With Means To Press Work To Work-carrier Patents (Class 83/422)
  • Patent number: 9488016
    Abstract: A skate for an injector apparatus in which gripper dies on a pair of endless chains driven around respective closed loop paths on different sides a continuous wellbore string are forced against the continuous string by forcing a set of the skates toward theretoward from inside the closed loop paths of the endless chains. The inventive skate features a skate body carrying a plurality of spherical balls that are exposed on a side of the skate that faces toward the continuous string in order to allow riding of endless chains over exposed surfaces of the spherical balls as the endless chains are driven through the respective closed-loop paths, whereby the gripper dies ride over the spherical balls of said skates under the forcing of said skates toward the continuous string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: CELTIC MACHINING LTD.
    Inventors: Martin E. C. Gubbins, Sven W. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20150122095
    Abstract: The invention relates to a slicing device (1) comprising a cutting blade (3) that cuts slices from the front end of a food product (8). A means (6) conveys the food product (8) in the direction of the cutting blade (3) and/or presses the food product against a support (7), and a gripper (9) grips the rear end (8.1) of the product. The invention further relates to a method for slicing a food product (8) that rests on a support (7), is conveyed in the direction of a cutting blade (3), and enters in contact with a gripper (9) at the rear end (8.1) of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jörg Schmeiser
  • Publication number: 20140352505
    Abstract: It is disclosed an industrial slicer of a food product. The slicer comprises means for guiding and conveying the food product along a conveying direction, comprises means for pressing the food product against the guiding and conveying means, wherein the minimum distance between the pressing means and the guiding and conveying means is configurable, comprises means for cutting the food product into a plurality of pieces according to a configured cutting pitch, comprises pre-pressing means for exerting a pressure value on the food product and comprises a control unit. The control unit is configured to calculate a number of cutting pieces. The cutting means are configured to cut the pressed food product into a number of pieces equal to the calculated number of cutting pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: GIORGIO GRASSELLI
  • Publication number: 20140123823
    Abstract: A slicing apparatus and method suitable for reliably slicing elongated food products along a longitudinal axis thereof. The apparatus includes a slicing wheel mounted for rotation about a roughly horizontal axis, a first delivery structure adapted to deliver food product to the slicing wheel, and a moving delivery device adapted to press the food product against the first delivery structure and propel the food product in a delivery direction along a length of the first delivery structure to the slicing wheel. The slicing wheel produces a slice cut in the food product parallel to the delivery direction in which the food product is delivered to the slicing wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Urschel Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony A. McCracken
  • Patent number: 8714066
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a plate-like material during a separation process. The apparatus includes a separating device that is movable, during the separation process, in a first axial direction that is transverse to a second axial direction that the plate-like material is conveyed in during the separation process. The apparatus also includes first and second transport tables. The first transport table has a first contact surface and the second transport table has a second contact surface. The first contact surface and the second contact surface are spaced apart by a gap along which the separating device is movable. The apparatus also includes at least one holding device that is operable hold the plate-like material relative to the first and second contact surfaces such that the plate-like material is movable along the first and second contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Eberhard Wahl, Martin Blaser
  • Patent number: 8683903
    Abstract: The powered endless belt (14) of a lower conveyor (12) transports workpieces (16) past a scanning station (18) and then past a slicing station (20), whereat the workpieces are sliced into desired thickness by a powered blade (23). An upper hold-down conveyor (24) includes a powered belt (26) that assists in holding the workpieces stationary and stable as workpieces travel past the slicing station (20). In this regard, the belt is of a compliant construction and is operated at a low enough tension to enable it to substantially conform to the contour of the upper surface of the workpiece, thereby to apply a substantially uniform load about the entire upper surface area of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Strong, Norman A. Rudy, Nicholas C. Tipper
  • Patent number: 8549966
    Abstract: An output conveyor for a high speed slicing apparatus having four deceleration conveyors that receive slices from a jump conveyor. Each deceleration conveyor laterally position slices in an output lane. The deceleration conveyors have a pivotal axis for matching an elevation of an end of said deceleration conveyor with an elevation of an upstream conveyor. The output conveyor also comprises four weighing conveyors for weighing slices received from upstream components. The weighing conveyors each comprise a removable carrying unit for turning a conveyor belt and a drive unit for driving the carrying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hansen, James E. Pasek
