Envelope Patents (Class 271/2)
  • Patent number: 10040654
    Abstract: The system is the combination of an envelope feeder and a laser printer, with some additional control mechanisms. An envelope conveyor system is positioned adjacent to a media input slot on a laser printer and envelopes are fed into a pickup assembly positioned within the media input slot in a controlled manner. By controlling the conveyor speed, a stack of envelopes having a limited and known number of envelopes is accumulated within the pickup assembly such that the pickup roller in the assembly can feed envelopes into the printer at a rate equal to or greater than the speed at which the printer can apply an image to each envelope. A control circuit provides a feedback signal to the conveyor to control conveyor motor actuation. The result is a smaller, less expensive and simpler feed system for an envelope printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Xante Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Ross, Jr., Kenneth Orin Parker, Joseph Martin deVeer
  • Patent number: 9821528
    Abstract: A method for applying a lubricant to a pressure relief valve during the process of applying the pressure relief valve to packaging. The method includes temporarily separating layers of the valve with a vacuum applicator when the lubricant is applied. A pressurized nozzle sprays or atomizes the lubricant into the valve opening. Graphite suspended in liquid silicone is used as the lubricant; it is recirculated in a reservoir to keep the graphite in suspension. Optical sensors check for valves before the entrance to, and after exit from, the vacuum applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Plitek, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Karl K. Hoffman, Steve Kaganovich, Thomas J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9567122
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting one or more goods into a moving cover includes a cover transport, and at least one filling aid configured to move at least partially into the cover and to be maintained within the cover during at least a part of the movement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BOEWE SYSTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Joseph Batzer, Thomas Huber, Helmut Foerg, Bernd Hoepner, Reinhard Seiler
  • Patent number: 9288352
    Abstract: A printing apparatus prints an image in a right direction based on an open/close state of a flap of a held envelope and on a position of the flap received from a user. A control method for controlling a printing apparatus, includes determining whether an envelope having a flap is held by a holding unit with its flap opened or the envelope is held by the holding unit with its flap closed, receiving, from a user, a front end, a far side, or a back end in the conveyance direction of the envelope as a position of the flap of the envelope held by the holding unit, and performing control such that a direction of an image to be printed on the envelope is decided based on a result of the determination and on the received position of the flap, and the image is printed on the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuaki Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9016682
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for loading at least one media item into a media item container. The apparatus includes at least one rotatable member comprising an outer surface including a plurality of apertures connected to at least one chamber where a negative pressure is selectively provided. The apparatus also includes a guide that guides each incoming item of media transported to the rotatable member. The rotatable member is rotatable when negative pressure is provided at the chamber region to locate a media item secured to the rotatable member by suction from the guide into the media item container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Law, Bob Suttie, David Heighton, Willy Kaempfer, Finbarr Williamson, Rod Haines
  • Patent number: 9020634
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a facility wide sorting and/or sequencing system for improving product processing operations and, more particularly, to a facility wide system and related functionality for simultaneously sorting and sequencing mixed mail pieces such as, for example, flats and letter mail pieces. The flats and letter mail pieces are placed in frames so that all types of mail pieces can be sorted and/or sequenced simultaneously through merging and diverting a stream of filled trays into and out of different streams at a full or substantially full transport speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David Bailey, David Benninger, Wayne Blackwell, Matthew Bossard, Bryan Dalton, Thomas Erb, Michael Finney, Mark Gaug, John Hartman, Kenneth Marks, Jamie Micha, John Nasakaitis, William Olver, Daniel Ondreyko, John Patrick, Joseph Porter, Kalon Riehle, Leslie Scrivener, Gerald Sensenig, Clifford Solowiej, Frank Sweet, Jamie Swetland, Jonathan Wee, Bruce Williams, Kevin Zimmer
  • Publication number: 20150108704
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing mail is provided. A feeder serially feeds envelope from a stack of mail. Two cutters at a cutting station cuts one or two edges of the envelopes. As the envelopes travel from the feeder to the cutters the envelope is jogged on two edges to justify the contents with the envelopes. Additionally, an improved feeder is provided to reduce the number of jams created when feeding the envelopes from the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: John Allen, Robert R DeWitt, Joseph Valinsky
  • Patent number: 8997971
