Positioning Of Tool Controlled Patents (Class 83/368)
  • Patent number: 9039002
    Abstract: A sheet post-processing apparatus which is capable of shortening time wasted until actual start of punching and enhancing productivity. A drive unit causes a moving member which has a cam and reciprocates. A punching member is driven by a movement of the cam of the moving member and punches a sheet when the moving member moves forth and moves back. A determination unit determines a type of the sheet. A control unit controls, when a sheet to be punched is to be subjected to a punching process, the drive unit such that the moving member starts moving before conveyance of the sheet to be punched stops, and controls, when the sheet to be punched is to be subjected to the punching process, the drive unit such that timing with which the moving member starts moving is changed based on the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Fukatsu, Hitoshi Kato, Naoki Ishikawa, Taishi Tomii
  • Patent number: 8881628
    Abstract: A carpet recycling machine includes a carpet-pile removal machine and a carpet-thickness identification means. The carpet-thickness identification means is incorporated in a carpet handling system that includes a conveyor. In use, carpet is placed pile down on one end of the conveyor which feeds the carpet in to the carpet-pile removal machine. The carpet is urged to pass the carpet-thickness identification means, which measures the thickness of the carpet's backing substrate. This measurement is used to control an offset setting means of the carpet-pile removal machine in order to set an offset between a blade and first roller. Thus the height that the blade cuts the carpet can be set for each piece of carpet processed. As the carpet continues past the carpet-thickness identification means, towards the carpet-pile removal machine, the carpet is urged into the carpet-pile removal machine to be separated in to pile and backing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sellers Engineers Limited
    Inventor: John Reginald Mosley
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140102143
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device for cutting a glass sheet, continuously supplied after a melting and solidification process, into quadrangular glass substrates. The glass sheet cutting device includes two or more cutters for cutting a glass sheet into quadrangular glass substrates, a defect inspector for scanning the glass sheet to three-dimensionally check defect positions in a length direction, a width direction and a thickness direction of the glass sheet, a position adjuster for moving at least one of the cutters to a portion of the glass sheet at which few defects are distributed, and a controller for informing the position adjuster of positions of the cutters based on the scanned results received from the defect inspector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Kyung LEE, Kyu Hwang LEE, Soon Ki HEO
  • Publication number: 20140083270
    Abstract: Methods and systems for imaging and cutting semiconductor wafers and other microelectronic device substrates are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a system for singulating microelectronic devices from a substrate includes an X-ray imaging system having an X-ray source spaced apart from an X-ray detector. The X-ray source can emit a beam of X-rays through the substrate and onto the X-ray detector, and X-ray detector can generate an X-ray image of at least a portion of the substrate. A method in accordance with another embodiment includes detecting spacing information for irregularly spaced dies of a semiconductor workpiece. The method can further include automatically controlling a process for singulating the dies of the semiconductor workpiece, based at least in part on the spacing information. For example, individual dies can be singulated from a workpiece via non-straight line cuts and/or multiple cutter passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren M. Farnworth, Tom A. Muntifering, Paul J. Clawson
  • Publication number: 20140060276
    Abstract: A recording material post-processing device includes: a recording material receiving unit that receives a recording material on which an image is formed from an image forming apparatus, the apparatus including an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material to be transported, and a detection unit that detects a position of the recording material, on which the image is to be formed by the image forming unit, in a direction intersecting a transport direction of the recording material; a post-processing unit that performs post processing on the recording material received via the recording material receiving unit from the image forming apparatus; and a moving unit that moves the post-processing unit in the direction intersecting the transport direction of the recording material based on information related to the position of the recording material detected by the detection unit of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuo NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20130276602
    Abstract: Traditionally, in order to avoid interfering with a work-piece such as a round material and an hexagonal material etc., an insert plate used as a saw blade side support of a band saw machine or a circular saw machine is provided at a position apart from the cutting site after passing the maximum cutting width, which results in the bending, vibration and noise of the saw blade, thereby decreasing the life of the saw blade. This problem is solved with two insert plates located at two positions on left and right of a work-piece to support the saw blade in a manner of moving them closing to the work-piece along the external shape of the work-piece from the cutting start and after passing the maximum cutting width by enabling them to move along the external side of the work-piece, therefore, one side of the insert plates takes a tapered shape so as to get into under the work-piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Isomi WASHIO
