Feeding And Delivering Patents (Class 271/3.14)
  • Patent number: 10364119
    Abstract: A recording apparatus is provided that is able to increase the medium load capacity of a receiving portion in a configuration provided with a mounting portion and receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Uchibori, Kazunori Mori
  • Patent number: 10350916
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a print section, a supply path, a correction roller pair, an adjusting mechanism and a controller. The print section is configured to perform printing on a medium. The supply path is configured to supply the medium to the print section. The correction roller pair is configured to enable the medium transported on the supply path to strike the correction roller pair to correct skewing of the medium. The adjusting mechanism adjusts a nip load applied to the correction roller pair. The controller is configured to control the adjusting mechanism based on print job information. The correction roller pair includes a driving roller that has a plurality of convex portions disposed on a peripheral surface along a circumferential direction of the driving roller and a driven roller that is disposed to face the driving roller to be driven by the driving roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yosaku Tamura, Akinobu Nakahata
  • Patent number: 10310446
    Abstract: A method of converting a standard CMYK color toner printer to a CMYK or CMYW sublimation color toner printer. Providing a standard CMYK color toner printer, comprising four toner printing cartridges: a cyan toner printing cartridge, a magenta toner printing cartridge, a yellow toner printing cartridge, and a black toner printing cartridge. Removing the four toner printing cartridges, such that four empty toner cartridge slots are created. Providing four sublimation toner printing cartridges: a cyan sublimation toner printing cartridge, a magenta sublimation toner printing cartridge, a yellow sublimation toner printing cartridge, and a black sublimation toner printing cartridge, or a white sublimation toner printer cartridge. Installing the four sublimation toner printing cartridges into the four empty toner cartridge slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: UI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raymond Josiah, Joseph Dovi
  • Patent number: 10106345
    Abstract: There is provide a conveying apparatus conveying a sheet including: a main body formed with a conveyance path; a first feed tray installable in the main body at a first position; a discharge tray; and a first regulating section performing regulation for regulating movement of the first tray, in a state of being located at a second position, toward the other side in a first direction. The first regulating section is configured to release the regulation, in a case that the first feed tray, at the second position, is moved upwardly by a first predetermined moving amount. A spacing distance in the up/down direction between the first feed tray and the discharge tray is shorter than the first predetermined moving amount. The discharge tray is configured to be move upwardly by being contacted with the first feed tray in a case that the first feed tray is moved upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 10048632
    Abstract: A sheet transport apparatus is equipped with a sheet transport guide section for guiding a sheet to be transported. The sheet transport guide section includes a first transport guide member swingable about a first axis, and a second transport guide member swingable about a second axis, the second transport guide member forming a sheet transport path between the second transport guide member and the first transport guide member. The second transport guide member is arranged at a first position when the first transport guide member is closed, at a second position where the second transport guide member is opened from the first position when the first transport guide member is opened, or at a third position where the second transport guide member is opened from the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Suto, Yasumasa Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10029489
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing unit that prints an image on a sheet by using ink, a feed path along which the sheet is transported toward the printing unit, a switchback mechanism that, when two sides of the sheet are to be printed, switches back the sheet of which one of the two sides has been printed and sends the sheet to the feed path, and a correction roller pair capable of correcting skew of the sheet by having firm contact with the sheet transported along the feed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akinobu Nakahata, Takamasa Ikagawa, Hiroki Chino, Yosaku Tamura
  • Patent number: 10011131
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a print section to perform printing on a medium, a supply path to supply the medium to the print section, a correction roller pair to enable the medium transported on the supply path to strike the correction roller pair to correct skewing of the medium, an adjusting mechanism for adjusting a nip load applied to the correction roller pair, and a controller to control the adjusting mechanism based on print job information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yosaku Tamura, Akinobu Nakahata
  • Patent number: 9981816
    Abstract: The present sheet conveying apparatus includes: a resist roller pair that corrects skew of a sheet conveyed from a sheet supplying unit; and a guide portion disposed at an upstream side relative to the resist roller pair in a sheet conveying direction, the guide portion including a first guide and a second guide disposed opposite to the first guide with a sheet conveying path therebetween, the second guide being located at a projection side of a curved portion formed in the sheet when a tip of the sheet is conveyed to a nip portion of the resist roller pair that is stopped, the second guide being divided into a plurality of divided guides in an axial direction of the resist roller pair, a flexible film being disposed to cover at least a portion of a space between the plurality of divided guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: KONICA MINOLTA, INC., KONICA MINOLTA TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (WUXI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Omichi, Teruo Nagashima, Yunzhen Yang, Linfeng Zhou, Zhongqi Cao, Jianming Shi, Shuang Chu
