Bed And Platen Patents (Class 101/41)
  • Patent number: 10800156
    Abstract: Provided is a fabricating method of a pattern, which includes preparing a first substrate having a first width and a first thickness, stretching the first substrate and preparing a second substrate having a second width and a second thickness, forming a base layer made of a material of a pattern which will be formed on the second substrate, removing a predetermined region of the base layer and forming a first pattern having a first line width and a first height on the second substrate, and removing a tensile force applied to the second substrate to restore the second substrate back to being the first substrate and forming a second pattern having a second line width and a second height on the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CHANGWON NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION CORPS
    Inventors: Young Tae Cho, Yoon Gyo Jung, Yeon Ho Jeong, Seung Hang Shin, Hyun Min Choi
  • Patent number: 10571841
    Abstract: A thickness detector includes a rotator having different shape marks, disposed at different positions in a rotation direction; an opposing member disposed opposite the rotator; a detector to detect and output a displacement amount of the rotator or the opposing member in a sheet thickness direction; and a controller. The controller is configured to acquire first output values for one rotation from the detector, in a state without sheet; determine, based on a value output from the detector, whether one of the plurality of marks is detected in a state with the sheet held; acquire a predetermined number of second output values after one of the marks is detected; extract, from the first output values, values corresponding to the second output values, based on the value corresponding to the detected mark; and calculate a sheet thickness based on the second output values and the extracted first output values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Fujita, Keita Maejima, Hiroshi Okamura, Masaki Tsugawa, Yuji Ikeda, Yohei Kushida, Emiko Kawarasaki
  • Patent number: 10526100
    Abstract: A processing device and method for processing a stack of bags having a multitude of open-mouth bags are provided, including a stacking device on which the stack of bags can be disposed in a base position, wherein the open-mouth bags of the stack have a bag length and an open filling mouth at one end. A marker device and a bag conveying device are provided that are suitable and provided for gripping the topmost open-mouth bag of the stack in the base position and displacing it to a take-up position that is only partially supported on the stack of bags and putting at least one mark on the open-mouth bags in the take-up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventor: Volker Schuette
  • Patent number: 10513109
    Abstract: A gravure offset printing apparatus includes two clamps, a printing roller and a driving device. The two clamps are applicable to clamp individually two opposing ends of a blanket. The printing roller having an axial direction parallel to a first direction is disposed between the two clamps. The blanket wraps part of a radial periphery of the printing roller. The driving device is to drive the two clamps to undergo reverse motions so as to displace the blanket, and the blanket further rotates the printing roller. A gravure module, disposed on a platform of the gravure offset printing apparatus, has a groove for containing an offset ink. While the two clamps pull the blanket to undergo the reverse motions, a surface of the blanket contacts the gravure module so as to adhere the offset ink on the surface of the blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kai-Jiun Wang, Chih-Ming Chen, Yu-Ming Wang, Yi-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10316972
    Abstract: A keg/cask seal for a keg or cask containing a beverage is disclosed. A color mark is arranged in a geometrically defined shape on a top side of the keg/cask seal. The geometrically defined color mark allows a conclusion to be drawn about the time lapsed since the keg/cask seal was installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DSI GETRAENKEARMATUREN GMBH
    Inventor: Harald Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 10293597
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a tablet printing apparatus includes: a conveyor belt that includes a suction hole connected to a suction chamber, and conveys a tablet while sucking the tablet to the suction hole; an ink jet print head that has a nozzle surface where a nozzle is formed, and is located above the conveyor belt such that the nozzle surface faces the conveyor belt, and performs printing on the tablet conveyed by the conveyor belt; and a control plate that is located on the upstream side of the print head in the conveying direction of the tablet between the conveyor belt and the height position of the nozzle surface of the print head, and controls an airflow generated between the conveyor belt and the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Azusa Hirano, Yasutsugu Tsuruoka, Yuki Umemura, Junsuke Komito
  • Patent number: 10213958
    Abstract: 3-D printers include a transfuse station having at least one roller on one side of the ITB supporting the ITB, and a transmission device on the same side of the ITB. A platen is included that moves relative to the ITB. The ITB electrostatically transfers a layer made up of the different color build materials and the support material to the platen each time the platen contacts the other side of the ITB at the transfuse station (the side of the ITB opposite the transfuse station roller and transmission device) using vibration and charge devices; and this successively forms multiple layers of the build materials and the support material on the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert E. Rosdahl, Jr., Robert R. Reed, Christine A. Steurrys, Richard P. Ficarra
