Patents Examined by Jennifer Bahls
  • Patent number: 11221291
    Abstract: Methods for quantitatively determining the time (TNI) between (1) the application of this method and (2) the time at which the next out-of-service API 653 internal inspection of a steel, field-erected, aboveground storage tank (AST) containing petroleum/water products should be performed. These methods combine four in-service measurements of the thickness, integrity, and corrosion rate of the tank bottom with an empirical corrosion rate cumulative frequency distribution (CFD) for the tank of interest to develop a Bayesian tank bottom survival probability distribution to determine TNI. During this entire TNI time period, the risk of tank bottom failure is less than at the time these methods were applied. If available, the results of a previous out-of-service API 653 internal inspection are also used. These methods can be applied at any time while the tank is in-service to update the internal inspection interval previously determined in an out-of-service internal inspection of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Vista Precision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11215946
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, a stacking portion on which the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit is stacked, a first regulation member configured to regulate a position of an edge portion, in a conveyance direction, of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, a second regulation member configured to regulate a position of an edge portion, in a width direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction, of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, a binding unit supported movably in the conveyance direction and configured to perform a binding process of binding the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, and a moving unit configured to move the second regulation member in the conveyance direction accompanied with a movement, in the conveyance direction, of the binding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomooku Koyama, Jun Agata, Yasuhiro Nakahara, Hiroharu Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11214077
    Abstract: A manufacturing system for an inkjet printing flexible display device includes a substrate input module, a substrate transferring module, a printing module, a post-printing processing module, a solid content detection module, a film packaging printing module, a film formation detection module, a substrate output module. At the same time, the functional modules are highly integrated and optimized in structure and layout. The manufacturing system for the inkjet printing flexible display device is suitable for industrial production and are adopted to monitor the manufacturing process by using a plurality of detection modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jiankui Chen, Zhouping Yin, Yongan Huang, Hua Yang, Yongqing Duan, Yixin Wang, Qiangqiang Liu, Huayang Li, Kaiyou Song, Zhilong Shao, Zhou Zhang, Wen Ou
  • Patent number: 11198583
    Abstract: A sheet discharge apparatus includes a first tray for stacking sheets, and a sheet bundle forming unit that forms a sheet bundle on the first tray. The sheet bundle forming unit forms a first sheet bundle on the first tray, and forms a second sheet bundle on the first sheet bundle to be offset from the first sheet bundle. When forming each of the first sheet bundle and the second sheet bundle on the first tray, the sheet bundle forming unit divides sheets constituting each of the sheet bundles into a plurality of sets and discharges the sheets in a plurality of times for each sheet bundle. A number of sheets included in a first sheet set of the first sheet bundle is set smaller than a number of sheets included in a first sheet set of the second sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Satoru Matsuki
  • Patent number: 11186102
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head that prints on recording sheet, a platen roller that transports the recording sheet pinched between the print head and the platen roller, a movable blade that cuts the recording sheet, a roller driving module that drives the platen roller, and a cutter driving module that drives the movable blade. The roller driving module and the cutter driving module are both provided at one end along an axial direction of the platen roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuji Yada, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Hiromi Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 11186459
    Abstract: A medium cutting device according to an embodiment may include: a fixed blade provided on one side with respect to a conveyance path in which a medium is conveyed in a thickness direction of the medium orthogonal to a surface of the medium and including a cutting edge thereof; a rotary blade provided on the other side with respect to the conveyance path in the thickness direction, and including a cutting edge thereof, wherein the rotary blade is configured to be rotated in a rotation direction so that the cutting edge of the rotary blade passes by the cutting edge of the fixed blade to cut at a cutting position the medium being conveyed; and a guide member provided upstream of the cutting position in a conveyance direction of the medium and configured to bias the medium toward the rotary blade side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Yamada, Naoki Kanzawa
  • Patent number: 11182654
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a control unit configured to control a printing unit to start printing on sheets after confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed an upper limit number of sheets bindable by a first binding processing in a case where the first binding processing is specified and control the printing unit to start printing on sheets without confirming that a number of sheets used for printing does not exceed an upper limit number of sheets bindable by a second binding processing in a case where the second binding processing is specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Kondo
