With Means To Monitor And Control Operation (e.g., Self-regulating Means) Patents (Class 83/72)
  • Patent number: 9038511
    Abstract: A strip die is prepared with cutouts according to a pre-determined pattern, e.g., on a cutting table and positioned on a stripping station that has a removal tool to remove waste material. After a sheet of material is cut on the same or another cutting table, the sheet is positioned in the stripping station over the female strip die. The removal tool moves to programmed positions in the stripping station and removes pieces of waste material. The final stripped cut sheet is the brought to the out-stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Esko-Graphics Kongsberg AS
    Inventor: Ivar Holm
  • Publication number: 20150128778
    Abstract: A band saw machine includes a chassis, a motor mounted to the chassis, driving wheel mounted to the chassis and connected with the motor, a driven wheel mounted to the chassis, a band saw running on the driving and driven wheels, a band-saw regulator mounted to the chassis and located between the driving and driven wheels, and a vibration sensor mounted to the surface of the band-saw regulator for sensing the vibration of the band-saw regulator generated in the process of cutting and thus emitting a sensing signal to a control system. In this way, the control system can control the rotational sp d of the motor according to the sensing signal received from the vibration sensor to automatically regulate the cutting speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: NATINAL CHUNG CHENG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yeau-Ren JENG, Chih-Chun CHENG, Yu-Xian HUANG
  • Publication number: 20150122093
    Abstract: A microtome has a knife and a specimen holder for a specimen. The specimen holder can be adjusted relative to the knife. A safety device for the knife is provided, which is adjustable between a protective position, in which it covers the knife at least partially, and a release position, in which it releases the knife. Status parameters of the microtome are detected by means of a sensor and analyzed in a control device. A driving device, by means of which the safety device can be brought at least from the release position into the protective position, is associated with the safety device. The driving device can be actuated by the control device as a function of at least one status parameter of the microtome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Roland Johe
  • Patent number: 9016177
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cutting a window covering comprises saw for cutting the window blind. A clamp assembly moves the window covering relative to the saw. A controller moves the clamp assembly to automatically position the window covering relative to the saw. The saw is moved into engagement with the window covering to cut the window covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Caputo, Neil L. Casstevens, Mark A. Fox, Clifford Birch
  • Publication number: 20150082957
    Abstract: A computer-controlled machine and variations thereof are disclosed for cutting shapes of material with a cutting tool, including a sensor for sensing or estimating a knife offset during cutting to provide feedback for reducing cut shape error caused by the knife being offset from its ideal position. An exemplary embodiment includes a proximity sensor, a knife, such as a reciprocating knife, and circuitry and/or computer readable instructions for separating the output signal of the proximity sensor into a tangent signal corresponding to the tangent offset and a normal signal corresponding to a normal offset. The reciprocating knife can include a temperature sensor which is positioned to measure the temperature of the reciprocating knife near the point of contact between the knife and the material being cut. The temperature sensor is preferably a non-contact temperature sensor such as an infrared thermometer which operates under the principle of measuring thermal radiation emitted from an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Darryl C. Stein
  • Patent number: 8984998
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an automatic electric punching apparatus that can automatically punch documents or paper sheets by lowering a screw punch blade by means of a screw while being rotated in conjunction with driving of a motor due to switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Yong-Woo Lee
  • Publication number: 20150075342
    Abstract: Various safety systems for power tools, and in particular table saws include detection systems for detecting a dangerous condition relative to a blade of the power tool, reaction systems for taking mitigation action in response to detection of a dangerous condition. The safety system may detect, prevent, and/or mitigate a dangerous condition associated with the power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Andy Butler, Brian Lamb, Chris Tacklind, Clinton Lazzari, Edward Cooper, Eric Edward Schultz, Frank Buhrmann, John Gilbert, David Titzler, William Scott, Peter Domeny
  • Publication number: 20150059187
