With Particular Guide Or Guard Patents (Class 242/566)
  • Patent number: 10377603
    Abstract: A trailing portion of a sheet drawn out of a sheet roll is discharged with a simple configuration. In a case where a trailing portion of the sheet is drawn out of the sheet roll, a driven roller is brought into press-contact with a core of the sheet roll via the trailing portion, whereby the trailing portion is discharged by utilizing the rotation of the core of the sheet roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Sumioka
  • Patent number: 10364128
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling a vertically extending member includes a device having a stop member and a speed control member for controlling movement of the vertically extending member such as an elevator load bearing member during a roping procedure. In a disclosed example, the stop member is biased into a stop position where the vertically extending member is locked between a brake pad and a guiding member so that the vertically extending member cannot move relative to the device. An example input member for moving the stop member out of the stop position comprises a foot pedal that can be manipulated to control a position of the stop member. Absent manual manipulation of the input member, the stop member prevents movement of the vertically extending member. In a disclosed example, a speed control member comprises a pad that selectively engages a vertically extending member responsive to manual manipulation of a handle for moving the pad relative to a base of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Valery Sheynkman, Richard S. Blakelock, Troy R. Chicoine, Douglas B. LaBrecque, Craig A. Buckley, William J. Derwin
  • Patent number: 9731948
    Abstract: There is described a method for feeding a supply station (6) of a packaging unit (1) with a new reel (3a) of sheet packaging material, comprising the steps of releasably connecting a sheet packaging material holder (11) to a support structure (5); coupling an end portion (52) of new reel (3a) with holder (11) connected, in turn, to support structure (5); carrying out on end portion (52) at least an operation, which is preliminary for joining of end portion (52) to a first edge (53) of a terminated reel (3a?, 3b) previously connected to packaging unit (1); moving new reel (3) together with holder (11) from support structure (5) towards supply station (6); and releasably connecting a fixed part (12) of supply station (6) to holder (11) together with new reel (3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Brighenti, Renzo Bellei, Andrea Polizzi
  • Patent number: 9289795
    Abstract: Exemplary pressurization and coating systems, methods, and apparatuses are described herein. In certain embodiments, pressurization systems, methods, and apparatuses are used in conjunction with coating systems, methods, and apparatuses to control pressure about a substrate after a coating material is applied to a surface of the substrate. An exemplary system includes a die tool configured to apply a coating material to a substrate passing through the die tool and a pressurization apparatus attached to the die tool and forming a pressurization chamber. The pressurization apparatus is configured to receive the substrate from the die tool and control pressure about the substrate in the pressurization chamber. In certain embodiments, the die tool forms a coating chamber and is configured to apply the coating material on at least one surface of the substrate in the coating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Gordon L. King, Don A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9027871
    Abstract: A roller for a sheet product dispenser includes a roller shaft, a roller frame molded onto the roller shaft, and a plurality of flexible rubber portions overmolded onto the roller frame and spaced along a length of the roller frame. The rubber portions are configured to contact a sheet product for dispensing from the sheet product dispenser. A dispensing mechanism for a sheet product dispenser includes a chassis and a roller positioned within and coupled to the chassis. The roller includes a roller shaft, a roller frame molded onto the roller shaft, and a plurality of flexible rubber portions overmolded onto the roller frame and spaced along a length of the roller frame. The rubber portions are configured to contact a sheet product for dispensing from the sheet product dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Bret A. Kuehneman, Joseph A. Racz, Mark R. Grobarchik, Jeffrey A. Wierschke, Antonio M. Cittadino, Christopher M. Reinsel
  • Patent number: 9022270
    Abstract: A flexible and continuous substrates-conveying sheet has a plurality of to be processed substrates disposed on or in it. A nondestructive transferring unit includes a plurality of first transferring rolls and a plurality of second transferring rolls. The first transferring rolls make contact with a first surface of the substrates-conveying sheet where that surface can have electrostatically-induced charge formed thereon. Each of the first transferring rolls includes a first central portion charged with a positive electric charge and a first outer portion surrounding the first central portion. The second transferring rolls make contact with the first surface of the substrates-conveying sheet. The second transferring rolls are disposed alternately with the first transferring rolls. Each of the second transferring rolls includes a second central portion charged with a negative electric charge and a second outer portion surrounding the second central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Hyuk Chang
