Plural Tools Successively Actuated At Same Station Patents (Class 83/213)
  • Patent number: 8943936
    Abstract: Apparatus for forming a bent sheet of foil, comprising a holder for holding a roll of foil; a motor for horizontally feeding the foil from the roll; a bending station for providing the fed foil with an angled portion; a controller for controlling a desired length of foil to be fed by commanding operation of said motor; and a cutting station for cutting said fed foil at said desired length, whereby to form constant length sheets of said foil. The controller is operable to command operation of the motor to sequentially feed the foil a first distance corresponding to a selected longitudinal dimension of the angled portion and then to feed the foil a second distance corresponding to a selected longitudinal dimension of a foil sheet to be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Moran Borenstein, Maor Gross
  • Patent number: 8201429
    Abstract: A blanking line including an uncoiler, a first feeder, a slitter, and a shear. A coil of metal is carried by the uncoiler. The first feeder removes the material from the coil and typically includes a leveler for leveling the metal. The metal is fed from the leveler into a looping pit that is located between the leveler and slitter. The slitter feeds and slits the material a predetermined distance and is driven with servo motors. The looping pit acts as an accumulator allowing the metal to hang so the slitter can move metal intermittently into a shear while the leveler runs at a constant rate. The shear cuts the material to a predetermined length corresponding with the distance that the material is fed by the slitter. A measuring wheel may be included to measure the distance that the material is moved by the slitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Braner USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 8191452
    Abstract: A punching tool for green sheets or similar sheet-like work-pieces having a support plate with punched holes (7), and a holding-down plate disposed above the support plate and containing stripper openings (24). Operative portions (23) of dies (8) extend through the stripper openings (24) and are guided therein. The operative portions (23) are formed in graduated form with a punching portion (26) of reduced diameter. Each punching portion (26) has a length that is less than the length of the stripper opening (24), and is located entirely in the stripper opening (24) when the die (8) is at its top dead center. A part (25) of the operative portion (23) protrudes into the stripper opening (24) to guide the die (8). The punching portion (26) is only approximately as long as required for the punching stroke of the die (8). The slight length of the punching portion (26) makes possible an especially slender punching portion, and thus the creation of especially small punched holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Hans Joachim Halamoda, Siegfried Beerhalter
  • Patent number: 7913602
    Abstract: A method for cutting a ribbon of rubber-coated fabric includes dragging a free end of the ribbon past a working position of a punching device, forming a notch between two adjacent reinforcing cords of the ribbon using the punching device, moving a counter-blade of the punching device away from the working position, inserting at least one cutting blade through the notch, and performing first and second cuts of the ribbon. An associated apparatus includes a punching device and a cutting device. The punching device includes an incision tool, an abutting counter-blade, and control devices for moving the incision tool and the abutting counter-blade toward and away from the ribbon. The cutting device includes at least one cutting blade and a control device for moving the at least one cutting blade toward and away from the ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Pirelli Pneumatici S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pietro Dale', Stefano Bellini
  • Publication number: 20110017032
    Abstract: Trimming apparatus for books and similar materials are detailed. Dynamic variability of the apparatus allows sizes of successive materials to differ in two dimensions—both from spine to face and from head to foot. The result is a processing system with substantially greater utility than presently available, as the system may process respective materials of multiple different sizes without stopping the apparatus to adjust positions of the cutting implements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: World Color Press Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Hutchins, Ricky G. Bullock
  • Patent number: 7625146
    Abstract: A system automatically cuts recording media into non-standard sizes and shapes. The system includes a support for supporting recording media, a feeder mechanism for transporting recording media onto the support, a cutting head having at least one cutting member, and a controller for actuating reciprocation of the cutting member so that the reciprocating cutting member cooperates with the support to pierce the recording media. The cutting head and feeder mechanism are controlled so that the cutting head is moved to positions for cutting the recording media as the recording media is advanced on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Philip Vogel
  • Publication number: 20090165613
    Abstract: With a device for cutting flexible, two-dimensional products, first and second cutting means (5, 12) are provided, between which the two-dimensional products (2) may be cut essentially by way of an impulse cut. A method is also put forward for cutting by way of the impulse cut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: Ferag AG
    Inventors: Heinz Mockli, Erwin Muller
  • Publication number: 20090165616
