To Receiver For Pack Of Sheets Patents (Class 271/207)
  • Patent number: 10906764
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is capable of preventing a sheet discharged from a discharge unit from entering a feeding unit while guiding the sheet properly to a storage unit located below the feeding unit. The printing apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store a sheet discharged from a discharge unit and a guide unit configured to guide the sheet discharged from the discharge unit to the storage unit. The guide unit has a turning unit which prevents the sheet discharged from the discharge unit from entering a feeding unit and which turns when the sheet comes into contact with the turning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromasa Yoneyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Tetsuo Kikuchi, Itaru Wada, Daiki Anayama
  • Patent number: 10875736
    Abstract: A media tray may include a number of mezzanines to accumulate media as the media is ejected from a printing device and a number of ramps to selectively engage with a leading edge of the media as the media is accumulated based on a plurality of positions of the number of ramps, the number of ramps positionable based on movement of the number of mezzanines. In one example, movement of the number of mezzanines from a first position to a second position may cause the number of ramps to be in a position to selectively engage and disengage with a leading edge of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce G Johnson, Elliott Downing, Steve O Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10872508
    Abstract: A collection apparatus for organizing paper-based transaction items collected at a store checkout comprises a housing including a front section, rear section, left side, right side, top region, and bottom region; and an interior of the housing that is constructed and arranged into three regions. Each region includes a cavity; a removable container positioned in each cavity; three slot-shaped openings in the front section. Each slot-shaped opening is aligned with an opening in a removable container for providing a path for the paper-based transaction items to the removable container. A sensor in each cavity or container senses the paper-based transaction items received via a slot-shaped opening into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Amber Roehrs
  • Patent number: 10766725
    Abstract: A device for handling notes of value includes first, second and third modules. The third module has a first guiding element and at least a second guiding element for guiding the notes of value. The first guiding element has at least a first magnet or a ferromagnetic material. The first magnet and a second magnet or the first magnet and the ferromagnetic material are arranged opposite to each other at least in an operating state, an attractive force acting between the first magnet and the second magnet or the first magnet and the ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Richard Duesterhus
  • Patent number: 10737898
    Abstract: A sheet discharge apparatus includes a main tray, a discharge unit, and an expansion tray. The main tray is pivotable between a closed position and open position relative to a sheet discharge apparatus main body. The discharge unit discharges the sheet onto the main tray in the closed position. The expansion tray expands a main tray stacking area and is movable between a storage position where the expansion tray is stored in the main tray and an expansion position where the expansion tray is slid from the storage position in a sheet discharge direction and expands the stacking area. At the expansion position, the expansion tray is pivotable independently of the main tray. A direction in which the expansion tray is pivoted upward is the same as a direction in which the main tray is pivoted from the closed to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Obara, Masaaki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10689219
    Abstract: A sheet discharge apparatus includes a main tray, a discharge unit, and an expansion tray. The main tray is pivotable between a closed position and open position relative to a sheet discharge apparatus main body. The discharge unit discharges the sheet onto the main tray in the closed position. The expansion tray expands a main tray stacking area and is movable between a storage position where the expansion tray is stored in the main tray and an expansion position where the expansion tray is slid from the storage position in a sheet discharge direction and expands the stacking area. At the expansion position, the expansion tray is pivotable independently of the main tray. A direction in which the expansion tray is pivoted upward is the same as a direction in which the main tray is pivoted from the closed to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Obara, Masaaki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10591863
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a wall face of the apparatus body having an ejection opening from which a sheet conveyed in a first direction is ejected, a sheet support to support the sheet discharged from the discharge opening in the first direction, and a mount to mount the sheet support to the apparatus body. The mount includes an abutting portion including an abutting face that contacts a wall face of the apparatus body, and a projection projecting in a second direction opposite to the first direction from the abutting face. The abutting face extends in a vertically downward direction from the projection, and the projection is fixed to the apparatus body in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ishida, Goro Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 10474087
