Lamina Transferred To Base From Adhered Flexible Web Or Sheet Type Carrier Patents (Class 156/540)
  • Patent number: 7686910
    Abstract: A method and a device for the automated application of a self-adhesive paint film to a three-dimensionally curved bodywork part, using a robotic application tool, the paint film being held ready in the form of a multi-layered film composite ready for picking up. After picking up has taken place, a protective strip on the adhesive side is removed from the film section, which is held taut, by means of a contact piece attached to the film composite on the end side and the adhesive side of the film section is thereby exposed. The paint film section is subsequently aligned above the body part to be covered, at a small distance from it, and is progressively pressed onto the bodywork part from the spaced-apart, taut position by means of a roller or doctor moving over the paint film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Uwe Habisreitinger, Bernhard Nordmann
  • Publication number: 20100051185
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus includes a transporting section configured to transport a thermal transfer sheet; a carrying section configured to carry a thermal transfer receiving sheet; a thermal head configured to sequentially thermally transfer the color material layer and the protective layer of the thermal transfer sheet onto the thermal transfer receiving sheet by applying thermal energy; and a controlling section configured to control the thermal energy, wherein the controlling section is configured to print an image under printing conditions where variation ?H in a thickness of the thermal transfer receiving sheet in an increase direction before and after the thermal transfer of the color material layer satisfies 0<?H, and variation ?L in the thickness of the thermal transfer receiving sheet in the increase direction before and after the thermal transfer of the protective layer satisfies ?L<0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20100051187
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for applying a label having an adherent coating to a package having a front and sides to stick the label to the package, the label and the package are tacked together with a predetermined relative positioning. A conformable tamp block is brought against the package to press the label against and around the package sides. The block has articulated elements which enable conformance of one element against the front of the package and articulation and constrained deformation of a second element to press the label around the sides of the package. The label is of stiff material, both to enable independent suspension of the label ready for labelling and to faciliate separation of labels from an adhering release liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: PCA Services Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Willick, Peter Heuss, Derek Bessette
  • Patent number: 7665499
    Abstract: In a laminating apparatus for a ceramic green sheet according to the present invention, cutting means and laminating means are positioned on a conveying path of a carrier film conveyed by conveying means. Specifically, cutting of the ceramic green sheet and lamination of sheet pieces are carried out on a single conveying path. Consequently, the reduction of production efficiency is prevented significantly. Furthermore, the position of the cutting means and the position of the laminating means are different. Therefore, even when cut scraps are generated when the ceramic green sheet is cut by the cutting means, the cut scraps are significantly prevented from entering between layers in a green sheet laminated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimi Yodokawa, Susumu Nakamura, Kikuo Takahashi, Makoto Takahashi, Hiroshi Yagi, Tsukasa Satoh
  • Publication number: 20100006234
    Abstract: In order to transfer an image-type coating from a carrier film to a printed sheet, an image-type adhesive is applied to the printed sheet. In a film transfer module (2), the carrier film comprising the image-type coating is rolled over the printed sheet using contact pressure such that the coating adheres to the adhesive sections, thus forming an image. In order to improve the function, simplify the device and increase flexibility, a modular holder for film rolls of the transfer foil (5) is provided, allowing simplified handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Manroland AG
    Inventor: Mario Preisner
  • Patent number: 7638012
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for laminating personalized cards, which includes a frame that supports a supply spindle for delivering a patch film disposed on a web to a personalized card. The frame supports a platen structure for affixing a portion of the patch film to a portion of one side of the personalized card when the supply spindle delivers the patch film to the personalized card. The frame supports a take-up spindle for receiving the web after the patch film has been delivered to the personalized card. The frame supports a lamination assembly for laminating the entire patch film to the entire side of the personalized card after the personalized card has had the patch partially affixed thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: DataCard Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Galles, Peter Edward Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090294039