  • Publication number: 20130228089
    Abstract: In the invention, for a first sheet, regardless of the sheet size (width), a lateral registration detector is moved in a direction towards an edge face of the sheet from a home position to detect the edge face of the sheet. With lateral deviation in the sheet position corrected, punching is performed by a puncher. For the second and subsequent sheets, the lateral registration detector is moved in advance to near the edge face of the sheet with reference to the detected position of the sheet edge of the first sheet, and the edge face is detected at a given timing. With lateral deviation in the sheet position corrected, punching is performed by the puncher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroki YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20130199349
    Abstract: Cutting device (2) for cutting a reinforcing ply (N) formed of a set of portions of thread, of given length, coated in a rubber compound, laid parallel to one another and making a given theoretical angle (a) with the longitudinal direction of the ply, characterized in that it comprises a first means (23) able, without proceeding to cut the said ply (N), to estimate the actual angle of the threads with the longitudinal direction (XX?) of the device and a second means (25) able to cut the ply (N) at the actual angle (a+da) estimated by the first means (23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicants: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A., COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Stéphane Ravat, Thierry Ducros, Clément Dubois
  • Publication number: 20130078891
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device for cutting a glass sheet, continuously supplied after a melting and solidification process, into quadrangular glass substrates. The glass sheet cutting device includes two or more cutters for cutting a glass sheet into quadrangular glass substrates, a defect inspector for scanning the glass sheet to three-dimensionally check defect positions in a length direction, a width direction and a thickness direction of the glass sheet, a position adjuster for moving at least one of the cutters to a portion of the glass sheet at which few defects are distributed, and a controller for informing the position adjuster of positions of the cutters based on the scanned results received from the defect inspector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: LG CHEM., LTD
    Inventors: Ho Kyung Lee, Kyu Hwang Lee, Soon Ki Heo
  • Publication number: 20130008294
    Abstract: If a sheet processing apparatus does not perform a punching action, the sheet processing apparatus displaces, (1) if conveying speed of a sheet exceeds a threshold, a punch unit such that a width direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction of a skew detecting section, which is a conveyance guide rear end of the sheet, and the center line in the width direction of the punch unit are parallel to each other and displaces, (2) if the conveying speed of the sheet equal to or lower than the threshold, the punch unit according to movement of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicants: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroyuki TAGUCHI, Hidetoshi YOKOCHI
  • Publication number: 20120152077
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus which is capable of improving the productivity of sheet processing as much as possible. An image forming apparatus forms an image on a sheet. A finisher is connected downstream of the image forming apparatus and performs post processing on the sheet. The finisher moves at least one of the sheet and a punching unit to adjust a position for punching holes in the sheet. The finisher determines whether or not a post-processing apparatus connected upstream of the finisher is provided with a correction mechanism for correcting a position of a sheet in a direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction. When the post-processing apparatus is provided with the correction mechanism, the finisher causes the image forming apparatus to be set such that a sheet conveying interval becomes shorter than when the post-processing apparatus is not provided with the correction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hitoshi KATO, Naoki ISHIKAWA, Yasuo FUKATSU
  • Publication number: 20120132046
    Abstract: A cutting arrangement for longitudinally cutting material includes two blades disposed across from one another and which cooperate during cutting. Each blade is embodied as a circular blade having a sharp cutting edge and supported by an adjusting or placement mechanism. During the cutting process, the circular blades are positioned by the adjusting or placement mechanisms so that the cutting edges overlap one another to form an overlap zone, the center of which coincides with the middle of the material that is to be cut. An adaptive control assembly includes individual drive motors for driving each blade and enables constant side load force control for each blade, such that side load pressures are adjustable in response to changes in web sped, web tension, and blade condition in real time. Automatic blade diameter sensors calculate the zero point of the cut, determine the appropriate blade speed and automatically set the overlap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Dienes Corporation-USA
    Inventor: Rudolf Supe-Dienes
  • Patent number: 8156852