  • Patent number: 9950508
    Abstract: An electrostatic screen printer includes: an electrically conductive screen arranged in non-contact with a printing medium; sponges for rubbing a powder into the screen; and a direct current power source for applying a voltage to the printing medium and the powder, wherein the powder rubbed into the screen is adhered to the printing medium by electrostatic induction. The electrostatic screen printer includes a rotation mechanism for rotating the sponges, a parent revolution mechanism for parent revolution of the sponges, and a child revolution mechanism for child revolution of the sponges. The revolution speed ratio of the child revolution to the parent revolution may preferably be 4.0 or greater, a scraper is provided on the parent revolution mechanism so as to be interlocked with the revolution of the sponges, and the scraper is arranged so as to scrape the powder on the screen toward an axis of the parent revolution because of the interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Fukui, Kenji Okamoto, Yasushi Takano
  • Patent number: 9721335
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method and system for monitoring food product processing operations and facilities. The food products are examined and/or analyzed with respect to the quality and integrity of the processing thereof, any markings applied thereto, and compliance with commercial, regulatory, or customer requirements. The present disclosure provides a machine vision system that is used in connection with the food processing operations to examine and analyze the eggs being processed. In a preferred embodiment, the machine vision system includes at least one imaging sensor for capturing images of the processing thereof and is positioned above the path along which the food products are conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: YTA HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Phillips, Richard C. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 9475598
    Abstract: A system and method for wrapping bales of agricultural material including, but not limited to, cotton bales and biomass bales, provides a supply of tubular wrapping material at an outlet end of bale forming apparatus, for receiving successive large bales, and gathers, clamps, and cuts the wrapping material at a point between a just wrapped bale and the discharge opening, for closing the end of the wrapper of the just finished bale, and forming the wrapper for the next bale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Kevin S. Richman, Jesse H. Orsborn
  • Patent number: 9272505
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is described. The printing apparatus has at least one pad including a cavity and a printing surface, a printing device adapted to form at least one image portion on the printing surface of the least one pad, a pad moving apparatus adapted to orient the pad in a first working position in which the image portion is formed in the printing surface of the pad by means of the printing device and in a second working position, different from the first working position, in which the image portion is imprinted on the object to be decorated by pressing the pad onto the object, a further device adapted to act on the cavity of the pad to determine a flat shape of the printing surface of the entire pad in the first working position and a substantially convex shape of the printing surface of the entire pad in the second working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: TOSH S.R.L.
    Inventor: Caterina Gemelli
  • Patent number: 9114282
    Abstract: Sports equipment, particularly game balls, are printed with an ink cured with light in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The ink uses a photoinitiator that absorbs light in both the ultraviolet region and in a range of from about 400 nm to about 690 nm in the visible light region, a Type I photoinitiator compound absorbing in only the visible region, or a Type II photoinitiator compound either containing an abstractable hydrogen or used with a free radical-curable material comprising an abstractable hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Kennedy, III
  • Patent number: 8997645
    Abstract: A print pad has a nearly spherical tip section having a first radius. A partially spherical first midsection is behind the tip section, the first midsection having a radius less that the radius of the tip section. A frustoconical second midsection is behind the first midsection. A bell shaped third midsection is behind the second midsection, and a frustoconical base is behind the third midsection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Cameron
  • Patent number: 8978556
    Abstract: The present invention provides kits and methods for selectively transferring a portion of an image from a substrate (e.g., paper) to a dough (e.g., Silly Putty®) comprising pressing the dough onto an image printed on the substrate. The image comprises transferable ink and non-transferable ink. At least a portion of the image comprising transferable ink transfers from the substrate to the dough and the non-transferable ink does not transfer from the substrate to the dough. The dough can be used to reveal an image that was “hidden” within the visible image printed on the substrate. The present invention also provides methods for making a substrate with an image comprising transferable ink (e.g., cold-set web ink) and non-transferable ink (e.g., sheet-fed offset ink) printed thereon, comprising using a sheet-fed offset press to print the image onto the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Crayola LLC
