Oppositely-disposed Side-edge Aligners Patents (Class 271/240)
  • Patent number: 10106355
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes: a first pair of conveying rollers for conveying a sheet; a second pair of conveying rollers against which the leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the first pair of conveying rollers is hit and which conveys the sheet together with the first pair of conveying rollers by rotating after a loop is formed on the sheet; a separating portion for separating the first pair of conveying rollers; a first conveyance path for guiding the sheet; a second conveyance path which is a path different from the first conveyance path and guides the sheet; and a controller which changes a separation timing at which the first pair of conveying rollers is separated after the loop is formed on the sheet, depending on whether the sheet is guided by the first conveyance path or by the second conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Sato
  • Patent number: 10011378
    Abstract: Various apparatus embodiments include first, second, third and fourth shafts, and further include a first movable shaft having a first movable axis that is movable between a first axis position and a second axis position, and a second movable shaft having a second movable axis that is movable between a third axis position and fourth axis position. At least one linkage connects the first movable shaft to the second movable shaft. A motor linkage connects the at least one linkage to at least one motor for providing simultaneous movement of the first and second movable shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Industrial Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David Schiebout
  • Patent number: 9956796
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a transport unit that transports a medium in a transport direction; a medium support that supports the medium; a medium pressing unit that has a first regulation section that regulates bending of an end portion of the medium from the medium support in a width direction intersecting with the transport direction and a second regulation section that regulates moving of the end portion of the medium to an outer side in the width direction; and a printing unit that performs printing on the medium supported on the medium support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Kitagishi
  • Patent number: 9547879
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing an electronic document processing system, an electronic document generation mechanism, an encrypted digital certificate generator, a tool for coordinating the processing of electronic documents, a packaging mechanism for finalizing and authenticating electronic documents, a tracking log for recording relevant electronic document information, and a transferring protocol for transferring the ownership of electronic documents. The present disclosure also is directed to an electronic authentication system including an electronic document authentication watermark seal or signature line for confirming a document's signing within the view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Citrin Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Paul Rakowicz, Robert Shanahan
  • Patent number: 9487030
    Abstract: A medium holding member that is attached to a medium supporting portion includes a fitting portion that is fit into the medium supporting portion and that is located at each of at least one portion in an upstream side edge portion of the medium holding member in a medium transportation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Teruhiko Wakabayashi, Atsushi Majima, Eiji Kumai, Osamu Hara
  • Patent number: 9039008
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus, including: a stacking section; a first alignment section which aligns both end portions in a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet stacked in the stacking section; a second alignment section which aligns both end portions in a width direction, that is orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction, of the sheet aligned by the first alignment section; a sheet ejection section which ejects the sheet stacked in the stacking section outside the stacking section; and a control section which moves a pair of horizontal alignment plates away from the both end portions in the width direction of the sheet after operating a gripping section so as to grip the sheet in a state where the pair of horizontal alignment plates contacts the both end portions in the width direction of the sheet supported by a supporting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Anezaki
  • Patent number: 8985572
    Abstract: A sheet loading unit includes a main body, a sheet loading plate, a pair of positioning portions, a pair of racks, and a pinion. The sheet loading plate is disposed on an upper surface of the main body. The racks are connected to the positioning portions. The pinion engages with the pair of racks so that the positioning portions move in an interlocking manner. At least one of the racks includes a stopper capable of moving between a first position facing a lower surface of the pinion and a second position not facing the lower surface of the pinion when the rack moves along the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Ishida
  • Patent number: 8950746
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rikiya Takemasa, Yusuke Obuchi
  • Publication number: 20150021851
