Patents Examined by Michael C McCullough
  • Patent number: 10654674
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes a feeding member, first and second conveying members, a separation member, and drive and control units. The feeding member feeds a recording material placed on a tray. The separation member and the first conveying member form a nip portion and separates recording materials at the nip portion. The second conveying member conveys a conveyed recording material. The drive unit drives at least the feeding member. The control unit controls to feed first and second recording materials such that a second recording material front edge passes the nip portion before a first recording material rear edge passes the nip portion, and controls to stop the second recording material after the second recording material front edge has passed the nip portion such that the first recording material rear edge reaches the second conveying member before the second recording material front edge reaches the second conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Kawamura, Satoshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10625967
    Abstract: An auxiliary device and a printing apparatus are provided. The printing apparatus includes a print output device, including a print exit. The printing apparatus also includes an auxiliary device disposed at the print exit of the print output device and having a first position state and a second position state. During a transition of the auxiliary device between the first position state and the second position state, the auxiliary device pushes print outputted from the print exit to move in a direction away from the print exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bojiong Tang, Zhiguo Fan
  • Patent number: 10618138
    Abstract: A belt sharpener comprises a drive pulley, a belt tensioner, a contact roller, an idler pulley and an endless abrasive belt mounted for rotation between them. The belt sharpener also includes a primary and a secondary guides adapted to hold a blade at a desired angle with respect to the abrasive belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Sergio Schwarzwald
  • Patent number: 10611592
    Abstract: An automatic loader for delivering vertically stacked media to a hopper of a feeder. The automatic loader includes a powered conveying device, actuated plates, a first sensor, and a second sensor. The first sensors detects a height of the vertically stacked media that is in the hopper, and the second sensor detects a separation between the hopper and the vertically stacked media that is in a staging area of the conveying device. Based on signals generated by the first and second sensors, the conveying device automatically delivers the vertically stacked media that is in the staging area to the hopper of the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Walco Systems
    Inventor: Robert Brian Wallace
  • Patent number: 10605405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric grease barrel pump and, more particularly, to an electric grease barrel pump which is configured to supply an appropriate amount of grease to an attachment connected to a distribution valve by enabling an actuator of the distribution valve to operate in conjunction with and according to a change in the number of stages of a driving means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AHWON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juho Lee
  • Patent number: 10603774
    Abstract: A compression strength attachment block has a tension strength attachment loop pivotally attached to the block. The loop hooks around a lever tool adjacent to a working end for enhanced attack angle and increased leverage in fastener extraction, prying, and lifting work. Magnets on a tool attachment face assist in aligning and holding the block to the lever tool. End magnets hold fasteners after extraction or before insertion. Recesses in the block contain or retain other working tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: John F Hoback
  • Patent number: 10596411
    Abstract: An exerciser has a baseplate with a fulcrum projecting outwardly from one side and wheels depending outwardly from the opposite side. A balanced-enhanced exercising platform is provided when the fulcrum is positioned downwardly on a floor, and alternatively, a balance-enhanced exercising dolly is provided when the wheels are positioned downwardly on the floor. The dolly may be biased by elastic resistance straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Keith Callanan
  • Patent number: 10569983
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for transporting and positioning of balancing weights connected together to form a chain of balancing weights is disclosed. A drive means comprises at least a transport wheel and/or a transport belt. The drive means has at least one cam to interface with a gap between two adjacent balancing weights of the chain of balancing weights. Furthermore a cutter may be provided for cutting of balancing weights from the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Wegmann automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Ulrich B├╝rgel
  • Patent number: 10569836
    Abstract: An automatic bicycle drivetrain shifting apparatus comprising a bicycle drive chain derailleur apparatus powered by a servo gearmotor and controlled through a highly adaptable user interface serving to automatically alternate drive chain position between available bicycle drive sprockets based on user preset and in real time modifiable criteria and additionally making use of critical chain driver apparatus serving to ensure chain motion is always available to satisfy derailleur operation requirements often prevalent during coasting and stopping where the bicycle speed changes while pedaling motion has ceased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Hazem Nihad Hamed
  • Patent number: 10569980
    Abstract: A media alignment calibration system determines a slope relating a trailing edge skew value to its paired leading edge skew value and an intercept representing native skew based on a linear regression of a predetermined number of a set of paired leading and trailing edge skew values for a media type stored in a buffer. Based on the slope and intercept, a media model for the media type is updated based on the linear regression to adjust a differential velocity of a pair of aligned media feed rollers in a media feed mechanism to correct both a future native skew and future paired leading and trailing edge skew values in the buffer to within a desired operational window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Saurabh Bhide, Rafael Gonzalez, Luke P Sosnowski
  • Patent number: 10562724
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes a feeding member, first and second conveying members, a separation member, and drive and control units. The feeding member feeds a recording material placed on a tray. The separation member and the first conveying member form a nip portion and separates recording materials at the nip portion. The second conveying member conveys a conveyed recording material. The drive unit drives at least the feeding member. The control unit controls to feed first and second recording materials such that a second recording material front edge passes the nip portion before a first recording material rear edge passes the nip portion, and controls to stop the second recording material after the second recording material front edge has passed the nip portion such that the first recording material rear edge reaches the second conveying member before the second recording material front edge reaches the second conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Kawamura, Joji Goto
