Patents Examined by Patrick W. Foster
  • Patent number: 4638875
    Abstract: A fiber blending system includes a number of feeders which dump fibers onto a conveyor. Each feeder includes a weigh pan into which fibers are fed. The weigh pan is pivotally mounted to the feeder and counterbalanced. Also connected to the weigh pan is a single load cell which monitors the weight of fibers in the pan. The load cell is connected to the weigh pan by a single wire about which vibration damping is disposed. Once a set weight of fibers has collected in the pan, feeding stops until a dump command is given related to the position of the conveyor. When the conveyor is in the appropriate position, all feeders then dump fibers at their respective set weights. The blending system is controllled by a programmable controller which monitors for three malfunctions. If fibers fail to dump after a dump command is given, if an excessive time occurs during which the pans are filling without reaching the set weight and when a predetermined number of heavy dumps occur, an alarm is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Fiber Controls Corp.
    Inventor: William R. Murray
  • Patent number: 4638372
    Abstract: A copier capable of producing both color images and monochrome images is disclosed, which comprises a platen for mounting thereon a manuscript, a scanner unit adapted to reciprocate relative to the platen and generate image signals divided in three primary colors by reading the manuscript for each line or for each set of a plurality of lines, four thermal heads for receiving image signals and, in response thereto, selectively actuating heat generation elements, means for supplying the thermal heads with ink donor films of four colors including black, and means for effecting thermal transfer printing on record paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Svay Leng, Hiroyuki Saitoh, Toshiharu Inui, Norihiko Koizumi, Haruhiko Moriguchi, Takashi Omori, Masami Kurata, Yasuo Katoh
  • Patent number: 4636872
    Abstract: Laser imaging system and method for imaging a plurality of printed pages on an output medium in positions and orientations corresponding to an imposition format. Different areas of the medium are scanned to form the images for different pages with the beam traveling and being modulated to provide the proper orientation and position for each page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Gerber Scientific Instrument Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Prichard
  • Patent number: 4636871
    Abstract: A copying machine in which a reading element array consisting of a plurality of reading elements arranged at equal spacings in a straight line and a printing element array consisting of a plurality of printing elements arranged at equal spacings in a straight line are caused to reciprocate, a relative movement between a subject copy and the reading element array is caused in the direction virtually normal to the reciprocating movement, and a copying paper sheet facing to the printing element array is caused to move is disclosed. The image information read by each reading element is fed to the corresponding printing element to reproduce characters or patterns on the subject copy on the copying paper sheet by means of the printing element array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Fumiaki Nukada
    Inventor: Takato Oi
  • Patent number: 4635130
    Abstract: An image reading/recording apparatus comprising a reading portion having a contact-type one-dimensional image sensor, a recording portion having a contact-type one-dimensional recording head, and a selector switch portion for controlling these one-dimensional image sensor and one-dimensional recording head on a substrate is disclosed. The transmission and receiving of image information is effected by feeding a subject copy or a recording paper sheet by at least one paper feeding roller. The image reading/recording apparatus also functions as a copying machine by feeding the image information read from a subject copy by the reading portion directly to the recording portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Fumiaki Nukada
    Inventor: Takato Oi
  • Patent number: 4635132
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively printing either character signals or video signals received by a T.V. receiver on a printing medium wherein the character signals or the video signals are selectively transferred to a video memory prior to printing. This enables the transmission of data from a character decoder to be finished in one vertical period, and there is no need to stop the flow of images on the T.V. screen when they are printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4630129
    Abstract: An image output apparatus prints an image of an original document and compares the printed image with the original document. Information representative of the original document operates a printing unit for printing an image of the original on a sheet of paper supplied from a paper feeding device. An image sensor senses the image on the printed paper and provides information representative thereof. The information from the image sensor is compared with the information supplied from the original document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hayashi, Yoshihiro Kawahara
  • Patent number: 4630128
    Abstract: An interruption control system for an image forming apparatus with a scanning means for optically scanning a document comprises an image forming means, including a feed section for feeding an image forming medium, an image forming section for forming an image on the image forming medium using image information derived from the scanning means, a temporary storing section for temporarily storing the image forming medium when the image forming section forms an image, and a discharge section for discharging the image forming medium bearing an image formed by the image forming section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masami Gokita
  • Patent number: 4626926
    Abstract: A printer used for a TV receiver, which printer comprises a memory for synchronously storing digital gradation density signals corresponding to the video signals in analog form received by the TV receiver; a read-out control circuit for reading out the digital signals stored in the memory; and a printer for printing out the signals read out by the read-out control circuit, thereby making copies of the images shown on the TV screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4626901
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises means for reading a text image to produce an image data and means for digitizing the image data. The digitizing means includes dither conversion means for dither-converting the image data and input means for inputting a signal to the dither conversion means to determine a parameter for dither conversion in accordance with a screen angle of the text image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tanioka
  • Patent number: 4624331
    Abstract: A load sensor includes a scale cell for producing an output signal corresponding to the weight of an article, and a dummy cell, provided near the scale cell, for producing a noise signal output ascribable to floor vibration. A correcting circuit extracts a signal proportional to a DC component contained in the output signal of the scale cell and, on the basis of the extracted signal, corrects the output signal of the dummy cell to the noise level of a floor vibration component of the scale cell. The corrected dummy cell noise signal is added in opposite-phase relation to the scale cell output signal, so that the floor vibration noise contained in the scale cell output signal is cancelled out by the corrected noise signal of the dummy cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Kazufumi Naito
