Patents Assigned to Bowe Bell & Howell Company
  • Patent number: 7396006
    Abstract: A collating apparatus and method to merge different types of document sets into a single collated packet prior to a mail processing insertion operation. The collating device utilizes a synchronous conveyor pathway for conveying different types of document sets serially down the pathway and merging them into a single collated packet. The document sets are delivered downstream with a combination of pivotable and fixed position pusher members and are combined into a single collated packet in any desired order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Kapturowski, Richard D. Johnson, Joseph I. Zuech
  • Patent number: 7396011
    Abstract: A modular bin or pocket has an integrated transport assembly and mail piece diverter assembly and is usable in a bin stacker section in mail handling and sorting systems. The modular bin is individually removable, interchangeable and replaceable from the bin stacker sections of the mail processing system to allow for repair or maintenance of malfunctioning bins leading to reduced down time of the mail processing system. The modular bin further enables vertical and/or horizontal progressive modularity, i.e., vertical and/or horizontal expansion, of the bin stacker sections of the mail processing system which allows for cost-effective expansion of mail handling systems. Further, there is disclosed a tray management system and a tier diverter system that are usable in mail handling systems that use the modular bin with double sided bin stacker sections or single sided bin stacker sections with or without a turnaround section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Ed Svyatsky, Walter S. Conard, Tomasz Bednarek, John Overman, Tony Estis, Mike Stollenwerck, Manny Panopoulos, Gary vanErmen, Mike Swift, Richard Szewczyk
  • Patent number: 7395644
    Abstract: In an inserting apparatus and method such as the continuous motion type, a motion controller electrically communicates with an encoder, a first motor driving an insert conveyor assembly, a second motor driving an envelope conveyor assembly, and an actuator operatively interfaced with a peripheral device. The motion controller controls insert conveyor assembly speed, envelope conveyor assembly speed, and the rotational position at which the actuator should be activated, based on the encoder signal. Once during every master cycle, the motion controller calculates the actuator activation position, and causes the first actuator to be activated at the calculated first actuator activation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: James R. Rivenbark, Keith A. Harshman, Frank J. Shinn, Bradford D. Henry, Kathleen E McCay, legal representative, Steve W. McCay
  • Patent number: 7394914
    Abstract: Method of automatically sorting mail 1 which has to be forwarded by means of a sorting machine, which processes the mail 1 in a continuous main stream A and where the sorting machine comprises a feeder 2 via which a variety of unsorted addressed mail is fed. The singled mail 1 is marked with an individualising identifier by a following marking device. Each identifier is assigned to a data set in a file, and by means of a following reading device 5 the addresses on the mail 1 are taken up. A taken-up address is deciphered by a recognition module and is written in the corresponding data set. The mail 1 is assigned a corresponding error information when the address cannot be deciphered. A mail piece with assigned error information is then sorted out of the main stream as scrap mail 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventor: Robert Hickman
  • Patent number: 7389624
    Abstract: A high-speed envelope transport and packing system includes a conveyor for conveying an open envelope having a flap, a packing station for inserting an object into a conveyed open envelope, and a bending member disposed upstream of the packing station. The bending member is configured to impart a bend in a conveyed open envelope by displacing a center portion of the envelope relative to widthwise distal end portions of the envelope and to maintain a bend in the envelope until the open envelope is gripped by a gripping device in such a manner as to provide access to an interior of the open envelope or until an object is at least partially inserted into an interior of the open envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Bradford D. Henry, Frank Shinn
  • Patent number: 7360758
    Abstract: An accumulator apparatus for accumulating one or more sheets or articles is provided and includes a sheet accumulator portion for accumulating one or more sheets or articles, a ramp disposed upstream of the sheet accumulator portion relative to a flow direction of the sheet or article, an actuator and a pusher plate connected to the actuator. The actuator is configured to move the pusher plate away from the ramp in a direction toward a sheet accumulation portion of the accumulator apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Drago, John J. Semanick, John H. Vitko
  • Publication number: 20070244823
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to systems and methods related to licensing and licensing activation. In particular, the present subject matter relates to a system and method for managing the overall licensing and function/feature deployment process throughout an enterprise, and more particularly, to product licensing and product function or feature enablement of products in a secured manner by way of the activation of a security device. More particularly, the present approach involves allowing for the customization of a security device to accommodate product updates and/or new product functions or features to be enabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Applicant: BOWE BELL + HOWELL COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Thomas Motley, David Rawlings, Bob Richards, Victor Tolomei, Roger Spitzig, Eric Moreau