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a tray; a casing having a first outlet, a second outlet above the first outlet, a first path, and a second path; a stack lever; a drive source; and a controller. The second path communicates with the second outlet such that a sheet conveyed along the second path is partially discharged from the second outlet and is reversed along the second path. The first outlet communicates with the first path such that the sheet conveyed along the first path is discharged from the first outlet onto the tray. The stack lever is movable between a first position where the stack lever presses a sheet on the tray and a second position higher than the first position. The controller is configured to control the drive source such that, when the sheet is discharged from the second outlet, the stack lever is at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Makino
  • Patent number: 10350924
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus includes a sensor including an emitter and a detector that define a line of sight therebetween. A mechanical arm has a fixed end and a free end. An axis of rotation passing through the fixed end of the mechanical arm is parallel to the line of sight. A mechanical flag mounted to the fixed end of the mechanical arm includes at least a first protrusion that defines at least three positions of the mechanical arm relative to the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Carl Nicklos, John B. Engel
  • Patent number: 10351373
    Abstract: In a banknote pay-in/pay-out device (10) of an ATM (1), respective pawl portions (42) are provided at upper ends of a front storage box conveyance guide (32) and a rear storage box conveyance guide (33) provided to a front storage box conveyance guide (32) of a banknote storage box (26). In each pawl portion (42), plural pawl bodies (43) are discretely disposed along a left-right direction. In each pawl body (43), a guide plate (51) looking onto a conveyance space (34) is connected to an upper end of a main body (41), a facing plate (52) is connected to an upper-side edge of the guide plate (51), and a left-side plate (53) and a right-side plate (54) are respectively connected to the left and right edges of the guide plate (51). This increases the strength of the guide plates (51) of the pawl bodies (43) such that damage to the pawl bodies (43) as a result of collisions with other members or the like can be prevented, and enables banknotes to be guided smoothly in the banknote pay-in/pay-out device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hosokawa, Masaaki Okamoto, Yoshitoshi Takefushi
  • Patent number: 10315878
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in a sheet discharging device and an image forming apparatus, includes a contact body configured to rotate while contacting a sheet in conveyance, a shaft configured to rotate together with the contact body in a range of rotation of the contact body, a sheet detector configured to detect the sheet through detection of rotation of the shaft, and a rotary body support configured to rotatably support the contact body to the shaft, extending the range of rotation, in a same direction as the direction of rotation of the shaft. The sheet discharging device includes a sheet discharging body, a sheet stacker of the sheet discharged, and the above-described sheet conveying device. The sheet detector is a stack height detector configured to detec't that the height of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacker is equal to or higher than a predetermined height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsutaka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10259674
    Abstract: A sheet discharging device has a discharge roller pair and a sheet discharge tray arranged selectively either in a first position where the sheet discharge tray is stowed along a side surface of an apparatus main body or in a second position where the sheet discharge tray, swung downward from the first position, protrudes beyond the side surface. The sheet discharge tray has a hook member holding, with one of rotation shafts of the discharge roller pair acting as an engagement shaft, the sheet discharge tray in the first position by engaging with the engagement shaft. As a result of the discharge roller pair being rotated with the sheet discharge tray located in the first position, an engagement releasing member fixed to the engagement shaft releases the engagement of the hook member with the engagement shaft, and the sheet discharge tray moves to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10252876
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a first tray that holds a sheet transported to the sheet processing apparatus in a sheet transport direction. A second tray is provided below the first tray and holds the sheet moved from the first tray. A first member, when the sheet is moved from the first tray to the second tray, rotates about a turning shaft, and presses a first portion of the sheet toward the second tray by making a pressing portion of the first member contact with the first portion. A second member, when the sheet is moved from the first tray to the second tray, protrudes toward the second tray at a position between the turning shaft and the pressing portion of the first member, and presses a second portion of the sheet toward the second tray, the second portion being located downstream of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 10227200
    Abstract: A medium discharge device includes a discharge roller pair that is provided with a discharge driving roller and a discharge driven roller which drivably rotates in contact with the discharge driving roller, and a medium receiving tray which receives the medium that is fed and discharged by the discharge roller pair, in which the medium receiving tray includes a guide member which guides such that a tip end of the medium which is discharged from the discharge roller pair enters the medium mounting surface at a predetermined angle, and the guide member is provided to be elastically displaceable in an advancing and retreating direction with respect to the medium mounting surface of the medium receiving tray and is displaced in a direction coming close to the medium mounting surface according to raising of a pressing load due to the medium that is discharged to the medium receiving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10221033