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a loading unit for loading a sheet, a feeding roller section that has a shaft member on which a first roller and a second roller are disposed, and that feeds the sheet, and a holding member that holds the feeding roller section such that the first and second rollers are moved to a contact position where the first and second rollers are in contact with the sheet loaded on the loading unit and a separate position where the first and second rollers are separated from the sheet loaded on the loading unit. When the width of the sheet is less than or equal to a predetermined length, the first roller is in contact with the sheet whereas the second roller is not in contact with the sheet. The loading unit has a hole provided at a position opposite to the second roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Takahiro Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 8899577
    Abstract: A medium feeding apparatus includes an apparatus main body, and a medium cassette removably inserted into the apparatus main body. The medium cassette is configured to store a medium. The medium cassette includes a medium positioning unit for determining a position of the medium, and a locking unit that locks a movement of the medium positioning unit when the medium cassette is inserted into the apparatus main body and before the medium cassette reaches a predetermined position in the apparatus main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Udagawa, Makoto Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20140291925
    Abstract: A paper guide mechanism includes an installation board and two guide assemblies. Each two guide assemblies slidably is engaged with the installation board and includes a first limiting piece, and the first limiting pieces are parallel to each other. One of the two guide assemblies is slidable relative to the installation board along a first direction, and another one of the two guide assemblies is slidable relative to the installation board along a second direction opposite to the first direction. Thus changing a distance between the first limiting pieces, so that the two guide assemblies can position different sizes of paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SHAN-SHAN ZOU, XIAO-YONG MA
  • Patent number: 8844925
    Abstract: A sheet storage device includes a sheet tray, two guide plates and a width adjusting mechanism. The sheet tray supports a sheet. The two guide plates, disposed on the sheet tray, guides transportation of the sheet placed on the sheet tray. The width adjusting mechanism, disposed on the sheet tray and connected to the two guide plates, adjusts a distance between the two guide plates. The width adjusting mechanism includes a pinion, a resilient member, a toothed portion and two connectors. The pinion is rotatably disposed. The resilient member is disposed coaxially with and rotated with the pinion. The toothed portion is disposed around the resilient member and in contact with the resilient member. The toothed portion provides a resisting force upon rotation of the pinion. Each connector connects the pinion to one of the guide plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventor: Chin-Chu Chiu
  • Patent number: 8844924
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device configured to feed sheets, the sheet feeding device including a tray configured to receive the sheets; a separation portion configured to separate the sheets one by one; a guide portion configured to guide feeding of the sheets while regulating a position of the sheets in a width direction that is orthogonal to a feed direction of the sheets, the guide portion comprising an upstream side end portion, in the feed direction of the sheets, which is disposed above the tray and a downstream side end portion, in the feed direction, which extends further to the downstream side, in the feed direction, than the separation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kawauchi
  • Publication number: 20140049002
    Abstract: Document guide systems and methods employing a document platen are provided. According to an illustrative embodiment, a document guide system employing a document platen includes a document plates having a first, document-faceable side and a second, opposing side, and a document support sub-system adjacent the first side of the document platen. The document support sub-system and the first side of the document platen are adapted to receive a document therebetween, and the document platen forms an aperture adapted to allow electromagnetic radiation therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: De La Rue North America Inc.
    Inventor: Thang Doan
  • Patent number: 8505912
    Abstract: A device for aligning a sheet, such as a banknote. The device includes a support area on which at least one sheet to be aligned is supported. The device further includes a first aligning element and a second aligning element. The second aligning element is movable towards and away from the first aligning element. To align the sheet, the second aligning element is moved towards the first aligning element with a drive unit. A sensor is included that detects presence of the sheet in a detection area of the sensor. The drive unit is configured to move the second aligning element based on whether the sensor detects presence of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Petermann, Paul Freitag, Richard Düsterhus
  • Patent number: 8434758
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting a folded corner of a sheet in a sheet-fed printing press automatically select which of a pair of folded corner detectors provided integrally with right and left side lay devices should be used, in accordance with a setting of which of the side lay devices is to be used, thereby making it possible to raise the rate of operation and lightening the burden on an operator. When the left-hand side lay device is used, a first left-hand end detector supported in the left-hand side lay device and a second right-hand end detector supported in the right-hand side lay device are actuated. When the right-hand side lay device is used, a first right-hand end detector supported in the right-hand side lay device and a second left-hand end detector supported in the left-hand side lay device are actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Takeda
