Label Feed Control (9/42) Patents (Class 156/DIG45)
  • Patent number: 5958175
    Abstract: A machine for applying labels distributed uniformly on a strip to items which includes a swinging arm mounted on a support for engaging the items and a drum for driving the strip of labels. The drum is rotated incrementally by a drive mechanism and means are provided for controlling the drive mechanism and for detecting movement of the arm by engagement with an item. The means for detecting movement of the arm detect the initial movement of the arm to thereby initiate the means for controlling the drive mechanism to index the drum through one complete step thus advancing a label for application to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventors: Nessim Elharrar, Premysl Hartman
  • Patent number: 5824183
    Abstract: The inventive labeling device employs a vacuum belt transport having a motor-driven endless belt, for conveying a label from a proximal end to a distal end of the transport. Initially, a chute is disposed between the label dispenser and the vacuum belt transport, which is capable of receiving a label dispensed by the label dispenser and holding it until the vacuum belt transport returns to a label receiving position and can accept the new label. This combination of a vacuum belt transport and a chute allow the labeler to dispense a new label while the previous label is still being applied to an article, thereby greatly increasing the labeling capacity of the labeler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Michael Crankshaw
  • Patent number: 5503702
    Abstract: A labeling assembly for applying labels carried on a substrate to a sequential series of moving documents is provided. The assembly transports the document in a generally vertical end on end orientation down a conveying path and peels the label from the substrate to position the peeled label in a generally vertical orientation. The labeling assembly also includes a paddle having a front surface with vacuum ports for attaching and releasably retaining the peeled label on the front surface. An actuating mechanism pivots the paddle to force an end of the retained label into contact with the document. Upon contact, the downstream end of the retained label adheres to the document and the label is pulled off the paddle. As the label is pulled off the paddle the contact between the end of the paddle presses the label against the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: David D. Filicicchia, Kenneth L. Guenther, David Haas, Joseph Kalika, Raymond W. Lee, K. George Rabindran, Gary L. VanderSyde
  • Patent number: 5336359
    Abstract: A system for applying literature to a wall of an object includes a hopper having an exit for dispensing literature one piece at a time and a rotatable member having a plurality of literature receiving areas disposed around the periphery thereof. Each literature receiving area receives one piece of literature from the exit. The member is positioned such that a portion of the periphery is in facing relationship with the exit of the hopper for allowing one of the literature receiving areas to be aligned with the exit. A servomotor rotates the rotatable member in a first direction such that the literature receiving areas pass by the exit one at a time to correspondingly receive a piece of literature from the exit of the hopper. A roller guides a web past a literature receiving area having a terminal piece of literature positioned thereon such that an adhesive coating on the web is in facing relationship with the terminal piece of literature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Sancoa International Co.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Pituch, Thomas M. Basgil
  • Patent number: 5306375
    Abstract: An improved device and method for applying labels to contoured product panels. More specifically, the present invention incorporates a rotating cam which is cut to profile the product panel to be labeled and guides the peeler plate along and in close proximity with the product's surface without actually contacting it. This allows better control of the label application and subsequent wiping than was previously possible. Additionally, this device can label contoured surfaces not previously possible using conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Accraply, Inc.
