With Means To Monitor And Control Operation (e.g., Self-regulating Means) Patents (Class 83/72)
  • Publication number: 20100132525
    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: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi SHIOKAWA, Hiroyuki WAKABAYASHI
  • Patent number: 7726640
    Abstract: A sheet cutting apparatus, including: a cutting knife for cutting a sheet bundle including a plurality of sheets; a sub-waste box capable of temporally receiving cutting wastage of a sheet bundle which has been cut; and a main waste box capable of receiving the cutting wastage received in the sub-waste box, in which the main waste box is constructed so that a wastage disposal operation of the cutting wastage received in the main waste box can be made while the sub-waste box temporally receives the cutting wastage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Finetech, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nochi, Hiroki Hommochi
  • Publication number: 20100101385
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating a microtome are described. According to the method, a specific type of a sample to be sectioned is detected, at least one stored sectioning parameter value is determined as a function of the specific type of the sample that was detected, said value being allocated to the specific type of the sample and defines a specific setting of the microtome, and the setting the microtome as defined by the determined sectioning parameter value is performed automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS NUSSLOCH GMBH
    Inventors: Roland Walter, Andreas Laudat, Annett Leonhardt
  • Publication number: 20100093022
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing and processing serial tissue sections. In one example, an “automatic tape collecting lathe ultramicrotome” (ATLUM) slices a block of tissue sample having various geometries into a continuous ribbon of thin tissue, or multiple thin tissue sections, and disposes the sliced thin tissue on an appropriate substrate to facilitate subsequent imaging of the sliced thin tissue. Closed-loop control of section thickness of the sliced thin tissue sections or ribbons is implemented to produce thinner sliced tissue sections or ribbons and tightly regulate thickness. Thin tissue sections or ribbons may be particularly processed/prepared to facilitate imaging with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Collected thin tissue sections or ribbons may be used to create UltraThin Section Libraries (UTSLs) that allow for fully automated, time-efficient imaging in the SEM to facilitate expansive tissue studies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth Hayworth, Narayanan Kasthuri, Jeff Lichtman, Erika Hartwieg
  • Patent number: 7694612
    Abstract: Torque necessary for cutting band-like paper is properly distributed to both of the preceding motor and the following motor, thereby making it possible to accurately cut the band-like paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishibuchi, Satoshi Matsuda, Kuniaki Wakusawa, Katsuaki Takasaki
  • Publication number: 20100071520
    Abstract: A saw speed readiness system for use with a forestry machine comprises a controller configured to receive a threshold selection signal, and change a speed readiness threshold from a first saw speed to a second saw speed in response to the threshold selection signal, the speed readiness threshold representing a non-zero saw speed above which a disk saw is considered to be ready for a tree-felling operation but below which the disk saw is considered not to be ready for the tree-felling operation. An associated method is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jason L. Pellymonter
  • Publication number: 20100064869
    Abstract: A device for measuring distance includes in one embodiment an electronic rotary encoder having an input shaft, a distance-measuring wheel connected to the input shaft, a base structure connected to the distance-measuring wheel, a frame structure connected to the base structure, a processor in communication with the rotary encoder, and a housing having an electronic digital display for displaying the longitudinal distance traveled by the work piece with an alpha-numeric and graphical representation of the longitudinal distance traveled by the work piece. The distance-measuring wheel reciprocates along a plane that is transverse to a longitudinal axis of the work piece. Advantageously, the display provides the longitudinal distance traveled by the work piece with an alpha-numeric and graphical representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Gregory Scott Poole
  • Publication number: 20100051009
    Abstract: A sawing device for sawing silicon blocks comprises at least one cutting element for sawing silicon blocks, the cutting element being drivable by means of a drive device, at least one guide device, with the at least one cutting element being alignable along a predetermined path by means of the at least one guide device, and at least one monitoring device for monitoring the position of the at least one cutting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Jens MODLER, Axel Kubin
  • Publication number: 20100011926