    Inventors: David McClure, Keith Ketchman, Michael Craig
  • Patent number: 8955432
    Abstract: The supply of a negative pressure to an opening P(+1) adjacent to an opening P(0) is stopped by switching a suction valve connected to the opening P(+1) from an open state to a closed state while keeping a positive pressure valve connected thereto closed. Then, near the opening P(+1), a force for holding a blanket becomes gradually weaker against a pressure force in a pressurized space. Associated with that, an air component in the pressurized space flows into a space between a portion of the blanket vertically above the opening P(+1) and an upper surface, whereby the blanket portion is lifted from the upper surface and brought into contact with the lower surface of a printing plate. In this way, a contact area is slowly and stably widened while a sudden change of a pressure in the pressurized space SP5 is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masafumi Kawagoe, Mikio Masuichi, Tomoyuki Komura, Hiroyuki Ueno, Miyoshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8943963
    Abstract: A method for producing a metal thin film on a substrate includes: a step of applying an ink to a flat blanket; a first transfer step of bringing the first blanket and a letterpress having a predetermined pattern of projections into contact by a pressure compression while the flat blanked and the letterpress being disposed opposite each other, to selectively transfer a portion of the ink on the flat blanket corresponding to the projections to the letterpress; a second transfer step of bringing the flat blanket obtained after the first transfer step and the substrate into contact by pressure compression while the flat blanket and the substrate being disposed opposite each other, to transfer the ink remaining on the flat blanket to the substrate; and a step of subjecting the substrate obtained after the second transfer step to electroless plating to deposit a metal thin film on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masanobu Tanaka, Hirotsugu Ishihara, Toshiki Shimamura, Takahiro Kamei
  • Patent number: 8943968
    Abstract: A method for producing a metal thin film on a substrate includes: a step of applying an ink to a flat blanket; a first transfer step of bringing the first blanket and a letterpress having a predetermined pattern of projections into contact by a pressure compression while the flat blanked and the letterpress being disposed opposite each other, to selectively transfer a portion of the ink on the flat blanket corresponding to the projections to the letterpress; a second transfer step of bringing the flat blanket obtained after the first transfer step and the substrate into contact by pressure compression while the flat blanket and the substrate being disposed opposite each other, to transfer the ink remaining on the flat blanket to the substrate; and a step of subjecting the substrate obtained after the second transfer step to electroless plating to deposit a metal thin film on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masanobu Tanaka, Hirotsugu Ishihara, Toshiki Shimamura, Takahiro Kamei
  • Publication number: 20150027327
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of orienting and decorating container end closures is provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to apparatus and methods used to position container end closures in a predetermined orientation and then decorate a predetermined portion of the end closures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Dean C. Ellefson
  • Patent number: 8904928
    Abstract: At least one printing unit which can be moved into a print-image pickup position and into a print-image transfer position fitted with a first printing pad support involving a first pad support system or first pad seat for a first printing pad and a printing plate carrier to receive a printing plate, said printing unit also including a second pad support fitted with a second support system or second pad seat for a second printing pad, the two pad supports are such that the first support system of the first pad support and the second seat or second support system of the first pad support and the second pickup or second support system of the second pad support face each other at least when in the print-image transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: ITW Morlock GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Vogt, Thomas Pfeifle
  • Patent number: 8905657
    Abstract: A marking object having at least one object blank (3) and held by an object carrier (2), the object blank (3) being markable by a marking apparatus (7). To configure the marking objects such that the known drawbacks are eliminated, the object carrier (2) has at least one identification means (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) that contains at least one piece of information relating to the marking object (1) and/or the identification means (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) can be used to store at least one piece of information relating to the marking object (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Georg Grunenberg, Thorsten Diessel
  • Patent number: 8893617
