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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
493416000 With means to advance work or product 101
493454000 By rotary member 36
493413000 Folding of indeterminate length work by swinging work guiding means (e.g., zigzag folding, etc.) 5
20090029839Soft Roll Material-Translation Device - The present invention relates to a soft roll material-translating device for the mechanical apparatus of machining and cutting after severing. The existing pillow type of automatic packing machine can only pack produces using one single roll of film, so the work efficiency is low. Consequently, the present invention aims at improving the work efficiency and it adopts following technical solutions: the soft roll material-translating device includes a frame (01-29-2009
20100261594RESILIENT TUCKER ELEMENT FOR INTERFOLDER FOLDING ROLLS - A method and apparatus are provided for facilitating folding of material fed through a nip between two folding rolls having a tucker on one roll and a corresponding gripper on the other roll, by using a resilient tucker element having a tip that is moveable from a neutral position thereof, through elastic deformation of at least a portion of a body of the tucker element, for directing a portion of the material into the gripper. The resilient tucker element may have a tucker body formed at least partially of elastically resilient material fixedly attached at a proximal end thereof to the other roll. A portion of a distal end of the resilient tucker element may be wedge-like and have vacuum ports extending at least partially into the wedge-like portion, for securing an end of a sheet of material being fed through the nip between the folding rolls.10-14-2010
20090111674CREASING-FOLDING MACHINE FOR PRODUCING PAPER AND BOOKBINDING ARTICLES - A creasing-folding machine, for producing paper and bookbinding articles, has a feed unit, for feeding sheets along a feed path, a creasing unit, and a folding unit in series with one another; the creasing unit has at least one creasing roller positioned with its axis perpendicular to the feed path and having, on its lateral surface, a creasing blade extending crosswise to the feed path, and a pressure roller which cooperates with an opposite face of each sheet to the creasing roller; the creasing unit is interposed between the feed unit and the folding unit to perform continuous transverse creasing operations upstream from the folding unit.04-30-2009
20110039677Pleated paper towel stack and method - A continuous length of pleated paper towel having a leading end and a trailing end. The continuous length of pleated paper towel including a connection at one of the leading end and trailing end that attaches to another continuous length of pleated paper towel to permit uninterrupted dispensing operation of paper towel.02-17-2011
20130184138METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING FAN-FOLDED WEB OF LABELS WITH IMPROVED REGISTRATION - An off line apparatus for converting a rolled web into a fan-fold web and method of fan folding a web is described. The apparatus has a creasing station capable of receiving the web at a feed rate. The creasing station has a first die roller, wherein the first die roller comprises a first blade and a first cushion, and a second die roller. A coupling mechanism synchronizes rotation of the rollers such that the first blade engages the second cushion and the second blade engages the first cushion during one each rotation. A reader determines the location of a gap between the labels. A controller receives the location of the gap from said reader and communication with a drive mechanism to adjust the rotation rate such that the first blade and the second cushion engage.07-18-2013
493451000 By plural relatively movable folding edges approaching work from same side (e.g., zigzag folding, etc.) 4
20120165174SINGLE WEB SINGLE-FOLD APPARATUS AND METHOD - A folding apparatus and method are provided for producing a single-folded pattern of interfolded sheets from a single web of material, through the use of a sheet cutting and directing arrangement having a sheet crossover arrangement. Some embodiments are operable in a variety of modes, with one or two webs of material, to produce either single-fold or multi-fold patterns of interfolded sheets. Some embodiments include a sheet cutting arrangement inside of the sheet cutting and directing arrangement for selectively producing sheets of various lengths.06-28-2012
20110152054CIRCUMFERENTIALLY PLEATED FILTER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME - A method of forming a filter element is disclosed comprising the steps of preparing a plurality of upstanding pleats each having first and second pleat legs, wherein the first pleat leg of one pleat is joined to the second pleat leg of a preceding pleat by a medial pleat section; moving the upstanding pleats into an overlapped condition wherein each medial pleat section becomes part of the second leg of a preceding pleat; and forming the overlapped pleats into a cylindrical configuration.06-23-2011
20110306483MANUAL SHEET FOLDING DEVICE - A manual sheet folding device and process comprising a plurality of hingedly connected panels that provide support for generally rectangular, textile based sheet products. Other embodiments comprise additional or fold-away panels to accommodate generally rectangular sheet products of varying size. The process of using the manual sheet folding device involves a user mounting the sheet product onto the prearranged panel configuration, followed by successively folding the plurality of hingedly connected panels in a predetermined manner, ending with a series of lifting and folding actions resulting in folded product that is dismounted from the sheet folding device.12-15-2011
20120190524FOLDING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Apparatuses and methods of forming discrete stacks of a plurality of zig-zag folded panels are provided. The apparatus and methods include defining a sheet to form all of the panels of the discrete stack of panels. The sheet may be defined by cutting the sheet from the web prior to folding the web into the interconnected panels for each sheet. The sheet may be defined by forming a separation line prior to folding the web into the interconnected panels for each sheet and then separating the sheet from the web of material at the separation line after the web of material is folded into the interconnected panels.07-26-2012
493409000 Refolding or unfolding 4
