With Timing Means Patents (Class 156/366)
  • Patent number: 10105787
    Abstract: Systems and methods to improve weld quality are described. For example, certain systems and methods described use weld quality monitoring as feedback to an ultrasonic welding process to improve weld quality. Still other systems and methods provide improvement to double sided and single sided ultrasonic welding through the use of selected multiple pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-chung Wang, Susan M. Smyth, Zhongxia Liu
  • Patent number: 10105788
    Abstract: Systems and methods to improve weld quality are described. For example, certain systems and methods described use weld quality monitoring as feedback to an ultrasonic welding process to improve weld quality. Still other systems and methods provide improvement to double sided and single sided ultrasonic welding through the use of selected multiple pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-chung Wang, Susan M. Smyth, Zhongxia Liu
  • Patent number: 10105789
    Abstract: Systems and methods to improve weld quality are described. For example, certain systems and methods described use weld quality monitoring as feedback to an ultrasonic welding process to improve weld quality. Still other systems and methods provide improvement to double sided and single sided ultrasonic welding through the use of selected multiple pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-chung Wang, Susan M. Smyth, Zhongxia Liu
  • Patent number: 9673165
    Abstract: A component mounting apparatus includes a tape attaching unit, a component mounting unit and a component compression unit provided in this order. A time measuring unit measures time having passed after completion of predetermined work performed on all the substrates transferred to the tape attaching unit, the component mounting unit, and the component compression unit, respectively. When preparation for transferring the substrates to the tape attaching unit is not completed within a predetermined time after the start of measurement performed by the time measuring unit, the respective substrates, which wait in the tape attaching unit, the component mounting unit, and the component compression unit, are forcibly transferred to the downstream sides and predetermined work is performed on the respective substrates that are forcibly transferred to the component mounting unit and the component compression unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Okada, Chihiro Igarashi, Toshihiko Tsujikawa
  • Patent number: 9592633
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for seaming a polymeric material. The method involves forming an interface between a plurality of separate polymeric sheets of materials. Next, heat and pressure are applied to facilitate the diffusion of the polymer molecules at the interface. A diffusion weld is made when the polymer molecules diffuse across the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NeXolve Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Laue, William Clayton, Mark Johnson, Timothy Wright, Kevin Melton, Garrett Poe
  • Patent number: 9547190
    Abstract: A component mounting apparatus includes a tape attaching unit, a component mounting unit and a component compression unit provided in this order. A time measuring unit measures time having passed after attachment of the adhesive tape in the tape attaching unit. When a predetermined time has passed after the start of measurement performed by the time measuring unit, the substrate, to which the adhesive tape of a measuring target is attached, is forcibly transferred to the downstream side, and the component is compressed to the substrate in the component compression unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Okada, Chihiro Igarashi, Toshihiko Tsujikawa
  • Publication number: 20150129103
    Abstract: Here is proposed a method for bonding a pellicle to a stencil such as mask plate, which is characteristic in that the stencil-bonding agglutinant layer of the pellicle is warmed under load while the pellicle is being bonded to the stencil, preferably at a temperature in a range of 35 through 80 degrees C., and the load is increased stepwise and with intermittent removal of the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Hamada
  • Patent number: 9010394
    Abstract: The technology provides for alignment of forming positions of glazing gaskets formed on both front and rear sides of a glass panel. After the glazing gasket has been formed on the multilayer glass panel, a first distance L1 is measured from the reference member to the glazing gasket. After the multilayer glass panel has been reversed and positioned at the reference position for the glass panel, a second distance L1? is measured from the reference member to the glazing gasket. An offset amount of the forming position of the glazing gasket on the rear side of the multilayer glass panel is determined from the difference of the first distance L1 and the second distance L1?. An application starting position of the application nozzle when forming the glazing gasket on the rear side of the multilayer glass panel is corrected based on the offset amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Okamoto, Yugo Nagase
