Patents Examined by Luis A Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10466638
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device including a position regulating member movable in a first direction toward a sheet edge and in a second direction away from the sheet edge, in order to regulate position of the sheet. The position regulating member includes a lock member movable between an engage position and a release position and a lock releaser that moves the lock member from the engage position to the release position. The lock releaser includes a lever member, an upper portion of the lever member including an operation portion, a pivot support that allows the lever member to tilt in the first direction and the second direction, and release mechanisms that move the lock member to the release position when the operation portion is tilted in either direction. Both the release mechanisms are provided on one side of the pivot support in the first direction or the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10457316
    Abstract: A vehicle steering input device comprising: a first knob (102) configured to be rotatable around a first axis of rotation and operatively coupled to a steering column (200) so that rotating the first knob (102) results in rotation of the steering column (200); and a second knob (1112) configured to be rotatable around a second axis of rotation and operatively coupled to rotate the steering column (200) so that rotating the second knob (112) results in rotating the steering column (200), wherein the first and second rotatable knobs (102, 112) are operatively coupled so that rotating one knob (102; 112) in a clockwise (CW) or counter clockwise (CCW) direction results in rotating the other knob (112; 102) in a same direction, and the first axis of rotation and the second axis of rotation define an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Yoav Netzer
  • Patent number: 10450157
    Abstract: Examples described herein include a star wheel mount that includes a support element. The support element includes a first clip element coupled to a first end to engage a first mounting element on a media handler housing, and a second clip element coupled to a second end opposite the first end to engage a second mounting element on the media handler housing. The star wheel mount also includes a star wheel support axle coupled to hold a star wheel in a plane perpendicular to a surface of the media handler housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Timothy J Luedeman
  • Patent number: 10450032
    Abstract: A bicycle gearshift cable control device that is rotatable about a control pin, in opposite angular directions, and has an indexer mounted coaxially to the control pin that defines a plurality of spaced apart, stable angular positions for the cable-winding bush. Elastic members that store elastic energy during a rotation of the control pin in one angular direction and release the stored elastic energy stored at the end of the rotation of the control pin are configured to cause a stroke recovery rotation of the control pin in the opposite angular direction during the release of the stored elastic energy. The stroke recovery rotation is smaller than the indexing angle that separates two adjacent stable positions of the cable-winding bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: CAMPAGNOLO S.r.l.
    Inventors: Christian Marangon, Marco Minto
  • Patent number: 10437192
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes: a cassette main body; a side cursor; and a restriction part. The cassette main body houses a sheet to be fed in a predetermined sheet feeding direction. The side cursor is installed onto the cassette main body to be slidable in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet feeding direction, and positions the sheet in the cassette main body. The restriction part increases sliding load of the side cursor with respect to the cassette main body when the side cursor slides and passes a standard size point that is a stopping position on the cassette main body when a sheet of a standard size is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 10435263
    Abstract: A paper feeding device according to an embodiment includes a paper feeding cassette that holds a plurality of sheets and has a stacking surface with an angle A relative to horizontal that changes depending on a quantity of sheets stacked thereon. A pickup roller feeds the plurality of sheets from the paper feeding cassette. A separation roller separates the plurality of sheets from each other in a case where the plurality of sheets are fed from the paper feeding cassette in an overlapped state. A guide unit has a guide surface which is inclined upwards on a downstream side thereof in the transport direction of the plurality of sheets. A drive unit changed an angle B of the guide surface relative to horizontal. A control device controls the drive unit to change the angle B based on the angle A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eizo Kurita
  • Patent number: 10427431
    Abstract: A sheet supplying apparatus, in which a user can select either automatic sheet feeding or manual sheet feeding, includes a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction, a first sensor that detects a leading end portion of the sheet separated from an outer circumferential surface of the roll, a second sensor that detects the leading end portion which is manually set in a conveyance path by the user, and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not automatic sheet feeding is performed on the basis of a detection result of the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Masuda, Masashi Kamada, Masato Eiyama, Yuki Igarashi, Masashi Negishi, Ryoya Shinjo, Ryo Kobayashi, Tomohiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10427896
