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1. (WO2017040097) PARALLEL MOTION APPARATUS FOR DEPOSITING A SUBSTANCE ON ARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040097    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/048109
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Aug 24 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B41J 3/407
B41J 25/00
B41J 2/21
Applicants: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Inventors: CASSONI, Robert, Paul
ALLEN, Matthew, Richard
BAKER, Paul, Edmund
Title: PARALLEL MOTION APPARATUS FOR DEPOSITING A SUBSTANCE ON ARTICLES
Abstract:
Apparatuses and methods for depositing a substance onto an article are disclosed, including apparatuses and methods of directly printing on and/or decorating three-dimensional articles, as well as the articles printed and/or decorated thereby. The apparatuses (20) include a conveyor (24) having at least a first station (25) and a second station (25) thereon or adjacent thereto. There is a first substance deposition device (26) located at the first station and a second device, such as a functional device, located at the second station. The apparatus and method are such that at least at the first station where the first substance deposition device is located, a cycle of at least two intra-station movements occur between the article and the deposition device. The relative motion between the article and deposition device may be substantially in translation. The substance deposition device may deposit a substance on the article in an array during the intra-station movements to form different portions of a predetermined pattern.