  • Patent number: 11175174
    Abstract: A sensor (1) including at least one array (10), including a plurality of acoustic transducers (12); a controller (42) for controlling each transducer (12) to be selectively in a generation mode for generating an analysis signal, or a reception mode for receiving an analysis signal, and, for controlling the sensor (1) to perform scans of the at least one array (10), each scan having a plurality of scan steps, such that, during each scan step, at least one transducer (12) is in the generation mode and at least one other transducer (12) is in the reception mode; and, a processor (44) for processing one or more signals receivable from one or more of the controller (42), a transducer (12) in generation mode and a transducer (12) in reception mode to determine at least one characteristic from the one or more signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Binmartine Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert Sidney Stirling, Ravi Vivakanantham
  • Patent number: 11148315
    Abstract: A system and method for aligning and installing graphical dies onto an embossing press or foil stamping press is provided. The system includes a number of die support panels having a number of threaded openings disposed in columns and rows in a grid like fashion and identified with x and y axis indicia. The system also includes a number of dies with a number of apertures each identified with a pair of x and y axis indicia. Fasteners and indicia are used to align and attach the dies to the die support panels in a predetermined position. The system preferable further comprises one or more adjusters used to make minute positioning adjustments to the die after it is installed on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: METAL MAGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Brown, Cy R. Brown
  • Patent number: 11150209
    Abstract: A measurement system may include an electrical signal source; a plurality of electrical contacts electrically coupled to a tested material; a respective resistor associated with each electrical contact; a common node to which the respective resistors are electrically connected; and a control module. The control module may cause the electrical signal source to be electrically connected to a selected electrical contact as an input electrical contact. The remaining electrical contacts are electrically connected to a return node of the electrical signal source as extraction electrical contacts. The control module also may cause the electrical signal source to output an electrical signal to an input electrical contact; cause a respective electrical signal parameter to be determined at the respective resistor associated with each respective extraction electrical contact; and determine whether the tested material includes a crack or other defect based on the respective electrical signal parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher R. Yungers, David H. Redinger, Eric M. Chinnock, Jennifer F. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 11142423
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device includes a sheet outlet, a lower discharge roller, and a paddle member. The paddle member is disposed coaxially to a rotation shaft of the lower discharge roller, and is driven to rotate independently of the lower discharge roller in the same direction as the lower discharge roller, so as to contact downward an upstream part in a discharging direction of a sheet discharged through the sheet outlet. The paddle member includes a base part in which the rotation shaft is inserted, an arm part protruding in a direction separating from an axis center of the base part, and a paddle elastic part protruding from the arm part. A rotation speed of the paddle member is the same as a rotation speed of a discharge roller pair when the sheet passes through a nip of the discharge roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Kotani
  • Patent number: 11131954
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet; a reading unit configured to read the image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit during a period in which the sheet is being conveyed by a conveying unit; a control unit configured to control a conveyance speed of the sheet by the conveying unit; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is an image defect in the image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit based on image data of a first partial image read by the reading unit, excluding a second partial image passing through the reading unit during a speed variation period in which the control unit varies the conveyance speed of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shingo Harada, Hiroshi Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 11119004
    Abstract: A strain estimation device according to an aspect of the present disclosure is a strain estimation device that estimates strain of a component provided in a fluid and includes a pressure acquisition unit that acquires a pressure signal including time-series pressure values at a predetermined position in a vicinity of the component, an estimation unit that estimates, based on the pressure signal, a strain signal including time-series strain values occurring at the component, and an output unit that outputs the strain signal. The estimation unit converts the pressure signal into the strain signal using an estimation filter determined based on a power spectral density of pressure and a power spectral density of strain occurring at the component when the pressure is applied to the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hashizume
