Patents by Inventor Michele D. Taber

Michele D. Taber 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: 5659405
    Abstract: A digital scanner includes a multipurpose registration member that has a document registration edge locate surface, a carriage horizontal locate surface, a carriage vertical locate surface, and a platen locate surface. The platen locate surface provides registration for a transparent platen and the document registration edge locate surface provides registration for a registration edge member. The carriage horizontal locate surface and the carriage vertical locate surface provides registration for a scanning carriage which abuts the slide pad. Also, the multipurpose registration member includes a document handle locate surface to registration a document handler. The inclusion of these locate surfaces on a single registration member enables efficient assembly, without extraneous manual adjustments, of a digital scanner having proper registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Charles F. Prevost, James O. Mitchel, Jack K. Fullerton, Michele D. Taber, Michael J. Martin, Richard A. Beck
  • Patent number: 5430536
    Abstract: A document handling system particularly suitable for electronic imaging by sequentially feeding uppermost document sheets stacked in an input tray to be imaged in forward serial order at an imaging station and restacked collated in an output tray, with a short and compact "U" shaped common document feeding path also providing the majority of a duplex document feeding path for returning duplex document sheets imaged on their first sides back to the imaging station for imaging their second sides. The input and output trays are in a space saving closely superposed relationship defining a protective confining inverter chute space therebetween within which the duplex document sheets may be fed out over the output tray by a dual mode reversible output sheet feeder at the "U" shaped path output and then reversed to feed back through a short linear duplex document feeding path into the entrance of the same "U" shaped document sheet feeding path for simplex document sheets to provide a duplex loop path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jack K. Fullerton, Charles F. Prevost, Michele D. Taber, James O. Mitchel, Michael J. Martin, Richard A. Beck
  • Patent number: 5320339
    Abstract: A reciprocating document handler for transporting documents comprising a belt transport supported for transporting sheets in a first and a second, opposite direction. The device further includes apparatus for allowing documents moving in the first and second directions, respectively, at an exchange area on the belt to slide over one another substantially freely. The device includes a pressure member to urge the belt into engaging with transported documents and a mechanism for reducing the bearing of a pressure member proximate the exchange area to promote the substantially free sliding engagement of the documents transported in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kendolph A. Thomas, William D. Milillo, Paula E. Reid, Michele D. Taber, John R. Falvo, James F. Smoak, Charles D. Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 5255905
    Abstract: A bottom vacuum corrugated feeder (BVCF) includes a tray for supporting a stack of documents. The tray is angled downhill relative to the feeding direction of the documents such that the leading edge of the stack is urged to a common stop member. The tray also includes a single side guide for aligning one side edge of the stack. A stack height sensor sends a signal corresponding to stack height to a controller which in turn controls voltage to be applied to a DC motor controlled blower based on a predetermined ratio of air flow pressure to stack pressure. The structure enables intermixed size document feeding in a BVCF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paula E. Reid, Kendolph A. Thomas, John R. Falvo, Charles D. Rizzolo, William D. Milillo, James F. Smoak, Michele D. Taber
  • Patent number: 5075734
    Abstract: An apparatus which advances a sheet through a transfer zone and into registration with information developed on a moving member. The sheet is advanced to a position wherein a leading portion thereof is within the transfer zone and a trailing portion thereof is immediately behind the transfer zone relative to the forward direction of movement of the moving member. The leading portion of the sheet is advanced through the transfer zone at a first velocity and the trailing portion of the sheet is advanced in a region immediately behind the transfer zone at a second velocity, which is greater than the first velocity, so as to create a buckle in the trailing portion of the sheet in the region. The buckle functions to eliminate relative velocity between the photoconductive belt and any portion of sheet within the transfer zone so as to substantially eliminate slip between the sheet and the photoconductive belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Scott C. Durland, James R. Cassano, Richard M. Dastin, Michele D. Taber, Vittorio Castelli, Daniel R. Shavers