Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 10773414
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a servo controlled stitching apparatus that comprises a servo controlled wire pulling means (4) for pulling the required length of wire for stitching bunch of paper sheets. Said pulling means (4) comprises pulling roller (11) having wire retaining groove (11a) for guiding wire extending from the spool (2) towards the stitching head (1). It also comprises pressure roller (13) that rotates against pulling roller (11) for pulling the wire (16) from the spool (2). The length of wire to be pulled is predefined in the controller means which is communicated with the servo motor (7) that rotates said rollers (11, 13) until the predetermined length of wire is pulled. The stitching head (1) utilize the wire (16) of pulled length without rotating the spool itself to avoid pulling load and to apply even stapling on the bunch of paper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Udaykumar Chhabildas Patel
  • Patent number: 10773794
    Abstract: A dynamic rotor-phasing unit can phase rotors in-flight for dynamic rotor tuning and in an idle state for aircraft storage. The input and output shafts can be clocked (e.g., rotated) from 0 degrees apart to in excess of 360 degrees apart or from 0 degrees apart to 140 degrees apart. Such rotation can minimize the footprint of an aircraft for stowing purposes, as the rotor blades can be folded to fit within a smaller area without disconnecting the drive system. Additionally, the unit can allow tiltrotor blades to be clocked during flight, which can allow the live-tuning of the aircraft's rotor dynamics. A fail-safe rotary actuator can rotate a stationary planet carrier to clock the input shaft and the output shaft. Alternatively, an actuator can position a slider housing to clock the input shaft and the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Colton Gilliland, Tyson Henry
  • Patent number: 10768568
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet binding apparatus includes a first roller, a second roller, and a nip-pressure adjusting section. The first roller attaches a tape to an edge portion of a sheet bundle. The second roller is opposed to the first roller in the sheet bundle thickness direction. The nip-pressure adjusting section is capable of adjusting, on the basis of the position of an edge portion leading end of the sheet bundle, a pressing force of a nip formed by the first roller and the second roller. Before the sheet bundle is inserted between the first roller and the second roller, an interval between the first roller and the second roller is equal to or smaller than the thickness of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kikuo Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10766729
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet binding device includes a first mounting part, a second mounting part, and a mounting adjustment part. The first mounting part mounts a tape on an edge part of a sheet bundle. The second mounting part is opposite to the first mounting part in a sheet bundle thickness direction. The mounting adjustment part is capable of adjusting a mounting gap between the first mounting part and the second mounting part based upon a thickness of the sheet bundle. The mounting gap is equal to or smaller than the thickness of the sheet bundle before the sheet bundle is inserted between the first mounting part and the second mounting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kikuo Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10766349
    Abstract: A powertrain for a vehicle includes an internal combustion engine and a transfer case. The transfer case includes a primary output shaft, an electric motor, and a planetary gear set. The primary output shaft receives engine torque from the internal combustion engine. The electric motor includes a rotor and a stator. The planetary gear set includes a sun gear rotatably fixed to the rotor, a ring gear, planet gears arranged radially between and engaging the sun gear and the ring gear, and a planet carrier coupled to the planet gears and rotatably fixed to the primary output shaft. The ring gear is selectively groundable for selectively transferring torque between the electric motor and the primary output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10759265
    Abstract: A transmission having five planetary gearsets and seven shift elements for achieving various ratios between drive and output shafts. A forward gearset has three shafts. Two intermediate gearsets have four shafts. Two main gearsets have at least four shafts. Depending on the shift states of the second and third shift elements, the forward gearset can generate two rotational speeds at the output side, which transfer from a forward gearset shaft to an intermediate gearset shaft. Depending on the shift states of the first to fifth shift elements, the intermediate gearset can generate eight rotational speeds at the output side, which pass from another intermediate gearset shaft to a main gearset shaft. Depending on the shift states of the seven shift elements, the main gearset can generate up to fourteen forward and two reverse gears at the output side, which are transferred by another main gearset shaft to the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Peter Ziemer, Kai Bornträger, Christoph Margraf, Stefan Brom, Andreas Beisswenger, Michael Trübenbach, Johannes Glückler
  • Patent number: 10760676
