Of Feed Of Articles To Assembly Station Patents (Class 156/362)
  • Patent number: 10427881
    Abstract: Coupling of conveyor belt modules A module (2) for a modular conveyor chain, comprising a link portion (3) made of sheet metal that includes a substantially elongate conveying body (4), the conveying body having a central hinge loop (5A) on one longitudinal side thereof and a pair of offset hinge loops (5B) on an opposite longitudinal side thereof that are interspaced to receive the central hinge loop of a link portion of a consecutive module therebetween. The central hinge loop and/or or the offset hinge loops are distanced with their free end(s) from a bottom face of the conveying body to form a through pass aperture (16) through which a hinge pin (12) held in the hinge receiving space(s) of the hinge loops of other module may pass transversely to its axis into or out of its hinge receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Rexnord FlatTop Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Franciscus Maria Bal, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10213999
    Abstract: A method of making a laminated optically clear adhesive (OCA) assembly includes providing a first OCA component having a first thickness; providing a second OCA component having a second thickness; and laminating the first OCA component and the second OCA component using a roll to roll lamination process to form the laminated OCA assembly. The first OCA component and the second OCA component are laminated together at a nip roller assembly, the nip roller assembly using a nip roller pressure selected based on the total thickness of the first and second OCA components such that the nip roller pressure decreases as the total thickness of the first and second OCA components increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Brian K. Smith, Gary N. Prior, James D. Sampica, Derek R. Owen, Jeffrey D. Kulper
  • Patent number: 10195767
    Abstract: A mosaic tile design and manufacturing system is comprised of a mosaic design application, a network server and a tile cutting apparatus. A mosaic artist can use the mosaic design application to specify the placement, color and shapes of a plurality of mosaic tile comprising a mosaic design. The tile shapes can be a combination of standard and non-standard shapes, and the design tool can generate instructions that can be applied by the server to the tile cutting apparatus to control the cutting apparatus to make custom tile cuts that result in a tile with a non-standard shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Artaic, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Acworth, Paul Heslinga, Stephen Nestinger, Alan Argondizza
  • Patent number: 9950506
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laminating foil having an initial roughness on at least one side, which makes the laminating foil matte, wherein the laminating foil has a marking configured as a surface pattern with surface portions on the matte side or at least on one of the matte sides, wherein the roughness of the surface portions is different from the initial roughness. The invention furthermore relates to a laminating foil set comprising the laminating foils, a method for hot laminating sheet material using such laminating foils, a laminating unit for using the laminating foil, and eventually a laminating system including the laminating unit and the laminating foils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Monollth GmbH Buerosystems
    Inventor: Bernd Loibl
  • Patent number: 9440759
    Abstract: The invention relates to labeling and/or printing devices, methods and systems for applying coding and/or labeling to containers that are stacked or otherwise organized in a group (e.g., containers stacked on a pallet). In embodiments of the invention, labeling and/or printing devices are mounted on carriages that are capable of moving in a vertical direction to apply labels as they move. Horizontal movement is imparted either by moving such carriages in a horizontal direction adjacent to the containers, or by moving the containers themselves (or the pallet holding them) in a horizontal direction adjacent to such carriages. Multiple carriages with labeling devices may be provided to provide simultaneous labeling to more than one side of a group of stacked containers. Embodiments of the invention are capable of providing labeling of containers that are uniformly or non-uniformly grouped or stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Lorin Reed
  • Patent number: 9212020
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus including a first conveying member that conveys a sheet, a second conveying member that receives the sheet conveyed by the first conveying member and further conveys the sheet to a subsequent stage, a third conveying member that receives the sheet conveyed by the first conveying member and further folds the sheet, a guiding member that guides the sheet when the sheet is folded by the third conveying member, and is arranged between the second conveying member and the third conveying member. The sheet is guided along the guiding member when a bending part of the sheet is conveyed to the third conveying member by rotating the second conveying member in a reverse direction while the sheet is held by the first conveying member and the second conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kyosuke Nakada, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Shuuya Nagasako, Michitaka Suzuki, Akira Kunieda, Takahiro Watanabe, Yuji Suzuki, Tomomichi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9174424
