Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 10150642
    Abstract: A binding device includes a first pushing member that includes protrusions along one direction and that pushes a recording-material bundle as a result of pushing the protrusions against one of surfaces of the recording-material bundle, the protrusions disposed side by side in a direction that intersects the one direction; and a second pushing member that includes protrusions along the one direction and that pushes the recording-material bundle as a result of pushing the protrusions against the other surface of the recording-material bundle, the protrusions disposed side by side in the direction that intersects the one direction, wherein, in at least one end portion in the one direction of each protrusion of at least one of the first pushing member and the second pushing member, a hollow is disposed in a top portion of each protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakano, Yasuhiro Kusumoto, Emiko Shiraishi, Junichi Hirota, Hiroshi Hagiwara, Katsumi Harada, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Hiroaki Awano, Takuya Makita
  • Patent number: 10144038
    Abstract: Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. A first group of items, such as letters or other mail pieces, are injected by a belt into a pocket to a form a first stack, and a divider is extended near the first stack. The divider allows for a second group of items to either be injected to form a second stack behind the divider, or to be diverted and injected into another pocket. The first stack can be removed while the second group is being injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10144240
    Abstract: A process for the production of multipage information leaflets or slips, the information leaflet provided with a booklet structure including two or more pages, the process including in sequence the steps of: loading and feeding of a ream of sheets printed on one or both sides, taking of a single sheet from the ream and gluing along an edge portion of the single sheet, multiple folding of the single sheet on itself along the glued portion to define a folded sheet, cutting of the folded sheet to define the multipage information leaflet with the pages connected one to the other only at a joining area in proximity of an edge, pressing of the information leaflet at the joining area, accumulation and collection of the finished information leaflets and optional rejecting of the leaflets which do not comply with the production specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GRAFICHE PIZZI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paola Pantaleoni
  • Patent number: 10144590
    Abstract: Embodiments provide methods, systems, and apparatuses for loading workpieces in a flow direction into the spaced apart lugs on a lugged conveyor with the workpieces oriented transverse to the flow direction. The lug loader includes an array of pairs of endless conveyors configured to convey workpieces toward a lugged conveyor. The first and second endless conveyors of each pair are spaced laterally apart across the flow direction and aligned substantially in the flow direction. The array can form a continuous or discontinuous transport surface. Some pairs of endless conveyors in the array may overlap one or more other pairs of endless conveyors in the array. At least one pair of endless conveyors in the array may include two or more endless conveyors that are independently driven at different speeds and/or in different directions to de-skew a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventors: Andre LaPierre, Damon Clinch
  • Patent number: 10136616
    Abstract: A livestock feed wagon includes a moving frame, a feed container which is fitted on the frame for accommodating animal feed, in particular provided with feed mixer, and a movable arm construction having an operable gripper fitted thereto for grabbing an amount of animal feed. The arm construction is configured in such a way that the arm construction can pivot the gripper only in one plane from a first position for grabbing animal feed next to the livestock feed wagon to a second position for releasing the animal feed above the feed container. This makes it possible to provide a very simple and compact construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Karel Van Den Berg, Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Howard Sie, Arie Huyzer, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Patent number: 10131500
    Abstract: A disc for a cable conveyor comprised of a polymer formed from a resin including a blend of siloxane, and polyethylene. The siloxane may be a high molecular weight siloxane having a viscosity ranging from 10,000 cst. to 1,000,000 cst., preferably about 500,000 cst., and the polyethylene may be an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene having a molecular weight ranging from 3 million grams/mol. to 8 million grams/mol., preferably about 3.5 million grams/mol. The siloxane is present in the blend from 0.5 percent to 30.0, preferably about 3.0 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Eric L. Nicholson
  • Patent number: 10131107
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a sheet processing device including: a receiving tray capable of accommodating therein a sheet having, at a part thereof, a protruding portion and a sheet not having the protruding portion in a mixed state; a first binding member that binds the accommodated sheet bundle at a substantially center thereof in a sheet conveying direction; a folding section that folds the sheet bundle bound by the first binding member in two; and a second binding member that binds protruding portions of the sheet bundle folded by the folding section on a fore edge side of the sheet bundle. With this configuration, the fore edge side of the folded and saddle-stitched sheet bundle can be bound by temporary binding. Thus, a sheet processing device capable of ensuring the security of a saddle-stitched sheet bundle can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Daiju Shimizu, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10124456
