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  • Patent number: 10285318
    Abstract: A component inserting machine includes a gripping device which grips leads of an insert component which is supplied to a component supplying section using a pair of clamp members, X and Y robots which move the gripping device, a lead imaging device which images the leads which are gripped by the clamp members, and a control section which detects lead positions from an image containing the leads which are imaged by the lead imaging device and inserts the leads which are gripped by one of the clamp members into the insertion holes by moving the gripping device using the X and Y robots based on the lead positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Haruaki Maeda, Satoru Otsubo, Tsuyoshi Hamane
  • Patent number: 10117788
    Abstract: The transport method includes a speed varying step of varying speed of a first holding portion between a receiving position and a predetermined relay position by means of a speed change mechanism; a control step of controlling speed of a servo motor for driving rotation of second holding portions, such that speed of the second holding portions becomes a receiving speed at which the second holding portions is able to receive the absorbent body from the first holding portion at the relay position and becomes a predetermined transfer speed at a transfer position, and such that the second holding portions arrive at the relay position and at the transfer position at a predetermined cycle; and a speed changing step of changing the transfer speed while the cycle is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Maehara, Kazutoshi Makimura, Toyoshi Umebayashi
  • Patent number: 9783372
    Abstract: A flipping apparatus, a system for processing articles comprising a said flipping apparatus, and a method for processing articles are provided. An article is picked by a first flipping arm. The first flipping arm rotates from a pick position into a pass position, at which the article is passed to a second flipping arm, which is in a receive position. The second flipping arm rotates from the receive position to a place position and places the article. By the passing of the article from the first to the second flipping arm and the rotations a flipping of the article is achieved. The first flipping arm and the second flipping arm each rotate at a higher speed when not carrying an article than when carrying an article. In addition, first and/or second flipping arm may perform a translation movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Erik De Block, Carl Truyens
  • Patent number: 9452898
    Abstract: The rotary conveyor with change of pitch for transferring containers comprises a plurality of slides (5) radially guided on a rotary platform (1) rotating about a rotation axis (E) and on which a suction chamber (9) having a plurality of side openings (11) is fixed. A stationary closed-loop cam (4) not centered with respect to the rotation axis (E) is located below the rotary platform (1). Each slide (5) has fixed thereto a retention element (7) provided with a suction port (8) suitable for retaining a container and a suction conduit (10) having an outer open end connected to the suction port (8), an inner open end located inside the suction chamber (9), and an intermediate portion slidingly inserted in a corresponding one of the side openings (11) of the suction chamber (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Jaime Marti Sala, Alex Marti Mercade
  • Patent number: 9428343
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring an article from a first carrier moving at a first speed to a second carrier moving at a second speed is provided. The apparatus comprises a programmable motor and a carrier member operably engaged with the programmable motor. The carrier member comprises a housing comprising a wall defining an interior space and an outer surface configured to receive the article from the first carrier in a receiving zone and configured to deposit the article onto the second carrier in an application zone. The carrier member comprises a support member comprising carbon fiber at least partially positioned within the interior space of the housing and connected with a portion of the wall. The programmable motor is configured to move the outer surface of the carrier member at a third speed through the receiving zone and at a fourth speed through the application zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Scott Alan King, Jennifer Lynn Tuertscher, David Stuart Howell, II, Roger George Hasler
  • Patent number: 9350041
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the technical field of lithium ion battery production equipment, and particularly relates to a double-folding device for softly-packaged lithium ion batteries, comprising a rack, and a loaded-material positioning mechanism, a primary folding mechanism and a secondary folding mechanism which are arranged on the rack in turn. A bonding layer arrangement mechanism is further provided between the primary folding mechanism and the secondary folding mechanism. In comparison to the prior art, in the present invention, by providing, between the primary folding mechanism and the secondary folding mechanism, a bonding layer arrangement mechanism which is configured as a mechanism capable of online monitoring the arrangement of a bonding layer and automatically adjusting the glue dispensing position and glue volume, the real-time adjustment of the dispensing position and volume of glue is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: DONGGUAN AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shaoyu Chen, Conghui You, Dong Duan, Chunjiang Xiang, Jianqun Xiong, Hongxin Fang
  • Publication number: 20150129107
