Processes Patents (Class 101/32)
  • Publication number: 20100045023
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying a metal element to a security document using a stamp element, the metal element being configured from a metal layer of foil and being applied to the security document, preferably in a hot embossing process. To increase the protection against forgery, during the application of the metal element (2), the latter (2) is embossed (21) by means of a stamping surface (31) of the stamp element (3), which is configured as a line gravure printing plate (32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck Gmbh
    Inventor: Harald Deinhammer
  • Patent number: 7665399
    Abstract: A system to imprint patterns on impressionable materials by generating a pressure differential within an imprinting chamber by creating a substantial vacuum in an imprinting area is provided. This system can be used to create conductive traces in a substrate onto which integrated circuit chips and dies can be mounted to create semiconductor packages. A low pressure line evacuates air from a material receiving area of a vessel creating a pressure differential across pistons in the vessel to thereby causing the pistons to press microtools into impressionable material layers. The low pressure line helps the microtools conform to any thickness variations in the imprinted material and prevents air pockets from developing between the microtool and the imprinted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: INTEL Corporation
    Inventors: Todd L. Biggs, Jeff R. Wienrich
  • Publication number: 20090315318
    Abstract: A security feature for an identification document comprising a document substrate, a first security feature applied to the document substrate, and an image of a bearer of the identification document transferred over the first security feature. The image includes a knockout portion in which selected areas of the image are not transferred to the substrate. The selected areas expose the first security feature and selected areas are in the form of personal information of the bearer of the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Robert Jones, Victor L. Andelin, Daoshen Bi
  • Patent number: 7621215
    Abstract: A method for making an embossed article, tools used to make such articles and the resulting article are disclosed. The article includes a first composite element having a plurality of spaced apart subelements, which is created by mounting a first embossing tool to an embossing press wherein the first embossing tool includes first and second male dies, as well as mounting a second embossing tool in registered opposition to the first embossing tool, which includes first and second female dies complementary in number, type and position to the respective first and second male dies. After positioning a first deformable sheet material between the first and second embossing tools, the first male dies and the first female dies are compressed, the sheet is moved, and the second male dies and second female dies are compressed. Alternatively, at least some of the dies are moved or replaced prior to the second compressing actions, which may be to the same or different sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Northwest Door, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Dewitt
  • Patent number: 7617769
    Abstract: A nanoimprinting system incorporates a patterned media contact architecture to provide a uniform imprinting pressure across the target imprinting area on a disk substrate. The system leverages the unique disk substrate characteristic of an inner diameter hole by incorporating a membrane suspension, gel-pad buffering, and air cushion loading that exploits the inner diameter hole characteristics of the disk substrate. This design dramatically increases the uniformity of the pressing pressure across the target imprinting area. As a result, a simple and effective improvement of the quality of the patterns imprinted on the recording disk substrate is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Tsai-Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 7587975
    Abstract: An embossed sheet forming apparatus has phase controlling means (33, 34) axially shifting a second embossing roller 11, a front embossed profile detector 74 for detecting an embossed profile on a front surface of a both-sided embossed sheet 100, a rear embossed profile detector 75 for detecting an embossed profile on the rear surface, both surfaces phase difference computing means 80 comparing a detection signal from the front embossed profile detector 74 and a detection signal from the rear embossed profile detector 75 for calculating an embossing phase difference in a sheet width direction between the embossed profiles on the both surfaces, and phase adjustment control processing means 77 inputting a phase difference signal representing the embossing phase difference from the both surfaces phase difference computing means 80 for outputting a command to the phase controlling means (33, 34) to cancel a deviation of the phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Natsume, Takayuki Hisajima
  • Publication number: 20090220708
    Abstract: A method of making a printed product having an optical effect based on light refraction has the steps of applying an embossable coating to face of a substrate in an image zone, embossing an optical structure in the embossable coating, curing the embossed coating, and printing an image on the substrate in the image zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: Peter SCHMITT
  • Publication number: 20090211468
    Abstract: In a method for disposing of used embossing foil webs during the operation of an embossing apparatus, in which at least one embossing foil web is moved with the aid of a foil feed device with varying web speeds through an embossing gap and is subsequently supplied to a disposal device, the embossing foil web is removed from a final control device of the foil feed device by means of a tension conveying device downstream of the foil feed device and which produces a tension acting on the embossing foil web independently of the direction and amount of the embossing foil web speed in the same tension direction, as well as a cutting through of the embossing foil web in predeterminable time sections downstream of the tension conveying device outside an engagement area of the tension conveying device for producing cut off embossing foil web portions. The latter can then be disposed of. An embossing apparatus equipped with a corresponding disposal device is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: SPM Steuer GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Marc Steuer
