Control Means Energized In Response To Activator Stimulated By Condition Sensor Patents (Class 493/3)
  • Patent number: 8677721
    Abstract: An apparatus for marking plastic containers, comprising a marking device which applies a marking to the containers and a checking device in the form a temperature-sensitive sensor which checks for the presence of the marking on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Stefan Piana
  • Publication number: 20130331246
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus is described which is used to process a sheet transferred from an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine. A sheet processing apparatus is provided with a punching unit which cuts off part of a sheet conveyed along a conveying route, and a humidifying unit located on this conveying route in the upstream side of the punching unit and configured to humidify a predetermined area which is selected from the entire area of the sheet and includes punch areas to be cut off from the conveyed sheet by the punching unit. The cutting wastes can thereby be electrostatically discharged without leaving the sheet excessively wet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiro KAMIYA, Takeshi TAMADA
  • Publication number: 20130296148
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for rejecting defective absorbent articles from a converting line. At a downstream portion of a converting process, a continuous length of absorbent articles may be subjected to a final knife and cut to create discrete absorbent articles advancing on a first carrier. From the first carrier, the discrete absorbent articles may be transferred to a transfer apparatus, which in turn, transfers the discrete absorbent articles to a second carrier. The transfer apparatus may include carrier members that orbit around an axis of rotation and may be adapted to receive the absorbent articles from the first carrier and transfer the absorbent articles to the second carrier. Defective absorbent articles may be detected by an inspection system, which may be operably connected with the transfer apparatus and/or the first carrier to remove the defective absorbent articles from the converting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Robert George Cox, Michael Devin Long, Justin B. Owens, Todd Douglas Lenser, David Carlton Ordway, Kazuya Ogawa, Jeffry Rosiak, Jeffrey Michael Kent, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 8195323
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for controlling advance of a web material having characteristics of extensibility and comprising successive stretches of web for the production of respective articles, such as sanitary articles. In the passage from a delivery assembly to a treatment station functioning cyclically, the web material is subjected to extension. In order to ensure proper alignment of the individual articles with patterns or decorations provided thereon, the web must be fed to the treatment station in phase with the position reached by the treatment station within its operating cycle. A position sensor enables detection, for each stretch of web, of a real position of operation of the treatment station used for feeding the stretch of web itself to the treatment station with the aforesaid given phase relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Fameccanica. Data S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giambattista Simone
  • Patent number: 8137252
    Abstract: A bag supply device receives large bags are retained in a stacked state on its mounting portions that are provided on chains. In addition, this bag supply device includes a horizontal support mechanism that supports the rear portion of the stacked large bags so that they can be raised and lowered in order to retain an uppermost surface of an uppermost large bag in a horizontal posture at a discharge position. The chains and the mounting portions are disposed such that the rear portion of the large bags hangs down. The horizontal support mechanism includes a roller that moves along the transport direction, and the uppermost large bag will be retained in a horizontal posture by moving the roller to support the rear portion of the large bags from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yokota, Seisaku Iwasa, Yuichiro Minakuchi
  • Patent number: 7326162
    Abstract: A plastic bag making machine is disclosed, and includes a dancer assembly that receives film from which the bags are to be made. The film travels from the dancer assembly to a drum-in nip and then to a sealing drum. After the sealing drum, the film travels to a drum-out nip. Then the film travels to a device-in nip, vertically through a processing device, and then to a device-out nip. A controller is connected to and controls the drum-in nip, the drum-out nip, the device-in nip, the device out nip, the dancer assembly and the sealing drum (including the seal bars and/or the sealing blanket drives). The controller includes a memory in which at least one set of operating parameters used to control the machine is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Sauder, Edward Clemons, Michael Stickney
  • Patent number: 7114444
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming continuous webs of paperboard material into multiple box blanks having dual-faced printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Compak, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur C. Hutchinson, Mark A. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 7108648
    Abstract: A bundled sheet processing apparatus has a chute unit tilting between the first and second positions. A downstream side in the chute unit conveying direction, there is provided a stopper that has the contact surface narrower than the thickness of a bundle and stops the bundle by contacting the end of the bundle in the conveying direction with the contact surface. At this time, sheets protruding beyond the contact surface are detected by a detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masakazu Itoya, Hiroyuki Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 6976946
    Abstract: A pouch machine includes a controller and first and second modules. Each module has a converting station and the electrical equipment needed to operate the station. The controller controls the converting stations and operating parameters are provided from one module to the next. Each module may be a processing zone and include a registration sensor and a drawroll responsive to the respective registration sensor. Accumulators may be provided in each processing zone. An edge sensor may be provided that senses the edge of the film in one or more modules. The draw roll assembly is mounted on a moveable frame, and is angled in response to the location of the sensed edge. Multiple such assemblies may be included on a single machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Randy C. Wied, Gaylord Guilette, Scott A. Mattila, David Thomas, Mark Krueger, Gerald R. Winiecki, Gary Sargin
  • Patent number: 6869386
