Utilizing Radiant Energy Or Heat Patents (Class 101/470)
  • Patent number: 10336061
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a liquid absorption unit configured to absorb a liquid component from an ink image formed on a transfer member before transferring the ink image to a print medium. The liquid absorption unit includes a liquid absorbing member configured to absorb the liquid component, a support unit configured to support the liquid absorbing member to be movable cyclically, an applying unit arranged in a moving path of the liquid absorbing member and configured to apply a moisturizing liquid while contacting the liquid absorbing member, and a supply unit configured to supply the moisturizing liquid to the applying unit. The printing apparatus includes a control unit configured to control a supply amount of the moisturizing liquid to the applying unit supplied by the supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichiro Yanagi, Masahiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10299562
    Abstract: An applicator that causes a liquid applying material accumulated inside, for example, a cosmetic tool, such as an eye liner and an eyebrow pencil, or a gray-hair partially dyeing tool for hair, an eyebrow, or a similar part, to infiltrate into an application portion to use this liquid applying material for application or drawing from a distal end application portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WINTRADING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10272657
    Abstract: A method of micropatterning a substrate is provided. The method comprises providing a template substrate having a patterned surface inked with a composition of interest; contacting the patterned surface with an intermediate substrate, thereby transferring the composition to the surface of the intermediate substrate; contacting the surface of the intermediate substrate comprising the composition with the substrate; and removing the intermediate substrate by dissolution using a solvent. A patterned substrate formed using the method, as well as a biosensor comprising the patterned substrate is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Haiyang Yu, Lay Poh Tan
  • Patent number: 10244882
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking vessel and a method for manufacturing the same wherein a plurality of concave and convex portions is protrudingly formed to a shape of a dotted line, not to a shape of a solid line, on the bottom surface of the cooking vessel, thus maximizing a non-stick effect to prevent food from sticking to the bottom surface of the cooking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KIMS HOLDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heonho Lee, Jongmoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10189245
    Abstract: A printing assembly for sublimation transfer printing includes: a feed mechanism by which a web of carrier is fed in a machine direction to a printer; the printer including: a carrier transport unit, controllably movable along a machine direction; digital printing stations for the deposition of sublimation ink or inks onto the carrier; a feed mechanism for the substrate material to be printed; a heat press for transferring the sublimation ink or inks onto the substrate material; and an outlet for the substrate material and used carrier, where the printing stations extend transversally to the machine direction and cover the width of carrier. A method for sublimation transfer printing may use the printing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SPGPrints B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Jan Smallegange, Sjoerd Peter Van De Geijn
  • Patent number: 9709260
    Abstract: A heat generating device including a heat generating element and an enclosing material entirely enclosing the heat generating element. The heat generating element includes a base sheet formed of a fibrous sheet containing superabsorbent polymer particles and hydrophilic fibers and a layer of a heat generative composition containing oxidizable metal particles on a side of the base sheet. The enclosing material includes a first cover sheet and a second cover sheet bonded together in their peripheral portions to provide a space therebetween in which the heat generating member is placed. The heat generating element in the space is in a non-fixed state to the enclosing material. The first cover sheet has air permeability in part and is disposed on the side of the layer of the heat generative composition. The heat generating device is capable of releasing steam from the side of the first cover sheet during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Ueno, Hideo Kobayashi, Kazutoshi Ootsuka
  • Patent number: 9688065
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of forming, using a sublimation ink, an image that is free of outline blurring on a transfer medium even when the thickness of an ink fixation layer is increased. In order to solve this problem, a transfer film 10 is provided with a base material film 11, a transfer binder layer 12, a sublimation ink layer 13, and a mask layer 14 which is provided in a region where sublimation ink is not transferred to media 100, the transfer binder layer 12 being configured from a material which is permeated by sublimation of the sublimation ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takeuchi, Katsumi Nakayashiki
  • Patent number: 9682886
    Abstract: A side surface of a cover glass of an electronic device may be coated with a curable ink to reduce leakage of light from the side surface. The ink may be deposited on the side surface via a pen comprising a reservoir, a valve, and a nib. The nib may comprise a fiber bundle through which pigment particles may pass. The ink may be precisely deposited via the nib on the side surface without visible ink overflowing to a front surface or a back surface of the cover glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Angeles Marcia Almanza-Workman, Shan Cheng, Gregory Turner Witmer, Yean Chan Woon, Keith Ho Soo Suan
