Operation Controlled By Detector Means Responsive To Work Patents (Class 83/360)
  • Patent number: 9662797
    Abstract: A guard device for a saw system in which the table saw is not operated without a saw blade guard, unless a user intends to make a non-through cut in a workpiece. The guard device, in one embodiment, determines whether an adjusted saw blade height corresponds to a thickness of the work piece to be cut and prevents the tool or motor driving the saw blade from operating if the saw blade is adjusted too high, in order to improve work conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Dammertz, Juergen Wiker
  • Publication number: 20150105897
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes, a punch unit configured to perform punching processing on a sheet conveyed from one of a plurality of sheet storing units capable of storing a sheet or a pre-punched sheet, an input unit configured to input a number of holes punched in the pre-punched sheet stored in one of the sheet storing units, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of holes that can be punched by the punch unit, a determination unit configured to determine whether the input number of holes coincides with the acquired number of holes that can be punched, and a control unit configured to display a predetermined warning in a case where the determination unit determines that the input number of holes does not coincide with the acquired number of holes that can be punched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi Kuroda, Tsuyoshi Muto
  • Publication number: 20150090088
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for extracting buds 8 from a stalk 1 of a graminaceous plant. The method comprises the steps of obtaining at least one stalk half 7 by cutting the stalk 1 in longitudinal direction L of the stalk 1, automatically detecting a bud 8 on the stalk half 7 and cutting out a vegetal tissue comprising the bud 8 based on the detected position of the bud 8. Furthermore, the invention relates to a system for carrying out this method as well as the use of this system for extracting buds 8 from a stalk 1 of a graminaceous plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Harald Rödel, Cassio da Silva Cardoso Teixeira, Antonio Cesar Azenha, Efraim Albrecht Neto, Domingos Guilherme Pellegrino Cerri
  • Publication number: 20150082695
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for extracting buds 8 from a stalk 1 of a graminaceous plant comprising the steps of automatically detecting a bud 8 on the stalk 1 and cutting out a vegetal tissue comprising the bud 8 based on the detected position of the bud 8. According to the method the step of detecting the bud 8 on the stalk 1 comprises obtaining the longitudinal position of the bud 8 in the longitudinal direction of the stalk 1 and the circumferential angle position of the bud 8 on a cross section of the stalk 1, said longitudinal position and circumferential angle position defining the position of the bud 8. Furthermore, the invention relates to a system for carrying out this method as well as the use of this system for extracting buds 8 from a stalk 1 of a graminaceous plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Harald Rödel, Cassio da Silva Cardoso Teixeira, Antonio Cesar Azenha, Efraim Albrecht Neto, Domingos Guilherme Pellegrino Cerri
  • Patent number: 8869666
    Abstract: A sample sectioning device includes a cutting mechanism, a sample holder, a drive system, and a surface orientation sensor. The sample holder is operable to hold a sample. The cutting mechanism is operable to cut sections from the sample. The drive system is coupled with the sample holder. The drive system is operable to drive movement between the sample held by the sample holder and the cutting mechanism. The surface orientation sensor is operable to sense an orientation of a surface of the sample held by the sample holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Hwai-Jyh Michael Yang, Xuan S. Bui
  • Patent number: 8833217
    Abstract: Methods and systems to drive rotary presses are described. In one described example, a rotary press system includes a first rotary press and a second rotary press adjacent to the first rotary press. The first and the second rotary presses are to receive a strip of material. A drive member is operatively coupled to the first and the second rotary presses and a motor coupled to the drive member rotates the drive member to cause the first and second rotary presses to process the strip material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Bradbury Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Smith
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8601925
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis mold shaping apparatus includes a panel that has an upper side and a cutting assembly that is attached to the panel and extends upwardly from the upper side. The cutting assembly is capable of cutting into a dental prosthesis mold. The cutting assembly has restricted lateral movement and unrestricted vertical movement. A saddle includes an mount and a plate. The mount is releasably coupled to the upper side and the plate releasably receives the dental prosthesis mold. The saddle supports the dental prosthesis mold while the dental prosthesis mold is being cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Rangel Coto
  • Publication number: 20120210838
