Patents by Inventor Shohichi Satoh

Shohichi Satoh 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: 10689221
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a sheet conveyance path; a conveyance-path supporting unit configured to support both ends of the sheet conveyance path with respect to a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction; a first stitching unit configured to stitch the sheets conveyed; a second stitching unit configured to stitch the sheets conveyed; a first moving unit configured to move the first stitching unit in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction; and a second moving unit configured to move the second stitching unit in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, wherein any one of the first stitching unit and the second stitching unit is movable to outside of the conveyance-path supporting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Koki Sakano, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Wataru Takahashi, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Akira Kunieda, Takuya Morinaga, Yohsuke Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 10445854
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a label memory to store a first label assigned to a pixel in a previous line of a processing target image subjected to an assignment process prior to the assignment process on a processing target line of the processing target image, a label area memory to store identification information identifying a label area including pixels assigned with an identical label, and circuitry to, if at least one target pixel in the processing target line is an effective pixel, perform the assignment process on the target pixel based on at least one label that includes the first label and is assigned to at least one peripheral pixel peripheral to the target pixel, and to perform an updating process of updating the identification information based on a position of the target pixel and the label assigned to the target pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shohichi Satoh, Dai Kurabayashi, Deyong Si
  • Patent number: 10097711
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes: a stacking unit configured to stack a plurality of sheets to obtain a sheet bundle; a stitched-sheet number acquiring unit configured to acquire a number of sheets in the sheet bundle, which is a target to be stitched; a permanent stitching unit configured to permanently stitch the sheet bundle; a temporary stitching unit configured to be capable of temporarily stitching a plurality of areas of the sheet bundle; a selecting unit configured to select any one of the permanent stitching unit and the temporary stitching unit to be used; and a stitching-process control unit configured to, when the temporary stitching unit is selected by the selecting unit, control the temporary stitching unit so as to change a number of areas that are stitched by the temporary stitching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: RIOCH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Wataru Takahashi, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Koki Sakano, Takuya Morinaga, Akira Kunieda, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Yohsuke Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 10023423
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a pressing unit including a first pressing member and a second pressing member. The pressing unit is configured to sandwich and press a fold part of a folded sheet bundle between the first pressing member and the second pressing member. The sheet processing apparatus also includes a moving unit configured to move a position pressed by the pressing unit in a direction of a fold of the sheet bundle. A position pressed by the first pressing member on the sheet bundle and another position pressed by the second pressing member on the sheet bundle are shifted with respect to each other in the direction of the fold of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Keisuke Sugiyama, Kiyoshi Hata, Atsushi Kikuchi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Satoshi Saito, Mamoru Kambayashi
  • Patent number: 9944488
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a first binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle; a second binding unit with greater number of bindable sheets than number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit; and a number-of-sheets determining unit configured to determine whether number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit. The first binding unit moves to a binding position, and if the number-of-sheets determining unit determines that the number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit, the first binding unit moves away from the binding position. When the number-of-sheets determining unit determines that the number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit, the second binding unit moves to the binding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kunieda, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Wataru Takahashi, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Koki Sakano, Takuya Morinaga, Yohsuke Haraguchi, Kota Nakashima, Shinji Tanoue, Takahiro Itou
  • Publication number: 20170345124
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a label memory to store a first label assigned to a pixel in a previous line of a processing target image subjected to an assignment process prior to the assignment process on a processing target line of the processing target image, a label area memory to store identification information identifying a label area including pixels assigned with an identical label, and circuitry to, if at least one target pixel in the processing target line is an effective pixel, perform the assignment process on the target pixel based on at least one label that includes the first label and is assigned to at least one peripheral pixel peripheral to the target pixel, and to perform an updating process of updating the identification information based on a position of the target pixel and the label assigned to the target pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Shohichi SATOH, Dai Kurabayashi, Deyong Si
  • Publication number: 20160360053
