Printing Patents (Class 156/387)
  • Patent number: 10486446
    Abstract: A tape cassette stores a first medium having: a first base having a print surface for printing and first adhesive applied on an opposite side of the print surface; and a first separator removably attached to the first base via the first adhesive, and a second medium having a second separator. The tape cassette includes a pressing member that is movable in a direction intersecting with a direction of a plane of the print surface, and the pressing member is disposed at a position of, when a pressing force is externally applied to perform bonding of the first medium and the second medium mutually, receiving the pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kanamura, Satomi Midorogi, Naoki Ogawa, Yasushi Murai
  • Patent number: 10471747
    Abstract: A tape cassette stores a first medium having: a first base having a print surface for printing and first adhesive applied on an opposite side of the print surface; and a first separator removably attached to the first base via the first adhesive; and a second medium having: a second base; and a second separator removably attached to the second base. The tape cassette includes a pressing member that is movable in a direction intersecting with a direction of a plane of the print surface, and the pressing member is disposed at a position of, when a pressing force is externally applied to perform bonding of the first medium and the second medium mutually, receiving the pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kanamura, Satomi Midorogi, Naoki Ogawa, Yasushi Murai
  • Patent number: 10399726
    Abstract: A label applicator for application of labels to the body of a syringe. The label applicator may be moved into position relative to a predetermined axis along which syringes of different respective sized may be disposed. In this regard, the label applicator may be operative to apply a label to an array of syringes of different sizes. Moreover, the label applicator may print label information onto the label regarding each individual syringe prior to application of a label to the syringe. This may allow for custom label application to each labeled syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BAXTER CORPORATION ENGLEWOOD
    Inventors: James Robert Hutchison, III, Yuriy Konstantinovich Umanskiy
  • Patent number: 10055676
    Abstract: The user can configure the print layout intuitively, and prevent needlessly executing a compensation process based on the printer mode. A plug-in 22 that controls a printer 3 that prints to a target print area in each unit print area disposed in the conveyance direction of a continuous print medium has: a mode selector 51 that determines if the printer 3 prints based detecting each unit print area of the print medium; a layout acquisition unit 53b that acquires first layout information representing the location of the target print area in the unit print area; and a layout generator 54b that generates second layout information which differs from the first layout information in the conveyance direction of the print medium when the printer determines to print based on the position detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Yamada, Katsuhiko Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9611062
    Abstract: A method and a device for application of a label to an object, comprising: moving the object from a storing position to a labeling position; back-feeding and printing a label arranged at a continuous liner; moving the liner across a peeling edge, whereby the label is peeled off from the liner; transferring the label from the liner to the object; and removing the object from the labeling position to a removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: ALEVAX AB
    Inventors: Francesco Palmisano, David Sanches Molinero
  • Patent number: 9092754
    Abstract: Each tag in a plurality of tags is respectively assigned to each equipment location in a plurality of equipment locations, wherein each tag comprises a scannable identifier unique to each location. A tag is assigned to a first equipment cabinet, wherein the tag comprises a scannable identifier unique to the first equipment cabinet. The first equipment cabinet is positioned at one of the plurality of equipment locations. The tag assigned to the location of the first equipment cabinet and the tag assigned to the first equipment cabinet are scanned, wherein scanning of the tags is performed via a mobile device comprising a scanner. An association is automatically created between the unique identifier of the location of the first equipment cabinet and the unique identifier of the first equipment cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Lessard
  • Publication number: 20150144379
    Abstract: A method produces a multilayer element with a substrate and at least one conductor structure connected in an areal manner to the substrate, which has first regions of electrically conductive material, which is present in accordance with a prescribed pattern, while electrically non-conductive second regions lie between the first regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: 3D- Micromac AG
    Inventors: Tino Petsch, Maurice Clair, Alexander Böhm, Martin Sachse
  • Publication number: 20150136326
