Operation Initiated By Work-driven Detector Means To Measure Work Length Patents (Class 83/208)
  • Patent number: 9095495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for dispensing a therapeutically effective amount of dosage containing a medicament including an instrument for inputting data from a user, analyzing the inputted data to determine an appropriate amount of medicament to be administered to the user, and a dispenser for sizing and dispensing a therapeutically effective amount of the medicament. The medicament may be in the form of a continuous roll of oral thin film including the medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: MONOSOL RX, LLC
    Inventor: Beuford A. Bogue
  • Patent number: 8365507
    Abstract: In an assembly for filling medicine dispensers (11) with administering units (12/i) which are to be taken daily by patients, a deblistering apparatus (39) is provided for the separating, automatic removal of the medicines from the respective blister pack, the blister film (33) of which can be subjected to a notching or cutting pretreatment, only after which the medicine is removed. A transport device (18) is provided which supplies the medicine dispensers (11) to a feeding device, at which the individual medicines can be loaded into receiving compartments (14/1 to 14/4) of the medicine dispenser (11). The assembly comprises modules (17/i) which have in each case a blister shaft (62), a punching device and a feeding device and are arranged along the transport device (18) at spacings from one another which correspond to the spacing of the receiving compartments (14/i) of the dispensers (11/i) or to an integral multiple of said spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Hans Klingel
  • Publication number: 20090266211
    Abstract: A method for automatically cutting a workpiece comprising the steps of moving a workpiece along its longitudinal axis, positioning a cutting blade by rotating the blade about a vertical axis, positioning the cutting blade by rotating about a bevel axis, and vertically moving the blade into cutting contact with the workpiece, thereby stab cutting the workpiece and creating a bevel cut. The method may also comprises moving the blade along a transverse axis. Further steps may include moving the cutting blade along a transverse axis simultaneous to moving the workpiece along it longitudinal axis, thereby creating a scarf cut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Westfall, Brent McMillan, Richard Zeinert, Andrew Lashley, David L. McAdoo
  • Publication number: 20030116003
    Abstract: An electrical rolled web dispenser includes a housing with a roll carrier disposed therein to rotationally support a roll of web material. An electrical feed mechanism is disposed in the housing to dispense measured sheets of the towel material. The feed mechanism is activated by a sensor that senses a changed parameter within or external to the housing resulting from a user grasping and pulling on a tail of the web material extending from a dispensing slot in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: David Kapiloff
  • Publication number: 20030110911
    Abstract: An electromechanical roll towel dispenser includes a housing with a roll carrier disposed therein to rotationally support a roll of towel material. An electro-mechanical feed mechanism is disposed in the housing to dispense measured sheets of the towel material. The feed mechanism operates in a first mechanical operational mode wherein the towel sheets are dispensed by a user grasping and pulling on a tail of the towel material extending from the housing, and a second electrical operational mode wherein a measured length of a next sheet is automatically and electrically fed out of the housing to define the tail for the next user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: David Kapiloff
  • Publication number: 20020121169
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a sealing tape dispenser, includes a retracting tape guide which is mechanically linked to an access cover so as to be automatically retracted upon cover opening to allow larger tape rolls to be loaded and to enhance unobstructed access to the machine. In a second preferred embodiment, a sealing tape dispenser, includes a cutting blade lift and interlock mechanism as to assist in clearing tape jams by mechanically lifting the cutting blade to a raised position whereby unobstructed access is gained to the tape path and an interlock is disabled so as to prevent further tape dispenser operations while the cutting blade is in a raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventor: George J. LeMoine
  • Patent number: 5974923
    Abstract: A composer clipper apparatus that includes a composer for producing a composed ribbon of veneer from veneer pieces disposed edge-to-edge. A conveyor system transports the ribbon of veneer downstream from the composer. The ribbon of veneer is cut into sheets of predetermined length at a clipping station downstream from the composer. A sensor sensing a cut lead edge in the ribbon of veneer, and a coordinated tracking device, controls operation of the clipping station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Panel Equipment Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald M. Rigby, Jr., William J. Wall, Lawrence L. Payne, Scott M. Rigby, Michael R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5758248
