Piercing Patents (Class 101/19)
  • Patent number: 10455808
    Abstract: A machine suitable for marking codes on rodent tails is disclosed, for marking both machine-readable and human-readable codes and such codes combined. An embodiment comprises two axes of motion: one aligned with the rodent tail and one perpendicular. Only one axis need move at one time for disclosed codes. One axis is linear motion of a marking head on a gantry. The second axis provides a rolling motion of the rodent tail. Codes include symbol sets consisting of orthogonal straight line segments, including both a reduced alphanumeric symbols set and a vine code with a marked spine. Delete markings and replacement locations are defined for marking error correction. Embodiments include mapping tables from animal codes as marked to animal IDs for use in managing animals in vivaria. The mapping tables also provide error detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Vium, Inc
    Inventors: Kyle Howard Heath, Jonathan Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 8850972
    Abstract: The preset invention is directed to an embossing tool. The embossing tool includes a drive mechanism that advances a tape, an embossing mechanism and a cutting mechanism. The cutting mechanism cuts the tape to form a tag. The cutting mechanism also forms a mounting feature in the ends of the tag. The cutting mechanism includes a pair of dies with openings therethrough and at least one punch moveable within the openings for engaging the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Jack Edward Caveney, Mateusz Kruzel, Mark Shurhay, James R. Ward
  • Patent number: 7878115
    Abstract: A line-pattern formation apparatus includes: a pattern former with a display defining a pattern and a referential projection indicating a reference position of the pattern; a positioning plate including a line-pattern indicator indicating a plurality of patterns in a lateral condition and a reference-positioning indicator specifying the reference position of the patterns; and a positioner including a stand on which a sheet is placed and a fixing member for fixing the sheet placed on the stand. The fixing member is provided with fitting portions for making the positioning plate detachably attached to the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Carl Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayano Yamashita, Naoki Ozawa, Hiroyuki Urabe, Emiko Nakasato
  • Publication number: 20080202362
    Abstract: Instruments for modifying flat substrates to emboss, imprint or cut one or more patterns thereon includes an operative unit for modifying the substrate and structure which positions the substrate relative to the operative unit to enable the unit to interact with the substrate and modify it. Several different combinations of operative units and positioning structure are envisioned with each providing a different form of the substrate. The different combinations may be used together to create a piece of art from individually modified substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Publication number: 20080166166
    Abstract: A perforating print head for a printing device comprising a frame assembly, a plurality of perforating printing assemblies coupled to the frame assembly, each having an impact element further comprising a first end for impacting a printable media surface and a second end suitable for receiving a driving force, and a drive mechanism suitable for applying the driving force to the second end of the impact element. The drive mechanism may be suitable for applying sufficient driving force to the second end of the impact element to allow the first end of the impact element to perforate the printable media surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
  • Patent number: 7059243
    Abstract: A positive piece engagement indicator for marking tool is provided in which a metal workpiece is contacted with a workpiece contact probe for providing physical contact with, as well as electrical communication with the metal surface of a workpiece. A test voltage and indicator means are placed in series between the workpiece and marking tool. Upon physical contact of the marking tool engagement surface with the surface of the metal workpiece, a circuit is completed by the electrical communication there between, thereby engaging the indicator means. This allows positive verification of actual engagement of worktool to workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Raymond P. Gatta
  • Patent number: 6779441
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic metal printer which prints a camera-photographed and computer-processed image on a surface of a hard material, such as a metal sheet, through a dot matrix printing type method wherein brightness of the printed image is expressed in accordance with density of dots in the dot matrix formed on the surface of the hard material. The automatic metal printer includes a platform which reciprocates forward and rearward in a lower portion of a body by a motor-operated first ball screw. A saddle is installed at a position above the platform so as to reciprocate to the left and right in the body by a motor-operated second ball screw. A dotter is vertically installed on the saddle so as to dot the upper surface of the hard material seated on the platform to print a desired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Sung Boung Jun
  • Patent number: 6626096
