With Additional Mans To Engage Work And Orient It Relative To Tool Station Patents (Class 83/418)
  • Patent number: 9032854
    Abstract: An apparatus having a sample sectioning device including a cutting mechanism that is operable to cut sections from a sample and a sample holder that is operable to hold the sample. The apparatus further includes a drive system coupled with the sample holder to drive movement of the sample holder and a reciprocating member coupled to the drive system to drive vertical movement of the drive system. The reciprocating member to move in a reciprocating manner within an angle of rotation of less than 180 degrees. A surface orientation sensor may further be provided that is operable to sense an orientation of a surface of the sample held by the sample holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Hwai-Jyh Michael Yang, Xuan S. Bui
  • Patent number: 8910553
    Abstract: Machine for cutting paper logs, comprising means for supporting one or more logs (3) disposed side by side, means for advancing the logs (3) on said support means, means for the transverse cutting of the logs (3) and means for blocking logs (3) during their cutting. The said cutting means comprise an annular band blade (4) having a bevel (400, 401) on both its edges, provided in correspondence to a cutting station (T) in which the logs (3) are cut and connected to corresponding guiding and actuating means, the said blade (4) featuring a portion (40) defining a corresponding cutting plane which is oriented orthogonally with respect to the longitudinal axes of logs (3), the said blade being provided with a sharpening device (100) continuously acting on both its bevels (400,401). The machine comprises means for the relative motion of logs (3) with respect to said blade (4) along the said cutting plane. The blade (4) acts on one log (3) at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Futura S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Catelli
  • Publication number: 20140345433
    Abstract: The device for transfer of section ribbons to specimen holders for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has two mutually independent tools (4) and (17) firstly to manipulate the section ribbons and secondly to manipulate the specimen holders (grids), each of which can be positioned independently during the cutting process by two mutually independent micromanipulators (3) and (10). The tool (4) for manipulating the section ribbons (24) has a metal tube (13), a tube of an electrically insulating material (14) and an exchangeable tip (5). A resilient fibre (16) of dielectric material fitted with an electrically conductive surface coating is exchangeably mounted in the tip (5) and is used for delicate handling of the section ribbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Studer
  • Publication number: 20140260853
    Abstract: The invention discloses an industrial slicer (1) of food products, comprising a frame (2), at least one cutting member (5) mounted on the frame (2) and movable with respect thereto with a cutting movement lying in a cutting plane (P2), and means for guiding and conveying (6) the food product in a direction (3) through the cutting plane (P2), wherein the slicer is characterised in that the at least one cutting member (5) exhibits a cutting movement of a rotational and translational type lying in the cutting plane (P2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Giorgio GRASSELLI
  • Publication number: 20140216219
    Abstract: A double-saw band saw machine includes a base, a first band saw unit, a second band saw unit, a feeding unit and a clamp unit. When an object to be sawn is located in a sawing area between the first and second band saw units, the first and second motors control the first and second frames to move toward each other along the first axial direction, so that the first and second band saw blades can be used to cut the object to be sawn simultaneously. Hence, the sawing efficiency of the double-saw band saw machine is improved, and the replacement interval for the first and second band saw blades is extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: EVERISING MACHINE CO.
