Control Initiates Driver-actuation Patents (Class 227/7)
  • Patent number: 10948865
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus to which a finisher is connected, a power source control unit shifts the image forming apparatus to a power saving state. The image forming apparatus is inhibited from being shifted to the power saving state when it is detected that a sheet for which a binding process is to be performed is set in the finisher. The image forming apparatus may be permitted to be shifted to the power saving state when it is not detected that the sheet is set in the finisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Hikichi
  • Patent number: 10926971
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a detection unit to detect a recording material, having an image formed thereon by an image forming unit, placed on a processing tray, a staple unit, a discharge unit, and a discharge tray. A first mode of the system is to discharge the recording material conveyed from the image forming unit to the discharge tray via the processing tray and a second mode involves waiting for instruction for executing. When the detection unit detects the recording material inserted into the processing tray in the second mode, and a recording material first mode conveying instruction is issued in a state of waiting for the executing instruction after the recording material detection, a discharge operation is performed to discharge the recording material inserted into the processing tray to the discharge tray without the staple unit executing staple processing on the recording material inserted into the processing tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10821585
    Abstract: A gas spring fastener driving tool, having a cylinder filled with compressed gas that forces a piston/driver through a driving stroke movement; a rotary-to-linear lifter, then moves the piston/driver back to its ready position, preparing the tool for another driving stroke. The driver has protrusions (teeth) along its edges to contact extending pins of the lifter member, for lifting the driver during a return stroke. The driver's movements are detected by position sensors, and the information provided by those position sensors is used to prevent the lifter from impacting against the driver in situations where the driver did not finish its driving stroke in a correct (“in specification”) position. The use of two position sensors allows a Dry Fire diagnostic test to determine if gas pressure in the gas storage chamber is too high, or has become too low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Kabbes, Thomas Matthew Webster, Steven R. Streicher, Thomas A. McCardle, William H. Hoffman, Christopher D. Klein
  • Patent number: 10663905
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a post-processing apparatus includes a stapling unit which includes a cartridge for containing a staple used for stapling processing, a moving unit configured to move the stapling unit between a first stapling position, a second stapling position and a replacement position, a detection unit configured to detect presence or absence of a staple in the cartridge, and a control unit configured to make the stapling unit stand ready at the second stapling position in a case where the presence of a staple in the cartridge is detected by the detection unit, and to make the moving unit move the stapling unit to the replacement position in a case where the absence of a staple in the cartridge is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10527997
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus to which a finisher is connected, a power source control unit shifts the image forming apparatus to a power saving state. The image forming apparatus is inhibited from being shifted to the power saving state when it is detected that a sheet for which a binding process is to be performed is set in the finisher. The image forming apparatus may be permitted to be shifted to the power saving state when it is not detected that the sheet is set in the finisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Hikichi
  • Patent number: 9527334
    Abstract: A method is provided for retaining a stack of sheets in a post-processing unit which improves retaining capabilities of a retaining element while retaining a stack of sheets. This method comprises the steps of forming a stack of sheets, providing a wire from a wire source, the wire being plastically-elastically deformable, selecting a retaining element type from one of a clip element type and a stapling element type, determining a wire deforming program for forming a retaining element of the selected retaining element type, forming the retaining element according to the wire deforming program by bending the wire at a number of positions along the wire and cutting the wire, and applying the formed retaining element to the stack of sheets, thereby retaining the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventor: Theodorus A.G. Heeren
  • Patent number: 9085088
    Abstract: A stapler includes a driver mechanism and a clincher mechanism. The clincher mechanism includes a base, a clincher resiliently supported on the base such that the clincher is biased toward the driver mechanism, and a clincher guide having a guide portion configured to guide a movement of the clincher. The guide portion has an inner peripheral surface that forms a through hole extending through the clincher guide and surrounds an outer periphery of the clincher. The inner peripheral surface has recessed surface portions extending from a surface of the clincher guide facing the driver mechanism, such that a gap is provided between the clincher and the recessed surface portions. The recessed surface portions are formed at locations corresponding to portions of the clincher where distal ends of the leg portions of the staple hit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Yagi, Futoshi Kameda
