Special Articles Patents (Class 271/1)
  • Patent number: 10104250
    Abstract: Disclosed is a preprinting system of secured information connected to a game host device. The preprinting system includes a controller, a printer, a plurality of printer detectors, a housing, a plurality of housing detectors. The controller is configured to communicate with the game host device, and to receive a game information signal and a status checking request signal. The printer is electronically connected to the controller, which is configured to print a game draw of the game program on printable medium, and the printed printable medium is partially revealed to the player while the game result draw thereon is unknown to the player. By preprint game draw of the game program, the possibility of adulteration from the game system is eliminated, the preprinting system also provides reliability, and the verification mechanism provides information security of digital chance games to the players. An preprinting method of secured information is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ALBICELESTE MARITIME INC.
    Inventor: Carlos Isidoro Ferrari
  • Patent number: 9090421
    Abstract: An optical disk retrieval device separates and retrieves a plurality of loaded optical disks one by one in order from top. The device includes: a base that loads the plurality of optical disks; A pulling-up unit for pulling up the top optical disk of the plurality of loaded optical disks; a separation member that can cause a force to act on an inner wall of an inner hole of a plate-like member having the inner hole; and A separation member elevating unit for moving the separation member in a vertical direction. The pulling-up unit lifts the top optical disk upward, and the separation member elevating unit passes the separation member through an inner circumferential hole of the top optical disk lifted by the pulling-up unit from an upper side to a lower side. The separation member causes the force to act on the inner wall of the inner hole of the plate-like member adhering directly beneath the top optical disk to thereby separate the plate-like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoji Nakano
  • Patent number: 8941862
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus includes an image formation processing managing unit and a control unit. The image formation processing managing unit manages first image formation processing to form an image on a face of plane-shaped recording medium based on received information. The control unit controls conveyance of the plane-shaped recording medium between the image formation apparatus and the other image formation apparatus which performs second image formation processing to form an image on the other face of the plane-shaped recording medium, a second term needed to stop the second image formation processing since receiving an instruction to stop the second image formation processing on an image forming operation being longer than a first term needed to stop the first image formation processing since receiving an instruction to stop the first image formation processing on the image forming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koh Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8876100
    Abstract: Methods and systems output printed items based on a job of instructions from a printing device; cut the printed items into cut items and output the cut items to a first location based on the job of instructions using a patterning device; and pick the cut items from the first location and place the cut items on a first conveyor based on the job of instructions using a robotic arm. The first conveyor is adjacent the first location. Further, methods and systems transport the cut items to a receiving conveyor based on the job of instructions using the first conveyor. The receiving conveyor is adjacent the first conveyor. Also, methods and systems move the receiving conveyor to position the receiving conveyor to receive specific ones of the cut items in corresponding locations based on the job of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Derek A. Bryl, Paul N. Richards, Richard Scarlata
  • Patent number: 8641038
    Abstract: An image recording device includes a tray configured to hold a first recording medium, an insertion guide configured to move between a guide position for guiding a second recording medium into a common path and a non-guide position, a conveyor configured to convey the tray along the common path in a first direction and to convey the second recording medium along the common path in a second direction opposite to the first direction, a recording unit configured to record an image selectively on the first recording medium and the second recording medium, a stopper disposed along the common path, and a moving unit configured to move the stopper between a retracted position and a protruding position in response to movement of the insertion guide between the non-guide position and the guide position. The stopper in the protruding position protrudes into the common path to stop the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Iwane Sano, Shingo Ito
  • Patent number: 8586168
