Scoring Patents (Class 83/879)
  • Patent number: 9262734
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for scheduling objects having pair-wise and cumulative constraints. The systems and methods presented can utilize a directed acyclic graph to increase or maximize a utilization function. Violation of cumulative constraints can be identified at the moment of constraint violation such that events resulting in constraint violations can be removed from the schedule while the schedule is being determined. By removing the events triggering constraint violations at the point of constraint violation, the systems and methods provided can determine optimal or near-optimal schedules in a relatively quick and efficient manner compared to systems and methods that check for violations of cumulative constraints after determining a schedule. The objects can comprise satellites in a constellation of satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Skybox Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Augenstein, Julian M. Mann, Daniel Berkenstock
  • Publication number: 20150125988
    Abstract: A scribing apparatus for manufacturing a solar cell, and a method of manufacturing a solar cell using the same are provided. The scribing apparatus includes a stage part configured to support a substrate having at least one thin film layer, a scribing unit configured to scribe on the at least one thin film layer, and a moving unit configured to move at least one of the stage part and the scribing unit during the scribing process. A method of manufacturing a solar cell using the scribing apparatus includes scribing a first pattern onto a reflective electrode layer using the scribing apparatus, the reflective electrode layer being on the substrate, the scribing apparatus further including a needle installation part having a first needle configured to scribe on one side of the reflective electrode layer, and a second needle configured to scribe on a side surface of the reflective electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Dong-Ho Lee, Jung-Gyu Nam, Kwang-Soo Huh, Su-Jin Kim
  • Publication number: 20150096424
    Abstract: An embodiment of a suture for use in a surgical procedure applied to tissue comprises an elongated body having a first end and a second end, and a plurality of retainers arranged along a portion of the elongated body. The retainers substantially yield to motion of the elongated body within the tissue when the elongated body is drawn at the first end and resist motion of the elongated within the tissue when the elongated body is drawn at the second end. The retainers include an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface extending from a periphery of the elongated body and the lower surface having at least two facets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Robert A. Herrmann, Alexei Goraltchouk, Lev Drubetsky
  • Patent number: 8997619
    Abstract: A glass cutter is provided which can form, using a wheel, a uniform crack in glass even when a projection or an earlier-formed scribe line is present on the glass. When the wheel is moved on the glass, a fracture layer is formed causing a rib mark to be formed below the fracture layer and a crack to be formed below the rib mark. To cut the glass, the crack is required to be formed uniformly. Applying a force to resist the rotating force of the wheel makes it possible to form a uniform crack even when a projection is present on the glass. This improves glass cutting yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Sasaki, Katsunori Kuwaki, Makoto Tatemura, Hiroyuki Tani, Hitoshi Azuma, Tomio Yaguchi, Tatsuo Hamamoto, Hideaki Ishige, Shuji Iwasaki, Katsuyuu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8945649
    Abstract: This document provides devices and methods for processing elongate generally cylindrical food products. For example, this document provides devices and methods for longitudinally cutting sausages, and the sausage designs as cut thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Edward W. Hortelius
  • Publication number: 20150027290
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of singulating semiconductor die from a semiconductor wafer includes forming a material on a surface of a semiconductor wafer and reducing a thickness of portions of the material. Preferably, the thickness of the material is reduced near where singulation openings are to be formed in the semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. GRIVNA, James M. PARSEY, JR.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8881633
    Abstract: A cutter wheel for scribing a brittle material substrate having excellent biting in the surface of the brittle material substrate when the brittle material substrate used for a liquid crystal display panel or the like is cut and a method for manufacturing the cutter wheel with high productivity are provided. The cutter wheel made of a hard metal or sintered diamond is formed in such a manner that a V-shaped ridge line part is formed as an edge along the circumferential part of a disk-like wheel, and at least one notch is engraved in the above described ridge line part and notches as that described above are formed in the entirety of the periphery of the above described ridge line part at a pitch of more than 200 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruo Wakayama, Tetsuji Shiozawa, Takashi Sekijima, Noriyuki Ogasawara, Hiroshi Soyama
  • Publication number: 20140305275
