With Movable Diverter Patents (Class 271/303)
  • Patent number: 10703594
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus is configured to interlock a first transmission mechanism and a second transmission mechanism such that the second transmission mechanism switches a rotational driving direction of a reverse rotary member between a normal rotation direction and a reverse rotation direction with a delay with respect to the first transmission mechanism starting transmission of a rotational driving force such that a guide member pivots between a first pivot position and a second pivot position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motohiro Furusawa, Atsushi Ogata
  • Patent number: 10668505
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and sequencing articles in a processing facility are disclosed. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. A first sorter sorts items according to stop group and outputs the items to trays. The output trays from the first sorter are loaded to a second sorter in stop group order. The second sorter sorts items for each stop group into separate lanes. Each lane can then be sorted into output bins in delivery sequence order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Scott R. Bombaugh
  • Patent number: 10647537
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus, including: a conveyor mechanism; a housing; a first tray configured to receive a medium conveyed by the conveyor mechanism; an image reader disposed above the first tray, wherein a first discharge opening for discharging the medium outside the housing is formed in an upper surface of the housing so as not to overlap the image reader when viewed from above, and wherein the conveying apparatus further includes: a switcher for switching a destination of the medium selectively between the first tray and the first discharge opening; and a tray unit removably mountable on the upper surface of the housing and including a first introduction opening opposed to the first discharge opening, a second conveyance path for conveying the medium passed the first discharge opening and the first introduction opening, and at least one second tray for receiving the medium conveyed through the second conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Hirata, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10625968
    Abstract: A media diversion apparatus for a printing system is described. In an example implementation, the apparatus comprises a media diverter to route media printed by a print assembly of a printing system. The media diverter, in a first position, is to route cut-sheet media from the print assembly to a first output region. The media diverter, in a second position, is to route roll media from the print assembly to a second output region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiaoxi Huang, Bo Pu, Ah Chong Tee
  • Patent number: 10621808
    Abstract: A media diverter of a valuable media depository includes two integrated divert gates, each divert gate controlled by a separate stepper motor. The integrated divert gates are enclosed by two pivoting skid plates and two fixed skid plates. The stepper motors selectively position the integrated divert gates to define a media path for a media item from a source depository module to a destination depository module through the media diverter. In an embodiment, each of the two pivoting skid plates are adapted to be unlatched on one end to expose and provided access to different media paths for purposes of servicing media jams within the media diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Anderson
  • Patent number: 10588229
    Abstract: A housing includes a container, a lid configured to open and close the container, a cable connecting the container and the lid, and a torsion coil spring. The cable has a surplus length portion that is drawn from a surplus length storage space, which is partitioned off within the container, by the lid being opened or closed. The torsion coil spring is configured to bias the cable towards the surplus length storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sunao Kamigama, Yuuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10402125
    Abstract: A printer is caused to perform a checking print for a job in a case that a predetermined user's instruction is received via a user interface. The printer is caused to perform the checking print for the job without receiving the predetermined user's instruction in a case that the job meets a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naohiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10264149
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a first unit that is a base of the information processing device, a second unit that is disposed above the first unit and rotates around a first rotation shaft which is horizontally arranged, an input part that accepts an operation input by a user, and a wireless reading unit containing part that is disposed next to the input part and contains a wireless reading unit. The wireless reading unit containing part is provided with a containing part to contain the wireless reading unit, and an open/close lid that opens and closes the containing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Sunohara
  • Patent number: 9745165
