Including Means To Move Work From One Tool Station To Another Patents (Class 83/404)
  • Publication number: 20150114191
    Abstract: A filter medium is embossed to form embossments and the filter medium is then cut at least in some sections by a cutting device such as a water jet, a laser beam, an ultrasonic cutting device, or a cutter, by moving a point of impact of the cutting device relative to the filter medium to produce a cutting line. After cutting, the filter medium is folded. Alternatively, the filter medium is folded to folds and then at least some of the folds are pulled apart at least partially. In a region of the folds which have been pulled apart, the filter medium is cut at least in some sections thereof by the cutting device by moving a point of impact of the cutting device relative to the filter medium to produce a cutting line. After cutting, the folds are reset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Markus Roehrig
  • Patent number: 8916028
    Abstract: In a processing machine including a processor having a processing blade and a receiver having a reception member and in which a blade edge of the processing blade and a reception portion, of the reception member, engage with each other to process a paper sheet therebetween, the processing blade is one processing blade selected from a blade group and is attached to the processor so as to be changeable to another processing blade of the blade group, reception portions of kinds corresponding to a plurality of kinds of the processing blades of the blade group are formed on the reception member, and the processing blade attached to the processor is positioned so as to be in a position where the blade edge is engageable with the reception portion of the corresponding kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Duplo Seiko Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Ota, Tomoyuki Nagayama, Masasuke Funase
  • Patent number: 8875608
    Abstract: This invention provides a slitter assembly with automated adjustment of slitter elements that allows for driven rotation of elements on the associated drive shaft during operation while enabling the elements to be moved freely along the drive shaft during setup and subsequently secured to the shaft free of lateral movement. This ensures that adjustment of the slitter elements is accurate, repeatable and reliable. In an illustrative embodiment, the slitter elements each comprise a pair of coaxial members including a blade member and a locking member. The blade member contains a slitter blade and overlies the locking member which is nested therewith. The locking member directly engages the drive shaft surface with a wedge assembly structure. The members are spring-loaded with respect to each other so that the two surfaces are normally biased to cam together and exert a hoop stress on the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lasermax Roll Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Lewalski, Bruce J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8534172
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for translating articles. The apparatus has a rectangular work area defined by the upper run of a positioning conveyor having an oblique-roller conveyor belt selectively driven forward or reverse in coordination with the actuation and deactuation of the obliquely rotatable belt rollers. Tools, such as cutting tools or inspection stools, along the sides of the work area interact with the sides of the articles as they are translated without rotation in a rectangular path against guide surfaces on the periphery of the work area by the sequential reversing of the conveyor belt direction and the actuation and deactuation of the article-supporting rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Publication number: 20130019733
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a holding conveying mechanism configured to convey a web using a holding surface, and a cutting mechanism configured to perform first cutting to cut the web conveyed while being held by the holding conveying mechanism along a crossing direction crossing a conveyance direction of the web and performing second cutting to cut the web along the crossing direction with a predetermined distance from the first cutting. The holding surface includes a main holding area configured to hold the web along the crossing direction between the first cutting and the second cutting, and an auxiliary holding area configured to hold the web by a holding power weaker than the holding power in the main holding area, at least in either upstream or downstream of the conveyance direction of the main holding area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130019732
    Abstract: An electrode plate manufacturing apparatus of the present invention includes an original plate support portion that supports an original plate of an electrode plate coated with an electrode active material, a first cutting blade that forms a linear first cutting portion in the original plate, a first support substrate, which is arranged to face the original plate support portion, having the first cutting blade fixed thereto, a second cutting blade that forms a linear second cutting portion in the original plate, a second support substrate which is arranged to face the original plate support portion, having the second cutting blade fixed thereto, and a driving portion that drives the first and second support substrates, wherein, when the first support substrate is driven by the driving portion, the first cutting portion is formed by the first cutting blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yotsumoto
  • Patent number: 8186252