    Abstract: A cut target medium driving type cutting plotter, where a cut target medium to be cut is driven in a first direction and a cutting unit is driven in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, thereby moving the cutting unit in a two-dimensional direction relative to the cut target medium to make the cutting unit to be selectively brought into press contact with and separated from the cut target medium to cut the cut target medium in a desired shape, the cut target medium driving type cutting plotter includes a cut target medium supporting sheet to removably support the cut target medium on a surface opposite to the cutting unit. Preferably, the cut target medium is driven in the first direction together with the cut target medium supporting sheet, and the cut target medium supported on the cut target medium supporting sheet is cut by the cutting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Graphtec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeya Shibata, Yuzuru Sekiguchi, Michiharu Nishijima, Tsutomu Tsuji, Hidemi Koike, Yutaka Saegusa, Kousuke Watanabe, Takayuki Tanigawa, Toshihiro Houhara, Shinichi Mukasa, Kenji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20120005906
    Abstract: A power tool, particularly in the form of a keyhole saw as a hand-held power tool includes a work tool. A working line to be followed by the work tool with respect to the workpiece is optically provided by the power tool without contact being involved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thilo Koeder, Joachim Platzer
  • Publication number: 20110283849
    Abstract: A cutting plotter (1) is provided with a guide rail (15a), a carriage (21) which is movable along the guide rail (15a), a cutter blade (26) which is mounted on the carriage (21), and a control unit which performs control for moving the carriage (21) and control for moving the cutter blade (26) in the upper and lower direction to perform a cutting work. When control for moving the carriage (21) along the guide rail (15a) is to be performed by the control unit, in a case that a distance between a sheet material (M) and the carriage (21) is wider than a predetermined distance, control for moving the cutter blade (26) in a direction biting into the sheet material (M) is added and, in a case narrower than the predetermined distance, control for moving the cutter blade (26) in a direction separated from the sheet material (M) is added.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takemi Takizawa
  • Publication number: 20110113941
    Abstract: The device is for cutting and removal of wires from bales, such as pulp bales, paper bales and the like. The device is intended to remove all wires from a bale that is provided with at least two wires. The device has two cutting units and two winding units that are positioned pair-wise opposite each other, on one side each of a working location (W), for the pair-wise cutting off and removal of the two wires that are arranged in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Mats Norberg, Stefan Nordhalling, Goran Strand, Martin Jakobsson
  • Patent number: 7942087
    Abstract: Disclosed are a sheet punching apparatus and a method for controlling the same in which the side end position of a sheet, its rear end position, a hole position, and the detachment state of a punch portion are sensed only by two sensors, and a punching hole can be formed at the exact position of a sheet by means of the two sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignees: KRDC Co., Ltd., Gradco (Japan) Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-kyoon Noh, Jae-Geol Choi
  • Patent number: 7908948
    Abstract: Sensors of the longitudinal edges and/or the width of hot roll metal strip are located immediately ahead of the trimming blades and are used to transversely adjust the trimming heads and/or the centerline position for the strip so that in subsequent trimming operations, the trim widths are identical at both sides. The cutting heads can be positioned in indentations at junctions between the successive segments of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: BWG Bergwerk-und Walzwerk-Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Noé, Rolf Noé, Dieter Baukloh
  • Publication number: 20100322692
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a conveying motor for conveying a sheet along a conveying path, a skew detecting unit configured to detect a quantity of skew of the conveyed sheet, a hole punching section arranged downstream from the skew detecting unit, an attitude control unit configured to carry out skew correction by changing tilt angle of the hole punching section in accordance with the quantity of skew, a detecting unit configured to detect the forward edge and the rear edge of the sheet conveyed into the hole punching section, and a control unit configured to control the conveying motor to control the conveying speed of the sheet. During a period from when the detecting unit detects the forward edge of the sheet until the detecting unit detects the rear edge, the sheet is decelerated from a first conveying speed to a second conveying speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ken Iguchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchihashi, Tetsuhiro Morita
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7694614
    Abstract: A case cutter apparatus for cutting a container has a conveyor for moving the container in a single direction, a measuring device measuring a length, a width, and a height of the container, a controller for controlling the apparatus and for receiving information from the measuring device, and a first cutting assembly and a second cutting assembly positioned along the conveyor. The first cutting assembly includes an indexing assembly holding the container in a predetermined position during cutting, a carriage moveable in a cutting direction transverse to the direction of the conveyor, and two cutting blades attached to the carriage. The second cutting assembly includes two belts each having a cleat thereon for pushing the container through the second cutting assembly in the direction of the conveyor, and two cutting blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Walgreen, Co
