With Subsequent Handling (i.e., Of Product) Patents (Class 83/23)
  • Patent number: 9752979
    Abstract: A specimen transporter transports a specimen plate to a specimen imaging apparatus. The specimen transporter comprises a plate container configured to contain the specimen plate therein, and a transport mechanism which transports the plate container to the specimen imaging apparatus with the specimen plate contained in the plate container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetaka Hayama
  • Patent number: 9622769
    Abstract: A fluid ejection device includes a fluid ejection unit including a plurality of nozzles and configured to eject fluid from at least any one of the nozzles in a pulse-like manner according to a drive signal, a fluid supplying unit configured to supply the fluid to the fluid ejection unit, an ejecting-instruction input unit configured to receive an ejecting instruction input, a mode-selection input unit configured to receive an input of selection information for selecting any one of a first mode for ejecting the fluid using a first nozzle unit including at least one nozzle and a second mode for ejecting the fluid using a second nozzle unit including at least one nozzle, and a fluid-ejecting control unit configured to output, when receiving the ejecting instruction input, according to the selection information, the drive signal such that the fluid is ejected from the first nozzle unit or second nozzle unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Miyazaki, Masaki Gomi, Takahiro Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 9067699
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for removing a sterile product from a sterile package which contains the sterile product and to an apparatus (1) for actuating the method. The method comprises clamping a part of a sterile package (5) located between the sterile product (6) and a first flap (7), and cutting the sterile package (5) at a region (9) interposed between the clamped surfaces (3, 4) and the flap (7). Once the facing surfaces (3, 4) are disengaged, an opening (10) is identified in the sterile package (5), through which the sterile product (6) can be expelled. The surfaces (3, 4) are then disengaged from the clamping action, and the sterile product (6) expelled from the sterile package (5) through the opening (10) by exerting a pushing action on an external surface of the sterile package (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: CO.RI.M.A. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Dario Anatrini
  • Patent number: 9038514
    Abstract: A fabric cutting system and/or method can include a mandrel having a body and first and second legs, a centered chuck, and an offset chuck, each chuck configured to receive either one of the legs or body to rotatingly support the mandrel between the chucks. When one of the legs is inserted into the centered chuck and the mandrel body is inserted into the offset chuck, the mandrel can be rotated and the fabric mounted on the mandrel can be cut about the leg at a location beyond the end of the other leg. One of the legs can include a leg extension removable from a leg base that when removed allows the other leg to be cut beyond the end of the leg base. The fabric can be cut with a cutting laser, which may be a multi-axis laser, and/or have low power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ATEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Danny Severino, Paul Van Hulle, Timothy Warner
  • Publication number: 20150135917
    Abstract: A microtome includes a blade located at an end of a trough that defines a cavity for holding a liquid; a sample block in which the at least one sample is suspended, the sample block is moveable relative to the blade such that when the sample block is passed across the blade a section is cut from the sample block; a plate that includes a support frame that defines an opening, and a transparent film extending across the opening, the transparent film being transparent to electrons, a grasper being configured to receive and retain the plate, wherein the grasper is moveable relative to the blade; and a pusher section that lacks the sample pusher section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Harald F. Hess, David Peale, Patrick R. Lee
  • Publication number: 20150135916
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an arrangement for handling narrow rolls in a warehouse. The warehouse comprises at least one rack row, at least one isle and at least one carriage arranged to move the narrow rolls into a rack and from a rack and carry them along the isle. A distance is arranged between the narrow rolls and the distance is maintained between the narrow rolls when the narrow rolls are in the racks in the warehouse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: UPM Raflatac Oy
    Inventors: Juha Jäppi, Ari Veikkola, Juho Kantanen, Ari Hakala, Jukka Piitulainen
  • Publication number: 20150122094
    Abstract: A horizontally positioned cylindrical fixed barrel is provided with barrel side supply ports for a rubber bale, the barrel side supply ports being disposed on a pair of barrel walls of the cylindrical fixed barrel, and an ejection port for a rubber cut piece disposed on a lower part of the barrel, and an in-barrel rotary member which rotates while being in internal contact with the cylindrical fixed barrel is provided with an inner supply ports which receive the rubber bale when they oppose the barrel side supply port as the in-barrel rotary member makes a half turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuo YADA, Tatsuo YADA