    Abstract: A sheet discharge apparatus includes a main tray, a discharge unit, and an expansion tray. The main tray is pivotable between a closed position and open position relative to a sheet discharge apparatus main body. The discharge unit discharges the sheet onto the main tray in the closed position. The expansion tray expands a main tray stacking area and is movable between a storage position where the expansion tray is stored in the main tray and an expansion position where the expansion tray is slid from the storage position in a sheet discharge direction and expands the stacking area. At the expansion position, the expansion tray is pivotable independently of the main tray. A direction in which the expansion tray is pivoted upward is the same as a direction in which the main tray is pivoted from the closed to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Obara, Masaaki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10214035
    Abstract: Provided are a recording apparatus, when a medium is discharged from a recording apparatus main body, which can achieve both of appropriate mounting of a medium in which the leading edge thereof is curled on a medium receiving tray, and reduction of damage to a medium when mediums of different sizes are mixed on the medium receiving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ue, Koji Migita, Satoshi Iwaya, Yasushi Akatsuka, Hiroshi Shiohara
  • Patent number: 10203659
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises a fixing device configured to enable an image to be fixed on an image receiving medium passing through a nip between a heating section and a pressurizing section through heat of the heating section and pressurization of the pressurizing section; and a conveyance roller arranged at the downstream side of the fixing section in a conveyance direction of the image receiving medium and initially convey the fixed image receiving medium. The conveyance roller comprises an axis part; a plurality of large-diameter parts each configured to have an outer diameter larger than that of the axis part; and a plurality of small-diameter parts each configured to have an outer diameter which is larger than that of the axis part and smaller than that of the large-diameter part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Himeno
  • Patent number: 10183832
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus and a sorting method allowing paper sheets to be sorted by size or thickness from a bundle of documents that have been already printed with no need for adding a sensor, or the like, or during the time for printing preparation, or the like. The image forming apparatus includes a first detecting part, a paper discharging part and a control part. The first detecting part detects the pass of an edge part of the document. The control part determines the length of a document along the direction of conveyance from the time required from the moment when the document reaches the first detecting part to the moment when it pass the first detecting part, determining the sorting destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10150630
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus includes a side edge part removing portion that removes a side edge part from a sheet; a side edge part housing portion that houses the removed side edge part and is able to be pulled out from an apparatus body; a guide plate that is inclined in a direction intersecting with a moving direction of the side edge part and guides the removed side edge part along the moving direction to the housing portion; and a second guide plate that is arranged between the housing portion and the guide plate, and is transformable into a first form having substantially mountain-shaped inclined surfaces in which both end portions of the second guide plate along the moving direction are lower than a center portion thereof, and a second form having substantially valley-shaped inclined surfaces in which both the end portions are higher than the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sakuma, Shinji Masaki, Kenji Suzuki, Katsushi Amarume, Takeshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10077164
    Abstract: When a discharge count has exceeded a specified number of sheets, a sheet discharge device executes a process of moving down a discharge tray by a specified quantity and thereafter moving up the discharge tray until a top-surface detection part outputs a top-surface detection signal, while clocking a move-up time lasting from a move-up start of the discharge tray until output of the top-surface detection signal by the top-surface detection part. When the move-up time is equal to or less than a reference time, the sheet discharge device makes a next sheet discharged while the top-surface detection part outputs the top-surface detection signal; on the other hand, when the move-up time is more than the reference time, the sheet discharge device executes a correction process of moving down the discharge tray before making the next sheet discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kotani, Yasunori Ueno
  • Patent number: 10065828
    Abstract: A paper output tray includes: a tray main body where sheets discharged from an apparatus main body are stacked; a first extension tray which is to be housed in the tray main body on a lower surface side thereof so as to be pullable forward from a front end of the tray main body; and a second extension tray which is rotatably supported by the first extension tray and is expandable from a closed state, in which the second extension tray is folded on the upper surface of the first extension tray, to an open state in which the second extension tray extends forward of the first extension tray. The first extension tray has a support portion extending downward from the upper surface where the sheets are stacked, and the second extension tray is rotatably supported by the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Takeuchi, Akinori Yokota, Yuko Harada