  • Patent number: 9948803
    Abstract: A reading apparatus which is connected to an image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the reading apparatus including: a supporting section which forms a reading surface for reading the image on the recording medium by contacting the recording medium on which the image is formed by the image forming apparatus; a conveyance section which conveys the recording medium so that the recording medium contacts the supporting section from a leading direction at a predetermined leading angle with respect to the reading surface and moves apart from the supporting section to an ejection direction at a predetermined ejection angle with respect to the reading surface; and a reading section which reads the image on the recording medium at a position where the reading surface is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Isokawa
  • Patent number: 9919515
    Abstract: A printing system capable of accurately positioning a lenticular array in registration with a rectilinear raster includes a printer that is capable of printing onto a printable surface. The printer has a main support surface on which the printable surface rests. The system further includes a series of raised parallel relief features being spatially formed along a printable substrate that is supported by the main support surface. The raised parallel relief features are raised to a sufficient height above the printable substrate such that when the lenticular array is disposed upon the raised parallel relief features, each raised parallel relief feature fits and is disposed within a valley formed between two respective adjoining lenticules of the lenticular array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRACER IMAGING LLC
    Inventors: Stephen S. Daniell, Steven M. Spiro, Daniel L. Lau
  • Patent number: 9815641
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a conveyor, a first cover, a second cover movable in conjunction with the first cover, and a restricting portion movable between a restricting position at which the second cover is restricted from being moved from a first position toward a second position and an allowable position at which the second cover is allowed to be moved from the first position toward the second position. The restricting portion is located at the restricting position when the first cover is located at the closed position, and the restricting portion is moved from the restricting position to the allowable position in conjunction with the first cover when the first cover is moved from the closed position toward the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Murodate, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 9813573
    Abstract: A reading device includes a conveyance control section for controlling document conveyance. In a case of double-sided reading of a document and with a cutout document mode applied, the conveyance control section stops a pair of reverse-rotation rollers at a time point when the document has been conveyed by a distance resulting from adding an additional distance, which is predetermined or determined based on a recognized cutout width in the document conveyance direction, to a reference distance since a time point of passage of a rear end of a document-detecting detection part, and thereafter start reverse rotation of the pair of reverse-rotation rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takuro Murata
  • Patent number: 9604806
    Abstract: A sheet supplying apparatus includes a supply part, a cover, a base tray, an interlock mechanism, and an auxiliary tray. The supply part is provided in the apparatus body. The cover is provided to be turnable between a close position and an open position. The base tray composes a part of a loading surface on which the sheet is loaded, and is movable in a conveyance direction with respect to the cover. The interlock mechanism moves the base tray by interlocking with the cover turning, and moves the base tray by interlocking with the cover turning. The auxiliary tray is displaceable between a storage position and a raising position. An engage part includes a lifting part. The lifting part comes into pressure contact with an engaged part and displaces the auxiliary tray from the storage position to the raising position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Okura
  • Patent number: 9582742
    Abstract: A printing device for implementing printing on a medium includes a detection unit and a control unit. The detection unit is configured to detect loading of the medium into the printing device and withdrawal of the medium from the printing device. The control unit is configured to indicate contents displayed on a display screen. The control unit is further configured to generate a first signal of displaying a first screen on the display screen when the detection unit detects that the medium has been withdrawn from the printing device, and generate a second signal of displaying a second screen different from the first screen on the display screen when the detection unit detects that the medium has been loaded into the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akemi Ito, Hiromichi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9527686
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a supporter which support a sheet to be supplied or a discharged sheet. The supporter includes: a first cover pivotable between a closed position and an open position and capable of supporting the sheet when the first cover is located at the open position; and a second cover pivotable between a first position and a second position and constituting a portion of an exterior of the sheet conveying device with the first cover when the second cover is located at the first position. The second cover has a first end portion contactable with the first cover located at the closed position. The first end portion is kept in contact with the first cover throughout a period in which the second cover is pivoted from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Huanfa Wang, Daisuke Kozaki, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 9522793