    Abstract: A cutting machine of the present invention for cutting a material to be cut, which is placed on a table, with a rotating saw blade, includes an imaging device, a determination device and a stopping device. The imaging device takes a video image of an area on the table and outputs the video image. The determination device makes a determination on whether or not a number of pixels of a specific color, which is previously set, exceeds a predetermined threshold in one frame of image constituting the video image outputted from the imaging device. The stopping device stops rotation of the saw blade when it is determined by the determination device that the number of pixels of the specific color exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhito Murakami, Kazutoki Otake, Hiroshi Murata, Yutaka Matsunaga, Takeshi Nishimiya
  • Publication number: 20090301275
    Abstract: A manually fed machine for working on materials, objects or the like, in particular a circular saw or a band saw bench, a planing bench, a bench drill, a press, or scissors, comprises a working tool (14), a feeding area (18) in front of the tool (14), within which a person's hand is present when feeding material to be worked on to the tool (14), and a detector (24) covering at least a section (22) of the feeding area (18) for a contactless detection of human skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
    Inventors: Norbert Jung, Dietmar Reinert, Oliver Schwaneberg
  • Publication number: 20090282958
    Abstract: The purpose of the invention is a control device for handling mobility elements of a cutting tool (1) and/or a carrier device of a flat printing medium (2) whereon an inscription has been previously printed. The device includes teaching elements (9) for reading information (10) transmitted via reading means (5) which are associated with elements (14, 18) for comparing between the reading information (10) and the instruction information (15, d, D, C) previously stored in memory relating to the definition of the inscription (3, 4) from a density of pixels and/or the framing of the inscription (3, 4) from a relative position between two (3, 4) at least.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Didier Dubesset, Eric Vilain, Bart Vanhauwaert
  • Publication number: 20090211417
    Abstract: A slicer for use in slicing a food product includes a slicer body. A slicer knife is mounted to the slicer body. A linear motor may be provided to move a food product support carriage. A slicer may also include stroke length setting adjustment features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: PREMARK FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Samuel A. Rummel, Guangshan Zhu, Shahram Shariff
  • Publication number: 20090178526
    Abstract: A mobile collecting device (22) for the high-pressure water jet (26) of a water-jet tool (18), especially for working in confined places with difficult access in turbines or the like, in which a more flexible and safer operation is achieved by a closed collecting chamber (24), which extends over a large area and includes an outlet (30), and in which a rigid first collecting bed (34) formed of a first high-pressure-resistant material is arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Philipp Roth, Josef Erni, Walter Maurer
  • Publication number: 20090178525
    Abstract: Installed in a band saw formed of a frequency converter, a motor, a driving wheel set and a band saw blade, a cutting speed display device is disclosed to include a modulator electrically connected to the frequency converter to output a linear modulation signal to the frequency converter for modulating the frequency of the output electrical power of the frequency converter so as to regulate the speed of the motor, and a display device that has a circuit device electrically connected to the modulator for receiving the linear modulation signal outputted by the modulator and converting the received linear modulation signal into a band saw blade cutting speed subject to one of a number of calculation modules set therein for enabling the band saw blade cutting speed to be displayed on the display panel. Thus, the cutting speed display device indicates the cutting speed of the band saw blade of the band saw in real time, and eliminates the problem of floating of the displayed data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: OAV Equipment & Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Long-Chang JAN, Hsuan-Chu Liu
  • Patent number: 7546788
    Abstract: A method of cutting a workpiece using an endless band saw blade and a band saw machine are provided. The method includes suspending the endless band saw blade between a driving wheel and a driven wheel such that the workpiece may be cut by the endless band saw blade, applying at least a first pulse and a second pulse to a first motor rotating the driving wheel and a second motor rotating the driven wheel, respectively, wherein the pulses have phases opposite to each other, and cutting the workpiece. The band saw machine includes a driving wheel having a first motor and a driven wheel having a second motor. The band saw machine further includes a pulse applying module that applies at least a first pulse and a second pulse to the first motor and the second motor, respectively, wherein the pulses have phases opposite to each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventor: Toru Tokiwa
  • Publication number: 20090133554