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path group including at least a first conveyance path and a second conveyance path joining the first conveyance path; an image forming unit; and a path switcher, wherein: the path switcher includes: a guide unit configured to rotate about a guide supporting point and rotate between a first position and a second position; a protruding portion fixed to the guide unit; a drive lever having a first pressing surface and a second pressing surface; a first force applying unit; and a second force applying unit; the drive lever includes: a first lever; a second lever; a third force applying unit; and a restraining portion configured to set a moving end on the rotation of the second lever; and the restraining portion restricts the moving end of the second lever to a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shinya Naoi, Akio Kimura, Yuki Doshida, Yoshiki Matsui
  • Patent number: 9676582
    Abstract: In a sheet-processing apparatus, a controller controls a conveying guide to change over a sheet-conveying path of sheets that are ejected without stapling them to a sheet-processing conveying path based on predetermined sheet-conveying path selection information when judging that a non-stapling mode in which the sheet stapling processing is not performed on a first type of sheets follows a stapling mode in which the sheet-stapling processing is performed on a second type of sheets. The first type of sheets, which are not to be stapled, conveyed on the sheet-processing conveying path waits on a waiting portion in the non-processing mode while in the processing mode, a sheet-processing portion performs the sheet processing on the second type of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 9586777
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a switchback unit, a first conveying path, a second conveying path, a switching member, and a convey roller. The first conveying path conveys a sheet to the switchback unit. The second conveying path receives the sheet after the conveying direction is switched by the switchback unit. The switching member rotates about a rotation fulcrum axis extending in a sheet width direction so as to switch between a first attitude for guiding the sheet from the first conveying path to the switchback unit and a second attitude for guiding the sheet from the switchback unit to the second conveying path. The convey roller includes a rotation shaft disposed on the same axis as the rotation fulcrum axis of the switching member and has an outer circumference surface protruding more than a sheet guiding surface of the switching member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sachio Izumichi
  • Patent number: 9573786
    Abstract: A diverter, medium handling apparatus and financial devices using the same are provided. The diverter comprises a rotation shaft, at least one first blade connected to the rotation shaft to rotate together with the rotation shaft, and one or more second blades idly coupled to the rotation shaft. When the rotation shaft rotates to divert a transfer path of a medium, each of the second blades rotates after the first blade rotates at a predetermined angle. According to the diverter, the medium handling apparatus, the financial device, the diverter may prevent a jam generated when a unstable medium that is crumpled or bent collides with the rotation shaft disposed in a branch part on the transfer path from occurring and prevent the medium from being torn. Therefore, the financial device may be easy to maintenance and prevent the medium from being jammed and torn to minimize inconvenience to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Changho Moon
  • Patent number: 9540203
    Abstract: The present applications relates to techniques and equipment to control the alignment of cut sheets of paper that are transported in parallel in an inserting system prior to their assembly into a document and inserted into an envelope. The alignment of the parallel sheets is adjusted by commanding incremental position changes to servo drive motors used to control the position of the parallel sheets during their transport through a hold module of the inserting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron A. Kracht
  • Patent number: 9533487
    Abstract: A device and a method for folding a print substrate web is disclosed. The device has devices for quarter folding and for cross-cutting the print substrate web for severing individual products as well as devices for cross folding. As viewed in the transport direction of the products, an arrangement for dividing the product stream is provided after a second quarter folding device, the arrangement conveying the successive products to a first and a second conveyor belt in an alternating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: manroland web systems GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Knauer, Hubert Schalk
  • Patent number: 9311579
    Abstract: A printer includes a first sensor configured to identify a section to be identified of a movable tray. A computer in the printer drives a motor in a direction where the movable tray heads to a supplying position and stops driving the motor when an impact, where the drive load on the motor exceeds a threshold due to the movable tray hitting a separating mechanism which is at the supplying position, is detected. In addition, the computer drives the motor in a direction where the movable tray heads to a setting position, and stops driving the motor and arranges the movable tray at the setting position when the first sensor is on due to the section to be identified being identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shirane, Toshio Miyake
  • Patent number: 9260255
    Abstract: A guider for conveying a sheet-shaped object comprises two side plates (13, 14); two wheel components (7, 11) arranged in parallel between the two side plates (13, 14), a top channel plate (9) being disposed on the wheel components; and two side channel components (10, 8) disposed between the two wheel components (7, 11) and the top channel plate (9), the two side channel components (10, 8) forming a horizontal channel with the top channel plate (9), and each forming a lateral channel with the wheel component at the same side, two ends of the side channel component being respectively hinged on the two side plates (13, 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guangjun Yin, En Wu, Dong Tan
