Holder Adjustable To Size Of Sheet Patents (Class 271/171)
  • Patent number: 10437192
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes: a cassette main body; a side cursor; and a restriction part. The cassette main body houses a sheet to be fed in a predetermined sheet feeding direction. The side cursor is installed onto the cassette main body to be slidable in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet feeding direction, and positions the sheet in the cassette main body. The restriction part increases sliding load of the side cursor with respect to the cassette main body when the side cursor slides and passes a standard size point that is a stopping position on the cassette main body when a sheet of a standard size is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 10370211
    Abstract: A paper size detection module includes a position sensing assembly and a sliding block assembly. The position sensing assembly is installed on a bottom side of a paper supporting plate. The position sensing assembly includes a carrier plate, a sensing circuit board and plural elastomers. The first ends of the elastomers are connected with the sensing circuit board. The second ends of the elastomers are protruded out of the carrier plate and have corresponding pressed surfaces. The sliding block assembly includes a paper positioning block and at least one roller. The paper positioning block is installed on the paper supporting plate. The roller is connected with the paper positioning block and rolled along the carrier plate. When a position of the pressed surface rolled and pressed by the roller is detected, the sensing circuit board generates a paper size signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Chao-Min Yang, Chih-Chia Lee
  • Patent number: 10351370
    Abstract: A sheet-supply tray device for use with an image recording apparatus, includes a lower sheet-supply tray and an upper sheet-supply tray. The upper sheet-supply tray includes a main body, a leading-end stopper, a trailing-end stopper and a side-end stopper. The main body includes a support surface that supports a recording sheet. The leading-end stopper is fixed on the main body and stops a leading end of the recording sheet. The trailing-end stopper includes a trailing-end contact surface having a trailing-end protrusion extending over an upper surface of a trailing-end portion of the recording sheet toward the leading-end stopper. The trailing-end contact surface contacts a trailing end of the recording sheet. The side-end stopper includes a side-end contact surface that contacts a side end of the recording sheet. The side-end contact surface has at least one side-end protrusion extending over an upper surface of a side-end portion of the recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Yukio Shiohara
  • Patent number: 10317836
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet stacking apparatus which includes a first stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, a second stacking portion which is movable with respect to the first stacking portion, a third stacking portion which is detachably attachable to the first stacking portion or the second stacking portion and a restricting portion which restricts disengagement of the third stacking portion which has been attached. The second stacking portion is movable such that the second stacking portion is located at a first position where the restricting portion does not restrict disengagement of the third stacking portion and a second position where the restricting portion restricts disengagement of the third stacking portion which has been attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoto Tokuma
  • Patent number: 10294060
    Abstract: A discharge extension tray can be extended in a sheet discharge direction from a discharge tray. A front end regulating portion is coupled to the discharge extension tray on a downstream side in the sheet discharge direction of the discharge extension tray such that the front and regulating portion is turnable with respect to the discharge extension tray. A sheet guide portion guides a front end portion of the sheet to a direction separating from a turning center of the front end regulating portion when a sheet having a length longer than a predetermined size is discharged in a state where the discharge extension tray is not extended from the discharge tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10242521
    Abstract: A paper money recycling bin and paper money processing device; the paper money recycling bin includes a box and a partition plate installed in the box; symmetrical vertical groove groups are provided on a left inner wall and a right inner wall of the box; each vertical groove group includes a plurality of vertical grooves; and a left edge and a right edge of the partition plate are inserted in the vertical grooves to partition the internal space of the box, thus preventing a gap in the space, and avoiding the situation of tilting, irregular stacking or jamming when paper money subsequently enters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiuhua Weng, Dong Tan
  • Patent number: 10239717
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including a manual feed tray for placing a sheet subjected to image formation, a sheet sensor configured to detect whether or not the sheet is placed on this manual feed tray, a pickup roller configured to feed the sheet placed on the manual feed tray, and a controller. When a size of a sheet to be fed is designated by a user, and it is determined that the sheet is placed, the controller causes at least one of the pickup roller and the manual feed tray to start movement to a position of enabling the pickup roller to feed the placed sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruhito Kai, Shinnosuke Iwadate, Hiroto Nishihara, Hiromi Shimura, Keita Takahashi, Kentaro Tamura
  • Patent number: 10233041
