Patents Examined by Richard A. Wintercorn
  • Patent number: 5467155
    Abstract: A camera for reading film information expressed with a bar code, which is provided on a bar code plate being rotatable with a spool of a film cartridge, through a window of the film cartridge. The camera includes: a driver for rotating the spool; an optical reading device for reading the bar code, and for generating a bar code information including the film information; a detecting circuit for detecting a reference position of the bar code according to the bar code information; and a memory device for storing the bar code information being read by the optical reading device. In the camera, the driver starts rotating the spool in a film rewinding direction when the film cartridge is set in the camera and before a film in the film cartridge is loaded to a photographing position so that the optical reading device reads the bar code information, the detecting circuit detects the reference position, and the memory device stores the bar code information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Takemi Miyazaki, Yoshio Kakuta, Toshiki Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 5467164
    Abstract: A document processing system for performing multiple document processing tasks while the documents travel in a straight line document path is provided. The document processing system may include a transport system for transporting the documents in a straight line path, a sensing system for sensing the presence of the document, an optical system for projecting the image of the document, a camera module for receiving the projected image and storing it onto film, a film marking system for placing blips on the film adjacent the document image, a film numbering system for placing alphanumeric characters on the film adjacent the document image, an endorsing system for placing a printed endorsement on one side of the document, an electro-optical scanning system for scanning the image of the document processing the signal into a bit mapped image or for use with external communications devices, scanning for bar code symbology, and imprinting characters on the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Document Management Products Company
    Inventors: Thomas R. Wells, Leo DaPrato, Paul Friedrich, Kenneth Hendrickson, Merv LaRue, John Overman, Duane Patuszynski, Dale Plum, Al Rabin, Stuart Schwalb, Dan Solomon, Larry Turner, David Briggs, Herb Hausmann
  • Patent number: 5461496
    Abstract: The present invention relates to light transmitting panels mainly applied to lighting windows in openings of general buildings and lighting quantity or range adjusting methods for interiors of general buildings using any of the light transmitting panels. One of the light transmitting panels consists of two transmitting plates and plural refractive columns located in parallel to each other between the two plates, and another of the light transmitting panels consists of base faces with reflecting zones parallel to each other formed on them. Furthermore, optional sunlight patterns S1, S2 and S3 incident from the sun located differently in altitude or azimuth with respective incident angles of .alpha., .beta. and .gamma. in reference to altitude or azimuth satisfying the relation of .alpha.<.beta.<.gamma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Figla Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimi Kanada, Yoshikazu Danmura
  • Patent number: 5461510
    Abstract: A method for installing or removing modules of elements in a panel structure, especially for installing display modules in a large screen, the modules are mounted in a lattice formed by orthogonally crossing chords which can be moved in a horizontal and vertical direction in a frame structure in which the chords are fitted. A panel structure wherein the method is used, consists of a lattice of orthogonally crossing chords fitted in a frame structure in which a carrier device consisting of movable sections is arranged to give the chords a horizontal or vertical displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Inventor: Dag Vilnes
  • Patent number: 5459549
    Abstract: A contact printer for printing negatives in rows and columns directly onto photographic paper comprises a flat smooth base plate having a pair of upstanding pins adjacent one side edge. The pins are mounted in slots so as to be adjustable longitudinally of the side edge both in spacing and in distance from the bottom edge. The negatives are placed in rows and columns within an archival preserver sleeve which has holes along one side edge engaged over the pins to locate the sleeve and therefore the negatives on the base plate. Photographic paper is inserted under the sleeve and is located on the base plate by engagement with the pins and by alignment of the bottom edge of the paper with the bottom edge of the base plate. This ensures that the negatives are properly aligned with the paper. A transparent cover plate is also provided to press the negatives onto the paper for exposure of the paper by light directed through the transparent cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Bruce T. Barr
  • Patent number: 5459547
    Abstract: An illumination device includes first and second optical integrators disposed along an optical axis and each having lens elements arrayed in a direction intersecting the optical axis; a condensing optical system for collecting light passed through the first and second optical integrators, to form a secondary light source; and a mechanism for relatively shifting the second optical integrator relative to the first optical integrator, in a direction intersecting the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahisa Shiozawa
