Patents Examined by Jennifer Simmons
  • Patent number: 9465345
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including a conveyer unit, an image forming unit, and a registration unit, is provided. The conveyer includes a first roller, a second roller, and a belt having a first surface to contact the sheet. The image forming unit forms an image on the sheet in an image forming area. The registration unit is on an upstream side of the image forming area and includes a third roller and a fourth roller. A rotation axis of the third roller is on a side of the first surface, and a rotation axis of the fourth roller is on a side of a second surface of the belt, which is a reverse surface of the first surface. The registration unit manipulates the third and fourth rollers to align the sheet with a reference orientation and convey the sheet to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirotaka Mori
  • Patent number: 9465344
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus includes: a conveyance unit provided to convey a long medium provided with conveyance indexes at a predetermined conveyance index spacing; a print unit provided to perform printing on the medium; a cutter unit provided to cut the medium; an index detector provided to detect the conveyance indexes; a print controller configured to drive the print unit to perform printing in response to detection of the conveyance indexes; a cut controller configured to cause the cutter unit to cut the medium in response to detection of the conveyance indexes; and a conveyance controller configured to form a slack in the medium by driving the conveyance unit. The print controller performs printing based on a virtual conveyance index when the medium having the slack is cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Kerama Yabe
  • Patent number: 9463945
    Abstract: According to exemplary systems and methods, signs are created using a document-processing device. The signs are removed from a processing path of the document-processing device using a transport device to move the signs to a compiler. Ordered stacks of the signs are compiled in the compiler. The signs are temporarily held in the compiler during a first operation of a collating system. Following actuation and reset of the collating system, the signs are moved to the collating system. The collating system includes a ramped collator that moves interim stacks of signs received from the compiler from the ramps of the ramped collator toward a final collated stack according to job-specific instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas K. Herrmann
  • Patent number: 9417589
    Abstract: This sheet punching device includes a placement table 53 on which the sheet is placed, a hollow punching member 60 that punches the sheet placed on the placement table 53, a punching moving member 66 that moves the punching member between a punching position where the sheet is punched and a retreat position retreated from the punching position, a punching drive section 70 that drives the punching moving member 66, a waste pushing member 80 that is disposed in the hollow portion of the punching member 60 and pushes punching waste remaining in the hollow portion, a pushing moving member 85 that moves the waste pushing member 80 between a pushing position protruding from the hollow portion of the punching member and a housing position in the hollow portion, and a pushing drive section 70 that drives the pushing moving member 85.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ichitaro Kubota, Eiji Fukasawa, Hisashi Osada, Takahiro Nakano, Takuma Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9417597
    Abstract: A scissor lift apparatus includes a sliding carriage member and a pivoting linkage added to a conventional scissor lift in order to lower the force required to lift a tray holding heavy media during the initial portion of the lifting action where the scissor lift is fully compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Derek A Bryl, Aaron M Moore, Douglas K Herrmann
  • Patent number: 9409385
    Abstract: An intermediate sleeve is provided which is adapted to be mounted on a print cylinder. The intermediate sleeve includes a base layer, a reinforcing layer, a barrier layer, and a surface layer. The sleeve further includes at least one air channel extending longitudinally, circumferentially, or spirally along the interior of the sleeve, at least one air passageway extending from an inner surface of the sleeve into the air channel, and a plurality of orifices extending radially outward from the air channel to an outer surface of the sleeve. The air channel, air passageway, and orifices are in communication such that pressurized air can be supplied from the interior of the print cylinder to the outer surface of the sleeve for mounting a printing sleeve on the intermediate sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Day International, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert Ahler, Helmut Gruber, Christian Schnieders, Michael Kockentledt
  • Patent number: 9394134
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium; a recording medium stacking unit including a stacking member having a stacking surface on which the recording medium having the image formed by the image forming unit is stacked, an outside member that is located at the outside of the stacking surface so as to extend in a substantially vertical direction to the stacking surface and detachably mounted in the recording medium stacking unit, and a support member having a support portion that supports the stacking member; an outside member recognizing unit that recognizes whether the outside member is mounted on the recording medium stacking unit, or not; and a controller that controls one of a maximum number of recording media to be stacked and a maximum height of stack of recording media in the recording medium stacking unit according to whether the outside member recognizing unit recognizes that the outside member is mounted, or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Tamura, Yoshiyuki Takaishi, Ryuichi Sato, Noriyoshi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9388319
