Patents by Inventor Michael Nicholas Soures

Michael Nicholas Soures 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: 10647105
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, Jonathan Ross Ireland, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Van Bortel
  • Publication number: 20180281307
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A plurality of threads, at least partially comprising a flexible synthetic elastomer, are connected to the shuttle mount. The threads are joined together to form an elastic netting which can be manually expanded around the object to retain the object to the shuttle mount while the object is being printed in the direct-to-object print system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas SOURES, Jonathan Ross IRELAND, Bruce H. SMITH, Donald E. THRESH, James D. VAN BORTEL
  • Patent number: 10005302
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a base plate configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A shaft passes through the base plate. A back support is fixed to an end of the base plate. A side plate is slideably attached to the base plate. The back support and side plate collectively provide support to the shaft. A suction cup is connected to one end of the shaft for holding an object to the shaft while the object is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Vanbortel, Michael Nicholas Soures, Donald E. Thresh, Jonathan Ireland, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 8204399
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatic corotron cleaning in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a first dynamic current reading, the dynamic current being the current supplied to a photoreceptor of the image production device, determining if the first dynamic current reading exceeds a predetermined threshold, the predetermined threshold being a threshold set on the allowable variation in the dynamic current value, wherein if it is determined that the first dynamic current reading exceeds the predetermined threshold, sending a signal to a cleaning device to clean the corotron, determining that the corotron has been cleaned, receiving a second current reading, determining if the second dynamic current reading exceeds the predetermined threshold, wherein if it is determined that the second dynamic current reading exceeds the predetermined threshold, sending a signal to prompt a user to replace the corotron in the image production device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Gross, Michael Nicholas Soures, John Chinnici
  • Patent number: 8184995
    Abstract: A diagnostic system made part of or for use with a document handling device in which a customer is guided toward performance of at least one comparison means in a diagnostic routine analysis. The comparison means is selected from a group comprising (1) a first comparison comparing a fused print media and an unfused print media for presence of a defect, (2) a second comparison comparing an output print media and at least one image on a screen for a type of defect, and (3) a third comparison comparing a low-charged print media and a no-charged print media for qualities of the defect. The customer enters a selection based on results of the first, the second, or the third comparisons. The diagnostic system can identify a part causing a defect in the print media based on results of the comparisons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, James Joseph Petery, Timothy D. Thomas, Jeffrey Gramowski, Cheryl Marie Koenig, Robert Steven Pozniakas, David R. Kamprath, Stephen F. Randall, Kathleen Spencer, Nitin Shenoy, Joanna Brown, Christina DiMarco, Nancy Kelly, Bernard N. Hakac, Cheng-Ning Jong, Nate Weldon
  • Patent number: 8116649
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) and method (200) that adjusts cleaning station operation in a printing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus can include a charge receptor (110) movable in a process direction P, where the charge receptor can have a main surface (111). The apparatus can include a charger (140) configured to generate a charge on the charge receptor and an image generator (118) configured to generate an image on the charge receptor. The apparatus can include a cleaning station (124) coupled to the charge receptor. The cleaning station can include a cleaning brush (125) coupled to the main surface of the charge receptor. The cleaning station can be configured to clean the main surface of the charge receptor. The apparatus can include a controller (150) coupled to the cleaning station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, Robert Steven Pozniakas, Roger Joseph Aurio
  • Patent number: 8103206
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor, the position of the lubrication stripe is controlled with respect to a position on the main surface of the charge receptor corresponding to a paper trail edge. The dimensions and density of the lubrication stripe may also be controlled. The lubrication stripe is delivered to a secondary cleaning device including a blade engaging with the photoreceptor surface to lubricate the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Gross, Michael Nicholas Soures, Robert Steven Pozniakas
  • Patent number: 8023852
