Separator Adjustable Or Retractable Relative To Pack Patents (Class 271/117)
  • Patent number: 10584004
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus, including: a sheet storage portion; a roller to convey sheets by rotating about a rotation axis; an arm rotatably supporting the roller and pivotable about an arm pivot axis; a presser plate pivotable about a presser-plate pivot axis; and a pivot mechanism to pivot the presser plate such that a contact angle, which is an angle defined upstream in a sheet conveyance direction by the arm and an uppermost one of the sheets contacting the roller, is less than a maximum angle in a time period from a sheet maximally loaded state to a sheet minimally loaded state, the maximum angle being an angle defined upstream in the conveyance direction by: only one sheet assumed to be placed on the presser plate which is the presser plate in the maximally loaded state; and the arm the roller of which contacts the one sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Okumura
  • Patent number: 10571846
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a tray, a conveyor, a detector and a movement mechanism. The tray accommodates at least one document. The conveyor conveys the document placed on the tray. The detector detects that the document is placed on the tray. The movement mechanism moves the tray from a first position to a second position closer to the conveyor than the first position based on the detection that the document is placed on the tray, and after moving the tray from the first position to the second position, moves the tray to the first position based on a setting of a mixed stacking mode in which mixing of the documents with different sizes on the tray is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshio Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10556763
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet feeding apparatus including a tray unit capable of stacking a sheet at an opened position; a feeding member which feeds the sheet stacked on the tray unit; a feed supporting portion which supports the feeding member such that the feeding member is capable of moving to a feeding position for feeding the sheet stacked on the tray unit and to a storage position at which the feeding member is stored in the apparatus main body; and an urging portion which urges the feeding member toward the feeding position, wherein the feed supporting portion includes an abutting portion which abuts against a region other than a sheet stacking region of the tray unit for moving the feed supporting portion and for moving the feeding member to the storage position when the tray unit moves from the opened position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keitaro Taoka
  • Patent number: 10538401
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a feed roller configured to feed a sheet in a feeding direction, a drive unit to drive the feed roller, a separation roller driven by the drive unit through a torque limiter in a direction against the feeding direction, and a pair of conveyance rollers. In addition, a control portion executes a first control mode in which a first sheet is conveyed and a second control mode in which a second sheet having a lower basis weight than that of the first sheet is conveyed. The control portion stops the drive unit with the sheet nipped at a separation nip portion and at a conveyance nip portion in each of the first and second control modes, and a timing when the drive unit is stopped by the control portion in the second control mode is earlier than a timing when the drive unit is stopped by the control portion in the first control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 10513402
    Abstract: First and second detecting members that detect a sheet or an object lifted beyond a delivery position at which the sheet is delivered is provided, and the second detecting member is configured to be activated in conjunction with activation of the first detecting member. Thus, with a simple configuration, it is possible to detect, over a wide area above a sheet loading section, a sheet or an object placed at a wrong position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Kondou
  • Patent number: 10507995
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a separator to separate a sheet from sheets. The separator includes a separation conveyor; a separation resistance member to press against the separation conveyor via the sheet; a resistance-member holder; a biasing member to contact and bias the resistance-member holder to press the separation resistance member toward the separation conveyor, the resistance-member holder to rotate about a resistance-member rotary shaft to separate from the biasing member in detaching from an apparatus body; and a biasing-member holder configured to rotate about a biasing-member rotary shaft to more incline the biasing member in a state, in which the biasing member is spaced apart from the resistance-member holder, in a moving direction of the resistance-member holder to detach from the apparatus body than the biasing member in a biasing state in which the biasing member biases the resistance-member holder in contact with the resistance-member holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu Hirata, Satoshi Narai, Yasunobu Youda, Tatsuaki Nagano, Takayuki Andoh, Daisuke Imaki, Tomoya Fujii, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Naoto Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10486927
