Web Patents (Class 101/288)
  • Patent number: 10308435
    Abstract: The apparatus includes an operating unit, which can be a welding unit for welding a closing film to an edge zone of a containing element or a separating unit for separating containing elements from portions of sheet material. The apparatus includes a control unit programmed to enable the operating unit to selectively process a continuous strip of containing elements or discrete groups of containing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Sarong S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Alberto Bartoli
  • Patent number: 10220643
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile printer freefall detection and protection mechanism. Printers may be subject to vibration or free fall during printing. This is more likely to happen for a mobile printer. In such cases, the printing performance will be adversely affected a lot or a thermal printhead (TPH) in the printer could be damaged. This disclosure describes a system and method of solving this problem by measuring the G-forces at using at least one sensor to determine if it is safe to start operation again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fong Yin Lau, Yong Chiap Cheng, Zhiyong Liu
  • Patent number: 10217035
    Abstract: A first conveyance unit and a second conveyance unit functioning as pre-processing conveyance units provided in a pre-processing device and conveying the IC tag continuous body by suctioning it to conveyance belts, a second tractor feeder unit functioning as a print-processing tractor feeder unit provided in a printing device and conveying the IC tag continuous body by engaging and disengaging feed pins in sprocket holes formed in the IC tag continuous body, and a fourth conveyance unit functioning as a post-processing conveyance unit provided in a post-processing device and conveying the IC tag continuous body by suctioning it to a conveyance belt are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kuniyuki Miura
  • Patent number: 10118407
    Abstract: A food product rotation label device for preparing food product labels includes a microcontroller circuit, a display and a thermal printer. The thermal printer prints food product labels for attachment to food products. The display displays a list of food product label information relating to food product labels printed by the thermal printer and food products on which the food product labels are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Salerno
  • Patent number: 10105970
    Abstract: The peeling device has a pressing roller that comes into contact with a label attaching surface (a first surface) of the backing paper and a driving roller that comes into contact with a back surface of the backing paper. The peeling device includes a peeling plate that is provided on the upstream side of an interposing roller pair in a transport direction of the backing paper when the label is peeled off from the backing paper and that bends a transport path of the backing paper. The pressing roller is a split roller including a roller shaft and a plurality of rollers. The peeling device includes support frames that support the pressing roller, and coil springs that come into contact with the roller shaft in an area on the pressing roller between the support frames and that bias the pressing roller toward the driving roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sakajo
  • Patent number: 10095959
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium that stores a label production process program for executing steps on a computing portion of a terminal is provided. The terminal is connected to a label producing apparatus that produces a label. The label includes an information print part having information printed thereon, and a winding part connected to the information print part and to be wound on an adherend. The steps include a position determination step, a mark data generation step, and a mark data output step. In the position determination step, a position of a mark to be a guidepost for a position to wind the winding part on the adherend, is determined. In the mark data generation step, mark data to form the mark at the position determined, is generated. In the mark data output step, the generated mark data is output to the label producing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryo Yasui, Aiko Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9937735
    Abstract: A self-strip media module in a printer is provided. The self-strip media module includes a peel bar having a length at least as great as the length of a platen roller and being rotatably engaged at the ends of the platen roller. The media includes a series of labels adhered to a liner. The media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and a mid-chassis. The peel bar may be rotated towards the discharge side of the platen roller, pulling the media over the platen roller and over itself. A thermal print head is lowered onto the media over the platen roller and to print on the labels. The printer advances the media over the peel bar. The labels are stripped from the liner when the media advances around the peel bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Datamax—O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Chin Young Wong, Sébastien Michel Marie Joseph d'Armancourt, Ching Hong Chua, Yaw Horng Yap
  • Patent number: 9884498
