Feeding Or Delivering Patents (Class 101/232)
  • Patent number: 10675806
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for reducing bowing effects on a substrate while the substrate is being transported, for example in an elevator mechanism, from a first travel path to a second travel path, where the first travel path is offset from the second travel path so that the first travel path is not collinear with the second travel path. The substrate can be any substrate that is bowed and for which one wishes to eliminate or reduce the bow. One specific substrate that can benefit from the techniques described herein are personalized documents such as plastic cards including but not limited to financial (e.g. credit and debit) cards, drivers' licenses, national identification cards, gift cards, loyalty cards, employee badges, and other plastic cards which bear personalized data unique to the card holder and/or which bear other card or document information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ENTRUST DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Milo B. Squires, Benjamin H. Sannel, Jon Wawra
  • Patent number: 10669111
    Abstract: An object processing machine for processing a plurality of objects, the machine comprising: a plurality of processing modules, each processing module having a modular structure co-operable with the modular structure of another processing module to form a modular assembly constituting the object processing machine; each processing module being operable to perform a corresponding processing operation on an object and being provided with at least one transfer unit located at a respective port of the processing module; each transfer unit being arranged to transfer an object to or from the corresponding processing module and/or to or from a transfer unit of another processing module of the modular assembly; the transfer units being arranged to co-operate with one another and/or with another processing unit such that objects can be guided from an input of the machine to an output of the machine via a plurality of different transport pathways through the machine, wherein the transport pathway taken by a said object
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ENTRUST DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ulrich Bielesch, Dominique Perdoux, Frederic Beulet, Thorsten Habel, Benoit Berthe
  • Patent number: 10460315
    Abstract: A computer-implemented remote control method and system are disclosed for providing financial account security to prevent unauthorized use of the financial account. The method may include providing, for an account holder device, a graphical user interface for facilitating automatic activation and deactivation of the financial account and receiving over a network from the account holder device, an account holder command entered through the provided graphical user interface. The method may additionally include authenticating the account holder command and processing the account holder command entered through the provided graphical user interface using a command processing engine including computer processing components, the command processing engine changing an account status from an active state to an inactive state or from an inactive state to an active state in accordance with the received command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Rick Starbuck, Jaeson Paul, Brad X. Lucas, Ravi Acharya
  • Patent number: 10380466
    Abstract: As one example, a printer includes a density calculator to determine a content density of data on page to be printed and a controller. In that example, the controller may perform operations to determine a dry time for a swath of the page to be printed based on the content density and an environmental variable and adjust a parameter for the page to be printed to mitigate a drying time of the page to be printed based on the dry time determined for the swath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Maria Isabel Borrell Bayona, Luis Garcia Garcia, Sergio Puigardeu Aramendia, Angel Martinez Barambio
  • Patent number: 10315848
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a discharge apparatus for discharging a plurality of flexible spouted containers, the apparatus comprising: a container support comprising a support element with an elongated opening for carrying a row of spouts of a plurality of spouted containers from an inlet to an outlet, wherein the inlet of the support element is configured to receive successive batches of spouted containers in the elongated opening; a biasing unit configured to move at least a subset of the spouts received inside the elongated opening in the support element towards the outlet, wherein the biasing unit further is configured to continuously apply a biasing force to the subset of spouts to continuously discharge the containers from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink, Marinus Antonius Leonarda Van Heck
  • Patent number: 10247535
    Abstract: A Hall detection device for a thickness of a sheet medium is provided, including a mounting rack, a reference shaft and a floating wheel assembly, wherein the floating wheel assembly includes a bracket and at least one floating wheel, one end of the bracket being mounted on the mounting rack via a floating wheel rotary shaft and the other end thereof being rotationally fitted with the floating wheel so as to form a free end, a torsional spring is provided between the floating wheel rotary shaft and the bracket so that the floating wheel elastically bears against the reference shaft, and the bracket is fixedly mounted with a detection block and a sensor for detecting a displacement amount of the detection block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Li, Minjie Fang, Mengtao Liu, Wenchuan Gong
