Pack Holders Patents (Class 271/145)
  • Patent number: 10551784
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a tray configured to accommodate a plurality of sheets which are conveyed out of the tray for printing, a pressing member movable between a first position at which the pressing member presses the plurality of sheets against the tray and second position at which the pressing member does not press the plurality of sheets against the tray, a drive mechanism configured to cause the pressing member to be moved between the first and second positions, and a control unit configured to control the drive mechanism to move the pressing member into the first position, while a sheet is not supplied for printing from the tray and into the second position while the sheet is supplied for printing from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Endo
  • Patent number: 10543995
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a rotation member unit, a supporting shaft, and a moving shaft to detach the rotation member unit supported by the supporting shaft and the moving shaft. The rotation member unit includes a conveyance rotation member to convey a sheet, and a holding member including an engaging portion to engage with an engaged portion provided to a sheet conveying apparatus main body in a direction perpendicular to the supporting shaft axial direction. The supporting shaft supports one end side of the rotation member unit in the axial direction and the moving shaft supports another end side of the rotation member unit in the axial direction and moves in the axial direction. When the engaging portion engages with the engaged portion when the rotation member unit is not supported by the supporting shaft and the moving shaft, the rotation member unit is held by the engaged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Masato Hisano, Shunsuke Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10491769
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes feeding rollers configured to come into contact with the lowermost medium of media mounted on a medium mounting section and transport the medium toward a downstream side, separation rollers configured to nip and separate the medium with the feeding rollers therebetween, and a medium detection section configured to detect the medium at a detection position closer to an edge side of the medium than the nip positions of the feeding rollers and the separation rollers in the medium width direction and the detection position overlapping one of the feeding rollers and the separation rollers in a side view of the medium transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Shiota, Masaki Namiki
  • Patent number: 10479627
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus includes a sheet stacking unit configured to stack a sheet thereon and a sheet regulating unit configured to regulate a position of a sheet stacked on the sheet stacking unit. The sheet regulating unit includes a main body movable with respect to the sheet stacking unit and an operating portion having a pressable pressure surface, moved from a first position to a second position by pressing the pressure surface, and pivotably supported on the main body about a pivoting fulcrum positioned above a middle position of the pressure surface, the main body being regulated from moving with respect to the sheet stacking unit when the operating portion is in the first position, and the main body being allowed to move with respect to the sheet stacking unit when the operating portion is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiki Ishida
  • Patent number: 10479626
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet containing unit and a sheet feeding device to feed sheets in the sheet containing unit. The sheet containing unit includes a main body to hold sheets, a drawer member capable of being drawn from the main body, a restricting member movable in a direction parallel to a sheet feeding direction, a first retaining member disposed at the main body, and a second retaining member disposed at the drawer member. The drawer member holds the sheets together with the main body when drawn from the main body. The restricting member restricts an upstream end position of the contained sheets. The first retaining member retains the restricting member at a first position. The second retaining member retains the restricting member at a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Koga
  • Patent number: 10410457
    Abstract: A compact and cost effective Media Dispenser Cassette Mechanism (MDCM) in the ATMs, which functions as a complete cash and media dispenser on its own. Each Media Dispenser Cassette (MDC) comprises a cover head assembly (101), a main frame assembly (102), a bottom cover assembly (103) and a top cover assembly (104). The main frame assembly (102) comprises a main path roller assembly (301), a motor assembly (302), a picker assembly (303), a shaft driver assembly (304), a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) mounting plate assembly (305), a note pick assembly (306), an idler assembly (307), a roller assembly (316), and a main transport and a roller assembly (320). The MDC independently controls transporting and delivers note by note which is collected by bunch of cash presenter and then delivered to the user as a bunch of cash thereby shortening the note travel, eliminating jam conditions and note rejections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Badr M. Al Refae
  • Patent number: 10384891
    Abstract: A paper feed apparatus includes: a sheet tray on which sheets are stacked; a sheet attractor which is located above the sheet tray and attracts sheets one by one from the above; a leading edge fan which is located in a leading edge side of the sheets and blows separation air against leading edges of the sheets to separate an uppermost sheet of the sheets closest to the sheet attractor from lower sheets located below the uppermost sheet; a sheet conveyor which is located in a downstream side of the sheet attractor along a conveying direction of the sheets to convey the uppermost sheet which is attracted by the sheet attractor and separated from the lower sheets by the leading edge fan; and a lifting member which is detachably provided on the sheet tray to support a tail side of a back of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Wataru Furuichi, Kazuyoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10377588
