Patents Examined by Prasad V Gokhale
  • Patent number: 11124376
    Abstract: A sheet discharging apparatus includes a first detecting portion provided in an apparatus body and configured to detect a move of a movable member in a state where a movable tray is at an upper limit position in a moving direction of the movable tray, wherein a detection result of the first detecting portion changes depending on a position of the movable tray in the moving direction. In addition, a second detecting portion detects the position of the movable tray in the moving direction, and a control portion, in a case where the second detecting portion detects that the movable tray is at the upper limit position, determines whether a sheet is present on the movable tray based on the detection result of the first detecting portion. When the second detecting portion does not detect that the movable tray is at the upper limit position, the control portion determines that a sheet is present on the movable tray regardless of the detection result of the first detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomooku Koyama
  • Patent number: 11111094
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a sheet loader, a sheet feeder, a misfeeding detector, a memory, and circuitry. The sheet loader is configured to load a sheet of a sheet bundle. The sheet feeder is configured to feed a sheet from the sheet bundle loaded on the sheet loader. The misfeeding detector is configured to detect a misfeeding of the sheet. The memory is configured to store sheet feed information on sheet feeding. The circuitry is configured to change a sheet feed setting based on the sheet feed information stored in the memory and perform a retry sheet feeding at a detection of the misfeeding by the misfeeding detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11104535
    Abstract: A printer as a medium processing apparatus includes a transport path through which a paper being transported passes, a recording head that records on the paper on the transport path, and a platen that forms at least a portion of the transport path as a path forming member with which the paper comes into contact, in which a surface resistance value of the path forming member changes according to an applied voltage of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Waki, Kazuhiro Hashii, Satoshi Nakata, Fumiaki Akahane
  • Patent number: 11097765
    Abstract: A steering wheel configured to be rotated around a central axis of rotation includes a boss section that is located in a lower portion of the steering wheel and in a vicinity of the central axis of rotation, an outer peripheral portion that is disposed in an outer edge of the steering wheel in a circumference of the boss section, and a central portion that covers an entirety of a region located farther towards the boss section than the outer peripheral portion including a region above the boss section. The outer peripheral portion includes a grip portion to be gripped by the driver. The central portion includes a raised portion that protrudes farther upward than the outer peripheral portion along the central axis of rotation. The raised portion includes, in the upper portion, a cushion portion having such a resiliency that makes the cushion portion restorably dentable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bunpei Morita, Satomi Akehi
  • Patent number: 11091336
    Abstract: A sheet discharging apparatus includes a first detecting portion provided in an apparatus body and configured to detect a move of a movable member in a state where a movable tray is at an upper limit position in a moving direction of the movable tray, wherein a detection result of the first detecting portion changes depending on a position of the movable tray in the moving direction. In addition, a second detecting portion detects the position of the movable tray in the moving direction, and a control portion, in a case where the second detecting portion detects that the movable tray is at the upper limit position, determines whether a sheet is present on the movable tray based on the detection result of the first detecting portion. When the second detecting portion does not detect that the movable tray is at the upper limit position, the control portion determines that a sheet is present on the movable tray regardless of the detection result of the first detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomooku Koyama
  • Patent number: 11091216
    Abstract: A bicycle operating apparatus includes a carrier element having fastening device for fixing the apparatus to the handlebar; a housing, on the carrier element, having an electronic circuit arrangement in the housing; a first and a second switch, each connected to the electronic circuit arrangement, are on the housing; and an operating component mounted on the carrier element pivotable about an operating axis preloaded into a neutral position, the operating component deflected out of the neutral position in a first direction of rotation about the operating axis to actuate the first switch, and deflected out of the neutral position in a second direction opposite to the first direction to actuate the second switch, where the operating component includes a first operating element and a second operating element that are formed separately from one another in one piece and are mounted on the carrier element pivotable about the operating axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SRAM DEUTSCHLAND, GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Linke
  • Patent number: 11091333