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording head, a carriage, a sheet cutting device, a cutter position detecting device, and a notification device. The carriage mounts the recording head and is reciprocally movable in a width direction of a sheet perpendicular to a sheet feed direction. The sheet cutting device includes a cutter and a cutter holder. A movement area of the carriage overlaps, in a thickness direction of the sheet, a movement area of the cutter holder in which the cutter holder moves to cut the sheet with the cutter. The cutter holder, after cutting the sheet, is movable in the width direction of the sheet with the cutter holder being retracted from the sheet feed path in the thickness direction of the sheet. The notification device notifies a user of an abnormality of the cutter holder based on a detection result of the cutter position detecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro MAEYAMA, Kazuhiro Wakamatsu, Masahiko Yamada, Masato Ogawa, Toshihiro Yoshinuma
  • Publication number: 20110174122
    Abstract: A ring saw including a housing with a whirling assembly, on which a holder for a saw blade with inner teeth connected with a drive is rotatably mounted. A control unit controls the assembly. A vibration meter is disposed on the housing. The whirling assembly has a rotational position transducer for detecting the saw blade's rotational position. An evaluation unit, connected with the vibration meter and the rotational position transducer, is set up so that a vibration progression per saw blade tooth is determined on the basis of the vibration meter and rotational position transducer measurement data. The evaluation unit is connected with the control unit of the whirling assembly, which is set up so that the saw blade penetrates into the work piece with a region of low measured vibration amplitude during the penetration process. A method for controlling a saw blade of a ring saw is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: REIKA GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Hans-Joerg Braun, Klaus-Dieter Martin
  • Patent number: 7977100
    Abstract: Provided is a punching apparatus for use in dispensing, having a blood specimen contained therein, and punching a dispensing hole in a plug body of a test tube serving as a specimen container closed by the plug body whose upper end opening is made of a rubber or synthetic resin material, the apparatus comprising a guide rail serving as a transport passage which transports the test tube while the plug body thereof is held at the upper side in a vertical state, an elevating mechanism provided at a punch position P in the middle of the guide rail, and an ultrasonic cutter which is supported by the elevating mechanism, and which is lowered when the test tube reaches the punch position, thereby punching a dispensing hole immediately before penetrating the plug body from a top face thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: IDS Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20110113939
    Abstract: A machine tool, in particular a circular table saw, having a tool holding fixture, in particular for a disk-shaped, rotary-drivable tool, and a protective device. The protective device may be provided for the purpose of guiding the tool into a safety position, and from the safety position into at least one working position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Stephan Simon
  • Publication number: 20110100174
    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: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Mats Norberg, Stefan Nordhalling, Goran Strand, Martin Jakobsson
  • Publication number: 20100307305
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for singulating micro-well tape includes a tape drive (12) and a cutting assembly (14). The micro-well tape is advanced into and passes between upper and lower tape retainers (44, 45), with the upper tape retainer (44) including a groove (441) into which a raised ridge (451) of a multiplicity of ridges (450) of the bottom tape retainer (45) extends, with the rows of wells moving between adjacent ridges (450) in a movement direction. When a bar code on the micro-well tape is detected by a sensor 24, a knife blade (30) mounted on a slide block (32) is moved vertically to cut the micro-well tape. The new leading edge of the micro-well tape pushes the cut micro-well tape which is deflected by the raised ridge (451).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Richard Schoeneck, Brent Urke, Adnanul Haq, Paul Wagner, Bruce Peterson
  • Publication number: 20100300257
    Abstract: A machine tool, e.g., a sawing machine, has a work surface for placing a workpiece to be machined, and a tool support unit for supporting a tool, the unit being supported movably relative to the work surface. The machine tool includes a tool operation monitoring device for monitoring a tool range at least during a tool operation, which monitoring device includes an imaging unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Andreas Loewe, Ingo Herrmann, Klaus Marx, Wolfgang Niehsen, Thilo Koeder, Georg Stellmann, Joachim Platzer, Sebastian Jackisch
  • Patent number: 7810418
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sizing window coverings slidably extendable from a bay into an aisle of a retail outlet. The method includes the steps of locating the center of the window covering relative to a cutting station utilizing a half scale for removing a portion of the window covering from each of its ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Potts
  • Publication number: 20100206144
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cutting a window covering comprises saw for cutting the window blind. A clamp assembly moves the window covering relative to the saw. A controller moves the clamp assembly to automatically position the window covering relative to the saw. The saw is moved into engagement with the window covering to cut the window covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: NEWELL WINDOW FURNISHINGS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Caputo, Neil L. Casstevens, Mark A. Fox, Clifford Birch