  • Publication number: 20150122874
    Abstract: A solder piece that has a rectangular parallelepiped shape formed by a punching process. Any one of the four surfaces of the rectangular parallelepiped other than the surface on which the shear droop portion generated by the punching process is formed and a surface opposite to the surface on which the shear droop portion is formed is a vacuum pickup surface. Each vacuum pickup surface is a sheared surface and extends along a longitudinal direction of the rectangular parallelepiped solder piece. The solder piece may be located in an open cavity in a supply tape with one of only the four vacuum pickup surfaces exposed to be available for vacuum pickup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko ABE, Koji WATANABE, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Masahiko KANNO, Masaya ITO
  • Publication number: 20150114192
    Abstract: A core sampling system for removing sample cores of material from biomass bales, which includes a base member, a supporting member extending from and moveable relative to the base member, and a rotatable corer extending from the supporting member. The rotatable corer includes a first elongated tube at least partially surrounding a second elongated tube and a distal tip extending from a distal end of the second elongated tube. The system also includes a transport tube in communication with an inner area of the second elongated tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: POET Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd L. Peterson, Alex C. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150101468
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a hole in any material by means of controlled fracturing using non-rotary machining includes the steps of fixturing a workpiece to the table of a non-rotary holemaking machine tool (103). The cutting tool is then fixtured to the column of the machine tool (105) and the face of the cutting tool is positioned perpendicular to the centerline of the proposed hole (107). The surface of the workpiece is approached with the cutting tool to a predetermined clearance level (109). Thereafter, the cutting tool is driven with sufficient force to induce instantaneous strain in the material of the workpiece to a depth necessary (111) to create a hole of a desired size and shape using a drive mechanism (113). The cutting tool is then repositioned so that the face of cutting tool is perpendicular to centerline of a subsequent hole to be produced (117).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Tennine Corporation
    Inventors: William Q. Tingley, III, William Q. Tingley, Daniel R. Bradley
  • Patent number: 8997613
    Abstract: With known trimming shears having a pair of scrap-cutting blades on the discharge side, the moving upper scrap-cutting blade must be moved as closely as possible past the trimmed plate edge in order to push the cutoff edge still hanging on the plate downward against the lower fixed scrap-cutting blade, which requires precise adjustment of the upper scrap-cutting blade. To that end, according to the invention, the distance between the upper scrap-cutting blade (2) or the lower scrap-cutting blade (3) and the trimming blade plane (5) is set prior to trimming in accordance with the thickness of each heavy plate (10) to be trimmed by displacement of the upper scrap-cutting blade (2) and/or the lower scrap-cutting blade (3) in a displacement direction with at least one component transverse to the trimming blade plane (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SMS Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Bohn, Thomas Baur, Ulrich Meinhardt
  • Publication number: 20150082647
    Abstract: Disclosed is a template and method for use in the roofing industry for cutting roofing shingles on site in multiple useful lengths with each individual cut. The template, formed of a durable material such as aluminum, comprises a base plate having an upwardly facing planar surface. Border walls rise from two adjacent sides of the planar surface of the base plate and have abutment surfaces facing inwardly towards the planar surface of the base plate. Permanent markings on the abutment surfaces and the planar surface are visible at a fixed point above the template so as to enable a person with a T-square and a cutting instrument to cut a standard size shingle piece into two useful pieces or to cut multiple shingles stacked on top of one another into two useful pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Mario David Marisa
  • Publication number: 20150075340
    Abstract: An iron-core producing method is provided that blanks iron cores from an iron strip by guiding the iron strip sequentially through an iron core-producing apparatus having a plurality of workstations. The method includes guiding, by a guide, the iron strip to a first workstation having a punch that intrudes into caulking portion-forming holes, and simultaneously forming, by the first workstation, first plural sets of caulking portions at a predetermined pitch in the iron strip. The method also includes guiding the iron strip from the first workstation to a second workstation within the iron-core producing apparatus, and forming, by the second workstation, a first iron core from the iron strip by blanking, such that tooth portions of the first iron core are disposed at lower sides of respective yoke portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUI HIGH-TEC , INC.