    Abstract: A sheet storage cassette of the present disclosure includes a sheet storage portion, a rack and a cursor. The cursor aligns sheets. The cursor includes a regulation portion which makes contact with the side ends of the sheets and a lock portion which includes at least one engagement protrusion that engages with the rack teeth of the rack. The at least one engagement protrusion each includes a second inclination surface which is inclined from a tip end portion toward a base portion in a second direction opposite to a first direction. At least one of the engagement protrusions includes a second vertical surface which is extended vertically downward from the base portion toward the tip end portion. At least one of the engagement protrusions includes a third inclination surface which is inclined in the second direction and which is extended to the tip end portion of the engagement protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hirohito Konishi
  • Patent number: 10348917
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: an image reader that reads an image of a document; a document conveying apparatus including a housing internally including a conveyance path that conveys the document, and a supply tray designed to supply the document to the conveyance path, and a discharge tray designed to receive the document; and a cover member that covers the supply tray and the discharge tray, wherein in a case where a direction orthogonal to a first direction along a document discharge direction and orthogonal to the up-down direction in the discharge tray is defined as a second direction, the cover member includes an opposing wall opposed to one end of the supply tray and one end of the discharge tray, and an upper wall connected to an upper part of the opposing wall and designed to cover a zone above the supply tray and the discharge tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsumi Fujishima
  • Patent number: 10336563
    Abstract: The sheet feeding apparatus includes a first cursor. The first cursor comes in contact with a side face of a stack of sheets, and can move between a restriction position and a retracted position. The lift plate includes a fixed plate and a movable plate. The stack of sheets is movable together with the movable plate in the push-in/pull-out direction. When the sheet storage unit is pushed into the apparatus body, the first cursor moves by inertia of the stack of sheets, against an urging force of an urging member, toward the retracted position. After the sheet storage unit has reached the accommodated position, the first cursor pushes the stack of sheets by resilience of the urging member to move to the restriction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions INc.
    Inventor: Masami Fuchi
  • Patent number: 10294049
    Abstract: Provided is a container for transporting a consumable such as a medium on which an image is to be printed. The container includes a support surface and a reading component coupled to the support surface to read a computer-readable code accompanying the consumable. A relay interface is operatively connected to the reading component to receive a signal indicative of the computer-readable code read by the reading component, and communicate with a compatible reader provided to the receiving apparatus to convey information about the computer-readable code read by the reading component to the receiving apparatus. The relay interface can be coupled to the tray at a location remotely located from the reading component and having an orientation that is different from an orientation of the reading component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CODONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Srnka, Kevin S. Litvak, Christopher Tainer, Peter Adam, Arlber Chang
  • Patent number: 10254698
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a main assembly; a holding unit detachably mountable to the main assembly; a portion-to-be-engaged provided on the main assembly; a rotatable member, provided in the holding unit, for feeding a sheet; and a guiding member for guiding feeding of the sheet. The guiding member is provided in the holding unit and includes an engaging portion engageable with the portion-to-be-engaged. The guiding member is movable between an engaging position where the portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion are engaged with each other to guide the sheet and a guiding position where the portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion are disengaged from each other to guide demounting and mounting of the holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10227191
    Abstract: A sheet supporting apparatus includes a supporting portion to support a sheet, and a regulation unit to regulate a position of an edge of the supported sheet. The regulation unit includes a body portion, an engagement portion to move between an engagement position at which the engagement portion engages with the supporting portion and a separation position at which the engagement portion is separated away from the supporting portion, and an operation portion to move the engagement portion between the engagement position and the separation position. The operation portion is pivotably supported by the body portion and includes a pressing portion to press the engagement portion from the engagement position to the separation position by the operation portion being pivoted. In addition, a fixing component fixes the operation portion to be immovable with respect to the body portion so as to retain the engagement portion at the engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taisuke Hyodo, Masaki Iwase
  • Patent number: 10221024
    Abstract: A sheet transport apparatus includes a first casing in which a transport path is formed; a transport unit which transports a sheet along the transport path; a second casing which is provided to be movable with respect to the first casing; a sheet support unit which is rotatably provided in the first casing at a position on a side to which the second casing is moved, the sheet support unit being changeable between a first state, a second state, and a third state and supporting the sheet at least in the third state; and an urging unit which urges the sheet support unit toward the first state within a range from the first state to the second state and which urges the sheet support unit toward the third state within a range from the second state to the third state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuta Uchino