    Inventor: Dennis J. Hilgendorf
  • Patent number: 7543615
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a new method for edging a wood board. This method comprises the steps of constructing from the scanned images of a wood board, a virtual entity of the wood board; determining from the scanned images an optimized cut line along the virtual entity; displacing the forward edge of the virtual entity ahead of the leading edge of the wood board; displacing the rear edge of the virtual entity behind the trailing edge of the wood board and sawing the wood board along the optimized cut line on the virtual entity. In another feature, the saw blades inside the board edger are mounted in saw collars and are shifted along the arbor by an electric setworks mounted on the top of the saw box and a shifting arm extending vertically between the setworks and a respective saw collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Woodford, Joe Weirathmueller, Friedrich Weirathmueller, Khalil G. Asal
  • Publication number: 20090084236
    Abstract: A punching system (100) for punching preliminary workpieces into products and scraps is provided. The punching system includes a feeding device (10), a punching machine (20), a selecting device (40), and an electric control subsystem (50). The feeding device is configured for feeding the preliminary workpieces. The punching machine is configured for receiving the preliminary workpieces fed from the feeding device and punching the preliminary workpieces into the products and the scraps. The selecting device is configured for separately selecting and transporting the products to a corresponding working station and the scraps to a corresponding scrap station. The electric control subsystem electrically connects with the feeding device, the punching machine, and the selecting device, and is configured for controlling the respective operation of the feeding device, the punching machine, and the selecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicants: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: SHENG WU, JIN-SHAN CUI, SAN-YAN ZHANG
  • 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: 20080202304
    Abstract: A rotary cutter for trimming printed products conveyed in an overlapping flow. The rotary cutter including a first knife that rotates and a second knife that rotates counter to the first knife. The second knife is arranged to operate jointly with the first knife. At least one of the knives includes a plurality of blades distributed over a circumference. A conveying device conveys the overlapping flow between the first knife and the second knife. A control unit controls the rotational speed of at least one of the first knife and the second knife. The rotational speed of at least one of the knives is predetermined based on at least one of the speed value for the conveying device or a thickness value of the overlapping flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Muller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Stefan Liebheit
  • Patent number: 7308921
    Abstract: A saw for cutting a cant by sensing the curvature of the cant and raising or lowering the saw blade in order to follow the curvature when cutting the cant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Clarence R. Brewer, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7255030
    Abstract: The present invention relates running webs which have been printed in a high-speed printer. A method and a device are provided for longitudinal cuffing of a running, unseparated web in two web portions, wherein the unseparated web (2) is printed in a high-speed printer (1) and wherein the unseparated web (2) is cut longitudinally in two web portions (2a, 2b). The unseparated web (2) is brought to run between a first and a second edge support (8, 9) such that longitudinal outer edges (2d, 2e), extending in the running direction (T), of the unseparated web (2) can cooperate with the edge supports (8, 9). If the width (B) of the unseparated web (2) varies and/or changes, this is read and the second edge support (9) and the cuffing means (7) are continuously controlled to move in a lateral direction (S) relative to the running direction (T) such that the unseparated web (2) is cut in two web portions (2a, 2b) with widths (B2a, B2b) which are adapted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Stralfors AB
    Inventor: Peter Benjaminsson
  • Patent number: 7207249
    Abstract: A combination gang saw and edger system cuts both cants and flitches into boards. Cants and flitches are fed singly, lengthwise into the system on an infeed conveyor. On the conveyor, the cant or flitch is scanned to produce a lengthwise cross-sectional profile. An optimizer determines whether the profile is for a cant or flitch and determines how the piece will be cut. A controller responsive to the optimizer directs the positioning of a first and second set of saws on a pivotably mounted saw arbor to cut either a cant or flitch, respectively. The boards cut from the cant or flitch are fed outfed from the system. The system can cut cants with longitudinal curvature and can cut cants or flitches that are placed at an angle to the length of the infeed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Timber Machine Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg F. Smith
  • Patent number: 7140283