  • Patent number: 8428504
    Abstract: A medium clamping device includes: a first circularly-moving body having a circumferential surface harder than a recording medium, a longer length in a direction orthogonal to a circularly-moving direction than the recording medium in a first direction; a second circularly-moving body where the recording medium passes between the surfaces of the two circularly-moving bodies in a second direction crossing the first direction; a load applying section applying a load to at least one of the two circularly-moving bodies to clamp the recording medium; a belt member surrounding the surface of at least one of the two circularly-moving bodies, at a place outside an area touching the recording medium when the recording medium passes; and a belt-member-protecting member which is aligned with the belt member in a recording-medium-passing direction, includes a portion closer to a recording-medium-passing path than the belt member to protect the belt member from contacting the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chikara Ando, Toshinori Sasaki, Masaru Funayanagi
  • Patent number: 8382100
    Abstract: A device is provided for continuously and concentrically transporting documents of different width through a passageway at a high speed. The device comprises a pair of opposed rollers 131 rotatably mounted on the opposite sides of a passageway 11 to grasp the opposite sides of a bill 70 between rotators 131, 132. At the moment of grasp between rollers 131, a central line C of bill 70 is automatically brought into alignment with a central line G of front passageway 11, and at the same time, bill 70 is grasped by opposed rollers 131 rotating in the adverse directions each other so that rotational force of rollers 131 applied to bill 70 serves to flip bill 70 to the rear of passageway 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Cash Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Izawa, Koji Nishimura, Atsunori Hara, Taichi Sato, Nobuyuki Tane
  • Publication number: 20130043649
    Abstract: A paper input tray includes a support plate for holding the sheets of paper, two latching members slidably connected to the support plate, a cover rotatably connected to the support plate, and a driving mechanism. Each latching member includes a latching plate. The cover is capable of being rotated open and rotated closed. When the cover is down in the closed position, the distance between the two latching plates is slightly less than that of the sheets. When the cover is rotated open, the two latching members are driven by the driving mechanism so as to increase the distance between the two latching plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SHAO-HUNG HSU
  • Patent number: 8371579
    Abstract: A sheet alignment apparatus includes: a sheet storage section for storing sheets; a sheet push-up section for conveying the sheets in the sheet discharge direction; a sheet discharge section having a pair of forward and reverse rotatable rollers configured to align sheet between the rollers and the sheet push-up section and to then discharge the sheets by sandwiching the sheet in the nip portion between the pair of rollers; and a sheet width direction alignment section located between the sheet storage section and the sheet discharge section and configured to align the sheets in the width direction perpendicular to the sheet discharge direction, wherein the sheet discharge section causes the pair of rollers in the reverse direction so as to separate the sheet edge in the sheet discharge section from the nip portion before the lateral alignment performed by the sheet width direction alignment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8366103
    Abstract: A sheet post-processing apparatus includes: a sheet conveying unit that conveys a sheet; a sheet accumulating feed path that is arranged on a downstream side of the sheet conveying unit in a sheet conveying direction and being capable of accumulating therein a plurality of sheets; a stopping member that stops a leading edge of a sheet conveyed into the sheet accumulating feed path; a width aligning unit that aligns a width of the sheet stopped by the stopping member and accumulated in the sheet accumulating feed path; and a control unit that performs control to cause: the sheet conveying unit to convey a sheet into the sheet accumulating feed path; the stopping member to stop the leading edge of the sheet; and the width aligning unit to align the width of a sheet every time a sheet is accumulated in the sheet accumulating feed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Masanobu Kimata
  • Patent number: 8360420
    Abstract: A paper adjusting device comprises a first and a second limiting plates; the second limiting plate substantially parallel to the first limiting plate; a first driving plate comprising a rotating end and a sliding end, the rotating end of the first driving plate is rotatably attached to the first limiting plate, and the sliding end of the first driving plate is slidably engaged with the second limiting plate; a second driving plate comprising a rotating end and a sliding end, wherein the rotating end is rotatably attached to the second limiting plate, and the sliding end is slidably engaged with the first limiting plate; and an operating member comprising a positioning plate and slidably connected to the first and the second driving plates; wherein the first and the second limiting plates, the second limiting plate are slidable to form a space to align a stack of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ping-Fang Tsai
  • Patent number: 8342518
