Field of the Invention:
This invention relates to a device useful for applying a label to
a truncated CD-ROM disc or the like.
Description of the Prior Art:
Many devices exist for applying a label to a CD or DVD disc or the
like. The disc is relatively large in diameter to the label, which is adhered to
the center of the disc, and must therefore be guided into place on the disc to
assure that it is properly located and adhered. Usually, the label is first printed
with indicia on a computer-associated printer, and software is provided to enable
various designs and identifying formats to be imprinted on the label prior to adhesion
to the disc. The printed label is then laid on a support or base with its adhesive
side up and the disc is placed on a moveable post element such as a spindle and
brought into contact with the label. The spindle or post is placed through the
center of the disc and is also received through the center of the label to locate
the centers of the label and disc relative to each other so that the label is adhered
to the middle of the disc. Examples of such labeler devices are found in U.S. Patent
5.543.001 and 5,902,446 to Cassilo et al, U.S. Patents5,783,033 and 5,925,200 to
Grossman, U.S. Patent 5,951,819 to Hummell and in DE 299 12 369 U.
However, if the label was to cover the entire unwritten side of the
disc, such a precision locating device utilizing a moveable locating spindle is
unnecessary. For example, recently information concerning an individual and his/her
business has been written on a CD-disc utilizing a CD-writer, and provided as a
substitute for a conventional business card. The disc can retain substantially
more information than a conventional card and can be read on a standard computer.
The disc is truncated and oval-shaped and smaller than a standard circular CD-ROM
disc to simulate a standard rectangular business card and is inscribed on one side
with relevant information. A label bearing some information as to whom the card-disc
belongs to is adhered to the entire unwritten face of the disc.
This invention relates to a fixture enabling the label to be applied
to the entire, unwritten face of the truncated disc.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
In accordance with the invention, a fixture according to claim 1 is
A pair of oppositely disposed cutouts may be provided in the fixture
to enable the composite disc and adhered label to be removed from the fixture by
inserting the fingers beneath the laminate and lifting it up from the fixture.
A central aperture or a stationary post may be provided in the well
of the fixture. The aperture can be used to aid removal of the laminated construction
by inserting a finger beneath the fixture through the aperture to dislodge the
laminate. A central post, on the other hand, will serve to space the label from
the CD disc as one moves toward the other to preclude premature contact between
the two, which may result in uneven adhesion or preclude coverage of the disc by
the label because of first contact with the label not in proximity to its edge.
The cutouts would be sufficient to enable removal of the composite from the fixture.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent
from the following description and claims, and from the accompanying drawings,
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
- FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the CD labeler fixture of the present invention;
- FIGURE 2 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 1 illustrating the placement of
a label therein;
- FIGURE 3 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 2 illustrating the placement of
a truncated CD-ROM disc on the label;
- FIGURE 4 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 3 illustrating the manner of adhering
the disc to the label;
- FIGURE 5 is a view of the fixture of FIGURE 4 with the composite disc and label
removed from the fixture, and;
- FIGURE 6 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the fixture
of the present invention provided with a central guide post for the label or disc.
Referring now to the drawings in detail wherein like numerals indicate
like elements throughout the several views, a fixture in accordance with the present
invention is illustrated in FIGURE 1 by the numeral 10.
The fixture 10 includes a body 12 formed from plastic or metal, provided
with an oval-shaped well 14 sized to approximate the shape of an oval-shaped CD-ROM
disc D imprinted with relevant business information normally found on a business
card and more about the individual's company and a label L to be printed by a computer
and adhered to the disc.
Located at opposite sides of the fixture are trapezoidal-shaped cutouts
16. 18. A centrally located round or circular aperture 20 can also be provided
in well 14 opening through the bottom of the well and body 12.
Alternatively, in lieu of a central aperture 20, a centrally located
upright cylindrical post 22 can be provided for use as described hereinafter.
In use, a label L can be printed with indicia and placed in well 14
with its adhesive side up, overlying opening 20 (Fig. 2) or slid into the well
over post 22. A disc D containing relevant business information is adhered to label
L by inserting the same in well 14 overlying label L, as shown in FIGURE 3. The
composite or laminated disc can be removed form well 14 by lifting it out of the
well by inserting fingers in cut-outs 16, 18 and raising the laminate (Fig. 5).
Opening 20 can also be used to free the laminate from the well 14
by pressing a finger upwardly through the opening. If a central post 22 is provided
in the fixture, the disc D can be guided in spaced relation to the label L before
contact is made by sliding the disc downwardly over the post until it is proximate
to the label and then, applying adhering pressure. This precludes premature contact
between the disc and label enabling adhesion of the label on the full face of the
disc. As described heretofore, the fixture 10 enables reversal of the placement
of the disc and label during use.