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for performing finishing operations on at least one graphics area on a graphics sheet, the graphics sheet having a graphics side, an opposite process side, and reference features, the graphics side bearing the graphics area(s) and registration marks in predetermined positions with respect to the graphics area(s). The method comprises positioning the graphics sheet on a sheet-receiving surface, sensing from the graphics side the positions of the registration marks, determining the coordinates of the graphics area(s) with respect to the sheet-receiving surface as if viewable from the process side, and performing finishing operations on the process side of the graphics sheet based on such determination, whereby such process-side finishing operations compensate for variations of the graphics area(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering
    Inventors: Peter Alsten, Steen Mikkelsen, Geo Andersen
  • Patent number: 7108030
    Abstract: A combination gang saw and edger system cuts both cants and flitches into boards. Cants and flitches are fed singly, lengthwise into the system on an infeed conveyor. On the conveyor, the cant or flitch is scanned to produce a lengthwise cross-sectional profile. An optimizer determines whether the profile is for a cant or flitch and determines how the piece will be cut. A controller responsive to the optimizer directs the positioning of a first and second set of saws on a pivotably mounted saw arbor to cut either a cant or flitch, respectively. The boards cut from the cant or flitch are fed outfed from the system. The system can cut cants with longitudinal curvature and can cut cants or flitches that are placed at an angle to the length of the infeed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Timber Machine Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg F. Smith
  • Patent number: 7100484
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatically trimming and cutting images on support sheets, which comprises two cutting devices (1, 2) arranged upstream and downstream, respectively, a conveying device (3) which is suitable for conveying to the second cutting device (2) the sheet portions cut by the first cutting device (1) and comprises one or more conveyor belts (12) tight between a pair of rollers (13), at least one being mechanically connected to a motor (14), a plurality of sensors (16, 17, 18) suitable for detecting the presence of a sheet portion on the conveyor belts (12), as well as one or more conveying rollers (25) suitable for taking a sheet portion placed on the conveyor belts (12) and conveying it to the second cutting device (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Fotoba International S.r.l.
    Inventor: Valter Maddalon
  • Patent number: 7077120
    Abstract: A method of producing a semiconductor device constructed by arranging a plurality of substrates, on each of which, thin film semiconductor elements two-dimensionally arranged are installed. The method includes the steps of cutting a substrate along at least a slice line provided on the substrate and on a side facing another substrate, which is one of the substrates when the plurality of substrates are arranged, while detecting a misalignment of a cutting position from the slice line and correcting a cutting position, cutting the substrate of a side opposing the slice line without correcting the cutting position, and adjacently arranging the plurality of substrates on substantially a same plane such that the sides having been cut face each other, while correcting the cutting position of the substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Funakoshi, Chiori Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 7055418
    Abstract: A device for trimming and automatically cutting of either multiple or single images, the images produced for example through digital rendering on paper and other graphic and photographic substrates, wound in reel or being in single sheets (10), especially of large size. Problems in using known devices of this type with feeding rollers (2) with a length corresponding to the substrate width have the consequence of a slowing down of the production owing to the excessive care necessary when introducing at the same time parallel sheets of large size. These problems can be overcome by using rollers of reduced length, but only by adding errors in the forward movement of the substrate, errors which are remedied by of optical sensors (4, 4?) for detecting the separation mark (M) between the images (10a, 10b, . . . ) as well as its angle with respect to the cutting line (7), and by a pair of length differential measuring devices (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Fotoba International S.r.l.
    Inventor: Valter Maddalon
  • Patent number: 7040204
    Abstract: A method for preparing a graphic on a sheet of material which also includes at least one registration mark at and about the graphic in predetermined positions. The method involves the steps of applying the graphic and at least one registration mark on a sheet of material in positions according to layout data, transferring the layout data to a processing controller, placing the sheet of material on a sheet-receiving surface, sensing the position of the registration mark on the sheet of material, and utilizing the layout data and the position of the registration mark to precisely narrow-path-process around the graphic on the sheet of material. Certain embodiments use either (a) a subset of marks which is applied on one side of graphic or certain reference features, such as edges and corners of the sheet and elements of the graphic, to ascertain the position and orientation of the sheet on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering
    Inventors: Steen Mikkelsen, Peter Alsten, Geo Andersen, David G. Jansson
  • Patent number: 7036411
