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' July 23, 1946.
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Patented July 23, 1946
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'Viggo iCarlsen,‘ ‘Norwich, Alwin ‘Heinrich, ‘:Taft
wille, and Dona L.>Ball0u, Jewett City, Conn.,
sassignors {to TheI-Aspinook:,Corporatiom-Jewett
1:, City,. Gonna a» corporation of, Delaware
“Application December 16, 1943;7SeriaI'No.‘ 514G448
, 16 LGlaims.
(Cl. v101—.423)
.The present, invention ; relatesttora method for
continuous printing of: textiles 5 andtthe likexand
apparatus to ‘ effect such method; andwtheipresent
application is; a. continuationeineparti of‘ our.“ ap
- tween the: workpiece? and the? tbackingi'blanket a
plicationv SerialNo. "487,058,_?lediMay ‘14,1943.
A general object of _:,the invention visiithe pro
vision of an e?lcient continuous method of print
- strip ' of ' fabric ‘calledta ‘-‘back. grey” which, after
use, .is ‘washed 1 to remove‘. ink or - color , pastes ‘and
then ‘dried ,for reuse. The-‘back grey r eventually
1 5 iha’sito be discarded:andthisrentails ailarge-iex
pense which'may cause an‘increaseein:production
’ costs-of ithe‘printedproduct.of as much as-ione
ticed, unusually speedy, rminimizes wastage of
‘quarter cent, a yard. .Accordingly,i'attemptsI’have
been made to eliminate the necessity of usingv-a
printed ; material, ' makes possible: the : elimination
,lo'hack ‘grey-by washing'an'd drying itheibacking
of» a back. grey, and effects.anveryrgreat’saving in
blanket of the printing machine. ‘Such proposals
costs. of labor, ginstallationaaand .operation while
assuring the production :of ‘a superior product
quiring unusual andlun'desirably‘i long 'lengths: of‘
with a; minimum wear'of equipment and. require
costly ‘backing ‘blanket :mate‘rial " and by ‘heating
ing textiles ’ and the ilike 1 which I is readily ‘prac
have‘: been vfeatured‘ by: complicated structures ' re
ment of replacement ‘of partsyand apparatus to 15 means ‘completely to ‘removewthe ‘washing ‘fluids
‘from-5 theiblanket; such as" drying'can's rorf heating
carry out such method- .which'. is extremely simple,
‘very economically constructedgreadily and cheap
chambers through * whichithe'i'blanket iis passed
back and ‘forth; Such‘ structures :have'been ex
1y operated, sure and-efficient:in:function,..nn~
pensive to install,‘ operatean'd- maintain and have ‘
usually 2 long lived; requires little‘ if any :attention
with respect to repair" and‘ replacement ' of :parts, ‘>20 unduly shortened the life of the blanket. lEurther
ftheyihave tended to slow :upr'operations so'ithat
isvcharacterized‘ by an endlessbacking blanket of
desirably-ihigh-speeds‘of operation of the printing
‘ minimum‘jlengthtundue Wearof- vwhich is avoided,
~machinesihave‘ be‘eni inadvisable, and‘ if some: pro
and which will {produce lwithpiunusual speed a
rvisions- are :not made i'for cooling the? blanketi'be
product rof-vexcellent quality.
~Itrhas-been, a, general practice inxthe continuous 25 fore it reaches the gravure roll or rolls heat'f-lwill "
T be transferred ‘to theilatter" -to-‘- such rextentvas to
printing of long ,stripsor work-{pieces of textiles
-tend to 'congeal iriksr-or'v color \pastescausing'fur
andzthelike 'Withinksorcolor pastes of ' various
ther di?'iculties. Printing! machines equipped with
colors arranged ,in'repeated'patternseand designs
such washing and ‘drying ’ means further have
itoyemployia-large press-cylinder about which is
looped -,an elongated endless backing ,blanket, 30 made it impracticalrorfimpossibleftorusef‘a' back
grey therewith for certain productionslwhere-fsuch
made of rubber or ofalaminated water-repellent
fabric to ‘constitutes, resilient backing for the
work-piece havingan outer surface substantially
impervious tomoisture suchtas washing .?uid. 1n
may be desired.
A more speci?c ‘object “of 'l the inventionfis-ithe
provision of such a method-"characterized by vthe
,the, printing , of .the work-piece it. is 7. fed between 35 employmentrof an‘ endless backingblanket-Which
that portion .of “the backing blanket which is
looped about the ,press cylinder and a gravure
roller trolls that‘transfer printing ink from a
* is led‘ from I the ‘press 1 cylinder directly "to I washing
‘and scrubbing means and substantially :directly
therefrom backi to-the ‘press cylinder‘pasti‘mois'ture
-‘ and Llirit- ‘and ink-removingmeans, :whereby a
Ifount ,or fountsito the work-piece. As the ink is
transferred from the Vgravure rolLor rolls to the 40iblanket1of minimum length is employable =while
workepiecesome of it "tends 'topenetrate through
assuringits return to theprinting "meanszinia
the latter to collect on the backing element. Also,
substantially cleansed ‘ condition‘ with a :retention
in the'rprinting area of ' onlyra veryismallamount
since‘it is desired to'have‘th'e designs'or' patterns
of moisture dueito Washing ?uid, e.i'g.,'-an amount
extend completely to the selvages of ‘the work
piece, the igravure roll orrolls‘are normally wider '45 ~which isjust suf?cient toihelpahold the‘wo‘rikepiece
' in ‘position, and enhance-color penetration 'there
than'the‘work-piece and, as arresult, ink'will be
of without tending ‘to make ‘.the colorsruh.
“applied *directly'to zones of the backing element
"beyond the selvages of the work~piece. "Without
protection vof the backing blanket these ink de
‘Another object of the invention-is'to providelin V
such procedure a mechanical, washingtflui'dere
posits‘ collect on theouter surface (thereof and a 50 moving stepwhich efficiently:eliminatesifrom'ithe
:outer surface of‘the :blanket'exces's fluidiwithout
"so-smeared blanket will vtend, on its return to
the press cylinder, to smear or blotch succeeding
undue wearrthereof~
A further object of :the "invention visthelpro
yardages of the work-piece unless effectively
vision of a removal ofialmost all of the moisture
cleansed. It is commonlpra'ctice to attemptto
avoid such smearing and blotching» by-ffeeding' be 155 .from the :printing “area. of the blanket ‘ byidoctor
blanket II] has a loop ll ‘thereof passed around
a press cylinder [2 to provide a resilient facing
for the cylinder to act as a printing backing. A
printing or gravure roll l3, of which a plurality
blade means which removes such washing ?uid by '
a plowing action to permit it to be discharged by
falling while lint and ink particles are carried
oif to an edgeof the blanket for elimination by
a sheering» action.
may be-provided when desired, hasran engraved
surface rotating against a pick-up roll I4 im
mersed in ink or color paste fount 15. A roll I6
of textile or the like supplies a workpiece H to
Still another object of the invention is the pro- '
vision of apparatus to effect such procedure which
is simple and economically constructed charac-_ 1
teriZed by washing and scrubbing means which. . between the loop ll of the backing blanket and
limits cleaning and wetting action to‘the ink 10 the gravure roll IS. The backing blanket I0 is
smeared printing area of the blanket, thereby ' ‘carried over an idle supporting roll l8 ?xed on
. avoiding creeping of moisture to the back of thev
blanket and eliminating di?iculties that would be
attendant thereon.
