Patents Examined by David Gray
  • Patent number: 9739736
    Abstract: An HF olefin/isoparaffin alkylation process is carried out in an alkylation unit with a settling vessel in which the alkylate product is separated from the HF acid catalyst containing water and acid soluble oil (ASO). The density of the liquids in the settling vessel is measured at different levels by means of a nuclear density profile analyzer. The acid strength of the acid phase is determined from the density measurement and an optional temperature measurement. The proportion of water in the acid phase may also be measured separately by measurement of its electrical conductivity to determine the respective contributions of the water and the ASO to the density of the HF acid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: David Benjamin Spry, Jeffrey M. Fitt
  • Patent number: 9688008
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a cartridge that is detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly of an image forming apparatus. The manufacturing method includes a step of integrally molding a cartridge electrode with a frame in a manner such that a mold is contacted to the frame to form a space including a first portion for forming a first contact portion, a second portion for forming a second contact portion, and a connecting portion branching from an injection portion into the first portion and the second portion, and electroconductive resin is injected into the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takarada, Kuniaki Hirukawa, Akira Suzuki, Nobuharu Hoshi, Yuichi Fukui
  • Patent number: 9671740
    Abstract: A print control apparatus includes a generating unit that generates clear-toner plane data based on gloss-control plane data, which contains a gloss control value for specifying a type of a surface effect being a visual or a tactile effect applied to the recording medium and for specifying a region to which the surface effect is applied in the recording medium, and clear plane data, which contains a density value for specifying a transparent image other than the surface effect; and an outputting unit that outputs the clear-toner plane data. When a region where the gloss control value is specified in the gloss-control plane data and a region where the density value is specified in the clear plane data overlap each other, the generating unit sets a value of the clear-toner plane data to the gloss control value or the density value, based on a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshikawa, Hiroaki Suzuki, Hiroo Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9671358
    Abstract: A system includes at least one examining module configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system and a mitigation module. The at least one examining module is configured to identify an identified section of a route being traversed by the vehicle system, with the identified section corresponding to at least one of a potentially damaged section of the route or an actually damaged section of the route. The mitigation module is configured to, responsive to an identification by the at least one examining module of the identified section of the route, automatically perform a mitigation action corresponding to the identified section of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger
  • Patent number: 9671733
    Abstract: A fixing device and An image forming apparatus include: a first pressure roller having an elastic layer in a surface layer section; a fixing belt wound on the elastic layer of the first pressure roller; a second pressure roller that presses the elastic layer of the first pressure roller via the fixing belt, the second pressure roller forming a fixing nip portion between the fixing belt and the second pressure roller; and a guide member that guides the fixing belt in such a manner as to separate the fixing belt from a protruding portion of the elastic layer, the protruding portion being formed on an entrance side of the fixing nip portion in a sheet conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC
    Inventors: Asahi Ebe, Toshihiro Wazumi, Makoto Ui, Tomoyuki Hayakawa, Akihiko Ooishi
  • Patent number: 9671738
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a chassis having a first opening on a first side, photosensitive members, an intermediate transfer belt arranged to have a surface thereof facing the photosensitive members, primary-transfer members, a secondary-transfer roller, a first feed roller, a cleaner device, a waste toner container, which is removably installed in the chassis through the first opening and settled in a position opposite from the photosensitive members across the intermediate transfer belt, a connector, a first feeding path extending in a range between the first feed roller and the secondary-transfer roller, and a second feeding path being formed in clearance between the intermediate transfer belt and the waste toner container to convey a recording sheet being inserted through a sheet inlet and merging into the first feeding path in the vicinity of the first feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotaka Mori, Hiroshi Nakano, Noboru Suzuki, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 9665036
    Abstract: A regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of a developer includes a base portion, a regulating portion extending along a longitudinal direction of the base portion and projecting from a first surface of the base portion to regulate a layer thickness of a developer, and a rib formed along the longitudinal direction and configured to project from a second surface opposite from the first surface of the base portion. In addition, a through hole structure is provided at each end of the base portion with respect to the longitudinal direction, and configured with a through hole that passes through the base portion. The rib is provided adjacently to each through hole with respect to a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, and the rib stands along each through hole in a cross-section which crosses the through hole and is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonori Kitan
  • Patent number: 9665062
