Cutter Also Delivers Cut Piece Patents (Class 156/520)
  • Patent number: 9682830
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a transfer assembly for transferring articles from a first moving carrier to a second moving carrier is provided. The method comprises providing a programmable motor and a motor control system. The motor control system and the programmable motor define an excitation frequency. The method comprises providing a carrier member comprising a housing comprising a wall and shifting a natural frequency of the carrier member by forming the wall with a first carbon fiber layer having a first fiber orientation extending in a first direction and with a second carbon fiber layer having a second fiber orientation extending in a second direction that is different than the first direction. The shifting the natural frequency establishes the natural frequency of the carrier member to be at least 1.1 times greater than or at least 1.1 times less than the excitation frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bryan Wesley Bauman, Scott Alan King, Jennifer Lynn Tuertscher, Andrew MacGee, Markus Grädler, Christian Hans Günther Fuchs
  • Patent number: 8980025
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for laminating a first and a second sheet (1, 2) comprising—a chamber (10) having a first, a second and a third compartment (11, 12, 13 resp.) subsequently arranged along a first axis (Z), each compartment having a port (21, 22, 23 resp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno
    Inventors: Jeroen Van Den Brand, Sander Christiaan Broers, Milan Saalmink, Andreas Heinrich Dietzel, Andreas Tanda
  • Publication number: 20150027626
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a liquid crystal display panel includes slitting a first optical film having an elongate shape, to have a width corresponding to a pair of opposing sides of a liquid crystal cell, and by rolling the slit first optical film in its width direction to have a length corresponding to another pair of opposing sides of the liquid crystal cell; slitting a second optical film having an elongate shape, to have a width corresponding to a pair of opposing sides of the liquid crystal cell, and by rolling the slit second optical film in its width direction to have a length corresponding to another pair of opposing sides of the liquid crystal cell; bonding the cut first optical film onto one surface of the liquid crystal cell; and bonding the cut second optical film onto another surface of the liquid crystal cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Hada, Seiji Kondo, Satoshi Hirata
  • Patent number: 8651160
    Abstract: To automatically perform an attachment work of a material supply to a target object, a robot system includes a robot provided with a body, a first arm provided for the body and having a plurality of joints, a second arm provided for the body separately from the first arm and having a plurality of joints, and hand units respectively provided for the first arm and the second arm. The robot holds one of a plurality of types of workpiece components using the hand units of the first arm and the second arm at the same time, and the remaining type of the workpiece components is held and carried by the hand unit of the first arm or the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Katsunori Urabe, Kenichi Motonaga, Keigo Ishibashi, Takashi Shiino
  • Patent number: 8182646
    Abstract: This invention provides a product comprised of a substrate with a rubber composition attached to the substrate by at least one interlayer of a polysilsesquioxane composition having phosphate cross-linkages. The at least one polysilsesquioxane layer having phosphate cross-linkages is produced from a mixture of a silane coupling agent and a phosphatizing reagent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventors: Richard E. Dewald, Suky Singh
  • Patent number: 7984740
    Abstract: A flexible magnetized portion applicator is disclosed. The apparatus applies a portion of flexible self-adhesive magnetized material (31) onto a card that is typically promotional in nature, for it to be held magnetically against a metal surface, via the method of pulling the magnetized material's adhesive release-coated backing paper (28) between rollers that grip the material (25) and (26), which when correctly rotated, draw suitably wide, adhesive-backed magnetized material (12) from a roll (13) into the apparatus (11) to project the material (28) over a stationary lower blade (18) and then cut a portion via a shear action (30) between a descending upper blade (19) mounted on a linear actuating ram (21) and the stationary lower blade (18), to then carry via the magnetism possessed within each portion (32) and press-apply (36) the self-adhesive portion of magnetised material (31) onto the upper-most card in a stack of cards (35) residing beneath the apparatus positioned to receive the said portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn Roche
  • Publication number: 20100163171
    Abstract: An apparatus provides for a method of placing inserts onto a web press product comprising the steps of: Supplying a continuous web of inserts in the form of a roll mounted on the core receiving structure of insert storage mechanism; Pulling the continuous web of inserts from the roll 8 with the delivery mechanism; Shearing the continuous web of inserts of the roll 8 into individual inserts with the knife assembly; and Placing the individual inserts onto the web press product prior to the end of the web press product line via the delivery conveyor. Synchronizing the placement of the individual sheets onto the web press product with the speed of the web press is also performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: AD-A-NOTE, LLC
