Feeder Or Presser Patents (Class 144/242.1)
  • Patent number: 11498239
    Abstract: An adjustable device for cutting an object has a frame with a back member that extends between a pair of feet. The feet are adjustably connected to a work bench or portable work table assembly. A spring biasing member has a back plate and a pair of side rods that extend from the back plate, through the back member, and are connected to a front member. A plurality of spacers are positioned between the front and back members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Kent L. Brown
  • Patent number: 11407141
    Abstract: A single end tenoner (SET) system and method that automatically sizes a workpiece (e.g. door or like panel) to a specified dimension, and automatically squares the edges of the workpiece, both while processing all four edges to the desires SET profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: VOORWOOD COMPANY
    Inventor: Adam Britton
  • Patent number: 11299930
    Abstract: A roller blind is disclosed which provides horizontal slats for directional shading, enabling the application of a screen fabric which allows a greater portion of visible light to pass therethrough. The disclosed slatted roller blind is free from the usage of ladder cords and is simplistic in design. The disclosed slatted roller blind maintains a compact formation of a roller shade when retracted and has greater resistance to skewing along the longitudinal axis of the roller while being retracted. Furthermore, the disclosed slatted roller blind design is capable of being utilized as an outdoor or indoor blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 11274006
    Abstract: In one example, a media support includes a continuous loop belt and multiple suction cups arranged along the outer perimeter of the belt. Each suction cup has a port aligned with a hole in the belt so that air may be evacuated from the suction cup when connected to a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventors: Alex Veis, Yuval Dim
  • Patent number: 11267157
    Abstract: An edger feeding apparatus and method of placing flitches in position to be fed into an edger with minimal spacing between successive flitches and with flitches oriented and the edger adjusted so as to yield a maximum value of lumber from each flitch. The edger feeding apparatus may include a scanning system for creating and storing a digital three-dimensional model of each flitch. The apparatus and method may also include a control computer and its use for determining the optimum position for feeding each flitch into the edger to produce the most valuable yield of lumber from the flitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Salem Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Rory Matthew Mitchell, Allison Nicole Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11134623
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes opposing arms pivoted to a frame, two opposing feed rollers installed in the arms as the only feed rollers for feeding a tree through the throat, hydraulic motors driving the feed rollers and at least two pressure-medium lines operating the hydraulic motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Lauri Ketonen
  • Patent number: 10994438
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a scanner optimizer system may generate a virtual model of a predicted flitch based on a 3D model of a log/cant and a cut solution for the log/cant. The scanner optimizer system may compare a virtual model of an actual flitch to virtual models of predicted flitches by comparing data points at a fixed elevation relative to one or both faces of the models. Based on the comparisons, the scanner optimizer system may identify the source log from which the actual flitch was cut. In addition, the scanner optimizer system may identify the saw used to cut the actual flitch, and/or other relevant information, and use the additional information to monitor and adjust the saws and other equipment. Embodiments of corresponding apparatuses and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Green, Dwayne Seawai Fujima
  • Patent number: 10384366
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide improved storage options for push-sticks used in connection with rip fences on table saws and similar cutting devices where push-sticks might be used. The push-stick storage system may include a rip fence and a push-stick retention mechanism. The push-stick retention mechanism may be defined by upright side walls that define a channel or slot therebetween for receiving a push-stick. The retention mechanism may also include a stop (or a stop block) positioned at a first position within the channel, and a retainer positioned at a second position within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventors: Adriane Dian Cooley, Benjamin Worth Coble, Kevin C. Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 10173338
    Abstract: Method (500) and calculating unit (620) for curve sawing of a block (100) in a cutting direction (S) with at least a first circular saw blade (110). The method (500) comprises determining (501) a radius (R) of the curve sawing, by measuring the curvature of the block (100) in the direction of cutting (S); calculating (502) a vertical inclination angle (?) of the first circular saw blade (110) in a vertical plane (V) relative to the cutting direction (S) in the block (100), based on the determined radius (R) of the curve sawing; inclining (503) the first circular saw blade (110) with the calculated (502) vertical inclination angle (?); and sawing (508) the block (100) in the cutting direction (S) with the inclined (503) first circular saw blade (110) along the determined (501) radius (R) of the curve sawing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Soderhamm Eriksson AB