  • Publication number: 20130247736
    Abstract: A cutting plotter includes a housing, a conveying mechanism, a guide shall, a cutting head, a cutter moving mechanism, and a slidable contact. The conveying mechanism is configured to convey a sheet-like cutting object to a first direction. The guide shaft extends in a second direction and is connected to the housing. The second direction crosses to the first direction. The cutting head is slidably supported by the guide shall, and is to be mounted with a cutter. The cutter moving mechanism is configured to move the cutting head along the guide shaft. The cutter moving mechanism includes a roller shaft extending parallel to the guide shaft. The slidable contact is provided in the cutting head and slidably contacts the roller shaft to maintain a position of the cutting head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyasu Niizeki, Junnosuke Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8408109
    Abstract: A loaf feed apparatus for a food article slicing machine. The apparatus has at least a first conveyor driven by a hollow shaft and a second conveyor driven by a second shaft. The second shaft independently operates within said hollow shaft. The hollow shaft and the second shaft are driven by independent drive sources. The apparatus also includes at least one lower conveyor driven by a drive roller having a outer diameter and a recessed diameter where the drive belt is connected around the recessed diameter and the conveyor belt is connected around the outer diameter. The drive belt operates within an area defined by the first conveyor belt. The apparatus also has a loaf gate for separating a slicing station from the loaf feed apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Lindee, Salvatore Lamartino
  • Patent number: 8276491
    Abstract: An automated sequenced food article tray loading method and apparatus for a high speed 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 by a plurality of support plates and one or more dividers. 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: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Sandberg, David Hansen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8186252
    Abstract: A book trimmer is provided. The book trimmer includes an edge trimming knife movable back and forth in a book travel direction and a conveyor downstream of the edge trimming knife. The conveyor includes a reciprocating section movable back and forth in the book travel direction receiving books trimmed by the edge trimming knife. A method for trimming a book is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Alan Guaraldi
  • Patent number: 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
  • Patent number: 8066039
    Abstract: An apparatus cuts rail ends for cabinet doors. Infeed and outfeed carriages are reciprocally movable along spaced apart tracks, and a transverse carriage is reciprocally moveable between the tracks. An arbor between the tracks supports and rotates a cutter. Clamps on the carriages selectively clamp a workpiece, so a workpiece clamped to the infeed carriage is carried past the arbor to cut an end of the workpiece, transferred to the transverse carriage, carried a desired distance towards the outfeed carriage, clamped to the outfeed carriage, carried past the arbor again to cut a second end of the workpiece, and released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin J. Arvin
  • 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: 20110081463
    Abstract: Produce processing apparatuses are presented including: a number of paddles coupled with a rotating conveyor system configured for capturing and securing produce along a first position; a counter-rotating compression belt system for compressing the produce along a second position, where the counter-rotating compression belt system is configured to apply a compressive force to the produce such that the produce is secured, and where the counter-rotating compression belt system includes a belt that is counter-rotating and synchronized with respect to the rotating conveyor system; and a cutting system including a rotary coring blade assembly positioned along a path of the rotating conveyor system, where the rotary coring blade assembly is positioned and configured to core the produce along a third position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: David W. Scaroni, Matthew S. Scaroni
  • Publication number: 20100326252
    Abstract: A panel saw machine (2) for panels (1) made of wood or similar materials comprises: a horizontal table (3) for supporting the panels (1); means (4) for advancing the panels (1) along a feed line (A) and mobile in a direction parallel to and along the horizontal table (3); a straight cutting unit (5) transversal to the feed line (A) and comprising a base (10), presser means (6) for holding down the panels (1), and a first saw blade (7) mobile in both directions and protruding lengthways from a slot made in the horizontal table (3) in such a such a way as to cut the panels (1) along a line (T) transversal to the feed line (A); the cutting unit (5) also comprises a carriage (8) which rotatably mounts the first blade (7) and which is slidably connected to guide means (9) associated with the base (10) and adjustment means (14) acting on the carriage (8) and designed to enable the carriage (8) to move vertically in both directions along a line (Z) perpendicular to the transversal line (T).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: GIBEN INTERNATIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Piergiorgio Benuzzi