  • Publication number: 20150096686
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for producing a skirting strip prefinished at the factory of the nature of a skirting for floor coverings made of plastic, PVC, rubber, linoleum, or related materials for producing a moisture-tight wall transition. The device consists of a melting and application unit (10) and an edge support wedge molding profile (21), which is functionally connected via a transport device (4) for the strip-shaped blank (6) to the shaping unit (1), and which molds, calibrates, and simultaneously attaches to the convex curvature of the strip-shaped blank (6), the edge support wedge made of molten plastic or hot-melt adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Walfred Prossegger
  • Publication number: 20150083335
    Abstract: A component mounting apparatus includes a tape attaching unit, a component mounting unit and a component compression unit provided in this order. A time measuring unit measures time having passed after attachment of the adhesive tape in the tape attaching unit. When a predetermined time has passed after the start of measurement performed by the time measuring unit, the substrate, to which the adhesive tape of a measuring target is attached, is forcibly transferred to the downstream side, and the component is compressed to the substrate in the component compression unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro OKADA, Chihiro IGARASHI, Toshihiko TSUJIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20150083336
    Abstract: A component mounting apparatus includes a tape attaching unit, a component mounting unit and a component compression unit provided in this order. A time measuring unit measures time having passed after completion of predetermined work performed on all the substrates transferred to the tape attaching unit, the component mounting unit, and the component compression unit, respectively. When preparation for transferring the substrates to the tape attaching unit is not completed within a predetermined time after the start of measurement performed by the time measuring unit, the respective substrates, which wait in the tape attaching unit, the component mounting unit, and the component compression unit, are forcibly transferred to the downstream sides and predetermined work is performed on the respective substrates that are forcibly transferred to the component mounting unit and the component compression unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro OKADA, Chihiro IGARASHI, Toshihiko TSUJIKAWA
  • Patent number: 8955570
    Abstract: An absorbent structure manufacturing apparatus has a feeder that includes a measuring roller provided with a filling region to be filled with absorbent discrete material, a material feeding space to reserve and feed the absorbent material to the filling region, a scraper located downstream of the material feeding space to scrape surplus amount of the absorbent material fed to the filling region, a feed chute to receive and retain temporarily the absorbent material from the filling region, and an open-close movable shutter on a peripheral wall of the feed chute. The measuring roller is rotary driven by a rotary drive and the shutter is opened-closed by an actuator. The rotary drive is rotated at a velocity corresponding to a conveyance velocity of a continuous sheet and the actuator controls the shutter in timing corresponding to the conveyance velocity. The absorbent material is fed onto the continuous sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Akihide Ninomiya, Kazuo Ukegawa
  • Patent number: 8944127
    Abstract: A portable impulse welding assembly operable by an operator with a main air regulator receiving pressurized air for decreasing or maintaining air pressure to a first preset limit. A splitter simultaneously divides a first regulated air into first and second portions and a rod air regulator provides a first valve air to a first air flow conduit and a second air flow conduit. A pair of pneumatic cylinders mounted in the housing, each pneumatic cylinder having a rod, the pneumatic cylinders selectively receive air from the first air flow conduit to extend each rod from each pneumatic cylinder or receive air from the second air flow conduit causing each rod to retract into each pneumatic cylinder and a controller to control seal times and cool times and a laser pointer to ensure sealing accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Envirocon Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory L. DeJarnett, Mohammed Ali Ahmad
  • Patent number: 8941025
    Abstract: Plume shield shroud (10) for a plasma gun (30) includes a substantially tubular member (14) comprising an axial length, a plume entry end (11), and a plume exit end (13). The shroud (10) is adapted to be mounted to a plasma gun (30). A method of protecting, confining or shielding of a gas plume of a plasma gun (30) includes mounting (20) a gas plume shroud (10) on the plasma gun (30) such that the shroud (10) is sized and configured to substantially surround at least a portion of the gas plume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc.