  • Patent number: 10189666
    Abstract: A sheet tray includes a first tray, a second tray, and a third tray. The second tray is configured to move between a stored position and an extended position, relative to the first tray. The third tray is pivotable about the pivot shaft between a first stowed position and a first extended position, relative to the second tray. One of the first tray and the third tray includes a columnar portion. The columnar portion protrudes toward the other of the first tray and the third tray in an area where, when the second tray is at the stored position and the third tray is at the first stowed position, the first tray overlaps the third tray in an orthogonal direction. The other includes a cutout shaped along a path where the columnar portion moves when the third tray moves from the first stowed position to the first extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kentaro Mori
  • Patent number: 10183820
    Abstract: A sheet storage apparatus includes a sheet storage portion and a regulating member configured to regulate positions of a sheet that is stored in the sheet storage portion. The regulating member includes a regulating portion configured to abut against the sheet. The regulating member is moved to a first regulating position on which the regulating portion regulates an end portion in a first direction of a first sheet having a first size. In addition, the regulating member is moved to a second regulating position on which the regulating portion regulates an end portion, in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, of a second sheet having a second size different from the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yoshida, Akira Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10179713
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a device body including a stopper portion and a feeding tray detachably mounted to the device body. The feeding tray includes a stopper, a lock assembly, and an operating member. The stopper includes a stopped portion movable between a stop position at which the stopped portion is stopped by the stopper portion and a release position. The lock assembly prevents drawing of the feeding tray from the device body. An operating member rotates from an initial state by a predetermined angle to move the stopped portion from the stop position to the release position. The lock assembly restricts rotation of the operating member when the lock assembly is locked. The stopped portion is movable from the stop position to the release position with an operation of mounting the feeding tray to a mount position of the device body without rotation of the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kuno, Yosuke Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10173850
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device for feeding a sheet includes a support unit, an open-close member rotatably supported between open and closed positions, a slide member supported in a slidably movable manner and including a rotation shaft portion, and a regulation member supported by the slide member. The open-close member supports the sheet in the open position with the support unit. The regulation member regulates a position of the sheet supported by the support unit or the sheet supported by the support unit and the open-close member. The support unit includes a guide portion that movably guides the rotation shaft portion. If the open-close member is rotated from the open position toward the closed position in a state in which the open-close member is in contact with the slide member, the slide member rotates by following movement of the open-close member with respect to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jumpei Nitta, Fuyuto Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10106346
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first side plate, a second side plate and a sheet feeding unit. The first and second side plates are opposite to each other. The sheet feeding unit is attached between the first and second side plates. The sheet feeding unit has a feed frame, a pickup roller, a feed roller, a separation member and a weight member. The feed frame has a first side wall supported by the first side plate in a facing manner and a second side wall supported by the second side plate in a facing manner. The pickup roller and the feed roller are supported in the feed frame. The separation member forms a nip and separates the sheet at the nip. The weight member is disposed above the feed roller in the feed frame and configured to damp vibration of the feed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 10081206
    Abstract: A printing system comprises a sub-frame (5), a print module (8) with printheads (27), a first support unit (30) that is connected to the sub-frame (5), in particular movable in a displacement direction (z) relative to the sub-frame, a substrate holder (2) for supporting a substrate (3), and a positioning mechanism for moving the print module relative to the first support unit to and from a print position. A set of positioning parts (34-36) and positioning references (14-16) is provided that form part of or are connected to the print module (8) respectively the sub-frame (5). The positioning parts (34-36) are engageable with corresponding ones of the positioning references (14-16) for aligning the print module (8) relative to the sub-frame (5) when moved into its print position. The positioning mechanism comprises one or more four-bar linkage mechanisms (32) acting between the print module (8) and the first support unit (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SPGPrints B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Klein Meuleman
  • Patent number: 10053311
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a side face of a device body and a bypass tray. The bypass tray is supported turnably around a fulcrum part in the side face between a close position along the side face and an open position held at a predetermined angle with the side face. The bypass tray includes a locked piece having a locked hole. The side face includes a locking hook engaging with the locked piece when the bypass tray is at the close position. The locking hook includes an elastically deformable arm part, an engaging protrusion part protruded inwardly from a distal end of the arm part in a width direction of a sheet to insert into the locked hole, and a regulating part coming into contact with an opening edge of the locked hole to regulate an insertion amount of the engaging protrusion part to the locked hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Long Dang Bui
