Feeding Or Delivering Patents (Class 101/37)
  • Patent number: 11286119
    Abstract: An apparatus that conveys pellet-shaped articles may include a hopper that receives a quantity of the pellet-shaped articles. The hopper may include one or more openings to direct a flow of air into the hopper to dislodge jamming or bridging of pellet-shaped articles within the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent M. DeLuccia, Jr., James T. McNamee
  • Patent number: 11167868
    Abstract: An automatic food-boxing device for cooked food of food frying machines is disclosed, which pushes a container by means of a load stage to a position below the front side of a food frying pot, the, while the food frying pot consistently stirs and rotates the materials poured therein, the container can at the same time move along with the rotation angle such that the food processed in the food frying pot can be completely poured into the container without dropping out of it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: O-VIEW TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Chia-I Pan
  • Patent number: 10875723
    Abstract: A carrier link to convey at least one pellet-shaped article along a predetermined conveyer path in a direction of travel includes at least one pocket adapted to receive a pellet-shaped article and a lead-in surface provided to an upper exterior surface of the carrier link and extending into leading edges of the pocket. Each pocket includes a longitudinal axis that is transverse to a direction of travel of the carrier link. The lead-in surface provides a ramped or declined surface into the pocket to facilitate entry of the pellet-shaped article into the pocket. The lead-in surface is ramped or declined towards a side of the carrier link to facilitate rotating, guiding, and/or orienting of the pellet-shaped article into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ACKLEY MACHINE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent M. Deluccia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10773530
    Abstract: An oval printing machine includes a guide, defining a closed path (P); one or more supports, movable on the guide, the one or more supports being adapted to support items to be printed; one or more operating stations positioned along the path (P) for processing the items to be printed; at least one digital printing station positioned along the path (P), for printing the items supported by the one or more supports. The digital printing station includes a structure substantially integral with the guide, and a first printing element associated with the structure and movable relative to the structure. The printing element is movable in a first direction (D1) that is transversal to a second direction (D2) in which the guide extends at the digital printing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Arioli S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carmelo Zocco, Pasquale Cannone
  • Patent number: 10525699
    Abstract: A tablet printing device includes a first conveying disk that conveys a tablet while sucking and supporting a side surface of the tablet and an inkjet head capable of applying print processing to the front and back surfaces of the tablet conveyed by the conveying disk. The tablet is conveyed while being supported by a second conveying disk at its front and back surfaces and subjected to inspection of the side surface by a side surface inspection device. The tablet is transferred from the second conveying disk to the first conveying disk at a tablet delivery part and then supported by a suction hole formed in an end surface of the first conveying disk with the front and back surfaces fully exposed. The front and back surfaces are subjected to print processing ead, followed by print inspection, and only a non-defective tablet is discharged through a non-defective tablet discharge part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FREUND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Imai, Satoshi Murakami, Mutsuhito Yoneta, Yoshito Saji
  • Patent number: 10406521
    Abstract: The invention provides a micro-droplet array formation apparatus. The apparatus includes a first plate configured for delivering and/or extracting fluids, a second plate aligned to the first plate and configured for preparing the fluid and a third plate removably aligned to the second plate and is configured for forming a micro-droplet array of the prepared fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SHILPS SCIENCES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Ashwin Lal, Ankit Shantilal Purohit, Madhavi Phani Singaraju
  • Patent number: 9963258
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging assembly comprising a device for transporting a packaging means (2), in particular a carton, said device comprising a continuous conveying section (3) and a plurality of conveying elements (4, 5). The continuous conveying section (3) is oriented vertically, forming an upper run region (30) and a lower nm region (31), and the packaging means (2) is transported on the lower run region (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Rapp, Ruediger Grabowski, Josef Weis
  • Patent number: 9914838
    Abstract: A composition containing a cationic polymer obtained from a reaction product of nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compound and epihalohydrin; and a phosphorus compound. The composition can be used as a surface treatment for gold or gold alloy. The composition can seal pinholes on the surface of the gold or gold alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC
    Inventors: Yoko Mizuno, Makoto Kondo, Koichi Yomogida, Toshiyuki Morinaga
  • Patent number: 9305683
