Continuous Material Having Indeterminate Length (e.g., Web, Strand, Strip, Or Sheet) Patents (Class 700/122)
  • Patent number: 10615596
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatus for effecting a demand response (DR) event by providing a demand response management system (DRMS) communicatively coupled to a plurality of participant sites, the DRMS including an aggregation engine having a rules-based function operative to generate an aggregation of the participant sites for a DR event using inclusion criteria that includes a custom field, wherein business objects (BOs) are used to represent the participant sites and other related entities (e.g., participants, enrollments, service delivery points (SDPs), etc.) and the BOs store core characteristics of the participant sites and the other related entities in core fields, and wherein the custom field is associated with a BO but the definition and content of the custom field is stored external to the associated BO; generating the aggregation using the inclusion criteria; and executing the DR event on the aggregation. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jason Hannah, Sachin Gupta, Monica McKenna
  • Patent number: 10564622
    Abstract: An asset monitoring and reporting system (AMRS) implements an interface to establish an asset hierarchy to be monitored and reported against. The interface employs a search query of extant asset data from which definitional aspects of the asset hierarchy can be identified, and therefrom the interface automatically determines control information reflective of the asset hierarchy to direct the ongoing operation of the AMRS. The interface further allows for configuration of a metric definition for a metric of an asset node of the asset hierarchy, the metric representing a point in time or a period of time and derived from a metric-time search of machine data produced by or about the asset node and receives an identification of a metric determination specification for the metric definition, the metric determination specification comprising at least identification of a metric component and identification of a calculation operation to apply to the metric component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Splunk Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Anthony Dean, Jindrich Dinga, Marvin Herville Green
  • Patent number: 10488067
    Abstract: A utility individual usage allocation and control system and method to manage utility and related services to a plurality of units in a facility to increase operational efficiency and cost savings. The system and method include a plurality of controllers positioned in a plurality of respective zones. A plurality of output devices are operably coupled to each controller and a utility provider is operably coupled to each of the output devices. A processor is configured to receive run-time data from each of the plurality of controllers, the run-time data corresponding with actual time the output device is in an engaged state. Run-time data from each controller is processed to determine proportion of total utility used by each zone. The processor is remote from the controllers and data is transmitted by wireless signals. The utility is selected from a group comprising hot air, hot water, cool air, electricity and memory data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Tal Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10399370
    Abstract: The printing apparatus includes a supply section that supports a plurality of rolls into which roll-paper strips are wound and supplies the roll-paper strips, a transport section that applies respective transporting forces to the supplied roll-paper strips and transports the roll-paper strips, a printing section that performs printing onto the transported roll-paper strips, and a tension-imparting section that individually imparts respective tensile forces to a plurality of roll-paper strips against the transporting forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoji Takahashi, Masaki Kobayashi, Junya Kato, Yoshikazu Hama
  • Patent number: 10363640
    Abstract: A system and method are provided to automate the assembly of a wing panel, such as utilized by commercial aircraft. In the context of a system, a tacking cell is provided that is configured to tack one or more stringers to a skin plank. The system also includes a riveting cell configured to receive a tacked plank from the tacking cell and to rivet the one or more stringers to the skin plank. The system also includes a splicing cell configured to receive a plurality of riveted planks from the riveting cell and to attach one or more splice stringers to the plurality of riveted planks. Further, the system includes a side of body cell configured to receive a spliced panel from the splicing cell and to attach a side of body chord thereto to produce a wing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Farahnaz Tanni Sisco, Daniel R. Smith, Jayson J. Aquino, Edward John Batt, James N. Buttrick, Antonio C. Micale, Darrell D. Jones, Clayton L. Munk, Chris G. Couevas, Azita N. Namdaran, Noman S. Noor, Donald A. Mottaz
  • Patent number: 10174456
    Abstract: Controlling a multiple-array, sheetmaking cross-directional process with a multivariable model predictive controller (MPC) employs a cost function incorporating a prediction horizon. The MPC provides a measurement profile target reference trajectory over the prediction horizon of the MPC cost function. Improved CD-MPC performance is achieved by employing a measurement profile target reference trajectory over the prediction horizon in the MPC cost function. A series of target profiles creates a reference trajectory to bring the cross-direction measurements smoothly from their current profile to the final target. By carefully designing the reference trajectory, the CD-MPC exhibits a good measurement response without aggressive control action. The current measurement target profile can be filtered through a first order plus deadtime process at each controller update and repeating the filter operation once for each step of the MPC prediction horizon generates a full reference trajectory for the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell Limited
    Inventors: Johan Backstrom, Michael Forbes
  • Patent number: 10144243