    Abstract: A book trimmer is provided. The book trimmer includes an edge trimming knife movable back and forth in a book travel direction and a conveyor downstream of the edge trimming knife. The conveyor includes a reciprocating section movable back and forth in the book travel direction receiving books trimmed by the edge trimming knife. A method for trimming a book is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Alan Guaraldi
  • Patent number: 8161854
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for cutting boxes. The box cutter has a rectangular work area defined by the upper run of an oblique-roller conveyor belt selectively driven forward or reverse in coordination with the actuation and deactuation of the obliquely rotatable belt rollers. Cutting tools along the sides of the work area cut into the side panels of the boxes as they are translated without rotation in a rectangular path against guide surfaces on the periphery of the work area by the sequential reversing of the conveyor belt direction and the actuation and deactuation of the box-supporting rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 8151677
    Abstract: A panel sawing machine comprises a horizontal table (5) on which a movable device (6) pushes a stack of panels (3a) in a forward direction (F) or reverse direction (F1) to feed a sawing device (or to a device for rotating the stack) which divides the panel up into two or more smaller boards. The pusher (6) is equipped with two or more pickup elements (16) that hold the rear edge of the stack in position during positioning and/or sawing operations. The pickup elements (16) are mounted on the movable device (6) in such a way that they can run in guides (15, 15a, 15b) in the following three directions, respectively: horizontal at right angles to, and horizontal parallel to, the forward direction (F) or the reverse direction (F1), and vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Giben International S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piergiorgio Benuzzi
  • Publication number: 20120024122
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for cutting out balsa blanket parts comprising the following steps: providing on a surface of a conveyor (12) a row of balsa blankets (1) abutting each other end edge to end edge in butt areas at the joining stations (14.1-14.5); interjoining the balsa blankets (1) in the butt areas at the joining stations (14.1-14.5) to form a balsa blanket web; feeding the balsa blanket web in a direction of feed (F) to a cutting station (15) where the balsa blanket web is stepwise conveyed and cut through crosswise at positions to form the desired parts; providing a next row of balsa blankets on the surface of the conveyor when the rearmost end edge on the rearmost blanket of the balsa blanket web is at the last joining station (14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: LM GLASFIBER A/S
    Inventor: Gert Sørensen
  • Publication number: 20110265621
    Abstract: A system for cutting blocks of food product into individual, elongated loaves of substantially equal size. The system includes a loaf cutter conveyor configured to receive incoming blocks of food product and move the blocks along continuum processing path for cutting; a programmable logic controller coupled to the loaf cutter conveyor; and, multiple stations associated with the cutter conveyor. The PLC is configured to determine an optimized cut solution of the slab portion of food product from data related to the food product, and is configured to provide the cut solution to the various stations. The PLC is configured to control the system for cutting of the food product, based on the optimized cut solution, into loaves of substantially equal size and shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Richard F. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8003032
    Abstract: A system for processing materials includes handling and cutting stations positioned at appropriate positions along first and second conveying portions. A crust cutting station is positioned along the first conveyor portion. A crust removal station is positioned to span across the first and second conveying portions. Similarly, a stacking station is also positioned to span across the first and second conveying portions. Further, a first (vertical) cross cutting station is position along the second conveyor portion. Similarly, a second (horizontal) cross cutting station is located along the second conveyor portion. The process of using the disclosed system eliminates the need for specially designed stacking frames or trays and support rods, and improves cutting capacity and reduces processing time by only stacking the materials to be processed once, without de-stacking and restacking steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventors: Adel K. Al-Sabih, Hilal A. Abu Rumh
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7900544
    Abstract: A combination slicing and dicing food processing device. The device generally includes a cutting box and gliding body which travels back and forth across the cutting box. The gliding body features a food cradle that is configured to hold a food product which is to be processed. The food cradle is attached on one end of a principal cutting arm and a handle is attached to the other end of the principal cutting arm. A secondary cutting arm is provided beneath and attaching to the principal cutting arm. A ram is provided on the end of the secondary cutting arm and positioned slightly behind the food cradle so that the rain trails the food cradle as the food gliding body travels back and forth across the cutting box. The cutting box includes a principal cutting blade near one end and a process slot for receiving slices of the food product which are sliced off by the principal cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Collis H. Williams
  • Patent number: 7832318