  • Publication number: 20070244824
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to systems and methods related to licensing and licensing activation. In particular, the present subject matter relates to a system and method for managing the overall licensing and function/feature deployment process throughout an enterprise. More particularly, the present approach involves providing a user with access to a licensing system and providing access to at least one attribute of the licensing data for one or more products from the licensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Applicant: BOWE BELL + HOWELL COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Motley, David Rawlings, Bob Richards, Roger Spitzig
  • Patent number: 7259346
    Abstract: A modular bin or pocket has an integrated transport assembly and mail piece diverter assembly and is usable in a bin stacker section in mail handling and sorting systems. The modular bin is individually removable, interchangeable and replaceable from the bin stacker sections of the mail processing system to allow for repair or maintenance of malfunctioning bins leading to reduced down time of the mail processing system. The modular bin further enables vertical and/or horizontal progressive modularity, i.e., vertical and/or horizontal expansion, of the bin stacker sections of the mail processing system which allows for cost-effective expansion of mail handling systems. Further, there is closed a tray management system and a tier diverter system that are usable in mail handling systems that use the modular bin with double sided bin stacker sections or single sided bin stacker sections with or without a turnaround section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Ed Svyatsky, Walter S. Conard, Tomasz Bednarek, John Overman, Tony Estis, Mike Stollenwerck, Manny Panopoulos, Gary VanErmen, Mike Swift, Richard Szewczyk
  • Patent number: 7236935
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provide physical verification of a correct association between information printed on a closed face package and material and/or information contained inside the closed face package. A closed face package with a document or article inserted therein has a window permitting a portion of the document to be read from a location outside of the package. A first optical device is employed to read data printed on the package and a second optical device is employed to read document data, which document data is printed on the inserted document and appears through the window of the package. A data file is read to access account information stored therein corresponding to the document data. The accessed account information is compared with the package data to determine whether a matching association exists between the package data and the document data. If the matching association is determined to exist, the package is allowed to be further processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventor: Leo A. Haydt, III
  • Patent number: 7232126
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to the field of document material handling in high-speed in-line mailing systems. In particular, the present subject matter relates to a cross track divert device, system and method for diverting a suspect or invalid document from a paper pathway prior to the document entering a raceway conveyor. The cross track divert device is designed to divert and remove the suspect or invalid document without stoppage of the mailing system's operation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Michael Drago, Edward Otto
  • Publication number: 20070119757
    Abstract: A modular bin or pocket has an integrated transport assembly and mail piece diverter assembly and is usable in a bin stacker section in mail handling and sorting systems. The modular bin is individually removable, interchangeable and replaceable from the bin stacker sections of the mail processing system to allow for repair or maintenance of malfunctioning bins leading to reduced down time of the mail processing system. The modular bin further enables vertical and/or horizontal progressive modularity, i.e., vertical and/or horizontal expansion, of the bin stacker sections of the mail processing system which allows for cost-effective expansion of mail handling systems. Further, there is disclosed a tray management system and a tier diverter system that are usable in mail handling systems that use the modular bin with double sided bin stacker sections or single sided bin stacker sections with or without a turnaround section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Applicant: Bowe Bell & Howell Company
    Inventors: Ed Svyatsky, Walter Conard, Tomasz Bednarek, John Overman, Tony Estis, Mike Stollenwerck, Manny Panopoulos, Gary VanErmen, Mike Swift, Richard Szewczyk
  • Patent number: 7201372
    Abstract: Sheet accumulator systems and methods are provided for forming a stack of under-accumulated sheets. The method can include advancing sheets in a predetermined sequence and under-accumulating a first portion of the advanced sheets in a first stack. The method can also include under-accumulating a second portion of the advanced sheets in a second stack and automatically stacking the first stack of sheets on the second stack of sheets to form a combined stack wherein the combined stack is in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Kapturowski, Ronald J. Mich