    Inventor: Shu-Chia CHIAO
  • Publication number: 20140153993
    Abstract: A transport device includes a transport unit that transports a paper sheet, a cutter unit that cuts the paper sheet, and a controller that, when transport of the paper sheet in the vicinity of the cutter unit is to be halted, controls the transport unit so that the transport unit transports the paper sheet by a longer travel when a specified length of the paper sheet is shorter than a threshold length than when the specified length of the paper sheet is longer than the threshold length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayumu ONO, Satoshi KUBOTA, Tomohiro YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20140153994
    Abstract: A transport device includes a transport unit that transports a paper sheet, a cutter unit that cuts the paper sheet, and a controller that, when transport of the paper sheet is to be halted, controls the transport unit so that the transport unit halts an ideal cut line of the paper sheet corresponding to a specified length of the paper sheet at a more upstream side in a direction of the transport of the paper sheet when a specified length of the paper sheet is shorter than a threshold length than when the specified length of the paper sheet is longer than the threshold length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi KUBOTA, Tomohiro YAMADA, Ayumu ONO
  • Publication number: 20140013908
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a blade relatively movable with respect to a media to cut the media along a cutting line. The blade is so constructed to pre-cut the media along the cutting line to leave non-cutting portions and to cut the non-cutting portions after pre-cutting the media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hisayuki KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20130331250
    Abstract: Unattached elastic portions of an elasticised web are grasped and raised above a support surface for feeding the elasticised web. The raised portions are brought into contact with a knife blade that is positioned to protrude through the thickness of the raised elastic layer into free space so as to remain spaced from the support surface that is moving beneath the blade in a direction normal to the support surface. The raised elastic layer is held raised during trimming with the knife blade by an elevation element over which the elastic layer runs. A grasping device holds the unattached portion being cut in a taut state in the cross machine direction. The elastic layer thus spans across the elevation element and the grasping device. The knife blade extends through the thickness of the elastic layer along the spanned part of the elastic layer into free space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Benoit Coulombe
  • Publication number: 20130247731
    Abstract: Provided is a medicine cutting device capable of cutting an accommodated medicine into halves and discharging the cut medicines. A medicine cutting device for cutting and discharging medicines while moving one pill at a time includes: a first member disposed in parallel to a direction in which a medicine is supplied; and a second member facing the first member, wherein the medicine is disposed between the first member and the second member. The medicine is cut while the second member reciprocates with respect to the fixed first member, or the first member reciprocates with respect to the fixed second member, or the first member and the second member simultaneously reciprocate in a mutually proximal or distal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20130221596
    Abstract: A driving roller for conveying a sheet to a sheet punching unit, and a sheet inverting unit including a driving roll capable of being driven to rotate by the driving roller are provided between a branching point, at which a return path of a sheet conveying path is branched, and a sheet punching unit. When a subsequent sheet for which a punching process is performed next reaches the sheet inverting unit, the sheet to which the punching process has been performed by the sheet punching unit is conveyed to the return path by the driving roll while making the sheet pass by a subsequent sheet conveyed to the sheet punching unit by the driving roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8495937
    Abstract: A fence system for use on a power saw including an elongated fence configured to be secured on a top surface of a power saw at positions relative to a blade. The elongated fence has at least one flat side wall portion against which an object can be positioned and moved along while the object is moved through a cutting zone. A support unit is configured to ride on the fence and contact the object to move the object through the cutting zone. The support unit includes an ergonomically shaped hand pad, wherein the support unit is removably attached to the fence and movable along the length thereof. A movable arm is attached to the hand pad and is configured to extend downwardly to an elevation closely adjacent to the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jan Koegel
  • Publication number: 20130167700
    Abstract: An apparatus for slicing food products, in particular sausage, meat or cheese, includes a product support for at least one product, a cutting blade which is disposed after the product support and to which the product can be supplied along a conveying direction, and at least one product holder movable along the conveying direction and cooperating with the product at least at times during the slicing procedure, wherein the product support has a loading zone which is disposed between a starting position and an end position of the product holder and in which the product support can be loaded with the product and wherein the product holder is movable from the end position back into the start position while bypassing the loading zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: WEBER MASCHINENBAU GMBH BREIDENBACH
    Inventor: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
  • Publication number: 20120298260
