Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 10207293
    Abstract: An LED Assisted Rapid Assembly system is disclosed wherein a plurality of rack locations are provided with an addressable LED light puck at each location, such that the puck may be illuminated to indicate to a worker the rack location for a specific garment by correlating the garment, the invoice/ticket and the location electronically and controlling the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Evaz Fanaian, Nabil Fanaian
  • Patent number: 10209663
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: a printer; a puncher configured to punch the sheet printed by the printer; a binder configured to perform a bookbinding process to form a bound product in which a binding member penetrates punch holes of sheets; a first detector configured to detect a first jam of a sheet in the binder; a second detector configured to detect a second jam of a sheet which occurs upstream of the binder; an annunciator configured to notify information; and a controller configured to cause the annunciator to notify first instruction information for instructing removal of a sheet and the binding member, when the first detector has detected the first jam; and cause the annunciator to notify second instruction information for instructing removal of the second jam when the second detector has detected the second jam and the first detector has not detected the first jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiji Kanamoto, Toshihiko Iida
  • Patent number: 10197110
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of home appliance technology, and more particularly to a quick stop mechanism on a food processor and a food processing comprising the quick stop mechanism. The invention comprises a transmission shaft flexibly received in a gear box, the transmission shaft extends from the top of the gear box, a metal sleeve is fixed on one side of the transmission shaft, a bottom surface of a buckle ring disposed on a lower part of the metal sleeve abuts against the top of a spring, and the bottom of the spring abuts against a spring seat, the spring seat defines a through hole, a magnet is disposed on inner side of the gear box, and flexibly cooperates with the metal sleeve, the transmission shaft passes through the through hole and cooperates with a clutch, and the clutch is connected to a motor on the food processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: JOIN-ONE ELECTRIC (SHENZHEN) LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10189671
    Abstract: A device and method for the processing of printed products with one or more transport systems for transporting the printed products between processing stations comprises a transport path lighting system that is divided into segments, wherein the type of illumination of such a segment is with respect to its color, intensity and/or variation in time defined by certain properties of the product located in this section or its production history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Muller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Gerd Kache, Stefan Winkelmann
  • Patent number: 10189667
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus for post-processing paper discharged from an image forming apparatus comprises: a paper discharging roller for conveying both first and second paper sequentially discharged from an image forming apparatus to an intermediate loading part; a main paddle part for conveying the first and second paper loaded on the intermediate loading part to a compiling region; a reverse roller for conveying, together with the main paddle part, the first and second paper to the compiling region; and a binding part for processing the first and second paper conveyed to the compiling region, the paper discharging roller allows the first paper to stand by on a standby path, and conveys the first and second paper to the intermediate loading part in a state in which the leading end of the first paper protrudes further than the leading end of the second paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-hong Kim, Kyung-hwan Jang, Hae-seog Cho
  • Patent number: 10183831
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a post-processing apparatus comprises a knocking section, a receiving section, a driving section and a pressing section. The knocking section knocks a staple in a sheet. The receiving section faces the knocking section. The receiving section receives the sheet in which the staple is knocked from the knocking section. The driving section can change an interval between the knocking section and the receiving section in an opposite direction in which the knocking section and the receiving section face each other. The pressing section extends continuously in a sheet width direction. The pressing section presses the sheet before the staple is knocked in the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mikio Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10183810
    Abstract: A radio-frequency identification arrangement for a chain conveyor for piece goods having a driven linked chain is disclosed, comprising a support rail element 3 for guiding and supporting the linked chain 4 in the region of the radio-frequency identification arrangement and a radio-frequency reading device or radio-frequency writing/reading device 10 for performing contactless reading or reading/writing of information by means of a radio-frequency signal. According to the invention, the radio-frequency reading device or radio-frequency writing/reading device 10 is disposed directly on a bottom 30 of the support rail element 3 and facing an underside of the linked chain 4. For this purpose, the latter may be accommodated in a recess or cavity of the support rail element 3. By means of the radio-frequency identification arrangement, an RFID tag, which is mounted on a workpiece or workpiece carrier, can be read or read and written to through the linked chain of the chain conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FlexLink AB
    Inventor: Peter Kaltenhäuser
  • Patent number: 10179702
    Abstract: A feeder for bulk solids has a rotatable bin with an open bottom and an open top and is tilted so that one side of the bin is substantially vertical. A rotating auger is located within the bin having a vertically oriented exposed helical fin. Longitudinal ribs are secured on an inner surface of the bin and spaced radially. Material is loaded into the open top of the rotating bin, tumbling the material toward the bottom of the bin causing the material to constantly contact the rotating auger. The auger then feeds the material through the open bottom of the bin. Ribs engage the material in the bin enhancing tumbling and feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC
    Inventor: Corrie Ian Nichol
  • Patent number: 10173388
    Abstract: A recording-medium binding device includes a first tooth row including plural teeth and a second tooth row including plural teeth. The first and second tooth rows include a central region and end regions. The plural teeth of each of the first and second tooth rows include at least one tooth disposed in the central region and at least one tooth dispose in each of the end regions. In a process of pinching the recording medium batch, the at least one tooth of the first tooth row in the end region and the at least one tooth of the second tooth row in the end region pinch the recording medium batch earlier than the at least one tooth of the first tooth row in the central region and the at least one tooth of the second tooth row in the central region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Awano, Takuya Makita, Katsumi Harada, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Toshiyasu Yukawa, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10173859
