Patents Examined by Luis A Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10293532
    Abstract: A roller shaft is inserted into a mold including molding members respectively having a first mold surface that defines an outer circumference of a roller portion and second and third mold surfaces that respectively define first and second flat portions of the roller portion, and the mold is then closed. A molding material is injected around the roller shaft to integrally mold the roller portion. The roller portion includes the outer circumference and the first and second flat portions rising from the roller shaft to the outer circumference. The roller shaft includes flange portions at portions corresponding to the first and second flat portions. The flange portions prevent the molding material from leaking outside the first and second flat portions when the roller portion is integrally molded around the roller shaft by injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10295942
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet, a cassette configured to accommodate sheets to be supplied to the image forming unit, an opening mechanism configured to open the cassette, a motion sensor configured to detect a motion of a person, and a processor configured to control the opening mechanism to open the cassette in response to the motion sensor detecting a specific motion of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10287120
    Abstract: A document feeder includes: a first conveyer that picks up sheets from a sheet bundle sheet by sheet, where rear edge of a preceding sheet overlaps front edge of a succeeding sheet; a second conveyer that conveys each sheet picked up by the first conveyer; a front edge sensor that is disposed on a conveyance path from the first conveyer to the second conveyer, and senses whether the sheet falls within a sensing range; and a shift unit that shifts, while the first and second conveyers convey the sheet, positional relation between the sheet and the front edge sensor by increasing distance therebetween in a direction crossing a sheet conveyance direction, such that the sheet falls outside the sensing range. When the preceding sheet falls outside the sensing range, the first conveyer picks up the succeeding sheet such that the front edge of the succeeding sheet enters the sensing range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tomiko Imoto, Katsuhisa Ichikawa, Syuichi Katogi
  • Patent number: 10287121
    Abstract: A sheet handling apparatus (for example, banknote handling apparatus 20) includes a storing and feeding unit (25) in which a sheet is stored on a rotary member (for example, drum (25a)) by winding the sheet on the rotary member and the sheet wound on the rotary member can be fed from the rotary member, a transport unit (23) that transports the sheet fed from the storing and feeding unit (25), a curl correction mechanism (70) that corrects a curl of the sheet transported by the transport unit (23), and a stacking unit (for example, banknote collection bag (34)) in which the sheet that has passed through the curl correction mechanism (70) is stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Oe, Kazuaki Nishimura, Youichi Takemura
  • Patent number: 10287107
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for shingulating, singulating, and synchronizing articles in an article feeder system are disclosed. The article feeder system may include a shingulating device configured to receive a stack of articles and to produce a positively lapped stack of articles, a plurality of picking devices configured to pick one or more articles from the positively lapped stack of articles and to produce one or more singulated articles, and one or more synchronization devices configured to deliver the one or more singulated articles to one or more sorter windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: John W. Brown, Edward F. Houston, Juan A. Roman, Leung M. Shiu, Riley H. Mayhall, Thomas A. Hillerich, Jr., Jacob L. Timm, Matthew G. Good, William P. McConnell, Robert L. Schlender, Christopher D. Austin
  • Patent number: 10281864
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus provided with a sheet accommodating member that accommodates a sheet and is capable of being inserted into and withdrawn from an apparatus main body, and the image forming apparatus includes: a moving member movably supported in the sheet accommodating member; a charge member that is charged with energy by a movement of the moving member; and a retractor that retracts the sheet accommodating member into the apparatus main body by the energy charged in the charge member, when the sheet accommodating member is inserted into the apparatus main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Sho Karakama, Masahiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10273097
    Abstract: A sheet supporting apparatus includes a sheet supporting portion supported liftably between a standby position and a lifted position, a lifting portion arranged below the sheet supporting portion, and configured to lift the sheet supporting portion toward the lifted position by pressing the sheet supporting portion from below. The sheet supporting portion includes a supporting surface defining a non-interference region in which a width regulating portion can move in a width direction. A projected portion is provided on the lifting portion, and configured to project upward toward a non-interference region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masatoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10259670