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a first bonding unit that at least partially bonds a first separator strip and a second separator strip in a width direction at a first position; a first feeding unit that supplies the first separator strip to the first position; a second feeding unit that supplies the second separator strip to the first position so as to make an angle to the first separator strip; and a third feeding unit that supplies, in synchronization with timing of bonding of the first separator strip and the second separator strip in the width direction at the first position, an electrode sheet to the first position so as to be between the first separator strip and the second separator strip and make an angle to the first separator strip and the second separator strip respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tsukasa Miyazaki, Seiji Yamaura
  • Patent number: 8986476
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fulfillment of patient prescription orders by adapting a standard or stock container pre-filled with medication or the like for use as a patient-specific container through precise application of patient-specific information to the pre-filled container. Precise placement of the patient-specific information to the pre-filled container enables pharmacy management to fully utilize valuable information provided with the pre-filled container, thereby improving the quality of service to the patient while making the process of prescription order fulfillment more efficient. In general, preferred embodiments comprise control apparatus and information-application apparatus. In embodiments, the information-application apparatus is adapted to place a patient-specific label on the container. Preferred forms of the information-application apparatus include a label printer and a positioner. The preferred printer applies patient-specific information on a label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Dent, Brian Gorman, Mark Bidus
  • 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: 20150034251
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus of an absorbent article with which stripe-shaped elastic members conveyed continuously are mounted on a web conveyed continuously includes a first rotation mechanism configured to convey the elastic members and a second rotation mechanism configured to convey the elastic members supplied from the first rotation mechanism. The distance between a separation point and a contact point is shorter than the turning radius of at least one of the first rotation mechanism and the second rotation mechanism. The rotating velocity of the second rotation mechanism is faster than the rotating velocity of the first rotation mechanism. The elastic members are elongated in the conveyance direction between the separation point and the contact point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Shinichi Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20140373892
    Abstract: A flexible solar module strand manufactured by a method including providing a first conveyor track for applying flexible solar cells; guiding the first conveyor track around two or more deflecting means; providing individual flexible solar cells; applying the individual solar cells to the first conveyor track; deflecting the first conveyor track by guiding the first conveyor track over a first one of the deflecting means; separating the first conveyor track from the at least one deflected solar cell strip in such a manner that the solar cells are released, with their respective first or second sides facing the first conveyor track, from the first conveyor track; and applying the at least one deflected solar cell strip to a first film web in such a manner that the solar cells are oriented, with their respective first or second sides separated from the first conveyor track, away from the first film web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Dieter Bergmann, Klaus Schlemper, Volker Brod, Gerald Niklas
  • Patent number: 8881786
    Abstract: A device for forming and transferring a sleeve-like label to a container to be labeled, comprising a feeder designed to feed a portion of heat-shrink film to at least one forming spindle and means for wrapping the portion of heat-shrink film around the lateral surface of the forming spindle, feeder means being provided which are adapted to move, along an approach path that has at least one component perpendicular to the axis of the forming spindle, the container to be labeled to a labeling position arranged below the forming spindle and pick-up means adapted to pick up the container with the sleeve-like label fitted around the respective lateral surface along a path for removal from the labeling position which has at least one component perpendicular to the axis of the forming spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sacmi Verona S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Pedercini, Daniele Marastoni, Paolo Lanfredi
  • Patent number: 8828179
    Abstract: The invention discloses a compound paper sticking process for lithium ion battery fuses, which comprises the following steps: a compound paper tape formed by the composite of square compound paper and L-shaped compound paper is prepared; a compound paper tape is installed on a semi-automatic compound paper sticking machine; the semi-automatic compound paper sticking machine is started and the compound paper tape moves forward; the semi-automatic compound paper sticking machine stops moving when the compound paper tape moves to working position; operators stick battery fuses on the compound paper of the compound paper tape; the semi-automatic compound paper sticking machine is started and the compound paper of the tape with battery fuse moves forward; the operators take down the battery fuse moved to a rewinding shaft at the other end of the semi-automatic compound paper sticking machine; the compound paper of battery fuse is shaped manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan NVT Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Johnny Wei, Skipper Zhu, Hellen Zhou
  • Patent number: 8783321
