Patents by Inventor Hisayoshi SUGAWARA

Hisayoshi SUGAWARA 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).

  • Publication number: 20200310321
    Abstract: A sheet sorting device includes a plurality of trays, a tray shifter, a tray stop position detector, and circuitry. The plurality of trays is disposed in multiple stages in a vertical direction and configured to stack a sheet. The tray shifter is configured to move the plurality of trays separately in a tray shift direction. The tray stop position detector is configured to detect stop positions of the plurality of trays separately. The circuitry is configured to cause the tray shifter to move the plurality of trays to home positions in an initial operation, at least one tray having a home position opposite to a home position of another tray in the tray shift direction. The circuitry is configured to, while moving the plurality of trays at a same time in the initial operation, cause the tray shifter to move the trays in directions opposite to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu FUJITA, Yasushi TSURUOKA, Takamasa MATSUMOTO, Hiroaki UTAGAWA, Ryohsuke AKAISHI, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA
  • Publication number: 20200307944
    Abstract: A binding device includes a stacking device configured to receive sheets, a sheet alignment member configured to align the sheets on the stacking device, a binder configured to bind the sheets on the stacking device, a binder moving device configured to move the binder, and a retreat device configured to retreat the sheet alignment member from a range of movement of the binder. The retreat device retreats the sheet alignment member in response to a pressing force acting on the sheet alignment member in a direction of movement of the binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuusuke SHIBASAKI, Kei SASAKI, Junya SUZUKI, Koji FURUTA, Yasuo NIIKURA, Kazuki MISHINA, Kenji HARI, Yuuta MORI, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA
  • Publication number: 20200307936
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus includes an ejector, a stacker, a wall, and an upper surface detector. The ejector ejects a sheet, and the stacker stacks the sheet ejected from the ejector. The wall contacts a trailing end of the sheet ejected from the ejector in an ejection direction to align the sheet. The upper surface detector detects an upper surface on a trailing end side of the sheet stacked on the stacker in the ejection direction. When the sheet moves toward the wall, the upper surface detector moves from a home position in which the upper surface detector detects the upper surface of the sheet to a retracted position in which the upper surface detector does not contact the sheet moving toward the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd
    Inventors: Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Kei SASAKI, Junya SUZUKI, Koji FURUTA, Yasuo NIIKURA, Kazuki Mishina, Kenji Hari, Yuuta Mori, Yuusuke Shibasaki
  • Publication number: 20200307945
    Abstract: A fold-enforcing assembly includes a fold-enforcing device, a moving device to move the fold-enforcing device in a direction of a fold of a sheet bundle, and control circuitry. The fold-enforcing device includes a pressing member pair to nip and press the fold of the sheet bundle in a direction of thickness, a pressing mechanism to pressurize and depressurize the pressing member pair, and a driver to drive the pressing mechanism. Controlled by the control circuitry, the moving device moves the fold-enforcing device in accordance with a size of the sheet bundle in the direction of the fold; pressing mechanism pressurizes the pressing member pair to press a first end portion of the sheet bundle in the direction of the fold; the moving device moves the fold-enforcing device to a second end portion of the sheet bundle; and pressing mechanism depressurizes the pressing member pair in the second end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuta MORI, Kei SASAKI, Junya SUZUKI, Koji FURUTA, Yasuo NIIKURA, Kazuki MISHINA, Kenji HARI, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Yuusuke SHIBASAKI
  • Patent number: 9802775
    Abstract: A sheet separating device includes: a lifting nozzle configured to blow air against an end portion of a sheet bundle placed on a sheet loading portion to lift sheets; a separating nozzle configured to separate the sheets; a lifting-nozzle shutter member configured to open and close the lifting nozzle; a separating-nozzle shutter member configured to open and close the separating nozzle; a lifting-shutter driving mechanism configured to drive the lifting-nozzle shutter member; a separating-shutter driving mechanism configured to drive the separating-nozzle shutter member; and an open/close control unit configured to control the lifting-shutter driving mechanism and the separating-shutter driving mechanism such that the lifting-nozzle shutter member and the separating-nozzle shutter member are opened or closed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masato Hashimoto, Takashi Fukumoto, Hideaki Takahashi, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Munehisa Fuda, Yasuo Niikura, Masaki Ishizaki, Kiyotake Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Toshihiro Okutsu, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga
  • Patent number: 9796552
    Abstract: A paper feeding apparatus includes: a sheet loading unit for loading a bundle of sheets; a separation unit that separates a topmost sheet of the bundle of sheets loaded on the sheet loading unit, from the bundle of sheets; a conveyance unit that conveys the separated topmost sheet; an end fence that is movable in a sheet conveyance direction, abuts trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction, and positions the bundle of sheets in the sheet conveyance direction; and a pressing unit that is provided in such a manner as to protrude from the end fence, and is able to press the trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction of at least an upper part of the bundle of sheets, wherein the pressing unit has different pressing forces at an upper and a lower portion thereof, and has the lower pressing force stronger than the upper pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi Fukumoto, Yasuo Niikura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Hideaki Takahashi, Munehisa Fuda, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Kiyotake Nakamura, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Toshihiro Okutsu, Kohjiroh Haga
  • Patent number: 9725265
    Abstract: Provided are a floating restricting member restricting the floating position of a bundle of sheets; and a holding mechanism holding the floating restricting member relative to a side fence. The floating restricting member includes a sheet contact section being brought into contact with the sheets from above; and a sheet-floating restricting section restricting the floating position of the floating sheet that is floated while air is blown thereto. The holding mechanism sets the floating restricting member in the initial state where the sheet-floating restricting section restricts the floating position of the sheet, in the sheet-placing time retracted state where the sheets are pushed against the sheet contact section so that the floating restricting member is retracted, and in the sheet-ejecting time retracted state where, when the sheets are to be removed, the sheet is pushed against the sheet contact section from below so that the floating restricting member is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Masato Hashimoto, Takashi Fukumoto, Hideaki Takahashi, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Munehisa Fuda, Yasuo Niikura, Masaki Ishizaki, Kiyotake Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Toshihiro Okutsu, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga
  • Patent number: 9708140
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a tray main body and a cover member. The tray main body has a first mount surface. The cover member is rotatably connected to an end of the tray main body on the side opposite to the sheet feeding side so that the cover member can move rotationally between a closed position where the cover member covers the first mount surface and an open position where the first mount surface is exposed, and has a second mount surface on which a sheet is mounted over the first mount surface when cover member is in the open position. The cover member includes an opening for sheet insertion which penetrates through from an upper surface to a bottom surface of the cover member so that a sheet can be inserted onto the first mount surface when the cover member is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuki Seto, Kenji Hayasaka, Kazuki Morita, Tomoyuki Okada, Hisayoshi Sugawara
  • Publication number: 20170081140
    Abstract: A paper feeding apparatus includes: a sheet loading unit for loading a bundle of sheets; a separation unit that separates a topmost sheet of the bundle of sheets loaded on the sheet loading unit, from the bundle of sheets; a conveyance unit that conveys the separated topmost sheet; an end fence that is movable in a sheet conveyance direction, abuts trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction, and positions the bundle of sheets in the sheet conveyance direction; and a pressing unit that is provided in such a manner as to protrude from the end fence, and is able to press the trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction of at least an upper part of the bundle of sheets, wherein the pressing unit has different pressing forces at an upper and a lower portion thereof, and has the lower pressing force stronger than the upper pressing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi FUKUMOTO, Yasuo NIIKURA, Hidetoshi KOJIMA, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Munehisa FUDA, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Kiyotake NAKAMURA, Kazunori KONNO, Tatsuya SUGAWARA, Toshihiro OKUTSU, Kohjiroh HAGA
  • Patent number: 9540193
