Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 9944488
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a first binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle; a second binding unit with greater number of bindable sheets than number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit; and a number-of-sheets determining unit configured to determine whether number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit. The first binding unit moves to a binding position, and if the number-of-sheets determining unit determines that the number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit, the first binding unit moves away from the binding position. When the number-of-sheets determining unit determines that the number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit, the second binding unit moves to the binding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kunieda, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Wataru Takahashi, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Koki Sakano, Takuya Morinaga, Yohsuke Haraguchi, Kota Nakashima, Shinji Tanoue, Takahiro Itou
  • Patent number: 9944496
    Abstract: An escalator with a step belt or a moving walkway with a plate belt has a first deflecting region and a second deflecting region, wherein the plate belt or the step belt is arranged to circulate between the first deflecting region and the second deflecting region. The escalator or the moving walkway includes at least one guide rail arranged between the deflecting regions for guidance of the step belt or the plate belt, as well as at least one support, which is arranged between the deflecting regions for supporting the at least one guide rail. The at least one support includes a plurality of plug parts that in an assembled state can be plugged together by plug connections to form a box-shaped support base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Michael Matheisl, Norbert Frim, Thomas Illedits, Uwe Hauer, Robert Schulz, Michael Berger, Christoph Makovec
  • Patent number: 9944465
    Abstract: A solid particulate pump includes a plurality of segments linked to each other in a serial, closed loop arrangement with gaps between neighboring pairs of the segments. A flexible seal extends across the gaps and seals an interior of the closed loop arrangement from an exterior of the closed loop arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Timothy Saunders
  • Patent number: 9944477
    Abstract: Imaging apparatus and methods for bindery systems are disclosed. An example method includes engaging a signature assembly with an end of a separator to cause 1) a first page of the signature assembly to be disposed on a platform and 2) a second page of the signature assembly to be disposed on the side of the platform; drawing the first page toward the platform; and imaging the first page when the first page is on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LSC Communications US, LLC
    Inventors: Ty Daniel Wyble, Todd Tracy Rose
  • Patent number: 9939771
    Abstract: A recording material fold enhancing device includes a pressing unit that includes one or more recessed portions and one or more protrusions, and that presses a fold of a recording material; a supporting unit that includes one or more recessed portions and one or more protrusions, and that supports the fold of the recording material; and a driving unit that moves the pressing unit and the supporting unit along a direction in which the fold of the recording material is formed. A portion of the fold of the recording material is interposed between the one or more recessed portions of the pressing unit and the one or more protrusions of the supporting unit, and another portion of the fold of the recording material is interposed between the one or more protrusions of the pressing unit and the one or more recessed portions of the supporting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 9938083
    Abstract: A mechanical rocker-arm type vertical feeding cushioning device, consisting of two identical cushioning units and a box body (7). The two cushioning units are respectively arranged with a certain height difference on the inner side of the box body (7). Each cushioning unit consists of a cushioning mechanism and a fixing hinge mechanism. The cushioning mechanism is composed of a cushioning plate (1), a spring (5) and a balance weight (6). The fixing hinge mechanism is composed of a hinge plate (2), a right angle circular rod (3) and an elastic limiting device (4). The cushioning plate (1) is fixed to the hinge plate (2) via connection holes and using bolts. The hinge plate (2) is welded to the right angle circular rod (3). The elastic limiting device (4) consists of two elastic limiting plates and a hollow iron ring in a welded manner. The right angle circular rod (3) is connected to the elastic limiting device (4) in a sleeved manner via the hollow iron ring of the elastic limiting device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Jixiong Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Rui Gao, Hao Yan, Meng Li
  • Patent number: 9938087
    Abstract: A conveyor tail system positioned proximal a chute of a conveyor belt which includes a clamp assembly having a support plate for securing the conveyor tail system to the chute and a compression plate for selective coupling with the support plate. The conveyor tail system further includes a seal for creating a barrier between the clamp assembly and the conveyor belt. The seal defines a runner portion for extending along the conveyor belt, and a sealing portion selectively engageable between the support and a clamp portion defined by the compression plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: David K. Liland
  • Patent number: 9938079
    Abstract: An automated accumulator incorporates independently operated infeed and outfeed ramps. These ramps on an internal end provide access to a plurality of storage flights that define a stacked conveyor, allowing both the upstream and downstream portions of the production line to operate relatively independently of the other. On the external end, the ramps couple to prior art conveyor systems. The automated accumulator incorporates an electronic control system combining a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or equivalent and a plurality of sensors in combination with various motors to provide suitable automated operation, including First In First Out (FIFO) operation to preserve production sequence. In addition, various techniques may be used to selectively control operation of the automated accumulator, providing such functions as stopping infeed on a particular product, or providing linear bypass through the accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jason D. Vogel
  • Patent number: 9932186
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus and methods for winding and unwinding web materials, the web materials having a plurality of narrow lanes which form a spool. In a first aspect of the invention each lane of web material is defined by a width measured in the axial direction of the spool and between a minimum and a maximum radial height measured radially from a central axis of the spool. Each lane is wound, in turn, with web material up to the maximum radial height, the web material is folded by a first, second, third and fourth folds so that the web material is realigned parallel to the adjacent lane and wound to form the adjacent lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gueltekin Erdem, Walter Pieter Hendrik Laurentius van der Klugt, Sudhanshu Gupta
  • Patent number: 9932198