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a conveyor, a first cover, a second cover movable in conjunction with the first cover, and a restricting portion movable between a restricting position at which the second cover is restricted from being moved from a first position toward a second position and an allowable position at which the second cover is allowed to be moved from the first position toward the second position. The restricting portion is located at the restricting position when the first cover is located at the closed position, and the restricting portion is moved from the restricting position to the allowable position in conjunction with the first cover when the first cover is moved from the closed position toward the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Murodate, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 9511607
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a printhead and a detector configured to generate an electronic signal indicative of an increase in height in a portion of a media before such portion of the media passes the printhead. The imaging device also includes a vacuum source operable to pull the portion of the media having the increase in height away from the printhead so the media does not impact the printhead. The vacuum source is positioned below an opening in a platen opposite the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jason M. LeFevre
  • Patent number: 9452071
    Abstract: A stent delivery system includes a housing that houses a rotary roller, a support body in sliding contact with the outer surface of the rotary roller, and a resilient member composed of a coil spring acting on the support body. If, for any reason, it becomes difficult to axially move a rack member and an operator forcibly rotates the rotary roller, a load of not less than a predetermined value is applied to the rotary roller and the rotary roller moves downward while the support body is being pushed down, and meshing engagement between the rack member and the rotary roller is released. Axial movement of the rack member is thus avoided as there is no transmission of the rotating force of the rotary roller to the rack member. Other embodiments are also disclosed for preventing transmission of the rotating force of the rotary roller to the rack member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masakazu Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 9432583
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the inventive concept there is provided a method of providing an adjusted digital image representation of a view, the method comprising providing a set of images, wherein the images of said set depict a same view and are captured with a digital camera using different configurations of the digital camera; determining an initial representation of the view by providing a primary image based on image data of at least a first image of said set; sending the primary image for presentation of the initial representation on a display; providing a secondary image based on image data of at least a second image of said set, wherein the first image and the second image are different images; and sending, in response to receiving a user command, the secondary image for presentation of an adjusted representation of the view on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Mobile Imaging in Sweden AB
    Inventor: Sami Niemi
  • Patent number: 9365372
    Abstract: A printing medium supplying apparatus may include a body, a feed tray configured to rotate between a first position in which the feed tray forms an external appearance of the body and a second position in which a printing medium is loaded, a knock-up plate provided on the feed tray configured to ascend and descend, a pickup roller configured to make contact with the loaded printing medium as the knock-up plate ascends, and a rotating lever configured to allow the knock-up plate to be restricted at a side of the feed tray when the feed tray rotates from the first position to the second position. Accordingly, the knock-up plate are restricted and released together with operations of the pickup roller and the feed tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji Hoon Woo
  • Patent number: 9283777
    Abstract: A printer apparatus comprises an insertion and discharging port; a first paper conveyance path configured to convey a first printing medium inserted from the insertion and discharging port in a downstream direction towards a given printing position, and convey the first printing medium in a direction opposite to the downstream direction to discharge the first printing medium from the insertion and discharging port; a first printing section configured to carry out printing on the first printing medium conveyed to the printing position; a second printing section configured at the downstream side of the first printing section when seen from the direction of the insertion and discharging port to have a printing method different from that of the first printing section; a second paper conveyance path configured to merge with the first paper conveyance path at the downstream side of the first printing section of the first paper conveyance path to discharge a second printing medium printed by the second printing sect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nihashi
  • Patent number: 9280117
    Abstract: When images of a plurality of document sheets are to be read and formed on a plurality of recording materials, an image forming apparatus performs control to convey a document sheet and a recording material at one of a recording material conveyance speed and a document conveyance speed, whichever is lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Nakajima, Masaru Aoki, Hiroto Endo
  • Patent number: 9272868