    Abstract: A paper sheet processing device for processing paper sheets while carrying the paper sheets, includes a device body, a carrier for carrying the paper sheets one by one, a carrier driver for driving the carrier, processing device parts which are installed in a carrying route and which process the paper sheets, and a processing driver for driving the processing device parts. The processing device parts are installed detachably from the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Duplo Seiko Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuichi Oota, Hideki Oiwa, Akira Wada
  • Publication number: 20100122613
    Abstract: A printing press folder is provided. The printing press folder includes a cutting apparatus cutting a moving web to form successive signatures, a first acceleration cylinder and a second acceleration cylinder. The first acceleration cylinder includes a first contacting segment and a first relieved portion circumferentially adjacent to the first contacting segment and the first contacting segment radially protrudes from the first acceleration cylinder with respect to the first relieved portion. The second acceleration cylinder includes a second contacting segment and a second relieved portion circumferentially adjacent to the second contacting segment and the second contacting segment radially protrudes from the second acceleration cylinder with respect to the second relieved portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Albert Sandahl
  • Patent number: 7493840
    Abstract: A three-side trimmer according to the present invention comprises a bound material feed unit (2) for feeding the bound material (1) one by one; a rotating table unit (3) for receiving the bound material (1) from the bound material feed unit (2) at a predetermined position and rotating the bound material at every predetermined angle in such a manner that the bound material is arranged at three positions of a top edge cutting position, a front edge cutting position and a bottom edge cutting position; a trimming unit (4) arranged for movement in a direction close to or away from the rotating table unit (3) between two positions of a cutting position at which the trimming unit (4) becomes close to the rotating table unit (3) so as to cut a top edge section (1a), a bottom edge section (1b) and a front edge section (1c) of the bound material (1), respectively, and a standby position at which the trimming unit (4) is away from the rotating table unit (3); trimming unit guide means (5) arranged between the rotating t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Horizon International Inc.
    Inventors: Chuji Yamaguchi, Ko Ouchiyama, Masato Nogawa
  • Patent number: 7316174
    Abstract: When a plate-shaped material, such as a CSP substrate, that does not require exact precision is divided, a cutting machine is provided with not only first and second chuck tables, but also first and second cutting units. Then, each plate-shaped material, which is placed on a respective chuck table, is aligned immediately before it is cut, so that the Y-axis index control and the X-axis cutting movement control are established for cutting by the cutting units. A cutting portion is cut in the first direction by the first cutting unit according to the Y-axis index control and the X-axis cutting movement control, and subsequently a cutting portion is cut in the second direction by the second cutting unit. Hence, the cutting portions of the plate-shaped materials placed on the first and second chuck tables are cut by the first and second cutting units by sharing a role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Disco Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuma Sekiya
  • Patent number: 7231855
    Abstract: A method of cutting a product of a predetermined shape from a sheet material (1) by firstly supporting a sheet material in a first position by a first support means (2) whereafter she sheet (1) may be cut through by moving a line type cutter (7) relative to the sheet material on a line or lines to define part of the predetermined shape. The sheet material may then be supported in a second position (whether by the first support means or another support means (2a, 2b)) and again cut by moving a line type cutter relative to the sheet material on a line or lines to define the remaining perimeter of the predetermined shape, to thereby cut the predetermined shape from the sheet material. In the second position the sheet material is provided with upward support to support the predetermined shape to be cut from the sheet material and wherein in the second position the or another support means includes a through cut commensurate to the line or lines to define the remaining perimeter of the predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: JETSIS International Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Michael William Gadd
  • Patent number: 7194941
    Abstract: In an apparatus and a method for the manufacture of perforated plaster boards, provision is made for the operations of punching and cutting the sides to take place one directly after the other with the boards being held in position by grabbing and conveying equipments during the entire working time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Erich R. Vogl
  • Patent number: 7137539
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of converting a web of indefinite length into a plurality of web portions by slitting the web at a transverse point prior to processing the web portions into a plurality of use supply forms (such as rolls), wherein the plurality of web portions are separated by a two-stage process. A first stage of the process is a partial separation operation that almost entirely separates the web portions, but leaves the web portions connected, such as by a slitting operation that leaves a series of connected zones. The second stage includes the complete separation, such as by breaking of the connected zones. The complete separation of the web portions preferably occurs near the station at which the use supply forms are created, such as a winding station. Thus, the web portions, after substantial separation at the first stage can be handled (for example, guided and tensioned) as if the plurality of web portions were a full width web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Byron M. Jackson