20120021886FOLDING AND STACKING INSTALLATION FOR WEBS OF CORRUGATED CARDBOARD - An installation for folding and stacking an endless web of corrugated cardboard comprises at least one corrugated cardboard production device for producing an endless web of corrugated cardboard, a squeezing device which is arranged downstream of the at least one corrugated cardboard production device for embossing folds into the web of corrugated cardboard, and a folding device which is arranged downstream of the at least one squeezing device for folding the web of corrugated cardboard along the folds. The folding device has a first engagement member which is guided for displacement so as to carry along the web of corrugated cardboard in the region of a first fold and at least one second engagement member which is guided for displacement independently of the first engagement member so as to carry along the web of corrugated cardboard in the region of a second fold which is arranged upstream of the first fold. Furthermore, the installation comprises a stacking device which is arranged downstream of the folding device for stacking the web of corrugated cardboard, which has been folded along the folds, in such a way as to form stacks.01-26-2012
20100152012Finger Manipulated Game With Replaceable Indicia - A method of forming a cootie catcher by removing material from a generally square piece of material, wherein removed pieces enable the piece of materia! to be folded and for easier manipulation of the cootie catcher. A method of forming a cootie catcher by forming a sheet of material having fold lines as shown in FIG. 06-17-2010
20110130262FOLDING METHOD AND FOLDING APPARATUS - A folding method includes feeding a sheet to be folded to a folding unit, folding the sheet repeatedly by the folding unit, thereby creating a folded package, and discharging at least a part of the folded package from the folding unit. While at least a part of the folded package is discharged from the folding unit in the step of discharging, a part of the sheet is held back. The method includes unfolding at least one fold of the folded package. A folding apparatus is provided for carrying out the method.06-02-2011
20100292063 Apparatus and a method for folding and unfolding a foldable transport container - This invention provides an apparatus and a method for folding and unfolding a foldable transport container automatically. The apparatus comprises plurality of moving parts (P11-18-2010
493407000 With crushing or crumpling 2
20090221411POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS USED THEREWITH - A post-processing apparatus, includes: a restraining unit that restrains a periphery of the back portion of the booklet; a pressing unit that presses the back portion of the booklet restrained by restraining unit so that a curved back face of the back portion of the booklet is formed into a flat back face; an expanding amount judging unit that judges the expanding amount of the booklet in a thickness direction thereof before the pressing operation by the pressing unit; and a relief amount adjusting unit that, based on the judgment result of the expanding amount judging unit, adjusts a deformation amount of the back portion of the booklet in the thickness direction thereof caused by the pressing operation of the pressing unit, the relief amount adjusting unit being located between the restraining unit and the pressing unit.09-03-2009
20110065561Leaflet Production - A leaflet is produced from a pre-printed sheet of material by folding the sheet with at least one crease-line along the line of advancement of the sheet but preferably with two or more such crease-lines so that the sheet is fan-folded. The crease-lines are squeezed by a roller nip and then the sheet is fed into a diametral slot in a mandrel of elliptical cross-section. The leading edge of the sheet is gripped within the slot and then the mandrel is rotated to wind the sheet around the outer surface thereof. The wound sheet is then removed from the mandrel and is squeezed through a roller nip so as to form a substantially flat folded leaflet. The leaflet may be converted to a booklet by joining together the overlying sheets along one folded edge of the compressed leaflet and slitting open the other folded edge of the compressed leaflet.03-17-2011
493406000 And tautening or smoothing 1
20110009252Method and tool for forming picots - A method and tool for forming decorative picots is provided. The tool comprises a triangular substrate having a base and two sides intersecting at an apex, indicia defining a centerline extending from the apex to the midpoint of the base, and indicia defining one or more guidelines extending from one side of the substrate to the other, parallel to the base. The method comprises placing the substrate on a rectangular strip of fabric having a width twice its height, aligning the substrate on the fabric such that the apex is positioned at the midpoint of the top edge of the fabric and the bottom edge is positioned parallel to the base of the substrate, folding the top edges of the fabric over the substrate to align with the centerline and applying an iron to the folded fabric to crease the fold.01-13-2011
493450000 By direct application of vacuum or fluid 1
20110071010WEB PRODUCT FOLDING AND STACKING MACHINE, WEB PRODUCT FOLDING AND STACKING METHOD USING SAME - A web product folding and stacking machine includes two folding line making wheels, two folding fingers, a first carrier unit, a stoppage unit and a holder. The folding line making wheels and the folding fingers are operated to fold up web products on the first carrier unit to form a stack of interfolded web products. When a stack of a predetermined number of interfolded web products is finished, the stoppage unit is extended out to isolate the interfolded web products. Further, a retractable member of the stoppage unit is extended out to hold down the finished stack of interfolded web products when the stoppage unit is lowered to carry the finished stack of interfolded web products with the holder, keeping the finished stack of interfolded web products in integrity.03-24-2011
