Patents Examined by Jeremy R. Severson
  • Patent number: 11915540
    Abstract: A two-way cash recycler system includes a vault having a plurality of media cassettes, an first input/output panel having a first media aperture on a first side, a second input/output panel having a second media aperture on a second side, a transport system disposed between the first side and the second side. The transport system includes a pass-through pathway structured to transport transaction media between the first media aperture and the second media aperture, a concurrent use pathway structured to transport transaction media from at least one of the first media aperture and the second media aperture to the vault, and a dispense pathway structured to transport transaction media from the vault to at least one of the first media aperture and the second media aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Christian Mande, Darren Goetz, Frank DiGangi, Dennis E. Montenegro
  • Patent number: 11906038
    Abstract: An automatic transmission shifter mechanism that is selectable between an automatic transmission mode and a manual shifting mode, including a shifter assembly, a pin attached to the shifter assembly, a first slotted plate to selectively receive a first portion of the shifter assembly, and a detent plate configured to receive the pin at different gear positions, wherein selected shifter assembly positions in the automatic transmission mode are maintained by the pin being located within a corresponding detent of the detent plate, and wherein movement of the first portion of the shifter assembly into the first slotted plate causes the pin to move out of range of detents in the detent plate such that an operator can shift between drive gears in the manual shifting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: LOKAR, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Ford, Scott Thiel, Eric R. Burgan
  • Patent number: 11905136
    Abstract: A pinch roller mechanism includes a rail, a slider, a roller bracket, a spring, and a pinch roller. The rail extends in a first direction crossing the conveyance direction of a medium while being apart from a medium driving roller configured to convey the medium. The slider is supported by the rail to be movable along the rail. The roller bracket is supported by the slider to be movable with respect to the medium driving roller. The spring is provided between the slider and the roller bracket and biases the roller bracket toward the medium driving roller. The pinch roller is rotatably supported by the roller bracket while setting the axial direction in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SILHOUETTE JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Tsunoi, Maki Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 11897721
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing unit; a first conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet to the printing unit while nipping the sheet; a second conveyance unit provided on a downstream side of the first conveyance unit in a conveyance direction of the sheet, and configured to convey the sheet while nipping the sheet; a third conveyance unit provided on a downstream side of the second conveyance unit in the conveyance direction, and configured to convey the sheet while nipping the sheet; and a switching unit configured to switch between a nip state of the second conveyance unit and a released state in which the nip state is released. When the sheet is conveyed by the third conveyance unit, the switching unit switches between the nip state and the released state in accordance with a length of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kohei Fukui, Tomoyuki Nagase, Waichiro Saiki, Tomohiro Suzuki, Ryo Kobayashi, Takeshi Koda, Toshiro Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11884354
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a propulsion power source, a handlebar, an output adjusting grip, and a torque operation member. The handlebar is operable to steer the vehicle. The output adjusting grip is disposed on either a right or left portion of the handlebar operably so that an output level of the propulsion power source is adjusted by rotating the output adjusting grip relative to the handlebar. The torque operation member is operable to issue a command to change a torque output characteristic of the propulsion power source. The torque operation member is disposed on the same right or left portion of the handlebar with the output adjusting grip rotatably integrally with the output adjusting grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: KAWASAKI MOTORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kaoru Kouchi, Shusei Ueno
  • Patent number: 11873872
    Abstract: A restriction device includes a bridge including a connection portion and a locking portion respective formed on two ends thereof. The connection portion includes a protrusion on the outside of the bridge. The protrusion is to be connected to one of the connection parts on the hub. The locking portion includes a tubular part on the inside of the bridge. The tubular part is located beyond the outer periphery of the hub. A space is formed between the inside of the bridge and the tubular part so as to accommodate the hub on the disk body when the protrusion is connected to one of the connection parts on the hub. The tubular part contacts one of two ends of the brake caliper to restrict rotation of brake disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: JEOUTAY LIU INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyle Liu, Ishihara Youzou
  • Patent number: 11865583
    Abstract: Systems and methods to effectively sort calcined lime (quicklime) particles to produce products with more consistent size and burn time characteristics after the quicklime particles have been created and without the use of specialized additives. Specifically, such systems and methods sort the quicklime particles below a selected size into a softer burned and harder burned fraction based on their size. The fractions are burned in the kiln together and as a singular product, but can be classified from each other after calcining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Mississippi Lime Company
    Inventors: Mark DeGenova, Randy J. Griffard, David Venhaus
  • Patent number: 11866292
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image former that forms an image on a sheet of paper, a detector that detects a physical property of a sheet of paper, a receiver that receives paper identification information used in identification of a sheet of paper designated by a user, and a hardware processor. The hardware processor performs: first judgement of judging whether or not there is a correspondence between the paper identification information received by the receiver and a detection result by the detector, second judgement of judging whether or not there is a correspondence between a detection result by the detector of a first sheet of paper conveyed and a detection result by the detector of a second sheet of paper conveyed; and operation control of the image former based on a first judgement result in the first judgement and a second judgement result in the second judgement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takahashi, Hitoshi Asano, Yumiko Izumiya, Hirotada Seki, Akimasa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11850016
    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: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Brian Rockrohr
  • Patent number: 11845627
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feeding roller, a conveyance roller, a first driving unit configured to drive the conveyance roller, a second driving unit configured to drive the feeding roller, a control unit configured to control the first and second driving units, a detection unit configured to detect an error related to the second driving unit, and a determination unit configured to determine, when the detection unit has detected the error related to the second driving unit, whether to continue the conveyance of a first print medium based on a leading edge position of a second print medium. In a case in which an error is detected by the detection unit, the control unit controls the conveyance of the first print medium by the conveyance roller based on a determination result of the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Fujino
  • Patent number: 11837042