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which is adapted to transfer an image on a roll sheet fed out of a roll body and transported through a transportation path to an image forming section. When a user opens a front door of the image forming apparatus and sets a new roll body around a feed reel thereof, the leading edge of a roll sheet fed out of the roll body is located at a predetermined position in the transportation path. When the user closes the front door upon completion of replacement of the roll body, the roll sheet is further fed out, and a leading edge portion of the roll sheet having a predetermined length from the leading edge thereof is cut off. The cut-off portion is discharged through the transportation path out of a main body of the image forming apparatus in the same manner as in an ordinary sheet transportation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Yoshiuchi, Hiroshi Kageyama
  • Patent number: 5727435
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting, from a continuously extending sinuously formed wire, a variably selected predetermined length thereof having a plurality of sinuously formed generally identical coils, which apparatus comprises a frame, a mechanism on said frame for severing the sinuously formed wire, a track on said frame for guiding travel of the sinuously formed wire to the wire severing mechanism, and a control connected to the wire severing mechanism and including a sensing circuit for generating countable electrical pulses in response to wire travel relative to the wire severing mechanism, and a counting circuit operable to receive the countable electrical pulses and, in response to receipt of a predetermined number thereof, to generate an actuating signal effective to cause action of the wire severing mechanism to sever the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Frank L. Wells Company
    Inventor: Horst F. Wentzek
  • Patent number: 5442983
    Abstract: An all-electric web feeding, cutting and sheet dispensing machine includes a bi-directional cutting knife on a reversible carriage driven by a reversible-rotation knife-drive shaft. The carriage includes a ball-bearing-wheeled linear actuator riding on the knife-drive shaft propelling the carriage along this shaft in cutting strokes in one or the other direction as this shaft is rotated in one or the other sense of rotation for cutting sheets off from a web of resilient packaging material. A combined knife-guard and clamp jaw (guard/clamp) holds the web and protects the moving knife from contact with foreign objects while the knife is traveling during each cutting stroke. At the end of each cutting stroke a cam on the knife carriage lifts the guard/clamp in readiness for feeding another length of web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventors: Joseph J. D'Angelo, Joseph J. D'Angelo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5402663
    Abstract: A facility for hot forging workpieces starting from bars (2), which includes a device (8) for heating the bars (2), a device (3) for longitudinally moving the bars, a shearing machine (9) cutting hot billets to a length l, and a stop (11) for setting the billet length and a device for holding the cut billet. A device is also provided for detecting the ends of the bars (2) and a device (10) for rejecting the billets which have a length shorter than l. The detection device includes at least one sensor (12) of the image of the adjoining or nonadjoining ends of the bars, which device is placed a distance L from the shearing machine (9), and a computer for determining the number n=L/l of billets starting from the detected end wherein the computer is connected, on the one hand, to the sensor and, on the other hand, to a device (5) for measuring the length L.sub.1 of the bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Ascometal
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Rit, Denise Hoffbeck, Paul Morgen
  • Patent number: 5293796
    Abstract: A method of severing a continuous strip having transversely arranged perforations into separate segments including advancing said strip along a predetermined path; deforming a portion of said strip at said transversely arranged perforations; sensing the location of said perforations by causing contact between a sensor and said deformed portion; advancing the sensed perforations a predetermined distance to a location directly in line with a severing knife; and causing the knife to sever said deformed portion at said transversely arranged perforations to form a separate segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Zober Development Corporation
    Inventor: Richard J. Zober
  • Patent number: 5195415
    Abstract: A power-driven chopper for cutting up elongate material. The chopper includes a pair of feed rolls, each of which is motor-driven, delivering material to an anvil. A knife on a knife pivot arm is moved in an arc pass the knife to cut material. A motor actuates the knife pivot arm, and the motors for the feed rolls and the knife pivot arm are actuated in timed relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Sweed Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne R. Buck, Todd E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 5153661
