Means Bringing Discrete Articles Into Assembled Relationship Patents (Class 156/556)
  • Patent number: 11097373
    Abstract: A spring package for a vibration welding device includes a first longitudinal bar for a fixed connection to a frame of the vibration welding device and a second longitudinal bar parallel to and movable with respect to the first longitudinal bar as well as for connection to a tool. A first axis of the spring package extends halfway between and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the first and second longitudinal bar. A plurality of leaf springs are further provided, each connected with a first end to the first longitudinal bar and with a second end to the second longitudinal bar, wherein a second axis of the spring package extends perpendicular to the first axis as well as, in an inactive state of the spring package, parallel to the plurality of leaf springs so that a spring center line extends, in an inactive state of the spring package, parallel to the second axis in the middle of the leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Michal Motovsky, Wilfried Lotz, Wolfgang Kreckel
  • Patent number: 11059124
    Abstract: A spring package for a vibration welding device includes a first longitudinal bar for a fixed connection to a frame of the vibration welding device and a second longitudinal bar parallel to and movable with respect to the first longitudinal bar as well as for connection to a tool. A first axis of the spring package extends halfway between and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the first and second longitudinal bar. A plurality of leaf springs are further provided, each connected with a first end to the first longitudinal bar and with a second end to the second longitudinal bar, wherein a second axis of the spring package extends perpendicular to the first axis as well as, in an inactive state of the spring package, parallel to the plurality of leaf springs so that a spring center line extends, in an inactive state of the spring package, parallel to the second axis in the middle of the leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Branson Ultraschall Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Michal Motovsky, Wilfried Lotz, Wolfgang Kreckel
  • Patent number: 11049839
    Abstract: A bonding tool for bonding a semiconductor element to a substrate on a bonding machine is provided. The bonding tool includes a body portion including a contact region for contacting the semiconductor element during a bonding process on the bonding machine. The bonding tool also includes a standoff extending from the body portion, and configured to contact the substrate during at least a portion of the bonding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ai Jun Song, Jeremy Neyhart, Thomas Colosimo, Benjamin D. Trabin, Matthew B. Wasserman
  • Patent number: 11034094
    Abstract: A plastic welding machine for welding plastic parts together is capable of controlling the weld force vector in both magnitude and direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Rade Pupovac, Zachary Touesnard, Christian Peter Holtkamp, Boris Novakovic
  • Patent number: 10773446
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing plastic bottles comprising: a blow moulding machine including a blow moulding carousel being configured to transform a succession of plastic preforms into respective bottles; a filling machine including: a filling carousel, and a plurality of handling units; a labeling unit configured to feed a succession of labels to be attached to the respective bottles; and a conveying system configured to transfer the bottles within the apparatus. The labeling unit is arranged peripherally to the filling carousel and is configured to feed the labels to the handling units carrying the respective bottles while the handling units are advanced by the filling carousel. The conveying system includes a plurality of consecutive transport star wheels transferring the bottles in a continuous stream from the blow moulding carousel to the filling carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Tim Bast, Roberto Zoni
  • Patent number: 10760318
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a pneumatic control system for a working cylinder, which pneumatic control system enables resistance-free manual motion of the device driven by the working cylinder in the event of a failure or switch-off of the compressed air supply and is independent of electrical supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Aventics GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Fortmann, Tim Warning, Florent Orget
  • Patent number: 10604295
    Abstract: A high-speed print-and-apply label applicator includes a conveyor system, a control and monitoring system, a label web feeding assembly, a label printer and encoder system, and a tamp pad assembly driven by a linear motor having a shaft that is formed at least partially by a composite material. A flexible applicator may be secured to the leading edge of the tamp pad and extends at least partially over the generally horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: National Presort, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Daboub
  • Patent number: 10456991
    Abstract: A spacer-locator with integrated locator pins and spacer tabs for use in joining applications. The spacer-locator provides consistent and accurate spacing between mating surfaces and the locator pins provide enhanced location control of the joining components while providing a mechanical advantage to the shear strength at the joint. Also, a spacer-locator for joining at least two objects along mating surfaces, the spacer-locator constraining more than five degrees of freedom for the objects to be joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. McKinney, Kyle E. Hoffmann, Jace Hegg
  • Patent number: 10279574
