Processes Patents (Class 101/32)
  • Publication number: 20010013282
    Abstract: Holographic labels are used on a variety of articles of manufacture for security, authenticity, or aesthetic appeal. Manufacturing a holographic label or sticker typically entails microembossing, that is, imprinting or cutting, microscopic grooves into a clear plastic sheet with a shiny aluminum coating. The grooves diffract light and form a three-dimensional image, such as the dove commonly found on Visa™ brand credit cards. Unfortunately, conventional microembossing machines, or microembossers, suffer from a number of problems. For example, these microembossers include two large base rollers that move back and forth in sequence to contact a shimroller. The clumsy back and forth movement not only limits how fast embossing can occur but also causes misalignment of embossed images. To address this and other problems, the inventors devised an exemplary microembosser which includes a single base roller and a shimroller which one or more unique features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Applicant: Holographic Label Converting, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. LaBelle, Bill L. Bohn
  • Patent number: 6257135
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for continuously embossing a moving web of material. More particularly, the present invention is a unitary saddle used to mount multiple embossing slugs to an emboss roll. The unitary saddle of the present invention improves slug alignment and thereby reduces the time the converting operation must be shut down for roll maintenance or the pattern changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventor: Howard L. Dorton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6234693
    Abstract: A device for offsetting a postage imprint in a mail-handling machine, the device comprising detection means for detecting an edge of a mail item, print means for printing a postage imprint on the mail item, and monitoring and control means connected firstly to said detection means and secondly to said print means so as to control printing of said postage imprint on said mail item as a function of a predetermined standard offset &Dgr;0 on the basis of the detection of said edge of the mail item, the detection means for detecting an edge of the mail item comprising means for retarding the detection of the edge of the mail item as a function of the thickness of the mail item, which thickness is determined using said detection means for detecting an edge of a mail item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Neopost Industrie
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Gregoire, Thierry Le Jaoudour
  • Publication number: 20010000860
    Abstract: A flexible counter for an embossing system provides resilient support under a sheet which opposes pressure from a contoured die forming an embossment in the sheet. The flexible counter includes a resilient mat and a fixed bolster which supports the mat. The bolster has a peripheral wall which extends around sides of the mat so that an upper portion of the mat protrudes above the peripheral wall. In addition, the bolster includes support surfaces bounded by recesses. The support surfaces support a bottom surface of the mat, and the recesses receive bulging portions of the mat when compressed under pressure from the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Publication date: May 10, 2001
    Inventors: Ronald R. Smith, Scott A. Schinke
  • Patent number: 6167804
    Abstract: A method for personalizing flat supports by embossing, characterized by comprising the following stages: withdrawing a card to be personalized from a holder, transferring the card into an embossing station in which a bar code is embossed corresponding to data to be personalized, transferring the embossed card to a bar code reading station, and verifying that the bar code data read in the reading station corresponds to the bar code data memorized in a control unit. If the bar code and memorized data does not correspond then the card is eliminated, while if the data does correspond, the card is returned to the embossing station for completing the embossing cycle by embossing the card with alphanumeric characters corresponding to the bar code characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: C.I.M. Card Identification Machines S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Mucelli
  • Patent number: 6112653
    Abstract: Print rolls having subtle identifying markings impressed in the side thereof at a depth sufficient for detection at 45.degree. angle or less. The print rolls can be prepared in a print roll press fitted with a platen containing the desired image raised above the surface of said platen. The printing press can be one used in the manufacture of the print roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin L. Meyers
  • Patent number: 6098534
    Abstract: An embosser and a method of manufacturing the same. In one embodiment, the embosser has a frame, a hammer and an anvil and includes: (1) a ram coupled to the frame and oriented to apply a force in a given direction and (2) force translators, coupled to the ram and the hammer, that reorient the force in a direction substantially normal to a plane of a face of the hammer and limit a cant of the hammer with respect to the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Mastercraft Industries, L.P.