    Abstract: A sheet supporting apparatus includes a body, a supporting portion configured to be held in an elevating manner by the body and to support a sheet, a sheet regulation portion regulating a position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion, a movement portion capable of moving between a first position where the sheet regulation portion regulates the position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion, and a second position where the supporting portion is regulated from elevating with respect to the body, and a movement regulation unit regulating the movement portion from moving to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Okazaki, Akira Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10173855
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus comprises a first sheet accommodation unit, a second sheet accommodation unit, a conveyance path and a controller. The first sheet accommodation unit and the second sheet accommodation unit are both provided with a movable guide plate which determines the size of an accommodated sheet. The conveyance path conveys a sheet between the first sheet accommodation unit and the second sheet accommodation unit. The controller carries out a control processing so as to change, in a case in which the accommodation size of the first sheet accommodation unit is changed, the accommodation size of the second sheet accommodation unit to be the same as that of the first sheet accommodation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki Oshiro, Yuichi Saito, Tatsuhisa Naraoka
  • Patent number: 10106343
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device including: a stacking unit; and a regulation member movably supported by the stacking unit and contacting a sheet edge to regulate a sheet position. The regulation member includes: a locking member movable between an engagement position and a disengagement position; a biasing member biasing the locking member toward the engagement position; a force receiver receiving a user operation; a releaser converting a first force in a first direction applied to the force receiver into a second force in a second direction opposing a biasing force from the biasing member, moving the locking member from the engagement position to the disengagement position; and a stopper that, after the locking member disengages from the engaging portion and a user operation is not applied to the force receiver, prevents a movement of the locking member back to the engagement position due to the biasing force from the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Akio Kimura, Shinya Naoi, Takemune Izumi
  • Patent number: 10083563
    Abstract: A paper sheet handling apparatus includes a paper sheet handling module and storage modules. Storage modules are sequentially connected to be adapted to the paper sheet handling module. Each storage module includes a paper sheet storage cassette, a holding module and a conveyance assembly. The paper sheet storage cassette stores a paper sheet. The holding module holds the paper sheet storage cassette. The holding module is detachably connected to the holding module of at least adjacent one of the storage modules. The conveyance assembly is detachably connected to the holding module. The paper sheet storage cassette and the paper sheet handling module are located at opposite sides of the conveyance assembly respectively. The conveyance assembly conveys the paper sheet between the paper sheet storage cassette and the paper sheet handling module. The number of the storage modules can be changed to be adapted to another paper sheet handling module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Masterwork Automodules Tech Corp. Ltd
    Inventor: Wen-Fu Yang
  • Patent number: 10011130
    Abstract: A sheet storage device has a rotation restriction portion configured to restrict a rotation of an end cursor from a first posture to a second posture. The rotation restriction portion has: a restriction piece situated on the end cursor and configured to be brought into contact with a guide rail so as to restrict the rotation of the end cursor from the first posture to the second posture; and an engagement recess formed at a given position of the guide rail, the restriction piece being fitted in the engagement recess. The end cursor is allowed to rotate from the first posture to the second posture when the restriction piece is fitted in the engagement recess at the given position of the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hironori Daigo, Takuya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9977389
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus includes a body, a stacking portion which a sheet is stacked, a width regulating portion configured to move between a first position and a second position closer to a center of the stacking portion in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding direction than the first position, and including a regulating surface configured to regulate a position, in the width direction, of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, and a supporting portion pivotably supporting the stacking portion. The supporting portion is disposed on the body and closer to the center of the stacking portion in the width direction, than the regulating surface of the width regulating portion positioned at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Obara, Masaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9975716
    Abstract: A sheet detecting device includes a moving member supported movably from a standby position to a detecting position detecting a sheet by being pushed by the sheet moving on a sheet stacking portion toward a first direction and a detecting sensor detecting the move of the moving member. The sheet detecting device also includes a retracting mechanism retracting the moving member movably to the detecting position in associate with a move of the sheet to a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichiro Mizobe, Yoshinori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9964907