  • Patent number: 10040648
    Abstract: A sheet storage device includes a case, a lift plate, and a lift attachment. The lift attachment is fixed, in a detachable manner, to a central portion of the lift plate in a width direction. The lift attachment supports a lower surface of the sheets stacked on the lift plate at a position higher than the upper surface of the lift plate. The lift attachment includes a base portion and a pair of arm portions. The pair of arm portions are respectively formed to extend from an end portion of the base portion that is on a downstream side in the sheet feed direction, to opposite directions in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takai, Koki Morizono
  • Patent number: 10031709
    Abstract: Devices and methods for managing print jobs on a printing device having a plurality of output media trays are disclosed. The method includes monitoring a print job in an active state, the print job is associated with a predetermined output media tray. The print job being switched from the active state to a held state is detected based on a status of at least one of a first set of printing resources, print input conditions, and print output conditions being negative for the print job. A new incoming print job received at the printing device is identified. A second set of printing resources, print input conditions, and print output conditions are determined for the new incoming print job. Finally, the printing device is triggered to print the new incoming print job for producing prints via an alternate output media tray while the print job is in the held state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Muralidaran Krishnasamy, Narayan Kesavan
  • Patent number: 10023408
    Abstract: A conveying roller unit comprises a first unit, a second unit, and a lock mechanism. The first unit comprises: a roller section; and a hollow cylindrical holder section. The second unit can be removably mounted to the first unit, and comprises: a second connection section; a rod section inserted into the holder section. The lock mechanism includes: a first engagement section provided on the inner circumferential surface of the holder section; a second engagement section provided on the outer circumferential surface of the rod section; and a urging member for pressing the second unit in the direction in which the rod section comes out of the holder section. The urging member maintains the first engagement section and the second engagement section in an engaged state and restricts the position of the second unit relative to the first unit in both the circumferential direction and the rotation axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9969577
    Abstract: A sheet feeder, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a pair of first regulators and a pair of second regulators. The pair of first regulators is disposed movable in a width direction of a recording medium loaded on the sheet loader and is configured to contact a side end of the recording medium and regulate a position of the recording medium in the width direction. The pair of second regulators is configured to be detachably attachable to multiple attachment positions of the sheet tray selectably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Eguchi
  • Patent number: 9957122
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet containing unit and a sheet feeding device to feed sheets in the sheet containing unit. The sheet containing unit includes a main body to hold sheets, a drawer member capable of being drawn from the main body, a restricting member movable in a direction parallel to a sheet feeding direction, a first retaining member disposed at the main body, and a second retaining member disposed at the drawer member. The drawer member holds the sheets together with the main body when drawn from the main body. The restricting member restricts an upstream end position of the contained sheets. The first retaining member retains the restricting member at a first position. The second retaining member retains the restricting member at a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Koga
  • Patent number: 9950883
    Abstract: A sheet feeding cartridge attached to or detached from a cartridge storing part formed between a pair of side face covers which constitute a part of an exterior cover of an apparatus main body. The sheet feeding cartridge includes a cartridge base on which a sheet is stacked, a cartridge cover attached so as to be slidable in a width direction perpendicular to the attachment direction, a first positioning part configured to position the cartridge base to the cartridge storing part and a second positioning part configured to position the cartridge cover with respect to the side face covers in the width direction perpendicular to the attachment direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Hirahara
  • Patent number: 9931871
    Abstract: A discharge apparatus includes: a discharge mechanism including a discharge port and discharging a recording medium from the discharge port in a first direction; a receiving member having a receiving surface which receives the recording medium discharged from the discharge port; an abutting member having an abutting surface which abuts against an upstream end or a downstream end in the first direction of the recording medium received by the receiving surface; and guide members extending upward beyond the receiving surface and guiding the recording medium which is discharged from the discharge port to fall toward the receiving surface, from both sides in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and parallel to the receiving surface. The guide members respectively include protruding portions protruding inward in the second direction and extending in a longitudinal direction of the guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9926150