    Abstract: A sheet-form paper for separating portions produced by a portion control machine and dispensing from a paper feed system, each sheet of the sheet-form paper including a recess formed in at a side edge for receiving a male guide, and a slit extending inwardly from an edge of the recess for engaging a knife edge of the male guide. The slit extends from an innermost edge of the recess substantially perpendicular to the side edges of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: ABO Consulting, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Azzar
  • Patent number: 8419015
    Abstract: An image recording device includes a first roller, a plurality of second rollers, a tray, and a recording portion. The tray includes a pair of thick-walled sections, a thin-walled section, and an accommodation portion. The pair of thick-walled sections extends in a lengthwise direction and protrudes from the first surface. The thin-walled section is positioned between the pair of thick-walled sections. The thin-walled section is thinner than the pair of thick-walled sections in a thickness direction of the tray. The accommodation portion is formed by a recess in the thickness direction in the thin-walled section. When the first roller and the plurality of second rollers nip the tray therebetween, the first surface of the tray does not contact any of the first roller or the plurality of second rollers, except at the pair of thick-walled sections of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhira Ota, Iwane Sano
  • Patent number: 8083223
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sheet conveying apparatus and an image forming apparatus which can obtain high operability and productivity when a tabbed sheet is conveyed. In the representative configuration thereof, a trailing edge regulation plate is abutted on tab portions of some of tabbed sheets stacked and supported on a tray to regulate the position of the tabbed sheet. Tab portion regulation portions of a tabbed sheet regulation unit provided at the upper end of the trailing edge regulation plate are abutted on the tab portion of the tabbed sheet formed in the position where the tab portion is not abutted on the regulation portion and regulate the position of the tabbed sheet. The tab portion regulation portions of the tabbed sheet regulation unit can be moved. The tab portion regulation portions are moved with the lifting of the tray when being abutted on the lifting tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8038237
    Abstract: A transport apparatus for flat materials to be printed is used in a printing apparatus having a printing module. The transport apparatus is disposed in the printing apparatus in a stationary manner relative to a pressing apparatus which presses an item of mail onto the transport belt that acts on a part of a surface of the item of mail with a predefined adhesion friction in the transport region. That part of the surface of the item of mail is not printed but lies close to a region which is to be printed. Two deflection rollers and a supporting plate are provided for the transport belt, in order to form the transport region. The printing module protrudes at least partially into an intermediate space between the two deflection rollers. The printing module has at least one ink cartridge with an inkjet print head which is situated outside the transport region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Muhl
  • Patent number: 7878466
    Abstract: An apparatus supporting mechanism comprises: a fixing member 111 fixed to the bottom of the apparatus; a connecting member 115 disposed in the fixing member 111 in such a manner as to freely project and be housed; a supporting member 112 disposed in the connecting member 115 and freely displaced between a first position, at which the supporting member is grounded or located proximate with respect to the installation plane of the apparatus, a second position, at which the supporting member is separate from the installation plane of the apparatus; and a displacing mechanism which displaces the supporting member 112 to the first position when the connecting member 115 projects while displaces the supporting member 112 to the second position when the connecting member 115 is housed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Wakiyama, Yasuhiro Uchida, Minoru Kawanishi, Akira Matsushima
  • Publication number: 20100032881
    Abstract: A transfer device for mail items with a transfer unit which has an ejection point for transferring individualized mail items to an item carrier is provided. Further, the transfer device includes a transport device for transporting the mail items to the ejection point in a direction of transport. The transport device includes two belts for holding the mail items on both sides and for transporting the mail items and further has means for adapting a space between the belts to the thickness of a mail item. The means for adapting is a belt tilt means which is pivotal about an axis of rotation, the pivotal movement pivoting one of the belts and therefore a distance between the belts is variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Holger Schererz
  • Patent number: 7628391
