With Heating Or Cooling Patents (Class 101/487)
  • Patent number: 10705468
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a conveyer that conveys continuous paper; an image creator that outputs an image onto the continuous paper, a heat source that imparts heat to the continuous paper; and a hardware processor that controls a printing action for forming an image on the continuous paper conveyed in a forward direction by the conveyer, using the image creator and the heat source, wherein when interrupting the printing action, the hardware processor performs withdrawal control in which the continuous paper is conveyed in a reverse direction such that a final image formed on the continuous paper before interruption of the printing action reaches a withdrawal position defined upstream of the heat source in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro Matsuo, Makoto Ui
  • Patent number: 10577746
    Abstract: Dyeing method includes a first step of obtaining a dyeing base body by adhering a base body with a sublimable dye and a sublimable dye carrier, a second step of placing the dyeing base body obtained in the first step to face a resin body and heating the dyeing base body so that the sublimable dye and the sublimable dye carrier which have been adhered on the dyeing base body are sublimated and deposited on the resin body, and a third step of heating the resin body having been deposited with the sublimable dye and the sublimable dye carrier to be fixed with the sublimable dye and the sublimable dye carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minoru Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 10513128
    Abstract: A decurling device includes a belt, a roller, and a heat source. The heat source heats either or both of the belt and the roller. The belt has a first holding surface extending in a rotational direction of the belt. The roller has a second holding surface extending in a rotational direction of the roller. The decurling device has either or both of a plurality of belt through holes penetrating the first holding surface and a plurality of through holes penetrating the second holding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroatsu Tamai, Takeshi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Ueda, Noriaki Ozawa, Toyotsune Inoue, Susumu Hiroshima, Takatoshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10029447
    Abstract: A process and system for making a laminated surface covering and the surface covering itself are described. The covering includes several layers bonded to each other. The system performs the process. One example of the process includes passing a first material across a first conveyor, passing a second material across a second conveyor, passing a bonding material across a third conveyor, contacting the first material and the second material to the bonding material, and heating at least one of the first material and the second material. The process also includes introducing the first material, the second material, and the bonding material into a pressure zone such that the bonding material is introduced between a bottom surface of the first material and a top surface of the second material. The process applies pressure to bond the first material and second material together via the bonding material to produce a laminated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ecore International Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur B. Dodge, John McFalls
  • Patent number: 9868255
    Abstract: A method and system for printing a three-dimensional part, which includes producing a developed layer of a part material with one or more electrophotography engines of an additive manufacturing system, transferring the developed layer from the one or more electrophotography engines to a transfer assembly of the additive manufacturing system sintering the developed layer at the transfer assembly to produce a sintered contiguous film, cooling the sintered contiguous film down to a transfer temperature, and pressing the cooled sintered contiguous film into contact with an intermediate build surface of the three-dimensional part with a low applied pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Comb, J. Samuel Batchelder
  • Patent number: 9731499
    Abstract: A device for setting at least one operating parameter of ink for a printing process of a rotary printing press having an inking system which has a doctor blade device with a doctor blade chamber containing the ink for the printing process, and an ink reservoir from which ink can be supplied to the doctor blade chamber, includes a supply system which allows ink to be supplied inside the inking system. The supply system can be switched to a setting mode (I) or to a production mode (II), the operating parameter being automatically set in the setting mode (I) and no ink being supplied to the doctor blade chamber, and the supply system supplying ink to the doctor blade chamber in the production mode (II).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER KG
    Inventors: Lutz Telljohann, Frank Hasselmann, Andreas Ihme
  • Patent number: 9573390
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a medium supporting portion that supports a recording target medium, and an electromagnetic wave irradiator that emits electromagnetic waves onto the recording target medium on the medium supporting portion and dries ink present on the recording target medium using the electromagnetic waves. In the recording apparatus, the medium supporting portion has a thermal conductivity of equal to or higher than 0.057 w/(m·K) and equal to or lower than 2.2 w/(m·K).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuneyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9358780
    Abstract: A method and a device for imaging and/or varnishing the surfaces of objects or vehicles, etc. includes adapting a time lag between an application of fluid and further treatment thereof, such as drying ink or varnish, to a spreading behavior of the fluid during the application thereof. The fluid may be applied to the surface of the object in sections, firstly drying the fluid in individual sections before applying it to the next section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heiner Pitz, Alexander Matern
