Optional Face Or Back Patents (Class 271/65)
  • Patent number: 10951785
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a first conveyance path, a second conveyance path, an insertion/discharge port, an image reader that reads an image on a medium conveyed along the first conveyance path, and a switch that is located at a first position or a second position, wherein the switch disconnects the first conveyance path from the second conveyance path and connects the insertion/discharge port and the first conveyance path when the switch is located at the first position, and disconnects the insertion/discharge port from the first conveyance path and connects the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path when the switch is located at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kengo Kawata
  • Patent number: 10865065
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: a supply tray including a movable plate which moves from a first position to a second position according to a decrease in the number of sheet to be supported by a supply tray; a discharge guide including a discharge opening for discharging the sheet conveyed by a conveyance guide to a discharge tray, and moves from a third position to a fourth position according to the decrease in the number of the sheets to be supported by the supply tray; a first drive source and a first drive train that transmits a drive force from the first drive source to a discharge roller. The discharge roller discharges a sheet through a discharge opening by receiving the drive force from the first drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ito, Takashi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10146173
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image processing apparatus comprises a first opening and closing member, a second opening and closing member, a first tooth section, a second tooth section, and an intermediary tooth section. The first opening and closing member is opened and closed with respect to an apparatus main body with a first hinge as the center. The second opening and closing member is opened and closed with a second hinge arranged in the first opening and closing member as the center. The first tooth section comprises a plurality of teeth fixed coaxially with the first hinge. The second tooth section comprises a plurality of teeth supported coaxially with the second hinge. The intermediary tooth section is engaged with the first tooth section and the second tooth section between the first tooth section and the second tooth section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Saito
  • Patent number: 9798285
    Abstract: An imaging device having a door-actuated feed roll separator mechanism. A pair of opposed panels of a frame of the imaging device are positioned parallel to a media path. A feed roll pair in the media path has a drive roll fixedly and rotatably mounted between the panels and a backup roll translateably mounted between the panels. A pair of cam followers are rotatably mounted to the backup roll. The backup roll is biased against the drive roll forming a feed nip. A door pivotally mounted along a bottom end to the frame substantially covers the media path. A pair of door-mounted, spring-biased actuators engage with the pair of cam followers. With the door lowered, the cam followers rotate with a camming surface thereon contacting the drive roll, translating the backup roll away from the drive roll and opening the feed nip to allow for removal of jammed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Guerand
  • Patent number: 9442448
    Abstract: A medium transport unit includes an upstream route in which a print sheet is transported, a first switchback route, a second switchback route, a first guide route, a second guide route, a guide flap configured to switch the route so that the print sheet in the upstream route is transported either toward the first guide route or toward the second guide route, a first discharge route from which the print sheet in the first switchback route is discharged, a second discharge route from which the print sheet in the second switchback route is discharged, and a downstream route passing between the first switchback route and the second switchback route and having an upstream end connected to a junction of downstream ends of the first discharge route and the second discharge route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kodama, Yuichi Segawa, Kazuyoshi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9403654
    Abstract: A stacker on which a sheet that has entered with a direction intersecting a vertical direction as an approach direction in a state where a recording surface faces upward in the vertical direction is loaded in a state where the recording surface faces downward in the vertical direction, includes: an elastic plate capable of applying a pushing force to the sheet from a non-recording surface that is the rear surface of the recording surface; and a medium loading section on which the cut sheet can be loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Kawamoto, Satoru Shiohara
  • Patent number: 9285750
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes a housing having a discharge port, a plurality of photosensitive bodies mounted in the housing, a transfer unit to transfer visible images formed on the plurality of photosensitive bodies onto a printing medium, a fusing unit to fuse transferred visible images to the printing medium, and a reverse unit to reverse a moving direction of the printing medium, after the printing medium has passed through the fusing unit. As the moving direction of the printed printing medium is reversed by the reverse unit, the printing medium may be discharged while a printed surface of the printing medium is directed downward, allowing a user to easily draw out the printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Young Jang, Chang Kyung Ko
  • Patent number: 9199491
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing part that performs printing on a label adhering to a liner, a cutter that cuts the liner to which the label adheres, a first roller provided on the side to which the liner to which the label adheres is discharged from the cutter, a second roller that is in contact with the first roller and is rotated by the rotation of the first roller, a third roller that is in contact with the first roller and is rotated by the rotation of the first roller, and a connecting arm that connects the center of the first roller and the center of the second roller, wherein the liner is separated from the label by the first roller and the second roller, and the label separated from the liner is discharged by the third roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshinari Takabatake, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masaru Kihara, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Toshio Yamaguchi, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9175192