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sheet feeding apparatus capable of feeding sheets at a proper position without a regulating member being bent even if a cassette unit is closed in a state in which a large volume of sheets are stacked. A large-volume feeding deck includes a non-reference-side regulating plate, an external casing plate, and positioning members, which are movable relative to the cassette unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9925808
    Abstract: A paper cassette includes a casing and an end cap. The casing includes a receiving space for storing a stack of paper, one side of the casing defines a paper exit, the end cap is removably attached to the paper exit. When the paper exit is sealed by the end cap, the paper cassette is used to accommodate paper; when the end cap is removed from the paper exit and the paper cassette is inserted into a printing device, the paper cassette is used to feed paper to the printing device. A printing device is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 9922853
    Abstract: A magazine lifting and lowering section of a die supply apparatus houses a replaced magazine rack having different specifications. A code display portion marked with identification information (“a magazine rack ID”) for each magazine rack is provided in each magazine rack, and a magazine rack ID and specification data related to each magazine rack are associated with each other and are registered in a database of a host computer. When the magazine rack accommodating a wafer expander is housed in the magazine lifting and lowering section, the magazine rack ID is read from the code display portion of the magazine rack by using a reader such that specification data related to the magazine rack corresponding to the magazine rack ID is transmitted to the die supply apparatus, thereby controlling a lifting and lowering operation of the magazine rack performed by a lifting and lowering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomonori Iwase
  • Patent number: 9880505
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a main assembly; a holding unit detachably mountable to the main assembly; a portion-to-be-engaged provided on the main assembly; a rotatable member, provided in the holding unit, for feeding a sheet; and a guiding member for guiding feeding of the sheet. The guiding member is provided in the holding unit and includes an engaging portion engageable with the portion-to-be-engaged. The guiding member is movable between an engaging position where the portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion are engaged with each other to guide the sheet and a guiding position where the portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion are disengaged from each other to guide demounting and mounting of the holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9873575
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which prevents degradation of sheets stacked in a stacking unit. A sheet feeding unit has a first stacking unit and a second stacking unit. When sheets stacked in the first stacking unit have run out, sheets stacked in the second stacking unit are moved to the first stacking unit. A remaining amount of sheets in the sheet feeding unit is indicated on a display unit. When sheets are stacked in the second stacking unit, the display unit provides an indication that a remaining amount of sheets in the sheet feeding unit is the largest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Aizono
  • Patent number: 9857753
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first conveying path, a second conveying path, a detector, a conveyance guide member and an interlock mechanism. The first conveying path communicates the second conveying path through which a sheet supplied from a supply part is conveyed. The detector detects whether or not the sheet is present in the first conveying path. The conveyance guide member composes the second conveying path and one end part thereof is pivotally supported so as to be able to open/close the second conveying path. The interlock mechanism interlocks the detector with the opening/closing operation of the conveyance guide member. The detector detects the opening/closing operation of the conveyance guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Hirahara, Tetsuro Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9855771
    Abstract: A sheet tray includes a first tray and a second tray each including a first friction portion or a first contact portion, and a second friction portion or a second contact portion. In a process of movement of the second tray from a first position to a second position, the first friction portion contacts the first contact portion to deform the first contact portion and starts returning the first contact portion from a deformed shape to an original shape when the second tray is located at a position spaced apart from the second position in a second direction. The second friction portion contacts the second contact portion when the second tray moved from the first position in a first direction has reached the second position, and the second friction portion deforms the second contact portion when the second tray is moved from the second position in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Wataru Sugiyama, Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 9857748
    Abstract: A sheet supporting device comprises a first supporting unit, a second supporting unit provided to the first supporting unit and drawable in a draw direction from an insert position, a supporting portion on which sheets are supported and provided ascendably/descendably in the first supporting unit, first and second turning portions configured to turn in linkage with an ascendance and descendance move of the supporting portion, an elevation portion, and an indicator. The elevation portion, whose one end is connected with the first turning portion and another end is connected with the second turning portion, is configured to form a link mechanism together with the first and second turning portions and the first supporting unit. The indicator is provided in the second supporting unit and indicates an amount of the sheets supported on the supporting portion by moving in response to an ascendance and descendance move of the elevation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Koga
  • Patent number: 9850083
