Rolling-contact Printing Member Patents (Class 101/328)
  • Patent number: 9861175
    Abstract: A cosmetic container with application body, a liquid cosmetic accommodated in the container being supplied to an application body provided to a tip of the container through an intermediate core, the liquid cosmetic being applied by the application body, in which the application body is disc-shaped, rotatably provided at an outlet of the liquid cosmetic at the tip of the container, and in contact with the intermediate core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOKIWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Tanaka
  • 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: 8973497
    Abstract: A hand holdable ink proofing tool including an anilox roll and an ink transfer roll, supporting a resilient printing plate. A metering roll adjacent the anilox roll is shiftable to be in contact with the anilox roll and to force ink into cells of the anilox roll; and a leading edge doctor blade is positioned to shear excess ink from a surface of the anilox roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Probity Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Westby
  • Patent number: 8857331
    Abstract: A hand holdable ink proofing tool including an anilox roll and an ink transfer roll, supporting a resilient printing plate. A metering roll adjacent the anilox roll is shiftable to be in contact with the anilox roll and to force ink into cells of the anilox roll; and a leading edge doctor blade is positioned to shear excess ink from a surface of the anilox roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Probity Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Westby
  • Patent number: 8783180
    Abstract: A manually operable proofing apparatus for performing sample test printings comprises a table for supporting a printable substrate, a carriage supported on the table for reciprocal movement along the printing surface, and a proofer assembly comprising an anilox roller for applying a printing material to the substrate. The carriage and the proofer assembly have matable quick-connect elements for selective attachment and detachment of the proofer assembly to, and from the carriage without fasteners or tools. The quick-connect element of the proofer assembly comprises a pair of bearings, and the quick-connect element of the carriage comprises a bracket defining an open receiving area for mated receipt of the bearing elements of the proofer assembly. The bracket of the carriage has a detent for retaining the bearing elements in an operational disposition supporting the anilox roller adjacent the printing surface when the bearing elements are mated within the receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Harper Corporation of America
    Inventors: Anthony Gene Donato, Timothy Darren Livingston
  • Patent number: 8720335
    Abstract: A method of predicting the performance of a printing press for a printing job includes preparing a first printing plate and securing the printing plate to a proofing device then adjusting the proofing device to optimize ink transfer from an anilox roll to the printing plate and from the printing plate to a substrate. An operator then prepares a printing proof on the substrate and evaluates the printing proof to predict the performance of a second printing plate on the printing press. The invention may also include a plate for printing that includes a printing press portion that is dimensioned to be secured to a printing press and a proofing portion that is dimensioned to be secured to a proofing tool that are separable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Probity Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Westby
  • Patent number: 8516958
    Abstract: Provided is a printer for printing stamps on boards and a method of printing stamps on boards. The printer is capable of printing multiple types of stamps simultaneously on boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Baxley Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Russell Kennedy, Pat Conry, Chris Raybon, Doug Tinsley
  • Patent number: 8371222
    Abstract: Provided is a printer for printing stamps on boards and a method of printing stamps on boards. The printer is capable of printing multiple types of stamps simultaneously on boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Baxley Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Russell Kennedy, Pat Conry, Chris Raybon, Douglas Tinsley
  • Patent number: 8336454
    Abstract: When a roller is moved to an opening of a case by a pressing action to the roller, a cover member on a stamp face rotates such that the stamp face is exposed at the opening. Such a mechanism allows a working state and an off-duty state of a roller stamp to be easily switched between. Also, the cover member covers the opening side of the stamp face before the roller is squeezed out. Such a configuration prevents the stamp face from being accidentally exposed while the roller stamp is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Plus Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Ushijima
  • Patent number: 8205549
    Abstract: A wheel assembly for applying ink to a target surface employs a wheel member, first and second adhesive sheets, and at least one inking member. Each adhesive sheet defines an inner adhesive surface and an outer adhesive surface. The inner adhesive surface of the first adhesive sheet secures the first adhesive sheet to the wheel member. In a first mode, the at least one inking member is detachably secured relative to the wheel member by an exposed outer adhesive surface of the second adhesive sheet. In a second mode, the at least one inking member is detachably secured relative to the wheel member by an exposed outer adhesive surface of the first adhesive sheet. The at least one inking member is brought into contact with the target surface to transfer ink on the at least one inking member to the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Clearsnap Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark G. Patterson
  • Patent number: 8178163
    Abstract: The present invention discloses gradients and methods of forming gradients. The gradients can form a component of a molecular machine, such as those disclosed herein. The molecular machines of the present invention can perform a range of tasks including nanoparticle heterostructure assembly, derivatization of a nanoparticle and synthesis of biomolecules, to name just a few applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Christopher B. Gorman, Daniel L. Feldheim, Ryan R. Fuierer