  • Patent number: 9242825
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing sheets from a transport path of a sheet-processing machine for depositing the sheets onto an auxiliary stack, includes a delivery drum for removing the sheets from the transport path upstream of a main stack, as viewed in the transport direction, and depositing the sheets onto an auxiliary stack in a manner which is retarded by using a suction belt transport system and a suction belt brake system which is associated with the latter. The suction belt transport system and the suction belt brake system are disposed above the auxiliary stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Foerch, Markus Moehringer
  • Patent number: 9079451
    Abstract: A document processing machine such as an envelope opener for moving a document in a longitudinal direction and a device for cutting off a portion of the document is described. The document processing machine includes, adjacent to the cutting device, a mobile guide path for the cut-off portion of the document that is adapted to support and drive the cut-off portion in an ejection direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SECAP Groupe Pitney Bowes
    Inventors: Julie Dudret, Patrick Fournier, Jean-Christian Maleyran, Francois Reby
  • Patent number: 9045305
    Abstract: An n image forming system includes an image forming apparatus, a sheet processing apparatus including a post-processing unit to perform post-processing of sheets on a processing tray and a retaining channel disposed to accommodate at least a single sheet while the post-processing unit processes the sheets, and a controller that calculates a target interval time between an interval start sheet and an interval end sheet among the sheets output from the image forming apparatus to the sheet processing apparatus based on at least one of sheet data and post-processing data transmitted from the image forming apparatus to the sheet processing apparatus, and adjusts an interval between discharge of the interval start sheet and the interval end sheet from the image forming apparatus to the sheet processing apparatus in accordance with the target interval time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Hattori
  • Patent number: 8998206
    Abstract: A medium transport direction switching mechanism may be provided of a simple configuration which is capable of switching the transport direction of a transported information recording medium. One end may be a biasing member for biasing a pinch roller toward a transport roller engages a support shaft which supports the pinch roller, whereas the other end of the biasing member engages a retaining member which retains the support shaft. In the medium transport direction switching mechanism, rotational behavior of the pinch roller centering upon a rotational center of the transport roller is possible between a first facing position and a second facing position, wherein the pinch roller moves to the first facing position when the transport roller rotates positively, and moves to the second facing position when the transport roller rotates negatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventor: Chisato Hiyama
  • Patent number: 8991824
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet conveying apparatus which conveys a sheet, includes: a sheet conveying path which diverges into a first conveying path and a second conveying path at a diverging point; a guide member which is movable between a first position where the guide member guides the sheet to the first conveying path and a second position where the guide member guides the sheet to the second conveying path; a driving portion which is configured to move the guide member to the second position from the first position; and a holding portion which, in a case that the guide member is driven by the driving portion to move to the second position from the first position, provides a load to the driving by the driving portion and holds the guide member at a third position between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8991823
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus according to an embodiment comprises a feed guide forming a feed path of a sheet and having an end portion movable between a closed position and an open position by rotating around a shaft, wherein the end portion is positioned above the shaft when the feed guide is in the open position, and the feed guide is configured to provide access for removal of a jammed sheet when in the open position. The image forming apparatus further comprises a holding unit configured to releasably hold the end portion of the feed guide in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sato, Kazutoshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8985303
    Abstract: A conveying direction switching apparatus includes a first and a second blade assembly, and auxiliary blades rotatably provided at a shaft. The auxiliary blades are arranged between the first and second blade assemblies. When conveying bills, the portions of the bills passing between the first and second blade assemblies in the longitudinal direction of the shaft are guided by the auxiliary blades toward the conveying direction of the bills. Thus, the conveying direction of the medium is appropriately switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Okamoto, Atsushi Takada
