Rolling Contact Machines Patents (Class 101/212)
  • Patent number: 9740155
    Abstract: Print glossing is described. Print glossing can be performed on a glossing drum having a location affixed to a circumferential outer surface thereof, where the location transits from a first position in an apparatus having a first temperature range selected to enable reflow of ink applied to a substrate that is placed at the location to a second position in the apparatus having a second temperature range selected for clean release from the location of the ink applied to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Tom Anthony, Napoleon J Leoni, Henryk Birecki, Matthew G Lopez, Omer Gila
  • Patent number: 9114565
    Abstract: In the case where an uneven structure is formed on the surface of cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive members, for the purpose of reducing the variation of the uneven structure between the individual cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive members even when a large number of cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive members are continuously processed, an insert is inserted into the interior of a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member including a cylindrical substrate and a surface layer, the surface uneven structure of a molding member is transferred to and formed on the surface of the surface layer of the photosensitive member. The insert includes an abutting part having an outer peripheral surface capable of abutting on the inner peripheral surface of the substrate, a connecting part positioned inside of the abutting part in the radical direction and a shaft part positioned inside of the connecting part in the radical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kawai, Hiroki Uematsu, Harunobu Ogaki, Koji Takahashi, Tsutomu Nishida
  • Publication number: 20140331877
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a combination printer that makes it possible to perform both offset printing and Orlof printing on a single printer, and for offset printing, allows the selection of either double-sided or single-sided printing. An Orlof printing section (2) is provided with an Orlof printing unit that has the following: partial plate cylinders (11), a collecting blanket cylinder (12), a collecting plate cylinder (13), a blanket cylinder (9), an impression cylinder (10), and a moving inker (25). An offset printing section (3) is provided with front-side and back-side offset printing units (3a-3d, 3e-3h) that each have an ink-supply device (18), a plate cylinder (19), a blanket cylinder (15), and an impression cylinder (16). The respective impression cylinders of the front-side offset printing unit and the back-side offset printing unit are placed up against each other such that said printing units receive and output sheets between said impression cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Kamoda
  • Patent number: 8875627
    Abstract: The invention describes a machine (10) for the in-line transformation of single-use products, comprising at least one unwinding group (12) for one or more reels (14) of web-shaped material (100), which constitutes the base support for said product, at least one printing group (18), arranged downstream of said unwinding group (12), capable of heat-printing decorative patterns, trademarks and/or inscriptions with a paraffin or natural wax-based ink (W) and/or mixtures thereof on the web-shaped material (100), and at least one folding and cutting group (20), arranged downstream of the printing group (18), wherein the printed web-shaped material (100) is folded and cut to form said products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: O-Pac S.R.L. Societa a Socio Unico
    Inventor: Angelo Bartesaghi
  • Publication number: 20140290512
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing an image on a substrate, wherein the image includes an indicia and a frame. The method includes covering at least a portion the substrate with a carrier comprising magnetically alignable flakes, aligning the magnetically alignable flakes with a magnetic field of a magnetic assembly comprising a metal plate with an opening, and solidifying the carrier. The frame is formed at an edge of the opening and the indicia is visible within the frame. The magnetic assembly includes two magnets disposed so that the North pole of one magnet and the South pole of another magnet are proximate to the metal plate at opposite sides of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Vladimir P. RAKSHA
  • Patent number: 8800443
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine for marking articles that includes a marking head applying a marking force on an article along to a first axis; a positioning system positioning the article facing the marking head and generally along a perpendicular second axis; and a support system supporting the article during marking by the marking head. The positioning system comprises at least one carriage-turret for supporting the article. When the article is positioned facing the marking head by the at least one carriage-turret, this carriage-turret has a degree of freedom along a direction parallel to the first axis. The support system and/or the at least one carriage-turret includes backlash means along a direction parallel to a perpendicular third axis, to compensate for the shape defects of the article during application of the marking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Florent Demange, Vincent Tarnowski
