By Means To Convey Sheet (e.g., From Pack To Operation) Patents (Class 271/264)
  • Patent number: 12005698
    Abstract: A heating device includes a heater and a heating range variable member. The heater heats an object to which a liquid is applied. The object is conveyed in a conveyance direction. The heating range variable member changes a heating range of the heater in a width direction of the object. The width direction is orthogonal to the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuuta Kanda
  • Patent number: 11987471
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including a main chassis having a discharge tray and a switchback tray in an upper position with respect to the discharge tray; an image forming unit; a discharge roller to discharge a recording sheet conveyed through the image forming unit onto the discharge tray; a duplex conveyer to invert the sheet and convey the inverted sheet to return to the image forming unit; and a switchback roller being rotatable in a normal direction to convey the sheet toward the switchback tray and a reverse direction to convey the sheet to the duplex conveyer; is provided. The main chassis includes a pair of walls, each of which extends in a vertical direction and in a conveying direction of the sheet and is arranged in adjacent to the switchback tray such that the switchback tray is interposed between the pair of walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11964843
    Abstract: A transport device includes a transport member that transports a recording medium while adjusting a leading end of the recording medium, and a guide member that is disposed upstream from the transport member in a transport direction of the transport member to guide the recording medium to the transport member along a transport path, the guide member being rotatable in a direction to open the transport path while having a downstream portion in the transport direction of the transport member serving as an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Takuya Mori, Yuya Chonabayashi, Tomoya Kosuge
  • Patent number: 11912523
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a loading unit at which a printing medium is loaded, a roller that transports the printing medium, a transport path member at which the roller is disposed, the transport path member constituting a transport path on which the printing medium is transported, a drive source that generates a drive force that rotates the roller, a clutch that is movable between a coupling position at which the drive force is transmitted to the roller, and a release position at which the drive force is not transmitted to the roller, and an operation unit for operating the clutch, in which the operation unit is provided at a position, on the transport path member, facing the printing medium being transported by the roller, and the roller is removable from the transport path member when the clutch is located at the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Umeda, Hiroaki Takei
  • Patent number: 11548746
    Abstract: A conveying device includes: a first conveyance member that is provided upstream of the conveyance path; a guide member that is disposed, along the conveyance path, downstream of the first conveyance member in the conveying direction; and a second conveyance member that is disposed downstream of the guide member in the conveying direction and conveys the envelope guided by the guide member, downstream in the conveying direction, wherein the guide member has a flapper relief that has retracted away from the conveyance path such that a rise portion of the flapper generated due to the curve of the conveyance path passes through the flapper relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Katsuhisa Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 11520544
    Abstract: Systems for providing efficient manufacturing of paper, sheet, and/or box products of varying size and structure, often with pre-applied print (“pre-print”), are provided herein. One or more controllers can be used to aggregate upcoming orders and information needed to complete the manufacturing process for the order. A controller enables a user to prepare control plans (e.g., reel maps, reel plans, etc.) for processing rolls of web product through the manufacturing process. Criteria filtering and/or various features enable generation of efficient and effective control plans for rolls of web product, including, in some cases, multiple orders. The control plan may include a set of instructions for operating one or more systems within the manufacturing process to form the desired finished paper-based product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORRUGATED LLC
    Inventors: Charlie Bert Sloan, IV, Robert Dennis Seay
  • Patent number: 11415923
    Abstract: A transport device includes a transport roller, a nip section, and first and second transport path surfaces. The transport roller transports a transport target material sent from an accommodating unit. The nip section nips the transport target material with the transport roller, and prevents multi-feed of the transport target material. The first transport path surface is disposed upstream of the nip section in a transport direction to face a transport roller side of the nip section. The first transport path surface includes a top portion protruding toward the transport roller side beyond a nip line between the transport roller and the nip section. The second transport path surface is disposed downstream of the nip section in the transport direction to face the transport roller side of the nip section. The second transport path surface includes a top portion protruding toward the transport roller side beyond the nip line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Shinya Hasegawa, Toyohide Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11385587