  • Patent number: 9674966
    Abstract: Process of depositing a metallic pattern on a medium, said process comprising: generating pulsed laser beams from a pulsed laser source, wherein the laser beams have a wavelength for which the medium is substantially transparent, focussing the laser beams onto a target layer comprising inorganic particles, dispersed in a laser light degradable/combustible organic matrix, said target layer producing ejecta in response to an interaction of said laser beams and said target layer, accumulating at least a portion of said ejecta on said medium within the desired pattern, providing the pattern by electroless metal plating. The invention further relates to a transparent medium comprising a metallic pattern wherein the adhesion between the metallic pattern and the medium is at least 5N/cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Wilhelmus Maria Gelissen, Raul Marcelino Perez Graterol
  • Patent number: 9342767
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus including: a first image data creation unit configured to create image data of a main image to be formed on the front side of a first medium; a second image data creation unit configured to create image data of a sub-image to be formed on the back side of the first medium; and an engine unit configured to form the main image on the front side of the first medium on the basis of the image data of the main image, and the sub-image on the back side of the first medium on the basis of the image data of the sub-image. A position indication part that indicates a position of the main image on the front side of the first medium is formed on the sub-image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Yamanouchi
  • Patent number: 8347787
    Abstract: A printhead subsystem is disclosed for selectively removing portions of a layer of dampening fluid disposed over an arbitrarily reimageable surface in a variable data lithographic system. The subsystem comprises a thermal printhead element disposed proximate the arbitrarily reimageable surface, and driving circuitry communicatively connected to the thermal printhead for selectively temporarily heating the thermal printhead to an elevated temperature. Portions of the dampening fluid layer proximate the thermal printhead are vaporized and driven off the arbitrarily reimageable surface by the thermal printhead when the thermal printhead is at the elevated temperature, to thereby form voids in the dampening fluid layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated, Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Stowe, Steven Moore
  • Patent number: 6777164
    Abstract: The invention provides a lithographic printing for precursor having an imagable coating on an aluminum support, wherein the imagable coating comprises a polymeric substance comprising colorant groups, and wherein the aluminum support on which the coating is provided is anodized but not subsequently modified by means of a post-anodic treatment compound, and the coating does not comprise a colorant dye. The polymeric substance may also comprise pendent infra-red or developer dissolution inhibiting groups, and these groups may also be the colorant groups themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Horne, Kevin Barry Ray, Alan Stanley Victor Monk, Stuart Bayes
  • Patent number: 6675710
    Abstract: A method of preparing an imaged element useful in lithographic printing comprises: (a) electrostatically imaging at least one surface of a substrate with a toner composition; (b) heating the imaged substrate a first time using non-contact heating to a first substrate temperature Tp; and (c) heating the imaged substrate a second time to a substrate temperature TF, wherein the method does not comprise a development step between steps (b) and (c). This method is used to obtain an imaged element with adequate fuser toning while avoiding substrate buckling and distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Friedman, Dominique LaPotre
  • Patent number: 6670084
    Abstract: A printing plate useful in lithographic printing is prepared by a process comprising: (a) applying a coating composition comprising at least one polymer such as polyethylene glycol to a substrate surface to provide the surface with a water-soluble or water-dispersible polymer coating; (b) imaging the coated substrate with a toner composition comprising toner particles by imagewise applying the toner composition to the polymer coating, wherein the polymer coating has a softening temperature TS; (c) heating the imaged substrate to a temperature TF which is equal to or greater than TS; and (d) contacting the imaged substrate with a solution capable of removing the non-imaged portion of the polymer coating, wherein the process does not comprise a chemical development step and the polymer coating has a coating weight of about 0.25 to about 2.0 g/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Friedman, Dominique LaPorte, Patrice Aurenty
  • Patent number: 6520216
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a woven fabric which comprises continuously unwinding from a single warp beam, a set of parallel warp yarns; passing the set of warp yarns on a whip-roll; forming a shed using heald means; inserting a weft yarn in the shed in the proximity of a face stitch to form a fabric; and finally uniformly pulling and batching the resulting fabric. In one aspect of the invention, the method consists of, in the proximity of the shed opening stitch, heating the warp yarns, and then cooling said warp yarns in the shed before they reach the heald means, characterized in that only part (34) of the warp yarns is heated. In one aspect of the invention, the shed may be defined in the forward movement direction of the warp, for example, by the opening stitch and the face stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Cortex S.A.