  • Publication number: 20100257984
    Abstract: Produce trimming apparatus are presented including, including: a number of paddles coupled with a rotating conveyor system configured for capturing and isolating the produce along a first section; a counter-rotating compression belt system for compressing the produce along a second section, where the counter-rotating compression belt system is configured to apply a compressive force to the produce such that the produce is secured, and where the counter-rotating compression belt system includes a belt that is counter-rotating and synchronized with respect to the rotating conveyor system; and a cutting system including a number of cutting blades positioned along a path of the rotating conveyor system, where the number of cutting blades are configured to core and trim the produce along the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: David W. Scaroni, Matthew S. Scaroni
  • Publication number: 20100186566
    Abstract: A machine for cutting out patterns (1) printed on a substrate in the form of a web (2) wound on a reel, extends vertically and has web (2) driving elements using a belt conveyor (13) which runs in a vertically oriented closed loop. This conveyor belt (13) offers an optimized adhesion surface based on the use of its two large lateral faces and is placed between a loading station (5) and an unloading station (7) installed on either sides of the lateral faces of the conveyor belt (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: GRAFITRONIKS
    Inventors: Didier Dubesset, Eric Vilain
  • Publication number: 20100162870
    Abstract: The invention includes a feeder, a support surface and a sawing device. The sawing device is moveably arranged with respect to the support surface, to reduce the probability of creating scratches on the board surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Leif Kare Hindersland
  • Publication number: 20100043923
    Abstract: An apparatus cuts rail ends for cabinet doors. Infeed and outfeed carriages are reciprocally movable along spaced apart tracks, and a transverse carriage is reciprocally moveable between the tracks. An arbor between the tracks supports and rotates a cutter. Clamps on the carriages selectively clamp a workpiece, so a workpiece clamped to the infeed carriage is carried past the arbor to cut an end of the workpiece, transferred to the transverse carriage, carried a desired distance towards the outfeed carriage, clamped to the outfeed carriage, carried past the arbor again to cut a second end of the workpiece, and released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: KEVIN J. ARVIN
  • Publication number: 20090314147
    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: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: FUTURA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Catelli
  • Patent number: 7603936
    Abstract: A mechanism and method is provided for controllably loading multiple food loaves into the slicing station of a continuous slicing machine. The parallel loaves that are engaged by a common loaf feed drive or side-by-side, independent loaf feed drives are engaged by the loaf feed drive or drives simultaneously such that the interface or seam between a preceding loaf and a trailing loaf in different loaf feed paths are located substantially at the same location during slicing of two side-by-side loaf streams. A clamp device is provided that clamps multiple food loaves when loaded to move along the parallel food loaf paths together, wherein the clamp device can be released once the multiple food loaves are simultaneously engaged by the loaf feed drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen F. Pryor, Glenn Sandberg
  • Publication number: 20090188363
    Abstract: A loaf feed apparatus for a food article slicing machine. The apparatus has at least a first conveyor driven by a hollow shaft and a second conveyor driven by a second shaft. The second shaft independently operates within said hollow shaft. The hollow shaft and the second shaft are driven by independent drive sources. The apparatus also includes at least one lower conveyor driven by a drive roller having a outer diameter and a recessed diameter where the drive belt is connected around the recessed diameter and the conveyor belt is connected around the outer diameter. The drive belt operates within an area defined by the first conveyor belt. The apparatus also has a loaf gate for separating a slicing station from the loaf feed apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Scott A. Lindee, Salvatore Lamartino
  • Patent number: 7451676
    Abstract: Apparatus for dividing medicinal tablets is disclosed. Such apparatus may include a plurality of tablet dividing members disposed along a common axis, a tablet retention mechanism adapted to hold a plurality of oral solid medicinal tablets, and a controller that causes the tablet retention mechanism to move relative to the tablet dividing members. Each medicinal tablet may have a respective initial dosage of an active constituent. The tablet dividing members may be disposed relative to one another along the common axis to divide each of the medicinal tablets into a respective plurality of tablet portions. The partial dosages of all the tablet portions may be equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Precisionsmeds
    Inventors: John Edward Thurston, Jason Alan Lilly
