Patents Examined by Thomas Morrison
  • Patent number: 11072504
    Abstract: A sheet feeding cassette includes a cassette body storing a sheet, and a cursor and a rack that position the sheet. The rack is disposed on a bottom of the cassette body and has rack-teeth. The cursor includes a cursor body having a contact face, a locking member having locking-teeth, and a handling member. The cursor body moves between a restricting position where the locking-teeth mesh with the rack-teeth to restrict cursor movement and an unrestricting position where the locking-teeth are separated above from the rack-teeth to allow cursor movement. The handling member is supported on the cursor body and is used to move the locking member. The locking member takes tilt-posture when moving between the restricting position and the unrestricting position. In the tilt-posture, the bottom face of the locking body inclines with respect to an imaginary plane including the rack teeth tips with the locking-teeth inclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Tahara
  • Patent number: 11011008
    Abstract: In a sheet handling machine (for example, a banknote handling machine) including a plurality of mounting units, a controlling unit controls a transporting unit and temporary storage units to perform parallel processing mode such that a storage operation for sending a sheet held by a first temporary storage unit among the plurality of temporary storage units to a storage member (for example, a banknote storage bag) and a transport operation for transporting the sheet from the transporting unit to a second temporary storage unit different from the first temporary storage unit are performed in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yokoo
  • Patent number: 11001465
    Abstract: A device having a receiving device for receiving at least one ribbon-shaped substrate and with a first and a second driving means, wherein the first and the second driving means for the transport of the ribbon-shaped substrate in x-direction are designed to cooperate such that the first driving means engages in the region of the one edge of the ribbon-shaped substrate and the second driving means engages in the region of the other edge of the ribbon-shaped substrate, wherein both driving means can be controlled such that they can drive the edge area of the ribbon-shaped substrate assigned to each driving means at adjustably different drive speeds. At least the first driving means is arranged in the device via a first displacement device allowing for a displacement essentially limited to the y-direction of the first driving means, relative to the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DURST PHOTOTECHNIK DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Jakob Obererlacher, Reinhard Schneeberger, Peter Weingartner
  • Patent number: 10988335
    Abstract: A transporting apparatus (for example, image reading apparatus) includes a transporting mechanism that transports a document along a transporting path and a processing unit that determines an inclination error of the document. The processing unit determines whether or not the inclination error has occurred in accordance with a document size and a tilt angle of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Hirayama, Wataru Beppu
  • Patent number: 10961069
    Abstract: When an open hole is detected at the front end of a sheet at a conveyance start position, a registration operation to correct a tilt posture of the sheet is avoided, and the present velocity is retrained to convey the sheet without temporarily stopping the sheet having the tilt posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Hiro
  • Patent number: 10954088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet conveying apparatus, including: a conveying member conveying a sheet; and a first and second changing portions s configured to change a conveying direction of the sheet conveyed by the conveying member by curving the sheet, wherein the conveying direction of the sheet being conveyed by the conveying member is changed by the first changing portion so that the sheet is conveyed toward the second changing portion. The relationship ?a>?b is satisfied where ?a indicates an angle in which a conveying direction of the sheet is changed by the first changing portion and ?b indicates an angle in which a conveying direction of the sheet is changed by the second changing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanori Sakurai, Hiroshi Kokubo
  • Patent number: 10947074
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, assemblies, devices, components, methods, software and firmware for a note validator transport path centralizer, such as may be present in a Self-Service Terminal, e.g., an Automated Teller Machine. One example method embodiment includes receiving a note by a receiving and transport module of a note validator and sensing a lateral positioning of the note on a transport path of the note validator. This method further includes engaging at least one centralizing mechanism to move the note to a medial position on the transport path of the note validator and disengaging the at least one centralizer mechanism upon sensing the note reaching the medial position on the transport path of the note validator. The method may then output the note from the receiving and transport module of the note validator to a note validation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Templeman, Peer-Ake Eskelius
  • Patent number: 10941017
