Patents Assigned to Secap
  • Patent number: 9079451
    Abstract: A document processing machine such as an envelope opener for moving a document in a longitudinal direction and a device for cutting off a portion of the document is described. The document processing machine includes, adjacent to the cutting device, a mobile guide path for the cut-off portion of the document that is adapted to support and drive the cut-off portion in an ejection direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SECAP Groupe Pitney Bowes
    Inventors: Julie Dudret, Patrick Fournier, Jean-Christian Maleyran, Francois Reby
  • Publication number: 20090140488
    Abstract: A document processing machine including a document feeder including a support intended to receive a stack of documents, and a unit for extracting documents from the stack of documents and transferring the extracted documents onto a horizontal support of a downstream processing unit, wherein the support of the document feeder is inclined relative to the horizontal is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: SECAP Groupe Pitney Bowes
    Inventors: Patrick Fournier, Francois Reby
  • Patent number: 7490549
    Abstract: A mail processing machine is described including a recto-verso printer adapted to receive data to be printed and to produce printed documents based on the data, the documents being designed to be enclosed and franked; the processing machine includes a system upstream of the printer to optimize the process for franking the cover by recto-verso printing the documents at will in case a value related to the weight of said documents exceeds a postal threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: SECAP (Groupe Pitney Bowes) S.A.S.
    Inventor: Gilles Nauche
  • Patent number: 7448190
    Abstract: The invention concerns a machine for providing a sealed cover for documents comprising a document conveying table (18) with a general longitudinal shape, arranged upstream of a unit for inserting (20) said documents in an envelope (26), at least a contact member (40, 42) mobile longitudinally, under the action of driving means (76, 82, 84, 88) in the direction of the inserting unit and which is designed to drive the documents on the conveying table, the driving means being distant from the inserting unit. The invention is characterized in that said at least one contact member is arranged on a mobile support (44) linked to the driving means in a zone (44b) located upstream of said at least one contact member, the driving means imposing on said at least one contact member is reciprocating translational movement between two extreme positions, in one of said extreme positions said at least one contact member being placed proximate to the inserting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: SECAP (Groupe Pitney Bowes), S.A.S.
    Inventor: Angel Gomez
  • Patent number: 7438287
    Abstract: A device for receiving documents is described and in one example, a device for stacking media in a mail creation inserter system is described including at least one document support member (30), adapted to receive documents and to be moved along a longitudinal axis by its own weight, and an actuator member (32) for allowing said support to move, placed on the path of movement of the documents and adapted to move between a first or blocking position preventing longitudinal movement of said support and a second or released position allowing longitudinal displacement thereof, movement from the first position to the second position being triggered by the contact of at least one document (36) with said actuator member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: SECAP Groupe Pitney Bowes S.A.S.
    Inventor: Patrick Fournier
  • Patent number: 7254252
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of printing and preparing mail from a data stream distributed in several pages which are intended to be printed on sheets and enveloped, the number of sheets contained in an envelope being able to vary from one envelope to another, characterized in that the method comprises the following steps: selecting from amongst the data stream at least one identification criterion for the various pages intended to be contained in each envelope, analyzing the data stream according to said at least one identification criterion in order to identify, for each envelope, the pages concerned, printing the pages on sheets, enveloping the sheets on which the pages are printed according to the result of the identification, for each envelope, of the pages concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: SECAP (Groupe Pitney Bowes) S.A.S.
    Inventors: Philippe Bergoend, Gilles Nauche
  • Patent number: 7113928
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electronic franking machine comprising franking means and means for recording the number of franking operations. It comprises means for connection via a computerized communication network, to a central server of a computerized central control center, and means forming a computerized server adapted to transmit and receive computerized requests and responses for performing transactions with the central server, said transactions being selected among at least a resetting of the means recording the franking operations, a transfer of files constituting the records of the recording means and a franking cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: SECAP (Groupe Pitney Bowes) S.A.S.
