Patents Examined by Matthew J. Kohner
  • Patent number: 7252287
    Abstract: An auxiliary scanning feed mechanism has a pair of curved feed guides for guiding a stimulable phosphor sheet along a curved feed path, and first and second roller pairs rotatable in synchronism with each other for gripping and feeding the stimulable phosphor sheet along the curved feed path. The first and second roller pairs have respective first and second drive rollers disposed inwardly of respective curved sections of the curved feed guides and respective first and second driven rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoru Tsutoh
  • Patent number: 7251450
    Abstract: A paper separator may be equipped with plurality of paper-separating fingers for separating sheet(s) of paper for image formation and abutting and/or backed off from photosensitive body or bodies, paper separator optionally comprising finger body or bodies capable of abutting photosensitive body or bodies; spur(s)—capable of touching so as to guide sheet(s) of paper for image formation which has or have separated from photosensitive body or bodies; and/or support component(s) pivotably supporting paper-separating finger(s) so as to impart restoring force(s) thereto urging paper-separating finger(s) to under the force(s) of its or their own weight(s) bring finger body or bodies into abutting engagement with photosensitive body or bodies, and so as to, when spur(s) is or are touching sheet(s) of paper for image formation, cause finger body or bodies to at least partially overcome restoring force(s) produced by weight(s) of paper-separating finger(s) or portion(s) thereof and back off from photosensitive body or
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Susumu Murakami, Hideshi Izumi, Yoshie Iwakura, Minoru Tomiyori
  • Patent number: 7237668
    Abstract: The device for sorting items, such as rolls, is provided downstream of a first number (N) of feeding channels (Ca) of items (R), which feeding channels (Ca) are provided with dispensing members (8) for a controlled release of the items (R). The device (100) includes: a number of mobile tracks (5) equal to the first number (N), arranged downstream of the N feeding channels (Ca) and operatively associated in pairs, so as to define operating gaps (H1) between successive pairs. The first mobile tracks (5) are movable in reciprocal synchronism, transversally (W) to the feeding channels (Ca). A second number (M) of second mobile tracks (6) are arranged downstream of the feeding channels (Ca) and are disposed each one between successive pairs of the first tracks (5) at the operating gaps (H1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: T.M.C. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianluigi Gamberini
  • Patent number: 7216863
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus, which is configured in a simple construction and at low cost, includes a first sheet stacking portion for temporarily stacking a sheet discharged thereon, an alignment member for aligning the sheet discharged on the first sheet stacking portion, a sheet processing member for performing a predetermined process on the sheet stacked on the first sheet stacking portion, and a second sheet stacking portion located substantially vertically below the first sheet stacking portion. The alignment member acts to cause the aligned sheet to drop to the second sheet stacking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwata, Yasuyoshi Hayakawa, Kaoru Sato
  • Patent number: 7210598
    Abstract: An under-counter portable automatic pill-dispensing apparatus includes a double array of storage units for storing pills in bulk, a retriever between the two arrays for retrieving selected storage units, and a pill-dispensing module for unloading pills into a vial. The storage units each include an outer container, a track positioned in a bottom of the outer container, and a hopper movably positioned within the outer container for movement toward and away from the track. The pill-dispensing module includes an oscillator for the track, a pill counter, and a lift for raising and lowering the hopper to control flow of pills. A prescription information station is provided including a computer for receiving patient prescription information, a printer for printing a label for the vial and for applying the label to the vial, bar code scanners for verification, and distributed controllers for operating the various components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Microfil, LLC
    Inventors: William O. Gerold, William J. Gerold
  • Patent number: 7210682
    Abstract: The invention provides a sheet distributor and a sheet distributing method. The sheet distributor with which supplied sheets of a specified length are distributed to a plurality of lines of sheets, has a transport unit which keeps transporting each supplied sheet in a transport direction while the sheet is being distributed, a moving unit which moves said transport unit laterally in a perpendicular direction to the transport direction, a position detecting sensor which detects a position of a advancing end of the sheet in the transport direction when the sheet is transported and a control section that controls the start of the movement of said moving unit in accordance with a timing of detecting the advancing end of the sheets. The sheet is moved in a direction oblique to the transport direction during transporting such that a position of the sheet in a widthwise direction is changed at each time of sheet supply, whereby supplied sheets are arranged in a plurality of lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tsuzawa