  • Publication number: 20100122614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for shaving the inside of barrels. In particular, the present invention relates to reconditioning used wine barrels by shaving the inside surface to a predetermined depth, ready for re-crozering, toasting, and re-use. Conventional shaving methods typically involve routing the internal surface by hand, but this technique is problematic in that it is a very slow process, the quality of the wood is often adversely affected, and there is no way of ensuring that the surface will be shaved to the same depth across the entire surface. Therefore, the resultant internal dimensions of the barrel are not reflective, relatively, of the original barrel surface. The apparatus of the present invention includes a scanning means adapted to scan the internal dimensions of the barrel, and a cutting means adapted to shave the internal surface to a predetermined depth relative to the scanned internal dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: BRECK WATERMAN
  • Patent number: 7460982
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying the weight or cost of an uncut selected segment of an item involves passing a position indicating member over the item lying on a support surface. The position indicating member carries one or more sensors which generate signals corresponding to succeeding cross sectional contours of the item as the member is traversed along the item from a reference position to a selected other position over this item, defining the selected segment of the item. At the same time, a motion detector arrangement preferably comprised of one or more microelectromechanical (MEMS) accelerometer devices generates signals corresponding to motion of the position indicator support member as it is moved along the item. These signals are processed in a signal processor to determine the volume of the uncut selected segment of the item lying between selected successive positions of the indication member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth Wargon
  • Patent number: 7156011
    Abstract: A channel cutting tool may include an arbor that connects to a rotating spindle of a machining tool or a similar spinning part of a machining tool. Two slot cutting blades may be fixedly mounted to the arbor. An inner washer may be fixedly mounted on the arbor between the cutting blades and establish the blade spacing. An outer washer may be rotationally mounted to the inner washer with a smaller thickness to facilitate rotation relative to the two cutting blades. The arbor rotates about a longitudinal rotation axis, which also may be the rotation axis for the cutting blades, the inner washer, and the outer washer. The outer washer functions as a depth-limiting safeguard for the channel cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tony Morris, Mike Hankins, Fritz Kuck, Kenny Smith, Dave Campbell, Doug Coutts, Rich Folster, Jeff Fint, Chad Schepel
  • Patent number: 7010457
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying the weight or cost of an uncut selected segment of an item involves passing a position indicating member over the item lying on a support surface. The position indicating member carries one or more sensors which generate signals corresponding to cross sectional contours of the item as the member is traversed along the item from a reference position to a selected other position over this item, defining the selected segment of the item. A motion detector arrangement preferably comprised of one or more microelectromechanical accelerometer devices generates signals corresponding to motion of the position indicator support member as it is moved along the item. These signals are processed in a signal processor to determine the volume of the segment of the item lying between selected successive positions of the indication member. The segment volumes are converted into numeric weight or price values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Kenneth Wargon
  • Patent number: 6843155
    Abstract: A method of cutting pattern pieces from a continuous roll of material comprising the steps of unrolling said material unto a rotating cylindrical cutting surface, and then cutting said material while said material is in rolling contact on said cylindrical surface during rotation of said cylindrical surface. Furthermore this invention describes a method and apparatus for producing vinyl pool covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: William J. Slyne
  • Patent number: 6789587
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for cutting submerged trees at an underwater logging site and for retrieving the cut trees. Once cut, each tree is retrieved to the water surface by an inflatable bag deployed from and inflated by the apparatus. The apparatus includes a control unit positioned on a surface vessel, such as a barge or large boat, and an underwater vessel connected together by an umbilical. Preferably the underwater vessel is a remotely controllable submersible including a grapple for releasably holding each tree to be cut, a saw, a gas supply connectable to a gas source located on the surface vessel, and an air bag deployment and inflation assembly for inflating the air bag and securely attaching it to the tree. The underwater vessel is initially loaded with a plurality of air bags which are stored in a magazine located in the interior of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Triton Logging Company Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart A. Mossman, Forest G. Metsker
  • Patent number: 6763748
