With Movable Pack-limiting Member(s) (e.g., Hold-down) Patents (Class 271/220)
  • Patent number: 10558157
    Abstract: The postprocessing device includes: a stapling unit for stapling a sheet bundle with a staple; a discharge tray to which a bound sheet bundle bound with the staple is to be discharged; a moving member movable in both a direction of approaching the discharge tray and a direction of going away from the discharge tray; and a control section for, when the bound sheet bundle has been discharged, driving the moving member to execute a process of making the moving member hit against the bound sheet bundle or against the discharge tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10501275
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a device including a bail arm to rotate and oscillate. Examples include a shaft coupled above an output tray; and a bail arm to rotate and oscillate about a central axis of the shaft. In examples, the bail arm is to provide a downward force on the output tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steve O Rasmussen, Daniel Fredrickson, Jason Young Carothers, Kevin Lo, Emma Frances Kelp-Stebbins
  • Patent number: 10399810
    Abstract: A sheet discharging apparatus configured to discharge a sheet includes a discharging portion, a contact member, and a detector. The discharging portion discharges a sheet so as to be bent in a curved shape in a width direction of the sheet, perpendicular to a discharging direction of the sheet when viewed in a sheet discharging direction. The contact member is moved by contact with the sheet discharged by the discharging portion, wherein the contact member includes a contact surface to be in contact with the sheet which is inclined along the curved shape of the sheet in the width direction of the sheet when viewed in the sheet discharging direction. The detector detects a discharging of the sheet based on the movement of the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Agata
  • Patent number: 10189667
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus for post-processing paper discharged from an image forming apparatus comprises: a paper discharging roller for conveying both first and second paper sequentially discharged from an image forming apparatus to an intermediate loading part; a main paddle part for conveying the first and second paper loaded on the intermediate loading part to a compiling region; a reverse roller for conveying, together with the main paddle part, the first and second paper to the compiling region; and a binding part for processing the first and second paper conveyed to the compiling region, the paper discharging roller allows the first paper to stand by on a standby path, and conveys the first and second paper to the intermediate loading part in a state in which the leading end of the first paper protrudes further than the leading end of the second paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-hong Kim, Kyung-hwan Jang, Hae-seog Cho
  • Patent number: 10180816
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses methods and systems for segregating large print jobs and minor print jobs. The method includes detecting a trigger event caused by receiving a new high priority job while an old print job is already under printing by a printer. The printer includes a paper collection tray installed in a paper collection area for receiving printouts of the high priority jobs. After receiving, printing of the old print job is paused and printing of the high priority is initiated. Then, a collection tray is moved to an extended position for receiving printouts of the high priority job into the collection tray. After successful printing of the new high priority job, printing of the old print job is resumed. Thereafter, the collection tray is moved back to the retracted position for receiving printouts in the collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Arockia Raja Soundararajan
  • Patent number: 10150312
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a grouping unit configured to divide a plurality of sheets, each associated with a plurality of pages included in a processing target job into groups, and a control unit to control feeding of a sheet from a feeding unit onto a conveyance path and refeeding of a sheet that has been conveyed on the conveyance path onto the conveyance path. The grouping unit sets a group size that is not less than a maximum sheet size used in the processing target job, and the grouping unit decides the group of the predetermined page as the first group. The grouping unit also decides the group of the predetermined page as a second group different from the first group, and the control unit controls feeding and refeeding for each group grouped in the grouping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayoshi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9994410
    Abstract: A sheet loading device is provided with a sheet ejection portion, a sheet loading portion, a first detection mechanism, a driving device, a second detection mechanism, and a control portion. The driving device drives the sheet loading portion to ascend/descend between an upper surface detection position and a reference position made to descend by a prescribed distance from the upper surface detection position. The second detection mechanism detects that the sheet loading portion is at the reference position. In a case where sheets of the same type are ejected continuously from the sheet ejection portion, the control portion controls beforehand the sheet loading portion to ascend from the reference position to the upper surface detection position and sets a loadable number of sheets of the sheet loading portion in accordance with an ascending time of the sheet loading portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Keisuke Egawa, Yasunori Ueno
  • Patent number: 9878868
