Stapling Or Stitching Patents (Class 270/37)
  • Patent number: 10367959
    Abstract: A post processing apparatus includes: a reader that reads paper on which an image is formed by an image forming apparatus to acquire a read image; a post processor that performs post processing on the paper; and a hardware processor that detects a position of an edge of the paper and a position of the image from the read image acquired by the reader, and controls a post processing position in the post processor on the basis of the position of the edge of the paper and the position of the image detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Anezaki
  • Patent number: 10303105
    Abstract: An MFP that accepts instructions to execute jobs includes, and takes holding units that hold sheets that can be subjected to binding processing specified by a job, where the holding units are considered search targets in an automatic selection process. The MFP performs auto paper selection on the holding units as the search targets, and if there is a candidate holding unit, feeds sheets to be used for printing from the holding unit and performs printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 10239339
    Abstract: A sheet binding processing apparatus includes a binding device which performs a binding process on a sheet bundle stacked on a stacking unit and a sheet bundle set at a manual setting portion, the stacking unit stacking introduced sheets, a sheet bundle being set to the manual setting portion from an outside; a moving portion which moves the binding device to a first binding position for performing the binding process on a sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit and a second binding position for performing the binding process on a sheet bundle set at the manual setting portion; and a controller which causes the binding device, in a case that the binding process is not performed on a sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit, to wait due to the moving portion at a position different from the first binding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Eiichi Kubo, Shin Tsugane, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10183831
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a post-processing apparatus comprises a knocking section, a receiving section, a driving section and a pressing section. The knocking section knocks a staple in a sheet. The receiving section faces the knocking section. The receiving section receives the sheet in which the staple is knocked from the knocking section. The driving section can change an interval between the knocking section and the receiving section in an opposite direction in which the knocking section and the receiving section face each other. The pressing section extends continuously in a sheet width direction. The pressing section presses the sheet before the staple is knocked in the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mikio Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10144240
    Abstract: A process for the production of multipage information leaflets or slips, the information leaflet provided with a booklet structure including two or more pages, the process including in sequence the steps of: loading and feeding of a ream of sheets printed on one or both sides, taking of a single sheet from the ream and gluing along an edge portion of the single sheet, multiple folding of the single sheet on itself along the glued portion to define a folded sheet, cutting of the folded sheet to define the multipage information leaflet with the pages connected one to the other only at a joining area in proximity of an edge, pressing of the information leaflet at the joining area, accumulation and collection of the finished information leaflets and optional rejecting of the leaflets which do not comply with the production specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GRAFICHE PIZZI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paola Pantaleoni
  • Patent number: 10048636
    Abstract: A sheet binding apparatus includes a stack portion on which sheets are stacked; a manual setting portion, different from the stack portion, to which sheets are manually set from an outside of the apparatus; a first binding portion binding sheets stacked on the stack portion and set on the manual setting portion, the first binding portion being movable to a first position where sheets on the stack portion are bound and to a second position, different from the first position where sheets set on the manual setting portion are bound; and a second binding portion binding sheets stacked on the stack portion, the second binding portion being different from the first binding portion. The first position is set, with respect to a moving direction of the first binding portion, between the second position and a third position where the second binding portion binds sheets stacked on the stack portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Yusuke Obuchi, Hideto Abe, Masaya Takahashi, Seiji Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 9993987
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes: a conveying module that conveys a folded sheet; and a pressing module that presses a folded part of the folded sheet by rotating about a direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction of the conveying module as a rotation axis. The pressing module includes a projecting part arranged in a certain range in a direction of the rotation axis along a circumferential surface about the rotation axis. The projecting part is formed to be symmetric with respect to a middle part of the rotation axis in the direction of the rotation axis, and the projecting part arranged on one side from the middle part along the direction of the rotation axis are formed such that a position of the projecting part in a rotational direction of the circumferential surface varies along the direction of the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Michitaka Suzuki, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Akira Kunieda, Takahiro Watanabe, Yuji Suzuki, Satoshi Saito, Koki Sakano, Takao Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9969562
