Heating And Pressing Patents (Class 412/902)
  • Patent number: 9290032
    Abstract: Method for binding a bundle of leaves (11) in a binding element (1) with a U-shaped back (2) with a base (3) and upright arms (4) and a hot-melt adhesive (8) in the back, includes introducing the bundle in the back (2), and then heating up the back (2) to melt the hot-melt adhesive (8), wherein an oversized binding element (1) is chosen in which the bundle (11) is received with a certain sideways play (C), and the binding element (1) with the hot-melt adhesive (8) in the molten state is placed between two parallel pressure bars (17) that are moved towards one another with a force in order to fold the arms (4) towards one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: UNIBIND LIMITED
    Inventor: Guido Peleman
  • Patent number: 8840351
    Abstract: A book binding machine includes a collating machine, a perfect binder and a transfer device disposed between the collating machine and the perfect binder. The collating machine and the perfect binder are actuated by a common control device. In each case, one transport segment is assigned to a respective book block clamp by the control device. The control device also has a program which, if a defective or missing book block clamp is detected, actuates the collating machine in such a way that no book block is collated for that book block clamp. A method for operating a book binding machine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Michael Adler, Frank Sommerer, Andreas Steinert
  • Patent number: 8764366
    Abstract: Disclosed is a compressive album manufacturing apparatus in that independent areas for performing an aligning process, a heat providing process, a compressing process, and a cooling process respectively are formed in the multistage compressive album manufacturing apparatus, so that each process, which is done by hand, is merged into one, thereby rapidly manufacturing the bulk of compressive albums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Yang Seo Mun
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7794560
    Abstract: A method and system for binding of sheets includes providing an adhesive layer supported on a first side of a backing material. Plural sheets are accumulated against the adhesive layer, and heat is applied to a side of the adhesive layer adjacent the backing material to locally melt only a portion of the adhesive layer in a vicinity of an additional sheet accumulated against the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Hoarau
  • Patent number: 7713015
    Abstract: Provided is a bookbinding apparatus including: a conveying unit which sequentially conveys sheets; a gluing unit which glues the sheets conveyed by the conveying unit; a stacking unit which sequentially stacks the sheets glued by the gluing unit; a pressurizing unit which pressurizes glued portions of the sheets stacked on the stacking unit; and a control unit which temporarily stops a stacking process carried out by the conveying unit onto the stacking unit and causes the pressurizing unit to execute a pressurizing process on the sheets stacked on the stacking unit when an operation interrupting event occurs during the stacking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoko Magata, Takeshi Aoyama, Masahiro Funakoshi, Yuichi Yamamoto, Daijiro Kato
  • Patent number: 7658585
    Abstract: A binding-in and pressing machine (1) with a plurality of pressing stations (60) and heated joint forming rails situated on a reciprocating carriage (50). An alignment station (20) is provided for aligning the book case joints (2a) at the height of the joint forming rails (49a, b), including a height-adjustable alignment table (21) with rails (22, 23) for supporting the book (2) on the outer edges of its spine and guide elements (28, 6) for centering the book on the alignment table. A separate pre-forming station (40) is also provided that comprises the forming rail (51), clamping plates (41a, b), and joint rails (48a, b) that engage into the book case joints (2a) and counteract a downward movement of at least the book case joints (2a). The books (2) aligned in the alignment station (20) are transferred into the pre-forming station (40) while being clamped in lateral regions near the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Carsten Brommer, Torsten Meineke
  • 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: 7351024
    Abstract: A book binding apparatus for binding a stack of sheets, including a cover element having a first cover section that corresponds to the dimensions of the sheets and a first section of pressure sensitive adhesive and an associated release liner disposed along a first edge of the first cover section. A flap member is attached to the first cover section and is movable between a closed position disposed over the first pressure sensitive adhesive layer and an open position moved away from the layer. A second adhesive layer and associated release liner is disposed on an inner surface of the flap member. The binding apparatus may be used in combination with second cover section and associated binder spine element having heat activated adhesive to bind the stack of sheets. The spine element is folded around the edge of the stack to be bound and is secured in place by the first section of pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Powis Parker Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Parker
  • Patent number: 7246981
