Patents by Inventor Koji Furuta

Koji Furuta 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: 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: 7731187
    Abstract: A sheet medium adjustment apparatus, e.g., in an image forming system, includes: an ejector to eject a conveyed sheet; a stacking device to stack each sheet ejected from the sheet ejector into a stack on a tray; a moving device to shift the stacking device in a movement direction perpendicular to a sheet-ejecting direction; a sheet aligning member to align ends of the sheets in the stack that are parallel to the sheet-ejecting direction; a stepping motor to move the sheet aligning member; and an evacuation device to evacuate the aligning member by an amount representing an evacuation displacement in the movement direction at a timing of aligning the sheet, the evacuation displacement being determined adaptively according to at least one of an attribute of a given sheet in the stack, an attribute of the stack as a whole and an attribute of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Horio, Minoru Hattori, Shigeru Mizuno, Ikumi Takashima, Koji Furuta, Masanobu Kimata, Miyuki Ito, Yoshihide Sugiyama, Akihiro Tsuno, Nakayama Naoya, Ueno Shinichi
  • Publication number: 20070176357
    Abstract: A sheet medium adjustment apparatus, e.g., in an image forming system, includes: an ejector to eject a conveyed sheet; a stacking device to stack each sheet ejected from the sheet ejector into a stack on a tray; a moving device to shift the stacking device in a movement direction perpendicular to a sheet-ejecting direction; a sheet aligning member to align ends of the sheets in the stack that are parallel to the sheet-ejecting direction; a stepping motor to move the sheet aligning member; and an evacuation device to evacuate the aligning member by an amount representing an evacuation displacement in the movement direction at a timing of aligning the sheet, the evacuation displacement being determined adaptively according to at least one of an attribute of a given sheet in the stack, an attribute of the stack as a whole and an attribute of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventors: Toru Horio, Minoru Hattori, Shigeru Mizuno, Ikumi Takashima, Koji Furuta, Masanobu Kimata, Miyuki Ito, Yoshihide Sugiyama, Akihiro Tsuno, Nakayama Naoya, Ueno Shinichi