Multiple Discharge Patents (Class 271/279)
  • Patent number: 9681010
    Abstract: A printing apparatus has a stacker that includes a first stacking unit that stacks discharged sheets and a second stacking unit that slides a predetermined amount of sheets stacked on the first stacking unit from the first stacking unit and holds them. In a case in which a print job is executed, an operation of discharging sheets to the first stacking unit is controlled according to stacking statuses of the first stacking unit and the second stacking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 9630798
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (10) includes an apparatus main body (20), a first processing unit (30) and a second processing unit (40). The apparatus main body (20) performs an image forming process onto a paper sheet. The first processing unit (30) and the second processing unit (40) are disposed in vertical direction (91) such that one is located on an upside of the other on a same side face's side of the apparatus main body 20. The second processing unit (40) is disposed on the upside of the first processing unit (30), and is configured in such a manner as to be capable of being slidingly moved in an approaching-leaving direction (92) in relation to the apparatus main body (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuhi Akagawa
  • Patent number: 9527692
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a sheet stack face disposed in an upper portion of the apparatus body, a pair of sheet ejection rollers to eject a sheet onto the sheet stack face in an ejection direction toward a front side of the apparatus body, a hinge secured to the apparatus body, and a control panel disposed higher than the apparatus body and supported by the hinge rotatably around the hinge. The control panel is rotatable within a movable range positioned higher than a trajectory drawn by the sheet ejected onto the sheet stack face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Shimizu, Kohta Takenaka
  • Patent number: 9505571
    Abstract: A method and system for high speed processing of bank notes in a bank note processing system using air flow is disclosed. The bank note processing system includes a conveyance device having a roller and an air jet. A bank note is directed along a bank note transport path by the roller. The air jet directs air flow to the bank note transport path. The air flow is directed to the bank note transport path in the same direction as direction of travel of the bank note and the air flow and the roller operate together to move the bank note along the bank note transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventor: Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: 9481540
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus performs control to change a sheet discharge destination from a first sheet stacking tray to a second sheet stacking tray in a case where an obstacle prevents the second sheet stacking tray from being moved down while a sheet is discharged to the first sheet stacking tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9261845
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image forming unit, a post-processing unit, an acquiring unit, a first transmitting unit, and a post-processing control unit. The image forming unit forms an image on a recording medium. The post-processing unit is provided at a side for discharging the recording medium of the image forming unit and performs predetermined post-processing on the recording medium. The acquiring unit acquires a discharge timing at which the recording medium is discharged from the image forming unit. The first transmitting unit transmits a post-processing start signal corresponding to the discharge timing. The post-processing control unit causes the post-processing unit to start the post-processing when receiving the post-processing start signal from the first transmitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenta Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 9186861
    Abstract: In a sheet processing device, a sheet feeder feeds a sheet fed thereinto, by switching to any one of a first direction same as a feed-in direction of a sheet and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. A second sheet processor is arranged in the second direction and performs a process including a center-folding process on the sheet. A first sheet processor is arranged in the first direction and performs a process other than the center-folding process on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Masato Hattori
  • Patent number: 9150373
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a discharge path through which the recording medium that has passed through the printing path is discharged; a reverse path in which the recording medium that has passed through the printing path is reversed; a resupply path in which the recording medium which reversely travels along the reverse path is guided to the printing path; a connection portion in which the printing path, the discharge path, the reverse path, and the resupply path cross one another; and a first guide member that is disposed in the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung-hun Oh, Je-won Jung
  • Patent number: 9036166
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a discharge mechanism including a drive roller rotatable in a normal direction to discharge a medium and in a reverse direction reversed to the normal direction, and a driven roller in contact with the drive roller and configured to be rotated by the rotation of the drive roller. The apparatus also includes a stacker on which the medium discharged from the discharge mechanism is to be stacked. The driven roller is movable in position depending on the rotation of the drive roller in the normal direction or the reverse direction, such that the driven roller is located at a first position in the vicinity of the stacker when the drive roller is rotating in the normal direction, and the driven roller is located at a second position further away from the stacker than the first position when the drive roller is rotating in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Osaki
  • Patent number: 9022387