  • Patent number: 9016538
    Abstract: A corner device (10) having a main body (12) for carrying information or an ornamental pattern on an upper surface and locating formation (14) extending from one end of the main body. The locating formation locates and aligns the corner device with respect to an article before attaching the corner device to the article. The locating formation is shaped to receive the legs of a staple on either side thereof. The device also includes a folding area adapted to allow the main body to be folded over the locating formation once the corner device has been attached to the article, thereby to display the information or ornamental pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Dale Ramsden
  • Patent number: 8763720
    Abstract: Interactive tools and methods are provided. A particular interactive tool set includes a portable handheld tool and an alignment tool. The portable handheld tool includes a selective drive system. When the selective drive system is engaged, the portable handheld tool is operable perform a function and, when the selective drive system is not engaged, the portable handheld tool is not operable to perform the function. The alignment tool is physically separate and distinct from the portable handheld tool. The selective drive system engages in response to an indication of an aligned state of the alignment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Lee Moore
  • Patent number: 8453900
    Abstract: A wheeled stapling apparatus which automatically staples various materials such as felt paper and rolled roofing as it is rolled across a surface is herein disclosed. The apparatus comprises an adjustable handle allowing the user to walk behind as the apparatus is rolled upon a horizontal or sloped surface. The stapling action is activated by a trigger located at the upper portion of the handle. The apparatus drives the staples into the surface at user selected distance intervals, set using a selector knob on the top of the apparatus body. The apparatus is powered by an easily replaceable rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: J. Randy Shirk
  • Patent number: 8167182
    Abstract: An electric driving machine includes a remaining fastener sensor 257 which detects the amount of fasteners (e.g., nails) remaining, in an aligned and held manner, in a magazine 2 and which generates a residual-quantity signal (a signal showing depletion of fasteners) when the amount of remaining fasteners has decreased to a predetermined level or less; a remaining fastener detection circuit 406 which outputs a control signal (a signal of level 0) for controlling control means (299, 283, and other means) in accordance with an input of the residual-quantity signal (a switch-on signal) generated by the remaining fastener sensor 257; and a delay circuit 401 for delaying the remaining signal (the ON signal) generated by the remaining fastener sensor 257 by a predetermined period of time (e.g., 20 milliseconds) and inputs the thus-delayed remaining signal to the remaining fastener detection circuit 256 (406).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Shima, Masahiro Inaniwa, Hiroyuki Oda, Takashi Ueda, Yoshihiro Nakano
  • Publication number: 20120082497
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a stapler includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material, a power source configured to supply electric power to the image forming unit and the stapler, and a control unit configured to control the operation of the stapler. In the image forming apparatus, a time period for prohibiting the operation of the stapler is set such that a total of a power consumption of the image forming unit and a power consumption of the stapler is equal to or less than an electric power the power source can supply so as to perform the operation of the stapler and the operation of the image forming unit partially in parallel with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Osamu Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 8042717
    Abstract: A fastener driving device includes a housing, and a nose assembly carried by the housing. The nose assembly has a fastener drive track. The fastener driving device also includes an engine carried by the housing and configured to drive a fastener out of the drive track and into a workpiece during a drive stroke, a contact trip that includes an electrical actuator constructed and arranged to move a portion of contact trip to sense whether the workpiece is in front of the nose assembly, and a trigger configured to activate the electrical actuator to move the portion of the contact trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, LP
    Inventors: Lok C. Lam, Keven E. Miller, David M. McGee
  • Patent number: 7984837