  • Patent number: 8724177
    Abstract: A printing apparatus having an automatic printing sheet feeder integrated thereto to improve mass productivity. The printing apparatus includes a base, a moving stage, an automatic printing sheet feeder, and a printing roll. The moving stage is linearly movable along the base, and has a lithographic plate seated on the top surface thereof, the lithographic plate having a printing pattern thereon. The automatic printing sheet feeder is installed on the moving stage. The automatic printing sheet feeder includes an unwinding roll, which supplies the printing sheet, a rewinding roll, which collects the printing sheet, and a plurality of guide rolls, which guide the printing sheet to pass through the printing area of the moving stage. The printing roll is installed on the base, and performs printing by transferring ink from recesses of a printing pattern of the lithographic plate to the printing sheet on the moving stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials
    Inventors: Taik Min Lee, Jeongdai Jo, Dong Soo Kim, Byung Oh Choi, Chung Hwan Kim, Dong Youn Shin
  • Publication number: 20140102323
    Abstract: A roller assembly is provided for spreading and chilling a web in a printing press. The roller assembly includes a roller for chilling and spreading a web and a trolley roller contacting the roller, the trolley roller configured and arranged to impart a deflection in the roller. Also provided is a roller assembly for counteracting web loading on a roller in a printing press. This roller assembly includes a roller for transporting a web, the roller having an axis; a web wrapped partially around the roller and applying a load on the roller transverse to the axis; and a trolley roller contacting the roller, the trolley roller configured and arranged to impart a sufficient force on the roller to keep the axis of the roller linear under said load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. ZAGAR, James Brian Vrotacoe, Daniel Matthew Perdue
  • Patent number: 8661976
    Abstract: A method is provided for a rotary press of the type including at least one cylinder for printing and feeding a web to be printed, and a device for driving in rotation the or each printing and feed cylinder. In normal operation, the at least one cylinder is driven by applying thereto a positive drive torque and a positive drive power, and, in the event of the web breaking, the at least one cylinder is braked by the associated drive device. According to one embodiment of the invention, in an emergency shutdown step, the torque or the power applied to the at least one printing and feed cylinder by the associated drive device is limited in such a manner as not to exceed a predetermined torque threshold or power threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Goss International Corporation
    Inventors: Pascal Ollivier, Jean-Valere Holvoet, Francois Vidaillac
  • Patent number: 8628319
    Abstract: An apparatus for vacuum thermoforming and printing plastic articles from a continuous web of plastic material in which a rotatable vacuum thermoforming drum has a plurality of vacuum thermoforming dies mounted on circumferentially surfaces. The drum further comprises a gear path and a cam path, each with a plurality of substantially flat and curved sections. A print structure in a frame includes a device for imparting ink to the articles after they are formed, and a linear bearing adapted to allow the printing cylinder to move in a constrained motion substantially normal to the central axis. The printing cylinder comprises a shaft with a pinion gear to engage the gear path and a cam roller to engage the cam path. As the drum rotates, the articles are formed, printed and separated in substantially a single operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: IVMA Holdings Company
    Inventor: Ivonis Mazzarolo
  • Patent number: 8496779
    Abstract: Sheet goods having extremely long repeat lengths and tiles having a large number of different visual patterns are formed by printing two different print patterns having different repeat lengths. The two different print patterns are printed on two films that are laminated together, or on a substrate, or one print pattern on a substrate and one print pattern on a transparent or translucent film that is laminated to the printed substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine C. Fernback, Kean M. Anspach, John R. Eshbach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8418610
    Abstract: A printing unit of a printing press, such as a web press constructed as a periodical printing press, having at least one printing couple, wherein the printing couple or each printing couple comprises a form cylinder, a transfer cylinder, an inking unit, and preferably a dampening unit. A drive motor is associated with at least one printing couple, and drives the form cylinder or the transfer cylinder of a respective printing couple. In accordance with the invention, a flywheel mass is associated with at least one drive motor which drives the form cylinder or the transfer cylinder of the respective printing couple, where the flywheel mass is connected to the rotor of the respective drive motor in a torsionally rigid manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: manroland AG
    Inventors: Andre Schäfer, Friedrich Steger, Frank Wagner
  • Patent number: 8282382