    Abstract: A recording-medium binding device includes first and second tooth groups. The first tooth group includes first and second tooth rows. The second tooth group includes third and fourth tooth rows. The third tooth row to be engaged with the first tooth row forms, together with the first tooth row, a first tooth row pair. The fourth tooth row to be engaged with the second tooth row forms, together with the second tooth row, a second tooth row pair. A second engaging height in the second tooth row pair is smaller than a first engaging height in the first tooth row pair. A second effective tooth top width in the second tooth row pair is larger than a first effective tooth top width in the first tooth row pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    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: 10173457
    Abstract: A binding device includes a first pressing member that presses a recording-medium stack from one surface side of the recording-medium stack, a second pressing member disposed at a position opposed to the first pressing member to press the recording-medium stack from the other surface side of the recording-medium stack, and a reduction part provided in at least one pressing member of the first pressing member and the second pressing member to reduce creases in recording media of the recording-medium stack in a binding operation when a number of the recording media in the recording-medium stack is smaller than a maximum number of recording media to be bound by the first pressing member and the second pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Makita, Hiroaki Awano, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Katsumi Harada, Toshiyasu Yukawa, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10173387
    Abstract: A sheet binding device includes a binding operation unit including a first tooth-shaped member that has plural arrayed teeth, a second tooth-shaped member that has plural arrayed teeth and binds sheets by biting the first tooth-shaped member to clamp the sheets in cooperation with the first tooth-shaped member, and a link structure that opens and closes the first tooth-shaped member and the second tooth-shaped member to perform a binding operation, and two side frames that are arranged to hold the binding operation unit therebetween and to support the binding operation unit on both sides of the binding operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Nobe, Satoshi Kurihara, Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 10167948
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a motor vehicle transmission includes a pressure regulation subsystem in fluid communication with a pump for providing pressurized hydraulic fluid. A manual valve assembly is in direct fluid communication with the pressure regulation subsystem, and is moveable by an operator of the motor vehicle between at least park, neutral, drive, and reverse positions. A default disable valve assembly is in direct fluid communication with the manual valve assembly, a default disable solenoid, and a default select valve assembly. The manual valve assembly is in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly which is in direct fluid communication with the default disable solenoid and the default select valve assembly. The default disable solenoid enables the default disable valve assembly to enable three default modes of operation and the default select valve assembly selects between two of the three default modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Chinar S. Ghike, Brian W. Whitmarsh, Joel H. Gunderson
  • Patent number: 10168693
    Abstract: The disclosure provides systems and methods of use in the analysis, collection, resource allocation, and tracking associated with the sale of commodities. Embodiments include a vibratory-and-optical analysis and collection system that may be incorporated into a collection and storage machine. The analysis and collection system and/or the collection and storage machine may be associated with a consumption-based resource-allocation system that determines a payment price for a batch of commodity sold and then digitally allocates all transaction resources to the relevant stakeholders to the commodity sales transaction occurring at the analysis and collection system and/or the collection and storage machine. A commodity-to-consumer tracking system may be provided to track the batch of commodity sold from the point of harvest and sale through to the end consumer. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bext Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Michael Kingston, Daniel Paul Jones, Corey Baker Kashiwa
  • Patent number: 10167141
    Abstract: A device for transporting molds for chocolate or confectionery is provided with at least one rod that extends below, above or next to the molds, whereby this rod is movable back and forth in its longitudinal direction and is provided with a number of catches for the molds that are placed along its longitudinal direction, whereby the rod is rotatable around its axis so that the catches can rotate from a first position, whereby they can take along the molds, to a second position whereby they are situated below or above the plane of the molds or next to the molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HACOS, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP
    Inventor: Pierre Van Meulenbeke
  • Patent number: 10160249
    Abstract: A sheet post-processing device includes a conveying section that conveys a paper sheet; a punch section that punches punch holes in the paper sheet conveyed by the conveying section; a stacker section that stores the paper sheet in which the punch holes are punched by the punch section; a binding section that binds a paper sheet bundle stored in the stacker section with a binding member; and a controller that controls the above sections. The controller selectively performs a ring binding mode and a direct binding mode. The ring binding mode is a mode in which punch holes are punched in the paper sheet by the punch section and then the binding member is made to penetrate the punch holes for binding. The direct binding mode is a mode in which the binding member is directly driven into the paper sheet bundle without punching the punch holes in the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kubota, Eiji Fukasawa, Ichitaro Kubota, Hideyuki Kubota, Hisashi Osada, Takahiro Nakano, Hiroyuki Sorita, Junya Nakajima, Takuma Kobayashi, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10156289
    Abstract: An axle assembly having a first clutch collar and a second clutch collar. The first clutch collar may be selectively engageable with a drive gear that may be rotatably disposed on an input shaft. The second clutch collar may be selectively engageable with a side gear of an interaxle differential unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Meritor do Brasil Sistemas Automotivos Ltda.
    Inventors: Armando Marcelo Rivero De Stefani, Adriano Esperidião, Jose Renan da Silva, Rodrigo Lacerda Soffner
  • 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: 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: 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