  • 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: 8960673
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a relay unit and a guide plate. The relay unit is detachably mounted in the in-body discharge section and receives a sheet discharged from the first exit port and conveys the sheet. The guide plate switches a conveyance path for the sheet discharged from the first exit port between a first path via the relay unit and a second path other than the first path. The relay unit includes a conveyance roller and a drive device. The conveyance roller conveys the sheet. The drive device rotates the conveyance roller. The drive device changes the posture of the guide plate between a first posture corresponding to the first path and a second posture corresponding to the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8955844
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus having a sheet path, which includes two ejection paths, is provided. The sheet path is switchable between the two ejection paths by a switchable member. An outlet cover arranged on a casing of the image reading apparatus is movable between a closed position and an open position to open and close an outlet of the second ejection path. When the outlet cover moves from the closed position to the open position, and before the switchable member switches the sheet path from the first ejection path to the second ejection path, switching of the sheet path from the first ejection path to the second ejection path is detectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Muneaki Takahata, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiromi Tanaka, Takuya Naniwa
  • Patent number: 8936243
    Abstract: A media diverter system for directing a media sheet traveling along an input media path into either a first media path or a second media path. One or more roller assemblies are provided including a media-guiding roller having one or more grooves formed around the exterior surface, and an air source for selectively providing an air flow into one or more of the grooves, the air flow being directed between the media sheet and the exterior surface of the media-guiding roller thereby producing a Bernoulli force to draw the media sheet toward the media-guiding roller. A controller selectively activates the air source in at least one of the roller assemblies while the corresponding media-guiding roller rotates around its roller axis to draw the media sheet toward the exterior surface of the media-guiding roller, thereby directing the media sheet into either the first media path or a second media path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, David James Cornell, James Alan Katerberg
  • Publication number: 20150008641
    Abstract: Provided is a post-processing device including a first stacking member on which recording materials are stacked, an extension member that is connected to one end side of the first stacking member and that supports the recording material, and a second stacking member on which plural recording materials are stacked as a recording material bundle and which is placed so as to be movable in a direction intersecting a discharge direction of the recording material bundle, wherein the extension member is connected to the first stacking member so as to be non-rotatable in a direction approaching the second stacking member and be rotatable in a direction away from the second stacking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dukhyun KO, Kyungin SEO, Takuya ISHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 8919570
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for processing mail by severing an edge of each envelope in a stack of mail. The apparatus includes an input bin for receiving a stack of mail. A feeder feeds the bottom envelope from the input bin to a transport that conveys the envelope along an envelope path. A cutter positioned along the envelope path severs one edge of the envelopes. A detector detects a characteristic of the envelope and a sorter sorts the envelope in response to the detected characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R DeWitt, David Helmlinger
  • Patent number: 8919773
    Abstract: A sheet conveyor included in an image forming apparatus includes a conveying roller rotatable in normal and reverse directions to convey a sheet in opposite sheet conveyance directions, a switching guide rotatable about a support shaft to guide the sheet to a path, a first switchback mechanism performing a first operation of changing a direction of rotation of the conveying roller, a first actuator actuating the first switchback mechanism, a second switchback mechanism performing a second operation of changing a position of the switching guide, a second actuator actuating the second switchback mechanism. The switchback mechanisms and the actuators are configured to be replaceable with a switchback linking mechanism, by employing a linking member, configured to link the first and second operations to be actuated by one actuator of the first and second actuators without changing an arrangement of the one actuator of the first and second actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20140339765
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus for stacking a sheet includes a plurality of sheet stacking units, an engaging member, and a first and second moving unit. The plurality of sheet stacking units are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction and each includes a stacking member that stacks a sheet thereon, a contact member that contacts an edge of a sheet stacked on the stacking member, the contact member being mounted to be movable to move the sheet stacked on the stacking member, and a contact engaged member mounted to be movable integrally with the contact member. The engaging member engages with the contact engaged member. The first moving unit moves the engaging member to engage the engaging member with the contact engaged member, and moves the contact member together with the contact engaged member. The second moving unit moves the engaging member in the sheet thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Hiroharu Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20140339764