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a label laminate. A transparent plastic film having a first side and a second side is introduced. The second side of the transparent plastic film is printed. A release liner including a release surface and single layer of a non-tacky adhesive on the release surface is introduced. The non-tacky adhesive on the release surface is activated so that the non-tacky adhesive becomes tacky. The tacky adhesive is attached on the release surface to the second side of the transparent plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: UPM RAFLATAC OY
    Inventor: Noel Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9079430
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing part that performs printing on recording paper, a cutter that cuts the recording paper, a first roller provided on the side to which the recording paper is discharged from the cutter, a second roller, a third roller, a fourth roller, and a fifth roller that are in contact with the first roller and are rotated by the rotation of the first roller, and a connecting arm that connects the center of the first roller and the center of the second roller, wherein the recording paper is discharged between the first roller and the fourth roller or between the first roller and the fifth roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshio Yamaguchi, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masaru Kihara, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yoshinari Takabatake, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8973913
    Abstract: To easily replace a retard roller (that is a media separation roller) while minimizing the required installation space, a printer 1 has a first media conveyance path 12 that conveys sheet media; a second media conveyance path 29 that conveys media and can open and close; a media conveyance roller 17 and a retard roller 16 disposed opposite each other with the first media conveyance path 12 therebetween; and a roller installation unit 70 to which the retard roller 16 is installed removably from the second media conveyance path 29 side. The retard roller 16 can be easily replaced from the open second media conveyance path 29. Compared with a configuration having a dedicated opening, a smaller opening and space for replacing the media separation roller are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Masubuchi, Toshihiro Imae
  • Patent number: 8970927
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a reading unit; a feeding unit; a carriage; a motor-side transmission gear for transmitting power from a motor; a carriage-side transmission gear for transmitting the power to the carriage; a feeding unit-side transmission gear for transmitting the power to the feeding unit; a switching gear switched between a meshing state with the carriage-side transmission gear at a carriage-side position and a meshing state with the feeding unit-side transmission gear at a feeding unit-side position; and a control device for performing: a first switching process for meshing the switching gear with the feeding unit-side transmission gear; a second switching process for meshing the switching gear with the carriage-side transmission gear; and an initialization process of the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8861050
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, a feeding unit, a carriage holding the reading unit, a motor, a motor-side transmission gear, a feeding unit-side transmission gear, a carriage-side transmission gear, a switching gear which switches between a meshing state of meshing with the feeding unit-side transmission gear at a feeding unit-side position and a meshing state of meshing with the carriage-side transmission gear at a carriage-side position, a restraint member which applies a restraint force for restraining the switching of the switching gear, and a motor control unit which when switching the switching gear between the carriage-side position and the feeding unit-side position, executes a large torque control of controlling the motor to generate a switching torque which is larger than a moving reading torque to be generated by the motor at a time of document reading when executing a moving reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Sahara
  • 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: 8662498
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a paper discharge device includes a discharged-sheet receiving part that can be opened and closed on a side surface of an apparatus body, is closed on the side surface and receives a recording medium dropped from above along the side surface after image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Ito
  • Patent number: 8636281
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a main body, a first guide member coupled to the main body so as to be rotated from a first position to a second position, and a second guide member rotatably coupled to the first guide member. The first guide position defines a first paper discharge path to discharge paper, a printed surface of which is inverted, when it is in the first position. The first guide member defines a second paper discharge path, along which the printed surface of the paper is directly discharged, when it is pivotally rotated from the first position to the second position. The second guide member guides the paper on the first paper discharge path and does not interfere with the paper on the second paper discharge path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 8579283