    Inventors: Richard McCullough, Mark F. Spaulding, Robert F. Savill, Jr., Ronald J. Molz
  • Patent number: 8915278
    Abstract: A press apparatus for curing adhesive on inner adhesion surfaces of substantially continuous wood products (1) under synchronous compression heating. The apparatus includes at least two presses (2) having a mutual distance from each other fulfilling the precondition: L/(n?1), where L is the working length of each press and n is the number of presses in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Raute Oyj
    Inventor: Hannu Sinko
  • Publication number: 20140360668
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are disclosed for heat bonding or welding a thermoplastic component to a sealing member such as a film or foil having a thermoplastic portion. The apparatus preferably includes a 3-axis arrangement for accurate and repeatable positioning of the component and foil during bonding and for variation of bonding parameters, such as material, pressure, temperature and/or time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: James Madsen
  • Publication number: 20140338814
    Abstract: A vibration welding system and method having an operating vibration frequency of 260 Hz or higher. A pressing action between two workpieces is effected by directly controlling, with a control system and a sensor, the relative positions of the workpieces during some or all of the weld cycle, or by controlling the speed between the workpieces during some phase of the weld cycle and controlling the force between the workpieces during other phases. An external control device can be coupled to a control system, to produce an input signal to adjust the speed of relative motion between the workpieces, the force therebetween, or both speed and force based on the input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Dukane Corporation
    Inventors: Leo M. Klinstein, Paul Golko, William E. Jurkowski, Raymond M. LaFlamme
  • Patent number: 8858742
    Abstract: A vibration welding system includes vibration welding equipment having a welding horn and anvil, a host device, a check station, and a robot. The robot moves the horn and anvil via an arm to the check station. Sensors, e.g., temperature sensors, are positioned with respect to the welding equipment. Additional sensors are positioned with respect to the check station, including a pressure-sensitive array. The host device, which monitors a condition of the welding equipment, measures signals via the sensors positioned with respect to the welding equipment when the horn is actively forming a weld. The robot moves the horn and anvil to the check station, activates the check station sensors at the check station, and determines a condition of the welding equipment by processing the received signals. Acoustic, force, temperature, displacement, amplitude, and/or attitude/gyroscopic sensors may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: John Patrick Spicer, Debejyo Chakraborty, Michael Anthony Wincek, Hui Wang, Jeffrey A. Abell, Jennifer Bracey, Wayne W. Cai
  • Publication number: 20140238600
    Abstract: A transfer press comprising a frame, an upper platen assembly having an induction heatable upper platen, a lower platen assembly attached to the frame. The lower platen assembly is disposed below the upper platen assembly, and an apparatus is attached to the frame and to the upper platen for moving the upper platen between a raised and lowered position relative to the lower platen and for pressing the upper platen against the lower platen. An induction heater is located adjacent the upper platen for heating the upper platen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: John Edward MAHN
  • Patent number: 8752603
    Abstract: Apparatus for connecting at least two plates (1, 2) of which a supporting plate (1) comprises a higher strength than a supported plate (2) posed thereon. By means of a connecting element (5) rotated by a rotational feeder unit (11), the connecting element with a collar (6) presses the supported plate (2) onto the supporting plate (1). With a shaft (10) a friction welding connection to the supporting plate (1) is made. The rotational feeder unit (11) is provided with a measurement device with measures an axial force exerted by the rotational feeder unit as well as a respective feeding motion and which indicates, upon abutment of the shaft of the connecting element onto the supporting plate, the pressure increase encountered therein, which, thereby, advances the rotational feeder unit, the feeding motion of which is adjustable to at least three sequential connecting stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: EJOT GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Eberhard Christ, Jörg Thiem, Marco Werkmeister
  • Publication number: 20140150976
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described herein for automatically labeling using labels having a fluid activatable adhesive along the back surface of such label. The apparatus has multiple pallets each being positionable with the lowermost label of a stack of one or more labels to releasably secure by suction the label against the pallet, and multiple pads each being positionable with respect to pallets to receive labels from the pallets and then releasably retain such labels until application onto containers. Fluid for activating adhesive is applied by an applicator onto labels retained upon the pad to change the fluid activatable adhesive along the label's back surface from a non-tacky state to a tacky state just prior to application of the label onto container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: NuLabel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Woods, Benjamin David Lux, Randy Peckham