    Abstract: A film transfer unit is provided on an inking unit of a printing unit. If such a film transfer unit includes an intermittent drive device having dancers then, as a result, access to an ink fountain or an inking unit is generally rather restricted. Adjustable guide elements of the intermittent drive device are provided in a frame of an intermittent drive module which can be pushed, in the form of a cassette, out of an opening of the film transfer unit when the film transfer unit is not to be used to transfer a transfer layer from a transfer film to a printing material, so that an installation space which has thus become free can be used to operate an ink fountain of the inking unit. A cassette for a film transfer apparatus and a method for operating a film transfer apparatus, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: ALEXANDER WEBER
  • Publication number: 20090218049
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for bonding a polarizing plate high in operating efficiency and yield. The apparatus includes a cutting unit for cutting at least a polarizing plate of a strip-shaped film, composed of the polarizing plate and a release film bonded to the polarizing plate, leaving the release film uncut, when a forward end side pre-severed end face of the strip-shaped film perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the strip-shaped film has traveled up to a length corresponding to a length of a substrate, to form a film piece, a release film separating unit for separating the release film from the film piece thus severed, and a bonding unit for bonding the tacky surface of the film piece freed of the release film to a mating position of the substrate so that the forward end side end face of the transported substrate is parallel to the pre-severed end face of the film piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventors: Takayuki KANBARA, Naoki Sakai, Ryoichi Sugihara
  • Patent number: 7572568
    Abstract: A donor substrate for laser induced thermal imaging (LITI) and a method of fabricating an organic light emitting display (OLED) using the donor substrate are provided. A conductive frame is disposed on and connected to an anti-static layer of the donor substrate and frames the periphery of the donor substrate. The conductive frame is connected to a grounded stage. An organic layer is formed using LITI, and the generation of static electricity is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mu-Hyun Kim, Myung-Won Song, Byung-Doo Chin, Seong-Taek Lee
  • Patent number: 7572348
    Abstract: Method for printing objects, whereby these objects (15) are provided with a multi-layered print, characterized in that to this aim, on one hand, two or more layers of printing medium (10-11-12), which at least partially are situated one above the other, are provided on a supple carrier (13) and, on the other hand, these layers (10-11-12) are simultaneously transferred onto the object (15) to be printed by bringing said carrier (13), together with the layers of printing medium (10-11-12) present thereon, and the object (15) into mutual contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Akzo Nobel Coatings International B.V.
    Inventor: Marc Maria Leo Jan LaFaille
  • Publication number: 20090159217
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a push-button controlled correction tape, comprising: a casing, which is provided with an accommodating space, as well as an upper covering, a lower covering, and an assembling covering; a tape holder, which is placed in the accommodating space of the casing, and is provided with a first assembly, a second assembly, a tape exporting device, and an applicator head, wherein the first assembly is provided with a pair of poles; a pressing mechanism, which is placed on one side of the rear coving of the casing, and is provided with a pressing portion, a guiding block and a sliding bar. The pressing portion is provided with a receiving tube, which is used to receive the pole of the first assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: LEONE PENNA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: David Sun
  • Patent number: 7520217
    Abstract: A printing system configured to print an image onto a deformable cast polymer article comprising: (a) means for supporting a deformable cast polymer article in preparation for printing thereon, the means for supporting comprising a pressure platen, the deformable cast polymer comprising a finished surface to be printed on and a secondary surface; (b) an image transfer medium located contiguous with the finished surface, the image transfer medium configured to produce the image on the finished surface upon transfer of an ink image, comprising one or more inks, supported by the image transfer medium; (c) means for applying pressure to the deformable cast polymer article in the form of a deformable pressure applicator, such as a flexible membrane, the means for applying being flexible and configured to deform and conform to a surface of the deformable cast polymer article, and to cause an opposing surface of the deformable cast polymer article, under heat, to inelastically deform and conform to the pressure plat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Design Imaging, LLC
    Inventors: Kristian G. Roberts, Kyler G. Roberts, Matthew G. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7464740