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for detecting whether an object is completely cut off and a cutting device using such a method. The cutting device includes a cutter frame, a blade, a conductive platform and an electric-conduction status detecting unit. The electric-conduction status detecting unit can detect the electric-conduction status between the blade and the conductive platform to discriminate whether the object on the conductive platform is completely cut off by the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Tai Pan
  • Publication number: 20090133551
    Abstract: A cutter blade is cut-in by being moved towards a deep part of a notch from one open end of the notch while being moved in a forward direction with respect to an outer periphery of a wafer. Immediately before a blade edge reaches the deep part of the notch, cutting movement of the cutter blade is once stopped, reversely moved to a initial piercing position, and thereafter, the cutter blade is moved towards the deep part of the notch from the other open end of the notch while being moved in a reverse direction with respect to the outer periphery of the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Masayuki Yamamoto, Yukitoshi Hase, Yasuji Kaneshima
  • Publication number: 20090126545
    Abstract: A press system having an integrated frame and press box for a foundry apparatus such as a trim press. The frame includes a top member, a bottom member and a pair of spaced apart side columns located between the top and bottom member. The press box is slidably coupled to the frame. The press system includes guideway bearings, and an integrated hydraulic box to form a system which minimizes deflection. The press system includes a controller having a program which operates the press system. The press system includes detection devices to provide input to the controller and a human-machine interface to provide input to the controller and to display output from the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: James S. Luebke
  • Patent number: 7526985
    Abstract: A band saw machine includes a driving wheel and a driven wheel around which an endless band saw blade is wound. At least one of the driving wheel and the driven wheel is directly connected to an output shaft of a control motor. The output shaft of the control motor is arranged in a cylindrical bearing unit installed on a motor base supporting the control motor. The driving wheel is rotatably supported by the bearing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Toru Tokiwa, Kinshiro Naito
  • Publication number: 20090084235
    Abstract: An origin correction method of matching a set processing top point with a machine top point of a high pressure jet in a jetting apparatus having a two-axis angle control for controlling tilt and -pivot angles other than a three-axis control consisting of X, Y, Z-axes includes: a jet radial-runout measurement process of measuring a position of the jet passing through an XY-plane; a jet radial-runout correction process of calculating an error at the processing top point and correcting radial runout of the jet; a jet top-point variation measurement process of changing the tilt angle and measuring two positions, where the jet passes through the XY-plane; and a jet top-point variation correction process of calculating an error at the processing top point from position data of the two positions and correcting a deviation of the processing top point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventors: Akira KATA, Naotsugu TERASAKI, Takuya AOKI
  • Publication number: 20090056513
    Abstract: A method of creating thin wafers of single crystal silicon wherein an ingot of single-crystal silicon with a (111) axis is flattened and polished at one end normal to the axis, and a notch with a vertex in the (111) plane is produced on a side or edge of the ingot, such that the distance between this vertex and said end is the desired thickness of a wafer to be cleaved from the ingot and such this vertex is in the desired plane of cleavage. Light of a wavelength able to penetrate into the silicon crystal without significant absorption, when the intensity of the beam is low, but is efficiently absorbed and converted to heat when the intensity of the beam is high, is focused to an elongated volume with an axis of elongation in the desired cleavage plane, parallel to and a short distance from said notch edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen C. Baer
  • Patent number: 7484444
    Abstract: A cutting device having a holding element for holding a workpiece, a pair of cutting blades for cutting the workpiece held by the holding element, the cutting blades being adapted to be rotated, a wear amount detecting element for detecting the amount of wear of each of the pair of cutting blades, and a control element. The control element is arranged to selectively cut the workpiece by both of the pair of cutting blades, or cut the workpiece by one of the pair of cutting blades. When the workpiece is to be cut by one of the pair of cutting blades, the control element compares the amounts of wear of the pair of cutting blades detected by the wear amount detecting element, and allows the cutting blade having a smaller amount of wear to cut the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Disco Corporation
    Inventor: Naoya Tokumitsu
  • Publication number: 20090019979
