Deflecting Guide Patents (Class 83/105)
  • Patent number: 9592618
    Abstract: A grate for use in forming potato stick products having a wavy cross-sectional shape is provided. The grate includes a plurality of alternating convex segments and concave segments extending in a repeating pattern along a length of the grate. A plurality of spaced apart teeth extends from the plurality of convex segments and the plurality of concave segments. A distance between the spaced apart teeth defines a width of the potato stick products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ballreich Bros., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian K. Reis, Robert W. Reis
  • Patent number: 9061856
    Abstract: In the control of a cutting mechanism of a sheet processing apparatus, when rear end cut region of a sheet is finely cut and divided into predetermined fine-cutting unit length, if sheet conveying direction length of rearmost end divided region is equal to or more than minimum reference length corresponding to the distance between cutting position of the cutting mechanism and nipping position of a pair of first conveying rollers and is less than maximum reference length in which predetermined fine-cutting unit length is added to minimum reference length, upper and lower blades of the cutting mechanism are held opened immediately after the downstream edge of rearmost end divided region is cut and the pair of first conveying rollers are driven at limited conveying speed lower than normal conveying speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: DUPLO SEIKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Maeda, Akihiko Toki, Satoshi Ota, Shuhei Kosaka, Masasuke Funase
  • Publication number: 20150027286
    Abstract: A tablet division feeder includes a moving unit to move a tablet T, a fixing blade located in a movement path of the tablet T, and a support plate extending from the fixing blade such that divided tablets T2 on the fixing blade are transferred and kept onto the support plate. The fixing blade divides the tablet T into upper and lower divided tablets as the tablet T is moved in such a manner that the lower divided tablet T1 is discharged and the upper divided tablet T2 is transferred from the fixing blade to the support plate by the moving unit and kept on the support plate. The upper divided tablet T2 is discharged from the support plate as the upper divided tablet T2 is further moved by the moving unit in such a manner that the upper divided tablet T2 is discharged from the moving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Shoji YUYAMA, Naoki KOIKE, Mitsuhiro MITANI, Masao FUKADA
  • Patent number: 8887603
    Abstract: A tablet T is divided without moving a cutter and divided tablets T1, T2 are fed one by one. A rotor 24 is installed in a container 21 receiving the tablets T. A rotor receiving part of the container has a barrel shape with a bottom section formed with a discharge port 27, and a fixing blade 33 is installed outside the rotor receiving part. Recesses 25 are formed on an entire lateral side of the rotor at a regular interval to receive a tablet. A peripheral groove is formed on the entire lateral side of the rotor and a fixing blade and a support plate are inserted into the peripheral groove. The fixing blade divides the tablet, which is accommodated in the recess and move while being guided along an inner wall of the rotor receiving part as the rotor rotates. A lower divided tablet T1 is discharged to the discharge port 27 and an upper divided tablet T2 is kept on the fixing blade. The upper divided tablet is discharged as the rotor further rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Publication number: 20140034192
    Abstract: Trimming machine for wood, particularly a trimming saw for trunks, comprising a machine casing, two lateral cutting tools for cutting a trunk on two non adjacent sides, transport means for bringing the trunk for cutting, separation means for separating wood shavings or chips on both sides of the cut trunk and cutting means on at least one side of the cut trunk, adjacent to both sides. According to the invention, the separation means consist of surfaces which are inclined with respect to the work surface and lift the wood shavings or chips above the third side of the trunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Albert Rabensteiner
  • Publication number: 20130319195
    Abstract: Scrap Scraper technology is an improved Scrap Separation means for separating Loose Scrap from Boxes within a Layboy with minimal, if any, increase in possible Flap bending. A Distinct Intersection Of Action avoids problems inherent in other prior art. A shallow Scraper Funnel while maintaining a steep Scraper Angle Of Action allows effective Scrap Scraping while avoiding Flap bending. The Flexible Scraper results in Active Scrap Ejection of the Loose Scrap from the upper side of the Box down below the Board Line. Means providing the Scrap Scraper Variable Board Line Penetration and Variable Scraper Stiffness allow effective Scrap removal over a wide range of Boxes. Positioning the Scrap Scraper over a Scrap Exit Opening allows the removed Scrap to exit the Board Line area. Scrap shingling provides for subsequent boxes to push down scrap from a current box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Geo. M. Martin Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Talken, David R. Carlberg
  • Publication number: 20130291698
