Patents Examined by David H. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 10844897
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flexible shaft (1) with a spiral coil (3) arranged on a core (2) of the cable (1) and with a catch (4) arranged at one of the cable ends for transmitting a force, for example to sliding roofs or cargo hold covers of motor vehicles. In order to further simplify the production of the flexible shaft (1), the invention proposes providing a bore (5) in the catch (4), with an inner section (7), in particular an internal screw thread, corresponding to the spiral coil (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Küster Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Artur Scherle, Günter Reinhardt, Markus Eckhardt
  • Patent number: 10829334
    Abstract: A storage bag (for example, a banknote storage bag 34, 34p, 34q, 34r, and 34s) mounted to a sheet handling apparatus (for example, a banknote handling machine 10) and configured to store sheets handled by the sheet handling apparatus includes an upper end at which an opening is provided, and a peripheral length of an internal space of the storage bag at a position where the opening is provided is the maximum size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yokoo, Youichi Takemura, Eiki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10830346
    Abstract: A device for controlling a gearbox includes a transmission member that transmits movement of a control lever to a control cable. A locking member, having a first and second portions for locking the lever in respective park and neutral positions, is mounted in a device casing. An actuator causes the locking member to rotate when the lever must be unlocked from park position and when the lever must be locked in neutral position. The device includes an anti-locking pawl mounted on the transmission member, having an operative position preventing the second portion from being received in a transmission member seat for locking the lever in the neutral position. If the lever is freed from park position and moved through the neutral position while the actuator is active, the pawl is pushed by the locking member into its operative position, thereby preventing unwanted locking of the lever in the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Vincenzo Nuara, Paolo Mancin
  • Patent number: 10822191
    Abstract: A media registration system including an accumulation region and a transport track to receive and transport each media sheet of a series of media sheets forming a media job in a transport direction from an intake end to a registration end proximate to the accumulation region, and to stack the media sheets of the media job in the accumulation region to form a job stack. A translator adjusts a position of the registration end of the transport track in a direction lateral to the transport direction for each sheet to align edges of each sheet of the job stack in the lateral direction. A media sensor indicates a position of each sheet along the media path to facilitate a controller to determine an accumulation status of the job stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce G. Johnson, Ellioitt Downing
  • Patent number: 10816298
    Abstract: A cam-operated rapid fire triggering device for use with a gun having a trigger includes a body member having a front and rear faces and the front and rear faces extending between a first and second ends, the body member having an elongate and planer configuration. The body member includes upper and lower edges, the upper and lower edges extending between the first and second ends, respectively. The body member defines a plurality of apertures separated from one another and positioned laterally between the first and second ends, each aperture extending between the first and second faces. The upper edge defines a plurality of alternating ridges and recesses positioned between the first and second end of the body member and configured to selectively bear against the trigger when the body member is pulled from side to side across the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Ronnie W. Hall
  • Patent number: 10807675
    Abstract: An integrated bicycle control device has a handlebar portion of a bicycle handlebar assembly. The handlebar portion has a body with a gripping portion adjacent a distal end of the body and a transition portion spaced from the gripping portion. A compartment may be formed in the transition portion and an opening in the body may permit access to the compartment. An actuator is disposed near the distal end of the gripping portion. A control element and/or other elements or circuitry may be disposed within the compartment. The control device may include integrated accessory attachment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Bierwerth, Paul Feuerstein, Ming Hsun Wu
  • Patent number: 10800481
    Abstract: The present patent application describes a modular crankset for bicycles. The described modular crankset is useful for users, since it solves issues related to the speed of replacement of elements, the easiness of the replacement procedures and lowers the weight of the set without compromising the consistency and rigidity of the set. The current technology is applicable to any bicycle available in the market, including electrical bicycles, and it is especially interesting for competition bicycles, wherein the replacement of the constituent elements of the crankset should be made as quickly as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MIRANDA & IRMAO, LDa