  • Patent number: 5457515
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of forming a graphic image having the appearance of three-dimensionality, the method comprising the steps of: providing a preformed lenticular film having a flat side and having a side with lenticules opposite the flat side; and printing an image on the flat side of the lenticular film using web fed printing to produce a graphic image web in which the perceptible image possesses photographically acceptable quality, wherein the image elements are printed on the lenticular film at an angle which corresponds to the pitch of the lenticules of the lenticular film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Quad/Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Quadracci, Thomas R. Wickert
  • Patent number: 5457572
    Abstract: In a rear-projection screen comprising a Fresnel lens and a light-diffusing member containing light-diffusing fine particles, it is intended to decrease the moire and to give no dark feeling at the border even when projection systems are set in a short projection distance. For this end, in the rear-projection screen of the present invention, the thickness of the light-diffusing member is made larger at the border than at the center of the rear-projection screen, or the concentration of the light-diffusing fine particles contained in the light-diffusing member is made larger at the border than at the center so that the rear-projection screen can have light diffusion properties greater at its border than at its center. Here, any of a flat plate, a flat sheet and a lenticular lens sheet can be used as the light-diffusing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Ishii, Ichiro Matsuzaki, Hidehiro Tango
  • Patent number: 5453814
    Abstract: A light source having a solid state laser emitting a beam that is separated into a number of segments. Each segment is frequency shifted by a different amount so that the segments do not substantially overlap in the frequency domain. Each segment passes through a short focal length lens element of a fly's eye array to be dispersed onto a mask plane for evenly illuminating a mask. The lens elements of the fly's eye array are contained within a small region in comparison to the width of the dispersed beam segments, such that each beam segment contributes illumination to the entirety of a common portion of the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Nikon Precision Inc.
    Inventor: Arun A. Aiyer
  • Patent number: 5453816
    Abstract: A protective mask is provided for use with a pellicle which is mounted to a photomask during photolithography, with a light source being directed toward the photomask. The pellicle includes a pellicle membrane mounted to a pellicle frame by a first adhesive layer and with the pellicle frame being mounted to the photomask by a second adhesive layer. The protective mask is fabricated of an opaque material and is positioned between the light source and the two adhesive layers to shield them from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Micro Lithography, Inc.
    Inventor: Ching-Bore Wang
  • Patent number: 5452050
    Abstract: An image printer includes a developing unit for developing an exposed photosensitive material, a plurality of transport members for transporting a photosensitive material to the developing unit through exposing positions provided respectively in a plurality of photosensitive-material transport passages arranged in parallel to each other, and a plurality of projection exposure units for exposing a film image on to the photosensitive material. The projection units are provided respectively for the exposing positions of the transport members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masazumi Ishikawa, Toru Tanibata
  • Patent number: 5450158
    Abstract: Tractor drives of a high speed printer move a length of continuous-form paper longitudinally up from a box of fanfold stacked paper, through a print mechanism, across paper directing means, and downward to refold onto a fanfold stack. A misfold detector is positioned at the paper directing means to sense the jumble of paper caused by misfolding prior to jamming of paper movement through the tractor drive to prevent damage to the paper, complex restarting procedures, or data loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert F. Jessen, Christopher A. Mertens, Nathan J. Olsen, Robert J. Telfer
  • Patent number: 5450157
    Abstract: An imaging system is disclosed which incorporates a gradient index lens array to transmit focused light onto an image medium with increased Depth of Focus (DOF) and no loss of radiometric efficiency. The lens array is first constructed so that its exit pupil is generally symmetrical. This first step increases the radiometric efficiency of the lens array relative to prior art lens arrays. In a second step, the DOF is increased by reducing a quantity n.sub.o .sqroot.AR which is associated with the lens, n.sub.o being the axial refractive index of the fibers comprising the lens array, .sqroot.A being the gradient index constant of the material comprising the lens array and R being the radius of the individual optical rods, As this quantity is reduced, the DOF increases consistent with a trade off of reduced radiometric efficiency. Since the efficiency was initially increased from some optimum value, the DOF can be increased until the desired radiometric efficiency level is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: James D. Rees
  • Patent number: 5448332