    Abstract: The cutting knife, especially when used for high-speed slicers, serves to slice food products, in particular fresh meat or cheese. In the blade area it has, on the outer side thereof, at least one deflector, which is configured as a shaped piece formed towards the outside and substantially following the cutting edge. The cutting knife may be configured as a circular knife or a sickle knife.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 8360126
    Abstract: A motorized head for applying fiber composite material to an application surface includes a drive roll assembly for applying fiber composite material to an application surface. The drive roll assembly includes a drive roll and a backup roll and a drive roll nip formed between the drive roll and the backup roll. At least one cutter is mounted on the drive roll for cutting fiber composite material, and an ejector mechanism is mounted on the drive roll behind the cutter mechanism. The ejector mechanism positively displaces the leading end of the cut tow material away from the surface of the drive roll to ensure that the cut tow material does not misfeed as it approaches the fiber path chute downstream from the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: MAG IAS, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20120222528
    Abstract: A device for cutting paper webs comprises a substantially continuously operated region of a paper supply, a discontinuously operated region of transverse severing for transversely separating the paper web, and a buffer region (15) for coupling the continuously and discontinuously operated regions. At least one box-like receptacle (17) open at the top is provided in the buffer region, into which the paper web(s) (3, 3?) are guided so as to be looped in a freely suspended manner. The buffer region is arranged after a longitudinal cutting device (9) for producing at least two longitudinal webs (3, 3?), whereby at least two webs extending separately and adjacently to one another are guided in the receptacle or at least two receptacles are arranged adjacently to one another or adjacently to one another at an offset, wherein the paper webs are guided into said receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: René Kröhnert, Wolfgang Freyer, Beat Kipfer
  • Publication number: 20120204693
    Abstract: A recording medium cutting apparatus includes a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording medium, a conveyance path through which the recording medium to be conveyed by the conveyance unit passes, a cutting unit configured to cut the recording medium, a discharge port provided on the midway of the conveyance path, for discharging a portion cut off the recording medium by the cutting unit from the conveyance path, and a discharge unit configured, when the recording medium is cut, to come into contact with the recording medium from an opposite side to the discharge port, to cause a portion to be cut off of the recording medium to be positioned toward an outside of a conveyance path from the discharge port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahito Yoshida
  • Patent number: 7976660
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a reinforcement from a thread laid down directly in its final location by projecting lengths of the thread onto a receiving surface (S). The apparatus has feed means for feeding thread from a source of thread, a rotary conduit (2) receiving the thread, thread-cutting device has a roller fixed with respect to the thread, and a moving cutter acting on the thread in collaboration with said roller so as, for each revolution of the rotary conduit, to release a length having a free end at the cutting means end. The apparatus also has a buffer positioned in the path of the free end so that, during the operation, the free end strikes the buffer before coming into contact with the receiving surface (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Pascal Martin, Jean-Louis Souche
  • Patent number: 7832315
    Abstract: A chopper for chopping fibers or fiber strands having a back up roll and a blade roll containing blades that work against a peripheral surface of the back up roll and a method of using is disclosed. The chopper has a number of improved features for reducing the frequency of long fibers or long fiber strands and fuzz from getting into the chopped product. The chopper can have one or any combination of the improvements. The improvements include a strand guide located at least two feet up stream of the chopper, a first starting roll for starting a new strand that runs on a fluid bearing that can be adjusted to control the RPM of the first starting roll, a mount for a roll that runs against the peripheral surface of said back up roll, a strand guide insert for reducing fuzz generation and for preventing fuzz from getting into the product, and a deflector plate for catching and deflecting chopped strands thrown off the back up roll into a chopped strand product chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Randall Clark Bascom, Harold Miles Hendrickson, Russell Donovan Arterburn, Carlos Gilberto Santizo, Emery Sidney Barber
  • Patent number: 7748304
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separating long, unwound items like fiber, fiber strands, yarn, etc. into short lengths. The apparatus has a backup roll, a blade roll, an idler roll, and a new-strand starting mechanism. The improvements include a guide roll for the items spaced from and located upstream of the apparatus and a movable, two-part idler roll on the apparatus for increasing the width of a separating portion of the backup roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Douglas J. Kempski, Michael David Folk
  • Publication number: 20100043612