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tile sheet for a shower wall or bath enclosure in which a user designs a tile pattern which is stored in a database. An acrylic sheet is placed on a frame and clamped in place. A computer controlled router cuts grout lines in the acrylic sheet which simulates a tile pattern. The finished sheet having the tile pattern is cut and installed on a shower wall. Other designs can be stored in the computer and used to create different tile patterns using the same computer controlled router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BCI Acrylic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Domanico
  • Patent number: 9833923
    Abstract: A cut data generating device includes a control device which causes the generating device to acquire data indicating a pattern, to extract outlines of plural subpatterns contained in a design, to determine the number of layers associated with the number of sheets with respect to the extracted outlines, and to determine a sequence for stacking plural layers. The control device further causes the generating device to generate an integrated outline obtained by integrating the outline of first and second subpatterns contained in the extracted outlines, to specify the outline of the first subpattern on a first layer, to generate cut data for cutting the outline of the first subpattern from a first sheet associated with the first layer and for cutting the integrated outline from a second sheet associated with the second layer, and to output the generated cut data via the communication unit to the cutting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satomi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9672093
    Abstract: A control loop includes a process controller for controlling a field device in a process. A remote measurement transmitter measures a desired process variable and transmits the measured variable as a wireless measurement signal to a wireless interface unit on the controller side. The interface unit passes the received measurement signal, and a trigger signal indicating a reception of a new measurement, to an adaptive estimator. When triggered by a trigger signal from the wireless interface, i.e. when a new measurement value is received, the adaptive estimator outputs the new value measurement value to the process controller. Otherwise, between consecutive trigger signals, the adaptive estimator generates an estimated measurement value that gradually moves towards a setpoint according to a predetermined estimation algorithm or process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: VALMET AUTOMATION OY
    Inventors: Mats Friman, Joona Nikunen
  • Patent number: 9632517
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes: an air-conditioning control unit; a data read and write unit; a data control unit; and an operation unit. The air-conditioning control unit controls air-conditioning running based on running information; the data read and write unit to which a storage medium configured to store therein data can be removably connected; the data control unit transfers the running information and the operation setting information transmitted from the air-conditioning control unit to the data read and write unit; and the operation unit can input the operation setting information for performing an operation of the air-conditioning running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9233480
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a cutting unit including a cutting blade, a holding member having an adhesive layer on which an object to be cut is removably held, a wireless tag containing cutting information, a reading unit reading the cutting information from the wireless tag when the holding member has been set on the apparatus, and a control unit controlling the cutting unit based on the cutting information the reading unit has read from the wireless tag. The cutting information includes at least one of a relative moving speed between the blade and the object, a pressing force of the blade against the object and a correction amount which corrects a relative movement amount of the blade relative to the object. The cutting unit includes a pressing unit which presses the object held by the holding member, and the cutting information includes a pressing force of the pressing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiko Nagai, Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Yoshinori Nakamura, Tomoyasu Niizeki, Katsuhisa Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9063525
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributed energy services management are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving an input command via a network interface at a site gateway, the input command including information for controlling one or more physical devices at a site; converting, by use of a data processor, the input command to a virtualized command in a common command format; executing, by use of the data processor, one or more executor modules to cause execution of one or more corresponding virtual devices associated with the virtualized command; and using the executed one or more virtual devices to control the corresponding one or more physical devices at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SUNVERGE ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Dean Sanders, Stuart Statman
  • Publication number: 20150045938
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of tape feeders arranged in a component feed section includes a display part which displays setting information stored in a feeder storage part, an operation input part which displays the setting information in the display part and a modification process part which outputs a signal for modifying the setting information stored in a main body storage part and the feeder storage part in accordance with an input of a modification operation. The modification operation of the setting information can be carried out in a flexible form and with a good working property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawaguchi, Shigekazu Yoneyama, Tatsuo Yamamura, Kazunori Kanai
  • Patent number: 8849443
    Abstract: In order to achieve an improved or optimized operation mode of an “expanded drying section” of a paper machine—having the “actual” drying section, separated, if applicable, into pre-drying and post-drying sections with a size press located therebetween, a steam and condensate system, an exhaust air heat recovery system, a wet press and the white water—a model that includes the above system components is proposed, with which mass and energy balances for the system components as well as the specific energy consumption of the drying section are calculated, based on values for parameters relevant for the drying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Edgar Fries, Johannes Reinschke, Albrecht Sieber, Friedrich Speth
