Hot Patents (Class 101/31)
  • Patent number: 10486839
    Abstract: A fill packaging machine includes a vertical sealing means for folding a packaging film at its central part and continuously forming a vertical sealed portion at its side edge part to shape into a cylinder, and a lateral sealing means for forming lateral sealed portions in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the packaging film. An easy separable sealed portion is continuously formed in the side edge part of the packaging film by the first vertical sealed portion forming section, and a vertical sealed portion having a partial non-sealed portion of a bottle mouth type is formed on the easy separable sealed portion by the second vertical sealed portion forming section. The first vertical sealed portion forming section is a pair of heat sealing rolls or heat sealing plates, a surface of at least one of which is made from an elastic material softer than a metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TAISEI LAMICK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenori Kogure, Toshiaki Shida
  • Patent number: 10265996
    Abstract: Disclosed are an ink edge anti-counterfeiting method and an ink edge anti-counterfeiting network identification system. Tiny sawteeth (6) are randomly produced on ink edges of a product code (4) and/or an image-text and the sawteeth (6) are zoomed in on and photographed, feature information about the sawteeth (6) on the ink edges acquired through photographing is stored in an ink edge anti-counterfeiting network identification system database as anti-counterfeiting feature information, and sawtooth feature information to be checked is compared with the sawtooth feature information in the database to identify the authenticity. The method and system are simple and easy to implement, do not need to increase equipment investment, can realize an effective anti-counterfeiting function, and can avoid the problem in the existing digital anti-counterfeiting techniques, such as a telegram code, that the anti-counterfeiting feature information can be easily copied and stolen by internal staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Mingfa Chen, Xiaowei Kong, Jinxia Cai
  • Patent number: 10118379
    Abstract: A multi-purpose heat foil embossing machine and a heat foil adapter are disclosed herein. According to an embodiment the heat foil adapter includes an injection molded body, a metal heat plate configured in the cavity of the molded body, a heating element, a temperature control system configured to maintain metal heat plate temperature, and a polycarbonate lid. According to another embodiment, the multi-purpose heat foil embossing machine is of platform and roller type construction wherein platform provides a flatbed working area and roller is moved over it that eliminates need to sandwich folder between plastic mats and push the mat between the rollers. According to another embodiment, the heat plate adapter is configured within a cavity on the platform of the embossing machine with electric connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Earl Brohard, Ji Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9155129
    Abstract: A stamping die for hot stamping a material includes a profiled stamping surface, wherein the stamping die includes at least one thermally insulating substrate, on which an electrically conductive structure having a heating resistor is arranged, and wherein the electrically conductive structure is covered by an electrically insulating film. The surface of the electrically insulating film includes the profiled stamping surface and the electrically insulating film covers at least the heating resistor such that the electrically insulating film with the stamping surface can be electrically heated by the heating resistor. A method for hot stamping a material using such a stamping die includes heating the resistor to a temperature between 100° C. and 800° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Sensor Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Karlheinz Wienand, Matsvei Zinkevich
  • Patent number: 9038533
    Abstract: A device for heating at least one tool that is disposed on the circumference of a rotating cylinder, for example on the circumference of an embossing cylinder. The embossing tool is produced from a magnetizable material and it is fixed to a carrier sleeve that is produced from a non-magnetizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Gallus Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Thomas Demand
  • Publication number: 20130239828
    Abstract: The present invention provides an anti-counterfeit printing material with a hot stamping texture, a special hot stamping foil and a manufacturing method for the same. The method comprises the steps of: randomly throwing fibers onto a foil printed with an adhesive to form a hot stamping foil; scanning and collecting characteristic information about the random distribution of fibers; and storing the characteristic information in a database of a computer anti-counterfeit inquiry system connected to a telephone network and/or Internet, for public inspection and verification of authenticity. With existing hot stamping processes and equipment, a printing material manufacturer can produce an anti-counterfeit printing material with a local texture in the background by means of hot stamping with hot stamping foils. The present invention saves huge investment in special equipment, simplify production process, increase production efficiency, reduce production costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Mingfa Chen, Fei Chen
  • Patent number: 8033215
    Abstract: A method to impart physical enhancements to a sheet material having a printed image such that the physical enhancements are in alignment with the graphical features of the printed image as would be complimentary to the physical enhancements and thereby forming an enhanced image. One embodiment has a computer based design environment allowing a user to develop a scaled virtual representation of an enhanced image through a graphical user interface by assembling a plurality of virtual objects representing forms and dimensions of preexisting or preconceived enhancement components, forms and dimensions of preexisting or preconceived assembly components, forms and dimensions of physical enhancements imparted to sheet material by preexisting or preconceived enhancement components, forms and dimensions of graphical enhancements as would be printed to sheet material and complimentary to physical enhancements and forms of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen John Wright