    Inventor: Rock A. Ferrone
  • Publication number: 20090117312
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for equipping a carpet (3) with electronic components (2). In order to create a method which ensures that the electronic components can be applied to the carpet in an efficient and accurately locatable manner, the electronic components (2) that are fixedly joined to a support material are glued to the carpet (3) with the aid of the supports (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Matthias Hanelt, Stefan Peetz, Christl Lauterbach
  • Patent number: 7431783
    Abstract: A method for producing plaster plates (44), according to which two fine cardboard-covered sheets of paper (8, 9) enclose a plaster-based hydraulic binder (10) in a shaping device (13), creating a composite band (45) that is hardened on one or several hardening bands (14, 15), the edges of said hardening bands (14, 15) being provided with two bands used for tapering in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Lafarge Platres
    Inventor: Michel Capron
  • Patent number: 7293593
    Abstract: A placement apparatus comprising an anvil roller, a die roller communicatively associated with the anvil roller, and a bump transfer roller communicatively associated with the vacuum roll. The invention also provides a process for placing articles on a web, comprising the steps of providing a stream of articles, placing the articles on the anvil roller, moving the anvil roller, moving an output web, and periodically bringing the output web into communicative association with the anvil roller whereby the articles are transferred to the output web at a predetermined distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Delta Industrial Services, In.
    Inventor: David Schiebout
  • Patent number: 6936129
    Abstract: A method is provided for continuous mass production of winged absorbent articles, including T-shaped absorbent articles, by attachment of wing portions to the chassis of the absorbent article which comprises a topsheet, a backsheet and a core sandwiched between the topsheet and the backsheet. The method comprises feeding at least one web of wing-making material, which may be at least partly elasticated, simultaneously attaching landing zones in spaced apart relationship on a surface of the web, attaching tape tabs on the edge of the web, folding the web longitudinally in a generally Z-fold configuration, feeding the chassis of the absorbent article in the general direction of the web, severing individual folded wing portions from said web and attaching the winged portions to the chassis at predetermined spaced intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: First Quality Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamzeh Karami, Donald Roy Dodelin
  • Patent number: 6932135
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a label-pasting method and a label-pasting device which do not require peeling-off paper and hence enable low-cost label pasting. A label-pasting device comprising (i) an adhesive applier for applying pressure-sensitive adhesive to a label-material sheet composed of only label material and fed from its roll, (ii) a die cutter for cutting out labels from the label-material sheet with pressure-sensitive adhesive, and (iii) a label paster for pasting the cut-out labels on a packing sheet. Because the label-material sheet is composed of only label material and no peeling-off paper is used, the label-pasting cost is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Toa Machine Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Kunihiro Tabuchi
  • Patent number: 6881290
    Abstract: The printed web of paper, from which label booklets are formed, is provided in a punching unit with punch cuts, which form at least one row of punched areas and non-punched areas, wherein the punched areas remain joined to the non-punched areas respectively along a line running in the transverse direction of the web of paper. In the folding unit each punched area is deflected out of the plane of the web of paper by a blast of compressed air, is folded over contrary to the running direction by means of a pressure roller and pressed onto the associated non-punched area. In the laminating unit a transparent web of plastic provided with a self-adhesive coating on its underside is laminated over the folded web of paper and pressed so that a multilayered web is formed, which on its underside lies on a support web, which is provided with an anti-adhesive coating on its side facing the web of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Schreiner GmbH Co. KB
    Inventors: Robert Unglert, Peter Seidl, Gunter Krebs
  • Patent number: 6814217