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet presence/absence detection sensor configured to detect presence or absence of a sheet on a stacking device, a sheet surface detection sensor configured to detect that a stacking tray is raised to enable a sheet to be fed, a separation cam, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to determine that the mounting state of a feeding holder to a holder support unit is defective when the sheet surface detection sensor detects that the sheet can be fed when the sheet presence/absence detection sensor detects absence of a sheet before sheet feeding processing by a pickup roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhito Fujinuma, Shunsuke Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10452941
    Abstract: A self-correction recognition method and device for a valuable document recognition device is provided. The method includes: extracting a feature of a valuable document; determining whether the feature falls in a discriminant library of any preset category, and obtaining a substitutive centroid according to a feature centroid and the feature in a case that the feature falls in a discriminant library of any preset category; and updating the discriminant library of the category by replacing the feature centroid of the category with the substitutive centroid. The discriminant library is pre-constructed according to the feature centroid of the category, and the feature centroid is calculated from a feature of the category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Panfeng Luo, Rongqiu Wang, Mengtao Liu, Dong Wei
  • Patent number: 10364108
    Abstract: The sheet feed device includes a sheet containing cassette with a sheet stacking plate therein, a sheet feed part enabled to feed a sheet within the sheet containing cassette set in a setting position, a first sensing mechanism, a lift mechanism, a drive mechanism, and a controller. The lift mechanism includes a cassette-side coupling member for transmitting driving force to the sheet stacking plate. The drive mechanism includes a main body-side coupling member coupled with the cassette-side coupling member. When the first sensing mechanism has sensed that no sheets are stacked on the sheet stacking plate, the controller makes the main body-side coupling member rotate reverse to move down the sheet stacking plate and, even after the sheet stacking plate lowers, makes the main body-side coupling member continue to be rotated reverse so as to move out the sheet containing cassette from the setting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Hironori Daigo
  • Patent number: 10363755
    Abstract: A base material processing apparatus includes a transport mechanism, a force detection part, a meandering prediction part, a processing part, and a controller. The transport mechanism transports an elongated strip-shaped base material in a longitudinal direction thereof along a transport path aimed by a plurality of rollers of the transport mechanism. The force detection part detects a force applied to a sensing roller in an axial direction of a rotation shaft thereof, the sensing roller being at least one of the plurality of rollers. The controller predicts the meandering state of the base material to output meandering prediction information, based on the force applied to the sensing roller in the axial direction of the rotation shaft thereof. The meandering prediction part corrects the widthwise position of the base material relative to the processing part, based on the meandering prediction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10273097
    Abstract: A sheet supporting apparatus includes a sheet supporting portion supported liftably between a standby position and a lifted position, a lifting portion arranged below the sheet supporting portion, and configured to lift the sheet supporting portion toward the lifted position by pressing the sheet supporting portion from below. The sheet supporting portion includes a supporting surface defining a non-interference region in which a width regulating portion can move in a width direction. A projected portion is provided on the lifting portion, and configured to project upward toward a non-interference region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masatoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10272703
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that enables a medium container to be detached by moving a hopper with a reduced load with a simple structure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Soshi Okawa, Kazuhiro Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10245858
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided which is capable of reducing a concern that a medium may remain inside an apparatus main body at the time of pulling out a medium accommodating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Soshi Okawa, Kazuhiro Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10183824
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a feeding rotating member to feed a sheet, and a separating portion to separate and feed one by one the sheet fed by the feeding rotating member. The separating portion includes a separating rotating member to feed a sheet and a separating member to form a separation nip portion by abutting on the separating rotating member. In addition, a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked is disposed to face the feeding rotating member, and a sheet introducing portion guides the sheet toward the separating portion. The sheet introducing portion being is in a downstream side of the sheet stacking portion and positioned above a tangent line at a contacting point between the feeding rotating member and the sheet stacking portion in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 10179715