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first detector detecting an operation sound based on a sound wave received by a receiver; a second detector detecting basis weight of recording material based on an ultrasonic wave transmitted from a transmitter and received by the receiver; a switching unit that switches destination of a reception signal from the receiver between a first path to the first detector and a second path to the second detector; and a controller that controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the first path at a first timing and to the second path at a second timing. When a predetermined condition is satisfied, the controller controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the second path at the first timing or to the first path at the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsunobu Mori, Yohei Suzuki, Seiji Hara, Yasuhisa Matsumoto, Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hirotaka Shiomichi, Tatsuya Hotogi
  • Patent number: 11279575
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a sheet loader, a sheet feeder, and an end fence. The sheet loader is configured to load a sheet bundle including sheets. The sheet feeder is configured to feed an uppermost sheet of the sheet bundle loaded on the sheet loader. The end fence is disposed movable in a sheet feeding direction of the uppermost sheet and is configured to contact a trailing end of the sheet bundle in the sheet feeding direction to regulate a position of the trailing end of the sheet bundle. The end fence includes an elastic body configured to contact the trailing end of the sheet bundle at a portion other than at least an upper portion of the end fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Hayasaka, Takashi Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 11203499
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus comprises a roller disposed in a sheet conveyance path; a sheet sensor disposed in the sheet conveyance path and configured to detect conveyance of sheets and generate sensor information indicative of detection; and a controller. The controller is configured to, for each sheet of a predetermined number of sheets of a plurality of sheets conveyed by the roller, use the sensor information to generate an individual sheet-conveyance dataset indicating a sheet passage interval; and store the individual sheet-conveyance dataset in data storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yuka Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 10931841
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes first and second drive sources, first and second driving units, each including a respective first or second roller to convey a sheet, an operating unit, and a switching unit to switch a state of the sheet conveying apparatus between a first state in which the first driving unit and the second driving unit are not connected to each other and a second state in which the first driving unit and the second driving unit are connected to each other. A first drive source driving force drives the first driving unit. A second drive source driving force drives the second driving unit. The operating unit rotates when manually operated. In the second state, operating unit rotation is transmitted to the first driving unit to rotate the first roller, and operating unit rotation is transmitted to the second driving unit to rotate the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10819869
    Abstract: A printer includes: a motor driving a transport member according to an operational parameter, to transport media along a media path from a media supply to a printhead; a first distance sensor disposed on a first side of the media path to measure a first distance between the media and the first distance sensor; and a controller configured to: receive the measured distance; detect curling of the media based on the first measured distance; and responsive to detecting curling of the media, update the operational parameter at the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hegarty, Devan J. Lippman
  • Patent number: 10671693
    Abstract: Disclosed systems and methods allow a user to input digital content along with identification of one or more social media websites on which the user desires to publish the digital content. The systems and methods then query the identified social media webservers and retrieve a first set of publishing rules. When the digital content satisfies the first set of rules, the systems and methods query a database to retrieve a second set of rules comprising user restrictions specific to the identified social media websites. When the digital content does not satisfy at least one rule within the second set of rules, the systems and methods render a prompt on the user device to receive modified digital content. Subsequently, the systems and methods instruct the one or more social media websites to publish the modified digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Christopher Raley, Ryan Russell
  • Patent number: 10640317