  • Patent number: 8001893
    Abstract: A rotary inkjet imaging apparatus includes a curved print zone having a longitudinal axis and in which a page of media is held in a curved configuration at a stationary position, a carrier movable bi-directionally along a linear path defined adjacent to the curved print zone and extending parallel to the longitudinal axis thereof, and at least one inkjet printhead supported by the carrier for undergoing movement within the curved print zone along a curved path winding about a central axis extending parallel to the guide path and coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the curved print zone such that the inkjet printhead moves about the central axis multiple revolutions and prints on the page concurrently as the carrier unidirectionally moves along the linear path and the printhead moves within the curved print zone and through portions of the curved path in which the printhead faces toward the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Paul McCoy, Mark Connelly Ott, David Charles Weatherly
  • Publication number: 20110155004
    Abstract: The present invention provides device and method for forming a thin film pattern which can maintain an extent of wetting of a printing liquid at a proper state without time dependence. The device for forming a thin film includes a printing liquid supply unit for supplying printing liquid, a cliché having a depressed pattern and a relieved pattern for patterning the printing liquid, a printing roller for having the printing liquid supplied from the printing liquid supply unit thereto coated thereon and being rolled on the cliché and the substrate, and a solvent supply unit for supplying a solvent to the printing liquid before the printing liquid coated on the printing roller is brought into contact with the cliché.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Seung-Hee Nam, Tae-Hyoung Moon
  • Patent number: 7963221
    Abstract: A wheel assembly for applying ink to a target surface comprises a wheel member defining a support portion, at least one adhesive sheet, and at least one inking member. The at least one adhesive sheet is detachably attached to the support portion of the wheel member. The at least one adhesive sheet defines an outer adhesive surface. The at least one inking member is detachably attached to the outer adhesive surface of the at least one adhesive sheet. When the at least one inking member detachably attached to the adhesive surface is brought into contact with the target surface, ink on the at least one inking member is transferred to the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Clearsnap Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark G. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7950327
    Abstract: A stamping device comprising a stamp, a drive mechanism for moving the stamp between a printing position and a standby position, and a return urging member that urges the stamp towards the standby position in order to return the stamp to the standby position if the drive mechanism becomes inoperable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Nagata
  • Publication number: 20090301326
    Abstract: A print roll has opposed ends and a generally cylindrical print surface, and a carbon-based thin film having an amorphous microstructure disposed on the print surface. The thin film may have multiple layers and may be applied by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: George A. Barr, Franz W. Kellar, Donald G. Faulkner, Walter Siegenthaler
  • Patent number: 7148090
    Abstract: A thin-film transistor for an active matrix display is fabricated using printing means, such as a gravure offset printer. First and second pattern layers (251, 252; 30) are formed on a layer structure (4) wherein at least one of the layers is printed. The printed layers (251, 252; 30) mask regions (271, 272, 28) for defining source a and drain terminals. The second pattern layer (28) can be removed so as to allow etching of the second region (28) for defining a channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philps Electronics N. V.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Chapman
  • Patent number: 7104196
    Abstract: A rolling marker assembly enables a user to mark serially-presented, repeating patterns upon a marking surface. The marker assembly comprises an outer casing and a marking caster assembly. The marking caster assembly comprises at least one compressible medium-dispensing pad and at least one pad mask. The pad mask comprises at least one patterned aperture. The medium-dispensing pad is impregnated with a compression-releasable marking medium. The caster assembly is rotatable about an axis of rotation and the medium-dispensing pad is compressible against the pad mask thus forming at least one pattern-exposed pad portion adjacent the patterned aperture. The marker assembly is manually traceable adjacent a marking surface and the pattern-exposed pad portion is compressible upon the marking surface for dispensing the marking medium therefrom for marking a pattern upon the marking surface. The casing enables the user to more effectively guide and compress the caster assembly for marking the pattern(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventors: Alexander W. Fong, Albert F. Ditzig
  • Patent number: 6810802
    Abstract: A tape dispenser. The dispenser includes a printing device for printing the tape being dispensed, 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 made of hard material, and 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 is mounted inside the housing and adapted to soak the ink, and a fabric ink applying layer is covered on the porous ink soaking layer and partially exposed to, the outside of the housing and in contact with the printing surface of the printing wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Harrison Huang
  • Patent number: 6776088
    Abstract: A personal identification and tracking system comprising an impression means for providing a predetermined image upon an impressionable medium and an activation unit for moving the impression means between a first position, where said impression unit is in contact with the impressionable medium, and a second position whereby said impression unit is out of contact with said impressionable medium. The system is particularly adaptable to snow, sand or mud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew James Halt, Gerald B. Halt, Jr.