  • Patent number: 7913619
    Abstract: There is described an apparatus for embossing a decorative layer of an embossing film (12) which is of a strip form, on to a small-radiused corner of a surface element, wherein a high cycle speed and high cycle rates are achieved in that the embossing apparatus (10) has a revolver head (16) which is rotatable stepwise about an axis (18) and which at its periphery (26) has a number of elastic pressing members (28) with which a heating device (30) is associated, wherein the revolver head (16) is reciprocatingly movable on a linear drive device (20) between an embossing position and an inactive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Helmut Hogl, Norbert Hofler
  • Patent number: 7882780
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for imprinting a pattern formed on surfaces of an imprint mask onto a double-sided substrate. The method includes deforming the surfaces of the first and second imprint stamps to produce respective first and second deformed surfaces, each having an arc therein. A pressure is applied to bring the deformed first and second surfaces into intimate contact with the first and second substrate surfaces, respectively. The applied pressure substantially flattens the deformed surfaces. To separate the two surfaces, the applied pressure is released. The method also includes transporting a substrate having first and second patterning surfaces and a shaped edge using a carrier having a holding portion that holds the shaped edge of the substrate, the holding surface having a shape that is complementary to the shaped edge of the substrate, such that the patterning surfaces remain untouched by the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventor: Harry Sewell
  • Patent number: 7526996
    Abstract: An embossing hand tool includes a first handle that can be operatively supported by a flat surface. The first handle includes a first embossing die and may also include a changeable indicia supported by a heated axle. A second embossing die may include a resilient pad opposite the changeable indicia. A second handle is coupled to the first handle and to the second embossing die with one of the couplings being a pivotal coupling and the other coupling being a sliding coupling. A link is coupled to the first handle and to the second embossing die with one of the couplings being a pivotal coupling and the other coupling being a sliding coupling. The link is further coupled to the second handle at a pivot point equidistant from the other couplings such that the first embossing die and the second embossing die remain substantially parallel throughout their range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Circle Back, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Higgs
  • Patent number: 7401550
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus and a process for producing a marking on a substrate. Substrates marked in that way are applied to documents such as for example credit cards, personal identity cards or banknotes as security features to provide protection from forgery. Embodiments of those security features have diffractive or holographic structures. The production of the markings was hitherto effected by shaping from a mold. A change in the marking is possible by changing the mole, which is time-consuming. The new apparatus and the new process are intended to permit the production of individualized markings on a substrate, at a low level of apparatus expenditure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Leonhard Kurz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Norbert Lutz
  • Patent number: 7357075
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus and a process for producing a marking on a substrate. Substrates marked in that way are applied to documents such as for example credit cards, personal identity cards or banknotes as security features for affording protection from forgery. Embodiments of these security features have diffractive or holographic structures. Production of the markings is produced by shaping from a mold. A change in the configuration of the marking is possible by changing the mold, which is time-consuming. The new apparatus and the new process are intended to permit the production of individualised markings on a substrate at a low level of apparatus expenditure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Leonard Kurz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Norbert Lutz
  • Patent number: 7199333
    Abstract: A personalized branding iron with interchangeable symbols, including: a handle arrangement having a first end and a second end; a mounting arrangement mechanically connected to the first end; and at least one unitary substantial symbol configured for branding. The mounting arrangement and the symbol are configured for convenient mechanical connection of the symbol to the mounting arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Adi Alphandary
  • Patent number: 7063011
    Abstract: The hot stamping cylinder (1) is provided with a heating system which consists of a heating foil (3) which is arranged on the inner wall of the cylinder (1), enabling extraordinarily quick heating and cooling times. In addition to actually heating the surface of the cylinder and the annular or sleeve-type stamping tools (10) placed thereon, the latter are clamped by thermal expansion in said adjusted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Gallus Ferd. Ruesch AG
    Inventor: Robert Nikolaus Roos
  • Patent number: 6976429
    Abstract: A method for tightening an embossing plate ring on a chuck of a rotary embossing press, wherein the chuck is intended to be connected to a heater for leading the embossing plate ring to a working temperature. Between the chuck and the embossing plate ring is a split transmission ring made of a material having an expansion coefficient which is higher than that of materials used for the chuck and the embossing plate ring to cause the blocking of the embossing plate ring onto the chuck at the working temperature of the embossing plate ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Bobst, S.A.
