Patents by Inventor Eric P. Hochreiter

Eric P. Hochreiter 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: 8376353
    Abstract: A method of feeding a planar medium, includes providing a host tray having a feed edge adjacent to which the medium is extracted by a feeder, and having a spring plate for lifting the medium; nesting a media carrier in the host tray, wherein the media carrier includes a print biasing edge which forms an acute angle with the spring plate through the travel of the spring plate, so that the print biasing edge and the feeder together impose an angular acceleration on a planar medium disposed between the print biasing edge and the spring plate, so that the medium is rotated away from the print biasing edge; disposing a planar medium in the host tray over the spring plate; and extracting the planar medium at the feed edge using the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Patent number: 8201822
    Abstract: Apparatus for feeding a planar medium from a host tray with a media cavity, including a feed edge adjacent to which the medium is extracted, a sidewall perpendicular to the feed edge, and a spring plate for lifting the medium towards a feeder; a media carrier nested in the cavity, including an edge guide to prevent the medium from moving toward the sidewall, the edge guide having an alignment face for orienting the medium with respect to the feed edge; and an alignment guide in the cavity and having a media guide and a baseplate wider than the medium and disposed over the spring plate, so that the baseplate is lifted when the spring plate lifts. The alignment face and alignment guide together prevent the medium from skewing with respect to the feed edge while the medium is extracted by the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Publication number: 20110210497
    Abstract: A method of feeding a planar medium, includes providing a host tray having a feed edge adjacent to which the medium is extracted by a feeder, and having a spring plate for lifting the medium; nesting a media carrier in the host tray, wherein the media carrier includes a print biasing edge which forms an acute angle with the spring plate through the travel of the spring plate, so that the print biasing edge and the feeder together impose an angular acceleration on a planar medium disposed between the print biasing edge and the spring plate, so that the medium is rotated away from the print biasing edge; disposing a planar medium in the host tray over the spring plate; and extracting the planar medium at the feed edge using the feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Publication number: 20110210496
    Abstract: Apparatus for feeding a planar medium from a host tray with a media cavity, including a feed edge adjacent to which the medium is extracted, a sidewall perpendicular to the feed edge, and a spring plate for lifting the medium towards a feeder; a media carrier nested in the cavity, including an edge guide to prevent the medium from moving toward the sidewall, the edge guide having an alignment face for orienting the medium with respect to the feed edge; and an alignment guide in the cavity and having a media guide and a baseplate wider than the medium and disposed over the spring plate, so that the baseplate is lifted when the spring plate lifts. The alignment face and alignment guide together prevent the medium from skewing with respect to the feed edge while the medium is extracted by the feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Patent number: 6814517
    Abstract: A printing apparatus and method that provides for severing of prints from receiver media being printed. The receiver media is moved in a process direction past plural printing stations and the printing stations are recording images upon the receiver sheet. While printing is occurring a cutting mechanism having one or more cutting elements is operated to cut the receiver media along a transverse direction to separate a previously printed image on the receiver media from a portion of the receiver media being currently printed. The cutting mechanism includes a clamping member located proximate the one or more cutting elements for stopping movement of the receiver sheet downstream of the clamping mechanism to provide for a substantially square cut relative to the process direction of the receiver media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Terrence L. Fisher, Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Publication number: 20040165927
    Abstract: A printing apparatus and method that provides for severing of prints from receiver media being printed. The receiver media is moved in a process direction past plural printing stations and the printing stations are recording images upon the receiver sheet. While printing is occurring a cutting mechanism having one or more cutting elements is operated to cut the receiver media along a transverse direction to separate a previously printed image on the receiver media from a portion of the receiver media being currently printed. The cutting mechanism includes a clamping member located proximate the one or more cutting elements for stopping movement of the receiver sheet downstream of the clamping mechanism to provide for a substantially square cut relative to the process direction of the receiver media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Terrence L. Fisher, Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Patent number: 5982477
    Abstract: Film scanning apparatus having a film cartridge chamber for receiving a film cartridge containing photographic film having images to be scanned, a film takeup chamber and a film scan gate therebetween. The apparatus has an upstream nip roller set positioned between the film cartridge chamber and the film scan gate and includes at least one drive roller and pinch roller set in which the drive roller has a compliant film engagement surface. A downstream nip roller set is positioned between the film scan gate and the film takeup chamber and includes at least one drive roller and pinch roller set in which the drive roller has a compliant film engagement surface. The upstream nip roller set exerts constant tensioning force on film in the film scan gate buffering the film in the film scan gate against variable tensioning effects on the film caused by the film cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: R. Winfield Trafton, Eric P. Hochreiter, Bonnie J. Patterson, Duane J. Farling
  • Patent number: 5790278