    Abstract: A process and system for printing sequences of alpha-numeric characters on segments of wire or cable during production. In one embodiment, the process and system comprises printing a sequence of alpha-numeric values onto a first segment of wire up to an input target value. The process and system further comprises printing a sequence of alpha-numeric values onto a second segment of wire up to a second input target value. In one embodiment, the process and system is capable of printing sequences on segments of wire or cable up to variable target values without requiring a shutdown of the production process, and without requiring lag time between printing on subsequent wire or cable segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Bigbee, Jr., Mark D. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9108431
    Abstract: A printer of the present invention includes a first printing device capable of performing printing on a face facing one side in an orthogonal direction to a conveyance direction of a tablet while being conveyed and a second printing device capable of performing printing on a face facing the other side in the orthogonal direction of the tablet while being conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., OKABE Industrial Machineries CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshio Hara, Takeshi Matsuda, Tadashi Mukai, Toshiyuki Hoshiba, Keiji Kimoto, Hiromichi Makino
  • Patent number: 9050789
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine for marking articles, comprising a marking head suitable for applying a marking force on an article along a marking axis. The marking head comprises a carriage movable in translation along the marking axis and along a transverse axis, which is perpendicular to the marking axis (X10). The marking head also comprises a first roller and a second roller carried by the carriage, rotatable respectively around a first axis and a second axis each located in a plane perpendicular to the marking axis. The rollers are capable of alternately marking the same article or two successive articles, depending on movements of the carriage. The invention also relates to a method for marking articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Florent Demange, Vincent Tarnowski
  • Patent number: 9032872
    Abstract: A system for digitally printing directly on a plurality of containers is provided. In an embodiment, the system includes a device configured to determine an initial position or orientation of an individual container; a plurality of print heads configured to print directly on said containers; and a plurality of container holders configured hold or retain an individual container, to rotate the individual container, and to maintain a rotational position of the individual container relative to at least one print head while printing occurs; and one or more curing devices. The system may be configured such that the plurality of container holders are configured to move along a linear or curved path, and the plurality of container holders may be configured to controllably rotate about a container axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald L. Uptergrove
  • Patent number: 8978552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating packaging means, such as bottles, cans or similar containers, comprising a device-internal transport section, on which the treatment of the packaging means is carried out on processing stations (8) in at least two process steps, and further comprising holding and centering elements, by means of which the packaging means (1) are held at least during the respective process step in an orientation on the device-internal transport system necessary for said process step and/or by means of which the packaging means are moved at least during one process step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Katrin Preckel, Manfred Pschichholz, Frank Putzer, Markus Reiniger, Martin Schach, Winfried Schlüter, Werner Vande Wynckel
  • Patent number: 8800438
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for labeling containers, especially specimen containers for medical specimens. The apparatus comprises a printing device; a supply and removal device for supplying and removing at least one container to and from the printing device. The printing device is designed such that it can be moved into at least one first position and into a second position. In the first position, the container is automatically supplied to and removed from the printing device with the aid of the supply and removal device. The container can be manually supplied and removed from the printing device when it is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pernutec GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Beck
  • Patent number: 8763524
    Abstract: A printing machine includes: a frame a tower which is driven in rotation relative to the frame in order to move an object to be printed between at least a printing station, an introduction station and/or discharge station; a conveyor which is capable of introducing or discharging the object to be printed to/from the introduction station and/or discharge station; a transfer device including a conveyor web portion which is capable of moving the object to be printed between the conveyor and the tower. The machine includes an element for driving the conveyor web portion of the transfer device, the drive element being carried by the frame, each transfer device including a transmission element which can be disengaged from the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Machines Dubuit
    Inventor: François Dumenil
  • Patent number: 8739698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for printing on the surface of soft gelatin capsules during filling. In particular, the invention relates to an apparatus and method for printing a pre-determined figure or symbol on the surface of a soft gelatin capsule while a product is being encapsulated, including means for transporting the gelatin ribbon, inking means and means for shaping the soft capsule, including an injection, molding and die-cutting station and additional printing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Procaps S.A.