    Abstract: A paper feeding apparatus includes: a sheet loading unit for loading a bundle of sheets; a separation unit that separates a topmost sheet of the bundle of sheets loaded on the sheet loading unit, from the bundle of sheets; a conveyance unit that conveys the separated topmost sheet; an end fence that is movable in a sheet conveyance direction, abuts trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction, and positions the bundle of sheets in the sheet conveyance direction; and a pressing unit that is provided in such a manner as to protrude from the end fence, and is able to press the trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction of at least an upper part of the bundle of sheets, wherein the pressing unit has different pressing forces at an upper and a lower portion thereof, and has the lower pressing force stronger than the upper pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi Fukumoto, Yasuo Niikura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Hideaki Takahashi, Munehisa Fuda, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Kiyotake Nakamura, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Toshihiro Okutsu, Kohjiroh Haga
  • Publication number: 20160272443
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a tray main body and a cover member. The tray main body has a first mount surface. The cover member is rotatably connected to an end of the tray main body on the side opposite to the sheet feeding side so that the cover member can move rotationally between a closed position where the cover member covers the first mount surface and an open position where the first mount surface is exposed, and has a second mount surface on which a sheet is mounted over the first mount surface when cover member is in the open position. The cover member includes an opening for sheet insertion which penetrates through from an upper surface to a bottom surface of the cover member so that a sheet can be inserted onto the first mount surface when the cover member is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuki SETO, Kenji HAYASAKA, Kazuki MORITA, Tomoyuki OKADA, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA
  • Patent number: 9359158
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a sheet stacking member; an air blowing unit configured to blow air onto the sheet bundle placed on the sheet stacking member to suspend multiple sheets of the sheet bundle; a lifting/lowering unit configured to lift/lower the sheet stacking member; an optical reflection sensor configured to detect a suspended sheet suspended by the air blowing unit; and a control unit configured to control the lifting/lowering unit based on an output value of the optical reflection sensor. The optical reflection sensor is configured to be capable of detecting an area corresponding to multiple sheets in a sheet suspension zone extending between a non-suspended sheet bundle and a conveying member configured to convey an uppermost sheet of the multiple suspended sheets. The non-suspended sheet bundle is made up of sheets not suspended during a period when air is blown by the air blowing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasunori Hino, Chikara Akata, Tomoki Tamate, Hideaki Takahashi, Munehisa Fuda, Toshihiro Okutsu, Takashi Fukumoto, Yasuo Niikura, Masaki Ishizaki, Kiyotake Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga, Masato Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9359157
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a sheet feeding tray attached to a casing in a manner slidable into and out from the casing and including a stacking plate on which sheets are stacked; a conveying unit configured to convey the sheets in a direction orthogonal to both a sliding direction of the sheet feeding tray and a stacking direction of the sheets; an optional extension unit configured to be removably attached to an upstream side of the stacking plate in a conveying direction, and including an extension plate configured to extend the stacking plate; and a first locking unit configured to be capable of being held in a first lock position where the sheet feeding tray cannot be slide when the optional extension unit is attached while, when the optional extension unit is removed, held in a first unlock position where the sheet feeding tray can be slid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Niikura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Yuuta Mori, Takashi Fukumoto, Kiyotake Nakamura, Munehisa Fuda, Hideaki Takahashi, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga, Toshihiro Okutsu
  • Publication number: 20160122144
    Abstract: A paper feeding apparatus includes: a sheet loading unit for loading a bundle of sheets; a separation unit that separates a topmost sheet of the bundle of sheets loaded on the sheet loading unit, from the bundle of sheets; a conveyance unit that conveys the separated topmost sheet; an end fence that is movable in a sheet conveyance direction, abuts trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction, and positions the bundle of sheets in the sheet conveyance direction; and a pressing unit that is provided in such a manner as to protrude from the end fence, and is able to press the trailing ends in the sheet conveyance direction of at least an upper part of the bundle of sheets, wherein the pressing unit has different pressing forces at an upper and a lower portion thereof, and has the lower pressing force stronger than the upper pressing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi FUKUMOTO, Yasuo NIIKURA, Hidetoshi KOJIMA, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Munehisa FUDA, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Kiyotake NAKAMURA, Kazunori KONNO, Tatsuya SUGAWARA, Toshihiro OKUTSU, Kohjiroh HAGA