    Inventors: Georg Strasser, Edouard Borel
  • Patent number: 6892633
    Abstract: Tools supporting and heating device for tools like printing plates, used for diecutting and hot pressure transfer of portions of metallic films on a substrate. This device comprises a base plate applied against one of the sides of the honeycomb chase. This base plate is made of a sequence of at least one insulating surface and of at least one conducting surface enabling to feed at least one heating device intended to be inserted inside each one of said apertures in order to heat a printing plate fastened against a second side of the honeycomb chase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Bobst SA
    Inventors: Francois Both, Michel Piguet
  • Patent number: 6792852
    Abstract: A vacuum print system comprising: an outer shell to define an airtight inner space and having a closure door at a ceiling thereof; a printer provided in the airtight inner space; a worktable to supply a work to the printer provided in the airtight inner space operable to move; and an air exhaust system connected to the airtight inner space is disclosed. The worktable is operable to move between a sealing position and a work supplying position. The worktable at the sealing position divides the airtight inner space into two airtight compartments, a first compartment having the closure door, and a second compartment having the printer provided therein and the air exhaust system connected thereto. The worktable at the work supplying position supplies the work to the printer. Further, the closure door is operable to open to take the work in and out when the worktable is at the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Noda Screen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kawakita
  • Patent number: 6766733
    Abstract: A flexible die is provided which incorporates a base die and a superimposed interchangeable cutting or embossing die. The base die is generally planar and is adapted to securely receiving the superimposed interchangeable die thereon. Protruding upwardly from the outer face of the base die is a raised cutting portion, a raised embossing portion, or both, which raised portion is adapted to cut, form, or emboss the outer periphery of a blank or substrate. The superimposed interchangeable die is generally planar, and includes a raised cutting or embossing portion protruding upwardly from the outer face thereof, which raised portion is adapted to cut, form or emboss a portion of the blank or substrate. At least a portion of the superimposed interchangeable die is adapted to be received onto at least a portion of the base die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Winkler + Dunnebier, AG
    Inventor: Robert W. Collins
  • Patent number: 6676587
    Abstract: The emboss module of the present invention provides for automatic die and bolster conversion. The emboss module includes a frame, a die changer sub-assembly and a bolster sub-assembly. The die changer sub-assembly includes rotatable die changers for automatically registering dies therein, and the bolster sub-assembly includes counters and panels for receiving the sheet of material and the die. Both the die changer and bolster sub-assemblies are adapted for use with emboss and foil dies and counters. Accordingly, a more efficient and scalable emboss system and method for automatically changing dies and bolsters is described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald R. Smith, Scott A. Schimke
  • Patent number: 6474230
    Abstract: An imaging system is disclosed. A housing has an interior chamber and a door. A press has a base fabricated of a rigid material and with an upper surface. The press has a raisable platen with a lower surface fabricated of a resilient material. A support plate is positionable on the upper surface of the base for the receipt of an object. A transfer sheet has printing material positioned upon the object. Drive mechanisms urge the platen downwardly into contact with the transfer sheet with the object, plate and base there beneath. Heating components located within the platen generate heat. Cooling components located within the base lower the temperature of the object after the transfer of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Stephen Corrado
  • Publication number: 20010030183
    Abstract: A heating iron apparatus including an elongate handle with a front end and rear end, a heating element secured to the front end of the elongate handle and powered by a voltage means, and a sole plate engaging means adapted to secure a heat conductive sole plate, the heat conductive sole plate abutting the heating element and translating heat from the heating element to a contact surface wherein the contact surface is pressed against a fabric surface. A temperature control switch in galvanic communication with the voltage means may be incorporated into the apparatus wherein the temperature of the heating element is regulated by the temperature control switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventor: Lorelle LaBarge Bowen
  • Patent number: 6135022
    Abstract: Lightweight, programmable marking apparatus for moving a marking head to coordinate positions utilizing two fixed stepper motors performing in conjunction with a belt and pulley drive and cam drive systems. The dynamics of pneumatically driven marking pins within marking heads are accommodated for by dual guide rods mounted on marking base frame and material contacting standoffs. Improved marking head structure is provided utilizing a polyetherimide material and the use of an internal spring, rather than air pressure, to retract the marking pin to its top position. The lightweight design of the marking apparatus permits it to be adapted for hand held use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas A. Troester