  • Patent number: 8844249
    Abstract: A film supplying apparatus includes: an upstream belt conveying unit and a downstream belt conveying unit that sequentially convey a label formed by cutting a label-forming base material, to a label delivery position; a label detection sensor that detects the label at an upper position of the downstream belt conveying unit; an encoder attached to a take-up spindle of a label delivery apparatus; and a control unit that calculates the amount of shift in the label on the basis of a label detection signal from the label detection sensor and a pulse signal from the encoder, and controls the operation of the downstream belt conveying unit conveying the label, so as to convey the label and stop the label at the label delivery position, while modifying the amount of shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Ushidate, Seiichi Matsushita
  • Patent number: 8845502
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control for a machine for producing paper padding material. The machine comprises a drive motor which transports sheets of paper through a shaping device. In this shaping device, the sheets of paper are shaped to paper padding material which is then cut to the desired length in a cutting device. The inventive control allows for an automatic memorization of a manually selected storage length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pack-Tiger GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Keller
  • Patent number: 8805565
    Abstract: Provided are a cutting information determination method that can use a simpler process to improve yield, and a strip-shaped polarizing sheet manufacturing method using such a method, an optical display unit manufacturing method using such a method, a strip-shaped polarizing sheet, and a polarizing sheet material. A cutting position in the width direction A2, in which a polarizing sheet material MP is to be cut along its longitudinal direction A1, is determined based on the numbers of defects counted with respect to plural points in the width direction A2 of the polarizing sheet material MP. This makes it possible to determine the cutting position in such a way that a region with many defects does not fall within the cut width, so that a higher-yield cutting position can be determined. The cutting position can also be determined using a simple process in which defects are counted with respect to plural points in the width direction A2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Akinori Izaki, Yuu Sugimoto, Seiji Umemoto, Tetsushi Kunitake
  • Patent number: 8731702
    Abstract: In mill stands of a continuous rolling train, a product passes through the train is rolled such that the product upon leaving the train has predetermined final characteristics. To remove one of the stands, the mill stand to be removed is completely relieved of load according to a defined temporal load relieving sequence. Locally simultaneously with the load relieving, at least one other mill stand is placed under load according to a defined temporal loading sequence. The load-relieving and loading sequence are mutually adjusted to preserve the final product characteristics. A circumferential roll velocity is controlled until the stand has been completely relieved such that a discharge velocity corresponds always to a predetermined desired discharge velocity. After the complete load-relieving, a correspondence of the circumferential roll velocity to the desired discharge velocity is maintained and the working rolls are lifted off. The mill stand is then deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Felkl, Andreas Maierhofer
  • Patent number: 8712574
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for controlling the relative positions or phasing of advancing substrates and/or components in absorbent article converting lines. The systems and methods may utilize feedback from technologies, such as vision systems, sensors, remote input and output stations, and controllers with synchronized embedded clocks to accurately correlate component placement detections and placement control on an absorbent article converting process. The systems and methods may accurately apply the use of precision clock synchronization for both instrumentation and control system devices on a non-deterministic communications network. In turn, the clock synchronized control and instrumentation network may be used to control the substrate position. As such, the controller may be programmed to the relative positions of substrates and components along the converting line without having to account for undeterminable delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason L. DeBruler, Andrew P. Palmer, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 8712573
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for controlling the registration of advancing substrates in absorbent article converting lines. The systems and methods may utilize feedback from technologies, such as vision systems, sensors, remote input and output stations, and controllers with synchronized embedded clocks to accurately correlate registration feature detections and substrate speed control on an absorbent article converting process. The systems and methods may accurately apply the use of precision clock synchronization for both instrumentation and control system devices on a non-deterministic communications network. In turn, the clock synchronized control and instrumentation network may be used to control the substrate speed. As such, the controller may be programmed to track registration features on substrates and components along the converting line without having to account for undeterminable delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason L. DeBruler, Andrew P. Palmer, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 8660682
    Abstract: Paper and continuous web scanners operate at varying and high temperature conditions. Regulating the temperature within the measurement gap between dual scanner heads during measurement and calibration modes of operation by employing air wipe and sheet guide temperature control assures consistent and accuracy sensor measurements of sheet characteristics. Air wipes blow pre-heated air into the measurement and the sheet guides are heated. The air temperature fluctuations that otherwise caused significant adverse effects on the sensors that measure, for example, the basis weight, ash content, and thickness of the moving sheet, are eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell ASCa Inc.