    Inventors: Carlos Salazar, Juan Pablo Manotas, Luis Guillermo Velasquez
  • Patent number: 8708022
    Abstract: A label peeling unit having an installation body: a movable body movable while engaging with the installation body and stopping in a closed state or an open state in which the movable body is closed or open relative to the installation body; a label peeling body installed on the movable body and allowing backing paper of a continuous label body, which is conveyed by the paper sheet conveyance device, to be in contact with the label peeling body to bend the backing paper for peeling a part of a label off the backing paper; and a backing paper conveyance roller rotatably installed on the movable body and rotating while being in contact with a platen roller of the paper sheet conveyance device with the backing paper in between to thereby convey the backing paper and discharge it to the outside. The label peeling unit facilitates loading of paper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sato Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hosono, Kenta Kano
  • Patent number: 8573234
    Abstract: Process and system for removing printing in metallic packages used in drinks, food and other applications in general, comprising the removal of ink before the cure thereof, by means of spray with ink remover liquid and non abrasive friction. Preferably, said liquid is an alkaline aqueous solution, which is sprayed onto the package surface simultaneously with the friction thereof with a soft and non abrasive element. In a preferred embodiment, said friction results in the rotation of the package around the longitudinal axis thereof, which is mounted on a rotative support, and the soft non abrasive element in contact with the surface thereof keeps motionless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Embalagens Metalicas da Amazonia S.A.
    Inventor: Valmir Zacarias De Souza
  • Patent number: 8561534
    Abstract: A decorating apparatus comprises an advancing arrangement for advancing an elongated element in an advancing direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the elongated element and a plurality of decorating devices positioned downstream one another along the advancing arrangement for decorating distinct surfaces of said elongated element, each decorating device comprising a decorating unit for decorating a respective surface of the elongated element, the decorating unit comprising: a transferring device for transferring a flowable material on the elongated element, including a transferring roller rotatable around a rotation axis and arranged for interacting with the elongated element, the transferring roller being made of deformable material so that non-flat surfaces can be decorated; a kiln arrangement arranged downstream of the transferring device for heating said flowable material applied to said elongated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Decoral System USA Corp.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Fenzi
  • Patent number: 8387527
    Abstract: A transfer printing machine for hockey sticks include a base, a transmission unit connected to the lower portion of the base and five stations located on the top of the base. The five stations are located along the transmission direction of the transmission unit. The first station prints patterns on a top surface of a straight handle of the hockey sticks which are moved by the transmission unit. The second station prints patterns on a left side and a right side of the straight handle. The third station and the fourth station print patterns on a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface of the straight handle respectively. The fifth station prints patterns on a bottom surface of the straight handle of the hockey sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kai Hsing Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuo-Cheng Huang
  • Patent number: 8322279
    Abstract: A machine for marking or labeling circularly symmetrical work pieces includes a marking or labeling member, elements for moving the member and a workpiece relative to each other in a first direction, and a cradle for holding a workpiece while it is being marked or while a label is being applied to it. The cradle includes components for moving the workpiece in rotation around an axis of revolution thereof. A drive carriage drives the cradle in translation in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. There are components that drive the carriage in translation in a third direction that is perpendicular to the first and second directions. Other components make it possible to drive the cradle relative to the carriage in rotation about a first axis that is parallel to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: CER
    Inventors: Florent Demange, Marco Paita, Philippe Demond, David Mandon
  • Patent number: 8087358
    Abstract: To enable fabric of any length to be continuously printed without causing a textile printing unit to cease its operation, a textile printing method is provided in which fabric is conveyed by a conveyer belt and passed through a printing section to print on the fabric, the printing section having a textile printing ink jet printer disposed opposite the conveyer belt, wherein the printing section is continuously supplied with the fabric comprising a plurality of successive sheets of fabric, each sheet having a given length, such a sheet of fabric for supply into the printing section having a terminal end tied with a starting end of a sheet of a fabric for continuous succeeding supply in the state that the terminal and starting ends are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Izawa, Takao Namiki, Akira Ishikawa, Yuuichi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8057115
