Positively Confines Or Otherwise Determines Path Of Work Patents (Class 83/444)
  • Publication number: 20140360331
    Abstract: To provide a food material cutter by which any operator can easily, accurately and rapidly slice ring-shaped and disk-shaped food materials such as doughnuts and bagels in half regardless of the degree of skill of the operator. The food material cutter of the present invention comprises a feeding port for feeding a doughnut, titled plates and guiding plates for guiding the fed doughnut, and rotary blades for slicing the guided doughnut in half in the thickness direction. Also, the link mechanism causes the tilt angles of the tilted plates to be increased due to the own weight of the doughnut, and causes the guiding plates to move by an equal distance from the center of the clearance between the respective guiding plates while matching with the thickness of the doughnut. The doughnut, when fed from the feeding port, is guided by the titled plates and guiding plates, and falls down to the palette in a state where it is sliced in half in the thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Norimitsu YASUDA, Katsuhisa Saito
  • Patent number: 8881630
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a selectable amount of material from an amount of stored material. The dispenser includes a housing having a material track and material storage area, a material-advancement mechanism disposed within said housing, a material-cutting, mechanism, and an actuator. The actuator has a first end being operatively engaged with said first mechanism and an opposing second opposing end being operatively engaged with said second mechanism. The actuator is spring-biased to a non-compressed position via at least first and second springs and is also selectably shiftable to a selectable, material-advancement position and a selectable, material-cutting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Case N Cut, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Jones
  • Patent number: 8813621
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting food products. The apparatus includes a cutting device and housing thereabove that defines a passage with an opening in proximity to the cutting device for delivering the food product to the cutting device. The apparatus is preferably adapted to cut food products in a substantially horizontal plane, and as such the cutting device is preferably oriented to make a substantially horizontal cut through a food product. A lower portion of the housing has a lower extremity that defines the opening of the passage. The apparatus is equipped with various features that improve the operation of the apparatus and the consistency of the sliced product, particularly if the delivered food product varies in shape and size and may contain embedded stones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Lee Bucks, Daniel Wade King, Ralph Eugene Chester, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140208912
    Abstract: A tapering jig for a woodworking apparatus that includes a top and bottom plate that pivot relative to one another to set a cutting angle of a work piece. The jig further includes at least one scale of one or more markings that represent a cutting angle and/or a “rise and run” measurement. In addition, a dial is positioned relative to the at least one scale to identify and set the cutting angle and/or “rise/run” measurement. The dial includes a plurality of pointers and a plurality of pins and each pin is associated with a respective pointer. Consecutive pins are offset incrementally from the respective pointers so that each pointer can be inserted in the same recess adjacent to the scale to incrementally adjust the cut angle and/or “rise/run” measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MICRO JIG, INC.
    Inventor: Henry Wang
  • Patent number: 8721317
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for granulating plastic strands having a cutting wheel (15), the individual blades of which graze past a counter blade (2) disposed in a blade carrier (1) when the cutting wheel is rotated, thus cutting the plastic strands (13) being guided over the counter blade into a granulate (14), wherein a rail (3a, 3b) composed of hard material running parallel to the counter blade is disposed adjacent to the counter blade and after said counter blade in the rotational direction of the cutting wheel that collects cut granulate and conducts said granulate into a discharge channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Scheurich
  • Patent number: 8656686
    Abstract: An improved net cutting assembly that may be used with an agricultural baler net wrapping system. More particularly, an up-cut net knife for improved cutting of wrapping material (e.g., a net) used to wrap bales of crop material in an agricultural baler. The up-cut net knife assembly improves net cutting performance by providing an up-cut net knife that moves in the same direction as the net whereby the motion of the net helps the knife get into the cut position. Further, embodiments of the up-cut knife assembly move the up-cut knife cutting edge at substantially the same speed and in the same direction as the net to be cut. This motion of the up-cut knife allows the up-cut knife to be lifted up into the net motion using a driver and then to continue on with no relative motion—or at least minimal relative motion of the knife to the net—until the knife gets into the cut position. In the cut position, the knife stops and the net is pulled against the knife blade resulting in cutting the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8584563