    Abstract: Various aspects of automated grooming systems and cutting devices are disclosed. One embodiment of an automated grooming system comprises a computing device; a cutting device comprising a handle having a proximal and distal end and a cutting head positioned near the distal end of the handle; and a plurality of positioning sensors configured to send signals to the computing device relaying the position of the cutting head relative to a surface having hair extending therefrom. The computing device may be configured to receive the signals from the positioning device and prepare instructions for actuation of the cutting device. In some embodiments, the cutting device comprises a processor configured to receive the prepared instructions from the computing device and actuate the cutting device according to the prepared instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew W. Krenik
  • Publication number: 20150040734
    Abstract: A powered stem-cutting apparatus includes a top plate having a hole positioned therein. An actuation device is positioned proximate to the top plate, wherein the actuation device is activated by an activation device to move an actuator. A blade is connected to the actuator, wherein the blade is movable along a cutting path, wherein the cutting path intersects an axis of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Paul A. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150027285
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a moving device configured to move a cutting blade and an object in a first direction and in a second direction differing from the first direction, relative to each other and a control device configured to cause the apparatus to calculate first cutting time lengths required to cut a pattern at a plurality of arrangement angles when an arrangement angle of the pattern relative to the first or second direction is changed by a first unit angle, determine one of the arrangement angles, which is shortest with respect to the first cutting time length or not more than a first threshold, and control the moving device so that the movement of the cutting blade in the first direction and the movement of the object in the second direction are simultaneously executed, with a result that the pattern is cut at the determined arrangement angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Tsuneo Okuyama
  • Patent number: 8931382
    Abstract: An apparatus for slicing food products includes a product feed which feeds a product to be sliced along a product feed direction through a cutting plane in which at least one cutting blade moves. The position of the cutting blade is adjustable relative to the product. A control unit is provided which is designed to automatically adjust the position of the cutting blade for the optimization of the blade wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8935000
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine tool monitoring device. It is proposed that the machine tool monitoring device comprises at least one signal unit for an ultra wide band operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Krapf, Heiko Braun, Michael Mahler, Alexander Werner Hees
  • Patent number: 8919231
    Abstract: Various safety systems for power tools, and in particular table saws, include detection systems for detecting a dangerous condition relative to a blade of the power tool, and reaction systems for taking mitigation action in response to detection of a dangerous condition. The safety system may detect, prevent, and/or mitigate a dangerous condition associated with the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Power Tool Institute
    Inventors: Andy Butler, Brian Lamb, Chris Tacklind, Clinton Lazzari, Edward Cooper, Eric Edward Schultz, Frank Buhrmann, John Gilbert, David Titzler, William Scott, Peter L. Domeny
  • Patent number: 8919570
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for processing mail by severing an edge of each envelope in a stack of mail. The apparatus includes an input bin for receiving a stack of mail. A feeder feeds the bottom envelope from the input bin to a transport that conveys the envelope along an envelope path. A cutter positioned along the envelope path severs one edge of the envelopes. A detector detects a characteristic of the envelope and a sorter sorts the envelope in response to the detected characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R DeWitt, David Helmlinger
  • Patent number: 8899459
    Abstract: In a breaking operation, a substrate is moved so that a blade can be situated in line with a scribe line, and the blade is lowered to break the substrate. After the breaking, the blade is raised. Then, the substrate is moved along its surface while taking an image of the substrate by using a camera after the breaking. Moreover, the blade is lowered to break the substrate. After the breaking, the blade is raised. Then, the substrate is moved along its surface while performing image processing concurrently. After the movement of the substrate, the position of the substrate is corrected so that the following scribe line to be cut for breaking can be situated immediately below the blade. In this way, the time required for breaking the substrate formed with a multiplicity of scribe lines into pieces can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kondo, Ikuyoshi Nakatani
  • Publication number: 20140345431
