Press Part Or Attachment Patents (Class 101/480)
  • Patent number: 10730298
    Abstract: A liquid discharging apparatus is provided with a first recording head including a first nozzle, a second recording head including a second nozzle, a first valve provided with a first valve body configured to open and close according to a pressure on the first recording head side, and a second valve provided with a second valve body configured to open and close according to a pressure on the second recording head side. The first and second valves have different openabilities, and a difference between dischargeabilities of a liquid from the first nozzle and dischargeabilities of a liquid from the second nozzle is smaller than the difference in a case in which the second valve is connected to the first recording head via the first flow path and the first valve is connected to the second recording head via the second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yukimasa Ishida
  • Patent number: 10688716
    Abstract: In one example, a non-transitory processor readable medium having instructions thereon that when executed cause an additive manufacturing machine to consolidate powdered build material into consolidated powdered build material and then form an object slice in the consolidated build material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: James Elmer Abbott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10549346
    Abstract: In a three-dimensional modeling apparatus, diffusion of fumes generated around the modeling stage accompanying irradiation with an energy beam can be efficiently prevented. Three-dimensional modeling is performed by repeating scanning a modeling material arranged on a modeling stage with laser light to form a solidified layer. A cover is provided that locally surrounds an irradiation portion on the modeling material arranged on the modeling stage irradiated with the laser light, and suppresses diffusion of the fumes caused by irradiation with the laser light. In the cover, a stream of gas containing the fumes is regulated so as to cause the fumes to flow toward an upward portion inside the cover apart from the irradiated portion irradiated with the laser light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Yasuda, Kimihiro Fujimoto, Dexu Zhang, Takamune Suzuki, Toshihiro Takai, Yutaka Takahashi, Takahiro Harigae
  • Patent number: 10442226
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to various embodiments of an hermetically-sealed gas enclosure assembly and system that can be readily transportable and assemblable and provide for maintaining a minimum inert gas volume and maximal access to various devices and apparatuses enclosed therein. Various embodiments of an hermetically-sealed gas enclosure assembly and system of the present teachings can have a gas enclosure assembly constructed in a fashion that minimizes the internal volume of a gas enclosure assembly, and at the same time optimizes the working space to accommodate a variety of footprints of various OLED printing systems. Various embodiments of a gas enclosure assembly so constructed additionally provide ready access to the interior of a gas enclosure assembly from the exterior during processing and readily access to the interior for maintenance, while minimizing downtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Mauck, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Eliyahu Vronsky, Shandon Alderson
  • Patent number: 10315553
    Abstract: An expanded kiosk and kiosk system that is collapsible and deployable by expansion and contraction. The kiosk includes a lighting system adapted to provide a light characteristic to the kiosk and represent a lamp post or light post for public or private spaces. Deployment of the kiosk includes moving first and second vertically-oriented structural units away from one another such that one or more of a canopy, a working surface and/or a front-facing surface are fully deployed and the canopy surface and working surface are substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
    Inventors: Hala El-Wakeel, Semah Alabduljabbar, Zati Hazira Ismail, Muneera A. Albarrak, Shahad Al-Shuaibi, Haifa Alarifi, Mashaer Alabdullah, Reem Alba'Adi
  • Patent number: 10286452
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) printing processes, apparatuses, software, and systems for the production of at least one desired 3D object. The 3D printer system (e.g., comprising a processing chamber, build module, or an unpacking station) described herein may retain a desired (e.g., inert) atmosphere around the material bed and/or 3D object at multiple 3D printing stages. The 3D printer described herein comprises one or more build modules that may have a controller separate from the controller of the processing chamber. The 3D printer described herein comprises a platform that may be automatically constructed. The invention(s) described herein may allow the 3D printing process to occur for a long time without operator intervention and/or down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VELO3D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Zachary Ryan Murphree, Richard Joseph Romano, Thomas Blasius Brezoczky, Alan Rick Lappen, Robert Michael Martinson
  • Patent number: 10029453
    Abstract: A printing press for printing on metal cans includes a plurality of inkers. Each inker prints a different color ink on the cans, and includes a first module, a second module, a roller and a support member. The first module has motors to drive output shafts. The second module has ink displacement units, an ink inlet to provide ink to the ink displacement units, ink channels to transfer ink from the ink displacement units to ink outlets of the second module and input shafts to removably couple to the output shafts of the first module. The roller receives ink from the ink displacement units and transfers the ink toward the cans. The support member supports the first and second modules in at least one position relative to the roller. The support member facilitates removal of the second module by a press operator for cleaning the ink channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Baldwin Americas Corporation
    Inventor: John Kitscha
  • Patent number: 9976277
    Abstract: An apparatus to couple the work tool to the arm assembly is disclosed. The arm assembly may have at least one arm. The work tool may have at least one recess. The apparatus may have at least one pin member adapted to engage with the at least one arm and the at least one recess. The at least one pin member may rotate in the at least one recess between a locked orientation and an unlocked orientation. The at least one pin member couples the work tool to the arm assembly in the locked orientation, and the work tool is separable from the arm assembly in the unlocked orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Work Tools B.V.
