With Detector, Indicator, Or Control Patents (Class 242/563)
  • Patent number: 10470622
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser includes a transfer bar, a roller assembly, a motor, a sensor, and a controller. The transfer bar is movable between first and second positions. The roller assembly, disposed proximate the transfer bar second position, has a drive roller and a pinch roller that define a nip. The motor is in operable communication with the transfer bar to move the transfer bar between the first and second positions. The sensor is in operable communication with the dispenser cover. The controller is in operable communication with the sensor and the motor, and is responsive to executable instructions to facilitate actuation of the motor in response to a signal from the sensor to cause the transfer bar to move between the first position and second positions. The transfer bar includes at least one finger that drives an end of a roll of sheet product towards the nip upon actuation of the transfer bar from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Harold Goeking, Robert W. Cornell, Panagiotis Zosimadis, James Noah McNeely
  • Patent number: 10343423
    Abstract: A microcontroller-based system for identifying a paper type of a sample of paper from a measurement of its electrical impedance. An interdigital dielectric sensor (55) is deployed in the paper path of a printer (PTR), and the electrical impedance at the sensor, as affected by a sheet of paper (P) near the sensor, is measured over a plurality of frequencies of a stimulus signal. The stimulus signal may be sinusoidal or a square wave. The impedance characteristic, in magnitude or phase, or both, is compared against a plurality of reference impedance characteristics, each associated with a paper type, to identify the closest match and thus the type of paper of the sample sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Charles Kasimer Sestok, IV
  • Patent number: 10059133
    Abstract: A printer includes a printer body and a lid. The printer body includes a recording paper holder configured to accommodate a roll of recording paper and a projection provided on a bottom surface of the recording paper holder that contacts the recording paper. The lid is attached to the printer body to be opened and closed relative to the printer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Masafumi Chiba, Sumio Watanabe, Yoshinari Takabatake
  • Patent number: 9911312
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for monitoring hygiene compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Wildman, Dennis J. Gallant, Phillip J. Hausman
  • Patent number: 9868310
    Abstract: A printer includes a body, a lid pivotably attached to the body, a platen roller attached to the lid, and a lock lever. The body includes a print head and a holder to accommodate a roll of recording sheet. The lock lever supports a bearing of the platen roller when the lid is closed. The printer further includes a first plate and a second plate arranged on the lid in the widthwise direction of the printer, and a movable button provided on the lid. When the button is moved to slide the first and second plates toward each other, the outer end of each of the first and second plates in the widthwise direction moves inward to be positioned inside the outer frame of the holder to allow the closure of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oguchi, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yuji Yada, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9862212
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer including a memory storing computer-executable instructions. In an index value detecting process, pulse count index values are detected. In a remaining amount determining process, first process, second process, third process, and fourth process are executed. In the first process, an Nth determination object value is calculated from an Nth and an N+1th pulse count index values. In the second process, an average value is calculated from a plurality of successive pulse count index values in a range including a latest value that is an Nth pulse count index value when N is an even number or is an (N?1)th pulse count index value when N is an odd number of three or more. In the third process, a remaining amount rank corresponding to the Nth determination object value is determined. In the fourth process, a rank display corresponding to the remaining amount rank is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Fujioka
  • Patent number: 9770143
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a dispenser which in one embodiment is a motorized electric dispenser that reliably detects a request for a portion of product and electromechanically dispenses a pre-determined length of product to the user, without the user needing to directly touch any part of the dispenser. The dispenser comprises a product path passing between an engagement opening and a capacitive sensor. A controller is operatively configured to identify a dispense request based upon a detection signal received from the capacitive sensor and activate a drive motor upon the identification of the dispense request. The dispense request is defined as an introduction of a user target within an introduction threshold distance from the capacitive sensor followed by a removal of the user target beyond a removal threshold distance away from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: DISPENSING DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Lockland Corley, Andrew Jackman, Alex Trampolski, Richard Ybo Lalau, Damir Wallener
  • Patent number: 9730559