    Abstract: A housing structure includes an exterior cover having an opening through which an interior of the exterior cover communicates with an exterior of the exterior cover, an interior cover disposed inside the exterior cover and facing the exterior cover with a clearance secured therebetween, an inward projection projecting from the exterior cover to the interior cover, and an outward projection projecting from the interior cover to the exterior cover. The inward projection and the outward projection define an airflow passage in the clearance between the exterior cover and the interior cover, and the airflow passage includes multiple bent portions. The outward projection is greater in width than the inward projection in an airflow direction toward the opening, and the airflow direction perpendicular to a direction in which the interior cover faces the exterior cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shiro Akama, Yuki Sato, Mami Akiyama, Yuta Ueda, Hiroki Ishimitsu, Sakie Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9664649
    Abstract: A method to acquire the structural health state of an aircraft mechanical component performs measurements at each frequency point of interest by using a network of transducers and working each one simultaneously as actuator and sensor. Each transducer is individually excited by a sinusoidal, constant frequency and arbitrary amplitude, voltage waveform for each arbitrary frequency point used to interrogate the structure. A dedicated hardware executes an analogical (analog) quantization to measure electrical current and average electrical power consumed by each transducer. With these two variables, the electromechanical signature of the structure is obtained at different areas of the monitored structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Embraer S.A., Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
    Inventors: Carlos Alberto Gallo, Domingos Alves Rade, Elias Bitencourt Teodoro, Luiz Gustavo Martins, Marcos Morais de Souza, Roberto Mendes Finzi Neto, Valder Steffen, Jr., Camila Gianini Gonsalez, Glauco Humberto Gomes, Fernando Dotta, Mauricio Hartmann, Paulo Anchieta da Silva, Ricardo Pinheiro Rulli
  • Patent number: 9658574
    Abstract: A powder container is provided. The powder container includes a powder storage and a conveyer. The powder storage stores a powder to be used for image formation and has a vent hole to pass air between an inside and an outside of the powder storage. The conveyer conveys the powder inside the powder storage. The vent hole is on an upper surface of the powder storage facing the conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoh Tsuritani, Tomohiro Kubota, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Masato Tsuji, Akinori Harada, Kyoko Abe
  • Patent number: 9658577
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image bearing member; a toner image forming unit; an endless transfer belt; a transfer roller urged from an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt toward the image bearing member via the transfer belt; a feeding surface forming roller, provided downstream of the transfer roller with respect to a traveling direction of the transfer belt, having such a shape that a diameter at each of end portions is smaller than a diameter at a central portion with respect to a rotational axis direction; and a stretching roller, downstream of the feeding surface forming roller with respect to the traveling direction of the transfer belt, having such a shape that a diameter at each of end portions is larger than a diameter at a central portion with respect to the rotational axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yutaka Kakehi, Hiroshi Kokubo, Haruhiko Omata, Takashi Fujita, Hideaki Kosasa
  • Patent number: 9658573
    Abstract: A developing unit includes a developer carrier, and first and second chambers to collect and circulate developer. A partition separates the first and second chambers and has first communication portion disposed more downstream in the second chamber and a second communication portion disposed more upstream in the second chamber. A first conveying member is disposed in the first chamber, and a second conveying member is disposed in the second chamber and includes a spiral blade portion, a reverse spiral blade portion helically wound in an opposite direction of the spiral blade portion and disposed downstream of the spiral blade portion, and a discharging portion provided downstream of the reverse spiral blade. An upstream end of the first communication portion is positioned farther than a downstream end of the second communication portion from a center of the developer carrier in a rotational axis direction of the developer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumiyoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9658556
    Abstract: An image data processing apparatus includes a total-colorant-amount calculating unit that calculates a total amount of a metallic colorant and a process-color colorant used by an image forming apparatus to form an image having a unit area, the image forming apparatus forming an image by using a white colorant, the metallic colorant, and the process-color colorant; a white-colorant-amount specifying unit that specifies an amount of the white colorant used to form the image having a unit area on the basis of a calculation result obtained by the total-colorant-amount calculating unit; and a white-colorant-amount correcting unit that corrects the amount of the white colorant so that the amount of the white colorant used to form the image having a unit area decreases as the amount of the metallic colorant used to form the image having a unit area increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Kubo, Kaoru Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9658566
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates a developer container for accommodating a developer. The developer container includes a conductive path. The conductive path includes a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Go Shindo, Takayoshi Kihara, Bunro Noguchi, Shogo Satomura
  • Patent number: 9651896