    Abstract: A rotary table according to the exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a piston 70 having a first tapered portion 72, and a clamp 80 having a second tapered portion 82. When the first tapered portion 72 comes into close contact with the second tapered portion 82 by a movement of the piston 70, a pallet base 30 is fixed to a table base 10, and thus the pallet base 30 is rotated, thereby maintaining a preset posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DOOSAN MACHINE TOOLS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Bong Kim
  • Patent number: 10124979
    Abstract: A binding process device includes an advancing member and a binding process unit. The advancing member advances toward a corner of a recording-medium bundle having multiple edges and having the corner at an intersection position where the edges intersect. The binding process unit performs a binding process on the recording-medium bundle by causing the advancing member to advance toward the corner and is capable of performing the binding process at a first position and at a second position located closer to the intersection position than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Makita, Hiroaki Awano, Yoshinori Nakano, Katsumi Harada, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Yasuhiro Kusumoto, Hiroshi Hagiwara, Junichi Hirota, Emiko Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10118529
    Abstract: An intermodal container for transporting frac proppant, such as frac sand, and/or other types of granular material is disclosed. The intermodal container is designed to receive frac sand from a quarry or other frac sand supply source. Once the container is filled with material, the container is loaded onto a transportation device and transported to a well site. Once received at the well site, the containers can be stacked and the frac sand stored until needed. Once the frac sand is needed, the containers are placed on a base unit and the container discharges its contents onto a conveying system formed as part of the base unit. The conveying system directs the frac sand to a blending location. The empty intermodal containers can be removed from the base unit and loaded onto a transportation device to be refilled at a mine site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Proppant Express Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Eiden, III, Brian Andrew Hunter, Mathew Carley, Timothy Stefan, Mark D'Agostino, Scott D'Agostino
  • Patent number: 10118790
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a stack portion on which sheets conveyed in a conveying direction are stacked, a first regulating portion regulating a position of a sheet bundle stacked on the stack portion in a crossing direction crossing the conveying direction by contacting an end of the sheet bundle in the crossing direction, a second regulating portion regulating a position of the sheet bundle in the conveying direction by contacting an end of the sheet bundle in the conveying direction, a first binding device which moves in the crossing direction and binds by a staple, a second binding device which moves and binds without a staple, and a controller which controls the first and second binding devices. The first and second binding devices bind the corner portion of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Satoru Matsuki, Daiki Komiya, Kazuhito Shimura
  • Patent number: 10118788
    Abstract: Provided is a print medium finishing apparatus including a print medium stacking plate; a stacker tray; and a print medium discharging apparatus configured to discharge, to the stacker tray, print media on the print medium stacking plate, wherein the print medium discharging apparatus includes at least one driving gear that is rotatable; a moving member configured to move linearly and curvilinearly with respect to the at least one driving gear and including a motion converting gear configured to engage the at least one driving gear and convert rotation of the at least one driving gear into a linear motion and a curvilinear motion; and a grip member configured to be moved linearly and curvilinearly by the moving member while holding the print media on the print medium stacking plate, and to place the print media on the stacker tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji Fukasawa, Tae-hong Kim, Tae-jin Baek, Min-gi Kim, Joon-sik An, Jin-soo Lee, Hae-seog Jo
  • Patent number: 10112216
    Abstract: Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. A first group of items, such as letters or other mail pieces, are injected by a belt into a pocket to a form a first stack, and a progressive displacement divider with amplified output for a given input is extended near the first stack. The divider allows for a second group of items to either be injected to form a second stack behind the divider, or to be diverted and injected into another pocket. The first stack can be removed while the second group is being injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: United States Postal Services
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10106364
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a second conveying roller pair that receives and conveys a sheet conveyed by a first conveying roller pair; a first folding roller pair that forms a first fold on the sheet; and a first rotation unit capable of rotating the second conveying roller pair and the first folding roller pair. One roller of the second conveying roller pair and one roller of the first folding roller pair are a common roller shared therebetween. The second conveying roller pair causes the sheet to be deflected and guided to the first folding roller pair, and the first folding roller pair forms the first fold on the deflected sheet by rotating the first rotation unit in a certain direction in a state in which the sheet is held by the first conveying roller pair and the second conveying roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Watanabe, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Michitaka Suzuki, Tomomichi Hoshino, Yuji Suzuki, Satoshi Saito, Takao Watanabe
  • 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: 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: 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