    Abstract: One example embodiment in this disclosure provides an apparatus comprising an opening configured to receive a banknote into a banknote path. The apparatus also includes a plurality of inboard transport wheels positioned in the banknote path and configured to transport the banknote in a direction longitudinal to the banknote path. The apparatus also includes at least one initial transport wheel positioned in the banknote path and nearer to the opening than the plurality of inboard transport wheels, the at least one initial transport wheel configured to transport the banknote from the opening to a first of the plurality of inboard transport wheels. The at least one initial transport wheel causes the banknote to pivot around the first inboard transport wheel when a leading edge of the banknote contacts the first inboard transport wheel. Pivoting causes banknote to contact a second of the plurality of inboard transport wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Evan J. Cost
  • Patent number: 10604366
    Abstract: One example embodiment in this disclosure provides an apparatus comprising an opening configured to receive a banknote into a banknote path. The apparatus also includes a plurality of inboard transport wheels positioned in the banknote path and configured to transport the banknote in a direction longitudinal to the banknote path. The apparatus also includes at least one initial transport wheel positioned in the banknote path and nearer to the opening than the plurality of inboard transport wheels, the at least one initial transport wheel configured to transport the banknote from the opening to a first of the plurality of inboard transport wheels. The at least one initial transport wheel causes the banknote to pivot around the first inboard transport wheel when a leading edge of the banknote contacts the first inboard transport wheel. Pivoting causes banknote to contact a second of the plurality of inboard transport wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Evan J. Cost
  • Patent number: 10594881
    Abstract: An image reader includes: a document transport path that is extended along a horizontal direction when the reader has a first posture and that transports the document; a transport roller that transports the document in the document transport path; a rotation-contact member document path rotating to have a posture in which a contact portion that comes into contact with the document blocks the document transport path and a posture in which the contact portion opens the document transport path; path A rotation center of the rotation-contact member is positioned on an upper side of the document transport path in the first posture and the contact portion projects from the upper side toward a lower side of the document transport path. A center-of-gravity position of the rotation-contact member is on a lower side from the rotation center in the first posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Kikuchi, Yoshikazu Nagai
  • Patent number: 10532560
    Abstract: In some examples, a fluid die includes a fluid nozzle, a first latch, a second latch, and a timing circuit comprising a counter and a comparator. The timing circuit is to trigger the first latch, at a first predetermined time instant from an edge of a firing pulse, to store a first test result obtained based on a voltage measured across the fluid nozzle, and trigger the second latch, at a second predetermined time instant from the edge of the firing pulse, to store a second test result obtained based on a voltage measured across the fluid nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, Eric T. Martin, Peter James Fricke, James Michael Gardner
  • Patent number: 10414115
    Abstract: A system for making a sheet of paper into a folded article is disclosed that includes multiple folding units and a turn unit for changing the travel path of the folded article. At least one of the folding units creates a fold in the folded article in a direction that is perpendicular to a fold created by another one of the folding units. The turn unit alters the travel direction of the folded article so that downstream folding units can be arranged in a manner that saves floor space. Also disclosed herein is a method of folding a sheet of paper that includes conveying the sheet of paper along perpendicular travel paths after the sheet of paper has been folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: G&K-VIJUK INTERN. CORP.
    Inventors: Achim Rees, Thomas Angst, Robert Kummer
  • Patent number: 10410479
    Abstract: An automated transaction machine has a customer interface for operation of the machine and an opening in the customer interface through which notes may be deposited into or withdrawn from the machine via an articulated note acceptor-presenter located in an upper unit of the machine and operative to extend at least partially through the opening in the customer interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated
    Inventors: William Daniel Beskitt, David Nikkel
  • Patent number: 10342169
    Abstract: According to a tape feeder of the present disclosure, a tape pressing member pressing a part which engages with an outer peripheral tooth of a sprocket in a carrier tape from above is connected to a main body by a connection mechanism. The connection mechanism is configured to move the entirety of the tape pressing member in a manner parallel to the main body in a case where a portion of the tape pressing member moves in a vertical direction with respect to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo Takanami, Chikara Takata, Yasuo Oku
  • Patent number: 10329107