A still further object of the invention is to pro
vide suchapparatus which removes almost all of
the washing ?uid without undue wear, by doctor
blade means, of the important area of the blanket,
i. e., the printing area, due to automatic lubrica
a shaft 19 supported in an upright-frame struc
ture 2U. Blanket I0 is then carried down beneath
an idle roll 21 ?xed on a shaft 22 rotatably sup
15 ported on the frame 2!! and carrying a spur gear
23. The blanket I0 is carried from roll 2! sub
stantially directly back to the press cylinder with~
out- proceeding through any drying means char
acterized by an elongated path. Preferably a
tion thereof by the washing ?uid.
reach or portion 24 of the blanket it moves from
idle roll 2| upwardly at. an acute angle with a
vertical plane to a tensioning roll 25 and then over
an idle roll 26 on its return to press-cylinder E2.
An additional object of the invention is to pro
vide such a method and such apparatus for effect
ing the same which efficiently eliminate or mini
mize the di?iculties attendant'upon the accepted
The frame structure 20 supports washing and
practices of the prior art which have come to be 25 scrubbing means which may comprise a brush
thought of by those skilled in the art as being un
avoidable necessary evils or eliminable only in
part at the expense of other desired character
roll 21 partially immersed in a bath 28 of washing
fluid contained inan elongated pan or trough 29
?tted with an'over?ow pipe 30 to predetermine
the level of the washing ?uid therein, The brush
vOther objects of» the invention will in part be 30 roll 21 is rotated in a direction opposite to the
obvious and will in part appear hereinafter.
direction of the blanket as it is carried beneath
The invention accordingly comprises the sev- ”
the roll 2| by means of a spur gear 3| which is
' eral steps andthe relation of one or more of such
meshed with an idle gear 32 in turn meshed'wlth
> steps with respect ‘to each of the others, and the
gear 23. It will be understood that one or more,
‘apparatus embodying features of construction, 35 such as two or three, brush rolls 21 may, if de
combination of elements and arrangement vof
sired, be operated from gear 23 and employed~ to
parts which are adapted toeifect such steps, all
scrub the outer surface of the. blanket ll] as it
as exempli?ed in the following detailed disclosure,
passes around the roll 23.
and the scope of the invention will be indicated
Although washing ?uid may be supplied to the
' in the‘ claims.
outer surface of the blanket as it passes beneath
"For a fuller understanding of the nature and
the roll 23 solely by the brush 21 due to the par
objects of the invention,‘ reference should be had
, tial immersion of the latter in the bath 28 there
‘to the following detailed description taken in con
of, it is preferably chie?y supplied by spraying
nection , with the accompanying drawings, in
means. This spraying means may comprise an
elongated nozzle 33,-such as a piece of pipe closed
Fig. 1 is a schematic side elevational View, with
at one end, provided with a plurality of longi
a parts brokenaway and in section,>of an embodi
ment' of the present invention;
tudinally spaced apertures for‘ egress of washing
?uid and ?tted with a ?exible supply hose 34.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged elevationalv section of
The spraying nozzle 33 which is adapted to supply
washing, scrubbing and moisture-removing means 50
?uidto the outer surface of the blanket
taken on1line 2-—2 of, Fig, 1;
after it has left the scrubbing means is prefer
vFig. 3 is an enlarged cross-section, with parts
I ably ?exibly supported or suspended for free lat
broken away, of the apparatus shown in Fig. 2,
eral movement such as by chains 35,35 fastened
taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 isan enlarged fragmentary sectional view 1 to brackets 36, 36 ?xed to the frame structure
26. The spray nozzle 33 carries at each end an
of press cylinder, backing blanket and ink-apply
abutting plate or guide projection or rod 31 so
as to receive therebetween the edges of the reach
24 of the blanket [0 so that during the rapid
travel of the blanket should the‘ latter weave back
ing means showing a work-piece in printing posi
tion, and taken on line 4-4 of Fig, 1;
Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary face or ele
vational view of the ink-smeared blanket after‘
and forth a limited degree the spray nozzle 33
it has passed the washing and scrubbing means,
will be moved laterally simultaneously therewith
graphically indicating the dual action of an em
bodiment of the doctor blade shown therein;
.Figs. 6, '7 and 8 are enlarged fragmentary views
‘of portions of the blanket and different embodi
ments of’ the doctor blade of the invention which
may be employed in the practice of the latter and
showing different positions thereof which are
possible; ' and
Fig. 9 is a fragmentary'face view on an enlarged T‘
scalev of the blanket and associated doctor blade
graphically showing features of characteristic
. ?uid removing and cleaning operations.
. Referring to the drawings, like numerals iden
to assure spraying the outer surface of the blanket
in a limited area.
Since backing blanket H3 is received imme
diately from the press cylinder I2 by the washing >
and scrubbing means there is an insu?icient time
interval for the inks thoroughly to, dry thereon.
.However, it has been found to be desirable to
arrange a similar spray nozzle I33 suspended by
?exible supports or chains I35, I35 from similar
brackets I36, I36 ?xed to the frame structure 20
‘ahead of the scrubbing means or brush. roll 21.
Spray nozzle 133 may also be equipped with sep
tify like parts throughout. An endless backing 1.5 arate guide projections but preferably is ?xed to
.AEig. 4,-but,.¢if, _desired1.smay .be determined‘ byaithe
, ,vnpzzle .33 for laterakmovement-ztherewithabygrods
».31, ~53‘! which .constitutethaguidesifor nozzles“.
_ .overall‘ length .of the :roll :13. alone.