  • Patent number: 4624332
    Abstract: A balance-type scale is provided which is made nearly substantially entirely of plastic, thereby being resistant to environmental degradation. A counter-balance weight is of metal, but is embedded within the plastic. The scale is of two-part construction, comprising a body including the counter weight and a hook-like structure at the opposite end. A suspension member is pivotally connected to the body, and comprises a pair of spaced plates embracing the body. The suspension member includes a pointer, and the body is provided with indicia to be read opposite the pointer and readable directly in units of weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: The Dow Chemical Company
    Inventor: Richard P. Mills
  • Patent number: 4622595
    Abstract: An image reproducing apparatus wherein a halftone of an image is reproduced by repeating a picture element pattern composed of a plurality of dots as a unit and each dot display density of which is gradually controlled. The repetition of the same picture element patterns is avoided to improve tone reproducing performance.The image display unit includes a means for determining a disposition of dots composing a specific picture element pattern, i.e., display density of each dot in response to tone density of the original image, a means for comparing the disposition of dots of the specific picture element pattern determined by said means with a dot disposition or dispositions of one or plural surrounding picture element pattern or patterns, and a means for changing the dot disposition of said specific picture element pattern in the case when it is identical with dot dispositions of a predetermined number or more of surrounding picture element patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hisatake, Haruhiko Moriguchi, Toshiharu Inui, Akio Noguchi
  • Patent number: 4620237
    Abstract: A system for detecting and measuring fast scan jitter having first and second photosensors combined in a unitary detector positionable in the path of a scanning beam; means for generating a packet of test pixels for modulating the scanning beam for jitter through a succession of scan lines; said first and second photosensors outputting signal pulses representing the intensity of said scanning beam following modulation by said test pixels; a differential integrator for integrating the signal pulse outputs of said first and second photosensors with one another to provide a test signal for each line scanned; a filter for smoothing said test signal, an amplifier for amplifying said test signal, a peak to peak detector for comparing the test signal of one scan line with the test signal from the succeeding scan lines to provide a jitter signal where said test signals are different; and a meter for converting said jitter signal to a visual readout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Traino, Douglas L. Keene
  • Patent number: 4619336
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for dosing powders by weight. To introduce a weight of powder with a predetermined final value P.sub.3 into a weighing receptacle, the functioning of mechanism for positively feeding the powder to the receptacle is controlled by a continuous comparison between the effective weight of powder received by the receptacle following an initial instant t.sub.0 and a theoretical weight conforming to an ideal evolution of such weight of powder as a function of time; at a final predetermined instant t.sub.2 with reference to the initial instant t.sub.0, the positive feeding mechanism is stopped and the powder remaining is allowed to run into the weighing receptacle in an amount corresponding to the amount of poweder which is lost during its transmission by the feeding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Assignee: Manufacture de Machines due Haut-Rhin
    Inventors: Richard Boyer, Joel Diquet
  • Patent number: 4619337
    Abstract: In order to reduce the coupling-in of high-frequency electromagnetic interference into the measuring system of electric balances with scale on top and with a metallic balance scale and a metallic housing, a pin (7) which establishes the connection between the balance scale (2) and the load receiver (5) of the measuring system comprises an insulating layer on its surface which is bridged by a resistor (6) located on the pin (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Assignee: Sartorius GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Behrend, Jurgen Ober, Erich Knothe, Franz-Josef Melcher
  • Patent number: 4618012
    Abstract: A combination weighing machine, which is used typically for packing a plurality of articles in each bag or the like so as to render the total weight of each bag to satisfy a predetermined weight condition, including a plurality of weighing units for weighing the articles each at the same time, arithmetic means for selecting some of these units the total weight of which satisfies the predetermined weight condition, and means for unloading the selected weighing units for delivery of the articles for packing and then loading them with new articles; each adjoining pair of weighing units being provided with a common auxiliary hopper for receiving weighed articles from either unit of the pair and keeping them for participating in the combination selecting operation together with those articles on the weighing units, thereby improving weighing accuracy without increasing the number of expensive weighing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: Yamato Scale Company, Limited
    Inventors: Shoji Yamano, Yoshitaka Mikata, Osamu Teramoto, Kazuhiro Nishide
  • Patent number: 4616723
    Abstract: A wheel load indicator comprises a rectangular flat plate (1) of a light material having measuring properties. A series of recesses (4) forming webs (5) are provided along two lateral edges (6) of the plate (1). Strain gauges (12) are adhesively bonded to walls of bores (10) in the area of the webs (5) to determine the shearing stress under the load of a wheel (100) which has driven on the bending portion (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: Ing Ludwig Pietzsch GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Ludwig Pietzsch, Knud Overlach, Siegfried Gassner
  • Patent number: 4616722
    Abstract: A computerized scale in which each weighing bucket is formed by two side-by-side compartments and by a single door which shuttles back and forth between two positions beneath the compartments. Each time the door changes positions, it closes one compartment to permit product to be dropped into and weighed in such compartment and, at the same time, opens the other compartment to permit previously weighed product to fall therefrom. As a result, one compartment is filled as the other compartment is being emptied so as to significantly increase the cycle rate of the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: USM Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Moran
  • Patent number: 4615405
    Abstract: A food weight measuring device comprises a table for carrying a foodstuff, a pivotable electrode plate for receiving the food weight, the pivotable electrode plate being pivotably moved responsive to the food weight, a fixed electrode plate for providing an electrical signal corresponding to the food weight in cooperation with the pivotable electrode plate, and an output circuit responsive to the fixed electrode plate for outputting the electrical signal representative of the food weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taisuke Morino, Sakio Hanatani, Mituo Ohuchi