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism includes a loading assembly and a clamping assembly. The clamping assembly includes a driver mounted on the bottom of the loading assembly, at least two sliding members driven by the driver, and at least two clamping subassemblies mounted on the top of the loading assembly. The clamping subassemblies are divided into two groups and are arranged and mounted adjacent to opposite sides of the loading assembly, and the sliding members are connected to the two groups of the at least two clamping subassemblies, respectively. The driver is capable of driving the sliding members to move away from or toward each other to enable the two groups of the clamping subassemblies to move toward or away from the loading assembly to clamp or release a workpiece on the loading assembly. The present invention further discloses a bonding device using the positioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Zhao-Qian Zhang, Wen-Cai Zhou, Xue-Hua Lei, Peng-Hui Chen, Ying-Jun Peng, Wen-Jie Lang
  • Patent number: 9011617
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for manufacturing a multi-layer composite (13) by laminating a sheet-like element (6) onto a backing (2) in a laminating unit (1), having steps, in this order, of conveying the element (6) in a longitudinal direction, detecting a position of the element (6), correcting the position of the element (6) on the basis of the detected position and on the basis of a reference position (15), and bonding said element (6) onto the backing (2). The detection step comprises the phases of measuring the lateral position, an angle of pivoting, and a longitudinal position of the element (6), and the correction step includes phases of lateral movement (T), pivoting (P), and longitudinal movement (L) of the element (6), apparatus elements perform the steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Asitrade AG
    Inventors: Thomas Mayer, Alex Mann, Michel Siegenthaler, Philippe Guglielmetti
  • Patent number: 8997816
    Abstract: A tape dispenser includes a torque controller and a take-up cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc
    Inventors: Richard S. Malik, Jr., Thomas Truman
  • Patent number: 8985173
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a homogeneous semiconductor substrate in which defective bonding is reduced. Such a semiconductor substrate can be formed by the steps of: disposing a first substrate in a substrate bonding chamber which includes a substrate supporting base where a plurality of openings is provided, substrate supporting mechanisms provided in the plurality of openings, and raising and lowering mechanisms which raise and lower the substrate supporting mechanisms; disposing a second substrate over the first substrate so as not to be in contact with the first substrate; and bonding the first substrate to the second substrate by using the raising and lowering mechanisms to raise the substrate supporting mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takatsugu Omata, Tomoaki Moriwaka, Hideto Ohnuma
  • Patent number: 8980025
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for laminating a first and a second sheet (1, 2) comprising—a chamber (10) having a first, a second and a third compartment (11, 12, 13 resp.) subsequently arranged along a first axis (Z), each compartment having a port (21, 22, 23 resp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno
    Inventors: Jeroen Van Den Brand, Sander Christiaan Broers, Milan Saalmink, Andreas Heinrich Dietzel, Andreas Tanda
  • Publication number: 20150059966
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a composite building element that includes a casing material, a bulk material, and a locking element, the method including the steps of: (a) continuously feeding a first sheet of casing material into a filling station; (b) securing the bulk material to the first sheet of casing material; (c) continuously feeding the bulk material and the first sheet of casing material out of the filling station; the method characterised by the step of: (d) securing the locking element to the first sheet of casing material prior to securing the bulk material to the first sheet of casing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bernard Robert Nasr, Kerry Allan Hayes
  • Publication number: 20150017782
    Abstract: A bonding device for bonding substrates together, includes: a first holding unit configured to hold a first substrate on a lower surface thereof; a second holding unit located below the first holding unit and configured to hold a second substrate on an upper surface thereof; a moving mechanism configured to move the first holding unit or the second holding unit in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction; a first image pickup unit located in the first holding unit and configured to pick up an image of the second substrate held in the second holding unit; and a second image pickup unit located in the second holding unit and configured to pick up an image of the first substrate held in the first holding unit, at least one of the first image pickup unit and the second image pickup unit including an infrared camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Naoki AKIYAMA, Masahiko SUGIYAMA, Yosuke OMORI, Shinji AKAIKE, Hideaki TANAKA, Masahiro YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20140374020
