With Printing Patents (Class 156/384)
  • Patent number: 10410020
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for checking the presence and/or readability of an item of product information, in particular an item of packaging content information. An item of product information, in particular packaging content information, is applied to the product, in particular packaging, by using a printing device. A means of identification is applied by using the same printing device; and the product, in particular the packaging, is scanned with a reader in order to ascertain whether the means of identification is present and can be read, the means of identification comprising a barcode and/or a smart code, individual lines of the barcode being aligned parallel to a direction of print application, and the reader comprising an optical reader, in particular a barcode and/or smart-code reader, preferably a barcode and/or smart-code scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Knauf Gips KG
    Inventors: Olessja Tkatschenko, Peter Able
  • Patent number: 10301053
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an automatic labeling apparatus and method, as well as an assembly jig and method, the automatic labeling apparatus includes an attachment platform provided with an attachment surface, an attachment unit provided with a label receiving surface, and a separation unit, wherein the separation unit is configured to separate a label from a label base paper to the label receiving surface with a glue surface of the label away from the label receiving surface, the label receiving surface being configured to make the glue surface of the label higher than the attachment surface when the label is on the label receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE DISPLAY LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeshun Xu, Wenbo Sun, Yanfeng Li, Xing Wang
  • Patent number: 10220974
    Abstract: A labeling device for a syringe that includes a first labeling subsystem adapted to print a first label having machine readable information and a second labeling subsystem adapted to print a second label having human readable information is disclosed. The first labeling subsystem includes a label applicator adapted to automatically apply the first label to a portion of the syringe. The first labeling subsystem includes a syringe clamp assembly that securely holds the syringe while the label applicator automatically applies a first label to the syringe. The second labeling subsystem includes a removal device adapted to automatically remove a backing material from the second label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Austin Jason McKinnon, Scott William Gisler, Philip C. McNeill, Rahul Khurana, Drew Davidock, Robert Nicholas Graf, Kaushal Verma, Gary Stacey, Mark Rogers, Mark Ridley, David Stocks, Alistair Ward, Andrew Scholan, Keith Marshall
  • Patent number: 10053248
    Abstract: A prescription handling system that takes filled prescription containers in an automated pharmacy and places them into a package for shipment is described. The handling system includes an inflow to feed containers to a turntable and a robot moves containers from the turntable to a container placement section, which places the containers in a pocket of a package for shipping. Each container for a prescription order is tracked to ensure that only associated containers are packaged together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Joplin
  • Patent number: 10011120
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for sublimating printed images onto two or more sides of a product simultaneously using a single heating platen are disclosed. The apparatus is configured to print one or more images onto transfer media, then position the transfer media onto a substrate. A product to receive the sublimated image is positioned on top of the transfer media, and the apparatus manipulates the transfer media to substantially surround the product and place at least one image onto each side of the product to be sublimated. A single heating platen then engages the transfer media to sublimate the image. The heating platen is configured, using a control, to sublimate opposing sides of a product substantially simultaneously in a single thermal cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Edward Will, Mark Leslie Tarter, Bryan Keith Solace, James Francis Huss
  • Patent number: 10011127
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a housing, a conveying unit configured to unwind a portion of a rolled sheet and convey the unwound sheet, a printing unit configured to print an image on the unwound sheet, a cutter configured to cut off a portion of the unwound sheet, and a sheet sensor configured to detect a portion of the unwound sheet conveyed out of the housing and, upon detecting the portion, output a detection signal that causes the cutter to cut off the unwound sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Goto
  • Patent number: 9972222
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a roll of adhesive labels. The method includes the step of providing a plurality of adhesive labels fixed to a backing sheet. A predetermined number of labels are removed from the backing sheet to thereby form a leading edge of the sheet that only includes the backing sheet and no labels. The leading edge includes no labels to thereby facilitate mounting the sheet of carrier material on a printing or applicator machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ODDS, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Ewert, John Roberts
  • Patent number: 9862171