    Abstract: An apparatus for laser recording of an image onto a selected length of photosensitive material has a loosening device positioned downstream from a feeding device for feeding the photosensitive material in a first direction so that the photosensitive material is loosened in a second direction to form a loop of a predetermined length selected by a user. In one aspect of the invention, the leading edge of the photosensitive material is held at a recording position. A cutting device is disposed between the loosening device and the feeding device and cuts off a photosensitive material sheet from the photosensitive material. An image to be reproduced is then recorded onto the photosensitive material sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Shimizu, Masahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5072640
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for quickly and accurately cutting conveyor belt modules is disclosed. A guide track supports and provides a path past a cutting location for the modules that are to be cut. The modules are stopped after a selected amount of width of the module to be cut has passed the cutting location. A cutting blade which has a length extending orthogonal to the direction of travel of the modules is aligned by a die which provides a guide for the cutting blade and also accurately positions the modules prior to cutting. The blade is moved or activated by a means such as a hydraulic damped pneumatic cylinder at a controlled speed so as to cut through the modules. A cylindrical shaped anvil is located substantially across the length of the module being cut such that it provides support to the modules along a line directly opposite the length of the blade as the blade cuts through the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: The Laitram Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher G. Greve, Ronald M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 5042343
    Abstract: A device for automatic separation of wire binding portions of random length and shape. From a delivery spool a wire strand is fed into a feed mechanism behind which is arranged a cutting mechanism. A sensor measures the length of the wire binding portion and consequently initiates the cutting process via a processor. A further sensor establishes the discharge of the separated wire binding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Inventor: Hratch Boyadjian
  • Patent number: 5031498
    Abstract: An apparatus for stacking and cutting rolls of paper, in particular end rolls from the newspaper industry. The apparatus includes a rack assembly for stacking and unrolling the end rolls, and a cutting assembly including a pair of cylindrical rollers, at least one cutting device for cutting the paper into predetermined lengths, and preferably at least one cutting device for cutting the paper into predetermined widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Anne Koppel Conway
    Inventor: Simon Koppel, deceased
  • Patent number: 4838137
    Abstract: In an apparatus for introducing a belt-shaped material to a cutting machine, stationary conveyors are laid vertically in such a manner as to form different angles with respect to the cutting machine and combined respectively, with lift conveyors which are also laid vertically to convey belt shaped materials to the cutting machine. The lift conveyors are moved vertically by lifting means unit a desired one of the lift conveyors comes to the belt-shaped material introducing position of the cutting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Azuma
  • Patent number: 4826262
    Abstract: A continuous towel dispenser includes a sensor which detects the disruption of the radio frequency (RF) field below the dispenser's cabinet caused by movement of a user's hands in withdrawing unused towel from a towel from supply roller and provides a control signal to a towel dispensing motor coupled to a supply roller allowing the towel to be dispensed for a predetermined time period corresponding to a desingated towel length. At the same time, a control signal initiates downward displacement of a towel idler bar allowing a length of used towel to also be withdrawn from the cabinet. After a predetermined time interval, e.g., 5 seconds, a towel takeup cycle is automatically initiated by upward displacement of the idler bar followed by a reversal in the direction of rotation of the towel takeup roller. The towel takeup cycle continues for a designated time period or until a stall current in a towel takeup motor is detected indicating that all of the towel has been withdrawn into the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Steiner Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Hartman, Donald B. Owen
  • Patent number: 4823663
    Abstract: A roll supply having a pair of idler belts for supporting a supply roll of sheet material, stationary and movable knife blades, the latter having a V-shaped cutting edge, an eccentric for reciprocating the movable knife blade in one direction into cutting relation with the stationary knife blade, the movable knife blade having projections which rest on the stationary knife blade, a spring biasing the movable knife blade against the stationary knife blade, the movable knife blade being made of spring steel deformed into a slight V-shape relative to the stationary knife blade so that as the movable blade is reciprocated, the movable blade is displaced in a direction substantially normal to the direction of blade movement and a pair of cutting points are established which move together at the center, severing the sheet material, first and second roll pairs for advancing the sheet material to a cutting position, and control for actuating the roll pairs and the eccentric to cut the sheet length selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 4805499