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor at a selected time. An influence of at least one corotron on the charge receptor is modified, during the designated rotations of the charge receptor, while the portion of the surface on which the lubrication stripe is formed, or will be formed, is passing the at least one corotron. The lubrication stripe is delivered to a secondary cleaning device including a blade engaging with the photoreceptor surface to lubricate the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Gross, Michael Nicholas Soures, Robert Steven Pozniakas, Michael Lu
  • Patent number: 7991304
    Abstract: A diagnostic system that provides a service technician with service information during servicing of an image processing apparatus includes at least one counter that is incremented during operation of the image processing apparatus, a pressure detecting unit that detects a pressure at a point in an air flow path on the condition that the at least one counter is reset to zero after initial servicing of the image processing apparatus, a determining unit that determines whether a difference between the detected pressure and a fault threshold pressure is less than a predetermined margin, and a display unit that displays a fault code indicating additional servicing of the image processing apparatus is recommended on the condition that the determining unit determines that the difference between the detected pressure and the predetermined threshold pressure is less than the predetermined margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Steven Pozniakas, Michael Nicholas Soures, Robert A. Gross
  • Publication number: 20110129247
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) and method (200) that adjusts cleaning station operation in a printing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus can include a charge receptor (110) movable in a process direction P, where the charge receptor can have a main surface (111). The apparatus can include a charger (140) configured to generate a charge on the charge receptor and an image generator (118) configured to generate an image on the charge receptor. The apparatus can include a cleaning station (124) coupled to the charge receptor. The cleaning station can include a cleaning brush (125) coupled to the main surface of the charge receptor. The cleaning station can be configured to clean the main surface of the charge receptor. The apparatus can include a controller (150) coupled to the cleaning station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas SOURES, Robert Steven POZNIAKAS, Roger Joseph AURIO
  • Patent number: 7945182
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor at a selected time. An influence of a pre-clean corotron on the charge receptor is modified, during the designated rotations of the charge receptor, while the portion of the surface on which the lubrication stripe is formed, or will be formed, is passing the pre-clean corotron. The lubrication stripe is delivered to a secondary cleaning device including a blade engaging with the photoreceptor surface to lubricate the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Gross, Michael Nicholas Soures, Robert Steven Pozniakas
  • Patent number: 7711296
    Abstract: A system for reducing lead edge (LE) smearing in an electrostatographic machine is provided. The system comprises a pretransfer corotron positioned between a developing station and a transfer station in an electrostatographic imaging device. The pretransfer corotron is configured to apply a predetermined charge to at least a portion of a developed toner image on a photoreceptive surface. The predetermined charge is greater than a charge applied to the rest of the developed toner image. The system further includes a controller operably associated with the pretransfer corotron. The controller is configured to activate the pretransfer corotron to apply said predetermined charge to the developed toner image at a lead edge region of the developed toner image when leading edge smearing is detected during imaging operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Gross, David Keneth Ahl, Michael Nicholas Soures
  • Publication number: 20100046975
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor at a selected time. An influence of at least one corotron on the charge receptor is modified, during the designated rotations of the charge receptor, while the portion of the surface on which the lubrication stripe is formed, or will be formed, is passing the at least one corotron. The lubrication stripe is delivered to a secondary cleaning device including a blade engaging with the photoreceptor surface to lubricate the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Arnold GROSS, Michael Nicholas SOURES, Robert Steven POZNIAKAS, Michael LU
  • Publication number: 20100046974
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor at a selected time. An influence of a pre-clean corotron on the charge receptor is modified, during the designated rotations of the charge receptor, while the portion of the surface on which the lubrication stripe is formed, or will be formed, is passing the pre-clean corotron. The lubrication stripe is delivered to a secondary cleaning device including a blade engaging with the photoreceptor surface to lubricate the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Arnold GROSS, Michael Nicholas SOURES, Robert Steven POZNIAKAS
  • Publication number: 20100046976
