Patents by Inventor Eddy Edel

Eddy Edel 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: 8793967
    Abstract: A method includes feeding an envelope along an envelope transport path in a paper-handling machine to a flap-opening station. The method further includes opening the flap of the envelope at the flap-opening station and printing on the envelope with the flap in an open position. After printing, a collation is inserted into the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 8198905
    Abstract: A mailing system includes a mailing machine having an envelope feed path, a sealing system configured to apply a liquid to an envelope in the envelope feed path, a capacitive sensor located in the envelope feed path downstream from the sealing system, and a controller connected to the capacitive sensor. The sealing system may include a liquid reservoir and a liquid applicator. The capacitive sensor is configured to measure a quantity of liquid on a portion of the envelope applied by the sealing system and to generate a signal based on the measured quantity. The controller is configured to perform an operation based on the measured quantity signal from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Sussmeier, Gregory P. Skinger, Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 7942405
    Abstract: In a mail processing machine, a fixed mounting of an envelope turning station relative to an upstream stuffing station, and therefore a simple construction of the drive for the envelope turning station, can be achieved in that the items of goods for despatch to be turned through 180° are drawn by grippers of a gripper chain into the region of horizontally opening tongs of the envelope turning cylinder of the envelope turning station, in such a way that, in each case irrespective of the longitudinal format of the items of goods for despatch, the latter are gripped by the turning cylinder tongs over their entire length, for which purpose the gripper chain, together with the stuffing table supporting it, is designed to be displaceable with respect to the turning station in the conveying direction of the goods for despatch, in a manner dependent on the envelope format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Dieter Sonnack, Eddy Edel, Wolfgang Hartl, Thomas Denzinger
  • Publication number: 20110084710
    Abstract: A mailing system includes a mailing machine having an envelope feed path, a sealing system configured to apply a liquid to an envelope in the envelope feed path, a capacitive sensor located in the envelope feed path downstream from the sealing system, and a controller connected to the capacitive sensor. The sealing system may include a liquid reservoir and a liquid applicator. The capacitive sensor is configured to measure a quantity of liquid on a portion of the envelope applied by the sealing system and to generate a signal based on the measured quantity. The controller is configured to perform an operation based on the measured quantity signal from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Sussmeier, Gregory P. Skinger, Eddy Edel
  • Publication number: 20100152009
    Abstract: A method includes feeding an envelope along an envelope transport path in a paper-handling machine to a flap-opening station. The method further includes opening the flap of the envelope at the flap-opening station and printing on the envelope with the flap in an open position. After printing, a collation is inserted into the envelope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: PITNEY BOWES INC.
    Inventor: Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 7395639
    Abstract: A drive apparatus for a mail-processing system is specified, which apparatus has an enclosure-collating path, which is intermittently driven at least in one end section, an adjoining inserting station for sets of enclosures and an envelope-filling table, which extends parallel to the enclosure-collating path and in front of the inserting station and over which envelopes pulled from a stack of envelopes are pulled by means of an envelope-gripper chain in front of the inserting station and held open there and, once filled with the sets of enclosures, are conveyed away by the gripper chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Axel Brauneis, Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 7280888
    Abstract: In a mail inserting machine that a user uses to process mailpieces for a prepaid quantity, a counter is installed in an inaccessible manner to keep count of the processed mailpieces. The machine is disabled when the prepaid quantity is used up. In order to allow the user to pay for additional quantity, the manufacturer embeds a finite number of unlocking codes in the machine. Each code for the particular machine is activated in sequence. When the user needs to replenish the inserter counter, he calls the service counter and gives his machine serial number. The user is given the next unlocking code after he agrees to pay for the additional amount. The user can enter the code to unlock the additional preset quantity. The same code will not work again. In a further embodiment, the rate of mailpiece processing is also monitored to ensure that design limitations are not exceeded. The machine is automatically shut down when a predetermined processing rate is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Eddy Edel, Andreas Ripken, Andreas Volz
  • Patent number: 7198262
    Abstract: In the case of an envelope-turning station with a turning cylinder which is oriented parallel to the mail-conveying direction and is equipped with openable and closable jaws on its circumference, it is possible, following charging of the turning-cylinder jaws with horizontally flat items of mail and rotation of the turning cylinder through 90° and/or 270°, for a mail removal arrangement to remove items of mail in the mail-conveying direction, in a state in which they are standing on one of their longitudinal edges, and to feed them to further processing or handling stations of a mail-processing installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hartl, Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 7188459
    Abstract: A simplification of the drive for an inserting station for envelope-filling machines is achieved by a carrier on which inserting fingers for inserting material for envelopes into opened envelopes held ready next to a base plate are articulated having the form of a carriage which is horizontally displaceable, transversely in relation to the conveying direction of an enclosure-collating path charging the base plate with enclosures or sets of enclosures, on pushing-guiding paths freely spanning the base plate, the carriage being coupled by means of a link connected to it in an articulated manner to a rocking lever, which is fastened on a rocking shaft which is mounted on the machine frame at a specific distance above the base plate and the carriage, is parallel to the conveying direction of the enclosure-collating path and forms in particular part of a rocking drive shaft, on which the gripping arms of the enclosure and discharge stations lined up along the enclosure-collating path are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Brauneis, Dieter Sonnack, Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 7152386
    Abstract: In an envelope-filling machine, a clear and simplified construction of the drive system is achieved for the enclosure-collating path, for the enclosure-feeding stations and for the parts of the envelope-filling station, in that a drive motor and a step-down gear mechanism, a bevel gear mechanism and a step-by-step motion linkage are arranged in a row along a main shaft which extends in the longitudinal direction of the machine and is arranged so as to be offset out of the region below the enclosure cassettes of the enclosure-feeding station, and the main shaft is guided through the step-down gear mechanism and the bevel gear mechanism as far as a coupling point for a crank mechanism in order to actuate a pivoting shaft which is common to the gripper arms of the enclosure-feeding stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH.
