With Conveyed Object Patents (Class 347/4)
  • Patent number: 5883643
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing on flat items during conveyance thereof in an item advancing direction include a perforated transport belt having a width, an outer face and an inner face. The outer face is oriented toward a first side of the perforated transport belt and the inner face is oriented toward a second side of the perforated transport belt. A cover belt is superposed on the inner face of the perforated transport belt for holding by friction an item sandwiched between the perforated transport belt and the cover belt. A drive moves the perforated transport belt and the cover belt together in the item advancing direction. A vacuum device extends along the outer face of the perforated transport belt on the first side thereof for pressing the item, sandwiched between and advanced by the perforated transport belt and the cover belt, with a pressing force against the inner face of the cover belt in a direction substantially perpendicular to the item advancing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Licentia Patent-Verwaltungs-GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Mok, Uwe Martin
  • Patent number: 5880747
    Abstract: A device for printing stock standing on one edge, in particular a piece of mail in a postage meter and/or addressing machine, includes a guide plate for the stock which is inclined relative to the vertical and has a recessed region for a printing device. A rotating conveyor has a conveying plane which extends orthogonal to the guide plate and on which the stock stands on one edge and is transported in one direction while resting against the guide plate. The recessed region includes at least one cutout and a region of the guide plate downstream of the cutout is so far recessed from a bearing surface for the stock that there is no contact with the latter in this location. This ensures sufficient penetration time for the ink and prevents smearing of the printed image. The printing device is an ink jet printing device which is stationary during printing and which has a nozzle plane that extends parallel to the guide plate. The guide plate is inclined a maximum of 45.degree. from vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia Aktiengesellschaft und Co.
    Inventors: Christian Bartenwerfer, Frank Geserich, Wolfgang Von Inten, Wilfried Kopanski, Wolf-Alexander Krumholz, Matthias Lorenzen, Dietrich Muller, Heinz Rehberg, Michael Schmidt-Kretschmer, Dieter Wolm, Michael Wolf
  • Patent number: 5850233
    Abstract: An ink printer for printing on a recording medium using a liquid ink includes at least one rotatable member arranged in a region of a transport path of the recording medium. The rotatable member is located so as to be capable of contacting liquid ink for forming an image on the recording medium. The rotatable member includes a radially outermost perimeter portion which serves as a recording medium contacting peripheral surface. The outermost perimeter portion has an outermost edge which is continuously contactable with the printing surface of the recording medium. The bonding force with respect to the ink on the outermost edge is less than the sum of a bonding force between the recording medium and the ink on a surface of the recording medium, and the cohesive force of the ink itself on the surface of the recording medium. As a result adherence of the ink to the contacting peripheral surface of the at least one rotatable member is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoji Otsuka, Hitoshi Sugimoto, Kentaro Yano
  • Patent number: 5824388
    Abstract: Clamping apparatus for disk-shaped information medium having a central hole, the disk-shaped information medium having a surface upon which information is to be printed, including a baseplate having holes; a slider guidably mounted on the baseplate for centering the disk-shaped information medium with the central hole; stationary holding elements arranged on the baseplate, and movable holding elements arranged on the slider, in such a way that when an information medium is placed in the clamping apparatus, a predetermined number of the stationary and movable holding elements are arranged along the outer periphery of the information medium, and the remainder of the stationary and movable holding elements are arranged along the inner periphery of the central hole of the information medium; a bottom plate positioned under the baseplate and movable perpendicular thereto; and information medium contact elements which are formed on the bottom plate and adapted to pass through holes in the baseplate and contact the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael Freund, Alexander Hirsch
  • Patent number: 5825375
    Abstract: A system for ink jet printing of messages on articles being fed forward one after another in a predetermined path. A terminal includes a keyboard for entering message data representative of the messages. A controller interconnected with the terminal processes the message data received from the terminal and stores the message data for the messages. The controller has an output port for providing serial output data in a bit map format representative of the messages. A plurality of ink jet printheads are serially connected and positioned adjacent the path of the articles to print the messages on the articles in response to the serial output data. A single cable connects the output port of the controller to the first printhead for providing the output data to the first printhead. A separate cable interconnects each printhead to its next succeeding printhead for serially providing the data to the remaining printheads so that the printheads are connected in a daisy chain configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Diagraph Corporation
    Inventors: Jimmy L. Droit, Ronald J. Johnsen, Mark V. Reinders, Mark K. Virkus