    Inventors: Yukinori OBA, Takahiro SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20150068375
    Abstract: A method for precision cutting of workpieces using a press which includes a press frame, in the press opening of which press frame a press ram, that works against a press table, is movably driven, wherein at least one of the press tools is formed as a cutting tool that includes a cutting punch, a downholder, a cutting die and a counter support. The cutting tool operates as a precision cutting tool. A lower tool part of the cutting tool includes a controlled retaining module that retains the counter support in a certain press ram position to enable ejecting the scrap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert ZIESEL, Axel WITTIG
  • Publication number: 20150065208
    Abstract: An accessory unit for use with an electronic device is described. Accessory unit includes a front flap and a rear cover. The rear cover includes a recessed portion that defines a chamber and a lip portion. The chamber is configured to receive a consumer electronic device, and the lip portion is configured to hold the consumer electronic device therein by an interference fit that exposes substantially all of a display portion of the consumer electronic product. The front flap can include segments formed from panels with folding regions therebetween, which allow the front flap to fold. Further, an end region of the front flap pivotally couples the front flap to the rear cover, such that the front flap may be moved between open and closed configurations. The front may include magnetic elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Santhana Krishnan Balaji, Amy Qian, Pinida J. Moolsintong
  • Patent number: 8960059
    Abstract: A method for producing individual material sections, particularly sheets of paper, according to a certain format, from a web-type, for example imprinted object (object web), more particularly a web of paper or material, using a cutting means for cutting off the individual material sections from the object web and then removing said sections from the cutting means, wherein during the course of actuation of the cutting means at least one carrier is engaged with the object web, wherein following the cutting process, the carrier is displaced, together with the object web gripped by said carrier, by means of a controllable linear drive, over a displacement stroke, which is adjusted and/or varied in a controlled manner by the linear drive according to a section format that is predefined for the material section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Baumuller Nurnberg GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Baumuller, Fritz Rainer Gotz
  • Publication number: 20150040521
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for cutting a bar of product into slices of product by means of a cutting device. The invention also relates to a packaging machine for packaging slices of product, having a plurality of work stations and a cutting device for cutting a bar of product into slices of product. The invention further relates to a system consisting of a cutting device and a packing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: GEA Food Solutions Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Hübner, Klaus Meyer
  • Publication number: 20150040734
    Abstract: A powered stem-cutting apparatus includes a top plate having a hole positioned therein. An actuation device is positioned proximate to the top plate, wherein the actuation device is activated by an activation device to move an actuator. A blade is connected to the actuator, wherein the blade is movable along a cutting path, wherein the cutting path intersects an axis of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Paul A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150029447
    Abstract: An optical film roll is disclosed capable of realizing excellent display characteristics while maintaining manufacturing efficiency. The optical film roll has a width corresponding to a pair of opposite sides of a liquid crystal cell and is used by being cut to a length corresponding to another pair of opposite sides of the liquid crystal cell to be continuously attached to a surface of the liquid crystal cell. The optical film roll includes a long optical film wound into a roll shape, the long optical film being obtained by subjecting a long optical raw film, which includes a polarizing film having an absorption axis in its width direction, to a slitting process in a machine direction while conveying the long optical raw film in its lengthwise direction. The polarizing film includes a polyvinyl alcohol-based resin film that contains a dichromatic substance and has an Nz coefficient of 1.10 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Hirata, Tatsuya Araki, Seiji Kondo, Kazuya Hada
  • Publication number: 20150027284
    Abstract: A stripping device is provided which comprises: a wire cutter comprising a moving part and a cutting part connected to the moving part in such a manner that the moving part is able to drive the cutting part linearly; and an attracting wheel comprising a body part adapted to be movably mounted on the flexible substrate so that the body part is able to roll on the flexible substrate and an adsorption part connected to the body part to generate adsorption force to securely attach a part of the flexible substrate as the result of movement of the cutting part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Kungyu CHENG, Tianwang HUANG
  • Publication number: 20150000484
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of manufacturing one or more kinds of rectangular unit pieces from a long base material sheet at a predetermined angle through a continuous cutting process using a cutting frame, the method including (a) manufacturing a base material sheet of a laminate structure having two or more stacked sheets and winding the base material sheet on a roll, (b) continuously feeding the base material sheet, wound on the roll, (c) cutting the fed base material sheet using a cutting frame having cutters mounted or formed therein in a structure in which the cutters correspond to rectangular unit pieces to be manufactured, the cutters being arranged such that the shapes of opposite side ends of the cutters coincide with each other when the cutters are successively arranged, the cutting being carried out while the base material sheet is partially overlapped such that a length (‘pitch’) for a one-time cutting process is equal to a spacing distance between the opposite side ends of the cutters in the lo
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hokyung LEE, Jaein CHOI, Soonki HEO, Jongku LEE
