Individual Diverter For Each Receiver Patents (Class 271/305)
  • Patent number: 11001468
    Abstract: A mount apparatus to be mounted on a top surface, in a vertical direction, of a main body of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, includes a latch member extending toward the main body from a surface facing the top surface of the main body and being rotatable around a rotational axis extending in a direction along a direction orthogonal to the vertical direction, and a biasing member configured to bias the latch member in a predetermined rotation direction. The latch member is inserted into the main body through an opening that is provided on the top surface of the main body and is engaged with the main body by a biasing force of the biasing member in a state where the mount apparatus is mounted on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroharu Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9908151
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing value documents, in particular banknotes, comprises more processing zones respectively having at least one cover for covering an internal space of the processing zone in question. An interior lighting means is provided and at least one region of the cover or adjacent to the cover is semitransparent. The internal space can thus be viewed through the semitransparent region only when the interior lighting means is switched on. Upon detecting an error in the bank note processing, the interior lighting means of the processing zone in question lights up automatically, thus guiding the operator directly to the location of the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Dopfer, Wolfgang Koniger, Mario Monch, Marcel Zandl
  • Patent number: 9434568
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a multi-tray device and a relay device. The relay device includes a relay device cover that openably and closably covers a top side of the relay device. One of an edge portion at a side of the relay device in a lower end portion of the multi-tray cover and an edge portion at a side of the multi-tray device in a top surface portion of the relay device cover includes an inclined surface portion forming a shape by chamfering the edge portion. The inclined surface portion is formed so as to produce a component force in a direction to close the multi-tray cover when the top surface portion of the relay device cover bumps against the lower end portion of the multi-tray cover, while the relay device cover opens in a state where the multi-tray cover is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shuji Osaki, Hiroshi Inui
  • Patent number: 9238562
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including a main body with a first sheet outlet tray and an image forming unit, a feed path configured to guide a sheet from the image forming unit toward the first sheet outlet tray, is provided. The feed path includes a first exit path to guide a sheet toward the first sheet outlet tray and a first duplex path diverging from the feed path to guide a sheet to return to the image forming unit. The main body is attachable with a sheet-exit unit. The sheet-exit unit includes a second sheet outlet tray, a second exit path, and a second duplex path. The second exit path guides a sheet to the second sheet outlet tray. The second exit path is connected with the first exit path when the sheet-exit unit is attached to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuaki Mori, Tomoya Yamamoto, Ryosuke Sakai, Atsushi Hayakawa, Takuya Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9008834
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to propose a computerized control device and a computer-implemented method for speed regulation during delivery of printed products to stacking devices which do not have at least some of the disadvantages of the known systems. It is in particular an object of the present invention to propose a computerized control device and a computer-implemented method for regulating the speed of a conveyor for delivering printed products to stacking devices which enable flexible production of stacks of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Stefan Forster
  • Patent number: 8661975
    Abstract: A sheet guiding apparatus with a sheet diverter function, a production system with a printer and a folding machine for printed products, in which such a sheet guiding apparatus is used, and a method for producing printed products with the production system, permit productivity to be raised without increasing the operating speed of the folding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heiko Feyerabend, Udo Ganter, Martin Haupt-Terlau
  • Patent number: 8511681
    Abstract: A paper money handling apparatus comprises a service mechanism unit for delivery of a paper sheet or sheets, a counting processing unit for counting of a paper sheet or sheets, a stacker for storing of a paper sheet or sheets, and conveyance paths for conveyance of a paper sheet or sheets to the service mechanism unit, the counting processing unit, and the stacker. The apparatus further comprises connection guides provided between the conveyance paths and the stackers to perform delivery of a paper sheet or sheets, a motor, a cam and a solenoid, which switch the connection guides to a connected state to connect the same to the conveyance paths and the stackers to enable delivery of a paper sheet or sheets and to an evacuated state to release the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions, Corp.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nakata, Masanori Terao, Sho Mizuno, Hirokazu Aoji, Hiroshi Mizutani
  • Patent number: 8276912