    Abstract: An overcoat application apparatus is used to transfer an overcoat material from a donor support to a printed media. The overcoat application apparatus in this case includes a laminate cartridge, a donor supply reel, a donor guide bar, a heated fuser roller, a pressure roller, a peel bar, and a take-up reel. The donor supply reel provides a continuous source of donor plus overcoat material. The donor guide bar guides printed media and the donor plus overcoat into a nip created by forcing the heated fuser roller and pressure roller together. The heated fuser roller is used to transport the printed media and donor through the nip and apply heat to the donor and printed media. The pressure roller is used to apply pressure to the fuser roller in order to produce the mechanical nip. The nip plus the heat causes the overcoat material on the donor to be transferred to the printed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kerry Neal McKay, Robert John Rosati, Scott Matthew Dennis
  • Publication number: 20080295968
    Abstract: A foil transfer apparatus includes: a transport cylinder supporting a paper sheet on its outer circumferential surface; and a press roller opposing the transport cylinder and having a notch portion formed in its outer circumferential surface, wherein the paper sheet and a web-like transfer foil made by attaching foil on a base film travel through the nip between the transport cylinder and the press roller, thereby transferring the foil of the transfer foil onto the paper sheet. The foil transfer apparatus also includes a feeding guide being disposed at a position near the nip portion P between the transport cylinder and the press roller, and being disposed on the upstream-side of the traveling direction of the transfer foil on the press-roller side, in order to guide the transfer foil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Shin Ohsawa
  • Publication number: 20080295969
    Abstract: A foil transfer apparatus includes: a transport cylinder supporting a paper sheet on its outer circumferential surface; and a press roller opposing the transport cylinder and having a notch portion formed in its outer circumferential surface, wherein the paper sheet and a web-like transfer foil made by attaching foil on a base film travel through the nip between the transport cylinder and the press roller, thereby transferring the foil of the transfer foil onto the paper sheet. The foil transfer apparatus also includes a discharging guide disposed near a nip portion between the transport cylinder and the press roller, on the downstream side of the traveling direction of the transfer foil, at the press-roller side, in order to guide the transfer foil so that the transfer foil can travel closer to the press-roller side than a tangent line passing through the nip portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Shin Ohsawa
  • Publication number: 20080295970
    Abstract: The present invention provides a substrate having thereon a patterned small molecule organic semiconductor layer. The present invention also provides a method and a system for producing a substrate having thereon a patterned small molecule organic semiconductor layer. The substrate having thereon a patterned small molecule organic semiconductor layer is produced by exposing a donor substrate having thereon a small molecule organic semiconductor layer to energy to cause the thermal transfer of a small organic molecule onto an acceptor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Ali Afzali-Ardakani, Hendrik F. Hamann, Praveen Chaudhari, Robert J. Von Gutfeld
  • Publication number: 20080283194
    Abstract: To provide a transfer tool that can be preferably used without a table such as a desk and can easily carry out the transfer operation in any places, the transfer tool includes a transfer tool main body (1) and a transferred object receiver (2) that is accompanied by the transfer tool main body (1), wherein an insertion space (AS) in which a paper slip (P) can be inserted is formed between the transfer tool main body (1) and the transferred object receiver (2); a transfer head (H) is positioned so that at least a transfer face (RTa) of the transfer head (H) is exposed in the insertion space (AS); and a tape glue (T) is transferred on the paper slip (P) by slidably moving the transfer face (RTa) in a predetermined transfer direction while bringing the transfer face (RTa) into contact with the paper slip (P) with the paper slip (P) inserted in the insertion space (AS) and the paper slip (P) sandwiched between the transfer tool main body (1) and the transferred object receiver (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Mitsui, Kinya Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20080277070
    Abstract: A hand-held device for transferring a film of adhesive, covering or coloured material from a backing tape onto a substrate that includes a housing provided with a tip opening through which an application member's tip protrudes. A cover is provided and is moveable relative to the neck portion from a first position in which the tip of the application member is uncovered to a second position in which the tip of the application member is covered. The cover is transferable between the first and second positions by rotating it relative to the housing, the cover is arranged at the outer surface of a neck portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Arnaud Bez
  • Publication number: 20080223511
