Casing In Patents (Class 412/5)
  • Patent number: 10272711
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided for providing a rotatable perfect binding separated step solution configured to maximize efficiency for one-off book printing. The multi-clamp binding apparatus includes a rotatable body, a plurality of fixed operation stations associated with the rotatable body, and a plurality of clamps coupled to the rotatable body. Each of the clamps may retain at least one workpiece. The rotatable body may rotate each of the plurality of clamps to one or more of the plurality of fixed operation stations. In operation, a book block is received at an in-feed location of the perfect binding apparatus. The book block is stored within a holding apparatus of the perfect binding apparatus. The book block is then rotated between a plurality of fixed operation stations. At least one operation is performed upon the book block at each of the plurality of fixed operation stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lightning Source LLC
    Inventors: Peter Kubiak, Josef Martin Strasser
  • Patent number: 9946205
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus determines whether crease processing at a plurality of portions set on the sheet includes crease processing on two, front and back surfaces of the sheet; determines, if it is determined that crease processing includes crease processing on the two surfaces of the sheet, whether a connected post-processing apparatus that performs crease processing on a sheet can perform crease processing on the two, front and back surfaces of the sheet by one feeding; and controls, if it is determined that the connected post-processing apparatus cannot perform crease processing on the two surfaces by one feeding, to change, to one of the front and back surfaces of the sheet based on attribute information of the sheet, a surface to be processed in crease processing at the plurality of portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Ooba
  • Patent number: 9254621
    Abstract: The present invention is concerning a method for attaching a pair of crimping members in a sheet binding device that binds a sheet bundle by engagement of the pair of crimping members, wherein at least one of the crimping members is attached to a member to which the one of the crimping members is to be attached in a state where the pair of crimping members is in engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Wataru Takahashi, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Shingo Matsushita, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Ryuji Yoshida, Takashi Saito, Akihiro Musha, Takuya Morinaga, Ikuhisa Okamoto
  • Patent number: 8950995
    Abstract: A machine for attachment of a cover to a book block comprises a press plate elevating mechanism for elevating a press plate 8, a nip plate drive mechanism for sliding nip plates 9 and 10, and a controller 30 controlling the press plate elevating mechanism and the nip plate drive mechanism. The press plate 8 elevates from the lower standby position to an upper press position. The press plate 8 presses the cover 12 to the book block 4 at the upper press position. The cover 12 is attached to the book block 4 by pressing the cover 12 to the lower end surface of the book block 4. The press plate 8 is elevated from the intermediate position to the upper press position, staying at the intermediate position during a waiting time for adjustment. The press plate 8 elevates from the intermediate position to the upper press position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Horizon International Inc.
    Inventors: Hirohito Nakanishi, Kou Ohuchiyama, Takehito Yokogi, Akira Onodera
  • Patent number: 8950994
    Abstract: A measurement unit (6) is provided with a fixed body (19) which is fixed on a base (17) and has a reference surface (19a). A movable body (21) slides in the base along a guide rail, and a measurement body (22) having a measuring surface (22b) slides in the movable body along the guide rail. The measurement body is always pressed against a first side wall (21a) of the movable body by a coil spring (24). A first sensor (27) to detect the time when a book body is located on the front side of the reference surface, and a second sensor (28) to detect the time when the measurement body is separated from the first side wall of the movable body by a predetermined distance, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Horizon International Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeyoshi Tago, Shigeru Wakimoto
  • Publication number: 20140361523
    Abstract: An album includes an album retainer and at least one sliding arrangement. The album retainer has a front cover, a rear cover, and a plurality of album pages overlapping between the front cover and the rear cover, wherein inner edges of the album pages are bound with each other. The sliding arrangements are arranged for coupling with at least one of the front cover and the rear cover in such a manner that at least one of the front cover and the rear cover is retained in a slidably movable manner so as to provide a planar backing for the plurality of album pages when the album is at an opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yu Shen Wang
  • Publication number: 20140361524