    Abstract: A differential apparatus having a pinion gear revolving around an axial line and a side gear engaging with the pinion gear and configured to transmit power by rotation of the side gear, including: a differential case housing the pinion gear and the side gear and rotating around the axial line; and an intermediate member disposed between the side gear and an inner wall of the differential case. The intermediate member has a scooping-up portion scooping up oil outside of the differential case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10759210
    Abstract: A sheet binding processing apparatus includes a binding device which performs a binding process on a sheet bundle stacked on a stacking unit and a sheet bundle set at a manual setting portion, the stacking unit stacking introduced sheets, a sheet bundle being set to the manual setting portion from an outside; a moving portion which moves the binding device to a first binding position for performing the binding process on a sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit and a second binding position for performing the binding process on a sheet bundle set at the manual setting portion; and a controller which causes the binding device, in a case that the binding process is not performed on a sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit, to wait due to the moving portion at a position different from the first binding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Eiichi Kubo, Shin Tsugane, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10752462
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes a stapling unit that cuts off excess parts of a staple at a normal processing position, a container that stores the excess parts, the container having an upper end portion with an opening and being disposed below the stapling unit, a pair of electrodes disposed at a portion of a side wall of the upper end portion, the portion corresponding to the normal processing position, the pair of electrodes being exposed to inside the container, and a control unit for detecting that the excess parts in the container have reached the upper end portion when the pair of electrodes is short-circuited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinya Aono
  • Patent number: 10745233
    Abstract: Disclosed is a post-processing apparatus couplable to an image forming apparatus. The post-processing apparatus comprises: a paper discharging roller to convey, from a conveying path, a first paper discharged from the image forming apparatus, to a standby path connected to the conveying path, and convey the first paper from the standby path and a second paper discharged from the image forming apparatus from the conveying path, to an intermediate loading part, in a state in which a leading end of the first paper toward the intermediate loading part protrudes more than a leading end of the second paper toward the intermediate loading part to process the first paper and the second paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Tae-hong Kim, Kyung-hwan Jang, Hae-seog Cho
  • Patent number: 10745235
    Abstract: An inserter hopper device for handling a pile of inserts includes a framework, a belly plate that is connected to the framework, a carry-down cam assembly including a plurality of carry-down cams on a rotatable carry-down cam shaft having a fixed location relative to the framework and a carry-down roller assembly including a plurality of carry-down rollers on a rotatable carry-down roller shaft having a movable location relative to the framework. The carry-down rollers are opposed to and spaced from the carry-down cams, providing a nip having a nip distance therebetween. At least one biasing element biases the carry-down roller shaft toward the nip. The inserts are moved through the nip individually. A thickness tuning adjustment assembly moves the carry-down roller assembly to adjust the nip distance. A vacuum assembly is in communication with a movable sucker assembly that has sucker ports being movable toward and away from the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Newspaper Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Kemper, Sean M. Conway
  • Patent number: 10745236
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes conveyers to convey a sheet. The conveyers include a registration conveyer which a plurality of sheets is to sequentially contact and is configured to bend a preceding sheet contacting the registration conveyer toward a direction in which the preceding sheet does not obstruct an entry of a following sheet to the registration conveyer when the conveyers overlay and convey the plurality of sheets after the plurality of sheets sequentially contacts the registration conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Michitaka Suzuki, Shinji Asami, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Fumiharu Yoneyama, Makoto Hidaka, Koki Sakano, Akira Kunieda, Takuya Morinaga, Yohsuke Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 10738857
    Abstract: In an actuator having a reversible motor before a step-down gear, this can be optimized kinetically, geometrically and in terms of material engineering when different step-down ratios become active according to the different torque requirement for application and for release, in a manner dependent on direction of rotation, for example of a parking brake operated by an electric motor. For this purpose, two differently dimensioned idler wheels of the step-down gears that mesh, for example, with a stepped motor pinion, act via freewheels acting in opposite directions on a common gear shaft. Depending on direction of rotation of the motor, the gear shaft thereby rotates at different rpms, delivering correspondingly different torques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: OECHSLER AG