    Abstract: A system for dispensing adhesive onto a surface is provided. This system includes a dispenser and a quantity of discrete units of adhesive releasably deposited on a substrate. The dispenser includes a drive mechanism that further includes an actuator for actuating the dispenser; and a drive wheel, wherein the drive wheel further includes mechanical means for engaging the actuator. An optional supply wheel may be included in the dispenser. The quantity of discrete units of adhesive is releasably deposited on a substrate that may be mounted on the supply wheel or that may simply sit within the dispenser. The substrate further includes means for cooperating with the drive wheel to incrementally advance the substrate a substantially fixed, and predetermined distance upon actuation of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Michael John Schumacher, Dana Conover, Michael Parrish, Mark William Anders, Kevin O'Doherty, Joshua Michael Broehl, Donald James Staufenberg, James Huang Lua, Ryan S. Crisp
  • Publication number: 20080179013
    Abstract: A toner image transfer apparatus in a printer is provided. The toner image transfer apparatus comprises a transfer belt structure, a rotatable transfer rod and a transfer roll retraction mechanism. The transfer belt structure comprises a driven toner image transfer belt and a rotatable backup roll engaging an Inner surface of the transfer belt. The rotatable transfer roll is adapted to define a nip with the belt and backup roll. The transfer roll refraction mechanism comprises motion transfer structure coupled to the transfer roll and drive apparatus associated with the motion transfer structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Kerry Leland Embry, Alexander J. Geyling, Michael David Maul, Stacy Marie Pargett, Harald Portig
  • Publication number: 20080173406
    Abstract: A correction tape dispenser has a front cover, a core assembly, an extending-and-retracting mechanism and a rear cover. The core assembly is mounted slidably in the front cover and has a convex portion extending out of the front cover. The extending-and-retracting mechanism selectively drives the core assembly to hold forward or backward. The rear cover is mounted on the front cover. A user pushes the core assembly with the extending-and-retracting mechanism forward to extend the head out of or retract the head into the front cover. Retracting the head prevents dust from accumulating on a correction tape on the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Cheng-Loung Wu
  • Publication number: 20080156423
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and kit utilize a film mounting tool for sizing, shaping, and supporting a laminate, such as window film, that is to be installed on a substrate, such as a transparent panel. The film mounting tool is used for: conforming the laminate to the size and shape of the film mounting tool, delaminating the laminate placed on the film mounting tool so as to expose an adhesive layer thereof, and for supporting and carrying the laminate during an installation process so that the adhesive layer can be pressed onto the substrate by the film mounting tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Robert J. Reuter
  • Publication number: 20080142152
    Abstract: Fabrication methods for making a gas diffusion layer incorporating a gasket (GIG) fuel cell subassemblies via roll-to-roll processes are described. A material processable by one or both of heat and pressure having spaced apart apertures is transported to a bonding station. A first gasket layer having gas diffusion layers arranged in relation to spaced apart apertures of a first gasket layer is transported to the bonding station. The heat/pressure processable material is aligned with the first gasket layer and the gas diffusion layers. At the bonding station, the heat/pressure processable material is bonded to the first gasket layer and the gas diffusion layers. After bonding, the heat/pressure processable material forms a second gasket layer that attaches the gas diffusion layers to the first gasket layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Mark K. Debe, Andrew J. L. Steinbach, Jimmy M. Le, Stephan J. Obradovich, Eric J. Iverson
  • Patent number: 7357168
    Abstract: Described is an embossing apparatus for transferring a transfer layer of an embossing film on to a substrate body which is stable in respect of shape. The embossing station has two mutually spaced support rollers and a deflection roller around which runs an embossing belt. An embossing section of the embossing belt is defined by the support rollers. Provided in the proximity of the embossing station in parallel relationship with the embossing section is a transport device which is provided for transporting the substrate body to be embossed. The embossing belt and the transport device are driven simultaneously at the same advance speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Leonard Kurz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Reinwald Mitsam
  • Publication number: 20080078497
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying adhesive tape to an article having first and second surfaces to be securely joined together by the adhesive tape. The apparatus includes a gripper (11) which draws tape T from a reel R. A cutter assembly (14) is operable to cut the tape T to a required length. The length of tape is held by suction on grids (16). The grids (16) are moveable to a lowered position to enable the length of tape T to be transferred to application arms (21) and thereby be positioned adjacent the first and second surfaces. Applicating heads (30) are operable to press an area of the tape onto the first and second surfaces. Relative movement between the applicating heads (30) and the surfaces cause the tape to become adhered to and join the first and second surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: LEYHATTON INNOVATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: John Darcy Bradley