    Abstract: A curl prevention plate for a replaceable blade for microtome is provided with an overlap plate portion overlapped on the replaceable blade and a curl prevention plate portion having guard functions. The curl prevention plate is connected to the overlap plate portion and arranged in a cutting direction. A slit for exposing the cutting edge of the replaceable blade overlapped on the overlap plate portion is formed between the overlap plate portion and the curl prevention plate portion. The slit extends along the longitudinal direction of the overlap plate portion and intersects the cutting direction. As a result, it is possible to provide a curl prevention plate for a replaceable blade, which is simple in structure and capable of not only preventing thin slices cut out from a sample from being curled and protecting an operator's hands and fingers from being injured, but also allowing an operator to visually check the state of the thin slices cut out from the sample instantly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: FEATHER SAFETY RAZOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Ichiyanagi, Masahiro Sasori
  • Publication number: 20090260496
    Abstract: A sawmill having a carriage 1 for moving a saw between two points, the saw having a cutting blade 11 which can move between a substantially vertical cutting position and a substantially horizontal cutting position, the sawmill having a board removal system comprising a deflector flap 23 mounted adjacent the cutting blade 11 such that when a board has been cut from a log 13 by the sawmill that board is moved from the log by the deflector flap 23 as another board is being cut from the log 13 adjacent the first mentioned board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Karl Jacob Peterson
  • Patent number: 7546789
    Abstract: A whole muscle slicer and separator that solves the product separation problem and other problems found with an ordinary slicer. The invention is where one embodiment includes a special peel out finger bar comb that peels out every other product piece onto a conveyor and a final comb that peels out the remaining product pieces onto a second conveyor. This can be accomplished by tilting the cutting assembly to about approximately a 45 degree angle off vertical. There can be an upper and lower combs arranged in a interfacing relationship with the cutter for separating the product. Another embodiment includes a single finger bar comb having two sets of fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Reddell, Charley Reed, Marshall Vanderpool, Kelvin D. Lasse, James Ruff
  • Patent number: 7360474
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for chopping long unwound items like fiber, fiber strands, yarn, etc. The chopper has a backup roll, a blade roll and an idler roll. The improvements include one or both of a shield having an air jet at or near its upper end, the shield being upstream of the blade roll and spaced from the blade roll, a lower end of the shield being spaced from the working surface, the air jet communicating with a source of compressed air, to prevent a buildup of fuzz or chopped item(s) upstream of the blade roll, and a shield having an air jet at or near its upper end, the air jet being located close to the working surface and the shield angling or curving downward from a location spaced from the working surface beginning between about an 8 O'clock and a 10 o'clock position on the backup roll and transitioning generally downward ending at a location below and spaced from the idler roll to protect the idler roll from chopped item(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Johns Mnaville
    Inventors: Douglas J. Kempski, Michael David Folk
  • Patent number: 7234380
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for maintaining contact between a portion of a workpiece between a kerf intrusion device and an alignment fence. In an aspect of the present invention, a table saw is configured with a support having a support surface for accepting a saw blade extended through an aperture in the support to cut a workpiece. An alignment fence is adjustably coupled to the saw to allow for workpiece positioning with respect to the saw blade. A kerf intrusion device such as a back splitter is coupled to an arbor for rotating the saw blade. An side pressure splitter is further included on the intrusion device such that a portion of a workpiece disposed between the intrusion device and the alignment fence is directed into contact with the alignment fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Jaime E. Garcia
  • Patent number: 7044902
    Abstract: A folder operable to cut a printed web received from a printing press. The folder includes a cutting section having cutting cylinders that cut the web into individual printed products, and a cutting motor that is operable to drive the cutting cylinders. A delivery assembly of the folder includes delivery belts that are operable to guide the individual printed products through the folder, and at least one delivery motor is operable to drive the delivery belts. The folder also includes a diverting assembly that diverts individual printed products to one of a plurality of collation paths, and a diverting motor that is operable to drive the diverting assembly. The cutting motor, the delivery motor, and the diverting motor are operable independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Quad/Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Ingermar S. d'Agrella, Dennis Sopik, Richard J. Fox, Jeffrey Karch
  • Patent number: 6949059
