Patents Examined by Thomas Morrison
  • Patent number: 10241458
    Abstract: A sheet guide of an image forming apparatus includes a first upstream guide member and a first downstream guide member. The first upstream guide member includes an upstream front guide surface and an upstream rear guide surface. The first downstream guide member includes a downstream front guide surface and a downstream rear guide surface. The downstream front guide surface intersects with an imaginary plane formed by extending, toward a downstream side in a conveyance direction of a sheet, the upstream rear guide surface. The upstream front guide surface intersects with an imaginary plane that is formed by extending, toward an upstream side in the conveyance direction, the downstream rear guide surface. When viewed from a direction perpendicular to the upstream rear guide surface, an edge portion of the first upstream guide member on the downstream side is inclined with respect to a width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Arata Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10221031
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus, including: a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet; a stacking unit on which a sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit is stacked, the stacking unit inclined downward in a conveyance direction in which the conveyance unit conveys a sheet and including a first region and a second region located downstream of the first region in the conveyance direction; a guide portion configured to guide a sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit over a sheet placed on the second region; and a pressing portion configured to press a sheet placed on the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Endo, Kenichi Matsuno, Ikuhiro Obata, Yuji Kunugi, Akira Takei
  • Patent number: 10214377
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a processing tray, a conveyance roller, an extrusion member, a pinch roller and a controller. The conveyance roller is arranged at a downstream side of the processing tray in a sheet conveyance direction, and conveys the sheet. The extrusion member extrudes an end of an upstream side in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet placed on the processing tray to the downstream side. The pinch roller moves to a rotation position at the time of conveying the sheet by the conveyance roller to sandwich the sheet with the conveyance roller. The controller controls the pinch roller and the conveyance roller to convey the sheet using the pinch roller and the conveyance roller when the sheet placed on the processing tray is conveyed to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoichi Dobashi, Yoshihisa Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10196221
    Abstract: A sheet conveyer, including a tray, a pickup roller, a separator roller, a separator pad, a driving source, a roller holder with an arm, an engagement member engageable with the arm, a load applier lever, and a first urging member coupled with the load applier lever, is provided. The load applier lever is movable between a first position, wherein the load applier lever supports the first end of the first urging member at a position where the first urging member causes the engagement member to be urged against the arm and to apply a load that acts in a direction to cause the pickup roller to be pressed against the sheets to the arm; and a second position, wherein the load applier lever supports the first end of the first urging member at a position where the first urging member is in the natural length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10196222
    Abstract: A document conveying apparatus includes a light source, a disk including a plurality of slits spaced apart with a predetermined interval in a rotation direction of the disk, which rotates in the rotation direction with a rotation speed as a document is conveyed, a light reception element provided at a position facing the light source with the disk interposed therebetween, a first signal generator for generating a first signal in accordance with light received by the light reception element, a second signal generator for generating a second signal obtained by removing, from the first signal, a noise component according to the rotation speed of the disk, and a controller for determining whether a document is conveyed by comparing the second signal with a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Masaaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10192385
    Abstract: To provide a banknote processing apparatus for reducing occurrence of part damage involved by movement of a unit. Provided is a banknote processing apparatus including: a first unit (10); a second unit (30); and a pair of transfer guides (20) configured to form a transfer conveyance path on which a banknote is conveyed between the first unit (10) and the second unit (30). The transfer conveyance path is formed between the pair of transfer guides (20). The transfer guide (20) has a first edge (26) at an opposite side to the transfer conveyance path and at the first unit (10) side, the first edge (26) coming closer to the transfer conveyance path as the first edge (26) nears an end at the first unit (10) side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamoto Yokote
  • Patent number: 10173855
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus comprises a first sheet accommodation unit, a second sheet accommodation unit, a conveyance path and a controller. The first sheet accommodation unit and the second sheet accommodation unit are both provided with a movable guide plate which determines the size of an accommodated sheet. The conveyance path conveys a sheet between the first sheet accommodation unit and the second sheet accommodation unit. The controller carries out a control processing so as to change, in a case in which the accommodation size of the first sheet accommodation unit is changed, the accommodation size of the second sheet accommodation unit to be the same as that of the first sheet accommodation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki Oshiro, Yuichi Saito, Tatsuhisa Naraoka