    Inventors: James William Shanahan, Lawrence John Hannan
  • Patent number: 6073552
    Abstract: A method of fastener identification for traceability of manufacturing information of an individual fastener, is achieved by applying a code to the fastener. The fasteners to be identified typically are formed of hardened materials such as steel. A die cast, forged or pressed roll stamp or forge stamp is thus used to apply the code and is formed with a raised stencil of one or more characters or indicia. Multiple lots of a certain fastener typically are manufactured in a given time period, such as a year, thus requiring a different code to identify each fastener lot. Numbers of lots and sizes of individual lots for a given time period are difficult to predict for a fastener producer, thus risking waste if multiple customized stamps are used to identify the lots. A universal stamp having a single indicia stencil is utilized to identify all lots of a certain fastener in a given time period, by removing selected ones of the stencil characters from the universal stamp for each different lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: SPS Technologies
    Inventors: Bridget Ann Cruse, David Allen Zdanowicz
  • Patent number: 6006415
    Abstract: A method for impressing holographic images or holograms in the surface of metal objects such as aluminum cans. 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: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventors: Mark W. Schaefer, Thomas L. Levendusky, Simon Sheu, Robert B. Larsen, Neville C. Whittle
  • Patent number: 6004656
    Abstract: A color changeable device that has been partially activated. The device comprises a flexible substrate with a first major surface and a second major surface and an interference color generating laminate on the first major surface. The color generating laminate comprises a first layer and a second layer in intimate contact. When the first and second layers are in intimate contact, the laminate generates an interference color. When the first and second layers are not in intimate contact, the laminate does not generate the interference color. The substrate and laminate include a first permanent deformation causing separation of the first and second layers at a first portion of the device while retaining the first and second layers in intimate contact at a second portion of the device. The device is particularly useful for confirming the authenticity of an article without having to remove the color change device from the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Raymond R. Gosselin, Thomas M. Spielbauer
  • Patent number: 5950533
    Abstract: A web with an embossed surface with a plurality of lows separated by a plurality of highs is provided with a shadow effect by passing the web between a pair of counterrotating rollers, a backup roller for supporting the web on its reverse surface and an ink application roller for applying ink to selected portions of the embossed surface of the web. The ink application roller is formed of a hard elastomeric material and its outer surface is engraved to have a plurality of highs corresponding to and engaging the lows of the embossed surface of the web and a plurality of lows corresponding to and overlying the highs on the embossed surface of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: GenCorp Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Kildune, Hubert Perkins
  • Patent number: 5947020
    Abstract: An engraving system and method is disclosed having multiple engraving heads wherein the operation of each head is controllable so that a vertical screen and/or horizontal screen may be independently controlled, thereby facilitating enabling each engraving head to engrave in accordance with different screen rulings as may be selected by a user. The engraving system includes a signal generator for controlling the vertical screen by utilizing a plurality of vertical scalers which use a cylinder factor signal corresponding to the rotational position of a cylinder rotatably mounted on the engraver, as well as screen variables, such as a screen angle and a screen ruling, to generate independent vertical scaled or screen signals. These vertical scaled signals are used to independently energize the engraving heads to engrave patterns defining different vertical resolutions or vertical screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Ohio Electronic Engravers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Bornhorst, Jr., Richard H. Dunnington, David R. Seitz, Curtis Woods
  • Patent number: 5937748
    Abstract: A metal coil printing mechanism for providing alignment between two patterns to be printed on a surface of the coil includes a blanket cylinder for applying a pattern to the metal coil and first and second plate cylinders which apply first and second patterns to the blanket cylinder. The first plate cylinder is geared directly to the blanket cylinder for rotation therewith. The second plate cylinder is geared for rotation with the blanket cylinder through a phase shifting device. The phase shifting device can be adjusted such that the circumferential position of the second pattern relative to the first pattern is adjusted such that desired alignment of the two patterns can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Sequa Corporation
    Inventors: David Leligdon, John Gregory Byrne, Frank Schertler
  • Patent number: 5927189
    Abstract: A fuser apparatus for use with coated media to encapsulate and bond with ink-jet oriented inks. The apparatus includes one or more endless belts to create durable images with a smooth or textured finish on media coated with a fusible coating. In one preferred embodiment, two endless belts are used, each with a different surface texture, to provide the user with two fusible coating texture options, depending upon which way the coated media (e.g. paper) is placed upon the fuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lehi Jones, Lamar Heath Gipson
  • Patent number: 5921175