    Inventor: Edward van Amelsfoort
  • Patent number: 9539765
    Abstract: In a method for discharging a volume flow consisting of successive drops to produce a three-dimensional object of solidifiable material present in a fluid phase, the fluid phase of the material is introduced into a material storage means. A pressure (p) is applied to the fluid phase, in order to discharge the material in drops out of a cyclable outlet opening to build up the three-dimensional object in a construction chamber. A method is provided for achieving a constant, discontinuous volume flow by the pressure (p) being regulated via a closed-loop control in the event of a change in the viscosity of the fluid phase of the material, while maintaining the other process parameters, to achieve a predetermined drop size. The pressure is applied by a conveying element, the average displacement velocity of the conveying element per discharged drop being converted as a measured variable into the control variable for the closed-loop control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ARBURG GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Herbert Kraibühler, Eberhard Duffner, Oliver Kessling
  • Patent number: 9278564
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to various embodiments of a gas enclosure system that can have a particle control system that can include a multi-zone gas circulation and filtration system, a low-particle-generating X-axis linear bearing system for moving a printhead assembly relative to a substrate, a service bundle housing exhaust system, and a printhead assembly exhaust system. Various components of a particle control system can include a tunnel circulation and filtration system that can be in flow communication with bridge circulation and filtration system. Various embodiments of a tunnel circulation and filtration system can provide cross-flow circulation and filtration of gas about a floatation table of a printing system. Various embodiments of a gas enclosure system can have a bridge circulation and filtration system that can provide circulation and filtration of gas about a printing system bridge and related apparatuses and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Mauck, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Eliyahu Vronsky, Prahallad Iyengar, Digby Pun
  • Patent number: 9003972
    Abstract: A method for determining optical density is disclosed. A first measurement is taken on a white area of a substrate (402). A second measurement is taken on an area of the substrate printed with ink (404). A relative optical density of the ink is determined using the first and second measurements (406).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Henryk Birecki, William D. Holland, Omer Gila
  • Publication number: 20150096455
    Abstract: A stamp face forming device, including: a stamp face forming unit that forms a stamp face on a stamp material while pressing the stamp material held on a stamp material holder; a conveying unit that causes the stamp material holder to move relative to the stamp face forming unit; and a support unit that supports the stamp material holder in order to prevent tilting of the stamp material holder with respect to a conveyance path for the stamp material holder of the stamp face forming unit, at least when the stamp face is being formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kouji OSHIMA
  • Patent number: 8973497
    Abstract: A hand holdable ink proofing tool including an anilox roll and an ink transfer roll, supporting a resilient printing plate. A metering roll adjacent the anilox roll is shiftable to be in contact with the anilox roll and to force ink into cells of the anilox roll; and a leading edge doctor blade is positioned to shear excess ink from a surface of the anilox roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Probity Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Westby
  • Patent number: 8943966
    Abstract: A display device and a display method are provided for printing material processing machines having components disposed relative to a printing material. The display device and method are configured in such a way that changes in a relative position of the components of the machine are displayed on the display device in relation to the printed image and/or the printing material. A printing press having a display device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Winfried Berg, Volkhard Franke, Dieter Hauck, Till Maier
  • Patent number: 8925453
    Abstract: An intaglio printing press includes: an intaglio cylinder; an ink collecting cylinder which has a blanket attached to a circumferential surface of the collecting cylinder, is in contact with the intaglio cylinder, and transfers ink onto the intaglio cylinder; multiple chablon rollers which are in contact with the ink collecting cylinder and transfer ink onto the ink collecting cylinder; and an inking device which feeds ink to the chablon rollers. In the intaglio printing press, a work space is formed between the chablon roller located at the highest position and the chablon roller immediately below the highest chablon roller. The work space allows an access to the ink collecting cylinder without detachment of the chablon rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Akehiro Kusaka
  • Publication number: 20140326153