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a discharging slot provided for discharging a recording medium on which an image is formed; a discharge tray including a supporting surface supporting the recording medium discharged from the discharging slot; a discharge mechanism configured to discharge the recording medium to the discharge tray through the discharging slot; and a press down mechanism including an abutting surface which is provided for pressing down the upper surface of the recording medium supported by the supporting surface of the discharge tray. The press down mechanism is rotatable about a rotation center provided on the upstream of the discharging slot in a discharge direction in which the recording medium is discharged from the discharging slot, and the abutting surface contacts with the supporting surface when no recording medium is supported by the discharge tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Kohei Terada
  • Patent number: 9854113
    Abstract: A support device is applied to support a contact image sensor of an image capture apparatus, which includes a guide rod. The support device includes a slide sleeve and an elastic rod. The slide sleeve, which has a groove, is movably disposed on the guide rod, and a portion of the guide rod is accommodated within the groove. The elastic rod is disposed on the slide sleeve to directly support the contact image sensor. The elastic rod abuts against the contact image sensor, so that the contact image sensor is pushed upwardly, and the contact image sensor is stably kept in the same direction while the slide sleeve is slid on the guide rod. Therefore, the entirety of the support device can achieve the advantages of stably supporting the contact image sensor in balance without using any sliding bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Teco Image Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 9835998
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a sheet processing apparatus comprises a decoloring section, a stacking section, an image forming section, a sheet feed roller and a combined roller. The decoloring section carries out a decoloring processing on a sheet. The sheet subjected to the decoloring processing is discharged to the stacking section. The image forming section carries out an image forming processing on the sheet fed from the stacking section. The sheet feed roller feeds a sheet stacked in the stacking section to a conveyance path through which the sheet is fed to the image forming section. The combined roller aligns the sheets to be discharged to the stacking section at a reference position in a conveyance direction in which the sheets are conveyed to the sheet feed roller, and feeds the sheets stacked in the stacking section to the sheet feed roller along the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kikuo Mizutani, Ken Iguchi, Isao Yahata, Hiroyuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9776822
    Abstract: In a sheet storage apparatus, a shift trajectory between an aligning position on a load surface and a waiting position above the tray is short, and the shift operation does not cause misregistration of aligned sheets, wherein a regulation member strikes and regulates a sheet carried onto the load surface, and a trajectory is set to displace to the regulation member side. The apparatus includes a transport path having a sheet discharge outlet, a tray member disposed on the downstream side of the sheet discharge outlet and having a load surface of sheets, a regulation member disposed in the tray member to regulate an end edge in a transport direction, an aligning member including a side edge engagement surface engaging a side edge in a sheet width direction on the load surface, and a shift section shifting the side edge engagement surface between the waiting position and the aligning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Hisashi Osada
  • Patent number: 9718635
    Abstract: A post-processing device includes a stacking portion on which a medium having an image recorded thereon is stacked; an aligning portion that is disposed on the stacking portion and that aligns a position of an edge of the medium; a drawing member that draws the medium stacked on the stacking portion toward the aligning portion; and a guiding member that is disposed above the drawing member and that guides the medium that is transported toward the stacking portion, the guiding member including a vicinity portion that is in a vicinity of the drawing member and that is recessed so as to receive the drawing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Sato
  • Patent number: 9592988
    Abstract: A floating clamp mechanism prevents sheets from migrating back from a lead edge registration wall during the compiling of sheets in a stacker. The floating clamp mechanism includes a spring loaded ball mounted in converging upper and lower tracks that act as a one-way clutch. This allows the incoming sheets to be scuffed with low force to the lead edge registration wall while simultaneously holding the registered sheets to the registration wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas K Herrmann
  • Patent number: 9359163
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus (3) includes a pressing lever (46) turnable between a first position where the pressing lever (46) abuts with the sheet bundle on a stacking tray (34) and a second position where the pressing lever (46) is displaced on a side of a discharging part (44) side from the first position. The discharging part (44) has an upper roller (56) and a lower roller (57). The lower roller (57) abuts with a lowermost sheet of the sheet bundle and an upper roller (56) is configured to separate upward from the lower roller (57) during the shifting and to be displaced in a direction approaching the lower roller (57) during the discharging. The pressing lever (46) is configured to project upward from above an apex portion of the lower roller (57) at the second position and to turn into the second position during the shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Masahiko Miyazaki, Yasunori Ueno