    Abstract: Stapler (1) which in the course of a reciprocating working stroke (V) staples a workpiece (4), preferably a sheaf of papers, which stapler is powered by an electric motor which, via a transmission arrangement (5) drives the stapler during the working stroke, whereby the motor is activated and initiates the working stroke from a certain starting region as a result of the workpiece moving a trigger (32,33) which forms part of a trigger device (6) to a position at which a circuit-breaker (7), which forms part of the same electrical circuit (8) as the motor is connected to, is closed by the trigger, and whereby a release arrangement (9) connected to, and operatively acted upon, by a rotating means (11) which forms part of the transmission arrangement moves the trigger during the return phase of the working stroke to a non-closing position at which the circuit-breaker returns to an open position, thereby breaking the electric circuit and deactivating the motor, with the result that the working stroke ends in the s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Isaberg Rapid AB
    Inventors: Mattias Palmquist, Mats Andersson, Trygve Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 7866519
    Abstract: A fastener-driving tool has a cam-actuated pneumatic switch mechanism system operatively incorporated thereon which is adapted to control the timed driving or discharge of fasteners out from a hand-held fastener-driving tool and into a substrate at predeterminedly spaced positions with respect to each other. The arrangement is particularly adapted for use in connection with the driving of fasteners into corner regions of structural workpieces, although the same may also be used to drive fasteners into flat planar surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Genaro Cortez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7861905
    Abstract: A hand-held drive-in tool (10) has a trigger switch (19) for triggering a drive-in process by drive unit (30) that drives a drive-in ram (13), a press-on feeler (18) which is arranged so as to be displaceable at a muzzle (16), which can detect that the drive-in tool pressed against a workpiece, and which prevents the actuation of a drive-in process in its initial position (41) and enables actuation of its drive-in process in its switching position (43), a component feeler (17) displaceably arranged at the muzzle (16) and capable of being actuated independently from the press-on feeler (18) and preventing actuation of a drive-in process in its initial position (42) and enabling the actuation of the drive-in process in its switching position (44), the component feeler (17) detecting fitting of an auxiliary constructional component (110) to the muzzle (16), with a drive-in process being initiated by the trigger switch (19) only when the component feeler (17) and the press-on feeler (18) are both in their respect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Miescher, Harald Fielitz, Walter Odoni, Ulrich Schiestl
  • Publication number: 20100301090
    Abstract: An electric stapler includes: a driver for driving leg portions of a staple having a U-shaped section to penetrate the leg portions through a paper bundle; a table including a clincher for bending and forming the penetrated leg portions inwardly, the table for holding the paper bundle between the driver and the table; a motor for moving the table and the driver; a photo sensor for detecting an existence of the paper bundle inserted into a gap between the table and the driver; and a control portion for driving the motor. The photo sensor is disposed on the table in such a manner that a detection point of the photo sensor for detecting the paper bundle exists upwardly of a disposing position of the clincher by inclining an optical axis direction of a radiation light to be emitted from the photo sensor in a direction of the clincher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomokazu MATSUI, Nobuaki Yagi, Futoshi Kameda, Yoshio Chigira
  • Publication number: 20090294503
    Abstract: A fastener-driving tool has a cam-actuated pneumatic switch mechanism system operatively incorporated thereon which is adapted to control the timed driving or discharge of fasteners out from a hand-held fastener-driving tool and into a substrate at predeterminedly spaced positions with respect to each other. The arrangement is particularly adapted for use in connection with the driving of fasteners into corner regions of structural workpieces, although the same may also be used to drive fasteners into flat planar surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Genaro Cortez, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090279961
    Abstract: A resin insertion device includes a barrel, a piston within the barrel, and a triggering mechanism. The triggering mechanism includes an air outlet, an air inlet, a venturi tube and at least one trigger piston. A resin insertion device includes a barrel having a collar disposed at a first end and a piston disposed slidably within the barrel. A triggering mechanism is disposed at a second end. A first position of the trigger prevents airflow through an air inlet, a second position allows air through the inlet and an outlet, and a third position prevents airflow through the outlet. A method of inserting resin into a bore hole includes providing an insertion device including a barrel, and a triggering mechanism. The method includes depressing a trigger from a first to a second position, placing at least one resin cartridge within the barrel, and further depressing the trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Ben Warren
  • Patent number: 7571537