    Abstract: A paper sheet material dispenser apparatus for dispensing paper sheet material from a roll of paper sheet material having a tail portion includes a sensor structure having a light emitter and a light sensor for sensing the absence of a replacement tail portion projecting from a housing exit opening and for activating an electric motor to rotate a roll support drum and cause the replacement tail portion to project from the exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International, LLC
    Inventors: Joel P. Keily, Richard Dale Brannan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9715817
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for monitoring hygiene compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Wildman, Dennis J. Gallant, Phillip J. Hausman
  • Patent number: 9701508
    Abstract: Certain hybrid dispenser systems and methods of dispensing sheet product are provided. In one example, the method includes dispensing, by the dispenser, an exposed tail of sheet product upon activation of a proximity sensor associated with the dispenser. The method includes dispensing a second length of sheet product in response to a user manually exerting a pull force on the exposed tail. The method includes generating electrical energy using an electrical generator of the dispenser. An amount of electrical energy generated by the electrical generator is based in part on the second length of sheet product pulled by the user. The method includes charging an energy storage device electrically coupled to the electrical generator by transferring energy from the electrical generator to the energy storage device, and modifying the pull force the user exerts to dispense the second length by adjusting an energy transfer rate from the electrical generator to the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventor: Russell Diamond
  • Patent number: 9682577
    Abstract: Disclosed are a paper storage and a printer. The paper storage comprises: a warehouse body (20) for accommodating a medium, a medium outlet (A), and a roller (5) arranged on the storage body (20), wherein the medium outlet (A) is configured to discharge the medium accommodated in the storage body (20) after the medium passes by the roller (5), and an opening (224) opposite to the roller (5) is also arranged on a wall of the storage body (20), to allow an external medium processing device to match with the roller (5) through the opening (224) to process the medium. To replace the paper storage in a printer adopting such paper storage, the need for respective detachment of various parts of the paper storage, and the need for opening of the upper cover of the printer to load the paper roll are eliminated, thereby avoiding the problems of complex operations of replacing the paper roll and inconvenience in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jigang Zhang, Lin Long
  • Patent number: 9505575
    Abstract: To improve precision in identifying the amount that remains of a recording medium, an apparatus includes a paper holder that supports an outer circumferential surface of a recording medium that is biased downward in a vertical direction by the weight of the recording medium, such that a position of a center of the recording medium moves on a straight-line trace, associated with consumption of the recording medium; and a light-reflecting sensor that is provided at a predetermined position at a side face of the paper holder and senses displacement per unit time at a position facing the predetermined position of the recording medium that is rotated by being pulled out of the paper holder, associated with the consumption of the recording medium, where based on the displacement sensed by the light-reflecting sensor, a radius of the recording medium at the time the light reflecting sensor senses the displacement is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: Citizen Holdings Co., LTD., Citizen Systems Japan Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tsugaru, Gen Matsushima, Katsutoshi Mukaijima, Tetsuya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9391414
    Abstract: Solar Photovoltaic utility meter adapter is disclosed. The adapter redirects power from a photovoltaic connection directly back to the power grid while still being monitored by the existing utility meter and abiding NEC code rules. This operates to resolve the limitations of busbar amperage rating and heat. The adapter connects to existing electrical connections of an electrical service on a building on one side, and connects to the utility meter on the other side. Busbars inside the adapter receive power from the photovoltaic device, through an overcurrent protecting device. The device is connected in a first configuration with the connection part oriented in a first direction, said busbars connect to load connections of said electrical service, and in a second configuration with said connection part oriented in a second direction opposite to said first direction, said busbars connect to source connections of said electrical service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Rainbow Majestic Seals, Greg Abell
  • Publication number: 20150121689
    Abstract: The invention provides a component supply device which is small and can supply electronic components efficiently. The component supply device 1 mounts a component supply tape T and exposes the electronic components out of the component supply tape T to provide to a component installation device 7 which mounts the electronic components on a circuit board. The component supply device 1 has a replenishment device 2 which replenishes a new component supply tape (Tb) when a preceding component supply tape Ta runs out, and a sensor S which detects the run-out of the preceding component supply tape Ta. The replenishment device 2 has a reel holding section 21 on which reels 20 wound with the component supply tape T are inserted, and a standby section 5 of the component supply tape T. When the sensor S detects that the preceding component supply tape Ta runs out and issues a detection signal, the component supply tape T is moved from the standby section to be replenished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Akito Tanokuchi, Tsutomu Yanagida
