Separator And Conveyor Patents (Class 271/10.01)
  • Patent number: 10099879
    Abstract: A paper feeding device includes a first transmission module mounted in a transaction device, a pickup shaft, at least one pickup roller and at least one separation roller. The pickup shaft is rotatably and pivotally connected to the transaction device. The pickup shaft is connected with the first transmission module, and the first transmission module is capable of driving the pickup shaft to rotate towards a clockwise direction or an anticlockwise direction. The at least one pickup roller is fastened around the pickup shaft. The at least one separation roller is rotatably and pivotally connected to the transaction device. An outer surface of the at least one separation roller oppositely abuts against an outer surface of the at least one pickup roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Foxlink Image Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Xiang Tsai, Min Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 10091372
    Abstract: A medium feeding device includes a lower portion unit in which a feeding roller is provided, and an upper portion unit in which a separating roller is provided and which is connected to the lower portion unit so as to be openable and closable. The lower portion unit has a cover member which covers a holding portion of the feeding roller while exposing a portion of the feeding roller to the transport path, and the cover member is configured to be removable in a direction including a component directed toward an upstream side in the transport direction by being attachable to and detachable from the lower portion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Shiota
  • Patent number: 10029868
    Abstract: A sheet feed device includes a stacking tray on which sheets P are stacked, and feed rollers convey the sheets P from the stacking tray. The sheet feed device also includes a pressing lever configured to press back, when there is a sheet picked up from the stacking tray and is in a state of being nipped between feed rollers, a leading end of the sheet P toward the stacking tray, and a roller separating mechanism configured to separate the sheet feed rollers performing the nipping from each other, when the pressing member performs the operation of pressing back the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouji Mori
  • Patent number: 9962951
    Abstract: Techniques are described for printing on front and back surfaces of security document substrates in a manner that conserves use of print ribbon, thereby extending the life of the print ribbon. In general, the printer controller knows the content, as well as locations and colors, of what has been printed on the front or first surface of the security document substrate. The printer control also knows the content, as well as locations and colors, of what is to be printed on the back or second surface of the security document substrate. When the back surface of the substrate is to be printed, the printer controller determines, for a particular color, whether any of the printing on the back surface would overlap with the printing on the front surface. For locations where there would be no overlap, the printer can reuse the section of print ribbon that was used to print on the front surface to print on the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ENTRUST DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Patrick C. Cronin
  • Patent number: 9944483
    Abstract: A controller is configured to drive a conveying roller to allow a sheet to abut on a registration roller and stop, and to drive the registration roller to convey the sheet abutting on the registration roller to the printing unit at a set sheet interval. The controller is configured to control a conveying speed of the conveying roller based on a time from a first timing to a second timing, the first timing at which a preceding sheet conveyed from the registration roller to the printing unit exits the conveying roller, the second timing at which a following sheet reaches the conveying roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Inoue, Masashi Hara
  • Patent number: 9919884
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a conveyor for conveying a sheet along a predetermined conveyance path and a feeder unit for supporting the sheet to be fed to the conveyor. The conveyor includes a first guide part for guiding the sheet toward a downstream side in the conveying direction in a direction inclined at a downward gradient, a second guide part for guiding the sheet from the first guide part toward a further downstream side in a direction inclined at an upward gradient, a suction roller arranged at the first guide part for conveying the sheet supported by the feeder unit toward the downstream side, and a first conveyance roller arranged at the second guide part and for conveying the sheet conveyed by the suction roller toward the downstream side one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kotaro Kurokawa, Hideaki Utagawa
  • Patent number: 9914604
    Abstract: A sheet feeder device includes: a sheet feed tray configured to store a sheet stack formed with a plurality of paper sheets; an elastic member capable of expanding and contracting; a contact mechanism configured to bring the elastic member into contact with an edge of the sheet stack; an expansion mechanism configured to expand the elastic member in a direction of stacking of the paper sheets; and a control unit configured to cause the expansion mechanism to expand the elastic member while the elastic member is kept in contact with the edge of the sheet stack by the contact mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Fujiwara, Jun Onishi, Masahito Takano
