Pack Holders Patents (Class 271/145)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9586773
    Abstract: A sheet storage cassette includes a cassette base and a cover member. The cover member is supported swingably at both ends of a side surface portion of the cassette base on a first rotation fulcrum, which is composed of a first engagement hole and a first boss portion, and on a second rotation fulcrum which is composed of a second engagement hole and a second boss portion. A distance from a tip end portion of the second boss portion to an engagement position of the second engagement hole is smaller than a distance from a tip end portion of the first boss portion to an engagement position of the first engagement hole, and a swing limiting portion, which limits an open angle of the cover member at the opening position, is disposed on only a portion of the cassette base near the first rotation fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Murashima
  • Patent number: 9567171
    Abstract: A sheet stackable device including a sheet stackable bin and a first edge guide is provided. The first edge guide is slidable in a first direction. The sheet stackable bin includes a first rail to guide the first edge guide, a second rails to guide the first edge guide, and teeth arranged along the first direction. The first edge guide includes a first protrusion configured to contact the first rail along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a second protrusion configured to contact the second rail, a locking part engageable with the teeth, and a handle to disengage the locking part from the teeth. The handle is arranged in a position between the first rail and the second rail with regard to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noritaka Iwama
  • Patent number: 9561920
    Abstract: Printing devices include (and printing methods use) among other components, a processor, a printing engine operatively connected to the processor, a media supply tray operatively connected to the processor, etc. The media supply tray supplies sheets of media to the printing engine. The media supply tray has a light visible from the exterior of the printer. The processor controls the light to display different colors indicating different media loading conditions of the media supply tray. The different loading conditions can include a tray in use condition (indicated by the light displaying a first color); tray scheduled for use condition (indicated by the light displaying a second color); tray not in use condition (indicated by the light displaying a third color); tray empty condition, indicated by the light displaying a fourth color; etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Wilsher, Sebastian R. de Echaniz, Paul S. Golding, Benjamin T. Thurnell
  • Patent number: 9544456
    Abstract: An image scanning device includes a scanning unit configured to scan, at a scanning position, an image of a document, a first discharge portion, a second discharge portion, a conveying unit configured to selectively convey the document along a first conveying path from the scanning position to the first discharge portion, and along a second conveying path from the scanning position to the second discharge portion, a driving unit configured to generate a driving force for driving the conveying unit, and a cover member configured to receive the driving force generated by the driving unit such that the cover member moves between a closed position for covering the second discharge portion and an open position for exposing the second discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuro Miura, Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 9527318
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a mount base having a mount surface on which a sheet discharged through a medium discharge outlet is mounted, the mount surface facing the recording surface of the sheet; a projection rib that is provided in the mount base, is projectable from the mount surface, and extends along a discharge direction of the sheet discharged through the medium discharge outlet, through a center of the sheet in a width direction crossing the discharge direction of the sheet; and a projection mechanism that causes the projection rib to project from the mount surface to a rib height according to a dimension of the sheet in the width direction discharged through the medium discharge outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Chiba, Hidetoshi Kodama, Toru Tanjo, Kohei Ueno
  • Patent number: 9487363
    Abstract: A sheet feeder, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a sheet bypass member openably closable to one side surface of a body of the image forming apparatus, a pickup roller to feed and convey a sheet loaded on the sheet bypass member, and an arm to hold the pickup roller and to open and close with the pickup roller. The arm includes a contact portion extending in a shape of projection toward an upstream side from the pickup roller in a sheet conveying direction of the sheet bypass member. As the sheet bypass member is rotated upward to be closed and stored to the side surface of the body, the contact portion of the arm contacts the sheet bypass member to rotate the arm upward to cause the sheet bypass member to approach to the side surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Jumpei Aoyama
  • Patent number: 9452902
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes an apparatus body, a manual feed tray, first and second regulating members regulating a width direction of a sheet, a feed portion feeding the sheet stacked on the manual feed tray, and a guide portion. The guide portion is provided at least at one of the apparatus body side and the first regulating member side and has an inclined surface that abuts against another member of the apparatus body and the first regulating member to guide the first regulating member in a direction separating widthwise from the second regulating member when the manual feed tray is moved from a sheet stacking position to a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroto Koga, Koki Sato
  • Patent number: 9428352
    Abstract: There are provided a plurality of slide rails that are attached to a sheet feeding device; a box-shaped pullout unit that is movable toward an image forming unit on the slide rails; a slide unit and an extended tray that are arranged in the front and back positions in a direction in which the pullout unit moves; a slide bottom plate that is movable up and down by a loading unit and that is slidable on the pullout unit in a horizontal direction; a front-edge sheet positioning unit that raises up when the slide bottom plate is pulled out in a horizontal direction and that falls down when the slide bottom plate is pushed in a horizontal direction; and a connection unit that connects to a handle for pulling out the pullout unit in a horizontal direction when the slide bottom plate is located at a lowest point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuo Niikura, Takashi Fukumoto, Hideaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9422123
    Abstract: A sheet cassette (1) includes a first sheet accommodation section (3), a second sheet accommodation section (5), and a restricting section (7). The restricting section (7) includes a lever section (70), a first engagement section (38a), and a second engagement section (78a). The lever section (70) is shiftable between a first engaged position, a second engaged position, and a disengaged position. The first engaged position is a position where a distal end portion (76) protrudes from a sheet loading surface (F2) of a second bottom (50) with no sheets loaded on the second bottom (50), and the first engagement section (38a) and the second engagement section (78a) are in engagement. The second engaged position is a position where the distal end portion (76) is pushed down out of the first engaged position in accordance with the number of sheets loaded on the second bottom (50), and the first engagement section (38a) and the second engagement section (78a) are in engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masaaki Maruta