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus includes: a rotation shaft; a conveying roller secured to the rotation shaft; a driven roller that cooperates with the conveying roller to convey a sheet at a nip position; a supporter supporting the rotation shaft rotatably; and a first guide and a second guide opposed to each other and defining a conveyance path guiding the sheet toward the nip position. The first guide and the second guide respectively have first and second guide surfaces defining the conveyance path. The first guide and the second guide respectively have first and second engaging portions engaged with the rotation shaft at positions different from a position of the supporter in the axial direction of the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryuji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10308453
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet supporting portion to support a sheet, a feeding portion to feed the sheet, a swing unit to swingably support the feeding portion between a feed position and a separation position, a swing shaft to swingably support the swing unit, an urging portion to urge the swing unit toward the feed position, and a holding portion to hold the swing unit at the separation position against an urging force of the urging portion. The swing unit includes first and second bearing portions to slidingly support the swing shaft, a metal member to hold the first and second bearing portions, and a resin member including a guide surface to guide the sheet fed by the feeding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kozo Inoue
  • Patent number: 10273100
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a third pivoting guide member located between a first pivoting guide member on a side of fixed guide members and a second pivoting guide member on a side of an opening/closing member. In a state in which an upstream conveying path and a re-conveying path are formed, the first pivoting guide member pivots toward the third pivoting guide member to expand the upstream conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the upstream conveying path, and the third pivoting guide member pivots toward the first pivoting guide member to expand the re-conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the re-conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoji Oya, Satoshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10261460
    Abstract: A paper feed roller of the present invention comprises a roller body 2 integrally formed of elastic material in a cylindrical shape in which a plurality of protruding lines 6 are disposed on a peripheral surface 5 at even intervals, wherein the roller body 2 is formed so that crest portions 6a and trough portions 6b are continuously provided in a circumferential direction, an opening angle ? is equal to or more than 2° and is equal to or less than 8°, a radial height h of the protruding line is equal to or more than 0.051 mm and is equal to or less than 0.1 mm, and a curvature radius r1 at a shoulder is equal to or more than 0.55 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Konishi, Akihiro Mine, Toshiyuki Hirai, Yoshihiro Yamada, Yudai Okuno, Yuichi Sato
  • Patent number: 10241458
    Abstract: A sheet guide of an image forming apparatus includes a first upstream guide member and a first downstream guide member. The first upstream guide member includes an upstream front guide surface and an upstream rear guide surface. The first downstream guide member includes a downstream front guide surface and a downstream rear guide surface. The downstream front guide surface intersects with an imaginary plane formed by extending, toward a downstream side in a conveyance direction of a sheet, the upstream rear guide surface. The upstream front guide surface intersects with an imaginary plane that is formed by extending, toward an upstream side in the conveyance direction, the downstream rear guide surface. When viewed from a direction perpendicular to the upstream rear guide surface, an edge portion of the first upstream guide member on the downstream side is inclined with respect to a width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Arata Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10162299
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a developing section, a transfer section, a pre-transfer conveyance passage, and a guide member. The pre-transfer conveyance passage allows conveyance of the sheet from the developing section to the transfer section. The guide member defines a side of the pre-transfer conveyance passage that faces the transfer surface. The guide member includes: a guide body having a guide surface that faces the transfer surface of the sheet; and a tip section having a curved portion joining an end edge of the guide body, and a distal edge that is on a downstream side in the conveyance direction and faces the image carrier. The distal edge is located at such a position as to allow the transfer surface of the sheet to lie at a space therefrom when a leading end of the sheet is in contact with the image carrying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Arata Nakamura, Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10048638
    Abstract: A drive transmission device, which is included in an image forming apparatus and detachably attached to an apparatus body configured to include a driven body to which a driving force is transmitted, includes a first opposing body and a second opposing body disposed facing each other and forming a gap therebetween, a gear rotatably disposed in the gap formed between the first opposing body and the second opposing body, and a rotary shaft configured to receive the driving force from a drive source and rotate in the gap. One rotational axial end of the rotary shaft being passed through the second opposing body and rotatably supported by the second opposing body in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10035670
