With Means To Adjust Additional Means Patents (Class 83/421)
  • Patent number: 10611043
    Abstract: A method of forming an oral product includes gripping a rod of oral product material with a gripping device, indexing the rod forward to have a leading end of the rod abut a stop at a first location, cutting a leading portion of the rod to create an oral product, moving the stop to a second location to allow the oral product to fall, moving the stop back to the first location, and repeating the process. A machine for forming an oral product can include a cutting device adapted to cut through a rod of plastic material, a stop spaced from the cutting device, the stop being adapted to be moved from a first location to a second location, a gripping device adapted to hold and index a rod towards the stop, and a load cell positioned to receive oral products cut from a rod by the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Carl Gregory Miller, Charles Lester Dendy, Jeremy J. Straight, Gregory James Griscik
  • Patent number: 9346184
    Abstract: A system of safety devices is disclosed for use in connection with powered cutting tools, including but not limited to table saws, miter saws, jointers, shapers and routers. The devices include a right hand push device adapted to slide along the fence of a table saw, shaper, router or jointer, a dual bearing hold down device to secure a work piece in at least three directions and adapted for use with a table saw, shaper, router or jointer, an anti-kickback device to secure a work piece after a cut is made and while cutting continues and adapted for use with a table saw, shaper, router or jointer, a left hand hold down device for securing a work piece on the side of a cutting blade opposite that of a fence and adapted for use with a table saw, shaper, router or jointer, and a hold down device adapted for use with miter saws. Each of the devices, alone and in combination, protect the operator of the power tools from serious injury from the cutting tool and from work piece kickback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: William Niichel
  • Publication number: 20150135917
    Abstract: A microtome includes a blade located at an end of a trough that defines a cavity for holding a liquid; a sample block in which the at least one sample is suspended, the sample block is moveable relative to the blade such that when the sample block is passed across the blade a section is cut from the sample block; a plate that includes a support frame that defines an opening, and a transparent film extending across the opening, the transparent film being transparent to electrons, a grasper being configured to receive and retain the plate, wherein the grasper is moveable relative to the blade; and a pusher section that lacks the sample pusher section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Harald F. Hess, David Peale, Patrick R. Lee
  • Patent number: 8939750
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for pelletizing at least one strand of material to be pelletized. Said device comprises a cutting device with two blades that can be displaced relative each other, at least one feed roller and at least one strand feeder for feeding the strand to the cutting device. An additional tab-shaped rectification guide is arranged downstream of the strand feeder in the region directly in front of the feed roller and next to the same, said guide being adjustable and movable in relation to the strand feeder. The rectification guide can be used to adjust the angle at which the strand is fed to the feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Fenchel, Jochen Scheurich
  • Patent number: 8336434
    Abstract: A food article end location detecting system for a food article slicing machine. The system includes a sensor located so that each food article passes a sensing range of the sensor as the food articles are loaded onto a food article feed apparatus. The system has instructions for calculating the length of each food article based on a location value provided by the sensor. The system also comprises a food article end disposal mechanism. The disposal mechanism has a transport for receiving said food article ends and for removing said food article ends from said food article path. The disposal mechanism also has a paddle for displacing food article ends from the transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Sandberg, James E. Pasek, David Hancock, Salvatore Lamartino, Thomas C. Wolcott
  • Patent number: 8250955
    Abstract: An automated sequenced food article tray loading method and apparatus for a slicing machine where food articles can be loaded sequentially into designated and separated lanes of a lift tray and automatically sequentially assume a preload condition. Food article separation is maintained on the lift tray after the food articles are loaded. A food article sweep mechanism receives the food articles on the lift tray in their separated positions and transfers the food articles into the food article feed mechanism while maintaining the separated positions. The food article sweep mechanism is a substantially open structure without enclosing walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Sandberg, Scott A. Lindee, David Hansen, Salvatore Lamartino