    Abstract: A reverse die cutting apparatus includes a counter die having at least one receiving aperture disposed thereon in which an insert having a blade is received. The receiving aperture disposed on the counter die is a through aperture having a specific geometric configuration that correlates to a perimeter configuration of the insert. The insert is received in the counter die and the blade portion of the insert is customizable due to a forming process, thereby providing a reverse cut to a substrate in a die converting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Michigan Lasercut
    Inventor: Steven Schroder
  • Patent number: 8844420
    Abstract: A glass plate cutting machine 1 includes a cutter wheel 4 for forming a cut line 3 on a glass plate 2; a moving means 5 for moving the cutter wheel 4 along a cut line 3a which has been preset and is to be formed on the glass plate 2; a resiliently pressing device 6 for resiliently pressing the cutter wheel 4 against the glass plate 2; and a control unit 7 for controlling the resiliently pressing device 6 so as to alternately change over the intensity of a resiliently pressing force of that cutter wheel 4 with respect to the glass plate 2 in the movement of the cutter wheel 4 by the moving means 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Bando Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Bando
  • Patent number: 8833216
    Abstract: A tool for perforating a polymeric film is disclosed having a support substrate and at least one projection extending from the substrate. The projection is multi-sided with side walls that have straight sides that are tapered upwardly and inwardly from the support substrate at an angle theta (?) that is at least 5°. The angle is measured in relation to imaginary lines extending perpendicularly to the substrate at the locations at which the side walls contact the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: David Lee Carew, Erol Craig Harvey, Jasson Lindsay Mills, Ramon Glenny Waycott, Richard Leigh Barber, William Howard Barling
  • Publication number: 20140238214
    Abstract: A label device may include an inlet system, an outlet system, and a label creation area arranged between the inlet system and the outlet system, including a platform and a cutter assembly arranged above the platform and configured to move through a programmed route to physically delineate a label on label material backed by the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald Finken
  • Publication number: 20140224095
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a barbed medical device which includes the steps of providing a blank workpiece and forming at least one barb on the blank workpiece by applying vibrational energy to a tool and bringing the tool and the blank workpiece into contact with each other at an angle such that the tool cuts into the surface of the blank workpiece. A barbed medical device formed by this method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Mark S. Buchter, Matthew D. Cohen, Michael Primavera, Timothy D. Kosa
  • Patent number: 8784767
    Abstract: Polycrystalline diamond includes cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond, and a ratio of X-ray diffraction peak intensity of a (100) plane of the hexagonal diamond to X-ray diffraction peak intensity for a (111) plane of cubic diamond is not lower than 0.01%. In addition, a present method of manufacturing polycrystalline diamond includes the steps of preparing a non-diamond carbon material having a degree of graphitization not higher than 0.58 and directly converting the non-diamond carbon material to cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond and sintering the non-diamond carbon material, without adding any of a sintering agent and a binder, under pressure and temperature conditions at which diamond is thermodynamically stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sumiya, Katsuko Yamamoto, Takeshi Sato, Keiko Arimoto
  • Patent number: 8776549
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for severing a marked region of a glass strip (1) produced continuously on a conveyor belt (11), having the following characteristics: a) a line (12) highlighting the severing of the marked region is scored on the continuous glass strip (1), b) once the scored line (12) reaches the crusher roll (6), the two lock rolls (7, 8) following the crusher roll (6) are folded away downward, c) once the scored line (12) is located in the region of the highest area of the crusher roll (6), means for shearing off (5) push onto the glass strip (1) and break it off, d) after the broken-off glass piece (10) has dropped, the lock rolls (7, 8, 9) are folded back in the conveyor belt (11), and to a computer program and a machine-readable carrier with the program code thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Edwin Lang
  • Patent number: 8747798
    Abstract: Polycrystalline diamond includes cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond, and a ratio of X-ray diffraction peak intensity of a (100) plane of the hexagonal diamond to X-ray diffraction peak intensity for a (111) plane of cubic diamond is not lower than 0.01%. In addition, a present method of manufacturing polycrystalline diamond includes the steps of preparing a non-diamond carbon material having a degree of graphitization not higher than 0.58 and directly converting the non-diamond carbon material to cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond and sintering the non-diamond carbon material, without adding any of a sintering agent and a binder, under pressure and temperature conditions at which diamond is thermodynamically stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sumiya, Katsuko Yamamoto, Takeshi Sato, Keiko Arimoto
  • Patent number: 8733222