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor at a selected time. A primary cleaning device cleans the main surface of the charge receptor, and includes at least one biased member having an effective area associated with the main surface relative to motion of the charge receptor. A secondary cleaning device is configured to engage the main surface of the charge receptor downstream of the biased member, and a control system reverses a bias on the biased member during a time when a lubrication stripe is in the effective area of the biased member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Arnold GROSS, Michael Nicholas SOURES, Robert Steven POZNIAKAS, Michael LU
  • Publication number: 20100046997
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling cleaning devices in image forming apparatus electrostatic image forming apparatus. Such systems may include a charge receptor, movable in a process direction, defining a main surface. A toner application device applies toner to the charge receptor, and is configured to place a lubrication stripe including the toner on a portion of the main surface of the charge receptor, the position of the lubrication stripe is controlled with respect to a position on the main surface of the charge receptor corresponding to a paper trail edge. The dimensions and density of the lubrication stripe may also be controlled. The lubrication stripe is delivered to a secondary cleaning device including a blade engaging with the photoreceptor surface to lubricate the blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Arnold GROSS, Michael Nicholas SOURES, Robert Steven POZNIAKAS
  • Publication number: 20100034543
    Abstract: A diagnostic system that provides a service technician with service information during servicing of an image processing apparatus includes at least one counter that is incremented during operation of the image processing apparatus, a pressure detecting unit that detects a pressure at a point in an air flow path on the condition that the at least one counter is reset to zero after initial servicing of the image processing apparatus, a determining unit that determines whether a difference between the detected pressure and a fault threshold pressure is less than a predetermined margin, and a display unit that displays a fault code indicating additional servicing of the image processing apparatus is recommended on the condition that the determining unit determines that the difference between the detected pressure and the predetermined threshold pressure is less than the predetermined margin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Steven POZNIAKAS, Michael Nicholas SOURES, Robert A. GROSS
  • Publication number: 20100028040
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatic corotron cleaning in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a first dynamic current reading, the dynamic current being the current supplied to a photoreceptor of the image production device, determining if the first dynamic current reading exceeds a predetermined threshold, the predetermined threshold being a threshold set on the allowable variation in the dynamic current value, wherein if it is determined that the first dynamic current reading exceeds the predetermined threshold, sending a signal to a cleaning device to clean the corotron, determining that the corotron has been cleaned, receiving a second current reading, determining if the second dynamic current reading exceeds the predetermined threshold, wherein if it is determined that the second dynamic current reading exceeds the predetermined threshold, sending a signal to prompt a user to replace the corotron in the image production device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Gross, Michael Nicholas Soures, John Chinnici
  • Publication number: 20090297174
    Abstract: A diagnostic system made part of or for use with a document handling device in which a customer is guided toward performance of at least one comparison means in a diagnostic routine analysis. The comparison means is selected from a group comprising (1) a first comparison comparing a fused print media and an unfused print media for presence of a defect, (2) a second comparison comparing an output print media and at least one image on a screen for a type of defect, and (3) a third comparison comparing a low-charged print media and a no-charged print media for qualities of the defect. The customer enters a selection based on results of the first, the second, or the third comparisons. The diagnostic system can identify a part causing a defect in the print media based on results of the comparisons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Soures, James Joseph Petery, Timothy D. Thomas, Jeffrey Gramowski, Cheryl Marie Koenig, Robert Steven Pozniakas, David R. Kamprath, Stephen F. Randall, Kathleen Spencer, Nitin Shenoy, Joanna Brown, Christina DiMarco, Nancy Kelly, Bernard N. Hakac, Cheng-Ning Jong, Nate Weldon
  • Publication number: 20090226203
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provided a method to improve performance of a cleaning device to extend a usage life of the cleaning device. The method can include obtaining a performance characteristic of an electrostatic brush that degrades operations of the electrostatic brush, determining at least one parameter that compensates for the degradation, and controlling the electrostatic brush by the at least one parameter to maintain the electrostatic brush operating within a failure boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Steven Pozniakas, Michael Nicholas Soures, Robert A. Gross