Patents by Inventor James D. Rise

James D. Rise 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: 20140201073
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for managing a document processing device of a consumer. According to one embodiment, a registration request for a managed print service (MPS) plan is received from a retailer selling the MPS plan to the consumer. The MPS plan includes a plurality of credits. The MPS plan is associated with an MPS account of the consumer based on the registration request, and the document processing device is associated with the MPS plan. Data regarding a remaining life of a consumable of the document processing device or usage of the document processing device is received from the consumer. The credits are decremented based on the received data. The provisioning of a replacement for the consumable to the consumer is coordinated in response to the remaining life of the consumable falling below a threshold and the MPS plan including credits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack Douglas Jenkins, JR., James D. Rise, James Patrick VanWinkle, Robin Yuen Wessel, Charles R. Carlson, Shanti Villarreal, Leonard Guan
  • Patent number: 8271348
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for generating consumable orders for document processing devices and for verifying approved source consumable usage in document processing devices, in which a customer computer receives electronic reports from the devices and from these ascertains whether particular devices will need replacement consumables and also whether non-program consumable products are being used in particular devices. If a replacement will be required, the customer computer presents a proposed order to the customer via prompting content customizable by a reseller. The customer can then accept, modify, or reject the proposed order, and any accepted or modified order is forwarded to an account manager system for automatic placement for consumable shipment from a manufacturer or distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Rise, Brent Stuart Deuth, Christopher Dale Iburg, Charles Robert Carlson, James Patrick VanWinkle, Shanti Villarreal
  • Publication number: 20110191198
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for generating consumable orders for document processing devices and for verifying approved source consumable usage in document processing devices, in which a customer computer receives electronic reports from the devices and from these ascertains whether particular devices will need replacement consumables and also whether non-program consumable products are being used in particular devices. If a replacement will be required, the customer computer presents a proposed order to the customer via prompting content customizable by a reseller. The customer can then accept, modify, or reject the proposed order, and any accepted or modified order is forwarded to an account manager system for automatic placement for consumable shipment from a manufacturer or distributor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: James D. Rise, Brent Stuart Deuth, Christopher Dale Iburg, Charles Robert Carlson, James Parick VanWinkle, Shanti Villarreal
  • Patent number: 6986570
    Abstract: An ink stick for a solid ink feed system of a phase change ink printer includes an ink stick body having an insertion perimeter, and a guide surface with a shaped guide element shaped to interact with an elongate shaped guide rail of the solid ink feed system. The ink stick insertion perimeter is in a plane substantially perpendicular to the insertion direction, and the insertion direction and the feed direction are different. The insertion perimeter has at least one perimeter section forming a nonlinear key element that matches in size and shape a nonlinear key element in the perimeter of the key plate insertion opening. In particular implementations, the insertion perimeter forms a visually recognizable symbol, such as an alphanumeric character. In particular implementations, a plurality of ink sticks form a set in which the visually recognizable symbols differ from one another, and may form a pattern of symbols, such as a sequence of alphanumeric characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Publication number: 20040179074
    Abstract: An ink stick for a solid ink feed system of a phase change ink printer includes an ink stick body having an insertion perimeter, and a guide surface with a shaped guide element shaped to interact with an elongate shaped guide rail of the solid ink feed system. The ink stick insertion perimeter is in a plane substantially perpendicular to the insertion direction, and the insertion direction and the feed direction are different. The insertion perimeter has at least one perimeter section forming a nonlinear key element that matches in size and shape a nonlinear key element in the perimeter of the key plate insertion opening. In particular implementations, the insertion perimeter forms a visually recognizable symbol, such as an alphanumeric character. In particular implementations, a plurality of ink sticks form a set in which the visually recognizable symbols differ from one another, and may form a pattern of symbols, such as a sequence of alphanumeric characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 6755517
    Abstract: An ink stick for use in a solid ink feed system of a phase change ink jet printer includes an ink stick body. Nesting elements are formed in the ink stick body for nesting the ink stick body with an adjacent ink stick body. One end surface of the ink stick body has a projecting nesting element, and the opposite end surface has a recessed nesting element having a complementary shape and position. When two ink sticks with such nesting elements abut one another in a feed channel of a solid ink feed system, the projecting nesting element of one ink stick fits into the recessed nesting element of the adjacent ink stick to reduce movement of the ink sticks relative to each other, and to reduce skewing of the ink sticks in the feed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 6722764