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device includes a driving rotation device, a driven rotation device, and a supporting device including first and second restriction surfaces and supporting the driven rotation device. The driving rotation device rotates by receiving rotational driving force and drives the driven rotation device to rotate at a position facing the driving rotation device. The driven rotation device includes a driven rotation member contacting the driving rotation device, a cylindrical shaft having a cylindrical shape that rotatably supports the driven rotation member, and a restriction member that is at least partially inserted in an inner circumference side of the cylindrical shaft. A position of the cylindrical shaft is restricted in a width direction crossing the sheet conveyance direction by the restriction member contacting the first restriction surface, and movement of the cylindrical shaft in a rotational direction is restricted by the restriction member contacting the second restriction surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Kotsuka, Yohei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10252873
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body and a processing apparatus. The processing apparatus includes a first processing unit and a second processing unit. The main body has a manual-feed tray at one lateral face. The first processing unit and the second processing unit are stacked in the vertical direction on the same lateral face side of the main body as the manual-feed tray provided. The second processing unit is slidable in a toward-away direction between a connecting position and a separate position, and has a hollow to insert the manual-feed tray therein at the connecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuhi Akagawa
  • Patent number: 10255742
    Abstract: Described is a method for providing measurement data for value documents to a specified purpose of use employing a value-document processing device which has a transport device for transporting the value documents, and a sensor device for capturing at least one property of value documents transported in the value-document processing apparatus by means of the transport device and forming measurement data describing the captured property, in which value documents are transported to the sensor device by means of the transport device and measurement data for these are respectively captured by means of the sensor device, it is tested whether the measurement data for the value documents meet a suitability criterion specified for the purpose of use, and measurement data for respectively one of the value documents either are permanently stored or discarded in dependence on the result of the testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Hecht, Karl-Dieter Forster
  • Patent number: 10249124
    Abstract: A paper sheet insertion apparatus (for example, depositing and dispensing unit 20) includes an imaging unit (for example, camera 60) that takes an image of an interior of the paper sheet handling machine 10 to obtain image data and a control unit (for example, depositing and dispensing unit control unit 72) that is provided inside the machine body of the paper sheet handling machine 10 and outputs information on foreign material other than the paper sheet and information on a constituent member of the paper sheet insertion apparatus, based on the image data obtained by the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Akagi, Hisashi Ishitobi, Yuki Maeda, Kenichiro Akita, Saori Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10242521
    Abstract: A paper money recycling bin and paper money processing device; the paper money recycling bin includes a box and a partition plate installed in the box; symmetrical vertical groove groups are provided on a left inner wall and a right inner wall of the box; each vertical groove group includes a plurality of vertical grooves; and a left edge and a right edge of the partition plate are inserted in the vertical grooves to partition the internal space of the box, thus preventing a gap in the space, and avoiding the situation of tilting, irregular stacking or jamming when paper money subsequently enters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiuhua Weng, Dong Tan
  • Patent number: 10233049
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a financial device and a method for controlling the same. The financial device includes: a multi-media storage module including a first storage part having a first stacking space in which media are stacked and a second storage part disposed under the first storage part and having a second stacking space in which media are stacked, in which the multi-media storage module has the first stacking space and the second stacking space provided at different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jae Yong Kim, Jong Kwang Kim, Yoon Seok Choi, Do Yeon Kim, Chang Ho Moon, Sung Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10221030
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes first and second roller members fixed to a rotatable shaft, a first follower roller that cooperates with the first roller member to form a conveying nip, and a second follower roller that cooperates with the second roller member to form a conveying nip. The first and second roller members have outer periphery cut-away parts and the first and second follower rollers are moveably supported and can be biased to home positions. If the first roller member cut-away part faces the first follower roller, the first follower roller is biased to move toward a home position while the nip of the second roller member nips and conveys a sheet. If the second roller member cut-away part faces the second follower roller, the second follower roller is biased to move toward a home position while the nip of the first roller member nips and conveys a sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuma Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10214369