    Abstract: A slicing and conveying system forms a three or more flavor-combined draft. A first slicing machine slices a succession of first and third slices in first and third shingled drafts. A second slicing machine slices a succession of second slices in second shingled drafts. A pass-through conveyor transfers the first draft to an output conveyor of the second slicing machine, wherein the second draft is added to the first draft to form a first combined draft. An overlap conveyor receives the first combined draft and merges the first combined draft with the third draft on the overlap conveyor to form an elongated combined draft. Optical sensors determine lengths of the first draft, the second draft, the third draft, and/or the elongated combined draft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Wolcott, Glenn Sandberg
  • Patent number: 6694628
    Abstract: The cutting machine includes a sheet-driving unit, a detection sensor, and a cutter. The machine operates the sheet-driving unit and the cutter based on given input data to cut the sheet. The cutting machine calculates a length of sheet necessary to perform a cutting operation based on the input data, feeds out the sheet by the sheet-driving unit, and then performs a given cutting operation based on the input data without fully returning the sheet fed out by the driving unit after the cutting machine detects whether the sheet of the necessary length as calculated above is placed with using the detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kojima, Mitsugi Shimoda
  • Publication number: 20040016331
    Abstract: A slicing and conveying system forms a three or more flavor-combined draft. A first slicing machine slices a succession of first slices. A first output conveyor beneath the first slicing machine receives the first slices in a first draft. A second slicing machine slices a succession of second slices. A second output conveyor beneath the second slicing machine receives the second slices in a second draft. A pass-through conveyor transfers the first draft to the second output conveyor, wherein the second draft is added to the first draft to form a first combined draft. The first slicing machine also slices a succession of third slices in a third draft. An overlap conveyor receives the first combined draft and merges the first combined draft with the third draft on the overlap conveyor to form an elongated combined draft. A first optical sensor determines a length of the first draft. A second length sensor determines a length of the second draft. A third length sensor determines a length of the third draft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Applicant: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Wolcott, Glenn Sandberg
  • Patent number: 6569272
    Abstract: A wood fiber board (6) which is provided with a decorative layer (3) of paper or similar material, and where the length or width value of the decorative layer (3) deviates from its original value after it is applied to the wood fiber board (6), is cut into uniform panels using a board-dividing apparatus that compensates for these deviations. The board-dividing apparatus has a saw (1) that preferably has a plurality of saw blades (S1, S2, . . . Sn) which are adjustably spaced in parallel fashion. The board-dividing apparatus is equipped with a number of cameras and with controller which utilizes deviation measurement information to adjust the spacing of the saw blades. The wood fiber board (6) is first aligned with at least one initial camera (4a) at a point P1. Then, predetermined points (P1 and P2) in the decorative layer (3) are recorded by the first camera (4a) and a second camera (4b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Kronotec AG
    Inventor: Detlef Tychsen
  • Publication number: 20030089209
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting paper webs includes a paper feeding means (102), a cutting means (108) and a paper delay means (106) which is arranged between the paper feeding means (102) and the cutting means (108) and delays the paper web (112), which is being fed, in such a manner that a position where the cutting means (108) cuts the paper web (112) is determined on the paper web (112). A buffer means (104) is arranged between the paper feeding means (102) and the paper delay means (106) so as to receive an accumulating length of the paper web (112) in the form of a loop during the delay of the paper web (112). A control means (190) controls the paper feeding means (102) and the paper delay means (106) in such a manner that the loop (195) received in the buffer means (104) does not fall short of a minimum height (h).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Dieter Brueckel, Helmut Eichelberg, Otto Hartmann
  • Patent number: 6544105
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control device to grind a knife shaft used in a machine intended for cutting sheets of materials into strips, for example sheets of paper, plastic, plates of photosensitive film or any other material having the form of thin sheets. The control device according to the invention enables the grinding of the knives of knife shafts of a slitter by checking and controlling the drift of the dimensional differences of position of the knives on the knife shaft and by controlling the variability of the pitches between the knives. This with the goal of obtaining the precision and the quality of cutting required for cut photographic film strips. This device especially finds its principal application in the photographic industry, in particular on grinding machines for the knives of knife shafts equipping the film slitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Olivier L. Berne, Frederic J. Gaudiller
  • Publication number: 20020144581