  • Patent number: 6125746
    Abstract: A stamp for forming an impression into hardenable material and an elongate body carried by the stamp for movement between retracted and extended conditions for measuring the distance between impressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Richard C. Eggleton
  • Patent number: 6098533
    Abstract: A conveyor for stabilizing packets of cigarettes coming off a packing machine, whereby each packet is fed along a stabilizing path and through a marking station by a pair of opposite facing conveyor belts partly engaging respective opposite minor lateral surfaces of the packet; and a laser marking unit is mounted at the marking station to impress a progressive code on a portion, left exposed by the respective conveyor belt, of one of the minor lateral surfaces of the packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: G. d. Societa per Azioni
    Inventors: Roberto Polloni, Lorenzo Cocchi, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 6099177
    Abstract: An engraving head that includes a movement mechanism for moving an engraving stylus within the body housing of the engraving apparatus is provided. The movement of the engraving stylus causes the tip of the engraving stylus to approach and recede from an engraving surface. The movement mechanism contains a movable body and a first energizing means. The movable body moves in association with a movement space member's inner circumference. The movement space member is positioned inside the body housing. The first energizing means is employed to energize the movable body in a direction away from the engraving surface. Additionally, a second energizing means serves to energize the movable body in a direction towards the engraving surface against the opposing energizing force of the first energizing means. The second energizing means may be, for example, compressed gas. As the movable body travels downward towards the engraving surface, the tip portion of the engraving stylus also approaches the engraving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Ando Electric Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoo Ito
  • Patent number: 5979308
    Abstract: A flat embossing machine for flat material (5) to be embossed has a flat press (2), an embossing table (3) and a tool plate (4). At least one foil web (6) passes through foil loop stores (10, 20) each with a differential pressure device (30) for shaping a foil loop (12) with an air pressure difference exerted on the foil web. A foil feed device (24) and a tensioning device (25) are on each side of the flat press and a foil feed control (52) operates in synchronism with the press cycle so that the foil web is stopped during the embossing phase (TP) on the embossing table (3) and is advanced to the next embossing position during the embossing-free phase. Speed differences between the feed speed (VV) at the embossing location and web speed (V7) at the unwinding roll or at the removal device (V8) are compensated for by corresponding increases and decreases in the size of the loops (L1, L2) in the foil stores. This allows high embossing speeds with optimum quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Geitz AG
    Inventors: Beat Kagi, Hanspeter Gietz, Manfred Rosli
  • Patent number: 5904091
    Abstract: An engraved picture bearing certificate comprising a specular-surfaced engraving sheet on which an original picture for identification, such as the photograph of face, a fingerprint, a signature, a logo or the like, is engraved by a graving tool of an engraving device. The specularly reflected light from the surface of the engraving sheet is visibly recognized as the engraved picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: EPC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Arai
  • Patent number: 5897797
    Abstract: A produce (e.g. fruits and vegetables) marking system is used to etch the skin of a piece of produce with an identifying mark. The first embodiment of the system uses a laser to emit a high intensity light beam to form the identifying mark. The second and third embodiments of the system use a dot matrix printer head. In the second embodiment, the pins of the printer head directly contact the produce skin to etch an area of the skin to form the identifying mark. In the third embodiment, a thermally conductive ribbon member is placed between the printer head and the produce. The pins of the printer head impact the ribbon member thereby forming a hot spot on the ribbon member, which in turn, etches the skin of the produce to form the identifying mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Atrion Medical Product. Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Drouillard, Rowland W. Kanner
  • Patent number: 5897481
    Abstract: Machine for continuously making cellular packaging from a paper-like web material wound around at least one roll (2, 3) freely rotatable located at the input of the machine, each web travelling thereafter through a station (C) creating a transversal crease, then between two rolls (14, 34), at least one of which being driven by a drive means, allowing on the one hand the continuous driving of the web and on the other hand the moulding of the cells, one of said rolls (14) having over its peripheral surface male prints (15) of the cells whereas the other roll (34) has over its peripheral surface female prints (35) of the cells, the engagement of both male and female prints providing the driving of the web, which travels finally through an output station (E) having a cutting system connected to a drive means, cutting at regular intervals the cellular packaging web obtained at the output, characterised in that both driving rolls (14, 34) including said male prints (15) and female prints (35) are each disposed in a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Naturembal (S.A.)
