Patents Examined by Luis A Gonzalez
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10353422
    Abstract: A bidirectional pedal assembly for a vehicle. The assembly includes a support mounted on the vehicle and a pedal pivotally coupled to the support about a pivot shaft. The pedal pivots between a neutral position and first and second operational positions. A biasing member is mounted within the support and continuously biases the pedal to the neutral position. A control mechanism is coupled to the support and the pedal to retard pivotal movement of the pedal as the pedal returns from the operational positions to the neutral position. A handle can be coupled to the pedal and pivot concurrently with the pedal. A frictional mechanism can be disposed within the support and provide increasing resistance as the pedal moves increasingly away from the neutral position. The biasing mechanism, frictional mechanism, and/or control mechanism are configured to force the pedal to the neutral position with no overshoot within a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KONGSBERG POWER PRODUCTS SYSTEMS I, INC.
    Inventors: Ronda Poirier, Anthony Bugamelli, Aaron Hengst, Jesse Henrikson
  • Patent number: 10351367
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a media tray assembly for use in an imaging device includes a media width adjuster having a bottom portion and a top portion. The top portion of the media width adjuster is extendable between a first stable position and a second stable position. The media tray assembly also includes a tension spring to drive the top portion to the stable positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Layce Barmaki, Randall West, Jesse Phillips
  • Patent number: 10343863
    Abstract: This sheet feeding device includes a paper transport path, a first paper pass detection unit, a second paper pass detection unit, a transport processing mechanism, an actuation determining section, and a detection control section. The first paper pass detection unit detects that the paper passes through a first point on the paper transport path. The second paper pass detection unit detects that the paper passes through a second point on the paper transport path. The transport processing mechanism performs predetermined transportation processing on the paper traveling on the paper transport path. The actuation determining section determines whether the transport processing mechanism has been actuated. The detection control section controls the first paper pass detection unit to constantly perform detection, and, if the actuation determining section detects that transport processing mechanism has been actuated, controls the second paper pass detection unit to perform detection except for a certain time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mariko Moriuchi
  • Patent number: 10343862
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus has a first pair of conveying rollers which nip and convey a sheet, a reference surface provided along the sheet conveying direction, a second and third pair of rotary members, which, obliquely with respect to the sheet conveying direction, conveys the sheet so as to contact the side edge of the sheet to the reference surface, a switching unit which switches the first pair of rotary members between a state of nipping the sheet and a state of nip releasing the sheet, a controller which, after controlling the second pair of rotary member and the third pair of rotary members to nip the sheet nipped by the first pair of rotary members, controls the switching unit to release nip of the sheet by the first pair of rotary members. There is no pair of rotary members that conveys the sheet in the sheet conveying direction between the second pair of rotary members and the third pair of rotary members in the sheet conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: So Matsumoto, Takashi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10343859
    Abstract: A sheet supporting apparatus includes a sheet supporting portion, a regulation member, a flag portion, a detection portion, and a holding portion con. At the holding position, the holding portion supports the flag portion at the upper position in a case where the sheet supporting portion is positioned at the first position, and, at the allowing position, the holding portion allows movement of the flag portion to the lower position in a case where the sheet supporting portion is positioned at the second position. A lower end of the flag portion is positioned above the regulation surface in a case where the flag portion is positioned at the upper position, and is positioned below the regulation surface in a case where the flag portion is positioned at the lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10336564
    Abstract: A medium transporting apparatus includes an endless conveyor belt having an outer surface to which a sheet P adheres, at least two rollers, which are a first roller and a second roller, around which the conveyor belt extends. The second roller is located downstream of the first roller in a medium transporting direction. The medium transporting apparatus also includes a backing plate that supports an inner surface of the conveyor belt at a position between the first roller and the second roller. In the medium transporting apparatus, the backing plate includes a hollow-containing portion that is formed at an upstream end of the backing plate in the medium transporting direction. The hollow-containing portion has a plurality of hollows formed therein in a width direction that intersects the medium transporting direction. The plurality of hollows are formed in a support surface that supports the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Maeda, Shota Sakagami
  • Patent number: 10329107
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus includes: a rotation shaft; a conveying roller secured to the rotation shaft; a driven roller that cooperates with the conveying roller to convey a sheet at a nip position; a supporter supporting the rotation shaft rotatably; and a first guide and a second guide opposed to each other and defining a conveyance path guiding the sheet toward the nip position. The first guide and the second guide respectively have first and second guide surfaces defining the conveyance path. The first guide and the second guide respectively have first and second engaging portions engaged with the rotation shaft at positions different from a position of the supporter in the axial direction of the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryuji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10323681
