Of Print Medium Patents (Class 101/488)
  • Patent number: 10821747
    Abstract: A printer includes a drying unit that has a vacuum plenum and a drying belt with an exterior surface along which the media is transported through the drying unit. The drying belt has a plurality of holes extending through the drying belt, each hole in the plurality of holes having a diameter that is less than 300 microns. The drying unit further includes a heater configured to heat the media transported through the drying unit and a vacuum blower operably connected to the vacuum plenum. The vacuum blower is configured to generate a negative pressure in the vacuum plenum that holds the media on the exterior surface of the drying belt by the negative pressure acting through the plurality of holes without producing temperature differentials in the media on the belt that result in noticeable image quality defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Mieney, David S. Derleth, Santokh S. Badesha
  • Patent number: 10576754
    Abstract: A direct-to-object printer includes an ultraviolet (UV) curing verification subsystem. The verification subsystem includes a ribbon that frictionally engages an image on an object that contains UV curable material. An imaging device generates image data of the ribbon that engaged the image and the image data is processed to determine whether any uncured UV material is present on the ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Knausdorf, Jack T. LeStrange, Anthony S. Condello, Mandakini Kanungo, Xin Yang
  • Patent number: 10507677
    Abstract: A card processing system that includes a card transport mechanism having at least first and second separate card transports that separately transport first and second cards in the card processing system. Each of the first and second card transports can be actuated between a common card pick-up location and common card discharge position. At least one card processing mechanism that can perform a card processing operation is located between the common card pick-up location and the common card discharge location, with each of the first and second card transports transporting respective cards to the card processing mechanism to perform the card processing operation and transporting the cards from the card processing mechanism after processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Entrust Datacard Corporation
    Inventors: Cory D. Wooldridge, Timothy J. Flitsch, Jon Wawra
  • 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: 8985012
    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 liquefy the acceptor ink and additive into the leather and the acceptor, ink and additive fuses and penetrates into the leather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Codus Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Pantelis Yiannakou
  • Publication number: 20140366760
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dispersing a liquid coolant in a radiant dryer. The system comprises a dryer of a printing system. The dryer includes a heating element within an interior of the dryer that is able to heat a web of printed media as the web travels through the interior. The dryer also includes a liquid dispersal unit within the interior that is able to project liquid droplets of coolant onto the web as the web travels through the interior, in order to control the temperature of the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Stuart J. Boland, Sean K. Fitzsimons, Scott R. Johnson, William Edward Manchester, Casey E. Walker
  • Publication number: 20140360397
    Abstract: Heat transfers are provided that have a symbol image which can be of a numeric, alphabetic or alpha-numeric shape and have a body width onto which another image is placed. The image thus placed can be of an individual or scene, for example, the image of a sport personality. The result is a composite image, and this composite image is imparted to a heat transfer support or substrate having heat transfer capabilities, such as by a printing technique. The resultant composite image heat transfer then is available for application onto products such as soft goods or other merchandise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy W WHITE
  • Patent number: 8899150
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Casey E. Walker, Scott Johnson, Stuart J. Boland, William Edward Manchester, David M Price
  • Patent number: 8887636
    Abstract: A printing material web processing machine, in particular a web-fed rotary offset press, has at least one press cylinder for printing the web, a dryer disposed downstream of the press cylinder, which guides the web along a path, and at least a first pull roll disposed downstream of the dryer to convey the web along the path with a given tensile stress. The web processing machine further has a first apparatus disposed downstream of the press cylinder and upstream of the dryer for separating the web from the press cylinder, and a second apparatus for driving the first pull roll, which drives the first pull roll at a rotational speed that is reduced as compared with the rotational speed of the press cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Goss Contiweb B.V.