    Abstract: A printing assembly includes a printing device and a retractable screen assembly that blocks UV light. As the printing device moves across a platform, the retractable screen assembly may fasten to support members, thereby causing a screen member to extend from the retractable screen assembly and prevent UV light from traveling along a range of viewing angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 8875630
    Abstract: The present invention provides a printer which can facilitate temperature control of a machine-plate cylinder section, can allow simple setup, and can facilitate maintenance of printing quality in continuous printing. In the printer, a machine plate is mounted on the outer circumference of a machine-plate cylinder section 12 fixedly provided on a machine-plate drive shaft 1. A fluid whose temperature is regulated is circulated in the machine-plate cylinder section 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: I. Mer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Izume, Tadao Hashimoto, Kenjiro Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 8857331
    Abstract: A hand holdable ink proofing tool including an anilox roll and an ink transfer roll, supporting a resilient printing plate. A metering roll adjacent the anilox roll is shiftable to be in contact with the anilox roll and to force ink into cells of the anilox roll; and a leading edge doctor blade is positioned to shear excess ink from a surface of the anilox roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Probity Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Westby
  • Patent number: 8839719
    Abstract: A guiding device 10 for guiding at least one stamping foil 410 at the inlet to a platen press 310. The guiding device 10 includes a diverting member 20 which is mounted with the ability to move between a work position in which the diverting member 20 is able to direct each stamping foil 410 into the platen press 310 in a given feed plane, and a maintenance position in which the diverting member 20 is placed in a space directly accessible to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bobst Mex SA
    Inventor: Frédéric Badoux
  • Patent number: 8807030
    Abstract: A clamping device for a printing cylinder with two holders arranged on a joint axis, the holders each having a recess for receiving one end of the printing cylinder and being arranged with their recesses oriented towards each other and positioned adjustably to each other, with at least one of the recesses having a contact surface on which the allocated end of the printing cylinder is held during clamping. At least one of the holders comprises a carrier and a contact element fastened on the carrier on which the contact surface is formed. The contact element comprises a material which has a higher current conductivity and/or thermal conductivity than steel. In particular, copper or a copper alloy is suitable as a material for the contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kasper Walter GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Kölling, Christoph Gschossmann
  • Patent number: 8800447
    Abstract: The sheet-fed or web-fed printing machine comprises a main unit (1), at least one mobile carriage (2) adapted to be coupled to the main unit for cooperation therewith during printing operations and to be moved away from the main unit during maintenance operations, a control unit for controlling displacement of said mobile carriage toward and away from said main unit, and an access zone (9, 9?) surrounding at least partly the mobile carriage for allowing a human operator to get access to the main unit and mobile carriage, which access zone lies outside of the displacement path (10) of the mobile carriage. The printing machine further comprises detection means (11) for monitoring the access zone and detecting presence of a human operator within the access zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Volkmar Rolf Schwitzky, Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 8794148
    Abstract: A printing press includes an assembly and a cam mechanism for moving at least one part of the assembly. A cam of the cam mechanism has a curvature course with points, in particular bends or jumps, which are not constantly differentiable within a movement region of the cam. The cam mechanism can include an actuator for the temporal displacement of jolts which are induced by the points that are not constantly differentiable to the at least one part of the assembly. An adaptation of the movement which is produced to the operating state of the printing press is possible, with the result that a considerable reduction can be achieved in vibrations for all printing speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Martin Baureis, Bernhard Buck, Siegfried Kurtzer, Stefan Mutschall, Henning Niggemann, Malte Seidler
  • Patent number: 8783181
    Abstract: A mandrel position analyzer (108) in an imaging device (100) includes a head stock (144) for a first side of the mandrel; a tail stock (104) for a second side of the mandrel; a first encoder (212) attached to the head stock adapted to measure first signals wherein the first signals are generated by movement of the mandrel; a second encoder (208) attached to the tail stock adapted to measure second signals wherein the second signals are generated by movement of the mandrel; an analyzer (224) which compares measured results of the first signals and results of the second signals; and if the measured results do not match generating an abnormal state of the mandrel signal alarm (260).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Tamir Olpak, Arie Gez
