Condition Responsive Patents (Class 101/484)
  • Patent number: 10665838
    Abstract: To easily specify the position of a defect in a separator, a method for producing a separator original sheet (12b) includes the steps of: forming a separator original sheet (12b) including a separator original sheet (12c) and a heat-resistant layer coated on the separator original sheet (12c); detecting a defect (D) in the separator original sheet (12b); and recording information including information on a position of the defect (D) which position is a position in the width direction of the separator original sheet (12b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Koichiro Watanabe, Tatsuya Kataoka, Koji Kashu
  • Patent number: 10558965
    Abstract: Secure touchscreen devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a secure touchscreen assembly may include a first patterned conductive layer comprising a first touch sensing grid and a first tamper sensing grid, the first tamper sensing grid disposed in areas of the first conductive layer where the first touch sensing grid is not present and is not in physical contact with the first touch sensing grid, and tamper sensing circuitry coupled to the first tamper sensing grid that detects a tamper by detecting change in conductivity in the first tamper sensing grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Huygens Jefferson Do, Ricardo E. Espinoza-Ibarra, John Henry Barrowman
  • Patent number: 10549524
    Abstract: A control station of a printing machine has at least one surface for receiving a sheet-like printing substrate, a measuring device for measuring a measurement variable of the sheet-like printing substrate on the surface, at least one camera for capturing at least one gesture performed by a person at the control station, and an image-processing device for processing and evaluating images captured by the camera. The measuring device has a measuring beam extending above the sheet-like printing substrate. The measuring beam of the measuring device can be moved over the sheet-type printing substrate on the surface. The camera which captures each at least one gesture, is arranged in or on the movable measuring beam. The measuring beam is driven by a controlled or by an at least controllable motor in order to carry out the movement. Controlling of the motor of the measuring beam is actuated by at least one gesture performed by the person in a capturing region of the camera and captured by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventors: Steven Flemming, Jens Lochmüller, Gero Kosel, Stefan Budach, Martina Noack
  • Patent number: 10518528
    Abstract: Provided is a printer control device that controls a printer that includes an ink jet head unit that has head arrays, in which three or more ink jet heads for ejecting ink from nozzle arrays are aligned in a nozzle array extending direction, the printer control device includes a head control section that causes an ink jet head unit to execute printing without using a designated head that is an ink jet head designated and all ink jet heads aligned on one side in the nozzle array extending direction with reference to the designated head, in a designation mode, in which inhibition of use of the ink jet heads is designated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirofumi Terasawa
  • Patent number: 10496765
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for providing a virtual construction and design of an interior wall of a home or office are described. The virtual construction and design provides for various substrate layers as they would exist within the interior wall, interactions between substrate layers, as well as environmental effects. The virtual construction can be implemented on a website so that a user of the website is able to create, select, and purchase customized wallpaper patterns with various color effects, three-dimensional effects, aging effects, texture effects, and environmental effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GP Color
    Inventor: Wesley T. Adams
  • Patent number: 10452323
    Abstract: In a printing method, a plurality of predefined print setting groups are stored by a printer. A client device sends a print job to the printer. For the print job, the printer receives user-specified print settings that can be set with a graphic user interface on the client device. The printer also receives a shortcut ID, which the printer associates with one of the predefined print setting groups. The print job is completed using a merged group of settings derived from the user-specified and predefined settings. Advantageously, the predefined settings may be of a type that a user cannot set from the client device, as might be the case when the client device is physically small with a minimal graphic user interface. This can allow the user to access more sophisticated features of the printer. However, conflicts may arise between the user-specified and predefined settings. The printer resolves conflicts by giving priority to user-specified settings or predefined settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Shohei Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10353652
    Abstract: A job includes pages that have multiple items positioned according to coordinates. A sheet coordinate location identifier for each of the items (that corresponds to the coordinates for the items) is added to the job. The job is printed to produce printed sheets of items (printed items) printed according to the coordinates. A cutting device cuts the printed sheets, according to the coordinates, into individually cut items. Each of the cut items includes the sheet coordinate location identifier printed thereon, and this identifies the pre-cutting locations of the cut items within the uncut sheets of print media. The cut items are inspected for cutting defects to identify defective items. Pre-cutting locations of the defective items are identified using only the sheet coordinate location identifier printed on the defective items. A repair recommendation for the cutting device is based on the most common pre-cutting location of the defective items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Daniel M. McHugh, Timothy J. Kelley, Hans F. Case