    Abstract: An apparatus for embossing panels used in building utilises low wattage blowers to heat a zone upstream of the embossing site. Embossing is carried out by feeding a panel through the nip of an embossing wheel and an anvil roller. A track is rolled into the hard panel surface and various decorative effects are achieved by using side by side arrangements of wheels. The tendency to panel splitting is reduced by the provision of hot localised zones. The apparatus is sufficiently wide to receive the panel in both axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Bates
  • 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: 5881444
    Abstract: A method for impressing holographic images or holograms in the surface of metal objects such as aluminum cans. 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 cans with clarity and consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventors: Mark W. Schaefer, Thomas L. Levendusky, Simon Sheu, Robert B. Larsen, Neville C. Whittle
  • Patent number: 5876653
    Abstract: A half-finished folded soft cloth product, which is formed in an almost box shape by folding the soft cloth product such as a shirt, a handkerchief, a towel, etc., is put in a square frame on a lower die interposing a hard rubber plate thereunder, and thereafter is compressed between the lower die and an upper die to form a solid cloth product, which is convenient for carrying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Hikari
    Inventor: Akira Fukuba
  • Patent number: 5873305
    Abstract: The method provides the protection or personalization of the pre-printed sheets by impressing microengravings, on all or some of the printed portions of the sheets, through an embossing process carried out on the pre-printed sheets at a temperature higher than the softening point of the dyeing substances used for obtaining the print thereon and followed by a cooling step, said microengravings corresponding to holograms or diffraction patterns or images or words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Oranmay Investments B. V.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Dell'olmo
  • Patent number: 5871833
    Abstract: A forgery-preventive fretwork paper comprising a support layer and an engraving coating layer, the support layer being a stretched laminate which comprises a biaxially stretched propylene resin film layer as a base layer and, laminated thereto on each of front and back sides thereof, a uniaxially stretched propylene resin film layer containing fine inorganic powder, wherein said support layer has (1) an opacity (JIS P-8138) of from 50 to 100% and (2) a density (JIS P-8188) of from 0.70 to 1.4 g/cm.sup.3, and the paper bearing an engraving extending into the engraving coating layer or to one of the uniaxially stretched films of the support layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Oji-Yuka Synthetic Paper Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoshi Henbo, Toshiyuki Hirabe
  • Patent number: 5862750
    Abstract: A method for impression microengravings, which reproduce holograms, kinetic holograms, or diffraction patterns, directly on paper through an embossing process. Paper is subjected to a humidification step to give it a degree of humidity between 60 and 80% of relative humidity. The humidified paper is then passed through an embossing group, consisting of an embossing cylinder carrying the microengravings and a counterthrust cylinder, at a temperature and a pressure on the paper within the ranges of 90-220.degree. C. and 20-120 kg/mm.sup.2, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Oranmay Investments B.V.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Dell'Olmo
  • Patent number: 5826504
    Abstract: The instant invention provides a process and a product made by the process. The first step of the process includes: providing a press having at least one die which forms the negative image of one face of a license plate of sufficiently small size to be used as an element of jewelry. The second step of the process includes: providing a generally planar blank having an upper and a lower surface, and is comprised of a precious metal such as: gold, silver, platinum, palladium, vanadium or combinations of these metals. The third step of the process includes: impressing the at least one die on the blank with the press sufficient to emboss a positive image of the license plate on at least one surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Dikran Elmassian
  • Patent number: 5802969
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for imprinting a sublimation transfer onto a generally cup-shaped structure. The apparatus comprises a support structure for holding the cup-shaped structure and a cover mounted to the apparatus for movement between an open position and a closed position. The cover when in the closed position forms a heating chamber wherein the cup-shaped structure is positioned for heating. A heating tower is provided on the support structure and has a shape such that the cup-shaped structure can be placed in the inverted position over the tower without touching the tower. The heating tower includes an electrical heating wire that is wrapped about a support structure and is capable of heating the cup-shaped structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Raymond E. Wess, Carlos F. Rezende, Daniel C. Davis
  • Patent number: 5778793
    Abstract: This invention relates to novel shaded logos for use on golf balls, golf balls having said novel shaded logo designs printed on their surface and methods of adding shaded logos to golf balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Kathryn M. Mello, Matthew M. Semiao
  • Patent number: 5771796
    Abstract: An embossing roll for embossing pile fabric having foreground portions that are either mill engraved or acid etched, and background portions formed with a router engraved technique. The foreground portions of the embossing roll have a depth in the order of 1.5/2.0 to 100 times that of the background portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Microfibres, Inc.