  • Publication number: 20140360324
    Abstract: A feed vise is configured to position a work material on a pass line. A band saw blade has zero twisting, and is configured to cut the work material into a length smaller than a diameter of a driving wheel. A product discharge vise has product discharge vise jaws. The product discharge vise jaws clamp the work material, and the band saw blade is configured to be lowered and cut the work material. After the cutting is completed, the product discharge vise is configured to discharge a product, which is obtained by cutting the work material, below the pass line, while the product discharge vise clamps the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicants: AMADA MACHINE TOOLS COMPANY, LTD., AMADA COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Toru Tokiwa, Masataka Kitai
  • Publication number: 20140352507
    Abstract: A cutter for cutting an end section of a coiled web. The cutter includes roller elements for rotating the coiled web and a carriage assembly that is moveable in a first direction relative to a frame. The carriage assembly includes a saw element for cutting the end section to form a strip, wherein the saw element is moveable in a second direction transverse to the first direction. The carriage assembly also includes a contact wall and a spaced apart rotatable peeler element for separating the outer wrap of the web. In addition, the carriage assembly includes first and second actuators for moving the peeler element to a first position wherein the end section and strip are both clamped between the peeler element and the contact wall. Further, the second actuator rotates the peeler element to a second position wherein the end section is not clamped while the strip remains clamped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Hannan, Richard C. McDermott, Jennifer Grzyb
  • Publication number: 20140345176
    Abstract: A modular realty signpost comprising a first vertical sign section made from extruded vinyl tubing; a second horizontal sign section made from extruded vinyl tubing and designed to intersect and connect with the first vertical sign section; and a plurality of clip and bracket combinations for holding a swinging realty sign, each of said clips designed to fit in an aperture in a bottom surface of the second horizontal sign section. A method for making same is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Frank L. Okert, Keith R. Mccaulley
  • Patent number: 8893599
    Abstract: A method for cutting a food strand into slices, including the steps of feeding the food strand forward to a cutting device including a rotating blade, successively cutting off slices, placing the cut off slices onto an intermediary storage device moveable transversal to the feed direction and in feed direction in order to form a portion, wherein a stacked or fish scaled slice arrangement with a total of n slices is generated and n is a natural number?3, transferring a non-finished portion including m slices, wherein m is a natural number and m<n, in its entirety from the intermediary storage device to a conveying device, wherein the slices are extracted through the conveying device, wherein the transferred portion after being transferred to the conveying device is completed by cutting off and adding at least one additional slice and is subsequently extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Uwe Reifenhaeuser
  • Patent number: 8887602
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, includes a product conveyor which conveys the portions sequentially along a conveying direction and at least one sensor which serves to determine the weight of the conveyed portions. The apparatus includes an automatic weight compensation unit which is arranged in the vicinity of the product conveyor and which serves additionally to place at least one single product on a portion in dependence on the determined weight of the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Publication number: 20140311307
    Abstract: An Avocado Cutting and Splitting Device. The device uses a single cutting blade to cut through both the seed and meat of incoming avocados. To increase uptime, the device allows the cutting blade to be sharpened while in operating condition (without removing the blade from the machine). There are a series of guides, elements and other apparatus that will place the incoming avocados in a consistent orientation relative to the cutting blade before they are cut. Belt agitation fingers have further been added to cause the feed belt to vibrate during operation, in order to assist in positioning the avocados properly prior to their being cut. To improve throughput and reduce the need for human involvement, the device includes a set of custom-shaped ramps designed to guide and transport the cut avocado halves to the moving exit conveyor so that the halves land face-down on the exit conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Moore & Champlin Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Moore, Gary Champlin
  • Publication number: 20140302236
    Abstract: Fibre fabric cutting system and method with a first and a second conveyor belt guided along a first and second curved path, respectively. A fibre fabric supply unit supplies a web of fibre fabric to a cutting section of the first curved path. A cutting unit cuts the web of fibre fabric into sheets. The first curved path and the second curved path cooperate to define for the sheets a first transport path including a plurality of vertically spaced levels extending transversally to the vertical direction and arranged one above the other. The cutting section defines the first level and each of the subsequent levels is defined by a section of one of the conveyor belts. Sheets transported along the first transport path move from one level to the next level and are alternately supported against the gravitational force by the first and the second conveyor belt on consecutive levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Philippe Blot, Pierre Zahlen, Tassilo Witte
  • Publication number: 20140290453
    Abstract: A method of discharging workpieces cut from a planar material on a processing machine. A workpiece discharge device has several holding elements to receive and carry respective workpieces. After receiving a cut workpiece, the discharge device is moved to a waiting position outside and adjacent a processing region of the machine, and may then be moved back into the processing region to receive a subsequently cut workpiece before being moved to an unloading station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Buettner, Stefan Kerschner, Wolfgang Laib
