Patents Examined by Donald P. Walsh
  • Patent number: 7537123
    Abstract: A separator for use in separating larger rocks from smaller rocks and soil in which the upper rear support includes a connecting member allowing the sizing members to be adjusted to reject different minimum sizes, and in which the connecting member is recessed to protect it from damage during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Michael David Snow
  • Patent number: 7172190
    Abstract: A paper feeding mechanism for an inkjet printer having a rapid printing speed and which continuously supplies and discharges sheets of paper during alignment operations of the feed roller. The paper feeding mechanism includes a drive gear coaxially coupled to a shaft of drive roller for transferring a sheet to a printing zone, a feed gear coaxially coupled to a shaft of the feed roller and operating to align the sheet transferred from the drive roller, and a discharge gear coaxially coupled to a shaft of discharge roller for discharging the sheet that has passed through the printing zone. The paper feeding mechanism further includes a motor for supplying a rotation power to the shaft of the feed roller, and a power transfer unit for transferring the rotation power of the shaft of the feed roller to the drive gear and the discharge gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-ho Park
  • Patent number: 7139637
    Abstract: An order allocation algorithm maximizes throughput by reducing the number of stops that a container makes in the process of fulfilling a customer order. This is accomplished by first identifying a pod that stocks the largest number of different items in a customer order. Then, a second pod is identified that stocks the largest number of remaining items in the customer order. Ultimately, all items in the customer order are assigned a pod. The collection of pods defines a container path through the distribution center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventors: William Henry Waddington, Patricia C. Grewell, Peter Ham, Boris Klots
  • Patent number: 7128314
    Abstract: A banknote dispensing device including a storage section for storing one or more banknotes, a discharging unit driven by a first motor for discharging banknotes one-by-one at a first speed, and a transporting unit driven by a second motor for receiving the discharged banknotes from the discharging unit and transporting the discharged banknotes at a second speed where the second speed is faster than the first speed, the one-way clutch permitting the discharged banknote to be continuously drawn at the second speed without damaging the discharged banknote. The banknote dispensing device includes one or more sensors connected to a control unit, the control unit determining whether the transported banknote is transported properly and turning off the motors in an error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joji Iida
  • Patent number: 7126074
    Abstract: A sorting method and apparatus which permits a high sorting speed during the sorting of a group of objects is disclosed. The method and apparatus can be carried out automatically and with simple equipment in some preferred embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: WF Logistik GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Berceli
  • Patent number: 7118101
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inputting and depositing bank notes, whereby checked bank notes are temporarily stored in a stacking device singly or in bundles. To permit secure transport of bank notes from a stacking position to an end cashbox, temporarily stored bank notes are stacked on a deposit surface that is then itself moved to a position associated with the end cashbox, so that bank notes can be deposited in the end cashbox in said position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Frank, Xaver Thum, August Haeusler
  • Patent number: 7114717
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a print media registration device. More particularly, and by way of example and not limitation, the invention is directed to a printed media registration arm that sweeps an arc while carrying a document output to a tray or other receptacle to move the document into the corner of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter D. Schuller, Thomas G. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 7111742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for separating flat postal items according to thickness classes. A rigid system of overlapping lamellae (5) on two continuous traction mechanisms (3) revolving on two deflection rollers (4) provides a lamella-type conveyor belt. The lamellae (5), in the end zones of the belt, are inclined outward at the same angle, thereby forming inward-leading gaps in between them. The lamella-type conveyor belt is inclined with respect to the horizontal to such an extent that postal items (10) that are conveyed to the lower part of the belt transporting the postal items upwards can slide, due to their gravity, into the interior of the lamella-type conveyor belt through the downward leading gaps if they are thinner than the gap width. The sorted out postal items (11) slide onto a transport device (7) by means of rigid guides (6) in the interior of the lamella-type conveyor belt. Said transport device transports the postal items laterally outward from the lamella-type conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Armin Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 7112756
    Abstract: A single pass sequencer having a transport system for transporting the mail pieces and a character recognition system proximate to the transport system for reading destination information associated with the mail pieces. The system includes a first carriage system and a second carriage system with a a plurality of holders slidable between the first carriage system and the second carriage system. Each of the plurality of holders holding a mail piece of the mail pieces received from the transport system. A sorting device stores information from the mail pieces and assigns a code to: (i) the mail pieces based on the destination information, (ii) the plurality of holders on the first carriage based on an initial sequence of each of the plurality of holders on the first carriage, and (iii) a position on the second carriage which corresponds to the initial sequence and a destination sequence of the mail pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce H. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7111754
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in dispensing coin rolls is disclosed. The apparatus includes a receptacle, to hold the coin rolls in a vertically stacked array, a dispensed, to dispense the coin rolls from a bottom of the receptacle, and a controller, to control the dispensing means responsive to instructions from a user. The apparatus may be used to construct a change making machine, and a plurality of change making machines may be used to form a broad cash and coin dispensing system that is centrally controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Namsys, Inc.