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes: a stacking unit configured to stack a plurality of sheets to obtain a sheet bundle; a stitched-sheet number acquiring unit configured to acquire a number of sheets in the sheet bundle, which is a target to be stitched; a permanent stitching unit configured to permanently stitch the sheet bundle; a temporary stitching unit configured to be capable of temporarily stitching a plurality of areas of the sheet bundle; a selecting unit configured to select any one of the permanent stitching unit and the temporary stitching unit to be used; and a stitching-process control unit configured to, when the temporary stitching unit is selected by the selecting unit, control the temporary stitching unit so as to change a number of areas that are stitched by the temporary stitching unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi SUZUKI, Hidehiko FUJIWARA, Yuusuke SHIBASAKI, Wataru TAKAHASHI, Katsuhiro KOSUGE, Koki SAKANO, Takuya MORINAGA, Akira KUNIEDA, Makoto HIDAKA, Shohichi SATOH, Yohsuke HARAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20160340145
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a first binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle; a second binding unit with greater number of bindable sheets than number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit; and a number-of-sheets determining unit configured to determine whether number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit. The first binding unit moves to a binding position, and if the number-of-sheets determining unit determines that the number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit, the first binding unit moves away from the binding position. When the number-of-sheets determining unit determines that the number of to-be-bound sheets exceeds the number of bindable sheets of the first binding unit, the second binding unit moves to the binding position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira KUNIEDA, Nobuyoshi SUZUKI, Hidehiko FUJIWARA, Katsuhiro KOSUGE, Yuusuke SHIBASAKI, Wataru TAKAHASHI, Makoto HIDAKA, Shohichi SATOH, Koki SAKANO, Takuya MORINAGA, Yohsuke HARAGUCHI, Kota NAKASHIMA, Shinji TANOUE, Takahiro ITOU
  • Publication number: 20160340144
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a sheet conveyance path; a conveyance-path supporting unit configured to support both ends of the sheet conveyance path with respect to a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction; a first stitching unit configured to stitch the sheets conveyed; a second stitching unit configured to stitch the sheets conveyed; a first moving unit configured to move the first stitching unit in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction; and a second moving unit configured to move the second stitching unit in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, wherein any one of the first stitching unit and the second stitching unit is movable to outside of the conveyance-path supporting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koki SAKANO, Nobuyoshi SUZUKI, Hidehiko FUJIWARA, Yuusuke SHIBASAKI, Wataru TAKAHASHI, Katsuhiro KOSUGE, Makoto HIDAKA, Shohichi SATOH, Akira KUNIEDA, Takuya MORINAGA, Yohsuke HARAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 9387643
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus comprises a pressing member configured to press a fold line portion of a folded sheet bundle; and moving unit configured to move a position of pressing by the pressing member in a direction of a fold line of the folded sheet bundle, wherein the moving unit is configured to stand by at a pressing start position in which the pressing member is in a non-pressing state, before the folded sheet bundle is conveyed to the pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shohichi Satoh, Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Mamoru Kambayashi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Atsushi Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20160115000
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a pressing unit including a first pressing member and a second pressing member. The pressing unit is configured to sandwich and press a fold part of a folded sheet bundle between the first pressing member and the second pressing member. The sheet processing apparatus also includes a moving unit configured to move a position pressed by the pressing unit in a direction of a fold of the sheet bundle. A position pressed by the first pressing member on the sheet bundle and another position pressed by the second pressing member on the sheet bundle are shifted with respect to each other in the direction of the fold of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Keisuke SUGIYAMA, Kiyoshi HATA, Atsushi KIKUCHI, Tomomichi HOSHINO, Makoto HIDAKA, Shohichi SATOH, Satoshi SAITO, Mamoru KAMBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 9260268
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a pressing unit including a first pressing member and a second pressing member. The pressing unit is configured to sandwich and press a fold part of a folded sheet bundle between the first pressing member and the second pressing member. The sheet processing apparatus also includes a moving unit configured to move a position pressed by the pressing unit in a direction of a fold of the sheet bundle. A position pressed by the first pressing member on the sheet bundle and another position pressed by the second pressing member on the sheet bundle are shifted with respect to each other in the direction of the fold of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Keisuke Sugiyama, Kiyoshi Hata, Atsushi Kikuchi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Satoshi Saito, Mamoru Kambayashi
  • Patent number: 9187287
    Abstract: The present invention is concerning to a sheet processing apparatus comprising: a pressing member configured to press a folding line portion of a sheet bundle being folded; and a moving unit configured to move the pressing member to a folding line direction of the sheet bundle, wherein the pressing member pressurizes a part of the sheet bundle corresponding to a downstream side of a conveyance direction of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Atsushi Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama, Tomomichi Hoshino, Mamoru Kambayashi, Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Shohichi Satoh