    Inventors: Axel Brauneis, Eddy Edel, Wolfgang Hartl
  • Publication number: 20060218877
    Abstract: A drive apparatus for a mail-processing system is specified, which apparatus has an enclosure-collating path, which is intermittently driven at least in one end section, an adjoining inserting station for sets of enclosures and an envelope-filling table, which extends parallel to the enclosure-collating path and in front of the inserting station and over which envelopes pulled from a stack of envelopes are pulled by means of an envelope-gripper chain in front of the inserting station and held open there and, once filled with the sets of enclosures, are conveyed away by the gripper chain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Publication date: October 5, 2006
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Brauneis, Eddy Edel
  • Publication number: 20060213154
    Abstract: A simplification of the drive for an inserting station for envelope-filling machines is achieved by a carrier on which inserting fingers for inserting material for envelopes into opened envelopes held ready next to a base plate are articulated having the form of a carriage which is horizontally displaceable, transversely in relation to the conveying direction of an enclosure-collating path charging the base plate with enclosures or sets of enclosures, on pushing-guiding paths freely spanning the base plate, the carriage being coupled by means of a link connected to it in an articulated manner to a rocking lever, which is fastened on a rocking shaft which is mounted on the machine frame at a specific distance above the base plate and the carriage, is parallel to the conveying direction of the enclosure-collating path and forms in particular part of a rocking drive shaft, on which the gripping arms of the enclosure and discharge stations lined up along the enclosure-collating path are fastened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Brauneis, Dieter Sonnack, Eddy Edel
  • Publication number: 20060200429
    Abstract: In a mail inserting machine that a user uses to process mailpieces for a prepaid quantity, a counter is installed in an inaccessible manner to keep count of the processed mailpieces. The machine is disabled when the prepaid quantity is used up. In order to allow the user to pay for additional quantity, the manufacturer embeds a finite number of unlocking codes in the machine. Each code for the particular machine is activated in sequence. When the user needs to replenish the inserter counter, he calls the service counter and gives his machine serial number. The user is given the next unlocking code after he agrees to pay for the additional amount. The user can enter the code to unlock the additional preset quantity. The same code will not work again. In a further embodiment, the rate of mailpiece processing is also monitored to ensure that design limitations are not exceeded. The machine is automatically shut down when a predetermined processing rate is exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Eddy Edel, Andreas Ripken, Andreas Volz
  • Publication number: 20050189691
    Abstract: In a mail processing machine, a fixed mounting of an envelope turning station relative to an upstream stuffing station, and therefore a simple construction of the drive for the envelope turning station, can be achieved in that the items of goods for despatch to be turned through 180° are drawn by means of grippers of a gripper chain into the region of horizontally opening tongs of the envelope turning cylinder of the envelope turning station, in such a way that, in each case irrespective of the longitudinal format of the items of goods for despatch, the latter are gripped by the turning cylinder tongs over their entire length, for which purpose the gripper chain, together with the stuffing table supporting it, is designed to be displaceable with respect to the turning station in the conveying direction of the goods for despatch, in a manner dependent on the envelope format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Inventors: Dieter Sonnack, Eddy Edel, Hartl Wolfgang, Thomas Denzinger
  • Publication number: 20050190184
    Abstract: In an envelope-filling machine, a clear and simplified construction of the drive system is achieved for the enclosure-collating path, for the enclosure-feeding stations and for the parts of the envelope-filling station, in that a drive motor and a step-down gear mechanism, a bevel gear mechanism and a step-by-step motion linkage are arranged in a row along a main shaft which extends in the longitudinal direction of the machine and is arranged so as to be offset out of the region below the enclosure cassettes of the enclosure-feeding station, and the said main shaft is guided through the step-down gear mechanism and the bevel gear mechanism as far as a coupling point for a crank mechanism in order to actuate a pivoting shaft which is common to the gripper arms of the en the enclosure-feeding stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Inventors: Axel Brauneis, Eddy Edel, Wolfgang Hartl
  • Publication number: 20050167903
    Abstract: In the case of an envelope-turning station with a turning cylinder which is oriented parallel to the mail-conveying direction and is equipped with openable and closable jaws on its circumference, it is possible, following charging of the turning-cylinder jaws with horizontally flat items of mail and rotation of the turning cylinder through 90° and/or 270°, for a mail removal arrangement to remove items of mail in the mail-conveying direction, in a state in which they are standing on one of their longitudinal edges, and to feed them to further processing or handling stations of a mail-processing installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hartl, Eddy Edel