  • Patent number: 9079389
    Abstract: A sheet-fed printing press is provided with a cold foil-transferring unit for transferring foil onto a paper sheet, a printing unit for performing printing on the paper sheet, and an embossing unit for giving an embossed finish to the paper sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shin Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 9016201
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for applying a water-based emulsion of silicone fluid to a printed web required to be cooled, such that evaporative cooling of the web is promoted in addition to coating of said web with a silicone material. Water evaporated following the application of the silicone fluid to the web is recovered by condensation on the applicator(s) and reapplied to the web, thus economizing the amount of silicone fluid mixture necessary to provide both cooling and enhanced slip characteristics necessary for further handling and processing of the web. The condensation step is effected by containing the evaporated water from the web within a compact enclosure enveloping both the applicator(s) and the web, and optionally chilling said applicator(s) with a cooling medium, preferably water, by means of said cooling medium flowing through at least one of the applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: MegTec Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Zagar, Paul Seidl, Mike Rocheleau, Alain Grandjean
  • Patent number: 8893616
    Abstract: A digital offset inking system includes an ink supply, a soft transfer roll, and a hard form roll. A cleaning blade cleaning ink and fountain solution from the surface of the hard form roll that is leftover after transferring ink to a digital imaging member. A fountain solution removal system processes the ink to remove the fountain solution from the ink. The processes ink is resupplied to the inking system for transfer to the digital imaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Chu-heng Liu
  • Publication number: 20140329054
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aqueous formulation particularly for generating electrically conductive and/or reflective structures by microcontact printing, characterized in that the formulation contains at least a) ?15 to ?55 parts by weight water, b) ?10 to ?50 parts by weight alcohol, c) ?15 to ?45 parts by weight metal-based nanoparticles, d) 0.5 to ?10 parts by weight non-fluorinated surfactant, and e) ?0.5 to ?10 parts by weight fluorinated surfactant, wherein the above defined constituents a) to e) summarize to a concentration of ?100 parts by weight in the formulation. The wetting behavior especially of hydrophobic materials may significantly be improved. The present invention further relates to a method of generating structures, particularly being electrically conductive and/or reflective, on a substrate by microcontact printing and a substrate comprising such a structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Deivaraj Theivanayagam Chairman, Frank Sicking, Venkataramanan Balasubramanian, Daniel Rudhardt
  • 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: 8869699
    Abstract: A method controls a printing speed and a temperature of a printing press to attain a predetermined actuating variable. The printing press includes a control computer. The method is characterized by calculating a target temperature to attain the predetermined actuating variable at a desired printing speed and initiating the adjustment operations to attain the target temperature by the control computer. The actual printing speed is changed via a first acceleration within a tolerance limit with respect to fluctuations about the predetermined actuating variable. The first acceleration process is stopped if the desired printing speed is attained in the process. The first acceleration is changed if the tolerance limits are reached and the desired printing speed has not been attained yet. The printing speed is ran at a modified second acceleration along the tolerance limits until the desired printing speed is attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Elter, Alexander Knabe, Nikolaus Pfeiffer, Wolfgang Schönberger
  • Patent number: 8863663
    Abstract: There is described a method for controlling the orientation and/or position of sheets (1) processed on a printing machine, each sheet being provided with at least one marking (12; 15) embedded in the sheet, which marking is embedded in the sheet during manufacturing thereof, prior to processing of the sheet on a printing machine. The marking (12; 15) is disposed in a selected location of the sheet and defines a unique orientation and/or position of the sheet. The method comprises the steps of: —checking for the presence or absence of the marking at the selected location on the sheet and/or of characteristic features of the said marking; and —issuing a warning signal if the marking is not detected at the selected location or if the characteristic features of the marking are not detected at the said selected location. The invention advantageously makes use of features already embedded in the sheets (such as metallic and/or magnetic strips or threads, watermarks, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: KBA-Notasys SA
    Inventor: Volkmar Rolf Schwitzky
  • Patent number: 8857337
    Abstract: A method for printing on a lower surface of a peak of a baseball cap comprising: a) printing an image on the lower surface of the peak when the peak is at an elevated printing temperature and when the peak is in a generally planar configuration; b) allowing the peak to cool to a temperature below an elevated formation temperature; and, c) heating the peak to the elevated formation temperature and applying a non-planar shape to the peak, wherein the peak comprises a deformable insert that is solid at the elevated printing temperature and deformable at the elevated formation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Accolade Group Inc.