  • Publication number: 20090173244
    Abstract: The pattern position determining method includes the steps of: preparing a transparent film on which latticed holes are indicated as in an upper mold on which latticed fixing holes are formed; placing the transparent film on printing paper; placing a gold foil printing pattern forming film on the transparent film, to then indicate positions of fixing holes on the gold foil printing pattern forming film; and etching or numerically controlled engraving the pattern forming film to thereby obtain a pattern forming member from which a pattern and the positions of the fixing holes protrude. A gold foil printing apparatus is completed by bolting and fixing the pattern forming member onto the fixing holes of the upper mold. The gold foil printing apparatus makes the position of fixing the pattern forming member indicated during etching, to thereby accurately find the fixing positions of the pattern forming member more easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Byung Jun Song
  • Patent number: 7552677
    Abstract: A texture tool comprising a body to which is coupled an upper cap and a lower cap. A ball holder fits in a socket defined by the body and the lower cap. The ball holder includes a plurality of balls which come into contact with a sheet of material to be embossed or imprinted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. McLean, Kevin Schmidt, Marcia Werner, Jason Wolf, Robert W. Cornell, Tiffany Broecker
  • Patent number: 7554700
    Abstract: An embossed printing processing apparatus for carrying out embossed printing by converting attribute values that are extracted from non-embossed image data into height data to create embossed image data, and transmitting the non-embossed image data and the created embossed image data to an image forming apparatus, the embossed printing processing apparatus, includes embossing specification setting pattern storing unit that creates and stores therein embossing specification setting patterns that set conversion specifications for converting the attribute values that are extracted from the non-embossed image data into height data; selecting unit that selects a desired embossing specification setting pattern from among the embossing specification setting patterns stored in the embossing specification setting pattern storing unit in creating the embossed image data from the non-embossed image data; and embossed image data creating unit that creates the embossed image data from the non-embossed image data using the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mariko Miyazaki, Hideki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7524404
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing an embossed product including a first embossing member having a plurality of discrete embossing elements disposed in a first non-random pattern having at least one first single pattern unit. The total area of the distal ends of the discrete embossing elements in the first single pattern unit is less than about 5.0 cm2. The apparatus also includes a second embossing member having a plurality of linear embossing elements disposed in a second non-random pattern having at least one second single pattern unit. The total area of the second distal ends in the second single pattern unit is less than about 10 cm2. The second non-random pattern is coordinated with the first non-random pattern such that when engaged with each other the first single pattern unit and the second single pattern unit make up an embossing pattern single pattern unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donn Nathan Boatman, Kevin Benson McNeil, David Mark Rasch, Wayne Robert Fisher
  • Patent number: 7520216
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing water-based laser hologram papers has acts of entirely or partially coating water-based varnish on a printed paper substrate, subjecting the paper substrate to a mirror treatment, and entirely or partially molding the paper substrate with laser compressing operations. By substituting PVC or PET plastic membranes with decomposable water-based varnish, the laser hologram paper is environmental friendly to reduce pollution and is also breakable to provide counterfeit-deterring efficiency. Moreover, material cost of the plastic membranes is eliminated to reduce manufacturing cost of the laser hologram papers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventor: Shih-Pin Cheng
  • Publication number: 20090084278
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for manufacturing a metalized micro-embossed plastic film using a shim made from a flexographic plate. A digital image is transferred to the flexographic plate and the flexographic plate is processed to create a shim having a raised image corresponding to the digital image. A film is embossed by extruding the film across the flexographic plate, creating a micro-embossed surface in the film. The micro-embossed surface of the film can further be metalized to enhance the visual effects of the image when viewed from the non-embossed surface of the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: George Masi, Micheal Roughton
  • Publication number: 20090056566
    Abstract: A tape processing apparatus has: mode selecting device for selecting among a print processing, a Braille-emboss processing, and a complex processing of the ink-character printing and the Braille embossing; tape-type detecting device for detecting the mounted tape type; and informing device for informing the discrepancy in a tape type, as a result of comparing a tape type which conforms to the mode selected by the mode selecting device with a tape type detected by the tape type detecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sejii Tanaka, Makoto Takada, Takayuki Uehara
