Device and method for printing information on glass surfaces

  • US 8,013,884 B2
  • Filed: 06/26/2008
  • Issued: 09/06/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/2008
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of transferring information onto surfaces of objects comprising:

  • inputting information into an input device, the input device transforming the information into an image for storage in a printing memory as a stored image;

    positioning one or more glass objects in an object storage section by a printing device;

    removing one glass object from the storage location into a glass object carrier of the printing device;

    indexing the glass object in the carrier to initialize the printing;

    transporting the object to a first position under a print head of a printing means for transferring such information to the object;

    positioning an ink media tape from a driven feeder between the print head and the glass object;

    moving the print head and glass object together to cause the tape to contact the glass object in the carrier;

    heating, as required, at least one pixel element in a predetermined manner in the print head to print a row from the stored image by a thermal process to cause an inked media to transfer onto the object as determined by the stored image;

    advancing the tape and indexing the object to a next print row and repeating the steps from positioning the tape to transfer the desired information to the object;

    after printing the last row of data, separating the print head and object to a non-contact position;

    transporting the glass object by the carrier to an output section;

    removing the glass object wherein the object is mechanically removed into the output section; and

    repeating said method as many times as necessary as determined by the operator.

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