  • Patent number: 9181063
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a pressing unit including a first pressing member and a second pressing member. The pressing unit is configured to press a fold in a folded sheet bundle by holding the fold between the first pressing member and the second pressing member. The sheet processing apparatus also includes a moving unit configured to move a pressing position of the pressing unit in a direction of the fold in the sheet bundle; and a position changing unit configured to change relative positions of the first pressing member and the second pressing member in the direction of the fold in the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tomomichi Hoshino, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama, Atsushi Kikuchi, Mamoru Kambayashi, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Satoshi Saito, Takao Watanabe, Takuya Sano
  • Patent number: 9139399
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus comprises a pressurizing unit including a first pressurizing member and a second pressurizing member; and a moving unit moving the pressurizing unit and including a driving motor, wherein the position where a sheet bundle is pressurized by the first pressurizing member and the position where the sheet bundle is pressurized by the second pressurizing member are shifted in the direction of the fold line of the sheet bundle, and a driving condition of the driving motor is changed between a first orientation in which the pressurizing unit moves in the positional relation that the first pressurizing member precedes the second pressurizing member and a second orientation in which the pressurizing member moves in the positional relation that the second pressurizing member precedes the first pressurizing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Makoto Hidaka, Takuya Sano, Takao Watanabe, Satoshi Saito, Shohichi Satoh, Tomomichi Hoshino, Atsushi Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9139398
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a flexure forming unit configured to flex sheets to include a portion on which no fold line is formed in a direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction; a first pressing member pair configured to press a flexure portion of the flexed sheets to form a fold line thereon; and a moving unit configured to move a pressing position of the first pressing member pair in the direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama, Tomomichi Hoshino, Atsushi Kikuchi, Satoshi Saito, Makoto Hidaka, Takuya Sano, Takao Watanabe, Shohichi Satoh
  • Patent number: 9126797
    Abstract: The present invention is concerning to a sheet processing apparatus comprising: a pressing unit configured to provide additional folding to a fold line portion of a sheet bundle by pressing the fold line portion; a carriage unit configured to reciprocate the pressing unit in width directions of the sheet bundle; a guiding shaft configured to support the pressing unit and guides movement of the pressing unit; and a supporting unit configured to support the pressing unit and moves on a structure provided to the sheet processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Kikuchi, Takuya Sano, Takao Watanabe, Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Shohichi Satoh, Tomomichi Hoshino, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9102492
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a conveyance unit to transport a sheet bundle including multiple sheets in a sheet conveyance direction and a binding device including a clamping unit. The clamping unit includes multiple projections and multiple recesses to engage the respective projections to clamp the sheet bundle inserted therebetween. At least one of the multiple projections includes an inclined portion facing a sheet conveyance direction, and an inclination of the inclined portion is 45 degrees or smaller relative to a face parallel to the sheet conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Saito, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Shingo Matsushita, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Satoshi Saito, Makoto Hidaka, Akihiro Musha, Takuya Morinaga, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Shohichi Satoh, Nobuyoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9061859
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: an abutting member that abuts against a sheet surface to bend a sheet; a first moving unit that moves the abutting member; a folding unit that performs a folding process on the sheet bent by the abutting member; a pressing unit that presses a folded portion of the sheet subjected to the folding process; a second moving unit that moves the pressing unit in a direction along a fold of the sheet; and a single operation unit that allows the first moving unit and the second moving unit to be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Keisuke Sugiyama, Kiyoshi Hata, Atsushi Kikuchi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Makoto Hidaka, Shohichi Satoh, Satoshi Saito, Takao Watanabe, Takuya Sano
  • Patent number: 9050772
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a pressing member that presses a fold part of a bundle of folded sheets so as to perform fold-enhancing; and a moving unit that moves a pressing position of the pressing member in a direction of a fold of the bundle of sheets. The moving unit starts pressing at an area located inside one end of the bundle of sheets while moving at a first velocity, and releases the pressing after passing through other end of the bundle of sheets during a forward movement, and starts pressing at an area located inside the other end of the bundle of sheets while moving at a second velocity that is higher than the first velocity, and passes through the one end of the bundle of sheets during a backward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Shohichi Satoh, Mamoru Kambayashi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Atsushi Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama