Machine Frame Patents (Class 493/477)
  • Patent number: 8944982
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a dunnage conversion machine (30) for converting a stock material into a dunnage product, a stock material support (22) for a supply of stock material to be fed to the dunnage conversion machine, and a drop-and-slide mechanism (34) configured to allow the stock material support to be moved between an operating position and a loading position, which is spaced both horizontally and vertically from the operating position. The drop-and-slide mechanism includes a guide member (40) and a slide (42) to which the stock material support is mounted. The slide is supported by the guide member for horizontal movement relative to the guide member. A packer can pull the slide horizontally away from the operating position, causing the stock support to fall to the loading position, and the packer can push the slide away from the loading position, causing the stock support to rise to the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Jordy van der Kaap
  • Patent number: 8512025
    Abstract: A corrugating roller pair support frame includes four supporting posts, in between two of which one rectangular supporting plate of a corrugating roller pair is mounted while another rectangular supporting plate is mounted in between the other two supporting posts, and the four supporting posts having a plurality of locating blocks movably embedded therein for releasably engaging with locating slots formed on the rectangular supporting plates to thereby releasably hold the corrugating roller pair to the support frame; and a supporting elevator for supporting and regulating the corrugating roller pair to a desired height on the support frame. With these arrangements, the corrugating roller pair can be conveniently mounted to or released from the support frame and be easily exchanged with another one, so that the time needed for handling the corrugating roller pair is shortened and the efficiency of manufacturing corrugated boards is upgraded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Tien-Yang Chen
  • Publication number: 20120015793
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a dunnage conversion machine (30) for converting a stock material into a dunnage product, a stock material support (22) for a supply of stock material to be fed to the dunnage conversion machine, and a drop-and-slide mechanism (34) configured to allow the stock material support to be moved between an operating position and a loading position, which is spaced both horizontally and vertically from the operating position. The drop-and-slide mechanism includes a guide member (40) and a slide (42) to which the stock material support is mounted. The slide is supported by the guide member for horizontal movement relative to the guide member. A packer can pull the slide horizontally away from the operating position, causing the stock support to fall to the loading position, and the packer can push the slide away from the loading position, causing the stock support to rise to the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: RANPAK CORP.
    Inventor: Jordy van der Kaap
  • Patent number: 7988608
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing longitudinally folded products has a machine frame (17) which is arranged below a former arrangement which can be charged with web material. Transporting and processing units are arranged in tandem in the machine frame (17), and a superstructure wall (18) which carries web guiding members (19) associated with the former arrangement is mounted on the machine frame (17). At least one web ribbon (2a) is guided through the superstructure wall (18). The machine frame (17) has at least two modules (22, 23) arranged one above the other which are rotatable by 180° relative to one another and can be connected to one another. Each module (22, 23) has its own at least one drive motor, and every unit provided in the region of the dividing line (24) between modules (22, 23) which are rotatable relative to one another is constructed symmetrically with respect to a center working plane containing the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: manroland AG
    Inventors: Helmut Schnell, Urban Spatz
  • Patent number: 7517309
    Abstract: An interfolding machine having a framework (1) comprising a first plate (20a) and a second plate (20b), parallel to each other, interconnected by means of beams (15, 25, 26). Each plate (20a or 20b), has a modular structure and comprises at least one lower portion (22a or 22b) and an upper portion (23a or 23b). The upper portions (23a, 23b) of the plates (20a, 20b) are connected by beams (25), whereas the lower portions (22a, 22b) are connected by relative beams (26, 15). The upper portion has a portion (5) removable independently from the framework (1). The removable portion (5) comprises cutting rollers (8), the rollers bringing a cutting tool (10) and folding rollers (9). The web conveying rollers (6, 7), conveying the paper along the direction of process are mounted on the fixed portion (24) of the upper portion (23) of the framework (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: MTC-Macchine Trasformazione Carta S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alessandro De Matteis
  • Patent number: 6899026
    Abstract: A folding installation of a web-fed rotary printing press includes a first group of at least two folding formers and at least one additional folding former which is offset vertically from the first group. The folding formers of the first group are adjacent and are offset from each other perpendicular to the running direction of partial webs and are arranged in a horizontal plane to at least partially overlap. Planes of symmetry of at least one folding former of the first group and the additional folding former lie essentially in a common line of a partial web running straight through the print machine. Both aligned folding formers are provided with a common group of leading rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Anton Weis
  • Patent number: 6892635
    Abstract: An arrangement for processing webs in a rotary web-fed printing press includes a turning device that is usable for shifting the web about an uneven multiple of a half web-width of the web. A folding installation is also provided. The web or webs, which are displaced by the uneven multiple of the half-width, run on two adjacent folding formers which are arranged generally perpendicular to the running direction of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Burkard Otto Herbert
  • Patent number: 6422552