  • Publication number: 20080223228
    Abstract: A horizontal meat slicer includes a frame and a lower conveyor belt having forward and rearward ends, the lower conveyor belt operative to receive a meat product thereon and transport it into and through the device. An upper pressing conveyor belt includes forward and rearward ends, the upper pressing conveyor belt and the lower conveyor belt cooperating such that meat product is compressed between the lower conveyor belt and the upper pressing conveyor belt. At least one bandsaw blade is rotatably mounted on the frame, a cutting section of the bandsaw blade traveling between the upper belt and lower belts. Finally, at least one drive device such as a motor is operatively connected to each of the conveyor belts and the bandsaw blade to drive them to pull the meat product through the device and cut the meat product via the cutting edge of the bandsaw blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Henry Biggs, Steve Korteley
  • Publication number: 20080134854
    Abstract: A tenoner includes a chassis which has a moving dock having a sliding member on the bottom run through by a transverse sliding rod and movable thereon on the top. A directing wheel is provided and located on the front side of the sliding member leaning and rotating on a lower side of a positioning rod. A directing rod coupled with the moving dock having a rear side fastened to a connection board is provided that is movable on a front jagged surface of the positioning rod. The connection board is fastened to an anchor ring located on the top of a driving motor having a spindle fastened to a cutter extended above the connection board to perform cutting operation on a work piece. The moving dock can be moved to all directions smoothly to move the cutter forwards and rearwards. The driving motor also can be removed quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Jack Yang
  • Patent number: 7011006
    Abstract: In preferred embodiments the invention includes a transverse board conveyor, a board extrusion portion, a marking station, a sawing portion, and a plurality of board feeding portions, all of which are controlled by a process controller. In such preferred embodiments, a bunk feeder and magazines feed boards serially onto the transverse board conveyor and are conveyed in a direction transverse to the length of the boards. The boards are individually deposited into an elongate receiver of a board extrusion portion to be conveyed longitudinally. A carriage in the receiver transports the boards past an end detection station, past a marking station, and to a sawing station. The marking station prints desired indicia at selected positions on the board such as by an ink jet printer without physical contact of the printing mechanism with the board and while the board is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome E. Koskovich
  • Patent number: 6872044
    Abstract: Sheets held by a sheet transfer mechanism are supplied from a supply unit to an aligning unit, and aligned with each other by the aligning unit. Thereafter, corners of the sheets are cut off by first and second cutting units, and then the sheets are vertically inverted by an inverting unit. Then, the sheets are turned into a given direction by a turning unit, and supplied to a discharge unit, from which the sheets are discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 6854372
    Abstract: A miter saw is adapted for performing lengthwise, or rip, operations on a work piece such as wood. A back support arm is positioned off-center such that the work piece can be inserted under the miter saw substantially parallel to the blade. An arcuate aperture in the back support arm ensures that bevel adjustment properly aligns the blade with the blade slot during bevel cuts. An adjustable rail enables the work piece to be positioned in either a normal position, for crosswise cuts, or an orthogonal position, for lengthwise cuts. A toggle switch overrides the on/off switch on the handle, useful when the work piece is fed from behind. Two separate sleeves cover the blade, assuring safety during operation for both lengthwise and crosswise cuts. A tensioning board feed roller holds the work piece in place during lengthwise cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: William Jefferson Anthony
  • Patent number: 6834576
    Abstract: A bacon trimmer for trimming cooked bacon slices into substantially uniform lengths comprises: a housing, a transfer comb mounted on the housing, a device mounted on said housing for transferring the cooked bacon slices from a continuous conveyor belt carrying the cooked bacon slices from a cooking device to a first end of said transfer comb, a device for moving the cooked bacon slices across the transfer comb to a second end of the transfer comb and feeding the cooked bacon slices to the same continuous conveyor belt adjacent the second end of said transfer comb, a cutter associated with the housing for trimming the bacon slices into substantially uniform lengths as they are transferred across the transfer comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Michael Leitinger
  • 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: 6722545
    Abstract: A tablet cutting apparatus of the present invention comprises a conveyor 20 for conveying a tablet in a horizontal transport direction; a cutter 22, disposed above the conveyor 20, for cutting a notch in the tablet disposed on the conveyor 20; a divider roller 23, disposed downstream of the cutter 22 above the conveyor 20, for dividing the tablet into two halves along the notch formed by the cutter 22; and a collecting chamber or box 47, 54 for collecting halves of the tablets that have been divided by the divider roller 23. Thus, after notching the tablet by the cutter 22, the tablet is divided into two by the divider roller 23, whereby the tablet is precisely split into halves and collected into the collecting chamber or box 47, 54.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Hiroyasu Hamada