  • Publication number: 20090017270
    Abstract: A disc having a relief pattern and a transprint method thereof are provided. The transprint method for transprinting the relief pattern on a substrate of the disc includes the following steps. First, a transprint template is provided. A first surface of the transprint template has a complementary pattern corresponding to the relief pattern. Next, a pattern layer is formed on the substrate. Then, the transprint template is placed on and covers the pattern layer until the first surface of the transprint template closely contacts a second surface of the pattern layer, so that the relief pattern is formed on the second surface. Afterward, the pattern layer is cured by irradiation. Later, the transprint template is removed for exposing the second surface with the relief pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: DAXON TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsun Lin
  • Publication number: 20090011190
    Abstract: A bare diffractive microstructured area on a product is protected against wearing by one or more protruding elements. In an embodiment, the product is provided with a depression, whose bottom is further provided with a diffractive microstructured area. Thus, the rim areas of the depression form a protruding element with respect to the microstructured area. If the product is rubbed, for example, against the surface of a table, the protruding element prevents the rubbing surface from having a physical contact with the microstructured area. The microstructured area does not need to be protected with a transparent protective layer, which entails significant cost savings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: Avantone Oy
    Inventors: Pekka Koivukunnas, Jani-Mikael Kuusisto
  • Patent number: 7469634
    Abstract: A multi-function media embellishing template and a system and method of embellishing media with the template is provided. The template includes a body having a media abutment surface and an aperture in the media abutment surface extending through the body, and an embellishing wall extending from the media abutment surface and terminating in an embellishing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Spellbinders Paper Arts Co. LLC
    Inventors: James Jeffery Caron, J. Michael Dywan
  • Publication number: 20080309063
    Abstract: A periodic line pattern, which is covered by a periodic lens structure of cylindrical lenses parallel to the lines of the line pattern, is imprinted on a substrate. The period of the lens structure corresponds with the period of the line pattern. The lenses preferably are aligned flush with the lines of the line pattern. The lines consist of paths of elementary printing dots or image dots (pixels). The number of paths of elementary printing dots in one period is at least 4 and not more than 16. The height of the cylindrical lenses at the apex is at least half the width of a period and not more than the width of a period of the line pattern. With advanced offset printing methods, which are employed for instance in safety printing (e.g. for banknotes), a printing resolution of about 4 ?m is achieved. Preferably, the elementary printing dots are chosen only a little larger than the achievable printing resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Joerg Zintzmeyer
  • Publication number: 20080302256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of applying indicia such as labels, text, logos, bar codes, or the like to plastic parts, in particular storage and transport containers, palettes, or trays. The goal is to create a cost-effective method of the application of multi-colored and consistently easily readable, durable printing to the plastic parts mentioned above with a low level of logistical expenditure. In order to attain this goal in a combined hot embossing and thermotransfer printing unit, first a background color is applied as contrast to the plastic part that has been removed from a production machine, using hot embossing and then, in the same location, the indicia is applied using thermotransfer printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Diethelm Hirz
  • Patent number: 7461593
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for imprinting text on items such as tools. The imprinting process involving employing a roll forging assembly including a large-sized roller plate and a multi-angle vise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Alltrade Tools LLC
    Inventor: Max Hu
  • Patent number: 7459052
    Abstract: Printed placemats, potholders, and oven mitts, and process for producing same using a high definition color sublimation printing technique. The sublimation printing technique applies a high quality image onto a print receiving layer that is incorporated into a printed placemat, potholder, or oven mitt. The print receiving layer can be adhesively bonded to the printed placemat, potholder, or oven mitt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Tweel Home Furnishings
    Inventors: Donald E. Tweel, Joseph R. Missry
  • Publication number: 20080236411
    Abstract: A printing unit of a printing material processing machine, preferably a sheetfed offset printing press, includes a form cylinder and an impression cylinder. The form cylinder has a printing form for applying printed information to the printing material and the impression cylinder has a microstructured surface, preferably a cover, contacting the printing material. A surface of the impression cylinder contacting the printing material is provided with micro-embossed structures for applying embossed information to the printing material. The printing material is printed and embossed simultaneously. A security feature and/or a change in gloss can be implemented on the printed product through the use of the embossed, preferably micro-embossed, information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Frank Schaum, Martin Schmitt-Lewen
  • Publication number: 20080237353