    Abstract: A medium path converting unit to reduce electrical stress, an image forming apparatus including the same and a control method thereof. The medium path converting unit to convert a moving path of a print medium can include a guiding member movable to a first position to guide the print medium to a first path and to a second position to guide the print medium to a second path, an actuator to move the guide member from the first position to the second position, an actuator solenoid to drive the actuator, and a locking unit to lock the actuator to allow the guiding member to maintain the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Seung Yang
  • Patent number: 8123222
    Abstract: A compliant conveyance system including a diverter having at least one sidewall structure defining an internal chamber in fluid communication with a pressure source. The sidewall structure includes a compliant interface surface for conveying sheet material along the feed path and a plurality of orifices effecting fluid communication between the compliant interface surface and the internal chamber. A means is provided for developing a pressure differential across the sheet material through the orifices to urge an interface surface of the sheet material against the compliant interface surface of the diverter such that the compliant interface surface conforms to the sheet material interface surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Henson C. Ong
  • Patent number: 7992775
    Abstract: A system controlled by data bearing records includes an automated banking machine that operates to carry out transactions responsive to data read from user cards. Theautomated banking machine includes a deposit accepting device. The deposit accepting device is operative to receive a stack of sheets and to separate each sheet from the stack through operation of a picker. Each sheet is analyzed by analysis devices including at least one magnetic read head, an imager and/or a validation device. Analyzed sheets are stored in a first storage and retrieval device. Sheets determined not to have at least one property of a genuine sheet are returned to a user of the machine. Sheets determined to have at least one property of genuine sheets are stored in a second sheet storage and retrieval device of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: H. Thomas Graef, William D. Beskitt
  • Patent number: 7976021
    Abstract: A sheet discharge device includes: a sheet discharge path for discharging a sheet to be discharged; a plurality of sheet discharge trays disposed along the sheet discharge path; a plurality of switching guides disposed in the sheet discharge path corresponding to the sheet discharge trays, and being changed a position between a retracting position for being retracted so that the sheet being conveyed can pass through, and a distributing position for distributing a sheet being conveyed to the sheet discharge tray; and a switching mechanism which changes the position of the switching guide between the retracting position and the distributing position. This switching mechanism includes: a switching piece which interferes with the switching guide to switch the position of the switching guide, one transporting member which moves the switching piece among the plurality of switching guides, and a drive member driving the transporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 7967291
    Abstract: A document sorting machine having at least one pocket for stacking documents according to a common criteria. Each pocket has a gate for diverting the document from the transport of the machine and into the designated pocket. The pocket also has a kicker for moving the tail of the document away from the pocket's entry and into the pocket and a detent which allows the tail to be moved into the pocket but which prevents the tail from moving back towards the pocket's entry after the tail of the document has been moved into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: National Presort, Inc.
    Inventors: Federico Ayala, Brent A. Daboub
  • Patent number: 7770889
    Abstract: A sortation bin module having a conveyor and diverter module for pneumatically securing, releasing and diverting selected mailpieces to a bank of sortation bins. The conveyor module includes a conveyor surface for transporting sheet material along the feed path and a pneumatic system for developing a pressure differential across the conveyor surface to hold the sheet material on the conveyor surface during transport. The diverter module includes a diverter surface for sorting sheet material from the conveyor surface, i.e., diverting sheet material from the feed path. The diverter module, furthermore, includes a pneumatic system for developing a pressure differential across the diverter surface to hold the sheet material on the diverter surface during sortation. The conveyor and diverter surfaces are also arranged such that the surfaces oppose each other to define a transfer interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Henson C. Ong, Mark A. Clendinning, Dana Hoggatt, Kenneth S. Zaldo
  • Publication number: 20100001462
    Abstract: A sheet discharge device includes: a sheet discharge path for discharging a sheet to be discharged; a plurality of sheet discharge trays disposed along the sheet discharge path; a plurality of switching guides disposed in the sheet discharge path corresponding to the sheet discharge trays, and being changed a position between a retracting position for being retracted so that the sheet being conveyed can pass through, and a distributing position for distributing a sheet being conveyed to the sheet discharge tray; and a switching mechanism which changes the position of the switching guide between the retracting position and the distributing position. This switching mechanism includes: a switching piece which interferes with the switching guide to switch the position of the switching guide, one transporting member which moves the switching piece among the plurality of switching guides, and a drive member driving the transporting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: KYOCERA MITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 7487968