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of making a door having first and second door facings and an internal doorframe. An interior side of a first facing is coated with quick acting adhesive. A frame is placed on the coated interior side about the periphery of the first facing. The frame is then coated with quick acting adhesive. An interior side of a second facing is placed on the coated frame. The facings and frame assembly are then compressed to form a door. The present invention also provides for an automated system of making the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Charles Tyler
  • Patent number: 9590132
    Abstract: A string-forming system is described. The string-forming system may include at least a first cell-lifting mechanism and a second cell-lifting mechanism that can automatically arrange a set of strips of a photovoltaic structure into a cascaded formation. During operation, a controller can cause the first cell-lifting mechanism to lift a first strip from a first platform, and can cause the second cell-lifting mechanism to lift, from the first platform, a second strip that may follow the first strip on the first platform. The controller may then activate a first shifting actuator of the first cell-lifting mechanism or a second shifting actuator of the second cell-lifting mechanism to place a leading edge of the second strip above a trailing edge of the first strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Pablo Gonzalez, Bobby Yang
  • Patent number: 9570417
    Abstract: The chip bonding apparatus used in a chip bonding method includes a heating unit for heating an anisotropic conductive film at a first temperature; an attachment unit for attaching an integrated circuit chip to the anisotropic conductive film; a stage on which a substrate is seated; a chip transport unit for moving and aligning the integrated circuit chip that is attached to the anisotropic conductive film on the substrate; and a bonding head arranged above the stage to bond the integrated circuit chip that is attached to the anisotropic conductive film onto the substrate through thermo-compression of the integrated circuit chip onto the substrate at a second temperature that is lower than the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Beom Jeong, Min Su Kim
  • Patent number: 9411179
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus for a display device includes a panel support member for supporting a display panel; a tape attaching module for attaching a cover panel tape to the display panel; and a pocket member holding a connector of a flexible printed circuit board attached to the cover panel tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong-Am Kim
  • Patent number: 9347256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an insulating glass pane comprising a plastic spacer, wherein two glass panels (25, 49) arranged parallel to each other have a target distance from each other, by ?forming a composite strand (26) by the temporal and spatial overlapping extrusion of at least two plastic partial strands (23, 24), wherein a first partial strand (23) is made of an adhesive first sealing compound (3), in which a moisture-binding substance is embedded, and a second partial strand (24) made of an adhesive and binding second sealing compound (4), a first glass panel (25) along the edge of the glass panel (25), specifically such that the beginning and end of the composite strand (26) abut and form a frame in that the first partial strand (23) is extruded with a predetermined first target thickness, which is greater than the target distance, and the second partial strand (24) is extruded with a predetermined second target thickness, which is greater than the target distance, on the glass
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Bystronic Lenhardt GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Schuler
  • Patent number: 9321557
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing labeled, plastic foam containers, such as a labeled EPS cup uses a heated pocket to thermally bond a label to a plastic cup. Also described is a labeled plastic foam container, such as a labeled EPS cup, having high quality printing capabilities, sufficient stiffness, acceptable insulation and barrier properties and reduced production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Grupo Convermex, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Benito Alvarez
  • Patent number: 9258663
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling non-occluding earbuds are disclosed. The earbud includes a non-occluding housing having a directional sound port offset with respect to a center axis of the earbud. The housing can have an asymmetric shape amenable to in-the-ear retention. Additionally, the housing can have a seamless or nearly seamless construction even though two or more parts are joined together to form the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Aase, Ian Davison, Kurt Stiehl, Brian Wark
  • Patent number: 9193493
    Abstract: There is described a machine for applying labels on articles transferred by respective labelling units along a given path (P); each unit comprises a receiving member having a lateral wall, which is adapted to receive a relative label and extends along an axis (F) transversal to the path (P); a cam and tappet device axially displaces the receiving members between a lowered position and a raised position and comprises a cam device, which is adjustable between a first and a second configuration; in the first configuration, cam followers of the units move along a first track (R) of the cam device to displace the respective receiving members between the lowered and raised position during transfer of the respective units; in the second configuration, the cam followers move along a second track (Q) of the cam device to maintain the respective receiving members in the lowered position during movement of the units along their path (P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A.