  • 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: 6668721
    Abstract: A rotary offset printing press which has a series of printing units of identical make through which a web of paper is threaded. In each printing unit the blanket cylinder is made displaceable into and out of printing engagement with the plate cylinder and the impression cylinder. The cylinders of each printing unit are driven from a separate variable-speed motor via a train of gears which stay intermeshed whether the blanket cylinder is in or out of printing engagement with the other cylinders. A clutch is inserted between the drive linkage and the impression cylinder for connecting and disconnecting the latter to and from the former. A plate change is possible in any of the printing units by moving the blanket cylinder out of printing engagement with the plate cylinder and the impression cylinder, and declutching the impression cylinder from the drive linkage, in that printing unit while the other printing unit or units are in continuous operation for printing the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Naka
  • Patent number: 6659001
    Abstract: A stamp of liquid-exuding type has a multiple-seal-faced assembly adapted for stamping with selected one of these multiple faces, preferably for stamping with multiple colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Yamahachi Kemikaru Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuyuki Toyama
  • Patent number: 6647875
    Abstract: A roller structure in a printing press includes a dampening form roller, gear, belt, belt roller, clutch member, nut, movable element, and snap rings. The dampening form roller is supported rotatably and adapted to come into contact with a plate cylinder and oscillating roller, having different peripheral surface speeds, at their outer surfaces. The gear, belt, and belt roller transmit rotation of one of the plate cylinder and oscillating roller to the dampening form roller. The clutch member, nut, movable element, and snap rings connect/disconnect the gear, belt, and belt roller. When the gear, belt, and belt roller are disconnected by the clutch member, nut, movable element, and snap rings, the dampening form roller is rotatably driven by the other one of the plate cylinder and oscillating roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Kazumi Horikoshi
  • Patent number: 6644185
    Abstract: A flexographic rotary platen printing press for printing indicia on a web of flexible material moving along a longitudinal axis. The flexographic rotary platen printing press includes a print drum assembly that is affixed to a trolley that is moveable in a linear direction across the web generally transverse to the direction of the web movement. When the web is stopped, the print drum is caused to roll across the web that is sandwiched between the print drum and a flat, planar platen to print indicia onto the web in a line contact. A linear drive system causes the movement of the print drum assembly. The speed of the transverse movement is electronically coordinated to the speed of the rotation of the print drum as it moves across the web to carry out the printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Greydon Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Rochon, Wayne F. Fickes, Thomas Glatfelter
  • Patent number: 6615720
    Abstract: A brayer ball, used in a brayer that is a hand-operated ink-stamping device of small size used for making proofs, is disclosed. This brayer ball consists of a spherical solid or hollow core body, and a ball cover formed on the spherical core body and having an external pattern consisting of a variety of letters, figures and/or characters. The brayer ball smoothly rolls on a target sheet in any desired direction without being limited in its rolling direction during a stamping process. This brayer ball thus prevents a stamped pattern from being distorted, deformed, or undesirably, partially faint or broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: DN Craft Corporation
    Inventor: Wan-Young Oh
  • Patent number: 6615719
    Abstract: An inking system for applying ink to an inking surface. The inking system comprises a handle, a first and second intermediate members, and first and second inking assemblies. The intermediate members attach the first and second intermediate members to the handle so that a user has two inking surfaces to use. The first and second inking assemblies can be of different types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Winston
  • Patent number: 6604462
    Abstract: A sleeve for pressing rollers consists of an internal tube made of expandable material whose inside diameter is adapted to the diameter of the roller that is intended to carrying said material and that is connected with an outer dimensionally stable casing tube. To prevent oscillations of the casing tube that would impair good printing, the latter is provided at its terminal areas with carrying discs or bushings that at least have segments whose boreholes are adapted to the diameter of the roller with a snug fit or a pressing fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Windmoeller & Hoelscher
    Inventor: Fritz Achelpohl
  • Patent number: 6531184
    Abstract: A non-impact process and apparatus for coating printing cylinders with layers of a coating liquid, especially for coating flexographic printing sleeves with infrared sensitive layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Udo Bode, Michael Zwilling