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for depositing notes, which comprises a plurality of storage compartments for depositing the notes, means for transporting the notes to the storage compartments and for the organized deposit of the same on stacks disposed in the storage compartments. The inventive device comprises one or more parallel revolving belts on which fingers are successively disposed in the longitudinal direction which cooperate with the belts to give receiving pockets for the notes. Every storage compartment is associated with a respective stripping element interposed between the storage compartment and the belts. For depositing a note in the storage compartment the belts and/or the corresponding stripping element can be adjusted relative each other in such a manner that the stripping element projects into the path of a note that is displaced by means of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Landwehr
  • Patent number: 7216866
    Abstract: A sheet transport path switching mechanism includes a movable guide to be moved rotatably about a support shaft parallel to the width direction of a transport path so as to selectively take either a main posture where the movable guide directs a sheet to the downstream side of a main transport path relative to a branch point, and a branch posture where the movable guide directs a sheet to a branch transport path. An engagement hook is provided in an apparatus body and supports a central region in the longitudinal direction of the movable guide to prevent the movable guide from being deformed due to interference with a sheet fed toward the branch transport path. The mechanism prevents deformation of the movable guide while facilitating reduction in material and production costs and adequately meeting requirements of waste treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Susumu Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 6722653
    Abstract: A paper sheet gate actuation and guide system for a paper finishing device includes a guide rail, a drive system, a paper gate unit and a sliding cam unit. The guide rail is disposed along a side of the paper finishing device. The drive system includes a torque supplier to controllably supply torque, a timing belt connected to the torque supplier, and a plurality of pulleys to move laterally along the guide rail when the torque supplier supplies torque. The paper gate unit includes a gate arm to enable a paper sheet to pass through when the gate arm is opened, and a lift foot to open the gate arm when the lift foot is raised. The sliding cam unit includes a shoe to slide along the guide rail, a gate cam to raise the lift foot when engaged against the lift foot, a paddle to push a trailing edge of the paper sheet forward as the paper gate unit moves forward along the guide rail, and a fastener to attach the sliding cam unit to the timing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse J. Brumberger, Richard J. Milillo, Steven D. Olson, Harry A. Davidson, Charles F. Prevost
  • Patent number: 6722650
    Abstract: A paper sheet finishing system includes a sheet guiding mechanism having nip rollers to transport a sheet forward, at least one diverter gate through which the sheet passes when the at least one diverter gate is open, and a temporary compiler to support the sheet after the sheet passes the at least one diverter gate, a diverter member to travel in conjunction with the at least one diverter gate, and at least one rear suppressor member connected to the diverter member to push a trailing edge of the sheet forward and pitch a leading edge of the sheet downward after the sheet controllably descends past the temporary compiler with reduced flutter and improved positioning during compilation of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore A. Abbata, Richard J. Milillo, Terrance W. Flint
  • Patent number: 6708972
    Abstract: A plurality of bin units are provided with respective gates and, hence, it is possible to sufficiently narrow the clearance between the gates and the bodies of the bin unit. When the gate provided at each bin unit is expanded to lie toward a conveying path, the front edge of the gate becomes put into a dent portion of a sidewall of an image-forming apparatus. For this reason, any clearance or protrusion causing jamming of recording paper is not formed in a branch path extending from the conveying path to a discharged paper tray through the gate and, hence, it is possible to guide recording paper from the conveying path into each bin unit by means of the gate smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiki Ogita, Shigeki Hayashi, Naofumi Okada, Jinichi Nagata, Kiyoshi Tokishige, Toyoaki Nanba
  • Patent number: 6601847
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for collating a plurality of groups of mail items, such as flats mail, each group being pre-sequenced according to prioritized delivery addresses, into a final sequenced set of the mail items from the groups, utilizing the prioritized delivery addresses. Each bundle of mail items is formed into a single input stream of the individual mail items. The mail items are transported along a conveyor system from the input stream to a staging station. The mail items are sorted at the staging station into a plurality of subsets of mail items re-sequenced as an intermediate step to achieving the final sequenced sets. The mail items are then collated and merged into a single output stream from the respective subsets of mail items in the final sequenced set. Portions of the output stream from the staging station are collected in batches in a collection device which maintain the sequence consistent with the prioritized delivery order sequence of the mail for a given carrier route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: David Brian Hendrickson, Daryl Mileaf, William P. McConnell, David Jerome Tilles