    Abstract: An active measurement and control system for a material cutting apparatus. The apparatus comprises a cutting tool which may be pivoted for cutting a workpiece in a cutting area at a selectable angle. The cutting area defines a datum plane, and a feed table with a shuttle vise is used to move the workpiece toward the cutting area. A controller controls the feed distance of the shuttle vise and the cutting angle of the tool in response to a signal from a sensor used for sensing a transverse dimension of the workpiece relative to the datum plane. In this way, the feed distance and cutting angle are adjusted to compensate for variations in the transverse dimension. This transverse dimension can include a displacement from the datum plane of a distal and/or proximate surface of the workpiece. A method of cutting a workpiece is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: HEM, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald R. Harris, Mark P. Richards, Michael L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7017632
    Abstract: A method of position-based integrated motion controlled curve sawing includes the steps of: transporting a curved workpiece in a downstream direction on a transfer, and monitoring position of the workpiece on the transfer, scanning the workpiece through an upstream scanner to measure workpiece profiles in spaced apart array, along a surface of the workpiece and communicating the workpiece profiles to a digital processor, computing by the digital processor, a high order polynomial smoothing curve fitted to the array of workpiece profiles of the curved workpiece, and adjusting the smoothing curve for cutting machine constraints of downstream motion controlled cutting devices to generate an adjusted curve generating unique position cams unique to the workpiece from the adjusted curve for optimized cutting by the cutting devices along a tool path corresponding to the position cams, sequencing the transfer and the workpiece with the cutting devices, and sequencing the unique position cams corresponding to the work
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Coe Newnes/McGehee, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe B. Kennedy, Roland Davyduke, James G. Jackson, James B. Hannebauer, William R. Newnes, Brian Stroud, John Sergeant
  • Patent number: 7007577
    Abstract: To maintain high productivity and performing high-grade processes while minimizing deviation of a sheet process position in a direction at a right angle to a sheet conveying direction whatever types of sheets are to be processed, timing for starting detection of an end position of each of the sheets is controlled so as to execute the detection of the end position of each of the sheets at a vicinity of a sheet processing position on the sheet at which a sheet process is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Okamoto, Norifumi Miyake, Mitsushige Murata
  • Patent number: 6991012
    Abstract: A method of forming a workpiece into sectioned parts using a pair of laterally translatable chipping heads and, downstream, a cutting device of the type having a plurality of rotatable cutting members mounted for rotation on a common axis which is movable and including workpiece transport means for moving the workpiece from a starting position to a final position along a path which extends first past the chipping heads and then past the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Coe Newnes/McGehee Inc.
    Inventors: Rory Matthew Mitchell, Brian Stroud
  • Patent number: 6978925
    Abstract: A method for creating multiple punch holes during a finishing process of paper sheets and other sheet materials. A highlight of the present invention is the ability to select between at least two configurations of punch holes automatically, without manual adjustment, and “on-the-fly” without interruption of the sheet or paper flow. The perforation method utilizes two rotatable punches set at different angles such that when one intersects the sheet path, the other clears the sheet path. The speed of rotation is controlled such that the non-selected punch intersects the sheet path in a space between pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Dino M. Morson
  • Patent number: 6971423
    Abstract: A log handling and cutting system which cuts logs into lengths, and allows for maximum use of fiber. The system includes equipment for singulating the logs, optimally removing the bark from the logs, scanning the true log image, cutting the logs to length, and sorting the cut logs arranged in a sequence of coupled operations. The logs are singulated using a dual quadrant singulation system to provide maximum singulation reliability, thereby allowing a single operator to attend to this process. Once singulated, the logs are fed automatically into a debarker where the diameter and volume are scanned and debarker-operating parameters are set for optimum bark removal. The log is then scanned, tree length, using a unique scanning system, which determines the true image of the log. This enables the determination by computer of the optimum bucking solution of the log as well as a proper sorting of the optimum random lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Donald Starr
  • Patent number: 6929043
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a new method for edging a wood board. This method comprises the steps of constructing from the scanned images of a wood board, a virtual entity of the wood board; determining from the scanned images an optimized cut line along the virtual entity; displacing the forward edge of the virtual entity ahead of the leading edge of the wood board; displacing the rear edge of the virtual entity behind the trailing edge of the wood board and sawing the wood board along the optimized cut line on the virtual entity. In another feature, the saw blades inside the board edger are mounted in saw collars and are shifted along the arbor by an electric setworks mounted on the top of the saw box and a shifting arm extending vertically between the setworks and a respective saw collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Valley Machine Works Ltd.