    Abstract: A print-medium storing unit, a print-medium storing apparatus including the same, and an image forming apparatus including the same which are provided in a power transmission mechanism, print-medium storing apparatus which is installed on a discharge path of a print-medium in an image forming apparatus, includes a plurality of storing units which is arranged with multi-layers, and a controller which controls to drive a feeding unit of another storing unit arranged between the storing unit through which the print-medium is to be discharged and the image forming apparatus, by a driving source of the storing unit through which the print-medium is to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joo-heon Lee
  • Publication number: 20150102556
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which include a sheet storage portion and a stacker portion and from which a user can easily receive a sheet is provided. The sheet storage portion which stores a sheet on which an image is formed is provided above an image forming unit 101 that forms an image on a sheet and below a stacker portion 124 on which sheets on which images are formed by the image forming unit are stacked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroharu Tsuji, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Yohei Suzuki, Daisuke Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9007625
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus transmits a print job to a printer after performing print setting processing for variable print data. An operation information setting unit receives print setting information in which the leading page of each of the records is specified as the first page for a page or a page range in each of the records to perform print setting. A job ticket generation unit sets print setting information to a job ticket in accordance with the instruction which a hot folder manager gives that detects and manages print data. A print data transmission unit generates a print job and transmits it to a printer. The printer analyzes the received print job, and repeatedly applies the print setting information set to one record to each of the records to thereby execute print processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidekazu Morooka
  • Patent number: 8995014
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section that forms an image on a recording medium, plural recording medium supply sections that supply a recording medium to the image forming section, a recording medium setting section that sets attributes of the recording medium supplied by the recording medium supply section, a function program registration section that makes function programs for executing processes that use processing functions relating to image formation correspond to recording medium attribute information relating to the recording medium usable for the function program and performs registration for each of the function programs, and a control section that controls whether or not the registered function program is executable based on the attributes of the recording medium set by the recording medium setting section and the recording medium attribute information registered by the function program registration section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tokihiro Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 8985581
    Abstract: When the presence or absence of a malfunction is respectively determined in a decoloring section or a separation device, and it is determined that either the decoloring section or the separation device is malfunctioning, only the other is executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ken Iguchi, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Isao Yahata, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchihashi, Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 8985580
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a designation unit configured to designate number-of-copies information indicating a number of copies of print media to be stacked in a lump as a unit via a user interface of a printer driver, and a transmission unit configured to set an attribute of a print job based on the number-of-copies information designated by the designation unit and to transmit the set attribute to an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8967890
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a conveying unit, recording processing unit, recording detection unit provided downstream of the recording processing unit to check plural maintenance patterns recorded on a continuous sheet, cutter unit, plural discharge units to selectively receive cut sheets, discharge unit changeover unit to select one discharge unit to receive a cut sheet, conveyance failure detection unit, and control unit. The control unit controls the discharge unit changeover unit such that, when a continuous sheet conveyance failure is detected upstream of a position where the cutter is, and a maintenance pattern previously checked is present downstream of the cutter when the conveyance failure is detected, a present sheet unit between the maintenance pattern and the cutter position is discharged to a second discharge unit. The second discharge unit is different from a first discharge unit used for a sheet unit other than the present sheet unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Hoshino
  • Patent number: 8958122
    Abstract: An image data distribution apparatus includes an image data separating unit configured to separate image data obtained through a series of document read operations into a plurality of pieces of image data according to a predetermined condition; and an image data distributing unit configured to determine a distribution destination for each of the separated pieces of image data and distribute the separated pieces of image data to the corresponding distribution destinations, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Naoki Takishima
  • Publication number: 20150042035
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes a conveyance unit which conveys sheets and a discharge tray which supports the sheets conveyed by the conveyance unit. The discharge tray includes: a first tray which has first, second and third rail sections arranged at different positions respectively in a widthwise direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction and extending respectively in the conveyance direction; and a second tray which is arranged on a lower side of the first tray and which is slidably supported by the first, second, and third rail sections. The first rail section and the third rail section are contrary to each other in relation to the positions in the widthwise direction with respect to the second rail section. The first rail section has a first rib and a first protruding section; and the second rail section has a second rib and a second protruding section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki WASHINO