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a stacking unit, a feeding member, a conveyance guide, and a movement unit. The stacking unit is drawably mounted on an apparatus body and includes a stacking member on which a sheet is stacked. The feeding member feeds the sheet stacked on the stacking member. The conveyance guide is provided with an opening and disposed above the stacking unit. The conveyance guide configures a conveyance path through which the sheet is conveyed. The movement unit moves the feeding member between a first position on which the feeding member comes into contact with the sheet stacked on the stacking member and a second position disposed above the first position. The movement unit includes an entry portion configured to be located within the opening in a state where the feeding member is positioned at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuo Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9821969
    Abstract: A paper case includes a paper ejection opening, side walls, and a front wall. When the paper case is mounted on a paper stand, the paper ejection opening is positioned at a front end facing a downstream side. In addition, the side walls are positioned on a first side and a second side in a direction intersecting a transport route and each have a height relative to the paper stand greater than a height of the paper feed opening relative to the paper stand. Furthermore, the front wall continues from the front end and slopes so that a height of the front wall relative to the paper stand increases toward an upstream side of the transport route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Nagai, Koichi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9815642
    Abstract: A sheet material feeding device includes: a housing; a cassette configured to internally house a sheet material, and capable of being pulled out of the housing and housed into the housing; a rear-end regulating member provided inside the cassette and configured to regulate a position of an upstream end of the sheet material in a sheet material feeding direction; a rear-end displacing member supported by the rear-end regulating member and configured to swing along the sheet material feeding direction; a sliding member provided for the cassette, having an engagement part to be engaged with the rear-end displacing member, and configured to slide toward a downstream side in the sheet material feeding direction to displace the rear-end displacing member toward the downstream side in the sheet material feeding direction; and a first energizing member configured to energize the sliding member toward an upstream side in the sheet material feeding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Matsui, Masanobu Tomiyasu, Yasuaki Tomoda
  • Patent number: 9802778
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus may comprise the following elements. A stacking unit in which a sheet is stacked. A conveyance unit conveys the sheet. A time-counting unit counts a conveyance time from when the conveyance unit starts to convey the sheet until the sheet arrives at a predetermined position on a conveyance path. A determination unit determines that over stacking has occurred, if the conveyance time of the sheet exceeds a first over stacking threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ken-ichiro Isobe, Michio Sugano
  • Patent number: 9807261
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (1) includes a scanner unit (12U), a scanner housing (12), and a contactless card reader (42). The scanner unit (12U) optically reads an image of an original document to generate image data. The scanner housing (12) accommodates the scanner unit (12U). The card reader (42) has a flat information reading surface (421) and reads information recorded on an information card C. The scanner housing (12) has a confronting surface (12F) that a user confronts. The card reader (42) is mounted inside the scanner housing (12) such that the information reading surface (421) takes an upstanding posture, and is disposed behind the confronting surface (12F) of the scanner housing (12). The confronting surface (12F) of the scanner housing (12) includes a surface (41) that covers the information reading surface (421) and over which a card is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Tamura, Hirofumi Kuroki
  • Patent number: 9772593
    Abstract: A sheet conveyer, having a sheet supporting plate, a feed roller, a lifting device to move the sheet supporting plate between a separated position and a contacting position, a motor, a sheet guide disposed on the sheet supporting plate to extend orthogonally to an axial direction of a rotation shaft of the feed roller to be movable in the axial direction on the sheet supporting plate, and a contact member disposed in an upper position with respect to the sheet guide, is provided. The sheet guide includes a retractable member movable between a first position, in which the retractable member is located when the sheet supporting plate is in the separated position, and a second position, in which the retractable member is placed by a reaction force from the contact member produced by contact between the sheet supporting plate and the feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Tatematsu
  • Patent number: 9771233
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, including: a conveyor; a first supporter configured such that, when located at its closed position, a first surface thereof partially forms an exterior surface of the device and such that, when located at its open position, a second surface thereof supports the sheet to be supplied to the conveyor; a second supporter configured such that, when located at its closed position, a first surface thereof partially forms the exterior surface of the device and such that, when located at its open position, a second surface thereof supports the sheet output from the conveyor; and a link configured such that, when the first supporter is moved from the closed position to the open position, the link transmits a force from the first supporter to the second supporter and thereby moves the second supporter from the closed position to the open position in conjunction with the first supporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuro Miura, Takayuki Akimatsu
  • Patent number: 9745154