    Abstract: A device for cutting a length of pipe includes a clamp portion for clamping around a length of pipe and a bow moveable with respect to the clamp portion that retains a loop of diamond embedded wire. The device further includes a feed for driving the bow with respect to the clamp portion and a detector for detecting bending of the wire and a control responsive to the detector for controlling feed rates. The device is made of modular parts and has synchronizing arms for clamping around a length of pipe. In one embodiment, the wheels are retained in enclosures with slots through which the cutting wire passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8887602
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, includes a product conveyor which conveys the portions sequentially along a conveying direction and at least one sensor which serves to determine the weight of the conveyed portions. The apparatus includes an automatic weight compensation unit which is arranged in the vicinity of the product conveyor and which serves additionally to place at least one single product on a portion in dependence on the determined weight of the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8881628
    Abstract: A carpet recycling machine includes a carpet-pile removal machine and a carpet-thickness identification means. The carpet-thickness identification means is incorporated in a carpet handling system that includes a conveyor. In use, carpet is placed pile down on one end of the conveyor which feeds the carpet in to the carpet-pile removal machine. The carpet is urged to pass the carpet-thickness identification means, which measures the thickness of the carpet's backing substrate. This measurement is used to control an offset setting means of the carpet-pile removal machine in order to set an offset between a blade and first roller. Thus the height that the blade cuts the carpet can be set for each piece of carpet processed. As the carpet continues past the carpet-thickness identification means, towards the carpet-pile removal machine, the carpet is urged into the carpet-pile removal machine to be separated in to pile and backing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sellers Engineers Limited
    Inventor: John Reginald Mosley
  • Publication number: 20140311310
    Abstract: A power table saw has a saw blade driven by a drive motor with power selectively supplied to the drive motor by actuation of a mains switch. A riving knife is provided that can be selectively positioned in an extended position and a retracted position relative to the blade. A blade guard is removably mounted to the riving knife in a position above the blade. A sensible element on the riving knife can be detected by a first sensor when the riving knife is retracted, the first sensor having a non-null state when the sensible element is adjacent the first sensor and a null state otherwise. A second sensor is configured to detect the presence of the blade guard and has a null state when the blade guard is detected and a non-null state otherwise. A controller is operable to determine the states of the first and second sensors and to disengage power to the drive motor when the mains switch is actuated when the states of the first and second sensors are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Jan Koegel
  • Patent number: 8844414
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting a window covering comprises a saw blade for cutting a plurality of different types of window coverings. A first controllable drive moves the saw blade into engagement with a window covering selected from the plurality of different types of the window coverings. A second controllable drive for rotates the saw blade. A preferred saw blade feed rate and a preferred saw blade speed for each of the plurality of different types of window coverings is determined. The first variable drive and the second variable drive are controlled based on the preferred saw blade feed rate and the preferred saw blade speed for the window covering being cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristi Jane Georgi, Brian Bellamy Johnson, James McCauley, Martin Richard Van Buren
  • Patent number: 8794116
    Abstract: A perforating apparatus having an orientation correction device that corrects skewing and aligns the front edge by striking the front edge of the paper, a perforation device having a punch to conduct perforation processing on the paper; and a lateral registration adjustment device that can adjust, in a direction at a right angle to the direction of movement of the aforementioned paper, the position of the perforation device punch in relation to the paper with orientation corrected using an orientation constraint device prior to perforating by the perforation device. The perforating apparatus may also include a structure in which said perforation device can be inserted into and detached from a non-moving support unit having the drive source of a lateral registration adjustment device, and when mounted, the type of perforation device can be recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Tamura, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Shuuya Nagasako, Tomoichi Nomura, Hiroshi Maeda, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Shohichi Satoh, Akira Kunieda
  • Publication number: 20140182431