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for receiving parts traveling at a first speed through a receiving zone and applying the parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. Transferring devices transport the parts between the zones. The transferring devices are coupled to programmable servo motors capable of varying the speed of the transferring devices to accommodate the receiving and application processes. The receiving and application operations may be performed at matched or mismatched surface speeds. The parts to be received and applied may be formed by a rotating knife, which may vary in speed. Adhesive may be used to hold the parts on the carrier web. In some embodiments, the transferring devices transfer the parts to a bonding anvil roll and the parts and a carrier web are compressed between the bonding anvil roll and a bonding pattern roll to bond the parts to the carrier web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal, Michael Joseph Lamping, Donald Louis Wires
  • Patent number: 6811019
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a material web traveling at a first speed in a receiving zone, forming discrete parts from the material web, and applying the discrete parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The apparatus has a cutting device for severing the material web to form the discrete parts. At least two shells for receiving the discrete parts in the receiving zone and applying the discrete parts in the application zone are used. The shells may be coupled to programmable motors for moving said shell in an orbital path. A roll may be positioned interior to said shells. The cutting device may be used to sever the material web between said shells and against said roll. The roll may be a vacuum roll that provides vacuum in order to hold the discrete parts against said shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rebecca Hansen Christian, Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal
  • Publication number: 20040089516
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a material web traveling at a first speed in a receiving zone, forming discrete parts from the material web, and applying the discrete parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The apparatus has a cutting device for severing the material web to form the discrete parts. At least two shells for receiving the discrete parts in the receiving zone and applying the discrete parts in the application zone are used. The shells may be coupled to programmable motors for moving said shell in an orbital path. A roll may be positioned interior to said shells. The cutting device may be used to sever the material web between said shells and against said roll. The roll may be a vacuum roll that provides vacuum in order to hold the discrete parts against said shells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rebecca Hansen Christian, Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 6730188
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a refastenable absorbent garment comprises moving a continuous absorbent garment subassembly in a machine direction, wherein the continuous absorbent garment subassembly comprises a continuous front body panel web, a continuous rear body panel web and a plurality of discrete crotch portions spaced along the machine direction and connecting the continuous front and rear body panel webs. The crotch portions are folded in a cross direction with one of the continuous front and rear body panel webs folded over the other of the continuous front and rear body panel webs in the cross direction. The method further comprises successively cutting the continuous front and rear body panels of the continuous absorbent garment subassembly in the cross direction and thereby forming a plurality of discrete absorbent garment subassemblies, each of which comprises a front body panel and a rear body panel, wherein the front and rear body panels are connected with the crotch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Sanders
  • Patent number: 6705453
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving parts traveling at a first speed through a receiving zone and applying the parts to a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The method and apparatus utilizes transferring devices for transporting the parts between the zones. The transferring devices are coupled to programmable servo motors capable of varying the speed of the transferring devices to accommodate the receiving and application processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Blumenthal, Michael J. Lamping
  • Patent number: 6626222
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor components, such as BGA packages, chip scale packages, and multi chip modules, includes the steps of cutting decals from ribbons of adhesive tape, and then attaching a semiconductor die to a substrate using the decals. A system for performing the method includes a tape cutting apparatus configured to cut the decals from the tape without wasted tape, and then to apply the cut decals to the substrate. A first finished dimension (e.g., width) of the decals is determined by a width of the tape, and a second finished dimension (e.g., length) of the decals is determined by indexing the tape through a selected distance. The tape cutting apparatus includes cutters configured to move through guide openings to cut and apply the decals to the substrate. The guide openings align the tape to the cutters, and also align the cut decals to the substrate. The system also includes a substrate handling apparatus configured to index and position the substrate relative to the guide openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John VanNortwick
  • Patent number: 6568449