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus for stacking a sheet includes a plurality of sheet stacking units, each of which includes a stacking member, a pushing unit, and a drive transmission unit. The plurality of sheet stacking units are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction. The stacking member stacks thereon a sheet conveyed by a conveyance member. The pushing unit pushes an edge of a sheet stacked on the stacking member to move the sheet. The drive transmission unit transmits, to the pushing unit, a drive force generated by a drive source for driving the pushing unit. The drive transmission unit is located outside the stacking member in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the pushing unit moves the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Hiroharu Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8888095
    Abstract: A processing apparatus of cards, etc., includes a stacker, which can lead a card overflowed from a main stacker automatically to an extension stacker. The apparatus includes a stacker provided by a main stacker, an extension stacker at the downstream side of the main stacker, and a switching mechanism for switching discharge of the card from the main stacker to the extension stacker. The switching mechanism includes a stopper to which a tip of the card overflowed from the main stacker is contacted and stopped, and a switching slope switching the discharged card from a main stacker discharging posture to an extension stacker discharging posture. When the card overflows from the main stacker, the card is contacted with the stopper and the switching slope is automatically switched to the extension stacker discharging posture, and the card next to the overflowed is discharged to the extension stacker with a correct order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ai & Di Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsumi Ihara
  • Patent number: 8876111
    Abstract: An inverting roller device is used for changing a conveying path of a paper. The inverting roller device includes a first rotating shaft, a first roller, a second rotating shaft, a second roller, and a first swinging arm. The first roller and the second roller are disposed on the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft, respectively. The first swinging arm is pivotally disposed on the first rotating shaft and connected with the second rotating shaft. First, the first roller and the second roller are rotated to allow the paper to be moved in a first traveling direction. Then, the rotation of the first roller is temporarily stopped, and the second rotating shaft and the second roller are driven by the first swinging arm to be moved relative to a surface of the first roller. Consequently, the conveying path of the paper is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Tsui Lan
  • Patent number: 8863935
    Abstract: A conveying direction switching apparatus includes a first and a second blade assembly, and auxiliary blades rotatably provided at a shaft. The auxiliary blades are arranged between the first and second blade assemblies. When conveying bills, the portions of the bills passing between the first and second blade assemblies in the longitudinal direction of the shaft are guided by the auxiliary blades toward the conveying direction of the bills. Thus, the conveying direction of the medium is appropriately switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Okamoto, Atsushi Takada
  • Patent number: 8857598
    Abstract: There is provided a paper sheet conveying device of the present invention has: at least three or more conveying paths that are for conveying paper sheets and at each of which at least a partial segment is formed in an arc shape; and at least one or more switching portions for switching the conveying path that conveys the paper sheets, wherein the plural conveying paths are disposed such that two connection positions of each of the arc-shaped segments are connected to the connection position of the arc-shaped segment of a respectively different one of the conveying paths such that outer sides of arcs face one another, and the switching portion switches the conveying path that conveys the paper sheets, at a place of connection of the plural conveying paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Iizuka, Jumpei Nagao
  • Patent number: 8840112
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus capable of reading an image from a sheet is provided. A sheet path to eject the sheet after being read may be selectively switched between a first ejection path to eject the sheet to an ejection unit and a second ejection path to eject the sheet on an outlet cover, which is openable/closable to a casing of the image reading apparatus. When the outlet cover is moved to open, a flapper arranged in a branch point between the first ejection path and the second ejection path moved in conjunction with the opening motion of the outlet cover, and the sheet path is switched from the first ejection path to the second ejection path. Further, a plurality of arms in a cover motion detector having a linkage mechanism rotate, and the rotating motions are detectable by a detector switch arranged at a terminal of the linkage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Muneaki Takahata, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiromi Tanaka, Takuya Naniwa