  • Patent number: 7343954
    Abstract: A label applying apparatus according to the present invention is constituted such that only energization power for a release operation of a manual lever is stored up during a grasp operation of the manual lever to a grip of a main body, and a label is delaminated from a backing paper web by the release operation of the manual lever, wherein the release operation ceases automatically when the release operation corresponds to a length of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Shinsei Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yanagida, Shoji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7318465
    Abstract: A reinforcement ring applicator for sequentially applying a plurality of reinforcement rings about prepunched holes in a sheet of paper employs a removable and replaceable cartridge containing a stack of reinforcement rings releaseably attached to the lower end of a plunger. The cartridge is equipped with a pressure pad or plate for exerting downward pressure on the stack of reinforcement rings, a collar secured to the top of the pressure pad and releaseably coupled to the plunger, and a central core. The lower extremity of the cartridge core has a plurality of outwardly directed toes that support the stack of reinforcing rings from beneath. The upper portion of the core has a plurality of barbs inclined downwardly and outwardly. With each downward stamping action of the plunger, the core is forced incrementally upwardly, thus releasing the lowermost reinforcement ring which is applied by pressure sensitive adhesive to a sheet of paper about a prepunched hole therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: John Hui
  • Publication number: 20070272347
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for coating the peripheral surfaces of a large plastic television frame. The frame is mounted on a special metal fixture having a surface that complements the peripheral surfaces of the frame. Composite material on a foil having good abrasion resistance, good chemical resistance, selective adhesion properties and high gloss characteristics is bonded to the plastic frame using heat and pressure, but bonding does not occur between the metal fixture and the composite material even though the same heat and pressure are applied to the composite material and to the fixture. The bonding apparatus includes a conveyor system, a foil dispensing roll, a foil take-up roll, a heated roller and structure to move the heated roller so as to squeeze the foil between the roller and the moving fixture and frame assembly. A complete manufacturing system includes a frame molding machine, the bonding apparatus, an inspection station and a packaging station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventors: Donald T. Coleman, Robert A. Pelisek
  • Publication number: 20070267132
    Abstract: A tape adhering device (10) comprises: a drawing roller (42) for drawing out a tape (3); a tape fixing means (47) for fixing one portion of the tape drawn out from the drawing roller; a tape drawing means (62) for drawing out a predetermined amount of tape, which is fixed by the tape fixing means, from the drawing roller between the tape fixing means and the drawing roller; and a tape adhering means (49, 31, 37) for adhering the tape, which is located in the downstream of the tape fixing means, onto an object to be adhered (20, 36) under the condition that fixing operation of the tape by the tape fixing means is released. It is preferable that the length of the tape drawn out by the tape drawing means is not less than the diameter of the object to be adhered. Due to the foregoing, it is possible to prevent wrinkles from being form on the tape at the time of adhering the tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Isamu Kawashima, Hideshi Sato, Hideo Kino, Minoru Ametani
  • Publication number: 20070227651
    Abstract: If a plurality of part film webs are each stored on different supply shafts, considerable effort is necessary to use a plurality of part film webs within one apparatus. If the part film webs are stored as a plurality of part film webs on a common supply shaft, various problems can arise. Preferably a plurality of part film webs can be used in an apparatus for the transfer of a transfer layer to a sheet. Ideally, the supply shaft and/or collecting shaft is/are constructed as a friction shaft, so that the transfer of the rotational movement of the friction shaft to the transfer film supply roll and/or transfer film collecting roll is carried out via a frictional connection between shaft and roll, which can be overcome by tensile forces of the transfer film web. Therefore, a plurality of transfer film rolls having different diameters are provided on the friction shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: Alexander Weber
  • Publication number: 20070209753