  • Patent number: 8882109
    Abstract: A paper sheet processing apparatus comprises a taking-in unit 10 configured to take therein paper sheets, a transport unit 70 configured to transport the paper sheets, a recognition unit 20 configured to recognize the paper sheets, a plurality of stacking units 60a to 60d configured to stack the paper sheets, the paper sheets stacked in the stacking units 60a-60d being able to be removed from the stacking units 60a-60d, and a detection sensor 25a to 25d configured to detect whether the paper sheets have been removed from the stacking units 60a-60d. When a control unit 50 judges that the paper sheets have been removed from the stacking units 60a to 60d based on information from the detection sensor 25a to 25d, the control unit 50 outputs removal information on the removed paper sheets or the stacking units 60a to 60d from which the paper sheets have been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihide Asada
  • Patent number: 8864134
    Abstract: A reduction is prevented in stacking efficiency of a sheet stacking apparatus due to a wrong setting of a stacking tray performed by a user thereby achieving a high stacking efficiency. In a control method for controlling an image forming apparatus including a sheet stacking control unit configured to stack sheets, subjected to printing in a print job, on one of a plurality of removable sheet stacking units, the control method includes specifying a sheet discharging unit used in the print job, determining whether a sheet stacking unit corresponding to the specified sheet discharging unit is properly set, and, in a case where it is determined that the sheet stacking unit is not properly set, restricting conveying sheets to the sheet stacking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 8849180
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming part configure to form an image on a sheet of paper; and a paper ejection tray, provided above an image forming part, including a supporting part configured to support the sheet of paper ejected after having the image formed thereonto by the image forming part, and a radiation opening configured to radiate therethrough heat from the image forming part to the outside air. The radiation opening is provided lower than the supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Kimura, Gakushi Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Endo
  • Patent number: 8840327
    Abstract: Processing time for switching discharge destinations can be reduced by providing a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first parameter indicating a number of middle sheets included in one set of carbonless copy paper set in a sheet feed tray, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second parameter indicating a number of middle sheets included in one target product, and a control unit configured to, if the second parameter is greater than the first parameter, print on a top sheet and a middle sheet needed for printing a print job, discharge a bottom sheet and a top sheet and a middle sheet included in a next set that are not needed for printing the print job to a discharge destination different from a discharge destination of the target product, and to print on a middle sheet and a bottom sheet needed for printing the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8840106
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which performs image forming processing on sheets and outputs the sheets to a sheet stacking unit includes an instruction unit configured to issue an instruction for shutting down the image forming apparatus, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a remaining amount of sheets stacked in the sheet stacking unit, and a control unit configured to display, when the instruction unit receives the instruction, a warning indicating a shift to a state in which sheets are not extractable from the sheet stacking unit, based on the remaining amount of sheets acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teppei Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8827265
    Abstract: Sheet deceleration apparatus and methods for decelerating a sheet of material for use in a sheet stacking or other application. The deceleration apparatus includes a rotatable cam nip, rotatable about a first axis and provided on one side of the travel path, such that the sheet of material can pass by the cam nip. The cam nip includes a lobe end, such that when the lobe end is away from the travel path, the sheet of material can pass substantially unimpeded past the cam nip, and when the lobe end is near the travel path, the sheet of material is nipped by the cam nip decelerating the sheet of material from the first speed to a second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: J&L Group International, LLC
    Inventors: Craig H. Gendreau, Curtis A. Roth, Lynn E. Vershum, Kevin P. Brown, Michael G. Harrington
  • Patent number: 8820742
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing, a first discharge opening and a second discharge opening, a sheet discharge portion, a restricting member and a sheet discharge tray. The sheet discharge portion is connected at a position below the first discharge opening, and the sheet discharged through the first discharge opening is to be placed thereon. The restricting member stands up on a downstream side of the sheet discharge portion in a discharging direction of the sheet and can come into contact with a downstream end edge of the sheet discharged to the sheet discharge portion in the discharging direction. The sheet discharge tray includes a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion to be fixed to an upper end part of the restricting member and is attachable above the sheet discharge portion, and a sheet discharged through the second discharge opening is to be placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Koyanagi, Shinsaku Yoneda
  • Patent number: 8811884