    Abstract: A document reading device is capable of facilitating attachment/detachment of a reading unit provided inside a U-shaped document conveying path formed in a document conveying device. The document reading device includes a U-shaped document conveying path extending from a sheet supply tray to a sheet discharge tray through a reading section and a reading unit disposed inside the U-shaped document conveying path, a downstream part of the sheet supply tray on which a document is placed and a guide member provided upstream of the document conveying path to continue from the sheet supply tray and is arranged to be attachable/detachable with respect to the sheet supply tray or document conveying path. The reading unit is removable from inside the U-shaped document conveying path through an opening through which the downstream part of the sheet supply tray and guide member of the document conveying path are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: XEROX CORPORATION, NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masataka Hamada, Junya Nakajima, Seiji Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 9187272
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a feeding tray, a conveying device, an ejecting tray, a feeding guide and a conveying rib. On the feeding tray, a sheet is placed. The conveying device feeds the sheet on the feeding tray to an image reading device. The ejecting tray receives the sheet after image reading. The feeding guide is configured to be movable in a direction intersecting a feeding direction of the sheet and to regulate a position in a width direction of the sheet on the feeding tray. The conveying rib is configured to be movable in interlocking with movement of the feeding guide and to lead the sheet to be ejected onto the ejecting tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Kainuma
  • Patent number: 9167125
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a transparent plate and a CIS. The transparent plate has a placement area in which an original document is placed and a transport area which corresponds to a transport position of the original document by a transport device. The CIS reads an image of the original document via the transparent plate. The transport device includes an inverting path at a position on the transparent plate opposite to the placement area seen from the transport area. On a second surface side of the transparent plate, the CIS is moved among a first reading area which corresponds to the placement area of the transparent plate, a second reading area which corresponds to the transport area of the transparent plate, and a standby position defined below the inverting path of the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masamitsu Shimazu, Shintaro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9162483
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a medium supporting section that supports a recording medium, a recording section that performs a recording on the recording medium, and a medium path that has a first face and a second face facing each other, and that transports the recording medium through between the first face and the second face. The first face has a shape which is convex toward the second face. A plurality of rollers which are lined up in a transport direction of the recording medium are arranged on the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9060086
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a reading unit, a document conveyance unit, a sheet storage unit, a printing unit, a first and second determination unit, and a control unit. The reading unit reads a document. The printing unit performs printing on a sheet fed from the sheet storage unit. The first determination unit determines a first size of the document based on a size of a sheet stored in the sheet storage unit. The control unit causes the document conveyance unit to convey the document and causes the reading unit to read the document based on the determined first size. The second determination unit determines a second size of the conveyed document. In response to the determined first size not matching the determined second size, the control unit causes the document to be conveyed again and causes the document to be read again based on the determined second size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9010746
    Abstract: A sheet medium processing device comprising a stacking mechanism mounted on a frame, a first switching mechanism and a retractable paper baffle adjacent to the medium exit of the stacking mechanism; the stacking mechanism comprises a lower ticket stacking assembly, an upper ticket stacking assembly capable of moving parallelly above the lower ticket stacking assembly and a parallel movement confining mechanism, wherein the upper ticket stacking assembly and the lower ticket stacking assembly are both belt-conveyor mechanisms, and the belt of the upper ticket stacking assembly has a tendency of tightly pressing against the belt of the lower ticket stacking assembly. The first switching mechanism simultaneously controls the reciprocation of the paper baffle and the parallel movement of the upper ticket stacking assembly, enabling the stacking mechanism to be selectively provided with a transport state and a stacking state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenxing Zhao, Zhigang Xu, Ming Gao, Qingbang Xu
  • Publication number: 20150102550
    Abstract: A sheet container, which is incorporated in an image forming apparatus, includes a container body having a loading face to load a sheet thereon, an extension unit disposed extendable in a sheet feeding direction with respect to the container body to extend the loading face, a length regulator disposed movable in the sheet feeding direction with respect to the extension unit to regulate a sheet trailing end position in the sheet feeding direction, and a sheet size indicator having a strip-shape provided on the container body along with a moving direction of the extension unit as a reference of a position of the length regulator, having at least one sheet size mark to indicate a size of the sheet, and being variable in length in a longitudinal direction with respect to the container body along with movement of the extension unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Munekazu HIRATA, Mitsutaka NAKAMURA, Takashi FUJIMOTO, Kozo YAMAZAKI, Toshio YAMAKI