  • 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: 6971296
    Abstract: A Venetian blind cutting machine is constructed to include a machine base, two blind locating modules mounted on the machine base at different elevations, each of which having a set of through holes for supporting component parts of a Venetian blind to be cut, a blind carriage adapted to carry the Venetian blind to be cut, a carriage for moving the blind carriage to the elevation of one of the blind locating modules for enabling the Venetian blind to be cut to be put in the selected blind locating module for cut, a cutter provided at the other side of the blind locating modules, and a cutter drive adapted to move the cutter across the imaginary axis passing through each of the through holes of the blind locating modules to cut the component parts of the loaded Venetian blind and then to return the cutter after cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, Nien Made Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jung-Kuei Lin, Kuei-Lu Liu
  • 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: 6883411
    Abstract: An improved impeller for use in a rotary food slicing machine comprising a rear base plate and at least one forward ring secured in axial spaced parallel relation relative to the rear base plate and a plurality of circumferentially spaced planar paddles spanning the base plate and the forward ring. The paddles are each oriented to extend at an angle relative to the radius of the rear base plate and the at least one forward ring. Moreover, the end of each paddle located adjacent to the rear base plate is arranged in a partially trailing relationship relative to the end of the paddle located adjacent the at least one forward ring with respect to the intended direction of rotation of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul E. Arrasmith, Brent L. Bucks
  • Patent number: 6880438
    Abstract: A method for cutting belt material to accurate dimensions and for forming the mating edges of a puzzle cut joint for joining the ends of the belt material to form a continuous belt for use in a document processing application. The belt material is maintained in accurate registration a punch press by optical sensors at each station. A vacuum pickup is constructed to move the belt material from a precision cutter to a punch press and maintains the material in tensioned condition to facilitate accurate operation of the punch press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Karl V. Thomsen, Charles J. Urso, III, James F. Dildine, Jr., Boris W. Haritonoff, David C. Gruber, Steven C. Brown
  • Publication number: 20040206219
    Abstract: A method for cutting belt material to accurate dimensions and for forming the mating edges of a puzzle cut joint for joining the ends of the belt material to form a continuous belt for use in a document processing application. The belt material is maintained in accurate registration a punch press by optical sensors at each station. A vacuum pickup is constructed to move the belt material from a precision cutter to a punch press and maintains the material in tensioned condition to facilitate accurate operation of the punch press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Karl V. Thomsen, Charles J. Urso, James F. Dildine, Boris W. Haritonoff, David C. Gruber, Steven C. Brown
  • Patent number: 6796209
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Grapha-Holding AG
    Inventor: Heinz Boss
  • Publication number: 20040177736
    Abstract: In cutting four edges of a recording medium, the recording medium is fed to a first cutting position, and two front side edges of the recording medium in a feed direction of the recording medium is cut while feeding the recording medium. The recording medium is further fed to the first cutting portion and two rear side edges of the recording medium is cut while feeding the recording medium. The recording medium is fed to a second cutting position, and one of a leading edge and a trailing edge of the recording medium in the feed direction is cut while the recording medium is stationary, and the recording medium is further fed to the second cutting position and the other of the leading edge and the trailing edge is cut while the recording medium is stationary. One of the leading edge and the trailing edge is cut between cutting of the front side edges and cutting of the rear side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: Itaru Fukushima, Satoshi Yamanushi, Yuuki Horigome
  • Patent number: 6736041
    Abstract: A cutting machine, for cutting vegetables into vegetable sticks, comprising a horizontal table having a feed end and an exit end. A belt extends vertically atop the table, around rollers which extend perpendicularly from the table. A plurality of cleats extend from the belt which have cleat fingers which extend horizontally outward from the belt. The cleats propel vegetables from the feed end toward the exit end. A horizontal blade assembly is disposed in the path of the cleats, and includes a plurality of horizontal blades which are vertically spaced to extend between the cleat fingers so that the blades do not interfere with the cleat fingers as they propel the vegetables. A vertical blade assembly is located farther toward the exit end than the horizontal blade assembly, and includes a plurality of vertical blades which cut the vegetables into sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Maurice Roger Portnoy
  • Publication number: 20040069106