  • Publication number: 20150115094
    Abstract: A feeding device in manufacturing which is configured to feed a carrier tape includes a transmission mechanism and a buffering mechanism. The transmission mechanism is configured to receive the carrier tape and transfer the carrier tape to the buffering mechanism. The buffering mechanism includes a slide assembly, a feeder assembly, and an inductor. The slidable feeder assembly is mounted to the slide assembly, and is configured to receive the carrier tape transferred from the transmission mechanism. The slide assembly moves the feeder assembly. The inductor is mounted to one side of the slide assembly, and senses distances from the feeder assembly, to control a feeding speed of the transmission mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: MING-LU YANG, WEI-ZHONG DAI, CHAO SHEN
  • Publication number: 20150097068
    Abstract: An object of the present disclosure is to provide an apparatus for dispensing absorbent sheet material from a roll. The apparatus includes a roll holder for rotatably supporting said roll, and a roll fill level indicator arrangement. The roll fill level indicator arrangement includes a pivoting arm and a moveable first indicator device. The pivoting arm includes roll engagement device for engagement with an outer peripheral surface of said roll. A position of said first indicator device is continuously responsive to an angular position of said pivoting arm, such that said roll fill level indicator arrangement is able to provide a gradual roll fill level indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Björn Larson, Craig Billman, John S. Formon, Erik Hjort, Per Möller
  • Publication number: 20150090832
    Abstract: Sheet product dispensers and methods are provided. A sheet product dispenser includes a loading station for sheet material, a sheet feeding mechanism configured to feed the sheet material, a presentation station for presenting one or more discrete sheet products to an end user, a sensor downstream of the feeding mechanism and upstream of the presentation station configured to detect a presence of the discrete sheet products, and a controller configured to facilitate dispensing of the one or more discrete sheet products in response to a signal, and to determine and store data associated with the dispensing of the sheet products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventors: Abby Catherine Case, David James Gennrich, Scott A. Woods, Chad Anthony Schweitzer
  • Publication number: 20150083845
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of tape feeders arranged in a component feed section includes a feeder storage part which stores information used in a control process by the tape feeder, a display part which displays setting information which is previously set and inputted and stored in the feeder storage part and an operation input part having a function as a display switching part which switches the setting information displayed in the display part. The setting information can be displayed in a flexible form and with a good working property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawaguchi, Shigekazu Yoneyama, Tatsuo Yamamura, Kazunori Kanai
  • Publication number: 20150069171
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a paper roll device including a casing, a cover connected to the casing, a moving component, a first resilient component connected to the moving component, a lever pivoted to the moving component, a second resilient component, a detecting module and a control module. The first resilient component is for driving the moving component to move in a first direction. The lever pivots relative to the moving component as the moving component moves. The second resilient component is connected to a sensing portion of the lever and for supporting the lever in the first direction. The detecting module is for detecting a position state of the sensing portion of the lever, so as to generate a corresponding detecting signal. The control module is for determining an open/closed state of the cover relative to the casing according to the detecting signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicants: Armorlink SH Corp., IEI Integration Corp.
    Inventors: Yu-Tsung Chang, Yu-Hsiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20150053810
    Abstract: A paper roll device includes a casing, two rollers, a lever, a resilient component, a detecting module and a control module. The two rollers are installed inside the casing and for supporting a paper roll cooperatively. An end of the lever is disposed between the two rollers, and the lever pivots around a shaft. The paper roll sinks to contact the end of the lever, so as to push the end of the lever in a first direction. The resilient component is connected to the lever and for supporting the lever in a second direction opposite to the first direction. The detecting module is for detecting a position state of the other end of the lever, so as to generate a corresponding detecting signal. The control module is electrically connected to the detecting module and for determining a using state of the paper roll according to the detecting signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicants: Armorlink SH Corp., IEI Integration Corp.