    Abstract: A device for feeding a converting unit with a web substrate, the converting unit converting the substrate when stopped. The device includes a main drive roller rotating on a main shaft a main electric drive motor (14) rotating (T) the main roller (12), a satellite roller oscillating about the main roller (12), between upstream and downstream on the path of a substrate. Two lateral levers secured to the main shaft hold the satellite roller and are mounted on the main shaft. The substrate is maintained between the main and satellite rollers to change cyclically between a constant speed to a zero speed at the exit side of the satellite roller. At least one secondary electric drive motor oscillates the main shaft, the two lateral levers and the satellite roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Bobst Mex SA
    Inventors: Edouard Borel, Philippe Clement, Yeznig Maghdessian
  • Patent number: 8707842
    Abstract: A cutter wheel for scribing a brittle material substrate having excellent biting in the surface of the brittle material substrate when the brittle material substrate used for a liquid crystal display panel or the like is cut and a method for manufacturing the cutter wheel with high productivity are provided. The cutter wheel made of a hard metal or sintered diamond is formed in such a manner that a V-shaped ridge line part is formed as an edge along the circumferential part of a disk-like wheel, and at least one notch is engraved in the above described ridge line part and notches as that described above are formed in the entirety of the periphery of the above described ridge line part at a pitch of more than 200 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruo Wakayama, Tetsuji Shiozawa, Takashi Sekijima, Noriyuki Ogasawara, Hiroshi Soyama
  • Publication number: 20140106648
    Abstract: A glass-plate working apparatus includes a glass-plate supporting portion 20a of a feed conveyor 7, a glass-plate supporting portion 20b of a cutting section 2, a glass-plate supporting portion 20c of a bend-breaking section 4, a glass-plate supporting portion 20d of a grinding section 3, and a glass-plate supporting portion 20e of a discharge conveyor 8; a cutting head 9, a bend-breaking device 66, and a grinding head 10 for processing glass plates 5 which are respectively supported by the supporting portions 20b, 20c, and 20d; and a transporting device 89 for transporting the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20a onto the supporting portion 20b, the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20b onto the supporting portion 20c, the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20c onto the supporting portion 20d, and the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20d onto the supporting portion 20e, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: BANDO KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki BANDO
  • Patent number: 8651006
    Abstract: A device and a method for producing individual blanks from a foil web and their transport are disclosed. The foil web is fed with a first conveyor to a device for producing at least one potential parting line. The formed individual blanks are transferred with a second conveyor and fed for further processing. A tear in the individual blank is formed in the area of a guide system of the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Schmid, Manuel Kollmuss
  • Publication number: 20140041504
    Abstract: A mechanical method for producing micro-scale and nano-scale textures that facilitates, for example, the cost-effective production of nanostructures on large-scale substrates, e.g., during the large-scale production of thin-film solar cells. A “scratcher” (multi-pointed abrasion mechanism) is maintained in a precise position relative to a target substrate such that micron-level features (protrusions) extending from the scratcher's base structure are precisely positioned to contact a surface material layer of the target substrate with a predetermined amount of force, and then moved relative to the substrate (e.g., by way of a conveying mechanism) while maintaining the pressing force such that the micron-level features define elongated parallel nano-scale grooves and/or form nano-scale ridges in the surface material layer (i.e., by mechanically displacing) portions of the surface material layer to form the nano-scale grooves/ridges).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: David Eric Schwartz, Matthew D. Eisaman, Sourobh Raychaudhuri, Philipp H. Schmaelzle, Robert A. Street, Sean Garner, Baomin Xu, Jiye Lee
  • Publication number: 20140041503
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for forming an initiation flaw (111) in the surface (114) of a glass sheet or glass ribbon (13). The initiation flaw (111) is used in connection with a laser light beam (121) and a cooling area produced by a cooling nozzle (119) to from a score line (115) in the surface (114) of the sheet or ribbon (13). The initiation flaw (111) is formed by a mechanical scoring head (20) which is carried by moving carriage (14) and which undergoes retrograde motion (19) relative to the carriage (14) so as to increase the time available for forming the initiation flaw (111).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Anatoli Anatolyevich Abramov, George Davis Treichler, Naiyue Zhou
  • Patent number: 8636432
