Holder Moved Parallel To Plane Of Sheets Patents (Class 271/164)
  • Patent number: 11008187
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes an auxiliary tray, a sheet feeding tray, a roller, a driving mechanism, and a pickup roller. The sheet feeding tray is adjacent to the auxiliary tray on a lateral side of the auxiliary tray. The roller is configured to move in a thickness direction of a sheet bundle placed on the auxiliary tray to contact an end of the sheet bundle facing the sheet feeding tray. The driving mechanism is configured to laterally move the auxiliary tray to be on top of the sheet feeding tray when the sheet bundle placed on the auxiliary tray is transferred to the sheet feeding tray. The pickup roller is configured to pick up a sheet one by one from the sheet bundle transferred to the sheet feeding tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Nuita
  • Patent number: 11001463
    Abstract: A medium supply apparatus includes a box member and a lid. A medium is stored inside the box member. The box member is inserted into and extracted from a body of an image forming apparatus, and has a length in an extraction/insertion direction that is longer than a length of the body in the extraction/insertion direction. The lid is provided on a back side of the body in the extraction/insertion direction of the box member to cover at least an upper part of a portion of the box member that projects from the body. The lid includes a first member, a second member, and a first lug. The first member is movable in the extraction/insertion direction with respect to the body. The second member is connected to the first member so as to be relatively movable in the extraction/insertion direction with respect to the first member. The second member is moved by being pushed by the box member which is inserted into the body. The first lug is provided on the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Yaginuma, Yasunobu Goto, Kei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10654670
    Abstract: There is provide a conveying apparatus conveying a sheet including: a main body formed with a conveyance path; a first feed tray installable in the main body at a first position; a discharge tray; and a first regulating section performing regulation for regulating movement of the first tray, in a state of being located at a second position, toward the other side in a first direction. The first regulating section is configured to release the regulation, in a case that the first feed tray, at the second position, is moved upwardly by a first predetermined moving amount. A spacing distance in the up/down direction between the first feed tray and the discharge tray is shorter than the first predetermined moving amount. The discharge tray is configured to be move upwardly by being contacted with the first feed tray in a case that the first feed tray is moved upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 10562327
    Abstract: An image forming system, image forming apparatus and tray for the same are provided. The tray supports sheets and may include a coupling including first and second connectable members, a cam and clutch. The coupling allows the driving force to be transmitted when the second connectable member is in a connected position and block the driving force to be transmitted when the second connectable member is in a disconnected position. The cam is rotatable by the driving force to be in a transmitting or a blocking state. The clutch allows the cam to rotate when activated and prevents the cam from rotating when deactivated. A controller can activate the clutch to transmit or block the driving force to the load and deactivate the clutch when the cam is placed in the transmitting or blocking states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Sakaguchi, Yohei Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10543996
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet supporting portion, a rotary feeding member configured to feed the sheet, a regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the edge portion, and a force applying portion that is provided separately from the rotary feeding member. The force applying portion contacts the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion upstream in a conveyance direction of the rotary feeding member and applies a force to turn the sheet fed by the rotary feeding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinao Chiba
  • Patent number: 10289059
    Abstract: A drawer unit includes: a drawer member allowed to shift toward a storage unit in an inserting direction, or shift from the storage unit in a drawing direction; a lock member rotatably supported by the drawer member; a first regulation member that engages with the lock member to regulate a shift of the drawer member when the drawer member is located at a first position; a second regulation member that engages with the lock member to regulate a shift of the drawer member when the drawer member is located at a second position; and an operation unit that receives a first operation that rotates the lock member in the drawing direction to allow engagement between the lock member and the first regulation member, and a second operation that rotates the lock member in the inserting direction to allow engagement between the lock member and the second regulation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Soda, Hideki Narahashi
  • Patent number: 10054890
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main assembly including an image forming portion; a rotatable member capable of feeding a sheet and configured to rotate; and a detecting unit including an interrelating member configured to rotate in interrelation with rotation of the rotatable member, a detecting member configured to detect rotation of the interrelating member, and a holding member configured to integrally hold the interrelating member and the detecting member. The interrelating member, the detecting member and the holding member are integrally assembled into a unit. The detecting unit is detachably mountable to the main assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junichi Ochi