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a device (1) for axially fixing one end (9) of a Bowden cable (3), in particular a motor vehicle lock, comprising a housing (2), a Bowden cable (3), wherein the housing (2) has a receptacle (11), in which the end (9) of the Bowden cable (3) can be fixed, wherein the housing (2) has a means for introducing (12) the Bowden cable (3) into the receptacle (11) so that an incorrect assembly of the Bowden cable (3) can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Nikolaus Hundsdorfer
  • Patent number: 10317836
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet stacking apparatus which includes a first stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, a second stacking portion which is movable with respect to the first stacking portion, a third stacking portion which is detachably attachable to the first stacking portion or the second stacking portion and a restricting portion which restricts disengagement of the third stacking portion which has been attached. The second stacking portion is movable such that the second stacking portion is located at a first position where the restricting portion does not restrict disengagement of the third stacking portion and a second position where the restricting portion restricts disengagement of the third stacking portion which has been attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoto Tokuma
  • Patent number: 10315877
    Abstract: A double-tape banknote temporary storage device is provided, which includes a banknote temporary storage reel, a pair of tape withdrawing reel assemblies, a pair of tapes, a pair of tape pressing wheels. The double-tape banknote temporary storage device further includes a planetary gear decelerating motor and a synchronous gear transmission system, and a driving gear is provided on an output shaft of the planetary gear decelerating motor. The synchronous gear transmission system includes a first gear, a first transmission gear set engaged with the driving gear and transmitting power to both of the banknote temporary storage reel and the first tape withdrawing reel assembly simultaneously, and a second transmission gear set connecting the first gear and the second tape withdrawing reel assembly and transmitting power to the second tape withdrawing reel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiyuan Zhou
  • Patent number: 10315870
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device, which is included in an image forming apparatus and an image forming system, includes a sheet loader, an air drawing body, an attracting and conveying device, an air duct and a blocking device. The sheet loader is a device on which a bundle of sheets is loaded. The air drawing body is configured to generate suction air. The attracting and conveying device is configured to attract a sheet on top of the bundle of sheets by the suction air and convey the sheet. The air duct is configured to intake the suction air drawn by the air drawing body, to the attracting and conveying device. The blocking device is configured to block the suction air in the air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Okutsu, Takashi Fukumoto, Masaki Ishizaki, Tatsuya Sugawara, Sachika Tamaki, Hideaki Takahashi, Hidetoshi Kojima, Yohsuke Takamiya
  • Patent number: 10305402
    Abstract: A PWM signal generation unit generates a PWM signal based on a driving voltage so that a midpoint of the longer period out of an H level period and an L level period in each PWM period matches a midpoint of the PWM period. FETs of a full bridge circuit (a driving circuit) are driven according to a PWM signal, and a driving current that corresponds to an A-phase is supplied to a stepping motor. A current detector detects a driving current flowing through an A-phase winding of the motor based on a voltage that is generated across a shunt resistor, at a fixed time point that is in each PWM period and in the H level or L level period that is at the center of the PWM period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junya Takatsu
  • Patent number: 10301131
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes first and second sheet storages, a sheet conveyer, an image reading unit configured to read a surface of a sheet conveyed from the first sheet storage by the sheet conveyer, an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet conveyed from the image reading unit, and a controller. The controller is configured to determine an amount of a color material appearing on the surface of the sheet based on image data generated by the image reading unit, determine one of the image forming unit and the second sheet storage as a sheet feeding destination, based on the determined amount of the color material and a threshold value that is associated with at least one of a type and content of an image to be formed on the sheet, and control the sheet conveyer to convey the sheet to the sheet feeding destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10300983
    Abstract: An operating assembly for a small vehicle including a bicycle is basically provided with a base member, an operating member, a handlebar fixing structure and a handlebar spacer. The base member includes a support. The operating member is movably coupled to the base member. The handlebar fixing structure is coupled to base member. The handlebar fixing structure defines a handlebar receiving area. The support is spaced from the handlebar receiving area of the handlebar fixing structure in a parallel direction parallel to a handlebar axis defined by the handlebar receiving area. The handlebar spacer is disposed between a handlebar and one of the support and the handlebar fixing structure in a mounted state where the operating device is mounted to the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Mototsugu Nakai, Kohei Obuchi, Kentaro Kosaka, Takahiro Yamashita, Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 10297098
    Abstract: A apparatus includes a storage mechanism that includes a plurality of storage spaces where paper sheets are stored and continuously feeds out the storage spaces toward one direction while creating the storage spaces one by one, an alignment mechanism that carries banknotes into the storage spaces in the order that the storage mechanism feeds out the storage spaces, and a controller that controls the alignment mechanism and the storage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Nishida, Hayato Minamishin, Naoto Ikeda