    Abstract: A cutting device includes: a cutter unit having a cutter blade; and a cutter operation mechanism which causes the cutter unit to carry out a circulatory movement including a cutting preparation operation which causes the cutter unit to advance toward a tape-like member from a cutting start position, a cutting operation which causes the cutter unit to move to a cutting completion position, a withdrawal operation which causes the cutter unit to retreat from the cutting completion position to a withdrawal position, and a return operation which causes the cutter unit to return to a cutting stand-by position, wherein the cutter operation mechanism, in the return operation, makes the cutting start position and withdrawal position of the cutter unit different between a full cutting which cuts all of the tape-like member and a half cutting which cuts one portion of the tape-like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20140000433
    Abstract: A tip 14 is rotatably attached to a tip holder 10. The tip holder 10 is made into a cylindrical shape and its end has an installation part 16. An opening is arranged at a holder joint. The tip holder 10 is attracted by a magnet for attachment so that detaching and attaching can be performed easily. Tip offset data is recorded as a 2-dimensional code 17 on the surface of the tip holder 10. When replacing the tip holder, the offset data is read out and inputted to a scribe device, thereby canceling the offset. This eliminates the operation required for correction when attaching/detaching the tip holder and enables easy tip replacement during a short time of device stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBOSHI DIAMOND INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Masao YAMAMOTO, Atsushi TABATA
  • Publication number: 20130319202
    Abstract: A plastic film tear line forming device includes a chassis, at least one vertical driver, a first cutter, and a second cutter. The chassis forms at least one opening adapted to receive a plastic film to feed therethrough. The vertical driver is mounted to the chassis. The first cutter is arranged above the opening of the chassis and is driven by the vertical driver to do a vertical movement. The first cutter has a lower end forming a plurality of first teeth, which defines therebetween first gaps. The second cutter is mounted to the chassis to be located below the opening and has an end forming a plurality of second teeth, which defines therebetween second gaps. When a plastic film is fed into the chassis through the opening, the vertical driver drives the first cutter vertically downward to penetrate through the plastic film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: TZU-CHIN HUNG
  • Publication number: 20130303063
    Abstract: A scoring machine (1) for scoring a surface of an item which is substantially plane in its main dimension and is curved transversely to its main dimension, the item being moved along a transport path (2) in a direction of movement (3), such as a surface of an item being conveyed forwards by means of a number of conveyors (4,5,6), the scoring machine 1 comprising a structure (11) with a curved path (7) of substantially the same curvature as the conveyed item transversely to its main dimension, and a number of scoring devices (14) being mounted on the structure (11) in such a manner that the scoring devices (14) are movable along the curved path (7) extending transversely to both the transport path (2) and the direction of movement (3) of the item moved, which makes it possible to score the surface of items in a uniform manner regardless of the point of time of the working day on surfaces of up to 700 items an hour and in a hygienic manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Teknologisk Institut
    Inventors: Carsten Jensen, Jens Scheller Anderson, Jimmy Guldhammer, Anders Kuhr Petersen, Benny Lauritzen, Kurt Hansen
  • Patent number: 8579526
    Abstract: A cutting device includes: a cutter unit having a cutter blade; and a cutter operation mechanism which causes the cutter unit to carry out a circulatory movement including a cutting preparation operation which causes the cutter unit to advance toward a tape-like member from a cutting start position, a cutting operation which causes the cutter unit to move to a cutting completion position, a withdrawal operation which causes the cutter unit to retreat from the cutting completion position to a withdrawal position, and a return operation which causes the cutter unit to return to a cutting stand-by position, wherein the cutter operation mechanism, in the return operation, makes the cutting start position and withdrawal position of the cutter unit different between a full cutting which cuts all of the tape-like member and a half cutting which cuts one portion of the tape-like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 8573870
    Abstract: A cutting device which carries out cutting operations in a width direction of a tape-like member, includes: a cutter operation mechanism which causes the cutting operations, a full cutting and a half cutting, to be carried out with one mechanism; and a tape discharge mechanism having a tape discharge roller which, by rotating, causes the tape-like member to move to a discharge side, wherein the tape discharge mechanism comes in conjunction with the cutter operation mechanism, and the tape discharge roller rotates only after the cutting operation at a time of the full cutting finishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 8562230
    Abstract: A cutting device which carries out cutting operations in a width direction of a tape-like member, includes: a cutter unit having a cutter blade; and a cutter operation mechanism having a power transmission mechanism which transmits power for causing the cutter unit to operate and carry out a circulatory movement including the cutting operations, a full cutting and a half cutting, with one mechanism, wherein the power transmission mechanism has a rotating circular plate which rotates by means of power input from a drive portion, and the rotating circular plate has on each surface an engagement portion which branches and transmits power caused by the rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20130269500