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a feeding unit, a regulation member, a detection unit, and a control unit. The feeding unit feeds a recording material from a storage unit to a conveying path. In the storage unit, the regulation member controls a trailing edge of the recording material in a feeding direction. The detection unit detects time until the recording material reaches a predetermined position along the conveying path after the feeding unit begins to feed the recording material. The control unit determines a state of the regulation member based on the detected time. Where the time detected by the detection unit is a value between a first threshold and a second threshold, which is larger than the first threshold, the control unit determines that the regulation member is shifting from a position corresponding to a size of the recording material in the feeding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Uehara, Hideyuki Matsubara, Tadashi Okanishi, Eijiro Ohashi, Masayoshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9957124
    Abstract: A media conveyance apparatus includes a first conveyer configured to convey media along a conveyance path, a first detector configured to detect overlap-feed of the media conveyed by the first conveyor; and a controller programmed to control operation of the first conveyor based on a detection value from the first detector, a first threshold for detection of single-feed of the media, and a second threshold for detection of overlap-feed of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 9939767
    Abstract: This image forming apparatus (100) is equipped with: a document set detector (3a, S1, S5); a document size detector (3a, S2, S3, S5); a manual feeder (6) with a manual feed tray (61) that is not equipped with a sensor for detecting the size of set manually-fed paper; a printer (5) that performs printing on the basis of image data; an operation panel (4) that receives setting for feeding paper from the manual feeder (6); and a controller (7) that recognizes the size of a set document and performs manually-fed-paper automatic setting for recognizing the recognized size of the set document as the size of the manually-fed paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nishino, Naoaki Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 9938095
    Abstract: When an operating lever is moved from an operation position to a stand-by position, a standard size fixing member is lowered in advance of a non-standard size fixing member, so that a regulating member for regulating a position of an end portion of a sheet can be set to a desired position, enabling stable sheet feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Miho Kaiga, Yasuhiko Fuse
  • Patent number: 9926163
    Abstract: An adjustable tray includes a first board, a second board and an adjustment component. The second board is pivoted on the first board, and the second board has at least one first position section and at least one second position section. The adjustment component includes a main part and at least one abutted part connected to each other. A first distance is between the first position section and the first board. A second distance is between the second position section and the first board. The first distance is different from the second distance. The main part is movably disposed on the first board for positioning the abutted part at the first position section or the second position section to pivot the second board with a first angle or a second angle between the first board and the second board, and the first angle is different from the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventor: Chin-Chu Chiu
  • Patent number: 9902578
    Abstract: A sheet containing device, which is included in a sheet feeder and an image forming apparatus, includes a first sheet container, a second sheet container disposed adjacent to the first sheet container, a transfer unit to transfer a bundle of sheets contained in the second sheet container to the first sheet container, a pair of side fences including a first side fence and a second side fence to regulate a position of the bundle of sheets in a width direction of the bundle of sheets loaded on the first sheet container, and a pressing unit mounted on the first side fence and pressing the bundle of sheets loaded on the first sheet container against the second side fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Wakabayashi, Ryuta Kaneda, Shohei Shinkawa
  • Patent number: 9871934
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus, including: a manual feed tray on which a recording material is stacked; a first detecting unit; a second detecting unit arranged on an upstream side of the first detecting unit; a third detecting unit arranged on an upstream side of the second detecting unit; a fourth detecting unit detecting a length of the recording material; a display portion; and a control portion determining a size of the recording material based on detection results and causing the display portion to display a first screen displaying the determined size, wherein the control portion causes the display portion to display a second screen for designating the size, when, among the first to third detecting units, a detecting unit located on a downstream side does not detect presence of the recording material and another detecting unit located on an upstream side of the detecting unit, detects the presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Takahashi, Shinnosuke Iwadate, Teruhito Kai, Hiroto Nishihara, Kenzo Kumagai, Hiromi Shimura
  • Patent number: 9821968
    Abstract: A sheet loading apparatus includes: a sheet loading portion that includes a bottom portion on which a sheet is loaded; and a regulating mechanism that butts an end edge of the sheet extending in a first direction to limit a position of the sheet in a second direction. The regulating mechanism includes: a guide portion that is formed on the bottom portion to extend in the second direction; and a limiting member slidable along the guide portion. The guide portion includes: first engaged portions that are formed at predetermined intervals along the second direction; and a second engaged portion that is formed continuously along the second direction. The limiting member includes: a pair of engaging portions that are composed of: a first engagement portion able to engage with one of the first engaged portions; and a second engagement portion which engages with the second engaged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9815646
