Passive Guide Patents (Class 226/196.1)
  • Patent number: 11318671
    Abstract: A web sheet processing system for cutting and/or stacking AM composite printed sheets from the web combines web edge waste with the cut sheets, stacking the waste with the 3D object. The waste may be removed during the cleaning of the 3d object (e.g., by abrasive blasting, chemical removal, dissolution) to result in a 3D printed object. This approach eliminates the separate need for waste removal of a rewound web of substrate material waste. In examples, a tractor drive transport assembly ensures consistent web/sheet motion via tractor feeding along the edges of the web/sheet to a stacker subsystem. The tractor drive transport assembly, in combination with a drive guide, positions the cut sheets over the stacker subsystem for release onto the top of a stack, with the substrate waste that would normally be processed downstream stacked with the 3D object for removal during a normal cleaning of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul N. Richards, Paul M. Fromm
  • Patent number: 11149352
    Abstract: Method of performing atomic layer deposition. The method comprises supplying a precursor gas towards a substrate, using a deposition head including one or more gas supplies, including a precursor gas supply. The precursor gas reacts near a surface of the substrate for forming an atomic layer. The deposition head has an output face comprising the gas supplies, which at least partly faces the substrate surface during depositing the atomic layer. The output face has a substantially rounded shape defining a movement path of the substrate. The precursor-gas supply is moved relative to the substrate by rotating the deposition head while supplying the precursor gas, for depositing a stack of atomic layers while continuously moving in one direction. The surface of the substrate is kept contactless with the output face by means of a gas bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Raymond Jacobus Wilhelmus Knaapen, Ruud Olieslagers, Dennis van den Berg, Matijs C. van den Boer, Freddy Roozeboom
  • Patent number: 11046544
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling cross curl in corners of sheets between in-line transports includes a curved baffle placed between the two transports. A thin layer of high velocity air is applied to the curved baffle only at lead edge corner regions of the sheets. The high velocity air layer, which will have a tendency to follow the curved baffle (Coanda effect), will divert corners of the sheets (Bernoulli effect) towards the curved baffle. By positioning a curved baffle between the two transports and by applying a uniform air stream to it, a lower pressure area will be created. This will flatten the corners of the sheets and ensure passage between downstream baffles and acquisition by a downstream transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto A Irizarry, Glenn Batchelor, Rachel Lynn Tanchak, Ali R Dergham, Erwin Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10926463
    Abstract: A filament guide that guides thermoplastic filament to an object being manufactured. A deposition head comprising the disclosed filament guide provides a filament to the intended deposition point. The filament guide comprises a guide member having a filament groove configured to guide the filament along a path of travel. The groove has an upstream end that is configured to receive the filament from a source and a downstream end that is configured to direct the filament toward the deposition point in the intended direction. A notch at the downstream end of the guide member enables the filament to travel toward the deposition point. The portions of the guide member on either side of the notch act to keep the filament centered laterally. A plate that is transparent to electromagnetic radiation from a heat source covers the groove and permits the electromagnetic radiation to reach the filament while providing added support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Arevo, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Aaron August, Erik Oscar Sunden
  • Patent number: 10538403
    Abstract: A belt-form body conveyor that conveys a belt-form body includes a plurality of non-contact guide portions over which portions of the belt-form body are wound, and that support the belt-form body in a non-contact manner, and a drive unit that, when viewed in a direction that is perpendicular to a surface of the belt-form body before the belt-form body is supplied to the plurality of non-contact guide portions, causes at least two non-contact guide portions out of the plurality of non-contact guide portions to rotate in the same direction and by the same angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Rui Oohashi, Kensuke Hirata, Tomoo Kusumi, Mareto Ishibashi, Noriaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10538402
    Abstract: A belt-form body conveyor that conveys a belt-form body includes a plurality of non-contact guide portions over which portions of the belt-form body are wound, and that support the belt-form body in a non-contact manner, a drive unit that moves at least one non-contact guide portion out of the plurality of non-contact guide portions, and a control unit that causes the non-contact guide portion to be moved by the drive unit such that a length of a path in which a first edge in a width direction of the belt-form body travels is different from a length of a path in which a second edge which is opposite to the first edge in the width direction of the belt-form body travels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Rui Oohashi, Kensuke Hirata, Tomoo Kusumi, Mareto Ishibashi, Noriaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10307786