.-Excess swashing?uid ,aisqremoyed qf-rom the
.;In ;or.dert:to ‘assure ‘.that ‘the printed patterns
' r-blanket-in accordance "withgthe, present~_.invention
».by. doctor blade. means 38 ‘which; may comprisean
or .designs :are carried outtoitheiselvag'esrof the
‘work-piece :Ilthe latter is of a width less .than
the width of the . printing area vllll. This will
,de?neinner zones 52, Site which inks or colors
elongated supported-j carried by rotatable shaft
.means All, All ,nsup'portedv in end bearingsvdl and
.42 ?xedlupon the frame-structure 20. ;.Uponshaft
imeans 40. is splineda spur-j gear 43 ,meshedwwith'
wheel 45 so that by manipulation thereof-shaft
_willibe.'directly applied byportions of. the. gravure
.roll F|3.,atlthe ends of its effective ink-applying
.length. Some of thein'ksor colors-applied to
the work-piece ill’ also will penetrate through
the. latter to .bexdeposited upon. the: blanket outer
49 ,andblade esupport..-3_9_.may_berotatecl. An
l elongated, . relativelythinn doctor bladeaqd; pref
..erably I of .metal .such .as :steel, {01' other; suitable
» saryithat'these depositions of inks or colors be
15 scrubbed and washed from/ the blanket outer
a worm. 44 . rotatably supported, :such as iibypthe
.end bearing structure 342, :and ?tted {withjahand
surface within theprinting. area 50. It is neces
, rigid, material ‘which; may; resist corrosion . by,__'the
surface to avoid smearingand blotching of the
work-‘piece. Also, lint particles from the ‘Work
piece [7 should-‘be .removed from the ‘blanket
outer surface before ‘the blanket is returnedto
thepress ‘cylinder lizsoqas to avoidprinting 'di?i
. chemicals, is, mounted upon the rotatable: support
.39 hndiisprovided with; portion.“ having.- a-_re1a~
lltively sharp .edge .58 adapted .to vJpress ?rmly
against .the outerhsurface; of the reach 2-4 70f the
‘blanket. l0, asismo-re clearly indicated ink-Fig. '6,
with the edge_.,portio.n'.41.lyingesubstantiallyin a
plane'whichmake's anacuteiangle a, such as
about 45°,with..the surface-.of the v.blanketreach
.24 on the‘ leading. side- of theiblade edge 48. This
will assure . plowing, action -.for , removal’ of almost
'all ,of the washing fluid which ,iscarried lip-by
1 the ,outersurface . of the>b1anket1to~ the blade- 46.
As shown ‘.in .Figs. .1,.2,and.~5, the elongated
.doctorlb'la'de ‘461s. supported ina manner so that
the ,Jsharpedge '48cthereof is disposed obliquely
across the, outer‘faoe ofgthe.blanketreach.“ and
,exten'dedatbothends beyondthe edges of the
‘blanket, tocarry. o? ablanket edge;bya,-sheer
To cleanthe ‘blanket Ill it is passed through
the scrubbing and ‘Washing means Where wash
ing fluid .isisprayed fupon the printing area'50
by spraying nozzle I33 without wetting the ?ank
ing margins ‘49,49. The wetted printingarea'ill
ref the‘blanket isthen scrubbed by the brush‘v roll.
2:‘! whichlloosensxthe depositions of inks’or colors
and removesa large amount? thereof also without
30' wetting at least ‘the outer portions of’flanking
margins 43, 49. Thus ‘the effective scrubbing
surface of brush rolli2'! mustbe of a 'width‘ap
,preciabiy less than that of the ‘,blanket'lll. At
‘least some of the'lint and ink particles which
‘ ing action, ‘any .lint and .ink ; particles [which :may pass the'scrubbing roll 21 are then washed free
.remain .within "the printing .area of the :outer
from the printing area 'Bll-by'the spraying nozzle
‘,blanket surface. 'JI‘his oblique arrangement also
fjassures that the blanket ‘joint,_,if .there be one,
‘33, again without wetting‘the flanking ‘margins
"which .is usually ldisposedlstraight ,across ,the .
*b‘lanketj'face, .Will pass .underthe .blade edgewith
' .‘out , tendency ,of the . latter I. toucatch therein and
I It will?be understood that with .ywateresoluble
inks 'or' color pastes, .which may. comprise colors
and starch, the washingfluid may consist of
Alla-will. minimize the amount of washing?uid
fluid carried along'bythe blanket surface, dia
grammatically virn'iicated by substantially parallel
‘warm water. at .a temperature “of .about .120° :F.,
.but ifthe1inks .are ofthe .watereinsolubleitype
other suitable washing. ?uids or solvents; such; as
a sulphonated ‘oil, 1 maybe employed.
In the ,practice __of the invention, : the work
The upward passage of the reach 24 of ‘blanket
carried in the printing area past‘ the spraying
device ‘33 since‘sorne ‘of it will fall or flow back
toward and into the trough ‘2.9. The washing
cause ‘ tearing. or damage. ,
'49, 49'.
lines'at as in-TFigs-B, e and'_9,.which remainslin
the printing ‘area 15E will "be .carriiedup tothe
,piece'll is fedfromthe supply-roll l?ito between
Jdoctor'bla'de 46 whereialmost all of‘it isplowed
‘from the blanketouter surface by the relatively
‘sharp blade edge ‘ll? to _'fall ,ory?ow back ,along '
the constantly rotating press cylinder l:2;and the
‘the blanket surface, as indicated at .15.}! .in .Eigs.
,gravure .roll l3’ with the .constantlymoving back
"6, 7 and 9, intoor toward .thetroughZS. ~.It>has
ingblanket It! being.
been found '_in ‘practice that ‘this ,plowing .action
,piece I] and the presscylinder 1-2 as shown ‘in 55 is a verydistinctive.operationlandrthatthe fluid
‘.Fig. ,1. The work-piece 1.1 after vpassing the
‘does not Work along the .edge .of the bladetlin
, gravure. roll 'l3.,is. separated from thehlanket I 0
contact with .the blanket surface to lWet-Fthe dry
and preferably 1e d. upwardly "to drying apparatus,
not shown.
margins f/l9,_4'9 of the -latter. 'Thesharpcorner
edge 48 ,of the .blade .46 is desirably provided
forming the .edge ‘face substantially -(-but not
As, shown .in . Fig. 4 .the effective ink-applying 60
length of gravure rolll3 isrsubstantially less' than
‘the width of the blanket/l0 :SoaSttOdG?IlB??Ilk
i'ng .zones or; margins 49,49» of the .outer .blanket
necessarily, precisely) .at right angles to the outer
surface??- of the .blade,.thereby spacing theother
corner edge .56 from the blanket outer :surface.
.surface .to which in}; will not beappliedas is
This. is an importantfeature; as .will be’ seen from
clearly indicatedin Fig. 5. :With blankets~which
65 Figs. 5. and; 9.whereit.ris indicated at. ET-that-small
,mayvary in widthfrom fortyito ?ftylinches such
amounts of washing ?uid and perhapssoine ink
.in'kefree margins 49,.AB ‘will each preferably {be .
therewith creepsup‘to ltheouter surface
about one inch wide. .Thus the .fgravure :ro‘ll l3
.55 ,of blade/‘4E3 and then ?ows rt ~realcng, .ae
de?nes theprinting path’ or are-a5!) indicated-in
Fig.5. The effective ink~applying Widthor length
.of .gravure .roll : L3 preferably is determined rby ,a
relatively narrowfelt band‘orlapping?l on the '
press cylinder [2 which is narrower thaniblanket
pathz??,ato-clriprofffthe 1end1a .53. This'isrthe
' .