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus for attaching a cutting strip to a carton blank. The apparatus includes a first member for conveying carton blanks past a second member, and the second member is arranged to cut a cuffing strip from a supply of cuffing strip material and deposit the cutting strip upon a carton blank. The first member may be a conveyor belt fitted with a suction member, and the second member may be upper and lower dies that are movable relative to one another and a member that can feed a supply of cutting strip material between the dies. Initial downward movement of the upper die cuts a cutting strip from the supply of cutting strip material and the cutting strip is retained on the upper die. Further downward movement of the upper die brings the cutting strip into contact with a carton blank. The apparatus may also include an alignment member to ensure that the carton blanks are properly positioned relative to the second member when the cutting strips are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Carton Edge Systems Limited
    Inventors: Edwin Wyn Owen, Ian Jamie
  • Patent number: 6543510
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for synchronously removing coverlay film from an adhesive film and applying an adhesive strip cut from the adhesive film to cover one or more reject die sites and/or functional die sites on semiconductor package support elements are disclosed. Reject die sites on defective substrates are covered prior to encapsulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Casey Prindiville
  • Patent number: 6520236
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a machine and process for cutting discrete workpiece components from webs of material precisely registering them with respect to one another, and depositing them with precise registration onto a constantly moving web of material, the webs of material optionally all moving at different speeds. In a particular embodiment of the invention, a process for manufacturing a multi-component absorbent personal hygiene article is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory John Rajala
  • Patent number: 6508903
    Abstract: A method for forming a securing label including affixing a security activating material to a substrate to form a sub-assembly label, attaching the sub-assembly label to a top label material, and cutting the top label material to form a top label where the sub-assembly label and the top label form the securing label. Attaching of sub-assembly layer includes inserting the sub-assembly layer between a paper layer and a carrier layer of the top label material which have been separated from each other and then remarried after insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Phenix Label Co.
    Inventors: Johannes Maximillian Peter, Mark Volz
  • Publication number: 20020175047
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for receiving parts traveling at a first speed through a receiving zone and applying the parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. Transferring devices transport the parts between the zones. The transferring devices are coupled to programmable servo motors capable of varying the speed of the transferring devices to accommodate the receiving and application processes. The receiving and application operations may be performed at matched or mismatched surface speeds. The parts to be received and applied may be formed by a rotating knife, which may vary in speed. Adhesive may be used to hold the parts on the carrier web. In some embodiments, the transferring devices transfer the parts to a bonding anvil roll and the parts and a carrier web are compressed between the bonding anvil roll and a bonding pattern roll to bond the parts to the carrier web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal, Michael Joseph Lamping, Donald Louis Wires
  • Patent number: 6484778
    Abstract: An adhesive bandage pad module, and a method of making adhesive bandage pads, are disclosed. The adhesive bandage pad module, and method of making an adhesive bandage pad, include a servo motor which rotates a knife roll, a transfer roll, and an infeed assembly, a continuous pad strip fed to the infeed assembly, a knife roll and a blade that cuts the continuous pad strip against an anvil, that tangentially contacts the knife roll, on the knife roll. In the module, the amount of pressure exerted by the blade upon the anvil, and transferring of the cut pad onto an adhesive backing on the transfer roll are controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventors: Edward Muesch, Charles Lee Adams, John Damiani, Phil DeSalvo
  • Patent number: 6450321
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving parts traveling at a first speed through a receiving zone and applying the parts to a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The method and apparatus utilizes transferring devices for transporting the parts between the zones. The transferring devices are coupled to programmable servo motors capable of varying the speed of the transferring devices to accommodate the receiving and application processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal, Michael Joseph Lamping
  • Patent number: 6340042
