Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 10099886
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus comprises a first tray, a second tray, a third tray, a lower supporting plate, a drive section and a control device. The second tray is located at the lower part of the first tray. The third tray is located at a downstream side with respect to the second tray in a sheet conveyance direction. The lower supporting plate can support the sheet from the lower part. The drive section drives the lower supporting plate. The control device controls the drive section to arrange the lower supporting plate at the downstream side with respect to a conveyance starting point of the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction in a case of skipping the first tray and the second tray to convey the sheet to the third tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mikio Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10093511
    Abstract: In printing processing, an MFP determines whether the number of printed sheets is less than or equal to an upper limit of bindable sheets of staple-less binding in a case where staple-less binding is set in print data. If the MFP determines that the number of printed sheets is less than or equal to the upper limit, the MFP determines whether binding processing is to be performed by switching to staple-less binding. If the MFP determines to perform binding processing by switching, the binding processing is performed by staple binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 10093071
    Abstract: A recording-medium binding device includes a first tooth row that includes teeth arranged in a tooth arrangement direction and a second tooth row that includes teeth, that is to be engaged with the first tooth row, and that cooperates with the first tooth row to bind recording media by pinching a batch of the recording media. In the tooth arrangement direction, the first and the second tooth rows have first and second ranges. In the first range, an engaging height is a first engaging height, and a width of an effective tooth top is a first effective tooth top width. In the second range, the engaging height is a second engaging height that is smaller than the first engaging height, and a width of an effective tooth top is a second effective tooth top width that is larger than the first effective tooth top width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Makita, Hiroaki Awano, Yoshinori Nakano, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Katsumi Harada, Toshiyasu Yukawa, Junichi Hirota, Yasuhiro Kusumoto, Hiroshi Hagiwara, Emiko Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10097711
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes: a stacking unit configured to stack a plurality of sheets to obtain a sheet bundle; a stitched-sheet number acquiring unit configured to acquire a number of sheets in the sheet bundle, which is a target to be stitched; a permanent stitching unit configured to permanently stitch the sheet bundle; a temporary stitching unit configured to be capable of temporarily stitching a plurality of areas of the sheet bundle; a selecting unit configured to select any one of the permanent stitching unit and the temporary stitching unit to be used; and a stitching-process control unit configured to, when the temporary stitching unit is selected by the selecting unit, control the temporary stitching unit so as to change a number of areas that are stitched by the temporary stitching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: RIOCH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Wataru Takahashi, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Koki Sakano, Takuya Morinaga, Akira Kunieda, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Yohsuke Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 10093514
    Abstract: A collating apparatus (10), in particular for printed products such as brochures, flyers or the like, comprising a collecting section (11) having at least two collecting zones (11a,b) arranged in parallel and working independently of each other, onto which respectively a plurality of products are fed successively and are united lying one on top of the other into a collected product, and at least one further processing section (13, 15) positioned behind the collecting section (11) having at least one further processing apparatus (13a,b; 15a,b). High flexibility during operation is achieved by the arrangement between the collecting section (11) and the at least one further processing section (13, 15) of a distribution apparatus (12), which feeds the collected products arriving from the collecting zones (11a,b) selectively to the at least one further processing apparatus (13a,b, 15a,b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Othmar Brunschwiler
  • Patent number: 10093121
    Abstract: A sheet binding device includes a first tooth-shaped member that has plural arranged teeth, and a second tooth-shaped member that has plural arranged teeth, bites the first tooth-shaped member to clamp and bind sheets in cooperation with the first tooth-shaped member, and is tilted relative to the first tooth-shaped member from a beginning of biting to a completion of biting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Nobe, Satoshi Kurihara, Hiroaki Awano, Yoshinori Nakano, Takuya Makita, Katsumi Harada, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10086517
    Abstract: A pendant is provided as a robot operating apparatus. The pendant includes an operation-input mode detecting unit that detects an operation-input mode of a touch operation inputted to a touch panel. In addition, in the pendant, an action setting unit sets an action direction and a number of actions of an inching action by a robot, based on an action mode associated with the operation-input mode with a predetermined amount of margin. Furthermore, an action command generating unit generates an action command to operate the robot such that the inching operation is performed in the action direction and by the number of actions set by the action setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hirota Touma, Yoshihiro Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 10087034