    Inventor: Clemens Johannes Maria De Vroome
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140123865
    Abstract: A method for coating sheets with a film in a printing press includes, in a first step, creating the film in a liquid state on a first cylinder, in a second step, pressing a web of foil onto the film, thus forming a surface of the film, and simultaneously curing the film by irradiation and, in a third step, using the first cylinder to roll the film in a cured state onto a sheet that is transported by a second cylinder during the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventor: ALEXANDER WEBER
  • Patent number: 8628188
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus including: a rotatable belt having an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface partially coming into contact with a sheet; a plurality of rollers being arranged in a direction of movement of the sheet and including a first roller and a second roller adjacent to each other, the plurality of rollers being pressed against the outer surface and the moving sheet being nipped between the plurality of rollers and the outer surface; a blowing mechanism configured to blow hot air from between the first roller and the second roller toward the sheet; and a heating unit including a heater and a contact surface coming into contact with the inner surface, the heating unit being configured to be able to set the contact surface thereof to have a predetermined non-uniform temperature distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiaki Tokisawa, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Kanto Kurasawa, Toshihide Wada
  • Patent number: 8567317
    Abstract: A thermal indicator using indicia formed by opaque ink applied to a thermal imaging material element is described. The ink is substantially the same color as the imaging element background and remains substantially hidden until the imaging element background changes color when heated. Time-temperature exposure indicating labels can be prepared using a printer with direct thermal type and ink jet type print heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D Roth, Wendell B Halbrook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8561539
    Abstract: In a method for regulating a web tension and/or a register of a processing machine used to process a material web (101), in particular a shaftless printing press (100), the material web (101) is processed in at least one processing unit (111-114, 121-124, 131-134); the elasticity module of the material of the material web (101) is changed by moisture entering the material, and/or by moisture leaving the material, a quantity that represents the addition of moisture to the material and/or the loss of moisture from the material being taken into account in the regulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Schultze, Holger Schnabel
  • Patent number: 8545004
    Abstract: A method of leveling ink that is printed on a substrate includes establishing a thermal gradient across a thickness of the substrate, the thermal gradient characterized in that it is less than a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink across most of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Ashish V. Pattekar, Lars Erik Swartz, David K. Biegelsen, Armin R. Volkel, Gregory J. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 8545005
    Abstract: A method of leveling ink that is printed on a substrate includes establishing a thermal gradient across a thickness of the substrate, the thermal gradient characterized in that it is less than a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink across most of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Ashish V. Pattekar, Lars Erik Swartz, David K. Biegelsen, Armin R. Volkel, Gregory J. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 8511228
    Abstract: A thermal indicator using indicia formed by opaque ink applied to a thermal imaging material element is described. The ink is substantially the same color as the imaging element background and remains substantially hidden until the imaging element background changes color when heated. Time-temperature exposure indicating labels can be prepared using a printer with direct thermal type and ink jet type print heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D Roth, Wendell B Halbrook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8485096
    Abstract: A method for drying printing ink containing an inactive active substance enclosed before drying in a reaction-inhibited form in a transport substance, for accelerating the drying of the printing ink on a print medium, includes applying the printing ink to a print medium being dried at a reaction site by supplying energy to the printing ink, and releasing the active substance by an energy supply from the transport substance at the reaction site for activation. A printing ink includes an active substance enclosed before drying in a reaction-inhibited form in a transport substance, for accelerating the drying of the printing ink on a print medium. The active substance is releasable during the drying by an energy supply from the transport substance at the reaction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Pierre Hoynant, Heiner Pitz
  • Patent number: 8453570
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus and a method of printing a diffraction grating. In particular, the present invention relates to diffraction gratings applied to a substrate, such as a hologram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: David Boswell, Mark Dicker, Steven Winton
  • Patent number: 8256345
    Abstract: A printing press has at least one first printing tower with at least one first printing unit that has several offset printing couples which are usable to print on one or on both sides of a first web which runs through the first printing unit substantially from the bottom to the top. The web is printed in multiple colors in the first printing tower. A dryer is arranged downstream of the first printing unit and along the conveying path of the first web. A former structure, with at least one former through which the web runs, is located downstream of the dryer. At least one nipping roller is located downstream of the dryer and upstream of the former. A spreading device is provided between the dryer and the at least one nipping roller that is located upstream of the former and along the conveying path of the first web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Peter Denninger, Tim Sven Ernst Heinisch, Burkard Otto Herbert, Werner Felix Scherpf, Thomas Josef Zipper, Georg Winfried Zitterbart
  • Patent number: 8220391
    Abstract: There are provided a printing method for a printing press that includes: printing an image on a sheet of paper fed using an ultraviolet curable paint; and irradiating the ultraviolet curable paint on the printed sheet fed by selectively causing a plurality of light emitting diodes disposed at predetermined intervals across a lateral direction of the sheet to turn on in accordance with the location and size of a predetermined area of the sheet, thereby irradiating the predetermined area with ultraviolet light therefrom and curing the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ryobi Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsushi Hirokawa, Takashi Kimura, Hideki Ikeda, Tsuyoshi Inui
  • Publication number: 20120160119
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing transfer papers, to the transfer papers produced by the method, and to transfer printing methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: AZOURITE VENTURES LTD.