  • Publication number: 20120137845
    Abstract: A device for slicing a food product is provided including a product feed and an adjustment apparatus. The product feed feeds the food product to be sliced along a product conveying direction to a cutting plane, in which a cutting blade moves. The food product has a contour and a front product end region. The product feed includes at least one end element which has at least one of a product guiding support surface and a product contact surface for the front product end region. The adjustment apparatus adjusts the at least one end element to have a component of movement generally perpendicular to the product conveying direction. The adjustment apparatus is configured to adjust at least one of the product guiding support surface and the product contact surface of the at least one end element to the contour of the food product during a slicing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: WEBER MASCHINENBAU GMBH BREIDENBACH
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8088330
    Abstract: Sliced specimens can be automatically and continuously prepared and burdens of an operator can be reduced while accuracy required for the sliced specimen is maintained. The sliced specimen is prepared by relatively moving a specimen block transfer section and a cutter, and when a slicing operation to adjust the height position of the specimen block is continuously performed so that the cutting surface of the specimen block is located at a sliceable position, the cutter is moved so that a contacting area of a blade edge of the cutter that firstly contacts the specimen block after the height position adjustment is sequentially changed, every time previously set number of times of slicing operation is completed. Thereafter, the height position of the blade edge of the cutter after the change is measured by a detector, and based on the measurement information of the detector, the sliceable position is corrected and the slicing operation is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Kurashiki Boseki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakajima, Yoshihiko Isagawa, Hiroaki Iida, Toshiyuki Murakami
  • Publication number: 20110296966
    Abstract: A bread conveying apparatus and a bread slicing apparatus including the bread conveying apparatus, comprise a flight conveyer including a first flight for urging a bread, an endless revolving member on which the first flight is mounted, and a driving member and a driven member, the endless revolving member being wound around the driving member and driven member; a rail extending along a conveying path of the bread and supporting the first flight; and a rail size setting unit for setting a length of the rail with respect to an extending direction of the conveying path, wherein the length of the rail with respect to the conveying direction is set by the rail size setting unit based on a size of the bread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Oshikiri Machinery Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzuru OKI, Masami Umetsu, Takahiro Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8025842
    Abstract: Sliced specimens can be automatically and continuously prepared and burdens of an operator can be reduced while accuracy required for the sliced specimen is maintained. The sliced specimen is prepared by relatively moving a specimen block transfer section and a cutter, and when a slicing operation to adjust the height position of the specimen block is continuously performed so that the cutting surface of the specimen block is located at a sliceable position, the cutter is moved so that a contacting area of a blade edge of the cutter that firstly contacts the specimen block after the height position adjustment is sequentially changed, every time previously set number of times of slicing operation is completed. Thereafter, the height position of the blade edge of the cutter after the change is measured by a detector, and based on the measurement information of the detector, the sliceable position is corrected and the slicing operation is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Kurashiki Boseki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakajima, Yoshihiko Isagawa, Hiroaki Iida, Toshiyuki Murakami
  • Patent number: 7673545
    Abstract: A tissue slicing device is comprised of parallel circular blades coaxially connected to a rotary shaft. The blades are separated by gaps. A guide member is supported by a hinge adjacent the blades. An adjustment screw is positioned behind the guide member to control the distance between the guide member and the blades. The device includes a tissue carrier which is comprised of a base member and parallel plates extending from a top side of the base member. The plates are spaced to correspond with the gaps between the blades. Holes in the plates are aligned to define a tissue chamber for receiving a tissue sample. When the tissue carrier is positioned on the guide member and the blades rotated to drive the tissue carrier along the guide member, the tissue chamber is driven into the blades so the tissue sample is simultaneously cut into a plurality of slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventors: Richard T. Giberson, Robert L. Honan
  • Publication number: 20090188362