    Inventor: Raffaele Pace
  • Publication number: 20150129137
    Abstract: Provided is a device of bonding substrates together, which includes a first holding unit configured to vacuum-draw a first substrate and to adsorptively hold the first substrate on a lower surface thereof and a second holding unit installed below the first holding unit and configured to vacuum-draw a second substrate and to adsorptively hold the second substrate on an upper surface thereof. The second holding unit includes: a body portion configured to vacuum-draw the entire surface of the second substrate; a plurality of pins installed on the body portion and configured to make contact with a rear surface of the second substrate; and a support portion installed on the body portion at the outer side of the pins, the support portion having a reduced contact area over which the support portion makes contact with an outer peripheral portion of the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Shintaro SUGIHARA, Hajime FURUYA, Goro FURUTANI, Yasunobu IWAMOTO
  • Patent number: 9017496
    Abstract: A drum for cutting linerless labels from a continuous strip and transferring the labels to a container movable with a given trajectory and speed on a machine, the drum including a side surface suitable for guiding the strip by contacting a non-adhesive surface of the labels, the side surface defining a vertical slit, a coaxial and concentric sleeve for centering the drum on a corresponding support spindle, a cutting blade parallel to a vertical direction of the drum, the cutting blade being displaceable in a radial direction from a position retracted inside the drum to a position at least partially extended through the vertical slit outside the side surface of the drum, a fixed cam relative to which the drum rotates and that is configured to press against the cutting blade so as to cause the cutting blade to extend out in a predefined angular position, and a seat that extends in the vertical direction (Z-Z) and is connected to the cam and which is suitable for engagement with a corresponding fixed reference p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ILTI S.r.l.
    Inventors: Tarcisio Scapinelli, Andrea Botrini
  • Publication number: 20150107779
    Abstract: An apparatus for bundling containers includes a linear conveyor, a guide element, conveying elements, and application elements, each of which applies adhesive to a portion of a container surface, The conveying elements are driven and controllable to travel along the conveyor and to circulate along the guide element. Each conveying element has a container guide that rotates relative to the conveying element. The guide element has a feed strand with central, transition, and end sections that merge into each other. The central section is further from the central axis than the end section. The distance from end section to central axis is such that containers circulating on the end section are brought into contact with adhesive on a surface of an adjacent container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Nitsch
  • Patent number: 8999100
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying a label to an article travelling along an article path, said label being received on a movable surface at an input location to be retained against said surface whilst being glued and advanced to an output location, at which the label is transferred to the article; the article being rotated with a tangential speed about an axis whilst travelling at a speed along the path including providing at least three portions of surface with independent and controllable vacuum means for retaining the label, including curtailing the application of vacuum means at the first portion of the surface upon the first portion reaching the output location and interrupting the application of vacuum means at the third portion of the surface, with the trailing edge of the label being retained at the second portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: James Carmichael
  • Publication number: 20150090389
    Abstract: Provided is a unit stacking device for a secondary battery, which stacks one or more first radical units having a first size and one or more second radical units having a second size greater than the first size and includes a stack jig, which includes a first inner space having a size corresponding to the first size and a second inner space disposed above the first inner space and communicating with the first inner space and having a size corresponding to the second size. The first radical units are stacked in the first inner space through the second inner space, and then, the second radical units are stacked in the second inner space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Hong MIN, Seung Ho NA, Jin Ho BAN
  • Publication number: 20150090404
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing bundles of containers received from a wide container stream that is converted into plural single-track container streams. The apparatus has a dividing-off and/or compactor unit that divides off and compacts a predetermined number of containers to form a partial bundle to be combined with other partial bundles to form a full bundle. The apparatus also includes application elements that apply adhesive to a container, a linear transporter having a controllable drive, a guide element, a transport element that moves linearly along the guide element, and as many head guides as there are containers in a bundle. The head guides move and/or rotate relative to the transport element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Van Wickeren, Thomas Nitsch, Stefan Wagner, Volker Zahn