    Abstract: A device used to separate and discard a skeleton formed when a blank is cut into the pattern of a folding carton, envelope, or other desired shape is provided. The device includes first and second separating cylinders. The second separating cylinder includes at least one protrusion extending from the surface thereof, and also has at least one recess formed therein. The protrusions are used to couple the skeleton to the second cylinder. The device further includes a stripping plate having a leading edge positioned near the second cylinder. At least one stripping finger extends from the edge of the stripping plate and within the recess of the second cylinder. The stripping finger is thereby positioned between the second cylinder and the skeleton as the second cylinder rotates toward the stripping finger. The stripping finger operates to disengage the skeleton from the protrusions, thereby stripping the skeleton from the second cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Winkler + Dunnebier, AG
    Inventor: Gregory Georgiades
  • Patent number: 6938529
    Abstract: A flap projecting from a glue joint between two paper strips after an on-the-fly supply roll change is shortened by continuously displacing the strips in a straight line, in a travel direction, and at a travel speed along a path such that the flap lies flatly against an outer face of the strips and engaging at least a part of a separating device against the outer face in the path. At least the part of the separating device engaging the strip is displaced in the travel direction at a speed greater than the travel speed such that, when the separating device engages the flap, the flap is bowed out away from the outer face downstream of the separating device. A blade is juxtaposed with the outer face of the strip immediately downstream of the separating device such that the bowed out flap engages and is cut by the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Goss Contiweb, B.V.
    Inventor: Ernst Klas
  • Patent number: 6929460
    Abstract: A dough cutting apparatus is disclosed including a plurality of dough cutting members (6), each of which is adapted for cutting a desired shape out of a strip of dough. Each dough cutting member is spaced apart from an adjacent cutting member by a predetermined distance so that when each cutting member cuts a dough cut-out from the strip of dough, there is a relatively narrow web (101) of waste dough produced in the region between adjacent dough cutting members. There is also a waste dough web removing apparatus (50) which has a plurality of fingers (51, 52, 53) for urging the waste dough web upwardly for separation from the dough cut-outs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Irish Bakery Inventions Limited
    Inventor: Ronan McNamee
  • Patent number: 6912942
    Abstract: A method for removing from at least single-layer webs of material, particles formed by slitting devices which are arranged along a web travel path in a slitting zone, includes generating a suction zone associated with the slitting devices in accordance with the position of a cutting location; a device for performing the method; a jobbing web-fed rotary printing machine including the device; and a newspaper rotary printing machine including the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Goss International Montataire S.A.
    Inventor: Daniel Flament
  • Patent number: 6761098
    Abstract: An apparatus for emptying a reel on which a web of material is wound in layers. A frame supports the reel. A carriage is mounted on the frame for reciprocal movement longitudinally in a first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction over the reel. A knife is mounted on the carriage for movement with the carriage to cut sheets of material from the web as the carriage moves over the reel. A plough removes cut sheets of the material from the reel as the carriage moves over the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Core Link AB
    Inventors: Thomas Esping, Jan Göransson, Kjell Johansson, Jan Karlsson, Göran Ljungek, Ove Nilsson
  • Patent number: 6745656
    Abstract: A flying shear has leader and follower blades rotating in opposite directions about parallel axes located above and below a horizontal plane. The radius of rotation of the leader blade is longer than the radius of rotation of the follower blade. The blades are configured and arranged to coact in a radially overlapping relationship at a cutting zone spaced vertically from the horizontal plane. A switch directs longitudinally moving products such as bars, rods and the like from the horizontal plane across the cutting zone for separation by the rotating blades into leading and trailing segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Morgan Construction Company
    Inventors: Xiaolan Shen, T. Michael Shore
  • Patent number: 6684745
    Abstract: A shear is disclosed for subdividing an elongated product moving longitudinally in a horizontal plane. The shear includes upper and lower continuously rotating blades respectively coacting in a radially overlapping relationship at first and second laterally disposed cutting zones. An upstream switch operates to divert the product laterally across the cutting zones to separate a leading end from an intermediate section in the first cutting zone, and to separate a trailing end from the intermediate section in the second cutting zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Morgan Construction Company
    Inventors: Xiaolan Shen, T. Michael Shore
  • Patent number: 6640681