  • Patent number: 8720516
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welding system includes a controller, an electrically powered linear actuator driving a movable element to which an ultrasonic welding stack is mounted to move linearly and apply a controlled force and/or speed to a workpiece. A sensor measures a control variable and outputs to the controller a signal corresponding thereto. Based on this signal, the controller causes the linear actuator movable element to apply through the ultrasonic welding stack a predetermined positive initial force at an initiation of a welding operation and to limit a linear displacement of the ultrasonic welding stack to a predetermined initial displacement until the dynamic signal output from the sensor indicates that a sensed variable satisfies a predetermined condition. Based on the signal relating to the satisfied predetermined condition, the controller moves the ultrasonic welding stack in accord with a default weld profile or a weld profile selected from available weld profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Dukane Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Paul Golko, William E. Jurkowski
  • 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
  • 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: 8627867
    Abstract: The system contains a lamination press. The first cavity is formed in a chassis. A film assembly is fitted within the chassis. A buffer mounts over the film assembly and within the chassis. A tool set is shaped to fit within the first cavity. The tool set and chassis are positioned within the lamination press to confer heat and pressure from the lamination press to the film assembly and chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: John Lahood, Edward Hardy
  • 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: 8435366
    Abstract: A sheet peeling apparatus 10 includes: a sticking means 14 for sticking a peeling tape PT by pressing the peeling tape PT onto an adhesive sheet S; a moving means 15 for moving the peeling tape PT stuck to the adhesive sheet S and a holding means 11 for holding a wafer W relative to each other to peel the adhesive sheet S; a detecting means 17 for detecting the position of the outer periphery of the adhesive sheet S, and outputting a signal thereof; an input means 18 for inputting a correction value; a controlling means 19 for determining a pressing position of the peeling tape PT to the adhesive sheet S based on the output signal from the detecting means 17 and the correction value, and controlling the moving means 15 so as to stick the adhesive sheet S at the pressing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Lintec Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Kato
  • Patent number: 8418739
    Abstract: A press is described having an upper platen. The press includes one piece base for support an upper rotatable support arm and a lower cantilever support arm. The upper support arm is adapted to selectively move the upper platen between an open position, a partially open position and a closed position with respect to a lower platen. A lower cantilever support arm configured to provide an open working surface around a lower platen. A sliding mechanism disposed on the base to selectively move the lower platen to an open, partially open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Stahls' Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin B. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8403015
    Abstract: A laminating arrangement includes a laminating roller, a heat source for heating the laminating roller, the heat source being powered by an AC power supply, and a heat source intensity control system for controlling the intensity of the heat source. The intensity control system includes a processor and a triode for alternating current communicating with the processor. The triode for alternating current is turned on and off by the processor to control the AC power supply to the heat source to vary the intensity of the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel J. Bradley, Phani Babu Giddi, Jesse Glen Fisher
  • Patent number: 8397779
    Abstract: This invention relates to a material application system for applying material to a wrapper. The material application system comprises a material applicator means and an electronic application control means. Also provided is a rod making machine comprising a rod making section and the material application system. The invention also provides a method of applying material to a wrapper used in the tobacco industry comprising supplying a wrapper and applying a material to the wrapper using a material applicator and an electronic applicator control means therefore, which electronic applicator control means ensures accurate location of material application in an electronically adjustable variable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Bray, William David Lewis, Steven Holford
  • Patent number: 8377239