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for producing variable pearlescent image elements or portions on image receiving media substrates using a variable digital data offset lithographic architecture which provides for varying lithographic images between cycles of a marking device. Pearlescent inks are provided with a solid particle pearlescent pigment components in a proportion of at least 10% by weight suspended in solution in an ink composition. Pearlescent inks are provided with a solid particle pearlescent pigment components having particle sizes in excess of ten microns suspended in solution in the ink composition. The disclosed systems and methods provide for variable pearlescent image elements or portions to be formed on an image receiving medium substrate separate from, or in combination with, other ink image elements or portions applied using other inks in a single device, and/or in a single pass of the image receiving media substrates through an image forming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Mayo, Frank Ping-Hay Lee, Aurelian Valeriu Magdalinis, Marcel Breton, Jenny Eliyahu, Carolyn Moorlag
  • Patent number: 9387662
    Abstract: Provided is an intaglio printing press including: a gravure printing device, which performs gravure printing on one surface of a sheet of paper; dryers, which dry the one surface of the sheet of paper, on which gravure printing is performed by the gravure printing device; an intaglio printing device, which performs intaglio printing on the sheet of paper having been dried by the dryers; and a printing surface switching device, which transfers the sheet of paper from the gravure printing device to the intaglio printing device in a manner that a surface of the sheet of paper on which the intaglio printing device performs intaglio printing is switched between any one of the one surface and the other surface of the sheet of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akehiro Kusaka
  • Patent number: 9388006
    Abstract: A folder superstructure includes a former, a first nip roll located downstream of the former and having a compressible outer layer, and a second nip roll forming a nip with the first nip roll. A nip roll for nipping a plurality of superimposed printed ribbons or webs is also disclosed, the nip roll including a roll body and a compressible layer disposed about the roll body. A method for operating a printing press is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Robert Elkinson, Daniel Matthew Perdue, Lawrence Edward Zagar
  • Patent number: 9372397
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods of printing indicia on a substrate using a tip array comprised of elastomeric, compressible polymers. The tip array can be prepared using conventional photolithographic methods and can be tailored to have any desired number and/or arrangement of tips. Numerous copies (e.g., greater than 15,000, or greater than 11 million) of a pattern can be made in a parallel fashion in as little as 40 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chad A. Mirkin, Fengwei Huo, Zijian Zheng, Gengfeng Zheng
  • Patent number: 9358773
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjustably positioning a form roll having a form roll axis against at least two different sized plate cylinders in a variable cutoff printing unit is provided. The apparatus includes a plate cylinder support for interchangeably supporting the at least two different sized plate cylinders, the plate cylinder support including a plate cylinder axis at least two different sized plate cylinder cams. The at least two different sized plate cylinder cams are interchangeably removably connectable to the plate cylinder support and include a smaller plate cylinder cam and a larger plate cylinder cam that are removably connectable to the plate cylinder support as alternatives of each other. The apparatus also includes a form roll hanger for supporting the form roll that is configured for contacting the smaller plate cylinder cam if the smaller plate cylinder cam is coupled to the plate cylinder support to set a smaller distance between the plate cylinder axis and the form roll axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Alan Guaraldi, Warren Hess Jarrard
  • Patent number: 9346293
    Abstract: A recording medium post-processing apparatus includes: a stacker which is stacked with a plurality of sheet-like recording media with images being recorded thereon; an receiving device which receives at least one of information regarding the images to be recorded on the recording media and information regarding the recording media; an alignment device which applies an external force to the recording media stacked on the stacker so as to align the recording media; a controller which sets, on the basis of the at least one information received by the receiving device, at least one of (i) a stacked-sheet number that is the number of the recording media, and (ii) a magnitude of the external force that is applied to the recording media and which controls the alignment device on the basis of the setted at least one of the stacked-sheet number and the magnitude of the external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Itogawa
  • Patent number: 9346648
