Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • Patent number: 9561677
    Abstract: An imaging member includes a surface layer comprising a fluoroelastomer-fluorosilicone composite. Methods of manufacturing the imaging member and processes for variable lithographic printing using the imaging member are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Gervasi, Mandakini Kanungo, Santokh S. Badesha
  • Patent number: 9556510
    Abstract: A method of achieving precision registration in a roll to roll process by simultaneously depositing multiple inks onto a printing roll. One of these inks prints a pattern of fiducial marks onto a substrate while another ink prints a predetermined pattern on the same substrate such that the predetermined pattern bears a predictable spatial relationship to the pattern of fiducial marks. Consequently, even if the ink forming the predetermined pattern is invisible, or has such low contrast with the substrate that it is effectively invisible, or even has been dissolved away in a subsequent processing step, it is still possible to know where the predetermined pattern is by referring to the pattern of fiducial marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Ann M. Gilman, Daniel J. Theis
  • Patent number: 9557702
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a fixing unit including a first fixing member and a second fixing member opposing to the first fixing member, a curl correcting unit including a first curl correcting member and a second curl correcting member opposing to the first curl correcting member, a first changing member rotatable about a first rotation center, the first changing member changing a pressure to the sheet by the first fixing member and the second fixing member, and a second changing member rotatable about the first rotation center, the second changing member changing a pressure to the sheet by the first curl correcting member and the second curl correcting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Uchida, Ryo Iwasawa, Tomooku Koyama, Taro Ishifune, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Ken Murooka, Masayoshi Fukatsu
  • Patent number: 9557244
    Abstract: A thrust bias detection system for a mobile machine is disclosed. The mobile machine may have a first track assembly and a second track assembly. The thrust bias detection system may have a first wear sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a first wear measurement of a first track link surface, and a second wear sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a second wear measurement of a second track link surface. The thrust bias detection system may also have a controller in communication with the first and second wear sensors and configured to determine whether at least one of the first and second track assemblies has experienced thrust bias, based on the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Richard Rust
  • Patent number: 9535049
    Abstract: An analyzing arrangement for analyzing a composition of a fluid, such as oil mist of an engine, e.g. a gas turbine is provided. The analyzing arrangement includes a breather pipe coupleable to the gas turbine such that at least a part of the fluid is flowing through the breather pipe, a first collecting device for collecting a first sample of the fluid, wherein the first collecting device is configured for providing a first composition analysis of the first sample and a second collecting device for collecting a second sample of the fluid, wherein the second collecting device is configured for providing a second composition analysis of the second sample. The first collecting device and the second collecting device are arranged inside the breather pipe such that the first collecting device and the second collecting device are exposed to a common flow characteristic of the fluid inside the breather pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Roger Brown, Robert Pearce
  • Patent number: 9529313
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a sheet feeding section configured to feed a roll sheet; a sheet feeding path along which a roll sheet is conveyed; an image forming section configured to transfer a toner image to a roll sheet; a fixing section configured to fix the toner image by applying heat and pressure to a roll sheet on which the toner image is transferred at a fixing nip; a winding section configured to wind up a roll sheet; a guide member disposed along the sheet feeding path on both sides in a sheet width direction and on a downstream side of the fixing nip in a sheet conveyance direction; and a guide adjusting section configured to adjust a guide width of the guide member in accordance with an amount of shrinkage or an amount of expansion of a roll sheet passed through the fixing nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Shougo Fukai
  • Patent number: 9526315
    Abstract: A transfer system comprises a plurality of rollers configured to provide a rotating function; an endless belt installed on the plurality of rollers; a thin-film having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and a functional material adhered on the first surface, the functional material including at least one of a cosmetic material and a medical material. The thin film and the functional material are retained on the endless belt so that the functional material is in contact with the endless belt. The thin film and the functional material are transferred to an adherend so that the second surface is in contact with the adherend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayo Shinoda, Tomoki Masuda, Haruka Kusukame, Mitsuru Harada