    Abstract: A tape printing device includes a cartridge loading section where a tape cartridge having a platen roller and a portion to be guided is loaded in an unloadable manner; two recess portions in which fingers for gripping the tape cartridge are inserted; a platen support shaft inserted in the platen roller; and a guide pin inserted in the portion to be guided. The guide pin is situated on a side opposite to the platen support shaft across an imaginary line connecting the two recess portions and is arranged at a site where a distance from the recess portion at a position farther from the first insertion shaft, of the two recess portions, is shorter than a distance from the recess portion at a position closer to the platen support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 9883601
    Abstract: Provided is an intelligent terminal, which includes a battery and a main board, and the battery and the main board are mounted in the shell of the intelligent terminal, and the battery at least half surrounds the main board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Meichun Su, Wei Fu, Tuanhui Liu, Minghao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9687944
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a tag feeder for feeding tags in a feeding direction to a dispensing position within a clipping machine. The tag feeder is provided with a feeding mechanism with at least one pusher means for transporting a chain of tags. The pusher means is reversible movable parallel to the feeding direction between a first and second position wherein, in the first position, the pusher means is in a minimum displacement to the dispensing position, and wherein, in the second position, the pusher means are in a maximum displacement to the dispensing position. The feeding mechanism comprises at least one cutting tool for cutting-off the foremost tag of the chain of tags, viewed in the feeding direction, in the first position and at least one clamping device for clamping the chain of tags when the foremost tag is arranged in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 9487025
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a transport unit that transports a medium in a transport direction; a medium support that supports the medium; a medium pressing unit that has a first regulation section that regulates bending of an end portion of the medium from the medium support in a width direction intersecting with the transport direction and a second regulation section that regulates moving of the end portion of the medium to an outer side in the width direction; and a printing unit that performs printing on the medium supported on the medium support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Kitagishi
  • Patent number: 9315045
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a media roll, art image forming device, and a feeder. In the media roll, a printing medium having an adhesive face is wound in a roll shape. The image forming device forms an image on the printing medium. The feeder feeds the printing medium. The feeder includes a protection belt and a pair of rotary bodies. The protection belt presses against and protects the adhesive face of the printing medium. The pair of rotary bodies sandwich and press the printing medium and the protection belt between the pair of rotary bodies. An approach angle of the printing medium is within a range from 0° to 30° and is formed by the printing medium drawn from the media roll and approaching to between the pair of rotary bodies and an opposing face of the protection belt opposing the image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kondo, Kazuyoshi Matsumoto, Makoto Kikura, Yuuzoh Obata, Norikazu Yanase, Gaku Hosono, Satoru Yoshida, Masashi Ohnishi, Suguru Masunaga
  • Patent number: 9233560
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device to form an image on a print medium by a reciprocation operation of a print head. There is a conveying device including a belt that holds the print medium, a fan that adsorbs air through suction holes in the belt, and a fan drive controller that drives the suction fan and adjusts power of adsorption of the suction fan. The fan drive controller performs control which makes the power of adsorption for the first reciprocation movement of the image forming device stronger than the power of adsorption for the second reciprocation movement of the image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Norikazu Yanase, Kazuyoshi Matsumoto, Makoto Kikura, Kazuyoshi Kondoh, Yuuzoh Obata, Gaku Hosono
  • Patent number: 9159102
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for client deposit tracking are provided. The deposit may be tracked from a time the deposit is retrieved from a client location until a value of the deposit is credited to a client. A deposit may be tracked by affixing a bar-code to a cartridge storing containing the deposit. The bar-code may be printed on the cartridge. The bar-code may be electronically transmitted to the cartridge. The bar-code may include deposit information. The deposit information may include deposit weights. The bar-code may be captured an armored courier. Information captured from the bar-code may be transmitted to a financial institution. The financial institution may derive performance metrics based on the information captured from the bar-code. Deposit status determination may be provided based on the information capture from the bar-code. Deposits status information may be transmitted to a client of the financial institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Shelaine M. Monkiewicz, Thomas A. Harp, James Pierce, Lisa Gibson, Rebecca S. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9110424