  • Patent number: 6572105
    Abstract: A diverter to direct media within an image forming apparatus along one of three media paths. A first gate and a second gate are positioned in an overlapping arrangement and each is movable between up and down positions. Each of the gates includes a biasing member to bias the gates towards the down position. An actuator contacts the second gate to move it to the up position. The overlapping arrangement of the first and second gates causes the first gate to also be moved to the up position when the second gate moves to the up position. A second actuator contacts the first gate to move the gate from the down position to the up position independently of the second gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Baker, Bryan Michael Blair, Daniel Lee Carter, Billy Carl Chappel
  • Patent number: 6481712
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a mailpiece sorting and stacking apparatus. The sorting and stacking apparatus has a series of stacking bins. Each stacking bin is designed to include a set of kicker fingers that engage the trailing ends of the mailpieces traveling towards a stop registration wall in each stacking bin. The stop registration wall in combination with the spring force exerted by the kicker fingers against the trailing ends of the mailpiece cause the end of each mailpiece to engage the outside surface of a pressure mailpiece conveying roller. The pressure mailpiece conveying roller is part of the conveying roller assembly leading to the stacking bin. The periphery of the pressure mailpiece conveying roller along with the deflection force against the trailing end of each mailpiece caused by the kicker fingers causes each mailpiece to stack against a pressure paddle inside the stacking bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony E. Yap
  • Patent number: 6443449
    Abstract: A paper sheet discharge apparatus comprises a transport roller for transporting paper sheets discharged from an image-forming apparatus, a plurality of switching flappers for guiding the paper sheets to desired bins, and a plurality of delivery rollers for discharging the paper sheets via the switching flappers to the bins. The paper sheets are reliably stored in the desired bins without decreasing their transport speed by the aid of the transport roller, the switching flappers, and the delivery rollers. The power from a motor is transmitted only to the delivery rollers which are used to discharge the paper sheets while being interlocked with the specified switching flapper. Therefore, it is possible to diminish the load on the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Takagi, Hiroyuki Kashima
  • Patent number: 6331003
    Abstract: A recording medium discharging apparatus which can be mounted on top of the image forming apparatus includes a plurality of recording medium storers and a locking mechanism for locking the discharging apparatus to the image forming apparatus when the discharging apparatus is mounted on the image forming apparatus. The locking mechanism includes a release lever for unlocking the discharging apparatus by being manipulated to shift in the same direction as the discharging apparatus moves away from the image forming apparatus to be dismounted from it. The locking mechanism prevents the discharging apparatus from falling off the image forming apparatus even if external force is applied to the discharging apparatus mounted on the image forming apparatus. The release lever for unlocking the discharging apparatus makes it easy to dismount the discharging apparatus from the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Yokota, Atsuo Hirose, Kazuhiko Takagi, Hiroyuki Kashima, Kazumasa Makino
  • Patent number: 6325371
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus including a conveying path changing device, the conveying path changing device having a main conveying path for conveying a sheet, a plurality of branched paths branched from the main conveying path, a plurality of oscillatable flappers for selecting between a changed position where the sheet is guided from the main conveying path to one of the branched paths and a retracted position permitting passage of the sheet, a single solenoid for oscillating the plurality of flappers, a single link for connecting the solenoid and the flappers, and a sensor confirming movements of the flapper by detecting a movement of the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Araki, Teruo Komatsu, Yasuyoshi Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi Waragai, Atsushi Ogata, Masayoshi Fukatsu
  • Patent number: 6302392
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet diverter for directing signatures moving in serial fashion along a diverter path to one of a plurality of collation paths. The sheet diverter includes a pair of diverter rolls for directing a signature to one of the plurality of collation paths and a diverter wedge for deflecting the signature to a selected one thereof. The diverter wedge is positioned between the diverter rolls so as to reach high into the diverter path thereby providing increased support to the signature as it travels from between the diverter rolls to the diverter wedge. The diverter rolls are permitted to intermesh with the diverter wedge so as to allow the diverter wedge to be so positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Quad/Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl P. Schaefer, Ingermar S. d'Agrella, Eric L. Kuhne
  • Patent number: 6286831
