With Means To Initiate Tool Feed By Same Control Impulse Patents (Class 83/210)
  • Patent number: 10493544
    Abstract: Embodiments of this disclosure provide a system and method for cutting composite materials. The system includes a material supporting surface, an oscillating saw suspended from a rotatable head on an arm, a two-axis gimbal coupled to the rotatable head for adjusting a cutting angle of the oscillating saw, and a material clamp for clasping the composite material to prevent the composite material from slipping while being cut with the oscillating saw. An automated embodiment of the system further includes a controller for instructing the oscillating saw to cut the composite material by guiding the saw via coordinated movement of the rotatable head, the arm, and the gimbal. A method of cutting a woven composite material includes feeding the material on a support surface, providing an oscillating saw blade on a guiding mechanism, and cutting the material by moving the saw blade in a direction based on the guiding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Billy Joe Page
  • Patent number: 10232570
    Abstract: A system for additively manufacturing a composite part comprises a delivery guide and a surface, at least one of which is movable relative to another. The delivery guide is configured to deposit at least a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path. The print path is stationary relative to the surface. The continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that is partially cured. The system further comprises a feed mechanism configured to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide. The system further comprises a source of a curing energy. The source is configured to deliver the curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line after the segment of the continuous flexible line exits the delivery guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, FaraĆ³n Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10178355
    Abstract: The wood tracking system for a production line generally has a wood product optimizer; a wood product trimmer downstream from the optimizer in the production line; a conveyor for moving wood products from the optimizer to the trimmer and across a handling area therebetween, the optimizer being configured to scan each of the wood products in a given order and to generate optimization data for each wood product; and a computer vision system positioned proximate the handling area along the production line, the computer vision system having a camera, a processor in communication with the optimizer and with the trimmer and a computer-readable memory for storing the optimization data, the processor being configured to acquire images of the handling area from the camera, the processor being configured to associate the optimization data of a given wood product across each of the images until it arrives at the trimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VAB SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Marc Voyer, Marc-Antoine Paquet
  • Patent number: 9579815
    Abstract: A material punching machine includes a guide member defining a material pathway for transporting a piece of material through the machine. The machine also includes a first sensor element disposed adjacent the material pathway for detecting a first position of a trailing edge of the material as the material moves through the material pathway. The machine also includes a second sensor element disposed adjacent the material pathway for detecting a second position of the trailing edge of the material as the material moves through the material pathway. The machine also includes a punch element that punches a first aperture in the piece of material in a first area of the piece of material based on detection of the trailing edge by the first sensor, and punches a second aperture in another area of the piece of material based on detection of the trailing edge by the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Newell, Dayakar Thoddu Chandrasekaran, Richard McCallion
  • Patent number: 8051757
    Abstract: A method of cutting, simultaneously on two axes (X, Y) perpendicular to each other, of a sheet or web of paper and other graphic or photographic substrates (10) with series of images, comprising the steps of feeding forward the substrate sheet or web (10) to a direction (F), detecting the speed of sheet or web (10) feed and the speed at which the distance is varying between image reference marks (11) and the ideal feed direction, determining a correct cutting line (TX) in a transverse direction to the feed direction (F) of the sheet or web by data processing according to trigonometric relations through a microprocessor to obtain the angle of parallelism defect of the image with respect to the ideal feed forward direction, aligning suitable mobile means (4) of transverse cutting with the desired cutting line (TX) by means (5) for shifting the transverse cutting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Fotoba International S.R.L.