    Abstract: An elongate light-shield film is withdrawn for a length corresponding to the width of a photosensitive film by a light-shield film supply mechanism, cut off into a light-shield film by a first cutting mechanism, and fed to an overlapping position by a feeding and positioning mechanism. In the overlapping position, a transverse end of the light-shield film is caused to overlap a longitudinal end of the photosensitive film, and the overlapping ends are cut off by a second cutting mechanism. Abutting ends of the light-shield film and the photosensitive film are then joined to each other by a tape, and the light-shield film and the photosensitive film which are thus joined are around on a spool. Debris produced when the overlapping ends are cut off is automatically discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bungo Shigeta, Akihisa Inoue, Akinori Takase
  • Patent number: 6325128
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a serrated cutting strip to a carton blank which includes a first member for conveying carton blanks past a cutting and applicator mechanism, the cutting and applicator mechanism being arranged to cut a cutting strip from a supply of cutting strip material and deposit said cutting strip upon a carton blank. The first member includes a conveyor belt preferably fitted with suction means, and the cutting and applicator mechanism includes upper and lower dies movable relative to one another and a mechanism to feed a supply of cutting strip material, said cutting strip being retained upon the upper die by suction. Further downward movement of the upper die brings the cutting strip into contact with a carton blank. The apparatus includes an alignment member to ensure the carton blanks are correctly positioned relative to the cutting and applicator mechanism when the cutting strips are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Carton Edge Systems Limited
    Inventors: Edwin Wyn Owen, Ian Jamie
  • Patent number: 6253819
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that produces shaped and laminate articles and recovers the excess material or flash as a part of the manufacturing process. The apparatus uses a combination of rotary die and anvil roller assemblies in successive multiple stations to cut and separate each raw material into final product portions and recyclable flash portions as each raw material enters the apparatus. The apparatus separately reclaims each raw material flash portion and delivers the flash of each material in a recyclable form to an auxiliary recycling operation. In recovering the flash, the apparatus does not adversely affect the speed or quality of production of the final shaped or laminated product. To ease removal of the flash, the apparatus applies lubricant to the blades of the rotary die. To avoid damage to web material, the apparatus uses vacuum belts to convey the web material and web product through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Denovus LLC
    Inventors: Steven Kenneth Frendle, John Robert Manley
  • Patent number: 6254714
    Abstract: A machine which fabricates an undergarment assembly having an openable front panel. The assembly is made from two continuous half width webs. The first and second web paths are transversely spaced. It includes devices to add a V-folded reinforcing strip along the edge of one web. Devices are included to add elastic strands adjacent the central crotch section and a re-closable tape across the front panel opening. One of the webs is printed with adhesive at spaced longitudinal intervals to bond portions of the two overlapped webs in central areas to define a bonded full width rear panel. The machine cuts leg openings and pad securement flaps on the outer margins of each half web. After assembly, the web is severed into unit products for delivery and packaging. The delivery system includes vacuum rolls for transferring flat product or longitudinally and transversely folded product for package size reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: William P. Niedermeyer
  • Patent number: 6086694
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for applying swatches to a continuously traveling web, which is usually preprinted, and which is severed into sheets of a predetermined repeat length. When going from one size of repeat length to another size of repeat length, swatch-applying cylinders are profiled to match the cylinder velocity to the web velocity during a swatch application over a first portion of a revolution of the swatch cylinder and then the rotational velocity is changed substantially during a sync recovery portion of the cylinder's revolution. Preferably, the adhesive, which is applied to the web to adhere the swatches, is by an adhesive cylinder which is similarly provided with a matching velocity portion of a revolution and a sync recovery portion at a different velocity. The cutting operation is preferably by a knife cylinder which is also similarly profiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Stanley Lerner
    Inventors: Steven Winter, Jerry Shallow
  • Patent number: 6062285
    Abstract: A machine for manufacturing adhesive dressings having an adhesive support, absorbing material compresses laying on the support and a protective layer, includes a cutting element for cutting compresses to a desired size and placing them at the desired intervals onto the adhesive layer. The cutting element includes a first cylindrical counter roll that has a smooth surface and a second roll acting on the first roll. The second roll has projecting sectors, alternated with recessed sectors, provided with at least a transversal cutting knife for cutting the absorbing tape by compressing the same against the counter roll. The tape is drawn during the synchronous rotation of the rolls by the projecting sectors cooperating with the surface of the counter roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Plastod SpA