    Abstract: A microscopic geometry cutting device includes: a controller that outputs a timer count start command in starting a driving program which controls a drive of an X-axis or a Y-axis moving mechanism; an arrival time calculator that calculates an arrival time from when the timer count start command is output till when the cutter arrives at a machining start position in accordance with relative moving speed information of the moving mechanisms and machining start position information of a workpiece W; an elapsed time determiner that determines whether an elapsed time from when the timer count start command is output is coincident with the arrival time and outputs a trigger signal when the elapsed time is coincident with the arrival time; and a reciprocating stage driver that drives the reciprocating stage in a manner that the cutter advances and retracts in a predetermined cutting depth in response to the trigger signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji KIMURA, Sumihisa KONDO
  • Patent number: 7431682
    Abstract: Accessories for power tools and combinations are provided. An accessory for a power tool may include a body including a connecting portion for connecting the accessory to the power tool and a communication member positioned on the body for communicating with the power tool. The accessory may be capable of communicating with a power tool and an inventory system via the communication member. A combination may include a power tool including a housing and a motor supported by the housing, and a power tool accessory connectable to the power tool and driveable by the motor, the power tool accessory may communicate with the power tool for affecting operation of the power tool. A combination may include an indication device operable to indicate operation characteristics of the power tool to a user. The communication member may be operable to communicate with the indication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Thomas P. James
  • Publication number: 20080236351
    Abstract: A punching device includes a detecting unit, a punching unit, a moving unit, a storage unit, and a controlling unit. The detecting unit detects a lateral edge position of a recording medium to obtain edge position data. When the edge position data does not indicate an error value, the edge position data is stored in the storage unit as reference data. The controlling unit determines, when the edge position data indicates an error value, a movement amount of the punching unit based on reference data previously obtained and stored in the storage unit. The moving unit moves the punching unit by the movement amount in a direction perpendicular to the conveying direction of the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Makoto Hidaka, Akira Kunieda, Junichi Tokita, Hitoshi Hattori, Ichiro Ichihashi, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Masahiro Tamura, Tomoichi Nomura, Hiroshi Maeda, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Shuuya Nagasako, Naohiro Kikkawa
  • Publication number: 20080216625
    Abstract: A sheet material cutting machine includes a bristle bed with generally vertically extending bristles having free ends defining a support surface for supporting sheet material to be cut and a carriage movable over the bristle bed and carrying at least one cutting tool to selectively cut the sheet material. A vacuum cleaning system provides vacuum at the carriage to remove cutting debris as the cutting tool is cutting the sheet material. Illustrated embodiments include providing the vacuum through a passage in the cutting tool and providing the vacuum through a cavity in a presser foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Steven Li, Yoshimasa Okada
  • Patent number: 7418309
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed to optimize punching instructions. An example method disclosed herein obtains a tool bed layout, the tool bed including a description of a plurality of tool punch parts, each tool punch part further including tool definition information; obtains a component layout, the component including a description of a component having at least one feature requiring a punching operation; validates the component layout; advances the component to a position of optimum depth; determines a hit score at the position of optimum depth; and repeats the component advancing and the hit score determination until all of the at least one feature of the component is assigned to a tool punch part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: The Bradbury Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Dale Asher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7373863
    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: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Michael O'Banion, Warren A. Ceroll, Matthew Webster
  • Publication number: 20080110310
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for continuously cutting a fiber cable into sections, as well as a process for operating this device. The device comprises a rotary cutter carrier fitted with a plurality of cutter blades, against which the fiber cable is pressed by means of a pressing wheel. Wear and break of the cutter blades are sensed by one or more structure-borne noise sensors. In addition, a characteristic variable is formed from the signal from the structure-borne noise sensor(s) and compared with a comparison value. Deviations from the comparison value are recognised as disturbances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Carsten Voigtlander, Matthias Strebe
  • Publication number: 20080087148