    Abstract: Provided is a recording material processing apparatus including: a first binding processing unit that is provided to be capable of moving on a predetermined movement route and is configured to perform a binding process on a recording material; and a second binding processing unit that is installed on the predetermined movement route, is configured to perform the binding process on the recording material, and is configured to withdraw from the movement route by receiving force from the first binding processing unit which moves along the movement route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 10087011
    Abstract: The load conveyer system includes a pair of rails that carry endless chains. Each rail has its own dedicated drive motor that operates independently of the other. The motors are sized to fit within the vertical height or vertical envelope of the rail, so that the motor does not interfere with movement of the load carried by the rail. Each rail and drive motor are independently mountable to an underlying support surface as a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Keith Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Tim Toth
  • Patent number: 10071588
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a binding portion binding a plurality of sheets stacked on a sheet stacking portion as a bundle by deforming the sheets without a staple. The sheet processing apparatus further includes a moving member moving the sheet bundle bound at a binding position by the binding portion from the binding position and a restricting member restricting the move of the sheet bundle such that a distance between the sheet bundle and the moving member is kept to be less than a predetermined distance in moving the sheet bundle by the moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideto Abe
  • Patent number: 10059525
    Abstract: A conveyor of the articulated chain type for transporting products, includes a mounting frame for elements for supporting and guiding a conveyor belt. The conveyor belt includes a plurality of links forming elements for supporting the product and articulated connected to each other, each link having a first and a second plurality of longitudinal protrusions which extend in opposite longitudinal directions and which are transversally spaced from each other so as to form respective spaces for receiving the longitudinal protrusions of an adjacent link. The link includes a perpendicular protuberance forming elements for engaging and sliding against a transversal centering surface of guide elements in a curved stretch of the belt and a transversal protuberance extending laterally of the link and forming elements for engagement and sliding relative to a perpendicular longitudinal retaining surface of the guide elements, retaining elements for keeping a connecting pin inserted between adjacent links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BETT SISTEMI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Tienno Bettati
  • Patent number: 10059074
    Abstract: A binding processing apparatus includes: a pressure-applying member pair that has multiple projections arranged side-by-side and applies pressure to a sheet stack by pressing the projections against the sheet stack; and an advancing-and-retracting part that causes at least one of the pressure-applying members in the pressure-applying member pair to move toward or away from the other pressure-applying member. A pitch of the projections in each pressure-applying member is from 1.2 mm to 1.5 mm, and a height of the projections is from 0.55 mm to 0.75 mm, and a load per unit area applied from each pressure-applying member to the sheet stack when the pressure-applying member applies pressure to the sheet stack is from 42 N/mm2 to 94 N/mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Makita, Hiroaki Awano, Yoshinori Nakano, Katsumi Harada, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Yasuhiro Kusumoto, Hiroshi Hagiwara, Emiko Shiraishi, Junichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 10060523
    Abstract: An active differential for the controlled distribution of a drive torque generated by a drive motor to two drive shafts includes a planetary gear train configured to couple the two drive shafts to a drive shaft of the drive motor, and a distributor motor including a distributor shaft. The distributor motor produces a torque, with a distribution of a drive torque to the two drive shafts being dependant on the torque produced by the distributor motor. The distributor shaft and the planetary gear train are coupled by a coupling device which only transmits a torque from the planetary gear train to the distributor shaft when a rotational speed difference between rotational speeds of the two output shafts exceeds a predetermined limit value and when a connection condition depending on an operating condition of the distributor motor is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Udo Pinschmidt, Thomas Schels
  • Patent number: 10053325
    Abstract: To provide a sheet binding processing apparatus for enabling strong binding strength or weak binding strength to be selected in a neat sheet posture to perform binding processing in applying narrow pressure to a plurality of sheets with concavo-convex-shaped pressurizing surfaces to perform the binding processing, in positioning sheets in a binding position for press-binding the sheets with the concavo-convex-shaped pressurizing surfaces that mutually mesh to perform the binding processing, it is possible to set an engagement area of the sheets and the pressurizing surfaces in two or more different steps with positioning references or by shifting a position of a binding processing section in the direction for passing over an edge side of the sheets to perform the binding processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 10052781