  • Patent number: 10035676
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device has a body and a frame supporting it, and is insertable or extractable along a sheet stacking face formed in an in-body discharge space in an image forming apparatus and having an inclined face with an upward gradient toward the downstream side in the sheet discharge direction. On the face of the frame opposite the sheet stacking face, a plurality of first and second wheels rotatable in the insertion or extraction direction are provided downward of the center of the opposite face in the insertion direction. The first wheels are arranged downstream of the second wheels in the insertion direction, and protrude from the opposite face farther than the second wheels. The first wheels fit into a concave portion formed in the sheet stacking face by the inclined face and thereby enable the second wheels to make contact with the sheet stacking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Seiichi Shirasaki
  • Patent number: 10000354
    Abstract: There is provided a conveyance apparatus including a main body, a feed tray, and a discharge tray. The discharge tray includes a first projecting portion, and the main body includes a supporting portion, first and second contacting portions. With the installed discharge tray rotating by a first amount or more about a fulcrum in a direction for such a part of the discharge tray as positioned on one side in a second direction from the fulcrum to move away from the first contacting portion, the first projecting portion is positioned below the second contacting portion. The part of the installed discharge tray as positioned on the one side in the second direction from the fulcrum is lighter in weight than the part of the installed discharge tray as positioned on the other side in the second direction. The conveyance apparatus includes a regulating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Peng Zou, Kenji Samoto, Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 9823610
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a cassette including a first and a second sheet storage areas, arranged side by side, each on which a sheet having a predetermined size is placeable; a sheet feeder configured to feed the sheet from the first area to an image forming portion; a first sheet sensor; a second sheet sensor; a movement member configured to move the sheet from the second area to the first area when no sheet placed on the first area is detected by the first sheet sensor and the sheet placed on the second area is detected by the second sheet sensor; and an annunciator configured to annunciate that a sheet having a size different from the predetermined size is placed on the cassette when the first sheet sensor does not detect the sheet after a completion of a movement of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruhito Kai, Shinnosuke Iwadate, Hiroto Nishihara, Hiromi Shimura, Keita Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9815648
    Abstract: There is provided a conveyance unit including a conveyance roller; a nip member movable between a contact position and a separation position; a tray movable between an installation position and a pull-out position; and a lever. The lever is configured to have a first state, a second state and a third state. The lever in the first state can make contact with the tray moving between the installation position and the pull-out position. The lever pivots from the first state to the second state when the tray moves from the installation position to the pull-out position, and the lever pivots from the first state to the third state when the tray moves from the pull-out position to the installation position. The conveyance unit further includes an interlocking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuta Uchino
  • Patent number: 9567172
    Abstract: By abutting a positioning member against an abutting surface provided in an image forming apparatus body, positioning in a mounting direction of a sheet storing portion drawably mounted on the image forming apparatus body. A position of the positioning member is changed stepwise by a support portion having a receiving surface abutting against the positioning member, and the shift of the sheet storing portion positioned by the positioning member with respect to the image forming portion is adjusted stepwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinao Chiba, Shinsuke Ubayashi
  • Patent number: 9541879
    Abstract: A medium carrying device includes a first carrying part and a second carrying part that are configured to carry a medium, making a nip part therebetween. The guide member includes a medium regulation part having a surface to regulate the medium, an arm part that is at a side of the surface and extend in a direction away from the surface, and a rotation supporting point that is on a distal end of the arm part, and the guide member is formed rotatable around the rotation supporting point between the guide position and a retreat position, the retreat position being more distant to the nip part than the guide position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Haruo Sato
  • Patent number: 9469493
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stacking tray device to be used for a business machine. The stacking tray device comprises a tray, a guide plate and a stopper, wherein paper is placed on the tray, the guide plate moves relative to the tray and restricts the size of the paper, and the stopper sets the position where the guide plate stops when the guide plate is pushed from the center towards the outside. When the stopper is in a lock position, the guide plate stops at a first position corresponding to a first standard paper size; when the stopper is in an unlock position, the guide plate stops at a second position corresponding to an oversized paper size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventors: Chi-Yao Chen, Chao-Yu Peng, Sheng-Wei Fan
  • Patent number: 9440809