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for machining a tubular or round-bar type piece, wherein the apparatus comprises a frame element (102), a machining unit (104), as well as a threaded shaft (110), which is fitted to the frame element in a rotatable and axially immobile fashion and has a first section 110a) provided with a right-handed thread and a second section (110b) with a left-handed thread. The first section is provided with at least one first support element (106a) and the second section is provided with at least one second support element (106b), the mutual distance between the support elements being adjustable in response to rotating the threaded shaft, such that the support elements, for example wheels, are adapted to touch a workpiece and to support and guide the apparatus (100) in the process of machining the piece. At least one of the support elements, such as wheels (106a, 106b), is adapted to be capable of rotating relative to its axis in response to moving the apparatus along the surface of a workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Seppo Makkonen, Mika Priha
  • Publication number: 20130247739
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for scarifying fruit by advancing at least one pair of opposed knives contemporaneously into an article of fruit (typically a frozen cranberry or other article of frozen fruit) through at least two locations on the surface of the fruit, such that none of the knives advances so far into the fruit that its tip protrudes out from the fruit. In embodiments which scarify frozen cranberries, each of the knives typically penetrates not more than about 7 mm, or in some cases not more than about 1 mm or 2 mm into the fruit. In some embodiments, each knife has a concave distal surface (for fitting against a convex article of fruit) with a pin protruding distally (e.g., by an amount in the range from about 1 mm to about 7 mm) from the distal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: ASHLOCK COMPANY, A DIVISION OF VISTAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Theodore Hubbard, Thomas Tealdi, Kyle Imatani
  • Patent number: 8534942
    Abstract: A cutting device includes: a cutter unit having a cutter blade; and a cutter operation mechanism which causes the cutter unit to carry out a circulatory movement including a cutting preparation operation which causes the cutter unit to advance toward a tape-like member from a cutting stand-by position to a cutting start position, the cutting operation which causes the cutter unit to move from the cutting start position to a cutting completion position, a withdrawal operation which causes the cutter unit to retreat from the cutting completion position to a withdrawal position, and a return operation which causes the cutter unit to return from the withdrawal position to the cutting stand-by position, wherein the cutter operation mechanism, in the cutting preparation operation, makes the cutting start operation different between a full cutting and a half cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 8479372
    Abstract: A ring fixture system for rotating a ring to perform engraving work. The system comprises a vise-securable fixture base with opposing mandrels connected through spaced arms of the fixture base at a ring-engraving location between the arms to form a mandrel assembly. The mandrels are provided with sets of detents with different degrees of rotational spacing, and the detents on one mandrel of the mandrel assembly can be engaged independently of the other set of detents on the other mandrel. The fixture base further includes a tool-supporting bridge connected between the fixture arms above the ring-engraving location to hold an engraving tool orthogonally to the ring axis, and may further include a sliding tool support on the bridge. Also, a method is disclosed for engraving a ring using the ring fixture system with the detents and tool-supporting bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: SDL Precision, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Lark, Christian DeCamillis, David W. Skrzypczak
  • 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: 20130119106
    Abstract: A device and method for cleaving a sample includes: Creating an indentation on a top surface of the sample by applying a downward force along a vertical axis, the axis arranging perpendicularly to the top surface of the sample; Providing a breaking pin and arranging the breaking pin under the sample to touch the bottom surface of the sample at a position that is directly opposite from the indentation; And, applying a downward force on the sample by providing a left side and right side breaker pin wherein the downward force comprises a left-side downward force extended through the left-side breaker pin and right-side downward force through the right side breaker pin. Further the pins that provide the left-side and right-side downward force are disposed on a breaker bar and arranged to be on opposite sides of a vertical axis that extends through the indentation on the top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: LatticeGear, LLC
    Inventor: LatticeGear, LLC
  • Patent number: 8430289