    Abstract: A cutting machine for automatically trimming edges of folded printed products has a first cutting station with a cutting element for performing a front cut at a front cut location on an open side of the printed products. A feeding device transports the printed products to the first cutting station. A transport device transports the printed products received from the feeding device in a transport direction through the first cutting station. A measuring device measures a position of each of the printed products in the first cutting station before reaching a cutting position. A control device controls the transport device based on the position measured by the measuring device such that a deviation of the position measured by the measuring device from a nominal position is corrected during further transport of the printed products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Applicant: GRAPHA-Holding AG
    Inventor: Heinz Boss
  • Publication number: 20020011138
    Abstract: A method of cutting pattern pieces from a continuous roll of material comprising steps of unrolling said material unto a rotating cylindrical cutting surface, and then cutting said material during rotation of said cylindrical surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: WILLIAM J. SLYNE
  • Patent number: 5941151
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a workpiece's surface position. One embodiment of the invention includes two conductive bodies that are insulated from each other. During a surface position determining operation, one of these bodies has a first potential, while the other body has a second potential. These bodies are then moved towards a conductive surface of the workpiece, until both of these bodies are electrically detected to contact the surface. Finally, the distance that one of these bodies traverses is used to identify the position of the surface of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Acuson, Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony A. Amon, Anthony M. Rogers, Michael A. Morasci
  • Patent number: 5924345
    Abstract: A method for precisely perforating an opening in footwear by positioning the footwear on a foot form with the outsole facing upward, supporting the vamp area of the footwear by a V-shaped support, clamping the rear section of the footwear to stabilize the footwear and moving the footwear upwardly against the die under pressure so that an opening is perforated in the heel area of the footwear. The apparatus includes a shuttle member on which the foot form, the V-shaped support and the clamp are carried. The clamp is activated when the shuttle is moved to contact a limit switch. The footwear is caused to be moved upwardly against the die under pressure upon the operator activating a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Georgia Boot Inc.
    Inventors: Howard A. Hoffman, Ronald E. Pottorff, Lavert F. Sneed, William G. Thomas
  • 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: 5888554
    Abstract: A device for cooling and granulating strands of plastic which emerge in molten form from dies (3) before being fed, either directly or via a chute (22) which can be positioned underneath the dies and has a cooling water supply, to a subsequent flow channel (1) which has at least one device for producing a stream of coolant. From the flow channel (1) the strands (4) are fed into a granulator (16) which is provided with at least one blade system comprising a rotating shearing blade (13) and a counterblade (12) and used for granulating the strands (4). The device is without a pair of feed rollers as an assembly belonging to the granulator (16) but has a pair of draw-off rollers (20, 21) at the end region of the flow channel (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: C.F. Scheer & Cie GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Ludwig Zollitsch, Ulrich Kreuz
  • Patent number: 5884542
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for protecting a die from damage due to material jams in material stamping equipment wherein feed material is stamped in a die and then advanced through the die by action of press feed rolls powered by a press feed roll drive motor. The position error of the press feed rolls or the torque of the press feed roll drive motor is monitored during the advance of the feed material through the die. The monitored position error of the press feed rolls or the monitored torque of the press feed roll drive motor is then compared to the expected position error of the press feed rolls or the expected torque of the press feed roll motor, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Vamco International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Gentile, Vaughn H. Martin, Daniel G. Lukas
  • Patent number: 5862728
    Abstract: The cutting apparatus includes an ultrasound cutting element associated with a drive mechanism which enables the rate of advance of the cutting element through the product being cut to be varied selectively and locally. The preferred application is for cutting layered food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Giamello
  • Patent number: 5725424
    Abstract: A middle splitter for use to split an animal's middle into two parts. The splitter has a work table and a conveyor belt to move the middle forward. The splitter also has a circular saw which extends in a longitudinal slot in the conveyor belt. A guide extends from upstream down to the saw. This guide is parallel and extends above the conveyor belt in order to hold the middle against it. The splitter further has a caterpillar drive which extends before and past the saw. The drive is parallel to the conveyor belt and has a contour belt mounted onto a support of longitudinal shape. The contour belt has protruding plates shaped and positioned to engage the middle. The conveyor belt is driven into rotation by a shaft connected to a motor, so that the side of the contour belt nearest the saw moves forward. As a result, when the motor rotates the belt, the drive pulls the middle forward toward the circular saw for it to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: G. E. Leblanc Inc.
