Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 10000355
    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, with a metallic staple, 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 second binding section saddle-stitching, without using the metallic staple, the paper sheet bundle being regulated by the stopper at the binding position around the center of the paper sheet bundle in the sheet conveying direction; and a folding section folding in half the paper sheet bundle regulated by the stopper at a folding position at which the paper sheet bundle is bound by the first binding section or second binding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9994400
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sorting products using conveyors having multiple inputs and multiple outputs include first product conveyors vertically stacked relative to one another, second product conveyors vertically stacked relative to one another, and transfer conveyors connecting the first and second product conveyors. The transfer conveyors permit products travelling on the first product conveyors to be transferred from the first product conveyors onto the second product conveyors by way of the products being first transferred from the first product conveyors onto the transfer conveyors and then from the transfer conveyors onto the second product conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica L. Solana, Mustafa A. Harcar, Craig J. Stevens
  • Patent number: 9994386
    Abstract: Provided are a PTP sheet-guide device which can prevent a tablet from being broken at conveying a PTP sheet according to the shape of the PTP sheet and/or tablet and can stably convey the PTP sheet, and a tablet dispenser. A tablet dispenser of the present invention has a driving roller which is rotatably mounted on a driving shaft, a driven roller which nips a sheet portion of a PTP sheet in cooperation with the driving roller and is rotated following the driving roller to convey the PTP sheet, a pressing roller which is coaxially rotated with either of the driving roller and the driven roller and is arranged so as to be capable of dispensing a tablet by pressing a tablet holding portion at conveying the PTP sheet, and a PTP sheet-guide device having a guide which arranges the PTP sheet thereon and guides the conveying of the PTP sheet. The PTP sheet-guide device has a first interval adjustment mechanism which changes a first interval between the end of the guide and the outer face of the pressing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NAKASU ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 9994429
    Abstract: A system for detecting a defect in a steel wire embedded in a handrail of a passenger conveyor includes a non-contact inspection device embedded in the handrail for inspecting a condition of the steel wire and transmitting a signal regarding the condition of the steel wire, a non-contact power supply device arranged in proximity to the handrail for supplying power wirelessly to the non-contact inspection device from the outside of the handrail, and a controller arranged outside of the handrail for receiving the signal regarding the condition wirelessly and determining whether there is a defect in the steel wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Naoki Taniguchi, Kenichi Ohmura, Takahiro Yamada, Keiji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9994413
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a sheet processing device including a first teeth portion, a second teeth portion that clamps and binds a sheet bundle with the first teeth portion, a first support portion supporting the first teeth portion, a shaft, and a second support portion supporting the second teeth portion. The second support portion includes first and second arm members integrally supported to be capable of swinging around the shaft between a binding position in which the second teeth portion clamps and binds the sheet bundle with the first teeth portion and a standby position in which the second teeth portion is apart from the first teeth portion. The second arm member is provided over the first arm member so as to cover a part of the first arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideto Abe
  • Patent number: 9988235
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sheet folding apparatus comprises a first roller, a second roller configured to be energized to the first roller, form a nip section together with the first roller, fold a sheet in half together with the first roller through the nip section and convey the sheet folded in half together with the first roller and a pressing force adjusting mechanism configured to be capable of increasing and decreasing a pressing force generated at the nip section. The pressing force adjusting mechanism causes a pressing force in a state of being conveying the sheet folded in half to be lower than that in a state of being folding the sheet in half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiaki Oshiro
  • Patent number: 9988905
    Abstract: A solid-filling coal mining feeding and conveying monitoring system, suitable for monitoring of a vertical feeding and conveying system in underground mine solid-filling mining. The monitoring system mainly consists of an industrial control computer, a PLC control box, an operating platform, a liquid crystal display, a color four-picture divider, two video optical receivers and loudspeakers, four cameras, uphole electronic belt scales, downhole electronic belt scales, a radar level meter, a coal level sensor, a vibration sensor, and various matching junction boxes and cables, the components being installed in positions such as a material field, a control room, upper and lower openings of a storage silo, and a gangue transportation lane. The system implements four main functions of a solid-filling material transportation and feeding process, the four main functions being status monitoring, a full silo alarm, centralized control, and recording and querying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CHINA UNIVERSITY OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jixiong Zhang, Nan Zhou, Wei Yin, Meng Li
  • Patent number: 9988218
    Abstract: A multi-level sorter of a handling system for transporting cases. The handling system has conveyors extending between locations of a facility. The multi-level sorter includes a multi-level frame positionable adjacent at least one outlet of at least one of the conveyors, at least one diverter carried by the multi-level frame, and at least one bin supported about at least one of the levels of the multi-level frame. Each of the outlets of the conveyors aligned with a level of the multi-level frame to pass the cases thereto. The diverter has rollers to pass the cases along a main path and crossbands to selectively divert the cases from the main path. Each of the bins is alignable with the diverter to receive the diverted cases therefrom whereby the cases are sorted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Robotica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Mark Dugat, Andy Pettit
  • Patent number: 9981809
    Abstract: An accumulator device includes an infeed conveyor with an endless conveying belt arranged for moving products in a first conveying direction, a substantially parallel outfeed conveyor with an endless conveying belt arranged for moving products in a second, opposing conveying direction, a transfer device provided in-between the infeed and outfeed conveyors, configured for transferring products from the infeed conveyor to the outfeed conveyor. The transfer device is moveable along the infeed and outfeed conveyors, and includes first and second transfer elements with first and second gripping devices for engaging the products and transporting along the transfer trajectory to a release location on the outfeed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Polyketting Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Marcel Hanselman
  • Patent number: 9975704
    Abstract: A motorized or drive roller (1) of a belt conveyor (100) provides, mounted forcedly thereon, an antiwear tube (3) made of PVC additioned with antiwear additives, so that the belt (2) of the belt conveyor (100) rotates around, and in contact with, the antiwear tube (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CRIZAF S.R.L.
