Patents by Inventor Anthony E. Yap

Anthony E. Yap has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10532604
    Abstract: A method is provided for using a rotatable insertion horn to open an envelope prior to insertion of documents. A pair of insertion horns is positioned at the sides of an envelope inserting station. An envelope is fed into the envelope inserting station with its flap open. The collation of documents is pushed into the open end of the envelope. The insertion horns are positioned in an initial position that is fully outside the envelope, prior to arrival of the collation. The insertion horns are controlled to simultaneously rotate into the envelope as the collation passes between the insertion horns. Preferably, rotation of the insertion horns into the envelope does not begin until a lead edge of the collation is in a region between the insertion horns. This facilitates insertion of the collation without catching on an upstream edge of the insertion horns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DMT Solutions Global Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur H Depoi, John R. Masotta, Anthony E. Yap
  • Patent number: 10315457
    Abstract: A method for opening an envelope for insertion of a collation in an envelope inserting machine. The envelope is fed into an inserting station with its flap in an open position. The insertion station has vacuum belts to hold the envelope in position, and to move the envelope in an upstream or downstream direction. A suction cup is positioned above the envelope in the insertion station. The suction cup is moved downward to engage a top surface of the envelope near an upstream edge of the top surface. The suction cup then lifts the top surface of the envelope to open a throat of the envelope to facilitate insertion of a collation. The envelope on the vacuum belt is then moved in the upstream direction by a small amount so that the top surface of the envelope forms a more open angle for receiving the collation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DMT Solutions Global Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur H. Depoi, Anthony E. Yap
  • Patent number: 10265999
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for opening an envelope for insertion of a collation. The apparatus includes a plurality of actuated suction cups that are positioned above an envelope in an insertion station. The actuated suction cups move downward to engage a top surface of the envelope and to lift the top surface away from the bottom surface in order to facilitate insertion of the collation. The suction cups include a first group that is actuated for opening all envelopes, and a second group, independently actuatable from the first group, and that is actuated only for opening envelopes having characteristics that require the additional suction cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DMT Solutions Global Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur H Depoi, Anthony E. Yap, Xavier Padros
  • Publication number: 20160243882
    Abstract: A method is provided for using a rotatable insertion horn to open an envelope prior to insertion of documents. A pair of insertion horns is positioned at the sides of an envelope inserting station. An envelope is fed into the envelope inserting station with its flap open. The collation of documents is pushed into the open end of the envelope. The insertion horns are positioned in an initial position that is fully outside the envelope, prior to arrival of the collation. The insertion horns are controlled to simultaneously rotate into the envelope as the collation passes between the insertion horns. Preferably, rotation of the insertion horns into the envelope does not begin until a lead edge of the collation is in a region between the insertion horns. This facilitates insertion of the collation without catching on an upstream edge of the insertion horns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: DePoi H. Arthur, Masotta R. John, Anthony E. Yap
  • Publication number: 20160243885
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for opening an envelope for insertion of a collation. The apparatus includes a plurality of actuated suction cups that are positioned above an envelope in an insertion station. The actuated suction cups move downward to engage a top surface of the envelope and to lift the top surface away from the bottom surface in order to facilitate insertion of the collation. The suction cups include a first group that is actuated for opening all envelopes, and a second group, independently actuatable from the first group, and that is actuated only for opening envelopes having characteristics that require the additional suction cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur H. DePoi, Anthony E. Yap, Xavier Padros
  • Publication number: 20160243883
    Abstract: A method for opening an envelope for insertion of a collation in an envelope inserting machine. The envelope is fed into an inserting station with its flap in an open position. The insertion station has vacuum belts to hold the envelope in position, and to move the envelope in an upstream or downstream direction. A suction cup is positioned above the envelope in the insertion station. The suction cup is moved downward to engage a top surface of the envelope near an upstream edge of the top surface. The suction cup then lifts the to surface of the envelope to open a throat of the envelope to facilitate insertion of a collation. The envelope on the vacuum belt is then moved in the upstream direction by a small amount so that the top surface of the envelope forms a more open angle for receiving the collation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur H. DePoi, Anthony E. Yap
  • Publication number: 20160243884
    Abstract: A method for automated insertion of a collation into an envelope. The envelope is fed onto an insert station. A preferred insertion depth is determined for the collation to be inserted into the envelope. The collation is pushed via a pusher that moves at a constant velocity towards an open end of the envelope. The location of the pusher is monitored as it approaches the insert station. The envelope is accelerated in the downstream direction from its stopped position to the constant velocity of the pusher. Acceleration is triggered by the pusher reaching a position whereby the envelope and the pusher will match velocities at the same time that the collation is at the insertion depth. As a result, the collation is inserted in the envelope to the insertion depth at the same time that the velocity of the envelope matches the velocity of the pusher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: DePoi H. Arthur, Anthony E. Yap, Boris Rozenfeld