  • Patent number: 10345789
    Abstract: A method and associated system are provided for producing a perforation line between adjacent lottery tickets in an automated production line wherein a substrate having lottery tickets printed thereon is conveyed through a perforation station in the production line. A perforation machine in the line is controlled to define a perforation line between the adjacent lottery tickets. The controlling process includes inputting control variables into a controller associated with the perforation machine, the control variables relating to conditions that determine a desired perforation profile of the perforation line. The controller programs the perforation machine with a specific perforation profile for the perforation line that is generated based on the entered control variables, and changes the perforation profile upon inputting of different values for the control variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ajay J. Ghia
  • Patent number: 10261456
    Abstract: A method for automated process control of a printing machine system by using a computer includes the steps of applying a set of rules including process parameters to be examined by the computer to detect whether and when process control is required. The values of the process parameters are made available to the computer by respective responsible components of the printing machine system. The computer is used to implement process control and the computer is used to evaluate process control results. The computer is used to implement actions that are deemed necessary based on the evaluation of the results and the computer is used to save the established data of the implemented process control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Schenk, Nikolaus Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10228616
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process of forming a pattern on a substrate by molding an imprint material on the substrate using a mold, the apparatus including a measurement unit configured to measure relative positions of the mold and the substrate, a light source unit configured to emit light for curing the imprint material, a scanning unit configured to scan light from the light source unit on the substrate, and a control unit configured to control the imprint process, wherein the control unit performs the imprint process by causing the scanning unit to scan the light while partially aligning the mold and the substrate with each other based on a measurement result of the measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10025249
    Abstract: An image forming device is provided. The image forming device includes: a conveyance unit that conveys a continuous paper, an image forming unit that forms an image on a continuous paper conveyed by the conveyance unit, a job selection unit that selects a job to be executed, and a processor that calculates an image forming distance and indicates the calculated image forming distance on a display. The image forming distance is a length in a conveyance direction of the continuous paper needed to execute the selected job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoriko Noda
  • Patent number: 9937706
    Abstract: This object is solved by a device for inspecting a print material, including evaluation value acquisition means for inspecting a plurality of print materials and acquiring an evaluation value indicating quality of each print material, allowed-number-of-failed-product acquisition means for acquiring an allowed number of failed products among the plurality of print materials, determination criterion determination means for determining a determination criterion in which the number of failed products is equal to or smaller than the allowed number of failed products and a sum of evaluation values of passed products becomes a highest-quality value, pass and fail determination means for determining pass or fail of each print material on the basis of the determination criterion and the evaluation value of each print material, and output means for outputting a determination result of the pass and fail determination means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshirou Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9878570
    Abstract: A bookbinding system shapes a booklet in such a manner that a paper sheet bundle composed of plural text paper sheets is bound by case binding using a cover paper sheet. In this case, a paper sheet having a size fitting within a region configured with a front surface, a back surface, and a spine of the paper sheet bundle is used as the cover paper sheet. For example, vertically-long A4 paper sheets are used as the text paper sheets, and a horizontally-long A3 paper sheet is used as the cover paper sheet to carry out case bookbinding. The cover paper sheet does not protrude from the outer shape of the paper sheet bundle. Thus, it is not necessary to cut the cover paper sheet, and no cutting waste is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomokazu Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9776392
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a page wide array (PWA) printer (20) particularly but not exclusively for performing print jobs while maximizing print bar performance uniformity within the printer. The PWA printer includes a print bar which can be moved laterally and a controller which causes the print bar to laterally move from a first to a second position and causes the nozzles within the print bar to print an image while the print bar is in the second position without modifying the lateral alignment of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Jordi Sender Beleta, Joshua A. Mann, Isabel Borell Bayona
  • Patent number: 9774763