    Inventor: Hyman Ngo
  • Patent number: 8820236
    Abstract: A device for supplying radiant energy onto a printing substrate (14), including at least one radiant energy source (10) whose light (12) impinges on the printing substrate (14) on the path (16) of the printing substrate (14) through a printing press at a position (116) downstream of at least one printing nip (18) in a printing unit. The radiant energy source (10) emits light (12) having a peak-to-valley homogeneity of less than 15% in a direction transverse to the direction of the path (16) of the printing substrate (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Bernard Beier, Uwe Ernst, Heiner Pitz
  • Patent number: 8746143
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for compensating for inking differences between setpoint color values and actual color values in offset printing presses having at least one inking unit and a control computer. The control computer controls the printing speed of the offset printing press and the temperature control of rollers in the inking unit of the offset printing press. The control computer is set up in such a way that, if an inking difference is detected between the setpoint color values and the actual color values, a combined control operation including a change in the printing speed and the temperature in the inking unit is performed in order to compensate for the inking difference. A printing press having the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Christopher Berti, Manfred Jurkewitz, Jürgen Rautert
  • Patent number: 8720337
    Abstract: A printing device system comprises a printing roller that has a blanket adhered to an outer surface thereof. The printing device system further comprises a drying device that dries the blanket of the printing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Suk Yoo, Chul Ho Kim, Jung Jae Lee, Tae Young Oh
  • Publication number: 20140116276
    Abstract: A flexographic printing system for printing flat corrugated sheets using radiation curable inks. An ultraviolet curing unit is positioned after each of the printing stations. The ink applied at each station is partially cured before a different color ink is applied at the next printing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: John W. Bird, Warren K. Bird, Peter D. Goeben, Jack V. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140116275
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing the temperature of print heads of a printer in a multi-printer environment. The system comprises a receiving printer operable to receive a web of print media heated by an upstream dryer. The system further comprises an airflow generator located immediately before the heated web enters the receiving printer, the airflow generator operable to project impinging air that deflects warm air proximate to the heated web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Casey E. Walker, Scott Johnson, Stuart J. Boland, William Edward Manchester, David M. Price
  • Publication number: 20140102323
    Abstract: A roller assembly is provided for spreading and chilling a web in a printing press. The roller assembly includes a roller for chilling and spreading a web and a trolley roller contacting the roller, the trolley roller configured and arranged to impart a deflection in the roller. Also provided is a roller assembly for counteracting web loading on a roller in a printing press. This roller assembly includes a roller for transporting a web, the roller having an axis; a web wrapped partially around the roller and applying a load on the roller transverse to the axis; and a trolley roller contacting the roller, the trolley roller configured and arranged to impart a sufficient force on the roller to keep the axis of the roller linear under said load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. ZAGAR, James Brian Vrotacoe, Daniel Matthew Perdue
  • Patent number: 8690703
    Abstract: A golf club has a head including a base layer and a compounded transfer layer. The base layer has a coupling face. The compounded transfer layer is formed on the coupling face of the base layer. The compounded transfer layer has a dye layer and a protection layer. The dye layer is sandwiched between the base layer and the protection layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fusheng Precision Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yiwen Chen
  • Patent number: 8640618
    Abstract: A printing apparatus allows a print medium to be heated to a temperature equal to or higher than a condensation temperature of a refrigerant when the print medium is heated during a condensation process of a heat pump. The printing apparatus includes a heating unit for heating a print medium, and a conveying unit for conveying the print medium which has been heated by the heating unit. The heating unit includes a heat-pump mechanism. The heating unit heats the print medium by transferring heat generated by a condenser when the refrigerant is condensed by the condenser. The refrigerant flows along a conveying direction in which the print medium is conveyed by the conveying unit, and flows into the condenser at a downstream side thereof in the conveying direction and out from the condenser at an upstream side thereof in the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuaki Takahata
  • Patent number: 8567316