    Inventor: Valter Maddalon
  • Patent number: 7963201
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing prepackaged medication packages includes an apparatus having a body with an internal cavity and an opening. A central processing unit operably communicates with an actuator within the cavity to regulate and monitor the dispensation of the packages, while the actuator operably communicates with a feed mechanism within the cavity to dispense the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Concept Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wallace Willoughby, David Walter Wright, Lee William Travis, Jeffrey Clyne Garland
  • Publication number: 20080276779
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided, for positioning a work piece, such as a piece of crown molding, through use of an apparatus including a work piece support plate pivotably attached along a pivot axis to a base. The base is adapted to rest on a horizontal reference plane, such as the table of a mitre saw, for pivoting motion of the support plate about the pivot axis to a desired angle with respect to the base, while the pivot axis is simultaneously positioned to extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal line of intersection between a horizontal and a vertical reference plane, established by the table and fence of the mitre saw, to hold the work piece at a desired tilt angle with respect to the vertical reference plane, so that the work piece may be cut in substantially the same orientation as it will be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Damian A. Kozina, Edward D. Adkins
  • Patent number: 7007577
    Abstract: To maintain high productivity and performing high-grade processes while minimizing deviation of a sheet process position in a direction at a right angle to a sheet conveying direction whatever types of sheets are to be processed, timing for starting detection of an end position of each of the sheets is controlled so as to execute the detection of the end position of each of the sheets at a vicinity of a sheet processing position on the sheet at which a sheet process is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Okamoto, Norifumi Miyake, Mitsushige Murata
  • Patent number: 6907806
    Abstract: To maintain high productivity and performing high-grade processes while minimizing deviation of a sheet process position in a direction at a right angle to a sheet conveying direction whatever types of sheets are to be processed, timing for starting detection of an end position of each of the sheets is controlled so as to execute the detection of the end position of each of the sheets at a vicinity of a sheet processing position on the sheet at which a sheet process is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Okamoto, Mitsushige Murata, Norifumi Miyake
  • Patent number: 6820526
    Abstract: An automatic device for cutting paper and other graphic and photographic substrates in reels or single sheets through optical reflection recognition of complex marks includes at least a pair of rollers (2) for feeding the substrate, a motor (3) for driving said pair of rollers (2), a pair of optical sensors (4, 4′) suitable to detect said marks and their angle with respect to the cutting line defined by a cutting assembly (7), a motor (5) for the relative alignment so as to cancel said angle, a motor (9) for driving the mobile blade of said cutting assembly (7), and a microprocessor suitable to process the signals from said optical sensors for controlling said motors (3, 5, 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Fotoba International S.r.l.
    Inventor: Valter Maddalon
  • Patent number: 6766720
    Abstract: A system configured for forming precision cuts in an elongate object comprising a base member and a movable member carried by the base member and movable toward and away from the elongate member, and a cutting blade carried by the movable member; and a clamping device coupled to the base member, and configured to engage the elongate object while the cutting blade makes an incision therein; and a contact detection system configured for detecting contact between the cutting blade and the elongate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Sarcos LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis
  • Patent number: 6606928
    Abstract: A punching mechanism has a plurality of predetermined standby positions where the punching mechanism is previously moved by move means and stands by based on size information in the width direction of a sheet material and punching execution information as to whether or not the sheet material is to be punched. The standby position corresponding to a sheet material of the maximum width that can be punched by the punching mechanism and the standby position applied when punching is not executed are set to substantially the same position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Takaishi, Ryuichi Satou
  • Patent number: 6553880
    Abstract: A micro-machining system configured for cutting an elongate object, including a clamp configured to enable repeatedly releasing and then holding the elongate object in a position suitable for cutting the elongate object transversely relative to its lengthwise axis, and a manipulating means, which can include a pinch roller feed configured to advance the elongate element and to rotate it about a lengthwise axis of the elongate object, thereby moving the elongate object so that it can be disposed in the position suitable for cutting, and a cutter configured for forming the at least one precision cut in the elongate object to a desired depth, under the control of a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Sarcos, LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Publication number: 20030000358