    Abstract: A movable folder assembly includes one or more folders slidingly supported on a pair of rails and an actuator for moving the folder on said pair of rails. The actuator may include a hydraulic cylinder and a control unit for controlling said hydraulic cylinder. The folder(s) is supported on said rails by bearings. Preferably, the bearings are linear bearings, and most preferably, the folder(s) is supported on at least one of said rails by dual-type linear bearings. The folder(s) may be used in conduction with a former board arrangement in a web-fed rotary newspaper printing press which includes a first and a second row of former boards each row including a first, second and third former board for longitudinally folding one or more ribbons passing over the former boards. The first row of former boards is arranged above the second former board, and a movable folder is located below one of the former boards of the second row of former boards for crossfolding and cutting the ribbons into signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Lewis Bradley Chesno, Charles Henry Dufour, Robert Michael Riotto
  • Patent number: 6364821
    Abstract: There is provided, in a folder for web-fed printing machines for processing webs of material with longitudinal adhesive bonding, a longitudinal folding device including a displaceable folder former movable relative to a cylinder part of the folder, and a frame carrying former outlet rollers and spindles whereon the former outlet rollers are mounted, the frame being displaceable with the longitudinal folding device; further provided is a method of adjusting the longitudinal adjusting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jean Mariotti, Thierry Thevenin
  • Patent number: 5913795
    Abstract: A packaging machine of a modular construction designed in accordance with a respective specific task to be performed has a machine bed comprising first and second spaced-apart rows of hollow bed modules which are connected together in successive relationship in the longitudinal direction. The bed modules are held at a spacing by transverse struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Gerhard Schubert GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schubert
  • Patent number: 5864484
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for performing real time diagnostics on a cushioning conversion machine includes a machine resident controller for controlling and monitoring operation of the cushioning conversion machine, a remote processor for performing diagnostic functions based on information retrieved from a cushioning conversion machine, and a communication device for facilitating real time communication between the machine resident controller and the remote processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph James Harding
  • Patent number: 5827159
    Abstract: A combination tool exchanger and storage device adapted to be fitted to a die cutter for exchanging and storing a plurality of profiled cutter dies each having a cutter blade of a different configuration. The die cutter is for cutting a sheet-like material by urging the sheet-like material against a selected one of the profiled cutter dies retained within a cutter die mounting chamber. The combination tool exchanger and storage device includes retaining arms for holding one of the profiled cutter dies so as to confront a first entrance leading to the cutter die mounting chamber and for sliding the profiled cutter die horizontally towards the cutter die mounting chamber, a cutter die storage chamber disposed above or below the die cutter, and an elevator unit for selectively driving the retaining arms between a first position aligned with the first entrance leading to the cutter mounting chamber and a second position aligned with a second entrance leading to the cutter die storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Hiroshi Adachi
  • Patent number: 5803893
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion machine for converting a sheet-like stock material into a cushioning product. The machine includes a forming assembly which forms the sheet-like stock material into a three-dimensional strip of dunnage; a stock supply assembly which supplies the stock material to the forming assembly; a feed assembly which feeds the stock material through the forming assembly; and a cutting assembly which cuts the strip of dunnage into sections of a desired length. The machine's housing at least partially encloses the forming assembly, the feed assembly, and the cutting assembly. The machine further comprises a stand including a support to which the housing is mounted and a base extending from the support to which the stock supply assembly is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventors: Steven E. Armington, Richard O. Ratzel, Michael J. Lencoski, James A. Simmons, David V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5730696
    Abstract: A cushioning conversion system (10) including a stand (12), a cushioning conversion machine (14), and a machine mounting assembly (16) which mounts the machine to the stand in such a manner that the machine may be selectively rotated relative to the stand in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Ranpak Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Simmons
  • Patent number: 5657529
    Abstract: In a production line both the base frame and also the working area is subdivided into modular assemblable modules, the base unit having three reception positions which can be provided with slide-in working units and receptacles for driving units and a trolley transferring the particular working unit. The working unit, after a control console has moved out of the sliding in path, can be moved in and out parallel to the horizontal separating plane and transversely to the conveying direction and can then be adjusted and locked. Thus, with the same base units a randomly long basic frame can be created for randomly succeeding working stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: bielomatik Leuze GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Martin Bohn, Wolfgang Scheller, Klaus Hoerz
  • Patent number: 5588945
    Abstract: A device for and method of spacing a corrugating guide finger relative to a corrugating roll. The device includes a tail and a head. The head has a slot therethrough for sliding receipt of the corrugating guide finger. To space the finger, the slot is slidingly received onto the finger and the tail simultaneously contacts the inner surface of the finger and the outer surface of the corrugating roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Corrugated Gear & Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Lauderbaugh