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20130029827FOLDING DEVICE, FOLDING SYSTEM, AND FOLDING METHOD FOR DISPOSABLE WORN ARTICLE - A device including: a main folding mechanism for folding a diaper body in two at the crotch portion by rotating first and second main pads having first and second holding surfaces, respectively; and a sub-folding mechanism for folding the flap by rotating a side pad having a sub-holding surface for holding the flap with respect to the first main pad, wherein; a cut-out is formed at a position corresponding to the attachment portion of the second main pad, wherein the cut-out does not allow the attachment portion to be held by the second main pad but instead expose the attachment portion; with the first and second holding surfaces being closed while opposing each other and with the main body folded in two, the cut-out allows the flap to be attached to the attachment portion; and the side pad rotates from a position where it is open while lying next to the first main pad in the girth direction to a position where the sub-holding surface is closed while opposing the first holding surface, fitting into the cut-out.01-31-2013
20120184423Sheet Folding Device, Image Forming System, And Sheet Folding Method - A sheet folding device that performs a folding process on a bundle of sheet members includes: a folding unit that folds the bundle of the sheet members; a pushing unit that abuts on a surface of the bundle of the sheet members so as to push the bundle of the sheet members into the folding unit; pressing plates that form a pair, that have convexly curved surfaces to face each other, and that form a crease by pressing the bundle of the sheet members therebetween; a driving unit that performs a pressing operation and a press-releasing operation of the pair of the pressing plates; a moving unit that moves a pressing position of the pair of the pressing plates interposing the bundle of the sheet members; and a control unit that controls the driving unit and the moving unit. The control unit controls a moving speed of the pressing position.07-19-2012
20130045851PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING - In a print control apparatus, a specifying unit specifies a size in a first direction and/or a size in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction thereby specifying a folding size into which to fold a sheet with a printed image. A determination unit determines an output size in which the image is to be printed, based on a size equal to an integral number times the specified size in the first direction and/or a size equal to an integral number times the specified size in the second direction.02-21-2013
20110195830SHEET LOADING APPARATUS - A sheet folding apparatus, including: sheet folder configured to fold a sheet bundle; a sheet bundle discharger configured to discharge a folded sheet bundle, folded by the sheet folder, with a folded edge of the folded sheet bundle in the lead; a folded edge support configured to support the folded edge of the folded sheet bundle discharged from the sheet bundle discharger, the folded edge support movable without rotation in a direction declined from a higher side near the sheet bundle provider to a lower side farther from the sheet bundle provider than the higher side; and an undersurface support configured to support an undersurface of the folded sheet bundle so that the folded edge is lower than a trailing edge of the folded sheet bundle, the undersurface support comprising a hill on its upper surface between the folded edge support and the sheet bundle provider, the hill comprising a slope between the folded edge support and the sheet bundle provider, the hill further comprising a valley wall declined steeper than the slope from the higher side to the lower side between the slope and the folded edge support, the undersurface support and the hill movable in the direction together with the folded edge support.08-11-2011
20120245012SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS - The sheet processing apparatus processes a sheet having an image formed thereon by an image forming apparatus. The sheet processing apparatus includes a sheet folding unit for folding the sheet having an image formed thereon, a sheet tray loaded with the sheet folded by the sheet folding unit to be taken out, and a control unit for controlling the sheet processing apparatus as a whole. The sheet tray includes a mechanism capable of adjusting an angle with a virtual plane and a detection device detecting a change of the angle with the virtual plane. The control unit prohibits ejection from the sheet folding unit to the sheet tray, based on the detection result of the detection device and the content of the folding processing by the sheet folding unit.09-27-2012
20130079208METHOD FOR FOLDING AIRBAG CUSHION - A method is provided for folding an airbag cushion assembly having first and second opposed panels attached to a mounting bracket and sewn together at the panel peripheral edges, and upper and lower tethers attached to the mounting bracket and to the panel peripheral edges, said upper and lower tethers being shorter in length than the distance from the mounting bracket to the panel peripheral edges. The method includes laying the cushion assembly on a table with upper and lower tethers on the bottom and the panel peripheral edges folded underneath due to the tethers being shorter. A fold is made in the first and second panels but not the tethers, to shorten the first and second opposed panels and unfold the peripheral edges that had been folded underneath. Then the cushion is rolled and then folded to obtain a folded airbag cushion lying atop the mounting bracket.03-28-2013
20090111673High capacity knife folding system - This invention provides a paper folding assembly where the thickness of the paper set stack is directly measured and will automatically determine the size of a gap located between two folder cylinders. A knife will push the set between the adjusted gap once it has been adjusted for the thickness of the set. The knife and driven nip rollers are positioned above this gap and are conveniently pushed into the gap to provide the set fold, for example, to make a booklet.04-30-2009
20130059714CONTINUOUS WEB PROCESSING DEVICE - A folding unit extends in the MD03-07-2013
20120225764MANUFACTURING METHOD AND A MANUFACTURING APPARATUS FOR A SHEET-LIKE MEMBER ASSOCIATED WITH AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE - There is provided a manufacturing method for a sheet-like member associated with an absorbent article, the sheet-like member having a folded-up section which is temporarily-secured in a folded-up state. The method includes: forming the folded-up section by folding up a continuous sheet in a width direction of the continuous sheet, the continuous sheet continuing along a transporting direction, creasing the folded-up section in a folded-up state by pressing continuously the folded-up section along a direction of a fold line of the folded-up section, temporarily-securing the folded-up section in a folded-up state by pressing the folded-up section with a plurality of protrusions that are included in a pressing member, producing the sheet-like member by dividing the continuous sheet with a predetermined pitch in the transporting direction, the continuous sheet having been creased and temporarily-secured, and conveying the produced sheet-like member.09-06-2012