    Inventor: Mats Ekevad
  • Patent number: 10088824
    Abstract: A method for evaluating a toolpath traveled by a rotating tool when the rotating tool machines a workpiece while moving relative to the workpiece, including: a calculation step for, based on a predetermined target toolpath and the shape of the workpiece before the workpiece is machined by moving the rotating tool along the target toolpath, calculating the dimensions of a contact area of the bottom surface portion of the rotating tool where the bottom portion is predicted to be in contact with the workpiece when the workpiece is actually machined by moving the rotating tool along the target toolpath, said bottom surface portion intersecting the rotational axis line of the tool; and a determination step for determining that the target toolpath is inappropriate if the dimensions of the contact area exceed predetermined threshold values when the rotating tool is positioned at any location along the target toolpath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Otomo, Yuki Tanigawa, Soichiro Asami
  • Patent number: 10058941
    Abstract: The invention is a panel saw and a method for same, the panel saw has a railing set supporting a power cutting tool-carriage combination capable of moving along at least a portion of a length of the railing set; a framework that removably connects the railing set to a frame support that holds the railing set in a semi-upright canted operating position; the frame support has two backing panels each of which having movably attached support panel that allows the backing panel to obtain a semi-upright canted operating position, wherein the framework removably attaches each of the two backing panels to hold the two backing panels in a spaced apart, coplanar relationship to one another further creating a cutting space for the power cutting tool between the two backing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Paul R. Stone
  • Patent number: 10030444
    Abstract: A covering an architectural opening including a support tube and a panel operably connected to the support tube and configured to be wound around the support tube. The panel includes a support sheet and at least one cell operably connected to the support sheet. The at least one cell includes a vane material operably connected to a first side of the support sheet and a cell support member operably connected to the vane material and configured to support the vane material at a distance away from the support sheet when the panel is in an extended position with respect to the support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz
  • Patent number: 10011037
    Abstract: A heel member for a push block used with a woodworking apparatus comprises a side surface that is disposed substantially perpendicular to a bottom surface of the push block and is spaced apart from and end of the push block. A heel position adjustment mechanism is operatively connected to the heel member to adjust the heel member and a bottom edge of the heel member to multiple selected positions relative to a bottom surface of the push block. The heel member may have an inclined surface abutting an incline surface at the end of the push block and female and male guides along both inclined surfaces in mating relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Henry Wang
  • Patent number: 9981404
    Abstract: A safety feeder includes a transmission system including a drive shaft having a rotating axis on a phantom axis, and a coupling system connecting to the drive shaft and configured to rotate with the drive shaft simultaneously. The coupling system includes a drive line and a tube covering the drive line. The drive line includes an end thereof connecting to the drive axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Meng-I Sung
  • Patent number: 9850629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control method in a system comprising —a server unit having computer means, communication means and a first data base, said first data base including positioning data and a plurality of work orders, wherein said work orders are related to said positioning data; and —a sawing machine having computer means and communication means, and being arranged for sawing trenches in an area; said method comprising the steps of: —transmitting, by said server unit, a first data flow A comprising a first work order to said sawing machine; and —controlling said sawing machine by means of said first work order. Furthermore, the invention also relates to a system thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DellCron AB
    Inventors: Conny Gustavsson, Hasse Hultman, Lars Lindén, Jim Frölander
  • Patent number: 9834384
    Abstract: An automatic blade and conveyor gap adjustment assembly for a blade portioning conveyor machine having a blade assembly and a conveyor assembly with an infeed conveyor and an outfeed conveyor includes a blade adjustment assembly suitable for moving the blade assembly between at least first and second positions relative to the conveyor assembly and a first automatic conveyor gap adjustment assembly. The first automatic conveyor gap adjustment assembly is configured to define a first gap between an interior nose of the infeed conveyor and an interior nose of the outfeed conveyor to correspond to the first position of the blade assembly, and it is configured to define a second gap between the interior nose of the infeed conveyor and the interior nose of the outfeed conveyor to correspond to the second position of the blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Dopp, Erick Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9725248
