Patents Examined by Jennifer Simmons
  • Patent number: 9724953
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a saddle unit on which a mountain-folded sheet folded along a folding line is accumulated so as to straddle the saddle unit, a staple inserting section disposed above the saddle unit, and a staple receiving section accommodated in the saddle unit. The staple inserting section includes an inserting unit which inserts a staple into the folding lines of the sheets, and holding members disposed on both sides of the inserting unit in a direction parallel to the folding lines of the sheets. The staple receiving section includes a staple receiving unit which receives and bends the tips of the staple inserted by the inserting unit, and supporting members disposed on both sides of the staple receiving unit at positions opposite to the holding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kei Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9724909
    Abstract: A method for ink-based digital printing includes applying a uniform layer of dampening fluid to a surface of an imaging member; laser patterning the dampening fluid layer by selectively removing portions of the dampening fluid according to digital image data; and inking the laser-patterned dampening fluid layer on the imaging member surface with a aqueous heterogeneous ink to form an ink image, wherein the aqueous heterogeneous ink self-coalesces before the ink is transferred from the imaging member surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carolyn Moorlag, Marcel Breton, Guerino Sacripante
  • Patent number: 9714151
    Abstract: A printing control apparatus that can perform a binding processing without staples and a binding processing with staples includes a printing unit to print image data on a sheet, and a control unit that controls, in a case where image data is printed on sheets for test printing, a second binding unit to perform a binding processing for binding a plurality of printed sheets without staples, and controls, in a case where image data is printed on sheets after test printing, a first binding unit to perform a binding processing for binding a plurality of printed sheets with a staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiwamu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9690245
    Abstract: A recording medium binding apparatus include a cutting unit that is capable of cutting a first end and a second end of each of recording media; a transport unit that transports the recording media; a stacking unit on which the recording media are stacked; a recording medium aligning unit that aligns the recording media by pressing each recording medium by coming into contact with the first end and the second end of the recording medium every time the recording medium is stacked on the stacking unit, the recording medium aligning unit changing an operation of coming into contact with and separating from the recording medium when pressing the recording medium according to whether the recording medium has been cut or the recording medium has not been cut; and a binding unit that binds a recording medium stack formed by stacking the recording media aligned by the recording medium aligning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsunori Harada
  • Patent number: 9688503
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet processing device capable of preventing a folded sheet bundle from being opened after pressing to improve accumulating property and aligning property of the sheet bundle. A sheet processing device B that presses a folded sheet bundle includes a pair of pressing rollers 70 that press a fold of the folded sheet bundle in a thickness direction of the fold, a pressing roller unit 56 that moves the pressing roller pair 70 along the fold of the folded sheet bundle, and a cam member 80 that regulates an interval between the pressing roller pair 70. When the pressing roller unit 56 is moved along the fold of the folded sheet bundle to press the fold in the fold thickness direction, the cam member 80 reduces stepwise the interval between the pressing roller pair 70 in accordance with a moving direction of the pressing roller unit 56.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Fukasawa, Hisashi Osada, Akira Takei
  • Patent number: 9676179
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a printing assembly that includes an image transfer station and a blower configured to intermittently provide a cooling stream of air to a product being printed upon. The blower may include a centrifugal fan and may have a single plenum providing air to two nozzles. The nozzles may be positioned such that the air targets the edges of the product to facilitate removal of the intermediate transfer media from the targeted areas and reduce the occurrence of flash. The blower may be configured to provide air when the product is expelled from the transfer assembly or while the intermediate transfer media is peeled from the product, but not to provide air when the product is being received by the transfer assembly. The printing assembly may include sensors and control circuitry for detecting the position of the product and controlling the blower accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Raymond Eugene Maynard, Thomas Richard Helma
  • Patent number: 9669616
    Abstract: A device and method for printing and drying a plastic film web is provided, especially a device and method for printing and drying a polypropylene, polystyrene or polyethylene film web. The device can include several offset printing mechanisms for printing the film web with different ink applications and at least one flame drying station, characterized by a drawing roller, which is arranged between a last printing mechanism and the at least one flame drying station, and which can contact the unprinted surface of the film web, and apply tension to the film web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: RPC BEBO PRINT PATENT GmbH
    Inventor: Volker Engelmann
  • Patent number: 9656481
    Abstract: Systems and methods for imprinting different types of articles of manufacture and for selectively enabling one or more of pre-treatment, processing, and/or post-treatment processes according to the type of article of manufacture to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Cimpress Schweiz GmbH
    Inventors: Marcel Gerber, Thomas Bosgiraud
  • Patent number: 9616646
    Abstract: A method of producing an apparent etched or embossed effect in a print purely by the use of printing and lamination processes, in which a varnish 3 is pressed into to selected areas of a softer coating 2 to produce indentations in the coating layer 2 as during lamination of a printed article comprising a substrate 1 and an optional overlay 4, and a printed article obtainable using the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SUN CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Philip Anthony Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9606261
    Abstract: A person detector detects a person in an area facing one door surface. An open/close detector detects whether the door is in an open or closed state. When a detected state of the door switches from a closed state to an open state, an open-state person detection information recorder records whether the person detector is detecting a person or not. When the state of the door detected by the open and close detection sensor switches from the open state to the closed state, a closed-state person detection information recorder records whether the person detector is detecting a person or not. A room entry and exit detector detects that there occurs an entry into the room and there occurs an exit out of the room on the basis of a content recorded by the open-state person detection information recorder and the closed-state person detection information recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: NEC SOLUTION INNOVATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Shimizu, Kazuo Ishida