    Abstract: A method for controlling a printing process is disclosed. The method includes printing a printing material by a printing unit on a basis of data of a prepress stage. A printed result on the printing material is compared with a desired value and a correction value is derived from the comparison. The data of the prepress stage is corrected with the correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: manroland web systems GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Schulmeister, Florian Fejfar, Andreas Elchlepp
  • Patent number: 9759269
    Abstract: A plurality of engaging claws formed at a connecting member mounted to a rotary member of a driving unit via a one-way clutch are brought into engagement with a plurality of engageable grooves formed at a connecting member mounted to a rotated member of a driven unit so as to transmit the forward rotation of the rotary member to the rotated member. When the driven unit is mounted to the driving unit, the rotary member is forwardly rotated to bring at least one of the engaging claws into engagement with the engageable groove. Subsequently, the rotary member is reversely rotated to bring the respective engaging claws into engagement with the respective engageable grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Naruse, Yoshiyuki Suwa
  • Patent number: 9669951
    Abstract: A method for operating a packaging device and a packaging device are provided. Guide units which are fastened to transporter of a transport unit are moved along a plurality of supply and dispensing units. The transporter is driven by a drive axle coupled to a motor and returned via a deflection axle, the motor being coupled to a control unit. The transporter and/or the deflection axle have a plurality of markings spaced at predefined intervals, and at least one travel difference or time difference between two markings is determined. The determined difference is compared to a setpoint value and the drive axle is stopped when a deviation between the setpoint value and the determined difference exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CareFusion Germany 326 GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Hellenbrand
  • Patent number: 9662924
    Abstract: An automatic handling and transport device for printing sleeves that includes a holding support (10) for printing sleeves (60) and a clamping carriage (20) connected to a motorized carriage (30) for a guided movement of the clamping carriage (20) between a gripping position for gripping sleeves (60) and a transport position, and a mobile handling unit (90) carrying the holding support (10). The holding support (10) has an inner core (12) attached to the mobile handling unit (90), and the holding support (10) is coupled to the core (12) or to the mobile handling unit (90) through adaptable support means (40), which provide a relative movement with respect to the core (12) to at least one of the two ends of the holding support (10). The connection of the clamping carriage (20) to the motorized carriage (30) comprises adaptable means (49) that allow a relative movement between the clamping carriage (20) and the motorized carriage (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NEOPACK S.L.
    Inventors: Luis Antonio Ruiz Suesa, Jordi Puig Vila, Adelbert Lucas Schoonman, Antonio Garrido Fernández
  • Patent number: 9665321
    Abstract: An image processing system including a processing execution control device, a plurality of image formation output control devices, and an output destination determiner is provided. The processing execution control device includes a processing execution controller and a control-side drawing information generator to generate drawing information. Each of the image formation output control devices includes an output-side drawing information generator to generate the drawing information and an execution controller to control image forming devices to execute an image formation output based on the drawing information. The output destination determiner determines one of the image formation output control devices as an output destination of an image formation output execution command based on execution propriety of the image formation output that is determined by comparing an amount of developer to be consumed in the image formation output with an amount of developer remaining in each of the image forming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Abe
  • Patent number: 9604481
    Abstract: Provided is a medium transport device transporting a medium. The medium transport device includes a skew correcting mechanism disposed on a transport path for transporting a long medium, a first transport roller disposed on the transport path and transporting the medium, and a second transport roller transporting the medium to the first transport roller. The first transport roller is disposed upstream of the skew correcting mechanism. The second transport roller is disposed upstream of and next to the first transport roller. The second transport roller contacts one surface of the medium, and the first transport roller contacts the other surface of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaharu Yamamoto, Shinsuke Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9547504
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that includes a first storage where a first program to communicate with an external interface is stored when the image forming apparatus is in a normal mode, a second storage where a second program which is smaller than the first program in size is stored in order to perform communication with a pre-defined external device through the external interface when the image forming apparatus is in a power saving mode, and a controller which performs communication with the external interface using the first program stored in the first storage or the second program stored in the second storage according to an operation mode of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-uk Bin, Ho-beom Park