    Abstract: A taped bag feeder having a housing with a bag guide positioned thereon, a drive mechanism, a first reel and second reel for supplying an assembly of imbricated taped bags to a packaging operation. The assembly of imbricated taped bags having a pair of tape strands connected to the first and second reels which are rotated by the drive mechanism thereby advancing the assembly. The first and second reels being disposed on a face of the bag feeder parallel to and spaced from a longitudinal axis defined by an upstream end and downstream end of the bag guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Curwood, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lawrence Zuleger, Steven John Schult, Kenneth Eugene Nowak
  • Publication number: 20090085273
    Abstract: An information writing apparatus includes: a transport unit that transports a sheet having a wireless IC element; and a transmitting and receiving unit that transmits and receives signals to/from the wireless IC element in a sheet transported by the transport unit, the transport unit including a first belt made of nonmetal and a second belt made of nonmetal placed facing and contacting the first belt, the sheet being transported, caught between the first belt and the second belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeharu Nagai
  • Patent number: 7500669
    Abstract: A printing system for printing images onto copy sheets and tab stock includes a media registration transport for transporting a media sheet along a path. The printing system further includes a sensing system having a plurality of sensors positioned in line and orthogonal to the feed direction of the sheet path for detecting a leading edge of the media sheet. A control system provides for detecting signals at the times when each of the plurality of sensors are occluded and a control algorithm compares every one of the sensor signals with each other of the sensor signals. The system then identifies at least one pair of sensor signals having inconsistent readings with the other of sensor signals and, determines the presence of a tab on the leading edge based on the inconsistent sensor signal readings and calculates sheet skew based on the other sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Barry Paul Mandel
  • Publication number: 20090057979
    Abstract: In a mailpiece feed device comprising a mailpiece-receiving deck for receiving a stack of mailpieces for printing, selector means for extracting the mailpieces for printing one-by-one from said stack, and superposed conveyor rollers including movable upper rollers for conveying downstream the mailpieces extracted one-by-one in this way, there are further provided movable optical read means that are placed downstream from said selector means and that move synchronously with said movable upper conveyor rollers for conveying the mailpieces, so that, in cooperation with processor means, said optical read means scan and recognize automatically the data printed on said mailpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Marek KRASUSKI
  • Publication number: 20080211163
    Abstract: A medium delivery device comprising a medium insertion section into which a sheet-shaped medium to be delivered is inserted in a stacked state, first and second medium guide surfaces that are opposed to each other to guide the sheet-shaped medium to the medium delivery port, a feed roller that is disposed at a side of the first medium guide surface and delivers the sheet-shaped medium inserted into the medium insertion section, to the medium delivery port, a first pressing member that presses the sheet-shaped medium inserted into the medium insertion section against the feed roller, a second pressing member that presses the sheet-shaped medium inserted into the medium insertion section against the first medium guide surface at a position deviating from the feed roller, and a driving mechanism that drives the first pressing member in directions in which the first pressing member moves close to and away from the feed roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20080185768
    Abstract: A device for aligning flat objects includes a supporting device, two boundary elements, a drive for the backwards and forwards movement of the boundary elements and a motor. The supporting device has two flat aligning surfaces for aligning the objects, wherein the aligning surfaces lie in two planes that abut each other at a straight edge. Both aligning surfaces slope steeply towards the edge. The motor sets both aligning surfaces in vibration. Both boundary elements can be swiveled into an engaging position. In this engaging position, the at least two boundary elements hold the stack of the objects when the stack is located on the supporting surfaces and between the boundary elements. The drive is connected to the boundary elements in such a way that it moves the boundary elements backwards and forwards parallel to the edge when the boundary elements are in the engaging position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Enenkel
  • Publication number: 20080150215
    Abstract: There is provided a sheet handling machine (1) comprising: a drive source (300); a first driven shaft (336, 384) arranged to receive drive from said drive source at least when said drive source drives in a first direction of rotation; a feed roller shaft (339, 390); a feed roller (102, 202) mounted on said feed roller shaft for feeding sheets (S) when said feed roller shaft is driven; and rotatably supported drive transmission means (500, 526, 600, 612) for selectively engaging drive transmission from said first driven shaft to said feed roller shaft in dependence upon the rotational position of said drive transmission means. A mailpiece creation apparatus is also provided, illustrating one application of such a machine, as well as associated methods for sheet handling and mailpiece creation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey A. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7290764