  • Patent number: 9579906
    Abstract: A heat exchange unit and a printing system containing the heat exchange unit, including a heat exchange region, a first print media transport path configured for transporting in operation a first print medium from a supply through the heat exchange, the heat exchange unit further containing a stationary heat exchange member, having a first side facing said first print media transport path and a second opposite side facing said second print media transport path, wherein, in operation, the second print medium is at an elevated temperature with respect to the first print medium and wherein, the first and second print medium have a heat exchange contact in the heat exchange region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Peter J. Hollands, Rick Walraven, Eddy J. A. Van De Gaar, Frederik G. Heeman, Cornelis P. M. Van Heijst
  • Patent number: 9555997
    Abstract: A printing control apparatus performs binding processing for binding a plurality of sheets without using a staple to enable a user to easily separate a sheet from a sheet bundle after the binding processing. The printing control apparatus causes a binding unit to perform a binding processing for binding a plurality of sheets without using a staple, and then controls the binding unit to perform a binding processing for binding the plurality of sheets and a sheet different from the plurality of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Yabe
  • Patent number: 9550388
    Abstract: An example ink cartridge for a stamp may comprise an image-forming component, a first ink-storage component made of an ink-absorbent material, a second ink-storage component made of an ink-absorbent material having one or more channels in it, and a frame made of a rigid, non-ink-absorbent material. The frame may comprise a floor having one or more holes in it. The frame may comprise an outer wall along its perimeter. The outer wall may extend up from the floor such that the outer wall is capable of retaining ink while the ink is being absorbed by the first ink-storage component and the second ink-storage component, thereby increasing the effective volume of the channel(s). The one or more holes may align with the one or more channels such that ink is enabled to flow through the hole(s) into the channel(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventor: Craig J. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9507266
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for enclosing a plurality of cleaning unit components in a moist cleaning unit environment, the plurality of cleaning unit components cooperating to employ a cleaner roller in an image forming device to facilitate effective cleaning of a reimageable surface in an image forming device using a proposed variable data digital lithographic image forming architecture. A range of solvents may be applied to a hard smooth high surface energy surface of the cleaner roll and a cleaning unit component internally positioned within the cleaning enclosure to clean the surface of the cleaner roll. Mechanical components are properly placed prior to the cleaner roll-reimageable surface nip to ensure that residual liquid on a surface of the cleaner roll is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy D Stowe, Bruce Earl Thayer, Sourobh Raychaudhuri, Gregory B Anderson, Marty J. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9505253
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transferring a principal substance applies the principal substance onto a surface and deposits drops of a gating agent onto a first portion of the principal substance applied to the first surface. The depositing of each drop of gating agent is individually controlled. A second portion of the principal substance not covered by the gating agent is transferred from the first surface to a second surface. A printing system adapted to transfer principal substance from a first surface to a second surface is also disclosed, wherein the printing system exerts mechanical pressure between the first surface and the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Anthony B. DeJoseph, Theodore F. Cyman, Jr., Kevin J. Hook, Anthony V. Moscato, Henderikus A. Haan
  • Patent number: 9492996
    Abstract: A method is provided which reduces substrate waste while adjusting the press parameters to obtain a satisfactory image. The method includes the steps of: supplying a web to a printing press; printing a plurality of first images on the web at corresponding printing positions; inspecting one of the first images on the web; rewinding the web to one of the printing positions; and printing a further image over one of the first images on the web. A printing press is also provided which is configured and arranged to print in accordance with the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Bowen Clarke, Peter W. Walczak, Jr., Jeffrey S. Upchurch
  • Patent number: 9486994
    Abstract: A method for producing a patterned steel plate with a single-ground color by using roller-coating printing and screen printing, and a ground color pattern produced can be more accurate and a thicker and solider printing layer with a stronger stereo perception can also be obtained by using the roller-coating printing and screen printing, meanwhile in roller coating section, a servo control system is further included to control the rotate speed of each roller of the roller coating equipment components and the present time, thus ensuring that the actual roller surface linear velocity is consistent with the process rotation speed, so there is no need to stop the line for adjusting in the production process, thus increasing the production efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: LIAONING CHAOSHUO TOMA TECHNOLOGY STEEL PLATE PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yueping Tang, Jianping Zhou, Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 9489017
    Abstract: A retraction mechanism moves a depressable key downward along a sloped surface from a raised state to a retracted state relative to a deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven K Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9475331
    Abstract: A plate printing method includes a repetition of a first step of depositing ink on a printing master to form a predetermined print pattern on it, a second step of transferring the ink to a blanket, a third step of pressing the blanket against a surface to be printed, a fourth step of pressing the blanket against a cleaning surface, a fifth step of pressing the blanker against an absorbent, a sixth step of blowing air to the blanket, and a seventh step of pressing the blanket against a dry surface. In the first step, the blanket with a proper amount of water or solvent impregnated into it is pressed against the printing master.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SHUHOU CO, LTD.
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 9469096
    Abstract: A 3 by 2 tabloid printing press includes a plate cylinder having a straight across lock-up and a blanket cylinder contacting the plate cylinder; a blanket cylinder printing a web; and a folder superstructure having at least one slitter for slitting the web into three ribbons and a folder for forming a tabloid newspaper from the three ribbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas John Reardon