    Abstract: A cutting machine includes a bright/dark color cylinder having a triangle bright area formed thereon as driven by a driving shaft synchronously driving a set of conveying rollers forwarding a strip of article to be cut and driving a pair of cutting knives, and a photo controller longitudinally moving above the bright/dark color cylinder to sense a light signal from the triangular bright area of the cylinder to run the rollers and the strip, and/or to shield the light signal from a dark color area on the cylinder to thereby stop the rollers and the strip adapted to be cut by the cutting knives, whereby upon the moving of the photo controller above the cylinder, a linear length of the triangle bright area on the cylinder periphery can be adjusted to thereby optionally adjust the cutting length of the strip article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Inventor: Chang-Long Chiang
  • Patent number: 4790226
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for cutting blind slats, including a conveying device for sequentially conveying a slat material and a cutting device turned on and off in synchronism with the conveyance of the slat material so as to form slats of a desired length, wherein the improvement is characterized by comprising: an input device having means for entering the length of a slat; a control device for converting the output signal of the input device to pulse signals corresponding to the slat length entered and outputting them; and a motor rotated on the basis of the pulse signals output from the control device so as to convey the slat material by predetermined lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Assignee: Tachikawa Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 4781087
    Abstract: A positioning device is disposed along a conveyor path of long towel cloth pulled out by a pull-out device. The positioning device stops the movement of the towel cloth while locking the boundary between a flat fabric section and a subsequent piled fabric section of the towel cloth. A cutting device is disposed downstream relative to the positioning device in the direction of movement of the towel cloth, and a size measuring device is disposed on the opposite upstream side. The positioning device and the cutting device are relatively movable to be spaced from and approached by each other. When the towel cloth is pulled out by the pull-out device, the length of the flat fabric section of the towel cloth is measured by the size measuring device. Based on the measured value, the spacing between the positioning device and the cutting device is adjusted to be equal to a half of the measured value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Kabushikikiaisha Barudan
    Inventor: Yoshio Shibata
  • Patent number: 4779500
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting sheet material such as cloth as the material lies on a supporting surface having opposite sides comprising an elongated track adapted to extend across the supporting surface between the sides, the track having an operative surface over which the sheet material lies during cutting thereof, and a cutter operatively associated with the track for movement in opposite directions along the track for cutting the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Assignee: Eastman Machine Company
    Inventors: Lester C. Bennett, John H. Buscher, Andrzej Nalecz
  • Patent number: 4738176
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing paper towels of predetermined length includes a case, a supply roll of a continuous paper web, a mechanism for advancing the paper web outside the case, a mechanism for at least partially cutting the paper web protruding from the case, and a motor for driving both mechanisms, the motor shaft being rotated in a first direction until a paper web of predetermined length is advanced outside the case and then reversed so that the paper advancement is stopped and the paper web is cut. A first unidirectional coupler is arranged between the motor and the advancing mechanism and a second unidirectional coupler is arranged between the motor and the cutting mechanism to selectively actuate either of the advancing or cutting mechanisms according to the rotational direction of the motor shaft. The length of the dispensed towel is an integral multiple of an elementary length and the number of elementary lengths by which the paper web is advanced before being cut is switch selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Antonio M. Cassia
  • Patent number: 4727787