    Abstract: A label applicator system provides for high speed, accurate label transfer from a web to items moving on an item transport along a path relative to the system. The items, such as bottles, have a contoured surface. The applicator includes a supply reel for supplying labels on a web and a take-up for taking up the web after transfer of the label. A drive roller moves the web through the applicator system. The system includes a web positioning assembly and a movable label applicator head. A contour sensor senses the bottle contour and develops a profile for the head to follow to apply the labels to the bottles. The supply, take-up and the drive are operably engaged with one another to maintain a relatively constant tension in the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: James P. Gonzalez, David E. Zurawski, David B. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 7267737
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for applying preselected dye images to three dimensional objects, having plastic outer surfaces, utilizing flexible carrier sheets bearing dyes in the mirror images of the preselected images, where the sheets are overlaid in registration with the objects and maintained in pressurized engagement therewith while the sheets and the objects are heated. The present invention includes a bed for receiving at least one three-dimensional object member thereon with a flexible dye bearing carrier sheet placed in registration on the object and a resiliently flexible membrane, which is positionable over the sheet on the member. A vacuum assembly of the apparatus is operable to evacuate the area between the membrane and the bed in order to draw the membrane into pressurized engagement with the flexible sheet on the member thereby drawing the flexible sheet around the various surfaces of the three dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Key-Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Neri, Rudolph Mutter
  • Publication number: 20070175578
    Abstract: Method and apparatus of manufacturing color plastic zipper are disclosed. The method includes feeding a continuous row of half-finished plastic zipper, feeding a continuous strip of color transfer film, overlaying the half-finished plastic zipper and the color transfer film and positioning same, intermittently advancing the overlaid half-finished plastic zipper and the color transfer film, heating and pressing the overlaid half-finished plastic zipper and the color transfer film in an interval when the advancing stops for uniformly transferring color of the color transfer film to a portion of the half-finished plastic zipper, advancing the half-finished plastic zipper and the color transfer film again, separating the finished color plastic zipper from the color transfer film while intermittently advancing, and cooling the finished color plastic zipper and the color transfer film. The invention has advantages of high efficiency, high yield, and having a low manufacturing cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventor: Ching Song Chou
  • Patent number: 7246646
    Abstract: A process for production and apparatus for production of an adhesive wafer which produce a wafer with an adhesive coated well over the entire back surface using a die attach film, wherein the wafer is placed on a table having substantially the same planar shape as the planar shape of the wafer and the entire back surface is heated, the die attach film is pressed against the back surface, and the separation film is peeled off from the wafer in the state with the adhesive heated through the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 7207367
    Abstract: In an adhesive tape joining method for joining an adhesive tape to a surface of an article, cutting out the adhesive tape along an outer peripheral edge of the article and, then, collecting the unnecessary adhesive tape which has been cut out, the unnecessary adhesive tape is wound and collected so as not to shrink at a cut portion of the adhesive tape in a width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7202008
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and a method of using the apparatus to remove non-crosslinked photopolymer from an imaged and exposed surface of a relief image printing element. Included are means for supporting and rotating the printing element, means for softening and/or melting non-crosslinked photopolymer on the imaged and exposed surface of the printing element, and at least one thermal developing assembly. The thermal developing assembly includes means for supplying an absorbent material that is contactable with the printing element, and that is capable of removing at least a portion of the softened and/or melted non-crosslinked photopolymer, and means for causing the absorbent material to contact at least a portion of the printing element. The absorbent material is backed with an endless impression belt that is supported by a plurality of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventors: Albert Roshelli, Jr., Gary T. Markhart
  • Patent number: 7201961
    Abstract: In a the structure of end tape for revealing impending exhausting of a coating film tape supply, the end tape is connected to the core by a first single-sided adhesive tape, and to the coating film tape by a second single-sided adhesive tape, both adhesive tapes having a thickness of not more than 25?. The thickness of the second single-sided adhesive tape is 20% to 70% of the total thickness of the adhered section where the second single-sided adhesive tape, the end tape and the coating film tape overlap, and at least 30% of the thickness of the adhered section where the second adhesive tape is adhered directly to the coating film tape. The thickness of the first adhesive tape is 30% to 70% of the total thickness of the adhered section, where the first adhesive tape and the end tape overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Fujicopian Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Narimatsu, Hideki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7201202