  • Patent number: 9016614
    Abstract: A fishing line reeling apparatus for loading a spool of fishing line about a reel of a fishing pole includes a clamp capable of being anchored to a ledge of an existing support surface, and a bracket attached to the clamp wherein the bracket has a dowel capable of rotatably receiving and suspending the existing spool of fishing line above the existing support surface. An arm is located subjacent to the dowel and statically mated to the bracket. The arm has an eyelet attached to a distal end thereof such the fishing line is downwardly guided from the spool and urged along a longitudinal length of the arm prior to passing through the eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Emmett Pouncil
  • Patent number: 8991739
    Abstract: A web winding apparatus comprises a cutter, a web pressing member and a roller which are movable together between two bobbins supported respectively by two rotational center members. The cutter cuts a web being transferred, the web pressing member presses an end portion of the web cut with the cutter on the bobbin being empty, and the roller transfers the web being transferred to come, toward the bobbins. The apparatus further comprises two peripheral covers independently turnable around the rotational center members and respectively covering parts of outer peripheral surfaces of the webs wound on the two bobbins. Each of the peripheral covers respectively having circumferential openings is turnable selectively to a first position to direct the circumferential opening toward the roller and a second position to partition the bobbin side covered thereby and the roller side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Naohisa Niwa, Toshiyoshi Ichikawa, Norihito Sakakibara
  • Publication number: 20150076278
    Abstract: A tape printer includes a guide portion guiding a label and having a first and a second guide portion. The first guide portion is arranged on a first end portion side with respect to a central line in a width direction of a feed path such that the portion does not include the central line in the width direction. The second guide portion is arranged on a second end portion side in the width direction such that the portion includes the central line. When a connecting portion connecting the first and the second guide portion is taken as a reference, the first guide portion is formed such that a height of the first guide portion substantially increases toward the first end portion side in the width direction. The second guide portion is formed such that a height of the second guide portion is substantially uniform in the width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ryoya Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150060592
    Abstract: A medium loading device that is arranged adjacent to an image forming apparatus that includes a medium supply roller that carries a medium, includes a medium guide part that has a guide surface along which the medium is guided toward the medium supply roller, and is arranged on an upstream side of the medium supply roller in a medium carrying direction; a medium end contact part that is arranged on an upstream side of the medium guide part in the medium carrying direction, is positioned below the guide surface of the medium guide part in the vertical direction, and is configured to contact an medium upstream end of the medium so that a portion of the medium is upwardly supported when the medium upstream end of the medium contacts the medium end contact part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Masahiro FUKUDA
  • Patent number: 8931726
    Abstract: To provide a wire unwinding auxiliary device capable of, compared to a conventional device, effectively preventing an unwound wire material from getting twisted, entangled or flawed. A wire unwinding auxiliary device used for guiding an unwound wire material when unwinding the wire material which is wound in a coiled shape. The device comprises a plurality of rotation members 1a-1e on which the unwound wire material is set to run therethrough, and a non-rotation member 2 provided adjacent to at least a rotation member 1a through which the wire material passes first in the plurality of rotation members 1a-1e, thereby a running path of the wire material is stabilized between the non-rotation member 2 and the rotation member 1a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Yuuki Omae
  • Publication number: 20140346271
    Abstract: This bobbin unwinding device (32A (32B)) is provided with a bobbin support shaft (33) which rotatably supports a bobbin (B) around which a band-like fiber bundle (F) is wound, a fixed guide (35) which changes the running direction of the fiber bundle (F) unwound from the bobbin (B), and an auxiliary roller (34) arranged between the bobbin (B) and the fixed guide (35), wherein the fixed guide (35) is arranged such that the shaft center of the fixed guide (35) is substantially perpendicular to the shaft center of the bobbin support shaft (33), and the auxiliary roller (34) is arranged such that the shaft center of the auxiliary roller (34) is parallel or substantially parallel to the shaft center of the bobbin support shaft (33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Motohiro Tanigawa, Daigoro Nakamura, Ken Hatta