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods and assemblies comprising one or more tapered feed rolls. Tapered feed rolls may be used to change the rate and direction of workpiece travel along a processing line while retaining the workpieces in sequential order. Routing workpiece flow with tapered feed rolls may allow the workpieces to be tracked along one or more processing lines, and may reduce the operational space required for workpiece processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventors: Petri Saastamo, Christopher W. Blomquist, Mike Dockter
  • Patent number: 9688337
    Abstract: A no hands bike chain cleaning tool to clean the chain of a bicycle that is driven through the cleaning tool in response to a rotation of the bicycle pedals. The cleaning tool has a hook projecting from the rear thereof to engage the drop down arm of the rear derailleur of the bicycle and thereby prevent a displacement of the cleaning tool away from the rear derailleur when the pedals are rotated in a first direction. The rear of the cleaning tool has an inwardly extending depression to receive therewithin an edge of the drop down arm and thereby block the cleaning tool from moving into the rear gear wheel when the pedals are rotated in an opposite direction. The cleaning tool has a top cover and a bottom tray that are detachably connected to one another by the actuation of a push-button so as to surround the bicycle chain to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Lloyd R Hill
  • Patent number: 9676117
    Abstract: There is a method for producing a ply involved in the construction of a multi-ply panel for constructing or adding to a wall, floor or ceiling, or a sloping part for a building. The ply includes a juxtaposition of strips, either structural strips or filling strips, positioned between the structural strips and made of a different material from that of the structural strips. The materials are selected for the thermal or acoustic insulation thereof, the thermal inertia thereof or the fire résistance thereof. Each lateral movement of a ply being produced with respect to the assembly plane is carried out by the synchronized movement of a table with which the lower face of the ply is in contact and a driver with which the upper face of the ply is in contact. There is an installation for implementing the method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Techniwood International
    Inventors: Bruno Raudin, Pascal Faure, Christian Chabrier
  • Patent number: 9579761
    Abstract: A router attachment assembly including a base plate, a first side support structure and a second side support structure. The base plate has an upper surface and a lower surface. A plurality of router attachment openings extend through the base plate, which are configured to correspond to openings on a router. Fasteners couple the base plate to the router through the router attachment openings. A central router axle opening allows a router axle to pass therethrough. The first side support structure extends from the base plate and defines a front face. The second side support structure extends from the base plate on an opposing side of the central router opening. The second side support structure includes a biasing member biased toward the first side support structure, to, in turn, urge a material extending through the channel toward and into contact with the first side support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Architectural Products, LLC
    Inventor: G. Matt Krause
  • Patent number: 9446535
    Abstract: An articulating band saw apparatus provides a frame that includes a vertically extending section having upper and lower end portions. An elevator moves between the upper and lower end portions of the frame. A first hydraulic actuator is supported on the elevator for movement therewith. A first arm provides arm end portions, the first arm supported by the first hydraulic actuator. An end of the first arm supporting a second hydraulic actuator that is spaced away from the first hydraulic actuator. The second hydraulic actuator supports a second arm. An endless band type saw is mounted on the free end of the second arm generally opposite the second actuator. The band saw is movable by articulation of the first and second actuators and resulting movement of the first and second arms. In one embodiment, the band saw is a diamond wire saw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: TETRA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Galen R. Clark, II, Michael Todd Martin, Gary L. Siems
  • Patent number: 8931528
    Abstract: A stock feeder for woodworking equipment includes a base, a cross clamp, a horizontal bar unit, a vertical bar unit, a feeding unit, and an electrical unit. The electrical unit has an electrical unit main body and a variable-frequency drive. The electrical unit main body has a first housing, a plurality of heat dissipation grooves provided on the outer periphery of the first housing, and a power fan which is independently mounted on a top portion of the first housing and in communication with the heat dissipation grooves. The variable-frequency drive has a second housing, a variable-frequency circuit sealed in the second housing, and a control panel exposed outside the second housing. The second housing has an outer surface provided with a plurality of heat dissipation slots corresponding in position to and in communication with the heat dissipation grooves of the electrical unit main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Tai-Yuan Hsiung