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus includes a main body, a first storage unit configured to be drawn out of/inserted into the main body and storing a sheet, and a second storage unit configured to be drawn out of/inserted into the main body, provided above the first storage unit, and storing a sheet. The first storage unit includes a guide portion, and the second storage unit includes an abutment portion guided by the guide portion when the second storage unit is drawn out of the main body in a state in which the first storage unit is being precedingly drawn out of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwata, Takehito Osada
  • Patent number: 9329551
    Abstract: A medium cassette is configured to be held and attached to a main body of an image forming apparatus so that the medium cassette slides in an insertion direction or a pullout direction relative to the image forming apparatus. The medium cassette includes a rear side guide for guiding a medium to be placed at a rear side in the pullout direction; a locking member disposed to be able to engage with a body of the medium cassette for regulating a position of the rear side guide relative to the body of the medium cassette; and a movement conversion member for converting a movement of the rear side guide generated by an impact when the medium cassette is attached to the body of the image forming apparatus to a movement of the locking member in a direction that the locking member engages with the body of the medium cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yuasa
  • Patent number: 9315355
    Abstract: Device with: banknote processing unit (10); banknote storage unit (30) having a plurality of banknote storage parts (32) for separating and storing paper sheets; transport mechanism for bidirectionally transporting the paper sheets via a connection mechanism (45) connected between the banknote processing unit (10) and banknote storage unit (30); and a unit guide mechanism (50) that guides the banknote storage unit (30) in order to be stored in a drawer from a housing (102) and a storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions, Corp.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Aoji, Sho Mizuno, Yasuhiro Nakata, Hiroshi Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9302864
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes first and second sheet feed cassettes and the like. When a lift plate and sheets thereon are raised in the first sheet feed cassette, causing a pick-up roller to move upward, an arm member is inclined upward from a holder side toward a lever member side. The lever member is raised by the arm member on a second flat plate portion to be in a horizontal attitude, and a vertical wall faces a vertical wall portion of the first sheet feed cassette across a predetermined gap. As a result, when the first sheet feed cassette is pulled out to a certain extent, the vertical wall of the lever member abuts on the vertical wall portion of the first sheet feed cassette, and a conveyance unit is pulled out together with the first sheet feed cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9162833
    Abstract: A medium feeding apparatus includes an apparatus main body, and a medium cassette removably inserted into the apparatus main body. The medium cassette is configured to store a medium. The medium cassette includes a medium positioning unit for determining a position of the medium, and a locking unit that locks a movement of the medium positioning unit when the medium cassette is inserted into the apparatus main body and before the medium cassette reaches a predetermined position in the apparatus main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Udagawa, Makoto Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9102488
    Abstract: By abutting a positioning member against an abutting surface provided in an image forming apparatus body, positioning in a mounting direction of a sheet storing portion drawably mounted on the image forming apparatus body. A position of the positioning member is changed stepwise by a support portion having a receiving surface abutting against the positioning member, and the shift of the sheet storing portion positioned by the positioning member with respect to the image forming portion is adjusted stepwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinao Chiba, Shinsuke Ubayashi
  • Patent number: 9102489
    Abstract: A sheet feeding cassette is capable of being mounted to and removed from an apparatus body along a specified mounting direction. The sheet accommodated within a sheet accommodating portion is conveyed through a sheet conveyance path in a sheet conveyance direction extending along the mounting direction. A sheet feeding roller is disposed at an inlet side of the sheet conveyance path so as to face the sheet accommodating portion. A retard roller is disposed so as to face the sheet feeding roller. The sheet feeding roller forms a sheet feeding nip between the sheet feeding roller and the retard roller. A lock mechanism locks drawing-out of the sheet feeding cassette from the apparatus body or releases the lock. A separator moves the retard roller away from the sheet feeding roller prior to or simultaneously with the lock being released by the lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yuki Uohashi
  • Patent number: 9085430
    Abstract: An image recording device having a recording unit to record an image on a sheet is provided. The image recording unit includes a feed guide defining a first conveying path; an arm disposed between the recording unit and the tray, the arm having a feed roller rotatably disposed at a free end and configured to feed the sheet in the tray to the first conveying path. The arm pivots between a first arm position, and a second arm position. The return guide pivots between a first return guide position, and a second return guide position. A space occupied by the return guide in the first return guide position overlaps a space occupied by the aim in the second arm position. The return guide is in the second return guide position when the arm is in the second arm position which is retracted from an insertion space occupied by the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 9016686