  • Patent number: 9359157
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes: a sheet feeding tray attached to a casing in a manner slidable into and out from the casing and including a stacking plate on which sheets are stacked; a conveying unit configured to convey the sheets in a direction orthogonal to both a sliding direction of the sheet feeding tray and a stacking direction of the sheets; an optional extension unit configured to be removably attached to an upstream side of the stacking plate in a conveying direction, and including an extension plate configured to extend the stacking plate; and a first locking unit configured to be capable of being held in a first lock position where the sheet feeding tray cannot be slide when the optional extension unit is attached while, when the optional extension unit is removed, held in a first unlock position where the sheet feeding tray can be slid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Niikura, Hidetoshi Kojima, Yuuta Mori, Takashi Fukumoto, Kiyotake Nakamura, Munehisa Fuda, Hideaki Takahashi, Hisayoshi Sugawara, Kazunori Konno, Tatsuya Sugawara, Kohjiroh Haga, Toshihiro Okutsu
  • Patent number: 9352924
    Abstract: A printer is provided which includes an output part, a carriage, a cover, and a movable part. The output part outputs a medium, the cover openably and closably covers the output part, the carriage reciprocates in a predetermined direction, and the movable part has a contact point with which the carriage comes into contact and includes a holding part that holds the cover in a closed state such that the movable part opens the cover by pivoting when the carriage comes into contact with the contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Hori, Daisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9323203
    Abstract: A sheet tray includes a tray section. A rear end portion of the tray section capable of supporting an upstream side of a sheet in a direction of conveyance of the sheet extends in a width direction of the sheet transversely of the direction of conveyance of the sheet. Both ends of the rear end portion of the tray section in the width direction of the sheet are raised upward perpendicularly to a placement surface relative to the middle of the rear end portion in the width direction of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9309068
    Abstract: Printing apparatus comprise a printing table, a loader to load sheets of print media to the printing table, and a moveable tray on which at least one row of media sheets can be placed, the tray being moveable between a position in which it is accessible to an operator for placing media sheets thereon and another position in which at least part of the tray is accessible to the loader for picking the print media sheets but inaccessible to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Industrial Printing Ltd
    Inventor: Ehud Zondiner
  • Patent number: 9290340
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a sheet cassette, a mounting portion and a conveying unit. The sheet cassette is mounted into the apparatus main body. The conveying unit is arranged above the sheet cassette in the apparatus main body. The conveying unit includes a conveyance path, an upper guide unit, a lower guide unit and a locking mechanism. The upper guide unit defines an upper surface part of the conveyance path. The lower guide unit defines a lower surface part of the conveyance path and enters the mounting portion to open the conveyance path. The locking mechanism locks the lower guide unit to the upper guide unit. The lower guide unit includes a projecting piece. The sheet cassette includes a push-up portion. The push-up portion pushes up the projecting piece when the sheet cassette is mounted into the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyonori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9278818
    Abstract: A medium supply device includes a medium cassette that accommodates a medium, a dial that is rotatable around a predetermined rotation shaft, an angle-holding part to hold the dial, a subsidiary arm including arm parts that are independently displaceable, and a detection switch with switch parts that are pressed by arm parts of the subsidiary arm. The dial includes a display part on which display elements illustrating a medium size are arranged in a circumferential direction around the rotation shaft, a rotation lock part configured to be locked by the angle-holding part, and a projection formation part that includes projection parts configured to press the arm parts of the subsidiary arm in a circumferential direction around the rotation shaft. The projection parts selectively contact and displace the arm parts in accordance with the rotation angle of the dial to selectively press the switch parts of the detection switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nagai
  • Patent number: 9254972
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including a first guide configured in one of a first manner that the first guide is disposed on a first tray surface of a first tray and extends in a first direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of a second tray and parallel to the first tray surface, and a second manner that the first guide is disposed on a second tray surface of the second tray and extends in a second direction perpendicular to the rotational axis of the second tray and parallel to the second tray surface, and a second guide connected with the first guide, so as to move between a first position where the second guide faces the first tray surface in a direction perpendicular to the first tray surface and a second position where the second guide faces the second tray surface in a direction perpendicular to the second tray surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ukai
  • Patent number: 9232097
    Abstract: A peripheral comprises a flatbed scanning device, a sheet-fed scanning device and a multi-stage input tray. The flatbed scanning device comprises a rotatable upper cover covering a first document, on which a flatbed scan is performed. The sheet-fed scanning device abuts upon the upper cover and performs a sheet-fed scan on a second document. The multi-stage input tray comprises a first tray and a second tray. The first tray is disposed on the upper cover and has a supporting surface for supporting the second document. The second tray, pivotally connected to the first tray, assists in supporting the second document in a deployed mode, and forms an inverse-V-shaped structure with the supporting surface in a retracted mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventors: Ching-Jung Tu, Te Hsun Liou, Chung Po Weng
  • Patent number: 9232091
    Abstract: An image reader is provided that includes an image reading unit, a display unit configured to display selection buttons for selecting an intended destination of image data, and a controller configured to, before a selection button corresponding to the intended destination is selected, control the display unit to display selectable selection buttons corresponding to accessible devices in a first display manner, the controller configured to, after the selection button corresponding to the intended destination is selected, control the display unit to display the selected selection button corresponding to the intended destination in a second display manner, control the display unit to display selectable selection buttons, other than the selected selection button, in the first display manner, and control the image reading unit to start an image reading operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ito