    Inventor: Robin G. Leonard
  • Patent number: 4895614
    Abstract: A label transfer arm having a central axis and comprising a socket body with a transfer nozzle rotatably mounted therein engages labels delivered to a label pickup station and transfers them to a label delivery station. An applicator head strips the labels from the transfer arm and moves them along a fixed path from the label delivery station to a package labeling station to apply the labels to packages. Transfer arm guiding rails are positioned on either side of the label transfer arm for engaging an eccentric collar attached to the transfer nozzle to thereby orient the transfer nozzle into a fixed angular orientation about the central axis of the transfer arm when the transfer arm is at the label delivery station. An operator-controllable selector ring is rotatably mounted to the socket body of the arm and is freely rotatable between selected locations defined by detents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Hobart Corporation
    Inventors: Lee E. Trouteaud, Fritz F. Treiber
  • Patent number: 4787953
    Abstract: A label transfer arm having a central axis and comprising a socket body with a transfer nozzle rotatably mounted therein engages labels delivered to a label pickup station and transfers them to a label delivery station. An applicator head strips the labels from the transfer arm and moves them along a fixed path from the label delivery station to a package labeling station to apply the labels to packages. Transfer arm guiding rails are positioned on either side of the label transfer arm for engaging an eccentric collar attached to the transfer nozzle to thereby orient the transfer nozzle into a fixed angular orientation about the central axis of the transfer arm when the transfer arm is at the label delivery station. An operator-controllable selector ring is rotatably mounted to the socket body of the arm and is freely rotatable between selected locations defined by detents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Hobart Corporation
    Inventors: Lee E. Trouteaud, Fritz F. Treiber
  • Patent number: 4725327
    Abstract: A labeling robot system comprises a suction plate which uses vacuum action to pick up an adhesive label by its printed surface. Air cylinders operated by compressed air orient and move the suction plate to the object to be labeled to stick the label thereon, and limit switches linked to a sequence controller define the limit of the strokes and the degree of turning involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sato
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Matuda, Norio Abe
  • Patent number: 4649692
    Abstract: In an apparatus for applying a label to packages filled with eggs or the like in a state without a cover in the packaging operation and moving one by one on a conveyor beneath the apparatus, a sucking disk for taking out the labels one by one from a label feeder is provided between the upper label feeder and a lower label-posture adjusting chamber in a way freely movable in the vertical direction. An air pipe, connected to the sucking disk, is opened and closed in accordance with the up-and-down motions of the sucking disk, which is controlled by a signal from a sensor for detecting the presence of a label inside the label-posture adjusting chamber. The bottom of the label-posture adjusting chamber is opened by detecting the approach of a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tomosue
  • Patent number: 4647333
    Abstract: A banding and labeling system for containers includes a central drum which is heated for activation of adhesive coating provided on bands and labels which are to be secured to containers. The drum is provided with carrying elements employing suction, referred to as mouthpieces, which include pockets for holding literature and support bands in appropriate positions for securing the literature to containers. Dispensers are mounted peripherally around the drum at successive work stations for transference of banding materials, labeling materials, and literature packets to the mouthpieces as the drum rotates. At a final work station, a conveyor transports the containers to the drum whereupon the banding and labeling materials are secured to the containers during rotation of the containers between the drum and pressure pads which engage the adhesive coatings to the outer surfaces of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: New Jersey Machine Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut Voltmer, Alfred F. Schwenzer
  • Patent number: 4626313
    Abstract: A manual label applicator is provided for use in a commodity weighing and labeling station. As a preprinted label is advanced from a printing station in a cantilever fashion, a label applicator having a roll with knife edges thereon causes said label to be creased in the direction of travel. Creasing of the label tends to keep it rigid and reliably hold it in a orientation suitable for manual application either through impact or by physically removing the label by hand. The knife edges or ridges on the roll further cooperate with fluting provided in a sliding surface for facilitating the partial creasing of the label as it advances through the label applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Sanitary Scale Company
    Inventor: Edward C. Karp
  • Patent number: 4589945
    Abstract: A labelling machine with three pad head where during labelling of articles every other pad is skipped, each pad having vacuum holddown ports in the periphery to temporarily attach a label during the labelling process, a control valve for controlling admission of vacuum to each pad so that a label is attached to and carried by the pad into labelling relation with an article brought forward by a conveyor belt, and a vacuum distributing valve to limit the vacuum supply to the control valve so that no vacuum can be admitted by the control valve to a skipped pad thereby preventing undesirable loss of vacuum to the atmosphere through the absence of a label to close the pad holddown ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. Polit
  • Patent number: 4497420