    Inventors: Angelo Dotta, Giorgio Dotta
  • Patent number: 5919334
    Abstract: The machine of the present invention is used to produce articles of apparel having an openable front or rear panel. It includes feeder mechanisms to supply two half width webs and webs for reinforced edges through cutter mechanisms where webs cut into segments for the desired garment are overlapped to provide a central opening. Segments are transferred to a carrier drum having folding devices which are operative while the drum rotates. A full width web with a pattern of adhesive pre-applied to selected margins is overlaid on top. The underlying segments have extension flaps along selected margins which are folded around and over the edges of the top panel segment and bondably seamed to it by means on, or co-acting with, the carrier drum. Seams can be made along transverse, longitudinal, or skewed lines by different folding device arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: William P. Niedermeyer
  • Patent number: 5904802
    Abstract: The machine of the present invention fabricates briefs having an openable front panel from two continuous half width webs. The first and second web paths are transversely spaced. It includes feeding and folding devices to add a V-folded reinforcing strip along the edge of one web. Feeder and tensioning devices are included for elastomeric strands that shirr the briefs and to add a re-closable tape across the front panel opening. One of the webs is printed with adhesive at spaced intervals to bond portions of the two overlapped webs in central areas of overlap that become the rear panel after the web is cut into segments and transversely folded. The machine attaches components of the brief and cuts leg apertures and side flaps on each web while the advancing overlapped webs are continuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: William P. Niedermeyer
  • Patent number: 5804031
    Abstract: The tear-strips are formed by transverse cutting of a sheet material by a cutter with a rotary blade, of which the blade cooperates with counter-blades carried by a rotary member. Once formed, each tear-strip is held on the respective counter-blade, for example, by means of a vacuum, so that it can be transferred to a sheet of wrapping material. The tear-strip is applied to the wrapping material transversely by the combined action of the counter-blade and of a striker block carried by a further rotary member disposed on the opposite side of the sheet material. The sheet material can thus advance at a constant speed throughout the process of applying the tear-strips. The preferred use is for automatic packaging machines for products such as food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Cavanna S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Cavanna
  • Patent number: 5788802
    Abstract: A laminator is provided for registering and laminating one or more web or sheet laminae on a web substrate, wherein each lamina has defined, successive areas and indicia provided in predetermined positions relative to the defined areas. The laminator includes feed rollers for feeding a web substrate through the laminator along a path of travel, and an additional feed mechanism for feeding a web or sheets to a drum forming a part of the laminator. The drum is shiftable toward and away from the web substrate between an engaged position in which the drum engages the substrate, and a disengaged position in which the drum is removed from contact with the substrate. A registration system successively registers the web or each sheet on the drum with the substrate, with the defined area of the web or sheet in a desired predetermined relationship to one of the defined areas of the substrate as successive defined areas are brought into a laminating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Preco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Raney
  • Patent number: 5746869
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for cyclically accelerating the leading end of a slower moving first material web to match the faster speed of a continuous second material web. The apparatus is comprised of a set of upstream metering rolls which feed the first material web at a constant slow speed, a set of downstream applicator rolls having a constant and relatively faster rotational velocity, and an acceleration mechanism which variably and alternately reverses and allows forward movement of a leading end segment of the first material web while allowing for the constant rotational velocities of the upstream and downstream rolls. The first material web is wrapped partially around the set of upstream rolls and the leading end segment thereof is wrapped partially around one of the downstream rolls. The acceleration mechanism is juxtapositioned between the upstream rolls and the downstream rolls in the feed path of the first material web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Hayden, Karl Heinz Stuermer
  • Patent number: 5700340