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding a stack of sheets which can be carried out using a conventional perfect binding machine. A stack to be bound is positioned between a pair of end leafs. Molten hot melt adhesive is then applied to the edge of the stack and to the first and second end leafs, preferably using the perfect binding machine. An elongated spine member is then applied to the edge of the stack and is secured by the hot melt adhesive. The elongated spine member is preferably part of a configuration having a form factor that generally matches that of the conventional cover so that configuration, including the spine member, can be applied using the traditional perfect binder machine. The respective edges of the spine member are secured to the outer sheets of the end leafs by way of pressure sensitive adhesives. In one embodiment, the pressure sensitive adhesive is disposed on the edges of the spine member and covered by release sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Powis Parker, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Parker
  • Patent number: 7156601
    Abstract: A binding system for binding a plurality of text bodies in a continuous manner includes an adhesive strip applier, a heating device, and a cooling device. A transporting system transports a plurality of text bodies to the adhesive strip applier which applies a preformed adhesive strip to the moving text body. The heating device heats the adhesive strip and melts the adhesive strip into contact with the text body and the cooling device cools the adhesive to form a bound text body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert L. Cobene, II
  • Patent number: 6986631
    Abstract: Systems and methods for binding a text body are described. A multi-function sheet binder is configured to heat a preformed solid hot melt adhesive to a melting temperature, form the melted adhesive by pressing the melted adhesive into a spine of a text body and folding down edges of the melted adhesive into contact with the text body, and actively cool the formed adhesive. A spot heater is configured to heat one or more localized areas of a solid hot melt adhesive to a temperature sufficient to tack the hot melt adhesive to a text body spine. An adhesive former is configured to press a localized region of a preformed heated solid hot melt adhesive into a spine of a text body and to fold down edge regions of the preformed solid hot melt adhesive into contact with the text body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert L. Cobene, II, Steven W. Trovinger, Ross R. Allen, Raymond G. Schuder, John P. Ertel
  • Patent number: 6926056
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding documents by individually binding each media sheet to previously bound media sheets using imaging material as the binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Roland Boss
  • Patent number: 6926791
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding documents by individually binding each media sheet to previously bound media sheets using imaging material as the binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Roland Boss
  • Patent number: 6902367
    Abstract: A binding machine with a tape enlarges a loop formed at an end of a tape to a predetermined size by the travel of the tape. The loop enlarged to the predetermined size is contracted, to bind a material to be bound in the loop. The binding machine comprises nick formation means for forming a nick for inducing fracture at a side edge of the tape having the loop enlarged to the predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hataya
  • Patent number: 6899505
    Abstract: A binding machine with a tape comprises a table for putting a material to be bound, a tape passage groove formed on the table, and a guiding member in an arch shape provided above the tape passage groove. A loop formed by a tape of a predetermined size is formed along the guiding member. There is provided a tape receiving member which can be displaced to first and second positions. At least a part of the tape receiving member at the first position advances into the loop, to prevent the top of the loop from hanging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hataya
  • Patent number: 6742812
    Abstract: A menu book includes a plurality of pages having transparent sleeves into which menu sheets can be inserted. A flexible, heat-sealable flange extends along a selected edge of each page. The pages are superimposed with the flanges being disposed adjacent each other. The flanges are heat-sealed together to bind the pages into a book. Preferably, the pages and flanges are made of textured vinyl. A particularly desirable method for manufacturing the pages includes the steps of providing a first sheet of transparent heat-sealable material, providing a second sheet of transparent heat-sealable material, superimposing the first and second sheets, forming first and second laterally spaced pages by joining the first and second sheets to each other with heat-sealed seams, the seams of the first and second pages that are adjacent to each other being spaced to define a web therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventors: Gerard M. Ramella, Thomas M. Ramella
  • Patent number: 6736388
    Abstract: In an image processing machine, having a housing, and including, within the housing, at least one sheet stack accumulation station at which a stack of sheets having been operated on by the image processing machine are accumulated, a method and apparatus for automated post processing sheet stack binding is disclosed which may comprise: an automated sheet stack binding station; a sheet stack transfer mechanism adapted to seize a stack of sheets and to transfer the stack of sheets from the accumulation tray to the automated sheet stack binding station and to hold the stack of sheets in a binding position at the automated sheet stack binding station during a binding operation; a sheet stack binding strip supply mechanism containing a plurality of sheet stack binding strips; a sheet stack binding strip transfer mechanism adapted to transfer one of the sheet stack binding strips from the sheet stack binding strip supply mechanism to the automated sheet stack binding station; the automated sheet stack binding statio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Gradco (USA), Inc.