    Abstract: A postal sorting machine for flat articles on edge, said machine comprising first belt conveyor means suitable for conveying said flat articles along a first path, a plurality of sorting outlets, each of which is associated with a separator flap mounted to move about a pivot axis between a first position in which it does not interfere with said first path and a second position in which it intersects said first path so as to direct said flat articles along a second path, said separator flap being suspended by a pivot rod extending on one side of said flap only, so that the zone under said separator flap is left free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Francois Agier, Damien Berliet, Emmanuel Delbe, Olivier De Sousa
  • Patent number: 8947681
    Abstract: An insertion system includes an enclosure supply device, an envelope supply device, an insertion device to insert an enclosure supplied from the enclosure supply device into the envelope supplied from the envelope supply device, a first input unit to input identification data of the enclosure inserted into the envelope in each of multiple insertion setting records, a second input unit to input identification data of the enclosure set in the enclosure container of the enclosure supply device, and a controller to determine whether the identification data of the enclosure to be inserted, input by the first input unit, matches the identification data of the enclosure set in the enclosure container, input by the second input unit, and to control supply of the envelope by the envelope supply device as well as supply of the enclosure by the enclosure supply device based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Matsushita, Takeshi Sasaki, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Junichi Tokita, Akira Kunieda, Takahiro Watanabe, Jun Yamada
  • Publication number: 20150029521
    Abstract: A printing apparatus prints an image in a right direction based on an open/close state of a flap of a held envelope and on a position of the flap received from a user. A control method for controlling a printing apparatus, includes determining whether an envelope having a flap is held by a holding unit with its flap opened or the envelope is held by the holding unit with its flap closed, receiving, from a user, a front end, a far side, or a back end in the conveyance direction of the envelope as a position of the flap of the envelope held by the holding unit, and performing control such that a direction of an image to be printed on the envelope is decided based on a result of the determination and on the received position of the flap, and the image is printed on the envelope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Nobuaki Miyahara
  • Patent number: 8925291
    Abstract: A device for inserting sheets into an envelope comprises a holding device supporting the envelope. A support portion of the holding device is inserted into the envelope. The support portion has a fixed orientation and position relative to a feed device. The device further comprises a mechanism for preparing the envelope for accommodating the support portion of the holding device. The mechanism is upstream of the holding device and comprises a first interaction device, acting onto the envelope in a first direction during feeding of the envelope and a second interaction device downstream of the first interaction device, acting onto the envelope in a second, opposite direction. The second interaction device comprises at least one cam on a rotatable shaft. By rotation the shaft and cam may be brought into an interaction position, with the envelope, or an inactive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Kern Investments Consulting Management Ltd.
    Inventor: Marc Kern
  • Patent number: 8885207
    Abstract: The printing apparatus for printing at least an address on an envelope that is set to a paper tray includes an envelope size detection portion for scanning an address print side of an envelope set to the paper tray to detect a size of the envelope based on a read image of the address print side; a print position setting portion for setting a print position of an address corresponding to the read size of the envelope; and a data synthesis processing portion for synthesizing the read image of the address print side and an image of the address at a position set by the print position setting portion and previews the synthesized address print image of the envelope on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kondoh
  • Patent number: 8876101
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of connecting a post-processing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to convey an envelope so that the long edge of the envelope can become a leading edge in conveyance direction and print an image on the envelope. When the post-processing apparatus is connected, the printing apparatus restricts from conveying the envelope so that the long edge of the envelope becomes the leading edge in conveyance direction for printing the image on the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Megumi Saito
  • Patent number: 8864122
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a sheet supplier configured to supply a recording medium; a first conveyor configured to convey the recording medium supplied from the sheet supplier in a conveying direction; a recording portion configured to record an image on the recording medium conveyed by the first conveyor; and a controller configured to detect an orientation of the recording medium with respect to the conveying direction while the recording medium is conveyed and change a conveying speed of the recording medium conveyed by the first conveyor depending on the detected orientation of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8840101