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first casing, a pivotable second casing, a pivotable document cover, and a lock mechanism including a movable hook and a fixed hook. The second casing has a document support surface. When the second casing is at a first position in which the second casing covers an upper surface of the first casing, and the document cover is at a fourth position in which the document cover reveals the document support surface, the movable hook is engaged with the fixed hook. When the second casing is at the first position, and the document cover is at a third position in which the document cover covers the document support surface, the movable hook is disengaged from the fixed hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Oyama
  • Patent number: 10422409
    Abstract: Radial vibration dampers have an inertia member defining an annular channel having (i) a radially facing, open face; (ii) a bottom surface; and (iii) interior, opposing surfaces. The interior, opposing surfaces are each angled outward away from a central transverse plane through the inertia member at an angle in a range from zero degrees to at most 45 degrees. A spring damper member is seated in the annular channel to a selected depth that defines a damper gap between a radial inner surface of the spring damper member and the bottom surface of the annular channel and defines a clearance gap between the shaft and the inertia member. A tuning ratio of the clearance gap to the selected depth is in a range of about 1:1.5 to about 1:0.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Suhale Manzoor
  • Patent number: 10414606
    Abstract: A drive transmission apparatus includes a first rotating unit rotated by driving force from a drive source and a second rotating unit rotated by the first rotating unit. The first and second rotating units include a first gear pair meshing at a first transmission ratio and second gear pair meshing at a second transmission ratio. A retention mechanism includes a protruded portion provided on the first rotating unit and a recessed portion provided on the second rotating unit, and is configured to retain a rotation angle of the second rotating unit by an engagement of the protruded portion and the recessed portion in a state where the first and second gear pairs are unmeshed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideto Chino
  • Patent number: 10414608
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to adjusting print medium retrieval. For example, a system may include a printing device that may have a pick roller attached to a pick arm and a servomotor to apply torque to the pick roller. The system may further include a controller associated with the servomotor to determine a measured position of the servomotor relative to an intended position of the servomotor in a particular time frame during the print medium retrieval. The controller may further determine adjustment of the print medium retrieval based on comparison of a pulse width modulation (PWM) magnitude in adjacent time frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Feng Wang, Qiang Tang
  • Patent number: 10410457
    Abstract: A compact and cost effective Media Dispenser Cassette Mechanism (MDCM) in the ATMs, which functions as a complete cash and media dispenser on its own. Each Media Dispenser Cassette (MDC) comprises a cover head assembly (101), a main frame assembly (102), a bottom cover assembly (103) and a top cover assembly (104). The main frame assembly (102) comprises a main path roller assembly (301), a motor assembly (302), a picker assembly (303), a shaft driver assembly (304), a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) mounting plate assembly (305), a note pick assembly (306), an idler assembly (307), a roller assembly (316), and a main transport and a roller assembly (320). The MDC independently controls transporting and delivers note by note which is collected by bunch of cash presenter and then delivered to the user as a bunch of cash thereby shortening the note travel, eliminating jam conditions and note rejections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Badr M. Al Refae
  • Patent number: 10394272
    Abstract: A joystick including a main housing with a first control surface and a second control surface. A ball rotationally engages the first control surface. A shaft has a first end that releasably engages the ball. A shoe rotationally engages the second control surface. A main spring has a first end for pressing the shoe against the second control surface. A center lock housing engages a second end of the main spring and houses a slider and a lock spring. The slider selectively permits and prevents movement of the shoe along the shaft. The lock spring presses the slider into a desired default position. A knob releasably engages the second end of the shaft. A boot covers portions of the joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sure Grip Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Leckenby, Brent L. Kornelson
  • Patent number: 10392211
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes a conveyance roller to convey a sheet, and a drive transmission mechanism to transmit a driving force from a driving source to the conveyance roller. The drive transmission mechanism includes a shaft, a first rotary member supported on the shaft, a second rotary member supported on the shaft and connected to the conveyance roller, and a coupling member engaged with the first rotary member and rotated integrally with the first rotary member. The coupling member is movable along the shaft between a coupling position, at which the coupling member engages with the second rotary member such that it rotates integrally with the first rotary member, and a release position, at which the coupling member is separated from the second rotary member such that a relative rotation of the second rotary member with respect to the first rotary member is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norikazu Hishinuma