    Abstract: A photograph album (10) with a square spine comprises a cover (12) having a first sheet (17), a second sheet (18), and a central square spine (19) which connects the first sheet (17) to the second sheet, and a plurality of pages (13, 14, 15) bound reciprocally in correspondence to a first side (16a) to define a book body (11), characterized in that the last of said pages (14) is partly connected to the internal surface of said second sheet (18), having a first surface portion (21) solidly associated to the internal surface of said second sheet (18), to define the only connection between said cover (12) and said book body (11), and a second surface portion (22) free and not connected to the internal surface of said second sheet (18), said first surface portion (21) being a part of the last of said pages (14) disposed in proximity to a second side (16b) of said last page (14), opposite said first side (16a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Tiziano Frison
  • Patent number: 8894341
    Abstract: In binding a cover sheet together with a sheet bundle, ever-accurate spine-creasing irrespective of bundle thickness is made possible. A sheet stacker stacks sheets into bundles, an adhesive applicator applies adhesive to a spine part of the sheet bundles, and a cover-sheet binder binds cover sheets together with the spine parts. The cover-sheet binder is constituted from a left-and-right pair of spine-creasing press members arranged free to shift between standby and spine-creasing positions; a shifter that reciprocates the spine-creasing press members between the standby and spine-creasing positions; and a controller. The controller functions to vary, in accordance with sheet bundle thickness, any of: (1) the standby position of the press members; (2) the start time of an operation whereby the press members are shifted from the standby to the spine-creasing position; or (3) the traveling speed of the press members in shifting from the standby to the spine-creasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Sasamoto, Tadahito Takano
  • Patent number: 8870511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a binding apparatus (10) for facilitating placement of a book block (44) in relation to a cover (16). The cover (16) has front and back panels (28 and 32) for subsequent attachment of the book block (44) to the cover (16). The apparatus (10) includes a first guiding means (46), a second guiding means (56), a first positioning element (54) and a second positioning element (62). The first guiding means (46) is adapted to guide a first edge (58) of the front panel (28). The second guiding means (58) is adapted to guide a second edge (37) of the front panel (28). The first positioning element (54) is movably attached to the first guiding means (46) and is adapted in use to abut at least part of a first peripheral surface (60) of the book block (44). The second positioning element (56) is movably attached to the second guiding means (56) and is adapted in use to abut at least part of a second peripheral surface (64) of the book block (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Ron Coombe
  • Patent number: 8790060
    Abstract: Device for joining book block and book cover includes conveyor device, embodied to lift a book block from a lower position into an upper position, and an adhesive application station applying adhesive to the outsides of the book block. Conveyor device and the adhesive application station are arranged so adhesive is applied to the outsides of the book block as it is conveyed by the conveyor device. A removal station is arranged below the adhesive application station and the conveyor device is structured to reverse a direction of movement and to lift and lower the book block and cover in a same vertical plane between the lower position and the upper position. Adhesive application station deactivates adhesive dispensing during the downward movement of the book block with cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kugler-Womako GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Müller
  • Patent number: 8696287
    Abstract: A method and system for on-demand book production is provided in which covers and book content are synchronized at book binding equipment. In one exemplary system and method, a single printer prints a book cover followed by its corresponding book block. The cover and book block are each sequentially staged and synchronized together for binding in the binding equipment. In another method and system for on-demand book production, covers are printed and encoded at a first printer and a book block printing instruction is initiated in response to decoding of the cover in the binding equipment. Printing of the book block is in a separate but integrated printer and the book block is fed to the binding equipment for binding with the book cover. In each instance, synchronized book covers and book blocks are bound in and output from the binding equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Gerard R. Sturnick, Timothy J. Kelley
  • Patent number: 8662810