    Abstract: A powered stapler includes a housing having a first housing portion and a second housing portion movably coupled to the first portion. The stapler is actuated by creating relative movement between the first and second housing portions. The second housing portion includes an elongated trigger member, that when moved relative to the first housing portion, actuates the powered stapler to drive a staple into a stack of sheets. The stapler is configured to be held in a single hand of the user and can be actuated by the user squeezing his or her hand while holding the stapler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: David P. Adams, Joel G. Delman, Linda Pulik, Melanie Lyn Conklin, Clifford Krapfl, Cory William Worth, Stephen John Gaynes, Michael F. De Rossi
  • Patent number: 7419078
    Abstract: A nailer device having a carriage assembly, a pair of pivotal drive wheels, a nailer assembly and at least one end wheel. The pair of pivotal drive wheels are on the carriage assembly. The at least one end wheel is disposed adjacent an end of the carriage assembly. A drive motor can be associated with at least one of the pair of pivotal drive wheels when the nailer device is operating in an automatic mode. A handle disposed either intermediate of the pivotal drive wheels can be used to move or manually operate the nailer device and move the nailer device to an adjacent row of floorboards to be secured. A pair of adjustable wheels is also provided to adjust the height of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hamar
  • Publication number: 20080121676
    Abstract: A driving tool in a form of a combustion type nail driving machine 1 for injecting a nail by combustion gas is provided. The driving tool includes a lower pusher which is arranged at a distal end in a projecting direction of a nose through which the nail passes, formed with an elongated hole, and adapted to come into contact with a wood, an upper pusher which is urged by the lower pusher, and an extending-contracting mechanism interposed between the lower pusher and the upper pusher. The extending-contracting mechanism includes a bush which is in contact with the upper pusher and formed with a threaded hole, and a screwing part which can be screwed into the threaded hole after passing through the elongated hole. The screwing part includes a bolt which connects the lower pusher and the bush, and a lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Yoshitaka AKIBA
  • Patent number: 7311238
    Abstract: An electric stapler comprises an enclosure, a motor, a power transmission device, a working arm pivotally attached to the enclosure, a magazine receiving a plurality of staples and a clinching assembly. A guide device is mounted upon the working arm and rotating therewith. The guide device defines a guideway therein. The magazine is slidably engaged with the working arm. The clinching assembly combines a blade support and a blade, both received in the guideway of the guide device and movable therein. The blade support is engaged with the lever. The power transmission device transmits power and torque from the motor to the clinching assembly. The guide device is mounted upon the working arm and rotates therewith, the blade support slides in the guideway and simultaneously rotates with the guide device, thereby no interferences between the blade support and guide device occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Ringsun (Shenzhen) Industrial Limited
    Inventor: Yingming Liu
  • Patent number: 7311235
    Abstract: An electric pencil sharpener is accommodated in a front part of a lower housing. An electric stapler is accommodated in an upper housing including a shared surface that is used as a top face of the lower housing, as its bottom face. A power transformer for supplying DC power to the electric stapler is arranged in a rear part of the lower housing. The shared surface also serves as a paper table used for guiding a bundle of paper into the electric stapler. A caulking plate for bending both legs of a staple that is made to penetrate through the bundle of paper by a hammer is provided on the shared surface. Since the electric stapler is arranged in an upper part and the electric pencil sharpener is arranged in a lower part, it is possible to provide an electric stapler with pencil sharpener in which cutting waste generated by sharpening a pencil does not affect the stapling operation and good stability is achieved because of a lowered weight balance and which requires only a small installation area on a desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Aoki
  • Patent number: 7228997
    Abstract: An apparatus nails a plurality of cross members to an underlying stringer to produce a pallet. The carriage moves in a continuous motion without stopping over the cross members until the cross members are nailed to the stringer. The carriage includes at least one nailing gun for driving nails and a hydraulic accumulator mounted on the carriage in hydraulic communication with the at least one nailing gun for supplying hydraulic fluid to provide a force to the nailing gun to nail the cross members to the stringer. The nailing gun may be pivotally secured to the carriage wherein the nailing gun pivots with respect to the carriage while driving a nail into the cross member and the underlying stringer. The nail gun is also positioned into a nail driving position pneumatically and when in the nail driving position the hydraulic cylinder is actuated to drive the nail into the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Engineering Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Thompson