    Abstract: A printing apparatus according to one aspect of this invention includes a sheet holding unit configured to hold an envelope, and a detection unit configured to detect an opening width between guides for guiding an envelope held by the sheet holding unit. The printing apparatus further includes an identifying unit configured to identify a flap size of the envelope based on the opening width detected by the detection unit and a size set for the envelope held by the sheet holding unit, and a printing unit configured to print an image on the envelope by shifting image data based on the flap size identified by the identifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayuki Yamada
  • Publication number: 20140265104
    Abstract: This invention relates to a printing apparatus and control method thereof. The standard size of an envelope to be stored in each of a plurality of paper storage units configured to store an envelope to be used in printing is set. An offset amount to be used to print an image on an envelope of the set standard size is set. A paper storage unit which stores an envelope to be used in printing is selected from the plurality of paper storage units based on a standard size of an envelope that is designated by a user. The position of an image is shifted in accordance with the set offset amount, and the image is printed on an envelope fed from the selected paper storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kaori Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 8807321
    Abstract: A feeder for a mail-handling machine is provided with a conveyor device having at least one row of drive rollers comprising at least first and second drive rollers standing proud through a mailpiece-receiving deck of the feeder and controlled by a suitable drive mechanism, said first and second drive rollers being inclined at an angle ? relative to a perpendicular to a longitudinal referencing wall, and the second drive roller being driven in rotation with a first predetermined delay relative to the first drive roller, which is the closer to the referencing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Yannick Claris
  • Publication number: 20140203491
    Abstract: A device for inserting sheets into an envelope comprises a holding device supporting the envelope. A support portion of the holding device is inserted into the envelope. The support portion has a fixed orientation and position relative to a feed device. The device further comprises a mechanism for preparing the envelope for accommodating the support portion of the holding device. The mechanism is upstream of the holding device and comprises a first interaction device, acting onto the envelope in a first direction during feeding of the envelope and a second interaction device downstream of the first interaction device, acting onto the envelope in a second, opposite direction. The second interaction device comprises at least one cam on a rotatable shaft. By rotation the shaft and cam may be brought into an interaction position, with the envelope, or an inactive position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: KERN INVESTMENT CONSULTING MANAGEMENT LTD
    Inventor: Marc KERN
  • Patent number: 8777207
    Abstract: This invention relates to a printing apparatus and control method thereof. The standard size of an envelope to be stored in each of a plurality of paper storage units configured to store an envelope to be used in printing is set. An offset amount to be used to print an image on an envelope of the set standard size is set. A paper storage unit which stores an envelope to be used in printing is selected from the plurality of paper storage units based on a standard size of an envelope that is designated by a user. The position of an image is shifted in accordance with the set offset amount, and the image is printed on an envelope fed from the selected paper storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kaori Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 8764003
    Abstract: When conveying an envelope, a posture of the envelope is corrected by hitting a closed portion of the envelope, which is opposite side of an opened portion of the envelope, against a nip portion between upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers and the envelope is then conveyed with the envelope being nipped by the upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers. The upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers nip the envelope to remove air from the envelope. When setting an envelope mode to control a conveying speed of the envelope based on a coverage rate of an image to be formed on the envelope, the conveying speed of the envelope is controlled by adjusting a rotation speed of the registration rollers based on the coverage rate of the set envelope mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Icn.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oyama, Kenji Izumiya, Kiyoto Kojima, Atsushi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8752820
    Abstract: An envelope warpage correcting device includes a sheet feeding portion, a correction means and a control portion. The sheet feeding portion feeds envelopes one-by-one in a state where the envelopes are stacked on a sheet feed table and a rear end portion opposite to a flap portion formed in a front end portion of each of the envelopes is set to a leading portion in a sheet feed direction. The correction means corrects warpage occurring at a side of the rear end portion of the envelope fed by the sheet feeding portion. The control portion controls processing for correcting the warpage occurring at the side of the rear end portion by the correcting portion at certain timing according to an attribution of the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20140131935