  • Patent number: 7168700
    Abstract: A sheet feeder apparatus and method with throughput control. By varying the speed at which sheets are fed from a supply, the sheet feeder apparatus and method assures that the throughput capacity of a downstream operation is never exceeded. Speed is varied based upon the length of the sheets being fed. Furthermore, the sheet feeder apparatus can have worn components replaced quickly and by operators of minimal skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Herman G. Skadow, Stephen R. Archer, Thomas D. Para, Ramesh Pankajakshan, Richard M. Szewczyk
  • Patent number: 7152212
    Abstract: Automated methods and systems for analyzing data associated with an industrial process parse data entries received from devices in an industrial process, such as a mail or paper processing system. The parsing can include applying state machines to the data to identify events and produce output relating to the process for which the data is being analyzed. Statistical measures are computed for the output from each of the state machines. The statistical measures are compared to design limits. Output is displayed to the user in a format that facilitates interpretation of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventor: David M. McMahan
  • Patent number: 7100911
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a plurality of sheet articles into a document includes a plurality of individual sheet input paths along which one or more sheet articles can be advanced, and a central accumulation area for accumulating the sheet articles. The central accumulation area includes a single-level accumulation surface for receiving one or more sheet articles advanced from each individual sheet input path and accumulating the sheet articles in a single stack. The central accumulation area can receive sheet articles from two or more different directions. The sheet articles can optionally be staged for accumulation into subsets prior to advancement to the central accumulation area. The central accumulation area advances the assembled document into an output path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Neal J. Middelberg, Gerard A. DeRome, Jr., Dale R. Curry
  • Patent number: 7097028
    Abstract: An envelope insert conveyor assembly includes a first pair of rotation members and a second pair of rotation members spaced apart from one another. A first conveying member is disposed around the first pair of rotation members, and a second conveying member is disposed around the second pair of rotation members, so that the conveying members rotate around the first rotation member and the second rotation member. A plurality of pusher members are fixed to each of the first conveying member and second conveying member. The pusher members each have paired sidewalls, a cross-wall connecting the paired walls, and an indented portion provided in each of the paired sidewalls. A gripping element is disposed adjacent an indented portion of one of the paired sidewalls and biased toward an interior surface of the indented portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Bradford D. Henry, Penny P. Fusco, Frank Shinn
  • Patent number: 7051496
    Abstract: A high-speed envelope transport and insertion machine includes a slip-drive system having a plurality of belts configured to move envelopes along an envelope path at a first speed, an envelope transmission device disposed to input envelopes into the slip-drive system, an envelope stuffing device comprising a registration member and a drive member having a plurality of spaced-apart gripping members disposed to move continously between the slip-drive system and the envelope stuffing device at a second speed less than the first speed. The path of the gripping members and the envelopes crosses within the slip-drive system to permit the gripping member to engage and grip the envelope. The gripping member is configured to release the envelope upon registration of the envelope against the registration member of the envelope stuffing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventor: Robin L. Heilman
  • Patent number: 7048273
    Abstract: System and method for monitoring grouped resources. A system and method of monitoring resource units in a stack is provided. The system and method includes providing a group of resource units and determining a thickness of one or more of the resource units. The system and method also includes indicating when the group of resource units reaches a predetermined size after one or more of the resource units has been moved from the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: David A. Meckes, James S. Lee, Jr., Richard J. Roscioli
  • Patent number: 7000364
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and method of automatically stuffing folder pockets includes providing a folder with one or more pockets; providing one or more inserts which can be of differing sizes; the accumulation of the one or more inserts in a stack for insertion into the one or more pockets of the folder; opening the one or more pockets of the folder; and the insertion of the accumulated stack of the one or more inserts into the one or more folder pockets. Predetermined inserts can be selectively processed and stuffed into selected folder pockets. An embodiment also can fold the folder, producing a final product of a stuffed folder ready for distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Neal J. Middelberg, Gerard A. DeRome, Jr., Barry D. Hageter