  • Publication number: 20140313271
    Abstract: A sheet-supply device internally defining a supply route through which to supply a sheet. The sheet-supply device includes a supply member to supply the sheet from a rolled long sheet, a guide member to guide the sheet to the supply member, provided upstream in a direction in which the sheet is moved to the supply member and, movable between a guide position at which the sheet is guided to the supply member and an escape position at which the guide member is away from the supply route of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeru Morinaga
  • Publication number: 20140306054
    Abstract: A supported strap twist device reorients a strap along a strap path. The device includes an inlet, an outlet and a reorienting section. The reorienting section includes a body having entrance and exit ends and a transition section therebetween. The transition section has a through-bore having a varying cross-sectional shape defining a race. The race has, at a first end, an opposed inwardly pinched circular profile defining a gap. The circular profile thins along the race toward an hourglass profile, and has, at a second end, an elongated shape. The gap has a substantially constant width along the race. The strap enters the first end at an angle relative to the second end and is reoriented to a desired orientation at the second end. The strap is supported by the race as it traverses therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Premark Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Termanas
  • Patent number: 8800909
    Abstract: A sheet-supply device internally defining a supply route through which to supply a sheet. The sheet-supply device includes a supply member to supply the sheet from a rolled long sheet, a guide member to guide the sheet to the supply member, provided upstream in a direction in which the sheet is moved to the supply member and, movable between a guide position at which the sheet is guided to the supply member and an escape position at which the guide member is away from the supply route of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Morinaga
  • Patent number: 8794561
    Abstract: A container includes side walls and a floor panel for packaging coiled wire, which may be welding wire. A wire dispensing apparatus is included that pays-off wire from the coil without tangling or twisting. The wire dispensing apparatus incorporates a plurality of flexible protrusions that extend from a base constructed to minimally contact the coil of wire. In particular, the wire dispensing apparatus incorporates an angled or curved base that rests against an inner circumference of the coiled wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabor Fabian
  • Publication number: 20140070045
    Abstract: A cable dispensing apparatus for laying cable has a support for a coil, e.g. a drum, of cable. A boom assembly that includes an arm extends from a location fixed relative to the coil support. Cable guides are fixed relative to the arm at an end of the arm remote from the support. In use the cable guides direct cable from the coil into a trench during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Albert Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140061359
    Abstract: A media spindle apparatus for supporting a media roll having media to be delivered to a printing apparatus. The apparatus includes a spindle configured to support the roll. The spindle defines an axial direction about which the roll rotates relative to the printing apparatus to deliver the media to the printing apparatus. A guide member is supported by the spindle and guides the media to the printing apparatus. The guide member is positionable in a first configuration in which a securing mechanism is disengaged and the guide member is translatable substantially in the axial direction relative to the spindle. The guide member is pivotable about the axial direction relative to the spindle to move to a second configuration and thereby engage the securing mechanism to inhibit the guide member from translating in the axial direction relative to the spindle and pivoting from the second configuration to the first configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Rudolf W. Riegner, III, Sin Yong Alvin Tay, Brian Flood
  • Patent number: 8608406
    Abstract: A reeled pipe storage reel with a large diameter hollow cylindrical shaft, reel shaft bearing support structures installed on the vessel, and a reel drive arrangement mounted on the vessel. The shaft across the width of the reel provides structural stiffness and consistent alignment of the bearings on each end of the shaft. Each end of the shaft extends beyond the reel and includes a section for connection to a lifting sling, a section for the machine bearing surface, and a section for absorbing initial contact with the vessel during installation. The reel shaft bearing support structures on the vessel include a fixed portion to match the bearing area of the reel shaft and a movable portion to absorb initial contact during installation of the reel. The reel drive arrangement is located on linkages so they can be manipulated in the plane of the reel flange for movement into engagement with the drive gear on the reel flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: J. Ray McDermott, S.A.