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of connecting a post-processing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to convey an envelope so that the long edge of the envelope can become a leading edge in conveyance direction and print an image on the envelope. When the post-processing apparatus is connected, the printing apparatus restricts from conveying the envelope so that the long edge of the envelope becomes the leading edge in conveyance direction for printing the image on the envelop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Megumi Saito
  • Patent number: 8714340
    Abstract: The invention can be used with an automated mail tray filling apparatus for taking envelopes from a vertical stacker output of an inserter machine and placing them in mail trays. A take-away feeder is positioned over the vertical stacker table and is arranged to withdraw individual envelopes from the vertical stack in a sideways direction. The envelope is then redirected in a downward direction by ejecting the envelope into an open space. A downward tamping mechanism positioned above the open space moves downward to push on a top edge of the free-floating envelope. A downward transport positioned beneath the open space receives and transports envelopes pushed downward by the downward tamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Keane, Donato C. Farole, Glenn A. Nester
  • Patent number: 8710380
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method weigh an object, in particular a flat item of mail, during transport. A conveying device having an endless conveying belt and a counterpart conveying element is able to temporarily grip an object in a clamping region and to transport it in a transporting direction. Weighing scales are able to weigh the object while the object is gripped in a clamping region. The damping element is configured to damp vibrations of an object gripped in the clamping region. The damping element has a surface which is curved in the transporting direction. The endless conveying belt is guided in such a way around the curved surface that the endless conveying belt rests areally against the curved surface in a damping region and the endless conveying belt and the counterpart conveying element are configured to guide the object gripped in the clamping region past the curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jürgen Francke
  • Patent number: 8636273
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of connecting a post-processing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to convey an envelope so that the long edge of the envelope can become a leading edge in conveyance direction and print an image on the envelope. When the post-processing apparatus is connected, the printing apparatus restricts from conveying the envelope so that the long edge of the envelope becomes the leading edge in conveyance direction for printing the image on the envelop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Megumi Saito
  • Patent number: 8590888
    Abstract: A storage device for a franking machine, which storage device comprises: a receptacle for receiving mailpieces ejected one-by-one by the franking machine; a longitudinal referencing wall extending over a longitudinal edge of the receptacle and against which the mailpieces rebound before they accumulate on the receptacle; and a vertical back wall extending along a side edge of the receptacle and that the mailpieces hit before they rebound against the longitudinal referencing wall; the vertical back wall forming an angle ? with a perpendicular to the longitudinal referencing wall; and the receptacle being inclined relative to the horizontal and towards the longitudinal referencing wall at an angle ? so that the angle ? between the receptacle and the longitudinal referencing wall forms an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Régis Desire
  • Patent number: 8590280
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inserting an object into an envelope in which the envelopes are stacked in a stacker. An envelope flap of the envelope is grasped by a lip on a rotary cam to open the envelope. The envelope flap of the envelope is brought into and maintained in contact with a surface of the rotary cam. The envelope is then pulled, via the envelope flap, so as to place and maintain the envelope in contact with the surface of the rotary cam. The rotary cam reverses the envelope to move the envelope into an inserting area where the envelope is detached from the surface of the rotary cam. An object is then inserted into the envelope and the envelope is then removed from the inserting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bowe Systec GmbH
    Inventor: Gianfranco Passoni
  • Publication number: 20130264763
    Abstract: When conveying an envelope, a posture of the envelope is corrected by hitting a closed portion of the envelope, which is opposite side of an opened portion of the envelope, against a nip portion between upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers and the envelope is then conveyed with the envelope being nipped by the upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration, rollers. The upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers nip the envelope to remove air from the envelope. When setting an envelope mode to control a conveying speed of the envelope based on a coverage rate of an image to be formed on the envelope, the conveying speed of the envelope is controlled by adjusting a rotation speed of the registration rollers based on the coverage rate of the set envelope mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi OYAMA, Kenji IZUMIYA, Kiyoto KOJIMA, Atsushi TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 8544838