    Inventor: Joao Filipe Tavares Miranda
  • Patent number: 10800621
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet loader, a rear end holder, an air blower, a front end holder, a sender and an air controller. The sheet loader stores stacked sheets. The rear end holder holds a rear end of a topmost sheet on the sheet loader. The air blower blows air to the loaded sheets to raise a sheet. The front end holder holds a front end of the raised topmost sheet. The sender sends the sheet in the sheet feeding direction. The air controller controls the air blower to start blowing a raising air to raise the sheet after the rear end holder holds the rear end of a next sheet that is stacked under the topmost sheet before a rear end of the topmost sheet sent in the sheet feeding direction by the sender passes through the front end holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sendo
  • Patent number: 10800318
    Abstract: An adjuster extender is provided that includes a tubular sleeve longitudinally connected to an extender stud, the sleeve having an inner bore for matingly receiving an adjustment shaft of an adjuster to provide radial support therebetween, and a plurality of engagement arms that extend from the sleeve into the inner bore, the engagement arms including arm ends for engaging an adjuster stud on the adjustment shaft to provide an axial interlock between the sleeve and the adjustment shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Asyst Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael B. Grimm, Scott T. Fladhammer
  • Patent number: 10800622
    Abstract: A sheet conveying system comprising a first conveyor and a second conveyor arranged downstream of the first conveyor in a transport direction for taking-over a sheet from the first conveyor, the first conveyor having a belt that is driven to move over a stationary attraction mechanism, the attraction mechanism being arranged to exert, onto a sheet conveyed on the first conveyor, an attraction force that is proportional to an area of coverage of the sheet on the attraction mechanism, characterized in that the attraction mechanism is arranged to attract the sheet with a larger force per area in a downstream zone of the first conveyor than in an upstream zone thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Rietbergen, Pascal Driessen
  • Patent number: 10800620
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a casing; a sheet stacking unit rotatable between a closing position and first and second opening positions; a sheet feeding unit; a link unit provided with a slidable engaging portion; and a spring. The sheet stacking unit includes a first guide; and a second guide branching from the first guide. The first guide includes a first portion, a first supporting portion, and a second portion. The second guide includes a second supporting portion. The engaging portion is guided from the second guide to the first portion of the first guide by the sheet stacking unit being closed from the second opening position, and the engaging portion is guided from the first portion of the first guide to the second portion by way of the branch portion by the sheet stacking unit being opened from the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isao Kannari
  • Patent number: 10793386
    Abstract: A device for stacking notes of value includes at least one circulating belt arrangement including an endless belt guided over rollers serving as deflecting elements. The circumferential surface of the belt has at least one transport tongue into which at least a section of a note of value is insertable. The device includes at least one strip-off element that contacts the note for the removal from the transport tongue. The device includes a contact element which is arranged and configured such that during the transport in the transport tongue the note moves the contact element into a first position. The contact element contacts an area of the note at least after the removal of the note of value from the transport tongue up to the arrival of this note on the deposit surface or on the upper note of value of a value note stack deposited on the deposit surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Amen, Elmar Berendes
  • Patent number: 10786273
    Abstract: Rotation knob assemblies for handle assemblies of surgical instruments rotatably support a laparoscopic end effector relative to a housing of the handle assemblies. The rotation knob assemblies may include friction reducing screws, bearing members, snap rings, and/or bearing assemblies to facilitate rotation of an outer knob relative to an inner collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jacob C. Baril, Brian J. Creston, Roy J. Pilletere, Thomas A. Zammataro, Justin Thomas, Matthew A. Dinino
  • Patent number: 10780940
    Abstract: A human-powered vehicle operating device including a base member, a first operating member, a second operating member, a first electrical switch and a second electrical switch. The first operating member includes a first operating surface and configured to pivot about a first axis with respect to the base member. The second operating member includes a second operating surface and configured to pivot about a second axis with respect to the base member. The first electrical switch is provided between the base member and the first operating member. The second electrical switch is provided between the base member and the second operating member. The first operating member and the second operating member are arranged next to each other in a first direction and configured to pivot independent from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kakinoki, Kentaro Kosaka, Keijiro Nishi, Ryo Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10766726
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet conveying device capable of suppressing the recurrence of overlapped feeding in accordance with the detection of overlapped feeding. The sheet conveying device includes a paper-supply roller and a conveying roller. A sheet-detecting unit detects a leading edge position of a sheet. An overlapped-feeding-detecting unit detects overlapped-feeding of sheets. An overlapped-feeding-distance-calculating unit, based on detection results, calculates an overlapped-feeding distance in which sheets are overlapped. A conveyance-control unit causes the paper-supply roller to stop at a timing when a position separated a set length in a sheet-conveyance direction from a sheet trailing edge reaches the paper-supply roller. The conveyance-control unit, in a case where detection of overlapped feeding by the overlapped-feeding-detecting unit occurs a plurality of times, extends the set length based on the overlapped-feeding distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kaori Kitayama
  • Patent number: 10766722
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises a first cassette configured to accommodate a first sheet; a second cassette configured to accommodate a second sheet different from the first sheet in at least one of a size and an orientation; a controller configured to perform control to feed the first sheet to a conveyance path from the first cassette and feed the second sheet to the conveyance path from the second cassette to insert the second sheet between respective copies if a printing instruction for a plurality of copies is issued; and a sheet discharge section configured to stack the first sheet and the second sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Koji Imamiya, Katsutoshi Mita
  • Patent number: 10746274
    Abstract: Engine and its camshaft, camshaft manufacturing method, the camshaft comprises a central shaft having an axial hole, the central shaft has a fitting section, the outer circumference of a cross section at any axial position of the fitting section is a polygon; a first cam and a second cam, the first cam and second cam are respectively installed on the fitting section of the central shaft and are spaced axially. Such a structure has the advantages of higher torque transmission, simpler structure, simplified manufacturing process, shorter manufacturing time consumption and reduced cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Universoon Autoparts Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Xi, Zhou Yang, Song Zhu, Fengwu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10749408
    Abstract: A connecting element for connecting a motor shaft of a motor to an encoder shaft of a rotary encoder which is designed to detect a rotational position and/or a rotational speed of the motor shaft has a connecting region which runs in an annular shape around a connecting axis and has two end sides which lie axially opposite one another, an outer side facing away from the connecting axis and an inner side facing the connecting axis. In addition, the connecting element has at least one fan blade which protrudes radially from the outer side of the connecting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Dominik Haun, Helmut Schneider
  • Patent number: 10723574
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes a stacking unit having a sheet, a feeding unit, a conveyance roller to convey a sheet fed by the feeding unit, a motor to drive the conveyance roller, a phase determiner, first and second controllers, and a discriminator. The feeding unit feeds the sheet. The phase determiner determines a motor rotor rotational phase. The first controller controls a drive current flowing in a motor winding to reduce a deviation between an instructed phase of the motor rotor and the determined rotational phase. The second controller controls to perform a first drive for driving the conveyance roller for a predetermined time before a feeding unit feed operation is started. The discriminator discriminates presence or absence of the sheet at a nip portion of the conveyance roller based on a value of a parameter corresponding to load torque applied to the rotor during the first drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Miyazawa, Shigemi Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10724477
    Abstract: A lock system for a component of a thrust reverser actuation system (“TRAS”), comprising a lock member translatable between a locked position, in which the lock member prevents movement of the thrust reverser component to deploy the thrust reverser actuation system, and an unlocked position, in which the lock member allows movement of the thrust reverser component to deploy the thrust reverser actuation system. The actuator may further comprise a screw shaft and a nut translatable along the screw shaft and operatively connected to the lock member. Rotational movement of one of the screw shaft and the nut causes the nut to translate along the screw shaft and, in turn, the lock member to move between its locked position and its unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Hawksworth, James Holding