  • Publication number: 20160107854
    Abstract: A sheet separating device includes: a lifting nozzle configured to blow air against an end portion of a sheet bundle placed on a sheet loading portion to lift sheets; a separating nozzle configured to separate the sheets; a lifting-nozzle shutter member configured to open and close the lifting nozzle; a separating-nozzle shutter member configured to open and close the separating nozzle; a lifting-shutter driving mechanism configured to drive the lifting-nozzle shutter member; a separating-shutter driving mechanism configured to drive the separating-nozzle shutter member; and an open/close control unit configured to control the lifting-shutter driving mechanism and the separating-shutter driving mechanism such that the lifting-nozzle shutter member and the separating-nozzle shutter member are opened or closed simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Masato HASHIMOTO, Takashi FUKUMOTO, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Munehisa FUDA, Yasuo NIIKURA, Masaki ISHIZAKI, Kiyotake NAKAMURA, Hidetoshi KOJIMA, Toshihiro OKUTSU, Kazunori KONNO, Tatsuya SUGAWARA, Kohjiroh HAGA
  • Publication number: 20160107853
    Abstract: Provided are a floating restricting member restricting the floating position of a bundle of sheets; and a holding mechanism holding the floating restricting member relative to a side fence. The floating restricting member includes a sheet contact section being brought into contact with the sheets from above; and a sheet-floating restricting section restricting the floating position of the floating sheet that is floated while air is blown thereto. The holding mechanism sets the floating restricting member in the initial state where the sheet-floating restricting section restricts the floating position of the sheet, in the sheet-placing time retracted state where the sheets are pushed against the sheet contact section so that the floating restricting member is retracted, and in the sheet-ejecting time retracted state where, when the sheets are to be removed, the sheet is pushed against the sheet contact section from below so that the floating restricting member is retracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Masato HASHIMOTO, Takashi FUKUMOTO, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Munehisa FUDA, Yasuo NIIKURA, Masaki ISHIZAKI, Kiyotake NAKAMURA, Hidetoshi KOJIMA, Toshihiro OKUTSU, Kazunori KONNO, Tatsuya SUGAWARA, Kohjiroh HAGA
  • Publication number: 20160016740
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a sheet feeding tray attached to a casing in a manner slidable into and out from the casing and including a stacking plate on which sheets are stacked; a conveying unit configured to convey the sheets in a direction orthogonal to both a sliding direction of the sheet feeding tray and a stacking direction of the sheets; an optional extension unit configured to be removably attached to an upstream side of the stacking plate in a conveying direction, and including an extension plate configured to extend the stacking plate; and a first locking unit configured to be capable of being held in a first lock position where the sheet feeding tray cannot be slide when the optional extension unit is attached while, when the optional extension unit is removed, held in a first unlock position where the sheet feeding tray can be slid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuo NIIKURA, Hidetoshi KOJIMA, Yuuta MORI, Takashi FUKUMOTO, Kiyotake NAKAMURA, Munehisa FUDA, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Kazunori KONNO, Tatsuya SUGAWARA, Kohjiroh HAGA, Toshihiro OKUTSU
  • Publication number: 20150166280
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a sheet stacking member; an air blowing unit configured to blow air onto the sheet bundle placed on the sheet stacking member to suspend multiple sheets of the sheet bundle; a lifting/lowering unit configured to lift/lower the sheet stacking member; an optical reflection sensor configured to detect a suspended sheet suspended by the air blowing unit; and a control unit configured to control the lifting/lowering unit based on an output value of the optical reflection sensor. The optical reflection sensor is configured to be capable of detecting an area corresponding to multiple sheets in a sheet suspension zone extending between a non-suspended sheet bundle and a conveying member configured to convey an uppermost sheet of the multiple suspended sheets. The non-suspended sheet bundle is made up of sheets not suspended during a period when air is blown by the air blowing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasunori HINO, Chikara AKATA, Tomoki TAMATE, Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Munehisa FUDA, Toshihiro OKUTSU, Takashi FUKUMOTO, Yasuo NIIKURA, Masaki ISHIZAKI, Kiyotake NAKAMURA, Hidetoshi KOJIMA, Hisayoshi SUGAWARA, Kazunori KONNO, Tatsuya SUGAWARA, Kohjiroh HAGA, Masato HASHIMOTO