    Abstract: A trimmer including a common support frame and first and second cutting units movably mounted on the common support frame. Each respective cutting unit including a unit frame, a cutting strip connected to each respective unit frame, and a knife movably mounted on each respective unit frame for an oblique swing cut against a respective cutting strip. Each respective unit frame absorbing all cutting forces between the knife and the cutting strip during the oblique swing cut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: MULLER MARTINI HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Horst Rathert
  • Patent number: 7536941
    Abstract: An automatic lens cutting machine (1) includes a body portion, a carrying device (10), a cutting device (20), a take out device (30), a power device and an electrical control portion. The take out device is mounted adjacent to the carrying device, and comprises a shelf (31) mounted on a base (40) of the body portion and a lens receiving device (34) disposed above the shelf. The lens receiving device has a plurality of rows of tubular rings. Each row has a plurality of rings. The rings receive unseparated lenses (90) on a semi-finished lens assembly (9) therein when the automatic lens cutting machine is in operation, and retain the separated lenses therein after the semi-finished lens assembly is subject to a cutting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Asia Optical Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Jung Chou, Liu Zhong Liang
  • Publication number: 20090000440
    Abstract: A method of trimming printed media comprises selecting printed media to be positioned on a conveyor based on predetermined delivery sequence data, positioning the printed media on the conveyor, receiving size data representative of at least one dimension of the printed media to be trimmed, and electronically controlling a trimmer based on the received size data to adjust a location at which the printed media is to be trimmed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: QUAD/GRAPHICS, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Graushar, John C. Geres, Patrick A. Millikin, David F. Christofferson, Michael J. Krchma, Greg Goss, Charles E. Schulz, Robert Kazmierczak, Richard W. Schneider, Jonathan F. Thames
  • Publication number: 20080173150
    Abstract: A first movable blade and a second movable blade cooperate as part of a cutter drive mechanism to cut roll paper in conjunction with a fixed blade. A gear train 132 has a first gear 141 that rotates when drive power from the cutter motor 131 is input thereto, and a second gear 142 to which rotation of the first gear 141 is transferred, causing the second gear 142 to turn. A first eccentric pin 151 engaging the first movable blade 81 is disposed at an eccentric position to the first gear 141, and a second eccentric pin 152 engaging the second movable blade 82 is disposed at an eccentric position to the second gear 142. The first movable blade 81 has a first guide channel 115 regulating the cutting operation of the first movable blade 81 on the first blade point 114 side, and the first guide channel 115 and the first eccentric pin 151 together render a first opposing cam 161.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Yukihiro Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 6868764
    Abstract: A material cutting and feeding machine for cutting and perforating a roll of paper. The material cutting and feeding machine includes a generally rectangular frame. A material feeding roller is mounted to the frame. The feeding roller is adapted to hold a roll of paper. A motor is adapted to rotate a draw roller assembly that draws the paper from the paper roll. A cutting assembly is mounted adjacent to the draw roller. The cutting assembly comprises a latitudinal perforating bar adapted to perforate the paper along a width of the paper, a perforating wheel adapted to perforate a length of the paper, and a latitudinal cutting bar adapted to cut the paper along the width of the paper. A guide roller assembly comprised of four rollers and two guides is orientated to feed the paper from the paper cutter to an exit in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventors: James T. Dishon, Anthony C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6766721
    Abstract: A bale processor for cutting or dicing a bale or slab of unvulcanized rubber produces small cubes or blocks of a predetermined size and uniform shape for continuous feeding at a predetermined rate into a mixing machine or blender. A bale or slab of feedstock rubber is advanced incrementally along a slider platform and a segment is sliced from the leading end of the bale. After separation, the segment falls onto a receiving panel from which it is transferred by a vacuum pick-up head to a vacuum hold-down table. Multiple slices are then formed through the segment along the X-axis by circular cutting blades of an X-axis cutter head, thereby forming elongated segment strips. Next, multiple slices are formed through the segment strips in the Y-direction by a Y-axis cutter head which includes circular cutter blades that are extendable and retractable along the Y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Amitkumar N. Dharia
  • Publication number: 20030075031
    Abstract: A bale processor for cutting or dicing a bale or slab of unvulcanized rubber produces small cubes or blocks of a predetermined size and uniform shape for continuous feeding at a predetermined rate into a mixing machine or blender. A bale or slab of feedstock rubber is advanced incrementally along a slider platform and a segment is sliced from the leading end of the bale. After separation, the segment falls onto a receiving panel from which it is transferred by a vacuum pick-up head to a vacuum hold-down table. Multiple slices are then formed through the segment along the X-axis by circular cutting blades of an X-axis cutter head, thereby forming elongated segment strips. Next, multiple slices are formed through the segment strips in the Y-direction by a Y-axis cutter head which includes circular cutter blades that are extendable and retractable along the Y-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Amitkumar N. Dharia
  • Patent number: 6520058