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing at least one member comprising at least one rubber-coated electronic component, in which the component is placed in contact with a first strip of rubber and it is covered by a second strip of rubber so as to coat the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Alain Sevaille, Pierre Wiel
  • Patent number: 8763669
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite sheet includes joining a first elastic strip member to a sheet by feeding and surface-contacting the first elastic strip member to a continuous body of the sheet; and joining a second elastic strip member to the sheet by feeding and surface-contacting the second elastic strip member to the continuous body. The first elastic strip member supplied toward a first spindle portion side roller is subsequently put around an outer circumferential face of the first spindle portion side roller and an outer circumferential face of a first oscillating end side roller. The second elastic strip member supplied toward the second spindle portion side roller of a second oscillating arm is subsequently put around an outer circumferential face of a second spindle portion side roller and an outer circumferential face of the second oscillating end side roller of the second oscillating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Taishi Nakamura, Shinichi Ishikawa, Jun Okuda
  • Patent number: 8757609
    Abstract: An integrated apparatus comprises a sheet supply maintaining cut sheets of media and a printing device positioned to receive the cut sheets of media from the sheet supply. The sheet supply may comprise a plurality of sheet feeders. The printing device places markings on the cut sheets of media. Further, this apparatus includes an adhesive applicator positioned to apply adhesive to one side of the sheets to produce labels; and a roll apparatus maintaining a continuous supply roll of backing media. The roll apparatus is positioned to receive the labels from the adhesive applicator, and the backing media is positioned within the roll apparatus to contact the adhesive-applied side of the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edul N. Dalal, Barry P. Mandel
  • Publication number: 20140116627
    Abstract: As viewed from above a straight line Lst that passes through the center of a widthwise direction of a lower end 125a of a through hole 125 and is parallel to an arm turning spindle 123, the center of the widthwise direction of the lower end 125a of the through hole 125 is positioned on one side with a reference of a nip line Ln showing a position where a peripheral surface 131A of a press roll 130A is closest to the peripheral surface 131B of the press roll 130B, at both a central position Pc where the arm member 121 does not swing and at a swinging end Pe where the arm member 121 swings the most.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: UNI-CHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8678063
    Abstract: An applicator roll (1) is described for a labeling apparatus for paying out and applying self-adhesive labels, which with each operating cycle moves one self-adhesive label into a dispensing position underneath an applicator roll. Depending on the printing mechanism used in the labeling apparatus, whether printing an even or an odd number of digits, it is advantageous to arranged a profiled ring (32) formed on a sleeve (31) of the applicator roll (1) in the center or off center. In addition, label formats of different widths require applicator rolls of different widths. These problems are solved in the applicator roll (1) described here in that its sleeve (31) supports two cylindrical jackets (34) on either side of the profiled ring (32). The cylindrical jackets (34) are axially displaceable on the sleeve (31) and can be releasably, positively locked in several positions against axial shifting, preferably by mutual engagement of an annular collar (38) and an annular groove (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Baumbusch, Michael Rapp, Ulrich Silberzahn
  • Patent number: 8641851
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for manufacturing a flexible display device by a roll-to-roll method, are discussed. According to an embodiment, the apparatus includes a substrate transferring part for transferring a lower substrate attached onto a carrier substrate; a substrate separating part for separating the carrier substrate from the lower substrate transferred by the substrate transferring part; an upper bonding part for bonding an upper substrate to an upper surface of the lower substrate from which the carrier substrate is separated; and a lower bonding part for bonding a rear substrate to a lower surface of the lower substrate from which the carrier substrate is separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: NamSeok Lee, SoonSung Yoo
  • Patent number: 8640756
    Abstract: Personal sanitary items are manufactured by a machine comprising a first feed system (2) directing a first continuous web (3) of material along a given feed path (P), a device (9) serving to make a succession of absorbent pads and apply the single pads to the first web (3) of material, and a second feed system (19) supplying a second continuous web (20) of material that is bonded ultimately to the first web (3), with the pads sandwiched between, to produce a continuous succession of sanitary items. The pad-making device (9) comprises at least one cutter (12) by which a continuous band (11) of absorbent material is divided up to produce the succession of pads, and the feed path (P) follows a convoluted trajectory substantially of “S” configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Piantoni, Federica Alberti
  • Patent number: 8636136
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of parts to a substrate in a configuration which is offset from the centerline of the supply feed of discrete parts is disclosed as well as the related process. Such an apparatus and process are suitable for use in the production of products where one or more components of the product must be spatially shifted from their incoming location relative to the movement of the assembly line to a second position which is offset from its incoming location and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam N. Schoultz