  • Patent number: 10550997
    Abstract: A lubrication pump includes a housing defining a bore, an adjustable cylinder sleeve within the bore, and a piston slidably movable within the bore along a longitudinal axis of the bore. A connector may be drivingly interposed between a cam and the piston for driving the piston in reciprocating axial motion. The connector may have a coupling for engaging the piston, which may enable rotational engagement between the connector and the piston. The connector may have a roller for bearing engagement with the cam, which may enable the connector to rotate about the longitudinal axis relative to the housing as the connector moves axially within the bore. The cam may be laterally displaceable relative to the connector. The cylinder sleeve may be adjustable relative to the piston for varying lubricant fluid output flow. The cylinder sleeve and corresponding piston may be interchangeably disposed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FD Johnson Company
    Inventor: John H. Powell
  • Patent number: 10549936
    Abstract: A first detection unit detects that a first stacking unit is positioned in a predetermined position and a second detection unit detects that a second stacking unit is positioned in a predetermined position. An upper surface detection unit detects one of a sheet stacked on the first stacking unit and an upper surface of the first stacking unit. It is determined that an error has occurred, when the sheet of the second size is set to be stacked, when the upper surface detection unit has detected a sheet stacked on the first stacking unit, and when the first stacking unit is not in the predetermined position and the second stacking unit is in the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventors: Takuya Shimura, Shoji Ito
  • Patent number: 10543994
    Abstract: A stacking apparatus includes a first stacking unit, for stacking sheets of a first size, configured to move vertically between an upper limit position and a lower limit position, and a second stacking unit for stacking sheets of a second size larger than the first size in cooperation with the first stacking unit. The second stacking unit is jointed to the first stacking unit at a predetermined position, moving vertically together with the first stacking unit while being joined to the first stacking unit above the predetermined position, and is released from being jointed to the first stacking unit below the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yazawa
  • Patent number: 10544612
    Abstract: A gravity powered garage door control opening and closing system that eliminates the conventional electric garage door opener and eliminates its two most common risks of failure, the first being a gear and/or bearing failure and the second being an electrical power failure. Other advantages include a reduction in electrical power needed and a reduction in cost over every other type of garage door opener. The present invention operates by transferring fluid between a counter weight and a storage tank under programmed control to control the movement and speed of the garage door as a function of its position in the door guides in which the door moves in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Charles M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10538402
    Abstract: A belt-form body conveyor that conveys a belt-form body includes a plurality of non-contact guide portions over which portions of the belt-form body are wound, and that support the belt-form body in a non-contact manner, a drive unit that moves at least one non-contact guide portion out of the plurality of non-contact guide portions, and a control unit that causes the non-contact guide portion to be moved by the drive unit such that a length of a path in which a first edge in a width direction of the belt-form body travels is different from a length of a path in which a second edge which is opposite to the first edge in the width direction of the belt-form body travels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rui Oohashi, Kensuke Hirata, Tomoo Kusumi, Mareto Ishibashi, Noriaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10538403
    Abstract: A belt-form body conveyor that conveys a belt-form body includes a plurality of non-contact guide portions over which portions of the belt-form body are wound, and that support the belt-form body in a non-contact manner, and a drive unit that, when viewed in a direction that is perpendicular to a surface of the belt-form body before the belt-form body is supplied to the plurality of non-contact guide portions, causes at least two non-contact guide portions out of the plurality of non-contact guide portions to rotate in the same direction and by the same angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rui Oohashi, Kensuke Hirata, Tomoo Kusumi, Mareto Ishibashi, Noriaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10526157
    Abstract: A web material advancement arrangement is provided with an entry drive system. The web material advancement arrangement can receive a web material from a storage roll and advance the web material through a machine, such as a packaging machine. The entry drive system may be arranged at the entry end of the web material advancement arrangement to push the web material in a downstream direction from the entry end toward the exit end of the web material advancement arrangement The entry drive system may include a motor that simultaneously rotates a pair of drive sprockets which may push clip assemblies that carry outer edges of a web material so that rotation of the drive sprockets pushes the web material in a downstream direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CP Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond G. Buchko, Jr., Rodney W. Golla
  • Patent number: 10518579
    Abstract: A split offset axle joins a front cycle wheel to a first and a second fork of a cycle. The axle has two rigid structures joined together with a fastener to form a singular axle. The axle has a cylindrical first end, a cylindrical second end and a cylindrical offset center section. The center section locates and supports a cycle wheel hub. The first and the second ends are housed in a pinchable split axle housing of the first and the second fork, respectively. Rotation of the axle adjusts the center section axis to a plurality of positions relative to the forks. The center section is adjusted to a desired position, thereby adjusting the cycle's steering and handling characteristics, the desired position is secured with pinched split axle housings. The pinched split axle housings rotationally and rigidly secure the respective axle ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Brent Lorscheider
  • Patent number: 10494208
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a stacker that stacks sheets of paper; a suction conveyor disposed vertically above the sheets stacked in the stacker for sucking and conveying the sheets; a blower that blows air onto the sheets; and a regulating member disposed on a downstream side of the suction conveyor in a conveyance direction, facing an outlet of the sheets of the suction conveyor and projecting vertically upward, wherein the suction conveyor includes: horizontal portions provided on both ends in a width direction; and a recess provided in an intermediate portion and recessed vertically above the horizontal portions, and a lower limit of a projection height of the regulating member is set so that, when there is a vertical gap between a vertical upper end portion of the regulating member and the horizontal portions, a length of the gap is less than twice a thickness of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hajime Nakamura