    Abstract: An assembly is used upon a powered saw table to accurately cut at a centerline of a workable piece or other material to be cut or, if desired, to accurately cut the cheeks of a tenon to fit a mortise. The trigonometric functions of a right triangle—sine and cosine—are used to assure that as a component of the assembly is moved a certain distance longitudinally, parallel the cutting direction of the saw blade, the guide fence is moved just one-half that distance toward the blade. The longitudinal distance moved is made to equal the width of the piece, thereby indicating a centerline. If the width of the mortise is also considered in addition as part of the longitudinal distance moved, the guide fence is moved toward the saw blade just one-half the distance of the combined widths of the piece and the mortise, to cut the tenon cheeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy James Kulas
  • Publication number: 20130298742
    Abstract: A work piece guidance system, in particular for a circular table saw, has a parallel stop unit and a work piece guide device each having at least one coupling region. The coupling regions are configured to be coupled to each other to guide the work piece guide device along the parallel stop unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20130192436
    Abstract: A device for cutting a textile yarn during its feed to an operator element such as a textile machine for its processing or a member for feeding it to such a machine. The device includes a blade member inserted into a housing presenting at least one aperture for passage of the yarn, the blade member carried by a movable support element subjected to an actuator for its movement. The movable support element being able to assume two working positions, a first position in which the blade member is spaced from the yarn and a second position in which the member cooperates with the yarn and cuts it. The actuator include a bistable electromagnet, a spring mounted about the movable support member urging the blade member into the cutting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Tiziano Barea
  • Publication number: 20120048076
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for slicing loaves of bread, particularly loaves having an oblong or essentially oblong shape, and to a device for the implementation of the said method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: HAHN A. bvba
    Inventor: André Hahn
  • Publication number: 20120006167
    Abstract: A rip fence device for a table saw includes two parallel and spacedly arranged rails, two rotating plates pivotally and respectively connected with the rails, and a fence plate pivotally connected between the rotating plates and having a first stop wall and a second stop wall, which are vertical to each other. As a result, when the rip fence device is pulled outwards away from a lateral side of a worktable of the table saw, the lateral edge of a to-be-cut workpiece can be stopped at the second stop wall of the fence plate, and the bottom of the workpiece can be supported by the first stop wall of the fence plate, thereby allowing the workpiece to be firmly supported in the cutting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Chia-Sheng LIU
  • Publication number: 20110197733
    Abstract: A rip fence mechanism for being slidably connected to a worktable of a sawing machine includes parallel and spacedly arranged first and second rails, a fence plate pivotally connected between the first rail and the second rail in a way that the fence plate is pivotable between a vertical posture and a horizontal posture, and a support plate pivotally connected with the fence plate in a way that the support plate is pivotable between a first position where the support plate is abutted with the fence plate and a second position where the support plate is vertical to the fence plate. As a result, the lateral side of a to-be-cut workpiece can be directly stopped at the fence plate at the vertical posture and a bottom of the workpiece can be supported by the support plate at the second position during cutting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Chia-Sheng Liu, Fang-Cheng Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20110107891
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a straight edge device for use in conjunction with power tools such as radial saws, or table saws. The present invention is used for cutting an uneven edge of a board. The straight edge device includes a one piece board having a protuberance projecting from its lower surface that engages a groove of the table saw. The board is placed on the upper surface of the one piece board with the uneven edge hanging over the edges of the one piece board. As the straight edge device is pushed or pulled through the groove of the table saw, the cutting blade straights the uneven edge of the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald PATELLA
  • Publication number: 20100269657
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise a fence for a power saw having a table top with generally vertical front, rear and opposite side surfaces, at least one side surface having an elongated side element extending from a front portion toward said rear surface, said side element having a cross section defining a vertical groove with an inner vertical surface that merge into upper and lower opposed extensions that define upper and lower undercuts, said fence comprising an elongated fence member having a generally vertical front planar surface for engaging a work piece, a table extension having a top surface area coextensive with said saw table top and operatively connected to said fence member, said extension providing support for a work piece that extends beyond a side of the table top surface, said fence being configured so that the front planar surface can be positioned in front of the vertical front surface of the saw, i.e., off of the top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicants: Credo Technology Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Koegel, Uwe Striggow
  • Publication number: 20100236367