    Abstract: A device for translaminating tension-sensitive films from a first liner to a second liner, wherein the device has a first transport device, a second transport device, and a laminating device. The first transport device is configured to transport a first laminated strip to a film delaminating station. The second transport device is configured to transport a second strip-shaped liner to the laminating device, which is designed to laminate the tension-sensitive film onto the second liner in order to form a second laminated strip. The first transport device and the laminating device are arranged relative to each other such that the tension-sensitive film is pulled off at the film delaminating station in the direction opposite the running direction of the first laminated strip at said station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bayer Pharma Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ludwig Grader, Roland Killer
  • Patent number: 9469094
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing matrix material from a web of cut adhesive backed labels. A matrix stripping apparatus comprises a rotating cylinder for receiving a web of cut adhesive labels, a source for applying an electrostatic charge to the web of cut adhesive labels, and a separation member to facilitate separation of the matrix from a web comprising cut labels and a release liner. Applying an electrostatic charge to the web assists in holding the web against the rotating cylinder and relieves tension in the separation and removal of the matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Previty, Alan Green, Dennis R. Benoit
  • Patent number: 9235292
    Abstract: An interactive image projecting device that projects an image onto a display surface and controls the projected image based upon movement of the image projecting device or the detection of another image. The image projecting device includes a projector that generates an image from a control unit. The device includes a position indicating emitter that generates a position indicator and an image sensor that is operable to detect the position indicator from either the device including the image sensor or a position indicator from another device. Based upon the sensed position indicator from another device, the control unit operates to modify the image projected from the device such that the image from a first device can interact with an image from a second device. The first and second devices each have a wireless transceiver such that the devices can communicate with each other during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Huebner
  • Patent number: 9227390
    Abstract: This invention discloses a numbering and imprinting machine including a number cylinder, moving inker, first cleaning device, second cleaning device, inker position detector, and control device. The number cylinder includes at least one numbering device. The moving inker includes a number inker which supplies ink onto the number cylinder, and is movable between a printing position at which the number inker comes into contact with the number cylinder, and a retraction position at which the number inker separates from the number cylinder. The first cleaning device cleans the number cylinder. The second cleaning device cleans the number inker. The inker position detector detects the position of the moving inker. When the inker position detector detects that the moving inker is set at the printing position, the control device rotates the number cylinder, drives the number inker and controls cleaning operations by the first cleaning device and the second cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Endo, Kenji Ida, Hiroto Nagura
  • Patent number: 8888920
    Abstract: The present invention is an imprint system including an imprint unit transferring a transfer pattern to a coating film formed on a substrate using a template having the transfer pattern formed on a front surface thereof to form a predetermined pattern in the coating film, the imprint system including: a substrate carry-in/out station connected to the imprint unit, capable of keeping a plurality of the substrates, and carrying the substrate into/out of the imprint unit side; and a template carry-in/out station connected to the imprint unit, capable of keeping a plurality of the templates, and carrying the template into/out of the imprint unit side at a predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shoichi Terada, Yoshio Kimura, Takahiro Kitano
  • Patent number: 8888945
    Abstract: The use of a heat idler moveable along a path provides speed and flexibility in the heat labeling of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gavin John Broad, Adal Tecleab, Jason Lee DeBruler
  • Patent number: 8881387
    Abstract: This is directed to methods and apparatus for shielding a circuitry region of an electronic device from interference (e.g., EMI). A conductive dam may be formed about a periphery of the circuitry region. A non-conductive or electrically insulating fill may then be applied to the circuitry region within the dam. Next, a conductive cover may be applied above the fill. The cover may be electrically coupled to the dam. The dam may include two or more layers of conductive material stacked on top of one another. In some embodiments, the conductive cover may be pad printed or screen printed above the fill. In other embodiments, the conductive cover may be a conductive tablet that is melted above the fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gloria Lin, Wyeman Chen, Michael Nikkhoo, Michael Rosenblatt, Hammid Mohammadinia, Ziv Wolkowicki, Amir Salehi
  • Patent number: 8794145
    Abstract: A film transfer device guides a transfer film at least partly around a transfer cylinder having a channel. As a result of entrainment of the transfer film by an edge region of the channel during indexing, considerable impairment to web tension occurs, requiring an indexing speed to be reduced so as not to cause damage to the film. In order to increase an indexing frequency, in one region, i.e. more precisely in an edge region of the channel of the transfer cylinder, a coating is provided having such a nature that it at least reduces an adhesion of a rear side of the transfer film to the edge region of the channel, i.e. to the transfer cylinder in this case. In this way, the film slides better off the edge region of the channel and a higher indexing speed can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Alexander Weber
