Patents Represented by Attorney Melvin J. Scolnick
  • Patent number: 5904092
    Abstract: A postage metering apparatus including a postage meter having a housing, a printing device disposed in the housing, an aperture in the housing exposing the printing device, a shutter bar mounted to the postage meter housing for movement from a closed position in which the shutter bar is disposed to cover the aperture and an open position in which the shutter bar is disposed away from the aperture, the shutter bar preventing access to the printing device through the aperture when the shutter bar is in the closed position and permitting access to the printing device when the shutter bar is in the open position; a base into which the postage meter is removeably inserted, the base including engaging structure for engaging the shutter bar; and driving structure for driving the engaging structure to move the cover between the closed and open positions, the driving structure including a motor, a drive shaft coupled to and driven into rotation by the motor and having a worm gear at one end thereof, a first pinion gea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lyga
  • Patent number: 5899615
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for two-sided printing on items such as mail pieces. A printing station includes an ink jet printhead which is spaced from a transfer roller. As the roller rotates the printhead forms a first image on the surface of the roller. A mail piece or other item to be printed is feed through the printing station to pass between the printhead and the roller with the timing control so that the mail piece makes tangential, rolling contact with the transfer roller just as the image is completed on the roller and the image is then transferred from the roller to one side of the mail piece as the mail piece continues through the printing station by an offset printing process. As the mail piece passes between the roller and the printhead the printhead is controlled to print a second image on the opposite side of the mail piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 5898785
    Abstract: A mailing system includes a mailing machine having a printing mechanism for printing an indication of postage value on a mailpiece and structure for controlling relative movement between the printing mechanism and the mailpiece to ensure the mailpiece is properly positioned relative to the printing mechanism during printing of the indication of postage value; a meter vault having a securely sealed housing, and apparatus, within the securely sealed housing, for accounting for the printed indication of postage value, wherein the meter vault is removably mounted in the mailing machine for easy removal via a plug-in connector; and a printing mechanism control module for securely controlling printing by the printing mechanism based on data received from the meter vault, the printing mechanism control module being removably mounted in the mailing machine for easy removal via a quick disconnect connector; wherein the meter vault and the printing mechanism control module are in electrical communication via the mailin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Edward P. Cornell, Jerome E. Jackson, Wallace Kirschner, Richard A. Malin, Edward J. Naclerio, Maria P. Parkos, John H. Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 5890818
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing fractions of a pixel from bar code bars to maintain the correct distance between adjacent correctly sized code forming bars. Thus, the distance between adjacent code forming bars will be constant and accurate. The foregoing is accomplished by varying a parameter of the beam or ink droplet that is used to produce the bar so that the bar width and space between adjacent code forming bars will be accurately maintained. Hence, bars of a bar code will be accurately reproduced to enable the bar code to be accurately read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 5888047
    Abstract: A separating and feeding machine is disclosed for removing a succession of bound booklets or the like from a supply hopper adapted to hold a stack of the booklets for feeding them to a subsequent apparatus for further processing. The separating and feeding machine includes a reciprocating vacuum feed plate disposed in the bottom of the hopper for advancing the bottom booklet through a discharge opening to a take away feed mechanism, and includes first and second stage separating mechanism which initially maintains at least the bottom two booklets in the hopper in shingled relationship to expose a marginal portion thereof adjacent the bound edge so that a pressing member can maintain a normal force on the exposed marginal portion of the bottom booklet to prevent it from wrinkling and becoming jammed in the discharge opening while the vacuum feed plate is moving it toward the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Auerbach, Rocco J. DiCrescenzo, Joseph Guiles, Richard F. Stengl
  • Patent number: 5889535
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for cleaning and maintaining an inkjet printhead with a maintenance head. The apparatus includes: an inkjet printhead translatable in a first plane; a device for translating the printhead to a cleaning station; an inkjet maintenance head translatable in a second plane, wherein the first plane is not parallel to the second plane; and a device for translating the maintenance head in at least two directions in the second plane to engage the printhead at the cleaning station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome E. Jackson, Richard A. Malin, David Priven, Patricia Wong
  • Patent number: 5884292