  • Patent number: 9523957
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming section; a pair of rollers; a displacement detection section; a displacement correction section; a translation amount determination section; and a control section configured to refer to a translation control table, operate the displacement correction section in accordance with a translation command value corresponding to a detection result obtained by the displacement detection section, obtain at a predetermined timing a relationship between the translation command value and a translation amount of the sheet, and update the translation control table on the basis of the relationship. The control section updates the translation control table when a displacement of a sheet is correctable, but does not update the translation control table when a displacement of a sheet is correctable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kawabata, Yusuke Kawanago, Takahiro Okubo
  • Patent number: 9513242
    Abstract: A humidity sensor may include a first substrate having a recess formed in a first side, a second substrate and an insulating layer supported by the second substrate. The second substrate and the insulating layer may be supported by the first side of the first substrate and extend over the recess to form a diaphragm with the insulating layer facing the recess. The diaphragm may be at least partially thermally isolated from a remainder of the second substrate. A resistive heater element may be supported by the diaphragm. A pair of sensing electrodes are electrically separated from each other and supported by the diaphragm. A sensing material is disposed over the pair of sensing electrodes, wherein an electrical property of the sensing material changes in response to a change in moisture content of the sensing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Beck, Carl Stewart, Richard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 9487038
    Abstract: A printer has a carriage being movable between a first end and a second end of a reciprocating path; and a driving force transmitting path selecting mechanism provided at the second end of the reciprocating path. The selecting mechanism has: a common driving force outputting member; a plurality of force receiving members; a selecting member; and a position retainer for keeping the position of the selecting member. The selecting member connects the force outputting member to one of the plurality of force receiving members, and moves in association with the carriage when the carriage moves in a vicinity of the second end in a first direction extending from the first end to the second end. The position retainer keeps the position of the selecting member when the carriage moves in a second direction extending from the second end to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Koga, Masatoshi Izuchi
  • Patent number: 9487043
    Abstract: There is provided a platemaking method of forming relief based on relief pattern data in a printing plate to be pressed on a printing matter, and the platemaking method includes the steps of: estimating distribution of printing pressure of the printing plate pressed on the printing matter on the basis of image data; calculating an amount of correction of engraving shape data on the basis of the distribution of printing pressure; correcting the engraving shape data on the basis of the amount of correction; and acquiring exposure amount data from the engraving shape data corrected. By exposure (engraving) processing based on the exposure amount data that can be acquired in this way, it is possible to form relief in consideration of deformation of a printing plate in accordance with the distribution of printing pressure in the printing plate to favorably print and reproduce an image on a printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshirou Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9476904
    Abstract: In an acceleration sensor having two redundantly disposed micromechanical sensor elements having redundant signal paths with a separate A/D converter, a monitor includes a substitute circuit, integrated in the evaluation unit, for a sensor element, and a redundant further A/D converter, which converts the fixed, acceleration-independent output signal of the substitute circuit as a function of the shared operating parameters of all A/D converters to plausibilize the output signals of the acceleration sensor by means of the monitor. This makes it possible to detect faulty triggering of an airbag due to faults in both A/D converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Wuchert
  • Patent number: 9469097
    Abstract: One object is to provide a structure including a thin primer film formed by a dry process and tightly bound to a fluorine-containing silane coupling agent. In accordance with one aspect, a structure according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes: a substrate; and a thin primer film containing at least one substance selected from the group consisting of silicon, titanium, aluminum, aluminum oxide, and zirconium and formed on a surface of the substrate by a dry process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunihiko Shibusawa
  • Patent number: 9446617
    Abstract: A stamp die assembly for a self inking stamp in which the die plate having printing indicia thereon is easily removable from the die frame. There are at least two locking bars on the die frame that engage in locking relationship at least two positioning tabs on the die plate. Locking tabs on the positioning tabs engage in a locking relationship the locking bars to securely attach the die plate to the die frame. The locking tabs are flexible so that when a force is applied to them they can be flexed to an unlocking position thereby releasing the die plate from the die frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventor: Craig Petersen