  • Patent number: 8783323
    Abstract: Disclosed is a platen opening mechanism in a portable labeling machine capable of simultaneously opening the platen through a single operation of opening a bottom cover to form an insertion passage for a label strip. The platen is pivotally opened from a machine side plate in interlock with opening a bottom cover that is also pivoted open in the opposite pivot direction from the side plate. The platen is pivotable to a closed position and an open position relative to the side plate to allow the label strip to be loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sato Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshisada Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140161375
    Abstract: A closure device which a consumer or bag manufacturer may affix to most any bag comprises an elongated first strip of flexible material and a thin bendable wire and second strip of material of substantially the same length as the first strip and longitudinally aligned with and affixed to the first strip. The first strip includes an opposite adhesive surface which is covered by a protective strip of release paper at the time of manufacture. A plurality of individual closure devices may be manufactured in sheet form with perforations extending between each adjacent closure device on the sheet. When needed, the consumer tears a closure device from the sheet. The consumer peels away the release paper revealing the adhesive surface and affixes the closure device to the outer surface of a bag. In one preferred method, the consumer affixes the closure device in a traversing manner with the closure device extending between the opposite closed and open ends of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: David Betts, Robert Gavin, Elias Maldonado
  • Patent number: 8741087
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided which include providing a rotatable roller with a cylindrical surface adapted to wrap the donor element on the surface. A donor element is secured to the roller and a first portion of the donor element is wrapped onto the cylindrical surface while applying tension to the media. The tension is then decreased to alter a region of contact between the first portion of the donor element and the cylindrical surface. An additional portion of the donor element is then wrapped onto the cylindrical surface. The donor element is then transferred from the roller to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kodak Graphic Communications Canada Company
    Inventors: Jeremias Rarama, Yuri Zavorotny, Darcy T. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8726964
    Abstract: Apparatus for decorating objects including a heating device for heating an object wrapped in a transferring support bearing a sublimable image and a conveying device for conveying the object into, and removing the object from, the heating device, the conveying device being mainly movable in a substantially vertical direction. The conveying device is provided with a supporting element such as to convey one object at a time to the heating device via inlet and outlet openings on the same side of the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Decoral System USA Corp.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Fenzi
  • Patent number: 8714851
    Abstract: Provided herein are devices, methods and other means, including those related to printers, as well as computer readable media for storing code to execute instructions for a device, and other systems for providing and supporting mobile printing and other types of devices. The circuit boards of a device can each be dedicated to different types of functionality and be installed into the device without the use of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Richard J. Preliasco, Roy P. Lyman, David F. Beck, Craig A. Horrocks, Patrick J. Hegarty
  • Patent number: 8684056
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods of printing using ink-jet technology and offset printing capabilities are provided. The method can comprise jetting an ink onto a printing blanket, where the ink comprises a carrier and a pigment colorant, and where the carrier substantially free of polymers. Additional steps include developing the ink to create a print image on the printing blanket; applying a layer of wetting fluid to a surface of a print medium, where the surface includes a coating comprising a polymer; heating the surface to a print-receptive temperature that is lower than the softening temperature of the polymer, causing softening of the polymer; and transferring the print image from the printing blanket to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Omer Gila, Napoleon J. Leoni
  • Patent number: 8602077
    Abstract: A tamp pad includes a housing that defines an air flow chamber having an inflow opening and an outflow opening. The tamp pad further includes an impact plate having one or more openings therethrough that are in fluid communication with the air flow chamber and an air flow generator fluidly coupled to the air flow chamber for generating an air flow in a first direction. The tamp pad has a valve system for directing the air flow generated by the air flow generator to draw air into the one or more openings to hold a label thereon and to blow air out of the one or more openings to eject the label from the impact plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Bixen, Steven M. Dods
  • Patent number: 8524027