    Inventor: Theodore Baumuller
  • Patent number: 5889598
    Abstract: A substrate bears holographic imagery, selected portions of which are covered by non-holographic imagery printed in predetermined geometric registry with the holographic images. Multiple replicas of this interactive graphic work are mass-produced by embossing an array of the holographic imagery into a substrate in roll form, together with eyemarks located periodically along the roll. Using these eyemarks, the roll is optically sheeted and the non-holographic imagery then printed on the holographic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Pennsylvania Pulp and Paper Co.
    Inventor: Brian J. Monaghan
  • Patent number: 5876828
    Abstract: The decorator's graining tool (1) is formed from a flat blank (8), which can be wrapped around and secured to itself so as to form the tool in the form of a tubular body having a plurality of teeth (2) at one end and an arcuate convex face (3) at the other end, the convex face forming the outer surface of the tubular body and having a plurality of spaced ridge formations thereon (4). The ridge formations (4) may comprise either a series of undulating ridges (5) and furrows (6), or, alternatively, smooth ridges and furrows in which the formations (4) are concentric about an intermediate point (7) of the convex face (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Edward Charles Prosser
  • Patent number: 5862749
    Abstract: Machine for engraving by impact or scratching, which comprises an engraving device (10) assembled on a crosshead (9), capable of travel along a rail (8) parallel to the surface to be engraved. The rail (8) is assembled on a rocking support (5-6), which rotates around an axis (7) which is parallel to the rail (8) and coincides with the axis of the section of a drive belt (14) to which the crosshead (9) is related to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Pio Echeverria Lizarazu
  • Patent number: 5809876
    Abstract: An imprinting system having a print head with a plurality of type for transferring ink from an inked ribbon onto a substrate. A typeholder having an open ended cavity defined by side walls for retaining the plurality of type, wherein the typeholder is removably disposeable in a recess of the print head. At least one side wall portion of the cavity is removably coupleable to the typeholder for permitting insertion and removal of the plurality of type into and from the cavity. And a resilient member protrudes into the cavity from at least one of the side walls, wherein the resilient member biases the plurality of type toward one of other the side walls to prevent shifting of the type in the cavity. A resilient member urges a button protruding from an outer surface of the typeholder into contact with the recess of the print head, and a magnetized striker plate disposed on another outer surface of the typeholder cooperates to securely retain the typeholder in the recess of the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5785436
    Abstract: Marking of a generally planar object at a first surface thereof with one or more indentation-defined pixels. For generating the marking, an anvil member is provided as having an impact surface. A marking head is positioned at a fixed relationship with respect to the anvil member. The head includes a confronting portion opposing the impact surface, and a marker pin having a distal impacting tip issuing from the confronting portion which is reciprocatably actuable along a marking axis from a retracted position to an extended position. With the object disposed intermediate the marking head and the anvil member, and with at least a portion of the second surface of the object being supported on the impact surface of the anvil member, the object may be positioned at a predefined pixel location within a marking locus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventors: Michael E. Harrison, Roger L. Sieling, Robert N. French
  • Patent number: 5756243
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a mold includes the steps of machining at least a portion of a cavity surface at a controlled roughness, and embossing the machined portion of the cavity surface with a specified embossment having a specified depth, wherein the ratio of the roughness to the depth of the embossment is controlled to be at a particular value. The value is smaller than 0.6, and preferably is about 0.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 5706106
    Abstract: A substrate bears holographic imagery, selected portions of which are covered by non-holographic imagery printed in predetermined geometric registry with the holographic images. Multiple replicas of this interactive graphic work are mass-produced by embossing an array of the holographic imagery into a substrate in roll form, together with eyemarks located periodically along the roll. Using these eyemarks, the roll is optically sheeted and the non-holographic imagery then printed on the holographic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Pennsylvania Pulp and Paper Co.