  • Patent number: 9321606
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a discharge tray having a supporting surface supporting a recording medium; a discharge mechanism which has a discharging slot through which the recording medium on which an image is formed is discharged and is provided to discharge the recording medium from the discharging slot in a discharge direction which is a direction toward a space vertically above the supporting surface of the discharge tray; and a press down unit which is configured to relatively move toward and away from the supporting surface with respect to the discharge tray, the press down unit being relatively moved away when contacting with a downstream end in the discharge direction of the recording medium discharged onto the discharge tray by the discharge mechanism, and applying the own weight to the downstream end of the recording medium when the recording medium is supported by the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Kohei Terada
  • Patent number: 9323199
    Abstract: A media supply tray includes a Bowden cable attached to side paper guides. Movement of one side guide causes the opposing side guide to move in the opposite direction. When the side guides are moved, a flag attached to the cable moves and can be detected to provide accurate feedback to a printer regarding media size in the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Leslie Wynn
  • Patent number: 9274480
    Abstract: A media supply tray includes a cable and pulley system attached to side paper guides. Movement of one side guide causes the opposing side guide to move in the opposite direction. When the side guides are moved, a flag attached to the cable moves and can be detected to provide accurate feedback to a printer regarding media size in the tray. Alternatively, a Bowden cable can be attached to the side guides for enhanced accuracy in size sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Leslie Wynn
  • Patent number: 9272872
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device that can appropriately stack, at a fixed position, sheets that are discharged to a discharge tray, and a printing apparatus are provided. A presser member holds down, at a pressing position, the sheets stacked on the discharge tray. The presser member is moved from the pressing position to a retraction position in a period after discharging of a sheet has been started and before discharging of a succeeding sheet is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyuki Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Saito, Yasuyuki Asai, Atsushi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9227814
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a sheet receiving portion, an ejection roller, and a restriction member. The ejection roller is configured to rotate in a forward direction to eject a recording sheet fed from the image forming unit to the sheet receiving portion, and to rotate in a reverse direction to return the recording sheet to the image forming unit. The restriction member is configured to move between a restriction position where the restriction member protrudes farther in a sheet ejection direction than a peripheral surface of the ejection roller and a retracted position where the restriction member is retracted from the restriction position. The ejection roller is configured to move the restriction member to the restriction position by rotating in the forward direction, and to move the restriction member to the retracted position by rotating in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9170548
    Abstract: A sheet discharge device includes a sheet discharge path, a discharge portion for discharging the sheet, and a pressing member. The pressing member is shiftable between a hanging posture, in which the pressing member hangs from an axis of pivotal movement thereof above the discharge path in such a manner as to block the discharge path, and a retracted posture, in which the pressing member is pivotally moved about the axis of pivotal movement in the sheet discharge direction for opening the discharge path. The pressing member has a side portion protruding into the discharge path in the hanging posture thereof, and a bottom portion continuing to a lower end of the side portion and extending toward downstream in the sheet discharge direction. The bottom portion includes an inclined surface inclined upwardly toward a middle part of the sheet in the sheet width direction in the hanging posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsutoshi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9162840
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a conveyor; a stacking surface configured to support a sheet to be discharged by a discharge roller, and a movable member, which is provided downstream from the discharge roller in the discharge direction, is supported so as to be swingable on a swinging shaft, wherein the movable member has a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is inclined at a first inclined angle relative to the stacking surface so that the first guide surface is inclined towards the stacking surface, wherein the second surface is inclined at a second inclined angle relative to the stacking surface so that the second surface is inclined towards the stacking surface, and wherein the second inclined angle is smaller than the first inclined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiko Ohta
  • Patent number: 9096091