    Abstract: A label dispensing device is disclosed for dispensing labels from a web that has a web path extending through the label dispensing device. The label dispensing device includes a dispensing member and a transition member. The dispensing member is shaped to effectuate a flexure of the web and includes a peel edge disposed along a portion of the web path. The transition member has a web control surface disposed along a portion of the web path. The web control surface is downstream of the peel edge and is configured to engage the first side of the web, thereby reducing the flexure of the web effectuated by the dispensing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Anwar, Peter Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8522848
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatuses for assembling substrates with functional blocks, using a printhead to deliver individual functional blocks to the appropriate locations on the substrates. In an embodiment, the functional block releasing mechanism comprises a heat source to provide thermal energy and a light source to provide photon energy, wherein the heat source and the light source enable releasing individual functional blocks from the reservoir for positioning on the substrate. The heat source can comprise an array of heating elements, such as thin film heating elements, which can provide localized heating to individual elements, thus enabling releasing individual functional blocks. The light source can comprise a laser beam and a moving mechanism to move the laser beam to the individual functional blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jayna Sheats
  • Publication number: 20130192762
    Abstract: Provided are an adhesive force development unit, an adhesive-label issue device, and a printer which can develop a stable adhesive force regardless of a thickness of a functional layer made from a resin film or the like while suppressing an occurrence of a blocking phenomenon. A thermal head for adhesive force development having a plurality of heating elements arranged along a width direction of an adhesive label and heating the adhesive label from its adhesive layer side so as to form holes in an functional layer by the heating elements is provided, and heating means for heating at least hole-forming portions in the adhesive label is disposed at an upstream side or a downstream side relative to the thermal head along a carrying direction of the adhesive label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Seiko Instruments Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130133824
    Abstract: A print and apply system configured to facilitate the application of a flow of activatable labels with variable length to a flow of items, including a roll of activatable label stock with a facestock and an activatable adhesive layer; a software program configured to create a layout for each of the flow of activatable labels with variable length; a printer configured to print on the facestock; a cutter configured to cut off a specific length from the roll of activatable label stock to form the flow of activatable labels according to the layout; an activation unit to activate the adhesive layer to turn it tacky; and, an applicator unit configured to receive and place the labels with activated adhesive onto a flow of items to be labeled. Related methods and uses are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kourosh KIAN, Johannes LENKL, Raj SRINIVASAN, Pradeep IYER, Dong-Tsai HSEIH, Souphong LEE, David EDWARDS
  • Patent number: 8434539
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tape applicator or tape head formed from a combination of two separated apparatuses namely a detachable unit containing a front portion of the tape applicator and a stationary unit containing a rear portion of the applicator with snap-on engagement there between to obtain the interactive motion of a conventional tape applicator i.e. the present invention separates a conventional tape applicator into two separate portions which results in the ability to quickly change tapes and reduces safety hazards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Lamus Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Augustine S. T. Lam
  • Publication number: 20130083140
    Abstract: An apparatus useful in the assembly of printer cartridges includes a plurality of accumulator bags removeably secured to a carrier sheet. Each accumulator bag includes a first polymer film panel and a second polymer film panel welded together to form a pressurizable chamber with an aperture formed in the bag to provide access to the pressurizable chamber. An annular adhesive element is secured to each bag such that an aperture of the annular adhesive element is generally concentric with the aperture of the accumulator bag. The carrier sheet includes an upper adhesive stripe, a lower adhesive stripe, and a silicone stripe. The plurality of accumulator bags is removeably secured to the carrier sheet by adhering an upper portion of each bag to the upper adhesive stripe, adhering a lower portion of each bag to the lower adhesive stripe, and positioning the annular adhesive element in contact with the silicone stripe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Avery Dennison Corporation
  • Patent number: 8393372
    Abstract: The sheet processing apparatus includes a buffer roller to form a sheet bundle by overlapping a plurality of sheets while respectively displacing an end part of each sheet at one end of the conveying direction toward the conveying direction, a fold conveying path to fold the displaced and overlapped sheet bundle twice into three layers so that the end part at one end covers an end part at the other end and the end parts at the one end are respectively exposed, and a sealer to seal the sheet bundle by adhering the end part at the one end of the twice-folded sheet bundle to a surface of the sheet bundle with a seal. The sealer adheres all of the end parts at the one end and the surface of the sheet bundle with a seal having length longer than exposed length of the end parts at the one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Manabu Yamauchi, Naoto Watanabe, Takayuki Fujii, Shunsuke Nishimura, Satoru Yamamoto, Yushi Oka, Toshiyuki Miyake, Takashi Yokoya, Hidenori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8393373