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including: an image forming control portion; a stacking portion; a sheet feeding unit; a change unit configured to change a state of the sheet feeding unit between a first state in which the sheet feeding unit is in abutment with the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion and a second state in which the sheet feeding unit is separated away from the recording medium; a decision unit configured to decide a size of the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion; and a control unit configured to control the change unit so that, when the size of the recording medium is changed from an undecided state to a decided state by the decision unit, the state of the sheet feeding unit is changed from the second state to the first state even without an instruction to start image formation from the image forming control portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinnosuke Iwadate, Teruhito Kai, Hiroto Nishihara, Hiromi Shimura, Keita Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9796549
    Abstract: This paper guiding mechanism (110) includes a base member (1) including a placing surface (11) for placing papers (200) thereon and a base-side lock portion (12) and a paper guide member (2), while the paper guide member includes a paper aligning portion (21) coming into contact with the papers, a guide-side lock portion (22) locked to the base-side lock portion, and a lever portion (23) canceling a locked state of the guide-side lock portion with respect to the base-side lock portion and maintaining an unlocked state when the paper aligning portion is slidingly moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9781290
    Abstract: A scanner is disclosed. The scanner has a platen with at least one edge of the platen uncovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Paul K. Mui, Dean J. Richtsmeier, Jeffrey D. Rutland
  • Patent number: 9746807
    Abstract: A sheet feed cassette includes a bottom portion, a first cursor, a second cursor, and a fixing rack. The second cursor includes a regulating member, a lock member, and a biasing member. The regulating member abuts on the rear end edge of the sheet to regulate a position of the sheet in the mounting direction. The lock member includes a shaft portion extending in a direction intersecting with the mounting direction and an engaging protrusion located below the shaft portion. The biasing member is located and compressed between the regulating member and the lock member above the shaft portion. The gear teeth of the fixing rack and the engaging protrusion of the lock member engage so as to lock a position of the second cursor in the mounting direction. The regulating member and the lock member are separated above the shaft portion in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9725263
    Abstract: A sheet feeding cartridge storing a sheet conveyed orthogonally to a width direction includes a main body, a pair of side cursors and a restricting member. The main body has a bottom part including a sheet placement face and allows sheets of different sizes to be placed. The side cursors mutually slide in approaching and separating directions and restrict a position in the width direction. The restricting member comes into contact with a side edge in the width direction at a position separated from one of the side cursors to an upstream side in a conveyance direction and restricts the position in the width direction. The restricting member is attachably/detachably provided in the main body at each of plural positions along the width direction and restricts the side edge of each of the sheets of different sizes in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takai, Yoshio Sugishima
  • Patent number: 9701493
    Abstract: A paper feed tray includes: a tray main body which holds a sheet such that the sheet can be fed in a predetermined paper feed direction; and a regulation plate which can be moved in a side direction perpendicular to the paper feed direction and which regulates the position of the held sheet in the side direction. In the tray main body, a first engagement tooth row and a second engagement tooth row whose engagement teeth are aligned in the side direction are provided so as to be opposite each other, and the first engagement tooth row is higher than the second engagement tooth row. In the regulation plate, an engagement member is provided which can be moved in the direction of height of the engagement tooth rows and which engages with the engagement tooth rows to reduce the movement of the regulation plate in the side direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryuji Sato
  • Patent number: 9701497
    Abstract: A second tray is movable along a first direction, relative to a first tray, between a first position and a second position. The second tray includes a rail extending along the first direction, and engagement portions disposed along the rail. The rail includes an overlap portion which overlaps a sheet support surface of the first tray when the second tray is at the first position. A guide member is supported by the rail and movable along the first direction to contact an edge of a sheet supported by the second tray. A contact portion of the first tray disengages the guide member from one of the engagement portions upon contact with the guide member during movement of the second tray from the second position toward the first position while the guide member is supported at the overlap portion of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 9694998
