Patents Examined by Howard Sanders
  • Patent number: 9911265
    Abstract: Provided is a financial device. The financial device comprises an upper module and a lower module disposed under the upper module. The upper module comprises a medium depositing and withdrawing unit through which media to be counted, media to be deposited, and media to be withdrawn are accepted and withdrawn and a discrimination unit connected to the medium depositing and withdrawing unit through a transfer path. The lower module comprises an additional function cassette and a medium storage unit which are capable of storing media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Su Min Lee, Chang Ho Moon, Jeong Rok Hwang
  • Patent number: 9884737
    Abstract: A sheet separating apparatus includes a stacker having a sheet supporting surface, a separation roller rotating around a first shaft center parallel to a width direction of the sheet supporting surface, contacting a sheet fed from the stacker and conveying the sheet to a downstream side in a conveyance direction perpendicular to the width direction, a separation piece facing the separation roller and separating the sheet one at a time in cooperation with the separation roller, the separation roller and the separation piece nipping the sheet at a first nip position, and a pinch roller provided on an upstream side with respect to the first nip position and abutting on the separation roller to be rotatable around a second shaft center parallel to the width direction, the pinch roller having a portion overlapping the separation piece as seen from the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuo Ito
  • Patent number: 9878867
    Abstract: A card feeding apparatus realizes random and selective feeding of cards of different types or kinds. This apparatus includes a card supplying device, a card holding and feeding device, and a controller. The card holding and feeding device includes a table set having tables on which cards from the card supplying device are held, a table set supporting structure (e.g., a frame), a table set moving device (e.g., a lifting mechanism), and a card conveying device that conveys cards held on the tables. In response to a card feeding signal, the table set supporting structure is temporarily stopped using the table set moving device such that a target table designated from the tables by the said signal is located at the card conveying position, and the card holding and feeding device is activated, thereby feeding a card on the target table by the card conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takahito Yamamiya
  • Patent number: 9878861
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide sheet supplying apparatus. The sheet supplying apparatus has a tray; a guide mechanism; a movement conversion mechanism; a rotary member; a cam and slider mechanism and a compression spring. The movement conversion mechanism converts an up and down motion of the tray to a rotational motion. The rotary member comprises a transmitted portion configured to receive a rotational motion converted from the up and down motion of the tray in cooperation with the movement conversion mechanism and a driven portion configured to receive a rotational driving force to lift the tray. The cam and slider mechanism converts the rotational motion of the rotary member to a linear motion of a linearly movable member. The compression spring elastically presses the linearly movable member of the cam and slider mechanism in the rotational axis direction to lift the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9868599
    Abstract: In a sheet feeding device, a document mounting board includes a first member that includes a first mounting surface and is located on the feed mechanism side in the feeding direction of the documents in the feed mechanism, the first mounting surface being inclined to a lower side toward the feed mechanism, and a second member that includes a second mounting surface on which the documents are mounted and is disposed on a side opposite to the side of the first member on which the feed mechanism is located, and the second member is connected to the first member to be rotatable about a second turning shaft and turns about the second turning shaft depending on the weight of the documents detected by the weight sensor to change an angle with respect to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hideyuki Okumura, Masanobu Hongo
  • Patent number: 9862558
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a feed roller, a feed holder, a supporting frame and a driving shaft. The feed roller is configured to rotate around a rotating shaft. The feed holder is configured to support the feed roller. The supporting frame has a storage recessed part in which the feed holder is attachable and detachable along a direction crossing an axial direction of the rotating shaft. The driving shaft is supported to the supporting frame on one side of the storage recessed part in the axial direction. The storage recessed part has a guide part and a positioning part. The guide part is configured to guide the feed holder. The rotating shaft is coupled to the driving shaft by sliding the feed holder positioned at the aligning position by the positioning part in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Tahara, Yuki Uohashi
  • Patent number: 9840387
    Abstract: A belt conveyance apparatus includes a plurality of support rollers, an endless belt, a regulation portion configured to regulate a shift of the endless belt in a width direction, a regulation receiving member configured to contact the regulation portion to receive a regulation force by the regulation portion, and support members disposed on an upstream side, in a conveyance direction of the endless belt, of the support rollers provided with the regulation portion to oppose each other on an inner peripheral surface side and an outer peripheral surface side of the end portion side of the endless belt in the width direction, and configured to regulate a position of the regulation receiving member when the regulation receiving member enters a contact portion with the regulation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Shigihara, Hideaki Kosasa