  • Patent number: 5575748
    Abstract: An airbag folding engine comprises a frame for removably mounting any one of a number of different airbag folding devices. The airbag folding engine includes a driver system adapted to be removably connected to the airbag folding device mounted on the frame. The driver system, which may be pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical or the like, provides the power to operate the airbag folding device. A control system mounted on the airbag folding engine controls the operation of the airbag folding device. A visual display provides a visual indication of the operation of the airbag folding device. Screw jacks may be mounted on the frame for varying the height of the airbag folding engine. An apparatus for folding an airbag which is adapted to be removably mounted on the airbag folding engine is also provided. The apparatus includes a plate which mounts on the airbag folding engine and an airbag folding mechanism mounted on the plate for folding one of a number of types of airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: The Omega Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Budde, Douglas M. Donahue, Jr., Louis A. Fanty, Scott F. Mason
  • Patent number: 5558615
    Abstract: A folder apparatus is disclosed which has a removable mounting plate supporting both of the corresponding exit rollers of a single lead-in tape assembly. The modular cartridge formed by the mounting plate and exit rollers allows for easy replacement of these parts in the folder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignees: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg Harris Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin F. Albert
  • Patent number: 5374233
    Abstract: A buckling-type paper sheet folder comprises a protective housing (7) and two pairs of folding cylinders (W1, W2, W3, W4) which are mounted in a cylinder frame (1) and conjointly driven by an electric motor (4). Folding pockets (5,6) and the cylinder frame are enclosed on all sides by the housing which has two parts, namely a base (8) and a cover (9), that are hinged and/or detachably connected to each other. In the base, a box-like compartment (12) is formed below the folding pockets accommodating the cylinder frame. The cover comprises a wall (45) extending between vertical side walls (40,41) and covering the upper foldin pocket (5) and having a portion (48) forming the upper boundary of a sheet intake opening. The cover further comprises a second wall (54) extending above the second folding pocket (6) inwardly, to form the lower boundary of the intake opening (51), and having a front portion 39.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: Mathias Bauerle GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Lehmann, Rainer Fecker, Wilhelm Markgraf, Manfred Fuss
  • Patent number: 5350348
    Abstract: A modular machine for making cardboard packages having a plurality of modules. A controlling automatic indexing device is provided which cooperates with a length of shaft and blocking means attached to each module for stopping the length of shaft at a predetermined indexing angular position. Thus, when the machine is stopped in order to change or clean the rotary members of the modules, each length of shaft of each module is stopped in the same position of the cycle and remains at its angular position during separation of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Inventor: Bernard Guot
  • Patent number: 5147268
    Abstract: A folding box gluing machine to be used for the production of packages is provided with a lateral wall situated on the operator's side of the machine which consists of a plate making up the machine frame. The plate has several apertures providing access to, and inspection of, the inner machine area. The full or closed areas of the plate are covered up by hollow panels in which the machine components can be lodged. The apertures are closed by transparent panels which are removable and are provided with safety detectors preventing the machine operation as long as they are not closed. The height of the panels is sufficiently high so that the wall will be able to ensure a noise absorbing or blocking effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Bobst SA
    Inventor: Cesar C. Cermeno
  • Patent number: 5098366
    Abstract: A machine for cutting filing folders to provide identification tabs which includes the use of two rollers, a cutter roller and an anvil roller. The cutter roller has a plurality of surface cutters spaced circumferentially to cut identification tabs selectively at each end and centrally of a folder. The anvil roller has clearance areas, and also an anvil area which will cooperate with one of the surface cutters depending on the circumferential orientation of the cutter roller. The machine provides for a gear drive for the rollers and a mechanism for lifting and adjusting the orientation of the cutter roller to effect cutting of the file edges with one of the surface cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Richard H. Gressman
  • Patent number: 5072507
    Abstract: An improved box blank die cutting machine (20) is provided which includes die changeover apparatus (32) permitting the machine die structure (28) to be rapidly changed without the necessity for completely removing the die frame (26) from the machine (20). The changeover apparatus (32) includes die-supporting elements (156, 158) designed to support the die frame (26) as it is shifted rearwardly towards the output end (46) of the machine (20). Moreover, the elements (158) include selectively extensible pins (184a, 184b) which are received within corresponding die frame apertures (108, 110), so that the die frame (26) may be pivoted to an upright die changeover position. Limit stops (188, 190) are also provided for limiting the pivoting movement of the die frame (26), and for stabilizing the die frame (26) in its upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: The Lawrence Paper Company
    Inventor: William R. Meeks
  • Patent number: 4970846
    Abstract: A product support table, having an elongated longitudinal opening is positioned over a pair of fin seal wheels which provide a seal between two edges of a sheet of film that has been wrapped around an article. The product support table supports a pair of product transport belts that are located between the product being wrapped and the product support table. The belts run the length of the product support table generally in contact with the top side of the table and then, on the return run, are directed upwardly to the bottom of the product support table for most of its travel back to a drive roll and a belt take-up roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Leino