    Abstract: An opener for sachets containing, e.g., ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc., is provided. The opener includes a main body including a flat plate with at least one groove, through which the sachet is passed, and a cutting blade at the end of the groove, which cutting blade cuts the sachet. The opener is fastened somewhere in, for instance, a restaurant and a sachet can be opened by using only one hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Leopoldo Goncalves Pinto De Aquino Almeida
  • Publication number: 20100199824
    Abstract: A cutdown machine for cutting various types of window blinds includes a band saw, and may be incorporated with cutters of other types to provide a cutdown center that is easy to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph M. Remmert, Cletis F. Swopes, Steven J. Neumaier
  • Patent number: 7597036
    Abstract: A parting apparatus for the parting of a board. The board comprises a midline defining a first unit and a second unit, wherein each of the first and second units respectively comprises a plurality of tongue and groove features. The parting apparatus comprises a feed wheel which grips and draws the board into a cutting area; a band saw blade located in the cutting area and positioned relative to the board so that the band saw blade cuts the board at the midline as the board moves in a direction transverse to the direction of the band saw blade; and a positioning system that guides the board through the cutting area. The positioning system comprises datum rails, and guide rails, wherein at least one of the guide rails is contoured to register against and into at least one of the tongue and groove features of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: NuCedar Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Loper
  • Publication number: 20090007739
    Abstract: A chopper table comprises table bodies for guiding a signature transported by transport belts, and a pair of inlet guides for guiding the signature pushed in by a chopper blade. The table bodies are detachably supported on chopper frames, and the inlet guides are detachably supported on the chopper frames via brackets. The chopper table improves the returnability of the table body and inlet guide when they are removed at the time of a paper jam or replacement of the transport belt, and can easily adjust the gap of a slit between the inlet guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Kenji FUJIWARA
  • Publication number: 20090007740
    Abstract: A chopper table comprises table bodies for guiding a signature transported by transport belts, and a pair of inlet guides for guiding the signature pushed in by a chopper blade. The table bodies are detachably supported on chopper frames, and the inlet guides are detachably supported on the chopper frames via brackets. The chopper table improves the returnability of the table body and inlet guide when they are removed at the time of a paper jam or replacement of the transport belt, and can easily adjust the gap of a slit between the inlet guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Kenji FUJIWARA
  • Publication number: 20080307940
    Abstract: This table for a chopper folding device comprises a surface (20) for application of products to be folded (17), the application surface (20) extending along an application plane (PA), a folding opening (22) suitable for the passage of the products to be folded (17), at least one first guide portion (28) disposed adjacent to the folding opening (22) and comprising a first guide surface (32) inclined with respect to application plane. The table (12) comprises guiding means suitable for urging the product to be folded towards the first guide surface (32) and a first main suction hole (36) which opens on the first guide surface (32). Application to folders of rotary presses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Franck Chagnon, Philippe Herda, Thierry Melon, Jerome Peres, Eric Pierda, Jean-Francois Robert, Mathieu Rossi, Thierry Vauchelle
  • Patent number: 7377201
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus comprises a first and second shaft and first, second, third and fourth subsets of blades. The first and second subsets of blades are mounted to the first shaft. The blades of the first subset of blades are separated by a first displacement. The blades of the second subset of blades are separated by a second displacement differing from the first displacement. The third and fourth subsets of blades are mounted to the second shaft. The blades of the third subset of blades are separated by the first displacement. The blades of the fourth subset of blades are separated by the second displacement. The first and third subset of blades form a first cutting region for cutting food to a first dimension and the second and fourth subset of blades form a second cutting region for cutting food to a second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Zhui Chen
  • Patent number: 7263923
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for cutting food products, in which the products are fed single-file by gravity through a cutting device comprising one or more cutting elements. The apparatus makes use of a device for contacting and positioning the products as they drop through a feed passage prior to encountering the cutting device so as to produce size-reduced products of more uniform size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick C. Urschel, Mike Jacko, Brent Bucks, Paul E. Arrasmith
  • Patent number: 7140284
    Abstract: A cold separation device for separating an elongate metallic member along its length. The device has a separation unit having a driven blade, support member to support the elongate member upstream and downstream of the separation unit. The device further has to feed the elongate member towards and through the separation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Edmet International Limited