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided an apparatus for guiding a sheet in a stream of sheet progressing through a paper path of a printing machine. The apparatus includes an input feed mechanism for feeding the sheets in a first direction. The apparatus also includes a guide which is operably associated with the input feed mechanism for guiding the sheets along the first direction. The apparatus further includes a movable gate operably associated with the guide. The gate and the guide define a passageway therebetween for passing sheets therethrough. The passageway has a first width at a first position of the gate selected for passing sheets therethrough having a thickness less than a first thickness. The first width of the passageway is selected for inhibiting sheets therethrough having a thickness greater than the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Marasco, David M. Attridge
  • Patent number: 6257572
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a main body and a sheet post-processing unit. The main body has a first discharge path, a second discharge path, a first mounting portion and a second mounting portion. The sheet post-processing unit has a first sheet receiving path and a second sheet receiving path each connecting to a common sheet transport path, a first mounting portion and a second mounting portion. The first discharge path is connected to the first sheet receiving path by coupling the first mounting portion of the main body to the first mounting portion of the sheet post-processing unit. The second discharge path is connected to the second sheet receiving path by coupling the second mounting portion of the main body to the second mounting portion of the sheet post-processing unit. By providing the plurality of mounting portions in the top and side portions of the main body, the sheet post-processing unit can easily be disposed on the top or side of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kou Yamada, Yuuji Takarabe, Shinji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 6250631
    Abstract: A sheet handling unit including a processing station having a stapling mechanism for stapling a plurality of sheets; a plurality of mail trays for receiving sheets transported from the processing station; and a bulk tray for receiving sheets transported from the processing station. The processing station is fixedly provided in a sheet handling unit body. The sheets transported from the processing station are delivered switchably to any of the mail trays or to the bulk tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Hanamoto, Nobuhiro Nishioka, Yohichiro Irie
  • Patent number: 6206369
    Abstract: A sheet passage changing apparatus includes a plurality of swingable changing devices for changing a sheet transporting direction; common drivers for swinging the plurality of changing devices; a controller for actuating the drivers, before a sheet reaches an upstream one of the changing devices, to actuate the upstream one of the changing devices, thus changing the sheet transporting direction and for actuating the drivers, after the sheet passing through the upstream changing device and before the sheet reaches a downstream one of the changing device, to actuate the downstream changing device, thus changing the sheet transporting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Hoshii, Teruo Komatsu, Yasuyoshi Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi Waragai, Tomoyuki Araki
  • Patent number: 6186496
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided an apparatus for guiding a sheet in a stream of sheet progressing through a paper path of a printing machine. The apparatus includes an input feed mechanism for feeding the sheets in a first direction. The apparatus also includes a guide which is operably associated with the input feed mechanism for guiding the sheets along the first direction. The apparatus further includes a movable gate operably associated with the guide. The gate and the guide define a passageway therebetween for passing sheets therethrough. The passageway has a first width at a first position of the gate selected for passing sheets therethrough having a thickness less than a first thickness. The first width of the passageway is selected for inhibiting sheets therethrough having a thickness greater than the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Marasco, David M. Attridge
  • Patent number: 6176485
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a diverting device for a continuous sequence of flat products travelling in a product travel plane. A first product exit path and a second product exit path emerge both from said product travel plane. An upper set of supply tapes and a lower set of supply tapes each comprise actuatable diverter guide members, respectively. The diverter guide members, form upper and lower diverting planes, respectively, with exit tapes upon movement of the diverter guide members about respective axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wingate
  • Patent number: 6164432
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding articles, comprising: a surface; a plurality of conveyor belts spanning the surface; a motor driving the conveyor belts for transporting the articles along the surface; a barrier bar positioned above the surface for preventing further transport of the articles along the surface; and an actuator connected to at least one of the conveyor belts. The actuator raises at least a first portion of the conveyor belt a distance above the surface and lowers the conveyor belt back to the surface. Raising the actuator propels one of the articles past the block. The article feeding apparatus can be one component of a larger article handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Roberts PolyPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Claude E. Monsees
  • Patent number: 6164638