    Abstract: A binding printer is provided which has a media transport assembly configured to transport individual sheets of media along a media path, a printhead assembly configured to print on the sheets transported along the media path, and a binding assembly configured to bind together the printed sheets transported along the media path. The binding assembly has a binding platen configured to press each printed sheet transported onto a support platen to preceding sheets supported on the support platen to bind the printed sheets together, and a chassis defining an inlet for receiving the transported printed sheets and an exit hatch from which the bound printed sheets are removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8389057
    Abstract: The present invention discloses systems and methods for printing functional blocks from a plurality of printheads to a target substrate. In exemplary embodiments, the printing system comprises a main printhead for the majority of printing process, and a secondary printhead for supplemental printing. The system further comprises a controller, utilizing a positioning intelligence system to distribute the printing of the functional blocks between the main printhead and the secondary printhead, to minimize the motions of the printheads while maximize the printing speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Douglas Knox, Jayna Sheats, Ric Asselstine
  • Publication number: 20130025776
    Abstract: A label dispensing device is disclosed for dispensing labels from a web that has a web path extending through the label dispensing device. The label dispensing device includes a dispensing member and a transition member. The dispensing member is shaped to effectuate a flexure of the web and includes a peel edge disposed along a portion of the web path. The transition member has a web control surface disposed along a portion of the web path. The web control surface is downstream of the peel edge and is configured to engage the first side of the web, thereby reducing the flexure of the web effectuated by the dispensing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Anwar, Peter Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8356459
    Abstract: The specification discloses a method for forming a packaging film. According to the method, a packaging film base layer is provided having a first side and a second side and formed from polymeric materials. At least one additional layer of polymeric material is extrusion coated onto the first side of the base layer. A heat sealable layer is applied onto the second side of the base layer. The method also includes providing a packaging film outer layer having a first side and a second side and formed from polymeric materials. At least one of the outer layer first and second sides is capable of being printed thereon and selected packaging information is printed onto at least one side of the outer layer. Preferably, the outer layer is reverse printed on its second side. Finally, the method includes thermally laminating the base layer and outer layer to one another using a combination of heat and pressure. A packaging film and a method for packaging food products with the film are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bryce Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Larimore, Bradley A. Kramer, Billy W. Crockett, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120318459
    Abstract: A base material sheet is fed from a base material supplying unit by a feeding drive unit. A raw film made up of an adhesive film temporarily attached with a first and release liner and a second release liner is supplied from an adhesive film supplying unit and the second release liner is peeled off from the adhesive film by a peeling unit. A label printer prints on the base material sheet and attaches the adhesive film onto the base material sheet. A label sheet that includes the base material sheet, the adhesive film and the first release liner is supplied to a cutter. After a cut line corresponding to a shape of a label is provided on the base material sheet by the cutter, the base material sheet is further transferred by a guide roller and is wound up by a product winding unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: LINTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8205789
    Abstract: A plant handling, tagging and shipping system includes a flood trailer towed by a cart for delivering potted plants from a grow site to a prepping station while also soaking the pots, an on-demand tag-printing system for printing plant tags based on customized client data, and a conveyor system that enables workers to trim, weed, clean, and tag the plants as they travel along the conveyor. This novel system and process for handling, tagging and shipping plants provides enormous efficiencies as compared with traditional processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: 842781 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: William Mori
  • Patent number: 8186407
    Abstract: A labeling machine includes a device for adjusting the position of a tape holding labels, which enables moving the tape progressively on an abutment surface in order to vary the position of the print on the label. The labeling machine further presents a self-regulating arresting element of a tape bearing labels. The arresting element presses the tape against an abutment surface when a label must be applied on a destination surface and releases the tape when, on the action of a control device, the tape is actuated to advance. The machine further includes a printing member whose ink roller is associated to a device that enables it to engage easily and smoothly on a corresponding support arm. The support arm is connected to a door providing access to interior areas of the labeling machine, whose opening causes the support arm to exit and the exposes the ink roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Open Data S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giorgio Arena