  • Patent number: 9531936
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera system (1). The invention also relates to a color measuring system and a printing press provided with such a color measuring system and/or camera system. The focal distance can be determined by making use of a plurality of sensors (2, 2?, 2?, 2??, 15) to record an image of the printed image (8, 16, 17) printed by the press and determining the overlap (9, 9?, Ov) between these images (16, 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Q.I. Press Controls Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Menno Jansen, Erik Andreas van Holten
  • Patent number: 9503613
    Abstract: Methods and devices print markings on an item in a first printing pass, using intended locations for the markings, to produce initial printed marks. Such methods and devices further scan the item after the first printing pass to detect actual printed locations of the initial printed marks. These methods and devices also compare the actual printed locations to the intended locations to identify the printing registration variation. Thus, such methods and devices change the intended locations for the markings based on the printing registration variation to generate corrected locations for the markings; and then reprint the markings directly on the initial printed marks a second time on the item in a second printing pass using the corrected locations for the markings, using the marking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Hunter, David R. Kretschmann, Ronald W. Bogert, Nicholas Harrison Hainline, Theodore Gram
  • Patent number: 9440425
    Abstract: A method for setting the pressure of a printing station includes at least one cylinder, from acquired images of the printed area of the printed web. The method includes displacing the at least one cylinder in accordance with a pre-defined displacement scheme, and acquiring the acquired images of the web throughout the displacement of the at least one cylinder, for each of the at least one cylinder, determining according to the acquired images, a left side print distance and a right side print distance, and determining for the each of the at least one cylinder a left actuator working distance and a right actuator working distance for the left actuator and the right actuator, respectively, according to the left side print distance and according to the right side print distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) Ltd.
    Inventors: Ohad Menashe, Dan Zamir, Shahar Golan
  • Patent number: 9375970
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is disclosed. The image forming apparatus includes a detecting unit which detects the number of manuscript sheets; a calculating unit which calculates the anticipated number of sheets of recording media based on the detected number of sheets; a determining unit which determines whether the anticipated number of sheets calculated exceeds the predetermined number of sheets; and a bookbinding unit which binds multiple recording media, wherein the calculating unit calculates the anticipated number of sheets, further including a cover arranged on the outside of the multiple recording media which are stacked in an overlapping manner, and wherein the bookbinding unit binds multiple recording media without arranging the cover on the outside of the multiple recording media when an image is not formed on the cover if the determining unit determines that the anticipated number of sheets exceeds the predetermined number of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Kizaki, Satoshi Hatanaka, Kohichi Irie
  • Patent number: 9352922
    Abstract: A control unit allows a rotational position of a tension generating roller to be changed depending on a width of a web at time of the beginning of conveyance of the web, controls a motor according to a detection signal of a second sensor such that a tension guide maintains its position within a predetermined range during conveyance of the web, causes position data at time of keeping the same value of the position data of the motor for a predetermined period to be stored, calculates an initial operational position of the tension generating roller using the position data and a predetermined correction coefficient, and sets the calculated initial operational position as an initial operational position of the tension generating roller at time of the beginning of next conveyance of web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kohji Kuwana, Masahiro Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9349221
    Abstract: When a medium is set to a printer apparatus, a first printing condition for a longer boarding ticket of two types of boarding ticket length is read and set, the medium is started to be conveyed. Upon detection of a cue mark of the medium, the medium is advanced by a predetermined distance and the apparatus is set to a print-standby state of a second boarding ticket to wait to receive data. Upon reception of first printing data, printing is started under the first printing condition. When the cue mark is detected, if printing is completed, subsequent printing is performed under the first printing condition. If the cue mark is detected before printing is completed, a second printing condition for a shorter boarding ticket is read and set and the printing is performed under the second printing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED
    Inventor: Makoto Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9302503
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head which discharges ink onto a recording medium; a heater which dries the ink discharged on the recording medium by the recording head without making contact with the recording medium; and a transport belt which supports the recording medium in a transportable manner in a position in which it is at least possible to dry a portion of the recording medium on which the ink is discharged using the heater. The transport belt includes a plurality of protruding portions, which can make contact with the recording medium, and a contact area between a contact portion of the protruding portion in relation to the recording medium, and the recording medium is 0.3 mm2 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneyuki Sasaki, Eiji Kumai, Yasuo Naramatsu, Masahiro Akamine