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding articles advancing in a machine direction including a rotatable roll having a roll surface, at least one protrusion that defines an outermost surface of the roll and at least one pocket that defines an innermost surface of the roll. The apparatus also includes a first and second vacuum conveyor assembly, each comprising two vacuum conveyors. The roll and the vacuum conveyor assemblies are cooperatively configured to fold an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Yoichiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9956804
    Abstract: A sheet binding processing apparatus includes a binding device which performs a binding process on a sheet bundle stacked on a stacking unit and a sheet bundle set at a manual setting portion, the stacking unit stacking introduced sheets, a sheet bundle being set to the manual setting portion from an outside; a moving portion which moves the binding device to a first binding position for performing the binding process on a sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit and a second binding position for performing the binding process on a sheet bundle set at the manual setting portion; and a controller which causes the binding device, in a case that the binding process is not performed on a sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit, to wait due to the moving portion at a position different from the first binding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Eiichi Kubo, Shin Tsugane, Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9950438
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes, a punch unit configured to perform punching processing on a sheet conveyed from one of a plurality of sheet storing units capable of storing a sheet or a pre-punched sheet, an input unit configured to input a number of holes punched in the pre-punched sheet stored in one of the sheet storing units, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of holes that can be punched by the punch unit, a determination unit configured to determine whether the input number of holes coincides with the acquired number of holes that can be punched, and a control unit configured to display a predetermined warning in a case where the determination unit determines that the input number of holes does not coincide with the acquired number of holes that can be punched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kuroda, Tsuyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 9902586
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus capable of creating fold sections suitable for an apparatus that performs saddle-stitch processing on fold sections. A sheet processing apparatus includes a printer engine configured to form an image on a recording sheet. The sheet processing apparatus sets a bookbinding lap which is a distance between a first sheet end and a second sheet end of the recording sheet assumed to have been folded in two. A finisher creates the fold section by forming a folding line on recording sheets according to a reference line which is shifted from the centerline of the recording sheet by the bookbinding lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshihiko Iida
  • Patent number: 9863092
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus which vertically conveys a sheet and performs sheet processing, the sheet having a folded part at a middle portion thereof and being in a vertical state with the folded part up and an edge part down, and the apparatus including: a supporting section which supports the folded part of the sheet from below; a sandwiching section which sandwiches both sides of the sheet supported by the supporting section; and a control section which controls the sandwiching section to execute a first sandwiching operation of sandwiching the sheet, to release the first sandwiching operation, and thereafter to execute a second sandwiching operation of sandwiching the sheet again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Keisuke Oshima
  • Patent number: 9815656
    Abstract: A fold-enhancing device includes a pressing member, at least one retaining member, and a moving mechanism. The pressing member presses against a fold line of a recording-medium bundle folded into a booklet shape. The recording-medium bundle is obtained by stacking multiple sheets of recording media. The retaining member retains the recording-medium bundle and is provided at a position located away from the fold line in a direction intersecting the fold line and not in contact with the pressing member. The moving mechanism moves the pressing member and the retaining member in a direction extending along the fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 9724953
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a saddle unit on which a mountain-folded sheet folded along a folding line is accumulated so as to straddle the saddle unit, a staple inserting section disposed above the saddle unit, and a staple receiving section accommodated in the saddle unit. The staple inserting section includes an inserting unit which inserts a staple into the folding lines of the sheets, and holding members disposed on both sides of the inserting unit in a direction parallel to the folding lines of the sheets. The staple receiving section includes a staple receiving unit which receives and bends the tips of the staple inserted by the inserting unit, and supporting members disposed on both sides of the staple receiving unit at positions opposite to the holding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kei Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9690245