  • Patent number: 8636047
    Abstract: There is described a method for applying foil material (200) onto successive sheets (S), especially sheets of securities. In a first step, individual sheets (S) are transported in succession along a sheet transport path. In a second step, at least one continuous band of foil material (200) is applied onto the individual sheets (S) along a direction substantially parallel to a direction of displacement of the individual sheets, thereby forming a continuous flow of sheets linked to one another by the said at least one continuous band of foil material (200). In a third step, the said at least one continuous band of foil material (200) is cut by means of a laser beam such that the continuous flow of sheets is again separated into individual sheets (S) with portions of foil material (200*) remaining on the sheet. The cutting is performed at positions located on the sheets (S) such that said portions of foil material (200*) remaining on the sheets do not extend beyond leading and trailing edges of the sheets (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: KBA-Notasys SA
    Inventors: Johann Emil Eitel, Matthias Gygi, Kurt Georg Nagler
  • Patent number: 8616258
    Abstract: A composite laminar tape for mass-sealing bottles or similar containers consists, according to the invention, of at least one extensible laminar tape, made of an extensible plastomeric film, which is possibly provided with closed lines for a predetermined separation of areas being meant to act as sealing membranes. The invention also relates to an apparatus for mass-sealing containers with said tape, and to an apparatus for mass-unsealing the containers sealed with said tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Ribi Pack S.p.A.
    Inventor: Leon Antoine Ribi
  • Patent number: 8584727
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically changing the flute size in a corrugation process without stopping or slowing the overall corrugation process utilizing a first single-faced web having a first flute size and a second single-faced web having a second flute size. The first single-faced web is conveyed along a track into a double backer forming a first corrugated material. When a flute change sequence is initiated, the single-faced web is cut using a pressurized stream of water such that the single-faced web disengages with the double backer. Generally simultaneously, the second single-faced web is introduced into the double backer using an air jet, wherein a second corrugated material is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Greif Packaging LLC
    Inventors: David W. Casey, Gregg A. Bryan, Karl U. Wuerminghausen
  • Publication number: 20130299096
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite sheet includes joining a first elastic strip member to a sheet by feeding and surface-contacting the first elastic strip member to a continuous body of the sheet; and joining a second elastic strip member to the sheet by feeding and surface-contacting the second elastic strip member to the continuous body. The first elastic strip member supplied toward a first spindle portion side roller is subsequently put around an outer circumferential face of the first spindle portion side roller and an outer circumferential face of a first oscillating end side roller. The second elastic strip member supplied toward the second spindle portion side roller of a second oscillating arm is subsequently put around an outer circumferential face of a second spindle portion side roller and an outer circumferential face of the second oscillating end side roller of the second oscillating arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Taisha NAKAMURA, Shinichi Ishikawa, Jun Okuda
  • Patent number: 8573276
    Abstract: The invention relates to a label, and method and apparatus for forming and dispensing the same. The label is provided as part of a roll of labels. The labels are attached to each other and/or extraneous label or substrate material via a discontinuous line with bridge portions. The labels have a layer of adhesive and a release layer applied thereto and ink printed thereon. In one embodiment the adhesive is applied over the release layer of material prior to forming the roll and when the labels are taken from the roll the adhesive layer leaves the release layer and contacts with the face of the label which overlies the same in the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Catchpoint Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Wade, Michael John Cooper, Kevin Barwood
  • Patent number: 8555946
    Abstract: Disclosed is a apparatus for manufacturing pole-piece pockets, comprising a framework, an pole-piece supplying assembly, an pole-piece transporting and regulating assembly, a vertically thermal-welding assembly, a transversely thermal-welding assembly, a film clamping and drawing assembly, and a film cutting assembly for cutting the films. The vertically thermal-welding assembly comprises a press welding cutter having two blades for simultaneously welding the two lateral edges of the pole-piece pocket. The transversely thermal-welding assembly comprises a first thermal welding cutter for welding the base of the pole-piece pocket and a second thermal welding cutter for welding the opening of the pole-piece pocket. The press welding cutter has two blades so that the two lateral edges of a pole-piece pocket can be welded in just one welding operation. Thus, the parallelity and welding consistency of the welding joints can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Geesun Automation Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chenghua Luo, Rukun Yang
  • Patent number: 8545664