    Abstract: A calibration procedure is carried out for determining the displacement distance from a reference point to the center of the blade in a web cutter in a mail inserter. A photosensor is placed near the paper plane of the web cutter to sense a web edge at the reference point downstream or upstream from the blade. At the start of the calibration procedure, the blade is caused to cut the web for providing a web edge. The web edge is moved in a backward and forward motion over the photosensor a few times for determining the theoretical center position of the photosensor relative to the position where the web is cut by the blade. By taking into account the chip-out width, the displacement distance from the center of the photosensor to the center of the chip out blade can be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Arthur H. DePoi, John F. Pezzuti, John W. Sussmeier, Daniel J. Williams
  • Patent number: 7255033
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for piercing a metering disc from a workpiece of a fuel injector. The metering disc includes first and second surfaces that extend substantially parallel to a base plane. The first and second surfaces are spaced along a longitudinal axis that extends orthogonal with respect to the base plane. The apparatus includes a piercing tool that extends along a tool axis, a planar coordinate positioning mechanism, and a spherical coordinate positioning mechanism. The piercing tool is adapted to penetrate the workpiece. The planar coordinate positioning mechanism displaces parallel to the longitudinal axis of the piercing tool relative to the workpiece. And the spherical coordinate positioning mechanism pivots about the tool axis relative at least one of three axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventor: J. Michael Joseph
  • Patent number: 7245981
    Abstract: A material handling system with a drag mechanism including a wheel for a table saw that controls the orientation and speed of material as it moves through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Precision Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, Stuart Aldrich, David A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7168901
    Abstract: A device 1 and a method for trimming samples 38 are disclosed. The device 1 encompasses a knife holder 9 and a sample holder 7, the knife holder 9 carrying at least one trimming knife 36. A first motor 60 and a second motor 61 are provided, which move the knife holder 9 in an X-Y plane. Also provided is a control unit 15 that controls the motion of the knife holder 9. The first and the second motor 60, 61 are each equipped with a measurement means 62, 63 that measures the position of the knife holder 9 in the X direction (X) and Y direction (Y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Leica Mikrosysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Ranner
  • Patent number: 7170076
    Abstract: A tool operates with a guide system to identify the orientation of a tool on a work piece. In one implementation, the tool identifies its orientation with respect to a guide signal supplied by the guide system. In an alternate embodiment, the tool determines its absolute orientation, such as a (x, y) coordinate. The tool includes an action component adapted to alter the work piece, such as a cutting head in a router. A guide detector in the tool detects a position of a guide signal from the guide system. A location detector in the tool receives the position data and employs it to determine the tool's orientation. Based on the detected orientation, the tool decides whether any tool adjustments are necessary. Examples of tool adjustments include the following: adjusting the position of the action component, enabling or disabling the action component, and providing operating indicators to direct a tool operator's use of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Robotoolz Limited
    Inventors: Andrew G. Butler, Christopher A. Tacklind, Lance Reisman, Aragon Burlingham, Daniel T. Adams, Eugene F. Duval, William A. Scott, Rick Feffer, Jonathan Carver
  • Patent number: 7153203
    Abstract: A portioning apparatus (10) includes a powered conveyor (12) for carrying workpieces (WP) past a scanning station (14) and past a cutting station (20). Information from the scanning station pertaining to physical parameters of the workpiece is transmitted to a control system (16) which then determines an optimal cutting strategy for the workpiece, which strategy is implemented at the cutting station (20). The length of time required to portion the workpiece is also determined, and this information is used to ascertain whether the speed of the conveyor (12) is optimal or should be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. Pfarr, George Blaine
  • Patent number: 7124670
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a lifetime of a cutter for cutting a sheet comprising: a detector for detecting a value of a parameter representing a cutting resistance during sheet cutting; a comparator for comparing the detected value of the parameter with a predetermined reference value; and an output element for outputting a result based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Tanaka, Shigeki Morisawa
  • Patent number: 7121177