    Abstract: A adjustable shuttle stop apparatus for use in controlling feeding of material to a machining operation on a machine tool, such as a band saw. The apparatus comprises a feed conveyor, a band saw adjacent to the feed conveyor, a shuttle vise movably disposed on the feed conveyor, and an adjustable stop on the feed conveyor for adjusting a distance between the stop and the shuttle vise and for stopping the shuttle vise at the cutting position. The adjustable stop compensates for undesired movement of the shuttle vise caused by clamping the workpiece such that the distance between the stop and the shuttle vise remains substantially constant. This allows for a consistent cut length of the workpiece on subsequent cutting cycles. Different embodiments of the adjustable stop are disclosed along with a method of use of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Gerald R. Harris, Timothy M. Neall
  • Patent number: 6431039
    Abstract: A method of forming cuts in elongate objects such as a catheters and guide wires, using a cutting device which includes a movable cutting means, a clamping means for holding the elongate object while the cutting means makes an incision therein, and a manipulating means including a pinch roller assembly including a first roller and a second roller, and configured for advancing the elongated object to the clamping means and rotating the elongate object, the method comprising the steps of: a) providing a length of the elongate object to the manipulating means; b) advancing the elongate object toward the clamping means by rotation of a roller of the pinch roller assembly; c) rotating the pinch roller assembly so as to rotate the elongate object about a lengthwise axis of the elongate object; d) engaging the clamping means around the elongate object; e) cutting the elongate object; f) advancing the cutting means toward the elongate object until a desired cutting depth has been reached; and, g) retracting the cutti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Sarcos LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Publication number: 20020078808
    Abstract: A micromaching system configured for cutting an elongate object, comprising a clamp configured to enable repeatedly releasing and then holding the elongate object in a position suitable for cutting the elongate object transversely relative to the lengthwise axis and a pinch roller feed configured to advance the elongate element and to rotate it about a lenghwise axis of the elongate object, thereby moving the elongate object so that it can be disposed in the position suitable for cutting, and a cutter configured for forming the at least one precision cut in the elongate object to a desired depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Publication number: 20010045148
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting and matching parts in a layup of material includes a cutting tool for cutting the parts and a camera for detecting and analyzing match points located on the individual parts that need to be matched to other parts. The apparatus also includes a computer having instructions for optimizing a process for matching various parts in the layup resulting in an increase of effective usable area of the cutter table and in increased efficiency in use of material in the layup. The computer includes instructions to direct the camera to process match points that are disposed within a tool offset, defined as a distance between the cutting tool and the camera, prior to advancing the layup to a take-off end of the cutter table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: Thomas Gerent, Jed R. Higgins
  • Patent number: 6308603
    Abstract: Previous methods of bucksawing logs slow the throughput of a sawmill in that the conveyor line is stopped while a given log is bucksawed to length. The present invention provides a method for bucksawing a log which improves the throughput speed, comprising the steps of a) advancing the log endwise along an infeed conveyor; b) raising the log above the level of said infeed conveyor while advancing the log; c) measuring the advance of the log while raised; d) stopping the log at the desired length; e) sawing the log to produce a forward log segment; and f) lowering the forward log segment onto an outfeed conveyor while advancing the remaining log segments. An apparatus for carrying out the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Robert J. Murray
  • Patent number: 6260458
    Abstract: A system and method for making at least one cut in a catheter, guide wire or other elongate cylindrical object having a lengthwise axis, comprising a securing means for repeatedly releasing and then holding the elongate object in a position suitable for cutting it at an angle or transversely relative to its lengthwise axis, a manipulating means for moving the elongate object so that it can be disposed in the position suitable for cutting when it is released by the securing means, and a cutting means for forming the at least one precision cut in the elongate object to any desired depth. The securing means preferably comprises a rotatable collet clamp, and the manipulating means preferably comprises a pinch roller assembly for advancing and holding the elongate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Sarcos L.C.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Patent number: 6196098