  • Patent number: 10046936
    Abstract: Stacker device to stack sheets of print media. The stacker device comprises a tray to stack the sheets. The tray comprises an M-shaped tray section to apply an M-shaped profile to a sheet along a direction perpendicular to the sheet's advance direction to reduce curling. The stacker device further comprises a roof. The roof comprises at least one adjustable roof portion to limit a height of a curl of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xavier Deocon Mir, Eduardo Martin Orue, Josep Ortiz Mompel
  • Patent number: 10040661
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a stopper member supported either in a storage posture stored in a storage part by turning in an upstream side or a restriction posture to prevent falling down of a sheet from a sheet stacking face by turning in a downstream side. The storage part has a first recess and a second recess deeper than the first recess. The stopper member has a pressed part supported in the second recess movably upward and downward and a main part supported in the first recess in the storage posture. When the pressed part is pressed downward in the storage posture, the pressed part is moved downward and the main part comes into contact with a downstream side edge of the first recess, the stopper member is turned around the downstream side edge into the restriction posture through a protrusion posture protruding above the sheet stacking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10011452
    Abstract: A stacker device in an items processing system is a last station of a mail line. The stacker device has a receiving plate to receive flat items, a longitudinal alignment wall, graduated in at least two steps, at a rear side of the stacker device, and a stop wall that is arranged at the downstream end of the receiving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Blume, Volker Harder
  • Patent number: 10005637
    Abstract: An image rendering apparatus and method of operating a center tray of an image rendering apparatus. The image rendering apparatus includes a cavity, and a center tray having a home position located within the cavity and a retrieval position located outside the cavity. The image rendering apparatus further includes a retraction mechanism that is attached to the center tray and an interior wall of the cavity. The retraction mechanism is configured to allow for the extension of the center tray from the home position to the retrieval position, and from the retrieval position to the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael John Wilsher, Sebastián Rodrigo de Echaniz, Benjamin Thomas Thurnell, Paul Simon Golding
  • Patent number: 9988223
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding device includes a document tray, an ejection tray, and a document takeout port. The document tray is rotatably attached to a rotation fulcrum provided in a body of the automatic document feeder, to load a document. The document tray includes a first positioner and a second positioner. The first positioner is disposed at a front side of the body in a direction perpendicular to a document feed direction. The second positioner is disposed at a depth side of the body in the direction perpendicular to the document feed direction. The first positioner is disposed upstream from the rotation fulcrum in the document feed direction and above the document takeout port in the body. An upper portion and side surfaces of the first positioner in the direction perpendicular to the document feed direction are surrounded by the document tray in a closed state of the document tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu Hirata, Takayuki Andoh, Koji Hatayama, Kaoru Tada, Tatsuaki Nagano, Yasunobu Youda, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Yohei Osanai, Kazushige Kawamura, Takuji Kawai
  • Patent number: 9932194
    Abstract: A sheet discharge apparatus includes a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet discharged by a discharging portion is stacked, and a control portion configured to control a moving unit such that a height position of an uppermost sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion becomes a first height position. In a case where a sheet detection portion detects that the height position of the uppermost sheet is above a second height position, the control portion sets a sheet discharge speed of the discharging portion to a first sheet discharge speed. In a case where the sheet detection portion detects that the height position of the uppermost sheet becomes lower than the second height position, the control portion controls the sheet discharge speed to be a second sheet discharge speed faster than the first sheet discharge speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoto Tokuma
  • Patent number: 9889687
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing unit that performs printing on a printing medium; a winding unit that winds the printing medium on which the printing is performed by the printing unit; and a frame unit which is positioned between the printing unit and the winding unit on a feeding path of the printing medium, in which in a case where the printing medium is not wound by the winding unit, a receiving member for receiving the printing medium is detachably mounted to the frame unit, and in a case where the printing medium is wound by the winding unit, the receiving member is detached such that the frame unit comes in contact with the printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuta Watanabe, Kazuma Ozaki, Hidenobu Ota, Takao Yamamoto, Akira Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9845212