  • Patent number: 8785812
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the treatment of a workpiece, in particular of a substantially flat substrate, comprising a table (2) for supporting the workpiece (5), a flow generation apparatus (6, 11) producing a gas flow (22) on a top face (17.1, 17.2) of the table (2) in a region between the workpiece (5) and the top face (17.1, 17.2) of the table (2), on which gas flow the workpiece (5) is supported during the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tel Solar AG
    Inventors: Richard Grundmüller, Johannes Meier, Arthur Büchel
  • Publication number: 20130037170
    Abstract: A log and/or tree chipper has an individual feed chain tension system for multiple chains. A mechanism is provided for quick and easy independent adjustment for differences in chain length. Therefore, if a tail pulley is damaged, one section can be repaired while not requiring all of the drag chains to be split and the whole tail pulley removed. To keep the adjustment from moving out of adjustment after the adjusting step, a push bolt lock slips over adjusting bolts and the push bolt lock can be held in place with lynch pins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: James L. O'Halloran, Stephen Daining
  • Publication number: 20130037171
    Abstract: A log/tree chipper having an infeed with a roller member, such as a sprocket or pulley, guides a chain has at least one lug in the roller member, such lug extending above the outer surface of the chain and above a feed table. One or more auxiliary feed members with lugs can rotate with and along the same axis of rotation of the roller member and be spaced to one side of a roller member. The auxiliary feed member can be positioned at the material exit end of a feed table, or at both ends of a feed table. Lugs on the auxiliary feed members and/or the roller members/sprockets are, in some embodiments, positioned at the material exit end of the feed table work so as to work in a symbiotic relationship with the main feed roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: James L. O'Halloran
  • Publication number: 20120255648
    Abstract: A wood chipper includes an in-feed spout with an input end and an opposing feeding end, a motor-turned chipper blade to receive logs at the feeding end, and one or a pair of independently-operable, hydraulic arms movable between a first position external to the in-feed spout and a second position internal to the in-feed spout through a gap in the in-feed spout. When inserted, the arms clear jammed logs laying anywhere across the width of the in-feed spout. The arms are operated by hydraulic rams secured to a bracket, preferably attached to a cover over a portion of the in-feed spout near the chipper blade and in proximity to the gap in the in-feed spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: David A. Gray
  • Patent number: 8261645
    Abstract: A new log support and clamp system (log rest) for a portable sawmill, having a log rest and a log dog. The log rest features a ratcheting, quick-adjustable, self-locking clamp which improves the ability of the user to affix the log in place for sawing. Also, a portable sawmill having such a log rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Norwood Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Dale
  • Publication number: 20110139306
    Abstract: A transport device for a system for finger jointing pieces of wood, by packets, has a support. Transport means are provided, which are set up for moving the pieces of wood sliding along the support to the system for finger jointing. The transport means have a gripping device for holding the pieces of wood in place by packets, aligned flush at a first end, which is situated upstream, while the pieces are being pulled to a work station by way of the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: joema GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Joerger
  • Patent number: 7958618
    Abstract: A method of inserting wooden or plastic connecting elements into at least one of end faces and longitudinal sides of technical wood products which are continuously conveyed along a device. The technical wood products have two opposing planar surfaces, the end faces connect the opposing planar surfaces and have a relatively small surface area compared to the two opposing planar surfaces. At least one of the end faces and the longitudinal sides have grooves for receiving the connecting elements. The method includes providing an inventory of pre-fabricated connecting elements. Cutting and separating the connecting elements and transferring the connecting elements from the inventory into magazines. Grasping individual ones of the connecting elements from the magazines with a transfer device and lifting or lowering the individual connecting element to the height of the groove in the technical wood products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Kronotec AG
    Inventors: Ronald Symossek, Matthias Lewark
  • Patent number: 7849893