    Abstract: A recording medium binding apparatus include a cutting unit that is capable of cutting a first end and a second end of each of recording media; a transport unit that transports the recording media; a stacking unit on which the recording media are stacked; a recording medium aligning unit that aligns the recording media by pressing each recording medium by coming into contact with the first end and the second end of the recording medium every time the recording medium is stacked on the stacking unit, the recording medium aligning unit changing an operation of coming into contact with and separating from the recording medium when pressing the recording medium according to whether the recording medium has been cut or the recording medium has not been cut; and a binding unit that binds a recording medium stack formed by stacking the recording media aligned by the recording medium aligning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsunori Harada
  • Patent number: 9637342
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus is configured to press a fold line that is formed on a sheet. The sheet processing apparatus includes: a sheet supporting unit configured to support the sheet in a pressing direction for pressing the fold line; a pressing unit configured to press the fold line that is formed on the sheet that is supported by the sheet supporting unit; and a pressing-force generating unit configured to generate a pressing force for pressing the sheet supporting unit against the pressing unit at a central part in a direction along which the fold line is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Hari, Manabu Yamanaka, Nagayasu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9623580
    Abstract: A recording material post-processing device includes: a recording material receiving unit that receives a recording material on which an image is formed from an image forming apparatus, the apparatus including an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material to be transported, and a detection unit that detects a position of the recording material, on which the image is to be formed by the image forming unit, in a direction intersecting a transport direction of the recording material; a post-processing unit that performs post processing on the recording material received via the recording material receiving unit from the image forming apparatus; and a moving unit that moves the post-processing unit in the direction intersecting the transport direction of the recording material based on information related to the position of the recording material detected by the detection unit of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9598258
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus comprises a first processing tray on which fed paper is placed; a paper binding section configured to bind a plurality of sheets of paper stacked on the first processing tray into one bundle; a second processing tray which a plurality of paper bundles bound on the first processing tray are sequentially conveyed to and placed on; a paper bundle gluing section configured to coat glue at a given position of the top surface of a first paper bundle placed on the second processing tray before a second paper bundle is placed on the first paper bundle; a pressing section configured to press and bind the first paper bundle with the second paper bundle between which glue is coated; and a control section configured to control the timing for conveying the second paper bundle onto the first paper bundle after the glue is coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Katayama
  • Patent number: 9586333
    Abstract: A sheet-stapling apparatus mounts a center-folded booklet and staples the booklet at a fold of the booklet by a staple. The sheet-stapling apparatus has a supporting member that mounts the center-folded booklet, a pushing member that pushes the booklet to the supporting member, a stapler that penetrates the staple through the booklet and a clincher that clinches legs of the staple to bind the booklet. The pushing member has a groove that pushes the fold of the booklet and maintains the fold of the booklet at a pushing angle. The supporting member forms the space between the clincher and the booklet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yu Tanaka, Kazuyuki Fukui, Masaaki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9586429
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus includes a first sheet mount section to place sheets in the shape of a bunch, a second sheet mount section to place sheets in the shape of a bunch, a binding processing unit disposed to be able to shift to a first position to bind sheets placed in the first sheet mount section and a second position to bind sheets placed in the second sheet mount section, and a regulation device that does not position the sheets in the shape of a bunch in an area of the binding processing unit when the binding processing unit is not positioned in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: CANON FINETECH INC., NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takamitsu Nakagomi
  • Patent number: 9421796
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a trimming section, a container, a detector and a control section. The trimming section performs trimming to trim a sheet or sheet set. The container collects a chip produced by the trimming in the trimming section. The detector detects a presence of the chip at a predetermined height. The control section makes the trimming section perform the trimming of a next sheet or sheet set when the detector detects the chip. Then, the control section determines that a top of piled chips in the container has reached the predetermined height when the detector still detects the presence of the chip after the trimming of the next sheet or sheet set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 9365069