    Abstract: A sheet regulating portion includes a body portion including a regulating surface facing an edge of a sheet, a pressing member having a pressing portion capable of projecting out of the body portion, an upper portion formed integrally with an upper part of the pressing portion so as to project to a sheet side and regulating an upward move of the sheet, and an urging member to urge the pressing member so that the pressing portion presses the edge of the sheet. In addition, a holding portion holds the pressing portion movably from a projecting position where the pressing portion projects out of the body portion to a retracting position where the upper portion enters within the body portion while inclining the pressing portion with respect to the regulating surface by resisting against the urging member when the upper portion is pressed from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yoshida, Takao Nada
  • Patent number: 9947182
    Abstract: A medium processing device includes a storage cassette, a casing for storing the storage cassette, a loading section that supports the storage cassette, a slide rail attached to the casing and the loading section, and that allows the loading section to move between the interior and the exterior of the internal space, and a connector. The connector is outside of a pass-through region through which the storage cassette passes in a case where loading the storage cassette into the loading hole of the loading section, and that, when the storage cassette has been loaded into the loading hole and is supported by the loading section, electrically connects the loading section and the storage cassette together. A protective portion is at the loading section, and protrudes out further than the connector in an opposite direction opposite to a loading direction in which the storage cassette is loaded into the loading hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takada, Kazuhiro Hosokawa, Wataru Wakushima
  • Patent number: 9905084
    Abstract: An automated transaction machine has a customer interface for operation of the machine and an opening in the customer interface through which notes may be deposited into or withdrawn from the machine via an articulated note acceptor-presenter located in an upper unit of the machine and operative to extend at least partially through the opening in the customer interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: William D. Beskitt, David Nikkel
  • Patent number: 9873578
    Abstract: A recording medium conveying device includes a guide, a shaft, and a positioner. The guide guides a recording medium along a conveyance path to a predetermined direction. The shaft is disposed near the conveyance path. The guide is disposed between the conveyance path and the shaft. The positioner positions the guide in an axial direction of the shaft. The guide is fixed by both the positioner and the shaft. The positioner is fixed separately from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshikane Nishii
  • Patent number: 9868600
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a third pivoting guide member located between a first pivoting guide member on a side of fixed guide members and a second pivoting guide member on a side of an opening/closing member. In a state in which an upstream conveying path and a re-conveying path are formed, the first pivoting guide member pivots toward the third pivoting guide member to expand the upstream conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the upstream conveying path, and the third pivoting guide member pivots toward the first pivoting guide member to expand the re-conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the re-conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoji Oya, Satoshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9731923
    Abstract: A medium transport method, which is performed by a medium transport device having a transport unit which includes rollers that can pinch a medium and which transports the medium, includes inserting the medium to a predetermined position, pressing a side end portion of the medium against a side surface guide, and pinching the medium with the rollers, and transports the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9688495
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a conveying guide and a sheet member. The conveying guide is provided in a joining section and guides a sheet to a conveying roller pair along a main conveying path. The sheet member is provided in the joining section and configured to form a lower conveying path with the conveying guide and to guide the sheet from an upper conveying path toward the main conveying path. The conveying guide has a convex guide part and planer guide parts. The convex guide is provided at a center portion and projects toward the sheet member. The planer guide parts are provided on both sides of the convex guide part. A first gap formed between the convex guide part and the sheet member is narrower than a second gap formed between the planer guide part and the sheet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Hirahara
  • Patent number: 9604807