    Abstract: A firewood processor includes a main framework having a front end, rear end and opposite sides. A log infeed trough is supported on the main framework for advancing a log lengthwise along a longitudinal axis from the front end to the rear end of the main framework to a cutting station extending upwardly from the main framework for selectively cutting a log advanced on the log infeed trough into individual log rounds. An operator control station is positioned on the main framework for selectively controlling the advancing and the cutting of the log. The cutting station includes a rotating blade that is positioned above the log infeed trough and is mounted for upward and downward movement controlled by an operator at the control station in a vertical direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the trough to enable cutting of the log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: MULTITEK NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Kamps, David A. Foytik, Marcus W. Steigerwaldt
  • Patent number: 8291798
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing small, thin sheets from an active-ingredient film (2), in which the latter is produced by casting the film material onto a substrate material or by coating a substrate material, storing it with or without substrate material on a reel, pulling it off the reel and cutting it. It achieves the object of designing a method of this type in such a way that with this method small sheets can be produced as exactly as possible in predetermined sizes. To do this, the active-ingredient film (2) is pulled off automatically, is separated from a substrate material which, if present, and in tensioned form, is fed to a cutting station and is cut, in the feed direction, into long, narrow strips (7) of predeterminable width, and the long strips (7) are brought together in the feed direction and together are fed by a further feed device (10) to a transverse cutter (11), which cuts through the combined long strips (7) at predetermined intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schäfer, Ronald Hackbarth, Detlev Neuland
  • Publication number: 20120240737
    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: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Hwai-Jyh Michael Yang, Xuan S. Bui
  • Publication number: 20120192689
    Abstract: A sheet material slitter with a guide assembly for receiving the edges of material along a slit formed in the sheet material. The slitter includes a cutting assembly in the form of a pair of cooperative slitting knives rotatably mounted in axially offset relation. A drive motor is coupled to the slitting knives and operative to counter-rotate the knives such that sheet material fed into the slitter is drawn through the slitter as the material is cut to form a slit. The guide assembly is mounted adjacent the slitting knives and comprises a pair of guide rollers rotatably supported in axially spaced relation. Each guide roller is capable of receiving a respective edge of material along the slit formed in the sheet material. The guide rollers are supported in substantially parallel relation to one another and may be supported at an angle with respect to the slitting knives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: NEW TECH MACHINERY
    Inventors: Adam J. Binderup, Ronald W. Schell
  • Publication number: 20120184086
    Abstract: A punching system for singulating IC units comprising: a punching assembly arranged to receive a substrate and singulate said substrate into the IC units; a rotary carrier rotatable from a first position to a second position said rotary carrier arranged to receive said units at the first position and carry said units to the second position through rotation; wherein said rotary carrier includes recesses for receiving at least a portion of the units. A punching assembly comprising a die block having recesses for receiving selectively replaceable inserts wherein said inserts correspond to a punch pattern specific to a predetermined IC package arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Hae Choon Yang, Xue Fang Shen, Deok Chun Jang, Chong Chen Lim, Siok Chun Lim, Yun Suk Shin
  • 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: 20120036974
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a fence system for use on a power saw that has a flat top surface and a saw blade extending through an opening in the top surface, the fence system comprising an elongated fence configured to be secured on the flat top surface at various positions relative to the blade, the fence having at least one flat side wall portion against which material can be positioned and moved along while the material is moved through the cutting zone, and a support unit configured to ride on the fence and contact the object to move it through the cutting zone, the unit comprising an ergonomically shaped hand pad, the unit being removably attached to the fence and movable along the length thereof and a movable arm attached to the hand pad that is configured to extend downwardly to an elevation closely adjacent to the top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicants: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jan Koegel
  • Publication number: 20110314985
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a workpiece supplying member, a positioning mechanism, a transportation robot, and an annular cutting blade. The workpiece supplying member includes a number of slots for receiving a number of plate-shaped workpieces therein. The positioning mechanism includes a number of side surfaces and a number of recesses. The transportation robot is configured for unloading a workpiece from the workpiece supplying member, transporting the workpiece from the workpiece supplying member to the positioning mechanism, and loading the workpiece on the positioning mechanism. The positioning mechanism is rotatable about the central axis such that one of the side faces can be selectively oriented to face the transportation robot so as to load the workpiece transported by the transportation robot in the corresponding recess. The cutting blade is configured for cutting a workpiece loaded on the positioning mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SHAO-KAI PEI
  • Publication number: 20110197727
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for separating electronic components, provided with: sawing means and positioning means, wherein between the positioning means and the sawing means at least one transfer position is defined for the purpose of transferring positioned electronic components. The invention further comprises a separating device for electronic components, provided with: sawing means, inspection means, and sorting means, wherein between the inspection means and the sorting means at least one transfer position is defined for the purpose of transferring separated electronic components. Finally, the invention also relates to a method for separating electronic components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: FICO B.V.