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vacuum thermoforming disposable drink cups lids. The method and apparatus include the step of imparting printing to the lids in two or more colors. The step of imparting printing to the lids is done while the lids are in contact with the vacuum thermoforming platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: IVMA Holdings Company
    Inventor: Ivonis M. Mazzarolo
  • Publication number: 20120043512
    Abstract: A conductive ink composition comprising organic-stabilized silver nanoparticles and a solvent, and a polyvinyl alcohol derivative resin of Formula (1) wherein R1 is a chemical bond or a divalent hydrocarbon linkage having from about 1 to about 20 carbons; R2 and R3 are independently an alkyl, an aromatic or substituted aromatic group having from about 1 to about 20 carbon atoms; x, y and z represent the proportion of the corresponding repeat units respectively expressed as a weight percent, wherein each repeat unit is randomly distributed along polymer chain, and the sum of x, y and z is about 100 weight percent, and wherein the polyvinyl alcohol derivative resin is present in an amount of from 0.1 to about 5 weight percent of the ink composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Ping Liu, Yiliang Wu, Nan-Xing Hu
  • Publication number: 20120043751
    Abstract: The present invention enables creating authenticable multi-ink luminescent continuous tone color halftone images offering means of verifying their authenticity. The invented luminescent color halftone image synthesizing techniques enable increasing the attractiveness and aesthetics of color images. The invention relies on daylight luminescent inks, color prediction models for daylight luminescent halftones, color gamuts of luminescent and non-luminescent inks, color separation into luminescent and non-luminescent ink layers, mapping of input gamuts into a luminescent target gamuts by gamut reduction and/or expansion strategies, and luminescent color halftone image generation. The basic authentication is performed by examining the excitation trace image of the synthesized luminescent color halftone image under an illuminant active within its excitation wavelength range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), L
    Inventors: Roger D. Hersch, Romain Rossier
  • Patent number: 8038432
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vacuum thermoforming disposable drink cups lids including the step of imparting printing to the lids in two or more colors while they are in contact with the vacuum thermoforming platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Ivonis M. Mazzarolo
  • Publication number: 20110249057
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transferring a principal substance applies the principal substance onto a surface and deposits drops of a gating agent onto a first portion of the principal substance applied to the first surface. The depositing of each drop of gating agent is individually controlled. A second portion of the principal substance not covered by the gating agent is transferred from the first surface to a second surface. A printing system adapted to transfer principal substance from a first surface to a second surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Anthony B. DeJoseph, Theodore F. Cyman, JR., Kevin J. Hook, Anthony V. Moscato, Henderikus A. Haan
  • Publication number: 20110203467
    Abstract: Provided is a printer in which attachment and detachment manipulation of a platen roller can easily be performed, in which the platen roller can be retained with high reliability at a time of attachment, and in which downsizing of the entire printer is achieved due to use of the platen roller smaller in diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Akio Naito
  • Patent number: 7997195
    Abstract: A spacer-printing apparatus includes a printing roller and a moving part. The printing roller has opposite edges connected by a curved surface and spacers are attached to the curved surface. The moving part is connected with the printing roller and respectively and alternately moves opposite edges up and down. The printing roller has a shape of a portion of cylinder, so that a radius is increased without the increase in volume and weight thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bong-Sung Seo, Baek-Kyun Jeon, Byoung-Hun Sung
  • Publication number: 20110151150
    Abstract: An image receptive medium comprising a semi-translucent polymer containing semi-translucent particulate capable of attenuating visible light and imparting color or haze is disclosed. The image receptive medium includes an image receiving layer containing particulate with various light attenuating properties. The image receiving layer can receive a dye through sorption or diffusion. The attenuating properties of the particulate act to enhance the quality of the image by obscuring background and scattering light to illuminate the dye. The result is a durable image requiring only a single layer which is highly visible on opaque, clear, or colored substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: SURDEC LLC
    Inventor: Paul RAMSDEN
  • Publication number: 20110079156
    Abstract: The invention describes a machine (10) for the in-line transformation of single-use products, comprising at least one unwinding group (12) for one or more reels (14) of web-shaped material (100), which constitutes the base support for said product, at least one printing group (18), arranged downstream of said unwinding group (12), capable of heat-printing decorative patterns, trademarks and/or inscriptions with a paraffin or natural wax-based ink (W) and/or mixtures thereof on the web-shaped material (100), and at least one folding and cutting group (20), arranged downstream of the printing group (18), wherein the printed web-shaped material (100) is folded and cut to form said products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: O-PAC S.r.l. SOCIETÀ A SOCIO UNICO