    Inventors: Stefan Dettenberger, Daniel Motzet
  • Patent number: 10737900
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus that performs, by one or more functional units which can be switched one another, predetermined post-processing corresponding to a function of the one or more functional units on a conveyed paper includes: a plurality of slots in which the one or more functional units can be loaded at respective loading positions along a conveyance path; a loading detector that detects that the one or more functional units are loaded in the slots; and a condition output part that outputs a condition that allows the post-processing depending on the loading positions of the slots in which the one or more functional units are loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kiriyama
  • Patent number: 10737894
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transfer section including a transfer body that transfers an image onto a sheet in a transfer nip; a belt position correction section that performs operation of correcting misalignment of a position in an axial direction of a transfer belt in the transfer nip; a sheet conveyance member that is provided on the upstream side of the transfer nip in a sheet conveyance direction and conveys the sheet; and a hardware processor that controls the sheet conveyance member so as to displace the sheet along a width direction of the sheet. The hardware processor controls displacement of the sheet conveyance member so as to follow the position in the axial direction of the transfer belt at the transfer nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Shiokawa, Yoshiteru Kawakami, Takahiro Okubo
  • Patent number: 10722921
    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: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10723580
    Abstract: A binding apparatus includes: a set of binding parts configured to press and bind a bundle of recording materials from one side and a remaining side in a thickness direction; a first support part configured to support the bundle of recording materials from the one side by performing rotation toward the bundle of recording materials around a predetermined fulcrum; and a second support part configured to support the bundle of recording materials from the remaining side so as to face the first support part when binding is performed by the set of binding parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Nobe, Hiroaki Awano, Masashi Matsumoto, Takuya Makita, Naoto Terao
  • Patent number: 10723581
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a first conveyer to convey a sheet, a first folding device to fold the sheet and put a crease in the sheet, a second conveyer to convey the sheet folded by the first folding device, a second folding device to fold the sheet and put a crease in the sheet, and a guide. The first conveyer and the second conveyer are rotatable in reverse. The guide guides the sheet conveyed downstream from the first conveyer and the sheet conveyed downstream from the second conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Asami, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Michitaka Suzuki, Tomomichi Hoshino, Fumiharu Yoneyama, Makoto Hidaka, Koki Sakano, Akira Kunieda, Takuya Morinaga, Yohsuke Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 10710834
    Abstract: A folding apparatus includes a folding device to fold a sheet bundle, an additional folding device, a conveyer, and control circuitry. The additional folding device includes a pressure roller disposed downstream from the folding device in a sheet conveyance direction and configured to press the sheet bundle after the folding device folds the sheet bundle and a sheet support member disposed opposite the pressure roller via the sheet bundle. The conveyer conveys the sheet bundle to a position at which the additional folding device presses the sheet bundle and hold the sheet bundle at the position. The control circuitry causes the additional folding device to perform additional folding processing on a first position of the sheet bundle, the conveyer to move the sheet bundle to a second position different from the first position, and the additional folding device to perform the additional folding processing at the second position again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Hidaka, Shinji Asami, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Takuya Morinaga, Tomomichi Hoshino, Yohsuke Haraguchi, Koki Sakano, Michitaka Suzuki, Akira Kunieda, Fumiharu Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 10704617
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus includes a first meshing engagement mechanism that selectively couples a first rotational section and a second rotational section; and a second meshing engagement mechanism that selectively couples a third rotational section and a fourth rotational section. The first meshing engagement mechanism includes a first movable member provided with third meshing teeth that mesh with first meshing teeth provided on one of the first and the second rotational sections. The second meshing engagement mechanism includes a second movable member provided with fourth meshing teeth that mesh with second meshing teeth provided on one of the third and the fourth rotational sections. At least a portion of a first movable region of the third meshing teeth and at least a portion of a second movable region of the fourth meshing teeth overlap with each other in a radial direction with respect to a rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotsugu Yoshino, Hideaki Komada, Yosuke Suzuki, Takahito Endo