Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 10035654
    Abstract: A transfer chute (10) for use in bulk materials handling operations, and also a methodology for designing such a transfer chute, a method of constructing the transfer chute, and a method of transferring bulk materials between two locations using the transfer chute. The transfer chute (10) comprises a chute body (11) defining a flow pathway (19), with an upper section (19a) of the flow pathway accommodating accelerating flow to maintain dense granular flow regime, an intermediate section (19b) of the flow pathway providing consolidated flow in which the flow rate is retarded in a controlled manner avoiding creation of flow turbulence, and a lower section (19c) of the flow pathway in which flow is further retarded to create a controlled accumulation and build-up of material upwardly from the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: GULF CONVEYOR SYSTEMS PTY LTD., NARBEL PTY LTD
    Inventor: Colin William Benjamin
  • Patent number: 10022195
    Abstract: A robotic system including: a robot arm; a camera for capturing motion of the robot arm; an input mechanism for detecting user input; a display device; and a controller. The controller can operate in (i) a first mode configured to drive the display device to display a video stream captured by the camera in a first format and to drive the robot arm such that motion by the user in a first direction causes the robot arm to move a reference part in a second direction; and (ii) a second mode configured to drive the display device to display the video stream in a second format reflected with respect to the first format and to drive the robot arm such that motion by the user in the first direction causes the robot arm to move the reference part in a direction opposite to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CMR Surgical Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Scholan
  • Patent number: 10023439
    Abstract: An escalator system includes a pit having an access cover plate, a detector indicating when the access cover plate is open and when it is closed, and a user interface which is located in said pit and which in an active state provides the escalator system with control signals controlling the operation of the escalator and which in a passive state does not affect the operation of the escalator. In order to improve the safety of the escalator system the escalator system is configured to stop movement of the escalator if the detector indicates that the access cover plate is closed while the user interface is in the active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Jussila, Toni Hirvonen
  • Patent number: 10022304
    Abstract: A medication dispenser having a housing adapted to securely retain patient medication until such a time as a controller enables a patient interface to permit a patient to access medication stored and distributed by the dispensing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Deeter
  • Patent number: 10023422
    Abstract: A sheet processing device performs saddle stitching binding a bundle of stacked paper sheets, and includes a stacker section temporarily stacking conveyed paper sheets substantially vertically; a stopper regulating the paper sheets stacked in the stacker section; a first binding section provided in the stacker and saddle-stitching a paper sheet bundle regulated by the stopper at a binding position around a center of the paper sheet bundle in a sheet conveying direction; a folding section folding in half the paper sheet bundle regulated by the stopper; and a conveying section conveying the paper sheet bundle that has been folded in half by the folding section with a back side of the folded paper sheet bundle as a leading end in the conveying direction. The conveying section includes a second binding section binding the folded paper sheet bundle at the back side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 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, Yuuki Kubota, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10023424
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: an output unit that renders one side of a sheet convex and outputs the sheet, the sheet having the one side and other side; a first folding unit that mountain-folds the one side of the sheet, which is rendered to be convex, to form a first fold in the sheet; and a second folding unit that mountain-folds the one side of the sheet, which includes the first fold formed therein, to form a second fold in the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 10022864
    Abstract: In order to stabilize control of a driving section, a robot control apparatus includes a control section that acquires a driving position of the driving section that drives a robot and an operation force that is a force operating on the robot, and performs first control of the driving section based on the driving position and second control of the driving section based on the operation force; and a changing section that changes a size of servo stiffness of the robot that is realized by the control of the control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Motoyoshi
  • Patent number: 10023419
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus comprises a processing tray, a longitudinal alignment mechanism, a horizontal alignment mechanism and an interlocking mechanism. The processing tray can stack a sheet. The longitudinal alignment mechanism includes a rotatable paddle. The longitudinal alignment mechanism can align the sheets stacked on the processing tray in a sheet conveyance direction. The horizontal alignment mechanism includes a horizontal alignment plate movable in a sheet width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction. The horizontal alignment mechanism can align the sheets placed on the processing tray in the sheet width direction. The interlocking mechanism interlocks the paddle in the sheet width direction in synchronization with the movement of the horizontal alignment plate in the sheet width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 10023396
    Abstract: A device for separating piece goods to be stored in an automated storage facility is provided. The device includes a conveyor for conveying piece goods from a stock to a support surface of a collecting device, a controller for controlling the conveyor, a sensor, to detect the striking of the support surface by piece goods. The detector has an imager, which produces at least one recording of the underside of the support. A handling device is configured to remove a piece good from the support surface for further transport into the storage facility is coupled to the controller, which is further configured to control the handler according to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CAREFUSION GERMANY 326 GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Hellenbrand, Uwe Furtner, Frank Höschle, Marta Carbonell Zaragoza