    Abstract: A label dispenser which utilizes an infrared radiator and sensor which is phased and modulated so as to discriminate from ambient light and which has a movable peel bar which can be adjusted for labels of different lengths such that as the labels are removed the machine will automatically advance the next label. The machine is capable of taking labels of varying widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1985
    Assignee: Kinetronics Corporation
    Inventors: William N. Stelcher, Michael J. Murdock
  • Patent number: 4478668
    Abstract: A labeling machine has a rotor on which several oscillatingly driven pallet shafts are supported. Each shaft has a carriage shiftable transversely to the shaft axis. Glue pallets having partly cylindrical surfaces for being coated with glue are mounted to the carriage and are thereby movable from a radially outward position to a radially inward or neutral position for, respectively, contacting a glue roller and a label in a stack successively and for being retracted to neutral position out of the path of the roller and stack. The shafts have an enlarged central section which is rectangular in cross section and a complementarily shaped channel on a sleeve that carries the curved pallets is supported for sliding transversely to the pallet shaft axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Assignee: Krones AG Hermann Kronseder Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: George Gau
  • Patent number: 4445961
    Abstract: A bottle labeling machine has a turret rotating on a fixed axle. The turret has circumferentially spaced apart curved glue pallets mounted on individual pallet shafts supported in oscillatable drive members, respectively, which drive the shafts. The pallets orbit and oscillate to pick up glue from a roller, pick up a label next and deposit the label on a cylinder from which it is transferred eventually to a bottle. The drive members are externally splined axially and are each surrounded by an internally axially splined clutch member. The drive member has a smooth bore to permit it to rotate on a shaft that is driven in oscillating fashion as the turret rotates. The oscillating shaft has a transversely extending element on which there are axially projecting teeth that engage in corresponding recesses in the clutch member to effect oscillation of the pallet shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Krones Aktiengesellschaft Hermann Kronseder Maschinenfabrik
    Inventors: Hermann Kronseder, Reiner Bischkopf
  • Patent number: 4369214
    Abstract: In the cleaning and keeping ready for use the labeling station of a labeling machine comprising a label box, a glue roll and a gripper cylinder as well as label pickup members rolling along the glue roll, wherein the glue is removed from the surface of the glue roll after the supply of glue to the glue roll has been shut off and with the machine idling, the improvement which comprises moisturizing the glue roll after the supply of glue has been shut off.An apparatus thereof is provided comprising a spray head associated with the glue roll or a pickup member. It may be used in conjunction with a bottle filling machine provided with sensors to actuate the spray head in response to the absence or backup of bottles to be filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: Jagenberg Werke Ag
    Inventors: Manfred Pfulb, Rudolf Zodrow
  • Patent number: 4361460
    Abstract: Labeling machine comprising a turret carrying plural pallets for periodically picking up glue, picking up a label on the glue, and transferring the glued label to a bottle or other workpiece by rotating the turret and oscillating the pallets radially inward and outward. Each pallet has a double-acting dog clutch for engaging or disengaging the drive which oscillates it; the clutch can be shifted only when the turret is at a particular angular position at which the pallet is sufficiently radially retracted to be clear of the sources of glue and labels and the mechanism for transferring labels. When a bottle is presented for receiving a label from a particular pallet the clutch is shifted to or maintained at its position for engaging the oscillating drive so the pallet transfers a glued label for application to the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Inventor: Hermann Kronseder
  • Patent number: 4293365
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying labels, coupons or the like to articles transported serially along a predetermined path of movement comprising storage means for the labels, delivery means for removing individual labels from the storage means and bringing the labels into contact with the articles, and applicator means for positively engaging the labels to hold them on the articles after delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Assignee: Crown Zellerbach Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Geyser, Henry W. Rehr, Rudolph W. Schutz, Rudolf R. Weis
  • Patent number: 4201621
    Abstract: A label applicator which grips the article to be labeled on the opposite sides of the article to hold the article in a predetermined orientation. One or more labels are applied to the article while it is held in the predetermined orientation. The article is gripped between a movable resilient member and a guide which holds the article against the movable resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Assignee: Label-Aire Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Crankshaw, Leo Kucheck
  • Patent number: 4194941
    Abstract: A mechanism for automatically labelling articles, such as fruit, has a chute for guiding fruit into contact with an upstanding label, the engagement of the fruit with the label being effective to transfer the label to the fruit and to cause the movement of a new label into transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Peter D. Briggs, Dennis R. Sharkey
  • Patent number: 4189337