    Abstract: Disclosed are a cash box and a banknote processing device using the same. The cash box includes: a guiding plate, configured to guide a banknote to enter a banknote storage chamber; a pickup roller, configured to output the banknote; and a sensor, configured to detect a position of the guiding plate and a position of the pickup roller. When the guiding plate is in a banknote feeding position or the pickup roller is in a banknote pickup position, the sensor outputs a first signal. When the guiding plate deviates from the banknote feeding position and the pickup roller deviates from the banknote pickup position, the sensor outputs a second signal, wherein the first signal is different from the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ping Qu, Zhenxing Zhao, Jiabo Xu, Chuntao Wang
  • Patent number: 10926404
    Abstract: A robot arm comprising a joint mechanism for articulating one limb (310) of the arm relative to another limb (311) of the arm about two non-parallel rotation axes (20, 21), the mechanism comprising: an intermediate carrier (28) attached to a first one of the limbs by a first revolute joint having a first rotation axis and to a second one of the limbs by a second revolute joint having a second rotation axis; a first drive gear (33) disposed about the first rotation axis and fast with the carrier, whereby rotation of the carrier relative to the first limb about the first rotation axis can be driven; a second drive gear (37) disposed about the second rotation axis and fast with the second one of the limbs, whereby rotation of the second one of the limbs about the second rotation axis relative to the carrier can be driven; at least one of the first and second drive gears being a sector gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CMR SURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Bates Jackson, Edward John Mottram, Gordon Thomas Deane, Keith Marshall, Paul Christopher Roberts, Ricardo Michael Henderson Da Silva
  • Patent number: 10919721
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a manual feed tray for placing a sheet to be subjected to image formation; a pickup roller configured to abut against the placed sheet to feed the sheet; a controller; and a human detection sensor. The controller maintains an abutment state, in which the pickup roller is held in abutment against the sheet, until a time period during which the abutment state is maintained reaches an abutment timeout. When a time period during which no human is detected by the human detection sensor in the vicinity of the image forming apparatus reaches a human detection timeout even before the time period during which the abutment state is maintained reaches the abutment timeout, the controller brings the pickup roller into a non-abutment state against the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruhito Kai, Hiroto Nishihara, Hiromi Shimura, Keita Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10913624
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insert-sheet pick-up device (13) for an insert-sheet loading device (10) of a station for receiving copy (500). The pick-up device (13) includes a suction element (20) configured to pick up an insert sheet. The pick-up device (13) includes a pivoting axis (30) and at least one telescopic arm (33) including a proximal arm (33a), one end of which is fixed to the pivoting axis (30), and a distal arm (33b), able to move with respect to the proximal arm (33a), and one end of which is pivot-articulated to the suction element (20) to move the suction element (20) between a raised position and a lowered position according to a vertical movement of the suction element (20). Also, the invention also relates to an insert-sheet loading device, a copy-receiving station and a machine for processing elements in sheet form including the insert-sheet pick-up device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Patrice Chatry, Ludovic Cuennet, Maude Steiner
  • Patent number: 10906761
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing documents are provided. The apparatus includes a feeder for receiving a packet of a plurality of documents and separating the documents to serially feed the documents to a scanner. A retard adjacent the feeder is operable in first and second positions. In the first position the retard forms a nip with the feeder so that the retard is operable to impede the progress of one or more documents in the packet while the feeder feeds one of the documents in the packet. In the second position, the retard is spaced apart from the feeder to form a gap between the feeder and the retard. The system further includes a sensor for detecting a characteristic of the documents in a packet indicative of whether the number of documents in the packet exceeds a predetermined threshold. A drive mechanism automatically drives the retard pad between the first and second positions in response to the detected characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: OPEX Corporation
    Inventors: David Helmlinger, Gary Miller, Peter M. Chezik, Robert R. DeWitt
  • Patent number: 10894681
    Abstract: Alignment apparatuses include a frame and contact elements connected to the frame. The contact elements contact items that are to be transported in a processing direction relative to the frame. The contact elements are in permeant fixed positions relative to the frame, and do not move relative to the frame. Adjustable mounts are connected to the frame and move the frame in the processing direction and in a perpendicular cross-processing direction. A controller is electrically connected to the adjustable mounts, and the controller is adapted to control the adjustable mounts to simultaneously move the frame and all the contact elements in the cross-processing direction and the processing direction while rotating the frame. Methods laterally shift imaging on sheets that have had rotational correction performed by such alignment apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew L. Gesner, Kenneth E. VanDeWater, Husein Naser Kasim Rashed, Jason M. LeFevre, Douglas K. Herrmann, Paul J. McConville, Chu-heng Liu, Seemit Praharaj