    Abstract: A system and method for welding flexible fabric is presented. A welding system for flexible fabric includes a welding machine with a roller and a user interface. The welding machine is adapted to weld a first fabric to a second fabric using a first heat. The roller on the welding machine can be used to roll at a first speed the first fabric and/and or the second fabric through the welding machine. Later, an operator of the welding machine through the user interface sends a single speed control signal to the welding machine. Response of the single speed control signal, the welding machine changes from the first heat to a second heat and also changes the speed of the roller from the first speed to a second speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: John Charles Warnock, II
  • Patent number: 8915280
    Abstract: A system and method for automated application of adhesive, buffer, and/or liner to I-joists, whereby a controlled amount of adhesive, glue, buffer material, and/or a protective liner, are successively applied to the exposed flange of an I-joist. An air-activated side pressure wheel first pushes one flange of an I-joist against an opposing friction-reduced straight edge, then at least one adhesive/glue head extrudes adhesive and/or buffer material onto the opposing exposed flange of the I-joist. An overhead liner applicator may then place a protective liner upon the applied adhesive and/or buffer material. An applicator roller bearing and a pressure roller bearing press the adhesive/buffer/liner to the desired mil thickness, after which the liner applicator cuts the protective liner according to the cut pattern instructions received from a controller. A cooler can be used to cool the adhesive/buffer before release liner application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn Robell
  • Patent number: 8875766
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device and a corresponding method for the jointing of wafers along their corresponding surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Erich Thallner
  • Patent number: 8863803
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an absorbent article includes: first and second reference-signal outputting sections for outputting first and second reference signals indicating a conveyance amount of a workpiece, a processing device for processing the workpiece based on a drive signal, an adhesive discharging device for discharging adhesive toward the workpiece based on a discharge signal, and a controller. While manufacturing the absorbent article, the controller generates both the drive signal and the discharge signal based on the first reference signal. While inspecting a discharge amount of the adhesive, the controller generates the discharge signal based on the second reference signal, without outputting the drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Nakano
  • Publication number: 20140290823
    Abstract: A device, and related method for controlling the device, for labeling containers with a container conveyor, having at least one container rotation device to rotate a container in a first direction about an axis, in a second direction about this axis in the opposite direction or not to rotate this container, with at least two labeling stations each with a labeling assembly and a pressing-on device, with a control device generating control commands for the container rotation device based on activity information of the labeling stations. In the region of an inactive labeling station, the container rotation device is rotated in the first direction, so that a container of the container rotation device can roll onto the pressing-on device and in the region of an active labeling station, the container device is rotated in the second direction, so that a label applied to the container can be pressed on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Uwe Hasler, Jörg Triebel
  • Publication number: 20140290850
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus has a light source, a stage, a component holder formed of a light transparent material, a controller, and a driver configured to drive the stage and the component holder under the control of the controller. The component holder includes an incident surface on which light outputted from the light source is made incident, a first reflection surface which is a surface opposite to the incident surface and reflects the incident light from the incident surface, a second reflection surface which reflects the light reflected by the first reflection surface, and an exit surface from which the light reflected by the second reflection surface exits. The bonding apparatus bonds the first component and the second component together with the photo-curing adhesive while holding the second component on the side of the exit surface of the component holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20140283973
    Abstract: A module placement device and method enable the precision mating of a module to a substrate. The device and method can be effectively used, for example, to mate a light source such as an LED module to the back side of an automotive mirror having portions that permit light to pass therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: K.W. Muth Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas VanDerPuy
  • Publication number: 20140288519