    Inventor: Claude Corbiere
  • Publication number: 20020172874
    Abstract: The invention provides a lithographic printing for precursor having an imagable coating on an aluminum support, wherein the imagable coating comprises a polymeric substance comprising colorant groups, and wherein the aluminum support on which the coating is provided is anodized but not subsequently modified by means of a post-anodic treatment compound, and the coating does not comprise a colorant dye. The polymeric substance may also comprise pendent infra-red or developer dissolution inhibiting groups, and these groups may also be the colorant groups themselves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Applicant: KODAK POLYCHROME GRAPHICS LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Horne, Kevin Barry Ray, Alan Stanley Victor Monk, Stuart Bayes
  • Patent number: 6300040
    Abstract: The effects of interfacial transition between organic and inorganic layers of a lithographic printing member are ameliorated by incorporating an inorganic component within the matrix of the organic layer. In a first aspect, a lithographic printing plate having adjacent organic and inorganic layers is fabricated by depositing a curable polymer, softening the polymer, and integrating an inorganic material therewith. The polymer is then cured to immobilize the integrated deposition material, and the desired inorganic layer is applied over the deposited inorganic material (and any exposed portions of the polymer). In a second aspect, a graded structure is built up on a substrate in successive deposition steps. Both polymer precursors and an inorganic filler material are deposited in stages, with each stage containing a desired ratio of polymer to filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Presstek, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6207349
    Abstract: The effects of interfacial transition between organic and inorganic layers of a lithographic printing member are ameliorated by incorporating an inorganic component within the matrix of the organic layer. In a first aspect, a lithographic printing plate having adjacent organic and inorganic layers is fabricated by depositing a curable polymer, softening the polymer, and integrating an inorganic material therewith. The polymer is then cured to immobilize the integrated deposition material, and the desired inorganic layer is applied over the deposited inorganic material (and any exposed portions of the polymer). In a second aspect, a graded structure is built up on a substrate in successive deposition steps. Both polymer precursors and an inorganic filler material are deposited in stages, with each stage containing a desired ratio of polymer to filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Presstek, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6177182
    Abstract: Provided herein are novel polymeric coating materials for direct digital imaging by laser. More specifically the novel coating materials are thermally reactive near infrared absorption polymers designed for use with near infrared laser imaging devices. This invention further extends to the preparation and methods of use of the novel materials. The invention is particularly useful in the preparation of lithographic printing plates for computer-to-plate and digital-offset-press technologies. The invention extends to photoresist applications, to rapid prototyping of printed circuit boards and to chemical sensor development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: American Dye Source, Inc.
    Inventor: My T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6124425
    Abstract: Provided herein are novel polymeric coating materials for direct digital imaging by laser. More specifically the novel coating materials are thermally reactive near infrared absorption polymers designed for use with near infrared laser imaging devices. This invention further extends to the preparation and methods of use of the novel materials. The invention is particularly useful in the preparation of lithographic printing plates for computer-to-plate and digital-offset-press technologies. The invention extends to photoresist applications, to rapid prototyping of printed circuit boards and to chemical sensor development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: American Dye Source, Inc.
    Inventor: My T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5888696
    Abstract: A planographic original plate requiring no fountain solution, in which a layer allowing adhesion thereof with a silicone rubber layer to decrease through transforming a laser beam into heat and the silicone rubber layer of an addition type containing 10 to 20% by weight of organohydrogenpolysiloxane based on solid content are laminated to a support in this order, thereby providing a planographic original plate requiring no fountain solution which is capable of heat mode recording due to a laser beam and is excellent in image reproducibility and resistance to scratching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsumoru Hirano, Toshifumi Inno, Koji Sonokawa
  • Patent number: 5804353
    Abstract: A process for making a multilayer flexographic printing plate which involves reinforcing and laser engraving a multilayer flexographic printing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Stephen Cushner, Roxy Ni Fan, Ernst Leberzammer, John Anthony Quinn, Paul Thomas Shea, Carol Marie Van Zoeren
  • Patent number: 5798202
    Abstract: A process for making a single layer flexographic printing plate which involves reinforcing and laser engraving a single layer flexographic printing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Stephen Cushner, Roxy Ni Fan, Ernst Leberzammer, Paul Thomas Shea, Carol Marie Van Zoeren
  • Patent number: 5781694