    Abstract: The sheet conveying apparatus includes first to third pairs of skew conveying rollers conveying a sheet, a reference portion, in which the reference portion corrects a skew feeding of the sheet by abutting a side edge of the sheet conveyed by the first to third pairs of skew conveying rollers against a reference surface placed in parallel with the sheet conveying direction, and a guide groove provided on the reference portion, which guides the side edge of the sheet skew-conveyed by the first to third pairs of skew conveying rollers to the reference surface, wherein a vertical width of an opening portion of the guide groove in an upstream area of the reference portion is wider than that of the guide groove in a downstream area of the reference portion, in the sheet conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: So Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20120248685
    Abstract: A paper adjusting device comprises a first and a second limiting plates; the second limiting plate substantially parallel to the first limiting plate; a first driving plate comprising a rotating end and a sliding end, the rotating end of the first driving plate is rotatably attached to the first limiting plate, and the sliding end of the first driving plate is slidably engaged with the second limiting plate; a second driving plate comprising a rotating end and a sliding end, wherein the rotating end is rotatably attached to the second limiting plate, and the sliding end is slidably engaged with the first limiting plate; and an operating member comprising a positioning plate and slidably connected to the first and the second driving plates; wherein the first and the second limiting plates, the second limiting plate are slidable to form a space to align a stack of paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: PING-FANG TSAI
  • Patent number: 8215638
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes: a guide unit for guiding the side end of the sheet; a first roller pair arranged on the downstream side of the guide unit for conveying the sheet, including a driven roller held in contact with a whole sheet in a sheet width direction; and a second roller pair having a conveyance roller arranged on the downstream side of the roller and adapted to convey the sheet, and a plurality of pinch rollers pinching the sheet in cooperation with the conveyance roller, wherein each of the plurality of pinch rollers applies to the sheet a conveyance force inclined toward a conveyance path side end, which is nearer to the pinch roller, and wherein the smaller the distance between the pinch roller and the conveyance path side end, the greater the inclination of the conveyance force thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kengo Nieda, Koichiro Kawaguchi, Toshiki Takeuchi, Ryosuke Sato, Shigeru Toriihara
  • Patent number: 8210525
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet stacker includes a stacking table, a pair of side walls, and a sensor. The stacking table is configured to stack a sheet. The pair of side walls is configured to move symmetrically with respect to a center position to regulate both sides of the sheet in a width direction. The sensor is configured to detect a relative position of the center position against the stacking table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yousuke Ushiyama
  • Patent number: 8172968
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for contacting a flexible sheet to a first element with improved lateral alignment. The method includes a step of measuring a first lateral misalignment after establishing a first contact between the flexible sheet and either of the first element and a sheet parking surface called anchor in the first stage. If the 5 misalignment exceeds a predetermined threshold the flexible sheet is parked at the anchor such that it is not in contact with the first element, and the relative position of the first element and the anchor is altered during the second stage for correcting the mismatch during a contact between the flexible sheet and the first element to be established within the next step of the method. During the steps of shifting the contact point to obtain the second stage 10 the contacting process is more accurate and reproducible than the process for establishing the initial contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Marcus Antonius Verschuuren, Mischa Megens
  • Patent number: 8061710
    Abstract: A bill position adjustment method and system for bill acceptor is disclosed to include a body with an insertion slot and a bill passage, a transmission mechanism for transferring an inserted bill, a recognition device for recognizing the authenticity and value of an inserted bill, an entrance sensor and a stoppage sensor mounted in the bill passage for controlling the transmission mechanism to transfer the inserted bill into position for recognition, a bill passage adjustment mechanism for adjusting the width of the bill passage to correct the direction of an inserted bill into accurate alignment with the recognition device, and a bill sensor mounted in a sensor zone in the insertion slot for detecting the width of an inserted bill and controlling the bill passage adjustment mechanism to adjust the width of the bill passage subject to the detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Internatinal Currency Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Tien-Yuan Chien, Hung-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 8038147
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes an intermediate stacking portion which temporarily stacks, thereon, a sheet conveyed thereto; a discharge portion which discharges sheet stacked on the intermediate stacking portion; an aligning member which is provided downstream of the discharge portion in a sheet conveying direction and has a sheet holding surface capable of holding the lower surfaces of the sheet and a sheet aligning surface capable of abutting against end portions of the sheet in the widthwise direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction, the aligning member being movable in the widthwise direction; a first stacking portion which is provided below the aligning member and stacks, thereon, a sheet discharged from the discharge portion; and a second stacking portion which is provided above the aligning member and stacks, thereon, a sheet conveyed thereto; wherein a standby position of the aligning member is at a position more inward than the outermost position in the widthwise direction, within