20120115703CREASING MACHINE - A creasing machine (05-10-2012
20110301010Method for Providing a Folded Sheet Structure - The present invention supplies practical procedures, functions or techniques for folding tessellations. Several tessellation crease pattern techniques, and the three-dimensional folded configuration are given. Additionally several new forming processes, including mathematical methods for describing the material flow are disclosed doubly-periodic folding of materials that name the doubly-periodic folded (DPF) surface, including vertices, edges, and facets, at any stage of the folding. This information is necessary for designing tooling and forming equipment, for analyzing strength and deflections of the DPFs under a variety of conditions, for modeling the physical properties of DPF laminations and composite structures, for understanding the acoustic or other wave absorption/diffusion/reflection characteristics, and for analyzing and optimizing the structure of DPFs in any other physical situation. Fundamental methods and procedures for designing and generating DPF materials include ways for defining the tessellation crease patterns, the folding process, and the three-dimensional folded configuration. The ways are mathematically sound in that they can be extended to a theorem/proof format.12-08-2011
20110301008Creasing device and image forming system - A creasing device for creasing sheets on a per-sheet basis, the creasing device includes: a first member extending perpendicularly to a sheet conveying direction and including a male blade, which has a convex cross section; a second member extending perpendicularly to the sheet conveying direction and including a grooved female blade, into which the male blade to be fitted with a sheet between the female blade and the male blade; and a drive unit that brings the first member and the second member relatively into and out of contact with each other to cause a sheet stopped at a predetermined position to be pinched between the first member and the second member and creased. An edge portion of any one of the first member and the second member has an arcuate shape.12-08-2011
20110301009Sheet folding apparatus - A sheet folding apparatus includes a blade member having an edge configured to push a surface of a sheet so as to push the sheet into a sheet folding unit configured to fold the sheet, a pair of nipping members that is included in the sheet folding unit and nips the sheet pushed into the sheet folding unit by the blade member, a blade member moving unit that moves the blade member and a nipping member moving unit that moves the pair of nipping members. The blade member moving unit and the nipping member moving unit are driven by the same driving unit.12-08-2011
20130045850APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FOLDING FITTED BEDDING ARTICLES - In one embodiment, an apparatus for folding a fitted bedding article includes a folding platform having an arcuate surface configured to receive a corner of the fitted bedding article. The apparatus also includes a holding member configured to releasably hold one or more portions of the fitted bedding article relative to the folding platform when at least one corner of the fitted bedding article is positioned about the arcuate surface. In another form, a method is directed to folding a fitted bedding article. However, other embodiments, forms and applications are also envisioned.02-21-2013
20110263404SHEET FOLDING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SHEET FOLDING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a sheet folding apparatus includes: a folding unit configured to fold a sheet to be subjected to folding; a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet to be subjected to the folding to the folding unit; a conveyance control unit configured to cause the sheet conveying unit to divide, at every predetermined number of sheets, a printed document to be subjected to the folding and convey the printed document; and a folding control unit configured to control the folding unit to fold sheets with a sheet bundle to be divided and conveyed set as a unit.10-27-2011
20120108412APPARATUS FOR FOLDING FITTED SHEETS - A folding apparatus controls the irregular corners and over all shape of a fitted bed sheet thus, enabling a fitted bed sheet to be neatly folded. The folding apparatus converts the irregular shape of a fitted sheet by providing a tool-template that controls each irregular corner section of the fitted sheet and by spooning each rounded corner of a fitted sheet onto one another.05-03-2012
20080269036Method for using Fan-Folded Web of Pressure-Sensitive Labels - A label product in web form has alternating, oppositely indented creases in the liner of the product to produce a fan-folded stack having alternating, reversely folded plies. Each crease is substantially, if not entirely, perforation-free to maximize the strength of the liner at the fold lines. The product is preferably produced on a narrow web press in a creasing station that includes a stack of rolls wherein a first die roll is on the bottom of the stack, a second die roll is on the top of the stack, and a pair of base rolls are located in the middle of the stack between the die rolls. A blade on each die roll cooperates with a cushion on the corresponding base roll to produce a crease during every other rotation of the die roll, each of the base rolls having a smaller circumference than its corresponding die roll.10-30-2008
20120196734FOLDING DEVICE AND FOLDING METHOD - A folding device is provided that includes a platen member, a folding member, a folding member mechanism and a horizontal side moving mechanism. A folding object is put on the platen member while an extended part thereof is extended from at least one of right and left sides of the platen member. The folding member mechanism moves the folding member towards the platen member for folding the extended part of the folding object. The horizontal slide moving mechanism slides and moves at least one of the platen member and the folding member for separating the platen member and the folding member along a horizontal direction.08-02-2012