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to a device that allows portions of similar slices to be obtained even if the product that is sliced is changed. To this end, the slice surface is monitored. Incomplete portions are transferred to a park position subject to the slice surface monitoring. The incomplete portions are transported in a positionally accurate manner from the park position back to the collecting zone if the slice surface monitoring element detects that slices are available that match the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Co. KG
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Publication number: 20030136238
    Abstract: A chopper for chopping fibers or fiber strands having a back up roll and a blade roll containing blades that work against a peripheral surface of the back up roll and a method of using is disclosed. The chopper has a number of improved features for reducing the frequency of long fibers or long fiber strands and fuzz from getting into the chopped product. The chopper can have one or any combination of the improvements. The improvements include a strand guide located at least two feet up stream of the chopper, a first starting roll for starting a new strand that runs on a fluid bearing that can be adjusted to control the RPM of the first starting roll, a mount for a roll that runs against the peripheral surface of said back up roll, a strand guide insert for reducing fuzz generation and for preventing fuzz from getting into the product, and a deflector plate for catching and deflecting chopped strands thrown off the back up roll into a chopped strand product chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Applicant: Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Clark Bascom, Harold Miles Hendrickson, Russell Donovan Arterburn, Carlos Gilberto Santizo, Emery Sidney Barber
  • Patent number: 6564684
    Abstract: A chopper for chopping fibers or fiber strands having a back up roll and a blade roll containing blades that work against a peripheral surface of the back up roll and a method of using is disclosed. The chopper has a number of improved features for reducing the frequency of long fibers or long fiber strands and fuzz from getting into the chopped product. The chopper can have one or any combination of the improvements. The improvements include a strand guide located at least two feet up stream of the chopper, a first starting roll for starting a new strand that runs on a fluid bearing that can be adjusted to control the RPM of the first starting roll, a mount for a roll that runs against the peripheral surface of said back up roll, a strand guide insert for reducing fuzz generation and for preventing fuzz from getting into the product, and a deflector plate for catching and deflecting chopped strands thrown off the back up roll into a chopped strand product chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Johns Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Clark Bascom, Harold Miles Hendrickson, Russell Donovan Arterburn, Carlos Gilberto Santizo, Emery Sidney Barber
  • Publication number: 20030079588
    Abstract: A gang blade assembly which controls the trajectory of detritus from a bail grid array substrate dicing operation is described. The assembly includes a cover which partially encases a hub with a plurality of blades. A brush is mounted on the cover to disrupt an air flow created by rotation of the hub and blades. The brush extends beneath the cover and has bristles which contact the hub. The bristles also serve to clear the hub of any detritus produced during dicing. More than one brush may be mounted on the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventor: Ernest J. Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20020092391
    Abstract: A shear is disclosed for subdividing an elongated product moving longitudinally in a horizontal plane. The shear includes upper and lower continuously rotating blades respectively coacting in a radially overlapping relationship at first and second laterally disposed cutting zones. An upstream switch operates to divert the product laterally across the cutting zones to separate a leading end from an intermediate section in the first cutting zone, and to separate a trailing end from the intermediate section in the second cutting zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Xiaolan Shen, T. Michael Shore
  • Publication number: 20020078805
    Abstract: A rotating shearing device for cropping fast-running rolling stock, in particular wire, with two axially cutting annular knives which rotate about their axis at the same rotational speed with end cutting edges directed toward one another. The cutting edges converge to the clearance necessary for separating the rolling stock during a cutting operation and lie in planes which are arranged at an acute angle to one another. Rolling stock is guided to the shearing device by a front guide and from the shearing device by a rear guide. The running stock may be guided either through the space between the annular knives which is free for the cut-free passage of the rolling stock or into the wedge-shaped cutting region of the annular knives which is defined by the gripping angle. The front guide is pivotable, the rear guide is fixed and the shearing device is raisable and lowerable in relation to the rear guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: SMS Demag AG
    Inventor: Rainer Hellenbrandt
  • Patent number: 6357346