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Ogata, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Junichi Sekiyama, Hiroharu Tsuji, Akihiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7938391
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding print products, conveyed in a flow, to a processing device. The apparatus includes a feeding device including a first conveyor and a downstream-connected second conveyor. A guide arrangement is provided with side-adjustable guide members having a longitudinal center axis which constitutes the longitudinal center axis relative to the conveyed flow of print products. The print products are aligned along the guide arrangement, and the guide arrangement is configured relative to the longitudinal center axis so that it can be adjusted transverse to the conveying direction of the print products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Peter Geiser
  • Publication number: 20110084439
    Abstract: An edge alignment control apparatus for correcting vertical alignment of sheet members is disclosed to include two base units each having multiple first power drives controllable to reciprocate a respective horizontal reciprocating member, and adjustment units arranged between the base units, each adjustment unit having two holder blocks connected to the horizontal reciprocating members of the base units at one same elevation and movable by the respective horizontal reciprocating members horizontally, sheet-transfer rollers pivotally connected between the holder blocks, a bearing board connected between the holder blocks for receiving a sheet member from the sheet-transfer rollers and a suction hood suspending above the bearing board and defining with the bearing board a passage for the passing of a sheet member and controllable to suck up a sheet member from the bearing board for allowing adjustment of the position of the sheet member horizontally subject to the operation of the first power drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Tze-Che LIN
  • Patent number: 7918452
    Abstract: A sheet width aligning device includes two width aligning members which respectively contact widthwise ends of a sheet to regulate a widthwise position of the sheet. A first detector detects one widthwise end of the sheet and a second detector detects the other widthwise end of the sheet. A moving mechanism moves the first and second detectors located at initial positions at outer sides of the sheet towards the center of the sheet in the widthwise directions. A determining section determines the positions of the width aligning members based on a detection timing, at which the first detector detected the one widthwise end, and a detection timing, at which the second detector detected the other widthwise end. A driving mechanism drives the width aligning members to move to the positions determined by the determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Masami Fuchi
  • Publication number: 20100264580
    Abstract: An improved drive arrangement for side engaging members of a banknote centering mechanism uses a rack and pinion combination. A low torque motor drives a spur gear that engages opposed rack gears of the side engaging members. This power transfer from the motor to the side engaging member is cost effective and provides good precision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicants: CASHCODE COMPANY INC., CRANE CANADA CO.
    Inventors: Leon Saltsov, Oleksandr Onipchenko, Oleksandr Soyfer
  • Patent number: 7810807
    Abstract: The device comprises a driven conveyor with a transport element for the horizontal guidance of an overlapped flow of product. Driven alignment units for aligning the sides of the overlapped flow are positioned on a support. A first alignment unit is arranged on the left side of the driven conveyor as seen in transporting direction, and a second alignment unit is arranged on the right side of the conveyor as seen in transporting direction. At least one device is provided for loosening up the overlapped flow from below, thus reducing the friction between adjacent individual products of the overlapped flow. As a result, the operation of centering the overlapped flow in an intake region and a steady-flow region is aided considerably. The device for loosening up the overlapped flow can be realized particularly cost-effectively through raised regions on the transport rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Stefan Liebheit
  • Patent number: 7802790
    Abstract: In this image generating apparatus, a paper cassette mounted on an apparatus body includes a pressing portion employed for pressing a first side surface of a paper rearward with respect to a first direction for feeding the paper and so arranged that the distance from a second roller is smaller than the length of the paper in the first direction when the paper cassette is mounted on the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7762547
    Abstract: A bill processing apparatus comprising: movable pieces that are movable toward a center of a bill traveling route through which a bill is conveyed by a driving source, and regulate side edges of the bill to be conveyed so as to make the bill aligned in parallel with a conveyance direction, and a control device that controls driving of the driving source is provided. Here, the control means drives the driving source to move the movable pieces toward the center of the bill traveling route from a position at which the movable pieces touch the side edges of the bill after the bill passes the movable pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 7708273