    Abstract: The present invention includes a first post-processor equipped with a paper turn-over unit for paper and a paper surface processing unit adapted to process a paper surface of the paper; a second post-processor configured to be different from the first post-processor and located downstream of the first post-processor in a paper transport direction; and a controller adapted to control the first post-processor and the second post-processor, wherein the controller determines whether to use the paper turn-over unit, according to a combination of a post-processing mode which uses the first post-processor and a post-processing mode which uses the second post-processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kawai
  • Patent number: 9346648
    Abstract: A sheet processing device conveys a paper sheet onto which an adhesive is applied, and includes a bonding member that applies adhesives onto the conveyed paper sheet at intervals in a sheet width direction; and a protruding guide that is positioned on a conveying path, downstream of the bonding member in a sheet conveying direction, and guides the paper sheet, facing an adhesive-applied surface of the paper sheet. The protruding guide is positioned between sheet width direction lines of the adhesive-applied position and includes a protruding portion protruding into the conveying path. With this configuration, it is possible to suppress the adhesive from being adhered to a device component even in a configuration in which an adhesive-applied paper sheet is moved inside the device to make a sheet jam due to the adhesion less likely to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisashi Osada, Akira Takei, Eiji Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 9340391
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a sheet bundle binding processing apparatus which can be structured small and compact while a setting portion for manually setting a sheet bundle from the outside is arranged at an external casing. The present invention comprises a sheet bundle binding processing apparatus including a manual setting portion to which a sheet bundle is inserted, a binding device which binds a sheet bundle inserted to the manual setting portion, a first driving portion, and a second driving portion; the first driving portion and the second driving portion being arranged respectively at the upper side and the lower side as sandwiching the manual setting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: CANON FINETECH INC., NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Obuchi, Rikiya Takemasa, Yuki Nishi, Shin Tsugane
  • Patent number: 9340390
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a vertically movable tray that moves vertically in accordance with an amount of stacked folded sheets which are transported and stacked thereon, a plate that is disposed above the vertically movable tray and that does not move in accordance with transport of a folded sheet, a recognizing unit that recognizes a predetermined height state of a sheet stacked on the vertically movable tray, and a controller that controls the vertically movable tray so as to, in response to a recognition of the predetermined height state of the sheet by the recognizing unit, move the vertically movable tray upward, press the sheet stacked on the vertically movable tray against the plate, and subsequently move the vertically movable tray downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Ishikawa, Masatoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9321292
    Abstract: An after-processing device for performing sheet folding includes a pair of folding rollers, a heating member, and a supporting unit. The pair of folding rollers is configured to fold a sheet. The heating member is located downstream of the pair of folding rollers in terms of a sheet conveyance direction. The supporting unit supports the heating member in a manner such that position of the heating member in terms of the sheet conveyance direction is changeable in accordance with an amount of conveyance imparted on the sheet by the pair of folding rollers after folding. The position of the heating member in terms of the sheet conveyance direction changes such that the heating member is in contact with a leading edge of a fold portion of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryo Morita
  • Patent number: 9187287
    Abstract: The present invention is concerning to a sheet processing apparatus comprising: a pressing member configured to press a folding line portion of a sheet bundle being folded; and a moving unit configured to move the pressing member to a folding line direction of the sheet bundle, wherein the pressing member pressurizes a part of the sheet bundle corresponding to a downstream side of a conveyance direction of the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Atsushi Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama, Tomomichi Hoshino, Mamoru Kambayashi, Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Shohichi Satoh
  • Patent number: 9187277
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus includes a suspension member that suspends a center-folded booklet by being inserted into the booklet along a fold of the booklet, a pair of clamp members that are disposed so as to face outer surfaces of the booklet suspended by the suspension member and that clamp the booklet by moving closer to each other, and a post-processing mechanism that performs a post-processing operation on the booklet clamped by the clamp members. The suspension member includes an upwardly tapering portion whose thickness between opposing sheets of the booklet, into which the suspension member has been inserted, gradually decreases upward, and the suspension member supports an inner surface of the booklet with the upwardly tapering portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 9139396
    Abstract: First and second buffer roller pairs are driven such that a sheet conveyed sequentially by a conveying roller pair is overlapped with a standby sheet by shifting in a sheet conveying direction and such that the overlapped sheets standby at a branch path. A shift length in overlapping the standby sheet with the conveyed sheet is set such that the more the number of times of drawal into the branch path of the sheet, the shorter the shift length becomes. Thereby, the shift length between the respective sheets turns out to be a predetermined shift length in overlapping the standby sheets with a final conveyed sheet and conveying the sheets to an intermediate processing tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yohei Gamo