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a roll body including a print medium wound around, the medium having an adhesive face, an image forming unit to form an image on the adhesive face, a conveyance unit having a pair of a conveyance rotor and an opposed rotor to convey the medium with the medium interposed between the conveyance rotor and the opposed rotor and an adhesive face guide unit to guide the medium when the conveyance unit returns the medium in a return direction opposite a conveyance direction of the medium. The adhesive face guide unit has a downstream rotor disposed downstream from the opposed rotor in the return direction and an endless adhesive face guide member wound around the opposed rotor and the downstream rotor. The adhesive face guide member is configured to receive and guide the adhesive face of the medium returned, in a separable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kondo, Kazuyoshi Matsumoto, Makoto Kikura, Yuuzoh Obata, Norikazu Yanase, Gaku Hosono, Yoshinori Uchino, Masateru Ujiie, Shu Kanno
  • Patent number: 8991311
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided that has a roller for dispensing adhesive tape and a printing wheel in association with an ink reservoir, the tape being presented with its adhesive surface presented to the printing wheel for the printing to be applied to the adhesive surface; and hence is reversed so that the adhesive surface with the printing can be applied to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Leonid Shpigel
  • Patent number: 8861015
    Abstract: An approach that prepares an electronic document of continuous information for document exchange that simultaneously supports continuous and page-by-page printing is described. In one embodiment, there is an electronic document generator tool for document exchange that includes an input component configured to receive input with respect to preparing the electronic document of continuous information for continuous and page-by-page printing. The input comprises an indication to represent the electronic document of continuous information in a page-based file format for document exchange and an indication of target page sizes with respective unprintable margins that are desired for printing the electronic document of continuous information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Ireland
  • Patent number: 8813646
    Abstract: Provided is a label printer that includes a conveyance unit that conveys a label paper on which a label is attached and a printing unit that prints on the label. The label printer also includes a peeling unit that includes one pair of members separated in a direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction of the label paper and peels the label from a backing paper. The label printer also includes a backing paper conveyance unit that conveys the backing paper and a moving unit that moves the peeling members towards a direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction of the backing paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hajime Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140230670
    Abstract: A printing method is performed by use of a printing device. The printing device includes a print head, a supply roll, a serving roll, a support roll, a feed roll, and a winding roll. The printing device feeds a fabric material toward the winding roll by a prescribed length each time that a cycle of a print operation is performed by the print head, so that the printing is performed on the fabric material intermittently. The printing method includes performing a first feed operation of intermittently rotating the feed roll by a first motor to pull the fabric material from a print unit and feed the fabric material toward the winding roll by a prescribed length; and performing a second feed operation of intermittingly rotating the serving roll by a second motor to feed the fabric material toward the print unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Roland DG Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki HASEGAWA, Yutaka MATSUYAMA, Koji YAMAMURA
  • Patent number: 8770106
    Abstract: A printing system includes a frame. A first printer component is mounted to the frame. A second printer component is compliantly mounted to the frame such that the second printer component is free to move in a plane. A first alignment mechanism is kinematically coupled to the first printer component and is kinematically coupled to the second printer component. A second alignment mechanism is kinematically coupled to the first printer component and is kinematically coupled to the second printer component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, William F. Dassero, Martin C. James, Allan M. Waugh
  • Patent number: 8708022
    Abstract: A label peeling unit having an installation body: a movable body movable while engaging with the installation body and stopping in a closed state or an open state in which the movable body is closed or open relative to the installation body; a label peeling body installed on the movable body and allowing backing paper of a continuous label body, which is conveyed by the paper sheet conveyance device, to be in contact with the label peeling body to bend the backing paper for peeling a part of a label off the backing paper; and a backing paper conveyance roller rotatably installed on the movable body and rotating while being in contact with a platen roller of the paper sheet conveyance device with the backing paper in between to thereby convey the backing paper and discharge it to the outside. The label peeling unit facilitates loading of paper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sato Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hosono, Kenta Kano