  • Patent number: 8991462
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of making a door having first and second door facings and an internal doorframe. An interior side of a first facing is coated with quick acting adhesive. A frame is placed on the coated interior side about the periphery of the first facing. The frame is then coated with quick acting adhesive. An interior side of a second facing is placed on the coated frame. The facings and frame assembly are then compressed to form a door. The present invention also provides for an automated system of making the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Charles Tyler
  • Patent number: 8992716
    Abstract: In one aspect, a vacuum drum assembly for use with a labeling apparatus includes apertures for supporting labels on an outer surface using vacuum pressure. The vacuum drum assembly may include air distributors for providing vacuum pressure to selected apertures to accommodate various lengths or widths of labels. The vacuum drum assembly may also be adjustable to vary the spacing between apertures to accommodate various lengths of labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Lingier, Reinhard Rettig
  • Patent number: 8991461
    Abstract: A film lamination apparatus for laminating a film on a flat display panel including a display unit on one surface of a substrate, the film lamination apparatus including: a work table configured to support the flat display panel such that the display unit is below the substrate; and a transfer robot configured to support the flat display panel such that the display unit faces upward and then transfer the flat display panel to the work table while the flat display panel is turned over such that the display unit faces downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hak-Min Kim
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150068658
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of orienting a container in a labeling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: New Jersey Machine Inc.
    Inventors: Dale C. Merrill, Francois Gagnon
  • Patent number: 8974615
    Abstract: A label dispensing system includes a feed assembly, a separation assembly, an application assembly, and a control assembly. The feed assembly provides a label initially attached to a substrate. The separation assembly is located in a downstream location relative to the feed assembly, and includes an angled surface over which the substrate passes configured to at least partially separate the label from the substrate. The application assembly is articulable between a plurality of positions, including a first position at which the application assembly engages the label after the label is at least partially separated from the substrate and a second position at which the label is affixed to a target. The control assembly causes vibration of at least a portion of the application assembly proximate to the first position proximate to a time when the application assembly contacts the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Dods
  • Publication number: 20150064393
    Abstract: A laminate for joining parts of composite material includes a first layer of adhesive material, a second layer of preimpregnated composite material, adjacent to the first layer, and a third layer of adhesive material, adjacent to the second layer. A method for joining at least two parts of composite material with a laminate includes the steps of providing already cured composite material parts, positioning the laminate for joining between two cured parts, and applying pressure and temperature to the whole structure including the at least two parts and the laminate, in such a way that the laminate is cured and the at least two parts are joined together in a resulting structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Pablo CEBOLLA GARROFE, Carlos ROMÓN BANOGON
  • Patent number: 8967215
    Abstract: A labelling device includes a linearly displaceable piston operably connectable to a moving mechanism for moving the piston from a resting position to a labelling position. A label carrying mechanism is arranged at the distal end of the piston for carrying an adhesive label and affixing the adhesive label to an object via physical contact at the labelling position of the piston. A force-switching-state system is provided to maintain the piston in relation to the moving mechanism in an attracting force state and the piston moves with the moving mechanism. The physical contact creates an opposite repelling force from the object onto the label carrying mechanism causing separation of the displaceable piston from the moving mechanism. This separation causes a change of the force state of the displaceable piston from an attracting to a repelling force state, causing the linearly displaceable piston to move back to the resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Marel Limited
    Inventor: Steven Bates
  • Publication number: 20150056081
    Abstract: A post-moulding station is described which is used in the manufacturing of a wind turbine blade. A blade shell forming part of a wind turbine blade is initially moulded in a blade mould, the blade shell subsequently transferred to a post-moulding station which allows for various post-moulding operations to be carried out on the blade shell away from the mould, thereby increasing the productivity of the blade mould in the manufacturing process. The post-moulding station may be operable to perform the closing of first and second blade shells to form a wind turbine blade, and may be formed from an adjustable structure which can provide relatively easy access to the contained blade shell for working thereon. Accordingly, the manufacturing equipment may be of reduced cost, combined with an increase in the overall productivity of the manufacturing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Bernard Willem De Waal Malefijt