    Abstract: The heatsensitive stencil sheet perforating device of this invention includes a pedestal for an original mounted thereon; a pressing body attached pivotaly on one end of the pedestal for supporting a heatsensitive stencil sheet on an area corresponding to the original mounted on the pedestal; a light irradiation device attached detachably to the pressing body in a defined state, including a light source for irradiating the heatsensitive stencil sheet; a power supply device installed inside of the pressing body, for supplying electric energy to emit light from the light source; a first contact member attached to the light irradiation device, connected to the light source; a second contact member attached to the pressing member, connected to the power source of the power supply device, so as to come into contact with the first contact member when the light irradiation device is engaged in the pressing body in a defined state; and a support member attached to the pressing body, for supporting the light irradiati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Kikuchi, Kengo Kodama
  • Patent number: 5400065
    Abstract: An image forming method including the steps of bringing an image-forming liquid in which finely-divided resin particles are dispersed in a dispersion medium into contact with an image-bearing member capable of repelling the dispersion medium of the image-forming liquid, and selectively applying heat and/or pressure to the image-bearing member or the image-forming liquid by use of a heat-application system and/or pressure-application system in accordance with signals corresponding to an image to be formed to deposit imagewise the finely-divided resin particles in the image-forming liquid on the surface of the image-bearing member, thereby obtaining a resin image corresponding to the image on the image-bearing member. In addition, an image forming apparatus for the above-mentioned image forming method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidenori Tomono, Yasuo Katano, Hiromichi Komai, Kiyofumi Nagai, Takashi Kimura, Minoru Morikawa, Megumi Kawahara
  • Patent number: 5295437
    Abstract: A dry offset printing process using a printing apparatus including a) at least one inker block, each block inking a relief plate corresponding to one color of the final motif to be reproduced on an object and including an inker and a succession of transfer rollers, and b) a central blanket which can be placed into contact with the object to be decorated. An ink of suitable tackiness is selected, and the temperature of the ink is regulated in the inker to a predetermined temperature between 15.degree. and 30.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Alimentaire
    Inventor: Michel Philippe
  • Patent number: 5073218
    Abstract: The process involves photocopying a black-and-white or color image on a sheet of ordinary paper (2), appearing as the reverse of the image ultimately to be produced, then placing the copy side of the sheet in direct contact with the suface of the fabric (1) and applying pressure and heat in such a way as causes the toner, from which the copy image is constructed, to transfer to the fabric. Solvent is applied to the exposed surface of the sheet to facilitate separation of toner from the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Calco Cloth S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giordano Aggio
  • Patent number: 5025266
    Abstract: A photosensitive and heat-sensitive polymer having conjugated polyenes and sulfonic acid groups and an absorbance ratio of a strong band in the region of 1200 cm.sup.-1 to 1300 cm.sup.-1 assignable to sulfonic acid groups adjacent to conjugated polyenes of at least 3 sequence lengths to a strong band near 1050 cm.sup.-1 assignable to sulfonic acid groups in the IR spectrum of at least 0.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuki Shimamura, Jyoji Ihata
  • Patent number: 5006863
    Abstract: A heat sensitive copy system uses a magnetic thermal transfer ribbon to transfer images onto an adjacent medium and near infra-red energy is used to transfer the images from the medium onto thermal paper or onto translucent paper for producing multiple copies in a manner which is not thickness sensitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Shashi G. Talvalkar
  • Patent number: 4984517
    Abstract: This method of printing a material consists in decorating the material with a multicolor design or composition consisting of an assembly of elementary primary forms such any desired geometrical forms, numeral and letters having each a primary color, this multicolor design being composed preliminarily on a provisional carrier from inks adapted to be transferred to the material under the combined action of heat and pressure. A basic bundle of colored sheets is formed by stacking one or a plurality of sheets having one flat face covered with sublimable ink. The sheets are cut simultaneously to the contours of the elementary forms of the decorative design with respect to the peripheral contour of the material, each or all the sheets having consequently a cut area corresponding to the elementary forms of the final design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Inventor: Luc Doublet
  • Patent number: 4767694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of preparing a varnish blanket. Instead of a proof being used for pre-location of required varnish-free zones on a blanket for blanked-out in-line varnishing in rotary presses, the zones required not to be varnished are transferred by means of a reference copy, and after physico-chemical pretreatment adapted to the surface properties of the blanket, to a blanket stuck to a support plate. In addition to polyvinyl alcohol copying layers or coatings sensitized by bichromate, wipe-on copying layers sensitized by diazo salts are suitable, a positive or negative original being copied by direct contact in known manner onto a blanket thus pretreated. The zones required not to be varnished can therefore be preformed by cutting out the top layer of the blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: M.A.N.-Roland Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes M. Schubert