    Abstract: A scanner includes a drawer, extendible outside the scanner, for loading the original into the scanner; and a drawer supporting arrangement for supporting the drawer for movement into and out of the scanner while scanning takes place during at least part of the movement. The scanner can either be a desktop unit coupled to a host computer or mounted in a drive bay of a computer, in which case the drawer is extendible outside the drive bay for loading the original into the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Franklin D. Ehrne, Eric P. Hochreiter, Dale W. Ryan, Martin L. Slade
  • Patent number: 5742407
    Abstract: A supporting arrangement for constraining unwanted motions of an original that is being supported for movement through a scanner includes a tray for transporting the original past an image scanning location and five datum surfaces for constraining motion. The tray includes two side rails and an elongated rib arranged underneath the tray generally parallel to the side rails. Three datum surfaces bear against the upper edges of the side rails, two of the datum surfaces positioned against one of the side rails and the other datum surface positioned against the other side rail so as to constrain unwanted motion of the tray in three degrees of motion, and a first force is then impressed against the bottom of the elongated rib. Two other datum surfaces bear against one side of the elongated rib so as to constrain unwanted motion of the tray in two additional degrees of motion, and a second force is then impressed against the other side of the elongated rib between the two datum surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas S. Albrecht, Eric P. Hochreiter, Dale W. Ryan, Martin L. Slade
  • Patent number: 5630178
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for loading a photographic camera (426) of a type including an external housing (428, 478) having a movable closure (484) giving access to a film guide track (566) within the camera; an externally accessible device (476, 508, 526, 530) for moving film within the camera; a counterwheel (500), operatively connected to the means for moving, for counting a number of frames exposed during use of the camera, the counterwheel having a feature (676, 676a, 676b, 676c) optically detectable when illuminated; and a window (501) in the housing for external viewing of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis R. Zander, Paul Teremy, Eric P. Hochreiter
  • Patent number: 5418597
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement essentially comprising two lever arms driven at one end by a solenoid and having a resilient clamp pad mounted on a flexure member at the other end thereof. The clamp pad is made of a resilient material such as, for example, urethane and has four non-parallel side walls defining an upper face which is complementary to the radial face of the scanning apparatus gate. The sloping side walls of the clamp pad act as a light baffle to prevent reflected light from entering the imaging lens, and the pad is gimballed so that any variations between the upper surface of the clamp pad and the radial surface of the gate will be eliminated attain as perfect a match therebetween as is possible. In another embodiment of the clamping arrangement, a single arm can be utilized in place of the dual arm arrangement described above. The single arm has a Y-shape in which the clamp pad is supported on the branched end of the arm and the solenoid drives the single member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Tomi Lahcanski, Eric P. Hochreiter, James M. Thomas, D. Mathew Dobbins
  • Patent number: 5337120
    Abstract: An apparatus for driving a scanning gate of a photographic film scanning apparatus utilizes a reversible m s , stepping motor, and a system driven by the motor for moving the gate in a pendulum-like manner. The means comprises a shaft, a gear sector fixedly connected on the shaft and a crank arm fixedly connected on the shaft so as to operatively engage the scanning gate, and a worm configured to be driven by the motor. A biasing device is arranged between the gear sector and a chassis of the scanning apparatus to maintain a positive engagement between the worm and the gear sector. Additional biasing devices are connected between the crank arm and the gate to provide for adjustment of the gate about two axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eric P. Hochreiter, Franklin D. Ehrne, William I. Morris, Frederick J. Schwab
  • Patent number: 5323206
    Abstract: A chassis for mounting components in a photographic film scanning apparatus cabinet includes a planar base member, and bearing mounts integral with the base member. The mounts sized and configured to hold bearings against which an arcuate wear plate of a gate of the scanning apparatus registers. The gate is configured to move in a pendulum-like manner across the bearings, with an aperture in the planar member for rotatably accommodating a shaft of a drive system for moving the gate in the pendulum-like manner. Mounts integral with the planar base member are provided for holding an optical system of the scanning apparatus. A continuous integral rib is arranged on the rear surface of the planar member is tuned to a higher natural frequency than that of the scanning frequency for vibrationally isolating the planar base member from other components in the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eric P. Hochreiter, Franklin D. Ehrme, Terrence L. Fisher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5313249
    Abstract: An arc-segment-shaped gate for a photographic film scanning apparatus has a six inch radius from a pivot shaft of the gate to the outermost surface at which the scanning of the film is to occur. The gate is pivoted around a pivot axis through an optical chassis of the scanning apparatus and is driven by a worm-gear segment arrangement via a reversible electric motor. The gate swings through an arc of approximately 61/2.degree. on each side of a vertical initializing position of the gate and has an aperture at which a frame of the film can be held against the gate by a clamping arrangement which is moved with the gate. The gate of the present invention is that the gate is mounted to be adjusted about a spherical bearing by the use of bearings mounted on eccentric shafts against which a wear plate on the gate is registered. Pins and biasing springs mounted on the gate and the gate system drive allow adjustment of the gate in .THETA. X and .THETA. Z directions for obtaining precise optical alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eric P. Hochreiter, Franklin D. Ehrne, Gary L. Erck
  • Patent number: D470884
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David R. Gotham, Eric P. Hochreiter, Michelle M. DeMeyer
  • Patent number: D474805
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David R. Gotham, Eric P. Hochreiter, Michelle M. DeMeyer, Terrence L. Fisher