    Inventors: Edwin James DuMorris Eddy, Shay Vincent Eddy, Delville Edwin Eddy, Paul Anthony Eddy
  • Patent number: 7000518
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting food product so that the product is properly oriented and stabilized before and throughout the cutting operation to produce a sliced product of uniform thickness, even if the delivered food product varies in shape and size, such as when both round and elongate potatoes are used to produce potato chips. The apparatus includes a cutting device and housing thereabove that defines a passage with an opening in proximity to the cutting device, such that food product is delivered to the cutting device in a substantially vertical direction. To improve the stability of round product during the cutting operation, the housing has an upper portion and a flared lower portion immediately below the upper portion so that at least a portion of the opening of the passage is defined by the flared region and has a larger radius of curvature than the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Bucks, Daniel Wade King, Ralph Eugene Chester
  • 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: 6959636
    Abstract: A produce slicer 10 for slicing produce is disclosed. The produce slicer includes a frame (12) defining a cavity (16) having a central axis (22). A plurality of radial cutting blades (20) are disposed in the cavity, wherein each of the radial cutting blades are substantially contained by an imaginary plane, wherein the imaginary planes of the radial cutting blades extend radially outward from the central axis toward the frame. The produce slicer (10) further includes a plurality of ancillary cutting blades (24) extending inward from the frame (12) and into the cavity (16). Each ancillary cutting blade intersects at least one of the radial cutting blades at a location between the frame and the central axis. The ancillary cutting blades may include a first series (50) of blades located substantially perpendicularly to a second series (52) of blades. The radial cutting blades may intersect the ancillary cutting blades at an oblique angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Prime Slice, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Graziano
  • 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: 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: 6935215
    Abstract: The invention provides a slicing and conveying system that includes a slicing blade that cuts slices from a loaf, and an output conveyor located below the slicing blade for receiving the slices in a draft. A control system automatically adjusts a lateral movement of the output conveyor to form a laterally shingled draft of a consistent width in response to a sensed lateral dimension of the loaf being sliced. The control system includes a displacement sensor carried by a laterally adjustable guide assembly adjacent to the slicing blade. The displacement sensor is signal-connected to a control. The control is signal-connected to the output conveyor to control the lateral movement of the output conveyor according to the lateral dimension of the loaf sensed by the displacement sensor. As an additional aspect, the slices can be shingled in the longitudinal direction to form a two dimensional footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Lindee, Glenn Sandberg
  • Patent number: 6813982
    Abstract: A computerized positioning and cutting apparatus and method for automatically cutting structures to predetermined lengths with a minimum amount of scrap for a given project. The apparatus includes a frame and a positioning trough supported by the frame. A magazine is mounted to the frame, which is sized to receive uncut lengths of structure to be selectively fed to the positioning trough. A drive system is mounted to the frame and connected to a positioning system for positioning the uncut structures in the trough. A cutter is mounted on the frame to cut the structures as the positioning system feeds the structures through the trough. A controller having an associated computer system is in electrical communication with the drive system and the cutter. The computer system calculates the optimum number of cuts per a predetermined uncut length of structure to produce a minimum amount of waste structure for the project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Met-Coil Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ashok Shah, Richard Frank Blum
  • Patent number: 6792839
    Abstract: A rotating shearing device for cropping fast-running rolling stock, in particular wire, includes two axially cutting annular knives which rotate about their axes at the same rotational speed. The two axially cutting annular knives include end cutting edges directed toward one another which converge to the clearance required for separating running stock during the cutting operation and lie in planes which are arranged at an acute angle to one another and intersect one another in a line. The rolling stock is guided toward the shearing device by a front guide and guided away from the shearing device by a rear guide. The front guide is pivotable to change in the relative position between the rolling stock and the cutting body so that the rolling stock may be guided either through the space between the annular knives which is free for the cut-free passage of the rolling stock or into the wedge-shaped cutting region of the annular knives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: SMS Demag AG
    Inventor: Günter Panzer
  • Publication number: 20040173071