    Abstract: A method for automatically cutting a workpiece comprising the steps of moving a workpiece along its longitudinal axis, positioning a cutting blade by rotating the blade about a vertical axis, positioning the cutting blade by rotating about a bevel axis, and moving the blade into cutting contact with the workpiece, thereby cutting the workpiece at a compound angle. The method may also comprises positioning the blade along a transverse axis. Further steps may include moving the cutting blade along a transverse axis simultaneous to moving the workpiece along its longitudinal axis, thereby creating a scarf cut; sorting a finished workpiece; and marking the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: David L. McAdoo
  • Publication number: 20040055438
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cutting open a case of product having a top and a bottom is provided. The case is placed on a conveyor and moved to a cutting apparatus. The top is cut open at the cutting apparatus. The case is moved to a lift apparatus. The top of the case is opened and the product is lifted from the bottom of the case. The case is then cut thereby separating the bottom of the case from the top of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: David C. Ours, Randall Scherer, James E. Mabe
  • Patent number: 6705456
    Abstract: A conveyor between a log debarker and a flaker has three flat bottom plates which extend the length of the conveyor line, and two vertical side plates. Each of the five plates is driven to oscillate by a hydraulic piston. All five plates together move forward approximately 30 inches at a constant velocity, after the completion of the forward motion, each plate is retracted separately at approximately three times the velocity of the forward motion, to advance logs retained within a trough defined between the side plates in a stepwise forward motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan E. Blaylock, Don F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6694852
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cutting open a case of product having a top and a bottom is provided. The case is placed on a conveyor and moved to a cutting apparatus. The top is cut open at the cutting apparatus. The case is moved to a lift apparatus. The top of the case is opened and the product is lifted from the bottom of the case. The case is then cut thereby separating the bottom of the case from the top of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: David C. Ours, Randall Scherer, James E. Mabe
  • 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: 6681671
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cutting belt material to accurate dimensions and for forming the mating edges of a puzzle cut joint for joining the ends of the belt material to form a continuous belt for use in a document processing application. The workpiece is maintained in accurate registration a punch press by optical sensors at each station. A vacuum pickup is constructed to move the belt material from a precision cutter to a punch press and maintains the material in tensioned condition to facilitate accurate operation of the punch press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Karl V. Thomsen, Charles J. Urso, III, James F. Dildine, Jr., Boris W. Haritonoff, David C. Gruber, Steven C. Brown
  • Publication number: 20030177880
    Abstract: A cutter system for cutting a larger sheet into individual photographic images includes a cutter for severing a transverse strip containing one or more printed images from a larger sheet. A transport table positioned to receive the strip from the cutter includes two sets of drivers, one set for moving the strip longitudinally and a second set for moving the strip laterally to a second cutter that in turn separates the strip into individual photographs. Sensors in both cutters acting in response to fiducial marks on the larger sheet cooperate with the drivers for positioning the larger sheet and the severed strip at the proper cutting locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: Phogenix Imaging, LLC
    Inventor: David M. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20030167888
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cutting belt material to accurate dimensions and for forming the mating edges of a puzzle cut joint for joining the ends of the belt material to form a continuous belt for use in a document processing application. The workpiece is maintained in accurate registration a punch press by optical sensors at each station. A vacuum pickup is constructed to move the belt material from a precision cutter to a punch press and maintains the material in tensioned condition to facilitate accurate operation of the punch press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Karl V. Thomsen, Charles J. Urso, James F. Dildine, Boris W. Haritonoff, David C. Gruber, Steven C. Brown
  • Patent number: 6615698
    Abstract: A dual-end cutting machine for trimming assembled blinds has fixed spacing between a pair of trimming units, which are adapted from conventional power miter saws. The blind assembly is clamped to a carriage that is movable on tracks between the trimming units, and adjustable stops are supported at opposite ends of the machine. The adjustable stops also have actuators for movement between an advanced position for positioning the blinds for cutting, and a retracted position that facilitates evacuation of scraps and chips from respective collector boxes wherein cutting takes place to a vacuum holding tank. A method for trimming includes clamping the blinds to the carriage with components aligned against one stop member, trimming that end of the blinds, moving the carriage to abut the blinds against the other stop, and trimming the other end of the blinds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Custom Craft Co.