  • Publication number: 20150047773
    Abstract: An overlay applicator can include an overlay with a top side and a bottom side. The bottom side can include an adhesive agent configured to adhere to a screen of an electronic device. The overlay applicator can include an adhesive release liner. The adhesive release liner can include a top side and a bottom side. The top side of the adhesive release liner can be removably attached to the bottom side of the overlay. The adhesive release liner can be configured to protect the adhesive agent at the bottom side of the overlay from contaminants. The overlay applicator can include a protective film removably attached to the top side of the overlay. The overlay applicator can include an alignment tab. The alignment tab can include an alignment mechanism. The overlay applicator further can include a pull tab. The pull can include a wiper. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: BELKIN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: John F. Wadsworth, William P. Conley, Vijendra Nalwad, Justin Jakobson, Steven Lane, Eric Beaupre, David A. Kleeman
  • Publication number: 20150040515
    Abstract: A labelling machine for applying labels on respective containers is disclosed. The labelling machine is provided with at least one operative unit, adapted to receive a relative container to be labelled and having a support element for supporting a base portion of the container, with a conveyor device for transferring the operative unit from a feeding station of the containers to an outlet station, and with feeding means for providing at least one label to be applied on the container borne by the operative unit The operative unit also comprises an actuator element borne by the conveyor device on the opposite side of the support element with respect to the receiving position of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sidel S.p.A. con SOCIO UNICO
    Inventors: Stefano Molinari, Godet Florian
  • Patent number: 8943658
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a tampon includes a pushing-member inserting mechanism that inserts a pushing member into an accommodating cylinder through a leading-end opening; and a tampon main body inserting mechanism that inserts a tampon main body into the accommodating cylinder from side including a cord through the leading-end opening; a drive section connecting the guide tube and the accommodating cylinder by moving one of the guide tube and the accommodating cylinder towards other one and thus contacting the guide tube and the leading-end part of the accommodating cylinder; a pressing part pressing the tampon main body inserted into the guide tube so as to insert the tampon main body into the accommodating cylinder connected to the guide tube; and an air suction device sucking air from rear-end side of the accommodating cylinder in a case where the tampon main body is inserted into the accommodating cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Seki, Hideki Onishi, Masashi Hosokawa
  • Publication number: 20150017782
    Abstract: A bonding device for bonding substrates together, includes: a first holding unit configured to hold a first substrate on a lower surface thereof; a second holding unit located below the first holding unit and configured to hold a second substrate on an upper surface thereof; a moving mechanism configured to move the first holding unit or the second holding unit in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction; a first image pickup unit located in the first holding unit and configured to pick up an image of the second substrate held in the second holding unit; and a second image pickup unit located in the second holding unit and configured to pick up an image of the first substrate held in the first holding unit, at least one of the first image pickup unit and the second image pickup unit including an infrared camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Naoki AKIYAMA, Masahiko SUGIYAMA, Yosuke OMORI, Shinji AKAIKE, Hideaki TANAKA, Masahiro YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8925609
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that employ an ink jet process to dispose a non-aqueous solid ink product on a flexible clear film layer as an image receiving substrate to create multi-layer tamper-evident closures including tape, wrapping, labeling, marking or sealing products, in which visual information is embedded. These processes provide manufacturers of the multi-layer tamper-evident closures ability to present variable image content in ways that would be difficult to counterfeit. The solid ink product undergoes easily observable image changes when it is twisted in a manner that creates a shear force between the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan B Hunter, George A. Gibson, Linn C Hoover
  • Publication number: 20140377508
    Abstract: Provided are a cover window and an apparatus and method for manufacturing the cover window. The cover window includes a film layer having at least one bent portion, a resin layer having at least one bent portion, and an adhesive layer disposed between the film layer and the resin layer and adhering the film layer and the resin layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jee-Seok OH, Jeong-Ho Hwang, Sang-Gu Kim, Joo-Il Kim
  • Publication number: 20140373997