  • Patent number: 10392213
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a sheet holding roller to move while holding a sheet, a detector to perform a primary detection to detect a sheet position before the sheet holding roller holds the sheet and a secondary detection to detect a sheet position downstream from the sheet position detected by the primary detection, and a controller configured to cause the sheet holding roller to perform a first drive to move the sheet holding roller in at least one direction of a width direction of the sheet and a rotation direction in a sheet conveying surface based on a result of the primary detection and a second drive to move the sheet holding roller opposite to the at least one direction of the first drive, based on a result of the secondary detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Matsuda, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Tetsuo Watanabe, Jun Yamane, Hideyuki Takayama
  • Patent number: 10394178
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a stacking unit for stacking a sheet; a feeding member for feeding the sheet stack on the stacking unit; a holding member holding the feeding member; a holder supporting portion, provided above the stacking unit, for detachably supporting the holding member; a raising and lowering unit for raising and lowering the holding member; a detection unit for detecting a topmost surface of the sheet stacked on the stacking unit, by detecting the holding member; a control unit for effecting raising and lowering operation of the holding member using the raising and lowering unit before a feeding operation of the feeding member and detect presence or absence of the holding member on the basis of a signal from the detection unit produced with the raising and lowering operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhito Fujinuma
  • Patent number: 10384897
    Abstract: A sheet-member separation device includes a first air blower, an attractor, a conveyor, a second air blower, and an adjuster. The first air blower blows air onto a front side of a stack of sheet members in a sheet-member conveyance direction. The attractor attracts an uppermost sheet member floated from the stack of sheet members by the air blown from the first air blower. The conveyor conveys, in the sheet-member conveyance direction, the sheet member attracted by the attractor. The second air blower blows air toward a lateral side of the sheet member. The adjuster moves the second air blower and the attractor together to adjust positions of the second air blower and the attractor in the sheet-member conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Takano, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Takeshi Akai, Yasuo Niikura, Yousuke Edo, Yasunori Hino, Tadashi Matsuoka, Atsunori Yoshida, Ryo Kanno, Hikaru Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 10377592
    Abstract: A sheet loading apparatus for carrying a sheet loaded in a first tray to a second tray includes: a grip portion configured to grip the sheet; a sliding portion configured to move the grip portion between a sheet gripping position and a sheet release position; a lift portion configured to move the grip portion and cause the grip portion to emerge from the sheet loading surface; and a common power transmission portion configured to transmit power to both the sliding portion and the lift portion, wherein in one cycle, after the sliding portion moves the grip portion to a downstream side, the lift portion moves the grip portion downward of the sheet loading surface to cause the grip portion to reach the release position, and after the sliding portion moves the grip portion to the upstream side, the lift portion moves the grip portion to the gripping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Riichi Hama
  • Patent number: 10364110
    Abstract: According to an example, an apparatus to prevent media transport jams may include an actuator to load and advance a media within a media path width. The apparatus may also include a first sensor and a second sensor to detect respective edges of the media, in which the first sensor and the second sensor may be positioned outside of a media action area and on opposite sides of the media path width. The apparatus may further include a controller to prevent the actuator from advancing the media along the media path in response to a detection of one or both of the first edge of the media by the first sensor and the second edge of the media by the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Wesley R. Schalk, Jeffrey G. Bingham, Justin M. Roman, Andrew T. Davis
  • Patent number: 10358184
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal comprises a pedal axle, a pedal body, and a cantilever bearing structure. The cantilever bearing structure is rotatably coupling the pedal body to the pedal axle about a rotational axis. The cantilever bearing structure comprises a first bearing and a second bearing. The first bearing has at least two rows. The first thrust load ratio is larger than the first radial load ratio. The second bearing has at least one row. The second bearing has a second radial load ratio and a second thrust load ratio. The second radial load ratio is larger than the second thrust load ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Akira Inoue, Takuro Yamane