    Abstract: A removable media tray assembly for an image forming device according to one embodiment includes a media tray having a bottom surface and a front wall extending upward from the bottom surface. A bottom surface defines a media storage location for storing a stack of media sheets. The assembly includes a housing having an opening therein to receive the media tray. A magnet and a plate provide a latching force FL greater than a pick motor stall force keeping the media tray in a closed position during media picking. A handle assembly including a finger bar and a pivoting link is mounted to the front wall. With the media tray being held closed by the latching force, a user-supplied actuation force FA that is less than 22.2 N applied to the finger bar, pivots the link which acts as a force multiplier providing a release force exceeding the latching force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Lawrence, Dustin Daniel Fichter, Neal Douglas McFarland, Stacey Vaughan Mitchell, Angel Macuha Alagos, Douglas Andagan Baena, Jr., Pat Marlon Cartagena Limosnero
  • Patent number: 9725260
    Abstract: A sheet stacking portion for stacking sheets is provided on a cover openably/closably supported on an apparatus body. The sheet stacking portion is guided between a first position and a second position along the cover by a guide portion. A sheet staked on the sheet stacking portion at the first position is fed via a sheet feeding portion. The sheet stacking portion is moved in conjunction with a cover closing action from the first position to the second position not interfering with the sheet feeding portion via a moving portion. A first end side of the moving portion is turnably supported on the apparatus body and a second end side is connected to the sheet stacking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motohiro Furusawa
  • Patent number: 9701496
    Abstract: A cassette detection device may include: a cassette unit having one or more cassettes mounted therein, the one or more cassettes storing medium therein; a connector unit configured to receive a first signal corresponding to the case in which the one or more cassettes are mounted in the cassette unit or a second signal corresponding to the case in which the one or more cassette are not mounted in the cassette unit, from each of the one or more cassettes through one first transmission terminal; and a main board unit configured to detect one or more of whether and where each of the one or more cassettes is mounted, based on the first or second signal transmitted from the connector unit through a second transmission terminal at a connection position set for each of the one or more cassettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Meen Kim
  • Patent number: 9663311
    Abstract: A sheet feed device includes a device main body, a sheet feed cassette, a sheet conveyance path, a sheet feed roller, a retard roller, a support unit, and a pair of lock mechanisms. The retard roller is disposed to face the sheet feed roller in the device main body and, together with the sheet feed roller, forms a sheet feed nip portion through which the sheet is passed. The support unit is disposed in the device main body and supports the retard roller. The lock mechanisms are supported by the support unit in the device main body so as to face the wall portion of the sheet feed cassette. The lock mechanisms are disposed on both sides of the retard roller in the sheet width direction and lock the sheet feed cassette attached to the device main body and position the sheet feed cassette in the attachment direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Koji Tanio
  • Patent number: 9663312
    Abstract: A media restraint for a removable media tray and slidably operable without the use of a pinching force. The media restraint slidably positionable on a track in a removable media tray and is operable without pinching. A latching plunger in the media restraint is biased into engagement with a track provided in the removable media tray and is moved by a rack and pinion mechanism to a released position allowing the media restraint to be moved along the track. The media restraint is operable by a finger of the user applying a downward force to the media restraint to release the plunger from the track and allowing the media restraint to be moved along the track. Upon removal of the downward force, a biasing member reengages the plunger with the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Douglas McFarland, Dustin Daniel Fichter, Stacey Vaughan Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9650220
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a stacking member, an optical sensor, a detected member, and a control unit. As an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member decreases, the detected member moves from a first position in which optical sensor light is not interrupted, then once interrupts the light, and then moves to a second position in which the light is not interrupted. Information regarding an amount of sheets transmitted by the control unit, when stored information is about the detected member in the second position, is information notifying that an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member is less than that of information regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member transmitted by the control unit when stored information is about the detected member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Manabu Koseki, Takayuki Iikura, Shuji Obata, Mitsuhiro Sugeta, Kazunori Miyake, Toshifumi Kakutani, Yousuke Hata, Shinya Suzuki, Hirohisa Nakajima, Takeyuki Suda, Toshiyuki Abe
  • Patent number: 9604472
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: an apparatus casing in which a transport path for transporting a sheet is formed; a first sheet support unit having a first support surface configured to support the sheet; a feed unit configured to feed the sheet supported by the first support surface to the transport path; a second sheet support unit having a second support surface configured to support the sheet; a transport unit configured to transport the sheet from the first and second sheet support units via the transport path; and a recording unit configured to record an image on the sheet transported by the transport unit in the transport path. The first and second sheet support units are arranged on one side surface of the apparatus casing, and the first and second support surfaces are configured to incline with respect to a placement surface on which the apparatus casing is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Uchino, Wataru Sugiyama