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to use and/or provision of a unique identifier on an integrated circuit (IC) device are described. In one embodiment, an indicia may be provided on a substrate to uniquely identify the substrate. In an embodiment, the indicia may be used to track the substrate. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Joy Lau, Wen-Kai Mike Tsai, Sohrab Mogharrabi
  • Publication number: 20080229941
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method in connection with the lithography of structures on a micro or nanometer scale. A nano-imprinting apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention comprises two rotatably mounted rollers for transferring a pattern of micro or nanometer size to the substrate to be patterned. A first rotatably mounted roller has a patterned circumferential surface for transferring a pattern from the first rotatably mounted roller to a deformable substrate by contacting the patterned surface with the substrate. A second rotatably mounted roller has a principally smooth circumferential surface which faces the patterned surface of the first rotatably mounted roller. Furthermore, the second rotatably mounted roller is rotatably coupled with the first rotatably mounted roller for synchronized rotation of the first and second rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Babak Heidari
  • Publication number: 20080223232
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing a carrier material with at least one hidden identification mark which is attached in at least one surface region of the carrier material and which is then covered. The invention furthermore relates to articles containing this carrier material and its use for analysis of the identification mark(s). By the process as claimed in the invention a carrier material with hidden identification marks is made available, the use of which is given in a wide range, especially when the original state of goods is to be established. For the consumer itself the identification mark is not necessarily visible so that he is not unnecessarily upset, but rather is confronted with a conventional decoration, specifically an embossing pattern. If necessary, such as for example in customs controls, the identification mark however can be easily exposed by depression so that analysis of the packaged product with respect to originality can take place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: TEICH AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Lambert Nekula, Marco Dircetti, Franz Reiterer, Adolf Schedl
  • Publication number: 20080216678
    Abstract: A method for the hot-stamping a plurality of parts for stamping comprises operatively engaging a surface of at least one printing plate and a surface of a part for stamping in a stamping plane. The method further comprises providing a material which is to be stamped on between the printing plate and the part for stamping in such a manner that, during the operative engagement, the material which is to be stamped on is stamped onto the part for stamping. A stamping force for the stamping acts in a stamping direction approximately perpendicular to the stamping plane. The method further comprises simultaneously moving the surface of the printing plate and surfaces of the parts for stamping relative to each other into and out again from the stamping plane on defined, uniform paths of movement, said paths of movement intersecting a stamping axis during the stamping operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Madag Printing Systems AG
    Inventor: Xaver Stockli
  • Patent number: 7419317
    Abstract: A print processing method of a printing-and-embossing composite apparatus in which ink-characters printing and braille embossing are performed on the same object based on inputted character information, wherein, in cases where the ink-characters printing and the braille embossing are performed on the same object in a superposed state, and a character size for use in the ink-characters printing is set equal to or less than a given size, the ink-characters printing is barred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masao Akaiwa
  • Publication number: 20080202361
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for the adjustment of the position of a die in a printing press are disclosed. The apparatus and methods provide for the adjustment of a die frame within a chase. The chase defines a horizontal and a vertical axis. The die frame is slidably secured in a chase to permit movement and adjustment of the die frame in the horizontal and the vertical axis. The die frame may be slidably mounted to one or more vertical guides and one or more horizontal guides to facilitate movement and adjustment in the horizontal and vertical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Todd Sarnstrom
  • Publication number: 20080202363
    Abstract: A system to imprint patterns on impressionable materials by generating a pressure differential within an imprinting chamber by creating a substantial vacuum in an imprinting area is provided. This system can be used to create conductive traces in a substrate onto which integrated circuit chips and dies can be mounted to create semiconductor packages. A low pressure line evacuates air from a material receiving area of a vessel creating a pressure differential across pistons in the vessel to thereby causing the pistons to press microtools into impressionable material layers. The low pressure line helps the microtools conform to any thickness variations in the imprinted material and prevents air pockets from developing between the microtool and the imprinted material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Todd L. Biggs, Jeff R. Wienrich
  • Publication number: 20080196607
    Abstract: A method, an arrangement and computer program product for manufacturing micro-optic surface design with complex, variable three-dimensional forms. A step embossing, step imprinting, a chip bonding or a corresponding device capable of patterning the surface of a target substrate is obtained. The target substrate whereto the micro-optic structures shall be patterned is obtained. A plurality of different stamping tools operable with the device is obtained. Each stamping tool includes one or more surface relief forms defining one or more micro-optic structures. A stamping tool is selected from the plurality of stamping tools by the device. The target substrate is embossed with the selected stamping tool as controlled by the device. The selected stamping tool is optionally heated or assisted by at least one ultraviolet light so as to cure the target substrate during or after the embossing. The selecting and embossing steps are repeated until the micro-optic surface design has been completed on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: OY MODINES LTD