    Abstract: In a method for controlling the temperature of a press which has an applicator roller and a screen roller, the screen roller has its temperature controlled at different temperatures and the applicator roller has its temperature controlled at a constant temperature. In this manner, the choice of the screen roller temperatures can be set individually for each printing unit depending on the optical ink density values which the operator desires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmashinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jens Hieronymus, Jürgen Michels, Dieter Schaffrath, Wolfgang Schönberger, Bernhard Schwaab, Michael Thielemann
  • Publication number: 20130239833
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing leather including an ink acceptor applicator that applies ink directly onto a surface of the leather; an ink applicator that applies ink to the ink acceptor and/or the leather surface; an additive applicator that applies additive onto the ink acceptor, the ink and/or the leather surface; a barrier having a surface configured to contact the acceptor, ink and additive on the leather surface; and a heater that heats the surface of the barrier to a predetermined temperature or a temperature within a selected temperature range such that the barrier, which is substantially impervious to the ink and has a melting point higher than the select temperature range, contacts at least the acceptor ink and additive on the surface directly to liquify the acceptor ink and additive into the leather and the acceptor, ink and additive fuses and penetrates into the leather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Codus Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Pantelis Yiannakou
  • Patent number: 8517750
    Abstract: Design and integration of a UV LED curing system into a multi-station UV-curing process, such as for inkjet or offset printing. Docking ports may be permanently mounted into various stations within the UV-curing process. The UV LED lamps may be modular and may therefore be inserted into any one of the desired docking ports at variable distances from the substrate to be cured without significant loss of optical uniformity or radiant intensity. The docking ports are designed such that they can accommodate UV LED lamps of differing wavelengths and, therefore, power requirements. The insertion of a UV LED lamp into a docking port is designed such that it is accomplished without tools and may be considered a “plug and play” operation. Multiple docking ports may be mounted into a single station in the UV-curing process to allow for the installation of multiple lamps at each station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Air Motion Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Aaron D. Martinez, Stephen J. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 8490546
    Abstract: A method of printing an image that diffracts radiation is disclosed. The method includes assembling an ordered periodic array of particles on a substrate, wherein the array of particles diffracts radiation in a wavelength band dependent on viewing angle; printing an imaging composition onto a portion of the array in a configuration of an image; shifting the wavelength band of radiation diffracted and changing the refractive index by the printed portion of the array so that the printed portion diffracts radiation at a different wavelength band and reflectivity intensity from a remaining portion of the array; and fixing the printed portion of the array, such that the printed portion of the array diffracts radiation and exhibits the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Purdy, Jessica M. Williamson
  • Patent number: 8479650
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for the temperature control of inking groups (6) and dampening solutions of an offset printing press (2), wherein, in order to achieve the temperature control of the inking groups (6), a heat transfer medium that has previously been circulated by the inking groups (6) in a temperature control circuit of said inking group (34) is optionally cooled, and wherein, in order to achieve the temperature control of the dampening solution, the dampening solution that has previously been circulated by the inking groups (6) in a temperature control circuit of said inking group (34) is optionally cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Platsch GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventor: Kohnert Peter
  • Publication number: 20130145944
    Abstract: An imaging drum has an outer surface configured for receiving an ink image from a print head and transferring the image at a transfer nip. The imaging drum has a central channel extending through the drum along a central longitudinal axis. An inner drum surface faces the channel and includes surface alterations that increase or decrease at least one of surface emissivities and heat absorption to mitigate thermal influences on the imaging drum and control temperature variability along the imaging drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: ZEROX CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Paul PLATT
  • Patent number: 8327762