    Inventor: Zvonimir Martinovic
  • Patent number: 8205553
    Abstract: A printing press is comprised of at least one dry offset printing unit. At least two different webs can be fed through the dry offset printing unit. In a first production mode “C” of the printing press, a first web is fed through the dry offset printing unit without a subsequent drying process. In a second production mode “H” of the printing press, a second web is fed through the dry offset printing unit and through an active dryer. In both the first and second production modes “C”, “H”, an inking unit of the printing unit is filled with the same ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Anastasius Benz, Günther Oskar Eckert, Bernd Kurt Masuch
  • Patent number: 8186272
    Abstract: A method and system for drying printed ink on the face of a substrate material such as a mailpiece. The method comprising the steps of (i) providing a dryer having at least one variable output element for producing a plurality of dryer configurations, (ii) developing data correlating each of the dryer configurations with at least one print characteristic, (iii) storing the developed data in a memory storage device, (iv) obtaining the print characteristic associated with a particular print job and comparing the print characteristic with the developed data to define a desired dryer configuration, (v) adapting the dryer to assume the desired dryer configuration based upon the print characteristic, and (vi) drying the ink printed on the face of the substrate material. The system may include a taggant introduced into the ink and a means for identifying the taggant to determine the type of ink and the desired dryer configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Reichelsheimer, Richard A. Sloan, Jr., George M. Macdonald
  • Publication number: 20120111213
    Abstract: A process for adhering a decorative pattern to a flat or multi-dimensional solid involves a heat transfer powder that is sprayed or brushed onto the surface to which the image is to be applied. A design in sublimate ink is placed on a transfer film. The ink particles convert directly to gas without passing through a liquid state. The gas converts directly to a solid upon cooling filling in the gaps or pores in the heat transfer polymer. A rigid fixture is provided which has a top, front and sides onto to which solid to be decorated are snugly fit by the fixture. A solid cap which may have a soft felt-type material on the inside, which is designed to push the film in tight and level contact with the solid surface to which the design is to be imprinted may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ROYSTON, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Holloway, Erin Grope, Jason Moore, Craig Zadak
  • Patent number: 8166877
    Abstract: A printing press and a method of drying printed or varnished sheets in a printing press include heating printed and/or varnished sheets, before the sheets enter a dryer, to a temperature higher than the ambient temperature, through the use of a heatable impression cylinder in the last printing and/or varnishing unit upstream of the thermal dryer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Jochen Jung
  • Patent number: 8118420
    Abstract: A method of leveling ink that is printed on a substrate includes establishing a thermal gradient across a thickness of the substrate, the thermal gradient characterized in that it is less than a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink across most of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Ashish V. Pattekar, Lars Erik Swartz, David K. Biegelsen, Armin R. Volkel, Gregory J. Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20110303112
    Abstract: An imprint (18) that represents a predefined pattern on an article. Article (10) comprises a body (12) made of a first material with a first thermal expansion coefficient (C1). The method comprises a step of incorporating a piece (22) in body (12) made of a second material with a second thermal expansion coefficient (C2), lower than the first coefficient, a step of heating article (10) to a predefined temperature to induce expansion of the materials, and then a step of cooling article (10) to induce shrinkage of the materials, generating a mechanicals stress that deforms article (10). Piece (22) is shaped so that the deformation generated corresponds to predefined pattern (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Denis VERE, Aurélie Barbotin
  • Publication number: 20110253622
    Abstract: The present invention provides a convenient and cost effective method of imprinting both text and images on certain filter materials such as those used in automatic coffee makers or as envelopes for the steeping of tea. The imprint must therefore be indelible, water resistant, non-toxic, temperature-resistant within the parameters of the application and the image reproduction must be crisp and permanent. Although the above-mentioned application is specific, it must be understood that the technology described herein includes, but is not limited to, the imprinting of filter paper and may be applied wherever indelible marking of certain appropriate substrates may be desired. The following describes both a method and system for indelibly marking a fabric, paper or any other fibrous material without the use of a pigmented liquid or thin-film transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Salvatore Albert Celeste
  • Patent number: 8025009
    Abstract: An industrial printer includes a frame; a cabinet defining a media path; a pagewidth printhead arranged on the frame for printing images on blank web media; pilot guides for guiding the blank web media fed from cartridges via the media path past the pagewidth printhead to facilitate printing; a dryer module configured to operatively dry the printed web media; and a cutter module for cutting the printed web media before the printed web media is fed into a container for storing the web media in a roll. The cutter module includes a frame having end plates, and a pair of entry rollers and a pair of exit rollers serving as a transport mechanism for the web media through the module. The cutter module further includes a slitter gang composed of a plurality of slitters each having a plurality of blades, the slitter gang being located between the end plates. The dryer module includes a plenum defined vertically downward through the cabinet for supplying air received from a top of the plenum to the media path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 8015919