  • Patent number: 7121440
    Abstract: A stapler having a driver unit vertically separated from its clincher unit, which has a clincher base with a clincher. The clincher base is disposed to vertically reciprocate, and sheets inserted between the base and driver unit are clamped between the base and the driver unit when the base is reciprocated. The stapler has a first motor to operate the driver, and a second motor to reciprocate the clincher base and operate the clincher. In sequence, the second motor reciprocates the base and makes the base clamp the sheets, and then stops; the first motor makes the driver drive out the staple, and then stops; the second motor makes the clincher clinch the staple legs having passed the sheets, the base is returned, and the second motor stops; and after clinching, the first motor returns the driver to the initial position, and then stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7097087
    Abstract: A portable hand-held power stapler with an outer housing contoured to fit comfortably within the grip of a hand, said stapler having an improved actuation system comprising a manually operated power switch that will actuate the stapling mechanism when a paper-sensing arm positioned in a document insertion slot is brought into contact with the inserted edge of a document, thereby completing the electric circuit to the power source of the electric motor driving the stapling mechanism, said actuation system further having a manually actuated reverse switch to engage a reverse function of the stapling mechanism to clear a paper or staple jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: InnoDesk Business Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Lammers, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Patrick W. Brown
  • Patent number: 6994241
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method and apparatus for squaring wall panel assemblies prior to nailing sheathing material thereto. A preformed wall section having a frame and studs has a sheathing member placed thereover and fastened thereto whereby said components form a prefabricated wall section. To ensure that the assembled wall section is square the assembly line has squaring stops positioned on each side of the guide track. These stops are engineered to be in alignment with each other and causing the workpiece to form two right angles prior to release for nailing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: David Ohnesorge
  • Patent number: 6926185
    Abstract: A device for executing a number of actions, such as driving in nails, on a planar section, for example a wall element, for fixing a covering panel or the like on the planar section. A carriage is displaceable longitudinally over the planar section. A number of the action device are mounted on one side of a carriage and are displaceable individually transversely of the planar section. A number of the action devices are mounted on the other side of the carriage and are displaceable together with one another transversely of the planar section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Randek Maskin AB
    Inventor: Ake Svensson
  • Patent number: 6899325
    Abstract: A method for precisely aligning a product to be stapled in relation to a stapling device in a gatherer stapler, includes the steps of determining an exact position of the product to be stapled, comparing the determined position with an expected position of the product, supplying a determined positional deviation to a drive as a control variable and performing a compensatory movement by controlling at least one of respective drives of the gathering chain and of the stapling device so that the determined positional deviation is compensated for at the start of the stapling operation. A device for performing the method and a gatherer stapler are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Andreas Steinert, Randolf Voigtländer
  • Patent number: 6814272
    Abstract: A nailing machine for pallets, comprises nailing grippers supported by a beam which is controllably movable in a vertical plane and includes feeding bins for feeding nails to the grippers, with a plurality of gripper holding beams movable in a vertical plane, a central gripper holding beam being supported by a locally fixed construction, adjoining gripper holding beams being adapted to be properly positioned with respect to the workpiece to be nailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Stori S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Storti
  • Publication number: 20040016789
    Abstract: A compact, lightweight and rechargeable electric stapler for automatically punching holes in documents and the like is provided wherein a fixed switch is fixed to the case body and an actuating bar is moveable at the front end and back end, so the switch is durable and also the presence of staples can be determined at a glance with a LED. The electric stapler comprises a case body, drive train, wiring board, magazine frame, an arm, a fixed switch wherein an actuating switch for actuating the drive train (motor) is mounted on the case body, and a moveable actuating bar coupled to the fixed switch and mounted between the case body and frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Applicant: ELM INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tokinori Takada
  • Patent number: 6676002