    Inventor: Fredrick J. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6732777
    Abstract: Systems and methods of dispensing adhesive in a bookbinding system are described. Sheets may be bound into bound text bodies having respective spines exposed for adhesive application and characterized by multiple length dimensions and multiple thickness dimensions. In one aspect, a sheet binding system comprises an adhesive dispenser that is configured to dispense across the thickness dimension of a text body spine solid sheet adhesive having one of multiple effective widths that is sized to correspond substantially to the length dimension of the text body spine. In accordance with this approach, books of different lengths (or heights) may be readily bound with solid sheet adhesive that may be contained within a single, replaceable cartridge housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John P. Ertel, Akinobu Kuramoto, Robert L. Cobene
  • Patent number: 6717286
    Abstract: A pasting and bookbinding method in which a leading edge of a sheet conveyed in a first conveying path having a sheet conveyor is brought into contact with a hitting member and the sheet skew is corrected, a linear paste coating portion is formed by a paste jetting device in the vicinity of a side edge portion of the sheet conveyed in a second conveying path in a direction perpendicular to the first conveying path, and plural sheets after the paste coating processing are stacked on a sheet stacking table provided below the second conveying path, and aligned by an aligner, and the linear pasted portion is pressed by a pressing device, and after a pasted booklet is produced, the booklet is delivered onto the delivery tray provided in the conveying direction downstream of the first conveying path and on an outside side surface of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tsuchiya, Toshio Shida, Mikihiro Yamakawa, Katsunori Takahashi, Toshitaka Matsumoto, Takenobu Kimura
  • 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: 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: 6652210
    Abstract: A stack of pages is bound along a first edge thereof to form a book using an adhesive having a melting temperature and an elongated strip having an adhesive atop at least a portion of a first side. The strip has two opposed ends and an electrical resistivity between the ends and is dimensioned to substantially cover the first edge of the stack, with the first side against the first edge of the stack. An electrical current is introduced to pass along the strip between the ends. The current should be sufficient to create enough heat in the strip to achieve a temperature at least as great as the melting temperature, enabling the melted adhesive to bind the stack of pages together along the first edge. Apparatus are also provided for supporting, holding, and clamping the page stack prior to and during the binding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Yeaple Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald N. Yeaple
  • Patent number: 6641345
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for increasing the binding strength of a bound text body by increasing the spinal surface area exposed for adhesive penetration greater than an area corresponding to the product of the sheet height dimension, the sheet thickness dimension and the number of sheets. In one aspect, sheet-wise conditioning of the binding area is performed prior to the application of adhesive to increase the bond area between sheets of the text body. In another aspect, the spinal surface area exposed for adhesive penetration is increased as adhesive is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert L. Cobene, II, Steven W Trovinger, Christopher A Schantz, Raymond G. Schuder, John P Ertel
  • Patent number: 6637996
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bookbinding apparatus attached to face to an end face of a sheet bundle where the sheet bundle is formed of collected sheets on which images are formed by an image forming apparatus. The bookbinding apparatus comprises a container detachably attached to a body of the bookbinding apparatus and an adhesive sheet on a surface of which a hot melt type adhesive to be melt by a heating means is coated, the adhesive sheet being contained in the container as in a state that the adhesive sheet is wound in a roll shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuyoshi Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi Waragai, Tomoyuki Araki, Atsushi Ogata, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Junichi Sekiyama
  • Patent number: 6622999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a binder assembly 605 for binding separate pages into a bound document including a support chassis 686, a sprung, moulded binding platen 687, a moulded angled platen 689 and an exit hatch 690 having a support bracket 691. The moulded angled platen 689 sequentially receives and aligns each page with a predetermined position while platen 687 sequentially binds a page to the previous aligned page after an adhesive has been applied from a glue wheel assembly 673.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Tobin Allen King, Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 6619900
    Abstract: Systems and methods for binding a text body are described. A multi-function sheet binder is configured to heat a preformed solid hot melt adhesive to a melting temperature, form the melted adhesive by pressing the melted adhesive into a spine of a text body and folding down edges of the melted adhesive into contact with the text body, and actively cool the formed adhesive. A spot heater is configured to heat one or more localized areas of a solid hot melt adhesive to a temperature sufficient to tack the hot melt adhesive to a text body spine. An adhesive former is configured to press a localized region of a preformed heated solid hot melt adhesive into a spine of a text body and to fold down edge regions of the preformed solid hot melt adhesive into contact with the text body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
    Inventors: Robert L. Cobene, II, Steven W. Trovinger, Ross R. Allen, Raymond G. Schuder, John P. Ertel
  • Patent number: 6589000
    Abstract: The invention combines the binding techniques described in application Ser. No. 09/320,060 titled Binding Sheet Media Using Imaging Material with a buckle chute type folding device to form self mailers and other folded and bound or sealed document. The device for folding and binding sheet media using imaging material as the binder includes a buckle chute, a binder downstream in the paper path from the buckle chute, an input driver proximate to and upstream in the paper path from the buckle chute, and an exit driver proximate to and between the buckle chute and the binder in the paper path. The input driver directs the media sheet into the buckle chute and, in cooperation with the buckle chute, buckles the media sheet along a fold line. The exit driver receives the media sheet from the buckle chute, folds the media sheet along the fold line and directs the media sheet towards the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Co., L.P.