    Abstract: Structural steel measuring apparatus comprises a reversible powered roller conveyor for advancing the structural member in opposite directions relative to a work station and a carriage movable alongside the conveyor and releasably clamped to the end of the structural member by an electromagnet. The carriage mounts a TV camera which reads an elongate scale extending alongside the conveyor. The reading is displayed on a monitor at the work station. The structural steel member can be positioned accurately with respect to the work station by driving the powered conveyor in either direction with the carriage magnetically coupled to its end. After the desired operation is performed, the carriage is decoupled from the structural steel member which is then advanced away from the work station by the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Inventor: Irvin L. Schlosser
  • Patent number: 4712460
    Abstract: An automatic drug tape dispensing and metering device and a roll of drug tape housed in a small portable dispenser unit. The dispenser contains a measurement device for carefully measuring the length of tape as it is dispensed from the dispenser. A counter monitors the remaining doses of drug tape remaining within the dispenser. A timer device may be provided to alert the patient that it is time for the medicament to be dispensed. As the lid of the dispenser unit is opened, the measured length of drug tape is severed from the roll by a cutter blade incorporated into the lid. The device permits a physician to accurately customize the dosage and administration of the medicament to be givne a patient by adjusting the tape length released for each single dose and selecting the time intervals between dosages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Biotrack, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy D. Allen, Michael E. Cobb, Robert S. Hillman, Dennis R. Mungall, Vladimir E. Ostoich, Gary H. Stroy
  • Patent number: 4704928
    Abstract: A device for aligning and cutting lengths of terrycloth along the woof thread comprises two aligning ledges capable of movement relative to one another that can be lowered into the pileless rows of the length of material. The aligning ledges are connected each with one of two diagonally opposite joints of a parallelogram frame. On the two intervening joints is mounted a cutting device that operates transverse to the direction of feed of the length of material with a cutting plane that is always located exactly in the middle between the two aligning ledges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Pfaff Industriemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Conrad Arbter
  • Patent number: 4699031
    Abstract: A web of foam material is fed to a cutting station by upper and lower rollers drawing the web from a supply roll and along a low-friction table surface. A cutter station has a knife bar and blade, with a clamp bar coupled with the knife bar. The lower draw roller has its axle mounted in a pair of pivoted arms depressible by presser feet on a presser foot bar carried by the knife bar. When a desired length of web has been drawn past the cutter station, actuation of the knife bar lowers the blade toward a grooved anvil, while the presser feet swing the arms down to depress the lower roller away from the web to stop drawing it. Immediately after interrupting drawing action, the web is clamped by the clamp bar, and then immediately thereafter cutting occurs. The table has bridge-like fingers extending downstream through grooves in the movable lower feed roller. These fingers support the web when the lower roller is swung down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Ametek, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. D'Angelo, Joseph J. D'Angelo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4676131
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing paper towels of predetermined length includes a housing, a supply roll of a continuous paper web, means for advancing the paper web outside the case, means for at least partially cutting the paper web protruding from the case, and a motor for driving both such means. The motor is an electric d.c. motor which is rotated in a first direction until a paper web of predetermined length is advanced outside the case. The rotation is then reversed so that the paper advancement is stopped and the paper web is out. A first unidirectional coupling means is arranged between the motor and the advancing means and a second unidirectional coupling means is arranged between the motor and the cutting means to selectively actuate either of the advancing or cutting means according to the rotational direction of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Steiner Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Antonio M. Cassia
  • Patent number: 4656857
    Abstract: In an uncoiled web feed line including a shear, continuous feed and measuring pinch rolls, a pit for accommodating a loop portion of an uncoiled web, intermittent feed pinch rolls and a metal mold arranged in succession, there is provided a novel method for cutting an uncoiled web at its midway position by a shear such that when the production by the metal mold is continued for the uncoiled web forward of the cut position, just one lot of a desired number of products can be produced without being associated with an excessive waste web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Komatsu Seisakusho
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Tomita
  • Patent number: 4655067