  • Patent number: 4760790
    Abstract: There is provided a web printing apparatus (20 ) comprising a web feed means (4, 5, 6), two or more printing stations (21, 22) arranged to print radiation-curable ink onto a web (3) and a primary radiation source (11) arranged to radiate said web with an ink-curing radiation after said web has passed a first said printing station (21) and before said web passes the subsequent printing station (22), wherein said apparatus further comprises a plurality of secondary radiation sources (13, 14) each extending part way across the width of said web and each being arranged to radiate a part of said width after said web has passed said first printing station and before it has passed said subsequent printing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1988
    Assignee: Reed Packaging Limited
    Inventor: John N. Birkett
  • Patent number: 4756633
    Abstract: An improved inking ribbon for color transfer under the influence of heat comprises the ribbon having a carrier layer and a colored layer with the heat-soluble release layer interposed therebetween, which release layer is composed of a sublimable material to avoid renewed adhesion of the released portion of the color layer to the inking ribbon after a color transfer to the printing medium has occured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventors: Friedrich-Wilhelm Drees, Hartmut Grethen, Friedrich Hagemeyer, Wolfgang Pekruhn
  • Patent number: 4651645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sublimation ink ribbon capable of printing on a printing paper a still picture image of various kinds of picture images such as a picture image shot by a video camera, a television picture image and the like. At least the surface of its sublimation ink layer is made of a layer containing a sublimation dye whose solubility relative to methyl ethyl ketone is not higher than 2.5g/100 ml or a layer in which a sublimation dye having a solubility higher than 2.5g/100 ml is mixed such that a ratio (P/B) of a weight P of the sublimation dye relative to a weight B of a binder is not higher than 0.5. Thus, it is possible to reduce the under layer soil characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naotake Kobayashi, Tetsuya Abe, Satoru Shinohara, Yoshio Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 4640191
    Abstract: Apparatus for printing discrete patterns on a web of indefinite length comprising a printing station, a curing zone and a cutting station at which the web is cut into sections, each comprising the printed matter. The web is advanced stepwise and at the printing station the pattern is imprinted in one or more colors with a sublimable dye composition. The curing zone comprises a heated tower against the surfaces of which the web is pressed during movement of the web to cure the dye composition. Two pairs of rollers cooperate to cause the web to contact the tower surfaces during the web movement and to separate the web from such surfaces during printing and cutting of the web which is cut into sections at the cutting station after it leaves the tower. Control apparatus synchronizes the movement of the web with the printing, curing and cutting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: Gerald R. Bradley
  • Patent number: 4635551
    Abstract: In a method of printing hosiery, a hose tube is placed over a flat form having a pair of side edges which taper towards each other at a predetermined angle, at least one of these edges being substantially straight. There is then placed over the hose tube on the form a print carrier which is initially in the form of a frustoconical tube but which is flattened along two opposed fold lines. These fold lines also taper towards each other at the said predetermined angle so that the print carrier fits snugly over the flat form. The hose tube is contacted closely between the fold lines and the side edges of the form during a subsequent hot pressing operation, so that a design carried by the print carrier is properly transferred to the hose tube and there is no resultant discontinuity in design in the finished hosiery in those areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Couture Marketing Limited
    Inventor: John Croxall
  • Patent number: 4596190
    Abstract: The method for concurrently forming and hot-transfer printing a semimanufactured product which is of a thermoplastic synthetic resin or comprises a thermoplastic synthetic resin as a surface coating to be printed, which method comprises bringing said product, maintained at forming temperature, into contact under pressure with a sheetlike dye carrier suitable for transfer printing, said dye carrier being present on a heatable backing mold heated to a temperature suitable to effect dye transfer printing and having thereon a coherent layer of a moistened water absorbent material which supports said dye carrier, said backing mold being present in a forming mold in which said product is formed under pressure concurrently with said transfer printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Assignee: Rohm GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Hanstein, Hans Melzer
  • Patent number: 4568951
    Abstract: A thermal printing system which makes printing by selected ones of a plurality of thermal dot generating means being actuated at selected dot areas in a matrix of dot areas according to input formation for printing provides printing in either normal image forming mode or reversed mirror image forming mode by the relative order of sequential decoding of the input information for printing and of sequential actuation of the thermal dot generating means according to the decoded printing information signal being switched over in two ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Hasegawa, Kouichi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 4541340
