On Mail Patents (Class 209/584)
  • Patent number: 11939164
    Abstract: Described are automated systems and methods for the handling and processing of items at material handling facility. The exemplary systems and methods can receive the items from various upstream processes and systems and can process and handle the items so that they can be provided to various downstream processes and systems. The exemplary systems and methods can provide modular systems and methods that can perform automated singulation, sortation, retrieval, and packing of items without any manual handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Joe Robb, Emily R. Parrish, Justin Stone, Jose Luis De La Rosa, Joshua Martin Middleton, Roland J. Menassa, Eli Douglas Girod, Maxim P. Hoffman, Mohammad Mosa, Vatsal Mehta
  • Patent number: 11915191
    Abstract: Intelligent tools are provided to enable a mailcenter in a campus to provide mail service to mail service customers and perform processing of mail, in an automated manner as much as possible. Such processing may be performed include scanning and obtaining mail information from a mailpiece, and then sending such mail information to the mail service customer (as specified addressee of the mailpiece) by electronic notification via a corresponding electronic address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Dale Walsh
  • Patent number: 11907891
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and implementing a household customer database are disclosed. In one aspect, a method for processing items comprises receiving a first item to be delivered and identifying data corresponding to one or more of a source information and destination information of the first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Nii-Kwashie Aryeetey, Robert E. Dixon, Jr., Naomi Miller
  • Patent number: 11865585
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus, comprising: transportation vehicles for moving, on the basis of a control instruction, along a direction of a transportation row to a target position indicated by the control instruction, such that an object to be sorted is transferred from the current transportation vehicle on which the object is currently placed to a next-row transportation vehicle, wherein the transportation row where the next-row transportation vehicle is located is adjacent to the transportation row where the current transportation vehicle is located in a direction away from a feed inlet. The sorting apparatus occupies a small space, has low requirements on sites, and can be widely applied. Also comprised are a sorting method for a control module of the sorting apparatus, and ac electronic device and a computer-readable storage medium for implementing the sorting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Beijing Jingdong Qianshi Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaochong Chen
  • Patent number: 11860710
    Abstract: Systems and methods associated with incident prediction using machine learning techniques are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exemplary method may comprise obtaining current raw log data from at least one application log of at least one software application, converting the current raw log data into current tabular log data, applying one or more sampling techniques to the current tabular log data to form current balanced log data, the current balanced log data including incidents of failures, applying one or more machine learning techniques to the current balanced log data to generate an application failure predictive model, and predicting, based on future balanced log data, at least one future failure of the software application using the application failure predictive model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Suvro Choudhury, Cameron Stinson, Kellie Meshell, Henry Real, Rajarshi Kar
  • Patent number: 11836668
    Abstract: Systems and methods of creating, managing, and distributing supplemental content associated with items in a distribution network. A physical delivery item can be imaged and associated with additional content generated or associated with the sender of the physical delivery item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Carrie Ann Bornitz, Robert E. Dixon, Jr., Ryan M. Luckay
  • Patent number: 11833547
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and delivering articles in a processing facility. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. A first sorter sorts items according to stop group and outputs the items to trays. The output trays from the first sorter are loaded to a second sorter. The second sorter sorts items for each stop group into trays based on carrier route segments. A manifest is created that comprises a list of the items in a tray. A mobile computing device alerts a delivery carrier when there is an item that needs to be delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Scott R. Bombaugh, Thomas J. Foti, David E. Loyd, Sarvang D. Shah
  • Patent number: 11794370
    Abstract: First scanned images of the first container are received from a scanning device that show the contents of the interior of the first container before the first container is cut and opened. Second scanned images that are of the contents of the first container after the first container is cut and opened are also received. The images are analyzed and, based upon the analysis, selective modifications to the operating parameters of the container opening machine are determined and made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: James Benjamin Edwards, Paul E. Durkee
  • Patent number: 11775918
    Abstract: Propagation of pathogens is reduced by configuring internet of things (IoT) sensors along a supply chain of package; and analyzing the packages in the supply chain using the IoT sensors to determine handling requirements of products. The packages can be tracked with a package handling confirmation engine including a Region Based Convolutional Neural Network (RCNN) to determine with the IoT sensors measuring interactions with the packages that parties in the supply chain are handling the packages in accordance with the handling requirements. Product distribution can be stopped through the supply chain in response to the interactions with the packages failing to meet the handling requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Sathya Santhar, Sandip Goswami, Raghuveer Prasad Nagar
  • Patent number: 11634282