    Abstract: An automated sequenced food article tray loading method and apparatus for a slicing machine where food articles can be loaded sequentially into designated and separated lanes of a lift tray and automatically sequentially assume a preload condition. Food article separation is maintained on the lift tray after the food articles are loaded. A food article sweep mechanism receives the food articles on the lift tray in their separated positions and transfers the food articles into the food article feed mechanism while maintaining the separated positions. The food article sweep mechanism is a substantially open structure without enclosing walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Glenn Sandberg, Scott A. Lindee, David Hansen, Salvatore Lamartino
  • Publication number: 20090049969
    Abstract: A workpiece-advancing device includes: a slider mounted on a worktable; a workpiece-driving unit mounted on the slider and including a pair of driving rollers and a belt trained on the driving rollers and having a portion adapted to abut against a workpiece and movable relative to the slider for driving movement of the workpiece on the worktable; and a positioning mechanism including an urging unit, a supporting arm unit mounted on the slider and passing through a lateral side of the slider, and an abutting unit mounted on the supporting arm unit and urged by the urging unit so as to be adapted to abut against the workpiece and so as to prevent the workpiece from deviating from a predetermined cutting path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Ching-Chi Lin
  • 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: 7073420
    Abstract: A hydraulic cutting device for a raw aluminum material includes an input tract for transporting the raw aluminum material to a cutting seat to be cut by the incorporation of a movable cutting block and a fixed cutting block. A measuring device is provided to measure the length of the raw aluminum material being cut. After the raw aluminum material is cut, an output cylinder is activated to transport the cut raw aluminum material to an output tract which is driven by a motor via a chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Hsung Huei Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu-Hsiung Kuo
  • Patent number: 6938530
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norioki Fujimoto, Koji Ono, Tetsuo Sakurai, Motohiko Kosano
  • Patent number: 6766720
    Abstract: A system configured for forming precision cuts in an elongate object comprising a base member and a movable member carried by the base member and movable toward and away from the elongate member, and a cutting blade carried by the movable member; and a clamping device coupled to the base member, and configured to engage the elongate object while the cutting blade makes an incision therein; and a contact detection system configured for detecting contact between the cutting blade and the elongate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Sarcos LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis
  • Patent number: 6612210
    Abstract: A shape sawing system for sawing lumber pieces from a curved cant. The cant is scanned by scanners and the scan data is input to a computer. The computer determines a curved path for the saw to follow in sawing the cant into lumber pieces. The saw is laterally and pivotally adjustable to follow the determined path established by the computer. The saw is a plurality of circular saw blades having a defined cutting edge portion that is inclined from a leading point at the bottom of the cant to a trailing point at the top of the cant. The point of pivot of the saws is between the leading point and the trailing point of the cutting edge portion. The saw assembly is mounted on pads having a low coefficient of friction. Pressurized air and lubricant are delivered to the pads to reduce the friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Dockter, Michael P. Knerr, Glen O. Chambers
  • Publication number: 20030121392
    Abstract: An automatic iron core air gap cutting apparatus includes an electronic control box and a transmission system to receive signals and control from the electronic control box for receiving finished iron cores to perform air gaps cutting operations. The completed iron cores with the air gaps formed thereon are pushed to an exit chute for packaging and proceeding the follow on processes, thereby to form an automatic iron core fabrication processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Albert Cho
  • Patent number: 6568307
    Abstract: A microtome (1) having a motorized feed drive system (2) for generating a relative movement between an object (7) that is to be cut and a cutting knife (4). A control circuit (8) and a pressure-sensitive sensor (9) are provided for detecting a position between the cutting knife (4) and the object (7). The motorized feed drive system (2) is switched via the control circuit (8) when the sensor (9) responds. The sensor (9) is equipped with a sensor surface (14) that is at least exactly as large as the surface (16) of the object (7). The sensor surface (14) is arranged parallel to the cutting plane (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Günther, Siegbert Holtermüller, Peter Scheck, Andreas Laudat, Rolf Metzner, Roland Walter