    Inventors: Frederik Hendrik In 'T Veld, Mark Hermans, Wilhelmus Hendrikus Johannes Harmsen, Johannes Gerhardus Augustinus Zweers
  • Publication number: 20110185870
    Abstract: A waste roll web product processing system includes a first roller conveyor, a push bar conveyor, a second roller conveyor, a guide device and a cutter. The push bar conveyor pushes waste roll web products from the first roller conveyor to the second roller conveyor for enabling the second roller conveyor to deliver the waste roll web products to the guide device so that the waste roll web products fall downwards along the guide device one after another and the cutter cuts off each falling waste roll web product for enabling the web material and shaft of each waste roll web product to be separately recycled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Chan Li Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Hsing Yu
  • Publication number: 20110182645
    Abstract: A cutting device includes a conveyance unit for conveying a recording medium in a conveyance direction, a guide configured to guide a recording medium, a blade movable in a direction intersecting with the conveyance direction, for cutting the recording medium when the blade moves with a leading end side thereof inclined to the upstream side, a presser member movable to a first position where the presser member holds down the recording medium and to a second position where the presser member does not hold down the recording medium, wherein the presser member holds down the recording medium at a position separated farther than a thickness of the recording medium from the guide in the first position, and wherein the presser member holds down the recording medium at least from before the blade starts to cut the recording medium to when the blade is cutting the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiaki Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20110113942
    Abstract: A divider insert feed system having a first air knife 120 and a second air knife 125 that are capable of displacing the divider insert 230 to a cutting position 500. If the first air knife 120 does not properly position the divider insert, then the second air knife 125 is activated to displace the divider insert. If after activating the second air knife 125 it does not properly displace the divider insert, then the first air knife 120 and second air knife 125 toggle back and forth to unjam the divider insert, and properly locate it in a cutting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Doug Petrovich, Randy Bird, Les Page, Matt Williamson
  • Patent number: 7930959
    Abstract: A mounting system for a table saw accessory such as a power feed. A carrier is slidably mounted on a rail or flange at the rear of the saw table so that it may traverse the rear of the table. The rear of the saw fence is secured to the carrier. A mounting plate for the power feed is on either the carrier or the fence allowing the power feed to be moved between use and out-of-the-way positions. In the out-of-the-way position, the power feed allows the user to safely feed materials into the cutting blade area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Larry Greene
  • Publication number: 20110056349
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to feed and shear metal bars, comprising a shearing unit that shears the metal bars sequentially into segments of desired length, and an alignment and translation unit, which feeds the metal bars to the shearing unit, provided with butting member suitable to cooperate with the tail ends of the metal bars in order to align them longitudinally with respect to each other. The butting member comprises a magnetic portion facing toward the tail ends of the metal bars, and conformed so as to generate a magnetic or electromagnetic attraction force on the tail ends, so as to attract the metal bars to itself and to keep the relative tail ends substantially aligned and in contact with the butting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: M.E.P. Macchine Elettroniche Piegatrici SpA
    Inventor: Giorgio Del Fabro
  • Patent number: 7886645
    Abstract: A system for cutting blocks of cheese or other food product into chunks includes conveyors for moving the blocks along an automated, continuous, in-line processing path. A block cutter cuts the blocks longitudinally and or vertically to provide one or more stacks of slabs which are destacked by a vacuum transfer apparatus. A transverse cutter cuts the individual slabs to create chunks of cheese or other food product. The conveyors include a stack conveyor located in the processing path for conveying successive stacks of slabs from the block cutter to the product destacking apparatus in succession, and a slab conveyor located in the processing path for conveying successive slabs from the product destacking apparatus to the transverse cutter. A trim cutting module includes a rotating mechanism that rotates a block during the trim operation, allowing trim to drop to a trim disposal conveyance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Marchant Schmidt, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard F. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100319505
    Abstract: In a device and a method for conveying a paper web, there is provided a longitudinal cutter to cut a paper web conveyed in a conveying direction into at least a first partial web and a second partial web. Furthermore, there is provided a support member arranged behind the longitudinal cutter in conveying direction and supporting at least a portion of the first partial web and at least a portion of the second partial web so that movement of the first partial web and the second partial web in a direction transverse to the conveying direction is substantially blocked and that movement of the first partial web and the second partial web in the conveying direction is substantially not hindered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald Celeste, Bernd Hoepner