    Abstract: A process for forming a permanent, abrasion and chemical resistant image on a fabric or plastic substrate is disclosed which comprises (a) providing a printing matrix having raised portions in the shape of the image to be printed on the substrate, (b) providing a carrier supported ink comprising (1) a uniform coating of an ink composition comprising a sublimable dye, (2) a carrier sheet for supporting said coating on one surface thereof, (c) disposing the carrier supported ink adjacent to the printing matrix such that the uncoated surface of the carrier sheet faces the printing matrix, (d) providing a fabric or plastic film substrate having a surface into which said sublimable dye can diffuse, (e) disposing the substrate such that the surface thereof faces the coated surface of the carrier sheet, (f) applying pressure between said printing matrix and said substrate to cause the printing matrix to contact the uncoated surface of the carrier sheet and the coated surface of the carrier sheet to contact the subst
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: Markem Corporation
    Inventors: Whitcomb S. Peart, Jon O. Baldvins
  • Patent number: 4533611
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for preparing a planographic printing plate by electrophotographic or electrographic means by producing a charge image on a photoconductive or highly insulating layer, developing the image onto the free surface of a dielectric intermediate carrier in contact with the photoconductor or highly insulating layer by means of a developer, which comprises dispersed thermoplastic particles having a melting range from about 90.degree. to 130.degree. C., and transferring and fixing the toner image to the planographic printing plate at a temperature within the melting range of the thermoplastic particles after the intermediate carrier has been separated from the charge image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Detlef Winkelmann, Peter Padberg
  • Patent number: 4527171
    Abstract: In thermal ink transfer printing, a layer of thermally fusable binder is deposited on a recording sheet prior to the transfer print of thermally fusable ink from a transfer sheet to provide a strong bond between the underlying recording sheet and the overlying ink deposits. In one embodiment, layers of thermally fusable ink and binder material are deposited on the base of a common transfer sheet in alternate fashion. The binder layer is initially positioned above a thermal head and the latter is heated so that the binder is fused and transferred to the recording sheet. The recording sheet and transfer sheet are advanced together with respect to the head so that the recording sheet is entirely covered with a layer of the binder material. Thereafter, the binder-coated recording sheet comes into contact with the ink layer and the thermal head is controlled to heat portions of the ink layer for transfer to the binder-coated surface of the recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Limited
    Inventors: Itsuo Takanashi, Hideshi Tanaka, Hisanori Tsumiyama, Yoshio Mizuno, Terumi Ohara, Shigeru Kato, Toshinori Takahashi, Tsutomu Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 4486518
    Abstract: A non-silver, positive-working, essentially alkali-insoluble, radiation-sensitive composition, which becomes alkali-soluble on exposure to radiation, comprising a non-silver, positive-acting, essentially alkali-insoluble radiation-sensitive component a radiation absorbing component and an essentially alkali-soluble polymeric binder. A radiation-sensitive element comprising a transparent substrate overcoated with said radiation-sensitive composition. A duplicating film comprising the said element prepared by exposing said composition through the substrate and then image-wise exposing said composition through a mask in front of the composition followed by treatment with an alkaline developer to remove those areas of the composition subjected to both exposures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Assignee: Polychrome Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Kesselman, James Shelnut, Alan Wilkes
  • Patent number: 4465931
    Abstract: A thermal duplicating apparatus for forming a duplicate image of an original image by selective application of heat to a heat sensitive recording medium is provided. The present apparatus utilizes a flexible cylinder which is substantially transparent to the irradiated light ray. The flexible cylinder in effect rolls along the heat sensitive recording medium overlying an original in a flat state as pressed thereagainst to effect duplicating operation progressively from one end to the opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1984
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshimi Ohkubo
  • Patent number: 4462852
    Abstract: The invention refers to a process of coloring (printing) of track-like objects (2), especially ski coverings of thermoplastics, such as olefins, especially high and low pressure polyethylene where, the layer is brought continuously as a hot foil, essentially in a state of fusion, in contact with a print carrier (3), on which there has been deposited a print pattern first of sublimation type and then of diffusion type dye stuff. A transfer of the dye onto foil (2) occurs in a short time and only essentially along a small areal strip perpendicular to the common direction of conveying of layer (2) and print carrier (3). It is preferred that the transfer of dye occurs in the gap between rollers (5, 6) through which the foil and the print carrier are guided. This allows the obtainment of warpage-free print patterns on relatively thin-walled track-like objects in a continuous process, where it is assured that no warpages occur after cooling or reheating of the printed layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Assignee: C P Components GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Custor