    Abstract: A screen printer includes: a mask with a pattern hole; a substrate holder that clamps and holds a substrate at sides of the substrate by a pair of clamping members below the mask; a substrate holder elevation mechanism that moves the substrate holder up and down to contact the substrate with a lower surface of the mask; a paste filling unit that fills the pattern hole with a paste; a mask contact member that is provided in the clamp member and that contacts with the mask in a state in which the substrate contacts with the mask; and an urging portion that is provided in the clamp member and that includes an urging unit that urges the mask contact member upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Masayuki MANTANI, Mitsuru KOUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150118450
    Abstract: A product marking is disclosed in connection with a narrow roll. The narrow rolls are provided with a product marking in a first information adding step, the product marking including at least general information. In a second information adding step, the product marking in at least some of the narrow rolls is provided with customer information. After the second information adding step all the narrow rolls have a product marking comprising the customer information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: UPM RAFLATAC OY
    Inventors: Juha Jäppi, Ari Veikkola, Juho Kantanen, Ari Hakala, Jukka Piitulainen
  • Publication number: 20150107751
    Abstract: A method and a device for application of a label to an object, comprising: moving the object from a storing position to a labeling position; back-feeding and printing a label arranged at a continuous liner; moving the liner across a peeling edge, whereby the label is peeled off from the liner; transferring the label from the liner to the object; and removing the object from the labeling position to a removal position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Francesco Palmisano, David Sanches Molinero
  • Publication number: 20150101740
    Abstract: The present application provides systems, apparatus, and methods for providing high quality printed corrugated boxes through the use of a variable sleeve offset press. In one embodiment a method is provided comprising the steps of: printing a linerboard web to provide ink to the linerboard web. The printing step may comprise using an offset printing press having variable repeat length. The method may further comprise rewinding the printed linerboard web onto a roll; providing the printed linerboard web to a high speed corrugation machine via the roll; laminating the printed linerboard web to a fluted medium web thereby producing a printed corrugated web. The method may further comprise applying heat to at least one of the printed linerboard web and the fluted medium which causes heating of the ink on the linerboard web printed thereon by the offset printed press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: COLOR-BOX, LLC
    Inventors: Sergio Morales Garcia de la Vega, Alex Norman Green
  • Publication number: 20150104613
    Abstract: The present application provides systems, apparatus, and methods for providing high quality printed corrugated sheets and webs through the use of a variable sleeve offset press. In one embodiment a method is provided comprising the steps of: printing a paperboard web to provide ink to the linerboard web. The printing step may comprise using an offset printing press having variable repeat length. The method may further comprise rewinding the printed paperboard web onto a roll; providing the printed paperboard web to a high speed corrugation machine via the roll; laminating the printed paperboard web to a fluted web thereby producing a printed corrugated web. The method may further comprise applying heat to at least one of the printed paperboard web and the fluted web which causes heating of the ink on the paperboard web printed thereon by the offset printed press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Sergio Morales Garcia de la Vega, Alex Norman Green
  • Publication number: 20150075721
    Abstract: A screen printer includes: a mask having a first area formed with a first pattern and a second area formed with a second pattern; and a print head which forms a past printing on a board and is movable on the mask. When a paste print is formed using the first pattern, the print head moves from a start position located between the first area and the second area to the first area and then returns to the start position. When a paste print is formed using the second pattern, the print head moves from the start position to the second area and then returns to the start position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Masayuki MANTANI, Toshiyuki MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20150007936
    Abstract: The invention relates to an applicator device for applying wrapping labels (13) to packagings (15), having a transverse transport device (19) which is configured for transporting a label, which is first of all dispensed by a label dispenser, in particular a label printer (11), in the vertical direction into an intermediate position, from the intermediate position transversely with respect to the vertical into an application position, in which the label can be received by a packaging which is running through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Bernhard, Holger Offermann, Sebastian Ruff, Armin Weckemann, Marc Naschke
  • Patent number: 8925609