    Abstract: A ticket making apparatus includes a feed mechanism and a perforating assembly set within a housing that has an opening through which tickets are dispensed. The perforating assembly perforates a flexible material to define individual tickets. The apparatus can also include a slicer assembly to slice the flexible material into strips of tickets. The apparatus can also include a printing mechanism for adding print to the flexible material. A method for making tickets includes feeding a flexible material into a perforating assembly and dispensing the perforated material as a plurality of tickets. The method can also include synchronizing the flexible material to the rotation of the perforating assembly, slicing the flexible material into strips of tickets, and printing on the flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6321647
    Abstract: The novelty perforating machine perforates paper, such as paper money and similar paper or paperlike sheet material, in a manner that the original purpose of the paper is not lost, but when it is held to the light, a light pattern representing the novelty is seen. Thus, a paper money bill can be perforated with a selected pattern to form a novelty item, such as an outline picture of the area in which the perforating machine is situatuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Derek J. Gable
  • Patent number: 5842794
    Abstract: A perforating device for the representation of letters and numbers with adjustable perforating gearwork and with a drive for the perforating gears for rapid shifting of letters and numbers and to a process for setting perforating devices. The perforating device provides for the representation of letters and numbers. The device is constructed compactly and assures a simple manipulation and an exact setting of the letters and numbers, as well as an uncomplicated electronic control. Drives for perforating gears are arranged in recesses arranged on the periphery of perforating gear uptake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: F. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 4867056
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting indicia from tape. A pair of rollers provided, each with an axis, first and second ends and roller surfaces. Support plates are included for supporting the second ends. Support plates are also included for supporting the first ends whereby the pair of rollers are oriented with the roller surfaces beside each other with parallel axes. The support plates comprise curved spring means having ends for biasing the roller surfaces together with respect to each other and a plate adjuster for separating the ends and for counteracting the biasing of the rollers. A die plate guide may be provided for guiding the die plates used to form the indicia. Tape pullback may also be provided for negative interletter spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Reynolds/Leteron, Co.
    Inventors: Jacob de Gelder, J. Becker Anderson
  • Patent number: 4582060
    Abstract: A reciprocating tool in the nature of a dental handpiece is modified to carry a needle/cone assembly for use as a tattooing device. The needle/cone assembly includes a needle assembly trapped in a cone structure. The needle assembly includes a cap portion which is held by fingers in the handpiece to prevent rotation of the needle assembly, and a frangible neck which is broken on removal of the needle/cone assembly from the handpiece to prevent reuse of the needle assembly. A removable protective tube around the needles acts also as an insertion tool for the needle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: Young Dental Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Ronald L. Bailey
  • Patent number: 4488550
    Abstract: A tattooing device comprises a needle carrier (1) having a plurality of hollow needles (2), an exchangeable program carrier (11,26,31,39) and control means having a jaw (7). The program carrier has an assembly of cylindrical cavities (13,28,33,40) with a fluid (23), each of which can be put into open communication with a needle, in which cavities pistons (6,18,34,38) are movable for pressing out the fluid and which cavities are at least partly closed at an axial end by a closing element (18,29,34,41) in dependence on the force exerted by the jaw for transfer to the needle. The closing element is at least partly deformable, the deformation of the closing element requiring a heavier force than that required for inserting the needle into the tissue so that owing to the force exerted by the jaw on the program carrier first the needle is inserted into the tissue and subsequently by the deformation of the closing element the piston can move into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Assignee: Dawsonville Corporation N.V.
    Inventor: Halbe J. Niemeijer
  • Patent number: 4392493
    Abstract: A tatooing apparatus is provided with at least one needle carrier (17, 42, 47) with an arrangement of needles (19, 44, 46) by which at least a number of the needles are mutually arranged according to a program of symbols and in such a manner that the tissue to be tattooed can be pierced by the free ends of the needles. Each of the needles is hollow and is provided with an outlet opening close to its free end for feeding a contrasting fluid into the perforation in the tissue. The apparatus is further provided with a fluid feeding mechanism a control mechanism therefore, the fluid feeding mechanism comprising a reservoir (16, 43, 54) accommodating contrasting fluid and a program carrier of non-porous material, the program carrier also including perforations (30, 49) which are directed in relation to the inlet openings of the needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Assignee: Dawsonville Corp., N.V.