    Inventors: Yu-Tsung Chang, Yu-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 8944362
    Abstract: A paper roll holder, a printer having the same and a paper end detecting mechanism are disclosed. The paper roll holder comprises a turning plate, which upper surface forms a first arc groove close to a rotation center and a second arc groove far away from the rotation center; an elastic element, providing a rotating torque to the turning plate so that the turning plate turns from an initial position to an upturning position during the printing and consuming of a paper roll; and a sensor, arranged in the second arc groove of the turning plate for detecting the paper. Wherein, the turning plate has the initial position suitable for supporting a large paper roll in the second arc groove and the upturning position suitable for supporting a small paper roll in the first arc groove. When the printing paper roll is near end, along with rotation of the turning plate, the small paper roll is limited in the first arc groove so as to prevent the small paper roll from moving in the paper house during printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianxin Jiang, Zhenxian Cong, Jigang Zhang, Min Yang, Kai Liu
  • Publication number: 20150027239
    Abstract: The quantity of material remaining in a 3D printing system may be effectively measured through the use of a strain gauge. The strain gauge may be mounted on a support member such as a cantilevered support that holds the weight of a material dispenser. As the material is consumed, the strain gauge may measure the reduction in deformation of the cantilevered support, thereby indicating to a control system and/or a user the quantity of material used. Full and/or empty material dispenser measurements may be taken to provide reference points that indicate how close the material dispenser is to being full and/or empty. The material dispenser may be mounted in a variety of locations relative to the 3D printer, including on a side and on top. A top-mounted material dispenser may be received within a bearing that permits the material dispenser to rotate, allowing the material to unwind during consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Lamplight Games
    Inventor: Timothy Konkle
  • Publication number: 20150002603
    Abstract: A printer 1 has a media orientation detection means 65 that detects displacement of the media after conveyance by the conveyance mechanism 63 stops; and a media processing device control unit 100 that controls cutting the media by an automatic paper cutter 60 when the media orientation detection means 65 detects displacement of the media, and controls processing the media by a processing unit when a communication unit receives control data while in a standby mode waiting for detection of media displacement by the media orientation detection means 65.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Koike, Takako Kasuga, Yuya Iwasa, Kiyomi Kuroda
  • Publication number: 20140367401
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing paper or non-woven sheet product for wiping, wherein the level of sheet product contained in the dispenser decreases as the sheet product is dispensed, the dispenser comprising an ultrasonic level sensor for determining the level of the sheet product contained in the dispenser, wherein the ultrasonic sensor is arranged to direct the ultrasonic beam toward a surface associated with the sheet product, wherein a distance that the beam travels to the surface changes progressively as the level of the sheet product in the dispenser changes from a full condition to an empty condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Anders Strålin, Per Möller, Johan Lissmats
  • Patent number: 8910900
    Abstract: Methods are provided for operating a web medium supply for a printer and or operating a printer having a web medium supply to which any of a plurality of different cores can be mounted, each core having a web. In one aspect, a core data condition is detected indicating that an automatic core data acquisition process is to be executed and conditions are sensed from which a difference in the rotational positions of a first engaged surface at a first end of the core and a second engaged surface at a second end of the core can be determined. Data regarding the web on the core is determined based upon the sensed conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Gary P. Lawniczak
  • Publication number: 20140361116
    Abstract: Aspects of the innovation described herein generally pertain to methods for providing wire using two or more welding wire drive motors. The wire drive motors may be driven according to optimized power to control conveyance of the wire. A method may include modifying the power at which two or more motors operate to avoid conveying a wire under asymmetrical or excessive forces. Further, a controller may be provided to optimize the power at which at least one push motor and at least one pull motor operate to deliver wire to a welding operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Edward A. Enyedy
  • Publication number: 20140291437
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a dispenser which in one embodiment is a motorized electric dispenser that reliably detects a request for a portion of product and electromechanically dispenses a pre-determined length of product to the user, without the user needing to directly touch any part of the dispenser. The dispenser comprises a product path passing between an engagement opening and a capacitive sensor. A controller is operatively configured to identify a dispense request based upon a detection signal received from the capacitive sensor and activate a drive motor upon the identification of the dispense request. The dispense request is defined as an introduction of a user target within an introduction threshold distance from the capacitive sensor followed by a removal of the user target beyond a removal threshold distance away from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: DISPENSING DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Lockland Corley, Andrew Jackman, Alex Trampolski, Richard Ybo Lalau, Damir Wallener