‘The doctor ,loladeials? desirably 'does not‘ remove
\~ entirely ‘all’ of ‘the washing {?u-id ' from the mois
ture-impervious blanket _’ outer zsurfa'ce-ibut i'p'er
ill to permit. edges of the .latter to @bow inward
~mitsa~very small amount thereofsuchcas'aifram ‘
toward the press cylinder .-surface “as - shown in
tion' of a percent, .toaremainzin ttheeprinting ‘area
' 8
‘fOI‘fDI‘OmOtiOII of the printing operation. This '
Further'it' willEbe noted that almost all of'such
slight amount of moisture in the printing "area
. washing ?uid as remains within the printing area
is of importance since it helps to hold the work
- piece I‘! in position during the printing operation
is removed'by a vde?nite plowing action which
avoids wetting of the clean dry margins while
and permits effective penetration of the fabric
assuring retention of a very small amount of
with the inks or colors. However, the percentage
of retained moisture must not be so great as to
moisture for promotion of the printing operation.
Any lint and ink particles which remain‘in the
printing area after 'passingrbeyond'the spraying
' cause the inks or colors to run when the work
piece is printed therewith. This rather critical
device 133 are effectively removed by‘ a de?nite
functioning of the doctor blade is assured either 10 sheering action obliquely across the blanket sur
by lateral adjustment of the tensioning roll 25,
face to an edge thereof where they fall away
when properly mounted for lateral movement
, ,
The simple apparatus described above while
and with the employment of a relatively ?xed
permitting effective elimination of a back grey
tional adjustment of the doctor blade by‘ means 15 for many operations where its employmentis not
desired does not prevent'its use'if it should be
of the hand wheel 45.
desired‘ for certain operations. The apparatus
Undue wearrof the outer surface of the blanket
in-the printing area 50 by the relatively sharp
- does‘not interfere'in any way with the feed ‘of
"a back grey between the work-piece I1 and the
edge 48 of the doctor blade pressed thereagainst
is avoided by lubrication inherently afforded by 20 backing blanket 10 as contrasted with other ma‘
chines equipped with, washing and drying ap
the washing ?uid. It has been found in practice
that the doctor blade eventually does produce
paratus which have been developed and which,
some noticeable wear in the dry- margins 49, 49
due to their characteristic constructions, prevent
the‘ready employment of a back grey.
while causing relatively little if any apparent
7' doctor blade but, preferably, is obtained by rota‘- '
wear in the printing area even after the‘ so
equipped printing machine has been used to pro
wduce millions of yards of printed fabrics. Of
course it is apparent that the wear in the‘ dry
‘margins is of no importance since these zones
of the outer surface of the blanket have no func
tion ‘in the printing operation.
Practically all textile printing plants at the
present time employ back greys indicating that
prior art proposals with regard to ‘blanket wash
ing and drying apparatus have not been entirely
satisfactory. This practice is quite generally fol
30 lowed despite the fact that the employment of
back greys costs a printing plant thousands of
Such lint and ink or color particles, graphically
indicated in‘Fig. 5 at 60,.as may remain in the
printing area after the blanket has passed the
dollars monthly and that the cost of handling
of color which becomes dissolved in the washing
?uid, will be sheered obliquely along in the direc
art, is an unusually fast speed and it "is to'be
understood that the cleaning and'washing- ?uid
removing means of thepresent invention places
and rewashing them ‘is also very large. An ap
paratus'of the present invention equipped as de
' sprayingdevice 33 will becollected ahead of the 35 scribed above has been found to be readily and
efficiently operable at a‘printing'speed upwards
edge 48. ofthe doctor blade as indicated, at 6!
of one hundred yards per minute which, in this
and almost all'of it,‘ except possibly some amount
_ tion of the arrows to the edge of the blanket at
62 there to fall away from-the latter as indicated
in an exaggerated manner in Fig. 5 for clarity.
This action has also been observed.
‘It will thus be seen that the depositions of
inks or colors to the outer surface of the blanket '
are limited to a printing area ?anked by mar
ginal zones whichremain free from such deposi
tions and that thewashing and scrubbing are
no practical limitations on the speed at which
the machine may operate. One apparatus of the
present invention has produced more than two
million yards of printed textiles and to all’ap
pearances the backing blanket theréof'is in as
good or better condition than when this machine
was ?rst adapted to the present invention, al
though that backing blanket was not new at the s
accomplished in a manner so that approximately
only the printing area is wetted with a main- “
time the machine was provided with the cleaning
tenance of the dry ?anking margins at the
blanket edges to prevent creeping of washing
contrasted therewith,'in our experience machines
?uid to the inside surface of the'blanket thereby
avoiding any difficulties which would be attend-v
life of a blanket to about one million yards. This
ant upon such condition.
Such difficulties would "
and. drying means of the present invention. ' As
equipped with heating driers generally limit the
particular machine of. the present invention has
brought about a net saving of at least $5,000
in back greys alone, but this saving in‘ vback
include transfer of moisture from the wet back
of the blanket to the-felt lapping 5| soon causing
the latter to be compacted and hard necessi
greys’ maybe considered to be merely incidental.
mantling of the printing machine.’ Dismantling
the economye?ected.
and rebuilding of the printing machine and re
'It is to'be understood that the term “method.
of printing” as employed herein is to be broadly
construed as encompassingif necessary the oper
ational steps of and complete functioning of ma
chines for applying Various types of fluids or
pastes to textiles and the ,like in patterns or
designs to give discernible‘ contrasting effects
Better workmanship and production of a superior
product, the great increase in output, and sav
tating its removal and replacement. That felt
lapping is very expensive. Removal and replace 60 ing in amounts of inks or color pastes and in
gredients thereof‘used are also vital factors 30f
ment of the lapping necessitates complete dis
placement of the lapping may require about six
‘printing hours. Thus it is seen that wetting of
'or creepage of moisture to the back of the blanket
'may, be a very serious matter and it is thus ex
tremely important that the blanket be returned
to the press'cylinder with the back of the former '
dry. The dry surfaces of the blanket at its'edges 70 either with respect to'contrasting colors, or as »'
resist wetting by any, tendency of the washing
?uid to ‘run laterally and longitudinal motion
of, the blanket and the upward positioning of
parts thereof in the washing and ?uid-removing
,means further assure the dryness of the margins.
to visual contrasts in physical characteristics,
such as the application of, color pastes or mercer
izing ?uids and ‘ the like, inclusive of interde
pendent procedural steps attendant upon a con
"tinuous modus operandi; "and that the term
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“Printing/ink” is I to bebroadly. construed; as,
gins, separating-the: printed strip. of'material. from .
including within itsscope all suchpastes .ori?uids'
said‘blanket.andxguidingithe latter to and through
washing means, washing. with washing?uidzthe
or similar materials employed to effect such
results which are capable 'of being dissolved-or
removed from'partsbof suchmachines, suchas
ink-smeared printing area of- the outer surface.