    Abstract: A paper delivery device includes a shift frame movable in a second direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to a first direction along which paper is delivered to outside, a driver that moves the shift frame in the second direction, a drive roller with a first outer peripheral surface extending in the second direction and supported by the shift frame such that the drive roller is rotatable about a first shaft parallel or substantially parallel to the second direction, a first driven roller with a second outer peripheral surface extending in the second direction and contactable with the first outer peripheral surface at a first contact position, the first driven roller supported by the shift frame such that the first driven roller is rotatable about a second shaft parallel or substantially parallel to the second direction following the rotation of the drive roller, the first driven roller being rotated in a state where the paper is nipped between the first outer peripheral surface and the second
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Kameda
  • Patent number: 9783386
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path; and a discharge tray having a support surface for supporting the sheet discharged from the conveyor. The conveyor includes a discharge unit for discharging the sheet conveyed along the conveyance path, onto the discharge tray. The discharge tray is provided with a projection protruding upward from the support surface and elongated in a direction along a discharge direction in which the sheet is conveyed. At least a portion of the projection which has a downstream edge of the projection in the discharge direction is a movable portion changeable between a first position at which an upper end portion of the projection is farthest from the support surface and a second position which is nearer to the support surface than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuo Ito
  • Patent number: 9758335
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus includes a first tray, a second tray, a first member, and a second member. The first member presses a first portion of a sheet toward the second tray when the sheet is moved from the first tray to the second tray located below the first tray. The second member is interlocked with the first member, and when the sheet is moved from the first tray to the second tray, presses a second portion of the sheet toward the second tray, the second portion being located downstream of the first portion in a transport direction of the sheet to the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 9738475
    Abstract: A medium conveyance device including: a conveyance guide that defines a conveyance space through which a paper sheet shaped medium should pass when conveying the medium along a conveyance direction; and an outside region that is a region, out of a guide face forming a boundary face to the conveyance space in the conveyance guide, contacted by an end portion of the medium in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction, and that guides the end portion of the medium to so as to be positioned inside the conveyance space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sato, Hajime Togiya
  • Patent number: 9733605
    Abstract: A sensor can sense a weight of items in an area. A sensor can sense a height of items in the area. An available capacity of the area can be determined based on the sensed weight and height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Emilo Lopez Matos, Jose Ma. Montserrat Caldero, Joan Sanjuan Mercadal, Ricardo Sanchis Estruch, David Chanclon Fernandez, Gianni Cessel, Xavier Alonso Becerro, Ignacio de Olazabal Zugasti
  • Patent number: 9639021
    Abstract: The image forming system having an image forming apparatus and a charge adjusting apparatus has a decision unit that decides an amount of charge to be applied to a recording sheet from coverages of toner images of both surfaces of the recording sheet, the image forming apparatus has a fixing unit that heats and presses a recording sheet to which a toner image is transferred, thereby fixing the toner image to the recording sheet, and the charge adjusting apparatus has a voltage applying unit that applies a voltage to the recording sheet to which the toner image is fixed by the fixing unit, thereby applying charge with the amount decided by the decision unit to the recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Sachie Matsudaira, Satoshi Nishida, Junichi Hamada
  • Patent number: 9637330
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a casing having an opening, a supporting portion configured to support a sheet inserted through the opening, a feed roller configured to feed the sheet supported on the supporting portion, and a first regulation member configured to move between an upright position and a flat position where the first regulation member is laid relative to the upright position. The first regulation member includes a first surface facing the feed roller when the first regulation member is at the upright position, and a second surface facing upward when the first regulation member is at the upright position, the second surface facing the feed roller when the first regulation member is at the flat position such that the second surface regulates a position of an upstream end, in a sheet conveying direction, of the sheet supported on the supporting portion of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koyo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9611686
    Abstract: There are systems and methods for secure cashbox removal from a transit vehicle and emptying in a vault at a transit site. The cashbox is removably attached to a transit vehicle driven by a transit operator and can be taken to a vault to deposit the cash located in the cashbox. The cashbox has a cashbox tag configured to broadcast a cashbox tag present signal that is received within secure zones and alarm zones, and communicated to a monitoring system to ensure that no cashbox rules are violated in getting the cashbox to the vault for emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Trapeze Software ULC