  • Patent number: 9256931
    Abstract: A method is used for inspecting at least one copy of a printed product. At least one element, which is spatially constant with respect to a fixed reference point and at least one element which is spatially variant with respect to the same fixed reference point are reliably inspected by reference image data being used for a desired-actual value comparison of the at least one spatially variant element. The reference image data takes account of the variable position of the at least one element; i.e. the spatial variance thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: KOENIG & BAUER AG
    Inventors: Stefan Bless, Carsten Diederichs, Felix Hartmann, Jorn Sacher
  • Patent number: 9242449
    Abstract: An offset printing method includes creating halftone dots corresponding to a printed image and formed of printing ink, on a surface of a transfer cylinder and transferring the halftone dots to a printing substrate while the transfer cylinder rotates about its longitudinal axis. A halftone value in a printed image on the printing substrate is adjusted to a desired value by modifying a halftone dot size. The offset printing method improves the quality of the printed image by increasing the halftone dot size by a desired amount by providing a relative offset between a device that creates the halftone dots and the surface of the transfer cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Axel Hauck, Bernhard Buck
  • Patent number: 9242454
    Abstract: A method of inking a substrate in a printing press is provided. The printing press includes a plurality of printing units, each printing unit includes a blanket cylinder, a plate cylinder and an inker. The method includes the steps of running the plate cylinder, blanket cylinder and inker at a press speed, driving the inker independently, printing on a substrate with a desired ink film thickness at the press speed and stopping the press for a press stop event. Stopping the press further includes stopping the inker at a maximum stop rate, stopping the plate cylinder and blanket cylinder at a normal stop rate and moving the plate cylinder and blanket cylinder into an off impression position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: GROSS INTERNATIONAL AMERICAS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Rancourt, Howard W. Hoff, Brian Robert Elkinson, William J. Derocher
  • Patent number: 9216567
    Abstract: A printing press includes at least one impression cylinder, which has a first and a second front side and to which at least two inking systems each having a print roller are assigned. The print rollers are set against the impression cylinder and each print roller is driven via a drive. A first inking system is assigned to the first half of the impression cylinder and a second inking system is assigned to the second half. The drive of the print roller of the first inking system disposed in the first half is arranged on the first front side of the impression cylinder, and the drive of the print roller of the second inking system disposed in the second half is arranged on the first front side of the impression cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: WINDMOELLER & HOBLSCHER KG
    Inventors: Guenter Rogge, Frank Gunschera, Dietmar Koopmann
  • Patent number: 9194845
    Abstract: An apparatus for emitting and/or receiving ultrasound in a predetermined frequency range includes at least one ultrasonic converter for converting ultrasound into electrical signals and/or converting electrical signals into ultrasound, and a holder having at least one ultrasonic channel formed therein in which the ultrasonic converter is disposed at least partly and/or through which ultrasound can pass from or to the ultrasonic converter. The holder has at least one non-fibrous surface layer adjacent to at least one portion of the ultrasonic channel, whose impedance is smaller than that of an inside layer of the holder neighboring to the surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Domke, Joseph Lohner, Hans-Uwe Moosler
  • Patent number: 9158489
    Abstract: A printing control apparatus including: a receiving unit that receives a print instruction to instruct printing on a recording medium; a transferring unit that transfers the print instruction received by the receiving unit to an outputting portion which is capable of storing plural print instructions and outputs the stored print instruction one by one to a printing device; and a controller that controls the transferring unit so that another print instruction is transferred to the outputting portion if a print instruction transferred by the transferring unit last is started to be outputted from the outputting portion to the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Taguchi, Naoya Takayama
  • Patent number: 9137423
    Abstract: There is provided a color printing system including: a specification unit that specifies an area which has predetermined colors from printing target image data; a printing unit that prints the image data; a color measurement unit that measures the colors of the area, which is specified by the specification unit, with regard to a printed matter; a recording unit that records color measurement results whenever the image data is printed; and a color adjustment unit that, when a predetermined number of color measurement results of the predetermined colors are completed, executes color adjustment using the color measurement results. Therefore, it is possible to prevent accuracy from being lowered while the color adjustment is effectively executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshio Miyamoto, Tsuyoshi Sugita
  • Patent number: 9115980