    Abstract: A printing method includes a step of dividing the to-be-printed surface 10 of a to-be-printed object 100 into a plurality of small to-be-printed surfaces 1a, 1b, . . . (a, b, . . . will be omitted below) and dividing a picture 20 to be printed on the to-be-printed surface 10 into small pictures 2 to be printed on the small to-be-printed surfaces 1, a step of a creating small developed picture 3 by developing each of the small pictures 2 into a plane, a step of putting ink on small printing original plate 30 corresponding to the small to-be-printed surface 1 according to the small developed picture 2, a step of a pressing small printing blanket 40 corresponding to each of the small to-be-printed surfaces 1 against the corresponding small printing original plate 30 and transferring the ink, and a step of printing the picture 20 on the to-be-printed surface 1 by pressing the small printing blanket 30 grasped by the arm of a multi-axis robot against the small to-be-printed surface 1 to print the small picture 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Shuhou Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 8893619
    Abstract: A method for printing on a curved surface and a printed curved surface body using the method. The method includes the steps of: applying printing ink having a viscosity of 5-500 PaS, preferably 5-250 PaS, to a protrusion portion of a relief printing master plate 3 which is a flat plate with the protrusion portion 0.1-50 ?m high, preferably 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Shuhou Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 8881652
    Abstract: A template is provided to stretch socks out slightly so the surface of the socks are smooth and flat for printing. In order to make the process cost effective, the templates are designed to print either 2 or 3 pairs of socks at one time, the template comprises: a planar registration portion configured to assist a user to align the printing template with a printer tray; and first and second receiving portions orthogonally extending from the registration portion, each receiving portion configured to receive a garment opening and having a width configured to flatten a portion of the received sock for printing, wherein the first and second receiving portions extend in opposite direction of the planar registration portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jann Middo, Hayley Mullin
  • Patent number: 8863658
    Abstract: A pad printing machine comprising a work board. The work board is situated in front of the pad printing machine and fitted with an optical display displaying given operational states of the pad printing machine to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: ITW Morlock GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Morlock, Wilfried Beron
  • Patent number: 8843054
    Abstract: A downsized recording apparatus capable of housing inside a holding member that holds a disc recording medium so as to convey the disc recording medium. The recording apparatus includes a conveyance unit that conveys a sheet; a recording unit that performs recording on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit; a duplex conveyance path that guides the sheet having recording performed on a first side thereof by the recording unit and reverses the sheet before guiding the sheet to the conveyance unit so that recording is performed on a second side of the sheet having recording performed on the first side thereof, the second side being opposite the first side; a holding-member-housing portion provided at a position enclosed by the duplex conveyance path, the portion housing a holding member that holds a disc recording medium; and a moving unit that moves the holding member to the conveyance unit so that the holding member is conveyed by the conveyance unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruo Uchida
  • Patent number: 8833249
    Abstract: A liquid supply assembly for use with a printing system of a type in which a liquid is deposited from the liquid supply assembly in a receiving region on a plate and any excess of the liquid in the receiving region is scraped from the plate by the liquid supply assembly. To this end, the liquid supply assembly employs a reusable cup, a disposable cup insert and a scraping element. As assembled, the reusable cup includes a reusable liquid reservoir, the disposable cup insert includes a temporary liquid reservoir holding the liquid within the reusable liquid reservoir, and the scraping element includes a conduit facilitating a flow of the liquid held by the temporary liquid reservoir through the conduit to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Kucaba, Dana Pulvino, Robert Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8820230
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing is provided. The method includes preparing a hollow printing pad having a transfer surface, the printing pad being configured so that when the transfer surface is pushed, the gas in the hollow part is released to the outside of the printing pad; transferring ink or paint in recesses formed on the surface of a printing plate to the transfer surface of the printing pad by applying the ink or paint onto the surface of the printing plate and by pressing the transfer surface of the printing pad against the surface of the printing plate; and transferring the ink or paint to the object to be printed by pressing the transfer surface of the printing pad against the object to be printed until at least the hemispherical portion of the object to be printed is wrapped by the transfer surface of the printing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuya Inoue, Takashi Ohira
  • Patent number: 8807031
    Abstract: Pallets for flat-printing multiple areas of a 3-dimensional object, especially in a single print job as received by the printing system, and methods for printing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Vistaprint Schweiz GmbH
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Styles, Barry M. Parent, Michael K. Gospodorz, Heike Hafke
  • Patent number: 8800439