    Abstract: An automated banking machine (10) identifies and stores documents such as currency bills deposited by a user. The machine then selectively recovers such documents from storage and dispenses them to other users. The machine includes a central transport (70) wherein documents deposited in a stack are unstacked, oriented and identified. Such documents are then routed to storage areas in recycling canisters (92, 94, 96, 98). When a user subsequently requests a dispense, documents stored in the storage areas are selectively picked therefrom and delivered to the user through an input/output area (50) of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Dicbold, Incorporates
    Inventors: Mark Owens, H. Thomas Graef, Jeffrey Eastman, Michael Harty, Andrew Junkins
  • Patent number: 6118971
    Abstract: In an original-feeding device and method, originals are conveyed from an original-tray on which a bundle of originals can be mounted to an original-reading mount. A control unit controls an original-conveying operation so as to separate and feed originals from the bundle of originals mounted on the original-tray onto the original-reading mount either from an uppermost original or from a lowermost original. The control unit can control the original-conveying operation to juxtapose two consecutive originals on the original-reading mount irrespective of whether the originals are fed from the uppermost or lower-most original. In addition, the number of originals in the bundle can be counted if certain conditions exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunji Sato, Satoshi Choho
  • Patent number: 6105958
    Abstract: Sheet collecting device for the selective collection of sheets of different dimensions on a number of supports located below one another. Every support located below the uppermost support can be moved in a y-direction transversely of the x-direction in which sheets are fed onto the support, from a collection position in which the support is located substantially directly below the uppermost support and to an extraction position in which the support protrudes beyond the other supports. Every support can also be moved in the transverse y-direction between two collection positions which are displaced over a short distance in relation to one another in order to make a distinction between the sheets collected on the support. A warning light at every support warns a user not to move a support in use to its extraction position and to move a support in extraction position to the collection position when a sheet to be collected is fed in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Oce-Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Gustaaf van Veen, Petrus Josephus Maria van Bree, Johannes W. M. van den Bercken, Johannes M. van Bekkem
  • Patent number: 6105952
    Abstract: A stacked-sheet prefeeder comprises a sheet guiding device for receiving therein a stack of sheets, an intermediate tray, a scale former for removing sheets, arranged in a stack and/or in a scalelike mode of arrangement, jointly from the lower surface of the stack received in the sheet guiding device and for introducing these sheets into the intermediate tray in a first direction of movement, a sheet separator for removing from the intermediate tray the respective lowermost sheet as a single sheet in a second direction of movement which is substantially opposed to the first direction of movement, and a guide means arranged in the intermediate tray and used for guiding the sheets in the intermediate tray at their sheet edges constituting the front sheet edges in the second direction of movement, the guide means being implemented as a transport and guide means in such a way that it moves the sheet edges constituting the front sheet edges in the second direction of movement in the interior of the intermediate tr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Bowe Systec AG
    Inventors: Maximilian Helmstadter, Josef Batzer, Karl Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 6095512
    Abstract: An apparatus adapted to be used for the automatic handling of sheets from which leaflets are formed and which includes a transfer unit for conveying sheets, an accumulator station disposed adjacent the transfer unit and being adapted to receive sheets from the transfer unit and to accumulate the sheets in a stack, a sensor associated with the accumulator station and being adapted to generate a signal indicative of whether the height of the stack of sheets in the accumulator station is at least equal to a minimum height, a sheet feeder adapted to periodically remove sheets from the stack of sheets at a substantially constant rate and a control mechanism operatively coupled to the sensor and the sheet feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Vijuk Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Vijuk, Robert Vijuk
  • Patent number: 6092799
    Abstract: A sheet supplying apparatus capable of supplying sheets in a circulating manner, includes a sheet resting device on which the sheets rest, a sheet supplier for supplying the sheets rested on the sheet resting device, a trail and regulating member provided in correspondence to a trail position of the sheet and protruded from a sheet resting surface of the sheet resting device, and an urger for urging the sheets by abutting against the trail end of the sheet discharged on the sheet resting means through a sheet discharge opening to shift the sheet so that the trail end thereof rides over the trail end regulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michiro Koike
  • Patent number: 6086065
    Abstract: An arrangement for feeding sheets from a sheet store to either one of a plurality of stations includes a movable carriage which receives sheets fed from the store and which has driving cogwheels for coaction with a fixed cog railway outside the carriage.The fixed cog railway includes a path selection slide that includes cog segments that can fit into the cog railway. The selector slide can be switched to either one of two possible positions by means of a processor-controlled, motor-driven arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems AB