    Inventor: Brian J. Monaghan
  • Patent number: 5694838
    Abstract: A positioning device for accurately positioning a male die member of an embossing tool in relation to a female die member thereof comprises a housing element which is adapted to be temporarily fixed in a hole in the male die member and a holding element disposed movably in the housing element. The holding element is axially displaceable relative to the housing element between a position in which it projects into a hole in the male die member and temporarily fixes the male die member in position, and a position of being retracted into the housing element to release the male die member. Disposed between the housing element and the holding element is a spring which is mechanically stressed in the retracted position of the holding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Hinderer & Muhlich KG
    Inventor: Herbert Moll
  • Patent number: 5692629
    Abstract: A molded closure for a liquid container comprising a thermoplastic elastomer and a blowing agent. The molded closure is particularly suitable for use as a synthetic wine cork in a wine bottle. The molded closure does not permit passage of oxygen into the container, does not absorb oxygen from the contents of the container, can be removed from the container using a corkscrew without significant expansion, crumbling or disintegration, does not significantly taint a liquid in the container, permits the container to be placed horizontally immediately after insertion of the molded closure, and can permanently retain printed matter on its surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Supreme Corq
    Inventor: Dennis L. Burns
  • Patent number: 5682657
    Abstract: A pneumatic marking tool (35,123) is attached to one of the punch mounting holes (9) of the upper turret disk (3) of a punch press. When the punching striker (13) is moved down to its lower dead point, compressed air is supplied from a compressed air supply unit (103) to the marking tool to move the marking stylus (49, 129) up and down repeatedly at a high speed. At the same time, the work (W) is moved in a two-dimensional way by the Y- and X-axis work driving mechanisms (27, 29) of the punch press, in synchronism with the repetitive marking stylus motion, to engrave characters and/or symbols as a form of gathered dots all under control of the numerical control unit (33). Therefore, it is possible to mark or engrave any required characters and/or symbols without occupying a number of punch mounting stations of the upper turret disk and without the use of any punch press of high punching frequency, thus eliminating the laborious setting work required whenever the plate thickness of the work changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Amada Mfg America Inc.
    Inventor: Shunzo Hirose
  • Patent number: 5666879
    Abstract: A stamping press, stamping machine, or the like, particularly a mintage or coining press, includes a driven connecting rod which is connected through toggle levers to a coining slide. The connecting rod is in contact with a cam plate mounted on a drive shaft through sliding supports arranged on opposite sides of the drive shaft, wherein the cam plate preferably has two different circumferential cam shapes which supplement each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Grabener Pressensysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Werner Kutscher, Heinz Groos, Christain Schultens
  • Patent number: 5664894
    Abstract: A hot debossing stamper for a report or book cover workpiece includes a print engine having a logo die forcer. In printing with a logo die, the logo die is mounted in a die holder and a loader-unloader tool articulates the holder and mounted die into the print engine under the logo die forcer. The die holder includes a die-supporting rectangular frame with a first locking projection extending from one end of the frame and a second locking projection extending from an opposite end. Upon insertion into the print engine, the first locking projection locks into a hook on the bottom end of the die forcer and the second locking projection seats on bail spring extending from an opposite end of the forcer bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Taurus Impressions, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Gray, Barry C. Kockler
  • Patent number: 5660105
    Abstract: A punching/embossing tool for sheet materials including at least one matched punch/die set having octagonally shaped magnetically attractable bases and a pressing mechanism including a first and second pivotally connected compression member. Each of the compression members has a punch/die receiving cavity having a retaining magnet having at least four planar magnetic surfaces oriented with respect to each other in a manner to allow four of the eight planar base sidewalls to be placed in sidewise contact with the at least four planar magnetic surfaces of the retaining magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventors: Janyce S. Benson, Michele M. Wagner
  • Patent number: 5617785