    Abstract: A printing machine, which is configured as a printing tower having a plurality of printing units, is usable for double-sided, multicolor printing. A device that is usable for controlling the temperature of the components of one or more of the printing couples is provided. Each printing unit includes a plurality of printing towers that are disposed vertically one over the other. Each of these printing devices has at least one component that is to be temperature controlled and which has a thermal interaction with a fluid of a secondary circuit by way of an inlet. The secondary circuit can have fluid of a primary circuit entered by a feeding station for controlling the temperature. Components that are to be temperature controlled, and that are part of at least two different printing devices, have thermal interactions with two secondary circuits that are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengsellschaft
    Inventors: Bernd Kurt Masuch, Daniela Müller
  • Publication number: 20120297999
    Abstract: A printing method in a printing press includes zonally metering a printing ink at a first viscosity with a metering device and transferring the printing ink at a second viscosity with a printing form cylinder, in which the second viscosity is greater than the first viscosity. An offset printing unit for implementing the method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventors: BERNARD BEIER, WOLFRAM KOLBE, MARTIN MAYER, HEINER PITZ, MATTHIAS SCHLÖRHOLZ, JOHANN WEIGERT
  • Patent number: 8272324
    Abstract: A system is provided for tempering, or controlling the temperature of a printing machine to maintain a desired temperature by the use of a cooling device. The cooling device prepares, on a first output, a tempering medium having at least one first desired temperature level, for a first supply current of the tempering medium for the components whose temperatures are to be controlled. The cooling device provides a first cooling process which can be carried out by a first fluid circuit. Tempering medium, which is to be cooled to a tempering temperature that is below the ambient, or an external temperature, are provided. A second cooling process is carried out by a device for cooling a second fluid circuit which is different from the first fluid circuit, by the use of outside air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Georg Matthias Müller, Jürgen Marx, Karl Erich Albert Schaschek, Georg Schneider
  • Patent number: 8235520
    Abstract: A droplet discharge device includes a stage, a droplet discharge head, a movement unit and a light radiating unit. The droplet discharge head includes nozzles arranged to discharge droplets of photo-curable liquid material toward a drawing region of a workpiece. The movement unit is arranged to move the stage and the droplet discharge head relative to each other. The light radiating unit has a light emitting part capable of emitting light to an entire area of the drawing region and disposed on a side opposite from the surface of the workpiece on which the liquid material is applied. The light emitting part is arranged not to emit the light to the portion of the drawing region when the droplet discharge head is disposed at a position over the portion, and to emit the light to the portion when the droplet discharge head has moved away from the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiro Ushiyama
  • Patent number: 8202608
    Abstract: A printing method and composition that is constructed from an electrostatically charged sheet having a top and bottom surface and a backing sheet. The backing sheet includes a sheet of paper having top and bottom surfaces. The top surface includes a binding material preferably having a dielectric constant greater than that of the paper. The top surface of the backing sheet is in contact with the bottom surface of the electrostatically charged sheet and retained by an attractive force. The binding material is preferably chosen to provide an electrostatic attraction between the electrostatically charged sheet and the backing sheet of approximately between 4 g/inch and 80 g/inch. The charged sheet can be constructed from plastic polymers, while the binding material can be constructed from a mixture of polymers, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyurethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Donna S. Cowell Senft, Bianca K. Thayer
  • Patent number: 8127672
    Abstract: At least one rotating component of at least one printing unit is regulated to a target value for a temperature, representing the component temperature, by a temperature controller. At least one drive of an assembly of the printing machine is regulated or controlled, on the basis of a target value for a rotational speed prescribed by a command level, with respect to a rotational speed to be maintained. For at least an operating phase transient, relative to the rotational speed, a target value prescribed by the command level, is modified. This is done by considering at least one member of a route and/or a control model characterizing the temperature controller and/or by using a rule (F2(?)) for a dependence of a rotational speed on a temperature. The modified target rotational speed serves as a prescribed value for the rotational speed of the drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Georg Matthias Müller, Günther Ewald Gabriel
  • Publication number: 20110252992
    Abstract: A method for operating a web printing system enables web and roller changes arising from temperature changes to be identified and used to adjust operation of the reflex registration system. The method includes identifying a temperature change for at least one roller in a web printing system, identifying a temperature change for a web moving through the web printing system at one or more locations in the web printing system, modifying web velocity computations for a reflex registration system with reference to the identified temperature change for the at least one roller and the identified temperature change for the web, and operating printheads to eject ink onto the web at positions identified with reference to the modified web velocity computations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: R. Enrique Viturro, Yongsoon Eun, Todd Thayer, Jeffrey J. Folkins