  • Patent number: 9126797
    Abstract: The present invention is concerning to a sheet processing apparatus comprising: a pressing unit configured to provide additional folding to a fold line portion of a sheet bundle by pressing the fold line portion; a carriage unit configured to reciprocate the pressing unit in width directions of the sheet bundle; a guiding shaft configured to support the pressing unit and guides movement of the pressing unit; and a supporting unit configured to support the pressing unit and moves on a structure provided to the sheet processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Kikuchi, Takuya Sano, Takao Watanabe, Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Shohichi Satoh, Tomomichi Hoshino, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20150115516
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus comprises a pressing member configured to press a fold line portion of a folded sheet bundle; and moving unit configured to move a position of pressing by the pressing member in a direction of a fold line of the folded sheet bundle, wherein the moving unit is configured to stand by at a pressing start position in which the pressing member is in a non-pressing state, before the folded sheet bundle is conveyed to the pressing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shohichi Satoh, Makoto Hidaka, Satoshi Saito, Mamoru Kambayashi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Atsushi Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Hata, Keisuke Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8967609
    Abstract: A method for operating a thread stitching machine for processing printed sheets to form book blocks includes providing at least one sewing station with an active connection to at least one stitching saddle and providing the at least one stitching saddle with an active connection to at least one transporting system. The printed sheets are supplied to the at least one stitching saddle, using the at least one transporting system, in at least one of a substantially vertical and a substantially horizontal plane relative to the at least one stitching saddle. At least the printed sheets in the substantially vertical plane are supplied directly onto the at least one stitching saddle or to a region of the at least one stitching saddle. The printed sheets are supplied to the at least one sewing station resting astride the at least one stitching saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Holger Arendt
  • Patent number: 8944426
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus 3 includes a position aligning section (61A, 61B), a holding section 53, and a processing section (38, 55). The position aligning section (61A, 61B) abuts the inner side or a fold of a sheet bundle (S2), which is formed by collecting a plurality of folded sheets (S1), to align the position of the folds of line plurality of folded sheets (S1). The holding section (53) holds the sheet bundle (S2) in which the position of the folds of the plurality of sheets (S1) has been aligned by the position aligning section (61A, 61B). The processing section (38, 55) performs a predetermined process on the sheet bundle (S2) held by the holding section 53.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Akio Kasuga, Tatsuya Katagiri
  • Publication number: 20150021845
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a saddle unit on which a mountain-folded sheet folded along a folding line is accumulated so as to straddle the saddle unit, a staple inserting section disposed above the saddle unit, and a staple receiving section accommodated in the saddle unit. The staple inserting section includes an inserting unit which inserts a staple into the folding lines of the sheets, and holding members disposed on both sides of the inserting unit in a direction parallel to the folding lines of the sheets. The staple receiving section includes a staple receiving unit which receives and bends the tips of the staple inserted by the inserting unit, and supporting members disposed on both sides of the staple receiving unit at positions opposite to the holding members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Kei KITAMURA
  • Patent number: 8931773
    Abstract: A sheet handling apparatus includes a sheet folding unit configured to perform folding on a sheet; and a sheet stacking unit configured to stack the folded sheet on a sheet stacking surface having an inclined surface and a horizontal surface in order from upstream to downstream in a sheet conveying direction. A downstream end of the inclined surface is higher than an upstream end of the inclined surface with respect to a horizontal plane. The sheet handling apparatus also includes a discharging unit configured to discharge the folded sheet to the sheet stacking unit; a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the discharged sheet from the inclined surface to the horizontal surface; and a conveying force applying unit configured to apply a conveying force to the sheet in contact with an upper surface of the sheet from above the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Keisuke Sugiyama, Masahiro Tamura, Shuuya Nagasako, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Kazuya Yamamoto, Kyosuke Nakada, Tomomichi Hoshino, Yasuo Niikura, Junya Suzuki, Kazunori Konno, Akira Kunieda, Takahiro Watanabe, Tomohiro Yoshizaki, Kiichiro Goto
  • Patent number: 8931774
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus which is capable of completing a bound document containing appropriately Z-folded sheets when performing folding together with edge cutting and binding. The sheet processing apparatus controls a Z-folding process, a cutting process, and a binding process for a sheet. A first folding position from a free end of the sheet coincides with a position corresponding to half a width of the sheet excluding a cut width of the sheet a binding margin, when the Z-folding process, the cutting process, and the binding process are executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masamichi Akashi