    Abstract: Method and device for manufacturing adhesively bound printed products composed of a book block and a cover, in which the book block is conducted past processing stations of the adhesive binding device for processing and applying glue to its back. A cover is supplied to the back to which glue has been applied in a synchronously timed controlled manner. After merging of the cover with the book block, a measuring procedure for measuring a mutual actual position of cover relative to book block. Subsequently, this actual position is compared to a predetermined desired position, and, in the case of deviations, a correction value is determined and stored. Prior to the renewed occurrence of the pairing of drive member and clamp, an appropriate change of the mutual positions of clamp and drive member is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Peter Abegglen
  • Publication number: 20140030043
    Abstract: An automated book production system includes a binding machine, digital web press, laminating/UV coating machine, casing machine, and a completion machine. Through utilization of a batching process, barcode tracking, and a streamlined production layout, book production is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Consolidated Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Brown, Corey Christiansen, Grant Moulton
  • Patent number: 8613581
    Abstract: In a machine (1) for manufacturing perfect-bound brochures (2) that includes a book block conveying device (10) with an endless conveying means (11), a plurality of clamps (14) that are arranged on the conveying means at a fixed pitch spacing (T) and serve for clamping book blocks (3, 3.1 . . . 3.8), and of at least one processing station (25, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30) that can be adjusted in a motor-driven fashion, the cycle time (t0) referred to the conveyance of the clamps (14) by the pitch spacing (T) defined in the at least one processing station is divided into an adjusting segment (tV1, tV2) for resetting and/or adjusting the at least one processing station (25, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30) in accordance with changing printed product characteristics and a processing segment (tB1, tB2) for processing the book blocks (3, 3.1 . . . 3.8) and/or covers (4, 4.1 . . . 4.4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kai Winkelmann, Jürgen Garlichs, Andreas Walther
  • Publication number: 20130287524
    Abstract: A method for operating a book forming and pressing machine that includes a pressing device and a re-forming device to form a front cut of a book block. Values relating to the book block are determined with a higher order control along a book production line upstream of the book forming and pressing machine. The determined values are transmitted to the pressing device, the re-forming device and/or pressing plates of the pressing device for finishing the book block. A forming tool of the re-forming device is selected based on values that meet operational requirements for the processing of the front cut. The selected forming tool is moved in a plane or space to an operating position for forming the front cut of the respective book block. Movement of the pressing plates is controlled based on the measured book thickness and thickness of the book cover for the book block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Christian Ganter
  • Patent number: 8550760
    Abstract: A device is provided to shape a spine of a book casing positioned horizontally spread out flat and oriented to be distributed evenly over a spine of a book block. Two fold-shaping rails are arranged extending in a direction parallel to one another. A movable, shaping tool is arranged to face the inside of the book casing spine to shape a web on the book casing spine with the aid of the two fold-shaping rails. The shaping tool includes two spaced-apart support bars that extend parallel to the fold-shaping rails and are arranged to be adjustable so that together they adjust the web width of the book casing spine in a direction transverse to the direction of extension of the fold-shaping rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Holger Schilling, Thomas Friese
  • Patent number: 8517656
    Abstract: A cover applier is provided. The cover applier includes a transport system transporting a book, a cover delivery delivering a cover to a book, the cover delivery driven by a servomotor, a book sensor detecting an image printed on the book prior to the cover being delivered to the book and a cover sensor detecting an image printed on the cover prior to the cover being delivered to the book. The servomotor adjusting the position of the cover with respect to the book as a function of the book sensor and cover sensor. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hartshorne, Glenn Alan Guaraldi, Charles Reif Hammond
  • Patent number: 8333542
    Abstract: A curable hot melt adhesive is used as a primer on a book block. A conventional thermoplastic hot melt is then applied on top of the reactive hot melt before the cover material is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Dave G. Carter, Malcolm Graham, Kim Tagesen
  • Patent number: 8313276
    Abstract: For the automatic production of book covers for individual books with different format sizes, the data of the book to be bound are acquired and cataloged using software, the book covers are cut to the desired format, covering materials adapted to the format are applied to the book cover, the corners are folded, the endpapers are applied to the book covers and the text block and book cover are joined together, precisely positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Schmidkonz