  • Patent number: 7204486
    Abstract: A sheet discharging apparatus is constructed of a sorting device and a reversible conveying device. Normal sheets are fed by the sorting device and conveyed in an arrangement in zigzag in two rows and conveyed on a primary path. Near an exit of the primary path, there is a high speed discharging roller pair having a drive roller and a nip roller. Between the drive roller and a drive shaft, there is a frictional connection unit. While the sheet is conveyed by conveying roller pairs, a front edge of the sheet reaches the high speed discharging roller pair, and the drive roller freely rotates due to the effect of the frictional connection unit. When a rear edge of the sheet passes the conveying roller pair, the frictional connection unit is set into a connecting situation, and the sheet is discharged by the drive roller and the nip roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tanabe
  • Patent number: 7201372
    Abstract: Sheet accumulator systems and methods are provided for forming a stack of under-accumulated sheets. The method can include advancing sheets in a predetermined sequence and under-accumulating a first portion of the advanced sheets in a first stack. The method can also include under-accumulating a second portion of the advanced sheets in a second stack and automatically stacking the first stack of sheets on the second stack of sheets to form a combined stack wherein the combined stack is in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Edward J. Kapturowski, Ronald J. Mich
  • Patent number: 7195236
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system for automated loading of a side-by-side stack of thin objects to a feeder is provided. The system can include, e.g.: a) a transporter having a transport surface upon which a side-by-side stack of thin objects can be conveyed; b) a carrier, configured to carry a side-by-side stack of thin objects, over the transport surface; c) a pusher over the transport surface; d) the pusher and the carrier being movable relative to one another between a first position in which the pusher is inside the carrier behind a side-by-side stack of thin objects on the carrier and a second position in which the pusher is laterally displaced from the carrier, such that the side-by-side stack of thin objects on the carrier is laterally slid off of the carrier by the pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Hillerich, Jr., Mark T. Neebe
  • Patent number: 7182338
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for discriminating the kind of a sheet material, comprising: a substrate having a recessed portion; a press member situated so that a sheet material can be deflected using the recessed portion; a support member that is deformed as the sheet material situated to cover the recessed portion is pressed by the press member and thereby deflected; and a sensor for detecting the deformation amount of the support member, wherein the kind of the sheet material is discriminated on the basis of detecting the deformation amount of the support member by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatake Akaike
  • Patent number: 7182332
    Abstract: A feed device for stacks of paper or plastic material has at least one transport unit with a supporting member for the stack and at least one transport element. A separating unit with at least one rotatably driven feed drum is provided for removing individual sheets from the stack. The transport unit transports the stack to the separating unit and is pretensioned in the transport direction toward the feed drum such that the stack rests with pretension against the feed drum. The pretension can be provided by a spring acting on the transport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Mathias Bäuerle GmbH
    Inventor: Ralph Pittelkow
  • Patent number: 7182207
    Abstract: A detector for breaks in screens and filters employed in material separators includes a transmitter of RF signals and a receiver of RF signals located to either side of a screen. The separator includes a chamber having a barrier to RF signals with a path through the barrier being defined through the screen mount. The screen mount receives a screen to extend fully across the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Anthony J. DeCenso
  • Patent number: 7175176
    Abstract: A device for feeding suction air or blowing air to a sheet-retaining device displaceable relative to a machine element in a sheet-processing machine, includes a first air-feeding element connectible in terms of flow to a suction-air or blowing-air source. A second air-feeding element cooperates telescopically with the first air-feeding element for forming an air through-passage duct connected in terms of flow to the sheet-retaining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Willi Becker
  • Patent number: 7175382
    Abstract: The device comprises a guide (23) defining a closed for a plurality of separator fingers (15). In the vicinity of the end of the advance stretch of the guide is set a separating member (101) provided with a movement of insertion and extraction (f103) with respect to the pile of products (P, P1, P2), synchronized with the movement of advance of the products along the path of advance, so as to insert itself between two contiguous packs of laminar products (M1, M2), between which is inserted a respective separator finger (15), and to withhold temporarily the pile of laminar products whilst said separator finger (15) is moved away from the path of advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Fabio Perini S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giulio Betti, Angelo Benvenuti, Alessandro Morelli