  • Patent number: 6553880
    Abstract: A micro-machining system configured for cutting an elongate object, including a clamp configured to enable repeatedly releasing and then holding the elongate object in a position suitable for cutting the elongate object transversely relative to its lengthwise axis, and a manipulating means, which can include a pinch roller feed configured to advance the elongate element and to rotate it about a lengthwise axis of the elongate object, thereby moving the elongate object so that it can be disposed in the position suitable for cutting, and a cutter configured for forming the at least one precision cut in the elongate object to a desired depth, under the control of a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Sarcos, LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Patent number: 6431039
    Abstract: A method of forming cuts in elongate objects such as a catheters and guide wires, using a cutting device which includes a movable cutting means, a clamping means for holding the elongate object while the cutting means makes an incision therein, and a manipulating means including a pinch roller assembly including a first roller and a second roller, and configured for advancing the elongated object to the clamping means and rotating the elongate object, the method comprising the steps of: a) providing a length of the elongate object to the manipulating means; b) advancing the elongate object toward the clamping means by rotation of a roller of the pinch roller assembly; c) rotating the pinch roller assembly so as to rotate the elongate object about a lengthwise axis of the elongate object; d) engaging the clamping means around the elongate object; e) cutting the elongate object; f) advancing the cutting means toward the elongate object until a desired cutting depth has been reached; and, g) retracting the cutti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Sarcos LC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Patent number: 6260458
    Abstract: A system and method for making at least one cut in a catheter, guide wire or other elongate cylindrical object having a lengthwise axis, comprising a securing means for repeatedly releasing and then holding the elongate object in a position suitable for cutting it at an angle or transversely relative to its lengthwise axis, a manipulating means for moving the elongate object so that it can be disposed in the position suitable for cutting when it is released by the securing means, and a cutting means for forming the at least one precision cut in the elongate object to any desired depth. The securing means preferably comprises a rotatable collet clamp, and the manipulating means preferably comprises a pinch roller assembly for advancing and holding the elongate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Sarcos L.C.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark Davis
  • Patent number: 6202526
    Abstract: A shape sawing system for sawing lumber pieces from a curved cant. The cant is scanned by scanners and the scan data is input to a computer. The computer determines a curved path for the saw to follow in sawing the cant into lumber pieces. The saw is laterally and pivotally adjustable to follow the determined path established by the computer. The saw is a plurality of circular saw blades having a defined cutting edge portion that is inclined from a leading point at the bottom of the cant to a trailing point at the top of the cant. The point of pivot of the saws is between the leading point and the trailing point of the cutting edge portion. The saw assembly is mounted on pads having a low coefficient of friction. Pressurized air and lubricant are delivered to the pads to reduce the friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources
    Inventors: Mike Dockter, Michael P. Knerr, Glen O. Chambers
  • Patent number: 6202524
    Abstract: A rectangular glass workpiece positioning system and method of use for a cutting table is disclosed. A conveyor transports a rectangular glass workpiece in a transporting direction. A stop mechanism is adapted to abut an edge of the glass workpiece which is positioned substantially perpendicular to the transporting direction of the conveyor. A movable edge sensor is adapted to sense an edge of the glass workpiece extending substantially parallel to the transporting direction with the movable edge sensor movable at least perpendicular to the transporting direction. A movable cutting head is provided for cutting the glass workpiece according to a predetermined pattern. The present invention additionally includes a method of retrofitting existing cutting tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Billco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6178858
    Abstract: This invention applies to a shape sawing system for sawing lumber pieces from a curved cant portion. A scanner scans the cant portion as it is conveyed on a conveyor system and inputs the scan data into a computer. The computer determines the curvature and position of the cant portion on the conveyor system. The conveyor system conveys the cant portion through side chippers and into a saw. The side chippers are independently laterally adjustable to follow the curvature of the cant portion. Guide members mounted strategic to the saw guide the cant portion into the saw. The saw is pivotally and laterally adjustable to follow the curvature of the cant portion to produce full length and partial length lumber pieces from the cant portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Knerr, Mike Dockter