  • Patent number: 8839700
    Abstract: A microtome method and apparatus includes a microtome blade configured to oscillate in a direction transverse to a direction of advancing a cut, and a first flexure to support and guide the blade. The first flexure is compliant in the transverse direction while being stiff in the cut direction. A second flexure operatively engaged at one end portion with the first flexure, is stiff in the transverse direction while being compliant in the cut direction. The other end portion of the second flexure is rotatably engaged by an eccentric driven by a rotatable actuator, which oscillates the blade in the transverse direction while effectively isolating non-transverse motion from the blade. The second flexure is configured to move independently of any guides or other stationary objects during oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Tissuevision, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Chi Chen, Martin L. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 8820202
    Abstract: An apparatus for simultaneously slicing a plurality of food products into portions including a plurality of product slices respectively is provided. The apparatus includes a cutting blade which rotates about a blade axis in a cutting plane and/or revolves about a center axis in a planetary motion and includes a multi-track product feed. The feed of the product in one track is respectively interrupted if the residual product remainder in the track is no longer sufficient for forming a complete portion and if the residual product remainder in at least one of the other tracks is still sufficient for forming at least one complete portion. The product remainders are sliced into incomplete part portions once the product remainders of all tracks have reached a dimension which is no longer sufficient for forming a complete portion. The incomplete part portions are completed by product slices of subsequent products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Joachim Schaub
  • Patent number: 8807000
    Abstract: The device is for cutting and removing wires from bales, such as pulp bales, paper bales and the like. The device has at least one cutting unit that has a cutting tool for cutting off a wire that is arranged around a bale, and at least one winding unit that has a winding tool for unwinding the cut wire from the bale. The cutting tool has an outer cutter and an inner cutter which are coaxially arranged and rotatable with respect to each other. Each cutter has a cutting edge which are arranged to be moved towards each other when the cutters are rotated towards each other in a certain direction, in order to cut off objects, preferably bale wires, between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Valmet Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mats Norberg, Stefan Nordhalling, Goran Strand, Martin Jakobsson
  • Publication number: 20140216223
    Abstract: Methods for producing workpieces from a plate-shaped material by a severing process on a machine tool having a workpiece support comprising first and second support surfaces that can be arranged relative to each other to define a cutting gap positioned below a processing area of the machine. Cuts for waste parts and/or parts of a skeleton are made in the plate-shaped material in order to produce the at least one workpiece, such that at least one last severing cut for the one or more workpieces for completely separating the one or more workpieces from the plate-shaped material remains. The waste parts and/or parts of a skeleton are removed through the cutting gap, and then the one or more workpieces are cut free from the plate-shaped material as a last severing cut in such a way that a movement of a cut workpiece over the cutting gap again is omitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Epperlein
  • Patent number: 8794115
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for single transfer insert placement. The apparatus receives continuous web material and cuts a discrete section or pad from the web. The pad is then supported on a single transfer surface. The single transfer surface then may spin the supported pad to a desired angle and provide the pad to a receiving surface at a desired interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. McCabe
  • Patent number: 8789449
    Abstract: A piercing apparatus is provided, including a piercing die including a first section and a second section, the first section having a top surface for a workpiece to be placed on and internal surfaces surrounding a first hollow formed vertically, the second section placed in the first hollow and having an internal side surface surrounding a second hollow formed vertically, a piercing punch having a tip portion for punching the workpiece to cut off a scrap piece to produce a hole in the workpiece, and a scrap removing unit that is formed to be planar and fixed horizontally between the first section and the second section. The scrap removing unit is configured for the tip portion attached with the scrap piece after the punching to move through while the tip portion is lowered, and is further configured to scrape off the scrap piece from the tip portion while the tip portion is lifted through the scrap removing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Hirofumi Saito
  • Publication number: 20140202295
    Abstract: A process for use in an in-mold labeling application utilizes a rolled label sheet having a multiplicity of pre-printed non-adhesive labels and a pre-printed registration mark associated with each of the labels, the process detecting each of the registration marks to alignment the label sheet in a predetermined longitudinal position before labels are cut therefrom, conveying the rolled label sheet forward or backward, cutting one or more labels from the label sheet, forming a controlled loop in the label sheet, detecting each of the registration marks for aligning the label sheet in a position of registration, providing a hold down vacuum for maintaining the label sheet in a position of registration during conveyance to a predetermined label removal position, and releasing the hold down vacuum to permit removal, by an external pick and place device, of one or more of the previously-cut labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: David E. Carson, Matthew C. Davis, Thomas A. Sahrle, Geoffrey S. White, Robert J. Wooden
  • Publication number: 20140196585
