Patents Examined by Kenneth W. Bower
  • Patent number: 7118101
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inputting and depositing bank notes, whereby checked bank notes are temporarily stored in a stacking device singly or in bundles. To permit secure transport of bank notes from a stacking position to an end cashbox, temporarily stored bank notes are stacked on a deposit surface that is then itself moved to a position associated with the end cashbox, so that bank notes can be deposited in the end cashbox in said position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Frank, Xaver Thum, August Haeusler
  • Patent number: 7114717
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a print media registration device. More particularly, and by way of example and not limitation, the invention is directed to a printed media registration arm that sweeps an arc while carrying a document output to a tray or other receptacle to move the document into the corner of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter D. Schuller, Thomas G. Lindblom
  • Patent number: 7108257
    Abstract: A sheet-supply device supplying sheets one at a time from a stack of sheets in a sheet feeding direction. The device includes a slanting plate on which a stack of sheets is mounted. A sheet feed roller is positioned above the slanting plate applying a force to an uppermost sheet in the stack to move the sheet in a sheet feed direction. A fixed separation plate is fixed at a downstream end portion of the slanting plate. The separation plate is formed with a slot in which a high friction separation member is disposed. The high friction separation member is held by a resilient support plate 39 supported by the fixed separation plate. The resilient support plate has a comb like slats on which the high friction separation member is held. In a normal condition, the high friction separation member protrudes from the slot toward the leading edges of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Takamitsu Kawai, Koji Takito
  • Patent number: 7097173
    Abstract: A sheet depositing device for a sheet processing apparatus, includes a feeding section for sequentially feeding sheets or sets of sheets from the sheet processing apparatus, at least one sheet stacking element movable along a guide, for facilitating depositing the sheets or sets of sheets fed by the feeding section, and a sensor arrangement for detecting the position of a sheet stacking element along the guide. The sensor arrangement includes a stationary linear array of active elements and a passive element moving in unison with the sheet stacking element. The active and passive elements are of a kind that interact through the use of electric or magnetic fields. Examples of such sensors are an array of conductive fields arranged in parallel to a conductive strip or a second array of conductive fields, and a conductive plate connected to a capacitance meter; and an array of Hall-effect sensors and a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Oće Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Christophorus Lambertus Spoorenberg, Hendrik Frederik Paul Bruggeling, Roel Paul Marie Beeren, Franciscus Johannes Hermanus Rothoff
  • Patent number: 7093831
    Abstract: A media transport array for forming sequential media streams feeding a media processing system in which serial flows, parallel flows, or both are desired are structured from standard, batch fabricatable media path modules. Each media path module includes a frame unit, intermodule latching means, media control electronics, and media state sensing electronics. Within each media path module, at least one media transport nip receives media and passes it to an independently actuated media director. Media guides support media as it moves into and out of the media director.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Biegelsen, Lars-Erik Swartz, Markus P. J. Fromherz, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7083167
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for alignment of individually moved sheet-shaped materials with two individually controlled frictional wheels (A, B), wherein the frictional wheels (A, B) carry out speed changes continuously during the entire process of the alignment according to a control function and in this way achieve a change from the state parameters input angle (?in) and input speed (vin) of the sheet-shaped material, to the state parameters output angle (?out), output speed (vout), X shift (xshift) and Y shift (Yshift).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Barthold
  • Patent number: 7066460
    Abstract: A sheet supply apparatus supplies a sheet to an image forming apparatus. The sheet supply apparatus includes a sheet loading device for loading the sheet, a sheet stacking device for stacking the sheet to be loaded on the sheet loading device, a sheet feeding device provided at a front end of the sheet loading device in a sheet supplying direction for feeding the sheet loaded on the sheet loading device, a sheet carrying device provided at a rear end of the sheet loading device in the sheet supplying direction for carrying the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking device into the sheet loading device, a sheet detecting device for detecting whether an image is formed on at least one side of the sheet loaded on the sheet loading device, and a supporting device for supporting the sheet loading device to be extractable from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Asao
  • Patent number: 7063232