    Abstract: An ink stick for use in a solid ink feed system of a phase change ink jet printer includes a three dimensional ink stick body that has a lateral center of gravity, a substantially horizontal perimeter, and opposed end surfaces. An ink stick guide element is formed in the bottom of the ink stick body, and the ink stick is adapted to travel through the feed channel along a feed channel guide rail. A portion of the ink stick perimeter forms a visually recognizable symbol, and a portion of the ink stick perimeter that is transverse to the feed direction of the channel has an insertion key element. Nesting elements are formed in the leading and trailing end surfaces of the ink stick body to nest with one another when ink sticks abut in the feed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 6705710
    Abstract: An ink stick push block for use in a system for feeding solid ink sticks in a phase change printer, wherein each solid ink stick has an ink stick face surface having an ink stick face surface contour and an ink stick rear surface having a nonplanar ink stick rear surface contour, the ink stick push block. The push block includes an ink stick push block face having a nonplanar ink stick push block face contour, wherein at least a portion of the nonplanar ink stick push block face contour is the complement of at least a portion of the nonplanar ink stick rear surface contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Publication number: 20030222954
    Abstract: An ink stick push block for use in a system for feeding solid ink sticks in a phase change printer, wherein each solid ink stick has an ink stick face surface having an ink stick face surface contour and an ink stick rear surface having a nonplanar ink stick rear surface contour, the ink stick push block. The push block includes an ink stick push block face having a nonplanar ink stick push block face contour, wherein at least a portion of the nonplanar ink stick push block face contour is the complement of at least a portion of the nonplanar ink stick rear surface contour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Publication number: 20030202078
    Abstract: An ink stick for use in a solid ink feed system of a phase change ink jet printer includes an ink stick body. Nesting elements are formed in the ink stick body for nesting the ink stick body with an adjacent ink stick body. One end surface of the ink stick body has a projecting nesting element, and the opposite end surface has a recessed nesting element having a complementary shape and position. When two ink sticks with such nesting elements abut one another in a feed channel of a solid ink feed system, the projecting nesting element of one ink stick fits into the recessed nesting element of the adjacent ink stick to reduce movement of the ink sticks relative to each other, and to reduce skewing of the ink sticks in the feed channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Publication number: 20030202071
    Abstract: An ink stick for use in a solid ink feed system of a phase change ink jet printer includes a three dimensional ink stick body that has a lateral center of gravity, a substantially horizontal perimeter, and opposed end surfaces. An ink stick guide element is formed in the bottom of the ink stick body, and the ink stick is adapted to travel through the feed channel along a feed channel guide rail. A portion of the ink stick perimeter forms a visually recognizable symbol, and a portion of the ink stick perimeter that is transverse to the feed direction of the channel has an insertion key element. Nesting elements are formed in the leading and trailing end surfaces of the ink stick body to nest with one another when ink sticks abut in the feed channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Frederick T. Mattern, Barry D. Reeves, Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 6243548
    Abstract: A method for controlling an imaging apparatus based on an intelligent usage tracking system is provided. The method monitors use of the imaging apparatus over a period of time and uses the collected data to predict future use. The collected data is used to control the imaging apparatus to minimize warm-up delays and to maximize time in one or more standby modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Hebert, James D. Rise, Jack E. Fanning, Kevin J. Mills, William D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5856650
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a media preheater that is positioned in the media path of a printer is disclosed. The media preheater has a fixed heater and a movable plate array biased toward the heater such that printer media passing between the plate array and the heater is compressed therebetween and heated. The preheater may be positioned upstream of a print head and downstream of a media advancing mechanism in the media path. More than one plate may be provided in the plate array to accommodate non-planarity of the heater or the printing media. The method elevates the temperature of the contact surface of the preheater to a cleaning temperature that is greater than the operating temperature and then passes a chase sheet over the surface to remove contamination from the preheater surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Rise, William Y. Pong, Timothy L. Crawford, Meade Neal, Larry E. Hindman, Carl T. Urban
  • Patent number: 5820275
    Abstract: A process motor (82) provides bidirectional motive force to a printer (50) drive train (80) that selectively engages with multiple self-homing printing functions. A print head (52) is tiltable to a maintenance position and a transfer roller (64) is loadable against a transfer drum (54) by respective missing tooth gear (96, 160) latching mechanisms. A print media pick roller (122) and transfer drum maintaining devices (70, 72) are actuated by spring-wrap clutches (114, 236) that are protected from reverse rotation by a one-way clutch (106). Print media transport rollers (140, 142) are selectively engaged with the one-way clutch by an electro-mechanical clutch (128). A picked and transported print medium (56) receives an ink image from the transfer drum and is stripped therefrom by stripper fingers (66) and directed into media exit rollers (212, 220) for delivery to a media output tray (68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Crawford, James D. Rise, Barry D. Reeves, Nathan E. Hult, William Y. Pong, Richard G. Chambers, Michael E. Jones