    Abstract: A sheet-feeding device includes: a first feeding roller configured to contact a sheet accommodated in a sheet-accommodation portion to feed the sheet; a second feeding roller movable between a non-feeding position and a feeding position; a driving source configured to generate a rotational driving force to the first feeding roller; a transmission portion configured to transmit the rotational driving force to the second feeding roller; a first sensor; a second sensor; and a roller actuating portion. The roller actuating portion is configured to: move the second feeding roller from the non-feeding position to the feeding position in a case where the second detector detects rotation of the first feeding roller is stopped during a sheet-feeding operation; and move the second feeding roller from the feeding position to the non-feeding position in a case where the first sensor detects the sheet-feeding operation is completed for the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Mimoto, Aya Kimura, Tsuyoshi Ito, Iwane Sano
  • Patent number: 10109135
    Abstract: A feed module for feeding value documents, in particular bank notes, to a value-document processing apparatus, has a receiving device in which one or more value documents to be processed can be inserted. The receiving device includes a first aligning element which the value documents lying in the receiving device are aligned to with a first edge of the value documents when the receiving device is in a first state, and a second aligning element which the value documents lying in the receiving device are aligned to with a second edge of the value documents when the receiving device is in a second state. A positioning device through which the receiving device is brought from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Sperl, Peter Dopfer
  • Patent number: 10093498
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises a cassette for paper feed configured to contain a tray capable of stacking papers stored in a packaging member of which one end portion is opened, together with the packaging member; a paper feed section configured to contain a pickup roller which picks up the papers stored in the packaging member from the opened end portion of the packaging member; a regulating member configured to regulate that the packaging member is conveyed from the tray of the cassette; and a protrusion configured to be formed and protrude from the regulating member to cover the opened end portion of the packaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Ohno
  • Patent number: 10059540
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a tray swingably supported by an apparatus body through a link. A link support portion disposed in the apparatus body is engaged with a first end portion of the link. The link support portion includes first and second support parts respectively corresponding to first and second positions of the tray. The link support portion further includes a guide part along which the first end portion of the link moves between the first and second support parts. The guide part has a bent part between the first and second support parts so that a guiding direction in which the first end portion is guided from the first support part toward the bent part differs from a load direction in which the first end portion of the link applies load on the first support part in a case where the tray is positioned at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satohisa Tateishi
  • Patent number: 10035671
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (1) includes an image forming device (5), a conveyor device (L), and a manual paper feed section (8). The conveyor device (L) conveys paper (P). A part of the conveyor device (L) is constituted by a conveyance guide unit (83) and an exterior unit (82). The exterior unit (82) is located opposite to the conveyance guide unit (83) and constitutes a part of an exterior surface of the image forming apparatus (1). The manual paper feed section (8) includes a paper feed roller (821) and a retard roller (831). The paper feed roller (821) is located in the exterior unit (82) and feeds paper (P) placed on a manual feed tray (81) to the conveyor device (L). The retard roller (831) is located in the conveyance guide unit (83) and separates sheets of the paper (P) fed by the paper feed roller (821).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tashiro, Hideaki Doyo
  • Patent number: 9975718
    Abstract: In a case where, for example, a certain sheet feeding operation by one of sheet delivery portions is an operation that continues from a sheet feeding operation by another one of the sheet delivery portions in a sheet feed device, a control portion delays output timing, to a feed clutch, of a control signal for feeding a first one of recording sheets, as compared to output timing of control signals for sequentially feeding a second and the following ones of the recording sheets from the same sheet delivery portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masayuki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9963310
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes a sheet platen, a pickup roller, a feeding roller, a regulating portion, a driving mechanism, a feeding control unit, a sheet sensor, and a determination processing unit. The feeding control unit executes a feeding operation by rotationally driving the pickup roller and the feeding roller in a state where the regulating portion is located at a retreating position. The sheet sensor is located at a downstream side in the feeding direction of the feeding roller. The determination processing unit determines whether the sheet feeding has succeeded or not based on a signal from the sheet sensor. After a start of the feeding operation, when the determination processing unit determines that the sheet feeding has failed, the feeding control unit once moves the regulating portion located at the retreating position to the abutting position and then executes the feeding operation again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Hanamoto
