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1. (AU2017276317) Printing system and method
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CLAIMS:
1. A support platform configured to carry at least one array of objects, the support platform comprising:
a sliding board coupled to a lane;
at least one array of mandrels aligned in a row on said sliding board, said at least one array of mandrels configured for holding a respective array of the objects on said sliding board; and
a mobilizing mechanism configured and operable to controllably translate said sliding board along the lane for simultaneously applying at least one treatment process to surface areas of the at least one array of objects held by said at least one array of mandrels.
2.            The support platform of claim 1 wherein the at least one treatment process comprising at least one of the following: printing, inspection, curing, drying, dust removal, coating, ionizing, and/or priming.
3.            The support platform of claim 1 or 2 wherein the mobilizing mechanism being configured and operable to enable smooth and continuous movement of the sliding board over at least one curved section of the lane.
4.            The support platform of any one of the preceding claims wherein the mobilizing mechanism comprises a linear motor element configured and operable to magnetically couple with magnet elements provided in the lane and permit controllable linear movement of the sliding board over the lane.
5.            The support platform of any one of the preceding claims comprising a control unit configured and operable to actuate the mobilizing mechanism for moving the sliding board along the lane.
6.            The support platform of claim 5 wherein the control unit is configured and operable to move the sliding board to a loading zone defined along a section of the lane for loading the at least one array of objects onto the at least one array of 7. The support platform of claim 5 or 6 wherein the control unit is configured and operable to move the sliding board to an unloading zone defined along a section of the lane for unloading the at least one array of objects therefrom.
8.            The support platform of any one of claims 5 to 7 wherein the control unit is configured and operable to communicate data associated with at least one of position of said sliding board, velocity of said sliding board, angular position of the at least one array of mandrels of said sliding board, velocity of the at least one array of mandrels of said sliding board, and data associated with at least one other sliding board movably coupled to the lane.
9.            The support platform of claim 8 wherein the control unit is configured and operable to control at least one of speed of the sliding board, position of the sliding board on the lane, rotation speed of the at least one array of mandrels of the sliding board, and angular position of the at least one array of mandrels, based on the communicated data.
10. The support platform of any one of the preceding claims wherein the mandrels are configured to rotate the objects at the same speed and direction, and position the objects held by said mandrels at a substantially same position.
11. The support platform of any one claims 5 to 10 wherein the control unit is configured and operable to operate the rotation of the mandrels at the same speed and direction of rotations, and position the objects held by said mandrels at a substantially same position.
12. The support platform of any one of the preceding claims wherein each mandrel is being configured and operable for varying cross-sectional dimension thereof for holding one of said objects thereon.
13. The support platform of any one of claims 5 to 12 wherein the control unit is configured and operable to adjust a cross-sectional dimension of the mandrels for contacting inner portions of the objects and holding them thereon.
14. The support platform of any one of claims 12 and 13 wherein the mandrels comprises a circular array of spaced-apart elements substantially parallel to a central axis of the mandrel, and a levering mechanism operable for moving said elements towards and away from the central axis thereby varying the diameter of the mandrel.
15. The support platform of any one of the preceding claims comprising two array of the mandrels arranged on said sliding board in two parallel rows.
16. The support platform of claim 15 wherein each pair of adjacently located mandrels belonging to different rows are mechanically coupled one to the other.
17. The support platform of claim 16 wherein the pair of adjacently located mandrels belonging to the different rows are aligned in a same plane and extend in opposite directions therein.
18. A method of treating outer surface areas of at least one array of objects, the method comprising:
providing at least one support platform comprising a sliding board movably coupled to a lane for translating said support platform over said lane, at least one array of mandrels aligned in a row on said sliding board and configured for holding a respective at least one array of the objects thereon;
translating said at least one support platform over said lane to a loading zone defined along a section of the lane and loading said at least one array of objects onto the at least one array of mandrels;
translating said at least one support platform along said lane and simultaneously applying at least one treatment process to outer surface areas of said at least one array of objects in at least one of said treatment zones; and translating said at least one support platform over the lane to an unloading zone and unloading said at least one array of objects therefrom.
19. The method of claim 18 wherein the loading or unloading of the at least one array of objects comprises varying cross-sectional dimension of the at least one array of mandrels.
20.          The method of claim 18 or 19 wherein the loading of the at least one array of objects comprises adjusting orientation of said objects to a same start point.
21.          The method of any one of claims 18 to 20 wherein the applying of the at least one treatment process comprises rotating the at least one array of objects and performing either continuous linear movement or stepped linear movement of the at least one support platform over the lane.
22.          The method of any one of claims 18 to 21 comprising communicating data between the at least one support platform and at least one other support platform movably coupled to the lane, and controlling at least one of position and speed of said at least one support platform based on said data.
23.          The method of any one of claims 18 to 22 comprising communicating data between the at least one support platform and a control unit and controlling at least one of rotation speed and angular position of the at least one array of mandrels based on said data.
24.          The method of any one of claims 18 to 23 comprising performing either continuous linear movement or stepped linear movement of the at least one support platform over the lane while simultaneously applying the at least one treatment process to the at least one array of objects.