  • Patent number: 5815282
    Abstract: A cassette includes a cassette main member. The cassette main member has recessed and convexed surface regions on which color printing is formed. The color printing is formed by ejecting ink vertically downward from a series of three ink jet printing heads to form two printed layers and a third, protective layer. The first printed layer is a solid white base coating on which the second layer is printed. This second layer is full-color and is based on picture information. The third layer is formed over the full-color second layer and serves as a protective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Kano
  • Patent number: 5813326
    Abstract: A mailing machine is disclosed in which a digital printing device, preferably of the ink jet type, is mounted for movement between one of two printing positions, in one of which the printing device will print a postage indicia direction on envelopes being fed through the mailing machine, and in the other of which the printing device prints the postage indicia on a strip of tape which is extracted from the mailing machine and affixed to an envelope which is incapable of being fed through the mailing machine. There is also a third position for the printing device which is a maintenance position to which the printing device is moved after each or some other predetermined number of printing cycles for the purpose of cleaning the ink ejecting portion of the printing device and/or maintaining a suitable high ink solvent vapor atmosphere adjacent to the ink ejecting portion of the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Salomon
  • Patent number: 5806994
    Abstract: A mailing machine comprising a printer module, a transport device and a controller in operative communication with the transport device and the printer module. The printer module including an array of ink jet print elements for printing on an envelope and a repositioning device in operative engagement with the array of ink jet print elements for moving the array of ink jet print elements between a maintenance position and a print position. The transport device including suitable structure for feeding the envelope in a path of travel so that the envelope passes in opposed relationship to the array of ink jet print elements when the array of ink jet print elements are in the print position. The controller keeps an indicator of an amount of time elapsed between printing successive envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Hiram Coffy, Jerome E. Jackson, Richard A. Malin, Edilberto I. Salazar
  • Patent number: 5784171
    Abstract: A method for printing on a recording medium or on a cassette having the recording medium housed herein includes the steps of ejecting the ink by a first ink-jet printing head on the surface of the recording medium or of the cassette having the recording medium housed in it in a direction at right angles to the surface for forming an underlying layer, ejecting the ink by a second ink jet printing head supplied with data based on the printing picture information on the surface in a direction at right angles to the surface for forming a color printing layer on the underlying layer, and ejecting the ink by a third printing head on the printing layer in a direction at right angles to the surface for forming a protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Kano
  • Patent number: 5764249
    Abstract: An information recorder on a bundle of electric wires for recording desired information on a bundle of electric wires is disclosed. In the information recorder, an adhesive-backed tape piece is wound around the bundle of electric wires, after which a part number, a production number and a conduction test passing mark of the bundle of electric wires are printed on the surface of the tape piece by an inkjet printer. Furthermore, a wiring harness producing apparatus comprising the information recorder on a bundle of electric wires is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazumitsu Fukada
  • Patent number: 5758038
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a plurality of image forming units for forming, on an image receiving member such as a transfer sheet, toner images of a plurality of different colors such as magenta, cyan, yellow and black. Each of the image forming units includes a photosensitive drum serving as an image carrier, a developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image carried by the image carrier to form a color toner image, and a transfer device for transferring the toner image to the image receiving member. The developing device in the image forming unit for forming on the image receiving member the toner image of an (i+1)-th color is of the type capable of simultaneously performing both development and removal of residual toner. The transfer currents T.sub.i and T.sub.i+1 employed by the transfer units which perform transfer of the toner images of an i-th color and the (i+1)-th color satisfy the following condition (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kashia
    Inventors: Masahiro Itoh, Kenichiro Waki, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Ryo Inoue
  • Patent number: 5757389
    Abstract: A printing device for objects, which are continuously moved forward, in particular for parcels, wrapped magazine piles or the like, comprises a transport path, alongside of which the objects can be transported at a defined rate of feed. By means of an adjustable matrix printing head the surface to be printed of the objects can be printed in contactless manner when they pass the printing head. A scanning member, related to the transport direction of the objects, is arranged at a distance before the printing head. The scanning member scans the position of the surface to be printed of the objects and tracks the printing head according to the position of the surface to be printed of the objects by a corresponding control of an adjustment drive of the printing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignees: Horst Schwede, Roland Schwede