    Abstract: A rotary pad printing system comprises a compressible pad wheel (105), one or more inkjet or other image applicator heads (400), optional treatment stations (500), a shaft encoder (535), a control unit (540), and an image source (565). The image applicator heads apply an image to the wheel and the treatment stations can supply treatments such as heat, gas, light, overcoats, and undercoats. The image is then transferred to a receiving surface (532). An optional cleaning station (510) cleans the rotary pad prior to application of the next or a continuous image. Each image can be different and can be applied to a moving surface. Since the rotary pad can continuously receive updated image information, the area printed can range from a single pixel to an image of indefinite length. In an alternative embodiment, a domed pad is used. In another alternative embodiment, a flexible belt (1000) is used instead of a rotary wheel. In another alternative embodiment, a segmented pad (2205) is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Lloyd Douglas Clark, Brian A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8784939
    Abstract: A shoe platen to securely hold a shoe so that graphics, including custom graphics, can be printed on the shoe automatically. The platen comprises a shoe plate 102 configured to receive shoes such as high-top shoes or low top shoes. Adjusters 104, 106 can also be used to accommodate shoes of various styles and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pics on Kicks, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Romero, Fernando Padilla
  • 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: 8695495
    Abstract: Disclosed is a nail print apparatus including a storage unit in which a plurality of sets of data relating to a plurality of design parts constituting each of a plurality of design images are stored, a photographing unit which obtains a finger image by photographing a finger, a nail region information detection unit which extracts a nail region from the finger image and detects an area, a length in horizontal direction and a length in vertical direction of the nail region, a design selection unit which selects one design image from the design images which are stored in the storage unit, a part layout calculation unit which reads out the one design image and calculates a print size and a print position of each of the design parts, and a print unit which performs a printing to the nail region according to printing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shogo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8677897
    Abstract: A pad printing machine including at least one pad holder and an object carrier which is positionally displaceably relative to the pad holder and is designed to receive one or more objects, where said pad printing machine further comprises a setup print image receiving element at a fixed distance from the object carrier, further an image recorder to generate an image of at least one zone of the setup print image receiving element, a position deviation detector ascertaining the deviation of the actual position of a print image situated on the print image receiving element from a reference position defined by reference data, and a position shift ascertaining element to ascertain the shift of the object carrier relative to a reference position, as well as a method for printing objects using a pad printing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: ITW Morlock GmbH
    Inventor: Udo Vogt
  • Patent number: 8671835
    Abstract: A liquid supply assembly for use with a printing system of a type in which a liquid is deposited from the liquid supply assembly in a receiving region on a plate and any excess of the liquid in the receiving region is scraped from the plate by the liquid supply assembly. To this end, the liquid supply assembly employs a reusable cup, a disposable cup insert and a scraping element. As assembled, the reusable cup includes a reusable liquid reservoir, the disposable cup insert includes a temporary liquid reservoir holding the liquid within the reusable liquid reservoir, and the scraping element includes a conduit facilitating a flow of the liquid held by the temporary liquid reservoir through the conduit to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Kucaba, Dana Pulvino, Robert Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8607699
    Abstract: A rotating cliché pad printer includes a frame, a flat cliché operably mounted to the frame, an ink cup configured to reside on the cliché and a pad applicator. The cliché includes at least one etched region and is adapted to receive ink thereon in the etched region. The ink cup is configured to reside on the cliché and to deposit ink into the at least one etched region. The cliché and ink cup are rotatably movable relative to one another. The pad applicator includes at least one pad adapted to move into and out of contact with the at least one etched region to receive ink from the etched region. The pad is further configured to contact an associated object to transfer the received ink to the associated object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Dana Pulvino, Tracy Kucaba, Christopher T. Schaafsma
  • Patent number: 8590447
    Abstract: Automated marking devices for self-administering hand markings and methods of use are provided. A device for self-administering hand markings includes a housing, a stamp driving assembly, a stamp assembly, and a planar surface for receiving a patron's hand. The stamp assembly is configured to substantially leave a full stamp impression on the patron's hand, regardless of varying topologies, sizes, and orientations of hands that are placed in the hand marking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Museum of Science
    Inventors: Jonathan Burke, Heather Calvin, Aileen Duffy, Michael Horvath, Kevin McEleney
  • Patent number: 8568829