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cutting predetermined lengths of panels from a continuous strip of flexible material and for forming the lengths of panel members to have a preselected panel profile. The strip is reel fed to a first strip driving station which drives the strip through a shearing station, over a hump table, to a second strip driving station and through a strip forming station. In sequence, the second strip driving station brakes the leading portion of the strip to effect a strip hump over the hump table, which is detected by a protoelectric sensor for hump height and signals the first strip driving station to vary its feed rate to maintain the hump; the second driving station is then signaled to commence driving the lead portion of the strip to the strip forming station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: ASC Machine Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Frost, Terry B. Smith
  • Patent number: 4633742
    Abstract: A controller and method are provided for controlling pneumatic presses, and similar machines. The controller comprises a gauge to measure increments of stock length passing through the press, a length recorder to set the desired piece length, and a length comparator which compares the readout of the gauge with the preset recorder piece length, and when equal, generates a stroke initiate signal. The stroke initiate signal opens an air valve portion of the pneumatic press to communicate pressurized air with the power side of an air actuated ram, which in turn converges the press platens to perform the desired press function, such as punching holes, notching, cutoff, or the like. The controller also includes a timer to measure time beginning from the stroke initiate signal, a time recorder to set the time the air valve is to remain open, and a time comparator which compares the readout of the timer with the preset valve open time, and when equal, generates a stroke halt signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Contour Roll Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Gutowski, Merl T. Tucker
  • Patent number: 4601225
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for automatically cutting apart successive articles, such as terry towels, from a continuous length of material, in which such articles are separated therein by portions extending transversely across the material and of less thickness than the articles, so that each cut article has an equal amount of thinner portion remaining on each cut edge for subsequent hemming or the like. The apparatus includes devices for automatically aligning and positioning the thinner separating portion of the material relative to a cutting device so that the cutting device will cut the articles apart generally through the center of the thinner separating portion of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Assignee: Cannon Mills Company
    Inventors: Dennis L. Starnes, William G. Kimball, Robert E. Watson
  • Patent number: 4560990
    Abstract: A recording paper feeding apparatus for use in a recording machine such as a facsimile machine includes a predetermined paper travelling path along which a recording head, a platen roller, a cutter and a paper discharging roller are disposed. In one form of the present invention, a first detector for detecting presence and absence of the recording paper is disposed upstream of the recording head and a second detector for detecting presence and absence of the recording paper is disposed downstream of the cutter. And, signal sound is produced when both of the detectors detect presence of the paper, indicating that the paper is properly loaded. In another form, a switch is provided and if at least one of the detectors is detecting absence of the paper when the switch is actuated, alarm sound is produced, indicating that the paper is not properly loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaji Sue, Masatoshi Sugie
  • Patent number: 4555967
    Abstract: Machine intended for cutting out transversely, along a straight or broken, oblique or right-angled cutting line, a band material adapted to be fed parallel to its length.This machine has in combination, a device to unwind the band at constant linear speed from a reel and a second device to, firstly, advance the unwound band at constant linear speed from a fixed plane support which extends at least from the second device into proximity of the cutting system, and secondly, permit an edge of the band to be applied against a lateral edge guide. Use of this machine includes cutting of pieces from flexible compound material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1985
    Assignee: Societe Nationale Industrielle et Aerospatiale
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Jumel
  • Patent number: 4524657
    Abstract: In an automatic wire cutting machine a stepper motor driven knurled roller is positioned between two wire guide channels to drive a wire toward a cutting station. The length of wire to be cut is set in a length counter. Drive cycles, during which the wire is driven a predetermined distance, are counted in the length counter. Then, the stepping motor is disabled and cutting blade is energized. This system prevents operation of the cutting blade solenoid at less than an acceptable duty cycle with short lengths of wire. Due to the particular displacement of the wire with each step of the stepping motor, the system is readily converted from English to metric units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Power Access Corporation