    Abstract: A processing system for processing objects using a programmable motion device is disclosed. The processing system a perception unit for perceiving identifying indicia representative of an identity of an object associated with an input conveyance system, and an acquisition system for acquiring the object from a plurality of objects at an input area using an end effector of the programmable motion device, wherein the programmable motion device is adapted for assisting in the delivery of the object to an identified processing location. The identified processing location being associated with the identifying indicia and said identified processing location being provided as one of a plurality of processing locations. The processing system also includes a delivery system for receiving the object in a carrier and for delivering the object toward the identified processing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11581903
    Abstract: Disclosed are a data compression method, a computer-readable storage medium, and an electronic device. The method includes: converting each data in a to-be-compressed data set into binary data in a preset format; determining a to-be-compressed bit and a significant bit for the each data in the to-be-compressed data set based on a sequence of all bits of the binary data; determining a compression bit width corresponding to the to-be-compressed data set based on bit widths of the significant bits; compressing the each data in the to-be-compressed data set based on the compression bit width, to obtain a compressed data set; and generating attribute information of the compressed data set. According to the present disclosure, the significant bit can be determined based on the sequence of all bits without adjusting orders of the bits of the binary data, thereby simplifying a data compression process and improving efficiency of data compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Beijing Horizon Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenjiang Wang, Jianjun Li, Zhuoran Zhao, Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 11548035
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sorting items for delivery to delivery points, using delivery point compression. Items can be sorted and sequenced for delivery by a sorting machine having a finite number of sorting destinations. For routes having more delivery points than the number of sorting destinations, delivery point compression allows sorting destination assignments that eliminate delivery points not likely to receive any items. Sorting destination assignments can be performed by a processor of the sorting machine based on expected item information and delivery point item frequency scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Scott R. Bombaugh
  • Patent number: 11498757
    Abstract: The present invention provides a storage system (1) comprising a storage grid structure (104) having a top rail grid upon which container handling vehicles (200,300) work to store and retrieve storage containers (106) in and from storage columns (105) beneath the top rail grid, wherein the storage system comprises multiple transfer rails (110?,111?) forming a horizontal transfer rail grid (5) arranged at a level below the top rail grid, at least one transport vehicle (19) operating on the transfer rail grid, a picking/stocking station (8) for picking/stocking items between a storage container (106) and a packaging box (24), and an unloading/loading assembly (23) for unloading/loading packaging boxes containing such items, the transport vehicle (19) is arranged to move upon the transfer rail grid (5) in two perpendicular directions and comprises a carrier platform (20), wherein the transfer rail grid is arranged to allow access for the transport vehicle (19) to transport one or more packaging boxes at a time b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventor: Trond Austrheim
  • Patent number: 11465180
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and sequencing articles in a processing facility are disclosed. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. A first sorter sorts items according to stop group and outputs the items to trays. The output trays from the first sorter are loaded to a second sorter in stop group order. The second sorter can then sort the items into output bins in delivery sequence order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Scott R. Bombaugh
  • Patent number: 11465181
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and sequencing articles in a processing facility are disclosed. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. A first sorter sorts items according to stop group and outputs the items to trays. The output trays from the first sorter are loaded to a second sorter in stop group order. The second sorter can then sort the items into output bins in delivery sequence order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Scott R. Bombaugh
  • Patent number: 11436650
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide parasitic postage indicia comprising thin indicium information and corresponding postage indicium data are shown. The thin indicium information may be disposed in a mail scan block in parasitism for use in identifying the corresponding postage indicium data. This thin indicium information may comprise one or more pieces of information configured to be carried within a structure of a mail scan block present on a mail item and which uniquely or substantially uniquely identifies a postage indicium data packet comprised of postage indicium data. The postage indicium data may be generated as proof of payment for postal services and stored for access using the thin indicium information. As a mail item is processed a mail scan block thereon may be scanned and the thin indicium information extracted for identifying a corresponding postage indicium data packet for proof of payment for postal services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Biswas
  • Patent number: 11235596
    Abstract: A vacuum belt conveyor sequentially delivers sheet articles to a digital printer. The sheets are held in position by vacuum on the underside of the sheets through apertures in the belts and covered by the sheets. A plurality of independent plenums on the underside of the belt have chambers respectively communicating with rows of apertures extending along the belt. Vacuum is selectively applied from a manifold only to the plenum chambers that supply apertures that are covered by the sheets so that the ink from the printer will not be directed from its intended position on the sheet by vacuum from adjacent uncovered belt apertures. The sheets are fed to the conveyor in synchronism with the conveyor speed by a timed feeder so that the sheets are carried by the conveyor with a predetermined gap between the sheets and no belt apertures in the gap. A sensor counts the apertures in the belt and activates the feeder at predetermined time intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SUN AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Michael Hershfeld