    Abstract: In the method for cutting a continuously moving glass sheet with an inhomogeneous thickness distribution across the glass sheet, a cutting tool is moved across it at an angle to its travel direction to form a fissure and then the glass sheet is broken along the fissure. To avoid premature breakage in thin regions the applied cutting force is controlled by a controller based on control commands so that the cutting force is decreased when the glass sheet thickness decreases and is increased when it increases. In a preferred embodiment cutting force switchover points are based on an initial measurement of the thickness distribution. In another embodiment the thickness is continuously measured and the applied cutting force is automatically adjusted accordingly, so that the cutting force is greater when the thickness is greater, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Thomas John, Andreas Morstein
  • Patent number: 8397610
    Abstract: Device (1) for separating a strand (3) of plastic material, which can be moved along a conveying passage (2), into longitudinal portions (3a), having at least one notching device (5) which on all sides of the passage (2) comprises in each case a notching tool (8a to 8d) which can be moved by means of a tool drive (18) in a tool guide (17) between an initial notching position and a notching position, wherein the cutting device (4) comprises two cutting wire holders (24) which are disposed in mutually opposite-lying boundary regions of the passage (2) and which can be moved transversely with respect to the passage (2) by means of a cutting drive (26) in a cutting guide (25), and wherein the notching device (5) with its notching tools (8a to 8d) are disposed its passage (2) the support module (9) which is moveable forwards and backwards [sic].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hans Lingl Anlagenbau und Verfahrenstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Koch
  • Patent number: 8393256
    Abstract: A glass plate cutting machine 1 includes a cutter wheel 4 for forming a cut line 3 on a glass plate 2; a moving means 5 for moving the cutter wheel 4 along a cut line 3a which has been preset and is to be formed on the glass plate 2; a resiliently pressing device 6 for resiliently pressing the cutter wheel 4 against the glass plate 2; and a control unit 7 for controlling the resiliently pressing device 6 so as to alternately change over the intensity of a resiliently pressing force of that cutter wheel 4 with respect to the glass plate 2 in the movement of the cutter wheel 4 by the moving means 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Bando Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Bando
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8292545
    Abstract: A pipe splitter is shown including a splitter body having a central opening configured to accept a pulling or pushing member. An expander has an entry profile smaller than an inner diameter of a pipe to be split and an expanded profile that is larger than the inner diameter of the pipe to be split. A protrusion is disposed on the expander. The protrusion is configured to concentrate splitting stress at a location on the pipe. The concentrated splitting stress is greater than a threshold stress of the pipe to burst the pipe. In some examples, a method of pipe splitting is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: TT Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Tjader
  • Publication number: 20120258035
    Abstract: Polycrystalline diamond includes cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond, and a ratio of X-ray diffraction peak intensity of a (100) plane of the hexagonal diamond to X-ray diffraction peak intensity for a (111) plane of cubic diamond is not lower than 0.01%. In addition, a present method of manufacturing polycrystalline diamond includes the steps of preparing a non-diamond carbon material having a degree of graphitization not higher than 0.58 and directly converting the non-diamond carbon material to cubic diamond and hexagonal diamond and sintering the non-diamond carbon material, without adding any of a sintering agent and a binder, under pressure and temperature conditions at which diamond is thermodynamically stable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sumiya, Katsuko Yamamoto, Takeshi Sato, Keiko Arimoto
  • Publication number: 20120210842
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming vents (13) in glass sheets (10). The method includes repetitively performing the steps of: (I) bringing a score head (21) and a platen (31) into contact with, respectively, the front (11) and rear (12) major surfaces of the glass sheet (10), (II) moving the score head (21) across the front major surface (11) along a predetermined path to form a vent (13), and (III) withdrawing the score head (21) and the platen (31) from the front (11) and rear (12) major surfaces, wherein: (i) the thickness (?) of the glass sheet is less than or equal to 500 microns, and (ii) for each repetition of steps (I) through (III), the platen (31) is cleaned after step (III) and before step (I) to remove glass chips which if left on the platen (31) could cause the score head (21) to penetrate through the thickness ?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Douglas Edward Brackley, Frank Thomas Coppola, Monica Jo Mashewske, David Alan Tammaro
  • Patent number: 8245540
    Abstract: A method of cutting glass that prevents uncontrolled crack propagation when high background stress is present, either in the form of thermal residual stress, external mechanical stress or a combination thereof. The method includes masking an edge of the glass by blocking the beam using highly reflective or absorptive material located near the glass surface, or deposited on the surface in a form of a thin film (or highly reflective paint) to prevent uncontrolled crack initiation and propagation starting from the glass edge. The initiation of the laser scoring is located at a predetermined distance from the glass edge. Yet another aspect of the invention embodies stopping propagation of the vent at the exiting end of the score line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Anatoli Anatolyevich Abramov, Nicholas Dominic Cavallaro, III, Marvin William Kemmerer, Naiyue Zhou