  • Publication number: 20150091236
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device including a conveying section configured to convey a sheet in a predetermined conveying direction, a discharge section configured to discharge the sheet onto a stacking surface and configured to support the sheet, which is discharged by the discharge section, from below, a first contact portion provided on the stacking surface at a middle portion of the stacking surface in a width direction orthogonal to the conveying direction; a second contact portion provided on the stacking surface at one side with respect to the first contact portion in the width direction; and a third contact portion provided on the stacking surface at an other side with respect to the first contact portion in the width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Kotaro Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 8985569
    Abstract: A document conveyance device includes: a reader reading a document-sheet passing on a contact glass; a white plate being placed opposite to the contact glass; a first conveyance roller and a first driven roller placed upstream of the reader in a sheet conveying direction; a second conveyance roller and a second driven roller placed downstream of the reader in the sheet conveying direction; a holding member configured to hold rotatably the first and second driven roller; a spacer configured to support the holding member and include one or more of support planes different in height; wherein a support plane selected from the one or more support planes in accordance with a thickness of the document-sheet is moved manually to support the holding member, and the white plate is configured to lift upward from the contact glass plate by a forehead of the sheet passing through the contact glass plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kenji Takayama
  • Patent number: 8967613
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a main body including a document table; a document cover that includes a rear end portion supported by the main body, and a front end portion configured to be movable with respect to the main body; a conveyer that is disposed in the document cover and is configured to feed a document; and a reader that is provided in the main body. The document cover includes a lower layer portion having a wall surrounding front, rear, left and right of the conveyer and an upper layer portion covering over the conveyer. The lower layer portion includes a bottom having a shape covering the document table. The wall extends upward from an outer periphery of the bottom. The upper layer portion includes a grip portion which protrudes frontward from the upper layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ai Oyamada, Toshiya Inada
  • Patent number: 8964269
    Abstract: An image reader includes a discharge cover disposed on a side of the image reader, the discharge cover forming part of a side surface when closed and forming a discharge port when opened. Undesired illumination from light entering the image reader through the discharge port is suppressed from impinging on a contact image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuro Miura, Yoshinori Osakabe, Muneaki Takahata
  • Patent number: 8964268
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device is formed with a sheet mounting part, and a sheet feeding unit defining a sheet feed path having inlet and outlet. The sheet feeding unit is configured to introduce the sheet on the sheet mounting surface from the inlet, feed the sheet along the feed path, and discharge the sheet from the outlet onto the sheet mounting part. The sheet mounting part includes first and second members arranged next to each other. The first and second members with a border therebetween define a sheet mounting surface. An end portion of one of the first and second members has one or more protruded portions, while an end portion of the other member has one or more slits configured to receive the one or more protruded portions. An upper surface of the one member is located at a higher position than the upper surface of the other member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Muneaki Takahata, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 8960662
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, which includes a housing including a first housing and a second housing; a first opening located in between the first housing and the second housing; a second opening formed to communicate with the first opening through a first path; a third opening, a length of which along the first direction is smaller than a length of the first opening; a fourth opening, including a part of the second opening, formed to communicate with the third opening through a second path; a fifth opening located in a position where a part of the second path and the first path merge with each other; an image reader; a first roller exposed to a part of the first path ranging between the image reader and the fifth opening; and a second roller exposed to a part of the second path ranging between the third opening and the fifth opening, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichiro Kuriki
  • Patent number: 8955833
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a case. In the case, a feeding unit configured to feed a recording medium in a feeding direction, a feeding path through which the recording medium is fed, a recording unit configured to record on the recording medium, and an ink tube connected to the recording unit and an ink cartridge for supplying ink to the recording unit are provided. A first opening is provided in a face of the case for allowing the recording medium disposed in the feeding path to be removable. A second opening is provided in the face where the first opening is provided for allowing the ink cartridge to be installed. An operating unit is provided above the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuto Suzuki, Minoru Kishigami