    Abstract: A tape applying device for applying electrically conductive tape onto a board includes: a applying head for pressing the conductive tape; a tape holding unit including a reel section having a feed reel for feeding the conductive tape laminated with a separator and a wind-up reel to which the separator is to be wound up, and a tape guide section for guiding the conductive tape along with the separator to a position of pressing by the applying head; and a base section which has a tape guide driving unit for moving up and down the tape guide section, and to and from which the tape holding unit is fittable and removable. The tape guide section, while in a fitted state of being fitted to the base section, is separated from the reel section and moved up and down by driving force of the tape guide driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kozo Odawara
  • Patent number: 8485347
    Abstract: An apparatus and an associated method comprise a receiving zone, for receiving solid material, a transferring zone, for transferring said solid material and optionally a releasing zone for releasing said solid material, e.g. to another moving surface and with a moving endless surface moving in and through said zones, said a moving endless surface has thereto a multitude of primary cavities and secondary cavities receiving said solid material, wherein said primary cavities are connectable and/or connected to said vacuum system of said transferring zone, and said secondary cavities are not connectable/connected to said vacuum system of said transferring zone, and wherein thus only said primary cavities transfer said solid material e.g. to said further moving surface; and wherein typically both primary and secondary cavities are connectable/connected to a vacuum system in said receiving zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Hans Adolf Jackels
  • Publication number: 20130174962
    Abstract: A tape application system for sealing a carton. The tape application system comprises a first tape applicator in the path of travel of a carton to be sealed and a second tape applicator in the path of travel of a carton to be sealed. An actuator is operatively connected to at least one of the first tape applicator and the second tape applicator and is for moving the first tape applicator and the second tape applicator relative to the path of travel of the carton to be sealed. A control device is operatively connected to the actuator to initiate actuation of the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8453700
    Abstract: Continuous motion label transferring apparatus includes a non-stick surface between a peel point and a pinch point. A label unwinder continuously passes a first web along a path towards the pinch point. The first web includes a series of spaced labels having pressure sensitive self-adhesive on a surface to which a liner of release material is releasably attached. As the release liner travels around the peel point, the labels continue to move toward the pinch point, passing over the nonstick surface as they approach the pinch point. A target mover passes a succession of spaced targets through the pinch point adjacent the self-adhesive surface of the labels, so that the labels are individually adhered to the targets. A control system for the label unwinder monitors the target mover, and synchronizes the labels and targets in a desired manner. The distance between the peel point and the pinch point is set so that the labels can be fed continuously into the pinch point in registration with the targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: PowerForward, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Painter, Kevin Quinn
  • Patent number: 8443861
    Abstract: A marking or labeling machine which includes at least one marking or labeling member and a feed mechanism for bringing workpieces for marking or labeling into register with the at least one marking or labeling member. The feed mechanism includes at least two arms mounted to turn about a common first axis, with each arm carrying at least one support member for supporting a workpiece for marking or labeling, and also includes secondly independent drives for driving each of the arms in rotation about the common first axis independently of the other arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Florent Demange, Marco Paita, David Mandon
  • Patent number: 8366855
    Abstract: A machine for forming a flexible pouch having a spout fitment includes a frame, a transport device adjacent the frame for transporting a flexible material therealong, and a feeder device for supplying a roll of tape material having a plurality of fitments secured thereto. A fitment insertion station receives the roll of tape material with pre-applied fitments, and removes the fitment, and seals the fitment to a fitment receiving portion of the flexible material. A pouch body forming station operatively forms a body of the pouch from the flexible material, and an upper edge, a lower edge and a side edge extending therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: PPI Technologies Global, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 8365788
    Abstract: A printer system includes a print and apply device that receives a single data stream containing label printing/encoding data and positioning data. The print and apply device transmits label data to a printer/encoder portion of the system and positioning data to motors that move the system. Once the printer portion and the applicator portion have indicated they are ready, a signal is sent to apply the label. The label can be applied anywhere in the X, Y, and/or Z directions on a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Van Loi Le
  • Patent number: 8327904
    Abstract: A work conveying mechanism according to the present invention includes a rotation drum in which an adsorbing pad for adsorbing an absorber is provided. The work conveying mechanism rotates the rotation drum and arranges the absorber on a third web being conveyed. In an outer shape of the work adsorbed by the adsorbing pad, an outer edge portion thereof is closer to a shaft center side of the rotation drum than a central portion thereof is. A work conveying mechanism includes a roller mechanism provided on a side of the third web opposite to the rotation drum side and configured to locate the third web on the adsorbing pad side. At a passing point, the roller mechanism arranges an outer edge portion of the third web in a width direction on a shaft center side of the rotation drum closer than a central portion thereof is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8317954