    Abstract: A sheet feed device feeding paper including; a loading platen loaded with sheets; a ventilation section providing a first ventilation port for blowing air to float a first side of a sheet of one sheet of the sheets loaded on the loading platen, and a second ventilation port for blowing air to float a second side opposed to the first side; and a control section for controlling the ventilation section; wherein the first side is a side of a topmost of loaded envelopes, the side of which height is lower than other sides, and when envelopes are to be fed, the control section controls the ventilation section to change air volume of the first ventilation port and the second ventilation port so as to float the first side more greatly than in case when sheets other than envelopes are fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuichi Omori
  • Patent number: 8540243
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a pinch roller lifting mechanism. The pinch roller lifting mechanism includes drive rollers for holding and transferring a medium, the drive rollers arranged adjacent to each other along a first axis, pinch rollers for holding the medium with the drive rollers, a plate-like member extending along the first axis, wherein the plate-like member includes an opening, a support member having a first end section on which the pinch rollers are provided, a cam slidably provided on the plate-like member, the cam comprising a guide section that abuts against a second end section of the support member and engages the opening of the plate-like member, a pulley operationally connected to a drive motor for pulling the plate-like member in a first direction, and a spring that biases the plate-like member in a direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Roland DG Corporation
    Inventors: Ippei Tanaka, Yuichi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8523178
    Abstract: A discharge mechanism includes a rotating shaft that is rotatable, a plurality of roll portions provided around the rotating shaft, an opposing member provided above the roll portions so as to oppose the roll portions, the opposing member holding and conveying a material to be conveyed, in cooperation with the roll portions so that the material to be conveyed is discharged onto a discharge section, and a protrusion formed on an outer periphery of the rotating shaft, the protrusion not protruding beyond the outer diameter of the roll portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8485522
    Abstract: A transfer device for mail items with a transfer unit which has an ejection point for transferring individualized mail items to an item carrier is provided. Further, the transfer device includes a transport device for transporting the mail items to the ejection point in a direction of transport. The transport device includes two belts for holding the mail items on both sides and for transporting the mail items and further has means for adapting a space between the belts to the thickness of a mail item. The means for adapting is a belt tilt means which is pivotal about an axis of rotation, the pivotal movement pivoting one of the belts and therefore a distance between the belts is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Holger Schererz, Rolf-Peter Skrdlant, Bertram Wanner
  • Publication number: 20130168915
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of connecting a post-processing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to convey an envelope so that the long edge of the envelope can become a leading edge in conveyance direction and print an image on the envelope. When the post-processing apparatus is connected, the printing apparatus restricts from conveying the envelope so that the long edge of the envelope becomes the leading edge in conveyance direction for printing the image on the envelop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8469201
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an SSP unit (sorting guide portion and envelope chuck portion) that functions as an enclosing unit or an enclosing device to enclose, in envelopes, paper on which an image is formed by a copy machine functioning as an image forming device, a weight measuring device that includes a load cell to measure the weight of the paper-enclosed envelopes, and a sorting device that sorts the paper-enclosed envelopes, on the basis of weight data of each of the paper-enclosed envelopes of which the weight is measured by the weight measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takeshi Sasaki, Kiichiroh Gotoh, Junichi Iida, Masahiro Tamura, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Junichi Tokita, Shingo Matsushita, Takahiro Watanabe, Akira Kunieda
  • Publication number: 20130140754
    Abstract: This invention relates to a printing apparatus and control method thereof. The standard size of an envelope to be stored in each of a plurality of paper storage units configured to store an envelope to be used in printing is set. An offset amount to be used to print an image on an envelope of the set standard size is set. A paper storage unit which stores an envelope to be used in printing is selected from the plurality of paper storage units based on a standard size of an envelope that is designated by a user. The position of an image is shifted in accordance with the set offset amount, and the image is printed on an envelope fed from the selected paper storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130134646
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a sheet supplier configured to supply a recording medium; a first conveyor configured to convey the recording medium supplied from the sheet supplier in a conveying direction; a recording portion configured to record an image on the recording medium conveyed by the first conveyor; and a controller configured to detect an orientation of the recording medium with respect to the conveying direction while the recording medium is conveyed and change a conveying speed of the recording medium conveyed by the first conveyor depending on the detected orientation of the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 8430007