  • Patent number: 9836005
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes: a second conveyance belt disposed on an upstream side of a first conveyance belt in a sheet conveyance direction; a second absorption section configured to absorb the sheet stored in the sheet storage section to suck the sheet on the second conveyance belt; and a control section configured to perform a stopping operation for stopping at least one of a conveyance operation of the second conveyance belt and an absorption operation of the second absorption section during a conveyance operation of the first conveyance belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hajime Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9829849
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an ejecting port, an ejected sheet tray and a guiding member. The ejected sheet tray has a sheet stacking face inclined upwardly towards a downstream side from a lower side of the ejecting port. The guiding member is provided at a position on the sheet stacking face to contact with a tip end of the ejected sheet at the position. The guiding member includes a base member attached to the sheet stacking face, a movable guide for stacking the ejected sheet and a biasing member. The movable guide is turnably supported on the base member around a supporting shaft. The biasing member is interposed between the base member and the movable guide at an upstream side from the supporting shaft to bias the movable guide upwardly. The movable guide is turned downwardly against a biasing force of the biasing member by weight of stacked sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masaaki Maruta
  • Patent number: 9821971
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus including a first tray having a first holding portion for holding sheets, a second tray disposed above the first tray and including a second holding portion for holding sheets, a sheet feeder that selectively feeds a sheet from one of the first tray and the second tray in a sheet feed direction, a recording unit that records an image on the sheet fed by the sheet feeder, and a discharge roller that discharges the sheet on which the image is recorded by the recording unit. The second holding portion of the second tray moves above the first holding portion of the first tray. The second tray further includes a discharged sheet receiving portion for receiving the sheet discharged by the discharge roller. The second tray including the discharged sheet receiving portion pivots relative to the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Tetsuo Asada, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 9821970
    Abstract: A sheet feeder including a tray, a feeder roller, a guide, a separator, a motor, a controller, and a sensor, is provided. The sheet feeder separates an object sheet from other sheets in the tray and feed the object sheet through the guide and the separator by rotation of the feeder roller. The controller determines a remaining volume of the sheets in the tray based on a signal from the sensor; generate a velocity profile so that the object sheet is fed at a lower velocity in an earlier first period than a velocity in a later second period; based on the determined remaining volume of the plurality of sheets, modify at least one of a length of the first period and the target velocity in the first period of the velocity profile; and after modification of the velocity profile, control the motor in compliance with the modified velocity profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Arai
  • Patent number: 9819814
    Abstract: A stack state of a plurality of trays is collectively determined and is notified in steps. A printing apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet and create a printed material, a plurality of storage units each configured to store the printed material created by the image forming unit, a sorter unit configured to output the printed material to the plurality of storage units, and a determining unit configured to determine whether the plurality of storage units are in a nearly full state in which printed material is stored in almost all of the plurality of storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yumi Ikarashi
  • Patent number: 9802775
    Abstract: A sheet separating device includes: a lifting nozzle configured to blow air against an end portion of a sheet bundle placed on a sheet loading portion to lift sheets; a separating nozzle configured to separate the sheets; a lifting-nozzle shutter member configured to open and close the lifting nozzle; a separating-nozzle shutter member configured to open and close the separating nozzle; a lifting-shutter driving mechanism configured to drive the lifting-nozzle shutter member; a separating-shutter driving mechanism configured to drive the separating-nozzle shutter member; and an open/close control unit configured to control the lifting-shutter driving mechanism and the separating-shutter driving mechanism such that the lifting-nozzle shutter member and the separating-nozzle shutter member are opened or closed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masato Hashimoto, Takashi Fukumoto, Hideaki Takahashi, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Munehisa Fuda, Yasuo Niikura, Masaki Ishizaki, Kiyotake Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Toshihiro Okutsu, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga
  • Patent number: 9802782