    Abstract: Curved polarization filters and methods of manufacturing such filters are described in the present disclosure. An exemplary method includes laminating a planar polarization layer to a planar retarder layer at a predetermined orientation and bending the laminate to create a curved filter. The strain on the retarder layer results in stress-induced birefringence, and the predetermined orientation of the retarder substantially compensates for the stress-induced birefringence. In some embodiments, the predetermination is based on mathematical models. In some other embodiment, the predetermination is based on experimental data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Coleman, Gary D. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8915281
    Abstract: Provided is a system for manufacturing an optical display unit and a feed mechanism, which can well prevent an optical film and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer from being peeled from a release film. A pressure-sensitive adhesive type sheet material, wherein the optical film and the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer (film main body (F)) are cut without cutting a release film (F12, F22) which is laminated to the optical film with the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer in between, is fed along a feed path (12A, 22A). A press member (200) is arranged at a position opposed to a bent portion or a curved portion in the feed path (12A, 22A). Since the film main body (F) which is peeled from the release film (F12, F22) can be pressed to the release film (F12, F22) by the press member (200), the film main body (F) can be well prevented from being peeled from the release film (F12, F22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Kitada, Takuya Nakazono, Satoru Koshio, Tomokazu Yura
  • Patent number: 8915282
    Abstract: A labelling assembly with a transfer module that has a rotationally driveable hub at least of one essentially vertical pallet shaft, to which transfer module it is possible to allocate functionally an at least essentially vertical glue roll, at least one label magazine and a gripper cylinder that can be driven rotationally around an at least essentially vertical axis, and where at least the pallet shaft and/or the magazine and/or the gripper cylinder and/or the glue roll is a removable replacement fitting or are removable replacement fittings connected detachably to a respective support for a replacement due to retooling. Further, a connection of at least one replacement fitting with its respective support is formed in such a manner that the replacement fitting can be removed and attached by means of an essentially, to the greatest possible extent, horizontal and lateral relative movement of the replacement fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christian Stoiber, Josef Scheck
  • Publication number: 20140360668
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are disclosed for heat bonding or welding a thermoplastic component to a sealing member such as a film or foil having a thermoplastic portion. The apparatus preferably includes a 3-axis arrangement for accurate and repeatable positioning of the component and foil during bonding and for variation of bonding parameters, such as material, pressure, temperature and/or time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: James Madsen
  • Publication number: 20140360666
    Abstract: A device and method for bonding first substrates to second substrates. The device includes: a receptacle for accommodating a carrier substrate, a placement device for placing multiple first substrates on a substrate side of the carrier substrate that faces away from the receptacle, and a fixing device for fixing each of the first substrates on the substrate side on at least one fixing section of each first substrate. The method includes the following steps: placement of multiple first substrates on a substrate side of a carrier substrate accommodated on a receptacle, and fixing of each first substrate on the substrate side on at least one fixing section of each first substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jürgen Burggraf
  • Patent number: 8899291
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus is provided which causes a resin film to completely conform to protruding and recessed portions of a substrate, and which makes the film thickness of the conforming resin film uniform on a stricter level. To this end, the laminating apparatus includes a laminating mechanism including: an enclosed space forming receiver capable of receiving a provisionally laminated body therein; and a pressure laminator for applying pressure to the provisionally laminated body in non-contacting relationship in an enclosed space formed by the enclosed space forming receiver to form an end laminated body from the provisionally laminated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Nichigo-Morton Co., Ltd., Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Yasumoto, Kazutoshi Iwata, Kinya Kodama, Grigoriy Basin
  • Patent number: 8887781
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a vacuum suction control mechanism apparatus capable of accurately bonding a film to a bonding object with a simple structure. A vacuum suction control mechanism apparatus according to the present invention includes a first member including a plurality of suction holes formed in a surface thereof, the plurality of suction holes being connectable to a decompression source, and a second member capable of contacting the plurality of suction holes, the second member being movable relative to the first member, wherein the second member includes connecting member connecting some of the suction holes, the number of which corresponds to a relative position between the first member and the second member, to the decompression source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: NLT Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Kodera