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes a sheet accommodating section, a sheet loading plate, an operating plate, a sector gear, and a pressing member. The sheet loading plate is turnably supported on a bottom surface of the sheet accommodating section. The operating plate lifts up and down the sheet loading plate. The sector gear transmits drive power from a main body of an image forming apparatus to the operating plate. The pressing member is located at a first location when the sheet loading plate is positioned at the lying down position, and moves to a second location by rotation of the sector gear by a predetermined amount. The first location is a location where the pressing member comes in contact from above with the sheet loading plate at the lying down position, and the second location is a location where the pressing member retreats from the sheet loading plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuki Uohashi
  • Patent number: 9010750
    Abstract: A media cassette housing system, which may be usable in an image formation apparatus such as a printer or copier, includes: a guide member configured to guide an insertion of a media cassette from an entrance into an installed position of a cassette housing unit and to guide a pulling out of the media cassette from the installed position to the entrance of the cassette housing unit; and a swingable member provided to the guide member and swingable in inserting and pulling directions of the media cassette. The swingable member includes a slide guide surface configured to come into sliding contact with a slide surface of the media cassette upon the insertion and pulling of the medium cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Totsuka
  • Patent number: 9010748
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus of the present invention includes a feeding apparatus body, a storage case body, a storage case caster which movably supports the storage case body in a pull-out direction, and a drop-out preventing units having a pull-out stopper which regulates a pull-out position of the storage case body from the feeding apparatus body, a storage case stopper which is provided at a rear end in the pull-out direction of the storage case body, an upper-face rail portion which is formed in the feeding apparatus body to guide the storage case stopper into the pull-out direction, and a drop-out stopper which is engaged with the storage case stopper at the rear end in the pull-out direction compared to the pull-out stopper to regulate a movement of the storage case body toward the pull-out direction, if the storage case body is rotated with a predetermined angle or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuji Hamasaki
  • Patent number: 8991814
    Abstract: A sheet feed device is provided in which, at the time of pulling out a sheet housing portion from an image forming apparatus main body, when the sheet housing portion moves from a first position to a second position, a pickup roller moves on a first rotary shaft, to a position on an upstream side in an insertion direction, and at the time of inserting the sheet housing portion in the image forming apparatus main body, when the sheet housing portion moves from the second position to the first position, the pickup roller moves on the first rotary shaft, to a position on a downstream side in the insertion direction. A movable area of the pickup roller in a direction of the rotary shaft is equal to or larger than a movement amount of the pickup roller between the upstream side position and the downstream side position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Hirahara
  • Patent number: 8960670
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet conveyer, a main body, a movable unit movable with respect to a guide position at which the sheet is guided, a position detector outputting a position detection signal, and a controller configured to determine whether the movable unit is in the guide position based on the position detection signal, perform a feeding execution process in which controlling the conveyer to feed the sheet by a feeding amount and stop the sheet if the sheet is in a feeding area and if determining that the movable unit is not in the guide position, and perform a feeding inexecution process in which controlling the conveyer not to feed the sheet by the feeding amount and stop the sheet if the sheet is in the feeding area and if determining that the movable unit is in the guide position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Inoue, Hikaru Iino
  • Publication number: 20150035225
    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: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ehud Zondiner
  • Patent number: 8941892
    Abstract: An image reader is provided that includes a housing, a sheet support surface disposed at the housing and configured to support a sheet placed thereon, a conveyor that includes a roller and conveys the sheet in a first direction, a drive unit generating a driving force for driving the conveyor, an image sensor unit reading an image on the sheet being conveyed by the conveyor, a cover configured to rotate between an open position to expose the roller and a closed position to cover the roller around a rotational axis extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a detector configured to output a first signal when the cover is in the closed position and output a second signal when the cover is in the open position, the detector disposed on a same side as the drive unit in the second direction with respect to the sheet support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Fujiwara, Takuya Naniwa
  • Patent number: 8925914