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for punching out a plurality of parts from a tape-like member including the parts to be punched out and positioning holes. The method and apparatus execute the steps of: a capturing step for capturing one after another an image of at least one positioning hole and a corresponding part; a position detecting step for detecting a positional relation between the positioning hole and the part based on the captured image; an adjusting step for adjusting, based on the positional relation, a position of the die set relative to the positioning pin when the part is set on the die set, so that a cutting-plane line is arranged along a contour of the part; and a punching out step for punching out the part by the die set after placing the part on the die set with the positioning pin being inserted into the positioning hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Hatano
  • Patent number: 7089078
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adjusting the degree of engagement of a tool (6, 7) disposed on the outer radius of at least one associated rotating roll (4, 5) with a web of material (1) running past it. The aim of the invention is to improve the method so that the degree of engagement of the tool can be adjusted without loss of time and without producing any scraps. To this end, for adjusting the degree of engagement of the tool (6, 7) with the web of material (1), first several different degrees of engagement are electronically defined by means of different peripheral speeds of the tool (6, 7) so as to be retrievable. Once an adjuster (13) is activated, the change to another defined degree of engagement takes place during operation precisely when the tool (6, 7) engages with the web so that the new degree of engagement is carried out when the tool (6, 7) engages with the web of material (1) for the next time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Rexroth Indramat GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Hahn, Christoph Mueller
  • Patent number: 7055418
    Abstract: A device for trimming and automatically cutting of either multiple or single images, the images produced for example through digital rendering on paper and other graphic and photographic substrates, wound in reel or being in single sheets (10), especially of large size. Problems in using known devices of this type with feeding rollers (2) with a length corresponding to the substrate width have the consequence of a slowing down of the production owing to the excessive care necessary when introducing at the same time parallel sheets of large size. These problems can be overcome by using rollers of reduced length, but only by adding errors in the forward movement of the substrate, errors which are remedied by of optical sensors (4, 4?) for detecting the separation mark (M) between the images (10a, 10b, . . . ) as well as its angle with respect to the cutting line (7), and by a pair of length differential measuring devices (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Fotoba International S.r.l.
    Inventor: Valter Maddalon
  • Patent number: 7044038
    Abstract: A microtome includes a knife holding device for a cutting element (16) and a specimen holding device (12). Associated with the specimen holding device (12) for a cutting movement is a first drive device (18) and associated with the specimen holding device (12) or the knife holding device is a second drive device (38) for a feed movement. A sender (20) is associated with the first drive device (18) and is connected with an electronic control means (26). A first operating element (28) controlling the first drive device (18) has a standard mode, in which the cutting movement of the specimen holding device is controlled by rotation of the first operating element (28), and a second mode, in which a continuous cutting function is activated by pressing the first operating element (28). A second operating element (44) controlling the second drive device (38) also has corresponding rotary and pressing modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Hess Consult, GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Hess
  • Patent number: 6997090
    Abstract: A saw with a safety system is disclosed. The safety system includes a detection system adapted to detect contact between a person and a blade while the blade is moving. The safety system further includes a brake system adapted to engage the blade and to stop the blade when the detection system detects contact between the person and the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: SD3, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen F. Gass, David A. Fanning, J. David Fulmer, David S. D'Ascenzo, Jonathan N. Betts-LaCroix, Robert L. Chamberlain, Joel F. Jensen, Andrew L. Johnston, Sung H. Kim, Anwyl M. McDonald, Benjamin B. Schramm
  • Patent number: 6996452
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automating the control of fluid jet orientation parameters are provided. Example embodiments provide a Dynamic Waterjet Control System (a “DWCS”) to dynamically control the orientation of the jet relative to the material being cut as a function of speed and other process parameters. Orientation parameters include, for example, the three dimensional orientation parameters of the jet, such as standoff compensation values and taper and lead angles of the cutting head. In one embodiment, the DWCS uses a set of predictive models to determine these orientation parameters. The DWCS preferably comprises a motion program generator/kernel, a user interface, one or more replaceable orientation and process models, and a communications interface to a fluid jet apparatus controller. In one embodiment the DWCS embedded in the controller and performs a “look-ahead” procedure to automatically control cutting head orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Flow International Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn A. Erichsen, Jiannan Zhou, Mira K. Sahney, Michael Knaupp, Charles D. Burnham, Mohamed A. Hashish