    Abstract: A meat skinning machine has a frame with an elongated skinning blade mounted thereon. The skinning blade has an elongated cutting edge. An elongated gripper roll is rotatably mounted on the frame adjacent the blade for pulling the meat product to be skinning into operational contact with the cutting edge of the blade. A plurality of rows of teeth extend longitudinally on the outer surface of the roll with each row of teeth terminating in a cutting edge. The foregoing structure is conventional. A plurality of secondary teeth are formed on the cutting edges of the rows of teeth to facilitate the gripping of a meat product. The secondary teeth are smaller than the teeth in the rows of teeth. The cutting edge of the blade is comprised of a plurality of serrated teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Ray T. Townsend
  • Patent number: 6309119
    Abstract: A high speed, high volume mailing machine which utilizes ink jet technology for the printing of postage indicia on envelopes being fed through the mailing machine and on discrete portions of tape fed past the printing device of the mailing machine includes a tape storing and feeding mechanism which stores a roll of tape in the form of a web of indefinite length for feeding a discrete portion of the tape past the feeding device for each printing operation of the mailing machine, and feeds the tape forward to bring the printed portion thereof past and then reverses the movement of the tape to bring the new leading edge thereof to the beginning of the printing area. The tape storing and feeding mechanism provides a fixed support for the portion of the tape being printed on so as to maintain a critical gap between the surface of the tape and the plane of the jet nozzles to achieve a high printing quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin J. Buckley, Gerald C. Freeman
  • Patent number: 6237217
    Abstract: For removing defective transponder units or electronic transponder equipment a web (6)is parted in a station (23) firstly in front and then at the rear of the individual unit. Thereafter the picked out unit is conveyed off transverse to a working plane (3)and the two resulting web ends are transferred into a directly juxtaposed station (24). There the web ends are fixedly interconnected by welding, glueing or the like. Therefrom a use web arises, which includes only non-defective units since the defective units were previously detected by a sensor (32)and then severed out as described with the aid of a control device (50). This fully automatically working apparatus (1)coils the processed use tape in a store (26)into a roll (40)which is suitable for further processing in a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: bielomatik Leuze GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Martin Bohn, Wolfgang Scheller
  • Patent number: 6082237
    Abstract: A device for cropping and deflecting a wire-rod strand moving at high speed, comprising two rotating cutter heads, each having a cutter and arranged one on top of the other, one cutter being a leading cutter and the other cutter being a trailing cutter, and a switch tube arranged between the two cutter heads, for forcibly guiding wire-rod strand between the two cutter heads to separate a head piece of the wire-rod strand not conforming to the quality requirements from the strand. There is an outlet having guide channels separated from each other for receiving the head piece of the wire-rod strand and the wire-rod strand. There is a fin arranged on each of the cutter heads, a leading fin directly in front of the leading cutter in the direction of rotation of the corresponding cutter head, and a trailing fin directly behind the trailing cutter in the direction of rotation of the corresponding cutter head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: SKET Walzwerkstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Bollig
  • Patent number: 6070510
    Abstract: High-speed flying shears and method employing the same with contrarotating blades (13) and scrap-shearing blades (18) fitted side by side to blade-holder drums (30), which is suitable to shear bars (11) travelling at 120 meters per second or more, the shears comprising upstream a first one-channel switch (16) of a start/stop type and downstream a second one channel switch conveying the bars (11) lengthwise and capable of being oriented in synchronization laterally by rotation on a plane substantially containing the axis of travel of the bars (11) and parallel to, and between, the planes containing the axes (12) of rotation of the pair of blade-holder drums (30) so as to make the bars (11) pass in the shearing area (35), the circumferential position of the blades (13) being associated with the lateral position of the first one-channel switch (16) at least in the transient moment of the passing of the bars (11) in the shearing area (35), the first and second switches (16-20) having at least a first extreme posi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
    Inventor: Alfredo Poloni
  • Patent number: 6038951
    Abstract: High speed flying shears with contrarotating blades (13) fitted to blade-holder drums (30), the shears comprising an upstream one-channel switch (16) of a start-stop type which conveys the rolled stock (11) lengthwise into sharing area and can be oriented laterally on a plane substantially containing the axis of feed of the rolled stock (11) and parallel to and lying between the planes containing shafts (12) of rotation of the blade-holder drums (30), the circumferential position of the blades (13) being associated with the lateral position of the upstream one-channel switch (16) at least in the transient time of the feed of the rolled stock (11) through the shearing area (35), a two-channel (22-23) switch (20) which can be oriented laterally substantially on the same orientation plane as, and in synchronization with, the one-channel switch (16), the two-channel switch (20) including the inlets of two enlarged channels (22-23) superimposed on each other on a plane perpendicular to the axis (12) of rotation of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