    Inventor: Lars Svensson
  • Patent number: 6047959
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder includes a paper supply inlet and a first paper ejection outlet disposed above the paper supply inlet, a paper supply path for leading a document supplied from the paper supply inlet to a reading section, and a paper ejection path for leading the document from the reading section to the first paper ejection outlet. The automatic document feeder further includes a circulation path situated between the paper ejection path and the paper supply path for reversing a transfer direction of the document, and a document reversing path connected between the paper ejection path and a second paper ejection outlet different from the first paper ejection outlet for reversing front and rear surfaces of the document. The transfer direction as well as the front and rear surfaces of the document can be changed, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Baba, Masaki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6045127
    Abstract: A paper sorting device is incorporated in a recording machine. The paper sorting device includes a first paper tray located near a recording paper exit of the recording machine and a second paper tray located below the first paper tray. A flap is provided as a part of the first paper tray such that it can move to form an opening for passing of the recording paper therethrough. A drive mechanism is also provided for maintaining the flap in position or moving the flap to form the opening. When the flap is maintained in position, the recording paper is ejected onto the first paper tray. When the flap is moved, the recording paper falls onto the second tray through the opening made by the moved flap. Therefore, two kinds of recording paper are separately collected in the two paper trays respectively. The flap may be hinge-linked to the first paper tray so that it can rotate about its hinge upwards and downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isao Fukui
  • Patent number: 6045323
    Abstract: A device for eliminating defective flat objects, which are being conveyed individually and at a distance from each other, preferably tubular segments or sack workpieces during the production of sacks, and for forming stacks of flawless objects, said device comprising a twin belt conveyor, which conveys the objects and comprises groups of continuous belts that are spaced apart and cycle parallel to each other; comprising a system for scanning the objects; and comprising a shunt, which eliminates the objects that are recognized to be defective. Behind the discharge end of the twin belt conveyor there is a stack shaft with an intermediate stacker plate, and before the discharge end there is a rake-shaped deflecting element, which forms the shunt and can be moved between the bottom conveying run of the twin belt conveyor and which guides the objects, recognized to be defective, into a place of deposit, arranged above the stack shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Windmoller & Holscher
    Inventors: Fritz Achelpohl, Uwe Kohn
  • Patent number: 6027108
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sheet conveying apparatus for conveying a sheet in recirculation. The apparatus comprises a feed tray, a feed mechanism, a recirculation conveying mechanism for conveying the sheet fed by the feed mechanism to return it to the feed tray. The recirculation conveying mechanism includes a discharge tray on which the plurality of sheets are temporally discharged and accumulated and a moving mechanism for moving the sheets accumulated on the discharge tray to the feed tray. The apparatus further comprises a feed sensor detecting whether or not any sheets present on the feed tray. The sheets discharged on the discharge tray are moved to the feed tray by the moving mechanism when all sheets on the feed tray are fed and the feed sensor detects none of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Johdai, Masao Kondo, Koji Higashikawa
  • Patent number: 6024359
    Abstract: A document processing arrangement transporting sheets at a prescribed nominal speed along a track, terminated by sort-pockets, each with an associated diverter plus a guide assembly for guiding and driving a so diverted sheet into its pocket, the guide comprising an inject roll to accelerate the sheet, plus an arm assembly coupled to rotate with the roll and including an arm for guiding a so injected sheet toward its position in the pocket stack; this roll and arm assembly being arranged to rotate the arm away from its stack each time a sheet is entering, and also to be spring-driven to return the arm toward its stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Unisys Corp
    Inventor: Sammy C. Hutson
  • Patent number: 6024355
    Abstract: For temporarily storing sheets, envelopes and the like, the objects are received one by one in a buffer apparatus and delivered one by one from that apparatus. For each object, a code associated with that object is determined, which code is stored in accordance with the order of receipt of the objects. Each object that is discharged is scanned and the scanning result is compared with a code that on the basis of order information is supposed to be associated with that object. If a particular minimum extent of agreement between the compared data is found, a normal operating status is adhered to. If less than the particular extent of agreement between the compared data is found, an error message status is selected. There is also described a buffer apparatus for temporarily storing the objects. Different objects can indiscriminately be processed in an irregular order and checked for separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Hadewe B.V.