    Abstract: A system having a disc carrier determines a location of the disc carrier based upon first and second specular signals from an optical sensing element, the first specular signal occurring when the incident light is not received within the opening and impinges a first portion of the optical sensing element and the second specular signal occurring when the incident light is received within the opening and impinges a second portion of the optical sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stuart A. Scofield, Jeffrey G. Castleberry, Steven H. Walker
  • Patent number: 8033220
    Abstract: A method of printing onto closed vial units. The vial units are formed in a series and the vial units have a drug therein. The method involves providing the series of vial units onto a conveyor belt; positioning the vial units adjacent cleats on the conveyor belt; engaging a first offset inking transfer device on a fist side of said vial units; engaging a first back-up roller against said vial units, said first back-up roller being placed opposite said first offset inking transfer device; capturing the vial units between said first back-up roller and said first offset inking transfer device; printing onto the vial units with said first offset inking transfer device; and curing the ink with a first ultra violet dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Kent Byron
  • Patent number: 7997192
    Abstract: A printing machine includes a conveyor for at least one item to be printed, a print station and a transfer device including at least one bucket for conveying the item and an element for driving the conveyor bucket, which element is capable of displacing the conveyor bucket between a position for taking up or depositing the item on the conveyor and a position for taking up or depositing the item at the print station. The transfer device further includes an element for adjusting the path of displacement of the conveyor bucket, which element is capable of controlling the drive element in order to displace the position for taking up or depositing the item at the print station without displacing the position for taking up or depositing the item on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Machines Dubuit
    Inventors: Maurice Billet, Gérard Platel, Vincent Baillon, Fabien Gavet
  • Patent number: 7802671
    Abstract: An auto-feed assembly (102) for selectively transporting containers to a marking apparatus (100) is provided. The marking apparatus (100) includes a marking device for selectively applying a mark to a container (103). The auto-feed assembly includes a staging assembly (104) for processing a plurality of containers and a singulator assembly (112) in communication with the staging assembly (104) for isolating at least one container (103) from the plurality of containers. The auto-feed assembly (102) further includes a shuttle (210) disposed between the singulator assembly (112) and a portion of the marking apparatus (100), wherein the shuttle (210) is adapted for transporting the at least one container (103) to the portion of the marking apparatus (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy O. Clarke, James E. Torina, Joel Butt, Glenn Eastman, Stephen Pawlawski
  • Patent number: 7779988
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of delivering a container (103) to a marking apparatus (100), wherein the marking apparatus (100) is of the type having a marking device for selectively applying a mark to a container (103). The method comprises providing a plurality of containers within a staging assembly (104), and isolating at least one container (103) within a singulator assembly (112), wherein the singulator assembly (112) is in communication with the staging assembly (104). The method further comprises transporting the at least one container (103) from the singulator assembly (112) to a portion of the marking apparatus (100) with a shuttle (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy O. Clarke, James E. Torina, Joel Butt, Glenn Eastman, Stephen Pawlawski
  • Patent number: 7717036
    Abstract: A multifunctional tape printer of tape measure, is provided with a main frame (1), a small number (for foot) roller (3) with the perimeter of 3 feet or/and a small number (for meter) roller (5) with the perimeter of 1 meter mounted on the main frame (1), pinch rollers and rubber brush on the rollers as well as ink supply device and tape conveying devices, which constitute the main body of the tape printer, the tape printer being featured by that an additional functional component of a large number (foot) roller (4) or/and large number (meter) roller (6) are mounted on the main frame (1) for matching with the small number (for foot) roller (3) with the perimeter of 3 feet or/and the small number (for meter) roller (5) with the perimeter of 1 meter, the large number roller(s) is/are kept at the same linear velocity to that of the small number roller(s), moreover, the large number roller and small number roller, through the proportioning of mechanical transmission rotating speed, achieve that when a small number
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Guojian Li
  • Publication number: 20100083852