    Inventor: Luca Cribiu′
  • Patent number: 9975726
    Abstract: A post-processing device includes first and second opposite members extending in a predetermined direction of a recording medium, the opposite members each including a first surface having a protrusion and a second surface having a recess, mutually facing to interpose the recording medium therebetween and being rotatable. A position of the opposite members is switched between a first position, at which the first surface of the first opposite member and the second surface of the second opposite member engage with each other and form a crease protruding in a first direction on the recording medium, and a second position, at which the second surface of the first opposite member and the first surface of the second opposite member engage with each other and form a crease protruding in a second direction reverse to the first direction on the recording medium, depending on an output destination of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teisuke Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 9975708
    Abstract: A packaged integrated circuit transfer track with a stopper arm that is constrained to vertical motion. A packaged integrated circuit transfer track with a cam follower that engages a cam causing a stopper arm to raise or lower vertically. A packaged integrated circuit transfer track with an actuator that engages a switch causing a motor or solenoid to raise or lower the stopper arm vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jonathan Meng Hon Lai, Kai Jun Teoh
  • Patent number: 9975707
    Abstract: A starwheel or similar handling arrangement for transporting bottles or similar containers, such as for containing beverages or liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Alberto Garcia, Rosendo Zamora
  • Patent number: 9975725
    Abstract: A process for the production of books (22) with digital printing from signatures, in which the book comprises signature groups (33), each formed with basic sheets (34), are parts of respective signature sheets (42). The process employs a manufacturing system (21) which includes a transversal cutting equipment (41) for cutting transversally the signatures sheets, and transversal and longitudinal folding equipment (46) for the formation of respective signatures (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Tecnau S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuliano De Marco
  • Patent number: 9969144
    Abstract: A post-processing device includes a stacking portion on which media are stacked; a staple binding device that binds the media together by using a staple and that is movable between staple binding positions at which the staple binding device binds the media together and a supply position that is in a front section in a width direction of the media and at which staples are suppliable to the staple binding device; and a stapleless binding device that binds the media together without using a staple and that is movable between a stapleless binding position at which the stapleless binding device binds the media together and a retracted position that is in the front section. When the stapleless binding device is moved to the retracted position, the staple binding device and the stapleless binding device do not interfere with each other irrespective of a position of the staple binding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 9970424
    Abstract: A system includes a solid feed fuel pump configured to route a solid fuel flow from an inlet to an outlet. The solid feed fuel pump includes an actuated valve that is disposed within the outlet. The actuated valve is configured to adjust a compaction of the solid fuel flow while in the outlet. The actuated valve adjusts the compaction in response to active control based on sensed feedback from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Craig Russell, Derek L. Aldred, Jeffery Allen Rader
  • Patent number: 9963302
    Abstract: A load-conveying and transport apparatus includes a first frame, a conveyor carried by the first frame, and a second frame mounted to the first frame for movement between lowered and raised positions relative to the conveyor. The second frame lies below the conveyor, when the second frame is in the lowered position relative to the conveyor. The second frame lies proud of the conveyor, when the second frame is in the raised position relative to the conveyor. The conveyor is for conveying a load placed thereon without interference from the second frame, when the second frame is in the lowered position relative to the conveyor. The second frame is for supporting the load placed thereon above the conveyor for disabling the conveyor from conveying the load, when the second frame is in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SERVERLIFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raymond S. Zuckerman, J. Alexander Dondanville
  • Patent number: 9964909
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a sheet conveying device capable of reducing noise. The sheet conveying device includes an endless belt that gives a conveying force to a sheet and a rotating member engaged with an outer peripheral portion of the endless belt. The endless belt has, on its outer peripheral portion, a plurality of convex portions arranged in a peripheral direction thereof, the convex portions each extending in a width direction thereof. The rotating member has a contact portion that contacts the outer peripheral portion of the endless belt and deforms a plurality of points of each of the convex portions in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Shin Tsugane
  • Patent number: 9956804
    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: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Eiichi Kubo, Shin Tsugane, Tatsuya Shimizu