20090197751CONTINUOUS FEEDER FOR PAPER FOLDING MACHINE AND PAPER FOLDING MACHINE INCORPORATING SAME - A continuous paper feeder for supplying paper to be folded to a paper folding machine is provided. The continuous paper feeder includes a conveyor, a guide, a blower for introducing air between sheets of paper to be supplied to a paper folding machine, and a sensor for controlling the output of the air. The guide includes opposing first surfaces and second surfaces and a plurality of apertures communicating between the first surface and the second surfaces. The blower is adapted to introduce air through the apertures located on the guide as an operator is loading a stack of paper to be folded onto the conveyor surface.08-06-2009
20100167897STRUCTURE FOR FOLDING TRAYS OF A PAPER FOLDER - The present invention relates to a structure for folding trays of a paper folder and comprises a casing body which includes a case inside the shell of the casing body for installing various components inside; a feed paper tray mechanism pivotally installed inside the casing body, which includes a feed paper tray reaching into the casing body for keeping the paper to be folded; a feeding roller mechanism pivotally installed in the case of the casing body, which normally holds and presses against the paper in the feed paper tray to roll and feed the paper; a folding roller train pivotally installed inside the casing body to receive and fold the paper from the feeding roller mechanism in order; a folding tray mechanism consisting of sub-circular cylindrical folding trays that are fixed inside the casing body, which can adjust and decide the fold size according to fold types and work with the folding roller train to carry out folding of the paper; and a power mechanism that drives the feeding roller mechanism and rollers of the folding roller train to rotate at a proposed speed towards a certain direction.07-01-2010
20110111940DUNNAGE CONVERSION WITH YIELD-ENHANCED PAPER - A method of converting a sheet stock material into a relatively less dense dunnage product includes the step of supplying the sheet stock material to a conversion mechanism for converting the sheet stock material into the dunnage product by permanently deforming the sheet stock material into a nonplanar configuration to provide the dunnage product with a density less than the density of the stock material from which it is formed. The sheet stock material comprises one or more plies of paper having a caliper no less than about 3.5 points (about 0.089 millimeter) or a bulk caliper no less than about 3.4 points (about 0.086 millimeter) for a basis weight no greater than about 32 pounds (about 86 grams per square meter) and when a moisture content is no greater than about 10%.05-12-2011
20110130260Creasing device and image forming system - A creasing device includes: a first member on which a linear convex-edged blade is formed in a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction; a second member on which a concave-edged blade pairing with the convex-edged blade is formed; and a drive unit that drives the first and second members to relatively come close to and away from each other, thereby making a crease on the sheet, wherein in a standby state, the drive unit keeps faces of the first member and second member not parallel; and in making a crease on the sheet, causes the convex-edged blade and the concave-edged blade to have point contact with each other via the sheet held therebetween so as to initiate a creasing movement by a rotation movement thereof.06-02-2011
20130130881METHOD FOR FOLDING INCONTINENCE PADS - A method including folding incontinence pads which have a substantially rectangular shape, elongate according to a longitudinal axis, and including a central absorbent pad and a perimetric edge. The method includes folding parts of the edge onto a central portion of the absorbent pad, folding a first end portion of the incontinence pad about a first fold line onto the central portion and a subsequent step of folding, about a second fold line a second end portion onto the first portion. The fold lines which are transversal to the longitudinal axis and define the central portion are spaced by a stretch which is greater than or equal to the longitudinal dimension of the first end portion. The folding step is preceded by a step of folding down inwards onto the central portion segments of the edge which lie between the first and second fold lines, and a step of retaining said segments of the edge on the central portion.05-23-2013
20110130261NAPKIN FOLDING DEVICE - A napkin folding device is provided having a folding unit provided for folding individual napkins, a storage unit provided for holding the folded napkins from the folding unit, a delivery unit provided for holding out unfolded napkins, and a transport unit provided for feeding the unfolded napkins from the delivery unit to the folding unit. The delivery unit has a magazine including at least two delivery levels.06-02-2011
20100216619CREASING METHOD - A resiliently foldable product (08-26-2010
20110251039KNEE AIRBAG AND METHOD OF FOLDING THE SAME - A method of folding a knee airbag. One side surface of the airbag is roll-folded toward the centerline defined by the airbag and the other the side surface is thereafter roll-folded toward the centerline. After the steps of roll-folding both of the side surfaces, the knee airbag is vertical roll-fold from an end toward a connection part. With the roll-folding of the side surfaces, the side surfaces are roll folded such that they form different inclination angles with respect to the centerline of the airbag.10-13-2011
20110251038Methods and Apparatuses for Tucking Side Panels of Absorbent Articles - Aspects of the present disclosure relate to tucking opposing side panels into a chassis of a diaper pant. The apparatuses and methods may utilize one or more conveyors that advance the chassis along a machine direction. Each conveyor may have a vacuum zone that applies a vacuum force to hold the chassis. The chassis may be positioned between a first conveyor having a first vacuum zone and a second conveyor having a second vacuum zone. The conveyors may apply opposing vacuum forces to hold the first waist region apart from the second waist region while the chassis advances in the machine direction toward a tucking device. The vacuum forces are then removed from the waist regions as the tucking device pushes the side panels toward each other. Pushing the side panels toward each other causes the inner surfaces of the waist regions to simultaneously move toward each other.10-13-2011
20110034311TOP-FILLING DUNNAGE CONVERSION MACHINE AND METHOD - A dunnage conversion machine (02-10-2011