  • Patent number: 5805191
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for applying an intermediate transfer surface, in the form of a liquid layer, on a support surface as may be used in a phase change ink printing system. The apparatus includes an applicator assembly for distributing the liquid layer onto the support surface to produce the intermediate transfer surface and an apparatus for metering the liquid layer uniformly on the support surface. The applicator assembly has a contact medium for removing foreign matter from and delivering the liquid onto the support surface. Preferably the contact medium is a liquid impregnated web that is periodically incremented to present a clean web surface in contact with the support surface. The metering apparatus is a hydrodynamic blade that uniformly distributes the liquid intermediate transfer layer over the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent R. Jones, Brently L. Cooper, Randy C. Karambelas, Larry E. Hindman, Gerard H. Rousseau, Clark W. Crawford, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 5790160
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for processing an image transparency entails the application of an intermediate transfer surface of a layer of sacrificial liquid to a supporting surface and the deposition of a phase change ink onto the liquid layer. The inked image is then contact transferred to an optically transmissive final receiving substrate, such as a plastic transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Reeves, Loc V. Bui, Clark W. Crawford, James D. Rise, Barry E. Morgan, Larry Church, Mark Parker
  • Patent number: 5691756
    Abstract: A media preheater positioned in the media path of a printer and having a fixed heater and a movable plate array biased toward the heater such that printing media passing between the heater and the plate array is compressed therebetween and heated. The preheater may be positioned upstream of a print head and downstream of a media advancing mechanism in the media path. More than one plate may be provided in the plate array to accommodate non-planarity of the heater or the printing medium. The plate array may be a thermally massive element that contacts the heater when no media is present, thereby permitting the medium to be heated from both sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Rise, William Y. Pong, Timothy L. Crawford, Meade Neal, Larry E. Hindman, Carl T. Urban
  • Patent number: 5619240
    Abstract: A media sensing system monitors the movement of media along the media pathway (76) as a sheet of printing medium (56) is transported through the printer 50. The media sensing system permits a hand fed sheet of printing medium (56) to be detected by a sensor (302) and signal to be sent to inactivate a print media pick roller (122) that automatically feeds print media. The sensing system senses the transport of print media (56) by print media transport rollers (140, 142) detecting media sheet size, activates the transfer process of an image from the liquid intermediate transfer surface on the transfer drum (54) to a sheet of print medium (56) after pausing the sheet of print medium to synchronize its movement along the media pathway with the imaging process, and activating the preheater (60) to heat the print medium (56) prior to image transfer and fusing. The sensing system senses the exit of the print medium (56) from the media exit rollers (212, 220) for delivery to an output tray (68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: William Y. Pong, Richard G. Chambers, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 5614933
    Abstract: A phase change ink transfer printing apparatus (10) applies a liquid intermediate transfer surface (12) to a heated drum (14, 28). Because the intermediate transfer surface is a thin liquid layer, molten ink drops (122) striking it flatten and spread out (110, 112, 114, 130) prior to cooling and solidifying as an ink image (26, 130) at the drum temperature. After the ink image is deposited, a print medium (21, 132), such as a transparency film, is fed into a nip (22) formed between the heated drum and an elastomeric transfer roller (23). As the drum turns, the print medium is pulled through the nip to transfer the ink image to the print medium. When in the nip, heat from the drum and print medium combine to heat the ink in accordance with a process window (90), making the ink sufficiently soft and tacky to adhere to the print medium but not to the drum. The ink drops comprising the ink image have a desired diameter to height ratio of from about 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry E. Hindman, Randy C. Karambelas, Barry D. Reeves, James D. Rise
  • Patent number: 5502476
    Abstract: A phase-change ink transfer printing process and apparatus (10) applies a thin layer of a liquid forming an intermediate transfer surface (12) to a heated receiving surface, such as a drum (14). Then an ink-jet printhead (11) deposits a molten ink image (26) onto the heated drum where it cools to the drum temperature and solidifies. After the image is deposited, a print medium (21) is heated by a preheater (27) to a predetermined temperature and fed into a nip (22) formed between the heated drum and an elastomeric transfer roller (23) that is biased toward the drum to form a nip pressure that is about twice the yield strength of the ink image. As the drum turns, the heated print medium is pulled through the nip to transfer and fuse the ink image to the print medium. When in the nip, heat from the drum and print medium combine to heat the ink in accordance with a process window (90), making the ink sufficiently soft and tacky to adhere to the print medium but not to the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Meade M. Neal, Clark W. Crawford, Barry D. Reeves, James D. Rise