    Inventors: Horst Schwede, Roland Schwede, Helmut Schmetzer
  • Patent number: 5725206
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus has an automatic sheet supply mode in which a sheet is fed from sheet supporting devices supporting a sheet stack thereon to sheet conveying devices disposed downstream thereof by sheet feeding devices, and a manual mode in which a manual sheet is abutted against the sheet conveying devices and supplied. The sheet fed by the sheet feeding devices is operated also in the manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriyuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 5619240
    Abstract: A media sensing system monitors the movement of media along the media pathway (76) as a sheet of printing medium (56) is transported through the printer 50. The media sensing system permits a hand fed sheet of printing medium (56) to be detected by a sensor (302) and signal to be sent to inactivate a print media pick roller (122) that automatically feeds print media. The sensing system senses the transport of print media (56) by print media transport rollers (140, 142) detecting media sheet size, activates the transfer process of an image from the liquid intermediate transfer surface on the transfer drum (54) to a sheet of print medium (56) after pausing the sheet of print medium to synchronize its movement along the media pathway with the imaging process, and activating the preheater (60) to heat the print medium (56) prior to image transfer and fusing. The sensing system senses the exit of the print medium (56) from the media exit rollers (212, 220) for delivery to an output tray (68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: William Y. Pong, Richard G. Chambers, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 5606349
    Abstract: A system for ink jet printing of messages on articles being fed forward one after another in a predetermined path. A terminal includes a keyboard for entering message data representative of the messages. A controller interconnected with the terminal processes the message data received from the terminal and stores the message data for the messages. The controller has an output port for providing serial output data in a bit map format representative of the messages. A plurality of ink jet printheads are serially connected and positioned adjacent the path of the articles to print the messages on the articles in response to the serial output data. A single cable connects the output port of the controller to the first printhead for providing the output data to the first printhead. A separate cable interconnects each printhead to its next succeeding printhead for serially providing the data to the remaining printheads so that the printheads are connected in a daisy chain configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Diagraph Corporation
    Inventors: Jimmy L. Droit, Ronald J. Johnsen, Mark V. Reinders, Mark K. Virkus
  • Patent number: 5570451
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium has an image forming system for forming an image on the recording medium, a second image forming system for forming an image on the recording medium based on an image forming method different from that for the first image forming system, a first recording medium transport passage for discharging the recording medium out of the apparatus after the recording medium has passed through the first and second image forming systems, a second recording medium transport passage for discharging the recording medium out of the apparatus without passing the recording medium through the second image forming system after the recording medium has passed through the first image forming system, and a third recording medium transport passage for discharging the recording medium out of the apparatus without passing the recording medium through the first image forming system after the recording medium has passed through the second image forming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Sakaizawa, Yasushi Satoh, Yukihiro Ohzeki, Yasunori Chigono
  • Patent number: 5533453
    Abstract: Computer controlled numbering of consecutive business forms is provided for both computer controlled presses and in the form of a retrofit unit for conventional rotary presses. The retrofit unit includes a disk provided with radially oriented metallic strips of predetermined locations on the disk, and mounted on a suitable shaft of the press. The disk cooperates with a stationary transducer mounted, for example, on a stationary press wall to send signals to the control unit to fire the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Advanced Licensing Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Larry Wolfberg, John Harper
  • Patent number: 5523848
    Abstract: The printing device has, in addition to a line feeding device mounted upstream of the printing line to make the sheet advance incrementally, an extraction mechanism mounted downstream of the printing line in order to enable printing without smudging until the trailing edge of the sheet; the extraction mechanism including a couple of robber rollers and opposed pressure rollers having fine external teeth, which are selectively engaged, when the trailing edge of the sheet reaches a determined position, by means of cam driven levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Ing. C. Olivetti & C., S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pietro Musso, Paolo Rivera
  • Patent number: 5517214