    Abstract: A paper sheet processing apparatus including: an insertion slot into which a paper sheet is inserted, a paper sheet conveyance mechanism for conveying the paper sheet inserted into the insertion slot, a paper sheet traveling route through which the paper sheet is conveyed, a sensor for detecting the paper sheet existence in the paper sheet traveling route, a pair of contact members for holding the paper sheet, a driving source for moving one of the pair of contact members toward the other, and a control device for controlling driving of the driving source. Either of the pair of contact members is driven to convey the paper sheet. The control device controls the driving force to move either of the pair of contact members such that the pair of contact members are kept apart before the paper sheet is inserted and that the pair of contact members become closer to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 7690648
    Abstract: A sheet aligning device includes first and second aligning plates disposed on opposite lateral sides of the feeder board, the first and second aligning plates being capable of being reciprocatingly moved in a direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction and each having a sheet abutting surface parallel to the sheet conveying direction, an input member for inputting a sheet width, and a controller for controlling the first and second aligning plates so that the first aligning plate is moved, based on the inputted sheet width, to allow the sheet abutting surface thereof to be brought into abutment with a first lateral side of each sheet, thereby laterally aligning the sheet, and the second aligning plate is moved, based on the inputted sheet width, to allow a second lateral side of each sheet close to the second aligning plate to pass through a sheet-lateral-side passing zone on the second aligning plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Ryobi Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyomi Utsumi, Masazumi Hidera, Masamichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 7677559
    Abstract: The apparatus 10 has a conveyor 12 which may be configured as a multiple tape conveyor and the working section 14 of which, which is driven in a conveying direction (F), forms a supporting face 16 for the printed products 18 which accumulate in an overlapping formation (S). An aligning plate 66 is situated on each side of the conveyor 12. The working section 14 of the conveyor can be deflected out of a conveying plane by means of a switching means 34, in order, in particular for the aligning of thin printed products 18 with few pages, to form a bend 62 in the products which reinforces them transversely with respect to the conveying direction (F) so that they can be laterally shifted into alignment by the aligning plates without damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Erwin Müller
  • Patent number: 7644920
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a chassis, a paper guide, a paper feed roller, and a paper supply portion from which the paper feed roller is configured to supply paper. The paper guide is supported within the chassis and has a base portion and a first separation portion that projects from the base portion. The paper feed roller is rotatably supported by the chassis. The paper supply portion has a guide projection on its first lateral side portion. The widthwise center of the paper feed roller is offset toward the first lateral side relative to the widthwise center of the first separation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Takasaka, Koichi Chikumoto, Daisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7637499
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus to which a cassette accommodating a sheet is detachably mountable includes supplying means for supplying the sheet from the cassette; a reference member having a reference surface for regulating a position of a lateral edge of the sheet being fed in a predetermined feeding direction by the supplying means; feeding means for feeding the sheet in a direction inclined relative to the feeding direction toward the reference surface to abut the lateral edge of the sheet to the reference surface; and moving means for selectively moving the reference member in response to mounting of the cassette such that reference member is placed at a position corresponding to a width of the sheet accommodated in the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Kawashima, Hitoshi Nishitani
  • Patent number: 7631866
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a first folder to fold a sheet in a first folding direction relative to a given orientation of the sheet, a line of the fold defining a second edge of the sheet; a second folder to fold the folded sheet in a second folding direction perpendicular to the first folding direction; and a switcher, disposed between the first folder and the second folder, operable to switch a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet sent from the first folder and to align the sheet sent from the first folder, the switcher including the following, an aligning member arranged to face a first edge of the sheet, the first edge of the sheet being located relatively opposite to the second edge along the conveyance direction, the second edge not having a straight line shape, and a feeder to force the sheet in a given direction toward the aligning member so as to align the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction by contacting the first edge of the sheet against the aligning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Otomo, Daisaku Horikawa, Hideaki Hosoi
  • Publication number: 20090212489