    Abstract: A tab guide is provided for aligning tab stock in a paper tray of a printer having a trail edge guide including a substantially planar sheet-engaging face and a stack height finger extending from the sheet engaging face in a process direction for engaging a top surface of a top sheet on a stack adjacent the trailing edge of the sheet. The tab guide comprises a top flange, a trailing edge flange and a mount. The top flange has a top surface and a sheet-engaging surface. The trailing edge flange has a substantially planar trailing edge-engaging surface. The mount couples the top flange and the trailing edge flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Marasco
  • Patent number: 7157130
    Abstract: A stack of alternating sheets includes repeating diecuts offset among the sheets. The sheets may be made from a continuous web using a die to cut the repeating diecuts along the running axis of the web. Individual sheets are cut from the web and stacked with the diecuts offset from each other in turn. The stack of sheets may be loaded into a printer and fed individually therethrough, with the offset diecuts preventing interlocking therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: David E. Bostdorf
  • Patent number: 7090214
    Abstract: True zero-clearance cutting on a commercial scale is provided via a cutting area including a sacrifice material that is relatively softer than the cutter. One example is a cutting system which is capable of cutting a material such as, for example, tape or paper, into a fiber or powder. The cutting system includes a cutting blade, typically a rotary cutter, and a sacrificial plate or round bar contacting the cutting blade. The contacting portion has a zero clearance during the cutting operation. A metering mechanism is also provided which is capable of metering the material at a predetermined rate to the cutting blade. A mechanism is also provided for incrementally moving the sacrificial blade towards the cutting blade to ensure that the zero clearance is maintained between the cutting blade and the sacrificial plate, even when the sacrificial plate begins to wear down due to usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventor: Charles A. Castronovo
  • Publication number: 20040251591
    Abstract: Sheet take-out apparatus 2 includes sheet-feeding member 22 on which sheets P are placed, air spout unit 26 that spouts out air toward a side of the sheets depressed by depression unit 27, take-out unit 30 that takes out a sheet from the sheets P toward which air spouts out the air and depression unit 27 that depress the sheets against sheet-feeding member 22 on a rear edge side located behind a central portion of the sheets P with respect to a taking-out direction of take-out unit 30. Further, a method of taking-out sheets by means of sheet take-out apparatus 2 is disclosed. Sheet take-out apparatus 2 and a method of taking out sheets are capable of taking out one necessary sheet at a time regardless of surface conditions of the sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Haruhiko Horiuchi
  • Publication number: 20040207143
    Abstract: An automated banking machine includes a mechanism for accepting deposited items. Deposited items may be provided to the machine in envelopes which are first passed to a user from an envelope storage area (132) in the machine through a transport (124) and which are presented to the user through an opening (244). An envelope storage and dispensing device (134) is operative to assure that only a single envelope is delivered to the user. A user may thereafter include deposit items in the dispensed envelope. The deposited items are passed through the opening (244) and are deposited in a deposit-holding container (128). The deposited items may be marked with indicia corresponding to the transaction or properties of the deposited item where the envelope originally dispensed to the user for holding the deposited item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: Diebold Self-Service Systems Division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: William D. Beskitt, Jeffery M. Enright, Jeffrey Eastman, Franklin M. Theriault, R. Matthew Dunlap, Sean Haney, Colin Fitzpatrick, Edward L. Laskowski, Mike Ryan, Bill Lavelle, David Schultz, Matthew Force
  • Patent number: 6752559
    Abstract: A packaged stack of dividers comprising a container including front and back covers, at least two dividers oriented in stacked relation to each other and positioned in the container between the front and back covers, and an alignment member coupled to the stacked dividers. In one embodiment, the alignment member is positioned through holes in the dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: ACCO Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Sapienza, John E. Peters, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030222392