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus which enables quick removal of remaining sheets in the image forming apparatus via an orthogonal reverse section in case a jam occurs inside the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes a main conveyance section to convey a sheet in the image forming apparatus and to convey the sheet to an ejected sheet section; an orthogonal reverse section to receive the sheet from the main conveyance section and turn over the sheet without swapping a front edge for a rear edge of the sheet by conveying the sheet in a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveyance direction of the main conveyance section and a sheet ejection section to eject the sheet in the orthogonal reverse section outside the orthogonal reverse section along a direction to turn over the sheet by the orthogonal reverse section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Akifumi Isobe, Masashi Sugano, Akinori Kimata, Katsunori Takahashi, Kenji Tamaki, Satoshi Shimao
  • Patent number: 8554128
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus which is capable of improving operability while suppressing an increase in apparatus size. In a front cover insertion mode, an insertion sheet for a front cover is inserted into a bundle of sheets on which images have been formed, and in a rear cover insertion mode, an insertion sheet for a rear cover is inserted into the bundle of sheets. Insertion sheets for the front cover and insertion sheets for the rear cover are set with the same orientation in a manual feed tray 105. An insertion sheet for the front cover stored in the manual feed tray 105 is conveyed to a finisher 500 in one of a face-down state and a face-up state. An insertion sheet for the rear cover stored in the manual feed tray 105 is conveyed to the finisher 500 in the other of the face-down state and the face-up state. The insertion sheets for the front cover and for the rear cover conveyed from the manual feed tray 105 and the sheets on which images have been formed are stacked on the finisher 500.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Fukatsu, Norifumi Miyake, Takayuki Fujii, Tsuyoshi Moriyama, Takako Hanada, Kuniyasu Kimura, Toshiyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 8335024
    Abstract: An image scanning method of an image scanning device, the method including: feeding multiply fed documents in a first path and scanning, by a scanning unit of the image scanning device, a first document of the multiply fed documents; outputting the first document through an exit unit; reversely driving the exit unit after the first document is output to reversely feed a second document of the multiply fed documents in a second path, and scanning the second document; and forming images of the first document and the second document, wherein the second path is used to reversely feed the second document to an upstream side of the scanning unit, in view of a feeding direction of the multiply fed documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-sang Kwon, Jae-In Lee
  • Patent number: 8335465
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first and a second image forming sections, a paper feeding section, and a paper output section. The image forming sections form an image on paper independently. The apparatus is laterally dividable into a first and a second portions where the first and second image forming sections are respectively positioned. The feeding section is arranged below the first image forming section in the first portion. The output section is arranged above the second image forming section in the second portion. The apparatus has two simple transport paths that run vertically through the image forming sections, respectively, without intersecting each other and detouring around the second or first image forming section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masami Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 8315551
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body, an auxiliary discharging part disposed at one side of the main body, a cover unit to open and close the auxiliary discharging part and stack thereon paper discharged through the auxiliary discharging part, a guide member rotatably mounted to the cover unit to guide the paper when the paper is rotating, and a supporting device to support the guide member when the auxiliary discharging part is in an opened state. Since the supporting device supports the guide member when the auxiliary discharging part is in an opened state, paper being discharged through the auxiliary discharging part may be stably stacked on the cover unit, being prevented from interfering with the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Won Kim, Jae Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8307971
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a document track, a processing device, and a selector gate after the processing device. The document track includes a second, return path extending from a location at the selector gate to a location before the processing device. A bi-directional drive mechanism receives the document as the document passes through the selector gate in the forward direction. A gate actuator selectively moves the selector gate. Upon the bi-directional drive mechanism reversing direction after receiving the document to drive the document in the reverse direction, when the selector gate is in the first position, the selector gate diverts the document into the return path and re-introduces the document to the processing device with the document now in a reverse orientation. When the selector gate is in the second position, the selector gate allows the document traveling in the reverse direction to be re-introduced, in reverse, to the processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Michael Spall, Johan P. Bakker
  • Patent number: 8267402
    Abstract: A medium reversing apparatus, an image forming apparatus and an image reading apparatus that respectively have the medium reversing apparatus are supplied capable of avoiding medium damage and medium load abnormality. In the medium reversing apparatus that conveys a sheet-like medium back and reverses obverse side and reverse side of the medium, a medium ejection opening is used for ejecting at least a part of the medium; an ejecting member at least ejects the part of the medium from the medium ejection opening and conveys the medium back; and a bend forming section is set at the outside edge portion of the ejecting member and bends the medium from a clamp face of the medium clamped by the ejecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 8262462
