Patents Examined by Gregory H Curran
  • Patent number: 10241457
    Abstract: A toner coverage sensing system is provided for sensing toner particles printed onto a surface of a process element using an electrophotographic printing system. The printed toner particles include porous color toner particles. An infrared radiation source directs infrared radiation onto the printed toner particles on the surface of the process element A diffused radiation detector senses infrared radiation scattered from the printed toner particles, wherein the diffused radiation detector is oriented such that that the sensed infrared radiation does not include specular reflections from the surface of the process element. A data processing system determines a sensed toner coverage for the porous color toner particles on the surface of the process element responsive to the sensed scattered infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter S. Alexandrovich, Rodney R. Bucks, Tomas G. P. McHugh, Jerry A. Pickering
  • Patent number: 10241459
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process cartridge comprising: a housing; a rotatable component; a driving force receiver configured to transmit a driving force to the rotatable component; an elastic member; wherein when the process cartridge is installed in an imaging device comprising a driving head, the driving force receiver has a first state and a second state relative to the driving head, the first state being a state in which the driving force receiver contacts the driving head and is in a pre-engaged position and the second state being a state in which the driving force receiver is engaged by the driving head; wherein when the driving force receiver is in the first state relative to the driving head, the elastic member is configured to urge the driving force receiver to transition from the first state to the second state as a result of rotation of the driving head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: JIANGXI YIBO E-TECH CO.LTD.
    Inventors: Liangliang Hu, Shiping Ao
  • Patent number: 10241179
    Abstract: An MRI method and an MRI system that simultaneously detect blood and/or CSF velocity or flow in plural slices or slabs preferably as not spatially adjacent. Two or more sets of interleaved slices or slabs can be assembled to cover the desired volume and derive higher quality MRI signals and images without a need for a contrast agent, even where the volume is too large for effective flow imaging with known techniques without contrast agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED MRI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Feinberg, Liyong Chen
  • Patent number: 10234530
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an MRI apparatus includes a gradient generation circuit configured to apply a gradient pulse according to a pulse sequence in which application of an RF pulse and application of the gradient pulse are included; and an RF transmission circuit configured to (a) perform modulation on a controlled output waveform of the RF pulse in such a manner that the controlled output waveform of the RF pulse follows time variation of a magnetic resonance frequency caused by time variation of an eddy-current magnetic field estimated from a waveform of the gradient pulse and (b) apply the RF pulse subjected to the modulation to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Ookawa
  • Patent number: 10228645
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a printing unit for making printing on a print medium; a communicating unit for communicating with an external apparatus; a controlling unit for controlling the image forming apparatus; a storing unit for storing print data which is used by the printing unit; and a power controlling unit for transferring the image forming apparatus to a power saving state in which power supply to the controlling unit and the storing unit is stopped. The communicating unit outputs a first signal to the power controlling unit in a case where a destination port number of data received from the external apparatus in the power saving state is a predetermined port number, and the power controlling unit supplies power at least to the storing unit in response to input of the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Hikichi
  • Patent number: 10228050
    Abstract: A cam device includes a cam and a driver. The cam includes a cam face that is gradually distanced from a rotation center of the cam over a range greater than half a round of the cam. The driver rotates the cam in a first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Nieda
  • Patent number: 10222440
    Abstract: There is provided a scan condition determining apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging system comprising accepting means for accepting specification of a desired scan time; and searching means for searching for a second scan condition based on a first scan condition defined before the specification, by adjusting values of parameters affecting a scan time or a signal-to-noise ratio of signals obtained by a scan, said second scan condition being one with which the scan time approximates within an allowable range or matches the desired scan time, and besides, a lowest value of a relative signal-to-noise ratio of the signals approximates within an allowable range or matches a lowest value of the relative signal-to-noise ratio of the signals estimated based on the first scan condition. The parameters include, for example, any one of a number of times of addition, a y-axis direction resolution, a repetition time, and a number of data acquisition passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tomoda, Masanori Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10215821
    Abstract: Methods of obtaining quantitative MRI images of a subject that includes fitting a theoretical model that accounts for tissue-specific relaxation properties and magnetization transfer effects to MRI measured data is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Dmitriy A. Yablonskiy, Alexander L. Sukstansky, Jie Wen, Anne H. Cross
  • Patent number: 10215826
    Abstract: An MPI-apparatus comprising a magnet system for generating a time-varying and position-dependent magnetic field and a detection system detecting signals from MPI contrast agents exposed to said magnetic field within a detection volume, said signals being suitable for reconstructing an image of the spatial and temporal distribution of said MPI contrast agents, is characterized in that the magnet system comprises an array with a plurality of permanent magnetic elements geometrically arranged in such a way that at least a part of the plurality of permanent magnetic elements are moved with sufficient speed in the vicinity of the detection volume to create the spatial and temporal magnetic field variations for inducing within the contrast agent the MPI signals recorded by the detection system. This avoids the high power requirements of current MPI scanners, while opening the way for higher spatial resolutions and variable scanning frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker BioSpin MRI GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Heinen, Jochen Franke
  • Patent number: 10209654
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10197950
    Abstract: Generating mixed ink composed of at least two basic inks with a mixing ratio in a liquid electrophotography printing press by: determining (30) a volume of one of the basic inks according to the mixing ratio; calculating (31) an interval for opening a leak valve (17) based on an ink flow in a basic ink connection tube; draining (32) the volume to the mixing ink tank (14) from the basic ink connection tube (12) via a leak tube by opening the leak valve for the calculated interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HP INDIGO B.V.
