively in the case of unsteady web tension conditions. The measuring means (Mm,n) and the setting means (Fn) are disposed in such a manner that the web tension can be measured and set between the print areas of two inking units. A control device is provided, which controls the setting means based on the measured values of the measuring means (Mm,n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG
    Inventor: Manfred Loddenkoetter
  • Patent number: 8451472
    Abstract: Print verification is done by scanning the printed copies, thereby forming a stream of scanned images of the specific pages. Digitized images from the stream are then spatially aligned page by page, line by line and pixel (pel) by pixel (pel) with corresponding digitized images in a stream of source images. The source and scanned images are compared to find pel sequences that are different. These differences represent defects in the printed copies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: InfoPrint Solutions Company, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Wesley Braudaway
  • Patent number: 8181575
    Abstract: A variable cutoff web printing press is provided including a first plate cylinder for printing a first color of first and second images and a second plate cylinder for printing a second color of the first and the second images. The printing press also includes a common blanket cylinder. The first and second plate cylinders contact the common blanket cylinder and transfer the first and second images to the common blanket cylinder. The printing press also includes a first transfer body for receiving the first image from the common blanket cylinder and transferring the first image to a web and a second transfer body for receiving the second image from the common blanket cylinder and transferring the second image to the web. A method of variable cutoff web printing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Sheridan Richards
  • Patent number: 8122826
    Abstract: A variable cutoff printing press is provided that includes a plate cylinder, a first blanket cylinder including a first circumferential section movable with respect to a second circumferential section, and a second blanket cylinder including a third circumferential section movable with respect to a fourth circumferential section. The first, second, third and fourth circumferential sections contact the plate cylinder during a printing mode and print continuous images having a cutoff length on a web. A method of printing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Sheridan Richards
  • Patent number: 8117963
    Abstract: A printing machine for printing security features onto a web. The machine has a first printing cylinder defining a first circumference and carrying a first number (m) of rows of first image elements, each adjacent row of first image elements having a first circumferential separation. The machine also has a second printing cylinder defining a second circumference, different to the first circumference, and carrying a second number (n) of rows of second image elements, different to the first number (m) of rows, where each adjacent row of second image elements has the same first circumferential separation as adjacent rows of first image elements. The printing cylinders are operable to print the first and second image elements in registration on a web so that composite security features are created on the web from the first and second image elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Roth, John Holz
  • Patent number: 8080277
    Abstract: A method of forming an organic compound layer for producing organic EL element exhibiting high quality and high productivity without increasing cost; a relevant process for producing an organic EL element. There is provided a method of forming an organic compound layer of organic EL element using production apparatus including supply section, coating•drying section and recovery section, characterized in that flexible band substrate (A) having an anode layer in roll form is fed to the supply section; the production apparatus has at least one unit coating•drying section, the unit containing coating section capable of forming coating film for formation of organic compound later under atmospheric pressure by wet applicator and drying section; and at least one organic compound layer is formed on the anode layer to obtain flexible band substrate (B), which is wound on a core to form a roll in the recovery section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Takashima, Seiichi Tobisawa, Masaaki Murayama, Yousuke Takashima
  • Patent number: 8056475
    Abstract: A variable cutoff web printing press is provided including a first plate cylinder for printing a first color of first and second images and a second plate cylinder for printing a second color of the first and the second images. The printing press also includes a common blanket cylinder. The first and second plate cylinders contact the common blanket cylinder and transfer the first and second images to the common blanket cylinder. The printing press also includes a first transfer body for receiving the first image from the common blanket cylinder and transferring the first image to a web and a second transfer body for receiving the second image from the common blanket cylinder and transferring the second image to the web. A method of variable cutoff web printing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Sheridan Richards
  • Patent number: 7997194
    Abstract: A method for printing and decorating packaging materials, such as paper, paper board and various flexible polymer films by electron beam exposure of plural layers of curable inks and coatings which do not substantially change viscosity during the printing process. The inks and coating are essentially free of volatile components such as organic solvents, inorganic solvents, water and low molecular weight fractions before, during and after exposure to electron beam irradiation. The method involves applying multiple layers of ink and an optional coating onto a substrate. The ink is an admixture of a colorant, and an unsaturated component such that the inks have a maximum of 10% volatile components. Thereafter these layers are simultaneously exposed with electron beam radiation to cause the ethylenically unsaturated components to polymerize or crosslink such that they become dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Ideon LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail Laksin, Subhankar Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 7938064
    Abstract: A printing unit of a web-fed rotary press has a plurality of press units, each press unit having a form cylinder, a transfer cylinder, an inking unit and optionally a damping unit, and having at least one impression cylinder. Each form cylinder rolls on the respective transfer cylinder and each transfer cylinder rolling on an impression cylinder in a thrown-on position of the printing unit, in order to apply single-color printed images onto a printing material which is moved through between the transfer cylinders and the or each impression cylinder. Each form cylinder bears a plurality of printing images next to one another in the axial direction, by which corresponding single-color printed images are applied to the printing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Albrecht, Rainer Burger, Norbert Dylla, Helmut Stuhlmiller
  • Patent number: 7898698
    Abstract: There are provided a method and a device for creating print data, a program for creating print data, and a recording medium capable of accurately adjusting the position of the print image of pre-printing with the print image of post-printing when performing CTP printing, regardless of generation of fan-out, without performing control of the position correction of the imaging device in the printing plate creation device or without correcting the image position when creating a printing plate of the data for creating digitized printing plate. Deformation information on the direction of expansion/contraction to be performed on an object to be printed is set and expansion/contraction correction of the direction corresponding to the expansion/contraction is performed for the image type data on the print data according to the corresponding position data the deformation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Ryobi Ltd.