    Abstract: A method of ejecting absorbent articles which comprises: a step of providing a joint portion where a trailing end of a continuous web is joined to a starting end of a next continuous web, a step of controlling a timing of supplying the continuous web so as to locate the joint portion at a central portion of the absorbent articles in a machine direction, based on a length of the continuous web from the joint portion up to a cutting location and a dimension of the absorbent articles in the machine direction of the continuous web; and a step of disengaging only absorbent articles having the joint portion and ejecting the absorbent articles in the course of the manufacturing line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Takahashi, Tomohiro Watanabe, Masanobu Miyaki
  • Publication number: 20140196586
    Abstract: An insulation cutter for a liner application machine in an assembly line and method of operation that cuts an insulative thermal blanket by stopping the liner application machine momentarily to allow for a rotary cutter to traverse the width of the belt (and the width of the thermal insulation blanket) and potentially return back to its original position. The machine is then restarted and allowed to continue to feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Vicon Machinery, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Foster, Mike Fischer
  • Patent number: 8746136
    Abstract: A banding device includes a frame. A feeding assembly is mounted on the frame for feeding elastic tubing into the frame. A transfer assembly disposed within the frame includes transfer arm and fingers. The fingers receive the rubber tubing as fed. A cutting assembly is disposed between the transfer assembly and the feeding assembly for cutting the tubing into bands. The fingers of the transfer assembly move between a first closed position for receiving the band and a second open position for opening the band. The transfer arm is moveable between a first position for receiving the band and a second position for transferring the band. A banding assembly disposed at the second position receives the band from the transfer assembly. The banding assembly stretches the band and receives an item to be bundled within the band. The banding assembly releases the band about the bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ben Clements & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: John Corbin
  • Publication number: 20140137714
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of an automated hair cutting system. The system comprises a hair cutting device; at least one sensor, said sensor providing signals utilized by said automated hair cutting system to compute a position of said hair cutting device relative to a user's head and face; and a control system for actuating a cutter head attached to said hair cutting device, said cutter head configured for collecting hair therein during operation of said hair cutting device and thereafter cutting the collected hair according to the user's selected hair length and hair style. The control system may execute a safety sequence for initiating the hair cutting device comprising multiple pre-defined safety verifications before beginning operation of the hair cutting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew W. Krenik
  • Publication number: 20140130649
    Abstract: Methods of processing a glass ribbon are provided. The method comprises the step of traversing the glass ribbon through a travel path at a predetermined velocity and severing the glass ribbon to create an upstream web and a downstream web. The method further includes the step of increasing a relative velocity of a downstream edge portion with respect to an upstream edge portion to create a gap between an upstream severed edge and a downstream severed edge. In other example methods, a segment of the glass ribbon is removed to create a gap between an upstream severed edge and a downstream severed edge. In still further example methods, an upstream severed edge is directed along a second travel path to create a gap between the upstream severed edge and a downstream severed edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Chester Hann Huei Chang, Todd Benson Fleming, Dale Charles Marshall, Gary Edward Merz, Christopher Michael Rhoads, John Earl Tosch, Thaddeus Francis Trzeciak
  • Publication number: 20140123823
    Abstract: A slicing apparatus and method suitable for reliably slicing elongated food products along a longitudinal axis thereof. The apparatus includes a slicing wheel mounted for rotation about a roughly horizontal axis, a first delivery structure adapted to deliver food product to the slicing wheel, and a moving delivery device adapted to press the food product against the first delivery structure and propel the food product in a delivery direction along a length of the first delivery structure to the slicing wheel. The slicing wheel produces a slice cut in the food product parallel to the delivery direction in which the food product is delivered to the slicing wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Urschel Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony A. McCracken
  • Publication number: 20140109738
    Abstract: A slicer device for slicing and removing a fleshy part of a watermelon surrounded by a rind. The slicer devices comprises a cutter piece having an outer surface and an inner surface; and a series of cutters of a thickness attached to the inner surface of the cutter piece spaced apart, connected to each other and arranged to form a pattern with openings, the openings defined by the cutter sand the inner surface of the cutter piece for receiving and slicing the fleshy part of the watermelon from the rind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel G. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20140102274
    Abstract: The line comprises a feed path (P) of the web material (N) and, along the feed path, a transverse cutter (5) for cutting scraps (FS) from said continuous web material (N); Furthermore, the line comprises a system for removing scraps of web material cut by the cutter. The system for removing scraps is fitted with a scrap accumulator member (21). The accumulator member (21) is movable in a direction generally parallel to the feed path (P) of the web material between: a position for receiving scraps, wherein the distance between the accumulator member (21) and the cutter (5) is such that scraps (FS) generated by the cutter (5) are collected by the accumulator member (21); and a standby position, at a distance from said cutter (5) such that scraps (FS) generated by the cutter are collected in a space (D) between the cutter (5) and the accumulator member (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: FOSBER S.P.A.