    Abstract: A medium processing device includes a first, second and third conveyance path, a classification section, a first, second and third switching unit, a first, second and third storage box and a controller. Each of the first, second and third conveyance paths has two ends. One end of the first conveyance path is connected to one end of the third conveyance path. One end of the second conveyance path is connected to the other end of the third conveyance path at a second side of the classification section opposite to the first side. The other end of the first conveyance path is connected to the other end of the second conveyance path. The controller controls the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path so that the first and second conveyance paths are driven independently from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Madoka Wakabayashi, Hayato Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11827487
    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: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomofumi Nishida, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tetsuya Saito, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 11813088
    Abstract: A grip includes a core that forms a structure of the grip and has electrical conductivity, a sensing electrode for detecting a biological signal of a user, and a ground electrode that is connected with a reference voltage portion. The core, the sensing electrode and the ground electrode are insulated from one another. The core is disposed inside the grip, and the sensing electrode is exposed on a surface of the grip. The sensing electrode and the core are connected with one another via a voltage follower circuit. The ground electrode is located at such a position that the core is able to reduce a parasitic capacitance which would be formed between the ground electrode and the sensing electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chikara Saburi, Rie Ono, Takamitsu Murai, Tatsuya Nobunaga, Kentaro Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11802013
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus includes a sheet stacking unit on which sheets are stacked, a sheet regulating unit, and a cover member. The sheet regulating unit includes a main body having a regulating surface regulating a position of the sheet on the sheet stacking unit, and an operating portion movably supported on the main body and having an operating surface. The operating portion is movable from a first to a second position by operating the operating surface. The sheet regulating unit is locked to the sheet stacking unit when the operating portion is in the first position, and unlocked when in the second position. The cover member includes a first surface covering the operating surface and a second surface covering an upper surface of the operating portion, and covers the operating portion with at least the first surface and the second surface so that the operating portion is not visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiki Ishida, Fumihiko Hayayumi
  • Patent number: 11795023
    Abstract: A sheet storage device includes a first reel, a second reel, a third reel, a shaft, a drum, a first differential mechanism and a second differential mechanism. Tips first, second and third tapes respectively unwound from the first reel, the second reel, and the third reel are fixed to the drum, and the drum winds up sheets together with the first, second and third tapes. The first differential mechanism distributes torque input from a torque source to a first path and a second path. The second differential mechanism is provided in the second path and distributes the torque that has been distributed by the first differential mechanism to a third path and a fourth path. The first reel is located in the first path, the second reel is located in the third path, and the third reel is located in the fourth path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Robert Brugger, Reto Moser, Kei Isshiki, Takuro Hamada
  • Patent number: 11787651
    Abstract: According to examples, an apparatus may include a processor and a memory on which are stored computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, may cause the processor to receive a first sheet count before execution of a print job, receive a second sheet count after execution of the print job, and determine a number of sheets printed for the print job based on the first sheet count and the second sheet count. The processor may update a pick mechanism activation counter value based on the determined number of printed sheets. Based on a determination that the updated pick mechanism activation counter value is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold value, the processor may cause a pick mechanism to be actuated to sense a media stack height of print media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Wee Hien Tok, Yong Seng Pun, Wei Lit Teoh
  • Patent number: 11774900
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a conveyance unit to convey a sheet, a support frame supporting the he conveyance unit and having a mounting member, and an exterior cover made of metal and fixed to the mounting member by a screw. The exterior cover covers the support frame on a back side of the sheet conveying apparatus and includes a hook portion provided above a position corresponding to the mounting member in a vertical direction, and a positioning pin provided below the position corresponding to the mounting member in the vertical direction. The support frame includes an engagement portion, engaged with the hook portion and provided at a position above the mounting member in the vertical direction, and a through-hole, formed at a position below the mounting member in the vertical direction, into which the positioning pin is inserted to position the exterior cover with respect to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michinori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11772919
    Abstract: A bi-directional paper pickup mechanism includes a pickup roller, a fastening structure, an input shaft, a first ratchet element, a second ratchet element, an actuating unit, a first transmission rotor and a second transmission rotor. The pickup roller has an inner space. The fastening structure is disposed in the inner space. The input shaft is accommodated in the inner space, and one end of the input shaft is pivotally connected to the fastening structure. The first ratchet element is mounted around the input shaft. The second ratchet element is mounted around the one end of the input shaft. The actuating unit is fastened around a middle of the input shaft to synchronously rotate with the input shaft. The first transmission rotor is mounted around the one end of the input shaft. The second transmission rotor is mounted around the other end of the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Foxlink Image Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: I Chuan Hong, Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 11762324
    Abstract: A support frame for a sheet conveying apparatus includes a bottom plate that includes a first member having a first surface portion and a first wall portion and a second member having a second surface portion and a second wall portion, a support rod that is fixed to the bottom plate, and a plurality of installation members that is fixed to the bottom plate and installs the sheet conveying apparatus. The second member is fixed to the first member by the second wall portion overlapping and being joined to the first wall portion on an outer side of the first wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kotaro Torikata
  • Patent number: 11745971
    Abstract: A sheet sorting apparatus comprising a first tray, a second tray, a conveyance unit, a tray detection unit, a stacking amount detection unit, and a control unit configured to control the conveyance unit to not convey the sheet to the second tray, in a case where the stacking amount detection unit detects that the amount of sheets reaches the predetermined amount, wherein the control unit is configured to permit the conveyance unit to convey the sheet to the second tray, in a case where the tray detection unit detects that the first tray is detached from the apparatus main body in a state where the stacking amount detection unit detects that the amount of sheets reaches the predetermined amount and conveyance of the sheet to the second tray by the conveyance unit is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Genki Takahashi, Kazuhisa Sato