  • Patent number: 10189660
    Abstract: A media processing device with a housing includes: a motorized media unit transporter to drive a media unit along a media processing path between an unprocessed media unit source and a processed media unit output; an auxiliary media unit transporter including a roller connected to a converter, and a bias member connected between the converter and the housing. In a first operating mode, the auxiliary transporter receives the media unit from the transporter to drive the roller and the converter; rotation of the converter deforms the bias member from a resting position to a primed position. In a second operating mode initiated upon rotation of the converter to a bias release position, the auxiliary transporter propels the media unit by releasing the bias member from the primed position to drive rotation of the converter and the roller as the bias member returns to the resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Angel B. Rosales, Steve Ting Kei Chow
  • Patent number: 10035673
    Abstract: A conveyance unit conveys a sheet on a conveyance path. A first detection unit detects a sheet on the conveyance path. A determination unit determines an adjustment amount for adjusting an interval from a trailing end of a preceding sheet to a leading end of a succeeding sheet according to a difference between a measurement interval and a target interval. A correction unit corrects the adjustment amount according to a difference between a measurement value of a length of the preceding sheet in a conveyance direction and a reference value of the length of the preceding sheet in the conveyance direction. A control unit controls the conveyance unit such that a conveyance speed of the conveyance unit is accelerated or decelerated during a period of time that corresponds to the adjustment amount corrected by the correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Tani
  • Patent number: 10016968
    Abstract: A dampening water amount regulating apparatus 40 includes a plurality of air supply boxes 41 disposed in a line in an axial direction of a water transfer roller 8 and each defines one air blowing portion. The air supply box 41 includes a substantially U-shaped air passage 67 that allows air in an air supply chamber 57 to pass along an outer peripheral surface of the water transfer roller 8 and supplies the same into an air discharge chamber 60. A valve mechanism 44 that increases and decreases an air amount is provided at a midsection of the air passage 67.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: I. MER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Izume
  • Patent number: 9975363
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for mitigating printer damage risks. In examples a presence of a set of damage risk indicator signals at a printer is identified. A time period during which the damage risk indicator signals of the set are concurrently present is tracked, and a power supply is cut off if the time period exceeds a predetermined threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Soriano Fosas, Javier Gonzalez Bruno, Marc Soler Jauma
  • Patent number: 9953435
    Abstract: A method is provided for checking an image inspection system having a camera system with a camera, an illumination apparatus for targeted illumination of a printing substrate, an image processing computer, and a main computer, for quality control of products of a printing substrate processing machine by using the main computer. A reference image is entered and transmitted to the main computer, a current printing image recorded by the camera system is transmitted to the image processing computer, a partial image in a suitable region of the current printing image, not being printed with printing image data, is selected in the image processing computer, the partial image is analyzed by comparison with the reference image in the image processing computer, and the inspection system is assessed based on the analysis of the partial image by the main computer and any defects of the inspection system being found are indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Immanuel Fergen, Frank Soltwedel, Frank Schumann
  • Patent number: 9738472
    Abstract: A sheet-transporting drum includes sheet-supporting areas each being formed of a first comb segment and a second comb segment having segment teeth. At least one of the comb segments is rotatable for adaptation to a sheet format. A mechanical leading-edge gripper is provided on the first comb segment and a pneumatic trailing-edge gripper is provided on the second comb segment. A mechanical trailing-edge gripper is additionally disposed on the second comb segment and is deactivatable in particular by format adjustments. This advantageously allows either the trailing edge of a sheet to be securely held down mechanically or a full-bleed print to be applied to the sheet when the trailing edge of the sheet is held down pneumatically. A sheet-fed printing machine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Juergen Rothaug, Arno Juenger, Albert Maul, Sven Goll, Thomas Schmidt, Alexander Knabe, Daniel Conzelmann, Wolfgang Dolz, Kai Oskar Mueller, Raimund Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9527114