    Inventors: David Morrison, James McCulloch
  • Patent number: 5761995
    Abstract: A method of identifying an air bag module assembly (14) with a motor vehicle (16) and applying coded indicia (10) onto a cover (12) of the air bag module assembly (14) in the motor vehicle (16). The identifying method consists of comparing the coded indicia (10) on the cover (12) of the air bag module assembly (14) with coded indicia (10) in the motor vehicle (16). If the coded indicia (10) on the cover (12) of the air bag module assembly (14) matches up with the coded indicia (10) in the motor vehicle (16), it will establish that the air bag module assembly (14) belong to the motor vehicle (16) and thereby will prevent the theft of the air bag module assembly (14) from the motor vehicle (16). The applying method comprises a procedure for placing coded indicia (10) onto the cover (12) of the air bag module assembly (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventors: Michael Laiserin, Paul O'Neill
  • Patent number: 5752442
    Abstract: A method of making color filters for liquid crystal display panels. A multicolored ink pattern is formed on a collector device, then hardened or cured while on the collector device. The multicolored pattern is then applied to a substrate using a suitable adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald E. Johnson, Candice Jo Quinn
  • Patent number: 5722320
    Abstract: The invention includes a self-aligning die platen assembly for use with a cooperating die platen assembly to form a die set. The self-aligning die platen assembly comprises a die shoe and a platen having a working face for operational cooperation with a corresponding working face of the cooperating die platen assembly. The platen is mounted in the die shoe and has a freely rockable condition therein which permits the platen to be moved into an aligned operational position in which its working face conforms to the corresponding working face of the cooperating die platen when the assemblies are closed. The die platen assembly also includes a locking element for securely maintaining the self-aligning platen in the operational position. A preferred locking device includes a low temperature melting alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Kemet Corporation
    Inventor: David Thomas Meyer
  • Patent number: 5672381
    Abstract: A weather resistant sign and a method of printing a sign including the steps of providing a sign component and an image definition, applying dry toner powder to surface portions corresponding to the image definition, and fusing the applied toner. Preferably, the fused toner is protected from weather by a transparent protective layer. A toner composition and a computer program for printing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: J. Sundar Rajan
  • Patent number: 5653166
    Abstract: A method of molding a design in low relief in an area of printing ink with a puffing agent placed on fabric which comprises applying a molding die with a reverse impression of the design to be molded on the ink under heat and pressure for a sufficient time to activate the puffing agent to produce a molded design in the ink with a minimum change to the physical configuration of the underlying fabric. Heat and pressure can also be applied through a transfer medium to the area surrounding where the design in low relief is to be formed to enhance the feel or hand of the fabric. This method is especially useful for molding a design on cotton and cotton blend T-shirts and sweatshirts, hats and denim jackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Winning Image, Inc.
    Inventors: Sultan Mohammed, Peter D. Beaumont, Geoffrey H. Efaw, Kohler F. Steven
  • Patent number: 5636565
    Abstract: An embossing method for marking braille numbers on currency notes wherein the embossing device used by the present invention has a universal female die permanently affixed to its upper platen and interchangeable lower counters for use in marking labels to affix to currency notes or for embossing braille markings directly on currency notes. The universal female die would collectively incorporate indentations for the braille markings of all of the currency denominations commonly used, such as one dollar bills, five dollar bills, ten dollar bills, twenty dollar bills, fifty dollar bills, and one hundred dollar bills. The interchangeable lower counters could comprise braille images placed on a rotating disk or individual counter units. Applications could include, but are not limited to, marking United States currency notes, the currency notes of other nations, and currency note substitutes such as checks, coupons, travelers checks, and money orders for the benefit of visually challenged people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventors: Michael Lawrance, Jeffrey Mear, Dennis H. Dreier
  • Patent number: 5622106
    Abstract: An embossing system for the simultaneous positive and negative (i.e. in and out embossing of an indicia (10) in sheet material (20) has a top plate (40) and a bottom plate (50) each with respective positive and negative embossing plate portions (43/53, 44/54) which are aligned and complementary, so arranged that during the embossing step, the neutral portions (45,55) of the plates (40,50) do not apply pressure to the sheet material (20). By applying ink to one plate (40), or by placing an ink ribbon (80) between the sheet material (20) and one plate (40), the indicia (10) can be simultaneously inked and embossed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Hilglade Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Dignan H. Rayner
  • Patent number: 5589021
    Abstract: A method of producing a sign having raised colored characters arranged in a predetermined design. A male die is provided presenting the predetermined design; a substrate sheet is positioned over the male die; the substrate sheet and die are passed between pinching rolls to emboss the substrate sheet with raised areas corresponding to the predetermined design; a color transfer sheet is positioned over the embossed substrate sheet; the embossed substrate sheet with the color transfer sheet positioned thereover is passed between pinching rolls to transfer color pigmentation from the color transfer sheet to the raised areas on the embossed sheet and "tip" the raised areas; and the embossed color tipped sheet is secured to a sheet of relatively rigid base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Colorprinting Specialists, Inc.