  • Patent number: 9902581
    Abstract: To enable a user, when removing a sheet of paper from a transport mechanism, to easily remove the sheet of paper from the transport mechanism even with structure in which a transport roller is provided at a position inaccessible to a user. A paper-sheet transport device, including: a drive part which drives a transport mechanism transporting a sheet of paper; a cover; a shaft that rotatable in a predetermined direction by drive generated by the drive part, the shaft including a transport roller fixed thereto for transporting the sheet of paper; a lever which is arranged at, at least, a drive part side end out of both ends of the shaft and which, through a part of the cover, receives force due to an opening/closing operation of the cover; and a ratchet via which the lever and the shaft are engaged or disengaged, and which changes from the engaged state to the disengaged state in response to the lever receiving the force due to the opening/closing operation of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NEC PLATFORMS, LTD
    Inventor: Yasukazu Nagura
  • Patent number: 9860403
    Abstract: When a sheet fed by a feed rotating member passes through a detection area of a leading edge detecting portion, the feed rotating member is moved to a retract position based on the detection. When the fed sheet does not pass through the detection area, the feed rotating member is moved to the retract position after a predetermined time elapses since the sheet starts to be fed by the feed rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Matsumoto, Toshifumi Itabashi
  • Patent number: 9800748
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder that is included in an image reader of an image forming apparatus includes a sheet conveying roller, a document feeder cover, a projection piece, a motor, a driving side gear, and a driving force transmission device including an idler gear, a driving force release gear, a slide body, a first elastic body to bias the idler gear and the driving force release gear to be separated, a second elastic body to bias the driving force release gear and the slide body to be separated, and a drive shaft. The driving force transmission device meshes the driving and driven side meshing portions together with a biasing force applied by the second elastic body when the document feeder cover is closed, and releases the driving and driven side meshing portions with a biasing force applied by the first elastic body when the document feeder cover is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Horikawa, Yasunobu Youda, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Takuji Kawai, Daisuke Imaki, Takayuki Andoh, Susumu Miyazaki, Yuki Fujii, Koichi Ono, Takeshi Shikama, Hiroaki Ikeda, Shingo Shiramura, Hideo Tanaka, Tetsuo Inui
  • Patent number: 9764916
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a conveying unit configured to convey sheets along a predetermined conveyance path, and a cover member disposed at a position covering the conveying unit and constituting one of exterior surfaces of the sheet conveying device. The cover member includes a first base portion constituting one of the exterior surfaces, a second base portion facing the first base portion across a space, and a plurality of linking portions provided between the first base portion and the second base portion and linking to both the first base portion and the second base portion. The first base portion, the second base portion, and the plurality of linking portions are integrally formed of a resin material into one piece. The second base portion includes a plurality of ribs protruding from a surface of the second base portion opposite to the first base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Akimatsu
  • Patent number: 9656820
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus as a sheet conveying apparatus comprises a paper feeding roller, an upstream side sensor, and an ultrasonic wave sensor. The paper feeding roller provides a plurality of sheets placed on a document tray in series to a conveying path. The upstream side sensor detects presence or absence of a sheet being conveyed along the conveying path, at a location of a downstream side of the paper feeding roller along the conveying path. The ultrasonic wave sensor detects presence or absence of occurrence of multiple feed, based on intensity of ultrasonic waves received at a location of a downstream side of the upstream side sensor along the conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Yoshimura, Akinori Kimata, Takashi Watanabe, Toshikazu Higashi
  • Patent number: 9636931
    Abstract: A printing apparatus comprises a maintenance unit configured to execute a maintenance operation between a completion of printing on a preceding sheet serving as the printing sheet fed from a stacking unit first and a start of printing on a succeeding sheet serving as the printing sheet fed from the stacking unit next, and a determination unit configured to determine whether to execute the maintenance operation, wherein the determination unit determines, based on a feeding method of the succeeding sheet, whether to execute the maintenance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Sahara, Tetsuya Edamura, Atsushi Takahashi, Tomofumi Nishida, Toshiyuki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9567127