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus and a method of printing a diffraction grating. In particular, the present invention relates to diffraction gratings applied to a substrate (1), such as a hologram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Printetch Limited
    Inventors: David Boswell, Mark Dicker, Steven Winton
  • Publication number: 20110185927
    Abstract: A printing/coating method includes the steps of transferring highly reactive ink/varnish which cures with a low light energy onto a transfer object, and irradiating the transfer object, onto which the highly reactive ink/varnish is transferred, with light in the wavelength range, in which no ozone is generated, to cure the highly reactive ink/varnish on the transfer object. A printing/coating apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Maejima, Isao Funabashi
  • Patent number: 7954431
    Abstract: A printing press, in particular a sheet-fed offset printing press, includes at least one control device, a plurality of printing units, one or more varnishing units, and one or more dryers. Variables determining a dryness of the printing material are determined and used to optimize the drying process. For that purpose, the important material streams influencing the drying process are determined at least for the region of the printing press that contains the drying device(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druchmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jochen Jung, Rolf Müller, Michael Rohleder, Matthias Niedernhuber
  • Publication number: 20110036255
    Abstract: A printing device and method for printing a latex ink on a printing medium is disclosed. The printing device comprises a heating stage for heating the medium at least during printing the latex ink on said medium, a further heating stage for curing the latex ink on the medium and a controller arrangement for individually controlling the heating stage and the further heating stage, whereby the controller arrangement is arranged to reduce the heat output of the heating stage during a non-printing mode of the printing device and to reduce the heat output of the further heating stage during a non-curing mode of the printing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Antonio Monclus, David Claramunt, Ezequiel Jordi Rufes, Cristina Sabater, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Francisco Guerrero
  • Patent number: 7866262
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure; a method of processing a substrate media having an image injected thereon is provided and includes the step of passing the substrate media through a nip defined between a heated fuser drum and a pressure roll. A fixer subsystem, for use in a system for printing on a substrate media, where the subsystem includes a rotatable, heatable fuser drum defining an axis of rotation; and a rotatable pressure roll operatively associated with the fuser drum and defining an axis of rotation substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the fuser drum. The pressure roll is rotatable about the axis of rotation of the fuser drum to vary a length of contact of substrate media and image with fuser drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Seyfried
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20100175571
    Abstract: A digital cliché pad printing system includes a conveyor for conveying a substantially non-elastic support medium, a material deposition jetting device for depositing a curable material onto the support in a desired pattern, the desired pattern having at least one void space, means for curing the material in the desired pattern, the cured material defining a cliché having a top surface, an ink delivery system for depositing ink in the at least one void space and for wiping ink from the top surface and a pad configured to contact the cliché to transfer ink from the void space to the pad the pad also configured to move into contact with an object to which the ink is transferred. A digital cliché media and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Schaafsma, Christopher J. Sobaszek
  • Publication number: 20100154669
    Abstract: To print and coat a medium (111), an image is printed on the medium (111), the printed medium (112) is inline dried, and the dried printed medium is inline coated. Both the drying and coating processes operate in synchronism with the printing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Ghislain Ambrosius Marcel Borremans
  • Patent number: 7726238
    Abstract: One embodiment of this invention discloses a silk screening device which includes an integrated quartz flash unit. The invention improves upon prior art systems and relates to a system whereby both a silk screen squeegee unit and a quartz flash unit are slidably mounted on a common set of rails, in order to allow each to be easily placed and removed from the silk screening platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Fortune Fashion Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Glyn Roberts, Jr., Jack John Meola, Rodolfo Antonio Mancia
  • Publication number: 20100083858
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a printed substrate comprising a substrate and a printing ink and is characterized in that at least one side of the substrate has a surface with a porosity of below 0.07 ml/g determined by the mercury porosimetry method, and it comprises an printing ink formulated as heat-set offset printing ink with reduced tack comprising at least one pigment and a mixture of at least two solvents boiling in the range of from 200° C. to 270° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: SUN CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikko Oksanen, Tarja Sinkko, Janne Varvemaa, Robert Howell, Martin Thuring, Lars Keller