  • Patent number: 8573869
    Abstract: A label sheet conveyance device is provided to more accurately automatically detect seams between label sheets in a label printer. Using a first threshold value that is set according to the mode of sensor output values for detecting the sheet portion between labels, and a second threshold value that is greater than the first threshold value for detecting holes in the label sheet, a label printer determines a sheet position where the sensor output value is equal to each threshold value. If a sheet position equal to the second threshold value is detected, the center of that sheet position is identified as the seam position. If a sheet position equal to the second threshold value is not identified and a sheet position equal to the first threshold value is identified, the center of that sheet position is identified as the seam position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Momose, Satoshi Omoto
  • Patent number: 8240249
    Abstract: An ink roller cover device of a portable type label printing applicator so that the ink does not dry-up easily in stored or standby state by closed storage of the ink roller. An ink roller is stored in a cover including a fixed cover part which can cover and store a part of a roller body in a standby state of the ink roller and a complementary movable cover part which covers and stores the other parts of the roller body when the cover parts are closed in a standby state of the ink roller. The movable cover part is capable of exposing the roller body towards a printing device in an operating state of the ink roller. An operating lever moves the ink roller with the movable cover part away from the fixed cover part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sato
    Inventors: Masanori Otsuka, Yoshisada Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8186896
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a web from a plurality of rolls of serrated bags, includes first and second web printer/web feeders, each adapted to advance and print first and second webs from a first and second roll of serrated bags respectively, the first and second web printer/web feeders including a first and second printer, and a first and second set of nip rollers respectively; first and second accumulator guide plates located downstream of the first and second printers; a set of dispensing nip rollers located downstream of the first and second accumulator guide plates; a web accumulation area; a web sensor for sensing an end of the first or second web; a first and second seal sensing device; a dispensing guide plate located downstream of the web sensor; and a bag handling mechanism for advancing a leading bag to a bag loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre J. Frost, Gregory E. McDonald, Jason G. Verrett, H. Dean Conner, Julian L. Pruitt
  • Patent number: 8011408
    Abstract: There is disclosed labeling apparatus including a portable labeler having a handle that can be suspended using a hanger assembly. The hanger assembly suspends the labeler so that the labeler is in a position ready to apply a label and with the handle at an attitude to be conveniently grasped to maneuver and operate the labeler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Clyde N. Tharp, James A. Makley
  • Patent number: 7914214
    Abstract: A method and system for determining whether a first one of a plurality of labels on a roll of label stock is a full label. The method includes sensing a leading edge of the roll of label stock, sensing a location of a first one of a plurality of indicator marks that are printed on the back side of the roll of label stock, sensing a location of a second one of the plurality of indicator marks, sensing a location of one of a plurality of top of form marks that are printed on the back side of the roll of label stock. The method further includes determining whether the first one of the plurality of labels is a full label based on the leading edge of the roll of label stock, the location of the first one of the plurality of indicator marks, the location of the second one of the plurality of indicator marks, and the location of the one of the plurality of top of form marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventor: James Thomas Craig
  • Patent number: 7882782
    Abstract: A printing device for printing sheet elements (2) that are serially fed to the printing device, in particular product labels made of temperature-sensitive paper or paper substitute materials, comprises at least two separate feed devices (3a, . . . , 3f) for each liner strip (1) comprising the sheet elements (2), wherein each feed device (3a, . . . , 3f) comprises a peeling-off device (4a, . . . , 4f) for peeling the sheet elements (2) from the liner strip (1), and wherein the feed devices (3a, . . . , 3f) are associated with a print head (5a, . . . , 5f) with a thermal slat (6a, . . . , 6f) for printing a sheet element supported by a counterpressure surface (7a, . . . , 7f), and comprising an application device (8) for removing the printed sheet element from the print head (5a, . . . , 5f) and for applying the printed sheet element to a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Espera-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Korthäuer
  • Publication number: 20100186612