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for processing mail by severing an edge of each envelope in a stack of mail. The apparatus includes an input bin for receiving a stack of mail. A feeder feeds the bottom envelope from the input bin to a transport that conveys the envelope along an envelope path. A cutter positioned along the envelope path severs one edge of the envelopes. A detector detects a characteristic of the envelope and a sorter sorts the envelope in response to the detected characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: OPX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David R Helmlinger, Robert DeWitt
  • Patent number: 9460375
    Abstract: One example includes a printer (110) having a calculator (120) to determine plot density of a printer content page (130). A controller (140) is provided to set a print parameter based on the determined plot density for the printer content page (130) to mitigate dry time for a printed output page (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Maria Isabel Borrell Bayona, Luis Garcia Garcia, Sergio Puigardeu Aramendia, Angel Martinez Barambio
  • Patent number: 9427986
    Abstract: There is provided a print medium-conveying device and an inkjet printing device that can convey a print medium without causing wrinkles, float and damage. In an embodiment, the front surface of paper passed to an image recording drum is pressed by a pressure roller, and is made to contact the peripheral surface of the image recording drum. The front surface of paper is sucked by a suction unit in a position immediately before it enters between the image recording drum and the pressure roller, and back tension is given. The back tension giving is turned on/off according to the thickness of the paper, and the back tension giving is turned off for paper whose thickness is equal to or greater than a threshold. It is possible to prevent paper with stiffness from strongly contacting an adsorption holding surface of the suction unit and the front surface from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Furukawa
  • Patent number: 9211739
    Abstract: The present invention provides a medium-holding device capable of setting a suction pressure for each of various areas within a suction-holding surface, a medium-conveying device, and an inkjet recording device. In an embodiment of the invention, a cover is attached to a main body formed into a drum shape such that a surface of the cover functions as the suction-holding surface for a paper sheet. The cover has a plurality of suction apertures formed thereon from which suction apertures the paper sheet on the suction-holding surface is sucked. The suction apertures are arranged at a certain pitch. A specific suction aperture of them has a narrowing member attached thereto. The suction aperture having the narrowing member attached thereto has the suction pressure lowered. Therefore, by adjusting an arrangement of the specific suction aperture having the narrowing member attached thereto, the suction pressure can be partially controlled within the suction-holding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8992004
    Abstract: A system and method for printing on a continuous web of imaging material in an inkjet printing machine having a turnbar reverser to reverse the direction of the web for duplex printing. The turnbar reverser includes at least one turnbar having a predetermined pattern of apertures formed in a surface of the turnbar. The optimized apertures direct a flow of air provided by a blower to provide an air flow to float the web above the surface of the turnbar, allow for higher operating tensions, and reduce acoustic noise generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roger G. Leighton, Kevin Cole
  • Patent number: 8985021
    Abstract: A method of setting web tensioning in a processing machine for processing a material web, in particular in a shaftless printing machine, wherein, for the purpose of setting the web tensioning in a first web-tensioning portion, which is bounded upstream by a first clamping location and downstream by a second clamping location, the first clamping location is given a control command, and at least one clamping location which is located upstream of the first clamping location, as seen over the course of the web tensioning, and at least one clamping location which is located downstream of the second clamping location, as seen over the course of the web tensioning, are precontrolled in dependence on the first control command, where the second clamping location is not adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Schnabel, Stephan Schultze, Mario Goeb
  • Patent number: 8950323
    Abstract: In a sheet-fed printing press including; an impression cylinder gear driven by an upstream drive motor of an upstream printing unit group; an impression cylinder rotationally driven by the impression cylinder gear; a transfer cylinder gear of a convertible press mechanism rotationally driven by the upstream drive motor through the impression cylinder; and a transfer cylinder which is provided with a notch and is rotationally driven by the transfer cylinder gear, a load motor is provided to the transfer cylinder or the transfer cylinder gear, and braking force of the load motor is controlled according to load on the upstream drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Kamoda, Hiromitsu Numauchi
  • Patent number: 8935980