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that employ an ink jet process to dispose a non-aqueous solid ink product on a flexible clear film layer as an image receiving substrate to create multi-layer tamper-evident closures including tape, wrapping, labeling, marking or sealing products, in which visual information is embedded. These processes provide manufacturers of the multi-layer tamper-evident closures ability to present variable image content in ways that would be difficult to counterfeit. The solid ink product undergoes easily observable image changes when it is twisted in a manner that creates a shear force between the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan B Hunter, George A. Gibson, Linn C Hoover
  • Publication number: 20140374016
    Abstract: A method for applying decorations to packages includes applying a main decoration to the package, and applying a detachable part label with a reduced adhesion strength. The part label is provided on a region of the main decoration and takes up part of a surface region of the main decoration. The part label is printed on by using a digital printing process controlled by a computer that relies on a digital printing mask that is stored or generated by the computer. The computer controls the print head to cause it to print a print on the part label after the part label has been applied to the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Schach
  • Publication number: 20140352868
    Abstract: A handling apparatus includes a container input, a furnishing carousel, a furnishing module, an application element, and a grouping device. The furnishing carousel rotates about a central axis and has the furnishing module and application element nearby. The furnishing module applies a furnishing feature to a surface of a container, and the application element applies adhesive to the container on a surface outside that surface of a container that is provided with a furnishing feature. The grouping device, which is either a compartmenting or compacting device, is immediately after the furnishing carousel and/or an outlet apparatus. The grouping device groups, compacts, or temporary presses together containers. The container input is either a single-track container feed, a multi-track container feed, a single-track container stream, or a multi-track container stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Ehmer
  • 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: 8863802
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically marking laboratory test tubes in the stage of drawing biological material to be analyzed, which includes two or more distributors of test tubes of different types that are selectable by a control unit and are suitable for feeding test tubes to a test-tubes positioning device which in turn is suitable for presenting correctly positioned test tubes to a computerized labelling machine containing a printer for printing barcodes on labels. Each distributor includes an automatic drawing and discharging device for drawing and discharging single test tubes from a container of test tubes of a selected distributor to the positioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Inpeco Holding Ltd.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 8851136
    Abstract: A laboratory tube printer and labeler for labeling laboratory tubes with printed labels, the tube printer and labeler advantageously accommodating an automated tube handling device having a robotic pickup and placement mechanism where the tube printer and labeler has a housing having an upper deck with a printing station and a tube labeling and pickup station displaced from the printing station such that the labeling and pickup station can be accessed by the robotic pickup and placement mechanism wherein a printed label is transported to the labeling and pickup station and applied to a laboratory tube placed in the labeling and pickup station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander V. Drynkin, David B. Miller
  • Patent number: 8839737
    Abstract: A device and a method for coating a printing material include a foil engaged with a printing material on an impression cylinder using guide rollers. The foil and the printing material are guided together in an engagement area and a functional layer, such as glue or varnish, is dried, i.e. activated or polymerized, through the foil in the engagement area using a drier. The guide rollers are disengaged from the impression cylinder to avoid contact between the foil and grippers of the impression cylinder. To improve a detachment behavior of the foil from the functional layer, an angle of detachment between the foil and the sheet is varied by pivoting the guide rollers about an external geometrical pivot axis or an internal geometrical pivot axis, or at least assisting the disengagement of the foil from the impression cylinder by a change of a pneumatic condition of a foil-guiding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Heidleberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Alexander Weber
  • Publication number: 20140231006
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive adhesive label comprising: recording paper including a recording surface; a barrier layer placed on the recording paper on an opposite side of the recording surface; a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer placed on the barrier layer; and a function layer placed on the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, in which the function layer is configured to be opened by heating to expose the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuo TANI, Yoshinori SATO, Koichi HATAKEYAMA
  • Publication number: 20140230998