    Inventors: Hsirong Chuang, Kevin Chang Dien Shieh
  • Publication number: 20030131702
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method comprising the following steps: a stack of sheets is moved under a blade in order to cut a first free strip of the stack of sheets; the first strip is cut; the stack of sheets is subsequently moved, whereupon it executes a first rotation and is guided under the blade once again in order to cut a second free strip; the second strip is cut; the stack is subsequently moved, whereupon it executes a second rotation and is guided under the blade once again in order to cut a third free strip; the third free strip and successive stacks of bond paper strips are cut, and; the successive stacks of bond paper strips are cut into individual bond papers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Harmut Karl Sauer, Johannes Georg Schaede, Hans Wyssmann
  • Patent number: 6571596
    Abstract: A system for automatically producing formed parts from feedstock using two successive adiabatic processing stations, a first station performing adiabatic cut-off of blanks from the feedstock, and the second station performing adiabatic forming of the blanks into the formed parts. The first station operates cooperatively with a feedstock feeder assembly which feeds feedstock to the first station and also charges blanks produced at the first station into a transfer capsule of a transferer assembly. The first and second stations cooperatively operate with the blank transferer assembly which transfers in the transfer capsule blanks from the first to the second station. The second station includes means for positioning blanks relative to a forming cavity before blanks are adiabatically shaped to conform to the forming cavity and also means for ejecting formed parts from tooling that defines the forming cavity. The system includes automation means that synchronizes and sequences subassembly operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Lennart J. Lindell
  • Publication number: 20030097916
    Abstract: A cutter system for cutting a larger sheet into individual photographic images includes a cutter for severing a transverse strip containing one or more printed images from a larger sheet. A transport table positioned to receive the strip from the cutter includes two sets of drivers, one set for moving the strip longitudinally and a second set for moving the strip laterally to a second cutter that in turn separates the strip into individual photographs. Sensors in both cutters acting in response to fiducial marks on the larger sheet cooperate with the drivers for positioning the larger sheet and the severed strip at the proper cutting locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventor: David M. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20020108479
    Abstract: A cutting machine, for cutting vegetables into vegetable sticks, comprising a horizontal table having a feed end and an exit end. A belt extends vertically atop the table, around rollers which extend perpendicularly from the table. A plurality of cleats extend from the belt which have cleat fingers which extend horizontally outward from the belt. The cleats propel vegetables from the feed end toward the exit end. A horizontal blade assembly is disposed in the path of the cleats, but includes a plurality of horizontal blades which are vertically spaced to extend between the cleat fingers so that the blades do not interfere with the cleat fingers as they propel the vegetables. A horizontal blade assembly is located further toward the exit end than the vertical blade assembly, and includes a plurality of vertical blades which cut the vegetables into sticks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Maurice Roger Portnoy
  • Patent number: 6415698
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting a wafer sandwich into a plurality of rectangular pieces has a support surface defining a transport path extending longitudinally through a longitudinal-cutting station and a transverse-cutting station. A plurality of stationary and transversely spaced longitudinal blades extend across the path in the longitudinal-cutting station. The surface is formed in the transverse-cutting station with a plurality of transversely extending and longitudinally spaced slots. An abutment is displaceable immediately downstream of the transverse-cutting station between a blocking position in the path and a retracted position clear of the path. A plurality of transverse blades are displaceable transversely in the slots of the transverse-cutting station across the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Franz Haas Waffelmaschinen-Industrie Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Haas, Johann Haas, Gerhard Liebermann
  • Patent number: 6349938
