Patents Examined by Francis Gray
  • Patent number: 10067444
    Abstract: Provided is a remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit including a flexible container provided with an opening and configured to accommodate developer, and a frame member configured to accommodate the flexible container. The remanufacturing method includes refilling the developer into the flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuta Isobe, Takashi Kase, Kouki Yano, Takahiro Ikeda, Yusuke Usui, Shinjiro Toba, Masaaki Sato, Yosuke Kashiide, Satoshi Nishiya, Tatsuya Suzuki, Kohei Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10066930
    Abstract: A bolt (100) which is deformed when subjected to strain includes a cavity (104), intelligence and means (105) for determining strain and to alert at specific values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Lena Widin Klasén
  • Patent number: 10060777
    Abstract: An “air-data probe” system measures at least one component of freestream velocity by tracking the motion of a laser-induced breakdown (“LIB”) spark created in a freestream flow. Neutral density filters are positioned or deployed so that the brightness of the initial LIB spark doesn't over saturate the LIB sensor system. This allows for more consistent tracking of the LIB spark throughout the duration of the LIB spark, including the later stages where the LIB spark is not nearly as bright as the initial LIB spark, thereby allowing all or substantially all of the light generated by the LIB spark to reach the sensors. This provides for enhanced visibility and more accurate detection of the LIB spark over time and as air density changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Alan B Cain, Stanislav Gordeyev, R. Mark Rennie
  • Patent number: 10056071
    Abstract: A device for inspecting a workpiece surface includes a sensor, a sonotrode having a sound-emitting surface and rigidly connected to the sensor to form a sensor unit, and a movable positioning device coupled with the sensor unit to position the sensor unit in a position opposite to the workpiece surface. The positioning device includes a force-applying member to urge the sensor unit in a direction of the workpiece or strip material surface by applying a predefined urging force or using gravity as the urging force. The sound-emitting surface of the sonotrode generates ultrasonic oscillations to produce an ultrasonic levitation force field in the presence of a gaseous medium between the workpiece surface and the sound-emitting surface to thereby generate a counterforce in opposition to the urging force so that the sensor unit is held hovering at a distance to the workpiece or strip surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ZS-Handling GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schilp, Josef Zimmermann, Adolf Zitzmann
  • Patent number: 10048614
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes first and second toner containers that respectively contains a non-luminescent toner and a luminescent toner, a first development part provided with the first toner container, and causing the non-luminescent toner, which is supplied from the first toner container, to adhere to a first latent image formed based on image data, a second development part provided with the second toner container, and causing the luminescent toner, which is supplied from the second toner container, to adhere to a second latent image formed based on the image data, which is used for the first latent image, a transfer part that transfers the non-luminescent toner adhering to the first latent image and the luminescent toner adhering to the second latent image to a medium, and a fuser part that fuses the non-luminescent toner and the luminescent toner transferred to the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Takino
  • Patent number: 10048644
    Abstract: A powder container is insertable in an image forming apparatus, and includes a main-body interlocking portion that is rotatable and protrudes toward an upstream side in an insertion direction in which the powder container is inserted, the image forming apparatus including an identifier protrusion that protrudes toward the upstream side in the insertion direction to identify a type of the powder container. The powder container includes a container interlocking portion configured to interlock with the main-body interlocking portion; and an interlocked portion configured to interlock with the identifier protrusion. The interlocked portion is provided in a front end of the powder container in the insertion direction. The container interlocking portion stands outward from an outer circumference of the powder container. The container interlocking portion and the interlocked portion are rotated integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobuo Takami, Kiyonori Tsuda, Ryoichi Teranishi, Junichi Matsumoto, Toshio Koike, Yutaka Takahashi, Junji Yamabe, Akihiro Kawakami, Keinosuke Kondoh, Atsushi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10039528
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample collection systems, devices, and method are provided. The device may comprise a first portion comprising at least a sample collection channel configured to draw the fluid sample into the sample collection channel via a first type of motive force. The sample collection device may include a second portion comprising a sample container for receiving the bodily fluid sample collected in the sample collection channel, the sample container operably engagable to be in fluid communication with the collection channel, whereupon when fluid communication is established, the container provides a second motive force different from the first motive force to move a majority of the bodily fluid sample from the channel into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Theranos IP Company, LLC