  • Patent number: 8303229
    Abstract: A bookbinding apparatus which makes it possible to shorten a time period required to heat an adhesive when the power of the bookbinding apparatus is turned on again. A glue preparation section heats glue. A glue applying section applies the heated glue to a recording sheet bundle. A CPU of the bookbinding apparatus determines at the power-on of the apparatus whether or not there is a recording sheet bundle to which glue is to be applied within the apparatus. When there is no such recording sheet bundle, the glue applying section applies glue to a recording sheet bundle after the temperature of the glue has reached a first target temperature, whereas when there is such a recording sheet bundle, the glue applying section applies the glue to the recording sheet bundle after the glue temperature has reached a second target temperature lower than the first target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidenori Sunada, Mitsuhiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20120275880
    Abstract: A device for producing a bound book block including a lining strip or a cover includes a pressing station configured to move the lining strip or the cover in a pressing direction from a position from which the lining strip or the cover is gluable to a spine of the book block and to press the lining strip or the cover against the spine of the book block. A lining supply and a cover supply are each disposed upstream of the pressing station. A linearly movable common transport means is connected to the pressing station and configured to selectively, successively transfer the lining strip or the cover into the pressing station in a conveying direction and to convey the lining strip or the cover in the pressing station relative to the book block into a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: MUELLER MARTINI HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Martin Thurnherr
  • Patent number: 8282330
    Abstract: A press plate (8) with a cover (12) is moved upwardly from a standby position to a press position to press the cover against a book block (4) by first and second elevation units. The book block (4) is clamped by nip plates (9, 10), together with the cover (12). The height of each of first and second ends (X, Y) of the press plate (8) at the press position can be set separately by separately controlling the first and second elevation units by a control section (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Horizon International Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Kojima
  • Patent number: 8235639
    Abstract: A method for producing adhesive-bound book blocks from gathered signatures for which the individual signatures forming a non-bound book block are supplied while positioned on the spine on a transfer section to an opened conveying clamp on a perfect binder and are subsequently held while clamped in by the closed conveying clamp along the flat outer surfaces. The gathered signatures of a book block are released in an additional conveying section from the conveying clamp in order to be aligned while guided. Prior to leaving the conveying section for aligning the signatures, the signatures are clamped in once more by the conveying clamps along the flat outer surfaces, so that they can be conveyed to further processing locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Theo Hug, Peter Fischer, Heinz Bötchi
  • Patent number: 8224232
    Abstract: A bookbinding apparatus includes a glue coating device that coats glue on a back of a sheet bundle, a sheet bundle supporting device that supports the sheet bundle on which glue is coated a cover sheet supporting device that supports a cover sheet, a moving device that moves at least one of the sheet bundle supporting device and the cover sheet supporting device, and thereby changes a distance between the back of the sheet bundle and the cover sheet, and a control device that controls the moving device, wherein the control device controls the moving device so that a distance between the back of the sheet bundle on which the glue are coated and the cover sheet is set to a distance D1, then the distance is set to a distance D2 that is greater than the distance D1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Masato Hattori
  • Patent number: 8182188
    Abstract: An instant book binding system and book cover for rapidly binding single- or double-sided documents, photographs, pages, and other forms of hardcopy media into soft or hard cover books is disclosed. The book binding method using the book cover or system can be performed without special skills or training, and does not require the use of ancillary equipment. The book cover system can be used in conjunction with output on a wide variety of media types, finishes, and stock weights from any type of printer or copier, or with photographs. The finished books retain the appearance and function of conventional mass produced soft and hard covered books.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, James M. Devoy, William Y. Fowlkes, David J. Cornell
  • Patent number: 8132995
