Patents by Inventor James Malatesta

James Malatesta 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: 20190076882
    Abstract: A mail processing system utilizes a conveyor to shingle or de-shingle mailpieces as they move through the processing system and utilizes belts to move the mailpieces. A first shingling conveyor moves a first mailpiece to overlap with a second mailpiece to create shingled mailpieces. A second shingling conveyor moves a first mailpiece away from a second mailpiece to de-shingle them to create singulated mailpieces. A camera takes images of the mailpieces in the conveyor and image analysis software is used to determine dimensional aspects of the mailpieces that are used to control the belt speeds to move mailpieces with respect to each other. A mail processing system may include a mail processing station that scans addresses, applies postage and/or weighs the mailpieces. Mail may be de-shingled prior to being weighed and then re-shingled for subsequent processing, or mail may shingled prior to passing through a scale if weighing is not necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20180297082
    Abstract: A mail singulator system determines a position of an optical panel to automatically adjust a loading conveyor speed to prevent stacked and overlapped mailpieces in the singulator and large gaps between mailpieces. The optical panel is configured between the front mailpiece of a mail stack on the loading conveyor and the optical sensor. The optical panel changes position with the pressure exerted by the mail stack and provides signals to the controller to adjust the conveyor speed. An optical sensor may detect a far threshold position or limit distance to increase the speed of the conveyor and may detect a near threshold position of limit distance to reduce the speed of the conveyor. The optical panel may have a low friction surface to allow the mail to slide into the conveyor and an optical surface to allow reliable optical sensor detection of the optical panel position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20170061722
    Abstract: An automated system and method for processing vote-by-mail ballots. The method comprises electronically evaluating the ballots for validity and sorting them according to sort parameters and sort plan. Included in the invention is an apparatus, computer readable medium, and computer system for carrying out the ballot processing method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James MALATESTA, Edward COHEN
  • Patent number: 8162214
    Abstract: An automated system and method for processing vote-by-mail ballots. The method comprises electronically evaluating the ballots for validity and sorting them according to sort parameters and sort plan. Included in the invention is an apparatus, computer readable medium, and computer system for carrying out the ballot processing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Edward Cohen
  • Patent number: 7777919
    Abstract: Methods using a modular document sorting apparatus are disclosed. A plurality of modules are functionally connected to one another to enable them to scan documents for information and sort the documents according to the scanned information. Each module performs at least one function. Functions can include, feeding documents into the apparatus, singulating documents, transporting documents through at least a portion of the apparatus, scanning documents, printing on documents and sorting documents according to scanned information. Each module may be powered by a separate power supply. A single on/off switch can control a plurality of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20080144121
    Abstract: Methods using a modular document sorting apparatus are disclosed. A plurality of modules are functionally connected to one another to enable them to scan documents for information and sort the documents according to the scanned information. Each module performs at least one function. Functions can include, feeding documents into the apparatus, singulating documents, transporting documents through at least a portion of the apparatus, scanning documents, printing on documents and sorting documents according to scanned information. Each module may be powered by a separate power supply. A single on/off switch can control a plurality of modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: TRITEK TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Patent number: 7361861
    Abstract: A modular document sorting apparatus and method. A plurality of modules are functionally connected to one another to enable them to scan documents for information and sort the documents according to the scanned information. Each module performs at least one function. Functions can include, feeding documents into the apparatus, singulating documents, transporting documents through at least a portion of the apparatus, scanning documents, printing on documents and sorting documents according to scanned information. Each module may be powered by a separate power supply. A single on/off switch can controls a plurality of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Patent number: 7303188
    Abstract: A document separator for use in a document processing machine. The document separator has a flexible loop of material adjacent to a document transport mechanism so that it holds one or more documents back from being transported along a transport path while allowing a single document to be moved forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Patent number: 7185748
    Abstract: An object sorting apparatus and method using chutes for transporting objects to selected locations. The chutes include one or more openings through which a fluid may be forced to reduce friction between the objects and the chute. Diverters are operatively aligned with the chutes for directing the objects to selected chutes. A momentum mechanism imparts forward motion to the objects to move them along the chutes along the chutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20050205387
    Abstract: An object sorting apparatus and method using chutes for transporting objects to selected locations. The chutes include one or more openings through which a fluid may be forced to reduce friction between the objects and the chute. Diverters are operatively aligned with the chutes for directing the objects to selected chutes. A momentum mechanism imparts forward motion to the objects to move them along the chutes along the chutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Applicant: TRITEK TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20050098940
    Abstract: A document separator for use in a document processing machine. The document separator has a flexible loop of material adjacent to a document transport mechanism so that it holds one or more documents back from being transported along a transport path while allowing a single document to be moved forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Publication date: May 12, 2005