    Inventor: Poloni Alfredo
  • Patent number: 6012366
    Abstract: A slitting mechanism for a card cutting machine including a pair of rotating shafts having conveying rollers and cutting disks with cutting edges secured thereto. The slitting mechanism also includes a plate positioned in the space between adjacent cutting disks on one of the rotating shafts. The plate includes a sharp tip for contacting and dropping down chips caught in the space between adjacent cutting edges. Moreover, a sliding clutch is utilized to prevent rubbing and damaging of a sheet when the conveyance of the sheet is temporarily stopped. The sliding clutch is fitted on the drive shaft of the pair of rotating shafts for transferring power from a power source to the drive shaft. The clutch slides when a load is applied to the rotating shafts to stop the transfer of power to the rotating shafts and to prevent the conveying rollers from rubbing and damaging the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignees: Itox Supply Co., Ltd., Gunther Japan Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuneo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 5881624
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus in a strong plastic housing having two rotatable slitter blades. The cutting apparatus is mounted on a guide rail for movement by hand across a tightly held sheet of media such as paper, vellum or film. The slitter blades are mounted back-to-back at an angle, and the shafts to which the blades are mounted are positioned in the housing so that their longitudinal axes are not parallel to each other. This offset minimizes the region of contact between the two blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Joaquim Brugue, Richard Meyer
  • Patent number: 5865085
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for removing surrounding insulation from an insulated electrical conductor has a pair of matched frustoconical cutter wheels mounted on a cutter shaft. The cutter wheels incorporate a cutter edge and a beveled outer slope. The cutter wheels are spaced apart by an interchangeable cutter spacer. When properly set up the cutter spacer is of a size so that the cutter wheels flank the conductor of the wire being stripped, cutting only the insulation portion of the wire. The cutter edges pierce and cut the insulation while the slope of the cutter wheels urge the insulation away from the conductor. A pinch roller assembly stabilizes the wire as it passes by the cutter wheels. A diverter is mounted in close proximity to the cutter spacer in a tangential fashion to divert and clear away any insulation that clings to the cutter spacer during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Eric Vollenweider
  • Patent number: 5860343
    Abstract: A slicing machine for foods includes a circular knife with a peripheral cutting edge mounted rotatingly in a substantially vertical position on a machine housing. The knife defines a substantially vertical cutting plane. A knife protection ring is secured to the machine housing and surrounds a substantial portion of the cutting edge. A carriage for receiving a product to be cut is mounted on the housing on one side of the cutting plane for reciprocating movement in a direction parallel to the cutting plane. A scraper is arranged on an opposite side of the cutting plane to cover part of a face of the circular knife. The scraper is mounted pivotably about a pivot axis defined by a pivot bearing so as to be pivotable from an operating position to a cleaning position. The pivot axis is arranged above the center of the circular knife essentially horizontal and parallel to the cutting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Koch, Viktor Fecker
  • Patent number: 5826474
    Abstract: Apparatus for dividing a continuous web having perforated, marginal strips on its sides into discrete sheets and removing the marginal strips. The apparatus includes: a device for engaging and moving the perforated, marginal strips of the continuous web along a feed path; a slitting device located downstream of the engaging and moving device for separating the marginal strips from the remaining, central portion of the web; a cutting device for dividing the remaining, central portion of the web into discrete sheets; a pair of deflectors located downstream of the cutting device for advancing the remaining, central portion of the web and for guiding the severed, marginal portions below the feed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Linda A. Howard, Edward M. Ifkovits
  • Patent number: 5799556
    Abstract: A strip severing device for a feed strip to be threaded in a machine for producing or processing a paper web. The device has a swingably mounted guide plate for the guiding of the feed strip selectively toward or away from a web separating device. The separating device has a support element which can be rotated. It carries at least one flexible or flexibly supported separating element which swings out from a position of rest into an operating position in which it severs the feed strip coming from the guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiermaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Karlheinz Straub
  • Patent number: 5737987