  • Publication number: 20140263811
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser includes a transfer bar, a roller assembly, a motor, a sensor, and a controller. The transfer bar is movable between first and second positions. The roller assembly, disposed proximate the transfer bar second position, has a drive roller and a pinch roller that define a nip. The motor is in operable communication with the transfer bar to move the transfer bar between the first and second positions. The sensor is in operable communication with the dispenser cover. The controller is in operable communication with the sensor and the motor, and is responsive to executable instructions to facilitate actuation of the motor in response to a signal from the sensor to cause the transfer bar to move between the first position and second positions. The transfer bar includes at least one finger that drives an end of a roll of sheet product towards the nip upon actuation of the transfer bar from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventors: Harold Goeking, Robert W. Cornell, Panagiotis Zosimadis, Noah McNeely
  • Publication number: 20140231573
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reducing feed rate variations when unwinding a web material to transport the web material away from the parent roll at a web takeoff point where the feed rate variations are induced by parent roll geometry variations. The method utilizes calculated and/or measured data to make suitable adjustments in the driving speed for an out-of-round parent roll to get closer to a relatively constant feed rate. By dividing the parent roll into 1, 2, . . . n sectors, the data can be refined to a relatively high degree taking into account high speed data processing capabilities as well as operating system response times to make appropriate driving speed adjustments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Paul Alan BINNER, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140231574
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reducing feed rate variations when unwinding a web material to transport the web material away from the parent roll at a web takeoff point where the feed rate variations are induced by parent roll geometry variations. The method utilizes calculated and measured data and selected adjustment percentages to make suitable improvements in the driving speed for an out-of-round parent roll to get closer to a relatively constant feed rate. By dividing the parent roll into 1, 2, . . . n sectors, the data can be refined to a relatively high degree taking into account high speed data processing capabilities as well as operating system response times to make appropriate driving speed adjustments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Paul Alan BINNER, SR.
  • Patent number: 8789787
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing sheet material pertains to a housing (82) arranged for receiving a supply of sheet material (1), a feed mechanism (2) for advancing said sheet material through a discharge opening (100) of said housing (82), a motor (3) for driving said feed mechanism (2) and a controller (4) for powering the motor (3) to drive the feed mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Robert Kling, Anders Olsson
  • Publication number: 20140197268
    Abstract: The paper discharge mechanism comprises: a first side passage plate and a second side passage plate between which an S-shaped paper conveying passage is formed, wherein the second side passage plate comprises a paper jam detection plate and a paper pullout detection plate both pivotally connected on a frame; a first elastic element biasing the paper jam detection plate and a second elastic element biasing the paper pullout detection plate; and a first sensor and a second sensor. A surface of the paper jam detection plate facing paper is concave and is held against the paper and rotates in the direction away from the first side passage plate during paper jam; a surface of the paper pullout detection plate facing the paper is convex and is held against the paper and rotates in the direction away from the first side passage plate during paper pullout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SHANDONG NEW BEIYANG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhengmin Zhang, Xiaojie Tang, Tianxin Jiang, Min Yang
  • Patent number: 8776788
    Abstract: A sheet driver for use in a drug dispenser where the sheet driver includes a shaft with a shaft cavity co-axial with a rotational axis of the shaft and a hub that defines a hub aperture, where within the shaft cavity there is an indicator pin having a side member and an indicator pin head that may project through the hub aperture, where within the shaft cavity there is a spring for biasing said indicator pin out of the shaft cavity, and where an engagement member may selectively engage said side member of the indicator pin to prevent movement of the engagement member upon the occurrence of an fault condition of the sheet driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Michael Birsha Davies, Robert William Tansley
  • Patent number: 8763946
    Abstract: A paper towel roll support in the form of a roll support plug wholly or partially comprised of electrically conductive material and located at an end of a roll of paper toweling is employed to support the roll. Sensed capacitance between the plug and an electrically conductive member on a roll support arm controls operation of the dispenser apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventor: Joel P. Keily