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of forming a conductive film, the method comprising: providing a coating solution having a plurality of conductive nanostructures and a fluid carrier; moving a web in a machine direction; forming a wet film by depositing the coating solution on the moving web, wherein the wet film has a first dimension extending parallel to the machine direction and a second dimension transverse to the machine direction; applying an air flow across the wet film along the second dimension, whereby at least some of the conductive nanostructures in the wet film are reoriented; and allowing the wet film to dry to provide the conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Cambrios Film Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Florian Pschenitzka, Jonathan Westwater
  • Patent number: 10155267
    Abstract: The invention discloses an improved automobile hub lathe fixture. A central positioning pin (2) is arranged in a fixture body center sleeve, wheel lip positioning pins (3) are arranged on the same pitch circle of a fixture body, clamping jaws (4) are connected to supports (5) via hinge pins (6), the supports (5) and the fixture body (17) frame are casted into a whole, connecting screws (8) are fixed at the lower ends of the clamping jaws (4) via connecting nuts (7), lifting pins (9) are arranged in guide sleeves, the bottoms of the clamping jaws (4) are connected to a fixture body frame by tension springs (10), a three-leaf disc cam (11) is arranged on top half of the gear rotating shaft (13), the gear rotating shaft (13) is arranged in a guide sleeve (12) of the fixture body frame, and a rack ejector rod (14) is connected with a cylinder (15). The improved automobile hub lathe fixture can save the manpower and materials and further improve the production efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinling Yang, Li Yang, Jiansheng Wang, Naizheng Hu
  • Patent number: 10093504
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus capable of obtaining a high deviation prevention capability while suppressing adhesion of paste to a side regulating member. A plurality of roller members, for example, an upstream side roller member 91 and a downstream side roller member 92 are disposed along a sheet conveyance direction in which a recording sheet is conveyed. Then, first side regulating members 94A and 94B are provided at both end parts of the upstream side roller member 91 in a fixed state, and also second side regulating members 95A and 95B are provided at both end parts of the downstream side roller member 92 in a rotatable state. The first side regulating members 94A and 94B and the second side regulating members 95A and 95B regulate the deviation of a roll sheet S by the contact with the edge parts of the roll sheet S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takahiro Hara
  • Patent number: 10059127
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head and a platen roller. The platen roller includes multiple bearings provided one at each longitudinal end of the platen roller, a roller positioned between the bearings, and multiple flanges of which one is positioned between the roller and one of the bearings and the other is positioned between the roller and the other of the bearings in the longitudinal direction of the platen roller. The flanges have a diameter greater than the diameter of the bearings and the diameter of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oguchi, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masahiro Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9967422
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a document feeder and a reader. The document feeder includes a document tray and feeds an original document loaded on the document tray. The reader includes an original glass plate, a reading unit, and a document separating member. At least one of the document feeder and the reader is provided with a fan that creates an air flow. A first duct is provided in a housing of the reader. The document separating member is provided with a plurality of first discharge holes through which the air flowing through the first duct is discharged. A second duct is provided in a housing of the document feeder. The wall of the document feeder is provided with a plurality of second discharge holes through which the air flowing through the second duct is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Okada
  • Patent number: 9925761
    Abstract: A non-contact web guide includes a wall having a curved exterior surface and a hollow interior containing a pressurized liquid. A first row of liquid ejection holes is provided in proximity to the web guide entry position having axes that are inclined toward a downstream direction, and a second row of liquid ejection holes is provided in proximity to the web guide exit position having axes that are inclined toward an upstream direction. An intermediate array of liquid ejection holes is optionally provided. The pressurized liquid flows through the liquid ejection holes to force the web of media away from the bearing surface of the web guide. This configuration of liquid ejection holes provides the advantage that stable web guidance is achieved at low liquid flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy John Young
  • Patent number: 9911640