  • Patent number: 6889585
    Abstract: A sheet cutting device utilizing cutter blades as a position detection mechanism and a method of reporting cutter malfunctions is provided. The sheet cutting device including a cutter having a pair of cutter blades, one of the blades connected to a cutter driving mechanism for moving the blade through a cutting cycle, a power source is connected to one of the blades so that a circuit is closed when the blades contact one another, and a current sensing device in connection with the circuit to identify when the blades are in physical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hunter Harris, Jeff David Thomas, Robert Dean Yoder
  • Patent number: 6886462
    Abstract: System, including apparatus and method, for processing a material involves automatically printing labels for pieces cut pursuant to a cut list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Precision Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, David Lee, David A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 6857345
    Abstract: A saw is disclosed having a detection system adapted to detect a dangerous condition between a person and a saw blade, and a brake adapted to stop the saw blade in response to detection of the dangerous condition. The saw further includes a brake positioning system that allows the brake to be positioned in at least two different operable positions to accommodate at least two different blade diameters. The saw may include a system to detect brake-to-blade spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: SD3, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen F. Gass, Andrew L. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20040211302
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for positioning a food product on an automated cutting device. According to the invention, a sensor (32) detects the product width and the product (30, 31, 33) is then brought into the desired position at an angle to the direction of conveyance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Gunther Weber
  • Publication number: 20040163511
    Abstract: A paper feeding device and method, wherein a tray including a paper loading unit, a paper feeding device, a paper cutting device is slid out of a main body of an image forming apparatus. When a new rolled transfer paper is loaded in the paper loading unit, the rolled transfer paper is conveyed so that a tip portion thereof is discharged from a rolled transfer paper outlet of the tray. The discharged tip portion of the rolled transfer paper is cut by the paper cutting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Takahiro Shinga
  • Publication number: 20040154151
    Abstract: An automated de-banding machine which can perform by scanning the surface of the pallet to determine the number and position of bands to be removed. The machine also is capable of analyzing to determine the overlay bands from underlay bands. The overlay bands are removed first and typically fed individually to a chopper which chops the bands into pieces for recycling. The band information may be recorded and used to facilitate handling of a similar type of pallet in future operations to eliminate any stoppage for determination of retooling or adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: R. A, Pearson Company
    Inventors: Richard R. Lile, Daniel V. Brown
  • Patent number: 6766216
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automating the control of fluid jet orientation parameters are provided. Example embodiments provide a Dynamic Waterjet Control System (a “DWCS”) to dynamically control the orientation of the jet relative to the material being cut as a function of speed and other process parameters. Orientation parameters include, for example, the x-y position of the jet along the cutting path, as well as three dimensional orientation parameters of the jet, such as standoff compensation values and taper and lead angles of the cutting head. In one embodiment, the DWCS uses a set of predictive models to determine these orientation parameters. The DWCS preferably comprises a motion program generator/kernel, a user interface, one or more replaceable orientation and process models, and a communications interface to a fluid jet apparatus controller. Optionally the DWCS also includes a CAD module for designing the target piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Flow International Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn A. Erichsen, Jiannan Zhou, Mira K. Sahney, Michael Knaupp
  • Patent number: 6719468
    Abstract: A positive piece engagement indicator for marking tool is provided in which a metal workpiece is contacted with a workpiece contact probe for providing physical contact with, as well as electrical communication with the metal surface of a workpiece. A test voltage and indicator means are placed in series between the workpiece and marking tool. Upon physical contact of the marking tool engagement surface with the surface of the metal workpiece, a circuit is completed by the electrical communication there between, thereby engaging the indicator means. This allows positive verification of actual engagement of worktool to workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Raymond P. Gatta