    Abstract: A floating caterpillar feeder is used for moving a workpiece on a worktable. The feeder includes a housing unit having a bottom edge, a driving unit including two pairs of sprockets and two chains respectively trained on the pairs of the sprockets, and a plurality of feeding units connected between the chains. Each feeding unit includes two mounting members connected respectively and fixedly to two corresponding links of the chains, parallel horizontal inner and outer rods connected fixedly between the mounting members, parallel pushing plates sleeved on the inner and outer rods, and resilient members for biasing the pushing plates to project from the bottom edge. Each pushing plate has a pair of inner and outer holes engaging respectively and movably the inner and outer rods so as to allow the corresponding pushing plate to move relative to the inner and outer rods in an inner-to-outer direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 7784505
    Abstract: A woodworking machine includes a worktable, a feeding device, a pressing wheel device, and a cutter disposed between the feeding device and the pressing wheel device. The feeding device includes a feeding unit, and at least two positioning members connected to the feeding unit and locked releaseably on a side portion of the worktable. The pressing wheel device includes a pressing wheel unit, and at least two positioning members connected to the pressing wheel unit and locked releaseably on an opposite side portion of the worktable. The pressing wheel unit presses a workpiece against the feeding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 7730914
    Abstract: A feeding mechanism is adapted for use with a woodworking machine. The feeding mechanism includes a rail unit adapted to be disposed on two sides of a worktable, a feeding unit, and a press roller unit. The feeding unit includes a slidable body adapted to extend across the worktable and disposed slidably on the rail unit, two spaced apart rollers disposed on the slidable body, a belt component trained on the rollers, and a driving component for driving the rollers to rotate along with the belt component. The press roller unit is adapted to extend slidably across the worktable and includes a slidable seat disposed slidably on the rail unit, a press roller connected pivotally to the slidable seat, and a resilient component adapted for biasing the press roller to press the workpiece against the feeding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 7730601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for inserting connecting elements in the end faces and/or longitudinal sides of technical wood products, wherein, according to the invention, an inventory for the connecting elements is disposed on a longitudinal side of the conveyor device. Furthermore, a press-in unit is provided, which presses the connecting elements which are fed and held by a transfer arrangement into the groove in the technical wood products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kronotec, AG
    Inventors: Ronald Symossek, Matthias Lewark
  • Publication number: 20100126629
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport device for a system (1) for finger jointing pieces (2, 8, 14) of wood, by packets, having a support (9). In order to achieve improved operational reliability, and, furthermore, a higher work speed, it is proposed that transport means (3) are provided, which are set up for moving the pieces (2, 8, 14) of wood by way of the support (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Joerger
  • Publication number: 20090133779
    Abstract: A feeding mechanism is adapted for use with a woodworking machine. The feeding mechanism includes a rail unit adapted to be disposed on two sides of a worktable, a feeding unit, and a press roller unit. The feeding unit includes a slidable body adapted to extend across the worktable and disposed slidably on the rail unit, two spaced apart rollers disposed on the slidable body, a belt component trained on the rollers, and a driving component for driving the rollers to rotate along with the belt component. The press roller unit is adapted to extend slidably across the worktable and includes a slidable seat disposed slidably on the rail unit, a press roller connected pivotally to the slidable seat, and a resilient component adapted for biasing the press roller to press the workpiece against the feeding unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 7536939
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus and method for guiding a plank towards cutting tools for curve sawing of the plank. The apparatus comprises a first guide and drive mechanism mounted on a platform for receiving, guiding and driving the plank along a path. The first mechanism comprises two first elements arranged opposite relative to the path. The apparatus comprises a second guide and drive mechanism mounted on the platform for guiding and driving the plank from the first mechanism along the path on the support surface up to the cutting tools. The second mechanism comprises two second elements arranged opposite relative to the path while being parallel to the path. The elements of the mechanisms located on the same side of the path are connected through a pivot pin. The apparatus further comprises displacing means for parallel and equidistant displacement relative to the path of the elements of the mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Côme Bureau
  • Publication number: 20090049969
    Abstract: A workpiece-advancing device includes: a slider mounted on a worktable; a workpiece-driving unit mounted on the slider and including a pair of driving rollers and a belt trained on the driving rollers and having a portion adapted to abut against a workpiece and movable relative to the slider for driving movement of the workpiece on the worktable; and a positioning mechanism including an urging unit, a supporting arm unit mounted on the slider and passing through a lateral side of the slider, and an abutting unit mounted on the supporting arm unit and urged by the urging unit so as to be adapted to abut against the workpiece and so as to prevent the workpiece from deviating from a predetermined cutting path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Ching-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 7448532