  • Publication number: 20100224042
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing small, thin sheets from an active-ingredient film (2), in which the latter is produced by casting the film material onto a substrate material or by coating a substrate material, storing it with or without substrate material on a reel, pulling it off the reel and cutting it. It achieves the object of designing a method of this type in such a way that with this method small sheets can be produced as exactly as possible in predetermined sizes. To do this, the active-ingredient film (2) is pulled off automatically, is separated from a substrate material which, if present, and in tensioned form, is fed to a cutting station and is cut, in the feed direction, into long, narrow strips (7) of predeterminable width, and the long strips (7) are brought together in the feed direction and together are fed by a further feed device (10) to a transverse cutter (11), which cuts through the combined long strips (7) at predetermined intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schäfer, Ronald Hackbarth, Detlev Neuland
  • Publication number: 20100180985
    Abstract: The portable sawmill is constructed on a frame having a series of mechanisms for loading and manipulating a log thereon and removing boards cut from the log. Powered tines load a log onto a vertically adjustable log deck, the deck including powered mechanisms for turning and securing the log in the desired orientation for cutting. Cuts are made by a horizontally traveling band saw. The saw has no vertical adjustment. Board thickness is determined by the height of the vertically adjustable log deck. Cut boards are removed by a board sweep that pushes the board laterally from the top of the log onto a tray. The saw travels along the tray to push the board longitudinally onto a suitable platform for transport. All of the above mechanisms are controlled hydraulically from a single operator station on the mill, thus freeing the operator from many manual tasks and increasing production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Larry C. Burton
  • Patent number: 7640836
    Abstract: Web processing method and apparatus (30, 300) is provided for high speed, extremely accurate die cutting or lamination operations. Processing station (32,300) includes a vacuum hold down plate (32,308) which receives and holds an image bearing incremental segment of the web. In feed and out feed tension on the web is released while a segment of the web is held by the hold down plate. The hold down plate with a segment of the web thereon is selectively shifted about X, Y, and ? axes as required to bring the image on the web segment into alignment with a web processing component at the processing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Preco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles C. Raney, Hongli Du, John T. Pierson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090199688
    Abstract: An apparatus for severing a workpiece having a cutting mechanism operable to cut the workpiece substantially along a selected course; drive mechanism operable to drive the cutting mechanism to cut the workpiece; a transport assembly operable to guide the workpiece in movement relative to a predetermined severing position and with respect to the cutting mechanism; and a frame mounting the cutting mechanism and transport assembly in predetermined relation to each other and relative to the severing position so that the drive mechanism is operable to drive the cutting mechanism to cut the workpiece in the severing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Gile M. Strong
  • Patent number: 7464632
    Abstract: A food slicer is provided having a support member including a base portion and an upstanding portion integrally formed with the base portion. The upstanding portion includes a rotating cutting blade secured thereto for slicing food product and at least one motor positioned within the upstanding portion for rotating the cutting blade. The base portion includes a food product table slidably secured thereto and is movable across the cutting blade for holding product while it is being sliced by the cutting blade. An adjustable gage plate also is provided for determining the thickness of a food product to be sliced by the cutting blade. A product fence for assisting in holding and stabilizing food product during slicing is included where the fence is removably secured to a portion of the food product table by frictional engagement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Scott M. Zeeb, James Fournier, Frank Bondarowicz
  • Publication number: 20080277024
    Abstract: An improved feather board apparatus and method are provided, for use in holding a work piece against a guide surface as the work piece is guided in a feed direction, and for precluding motion of the work piece in a direction opposite the feed direction, through use of a feather board apparatus, having a feather board clamping arrangement which allows for limited amount of pivoting of the feather board about an in feed side clamping point, as the work piece is fed past the feather board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Damian A. Kozina, Edward D. Adkins
  • Publication number: 20080190738
    Abstract: A cant turner has several discrete laterally aligned cant turning stations spaced laterally across the width of a transfer. At each station the turner has two arms that rotate independently about a corresponding shaft. The arms can be selectively oriented in-line with each other or can be set to be at an angle, for example ninety degrees to each other. When in-line and horizontal, the arms allow a cant to pass over the laterally aligned stations without interruption. When one of the arms is elevated, for example, vertically, that arm acts as a hook stop and stops cants from further translation downstream. With a cant stopped against an elevated arm, when both arms rotate in unison the cant may be forwardly turned ninety degrees and allowed to progress down the transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Rory M. Mitchell, Ronald H. Pobuda
