Patents by Inventor Bruce H. Smith

Bruce H. Smith 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: 12014093
    Abstract: A print job is processed to produce printed output using a printing component of a device. An input/output device (of the device) is controlled by a processor of the device to output signals to finishing equipment. Such finishing equipment is adapted to manipulate the printed output. The processor of the device causes the signals to include an initial signal indicating the start of a data transfer and subsequent signals following the initial signal. The signals can be in industry-standard format or a format compatible with the finishing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce H. Smith, Carol-Lynn Vidjan
  • Patent number: 12005701
    Abstract: A printing system comprises one or more printheads arranged to eject ink to a deposition region. Print media are held by vacuum suction against a movable support surface, which transports the print media though the deposition region. The vacuum suction is communicated from a vacuum source to the movable support surface via a vacuum plenum. An airflow control system comprises one or more dampers arranged in the vacuum plenum to control airflow between the vacuum source and the movable support surface. The dampers have an adjustable impedance to airflow through the damper. The airflow control system is configured to adjust the impedance of the damper based on a detected condition of the printing system. A detected condition of the printing system may include, for example, a sensed pressure in the vacuum plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Conner Nicholas Smith, Jonathan Ross Ireland, Bruce H. Smith, Michael Nicholas Soures, James D. van Bortel
  • Publication number: 20240118843
    Abstract: A print job is processed to produce printed output using a printing component of a device. An input/output device (of the device) is controlled by a processor of the device to output signals to finishing equipment. Such finishing equipment is adapted to manipulate the printed output. The processor of the device causes the signals to include an initial signal indicating the start of a data transfer and subsequent signals following the initial signal. The signals can be in industry-standard format or a format compatible with the finishing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2022
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce H. Smith, Carol-Lynn Vidjan
  • Publication number: 20240010016
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a marking process speed in a printing system, the printing system including a vacuum transport belt and at least one sheet onto which marking material is directly applied to print sheets, the method including printing an image on the sheet, receiving, from a sensor, data related to the image, determining, based on the data, at least one actual dimension of the image, determining if the at least one actual dimension of the image is equal to a target dimension of the image, and if the at least one actual dimension is not equal to the target dimension, adjusting one or more components of the printing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2022
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Inventors: Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, James D. Van Bortel, Ellery F. Wong
  • Patent number: 11835446
    Abstract: An optical light reflectance measurement system above an imaging member surface measures fountain solution surface light reflectance interference on reflective substrate portions of the imaging member surface in real-time during a printing operation. The measured light reflectance interference corresponds to a thickness of the fountain solution layer and may be used in a feedback loop to actively control fountain solution layer thickness by adjusting the volumetric feed rate of fountain solution added onto the imaging member surface during a printing operation to reach a desired uniform thickness for the printing. This fountain solution monitoring system may be fully automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Thresh, Jonathan Ireland, Bruce H. Smith, Michael N. Soures, James D. Vanbortel
  • Publication number: 20220412878
    Abstract: An optical light reflectance measurement system above an imaging member surface measures fountain solution surface light reflectance interference on reflective substrate portions of the imaging member surface in real-time during a printing operation. The measured light reflectance interference corresponds to a thickness of the fountain solution layer and may be used in a feedback loop to actively control fountain solution layer thickness by adjusting the volumetric feed rate of fountain solution added onto the imaging member surface during a printing operation to reach a desired uniform thickness for the printing. This fountain solution monitoring system may be fully automated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: Donald THRESH, Jonathan IRELAND, Bruce H. SMITH, Michael N. SOURES, James D. VANBORTEL
  • Publication number: 20220314656
    Abstract: A printing system comprises one or more printheads arranged to eject ink to a deposition region. Print media are held by vacuum suction against a movable support surface, which transports the print media though the deposition region. The vacuum suction is communicated from a vacuum source to the movable support surface via a vacuum plenum. An airflow control system comprises one or more dampers arranged in the vacuum plenum to control airflow between the vacuum source and the movable support surface. The dampers have an adjustable impedance to airflow through the damper. The airflow control system is configured to adjust the impedance of the damper based on a detected condition of the printing system. A detected condition of the printing system may include, for example, a sensed pressure in the vacuum plenum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Conner Nicholas SMITH, Jonathan Ross IRELAND, Bruce H. SMITH, Michael Nicholas SOURES, James D. van BORTEL
  • Patent number: 11307811