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for providing a three-dimensional cushioning material for cushioning an void volume in a transport container, comprising a converting apparatus for converting a flat web-like starting material into the three-dimensional cushioning material and a receiving means for receiving at least regions of a stack of the web-like starting material folded in a zigzagging manner. The receiving means has a first lateral contact means for a first stack type, which has a first width (B1), and a second lateral contact means for a second stack type, which has a second width (B2), such that either a stack of the first stack type or a stack of the second stack type can be arranged in the receiving means in a centered manner relative to the same central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GMBH
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Slovencik
  • Patent number: 11084676
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet storing cassette, a lift mechanism, a sheet feeding portion, a remaining quantity sensing portion, and a control portion. The control portion, during continuous sheet feeding by the sheet feeding portion, controls the lift mechanism to make a sheet stacking plate ascend to a lifted position where sheets make contact with the sheet feeding portion, and feeds a foregoing sheet and then, at a sheet feeding timing a predetermined time thereafter, starts feeding the following sheet. The control portion makes the sheet feeding timing earlier as the remaining quantity of the sheets sensed by the remaining quantity sensing portion decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 11084679
    Abstract: A paper stacking device includes: a stacker on which paper is stacked; a paper ejector that ejects the paper; an aligning plate that is provided on a side of the paper, and aligns a side end of the paper; a paper floating member that is provided in the aligning plate, and supports, from below, the side end of the paper; and a blower that is provided on the side of the paper across the aligning plate, and blows air, wherein the aligning plate includes a blowing opening through which air from the blower is blown, the paper floating member is switched between: a paper floating position; and a retreat position, when the paper floating member is located in the paper floating position, the blowing opening is opened, and when the paper floating member is located in the retreat position, the blowing opening is shielded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11073199
    Abstract: A breather device that communicates an inside of a case with an outside of the case in a vertical direction includes a cylindrical body having a hollow portion that extends in the vertical direction, a stopper inserted in the hollow portion, and a blocking body that is located in a space defined by the stopper in the hollow portion, and blocks a communicating hole provided in a lower part of the cylindrical body as viewed in the vertical direction. The communicating hole ceases to be blocked when the pressure inside the case exceeds a first predetermined value, and the blocking body moves upward in the vertical direction in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guodong Tan, Shinichi Ito, Yukihiko Ideshio, Masashi Ikemura, Takashi Iijima, Masamichi Yamaguchi, Keisuke Tanaka, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Ryota Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 11067161
    Abstract: A transmission for a motor vehicle, includes a housing (1), which has a first housing part (10) and a second housing part (20), wherein, in the assembled state of the transmission, the first housing part (10) and the second housing part (20) are joined together, having a vent duct (30), through which air can escape from the transmission, and having a separate breather element (31), which extends into the first housing part (10) and forms at least one first duct wall of the vent duct (30), and the breather element (31) is located in a plug-in position in the first housing half (10) and has a fixing stop (37), against which the second housing part (20) bears in the assembled state of the transmission and thus securely fixes the breather element (31) in the plug-in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Soehnge, Stephan Scheve, Patric Lau, Frank Pricken
  • Patent number: 11066262
    Abstract: A singling apparatus and a system for singling sheet material comprises a sheet store for receiving a sheet stack of sheets to be singled. The sheet store includes a singling gap, which is formed and arranged to deliver a sheet out of the sheet store to a transport mechanism. The singling apparatus comprises further a singling device comprising a rotating separation roller wherein the separation roller comprises partially on its rotational surface a contact area to periodically contact and transport the sheet from the sheet store to the transport mechanism. A position control device of the singling apparatus is coupled to the separation roller and comprises an alignment indication being in correlation with an angle position of the contact area of the separation roller and indicates the alignment of the contact area to the singling gap and/or the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Amit Kumar Yadav
  • Patent number: 11059687
    Abstract: A sheet supplying device includes: an air blow opening configured to blow air to a side portion of an uppermost part of stacked sheets; and a flow adjuster extending from above the air blow opening over an edge of a top sheet of the stacked sheets and configured to cause an air flow blown from the air blow opening to travel along an upper surface of the top sheet of the stacked sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Sakamoto, Yoshihisa Morita, Naoya Masuda, Toru Sakabe
