Method and device for applying a pattern onto a support means

  • US 6,102,096 A
  • Filed: 05/26/1998
  • Issued: 08/15/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/30/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Apparatus for applying at least one of a decoration and information on a sign substrate utilizing a foil comprising a pattern layer united by a first adhesive to a carrier layer, and in which at least one of the decoration and information is cut in a predetermined pattern using a cutting device controlled by an electronic control unit, said apparatus comprising:

  • a laminating table having a flat layout surface, and having substantially parallel first and second side edges, said layout surface dimensioned to receive the foil and a sign substrate thereon;

    a traverse spanning said layout surface;

    said traverse comprising first and second supports and journals, one of said first and second supports and journals mounted in association with each side edge of said laminating table and said supports and journals linearly movable with respect to each other so that said traverse may be moved in a direction substantially parallel to said laminating table side edges, supported at said side edges;

    at least one press roll rotatable about an axis of rotation and having first and second ends, said press roll rotatably journalled at said first and second ends and said press roll mounted to said traverse so that said axis of rotation is substantially transverse to said laminating table side edges; and

    a power-transmitting means for moving said press roll between an upper inoperative position in which said roll is spaced from the foil and/or sign substrate on said layout surface, and a lower operative position in which said press roll is in contact with the foil and/or sign substrate on said layout table and applies controlled pressure thereto.

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