    Abstract: A printing device (100,101) has a first print engine (103, 303, 603, 703), a second print engine (105, 305, 605, 705), and a buffer device (107, 307, 609, 709, 711) disposed between the first (103, 303, 603, 703) and second print engines (105, 305, 605, 705). The buffer (107, 307, 609, 709, 711) is configured to store a variable amount of web substrate (106, 301, 713) received from the first print engine (103, 303, 603, 703) and feed the substrate (106, 301, 713) to the second print engine (105, 305, 605, 705).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Benji Ruhm, Zvika Yogev, Eyal Peleg
  • Patent number: 8931406
    Abstract: A delivery drum includes at least one supporting shell for supporting a printed sheet and for producing a vacuum region between the supporting shell and the printed sheet. The supporting shell extends over the entire width of the printed sheet. A circumferential length, which is at least one quarter of the sheet length of the printed sheet, is disposed between the sheet start of the printed sheet and the start of the vacuum region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Detloff, Michael Gieser, Peter Thoma
  • Patent number: 8899584
    Abstract: A sheet reversing device including a first conveyance unit, second conveyance unit, third conveyance unit, and sheet pressing member. The first conveyance unit includes a first holder, and a support surface that supports the sheet, and conveys the sheet with an edge held by the first holder, and its entire surface supported by the support surface. The second conveyance unit includes second holders, which convey the sheet. The third conveyance unit is supported to be swingable between a reception position at which the third conveyance unit receives the sheet, and a transfer position at which the third conveyance unit transfers the sheet to the second conveyance unit. The third conveyance unit includes a third holder, and conveys the sheet held by the third holder. The sheet pressing member presses the sheet, transferred from the third conveyance unit to the first conveyance unit, against the first conveyance unit support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Kondo, Naoki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8887632
    Abstract: Image forming apparatus and methods are disclosed which include an intermediate transfer member to transfer images to media, an impression roller including a gripping device to receive the media, and a determination module to determine the length of the media held by the at least one gripper unit based on respective detections by first and second set of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Mehanik, Elad Fodor, Ayal Galili, Ittai Wiener
  • Patent number: 8794141
    Abstract: Intaglio printing press systems for recto-verso intaglio printing of sheets, in particular for the production of banknotes and the like securities, wherein first and second intaglio printing presses are operatively-coupled to one another by a sheet processing and transporting system comprising an automated guided vehicle system for automatically transporting sheets from a sheet delivery station of the first intaglio printing press where recto printing is performed to a sheet feeding station of the second intaglio printing press where verso printing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: KBA-Notasys SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 8736105
    Abstract: An electrical voltage supply device for machines processing printing material includes at least one drive motor for the transport of printing material and at least one further electrical consumer. A control unit is provided which, when the supply voltage drops below a minimum acceptable supply voltage of the machine processing printing material, switches of electrical consumers which are not required for the transport of printing material and supplies the drive motor for the transport of printing material from energy stored in the moving masses of the machine processing printing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Klaus-Dieter Kleibaumhüter, Helmut Meyer, Werner Stadler, Kamilla Haaf
  • Patent number: 8720333
    Abstract: A method of buffering and controlling the tension of a print substrate moving through a web press comprises: supporting a loop of print substrate on a movable roller, wherein translational movement of the roller is controlled by a motor; and controlling the motor to achieve a sequence of roller movements arranged to control tension of the substrate during a sequence of variations in substrate velocity during a printing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Nissim Henn, Yoram Hart
  • Patent number: 8714085
    Abstract: A surface, especially a galvanically molded transport cylinder sleeve, has a surface structure for contacting printing material, in particular sheets of paper. The surface structure includes first structural elevations spaced apart from each other by a minimum distance A1 and having a height B1 and second structural elevations spaced apart from each other by a minimum distance A2 and having a height B2 with B2<B1. A ratio between the distances A1 and A2 ranges between 10:1 and 1:1. The surface has support areas for supporting the printing material. The printing material is prevented from contacting a planar horizontal surface between the support areas of first, higher structural elevations due to second, lower structural elevations with support areas thereof that are formed between the first, higher structural elevations. A machine for processing printing material and a method for producing areas with a surface structure, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Wolfram Kolbe, Frank Schaum, Harrie G. Knol
  • Patent number: 8714087