    Abstract: A medium transporting apparatus is used for transporting a label web including a carrier web and labels adhered thereto. A platen roller transports the label web in a transport path. A pressure roller is disposed downstream of the separating member with respect to the transport path, and causes the carrier web to be kinked. The pressure roller urges the carrier web against the platen roller. A support member is mounted on a cover and rotatably supports the pressure roller. The cover is pivoted between an open position and a closed. Immediately after the cover has moved to the closed position, the pressure roller contacts the platen roller and then slides by a predetermined amount on the circumferential surface of the platen roller in a direction away from the separating member. Thus, the carrier web sandwiched between the pressure and platen rollers becomes taut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Daichi Sato
  • Patent number: 9546059
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus, including: a base body having a conveyor surface; a separating roller configured to rotate about a first rotation axis parallel to a width direction of the conveyor surface and to convey a sheet downstream in a conveyance direction orthogonal to the width direction; a separating piece opposed to the separating roller and configured to cooperate with the separating roller to separate sheets being conveyed one by one; an attachment member removably attached to the base body at a position at which the attachment member is opposed to the separating roller, so as to form a part of the conveyor surface; a holder holding the separating piece and supported by the attachment member so as to be movable toward and away from the separating roller; and a first urging member provided between the attachment member and the holder for urging the separating piece toward the separating roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiko Ohta
  • Patent number: 9535392
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a casing, a cover configured to pivot between a covering position and an exposing position, a shaft portion provided to one of the casing and the cover, a bearing portion provided to the other one, and a retaining mechanism configured to retain the cover at the exposing position. The cover includes a contactable portion configured to, when the cover pivots between the covering position and the exposing position, contact the retaining mechanism. The retaining mechanism includes a retaining member configured to restrict the cover from pivoting from the exposing position to the covering position, and an urging member urging the retaining member toward the contactable portion. The casing includes a frame, the frame including a guide section configured to guide a sheet. The frame of the casing includes one of the shaft portion and the bearing portion and supports the retaining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koyo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9359159
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a stacking portion, a feed portion, a moving amount detecting portion provided downstream of the feed portion and configured to detect a moving amount of the sheet, and a control portion. The control portion is configured to change a timing for starting a sheet feed operation by the feed portion in feeding a n+1th sheet by the feed portion based on a detection result of the moving amount detecting portion detected when a nth sheet has been fed by the feed portion in feeding the sheets consecutively by the feed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Noda, Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 9359158
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a sheet stacking member; an air blowing unit configured to blow air onto the sheet bundle placed on the sheet stacking member to suspend multiple sheets of the sheet bundle; a lifting/lowering unit configured to lift/lower the sheet stacking member; an optical reflection sensor configured to detect a suspended sheet suspended by the air blowing unit; and a control unit configured to control the lifting/lowering unit based on an output value of the optical reflection sensor. The optical reflection sensor is configured to be capable of detecting an area corresponding to multiple sheets in a sheet suspension zone extending between a non-suspended sheet bundle and a conveying member configured to convey an uppermost sheet of the multiple suspended sheets. The non-suspended sheet bundle is made up of sheets not suspended during a period when air is blown by the air blowing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasunori Hino, Chikara Akata, Tomoki Tamate, Hideaki Takahashi, Munehisa Fuda, Toshihiro Okutsu, Takashi Fukumoto, Yasuo Niikura, Masaki Ishizaki, Kiyotake Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga, Masato Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9352915
    Abstract: A method of scanning documents and moving such documents along a path such that during scanning a method of improving the documents velocity and the documents image quality is disclosed. The method includes providing a plurality of documents in an input tray and transporting each document along the path from the input tray at a transport velocity past the scanner to obtain scanned image data. By monitoring and controlling the velocity profile of the transport system, the scanning system may provide higher image quality, reduce slippage, misfeeds and jams, and provide alerts to an operator in the even slippage, misfeeds, or jams do occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Kodak Alaris Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Maysick, Stephen M. Reinke, Robert Westcott
  • Patent number: 9340046