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20040022671
    Abstract: A decontaminator and methods of decontamination of objects within a chamber, or the chamber itself. The decontaminator includes a decontaminant container for storing decontaminant. The container is connected to a valve to regulate the flow of decontaminant out of the container and into a vapor box or directly into a chamber. A heater heats the decontaminant in the vapor box to form a vapor. A fan may be implemented to disburse the vapor into the chamber. A decontaminant distribution device may also be included to improve circulation of the decontaminant within the chamber. A decontamination method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20040024716
    Abstract: A method of sorting items using multiple OCR attempts. A marking is read on the item with use of at least two or more of the following: a first algorithm with second settings; a second algorithm; and the first algorithm with second settings. The marking readings are compared to a database, and if the marking corresponds to data in the database, the data is selected. Readings may be performed simultaneously or consecutively. Also disclosed is a computer readable medium and system of one or more computers, and computer data signals embodied in a transmission medium to carry out the inventive methods, and a sorting system that carries out methods of the resent invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Edward Cohen
  • Patent number: 6651878
    Abstract: A method of processing a plurality of mail items in an automated system without isolating each mail item on a scale. The method includes creation of a mail item record that identifies the item and includes the weight. Mail items may be weighed by determining a first scale weight reading, introducing a mail item onto the scale, determining the mail item weight at one or more times within a time window, and finding the difference between each consecutive scale weight. Differences between scale weight readings not equal to zero are outputted. All outputted scale weight readings are totaled to obtain the mail item weight. Further disclosed are a mail processing system and a method of ceasing mail processing when invalid weights are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Tritek Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Edward Cohen
  • Publication number: 20030201210
    Abstract: A double separator assembly used for a mail sorting system. A conveyor system facilitates movement of mail items through the double separator assembly. A substantially nonrotatable component is positioned proximate to the conveyor system. A mail driving assembly positioned proximate to the conveyor system if provided upstream from the friction component and in functional relation thereto. The mail driving assembly further includes an idler roller and a force generating device to hold the mail item against the conveyor system. Further disclosed are a mail processing system comprising a double separator, a mail processing method, a mail sensing assembly and method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Matthew Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20030168388
    Abstract: A modular document sorting apparatus and method. A plurality of modules are functionally connected to one another to enable them to scan documents for information and sort the documents according to the scanned information. Each module performs at least one function. Functions can include, feeding documents into the apparatus, singulating documents, transporting documents through at least a portion of the apparatus, scanning documents, printing on documents and sorting documents according to scanned information. Each module may be powered by a separate power supply. A single on/off switch can controls a plurality of modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventor: James Malatesta
  • Publication number: 20030106932
    Abstract: A method of processing a plurality of mail items in an automated system without isolating each mail item on a scale. The method includes creation of a mail item record that identifies the item and includes the weight. Mail items may be weighed by determining a first scale weight reading, introducing a mail item onto the scale, determining the mail item weight at one or more times within a time window, and finding the difference between each consecutive scale weight. Differences between scale weight readings not equal to zero are outputted. All outputted scale weight readings are totaled to obtain the mail item weight. Further disclosed are a mail processing system and a method of ceasing mail processing when invalid weights are detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: Tritek, Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Edward Cohen
  • Patent number: 6571958
    Abstract: A double separator assembly used for a mail sorting system. A conveyor system facilitates movement of mail items through the double separator assembly. A substantially nonrotatable component is positioned proximate to the conveyor system. A mail driving assembly positioned proximate to the conveyor system if provided downstream from the friction component and in functional relation thereto. The mail driving assembly further includes an idler roller and a force generating device to hold the mail item against the conveyor system. Further disclosed are a mail processing system including a double separator, a mail processing method, a mail sensing assembly and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Matthew Schroeder
  • Patent number: 6523697
    Abstract: A mail processing system drop box assembly. The drop box assembly includes a diverter and a sliding board. The sliding board is positioned below the diverter. A top edge of the sliding board is substantially parallel to the bottom edge of the diverter and extends partially to the interior side of the diverter so that a space is left between the sliding board top edge and the diverter bottom edge. The space is of sufficient size to allow a mail item to pass through edgewise. A slide portion of the sliding board section is at an angle greater than 90° to a front portion of the diverter. Mail items are received into the drop box assembly edgewise at an angle to the diverter front portion such that mail items undergo a substantially abrupt directional change substantially stopping forward momentum and thereby falling into the slide in a substantially controlled manner. Further disclosed are a mail processing system and a mail processing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Matthew Schroeder
  • Patent number: RE46656
    Abstract: A document separator for use in a document processing machine. The document separator has a flexible loop of material adjacent to a document transport mechanism so that it holds one or more documents back from being transported along a transport path while allowing a single document to be moved forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: James Malatesta