  • Patent number: 4968292
    Abstract: A corrugated cardboard box making machine wherein the units such as feed unit, printing unit and slotting unit are separably connected in alignment with a driving shaft being provided on each one of the units, and on an external gear which is one element of a coupling arranged between the driving shafts engaging projections are provided and on an internal gear which is the other element, there are provided engaging concave portions to automatically receive the engaging projections only when rotational positions of both of the gears are coincided. The machine is further arranged to automatically and accurately perform smooth connecting operation of each driving shaft when each unit is reconnected after such work as printing plate exchange is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishikawa Seisakusho, Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 4861326
    Abstract: In a folding apparatus with a transverse cutting and transverse folding unit fed by a first longitudinal folding unit and with a second longitudinal folding unit followed by a delivery unit, simple development and expansion of the folding apparatus step by step is made possible by arranging the transverse cutting and transverse folding unit on a basic frame and arranging the second longitudinal folding unit on a lower additional frame. Furthermore the basic and additional frame are arranged at the same level and are provided with connection structure adjacent to each other and over the connection on the basic frame there is a further connection structure for a superposed frame with transverse and longitudinal forming unit. The additional frame is provided with support surfaces for the superposed frame which has corresponding surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Albert-Frankenthal AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Kuhner, Gunter K. Schmitt, Rudolf Stab
  • Patent number: 4643706
    Abstract: A one-sided corrugated cardboard machine comprising a machine stand with two fluted rollers in meshing engagement with each other and an auxiliary roller rotatably supported therein, the axes of said rollers being disposed approximately in a common plane preferably inclined towards the vertical, with the machine stand being supported at the underground on one side of the plane, and members cooperating with the roller pack such as deviation rollers, guide plates, scrapers for the pressure roller, and the like, being supported in a stand section on the other side of the plane, said section being a rigid frame spanning the roller pack and which is detachably yet fixedly connectible to the machine stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Werner H. K. Peters Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Pohl, Uwe Wetterling
  • Patent number: 4627831
    Abstract: A single facer including a main frame installed on a base for supporting a paste application roll, a pressure roll and so on, a movable frame fixed on or removably supported on the main frame for rotatably supporting upper and lower corrugated rolls in meshing engagement with each other, and a transfer mechanism for moving the movable frame in a transverse direction substantially in the axial direction of the respective upper and lower rolls to transfer them out of or into the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Hirakawa, Kiyomitsu Yoshikawa, Shigenari Yoshioka, Hiroaki Sasashige
  • Patent number: 4618342
    Abstract: A machine including a feeding group or station, a first rotative cutting or creasing station, a second rotative cutting or creasing station and a rotative stripping station characterized by a single drive motor driving the various rotating tools of the stations and a feed roll of the feeding station. Each of the first and second stations and the stripping station have a frame with two lateral frame members with each of the lateral frame members having a groove for receiving bearing blocks for the upper and lower rotatable tools and one of the frame members of each groove mounts a drive pinion in a fixed position relative to the groove and in driving engagement with a gear on the shaft of the lower tool. Each of the bearing blocks have the same outer dimensions with the axis of the tool being positioned in the bearing block depending on the size of the tool so that by changing tools, the gears of the tools always engage the same drive pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: Bobst SA
    Inventor: Edouard Borel
  • Patent number: 4610654
    Abstract: This invention relates to a structure for guiding tubular blanks through a sack end forming station through which the tubular blanks are transversely conveyed on a path of travel, said structure comprising two plates, which are disposed on opposite sides of said path of travel, and guiding surfaces associated with said plates and defining adjacent to said path of travel a gap which has a width that is at least as large as the thickness of the tubular blank. At least one of said guiding surfaces is formed by a bar, which is associated with one of said plates and capable of a limited movement in the plane of said plate and is urged toward the other plate by springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Windmoller & Holscher
    Inventor: Horst Rautenberg
  • Patent number: 4279608
    Abstract: This relates to a bag forming machine wherein a continuous tube is formed from a contuous web, the tube having a side seam and being cut off at predetermined intervals to form short tubes with closed bottoms. The tubes are placed on mandrel assemblies of a turret and the mandrel assemblies, as the turret is indexed, are actuated so as to axially elongate the closed tubes while holding the open end of each tube against movement, thereby generally forming a flat bottom on the tube and triangular bottom portions. The turret is next indexed so as to plow down the triangular bottom portions flat against the flat bottom portion followed by further indexing of the turret to heat seal the triangular positions to the flat bottom portion and then cool the heat seals. Finally, each closed bottom bag is gripped by a combined rotator and orientation device wherein the side seam of the bag is rotated to a selected orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Developak Corporation
    Inventor: Jack R. Evers