    Abstract: A drive device includes: connection gears connected to driving objects; a movable gear movable between the connection gears; a drive source for rotating the movable gear; and at least one estimator each provided for a corresponding one of at least one of the connection gears and configured to: estimate a reaction-force estimate value, as an estimate value of a reaction force acting in a power transmission system from the drive source to the driving object, based on control input, control output, and a model of the power transmission system; and output the reaction-force estimate value. The model is configured such that the reaction-force estimate value falls within a set range in a state in which the movable gear is meshed with the connection gear. A controller detects mesh and/or separation between the movable gear and the at least one connection gear based on the reaction-force estimate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eisuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9248986
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device comprising a tray, a sheet feeder, first and second guide members, a separator, and an inclined guide portion. The first guide member disposed downstream of the tray and includes a first inclined surface that contacts and guides the sheets. The separator separates the sheets from other lower sheets. The second guide member is disposed downstream of the first guide member and includes a second inclined surface that contacts the sheets. The second inclined surface is inclined more steeply than the first inclined surface relative to a supporting surface of the tray. A first inclined guide portion extends from an upper end portion of the first guide member and includes a third inclined surface that contacts the sheets. The third inclined surface is inclined more steeply than the first inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Aoki
  • Publication number: 20150093215
    Abstract: Imaging apparatus and methods for bindery systems are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a platform and a separator coupled to the platform. The separator to receive a signature assembly, the separator includes an end to engage the signature assembly to separate a first page from the signature assembly, a first guide to direct the first page toward the platform and a second guide to direct a second page of the signature assembly toward a side of the platform. The apparatus includes a printer positioned above the platform. The printer is to image the first page when the first page is disposed on the platform. The apparatus includes a pump fluidly coupled through the platform to draw the first page toward the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ty Daniel Wyble, Todd Tracy Rose
  • Patent number: 8991813
    Abstract: A sheet transport device includes a sheet supporting surface which receives a plurality of sheets set thereon, a separation roller which separates the sheets set on the sheet supporting surface sheet by sheet to transport a separated sheet in a predetermined transport direction, and a first detection unit which is disposed to the supporting surface and detects whether a sheet is set on the sheet supporting surface. The separation roller and the first detection unit are disposed to be separated at least in a sheet width direction orthogonal to the predetermined transport direction, and a distance between the first detection unit and an end edge of the separation roller at a side of the first detection unit is longer than a short side of a non-allowable sheet which is smaller than a minimum sheet size within an allowable transport range set in the sheet transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8965568
    Abstract: A feed station has a pre-separation region, a separation region and a transport region in succession along a transport path. A first sensor is at the start of the separation region and a second sensor is at the start of the transport region. A control unit processes signals from the sensors and encoders to determine the position of the flat item, and is connected with a separation motor to drive the separation device, so that a flat item is separated from a stack with a predetermined separation velocity. If unacceptably small gaps exist between the flat items, the separation process is stopped when the leading edge of a subsequent flat item reaches the second sensor and is continued when the preceding separated flat item achieves a predetermined clearance from the leading edge of the aforementioned flat item due to its transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Geserich
  • Patent number: 8953230
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus is provided with a registration roller configured such that a downstream end in a sheet feeding direction of a sheet abut to correct a skew of the sheet, and a pulling roller that conveys the sheet to the registration roller. The pulling roller is disposed such that a center of an arrangement in a direction orthogonal to the sheet feeding direction of the pulling roller is located on a side of the first restricting plate from a widthwise center of the sheet conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 8934148
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus comprises a reading unit including a movable sensor, a first reading mechanism which moves the reading unit to read an original placed on a platen, a second reading mechanism which conveys the original relative to the reading unit to read the original, a common driving source which drives the first reading mechanism and the second reading mechanism, a transfer unit which transfers a driving force from the driving source to the first reading mechanism and the second reading mechanism, and a switching unit which switches rotation used to drive the second reading mechanism to one of forward rotation and reverse rotation with respect to rotation of the driving source in one direction, the switching unit operating as the reading unit moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaneto Tokuyama, Kazuyuki Morinaga
