Patents Examined by David H. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 10968066
    Abstract: A medium discharge device includes a discharge roller pair that is provided with a discharge driving roller and a discharge driven roller which drivably rotates in contact with the discharge driving roller, and a medium receiving tray which receives the medium that is fed and discharged by the discharge roller pair, in which the medium receiving tray includes a guide member which guides such that a tip end of the medium which is discharged from the discharge roller pair enters the medium mounting surface at a predetermined angle, and the guide member is provided to be elastically displaceable in an advancing and retreating direction with respect to the medium mounting surface of the medium receiving tray and is displaced in a direction coming close to the medium mounting surface according to raising of a pressing load due to the medium that is discharged to the medium receiving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10952708
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector is disclosed. The end effector is rotatable about a longitudinal axis and articulatable about an articulation axis. The surgical instrument further comprises an actuator configured to rotate and articulate the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10954087
    Abstract: A media path includes a first media path portion, and a second media path portion opposed to the first media path portion, where the first media path portion and the second media path portion form the media path therebetween, and where, to open the media path, the first media path portion is rotatable relative to the second media path portion and the second media path portion is rotatable relative to the first media path portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Lo, Stephen Brown, Raymond C Sherman, Tim Longust
  • Patent number: 10875730
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a detector configured to detect an attitude of a conveyance target medium, a corrector configured to perform a correcting operation based on a detection result of the detector, and circuitry configured to calculate an angular displacement correction amount and a lateral displacement correction amount of the conveyance target medium, cause the corrector to perform the correcting operation in a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction, based on the lateral displacement correction amount, after the corrector grips the conveyance target medium, and cause the corrector to rotate by the angular displacement correction amount of the conveyance target medium before the corrector grips the conveyance target medium and to perform the correcting operation in a direction of rotation of the conveyance target medium, based on the angular displacement correction amount, after the corrector grips the conveyance target medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Eri Uchida, Motoharu Takahashi, Yuichiro Maeyama, Tomohiro Egawa
  • Patent number: 10875728
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus and a post processing device, includes multiple position detectors and a position corrector. The multiple position detectors are aligned along a sheet conveying direction and configured to detect a side end of a sheet. The position corrector is configured to convey the sheet and correct a position of the sheet based on a positional deviation amount of the sheet, obtained by a detection result of the multiple position detectors. The positional deviation amount of the sheet is obtained by an extreme downstream position detector in the sheet conveying direction, of the multiple position detectors. A position of a subsequent sheet is corrected based on a sum of the positional deviation amount of the sheet and a positional deviation amount of the subsequent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Yamane, Hiromichi Matsuda, Tetsuo Watanabe, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Hideyuki Takayama
  • Patent number: 10870550
    Abstract: In a printing apparatus, the ends of print media fed continuously can be prevented from colliding with each other. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to perform a print operation, a detecting unit configured to detect a conveyance abnormality, a conveying unit configured to convey a preceding print medium and a succeeding print medium, a conveying path having a first area including a curved portion at which a conveying direction of the print medium is curved and a second area upstream of the first area, and an opening unit capable of opening the first area of the conveying path. In a case in which a leading edge of the succeeding print medium is located in the second area at the time of the detecting unit detecting conveyance abnormality of the preceding print medium, the conveying unit conveys the succeeding print medium so that the leading edge of the succeeding print medium reaches the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Tokuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Patent number: 10865063
    Abstract: There is provided a sheet storage device including a regulation unit that includes a first contact portion configured to contact a stacking unit, and a second contact portion configured to contact a facing member. The first contact portion contacts the stacking unit in a state of being urged toward the stacking unit. The second contact portion contacts the facing member in a state of being urged toward the facing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryosuke Takahashi
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Rietbergen, Pascal Driessen
  • 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: 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: 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