    Abstract: A stapler includes a base having a top surface, a bottom surface, and an anvil. The stapler further includes a paper guide coupled to the base and movable relative to the anvil between a first substantially locked and immovable position and a second substantially locked and immovable position, without requiring access to the bottom surface of the base. The paper guide includes a body portion supported on the top surface of the base, and a locking member coupled to the body portion and operable to substantially lock and unlock the body portion. The locking member is preferably a lever movable relative to the body portion and having a projection engageable with a ramped surface on one of the body portion or the base to lock the paper guide relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Acco Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Jairam, Bikram Sohi
  • Publication number: 20030098327
    Abstract: A fastener apparatus is provided for securing a plurality of modules to a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventor: Larry G. Durkos
  • Patent number: 6547119
    Abstract: A power stapler includes a base in which a gear system and a motor is received, and a punching arm which is pivotally connected to the base and a punching member is pivotally connected to the base. A punching plate is connected a free end of the punching member. A shaft extends through the punching member and two arms are connected to two first ends of the shaft. Two cam devices are respectively connected to two respective second ends of the two arms and the gear system powered by a motor is connected to an axle of one gear of the gear system. Accordingly, when the two arms are activated by the gear system, the punching member is lowered to proceed stapling action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Chien Kai Huang
  • Patent number: 6543663
    Abstract: An automatic fastening scheduler apparatus is described for scheduling the placement of fasteners such as nails, staples or screws for joining materials along a preselected path on the material. The apparatus spaces the fasteners by sequentially operating the safety mechanism of a standard power fastener at a rate determined by the distance the apparatus is rolled along the surface of the material. The apparatus does not modify the operation of the safety mechanism of the power fastener and the power fastener can be easily removed from the apparatus for manual operation. The apparatus provides for varying the spacing between adjacent fasteners and can be operated from either an upright or a crouched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: David M. Davis
  • Patent number: 6536646
    Abstract: A stapler is provided with a frame and a head assembly pivotally disposed in the frame between a first open position and a second clamped position. The head assembly contains all of the operative elements of the stapler necessary to carry out a stapling operation and is biased toward the open position by a biasing member disposed between the head assembly and the frame. These operative elements include a staple driving mechanism, a motor fixed to the head assembly, a cam member connected to the motor and rotated thereby. The cam member contains at least three surfaces that simultaneously form and drive staples, pivot the head assembly in the frame, and actuate a microswitch controlling power to the motor. The cam member cooperates with a first bar disposed between the frame and a spring assembly to permit the first bar to flex to accommodate varying thicknesses or amounts of paper to be stapled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Acco Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris Pinczewski, Valentin Fridmanovich
  • Patent number: 6527156
    Abstract: A fastener driving apparatus (1) having a carriage (10) supporting a fastener driver (18) and adapted for translation across a flooring member (42) being fastened by fasteners from the fastener driver (18). The fastener driver (18) is preferably supported in the carriage (10) at an angle with respect to a fully vertical position in order to drive fasteners at an angle with respect to the flooring member (42) and more preferably into the side of the flooring member (42) and into the underlying structure. More preferably, the angle of the fastener driver (18) is adjustable. Carriage motion elements (36) permit translation of the fastener driving apparatus (1) across the flooring (44) with a support wheel (50) preferably arranged so as to exert a lateral force upon the apparatus (1) when the apparatus (1) is pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Robbins, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lynn McAllister, Harry Todd Goodridge, Gregory Chura, Paul W. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20020158101
    Abstract: A power stapler includes a base in which a gear system and a motor is received, and a punching arm which is pivotally connected to said base and a punching member is pivotally connected to said base. A punching plate is connected a free end of said punching member. A shaft extends through said punching member and two arms are connected to two first ends of said shaft. Two cam devices are respectively connected to two respective second ends of said two arms and the gear system powered by a motor is connected to an axle of one gear of said gear system. Accordingly, when the two arms are activated by the gear system, the punching member is lowered to proceed stapling action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Chien Kai Huang
  • Patent number: 6269996