  • Patent number: 10023423
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a pressing unit including a first pressing member and a second pressing member. The pressing unit is configured to sandwich and press a fold part of a folded sheet bundle between the first pressing member and the second pressing member. The sheet processing apparatus also includes a moving unit configured to move a position pressed by the pressing unit in a direction of a fold of the sheet bundle. A position pressed by the first pressing member on the sheet bundle and another position pressed by the second pressing member on the sheet bundle are shifted with respect to each other in the direction of the fold of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Keisuke Sugiyama, Kiyoshi Hata, Atsushi Kikuchi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Satoshi Saito, Mamoru Kambayashi
  • Patent number: 10017361
    Abstract: A handrail drive for driving a handrail of a person-transporting device has at least one drive device and at least one counterpressure device. The counterpressure device contains at least one loading device and at least two counterpressure rollers, wherein the handrail can be guided between the drive device and the counterpressure device. The counterpressure rollers load the handrail against the drive device by a pressing force caused by the preloading force of the loading device. At least one flexible pulling element is arranged between the at least one counterpressure roller and the loading device, by which flexible pulling element the preloading force of the loading device can be transferred to the at least one counterpressure roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Georg Wagenleitner
  • Patent number: 10017350
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus that is capable of properly performing fold line processing at a position depending on a sheet bundle. In a sheet processing apparatus, sheets sequentially received from an image forming apparatus are stacked on a bookbinding processing tray to form a sheet bundle. The sheet bundle is folded at the center thereof, and is conveyed to a processing position. A press unit moves along a fold line portion of the sheet bundle to thereby perform flattening processing for flattening the fold line portion by pressing the fold line portion from a direction orthogonal to a thickness direction. A first pressing strength set by a user using the image forming apparatus and the second pressing strength acquired information on the sheet bundle are compared with each other, and the processing position is determined based on a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yutaka Ando, Akinobu Nishikata, Akihiro Arai
  • Patent number: 10005614
    Abstract: A method of reducing contamination in a silicon product includes: moving silicon pieces along a conveyance system, wherein the conveyance system comprises a liner having a polished surface finish with a surface roughness of less than or equal to 12 microinches; and moving the silicon pieces across the conveyance system, wherein the silicon pieces contain a reduced number of impurities as compared to silicon pieces in contact with a liner having an unpolished surface. A crushing tool includes: crushing tool elements configured to crush silicon into fragments, wherein the crushing tool elements comprise a surface comprising a polished surface finish with a surface roughness of less than or equal to 12 microinches. A conveyance system includes: a first conveyor discharged onto a second conveyor; wherein the first conveyor comprises a first liner and wherein the second conveyor comprises a second liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HEMLOCK SEMICONDUCTOR OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Patrick Berrie, John Victor Bucci, James C. Mundell, Traig William Savage
  • Patent number: 10005625
    Abstract: A plate support body detachably supports a plate in a vertical position. The plate support body comprises a base body disposed in a direction along a peripheral edge of the plate, and a plurality of placing members which are juxtaposed in the direction along the peripheral edge and respectively protrude from the base body, a peripheral edge part of the lower side of the plate being placed on the placing members. A first placing member corresponding to a central part of the peripheral edge part of the lower side of the plate in the direction along the peripheral edge has the shortest protruded length from the base body, and a second placing member corresponding to either end of the peripheral edge part of the lower side of the plate in the direction along the peripheral edge has a constant protruded length from the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sakai Display Products Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Fukuta
  • Patent number: 10004207
    Abstract: A livestock feed wagon includes a frame, a feed container which is fitted on the frame, in particular provided with a feed mixer, a gripper construction having a movable arm construction and a gripper fitted thereon for grabbing an amount of animal feed from a pile of animal feed, and a weighing device. The weighing device is arranged and configured to weigh a grabbed amount of animal feed by determining a change in the weight of at least the feed container and the gripper construction with the grabbed amount of animal feed. As a result thereof, it is possible to determine both the total loaded weight in the feed container and the weight of a grabbed chunk of animal feed using the same weighing device, so that the chunk, if it is either too heavy or too light, can be returned prior being unloaded, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Karel Van Den Berg, Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Howard Sie, Arie Huyzer, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Patent number: 10001002
    Abstract: Methods including placing particles that are substantially dry in a hopper; conveying the particles from the hopper via a conveyance to an open-air gap; adding a fluid to the particles in the hopper, the particles in the conveyance, or both, thereby reducing an amount of a dust produced at the open-air gap. The particles may be sand, silica, gravel, bauxite, ceramic materials, glass materials, polymer materials, polytetrafluoroethylene materials, nut shell pieces, cured resinous particulates comprising nut shell pieces, seed shell pieces, cured resinous particulates comprising seed shell pieces, fruit pit pieces, cured resinous particulates comprising fruit pit pieces, wood, composite particulates, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Adam Fisher, Calvin Lynn Stegemoeller, Wesley John Warren