    Abstract: An unstacker device comprises a floor and a retaining paddle that are designed to move a stack of mailpieces from a feed magazine towards an unstacker head under the action of a monitoring and control unit as the mailpieces are being unstacked from the front of the stack. The device further comprises a vision system suitable for forming a profile digital image of said stack of mailpieces in the magazine, and said unit is arranged to evaluate a certain inclination of the mailpieces in the stack on the basis of said profile image and to cause the floor and the paddle to move so as to present the mailpiece at the front of the stack in a satisfactory position on edge so that it can be unstacked by the unstacker head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Hicham El Bernoussi, Jean-Marc Teluob, St├Ęphane Ambroise
  • Patent number: 10207888
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet stacking apparatus, including: a placement portion on which a sheet is placed; a conveyance portion conveying a sheet placed on the placement portion; a regulation portion regulating a position of a sheet conveyed by the conveyance portion through contact with the sheet; and a pressing portion pressing a sheet regulated in position by the regulation portion, the pressing portion pressing a sheet regulated in position by the regulation portion at a first pressing position and a second pressing position, the second pressing position being spaced apart from the placement portion in a thickness direction of sheets placed on the placement portion by a distance which is longer than a distance between the placement portion and the first pressing position, in which an area of pressing a sheet at the first pressing position is larger than an area of pressing a sheet at the second pressing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Hatakawa, Daiki Komiyama, Satoru Matsuki
  • Patent number: 10204468
    Abstract: A paper sheet insertion apparatus (for example, depositing and dispensing unit 20) includes an imaging unit (for example, camera 60) that takes an image of an interior of the paper sheet handling machine 10 to obtain image data and a control unit (for example, depositing and dispensing unit control unit 72) that is provided inside the machine body of the paper sheet handling machine 10 and outputs information on foreign material other than the paper sheet and information on a constituent member of the paper sheet insertion apparatus, based on the image data obtained by the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Akagi, Hisashi Ishitobi, Yuki Maeda, Kenichiro Akita, Saori Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10189658
    Abstract: A stacking apparatus for value documents, having a stack deposit device and a braking device which is arranged along the transport path of the value documents immediately before the stack deposit device. On the transport shaft of the braking device at least one driving roller is firmly mounted and at least one roller rotatably supported on the transport shaft. At least one cam roller is firmly mounted on a braking shaft of the braking device and at least one eccentric roller. By a rotation of the braking shaft, the eccentric roller can electively be brought in engagement with the opposing driving roller so that a value document becomes clamped between these, or be brought out of engagement with the opposing driving roller, so that the value document is no longer clamped between these, but rather is brakable by the engagement between the cam roller and the rotatably supported roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Sperl
  • Patent number: 10183655
    Abstract: Disclosed is a monobloc mounting bracket for a foot parking brake. The mounting bracket includes a pedal arm connection plate having a shaft installation hole at one side of one surface so as to rotatably install one end of a shaft for pivotably installing the pedal arm; a fixation plate extended to be bent in one direction from a front end of the pedal arm connection plate and having one pair of fixation holes so as to be fixed to the dashboard via multiple fixation members; a release member extended rewards from a rear end of the pedal arm connection plate and provided to install the release member via pin; and a cable suspension plate extended to be bent in a direction opposite to the fixation plate from a lower end of the pedal arm connection plate and having a cable suspension hole so as penetrate and suspend one end of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: DONGWOUN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10183824
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a feeding rotating member to feed a sheet, and a separating portion to separate and feed one by one the sheet fed by the feeding rotating member. The separating portion includes a separating rotating member to feed a sheet and a separating member to form a separation nip portion by abutting on the separating rotating member. In addition, a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked is disposed to face the feeding rotating member, and a sheet introducing portion guides the sheet toward the separating portion. The sheet introducing portion being is in a downstream side of the sheet stacking portion and positioned above a tangent line at a contacting point between the feeding rotating member and the sheet stacking portion in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichiro Adachi