Patents Examined by Jeremy R. Severson
  • Patent number: 11148897
    Abstract: An apparatus and a corresponding method involve storing value documents, in particular bank notes, to a storage device and to a value-document processing system. A stacker wheel is arranged to receive value documents and dispense them one after the other. A transport device is arranged to receive the value documents dispensed one after the other by the stacker wheel and to transport them in such a way that the value documents come to lie on top of each other in a shingled manner. A storage device for storing the value documents lying on top of each other in a shingled manner is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Steffen Held
  • Patent number: 11136211
    Abstract: An image scanner is configured to perform: controlling the sheet feed roller to feed the document supported on the sheet feed tray, controlling the conveyor to convey the fed document to the reading position, controlling the image sensor to read the image of the document at the reading position, and controlling the sheet discharge unit to discharge the read document to the sheet discharge tray; in response to detecting, by the sheet feed sensor, a state change from the first state to the second state, moving the movable plate upward until the sheet feed roller changes from the second state to the first state; after moving the movable plate, controlling the distance sensor to detect the document distance; and moving the sheet discharge unit vertically based on the detected document distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isamu Fujii
  • Patent number: 11130649
    Abstract: A sheet discharge device includes a discharge member, a discharge tray and a stopper. The discharge tray includes a groove and a fixed magnetic body. The groove is formed along a discharge direction. The fixed magnetic body is disposed at a predetermined position along the groove. The stopper includes a guide piece, a contact piece and a moving magnet body. The guide piece is engaged with the groove in a slidable manner. With the contact piece, the leading edge of the sheet is allowed to be come into contact. The moving magnetic body generates a magnetic force in a direction in which the moving magnetic body and the fixed magnetic body are attracted each other. When the guide piece is slid along the groove and the moving magnetic body reaches the predetermined position, a resistance is applied to a sliding movement of the guide piece by the magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Okada
  • Patent number: 11124374
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet conveying apparatus, including: a first guide member for restricting a movement of an end portion of a sheet in a sheet width direction; a second guide member for restricting a movement of the other end portion of the sheet in the sheet width direction; and a moving portion, wherein when one guide member of the first guide member and the second guide member is moved in the sheet width direction, the moving portion moves the other guide member in a direction opposite to a direction in which the one guide member is moved while being interlocked with a movement of the one guide member in a first area of a moving area, and allows the one guide member to be moved without being interlocked with a movement of the other guide member in a second area of the moving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akio Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 11117767
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit, a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller, a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller, a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that the trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and the leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed from the stacking unit overlap each other, and a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit while keeping an overlap state between the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomofumi Nishida, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tetsuya Saito, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 11117761
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet stacker to stack at least one sheet; a sheet feed roller disposed at one side of the sheet stacker and to feed a sheet fed from the sheet stacker; a multi-feed prevention roller disposed to face the sheet feed roller and to prevent multi-feed of the sheet fed from the sheet stacker; a magnetic torque limiter disposed coaxially with the multi-feed prevention roller; a hall sensor disposed at one side of the magnetic torque limiter and to detect rotation of the magnetic torque limiter; and a controller configured to rotate the sheet feed roller in a state in which the sheet feed roller and the multi-feed prevention roller are in contact with each other without a sheet and to identify a lifetime of the multi-feed prevention roller by using a signal output from the hall sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Eiji Aoki, Jin Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 11117774
    Abstract: A system for controlling curl in sheets passing beneath a camera includes applying a thin layer of high velocity air to a curved baffle positioned beneath the camera. The high velocity air layer, which will have a tendency to follow the curved baffle (Coanda effect), will divert sheets (Bernoulli effect) towards the curved baffle. By positioning the curved baffle along the media paper path and by applying a uniform air stream to it, a lower pressure area will be created. This will flatten the trajectory of the sheets and thereby remove curl before the sheets pass the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rachel Lynn Tanchak, Erwin Ruiz, Carlos M Terrero, Roberto A Irizarry, Glenn Batchelor, Ali R Dergham
  • Patent number: 11117772
    Abstract: A medium ejection apparatus includes an ejection roller pair configured to eject a medium, a driving device configured to rotate at least one roller of the ejection roller pair, a processor for detecting a size of the medium, and controlling the driving device to increase a rotation speed of the at least one roller to be higher than a previous rotation speed, from a predetermined timing after a rear edge of the medium passes through a nip position of the ejection roller pair. The processor changes the predetermined timing in accordance with the size of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kazuhito Seki
  • Patent number: 11111092
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a tray; a roller; a roller arm; a lever; and a dust proof cover including: a first cover, a second cover, and a pressure piece. The roller arm is movable between an abutment position where the roller abuts on the tray and a separation position where the roller is away from the tray. The second cover is movable between a first position in proximity to the tray and a second position away from the tray. The pressure piece is away from the lever to permit the roller to be positioned in the abutment position when the second cover is in the first position, and presses the lever to move the roller to the separation position when the second cover is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Aoki
  • Patent number: 11097911
    Abstract: A medium conveyance device includes a body, a table in which a placement surface is formed and that is supported by the body movably to be arranged in a first area or a second area, a guide that is supported by the table movably to be arranged in a third area or a fourth area and that regulates move of an original that is placed on the table such that a height of the guide is lower when the guide is arranged in the fourth area than when the guide is arranged in the third area, and a mechanism that moves the guide along with move of the table such that the guide is arranged in the third area when the table is arranged in the first area and the guide is arranged in the fourth area when the table is arranged in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Shogo Yoshita
  • Patent number: 11091335