  • Patent number: 11208272
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for automated item sortation and container handling. In one embodiment, an example method may include determining, by a controller, a first item identifier of a first item at an induction portion of a sortation system, determining an order identifier associated with the first item identifier, and determining a first container associated with the order identifier. The method may include causing a first mobile carrier unit to receive the item, and causing the first mobile carrier unit to deliver the first item to the first container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon S. Battles, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, Sean O. Maylone, Vivek S. Narayanan, Mohit Malik
  • Patent number: 11113658
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and implementing a household customer database are disclosed. In one aspect, a method for processing items comprises receiving a first item to be delivered and identifying data corresponding to one or more of a source information and destination information of the first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Nii-Kwashie Aryeetey, Robert E. Dixon, Jr., Naomi Miller
  • Patent number: 11055653
    Abstract: Systems and methods of creating, managing, and distributing supplemental content associated with items in a distribution network. A physical delivery item can be imaged and associated with additional content generated or associated with the sender of the physical delivery item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Carrie Ann Bornitz, Robert E. Dixon, Jr., Ryan M. Luckay
  • Patent number: 10997830
    Abstract: A compact, time-saving and efficiency-promoting electronic signaling device that is programmable by its user to display a predetermined sequence of visual signals, corresponding to destinations, where independent and identified tasks are to be performed, such as but not limited to use in merchandise collection for order fulfillment or restocking distribution, multiple steps relating to product manufacture that are performed at different workstations, and office routing of items or documents to multiple locations for needed review and/or approvals. Preferred embodiments have a signal component that during use one-at-a-time displays a series of visual signals with different characteristics, each signal in the programmed sequence coded to identify a specific destination in an office, storage facility, or manufacturing plant. Once a task is completed, the user advances the device to the next task in the programmed sequence. Once all tasks are completed, the device may be user reprogrammed for a next use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: David B. Thayer
  • Patent number: 10974283
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and sequencing articles in a processing facility are disclosed. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. A first sorter sorts items according to stop group and outputs the items to trays. The output trays from the first sorter are loaded to a second sorter in stop group order. The second sorter can then sort the items into output bins in delivery sequence order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Scott R. Bombaugh
  • Patent number: 10977441
    Abstract: Techniques for routing items addressed to an unstructured address are described. One embodiment includes receiving an order for delivery of a first package, the order specifying a first address that does not comply with a defined address format. The first address is processed using one or more hybrid machine learning algorithms to determine a Normalized Delivery Location (NDL) associated with the first address. A sorting zone that encompasses the NDL is determined. The sorting zones correspond to a predefined geographic region. Embodiments facilitate transport of the first package to a physical shipping location within the predefined geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alok Tiwari, Rajat Arora, Bonney Varghese, Vamshi Surabhi, Homayoun Taherian, Abhishek Verma
  • Patent number: 10796144
    Abstract: A method and device for automatically classifying document hardcopy images by using document hardcopy image descriptors are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sergey Stanislavovich Zavalishin, Andrey Alekseevich Bout, Ilya Vasilyevich Kurilin, Michael Nikolaevich Rychagov
  • Patent number: 10712356
    Abstract: A picking instrument for picking biological samples, such as microbial samples, includes a picking pin having a distal tip and three degrees-of-freedom and configured to move in x, y, and z directions. The picking instrument also includes a loading platform comprising a first area and a second area, the first area configured to accommodate and secure a microfabricated chip including a plurality of microwells. The picking pin is programmatically controlled to pick a sample contained in one or more selected microwells of the microfabricated chip and then transfer the sample to a predetermined location at the destination sample holder. Methods of operating the picking instrument, including calibrating the coordinates of the selected microwell(s) relative to a location of the picking pin, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL AUTOMATION LAB TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Peter Christey, Alexander Hallock
  • Patent number: 10675659
    Abstract: There is provided an instruction projecting device which generates a projection image to be projected on a parcel based on sensing information of the parcel, the device including: a processor; and a memory, in which by cooperating with the memory, the processor determines whether or not the parcel is picked up based on the sensing information, and in a case where it is determined that the parcel is picked up, the processor generates the projection image including detail information of the parcel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Suzuki, Shohji Ohtsubo, Takaaki Moriyama, Takaaki Idera, Takeshi Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10650341