    Abstract: The present application is directed to systems and methods to align a media sheet in a media path of an image forming apparatus. In one embodiment, the system may include an input area with an alignment edge to initially laterally align the media sheet. The media sheet may then move through an alignment nip which is constructed to laterally move the media sheet against a reference edge. The media sheet moves along the reference edge and become aligned prior to moving to a transport belt. The media sheet may then move through one or more transfer nips to receive one or more images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Allen Blair, Kristi Ann Kappes, Jason Lee Rowe, Edward Lynn Triplett
  • Patent number: 7469894
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which conveys a sheet to a nip portion between an intermediate transfer belt and a secondary transfer out-roller to record an image includes a sheet conveying device which conveys the sheet to the nip portion, a CCD line sensor which detects a sheet size in a sheet width direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the sheet, and a transfer-side regulating device which is arranged near the nip portion and regulates the width direction of the conveyed sheet. The transfer-side regulating device can move the nip portion to a position where the width direction of the conveyed sheet is regulated based on a detection result obtained by the CCD line sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Seto
  • Patent number: 7445208
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus for conveying a sheet to an image forming portion has a first aligning member for effecting the alignment of the sheet with one of the opposite side edges of the sheet parallel to a sheet conveying direction as a reference, a second aligning member for effecting the alignment of the sheet with the leading edge of the sheet orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction as a reference, and an aligning operation controlling device for selectively operating one of the first aligning member and the second aligning member on the basis of at least one of image information, sheet information and sheet processing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Onodera
  • Patent number: 7434801
    Abstract: A versatile paper feeding device of an image forming apparatus includes a pick-up roller, a paper support tray under the pick-up roller to stack paper on, a paper support expansion tray to be able to freely slide toward or away from the paper support tray to support the trailing edge of the paper, a forward positioned paper alignment guide on the paper support tray to align a leading end portion of the paper, and a second paper alignment member formed on the paper support expansion tray to align a following end portion of the paper. When the versatile paper feeding device is used to print images on paper of various sizes, the paper can be properly positioned and straightly fed without skewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-seung Yang
  • Patent number: 7325802
    Abstract: An aligning device in accordance with the present invention is arranged in such a manner that a feed section for feeding a sheet and a release section for releasing a pinching force exerted to the sheet by the feed section are driven by a single motor. With this arrangement, it is possible to obtain an aligning device for a sheet on which an image is formed, which is low-cost and has a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaya Asakawa, Masahiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 7240780
    Abstract: An apparatus for discriminating valuable papers is provided wherein a validation control circuit 56 (i) drives conveyer device 8 to inwardly move bill along passageway 9 when inlet sensor 13 detects bill, (ii) ceases driving of conveyer device 8 to keep bill in the standby position in passageway 9 when trigger sensor 50 detects bill, (iii) drives a release device 42 to shift a guide roller 40 from the contact position to the separated position, (iv) activates a centering device 10 to centralize bill along the longitudinal central axis of passageway 9, (v) drives release device 42 to return guide roller 40 from the separated position to the contact position, and (vi) again drives conveyer device 8 to further inwardly move bill. When bill is inserted into an inlet 7, inlet sensor 13 detects bill to immediately drive conveyer device 8 and center bill on conveyer device 8 for smooth inserting, transporting and centering of bill with the reduced number of structural components of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Japan Cash Machine, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokimi Nago, Kazuhiko Okamoto, Toru Seki
  • Patent number: 7063015
    Abstract: A sheet support bridging a pair of parallel longitudinally extending and transversely spaced guides has a stack of substantially identical and transversely extending support elements having transversely opposite ends slidable along the guides and a flexible connecting strand engaging all of the elements such that when stressed longitudinally the elements separate longitudinally from one another at a generally uniform spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: KBA-Metronic AG
    Inventor: Rainer Wieland
  • Patent number: 6971647
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an image forming device is provided that includes a media path configured to carry print media through the image forming device, an alignment mechanism including a plurality of alignment walls, and an image forming mechanism configured to form an image on the aligned print media received from the alignment mechanism. The alignment mechanism can be dynamically configurable to align the print media against a selected alignment wall from the plurality of alignment walls as the print media is carried along the media path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert W. Jewell, Craig Hopper