  • Publication number: 20110247508
    Abstract: The invention refers to a flexographic printing process with wet on wet capability based on controlled polymer or polymer segment precipitation that leads to gel formation of ink compounds by controlling the solubility parameter of the ink system. The mechanism to obtain a desirable wet on wet color trapping is the formation and/or presence of a gel in the applied ink film due to a controlled physicochemical mechanism of resin precipitation. This is accomplished either by controlling a change in the Hansen Solubility Parameter of the liquid in the ink through evaporation of some or all of a non-reactive and volatile solvent, or alternatively by use of a polymer comprised of two distinct and separate segments one of which is soluble in the monomer/oligomer mix and the other of which is not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Valter Marques BAPTISTA, Wilson Andrade Paduan
  • Patent number: 8033220
    Abstract: A method of printing onto closed vial units. The vial units are formed in a series and the vial units have a drug therein. The method involves providing the series of vial units onto a conveyor belt; positioning the vial units adjacent cleats on the conveyor belt; engaging a first offset inking transfer device on a fist side of said vial units; engaging a first back-up roller against said vial units, said first back-up roller being placed opposite said first offset inking transfer device; capturing the vial units between said first back-up roller and said first offset inking transfer device; printing onto the vial units with said first offset inking transfer device; and curing the ink with a first ultra violet dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Kent Byron
  • Publication number: 20110239878
    Abstract: An object of the invention to provide a screen printing machine allows, during maintenance work for one printing device, the other printing device to continue its screen printing work, and a method for controlling an inside temperature of a screen printing machine. A space surrounded by a base (12) and a cover member (11) is divided into two portions by a partition member (14), and two printing devices (13) are accommodated in two working compartments (15), respectively, which are defined by the base (12), the cover member (11) and the partition member (14), whereby temperature-controlled air is blown into each of the working compartments (15) via an air pipe (71) which branches into two air vents (72) opened to the respective working compartments (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiichi Miyahara, Kimiyuki Yamasaki, Minoru Murakami, Takahiro Fukagawa, Takashi Yazawa, Nobuhiro Nakai
  • Publication number: 20110128680
    Abstract: Design and integration of a UV LED curing system into a multi-station UV-curing process, such as for inkjet or offset printing. Docking ports may be permanently mounted into various stations within the UV-curing process. The UV LED lamps may be modular and may therefore be inserted into any one of the desired docking ports at variable distances from the substrate to be cured without significant loss of optical uniformity or radiant intensity. The docking ports are designed such that they can accommodate UV LED lamps of differing wavelengths and, therefore, power requirements. The insertion of a UV LED lamp into a docking port is designed such that it is accomplished without tools and may be considered a “plug and play” operation. Multiple docking ports may be mounted into a single station in the UV-curing process to allow for the installation of multiple lamps at each station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Aaron D. MARTINEZ, Stephen J. METCALF
  • Patent number: 7913622
    Abstract: A method for drying a printing ink (114) on a printing substrate (14) in a printing press (30), and a printing press (30). The printing substrate (14) is moved along a path (16) through the printing press (30) and printed on by at least one printing ink (114) at a first position (18) of the path (16). At a second position (124) of the path (16), in a conditioning apparatus, a treatment agent (118) is applied to the printing substrate (14) to accelerate the drying of the printing ink (114) on the printing substrate (14) and includes, in particular, an infrared absorber which has an absorption wavelength that is essentially resonant to the wavelength of the light (12) of the radiant energy source (10). The printing substrate (14) may be dried by the action of radiant energy at a chronologically later point in time, at at least one third position (116) of the path (16), by a drying device, in particular by a narrow-band radiant energy source (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heiner Pitz, Axel Hauck, Werner Anweiler, Peter Hachmann
  • Publication number: 20100319559