  • Patent number: 9896287
    Abstract: A paper feeding device comprises a storage surface for a stack of papers and being adapted to be move vertically between a first, lower end position and a second, upper end position, and a feeding roll for feeding papers from their position on the storage surface and imparting an uppermost sheet of paper a horizontal displacement. A first mounting device comprises a first vertically movable, preferably pivotable housing adapted to mount or suspend a first end of the feeding roll, and a second mounting device comprises a second vertically movable, preferably pivotable housing adapted to mount or suspend a second end of the feeding roll opposite to the first end of the feeding roll. By providing the first and second housings pivotable independently of each other and an intermediate axle, the feeding roll adapts to a non-uniform stack of papers, improving the reliability of the feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: PLOCKMATIC INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Patrik Dahlqvist
  • Patent number: 9878862
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a sheet feed cassette, and a conveyance unit. The sheet feed cassette is attachably/detachably supported by the apparatus main body. The sheet feed cassette includes pressing portions provided on both sides thereof in the sheet width direction. The movable guide includes pressed portions provided on both sides thereof in the sheet width direction. By the pressed portions abutting on the pressing portions, the movable guide is pushed up by the sheet feed cassette, and the movable guide is positioned with respect to the fixed guide. The pressing portion provided on another side of the sheet feed cassette in the sheet width direction includes an adjusting mechanism that adjusts pressing force against the pressed portion provided on another side of the movable guide in the sheet width direction to enable adjustment of pressure abutment force between the conveyance rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masaaki Maruta
  • Patent number: 9873576
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus capable of lifting a feed roller at low cost without increasing size thereof and an image forming apparatus including the same are proposed. A sheet fed from a rotary feed member is conveyed by a rotary conveyance member while being separated one by one by a rotary separation member being in contact with the rotary conveyance member. The rotary feed member is moved between a standby position above the sheet and an abutment position where the rotary feed member abuts with the sheet by a lifting portion. The lifting portion includes an actuation member moving a holding portion up and down and a drive member driving the actuation member. The actuation member is disposed on a second shaft, which is configured to rotate the rotary separation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kondo
  • Patent number: 9868599
    Abstract: In a sheet feeding device, a document mounting board includes a first member that includes a first mounting surface and is located on the feed mechanism side in the feeding direction of the documents in the feed mechanism, the first mounting surface being inclined to a lower side toward the feed mechanism, and a second member that includes a second mounting surface on which the documents are mounted and is disposed on a side opposite to the side of the first member on which the feed mechanism is located, and the second member is connected to the first member to be rotatable about a second turning shaft and turns about the second turning shaft depending on the weight of the documents detected by the weight sensor to change an angle with respect to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hideyuki Okumura, Masanobu Hongo
  • Patent number: 9851675
    Abstract: An object is to provide an image forming apparatus capable of switching, with a simple configuration, the positional relation between a supporting member and a feeding member and the positional relation between a developing member and a photosensitive member. A separation cam 100 rotated by the driving force of a motor M and a slider 101 moving in accordance with the rotation of the separation cam 100 are configured to switch the positional relation between a lifting plate 13 and a feeding roller 3 and the positional relation between a developing roller 103b and a photosensitive drum 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masatoshi Takiguchi, Koji Fujinaka
  • Patent number: 9828198
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a paper stop structure, a paper feed unit, and an image forming apparatus. The paper stop structure includes a movement stopper and a paper stopper both swingably configured in a paper feed path, and a separation structure to separate the movement stopper and the paper stopper. In paper stopping state, the paper stopper is pushed by an external force to swing until contacting the movement stopper, and blocks paper sheets from entering the paper feed path. In non-paper stopping state, the paper stopper is pushed by an external force to swing and separates from the movement stopper. Accordingly, various functions of paper feeding, paper stopping, and paper detecting may be achieved, and large capacity paper feeding can also be achieved to improve product operating efficiency and to effectively prevent paper mis-feed and paper jam during the image forming apparatus operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ZHUHAI SEINE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yang Li