  • Patent number: 8800748
    Abstract: An edge justification device for a mail processing machine. The device shifts the mailpiece from bottom edge justified to top edge justified. The amount of shift is determined as a function of the height of the mail piece. One embodiment solves the problem of switching from bottom to top registration by having a series of steerable nips, which are arranged in line, parallel to the mail flow direction. As the mail piece travels though the justifier, the nips will rotate to impart a lateral velocity to the mail piece, shifting it over to properly justify it. In a further embodiment, the nips of the justification device are not steerable. Rather, a whole nip assembly that is transporting the mail piece is moved laterally to switch from bottom to top justification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Arthur H. DePoi
  • Patent number: 8746688
    Abstract: An apparatus for accumulating sheet material in a sheet handling system including a first conveyance, a second conveyance, an auxiliary conveyance and a processor to control the conveyances based upon a selected operating mode. The first conveyance receives singulated sheets and conveys the sheets to an accumulator station to produce completed collations. The second conveyance is operative to dispense completed collations from the accumulator station and, receives the completed collations from the first conveyance, in one operating mode, and from the auxiliary conveyance in another operating mode when the first conveyance is inoperative. The processor is responsive to a next collation signal, to control the conveyances based upon a selected one of the operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Mark Macleod, Richard Stengl, Andrew J. Nikolatos, Gerald Leitz, Iskander Tokmouline
  • Patent number: 8596634
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a feed path includes a plurality of conveyances. A first conveyance is operative to convey mailpieces along the feed path and includes a singulating and drive belt. The singulating and drive belts define a throat for singulating a mailpiece from the stack of mailpieces. A second conveyance accepts mailpieces from the first conveyance and conveys singulated mailpiece downstream of the first conveyance. The system further includes a series of sensors extending from the first to the second conveyance for issuing a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the feed path. Additionally, the system includes a means, responsive to the gap signal, for developing a variable opposing force between the singulating and drive belts to optimize singulation of mailpieces along the feed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld
  • Patent number: 8596635
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a conveyance path and singulating a mailpiece from a stack of mailpieces along the conveyance path. The system includes a first conveyance for conveying mailpieces at a variable velocity and a second conveyance, downstream of the first conveyance, for conveying mailpieces at a constant velocity along the conveyance path. A series of optical sensors extends from the first to the second conveyance and is operative to issue a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the conveyance path. A processor is responsive to the gap signal and is operative to control the first conveyance to decrease the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces when the gap signal exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld, Steven J. DaCunha
  • Patent number: 8544837
    Abstract: A vacuum roller assembly adapted to singulate a sheet from a stack of sheets. The vacuum roller assembly comprising a stationary inner plenum having a substantially linear plenum slot disposed in fluid communication with the vacuum source and a rotating vacuum roller disposed over the stationary inner plenum and rotating about a rotational axis. The vacuum roller includes a plurality of apertures disposed in fluid communication with the substantially linear plenum slot and about the periphery in at least one region of the roller. Furthermore, each of the apertures is substantially slot-shaped and defines a major axis. The major axis is off-axis with respect to the substantially liner plenum slot of the inner plenum to reduce audible noise levels produced by the rotating vacuum roller as air flows through each rotating aperture into the stationary linear plenum slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Thomas M. Lyga, Mark MacLeod
  • Patent number: 8540226
    Abstract: A method for operating a sheet handling system including the steps of: determining a location of a next collation mark on select sheets of the stack of material, selecting an operating mode based upon the proximity of the next collation mark relative to a leading or trailing edge of each of the select sheets, processing the singulated sheets in a first operating mode when the next collation mark is proximal to the leading edge of each of the select sheets, and in a second operating mode, when the next collation mark is proximal to a trailing edge of each of the select sheets. Each of the select sheets is buffered to change the spatial relationship between each of the select sheet and each completed collation of sheets along the feed path. By selectively processing the sheets based upon the location of the next collation mark, the conveyance feed path is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E Yap, Mark Macleod, Thomas M Lyga, Gerald Leitz, Andrew J Nikolatos, Richard Stengl, Iskander Tomouline
  • Publication number: 20130168918