    Abstract: A label affixing system with which a signal can be supplied to a label affixing machine from an image capturing unit which detects a conveyed object to be labeled. The label affixing system includes a plurality of conveyance lines, a CCD for capturing an image of the conveyed object, and a label affixing machine that includes a plurality of printing formats and affixes a printed label to the conveyed object. The system measures a distance to the conveyed object subjected to image capture by the CCD; selects one printing format from the plurality of printing formats on the basis of the measured distance to the conveyed object; prints the label on the basis of the selected printing format; and affixes the printed label to the conveyed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Sato, Kabushiki Kaisha Sato Chishiki Zaisam Kenkyusyo
    Inventors: Rojan Chitraker, Robert Lanzendorf
  • Patent number: 8313594
    Abstract: A pallet is made from thermoformed polymeric sheets with an attached communications device. A further aspect of the present invention includes a radio frequency identification device attached to an apparatus. In still another aspect of the present invention, a communications device is incorporated into one or more sheets of a pallet or other container prior to forming. Methods of making and using a thermoformed pallet and container having a communications device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nextreme, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Arthur William Muirhead
  • Patent number: 8287676
    Abstract: A seal agent D and liquid crystal C are clamped to a lower substrate 6, a pair of the lower substrate 7 and an upper substrate 7 are laminated with the seal agent D and the liquid crystal C interposed therebetween, and at least one of the pair of substrates is a roll-shaped long flexible resin film. When the substrates are laminated, the lower substrate 6 on one hand is aligned to the upper substrate 7 on the other hand in every arbitrary length. With this arrangement, productivity can be improved as well as a positional dislocation due to accumulation of positioning errors can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignees: JSR Corporation, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Nozaki
  • Patent number: 8261802
    Abstract: A device for installing an elastic member including a conveying line for continuously conveying sheets to be mounted, a feeding device for continuously feeding elastic members, and a guide for guiding the elastic members fed from the feeding device, to installation positions on the raw materials to be mounted on the conveying line. The guide has an upper section and a lower section detachably attached to the upper section. A guide path whose surrounding is closed is formed between the upper section and the lower section. The elastic members are guided to the installation positions through the guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Syumei Aono
  • Patent number: 8231749
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fulfillment of patient prescription orders by adapting a standard or stock container pre-filled with medication or the like for use as a patient-specific container through precise application of patient-specific information to the pre-filled container. Precise placement of the patient-specific information to the pre-filled container enables pharmacy management to fully utilize valuable information provided with the pre-filled container, thereby improving the quality of service to the patient while making the process of prescription order fulfillment more efficient. In general, preferred embodiments comprise control apparatus and information-application apparatus. In embodiments, the information-application apparatus is adapted to place a patient-specific label on the container. Preferred forms of the information-application apparatus include a label printer and a positioner. The preferred printer applies patient-specific information on a label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Dent, Brian Gorman, Mark Bidus
  • Patent number: 8162023
    Abstract: An apparatus for film transfer includes at least one printing press and at least one transfer film supply roller, a transfer film guiding device for guiding the transfer film web from the transfer film supply roller to a transfer nip. In order to ensure a variable film transfer in different printing units of the printing press, up to now the transfer film supply roller is moved with a film module into the region of the desired printing unit. In order to make a variable film transfer possible without complicated moving, the guiding device has web guiding elements at least in the region of the at least one printing press and the web guiding elements are enabled to selectively guide the transfer film web to different positions on the at least one printing press, such as to possible potential transfer nips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Weber, Andreas Krispin, Joachim Sonnenschein
  • Patent number: 8137492
    Abstract: An apparatus for laminating tape on an electrode for a rechargeable battery includes a supplying section for supplying an electrode having a current collector with surfaces on which active materials are coated at constant distances from each other. The electrode is wound a plurality of times on the supplying section. The apparatus also includes a first buffering section for carrying the electrode from the supplying section at a constant rate and a laminating section for receiving the electrode from the first buffering section and stopping movement of the electrode for a predetermined time. The laminating section laminates tape on end portions of the active materials after stopping the movement. A feeding section conveys the electrode from the laminating section at a desired pitch. A second buffering section carries the electrode from the feeding section at a predetermined rate and a winding section receives the electrode from the second buffering section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Ick Oh, Taejun Yoo