  • Patent number: 6170372
    Abstract: A dual spring hold down for use with wood working tools, such as table saws, routers and shapers comprises a bracket mounted on the wood working table behind the tool and a hold down bar pivotably attached to the bracket with the hold down bar surrounding the wood working tool. A threaded rod is threaded into and extends upward from an extension arm of the bracket and though a slot in a hold down bar cross plate. A first coil spring surrounds the threaded rod immediately above the cross plate and a second, stronger coil spring surrounds the threaded rod above the first coil spring while a cylindrical sleeve surrounds the first coil spring. The hold down bar is free to drop down to act as a safety barrier when no wood panel is present. Then, initial lifting of the hold down bar by a wood panel is initially against the relatively light downward bias of the first coil spring until the sleeve is lifted to a “hold down height” at a point sufficient to compress the first coil spring within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Richard A. Weaver
  • Patent number: 6145422
    Abstract: A work piece such as a semiconductor ingot is positioned and bonded to a work piece bonding block by a bonding jig which is provided separately from a wire saw in such a manner that the central axis of the work piece and respective horizontal and vertical surfaces of the work piece bonding block come into parallel to each other. Then, the work piece bonding block is positioned and mounted at a mounting jig which is provided on a cutting-feeding table of the wire saw and which has horizontal and vertical reference surfaces perpendicularly intersecting a cutting plane, so that the central axis of the work piece automatically and perpendicularly intersects the cutting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Katamachi, Shinji Shibaoka
  • Patent number: 6119566
    Abstract: A gauge plate assembly for a food slicer includes a first plate including a food product contacting side and an attachment side. The attachment side has a plurality of fixed mount studs extending therefrom in an established arrangement, the mount studs attached to the first plate in a non-through manner. A support plate includes a mount side which faces the attachment side of the first plate and has a plurality of stud receiving openings in a mirror image of the established arrangement of the plurality of mount studs for alignment therewith. The attachment side of the first plate is positioned adjacent the mount side of the support plate with the plurality of mount studs inserted within the plurality of stud receiving openings. The studs are secured within the stud receiving openings in a press fit engagement in order to hold the two plate together. This arrangement provides an assembled gauge plate which does not require protruding fasteners to be machined or sealed and otherwise reduces assembly costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gongpu Yan, Ellis Gale Short
  • Patent number: 6053084
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method for cutting circuit board panels utilizing an in-line cutting mechanism. As the panel is transported into the cutting mechanism, adjustable rails are moved into position to properly guide the panel into the cutting head. The actual cutting operation is performed by transporting the panel between an upper cutting disk blade and a lower cutting disk blade. The distance between these two blades is adjustable and permits precision cutting of the panel with minimal stress to the circuit board and its components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Pawlenko
  • Patent number: 6012367
    Abstract: A document trimming apparatus includes a document trimming mechanism and a document positioning mechanism. The document trimming mechanism includes a trimmer clamp for holding a document made up of a stack of sheets while being trimmed and a knife for trimming an edge of the stack of sheets. The document positioning mechanism includes a transport holder for securely holding the stack of sheets during transport and further includes a carrier movably supporting the transport holder for translational and rotational movement relative to the document trimming mechanism. The document positioning mechanism is adapted to position successive edges of the stack of sheets proximate the knife for trimming. The document positioning mechanism includes a first actuator to control rotational movement, a second actuator to control translational movement, and a third actuator to control a side block for initial positioning of the stack on the document positioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: The Challenge Machinery Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Westra, Michael F. Baker
  • Patent number: 5970840
