Patents Examined by Anthony Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10234802
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method of detecting an error in the apparatus. The apparatus includes an image former and an induction heating fusing device. The image former forms an image. The induction heating fusing device fuses the image formed by the image former onto paper. Whether the apparatus has an error is determined by limiting a current applied to a resonance circuit included in the induction heating fusing device to less than a certain level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Tomishima
  • Patent number: 10228616
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process of forming a pattern on a substrate by molding an imprint material on the substrate using a mold, the apparatus including a measurement unit configured to measure relative positions of the mold and the substrate, a light source unit configured to emit light for curing the imprint material, a scanning unit configured to scan light from the light source unit on the substrate, and a control unit configured to control the imprint process, wherein the control unit performs the imprint process by causing the scanning unit to scan the light while partially aligning the mold and the substrate with each other based on a measurement result of the measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10222733
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first conveyance roller pair configured to convey a sheet by rotating while tightly sandwiching the sheet; a rotation blade pair disposed on a downstream side of the first conveyance roller pair in a conveyance path of the sheet and configured to cut the sheet in a direction parallel to the conveyance direction by rotating while sandwiching the sheet; and a second conveyance roller pair configured to convey a cut waste sheet cut by the rotation blade pair in the sheet conveyance direction by rotating while tightly sandwiching the cut waste sheet. A rotational speed of the second conveyance roller pair is controlled at a rotational speed higher than a rotational speed of the first conveyance roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Tamura
  • Patent number: 10207525
    Abstract: Provided are an image forming apparatus and an image forming method capable of coping with a medium exceeding a transport limit of a pair of rollers in image formation in which the medium is transported with the medium interposed between the pair of rollers. In a case where a medium exceeding a transport limit of first transport means to which medium transport using a first roller and a second roller is applied is used, second transport means is used to assist in the medium transport performed by the first transport means. The driving of second driving means for driving the second transport means is controlled using a driving signal applied to the driving control of the first driving means for driving the first transport means. Medium transport in which synchronization is taken between the first transport means and the second transport means is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hirofumi Saita
  • Patent number: 10197951
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a conveyance section configured to convey a sheet in a direction opposite to a first conveyance direction during image formation, the direction being a second conveyance direction; and a distortion correction section disposed on an upstream side of a transfer nip in the first conveyance direction and configured to correct, when the sheet is conveyed by the conveyance section in the second conveyance direction, distortion of the sheet generated when the sheet passes through a fixing nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shota Sakurai, Hiroshi Morimoto, Wataru Watanabe, Kazuteru Ishizuka, Tatsuya Furuta
  • Patent number: 10195842
    Abstract: The present invention relates to using soft secondary plates and specialty inks in a printing process. More specifically, the present invention relates to an apparatus and methods of using soft secondary plates made of a rubber comprising a saturated chain of polymethylene or a photopolymer material to decorate an exterior surface of cylindrical metallic containers with high definition graphics and other indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chris Carreras, Kellie M. Hedberg
  • Patent number: 10191434
    Abstract: Provided is an image formation system including an image formation device and a post-processing device configured to convey a paper sheet on which an image has been formed at the image formation device or carry out post-processing thereon, including: a paper ejection tray on which the discharged paper sheet is placed; a jam detector configured to detect a jam of the paper sheet conveyed in a paper conveyance passage; a partition paper sheet inserter configured to insert a partition paper sheet on the paper ejection tray; and a control unit, wherein the control unit controls the partition paper sheet inserter such that, after the jam is detected and paper sheets to be removed, at least including a responsible paper sheet, are removed, the partition paper sheet is inserted on the paper ejection tray before the paper sheet remaining in the paper conveyance passage is discharged to the paper ejection tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10189674
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit, first and second discharging portions, first and second supporting portions, an image reading portion, and first and second switching portions is provided. The first switching portion switches between causing a sheet bearing an image formed by the image forming unit to be discharged to the first supporting portion by the first discharging portion and causing the sheet to be conveyed toward the image reading portion that reads the image. The second switching portion switches between causing the sheet whose image has been read to be conveyed toward the second discharging portion that discharges the sheet whose image has been read to the second supporting portion and causing the sheet to be conveyed toward the image forming unit. The image reading portion is disposed above the first discharging portion and further on the inside of the apparatus than the second switching portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Ogata, Kazushi Ino, Hiroki Kato, Motohiro Furusawa, Koji Kawamura, Ichiro Yasumaru
  • Patent number: 10191431
    Abstract: A series-connected tandem image forming system includes first and second image forming apparatuses capable of forming images on recording media by image forming units, the first and second image forming apparatuses being connected in series, the image forming system forming an image on a recording media by either one or both of the first and second image forming apparatuses, wherein the first image forming apparatus includes a first conveyance path for conveyance of the recording medium, and a second conveyance path for conveyance of the recording medium, the first and second conveyance paths being selectable therebetween, the second image forming apparatus includes a third conveyance path for conveyance of the recording medium, and a fourth conveyance path for conveyance of the recording medium, the third and fourth conveyance paths being selectable therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshige Kidera
  • Patent number: 10179468
    Abstract: A drying apparatus usable with a printing system includes a housing, a first set of radiative heating elements, a second set of radiative heating elements, and an air handling device. The housing includes a front region and a rear region adjacent to the front region. The front region includes an inlet to receive media. The rear region includes an outlet to pass media there through. The first set of radiative heating elements is disposed within the front region to heat the media. The second set of radiative heating elements is disposed within the rear region to heat the media. The air handling device is disposed across from the second set of radiative heating elements to jet air within the rear region to cool the media prior to the media being passed through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gary Tarver, Jayanta C Panditaratne, Jason Cassidy Hower, Hua Tan, James Kearns