    Inventor: Angelo Bartesaghi
  • Publication number: 20110017082
    Abstract: Print system, having two substrate roll supports for mounting substrate rolls, a drive assembly arranged to rotate substrate rolls, and a transmission arranged to transmit a torque from the drive assembly to the substrate roll supports so that during use the torque acting on each substrate roll is approximately equal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Raimon Castells, David Claramunt, Francisco Javier Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7854198
    Abstract: A direct drive for a printing press with lateral register adjustment includes a rotor and a stator, and a connection for mechanically connecting the drive with a stationary support bearing, wherein the rotor is connectable with shaft of a printing press cylinder with the connection being a torsionally stiff spacer installed directly or indirectly on the outer jacket of drive, which is designed to be elastic in the direction of the motor axis to compensate axial motions of the attachable printing press cylinder shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ingolf Groening, Anton Wirthmann, Stefan Steinbock, Andreas Roesch, Wolfgang Sauer
  • Patent number: 7709183
    Abstract: A workpiece 70 is set to holding rotating means and then liquid-state photosensitive resin 10 is supplied to a resin applying smoothing unit 150 to mold the workpiece 70 into a uniform thickness while rotating the workpiece 70 and applying the liquid-state photosensitive resin 10 to the outer periphery of the workpiece 70 by the resin applying smoothing unit 150. Moreover, while rotating the workpiece 70, liquid-state photosensitive resin, it is exposed by high-intensity ultraviolet light 30 and thereby, the surface of the photo-cured photosensitive resin is shaped to remove an unnecessary resin layer. Then, laser carving is performed by an infrared laser beam 40 to perform post-treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation
    Inventors: Miyoshi Watanabe, Tomohiro Kishida
  • Publication number: 20100024669
    Abstract: A shielded antenna system is provided for reading from and/or writing to an RFID transponder wherein the RF energy radiated from the antenna system has a narrow beam width so that only one RFID transponder in a record member along a web of record members is read from and/or written to without affecting or being affected by any other RFID transponder along the web. It is preferred to provide shielding that enables more energy to be radiated in the upstream direction from the antenna than in the downstream direction from the antenna to provide for earlier reading and/or writing to the transponder in the moving web. The shielding is selectively configured and/or positionable to narrow or broaden the RF energy field of the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: John F. Feltz, Jim A. McCurdy, Lance D. Neuhard
  • Publication number: 20090280305
    Abstract: The transparent substrate with an electromagnetic wave-shielding film of the present invention includes: a primer layer 2; a catalyst ink layer 3 having a predetermined pattern; and a metal layer 4 having the same shape as the pattern that are laminated in this order on a transparent substrate 1 having flexibility. The catalyst ink layer 3 is an ink layer where the catalyst ink is transferred on the primer layer 2 by pushing the primer layer 2 on the transparent substrate 1 against a catalyst ink on a printing cylinder for gravure printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Ishikawa, Tsunehiro Kobayashi
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090114107
    Abstract: A printing press is disclosed. The printing press includes at least one rotating reel changer, which receives the to-be-printed paper web as a roll, and a printing couple, which applies ink and dampening solution via the rotating cylinder rollers to the paper web, as well as a folding unit with rotating folding unit cylinders for assembling the printed paper web into the desired printed products. A transponder is arranged in at least one rotating component of the printing press and a receiver is arranged in a non-moving part of the printing press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: manroland AG
    Inventors: Thomas JOHN, Johann KOENIGER, Ulrich MUELLER, Anton HAMM
  • Patent number: 7497162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reducing register errors on a web of material (04) moving through the printing nip of a multicolor web-fed rotary press, comprising the following steps: providing a portion between an area of the web of material (04) located between the two lateral edges of the web of material (04) and areas in the vicinity of the lateral edges of the web of material with a deformation relative each other in a direction perpendicular to the plane of rotation of the web of material (04) subject to a register error occurring in the direction of rotation of the web of material (04).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Potzkai
  • Publication number: 20080260996