    Abstract: A gaming system for facilitating participation in a card game by a player located remotely from a dealer of the card game is disclosed. The gaming system may include a dealer system, which may include a scanner for capturing electronic information representing a remote playing card dealt by the dealer. Additionally, the dealer system may include a first communications module for transmitting the information to one or more player systems. The gaming system may also include a player system, which may include a second communications module for receiving the information. Additionally, the player system may include a printing mechanism for (i) printing the information to a face of a local playing card and (ii) outputting the printed local playing card to a flipping mechanism. The player system may also include a flipping mechanism for selectively dealing the printed local playing card to the player either face up or face down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Tung Kwong Lai
  • Patent number: 8249494
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of properly discharging a medium has a first medium stacking unit, a second medium stacking unit, and a guiding member for guiding the medium to the second medium stacking unit in a case that the second medium stacking unit is set in an opened state and guiding the medium to the first medium stacking unit in a case that the second medium stacking unit is set in a closed state. Since the guiding member guides the medium to the second medium stacking unit in a case that the second medium stacking unit is set in the opened state and guides medium to the first medium stacking unit in a case that the second medium stacking unit is set in the closed state, the medium can be discharged to the second medium stacking unit in a case that large normal curling occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takemasa Ishikuro
  • Patent number: 8210515
    Abstract: A document transport apparatus for transporting a document sheet to a predetermined position that includes a first switchback portion for switching back each of the document sheets of which the front side is read in the document reading portion to transport to the document reading portion and a second switchback portion for switching back each of the document sheets of which both sides are read in the document reading portion to discharge to the sheet discharge tray. The first switchback member provided in the first switchback portion transports two document sheets in mutually different directions and the first switchback member has a first switchback path and a first switchback roller pair each for guiding overlapping two document sheets in the mutually different directions or the same direction. The second switchback member provided in the second switchback portion transports two document sheets in mutually different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Nishizawa, Yoichi Sakai, Masaki Omori, Junya Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8200139
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for efficiently scanning a duplex document in which a scan unit sequentially scans both sides of a sheet of a duplex document by moving the sheet across a reader, and a reverse output unit to output the sheet after turning over the sheet. Therefore, since the sheet of a document can be fed and scanned while the second side of the previous sheet of the document is scanned, scanning time can be reduced. Particularly, the reduction in scanning time is very useful when multiple sheets of a duplex document need to be scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-cheol Park, Yong-kon Jo
  • Patent number: 8177225
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder of the present invention is provided with a turning/discharging path in a reversing path in order to read images on both sides of documents in lengths less than the main size and discharge in a discharging tray. Further, an aligning wall is provided to bump ends of documents discharged from the turning/discharging path against it. Thus, the documents of which both sides are read are discharged in the sequentially collated state at a high-speed and the aligned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihito Tokutsu
  • Patent number: 8152169
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a conveying roller that conveys a sheet downstream when the conveying roller rotates forward. A first guide member guides the conveyed sheet toward the conveying roller. A second guide member guides the sheet when the conveying roller rotates in reverse. A rotating member is positioned between the first guide member and the conveying roller, and has a support shaft and a pressing portion. The rotating member rotates about the support shaft between a first supported state where the rotating member is separated from the second guide member, and a second supported state where the rotating member is closer to the second guide member. In the first supported state, the sheet is conveyed from the first guide member to the conveying roller. A trailing end of the sheet moves toward the second guide member when the rotating member transitions from the first to the second supported state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 8141692
    Abstract: An apparatus for capturing images from checks and other financial and payment-related documents includes a base unit including an input slot for receiving a document to be processed. A transport stage located within the base unit receives the document from the input slot. The transport stage includes a document track, a processing device located along the document track, and a one-way gate located along the document track after the processing device. The document track includes a second, return path extending from a location at the one-way gate to a location before the processing device. A bi-directional drive mechanism receives the document as the document passes through the one-way gate in the forward direction. The bi-directional drive mechanism then reverses direction to drive the document in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Michael Spall, Johan P. Bakker
  • Patent number: 8010219
    Abstract: An automated system for the processing of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. The automated system allows for the simultaneous processing of multiple individual tags through the use of multiple processing stations. A table is provided that is capable of moving the individual tags from one processing station to the next. Tables are also provided for receiving unprocessed tags for input into the system and processed tags for packaging. Individual tags are moved between the tables by a transfer mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: TC License, Ltd.