    Abstract: An article storage container, comprising a bin for storing in an a columnar manner, articles to be dispensed from a dispensing end of the bin. A plurality of article supporting intrusions positioned in a spaced manner along at least a portion of the length of the bin function to provide load bearing support for articles stored in the bin. Sectional bins, bin sleeves and macro bins are also disclosed for facilitating rapid, accurate and efficient loading of articles into an article dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Munroe Chirnomas
  • Patent number: 7059598
    Abstract: A conveying arrangement for sheet quires, includes at least two successively arranged conveying devices of which a front conveying device as seen in a conveying direction has a lower speed than a rear conveying device. At least one ionization device electrostatically charges the sheet quires. An area of the front conveying device includes a suction device for administering suction air to the sheet quires in at least one region of the sheet quires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: E.C.H. Will GmbH
    Inventors: Günther Hagemann, Frank Herpel, Jürgen Peter
  • Patent number: 7040616
    Abstract: A transporting system and method for use in a high velocity document processing system using lower velocity print technology. The invention including an upstream transport conveying spaced apart documents at a first transport velocity. A deceleration transport decelerates documents from the high speed to a lower print velocity before passing the documents a print transport. A sensor located at the deceleration transport, detects the presence of documents at the deceleration transport, and triggers the deceleration profile to be performed on the document. The deceleration transport is controlled such that a leading portion of a document that is being decelerated overtakes a trailing portion of a downstream document that already traveling at the lower print velocity in the control of the print transport. An overlapping arrangement urges the lead portion of the upstream document to overlap on top of the trailing portion of the downstream document when the upstream document overtakes the downstream document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Patent number: 7036811
    Abstract: Systems and methods of registration system control are provided that compensate for differences in physical properties of various substrates being transported through the system that impact the displacement of the substrate through a given path. Exemplary systems of the invention include at least one roll pair formed by a first, driven roll and a second roll defining a nip therebetween that is part of the transport path through which a substrate is passed. A prestored lookup table includes empirically- or theoretically-derived compensation factors for plural different kinds of substrates, with each compensation factor being based on physical characteristics of the substrate that impact actual travel length of the substrate along the transport path, such as the substrate's mass per unit area, which has been found to have a strong correlation with a substrate's bending stiffness, which has been found to have a strong correlation with detected deviations in linear travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 7014188
    Abstract: A banknote store (10, 12, 14, 16) comprises first and second drums (18, 20; 18, 22) mounted for rotation about respective axes on, respectively, first and second shafts (51), an elongate support strip (24; 26) which can be unwound from one of the drums onto the other of the drum, and vice versa, such that banknotes (60) can be supported in succession by the support strip while that is wound around at least one of the drums, coupling means (44, 46, 50) for coupling the shafts together, first biasing means (54) between the coupling means and the first drum and second biasing means (56; 58) between the coupling means and the second drum for allowing biased relative motion between each said drum and said coupling means, and for maintaining tension in the support strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Mars Incorporated
    Inventors: Roberto Polidoro, Jerome Daout
  • Patent number: 7011303
    Abstract: An auxiliary support plate is connected, by a leaf spring, to a middle portion of a lower end of a sheet holder, in a sheet width direction, so that a lower end part of the auxiliary support plate rotates and retracts below an upper surface of the sheet holder. A sheet feed roller, facing an upper surface of the auxiliary support plate, is rotatably supported by an arm, which can rotate about a drive shaft disposed upstream in a sheet advance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Takito, Shingo Ito
  • Patent number: 7000916
    Abstract: A sheet-supply device includes a pair of stopper members provided to a bottom plate of a hopper portion so as to move between a protruding position where upper surfaces of the stopper members protrude from a surface of the bottom plate and a retracted position where upper surfaces of the stopper members retract from the surface of the bottom plate, and a position change mechanism moving the stopper members between the protruding and retracted positions. By changing a timing of ascending the stopper members to the protruding position according to a type of the sheets to be fed, an appropriate resistance is applied to all of the sheets in the hopper portion except a topmost sheet during a sheet feed operation, thereby preventing a multi-feed problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Takatoshi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 6983934