    Abstract: A fastener driving apparatus having a carriage supporting a fastener driver and adapted for translation across a flooring member being fastened by fasteners from the fastener driver. The fastener driver is preferably supported in a carriage at an angle with respect to a fully vertical position for driving fasteners at an angle with respect to the flooring member and more preferably into the side of the flooring member and into the underlying structure. More preferably, the angle of the fastener driver is adjustable. Carriage motion elements permit translation of the fastener driving apparatus across the flooring and are preferably arranged so that they exert a lateral force upon the apparatus when the apparatus is pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Robbins, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Lynn McAllister
  • Patent number: 6220494
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting, in the molding of picture-frames, metal staples adapted to retain laminar backing elements for pictures, photographs and the like, comprising a beam which is arranged horizontally above the surface that supports the molding, two fixing tools which are guided on the beam transversely to two opposite sides of the molding, an actuation for adjusting the distance between the fixing tools along the beam as a function of the distance between the sides, and a further actuation for vertically actuating the fixing tools into the position for applying metallic staples in the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Giuseppe Raffoni
  • Patent number: 6199852
    Abstract: In a stapler for variably stapling a set or stack of sheets manually inserted through the stapler entrance path with different orientations, there is a sheet guide system with movable guide members automatically differently repositioned into different sheet guiding positions in the entrance path by the sheet stack insertion and its angle of insertion, including switching in between a corner angled stapling alignment position and a linear sheet edge aligned stapling position, respectively differently positioning the sheet stack for stapling. It may include a base plate, a pair of guide elements movably mounted on the base plate, and a fixed registration wall. The guide members in the corner angled stapling position may present opposing converging 45 degree angled edge registration surfaces to the inserted sheet stack. For edge stapling, the same guide members and/or the registration wall may present one, or two straight edge registration surfaces to the inserted stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Visick, John H. Cook
  • Patent number: 6135337
    Abstract: An electrically powered stapler is disclosed having a sliding blade for driving staples which is reciprocated by a lever and crank mechanism driven by an electric motor through a torque increasing gear train. Jamming of the stapler is prevented by mounting the lever's fulcrum on a plunger which is releasably retained to a fixed support by a flexible collar. The plunger has an enlarged head, and the collar has a plurality of flexible fingers which grip the plunger behind the head to retain the plunger to the collar. The plunger can be disengaged from the collar by the application of a predetermined force directed away from the plunger, such as occurs on the fulcrum during a jammed condition when the blade cannot drive a staple and is stalled. The pivot point of the lever then shifts to the blade end of the lever and the plunger is reciprocated by the lever instead of the blade, allowing the motor and other components to cycle through their full range of motion without stalling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Hunt Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Harris, Gerald P. Fregeolle, Jeffrey A. Karg, David F. Tyndell
  • Patent number: 6068173
    Abstract: A simple type power stapler has a main body 1, a punching arm 2, a housing frame 3, a hanging means 8 having a hook member 81 engaging with an upper portion of the punching arm 2 and a support portion 80 for supporting a lower portion of the housing frame 3, and a pushing member movable vertically by a motor 5 wherein a pair of support frames 22 are provided above the punching arm so as to accommodate the vertically movable pushing member; the punching arm 2 and the housing frame 3 descend by their own weight to lower their front end side F so that a lower surface 32 of the front end of the housing frame 3 pushes an upper surface of an object to be stapled W when the pushing member is moved downward; and the distance between the hook portions 81 and the support portion 80 of the hanging means 8 is determined to have a dimension which allows the downward movement of the front end side F of the punching arm 2 caused by the movement of the pushing member to its lowest position whereby staple pins P are punched o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Aska Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Sueda
  • Patent number: 6058589
    Abstract: The automatic pallet collar apparatus comprises a frame that has a fixed rail and a movable rail to adjust the width of the frame. A rotatable driving member is in operative engagement with the frame to move forward a set of wood members. A downstream cutting station cut the wood members into a precise length. The drilling station drills holes into the wood member and rivets are dropped into the holes at the rivet mounting station. A downstream turner station turns each wood member downside up and a hinge is positioned onto the rivets at the hinge mounting station. The rivets are then fastened to firm hold the hinge to the wood member. A suitable logo may be printed in the screen printing station and the finished pallet collar components are then stacked at the stacker station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Svenska Balk System Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Leif Erik Vilhelm Hakansson