  • Patent number: 8763527
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a mandrel (108) operation in an imaging device (100) includes installing the mandrel into the imaging device; securing the mandrel between a head stock (144) and a tail stock (104); attaching a first encoder (212) to the head stock and a second encoder (208) to the tail stock; rotating the mandrel; reading signals from first encoder; reading signals from second encoder; comparing the first results and the second results; and if the first results do not match with the second results stopping the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Tamir Olpak, Arie Gez
  • Patent number: 8739702
    Abstract: A printing plate loading apparatus (10) configured to load plates into a printing plate imaging device (120) includes a plate pallet loading system (100) for loading plates from originally packed plate pallet into the printing plate imaging device. Additionally a plate cassette unit (110, 310) connected to the plate pallet loading system, which is configured to receive a single cassette (112) from the plate cassette unit and to load plates from the single cassette directly into the printing plate imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Pavel Korolik, David Tulipman
  • Patent number: 8733249
    Abstract: A web printing press is provided including a printing unit for printing a web, a delivery for printed products formed from the web, the web and printed products defining a printed product stream, a first sensor sensing a first characteristic of the web or printed products, a controller connected to the first sensor, and an indicator indicating in real-time a print defect in the printed product stream as a function of the first sensor. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Rancourt, Michael Lee Hearn, Bradley Maurice Estabrook
  • Patent number: 8720335
    Abstract: A method of predicting the performance of a printing press for a printing job includes preparing a first printing plate and securing the printing plate to a proofing device then adjusting the proofing device to optimize ink transfer from an anilox roll to the printing plate and from the printing plate to a substrate. An operator then prepares a printing proof on the substrate and evaluates the printing proof to predict the performance of a second printing plate on the printing press. The invention may also include a plate for printing that includes a printing press portion that is dimensioned to be secured to a printing press and a proofing portion that is dimensioned to be secured to a proofing tool that are separable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Probity Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Westby
  • Patent number: 8667895
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for printing one multiple-pass print on each packaging container (2), on which the packaging containers are moved in a transport direction past printing stations or printing heads for applying the multiple-pass print. The device is constructed from a plurality of modules (4.1-4.8) in at least a partial area. Each module comprises at least one transport element having an associated drive. The transport elements of the module adjacent to each other form at least one part of the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Katrin Gerigk, Manfred Pschichholz, Frank Putzer, Martin Schach
  • Patent number: 8640617
    Abstract: A multi-drive printed product processing device is provided that includes a processing component and a motor driving the processing component. A motor control controls the motor. An encoder measures a position of the motor and sends an encoder feedback signal indicating the position. The motor control receives the encoder feedback signal. An encoder feedback signal verification circuit verifies the integrity of the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Lauren Cote, Lothar John Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8616381
    Abstract: A cantilever carousel system for efficiently storing multiple print cylinders while providing a common access point for loading and unloading the print cylinders. The cantilever carousel system generally includes an external frame structure defining an internal cavity and a shell connected to the external frame structure to surround the cavity, wherein the shell includes at least one access opening extending therethrough. An internal frame structure is positioned within the cavity and a vertically oriented carousel is supported by the internal frame structure. A drive assembly is mechanically connected to the carousel, wherein the drive assembly circulates the carousel and a plurality of cantilever mandrels are supported by the carousel and circulate with the carousel. A plurality of print cylinders are removably received by the plurality of cantilever mandrels through the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Vidir Machines, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip G. Forster, Stanley K. Plett
  • Publication number: 20130291747
    Abstract: The loading device according to the invention comprises a magazine for receiving at least one printing plate and transferring it from the magazine to the plate cylinder. It also comprises at least one guide rail to guide a printing plate during transfer thereof by cooperation with a notch of a front edge of the printing plate, the notch sliding along the guide rail during the transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Goss International Corporation