    Abstract: A book binding machine includes a book block transport system and a plurality of clamps for clamping stacks of leaves. The clamps are disposed at a distance from each other and are guided in guide tracks of a machine frame. The book block transport system includes a clamp, which is also referred to as a lubrication clamp, having a device for lubricating the guide track. An applicator is assigned to each track roller of the clamp, and the lubricant is transferred to the track rollers through the use of a respective applicator such as a brush. The track rollers transfer the lubricant to contact surfaces of the guide track. A lubrication clamp for a book block transport system in a book binding machine, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Michael Adler, Rolf Böttcher
  • Patent number: 8123447
    Abstract: A method for backing printed products includes feeding signatures to a transport and stitching line of a gatherer stitcher by a plurality of feeders. A plurality of signatures are gathered on the transport and stitching line and forms a folded sheet assembly. The folded sheet assembly is stitched to form a brochure along the transport and stitching line. The spine of the brochure is backed along the transport and stitching line by a pressing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Lutz Richter, Siegmar Tischer
  • Publication number: 20120045294
    Abstract: A method and a device for casing a book block in a book cover, in which the book block is supplied to a casing-in machine in a first feed direction, taken over by the casing-in machine from a saddle plate of an endless conveyor, and glued as it is transported on the saddle plate. The book covers are supplied in a second feed direction. The book block is supplied to the casing-in machine in a feed direction different from the second feed direction of the book cover. In a first step, the book block is handed over from a first feeder to a transfer device located in a first, upstream position, is transported in a second step from the first position to a second, downstream position of the transfer device, and, in a third step, is picked up by the saddle plate from the second position of the transfer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: MULLER MARTINI HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Thomas FRIESE
  • Patent number: 8083455
    Abstract: A system for positioning a cover relative to a book block. The system comprises a drive unit to cause movement of at least one of the book block and the cover and a position sensor operable to detect at least one of a position of the book block and the cover. The position sensor is operable to generate a position signal indicative of the position. The system also comprises a controller in communication with the position sensor and the drive unit. The controller is operable to receive the position signal and to control the drive unit based on the position signal to adjust a relative position of the cover and the book block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Quad/Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Graushar, David F Christofferson, Timothy A. Heimerl, William H. Schnell
  • Patent number: 7922436
    Abstract: An apparatus for the application of adhesive to the outside surfaces of book blocks to be encased in a casing inside a casing-in machine, includes an adhesive application device having two application rollers arranged opposite each other in an adhesive application area and which roll off respectively one outside surface of a book block that is conveyed while positioned on a saddle plate of a circulating conveyor. Each roller includes a recess that forms a shoulder parallel to the rotational axis, for applying adhesive to the fold region of a book block. The rotational position of the recess can be adjusted based on the position of a specific fold on a book block by providing the conveyor and the rollers with separate drives. The drives are controllably connected by a control unit. At least the drive for the application rollers of the adhesive application device comprises a controllable drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Hans Mueller
  • Patent number: 7920820
    Abstract: A bookbinding apparatus includes a collecting device, a bookbinding path, a bundle conveying device for transferring the sheet bundle to a paste applying position and then to a cover binding position, a paste applying device for applying an adhesive to a spine part of the sheet bundle, and a cover feeding path. A cover binding device binds the sheet bundle with the adhesive to the cover sheet, and a cover binding control device controls the cover binding device. The cover binding device includes a back folding press member and a back abutting plate member. The cover sheet is sandwiched between the back abutting plate member and the spine part of the sheet bundle with a small gap between the back abutting plate member and the spine part. The cover binding control device adjusts a size of the gap depending on a thickness of the cover sheet when folded back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Kitta, Akihiko Tsukui, Hideki Aoyagi, Suguru Maruyama
  • Patent number: 7891928