    Abstract: Apparatus and processes for producing paper roll products with spaced core sections. A core substrate is arranged on a mandrel, and then divided into a plurality of core sections. The core sections are then separated from each other on the mandrel to form gaps between the core sections. Paper web material can then be wound onto the separated core sections to form a log of rolls. The log is then cut into final paper roll products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Joseph A. Blume, James Vincent Holzem, Steve J. Jansen
  • Publication number: 20040163517
    Abstract: A saw includes a base and a supporting member for supporting the base above ground, with the base pivotally attached to the supporting member. The base includes a clamping device mounted thereon for supporting an end of a workpiece. The base can be tilted to a position where another end of the workpiece is supported by the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Lee-Cheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20040149098
    Abstract: A food slicing apparatus and components where the apparatus includes a frame and a pivotally mounted carriage. The frame mounts a height adjustable conveyor system while the carriage hosts a latch for a slice thickness adjustment cam. The carriage also supports a drive system which precisely moves a food transporting tube assembly over a base, such as pizza dough, while food is cut by a laterally moving blade mounted around two drums, one of which is adjustable to change tension in the blade. The blade is further supported by a blade guide which also guides the sliced food to the pizza dough base. The drive system includes a servomotor, a group of gears, a crank connected to the gears, a cam roller and a cam follower plate with a slot. The cam follower plate is connected by a quick connect and disconnect connector to the food tube assembly. The result is a compact, efficient slicing apparatus with a small footprint that is usable in a food processing line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Quantum Technical Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Freudinger, David J. White
  • Patent number: 6739229
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for stripping the insulation or dielectric housing from a cable or wire. The cable stripping device includes a wire guide block having a bore extending transversely therethrough and a slot which extends from an end of the block to the bore. An elongated holder is provided for receiving the wire guide block within a hollow portion of the holder. A rotary knife is disposed on a linkage assembly connected to the holder and is pivotable between an unengaged position to an engaged position, wherein the engaged position the blade extends through the slot and extends at least partially into the bore to engage with the cable or wire located within the bore, whereby in the engaged position, the knife blade is positioned to cut the insulation housing from the cable or wire as the cable or wire is pulled through the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas D. Scollon
  • Patent number: 6708592
    Abstract: A chopper for chopping fibers or fiber strands having a back up roll and a blade roll containing blades that work against a peripheral surface of the back up roll and a method of using is disclosed. The chopper has a number of improved features for reducing the frequency of long fibers or long fiber strands and fuzz from getting into the chopped product. The chopper can have one or any combination of the improvements. The improvements include a strand guide located at least two feet up stream of the chopper, a first starting roll for starting a new strand that runs on a fluid bearing that can be adjusted to control the RPM of the first starting roll, a mount for a roll that runs against the peripheral surface of said back up roll, a strand guide insert for reducing fuzz generation and for preventing fuzz from getting into the product, and a deflector plate for catching and deflecting chopped strands thrown off the back up roll into a chopped strand product chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Johns Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Clark Bascom, Harold Miles Hendrickson, Russell Donovan Arterburn, Carlos Gilberto Santizo, Emery Sidney Barber
  • Publication number: 20040040428
    Abstract: A food slicer comprising a base having a slanted chute, a cutting blade housing and a cutting blade extending into the chute. The chute comprises a first panel having a first wall and a second panel having a second wall. Food is placed into a top of the chute and forced to slide to a bottom of the chute by gravity to cut the food with the cutting blade. The first panel and the second panel define a cavity having a uniform cross section. The first panel is adjustably positioned relative to the second panel, whereby the first wall can be moved towards and away from the second wall, thereby altering the size of the cavity in the chute. The food slicer can be placed on a mobile cart and connected thereto to thereby allow easy transportation of the food slicer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: Perry R. DeYoung, Bernard L. Petersen
  • Patent number: 6647844
    Abstract: An apparatus for precisely cutting lengths of strip material includes a supply of strip material, a feed mechanism for conveying the strip material from the supply and a reciprocating cutter mounted downstream of the feed mechanism. An adjustable stop is movably mounted adjacent the cutter for engaging an end of the strip material and setting a precise length of the strip material being cut. An adjustment mechanism is coupled to the stop for moving the stop relative to the cutter along a longitudinal axis of the length of the strip material being cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Moore Wallace Incorporated
    Inventor: David J. Nowaczyk
  • Patent number: 6553884