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus includes a transport unit and a holding unit. The transport unit transports a first sheet to a first position. The transport unit transports a second sheet, which is transported after the first sheet, to a second position displaced to the upstream side of a sheet transport direction relative to the first position. The transport unit transports a third sheet, which is transported after the second sheet, to a third position displaced to the downstream side of the sheet transport direction relative to the second position. In the case where the second sheet is transported to the second position, the holding unit holds the first sheet at the first position. In the case where the third sheet is transported to the third position, the holding unit holds the second sheet at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taki, Yasunobu Terao
  • Patent number: 9790045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the optimal positioning of veneer sheets at a lay-up station, wherein the veneer sheets are attached for a veneer assembly composed of veneer sheets glued on top of each other. The method comprises determining an optimal position for each veneer sheet and a location for virtual alignment edges and laying up the veneer sheets as positioned in accordance with the virtual alignment edges, for a veneer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Raute Oyj
    Inventor: Marko Perttilä
  • Patent number: 9790052
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, comprising: a housing having a sheet discharge tray, a first opening, and a second opening disposed on an upper side of the first opening; an image forming unit; a sheet discharge path communicating with the first opening; a re-conveying path communicating with the second opening; and a swinging member having a first surface facing the first opening and a second surface, wherein the swinging member has a first end area swingably supported by the housing, a second end area, and a rib; the swinging member is disposed to be movable between a first position and a second position at which the second end area gets higher; and the rib is formed on the second surface opposing the first surface facing the sheet discharge tray in a state where the swinging member is disposed at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Raizo Kosaka
  • Patent number: 9783381
    Abstract: A conveyor includes: a supporting member which supports the first and second roller units to allow the first and second rollers to take one of a first conveyance position and a first retracted position; a movable member which is movable between a first position where the first roller and the second roller take the first conveyance position and a second position where the rollers take the first retracted position; a cover member which is switchable between a closed state where the cover member is a part of the conveyance passage and an open state where a part of the conveyance passage is open; and an interlocking mechanism which is configured to move the movable member to the second position when the cover member is in the open state and moves the movable member to the first position when the cover member is in the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kawamata, Yasuhira Ota
  • Patent number: 9783386
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path; and a discharge tray having a support surface for supporting the sheet discharged from the conveyor. The conveyor includes a discharge unit for discharging the sheet conveyed along the conveyance path, onto the discharge tray. The discharge tray is provided with a projection protruding upward from the support surface and elongated in a direction along a discharge direction in which the sheet is conveyed. At least a portion of the projection which has a downstream edge of the projection in the discharge direction is a movable portion changeable between a first position at which an upper end portion of the projection is farthest from the support surface and a second position which is nearer to the support surface than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuo Ito
  • Patent number: 9776818
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus contains an image-forming portion, a first conveying portion that is arranged at an upstream side of the image-forming portion along a sheet conveying direction, a second conveying portion that is arranged at an upstream side of the first conveying portion along the sheet conveying direction and a control portion. The control portion controls the first conveying portion to move a pair of registration rollers along a direction that is orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction while the pair of registration rollers nips the sheet when conveying the sheet to the image-forming portion. The control portion controls the second conveying portion to move one of the pair of conveying rollers along the direction that is orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction while the pair of conveying rollers does not nip the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Satoshi Hamaya
  • Patent number: 9771230
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device (1) includes a feed tray (20), a feeding unit (50), a stopper (30), a first abutted portion (41), and an impact reducing mechanism (10). Sheets are loaded on the feed tray (20). The feeding unit (50) feeds the sheets. The stopper (30) is rotatably supported on the feeding unit (50) and rotates when pressed by the sheets inserted into the feed tray (20). The stopper (30) comes into contact with the first abutted portion (41) in association with the rotation of the stopper (30). The impact reducing mechanism (10) reduces impact applied to the first abutted portion (41) by the stopper (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masakazu Uehara