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a printed and textured web substrate is disclosed. The apparatus has a printing apparatus and an apparatus for imparting elastic-like behavior. The printing apparatus has at least one rotatable ink roller for transferring an ink to the web substrate. The apparatus for imparting elastic-like behavior has a pair of intermeshing rollers capable of providing at least a portion of the web substrate with an elastic-like behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Laura Lynn Heilman, Jill Marlene Orr
  • Patent number: 7422204
    Abstract: Disclosed is a web-pulling slider unit 1 for an automatic web leading device including a guide rail arranged along a web-leading path of a rotary press. The slider unit is adapted to be slidably moved along the guide rail. The slider unit comprises a closely-wound coiled spring 2, a tubular-shaped elastic member 3 formed with a connection member 7 adapted to be connected to a web, and a non-stretchable flexible center member 4 inserted through the coiled spring 2 and the elastic member 3 which are aligned adjacent to each other with a contact between respective ones of opposite ends thereof. Each of the coiled spring 2 and the elastic member 4 has the other end fixed to the center member 4. The slider unit of the present invention can stably pull and guide a web over the entire wed-leading path including a region with a complicated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Seiken Graphics Inc.
    Inventor: Mikio Tada
  • Publication number: 20080148970
    Abstract: A document processing system and method thereof are disclosed. The system comprises machine-readable data such as DataGlyphs and human-readable data such as rendering text of the DataGlyphs that are applied on the document. Processing devices of the system can decode document-processing instruction(s) embedded in the machine-readable data, and then optionally execute at least part of the instruction automatically. A designed stamp is also provided to generate the machine-readable data and human-readable data on the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Jindong Chen, Jeff Breidenbach, Eric Saund
  • Publication number: 20080028958
    Abstract: An imprinting apparatus and a method of the same which form a residual film including a uniform thickness all over a substrate. The imprinting apparatus includes a substrate support which supports a substrate which is coated with an imprint resin on an upper surface thereof, an imprint mold arranged on an upper side of the substrate support and which forms a predetermined pattern by molding the imprint resin coated on the substrate, a pressure roller which pressurizes the imprint mold to adhere closely to the substrate, a pressure roller control unit which controls the pressure roller to change a moving velocity and an applied pressure of the pressure roller according to a position of the imprint mold, and a resin curing unit which cures the imprint resin on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Dae Jin Park, Kyu Young Kim, Jung Mok Bae, Ju Han Bae
  • Patent number: 7146907
    Abstract: A bearing assembly for use on a printing press is disclosed. A printing press includes a support frame. A shaft having a first end and a second end fixedly attached to the support frame, the shaft arranged to define a longitudinal axis relative to the support frame. A cylinder, the cylinder having a cylinder bore formed therethrough; and a bearing assembly having an outer circumferemce and an inner bore, the outer circumference sized insertion within the cylinder bore and the inner bore sized to rotatably engage the shaft. The bearing assembling includes an adjustment assembly including a first tapered portion and a second tapered portion, the first and second tapered portions cooperate to permit angular adjustment of the cylinder relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, the angular adjustment of the cylinder being about an axis perpendicular to the support shaft longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Goss International Corporation
    Inventors: Thaddeus A. Niemiro, Thomas W. Orzechowski, Radoslaw Kulesza
  • Patent number: 7111552
    Abstract: Printing machine with a machine frame (10) and at least two cylinders (16, 20) which cooperate during printing, and which are mounted in a framing (12, 14; 24) formed by the machine frame (10). The framing (12, 14; 24) includes a material which has, at least in a direction transverse to the axes of rotation on the cylinders (16, 20), a linear thermal expansion coefficient that is less than 2×10?6 K?1. The material can be a composite material, particularly a carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Fisher & Krecke GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Wilfried Kolbe, Bodo Steinmeier, Andreas Kückelmann
  • Patent number: 7096783
    Abstract: Printing cylinder supporting unit for a printing machine, with a supporting frame (27) aid supporting means mounted on said supporting frame for rotatably supporting one of several printing cylinders (1), which are designed so that in the operating state they make contact along a contact line (6) with a substrate (3) that is to be printed, which printing cylinders (1) can have different diameters, the supporting means comprising at least three supporting bearings (11.1, 12.1, 13.1), each of which interacts at the position of a bearing point with the hearing surface (5) of a bearing ring fixed concentrically on the printing cylinder (1). The bearing points lie on a common circle with variable diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Stork Prints B.V.