    Abstract: Apparatus and process for the manufacture of articles to be worn on the lower torso of a wearer, such as disposable absorbent article like diapers, training pants, adult incontinence articles, feminine care articles and the like. In particular to such articles and to the equipment and the process for manufacturing such articles, especially when different sizes or types of the article are to be prepared on the same equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Christoph Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8840742
    Abstract: A system for detecting a missing tow in a tow band may include a fiber placement head for applying a tow band to a substrate forming a composite layup. The system may further include a heating device for preheating the substrate prior to application of the tow band. The system may additionally include an infrared camera mounted to the fiber placement head and configured to generate a real-time thermal image of the composite layup during the application of the tow band to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Truong D. Pham, Samuel Stewart
  • Publication number: 20140261991
    Abstract: A door pressing system for pressing interior passage doors, exterior entry doors, bi-fold doors, and/or closet doors features a multi-door pressing station including first and second presses, a loading device, and a discharging device. The pressing station is configured to alternatively move the first and second presses into operative alignment with the loading and discharging devices. The press in operative alignment delivers a pressed assembled door to the discharging device and receives an assembled door layup to be pressed from the loading device. The other press that is out of operatively alignment presses an assembled door received therein. Additional methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: George CUCCHI, Bei-Hong LIANG, Michael MACDONALD
  • Patent number: 8826957
    Abstract: A method for applying at least one ply onto a tool or an uncured composite layup disposed on the tool includes automatically controlling slidably removing at least one nonstick separator relative to the at least one ply positioned on the at least one nonstick separator to inhibit at least a portion of the at least one ply from adhering to the tool or uncured composite layup while applying a moving compressive force to an outer surface of the at least one ply relative to a moving trailing edge of the at least one nonstick separator to adhere at least a portion of the at least one ply to the tool or to the uncured composite layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sultan Shair, Julian Thomas O'Flynn, Mathias Messmer, Frank Worthoff, Mile Ostojic, Mark E. Vermilyea
  • Patent number: 8821659
    Abstract: Real-time alignment of substrates is conducted by way of placing a first substrate together with a second substrate located over the first substrate in a fixed relative position onto a first substrate holder. The first substrate holder is operative to support the first substrate. A second substrate holder is operative to contact and control the position of the second substrate relative to the first substrate. A pattern recognition system is operative to view reference marks on the first and second substrates for determining their relative alignment, and a positioning mechanism coupled to the first substrate holder and/or the second substrate holder will align the first substrate relative to the second substrate based on their relative alignment as determined by the pattern recognition system. Thereafter, the substrates are fully laminated to secure them to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Man Chung Ng, Man Lai Chau
  • Patent number: 8815030
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus (200) for laminating a substrate foil (SF) with a laminating foil (LF) comprises a first and a second facility (210, 214) for providing the substrate foil and the laminating foil respectively, a recognition facility (224, 225) for determining a location of at least one feature of at least one (LF) of the laminating foil and the substrate foil and an alignment facility (252, 253) for aligning the at least one (LF) of the foils, a separation facility (240) for separating a portion (SF1; LF1) of the at least one of the foils after it is controlled by the alignment facility, a laminating facility (250, 252) for laminating the separated portion of the at least one of the foil against the other one of the foils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Jeroen van den Brand, Andreas Heinrich Dietzel, Ike de Vries
  • Patent number: 8789568
    Abstract: Machines for manufacturing photovoltaic modules and methods for manufacturing photovoltaic modules can include tape handling components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Malik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8778108
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus is composed of a transporting device for transporting a card, a film supplying device for supplying a film, a compression bonding device for thermally compression bonding a laminate material on the film onto the card, a driving device for shifting the compression bonding device from a standby location to a compression bonding location, a film taking-up device for taking up the film, a first guide for guiding the film in a supply side of the film, a second guide for guiding the film in a take-up side of the film, and a third guide for guiding the film in an upstream side of the second guide and in a downstream side of the compression bonding device, wherein the third guide moves in conjunction with the compression bonding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Sato, Hiroyoshi Chin, Tomonori Sumida