  • Patent number: 7172191
    Abstract: A method of feeding porous sheets from a stack is provided in which one or more air outlet nozzles and one or more air inlet nozzles are positioned in a pick-up position proximate a first sheet of the stack, a flow of air from the outlet nozzle(s) sufficient to penetrate the first sheet is generated so that a cushion of air is generated between the first sheet and a second sheet of the stack so as to lift the first sheet from the second sheet, a flow of air into the inlet nozzle(s) is generated so that the lifted first sheet is drawn against a pick-up surface defined by the inlet nozzle, and the inlet and outlet nozzles are reciprocally displaced between the pick-up position and a feed position in which a feed mechanism engages the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: David William Jensen
  • Patent number: 7168700
    Abstract: A sheet feeder apparatus and method with throughput control. By varying the speed at which sheets are fed from a supply, the sheet feeder apparatus and method assures that the throughput capacity of a downstream operation is never exceeded. Speed is varied based upon the length of the sheets being fed. Furthermore, the sheet feeder apparatus can have worn components replaced quickly and by operators of minimal skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Company
    Inventors: Herman G. Skadow, Stephen R. Archer, Thomas D. Para, Ramesh Pankajakshan, Richard M. Szewczyk
  • Patent number: 7165765
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus for separating and feeding a plurality of sheets stacked on a sheet stacking portion one by one includes feeding means for feeding the plurality of sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion, separation means for separating the sheets one by one by contacting to the sheets, returning means for returning the sheets to the sheet stacking portion, and separation force switching means for switching between generation and release of a separation force of the separation means. During a feeding operation, the feeding operation is switchable between a separating mode in which the separation force for a sheet is generated by the separation means and a conveying mode in which the separation force is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Sonoda, Nozomu Nishiberi, Masaya Simmachi
  • Patent number: 7152744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for processing sheet material, in particular bank notes, papers of value and the like. In the inventive apparatus, an automatic return of sheet material to a second or, generally speaking, further check is provided, which obtains relief for an operator of the apparatus. The relief results from a reduction of the rate of indeterminable cases or the total sheet material to be manually reworked, since any disturbances or faulty operating conditions existing at the time of a first or, generally speaking, prior check of sheet material normally no longer exist, or exist in a changed form, at the time of a second or, generally speaking, further check of the sheet material. The correct check and assignment of the sheet material is thus possible in the second or, generally speaking, further check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Wolfgang Kunz, Lukas Löffler, Gerhard Schinzel-Reiner, Alfred Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7150456
    Abstract: A machine processing printing-material sheets contains a first sheet transport drum and a second sheet transport drum disposed immediately after the first sheet transport drum in a sheet transport direction. The first sheet transport drum has gripper systems which describe a gripper flight circle during its rotation and a drum profile deviating substantially from a circular shape with outer contour regions running between the gripper systems and set back from the gripper flight circle. The second sheet transport drum has a sheet support surface with pneumatic grooves formed therein. The sheet support surface is composed of a first and second comb segments each with segment prongs. The pneumatic grooves are introduced into the segment prongs of at least one of the comb segments. The pneumatic grooves are preferably introduced both into the segment prongs of the first comb segment and into the segment prongs of the second comb segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Markus Gerstenberger, Christian Hieb, Karl-Heinz Helmstädter, Raimund Schröder, Thorsten Eckart
  • Patent number: 7147223
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a drive roller having a shaft, a driven roller having a shaft, a biasing member that rotatably supports one of the drive roller and the driven roller and biases one of the drive roller and the driven roller against the other one of the drive roller and the driven roller, and a holding member that pivotally holds the biasing member. The sheet conveying device conveys a sheet while rotating the drive roller and the driven roller and passing the sheet through a nip part formed between the drive roller and the driven roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Fukuchi