    Abstract: There is provided a sheet processing apparatus with improved visibility of a sheet bundle discharged without post-processing thereto. The CPU circuit receives the conveyed sheet, drives and controls the sheet-returning paddle, the rack part, the rear end regulation part, the alignment plate and the like and forms sheet bundle comprising of a plural number of sheets as received. Further, the CPU circuit drives and controls the alignment plate when discharging the sheet bundle S from the processing tray, the sheet bundle S exceeding the number of sheets which can be post-processed by the stapler. Therefore, the sheet bundle S which includes sheets equal to the allowable number of sheets for post-processing of the sheet processing unit is discharged to the second discharge position which is different from the first discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeo Hongu
  • Patent number: 9932199
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes a plurality of first units and a second unit. The first units each include, as one unit, a pressing member that presses a folding loop, a frame that movably holds the pressing member in a sheet pressing direction, and an elastic member that is disposed between the frame and the pressing member to bias the pressing member in the sheet pressing direction. The second unit supports, as one unit, a plurality of rows of first units such that the first units of each row are arranged, as a pair, so as to be opposed to each other and that an interval between the pairs is reduced stepwise from a downstream side to an upstream side in a moving direction of the second unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Katsumata, Hisashi Osada, Takeshi Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 9925686
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a plurality of driving modules, a plurality of feeding modules and a plurality of couplers. Each driving module has a driving shaft pivotally mounted on a housing and driven by a power module to be rotated about an axis. Each feeding module includes a pivoting shaft substantially coaxial with the driving shaft, a suspending unit journalled on the pivoting shaft to be pivotable and having a bearing portion which is disposed to be biased downwardly by a spring member, a driven shaft mounted rotatably on the bearing portion, and a feeding roller driven by the driven shaft. Each coupler includes a transmitting shaft having two ends connected to the driving shaft and driven shaft by universal joints, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 9919821
    Abstract: Methods and systems for transitioning packages objects, such as eggs, from a packer into an infeed system providing a buffer such that the packer may operate independently of the subsequent system, such as an egg marking system. Systems and methods of stabilizing packed objects, such as eggs, as they move from the packer to a marking system includes logic to suspend operation of the delivery conveyor or system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YTA HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Phillips, Richard C. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 9914596
    Abstract: A conveying device for transport of workpiece carriers from and to one or more machining stations, has a stationary conveyor track having at least one guide rail, with at least one stopping device provided for stopping the workpiece carrier. This stopping device is formed as a pivot lever that is integrated in the at least one guide rail and pivotable for stopping the workpiece carrier from a neutral position in which it is aligned with the guide rail, to a position pivoted outwardly out of the guide rail. A method of stopping a workpiece carrier is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Kennerknecht
  • Patent number: 9914592
    Abstract: A conveyor system for controlling two conveyor belts with a single motor including a belt link for removing material from between the run and the return portions of a conveyor belt moving along a first trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: JORGENSEN CONVEYORS
    Inventor: Paul Pribyl
  • Patent number: 9914280
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a binding device includes a first rotary member including a first serrated portion on its circumferential surface, a second rotary member including, on its circumferential surface, a second serrated portion to be engaged with the first serrated portion at an engaging position and configured to perform a binding process by rotating together with the first rotary member with a bundle of sheets pinched therebetween to form serrations in the sheet bundle in thickness direction and bring the sheets into engagement with each other while relatively moving the sheet bundle in a predetermined moving direction, and a clamping unit configured to, when the binding process is performed, clamp the sheet bundle at a clamping position upstream of the engaging position to apply a predetermined pulling force acting in a direction opposite to the moving direction to the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Ikumi Takashima, Akihiro Tsuno, Hirotaka Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9908710
    Abstract: A magnetic conveyor belt module integrates a magnetic element into the body of the module to attract conveyed articles to the body. A magnet seat below the top surface of the body seats the magnetic element, so that the magnetic element is between the top surface and bottom surface of the module body. A retainer engages the magnet seat to retain the magnetic element in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Krissie K. Zambrano, Adam E. Bannerman, John de St. Germain
  • Patent number: 9908705
    Abstract: A roller brush bed and drive system includes a motor, a motor drive shaft mechanically coupled to the motor, the motor drive shaft extending orthogonal to the roller brush, at least one gearbox mechanically coupled to the motor drive shaft, the at least one gearbox configured to mechanically couple to the roller brush and transmit torque from the motor drive shaft to the roller brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FRUIT GROWERS SUPPLY COMPANY
    Inventor: David Michael Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9908714
    Abstract: A system and a method for processing of optical lenses in which the processing takes place using different processing apparatus between which there is a respective transfer apparatus. The transfer apparatus are used both for longitudinal and also cross conveyance. Each processing apparatus has its own conveyor apparatus which is controlled by the processing apparatus itself. The transfer apparatus are controlled by a central transfer control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Schneider GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gunter Schneider
  • Patent number: 9908716
    Abstract: A material handling machine for transferring discrete loads of excavated, uncrushed waste from an excavator or other excavation equipment to a dumping location beyond the reach of the excavator. The material handling machine may include a mobile bridge supported by two or more crawlers. The material handling machine may further include at least one skip that is selectively moved between a first end and a second end of the mobile bridge. The at least one skip may receive material from excavation equipment at the first end and deposit the received material proximate the second end. When the material handling machine includes two skips, one skip may be positioned above the other skip, or the skips may be positioned to be side-by-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS (USA), INC.
    Inventor: Martin S. Lurie