    Abstract: A first sheet transfer guide plate includes a first divided sheet guide plate and a second divided sheet guide plate separably connected to each other. The first divided sheet guide plate is capable of being drawn out by being moved relative to the second divided sheet guide plate in a sheet width direction orthogonal to a sheet transfer direction. The second divided sheet guide plate with the first divided sheet guide plate drawn out is turnable about a turning shaft in a direction away from a second sheet transfer guide plate. The turning shaft is arranged parallel to the sheet transfer direction and arranged in a rear end of the second divided sheet guide plate. The rear end is located opposite to a side toward which the first divided sheet guide plate is drawn out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryohei Etsuki
  • Patent number: 9586774
    Abstract: A sheet feeding member is provided, which is made of a thermoplastic elastomer composition comprising: a base polymer including a polyurethane thermoplastic elastomer and a polyester thermoplastic elastomer; and at least one ion conductive agent selected from the group consisting of a quaternary ammonium salt and a lithium salt/polyol, wherein the ion conductive agent is present in a proportion of 0.2 to 4 parts by mass based on 100 parts by mass of the base polymer in the thermoplastic elastomer composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Mine, Toshihiro Tamura, Takehiko Hyodo
  • Patent number: 9586778
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus including: a locking member having an abutment surface abutting a sheet to correct skew feed of the sheet; a holding member configured to hold the locking member to rotate from a waiting position when the locking member is pushed by the sheet; a roller pair configured to nip the sheet abutting the abutment surface; a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member to the waiting position; a movable support portion configured to support the locking member in a manner that the locking member is located a retracted position where the locking member contacts a surface of the sheet and allows the sheet to pass; and a second urging portion configured to urge the locking member to a position where the abutment surface abuts a succeeding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoichiro Iizuka
  • Patent number: 9566776
    Abstract: A method for applying a cold seal adhesive is disclosed. The method includes the steps of delivering a cold seal adhesive to a nip between a rotating metering roller and an adjacent rotating transfer roller having a transfer surface, transferring a quantity of adhesive to the transfer surface, rotating the transfer roller whereby the transfer surface contacts a printing die mounted to a rotating die roller disposed adjacent to the transfer roller, rotating the die roller whereby the printing die contacts the at least one adhesive region on the interior surface of the housing and transfers at least a second portion of the quantity of adhesive from the printing die to the at least one adhesive region forming a film as the housing advances between the die roller and the impression roller, the film having a thickness between 0.0015-0.007 inches, and drying the adhesive on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORRUGATED IV LLC
    Inventor: Shane Mikula
  • Patent number: 9452904
    Abstract: There provided a guide member including: a first guide member that is disposed to face a first surface of a sheet which is transported to a first direction and that guides the sheet in front and at the rear of a processing position at which a process is performed on the first surface; and a second guide member that is disposed to face a second surface of the sheet and guides the sheet, wherein the second guide member includes specific plural convex portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Furuya, Seigo Makida, Kiyoshi Hosoi
  • Patent number: 9427977
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus includes a belt conveying unit, a recording unit, an end-portion position detection sensor, a background member, and a rotary driving unit. The end-portion position detection sensor is arranged in an upstream of the belt conveying unit in a recording medium conveyance direction, and uses a reflected light to detect a position of an end portion of the recording medium in a recording medium width direction intersecting with the recording medium conveyance direction. The background member is arranged facing a detection surface of the end-portion position detection sensor. The background member is rotatable around a shaft extending along the recording medium width direction. The background member has an outer peripheral surface at least in a region facing the detection surface of the end-portion position detection sensor. The outer peripheral surface has two or more regions having mutually different colors circumferentially dividing the outer peripheral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 9421800
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a moving portion that moves a printing medium, with the moving portion capable of being mounted to the image forming apparatus, an image forming portion that ejects ink droplets to the printing medium that is moved by the moving portion and forms an image thereon, and a reference portion mounted to the image forming apparatus. In addition, a positioning portion forces the moving portion, mounted to the image forming apparatus, to abut against the reference portion so that a distance between the moving portion and the image forming portion is a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH INC.