    Inventors: Sharon Ann Irma Barnes, Marty Charles Brooks, Angelo David Kachemov
  • Patent number: 9536184
    Abstract: The present invention is characterized by requesting a user to login if the user has not been authenticated when executing sheet processing on a sheet with a post-processing apparatus without performing printing by a printing apparatus, authenticating the user in accordance with acquired user information, and, when authentication is successful, causing the post-processing apparatus to execute the sheet processing on the sheet, and recording an execution history of the sheet processing by the sheet processing apparatus as an execution history of the authenticated user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichi Kanematsu
  • Patent number: 9527689
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit and a re-conveying unit to re-convey a sheet in a re-conveying direction. The re-conveying unit includes a first roller, a second roller, a pressing member, and a regulating member. The first roller is configured to rotate about a first axis and has a surface made from rubber. The second roller faces the first roller and is configured to rotate about a second axis inclined with respect to the first axis. The second roller has a first end portion and a second end portion positioned upstream of the first end portion. The pressing member is configured to exert resilient force to urge the second roller toward the first roller. The regulating member is configured to restrict the first end portion or the second end portion from moving toward the first roller, and is positioned adjacent to the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Takami
  • Patent number: 9424707
    Abstract: An actuated castellation plate can be arranged across a length of a currency passageway of a currency acceptor assembly and configured in an open state. Pressure from an attempted string fraud, such as pulling in reverse a bill across the castellation plate, can actuate the castellation plate to a closed state, obstructing the currency passageway so that the bait bill cannot be retrieved. Embodiments can include a currency acceptor including a currency passageway, mounting assembly, currency storage assembly having an entrance, the currency passageway being arranged to guide a currency denomination to the entrance of the currency storage assembly, and an actuated castellation plate including an array of teeth coupled to a baseplate including a receptacle and two opposing mounting ends, the castellation plate being configured at the entrance of the cashbox assembly to transfer between an open and closed state. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Daniels, Chris Marks, Robert Brown, Ben Sidell
  • Patent number: 9388013
    Abstract: A sheet discharging device discharges a sheet to a sheet tray on which the sheet is to be placed. The sheet discharging device includes a discharge path configured to discharge the sheet to the sheet tray, a discharging portion arranged in the discharge path and configured to discharge the sheet passing along the discharge path to the sheet tray, and a pressing member capable of changing a posture between a hanging posture where the pressing member hangs down from a pivot center above the discharge path so as to block the discharge path for the sheet and a retracted posture where the pressing member is pivoted in a discharging direction about the pivot center to open the discharge path by receiving a pressing force in the discharging direction from the sheet. The pressing member includes an attaching portion to which a weight member having a predetermined weight is attachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuzo Onishi
  • Patent number: 9387702
    Abstract: It is disclosed a printer comprising an opening through which one or more sheets to be treated could be introduced therein and further comprising a paper board for supporting said one or more sheets to be treated, wherein said paper board comprises at least one root and at least a free end, wherein said at least one free end is movable with respect to said at least one root when it is subject to a vertical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen Pu Ying Innovation Technology Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Paolo Poma, Davide Nico
  • Patent number: 9327529
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording unit, a discharge unit, and a medium receiving unit. The medium receiving unit has a sheet section which is flexible and of which a front-end portion is disposed to be closer to a discharge side of a recording medium than a terminal-end portion. When the medium receiving unit is transited from a serviceable state to an accommodated state, the front-end portion of the sheet section becomes closer to the terminal-end portion of the sheet section and a connection portion between the front-end portion and the terminal-end portion of the sheet section moves to a side opposite to the discharge side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Junya Kato, Seijun Horie
  • Patent number: 9308755
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head which performs recording on a medium; a first roller which reverses a medium which is transported from the recording head side; and a medium reception unit which is provided on the downstream side of the recording head on the medium transport path on which the medium is transported, in which the medium reception unit also functions as a first medium support unit which supports a medium which is inserted from a discharging direction side of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masanori Nakata