  • Patent number: 8931776
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a main body having a sheet feed path and an opening. A sheet placing part defined in the main body. The sheet inserted through the opening is placed on the sheet placing part. A supply roller arranged to face the placing part and feeds the sheet placed on the sheet placing part in a sheet feed direction toward the sheet feed path, a frame arranged to face the sheet placing part and configured to support the supply roller, the frame having a protruded part protruded on an opening side with respect to the supply roller. An image forming unit is provided inside the main body. An inclined surface is formed on a side of the protruded part facing the sheet placing part, and the protruded part has an inclined surface facing the sheet placing part and inclined such that a distance between the inclined surface and the sheet placing part becomes gradually smaller toward the supply roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junki Ueyama
  • Patent number: 8908233
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a cover configured to be movable between a first position, in which the top of the main body is covered, and a second position, in which the top of the main body is exposed; a supporting member configured to vertically move with respect to the main body so that the rotation center of the cover is moved between an ascent position and a descent position; a cam configured to rotate together with the cover such that a cam surface abuts on the main body, thereby vertically moving the supporting member, wherein the cam has a shape to displace the rotation center to the descent position when then the cover rotates to the first position and to displace the rotation center to the ascent position when the cover rotates to the second position so that interference of the cover is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Ohama, Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 8848263
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image reading apparatus comprising: a movable unit having a transparent member; a guide portion arranged to face the transparent member to guide a conveyed sheet; a reader portion configured to read an image on a sheet guided by the guide portion past the transparent member; abutting portions that are provided on the guide portion and abut on the movable unit; an actuating portion configured to move the movable unit in a direction along the surface of the transparent member; and an engaging portion provided on the movable unit and engaged with the guide member such that the movable unit and the abutting portion are separated from each other as the movable unit is moved by the actuating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masafumi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8840103
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a separation sheet feeding mechanism having a paper feeding belt and a separation roller; and an adjustment mechanism that changes contact state of the paper feeding belt to the separation roller by changing relative position of the paper feeding belt and the separation roller, and changes and adjusts separation performance of the separation roller for the subsequent sheet, wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a cam follower member changing the relative position of the feeding belt and the separation roller, the cam member includes a first cam face and a second cam face which are formed at each rotation radius position in accordance with the rotation angle position, and are spaced apart in the rotation radius direction, and the cam follower member has a contact unit guided by the first cam face and the second cam face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Fukumoto, Mamoru Kambayashi, Michitaka Suzuki, Atsushi Fujita, Masataka Fukuchi, Ryuji Yoshida, Hideki Tobinaga, Norio Kimura, Kenichiro Morita, Koki Sakano, Takuya Sano, Takuya Morinaga, Takashi Nakano
  • Publication number: 20140272142
    Abstract: Imaging apparatus and methods for bindery systems. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a platform having a plurality of openings to provide suction through a surface of the platform and a first track that moves across the surface of the platform. The first track has a plurality of apertures to fluidly couple the suction to an upper surface of the first track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Ty Daniel Wyble, Todd Tracy Rose
  • Patent number: 8804211
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus comprises a feeding mechanism conveying a document, a moving mechanism moving a reading unit, a driving source shared by the mechanisms, a biasing mechanism moving the reading unit to a predetermined position by an elastic member when the reading unit is moved out of a reading region, a transmission element being displaced by the movement of the reading unit and switching transmission of the drive force, and a disengaging mechanism disengaging the reading unit in the predetermined position to the reading region from the predetermined position by the drive force of the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Morinaga, Kaneto Tokuyama
  • Patent number: 8797607