  • Publication number: 20140166801
    Abstract: A method of grounding a dispenser. A low impedance path is connected to elements internal to the dispenser. The low impedance path is also connected to a surface contact spring which is adapted to contact an external mounting surface when the dispenser is affixed thereto. Static electrical charge accumulated on the elements is discharged through the low impedance path and the surface contact spring to the external mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: John R. Moody, Joshua M. Broehl
  • Patent number: 8755933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing soft goods are provided. A described method includes receiving a soft good supply at a loading zone of a soft good dispensing device, receiving an indication of a desired quantity of the soft good at a processing circuit of the soft good dispensing device, using a dispensing mechanism of the soft good dispensing device to automatically dispense the desired quantity of the soft good from the soft good supply based on a control signal received from the processing circuit, and providing a dispensed quantity of the soft good to a dispensing zone of the soft good dispensing device for user access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: June Tailor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jilene A. Repp, Francis A. Yogerst
  • Publication number: 20140158809
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes a product housing including a drive system and a dispensing apparatus. The drive system includes a motive power device and a controller and is configured to receive energy from an energy supply. The dispensing apparatus is configured to dispense the product. During a condition when the product is being dispensed, the dispensing apparatus is subject to a dispensing resistance and the drive system provides an output to the dispensing apparatus to overcome the dispensing resistance, the output being characterized by a dispensing parameter. The controller receives the dispensing parameter and responsively operates the motive power device, such that the controller operates the motive power device in a first output drive condition in response to the dispensing parameter being below a threshold value, and operates the motive power device in a second output drive condition in response to the dispensing parameter being above a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventor: Brian S. Borke
  • Publication number: 20140151491
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus that the present invention is concerning to, rolled paper is conveyed in a forward conveyance direction for a predetermined period of time, when it is detected that an amount of the rolled paper rolled around a core pipe equals a predetermined amount or less. On the basis of the detection result, a CPU determines the rolled state of the rolled paper with respect to the core pipe and conveys the rolled paper in the forward conveyance direction or a reverse conveyance direction according to the rolled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Mizutani, Suguru Yokozawa, Takashi Hatano
  • Publication number: 20140150863
    Abstract: A directionally-controlled roll-out elastically deployable solar array structure is disclosed. The structure includes one or more longitudinal elastic roll out booms that may be closed section or open section to allow for efficient rolled packaging onto a lateral mandrel. A flexible photovoltaic blanket is attached to a tip structure and to a lateral base support structure, but remains uncoupled from the longitudinal booms. The solar array system may be stowed simultaneously into a rolled package comprised of the roll out booms and the flexible planar blanket together, or onto independent rolls. Alternatively, the system may be stowed by rolling the booms, and accordion Z-folding the hinged flexible photovoltaic blanket into a flat stack. Structural deployment is motivated by the elastic strain energy of the roll out booms, and several methods of deployment direction control are provided to ensure a known, controlled, and unidirectional deployment path of the elastically unrolling booms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Spence, Stephen F. White
  • Patent number: 8740129
    Abstract: Control apparatus for controlling operation of a paper towel dispenser includes control switches and a handle having two relatively movable handle portions rotating when a paper toweling support drum rotates. One of the handle portions has projections which engage the switches when the handle rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventors: Joel P. Keily, Charles Parkin Davis, Lockland Corley, Richard Lalau
  • Publication number: 20140110523
    Abstract: A device for sensing the change of feed bobbin for a yarn fed to a textile machine and originating from a first bobbin or a second bobbin connected together in head-tail manner includes at least one first sensor and one second sensor at a passage section of a support body, a control unit associated with the first sensor and second sensor. The first sensor and the second sensor generates first and second presence signals when the yarn unwound from the first bobbin or from the second bobbin passes in front of the first sensor or second sensor. The control unit receiving as input the first and/or second presence signal to generate at least one output signal representative of the first bobbin or of the second bobbin on the basis of the first or second presence signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: BTSR INTERNATIONAL S.p.A.