    Inventors: Genaro Martinez, Jay Wells, Nelson Lewis, Gabriel Martinez
  • Patent number: 8002264
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder (ADF), which is capable of feeding a document for double-sided reading, includes an input tray, an output tray, which are vertically arranged, a U-shaped document feed path, which is made up of an upper portion, a curved portion, and a lower portion, feeding rollers disposed in the document feed path, a bidirectional feed path connected to a connection position, a bidirectional feed roller provided in the bidirectional feed path, a bypass connecting a branch position and the connection position, and an ADF cover, which is rotatable with respect to an ADF frame. A paper jam is readily cleared with a simple structure and reasonable cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryoichi Matsushima
  • Patent number: 7988148
    Abstract: A transporting path configuration includes: a separating mechanism that separates from one of transporting members the other transporting member; an opening/closing transporting path member that is rotatably attached above the transporting members and has one surface that configures a first transporting path of the recording medium discharged from the transporting members; a transporting path member that forms a second transporting path between the transporting path member and the other surface of the opening/closing transporting path member in a state of covering the opening/closing transporting path member; a handle that is attached to the opening/closing transporting path member so as to be extended above the second transporting path and is further extended above a cover that covers a discharge member; and a moving mechanism that moves the handle in the direction away from the cover when the other transporting member is separated from the one transporting member by the separating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyasu Tanioka
  • Patent number: 7984908
    Abstract: A document feeding device for handling and reverting double-sided document sheets to an original sequence is provided, including a housing unit and a switching unit. The housing unit includes a delivery passage, a flipping passage, a bypass area, a return passage and upper and lower turning passages. The switching unit, pivotally disposed in the bypass area, includes a first switching member, a second switching member connecting to a side of the first switching member, and a guiding passage between the first switching member and the second switching member. The switching unit switches between a first position and a second position. By the switching of the switching unit, the double-sided document is flipped, scanned and reverted to an original sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Asia Optical Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Hsun-Hao Chan, Kung-Hsin Teng, Hsien-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 7976008
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes a feed tray receiving sheets, a catch tray receiving the sheets ejected thereon, a feeding mechanism conveying the sheets from the feed tray to the catch tray, an ejection mode switching mechanism switching an ejection mode between a first mode in which the sheets are sequentially ejected on a stack of sheets already ejected and a second mode in which the sheets are sequentially ejected and inserted under a stack of sheets already ejected, an ejection detecting sensor detecting a sheet ejected on the catch tray, and a controller configured to, in response to an instruction to start feeding the sheets, forbid driving of the feeding mechanism when determining that the ejection mode is set to the second mode and determining with the ejection detecting sensor that a sheet is on the catch tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuro Kusama
  • Patent number: 7963518
    Abstract: A media sheet inverter apparatus and method is disclosed. The media sheet inverter, according to one embodiment of the disclosure, comprises an input nip configured to receive a media sheet and a reversing roll nip configured to receive a media sheet from the input nip. The media sheet is subsequently held within the inverter for a predetermined time before being ejected to an output nip configured to receive the media sheet from the reversing roll nip. The inverter apparatus and method is especially suited to inverting alternating media sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Steven R. Moore
  • Patent number: 7954806
    Abstract: A medium reversing apparatus, an image forming apparatus and an image reading apparatus that respectively have the medium reversing apparatus are supplied capable of avoiding medium damage and medium load abnormality. In the medium reversing apparatus that conveys a sheet-like medium back and reverses obverse side and reverse side of the medium, a medium ejection opening is used for ejecting at least a part of the medium; an ejecting member at least ejects the part of the medium from the medium ejection opening and conveys the medium back; and a bend forming section is set at the outside edge portion of the ejecting member and bends the medium from a clamp face of the medium clamped by the ejecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 7946577
    Abstract: A switchback mechanism for reversing a mail item conveying direction has a switchback roller which holds the mail item in a nip and rotates in both forward and backward directions. When there is a remaining mail item deviated from the nip of the switchback roller and remaining in the switchback unit, a pressure roller is pressed to an output roller always rotating in the direction of R1, the remaining mail item is held and fed out to the nip. At this time, a control unit takes out the remaining mail item at timing not to interfere with other mail items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yukio Asari, Yoshihiko Naruoka