    Inventors: Frédéric L'Hote, Jean-Luc Joblin
  • Patent number: 7048366
    Abstract: A inkjet printer cartridge is described including at least one print head for printing data on a support, wherein a thin printed circuit is permanently fixed to the printer cartridge and a miniature data processing unit fixed to the printed circuit analyzes a stream of printing commands for controlling the print head to authenticate the data to be printed on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: SECAP (Groupe Pitney Bowes) S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Alexia, Bruno Debuire, Dominique Montbrun, Frédéric L'Hote
  • Patent number: 6618797
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for protecting sensitive data against overflow in a stack, memory space reserved for part of a program. Said method comprises an operation which consists in assigning a stack to each program part, during which the most upstream stack relatively to the displacement direction of an indicator in a stack, is assigned a task for operating on said sensitive data. Preferably, said method comprises the execution of a single task operating on said sensitive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignees: Secap, Ascom Autelca AG
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Dery, Frédéric L'Hote
  • Patent number: 6431778
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device comprising a belt with one side opposite unsprung support means and extending between an upstream roller and a downstream roller both suspended so that the object can be sandwiched between the unsprung support means and said belt side, the latter being wound around at least two other rollers whereof at least one is unsprung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignees: SECAP, Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems AG
    Inventors: Gérard Coudray, Jacques Beord, Hervé Baumann
  • Patent number: 6408744
    Abstract: This machine for postage metering a flat object (6) such as an envelope or a label comprises a horizontal opening for inserting an object, leading to two stops (8, 9) at right angles, a device for holding the object by gripping it between a fixed upper ceiling (2) comprising a window (2′) and a lower plate (3) vertically movable by means of a drive mechanism, an ink jet printing device (1) whose nozzles are disposed inside the window (2′) of said ceiling, and a sensor (10) of the presence of an object in the vicinity of the corner of the stops (8, 9), which starts the drive mechanism of the plate (3) for gripping the object (6) and the printing cycle. A motorized transverse rake (4) moves the object (6), while it is gripped, in front of the printing device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Secap
    Inventors: Franck Viennet, Jean-Louis Potey
  • Patent number: 6095699
    Abstract: A machine for printing flat objects of various thicknesses successively fed the length of a table by means of a feed mechanism and printed by means of a printing mechanism is provided. The feed mechanism includes at least two feed rollers between which the objects pass. Each of the at least two feed rollers is rotatable about an axis of rotation and at least one of the feed rollers is motorized. The printing mechanism includes a revolving printing drum and a motorized counter-printing roller rotatable about an axis of rotation. The machine also includes a lever having a first end, a second end, and a middle. The lever is pivotable at its middle and joined at its middle by a stop joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventors: Herve Baumann, Franck Viennet
  • Patent number: 6092353
    Abstract: A device for extracting the contents of an envelope pre-cut on three sides is provided. The device includes at least one bi-directional upper extraction roller, at least one bi-directional lower extraction roller cooperating with the upper extraction roller, and a receptacle for receiving the extracted contents of the pre-cut envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventor: Herve Baumann
  • Patent number: 6036185
    Abstract: A device for unstacking and opening envelopes from a stack of envelopes is provided. The device includes a frame having a receptacle area for receiving the stack. At least one, but preferably two, endless belts are located at the bottom of the receptacle area for extracting an envelope from the bottom of the stack, the flap of the envelope folded and oriented upwardly and in a forward direction. At least one set, but preferably two sets, of cooperating drive rollers rotating in opposite directions are arranged such that the extracted envelope can pass therebetween. The drive rollers move the extracted envelope in a feed direction dependent on the direction of drive roller rotation. A fixed wedge-shaped deflector is located downstream from the drive rollers and is arranged at an angle relative to the forward feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventors: Herve Baumann, Gerard Coudray
  • Patent number: 5813347
    Abstract: In a printing machine with a rotary drum (1) for franking envelopes (4), each print operation is performed at a constant rotational speed in a given direction, whereafter the direction of rotation of the drum (1) is reversed so that for the next print operation, the rotational speed of the drum (1) may be increased in said direction over a greater angle to achieve said constant speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventor: Herve Baumann
  • Patent number: 5675135
    Abstract: An electronic franking machine has a data reader for reading data stored in a microcircuit fitted in a chip card and includes a receptacle with respect to which are disposed a predetermined location and a punching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventor: Claude Martin
  • Patent number: 5675651
    Abstract: A method uses portable objects where the reading and writing of data in the memory are free, owing to the writing in the latter, if necessary, of elements which can be prepared and verified only if secret information kept both in a secure memory at the control center and in a secure memory in the machine with which the transmission is carried out is known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Bailleux, Claude Martin
  • Patent number: 5586035
    Abstract: A postage machine includes a first meter portion comprising postage means commanded by a first microprocessor (50), a keyboard (22) and a display (21 ), and a second base portion comprising a second Microprocessor (53). The first and second microprocessors, in a normal mode, mode carry into practice a communications protocol adapted to have transmitted to the base messages representative of at least some of the commands acquired on the keyboard (22) and to have retransmitted from the base to the meter the commands executable by said meter, in such a way that, from the keyboard (22) of the meter, at least certain functions cannot be commanded unless the commands relative to such functions pass through pass through the base (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: SECAP
    Inventor: Claude Martin
  • Patent number: 5490829
    Abstract: This folding machine comprises two input rollers (5) for feeding the paper, two output rollers (18, 18') for discharging the paper controlling the movement, a paper guide (8) pivotally mounted between the input rollers (5) and the output rollers, capable of assuming a first and a second position and comprising a press roller (14, 14'), the assembly being controlled to permit forming loops and folds of the paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Assignee: Secap
    Inventors: Jacques Beord, Herve Baumann
  • Patent number: 5410860
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for inserting a document into an envelope. The apparatus comprises a rotating assembly which includes a document tranferring means. In first position of the rotating assembly, an envelope is fed and a document is fed to the transferring means. While the assembly is rotated to a second position, the document is being conveyed to the envelope and inserted therein. The envelope is then discharged and the assembly is rotated back to its first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Secap
    Inventors: Gerard Coudray, Herve Baumann