    Inventor: Roland Boss
  • Patent number: 6550513
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding documents by individually binding each media sheet to previously bound media sheets using imaging material as the binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Roland Boss
  • Patent number: 6485606
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding documents by individually binding each media sheet to previously bound media sheets using imaging material as the binding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Roland Boss
  • Patent number: 6479126
    Abstract: Reactive hot melt polyurethane adhesives are useful in the graphic arts area, and in particular, for bookbinding applications such as casemaking, casing-in, gluing-off or thread-securing, facing, slip cases, lining-up, tightbacking, and bonding sides and joints; and for puzzle and gameboard lamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: H. B. Fuller Licensing & Financing Inc.
    Inventors: Kang Yang, David B. Malcolm, Michelle B. Acquaye, Kevin J. Reid, John M. Zimmel, Merilee M. Reski
  • Patent number: 6474388
    Abstract: A device for binding a stack of media sheets using imaging material as the binding agent. The binding device includes a tray for supporting the stack and a heated platen or some other type of imaging material activator near the tray. A press coupled to the activator is operative between a first position in which the activator is separated from the stack to a second position in which the activator contacts and compresses the stack at the binding region. A spring or other biasing mechanism operatively connected between the press and the activator biases the activator against the stack when the press is in the second position. The biasing mechanism allows pressure to be maintained on the stack to reactivate the imaging material without continuing to power the press down against the stack even as the stack shrinks under the reactivating pressure. Hence, power can be diverted if necessary or desirable from the press to activator to reduce the overall power consumption of the binding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Roland Boss
  • Patent number: 6428260
    Abstract: A bookbinding system and method of binding books including a cover/spine assembly having a relatively rigid cover section with a length and width at least as great as that of the stack of sheets to be bound and a spine section having a width greater than the height of the stack. The cover/spine assembly and the spine section are secured together along the length of the cover section so that the spine section can be folded along a first edge with respect to the cover/spine assembly. A heat activated matrix is disposed on the spine section including a central adhesive band and an outer band disposed between the central adhesive band and a second edge of the spine section. Binding is carried out by placing the stack over the cover section and folding the spine section over the edge of the stack. Preferably a second relatively rigid cover section is placed on top of the stack so that the outer adhesive band on the spine section will extend over second cover section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Powis Parker Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P. Parker
  • Patent number: 6419437
    Abstract: A thermal binding mechanism for thermal binding of a binding object having a thermal melted glue at one side includes: (a) a rectangular housing for holding with hands, having a recess defining a passage for the binding object to pass through; and (b) a clipping and heating mechanism mounted within the housing to heat and uniformly exert a force onto the binding object, having a first heat source located at the bottom portion of the path, and a pair of second heat source positioned at the two lateral sides of the recess, corresponding to the thermal melted glue of the binding object, thereby the binding object is located between the clipping and heating mechanism and the binding object is allowed to move relatively along the passage via the clipping and heating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Chingsung Su
  • Patent number: 6250868
    Abstract: A book production line which has a plurality of processing stations and a transportation device for receiving the book blocks from an intake and conveying the book blocks to the processing stations is presented. The book production line includes individual modules with processing stations including functions such as straightening and pre-shaping, rounding and pressing, gluing and fumigating, gluing, backing and heading and suspending of book blocks. Optionally, a processing station may be provided for pressing and shaping the books and the individual modules can be separately operated via independent operating panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christoph Schm├╝cker
  • Patent number: 6250867
    Abstract: A binder assembly system, without a metal spine but only paper or paper-like material at its channel spine (15), for binding together a series of sheet materials (20), using an “hard cover” book-like, single-piece binding cover (10), made up of a number of main, structural parts, including two, side boards (11A & 11B), a sheet (12) of book covering material, and a centrally located, special paper spine element (13), with an internal, paper cover (14) which over-lies the combined width of the side boards and the paper spine element, all of which when combined together form the book-like binder cover using pre-heating and forming step(s). The various cover parts are pre-assembled together in their respective positions. The channel area of the cover is first pre-heated to facilitate forming in the range from about one hundred and fifty to four hundred (˜150-400) degrees Fahrenheit and dwell times from about two to about thirty (˜2-30) seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventors: Bruce A. Gwyn, Michael G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6207248