    Abstract: A tray drawable from an image forming apparatus body in a specified first direction, the tray having: a tray body in which printing media are stored; a handle that is fastened to the tray body so as to be slidable in the first direction by a specified distance, a pull of the handle in the first direction effecting a slide of the handle in the first direction relative to the tray body and applying a pull force in the first direction to the tray body; a lock mechanism for locking the tray body in the image forming apparatus body, the slide of the handle in the first direction relative to the tray body cancelling the lock mechanism; and an elastic member located between the handle and the tray body; wherein at least part of the pull force is transmitted from the handle to the tray body via the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinya Naoi
  • Patent number: 8910929
    Abstract: A printer architecture that enables a printer (or other media processing device) with an elongate foot print to be configured with media input and operator controls oriented at either a narrow end or a wide side thereof, that surface becoming the “front” of the unit. Controls and/or display(s) are mounted such that either the end or side orientation can be accommodated. The media input tray includes a separate assembly so that selection of the tray with access to end or side complements the user control panel in establishing the front of the machine. The combination of control/display mounting and oriented media tray structure integration with the print engine to establish which of the printer surfaces is considered the front allows for multiple orientations of the printer and greater flexibility to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Scott Walsh, Timothy Crawford, Mark H. Tennant, Aaron L. Boyce, Edward F. Burress, Isaac S. Frazier, John E. Fanning, Brent R. Jones, Todd D. Smith, Trevor J. Snyder, Carl T. Urban, Paul Van Gasse, Paul Woodward
  • Patent number: 8905399
    Abstract: A sheet feed device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes an apparatus body, a cassette, a sheet conveying path, a pickup roller, a feeding portion, a lift plate, and a regulation member. Feeding portion conveys sheet fed from pickup roller downstream in sheet conveying direction while holding sheet at nip portion. Lift plate is changeable in position between first position and second position. When cassette is removed from apparatus body and lift plate is positioned in first position, regulation member protrudes to sheet conveying path on upstream side in sheet conveying direction relative to nip portion to thereby regulate entering of sheet stored in sheet storage portion into nip portion. When cassette is mounted into apparatus body and lift plate is positioned in second position, regulation member retreats from sheet conveying path thereby to cause sheet conveying path to become open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Murashima, Teruyuki Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8899576
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes a recording media storage device. The recording media storage device stores recording media and is attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes a feeding mechanism to pick up and convey one of the recording media at a time. The lock member disables the recording media storage device to be detached. The overflow restriction member is disposed in the main body and changes between a restriction position closer to an uppermost part of the recording media and a withdrawal position farther from the uppermost part of the recording media. The position change mechanism is disposed in the main body and changes the overflow restriction member into the restriction position when the lock member changes into a free state in which the recording media storage device is attachable and detachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuki Doshida
  • Patent number: 8857811
    Abstract: A sheet transport device has a housing member, a sheet tray, a transport path, a dispensing portion, a feeding portion, and a projecting member. Sheets are accommodated in the sheet tray. The sheet tray is detachably attached to the housing member, and is configured to be pulled out of the housing member in a first direction. The transport path is disposed in the housing member, and extends from the sheet tray in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The dispensing portion dispenses the sheets to the transport path. The feeding portion is rotated in contact with the sheet for feeding the sheet toward downstream of the transport path. The projecting member is configured to be projected and retracted with respect to the transport path near the imaginary line extending from a sheet nip portion in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kakuta, Hironori Daigo, Hiroaki Takai
  • Patent number: 8851466
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a lower tray which is detachably mounted to an apparatus body, an upper tray provided above the lower tray, which is detachably mounted to the apparatus body, and a feeding roller capable of contacting each of a recording medium stored in the lower tray and the recording medium stored in the upper tray from above. The feeding roller is supported at an intermediate position, which is lower than a position of the feeding roller reached when the feeding roller contacts a bottom surface of the upper tray and higher than a position of the feeding roller reached when the feeding roller contacts a recording medium set as a top sheet in a state in which a maximum number of recording media are stored in the lower tray, in an unmounted state of the upper tray and the lower tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshikazu Kotaka, Tetsuya Tamura
  • Patent number: 8794620
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a paper feed cassette device to be removably installed to image recording device. The paper feed cassette device includes a paper feed cassette portion and a paper discharge tray portion that receives the recording media. The paper feed cassette portion has a first paper feed cassette portion and a second paper feed cassette portion that selectively contracts and extends by sliding along a particular direction. The paper discharge tray portion has a first paper discharge tray portion disposed above the first paper feed cassette portion and a second paper discharge tray portion that selectively contracts and expands by sliding along the particular direction. The second paper discharge tray portion selectively engages the second paper feed cassette portion, and the second paper feed cassette portion and the second paper discharge tray portion integrally slide with respect to the first paper discharge tray portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Wakakusa, Masatoshi Izuchi