  • Patent number: 5904789
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for securing a plurality of modules to a frame to form a box spring includes a base for supporting the frame and the modules, a support, and a drive mechanism coupled to the support and the base. The drive mechanism is configured to provide relative movement between the support and the base. The apparatus also includes a camera coupled to the support. The camera provides an image signal indicative of an actual position of the modules relative to the frame upon relative movement of the support and the base. The apparatus further includes a tool coupled to the support for securing each of the modules to the frame using the image signal from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Imaginal Systematics, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Larry G. Durkos
  • Patent number: 5893203
    Abstract: A process for seating a tight-fitting headed fastener in a hole in a workpiece so that the head of the fastener contacts the surface of the workpiece. The process includes inserting a distal end of the fastener, opposite its headed end, into the hole so that the distal end is tightly wedged into the hole and the headed end of the fastener is spaced from the workpiece surface. A driver of an electromagnetic impulse actuator is extended into contact with the fastener head, and the position of the driver when it is in contact with the fastener head is sensed and recorded to determine how far the fastener must be driven into the hole to seat the fastener head against the workpiece surface. A desired off-set distance of the driver from the fastener head is calculated which will result in seating of the fastener when the electromagnet impulse actuator is actuated, but will not cause excessive impact of the fastener head with the workpiece surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: James N. Buttrick Jr.
  • Patent number: 5803337
    Abstract: An electric stapler has a stapling mechanism which is connected to a power source through a switch and staples a sheet stack inserted into a throat. An actuator is adapted to abut against an edge of a sheet stack at a plurality of positions along the edge of the sheet stack and to be moved by the sheet stack in response to insertion thereof to an operative position where it operates the switch to actuate the stapling mechanism. A sub-actuator is positioned in front of the actuator and is movable between an erected position where it stands into the sheet stack insertion passage to abut against a sheet stack when the sheet stack is inserted into the throat and a horizontal position where it is retracted from the sheet stack insertion passage not to abut against a sheet stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Fukai, Naoto Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 5791544
    Abstract: An electric stapler in which sheets conveyed along the sheet guide surface are staplied in a stapling position on a sheet guide surface, the electric stapler comprises: a switch; a staple unit for stapling the sheets in the stapling position in response to the switch; a first actuator protruding in part from the sheet guide surface, wherein, when the first actuator brings into contact with more than one place of one edge side of the sheets conveyed beyond the stapling position and moved by the sheets being conveyed, the first actuator actuates the switch so as to operate the stapling unit; and a second actuator positioned upstream the first actuator, a part of the second actuator selectively projecting and retracting with respect to the sheet guide surface, wherein, when the second actuator brings into contact with predetermined lengths of different edge sides constituting a corner portion of the sheets being conveyed beyond the stapling position while the part protruding from the sheet guide surface and move
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Fumio Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 5749508
    Abstract: A nailing gun carrier comprises a frame for carrying a nailing gun and moving the nailing gun along a surface to be nailed, a gun holder for attaching the nailing gun to the frame, and a gun firing assembly for positioning the nailing gun in proper position for firing a nail into the surface to be nailed. The gun firing assembly comprises a trigger-engaging arm positioned to depress a trigger of the nailing gun so as to cause the nailing gun to fire, a trigger safety release positioned to engage and release a trigger safety mechanism of the nailing gun to enable the gun to be fired, and a cam mechanism carried by the frame and operative to cycle the trigger-engaging arm between firing and non-firing modes and to cycle the trigger safety release between engaged and released modes so that the frame may be moved along the surface to be nailed and so that the nailing gun carried by the frame can be periodically fired to nail according to the cycles of the cam mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Darrell S. Clothier