    Inventor: Leland Harris Taylor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8602342
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a yarn-carrying and dispensing apparatus. The embodiments described allow knitters to easily transport, carry and use balls of yarn for knitting. The embodiments prevent the ball of yarn from rolling away or getting tangled or intertwined. The embodiments also easily and smoothly dispense the yarn, making the knitting more efficient and easier for the knitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Kathleen Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8590822
    Abstract: A welding-wire-storing pail pack is provided in which a pressing member includes an annular body positioned on a coil of welding wire, a pressing margin extending from a position on an underside of the body at an inner peripheral edge of the coil toward an axis of the coil, and a projection provided on an inner peripheral edge of the pressing margin in such a manner as to project downward. The body has an inner diameter of 200 to 470 mm. A gap of 10 mm at the minimum is provided between an inner shell and the body. The pressing member weighs 600 to 2000 g. Thus, the wire is prevented from being tangled and/or kinked when being pulled out, and the occurrence of decoiling failure is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Arita, Satoshi Ando, Keishuku Araki
  • Publication number: 20130270385
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding wire to wire-processing machines, in which the wire is drawn off from a pay-off reel holding a wire coil and rotatable about a spindle and fed to a wire feeder upstream of the wire-processing machine, wherein at least one wire-deflecting device, via which the wire drawn off from the pay-off reel is guided and released towards the wire feeder, is connected downstream of the pay-off reel in the wire draw-off direction, and wherein a wire-storage device is provided upstream of the wire feeder, this apparatus presents a guide path, forming a closed circuit, on which the wire runs and the diameter of which can be altered between a smaller value corresponding to an inner radial position of the guide path and a larger value corresponding to an outer radial position of the guide path, wherein the guide path is spring-pretensioned towards the outer radial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: WAFIOS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jürgen Wolf, Uwe-Peter Weigmann, Ralph Steinmaier, Stefan Jetter
  • Patent number: 8528301
    Abstract: A method of facing a roof structure includes securing a facing to respective lower flanges of first and second spaced-apart purlins of the roof structure, with the facing extending directly between the respective lower flanges of the first and second purlins. A carriage is suspended from purlins of the roof structure and supports a roll of facing. The facing is dispensed and adhesively secured to the purlins by moving the carriage relative to the purlins and/or by maintaining the carriage in a stationary position and pulling facing from the roll of facing supported on the carriage. The resulting faced roof structure provides an enhanced appearance and more uniform and higher R-value insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Lamtec Corporation
    Inventors: Hal J. Robbins, John A. Post, Thomas Florian
  • Publication number: 20130193259
    Abstract: The subject embodiments are directed to a wire packaging system for a coil of welding wire defining a bore, the system including a container adapted to receive the coil therein, the container having a base; a wire retainer having a base portion adapted to overlie the coil, the base portion defining an aperture adapted to overlie the bore of the coil; the base portion including a first support and a second support located on opposite sides of the aperture; each support extending upward from the base portion; a hold down assembly including a restraint supported near the base of the container and extending upward through the aperture to attach to a hold down member, the hold down member having first and second ends engageable with the first and second supports and the restraint adapted to apply a compressive force to the supports via attachment of the restraint to the hold down member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Weissbrod, Herbert Matthews
  • Patent number: 8448891
    Abstract: A yarn storage device provided for supplying yarns to a yarn processing device has a number of yarn storage tubes (1) which are each provided with an input side (2) along which the yarn is supplied to the yarn store (4) and an output side (3) along which the yarn is delivered from the yarn store (4) to the yarn processing device. The yarn storage device also has a yarn loader which is provided for introducing the yarn into the respective yarn storage tube (1) in the form of successive windings which form the yarn store. A yarn is guided in a yarn storage tube of a yarn storage device of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: NV Michael Van de Wiele
    Inventors: Koen Bruynoghe, Peter Garnett
  • Publication number: 20130126662
    Abstract: The subject embodiments are directed to a system to allow an uninterrupted flow of a coil welding wire from one container to another container, the coil of welding wire including a coil top and a coil bottom. Each container includes at least one vertically extending side wall, a closed bottom, a top opening for removing the welding wire and a wire coil receiving cavity within the outer packaging for receiving the wire coil, the feeding end and the trailing end being positionable near the top opening. A wire retaining ring is disposed on the coil top in the container and another said container, the wire retaining ring includes a slot that extends radially from a center of the coil to allow the trailing end of the coil to be drawn at a location away from the center of the coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Herbert MATTHEWS, III