    Abstract: A real time system for writing and depositing a label on a cut piece is disclosed. The labeler is positioned relative to the cutting head of a cutting system and moves with the cutting head as a cutting operation proceeds. As the cutting takes place under the direction of the cutting system computer, a label is printed by a printer mechanism and is deposited at the appropriate time for placement on top of the cut part. Printing is by a print head having computer input and control for the indicia printed. Label depositing is effectuated by first stripping the printed label from its backing strip and holding it in place on a vacuum head. The head is lowered to a position inside the cutting head dish. At an appropriate time, the pressure is reversed such that the vacuum dissipates and a positive pressure blows the label off the head downward onto the correct part. The sticky backing on the label holds it in place on the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Assignee: Camsco, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby L. Higgins, Jerry Comer
  • Patent number: 4048494
    Abstract: A device for removing adhesive labels or the like from a substrate in which a reel of the substrate material is rotatably mounted about an axis in a trough of a housing which also includes a horizontal guide supporting the substrate above the axis. The guide has a bending edge which separates label and substrate. The substrate is driven by rollers mounted below the axis and operated by a motor. A light source and photocell are disposed adjacent the bending edge for disabling the motor when a label is located therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1977
    Inventor: Bernardus G. Liesting
  • Patent number: 3997384
    Abstract: The color-coded index tab is produced automatically by passing a tape through a label applying machine which is programmed by a computer to apply color-coded labels at precise locations of the tape. The tape is afterwards severed to produce the individual index tab for subsequent application to a file holder. The index tabs can be folded or not about the longitudinal center line so that the block of color on each label can be exposed around the edge of the file holder or on a flat edge surface of the file holder for viewing purposes. The individual index tabs and labels can be sized to present any number of different color coded blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1976
    Inventors: Victor Kuring, W. R. Smith-Vaniz, Jay L. Carley, William P. Shine, Richard H. Darling
  • Patent number: 3989577
    Abstract: A system for automatically fixing information bearing labels to randomly delivered articles includes: a transport for the articles; a sensor for detecting the articles as they are moved by the transport; a label source for providing labels when articles are detected; and a label transfer wheel driven at a uniform rate for fixing labels from the source to the articles. The label transfer wheel has a cylindrical surface, a stationary chamber communicating with a vacuum source, and a plurality of holes on the surface which periodically communicate with the chamber to pneumatically hold labels as they are transferred from the label source to the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1974
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1976
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Donald W. Watson
  • Patent number: 3975227
    Abstract: This invention relates to an assembly for applying labels to the longitudinal surface of cylindrical articles. The assembly includes a label dispenser which carries the labels to a label station and dispenses them, one at a time, at the labelling station. The labels are carried on a backing tape and are slid off the tape at the labelling station. The assembly also includes means for advancing the articles to the labelling station, for example, a walking beam, and means for supporting the article at the labelling station so that it is free to rotate about its longitudinal axis. A cylindrical roller is disposed in a two position parallel arrangement with an article at the labelling station such that, in one position, the roller is spaced from the article and, in a second position, the roller is in physical contact with the article along a longitudinal contact line. Means are provided for moving the roller to its two positions, and further means are provided for rotating the roller about its longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1976
    Assignee: V-Mark Automation Ltd.
    Inventor: Edward Kline
  • Patent number: 3960641
    Abstract: A method of consecutively applying pieces of sheet material to a moving sheet material length preferably for securing reinforcing sheet pieces to the handle hole areas of a sheet length for the production of carrier bags, comprising advancing the sheet material length past an application station in which a strip of sheet material is successively fed to a number of movable carrier plates, cutting the sheet strip between consecutive carrier plates so as to leave a sheet piece on the leading plate or plates, moving the carrier plates successively into a working position adjacent the surface of said sheet length and pressing the carrier plate in this position with said sheet piece temporarily held thereon against said surface so as to transfer the sheet piece to the sheet length, retracting the carrier plate and moving the next carrier plate into said working position while advancing the sheet length further, characterised by feeding the sheet strip to carrier plate facets on a rotary carrier body and effecting t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1972
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1976
    Assignee: Gert Oestergaard, Vejle Plastic
    Inventor: Henning Kristen Pedersen
  • Patent number: 3944455
    Abstract: A labelling system for labelling articles comprising a cassette label applicator having a supply of labels and a conveyor for moving articles past the label applicator where the label applicator applies the label to the articles as they are moved past the label applicator and the conveyor is adapted so the cassette label applicator may be replaced with another cassette label applicator after the supply of labels of the original cassette label applicator becomes at least substantially exhausted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1973
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1976
    Assignee: Compac Corporation
    Inventor: John B. French