    Abstract: A sheet processing device conveys a paper sheet onto which an adhesive is applied, and includes a bonding member that applies adhesives onto the conveyed paper sheet at intervals in a sheet width direction; and a protruding guide that is positioned on a conveying path, downstream of the bonding member in a sheet conveying direction, and guides the paper sheet, facing an adhesive-applied surface of the paper sheet. The protruding guide is positioned between sheet width direction lines of the adhesive-applied position and includes a protruding portion protruding into the conveying path. With this configuration, it is possible to suppress the adhesive from being adhered to a device component even in a configuration in which an adhesive-applied paper sheet is moved inside the device to make a sheet jam due to the adhesion less likely to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisashi Osada, Akira Takei, Eiji Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 9346258
    Abstract: A removable flexible jacket for use in a printing press having a transfer cylinder for transferring a freshly printed substrate comprises a sheet of woven fabric, a beaded film sheet coupled to the sheet of woven fabric, and an image disposed between the sheet of woven fabric and the beaded film sheet. The image is visible through the beaded film sheet, and wherein the image divides at least a portion of a surface of the beaded film sheet into a plurality of zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: PRINTING RESEARCH, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard W. DeMoore, Arnold Cooper, David Dean Douglas, W. Scott Brown, Joey V. Le
  • Patent number: 9346259
    Abstract: A method for closed-loop or open-loop control of ink feed in lithographic offset printing presses having at least one inking unit, a control unit and an operating element for adjusting the ink feed across a predetermined ink feed control range, includes subdividing the predetermined control range into partial ranges in the control unit. At least one adjustment parameter of the inking unit or the printing press is assigned to each partial range in the control unit. The control unit determines the appropriate partial range as a function of the ink feed selected with the operating element and adjusts the selected ink feed in the inking unit with associated adjustment parameters in the inking unit and/or in the printing press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Michels, Dieter Schaffrath, Wolfgang Schönberger
  • Patent number: 9342022
    Abstract: A document transporting device includes: a document-accommodating section; a transporting mechanism; a document-discharge section; a holding member that includes an attach-portion that is attached at an upper side of a discharge-port from which a document is discharged to the document-discharge section, and holding portion main-bodies provided such that lower ends are contacted with the document-discharge section, that hold down the document discharged on the document-discharge section from above, a length in a discharge-direction of the document from an attachment-position of the attach-portion to the lower end of the holding portion main-body being longer than a height from the document-discharge section to the attachment-position of the attach-portion; and protruding portions formed in the document-discharge section along a longitudinal direction of the discharge-port such that a top portion of the protruding portion is positioned at a downstream side of the discharge-direction relative to the lower end of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 9333784
    Abstract: A self-inking stamp with a stamp housing, in which a type unit, which is coupled via a turning axle device to an actuating bow that is upwardly and downwardly displaceable relative to the stamp housing, is arranged such that it can be moved between an upper inking position when it is in contact with an ink pad and a lower printing position turned by 180° with the help of a turning mechanism, wherein the type unit includes two type unit parts arranged one within the other, namely an outer and an inner type unit part, wherein the inner type unit part thereof is accommodated in an inner receiving space in the outer type unit part and is releasably connected to the outer, bow-shaped type unit part, wherein the turning axle device includes two separate, outer axle elements, each extending through an opening in a leg of the actuating bow, through a slot in the stamp housing to and into the outer type unit part and being connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: COLOP Stempelerzeugung Skopek Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Ernst Faber
  • Patent number: 9327540
    Abstract: By appropriate selection of an overprint varnish, so that it dries to no adhesion within 120 seconds, it is possible to coat one side only of newsprint or other similar substrates or to coat both sides of the substrate (without having regard to the relative times at which the sides are coated), without, in almost all cases, causing any fluting or curling of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SUN CHEMICAL, B.V.
    Inventors: Colin Craswell, Stephen Wells
  • Patent number: 9321292
    Abstract: An after-processing device for performing sheet folding includes a pair of folding rollers, a heating member, and a supporting unit. The pair of folding rollers is configured to fold a sheet. The heating member is located downstream of the pair of folding rollers in terms of a sheet conveyance direction. The supporting unit supports the heating member in a manner such that position of the heating member in terms of the sheet conveyance direction is changeable in accordance with an amount of conveyance imparted on the sheet by the pair of folding rollers after folding. The position of the heating member in terms of the sheet conveyance direction changes such that the heating member is in contact with a leading edge of a fold portion of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryo Morita