  • Publication number: 20130126663
    Abstract: The subject embodiments are directed to a system to allow an uninterrupted flow of a coil welding wire from one container to another container, the coil of welding wire including a coil top and a coil bottom. Each container includes at least one vertically extending side wall, a closed bottom, a top opening for removing the welding wire and a wire coil receiving cavity within the outer packaging for receiving the wire coil, the feeding end and the trailing end being positionable near the top opening. A wire retaining ring is disposed on the coil top in the container and another said container, the wire retaining ring includes a slot that extends radially from a center of the coil to allow the trailing end of the coil to be drawn at a location away from the center of the coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Herbert Matthews, III, Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Publication number: 20130082133
    Abstract: A sheet storing device comprises an opening section that opens upwards and let a roll paper in and out; and a storing section that includes a roll paper receiving wall wherein in a paper feeding direction of a continuous-feed paper pulled from the roll paper the movement of the roll paper towards the paper feeding direction is controlled, a surface opposite to the roll paper slopes in an acute angle relative to a horizontal direction, and stores the roll paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8393810
    Abstract: The present invention provides a media guide system for guiding media unwound from a roll of a roll assembly along a direction of roll feeding in a printer. The guide system includes a guide base including a datum edge guide surface and a plurality of edge guide receivers. The datum edge guide surface is aligned along a direction of roll feeding. The plurality of edge guide receivers is formed in the guide base and extends along the direction of roll feeding. When the roll assembly is loaded into the guide base by engaging an edge guide of the roll assembly into at least one of the plurality of edge guide receivers, the datum edge guide surface of the guide base and the edge guide of the roll assembly serve as edge guides to guide the roll through the printer during a printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Bandholz, Richard L. Carriere, Robert J. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 8376260
    Abstract: A device for loading strips of wipe material for wipe material dispensing machines of the type including a housing that accommodates lateral side pieces which support a drum including a cutting device and a strip of material located above the drum, is distinctive in that it comprises a dual arrangement with, firstly, an enclosure that is concentric with the drum and defines, together with the drum, a gap through which the strip of material passes and, secondly, at least two rollers arranged parallel to each other and rotatably mounted relative to the lateral side pieces of the housing and meshing with a sprocket joined to the drum. An intermediate roller is fitted between the at least two rollers and make it possible to insert the strip of material into the gap between the enclosure and the drum and then eject it towards the front of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Maurice Granger
  • Patent number: 8366262
    Abstract: A sheet feeder for transporting a sheet unreeled from a roll includes a feed roller to unreel the sheet from the roll, a registration roller to transport the sheet unreeled by the feed roller to the image forming unit, a pressure roller pressing against the registration roller, forming a registration nip together with the registration roller, a movable sheet guide to guide the sheet to the registration roller, disposed between the feed roller and the registration roller in a sheet conveyance path, a support member to movably support the movable sheet guide relative to an apparatus body in which the sheet feeder is disposed, and a bias member to bias the sheet guide toward the sheet. The movable sheet guide wraps more of the sheet around the registration roller as a degree of tension of the sheet increases by moving against a bias force exerted by the bias member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshio Miyamoto, Akito Yoshimaru, Atsuo Tokunaga, Shigeru Morinaga
  • Publication number: 20130001351
    Abstract: A printer includes a mainframe including a front face part that has an opening through which a recording medium passes; a guide unit connected to the mainframe on a first side of the front face part; a printer mechanism unit configured to perform printing on the recording medium, and connected to the mainframe on a second side of the front face part opposite to the first side thereof; an arm unit having a first end connected to the mainframe; and a shaft unit configured to hold a roll of the recording medium, and connected to a second end of the arm unit, wherein the guide unit is configured to guide the recording medium so as to feed the recording medium to the printer mechanism unit through the opening of the front face part of the mainframe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiro Tsuchiya, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masaru Kihara
  • Publication number: 20120305696
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a housing for receiving toweling. The housing includes a main body; a loading door that is configured to rotate relative to the main body between a closed position and an open position; and a guide system that includes a first roller attached to the main body and a second roller attached to the loading door. The towel dispenser may include a motor for driving dispensing of the toweling from the housing and an associated sensor. The towel dispenser can be mounted to an underside of a cabinet. In an aspect, the front wall of the main body and a lip of the loading door collectively define a gap to which the guiding system guides the toweling and through which towels are dispensed when the loading door is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Publication number: 20120285628