    Abstract: An adjustable gauge plate for a food slicer comprising a front plate and a rear plate attached to the front plate, such that a cavity is defined between the plates, the rear plate having at least one hole therethrough. The gauge plate further comprises an indexing member attached to a slicer base, an adjustment plate mounted to the indexing member, the indexing member and adjustment plate being shaped to fit in the cavity between the front and rear plates, and a fastener shaped to be inserted in the hole in the rear plate and adjustably connected to the adjustment plate such that the gauge plate is capable of being adjusted relative to the adjustment plate and the gauge plate is capable of being adjusted relative to the food slicer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gongpu Yan, Ellis Gale Short, Timothy Allen Schrand, Richard Paul Scherch
  • Patent number: 5893308
    Abstract: A work piece such as a semiconductor ingot is positioned and bonded to a work piece bonding block by means of a bonding jig which is provided separately from a wire saw in such a manner that the central axis of the work piece and respective horizontal and vertical surfaces of the work piece bonding block come into parallel to each other. Then, the work piece bonding block is positioned and mounted at a mounting jig which is provided on a cutting-feeding table of the wire saw and which has horizontal and vertical reference surfaces perpendicularly intersecting a cutting plane, so that the central axis of the work piece automatically and perpendicularly intersects the cutting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Katamachi, Shinji Shibaoka
  • Patent number: 5845410
    Abstract: A very accurate, multiple position, miter device or gauge for use with a table saw or the like includes a protractor having a plurality of equally spaced precision drilled step-holes, a sine bar, a micrometer adjust, and a guide bar adapted to fit within a guide groove or miter slot. In accordance with a particular example, the device includes a protractor having thirteen equally spaced, angled step-holes precisely spaced at 15.degree. from one another. The micrometer adjust includes a thimble screw having 1/6020 (one minute) increments with one full revolution of the thimble screw adjusting the angle of the sine bar by 1/40 (15 minutes). Also, the guide bar includes 0.degree., 3 3/4.degree. and 7 1/2.degree. offset threaded openings for receiving an angle hole lock shoulder bolt which passes through the protractor and into the guide bar. Hence, the miter device can be set at selected precise 15.degree., 7 1/2.degree. and 3 3/4.degree. increments using the angle step-holes, the 0.degree., 3 3/4.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Donald W. Boker
  • Patent number: 5832914
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting a semiconductor ingot utilizing an inner-diameter saw. The apparatus includes a reference structure positioned on the saw at a predetermined distance from the saw blade and a template having a cut positioning portion and a reference portion separated from the cut positioning portion by a distance corresponding to the predetermined distance. The template is adapted to be placed on the ingot with the cut positioning portion disposed adjacent the desired cut location so that the reference portion establishes a reference position on the ingot. The saw is adapted thereby to cut the ingot at the desired location when the reference position on the ingot is aligned with the reference structure on the saw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: SEH America, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Aydelott
  • Patent number: 5826477
    Abstract: A means of automatically adjusting band saw blade guides according to the widths of the sawn material so as to minimize the unsupported length of a band saw blade combined with an improved means of removing material dust. The means of removing sawdust from the sawn material is also applicable to horizontal circular saw blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Clarence R. Brewer, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5603164
    Abstract: An angle guide device is disclosed which includes a slotted base member pivoted at one end to one end of an angle guide member, an adjustment member pivoted at one end to the angle guide and carrying a slider element at the other end. The slider element is slidable in the slot but may be locked in any adjusted position. Numeric indicia indicate the angle between the base member and angle guide members in each position of the slides along the track. The base member is clamped to a workpiece by dual action clamps separately clamping to the workpiece and to the base member. Extension pieces may be attached to increase the length of the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Paul A. Haddix
  • Patent number: 5493789