    Abstract: In a reproduction system with an output sheet stacking tray system and a slitter with selectable sheet slitting positions in which printed sheets being outputted by the reproduction system may be selectably slit (or not) in their sheet output direction into plural slit sheets of selectably variable sheet widths and stacked in the output tray sheet stacking system; a dual mode output sheet stacking tray system is selectably convertible between a single sheet stacking position mode and a plural slit sheet stacking surfaces mode, wherein in the plural slit sheet stacking surfaces mode the sheet stacking tray system provides plural opposingly transversely sloped sheet stacking surfaces with low friction to assist slit sheets slit from the same printed sheet to transversely slide laterally away from one another, wherein these opposingly sloped surfaces intersect substantially in line with the slitting position of the slitter in the process direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Olson, Roger N. Albright
  • Patent number: 5609519
    Abstract: A meat skinning machine has a supporting surface with a discharge edge adjacent the surface of a toothed gripper roll, with an elongated skinning blade spaced from and opposite to the discharge edge. A curved deflector plate is located downstream from the blade and curves upwardly and rearwardly to cause a chunk of meat departing the blade to move upwardly and rearwardly for redeposit on the supporting surface. A method of skinning a meat product with a gripper roll and a blade by moving a skinned chunk of meat upwardly and rearwardly with respect to the blade after departing the blade for purposes of skinning another surface of the meat chunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Ray T. Townsend
  • Patent number: 5526726
    Abstract: Apparatus for shearing elongated products such as rods, bars and the like moving longitudinally along a path of travel. The apparatus includes a pair of constant diameter helical blades mounted for rotation about axes parallel to the path of travel. The rotational orientation of the blades and the spacing between their respective axes is such that segments of the blades coact along a cutting path parallel to the path of travel. The blades are rotated in opposite directions to thereby cause coacting segments thereof to move repetitively along the cutting path in the direction of product movement. A switch diverts the products from the path of travel across the cutting path for shearing by the coacting segments of the cutting blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Morgan Construction Company
    Inventors: Terence M. Shore, Melicher Puchovsky, Harold E. Woodrow
  • Patent number: 5517887
    Abstract: An arrangement for removing an end-part from rapidly moving rolled material includes a cutting device (3) which functions to cut the moving rolled material, and a guide (4) which is located downstream of the cutting device. The guide has an active state, in which a forward end of rolled material (T) to be fed to the guide (4) in a first direction, is gripped and driven thereby and discharged therefrom in a second direction different from the first direction, and an inactive state, in which an end-part of rolled material (T) incoming in the first direction passes through the guide (4) without changing direction and without being gripped thereby. The arrangement also includes feed devices (5) which function to advance rolled material (T) in the second direction. This rolled material is discharged from the guide (4) in the second direction with the guide in its active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Morgardshammar AB
    Inventor: Kurt Danielsson
  • Patent number: 5498305
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for separating a first flexible lamina of predetermined thickness from a second lamina to which the first lamina is adhered along an edge (e.g., a pouch for use in an identification card). The apparatus includes a channel having a thickness not substantially greater than the combined thickness of the laminae, an impeller for impelling the laminae together through the channel and out of the outlet end, a cutter adjacent the outlet of the channel positioned to contact the edge at which the two laminae are adhered adjacent the line of adhesion between the laminae, thus separating the laminae, and a wedge adjacent the cutter so that as the first and second laminae are separated by the cutter and impelled past the wedge, the two laminae pass on opposed sides of the wedge, thereby increasing the separation between the laminae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Polaroid Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis R. Mailloux
  • Patent number: 5492042
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for use in cutting specific lengths from the end of a shaft, specifically the shaft of a golf club. It includes a base that allows the user to affix the device to a table or support surface and a support block that can be rotated in relation to the table where the axis of rotation is parallel to and fixed in relation to the table. The support block has a calibrated stop rod, a handle to facilitate the rotation, a shaft or workpiece cradle, and a cutting slot that extends through the cradle in the support block. The calibrated stop rod is held in the desired position by a threaded rod being turned and thus urged against it when the desired cutting length is indicated by calibrating marks or indicia thereon. The shaft is then placed in the cradle and the device is rotated such that a cutting blade moves through the cutting slot, severing the shaft at the desired point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventors: Matthew Salvia, Gary J. Norton