20090029838Patterning Technology for Folded Sheet Structures - The present invention supplies practical procedures, functions or techniques for folding tessellations. Several tessellation crease pattern techniques, and the three-dimensional folded configuration are given. Additionally several new forming processes, including mathematical methods for describing the material flow are disclosed doubly-periodic folding of materials that name the doubly-periodic folded (DPF) surface, including vertices, edges, and facets, at any stage of the folding. This information is necessary for designing tooling and forming equipment, for analyzing strength and deflections of the DPFs under a variety of conditions, for modeling the physical properties of DPF laminations and composite structures, for understanding the acoustic or other wave absorption/diffusion/reflection characteristics, and for analyzing and optimizing the structure of DPFs in any other physical situation. Fundamental methods and procedures for designing and generating DPF materials include ways for defining the tessellation crease patterns, the folding process, and the three-dimensional folded configuration. The ways are mathematically sound in that they can be extended to a theorem/proof format.01-29-2009
20120202670STRUCTURE OF MULTIPURPOSE SHEET FOLDING AND STACKING MACHINE - A folding and stacking machine of a web of paper has first and second feed lines. The machine also has a folding section with folding rollers having a linear folding speed, VP. The folding rollers are adapted to receive a plurality of sheets of length L that can overlap each other for a fraction Y of their length L and to fold them into a plurality of panels P. The machine also has rollers adapted to feed at the folding speed V08-09-2012
20120202669Method of Folding Sheet Materials Via Angled Torsional Strips - One embodiment described herein is a sheet of material 08-09-2012
20110306482DRIVE MECHANISM FOR A DEVICE FOR LAYING A FIBROUS MATERIAL WEB IN A LEPORELLO FOLD - Drive mechanism for an apparatus for laying an in particular unfolded fibrous material web, in particular a paper web or a corrugated paper web, like a corrugated cardboard web, in a Leporello fold, comprising a pair of opposing rollers that form a passage gap for the fibrous material web and respectively define a rotational axis around which said rollers rotate, in particular when the fibrous material web passes through the passage gap, characterised by a rotational axial roller drive that rotationally drives at least one of the two rollers for delivering the fibrous material web through the passage gap to form the Leporello stacking, and a pivot drive that has in particular a pendulum axis not coinciding with the rotational axes, wherein the at least two rollers are pivot-mounted such that the rotational axes can be pivoted back and forth about the common pendulum axis.12-15-2011
20120046154Sheet folding device, sheet processing device, image forming apparatus, and sheet folding method - A sheet folding device includes: a guide unit that bends a sheet or a sheet bundle in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction and guides a bent portion into between two members facing each other; and a press-folding unit that presses to fold the bent portion, and a change controlling unit that performs control of changing a gap between the two members depending on a thickness of the sheet or the sheet bundle when the sheet or the sheet bundle is guided into between the two members.02-23-2012
20090163340Paper folding machine - This specification discloses the structure of a paper folding machine that can automatically fold paper documents such as bills, flyers, and letters. The structure has a first paper folding plate and a second paper folding plate disposed correspondingly, and a first roller set and a second roller set disposed between the first paper folding plate and the second paper folding plate. Paper entering the paper folding machine is driven by the first and second roller sets to the first paper folding plate and the second paper folding plate in sequence for paper folding. In particular, the paper folding style can be changed by adjusting the positions of stopping blocks on the first and second paper folding plates.06-25-2009
20120021884Creasing device, image forming system, and creasing method - A creasing device forms a crease in a to-be-folded portion of a sheet. The creasing device includes a sheet-information reading unit that reads any one of sheet information and binding information; a determining unit that determines a surface, on which the crease is to be formed, of the sheet according to the one of the sheet information and the binding information read by the sheet-information reading unit; and a creasing unit that forms the crease on the surface determined by the determining unit.01-26-2012
20120021885FOLDING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY FOR MAKING A FOLD IN A FOLDABLE WRAPPING MATERIAL OR MATERIAL TO BE WRAPPED - Folding device for making a fold in a first direction in a foldable material, wherein the folding device comprises a clamping unit and a folding unit, the clamping unit comprising first and second clamping fingers, which with respect to each other can be moved apart and towards each other for clamping the material in between them, the folding unit being placed next to the clamping unit in a direction transverse to the first direction, and comprising a first and a second folding arm, which with respect to each other can be moved apart and towards each other, the first folding arm comprising two first folding fingers that extend in a direction of the first folding arm and are spaced apart from each other transverse to the first direction, the second folding arm comprising at least one second folding finger that extends in the direction of the first folding arm, the second folding finger being movable to between the first folding fingers.01-26-2012
20120115702Creasing apparatus and image forming system - A creasing apparatus forming a crease on sheets one by one includes: a first member having a linear convex blade formed in a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction; a second member having a concave blade being paired with the convex blade; and a drive unit that moves the first and second members so as to cause the convex blade and the concave blade to form a crease on a sheet stopped at a predetermined position. The first member forms the convex blade with first comb and second comb and the second member forms the concave blade with third comb and fourth comb that advance and retract relative to each other. The drive unit selects advanced and retracted positions of the first comb and second comb and advanced and retracted positions of the third comb and fourth comb so as to perform a creasing process or a perforating process.05-10-2012