    Abstract: A miter gauge and saw blade calibrator is in the form of a flat plate with grooves defined in top and bottom surfaces at various angles. The grooves are sized to receive the bar of a miter gauge so that bar can be elevated above a table slot with its side extending above the slot abutting a side of the groove. The calibrator is slid along the bar toward the miter head until the miter head lays flat against one of the sides of the calibrator on both sides of the bar, to set the angle between the head and the bar equal to the angle between the groove and the corresponding side of the calibrator. Fine angle calibration bars can also be provided between the calibrator and the miter head so as to set smaller or unusual angle increments. In addition, the perimetral edges of the calibrator form different angles so that one edge can be placed against the table top surface of a table saw or other tool and another edge against the blade to accurately set the angle of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Mark A. Duginske
  • Patent number: 5402701
    Abstract: A new and improved miter apparatus includes a base plate assembly which includes a front end, two sides, and a rear end. The base plate assembly includes a slot at the front end midway between the two side members for receiving a saw blade. A track assembly is located between the rear end and the slot on the base plate assembly. A carriage assembly is supported by the track assembly. The carriage assembly is capable of being moved back and forth along the track assembly. The carriage assembly includes a first pivot assembly and a second pivot assembly supported by the base plate assembly at a position between the track assembly and the slot on the base plate assembly. A pair of miter arms are pivotally connected to the second pivot assembly. The miter arms include respective third pivot assemblies supported by the miter arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventor: Stanley J. Ingram
  • Patent number: 5379669
    Abstract: A precision miter gauge that consists of a sine-plate assembly mounted on a guide bar for engagement in a conventional table-saw miter slot. The sine-plate assembly comprises a stationary plate substantially perpendicular to the guide bar and a hinged plate pivotally connected to the stationary plate by a hinge pin having an axis of rotation disposed at a predetermined distance from the hinged plate, so as to form a variable angle between the two plates. A gauge block adapted to produce exact predetermined angles is positioned between the stationary plate and a reference pin pivotally coupled to the hinged plate and having an axis of rotation disposed at the same predetermined distance from the hinged plate as the hinge pin's axis. As the gauge block is firmly secured between the reference pin and the stationary plate, the hinged plate provides a solid and precise fence for cutting a workpiece at the selected angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Joseph L. Roedig
  • Patent number: 5203246
    Abstract: A system for aligning and squaring folded and glued boxes being conveyed serially in line or in a shingle utilizes a fixed set of alignment wheels positioned parallel to and on one side of the shingle and a set of adjustable alignment wheels positioned on the opposite lateral edge of the shingle. The adjustable alignment wheels can be adjusted as a unit to pivot on a vertical axis and to move laterally slightly into the path of the shingle. The pivot arm on which the adjustable wheels are mounted accommodates major misalignment of the initially incoming shingle, but is pivoted to an aligned position in the direction of shingle movement by the force of the moving shingle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Marquip, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean W. Smitterberg, Timothy C. Prochnow, William R. Nachtrab, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5195411
    Abstract: A cut edge position correcting apparatus is used for correcting a direction and a wave-like contour of a cut edge of a belt-shaped member cut by a cutter unit. The cut edge position correcting apparatus includes a support base for supporting a belt-shaped member, a bending member arranged extendible above and retractable into the support base for bending the cut edge portion upwardly, and a restraining member rotatable in a horizontal plane for uriging the belt-shaped member over its entire width against the support base. The apparatus further includes a lifting unit for raising and lowering the restraining member, clamp pawls for clamping the cut edge portioned, a plurality of slide plates arranged aligned with each other in a lengthwise direction of the restraining member to hold the cut edge portion over their entire widths in cooperation with the clamp pawls, and a driving unit for independently moving said slide plates relative to the restraining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Okuyama
  • Patent number: 5143130
    Abstract: A jig adapted for use with a conventional molder-planer for cutting work on curved wood sections. For this purpose, the present invention includes a base with the jig mounted thereon. The base bolts onto the table of the molder-planer so that the jig is positioned directly under the molder-planer cutter head. The jig is comprised of a set of two guide wheels permanently mounted in a side-by-side relationship on one side of the plate, and two adjustably mounted pneumatic cylinders, each with a guide wheel bolted to the end of the piston rod, mounted opposite to the permanent guide wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: Robert L. Bonyman
  • Patent number: 5109742