    Abstract: A paper cutter is provided for a photographic processing system which processes photographic materials while collating the photographic materials on the basis of identification marks which have been recorded in advance, by codes which can be read by machine and by operator, on at least one of a photographic film for image recording and an accommodating body which accommodates the photographic film, said paper cutter cutting per print an elongated photographic printing paper on which images recorded on a photographic film have been printed successively and on which an index print has been printed in succession with the printed images. A bar code reader functions to read a bar code (an identification mark) applied to an index print. When conveying of a photographic printing paper is stable, the bar code reader opposes a bar code, and the conveying of the photographic printing paper is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoaki Hagiwara, Yuji Takenaka
  • Patent number: 6145423
    Abstract: A semi-automatic linerless label dispenser effectively dispenses labels from a support for a supply of continuous form linerless labels, each label having a pressure sensitive adhesive face and an adhesive-release material face. First and second grooved drive rolls engage the labels and first and second sets of stripper and guiding fingers disposed in at least some of the grooves of the drive rolls guide the labels and prevent them from sticking to the drive rolls. At least the first drive roll and the first set of stripper fingers have adhesive-release material portions (e.g. plasma coatings) which engage the adhesive face of labels from the supply. An automatic cutter mounted on the opposite side of the stripper and guiding fingers from the support includes pivotally movable and stationary blades, and a silicone-impregnated felt wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Moore Business Forms, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Boreali, Cas Formas, Steve Michalovic, Daniel G. Shenk
  • Patent number: 6089135
    Abstract: Previous methods of bucksawing logs slow the throughput of a sawmill in that the conveyor line is stopped while a given log is bucksawed to length. The present invention provides an apparatus for bucksawing a log which improves the throughput speed by a) advancing the log endwise along an infeed conveyor; b) raising the log above the level of said infeed conveyor while advancing the log; c) measuring the advance of the log while raised; d) stopping the log at the desired length; e) sawing the log to produce a forward log segment; and f) advancing the forward log segment onto an outfeed conveyor while advancing the remaining log segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Robert J. Murray
  • Patent number: 6014919
    Abstract: A catheter, guidewire or other cylindrical object cutting device which includes a base, at least one circular saw blade mounted on a spindle member, and a clamp for manipulating the object to be cut. The at least one circular saw blade is rotatably mounted on the spindle member. The spindle member is free to move vertically and horizontally with respect to the base to thereby control the location, size and depth of the cuts in a cylindrical object disposed adjacent thereto. The clamp is able to hold the object to be cut, as well as rotate it to expose the entire circumference of the object to the saw blade. By releasing the clamp, a pinch roller can advance the object before the clamp is re-engaged to securely hold the object for cutting. Sensors are also provided to enable detection of wear of the saw blade so as to signal needed replacement or adjustment of the saw blade to compensate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Patent number: 5934167
    Abstract: A photographic material feeder apparatus includes a paper conveyor for conveying cut papers to an exposure station and a plurality of paper magazines arranged in a cluster around a loading end of the conveyor. Each magazine accommodates therein a respective paper roll having a width corresponding to a respective size of a film image to be printed, and each magazine has a respective paper supply opening directed at the loading end of the conveyor. A plurality of paper feeders, one each positioned adjacent the opening of a respective the magazine, is operable to feed therefrom a strip of paper from the respective paper roll towards the loading end of the conveyor. A plurality of paper cutters, one each positioned adjacent a respective paper feeder, is operable to cut the strip of paper fed thereby from the respective magazine to a given length to produce a desired size of cut paper to be fed to the loading end of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5921160
    Abstract: A release assembly for wire cutting apparatus. The present invention provides a release assembly for wire cutting apparatus which allows for dynamic alteration of the cut parameters. The release assembly allows for the length of the wire to be cut to be altered, allows for the biasing force to be increased or decreased to thereby reset the release assembly for a wide range of wire gauges, and allows for the stroke length to be altered to thereby either increase or decrease the cut frequency. The release assembly includes a housing having a distal end, a proximal end and a longitudinal chamber. A plunger tube is slidably disposed in the longitudinal chamber and is biased towards the proximal end by a dynamically adjustable spring mechanism. A gauge rod is mounted within the plunger tube at an adjustable axial position. In operation, the wire being pulled from the coil engages the gauge rod and pushes the gauge rod and plunger tube in the distal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Rockford Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Yankaitis, Michael Kern, Irvin Burns, Patrick Robbins