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus including a plurality of types of holding members holding a workpiece and a plurality of types of cutting members cutting the workpiece held by the holding member. Each holding member includes a sheet of base, a holding portion disposed on a surface of the base and having a holding capacity suitable for a type of the workpiece to be held, and a holding member indicator capable of distinguishing the types of holding members. Each cutting member includes a cutter having a blade configured to cut the workpiece and having a cutting capacity suitable for a type of the workpiece to be cut, a support portion supporting the cutter, and a cutter indicator provided on the plurality of types of cutting members and capable of distinguishing the types of cutting members, the cutter indicator being similar in configuration as the holding member indicator of corresponding holding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Hasegawa, Tomoyasu Niizeki, Kayo Hasui
  • Publication number: 20140182430
    Abstract: A power tool includes a swing arm movable along a swing arm path, an actuating assembly configured to transfer a force to the swing arm, a control system configured to control the actuating assembly to transfer a force to the swing arm, and a detection system configured to detect the operability of the actuating assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Arindam Haldar
  • Patent number: 8714064
    Abstract: A power tool, particularly a hand-held power tool, is provided with a sensor unit for sensing an observation area on the workpiece side with varying resolution and having arranged in front of it a lens system with lenses of varying focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thilo Koeder, Joachim Platzer, Ulli Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140123158
    Abstract: There is provided a mold for a tape-shaped optical recording medium with which precise cutting can be performed along a cutting guide groove, the mold forming a recording groove in a tape-shaped optical recording medium, and having a plurality of recording and reproduction bumps that form a recording and reproduction groove, and a guide whose shape is different from that of the recording and reproduction bumps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Makino, Mitsuhiro Tanaka, Kenji Takehana
  • Patent number: 8708590
    Abstract: A method including printing an image onto a medium and printing an alignment region onto the medium. The method further including loading the medium to an electronic cutter and aligning the medium with the electronic cutter. The method further including cutting the image from the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Provo Craft and Novelty, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Johnson, Matthew B. Strong, Phil Beffrey
  • Publication number: 20140093298
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a punching apparatus that has: a punching blade; an orthogonal direction movement portion that moves the punching blade in an orthogonal direction; a converting mechanism that converts rotational movement of a rotation member in a first rotation direction to reciprocating movement; a rotation driving portion that drives rotation of the rotation member; a rotation driving control portion; and an orthogonal direction movement control portion. The rotation driving control portion controls the rotation driving portion so as to move the punching blade toward a punching reference position when a reference position detection portion determines that the punching blade has moved beyond the punching reference position toward a through hole punching position, in a case where the punching blade is controlled so as to stop at the punching reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeaki Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20140083269
    Abstract: A sensing mechanism (12) for detecting user contact with an active portion (26) of the power tool (10) is provided. In addition, a safety mechanism (14) for preventing prolonged user contact with the active portion (26) of a power tool (10) is provided. The safety mechanism (14) is configured to actuate upon receipt of a signal from the sensing mechanism (12). According to a first aspect, the safety mechanism (14) is arranged to rapidly displace the active portion (26) away from a user extremity. Alternatively, according to a second aspect, the safety mechanism (14) is arranged to rapidly urge an extremity of the user away from the active portion (26) of the power tool (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Black & Decker Inc.
  • Patent number: 8677871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device for, in a cutting direction, cutting a belt layer from a web of unvulcanised rubber having mutually substantially parallel cords that are at a cord angle, comprising: a blade which sideward with respect to the cutting direction, is freely movable; a first detector for during cutting detecting a sideward displacement of the +0d5; a control computer, operationally coupled to the first detector, for giving control instructions on the basis of displacement information from the detecting means regarding sideward displacement of the +0d5; at least one actuator, operationally coupled to the control means for during cutting adjusting the cutting direction of the +0d5 on the basis of the control instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: VMI Epe Holland B.V.