    Abstract: A method of printing onto closed vial units. The vial units are formed in a series and the vial units have a drug therein. The method involves providing the series of vial units onto a conveyor belt; positioning the vial units adjacent cleats on the conveyor belt; engaging a first offset inking transfer device on a fist side of said vial units; engaging a first back-up roller against said vial units, said first back-up roller being placed opposite said first offset inking transfer device; capturing the vial units between said first back-up roller and said first offset inking transfer device; printing onto the vial units with said first offset inking transfer device; and curing the ink with a first ultra violet dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Kent Byron
  • Patent number: 7647867
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing onto closed vial units. The vial units are formed in a series and the vial units have a drug therein. The apparatus comprises a conveyor belt for moving the vial units, with the conveyor belt having spaced cleats. A first side of the vial units is placed on the conveyor belt. The apparatus further comprises a printhead for printing an ink pattern onto the vial units, with the printhead configured to print to the first side, and a back-up roller configured opposite the printhead, with the back-up roller being a cylindrical member that contains an indented profile placed about the cylindrical member reciprocal to the vial units. The apparatus further includes a dryer positioned to receive the vial units from the printhead and provide for drying of the ink pattern from the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Kent Byron
  • Patent number: 7569794
    Abstract: The present invention provides a laser drilling system for drilling holes or cavities in a solid, in particular a solid dosage form. The system includes a loading zone, firing zone, inspection zone and delivery zone. The system also includes optional components such as a process validation system, solids detector, color detector, solids rejection/repositioning means, accepted products receptacle, rejected products receptacle and/or solids inspection system. Operation of the laser device in the firing zone and of other optional equipment is synchronized with movement of a continuous solids indexer by way of an electronic synchronizer. A solids handling system includes an optional fill level detector that directly or indirectly controls solids loading means that fills a solids reservoir. The system can be run continuously, semicontinuously or batchwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Osmotica Corp.
    Inventors: Joaquina Faour, Alejandro Iseruk
  • Publication number: 20090056568
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing onto closed vial units. The vial units are formed in a series and the vial units have a drug therein. The apparatus comprises a conveyor belt for moving the vial units, with the conveyor belt having spaced cleats. A first side of the vial units is placed on the conveyor belt. The apparatus further comprises a printhead for printing an ink pattern onto the vial units, with the printhead configured to print to the first side, and a back-up roller configured opposite the printhead, with the back-up roller being a cylindrical member that contains an indented profile placed about the cylindrical member reciprocal to the vial units. The apparatus further includes a dryer positioned to receive the vial units from the printhead and provide for drying of the ink pattern from the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Kent Byron
  • Publication number: 20080236413
    Abstract: A carrier for supporting a media in a printing device for printing thereon includes a support portion configured to support the media, a tapered portion contiguous with the support portion, and at least one tab protruding from a surface of the tapered portion and extending beyond a leading edge of the tapered portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Castleberry, Brian Hemmerlin
  • Patent number: 7389725
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing onto vials. The vials may be connected in a series, the vials having an open end and a closed end. The apparatus comprises a conveyor for moving the vials, the conveyor having a mandrel for receiving the open end of the vials. The mandrel may contain a plurality of receiving post, for capturing the vials. The apparatus may further include a vial depressor for depressing the vials onto the receiving post of the mandrel, a first offset inking transfer device for printing a first ink pattern onto the vials, and a first ultra violet dryer positioned to receive the vials from the first offset inking transfer device and provide for curing of the ink pattern from the first offset inking transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventors: Kent A. Louviere, A. Robert Coningsby, III
  • Patent number: 7347141
    Abstract: A rotary machine including a substantially vertical rotatable drum having pellet-receiving receptacles in its peripheral sidewall. Gravity causes pellets to collect toward the drum's bottom. As the drum rotates, pellets received in the receptacles are carried upwardly from the bottom. A printing device positioned within the peripheral sidewall prints indicia on the inwardly exposed surfaces of the pellets. Optionally, the receptacles define apertures extending through the peripheral sidewall, and a printing device is positioned externally to the peripheral sidewall to print indicia on the outwardly exposed surfaces of the pellets. Drilling or inspection devices may be provided in addition to, or instead of, the printing devices. A support member may be provided adjacent the peripheral sidewall to prevent gravity from causing the pellets to exit the receptacles. Chutes may be provided to supply and remove pellets to and from the drum. An air stream may eject pellets from their receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: R.W. Hartnett Company