  • Patent number: 6647850
    Abstract: A bagel or bun slicing apparatus includes a frame mounted to a vertically adjustable stand and base. The frame defines a vertical channel which houses a reciprocating blade and rollers for transporting the bagel or bun through the channel and across the blade. The rollers are rotated by an electric motor which also reciprocates the blade. The rollers and/or a guide plate may be laterally adjustable to allow for bagels or buns of varying widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Nick Verklan
  • Publication number: 20030154834
    Abstract: An automatic cutoff saw includes a workpiece positioner comprising a plurality synchronized conveying belts driven by a single motor to position a workpiece for cutting by reciprocating, rotating saw blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: LeRoy E. Cothrell
  • Publication number: 20030145698
    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: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Brent L. Bucks
  • Publication number: 20030079595
    Abstract: A feed grip for being coupled to a slide rod of a slicer including a gripping plate having a front surface and rear surface, the front surface being shaped to grip a food product, the gripping plate including an attachment portion extending generally outwardly from the rear surface. The feed grip further includes a handle having an opening shaped to releasably receive the attachment portion therein, and a feed arm including a pair of annulus, a first one of the annulus being shaped to be generally located between the handle and the gripping plate, a second one of the annulus being shaped to receive the slide rod of the slicer therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Shahram Shariff, Doug McGuffin-Noll, Jeff Frock
  • 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: 6553879
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing paper toweling includes a rotatable toweling support roller and a cutter blade pivotally mounted on the outer peripheral portion of the roller. The blade is movable between a first position in which the cutting edge of the blade is positioned closely adjacent to the outer peripheral portion and a second position in which the blade is disposed at an angle relative to the outer peripheral portion with the cutting edge of the blade spaced from the toweling support roller. The cutter blade when in the second position projects in a direction generally opposed to the direction of rotation of the toweling support roller so that pulling force exerted on the toweling by a user will bear against the cutting edge of the cutter blade to sever the toweling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Perrin Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 6539830
    Abstract: In preferred embodiments the invention includes a transverse board conveyor, a board extrusion portion, a marking station a sawing portion, and one or more board feeding portions, all of which are controlled by a process controller. In such, preferred embodiments, one or more stacks of boards are serially fed onto the transverse board conveyor and are conveyed in a direction transverse to the length of the boards. The boards are individually deposited into an elongate receiver of a board extrusion portion to be conveyed longitudinally. A carriage in the receiver transports the boards past an end detection station, past a marking station, and to a sawing station. The carriage has a moveable clamping member which pinches the board between a wall of the receiver and the clamping member. The carriage moves down the receiver with the board clamped thereto conveying the board in a longitudinal direction to position the board in a desired position for sawing the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: The Koskovich Company
    Inventor: Jerome E. Koskovich
  • Patent number: 6532850
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for dissecting logs in a sawing installation are disclosed. The installation having a reciprocally moving longitudinal conveyor for moving the logs reciprocally through a double band saw assembly utilizing band saw blades having sawing teeth both on a forward longitudinal edge and a rearward longitudinal edge thereof. As a consequence, the log is sawn both during the forward stroke and during the backward stroke of the reciprocally moving conveyor. Between subsequent strokes the band saw blades are displaced radially with respect to the conveying direction such that during each stroke the log first comes into contact with an outward band saw blade and then with an inward band saw blade, both relative to the log axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Esterer WD GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Jean Gunnar Bergvall, Nikolaus Gössl
  • Publication number: 20030015075
    Abstract: An arrangement for cutting products with the aid of a draw cut includes an upright cutting knife and a conveying device for moving the products in a conveying direction against the upright cutting knife. The conveying device includes at least one endless conveying element for holding and guiding the products during a cutting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Merkli