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive adhesive label comprising: recording paper including a recording surface; a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer placed on a rear surface of the recording paper on an opposite side of the recording surface; and a function layer placed on the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, wherein a surface of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer on the function layer side has a smoother surface than the rear surface of the recording paper, and the function layer is configured to be opened by heating to expose the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuo TANI, Yoshinori SATO, Koichi HATAKEYAMA
  • Patent number: 8776857
    Abstract: Label application devices and methods of printing and applying labels are described herein. One label application device can comprise a feed component configured to deliver a sheet of label material to a position, a product identification component configured to identify a type of a product that is approaching the position, a printing component configured to print data onto the sheet of label material, the data based on the identified type of product, a stripping component configured to remove a liner portion of the sheet of label material from a label portion of the sheet, and an applicator component configured to apply the label portion to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Computype, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Jackson, Kevin Nobbs
  • Publication number: 20140147612
    Abstract: A shipping document comprises a first printable portion and a second printable portion attached together by a connecting strip comprising at least one detachable chad, and at least one detachable border strip removably attached to at least one free edge of the first printable portion. When the second printable portion is folded against the first printable portion the border strip extends beyond the second printable portion. When an adhesive is applied to the removable chad and the border strip, the shipping label can be secured to a surface by the adhesive and subsequently removed from the surface by detaching the border strip and the chad from the sheet, while the first and second printable portions remain attached along the connecting strip. The invention includes a method and apparatus for applying the shipping document to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: John Panunto
  • Patent number: 8720339
    Abstract: A method of printing on a web of substrate (510) using a web printer (610) comprising: interrupting a first print operation on a first substrate (512); attaching a second substrate (514) to the first substrate (512); and continuing the first print operation on the first substrate (512).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventor: Ziv Rozenblum
  • Patent number: 8708015
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Lintec Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Kobayashi
  • 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: 8672012
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sato, Kazuo Tani
  • Publication number: 20140060729
    Abstract: Provided is a method and apparatus for generating a label for use in a medical application. Label content specified by a user that is to be applied to a surface of the label is received. The label content, which includes a machine-generated character, is printed on demand onto the surface of the label. The label bearing the label content is dispensed in a condition suitable for use in the sterile environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Codonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Srnka, Peter Botten
  • Publication number: 20140048204
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that employ an ink jet process to dispose a non-aqueous solid ink product on a flexible clear film layer as an image receiving substrate to create multi-layer tamper-evident closures including tape, wrapping, labeling, marking or sealing products, in which visual information is embedded. These processes provide manufacturers of the multi-layer tamper-evident closures an ability to present variable image content in ways that would be difficult to counterfeit. These processes provide manufacturers of the multi-layer tamper-evident closures a capability to coordinate the variable image content of the multi-layer tamper-evident closures with the images that are contained in the labeling or marking of a particular product's package. In this manner, presence of the multi-layer tamper-evident closure may be partially hidden as it may be designed to blend with background packaging images in a manner that does not disrupt an aesthetically-pleasing nature of the product package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORTATION
    Inventors: Jonathan B. HUNTER, George A. GIBSON, Linn C. HOOVER
  • Patent number: 8651161
    Abstract: Described is a sheet-fed offset printing press including: a printing unit 20 printing on paper sheets 1; and laminate unit 40 for applying lamination to the paper sheets 1 printed by the printing unit 20, the lamination unit 40 being provided downstream of the printing unit 20 in a transport direction of the paper sheets 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Shin Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 8622108
    Abstract: Provided is a labeling device for an automatic test-tube setting-up device wherein an identification label can be pasted over a product label with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Techno Medica Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Matsumoto, Yoshimi Hirasawa, Junya Mashiko, Ichiro Nakamura, Syunji Morishima