    Inventors: Gertjan Hofman, Ron Beselt
  • Patent number: 8621745
    Abstract: A stretch film sleeve label applicator for separating a stretchable sleeve label from a web of such labels and applying the label to an item, such as a container, is disclosed. The applicator is particularly useful for applying high stretch labels to highly contoured containers. The applicator is configured to receive a series of labels in an elongated, continuous web of flat, 2-ply sleeve labels, open the continuous sleeve of labels, separate an individual label from a next successive label, stretch the label to permit its application to an item to be labeled, such as a container, and apply the label in an accurate and precise location on the container. The applicator comprises three primary components: a label feeding assembly, a label separating assembly and a label stretching assembly. Various embodiments of the label feeding assembly, label separating assembly and label stretching assembly are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: CCL Label GmbH
    Inventors: Indarjit Deonarine, Gerard B. Doyle, Alfred Werzi
  • Publication number: 20140005819
    Abstract: A path of a cutter head of a laser cutting machine is modified to cut features according to a pattern from a material. A no-travel zone that the laser cutter avoids while performing lateral movements between cuts is specified. Locations of the path that cross the no-travel zones are also specified. The path is then modified such that all locations that violate the no-travel zone are removed so that the laser cutter detours around the no-travel zone when performing the lateral movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Tyler W. Garaas, Matthew Brand
  • Patent number: 8489219
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved buffering method for controlling excess fiber length (EFL) and reducing post-extrusion shrinkage in loose buffer tubes. In this way, the method yields first-quality loose buffer tubes not only during steady-state operation but also during ramping, thereby increasing production efficiency and reducing waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Draka Comteq B.V.
    Inventors: Patrick King Strong, Freddy Eugene Lindsey, Jeffrey Scott Barker, William Mark Smartt
  • Patent number: 8489221
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are set forth for controlling and actuator in a moving web manufacturing process. The method includes: (1) measuring a plurality of actuator profiles and in response generating nominal response models thereof; (2) generating a multivariable profile prediction based on the nominal response models; (3) generating a multivariable control target based at least one of the actuator profile; and (4) adjusting control of the actuator by minimizing error between the multivariable control target and the multivariable profile prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Metso Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Seyhan Nuyan, Calvin Fu, Antti Heikkinen, Heikki Olavi Kettunen, Lari Markus Lahdensuu
  • Publication number: 20130167744
    Abstract: A method for regulating a web tension in a processing machine for processing a product web, in particular a shaftless printing press, includes separating a first product-web section from a second product-web section by a delay section. The web tensions in the first and second product-web sections are influenced by first and second actuators, respectively. To regulate the web tension in the first product-web section, the method further includes defining a regulation output value from which an actuating command for the first actuator is derived. An actuating command for the second actuator is defined from the regulation output value and a delay element to decouple the web tension in the second product-web section from the regulation of the web tension in the first product-web section. The delay element delays the effect of the regulation output value on the actuating command for the second actuator by a delay time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Patent number: 8447425
    Abstract: An adaptive assembly line for assembly of a continuous first web to a continuous or discontinuous second web. The assembly line includes a control device. The control devices includes a first camera arranged to take a first picture of the first web before assembly of the first web to the second web. The control device is arranged to use the first picture for determining the position of a first center line in the first web. The control device is arranged to use the first picture for controlling the position of the first web and/or the second web so that the first center line becomes aligned with a second center line comprised in the second web during assembly of the first web to the second web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Lennart Hjalmarsson, Sophia Törnqvist, Anders Belin
  • Patent number: 8417369
    Abstract: A device for processing objects which are conveyed one after another in a continuous manner, or a quasi endless material web, includes tools revolving on a revolving path. In one variant of the device, the tools are controllably pivotable relative to the revolving path in a manner such that their pivot position is adapted in a controlled manner to the objects to be processed or the material web, independently of an orientation of the revolving path. In a further variant of the device, the device includes at least one drive, which are controllable in a manner such that the tools in groups or individually, may be driven simultaneously at different speeds on the revolving path. This, for example, is realized by way of two drives, wherein each second tool is coupled to the first drive, and the other tools to the second drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventors: Werner Honegger, Roman Dax
  • Patent number: 8386063