  • Patent number: 5833104
    Abstract: A ticket dispensing device having a braking system for preventing unauthorized removal of tickets. A drive roller advancing the ticket strip through the device is connected to a brake wheel. Pulling on the ticket moves the brake wheel into a braking member to impede the rotation of the drive roller, and thereby prevent removal of tickets. The ticket dispensing device also includes a face plate which can be easily and quickly removed to eliminate ticket jams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Stephen Horniak
    Inventors: Stephen Horniak, John Wingeron, Jr., John Colin Horniak
  • 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: 5630347
    Abstract: The device includes dispensing units, each of which features a pair of counter-rotating rollers, between which there is inserted the end of a blister band unrolling from a reel and pushed toward a delivery opening. A blade moves vertically and cooperates with the edge of a support surface, situated downstream of the two rollers, to cut the blister band after a predetermined number of products, counted by a sensor, have passed through the delivery opening. An electric motor drives two ratchet coupling mechanisms acting in opposite directions and connected, by belts or chains, with pulleys or toothed wheels which are integral respectively with the rollers and with a pinion meshing with a rack fastened to the blade. An electronic unit controls and checks the working of the device. Optionally, a token, or coin receiver, a banknote reader or other payment mechanism may be used to allow the user to activate the dispenser after making a payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gasperini Elvio
  • Patent number: 5454285
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for finishing slide fasteners by cutting off an elongate slide fastener chain across longitudinally spaced element-free spaces is provided wherein a slider arresting mechanism is disposed between a cutting mechanism and a feed mechanism and movable into and out of a path of travel of the slide fastener chain for temporarily arresting a slide fastener against downstream movement while the slide fastener chain is being fed by the feed mechanism, and a detecting mechanism is operatively connected with the slider arresting mechanism for detecting the engagement between an end stop and the slider which occurs when the slide fastener chain is fed by the feed mechanism while the slider is being arrested by the slider arresting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Kiichiro Ishikawa, Chet Dudek, James Hutcherson, Jonathan C. Colier
  • Patent number: 5375494
    Abstract: A roll paper cutting device is attachable to the main body of an image forming apparatus main body. The roll paper cutting device includes a cutter for cutting the paper of a roll of paper contained therein, as well as an arrangement for feeding the cut sheet to the image forming apparatus. The roll paper cutting device has at least one transport roller for transporting the roll paper, as well as a drive system for driving the transport roller, and a drive change device such as a clutch for selectively bringing the transport roller into idle rotation or into a driven state. A detector detects the travel of the roll paper. A control device such as a CPU controls the rotation of the transport rollers with predetermined timing based on the time when the travel of the roll paper is detected with all the transport rollers in idle rotation in a standby state for paper feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kajita, Akihiro Kondoh, Makoto Sugiura, Nobuhiro Nishioka, Masahiko Fukano, Eiji Gotoh, Satoshi Tanaka, Takeshi Matsuo
  • 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: 5251523
    Abstract: A cutting machine for cutting elongated, extruded plastic articles includes a cutter assembly composed of a pair of side-by-side, plate-like cutting die bushings having a transverse article opening formed therethrough configured and dimensioned to accommodate the passage and guidance of an elongated extruded plastic article therethrough, and a thin, generally planar cutting blade having a cutting edge. The blade is supportable for reciprocable movement between the cutting die bushings for movement between an operative position in which the blade moves across the article opening so as to cut an article disposed therein and an inoperative position in which the blade is displaced from the article opening. The blade is supported for reciprocable movement by at least one support finger disposed on each side of the blade which serves to prevent buckling of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Fisher Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry M. Fisher, Stuart N. Fisher
  • Patent number: 5239904