    Abstract: A recording media deciding apparatus has: a light radiating portion which radiates light having a uniform light amount on a range corresponding to an image capturing range of a first surface of a bundle of recording media; a light detecting portion which captures an image of light emitted from a second surface different from the first surface of the bundle of the recording media; and a controller which decides on a type of the recording media based on an output of the light detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromichi Hayashihara, Masataka Shiratsuchi
  • Patent number: 8668300
    Abstract: A multifunction machine includes: a first feeding roller and a second feeding roller; an intermediate roller pair provided to a curved portion of a transport route; a main transporting roller pair; a recording head; a first drive motor and a second drive motor; and a control section. The control section intermittently drives the main transporting roller pair and makes the recording head jet ink during a period of time in which the main transporting roller pair is stopped, and performs pre-paper feeding processing for rotating the first feeding roller a predetermined amount in a paper feeding direction when a rear end of a paper is positioned between a first sensor and the first feeding roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga, Keisuke Wakakusa
  • Publication number: 20140061997
    Abstract: A recording medium transport device includes a connecting member that connects two transport roller pairs, and a drive switching section that is provided to one of the two transport roller pairs, and switches between a state in which a rotational drive force is transmitted between the two transport roller pairs via the connecting member and a state in which the rotational drive force is not transmitted between the two transport roller pairs. A controller of the recording medium transport device causes the drive switching section to switch from the state in which the rotational drive force is not transmitted between the two transport roller pairs to the state in which the rotational drive force is transmitted between the two transport roller pairs via the connecting member, when the rotational speed of at least one of the transport roller pairs falls outside a predetermined speed range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masafumi Miki
  • Publication number: 20140054842
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for separating individual, two-dimensional, flexible objects (2a, 2a) from the lower side of a stack (3) of such objects (2, 2a) and for conveying the separated objects (2, 2a) away from the stack (3). The device comprises a stack space (4) with a support region (5), and support means (7a, 7b 21) which support the stack (3) from below in the support region (5), wherein the support means comprise a support roller arrangement (7a, 7b, 57a) of a plurality of support rollers (8). The device further comprises at least one separating member (19) for separating the objects (2a) from the lower side of the stack (3) in the support region (5). The support roller arrangement (7a, 7b) is part of a roller guidance device (6) and is translatorily movable to and from between a support position (SP) and a release position (FP).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Marc-Andreas Benz
  • Publication number: 20140054841
    Abstract: There are provided a paper conveying apparatus, a jam detection method and a computer-readable, non-transitory medium which can suppress erroneous detection of the occurrence of a jam. The paper conveying apparatus includes a sound signal generator, provided with a sound detector near a conveyance path of paper, for generating a sound signal corresponding to a sound generated by a paper during conveyance of the paper, a sound jam detector for determining whether a jam has occurred based on a predetermined sound signal, and a control module for performing an abnormal processing when the sound jam detector determines that the jam has occurred and the predetermined sound signal is not generated at a predetermined timing, and determining that the jam has not occurred and not performing the abnormal processing when the sound jam detector determines that the jam has occurred and the predetermined sound signal is generated at the predetermined timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Shuichi Morikawa, Masanobu Hongo, Takayuki Umi
  • Publication number: 20140054839
    Abstract: There are provided an image reading apparatus which can effectively detect sound which is generated when a jam has occurred for a plurality of types of jams. The image reading apparatus includes a separator, an image reader for reading an image from a paper, a conveying module for conveying a paper separated by the separator to the image reader, a side wall provided at a side of a conveyance path of the paper, a sound signal generator, provided with a sound detector between the separator and the conveying module and near the side wall, for generating a sound signal corresponding to a sound generated by the paper during conveyance, and a jam detector for determining whether a jam has occurred based on the sound signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Takayuki Umi, Masanobu Hongo
  • Publication number: 20140054840