  • Patent number: 9821967
    Abstract: An image recording device having a recording unit to record an image on a sheet is provided. The image recording unit includes a feed guide defining a first conveying path; an arm disposed between the recording unit and the tray, the arm having a feed roller rotatably disposed at a free end and configured to feed the sheet in the tray to the first conveying path. The arm pivots between a first arm position, and a second arm position. The return guide pivots between a first return guide position, and a second return guide position. A space occupied by the return guide in the first return guide position overlaps a space occupied by the arm in the second arm position. The return guide is in the second return guide position when the arm is in the second arm position which is retracted from an insertion space occupied by the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 9758324
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus is equipped with a stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, a rotator conveying a sheet by rotating in a contact state with the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, a separating member pressing the rotator and separating the sheets one by one at a contact portion where the rotator and the separating member contact each other, and a holder holding the separating member. A guide portion is rotatably provided with the holder and capable of guiding a front end of the sheet to the contact portion, and a regulating portion regulates the guide portion from rotating in a direction approximating the rotator in a state where the guide portion contacts against the regulating portion. The guide portion can be rotated in a direction separating from the rotator in a state where the separating member presses the rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuki Takase, Motoyasu Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 9746808
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which is able to stably perform paper feeding without double feeding the printing medium, and is also able to prevent a quality of the printing medium from being damaged is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a pick-up roller configured to pick up the printing medium, and a driving source configured to transmit a driving force to the pick-up roller, wherein the pick-up roller is provided to be raised and then to be returned to its original location when picking up the printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Aoki Eiji, Jin Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9670026
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a document, a feeding tray on which the document to be read by the reading unit is stacked, a feeding roller that feeds the document from the feeding tray to a position where the document is read by the reading unit, a feeding pressure plate that presses the document against the feeding roller so that the document is pinched between the feeding roller and the feeding pressure plate, and a discharge roller that discharges the document read by the reading unit to underneath the feeding pressure plate, wherein a position of the discharge roller moves depending on a number of documents pinched between the feeding roller and the feeding pressure plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hikaru Watanabe, Masahiro Kawanishi, Takashi Awai, Toshihide Wada, Makoto Takemura, Haruo Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9670014
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet receiving plate configured to receive a sheet and pivot in an up-down direction; a feed roller configured to pivot between a contact position where the feed roller contacts the sheet on the sheet receiving plate and a withdrawal position where the feed roller withdraws from the sheet; an urging member configured to urge the sheet receiving plate upward; an abutting portion configured to, when the sheet receiving plate pivots upward, abut the sheet and stop the sheet receiving plate; a moving member configured to, after the sheet abuts the abutting portion, move the sheet receiving plate to a sheet feed position; and a feed roller pivoting mechanism configured to, when the sheet receiving plate pivots upward, withdraw the feed roller to the withdrawal position and to, after the sheet contacts the abutting portion, move the feed roller to the sheet receiving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Okamoto, Akira Terao
  • Patent number: 9651909
    Abstract: When it is judged that a predetermined operation for eliminating a cause for stopping a job is being executed, a following job is restricted from being executed prior to a stopped job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 9617091
    Abstract: Interlocked with an operation in which a feeding cassette is drawn out from a main body of a device, a restriction rib moves to a permissive position from a restrictive position, and interlocked with an operation in which the feeding cassette is inserted into the main body of the device, the restriction rib moves to the restrictive position from the permissive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takamichi Matsuo, Koji Kawamura, Shoichi Zensai
  • Patent number: 9550640