  • Patent number: 8777209
    Abstract: A paper feeder, a control method thereof, and an image forming apparatus having the same are provided. The paper feeder includes a moving member to push paper loaded on one paper loader to another empty paper loader. With regard to operation of the moving member, the stop time of the moving member may be variable based on a paper size input by a user, which enables a stop position of the moving member to be automatically adjusted based on the paper size, resulting in enhanced user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Heon Chae, Min Gi Kim
  • Publication number: 20140191463
    Abstract: A media cassette housing system, which may be usable in an image formation apparatus such as a printer or copier, includes: a guide member configured to guide an insertion of a media cassette from an entrance into an installed position of a cassette housing unit and to guide a pulling out of the media cassette from the installed position to the entrance of the cassette housing unit; and a swingable member provided to the guide member and swingable in inserting and pulling directions of the media cassette. The swingable member includes a slide guide surface configured to come into sliding contact with a slide surface of the media cassette upon the insertion and pulling of the medium cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki TOTSUKA
  • Patent number: 8770576
    Abstract: A sheet feed unit includes a medium container configured to contain sheet-like recording media; a bottom plate disposed in the medium container and configured to accommodate the recording media thereon; a sheet feed device configured to feed out the recording media contained in the medium container; a main body of the sheet feed unit, which the medium container can be inserted into and pulled out from, including the sheet feed device; and a displaying member configured to display a remaining level of the recording media in the medium container, the displaying member including a first display oriented in a first direction and a second display oriented in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The sheet feed unit improves a freeness in the observable range of the displaying member and the remaining level of the recording media in the medium container can be more accurately ascertained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ippei Kimura, Takamitsu Ikematsu, Kaoru Tada, Ikuo Fujii
  • Patent number: 8770577
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes a sheet conveyance path provided in an apparatus main body and configured to convey a sheet, a jamming handling cover configured to be openable and closable and to expose the sheet conveyance path to an exterior by being opened, a unit configured to be able to be drawn out of the apparatus main body, a lever member provided in the sheet conveyance path and configured to rotate by contacting the sheet passing through the sheet conveyance path, and a stopper member configured to move to a restriction position to restrict the drawing-out of the unit, in conjunction with the rotation of the lever member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Onodera
  • Patent number: 8746684
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a sheet feed cassette to hold a stack of recording media, a cover detachably attachable to the sheet feed cassette to cover an opening of the sheet feed cassette through which the recording media are supplied, an image forming part to form images on the recording media, and a discharge tray having a top surface on which the recording media discharged from the image forming apparatus after image formation are stacked. The sheet feed cassette is disposed below the discharge tray and is contractibly extendable, protruding outwardly from the image forming apparatus to accommodate large-sized recording media in its extended state. The cover includes a displaceable discharge auxiliary member slidable against the cover so as to be flush with the top surface of the discharge tray and detachably attachable to the sheet feed cassette together with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Okano, Eiji Tachibana
  • Patent number: 8714544
    Abstract: A media cassette housing system, which may be usable in an image formation apparatus such as a printer or copier, includes: a guide member configured to guide an insertion of a media cassette from an entrance into an installed position of a cassette housing unit and to guide a pulling out of the media cassette from the installed position to the entrance of the cassette housing unit; and a swingable member provided to the guide member and swingable in inserting and pulling directions of the media cassette. The swingable member includes a slide guide surface configured to come into sliding contact with a slide surface of the media cassette upon the insertion and pulling of the medium cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Totsuka
  • Patent number: 8695961
    Abstract: A sheet printer includes sheet stacking and supplying parts that overlap each other at upper and lower stages, and the first sheet stacking and supplying part includes a first feeding roller that separates, supplies and conveys a sheet, and a first feeding roller arm that holds the first feeding roller so as to be capable of abutting on the sheet, and rotates about an axis. The second sheet stacking and supplying part includes a second feeding roller that separates, supplies and conveys a sheet, and a second feeding roller arm that holds the second feeding roller so as to be capable of abutting on the sheet, and rotates about an axis. The second feeding roller arm is disposed outside the first sheet stacking and supplying part in a direction that intersects a supplying and conveying direction of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruo Uchida