    Inventor: Mauro ADAMI
  • Publication number: 20140102273
    Abstract: An apparatus, comprising a cutting assembly being configured to cut an object, and scrap-guiding regions being positioned on opposite sides of the cutting assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: William Moore
  • Publication number: 20140090528
    Abstract: A method and a device for transporting a fiber contour cut out from a planar woven fabric for producing a preform by a vacuum gripper. The method comprises the following method steps: a) a fiber contour is cut out from the woven fabric on a cutting table, b) a vacuum gripper moves over the fiber contour and brings a surface of the transport plate in contact with the cut-out fiber contour and a holding plate in contact with the planar woven fabric, c) the fiber contour is fastened to the transport plate by a vacuum device and through-holes in the transport plate and is lifted from the cutting table, while the holding plate fastens the woven fabric to the cutting table, d) after the transport plate is lifted, the vacuum gripper and/or the holding plate is/are lifted from the cutting table and the fiber contour is transported by the vacuum gripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Matthias Graf
  • Publication number: 20140085723
    Abstract: A set of optical film rolls for use in a process including supplying films and bonding the films, in directions relatively perpendicular to one another, to an optical cell, wherein a direction in which each film is bonded to the optical cell is equal to a direction in which each film is supplied, and the films are laminated to one side of the optical cell, the set of optical film rolls includes: a first optical film roll that is a roll of a first long multilayer optical film including a long polarizing film having an absorption axis in its longitudinal direction; and a second optical film roll that is a roll of a second long multilayer optical film including a long linearly polarized light separating film having a reflection axis in its transverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Hada, Satoshi Hirata, Seiji Kondo
  • Publication number: 20140057396
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a component is disclosed. An embodiment of the method comprises dicing a carrier in a plurality of components, the carrier being disposed on a support carrier, after dicing, placing a connection layer on the carrier and removing the components from the support carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Thomas Behrens, Joachim Mahler, Ivan Nikitin
  • Publication number: 20140053698
    Abstract: A media feeder system for use with a media cutting system having a cutting table includes an upper out-feed tray and a lower in-feed tray bins are disposed laterally adjacent one side of the cutting system table. A bi-directional media transport system transports media in an in-feed direction from the in-feed tray to the cutting table surface and removes media from the cutting table surface in an out-feed direction from the cutting table surface to the out-feed tray. The media transport system includes a sheet acquisition system having gripping apparatus that adjust for a height of the media held in the bins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Linn C. Hoover, Barry P. Mandel, Robert A. Clark, William W. Nowak
  • Publication number: 20140047963
    Abstract: At the time of transfer of a strip-shaped rubber member (15) onto a belt conveyor (12) by a transfer unit, support members (61), each of which is provided on one width-direction side of a corresponding belt (51) and is projectable from a conveying surface of the belt (51), are lifted by a lifting/lowering unit (71) to project from the conveying surface of the belts (51), so that the strip-shaped rubber member (15) is raised from the conveying surface of the belts (51). Therefore, the strip-shaped rubber member (15) is not in sliding contact with the conveying surface of the belts (51) at the time of transfer. As a result, a situation whereby the belts (51) are dragged by the strip-shaped rubber member (15) so that one width-direction edge portion thereof is turned up can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuzo Kuroki