    Inventor: Halbe J. Niemeijer
  • Patent number: 4260102
    Abstract: An apparatus for punching of symbols into template material with a punching tool. The punching tool has punching pins selectable by corresponding selector means. An operating mechanism, after selection of the punching pins by the corresponding selector means presses the punching pins through the template material in a grid arrangement characteristic of each symbol to be punched into the template material. The punching tool has several parallel rows of punching pins, of different punch sizes for punching of symbols in different sizes of lettering and/or types of lettering. The selector means selects and operates the punching pins of only one punching row, in any desired combination for punching of symbols according to a straight-line dot grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: Sanried Fr. Sander & Riedmaier GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Georg Thoma
  • Patent number: 4257551
    Abstract: A card which a customer receives at the time of driving the vehicle into a parking lot and which bears encoded information denoting the date and time of entry is processed when the customer desires to remove the vehicle. At such time, the card is inserted into a housing to be automatically advanced in a first direction past a reader which decodes the information and supplies signals to a computer which actuates a perforating device serving to apply legible information to at least one portion of the card. The card is thereupon moved in the opposite direction into the range of a severing device which separates the one portion from the remaining portion of the card. The one portion is removed by the customer to serve as a customer receipt, and the remaining portion is transported away from the severing device and into a safe to serve as an operator's receipt. The legible information normally includes the cost of parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Assignee: Zuhlke Engineering AG
    Inventor: Hans Buchmann
  • Patent number: 4053735
    Abstract: An assured-check computer-based bank credit disbursing system in which a bank-located unit or fixed unit transfers user-expendable credits to a portable unit for disbursement in check form by a user carrying the portable unit. A transfer code unique to each account of the portable unit must be entered in the fixed unit to activate it and the portable unit for the transfer. The user-expendable credits can be obtained from the bank in two ways on presentations of the portable unit to the bank by the user, namely, by cash payment to the bank and by loan from the bank; these are respectively designated as "cash" and "credit" when transferred by the fixed unit to the portable unit. The portable unit keeps in separate accounts the expendable balances of "cash" and "credit". The checks issued by the portable unit designate to which account each check is drawn as the checks are successively printed by the portable unit on proper manipulation of the portable unit keyboard by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Inventor: James N. Foudos
  • Patent number: 4030592
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting a stencil comprising a frame, a type disk having a circular series of raised type characters on one face thereof, the disk being rotatably mounted on the frame so as to bring a selected character to a stencil cutting station, a carriage for holding the stencil to be cut, and a mechanism for moving the carriage and stencil carried thereby. This mechanism comprises an axially movable plunger, a rack segment on the plunger, a pinion gear engageable by the rack segment as the plunger is moved axially, and a drive from the pinion to the carriage including a one-way clutch for indexing the carriage laterally with respect to the printing station a predetermined increment corresponding to the desired spacing between typed characters of the stencil to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Assignee: Diagraph-Bradley Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Duncan L. Lampman
  • Patent number: 4023482
    Abstract: Hot printing of hard copy i.e., human readable, characters to meet the strict, high quality dimensional and other standards required for automatic optical or other means of reading such characters. The printing is effected by a heat responsive ink means. In the present embodiment, the ink means is heated by the printing members.Documents, especially tags or labels, marked with such hot printed automatically readable characters. The documents may also contain punched encoded information; and may further have printed thereon conventional, human but not automatically readable characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Assignee: Litton Business Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Swett, Amnon Goldstein, Edward C. Marshall, Paul E. Stanford
  • Patent number: 3995545
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling the advancement of punch cards or like sheet material past a plurality of work stations such as may comprise a data recorder used in the preparation and processing of punch cards. Control means are provided to sense the nature of an operation being performed on a particular card as well as the presence of punch cards at other of the plural work stations comprising the system and in response thereto selectively energize the advancement mechanism such that each punch card processed through the system will be advanced at an optimum rate. In the event no punching or printing operation is to take place on the punch card the speed of the advancement mechanism is increased considerably in excess of that which would otherwise enable the advancement mechanism to be accurately stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1973
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1976
    Assignee: Decision Data Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Albert J. Romeo, Edward G. Sherbert
  • Patent number: 3987721
    Abstract: Apparatus for manufacturing discrete embossed consecutively numbered license plates from a continuous length of web or strip of sheet metal comprises a hole punching press, an embossing press, a rimming press, and a blanking press, all of which operate in unison. A feed conveyor is located between the rimming and blanking presses to advance the web in steps through the entire series of presses. The movable platen of the embossing press cooperates with a numerical registering device having an assembly of relatively rotatable decimal rings and each ring has a series of embossed numbers on its obverse side and a corresponding number of holes on its converse side. The registering device also comprises an indexing mechanism to advance the rings in desired sequences and the indexing mechanism comprises a motor driven oscillatory indexing arm movable through a counting stroke to advance one or more rings one step and a return stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1974
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1976
    Assignee: Donald R. Alexander
    Inventors: Donald R. Alexander, Carl W. Johnson