  • Patent number: 6520081
    Abstract: A ball brayer, provided with a brayer ball fabricated with a patterned ball cover and smoothly rolling on a sheet in any desired direction during a stamping process, is disclosed. This ball brayer includes a roller holder unit consisting of a front head and a handle. A dome-shaped first upper cap unit is seated in the front head of the roller holder unit. A dome-shaped second upper cap unit, having a cylindrical top rod, is seated in the first upper cap unit by the top rod inserted into the inner fitting cylinder of the first upper cap unit. The brayer ball, consisting of a spherical core body and a ball cover formed on the spherical core body, is rotatably seated in the second upper cap unit. A lower support cap unit is detachably mounted to the second upper cap unit. This lower support cap has an opening capable of allowing the brayer ball to be partially exposed outside the second upper cap unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: DN Craft Corporation
    Inventor: Wan-Young Oh
  • Patent number: 6415714
    Abstract: A system for forming artistic ink impressions. A case stores ink stamping accessories and/or allows large surface area stamps to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Winston
  • Patent number: 6386102
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an alignment layer printing device in which already used waste liquid is recovered for printing the alignment layer and can be reused in alignment layer printing. An alignment layer printing device consists of a raw material supplying device in which the alignment layer raw materials are supplied, a printing device in which the above raw materials that are supplied from the above raw material supplying device are printed on some object material, a recovery device in which the alignment layer raw materials that are not actually used in the printing are rerouted to the above raw material supplying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weon-Woo Choi, Keun-Yong Lee, Gi-Pyeong Kim, Kun-Jong Lee, Jin-Ho Ju, Soo-Im Jeong, Bong-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 6378426
    Abstract: A manually operable proofer for producing sample test printings of inks and coatings preparatory to a commercial printing operation basically comprises a frame with a spring-loaded handle, a carriage rotatably supporting a printing roll and mounted on the frame for movement between an operative position with the roll secured by the handle for printing operation and an inoperative position with the carriage and roll released by the handle to be accessible for removal for cleaning or exchange with another roll, and a doctor blade assembly urged with a predetermined force into peripheral wiping engagement with the anilox roll when in its operative position. The anilox roll preferably has multiple engraved circumferential bands for executing two or more test printings in a single operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Harper Companies International
    Inventors: Bobby Van Furr, Jr., William Edward Avery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6360658
    Abstract: A stamp playset includes a book-like case supporting a plurality of symbol pads together with an elongated inking pad and a generally cylindrical roller stamp. The roller stamp includes a cylindrical housing within which a cylindrical roller is supported. The cylindrical roller defines a plurality of attachment slots which receive attachment flanges of selected symbol pads. The symbol pads are arrangeable in a variety of sequences as desired. The roller further supports a symbol cube having a plurality of symbol elements. The symbol cube is rotatably supported to facilitate alignment of a selected one of the plurality of symbol elements thereon within the sequence of symbols to be roller stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Terry Benson
  • Patent number: 6335098
    Abstract: An ink duct for use with a screen roller which comprises a working doctor blade and a closing doctor blade, wherein the working doctor blade has one or both sides partially or completely coated with an unreleasable coating of a low surface energy substance having a surface energy of 10 to 60 mN/m. This coating prevents disruptive ink deposits from forming on the side of the working doctor blade opposite to the ink retaining portion of the ink duct and reaching the doctored surface of the ink metering roller in an uncontrolled or random manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Willi Albert Peter Kutzner, Wolfgang Günther Ruckmann, Karl Robert Schäfer, Georg Schneider
  • Publication number: 20010025580
    Abstract: A sleeve for pressing rollers consists of an internal tube made of expandable material whose inside diameter is adapted to the diameter of the roller that is intended to carrying said material and that is connected with an outer dimensionally stable casing tube. To prevent oscillations of the casing tube that would impair good printing, the latter is provided at its terminal areas with carrying discs or bushings that at least have segments whose boreholes are adapted to the diameter of the roller with a snug fit or a pressing fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventor: Fritz Achelpohl
  • Patent number: 6224285