    Abstract: A printer according to the present invention includes a sheet holder, a feed/print mechanism, an RFID reader/writer, and a flexible member including electrically conductive metal. The sheet holder holds a sheet of label paper wound into a roll. The sheet of label paper includes a mount and RFID labels stuck on the mount. Each of the labels includes an IC chip and an antenna connected to the chip. The feed/print mechanism for unwinds the held sheet of label paper, feeds the unwound sheet along the sheet path, and makes prints on the RFID labels of the sheet being fed. The RFID reader/writer writes information on the IC chips of the RFID labels of the sheet being fed along the sheet path. The flexible member extends over the antennas of the RFID labels of the held sheet of label paper and curves in contact with the outer periphery of the held sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto SUGIYAMA
  • Patent number: 7637678
    Abstract: A method and system for determining whether a first one of a plurality of labels on a roll of label stock is a full label. The method includes sensing a leading edge of the roll of label stock, sensing a location of a first one of a plurality of indicator marks that are printed on the back side of the roll of label stock, sensing a location of second one of the plurality of indicator marks, sensing a location of one of a plurality of top of form marks that are printed on the back side of the roll of label stock. The method further includes determining whether the first one of the plurality of labels is a full label based on the leading edge of the roll of label stock, the location of the first one of the plurality of indicator marks, the location of the second one of the plurality of indicator marks, and the location of the one of the plurality of top of form marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventor: James Thomas Craig
  • Patent number: 7621216
    Abstract: A printing band with human readable and printing characters is capable of printing on preprinted labels with seven color zones. The selected printing band can print the day of the week, such as Wednesday, plus obliterate all the color zones except for the color zone corresponding to the commercially accepted color for that selected day, such as Wednesday.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventors: Frank S. Jacobs, Gary E. McMullen
  • Patent number: 7488003
    Abstract: A supply of labels may be configured to facilitate folding. A label handling method involves initiating a label fold prior to a label completely exiting a label exit opening. A label apparatus includes a label obstructing member to promote label folding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert J. Weisz, Nigel G. Mills, Kinred Bowling, Karl S. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7387459
    Abstract: There is disclosed a portable printer operable in either a strip mode or a peel mode. In the peel mode, a pressure roll cooperates with a carrier web and the platen roll to strip labels from the web. A battery-powered electric motor advances a printable web through the printer. In order to reduce drag on the motor in the strip mode, the pressure roll is held in out of pressure contact with the platen roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Paxar Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Chuan Liu, Hung-Kun Liao
  • Patent number: 7270491
    Abstract: A code label printer is provided for producing code labels reliable to use in the market, the label printer checking a code such as a barcode printed on a label which is affixed on a product. In a code label printer 2, print barcode data D1 transmitted from a host computer 3 is received by a microcomputer board 7, a print engine 8 prints a barcode on a label in accordance with the received print barcode data D1, and a label affixing apparatus 9 affixes the barcode-printed label to a product on a conveying apparatus 6. Thereafter, a barcode reader 10 reads out barcode data D2 from the code printed on the label affixed to the product 5 on the conveying apparatus 6, and the readout barcode data D2 and the print barcode data D1 are collated, for attaining a result whether the barcode is correctly read out or not, in the microcomputer board 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Lintec Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Oda, Tsutomu Noshiroya
  • Patent number: 7160041
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hand-held printer for printing on linerless label webs wherein a thermal print head is maintained in pressure contact with the linerless web and a platen roll throughout successive printing cycles, but wherein the pressure is automatically relieved at or shortly after each printing cycle is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Paxar Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolph J. Klein
  • Patent number: 6945171
    Abstract: A method of printing information on each article of a set of articles arranged in generally parallel lanes at a printing station, the method including continuously moving a printing apparatus relative to the lanes to bring the printing apparatus into registry with each article of the set in turn, and at each registry position, whilst continuing to move the printing apparatus, moving a print head of the apparatus relative to the respective article to a printing position in which the print head is capable of printing information on the article, continuing to move the printing apparatus relative to the article whilst effecting printing with the print head, and when the information is printed, whilst continuing to move the printing apparatus, moving the print head out of the printing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Markem Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Alan Coull