    Abstract: There are provided a paper conveying apparatus, a jam detection method and a computer-readable, non-transitory medium that can suppress erroneous detection of the occurrence of a jam by a sound due to the sound generated along with conveyance of the paper. The paper conveying apparatus includes a first sound signal generator for generating a first sound signal, at least a part of the first sound signal generator is provided near a separator, a second sound signal generator for generating a second sound signal, at least a part of the second sound signal generator is provided at least at one end of a conveyance path of the paper, and a sound jam detector for determining whether a jam has occurred based on the second sound signal according to a detection method, wherein the sound jam detector changes the detection method based on the first sound signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takayuki Umi, Masanobu Hongo
  • Publication number: 20140027970
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating individual flat, bendable objects from the underside of a stack of such objects. The apparatus includes a stacking area having a support region, a roller arrangement produced from a plurality of rollers, the roller arrangement supporting the stack from below in the support region, as well as a separating and holding device for separating the objects from the underside of the stack. The rollers of the roller arrangement are guided along a circular path so as to be movable past under the stack in the support region. The apparatus further includes a supporting and stopping device for positioning the supporting and stopping device in a holding position between the stack and the rollers of the roller arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Alex Keller
  • Publication number: 20140027971
    Abstract: A sheet feeder which is capable of accurately detecting multi-feed of sheets even when the distance between sensors is changed. The sheet feeder includes a sheet container for holding a stack of sheets. Ultrasonic sensors for transmitting and receiving ultrasonic waves, respectively, are provided on a conveying path. The ultrasonic sensor as a transmitter transmits ultrasonic waves to a sheet being fed and conveyed. A reception circuit detects a level of ultrasonic waves received by the ultrasonic sensor as a receiver. The level of ultrasonic waves detected after lapse of a predetermined time from transmission of ultrasonic waves is compared with a predetermined threshold value to determine multi-feed of sheets. A distance between the ultrasonic sensors is detected, and at least one of the predetermined time period and the predetermined threshold value is corrected based on the detected distance between the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuro FUKUSAKA, Yoshitaka YAMAZAKI, Taishi TOMII
  • Publication number: 20140016980
    Abstract: A sheet conveyer including a body, a conveyer to convey the sheet into a conveyer path formed in the body, a conveyer-supporting frame to support the conveyer, a first placement unit including a lifting plate movable between a separated position and an approximate position, and a lateral guide arranged on the lifting plate to be movable integrally with the lifting plate and slidably along a widthwise direction and configured to restrict a widthwise position of the sheet placed on the lifting plate and, is provided. The conveyer contacts the sheet placed on the first placement unit, when the lifting plate is in the approximate position, and conveys the contacting sheet into the conveyer path. The conveyer-supporting frame is formed to have an interference-avoidable dented section, in which the side guide on the lifting plate placed in the approximate position enters partly to avoid interference with the conveyer-supporting frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Saya Minoshima
  • Patent number: 8630024
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes: a sheet loading unit configured to load a plurality of sheets; a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheets loaded on the sheet loading unit; a light emitting unit configured to irradiate a sheet loaded on the sheet loading unit; an image sensor disposed at a position opposing the sheet loaded on the sheet loading unit and configured to sense an image reflected with light irradiated by the light emitting unit; and a trailing edge detection unit configured to cause the image sensor to repetitively perform sensing during sheet conveyance by the sheet feeding unit, compare images sensed by the image sensor, and detect a trailing edge of the sheet currently being conveyed from the sheet feeding unit based on a determination of an area where a pattern remains unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Shiraishi
  • Publication number: 20140008859
    Abstract: A printing apparatus comprising an image forming system, a sheet-feeding system, a sheet-transporting system, a sheet-controlling device, a sheet-detection device, a first driving system, a second driving system and a controller is provided. The sheet-controlling device and the sheet-detection device are disposed between the sheet-feeding system and the sheet-transporting system. The sheet-controlling device controls an entry of a sheet into the sheet-transporting system. The first driving system drives the sheet-controlling device, and the second driving system drives a transporting mechanism of the sheet-transporting system. The controller upon receiving an error signal from the sheet-detection device signals the sheet-controlling device to inhibit the entry of the sheet into the sheet-transporting system and signals the transporting mechanism to continue its operation. A duplex printing method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Katsuhiko GOTODA
  • Publication number: 20140001698