    Abstract: A cap platen to securely hold headwear, such as caps, hats, and the like, so that graphics, including custom graphics, can be printed on the cap automatically. The platen has a vise plate to support the bill of a cap and a face plate attached to the vise plate to hold the crown of cap. Arms can be attached to the vise plate or the face plate to apply a biasing force against the sides of the cap pushed the sides of the cap outwardly away from the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Fernando Padilla
  • Patent number: 8490544
    Abstract: A pad printing machine with a holder for a printing plate includes an ink supply device having a hollow body which rests with its front face on the printing plate during operation of the machine, a device for producing a relative movement between the printing plate and the hollow body, and a printing pad which can be pressed onto the inked printing plate and receives the ink from recesses in the printing plate and transfers the ink to an object to be printed. The drive assembly for the relative movement between the hollow body and the printing plate has a rotatably driven first cam and the drive assembly for the pad has a rotatably driven second cam, wherein both cams are arranged on a single control disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Tampoprint AG
    Inventors: Oliver Nitschke, Wilfried Philipp
  • Patent number: 8465143
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatuses are described for a continuous line process of printing a digital continuously variable image on a textile. The systems and methods provide for accomplishing all tasks associated with printing a textile simultaneously for multiple textiles at varying stages of the printing process without interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: CafePress Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Marino, Fred Edward Durham, III
  • Publication number: 20130118368
    Abstract: A liquid supply assembly for use with a printing system of a type in which a liquid is deposited from the liquid supply assembly in a receiving region on a plate and any excess of the liquid in the receiving region is scraped from the plate by the liquid supply assembly. To this end, the liquid supply assembly employs a reusable cup, a disposable cup insert and a scraping element. As assembled, the reusable cup includes a reusable liquid reservoir, the disposable cup insert includes a temporary liquid reservoir holding the liquid within the reusable liquid reservoir, and the scraping element includes a conduit facilitating a flow of the liquid held by the temporary liquid reservoir through the conduit to the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • Patent number: 8408122
    Abstract: An auto alignment pad printer for transferring print to an associated object includes a frame, a fixture for supporting the associated object and a cliché operably mounted to the frame. The cliché includes at least one etched region and is adapted to receive ink in the etched region. An ink cup is configured to deposit ink into the etched region. A pad applicator includes a pad support having at least one pad thereon. The pad is adapted to move into and out of contact with the etched region to receive ink from the etched region and to contact an object to transfer the received ink to the object. A pad applicator alignment assembly includes a first set of cooperating projections and receivers mounted to the pad applicator and to the cliché and/or the frame near to the cliché, and a second set of cooperating projections and receivers mounted to the pad applicator and to the fixture for supporting the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Marc C. Piscitello, Christopher T. Schaafsma, Gerald L. Voegele, Jesse C. Darley
  • Patent number: 8393267
    Abstract: A liquid supply assembly for use with a printing system of a type in which a liquid is deposited from the liquid supply assembly in a receiving region on a plate and any excess of the liquid in the receiving region is scraped from the plate by the liquid supply assembly. To this end, the liquid supply assembly employs a reusable cup, a disposable cup insert and a scraping element. As assembled, the reusable cup includes a reusable liquid reservoir, the disposable cup insert includes a temporary liquid reservoir holding the liquid within the reusable liquid reservoir, and the scraping element includes a conduit facilitating a flow of the liquid held by the temporary liquid reservoir through the conduit to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Kucaba, Dana Pulvino, Robert Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8371220
    Abstract: A hat pallet for use in a printer which prints an image onto a hat of the type having a cap and a bill attached thereto includes a bottom plate and a top plate mountable in a closed position over the bottom plate. The bottom plate includes a printing plate and a bill support fixedly mounted thereon. The top plate has an opening exposing at least a portion of the printing plate when the top plate is in the closed position. The bill support is positioned relative to the printing plate such that when the hat is mounted in the pallet with the top plate in the closed position, a portion of the cap on which the image is to be printed is supported on the printing plate and exposed through the opening of the top plate and the underside of the bill of the hat is supported by the bill support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Vistaprint Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Styles, Barry M. Parent
  • Patent number: 8365659