  • Patent number: 11046544
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling cross curl in corners of sheets between in-line transports includes a curved baffle placed between the two transports. A thin layer of high velocity air is applied to the curved baffle only at lead edge corner regions of the sheets. The high velocity air layer, which will have a tendency to follow the curved baffle (Coanda effect), will divert corners of the sheets (Bernoulli effect) towards the curved baffle. By positioning a curved baffle between the two transports and by applying a uniform air stream to it, a lower pressure area will be created. This will flatten the corners of the sheets and ensure passage between downstream baffles and acquisition by a downstream transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto A Irizarry, Glenn Batchelor, Rachel Lynn Tanchak, Ali R Dergham, Erwin Ruiz
  • Patent number: 11046547
    Abstract: In one example, a bail system for a sheet media tray includes a bail to apply a force to a sheet in the tray, a bias mechanism to counter the force of the bail on the sheet, and a control mechanism to control the degree to which the bias mechanism counters the force of the bail on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Leonard Luke Harpster, Daniel Fredrickson
  • Patent number: 11041543
    Abstract: A gearwheel pairing for a helical gearing, comprising a helical gear with a first toothing segment, and a worm with a second toothing segment, wherein the first toothing segment and the second toothing segment can be brought into intermeshing and form an involute toothing when intermeshed, the materials of the first and the second toothing segments are chosen such that when intermeshed there results a plastic-metal material pairing, and the toothing segment made of plastic has a first normal tooth thickness and the toothing segment made of metal has a second normal tooth thickness, wherein the ratio of the first normal tooth thickness to the second normal tooth thickness is increased by 10 to 200% with respect to a reference profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Steffen Aberle, Egor Melnikov, Sebastian Schlude, Matthias Koop
  • Patent number: 11040844
    Abstract: The relay conveyance device includes a relay conveyance path, a plurality of conveyance members, at least one detection member and a control device. The control device executes a correction processing such that, in a state where a first sheet and a second sheet positioned at the upstream side from the first sheet are conveyed along the relay conveyance path, a sheet interval from a detection end of the first sheet by the detection member to a detection start of the second sheet by the detection member is compared with a predetermined target value, when the sheet interval is smaller than the target value, the conveyance speed of the conveyance member is decreased so as to widen the sheet interval, and when the sheet interval is larger than the target value, the conveyance speed of the conveyance member is increased so as to shorten the sheet interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11034402
    Abstract: A wearable control unit for controlling a piece of equipment of a bicycle has a power source and a sensor powered by the power source. The sensor detects targets that are physically distinct and separate from the control unit and not electrically connected to the control unit by a wire. The control unit generates and emits an electrical command in response to a change of state of the sensor brought about by entry of the target into the sensor's detection range, and/or in response to the target exiting from the detection range of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventors: Christian Marangon, Fabiano Fossato
  • Patent number: 11034540
    Abstract: A medium transport device includes a medium guide member, a driving source, a first movement member, a movement restricting member, and a second moving member. The medium guide member is movable between a first guide position, in which the medium guide member guides a medium toward a receiving member on which the medium is loaded, and a second guide position, in which the medium guide member guides the medium from the receiving member into the device. The driving source moves the medium guide member. The first movement member moves the medium guide member in accordance with an operation of the driving source. The movement restricting member is movable together with the medium guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Riwako Miyauchi, Masato Minagawa, Hiroshi Kawamoto, Satoshi Watanabe, Tomohiro Ueno, Kiminobu Tsutada
  • Patent number: 11021341
    Abstract: A sheet aligning device includes a support member, a regulation member, a regulation member moving mechanism, and an alignment member. The support member supports leading ends of sheets. The regulation member is connected to the support member and is provided to face an inclined tray in such a way as to define a sheet entry space in which the leading ends of the sheets enter. The regulation member moving mechanism is configured to, each time a sheet is conveyed onto the inclined tray, move the regulation member in a separating direction to widen the sheet entry space, and then in an approaching direction to narrow the sheet entry space. The alignment member aligns the sheets by abutting on rear ends of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tadahisa Kishimoto