    Abstract: A system for providing items of value, charging the items to a smart card, and for recharging the smart card. The system includes a station for providing the items of value, which may be postal services, and debiting the cost of the items to a smart card; the smart card being charged with funds equivalent data. The station also communicates with a Data Center for recharging the smart card. Users of the system communicate with the data center to request recharge of a particular smart card and in response to an authorized request the data center generates an encrypted authorization message which includes an identification number, the amount of recharge requested, and control data which preferably includes a control sum formed by adding the amounts stored in a descending register, which stores the amount available on the smart card, and an ascending register which stores the total of the amounts by which the card has been charged since initialization. Thus, the authorization message may be used only once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Walter J. Baker, Joseph L. Gargiulo, Richard W. Heiden
  • Patent number: 5884158
    Abstract: This invention relates to a cellular telecommunications systems that utilizes the telephone number the cellular telephone is calling, with the number of telephone calls placed on that cellular telephone, i.e., call count and a seed number to create a digital certificate of the data. The digital certificate is used to make it more difficult to make unauthorized cellular telephone calls. The seed number may be changed after a predetermined number of calls has been made, i.e. one hundred, one thousand, etc. Thus, the transmission of seed numbers between data centers would be substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., Nathan Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 5881133
    Abstract: This invention includes a voice response unit that communicates rapidly and directly with a system with minimum human intervention and minimizes the number of retransmissions of information due to errors. The rapid communication is achieved by knowing the question or prompt posed by the voice response unit and preparing a response which is speed dialed to the voice response unit. The voice response unit also examines an error correction code, i.e., Reed-Solomon, to determine if there is an error in the information transmitted to the voice response unit. The timing information enabled the voice response unit to determine whether or not one or more tones are missing from the transmitted information or one tone became two tones. The voice response unit determines if the information it received is correct based upon the error correction code. If, the information is incorrect the voice response unit uses the error correction code to determine and correct certain errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., Frank M. D'lppolito
  • Patent number: 5878136
    Abstract: A key control system comprises the generation of a first set of keys which are then used for a plurality of respective postage meters. The keys are then related to a respective meter in accordance with a map or algorithm. The keys may be changed by entering the second key via an encryption using the first key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Hyung-Kun Paul Kim, Robert A. Cordery, Leon A. Pintsov
  • Patent number: 5876029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sheet material feeder apparatus that includes a first feeder assembly positioned on an exit area of a sheet material storage compartment, which first feeder assembly is operative to provide a first driving force to a sheet material disposed in the storage compartment so as to convey the sheet material from the exit area of the storage compartment onto the main deck of an inserter system. The feeder apparatus further includes a second feeder assembly positioned on the main deck of the inserter system, which second feeder assembly is operative to provide a second driving force to the sheet material conveying through the first feeder assembly such that the sheet material is combined with the other sheet materials conveying along the main deck of the inserter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: William J Wright, Carlos L DeFigueiredo
  • Patent number: 5873073
    Abstract: The invention is a method for producing a finished mail piece. The method allows a system user to select at a first node, a plurality of characteristics which define a mailing. These characteristics include selection of a document to be printed at a terminal node and a list of addresses to which the printed document will be sent. Once selections have been made, the print job is transmitted to a terminal node which comprises a data processor, an envelope printer, and a document printer among other elements. The document printer will print the document in accordance with the characteristics selected at the first node; and, the envelope printer will print addresses from the address list to corresponding envelopes. Once the document has been printed, it is inserted into the envelope by inserting means to form an unfinished mail piece. The unfinished mail piece is sealed and then franked with appropriate postage in order to form a finished mail piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bresnan, Je H. Oh
  • Patent number: 5871288
    Abstract: A method is provided for improving print quality for a 2-D bar code. The method includes determining printer type, including print resolution, for printer that will print 2-D bar code and entering paper type for the envelope. A suggested 2-D bar code module size is calculated based on the paper and the printer type. A test sample 2-D bar code is printed at the suggested 2-D bar code module size. The printed test sample is scanned and then evaluated for print quality and readability. The method can also suggest a 2-D bar code module size to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., Robert W. Sisson