    Abstract: A plurality of tape feeders are held by a feeder holding device in a state in which component supply portions of the respective tape feeders are arranged in a plurality of rows each extending along a plurality of straight lines parallel to each other in one plane. Each of the plurality of tape feeders is separable into first portions and second portions, the first portions include: a reel holding portion configured to hold a reel on which a taped component is wound; the component supply portion; a taped-component guide portion configured to guide, to the component supply portion, the taped component drawn from the reel, the second portions respectively including taped-component feeding devices each for feeding the taped component to the component supply portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Katsumi, Yukinori Takada
  • Patent number: 8302894
    Abstract: The invention is a restrainer for a spool (10) of thread to prevent the thread (13) from being freely drawn off of the spool (10). It comprises a resilient element (12) that extends around the circumference of the outer surface (14) of the spool (10) so that the thread (13) being drawn from the spool (10) must pass between the outer surface of the spool (10) at the inner surface of the resilient element (12) there by impeding the free removal of the thread (13). The invention prevents excessive thread being jerked from the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Merctech Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Ennio Mercuri, Gervasio Mercuri
  • Publication number: 20120199687
    Abstract: A rolled medium holder device includes: a guide member; a holder unit, including a shaft portion that holds a roll-shaped rolled medium, that is slidable relative to the guide member; and a stopper member, provided in the holder unit, that makes surface contact with the outer circumferential surface of the guide member. Here, the pressing force exerted on the outer circumferential surface of the guide member by the stopper member between two different points of the stopper member in the circumferential direction of the guide member can be adjusted; the holder unit is immobilized by increasing the pressing force; and the holder unit can be slid by reducing the pressing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki KOBAYASHI, Seijun HORIE, Hisashi TENPAKU
  • Publication number: 20120141183
    Abstract: A tape route maintaining mechanism for maintaining a predetermined position of a feeding route of a tape-shaped material in a tape processing unit provided to perform predetermined processing for the tape-shaped material, along which route the tape-shaped material drawn from a tape body that contains the tape-shaped material being wound around a tape core, includes: a tape case which is configured to accommodate the tape body such that the tape body can freely rotate; and a route change member provided on the tape case and being configured to change the route of the tape-shaped material drawn from the tape body and to guide the tape-shaped material toward the tape processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kubota
  • Patent number: 8157202
    Abstract: A container comprising a housing that is configured to rotatably mount a filament supply spool, and a filament guide mechanism mountable within a channel of the housing, where the filament guide mechanism comprises a filament pathway configured to guide the filament from the filament supply spool rotatably mounted in the interior chamber, and a sensor configured to detect the presence of the filament through at least a portion of the filament pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Taatjes, Patrick W. Turley, Martin G. Zalusky, Thomas P. Paul
  • Publication number: 20120061504
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for transporting and/or unloading and/or installing a flexible pipe. The apparatus comprises at least one support member for supporting a reel member carrying a wound flexible pipe and a plurality of reel rim guide elements for locating the reel member at a desired location with respect to the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Powell
  • Patent number: 8079778
    Abstract: An improved device for simultaneously unrolling geotextile fabric and dispensing an aggregate layer for road construction comprises a hanger bar coupled to a vehicle frame. The hanger bar supports a roller bar adapted to carry a fabric roll. A dragger couples the hanger bar and arranges to present a dead-weight member on top of the fabric. An improved method using the improved device drags the chain on top of the fabric as it unrolls, thus holding the fabric in place. At the same time, a conveyered aggregate delivery system dispenses gravel on top of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Byron Kelly Colkitt
  • Patent number: 8079236
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process and a device for the winding of nets (1) knitted from thrums (2) and wefts (3) to a given winding width at a winding point. For this the thrums (2) of the knitted net are guided along spacer elements (5, 9, 14) ahead of the winding point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: RKW SE
    Inventors: Horst Willner, Kurt Gebhardt, Lutz Kaufmann, Jürgen Piazzi
  • Patent number: 8074347
    Abstract: A structured cabling tool includes an outer frame base supporting axle mounts that in turn support cable axles, the outer frame being extended in a ready for use condition and compacted in a ready for transport condition; inner frame arms supported within the outer frame base, the inner frame arms fixable upright orthogonal to the extended outer frame base in the ready for use condition and coextensive with the compacted outer frame in the ready for transport condition; a cable sorting threader supported between the inner frame arms; and a revolvable tape segmenting spindle supported by the inner frame arms below the cable sorting threader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Bruce Anderson, Gregory Lindholm