    Abstract: Proposed is a universal gripping and suction chuck for use as an interchangeable end effector of a robot arm of a robotic station capable of picking up, transporting, and handling objects having colors and outlines. The chuck housing contains elements of a vacuum system for holding the object by vacuum suction force, a vortex system for holding the objects in a non-contact manner in a state of levitation, and a mechanical edge gripper. The vacuum system, the vortex system, and the mechanical edge gripper can be selectively activated by commands from the central processing system that receives a signal recognition signal, object presence/absence signal and/or object approaching signal from respective sensors and depending on the type of the object recognized by the respective sensor. As a result, the chuck can pick up and handle such different objects as solid semiconductor wafer, paper or fabric interleaves, or small-diameter rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Boris Kesil, Elik Gershenzon
  • Patent number: 9687048
    Abstract: A method of making a mechanical fastener. The method includes providing a slit web having mechanical fastening elements, applying tension to the slit web in the machine direction, and spreading the slit web in the cross-machine direction by moving the slit web over a crowned surface to provide a spread mechanical fastening web. The slit web includes a plurality of interrupted slits that are interrupted by intact bridging regions of the web. The crowned surface may be an air bearing, or at least a portion of the crowned surface is a low-friction surface, and the crowned surface and the slit web are not moving at the same speed in the same direction. The crowned surface may be provided with at least one ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gilbert, Leigh E. Wood, Mark A. Peltier, Pieter J. Gagnon
  • Patent number: 9469069
    Abstract: An automatic attaching apparatus of a foamed seal member includes an attaching hand handling a foamed seal member, a preset machine in which the foamed seal member is preset, a removing machine removing a release paper, and a robot moving the attaching hand. The attaching hand picks up the foamed seal member from the preset machine, presses the foamed seal member from which the release paper is removed against an attaching surface of a work using a pressing roller in a state where the foamed seal member is floated by an air floating device, and sends out the foamed seal member to attach the foamed seal member to the attaching surface of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TOA Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Gonda, Koji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9346249
    Abstract: First and second bodies of fastener material 4 and 5 advance in a first direction which is an advancing direction, the advancing direction being changed into a second direction. A pair of turn over bars 12 and 13 are spaced from each other, the first and second bodies of fastener material 4 and 5 advancing in the first direction to be engaged with the turn over bars 12 and 13. The first and second bodies of fastener material 4 and 5 are then inserted between and turned over by the turn over bars 12 and 13 with the advancing direction being changed into the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Totani Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Ohnishi
  • Publication number: 20150122865
    Abstract: A strip deflection device (1) for deflecting a strip (2), in particular a metal strip, at an angle: at least one deflecting cylinder (3) around which the strip (2) can be deflected by a deflection angle (7) while maintaining strip tension. The angle is defined by the inlet direction (14) and the outlet direction (15) of the strip (2). Rollers (20) on the circumference of the deflection cylinder (3), form bearing faces of equal height for the strip (2) along a wrap around the cylinder. The deflection cylinder (3) can be adjusted between a first (31) and a second operating position (32) preferably perpendicular by an adjusting device (16). Each operating position (31, 32) is associated with a respective arrangement (10, 11) of the rollers (20) and the rollers in that arrangement (10, 11) are oriented in a direction that corresponds to the wrap around the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Gottfried Ehrentraut, Guenter Karner
  • Publication number: 20150034692
    Abstract: A component supplying apparatus comprises a tape guide surface facing a lower surface of the carrier tape, a preceding tape contact part climbing onto a upper surface of the preceding carrier tape, and a subsequent tape blocking part configured to wait on the upstream side of the preceding tape contact part in a tape feeding direction while keeping a distance from the tape guide surface so as to enable the carrier tape to pass between the subsequent tape blocking part and the tape guide surface, and to move downwardly toward the preceding carrier tape when the preceding tape contact part is climbed onto the preceding carrier tape. The subsequent tape blocking part keeps the subsequent carrier tape waiting by contacting a front end of the subsequent carrier tape stacked on the preceding carrier tape onto which the preceding tape contact part climbs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Minoru KITANI, Kazunori KANAI, Kazuo KIDO, Seikou ABE, Motohiro HIGUCHI, Shigeru MATSUKAWA
  • Publication number: 20140263534