    Inventor: Louis E. Griffith
  • Patent number: 4476754
    Abstract: A machine for measuring and cutting predetermined lengths of electric cable such as armored (BX) or insulated cable which is supplied from a coil or reel to a "caterpillar" feed assembly and then to a cutting assembly, the feeding and cutting being synchronized and controlled to effect the cutting, automatically, of a predetermined number of pieces cut to predetermined uniform lengths, the controls including means for measuring the fed cable and for counting the number of pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Inventor: Lucien C. Ducret
  • Patent number: 4457195
    Abstract: The invention disclosed relates to cutters for automatically cutting strips of material such as wire rope, electrical cable, or any other desired cylindrical, linear material. The apparatus proposed is best suited for cutting wire rope having a diameter of from 1/4 inch to about 1 inch. The cutting apparatus includes a controlled turntable upon which a roll of wire rope is mounted, the wire rope is directed through the tubular guide into two oppositely disposed rollers which are adjusted to size for feeding the wire to a cutter. Adjacent the cutter a V-groove platform is provided in which the wire rope lays during cutting. The V-groove is formed by adjacent doorsections that pivot to permit the cut piece to fall through the opened doors to a container below the table. The apparatus is provided with a suitable electrical circuit for operating the cutter motor, the grip roller, the turntable and controls for movement of the cutter and opening the V-groove doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Reel-O-Matic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dannie L. Brooks
  • Patent number: 4436007
    Abstract: A stack of strips of feed stock are placed on an adjustable height table. The strips are positioned on the table by arms which align the stack to the centerline of punching dies in a punch press. A pneumatic actuated head uses vacuum cups to raise the end of the top strip and insert it into in-feed rolls. The drive means for the in-feed rolls also drive an encoder which signals roll movement as the rolls incrementally feed the stock into the punch press. Drive means for the feed stock switches to the out-feed rolls once the blanked out stock reaches those rolls, and when the end of the strip passes through the punch press, a control unit is signaled and a new strip is fed into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Darrel L. Russon, Warren H. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 4411181
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for cutting and holding a piece of wire cord. The apparatus comprises a conveyor which includes a plurality of plates for movement in a first direction and a plurality of holding blocks wherein each of the holding blocks is mounted on a corresponding one of the plates. Each of the holding blocks has a fixed portion and a slidable holder portion, the slidable holder portion being slidable relative to the fixed portion. An advancing device advances the cord a predetermined length in a direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a cutter is positioned downstream of the advancing device for cutting the wire cord into cut portions of the predetermined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Assignee: Kawasaki Electric Wire Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Imai
  • Patent number: 4375175
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically severing individual towels from a length of material comprising a plurality of terry towels. The method includes the steps of measuring slightly less than the supposed length of a towel, then activating a sensor that detects the edge of a cutting space by the change in thickness of the material. The sensor causes feeding of the material to stop with a cut-line at a cutting blade. The first edge of the material is held while a second sensor located the same edge at the opposite side of the material, and the cutting blade is moved with the sensor. The material is stretched to straighten the cut-line, and the cutting blade is caused to cut the material. The apparatus includes feed rolls to move the material, and an encoder measures the length. A roller at one edge of the material detects the change in thickness at one edge, and similar rollers detect the change in thickness at the opposite edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1983
    Assignee: Nemo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman E. Elsas, James B. Middleton
  • Patent number: 4354408
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for producing and dispensing place mats from a roll of sheet material including curved guide member cooperating with said apparatus to receive said place mats and to curl upwardly the side edge portions thereof permitting said place mat to extend outwardly from said apparatus in cantilever fashion to facilitate handling of said place mat as by positioning it on a tray or the like. When the place mat is removed, the apparatus automatically produces another one extending out of the apparatus for easy handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1982
    Assignee: Valcour Imprinted Papers, Inc.