of said‘ blanketas theilattermoves: along while
backing- blanketsltheréof; by suitable cleansing
restricting the: wetting of. the outer. surface; of "
or‘ washing ?uids or solvents.
saidi; blanket substantially totne inner. zone in:
The term ‘v‘sub
stantially directly back” is employed’ herein in
clusiveof the printing area thereby; retaining:
substantially dry margins ?anking-the washed.
connection with the returnv of the backing blanket
from the‘ washing means and/or washing?uid 10 area,.. removing ' almostv alll of; the: washing .?uid
stripping means, 9. g., the washing sprays, scrub
from the. washed; area ‘of . said" blanket: without ;.
bing brush and doctor blade, to the press cylin
wetting‘ atileastthe outer" portionsgofzithe dry:
der or printing station. The apparatus and
method of the presentinvention are thus dis-1
margins _ thereof,'. and, moving; the moisture-sure,v
faced blanket'substantially directly back .to said:
tinguishable from those wherein the backing 15. press cylinder with a retentionof; a‘ very: small.
blanket on its return travelback to the press "
cylinder is moved over heated drying" cans,
throughqhot- drying chambers- or past other .
moisture-removing means; which employ such
amount of moisture in the ; Wetted~~area for" pro-1
motion of theprinting operation;
2. Av continuous method of printing; textiles;
and the‘ likev comprising, feeding; printing ink; to.v
amounts of heat to effect removal of‘washing 20 printing means having a maximum. effective ink-u
applying,’ width to de?ne the width of» a. printing.
?uid in the‘ vapor phase, as to raise the temper
ature'of the backing blanket orsurfaces thereof
to a destructive degree.
Obviously that term is
not used in the sensevthat the backing blanket
is. returned from‘ the, washing‘ and/or washing
?uid-removal means directly ‘back to the press
cylinder'a'long‘ a‘ straightaline‘ path asjis clear
from the disclosure‘ wherein,‘ as indicated in Fig.
1 for‘example, the backing vblanket'aiter it leaves
the ?uidf-stripping means, or‘do‘ctorjblade 24, may
be trained over, about or back :and forth between
deviating'means, such as'take-up or tensioning
rolls or idle rollersye; g., rolls 25, and‘ 26.
moval‘ of the major portion of‘ the washing ?uid,
hotor cold, ‘from the washed area of the outer‘
surface of the backing blanket is effected “in
area, passing over a rotating press cylind‘era:
loop of an elongated endlessbackingyblankethaw
ing a substantially moisture-impervious outerssun
face which is wider than the maximum‘ effective;- ‘
ink-applying width of saidv means, printing; an
elongated ;strip of material by- feedingitbetween.
saidtprinting ‘means. and .said loop of. said back‘
ingrblanket andthereby. de?ninga printing area:
30 in an; inner zone of‘, the outer surfacesof ‘said
blanket and substantially ink-free ?anking mare.
gins,-separating the printed strip of material'from:
said blanket and guiding the latter to and'through;
washing and scrubbing. means, washing. with. '
washing ?uid and scrubbing "the ink-smeared.
printing‘area .of. theiouter surfaceof said blanket‘
as'the latter moves along while. restricting the
liquid‘ state,” i. e., washing ?uid'is stripped, from
the blanket'as a ?owing liquid, as distinguished
wetting, of; the .outerjsurface of 7 said blanket sub-I
damaging heat by means of excessively hot dry
gins ' ?anking the washed area, . removing ;.almost1 ‘
stantially to the inner zone inclusive of: the print‘
fromremovaliofwtmshing'?uid‘in vapor phase by
converting the liquidlto vapor with ‘blanket 40 ing area. thereby retaining: substantially dry mar;
ing cans or chambers, andthe like.
It will thus be seen that. the objects set forth
above, amongfothers which will be. apparent to‘
those ,skilled in, the art, "are e?icientlyv attained’
by thepresent' invention. and, since certain,
changes in carrying out the above processand in
the construction set forth, which embody the.
invention, may bemade Without departing from .‘
its scope, it isintended that all matter contained
in the above description or shown. in the accom
panying drawings shall be interpreted as 'illus
trative and not in a limitingsense.
5 i
It is also to be understood that thefoll'owing
claims are intended to cover allof theigeneric
and speci?c features of theinventionherein de
scribed, and all statements ofithe, scope of the
invention which, as a matter. of language, might
be said to fall .therebetween.
Having described our invention,lwha‘t we .claim
as new and desire to secure by Letters‘ Patent‘ is:
1. A continuous method of: printing, textiles
and the like comprising vfeeding printing inkto.
printing means having a maximum. effective ink
applyingwidth to de?netl'ie width of ayprintingj
all ,of the washing?uid. from the .wash'edi ‘areaof 1
saidblanket' without wetting: at least theouter.
portions .of thedry margins thereof, and moving
the moistureesurfaced blanket'substantially; di-.
re'ctly» back tov said; press cylinder. with. areten-A
tion of av very small amount. of moisture in. the.
wetted areaforpromotion of the:printing;.opera
tion. 1
3.. A», continuous method: of. printing; textiles:
and'the like. comprising feeding. printing‘inks. to
printing rmeansihaving a: maximum effective inke
applying width to de?ne theswidth of. a printing.
- area, passingover a. rotatihgpress cylinder a'
loopr‘ofjan elongated. endless backing.- blanket have
ing .a substantially moisture-impervious-outersur
facewhichiswider than themaximum effective. .
ink-applying; width- of saidv means, printing, an...
elongated; strip. of material byfeedingit between‘
said printing‘means and said'loop of saidbacking
blanket and thereby. de?ning aprinting areain
aninner. zone. or the outer. surface of saidblanket'
and-substantially ink-free ?'ankingmargins, sepi'.
aratingithe.v printed. strip of" material ,. from. said.
blanket. andlguiding. the latter to and through .
of an elongated endless backing blanket having
washing. means, washing. with; washing ?uid: the.
ink-smeared. area» of the-1 outer surfacexof said.
a substantially moisture-impervious outer sur
face which is wider than the. maximum effective
ink~applying width. of said means, printing an
blanket substantially to the innerv zone- inclusive /
area, passing over a rotating press cylinder a loop
elongated strip of materialv by feeding it between
saicl'printing means and said loop of said backing
blanket and thereby de?ning‘ a' printing‘v area
in'an inner’ zone of"theputerjsurfaceof‘said
blanket and substantiallyinkefree ?anking mar
blanket as thelattermoves along while restrict»
ing the wetting of: the. outer.» surface of‘ said:
of the printing area-thereby retaining substan-
tially dry margins ?anking thewashedtarea,
moving' said washed‘; blanket I from said washing ‘
means to » meansforr removing» washing ?uid, re- ~
75 moving vby‘ said‘lasténamed means almost alllof '
ii? i
the washing ?uid in liquid state from'the washed?