    Inventors: Takahiro Okuda, Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 9383718
    Abstract: Provided is a frame body structure including a first member that includes a side end bent in a direction separated from a floor when the frame body structure is placed on the floor and is provided along the floor, and a second member that includes a lower end contacting the side end, is raised over the side end, connects between the lower end and the side end, and includes a protrusion protruding immediately above an upper end edge of the side end, wherein the first member and the second member are combined with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takehiro Kozushi
  • Patent number: 9377724
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first image forming unit which forms a first image on a first recording medium with a first material which is not thermally decolorized; a second image forming unit which forms a second image on a second recording medium with a second material which is thermally decolorized; a fixing unit which is on a common carrying path shared by the first recording medium and the second recording medium and fixes the first image to the first recording medium; and a control unit which controls the fixing unit so that the temperature of the second recording medium passing through the fixing unit becomes lower than a decolorizing temperature of the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kaneko, Minoru Yoshida, Osamu Takagi, Takahito Kabai, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 9372645
    Abstract: A communication device may acquire function execution information and authentication information, and execute a first determination process. The first determination process may determine whether a state of the communication device is an executable state in which the communication device is capable of executing a specific process or a non-executable state without using the authentication information. The communication device may execute a second determination process determining whether the communication device is capable of executing the communication with a second device in a case where it is determined that the state of the communication device is the executable state, and execute the communication with the second device in a case where the communication device is capable of executing the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takanobu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9257928
    Abstract: There is provided a control device for a stepping motor, configured to apply an excitation current to multiple coils to rotate a rotor. The control device includes a drive unit configured to apply a drive voltage to the coils, and a control unit configured to control the drive voltage applied by the drive unit, wherein the control unit includes a stop control unit configured to perform, during a hold period of a stop period of the stepping motor, a stop control which gradually decreases a magnitude of the excitation current flowing in the coils such that the rotor moves to a predetermined stop position, and wherein the stop control unit is configured to perform the stop control such that a variation amount of the excitation current per unit time becomes a predetermined threshold value for the stop period or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Takada, Takayuki Matsui, Haruka Miyaji
  • Patent number: 9227807
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a conveying roller that conveys a sheet; a lateral registration skew correcting unit that corrects a position in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction, of the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller; and a sheet processing portion that performs processing on the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller. A plurality of types of sheet processing portions is replaceable, and the sheet processing apparatus includes a puncher controller that changes an operation of the lateral registration skew correcting unit according to the type of the sheet processing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9179027
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image on a recording medium; an inverting transport unit to invert first and second surfaces of the recording medium, and front and rear ends of the recording medium to transport the inverted recording medium; a recording medium width measuring unit to measure an end position of the recording medium in a width direction orthogonal to a transporting direction of the recording medium at a measuring position having an approximately identical distance from one end of the recording medium in the transporting direction before and after the image is formed on the recording medium; and a correcting unit to correct an image to be formed on a subsequent recording medium based on a change in a shape of the recording medium computed based on a measured result from the recording medium width measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakura, Naoto Ueda, Shingo Takai, Satoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 9146148
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving at high speed. An article (900) is received from an intake transport (1200), and gripped in a weighing station (1310), in between a capstan roller and a pinch roller (1316), which are synchronized to minimize slipping. A first precision servo system (1252, 1250) alters the speed of the article, and in the process acquires torque data for storage and analysis (1212, 1282). A second precision servo system (1260,1330) applies a constant force, via a tension arm (1320), urging the pinch roller (1316) against the capstan roller, independently of the thickness of the mail piece. Active electronic damping (1900) reduces oscillation when an inconsistency in thickness of the article is encountered during weighing. The damping force is subtracted from the capstan motor torque data for improved accuracy (FIG. 20B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Turner
  • Publication number: 20150145199
    Abstract: A paper feeding device that includes, in a drive transmission mechanism to a paper feeding roller that delivers paper, a drive member provided on an apparatus body side as a member to transmit torque in a given direction for delivery of paper from a conveying motor to the paper feeding roller and a driven member provided on the paper feeding roller side. By relatively rotating the drive member and the driven member to form a coupling state of the members before an instruction to start the delivery of paper is output, the rotation of the paper feeding roller is started without a time lag when the instruction to start the delivery of paper is output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsunori YOSHIDA, Joji AKIYAMA, Takashi NAKANO, Yukihiko NATSUI, Naoki OIKAWA, Takashi HIRAYAMA, Takuya TOMOBE, Kazuhiko OKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150137445
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel device and a novel method for transporting printable substrates in a precise manner, suitable for various types, sizes and thicknesses of substrate. The invention is also suitable for printing machines that do not come into contact with the substrate, such as ink-jet printing machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Edmond Abergel