    Abstract: A device and system for precise measurement of a thickness and determination of a profile of a slider row bar. The device includes a bar mount fixture having a structure for supporting the row bar by an edge, a first probe and a second probe on either side of the row bar, each probe being a non-contact sensor with a measurement precision of 0.5 micrometer, with each of the probes laterally moveable in relation to the bar mount fixture. Also included are methods of using a device for precisely measuring of a thickness and determining of a profile of a slider row bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Leping Li, Sarah R. Marotz, Kara L. Maytag
  • Patent number: 9027477
    Abstract: A web printing system automatically detects the location of a wrinkle in a moving web. The web has a plurality of marked reference positions including an inboard position, a center position, and an outboard position. A plurality of contact image sensors detect the reference positions after the web passes through a spreader and an inboard distance and an outboard distance are respectively measured from the center position. If the inboard distance is less than a nominal inboard distance, the wrinkle is identified as inboard of the center position. If the outboard distance is less than a nominal outboard distance, the wrinkle is identified as outboard of the center position. The machine operator is notified of the fault condition and takes action to remedy the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Jason M. LeFevre, Derek A. Bryl
  • Patent number: 9003971
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing proof prints on which the correctness of page impositions can be checked comprises a stand configured to receive a roll of paper. A first printer and a second printer are provided for printing pages on the front side and the rear side, respectively, of a paper web fed from the paper roll. An optical sensor is arranged between the first printer and the second printer. The optical sensor is configured to detect the position of an alignment mark which has been printed by the first printer on the front side of the paper. A control unit modifies the spatial relationship between the rear side of the paper and what is printed on the rear side of the paper depending on the detected position of the alignment mark. This can be accomplished either by electronically modifying the second pages as such, or by mechanically modifying the paper position with respect to a printing head contained in the second printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Digital Information Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Haenni, Christoph Bugs
  • Patent number: 9007660
    Abstract: The invention relates to a marking and/or scanning head comprising a plurality of receiving spaces in which individual marking and/or sensing devices can be arranged for marking and/or scanning an object, wherein the receiving spaces are arranged in at least two sub-arrays, wherein at least one sub-array is movable and/or rotatable with regard to at least one other sub-array. The invention further relates to a marking and/or scanning apparatus and a method for operating a marking and/or scanning head or apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Alltec Angewandte Laserlicht Technologie GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Joerg Kueckendahl, Daniel Joseph Ryan
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8997651
    Abstract: A printing operation assisting device for assisting a printing operation performed by a solder printer configured to print a solder cream on a substrate surface, including: a measure determining portion configured to determine a remedial measure against a deterioration of a print quality specified on the basis of print-result information obtained from an inspecting machine configured to inspect a print result by the printer, in accordance with a kind of the print-quality deterioration; and a measure issuing portion configured to issue a command relating to the remedial measure determined by the measure determining portion to at least one of the printer and its operator, wherein the measure determining portion is configured to determine a remedial measure against a certain print-quality deterioration and to redetermine another remedial measure different from the previously determined remedial measure where the deteriorated print quality is not improved by execution of the previously determined measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Kato, Tomohiko Hattori
  • Patent number: 8997650
    Abstract: An ink supply method in an ink supply apparatus including an ink fountain, a plurality of ink fountain keys, an ink fountain roller, an ink ductor roller, and an ink roller group. An ink film thickness distribution corresponding to an image on a printing plate is formed in the ink roller group. The ink roller group is divided into a plurality of roller subgroups. After or before division, a throw-on operation is performed for at least one of the plurality of roller subgroups, and a plate cylinder on which the printing plate to be used for printing of the next job is mounted. Ink in at least one of the plurality of roller subgroups is supplied to the printing plate mounted on the plate cylinder by rotating the plate cylinder and at least one of the plurality of roller subgroups. An ink supply apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Nakamura, Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20150090140
    Abstract: A method and printing press for performing the method is provided for recording print processing conditions on a printed web of a rewind roll during operation of a printing press to print a print job, including associating sensed printing process parameters with tracked locations on the web at which the printing process parameters were sensed such that, for each tracked location, there is an associated set of printing process parameters; storing in memory, for each tracked location, the associated set of printing process parameters; and storing in memory an identification of the rewind roll, and an association of the rewind roll with the associated set of printing process parameters for each tracked location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Goss International Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond RANCOURT, Howard W. HOFF