    Inventor: Carolus Josephus Antonius Maria Schrauwers
  • Patent number: 7096782
    Abstract: A driving apparatus in a printing press includes a plate cylinder driven by a printing press motor, an inking device drive-coupled to the plate cylinder, and a driving connecting/disconnecting mechanism. The mechanism connects and disconnects transmission of driving from the plate cylinder to the inking device, and includes first and second gears which are engageable with each other, supported rotatably, and constantly drive-coupled to one and the remaining one, respectively, of the plate cylinder and inking device. The second gear has a second engaging portion engageable with a plurality of first engaging portions of the first gear which have the same shape and are equidistantly arranged in a rotational direction of the first gear. When the first and second engaging portions engage, the plate cylinder and inking device are drive-coupled; when they are disengaged, they are disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Tobe, Hideaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7077061
    Abstract: A printing group, which includes at least one rotation element, that can be rotated about its longitudinal direction, and than can also be displaced axially, includes a drive. That drive for the rotational element can be a drive motor which is independent of the drive of the printing group cylinders. The drive can be effected through a rotationally fixed and coaxially linked drive wheel, and a flexible drive. In order to achieve a lateral travel of the rotational element, the printing group is provided with a supplementary drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Holm, Peter Jentzsch, Erich Max Karl Gerner, Petra Jemiller
  • Patent number: 7011026
    Abstract: A method for engaging and disengaging cylinders, and particularly cylinders which are disposed in a line, is disclosed. In addition to the displacement required to engage and to disengage the cylinders, steps are taken to at least reduce the relative tangential speed between the working outer surfaces of the cylinders that are to be engaged against one another or against an intermediate web. This is accomplished by the reduction of, or the impression upon the cylinders of a specific rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralf Christel, Oliver Frank Hahn
  • Patent number: 6910415
    Abstract: A printing unit cylinder is subject to only low deformation in the event of operationally induced increases in the temperature of the printing unit. At least the barrel of the body of the printing unit cylinder is produced from a metallic material with a linear coefficient of expansion of ?<5×10?6K?1 in a temperature range of from about 20° to about 60°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Klaus T. Reichel
  • Patent number: 6848359
    Abstract: A device for processing continuous webs has a machine frame and at least one tool arranged on the machine frame for processing the continuous web. A drive device is provided for driving the at least one tool. The drive device is a two-row gear wheel having a first toothing and a second toothing, wherein the first toothing has an inch-based division and the second toothing has a metric division. The at least one tool is driven by the first toothing when processing the continuous web according to an inch-based size and wherein the at least one tool is driven by the second toothing when processing the continuous web according to a metric size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ruoff
  • Patent number: 6834580
    Abstract: The offset press comprises a frame, at least one plate cylinder, a press cylinder, and a blanket cylinder interposed between the plate cylinder and the press cylinder, together with bearing assemblies carried by the frame and receiving the longitudinal ends of the cylinders so that each cylinder is rotatable relative to the frame about a respective longitudinal central axis. Each of the longitudinal ends of at least a first cylinder are received in a first bearing assembly and a second bearing assembly, the second bearing assembly being spaced apart from the first bearing assembly along the longitudinal axis of the first cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Goss Systemes Graphiques Nantes
    Inventor: Michel Thomas
  • Patent number: 6829991
    Abstract: A printing unit of an offset printing press includes a first plate cylinder, a first blanket cylinder for selectively contacting the first plate cylinder, a first inker for inking the first plate cylinder, a second plate cylinder, a second blanket cylinder for selectively contacting the second plate cylinder, and a second inker for inking the second plate cylinder. A first inker drive gear connects to the first inker for driving the first inker, and a motor uniquely associated with the printing unit is configured to drive the first inker drive gear. In addition, a gear train engaging the first inker drive gear is driven by the first inker drive gear so as to drive the first plate cylinder, the first blanket cylinder, the second blanket cylinder, the second plate cylinder and the second inker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Jared Paul Eaton