    Inventor: Stylianos Manousakis
  • Patent number: 10197948
    Abstract: A developing device, including: a developer containing toner and carrier; and developer bearer configured to have surface thereof bear the developer and endlessly move, and to develop latent image over surface of latent image bearer by supplying toner in developer to latent image in developing region facing the latent image bearer, wherein carrier contains fine particles, value X in volume resistivity R (=10X) (?·cm) of carrier is 11.5-16.0, developer bearer includes: magnetic field generating unit including a plurality of magnetic poles; and developing sleeve having a cylindrical shape enclosing magnetic field generating unit, and configured to bear developer over outer circumferential surface of cylindrical shape by magnetic force of the magnetic field generating unit and perform surface moving by rotating relative to developing device body, and developing device includes developing sleeve voltage applying unit configured to apply AC component-containing voltage to developing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Iwatsuki, Koichi Sakata, Hiroshi Tohmatsu, Toyoaki Tano, Kenichi Mashiko, Mariko Takii, Hiroyuki Kishida, Yoshihiro Murasawa, Keinosuke Kondoh, Toshio Koike, Yutaka Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10191442
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit and a cartridge removably attached thereto. The image forming unit includes: a toner image forming unit; and a toner storing portion including a first toner storing portion that stores a first toner, a waste toner storing portion that stores a waste toner, and a movable partition that separates the storing portions. The cartridge includes a second toner storing portion that stores a second toner. The image forming unit includes: a first portion for supplying the first toner in the first toner storing portion to the toner image forming unit; a second portion for supplying the second toner in the second toner storing portion to the toner image forming unit; and a conveying member that conveys the first toner supplied through the first portion and the second toner supplied through the second portion, to the toner image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10191411
    Abstract: Provided is a remaining toner conveying apparatus including a cleaning blade which recovers a toner remaining on a surface of a photosensitive drum and a conveying screw which conveys the remaining toner so that a conveyance amount per predetermined time in a first conveyance path conveying the remaining toner recovered by the cleaning blade to a discharge portion for discharging the remaining toner is equal to or less than a conveyance amount in a second conveyance path in a downstream side in a conveyance direction where the conveyance path is narrower than the first conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventors: Ikuyo Kuroiwa, Yuki Nagahashi, Akihito Yokote, Hideo Nagura
  • Patent number: 10191403
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a controller, which starts rotation of a rotary polygon mirror when a predetermined condition is satisfied, rotates the rotary polygon mirror at a predetermined rotation speed based on a first pulse in a first state in which light beams are not emitted from a light source, thereafter starts emission of the light beams, switches a rotation control based on the first pulse to a rotation control based on the second pulse, and rotates the rotary polygon mirror at the predetermined rotation speed based on the second pulse in a second state in which the light beams are emitted from the light source, and thereafter detects a temperature of a drive circuit board by a temperature detector, and corrects color misregistration using a detected temperature of the temperature detector and the detection result of a pattern detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoka Omura, Koichi Taniguchi, Daisuke Aruga
  • Patent number: 10185000
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance radio frequency transmission device (140) for generating and applying a radio frequency excitation field B1 for the purpose of magnetic resonance examination comprises a birdcage coil (144) and a plurality of M radio frequency amplifier units for providing radio frequency power at a magnetic resonance frequency to the birdcage coil (144) via a plurality of M activation ports (158) selected out of the plurality of N activation ports (158). In an operational state of the birdcage coil (144) each radio frequency amplifier unit (142) is electrically connected and is arranged in close proximity to an activation port (158).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklikje Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Eerke Holle
  • Patent number: 10185282
    Abstract: A disassemblable imaging apparatus includes a photo sensing assembly, a toner cartridge, and at least one torsion spring. The photo sensing assembly includes a casing and a photosensitive drum. The casing has an accommodating space. The photosensitive drum is installed on the casing and located at a side of the accommodating space. The toner cartridge is detachably located in the accommodating space. The at least one torsion spring is located in the accommodating space. A part of the at least one torsion spring is installed on the casing, and another part of the at least one torsion spring presses a side of the toner cartridge facing away from the photosensitive drum for pushing the toner cartridge toward the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Hsin Lin, Jan-Hsing Kao
  • Patent number: 10180481
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for reducing SAR during real-time MR imaging. The method improves the safety of cine imaging, while, in certain embodiments, do not decrease image quality. The method of the invention thereby allows for the use of higher field strengths that are sometimes necessary to provide the most diagnostic information. The present invention also provides methods for improving contrast-to-noise ratio, while not increasing SAR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Subashini Srinivasan, Daniel B. Ennis
  • Patent number: 10175614
    Abstract: A belt device includes a plurality of support rotators, a belt, a cleaner, and a rotator inclination unit. The belt is looped around the plurality of support rotators and moves according to rotation of the plurality of support rotators. The cleaner contacts a surface of the belt to remove foreign substances. The rotator inclination unit inclines an inclined support rotator that is at least one of the plurality of support rotators. The cleaner is disposed in contact with a portion of the belt stretched taut between the inclined support rotator and another support rotator. A pushing amount of the cleaner relative to the belt varies according to inclination of the inclined support rotator and is smallest in a state in which the inclined support rotator is not inclined by the rotator inclination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiki Hozumi
  • Patent number: 10162283
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an exhaust duct to guide air inside the image forming apparatus to an outside of the image forming apparatus. A positive ion generator emits a positive ion into the exhaust duct. A negative ion generator emits a negative ion into the exhaust duct. The negative ion generator is shifted from the positive ion generator in one of an air flow direction of the air moving inside the exhaust duct and a direction perpendicular to the air flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shimada, Toshiyuki Kabata, Takashi Fujita, Hiroshi Seo