    Abstract: Reactive hot melt polyurethane adhesives are useful in the graphic arts area, and in particular, for bookbinding applications such as casemaking, casing-in, gluing-off or thread-securing, facing, slip cases, lining-up, tightbacking, and bonding sides and joints; and for puzzle and gameboard lamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: H. B. Fuller Licensing & Financing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kang Yang, David B. Malcolm, Michelle B. Acquaye, Kevin J. Reid, John M. Zimmel
  • Patent number: 6199851
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, a device for assembling and producing of booklets. Each booklet having a cover that comprises two cover sheets and a spine disposed inbetween. A glue string is applied to the inner surface of the spine, and a sheet bundle inserted between the cover sheets of said cover and affixed at one end side edge to the inner surface of the spine by means of the glue string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Bindomatic AB
    Inventors: Urpo Latvakangas, Jan Sabelstrom
  • Patent number: 6196591
    Abstract: An office binder, having a surface made of board, paper, coated paper, paperboard, or plastic film, on which a transparent film is attached over part of it surface via attachment surfaces in order to form a film pocket. A method for equipping the office binder, having a surface made of board, paper, coated paper, or plastic film, with a film pocket, in which a film having an adhesive side is laid onto the surface and is attached over part of the surface via adhesive attachment surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Wolfgang H. Lieth
  • Patent number: 6099224
    Abstract: A paper supplying apparatus has a rotatable member around a horizontal axis, a pair of clamp plates supported by this rotatable member mutually parallel and in face-to-face relationship for clamping a book block in between, and guide plates each attached to an associated one of these clamp plates, extending downward from the clamp plates to a lower edge part of the book block when the book block is held vertically. Such a paper supplying apparatus can be removably connected to a book binding machine by attaching a guide rail to an outer wall of the book binding machine and a runner to the paper supplying apparatus. The runner is slidably engageable with the guide rail, allowing the paper supplying apparatus to move along the guide rail selectably towards or away from the book binding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Horizon International, Inc.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Uchida, Yoshinari Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 6030163
    Abstract: A method of fusing two or more pieces along an edge to produce a bound volume uses an activating agent which dissolves and mixes with a component present on the pieces, and thereby causes the edges of the various pieces to fuse together. The method is particularly useful for producing bound periodicals and magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Ag
    Inventor: James W. Flannery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6024525
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tape heating apparatus in which both side portions of a bind tape can positively be adhered to front and rear surfaces of a sheet bundle without creating any swollen portions. When a thickness of the sheet bundle is smaller than a predetermined value, side heaters perform a first heating/pressurizing operation at a position in the vicinity of a bound edge of the sheet bundle and then performs a second heating/pressurizing operation at a position spaced apart from the bound edge of the sheet bundle by a predetermined distance. In the first heating/pressurizing operation, portions of a thick hot melt adhesive layer existing on the front and rear surfaces of the sheet bundle are melted to be flattened, to thereby eliminate swollen portions. In the second heating/pressurizing operation, thin hot melt adhesive layers are melted, to thereby positively adhere both width-wise side portions of the bind tape to the front and rear surfaces of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 6009924
    Abstract: An apparatus for the thermal binding of sheets includes at least one support (5-5a-5B) for a binding element (3). The binding element has a binding back on which an amount of glue (4), which melts under the influence of heat, is provided. A heating element (6) co-operating with the support (5-5A-5B) or forming part thereof, a detection device (7) to detect the presence of the binding element (3) in the apparatus (1) and a control/switching device (8), which is connected to the detection device (7) and is connected to the heating element (6) in order to switch it on and/or off, are also included. The detection device (7) is applied underneath the support (5-5A-5B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Unibind (Cyprus) Limited
    Inventor: Guido Peleman
  • Patent number: 6000894