    Abstract: The delivered sheet stacking tray has a delivered sheet stacking surface, provided on an upside of an image forming section, which extends in a sheet-transporting direction so that a transporting-direction end of the delivered sheet stacking surface is opened toward a lateral outside of the image forming device body, wherein the delivered sheet stacking surface has a sheet removing concave which extends from (a) the transporting-direction end via (b) a stacking area of a maximum size sheet to (c) a stacking area of a minimum size sheet so that the sheet removing concave is positioned within an area ranging from the stacking area of the maximum size sheet to the stacking area of the minimum size sheet, and the sheet removing concave is formed substantially in parallel to a line linking (i) a corner portion of the stacking area of the maximum size sheet which corner portion is positioned on a downstream side in the transporting direction and on a front side of the image forming device to (ii) a corner portion o
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Matsuyama, Toshio Yamanaka, Atsushi Ide, Yoshinobu Tateishi, Kenzo Yoshida, Fumikazu Shimanuki
  • Publication number: 20030222390
    Abstract: A sheet-guiding device in a sheet-processing machine, in particular a sheet-fed rotary printing press, includes gripper devices disposed on revolving components of the sheet-processing machine for guiding the sheets to be printed on an air cushion formed by blast air. A multiplicity of free jet nozzles, disposed radially outside a path of movement of the gripper devices, form the air cushion. The free jet nozzles serve for producing free air jets tangentially delimiting an optimized path of movement of the sheets. The optimized path of movement extends in the vicinity of the path of movement of the gripper devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Helmstadter, Thorsten Eckart, Peter Hachmann
  • Publication number: 20030222391
    Abstract: A sheet post-processing device is provided with a pushing device for pushing a predetermined position of a sheet stack in a direction substantially perpendicular to a direction that the sheet stack is conveyed, and a pair of rotating bodies for performing a folding operation. In the folding operation, a position of the sheet stack pushed by the pushing device is moved away from a contact point between rotational centers of the rotating bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Satoshi Iwama
  • Patent number: 6638002
    Abstract: The invention is a magnet for facilitating separation of individual sheets from a stack of ferro-magnetic sheets; the invention is in the form of an elongate housing containing an elongate array of magnets which may be selectively positioned in relation to the housing so as to bring the array in proximity to the edge of the stack of ferro-magnetic sheets, thereby inducing a magnetic field in said sheets and causing the sheets to separate, thereby facilitating manipulation of the uppermost sheet from the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Claire T. Martin
  • Publication number: 20030057627
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, an apparatus and process are provided for transporting sheet-shaped print material. A first transport element and a first contact element are actuated to transport a sheet-shaped print material with alignment against an alignment stop. A second transport element and a second contact element are actuated to transport sheet-shaped print material past the alignment stop without alignment against the alignment stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: Kurt Blank, Olaf Martens, Jurgen Ries
  • Publication number: 20030057628
    Abstract: A device for laterally aligning sheets in sheet-processing machines includes a pulling device having a drivable transport roller and a dabber roller mounted on a pivotable lever. A spring system cooperates with the lever for adjusting a pressing force between the rollers. The spring system has a progressive spring characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: Georg Grasmuck, Markus Leva
  • Publication number: 20030059281
    Abstract: A delivery device (5) for cassettes and/or specimen slides for histological preparations in a printing system (11) is described. The cassettes and/or specimen slides are in each case arranged one above another in stack magazines (6), a control device (1) being provided for removal of a cassette and/or specimen slide from the stack magazines (6). The improvement comprises a drive shaft (12) having a motor (13) for at least two stack magazines (6), and the motor (13) is connected to the control device (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: Uwe Kiene, Andreas Laudat, Holger Metzner, Manfred Biehl, Roland Walter, Bernd Guenther
  • Patent number: 6243908
    Abstract: A card is provided for cleaning a document track of a document handling system, and methods for making and using the same. The card includes a planar body formed of a resilient material, such as a fibrous or polymeric material. The body includes a plurality of tabs, with each one of the tabs being pivotable relative to the body between an extended position and a collapsed position. In the extended position, the tab projects angularly from the body, while in the collapsed position, the tab is substantially co-planar with the body. The tabs are biased to the extended position, such as by creasing the material forming the body. The biased tabs extend across the document track, and sweep debris along the document track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventors: William Froman Battle, Ronald G. Shell, Dawn M. Erickson