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a storing-device body that is drawable from an image-forming-apparatus body, a supporting member attached to the storing-device body and that supports a stack of recording media from below, a feeding member that feeds a top one of the recording media on the supporting member into the image-forming-apparatus body, a moving mechanism that moves the supporting member such that the top one of the recording media on the supporting member comes into contact with the feeding member, a connecting mechanism that connects the moving mechanism to a drive source in conjunction with attaching of the storing-device body to the image-forming-apparatus body, an image forming section that forms an image on the recording medium fed by the feeding member, and a disabling mechanism that disables connection between the drive source and the moving mechanism in conjunction with pushing of the storing-device body into the image-forming-apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 9533844
    Abstract: A gear engagement mechanism of a life device includes a lifting member interlocking with a lifting tray to linearly move in a vertical direction, and a gear train having a pinion engaged with the rack to transmit a rotary motion to the rack and transmitting the rotation torque of a lift motor M to the pinion. When the lifting member has over-run an upper limit stop position and a lower limit stop position, engagement of the pinion and the rack is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Hideaki Doyo
  • Patent number: 9527685
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus and an image forming apparatus capable of appropriately detecting sheets stacked on a stacking plate are provided. The feeding apparatus includes a sheet contact portion configured to make contact with a sheet stacked on a stacker. The sheet contact portion is arranged between a position where a feed roller makes contact with the sheet and a position where a conveyance roller makes contact with the sheet, in a feeding direction, and within an area of the feed roller in an axial direction of the feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Kawamura, Takehito Osada, Shoichi Zensai
  • Patent number: 9446919
    Abstract: A push-pull latch assembly for a detachable media pick mechanism. The latch assembly comprises a handle that is slidably and axially insertable into a handle base which is mounted to the pick mechanism housing. The handle base includes a pair of cantilevered, opposed latched arms having opposed catches for engagement with a groove positioned adjacent to a free end of a cantilevered drive shaft for the pick mechanism. The handle includes triangular rails having inner and outer ramps used to separate the opposed latch arms. The outer ramp separates the latch arms when the handle is inserted into the handle base. The inner ramp separates the latch arms during removal of the pick mechanism from the drive shaft. An axial pushing force engages the latch assembly to the groove and an axial pulling force disengages the latch assembly from the groove allowing for pick assembly removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Angel Macuha Alagos, Generoso Tebordo De La Cerna
  • Patent number: 9415956
    Abstract: A paper feed device includes: a tray that holds at least one recording medium; a wall that has a portion in contact with a leading end, in a transport direction, of the recording medium on the tray and is disposed so as to intersect the transport direction; and a transport member that is disposed on the downstream side, in the transport direction, of the wall and transports the recording medium. The wall has an opening/closing member that is capable of being opened and closed to form an opening through which the transport member is extracted toward the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Temmaya, Eiichiro Yamaguchi, Yosuke Takahashi, Marina Matsumoto, Takeshi Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 9388007
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet supplied from a holding unit, a sensor configured to detect an edge of the sheet in a width direction, and a control unit configured to detect, with the sensor, a displacement of the edge of the sheet in the width direction during movement of the sheet by a predetermined distance, and to cancel a subsequent skew detection operation if the displacement is larger than an allowable amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuo Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9371204
    Abstract: The sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet tray on which sheets are stacked, a feeding roller which contacts a top sheet on the sheet tray and feeds the sheet in a sheet feeding direction, and a pair of intermediate conveying rollers which receives the fed sheet and conveys the sheet in a sheet conveying direction. The sheet feeding apparatus further includes a fixed slope portion, a sheet separation member, and an opposite member. The fixed slope portion includes a separation slope which is inclined in downstream of the sheet feeding direction as it is closer to the pair of intermediate conveying rollers, so as to abut against the sheet fed by the feeding roller and separate the sheet one by one. The sheet separation member and the opposite member have a separation nip portion which separates the sheet having passed through the separation slope one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomonari Inoue, Yasuhito Fujinuma, Motohiro Furusawa
  • Patent number: 9346638
    Abstract: A media transport assembly includes a loadstop drive assembly to gather and compress a media stack in a media tray before a pick and feed cycle, and a pick drive assembly to pick a sheet of media from the media stack and feed the sheet of media to a media path. The loadstop drive assembly is positioned on one side of a gear wall and the pick drive assembly is positioned on an opposite side of the gear wall such that the pick drive assembly is driven by the loadstop drive assembly through the gear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LP.