  • Patent number: 9446581
    Abstract: Provided is an ink supply device for a printing machine which can accurately supply a quantity of ink necessary for acquiring desired concentration while making the fine adjustment of concentration of ink by an operator unnecessary. A control device 34 of the ink supply device includes: a concentration prediction value calculation means 53 which acquires a concentration prediction value when the concentration becomes stable based on concentration measured values of a predetermined number of printed matters; a graph change value calculation means 54 which acquires a graph change value using the concentration prediction value and a concentration target value; and a control graph value calculation means 55 which acquires a control graph value for controlling a rotational angle based on a preset set graph value and the graph change value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: I. MER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenjiro Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9440453
    Abstract: An embossing apparatus comprises an embossing die comprising a printed relief pattern, and a resilient surface for pressing media against the embossing die to emboss features corresponding to the printed relief pattern on the media, in which the printed relief pattern comprises a number of layers of a deposited material, and in which a number of layers of the deposited material closest to the top of the printed relief pattern comprises a deposited material with a relatively lower coefficient of adhesion than layers of the deposited material disposed under the deposited material closest to the top of the printed relief pattern. A printed relief pattern for embossing media comprises a number of preliminary layers, the preliminary layers comprising a first material, and a number of terminal layers, the terminal layers comprising a second material, in which the second material has a lower adhesive coefficient than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Zvika Cohen, Eyal Peleg, Shahar Stein, Itzik Shaul
  • Patent number: 9436154
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which includes: a containing portion configured to contain a sheet on which an image is to be formed; a pair of guide rails facing in an up-down direction, the guide rails guiding a slide movement of the containing portion; an engaging portion provided in the guide portion that is guided by the guide rails; a first stopper which abuts the engaging portion so as to regulate removal of the containing portion from an apparatus main body; and a second stopper, wherein the first stopper is movable in a sliding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumihiko Hayayumi
  • Patent number: 9429893
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an ejection tray including a support portion, a plurality of ejection rollers having a nip portion, and a tray cover having a first surface and a second surface and being configured to move between an extended position where the first surface faces upward and a covering position where the tray cover is supported by the support portion to cover an upper surface of the ejection tray and the second surface faces upward. When the tray cover is in the covering position, an upstream end portion of the second surface of the tray cover in a sheet ejection direction is disposed in a position closer to the nip portion than the upper surface of the ejection tray and lower than the nip portion such that a leading end of the recording sheet ejected from the nip portion passes on or over the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koyo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9427950
    Abstract: An ink image is formed on the side of a gauze of a screen master by discharging ink by an ink discharge apparatus, and collected visible rays or infrared rays are irradiated onto the ink image to heat the ink. Then, a thermoplastic resin film is perforated to form a plate making image corresponding to the ink image. The minute ink drops discharged from the ink discharge apparatus are held inside minute opening portions (pixels) of fibers configuring the gauze, and are put on the thermoplastic synthetic resin film bent by gravity. Thermosensitive perforation is carried out in this state, and thus a high-definition plate making image corresponding to the image configured using the ink drops in units of pixels can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Susumu Oshio, Kazuo Nakano
  • Patent number: 9429839
    Abstract: A lithography method including: a preparation, during which a resist layer is deposited on a substrate, and a preliminary lithography carried out to define at least one preliminary pattern in the resist layer, and during the preliminary lithography, a formation of at least one positioning mark forming a relief in the resist layer. The method further includes at least one subsequent lithography applied to the resist layer and including: a preliminary positioning including positioning a lithography mechanism as a function of the at least one positioning mark, and at least one formation of additional patterns in the resist layer using the lithography mechanism positioned as a function of the at least one positioning mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Sebastien Pauliac