  • Patent number: 8833767
    Abstract: A document storage device includes a document storage rack, a document distributing apparatus, and a transmitting roller. The document storage rack defines a first storage space and a second storage space. A first protecting door is mounted on the document storage rack to close and lock the first storage space. The second storage space is readily accessible. The document distributing apparatus includes a controlling pole and a first distributing roller connected to the controlling pole. The transmitting roller transmits a document to the first distributing roller. The controlling pole moves the first distributing roller between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the first distributing roller transmits the document into the first storage space. In the second position, the first distributing roller transmits the document into the second storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Hao Lu
  • Patent number: 8827269
    Abstract: A guider for conveying a sheet-shaped object comprises two side plates; two wheel components arranged in parallel between the two side plates, a top channel plate being disposed on a top portion of the wheel components; and a lifting channel plate disposed between the two wheel components and the top channel plate, the lifting channel plate forming a horizontal channel with the top channel plate, and respectively forming lateral channels with the two wheel components. The lifting channel plate is disposed on the two side plates in a height-adjustable manner. The guider further comprises: a first driving device for driving the lifting channel plate to move up and down; a reversing member hinged between the two lateral channels and used for switch between the two lateral channels; and a second driving device for driving the reversing member to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangjun Yin, Dong Tan, En Wu
  • Patent number: 8807564
    Abstract: A media actuated, media diverter mounted on a media guide positioned between the output of a simplex path and the entrance of a duplex path in an imaging device. The media diverter comprises a plate having a media guiding surface and a media contact surface along portions of the edge of the plate. The plate is received within a slot through the guide member such that in a first position the media contact surface extends into the duplex path and when in a second position the media guiding surface extends into the simplex path. The plate's center of gravity moves the contact surface of the plate into the first position. A media sheet fed into the duplex path strikes the media contact surface moving the plate to the second position where the media guiding surface directs a following sheet in the simplex path to an exit of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen Alan Reidhaar
  • Publication number: 20140210163
    Abstract: A sheet storage apparatus for storing sheets including a sheet storage unit including a lower guide configured to guide a lower surface of the conveyed sheet, an upper guide configured to guide an upper surface of the conveyed sheet, and a shutting-off unit provided in one of the lower guide and the upper guide, configured to be movable around a rotational axis and between a shutting-off position at which a downstream end of the conveying direction of the sheet stored in the sheet storage unit is shut off and a retracting position for retracting from the shutting-off position, and a plurality of stages of sheet storage units is vertically stacked and at least a part of the shutting-off unit overlaps the rotational axis of the adjacent sheet storage unit in a vertical direction at the shutting-off position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroharu Tsuji, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Yohei Suzuki, Daisuke Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8783686
    Abstract: A printer having a media width printhead; a media path from a media input area to the printhead; a door hingedly mounted to a body of the printer which can be opened to expose the media path a media diverter mounted to the door such that when the door is in a closed position the door and the diverter define guiding portions of the path, the diverter being pivotally mounted to the door so that the diverter pivots out of the way upon opening of the door; and a displacement mechanism configured to retract the diverter with the opening movement of the door and to reposition the diverter for media guiding with the closing movement of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Memjet Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Ian Mackey, Arnold Peregrino, Dan Baterna, Jr., David William Jensen, Attila Bertok, Makomo Tsubono
  • Patent number: 8764013
    Abstract: A conveyance control device is provided to comprise a turning device 13 that has a trifurcate intersection 7 and a deflector 20 of three vertexes 21, 22, 23 rotatably supported in trifurcate intersection 7, an actuating device 30 for moving each of three vertexes 21, 22, 23 of deflector 20 to open gates 27, 28, 29 defined between vertexes 21, 22, 23 and related inner surfaces 7a, 7b, 7c of trifurcate intersection 7, and a conveyance device 9 for transporting a document along shuttle, reserve and recycle pathways 5, 10, 11 and for transporting the document through each gate 27, 28, 29 from one to another of the shuttle, reserve and recycle pathways 5, 10, 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Cash Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tomiyoshi, Katsuya Sadahiro, Kengo Akashi