    Inventors: Yvon Dufour, Jean-Guy Roy, Marcel Couture, Steve LaPointe
  • Patent number: 5590577
    Abstract: A cutting-off device and at least one tear detector are provided for cutting a web of paper in a press end of a paper machine, in response to a tear in the web of paper in a single-tier dryer end, the tear of the web of paper being recognized via a tear signal and transmitted to the cutting-off device. The tear detector has a transmission/reception base unit, which, on the one hand, at the start of a production cycle, or whenever a tear in the paper web is detected, records and stores the spectrum of the existing shade of color of the corresponding dryer felt, and possibly updates the stored shade of color at the time of subsequent tears. On the other hand, upon a later tear in the paper web, the base unit compares the shade of color of the dryer felt at the existing tear and the previously stored shade of color. If they match, the base unit activates the cutting-off device when (and only when) the stored shade of color of the dryer felt is recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: J.M. Voith GmbH
    Inventors: Gunther Ruf, Hans-Jorg Burbach
  • Patent number: 5482166
    Abstract: A sorting system is disclosed for reclaiming lean meat from highfat meat trimmings. The sorting system includes a meat dicing machine which receives laterally extending whole meat trimmings and which dices such meat trimmings without grinding or extruding, and without disturbing the lateral distribution of the meat. This results in a lateral distribution of meat trimmings, without requiring vibratory distribution which is disfavored in meat processing plants. A wide-belt inspection conveyor is positioned at the downstream end of the meat dicing machine to receive the laterally distributed meat dices. The wide-belt inspection conveyor operates at a greater linear speed than does the meat dicing machine to longitudinally space the meat dices from each other. An optical inspection and sorting station is positioned at the downstream end of the wide-belt inspection conveyor to differentiate relatively lean meat dices from relatively fatty meat dices and to separate such meat dices from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Brown
  • Patent number: 5429161
    Abstract: The disclosure herein describes an apparatus for the measuring and positioning of cants and their subsequent feeding to a sawing station. A feed table is used for conveying the cants towards the station and includes a lateral guide against which each cant is positioned. A scanning device measures transverse distances across the planar faces of the cant at intervals during its travel on the feed table. The information is recorded by computer which, in turns, causes the cant to be clamped between live rolls after the scanning and positioned to provide optimum positioning and orientation of the cant relative to the sawing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Les Ateliers Benoit Allard, Inc.