    Abstract: A punch is disclosed, which can be used with an automatic paper feeder or a plane paper copier for receiving sheet-like members one by one from such machine and forming punched holes in each sheet-like member at a punching position thereof. A punching member is disposed in correspondence to the punching position for effecting punching with a predetermined stroke. A dimensional strain generated in an electrical-to-mechanical conversion element such as a piezoelectric element or a magnetostriction element is transmitted after enlargement by an enlarging member disposed to surround the element through a movable output terminal and an operation transmission lever to the punching member to cause high speed operation thereof in a predetermined stroke range. High quality punched holes free from curved edges or the like difficiency thus can be formed even in a continuous feed state without holding the sheet-like members stationary for a while.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Morio Yamaguchi, Takashi Uchida
  • Patent number: 5211091
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting pleated paper, and especially for filtration media for the automotive industry. Two tooth roller chains in parallel are supported above a support plate upon which pleated paper is placed. There is an opening in the plate through which the teeth of two sprockets supported beneath the plate may extend to mesh with the teeth of the corresponding roller chain. The teeth on both the chain and the sprocket are the same height as the pleated paper and when driven by an electric motor pulls the paper through the device separating each pleat. One pleat at a time is pushed through a slit in the table top at which point the pleat knuckle is sheared off by pneumatic operated cutter blade. A fiberoptics infrared scanner is used to monitor the amount of pleated material available. The number of pleats cut on any one run is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Purolator Products Company
    Inventor: Everett A. Cole
  • Patent number: 5168785
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically severing a slide fastener chain having a succession of fabric pieces attached to each of the opposed longitudinal marginal edges with a gap portion interposed between each adjacent pair of fabric pieces comprises a feeding unit; a cutting unit disposed on a feed path for severing the fabric-pieced slide fastener chain transversely across the gap portions; and detecting means for producing a signal only when laterally-aligned gap portions reach the detecting means. The detecting means, feeding unit and the cutting unit are electrically connected such that, upon receipt of the signal from the detecting means, the feeding unit is deenergized and at the same time the cutting unit is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Akio Yunoki
  • Patent number: 5156077
    Abstract: A sawing apparatus has a frame, a saw blade rotatable on the frame about a horizontal axis and displaceable transversely of the axis, and a conveyor for displacing an elongated workpiece longitudinally in a transport direction generally parallel to the saw-blade axis past the saw blade. The conveyor has upstream and downstream drive rollers flanking the blade mounted on the frame on one side of the workpiece and respective upstream and downstream holding rollers mounted on the frame transversely juxtaposed with the drive rollers and engaging the opposite longitudinal side of the workpiece. Upstream and downstream abutment blocks on the frame engageable with the one side of the workpiece immediately flank the blade and upstream and downstream pusher blocks on the frame engage the opposite longitudinal side of the workpiece transversely opposite the respective abutment blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Rolf Peddinghaus
    Inventor: Bernd Stursberg
  • Patent number: 5060547
    Abstract: The invention is a cutting machine and its method of operation. The machine contains a vise, a feed mechanism for positioning a workpiece toward the cutting position, a mechanism for detecting the front end of the workpiece, a mechanism for detecting the transfer distance of the front end of the workpiece, a mechanism acting in conjunction with the last two referenced mechanisms to reduce the feed speed of the workpiece, a mechanism to control the feed velocity of the workpiece, a mechanism to contact the first end of the workpiece, and a mechanism to halt the speed of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kikuo Moriya, Isomi Washio
  • 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: 5041070
    Abstract: A bag machine includes a programmed logic controller intermittently actuating a web feed draw roll motor for controlled web feed during the inoperative period of a cycled seal bar. The controller has separate inputs for the seal bar periods and a web length and establishes a control program of a preferred motion profile, with acceleration and deceleration of the fixed rolls to match the bag length to the available time using the total time available, with acceleration to a maximum and deceleration to reference, with or without a constant speed period. The bag length and time is monitored each machine cycle to calculate the next motion profile and permit changes in the bag length without machine shut-down. A programmed registered mode of control responds to a web mark spacing relative to the seal bar. In the registered mode, a photoscanner detects the mark during a constant speed web feed period prior to the end of the available time and actuates the web feed accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Amplas, Inc.