    Inventor: Clyde R. Carte
  • Patent number: 4343209
    Abstract: A system and method for shearing pieces from bars, characterized by the normal positioning of a bar zone heating element such as an induction heating coil at one or a multiple of piece lengths in front of the bar shear. A bar feed incrementally longitudinally advances a bar one piece length at timed intervals through the heating coil to the bar shear, whereby localized areas or zones of the bar are heated at one piece length intervals. The heat received from the heating coil at each zone soaks into the bar to raise its core temperature as each zone is advanced from the heating coil toward the bar shear. After each incremental advance of the bar, a piece is sheared from the end of the bar at the then presented heated zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Advanced Machine Design Company
    Inventor: Heinrich Moelbert
  • Patent number: 4294144
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting sheet molding compound in which the compound is sandwiched between two liner sheets and fed from a letoff roll onto a conveyor. The compound is conveyed past longitudinal slitters and a transverse cutting knife which cut the compound into rectangular segments of preselected size. Before a sheet reaches the area of the cutting operation, the upper liner is removed. At the area of the transverse cutting, the lower liner is diverted from the sheet compound to pass under an anvil against which the transverse cutting mechanism operates. The lower liner is then passed upwardly to return to a position underneath the sheet compound in order to support the sheet compound on the liner as it passes along the conveyor where it is picked off by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Assignee: Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 4283974
    Abstract: A bar end dropper for forging machines or the like is disclosed which automatically operates to reject blanks cut from the end of the piece of stock which are of unsatisfactory length and to adjust the feed when necessary to ensure that the ends of pieces of stock being fed into the machine are a sufficient distance from the shear plane of the cutter to ensure a clean cutting operation. As sequential pieces of stock are fed to the machine, they are positioned in the measuring position and the measuring carriage moves in to position a sensor a distance from the shear plane determined by the length of the stock. This automatically positions the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1981
    Assignee: The National Machinery Company
    Inventor: Gaylen O. Kline
  • Patent number: 4257295
    Abstract: Apparatus for the high speed automatic cutting of measured lengths of a multiplicity of materials in which the material is guidingly fed from a supply source centrally of a feed path by a pair of adjustable feed rollers driven by a stepping motor that measures the length of material to be cut in terms of the cumulative steps of the stepping motor, and in which a reciprocable cutter knife is actuated in each cutting operation by a controlled single revolution of a connected drive shaft. A presser member supported for movement with the cutter knife engages the material in advance of the cutting blade and holds the material during cutting. The feed rollers are adjustable to a preset operative position and are spring urged to this position, but are arranged for independent manual movement to a wider separation of the rollers than in the preset position. The urging spring is also adjustable to vary its effective urging force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Assignee: Eubanks Engineering Co.
    Inventor: Jayantilal S. Patel
  • Patent number: 4238981
    Abstract: Apparatus for measuring out a desired length of electric cable and transporting it to a work station comprises means for supplying the cable along a supply path through a guiding structure which includes a retractable guide element arranged under automatic control to be retracted when the end portion of the cable reaches the downstream end of the supply path so that during further cable supplying, the cable forms a loop which may hang downwardly with the leading end of the cable retained at or adjacent the downstream end of the supply path. When the desired length of cable has been formed into a loop, the cable is severed from the supply, and with gripping means holding the respective ends of the cable, a lateral displacement device is operated to convey the cable to a work station, at the same time bringing further gripping means into position ready for the next cycle of operation. At the work station any desired operation such as insulation stripping may be effected. .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignee: Utilux Pty. Limited
    Inventor: Walter Karl
  • Patent number: 4216688
    Abstract: A panel cutting machine having a table with an endless belt conveyor and a pair of rollers mounted thereon for advancing a fabric to be cut to a desired length across and beyond a line of cut of a cross-cutter and along the table toward a sensor located a preselected distance from the line of cut. The sensor, which may be the usual microswitch or a photo-electric sensor switch, responds to the arrival of the leading edge of the fabric to activate a roller revolution counter to count a predetermined number of further revolutions and fractions thereof of one of the rollers, corresponding to a further distance of advance of the leading edge of the fabric beyond the sensor. Upon completion of the count, the counter activates a control circuit to stop the rollers and conveyor and start a cross-cutter to cut the fabric along the cutting line to form a panel of the desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1980
    Assignee: James Cash Machine Co.
    Inventor: David R. Cash
  • Patent number: 4210044
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a roll paper cutting arrangement for use in mechanical equipment employing a roll of paper to be cut into predetermined length for use, and including cutter which is caused to function by switching members sequentially actuated in a predetermined relation with the feeding amount of the paper drawn from the roll at a predetermined transportation speed, with the cut length of the paper being made variable through selective use of the switching members. The cutting arrangement is provided with memory component to be actuated by the functioning of the selected switching members for maintaining predetermined memory state, and signal producing component for generating cutter actuation signal following the functioning of the memory component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1980
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiji Nakatani