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a log sawing system comprising multiple cutting blades. The multiple cutting blades are positioned to cut laterally or perpendicular to the centerline of the log which is to be cut. The logs are transported into cutting position using some type of log positioner. The multiple cutting blades are rotatably mounted on an arm which is pivotally mounted on a shaft in groups, being driven by an electrical or like motor, all of which are mounted onto a platform positioned adjacent to the log to be cut. Hydraulic lifters are used to partially rotate the saw blades into the cutting position adjacent the log. Means utilizing a computer and lasers are provided to develop a log cutting solution to best utilize the logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: PSI Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Van Woodham
  • Publication number: 20080185073
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus for receiving and feeding into a chipper wood to be chipped, said apparatus comprising a feed conveyor (12) receiving log bundles (1?), a tumbling drum (13) breaking the bundles, and a receiving conveyor (7?). The feed conveyor (12) is speed-controlled according to the position information of a log bundle (1?), and the speed of rotation of the tumbling drum (13) is adjusted depending on the amount of wood discharged from the drum. The position information of the log bundle is received for example from the torque moment or input power of the drives of the drum. Thereby the speed of the feed conveyor, respectively the rotation speed of the drum, is set to slow down as a result of the increasing toque moment or input power of the drum, respectively to speed up as a result of the decreasing torque moment or input power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: METSO PAPER, INC.
    Inventors: Tommi Honkanen, Ari Havu, Arvo Jonkka
  • Patent number: 7163038
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for end squaring and/or dividing elongated materials by determining an actual orientation of the elongated material, or an actual position of an associated pair of positioning mechanisms that are contactable with the elongated material, and changing the actual orientation to correspond with a desired orientation through independent movement of the positioning mechanisms prior to or during the end squaring and/or dividing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Globe Machine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Robert T. Rhodes, Thomas M. Scott, Clifford P. Isaman, Otto M. Allison, Calvin D. Bamford, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7159628
    Abstract: A split sawbox for a gangsaw includes a sawbox having at least first and second mating sawbox sections. The sections are linearly selectively translatable relative to one another between a closed position wherein the sections are releasably locked together for operation of the gangsaw, and an open position wherein the sections are linearly separated from one another to open a gap within which a workman may stand for maintenance of the gangsaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Coe Newnes/McGehee Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Stroud, Rory M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7066222
    Abstract: In a slicer having a table for supporting a workpiece from which a slice is to be sliced, a knife is linked at opposite end portions of the knife to cranks for moving the knife in strokes having components generally transverse and parallel to the knife. The table with supported workpiece moves toward the knife while the knife moves for making the slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Bunlue Yontrarak
  • Patent number: 7055562
    Abstract: An apparatus for comminuting a stack of wood boards to produce wood strands. A stack feeder feeds the stack of wood boards to a chipper chamber on a longitudinally displaceable carriage moving transverse to the direction of feed of the stack and having a blade ring for comminuting the end of the stack. The chamber is reduced in full volume with replaceable and removable filler bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Siempelkamp Maschinen-und Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Schöler
  • Patent number: 7025251
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a log sawing system comprising multiple cutting blades. The multiple cutting blades are positioned to cut laterally or perpendicular to the centerline of the log which is to be cut. The logs are transported into cutting position using some type of log positioner. The multiple cutting blades are rotatably mounted on an arm which is pivotally mounted on a shaft in groups, being driven by an electrical or like motor, all of which are mounted onto a platform positioned adjacent to the log to be cut. Hydraulic lifters are used to partially rotate the saw blades into the cutting position adjacent the log. Means utilizing a computer and lasers are provided to develop a log cutting solution to best utilize the logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: PSI Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Van Woodham
  • Patent number: 7017632