    Abstract: An adhesive tape dispenser for dispensing and cutting a length of an adhesive tape. The adhesive tape dispenser comprises an adhesive tape cutting device. The adhesive tape cutting device comprises a) a resting surface to which a tacky side of said adhesive tape can be adhered while the adhesive tape is being cut, b) two lateral webs extending in the same direction from both edges of the resting surface to serve as guides for the adhesive tape, and c) a cutting blade having a blade edge and positioned on an inner side of one or both lateral webs in such a way that the blade edge is inclined at an angle which is oblique relative to the resting surface. The lateral webs have a height from the resting surface which is the same or is higher than each cutting blade. The adhesive tape dispenser is useful to dispense and cut adhesive tapes comprising a backing of biaxially oriented or highly stretched film, such as polyolefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: tesa AG
    Inventors: Bernd Lühmann, Ralf Schliephacke, Jörn Leiber, Andreas Reklau, Hans Hazes, Hansjürgen Linde, Uwe Neumann, Peter Kubasch
  • Patent number: 6484615
    Abstract: A slicing machine including a slicing blade for slicing at least first and second product loaves disposed in a side-by-side arrangement using a single rotation of the slicing blade is set forth. A single rotation of the slicing edge about the center of rotation results in a penetration gradient into each of the first and second product loaves that diminishes in magnitude over the single rotation. To this end, the slicing edge may have a profile defined a plurality of constant radius sections. Each constant radius section has a section center defining the center of the constant radius for that constant radius section. Further, each constant radius section has a section center differing from the section center of an adjacent constant radius section. Such a blade and its associated slicing station provide great control of slices from the loaves as they proceed from the loaf to a receiving conveyor of the slicing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Lindee
  • Patent number: 6360641
    Abstract: A rip fence used with a table saw, where the table saw has an upper cutting surface with a front edge surface and a rear edge surface. The rip fence includes a main casing having a front clamping mechanism at the front end and a rear clamping mechanism at the rear end. The front clamping mechanisms has a frame with a handle pivotally connected thereto. A link is connected at one end to the handle and at another end to a cam. An activation plate is also connected the cam and to a clamping plate. The handle rotates between a locked position and a released position thereby moving the link to rotate the cam against the activation plate. The activation plate causes the clamping plate to laterally move between a locked position and a released position relative the front edge surface. The handle also causes the rear clamping mechanism to move between a locked and a released position relative the rear edge surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: S-B Power Tool Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Talesky, Kenneth N. Svetlik, Ezequiel Romo
  • Patent number: 6318049
    Abstract: A slitter machine of the type where tab lock cases of varying height, width, and length are advanced therethrough in a product flow direction on a machine bed by a main drive motor, is presented. The slitter machine includes a frame, a centerline, a leading flap lifter and a trailing flap lifter. The leading flap lifter and trailing flap lifter are mounted are mounted to the frame on opposite sides of the centerline, and extend at an incline relative to the machine bed. Each flap lifter includes a tear drop assembly attached to a drive chain and actuated by a pair of cams to rotate the leading flap and the trailing flap toward a closed position. A chain track is disposed in each of the flap lifting assemblies, with the drive chains disposed therein. Each chain track has a first section having a first distance between the drive chains and a second section having a second distance between the drive chains. The second distance is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Standard Knapp Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Raudat, Emilio N. CoFrancesco, Jeffrey Reilly
  • Patent number: 6234056
    Abstract: A saw having a fence assembly (FIG. 4) which is adjustable in position to set cutting thickness with a means of securing said fence assembly to a base (10). The fence assembly consists of a lower fence (20), an upper fence (30), an upper outer fence (38), and a lower outer fence (44) that, together with the base, brackets, and fasteners, restrains a work piece except for motion in-line with the cutting direction. A reciprocating blade (60) that passes through a hole in base (10) is held in a blade support assembly (FIG. 5) that provides a means to tension the blade and holding the blade at proper alignment. Bearings and supports hold the blade assembly in-place relative to the base except for reciprocating motion. A source of reciprocating motion is connected to the blade support assembly. An adjustable brace (84) is set a height just above the work piece, thereby restraining the cut pieces from upward motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Harvey Raymond Oslick
  • Patent number: 6145427
    Abstract: An apparatus for slicing a food product includes a housing having a food product inlet and a food product outlet and a food product path defined therebetween. A reciprocating cutter is positioned within the housing along the food product path between the food product inlet and the food product outlet. A pusher element is provided for pushing a food product along the food product path against the reciprocating cutter whereby the cutter slices the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Daniel C. Smith
  • Patent number: 6128992