    Abstract: An example bridge module includes a media transport roller to move in a translational direction, a rotatable guide proximate to the media transport roller, a handle coupled to the rotatable guide to cause the rotatable guide to articulate into an open configuration and away from the media transport roller, and an elongated member operatively connected to the rotatable guide, the elongated member to articulate into the open configuration creating an unobstructed pathway to the media transport roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin K Kuramura, Devin S Uehling, Kevin Lo, Devin Knowles, Kevin Witkoe
  • Patent number: 11091338
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a first roller, a second roller, and a controller. The first roller is configured to rotate in a forward direction for sheet conveyance along a sheet conveying direction. The second roller is disposed downstream with respect to the first roller in the sheet conveying direction and configured to rotate in a forward direction along the sheet conveying direction and in a reverse direction. The controller is configured to control the second roller to rotate in the reverse direction at a timing when a leading end of a sheet that is nipped and conveyed by the first roller reaches a nip of the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Michael W Lawrence, Gary L Noe, Mikio Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11084680
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for taking flexible sheets off a delivery belt, such as from a scanner or copier, and restacking them in the order and orientation (face) they were originally scanned in. This requires flipping over such sheets by use of a spindle wheel with a plurality of fingers defining slots therebetween for receiving the sheets and reversing their face (flipping). By knowing the speed of the delivery belt and using a continuously spinning spindle wheel it is possible to avoid the effects of momentum on the fingers which distorts their position during stopping and starting action. Instead, the spindle wheel is in constant rotation but the speed of rotation is adjusted from a first speed, then a second tapering speed, to a third speed which is adapted to ensure that the slot between fingers is accurately presented to the leading edge as it enters the slot and does not get rejected by an accidental encounter with a finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Imaging Business Machines LLC
    Inventors: Mark Pilgrim Widener, Eddie L. Groom, Robert Babanats
  • Patent number: 11084674
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a paper sheet processing apparatus includes a conveyance device with a conveyor belt, and an inspection device configured to inspect a paper sheet conveyed by the conveyor belt. The inspection device includes an image detection device configured to capture an image of the paper sheet and the conveyor belt and obtain an image of the paper sheet and the conveyor belt, an image processing device configured to detect a degradation level of the conveyor belt based on an belt image of the conveyor belt, and a controller configured to transmit information encouraging replacement of the conveyor belt to a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Seki
  • Patent number: 11072505
    Abstract: A sheet storage apparatus includes a storage unit having bottom and side surface portions and a width regulation unit that regulates a sheet edge position and includes first and second regulation members movable in a direction opposite to a movement of a moving first regulation member. The bottom surface portion is provided with first and second positioning holes to position the first regulation member, provided with first and second fixing holes. When a direction of the fixing member in a state where the first regulation member is fixed to the bottom surface portion is defined as a first direction and a direction of the fixing member in a state where the first regulation member is fixed to the side surface portion is defined as a second direction, the first direction and the second direction are other than parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuo Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 11065072
    Abstract: A drive assembly of an instrument drive unit, is provided. The drive assembly includes a drive screw, a drive nut, a follower, a biasing element, and a drive element. The drive nut is threadedly engaged with a threaded portion of the drive screw such that rotation of the drive screw results in longitudinal movement of the drive nut. The follower is longitudinally slidable with respect to the drive screw. The biasing element is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the drive nut and the follower. The drive element is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the follower. Longitudinal translation of the drive element is configured to drive a function of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Brian Rockrohr
  • Patent number: 11066263
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes a first detector to detect an angle deviation of a recording medium to a sheet conveying direction, a second detector to detect a lateral shift of the recording medium to a width direction, a third detector to detect at least one of the angle deviation and the lateral shift after correction of the angle deviation detected by the first detector and the lateral shift detected by the second detector, and a rotary body to perform a primary movement by (1) rotating in the sheet conveying direction and returning to a reference position and by (2) moving in the width direction and returning to the reference position, and a secondary movement by performing at least one of (1) and (2) after the primary movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Yamane, Hiromichi Matsuda, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Koichi Kudo, Tetsuo Watanabe, Toshihiro Okamoto, Hideyuki Takayama, Atsuyuki Oyamada
  • Patent number: 11068013
    Abstract: An electronic pedal assembly may include a pedal platform and at least one force sensor configured to sense a force applied to the pedal platform. One or more control devices may be communicatively coupled to the force sensor(s) and configured to determine a throttle output for controlling the throttle condition of the vehicle based at least in part on the force applied to the pedal platform and based at least in part on an operating condition associated with operating the vehicle. In some embodiments, the force sensor(s) may be configured to measure a force distribution on the pedal platform. The control device(s) may monitor the force distribution and adjust an operation of the vehicle based on the force distribution. The operation of the vehicle can include controlling the throttle condition of the vehicle or an operation that is different from controlling the throttle condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AB Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Rühl, Dirk Neubauer, Roger Möllers
  • Patent number: 11066265
    Abstract: A value note cassette includes a first storage area for storing first notes of value of a first value note type. The first notes of value are storable in the first storage area in a first orientation. The value note cassette also includes a second storage area for storing second notes of value of a second value note type. The second storage area is separate from the first storage area. The second notes of value are storable in the second storage area in a second orientation. The first orientation is orthogonal to the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdor International GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Freitag, Uwe Krueger, Peter Heimann
  • Patent number: 11067160
    Abstract: Drive units for a vehicle having an electric machine and a transmission device are disclosed, as well as methods for assembling the drive units. The method may include mounting the transmission device in a transmission housing; passing an assembly mandrel axially through an aperture in the transmission housing and through a pinion shaft, which is designed as a hollow shaft and is rotatably mounted in the transmission housing; and centering a rotor shaft, which is designed at least partially as a hollow shaft, on the assembly mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thorsten Biermann, Thorsten Meyerhöfer, Philipp Storner