    Inventor: Kari Rinko
  • Publication number: 20080178752
    Abstract: A switch-over processing method includes the steps of performing a first process on a sheet passing between a first cylinder and a second cylinder with a first mounted body being mounted on a circumferential surface of the second cylinder arranged to oppose the first cylinder, and performing a second process different from the first process on the sheet passing between the first cylinder and the second cylinder with a second mounted body being mounted on a circumferential surface of the second cylinder in place of the first mounted body. A switch-over processing apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Motoyasu Hirata
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080163769
    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: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventor: Harry Sewell
  • Publication number: 20080134912
    Abstract: A method for providing a hidden image within a substrate the method comprising embossing recesses on the substrate, the recesses form an at least one hidden image, whereby the at least one hidden image can be viewed with the use of at least one decoder. The decoder can be embossed in a similar manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: STAR-BOARD TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Ron Golan
  • Patent number: 7383769
    Abstract: A system to imprint patterns on impressionable materials by generating a pressure differential within an imprinting chamber by creating a substantial vacuum in an imprinting area is provided. This system can be used to create conductive traces in a substrate onto which integrated circuit chips and dies can be mounted to create semiconductor packages. A low pressure line evacuates air from a material receiving area of a vessel creating a pressure differential across pistons in the vessel thereby causing the pistons to press microtools into impressionable material layers. The low pressure line helps the microtools conform to any thickness variations in the imprinted material and prevents air pockets from developing between the microtool and the imprinted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Todd L. Biggs, Jeff R. Wienrich
  • Publication number: 20080121123
    Abstract: A process for affixing an embossing arrangement to a printing press having opposing first cylinder and second cylinder is disclosed. The embossing arrangement includes an embossing tool and an opposing tool. The process includes the steps of mounting the embossing tool and the opposing tool together on the first cylinder; making a surface of the opposing tool which faces away from the first cylinder a pressure-sensitive adhesive surface; and positioning the opposing tool on the second cylinder by rolling the first cylinder over the second cylinder. An embossing arrangement and a photopolymer embossing plate are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Rainer Gebhardt
  • Publication number: 20080121727
    Abstract: Disclosed is a machine readable cord of a set of printed markings, wherein each printed marking of the set has a predetermined height on a substrate and represents a predetermined date value, wherein printed markings having a same predetermined height represent a same data value, and wherein printed markings representing different data values have different heights. Also disclosed is a system for embedding and recovering information on a substrate, including an image forming device containing at least one marking material, wherein the image forming device receives data, corresponding to the information, for forming machine readable code in accordance with claim 1 on an image receiving substrate, and forms an image including the machine readable code on the image receiving substrate with the at least one marking material, and a document reading device comprising a reader that detects the differences in height among the different printed markings of the machine readable code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel IFTIME, Peter M. KAZMAIER, Paul F. SMITH, Christopher A. WAGNER, Hadi K. MAHABADI, Tyler B. NORSTEN
  • 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: 7326322
    Abstract: An embossing system is provided for embossing a web having a first embossing roll having embossing elements and a second embossing roll having embossing elements, wherein at least a portion of the embossing elements of the first and second embossing rolls are substantially oriented in the cross-machine direction. The embossing roll may be crowned, may have alignment means, and may be provided with precision gearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Paul J. Ruthven, Dale T. Gracyalny, Galyn A. Schulz, John R. DeMille, Otto Mogged, III, Alan J. Kraszewski, Robert J. Williams, Harlie C. Zahn, Robert R. Daus, Mark D. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20080006161
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a bank structure, includes: (a) forming a multi-layer structure on an underlying surface thereof, the multi-layer structure having at least a first layer and a second layer, (b) embossing the second layer so as to define a bank pattern in the second layer, (c) transferring the bank pattern to the first layer so as to form a bank structure defining an indented region; and (d) removing the second layer after the step (c) so as to expose a surface of the first layer as a top surface of the bank structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunpu LI, Christopher NEWSOME, Daping CHU
  • Publication number: 20070284779