  • Patent number: 8916028
    Abstract: In a processing machine including a processor having a processing blade and a receiver having a reception member and in which a blade edge of the processing blade and a reception portion, of the reception member, engage with each other to process a paper sheet therebetween, the processing blade is one processing blade selected from a blade group and is attached to the processor so as to be changeable to another processing blade of the blade group, reception portions of kinds corresponding to a plurality of kinds of the processing blades of the blade group are formed on the reception member, and the processing blade attached to the processor is positioned so as to be in a position where the blade edge is engageable with the reception portion of the corresponding kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Duplo Seiko Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Ota, Tomoyuki Nagayama, Masasuke Funase
  • Publication number: 20140291911
    Abstract: An after-processing device for performing sheet folding includes a pair of folding rollers, a heating member, and a supporting unit. The pair of folding rollers is configured to fold a sheet. The heating member is located downstream of the pair of folding rollers in terms of a sheet conveyance direction. The supporting unit supports the heating member in a manner such that position of the heating member in terms of the sheet conveyance direction is changeable in accordance with an amount of conveyance imparted on the sheet by the pair of folding rollers after folding. The position of the heating member in terms of the sheet conveyance direction changes such that the heating member is in contact with a leading edge of a fold portion of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryo MORITA
  • Patent number: 8844919
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus includes a folding section configured to nip a sheet using a plurality of rollers to form a fold line for saddle stitching and a control section to control the nipping amount in the folding section. When carrying out square back processing to flatten the spine folded portion of a sheet bundle where a fold line for saddle stitching is formed, the post-processing apparatus allows the nipping amount in the folding section to be smaller than that in the case where the square back processing is not carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoya Motoyoshi
  • Patent number: 8814156
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a feed-in path through which a sheet is fed, a first transport path through which a sheet fed from the feed-in path is transported, and a second transport path through which a sheet fed from the feed-in path is transported. The sheet processing apparatus also includes the following elements. A first processor sequentially stacks sheets output from the first transport path and performs first processing on a bundle of stacked sheets. A second processor sequentially stacks sheets output from the second transport path and performs second processing, which is different from the first processing, on a bundle of stacked sheets. A common retention path causes a sheet fed through the feed-in path to temporarily remain on the common retention path and causes the sheet temporarily remaining on the common retention path to be output to one of the first and second transport paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Hattori
  • Patent number: 8740211
    Abstract: A sheet post-processing apparatus which is capable of preventing a stapling position and a folding position from being out of alignment when a stapling process is carried out. A sheet bundle, which is stacked in a housing guide, is stapled by a stapler using a staple at the stapling position. The sheet bundle is folded at a position of the staple after the stapling. After the stapling, the sheet bundle is moved from the stapling position to the folding position. During the movement, the staple is detected using a staple sensor disposed at a predetermined location between the stapling position and the folding position. Based on a moving distance of the sheet bundle before the staple is detected after the stapling process, a position of the sheet bundle with respect to the stapler for stapling on a subsequent sheet bundle is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Kato
  • Patent number: 8672312
    Abstract: A control includes causing a processing unit to perform a saddle-stitching binding process in which a plurality of sheets are subjected to a binding process and a folding process or a center-folding binding process in which a plurality of sheets are subjected to the folding process, permitting the processing unit to perform the saddle-stitching binding process or the center-folding binding process on a predetermined number of sheets, and controlling such that the number of sheets which are permitted to be subjected to the center-folding binding process is smaller than the number of sheets which are permitted to be subjected to the saddle-stitching binding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Nonaka
  • Patent number: 8662487
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus which has a flattening processing unit which presses a folded end of a folded booklet bundle to flatten the folded end, and cutting units which cut and align edges of the booklet bundle, wherein the edges crossing the folded end of the booklet bundle are cut by the cutting unit and the folded end of the booklet is then flattened by the flattening processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Watanabe, Manabu Yamauchi, Takayuki Fujii, Shunsuke Nishimura, Yushi Oka, Toshiyuki Miyake, Takashi Yokoya, Hidenori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8622378