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: a sheet feeding section; an image forming section configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet feeding section; and a control device configured to: cause the image forming section to form the image, cause the image forming section to perform a quality assurance operation, if a resource necessary for the image forming operation is not available for a predetermined time from an end of the image forming operation, and extend the predetermined time when determined that it is necessary for the user to set the sheet in the sheet feeding section prior to the image forming operation to be longer than the predetermined time when determined that it is not necessary for the user to set the sheet in the sheet feeding section prior to the image forming operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Okano, Takashi Suzuki, Fei Cheng
  • Publication number: 20130341850
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for separating a stack of notes of value, in which the stack of notes of value is arranged in a separating position. Subsequently, a withdrawal element is driven such that it transports at least one marginal note of value of the stack of notes of value in a separating direction in the direction of a separating gap formed between a transport element and a counter run element. Also the transport element is driven such that it transports the note of value further in the separating direction. By means of a sensor unit arranged downstream of the separating gap the number of the notes of value withdrawn and transported through the separating gap is determined. The withdrawal element, the transport element and/or the counter run element are controlled depending on this determined number of notes of value withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Udo Petermann, Paul Freitag, Richard Duesterhus
  • Publication number: 20130320609
    Abstract: An automated mail tray filling apparatus for taking envelopes from a vertical stacker output of an inserter machine and placing them in mail trays. A vertical stack of envelopes rests on a long stacker table. The mail tray filling apparatus has a track positioned next the vertical stacker table parallel to the length of the vertical stacker table. A mail tray transport is positioned beneath the track and arranged to transport mail trays beneath the track in a direction parallel to the vertical stacker table. A movable mail tray filler is movably mounted on the track to travel in parallel next to the vertical stacker table and above the mail tray transport, and is arranged to withdraw envelopes from the end of the vertical stack in a sideways direction. Envelopes are then redirected into a downward direction and fed into a mail tray positioned beneath the movable mail tray filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Keane, Donato C. Farole, Glenn A. Nester
  • Publication number: 20130320610
    Abstract: A separator assembly is disclosed herein. An example includes a base to mount to a printing device and a wall supported by the base. The example also includes a singulation assembly adjacent the wall to separate a medium from a media stack and a ramp adjacent the singulation assembly to guide the medium from the media stack to a feed assembly. The example further includes a corner relief feature on either side of and below the ramp into which corners of the medium may drop and travel below a remainder of the medium as the medium is guided from the media stack to the feed assembly and a guide adjacent each corner relief feature to lift the corners of the medium out of the corner relief features before the medium enters the feed assembly. A media handling assembly is also disclosed herein as is a method of media handling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Bingham, Devin S. Uehling
  • Patent number: 8596636
    Abstract: A sheet feeding unit having a holding section; a separation pad that contacts a sheet and imparts a conveyance resistance to the sheet; a separation roller that imparts a conveyance force to the sheet; a drive source that supplies driving force to the separation roller; a conveyance roller disposed at a position downstream of the separation roller, wherein the conveyance roller rotates at a circumferential speed greater than a circumferential speed of the separation roller, to impart conveyance force to the sheet, and wherein the conveyance roller and the separation roller are disposed so as to simultaneously contact the same sheet; and a drive shutoff unit, which shuts off the driving force supplied to the separation roller when the conveyance roller imparts the conveyance force to the sheet so the separation roller rotates in a following manner with the conveyance of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ichikawa, Akira Terao
  • Patent number: 8594837
    Abstract: A mailpiece feed device designed to be mounted upstream from a franking machine, and comprising at least a mailpiece feed zone for receiving a stack of mailpieces of various formats supported by a first plurality of drive rollers and a separation zone for individually selecting the mailpieces and having a second plurality of drive rollers, at least first clutch means E3 being provided for actuating said first plurality of drive rollers, said mailpiece feed device further comprising at least one sensor CN for detecting passage of said mailpieces as they enter said separation zone, and control means for subjecting said first clutch means to forced deactivation followed by an activation/deactivation series so long as the sensor CN is not activated, so as to cause a rapid succession of horizontal movements generating jerky motion on said stack, conducive to facilitating mutual separation of said mailpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Dominique Mazeiller