    Abstract: An apparatus to receive a filament material and to move the filament while guiding a direction of movement of the filament comprising: a metal block that defines a first guide passage sized to receive the filament; wherein the block includes a first plate that includes a first surface that defines a first groove and includes a second plate that includes a second surface that defines a second groove; and wherein the first and second faces of the first and second plates are in abutting contact with the first and second grooves aligned to define the first guide passage; a drive mechanism configured to move the filament into the first guide passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Elijah Post, Andrew Rutter
  • Publication number: 20140217142
    Abstract: A cord guiding device for a window blind includes a wheel holder, a guiding wheel and a cord-blocking unit. The guiding wheel is rotatably mounted on the wheel holder, and includes two protruding flanges that are spaced apart from each other, and has a wheel surface that is defined and disposed between the protruding flanges and that is adapted for a cord of the window blind to wind thereon. The cord-blocking unit is mounted on the wheel holder, and has a blocking surface that faces and is disposed proximate to the wheel surface of the guiding wheel for preventing the cord from slipping off the wheel surface and out from the protruding flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Ke-Min LIN
  • Publication number: 20140190262
    Abstract: The invention relates to a feeding device for an ultrasound inspection system, with means for transporting a test object (7), in particular a pipe, into an ultrasound inspection chamber of the ultrasound inspection system, comprising at least one guiding unit (1) for the test object with at least one, preferably three, still more preferably six elastically biased counter bearings (2) resting against a jacket surface (8) of the test object (7) via a contact part (4) in order to guide the test object during transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Damian Meinert, Stephan Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20140144967
    Abstract: Provided is a steel strip stabilizing apparatus which allows shape correction and vibration suppression in a steel strip, particularly, plated steel strip, in a non-contact manner. The steel strip stabilizing apparatus includes an apparatus support body disposed on at least one side of a traveling steel strip and a steel strip stabilizing unit comprising a magnetic field generating pole disposed on the apparatus support body to face the steel strip and a pole expansion part configured to provide steel strip attraction force to a steel strip-side end of the magnetic field generating pole so as to allow shape correction or vibration suppression in the steel strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Tae-In Jang, Chang-Woon Jee, Yong-Hun Kweon
  • Publication number: 20140120258
    Abstract: Web lifter and/or stabilizer and method of lifting and/or stabilizing a travelling web and coating a web. The device creates a web hold down force via a negative pressure slot at its exit side, which draws the web down against the surface on the entry side. The device can be actuated to move the web relative to slot die coater off the die lips and stop the application of slurry to the web, thereby creating uncoated regions on the web surface. The device can be actuated to move the web back into contact with the coater to start the application of slurry to the web, creating coated regions on the web surface. Web lifting can be accomplished by rotating the device in first and second directions to lift the web off of the slot die coater and return the web back into contact with the coater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: MegTec Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim A. Anderson, Eric Maki, George Glenn
  • Publication number: 20140110449
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes and teaches a wire pulling device having a base member. A vertical post and a horizontal post are attached to the base member, serving as anchoring posts for a clevis that may be opened and closed. The device may be attached to installation sites for wires and cables. Using an attachment mechanism, the base member may be affixed to a joist, a rafter, or an angle iron. Wires or cables may be threaded or disposed into the clevis and suspended to the installation sites. An installer may pull the wire or cable to proper positions before permanent affixations such as wire ties may be applied. The current device and its associated method facilitate the wire installation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: William B. Kushnick
  • Patent number: 8674263
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wire guiding liner, in particular a welding wire liner, having a plurality of guiding bodies which are pivotable with respect to each other around a defined pivot axis. At least one biasing device is provided which acts between adjacent guiding bodies so as to push them apart while still allowing the liner to bend under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: AWDS Technologies SRL
    Inventors: Carlo Gelmetti, Filippo Corradini
  • Patent number: 8616101
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing a product from strip tape includes a roll that draws off and separates a web of material. The web of material is severed into individual strips in cooperation with a multiple circular knife roll. A vacuum conveyor channel is associated with each strip. The vacuum conveyor channel is designed such that each strip is turned on its way to the channel or through the channel by about 90°. The end of the vacuum conveyor channel brings the strips together at one site to form a unit and at that site there are provided a guide and a transport device for the further transport to conversion equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Detlev Neuland, Wolfgang Schafer, Hans-Rainer Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20130327806