  • Patent number: 10150629
    Abstract: A separation/collection device is provided in a paper sheet conveyance device for generating an airstream in a conveyance duct and for conveying a paper sheet inserted into the conveyance duct by being pushed from behind by a conveyance subsidiary body moving in the conveyance duct by receiving the airstream. The separation/collection device separates and collects the conveyance subsidiary body and the paper sheet at an ending portion of a conveyance path. The separation/collection device includes a separation unit that passes the paper sheet pushed and conveyed by the conveyance subsidiary body, in a downstream direction, and that stops the conveyance subsidiary body by contacting the conveyance subsidiary body with the separation unit, a tubular path part that receives the paper sheet output from the separation unit, and a rib provided on an inner wall of the path part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: ACE DENKEN Co., Ltd., Shinko MechatroTech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Ogura, Hisashi Takahashi, Tomiyasu Sasaki, Yoshiharu Abe, Jun Furudate
  • Patent number: 10138085
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are disclosed for sensing clear or transparent media in printers. In one embodiment, a media conveyance apparatus is provided comprising a light sensor positioned on a first side of a media conveyance path; a light source positioned on a second side of the media conveyance path; and presence determination circuitry. The media conveyance apparatus is configured such that the light sensor and the light source are positioned such that media may pass between the light sensor and the light source along the media conveyance path. The media conveyance apparatus is further configured such that the light sensor provides signals to the presence determination circuitry indicating an amount of light received from the light source and the presence determination circuitry determines a reflection loss based on the signals received from the light sensor and further determines whether the reflection loss satisfies a loss threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventor: Robert A. Ehrhardt
  • Patent number: 10131510
    Abstract: A draw-in apparatus having at least two rotatable draw-in rollers for drawing in sheet goods, in particular bank notes, wherein the draw-in rollers are arranged relative to each other with meshing roller profiles respectively extending transversely to the draw-in direction so as to define a draw-in gap for the sheet goods, and wherein the draw-in rollers have axial cross-sectional profiles mutually matched such that a clearance between the draw-in rollers changes periodically upon a rotation of the draw-in rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CI Tech Components AG
    Inventor: Dominik N├╝tzel
  • Patent number: 10133228
    Abstract: A paper feed device includes a plurality of paper feed sections and a selection control section. Selection periods include a specific selection period during which at least two selection signals among a plurality of selection signals are not at a normal level. Non-selection periods include a first normal period, a second normal period, a preceding non-selection period, and a succeeding non-selection period. The preceding non-selection period is between the first normal period and the specific selection period. A specific selection signal among the at least two selection signals is switched from the normal level to a selection level during the preceding non-selection period. The succeeding non-selection period is between the specific selection period and the second normal period. The specific selection signal is switched from the selection level to the normal level during the succeeding non-selection period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kohama
  • Patent number: 10124972
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes: a casing; a first roller; and a pressing portion. The casing defines therein a conveying region through which a sheet is conveyed in a conveying direction. The first roller has a rotation axis extending in an axial direction crossing the conveying direction and rotatable about the rotation axis. The first roller has a portion exposed to the conveying region. The pressing portion is movable in a direction crossing the conveying region between a first position and a second position. The pressing portion is urged toward the first roller to provide the first position. The pressing portion in the first position has a portion disposed within the conveying region and spaced apart from the first roller by a prescribed distance. The pressing portion in the second position is separated from the first roller farther than in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichiro Kuriki
  • Patent number: 10124970
    Abstract: A sheet feeder, which is incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes an endless attraction belt that is rotatably disposed facing a top surface of a sheet stack, a belt charger to attract an uppermost sheet of the sheet stack, and a sheet separator to press the attraction belt against the sheet stack, bend a contact region to which the uppermost sheet is attracted and contacted to the attraction belt, and separate the uppermost sheet from a subsequent sheet or other sheet of the sheet stack. In this configuration, a curvature of a contact surface of the sheet separator with respect to the attraction belt is changeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikuni Ishikawa, Tetsutaro Yasuda, Manabu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10106353