    Inventor: Keith W. Boyce
  • Patent number: 7321212
    Abstract: A visual indication for a motor controlled shaft, especially useful for retrofitting hand controlled printing presses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative Motor Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Dina M. Lewis, legal representative, Clarence A. Lewis, deceased
  • Patent number: 7261033
    Abstract: A printing machine includes a support stand, a plate rotational with respect to the stand about an axis of rotation, elements for driving the plate in rotation, at least two mandrels for holding two articles to be printed in succession, the mandrels being carried by the plate, elements for driving the mandrels in rotation about axes of rotation parallel to the axis of rotation of the plate, and a plurality of workstations distributed around the rotational plate. The machine includes elements for the displacement of each mandrel in a plane parallel to the plane of the plate, in order to modify the spacing between the axis of rotation of the mandrel and the axis of rotation of the plate. The elements for the displacement of the mandrels are designed to synchronize the displacement of each mandrel with the rotation of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Machines Dubuit
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Dubuit, Francois Dumenil
  • Patent number: 7124681
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing onto vials. The vials are connected in a series, the vials having an open end and a closed end. The apparatus comprises a conveyor belt for moving the vials, the conveyor having a mandrel for receiving the open end of the vials, the mandrel containing a plurality of receiving post, for receiving the vials. The apparatus further includes a vial depressor for depressing the vial onto the receiving post of the mandrel, a first offset inking transfer device for printing a first ink pattern onto the vials, and a first ultra violent dryer positioned to receive the vials from the first offset inking transfer device and provide for drying of the ink pattern from the first offset inking transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventors: Kent A. Louviere, A. Robert Coningsby, III
  • Patent number: 7047878
    Abstract: A flexographic press of conventional design is used to print on a container, with the container to be printed upon replacing the web and the impression roll of the conventional press. In order to maintain the registration between the print stations, the container is placed into a carrier and stays registered to the carrier until all colors are printed. The carrier is moved between the different print stations and is registered to each print station independently. All print stations are set up to print in exactly the same place relative to the carrier, thus registration is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Kodak Graphic Communications Canada Company
    Inventor: Daniel Gelbart
  • Patent number: 6975413
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit which accommodates an image forming module for forming an image on a recording sheet supplied, and a sheet supply unit disposed in parallel with the image forming unit, having one or plural sheet supply trays and feeding recording sheets stocked in the sheet supply trays to the image forming unit side. Sheet feeding paths from at least some of the sheet supply trays to the image forming unit are constructed as a bypass feeding path extending from the farther sides of the trays from the image forming unit, and a cover which is opened or closed and disposed to face the bypass feeding path is provided to the farther side of a unit case, accommodating the trays, from the image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Sasaoka
  • Patent number: 6907823
    Abstract: A flexographic press of conventional design is used to print on a container, with the container to be printed upon replacing the web and the impression roll of the conventional press. In order to maintain the registration between the print stations, the container is placed into a carrier and stays registered to the carrier until all colors are printed. The carrier is moved between the different print stations and is registered to each print station independently. All print stations are set up to print in exactly the same place relative to the carrier, thus registration is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Creo Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Gelbart
  • Patent number: 6840616
    Abstract: An air folder adjuster (10) includes an air supply (12) and air supply tubing (14) connected to air supply (12) at end (16). The opposite end (18) of air supply tubing (14) is connected to one or more air nozzles (20). In a printing press utilized for folding documents such as books, air folder adjuster (10) is positioned so that air nozzles (20) direct compressed air from air supply (12) downward onto the head (26) of document (24) on either side of chopper arm (34) during the folding process thus ensuring that the document (24) lies flat, square, and untouched during the folding process and thereby allowing the elimination of chopper brushes altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Scott Summers