  • Patent number: 8748769
    Abstract: A divert assembly is described for a mailpiece sorter operative to sort mailpieces into one of a plurality of sortation bins. The divert assembly comprising a re-direct mechanism for selectively re-directing mailpieces travelling along a feed path into the sortation bin and causing each selected mailpiece to be re-directed at an angle relative to the stack of mailpieces to be accumulated in the sortation bin. The divert assembly also including a stacking assembly including a Leading Edge (LE) urge roller, a support blade, and a Trailing Edge (TE) alignment device. The LE urge roller accepts and urges each of the selected mailpieces toward a sidewall of the sortation bin while the support blade holds each of the selected mailpieces between the urge roller and the support blade and in an on-edge parallel relationship relative thereto. The support blade is moveably mounted relative to the LE urge roller to allow the accumulation of additional mailpieces between the LE urge roller and the support blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Allen, Thomas M. Lyga, David Purcell, Brad A. Swinford
  • Patent number: 8721207
    Abstract: A paper discharge apparatus includes a conveying path configured to convey a paper from an upstream portion to a downstream portion. A preventing mechanism is provided on the conveying path. The preventing mechanism is configured to prevent the paper from being conveyed to the downstream portion by pushing the paper or blocking the conveying path. A control unit is configured to bend the paper by preventing the conveyance of the paper by using the preventing mechanism, and then convey the paper to the downstream portion of the conveying path for discharge of the paper from the conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiharu Sekino, Yasuo Amano
  • Patent number: 8714549
    Abstract: A post-processing device includes a cylindrical body and branching guides. The cylindrical body is rotatable. The cylindrical body and the branching guides convey paper to a processing unit that processes the paper and to an ejection tray. A paper reversing mechanism is composed mainly of the cylindrical body and the branching guide, in which a first face of the paper is directed to a peripheral surface of the cylindrical body and the paper is wound therearound by rotating the cylindrical body. The paper reversing mechanism then rotates the cylindrical body in a reverse direction and switches the posture of the branching guide, to thereby separate the paper from the peripheral surface and eject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20140103604
    Abstract: A paper mount surface is disposed while being inclined in the sheet discharge direction or sheet-discharge orthogonal direction, and first and second support members that support the sheet rear and portion in the sheet discharge direction and rear end portion are disposed to be able to shift between actuation positions inside the tray and retract positions. Then, after collecting sheets on both support members, the support member positioned in the direction orthogonal to the inclined direction of the paper mount surface is first retracted from above the tray, and next, the support member positioned in the inclined direction is retracted to the waiting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiko SAITO, Satoshi YAMANUSHI, Tatsuzo AOYAGI, Yuichi ICHINOSE
  • Patent number: 8695976
    Abstract: A sheet conveyor device may include a first portion configured to move, a cam configured to move in response to movement of the first portion, and a guide portion configured to move between first and second positions in response to the movement of the cam, to choose a first or second conveying path for a sheet. The cam may cause the guide portion to remain in position even if the first portion is moved a small amount, thereby helping to reduce the likelihood of paper jams arising from undesired movement of the guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Muneaki Takahata, Yoshinori Osakabe, Katsuro Miura, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 8695977
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for handling items of currency using a triple gate diverter are provided. An apparatus is provided that comprises first, second and third diverter members (100, 200, 300) that are adapted for rotational/pivotal movement with respect to another. Each of the diverter members (100, 200, 300) is coupled to a longitudinal shaft (400), itself defining a central longitudinal axis of the triple gate diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: MEI, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Nunn, Karen Marvin
  • Patent number: 8690153
    Abstract: A system (1) for directing sheet articles (2) in arrival from an input line (L1) towards two output lines has first gripping and drawing devices for gripping and drawing the sheet articles (2) for release in a directing region (37). The sheet articles are then deviated along a first (D1) or a second (D2) orientating direction. Second gripping and drawing devices move the sheet articles (2) along the direction region. First and second counter-rotating pairs of rollers face one another and grip the sheet articles to move them towards the second (5) and third (6) gripping and drawing devices, all the devices and rollers being arranged and operating with respect to one another such that during transit through the directing region (37) the advancing sheet articles (2) are subjected to constant gripping by at least one device or one pair of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: C.M.C S.r.l.
    Inventor: Francesco Ponti