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document tray, and an automatic document feeding unit disposed at an upper side of the document tray to transport documents as to pass through the upper side of the document tray. The automatic document feeding unit includes a body; a document supplying tray having a first width corresponding to a width of a first document to be scanned and at which the first document to be scanned is loaded; and an auxiliary guide having a second width that is smaller than the first width to correspond to a second document having a width smaller than the width of the first document and is installed at the document supplying tray. The auxiliary guide includes a guide portion to support both widthwise sides of the document to be scanned while entered toward an upper side of the mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9688498
    Abstract: There is provided a sheet tray including: first, second and third trays. The second tray moves between a first position and a second position in which an overlapping area is smaller than that obtained in the first position. The third tray includes a third support surface and a fourth support surface. The third support surface includes a protrusion which protrudes upward to be positioned above the first support surface in a state that the third tray is in the first pivoting position. The third tray overlaps with the first support surface in a state that the second tray is in the first position and that at least a part, of the third tray, except for the protrusion is positioned below the first support surface, and the third tray does not overlap with the first support surface in a state that the second tray is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Sugiyama, Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 9641717
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus which reduces misalignment of documents includes a scanning unit configured to scan images from a first document and a second document having a width that is smaller than a width of the first document, and a document transfer unit configured to automatically feed the first document and the second document. The document transfer unit includes a frame including a feed tray on which the first document and the second document are stacked, a pickup module mounted on the frame, and configured to pick up the first document and the second document and to transfer the first document and the second document, and an auxiliary guide installed in the frame, and configured to change a position according to a height of the first document stacked on the feed tray and to support one side in width direction of the second document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9580259
    Abstract: A removable media tray for an imaging device having a rear media restraint coupled to a media length sensing system. A rear media restraint, slideably latchable to a track in the tray, has a rack that engages with a gear train that drives an encoder gear. As the rear media restraint is adjusted for different media lengths, the rack and gear train rotate the encoder gear. The encoder gear has a plurality of encoder tracks each track having a unique binary pattern. A sensor array of a plurality of sensors corresponding to the plurality of encoder tracks has a plurality of outputs that combine to form a digital signal fed to a controller in the imaging device allowing the controller to determine a media length based in the position of the rear media restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Douglas McFarland, Dustin Daniel Fichter, Pat Marlon Cartagena Limosnero
  • Patent number: 9580258
    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 pair of pivoting latching cams are used to engage the media restraint to the track and have serrated portions pivotally mounted to a bottom of the media restraint. The media restraint is operable by a finger of the user applying a downward force to an actuator that spreads two cam plates apart which in turn pivot the pair of latching cams to release the media restraint from the track and allowing it to be moved along the track. Upon removal of the downward force, a biasing member lifts the actuator to bring the two cam plates back to their first positions thereby pivoting the pair of latching cams back to reengage with the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Douglas McFarland, Dustin Daniel Fichter, Stacey Vaughan Mitchell, Hannibal Bartolata Aljecera, Winston Bercades Gomez, Pat Marlon Cartagena Limosnero, Lowell Libo-On Tacadao
  • Patent number: 9555985
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device includes a sheet placing portion, a guide member, a signal obtaining portion, and a notification portion. On the sheet placing portion, a sheet to be conveyed is placed. The guide member is disposed on the sheet placing portion so as to move in a width direction vertical to a sheet conveyance direction, and restricts, in the width direction, a position of the sheet on the sheet placing portion. The signal obtaining portion obtains an electric signal with a value corresponding to a position of the guide member. The notification portion, when a difference between the value and any of thresholds that are set in advance based on each sheet size in the width direction for determination of the size of the sheet, is equal to or smaller than a predetermined reference value, notifies that the sheet is separated from the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kimura, Yasuyuki Yabuuchi
  • Patent number: 9550639
    Abstract: A sheet supporting device, including: a sheet supporter having a support surface; a guide disposed on one side of the sheet supporter on which the support surface is provided and having a guide surface configured to come into contact with an edge, in a width direction, of a sheet on the sheet supporter; and a slider disposed on the other side of the sheet supporter, wherein the sheet supporter has an elongate opening, wherein the guide and the slider are coupled to each other through the elongate opening, such that the guide and the slider are movable together in the width direction of the sheet, and wherein the guide includes a first hook hooked on a portion of the sheet supporter and configured to be movable in the width direction of the sheet along the portion of the sheet supporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Akimatsu