    Abstract: A top edge trimming cutter, a bottom edge trimming cutter and a front edge trimming cutter are arranged to have predetermined distances from one another so as not to cause mechanical interference. The top edge trimming cutter, a first table element, a first blade receiving plate and a first pressing plate pressing a bound material against the first table element are attached to a first frame element. The bottom edge trimming cutter, a second table element, a second blade receiving plate and a second pressing plate pressing the bound material against the second table element are attached to a second frame element. Relative movement of the first and second frame elements effects relative movement of the top edge trimming cutter and the bottom edge trimming cutter, relative movement of corresponding first and second blade receiving plates and relative movement of corresponding first and second pressing plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Horizon International Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Nakajima, Toyoki Takeuchi, Tomonori Yachi
  • Patent number: 6516695
    Abstract: A device for trimming multiple streams of printed products including a first trimming unit for trimming at least one side of a first stream of printed products, and a second trimming unit for trimming at least one side of a second stream of printed products, the first stream and the second stream having a similar direction. Also disclosed is a method for trimming multiple streams of printed products comprising moving a first stream of printed products in a first direction, trimming at least one side of the first stream, moving a second stream of printed products separate from the first stream in a direction similar to the first direction, and trimming at least one side of the second stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmashcinen AG
    Inventors: Robert Paul Cassoni, John Lawrence Herman
  • Patent number: 6487949
    Abstract: A bale processor for cutting or dicing a bale or slab of unvulcanized rubber produces small cubes or blocks of a predetermined size and uniform shape for continuous feeding at a predetermined rate into a mixing machine or blender. A bale or slab of feedstock rubber is advanced incrementally along a slider platform and a segment is sliced from the leading end of the bale. After separation, the segment falls onto a receiving panel from which it is transferred by a vacuum pick-up head to a vacuum hold-down table. Multiple slices are then formed through the segment along the X-axis by circular cutting blades of an X-axis cutter head, thereby forming elongated segment strips. Next, multiple slices are formed through the segment strips in the Y-direction by a Y-axis cutter head which includes circular cutter blades that are extendable and retractable along the Y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: Amitkumar N. Dharia
  • Publication number: 20020152865
    Abstract: In a device for cutting single blister packs from a blister band, a cutting member acts in a longitudinal direction with respect to the blister band, along the longitudinal edges thereof, so as to cut side extending strips of the blister band which extend beyond the length of the blister pack being produced. Cut out elements operate in alignment with a cutting line of the cutting member to cut shaped pieces of the blister band, so as to define corner zones of the blister packs. Shearing means operate crosswise to the blister band, in alignment with the corner zones defined by the cut out means, to separate single blister packs. The position of the cutting means and cut out means and/or the shearing means can be adjusted to produce blister packs having different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventor: Claudio Betti
  • Patent number: 6467383
    Abstract: The invention relates to a punch machine for punching a panel in which the position of each hole to be made is identified by a mark. The machine comprises a structure for receiving said panel, said structure presenting X and Y directions; means for holding said panel relative to the structure; at least four punch blocks secured to a support, each punch block having at least one punch carrier tool and at least one matrix carrier assembly; means for displacing each punch block separately in the X and Y directions and in rotation; optical means for comparing the position of each punch block with said mark; and means for separately controlling the displacement means in response to position error information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Automa-Tech
    Inventor: Serge Charbonnier
  • Publication number: 20020092394
    Abstract: The three-side trimmer comprises three compact cutting units of a nearly identical design, which have a flow of forces that is closed in itself and separate drives. Full-area cutting tables and pressing plates and telescopic cutting tables and pressing plates in the head-and-foot station ensure optimal quality of cut while avoiding the use of replaceable parts for format change. Due to elastic design and a slightly oblique positioning of the pressing plates, air inclusions are prevented from occurring during the pressing. A most lightweight design possible with weak dynamic forces to achieve good quality of cut are provided while avoiding the use of replaceable parts for format change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventor: Horst Rathert
  • Publication number: 20020035907
    Abstract: A device for trimming multiple streams of printed products including a first trimming unit for trimming at least one side of a first stream of printed products, and a second trimming unit for trimming at least one side of a second stream of printed products, the first stream and the second stream having a similar direction. Also disclosed is a method for trimming multiple streams of printed products comprising moving a first stream of printed products in a first direction, trimming at least one side of the first stream, moving a second stream of printed products separate from the first stream in a direction similar to the first direction, and trimming at least one side of the second stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Inventors: ROBERT PAUL CASSONI, JOHN LAWRENCE HERMAN