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stamp head (1) for printing uneven surfaces, especially agricultural products such as poultry eggs, by means of screen printing. The stamp ink is stored in a tampon (5) within a stamp chamber (2) and is transferred to the egg surface with the aid of structures of a small coated screen printing plate (4). The stamp head (2) can be fastened to a stamp guiding assembly (7) via a stamp pressing element (10) such that an egg stamp (50) is created which can be vertically moved up and down on a stamp bar (18), the stamping process being carried out by means of the vertical movement. Several egg stamps (50) can be mounted on the stamp bar (18) such that a stamping apparatus is created which allows several eggs to be printed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Nuovo AG
    Inventor: Werner Isler
  • Patent number: 8356552
    Abstract: In one aspect of a first embodiment, a rotary pad printing system comprises a controller (400), an image source (498) that provides an image to the controller, a rotary pad (200) that is urged to rotate by a first motive source, a monochrome or color ink source or applicator such as an inkjet (215), and an actuator (235, 730). The system has the ability to print onto a flat or uneven surface (410). The controller actuates the ink source, causing it to deposit an ink image (202) onto a rotating pad wheel (200). As the surface moves, the wheel is held in contact with the surface by an actuator (235) or arm (705). As the wheel turns in contact with the surface, the ink image comes into contact with the surface and transfers to it, thereby printing the ink image onto a flat or uneven surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Lloyd Douglas Clark, Brian A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8342088
    Abstract: A method for pad printing a pattern on a textile substrate with a pad printing machine, and fabric and apparel so formed from the textile substrate. The method includes the steps of positioning the textile substrate on the printing area of the pad printing machine, transferring a pattern having at least one color from the cliché of the pad printing machine to a printing pad, and transferring the pattern from the printing pad to the textile substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Edmund L. Pace, Gregory S. Braxton
  • Patent number: 8302529
    Abstract: The stamp-type printer includes: a stamp-type printer comprising: a receiving section for receiving image data including character information; a transfer member; a print head for printing an image on a portion of the transfer member with ink based on the received image data; and a transport member for transporting the printed portion of the transfer member to a contact transfer position, wherein a stamping operation is performed by causing the printed portion to come in contact with a desired recording medium at the contact transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanobu Deguchi
  • Patent number: 8287118
    Abstract: A method and apparatus a digital ink-jet printer are presented. A radiation-curable ink is continuously applies to successive locations on a substrate along a print line extending across the substrate. Concurrently with the continuous application of the radiation-curable ink along the print line, first curing radiation of a predetermined first intensity is continuously applied to the applied ink on the successive locations on the substrate along said print line, with a certain time delay, constant for all the locations on the substrate, between the applications of ink and to the first curing radiation. Second curing radiation of a predetermined second intensity is applied to the locations on the substrate a certain time period, constant for all the locations on the substrate, after the application of the first curing radiation to said locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Rodin, Kobi Markovich
  • Patent number: 8261660
    Abstract: Provided are an optimized tool apparatus and methods for dry transfer printing of semiconductor elements with high yield and good placement accuracy. The tool apparatus comprises a vacuum coupled fast peel apparatus that provides high pickup yield of the semiconductor elements. In an aspect, this vacuum coupled apparatus provides high pickup rates during pickup of the semiconductor elements from a donor/source wafer. Provided is a tool apparatus for dry transfer printing with a reinforced composite stamp having a thin glass-backing. The tool apparatus also comprises a pressure regulated micro-chamber which provides precise control of a composite stamp lamination and de-lamination. In an aspect, the micro-chamber has an internal cavity volume that is variably controlled, thereby providing precise control of the force on the stamp, and corresponding separation velocity, and improved semiconductor element pick-up and/or placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Semprius, Inc.
    Inventor: Etienne Menard
  • Patent number: 8196511
    Abstract: Method for overprinting already printed packages includes preparing a raster or steel magnetic block which is provided with a clamping plate, wherein the block is engraved with the aid of a jet etching device and represents new texts or patterns which are applicable by tampon printing using specific inks on a located existing and already printed part of a box, drying, verifying and packing the box. The method is used for overprinting and includes masking an undesired area by printing a blanking pavement and afterwards by overprinting a desired text, instruction or a pattern thereon and uses an automatic line including a de-stacker (3) for automatically feeding boxes, at least one printing head (1), at least one drying tunnel (4) and at least one restacker (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Overprint AG
    Inventor: Yves Ismael