    Abstract: A foreign matter detection unit detects an entry of an unexpected foreign matter that is other than the substrates by light transmitting optical sensors 7 having light projecting portions 7a and light receiving portions 7b at opening sections 3a, 3b formed in cover members 2 through which the substrates pass. By executing an emergency stop processing, when the entry of the foreign matter is detected at one of the opening sections, to stop the electronic component mounting apparatus that is adjacent to the opening section at which the entry of the foreign matter is detected, safety of the machine operators is properly ensured in check and confirmation works conducted at the time of machine troubles etc even in an electronic component assembling line in which the small-sized thin unit apparatuses are combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Ogata
  • Patent number: 8364303
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for correcting programming and optimizing treatment and/or subsequent treatment processes in technical installations, such as in the paper industry. The method and system carry an optimization suitable for treatment processes and for corresponding subsequent treatment processes according to a production plan defined by processing qualitative data and/or information related to the quality of at least one starting product of an advanced production stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Marco Fahl, Iiro Harjunkoski, Simo Saynevirta
  • Patent number: 8349105
    Abstract: A curved composite aircraft frame comprises a multi-ply composite laminate having a generally Z-shaped cross section. At least certain of the laminate plies include unidirectional reinforcing fibers that are substantially tangent at substantially all points along the curvature of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David J. Kehrl, Kent E. Johnson, Douglas A. McCarville
  • Patent number: 8340788
    Abstract: A method for tuning operation of servo motors includes selecting a plurality of discrete positions in a guillotine blade cycle for which to determine tuning coefficients, determining tuning coefficients at the discrete positions, interpolating tuning coefficients for positions between the discrete positions, and applying the determined and the interpolated tuning coefficients to the servo motor. The servo motors may be used in connection with a guillotine cutter for separating individual sheets from a continuous web. The guillotine cutter blade may be driven by a servo motor to cyclically lower and raise to transversely cut the web transported below the cutter blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Sussmeier, Arthur H. DePoi, Gerald F. Leitz
  • Patent number: 8290609
    Abstract: The invention provides a production management system and a production management method which are applied to an optical display device production system which can more precisely carry out a production management. A memory stores a panel information allocated per an optical display unit, and a roll information including a positional information of optical films in a material roll before the optical films bonded to the optical display unit are cut so as to coordinate. A position in the material roll before the optical films bonded to the optical display unit are cut is specified based on the panel information corresponding to the optical display unit of the optical display device determined by an inspecting apparatus that a defect exists, and the roll information coordinated to the panel information. If it is possible to recognize what position in what material roll the defect exists, as mentioned above, it is possible to carry out a production management more precisely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ikeda, Tamotsu Oda, Kazuo Kitada, Tomokazu Yura, Satoru Koshio, Takuya Nakazono
  • Publication number: 20120232687
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating cut descriptive parameters in relation to digital cutting, by means of digital cutting machineries, of objects in a sheet material, said estimating apparatus comprising an input module enabling a user to provide object parameters to said estimating apparatus comprising geometric characteristics of said objects to be cut, a storage module for storage of information at least in relation to said digital cutting machineries and said sheet material, an estimating module for estimating said cut descriptive parameters by means of a data processor unit based on said object parameters provided by a user and the stored information relating to the digital cutting machineries and the sheet material, and an output module for presenting said cut descriptive parameters to said user, said cut descriptive parameters being estimated based on a correlation of said object parameters, said information in relation to said digital cutting machineries and said sheet material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: CUT-ESTIMATOR
    Inventor: Jørgen Bugge Mikkelsen
  • Patent number: 8244393
    Abstract: Systems and methods for registering a web to an on-line pitched unit operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jon Kevin McLaughlin, Daniel Jon Amundson, Charles Phillip Miller, Jason Lee Debruler, Paul Anthony Kawka, Andrew Price Palmer
  • Patent number: 8238646
    Abstract: A system for the characterization of webs that permits the identification of anomalous regions on the web to be performed at a first time and place, and permits the localization and marking of actual defects to be performed at a second time and place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Floeder, James A. Masterman, Carl J. Skeps
  • Publication number: 20120183727