  • Patent number: 9533842
    Abstract: An imaging device having a sheet restraint sensing system is disclosed. The system includes a frame having an opening, a linear sensor strip located on the frame having a length, and a media tray having a sheet restraint that presses against the linear sensor strip when the media tray is located in the opening. The sheet restraint is constrained by the media tray to move relative to the media tray no more than a maximum adjustment displacement. The maximum adjustment displacement is less than the length of the linear sensor strip. Other systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Genri Solano Belarmino, Dustin Daniel Fichter, Neal Douglas McFarland, Stacey Vaughan Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9519448
    Abstract: A printing system includes a printing apparatus and a control apparatus. The printing apparatus obtains first attribute information about a sheet stored in a first sheet holding unit of the printing apparatus, and sends the information to the control apparatus. The control apparatus determines a combination of the first and second attribute information about the sheet and selects at least the first and a second sheet holding units. The control apparatus stores the combination in association with the selected first and second sheet holding units where a user instruction is accepted. The control apparatus obtains the second attribute information based on the received first attribute information, and sends the second attribute information to the printing apparatus. The printing apparatus sets the received second attribute information as attribute information about the sheet stored in the first sheet holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kosuke Tsujita
  • Patent number: 9499366
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device has cursors slidable to regulate a sheet, a sensor portion including a variable resistor to output a voltage commensurate with the position of the cursors, a storage portion storing width detection data in which ranges of a sensor value based on the output of the sensor portion are defined for different sheet widths respectively, and a control portion calculating the sensor value, determining a particular range as a correction target range, calculating a difference between the actual sensor value and the center value of the correction target range, and correcting a limit value of the correction target range at the border with another range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Ayato Morikami
  • Patent number: 9487371
    Abstract: Disclosed are a printing media holder and an image forming apparatus including the same. The printing media holder includes an printing media alignment unit capable of moving bidirectionally toward and away from the printing media loaded on the printing media holder, and includes a release mechanism that releases the printing media alignment unit, to allow the printing media alignment unit to move its position for aligning of print media of different sizes, in response to a force received thereto in any of the bidirectional directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sin-ae Kim
  • Patent number: 9475663
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a stacking portion on which a sheet is to be stacked, an image forming unit, a size detection unit, a setting unit, a notification unit, and a control unit. The image forming unit forms an image on a sheet fed from the stacking portion. The size detection unit detects a size of a sheet stacked on the stacking portion. The setting unit sets at least one sheet size to be allowed for use at the image forming apparatus. The notification unit provides notification of information. The control unit causes the notification unit to provide a warning in a case where the size of the sheet detected by the size detection unit is not included in the at least one sheet size set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Takata, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Yushi Oka, Ryou Sakaguchi, Kentaro Tamura, Shinsuke Ubayashi
  • Patent number: 9428351
    Abstract: There is provided a feeding device for feeding a sheet in which, when a user operates a knob of a second regulating portion disposed on a front side to move the second regulating portion, locking of a first regulating portion disposed on a rear side can be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9422130
    Abstract: A sheet stack aligning mechanism for a print job finishing machine is provided. The mechanism includes a belt driven in a reciprocating motion; a stationary rod having a longitudinal direction; a sheet stack alignment tamper that tamps a stack of sheets into alignment; and a belt clamp. The belt clamp has a main body attached to the sheet stack alignment tamper, a pivot pin, a belt attachment portion pivotably attached to the main body by the pivot pin, the belt attachment portion being fixed to the belt such that it does not move relative to the belt, and a bushing portion fixed to the main body and slidably attached to the rod. The pivot pin permits the belt attachment portion to follow a movement of the belt in a direction non-parallel to the longitudinal direction while the main body moves only in the longitudinal direction of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Pravin Raj Varadharajan, Maheswaran Arunachalam
  • Patent number: 9372469
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus that includes an image forming section which forms an image on a recording medium, and an opening/closing portion which is opened outward; and a recording-medium storage device that stores a recording medium to be fed to the image forming section, the recording-medium storage device being formed separately from the image forming apparatus and having a space allowing the opening/closing portion to be opened outward when the recording-medium storage device is connected to the image forming apparatus so as to cover the opening/closing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunimasa Kawamata, Taku Kiyomasa, Yuji Otsuka, Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9371203