  • Patent number: 6915740
    Abstract: The printing apparatus comprises a printer and a laminator; media that advances and is printed in the printer is fed to the laminator device. The apparatus comprises means for loading in the laminator device the leading edge of the media leaving the printer, said loading means comprising a carrier, on which no printing is performed, attached to the leading edge of the media and to take-up means downstream of the laminator device, such that said carrier travels through the laminator device. Said carrier may comprise a length of lamination film, or a sheet or strips and means for their attachment to the media. The loading method comprises providing a carrier travelling through the laminator and attached to the leading edge of the media and to take-up means, and causing the carrier to advance leading the media through the laminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Pozuelo, Francisco Guerrero, Juan Carles Rubio, Roberto Guillen, Joan Matias Guerra
  • Patent number: 6890112
    Abstract: There is disclosed a linerless label web roll wherein the label web has a patterned coating of pressure sensitive adhesive on its underside between marginal side edges and at marginal side edges of the label web. The adhesive is provided in longitudinally extending laterally spaced stripes of adhesive with intervening adhesive-free zones. The label web can be supported and/or guided by support or guide elements which contact the adhesive-free zones in a suitable utilization device such as a printer or label applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Paxar Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: James Richard Kline
  • Patent number: 6829970
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tape guide device for an automatic roll tape cutter, the toll tape cutter including a tape feed-out unit housed in a case for feeding out a roll tape loaded in a tape loading portion thereof through a plurality of guide rollers from a supply roller thereof, and a tape cutting unit which is mounted in front of the case for cutting the tape fed out at a proper length, the tape guide device comprising: a body disposed between the tape loading portion and the supply roller of the tape feed-out unit and having both ends, one end of which is hingeably mounted to one side wall of the tape feed-out unit as to be elastically biased toward an opening direction, and the other free end of which has engaging protrusions formed thereon; a first guide roller installed at the rear end of the body and having engaging recesses formed on an outer circumference of both ends thereof; a pair of stoppers horizontally installed inside the body in such a manner as to be moved oppositely with respect to each other, each
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Myon Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 6823780
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing indicia onto a candlewick to provide identification of the wick following its removal from a supply spool. The candlewick is coated prior to the printing process and a printer is used to print the indicia onto the coated wick. A registration mechanism is provided to align the coated wick relative to the printer during the printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Atkins & Pearce, Inc.
    Inventors: Gil Vogt, Steven T. Jones
  • Patent number: 6810801
    Abstract: A problem associated with label printers for liner-free labels is that the self-adhesive coated surface (4) of the label strip to be printed is exposed as it passes through the printer and is guided over a roller (10) that transports the label strip through the printer. Said strip must be released from the roller to be issued at the exit (15) of the printer. According to the invention, instead of the provision of conventional scraper elements downstream of the roller (10), the label strip is embossed, which counteracts the tendency of the label strip to become wound around the roller (10), thus enabling the label strip to be detached from the roller (10) in a reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo (Albstadt) GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Mürdter
  • Publication number: 20040163559
    Abstract: The invention relates to a label printer for printing labels that are removably arranged on a carrier band (1), in particular merchandise labels, comprising at least one printing device (4) with a printing head (2) for printing the labels, and at least one label guide (8) with at least one printing pad (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Marfred Korthauer
  • Patent number: 6766844
    Abstract: A peel assembly for separating a label from a liner is provided. The assembly includes a structure for mounting the assembly to a printer, a structure for driving the liner and labels through the assembly, a stripper for bending the liner therearound, a plurality of deflector rollers proximate to the stripper for deflecting the liner away from the label and towards the stripper, a pinch roller and a spring. The pinch roller has a diameter of at least 0.385 inches and is formed from a material for creating tension in the liner allowing for better peel performance. The spring places force on the pinch roller and presses the pinch roller against a platen roller. Slots in the structure for mounting the assembly to the printer allow the pinch roller to float in the direction of spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Zih Corp.