disposed removing
‘a plowing“
area of said ‘blanket without wetting at least the
action almost all ,of'the washing, ?uid from-‘they;
outer‘portions'of the dry margins thereof, and
the'n‘moving the moisture-surfaced blanket sub
w-ashed'area' of said blanket withoutiwetting at _
least'the outer portions of thedry marginsjthere-~
of and causing "the removed washing ‘?uid to ?ow j
back‘ with respect to the direction of motionof;
stantially at room temperature back to said press
cylinder from said washing ?uid-removal means
with a retention of a very small amount of mois-‘v
ture in the wetted area for promotion of the
printing operation.
said blanket; causingby the ‘oblique arrangement -
of said blade and'ithe upward *travel of~said;'
4. A continuous method of printing textiles
and the like comprising feeding printing ink to
printing means having a maximum effective ink
applyingwidth to de?ne the width'of a printing‘
blankettherepast a‘sheering off-of lint? and ink »
area, passing over’ a rotating press cylinder a
loop of . an elongated endless backing blanket hav-;
blade ‘with a, retention 'of a very small amount ~
inng a substantially moisture-impervious outer
surface which is wider than the maximum effec
tive ink-applyingwidth of said means, printing
the printing operation.
particles to an-edge of said blanket, j and then»
moving said-blanket substantially at room tern-3,
perature back to said press cylinder fromsaid
of moisture in, the wetted area for promotion of
6. Apparatus for continuous printing of textiles '
and the like comprising, in combination, a rotary
1 \an elongated strip of material by feeding it be
an " elongated
endless backing .
tweensaid printing means and said loop of said; 20 blanket having a substantially 'moisture-imper
vious outer surface with aloop thereof passed,
backing blanket and thereby ‘defining a printing
around said cylinder, printing ink-applying/means
area in an inner zone of the outer surface 'of said
of an effective width appreciably less than the
width of saidblanket torde?ne the widthof a
blanket and, substantially ink-free ?anking mar
gins, separating the printed strip of material from‘
printing , area ?anked by margins of appreciable ~.
' said blanket and guiding the latter to andthrough
width, washing means receiving said blanket from
said cylinder of a length substantially less than
vthe width of said blanket to treat with washing
washing‘. means, washing with-washing ?uid the
ink-‘smeared area of the outer-surface of said
blanket as the latter moves alongwhile restrict‘
ing, the wetting of the outer surface of said blanket‘
substantially to the inner zone inclusive'of the‘v
printing area thereby retaining substantiallydry
?uid'the printing area-having dryw?ankingcm'ar- '
gins, washing ?uid-strippingmeans beyond said i
washingmeans to removelalrnost lallrof the wash- ing fluid in liquidstate from the washedarea of c
I said blanket with removal. of lint and ink particles
' margins ‘?anking the'washed area, moving said
I washed; blanket upwardly awayfrom said wash
ingfmeans to and past a, doctor blade, pressing‘
saididoctor bladeagainst the washed ‘outer sur
fthatmay remaineafter washing while retaining
35 dry blanket Vmar'gins to assure prevention of .
facelof said blanket as the latter moves there
creepage of moisture to the back surface of saidv
past; removingpby said blade with a plowing ac;
tionialmost'all of theéwashing?uid from the‘
blanket, and ‘means to pass said dry-back blanket ‘
from said‘ washing and’ washing "?uid-stripping
means substantially directly back to saidfcylinder. ;
washed area ofsaid blanket without wetting atv
leastlth'eouter portions 'of the dry margins there
of and" causing the removed washing ?uid to ?ow‘
back with respect toithe direction of motion of
said'blanket',v and then moving said blanket sub-‘v
stantially at'room'temperature back to said press
cylinderi from said blade with a-retention of a‘ a
'7 very, small amount of‘ moisture in the wetted;
7. Apparatusfor continuous printing of textiles
and the like comprising, in‘combination a rotary;
press cylinder, an; elongated endless backing _
blanket having a substantially moistureeimper
vious outer surface with a loop thereof passed ‘
around said cylinder, printing ink-applying means
of an effective width appreciably less thanthe Y
width of said blanket to de?ne ‘the width of a
v printing area ?anked by margins of appreciable
width, "washing and scrubbing means receiving
said blanket from said cylinder including brush -‘
printing means having a maximum effective ink-v ,
means, of a length substantially less than the
applying width, to de?nefthe' width of a printing
area_ for promotion of the printingroperation. ,
~5.';A continuous method of‘ printing textiles
and the like comprising feeding printing ink to‘
area; passing over a rotating press cylinder a
loop of'1 an elongated ‘endless'backing blanket have
ing asubstantially moisture-impervious outer sur
face which is wider than‘the maximum effective ;
ink-applyingiwidth of said means, printing an
elongated strip of material by feeding it between '
said printihg‘means and said loop of said backing
width of said blanket and means to supply wash
ing ?uid to the printing arearwhile avoiding wet
ting the ?anking margins, means to pass said '
blanket upwardly from said washing'andsorub
bing means and substantially directly back to said '
cylinder, and a relatively thin elongated doctor
, blade extending at‘ each end beyond the’edges
an inner ‘zone of the outer surface of said blanket
of said blanket and having its edge face disposed
substantially at right angles to the extended outer
and substantially ink-free ?anking margins, sep
arating the printed strip of ,material from said
relatively sharp edge pressing against the outer
‘blanket and thereby‘ de?ning a printing area in
5 , blanket and. guiding ‘the latter to and'through
washing :means,z washing with washing ?uid'the .
ink-,smearedgareaof the outer surface of said
blanket‘ as the latter moves along while restricting
the wetting'of the outer surface of said' blanket
/ substantially 'to the inner zone inclusive of the
printing areathereby retaining substantially dry
margins ?anking the washed area, moving said
washed "blanket, upwardly away from‘ said- wash
inggmeans to and past a doctorgblade,-pressing
3 _ saiddoctor blade, againstthewashed outer sur-_‘
face _of_ said blanket asgthe1latter~'moves"there
surface of its edge portion to "provide an inner
surface of ,said blanket‘ with. at least the edge
portion .of said'blade lying substantially in a
plane which makes an acute angle with the
blanket surface on the leading side of'said rela
tively sharp‘ edgev and with the latter disposed
obliquely across the outer face of said blanket.