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of a web composed essentially of a granulate and a polymer. In order for the web to have good suction against the substrate after it has been laid on a floor, the interstices between the granulate particles are not allowed to be filled with the polymer. According to the invention, this is brought about in that the polymer is applied to the top side of the granulate. After the polymer melts, the polymer seeps down through the granulate. By means of targeted control or regulation, this sinking process is influenced before the polymer reaches the underside of the web. The invention also comprises a sensor and the product as such.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicants: TPS TechnoPartner Samtronic GmbH
    Inventors: Hanns Joerg Mauk, Bernhard Voith, Bernd Fischer, Karl-Heinz Peter Scholz
  • Patent number: 8219236
    Abstract: A method for creating a cutting plan for a strip-like material for maximizing a quality yield of the process is invented. In the method a cutting plan for a strip-like material is made based on end-product data, and the strip-like material is driven at a production speed in a manufacturing machine or in a finishing machine, and strip length data is recorded. A chart of the strip-like material characteristics is generated and stored in a memory. The recorded strip length data and the chart of the strip-like material characteristics is calibrated with calibration data in a winding process, and during a set change in the winding process the cutting plan for the strip-like material is optimized for maximizing a quality yield of the process based on the end-product data and the calibrated chart of the strip-like material characteristics, and a revised cutting plan is created from the optimization result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: ABB OY
    Inventors: Juha Moisio, Robert Reinius, Simo Säynevirta, Ilkka Erkkilä
  • Patent number: 8219235
    Abstract: Rolls of prepared, and of unprepared materials, for use in a web-processing machine, are stored in a warehouse. Information that is used to anticipate consumption data for an impending production period, or anticipated consumption data, is supplied to a material flow system that includes implemented logic. A warehousing strategy is defined in a sub-process which uses the anticipated consumption data and a current inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Harald Karl Gretsch, Lothar Franz Hohmann, Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder, Josef Herbert Olbort
  • 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: 8175739
    Abstract: A conversion control system is described for spatially synchronizing data gathered from a plurality of operations performed on a web. The conversion control system applies a set of fiducial marks to a web, performs a plurality of operations on the web, generates a first and a second set of digital information for first and second operations, respectively, in accordance with respective first and second coordinate systems using the set of fiducial marks such that the each of the sets of digital information includes position data for respective first and second sets of regions on the web. The conversion control system may then register the position data of the first set of regions and the position data for the second set of regions to produce aggregate data and outputting a conversion control plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Floeder, James A. Masterman, Carl J. Skeps, Brandon T. Berg
  • Patent number: 8145344
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for controlling the relative positions or phasing of advancing substrates and/or components in absorbent article converting lines. The systems and methods may utilize feedback from technologies, such as vision systems, sensors, remote input and output stations, and controllers with synchronized embedded clocks to accurately correlate component placement detections and placement control on an absorbent article converting process. The systems and methods may accurately apply the use of precision clock synchronization for both instrumentation and control system devices on a non-deterministic communications network. In turn, the clock synchronized control and instrumentation network may be used to control the substrate position. As such, the controller may be programmed to the relative positions of substrates and components along the converting line without having to account for undeterminable delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason L. DeBruler, Andrew P. Palmer, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 8145343
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for controlling the registration of advancing substrates in absorbent article converting lines. The systems and methods may utilize feedback from technologies, such as vision systems, sensors, remote input and output stations, and controllers with synchronized embedded clocks to accurately correlate registration feature detections and substrate speed control on an absorbent article converting process. The systems and methods may accurately apply the use of precision clock synchronization for both instrumentation and control system devices on a non-deterministic communications network. In turn, the clock synchronized control and instrumentation network may be used to control the substrate speed. As such, the controller may be programmed to track registration features on substrates and components along the converting line without having to account for undeterminable delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason L. DeBruler, Andrew P. Palmer, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 8086538
    Abstract: A solution for metering usage of services—for example, in a SOA Framework—is proposed. For this purpose, the submission of any invocation of a provider service by a consumer service is intercepted by a license manager; a corresponding request is then submitted to a dedicated licensing service, which returns an entitlement code when the consumer service is entitled to submit the service invocation. The service invocation is decorated with this entitlement code and actually submitted to the provider service. The (decorated) service invocation addressed to the provider service is likewise intercepted by another license manager; a request is then submitted to the licensing service for verifying the received entitlement code. The running of the provider service is then enabled only if the entitlement code is correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore D'Alo', Alessandro Donatelli, Giovanni Lanfranchi, Scot MacLellan, Antonio Perrone