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for systematic marking for a member placement or nailing schedule used in the construction industry specific and system marking in general. The use of a roller wheel with an outer circumference dimension with incorporated use of marking felt tip pens projecting past the roller wall to deposit said marks when rolled along a building member for placement of studs, floor systems or roof members at equally spaced intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Roy D. Nichols
  • Patent number: 5871290
    Abstract: A stamping device includes two stamp rollers and a support member having the two stamp rollers mounted thereon and arranged on a circumference having a center at a center of pivotal movement. The stamp rollers are spaced apart by a predetermined angle about the center, a rotary actuator for pivotally moving the support member so that one of the stamp rollers in a stamping position and the other stamp rollers in a standby position are alternately shiftable to the other position, and drive means for rotating the stamp roller in the stamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Shikoku Kakoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akimasa Fujimoto, Hidekimi Yamamoto, Michio Ueda
  • Patent number: 5852976
    Abstract: An installation for decorating profiled strips comprises a conveyor suitable for transporting a plurality of strips, a separation station for separating the strips before they come onto the conveyor, and serving to place the strips in respective target positions in which they are spaced apart and parallel to the conveyor, a print station in which ink is applied to the surfaces of the strips, and a guide station disposed upstream from the print station and having spacer guides for the strips to constrain them to occupy their target positions before entering the print station. The method of decoration includes a step of separating the strips and of placing them in respective target positions, and a step of guiding the strips before printing on them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Grosfillex S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Michel Coudert
  • Patent number: 5786048
    Abstract: A ferroelectric ceramic material, for the storage of information in electrostatic printing processes, which ferroelectric ceramic material has a coercive force of less than 200 V/mm. The ferroelectric ceramic material consists of a ceramic perovskitic mixed crystal, which contains one or more components from each of Groups 1 and 2, whereby Group 1 contains the components PbTiO.sub.3, BaTiO.sub.3, Pb(Fe.sub.1/2 Nb.sub.1/2)O.sub.3 and Pb(Zn.sub.1/3 Nb.sub.2/3)O.sub.3 and Group 2 contains the components Pb(Mg.sub.1/3 Nb.sub.2/3)O.sub.3, Pb(Ni.sub.1/3 Nb.sub.2/3)O.sub.3, Pb(Fe.sub.2/3 W.sub.1/3)O.sub.3 and Pb(Mn.sub.1/2 Nb.sub.1/2)O.sub.3. The proportions of the components from the two groups in the mixed crystal are determined according to the following equation: ##EQU1## where X.sub.i is the mole fraction of the i-component, T.sub.ci is the Curie point of the i-component and T.sub.cM is the Curie point of the mixture between 50.degree. C. and 100.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Man Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Gesemann, Lutz Seffner, Andreas Schonecker, Falko Schlenkrich
  • Patent number: 5732627
    Abstract: A cylindrical stamp is capable of simply forming a stamp pattern inexpensively. The stamp device includes a ring-like member, an ink impregnated body provided around an outer periphery of the ring-like member and a perforated stencil provided around an outer periphery of the ink impregnated body. The stencil includes a stamp pattern having a portion permitting ink to permeate and a portion prohibiting ink from permeating. A pair of end caps secure the edges of the stencil to securely hold it in place and prevent ink seepage. The end caps easily snap into the ring-like member and provide a pair of axial shafts to assist in rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 5685224
    Abstract: A coloring device for transferring coloring materials from a writing or drawing instrument to a surface is disclosed. The coloring device includes a housing having a holder to hold a writing instrument, and, a roller connected to the housing for rotation about an axis. The roller is position to contact a writing instrument disposed in the holder to obtain coloring material therefrom and is further positioned to contact a surface to transfer the coloring material obtained from the writing instrument thereto as the roller rotates about the axis. In accordance with one optional aspect of the invention, the coloring device can be further provided with means for rotating the roller. These means may comprise a motor, a hand crank, or any other equivalent structure that can impart rotational motion to the roller. If the means for rotating is excluded, the roller is rotated by moving the coloring device such that the roller rolls against the surface to be marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Binney & Smith Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Dean, Victor G. Reiling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5654100
    Abstract: An offset rubber-blanket sleeve having a support sleeve in the form of a layered body. The layered body is produced from a plastic, preferably rubber, as a base material and the base material is reinforced by layer inserts embedded therein. Additionally, a rubber layer is vulcanized on the support sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Ingo Kobler, Eduard Hoffmann, Wolfgang Prem