  • Patent number: 10175636
    Abstract: A sealing member sealing a gap between one member and another member includes a mounting portion that is mounted on the one member and an extension portion that extends from a mounting portion side to another member side and contacts with the other member. In the sealing member, the extension portion includes an assist portion that is formed in one end toward the other member side and assists spring-up of the extension portion in accordance with sliding of the other member or the one member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Yoshitsugu
  • Patent number: 10166759
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a printed band of flexible material, in which at least one side printing ink comprises with a device. The device comprises a cleaning organ such as a brush roll, and the method the steps comprises of the contacting of the band which printing ink comprises with a cleaning liquid, and the removal of the printing ink which been brought into contact the cleaning liquid with the cleaning organ to obtain a cleaned band of flexible material. Before the effective of adhered liquid getting rid of, comprises the device a pair of wiper blades into the direction of transport of the band remotely of one another are located and are for the removal of the cleaning liquid the band at an angle first via an uppermost wiper blade and subsequently via a lowermost wiper blade of the pair fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Boers Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Christiaan Mark Van Wijhe, Harmen Van Kesteren
  • Patent number: 10160195
    Abstract: A flexographic printer is provided with: a printing plate for transferring ink at an ink transfer site to an object to be printed S; an anilox roll for supplying ink to the printing plate at an ink supply site; a plate cylinder on which the printing plate is wound and rotated; and an ink solvent supply unit for supplying a solvent for the ink on the surface of the printing plate in a post-ink transfer region that is downstream of the ink transfer site in the plate cylinder rotation direction and upstream of the ink supply site in the plate cylinder rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Yamamoto, Kazuya Sugimoto, Osamu Hatano
  • Patent number: 10162299
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a developing section, a transfer section, a pre-transfer conveyance passage, and a guide member. The pre-transfer conveyance passage allows conveyance of the sheet from the developing section to the transfer section. The guide member defines a side of the pre-transfer conveyance passage that faces the transfer surface. The guide member includes: a guide body having a guide surface that faces the transfer surface of the sheet; and a tip section having a curved portion joining an end edge of the guide body, and a distal edge that is on a downstream side in the conveyance direction and faces the image carrier. The distal edge is located at such a position as to allow the transfer surface of the sheet to lie at a space therefrom when a leading end of the sheet is in contact with the image carrying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Arata Nakamura, Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10152011
    Abstract: An image forming system capable of properly managing maintenance information on a punch die mounted on a puncher. The puncher punches holes in a sheet using a removably mounted punch die. A punch die memory mounted on the punch die stores maintenance information concerning the punch die. A CPU of the image forming system detects mounting of a punch die. A RAM of the same stores maintenance information concerning each of punch dies mounted on the puncher. When a punch die is mounted on the puncher, the CPU performs comparison between maintenance information is stored in the RAM, and maintenance information stored in the punch die memory, and when the maintenance information stored in the RAM is older, the CPU updates the information in the RAM to the information in the punch die memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akinobu Nishikata, Yutaka Ando, Akihiro Arai, Hiromasa Maenishi
  • Patent number: 10152016
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, an opening/closing portion, and a light emitting element. The apparatus body includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet. the light emitted by the light emitting element is visible from an exterior surface of the opening/closing portion in a state where the opening/closing portion is at the closed position and is visible from an opposite side, with respect to the exterior surface, of the opening/closing portion in a state where the opening/closing portion is at the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriaki Koyanagi
  • Patent number: 10139768
    Abstract: A toner image is formed on a sheet based on image data by an image forming portion, and a plurality of sheets on which the toner image is formed is bound together by a stapleless binding unit including a pair of tooth-like members, each having a concave and convex portion. Then, the image data is corrected by a correction portion so that a ratio of toner within a part of the sheet to be subjected to binding processing by the stapleless binding unit is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideto Abe, Yusuke Obuchi
  • Patent number: 10139773
    Abstract: A fixing tool includes a pair of arms, a holding portion, and a claw portion. The arms are capable of being inserted into and pulled out from through holes formed respectively in a sheet support plate, which supports a sheet stored in a sheet feeder of an image forming apparatus such that the sheet can be lifted and lowered, and in a bottom portion of the sheet feeder. The holding portion is provided so as to project from a predetermined position on each of the arms and capable of holding the sheet support plate and the bottom portion. The claw portion is provided so as to project inward from a distal end of each of the arms and capable of being inserted between an integrated circuit mounted in the image forming apparatus and a mounting target portion which the integrated circuit is mountable to and detachable from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Okito Ogasahara
  • Patent number: 10129422
    Abstract: An image reader includes: a reading section reading a document; a document conveyance section being supported in an openable and closable manner with respect to the reading section; foamed synthetic resin members being supported on a lower surface of the document conveyance section; a document pressing plate being fitted to the document conveyance section with the foamed synthetic resin members in between; and height regulation sections being formed at the document conveyance section and being pressed by second platen glass with the document pressing plate in between, wherein the height regulation sections are located at positions overlapping with a region of the second platen glass when the document conveyance section is in a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masayuki Kakuta
  • Patent number: 10126698
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum, a light exposure device, a developing device, a fixing unit disposed opposite to the light exposure device relative to the developing device, a sheet supply tray disposed below the developing device, an ejection tray disposed above the developing device and having a sheet receiving surface inclined downward, relative to a horizontal direction, toward the charger, and a sheet conveying path through which a sheet is conveyed from the sheet supply tray to the ejection tray. A lowest end portion of the sheet receiving surface is disposed below an upper end of the charger in the vertical direction. The charger is disposed opposite to the developing device relative to the lowest end portion of the sheet receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Masahito Saeki