    Inventors: James D. Woodford, Joe Weirathmueller, Friedrich Weirathmueller, Khalil G. Asal
  • Patent number: 6923101
    Abstract: A high-throughput, high-end-product-recovery, lineal log bucking device featuring continuous stem travel during the cutting process by using a simple and efficient machinery design for economy of equipment and monies. The apparatus includes: (1) a saw for cutting stem into logs; and (2) apparatus for accelerating the carrier up to the speed of the stem conveyor(s), maintaining the speed during the cut, decelerating the carrier, and then returning the carrier to its starting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Mid-South Engineering Co., Inc
    Inventors: T. Mark Culpepper, Wayne A. Horman, John M. Hunnicutt
  • Patent number: 6907806
    Abstract: To maintain high productivity and performing high-grade processes while minimizing deviation of a sheet process position in a direction at a right angle to a sheet conveying direction whatever types of sheets are to be processed, timing for starting detection of an end position of each of the sheets is controlled so as to execute the detection of the end position of each of the sheets at a vicinity of a sheet processing position on the sheet at which a sheet process is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Okamoto, Mitsushige Murata, Norifumi Miyake
  • Patent number: 6895843
    Abstract: A resaw apparatus and method of sawing a succession of boards from a cant of a succession of cants. A band saw is vertically positioned to cut the succession of boards from the cant as the cant is reciprocated through the saw. A pivoted raker gate downstream of the band saw's blade engages the cut board and prevents it from passing through the saw in the reverse direction. A vertically movable live hold-down roller upstream of the saw blade presses down on the cant during sawing. A measuring device measures the cant's height prior to sawing the first board from the cant. When the raker gate moves into its vertical position after the cut board passes, the saw blade is raised slightly to avoid contact with cant splinters on the reverse pass. Each cant is processed to completion before sawing the next cant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Ennis J. Hurdle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6887003
    Abstract: A pattern of continuously printing a sheet without any margin between images and cutting a boundary between the images, a pattern of continuously printing the sheet with a margin between the images and performing two upper and lower cuttings at the places slightly inside the image around boundaries between the image and each of the margins, and a pattern of continuously printing the image obtained by cutting upper and lower ends of the original image without any margin between the images and cutting the boundary between the images are prepared beforehand. To execute the printing, an instruction as to the method for performing the printing is received from a user. This provides a printing system of printing the continuous sheet, subsequently automatically cutting the sheet, and outputting a standard-size printed matter without any margin, wherein the plurality of patterns can be switched regarding a printing mode and cut position of the image to complete the printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Someno
  • Patent number: 6883421
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing lettuce heads with tightly packed overlapping leaves or vegetables with a similar structure. The apparatus includes a plurality of workstations and supports for receiving lettuce heads and for conveying the lettuce heads through the workstations. At the workstations, cutters are operably disposed for severing the bases of the outer leaves and for slicing into the tops of the outer leaves. A device, such as an air jet, is provided at one of the stations for removing the outer leaves. Additional cutters are provided at the work stations for transversely slicing the central part of the lettuce head and for severing a portion of the central part from the heart of the lettuce head. Still another cutter is disposed at one of the stations for severing pink parts from the heart. A cutter is also provided for severing the heart from the stalk. The edible parts such as the central parts and the heart are then collected in receptacles disposed at the work stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Soleco
    Inventor: Laurent Beaumont
  • Patent number: 6869010
    Abstract: A device and method for creating multiple punch holes during a finishing process of paper sheets and other sheet materials. The improved sheet punch including two rotatable punches set at different angles such that when one intersects the sheet path, the other clears the sheet path. The speed of rotation is controlled such that the non-selected punch intersects the sheet path in a space between pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Dino M. Morson
  • Patent number: 6845698
    Abstract: Systems and methods for severing elongated material include a rotatable first roll having a first severing structure, a rotatable second roll having a second severing structure corresponding with the first severing structure for severing a length of the filament positioned between the rolls, a drive system operable to independently rotate the first roll and the second roll according to a drive command, a sensor system operable to make measurements and generate actual position signals representative of an actual current rotational position of the first roll and an actual current rotational position of the second roll, and a control system for receiving the position signals and operable to generate the drive command in accordance with predetermined control parameters and based on the actual rotational position signals, wherein the drive command synchronizes the respective rotational positioning of the first roll and the second roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy S. McAbee, Songhao Wang, William L. Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20040261590
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of adjusting the vertical position of a cant sawbox relative to a cant feed axis includes a pair of pivotable arms mounted on a base that is slidable along a horizontal axis with each arm pivotably connected to a lower portion of the sawbox; a device upstream of the sawbox detects the thickness and calculates the mid point of the incoming cant and then effects movement of the sawbox so that the midline of the cant coincides with the feed axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Patrick M. Conry