  • Patent number: 5450793
    Abstract: A printing or marking apparatus comprises a movable marking member having at least one marking device thereon, and a stationary heating structure having at least one heating element for maintaining the marking device at an elevated temperature. At least a portion of the stationary heating structure can be exchanged, removed or modified in order to vary the amount of heat applied to the marking device. In a preferred embodiment, the removable portion comprises a tubular heat pipe which extends into a hollow marking roll, and the heat pipe may be provided in different sizes or in segments which can be added or removed as desired. The disclosed apparatus is of particular utility in connection with ink compositions of the type which are solid at normal room temperatures, and which are rendered liquid or flowable at elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Markem Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Dobson, Bruce Lepisto, Edward E. Freyenhagen
  • Patent number: 5435245
    Abstract: A hand-held roller stamp that includes a wheel with a raised printing surface, and a housing that holds the wheel and permits it to rotate; the housing is configured to hold a porous-point marker with its nib positioned to continuously ink the printing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Radix Limited
    Inventors: Thomas E. Salisbury, Robert A. Cann, Robert C. Gorin, David E. Boundy
  • Patent number: 5360362
    Abstract: A toy device that leaves a liquid footprint as the device is moved along a surface. The device includes a housing that resembles a duck. Attached to the bottom of the duck is a roller that can rotate relative to the housing, so that the toy can be pushed or pulled along a sidewalk or other similar surface. The housing is connected to a handle that allows the user, such as a small child, to move the toy along the surface. Attached to the roller are a pair of sponge pads that are constructed to resemble the feet of a duck. The sponge pads are soaked with water and leave a liquid pattern when pressed into contact with a surface. The sponge pads are located on the roller, such that a duck foot shaped pattern is left on the surface each time the user moves the duck and rotates the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Elliot A. Rudell
    Inventors: Joseph Cernansky, George T. Foster, Elliot Rudell
  • Patent number: 5359931
    Abstract: Text (indicia, words, symbols, etc.) of documents is highlighted in such a way that it will reproduce when electronically copied (e.g. photocopied or telecopied). This is accomplished by applying a tone to only that area of the document to be highlighted and so that the tone remains in place during copying. The tone is sufficiently dark so as to highlight the text, but light enough so that the text is readable. The tone may be a dot or line screened tone having about 30-65 lines per inch with a density of about 10-22%. The tone may be applied on adhesive tape and just placed over the document portions to be highlighted. The tape may be dispensed from a dispenser. Alternatively, the tone may be on a transfer sheet, and is transferred to the document merely by the act of rubbing on the transfer sheet. The tone may also be applied to the document utilizing a print wheel in a casing, that is moved over the document. After the document is electronically copied (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Scott W. Voorhees
  • Patent number: 5278027
    Abstract: A method and associated apparatus for forming an image replication medium on a surface of a printing plate or cylinder in which the surface is initially coated with a layer of photopolymer liquid. Thereafter, selected areas of the layer of liquid coated on the surface are hardened by exposure to a beam produced by a computer controlled laser to provide a surface cylinder having an image replication medium with a desired pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: R. R. Donnelley
    Inventor: F. G. E. Clarke
  • Patent number: 5228858
    Abstract: An educational device in the form of a children's pad printing kit (10). The kit includes a smooth, preferably transparent, transfer sheet (32) upon which images may be drawn or traced, one or more felt tip ink pens 22, preferably water based, and a hand manipulable deformable rubber-like transfer pad assembly (20) which includes a transfer pad (36) which is capable of lifting off an image from the surface of the transfer sheet when the rubber-like transfer pad is placed into contact with the ink image on the surface, the transfer pad being capable of depositing the lifted-off image upon another surface, such as the surface of a sheet of drawing paper, when the pad is placed into contact with the other surface. The kit may additionally include artwork (26) which has images to be traced, and stencils (24) which may be used for forming images on the surface of the transfer sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Wayne G. Fromm
  • Patent number: 5226365
    Abstract: A printing press cylinder with oscillation damping for a sheet-fed rotary printing press utilizes a hollow cylinder shell with interior oscillation damping core materials to dampen oscillation caused by the placement of channels in the shell. The oscillation damping core materials may include a solid cylinder core, oscillation damping materials, or a plurality of metal balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dieter J. Wieland