  • Patent number: 7249546
    Abstract: A progressive die for shaping a consecutive series of discs from a strip of relatively stiff material, comprising a series of adjacent die stations including a slot cutting station, a plurality of intermediate stations, and a cut off station, the slot cutting station including cutting means for forming at least one laterally extending slot between adjacent discs while leaving at least one narrow deformable bridge connecting the adjacent discs, the intermediate stations including cutting means for shaping the discs, and the cut off station including cutting means for severing the bridge. A strip of relatively stiff material includes a series of consecutive discs formed along the length thereof, at least two adjacent discs having at least one laterally extending slot therebetween and at least one narrow deformable bridge connecting the adjacent discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Franklin Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David L. Fosnaugh
  • Patent number: 7171882
    Abstract: A knife-like die for cutting a thermoformed plastic article from a sheet of thermoformable plastic. The die includes a die build up plate that is mounted to a first platen and a striker plate that is mounted to a second platen. The die further includes a die board having a knife element mounted thereto. A heating element heats the knife to a temperature that allows for easy cutting of the thermoformable plastic. The die board also includes a die travel stop which prevents the die from being forced into the striker plate thus damaging the knife element and a die location pilot that engages a feature on the sheet of thermoformable plastic to align the article with the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Amros Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Shteyngarts
  • Patent number: 7124673
    Abstract: A horizontal cutter of double-bodied bottles attached to each other at a neck which comprises means (2) for advancing the bottles (3) and a cutting device (1) of the neck of the bottles. The cutting device (1) comprises a pair of blades (7), a pair of rotating plates (4) for drawing the bottles (3) along and a plurality of drive pulleys (9) in contact with the bottles (3), in such a way that as the rotating plates (4) move so do the bottles, at the same time rotating about their axes and in contact with the blades. The horizontal cutter ensures fast and effective cutting of the bottles, while occupying little space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Construcciones Mecanicas Maer, S.A.
    Inventors: Jordi Vidal Caupena, Juan Mach Guirado
  • Patent number: 6973862
    Abstract: A method and apparatus by which potatoes and other elongate food product can be properly oriented and stabilized during a slicing operation performed by a cutting device having a horizontal cutting plane. The apparatus includes a passage extending downwardly toward the cutting device and defining an opening in proximity to the cutting device, splines or other suitable features disposed along a first portion of the passage and oriented substantially parallel to the passage, and means for applying a force on a food product traveling downward through the passage so as to urge the product into contact with the splines during engagement with the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent L. Bucks
  • Patent number: 6952989
    Abstract: A food product cutting apparatus that makes a substantially horizontal cut through food product being delivered in a substantially vertical direction. The food product is delivered to a cutting device through an internal passage of at least one feed member above the cutting device. A force is applied to the food product traveling downward through the internal passage so as to push the food product against a first wall of the feed member. The apparatus is configured to improve product flow by configuring the passage of the feed member to have a cross-sectional shape defined by two offset, overlapping diameters. The apparatus is also configured for improved safety by ensuring that the cutting device is properly secured before electrical power is available for driving the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent L. Bucks, Daniel W. King
  • Patent number: 6928915
    Abstract: A plug prevention device is provided in a slicing machine having a rotary impeller for carrying products such as potatoes or the like into engagement with cutting knives to form lattice cut slices, wherein the plug prevention device prevents the products from lodging within an upwardly open inlet throat of the impeller. The plug prevention device comprises an elongated stationary rod having one end projecting into the impeller throat at a position substantially off-axis relative to an axis of impeller rotation. Products entering the impeller and tending to lodge by centrifugal action against an internal wall of the impeller throat will strike the rod, causing such products to separate from wall of the impeller throat and fall further into the impeller for slice processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: J. R. Simplot Company
    Inventors: Richard B. Jensen, David B. Walker, Allen J. Neel, Heriberto Banda
  • Patent number: 6920813
    Abstract: A transverse food slicer includes a generally horizontal conveyor for advancing food products to be sliced to a vertical cutting wheel having radially mounted cutting blades thereon rotating in a cutting plane that transversely slice the conveyed food products. Between the end of the conveyor and the cutting plane, an inclined support surface is provided to stabilize relatively round food products advanced to the cutting plane by the conveyor. The inclined support surface may cooperate with cutting blades having thickness determining gauging surfaces thereon facing towards the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent L. Bucks