    Abstract: An embossing machine includes a frame, a top magnet, die disk, and a bottom magnet. The top magnet has a top die cavity, a fixed hook, a handle and a bracket on the upper portion, and a bottom die cavity in the lower portion, wherein the top die cavity has a step circular surface which has a plurality of sliced screw holes formed in the top circumference and has a first elastic element disposed therein. The top magnet attracts a top die engaged with the top die cavity through a key and a key way formed thereof, wherein the top magnet has a bolt fixed therein and a second elastic element disposed inside. The die disk is engaged with the bolt on the top magnet, wherein the die disk has a gear fixed thereon and a plurality of sliced screw holes formed on the circumference for engaging with the top die cavity. The die disk further has an adjusting bolt which has a thorough opening therein to engage with the bolt on the top magnet, wherein the adjusting bolt has a bushing, a washer and a screw disposed at one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: Wen C. Lo
  • Patent number: 5582103
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeit latent image formation object for bills, bank notes, security papers, credit cards, passports, valuable printing matters, and the like including a main body, a plurality of projections and/or recesses formed on the main body in such a manner as to exhibit various kinds of patterns, in which the various kinds of patterns include straight image lines forming a pattern, a relief pattern, or a combination of the pattern and the relief pattern; a plurality of straight lines printed on at least one surface of the main body at predetermined intervals, the straight lines being printed in a different color from that of the main body itself. The patterns consisting of letters, figures, etc. can be visually recognized only when the anti-counterfeit latent image formation object is viewed from an adequate angle. A method for making the anti-counterfeit latent image formation object is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Director-General, Printing Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan
    Inventors: Toshinori Tanaka, Satoru Nishiyama, Masaharu Koyama
  • Patent number: 5517910
    Abstract: A self-leveling die platen assembly (32) is provided which includes a shiftable platen (78) which can rock as necessary to accommodate the configuration of a cooperating platen assembly (30). Preferably, the assembly (32) includes a stationary die shoe (46) provided with a fluid reservoir (50); a piston (68) is rockably received within reservoir (50) and supports the platen (78). During stamping or cutting operations, the platen (78) can thus move and self-adjust as necessary to accommodate the configuration of cooperating platen assembly (30). The self-adjusting assembly (32) greatly facilitates makeready operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Preco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Skahan
  • Patent number: 5511472
    Abstract: Embossing apparatus for artists and hobbyist including a stencil component having one or more cut-outs of designs to be embossed into a piece of paper and a guide component with identical cut-outs and alignment means for aligning like cut-outs of the two components when a piece of paper to be embossed overlays the stencil component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Nancy R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5507064
    Abstract: A series of wood graining tools for producing wood grain patterns corresponding to plain sawn, quarter sawn and/or rotary cut woods, on an application surface. The plain sawn tool presents a graining pattern having a plurality of crown-shaped embossed ribs thereon. Each rib is formed by utilizing a series of rib arcs with lateral ribs extending therefrom at a preferred angle of to relative to the horizontal. The quarter sawn pattern presents a series of embossed ribs diagonally extending across the pattern and decreasing in density from one corner of the panel to the center thereof. A rotary cut pattern is presented by first and second arcuate ribs positioned so that one rib will channel the graining liquid to the other to produce a ring on the application surface during rolling movement of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Clifford M. King
  • Patent number: 5493965
    Abstract: An impact engraving machine. An impact engraving machine includes an engraving device (3) with striking point (4) which device is mounted on a support (5) movable in controlled manner along an axis (6) having a guide bar (7) of polygonal section and free turning. On this bar there is mounted a movable fixed bridge (10) and slide (9) which is related to the section of the belt (15) nearest to the bar (7). The assembly of guide-bar (7) and bridge (10) is related to a tipping mechanism (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Pio E. Lizarazu
  • Patent number: 5461976
    Abstract: A power driven seal for impressing a design on a sheet of paper. It incorporates a solenoid having a housing and a movable core. A frame supports the housing. A die holder is supported from the movable core and a splash is supported by the frame beneath the die holder. Guide pins extend down from the solenoid housing through holes in the die holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Michael E. Forehand
  • Patent number: 5449240
    Abstract: An apparatus for manually embossing a Braille label, comprising a work platform, means for securing a label to be embossed to the platform, an embossing lever movably secured to the platform, the lever having an embossing pin extending therefrom, wherein the lever is operatively arranged to be moved to cause the pin to emboss the label; and, means for precisely positioning the embossing pin above the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventors: Wayne L. Dorpfeld, Robert W. Williams, Arnold R. Wolfe