  • Patent number: 6827509
    Abstract: A compact disc transporter has been described that includes a two-step printer. The printer uses an intermediate transfer sheet to receive a print image that is subsequently transferred to a compact disc. The transporter allows parallel processing of image data and content data. A significant time reduction can be achieved by preprinting the image to a transfer sheet prior to transferring the image to a CD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Rimage Corporation
    Inventors: David Suden, Jay Carter, William Vangen, Hiroshi Takahashi, Takashi Onozato, Tadami Kikuchi, Tadashi Nakamura, Toshihiko Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 6692701
    Abstract: A device for providing incremental translation in multiple directions, having a base plate (3), a first plate (1), a second plate (2) and means for translation, such as differentially spaced holes (4,5). When the device includes an optional separate applicator (8) with pins (6) for delivering a specimen to a surface (3d), such as a slide, the device can be used in a method for making microarrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: V & P Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick H. Cleveland
  • Patent number: 6631673
    Abstract: A transfer device with which the hollow bodies to be printed in a printing machine may be transferred from a supply conveyor means to a capstan plate associated with the printing device. Since the hollow bodies are supplied by the supply conveyor means with a distance between them, which is smaller than the pitch of the receiving capstans of the capstan plate serving to accept the hollow bodies, a transfer rotor is placed in between, which possesses holding units, which perform the hollow body transfer as part of a pitch matching operation. A similar arrangement may also be employed to transfer already printed hollow bodies from the capstan plate to a removal conveyor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Hinterkopf GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Aichele
  • Patent number: 6626112
    Abstract: A method of successively and automatically transfer printing an integral design on the leaves of a blind with one round of processing includes steps of conveying both the leaves of a blind and a transfer printing paper roll automatically and press them together in a thermo-transfer printing device. Thus, the designs of the transfer printing paper roll can be automatically transferred and printed on the leaves of a blind, which has an integral design after combined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Yung Chiu
  • Patent number: 6613284
    Abstract: A device for providing incremental translation in multiple directions, having a base plate (3), a first plate (1), a second plate (2) and means for translation, such as differentially spaced holes (4,5). When the device includes an optional separate applicator (8) with pins (6) for delivering a specimen to a surface (3d), such as a slide, the device can be used in a method for making microarrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: V&P Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick H. Cleveland
  • Patent number: 6550379
    Abstract: A printing machine for printing an integral design on the leaves of a blind includes a material distributing device, a material delivering device, a printing device, a heat-drying device and a material tidying device combined together. Leaves preset in number are orderly separated and placed in the material distributing device to be pushed to the material delivering device and then each leaf is orderly pushed into the printing device for printing designs. After the leaves are printed with designs, they are heat-dried one by one orderly by the heat-drying device and subsequently carried to the material tidying device to be collected into units and tied up, thus possible to produce by a large number, to lower processing cost and greatly beautify the leaves of a blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Yung Chiu
  • Patent number: 6520079
    Abstract: A rubber blanket is provided with reinforcement rails on one or both of its ends. These reinforcement rails are positionable in a narrow channel in a rubber blanket cylinder. The reinforcement rail or rails extend beyond the ends of the channel. Rubber blanket cylinder tensioning devices engage the extending ends of the rubber blanket reinforcement parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Helmut Holm
  • Patent number: RE42388
    Abstract: An air folder adjuster (10) includes an air supply (12) and air supply tubing (14) connected to air supply (12) at end (16). The opposite end (18) of air supply tubing (14) is connected to one or more air nozzles (20). In a printing press utilized for folding documents such as books, air folder adjuster (10) is positioned so that air nozzles (20) direct compressed air from air supply (12) downward onto the head (26) of document (24) on either side of chopper arm (34) during the folding process thus ensuring that the document (24) lies flat, square, and untouched during the folding process and thereby allowing the elimination of chopper brushes altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Summers