    Abstract: The controller controls the folded bundle conveying portion such that, when a length in the conveying direction of the succeeding folded bundle makes the upstream edge in the conveying direction of the succeeding folded bundle, which is temporarily stopped for the folded end portion processing, remain within a stacking region of the sheet stacking portion, before the preceding folded bundle has been finally moved to the second stacking position, the succeeding folded bundle is conveyed until the upstream edge in the conveying direction of the succeeding folded bundle, to which the folded end portion processing has been applied, passes through outside the stacking region of the sheet stacking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akito Sekigawa
  • Patent number: 8596629
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a collation of sheets for folding operations. The system includes a registration device including multiple registration stations and a conveyance device for transporting the collation to one of the registration stations. Each registration station is adapted to register the edges of the collation based upon a desired edge geometry. A processor determines the fold configuration of the collation and determines the edge geometry thereof based upon the fold configuration of the collation. The processor selects one of the registration stations based upon the fold configuration and then controls the conveyance device to transport the collation to the selected registration station. The registration station selected may also be based upon the thickness of the collation and a desired location for binding the collation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S Hancock, Robert F Marcinik
  • Patent number: 8596631
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a sheet stacking unit, a binding unit, a folding unit, a conveyance unit, a press unit, a grasping unit, and a control unit. The binding unit performs binding processing on a sheet bundle stacked in the sheet stacking unit. The conveyance unit conveys a sheet bundle folded by the folding unit. The press unit presses a fold line portion of the conveyed sheet bundle from a direction perpendicular to a surface of a front page of the sheet bundle while moving along the fold line portion. The grasping unit is switched between a first state in which the grasping unit fixes the sheet bundle in position and a second state in which the grasping unit does not grasp the conveyed sheet bundle. The control unit shifts the grasping unit to the first state and causes the press unit to press the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Ishikawa, Yasuo Fukatsu, Hitoshi Kato, Tomoharu Sato
  • Patent number: 8573590
    Abstract: In a sheet finisher which receives a sheet from an image forming apparatus, conducts a sheet finishing onto the sheet and feeds out the sheet, the sheet finisher includes: a stacking section which stores temporarily one or more sheets; and a sheet finishing section which conducts the sheet finishing onto the sheet stored in the stacking section. The stacking section having a first guide member which forms a stacking surface to guide the sheet, and a second guide member which faces the first guide member and is spaced apart from the first guide member by a predetermined distance, and is provided obliquely from a horizontal direction, and the stacking surface formed by at least a part of the first guide member, is formed to be curved in a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Satoru Shimizu, Zen Kayaba
  • Publication number: 20130287525
    Abstract: A printing system for controlling to allow various settings by one job and reducing output of unnecessary printed materials is provided. To accomplish this, the present invention sets a post-process to be executed for a plurality of sheets that are printed by execution of a job as a first setting, sets a post-process to be executed for part of the sheets included in the plurality of sheets as a second setting, and causes a post-processing unit to execute post-processes according to the setting of the post-processes set as the first setting and the second setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Yuuki MAEDA
  • Publication number: 20130277906
    Abstract: A method for operating a thread stitching machine for processing printed sheets to form book blocks includes providing at least one sewing station with an active connection to at least one stitching saddle and providing the at least one stitching saddle with an active connection to at least one transporting system. The printed sheets are supplied to the at least one stitching saddle, using the at least one transporting system, in at least one of a substantially vertical and a substantially horizontal plane relative to the at least one stitching saddle. At least the printed sheets in the substantially vertical plane are supplied directly onto the at least one stitching saddle or to a region of the at least one stitching saddle. The printed sheets are supplied to the at least one sewing station resting astride the at least one stitching saddle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Holger Arendt
  • Patent number: 8547560
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a gripper unit which is moved to a retreat region along long grooves in advance when moving a stapler unit to any one of first and second binding positions. The stapler unit is moved to the binding position by being guided by a guide rail portion while passing above the long grooves. Therefore, moving operations of both of the gripper unit and the stapler unit can be smoothly performed under a state in which movement of both thereof is not prohibited by the long grooves and the guide rail portion. Further, an image forming apparatus including the sheet processing apparatus is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Inc.
    Inventors: Koki Sato, Satoshi Iwama