  • Patent number: 6827017
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a metal-backed printing blanket onto a printing press cylinder in a controlled fashion is provided. A carton containing the rolled printing blanket may be provided, and a lengthwise slit or opening is opened to withdraw a mounting end of the printing blanket. The alignment and tension of the printing blanket is controlled as it mounts on the printing press cylinder. Parallel reference lines on the carton may be used to draw alignment marks on the printing blanket such that it may be properly inserted into a locking device of the printing press cylinder. The alignment and tension may be controlled using graspable sides of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Day International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rocco Elia, Darren Reed McCracken, Thomas Gerald Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6823792
    Abstract: A multi-motor drive for a printing press having a plurality of printing unit groups, includes at least one motor provided for each of the printing unit groups, and gear trains via which the printing unit groups are synchronously driven. The gear trains are mechanically separated from one another during a printing operation. The at least one motor is assigned to a respective separation location between the printing unit groups. A method for driving a printing press is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Bertold Grützmacher, Stefan Maier, Matthias Nöll
  • Patent number: 6817290
    Abstract: A bearing assembly for use on a printing press is disclosed. The printing press includes a frame. A support shaft is mounted to the frame and includes a pair of ends, with the support shaft defining a longitudinal axis. A cylinder is provided, and the bearing assembly rotatably supports the cylinder on the support shaft. The bearing assembly is adapted to permit angular adjustment of the cylinder relative to the longitudinal axis of the support shaft. The angular adjustment of the cylinder is effected about an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Goss Graphic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thaddius A. Niemiro, Thomas W. Orzechowski, Radoslaw Kulesza
  • Patent number: 6782816
    Abstract: A printing unit for a rotary printing press utilizes form cylinders, blanket cylinders and ink cylinders and transfer rollers. Intermediate support rings are provided on these cylinders or rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann
  • Patent number: 6718873
    Abstract: A proof press for the mounting of flexographic printing plates, comprising a printing cylinder, which is covered by a blanket for the mounting of at least one printing plate with double adhesive tape interposed, the printing cylinder being movable at right angles to its own axis in order to be placed in contact, along a generatrix, with a respective impression roller for performing proof prints, an optical system for collimating points of the impression roller with respective points of the printing plate by direct viewing, and a compression device for producing the forced adhesion of the printing plate to the double-adhesive tape and to the blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Bieffebi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Sambri, Alberto Zanoli
  • Patent number: 6688222
    Abstract: A rotary printing machine comprising two supporting shoulders, a central drum or cylinder being rotatably mounted on the supporting shoulders, at least one printing unit being arranged around the drum and comprising a printing plate cylinder and an anilox roller, which are rotatably mounted on a respective pair of supporting elements and whose rotation axis is parallel to the axis of the drum, wherein at least the central drum is actuated by a source of motion which directly engages an axial shank of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Uteco Holding S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Cattaruzza, Agostino Pertile
  • Patent number: 6601503
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for more simply and efficiently coupling and decoupling a cylinder in a printing machine. The coupling and decoupling apparatus includes a bearing bushing (11) in a fixed bushing (28). The bearing bushing (11) carries an axial force loaded spindle (10) that is axially displaceable within the bushing (11) between a coupling position in a centering portion (9) of the cylinder and a decoupling position in which a braking system (24, 25) is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jurgen Scholzig, Reinhold Guba