    Inventors: Gerard Johannes Van Laar, Franciscus Cornelis Bierens, Franciscus Johannes Wilhelums Kooiman
  • Publication number: 20140069246
    Abstract: According to prior art, especially wood workpieces are cut by means of band saws or gate saws, a chipping-type separation of the workpiece (5) being achieved by means of the toothing of the saw blades (2). Proceeding from the prior art, the invention relates to a novel device for separating materials (1) wherein an abrasive saw blade (2) of little blade thickness and having a close-toothed microtoothing (3) is used so that a grinding-type separation of materials is achieved. The resulting kerfs are considerably thinner and the cut edges are treated more gently than known from the prior art. The novel abrasive saw blade (2), however, requires more time-consuming blade guidance and blade cleaning and a different blade production. Treatment of wood and veneers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Simon Moehringer Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Moehringer
  • Patent number: 8656818
    Abstract: A device for three-sided trimming of products has a cutter lifting assembly that is operable in a lifting movement that determines a machine cycle of the device. Several cutters, at least for head trimming, foot trimming, and front edge trimming of the products, are mountable on the cutter lifting assembly. The device has a lateral alignment configuration, which is movable at least on one side, for performing a pushing movement against the product, by way of which the product can be brought into a cutting position. The device further includes a device for initiating and/or terminating the pushing movement of the alignment configuration in such a way that the time of initiation and/or the pushing duration of the pushing movement within the cycle duration of the device is independent of the lifting movement of the cutter lifting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Matthes, Falk Wagner
  • Patent number: 8640582
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a flexible substrate includes punching out a flexible substrate from a flexible tape wherein the flexible substrate has a first contour that is a part of a contour of the flexible substrate, and a second contour that is a remaining portion of the contour other than the first contour, and requires a punching accuracy lower than a punching accuracy of the first contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Munehide Saimen
  • Publication number: 20140020529
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mechanical hand tool device, in particular a fret and/or a reciprocating saw device, including a locating unit having at least one antenna. The locating unit is configured to detect objects outside a workpiece and to detect objects inside the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Krapf, Heiko Sgarz, Ernie Fischer
  • Publication number: 20130340892
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maximising value when breaking down a tree stem, log, cant, flitch or slab to sawn timber which includes determining an acoustic velocity value and determining density profile information across the width of the stem, log, cant or slab. The density profile information determined includes a position of minimum density in the stem, log, cant or slab. This enables the prediction of a stiffness profile across the stem, log, cant or slab from the acoustic velocity and the density profile information across the stem, log, cant or slab. The stiffness profile and the position of minimum density in the stem, log, cant or slab can be used to generate a sawing pattern for cutting the stem, log, cant or slab. The sawing pattern is offset by the position of the minimum density for a more useful yield of sawn timber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: WQI LIMITED
    Inventor: WQI Limited
  • Patent number: 8528452
    Abstract: A safety system prevents cutting machine operators from being accidentally carried through the infeed chute into the machine's cutting mechanism. An operator wears a safety device on his wrist and/or ankle and a sensor array mounts on opposing sides of the cutting machine's infeed chute. The sensor array elements are wound in opposite directions and connect in series opposing. The magnetic field of the safety device induces a current in the sensor array as it moves in the proximity of the sensor array. The safety system generates a signal which is proportional to the sum of the induced currents. When the signal exceeds a threshold, the safety system shuts off power to the feed mechanism and/or the cutting blades of the cutting machine, preventing injury to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Jeff Buchanan, Mark Buchanan
  • Patent number: 8527084
    Abstract: In the method for cutting a material layer (20) along a given cutting line (21), a cutting beam is moved so as to impinge on the material layer (20) laterally offset by a distance (W) from the cutting line (21). The distance (W) is determined as a function of the variations of the cutting speed at which the cutting beam is moved, and/or as a function of the deviations of the effective cutting beam cross-section from a circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Micromachining AG
    Inventor: Walter Maurer
  • Publication number: 20130174703