    Abstract: An edge detection device that detects an edge position in a width direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of a conveyance object, and includes: a photoelectric converter that is arranged in a conveyance path of the object and includes photoelectric conversion elements aligned along the width direction; a binarizer that binarizes an output from each of the photoelectric conversion elements by threshold comparison; a detector that detects a position of the photoelectric converter at which a binarized value is switched; a storage that stores therein a detection range as a range used for edge detection among the photoelectric conversion elements for each size of the object; and a determiner that reads out the detection range corresponding to the size of the object from the storage and determines a position detected by the detector within the detection range to be an edge position in the width direction of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Satoshi Ueda, Masumi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10109135
    Abstract: A feed module for feeding value documents, in particular bank notes, to a value-document processing apparatus, has a receiving device in which one or more value documents to be processed can be inserted. The receiving device includes a first aligning element which the value documents lying in the receiving device are aligned to with a first edge of the value documents when the receiving device is in a first state, and a second aligning element which the value documents lying in the receiving device are aligned to with a second edge of the value documents when the receiving device is in a second state. A positioning device through which the receiving device is brought from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Sperl, Peter Dopfer
  • Patent number: 10106357
    Abstract: A discharge device which discharges a sheet includes: a driving shaft which is driven to rotate by a driving source; a plurality of driving rotating members which is provided on the driving shaft; a rotating member which is provided on the driving shaft, has a larger outside diameter than an outside diameter of the driving rotating member, is formed by joining at least two divided components, and includes stepped portions that protrude, to a larger extent, in a radial direction in boundary portions of the at least two components on upstream sides of a rotation direction of the rotating member than on downstream sides thereof; and follower rotating members which are pressed against the driving rotating members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10099883
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that may offer functionalities including printing, scanning and/or copying. The apparatus may include a manual sheet feeding tray disposed at the rear of the apparatus. The height of the sheet feeding tray might not exceed a height of the apparatus, allowing use of the apparatus in spaces having smaller depths. The apparatus may include a sheet guide configured to move in conjunction with the movement of the tray. In some arrangements, a surface of the sheet feeding tray may differ in height between lateral edges of the tray and a central portion. This difference may cause a sheet to be curved in a lateral direction, rendering the sheet more inflexible in a longitudinal direction. According to other aspects, a depressed portion of the tray may match a protrusion extending from the guide in shape such that the two portions may mate in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10093495
    Abstract: A self-closing device is configured to retract a unit capable of being pulled out with respect to an apparatus main body, to the apparatus main body. The self-closing device includes a plurality of retracting modules configured to retract the unit from a retracting start position towards a retracting end position. The plurality of retracting modules are provided such that retracting strokes from the retracting start position to the retracting end position partially overlap each other and the retracting start positions are different from each other in the retracting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Sugishima, Hiroaki Takai
  • Patent number: 10081506
    Abstract: A feeding device to feed a conveyed medium stacked on a stacker, includes a first suction unit, a second suction unit, and third suction units. The first suction unit includes a suction chamber; a suction fan to exhaust air from the suction chamber; and a first driver to rotate the suction fan. The suction units are disposed above the conveyed medium stacked on the stacker. The second suction unit includes a rotary fan including a board and a plurality of walls extending from the board; and a second driver to rotate the rotary fan. The second suction unit generates a vortex flow directed to the conveyed medium. The plurality of third suction units is disposed in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the conveyed medium and attracts ends of the conveyed medium in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Kyosuke Nakada, Kiyoshi Hata, Mamoru Yorimoto, Yuichiro Maeyama, Isao Matsushima, Kahei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10065440
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, comprising: a recording device; a cassette; a discharge tray; a conveying path; a conveyor; an electrical power supply; a cooling air flow path; an air blower configured to apply a wind-force to air so as to cause the air to flow through the cooling air flow path; and a casing, wherein: the electrical power supply and the cooling air flow path are arranged in a lower region in a vertical direction with respect to the cassette, the conveying path and the recording device; the recording device is located, in regard to the vertical direction, at a position higher than or equal to the cassette; and the electrical power supply and the cassette overlap each other in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuya Kitajima