    Abstract: A folded portion flattening device has: a sheet conveying section that conveys a booklet of folded sheets in a predetermined conveyance direction with a folded portion ahead; a sheet stopper that stops the booklet conveyed by the sheet conveying section at a fixed position; a pair of booklet holding members that hold the booklet stopped by the sheet stopper by gripping the booklet at both faces of the booklet; a pressing member that presses the front end of the folded portion of the booklet held by the booklet holding members in an opposite direction to the conveyance direction, so that a curve at the front end of the folded portion is flattened to form a flat face; and a wrinkle preventing member that prevents wrinkle from being generated in the flat face when pressed by the pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Harada
  • Patent number: 7845890
    Abstract: A bookbinding device includes a collecting device for collecting sheets into a bundle and a bookbinding path that includes a sheet bundle conveying device, an adhesive applying device, a cover binding device, and a cover sheet feeding path. The cover binding device includes a back folding press member for the cover sheet and a back rest plate member to back up the cover sheet. A control device allows the back folding press member to execute a back folding process with a small gap formed between the back rest plate member and a back of the sheet bundle. The control device further allows the back of the sheet bundle to abut against the back rest plate member to forcibly cool the adhesive. The control device varies the time required for the cooling depending on the thickness of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Sasamoto, Kouichi Kitta
  • Patent number: 7621708
    Abstract: An apparatus for pressing a cover onto a printing material block that is moved in a transport direction has a first pressing element that can be moved in a first direction and one or more second pressing element that can be moved transversely to the first direction. The first pressing element, in particular, is a pressing table moving in the vertical direction and the second pressing element one or two pressing rail(s) that can be moved in the horizontal direction. The apparatus has a drive unit, in particular with a servo motor, to which a variable control profile can be applied via a connection to a control unit. The variable control profile allows the movement of the pressing rails, for example their stroke or the course of their stroke, to be adapted to the current processing job. The apparatus is particularly suited for use in adhesive binders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Klaus Hampel, Stephan Fritsch, Thorsten Holtmeier, Frank Sommerer, Andreas Steinert
  • Patent number: 7614838
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method and apparatus for producing cases with rounded corners. According to this method, the corner edge (10) that protrudes in the region of a rounded corner (9) is initially uprighted and turned over and subsequently pressed on the cover boards (7a, b, c) together with the turning-over and pressing-on of the lateral edge (11a) of an adjacent lateral border, in the same station (1). The apparatus comprises at least one rounded corner tool (3) that is arranged in the same station (1) in the which the lateral edges (11a, b) of opposed lateral borders that lie parallel to one another are uprighted, turned over, and pressed on the cover. The rounded corner tool (3) can be moved (b) toward the center of the case and out of the effective range of the lateral turn-in device (24) immediately before the turning-over and pressing-on movement (c, d) of the lateral turn-in device (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Günter Geldmeier, Frank Tautz, Gerhard Lintelmann
  • Patent number: 7614837
    Abstract: A manufacturing system for manufacturing a personalized photo book includes a computer configured to receive image data from a user, a digital offset printer configured to print a first image on a book page in response to the image data received from the user, a digital silver-halide printer that can print a second, image on a book cover in response to the image data received from the user, and a book binder configured to bind the book page and the book cover to form a personalized photo book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Shutterfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Kevin Anderson, Jennifer Marie Dean, Kenneth Ray Niblett, Jr., Russ Ennio Muzzolini
  • Publication number: 20090274536
    Abstract: A perfect binder for processing book blocks, including: a conveying device adapted to convey the book blocks along a closed circulating path, the conveying device including a plurality of clamping devices each adapted to convey a book block; and a plurality of processing stations arranged successively along the closed circulating path. One of the processing stations includes a spine-processing station, and another one of the processing stations includes an end sheet feed station following the spine-processing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Gunther Silberbauer
  • Patent number: 7524155