    Abstract: Image forming apparatus and methods are disclosed which include an intermediate transfer member to transfer images to media, an impression roller including a gripping device to receive the media, and a determination module to determine the length of the media held by the at least one gripper unit based on respective detections by first and second set of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Mehanik, Elad Fodor, Ayal Galili, Ittai Wiener
  • Publication number: 20140096694
    Abstract: In a printing press having a blanket for transferring a print image to a substrate, a blanket cleaning device. The device comprises a feed cylinder, a continuous tape having an adhesive on one surface initially stored on the feed cylinder, a take-up cylinder configured to take-up consumed continuous tape, and a drive mechanism synchronized to the rotation of a blanket cylinder that rotates the feed cylinder and the take-up cylinder, whereby the continuous tape removes surfactants from the blanket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: PRINTING RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Howard W. DeMoore, Joey V. Le
  • Patent number: 8661975
    Abstract: A sheet guiding apparatus with a sheet diverter function, a production system with a printer and a folding machine for printed products, in which such a sheet guiding apparatus is used, and a method for producing printed products with the production system, permit productivity to be raised without increasing the operating speed of the folding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heiko Feyerabend, Udo Ganter, Martin Haupt-Terlau
  • Patent number: 8651020
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for web tension adjustment in a processing machine for processing a web of goods, in particular in a shaftless printing press, in which downstream web tension segments are decoupled from an adjustment of the web tension in a first web tension segment defined upstream by a first clamping point and downstream by a second clamping point. To that end, the first clamping point is subjected to a first control instruction, which is generated using a first dynamic element with a non-constant transmission function, and the second clamping point is acted upon by a second control instruction, which is generated using a second dynamic element with a non-constant transmission function. As a result of the provisions of the invention, for decoupling the downstream web tension segments from the web tension adjustment and so forth, it is unnecessary to pilot-control the corresponding downstream clamping points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Schnabel, Stephan Schultze, Mario Goeb
  • Patent number: 8544386
    Abstract: Embodiments herein comprise an apparatus that includes a printing engine and an interposer adapted to receive printed sheets from the printing engine. The interposer adds insert sheets between printed sheets. The interposer includes a decurler positioned within the interposer so as to decurl the printed sheets after the interposer adds the insert sheets. The printing engine adds a curl to the printed sheets and the decurler removes the curl from the printed sheets. The decurler can comprise a roller-based decurler, a heated decurler, a pressure based decurler, and/or a moisture-vacuum based decurler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas C. Keyes, Thomas E. Bitter, Ronald A Ippolito, Dale T. Platteter, Richard F. Scarlata, Joe Marasco, Donald R. Fess, Diego A. Pereda, Douglas F. Sundquist
  • Publication number: 20130152807
    Abstract: A turnbar for use in a turnover module in a printing system includes one or more air-cushioned sections and one or more friction sections. Each air-cushioned section includes holes formed in a portion of a perimeter of the turnbar. Each friction section includes a friction-inducing material disposed over or affixed to another portion of the perimeter of the turnbar. Pressurized air or gas is output through the holes to produce a cushion of air or gas between a print media and the air-cushioned section. The turnbar can include one or more pistons within the turnbar, or one or more sleeves within or around the turnbar, or a combination of pistons and sleeves, to adjust airflow through the air-cushioned section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Randy E. Armbruster, Thomas Niertit, Christopher M. Muir, Bradley S. Bush, Bradley C. DeCook
  • Patent number: 8408124
    Abstract: A device is presented for adjustment of height in a transport cylinder gripper pad. The device includes a first notch, a gripper pad which is equipped in the first notch, a gripper pad bar, a first adjusting bar, a biasing member which biases the bottom surface of the gripper pad bar against the upper surface of the first adjusting bar, a drive shaft, and a driving unit which moves the drive shaft in the cylinder axial direction. A first connecting portion is interposed between the drive shaft and the first adjusting bar, and moves the first adjusting bar in the cylinder axial direction as the drive shaft moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Takanobu Aoki
  • Publication number: 20120297995
    Abstract: A gripper control gearing has a reduced complexity for providing adjustments. Stops are provided on a reversing drum for a slide that supports cam rollers. Pinions with a helical toothing are arranged on a gripper shaft and on a gripper tube. Such a simplified arrangement allows for easier adjustments of the gripper system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventor: HENNING NIGGEMANN
  • Patent number: 8313260