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a continuous elongated tape having a succession of surface type fastener pieces attached thereto, comprises the steps of: intermittently feeding a surface-type fastener tape blank composed of a release sheet and a surface-type fastener tape attached by an adhesive layer to the release sheet and comprising a base strip and a multiplicity of fastening elements on its upper surface; separating the surface-type fastener tape blank into an elongated surface-type fastener tape having the adhesive layer applied thereto on its lower side and the release sheet and feeding them in separated relation to each other; cutting the elongated surface-type fastener tape, thus forming a multiplicity of surface-type fastener pieces each having an adhesive layer attached thereto on its lower side; and pressing the thus-formed surface-type fastener pieces against the release sheet so that the surface-type fastener pieces are attached to the elongated release sheet longitudinally at intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: David Johnson, James Ashman
  • Patent number: 5681413
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for the production of transdermal therapeutic systems. A layer containing active substance is initially present as a tape or web in the form of a laminate, with a carrier layer and, possibly, further auxiliary layers and/or protective layers or the like. The active substance is then transferred from this layer, either by itself or in combination with at least one further layer, in sections, to the center of a second, wider web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Thomas Hille, Lothar Deurer, Peter Steinborn, Ludwig Grader, Dieter Anhauser
  • Patent number: 5632849
    Abstract: The winding system includes several rollers and a rotating drum, around which the web winds before being wound on a core. A cutting and tabbing assembly cuts the web against the rotating drum and cuts and applies the tab on the web in registration with the cut end of the web. The cutting and tabbing assembly includes a wheel, a knife mounted on the wheel, and a tab bar mounted on the wheel adjacent the knife. During the winding of the web on the core the proper amount of tab paper is unwound and moved toward the knife to cut and grab the tab. Then, the knife and tab bar rotate to cut the web while the tab bar applies the tab onto the cut end of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing and Company
    Inventors: Harvey D. Ogren, James L. Albrecht, Leonard M. Volin
  • Patent number: 5614042
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a tape binding device winding a tape piece having an adhesive surface on one side around an electric wire bundle to bundle it. In the device, a pair of arms having a holding surface are lowered while holding the tape piece cut into a predetermined length on the holding surface. As it is lowered, free ends of both arms are lowered to both sides separated by a top portion of the electric wire bundle. At the time of lowering, after winding the tape piece by pressing it around a surface of the electric wire bundle, the free ends of both arms make adhesive surfaces of both ends of the tape piece under the electric wire bundle to adhere each other and are clipped between them, thereby laminating adhesive surfaces each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Indus., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Nishide, Takahiro Fujioka, Ricardo K. Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5609705
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for arranging cut lengths of reinforcement cords in parallel on a moving rubber surface by feeding the cord into successive cord receiving receptacles on a rotor, cutting predetermined lengths of the cords introduced into the receptacles, removing the cords from the receptacles by a comb which intermeshes with the rotor and advancing and guiding the parallel cords onto the moving rubber surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Sedepro
    Inventors: Daniel Laurent, Miguel Torres Castellano
  • Patent number: 5516704
    Abstract: Multiple thin-film photoelectric conversion elements formed on a flexible insulating substrate are organized as a single photoelectric conversion module via a manufacturing process that substantially eliminates the probability of damaging the light-receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion elements during the manufacturing process. Each photoelectric conversion element includes a rear electrode layer, a photoelectric conversion layer, and a transparent electrode layer laminated on one side of a substrate, and an auxiliary connecting electrode layer formed on the other side of the substrate. The manufacturing process for the conversion module involves utilizing an apparatus which includes two perpendicularly overlapping belt systems and a cutting/heating unit. The first belt system applies a thermally adhesive resin film to the light-receiving surface of the conversion elements mounted on a substrate. The cutting/heating unit identifies and cuts out non-defective conversion elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5507910