    Abstract: A reject mechanism (10) for use with a slitter (S) which slits a printed metal sheet (B) into segments (s) subsequently used to form containers. The mechanism is mounted at the outlet of the slitter to deflect rejected segments from a collection bin (C) to which acceptable segments are delivered for further use in container manufacture. The mechanism comprises a series of pneumatically actuated reject fingers (14) normally positioned beneath a path over which the segments pass from the slitter to the collection bin. However, when a reject segment approaches the mechanism, a piston (16) is activated to extend the fingers into the path of the segment to deflect the segment off its path into another collection area in which rejected segments are collected. The fingers are then retracted so that succeeding acceptable segments pass freely over the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: United States Can Company
    Inventors: Ed Kubacki, Robert C. Jack, John Czarnota
  • Patent number: 6276115
    Abstract: A process for packaging selected traditional cuts of pork loin by cutting the whole pork loin at successive saw stations to form a predetermined number of traditional cuts and moving the formed traditional cuts to corresponding traditional cut locations. After a first traditional cut is formed at the first saw station, the remainder of the whole loin is positioned at another saw station where a differing traditional cut is formed. The process is continued at additional saw stations so that the entire loin is formed into traditional cuts, the cuts are collected at collecting locations, and an array of cuts are placed in a package tray. The package is then sealed and can be gas flushed and thereafter accumulated in bulk or cases for removal to a remote location where they can be refrigerated or frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventors: Lee Kramer, Roger S. Williams
  • Patent number: 6074113
    Abstract: A tape printing device which receives a tape cassette that accommodates a printable tape. The tape cassette includes a housing having a wall portion which is arranged to support the tape during a cutting operation which is performed with a cutting mechanism of the tape printing device. To align the cutting mechanism with the cassette during cutting, the wall portion of the cassette housing is arranged for interacting with a guide mechanism that connects the cutting mechanism and the wall portion during cutting and aligns the cutting mechanism with the wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Esselte N.V.
    Inventors: Sam Cockerill, Costa Panayi
  • Patent number: 5944244
    Abstract: Apparatus for dividing laminated glass consists of a device for dividing laminated glass, and a glass cutting table 30 with a cutting bridge 33 which can move along a support and on which a cutting head 38 for scratching plates of glass can move. The device for dividing laminated glass is located on one of the edges of glass cutting table 30 which run parallel to cutting bridge 33. On cutting bridge 33 of glass cutting table 30 there is stop 40 for orienting the laminated glass in the device for dividing laminated glass. Thus the amount of space required is reduced. The device for dividing laminated glass can also be made narrower or can have only one movable support 5 if a support 2 affixed to the frame is made integral with the bearing surface of glass cutting table 30. The glass cutting table is not used to divide the laminated glass: only its cutting bridge is used, and only as an adjustable support for the stop 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Peter Lisec
  • Patent number: 5862584
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for automatically cutting stock material for a grid. The apparatus comprise at least one saw assembly positionable to selectively cut the stock material into individual grid elements for the grid, a conveyor system operable to present the stock material for cutting by the at least one saw assembly, and a computer controller operable to generate instructions directing the operation of the conveyor system and the positioning of the at least one saw assembly so as to automatically cut the stock material into the grid elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Russell D. Manser
  • Patent number: 5839337
    Abstract: A pallet for supporting strip material on which encapsulated circuit devices of the ball-grid array type are supported is delivered to a first cutter assembly. Rotary hardened steel cutter discs having radially extended cutting teeth separate the circuit devices as the cutter assembly is traversed to move the cutter blades in paths extended transversely of the strip material between adjacent circuit devices. Thereafter, the pallet is moved to a second cutter station at which a second cutter assembly trims strip material along paths extending transversely of the first paths. Pallet positioning means for precise positioning of pallets carrying the strip material include elevators having resilient supports which allow for limited lateral motion of the pallets as they are moved into positions of alignment with the cutter assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: H. Karl Neu