  • Patent number: 8757358
    Abstract: A labeling machine for labeling containers such as bottles, cans, and similar containers. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Krämer, Winfried Schlüter
  • Patent number: 8733415
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an absorbent article includes an arm member having a tip end portion feeding the elastic member. The tip end portion moves alternately in a first direction and a second direction, so that the elastic member is brought into contact with a web being conveyed in a predetermined direction with a continuum of components constituting one portion of the absorbent article and is placed in a predetermined waveform. Here, in a plan view of the web, a distance between the arm member and a nip point becomes largest when the nip point goes beyond a position on the predetermined waveform where an angle between the predetermined direction and a tangent line to the predetermined waveform becomes largest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8721816
    Abstract: A method of producing a roll of an optical film laminate including a polarizing film having a thickness of 10 ?m or less is described. The method includes providing a roll of a separator film-attached optical film laminate formed by subjecting a laminate comprising a continuous web of a thermoplastic resin substrate and a polyvinyl alcohol type resin layer to a 2-stage stretching consisting of a preliminary in-air stretching and an in-boric-acid-solution stretching, to reduce a thickness of the polyvinyl alcohol type resin layer to 10 ?m or less. The method further includes causing a dichroic material to be absorbed in the polyvinyl alcohol type resin layer. The method further includes detecting a defect existing in the optical film laminate and the adhesive layer and upon detection of a defect, recording a position of the defect. The method further includes winding into a roll a separator film-attached optical film laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Takeharu Kitagawa, Takuya Nakazono, Shusaku Goto, Minoru Miyatake, Tomohiro Mori, Takashi Kamijo
  • Patent number: 8696840
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing strips of labels includes a strip of labels having a plurality of individual labels following one after the other. The apparatus includes a conveying device that conveys the strip of labels along a conveying path, and a position detection device provided along the conveying path that detects a position of the strip of labels. The apparatus includes a processing device that is provided along the conveying path. The processing device includes a cutting unit that is constructed and arranged to cut the strip of labels. The apparatus includes a labelling device that is arranged downstream with respect to the processing device along the conveying path. The labelling device is constructed and arranged to attach processed labels to containers. The position detection device includes an image detection device that is configured to capture two-dimensional images of regions of the strip of labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Piana, Anton Niedermeier
  • Publication number: 20140096902
    Abstract: A polymer laminate is fabricated by laying down layers of an ultra-high molecular weight polymer material on top of each other, and fusing the layers to each other by cross-linking molecular chains of adjoining layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20140076475
    Abstract: A method and computing device for translating application labels are included herein in which a selection of an application label for translation may be detected. A customized label to replace the application label may also be received. The application label may be replaced with the customized label. Also, the selection of the customized label may be sent to data storage comprising customized labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Tomás GALICIA
  • Publication number: 20140078711
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to ultrasonic welding and more particularly to performing an ultrasonic welding operation while rotating one part relative to a mating part. A non-uniform energy director can be disposed along a mating surface of a first part. The energy director can maintain a constant cross-sectional area while having a smaller height near a pivot point for the rotation and a larger height away from the pivot point. The varying height of the energy director can allow the tip of the energy director to come in contact with a second part rotating relative to the first part at approximately the same time during the ultrasonic welding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gerardo Salas Bolanos, Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Dominic E. Dolci, Cesar Lozano, James G. Smeenge
  • Patent number: 8663410
    Abstract: A label finishing station receives a web carrying printed images for labels arranged so there are a plurality of images formed in rows or ranks across the width of the web. The images are also arranged in longitudinal columns along the length of the web. A cutting station carries a plurality of cutter heads to cut out the plurality of labels forming each row or rank simultaneously. The web, with the label peripheries cut out, may be slit longitudinally and formed into finished rolls of labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Primera Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Cummins, Todd A. Britz, Darren W. Haas, Michael R. Tolrud