  • Patent number: 5918197
    Abstract: A monitor for collecting data on consumer consumption of disposable sheet products is disclosed. The monitor comprises a working surface capable of supporting a stack of sheets thereon, a weight sensor, and a recorder. The stack of sheets comprises a plurality of sheets individually removable from the stack. The stack has a stack weight, and each sheet has a sheet weight. The weight sensor is in operative communication with the working surface for measuring the stack weight as the sheets are removed from the stack. The recorder is in communication with the weight sensor for receiving and recording the stack weight. Optionally, the monitor further comprises a consumer input device for receiving data generated by a consumer regarding usage and acceptability of the product being tested. The results of the stack weight measurements and the data generated by a user may be uploaded to a computer to create a data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John William Toussant, Robert John Steller, Sandi Lin Moore
  • Patent number: 5826870
    Abstract: A planar article or sheet, such as a divider sheet for stacked products, and the method of supplying substantially planar articles from a supply magazine to an article transfer device, which then transfers the article to a desired location for further processing. The planar article itself can be a divider sheet for stacked beverage containers, folded paperboard cartons for carriers, or any other substantially planar article which is adapted to be consecutively arranged with other such articles in a group, and placed in a supply magazine for singular delivery to an article transfer device. The method of the present invention is specifically designed to insure that only one sheet at a time is removed from the group by the article transfer device. The sheets or articles themselves, are designed to cooperate with the supply magazine to facilitate singular delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Vulgamore, Kevin T. May
  • Patent number: 5713567
    Abstract: A paperboard sheet has a longitudinal scoreline defining a narrow flap portion on one side thereof and a body potion on the other side. The sheet is packaged flat together with a set of tabbed dividers thereby protecting the dividers. With the sheet and dividers removed from the packaging, the flap portion is folded up ninety degrees on the scoreline to define a guide tray. The guide tray is inserted into a printer feed tray and the set of tabbed dividers is placed on the body portion with the tabs thereof abutting the upturned flap portion, and the feed tray guides adjusted. The flap guides the dividers as they are fed into the printer, preventing skewing thereof. Guide tray instructions are conveniently printed on the paperboard sheet. The guide tray can be used for guiding sheets, other than tabbed dividers, which have irregular longitudinal edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Sonia Owen, David Robertson
  • Patent number: 5618033
    Abstract: A paperboard sheet has a longitudinal scoreline defining a narrow flap portion on one side thereof and a body portion on the other side. The sheet is packaged flat together with a set of tabbed dividers thereby protecting the dividers. With the sheet and dividers removed from the packaging, the flap portion is folded up ninety degrees on the scoreline to define a guide tray. The guide tray is inserted into a printer feed tray and the set of tabbed dividers is placed on the body portion with the tabs thereof abutting the upturned flap portion, and the feed tray guides adjusted. The flap guides the dividers as they are fed into the printer, preventing skewing thereof. Guide tray instructions are conveniently printed on the paperboard sheet. The guide tray can be used for guiding sheets, other than tabbed dividers, which have irregular longitudinal edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Sonia Owen, David Robertson
  • Patent number: 5447299
    Abstract: A planar article or sheet, such as a divider sheet for stacked products, and the method of supplying substantially planar articles from a supply magazine to an article transfer device, which then transfers the article to a desired location for further processing. The planar article itself can be a divider sheet for stacked beverage containers, folded paperboard cartons for carriers, or any other substantially planar article which is adapted to be consecutively arranged with other such articles in a group, and placed in a supply magazine for singular delivery to an article transfer device. The method of the present invention is specifically designed to insure that only one sheet at a time is removed from the group by the article transfer device. The sheets or articles themselves, are designed to cooperate with the supply magazine to facilitate singular delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin T. May
  • Patent number: 5388818