  • Patent number: 10894685
    Abstract: A sheet collection device includes a discrimination portion that discriminates the type of sheet, a plurality of containers that store sheets, a transport portion that transports the sheets to any one container from among the plurality of containers based on the discrimination result by the discrimination portion, an accumulation portion that accumulates progress information of a storage amount of sheets in the container, and a notification portion that predicts a time at which the storage amount of the sheets that are stored in the containers based on the progress information reaches a first predetermined amount and notifies the predicted time to a terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kaneo Yoda, Seiichi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10894680
    Abstract: A multifeed detection device that detects multifeed by using an ultrasonic wave includes an ultrasonic emitting unit and an ultrasonic receiving unit arranged to oppose each other with a medium transport path interposed therebetween; judges occurrence of multifeed of media based on a detection intensity of an ultrasonic wave received by the ultrasonic receiving unit, and a multifeed threshold for judging multifeed of media; and acquires first information that is information relating to adjustment for the multifeed threshold, and second information for specifying that the first information is the information relating to the adjustment for the multifeed threshold, from a calibration sheet holding the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Nishizaka, Daisuke Honda
  • Patent number: 10889456
    Abstract: A handling system (100) for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements. The system (100) includes a supporting table (102) on which at least an edge portion (303) of a stack (101) of flat elements is supportable, a clamping device (103) configured for clamping a first part (113) of the edge portion of the stack (101) to the supporting table (102), and a lifting device (104) configured for lifting a second part (114) of the stack (101) from the supporting table (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: BOBST GRENCHEN AG
    Inventor: Stefan Wick
  • Patent number: 10882707
    Abstract: There is provided a feed apparatus including a support unit having a support surface, a feed roller, a first arm to support the feed roller, a recess portion on the support surface, a second arm swingable, with a side of the one end as a swing shaft, between a first position at which the other end of the second arm is in the recess portion and a second position at which the other end is outside the recess portion; and a biasing member. In a case that the second arm is the first position, a guide surface of the second arm is positioned on an upstream side of the feed roller in the feed direction and in a case that the second arm is the second position, the other end of the second arm is positioned on a downstream side of the feed roller in the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuta Uchino
  • Patent number: 10875731
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a main body, a conveyance path, a first external cover and a second external cover. The first cover provided in the main body to cover the conveyance path includes a blocking wall facing the conveyance path; a concave portion provided below the blocking wall and recessed toward the main body with respect to a lower end of the blocking wall; a communication portion, provided between the lower end of the blocking wall and an upper end of the concave portion, that penetrates the first external cover and faces an outer space of the image forming apparatus at a position that extends from the concave portion to the blocking wall; and an air exhaust portion provided above the blocking wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tadao Kamano
  • Patent number: 10870548
    Abstract: A medium supply apparatus includes: a placement mount on which a plurality of media are placed; a transportation mechanism that transports an uppermost medium of the plurality of media placed on the placement mount; and an aspiration mechanism that aspirates air to attract the uppermost medium to the transportation mechanism, wherein the aspiration mechanism includes a blocking means for blocking air aspiration performed by the aspiration mechanism, in such a manner as to prevent another medium of the plurality of media that is located below the uppermost medium from being attracted to the transportation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Hori, Yoshihisa Morita
  • Patent number: 10843888
    Abstract: Certain examples described herein relate to transporting sheets of print media. In one example, a media transport apparatus has a plurality of media transport sections including a first media transport section and a second media transport section offset from the first media transport section in a media transport direction. The media transport apparatus has a holding section arranged to receive a sheet of print media from the first media transport section. The holding section is moveable to deposit the sheet of print media upon the second media transport section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventors: Yuval Dim, Alex Veis