    Inventor: Benoit Allard
  • Patent number: 5377730
    Abstract: A load stabilizing means for elongated objects grasped at one end and held vertically comprising gravity induced signals to hydraulic power and control means to correct deviations of the axis of the longitudinal object from the vertical. The preferred embodiment applies the invention to felling heads on light carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Logging Development Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas D. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 5315398
    Abstract: A cutting device includes a mechanism for receiving and cutting a sheet member between two blades, a motor for driving the mechanism, and a mechanism for detecting the operational state of the cutting mechanism. If the cutting operation cannot be completed within a preset time period, the motor is driven with a higher torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinnichiro Otsuki
  • Patent number: 5308435
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing one or more individual stacks of superimposed, secured together, expandable tubular strips forming an expandable honeycomb panel. The strips coated with adhesive are advanced sequentially to the inlet of a stacking chamber having an elevated floor with a longitudinally extending slot of a length to receive each strip and which is narrower than the width of the strips to be delivered thereto. The strip so delivered is pushed up through the narrower slot and against the strip just previously delivered to the chamber, to adhere it to the latter strip. The chamber has a weight bar to exert a downward force on the stack of strips to provide good adherence between the strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Home Fashions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kay L. Ruggles, Cary L. Ruggles, Bryan K. Ruggles, Kerry Strauss, Dennis Buehner
  • Patent number: 5228490
    Abstract: A process for producing beams of square cross-section from tree boles or the like is characterized in that plano-convex slabs are severed in parallel to the hart zone of the boles. An apparatus for performing the process is characterized in that the boles (2) are supported by height-adjustable supports (9, 10) in such a way that the heart zone (8) is congruent with the preferably horizontal feeding direction of the bole (2). Thereby, the thus-produced square beam (7) is defined by planes parallel to the heart zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Johann Wolf
  • Patent number: 5216960
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting slices from a foodstuff has a support, a blade on the support extending perpendicular to and rotatable about an axis, and a table adapted to support the foodstuff to be sliced. The table is reciprocated transversely of the axis past the blade and the foodstuff is synchronously periodically shifted on the table axially toward the blade. A guide rail extends transversely of the axis immediately adjacent the blade and carries a holding arm engageable with the foodstuff on the table and displaceable along the rail in a forward direction to press the foodstuff against the table and in an opposite reverse direction. Interengaging formations on the rail and arm prevent movement of the arm in the reverse direction on the guide rail, and a drive including an electric motor connected to the arm displaces same on the rail in the forward direction and disengages the formations and displaces the arm on the rail in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventor: Fritz Kuchler
  • Patent number: 5125303
    Abstract: A combined jump conveyor and slicing machine includes a jump conveyor formed by a first short conveyor (1) adjacent the slicing blade (3) of the slicing machine having a length substantially equal to the length of one or two shingled slices in the shingled direction and a second conveyor (2) downstream of the first conveyor (1). Both conveyors (1 and 2) of the jump conveyor have an independent drive (7,8) and a controller (9) to drive the two conveyors at the same speed or at different speeds. The independent drive (7) and controller (9) of the first conveyor (1) also enable it to be driven at high speed in the reverse direction away from the second conveyor (2) to reject slices cut by the slicing blade (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Thurne Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor B. Hoyland
  • Patent number: 5007315
    Abstract: A servicer is described for supplying two cut-to-length strips of sidewall simultaneously to a tire building drum without handling by the tire builder, thereby eliminating any stretching of the sidewalls or distortion of the shape of the sidewalls which can happen when the sidewalls are physically handled by the tire builder. The servicer employs twin cassettes which contain two spools of spirally wound sidewall which is separated by a comparatively rigid, U-shaped protective liner.The servicer has an indexing table for moving twin cassettes from a standby position to a let-off position to a take-up position and, lastly, to a removal position where the cassette is removed for rewinding with new material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: General Tire, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Alexander, Stanley L. Radcliffe, Martin N. Robertson, Eugene A. Bator, John E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4970757
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to various aspects of automated excision of undesirable material (and optionally excision of bone) from meat, and automated production of starting material for restructured meat, including: (a) an apparatus and method generally drawn to, optical detection of the location of undesirable material in meat, communication of information regarding the location of the undesirable material to a control means, and excision of the undesirable material from the meat using a high pressure water jet controlled by the control means; (b) a bone location sensor and method of bone location sensing, each employing a plurality of needles, and; (c) a multiple blade slicer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Wolfgang K. Heiland, Richard P. Konstance, James C. Craig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4969016
    Abstract: A device installed in an imsge recording apparatus for pulling out the leading edge of a rolled recording medium such as a rolled paper and then cutting the recording medium at a predetermined length as measured from the leading edge to feed the resulting sheet to a predetermined recording section of the apparatus. A plurality of paper feed mechanisms are each provided with a cutter for cutting a paper which is paid out from a roll. When two or more of the paper feed mechanisms are loaded with a paper of a desired kind, they are automatically and repetitively switched from one to another every time a sheet feed operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Kudoh