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a lead frame taping machine, which is capable of waiting the fade at a position away from a lead frame holding section and preventing the punch from shaking when the tape-chip is taped onto the lead frame. The lead frame taping machine of the present invention comprises: a lead frame holding section for holding a lead frame; a die plate for holding a tape to be punched, the die plate being provided away from the lead frame holding section and having a through punch-hole; a punch being provided away from the die plate, the punch being capable of moving to and away from the lead frame holding section through the through punch-hole whereby the punch is capable of punching the tape and pressing a tape-chip, which has punched off from the tape, onto the lead frame; and a driving mechanism for moving the punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Apic Yamada Corporation
    Inventor: Fumio Miyajima
  • Patent number: 5462625
    Abstract: Tabbed or indexed sheets typically for use in ring binders or other stationery applications are produced from a web of sheet material by means of forming an aperture in the sheet material and inserting through the aperture a length of reinforcing material. The length of reinforcing material is secured to the opposed faces of the sheet material and the individual sheet separated from the remainder of the web of sheet material by cutting to form a trailing edge and a leading edge for the sheet. In cutting the sheet material to form the leading edge of the sheet, a tab or indexed portion of the reinforcing material is obtained at the leading edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Dale M. Purcocks
  • Patent number: 5407507
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stretching an elastic member in cross machine direction and combining the elastic member, while held in tension, with a moving substrate web. A web of unstretched material, having elasticity across the direction of metering, is fed onto a first rotating drum at a speed slower than the surface speed of the drum. A cutter roll severs a portion of the unstretched material from its leading edge. Vacuum grippers in a drum slot beneath the elastic member support the ends of the member when it is cut from the web. Sealing dies are mounted to the surface of the vacuum grippers below the ends of the elastic member. As the first drum rotates further, the vacuum grippers are cammed axially outward within the slot to stretch the elastic member. Meanwhile, a substrate web is metered onto a second drum which rotates at the same surface speed as the first drum. The second drum rotates against the first drum but in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Walter K. Ball
  • Patent number: 5272800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming and attaching a preform to a metallic workpiece, particularly an epoxy preform for use in electronic packages. The epoxy preform is stamped from a strip and maintained in an upper die assembly. The metallic workpiece is indexed underneath the upper die assembly whereupon the epoxy preform is deposited onto the metallic workpiece and the metallic workpiece removed from underneath the upper die assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Olin Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Rooney, Won G. Park
  • Patent number: 5238522
    Abstract: A device for joining a leading end of a new second strip-like material to a trailing end of a supplied first strip-like material is disclosed. This device includes a joining preparation path. A stamper base is arranged midway along the joining preparation path. The first and second strip-like materials are fed to the joining preparation path by first and second feed mechanisms, respectively. The first strip-like material passes through the stamper base, and is supplied to the next process by a convey mechanism. The leading end of the second strip-like material is aligned with a predetermined position of the stamper base, and is held in position. The device includes a stamper for holding a joining tape piece by suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Sakano, Yoshihisa Sato
  • Patent number: 5200020
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for laminating patches to a base web accurately, and as efficiently as possible, are provided. Two webs are fed at speeds which are related as the ratio of the width of each patch to the separation distance between patches, the patch web moving more slowly. Patches are cut from the patch web and transferred to the other web while being accelerated to the higher speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Alfred L. Collins, Billy J. Keen, Jr., George B. Reid, Renzer R. Ritt, Sr., William H. Stevens, Howard W. Vogt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5122108
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically applying a pressure-sensitive tab to the edge of a mailer which includes a feed spool of pressure-sensitive tape. The pressure-sensitive tape is fed through a tape slot of a tape guide block from where it is wound upon a driven windup spool. A pneumatically driven (or, if desired, solenoid driven) punch and die arrangement is positioned so that upon actuation, the die cuts a circular segment of the tape and wiper arms apply the circular cut tape segment to the edges of a mailer. This can be done while the edges of the mailer are stationary or moving parallel to the direction of the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: J.A.D. Enterprises of New York, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivar R. Segalowitz, Horacio A. Truffa