    Inventor: Gayle Lee
  • Patent number: 10042321
    Abstract: A drum cartridge, comprising: a photosensitive drum; and a drum frame having a first state where a developing device is attached to the drum frame, the developing device including a developing roller, and a second state where a developing cartridge is detachably attachable to the drum frame, the developing cartridge including a developing roller and a developing frame which stores toner, wherein, in the first state, a toner cartridge is detachably attachable to the developing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Abe, Takashi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10042285
    Abstract: Provided is a developing system including a developing device that includes a replenishing unit that replenishes toner into an accommodating portion of a developer including toner and a carrier, via a replenishing port, a receiving unit that includes a transport member that transports received toner to a discharge port, a connecting member that has an internal space that is formed with an inlet connected with the discharge port and an outlet connected with the replenishing port, and a rotating member that is rotated in the internal space, and includes a blocking surface portion that closes the inlet and the outlet while passing over the inlet and the outlet, and a transport surface portion that receives or discharges the toner while passing over the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nao Kato, Masayuki Shimoda
  • Patent number: 10041820
    Abstract: An integration element including a shaft and a housing, wherein the housing includes a passage for the shaft and the shaft includes connecting elements on the shaft ends which are accessible from outside the housing, these elements providing a rotationally-fixed connection to connecting shafts. The housing has at least one connection for fastening to a connection structure and the shaft together with the housing delimits a measuring equipment space for receiving measuring equipment. The housing is formed by at least two housing parts detachably connected to each other, said housing parts being designed to be separated around the full extent of their circumference surrounding the shaft to allow access to the measuring equipment space. The housing has bearing seats for shaft bearings and these shaft bearings support the shaft in a rotatable manner with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jorg Bauer, Marco Frank, Armin Gerner, Bernd Wittmann, Christian Lehmann, Matthias Sperber
  • Patent number: 10036993
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a potential applier, a cleaning device and a hardware processor. The cleaning device includes an abutting member abutting a surface of the image carrier and removes residual toner on the surface of the image carrier by means of the abutting member after a toner image formed on the surface of the image carrier is transferred to a transfer material. In a cleaning mode for removing a foreign matter attached to the abutting member of the cleaning device, the hardware processor controls the potential applier to alternately apply a first potential and a second potential which is lower than the first potential to the image carrier so as to periodically change a potential of the abutting member without causing saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasunori Shigenaga
  • Patent number: 10036974
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photoconductor, a charger that charges the photoconductor, a transfer unit that transfers a toner image formed on the photoconductor to a transfer device, a charging power supply that outputs AC voltage for applying a charging bias to the charger, a transfer power supply that outputs DC voltage or DC current for applying a transfer bias to the transfer unit, an output detector that detects an output value of the DC voltage or the DC current, and a controller that calculates load impedance of the photoconductor based on the detected output value of the DC voltage or DC current detected by the output detector while modifying the output of the AC voltage by the charging power supply and sets the output of the AC voltage that the load impedance starts converging into a predetermined value as an adjusted AC output to the charging power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Minami
  • Patent number: 10037003
    Abstract: A process cartridge is provided. The process cartridge includes a housing, a rotation member rotatably mounted in the housing, and a support mounted on the housing. The rotation member includes a station unit and a drive unit coupled to the rotation unit. The drive unit further comprises a drive transmission device and an actuating rod coupled to the drive transmission device. The support includes a notch allowing the actuating rod to pass through. When the actuating rod receives an applied force, the actuating rod swings in a plane defined by a longitudinal direction and a horizontal direction of the process cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN KINGWAY IMAGE TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xueliang Wen, Junqing Liu
  • Patent number: 10031095
