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Method and apparatus for reserving a portion of web

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Michael A. Bartholet, Carol L. Dwyer, Kyle P. Manning

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method is provided for reserving a portion of web to be used as a leader portion. A measurement of the length of a web is obtained, and a plurality of print jobs are received. At least one print job length is determined, and an operation involving the at least one print job length and the web length is performed. In a preferred embodiment, the operation is performed by subtracting a sum of the lengths of the plurality of print jobs from the web length to obtain a difference. Also provided is a system for producing custom printed articles.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

The subject matter which is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

FIG. 1 is a schematic of a computer network according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a schematic of a web printing line according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a schematic of a web coat-cut line according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4A is a first part of a flow chart of an order arranging process performed by the printer control server shown in FIG. 1 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4B is a second part of the flow chart shown in FIG.

4A.

FIG. 5 is an illustration of a label showing only printed matter common to a plurality of labels.

FIG. 6 is an illustration of a label showing printed matter that is specific to the illustrated label, along with the printed matter shown in FIG.

5.

FIG. 7 is a schematic representation of an arrangement of orders at a stage in the process of FIGS. 4A-4B.

FIG. 8 is a flow diagram of a print quality feedback process performed by the printer control server shown in FIG. 1 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 9A shows a first part of a flow diagram of a label tracking process performed by the printer control server shown in FIG. 1 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 9B shows a second part of the flow diagram shown in FIG.

9A.

FIG. 10 is a flow diagram of a process for reserving a length of web to be used as a trailer according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIF.

11 is a block diagram depicting functional interrelationships between software components according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 12A is a first part of a flow diagram of process performed by a template processing program according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 12B is a second part of the flow diagram shown in FIG.

12A.

Claims

1. A method for reserving a portion of web to be used as a leader portion, the method comprising the steps of:

2. The method according to claim 1 wherein the step of obtaining a measurement of the length of the web comprises the sub-step of:

3. The method according to claim 1 wherein the step of obtaining a measurement of the length of the web comprises the sub-steps of:

4. The method of claim 1 wherein the predetermined threshold is the length of web required for the leader portion plus one or two average print job lengths.

5. The method of claim 1 wherein the step of determining if the at least one print job length is at least a predetermined threshold less than the web length comprises determining if the sum of the lengths of the plurality of print jobs is at least the predetermined threshold less than the web length.

6. The method of claim 5 further comprising the step of:

7. A method for reserving a portion of web to be used as a leader portion, the method comprising the steps of:

8. The method of claim 7 further comprising the step of:

9. The method of claim 8 wherein

10. The method according to claim 9 further comprising the step of:

11. The method of claim 8 further comprising the step of:

12. The method of claim 8 further comprising the step of:

13. The method according to claim 12 further comprising the step of:

14. The method according to claim 12 further comprising the steps of:

15. The method according to claim 14 further comprising the steps of:

16. A computer readable medium containing programming instructions for reserving a portion of web to be used as a leader portion, the computer readable medium including programming instructions for:

17. The computer readable medium according to claim 16 wherein the programming instructions for determining if the at least one print job length is at least a predetermined threshold less than the web length include programming instructions for determining if the sum of the lengths of the plurality of print jobs is at least the predetermined threshold less than the web length.

18. A computer readable medium containing programming instructions for reserving a portion of web to be used as a leader portion, the computer readable medium including programming instructions for:

19. The computer readable medium according to claim 18 further comprising programming instructions for:

20. The computer readable medium according to claim 19 further comprising programming instructions for:

21. A system for producing custom printed articles comprising:

22. The system of claim 21 wherein the processor is programmed to determine if the sum of the lengths of the plurality of print jobs is at least the predetermined threshold less than the web length.