8. Apparatus [for continuous printing of textiles ‘
and the like comprising‘, in combination a rotary
press ‘ cylinder, an elongatedl endless backing
blanket having a substantially moisture-impere
vious'outer surface with va'loop thereof passed
' around said'cylinder, printing ink-applying means
past: with. the edge portionxof; said 'bladqbeing'; 75 0i an; Q?EPtiYQ Wmthi apereqiably 195$ , PhanIihéE
23x04, 350 e
printing area-‘?anked by ‘margins of appreciable
plan‘elwhichtmak‘es an acute tangle with‘the ‘ blan
keti surface von-theleading side'of‘saidrrelatively, -
width, washing, and scrubbing ' means receiving‘
sharp edge, means‘ supporting: said blade v‘:for‘rogg
width: of ’ ‘said "blanket , to "de?ne: the width. of a '
I said “blanket from‘ said cylinder'of a lengthsub
stantially less than the width‘ of said blanket to
tation'about‘ a longitudinalaxis,‘gear means ?xed.
to said blade, and manual» control. meansufor
treatwith Washing: ?uid the printing area while
avoidingwetting the ?anking margins, an elon
gated doctor blade extendingat each endbeyond
larrelationship between said blade and the outer‘
operating said gear means for varying the. angu-v ,
surface of said blanket.
the edges of said blanket and having‘ a relatively
11‘; Apparatus for continuous printing‘ of ‘sex:
sharp edge pressing against the outer surface of 10 tiles:and the like comprising, incombinationra
said blanket with at' leastthe edge portion of
rotary‘press cylinder, an elongated endless back;
said blade lying substantially in a plane which
ing. blanket having a substantially moisture-1m:
makes‘ an acute angle with the blanket surface
pervious outer surface with a loop'thereof passed;
on the leading side of ‘saidvrelatively sharp edge,
around said cylinder, ‘printing inkeapplying meansv
means" supporting said bladefor'adjustable ro 15 of‘ an effective width‘ appreciably» less than the;
tationa about a'longitudin-al axis for varying the
width of: said blanket‘ to, de?ne the width, of a
angular relationship between‘ said blade and the
printing area ?anked by margins of appreciable,
outer surface‘ of said blanket and the pressure
Width, washing and scrubbing means, receiving:
of vthe former. on the latter, and means to pass
said" blanket from‘ said cylinderincluding brush.
said blanket from said washing and scrubbing 20. means of‘ a length substantially. less‘ than; the :
means substantially directly back to saidcylinder,
width ‘of ‘said blanket and‘means to. supplyiwash-i
past and in surface contact with said blade with- -
ing. ?uid to the printingilarea while avoiding"
outv subjectinggthe blanket to action of any other/
wettingsthe ?anking margins, said'washing ?uid“ .
'> '
supply means comprising a nozzle ‘structure
9; Apparatusfor continuous printing of textiles 25' adapted to: direct jets‘ of Washing ?uid only against ~
blanket surface-treating means.
and'the‘ like comprising, in' combination a rotary
the printing area ?oatingly supported'for moves ' ment transversely: of the path of ‘said blanket
and'guide means‘ adapted to, receive the running. 1
press" cylinder, an elongated endless’ backing
‘ blanket-having a substantially. moisture-impere
vious outer surface with a loop thereof passed
around said cylinder,‘ printing ink-applying means
of an effective width appreciably less than the
edges of 'said‘blanket‘ and connected to said;noz-,
30 zle structure‘whereby the. latter, willbe moved ‘
I width .of said blanket to de?ne theTwidthofga
printing area‘ ?anked byq‘rnargins of appreciable
width; washing'and scrubbing :means receiving ‘
saidcblanket from said: cylinderxincluding brush ,,
'meansiofga length substantially less than: the.
Width'Of said :blanket‘ and means to supply wash
ing ?uid‘ to the printing. area while avoiding
wettingthe??anking margins, means to pass said
blanket‘from said washing and scrubbing means 40
substantially directlyibackto said‘ cylinder, and
an’ elongated doctor blade extending at‘ each'en'd
beyond the‘edges of .said blanket and having a
laterally» with any; weaving,‘ movement: of said I
blanket,‘ means to? pass‘said blanket: from, said;
washing, and ' scrubbing"; means 1 substantially di=~
rectly back to said cylinder, and means located:v
between.‘ saidiicylinderi andz'saidt‘washing and I ‘
scrubbing meanslconta‘cting the outer surface‘ ‘of
saidfblanket vto remove any, remaininglint andiu
ink particles and almost all of, the washing,- ?uid»
with a retention of a very small amount'ofi‘m‘oisév '
ture in the printing area {for promotion Iof. the i
12;‘.Apparatus for‘continuous printing of’tex- '
tilesland the like comprising, in combination,‘ a "
relatively: sharpoedge pressing against the outer
rotary press cylinder, an elongated endless ‘back;
surface of ‘said blanket with at" least, the edge
ing blanket having‘a' substantially moisturedm
portion oflsaid' blade, lying substantially in av
pervious outer surface'with-aloop- thereof passed ‘
plane; which‘ makes 'an. acute angle with the
, around said cylinder, printing ink-applying means a
blanket “surface onlthe leading side of said edge ' . of an effective width, appreciably‘ less than the"
andywith the'latter disposed ‘obliquely across the
width of said blanket‘ ‘to de?ne the Width of'a
outer face of , said blanket; .and means support
printing'iare'a‘?anked by margins of appreciable‘ '
tionship between said blade and the outer surface '
bing roll of a length su?icient to scrub‘ the ink- .
smeared printing area of the outer surfacelof
ing saidv blade for" adjustable" rotation about a 50 width, washing and scrubbing means receiving-1
longitudinal axis'for varying the angular rela
said blanket from-said cylinder including a scru-b- A
of said blanket;
10.\'Apparatus for continuous printing of tex
said'blanket but less than the widthlof the latter,
tiles-and the like comprising, in combination, a 55 and a washing ?uid spraying’ device adaptedlto
rotary press cylinder,‘ an elongated endless back
spray the printing area of said blanketgwithoutw
ing blanket having a substantially moisture-im
pervious outer surface with a loopthereof passed
around said cylinder, printing ink-applying means
of an’. effective width, appreciably less than the
' width of said blanket to de?ne the width of a
spraying; the ?anking lmargins of said blanket,
said spraying device comprising a nozzle struc-"
ture adapted tordirectljets of washing ?uid‘lonly '
against thelprinting area ?oatingly supportedv
for movement transversely of the path of- said,
blanket and‘guide means adapted to'receive the,
running edges of‘said blanket and connected tov
printing area ?anked‘rby "margins of appreciable
width, washing and scrubbing means receiving"
saidzblanket from said'cylinder including brush
meansv of? a length substantially less- than the 65
width of said blanket and means to supplywash
ing?uid to the printing'area while avoiding wet
ting ,the ?anking margins, means to pass said
blanketifromsaid washing and scrubbing means
substantially‘directly back'to said cylinder, an 70
elongated, doctor blade extending at each end
said blanket, means to pass said blanket ‘from
said Washing and scrubbing lmeans substantially
beyond the edges ofsaid blanket and having a
lint and ink particles and almost all of the wash-- '
relatively sharp edge pressing against the outer
ing ?uid with a retention of a very small amount
of moisture in the printing area for promotion
surface of said blanket with at least the edge
portion of said blade lying substantially in a
said'nozzle structure ‘whereby the latter will‘b‘e '
moved laterally with any Weaving movement of.
directly back to said cylinder, and‘ a ‘doctor blade '
located between ‘said cylinder and said washing» .
and scrubbing means pressing against the» outer ‘
surface of said blanket to remove any-remaining“
of the printing operation.