    Abstract: A receive magazine configured to be positioned in a generally upright, vertical orientation for passively collecting a plurality of flexible sheets of media. The top wall of the enclosure has a collection door in the top wall of a light-tight enclosure allows sheets of media to be passively received within the magazine. A contoured plate is hinged along a hinge line near the collection door on a non-stacked side of the enclosure. The plate is planar near the hinge line and is non-planar at an end of the plate opposite from the hinge line. A biasing mechanism is positioned near the collection door for resiliently biasing the plurality of flexible sheets of media laterally toward the non-stacking side of the enclosure biasing the plate away from the non-stacking side of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Christopher J. Anton, Wayne A. Pickett
  • Patent number: 5331372
    Abstract: A process cartridge mountable within an image forming apparatus, includes an image bearing member, process means acting on the image bearing member, a frame, and a first guide surface provided on the frame and adapted to guide a recording medium toward the image bearing member, and a second guide surface recessed more than the first guide surface and having width smaller than that of the first guide surface. With the above construction, it is possible to provide a process cartridge and an image forming apparatus within which such a process cartridge can be mounted, which can be made small-sized and light-weighted and which are easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadayuki Tsuda, Kazumi Sekine, Isao Ikemoto, Kazushi Watanabe, Yoshikazu Sasago, Shinya Noda, Kazunori Kobayashi, Takeo Shoji
  • Patent number: 5265865
    Abstract: A stimulable phosphor sheet cassette has a light-tight casing which has an opening through which a stimulable phosphor sheet can be got in and out of the casing by moving the stimulable phosphor sheet in a direction parallel to the surface thereof and a light shielding member provided at the opening to prevent light from entering the casing but to permit the stimulable phosphor sheet to move through the opening. The casing is in such a size that it receives the stimulable phosphor sheet with one end portion of the stimulable phosphor sheet projecting outside the casing through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshitaka Agano, Koichi Okada
  • Patent number: 5238234
    Abstract: A continuous-operation device for the treatment of a leather piece and similar materials, comprising a work station including a roller unit including a pair of rollers and through which the leather piece is moved, the work station including an inlet side and an outlet side, a traversing path upon which the leather piece is transversely moved, the traversing path extending from the inlet side and through the work station to the outlet side, a gripper for removal of the leather piece from one of the pair of rollers as the leather emerges from the work station outlet side, the gripper also for traversal movement of the leather piece after it emerges from the work station outlet side, a drive for driving the gripper, the gripper being operatively connected to the work station outlet side and movably mounted on the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Inventors: Werner Kerber, Rocco Finco
  • Patent number: 5178381
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a flexible sheet workpiece is disclosed. The apparatus includes workstations arranged in at least two parallel series. Each workstation is adapted to carry out at least one operation on the workpiece, which can then be transferred to the next workstation in the series or, if desired, from a workstation in one series to a workstation in an adjacent series across an interchange area between the two series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignees: Courtaulds PLC, Cegelec Projects Limited
    Inventors: Michael A. Nash, Bashir Laheria
  • Patent number: 5172905
    Abstract: A receive magazine for collecting and transporting sheets of exposed photographic media. The receive magazine includes an elongated, light-tight enclosure having front and back walls, top and bottom walls, and first and second end walls. Sheets of media are gravity fed into the magazine entrance through a collection door on the top wall of the enclosure. The collection door includes a media-receiving slot, a shutter and a spring for biasing the shutter to a normally closed, light-tight position over the slot. A lower downwardly sloping resilient member mounted to the front wall engages the sheets as they are inserted into the magazine and forces the sheets into a vertically stacked arrangement against the back wall of the enclosure, away from the entrance. A ramp surface on the back wall guides sheets being inserted over previously collected sheets. A compound curved surface on the back wall of the enclosure below the ramp surface arcs the sheets to minimize contact during insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James C. Vanous, Robert L. Rydeen, Thomas J. Lundgren, Bert A. Munthe, Arnold B. Dammermann
  • Patent number: 5163668