  • Patent number: 4374691
    Abstract: A composite material and method for forming graphics such as letters or numbers that are pressure transferable to a substrate. The composite material includes an accepting tape including a layer of latent adhesive material on a receiving web, and a friable slightly adhesive layer lightly adhered to a donor web. When the layers are pressed together and the composite material is selectively heated in graphic patterns, corresponding portions of the adhesive material and friable layer adhere together so that upon subsequent separation of the layer of adhesive and the donor web portions of the friable layer transfer to the accepting tape in the heated areas to provide graphics. When the graphics are then positioned against a substrate and are pressed against the substrate by rubbing pressure applied through the receiving web, the adhesive layer will tear around the graphic and separate from the receiving web over the graphic so that the graphic will be transferred to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1983
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Jan D. Vanden Bergh
  • Patent number: 4357403
    Abstract: A photoconductive plate for printing use having imaged and non-imaged portions. The plate comprises an electroconductive support and a photoconductive layer including a photoconductive material comprising an organic photoconductive pigment and a binder comprising an alkaline soluble phenol resin. The photoconductive plate is subjected to heat treatment at a sufficiently elevated temperature prior to removal of portions of the photoconductive layer so that at least 80% by volume of the non-imaged portion of the photoconductive layer is removed when the photoconductive plate is subjected to treatment with a removing solution. A method for preparing a printing plate. An image is formed on a photoconductive layer and the non-imaged portion of the photoconductive layer is removed by treating the layer with a removing solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1982
    Assignee: Konishiroku Photo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Shimada, Kinu Hiruma
  • Patent number: 4352721
    Abstract: A process is provided for continuously printing anodized aluminum strip by transfer from a carrier web of a design in printing ink containing colored sublimable components, the process comprising feeding an unsealed anodized aluminum strip to a heated moving surface, such as an internally heated drum, and simultaneously feeding the carrier web into contact with the aluminum strip so that the printing ink is heated by contact with the anodized aluminium surface and colored components of the ink are caused to transfer by sublimation from the carrier web to the aluminum strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Assignee: Ano-Coil Limited
    Inventors: Timothy A. Park, Brian C. Turner
  • Patent number: 4342281
    Abstract: An apparatus for continuous heat transfer of ink images onto the outer surfaces of continuously moving articles, for example, generally cylindrical articles, from a length of continuously moving heat transfer sheet material having thereon a series of uniformly spaced heat transferable ink images. In the case of cylindrical articles, an elongated wrapping and heating tube is used for continuously wrapping a portion of the sheet material into intimate contact with the outer surface of each cylindrical article as the sheet material and the cylindrical members move through the tube and for heating the wrapped portion of the sheet material and the cylindrical articles during movement through the tube to cause transfer of the ink image to the articles within the tube. The sheet material is thereafter unwrapped and disassociated from the decorated cylindrical members after passing through the tube during continuous movement of the sheet material and the printed cylindrical members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventors: Danny L. McMillin, James S. Stirbis
  • Patent number: 4323601
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for continuous heat transfer of ink images onto the outer surfaces of continuously moving generally cylindrical articles from a length of continuously moving heat transfer sheet material having thereon a series of uniformly spaced heat transferable ink images by use of an elongated wrapping and heating tube for continuously wrapping a portion of the sheet material into intimate contact with the outer surface of each cylindrical article as the sheet material and the cylindrical members move through the tube and for heating the wrapped portion of the sheet material and the cylindrical articles during movement through the tube to cause transfer of the ink image to the articles within the tube. The sheet material is thereafter unwrapped and disassociated from the decorated cylindrical members after passing through the tube during continuous movement of the sheet material and the printed cylindrical members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Coors Container Company
    Inventors: Danny L. McMillin, James S. Stirbis
  • Patent number: T104305
    Abstract: Full color dry transfers are prepared economically and in a semiautomated manner using a mimeograph duplicator in which a full color original is used to prepare one each of yellow, magenta and cyan stencils in an electronic facsimile scanning device, then each stencil together with the correspondingly colored mimeograph ink is used in a mimeograph duplicator to produce in seriatum a full color dry transfer according to the disclosed process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Inventor: John Sattelmaier