    Inventor: Dane Watkins
  • Patent number: 6764235
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a label dispenser for franking machine comprising, on the one hand, a delivery roller on which a continuous tape of labels is wound and a drive means for conveying this tape along a dispenser conveying path from this delivery roller towards a label inlet of the franking machine, and, on the other hand, first means for measuring a displacement of the drive means, second means for measuring a displacement of the delivery roller and processing means for determining a remaining length of the continuous tape of labels from the first and second displacement measuring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Neopost Industrie
    Inventors: Francis Coret, Thierry Le Jaoudour
  • Patent number: 6761113
    Abstract: The invention relates to a printing device for printing labels which have been removably affixed to a carrier strip, in particular goods labels, comprising at least one label feed device which comprises at least one wiper head, as well as comprising at least one printer with at least one print head for printing the label. Different label models can be printed in a continuous labelling process using only one printer, if at least one conveyor device is provided which conveys the labels, which have been peeled off at a wiper head, of which there is at least one, to the printer, of which there is at least one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Espera Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Korthäuer
  • Publication number: 20040055485
    Abstract: A pinion wheel for a spitter mechanism of a tape printer includes a first surface that does not engage with a tape, and a second surface for contact with a portion of the tape. Rotation of the pinion wheel causes the second surface to engage and move the portion of tape. In an implementation, the first surface has a first curvature and the second surface has a second curvature. The first surface may be flat and the second surface may be arcuate. In another implementation, a tape printer includes a printer body, a printing means, a cutting means for cutting a tape, and a spitter mechanism for moving a portion of the tape. The spitter mechanism includes an element rotatable between a first position and a second position. In the first position, a first surface does not engage the portion of tape, and in the second position a second surface engages the portion of tape. Rotation of the element to the second position causes the portion of tape to be moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Kris Vandermeulen
  • Publication number: 20040045460
    Abstract: A tape dispenser having printing means for printing the tape being dispensed is disclosed to include a main body holding a tape roll holder, a printing wheel, a tape cutter, and an ink supply unit. The printing wheel has a cylindrical base of hard material, and a plurality of protruded portions protruded from the periphery of the cylindrical base and forming a printing surface around the periphery of the cylindrical base and coaxial to the cylindrical base. The ink supplying unit has a housing detachably mounted on the main body for receiving ink therein, a porous ink soaking layer mounted inside the housing and adapted to soak the ink, and a fabric ink applying layer covered on the porous ink soaking layer and partially exposed to the outside of the housing in contact with the printing surface of the printing wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Harrison Huang
  • Patent number: 6695501
    Abstract: Improved label printing and applying apparatus (10) is provided which includes an improved digital printing assembly (12) having a rotatable impression drum (18) presenting an outer surface (20), as well as at least one digital print head (22) adjacent the drum outer surface. The overall apparatus (10) also includes a downstream label cutting and application assembly (14) having an adhesive applicator (32), laser cutter (40) and a label applying device. In use, a web (16) traverses the drum (18) with essentially no relative movement between the web (16) and drum surface (20), and the print head(s) (22) are actuated to form images on the web (16), which may be identical or varied. Thereafter, the printed web passes into and through the assembly (14) where adhesive is applied, the individual images are laser cut, and the labels are thereupon applied to products (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Lasersoft Management, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Greydon W. Nedblake, Jr., Lawrence E. Johnson, Jules P. Farkas
  • Patent number: 6676315
    Abstract: In a device for printing and delivering semi-rigid tag-type labels (5) to packaging and sealing machines a feed means has a finger (13) translationally moved to and fro, which during the working stroke grasps behind a shoulder of the respective label and advances the same by a defined distance, whereas during the return stroke it glides over the succeeding label until at the end of the return stroke it grasps behind the shoulder of this succeeding label. During the return stroke a printing and embossing roller (15) lifted off during the working stroke is urged against the succeeding label, and the same is inscribed. This ensures that every single tag-type label is correctly printed and delivered for attachment to the object to be labelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eggo Haschke
  • Patent number: 6666593
    Abstract: There are provided a tape printing apparatus and an image forming method and a label producing method for the tape printing apparatus. A second print image area as an affixing area for having a second print image affixed thereto, is set in an area of the first print image, such that the second print image can be affixed to the affixing area, the second print image being printed on a second tape having a width equal to or smaller than that of the first tape. A first print image having the second print image area provided therein is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masao Akaiwa
  • Patent number: 6623852
    Abstract: A heat-sensitive recording material, comprising a layer support, on whose front face a heat-sensitive recording layer is arranged, containing a colorant precursor and a colorant acceptor which undergoes a colorant formation reaction when it comes into contact with the colorant precursor, an intermediate layer arranged between the layer support and heat-sensitive recording layer, a protective layer that is free from compounds containing silicone, is hardened by actinic radiation and covers the heat-sensitive recording layer and a self-adhesive layer arranged on the back of the layer support, is used as a label material which can be wound on a roll and printed by the offset or flexographic printing process and in which the self-adhesive layer is in contact with the protective layer in the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Flensburg GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Wagner, Jutta Berndt, Bernd Gerecht