    Inventors: Keith Jariabka, Kieran B. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9346637
    Abstract: There is provided a feed apparatus including: a support unit supporting a sheet; a feed roller; a first arm; a recess portion; a second arm; a biasing member; an operation lever; and an engagement portion. The engagement portion is configured to be separated from the second arm at the first position in a case that the feed roller abuts against the support surface. The engagement portion is configured to be engaged with the second arm in a case that the first arm swings in a direction in which the feed roller is separated from the support surface. The second arm is configured to swing from the first position to the second position in conjunction with swing of the first arm in a direction in which the feed roller is further away from the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Uchino, Wataru Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9309065
    Abstract: Devices include a platform having a media side that supports sheets of media. The platform moves in a direction perpendicular to the surface upon which the devices rests between a home position and a plurality of paper supply positions located in an upward direction from the home position. A user interface displays a first reload option that, when selected, lowers the platform to the home position for reloading the sheets of media onto the platform. The user interface also displays an accessibility option for reloading the sheets of media onto the platform that, when selected, lowers the platform to an accessibility position that is in the upward direction relative to the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Brown, Keith L. Willis
  • Patent number: 9272860
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus, in which a feeding roller can take a feeding and retracted positions through a simple configuration, and an image reading apparatus, and an image forming apparatus including the same. The sheet feeding apparatus includes an original stack tray, a pickup roller, a pickup arm, a separation shaft of a separation roller which is connected to the pickup roller and rotates the pickup arm, a driving motor which is connected to the shaft, and a weight member which is supported to the pickup arm on a side opposite to the pickup roller. When the driving motor is driven, the pickup arm is rotated to a feeding position to feed an original. When transmission of a driving to the shaft is blocked, the pickup roller is rotated to a retracted position by the weight member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuya Maehara
  • Patent number: 9268285
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording sheet, a main body including a pair of frames and a bridging member connecting the pair of frames, a feed roller, a sheet receiving plate, and a lifting member. The sheet receiving plate is configured to receive the recording sheet, and pivot between a nearby position where the sheet receiving plate is disposed near the feed roller and a remote position where the sheet receiving plate is disposed remote from the feed roller. The lifting member is disposed opposite to the feed roller relative to the sheet receiving plate and configured to lift the sheet receiving plate such that the sheet receiving plate is disposed in the nearby position. The lifting member includes a pivot shaft rotatably supported by the bridging member and a lift portion configured to contact the sheet receiving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyoko Sugiyama, Junki Ueyama, Yusuke Murodate
  • Patent number: 9242814
    Abstract: Torque is applied to a separation roller of an image processing apparatus when a leading edge of the sheet in a transport direction reaches a first transport roller and when the leading edge of the sheet in the transport direction reaches a transport unit. Torque to the separation roller is cut off after the leading edge of the sheet has reached the transport unit but before the leading edge of the sheet reaches the image processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ichikawa, Yasuyuki Otsuki
  • Patent number: 9221633
    Abstract: A printing medium supply device and an image forming apparatus having the same are provided. The printing medium supply device may include a pickup unit and an adjustment unit. The pickup unit may include a shaft, a pickup roller spaced apart from the shaft to come into contact with printing media, a pickup holder to support the pickup roller, the pickup holder being rotated about the shaft to lift or lower the pickup roller, and a link member connected to the pickup holder so as to be rotated about the shaft. The adjustment unit may include a pressure member coming into contact with a pressure applied portion of the link member to rotate the link member by applying pressure thereto, and an elastic member elastically supported by the pressure member to transmit elastic force to the link member. This configuration ensures constant pickup pressure despite variation in the quantity of printing media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Wuk Lee, Je Won Jeong
  • Patent number: 9090418
    Abstract: In an imaging apparatus, a removable media tray is operative to hold a plurality of media types of different widths and a pick device includes a pick mechanism and a translation mechanism for moving the pick mechanism to a centerline of a width of one or more media sheets in the media tray. The media tray includes a reference edge surface and a media edge guide moveable to a selected position with respect to the reference edge surface. The one or more media sheets are restrained between the reference edge surface and the media edge guide with the translation mechanism automatically translating the pick mechanism to the centerline of the corresponding media width during insertion of the media tray into the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A Blair, Dustin Daniel Fichter, Edward Lynn Triplett
  • Patent number: 9085429
    Abstract: An intermittent feeding mechanism applied in the automatic document feeder (ADF) of a business machine. By design of integrating components, manufacturing costs and assembly work can be reduced efficiently, thus associated costs can be further reduced. Besides, the built-in design of the present disclosure can reduce the installation space and facilitate the miniaturization of a business machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventor: Sung-Po Cheng