    Abstract: A method for the quantitative analysis of the composition of a gas mixture is specifically suited for the analysis of the atmosphere of a containment in a nuclear installation. Even under difficult conditions, this method enables the simple, reliable and as direct as possible determination of physical parameters, thereby permitting the characteristic definition of the ignition field and the combustion behavior of the gas mixture. A measuring device is provided with a thermal conductivity detector with a first measuring bridge, a thermal tonality detector with a second measuring bridge, and a common evaluation unit. With reference to bridge voltages present on the two measuring bridges, the hydrogen content and the oxygen content are simultaneously determined in the evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AREVA GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Hill
  • Patent number: 10031442
    Abstract: Provided is a remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit including a flexible container provided with an opening and configured to accommodate developer, and a frame member configured to accommodate the flexible container. The remanufacturing method includes refilling the developer into the flexible container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuta Isobe, Takashi Kase, Kouki Yano, Takahiro Ikeda, Yusuke Usui, Shinjiro Toba, Masaaki Sato, Yosuke Kashiide, Satoshi Nishiya, Tatsuya Suzuki, Kohei Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10031461
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is capable of performing a first image forming mode that performs image formation at a first peripheral speed ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral speed of a developer bearing member to a peripheral speed of an image bearing member and at a second image forming mode that performs the image formation at a second peripheral speed ratio different from the first peripheral speed ratio. The image forming apparatus also detects an amount of a developer consumed in the image formation, based on an estimate of the amount of the developer consumed by one pixel and the number of pixels at a part at which the developer is consumed. The estimate of the amount of the developer consumed by the one pixel in the first image forming mode is different from that in the second image forming mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichiro Hirata, Daisuke Baba
  • Patent number: 10018033
    Abstract: A downhole sensor array includes sensor housings, and each sensor housing contains one or more of a pressure sensor and a temperature sensor. Cable segments connect the sensor housings. A weld joint bonds a sensor housing to a jacket of a cable segment, and a conductor of the cable segment and the jacket of the cable segment may be separated by a void proximate the weld joint. Methods relate to forming such sensor arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Quartzdyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Leeflang, G. Scott Brown
  • Patent number: 10010991
    Abstract: The state measuring device includes a measurement section attached to the blade portion or to a vicinity of the blade portion to measure a state of the blade portion, an AD converter attached to the cutting tool to acquire a measurement value measured by the measurement section at a predetermined sampling rate and perform AD conversion on the measurement value, a transmission section which transmits, on each acquisition of the measurement value from the AD converter, the acquired measurement value using digital wireless communication, and a monitor device provided outside the cutting tool. The monitor device includes a reception section which receives the measurement value transmitted by the transmission section, and a data management section which causes a display section to display the measurement value and causes a storage section to store the measurement value on each reception of the measurement value by the reception section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Takahashi, Kaname Araki, Masato Kannaka, Koyo Kegasa, Katsuhiko Ozaki, Koichi Akazawa, Hiroyuki Kamura, Yuya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10012934
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a fixation device has a fixation belt, a coil, and a heat-generation auxiliary plate. The coil is opposed to the fixation belt and the heat-generation auxiliary plate and generates magnetic flux. The heat-generation auxiliary plate assists heating of a recording medium by the fixation belt. The heat-generation auxiliary plate has a magnetic layer and a non-magnetic layer formed on the magnetic layer and contacting a base layer of the fixation belt. The non-magnetic layer is harder than the base layer of the fixation belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10012610
    Abstract: The present invention has an object of improving the measurement accuracy in a biological information measurement device, e.g., for measuring a blood glucose level. The device is configured to be able to change at least one of i) a voltage value to be applied to the second input terminal and the third input terminal (i.e., the blood component measurement counter electrode 7 and the blood component measurement working electrode 6) in the second biological information measurement mode D and ii) a voltage application time during which a voltage is applied to the second input terminal and the third input terminal in the second biological information measurement mode D based on the first biological information in the first biological information measurement mode A. A hematocrit value is measured in the first biological information measurement mode A, and a glucose value is measured based on the hematocrit value in the second biological information measurement mode D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: PHC Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Teppei Shinno, Shouko Hironaka