    Inventors: Kozo Shimokawa, Yoshiaki Rokuhara, Takafumi Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 7845274
    Abstract: A web-fed printing press, in particular a newspaper printing press having at least two printing press subsystems, is disclosed. Each printing press subsystem has a printing unit comprised of several printing mechanisms, a web guidance unit for conveying printed and unprinted substrate webs and a turning bar unit having several turning bars. The printing press subsystems guide the printed substrate webs over at least one shared folding unit. At least one printing press subsystem is designed differently in comparison with the other or each other printing press subsystem such that substrate webs are printable with a different number of print pages in the printing press subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Man Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jens Elschner, Andreas Mueller, Ralf Schaedlich, Uwe Schenderlein, Ralf Werner
  • Patent number: 7709986
    Abstract: The invention relates to a direct drive for a cylinder of a converting machine, in particular a printing press or coating machine that converts sheet-type printed materials. The aim of the invention is to develop a direct drive for a cylinder of the afore-mentioned type in such a way that the required lateral corrections are significantly reduced. To this end, the direct drive includes a rotor (14) that is detachably mounted on the end of the cylinder (6, 10) and a stator (15) that is concentric with the rotor and is detachably fixed to the side frame (13). A register motor (16), which is fixed to the frame, is coupled to gearing (17, 18) and this gearing (17, 18) is coupled to a helical gear or screw drive (19, 2, 21, 22), which is in turn coupled to the cylinder (6, 10) by means of an axial/rotative coupling (23, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: DITF Deutsche Institute fur Textil-und Faserforschung
    Inventors: Helmut Schild, Toni Ehrhard
  • Patent number: 7631598
    Abstract: A printing machine utilizes several printing couples to produce at least one printed image on a printed material. Compensation for at least one of a longitudinal elongation and a transverse elongation of the printed material is accomplished. An anticipated elongation of the printed material is compensated for by matching of a printed image placement, with respect to length, width or position, with an imaging system generating the printed image placement on a printing form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Günther Oskar Eckert
  • Patent number: 7584700
    Abstract: A method of controlling register when overprinting a plurality of separated colors, includes adjusting with register adjusting devices the position of image fields produced with the separated colors on a print carrier, so that the image fields are in register with one another. The position of all of the image fields on the print carrier are continuously changed simultaneously in the same direction by an equal amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Kot
  • Patent number: 7559276
    Abstract: A compensation device (9) for vibrations of an angle variable in a printing material processing machine (1) having an associated actuator (6) which acts on the angle variable, the compensation device (9) receiving a signal representative of the angle variable characteristic, and the compensation device (9) generating an output signal for the actuator (6) is disclosed. The compensation device (9) has at least one filter (13) in the form of a transfer function or a sum of transfer functions whose frequency parameters correspond to the vibration frequencies to be compensated, through whose effect the output signal of the compensation device (9) is obtained from the signal at at least one of the discrete frequencies to be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Mutschler, Matthias Noell
  • 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: RE41048
    Abstract: A combined lithographic/flexographic printing process having a plurality of successive printing stations for printing color images on a substrate in a continuous in-line process. One of the stations prints a first color image using the flexographic process and at least one of the successive printing stations prints a second color image over the first color image using an offset lithographic process in the continuous in-line process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Williamson Printing Corporation
    Inventors: Bill L. Davis, Jesse S. Williamson