    Abstract: A postprocessing apparatus includes a stacking unit that stacks a sheet, an abutting unit that corrects a conveying direction of the sheet, a return roller that abuts the sheet against the abutting unit, a shift conveying unit that shifts the sheet in a width direction, and a width direction detector that detects a width direction position of the sheet. When the sheet is shifted by the shift conveying unit by a predetermined amount, passed to the return roller, and abutted against the abutting unit, distances A and B are nearly the same, where the distance A is a distance from a conveying direction position of a side of the sheet to a rear end of the sheet and the distance B is a distance from the return roller to the abutting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yuusuke Shibasaki, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Katsuhiro Kosuge, Takashi Saito, Shingo Matsushita, Akihiro Musha, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Wataru Takahashi, Takuya Morinaga, Ryuji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9079743
    Abstract: Discharging a sheet bundle of a sheet N and a sheet N-1 on preceding sheets already stacked on a stacking tray can cause the already-stacked sheets to be pushed out by the front end of the succeeding sheets. By pressing already-stacked sheets with a bundle pressing member when a sheet bundle of succeeding sheets is discharged, it is possible to reduce the likelihood of the already-stacked sheets being pushed out. Employing the bundle pressing member reduces disturbance of sheet alignment that can occur when a sheet bundle is discharged on already-stacked sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yutaka Ando, Mitsuhiko Sato, Shunsuke Nishimura, Takashi Yokoya
  • Publication number: 20150130126
    Abstract: The present applications relates to techniques and equipment to control the alignment of cut sheets of paper that are transported in parallel in an inserting system prior to their assembly into a document and inserted into an envelope. The alignment of the parallel sheets is adjusted by commanding incremental position changes to servo drive motors used to control the position of the parallel sheets during their transport through a hold module of the inserting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Aaron A. KRACHT
  • Publication number: 20150123342
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a sheet processing apparatus includes a stacking unit that stacks a sheet conveyed thereto; a first alignment unit that aligns the sheet or a bundle of sheets stacked in the stacking unit in a sheet conveying direction; a second alignment unit that aligns the sheet or the bundle of sheets stacked in the stacking unit in a direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction; a pressing unit that presses the bundle of sheets at an end portion thereof on a predetermined one side; and a control unit that causes at least one of the first and second alignment units to execute an alignment operation during a press operation of the sheet or the bundle of sheets performed by the pressing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomohiro FURUHASHI, Masahiro TAMURA, Shuuya NAGASAKO, Keisuke SUGIYAMA, Kazuya YAMAMOTO, Kyosuke NAKADA, Tomomichi HOSHINO, Akira KUNIEDA, Takahiro WATANABE, Takamasa MATSUMOTO, Junya SUZUKI, Youhei NIITSUMA, Kazunori KONNO, Kiichiro GOTO
  • Patent number: 9016687
    Abstract: There is disclosed a printer and a stacking system to receive and stack tags. The stacking system includes a tag stacker and a removable tag-receiving tray to facilitate transferring a stack of tags from the tag stacker to the place where the tags are to be used. A method of handling tags involves the provision of at least first and second removable trays wherein a first tray with a stack of tags can be replaced by an empty second tray so that the stacking of additional tags can recommence without waiting for the first tray to be emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Donald J. Ward, Pieter-Jan N. Nijs
  • Publication number: 20150108712
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet processing apparatus including an intermediate processing tray on which a sheet conveyed by a discharge roller is stacked, a proximal aligning plate and a distal aligning plate moving in a sheet width direction for aligning the sheet conveyed onto the intermediate processing tray, and a finisher controller for moving and controlling the proximal aligning plate and the distal aligning plate to align, when a sheet having a length in the sheet conveyance direction shorter than a predetermined length in the sheet conveyance direction is conveyed, the sheet at a position shifted nearer to a take-out port side A in the sheet width direction than a position in the sheet width direction at which a sheet having a length in the sheet conveyance direction equal to or more than the predetermined length in the sheet conveyance direction is aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Rikiya Takemasa, Yusuke Obuchi
  • Patent number: 9010747
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for handling notes of value, comprising a supply module (1000) for supplying notes of value to a value note receiving region (1004) of a value note cassette (16a to 16d), wherein the notes of value are receivable in a value note receiving region (1004) in the form of a value note stack (1006). The supply module (1000) comprises at least one retaining element (1008, 1010), which, in a retaining position, contacts a front-side note of value of the value note stack (1006) and holds the value note stack (1006) in the value note receiving region (1004). In a supply position, the retaining element (1008, 1010) is arranged such that a note of value is suppliable to the value note stack (1006).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Petermann, Paul Freitag
  • Patent number: 9004486
    Abstract: Devices and methods to collect and align print media sheets. According to a device herein, a tray has a base and receives print media sheets. Registration guides are connected to the tray. The registration guides define a corner in the tray. A tamper mechanism comprises a rotating helical brush extending perpendicularly from the base adjacent to a side of the tray opposite the corner. The tamper mechanism is positioned to tamp the print media sheets against the registration guides causing a stack of the print media sheets to be squared against the corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy P. Foley, Frank B. Tamarez Gomez, Steven M. Russel, Jeffrey N. Swing