  • Patent number: 6895846
    Abstract: A slicing machine includes a tapered slicing gate for use in cutting products such as potatoes or the like into a plurality of slices each having a tapered thickness. The slicing machine generally corresponds to U.S. Pat. No. 3,521,688 and includes a rotary impeller for carrying the products by centrifugal force against an interior surface of a nonrotating cylindrical outer impeller housing, a portion of which defines an adjustable slicing gate forming a cutting slot of controlled thickness relative to a stationary slicing knife for cutting the products into the plurality of slices. A tapered ramp is formed or mounted at a downstream end of the slicing gate so that the cutting slot and the resultant slices have a tapered configuration. The tapered slices may be cut further into elongated strips, such as French fry potato strips, having a tapered lengthwise thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: J.R. Simplot Company
    Inventors: David B. Walker, Richard B. Jensen, Ronald J. Plaisted, Bruce T. Pittard
  • Patent number: 6834853
    Abstract: A method for aligning print media on a feedpath includes the steps of: aligning a sheet of print media using a deskew mechanism; measuring the skew of the sheet after it has been aligned; and comparing the measured skew with a specified skew, and if the measured value is greater than the specified value, reversing the sheet through the deskew mechanism followed by repeating the aligning, measuring and comparing steps. An apparatus for implementing alignment of print media on a feedpath comprises a deskew mechanism and sensors positioned downstream on the feedpath from the deskew mechanism to provide data sufficient to calculate the skew of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP
    Inventors: Steven W. Trovinger, Akinobu Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 6792841
    Abstract: A transverse food slicer includes a generally horizontal conveyor for advancing food products to be sliced to a vertical cutting wheel having radially mounted cutting blades thereon rotating in a cutting plane that transversely slice the conveyed food products. Between the end of the conveyor and the cutting plane, an inclined support surface is provided to stabilize relatively round food products advanced to the cutting plane by the conveyor. The inclined support surface may cooperate with cutting blades having thickness determining gauging surfaces thereon facing towards the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventor: Brent L. Bucks
  • Publication number: 20040149100
    Abstract: A tablet conveying and cutting apparatus capable of adjusting the position of a tablet is a structure suitable for downsizing. A tablet conveying and cutting apparatus has an arranging device for arranging a long side of the tablet to be perpendicular to the tablet's moving direction by moving the tablet for a predetermined distance; and an oblique plate for making the tablet fall a predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Norioki Fujimoto, Koji Ono, Tetsuo Sakurai, Motohiko Kosano
  • Patent number: 6755106
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for die-cutting a stack of sheet-like materials, particularly labels, whereby the stack is pressed into the die-cutter blade by a relative movement of a punching ram and a hollow cylindrical die-cutter blade. For such a device, it is proposed that the stack (8) to be punched be positioned between a limiting element (88) and a moveable slide-in unit 21 is positioned against a stop (89), and the limiting element (88) and the stop (89) are moveable. This type of construction of the die-cutting device ensures an optimal positioning of the stack in area of the pinching ram, independent of varying stack sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Adolf Mohr Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Helmut Gross, Werner Bauer, Gerhard Becker, Gerd Gottschalk, Richard Neubauer, Horst Schneider, Horst Stemmer
  • Publication number: 20040079213
    Abstract: A plug prevention device is provided in a slicing machine having a rotary impeller for carrying products such as potatoes or the like into engagement with cutting knives to form lattice cut slices, wherein the plug prevention device prevents the products from lodging within an upwardly open inlet throat of the impeller. The plug prevention device comprises an elongated stationary rod having one end projecting into the impeller throat at a position substantially off-axis relative to an axis of impeller rotation. Products entering the impeller and tending to lodge by centrifugal action against an internal wall of the impeller throat will strike the rod, causing such products to separate from wall of the impeller throat and fall further into the impeller for slice processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Richard B. Jensen, David B. Walker, Allen J. Neel, Heriberto Banda
  • Patent number: 6722237
    Abstract: A trim press article handling apparatus includes a punch plate, a die plate, a plunger, and a receiver. The punch plate has a punch, and the die plate has a die cooperating in relative movement with the punch plate to sever articles from a thermoformable web. The plunger is carried by one of the punch plate and the die plate having a tapered advancing head. The receiver is carried by the other of the punch plate and the die plate having a tapered recess configured to receive the plunger. A tapered article locator provided within a thermoformed web also having articles therein is captured between the plunger and the receiver as the punch plate and die plate are brought together there about, thereby imparting alignment of an article in the web between the punch and the die. A method for aligning and severing articles from a web is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Jere F. Irwin