    Abstract: A device for compensating for the variation in width of a flexible print support (1) progressing through a multicolor printing machine, between successive rotary printing assemblies, by a stream of air directed towards the print support in order to alter its flatness, includes at least one pair of deflectors (2) positioned symmetrically one on each side of the line of travel of the print support, each deflector (2) including an air blowing chamber (6) opening onto the surface (11) of the deflector that faces towards the print support and being directed towards the rear of the deflector in the direction of travel of the support, so as to produce an air stream in the form of a flat sheet of air capable, at the same time, of making it easier to keep the support away from the surface of the deflector and to continue forced travel of the print support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Diffusion de Materiel et d'Imprimerie
    Inventors: Rene Nouhant, Sébastien Nouhant
  • Patent number: 8262087
    Abstract: In a delivery of a sheet-processing machine, in particular a printing press, provision is made for chain gripper systems for holding the sheets to be transported at the leading and trailing edges thereof. The holding devices are configured such that they can be displaced relative to one another for the purpose of format adjustment. The chain gripper system has a sprocket drive shaft and a sprocket deflection shaft for the chains of the chain gripper system. Here, provision is made for both the sprocket drive shaft and the sprocket deflection shaft to have a clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Foerch, Georg Grasmueck, Markus Moehringer, Stefan Mutschall
  • Patent number: 8127673
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for turning over sheet material, in a printing machine, such as verso-printing in an electrophotographic printing machine. The device includes driven web-shaped segments extending essentially parallel to each other over at least one section, such that the web-shaped segments clamp the individual sheets between the segments and turns over each sheet as it is transported along a transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Joerg Von Malottki
  • Patent number: 8100053
    Abstract: In a method for at least partially cycle-dependent manufacturing of bound printed products by adhesive binding printed sheets in a spine area of an book block or by stitching with staples folded edges of printed sheets collected astraddle, a sequentially double-sided digitally printed paper web or individual sheets are transversely cut to from the printed sheets. The printed sheets are then transversely folded and subsequently supplied either to an adhesive binding station or to a saddle-shaped conveying support for stitching with staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Roland Grunder, Günther Silberbauer
  • Patent number: 8091476
    Abstract: By executing low-speed conveyance of web by a web feeding mechanism before the printing operation begins, slack W22a, W10a, and W15a in the web located downstream of the guide rollers, and the slacked web is accumulated in the air loop portion, thereby completing the standby for printing. At that time, the amount of web conveyance (accumulation) is saved. Then, high-speed printing operation begins, and when the amount of printing has reached the amount of web conveyance saved, high-speed conveyance by the web feeding mechanism begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Souichi Nakazawa, Yuji Ohmura, Toru Kikuchi, Sho Sawahata
  • Patent number: 8065957
    Abstract: There is described a sheet inspection system for a sheet-fed recto-verso printing press of the type comprising two printing cylinders (10, 20) for carrying out simultaneous recto-verso printing of the sheets, said sheet inspection system comprising at least one inspection device (200; 300; 400) for taking an image of one side of the printed sheets. The sheet inspection system comprises first and second transfer cylinders (60, 65) interposed between a first (10) of the two printing cylinders (10, 20) and a chain gripper system (5) of the printing press, printed sheets being transferred successively from the first printing cylinder (10) to the first transfer cylinder (60), to the second transfer cylinder (65), and to the chain gripper system (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Johannes Georg Schaede, Volker Lohweg, Bernd Stöber, Volkmar Schwitzky, Günther Hoier
  • Patent number: 7987780
    Abstract: Apparatus designed to cancel at least one postage or franking mark on a surface of a mailpiece moving on edge in a belt conveyor, said apparatus comprising: a conveyor portion with a plurality of small superposed belts and a plurality of superposed print heads; and control means for controlling the print heads in such a manner as to cause a print head to print one or more cancellation marks over the franking mark(s) detected on the mailpiece. Each print head is suitable for operating selectively with a plurality of superposed inkjets so as to print only a portion (¾, ½, ¼) of said cancellation mark or a scaled-down version thereof over the franking mark when said franking mark is positioned in such a manner as to be off-center between two belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Teluob, Alain Danjaume, Stephane Marisy, Karim Kara
  • Patent number: 7966932