  • Patent number: 8657976
    Abstract: An optical film laminate that has predefined slit lines for enhancing both product accuracy and manufacturing speed in liquid-crystal display element manufacturing to radically improve manufacturing yield. The optical film laminate formed as a continuous web with the predefined slit lines for use in a continuous manufacturing system by laminating optically functional film sheets to liquid-crystal panels. The optical film laminate having defect-free regions having a predefined length corresponding to the dimension of a liquid-crystal panel and defective regions having a predefined length different from the defect-free region, based on the detected position of defects. The optical film laminate having a carrier film releasably laminated to an adhesive layer, wherein defect-free normal polarizing sheets and a defective polarizing sheets are formed on the carrier film by forming slit lines corresponding to above regions along the transverse direction of the optical film laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Kouji Kimura, Takayoshi Yamano, Takuya Nakazono, Kazuo Kitada, Tomokazu Yura, Fumihito Shimanoe, Satoru Koshio, Shouji Shibata
  • Patent number: 8657991
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for manufacture of a solar panel string assembly for a solar canopy including: horizontally aligning two solar panel support channels substantially parallel to one another; applying an adhesive with a robotic tool to an upper portion of the solar panel support channels, the robotic tool comprising a fixed track aligned parallel with the two solar panel support channels, a robotic arm assembly movably supported by the track, a positioning member for adjusting the position of the robotic arm assembly along the track, and wherein the robotic arm comprises an adhesive applicator and a vacuum lift component; and lifting with the vacuum lift component of the robot arm assembly of the robotic tool and aligning a solar panel on top of the two solar panel support channels near opposing edges of the solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Potter, Nathan Dion Fleischer, Jeffrey Paul Munoz
  • Publication number: 20140041806
    Abstract: A labelling device includes a linearly displaceable piston operably connectable to a moving mechanism for moving the piston from a resting position to a labelling position. A label carrying mechanism is arranged at the distal end of the piston for carrying an adhesive label and affixing the adhesive label to an object via physical contact at the labelling position of the piston. A force-switching-state system is provided to maintain the piston in relation to the moving mechanism in an attracting force state and the piston moves with the moving mechanism. The physical contact creates an opposite repelling force from the object onto the label carrying mechanism causing separation of the displaceable piston from the moving mechanism. This separation causes a change of the force state of the displaceable piston from an attracting to a repelling force state, causing the linearly displaceable piston to move back to the resting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: MAREL LIMITED
    Inventor: Steven BATES
  • Patent number: 8636046
    Abstract: A labeling machine, comprising a conveyor of containers, each to be labeled with a label taken by cutting from a continuous ribbon wound in a reel, and further comprising feeder elements which are adapted to convey with the appropriate timing the ribbon to a device for the intermittent cutting of each individual label, and elements for locking the label during cutting which are inserted between the cutting device and a drum for transferring the cut label to a container provided on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: P.E. Labellers S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Ballarotti
  • Patent number: 8627870
    Abstract: An apparatus (200) and a method for labeling containers (100) with different types of label is disclosed. To each of at least two labeling machines (1, 2) there corresponds an infeed star wheel (61, 62) and a discharge star wheel (81, 82). A container path (7) is formed, along which the containers (100) to be labeled are fed to the at least two labeling machines (1, 2) in a controlled manner. At least one type of label is processed with each of the at least two labeling machines (1, 2), wherein the types of label processed with the at least two labeling machines (1, 2) are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Dieter Leykamm
  • Patent number: 8622111
    Abstract: A laminating device for laminating a window on a display panel for displaying an image includes: a first plate on which the display panel is provided; a second plate on which the window is provided and which is adjacent to the first plate; an applier provided on the second plate and applying a resin on the window; a folder for connecting the first plate and the second plate, for folding to allow the second plate to face the first plate, and for disposing the window on the display panel with the resin therebetween; and a pressurizer for pressurizing the second plate in a direction of the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Youn-Bum Lee
  • Publication number: 20140000785