    Abstract: Techniques for providing extended shipping options are described. In some embodiments, a user may specify extended shipping options that are not otherwise provided by or accessible via an existing shipment information specification user interface. In one embodiment, the user accesses a module configured to facilitate specification of extended shipping options and in response, provide an indicator of the specified extended shipping option, such as a tag or uniform resource identifier. The indicator of the extended shipping option is then incorporated into a user interface element, such as an address field, of the shipment information specification user interface. Once the user finalizes the order, the indicator of the extended shipping option is transmitted along with other shipment information items to a merchant and/or carrier system, where services specified by the extended shipping option are initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
    Inventors: Rafael Zimberoff, Alexander Uslontsev, Stanislav Tugushev, Aliaksandr Hramadski, Avi Levin, Patricia Anderson
  • Patent number: 10489671
    Abstract: A method of adapting an optical character recognition (OCR) process, comprising: capturing an image of a text presenting object by an imaging sensor of a mobile device; sending the image and a location of the mobile device to a main server; selecting a reference model from a plurality of reference models according to the location of the mobile device, each of the plurality of reference models contains character recognition information associated with a location; and recognizing characters in the image using the reference model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Achiav Kolton, Albert Bentov
  • Patent number: 10478862
    Abstract: An apparatus for sorting objects is described, and which provides high-speed image data acquisition to fuse multiple data streams in real-time, while intentionally creating and utilizing known signal interference to enhance contrasts when individual sensors or detectors are utilized in providing data regarding features of a product to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Justice, Johan Calcoen, Gerald R. Richert
  • Patent number: 10373098
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention provide the ability to flexibly change the delivery point and time for a mail item, while the item is en route. The recipient, sender, or mailer may flexibly change the delivery point of the item alone or in combination with each other. While an item is en route between the sending point and the delivery point, a notification is sent to indicate that the item is in transit. In response, the delivery of the item may be changed. For example, the destination specified by the sender (e.g., the delivery address written on the item) may be changed or a delivery time may be specified. The item is then delivered to the new delivery point and/or at the specified delivery time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Edward J. Kuebert, Scott R. Bombaugh, William J. Dowling
  • Patent number: 10363582
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sorting objects is described, and which provides high-speed image data acquisition to fuse multiple data streams in real-time, while intentionally creating and utilizing known signal interference to enhance contrasts when individual sensors or detectors are utilized in providing data regarding features of a product to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy L. Justice, Johan Calcoen, Gerald R. Richert
  • Patent number: 10322438
    Abstract: A material handling system reduces or eliminates human interaction with articles sorted and deposited into an order container to maintain validation and integrity of the order. Validated articles are inducted onto a sortation conveyor that selectively dispenses or deposits each article at a destination into a container. A shuttle vehicle moves along a first side of row of such containers to replace an empty container in place of any container that holds a completed order and moves the latter onto a transport conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Engel, David Huff, Christopher Clinton Arnold, Justin Leib, Ralf Buerkle
  • Patent number: 10237424
    Abstract: An approach is provided for classifying and routing received documents. Text documents are received by a document classification service. The document classification service determines a classification types for documents based on a keyword-to-classification mapping. A document classification notification is send to a client device. The client device then confirms the document classification. Once confirmed, the document is sent to one or more destinations based on the classification of the document and a corresponding destination mapped to the classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoko Sato
  • Patent number: 10220416
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and sequencing articles in a processing facility are disclosed. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. A first sorter sorts items according to stop group and outputs the items to trays. The output trays from the first sorter are loaded to a second sorter in stop group order. The second sorter sorts items for each stop group into separate lanes. Each lane can then be sorted into output bins in delivery sequence order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Scott R. Bomgaugh
  • Patent number: 10181110
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention would project a route and a delivery schedule for relevant mail pieces and would monitor carrier-recorded tracking events for those mail pieces to determine whether or not actual tracking events are following the projected route and the projected schedule, and/or whether or not issues that might impact their delivery and/or their delivery schedule, may have arisen along their projected route; such exemplary embodiments would provide an alert to the relevant user(s) and/or other authorized parties and/or relevant carrier(s) and would facilitate user interaction by the relevant user(s) and/or parties to provide intercept and/or rescue and/or confiscation instructions; exemplary embodiments would facilitate automatic interfaces with the relevant carriers and delivery services for the subject mail piece to resolve rescue, item loss, insurance coverage, postage refund, intervention and/or confiscation instructions and issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: STAMPS.COM INC.