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing discrete articles from a material web using a cyclic master reference signal to synchronize the servo actuation of multiple operational units in a manufacturing apparatus to perform periodic operations on successive product segments of the material web and thereby form the articles, without the need for ongoing external phasing or registration to maintain synchronization of the operational units relative to the articles being made. The method is particularly suited for application in the manufacture of disposable absorbent articles and other products formed from web materials. Because of the coordination by a common reference signal, the execution by each of the individual servo systems of its programmed actuation instructions results in its actuation being synchronous with that of the other servo systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Lamping, Mark Wayne Morrow
  • Patent number: 6829969
    Abstract: A feed mechanism sheet material sequentially on demand to a take-up mechanism of processing machinery. The feed mechanism has a feed table with a gate. Sheets may be stacked against the gate, which allows only the lowermost sheet to pass therebeneath. Rollers within the surface of the rotatably driven to advance the lowermost sheet beneath the gate to the take-up mechanism. A restraining device prevents freewheeling over run of the rollers. The sheets may be longer in length than the circumference of a tool-carrying roll set used to process the sheet. The difference is accommodated by transferring sheet feed through the nip between the tool set and a separate servo-controlled drive upstream of the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: John Anthony Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6723034
    Abstract: A process for making prefastened and refastenable garments includes providing a plurality of discrete articles with mating fastening components disposed in the waist regions. First fastening components are separated from one another by an initial transverse distance. The waist region containing the first fastening components is modified to transversely displace these fastening components to a post displacement distance that is not equal to the initial distance. The process allows for convenient alignment of the fastening components to form refastenable seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Debra Hartley Durrance, Scott Gerald Chapple, David Michael Clemens, Jason Gene Csida, Kurt Garrett Krupka, Heather Schenck Mortell, Robert Lee Popp, Marcille Faye Ruman, Scott John Andrew Swanson, Charles Robert Tomsovic
  • Publication number: 20030096690
    Abstract: A rotary drum of the folding device includes a reference portion having a rotating shaft and a basic body rotated integrally with the rotating shaft an adjusted portion able to be rotated integrally with the reference portion and arranged so as to be displaced with respect to the reference portion; an adjusting operation mechanism having a driving source for displacing the adjusted portion with respect to the reference portion, a power source arranged in the reference portion, a control board additionally arranged in the driving source and having a wireless receiving function, and a wireless operation machine for wirelessly transmitting an operation signal to the control board; and an adjusting transmission mechanism for transmitting a movement of the driving source to the adjusted portion; wherein electric power is supplied from the power source to the driving source, and the driving source is operated by a wireless signal from the adjusting operation mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tadashi Hachiya, Nobuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6511409
    Abstract: A rotary drum of the folding device comprises a reference portion having a rotating shaft 11, 41 and a basic body 10, 40 rotated integrally with the rotating shaft 11, 41; an adjusted portion able to be rotated integrally with the reference portion and arranged so as to be displaced with respect to the reference portion; an adjusting operation mechanism having a driving source 31 for displacing the adjusted portion with respect to the reference portion, a power source 34 arranged in the reference portion, a control board 32 additionally arranged in the driving source 31 and having a wireless receiving function, and a wireless operation machine 33 for wirelessly transmitting an operation signal to the control board 32; and an adjusting transmission mechanism for transmitting a movement of the driving source 31 to the adjusted portion; wherein electric power is supplied from the power source 34 to the driving source 31, and the driving source 31 is operated by a wireless signal from the adjusting operation mech
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho
    Inventors: Tadashi Hachiya, Nobuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6432032
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine for converting a sheet-like stock material into a dunnage product includes a frame having an upstream end and a downstream end, conversion assemblies, mounted on the frame, which convert the sheet-like stock material into a continuous strip of a dunnage product, a feeding assembly, mounted on the frame, for feeding the stock material through the conversion assemblies, a cutting assembly, mounted on the frame downstream of the conversion assemblies, which cuts the continuous strip of dunnage into a section of a desired length, and a diagnostic device which monitors the operation of the machine, the diagnostic device including, a sensing device for sensing the mode of operation of the feeding assembly and the cutting assembly, a processing device which determines improper operation of the feeding assembly and the cutting assembly for the sensed mode of operation and generates signals in accordance with such improper operation, and a displaying device which displays codes correspo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Ranpack Corp.
    Inventors: James Harding, Richard O. Ratzel
  • Patent number: 6238326
    Abstract: To regulate the temperature of the heated air in an apparatus for the pasting of plastic films having a rack having a table over which the workpieces are conveyed continuously by a conveyor apparatus, having a conveyor roller pair disposed in a gap of the table top and supported in the rack, consisting of a lower counter-pressure roller and an upper suction cylinder, having a conveyor cylinder acting together with the suction cylinder which successively transfers sections to the suction cylinder, and having a broad-slit nozzle directed to the roller gap which blows in a controlled manner heated air to the roller gap, the temperature directly after the pasting of the pasted region of the workpiece at which a good pasting occurs is determined as the nominal value and the temperature of the heated air is regulated to this nominal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignees: Windmoller & Holscher, Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H.
    Inventors: Jan Burger, Rainer Henze, Franz X. Starlinger-Huemer
  • Patent number: 6059705
    Abstract: A paperboard blank processing apparatus including a rotatably mounted processing head for operating upon successive paperboard blanks is disclosed. A paperboard blank registration sensor is provided upstream from the processing head for detecting a preprinted registration mark on a surface of an approaching paperboard blank. A controller is responsive to the registration sensor for determining whether the approaching paperboard blank is in proper registration with the rotary processing head. A registration correction window is defined by the controller and includes upper and lower limits defining upper and lower maximum correction values for bringing the angular position of the processing head into proper register with the linear position of the approaching paperboard blank. The controller further defines an averaging window containing the registration correction window wherein the registration correction window may be shifted within the averaging window in response to consistent registration errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: United Container Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Meyer L. Ruthenberg, Douglas H. Silate, Barry E. Larkin
  • Patent number: 6004252
    Abstract: A bag forming machine includes draw rolls for drawing a folded plastic web to and through a cut and seal unit for forming of successive bags. A wicketer receives the individual bags and rotates to carry successive bags to an opposite discharge end and depositing of the bags onto a pin stacker. A wicket conveyor includes an endless chain with an input sprocket adjacent the discharge end of the wicketer and a discharge sprocket located in spaced alignment to a discharge end of the conveyor. A plurality of pin stackers are secured in equi-spaced relation to the chain. A high response AC servo motor located at the input end of the conveyor is connected via a chain to the input sprocket. An independent servo controller is connected to energize the AC servo motor. A multi-axis servo controller is connected to servo drives for operating servo motors connected to the draw roll, the cut and seal unit, and the wicketer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Amplas, Inc.
    Inventor: Giles R. Blaser
  • Patent number: 5971905
    Abstract: A bag maker-packaging machine adapted for use with formers having different sizes uses pull-down belts to pull by suction an elongated film which has been tubularly formed by a former. When a new former is installed, the pull-down belts are moved from specified belt reference positions towards the surface of the film in a tubular form, and the distance travelled by them until they come into contact with the film surface is measured. After the size of the former is thus identified, positions of some of the components such as a guide roller and a turn bar for the transportation of film to the former are adjusted accordingly. Data corresponding to different former sizes may be stored in a memory and compared with the identified size of the former currently installed. The user can see on a display device what kinds of product can be packaged by using this identified former and may also be informed if the memory does not store any data for formers of the identified size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Fukuda
  • Patent number: 5818719
    Abstract: An apparatus for controllably registering two continuously moving layers of material is provided. One of the layers of material has a plurality of reference marks representing a plurality of separate and distinct components, and the other of the continuously moving layers has a respective plurality of different components thereon. The apparatus controls the distance between reference marks to a selected distance, and controllably registers each reference mark to a respective component of the continuously moving second layer. An article is provided in which a graphic is controllably registered within a designated area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark, Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Griffiths Brandon, Louis Maurice Chapdelaine, Leonard Michael Kaczmarzyk, Scott Lee Kastman, Marci Elizabeth Kuske, Thomas Michael Lager, Stephen Lawrence Miller, Robert Lee Popp, Richard Thomas Wehrle, Devertt DeWayne Woolwine
  • Patent number: 5749821
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion system includes a cushioning conversion machine which converts stock paper into cut pads, a conveyor system positioned to receive a pad produced by the cushioning conversion machine and to move the pad to a staging area, the staging area including a sensor for sensing the presence of a pad in the staging area and generating a representative signal, and a pad retrieval system for retrieving the pad from the staging area, wherein the cushioning conversion machine produces a pad when the representative signal indicates that a pad is not present in the staging area and the retrieval system retrieves a pad when the representative signal indicates a pad is in the staging area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons
  • Patent number: 5656005
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for constructing block-shaped units of corrugated sheet material that are easily banded because of the absence of any irregularities in the units, and the units are as close to being cube-shaped as is possible for a given set of parameters. The automated stacking system comprises a computer programmed to determine a set of solutions to optimize a unit by determining an optimal number of corrugated sheets per bundle, and an optimal number of bundles per tier, and an optimal number of tiers per unit based upon customer order parameters. The system is initially set up with machine parameters defining machine constraints and a set of algorithm parameters which comprise desirability weighting factors. The desirability weighting factors allow a customer to customize the system according to preferred operating criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Marquip, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Cummings, David W. Hess, Marajo Reis, Michael C. Chao