    Abstract: A bookbinding apparatus for bookbinding such that a cover sheet forms a front and a back cover by bonding the cover sheet to a spine portion of a bundle of sheets, the bookbinding apparatus including a cover-sheet outfitting device which can be raised and lowered for holding and conveying a cover sheet to the cover sheet bonding position where the cover sheet is bonded to a bundle of sheets and a cover-sheet trimming device for trimming a cover sheet conveyed from the cover-sheet outfitting device, to a predetermined length prior to bonding the cover sheet to the bundle of sheets wherein the cover-sheet outfitting device is integrally formed with the cover-sheet trimming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hata, Saburo Shimizu, Kohji Yoshie, Riichi Hama, Masahiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7404871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for hot—gluing a bundle (2), particularly in a device that includes a glue reservoir (7) for storing a glue that has been made fluid, a glue-spreading roller (6) for spreading the glue onto the spine surface of the bundle (2), press devices, (3,4,5,2 1, 21?) for holding the bundle (2), and possible side-nip devices (16, 19, 20) for finishing the shape of the book. The bundle (2), which is held between two symmetrically positioned press plates (21, 21?), is pressed with the glue-spreading roller (6) to bend or fan out the edge of the bundle (2) and to open a gap between the cover sheet (11) and the outermost sheet of the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Inventors: Henri Huotari, Iisakki Huotari, Jaakko Huotari, Tari Lauri, Markku Siikamaki
  • Patent number: 7393171
    Abstract: A binding device includes an L-shaped frame including two uprights, a crossbar-shaped platen interconnecting the upright, a central screw having a bottom end secured to the platen, and a rectangular table having two rear corners secured to bottoms of the uprights; a base including two arcuate openings each formed along an edge of an upper portion of the side, and two adjustment knobs secured to both sides of the table proximate a front end of the table; and a heater releasably secured to a rear end of the table and a vertical section of the frame and including a front heating area. The adjustment knobs are adapted to slide in a range defined by two ends of the opening. The platen is adapted to lift and lower by operating the screw and press one or more books to be bound on the table. A book binding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Chun Fu Fu
  • Patent number: 7354232
    Abstract: A stack of pages can be bound along a binding edge to form a book by positioning a first side of an elongated conductive metal foil strip in contact with the binding edge. The strip has opposed ends, opposed side edges extending between the ends, and an adhesive with a predetermined melting temperature in contact with at least a portion of a first side thereof. The strip has been altered from a first configuration to a second configuration so as to enhance a resistance of the strip between the ends from a first value to a second value substantially greater than the first value. A voltage is applied across the strip sufficient to melt the adhesive to bind the stack of pages together along the binding edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Yeaple Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald N. Yeaple
  • Patent number: 7182567
    Abstract: A method and device for additional pressing during a page nipping event in the adhesive binding of books or corresponding objects. One part of the cover (1) and the spine of the book are folded around the block (2) formed by the book's pages and glued on the spine of the block. The other part of the cover is folded into shape by means of a moveable jaw (8). The aforementioned folding of the cover (1) is accomplished by the aid of an additional compactor (9) acting by way of a stiffening brace (10) supporting the block (2). Alternatively, the process may be aided directly by the flexible support (7) by, for example, making a fold in the support (7) which causes it to function as a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Maping KY
    Inventors: Lisakki Huotari, Lauri Huotari, Jaakko Huotari, Henri Huotari, Markku Siikamaki, Peter Archer
  • Patent number: 6986630
    Abstract: A perfect bound book construction is disclosed in which the book has a book block comprising a plurality of text pages, and a soft paper cover. The inner and outer faces of the cover are laminated with a plastic film so as to form a double laminated cover. The center portion of the inner lamination of the double laminated cover is conditioned or roughened, as by scarifying, so that an adhesive will adhere to the inner lamination and bind the spine of the book block to the double laminated cover. Apparatus for and a method of printing books on demand with such double laminated covers is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Marsh
  • Patent number: 6901490
    Abstract: The present invention may provide a digital memory circuit comprising a plurality of multi-bit registers, a memory circuit interface, and a logic circuit. The memory circuit interface may be configured to access a selected one of the registers. The logic circuit may be coupled to the plurality of multi-bit registers and responsive to data received through the interface for selectively writing a predetermined logic state to at least one first bit of the selected register while leaving at least one second bit in the selected register with an unmodified state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventor: Ray Brown
  • Patent number: 6726424