  • Publication number: 20130340925
    Abstract: The method of manufacturing the secondary paper roll for the tissue paper products including: a multi-ply forming step (51) of multi-ply forming single-sheets S11 and S12 from primary paper rolls, reeled out from the plural primary paper rolls JR in the continuous direction so as to form a multi-ply continuous sheet S2, a chemicals applying step (53) of applying chemicals to the multi-ply continuous sheet S2, a slitting step (55) of slitting the multi-ply continuous sheet S2 into each product width of the tissue paper products or several fold widths thereof, and a winding step (56) of coaxially winding the respective slit multi-ply continuous sheets S2 so as to form plural secondary paper rolls R of each product width of the tissue paper products or several fold widths thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Diao Paper Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke SHIINOKI, Takuya OKUOKA
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130276986
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding and applying a fold-under label to a substrate comprises a folding station having a stop and a folding arm. The apparatus further comprises an application station having an affixing member. The folding arm is configured to fold the fold-under label by transitioning from a first position adjacent the stop to a second position adjacent the affixing member. The affixing member is configured to apply the folded fold-under label to the substrate by transitioning from an initial position to a final position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Johnny Bellmyer, Randy Sloan
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130213577
    Abstract: A labeling device comprising a guide frame, rotatably supporting a label roll formed by winding around a core a label holding band, which releasably holds a plurality of labels in series, and a peeling member which peels the printed label from the band by bending the band at an acute angle towards a slanting lower part in relation to the direction of movement of the band. The labeling device comprises a guide unit that is pivotally provided for nipping and holding a leading edge of the label holding band in front of the peeling member and is rotatable around the peeling member with the leading edge of the band so that the leading edge of the band is automatically brought to a feeding roller arranged on the slanting lower part of the peeling member in relation to the direction of the movement of the label holding band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicants: AUTONICS CO., LTD., TECHNO MEDICA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Matsumoto, Yoshimi Hirasawa, Yasushi Nakano, Mitsuyuki Suzuki, Kazuo Kuwahara, Masashi Hamano, Takeshi Yokochi
  • 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: 20130153153
    Abstract: A method for producing a wood-fiber board, which has a pattern on the top, in that glued wood fibers are scattered at least one layer to form a fiber cake, and the fiber cake is subsequently compressed under pressure and temperature to form a board of the desired thickness, is characterized in that the pattern is applied to the fiber cake before compression. An installation for producing a wood-fiber board with a scattering device, by means of which a fiber cake comprising at least one layer of wood fibers glued with resin is scattered, and a conveyor device, which conveys the fiber cake in a process direction to a pressing device in which the fiber cake is pressed to form a board of the desired thickness, is characterized in that a printing device is arranged above the conveyor device between the scattering device and the pressing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: FLOORING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: FLOORING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
  • Patent number: 8464771
    Abstract: A multi-layer laminate media is provided on which information may be applied in machine or human readable form on a visible front surface by the output of one or more lasers, or other high intensity light source. In a preferred embodiment, the media has three layers including preferably transparent substrate, a thermochromic layer and a light absorbent layer located intermediate the media substrate and the thermochromic layer. The light absorbent layer is adapted to absorb light from the light source and convert the absorbed light into heat. The heat is immediately conducted into selected portions of the thermochromic layer which is in thermal contact with the light absorbent layer, causing portions of the thermochromic layer to change visual appearance such as color to create the desired mark. The media optimally includes obscuration materials to reduce the visibility of the light absorbent layer to the naked eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Sinclair Systems International LLC
    Inventors: M. Scott Howarth, Colin P. Woodward, Neil Griffin, Sam Hyde, Roger Clarke, Richard Calusdian, Wilson B. Murray, Richard Hirst, Richard Evans, Enrique B. Schilling, Gareth Melton, Timothy Moore, David Southwood
  • Publication number: 20130119653