  • Patent number: 7918449
    Abstract: A double-sided image forming device includes: a paper feeding section (3); a printing section (4); a first conveyance route (6) for conveying a fed paper sheet (2) to a paper discharge section (8) via the printing section (4); and a second conveyance route (7) for receiving, on its conveyance surface, the paper sheet (2), a first side (21) of which has been printed, from the first conveyance route (6), and for conveying the paper sheet (2) while reversing it, thereby conveying the paper sheet (2) to the upstream side of the printing section (4) in the conveyance direction of the first conveyance route (6), wherein the second conveyance route (7) has a reverse conveyance route (9) for receiving, on its conveyance surface, a second side (22) of the paper sheet (2), and for conveying the paper sheet (2) while reversing it, and wherein the reverse conveyance route (9) is formed by a combination of a plurality of reverse mechanisms each including: a first conveyance section (91) for linearly conveying the paper sh
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Duplo Seiko Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihide Sugiyama, Kazuya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7909317
    Abstract: A document feeding device includes a pressing member that extends in a document conveying space from a document conveying surface of an outer conveying guide member having a counter conveying roller, of two conveying guide members provided in a first document conveying path such as to oppose front and back sides of a document, toward a document conveying surface of an inner conveying guide member. The pressing member extends in a document width direction perpendicular in a document feeding direction with its leading end extending in a conveying space from one of the conveying surfaces toward the other conveying surface. This structure prevents a large displacement of the document even when the document is released from the nip between conveying rollers or passes between the two conveying guide members provided in the document feeding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Naoto Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 7896343
    Abstract: Feeding systems for documents or other sheet materials include: (a) an inlet; (b) an outlet; (c) a feed path extending between the inlet and outlet; and (d) a feed system that moves materials along the feed path. The systems further may include: (e) a bidirectional feed path extending from the feed path; (f) a supply system that moves materials to the feed path; (g) a bidirectional drive system that moves materials along the bidirectional feed path; and/or (h) a bidirectional feed path access control system. Drive systems may be provided for driving the feed system and at least one of the supply system, the bidirectional drive system, and/or the access control system such that operation of the feed system is independent of operation of the other systems and/or such that a single motor may be used to drive any or all of the systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshitaka Iwago, Ryoichi Matsushima, Yoichi Horaguchi
  • Patent number: 7887053
    Abstract: A print interface system including a printer integrated in combination with a sheet handling system such as a mailpiece inserter. The print interface system facilitates the handling of sheet material in various operating modes, including conventional printing, duplex printing, and mailpiece creation modes. The system includes a printer having multiple feed paths for printing on opposing face surfaces of a sheet material. One of the feed paths directs sheet material to a staging tray and another feed path directs sheet material to a downstream module of the sheet handling system. The system further includes a positionable diverter for directing sheet material to one of the feed paths and a sheet sensor for determining when a sheet of material has been directed along the feed path leading to the output tray. A controller is operative to alternately reposition the diverter from one of two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Smith, Robert J. Allen, James A. Fairweather, Neil F. Baldino, Thomas M. Lyga
  • Patent number: 7869755
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder, for transferring a document through a scanning position three times, includes: a first transfer mechanism to reverse a given document via a reversing path, and transfer the same to a scanning position; a second transfer mechanism to transfer the given document from the scanning position to one of a switchback path and a document discharging part; a switchback mechanism to transfer the given document to a lay-by on the switchback path, and then transfer the given document towards the reversing path via a re-entry path; and a control unit to control the mechanisms so that a second original document passes through the scanning position a first time before a first original document passes through the scanning position a third time, and to pause travel of the second original document at the lay-by as the first original document is passed through the scanning position a third time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoya Sano, Hideki Tobinaga, Takashi Fujii, Yasuo Kosuga, Shinya Kitaoka, Tatsuaki Nagano, Norio Kimura
  • Patent number: 7866653