    Abstract: The operation of tow cutters in an automatic fiber placement machine are monitored to determine if inconsistencies in fiber placement are related to cutter operation. A machine vision system detects inconsistencies in tow placement, and timing signals are generated that represent the actuation of the cutters. The timing signals are correlated with recorded images of the placed tows to determine if the inconsistency in tow placement is related to cutter operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger W. Engelbart, Reed Hannebaum
  • Publication number: 20120234469
    Abstract: A belt-like material-feeding apparatus for continuously feeding a belt-like material to an intermittently-treating unit comprises a splicing unit which splices a second belt-like material to a first belt-like material being fed to the intermittently-treating unit to thereby switch the belt-like material being fed to the intermittently-treating unit from the first belt-like material into the second belt-like material, and a control unit for controlling the splicing timing of the splicing unit based upon the treating timing of the intermittently-treating unit. When it is judged that a splicing region formed between the first belt-like material and the second belt-like material by the splicing operation of the splicing unit, is going to be treated by the intermittently-treating unit, the control unit controls the splicing unit so as to retard the splicing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Okabe
  • Patent number: 8245748
    Abstract: A vibration welding system has a pair of electromagnets coupled to a first workpiece support for effecting reciprocating movement of the first workpiece support relative to a second workpiece support, and an electrical drive system coupled to the electromagnets for successively energizing and de-energizing the electromagnets out of phase with each other to effect the reciprocating movement of the first workpiece support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Dukane Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Eugene Palatnik
  • Patent number: 8187399
    Abstract: A label applicator system transfers labels from a web to items moving on a rotary item transport. The applicator system includes a supply for supplying the web with the labels thereon and a take-up for taking up the web after transfer of the label from the web to the item. The supply and take-up are vertically oriented. The applicator includes a movable label applicator head. A rotary table moves the items along a path defined by rotation of the table and rotates the items relative to an axis of the items. The label applicator head is movable toward and away from the item and the item is rotated to apply the label to the item as it moves passed the applicator head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Krzysztof P. Biernat, David B. Vaughn
  • Publication number: 20120067500
    Abstract: A liquid crystal panel P is positioned and held by a plurality of first locating pins 5 of a first holder 3 with a diagonal line of the liquid crystal panel P oriented in a vertical direction by making use of a weight of the liquid crystal panel P. A backlight B is positioned and held by a plurality of second locating pins 6 of a second holder 4 with a diagonal line of the backlight B corresponding to the diagonal line of the liquid crystal panel P extending in the vertical direction by making use of a weight of the backlight B. A bonding mechanism 13 horizontally moves the second holder 4 to bring the first and second holders 3 and 4 relatively close to each other to bond the liquid crystal panel P and the backlight B. This allows easy and precise positioning and bonding of the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Tadashi Nishioka
  • Patent number: 8128769
    Abstract: A system and a method for continuously manufacturing a liquid crystal display device, which can suppress the occurrence of stripe defects, are provided, and the system includes carrier film feeding means; peeling means for peeling off a sheet piece of a polarizing film and a pressure-sensitive adhesive from a carrier film; take-up means for taking up the carrier film; bonding means for bonding the sheet piece to a liquid crystal panel with the pressure-sensitive adhesive interposed therebetween to form a liquid crystal display device; and speed control means for controlling the take-up means and the bonding means so that the carrier film can be folded back while it is allowed to protrude from the front end of the peeling means toward the bonding means at least at a peeling-off end time when peeling off the sheet piece from the carrier film is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Hada, Satoshi Hirata, Seiji Kondo
  • Patent number: 8110052
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel systems and methods for processing packages through a delivery network using a hub assist label. Generally described, the hub assist label includes indicia of a sequence of sorting locations that designates the flow of a package through a delivery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Olsen, David Bradley, Rhesa Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8066044