    Abstract: At least one rotating component of at least one printing unit is regulated to a target value for a temperature, representing the component temperature, by a temperature controller. At least one drive of an assembly of the printing machine is regulated or controlled, on the basis of a target value for a rotational speed prescribed by a command level, with respect to a rotational speed to be maintained. For at least an operating phase transient, relative to the rotational speed, a target value prescribed by the command level, is modified. This is done by considering at least one member of a route and/or a control model characterizing the temperature controller and/or by using a rule (F2(?)) for a dependence of a rotational speed on a temperature. The modified target rotational speed serves as a prescribed value for the rotational speed of the drives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Klaus Georg Matthias Müller, Günther Ewald Gabriel
  • Publication number: 20100258016
    Abstract: A small footprint drum inkjet printer having a print head consisting of a number of print head arrays; a substrate carrier preferably in the form of a drum with vacuum orifices therein, a substrate loading cassette capable of movement, relative to the drum, in at least one direction; a substrate unloading cassette capable of movement, relative to the drum, in at least one direction, and a curing radiation source having a reflector which extends along the drum surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Vladimir Naivelt, Aharon Korem
  • Publication number: 20100258019
    Abstract: The invention is a method for transferring patterns on a key module. The key module includes a base and a plurality of keys assembled to the base, and a space exists between each of the keys and the base. The method includes following steps. A support jig is assembled to the key module. The support jig has a plurality of support portions filling the space to fix positions of the keys relative to the base. A film is positioned on the keys. A plurality of patterns respectively corresponding to the keys are disposed on the film. The film is heated and pressed, such that the patterns are transferred to the keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Mu-Te Chien
  • Patent number: 7813693
    Abstract: A print media preheating system and method of preheating print media that includes an upper heating plate that is arranged to heat a pre-printed side of the print media with a pressure of the upper heating plate on the print media being relieved by lifting the upper heating plate away from the print media so as to reduce smudging of ink printed on the pre-printed side of the print media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Su-wen Ueng
  • Patent number: 7765927
    Abstract: A platen for use in printing on an object, wherein the platen has an adjustable area of a working surface on which to place the object. The platen surface includes a plurality of elements, wherein each element includes a flat surface that can be positioned at a working level at which the object is to be placed, and wherein an operator can insert or remove each element and thereby the corresponding flat surface of that element from the working level as required in order to provide a desired area of the working surface. In one embodiment, the platen includes a base plate and a plurality of elements which can be positioned on the base plate or removed to form a desired configuration of the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: CafePress.com
    Inventors: Henry Hong Lin Liu, Robert Marino
  • Patent number: 7762188
    Abstract: A reimageable printing member such as for use in flexography, includes a layer having a multiplicity of holes, wherein the holes include therein a dimension change material and a printing material upon the dimension change material. Thus, the holes house vertically expandable units, the top portion of which is capable of protruding out of an opening of the hole at a top surface of the layer. Each of the holes may be individually addressed to provide a stimulus that initiates a change in dimension in the dimension change material. In this manner, selected ones of the units may be made to print a corresponding portion of an image on an image receiving substrate brought into contact with the printing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel Iftime, Paul F. Smith, Peter M. Kazmaier, Hadi K. Mahabadi
  • Patent number: 7743704
    Abstract: Method of imprinting on a soap bar or soap sheet which includes steps of providing printed matter on the surface of the soap and isolating the surface from water contact, such that the printed matter is substantially water-insoluble to provide a cost effective soap bar or soap sheet having printed matter on a surface thereon. The surface is protected by a protective layer which is substantially water-insoluble. The protective layer can be a varnish layer printed on transfer paper and affixed to the soap as a label. The printing color is durable in water or other predetermined diluents and in water-soap solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Photo Print Soap Ltd.
    Inventors: Samuel Icht, Sharon Maayan
  • Patent number: 7740185
    Abstract: A method for controlling the temperature of a machine part, by the use of a regulating device, is accomplished by determining one respective value of a measured temperature at each of two separate spaced-apart measured points, which two points are located along a control distance. One of these measured values is fed to each of two control circuits of the regulating device which two control circuits are connected to each other in a cascade-type manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Georg Matthias Müller