    Abstract: A binding apparatus is provided with a tape reel on which a bind tape of a small tape width size is wound, and a tape reel on which a bind tape of a large tape width size is wound. When the tape reels and are set, the width size of each bind tape is read by means for detecting a width size discrimination mark (ring) formed on each tape reel and is memorized by width size memory means. The thickness of a bundle of sheets is measured by the use of a clamp member for clamping the bundle of sheets aligned on an aligning tray, and is memorized by thickness memory means. A bind tape of a tape width size corresponding to the thickness memorized by the thickness memory means is selected from among the sizes memorized by the width size memory means, and a carriage is moved to the tape reel on which a bind tape of the same size is wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsunari Suzuki, Hideto Kohtani, Daisuke Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 5980181
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a wraparound cover to a pad includes a loading station, a creasing station having a pair of knife edges and an anvil for applying a pair of parallel creases in the cover, a gluing station for applying a bead of glue to an under side of the pad and a folding station for folding an overlap portion of the cover about the rear and underside of the pad so as to engage the glue bead. The folding station includes a holddown mechanism and an articulated hand that folds the cover overlap portion at each crease about the rear edges of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Brackett, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Franks
  • Patent number: 5975578
    Abstract: A portfolio includes a rectangular piece of a canvas material having an outer peripheral edge, a rectangular peripheral piece of a vinyl material having an inner peripheral edge that slightly overlaps the outer peripheral edge of the canvas material, with an inner surface of the inner peripheral edge and an outer surface of the outer peripheral edge being heat sealed to each other with a predetermined stitching pattern, a first cardboard rigidifying member positioned to an inner surface of the canvas material corresponding to a top panel of the desk folder, a second cardboard rigidifying member positioned to an inner surface of the canvas material adjacent to the first rigidifying member, corresponding to a bottom panel of the desk folder, with a spacing between the first and second rigidifying members which defines a narrow binding edge which connects together side edges of the top and bottom panels, a vinyl backing member positioned over the first and second rigidifying members being heat sealed to the viny
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Graphic Vinyl Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Mayer
  • Patent number: 5931624
    Abstract: A paper processing apparatus that can efficiently bind a cover and a set of sheets and does not reduce the productivity of the copying process in the previous step.The paper processing apparatus includes a binding unit, a packet collating chamber and conveyance rollers. The rotational shaft of a conveyance roller has a spiral-shaped blade member that encircles said rotational shaft and has a heater inside. The packet is supplied from the packet collating chamber to the binding unit where it is carried in a particular direction as the conveyance rollers rotate. During this conveyance, the adhesive substance that is applied to the cover in advance melts and the packet becomes bound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Naruse
  • Patent number: 5899649
    Abstract: A book-binding apparatus conveying a bind tape in front of a tape heater and an aligned sheet bundle is urged against the bind tape pre-heated by the tape heater to glue a plurality of sheets by melted adhesive on the bind tape. An aligning time for the sheet bundle is calculated on the basis of attributes of the sheets being aligned and a conveyance start timing for the bind tape is changed in accordance with the calculated aligning time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideto Kohtani, Katsunari Suzuki, Daisuke Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 5775864
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clamping device for positioning of a sheaf of documents during the heating and/or cooling phase in a thermal binding apparatus, whereby the thermal binding apparatus at its (upper) cover portion is provided with an opening which extents into the interior of the thermal binding apparatus and which consists of a base plate, two side walls and at least one front and/or rear wall. One of the clamping elements is provided having an at least partially curved surface, the clamping element is designed in such a way that clamping area of its curved surface is in contact with the sheaf of documents during the working phase and presses it against the rear and/or front wall of the opening and that it at least partly covers the base plate of the opening during the stand by phase of the binding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Esselte N.V.
    Inventor: Dirk Maes
  • Patent number: 5605425
    Abstract: A method for assembling hard cover books with a tape bound cover includes the steps of: providing front and rear hard covers; placing a book block between the front and rear covers; adhering a flexible spine member having an adhesive on one surface thereof to the front and rear hard covers and spine portion of the book block; and adhering an inner leaf sheet to inside surfaces of the front and rear hard covers and outside surfaces of the book block, thereby completing a bound hard cover book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Barbara J. Schaefer