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cash cassette (10) having a receiving compartment (20) for receiving a value note stack (60) and a press-on unit (24) for exerting a counterforce directed opposite to the direction of deposit (P1) on the value note stack (60) received in the receiving compartment (20). A bottom unit (22) has at least a first snap-in element (42) and the press-on unit (24) has a second snap-in element (40) via which a snap-fit connection can be established. The second snap-in element (40) is elastically formed such that the press-on unit (24) is movable further in the direction of deposit (P1) by a predetermined distance even when the snap-fit connection is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignees: Wincor Nixdorf Pte Ltd., Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Florante Go, Elmar Berendes, Hengky Wirawan, Joerg Plotzitzka
  • Patent number: 9346635
    Abstract: A sheet container, which is incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes a container body having a loading face to load a sheet thereon, an extension unit disposed extendable in a sheet feeding direction with respect to the container body to extend the loading face, a length regulator disposed movable in the sheet feeding direction with respect to the extension unit to regulate a sheet trailing end position in the sheet feeding direction, and a sheet size indicator having a strip-shape provided on the container body along with a moving direction of the extension unit as a reference of a position of the length regulator, having at least one sheet size mark to indicate a size of the sheet, and being variable in length in a longitudinal direction with respect to the container body along with movement of the extension unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu Hirata, Mitsutaka Nakamura, Takashi Fujimoto, Kozo Yamazaki, Toshio Yamaki
  • Patent number: 9342022
    Abstract: A document transporting device includes: a document-accommodating section; a transporting mechanism; a document-discharge section; a holding member that includes an attach-portion that is attached at an upper side of a discharge-port from which a document is discharged to the document-discharge section, and holding portion main-bodies provided such that lower ends are contacted with the document-discharge section, that hold down the document discharged on the document-discharge section from above, a length in a discharge-direction of the document from an attachment-position of the attach-portion to the lower end of the holding portion main-body being longer than a height from the document-discharge section to the attachment-position of the attach-portion; and protruding portions formed in the document-discharge section along a longitudinal direction of the discharge-port such that a top portion of the protruding portion is positioned at a downstream side of the discharge-direction relative to the lower end of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 9327934
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet stacking apparatus which includes: a leading-edge regulating member configured to be positionally adjustable depending on a length of a plurality of corrugated paperboard sheets; a sheet stopper installed in the leading-edge regulating member in such a manner as to be movable with respect to a contact surface of the leading-edge regulating member reciprocatingly between a first position and a second position, and contactable with a leading edge of the corrugated paperboard sheet to be stacked in the hopper section; a detection section disposed upstream of the hopper section, and configured to detect a passing of each of the corrugated paperboard sheets; and a synchronization control device configured to reciprocatingly move the sheet stopper according to a detection signal, in such a manner as to allow the leading edge of the corrugated paperboard sheet to come into contact with the sheet stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA ISOWA
    Inventors: Takayuki Nomura, Yusuke Tozuka
  • Patent number: 9302860
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet supply tray having a plate for supporting a sheet to be supplied to an image forming unit, a first sheet positioning member configured to move relative to the plate and position the sheet, a moving member including a first detection portion and configured to move in a sheet supply direction in response to movement of the first sheet positioning member, a coupling member coupling the first sheet positioning member and the moving member and configured to move the moving member in response to the movement of the first sheet positioning member in the sheet supply direction, and a restriction mechanism configured to restrict movement of the coupling member according to an amount of the movement of the first sheet positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsuo Hirose
  • Patent number: 9284137
    Abstract: A recording sheet stacking tray stores a stack of recording sheets to be fed into an image forming apparatus. The recording sheet stacking tray includes a sheet feed tray main body, a sub-tray, and a trailing edge restriction member. The sheet feed tray main body has a first turning fulcrum extending perpendicular to a sheet feed direction of the recording sheets in a plan view. The sub-tray is attached to the sheet feed tray main body in such a manner that the sub-tray is turnable about the first turning fulcrum and extendable from the sheet feed tray main body. The trailing edge restriction member is attached to the sub-tray and restricts trailing edges of the recording sheets in the sheet feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryuji Sato