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. For example, the method includes receiving, by a processor of a multi-function device (MFD), a scanned image of a print job with a finish option applied to the print job, determining, by the processor, that the finish option requires an adjustment based on an analysis of the scanned image, determining, by the processor, an amount of adjustment to the finish option to apply to subsequent copies of the print job, and performing, by the processor, an adjustment to the MFD to apply the amount of adjustment to the finish option for subsequent copies of the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Vanbortel, Bruce H. Smith, Michael N. Soures, Conner N. Smith, Jonathan Ireland
  • Patent number: 10987860
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R. Moore, Abu Saeed Islam, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 10759158
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a metallic shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of magnetic retainers are each shaped to physically secure the object to the metallic shuttle mount while the object is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Vanbortel
  • Patent number: 10647105
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, Jonathan Ross Ireland, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Van Bortel
  • Patent number: 10273102
    Abstract: Printing devices include a media supply storing print media, a luminescent belt positioned adjacent the media supply in a location to move sheets of the print media from the media supply, a print engine positioned adjacent the luminescent belt in a location to receive the sheets from the luminescent belt, an optical sensor positioned adjacent the belt in a location to receive belt-emitted light from the luminescent belt, and a processor electrically connected to the optical sensor. The processor receives the image from the optical sensor and identifies locations of the sheets on the belt based on where the sheets block the belt-emitted light from the luminescent belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Seemit Praharaj, Paul J. McConville, Douglas K. Herrmann, Jason M. LeFevre, Chu-heng Liu, Erwin Ruiz, Paul M. Fromm, Linn C. Hoover, David A. VanKouwenberg, Jeffrey J. Bradway, Martin E. Hoover, Bruce H. Smith, Donald Thresh, James D. Van Bortel, Michael N. Soures, Jonathan R. Ireland
  • Patent number: 10245845
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject in onto a surface of an object. The mount has a plurality of receptacles, each has a shape for receiving a retainer in one of a plurality of orientations. A head of each retainer is shaped to retain an edge of the object on the mount. A base of each retainer is shaped such that, when the base is pressed into a receptacle, the head assumes a desired orientation. The removable retainers retain the object on the shuttle mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Vanbortel
  • Publication number: 20180281463
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject in onto a surface of an object. The mount has a plurality of receptacles, each has a shape for receiving a retainer in one of a plurality of orientations. A head of each retainer is shaped to retain an edge of the object on the mount. A base of each retainer is shaped such that, when the base is pressed into a receptacle, the head assumes a desired orientation. The removable retainers retain the object on the shuttle mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan IRELAND, Michael N. SOURES, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VANBORTEL
  • Publication number: 20180281304
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a metallic shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of magnetic retainers are each shaped to physically secure the object to the metallic shuttle mount while the object is being moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan IRELAND, Michael N. SOURES, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VANBORTEL
  • Publication number: 20180281307
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas SOURES, Jonathan Ross IRELAND, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VAN BORTEL
  • Patent number: 10086558
    Abstract: 3-D printing system include development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer build and support materials to an intermediate transfer surface, a transfer station adjacent the intermediate transfer surface, guides adjacent the transfer station, and platens moving on the guides. The guides are shaped to direct the platens to repeatedly pass the transfer station and come in contact with the intermediate transfer surface at the transfer station. The intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of the build and support materials to the platens each time the platens contact the intermediate transfer surface at the transfer station to successively form layers of the build and support materials on the platens. The platens and the intermediate transfer surface include alignment features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Thresh, Michael N. Soures, Jonathan Ireland, James D. Van Bortel, Bruce H. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180272685
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Steven R. MOORE, Abu Saeed ISLAM, Bruce H. SMITH
  • Patent number: 10046547
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R Moore, Abu Saeed Islam, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 10005302
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a base plate configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A shaft passes through the base plate. A back support is fixed to an end of the base plate. A side plate is slideably attached to the base plate. The back support and side plate collectively provide support to the shaft. A suction cup is connected to one end of the shaft for holding an object to the shaft while the object is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Vanbortel, Michael Nicholas Soures, Donald E. Thresh, Jonathan Ireland, Bruce H. Smith