  • Patent number: 8998198
    Abstract: A controller temporarily opens a pair of side fence plates under a prescribed condition to move the side fence plates away from both side ends of sheets in a sheet width direction, after each time stacking of sheets at a first or second sheet stacking position is completed, but before a sheet receiving tray is temporarily lifted down to offset an offset guide plate and an end fence plate. Else, the controller sets an amount of lifting up and down of the sheet receiving tray such that the amount at the second sheet stacking position is smaller than that at the first sheet stacking position when offsetting the offset guide plate and the end fence plate after each time the stacking of sheets at the first or second sheet stacking position on the sheet receiving tray is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamajo, Hiroshi Sugitani, Masashi Hara, Hitoshi Arai, Kenji Obata
  • Patent number: 8998199
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus comprising: a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet discharged from a sheet discharge port is stacked; a cover portion configured to move to a closed position for covering the sheet discharge port and the sheet stacking portion and an open position for allowing taking out of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion; a sheet pressing portion configured to move to a press-down position for pressing the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion and an apart position that is distant from the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion; and a movement-linking portion configured to cause the sheet pressing portion to move from the apart position to the press-down position upon an opening movement of the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuichi Kojima
  • Publication number: 20150084271
    Abstract: There is provided a document processing device and a document processing method capable of aligning and loading documents being transported surely and at a high speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jun Kuriyama, Fumio Koyama
  • Patent number: 8987626
    Abstract: A stacking assembly is operative to protect stacked mailpieces from damage due to abrasion. The stacking assembly includes a support blade moveably mounted to a bin for accepting a stack of mailpieces and an ingestion assembly including a Leading Edge (LE) urge roller and Trailing Edge (TE) alignment device. The LE urge roller is operative to accept mailpieces from a supply of mailpieces, and urge a leading edge portion thereof toward a sidewall of the stacking bin. The TE alignment device includes a first cam driven about an axis of rotation by a digital rotary positioning device which cam defines a surface operative to urge the trailing edge portion of each mailpiece into parallel alignment with the support blade. The stacking assembly also includes an anti-abrasion linkage responsive to rotation of the digital rotary positioning device to forcibly displace a surface of the stacked mailpieces away from a moving surface of the ingestion assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Allen, Thomas M Lyga, David Purcell, Brad A Swinford
  • Patent number: 8985574
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing, an image forming unit disposed inside the housing, a discharging portion, a stacking unit and a pressing member. The discharging portion is configured to discharge a sheet medium on which an image is formed by the image forming unit. The stacking unit is configured to stack the sheet medium discharged from the discharging portion. The stacking unit includes a stacking surface portion on which the sheet medium is stacked. The stacking surface portion includes a planar portion formed flat and a protruding portion configured to protrude upwardly from the planar portion. The pressing member is disposed in contact with an upper surface of the sheet medium stacked on the stacking surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8985576
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods that allow for concurrent leading edge registration and side edge registration of print media sheet(s). Specifically, segmented scuffer disk(s) are mounted to an axle above a tray. The disk(s) can each comprise multiple segments and, as the axle rotates, these segments can engage a print media sheet in the tray (e.g., the top print media sheet on a stack in the tray) and can continuously force that print media sheet in a first direction against a leading edge registration guide. The segments can also be independently flexible in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. This independent flexibility allows tamper(s) to perform a tamping process in the second direction at the same time as the print media sheet is forced in the first direction, thereby avoiding any slippage of the print media sheet away from the leading edge registration guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: XEROX Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. LeFevre, Douglas K. Herrmann, Derek A. Bryl
  • Patent number: 8964268
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device is formed with a sheet mounting part, and a sheet feeding unit defining a sheet feed path having inlet and outlet. The sheet feeding unit is configured to introduce the sheet on the sheet mounting surface from the inlet, feed the sheet along the feed path, and discharge the sheet from the outlet onto the sheet mounting part. The sheet mounting part includes first and second members arranged next to each other. The first and second members with a border therebetween define a sheet mounting surface. An end portion of one of the first and second members has one or more protruded portions, while an end portion of the other member has one or more slits configured to receive the one or more protruded portions. An upper surface of the one member is located at a higher position than the upper surface of the other member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Muneaki Takahata, Takashi Ohama