  • Patent number: 8528210
    Abstract: There is provided a universal magnet roller press apparatus, assembly, and method for removing and installing a magnet and a hub of a magnet roller of a toner printer cartridge. The apparatus has a mounting base, a screw drive assembly, an alignment cradle, a front support assembly, a back support assembly, and a first rod stop and a second rod stop. The assembly has the universal magnet roller press apparatus and a plurality of magnet roller adaptors for attached to the magnet roller during removal and installation of the magnet and the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Denny Holmes, Tigran Ohanyan
  • Patent number: 8528477
    Abstract: There is described a sheet inspection system for a sheet-fed recto-verso printing press of the type comprising two printing cylinders (10, 20) for carrying out simultaneous recto-verso printing of the sheets, said sheet inspection system comprising at least a first inspection device (100) for taking an image of a first side of the printed sheets. The first inspection device (100) comprises a first line image sensor (110) for performing line-scanning image acquisition of the first side of the printed sheets, and the first inspection device (100) is disposed in such a way that the first line image sensor visually acquires an image of a printed sheet while the said printed sheet is still adhering onto the surface of a first one (10) of the two printing cylinders (10, 20) of the printing press and immediately before the said printed sheet is transferred to a chain gripper system (5) of the printing press. Also described is a printing press equipped with the inspection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: KBA-Notasys SA
    Inventors: Johannes Georg Schaede, Volker Lohweg, Bernd Stöber, Volkmar Schwitzky, Günther Hoier
  • Patent number: 8511905
    Abstract: A printing press includes a roller having a first antifriction bearing and a second antifriction bearing. The first antifriction bearing has rolling bodies, a first ring and a second ring. One of the two rings forms an outer ring and the other of the two rings forms an inner ring. Roller sockets are configured as quick action changing devices for receiving the anti-friction bearings during insertion of the roller into the printing press. The first antifriction bearing is configured as an axial floating bearing with a considerable axial movement play of the rolling bodies between the latter and one of the rings. The second antifriction bearing is configured as an axial locating bearing without such a considerable axial movement play. A centering device centers one of the rings relative to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Michels, Roland Müller, Dieter Schaffrath, Wolfgang Schönberger
  • Patent number: 8505452
    Abstract: A printing plate module is disclosed. The module comprises a printing plate support member (3) having means to locate printing plates (4) in a predetermined position thereon and, engagement means (8) on the plate support member for the releasable engagement of the printing plate support member (3) with a printing press during a plate loading operation to locate printing plates (4) located on the plate support member (3) in a predetermined position relative to a plate cylinder (7) of the press. The invention also discloses a printing apparatus and, a method of loading printing plates onto a plate cylinder of a printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Goss Graphic Systems Limited
    Inventor: Tony Hollings
  • Patent number: 8499688
    Abstract: There is provided a screen printer capable of concurrently, efficiently subjecting a plurality of substrates, including different types of substrates, to printing operation. In a screen printer 2 that makes up an electronic component mounting line 1 and that prints electronic component bonding paste on a substrate, a substrate conveyance section 8 that conveys a substrate 5 forwardly or backwardly in a direction of conveyance of a substrate is disposed at an intermediate position between a first screen printing section 7A and a second screen printing section 7B arranged symmetrically with respect to a center line CL. It thereby becomes possible to adopt a variety of substrate conveyance forms, as required, such as return conveyance for returning the substrate 5 from a downstream machine to an upstream side of the screen printer 2 and bypass conveyance for letting the substrate sent from an upstream side pass through the screen printer, to thus be conveyed to a downstream machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichi Miyahara, Kazuhide Nagao, Wataru Hidese, Yoshiaki Awata
  • Patent number: 8485094
    Abstract: A printer accessory comprises a base having a top surface and a bottom surface, and an ink absorber having a thickness in accordance with an example of the present disclosure. The ink absorber rests on the top surface and includes an absorbent material to retain excess ink from a printing operation. Furthermore, the accessory includes print media supports connected to the base and extending beyond the thickness of the ink absorber, wherein when print media is present, the print media spans the print media supports without contacting the ink absorber. An attachment clip is connected to the base having a resiliently flexible portion to releasably secure the printer accessory to a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Cristina Sabater Anglada, David Claramunt Morera, Raimon Castells De Monet