    Inventor: Giles R. Blaser
  • Patent number: 5033341
    Abstract: An alignment and cutting system for use with textile materials, such as terry cloth toweling fabric, to process either a single width of fabric or to simultaneously process in a side-by-side manner, a plurality of fabrics having the same or different widths. The system will also align each of that plurality of fabric regardless of whether the fabrics have the same or different lengths of nap-less bands or lanes separating the terry pile areas and can cut the same or different lengths of fabric from each of the plurality of fabrics being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Texpa Arbter Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Mussig, Martin Schnaus
  • Patent number: 5009740
    Abstract: A machine including a control system having a timer for producing bags made from thermoplastic resin films of varying thickness. A pair of feed rollers intermittently feeds a continuous flat tubular web of thermoplastic resin between an upper heat sealing bar and a lower sealing surface. The sealing bar, which approaches but does not contact the web, is heated to effect a weld bead on the web, a cutting edge severs the web adjacent the bead, and the feed rollers advance the web as the sealing bar and cutting edge are withdrawn. A sequencer provides timed control of a motor that operates the rollers and another motor that operates the sealing bar and cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: Nippon Flute Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeo Yanai
  • Patent number: 4860619
    Abstract: A discharge device incorporated in an elongate article processing apparatus includes a discharge unit disposed immediately downstream of a cutter of the apparatus and a conveyor unit extending downstream of the discharge unit. The discharge unit includes a drive roller and a vertically movable pinch roller, the pinch roller being held in its upper standby position remote from the drive roller while the cutter is in operation. The conveyor unit includes a presser roller vertically movable, in independent of the movement of the pinch roller, into and out of engagement with a belt conveyor of the discharge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Akio Yunoki
  • 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: 4833953
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for automatically providing notching indicia on the edge of a garment subassembly to provide a dimensional reference to be utilized in subsequent fabrication of the goods. A conveyor transports the garment subassembly to a notching station at which the pre-assembled parts are secured in accurate registration to the path of a notching device that is movable on a carriage toward and away from the notching station. The notching device includes a vertically extending notching blade having a recessed cutting edge which, when positioned at the notching station, overlies an edge of the garment part subassembly. On displacing the blade downward, the notch indicia is cut into the garment piece after which the notching unit is withdrawn to a home position while the notched part is transported by the conveyor to a subsequent fabrication step. In a preferred embodiment two notching devices supported in a common path on opposite sides of the notching station are utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventor: Ted M. Ray
  • Patent number: 4817477
    Abstract: A method of punching patterns of holes in printed circuit boards and sheets of material used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards. Each hole pattern punched is precisely positioned with respect to the metallized circuitry or the photographic image of the circuitry on each sheet of material. This method is accomplished with the use of an optical registration punch which automatically positions each sheet of material and punches a pattern of holes therein at a precise position with respect to the circuitry or the image of the circuitry on each sheet of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: C.A. Picard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack K. Emery, Michael B. Dent
  • Patent number: 4796497
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for cutting a chain of longitudinally joined elongate products into pieces of a desired length, the chain of elongate products is intermittently fed by a feed unit through a first distance equal to the length of each piece to be severed, along a path through a detector and a cutting unit downstream of the detector and the chain is cut successively into pieces of the desired length at the cutting unit while the feed unit is inoperative. As the chain is advanced, the joint portion of each adjacent pair of the elongate products is detected by the detector. Upon detection of the joint portion, a control unit computes the number of prospective pieces of the desired length producible by severing from a longitudinal portion of the chain which extends from the present leading end of the chain toward the detected joint portion and terminates short of the detected joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Toyoo Morita
  • 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: 4759809
    Abstract: In a laminating apparatus wherein a predetermined length of a film is laminated onto a substrate having positioning holes, a method for forming alignment or indexing holes in a film which corresponds with the positioning holes in the substrate includes detecting the position of the positioning holes, establishing the location on the film where the alignment holes are to be formed, and punching the holes in the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: Somar Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Matsuo, Norihasu Sawada
  • Patent number: 4716799
    Abstract: An automatic ticket dispensing machine and a method for operating it to automatically adjust itself to the size of tickets being dispensed. A strip of tickets is fed forward with an advancing mechanism past an optical sensor which detects the perforations between tickets. The optical sensor is coupled to a controller which controls the advancing mechanism. The controller determines the length of the ticket by monitoring the distance the tickets are advanced between detections of perforations. In response to a request for a ticket, the controller advances the ticket strip by a distance corresponding to the predetermined ticket length of output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Syntech International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Hartmann
  • Patent number: 4681003
    Abstract: A mechanism for depositing sheet material including a continuous belt extending between a pair of deflection rollers maintained in taut engagement thereabout, with one of the rollers being reciprocally movable relative to the other for expanding and contracting the length of the support surface in order to transport and deposit sheet material held on the support surface. A clamping mechanism operates to hold the belt stationary relative to the other of the deflection rollers when the one deflection roller is moved to contract the length of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Georg Fischer Aktiegesellschaft Brugg
    Inventor: Oskar Bernath