    Abstract: A corrugated board system comprises a first and a second material supply device for a first or second material web, a corrugated board production device, and a web tension measuring regulating arrangement between the corrugated board production device and the first material supply device. The arrangement comprises a web tension measuring regulating device with a web tension measuring mechanism and a first web tension regulating mechanism, and at least a second web tension regulating mechanism. The web tension measuring regulating device is arranged between the second web tension regulating mechanism and the corrugated board production device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Alfons GNAN, Heribert REICH, Helmut KRAUS, Klaus BERNREUTER
  • Publication number: 20130333843
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for manufacturing a camera module, the apparatus including: a base jig holding a PCB from below; a rim tool picking up an image sensor and attaching the image sensor onto the PCB; and a housing bonding tool picking up a housing assembly and attaching the housing assembly onto the PCB so that the image sensor attached onto the PCB is received in the housing assembly, wherein a PCB holding unit is formed integrally with an image sensor pickup part of the rim tool outside the image sensor pickup part, the PCB holding unit being contacted with the PCB to hold the PCB when the image sensor is picked up by the image sensor pickup part and attached onto the PCB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Byung Jae KIM, Sung Jae Lee, Sang Jin Kim, Hoon Taek Kang, Seung Hee Cho
  • Publication number: 20130306241
    Abstract: An assembly machine for venting cap of disposable cell culture flask includes a rack, and an automatic controller and a rotating table arranged on the rack. An automatic loading mechanism, an automatic filter disc-sucking mechanism, an automatic heat-sealing mechanism, and an automatic unloading mechanism are all arranged above the rotating table. The automatic controller is electrically connected with the rotating table, the automatic loading mechanism, the automatic filter disc-sucking mechanism, the automatic heat-sealing mechanism, and the automatic unloading mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jianhua Yuan, Yejames Yuan
  • Publication number: 20130306242
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device and a corresponding method for the jointing of wafers along their corresponding surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Erich Thallner
  • Patent number: 8551269
    Abstract: A method for controlling a labelling device, that is part of a block system including a supply device for supplying articles to be labeled, includes supplying, by the supply device, a predetermined number of the articles such that the labelling device and the supply device are each operated at a first operating speed. The predetermined number of the articles are delivered, in an automated manner, to the labelling device. A drive of the labelling device is decoupled from a corresponding drive of the supply device. The labelling device is then operated at a second operating speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 8540000
    Abstract: A curing processing device including a top moving plate, a bottom moving plate, an intermediate moving plate, a heating unit which heats each of the moving plates, a moving plate driving unit, a carrying unit, and a controller, and wherein each of the top moving plates includes an elastic film and a positive pressure applying unit applying a positive pressure to a space between the moving plate and the elastic film, and the controller is configured to cause the curing processing device to operate in a carrying mode for carrying in or out the solar battery assembly and a compress mode for applying a positive pressure to a space between a lower surface of an upper side moving plate and the elastic film to press the solar batter assembly, and the controller changes a pair of moving plates in a predetermined order each time the mode is switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kitagawa Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shizuaki Okazaki
  • Patent number: 8540001
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reliable die bonder that can accurately bond a die and a semiconductor manufacturing method. The present invention is provided with a bonding head that adsorbs a die from a wafer and bonds it to a substrate, a positioning mechanism that is provided with a first adjustment mechanism that positions a position of the die at predetermined accuracy, and positions the bonding head, a positioning controller that controls the positioning mechanism and a second adjustment mechanism that is provided to the bonding head, and adjusts a position of the die at higher accuracy than the first adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Kihara, Yoshiaki Kishi
  • Patent number: 8529715
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching substrates includes a first chamber for supporting a first substrate and a second chamber for supporting a second substrate. A main seal member is placed between the first chamber and the second chamber so as to maintain a seal and a gap between the chambers. An alignment control part is placed between the first chamber and the second chamber so as to maintain the seal, and also to allow the second chamber to move with respect to the first chamber in order to align the substrates. The alignment control part may also control a gap between the chambers, to thereby maintain a uniform gap between the substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: ADP Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bong Hwan Choi, Seok Hee Shim