    Inventors: Gerhard Hidding, Bertus Karel Edens
  • Patent number: 6021305
    Abstract: The present invention provides an original conveying apparatus in which originals stacked on an original tray are separated one by one by a separation unit to be conveyed to a reading portion for reading an image, and then the read original is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chikara Sato, Masakazu Hiroi, Akimaro Yoshida, Katsuya Yamazaki, Yasuo Fukazu, Tomohito Nakagawa, Takayuki Fujii, Yuzoh Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 6010124
    Abstract: The preset invention relates to a sheet conveying apparatus equipped with a tray which couples feed port and discharge port to each other by a continuous surface. The tray comprises a first surface adjacent to the feed port for placing thereon sheets to be fed, a second surface adjacent to the discharge port for placing thereon discharged sheets, the second surface being tilted up so that the front end of the discharged sheet is positioned upper than the rear end thereof, and a bent portion at which the end of the first surface at the discharge side and the end of the second surface at the feed side are coupled to each other. A length of the first surface ranging from the bent portion to the feed port in the sheet conveyance direction is larger than one half of the length of a feedable maximum size sheet in the sheet conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Higashikawa, Satoshi Fujii, Hiroki Nishikubo
  • Patent number: 5992841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sheet conveying apparatus for conveying a sheet in recirculation. The apparatus comprises a feed tray on which a plurality of sheets are set, a discharge tray on which the plurality of sheets are discharged, a feed mechanism for feeding the plurality of sheets set on the feed tray one by one, a recirculation conveying mechanism for conveying the sheet fed by the feed mechanism to discharge it on the discharge tray and return it to the feed tray, and a plurality of stoppers. The stoppers are disposed at different positions along the sheet conveying direction correspondingly to the sheet size. Each of the plurality of stoppers is moveable between an operation position and a withdrawal position and restricts the front end of the sheet discharged on the discharge tray to align the sheet in the operation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Noritoshi Maruchi, Tohru Murakami, Masao Kondo
  • Patent number: 5961111
    Abstract: The intermediate sheet feeding device for a duplex image forming apparatus includes: an intermediate tray; an sheet input conveyance path to the intermediate tray; a sheet output conveyance path from the intermediate tray; the sheet input conveyance path and the sheet output conveyance path being arranged to intersect each other at one end of the intermediate sheet tray; a conveying roller provided along the conveyance path from the image processing portion to the intermediate tray; and a conveyance controlling means which controls the conveying roller so as to convey the sheet at a speed lower than that when the sheet advances through the image processing portion and so that a short-sized sheet is conveyed slower than a long-sized sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norimasa Kurata, Hideo Taniguchi, Masahiko Fujita, Norio Hontani, Daigo Nishioka, Keigo Hashimoto, Hitoshi Nishida, Nobuhiko Sakamoto, Tatsuya Seo, Kiyohide Ochi, Hideaki Sugata, Hideyuki Kamiura