    Abstract: An envelope opener is that includes a table for routing documents along a longitudinal document guide wall and a cutting device for cutting off an edge of an envelope is described. The guide wall is movable laterally relative to the cutting device into a plurality of lateral or cutting positions in order to obtain a plurality of cutting widths. The machine also includes a bypass control to enable driving a document in the downstream direction when the cutter device is in the non-cutting position to enable counting envelopes without opening them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Fournier, Francois Reby, Jean-Christian Maleyran
  • Patent number: 8398076
    Abstract: A storage device for a mail-handling machine, said storage device comprising a mailpiece-receiving deck along a longitudinal edge of which a referencing wall extends, and through which a conveyor belt passes for the purpose of conveying mailpieces along said referencing wall, and a shock-absorber ramp that is mounted against the referencing wall and that is hit by the mailpieces after they are ejected from said mail-handling machine, and before they fall back down onto the conveyor belt so as to be conveyed towards the sloping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventors: Emmanuel Bernard, Stéphane Le Gallo
  • Patent number: 8328177
    Abstract: A mailpiece feed device comprising a mailpiece-receiving deck for receiving a stack of mailpieces, conveyor rollers for conveying the mailpieces along a longitudinal referencing wall and towards a separator device designed to separate the mailpieces one-by-one from said stack of mailpieces and to convey them downstream, and, incorporated vertically in said longitudinal referencing wall, at least one friction roller of varying roughness, with its coefficient of friction decreasing from the top to the bottom of said longitudinal referencing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Yannick Claris
  • Patent number: 8267243
    Abstract: A postal sorting machine comprising an automatic feed station (8) with an unstacker device (2), a manual feed station (9), and a sorting conveyor adapted to move mailpieces in series one behind another in a conveying direction (31), the automatic feed station being designed to feed the conveyor automatically with mailpieces from a stack of mailpieces, the manual feed station (9) being adapted to receive mailpieces inserted individually and to place them in the conveyor. The manual feed station (9) comprises a protective cover forming a sort of tunnel over the conveyor, and an insertion slot (26) provided in the protective cover and through which a mailpiece can be inserted into the tunnel, said slot being in vertical alignment with a mailpiece receiving and handling space (34) for receiving and handling a mailpiece in the conveyor, which space is funnel-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Stephane Ambroise, Mathieu Bayon, Bernard Constant
  • Patent number: 8256765
    Abstract: A storage device for a mail-handling machine, said storage device comprising a mailpiece-receiving deck along a longitudinal edge of which a referencing wall extends, and through which a conveyor belt passes for the purpose of conveying mailpieces along said referencing wall from an inlet of the device towards a sloping surface against which said mailpieces accumulate, said storage device further comprising a pivot arm that is mounted to move both vertically about hinge pin and horizontally along a slide rail, on which arm firstly a friction roller is mounted for pressing said mailpieces against the conveyor belt, and secondly a holding roller is mounted for pressing said mailpieces against the sloping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Régis Desire
  • Patent number: 8235380
    Abstract: A mailpiece selector device comprising a guide co-operating with at least one opposing selector roller to separate mailpieces one-by-one from a stack of mailpieces and to transport them downstream, said guide having at least one selector lever that can pivot about a pivot axis against resilient return means, and the selector lever having a vertical section formed by an involute of a circle, the base circle of which is formed by the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Yannick Claris
  • Patent number: 8182083
    Abstract: A print module for printing mailpieces comprises a print head assembly operative to deposit ink on each mailpiece and a registration plate for registering a first surface of each of the mailpieces during print operations. The print module includes a conveyor belt opposing the registration plate and engaging a second surface of each of the mailpieces for conveyance along a feed path. Disposed beneath and supporting an underside surface of the conveyor belt, is a continuous compliant deck operative to urge the conveyor belt and mailpieces toward the registration plate during printing. The compliant deck is also operative to print consecutive mailpieces of variable thickness dimension. The print module also includes a pivotable support rack for mounting the print head assembly to a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Williams, Russell W. Holbrook
  • Publication number: 20120098185