20120157285CREASING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - A creasing device includes: a first member including a convex blade; a first receiving member including an attachment surface where the first member is to be attached; a second member arranged to face the first member and including a concave blade that allows the convex blade to be fitted thereinto; and a second receiving member including an attachment surface where the second member is to be attached; and a driving section that brings the first and second members into contact with each other and separates the first member and the second member from one another. When the first member is attached to the first receiving member and the second member is attached to the second receiving member to face each other, a blade edge of at least one of the concave blade and the convex blade has an arcuate shape convex toward one another.06-21-2012
20120157284FOLDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FOLDING A PRODUCT - An apparatus for folding a product includes a receiving roll having a first direction of rotation. The receiving roll is adapted to selectively hold first and second portions of the product. A folding roll of the apparatus has a second direction of rotation that is opposite from the first direction of rotation. The folding roll is adapted to selectively hold the first portion of the product thereto. An oscillating member is adapted to transfer the first portion of the product from the receiving roll to the folding roll. The oscillating member is configured to move in both the first direction and the second direction.06-21-2012
20120214658PACKAGING MACHINE AND PROCESS - A conveyor system pre-inserts a portion of the web into a first belt before the portion is gripped between the first belt and a second belt. In one exemplary embodiment, a pair of lips of a web are inserted into a corresponding first pair of belts and then the pair of lips are secured in the first pair of belts by inserting a second pair of belts into the first pair of belts over the pair of lips.08-23-2012
20120178606Methods of Applying Barrier Edge Strips and Associated Systems and Constructs - Blanks are conveyed in series, in a machine direction. Each blank comprises an edge that extends in the machine direction during the conveying, and opposite surfaces that extend to the edge. The edges of the blanks are covered with respective elongate barrier strips, comprising serially mounting the barrier strips respectively to the blanks during the conveying.07-12-2012
20120322642METHOD OF FOLDING PALLET SUPPORTS - In a method of folding a pallet support integrally formed by folding a board material, both sides of the board material are pressed and folded inwardly for at least two times; a centerline of the board material is used as a reference to fold the whole piece of the board material in half; the board material is pressed flatly; an upper end of the board material is bent towards both sides of the board material to a predetermined length to form the pallet support with a cross-section having a thickness of a plurality of layers of the board material; and an upper end of the board material is folded towards both sides to form the pallet support of a T-shape cross-sectional structure with a thickened bottom and a cross-section with a thickness of a plurality of layers of the board material.12-20-2012
20120322641INSERTION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND INSERTION METHOD - An insertion system includes a folding device to perform either single-sheet folding to fold a single sheet at a time or batch folding to fold multiple sheets together at a time, an insertion device to insert into an envelope the sheet folded by the folding device, and a batch setting unit to designate either the single-sheet folding or the batch folding from a folding and insertion menu for multiple sheets at a time when the multiple sheets are processed by the folding device and the insertion device.12-20-2012
20100234202COMPONENT FIXTURING METHOD - An end-configuration of components to be moved or positioned is first obtained. This end-configuration determines the relative positioning and orientation of the components with respect to each other when in a final, desired configuration. A folding pattern is then obtained that is formed by interior vertices defining corresponding tessellation facets. The folding pattern can be induced to transition from a first folded configuration to a second folded configuration. When in the second folded configuration mounting facets, which are a subset of the tessellation facets, are arranged by the geometry of the folding pattern into positions and orientations with respect to each other that correspond to the end-configuration of the components. A foldable structure is then obtained that folds in accordance with the folding pattern, and the components are affixed to their respective mounting facets09-16-2010
20130017942APPARATUS FOR FOLDING A DRIVER AIRBAG CUSHION AND METHOD FOR FOLDING THE DRIVER AIRBAG CUSHIONAANM KO; Seok hoonAACI Yongin-siAACO KRAAGP KO; Seok hoon Yongin-si KR - Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for folding a driver airbag cushion that can receive an airbag cushion in an internal space having various shapes of a mounting plate without an empty space.01-17-2013
20130023396Sheet Processing Apparatus and Image Forming Apparatus - The controller controls the folded bundle conveying portion such that, when a length in the conveying direction of the succeeding folded bundle makes the upstream edge in the conveying direction of the succeeding folded bundle, which is temporarily stopped for the folded end portion processing, remain within a stacking region of the sheet stacking portion, before the preceding folded bundle has been finally moved to the second stacking position, the succeeding folded bundle is conveyed until the upstream edge in the conveying direction of the succeeding folded bundle, to which the folded end portion processing has been applied, passes through outside the stacking region of the sheet stacking portion.01-24-2013