  • Patent number: 5867967
    Abstract: This device reduces the size of the gap between the apex of the flap opener blade and the drive roller. The above increases the probability that the flap of the envelope would be opened. The foregoing was accomplished by removing segments of the apex of the flap opener blade to allow clearance for the envelope and/or drive roller. Thus, the nominal position of the apex of the flap opener blade was moved closer to the drive roller which reduced the gap between the apex of the flap opener blade and drive roller. Consequently, the chance that the envelope flap would be closed was reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jason P. Paradis, Francesco Porco, Michael S. Doery
  • Patent number: 5862753
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing postal indicia and similar images. The apparatus includes two print stations and an ink jet printhead transportable between the stations. The printhead forms images on a transfer roller located at each of the stations and the image is then transferred from the roller to a substrate. At the second station the transfer roller is incorporated in a detachable roller and is used to print remotely located substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald T. Dolan, Pushpavadan S. Nagarsheth
  • Patent number: 5864622
    Abstract: An identification card and method and apparatus for producing and authenticating such an identification card. An object or other entity for which the identification card will evidence identity, status or characteristics is scanned to produce a digital signal which is compressed, encrypted, and coded as a two dimensional barcode or as some other appropriate form of coding, which is incorporated into one portion of the identification card. The image is also printed or otherwise embodied onto another portion of the identification card. A text message maybe appended to the signal before it is encrypted and also printed as plain text on the identification card. In one embodiment the signal representing the image is encrypted using a public key encryption system and the key is downloaded from a center. This key maybe changed from time to time to increase security. To facilitate authentication the corresponding decryption key is encrypted with another key and incorporated on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Marcus
  • Patent number: 5861618
    Abstract: A bar code and/or indicia scanning method that is able to determine what light was emitted from an upper layer invisible bar code and/or upper layer invisible indicia and what light was reflected back to the detector from a visible lower layer bar code and/or visible lower layer indicia. The detecting is "blind" to the spectra of the excitation source. Rather than differentiate between the exciter and emitter in the spectral domain, this invention differentiates between the exciter and the emitter in the time domain. The latency and persistence of the phosphorescent pigments of the invisible ink are used so that the detected signal is only the signal emitted by the upper layer invisible ink after the light source is turned off. Illumination and detection are synchronized to reduce the effects of reflection to zero so that the detector need not be chosen to be blind to the exciter. The foregoing is particularly suited to LED and laser illumination where the light source may be easily turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes, Inc.
    Inventor: William Berson
  • Patent number: 5859510
    Abstract: A board for commutation of a brushless motor having an encoder comprising a plurality of Hall-effect sensors operative for providing commutation information to a motor controller including an output drive section which comprises three high-side power FET's and three low-side power FET's connected to determined stator windings of the brushless motor. A low-side pre-drive circuit is operative to selectively turn on each of the low-side FETs and a high-side pre-drive circuit is operative to selectively turn on each of the high-side FETs. A commutation decode logic circuit is connected to the Hall-effect sensors to receive the commutation position information from the Hall-effect sensors and is connected to the high-side and low-side pre-drive circuits for providing selection signals for selecting the appropriate power FETs for commutating the motor. The board is preferably affixed to the end of the brushless motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Dolan, Frank D. Ramirez, Robert J. Tolmie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5856834
    Abstract: A postage meter includes a printhead for printing an indicia; a device for determining a total amount of ink consumed by the postage meter and for ascertaining when the total amount of ink consumed by the postage meter has exceeded a predetermined amount; and a controller having first structure for automatically performing maintenance on the printhead on a recurring basis in accordance with a normal maintenance program, and second structure, operative at times when the first structure determines that the total amount of ink consumed by the postage meter has exceeded the predetermined amount, for performing maintenance on the printhead in accordance with an ink conservation maintenance program instead of the normal maintenance program to reduce the quantity of ink consumed during maintenance of the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Charles F. Murphy, III
  • Patent number: D404422
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Beckstrom, Paul W. Porter, Joseph B. Sugrue