    Abstract: An apparatus for high speed labeling of produce including a turret which carries label depositor arms and continuously rotates so that its fully extended tangential speed matches the produce conveyor speed. The label depositor arms are reciprocated along a predetermined path by a mechanical linkage. A supply of pressurized air and vacuum are selectively delivered to the label depositor arms to pick-up a print-on-demand label and adhere it to the produce. One or more rotating turrets are included within a system for high speed labeling. The system monitors a common shaft which drives a conveyor that moves multiple lanes of produce under corresponding turrets. A conveyor offset signal in combination with a printer offset control, allows the system to independently synchronize the high-speed labeling operation at each lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hurst International, LLC
    Inventors: Aron Lichtenberg, John F. Shaw, Duy P. Le, Heath Jensen
  • Patent number: 8042588
    Abstract: A press is described having an upper platen. The press includes a support arm adapted to selectively move the upper platen between an open position, a partially open position and a closed position with respect to a lower platen. An electromagnet is disposed proximate the support arm and configured to selectively secure the upper platen in the closed position. Another electromagnet, which may be disposed proximate a base member, is configured selectively to secure the upper platen in a partially open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Stahls' Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Robinson, George C. Tichnell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8016963
    Abstract: This document describes the methodology for laminating layers of converted materials to form a precision laminated multilayered structure. With this methodology the pattern in the next layer to be laminated to create the multilayered structure can be adjusted based upon first or prior layer that the next layer is to be laminated to. The next layer will then be precisely aligned to the first or prior layers creating a precision laminated multilayer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Lasx Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Klingbeil, Jim Goosen, Tom Daul, William Dinauer
  • Patent number: 8011405
    Abstract: A labeller includes a waste liner rewind wheel for taking up the release liner after it has been separated from the labels, and a print mechanism positioned along the label path for real-time printing of a desired print material on the labels. In one embodiment, the waste liner rewind wheel includes a mechanism for adjusting the speed of the rewind wheel as the amount of waste liner on the rewind wheel increases, while maintaining sufficient tension on the waste liner to pull the waste liner onto the rewind wheel. In another embodiment, the print mechanism is mounted to the frame along the label path, such that the print mechanism is capable of printing on the labels as they are moved past the print mechanism. The labeller may additionally include an encoder for registering the position of the label web with respect to the print mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Joe & Samia Management Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Z. Sleiman, Michael R. Schram, Douglas F. Lovegrove, Bradley V. Allen
  • Patent number: 7975743
    Abstract: A labeler is supported on a frame and includes a waste liner rewind mechanism. The frame may be a two-piece frame, wherein each piece supports a plurality of labeler components. A waste liner rewind wheel is rotatably mounted on one of the frame members, and is capable of supporting the release liner of the label web after the labels have been removed and applied to items. A rewind drive is connected to the waste liner rewind wheel for advancing the waste liner rewind wheel to wind the release liner about the waste liner rewind drive wheel. The rewind mechanism actuates the rewind drive as a function of the amount of tension on the release liner. The labeler may also include a print mechanism positioned along the label web path for printing a desired printed information on the individual labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Joe & Samia Management Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Z. Sleiman, Michael R. Schram, Douglas F. Lovegrove
  • Patent number: 7954451
    Abstract: An apparatus and method use closed loop control processes to automatically adjust a command signal used to change an operating state of a fluid dispensing gun. Proportional, integral and/or derivative control processes are used to determine an operating parameter comprising on time compensation, off time compensation and/or a fluid pressure compensation. An adjustment is made to the operating parameter if a number of consecutive measurements of an adhesive bead characteristic are outside of a predetermined tolerance range. A sensor for producing a feedback signal is used to communicate a measurable difference between an actual and a desired bead characteristic. The feedback signal applied in real time is used when determining the operating parameter, reducing substrate waste and increasing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Richard G. Klein
  • Publication number: 20110094653