    Inventors: Charles John Atkinson, Michael John Biswas, John Roland Clem
  • Patent number: 10115046
    Abstract: Mailpiece manufacturing, distribution and communication system comprising at least one production center, a production software/server for generating and sending production orders to at least one processing equipment over a network for printing documents and assembling the printed documents in a mailpiece, a distribution center for delivering the mailpiece to a customer and a domain server for interactive customer communication, the mailpiece comprising a single barcode containing a web page link for accessing the domain server and comprising processing equipment control codes or a mailpiece identifier for controlling the at least one processing equipment and for interactive customer communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Peter Ashworth
  • Patent number: 10099256
    Abstract: A system and associated method is provided for sorting parts, which includes a conveyor system for receiving and circulating a plurality of randomly presented parts, a sorting buffer for accumulating selected parts from the plurality of randomly presented parts in an assigned buffer location, and a sequencing system for sequencing the accumulated selected parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James Clete Culp, Stanley E. Sankaran
  • Patent number: 9950345
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for warp and shear detection and correction and, more particularly, to systems and methods for detecting and correcting shear and warp in an address block of a mailpiece. The method is implemented in a computing device and includes: locating a barcode which is spatially consistent with a block of text; obtaining barcode bar data from the barcode which correlates to a difference in spatial orientation of one or more bars of the barcode with respect to a best fit line through the barcode; and replacing the block of text with a non-distorted block of text which can be read by optical character recognition processes, based on the barcode bar data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard C. Vanhall, Adam L. Jung
  • Patent number: 9862522
    Abstract: Embodiments of this disclosure include a rigid tray container and methods and equipment for using the rigid tray container in batched process operations. In one embodiment, a mass container is sized and dimensioned to receive one or several rigid tray containers. In other embodiments, equipment is configured to lid/unlid, secure, stack, load/unload, and buffer rigid tray containers. In other embodiments, equipment is configured to stack and stage mass containers. In some embodiments, methods are provided for batch processing items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Donald R. Close
  • Patent number: 9790029
    Abstract: A conveyor-using packing management system is provided. Images of tasks for respective article packing sections in order with respect to a plurality of boxes are simultaneously acquired so that efficiency of the packing management is enhanced, and loss and stress of a packing company in response to an occurrence of a customer claim due to a delivery accident are minimized by providing the customer with an image of a packing task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: INBET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 9758304
    Abstract: A conveyor-using packing management system is provided. Images of tasks for respective article packing sections in order with respect to a plurality of boxes are simultaneously acquired so that efficiency of the packing management is enhanced, and loss and stress of a packing company in response to an occurrence of a customer claim due to a delivery accident are minimized by providing the customer with an image of a packing task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INBET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 9751111
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a facility wide sorting and/or sequencing system for improving product processing operations and, more particularly, to a facility wide system and related functionality for simultaneously sorting and sequencing mixed mail pieces such as, for example, flats and letter mail pieces. The flats and letter mail pieces are placed in frames so that all types of mail pieces can be sorted and/or sequenced simultaneously through merging and diverting a stream of filled trays into and out of different streams at a full or substantially full transport speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wayne Blackwell, David Brown, Bryan Dalton, Thomas Erb, Mark Gaug, John Nasakaitis, Michael Riess, Jonathan Wee, Bruce Williams
  • Patent number: 9751112
    Abstract: Printed transactional documents are enclosed in a document size-inclusive envelope that gives the appearance of being a traditional windowed envelope in which the send address shows through from the address vehicle page inside, but actually has the address printed on an adhered patch that shows through the window, keeping the data inside more protected and allowing production processes to be more efficient, and the patch or envelope has a serialized identifier that ensures the address printed on the patch and seen in the window corresponds with the document on the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Broadridge Customer Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Frank W. Delfer
  • Patent number: 9669429