    Abstract: Provided is a steel strip stabilizing apparatus which dampens vibrations of a plated steel strip in a non-contact manner or corrects the shape of the plated steel strip. The steel strip stabilizing apparatus comprises: a plurality of steel strip damping means arranged on at least one side of a steel strip undergoing processing in a direction there towards so as to damp vibrations in the steel strip; and a damping means moving unit connected to the steel strip damping means to move at least a portion of each of the steel strip damping means in a widthwise direction with regard to the steel strip corresponding to the width of the steel strip. According to the present invention, (unit) damping means are movable in the widthwise direction with regard to the steel strip, thus improving the vibration damping properties, the steel strip curvature correcting properties and the plated quality of the steel strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: POSCO
    Inventors: Tae-In Jang, Yong-Hun Kweon, Jung-Kuk Kim, Chang-Woon Jee
  • Publication number: 20130313302
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a fixing base. A motor is fixed to the fixing base. The motor has an output axle. A transmission axle is fixedly connected to the output axle. The feeding device further includes a feeding block having a side fixedly connected to the transmission axle. The feeding block has a feeding notch. The feeding notch is formed around the transmission axle circumferentially. Hence, once a slender material enters the rotational space of the feeding block, the motor drives the feeding block to rotate, whereas the slender material is pressed by the feeding notch of the feeding block and sent out as a result of the continuous rotation of the feeding block. Hence, the feeding device not only enables continuous material conveyance but also allows the slender material to be conveyed smoothly even when the slender material is slightly bent or deformed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Chien-Hsiang TSAI, Yao-Jen CHANG, Chao-Yu LEE
  • Publication number: 20130256362
    Abstract: A bar for a web transport system in a printing system can include a first set of pins extending outward from an exterior surface of the bar and a replaceable cover wrapped over at least a portion of an exterior surface of the bar. The replaceable cover includes a plurality of openings at one end of the cover with at least a portion of the openings positioned at the locations of respective pins. Fasteners attached at another end of the cover are adapted to removably attach the cover over the bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael T. Dobbertin, James N. Alkins, Bradley S. Bush
  • Publication number: 20130256363
    Abstract: A line guiding structure comprises a round guiding shaft, a fixing unit, an elastic element, a linear bearing and a wheel set. The round guiding shaft comprises a fixing and an open end. The fixing unit is used for fixing the round guiding shaft and comprises a fixing base and a bearing. The fixing base is disposed on mechanical equipment, and the bearing is disposed in the fixing base. The elastic element is sleeved on the round guiding shaft and comprises a first end and a second end. The linear bearing is sleeved on the round guiding shaft. A connecting piece is disposed on the linear bearing. The wheel set comprises a fixing plate, a supporting frame and two pulleys. The fixing plate is connected on the connecting piece. A slide hole is formed between two opposite pulley surfaces of the two pulleys for a line to pass through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hong-Tao Deng
  • Publication number: 20130240593
    Abstract: A sheet transport device includes: a sheet transporting unit that transports a sheet; a sheet guiding member that is divided into plural member portions and guides the sheet transported from the sheet transporting unit; and a common locating member that is arranged on sides of the sheet guiding member which sandwich the member portions of the sheet guiding member, and collectively locates and holds the member portions of the sheet guiding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Maeyama
  • Publication number: 20130161369
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding mechanism adapted to a paper roll is disclosed. The automatic document feeding mechanism includes a first pivotal member, a document pressing module, a driving member and a document guiding module. The document pressing module is pivoted to the first pivotal member for pressing the paper roll. The driving member is for driving the document pressing module, such that the document pressing module respectively presses the paper roll in a first position and a second position. The document guiding module is connected to the document pressing module. The document guiding module is driven by the document pressing module to move from a first guiding position to a second guiding position when the document pressing module is moved from the first position to the second position, so as to adjust a gap between the document guiding module and the paper roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: HITI DIGITAL, INC.
    Inventor: HITI DIGITAL, INC.
  • Patent number: 8450645
    Abstract: A flexible guide device for a welding wire, formed by a plurality of individual elements which are connected to each other in an articulated manner, characterized in that the individual elements are adapted to swivel in relation to each other in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Sidergas SpA
    Inventor: Carlo Gelmetti
  • Patent number: 8437014
    Abstract: A printed sheet handling system and method for use with lazy-portrait narrow-end to narrow-end (LPEE) formatted pages web printed pages to produce document sets includes: a printer to print LPEE formatted paired document pages on a continuous web; a slitter that divides the LPEE formatted printed web into two streams of sheets; collecting each stream in separate rolls of continuous sheets; withdrawing the stream of continuous sheets from a top of one roll, rotating the second roll 180°, and withdrawing the stream of continuous sheets from a bottom of the second roll; transferring each of the unwound streams of continuous sheets to a cutter that cuts each stream into individual pages; and collating the individual pages into correctly aligned and page number-sequenced document sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: DST Output
    Inventors: Frank W. Delfer, Charles B. Clupper, Marc J. Fagan, Brett Jay Flickner, Matthew Thomas Leettola, John Lawrence Arndt
  • Publication number: 20130100223
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising: a sheet conveyance path; a loop forming unit that is disposed on the sheet conveyance path and bends, in a loop, the sheet to be conveyed; and a guide unit that is stepwise high at both sides whereas low at the center, as viewed in a sheet conveyance direction, and extends in the sheet conveyance direction, wherein the sheet sagging in the loop by the loop forming unit enters a guide region being defined between opposite guide faces of paired steps in the stepwise guide unit and having a width according to the width of the sheet, so that the side edges of the sheet abut against the guide faces, thus correcting the skewing of the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
  • Patent number: 8413921
    Abstract: A supporting mechanism is provided that prevents swings and deflections of a long piece of material, as well as eliminates any scratches of it that may arise when it is being processed. The supporting mechanism includes a group of spherical bodies C, four pieces of movable supporting members 1, and coil springs 2. The group of spherical bodies C comprises a first group of spherical bodies C1. The movable supporting members 1 are provided around the second group of spherical bodies C2, contacting the periphery of the group. The coil springs 2 are a biasing device that pushes the movable supporting members 1 toward the central axis of the long piece of material W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitugi Umemura
  • Publication number: 20130056512
    Abstract: In accordance with the embodiments of the present invention, a printer comprises: a printer main body which is changeable in mounting gesture; an accommodation section arranged in the printer main body to accommodate the roll paper fed from an opening section; a feeding section arranged to feed the paper from the accommodation section; and a printing section arranged to print on the paper fed by the feeding section, wherein the accommodation section is formed in such a manner that the peripheral wall thereof is gradually enlarged towards the opening section, and is provided with a regulator which regulates and fixes the position of the roll paper in width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Akira Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Publication number: 20130020370
    Abstract: A turning unit for sheet-like substrates has at least one first turning element with a basic body having an outer, round substrate contact surface for deflecting the substrate. The deflection is from a first sheet conveying direction to a second sheet conveying direction describing a predetermined angle to the first sheet conveying direction. Furthermore, a channel structure is provided that is formed in the substrate contact surface and onto which open a plurality of gas outlet openings which are in fluid communication with a gas supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Erwin Grave, Uwe Goldbeck
  • Patent number: 8338752
    Abstract: A modular portable welding wire feeder housed in a easily removable and interchangeable housing. The wire feeder includes a wire feeding module conveniently mounted inside of the housing. The housing is configured so that it may easily be removed from the wire feeing module, thereby allowing the housing to be easily replaced or exchanged as needed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Enyedy, Kenneth L. Justice
  • Patent number: 8308037
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining uniform tension across a width of a web includes a roller, a first arm and a second arm, a plurality of devices, and a plurality of links. The roller includes a shaft, about which the roller rotates, that defines an axis of rotation. The first arm and the second arm are coupled to opposite sides of the shaft of the roller and to a corresponding one of the plurality of devices such that each device is allowed two degrees of rotational freedom about the arm to which it is coupled. Each of the devices is pivotably coupled to a corresponding one of the plurality of links such that the roller is allowed to pivot about a first axis. Each link is pivotably coupled to a stationary frame such that the roller is allowed to pivot about a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, Randy E. Armbruster, Ruth H. Parker, Nathan J. Turner
  • Publication number: 20120187174
    Abstract: A system for providing damage-free travel of media on media path in an image-forming apparatus is described. The system includes a roller configured to transport media on the media path and one or more guides positioned at either end of the roller. Each guide includes an inner end extending into the media path, and an outer end extending beyond the media path, the outer end having a height greater than the height of the inner end. Moreover, the surface between the inner end and the outer end is concave in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: ERIC TOUSSAINT
  • Publication number: 20120111913
    Abstract: A guide roller for wires, comprising a coating support (1) in the form of a hollow cylinder which is slidable parallel to the longitudinal direction, on which a coating (4) is fixed permanently by adhesion, and having guide grooves for the wires, and which is supported on a hub part by a stabilising support (2) made from CFP or metal, wherein the coating support (1) is made of CFP and is secured on the stabilising support (2) only by a cylindrical or conical press-fitting, avoiding the use of a screw connection
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: XPERION GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Henss, Marcus Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20120104068
    Abstract: A triple roll entry guide where the guide has two sets of operation, a first which operates as a standard triple roller entry guide. Here the guide functions as a standard guide wherein three levers are pivoted about a work product axis to guide the work product into the reduction rolls of the mill. The guide will accept a predetermined size range of work products. In this instance the rollers of the guide overcome the force holding the levers in their usual working position and force the levers to assume a new position which the work product is accepted in the guide. This is the second method of operation, and in it the levers of the guide are “preloaded” so that the guide functions as a standard guide under prescribed conditions. Under conditions which lead to the acceptance of a work product of a larger diameter in the predetermined size range the levers of the guide overcome the force which limits the maximum position of the levers of the guide and the work product is accepted by the guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Mario Fabris
  • Publication number: 20120031944
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are to a conveying device which includes a conveying mechanism configured to convey a mount with a web material provided thereon in a conveying direction; and an abutting member including an edge portion extending in a widthwise direction intersecting with the conveying direction and configured to allow the edge portion to abut against the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Haruo Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20120000959
    Abstract: A turn down apparatus is disclosed for guiding a hot rolled product moving along a downwardly curved path. The apparatus comprises a stationary support structure having an open bottomed channel following the contour of the curved path. The channel has a top surface overlying the path, sides extending downwardly from the top surface, and ledges projecting inwardly from the sides. Wear resistant inserts are affixed in place in the channel. The inserts are arranged to line the top surface of the channel, with sides of the inserts overlapping the inwardly projecting ledges, and with the lengths of the inserts defining chords of the curved path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Keith Fiorucci
  • Patent number: 8016224
    Abstract: An edge guide is described that is adapted to restrict lateral movement of a flexible web as the web advances past the guide, the web comprising top and bottom face surfaces and two lateral edge surfaces, the guide comprising (i) a multi-sided body, and (ii) a cavity in one side of the body, the cavity comprising (a) a curved support surface adapted to receive a first lateral edge and to support a portion of the bottom face surface of the web as the web moves laterally into the cavity of and advances past the guide, and (b) a hard stop above, and in one embodiment, continuous with the curved support surface, the stop adapted to engage the first lateral edge of the web and block any further lateral movement of the web over the curved support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Bandholz, Richard L. Carriere
  • Patent number: 8002944
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method by which a material may be placed onto a moving web in a transverse orientation. At least two assemblies, which carry either a first and a second web or a single web, periodically overlap each other in an alternating fashion such that a material may be placed upon their respective carried webs in a transverse manner. The first and second assemblies translate in a direction of web movement in order to modify the velocity of the web carried upon the assembly. Thus, with the velocities of the assemblies capable of being varied, the material may be placed in a transverse manner upon the moving web along with various other orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Christoph Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20110129279
    Abstract: An edge guide includes a fixed surface over which a print media can travel, a surface that is contactable with an edge of the print media, and a mechanism that is configured to apply a nesting force to the print media to cause it to move toward the surface that is contactable with the edge of the print media. The force, that is applied to the print media by the mechanism, has a magnitude that is adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, Randy E. Armbruster, Ruth H. Parker
  • Publication number: 20110129278
    Abstract: An edge guide is provided. A structure includes curved surface over which a print media can travel. The print media includes a first edge and a second edge that is opposite the first edge. A first media guide is contactable with the first edge of the print media. A second media guide is contactable with the second edge of the print media. The second media guide is spaced apart from the first media guide. A relative spacing between the second media guide and the first media guide is adjustable such that a distance between the first media guide and the second media guide is variable. The second media guide includes a mechanism that applies a nesting force to the second edge of the print media to cause the first edge of the print media to move toward and contact the first media guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, Randy E. Armbruster, Ruth H. Parker
  • Publication number: 20110067539
    Abstract: A film positioner includes at least one film guide having a plurality of parallel guide bars. The guide bars are operably receptive to at least one film material strip and extend at least partially across the film positioner with axes nonparallel to a lateral extent of the film positioner. A method of changing a lateral position of at least one film material strip includes wrapping the at least one film material strip is around a first guide bar of the plurality of guide bars, thereby turning the at least one material strip to a guide angle from the flow direction. The at least one material strip is wrapped around a second guide bar of the plurality of guide bars, thereby turning the at least one material strip from the turn angle back to the flow direction at a second lateral position different from the first lateral position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: STANDARD KNAPP INC.
    Inventor: Arkadiy Turchin