  • Patent number: 8186408
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing and wrapping adhesive backed labels around elongate articles, such as electrical wires, including a rotatable puck assembly having an interrupted circumferential surface defining an opening for receiving an elongate object to be labeled and wing members for applying said label during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: HellermannTyton Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Fries, Edward P. Dyer, William K. Lueschen
  • Patent number: 8162023
    Abstract: An apparatus for film transfer includes at least one printing press and at least one transfer film supply roller, a transfer film guiding device for guiding the transfer film web from the transfer film supply roller to a transfer nip. In order to ensure a variable film transfer in different printing units of the printing press, up to now the transfer film supply roller is moved with a film module into the region of the desired printing unit. In order to make a variable film transfer possible without complicated moving, the guiding device has web guiding elements at least in the region of the at least one printing press and the web guiding elements are enabled to selectively guide the transfer film web to different positions on the at least one printing press, such as to possible potential transfer nips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Weber, Andreas Krispin, Joachim Sonnenschein
  • Publication number: 20120090245
    Abstract: A system to enable operators of extrusion facilities to eliminate the error of installing the incorrect weatherseal in an extrusion or profile. The operators extruding the profiles are provided a list by the fabricator of what weatherseal is to be inserted by placing indicia on the backing of the weatherseal, as by printing the die or profile number on the actual backing of the weatherseal, thereby providing improved weatherseals having unique indicia. The indicia designates the profile which will receive the die. The indicia correlates weatherseal with the profile/die number to confirm that the proper weatherseal is being used. To confirm the correct weatherseal is being used for the profile being produced, all the operator has to do is look at the back of the weatherseal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Alan J. DeMello
  • Patent number: 8105455
    Abstract: A printing machine contains a transfer unit for transferring a transfer layer onto a print carrier in a transfer nip. The printing machine further has at least one applicator unit for applying an adhesive to the print carrier. The applicator unit precedes the transfer unit, and the transfer layer is detached from the carrier film in the transfer unit in the regions in which adhesive is applied. By printing units being converted into transfer units or applicator units, the functionality of the printing unit for a printing operation is lost. If the applicator device and the transfer device are located in this order on an impression cylinder of a printing unit, the applied adhesive is not predried sufficiently. To overcome these disadvantages, the transfer unit is a further processing unit and has at least one further processing device which follows the transfer nip and which acts on the print carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Alexander Weber, Andreas Krispin, Joachim Sonnenschein
  • Patent number: 8100160
    Abstract: A film transfer apparatus includes an application unit, a transfer unit downstream of the application unit, and at least one third unit for further processing a printing material with a transfer layer applied. In the prior art, if contact pressure is exerted on coated printing material again in a following nip, the adhesive layer under the transfer layer can be pressed out. A blanket can then be contaminated with adhesive, ink itself can be contaminated and parts of the transfer layer can be detached from the coated sheet. In order to avoid pressing out the adhesive, measured values in the transfer unit are compared with corresponding values in the third unit. At least one controlled variable in the units can then be readjusted on the basis of a difference, to at least reduce the quantity of adhesive squeezed out. A transfer method and a covering surface are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Franzen, Nils Klockmann, Alexander Weber
  • Publication number: 20110277905
    Abstract: A printer has a printer unit including a recording head and automatic cutter, and an adhesive transfer unit disposed downstream from the automatic cutter. The adhesive transfer unit has a transfer mechanism that supplies adhesive tape and transfers adhesive to recording paper at a transfer position. When a paper detector disposed upstream from the transfer position detects recording paper, the control unit of the printer causes the pressure mechanism to alternately form the contact state pressing the recording paper to the adhesive tape, and the non-contact state in which the recording paper is separated from the adhesive tape. Adhesive is transferred to the recording paper passing the transfer position while this contact operation repeats intermittently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu KOIKE
  • Patent number: 8033312