    Abstract: An attachment for a miter gage used on a table saw. The attachment includes two linear fences arranged at right angles to each other on a table surface. One of the fences is formed by an elongated channel member having a bottom wall, two side walls, and two inturned flanges. A manually-operable locking mechanism is mounted on and within the channel member to clamp the member in selected positions of adjustment at right angles to the other fence member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Donald Strong
  • Patent number: 5058474
    Abstract: An improved biasing guide for safely controlling a workpiece disposed on the deck of a machine tool by urging it toward a stationary frame, wherein the height of the elongated arm and bias wheel is easily controlled by a minutely adjustable cam mechanism which is movable against a preset spring tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventor: Gerardo Herrera
  • Patent number: 5054700
    Abstract: An apparatus for severing envelope edges in continuous fashion comprises a plurality of devices for severing an envelope edge and a conveyor mechanism for carrying envelopes past the plurality of severing devices, and for rotating the envelopes to present envelope edges to the plurality of severing devices in orientations which permit the edge-severing of each presented envelope edge. Also a severing device for use in connection with the severing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. DeWitt
  • Patent number: 5042346
    Abstract: A fixture to be used in cutting 45.degree. mitered ends on wooden workpieces by means of a table saw having an adjustable miter gauge movable on the worktable past either side of the saw blade has in plan the outline of an isosceles right triangle. This fixture is mounted on the miter gauge with its base face engaging the normal working face of the miter gauge. With the miter gauge adjusted with its working face at approximately 90.degree. to the saw blade, when the gauge moved along one of the guide tracks in the worktable and then along the other guide track without changing its adjustment, the angles respectively defined by the saw blade and the adjacent face on the fixture will total 90.degree. irrespective of any deviation of the adjustment of the miter gauge from an accurately perpendicular relation with the saw blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Shopsmith, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. McCann
  • Patent number: 5016358
    Abstract: A combination simple and compound mitre gauge along with a precision split fence constitute the subject matter of the present invention. Both the mitre gauge and fence are intended to be utilized with power woodworking tools. The mitre gauge constitutes both a simple and compound gauge by utilizing an elongated member which slides in a groove on the supporting table and a suppport plate coupled with the member which is movable about a vertical axis and can be held in a given position by appropriate locking means. The support plate presents a vertical surface which mounts a guide that can be moved into one of two positions to vary the length of it. The guide may also be removed and a planar surface presenting shoe pivotally coupled with the support plate. The angle of the planar surface of the shoe may be varied and means is provided for locking the shoe in any given position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventors: Verle L. Rice, Richard A. Keener
  • Patent number: 4945797
    Abstract: An automated multiple rip sawing apparatus is disclosed, wherein the boards are inspected at an inspection station to identify the lateral boundaries of the maximum usable clear area of each board. Each board is then delivered to an elongated saw feeding table which includes a transversely movable guide fence, and the board is then fed through a multiple rip saw having blades of differing separations, to thereby form a plurality of separate wood components. The transverse movement of the fence is automatically adjusted by a computer control, which includes the stored value of the boundaries of the maximum clear area of the board, and so that the board is ripped into the number and size of wood components which achieves a maximum yield from each board. Also, the saw feeding table includes a fixed support frame, and guide means for supporting the transverse movement of the fence while maintaining a high degree of accuracy in its alignment with respect to the fixed support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Buss Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Hahn
  • Patent number: RE34994
    Abstract: A jig adapted for use with a conventional molder-planer for cutting work on curved wood sections. For this purpose, the present invention includes a base with the jig mounted thereon. The base bolts onto the table of the molder-planer so that the jig is positioned directly under the molder-planer cutter head. The jig is comprised of a set of two guide wheels permanently mounted in a side-by-side relationship on one side of the plate, and two adjustably mounted pneumatic cylinders, each with a guide wheel bolted to the end of the piston rod, mounted opposite to the permanent guide wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Robert L. Bonyman