    Abstract: A transfer device for adhering a transferable material to a target substrate is disclosed. The transfer device includes a supply of transfer substrate. The transfer substrate has a carrying surface and an adhesive-type transferable material provided on the carrying surface. A pressure applicator member has an engaging surface with a release characteristic and is positioned in pressure applying relation adjacent the carrying surface of the transfer substrate. The target substrate may be passed between the transfer substrate and the pressure applicator member so that the adhesive is transferred to the target substrate. The transfer device also includes a take-up roll for winding up spent portions of the transfer substrate from which the transferable material has been transferred to the target substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Xyron, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas C Ensign, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7185689
    Abstract: A pallet labeler station for applying a printed label to a loaded pallet at a predetermined label position includes a label printer for printing a label to be affixed to the loaded pallet, a rotatable label applicator mechanism for applying the printed label to the loaded pallet at the predetermined label position and a drive mechanism for moving the label applicator mechanism so as to apply the printed label to the loaded pallet at the predetermined label position. The label applicator mechanism is capable of applying printed labels to two sides of a loaded pallet with each label being applied at a predetermined label position defined for each of the two sides of the loaded pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Kolinahr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Jenkins, Gregory W. Reichling
  • Patent number: 7172007
    Abstract: A reinforcing ring applicator is provided to receive cartridges of reinforcer rings for applying flat, adhesive-coated annular reinforcement rings onto sheets of material about perforations which have been formed in the sheets of material. The reinforcer ring cartridge is a disposable item comprised of an annular backing member releaseably attachable to the reinforcing ring applicator. A reinforcing ring mounting post is frictionally engaged in a central aperture in the annular backing member. The reinforcer mounting post has a cylindrical, corrugated exterior surface and a lower tip formed with a plurality of separate, downwardly and radially inwardly directed, resilient deflectable fingers projecting therefrom. A plurality of flat, annular reinforcing rings are stacked one atop another and are releaseably and frictionally engaged with the mounting post by the corrugations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: John Hui
  • Patent number: 7148617
    Abstract: A reflection type flat cathode-ray tube enhanced in quality of display image, and its manufacturing method are presented. A flat cathode-ray tube is composed by forming a grid layer, a reflective layer, and a fluorescent layer sequentially at the inner side of a screen panel. The reflective layer is preferably formed at the outer side of the circumference of the fluorescent layer. On a transfer substrate, a transfer foil laminating at least a fluorescent layer, a reflective layer, and a grid layer in this order is prepared, the grid layer side of the transfer foil is heated, pressed and adhered to the inner side of a screen panel, a transfer substrate is peeled off, and a fluorescent screen composed of the fluorescent layer, reflective layer, and grid layer is transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Miura, Koichi Furui
  • Patent number: 7148623
    Abstract: A method forming a flexible EL device comprising the steps of: 1) forming the non-adhesive shield polymer layer (2) on the plastic film layer (1); 2) forming a back conductive electrode layer (3) on the non-adhesive shield polymer layer (2); 3) forming dielectric layer (4) comprising a mixture of high-dielectric constant powder and binder on the back conductive electrode layer (3); 4) forming first field polymer layer (5) on the dielectric layer (4). 5) forming a phosphor layer (6) comprising encapsulated phosphor and binder on the first field polymer (5); 6) forming second field polymer (7) on the phosphor layer (6). 7) forming the transparent electrode layer (8) by using conductive polymer comprising transparent conductive materials on the second field polymer layer (7); 8) forming a polymer protection layer (9) on the transparent electrode layer (8); and 9) then separating the EL cell (2–9 layers) from plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventors: Vladimir Vlaskin, Philip Chan
  • Patent number: 7137426