    Abstract: A sheet-fed offset printing press for printing multiple colors on both sides of sheets, preferably on sheets of paper, includes a first row of in-line printing units for printing a first side of the sheet, followed by a reversing device, followed by a second row of in-line printing units for printing the other side of the sheets, and followed by one or more varnishing units that are disposed in such a way, or include varnishing blanket cylinders that are disposed in such a way, that the front sides and the back sides of the passing sheets are varnished. A further reversing device is inserted between two varnishing units. A method of printing multiple colors on both sides of sheets is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Michael Gieser, Norbert Rodi
  • Publication number: 20110107931
    Abstract: An electrical voltage supply device for machines processing printing material includes at least one drive motor for the transport of printing material and at least one further electrical consumer. A control unit is provided which, when the supply voltage drops below a minimum acceptable supply voltage of the machine processing printing material, switches of electrical consumers which are not required for the transport of printing material and supplies the drive motor for the transport of printing material from energy stored in the moving masses of the machine processing printing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventors: FRANZ HAAF, KLAUS-DIETER KLEIBAUMHÜTER, HELMUT MEYER, WERNER STADLER, Kamilla Haaf
  • Publication number: 20110067587
    Abstract: A printing press is provided. The printing press includes a print unit printing a plurality of printed products, the plurality of printed products being formed into a stream downstream of the print unit. The printing press also includes at least one base and a press component, the press component is mounted onto the at least one base for placement in the stream and translational movement transverse to the stream. The press component may be a pitch changing apparatus. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Adrian ST OURS, Dieter Theodor EBERT, Mark Anthony WINGATE
  • Publication number: 20100288145
    Abstract: A printing press is provided. The printed press includes a plurality of printing units printing on a web and a folder for processing the web. The folder includes a cutter for cutting the web into printed products and a nip section for reorienting the printed products. The nip section includes a first pair of nip rolls, a second pair of nip rolls and at least one motor driving the first pair of nip rolls and the second pair of nip rolls, the at least one motor driving the first pair of nip rolls at different velocities than the second pair of nip rolls to reorient the printed products. A method for reorienting printed products in printing press is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Adrian St. Ours, Mark Anthony Wingate, David Elliot Whitten
  • Publication number: 20100282101
    Abstract: The present invention aims at an improved apparatus for introducing sheet smoothly into printing unit 10 even in case thickness of sheet is changed without any adjustment. The present invention premises a sheet-fed printing press whose sheet transfer path for a plurality of printing units 10 in modular fashion is composed of double-sized transfer and impression cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Shizuo MASUDA
  • Patent number: 7765926
    Abstract: A printing press is provided including at least one print unit printing a first job on a web, a folder splitting the web into a plurality of ribbons, combining the ribbons, and cutting the ribbons into signatures, the folder having a folder delivery for delivery of the signatures, a marking device marking every ribbon, a sensor sensing the marks on every ribbon, and a controller connected to the marking device and the sensor and determining a shortest ribbon value and a longest ribbon value, the shortest ribbon value being a function of a shortest path length of a first ribbon through the folder and the longest ribbon value being a function of a longest path length of a further ribbon through the folder. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Rancourt, George Athans, Christophe Rifflart, Kevin Lauren Cote
  • Patent number: 7735820
    Abstract: A sheet delivery apparatus includes sprockets and delivery grippers, a sheet delivery device, a switching cam, and conveyor belt, driving roller, and driven roller. The sprockets and delivery grippers hold and convey a sheet. The sheet delivery device delivers the sheet conveyed by the sprockets and delivery grippers. The switching cam is arranged upstream of the sheet delivery device in a sheet convey direction to release the sheet held by the sprockets and delivery grippers. The conveyor belt, driving roller, and driven roller are arranged below the switching cam to convey the sheet released by the switching cam in the sheet convey direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Reiji Ito
  • Patent number: RE42388
    Abstract: An air folder adjuster (10) includes an air supply (12) and air supply tubing (14) connected to air supply (12) at end (16). The opposite end (18) of air supply tubing (14) is connected to one or more air nozzles (20). In a printing press utilized for folding documents such as books, air folder adjuster (10) is positioned so that air nozzles (20) direct compressed air from air supply (12) downward onto the head (26) of document (24) on either side of chopper arm (34) during the folding process thus ensuring that the document (24) lies flat, square, and untouched during the folding process and thereby allowing the elimination of chopper brushes altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Summers