  • Publication number: 20140326399
    Abstract: A laser induced thermal imaging apparatus comprises a substrate support configured to support a substrate, a donor film holder configured to hold a donor film at a position over the substrate support, and a press unit comprising a first elastic member and a second elastic member disposed over the substrate support. The press unit is configured to move the first and second elastic members in a pressing direction toward the substrate support for pressing the donor film to the substrate to laminate the donor film onto the substrate. The second elastic member surrounds the first elastic member when viewed in the pressing direction and is more rigid than the first elastic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae Min KANG
  • Publication number: 20140326406
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and a method for bonding an auxiliary secondary barrier for an LNG storage tank. The device for bonding an auxiliary secondary barrier includes: a frame; a driving unit, a portion of which is arranged in the frame, and which enables the frame to move on an upper heat insulation board corresponding to an exposed portion of a main secondary barrier; an adhesive applying unit arranged in the frame to apply an adhesive on the exposed portion; an auxiliary secondary barrier supply unit arranged in the frame to supply an auxiliary secondary barrier on the adhesive applied on the exposed portion; and one or more heating unit arranged in the frame to heat at least one of the exposed portion to which the adhesive contained in the adhesive applying unit is to be applied and the auxiliary secondary barrier to be supplied on the applied adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sungjong Han, Minhong Kim, Jongho Kim, HongGyeoum Kim
  • Publication number: 20140329341
    Abstract: A bonding method according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a first holding processing, a second holding processing, a temporary bonding processing, a temperature increasing processing and a main bonding processing. In the first holding processing, a target substrate is held. In the second holding processing, a glass substrate held by electrostatic adsorption. In the temporary bonding processing, the target substrate and the glass substrate are temporarily bonded with a pressing force lower than a predetermined pressing force at a temperature lower than a predetermined temperature. In the temperature increasing processing, while releasing the electrostatic adsorption of the glass substrate at the same time as or after the temporary bonding, the temperature is increased to the predetermined temperature. In the main bonding processing, a main bonding of the target substrate and the glass substrate is performed with the predetermined pressing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Goro Furutani, Norio Wada, Satoshi Ookawa
  • Publication number: 20140318700
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus comprises a separation member configured to promote detachment of an adhesive label from liner web. Adhesive labels are fed to the separation member such that a surface of the facestock contacts the separation member. The separation member has a surface exhibiting a tack such that the tack force between the facestock and the separation member is greater than the release force between the release liner and the adhesive layer of the labels. The labels become associated with the separation member, and the label is applied to a surface of a substrate by contacting the exposed adhesive layer with a surface of a substrate, which causes the adhesive label to detach from the separation member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin O. HENDERSON, Victor P. HOLBERT
  • Publication number: 20140318680
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a first holding unit, a second holding unit, a pressing mechanism and a holding mechanism. The first holding unit is provided with a first heating mechanism and holds a first substrate. The second holding unit disposed facing the first holding unit and provided with a second heating mechanism, holds a second substrate. The pressing mechanism relatively moves the first holding unit and the second holding unit in order to contact and press the first substrate and the second substrate. The holding mechanism elastically holds an outer periphery of the first holding unit and the second holding unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Norio Wada, Goro Furutani, Satoshi Ookawa
  • Publication number: 20140318712
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing container packs from containers in a container stream or a plurality of transport lines includes guide elements, entraining elements, applicator elements, and a compartmentalizing and/or compressing unit configured for compartmentalizing and compressing a predetermined number of containers that are combined to form a container pack. The applicator elements apply an adhesive agent by spraying or sprinkling such that a bottle in the pack has adhesive a contact-or-touching surface thereof. The linear transporter transports containers that are to form a subsequent pack from an inlet to an outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Stuhlmann, Ernst Van Wickeren, Volker Zahn, Thomas Nitsch, Stefan Wagner