    Abstract: A sheet discharge tray that forms a sheet-receiving unit in an image-forming apparatus includes a climbing slope from a sheet discharge direction start point to a sheet discharge direction end point. The sheet discharge direction end point is formed by a variable tray having a supporting portion provided on a side of the sheet discharge direction start point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiroh Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8737880
    Abstract: An image forming device includes a casing formed with an opening, a pivot member pivotably disposed in the casing so as to be selectively opened and closed, a cover disposed outward of the pivot member, a lock mechanism that maintains a closed state of the pivot member, a link mechanism and a first roller and a second roller that together convey a recording medium, the first roller being supported by the pivot member, wherein the first roller moves away from the second roller when the pivot member is in the opened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Uehara
  • Patent number: 8727333
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus including a sheet accommodation device including at least one sheet accommodation section which accommodates a sheet before printing, a printing unit which prints an image on a sheet based on print data stored in a storage area, a discharged sheet accommodation device including at least one discharged sheet accommodation section which accommodates the printed sheet, a control device which selects a combination of a sheet accommodation section and a discharged sheet accommodation section such that a storage device completes storing print data into the storage area by a conveyance starting time of a sheet to be printed based on the print data, and which control a conveyance device to feed the sheet to be printed based on the print data from the sheet accommodation section to discharge the sheet to the discharged sheet accommodation section of the selected combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ohmiya
  • Publication number: 20140110897
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. Sheets, a plurality of which form a set, are contained in each of containers, and sheets are fed from the corresponding containers. If a first sheet to be fed is in the same layer as a second sheet that was fed from the containers last time, the first sheet is fed from a set that included the second sheet in the containers is fed. If the layer of the first sheet is higher than the layer of the second sheet that was fed from the containers last time, all remaining sheets in the set that included the second sheet are discharged from the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi KANEDA
  • Patent number: 8672321
    Abstract: A method of controlling the average sheet velocities in the separate paths in a parallel architecture to prevent sheet collision and provide for sheet arrival in the proper order at the sheet merger point(s) in the media path. Modifying the travel time of the sheets, or re-phasing strategy, at various points along the media path ensure that sheet collision is avoided even at maximum capacity. Adjusting the velocity of the sheets allow for the printer to run at maximum capacity without jamming and collision of the sheets running therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Krucinski
  • Patent number: 8672324
    Abstract: A stack state of a plurality of trays is collectively determined and is notified in steps. A printing apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet and create a printed material, a plurality of storage units each configured to store the printed material created by the image forming unit, a sorter unit configured to output the printed material to the plurality of storage units, and a determining unit configured to determine whether the plurality of storage units are in a nearly full state in which printed material is stored in almost all of the plurality of storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yumi Ikarashi
  • Publication number: 20140062015
    Abstract: There is provided a technique of allowing the user to readily identify a printed material with a stable tint when a plurality of printed materials are output in a printing apparatus. To achieve this, a printing apparatus according to one aspect of the invention executes an adjustment job for printing an image on a plurality of sheets for adjusting the tint of the printed image, and controls to discharge, to a first discharge unit, a predetermined number of sheets among the plurality of sheets on which the image is printed by executing the adjustment job, and to discharge, to a second discharge unit different from the first discharge unit, a remaining sheet subsequent to the predetermined number of sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuto Harada
  • Publication number: 20140054848
    Abstract: A medium processor is provided with a medium storage which can house two small storing boxes next to each other and has plural slots into which the two small storing boxes can be detachably loaded. Thus, the two small storing boxes can be loaded in a space equivalent to one conventional bill storing box, and the small storing boxes can be detached for servicing even when there are two small storing boxes loaded in one slot. Thus, various kinds of media can be handled without impairing maintainability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: OKI ELECTRIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu KOMATSU, Ryousuke KOJIMA, Shinji OHARA
  • Publication number: 20140042694
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image forming system including: the relay apparatus; the image forming device which is connected to the first communication control unit of the relay apparatus and which acquires the sheet interval information of the downstream post-processing device through the first communication system; and the second post-processing device which is connected to the second communication control unit of the relay apparatus, the second post-processing device being compliant with the second communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki KONISHI
  • Publication number: 20140015193