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing and wrapping adhesive backed labels around elongate articles, such as electrical wires, including a rotatable puck assembly having an interrupted circumferential surface defining an opening for receiving an elongate object to be labeled and wing members for applying said label during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: HellermannTyton Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Fries, Edward P. Dyer, William K. Lueschen
  • Patent number: 8011406
    Abstract: There are provided a cartridge to which a first roll around which a base tape with a plurality of RFID circuit elements arranged is wound can be detachably attached, an antenna for transmission/reception of information with the RFID circuit element, a signal processing circuit and a transmitting portion that generate access information to an IC circuit part of the RFID circuit element, transmit the information to the RFID circuit element and carry out information writing in the IC circuit part or information reading from the IC circuit part, a print head for printing on a cover film, and a control circuit provided with a determination portion that determines matching between parameter data provided at the cartridge and instruction data relating to the print input by an operation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiko Niwa, Tatsuhiro Ikedo, Hideo Ueno, Nobuhiko Funato, Kazunari Taki, Tsuyoshi Ohashi, Katsumi Toda
  • Patent number: 8011408
    Abstract: There is disclosed labeling apparatus including a portable labeler having a handle that can be suspended using a hanger assembly. The hanger assembly suspends the labeler so that the labeler is in a position ready to apply a label and with the handle at an attitude to be conveniently grasped to maneuver and operate the labeler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Clyde N. Tharp, James A. Makley
  • Patent number: 7998294
    Abstract: In a label manufacturing method, at least a part of a heat sensitive adhesive sheet is heated to develop adhesive properties by using a thermal head having heating elements and by using a transporting unit that transport the heat sheet to pass through a position contacting with the heating elements. Image data is generated on an image area of the sheet and an image editing process is performed so as to divide the image area into at least two types of parts that are set as heated and non-heated parts, respectively. An edited image obtained as a result of the image editing process is input as a heating pattern. The thermal head and the transporting unit are driven based on the input heating pattern and the heating elements are selectively operated in timed synchronization with the transportation of the sheet. In the image data generating step, the image area is displayed on a display as a binary image including a colored part and a non-colored part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Obuchi
  • Patent number: 7997319
    Abstract: A labeling device includes a conveyor belt for taking up a row of labels, and two label dispensers, each for dispensing labels from a dispensing sheet over a dispensing edge onto the conveyor belt. The label dispensers are disposed one behind the other, the dispensing edge of a rear one of the dispensers being shifted, so that the dispensing edges of the two label dispensers are one above the other. The conveyor belt is guided over a belt deflector for changing the course of the belt between two positions as to the dispensing edges, the belt deflector including a tilting lever, over which the conveyor belt is deflected and which can be swiveled between two positions. The conveyor belt is in a first position for taking up labels at the first dispensing edge and in a second position, for taking up labels at the second dispensing edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Multivac Marking & Inspection GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Georg Austermeier
  • Publication number: 20110161252
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a static media disk is provided. The method includes designing a media graphic utilizing a computer graphics program. Next the media graphic is placed into a template within the computer graphics program. A media layer sheet is prepared for the installation of the media graphic onto the media layer sheet. The media layer is formed when the media graphic is installed on to the media layer sheet. The media layer has a first media surface and an opposing adhesive surface. The adhesive surface is for securing the media layer to the first surface of a core medium or media disc. The core medium has a material property and a shape property. The shape property substantially matches the media layer itself. The core medium has a first surface, second surface and thickness. The static media disc is then formed when the media layer is installed onto the core medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: EDWARD FOSTER CARR
  • Patent number: 7955469
    Abstract: The use of a heat idler moveable along a path provides speed and flexibility in the heat labeling of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gavin John Broad, Adal Tecleab, Jason Lee DeBruler
  • Patent number: 7900674
    Abstract: A labeling machine comprises a self-regulating arresting member of a label holder tape. The arresting member is able to press the tape against an abutting surface when a label has to be applied on a destination surface and it releases said tape when, on the action of a control device the tape is actuated to advance. The labeling machine further comprises a printing device whose inking roller is associated to a device that enables it to be engaged easily and conveniently on a respective support arm. The support arm in turn is advantageously connected to an access door to internal areas of the labeling machine, whose opening determines the exit of the support arm and the exposure of the inking roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Open Data S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giorgio Arena