    Abstract: A saw for removing opposing deck boards from a pallet. A pair of band saws are suspendedly and pivotally mounted to a frame. Guide fingers extend between the saw blades to engage the opposing surfaces of pallet deck boards to automatically position the saw blades with the junctions between deck boards and pallet runners. An upwardly extending bed is cantileverly mounted to the saw supporting the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Smart Products of Indiana, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Waechter, Thomas A. Waechter
  • Patent number: 6116129
    Abstract: A tape end trimming apparatus for appropriately cutting and shaping the ends of plural tapes of different widths without wasting the tape and without requiring replacement of the cutting blade is provided. The tape end trimming apparatus comprises cutting for trimming the corners of the end member of a tape. A guide member comprises tape insertion path for guiding an inserted tape to the cutting apparatus. An end position regulator regulates the insertion position of the tape end. The cutting apparatus comprises cutting blade for cutting the end corners at the sides of tape with the position of one side thereof regulated by one tape side position regulator and the position of the end thereof regulated by end position regulator, and the position of the other side thereof regulated by the other tape side position regulator and the position of the end thereof regulated by end position regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaji Takayama, Kenji Watanabe, Takanobu Kameda, Chieko Aida, Tomoyuki Shimmura
  • Patent number: 6105480
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating a ribbon-coated multicore optical fiber at a plurality of positions at once, wherein the ribbon-coated multicore optical fiber includes a number of single-core fibers arranged in parallel. This apparatus comprises a first cutting member in which a plurality of sets of arc faces opposed to each other by way of a through path for inserting the ribbon-coated multicore optical fiber are disposed along the through path, while the arc faces in the respective sets extend from one side section of the through path halfway through the width direction of the through path; a second cutting member having a plurality of arc faces which continuously extend to and are adapted to join with the respective arc faces of the first cutting member in the width direction of the through path; and guide members which are respectively disposed at both end positions of the through path so as to position the ribbon-coated multicore optical fiber inserted into the through path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Osaka, Hideyuki Iwata
  • Patent number: 6038951
    Abstract: High speed flying shears with contrarotating blades (13) fitted to blade-holder drums (30), the shears comprising an upstream one-channel switch (16) of a start-stop type which conveys the rolled stock (11) lengthwise into sharing area and can be oriented laterally on a plane substantially containing the axis of feed of the rolled stock (11) and parallel to and lying between the planes containing shafts (12) of rotation of the blade-holder drums (30), the circumferential position of the blades (13) being associated with the lateral position of the upstream one-channel switch (16) at least in the transient time of the feed of the rolled stock (11) through the shearing area (35), a two-channel (22-23) switch (20) which can be oriented laterally substantially on the same orientation plane as, and in synchronization with, the one-channel switch (16), the two-channel switch (20) including the inlets of two enlarged channels (22-23) superimposed on each other on a plane perpendicular to the axis (12) of rotation of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
    Inventor: Poloni Alfredo
  • Patent number: 5946996
    Abstract: A beltless automatic feed chadless envelope slitter device is disclosed. A separator-alignment assembly assures that only the lowermost envelope received from an infeed zone is passed downstream to a slitter and the envelope so-passed has its marginal edge aligned with a guide fence. The separator-alignment assembly is comprised of a pair of drive wheels having upper peripheral portions projecting above the table in combination with a pair of drag levers having high friction portions at the lowermost ends thereof. The high friction portions are preferably spring urged toward the table, and are shiftable upwardly and downwardly to accommodate envelopes of varying thickness and envelopes which themselves include varying thickness portions. The high friction components are urged toward the table at positions laterally offset from the peripheries of the drive wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: The Staplex Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Oussani, Jr., Gregory B. Oussani
  • Patent number: 5865085
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for removing surrounding insulation from an insulated electrical conductor has a pair of matched frustoconical cutter wheels mounted on a cutter shaft. The cutter wheels incorporate a cutter edge and a beveled outer slope. The cutter wheels are spaced apart by an interchangeable cutter spacer. When properly set up the cutter spacer is of a size so that the cutter wheels flank the conductor of the wire being stripped, cutting only the insulation portion of the wire. The cutter edges pierce and cut the insulation while the slope of the cutter wheels urge the insulation away from the conductor. A pinch roller assembly stabilizes the wire as it passes by the cutter wheels. A diverter is mounted in close proximity to the cutter spacer in a tangential fashion to divert and clear away any insulation that clings to the cutter spacer during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Eric Vollenweider