  • Patent number: 8985021
    Abstract: A method of setting web tensioning in a processing machine for processing a material web, in particular in a shaftless printing machine, wherein, for the purpose of setting the web tensioning in a first web-tensioning portion, which is bounded upstream by a first clamping location and downstream by a second clamping location, the first clamping location is given a control command, and at least one clamping location which is located upstream of the first clamping location, as seen over the course of the web tensioning, and at least one clamping location which is located downstream of the second clamping location, as seen over the course of the web tensioning, are precontrolled in dependence on the first control command, where the second clamping location is not adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Schnabel, Stephan Schultze, Mario Goeb
  • Patent number: 8973500
    Abstract: A method for controlling an amount of dampening solution in a printing unit of a printing press using a computer and a measuring device, includes setting an amount of dampening solution in the printing unit based on data of a current print job, reducing the amount of dampening solution towards a smearing threshold with the computer, recording color measurement values with the measuring device in at least one full tone area with low area coverage and in at least one halftone area with high area coverage on a printing material of the current print job, and stopping the reduction of the amount of dampening solution with the computer when a dot gain of the halftone in areas with high area coverage increases significantly and a density of the full tone in areas with low area coverage increases significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Elter, Nikolaus Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8973499
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a mobile control device for safe operation of machines for processing printing materials. The machine is divided into a plurality of spatially delimited zones and the position of the control device can be detected in relation to the plurality of zones. It is possible to determine the zone in which the control device is located by using the position of the control device. Certain functions of the machine are enabled or disabled depending on the determined zone. A printing press having the device and a method for safely operating a machine for processing printing materials, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Martin Klüpfel, Manfred Miessl, Frank Soltwedel
  • Patent number: 8955439
    Abstract: A printing system includes first and second printing apparatuses that form images on first and second surfaces of a continuous recording sheet, respectively. The second printing apparatus includes a printing unit that forms a toner image on the sheet; a conveying unit that conveys the sheet at a reference speed in the printing unit; a fixing-conveying unit that conveys the sheet and fixes the toner image adhered to the sheet; a buffer unit that takes up slack in the sheet generated because of a difference in conveyance between the conveying unit and the fixing-conveying unit; a determining unit that determines a brake force for stopping conveyance of the fixing-conveying unit, based on a buffer amount of the buffer unit, which corresponds to the slack in the sheet; and a conveyance control unit that performs control to stop conveyance of the sheet by the determined brake force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Limited
    Inventors: Kohji Kuwana, Masahiro Mizuno, Mitsunobu Gouda
  • Patent number: 8955436
    Abstract: An ink film thickness distribution forming method in an ink supply apparatus including an ink fountain. A plurality of ink fountain keys are arranged in the ink fountain. Ink is supplied to an ink fountain roller in accordance with the opening ratios of the plurality of ink fountain keys. Ink is transferred to an ink ductor roller from the ink fountain roller. Ink from the ink doctor roller is transferred to an ink roller group including at least one ink form roller. A throw-off operation of the ink form roller positioned at an end of the ink roller group is performed after the end of a print job. The ink roller group is divided into a plurality of roller subgroups after the end of the print job. The ink in at least one of roller subgroups is removed. An ink film thickness distribution forming apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Totsuka
  • 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: 8931411
    Abstract: A method for regulating a web tension in a processing machine for processing a product web, in particular a shaftless printing press, includes separating a first product-web section from a second product-web section by a delay section. The web tensions in the first and second product-web sections are influenced by first and second actuators, respectively. To regulate the web tension in the first product-web section, the method further includes defining a regulation output value from which an actuating command for the first actuator is derived. An actuating command for the second actuator is defined from the regulation output value and a delay element to decouple the web tension in the second product-web section from the regulation of the web tension in the first product-web section. The delay element delays the effect of the regulation output value on the actuating command for the second actuator by a delay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Schnabel, Stephan Schultze, Mario Goeb