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an extended content label involves receiving label stock comprising a liner layer and a face stock layer, and de-laminating the liner layer from the face stock layer. The face stock layer and the liner layer each have a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface of the face stock layer has an adhesive layer that adheres the face stock layer to the liner layer. A first face stock image is printed onto the top surface of the liner layer. The printed face stock image is transferred to the bottom surface of the face stock layer, and a second face stock image is printed onto the top surface of the face stock layer. The transferring the printed face stock image involves re-laminating the face stock layer with the liner layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Rhys Seymour
  • Patent number: 8434540
    Abstract: There is disclosed a configurable modular labeling machine and a method of making same. The machine can be selectively assembled in a number of different configurations. The machine has a frame or housing that can mount selectively positionable applicator and rewind modules. The applicator module includes a plate that can carry direction-changing and feed rolls and can mount a dispensing mechanism. The rewind module can include a plate that can mount direction-changing rolls and a rewind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Johannes S. Lenkl
  • Publication number: 20130105076
    Abstract: A method for production of an identification medium, includes a forming step in which a code printed pattern is formed by printing; and a joining step in which the code printed pattern and a cholesteric liquid crystal layer are joined; wherein the identification medium includes, in order, seen from an observing side: a cholesteric liquid crystal layer, in which a hologram is processed and right circularly polarized light ?/4 plate and a linearly polarizing filter from the observing side, in which left circularly polarized light selectively penetrates toward the cholesteric liquid crystal layer when natural light enters from the opposite side to the cholesteric liquid crystal layer side; and a code printed pattern, in which a two-dimensional codes is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Hoshino, Itsuo Takeuchi, Tokio Sakauchi, Tohru Ida
  • Patent number: 8422937
    Abstract: There are provided a sheet processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus which can adjust adhesive strength by a simple configuration. A toner image for adhesive strength adjustment is formed on a toner image of a sheet to be bonded by an image forming portion provided in a copying machine body. An adhesive is applied onto a bonding portion of the sheet by a gluing device provided in a finisher. The bonding portion of the sheet onto which the adhesive is applied and the toner image having the toner image for adhesive strength adjustment of the sheet are bonded together by a second pushing-out member and a pair of second folding rollers provided in the finisher. The amount of toner forming the toner image for adhesive strength adjustment formed by the image forming portion is adjusted to adjust the adhesive strength of the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Kushida, Kenichi Hayashi, Hitoshi Fujimoto, Takaharu Hayasaka, Shigeo Doi
  • Publication number: 20130087281
    Abstract: In an indirect process, acrylic adhesive is coated on a silicone liner. A soft rubber roller is employed between a reverse anilox cylinder and an anvil cylinder in a flexo print station to reduce shear hardening in the coating process and prevent or reduce shear hardening on the print rollers. Once the coated silicone liner passes the rollers, air knives are used to speed up the drying of the adhesive on the silicone liner before the coated liner is laminated to a face stock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: WARD KRAFT, INC.
    Inventor: WARD KRAFT, INC.
  • Patent number: 8413975
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for making an album in a full-automatic way, comprising the steps below: feed the album paper into a creasing machine piece by piece; crease the album paper in the middle and then transfer the album paper to a folding mechanism; fold the album paper along the middle seam and transfer the album paper to a pasting mechanism; select automatic pasting process according to the album making command, when an interlayer is not required, apply the adhesive on one external side of the album paper, align with the other external side of the previous piece of the album paper that is without the adhesive coating, and so forth, so that all the album paper is bonded together to form the album core; when an interlayer is required, feed the pasting mechanism between the album paper and the interlayer, apply the adhesive on one side of the interlayer, paste it with the external side of the previous piece of the album paper, apply the adhesive on one external side of the next piece of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Imetto Digital Imaging Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weijun Yuan, Xiaoqiang Zhang, Yiqiang Deng
  • Publication number: 20130075022
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system comprising a transfer medium configured to receive the layers from a imaging engine, a heater configured to heat the layers on the transfer medium, and a layer transfusion assembly that includes a build platform, and is configured to transfuse the heated layers onto the build platform in a layer-by-layer manner to print a three-dimensional part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventor: Stratasys, Inc.