  • Patent number: 8082056
    Abstract: A band is introduced into the pit entrance of a looping pit. This band is released from the looping pit at a pit exit. A segment of the band can thereby be buffered. The entrance-sided drag that exists in the band at the pit entrance is measured by an entrance-sided drag measuring device; the exit-sided drag that exists in the band at the pit exit is measured by an exit-sided drag measuring device. The values of the entrance-sided and exit-sided drags are passed to a control device. Depending on the entrance-sided and exit-sided drags, a control signal for at least one driven roller arranged between the pit entrance and exit is identified by the control device and is passed to the at least one driven roller. The band buffered in the looping pit is acted upon by the at least one driven roller according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bertram Schulze
  • Patent number: 8078307
    Abstract: A defect testing apparatus for testing defects of optical film sheet-shaped product of an optical displaying apparatus, which includes a defect detecting means for detecting defects of a monolayer body and/or a laminate body constituting the sheet-shaped product in a state in which a protective layer on a surface of the sheet-shaped product is not disposed and defect information preparing means for preparing defect information which is information related to the defects detected by the defect detecting means, and the defect information is used for producing the sheet-shaped product provided in a roll form or in separate sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromichi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8060234
    Abstract: There is described a method and apparatus for tracking the location of web features through a converting process, one application of which can involve tracking paper defects from a paper machine as detected by a camera system, to a winder where the sheet is wound to rolls so that the web defects can be repaired in the winder before making the rolls. The method to track web features is based on pattern identification of inherent sheet variability or defects. The apparatus involves two or more sheet property or defect monitoring web sensors arranged at the same cross directional location at different stages of the converting operation, augmented by tachometers and/or roll diameter sensors. A full automation system for drive control on the winder based on this information is preferably added to make maximum advantage of this information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignees: ABB Oy, ABB Ltd.
    Inventors: Ake Hellstrom, Tommi Huotilainen, Antti Saarela
  • Patent number: 8027747
    Abstract: A method for the register correction of a processing machine for processing a continuous material, in particular a shaftless printing press, with which the continuous material is processed by at least two processing units with at least one compensator for adjusting the length of the continuous material in the continuous material section being provided upstream of each of the at least two processing units. In order to adjust the register of a first processing unit, the length of the continuous material of the continuous material section upstream of the first processing unit is adjusted by the compensator provided in this first continuous material section. To adjust the register of the first processing unit, the length of the continuous material of the continuous material section upstream of a second processing unit is also adjusted by the compensator provided in this second continuous material section. A related processing machine carries out the inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Schnabel, Stephan Schultze
  • Patent number: 8005564
    Abstract: A roll paper printing apparatus includes a transmission source identification unit to identify a transmission source of print data received from a host interface unit, a transmission source information storage unit to store the transmission source information identified by the transmission source identification unit, a transmission source information comparison unit to compare transmission source information of a preceding print job with transmission source information of a print job which is to be printed next, an uncut printed output identification unit to identify an uncut printed output, and an interrupt printing prohibition unit to prohibit printing of the print job which is to be printed next as interrupt printing if the transmission source information of the preceding print job and the transmission source information of the print job which is to be printed next are different when the uncut printed output is identified by the uncut printed output identification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hajime Sato
  • Patent number: 8000501
    Abstract: A new method for processing image data in order to detect abnormalities in a web is provided. The web is monitored by at least one camera, whereby an image comprising of plurality of pixels is generated. The data of the image is stored in a memory. Image data is filtered by a processor by creating a filtered image data by weighting the image data and at least one of earlier image data and earlier filtered image data; and combining the weighted image data and at least one of the weighted earlier image data and the weighted earlier filtered image data; and controlling filtering by at least one nonlinear algorithm; and thresholding the created filtered image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventor: Tommi Huotilainen