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus which enable reduction of shift alignment time and improvement of productivity. A shift unit performs a shifting operation for shifting a conveyed sheet, in a lateral direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction. An alignment unit aligns the sheet by a pair of alignment members thereof which are moved toward each other such side edges of the sheet in the lateral direction are held therebetween. A CPU of a finisher controller controls the alignment unit and the shift unit such that an operation for moving the alignment members from respective first standby positions in the lateral direction to respective second standby positions closer to the sheet than the corresponding first standby positions is executed in parallel with the shifting operation by the shift unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130152749
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for cutting a foodstuff into portions, and a method of portioning foodstuffs. A cutting apparatus (1) for foodstuffs (14) comprises a support surface (20) for supporting a foodstuff (14), a retaining member (38) movable relative to the support (20) surface between a first position at a first distance from said surface and a second position at a second distance from said surface, and cutting means (46) secured to the retaining member (38) such that, in use, when the retaining member (38) is moved from the first position to the second position, the cutting means (469 cuts the foodstuff (14) placed on the support surface (20), wherein the cutting means (46) and support surface (20) are movable relative to each other, at least a component of the movement being in a plane parallel to the support surface (20), such that, in use, two or more cuts can be made in the foodstuff (14) at different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Noreen Salador, Dennis G. Salador
  • Patent number: 8464623
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for controlling the temperature of two cylinders forming a nip. The temperature of at least one point on each cylinder is sensed by sensors, forming a point of measuring, wherein the highest sensed temperature is used as set point and wherein the cylinders are heated in areas where the sensed temperature is below the set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Hossain Peshkar
  • Publication number: 20130139662
    Abstract: A method, system and corresponding apparatus are provided for determining a perforation location on a blister card comprising at least one unit dose blister of medication. In particular, a data extraction operation with respect to a surface of the blister card may be performed and perforation location information defining a location of at least one perforation adjoining two unit dose blisters on the blister card may be determined based on the data extracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: MCKESSON AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventor: McKesson Automation, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8408107
    Abstract: A sensing mechanism (12) for detecting user contact with an active portion (26) of the power tool (10) is provided. In addition, a safety mechanism (14) for preventing prolonged user contact with the active portion (26) of a power tool (10) is provided. The safety mechanism (14) is configured to actuate upon receipt of a signal from the sensing mechanism (12). According to a first aspect, the safety mechanism (14) is arranged to rapidly displace the active portion (26) away from a user extremity. Alternatively, according to a second aspect, the safety mechanism (14) is arranged to rapidly urge an extremity of the user away from the active portion (26) of the power tool (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Carrier, Peter Chaikowsky
  • Publication number: 20130074667
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for slicing a food product (1), wherein a control system is adapted to monitor at least one status parameter, and to determine, in dependency on the at least one status parameter and at least one specification, whether a predefined condition was met, which especially requires a maintenance measure. The invention further relates to a device with a robot (18) for displacing a food product, wherein a control system is adapted to monitor at least one status parameter, and to determine, in dependence on the at least one status parameter and a motion program, whether a predefined condition was met, which especially requires a maintenance measure. The present invention furthermore relates to a device for slicing a food product (1), wherein at least one camera (15, 16, 17) is provided, which is adapted to capture at least one piece of information in relation to the cutting unit (3) and/or the food product (1) and the food product slices (7), respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 8385809
    Abstract: A sheet cutting device includes: an interposing section that interposes a sheet bundle in which a plurality of sheets are bundled; a cutting blade section having a cutting blade that cuts a sheet bundle interposed by the interposing section; a blade receiving member that receives a cutting edge of the cutting blade in the case of cutting; and a controller that controls a stop position of the cutting blade in the case of cutting. The controller controls the cutting blade section so that an amount of movement from a standby position of the cutting blade to the stop position becomes great when the number of times of cutting operations is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Shiokawa, Hiroyuki Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8353232