  • Patent number: 8695965
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a structure to prevent print defects caused by residual paper. The image forming apparatus includes a main body, a paper feeding cassette separably mounted to the main body, a pickup member to pick up paper from the paper feeding cassette, and a paper separating member including a plurality of links to apply pressure to the pickup member when the paper feeding cassette is mounted to the main body and to release the pressure applied to the pickup member when the paper feeding cassette is separated from the main body. The paper separating member includes a first link to be pressed by the paper feeding cassette, a second link provided with a separating unit to press the pickup member, and an elastic member between the first link and the second link to allow the first link to press the second link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Hyup Shin, Seung Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 8684348
    Abstract: A sheet supplying device includes a recording media container to accommodate a stack of recording media therein, a sheet feeding unit to feed a recording medium from the stack of recording media in the recording media container, a frame to support the recording media container and the sheet feeding unit, a holder to hold the recording media container by surrounding the outer circumference of the recording media container, and a locking mechanism to engage the frame and the holder with each other. The recording media container is detachably attachable to the frame in a first detaching and attaching operation and a second detaching and attaching operation. The locking mechanism causes the frame and the holder to engage at removal of the recording media container in the first detaching and attaching operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshio Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 8678380
    Abstract: A paper sheet processing device is provided which can more simply detect the attachment/detachment of the magazine accommodating paper sheets and that the amount of paper sheets has reached a predetermined level and can reduce costs. The paper sheet processing device of the present invention has a magazine 5 which is attachable to/detachable from to a frame and capable of accommodating paper sheets, a moving member 53 which moves when the amount of paper sheets accommodated in the magazine 5 reaches a predetermined level, and a detection sensor 35 for detecting the movement of the moving member 53. The moving member 53 is supported on the magazine 5, and is moved by the attachment/detachment operation of the magazine 5 when the magazine 5 is not mounted on the frame so that the detection sensor 35 can detect that the moving member 53 has moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 8657281
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus has a sheet accommodating unit for accommodating a sheet, the sheet accommodating unit being detachably mountable to the apparatus; a feeding unit for feeding the sheet from the sheet accommodating unit; a press-contact device for press-contacting the sheet in the sheet accommodating unit to the feeding unit; a guiding member provided in the sheet feeding apparatus for guiding the sheet accommodating unit such that sheet accommodated in the sheet accommodating unit is not contacted to the feeding unit when the sheet accommodating unit is mounted to the apparatus; a moving device for moving the guiding member to bring the sheet into contact to the feeding unit after the sheet accommodating unit is mounted to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nishitani, Gen Kitamura
  • Patent number: 8646771
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image forming apparatus in which a pickup unit is arranged to be movable in association with the detaching/mounting movement of a detachable printing medium cassette. With such a movement of the pickup unit, it is possible to increase the number of printing media that can be stored in the printing medium cassette having a predetermined height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Min Youn
  • Patent number: 8641038
    Abstract: An image recording device includes a tray configured to hold a first recording medium, an insertion guide configured to move between a guide position for guiding a second recording medium into a common path and a non-guide position, a conveyor configured to convey the tray along the common path in a first direction and to convey the second recording medium along the common path in a second direction opposite to the first direction, a recording unit configured to record an image selectively on the first recording medium and the second recording medium, a stopper disposed along the common path, and a moving unit configured to move the stopper between a retracted position and a protruding position in response to movement of the insertion guide between the non-guide position and the guide position. The stopper in the protruding position protrudes into the common path to stop the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Iwane Sano, Shingo Ito
  • Patent number: 8641032
    Abstract: A sheet cassette includes a lower stage side tray that accommodates a sheet, an upper stage side tray that is slidable with respect to the lower stage side tray on an upper portion of the lower stage side tray and accommodates the sheet, and a discharged sheet tray that is slidable with respect to the upper stage side tray, is displaceable to a position to receive the sheet discharged after being recorded on, and covers an upper portion of the upper stage side tray. The upper stage side tray and the discharged sheet tray are configured to be driven by a driving unit, and the discharged sheet tray is displaced by the driving unit to a position to receive the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Nakamura, Atsuhiko Takeuchi, Kazumasa Harada, Kensuke Tamai, Kazutoshi Matsuzaki