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for welding ends of two separate articles or a single article to form a single welded article. The apparatus comprises first and second molds for supporting and clamping first and second ends of at least one article and an infrared heating element for thermally energizing over a prescribed period of time the first and second ends of the at least one article to a welding condition. The apparatus further comprises a regulator for altering the power supplied for energizing the infrared heater over at least a portion of the prescribed period of time to achieve increased electromagnetic radiation penetration into the body of the at least one article beyond the first and second ends. The apparatus also comprises an actuator for advancing the first and second ends into a contacting position to form a single welded article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SpringSeal, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Knapp
  • Patent number: 7918260
    Abstract: Adhesive labels are applied to a continuous strip by a unit fed with a first continuous strip of wrapping material advancing along a first path, and a second continuous strip of backing material presenting a succession of labels and advancing along a second path. The labels are detached singly from the second strip by a diverter blade placed along the second path and presenting a sharp edge over which the backing strip is routed through an acute angle to induce the separation of the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gilberto Spirito, Andrea Biondi
  • Patent number: 7886795
    Abstract: A label applicator system provides for high speed, accurate label transfer from a web to items moving on an item transport along a path relative to the system. The items, such as bottles, have a contoured surface. The applicator includes a supply reel for supplying labels on a web and a take-up for taking up the web after transfer of the label. A drive roller moves the web through the applicator system. The system includes a web positioning assembly and a movable label applicator head. A contour sensor senses the bottle contour and develops a profile for the head to follow to apply the labels to the bottles. The supply, take-up and the drive are operably engaged with one another to maintain a relatively constant tension in the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Gonzalez, David E. Zurawski, David B. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 7882879
    Abstract: Apparatus for bonding rubber O-Rings from cord stock, rubber extrusions and extruded tubing materials, consists of heated die-sets, holding fixtures, electronic module, assembly device, spring clamping and pneumatic clamping arrangement. The combined heated die-set and holding fixture are two separable heat conductive blocks having a common interface. Apertures are located across the interface having diameters or matching shapes of extrusions, these apertures are slightly less than the cord or extrusion dimensions, the rubber is axially mated in the open heated aperture, and will stay unlovable when the clamping device is closed. The electronic module controls both a heating and timing device for proper control of maintaining a constant temperature and accurate timing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Stuart Patterson, George Everett Warrin
  • Patent number: 7807002
    Abstract: The operation of tow cutters in an automatic fiber placement machine are monitored to determine if inconsistencies in fiber placement are related to cutter operation. A machine vision system detects inconsistencies in tow placement, and timing signals are generated that represent the actuation of the cutters. The timing signals are correlated with recorded images of the placed tows to determine if the inconsistency in tow placement are related to cutter operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger W. Engelbart, Reed Hannebaum
  • Publication number: 20100193119
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a handle to a container includes a handle supply mechanism configured to supply one or more handles in an open configuration; a container conveyance mechanism configured to provide a container to a handle application location; and a handle applicator configured to attach or connect a handle that supplied initially in an open configuration to a portion of a container. In an embodiment, a heater is included that is configured to provide energy/heat to at least a portion of the one or more handles prior to application. In other embodiments, handles are supplied for application at an elevated temperature. Methods for attaching a handle to containers are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Kenneth Lach
  • Patent number: 7703494
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for manufacturing a bonded substrate that suppresses a defect in the bonded substrate. When the pressure in a vacuum chamber is at the atmospheric level, upper and lower chuck units respectively attract substrates through vacuum. When the vacuum chamber is depressurized, each chuck unit electrostatically attracts the associated substrate. During the depressurization of the vacuum chamber, the pressure for attracting each substrate to the associated chuck unit is controlled to be equal to the pressure in the vacuum chamber. This prevents each substrate from falling from or moving relative to the associated chuck unit. The first and second substrates are thus bonded together and accurately aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Koji Hashizume, Yoshimasa Miyajima, Norihiko Hatano, Tetsuji Kadowaki