  • Publication number: 20150042040
    Abstract: Provided is a post-processing device including a stacking member on which recording materials sequentially transported are stacked, a pair of discharge sections that nips and transports the recording material stacked on the stacking member, an accommodation section in which the recording materials are stacked and accommodated, and a moving member that moves between a contact position where the moving member comes into contact with the recording material stacked on the stacking member and a non-contact position where the moving member does not come into contact with the recording material, wherein when the recording material is transported to the stacking member, the recording material is supported from a rear surface at the contact position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya ISHIKAWA, Masatoshi KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20150042039
    Abstract: In order to enable simple and easy handling of a large number of large format sheets, an output assembly is provided. The output assembly comprises a lower output tray element for receiving the sheets. In order to reliably transport and deposit a large format sheet from the printing device onto the lower output tray element, a guide element is provided just below an output opening of the printing device such to guide a leading edge of the sheet onto the lower output tray element. Once the leading edge is supported by the lower output tray element, the guide element is retracted such to enable a trailing edge to be deposited on the lower output tray element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Anne A. WIND, Lamberdina J.A.M. DRIESSEN-OLDE SCHEPER, Maurice J.C. LEMMENS, Ronnie E.A. BLOM, Leonardus R.A. WILLEMS, Antonius J.J. VAN DE PASCH
  • Publication number: 20150028538
    Abstract: A drawer defines a chamber to receive a media sheet from a system. A moving element is to engage the media sheet as the media sheet is output from the system. The moving element is to slide the media sheet to a target position in the drawer, and the moving element is to disengage from the media sheet once the particular media sheet has reached the target position. A retaining element is to engage the media sheet as the media sheet slides into the drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPEMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: David Chanclón Fernández, Ricardo Sanchis Estruch, Joan Sanjuán Mercadal, Emilio López Matos, Ignacio De Olazábal Zugasti, Gianni Cessel, Xavier Alonso Becerro
  • Publication number: 20150001789
    Abstract: Provided is a processing device including a shifting member that superimposes recording media during transportation and that places an uppermost recording medium and a lower recording medium on the lower side of the uppermost recording medium in plural superimposed recording media, a butting member that transports the recording media placed on the stack table so that edge portions of the plural recording media superimposed, and a pressing member that is arranged above the stack table and that contacts with the lower recording medium among the plural recording media transported by the butting member to press the edge portion of the lower recording medium against the aligning member, and then contacts with the uppermost recording medium to press the edge portion of the uppermost recording medium against the aligning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi YASAKA
  • Publication number: 20140374987
    Abstract: A sheet discharge device includes a fixing device that fixes a sheet, a curl correcting device that corrects a curl of the fixed sheet, a first guiding member that guides the fixed sheet in a sheet discharging direction, a second guiding member that guides the fixed sheet in the sheet discharging direction and is arranged on a side opposite to the first guiding member, a support part that rotatably supports the first guiding member, and an engaging part that engages with the support part. The curl correcting device includes a correcting roller that is attached to the first guiding member. The engaging part includes a hole including an oblong shape so that the first guiding member is movable apart from the second guiding member. An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device that forms an image on a sheet, and the sheet discharge device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kentaro UEHARA, Tamotsu IKEDA, Yoo DONGKYU, Park SUNGKYU
  • Patent number: 8915492
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet finishing apparatus includes a finishing section configured to apply finishing to a sheet placed on a processing tray, a sheet discharging section configured to discharge the sheet subjected to the finishing to a stack tray via a discharge port, a roller attached to a shaft provided in parallel to the discharge port and which rotate in a first direction for guiding the sheet in the direction of the finishing section and a second direction for discharging the sheet, and an arm attached to the shaft to extend in the centrifuging direction from the shaft, rotate with the torque of the shaft, and idly rotate when force for regulating the torque acts. The arm flaps down the trailing end of the sheet on the stack tray onto the stack tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Sugiyama, Katsuhiko Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 8899579