    Inventor: Hanley D. Bloom
  • Patent number: 5584240
    Abstract: An embossing apparatus for inorganic board and the method of embossing thereby are provided in the present invention. In the present invention, an uncured mat of inorganic board set on a lower fixed plate is embossed by a flexible mold plate of a upper movable plate wherein the surface of said flexible mold plate divided into a plural number of square patterns enclosed by ridges and said flexible mold plate is bent downward and convexly such that the ridge lines of said ridges on both sides of the lowest part of said flexible mold plate are respectively situated at the same level as the lowest part or higher than the lowest part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Doi, Masaki Kanai
  • 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: 5555801
    Abstract: A double-sided three dimensional embosssed web is provided by passing an uncured paper or plastic web (15), through a nip between an embossing roller (18) and a pressure roller (19), the pressure roller having a smooth and hard surface to create the effect of a double-sided three dimensional embossing on the web. Such double-sided embossing gives the web a good hand and feel and a good drapability, thereby making the method suitable for manufacturing cloth, curtains, diapers and other products which should feel soft and pleasant and which should have a good drapability comparable with that of knitwear and textiles. The embossed web has embossing or impressions (24) provided on two surfaces as a mirror image around a plane of symmetry (23) passing through the middle of the web (15). In the same way raised areas (26) are opposed by raised areas (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Karl K. K. Kroyer
  • Patent number: 5540153
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method of embossing a sheet of material with a background pattern together with additional selectable indicia, wherein the method comprises the steps of removably securing an indicia-bearing element to a first one of embossing rollers and removably securing a yieldable element to a second one of embossing rollers, passing the sheet material through the nip of rigid embossing rollers while synchronously moving the embossing rollers so as to impart a background, embossed pattern to a first portion of the sheet material and secondly imparting additional indicia to second portions of the sheet material by repetitively bringing into opposing relationship at the nip the indicia-bearing element and the yieldable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven M. Campbell, Richard N. Webb
  • 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 40.degree. to 50.degree. 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: 5505125
    Abstract: A rotary embossing die includes a curved metallic plate having an inner and an outer surface. An embossing design is etched on the outer surface of the metallic plate and an epoxy-based support plate is formed on the inner surface of the metallic plate. The metallic plate and the support plate preferably cooperate to define a shoulder. Die clips positioned around the shoulder are used to fasten the embossing die to the die cylinder of a rotary embossing machine. The metallic plate can be formed from brass or magnesium, and is preferably curved to any suitable radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Western Printing Machinery Company
    Inventor: Paul G. Kapolnek
  • Patent number: 5497699
    Abstract: A method for applying and reproducing an original visual image such as an oil painting or photograph onto a rough vinyl or leather surface using silk screen ink techniques for a high resolution permanent image transformation, especially useful on objects having a course or roughened surface, such as a football, basketball, or the like, wherein an image is applied to a rough surface by an improved silk screening type method resulting in a sports ball having a multi-colored reproduction of the image on the ball exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Inventor: Clifford L. Mather
  • Patent number: 5492057
    Abstract: A system for locating a plurality of engraving heads on an engraver wherein a plurality of engraving heads are automatically positioned into a predetermined configuration. A mechanism for positioning the engraving heads preferably includes a leadscrew and a drive nut which is rotatable relative to the leadscrew. In addition, each of the engraving heads preferably includes a rotatable drive nut with a respective motor for rotating the nut whereby the heads may be selectively positioned into a predetermined configuration. In a further aspect of the invention, the engraving heads are mounted on a carriage which is movable in an axial direction relative to a cylinder to be engraved. The heads are selectively positionable on the carriage and the carriage includes a nut threadably engaged with a leadscrew whereby the carriage may be driven in an axial direction relative to the cylinder to be engraved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: Ohio Electronic Engravers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Bornhors, Jr., Kim E. Izor, David R. Seitz
  • Patent number: 5479853
    Abstract: Stamping dies and method for stamping parts using multiple stamping stations with different bottom markers in successive dies that mark the part being produced at selected stations with different markings related to one another, which cumulatively provide an observable completed set of marks on a part such as one finally stamped to readily show whether or not the stamping has been properly executed and to identify any stamping station or stations that is not stamping to specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Carroll, Ronald L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 5471923
    Abstract: Stamping dies and method for stamping parts using multiple stamping stations with different bottom markers in successive dies that mark the part being produced at selected stations with different markings related to one another, which cumulatively provide an observable completed set of marks on a part such as one finally stamped to readily show whether or not the stamping has been properly executed and to identify any stamping station or stations that is not stamping to specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Carroll, Ronald L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 5467708