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a pattern in a curable material carried on a substrate having one or more components with coefficients of thermal expansion that are substantially equal to the coefficient of thermal expansion of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Shih-Yuan Wang, Zhaoning Yu, R. Stanley Williams
  • Publication number: 20070272097
    Abstract: An embossed sheet of substrate material has a plurality of card portions defined thereon, each card portion having indicia embossed thereon. A first group of the plurality of card portions has first embossed indicia, and a second group of the plurality of card portions has second embossed indicia. The first and second embossed indicia provide the same information, but the second embossed indicia have a text characteristic that is different from the text characteristic of the first embossed indicia. The first embossed indicia and the second embossed indicia are embossed in the same location on each respective card portion. The card portions are arranged into rows and columns on the substrate material, and the first group of card portions and the second group of card portions form either alternating rows or alternating columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Suresh C. Priya, Anthony R. Dass
  • Patent number: 7296513
    Abstract: A texture tool comprising a body to which is coupled an upper cap and a lower cap. A ball holder fits in a socket defined by the body and the lower cap. The ball holder includes a plurality of balls which come into contact with a sheet of material to be embossed or imprinted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. McLean, Kevin Schmidt, Marcia Werner, Jason Wolf, Robert W. Cornell, Tiffany Broecker
  • Patent number: 7273006
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for embossing the sidewalls of heavy gauge sheet metal containers involves clamping over a top edge of an opening into the container using a press carrying complementary embossing dies. The clamping apparatus can be a portable punch press having opposite members on a solid C-shaped frame, one being movable by a hydraulic drive cylinder to bear against the other. The die set coupled to the clamping apparatus has opposite protrusions and depressions representing an indicia to be embossed on the container, such as a trademark, symbol, owner's name or other indicia. In one embodiment the container is a dumping refuse container with an opening edge reinforced by a frame. The press has an opening throat that spaces the dies sufficiently that the clamping apparatus can be clamped over the reinforced edge to space the point of deformation of the sheet metal from the edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Wastequip, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Rasmussen, Steven N. David
  • Patent number: 7197980
    Abstract: An engraving sheet includes a support layer fabricated of biaxially oriented high-density polypropylene, and an engraving layer formed on the support layer and having an opacity of 40%. The engraving sheet is engraved from the engraving layer down to the support layer. The support layer is lower in opacity than the engraving layer with a difference of 20% or more between the opacity of the support layer and the opacity of the engraving layer. The engraving sheet allows a desired pattern, a photograph of the face of an individual, or the like to be engraved thereon, and presents a finger touch similar to that of paper, and is hard to be torn even after it is bound by a sewing machine or a stapler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7178457
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing envelopes and a product manufactured in accordance with such process is disclosed. The process requires printing of an ink design on an envelope, coating of the ink design with a varnish and subsequently embossing the combined ink and varnish design so that a foil look is obtained on the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Commercial Envelope Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Ira Kristel
  • Patent number: 7121196
    Abstract: A device creating patterns on greeting cards and the like has at least one stencil for applying a pattern onto a flat surface. A stencil holder that has securing elements for securing the at least one stencil in a predetermined position relative to the stencil holder is provided. The stencil holder also has elements for positively securing the surface of the article onto which the pattern is to be applied relative to the stencil holder. The elements for securing the surface of the article are in the form of a recess that provides a positive securing action for the surface of the article alone or in combination with an adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Horst Mellis
  • Patent number: 7094502
    Abstract: A method for impressing holographic images or holograms in the surface of metal objects such as aluminum cans, sheet metal or metal foil. The surfaces of metal shims and print rolls bearing holograms are hardened as by coating them with thin amorphous diamond coatings or diamond like coatings so the holograms can be embossed into many thousands of metal objects with clarity and consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Schaefer, Thomas L. Levendusky, Simon Sheu, Robert B. Larsen, Neville C. Whittle
  • Patent number: 7055427
    Abstract: A new and improved embellishing die and system and method for embellishing media is provided. The embellishing die includes a first side having a first embellishing surface and a second side having a second embellishing surface. The first and second sides can be on opposite sides of the die. The first and second embellishing surfaces can each include a cutter for cutting the media, or an embossing surface for embossing the media. The first embellishing surface can include an embossing surface for embossing the media and the second embellishing surface can include a cutter for cutting the media. The system can include the embellishing die and a press for pressing media against the media embellishing die to embellish the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Spellbinders Paper Arts, Co. LLC
    Inventor: James Caron