  • Patent number: 5353669
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for manufacturing fully mitered step lap transformer cores which are formed from separate sheets which are laid face to face to form the separate pieces of the core. The system includes an X-shaped shear arrangement including four blades lying on an X-shape and meeting at a center point. Upstream of the X-shear is provided a hole punch so the punched hole can be moved to the center point of the X-shear and any two, three or four of the blades actuated to provide a required shape in the material to be cut. The X-shear allows the formation sequentially of all of the five sheets necessary for the core and then these are stacked simultaneously by a lifting carriage which lifts each sheet in turn while orienting it properly relative to the other sheets carried to form a single layer of the core which is then deposited upon a stacking table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: Kenneth Booth, John Barris
  • Patent number: 5209101
    Abstract: Described herein is a drive unit for a machining center of modular construction comprising different work modules with tools which are positively controlled with respect to time, e.g. bending tools, front-feed devices, welding stations, assembly units or the like. The drive unit is constructed as a press which comprises the main drive for the machining center. The drive of adjacent work modules is effected via meshing toothed wheels which bridge the interface planes between the work modules, so that the drive unit can be integrated into the machining center in a space-saving and economical manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Inventor: Heinz Finzer
  • Patent number: 5035163
    Abstract: Punch and die combinations are disclosed for trimming the edges of strip material. The die openings and the punches have trapezoidal cross-sections so that they form trapezoidal notches in the edge of the strip and produce trapezoidal or, in one instance, parallelogram-shaped, slugs. By virtue of the fact that the die openings and punches have a trapezoidal cross-section, the slugs produced when the edge of the strip is trimmed are pushed into the die openings and passageways extending from the die openings and stacked in an orderly manner so that close packing of the slugs with resulting jamming does not take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: AMP Incorporated
    Inventor: Johannes C. W. Bakermans
  • Patent number: 4936178
    Abstract: A punching apparatus, preferably for punching intermittently moving webs of synthetic thermoplastics, comprises top and bottom tools, which are mounted in a machine frame and at least one of which is connected to a drive for moving said one tool up and down. The tools for making the punching cut consist of a knife plate or a knife ring and a backing plate or a backing ring and at the end of the punching cut strike against each other or almost contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Windmoller & Holscher
    Inventors: Wilfried Ebmeyer, Gunter Mattiebe
  • 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: 4640161
    Abstract: A wood cutting apparatus for cutting a workpiece from a stock of material includes a guide device for moving the stock material through the apparatus and a pair of saws located to opposite sides of the guide device for movement across the stock material to cut the workpieces to a selected configuration off the stock material. A movable workpiece holder is located at the end of the guide device which holds and supports the portion of the stock material composing the piece being cut off the stock material. An ejector ejects a severed workpiece from the workpiece holder as the workpiece holder moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: Robert L. Kurk
  • Patent number: 4554851
    Abstract: An apparatus for severing extruded light sectional members is characterized by a combination of cutting saw and shears arranged at a common machine frame for alternative movement into operating position in a direction transversely of the sectional members, for severing either by the cutting saw or by the shears. The advantages of cutting by a saw and shearing are combined in this combination and the joining of two severing devices in a single structure helps save not only structural components but also space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Inventor: Friedrich W. Elhaus
  • Patent number: 4250863
    Abstract: A cement block splitter is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Pierre Laforest
  • Patent number: 4223708
    Abstract: A machine for cutting a rectangular mortise in either or both sides of a log intended for building construction, with means for determining accurately the spacing of each mortise from an adjacent end of the log and/or from an adjacent mortise, and the method of operating the machine to effect a plurality of spaced cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1980
    Assignee: New England Log Homes, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfonso A. Paris, Jr., Douglas W. Muscanell
  • Patent number: 4181055
    Abstract: Two fixed blades are provided at substantially right angle with each other with a juncture line thereof being in the transverse direction and opposite to the terminal end of a feeding conveyor passage of a sheet material to be cut. Two movable cutter blades are also provided at substantially right angle with each other opposite to the fixed blades in such a manner that one cutter blade coacts with one fixed blade and the other cutter blade coacts with the other fixed blade to cut the sheet material at substantially right angle with respect to the plane of the sheet material. The two movable cutter blades are made to alternately advance and retreat at a predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: Hashimoto Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sinji Miyata