  • Publication number: 20150042030
    Abstract: A sheet tray includes: a first receiving member; a second receiving member including a first holding portion configured to be pushed into and drawn out from the first receiving member and a third receiving member including a second holding portion configured to be pushed into and drawn out from the second receiving member. The first receiving member covers the second and third receiving members in a state of being pushed into. The second receiving member is configured to expose the second holding portion while maintaining a state in which the third receiving member can be drawn out. The first receiving member is configured to expose the second holding portion while maintaining a state in which the third receiving member can be drawn out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki WASHINO
  • Patent number: 8950743
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an ADF that feeds and conveys original document sheets one sheet by one sheet from a tray unit to a read position on a document glass by motive power from a driving motor includes: an opening/closing unit operable to open and close relative to the document glass; an open/close detection sensor that detects an open/closed state of the opening/closing unit; a first interlock switch, which is arranged between a power source and the driving motor, that is on when the opening/closing unit is closed, and vice versa; and a control circuit that determines the open/closed state of the opening/closing unit based on detection outputs of the first interlock switch and the open/close detection sensor. The control circuit determines that the opening/closing unit is in the closed state when the first interlock switch is on and the open/close detection sensor is detecting the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Koki Sakano, Hiroshi Kubo, Shinya Kitaoka, Takeshi Akai, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Atsushi Kanaya, Fumiyuki Heishi, Takuya Sano
  • Patent number: 8915493
    Abstract: The invention proposes a method and an installation for monitoring and/or controlling at least one handling apparatus for handling a multiplicity of preferably sheet-like products, in particular printed products, each product being assigned a reference (4). The installation comprises a transporting apparatus for transporting the multiplicity of products at a distance apart from one another along a transporting direction to at least one handling apparatus, or past the same, at least one detecting apparatus (1, 1?) at least for picking up references of the products and for communicating messages belonging to the references, and at least one processing unit (3) for processing the messages. In at least one delay device (5), a number of messages relating to references (4) from a plurality of products are combined to form a message group (6) and are communicated to the processing unit (3) via a communications medium (2) once a delay period (9) has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Roland Keller
  • Patent number: 8913309
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus that includes an image reading portion, a tray, a first regulation member movable in a width direction on the tray, a second regulation member movable in association with the first regulation member, a first rotating portion and a second rotating portion that are each capable of being rotated by a sheet on the tray, and a sensor portion configured to generate a signal based on rotations of the first and second rotating portions. The first rotating portion is located between the first regulation member and the second regulation member that regulate both edges of a sheet having a minimum width, and the second rotating portion is located between the other edge of a sheet having a smaller width and the first regulation member, when sheets having different widths are supported on the tray with each having one edge aligned with the first regulation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 8899571
    Abstract: A sheet-through document reading apparatus including: a document tray for containing a plurality of documents; a determination unit that determines a length of a document on the document tray; a feed unit that separates and feeds a document on the document tray; a resist convey unit that performs consistency processing on the document fed by the feed unit; a first drive unit that rotationally drives the resist convey unit; a read convey unit that feeds the document subjected to consistency processing by the resist convey unit; a second drive unit that rotationally drives the read convey unit; a reading unit that reads, at a fixed reading position, the document conveyed by the read convey unit; and a control unit for changing a relative conveying velocity between the resist convey unit and the read convey unit on the basis of a result of the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8873117
    Abstract: A sheet transport device includes a shaft member that extends in an axial direction orthogonal to a sheet transport direction, and a roller that includes plural components which are assembled together so as to surround the shaft member. The components have a shape such that a joint between the components is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the roller which is formed by assembling the components together. The joint extends from one end to another end of the outer peripheral surface in the axial direction while bending or curving at least at a portion in the middle thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiichirou Arikawa, Hiroko Furukata
  • Patent number: 8851465
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a medium cassette provided with a medium accommodation tray that has a medium accommodation unit for accommodating a medium which is transported to a recording unit, and a paper discharge tray that is disposed on the upper side of the medium accommodation tray and that receives a medium on which recording has been performed at the recording unit. The paper discharge tray has a cutout formed from an end portion of the paper discharge tray which is on a feed-out side in a transport direction of the medium accommodation unit, and the cutout exposes the medium accommodation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshikazu Kotaka