2,404,350 *
r ‘16?
, 15.“.
printing ?uid-applying Width to de?ne the width
13. In an apparatus for continuous ' printing
‘ oftextilesand the like'with theemployment of l r
of a printing area, ‘backing, the moving textile-j
' fabric at the printing station with a substantially?
substantially moisture-i‘mpe'rviousv outer surface? moisture-impervious outer surfacelof an endless ~
‘ whichiis greater in'width than the effective'width ' ‘ dry-back blanket wider’from' edgeto edge than
5 an‘elongated endless backing blanket having a '
of printing Link-applying Vmeans, washing and 7‘
the maximum ‘re?ective width of the printing
drying means comprising means to wash the area 1
1 of the surface of said blanket de?ned by the ,
ink-applyingv means without wetting ?anking ‘
‘ margins, blanket guiding means to provide a run
means to receive‘ excess printing ?uid, the back
ing‘ blanket being looped about the press cylinder
and moving with it and the fabric, printing the
moving elongated strip of the fabric at the print
ing station‘ by such passage with a feed of print
ing ?uid‘to the printing means thereby de?ning
. ‘
thereof extending upwardly away from said wash- ' '
l ing means, and an'elongateddoctor blade to be 1
on the outer surface of' the blanket a printing
area in an inner zone thereof and ?anking mar
‘ held in contact with the outer surface of the 'I
‘ upward run of the blanket; the edge'portion of
said'blade extending at both ends beyondv the 115 gins at the blanket edgessubstantially free of
printing ?uid, progressively separating the printed &
edges of the blanket and'lyin'g substantially in l
strip of fabric from the blanket beyond the print
a plane which will make an acute angle‘ with the 1
ing ' station leaving" the printing area of the‘
outer surface of the blanket on the leading. side
‘ I of the‘ blade'to remove with a plowing action'
outer‘ surface of a run thereof smeared ‘with
almost all of the washing ?uid in a liquid state 20 printi'ng'?uid and the ?anking margins substan
tially clean and dry, progressively moving’ the
i from the'washed area with a retention on the I
, washed area of a thin ?lm of liquid to be carried 1 ' smeared blanket run to a washing station remote‘
from the printing station and there Washing the '
‘ therewith to the ‘ink-applying means to promote '
I the printing operation, the edge portionof said
printing ?uid fromythe smeared printing area
blade ‘being disposed obliquely across the outer
‘_ surface of the blanket to carry off by sheering
while restricting the wetting of the blanketouter
with a cleaning liquid as ‘the blanket moves along
surface being “washed substantially'to the inner
action lint ‘and ink particles to/an edge of ‘the . '
zone inclusive of the printing area thereby re
. ' blankeuthe edge portion terminating in an edge .
taining'; substantiallyv dry margins flanking the -'
1 face disposed substantially at‘ right angles to’ the 1
extended outer surface of ‘the edge portion to 30 washed'area, progressively advancing the washed ' '
blanket from the washing station to liquid-strip
provide an inner relatively sharp edge for .con- 1
tactwith the'blanketgsurface with'that construc- ‘
_ ping means and there removingjfrom'the washed .
area of the moving blanket ‘at’ least the major I,
tion serving to. avoid wetting the ?ankingrmar- 1
quantity of the‘ cleaning ,liquidin liquid state.
’ '
l ' 14. In‘ an apparatus
for'ncontinuous printingof 35 without wetting at least the. outsideedge portions‘.
Z elongated endless backing blanket having a sub- '
moisture-impervious ‘ outer * surface-i
of the dry ‘margins of the'outer surface‘ of said‘ :
1' textiles and the like with‘. the employment of an,
blanket while maintaining its wbacksurface in. .
substantially dry 'condition,"and thereafter re-"
which is greater in'width than the effective width l , turning the cleaned and stripped dryf-backblane "
‘ of‘ printing'ink-applying means, washing and dry-' i40 ket progressively back to the printing station to‘
3 ing means comprisingmeans to wash the area of 1
provide the soéprocessed‘outer. surface thereof
i the, surface of'said blanket de?ned by the ink- ,
for backing textile fabric to be thereafter printed.
applying'means without 'wetting flanking margins, '1
16. Apparatus'for continuous printing of tex
blanket guiding means to'provide a‘ run there-.v
tiles and the‘like comprising, in combination, .a ‘
1 of extending obliquely upwardly away from said .
rotary press cylinder, an elongated endless back- -
Washing means, and a swiveled doctor blade over- ,
ing blanket having a substantially moisture-ime ;
hung by the oblique upward run of the'blanket,
pervious outer surface with a loop thereof passed i
3 the edge portion of said blade extending at both. j _
around ‘said cylinder, printing ink-applying
ends beyond the edges‘, of the blanket and lying '
means of an effective 'width' appreciably less
than the ‘width of said blanket to de?ne the
substantially in a plane which will make an‘ acute ‘
angle'with the outer surface of .thegblanket‘ on '
the leading side’ of the blade to remove with a 1
width/of a printing‘area ?anked by margins of '
appreciablewidth, washing'and scrubbing means
plowing action'almost all ofthe washing ?uid in
receiving said blanket from said cylinder and.
a liquid state from the'washed area ~with areten- 1
tion on the washed area of a thin ?lm of liquid .
including washing ?uid-applying means. and '
brush means respectively of a length substan
tially.lessthan thewidth of said blanket to wash‘.
to promote the printing operation, the edge por- v . and scrub‘ the printing area .with washing ?uid ;
leaving dry ?anking margins of the blanket outer '
tion» of said bladebeing' disposed obliquely across ‘
surface, ,washing ?uid-stripping means beyond ‘
the outer surface of the blanket to carry off by‘
saidewashing‘ and ‘scrubbing means to remove al
sheering action lint and ink particles to an edge
of the blanket, the edge portion terminating 'in 60 most all of the washing'fluid in liquid state from
an edge face disposed substantially at right an- '1 thewashed and scrubbed areav of said blanket
to be carriedtherewith to the ink-applying means
gles to the extended outer-surface of the edge.‘
with removal .of lint and-ink particles. thatmay
portion to providev an inner relatively sharp edge, :
for'contact with the blanket surface with that a
construction serving to avoid wetting the ?anking .
remain after washing while retaining dry blanket ..
marginsto assure prevention of creepageof mois- ~
vture to the back‘surface, of saidfbl-anket, and
means to pass said dry-backblanket from said
15. 'The method of printinga textile fabric and 1
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