    Abstract: For a book casing-in machine, there is provided a method in which, while being conducted out, the books are shaped in the fold and pressed over their entire area and are held in a force-locking manner until they are deposited in the lying-flat condition. The device for performing the method has a conducting-out conveyer which takes over the book from the casing-in point and has shaping rails which engage in the fold and pressing rails which effect clasping in the region close to the fold. The device also has a book-delivery gripper which takes over the book from the conducting-out conveyer and feeds the book to pressing rollers which are driven in rotation and which roll along on the lateral faces of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Reimer Voss
  • Patent number: 6709727
    Abstract: A bookbinding structure for binding a stack of sheets including an elongated substrate having a first surface on which a first, heat activated, adhesive matrix is disposed and a second surface on which a second, pressure activated adhesive is disposed. The first adhesive matrix will be used to binding an edge of the stack so as to form a bound book with no cover. The second adhesive matrix includes first and second spaced-apart segments which extend along the length of the substrate. First and second release liners are disposed over the first and second adhesive segments, with the release liners remaining in place until the stack of sheets have been bound with the bookbinding structure. One of the release liners is manually removed from the bound stack and the stack is positioned in a cover assembly with the edge of the stack being positioned opposite a spine section of the cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Powis Parker Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Parker
  • Patent number: 6698796
    Abstract: This is to provide a cover suitable to hollow-backed binding and provide a binding method for an album and the like for obtaining a well-bound appearance using the cover at low cost and easy to turn over. A cover is composed of a decoration cloth, a pair of substratum paper and a spine affiche adhered on required positions on the back of the decoration cloth, an interconnected reinforcement paper adhered to substratum paper to create a space between a spine affiche and a reverse paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Nakabayashi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 6685415
    Abstract: A bookbinding structure and method. The bookbinding structure is used to bind pages together in existing, commercially available binding machines. The bookbinding structure has a heat activated adhesive matrix for binding the pages. To attach a wrap-around book cover once the pages have been bound with the bookbinding structure, an adhesive on the outer surface of the bookbinding structure may be exposed by removing a release liner covering the adhesive. The book cover may then be adhered to the exposed adhesive either by a heat method or by applying pressure over the adhesive, depending on the particular type of adhesive of the bookbinding structure. The book cover may be printed with information and/or graphics prior to being wrapped around the pages of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Powis Parker Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Rush, Laura H. Rush
  • Patent number: 6676354
    Abstract: In a process for casing a book block or paper-cover block into a cover during the manufacture of adhesively bound books, paper covers or magazines in an adhesive binding machine in which the block is transported, with a hanging-out portion, in a block clamp belonging to a transport system and is connected to the cover by gluing the back and/or the side regions, provision is made, in order to achieve an increase in quality, for the hanging-out portion (1a) of the block (1) to be aligned with the back region (2a), which is preferably predetermined by scoring, of a cover (2) which is fed in, and for the said cover (2) to be pressed against the back and/or the side regions of the block (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thorsten Holtmeier, Gunther Knittel
  • Patent number: 6669429
    Abstract: Apparatus for manufacturing book-binding covers including a board-feeding-in system for feeding in cover boards and a back insert and a copy-feeding-in system for feeding in reference copies. A copy cylinder grips the reference copies, guides them past a glue-applying roll, and joins them to the cover boards and back insert. A tucking-in and pressing-on device folds the protruding reference-copy edges round the board edges and presses the book covers on. A feeding-out device delivers the book covers in stacks. The material flow of the book boards, back inserts, reference copies, and book covers is orientated in an ascending manner in relation to the horizontal surface on which the apparatus stands. The gain in height thus achieved compensates for the losses in height in the board magazine, in the tucking-in system, in the feeding-out device, and on the onward conveyers so that the laying-on of the cover boards takes place at virtually the same, ergonomic working height as the taking-off of the book covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jens E. Beermann, Gerhard Lintelmann, Peter Gross, Frank Tautz