  • Publication number: 20120192696
    Abstract: A cable stripping tool 200 having a body 201 which comprises an arm 202, a cable mounting portion 203 and a blade assembly 205 that is movable between a retracted position and an engaging position, the cable mounting portion 203 comprises means having first and second cable mounting axes, wherein the arm 202 extends from the cable mounting portion 203 in a direction between the first and second mounting axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Martin Joseph John Barrett
  • Patent number: 8201484
    Abstract: A blade housing for an electronic cutting apparatus includes an outer housing having a distal end, an inner housing coupled to the inner housing and longitudinally selectively adjustable relative thereto and a blade rotatably coupled to the inner housing with a sharpened distal end. Adjustment of the inner housing relative to the outer housing adjusts an amount of the blade that protrudes from the distal end of the inner housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Provo Craft and Novelty, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Emmett Workman, William Craig Youse, Jason B. Brinkerhoff, Jonathan Aaron Johnson, James R. Gunter, Rodney Stock, Phil Beffrey
  • Publication number: 20120132053
    Abstract: A method for protecting a sheet surface by forming a discontinuous layer of a long-chain organic material having a main carbon chain comprising at least 12 carbon atoms and a hydrophilic group at one end of the main chain on the sheet surface. The protective layer is easy to remove using standard cleaning method, while providing satisfactory surface protection against particle contamination and scratches, at a very low coating thickness. The invention is particularly useful for protecting glass sheet surfaces during glass sheet finishing such as edge grinding and polishing. The invention is especially useful for the finishing and packaging of LCD glass substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: James Robert Matthews, Louis Joseph Stempin, JR., Wanda Janina Walezak, Liming Wang, Ruchirej Yongsunthon
  • Publication number: 20120125173
    Abstract: A scoring base with an integrated media trimmer may be utilized to cut and/or score various types of media. The base may comprise an upper portion and a lower portion connected via a hinge. The lower portion may be configured to rotate with respect to the upper portion from a folded position to an unfolded position. A scoring implement, such as a bone folder, may be used to score a medium by tracing scoring grooves formed in the base. Additionally, the scoring base may include an integrated media trimmer comprising a cutting arm, a blade holder, and a cutting blade. The cutting arm may pivot from a cutting position to a storage position. The cutting arm may be configured to secure a bone folder within a depression during storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: MAKING MEMORIES WHOLESALE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Nelson, George McEwan
  • Patent number: 8146386
    Abstract: A scoring device is described herein that applies a constant force while scoring a piece of material so that there is a consistent score quality (or vent depth) within the scored piece of material. In one embodiment, the piece of material is a bowed shaped glass sheet that is supported by a conformable nosing device which has been configured to have a bowed shape that substantially matches the bowed shape of the glass sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Mohamed Dahroug, Scott Winfield Deming, Michael Albert Joseph, II, Thomas Achille Yorio, Naiyue Zhou
  • Patent number: 8123094
    Abstract: In the method for cutting a continuously moving glass sheet with an inhomogeneous thickness distribution across the glass sheet, a cutting tool is moved across it at an angle to its travel direction to form a fissure and then the glass sheet is broken along the fissure. To avoid premature breakage in thin regions the applied cutting force is controlled by a controller based on control commands so that the cutting force is decreased when the glass sheet thickness decreases and is increased when it increases. In a preferred embodiment cutting force switchover points are based on an initial measurement of the thickness distribution. In another embodiment the thickness is continuously measured and the applied cutting force is automatically adjusted accordingly, so that the cutting force is greater when the thickness is greater and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Thomas John, Andreas Morstein
  • Patent number: 8110777
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of dividing a plane-parallel plate made of a brittle material into a plurality of individual plates having a specified edge length, in which break-off cuts are made along specified scored lines that form a lattice-like pattern by introducing thermally induced stresses by means of a laser beam, and in which, after making the break-off cuts along a first working direction, the resultant plate strips are spaced out at intervals in that a framed stretch film to which the plane-parallel plate is bonded is stretched by means of a vacuum device. The invention also relates to a device with a special clamping table for use in carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Automatisierungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Zuehlke, Patrick Mende, Gabriele Eberhardt