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a paper processing apparatus comprises a perforation unit configured to include a rotary blade for perforating conveyed paper in a direction parallel to a conveyance direction and be capable of moving the rotary blade in a direction orthogonal to a conveyance path of the paper; a skew detection section configured at the upstream side of the perforation unit to detect the skew of the paper; a skew correction mechanism configured to incline the perforation unit and the rotary blade according to the detected skew amount of the paper; and a control section configured to control the position of the rotary blade and move the rotary blade to a perforation processing position before the paper is conveyed to the perforation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahide Kenmotsu, Katsuhiko Tsuchiya, Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10054892
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a creasing unit; a support supporting a sheet on which a crease has been formed, a folding roller folding the sheet supported by the support while rotating at a folding speed, a thrusting member moving at a thrust speed higher than the folding speed, and to thrust the sheet such that the sheet is folded at a position where the crease has been formed, and a control unit performing control such that a difference between a folding speed of the folding roller and a thrust speed of the thrusting member, in a case in which the folding roller folds a first number of sheets, is smaller than a difference between the folding speed and the thrust speed, in a case in which the folding roller folds a second number of sheets that is larger than the first number of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoto Tokuma
  • Patent number: 10046938
    Abstract: In order to enable a press-bound sheet bunch to be easily peeled away from press teeth, the present invention is to provide a sheet bunch processing apparatus with a needleless binding apparatus which includes a pair of press tooth members where a plurality of press teeth extending in a ridge-line direction is formed parallel, presses a part of a sheet bunch between the pair of press tooth members, and thereby performs press binding processing, and with a peeling mechanism which applies a force in a direction substantially parallel with the ridge-line direction of the press teeth to the sheet bunch, and thereby peels the sheet bunch subjected to the press binding processing away from the press teeth of the press tooth members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Daiki Komiyama, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10048636
    Abstract: A sheet binding apparatus includes a stack portion on which sheets are stacked; a manual setting portion, different from the stack portion, to which sheets are manually set from an outside of the apparatus; a first binding portion binding sheets stacked on the stack portion and set on the manual setting portion, the first binding portion being movable to a first position where sheets on the stack portion are bound and to a second position, different from the first position where sheets set on the manual setting portion are bound; and a second binding portion binding sheets stacked on the stack portion, the second binding portion being different from the first binding portion. The first position is set, with respect to a moving direction of the first binding portion, between the second position and a third position where the second binding portion binds sheets stacked on the stack portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Yusuke Obuchi, Hideto Abe, Masaya Takahashi, Seiji Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 10046535
    Abstract: There is provided a binding processing device including: a first pressing member including a convex portion formed by a curved surface with a curvature and protruding toward a sheet bundle; and a second pressing member including a concave portion formed by a curved surface with a curvature and configured to be combined with the convex portion through the sheet bundle, the second pressing member configured to press the sheet bundle sandwiched between the first and second pressing members, wherein in a state where the convex portion of the first pressing member and the concave portion of the second pressing member are combined with each other, a gap is formed between the convex portion and the concave portion in a cross section of the first and second pressing members along a pressing direction, and the gap has a volume larger than a volume of the sandwiched sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakano, Hiroaki Awano, Takuya Makita, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Katsumi Harada, Yasuhiro Kusumoto, Hiroshi Hagiwara, Emiko Shiraishi, Junichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 10046939
    Abstract: A sheet process apparatus images a code printed on a fed sheet, and a control unit acquires image data of the imaged code, reads information of the code from the image data, measures a real position of the code from the image data, retrieves position information corresponding to the read information of the code, calculates an amount of deviation between the measured real position of the code and a reference position, corrects the position information on the basis of the amount of the calculated deviation so as to determine a target position, and outputs the target position. The apparatus and corresponding method do not need the sheet to have a wide space for printing both a cut mark and the code, and do not recognize another mark as the cut mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Horizon International Inc.
    Inventors: Kohei Nishimura, Takehito Yokogi