Annularly Arranged Patents (Class 270/58.22)
  • Patent number: 10358314
    Abstract: A postpress system (1) and method for producing and processing product units (P), in particular printed end products (P) with printed product collections comprising a plurality of products, selected from the group of wrapping products, and a plurality of part products and/or inserts, to make route adapted stacks or packs, at least some of the printed end products (P) being product units which have been customized for specific addressees are proposed. By using feed devices (3) which each comprise a supply conveyor (31), a preparation circuit (32) with a plurality of transport units (321) and an output conveyor (33), printed products (D) are fed in a controlled fashion to the holding units (21) with reliability. A sorting device (6) with at least one directing group with at least one gate (62), a transit section (612) and at least one supply section is used to correct faults, or deviations in the product sequence from the production sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Alex Keller
  • Patent number: 10239721
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes: a guide member configured to guide a sheet in a first direction in a first state, and in a second direction in a second state; a driving source configured to generate a driving force; a transfer member configured to change the state of the guide member from the first state to the second state by being moved by the driving force; and a control unit configured to control the driving force. The control unit is further configured to set the driving force to a value smaller than a force necessary to move the transfer member to change the guide member from the first state to the second state, and subsequently cause the driving force to increase to a value larger than the force necessary to move the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamaguchi, Hiroharu Tsuji, Genki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9738097
    Abstract: A device for redirecting sheets in a sheet transport mechanism, especially sheets of a print medium in a printing system includes a support member, which carries or supports at least one guide member for directing a path of travel of a sheet. The support member is configured to be mounted adjacent a first transport path of a plurality of sheets and such that the support member is movable between a first inoperative position in which the at least one guide member does not impinge upon the first transport path, and a second operative position in which the at least one guide member is introduced into the first transport path to redirect one or more of the sheets to a second, alternative transport path. The device further includes an actuator configured to move the support member between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Erik E. M. Nolting, Joseph A. Schulkes, Marinus T. W. Gruntjens
  • Patent number: 8332065
    Abstract: A method includes causing a stacking device having a first stacking unit and a second stacking unit to stack sheets of a small size on the first stacking unit or the second stacking unit and to stack sheets of a large size over the first stacking unit and the second stacking unit, and controlling the stacking of sheets by restricting stacking of the sheets of the large size on the sheet of the small size when the sheets of the small size are stacked on at least one of the first stacking unit and the second stacking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Kurakata
  • Patent number: 7451970
    Abstract: A feeding tray for feeding sheets from the left side thereof and a feeding tray for feeding sheets from the right side thereof are disposed on a multiple inserter, and selectively employing the feeding tray for feeding sheets from the left side thereof and the feeding tray for feeding sheets from the right side thereof allows reversal actions of sheets to be eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Kawata
  • Patent number: 6991225
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sheet process device capable of performing a sheaf discharge operation to discharge sheaves of sheets stacked on a process tray to a stack tray, without discharging a next sheet to the process tray during the sheaf discharge operation and stopping an operation on a body side of an image formation apparatus. In the sheet process device, for example, in a case where an original consisting of six sheets of paper is carried, the first to third sheets are stacked on the process tray as they are without any designation, and the following fourth sheet is designated as a sheaf discharge sheet since it is the sheet two before the final sheet of the sheaf, whereby the sheaf discharge of the first to fourth sheets is performed. The fifth sheet after the sheaf discharge is designated as a wind sheet since a value of a wind counter has been set to be “2”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norifumi Miyake, Chikara Sato, Yasuo Fukazu, Masatoshi Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 6517065
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sheet process device capable of performing a sheaf discharge operation to discharge sheaves of sheets stacked on a process tray to a stack tray, without discharging a next sheet to the process tray during the sheaf discharge operation and stopping an operation on a body side of an image formation apparatus. In the sheet process device, for example, in a case where an original consisting of six sheets of paper is carried, the first to third sheets are stacked on the process tray as they are without any designation, and the following fourth sheet is designated as a sheaf discharge sheet since it is the sheet two before the final sheet of the sheaf, whereby the sheaf discharge of the first to fourth sheets is performed. The fifth sheet after the sheaf discharge is designated as a wind sheet since a value of a wind counter has been set to be “2”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norifumi Miyake, Chikara Sato, Yasuo Fukazu, Masatoshi Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 6325371
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus including a conveying path changing device, the conveying path changing device having a main conveying path for conveying a sheet, a plurality of branched paths branched from the main conveying path, a plurality of oscillatable flappers for selecting between a changed position where the sheet is guided from the main conveying path to one of the branched paths and a retracted position permitting passage of the sheet, a single solenoid for oscillating the plurality of flappers, a single link for connecting the solenoid and the flappers, and a sensor confirming movements of the flapper by detecting a movement of the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Araki, Teruo Komatsu, Yasuyoshi Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi Waragai, Atsushi Ogata, Masayoshi Fukatsu
  • Patent number: 6203000
    Abstract: A currency note storage device (10) for an ATM (50) comprises an endless rubber belt (12) carrying a multiplicity of outwardly-projecting flaps (22), the edges of the flaps attached to the belt being contiguous; the belt (12) runs around a pair of rollers (14,16) of such diameter that as the belt runs over them, the outer edges of the flaps are spread apart to form slots; the belt also runs around a pair of guides (18,20) of such diameter that as the belt runs over them the flaps are barely spaced apart. The number of slots is known, and therefore each slot is addressable; the processor (62) of the ATM (50) records the value of the currency note in a slot, and controls a stepper motor (66) to drive the belt (12) so that a required bank note (34) is positioned adjacent a pick device (38). The device (10) can also be used to deposit currency notes in an ATM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: David Hill