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of creating a seamless printing master for use with an embossing roll to ultimately produce a textured wall or floor covering. A hardenable material is applied to the textured surface of a positive printing master. The embossing roll is placed on the positive printing master and then rolled in a forward direction, compressing the hardenable material between the textured surface of the substrate and the outer surface of the embossing roll, until approximately three fourths of the circumference of the embossing roll is covered. The hardenable material is then allowed to harden. A second amount of hardenable material is applied to the portion of the positive printing master which corresponds to the uncovered portion of the embossing roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: GenCorp Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph S. Kildune
  • Patent number: 5456168
    Abstract: The marking device for marking indicia onto manufactured parts includes a body portion having a recess. Into the recess and the body portion fits a stamp retainer block which also has a recess. Into the recess on the stamp retainer block fits type members which create the indicia on the manufactured part. Such indicia might be the part number or date of manufacture, or other such information useful in the manufacturing process. A second stamp retainer block may be advantageously utilized, by loading a second set of type members into the second stamp retainer block so that the first stamp retainer block can be quickly removed and the second stamp retainer block quickly inserted into the body portion of the marking device. Such insertion may be done by inserting a rod into a channel and depressing a spring loaded ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Inventor: Ronald O. Lewis
  • Patent number: 5413037
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for enhancing the security of mechanical postage meters through use of an encapsulated fluorescence quenching substance. An encapsulated quenching substance is blended with red fluorescent inks that are used to print postage indicia. The fluorescent quenching substance that is encapsulated has the characteristic of reacting with the fluorescent dye in the ink to cause a bathochromic shift of the wave length where reflectance occurs. By designing the printhead of the postage meter in an appropriate way, a portion of the encapsulated substance can be ruptured during printing of the postage indicia, thereby providing an area where the bathochromic shift has occurred. Thereafter, the indicia can be exposed to ultraviolet light and a determination can be made whether the postage indicia has been printed by a postage meter by inspecting the portion of the indicia where a bathochromic shift is expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Judith D. Auslander, William Berson
  • Patent number: 5405681
    Abstract: A synthetic resin decorative material including an antistatic layer containing an electrically conductive film formed on a surface thereof without changing the color, design and pattern of the decorative material. The synthetic resin may be a synthetic resin decorative sheet/plate. The antistatic function of the antistatic layer is improved such that occurrence of cracks in the antistatic layer can be prevented when the decorative material having the antistatic layer is thermally molded. To prepare the decorative material, a transfer sheet is pressed while being heated onto a surface of a synthetic resin decorative base material including a synthetic resin sheet or plate. To prepare the transfer sheet, electrically conductive paint containing an electrically conductive matter formed by coating inorganic fine powder having a refractive index of 1.4 to 1.7 with an electrically conductive tin oxide is applied onto a 1 to 5 .mu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: C.I. Kasei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Nakayama, Akira Hori
  • Patent number: 5399217
    Abstract: A method of producing a sign having raised colored characters arranged in a predetermined design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Colorprinting Specialists, Inc.
    Inventor: Hanley Bloom
  • Patent number: 5396839
    Abstract: A method of printing color images which includes the formation of a pattern of three primary color separated halftones of the image from a medium applied to a substrate. The medium is embossed to form a surface relief configuration on each halftone image. Each surface relief configuration reflects one specific primary color at a specific angle. In one embodiment, the medium is applied to a substrate in the pattern of color separated halftone images in a single printing pass by a composite offset printing plate. The medium is then embossed by an embossing plate to create the surface relief configurations thereon. In a second embodiment, the medium is applied to the substrate and embossed by a single plate in a single printing pass. In a third embodiment, the medium is applied to the substrate in a relatively continuous layer and thereafter embossed to simultaneously create a pattern of color separated halftones of the image and a different surface relief configuration on each halftone image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: Col1or
    Inventor: Vic G. Rice
  • Patent number: 5356364
    Abstract: Embossing a web between unmatched male and female embossing elements, wherein the sidewall slope of the female element is different than the sidewall slope of the male element, provides an embossed web having markedly improved embossing pattern definition and, in the case of roll products, greater roll bulk at equivalent roll firmness. The unmatched male and female embossing elements are preferably made by laser engraving rubber embossing rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome S. Veith, Edward H. Grupe, Joseph W. Brown