    Abstract: An apparatus for exposing a pattern, formed on a mask, on each of a plurality of partitioned areas on a photosensitive substrate by a step-and-repeat scheme includes a projection optical system for projecting the pattern of the mask on the photosensitive substrate, a substrate stage for holding the photosensitive substrate and two-dimensionally moving the photosensitive substrate within a plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the projection optical system, a detection unit for projecting a pattern image having a predetermined shape on the photosensitive substrate and photoelectrically detecting light reflected by the photosensitive substrate to detect a position at each of a plurality of points on the photosensitive substrate along the optical axis of the projection optical system, and a measurement unit for, when each of a plurality of measurement points in a partitioned area on which a pattern of the mask is to be exposed next coincides with or approaches the pattern image, detecting an offset amount b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Sakakibara, Yasuaki Tanaka, Seiro Murakami, Kenji Nishi
  • Patent number: 5448401
    Abstract: A longitudinal-stripe lenticular lens screen and a transverse-stripe lenticular lens screen are superposed, and a light diffusing agent is mixed only in the longitudinal-stripe lenticular lens screen. Therefore, the light transmittance is high although the angle of view can be three-dimensionally widened by the two lenticular lens screens. In addition, since scan lines of an image are blurred by two diffusion planes, Moire becomes inconspicuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Takuma, Hiromitsu Takeuchi, Takaomi Hanabusa
  • Patent number: 5448336
    Abstract: A projection exposure apparatus having an illuminating system for irradiating a mask having a pattern with illuminating light and a projection optical system for taking in light emanating from the pattern of the mask and for projecting an image of the pattern on a photosensitive substrate. The projection exposure apparatus further includes a phase plate disposed on or near a Fourier transform plane in an image-forming optical path between the mask and the photosensitive substrate so that the amplitude of light passing through a circular region of radius r.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Naomasa Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 5446520
    Abstract: An apparatus for arraying sheets of photosensitive material provided in a film printing/developing apparatus. A sorting guide is provided for selectively feeding the sheets of photosensitive material according to their size. The sorted sheets are fed further either in a one-line arrangement or in a two-line zigzag arrangement to an upper outlet or to a lower outlet by guides. Along the path to the lower outlet are mounted one-way rollers and high-speed rollers, so that the sheets of photosensitive material in a two-line zigzag arrangement will be fed at high speed. The sheets of photosensitive material thus fed out of the lower outlet are overlapped one upon another on the pan by means of a conveyor in the order of the frames in one roll of film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Todoki
  • Patent number: 5446519
    Abstract: A stage device is provided with a base plate supported by an antivibration device; a table supported by the base plate through a driving shaft in substantially rigid manner; and a first drive system for placing the table in a predetermined position on the base plate. A second drive systems is provided for applying, to the table, an acceleration the same as that of the base plate, in order to correct the relative positional aberration between the base plate and the table, induced by the vibration of the base plate generated when the table is driven by the first drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Susumu Makinouchi
  • Patent number: 5442419
    Abstract: A paper mask device in which the position of longitudinal masks can be changed without damaging a web of printing paper. When it is changed from the borderless printing to the printing with border, one ends of the longitudinal masks are moved inwardly toward each other by means of a first transfer unit while keeping the other ends overlapped on the edges of the printing paper. A second transfer unit then operates to move the other ends of the longitudinal masks inwardly to set the width of the print size. The longitudinal masks can be overlapped on both edges of the printing paper without damaging it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hironori Masutani
  • Patent number: 5440107
    Abstract: Embodiments of improvements to a money clip alarm system of a cashier's drawer are disclosed. In one embodiment, a terminal contact block device is mounted to the drawer tray and a non-shorting feed through spring contact block device is mounted to the drawer housing. When the contact block devices are not touching, the electrical path from the money clip to the remote alarm automatically disconnects allowing convenient removal of the drawer tray from the drawer housing. A second embodiment includes a push button switch which changes state when the drawer tray is removed from the drawer housing providing an alternative electrical path from the drawer housing to the remote alarm and preventing activation of the remote alarm system. The preferred embodiment includes a magnetic switch in place of the push button switch mounted between the drawer tray and the drawer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Jimmy R. Phillips