    Abstract: A machine to sort documents includes a stacker having a tier of the plurality of pockets and a magazine positioned at one end of the stacker. A first transport and a second transport operably associated with the magazine are configured to carry the documents through the stacker. Once the sorted documents are at the end of the machine, there is a tray system operably associated with the machine to allow the user to store the resulting sorted documents from the machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Brent A. Daboub, Gary Culp, Fred Ayala
  • Publication number: 20140011656
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus comprises an ejecting unit configured to eject a sheet or a bundle of sheets, and a sheet stacking unit configured to stack the sheet or the bundle of sheets ejected by the ejecting unit. In the apparatus, the leading end portion of the sheet stacking unit on the downstream side in the sheet conveying direction is rotatable downward and capable of dropping down the sheet or the bundle of sheets stacked on the sheet stacking unit from the leading end portion of the sheet stacking unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuo NIIKURA, Keisuke SUGIYAMA
  • Patent number: 8620204
    Abstract: A print-medium storing unit, a print-medium storing apparatus including the same, and an image forming apparatus including the same which are provided in a power transmission mechanism, print-medium storing apparatus which is installed on a discharge path of a print-medium in an image forming apparatus, includes a plurality of storing units which is arranged with multi-layers, and a controller which controls to drive a feeding unit of another storing unit arranged between the storing unit through which the print-medium is to be discharged and the image forming apparatus, by a driving source of the storing unit through which the print-medium is to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joo-heon Lee
  • Patent number: 8613446
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus includes a stack unit which includes a first stack tray and a second stack tray which can be individually elevated and is configured to stack a sheet on at least one of the first stack tray and the second tray, and a control unit configured to control the stack unit to stack the sheet in a first stack mode in which the sheet is stacked on at least one of the first stack tray and the second stack tray without being extended over the first stack tray and the second stack tray and a second stack mode in which the sheet is stacked on across the first stack tray and the second stack tray, the control unit capable of selecting the first stack mode and the second stack mode with respect to a same size sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Miyake, Mitsuhiko Sato, Naoto Watanabe, Takayuki Fujii, Yushi Oka, Takashi Yokoya, Hiromasa Maenishi, Yutaka Ando
  • Patent number: 8565666
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a recording medium is fed by being switched between a first conveying path feeding a recording medium to a first image forming portion and a second conveying path feeding the recording medium to a second image forming portion without being enabled to pass through the first image forming portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20130264771
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing, a first discharge opening and a second discharge opening, a sheet discharge portion, a restricting member and a sheet discharge tray. The sheet discharge portion is connected at a position below the first discharge opening, and the sheet discharged through the first discharge opening is to be placed thereon. The restricting member stands up on a downstream side of the sheet discharge portion in a discharging direction of the sheet and can come into contact with a downstream end edge of the sheet discharged to the sheet discharge portion in the discharging direction. The sheet discharge tray includes a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion to be fixed to an upper end part of the restricting member and is attachable above the sheet discharge portion, and a sheet discharged through the second discharge opening is to be placed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Koyanagi, Shinsaku Yoneda
  • Publication number: 20130193641
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which performs image forming processing on sheets and outputs the sheets to a sheet stacking unit includes an instruction unit configured to issue an instruction for shutting down the image forming apparatus, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a remaining amount of sheets stacked in the sheet stacking unit, and a control unit configured to display, when the instruction unit receives the instruction, a warning indicating a shift to a state in which sheets are not extractable from the sheet stacking unit, based on the remaining amount of sheets acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 8496248
    Abstract: A printer includes a main body capable of printing and outputting paper, a bracket attached to the main body, two sliding blocks, and a tray configured for receiving the paper. The bracket includes two sidewalls. A retaining member is secured to each sidewall. The sliding blocks are slidably attached to the sidewalls of the bracket. The tray is received in the bracket and has tray posts corresponding to the retaining members. The sliding blocks bring the tray to slide in the bracket. The retaining members have a first position, where the tray posts urge the retaining members to slide before passing across the retaining members, and a second position, where the tray posts are blocked by the retaining member when the tray is released from the sliding blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Lu Fan, Chih-Kun Shih, Chun-Hsien Lin
  • Patent number: 8485525
    Abstract: A sheet-stacking apparatus includes a gripper configured to convey a sheet, two stacker trays stacking sheets arranged in a row, and a support member configured to separately elevate the two stacker trays. The stacker tray is selected according to a sheet length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Obuchi, Kenichi Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20130134668