  • Patent number: 8101039
    Abstract: Some methods, and corresponding apparatus, for manufacturing photovoltaic subassemblies cause a plurality of desiccant beads to be adhered to an adhesive surface of sheet-like material; the sheet-like material is then, preferably, adhered to an exposed surface of a flexible and electrically non-conductive film, that covers a photovoltaic coating of a first substrate of the subassembly, such that the desiccant beads are held between the sheet-like material and the exposed surface. Some other methods, either alternatively or in addition to the above, include steps for applying the film, that covers the photovoltaic coating, wherein an opening, through the film, is cut, and then aligned, with lead wires of the photovoltaic coating, in the midst of applying the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Cardinal IG Company
    Inventors: Curtis L. Queck, Jacobus P. C. Pretorius, Robert C. Buchanan, Robert C. Grommesh
  • Patent number: 8096338
    Abstract: An application for an apparatus that holds a sheet of material as it is applied to a surface of a vehicle. The apparatus includes support arms for holding the sheet of material in position against the surface of the vehicle while the sheet of material is applied to the surface. The apparatus is adjustable to compensate for various heights of vehicles, various application angles and application of the sheet to various surfaces of the vehicle including a top surface and a side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Alan Postill
  • Patent number: 8074790
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for an absorptive article having a waistband member, includes: transporting a continuum (for example, second to seventh continuum) including waistband regions 1A and 1B corresponding to the waistband member. In the transporting, the continuum is asymmetric with respect to a center line CL of the continuum in a moving direction of the continuum, and is transported while being held on at least a first belt conveyor 110 and a second belt conveyor 120.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8070896
    Abstract: A method for making an illustrated card has providing a cardboard with at least one printed layer and ornamentation; positioning one ornamentation on one of the adhesive portions; pressing the ornamentation toward the adhesive portion; and repeating positioning one ornamentation on one of the adhesive portions and pressing the ornamentation toward the adhesive portion. The illustrated card allows users especially children to make the illustrated card by themselves and children can be trained to arrange the ornamentation with different colors for improving chromatological and fine-motor skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Teng-Kuei Chen
  • Publication number: 20110265931
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus is composed of a transporting device for transporting a card, a film supplying device for supplying a film, a compression bonding device for thermally compression bonding a laminate material on the film onto the card, a driving device for shifting the compression bonding device from a standby location to a compression bonding location, a film taking-up device for taking up the film, a first guide for guiding the film in a supply side of the film, a second guide for guiding the film in a take-up side of the film, and a third guide for guiding the film in an upstream side of the second guide and in a downstream side of the compression bonding device, wherein the third guide moves in conjunction with the compression bonding device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Sato, Hiroyoshi Chin, Tomonori Sumida
  • Patent number: 8047249
    Abstract: A strip pack apparatus is an apparatus for manufacturing a strip pack with a plurality of items attached on a backing sheet. The strip pack apparatus includes a conveying unit configured and arranged to convey the item generally in the horizontal direction, a moving unit configured and arranged to move the item from the conveying unit to a position obliquely downward on the front side in the conveying direction, and an attaching unit configured and arranged to attach the item moved by the moving unit to the backing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Iwasaki, Akira Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8038827
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for applying tear tape to a wrapper by advancing a web by continuous movement in a machine direction. The tear tape is advanced in a cross direction, and cut in order to provide a cut portion of the tear tape. The cut portion of the tear tape is then advanced in the cross direction and into alignment with a width of the web and applied to the web without stopping the web from its continuous movement in the machine direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Coating Excellence International LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Nowak, David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 8007623
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to allow for cutting a stretchable first web into segments and securing the segments to a second web. The apparatus includes an infeed rate adjustment apparatus, a tension control device, a cutting apparatus, and means for securing the segments to the second web. The infeed rate adjustment apparatus is sized and configured to adjust the speed of the infeed of the first web to the cutting apparatus to space apart the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E Andrews