  • Patent number: 7669530
    Abstract: A sheet transfer assembly for use above an ultraviolet curing unit in a flexographic printing press used for printing corrugated sheets includes a vacuum plate with heat sinks. The vacuum plate includes openings for rollers that extend through the vacuum plate to drive printed sheets across the bottom of the transfer assembly. Heat sinks are formed on the top surface of the vacuum plate between rollers to remove heat from the vacuum plate. Heat from the UV curing unit is effectively dissipated from the vacuum plate into the air used to hold printed substrates against the rollers in the transfer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Printing Research, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Aylor, Dan Cunningham, Howard W. DeMoore, Howard C. Secor
  • Patent number: 7661361
    Abstract: A printing and drying method comprising laying a support sheet 20 elongated in the long direction so as to bridge both a printing zone 42 and a drying zone 44, in the printing zone 42, giving the support sheet 20 a first tension F1, in that state, printing the support sheet 20 with predetermined patterns, then feeding the support sheet 20 toward the drying zone 44, in the drying zone 44, giving the support sheet 20 on which the predetermined patterns were printed a second tension F2, and in that state, drying it in a drying chamber 62. The first tension F1 and the second tension F2 are given by separate tension giving means, and the second tension F2 is tension given along the support sheet 20 in the long direction and able to prevent shrinkage of the support sheet 20 in the long direction while passing through the drying zone 44.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Kanasugi, Tamotsu Ishiyama, Shigeki Sato, Masahiro Karatsu, Tsuneo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7650839
    Abstract: A method for registering patterns on a web to provide independent scale control in both the lateral and longitudinal directions is provided. The method includes routing the web over a first roller; routing the web over a second roller and stabilizing the web; applying a pattern to the web using process hardware; measuring registration of the pattern and providing an error signal; controlling lateral position error using the error signal; controlling longitudinal position error using the error signal; controlling lateral scale error using the error signal; and controlling longitudinal scale error using the error signal. The method provides independent scale control in both the lateral and longitudinal directions. Independent scale control avoids non-linear distortions otherwise imposed by attempting to accomplish both corrections by stretching the web in both directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Randolph C. Brost, Robert L. Walton
  • Patent number: 7600474
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for fabricating a blanket for a printing roll for is provided. The apparatus includes a container to receive and drop printing roll blanket material for patterning an LCD substrates, a preheating part below the container to preheat dropped printing roll blanket material and a curing part below the preheating part to cure preheated printing roll blanket material. The method includes dropping printing roll blanket material for patterning an LCD substrate from a container, preheating the dropped printing roll blanket material and curing the preheated printing roll blanket material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: LG. Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae Young Oh
  • Patent number: 7591224
    Abstract: A web-fed press includes at least two printing units and at least one drier for drying at least one printing-material web which is moved through the at least two printing units and printed on at least one side with at least one offset printing ink at each of the printing units. The printing-material web is dried at least after the first printing unit and before the second printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Thomas Böck, Norbert Dylla, Rudolf Eckert, Thomas John, Wolfgang Käser, Siegfried Schmid
  • Publication number: 20090223393
    Abstract: A printing press is comprised of at least one dry offset printing unit. At least two different webs can be fed through the dry offset printing unit. In a first production mode “C” of the printing press, a first web is fed through the dry offset printing unit without a subsequent drying process. In a second production mode “H” of the printing press, a second web is fed through the dry offset printing unit and through an active dryer. In both the first and second production modes “C”, “H”, an inking unit of the printing unit is filled with the same ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Peter Anastasius Benz, Gunther Oskar Eckert, Bernd Kurt Masuch
  • Patent number: 7584701
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a printed layer. In one embodiment, a process for forming the electronic device includes placing a workpiece over a chuck within a printing apparatus. A temperature difference is established between the workpiece and a liquid composition. The process further includes continuously printing the liquid composition over the workpiece. A viscosity of the liquid composition is allowed to increase at a rate significantly higher than an ambient viscosity increase rate. In another embodiment, the workpiece is allowed to cool to a temperature significantly below an ambient temperature before printing occurs. In still another embodiment, a printing apparatus is used for continuously printing the liquid composition over the workpiece. The printing apparatus includes the chuck, a printing head, a container, a feed line, and a first temperature-adjusting element thermally coupled to the chuck, the printing head, the container the feed line, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Charles Douglas MacPherson, Dennis Damon Walker, Matthew Stainer