    Abstract: A method for remanufacturing toner cartridges, wherein original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sealant is removed and replaced with an aftermarket sealant. A hopper assembly is disassembled from a toner cartridge and cleaned to remove residual toner. The hopper assembly is then heated using an oven, heat gun, etc. in order to loosen the OEM sealant binding the hopper assembly. Once thoroughly heated, the hopper assembly is dismantled into a hopper section and a mag section. The OEM sealant is removed from the hopper section and replaced with the aftermarket sealant using an automated robot as the hopper section is held by a jig. A floating mag gasket attached to the mag section is either cleaned and reinstalled or replaced with a new floating mag gasket. The mag section is then reattached to the hopper section using an alignment tool in order to ensure proper positioning of components to create a fluid tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Flo-Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Vincent Massaro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9651888
    Abstract: The electroconductive member has an electroconductive support and a surface layer formed on the electroconductive support, wherein the surface layer has a porous body having a continuous open pore, and the electroconductive member satisfies the following (1) and (2): (1) in a specific condition, a surface potential of the electroconductive member, after an elapse of 10 seconds since a completion of a discharge is 10 V or more; and (2) when applying a direct voltage between a polyethylene terephthalate film as a member to be charged and the electroconductive member, and charging the polyethylene terephthalate film, |Vd|?|Vin|?|Vth| is satisfied within a range of |Vin|>|Vth|, wherein, Vd represents a charge potential of the polyethylene terephthalate film, Vin represents a voltage applied between the electroconductive member and the polyethylene terephthalate film, Vth represents a discharge starting voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norifumi Muranaka, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Yuichi Kikuchi, Koji Otsuka, Masaki Imoto, Tetsuo Hino, Satoru Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9645533
    Abstract: A fixing device thermally fixing an unfixed image by pressing a recording sheet against a heating rotating body using a resistance heating element as a heat source, comprising: a temperature monitoring unit monitoring temperature in a sheet passing region and in a non-sheet passing region of the heating rotating body; a power supply unit supplying power to the resistance heating element so that the temperature in the sheet passing region is maintained at a target temperature during thermal fixing; a cooling unit cooling the non-sheet passing region; and a control unit controlling cooling so that (i) electrical resistivity of the resistance heating element is lower in a region corresponding to the non-sheet passing region than in a region corresponding to the sheet passing region and (ii) an absolute value of a temperature difference between the sheet passing region and the non-sheet passing region does not exceed an allowable temperature difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Takuya Ishigai, Toru Hayase
  • Patent number: 9645113
    Abstract: An ionized gas detector includes at least a pair of ion detecting electrodes that detect ions of the ionized measuring-subject gas, an electrode-voltage applying unit that applies a given voltage to the ion detecting electrodes, the electrode-voltage applying unit being configured to be capable of reversing its voltage polarity, a charge amplifier circuit having a charge capacitor that accumulates electric charges generated by voltage application by the electrode-voltage applying unit, an ion current calculating unit that calculates the value of an ion current of ions of the measuring-subject gas, based on a time-dependent change of the volume of electric charges accumulated in the charge capacitor of the charge amplifier circuit, and a concentration determining unit that determines the concentration of the measuring-subject gas, based on an ion current value calculated by the ion current calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO METROPOLITAN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Haramoto, Yasuyuki Hirano, Hiromichi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9645541
    Abstract: Image forming apparatus comprises an electric power supply circuit board, an electric power control unit, functional circuits, and an electrical power saving circuit. The electric power control unit executes constant voltage control, to make electrical potential of a remote sensing location constant. The functional circuits are connected with the electric power supply circuit board. The electrical power saving circuit switches the state of functional circuits between the state in which they are provided with electric power and the state in which they are not provided with electric power. The electrical power saving circuit sets the contact point of the input side of the circuit, in which the consumption electrical current or the behavior guarantee minimum electrical voltage is the largest, out of the electrical power saving circuit and functional circuits provided with electric power, as the remote sensing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kouei Cho, Toru Kasamatsu, Mikiyuki Aoki, Yohei Yamada
  • Patent number: 9645524
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a unit arranging portion that is provided with a unit containing a powder tank; a determination unit that determines the unit provided in the unit arranging portion; and a control unit that supplies a recording medium from a first sheet feeding portion in a case where the determination unit determines that the unit provided in the unit arranging portion is a unit corresponding to a binder toner, and supplies the recording medium from a second sheet feeding portion different from the first sheet feeding portion in a case where the determination unit determines that the unit provided in the unit arranging portion is a unit corresponding to a toner of a predetermined color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Sato