    Abstract: A method of position-based integrated motion controlled curve sawing includes the steps of: transporting a curved workpiece in a downstream direction on a transfer, and monitoring position of the workpiece on the transfer, scanning the workpiece through an upstream scanner to measure workpiece profiles in spaced apart array, along a surface of the workpiece and communicating the workpiece profiles to a digital processor, computing by the digital processor, a high order polynomial smoothing curve fitted to the array of workpiece profiles of the curved workpiece, and adjusting the smoothing curve for cutting machine constraints of downstream motion controlled cutting devices to generate an adjusted curve generating unique position cams unique to the workpiece from the adjusted curve for optimized cutting by the cutting devices along a tool path corresponding to the position cams, sequencing the transfer and the workpiece with the cutting devices, and sequencing the unique position cams corresponding to the work
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Coe Newnes/McGehee, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe B. Kennedy, Roland Davyduke, James G. Jackson, James B. Hannebauer, William R. Newnes, Brian Stroud, John Sergeant
  • Patent number: 7007729
    Abstract: An improved log charging system for a sawmill having a sharp chain infeed conveyor includes a log turning station for scanning and rotating a horizontally supported log about its longitudinal axis to a desired orientation that will produce maximum lumber yield, and a charging system for clamping the log in the desired position, lowering the horizontal log, while clamped in the desired orientation, forwardly and downwardly relative to the sharp chain, and pressing the log downwardly toward embedded engagement with the teeth of the sharp chain by a continued travel hand-off device. To increase the speed of the log charging operation, the log is preliminarily scanned prior to transport to the log turning station, thereby to permit adjustment of the log support device for size before it receives a given log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Adrian L. Landers
  • Patent number: 6971423
    Abstract: A log handling and cutting system which cuts logs into lengths, and allows for maximum use of fiber. The system includes equipment for singulating the logs, optimally removing the bark from the logs, scanning the true log image, cutting the logs to length, and sorting the cut logs arranged in a sequence of coupled operations. The logs are singulated using a dual quadrant singulation system to provide maximum singulation reliability, thereby allowing a single operator to attend to this process. Once singulated, the logs are fed automatically into a debarker where the diameter and volume are scanned and debarker-operating parameters are set for optimum bark removal. The log is then scanned, tree length, using a unique scanning system, which determines the true image of the log. This enables the determination by computer of the optimum bucking solution of the log as well as a proper sorting of the optimum random lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Donald Starr
  • Patent number: 6945292
    Abstract: Tree harvester (10) is mounted on tractor (12) to enable continuously cutting and chipping of trees. The harvester (10) includes a rotary saw (14) for cutting a tree near ground level, transport means (16) adjacent the rotary saw (14) for gripping a tree cut by the rotary saw (14) and transporting the tree to and dropping the cut tree in a chipper (18) located at an end of the transport means (16) distant the rotary saw (14). The transport means (16) includes first and second opposed conveyors (46, 48) each provided with laterally extending fingers (50) so that a cut tree can be gripped by the fingers (50) of the opposed conveyors (46, 48) and subsequently transported therebetween to the chipper (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Oil Mallee Company of Australia
    Inventors: Richard Courthope Giles, Harley Lawson Pederick
  • Patent number: 6860302
    Abstract: In combination with a cant sawing or cutting unit, a system for guiding two-faced cants through the cut along the line of their natural curvature which includes at the infeed and outfeed ends of the unit, laterally moveable rollers for clamping upon parallel planar faces of the cant and imparting to it a pivotal movement in the horizontal plane while it is moving forward through the cut, so that the saws or cutters follow along a controlled curve in relation to the natural curvature of said cant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Denis Comact Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice Brisson
  • Publication number: 20040250900
    Abstract: Elongated strands, particularly wood strands, are deposited on a molding belt or a conveyor belt so that the strands are longitudinally oriented relative to each other for manufacturing panels known as oriented strand boards. For this purpose the strands are discharged onto an alignment mechanism or head that has a plurality of rotation shafts each carrying a plurality of disks axially spaced from one another along the respective shaft. These disks form alignment channels when the shafts rotate. Each channel or channel section is further subdivided into strand alignment chambers by a plurality of paddle elements. Preferably four such paddle elements are mounted to the respective rotation shaft between two neighboring disks thereby forming four pass through chambers between two neighboring disks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Applicant: Dieffenbacher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Matthias Graf