20130130879METHOD OF FOLDING PANT-LIKE DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT GARMENTS IN A TROUGH - A method of folding a pant-like disposable absorbent garment includes providing a garment defining first and second waist side regions, a waist center region positioned therebetween, and a crotch region longitudinally below the waist center region. In particular embodiments, the method further includes folding the garment along a transversely extending fold line so as to bring the crotch region into superposed relation with the waist center region; providing a trough having a floor and first and second side walls; placing the waist center region in the trough; and, while the garment is in the trough, folding the garment along longitudinally extending first and second fold lines so as to position the first and second waist side regions, respectively, over the waist center region. The first and second fold lines are adjacent the first and second side walls, respectively.05-23-2013
20130102451DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FOLDING A PRINT SUBSTRATE WEB - A device and a method for folding a print substrate web is disclosed. The device has devices for quarter folding and for cross-cutting the print substrate web for severing individual products as well as devices for cross folding. As viewed in the transport direction of the products, an arrangement for dividing the product stream is provided after a second quarter folding device, the arrangement conveying the successive products to a first and a second conveyor belt in an alternating manner.04-25-2013
20130123087SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - In a sheet processing device, a sheet feeder feeds a sheet fed thereinto, by switching to any one of a first direction same as a feed-in direction of a sheet and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. A second sheet processor is arranged in the second direction and performs a process including a center-folding process on the sheet. A first sheet processor is arranged in the first direction and performs a process other than the center-folding process on the sheet.05-16-2013
20130130880METHOD OF FOLDING PANT-LIKE DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT GARMENTS IN A CHUTE - A method of folding a pant-like disposable absorbent garment includes providing a garment defining first and second waist side regions, a waist center region positioned therebetween, and a crotch region longitudinally below the waist center region. In particular embodiments, the method further includes folding the garment along a transversely extending fold line so as to bring the crotch region into superposed relation with the waist center region; providing a chute having a floor and first and second side walls; urging the garment into the chute; and, while the garment is in the chute, folding the garment along longitudinally extending first and second fold lines so as to position the first and second waist side regions over the waist center region. The first and second fold lines are adjacent the first and second side walls, respectively.05-23-2013
20100279842METHOD FOR BENDING SHEET MATERIAL, BENT SHEET MATERIAL AND SYSTEM FOR BENDING SHEET MATERIAL THROUGH ATTACHMENT DEVICES - The invention provides a method of bending sheet material (11-04-2010
20110275504WEB CREASING STATION FOR MAKING FAN-FOLDED WEBS OF PRESSURE-SENSITIVE LABELS - A label product in web form has alternating, oppositely indented creases in the liner of the product to produce a fan-folded stack having alternating, reversely folded plies. Each crease is substantially, if not entirely, perforation-free to maximize the strength of the liner at the fold lines. The product is preferably produced on a narrow web press in a creasing station that includes a stack of rolls wherein a first die roll is on the bottom of the stack, a second die roll is on the top of the stack, and a pair of base rolls are located in the middle of the stack between the die rolls. A blade on each die roll cooperates with a cushion on the corresponding base roll to produce a crease during every other rotation of the die roll, each of the base rolls having a smaller circumference than its corresponding die roll.11-10-2011
20130150224METHOD OF DEPLOYING A RETAIL READY CONTAINER - A method of deploying a retail ready container from a single container blank utilizes a container having a container body portion and a protective cover portion. The container in the assembled state is configured so that the finished sides of left and right side cover panels are respectively positioned adjacent to and opposed from respective finished sides of left and right side container body panels. The container is deployed in a retail environment by lifting the protective cover portion upwardly with respect to the container body portion in a pivotal movement, at least partially tearing the frangible connections between the respective container body panels and cover panels.06-13-2013
20130157832ELONGATE STRUCTURES AND DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - A device for wrapping a substantially flat piece of sheet material with a plurality of creases that define fold lines that when folded, forms an elongate structure that includes a hollow outer portion and a hollow inner portion disposed within the hollow outer portion. The device includes a mandrel, a gripper blade that releasably secures the sheet material to the mandrel, a motor that rotates the mandrel when the sheet material is secured to the mandrel, and a compressive member that releasably presses the first outer side surface of the hollow outer portion of the elongate structure against the inner portion of the elongate structure after the sheet material has been wrapped about the mandrel. The device can also include a controller that is operably associated with the motor and the compressive member.06-20-2013
20120028778Sheet Processing Apparatus and Image Forming Apparatus - A finisher deforms a fold end portion of a sheet bundle with a lower pressing plate and an upper pressing plate. A pressing unit holds a sheet bundle so that the fold end portion is positioned between the lower pressing plate and the upper pressing plate. A third pressing roller includes a third pressing surface that presses the fold end portion of the sheet bundle between the lower pressing plate and the upper pressing plate. The third pressing roller moves in between the lower pressing plate and the upper pressing plate. The third pressing roller or the pressing unit moves so that the third pressing surface of the third pressing roller presses the fold end portion at a predetermined position based on a tip of the fold end portion. The fold end portion projects after the sheet bundle is held between the lower pressing plate and the upper pressing plate.02-02-2012

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