  • Patent number: 8453304
    Abstract: An arrangement for covering a machine having a machine frame, includes a covering device adapted to be attached to the machine frame above the machine. The covering device has opposite sides corresponding to opposite sides of the machine frame. Hinges are respectively connected at the opposite sides of the covering device about which the covering device can be selectively swiveled to an open or a closed position relative to the machine. Each one of the respectively arranged hinges at opposite sides of the covering device is selectively coupled to the machine frame and has a parallel-extending swiveling axis. Respectively the non-selected hinge that does not form the swiveling axis for opening the covering device is arranged to be detachable from the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Simon Kunz
  • Patent number: 8418614
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a rotary printing press, in which a bearing structure for a printing cylinder is adjusted relative to another component of the printing press, and positions of the bearing structure are measured, including the steps of mounting a calibration tool on a mandrel that is supported in the bearing structure, the calibration tool having at least one contact sensitive switch, moving the bearing structure until the at least one switch contacts the other component, and upon detection of a signal from the at least one switch, storing a measured position of the bearing structure as a reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Fischer & Krecke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gordon Whitelaw, Wolfgang Brusdeilins
  • Patent number: 8413581
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method is provided for handling printing plates which are provided in the form of a printing plate stack on at least one storage plane. If printing plates having a particularly large format are required to set images on them in an exposer, loading cassettes for a magazine of cassettes is at least problematic. Therefore, a tray is moved out of a storage device via an adjacent lifting device into the lower region of the storage device, and is fed there to a drawer which can be moved out of the storage device. If the tray is situated on the drawer, the latter can be moved by an operator in a second horizontal direction out of the handling apparatus, in particular out of the storage device. In this position, the tray can then be loaded in an ergonomically favorable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Bernd Lassen
  • Patent number: 8322282
    Abstract: Transportation of a lithographic plate uses an indexer to load plates into pods for delivery to a press cylinder via a pod elevator or a pod cart. The plates are imprinted with a bar code, imaged, punched, bent, sheared, corner notched, and registered to a press cylinder. The plates are loaded into the indexer, which moves the loaded plates into a position in alignment with designated pod compartments, and loads the plates into each of the designated pod compartments by indexed movement of an elevator within the indexer. The pod elevator or the pod cart moves the pods proximate to a press cylinder where the plates are unloaded from the pod and loaded onto a press cylinder. A computing device, such as a PLC, directs the process. A vision system senses information from the indexer, pod, pod elevator, and the plate for feedback to a PLC, which initiates all of the foregoing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Burgess Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Burgess, William J. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8316767
    Abstract: A transport system is used to provide printing forms to a printing press. Several printing forms may be transported in the same cassette. A transport vehicle is provided, and several cassettes can be transported simultaneously with the transport vehicle. A conveyor device is provided in the printing press and is used to convey printing forms that have been stored in cassettes, that have been transported by the transport vehicle. The printing forms are conveyed, by the conveyor device, to a form cylinder of the printing press and are arranged on the form cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joachim Barthelme, Kurt Johannes Weschenfelder
  • Publication number: 20120266769
    Abstract: A platen roller fixing structure includes a platen roller; a spring; a spring supporting part supporting the spring; a print head; a platen roller receiving part configured to receive the platen roller; and a spring receiving part configured to receive the spring. The platen roller, the spring, and the spring supporting part are provided on one of a body part and a movable part of a printer. The movable part is rotatably connected to the body part. The print head, the platen roller receiving part, and the spring receiving part are provided on the other one of the body part and the movable part. When the movable part is closed relative to the body part, the spring receiving part comes into contact with the spring to cause the spring to press the platen roller against the platen roller receiving part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Yuji Yada, Kunihiko Funada, Yukihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 8225716