  • Patent number: 9280119
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image reading unit, an image forming unit, a discharge unit, and a discharge tray. The image reading unit is configured to read a document placed on a document placement table by moving and scanning of a scanning body in a sub-scanning direction. The image forming unit is configured to form an image read by the image reading unit on a paper sheet. The discharge unit is configured to discharge the paper sheet on which an image is formed by the image forming unit to a direction perpendicular to the sub-scanning direction. The discharge tray is on which the paper sheet from the discharge unit is to be placed with a space portion at a lower side of the image reading unit. A bottom surface of a housing of the image reading unit facing the discharge tray is constituted of a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is a surface at a front side of the discharge unit in a discharging direction and high with respect to the discharge tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Nakanishi, Masahiro Imoto, Yasuhiro Suto, Shohichi Fukutome, Hisashi Yamanaka, Mitsuharu Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 9277070
    Abstract: An image scanning device includes a housing, a scanning unit disposed inside the housing and configured to scan, at a scanning position, an image of a sheet, a conveying mechanism disposed inside the housing, and a cover. The conveying mechanism is configured to convey the sheet along a common path to the scanning position in a first direction, and to discharge the sheet having passed the scanning position selectively along a return path in a second direction and along a one-way path in the first direction. The cover is configured to receive the sheet discharged from the one-way path in an inclined position in which the cover extends upward from the one-way path and is inclined relative to the one-way path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Katsuro Miura, Muneaki Takahata
  • Patent number: 9260260
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, a method of controlling paper feeding thereof, and a computer-readable recording medium containing code to perform the method. The image forming apparatus includes a lift configured to supply loaded paper to a feed roller, a motor configured to move the lift so that the paper reaches and contacts the feed roller, a sensor configured to measure current that flows through the motor, and a controller configured to control driving of the motor according to a measured level of the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-kook Park, Ki-young Lee, Kang-seok Kim
  • Patent number: 9227811
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an output unit that transports and outputs a recording medium on which an image has been formed, a member having an opening through which the recording medium is output, and a shield member disposed at the opening, the shield member shielding the output unit. The shield member includes plural swing members and a shield plate. The swing members are swingably supported and arranged in an axial direction of the output unit. The shield plate is attached to a wall that restrains the recording medium that is output from returning toward the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamada, Hiroshi Kawamoto, Hidekazu Yamagiwa
  • Patent number: 9174816
    Abstract: A sheet storage apparatus includes a sheet discharge path having a sheet discharge outlet; a stack tray disposed on a downstream side of the sheet discharge outlet; a support device disposed between the sheet discharge outlet and the stack tray to load at least a part of a sheet; a sheet end regulation device for regulating a position of at least one end edge of the sheet supported by the support device; and an aligning transport device disposed in the support device to carry the sheet toward the sheet end regulation device. The aligning transport device includes a friction transport body and a transport body travel device, and the friction transport body has a rotating member rolling along the top surface of the sheet supported by the support device, and the rotating member rotates in a direction crossing the travel direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiko Saito, Satoshi Yamanushi, Tatsuzo Aoyagi, Yuichi Ichinose, Yusuke Saito
  • Patent number: 9129513
    Abstract: A floor mat system features a mat base. A mat top surface is designed to interface with a foot or a shoe sole of a user, and a mat bottom surface is designed to interface with a ground surface. The system features a microprocessor operatively connected to a power source. The microprocessor and the power source are located in the mat base. The system features a pressure sensor located in the mat base operatively connected to the microprocessor. The system features a transmitter located in the mat base operatively connected to the microprocessor. The transmitter is designed to operatively communicate with a remote receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald P. Clarke, Beverley A. Clarke, Stefanie L. McPherson
  • Publication number: 20150147103
    Abstract: A blowing device is equipped with a blowing portion and a holder. The blowing portion has a cylindrical body that stores a rotating body, and includes: a suction inlet arranged on a side surface perpendicular to the axial direction of the cylindrical body; and an exhaust outlet arranged on a part of the peripheral surface of the cylindrical body. The holder has a wall that faces the peripheral surface of the blowing portion with a gap between the wall and the peripheral surface, and holds the blowing portion inside. The holder includes: a suction portion that communicates with the suction inlet; and an exhaust portion that causes the exhaust outlet to communicate with the outside and the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi KUBO