    Abstract: A method for forming an auxiliary stack when a sheet stack is changed in a sheet delivery of a sheet-processing machine includes providing an auxiliary stack support for supporting the auxiliary stack during a non-stop stack change and multiple stop and separator elements disposed outside a stacking area in front of edges of the sheet stack to form a gap in a stream of sheets conveyed by a conveying system and released to fall onto the sheet stack. The sheet stack is lowered to form a gap for the auxiliary stack support, the stop elements for the front edge and the rear edge of the sheet stack are moved into a disengaged stand-by position before the main stack is lowered. For this purpose, the stop elements are equipped with remote-controllable actuating devices that are connected to a control unit. A device for forming an auxiliary stack is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventor: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
  • Publication number: 20130113160
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a print control unit, a determining unit, and a control unit. The print control unit causes a printing unit to print an image on a sheet and causes one of a plurality of discharge units to discharge at least one sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit facing downward. The determining unit determines whether some of the discharge units are to be used for discharging sheets for an input print job. In response to determining that the some of the discharge units are to be used for the input print job, the print control unit discharges the sheets to the some of the discharge units such that a former page of the sheets is discharged to a lower-level discharge unit and a latter page of the sheets is discharged to an upper-level discharge unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130098985
    Abstract: Continuous print devices and systems are disclosed herein. Embodiments include continuous print devices having a plurality of temporary holding sections, each of which is bounded by a moveable bottom barrier. The temporary holding sections are typically aligned vertically with each other, thus allowing print media to fall from one temporary holding section to the next temporary holding section below. The temporary holding sections are adapted to contain print jobs including unique set documents for association and packaging with medication containers during fulfillment of prescription orders. Embodiments of the continuous print system enable associated printers to maintain at least one print job in the printer's memory during order fulfillment, thereby enabling the printer to operate continuously. Warm-up or cool-down cycles of the associated printer that can be induced by delays between successive print jobs are thus eliminated during normal operation of the continuous print system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Chambers
  • Patent number: 8403325
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for printing multiple copies of a document, the document having N (where N is an integer) pages, includes an image forming unit configured to print images on a plurality of sheets according to an input print job, a sheet stacking unit configured to stack sheets printed by the image forming unit, and a control unit configured to divide a print job which prints M (where M is an integer) copies of each of the N pages of the document into a plurality of print operations in a case where a group mode in which sheets are stacked into N groups, each group having M copies of a respective page of the document, is set in the print job, wherein each of the plurality of print operations is for printing less than M copies of each of the N pages of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Moriyama, Hitoshi Kato, Yasuo Fukatsu, Naoki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8376360
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus including first and second stacking trays configured to stack sheets, a detection unit configured to detect a sheet stacking amount on the first stacking tray, a setting unit configured to set an upper limit on stacking amount for controlling the sheet stacking amount that is less than a maximum sheet stacking amount on the first stacking tray, and a control unit configured to stop stacking of sheets on the first stacking tray and stack sheets on the second stacking tray in a case where the sheet stacking amount which is detected by the detection unit reaches the upper limit on stacking amount that is set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Moriyama, Hitoshi Kato, Yasuo Fukatsu, Naoki Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20130020760
    Abstract: When a sheet processing apparatus is newly connected, discharge of sheets to a paper discharge tray the user does not intend is prevented while omitting cumbersome settings regarding the sheet processing apparatus. To accomplish this, a printing apparatus stores, in storage unit, information for determining a paper discharge destination to which sheets are to be discharged from among a plurality of paper discharge destinations. In a case where a newly connected sheet processing apparatus is a sheet processing apparatus of the same type as an immediately previously connected sheet processing apparatus, the printing apparatus does not change the information stored in the storage unit. In a case where a newly connected sheet processing apparatus is a sheet processing apparatus of a different type, the printing apparatus updates the information stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Mutsuno
  • Publication number: 20130015623
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a decolorizing device includes a first stacker to stack sheets to be decolorized images on the sheets, a second stacker arranged adjacent to the first stacker, wherein the sheets stacked on the first stacker is kept waiting on the second stacker in order to be decolorized the images, a pressing unit to urge the sheets stacked on the second stacker downward and keep the sheets stacked on the second stacker flat, an image decolorizing unit to decolorize the images on the sheets, and a sheet feed unit positioned on an upper surface of the pressing unit to convey the sheets pressed on the pressing unit from the second stacker to the image decolorizing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicants: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ken IGUCHI, Isao YAHATA, Takahiro KAWAGUCHI, Hiroyuki TAGUCHI, Hiroyuki TSUCHIHASHI, Hiroyuki TAKI