    Abstract: A method and a device for transporting and processing a number of objects, especially mail items, include transporting the objects in a number of transport processes to a respective processing system. At least one processing attribute as well as a feature is measured at the object before the transport processes. A data record with the processing attribute value and the feature value are stored. After the transport processes, the feature is measured again for each object, and the stored data record is determined. A search area restriction which is based on a sequence of feature values is undertaken for the determination. The processing system processes the object depending on the processing attribute value of the determined data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Gisbert Berger, Jörg-Andreas Illmaier, Wolf-Stephan Wilke, Katja Worm
  • Patent number: 9669430
    Abstract: A method of sorting mailpieces by using a dynamic assignment process and an overbooking mechanism whereby an overbooked sorting destination (D) is substituted for a sorting destination that is already assigned to a certain sorting outlet (S) comprises the following steps: a) identifying from among said sorting outlets (S) a sorting outlet that has a filling level (N) greater than a first threshold (s1) and the longest idle time, and assigning the overbooked sorting destination to that sorting outlet; b) if all of the sorting outlets (S) have filling levels (N) less than said first threshold (s1), identifying from among the sorting outlets the sorting outlet that has the longest idle time, assigning that sorting outlet to said overbooked sorting destination, and indicating that said other sorting destination is a sorting destination to be amalgamated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Didier Tresse, Karim Kara, David Morisot
  • Patent number: 9646281
    Abstract: Techniques for providing extended shipping options are described. In some embodiments, a user may specify extended shipping options that are not otherwise provided by or accessible via an existing shipment information specification user interface. In one embodiment, the user accesses a module configured to facilitate specification of extended shipping options and in response, provide an indicator of the specified extended shipping option, such as a tag or uniform resource identifier. The indicator of the extended shipping option is then incorporated into a user interface element, such as an address field, of the shipment information specification user interface. Once the user finalizes the order, the indicator of the extended shipping option is transmitted along with other shipment information items to a merchant and/or carrier system, where services specified by the extended shipping option are initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Z-Firm, LLC
    Inventors: Rafael Zimberoff, Alexander Uslontsev, Stanislav Tugushev, Aliaksandr Hramadski, Avi Levin, Patricia Anderson
  • Patent number: 9600941
    Abstract: An image, which can be analyzed by a computer and shows at least one face of an item, is generated for an item that is to be transported at a predefined time. By automatic analysis of the image, the arrangement determines, for at least one of a plurality of predetermined optically detectable features, the value of the feature for the image of the item. The identification feature value vector generated is automatically compared with stored registration feature value vectors. A record for a particular item contains six registration feature value vectors and each of the six registration feature value vectors specifies a value for each predefined optically detectable feature for each one of six faces of the item. When the identification feature value vector matches a stored registration feature value vector with sufficient accuracy, a message is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Gisbert Berger, Thomas Breuer, Bernd Hartmann, Andreas Marschner, Thomas Schoellhorn, Michael Zettler
  • Patent number: 9592989
    Abstract: An automated high speed multi-bin card collation system that takes die cut greeting cards at high speeds and diverts them on a customer by customer basis into multiple bins. A series of diverters are included that actuate between customer jobs to divert and collate the jobs independently into the bins. Each bin has a retractable floor that allows the individualized jobs to be collated prior to dropping onto a conveyor system. The conveyor then conveys the collated card jobs to a downstream location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas K Herrmann
  • Patent number: 9579694
    Abstract: A method for providing machine-readable final destination information on mail includes the steps of electronically receiving address information of a final destination for the mail from a sender located at a mail drop box and using an interface device located at the mail drop box. A machine-readable code containing information relating to the final destination of the mail is electronically generated and then printed on a label using a label printer located at the mail drop box. The printed label is presented to the sender at the drop box so that the sender can adhere the printed label to the mail prior to inserting the mail into the drop box. Machine-readable scanners read the machine-readable code on the label to sort the mail for delivery and then mail carriers deliver the mail to the delivery point indicated by the machine-readable code on the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Walter L. Snead
  • Patent number: 9489358
    Abstract: A communication terminal acquires an email, when an instruction to generate a memorandum is detected, specifies a character string associated with a predetermined attribute (a date and time, place, and person etc.), selects an input candidate from the specified character string and presents the selected candidate. For example, when a receive time of the email is “March 10th,” and the email includes the character string “next day” in the text, the communication terminal presents the character string “March 11th” as an input candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Hashida, Yuma Kuribayashi, Naoto Ookubo, Chisa Takeda, Junko Hiraishi