    Inventor: John Siemens
  • Patent number: 7108257
    Abstract: A sheet-supply device supplying sheets one at a time from a stack of sheets in a sheet feeding direction. The device includes a slanting plate on which a stack of sheets is mounted. A sheet feed roller is positioned above the slanting plate applying a force to an uppermost sheet in the stack to move the sheet in a sheet feed direction. A fixed separation plate is fixed at a downstream end portion of the slanting plate. The separation plate is formed with a slot in which a high friction separation member is disposed. The high friction separation member is held by a resilient support plate 39 supported by the fixed separation plate. The resilient support plate has a comb like slats on which the high friction separation member is held. In a normal condition, the high friction separation member protrudes from the slot toward the leading edges of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Takamitsu Kawai, Koji Takito
  • Patent number: 7104403
    Abstract: A two-stage static air classifier has a feed duct through which particles of a granular mixture fall. A classifying louver plate having fins forming upwardly inclined classifying channels is fitted into a side opening in the feed duct. Particles of a set size are drawn by air suction through the classifying channels in the first stage. A separator box having an inlet connected to the outlet of the classifying channels collects the separated particles in a second stage as the entrained particles fall by gravity to the bottom of the separator box while the air streams drawing the particles through the classifying channels pass out the top end of the box. Adjustable baffle plates transversely extending through the box permit control of the quantity of fines collected with the particles at the separator box bottom. Size of the collected particles is determined by the speed of a fan at the top outlet of the separator box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: The Unimin Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Stephens, Gerald G. Verret, Richard U. Lalancette
  • Patent number: 7103445
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing super absorbent material (SAM) to a machine manufacturing absorbent articles as part of a manufacturing processing operation. A first controller stores process control data relating to the manufacturing processing operation and provides a first control signal that corresponds to the stored process control data. A second controller is responsive to the first control signal provided by the first controller for providing a dispensing signal. A SAM dispenser is responsive to the dispensing signal for dispensing the SAM to the machine at a start-up dispense rate when the machine is in a start-up mode and at an operating dispense rate when the machine is in a operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Athman, Thomas A. Bett, Tanakon Ungpiyakul, Steven T. Moore
  • Patent number: 7097173
    Abstract: A sheet depositing device for a sheet processing apparatus, includes a feeding section for sequentially feeding sheets or sets of sheets from the sheet processing apparatus, at least one sheet stacking element movable along a guide, for facilitating depositing the sheets or sets of sheets fed by the feeding section, and a sensor arrangement for detecting the position of a sheet stacking element along the guide. The sensor arrangement includes a stationary linear array of active elements and a passive element moving in unison with the sheet stacking element. The active and passive elements are of a kind that interact through the use of electric or magnetic fields. Examples of such sensors are an array of conductive fields arranged in parallel to a conductive strip or a second array of conductive fields, and a conductive plate connected to a capacitance meter; and an array of Hall-effect sensors and a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Oće Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Christophorus Lambertus Spoorenberg, Hendrik Frederik Paul Bruggeling, Roel Paul Marie Beeren, Franciscus Johannes Hermanus Rothoff
  • Patent number: 7093831
    Abstract: A media transport array for forming sequential media streams feeding a media processing system in which serial flows, parallel flows, or both are desired are structured from standard, batch fabricatable media path modules. Each media path module includes a frame unit, intermodule latching means, media control electronics, and media state sensing electronics. Within each media path module, at least one media transport nip receives media and passes it to an independently actuated media director. Media guides support media as it moves into and out of the media director.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Biegelsen, Lars-Erik Swartz, Markus P. J. Fromherz, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7086535
    Abstract: A separator for intended use in separating particles having a selected charge from a particle mixture entrained in or carried by a fluid flow is disclosed. The separator comprises a tubular, elongated body for receiving the fluid flow. At least one and preferably a pair of electrodes may be provided to create an electric field in at least a portion of the body through which the fluid flow passes, and at least one partition defines first and second channels for receiving the flow downstream of the portion of the body including the electric field. In one embodiment, the electrode is oriented such that a direction of an electrical field force acting on particles having a selected charge passing through the electric field is not perpendicular to a direction of gravity. A system incorporating the separator is disclosed, along with a diffuser and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    Inventors: John M. Stencel, Tapiwa Zabron Gurupira
  • Patent number: 7083167
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for alignment of individually moved sheet-shaped materials with two individually controlled frictional wheels (A, B), wherein the frictional wheels (A, B) carry out speed changes continuously during the entire process of the alignment according to a control function and in this way achieve a change from the state parameters input angle (?in) and input speed (vin) of the sheet-shaped material, to the state parameters output angle (?out), output speed (vout), X shift (xshift) and Y shift (Yshift).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Barthold
  • Patent number: 7085621
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing cabinet to identify the locations where items to be dispensed are located is comprised of a login step in which user information is entered into a processor controlling the dispensing cabinet. The processor unlocks certain doors of the dispensing cabinet in response to the user information. Assuming that a locate mode of operation has been chosen, the locations of the items to be located are determined by the processor. An alpha-numeric display positioned on a shelf within the cabinet begins flashing with the number of items to be located that are held by that shelf. After the user identifies the shelves having flashing alpha-numeric displays, the user may enter a dispense mode or may logoff causing the unlocked doors to lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: McKesson Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip H. Spano, Jr., Robert B. Meek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7083036
    Abstract: An apparatus for securely monitoring the sales transactions in bulk vending machines, said apparatus comprising at least one bulk vending machine having a coin mechanism. The coin mechanism includes a coin plate; a selectively rotatable shaft extending radially therefrom; a coin shuttle, a cam-bearing lobe and a coin mechanism adapter plate co-axially and collectively located around the selectively rotatable shaft; and a first switch and a second switch. The first and second switches are fixedly mounted and oriented on the coin mechanism adapter plate so that the maximum amount of backlash in the coin mechanism is less than the angular spread of the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Coinstar Entertainment Services Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Adams
  • Patent number: 7073789
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet tray configured to accommodate stacked sheets and a sheet feeding device configured to feed the stacked sheets in the sheet tray. A light emitting device emits light toward the stacked sheets, and the emitted light includes at least two values of light. A light receiving device receives the light emitted by the light emitting device. Further, a control device detects the number of paper sheets in the stack based on a quantity of a decrease of the transmitted light emitted by the light emitting device. An image forming device is configured to form images on the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobutaka Suzuki