  • Patent number: 8042757
    Abstract: A wire guiding device includes a base and a guide portion for streamlining the flow of coiled wire from a storage container. Side walls may be included to bridge the distance between the device and the storage container to prevent wire from rising upward around the outside of the wire guiding device. As the amount of wire in the bin decreases, the wire guiding device will float downward maintaining constant downward pressure on the coil of wire. Wire in the storage container will therefore be drawn out in a smooth manner limiting or substantially preventing tangles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Bender, David Barton, Herbert Matthews
  • Patent number: 7984871
    Abstract: A printing apparatus and a roll paper transportation device which reduces the space needed to accommodate a roll paper buffer mechanism unit and paper detection unit, and to reduce poor electrical contact in the contact part of the paper detection unit. The roll paper transportation device has a paper detection unit 8 for detecting the presence of roll paper 5, and a buffer mechanism unit 7 for absorbing variation in roll paper tension in order to keep the roll paper 5 tension less than or equal to a predetermined level. The buffer mechanism unit 7 forms a housing unit 16 for housing at least part of the paper detection unit 8 in a common area disposed in the buffer mechanism unit 7 enabling the paper detection unit 8 and buffer unit 7 to operate in unison without interfering with the operation of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Nagata
  • Patent number: 7975951
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing one or more yarn sources are disclosed. Namely, several embodiments of containers are disclosed, in which the container can be custom-configured to dispense yarn from one or more yarn sources with reduced tangling or knotting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Mary Sara Arnoff
  • Patent number: 7950523
    Abstract: A retainer for a welding wire coil has a plurality of fingers (38) and a base element (32) with an upper surface (34) and a lower surface (36), the fingers (38) extending downwardly beyond the lower surface (36) of the retainer (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Sidergas SpA
    Inventor: Carlo Gelmetti
  • Patent number: 7938351
    Abstract: A container comprising a housing that is configured to rotatably mount a filament supply spool, and a filament guide mechanism mountable within a channel of the housing, where the filament guide mechanism comprises a filament pathway configured to guide the filament from the filament supply spool rotatably mounted in the interior chamber, and a sensor configured to detect the presence of the filament through at least a portion of the filament pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Taatjes, Patrick W. Turley, Martin G. Zalusky, Thomas P. Paul
  • Patent number: 7938352
    Abstract: A container includes side walls and a floor panel for packaging coiled wire, which may be welding wire. A wire dispensing apparatus is included that pays-off wire from the coil without tangling or twisting. The wire dispensing apparatus incorporates a plurality of flexible protrusions that extend from a base constructed to minimally contact the coil of wire. In particular, the wire dispensing apparatus incorporates an angled or curved base that rests against an inner circumference of the coiled wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabor Fabian
  • Patent number: 7926758
    Abstract: An apparatus for roll-to-roll processing includes a first roller for converting the transmission of a roll of flexible material from a first direction to a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction, a second roller spaced apart from the first roller and extending transversely with respect to the first roller for converting the transmission of the roll of flexible material from the second direction to a third direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction, and a third roller spaced apart from the second roller and extending perpendicularly with respect to the first roller for converting the transmission of the roll of flexible material from the third direction to a fourth direction, wherein the roll of flexible material includes a first side and a second side, and wherein the first roller, the second roller and the third roller contact the same one of the first side and the second side of the roll of flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Wan-Wen Chiu, Chao-Kai Cheng, Jie-Kai Chang, Cheng-Yi Wang
  • Publication number: 20110068214
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a main body; a loading door that rotates relative to the main body between open and closed positions; and a guide system that is configured to guide the toweling within the housing while towels are dispensed from the housing. The guide system includes a first roller attached to the main body and having a first toothed surface, and a second roller attached to the loading door and having a second toothed surface that is configured to mesh with the first toothed surface. The toothed surfaces of the first roller and the second roller mesh together when the loading door moves into the closed position from the open position and do not preclude the loading door from moving into the closed position from the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: INNOVIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, LLC
    Inventors: William B. Troutman, William B. Troutman, II, Ian D. Kovacevich, Thomas James Philpott, Christopher Hoy, Lawrence Ober