    Inventor: Tiziano Barea
  • Patent number: 8684297
    Abstract: A method of grounding a dispenser. A low impedance path is connected to elements internal to the dispenser. The low impedance path is also connected to a surface contact spring which is adapted to contact an external mounting surface when the dispenser is affixed thereto. Static electrical charge accumulated on the elements is discharged through the low impedance path and the surface contact spring to the external mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: John R. Moody, Joshua M. Broehl
  • Patent number: 8662003
    Abstract: A wire level gauge for indicating the level of wire in a wire storage container and a method for determining the level of wire in a wire storage container using the wire level gauge. The wire level gauge has a level indicator with a magnet which is slidably movable on a measuring bar. The level indicator moves on the measuring bar and follows a leading edge of the wire in the wire storage container as the wire is dispensed from the wire storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Edward L. Cooper, Brent M. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8631967
    Abstract: A method for preventing recalibration of an automated product dispenser, a sensor protector for a product dispenser, and a product dispenser including a housing having a sensor area, a capacitive sensor adjacent a first surface of the sensor area of the housing, where the sensor has a target sensing area extending through the first surface and beyond a second surface of the housing opposite the first surface in a direction away from the first surface and a sensor protector which includes a plurality of spaced apart projections extending from the second surface in the direction away from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dikran Babikian
  • Publication number: 20130292506
    Abstract: A wire electric discharge machining apparatus according to embodiments includes a wire electrode, a wire supplying unit that supplies the wire electrode, a collecting motor that collects the wire electrode at a predetermined speed, a tension motor that controls a tension of the wire electrode between the wire supplying unit and the collecting motor, a speed calculating unit that calculates a traveling speed of the wire electrode at a predetermined time interval, a speed storing unit that stores the traveling speed calculated by the speed calculating unit, a differential speed calculating unit that calculates a differential speed between a current traveling speed output from the speed calculating unit and a past traveling speed stored in the speed storing unit, and a breakage detecting unit that detects breakage of the wire electrode by comparing the differential speed with a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Onodera, Takayuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8575921
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring the movement of a piston disposed within a housing comprises a pin which is responsive to the axial movements of a piston in the housing, the pin having an end which is magnetically coupled to a first ring magnet slidably disposed on a magnet carrier of an indicator body, a second ring magnet disposed on the magnet carrier having its poles oriented so as to repel the first ring magnet, and a retainer for holding the first and second ring magnets on the magnet carrier is described. Additionally, a method for operating the cycle indicator apparatus is also provided. The housing is comprised of one or a plurality of ports through which lubricants are delivered to one or a plurality of corresponding points within a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher John Sloan
  • Patent number: 8544785
    Abstract: An automatic product dispenser determines if the roll loaded into the dispenser is approved for use with the dispenser. The core of a roll contains a feature that alters an electromagnetic field created proximate the core. The alteration of the electromagnetic field may then be used to determine if the core, and thus the roll, is usable with the dispenser. The feature is designed such that it is damaged once product is completely dispensed from the roll thereby preventing replenishment and reuse of a spent roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Pelland, Steve Reckamp
  • Patent number: 8534593
    Abstract: A paperboard handling machine includes an alignment mechanism for aligning rolls of paperboard supported by the machine whereby the rolls are aligned with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Greif Packaging LLC
    Inventors: David W. Casey, Gregg A. Bryan, Karl U. Wuerminghausen
  • Patent number: 8528851
    Abstract: A hybrid towel dispenser is provided that is operable in an automatic dispensing mode and a manual dispensing mode. The dispenser comprises a rotatable drum; a motor; a one-way bearing coupling the motor to the drum such that the motor rotates the drum in the automatic dispensing mode and a user can rotate the drum in the manual dispensing mode separately from the motor. The sensor controlling the motor has a sensing path through the user engagement surface of the manual advance assembly. The dispenser can additionally have a manual advance assembly with a lever rotationally coupled to the cutting drum and operable by the user to rotate the drum in the manual dispensing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventors: Matthew Friesen, Bradley Friesen, John Friesen, Andrew Jackman, Lockland Corley, Richard Lalau, Michael Severyn, Alex Tramploski, Joel Keily
  • Publication number: 20130221151
    Abstract: The invention is a system and method for dispensing T-shirt type plastic bags singly by means of an automated dispenser. At the push of a button or other control means, a single bag is partially ejected from the machine, whereupon the user can take the bag and use it. The device has detectors for detecting fault conditions (such as bag depletion, wrinkled bags, and the like) as well as display means such as an LCD for displaying ads or other information to users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: HEMED OFAKIM LTD.
    Inventor: Avi Agayev