    Abstract: The drier consists of a plurality of nozzles that direct a small volume of air onto the printed image at as high a velocity as possible without disturbing the wet image. The air so delivered while it must be dry, does not have to be heated to effectively dry the image, however, the drying time can be reduced by increasing the air temperature if desired. The use of high velocity air creates what is known is "skin effect" to dry the ink where the outer surface of the ink is quickly dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: A.B. Dick Company
    Inventors: Chandrakant R. Bhatia, Steven S. Kuhlin
  • Patent number: 5467709
    Abstract: A mailing machine is disclosed in which a digital printing device, preferably of the ink jet type, is mounted for movement between one of two printing positions, in one of which the printing device will print a postage indicia direction on envelopes being fed through the mailing machine, and in the other of which the printing device prints the postage indicia on a strip of tape which is extracted from the mailing machine and affixed to an envelope which is incapable of being fed through the mailing machine. There is also a third position for the printing device which is a maintenance position to which the printing device is moved after each or some other predetermined number of printing cycles for the purpose of cleaning the ink ejecting portion of the printing device and/or maintaining a suitable high ink solvent vapor atmosphere adjacent to the ink ejecting portion of the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Salomon
  • Patent number: 5444466
    Abstract: The problem of getting inked printing applied to and permanently adhered to a fluorocarbon insulation material on wires or the surface of a fluorocarbon sheath covering a plurality of twisted insulated wires where the sheath also becomes twisted and contoured is overcome by treating the fluorocarbon surface with an electrical corona to etch it and alter its surface characteristics and then printing the desired information on the sheath with an ink jet printer which can reach into the depressions in the sheath which result from the sheath being twisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Electronic Cable Specialists, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Smyczek, Youssef Azmani, Jerry R. Harrison
  • Patent number: 5392062
    Abstract: An apparatus for the continuous marking of elongated stock moving in the direction of extension of the stock and including one or more nozzles for directing a dye-jet towards the elongated stock is improved by causing the nozzles to oscillate in a plane parallel to the direction of movement of the elongated stock to be marked; and the jets as produced by flows in the respective nozzle along the plane of oscillation and are redirected to emerge at right angles to the plane of oscillation; the nozzles either include a first duct extending in the nozzle body in a particular direction and being continued in a second duct extending at 90 degrees; alternatively a nozzle is a tube of L-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Kabelmetall Electro GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Ziemek
  • Patent number: 5364195
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet accommodating unit for accommodating a plurality of sheets, a sheet feeding unit for feeding sheets from the sheet accommodating unit, separation pawls for individually separating the sheets fed from the sheet feeding unit, a manual feeding port for manually feeding a sheet between the sheet accommodating unit and the sheet feeding unit, and a manually-fed-sheet guiding unit disposed between the sheet accommodating unit and the sheet feeding unit for guiding the sheet manually fed from the manual feeding port. The manually-fed-sheet guiding unit is displaceable an amount sufficient to allow the formation of a loop in a sheet during the separation by the separation pawls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Kanemitsu, Shigeyoshi Onoda, Keiko Okuma, Hiroshi Nakai
  • Patent number: 5355158
    Abstract: An ink jet apparatus includes an ink jet head having in energy generator which car, generate energy employed for discharging ink as a droplet from a discharge port, and a control unit for controlling the energy generated from the energy generator so as to remove ink droplets, which adhere to a discharge port surface, by spreading the meniscus of the ink projecting from the discharge port on the discharge port surface. The apparatus is therefore capable of removing floating ink mist particles which adhere to the ink jet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Genji Inada, Hiroshi Tajika, Noribumi Koitabashi, Hitoshi Sugimoto, Atsushi Arai, Miyuki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 5345863
    Abstract: According to the invention, there is provided a continuous web printing apparatus comprising transport means including an endless belt having a sticky surface, a plurality of support rollers having said endless belt entrained therearound and a drive means for rotating said support rollers to move said endless belt, a press means for pressing a continuous web, such as a fabric or transfer sheet, against said endless belt to stick said continuous web to said endless belt, an ink jet head disposed between said support rollers in opposed relation to the surface of said continuous web stuck to said endless belt, an abutment adapted to abut against said endless belt, said abutment being opposed to said ink jet head with the continuous web and said endless belt interposed therebetween, head gap adjusting means for moving at least either of said ink jet head or said abutment in a direction in which the two are opposed to each other, and recovering means for peeling said continuous web, which has passed by said ink je
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignees: Kanebo Ltd., Tosmin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kurata, Shiro Ichinose, Kazuo Kusaki, Toshihiko Ishihara, Naozumi Ueno, Toru Morita