    Abstract: A vacuum roller assembly adapted to singulate a sheet from a stack of sheets. The vacuum roller assembly comprising a stationary inner plenum having a substantially linear plenum slot disposed in fluid communication with the vacuum source and a rotating vacuum roller disposed over the stationary inner plenum and rotating about a rotational axis. The vacuum roller includes a plurality of apertures disposed in fluid communication with the substantially linear plenum slot and about the periphery in at least one region of the roller. Furthermore, each of the apertures is substantially slot-shaped and defines a major axis. The major axis is off-axis with respect to the substantially liner plenum slot of the inner plenum to reduce audible noise levels produced by the rotating vacuum roller as air flows through each rotating aperture into the stationary linear plenum slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. YAP, Thomas M. LYGA, Mark MACLEOD
  • Publication number: 20130168205
    Abstract: An apparatus for accumulating sheet material in a sheet handling system including a first conveyance, a second conveyance, an auxiliary conveyance and a processor to control the conveyances based upon a selected operating mode. The first conveyance receives singulated sheets and conveys the sheets to an accumulator station to produce completed collations. The second conveyance is operative to dispense completed collations from the accumulator station and, receives the completed collations from the first conveyance, in one operating mode, and from the auxiliary conveyance in another operating mode when the first conveyance is inoperative. The processor is responsive to a next collation signal, to control the conveyances based upon a selected one of the operating modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Mark Macleod, Richard Stengl, Andrew J. Nikolatos, Gerald Leitz, Iskander Tokmouline
  • Publication number: 20130168914
    Abstract: A method for operating a sheet handling system including the steps of: determining a location of a next collation mark on select sheets of the stack of material, selecting an operating mode based upon the proximity of the next collation mark relative to a leading or trailing edge of each of the select sheets, processing the singulated sheets in a first operating mode when the next collation mark is proximal to the leading edge of each of the select sheets, and in a second operating mode, when the next collation mark is proximal to a trailing edge of each of the select sheets. Each of the select sheets is buffered to change the spatial relationship between each of the select sheet and each completed collation of sheets along the feed path. By selectively processing the sheets based upon the location of the next collation mark, the conveyance feed path is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Mark Macleod, Thomas M. Lyga, Gerald Leitz, Andrew J. Nikolatos, Richard Stengl, Iskander Tokmouline
  • Patent number: 8256760
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a feed path including first and second conveyances. A first conveyance is operative to convey mailpieces along the feed path and includes a singulating and drive belt. The singulating and drive belts define a throat or singulating a mailpiece from the stack of mailpieces. A second conveyance accepts mailpieces from the first conveyance and conveys singulated mailpiece downstream of the first conveyance. The system further includes a series of sensors extending from the first to the second conveyance for issuing a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the feed path. Additionally, the system includes a means to vary the velocity of the drive belt based upon the location of the gap signal along the series of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. DaCunha, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld, Anthony E. Yap
  • Publication number: 20120063877
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a conveyance path and singulating a mailpiece from a stack of mailpieces along the conveyance path. The system includes a first conveyance for conveying mailpieces at a variable velocity and a second conveyance, downstream of the first conveyance, for conveying mailpieces at a constant velocity along the conveyance path. A series of optical sensors extends from the first to the second conveyance and is operative to issue a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the conveyance path. A processor is responsive to the gap signal and is operative to control the first conveyance to decrease the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces when the gap signal exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld, Steven J. DaCunha
  • Publication number: 20120063876
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a feed path includes a plurality of conveyances. A first conveyance is operative to convey mailpieces along the feed path and includes a singulating and drive belt. The singulating and drive belts define a throat for singulating a mailpiece from the stack of mailpieces. A second conveyance accepts mailpieces from the first conveyance and conveys singulated mailpiece downstream of the first conveyance. The system further includes a series of sensors extending from the first to the second conveyance for issuing a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the feed path. Additionally, the system includes a means, responsive to the gap signal, for developing a variable opposing force between the singulating and drive belts to optimize singulation of mailpieces along the feed path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony E. Yap, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld
  • Publication number: 20120061205
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a feed path including first and second conveyances. A first conveyance is operative to convey mailpieces along the feed path and includes a singulating and drive belt. The singulating and drive belts define a throat or singulating a mailpiece from the stack of mailpieces. A second conveyance accepts mailpieces from the first conveyance and conveys singulated mailpiece downstream of the first conveyance. The system further includes a series of sensors extending from the first to the second conveyance for issuing a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the feed path. Additionally, the system includes a means to vary the velocity of the drive belt based upon the location of the gap signal along the series of sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Steven J. DaCunha, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld, Anthony E. Yap