  • Publication number: 20140284865
    Abstract: A document conveyance device includes: a reader reading a document-sheet passing on a contact glass; a white plate being placed opposite to the contact glass; a first conveyance roller and a first driven roller placed upstream of the reader in a sheet conveying direction; a second conveyance roller and a second driven roller placed downstream of the reader in the sheet conveying direction; a holding member configured to hold rotatably the first and second driven roller; a spacer configured to support the holding member and include one or more of support planes different in height; wherein a support plane selected from the one or more support planes in accordance with a thickness of the document-sheet is moved manually to support the holding member, and the white plate is configured to lift upward from the contact glass plate by a forehead of the sheet passing through the contact glass plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Kenji TAKAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20140268196
    Abstract: The image forming device includes an image forming section in which an image is formed on the prepunched paper; a paper feed path through which paper is fed to and from the image forming section during a process in which an image is formed on the paper; one or more sensors arranged along the paper feed path to monitor a flow of the prepunched paper as it is fed through the paper feed path; and a processor for receiving signals from the sensors and map data of the prepunched paper, and for analyzing the signals and the map data to determine if there is a paper jam along the paper feed path, wherein the map data indicates locations of all holes, cut-outs, and notches formed in the prepunched paper. A method of using the image forming device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth YOUNG
  • Patent number: 8820739
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that adjusts the step count at which a tray low paper condition is declared based on the number of outstanding feed commitments and the average number of feeds between tray increments. After a first tray increment has occurred, feeder software will wait a pre-determined number of additional tray increments, and will then calculate the average number of feeds between increments. Using this average and the number of outstanding feed commitments a low paper condition is declared when a predetermined logical test is true.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J Linder, Benjamin Paulson
  • Patent number: 8820731
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present invention has: an apparatus main body whose external appearance is configured from an upper casing, a lower casing, and a link casing that vertically links the upper casing and the lower casing and that has a paper discharge opening for discharging paper on one side face; a paper discharge portion that is formed as a space between the upper casing and the lower casing and that is to store paper discharged from the paper discharge opening; and an operation panel portion that is disposed in a vertically tiltable manner on a front face of the upper casing. When viewing the apparatus main body from the front side, an open space that allows paper discharged to the paper discharge portion to be viewed is provided between the operation panel portion and the link casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawano, Takashi Matsuda, Naoki Saito, Kenji Ohta
  • Patent number: 8814158
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, includes: an accommodation portion configured to accommodate a sheet; a supply mechanism configured to supply the sheet from the accommodation portion; a recording portion configured to record an image on the sheet supplied by the supply mechanism; and a first discharged tray arranged above the accommodation portion, and configured to support the sheet on which the image had been recorded by the recording portion. The accommodation portion includes: a body portion configured to accommodate the sheet; and a second discharged tray provided for the body portion and configured to move to a first position and to a second position in which the second discharged tray is positioned higher than the second discharged tray in the first position. The second discharged tray supports the sheet on which the image had been recorded, together with the first discharged tray in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Washino, Yuji Koga
  • Publication number: 20140225967
    Abstract: Print media stacker comprising a ramp to curve printed media over an angle of between 20 and 90 degrees with respect to a media advance direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LP.
    Inventor: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LP.
  • Patent number: 8794620
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a paper feed cassette device to be removably installed to image recording device. The paper feed cassette device includes a paper feed cassette portion and a paper discharge tray portion that receives the recording media. The paper feed cassette portion has a first paper feed cassette portion and a second paper feed cassette portion that selectively contracts and extends by sliding along a particular direction. The paper discharge tray portion has a first paper discharge tray portion disposed above the first paper feed cassette portion and a second paper discharge tray portion that selectively contracts and expands by sliding along the particular direction. The second paper discharge tray portion selectively engages the second paper feed cassette portion, and the second paper feed cassette portion and the second paper discharge tray portion integrally slide with respect to the first paper discharge tray portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Wakakusa, Masatoshi Izuchi