    Abstract: A sheet feed device feeding paper including; a loading platen loaded with sheets; a ventilation section providing a first ventilation port for blowing air to float a first side of a sheet of one sheet of the sheets loaded on the loading platen, and a second ventilation port for blowing air to float a second side opposed to the first side; and a control section for controlling the ventilation section; wherein the first side is a side of a topmost of loaded envelopes, the side of which height is lower than other sides, and when envelopes are to be fed, the control section controls the ventilation section to change air volume of the first ventilation port and the second ventilation port so as to float the first side more greatly than in case when sheets other than envelopes are fed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Yuichi OMORI
  • Patent number: 8152155
    Abstract: An envelope feed apparatus comprises a main body having a bottom; top (located opposite the bottom); and sides (located between the bottom and the top). The main body top has a flat surface that supports, for example, a stack of envelopes. The envelope feed apparatus also has a slider that includes sides contacting at least two of the main body sides. The slider sides move in a parallel direction to the main body sides as the slider moves relative to the main body. The slider has at least one roller connected to opposing slider sides. The roller(s) are positioned adjacent the main body top. The roller(s) move in a perpendicular direction to the flat surface of the main body top as the slider moves relative to the main body. The roller(s) contact the stack of envelopes when the stack of envelopes is on the flat surface of the main body top and apply pressure to the stack of envelopes in the perpendicular direction toward the flat surface of the main body top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Seok Jae Jeong, Ian Joseph Frank
  • Patent number: 8142133
    Abstract: A method and system for converting mail between trays in a multiple pass mail sorting system using a plurality of different tray types. Mail from a first type of tray is unloaded and stacked along with mail from other trays to form a large stack. The large stack of mail is then broken down into smaller stacks which are transferred to one of several outputs where the mail is loaded into different types of trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Neebe, Matthew Good, Charles Miller
  • Patent number: 8123216
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for registering and moving a sheet article along a path that can use an actuator to mimic a biased device such as a spring-loaded device. The actuator can include a solenoid and an arm. The movement of the arm with the solenoid can be done by pulse-width modulation by providing a high pulse-width modulation duty cycle to the solenoid to provide a resistive force on the arm and providing a low pulse-width modulation duty cycle to the solenoid to provide a less resistive force on the arm. Inserting stations use in sheet article inserting system that employ the actuator are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8106315
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving at high speed. An article (900) is received from an intake transport (1200), and gripped in a weighing station (1310), in between a capstan roller and a pinch roller (1316), which are synchronized to minimize slipping. A first precision servo system (1252, 1250) alters the speed of the article, and in the process acquires torque data for storage and analysis (1212, 1282). A second precision servo system (1260,1330) applies a constant force, via a tension arm (1320), urging the pinch roller (1316) against the capstan roller, independently of the thickness of the mail piece. Fourier analysis can conveniently be applied for analyzing the acquired current data and comparing to stored calibration data to determine weight. Weight is determined without regard to the actual speed of the moving article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Turner
  • Patent number: 8091885
    Abstract: A mail doubles detection and correction system for a mail processing system with a feeder includes a mail support configured to support at least two mail pieces in a detection space downstream of the feeder, a pair of vacuum belt assemblies disposed on opposite sides of the detection space, and one or more sensors positioned about the detection space to detect a position of one or more mail pieces in the detection space. Each vacuum belt assembly includes a vacuum port facing the detection space and a perforated belt movable across the vacuum port in a mail transport direction. The system detects a mail double when the sensors indicate that more than one mail piece is disposed in the detection space and corrects the situation by moving one of the belts and holding the other belt stationary to advance only one of the mail pieces, and subsequently moving both of the belts to advance the remaining mail piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Brant A. Conaway, Thomas A. Hillerich, Jacob L. Timm
  • Patent number: 8091888
    Abstract: In an apparatus for handling sheets, first and second sheet transfer members are movable to transfer one of the sheets between the first and second sheet transfer members, the first and second sheet transfer members have respective transfer surfaces contactable with the one of the sheets so that the one of the sheets is driven to be transferred by at least one of the first and second sheet transfer members, and an information reader is arranged between the first and second sheet transfer members in such a manner that an information is readable from the one of the sheets even when the one of the sheets is transferred by one of the first and second sheet transfer members and is prevented from being transferred by both of the first and second sheet transfer members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Junichi Tamamoto