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for applying preselected dye images to three dimensional objects, having plastic outer surfaces, utilizing flexible carrier sheets bearing dyes in the mirror images of the preselected images, where the sheets are overlaid in registration with the objects and maintained in pressurized engagement therewith while the sheets and the objects are heated. The present invention includes a bed for receiving at least one three-dimensional object member thereon with a flexible dye bearing carrier sheet placed in registration on the object and a resiliently flexible membrane, which is positionable over the sheet on the member. A vacuum assembly of the apparatus is operable to evacuate the area between the membrane and the bed in order to draw the membrane into pressurized engagement with the flexible sheet on the member thereby drawing the flexible sheet around the various surfaces of the three dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Key-Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Neri, Rudolph Mutter
  • Patent number: 7122092
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for applying labels to products of various sizes employs a printer and applicator head using air as a propellant. Control circuitry responsive to sensors located on the apparatus position the labels on the applicator head and trigger the ejection of a label onto a target surface. Labels to be printed are continuously supplied to the printer and applicator head from a label supply strip wound on a label feed reel mounted on the apparatus. The portion of the label liner extending between the feed reel and take-up reel is provided with a detector which can detect a lag in liner tension and activate the take-up reel to restore tension each time a lag condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Backward Integration, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Poole, Steve Guindine
  • Patent number: 7105462
    Abstract: Low temperature, ambient pressure processes are desired for fabrication of transistors on flexible polymer substrates. Lamination of semiconductors is such a process. The semiconductor is deposited on a donor substrate. The donor is positioned over a receiver substrate, which may be patterned with additional transistor elements. The semiconductor is transferred from the donor to the receiver by lamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Irina Malajovich
  • Patent number: 7089986
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus 20 for a DVR as an optical disc comprises front side peeling means 24 for peeling a protective film P1 from a protective label L having the protective film P1 and a release-liner D adhered thereto, a peel plate 25 for peeling off the release-liner D from the protective label L from which the protective film P1 has been peeled, and laminating means 29 for laminating the protective label L after the peeling of the protective film P1 and the release-liner D to a DVR recording substrate by laminating the protective label L to the DVR recording substrate B with a predetermined pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignees: Lintec Corporation, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Hayasaka, Takeshi Yamasaki, Tomomi Yukumoto
  • Patent number: 7090734
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing double-sided adhesive tape, from a reel, comprising a press for pressing the tape onto a product, a cutter which guides the tape and makes an incision in the tape and a controller for controlling the application of the tape to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: tesa Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Günther Aster, Bernhard Gebbeken, Gerd Hebbel, Reiner Schulze
  • Patent number: 7077926
    Abstract: Process for the production of variously decorated artefacts, comprising the steps of: preliminary preparation of the surfaces of the artefact, possible application of preliminary painting cycles or other surface treatments; covering or tight-wrapping up of the artefact with a transfer support bearing the decorations desired, realized from gas-tight thermoformable plastic material such as polyvinyl alcohol; creation of a vacuum between said transfer support and the artefact covered by the same, so that the support adheres to the shape of the artefact; and heating for the transfer of the decoration and the polymerization of the colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: V.I.V. International S.P.A.
    Inventors: Italo Goffi, Giancarlo Fenzi
  • Patent number: 7044187
    Abstract: A device for transferring film coating to a substrate with a carrier tape, the device having an applicator foot with at least one recess on the side facing the substrate during application of the coating to substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Pritt Produktionsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Ingo Bebensee, Wulf Hermannsen, Oliver Bartling
  • Patent number: RE40631
    Abstract: In a correction tape dispenser, wherein a backing ribbon carrying a layer of correcting composition is fed from a supply spool (2) around the edge (6) of an applicator tip (10) used to press the tape against a paper surface (P) to transfer the layer of correcting composition onto the paper, and back to a take-up spool (3), a tape guide system (11,12; 22,23) is provided near the tip to redirect the tape, the tip edge (6) being at an angle to the feed direction so that the body of the tape dispenser may be held in a forwardly and downwardly inclined orientation similar to that in which a writing instrument is normally held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Berol Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher John Stevens