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a duplex document feeder for installed in scanning devices such as facsimile machine, printer, scanner or multi function peripheral (MFP). The duplex document feeder can control the motion accuracy of the sheet and avoid the happening of jam. The duplex document feeder includes a pick-up module, a sheet-controlling roller module and a an ejection module. The pick-up module is used for feeding the sheet into a first feed channel; the sheet-controlling roller module provides a first nip force to feed the sheet outside the duplex document feeder and provides a second nip force to feed the sheet into the interior of the duplex document feeder again; the ejection module provides a third nip force to feed/eject the sheet into/from the duplex document feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung-Wen Tu
  • Patent number: 7832724
    Abstract: A sheet ejection mechanism including a sheet ejection roller capable of rotating along a selective direction and having an arc portion and a plane portion, the arc portion and the plane portion forming a D-shape cross-section, and a pinch member configured at a position adjacent to the sheet ejection roller, wherein a recording medium is clamped and conveyed between the pinch member and the arc portion of the sheet ejection roller, and a gap is formed between the plane portion and the pinch member for allowing the recording medium to pass. Also, the present invention provides a duplex sheet feeding system having the sheet ejection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignees: Silitek Electronic (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., Lite-On Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Wen-Chung Lo, Ming-Hung Hsu, Jui-Pin Jao
  • Patent number: 7789388
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus according to the invention includes a first conveying path; a sheet reverse conveying portion; a second conveying path; a third conveying path; and a movable guide portion configured to guide the conveyed sheet. The guide portion is moved to a position where the sheet can pass when the sheet is guided from the first conveying path to the second conveying path, and the guide portion is moved to a position where the guide portion guides the sheet to the third conveying path while blocking between the first and second conveying paths such that the sheet can not intrude from the second conveying path into the first conveying path when the sheet conveyed by the sheet reverse conveying portion is conveyed in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Matsubara, Fumiki Inui, Kazuhide Kudo
  • Patent number: 7784783
    Abstract: A duplex system for an inkjet printer having a printhead for printing a media sheet is disclosed. The duplex system includes a front duplex module and a back duplex module detachably coupled to the front duplex module. The front duplex module includes a first roller assembly for advancing the media sheet to the printhead along a simplex media path and a second roller assembly disposed along the simplex media path for handling the media sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Cherng Linn Teo, Dennis Chua
  • Patent number: 7770877
    Abstract: A sheet supply tray and a sheet discharge tray are provided. Long sheets can be supplied from the sheet supply tray loaded with the long sheets. The sheet discharge tray is used also as the sheet supply tray, and receives the long sheets with a sheet discharge surface thereof in an area facing the sheet loading surface of the sheet supply tray. A discharge guide unit for guiding the discharge direction of the long sheets is detachably provided in such a dual-purpose type sheet discharge unit. A discharge/reception unit supporting the long sheets is detachably provided as a whole or a part of the sheet discharge unit. An extension sheet tray extensible with respect to a standard sheet tray is provided while the extension state of the extension sheet tray can be detected by an extension detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yousuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7764406
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet discharge unit, a reading unit disposed above the sheet discharge unit, an operating panel, and an opening portion formed between the reading unit and the sheet mount unit such that the sheet can be taken out from the front side of the apparatus. The operating panel extends to the front side of the apparatus in the reading unit so that the tip thereof is located at the same position as the front end portion side of the sheet mount unit or projects from the front end portion side. There is provided an area where the projection amount from the reading unit is set to be smaller than the maximum projection amount of the operating panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumikazu Sato
  • Patent number: 7762543
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder includes a document tray, an output tray on which the document for which image reading is finished is placed, a roller applying carrying force to the document by rotating and contacting the document, and a movable ejection flap. The ejection flap is movable between a first position where the document for which image reading is finished is sunk into a position between the output tray and a bottom of a document already stacked on the output tray and a second position where the document is ejected on the output tray without being sunk into the position between the output tray and the bottom of the stacked document. The automatic document feeder also includes a switching unit to switch between a first motion of transmitting driving force of a driving source to the movable ejection flap and a second motion of transmitting driving force to the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryoichi Matsushima