    Abstract: A retard assembly for use in a friction retard separator and feeder comprising a support member for supporting a retard member and a sheet entrance guide at the incoming end of the retard assembly having a substantially vertical portion and a substantially horizontal portion overlying the incoming guide entrance portion of the retard member in advance of the retard portion of the retard member, said sheet guide being vertically compliant and movable in said support member to enable a reduction in the spring rate in the entrance guide portion of the retard member to a level substantially below the level in the retard portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A Winship, Donald E. Johnston, Richard C. Benton
  • Patent number: 5040776
    Abstract: A system for taking up and discharging ironed cloth articles from ironing apparatus comprises a column mounted on a base and supporting an articulated rotary arm at one end of which there is mounted a ball member for engaging an ironed cloth article and removing it from an ironing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventor: Giovanni Cartabbia
  • Patent number: 5039078
    Abstract: Apparatus for the seriatim separation and feeding of garment parts from a shingled stack of the parts to a predetermined destination. Comprising the apparatus is a movable hold down mechanism for engaging the trailing edge of the second part in the stack and a picker head for engaging the leading edge of the first part in the shingled stack and removing it from the stack. Mechanisms are provided for accurately determining the location of the trailing edge of the second part in the stack and moving the hold down mechanism into position to accurately engage the trailing edge of the second part in the stack. Following separation, the separated part is transferred to a second location at which the head is withdrawn from the transferred part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Hubert Blessing, Gene Croyle
  • Patent number: 4984960
    Abstract: An apparatus having a vacuum track, and a vacuum pallet for use therewith. The apparatus comprises a vacuum duct having a single vacuum pump and a plurality of ports which individually open when said vacuum pallet passes thereover. The pallet has a shoe which fits snugly over the port to facilitate evaculation of the pallet, and has small holes in the article-supporting surface through which the vacuum acts to hold an article in place thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: Precision Screen Machines, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandor Szarka
  • Patent number: 4932644
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for feeding transparency sheets having a soft coating thereon from a tray of such sheets. The transparency sheets are interleaved with plain paper separator sheets in a tray so that at the front end of the tray, the ends of the plain paper separator sheets extend beyond the ends of the transparency sheets. A sheet feed means positioned adjacent the front end of the tray engages the extended end of the first of the plain paper separator sheets in the tray. At start up, the sheet feed means does not engage the transparency sheets. The sheet feed means moves the engaged plain paper separator sheet from the tray wherein the movement of the engaged plain paper separator sheet moves the adjacent transparency sheet from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Paul F. Nzei
  • Patent number: 4766810
    Abstract: A sheet feeder for use with an offset printing device that is capable of feeding sheets that are bound together along a common edge is disclosed herein. The sheet feeder generally comprises a stack holder for holding a stack of bound sheets along their commonly bound edges, an endless conveyor formed from parallel chains that are driven between the top of the bound sheets and the impression cylinder of the offset printing device, a set of driving and pressure rollers connected between the parallel chains of the conveyor and rotating with it, and a suction gripper movable perpendicularly with respect to the sheet stack top for lifting the respective topmost sheet. In operation, the suction gripper lifts a sheet, and then one of the driving and pressure rollers slides under the sheet and carries it to the impression cylinder, whereupon it acts as a pressure roller during the printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: Print-Collect GmbH
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Alt
  • Patent number: 4688781
    Abstract: Stacked fabric parts are separated and fed seriatim by apparatus having an endless conveyor which feeds the stack into position for separating the uppermost part from the stack. A mechanism having a knife edge bar or opposed fabric engaging needles is lowered and engages the part for dragging the part to be separated off of the stack. The second part on the stack is held with the stack by a pressure force by a series of vacuum providing orifices or recesses in a horizontally disposed support surface and/or by retractable fabric piercing needles. The part separating and translating bar is connected to a support plate which may be vibrated in a generally horizontal plane to assist in breaking the frictional connection between the part to be separated and the remaining parts in the stack as they are separated from each other. The separated parts are presented seriatim to a guide surface which guides the part under the conveyance of an air jet stream along a feed path to another work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventor: Hubert Blessing