    Abstract: A printing unit of a printing press is composed of at least two frame parts, the position of at least one of which, relative to the other, can be changed. Cooperating ones of these frame parts are placed against each other along a common joining surface, in a first operational position. These frame parts are separated from each other in a second operational position. An interstice, that is partly defined by these frame parts, is formed between the separated frame parts in the printing unit. At least one of the cooperating frame parts is supported so that it is movable along an adjustment path. At least one sensor is provided and is usable to monitor the interstice. The sensor has orientation characteristics or a sensory range along the joining surface. A control unit is provided and is connected to the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Holger Wilfried Fritz Ruhmke, Kurt Johannes Weschenfelder
  • Patent number: 8210103
    Abstract: A folder superstructure is provided including a lead roll, a nip roll biasing the lead roll, and a frame supporting the lead roll and the nip roll. The frame is selectively movable between a first position where the lead roll and the nip roll act on a first web ribbon and a second position where the lead roll and the nip roll act on a second web ribbon. A method for folding printed webs is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Gagnon, David Elliot Whitten, Thomas Thibault
  • Patent number: 8191474
    Abstract: A method for detecting a type of one of plurality of devices attached to a graphics machine, each device being one of at least a first type and a second type. The method includes detecting at a controller the type of device attached to or to be attached to the machine. The controller is capable of preadjusting the device or machine as a function of the detection. A graphics machine includes a controller, a first device connected to the controller, the first device being categorizable as one of at least a first type and a second type, the controller detecting the type of the first device, and a memory accessible by the controller, the memory storing information regarding the first type and the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Edwards Foley, Glenn Alan Guaraldi, Craig Steven Harris
  • Patent number: 8146497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for aligning at least two flexographic printing plates on at least one printing cylinder, which provides acquiring an image of a part of a first plate, memorising the acquired image, framing a part of a second plate, at the same time displaying the memorised image and the image relating to the part of the second framed plate in real time; and aligning the image framed in real time with the memorised image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: SYS TEC S.r.l.
    Inventor: Franco Caliari
  • Patent number: 8127679
    Abstract: A printing unit of a printing press is comprised of at least two frame parts, the position of at least one of which, relative to the other, can be changed. Cooperating ones of these frame parts are placed against each other along a common joining surface, in a first operational position. These frame parts are separated from each other in a second operational position. An interstice, that is partly defined by these frame parts, is formed between the separated frame parts in the printing unit. At least one of the cooperating frame parts is supported so that it is movable along an adjustment path. At least one sensor is provided and is usable to monitor the interstice. The sensor has orientation characteristics or a sensory range along the joining surface. An aperture width of a first angular aperture of the orientation characteristics or of the sensory range is smaller than a respective aperture width of a second or third angular aperture of the orientation characteristic or sensory range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Holger Wilfried Fritz Ruhmke, Kurt Johannes Weschenfelder
  • Publication number: 20110271861
    Abstract: A printer accessory comprises a base having a top surface and a bottom surface, and an ink absorber having a thickness in accordance with an example of the present disclosure. The ink absorber rests on the top surface and includes an absorbent material to retain excess ink from a printing operation. Furthermore, the accessory includes print media supports connected to the base and extending beyond the thickness of the ink absorber, wherein when print media is present, the print media spans the print media supports without contacting the ink absorber. An attachment clip is connected to the base having a resiliently flexible portion to releasably secure the printer accessory to a printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Cristina Sabater Anglada, David Claramunt Morera, Raimon Castells De Monet
  • Patent number: 8051774
    Abstract: A printing plate module is disclosed. The module comprises a printing plate support member (3) having means (5) to locate printing plates (4) in a predetermined position thereon and, engagement means (8) on the plate support member for the releasab a engagement of the printing plate support member (3) with a printing press during a plate loading operation to locate printing plates (4) located on the plate support member (3) in a predetermined position relative to a plate cylinder (7) of the press. The invention also discloses a printing apparatus and, a method of loading printing plates onto a plate cylinder of a printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Goss Graphic Systems Limited
    Inventor: Tony Hollings