  • Publication number: 20020178887
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting a material having prevalently two-dimensional extension into appropriately shaped portions, in particular for cutting a fabric or the like into shaped portions for the manufacture of clothing items or other items, comprising a support frame (12), means (22) for supporting said material (16), means for supporting cutting means (20). Said cutting means (20) are movable, relative to said material (16) according to trajectories suited for effecting longitudinal, transverse, or otherwise oriented cuts into said material (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Cesare Beccari
  • Publication number: 20020117035
    Abstract: It comprises means for advancing the bottles towards a station for cutting the domes of the bottle, said cutting station being associated with means for pressing the bottle against the cutting element of said station and with means for making the bottle rotate, said pressure and said rotation means being a pair of drive pulleys, and it is characterized in that it also includes means for limiting the rotation of the bottles, in such a way that rotation of the bottles occurs only when the bottles are situated substantially opposite the cutting station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Ernesto Vidal Caupena
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020083816
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting machine for cutting up foodstuffs, particularly sausage, ham, bacon, meat, cheese and the like, with a cutting head disposed on a base frame (8) as well as a product delivery unit with a guide (7) for the product to be cut and a feed arrangement, wherein at the cutting end of the product (6) to be cut a holder (1) is provided which fixes and shapes the foodstuff (6) and which can be retracted from the blade (11) with the guide (7) for the product to be cut in order to prevent the formation of slivers with idle strokes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Applicant: Dixie-Union GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dieter Krauss
  • Patent number: 6382064
    Abstract: A formed element trimming apparatus includes a base member, a nesting member connected to a ram cylinder mounted on one end of the base member, a clamping member connected to a clamping cylinder mounted to a second end of the base member, and a cutting plate attached to the base member between the nesting member and the clamping member. The cutting plate has a cutting aperture to engage any undesired attachments on the periphery of the formed element. The formed element is securely placed in the nesting member, which is designed to integrally receive the formed element. The clamping member, propelled by the clamping cylinder, traverses the cutting aperture to engage the nesting member and secure the position of the formed element between the nesting member and the clamping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Modern Technologies & Machinery, Inc.
    Inventor: Ben A. Dugger
  • Patent number: 6314850
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing paper toweling includes a rotatable toweling support roller and a cutter blade pivotally mounted on the outer peripheral portion of the roller. The blade is movable between a first position in which the cutting edge of the blade is positioned closely adjacent to the outer peripheral portion and a second position in which the blade is disposed at an angle relative to the outer peripheral portion with the cutting edge of the blade spaced from the toweling support roller. The cutter blade when in the second position projects in a direction generally opposed to the direction of rotation of the toweling support roller so that pulling force exerted on the toweling by a user will bear against the cutting edge of the cutter blade to sever the toweling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Perrin Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 6311828
    Abstract: A board positioning device selectively positions in a lateral direction in a generally horizontal plane a board translating in a longitudinal direction in the horizontal plane, wherein the board is aligned along its length in the lateral direction. The device includes a stepped fence, which may be selectively positionable, lying generally in the horizontal plane. A fence positioner cylinder may selectively position the stepped fence in the lateral direction in the horizontal plane so as to position one step of a plurality of steps on the fence to correspond to a desired transition path so as to position the end of the board at a board optimizing position as determined by an optimizer, whereby the board may be laterally, selectively positioned into an optimized position relative to trimmer saws located downstream from the stepped fence in the longitudinal direction when the board is urged laterally against the stepped fence by ending rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: CAE Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Newnes, Geoff Wight
  • Patent number: 6308602
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cutting pattern pieces from a continuous marker are disclosed. According to the invention, pattern pieces comprising made to order garments are cut from successive bites of limp sheet material. Means are provided for creating the continuous marker, labeling the pattern pieces and cutting the pattern pieces for subsequent processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Gerber Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: Heinz Joseph Gerber