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus move, when stacking a sheet on a stacking tray, a supporting tray disposed to freely appear above the stacking tray to a first position in which the supporting tray projects above the stacking tray and supports the sheet stacked on an intermediate stacking tray. When these apparatuses discharge a processed sheet bundle, these apparatuses move the supporting tray from the first position to a second position in which the supporting tray supports an edge of the discharged sheet in an upstream side in a discharging direction, and guides the moving sheet bundle to a stacking wall. Further, these apparatuses move the supporting tray from the second position to a third position at predetermined timing, so that the supporting tray stops supporting the sheet bundle and stacks the sheet bundle on the sheet bundle previously stacked on the stacking tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yohei Gamo
  • Publication number: 20140346726
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes an exit tray and a sheet alignment mechanism. On the exit tray, ejected sheets or ejected sheet sheaves subjected to stapling are stacked. When at least a sheet is ejected, the sheet alignment mechanism aligns the sheets in a manner to be in contact with and catch opposite ends of the sheets stacked on the exit tray from a base end side of the exit tray. When a sheet sheaf is ejected, the sheet alignment mechanism comes in contact with a plurality of points on a topmost surface of the sheet sheaves stacked on the exit tray to detect a height difference between the plurality of points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA DOCUMENTS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi MATSUO, Terumitsu NOSO, Yasunori UENO, Masahiko MIYAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8876107
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device includes: a stacking unit that stacks thereon a sheet discharged in a sheet discharging direction; a conveying unit that performs a moving-back operation of conveying the stacked sheet in a direction opposite to the sheet discharging direction; a pressing unit that performs a pressing operation of pressing the conveyed sheet; and a driving unit that drives the conveying unit and the pressing unit by a same driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Junya Suzuki, Kiichiro Goto, Takashi Fukumoto, Yasuo Niikura, Shintaro Matsumoto, Satoru Takano, Hidetoshi Kojima, Kei Sasaki, Kazunori Konno, Yuuta Mori, Kohjiroh Haga, Takamasa Matsumoto, Ryo Takahashi, Youhei Niitsuma
  • Patent number: 8874022
    Abstract: A sheet placement unit on which a plurality of sheet bundles having been produced by folding a plurality of sheets are stacked while being overlapped. The sheet placement unit includes a sheet placement section on which the folded sheet bundle having been provided with a folding process is loaded, the sheet placement section being inclined so that a downstream side of the sheet placement section in a sheet conveying direction is higher than another side, a sheet conveyance device to convey the sheet bundle loaded on the sheet placement section in a sheet conveying direction while the plurality of sheet bundles are overlapped, and a sheet holding device provided swingably above the sheet placement section, the sheet holding device comprising a sheet contacting section which comes in contact an upper surface of the sheet bundle loaded on the sheet placement section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zen Kayaba, Satoru Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20140312560
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus comprising: a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet discharged from a sheet discharge port is stacked; a cover portion configured to move to a closed position for covering the sheet discharge port and the sheet stacking portion and an open position for allowing taking out of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion; a sheet pressing portion configured to move to a press-down position for pressing the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion and an apart position that is distant from the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion; and a movement-linking portion configured to cause the sheet pressing portion to move from the apart position to the press-down position upon an opening movement of the cover portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryuichi Kojima
  • Patent number: 8864128
    Abstract: There is provided a sheet discharge unit which includes a tray which a first area and a second area, a discharge mechanism, a pendulum mechanism, a signal transmission mechanism which transmits a first signal and a second signal, a memory, and a controller. The controller judges whether or not a time interval of two sheets discharged consecutively exceeds the first time interval, and judges that the sheets loaded onto the tray up to a height not lower than the reference position, when the time interval of the two sheets exceeds the first time interval, and when the signal transmission mechanism continues to transmit the second signal exceeding the first time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Miyajima
  • Patent number: 8864129
    Abstract: When a second sheet that is different from a first sheet discharged and stacked on a stacking unit is to be stacked on the first sheet, whether or not to apply an alignment process to the second sheet is determined. If it is determined that the alignment process is not to be applied to the second sheet, the second sheet is stacked on the stacking unit. The alignment process is not applied thereto. If it is determined that the alignment process is to be applied to the second sheet, the second sheet is stacked on the stacking unit and the alignment process is applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20140306402
    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: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuzo Onishi