    Abstract: A low cost, fully automatic, thickness detection system, readily integrated into an existing paper path sheet transport, in which a regular and known small displacement signal is generated, compared, combined and/or superimposed on the signals from the small displacement of a sheet transport element with differences in sheet thickness. Even sub-millimeter sheet thicknesses can be measured of sheets moving through a regular sheet feeding nip with nip idler roller displacement using a low-cost sensor, where that sensor is additionally repetitively actuated by known small movements to provide calibration signals, such as those provided by plural small radius differences of a rotating idler roller shaft area which will enable existing idler and idler shaft run-out movement error noise signals to be overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Knierim
  • Patent number: 6976673
    Abstract: A system and method for flipping a media sheet. The novel system (10) includes a first mechanism (20) for inputting a media sheet (12) with a leading edge (22) and a trailing edge (24), a second mechanism (14) for receiving and holding the media sheet (12), a third mechanism (15) for translating the second mechanism (14) from an input position (16) to an output position (18), and a fourth mechanism (26) for outputting the media sheet (12) leading with the former trailing edge (24). In an illustrative embodiment, the second mechanism (14) includes a series of slots, each slot adapted to receive and hold a media sheet. One sheet can be input into a slot at the input position (16) while another sheet is output from a slot at the output position (18). Several slots (14) may be incorporated into the mechanism (10), such that slots index from the input position (16) to the output position (18) with one or more intermediate stops in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Madsen
  • Patent number: 6971545
    Abstract: A rectangularly shaped rigid structure having a front panel including an opening therein, a top panel, a rear, bottom, left and right side panels. Also included is an interior panel that cooperates with the interior surfaces of the top, bottom, left and right side panels to form a front compartment dimensioned to contain a collapsible beverage container including a pour spout positioned to project through the front panel opening and a rear compartment dimensioned to contain a cup retainer that holds a plurality of vertically stacked disposable cups. A removable section of the rear panel, delimited by a horizontal linear series of perforations, can be detached so that access is gained to the bottom-most cup, which can be dispensed and placed under the pour spout to dispense the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventors: Phil Martinez, Robert Reider
  • Patent number: 6969064
    Abstract: The present invention provides a paper sheet storing and releasing apparatus which stores and releases paper sheets by winding and unwinding a tape between a wheel and a reel, wherein the apparatus can remove dust stacked on the tape during an operation thereof and reduces damage on the tape. In the paper sheet storing and releasing apparatus which includes a reel which winds and unwinds a tape and a wheel which winds and unwinds the tape and paper sheets and in which running of the tape is stopped at a stop position which constitutes a reference, at the time of releasing the tape from the wheel, the releasing of the tape is temporarily stopped before the tape is stopped at the tape stop position which constitutes the reference and, thereafter, a tape winding operation of a given quantity is performed whereby the dust scraped by a scraper are made to fall and are transferred onto a tape side and the tape is released again so as to reduce a quantity of dust stacked at a final stop position of the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ichikawa, Hisahiro Koshizuka, Riichi Kato, Yasunari Niioka
  • Patent number: 6966554
    Abstract: The scanner apparatus has a feed device for picking up checks from an input receptacle and transferring them to a conveyor mechanism which conveys the checks through the interior of the apparatus. A feed plate resiliently urges a bundle of checks in the receptacle towards an opposed surface. A feed roller acting on the side remote from the plate picks up from the receptacle a check disposed adjacent the surface and transfers it towards the interior of the apparatus. The movement of the feed plate towards the opposed surface is stopped in a position close to that surface so as to define between the plate and the surface a gap of sufficient width for the insertion of at least one check in the input receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Panini S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ugo Panini, Pierpaolo Bubbio
  • Patent number: 6962334
    Abstract: A delivery device for stacking cut flat articles such as rotary cross cut sheets has a braking table downstream of a sheet feeder which is provided with two counterrotating disks which are perforated and communicate with suction passages on the table beneath the disks to brake the sheets as they are supplied to a stacker. At the edge of this table, there is a broad slit nozzle directing a sheet of air upwardly onto the underside of the sheets which are delivered to the stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: EHA Spezialmaschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Willi Erkelenz