  • Patent number: 11117773
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a blade configured to cut a sheet that is conveyed along a sheet conveyance path, a scrap path through which scrap generated when the sheet is cut by the blade passes, a guide member configured to guide the sheet conveyed, and a blowing unit configured to blow air such that the air crosses the sheet conveyance path from a side opposite the scrap path with the sheet conveyance path therebetween, wherein the blowing unit blows air such that the air flows along the guide member positioned at a second position at which the scrap is allowed to enter the scrap path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeo Doi
  • Patent number: 11112744
    Abstract: A post-processing device including a stapler includes a restraint mechanism that restrains the stapler so that the stapler does not deviate from an initial position when a covering part is opened and a restraint release mechanism that, when the covering part is closed, releases restraint of the stapler by the restraint mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Sato, Tatsuro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11098724
    Abstract: A control system and method utilizing one or more processors that are configured to determine contaminant loading of blades of a turbomachinery compressor based on one or more environmental conditions to which the turbomachinery compressor is exposed and one or more atmospheric air inlet conditions of the turbomachinery compressor. The one or more processors then determine a corrosion contaminant concentration on the blades of the turbomachinery compressor based on the contaminant loading that is determined and determine an upper limit on or a distribution of potential corrosion of the blades of the turbomachinery based on the corrosion contaminant concentration, at least one of the environmental conditions to which the turbomachinery compressor is exposed, and the corrosion contaminant concentration that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Guruprasad Sundararajan, Prashanth Pillai, Muralikrishan R., Rebecca Hefner, Bradford Foulkes, Anbarasan Viswanathan, Robert G. Kelly
  • Patent number: 11091346
    Abstract: A sheet supplying unit 1 supplies sheets S one by one. A knife-type folding unit 5 folds the sheet. A first sensor 28 detects the sheet entering the folding position. A second sensor 30a, 30b detects the sheet passing through the opening. A timer 31 measures a time interval from end of sheet detection by the second sensor to start of sheet detection by the first sensor. A sheet feed interval change unit 33 calculates a reduction amount of the sheet feed interval using the measured values of the timer and changes the sheet feed interval based on the reduction amount each time a predetermined number of the sheets are folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HORIZON INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Yoshikazu Nakamura, Shigeru Wakimoto, Hideaki Tabuchi
  • Patent number: 11091347
    Abstract: According to examples, a printing apparatus may include an output bin that is laterally translatable between a retracted position and an extended position. The printing apparatus may also include a sensor to detect a height of a stack of media on the output bin while the output bin is in the retracted position and a controller. The controller may determine whether the detected height of the stack of media on the output bin exceeds a certain level and in response to a determination that the detected height of the stack of media exceeds the certain level, laterally translate the output bin from the retracted position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur H Barnes, Jody L Clayburn, Francisco Javier Gomez Maurer, Kevin Lo
  • Patent number: 11079709
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit that transports a sheet of paper carrying an unfixed image through a nip part to fix the unfixed image to the sheet, the nip part applying heat and pressure to the sheet, a first guide unit that guides transport of the sheet, the first guide unit coming into contact with a first side of the sheet leaving the nip part of the fixing unit, and a second guide unit that guides transport of the sheet, the second guide unit coming into contact with a second side of the sheet leaving the nip part of the fixing unit, the second guide unit being rotatable, the second side being opposite to the first side. The first guide unit has a guide part. The guide part includes an upstream guide part disposed upstream with respect to a sheet transport direction, and a bent guide part that is bent at an endpoint position of the upstream guide part in a direction of entry into a sheet transport passage relative to the upstream guide part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yusuke Sakurai, Hideki Sato, Jun Sawamura
  • Patent number: 11072196
    Abstract: A stamp device includes a main body. The main body includes a bottom plate on which a carrier and a stamp are placed, a pressing plate which cooperates with the bottom plate to press the carrier and the stamp, a limiting structure for limiting a lateral relative movement of the pressing plate and the bottom plate, and a connecting structure for folding and unfolding the main body. An upper surface of the bottom plate is provided with a working space for placing the carrier and the stamp. The present invention uses the pressing plate and the bottom plate to press the stamp and the carrier for stamping the pattern on the carrier. A movement space cooperates with a limiting member to limit the lateral movement of the pressing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: PARRIC NINGBO STATIONERY AND GIFTS MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fuping Li