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for braking or locking a shaft (6) of a microtome (1). The microtome (1) comprises the shaft (6), an actuating element (2), a movement mechanism (37) and a housing (38). With the movement mechanism (37) an object to be cut can be moved relative to a knife blade. The actuating element (2) can be manually actuated by an operator. As a result thereof, the shaft (6) can be rotated. Via the shaft (6), the movement mechanism (37) for performing the relative motion between the object and the knife blade can be driven. Further, the present invention relates to a method for operating a device for braking a shaft (6) of a microtome (1). So that the device can be used in a mechanically formed movement mechanism (37), the inventive device is characterized by an actuator and a braking unit (25). The braking unit (25) is connected in a rotatably fixed manner to the shaft (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Walter, Stefan Thiem, Andreas Laudat
  • Patent number: 8347769
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for controlling a brake of a microtome. The microtome (1) has an actuating element (2), a movement mechanism (8) and a brake. With the aid of the movement mechanism (8), an object to be cut can be moved relative to a knife blade. The actuating element (2) can be manually actuated by an operator and, as a result thereof, the relative motion between the object and the knife blade can be performed with the movement mechanism (8). The relative motion can be locked with the aid of the brake. So that the relative motion between the object and the knife blade can be used in a mechanically designed movement mechanism (8) and/or the relative motion can be locked without an additional hand movement of the operator, the inventive device is characterized by at least one sensor unit (5, 13). The sensor unit (5, 13) is provided on the actuating element (2) or adjacent to the actuating element (2). With the aid of the sensor unit (5, 13) a contact by the operator can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Walter
  • Publication number: 20120312137
    Abstract: A machine tool monitoring device includes a monitoring unit for monitoring a machine tool working region, which is provided in particular for detecting the presence of a material type, in particular human tissue, in the machine tool working region. The machine tool monitoring device further includes a safety unit which outputs at least one safety status signal depending on at least one parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Stellmann
  • Publication number: 20120312135
    Abstract: In a method for slicing products, a plurality of products is fed next to one another along a product feed direction to a cutting plane in which a cutting blade moves. The rear ends of the products are brought into engagement with respective product grippers which are attached to a common feed unit and are extendable independently of one another relative to the feed unit in the product feed direction and are retractable against the product feed direction. The feed unit is moved along the product supply direction in a product position search run towards the products for the bringing into engagement of the product grippers with the rear ends of the products, wherein, during the product position search run, the current position of the product gripper is determined as the product end position for each product gripper on a contact with the rear end of the associated product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Joachim Schaub
  • Patent number: 8322259
    Abstract: A safety system prevents cutting machine operators from being accidentally carried through the infeed chute into the machine's cutting mechanism. An operator wears a safety device on his wrist and/or ankle and a sensor array mounts on opposing sides of the cutting machine's infeed chute. The sensor array elements are wound in opposite directions and connect in series opposing. The magnetic field of the safety device induces a current in the sensor array as it moves in the proximity of the sensor array. The safety system generates a signal which is proportional to the sum of the induced currents. When the signal exceeds a threshold, the safety system shuts off power to the feed mechanism and/or the cutting blades of the cutting machine, preventing injury to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Jeff Buchanan, Mark Buchanan
  • Patent number: 8316746
    Abstract: A trimming apparatus comprises a conveying device, a movable upper knife, an immovable lower knife, a movable press crosshead, a first drive, and a control unit. The print product is pressed down with the press crosshead. The pressed down print product is trimmed with the upper and lower knives. The press crosshead is lifted following the step of trimming operation. Subsequent to lifting the press crosshead, the upper knife is lifted. The trimmed print product is conveyed with the conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Hanspeter Hediger, Daniel Rölli
  • Patent number: 8316749
    Abstract: A finisher for a receiver moving in a feed direction includes a cutting device having a cutting blade and a scoring blade on opposite sides of the receiver and oriented perpendicular to the feed direction, and a scoring notch on the opposite side of the receiver from, and parallel to, the scoring blade. An actuator selectively causes the scoring blade to engage the scoring notch as the receiver moves between the scoring blade and scoring notch, so that the receiver is scored, or causes the cutting blade to engage the scoring blade, so that the receiver is cut. A controller receives a job specification including one or more cut or score location(s) on the receiver and causes the receiver to be cut at the cut location(s) or scored at the score location(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Donald S. Rimai, James D. Shifley, Brian J. Kwarta