Continuous Endless Conveyors Patents (Class 271/7)
  • Patent number: 8894064
    Abstract: An accessory receives sheets from an inkjet printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Munro Innes
  • Patent number: 8641184
    Abstract: Provided is a recording medium conveying mechanism including an endless center conveying belt and endless side conveying belts, the endless center conveying belt and the endless side conveying belts being looped over a driving roller to be driven by a motor, a driven roller and a tension roller. The center conveying belt is positioned in a center in a width direction of a recording medium to be conveyed, and the side conveying belts are positioned on opposite sides in a width direction of the center conveying belt, respectively. The center conveying belt includes a material with a high elastic modulus while the side conveying belts include a material with a low elastic modulus, and a biasing member for providing a tension to the center conveying belt and the side conveying belts is provided on a shaft of the tension roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nozomu Nishiberi, Yasufumi Tanaami, Yasuyuki Hirai
  • Patent number: 8613441
    Abstract: A sheet transport device and an image forming apparatus using the sheet transport device are disclosed. The sheet transport device includes a transport belt rotating around rollers that transports a sheet by attaching the sheet to the transport belt by an electrostatic force, and charging unit that is unitized by including a charging member for charging the transport belt. The charging unit includes a unit case containing springs for pushing the charging member onto the transport belt. An Ac bias voltage is applied to the transport belt via the charging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kawabata
  • Publication number: 20130200563
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a belt arranged to carry sheets from an upstream end to a downstream end of a transport path, the belt having an array of perforations; and an array of suction nozzles arranged below the belt for sucking-in ambient air through the perforations of the belt. At least one blow nozzle is arranged at the downstream end of the transport path for blowing out a gas through the perforations of the belt. The downstream end of the transport path is defined by a deflection roller. A plurality of blow nozzles are formed by circumferential grooves in the peripheral surface of the deflection roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: OCE TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
  • Patent number: 8256760
    Abstract: A system for conveying mailpieces along a feed path including first and second conveyances. A first conveyance is operative to convey mailpieces along the feed path and includes a singulating and drive belt. The singulating and drive belts define a throat or singulating a mailpiece from the stack of mailpieces. A second conveyance accepts mailpieces from the first conveyance and conveys singulated mailpiece downstream of the first conveyance. The system further includes a series of sensors extending from the first to the second conveyance for issuing a gap signal indicative of the relative spacing between sequential mailpieces along the feed path. Additionally, the system includes a means to vary the velocity of the drive belt based upon the location of the gap signal along the series of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. DaCunha, Richard F. Stengl, Boris Rozenfeld, Anthony E. Yap
  • Publication number: 20110079949
    Abstract: A sheet finishing apparatus includes an inlet roller to receive a sheet conveyed from an image forming apparatus, a sheet introduction unit to guide the sheet received by the inlet roller to a finishing unit, a sheet ejection unit to guide the sheet performed to a post process by the finishing unit to an ejection port and to eject from the ejection port, a paper storage tray to receive the ejected sheet, a drive unit including a plurality of motors to drive respective devices, and a control unit to control operations of the plurality of motors. In a trial operation of the sheet finishing apparatus, the control unit controls the plurality of motors, and first drives a motor with a sound pressure level less than a previously set reference level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taki, Mikio Yamamoto, Shinichiro Mano, Toshiaki Oshiro
  • Patent number: 7681874
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, that can be included in an image forming apparatus, includes a first conveying unit to convey a sheet in a first sheet conveying direction, a second conveying unit to convey the sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit in a second sheet conveying direction that is different from the first sheet conveying direction, a first sheet conveying path provided between the first conveying unit and the second conveying unit, a belt-type sheet conveying unit to the holding section of the second conveying unit, and a positioning control mechanism to move and position the first supporting member and the second supporting member in respective directions different from each other. The belt-type sheet conveying unit includes a belt, a first rotary belt holding member, a second rotary belt holding member, a first supporting member, and a second supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Kusumi
  • Publication number: 20100059923
    Abstract: A document processing machine including means for moving a document in a longitudinal direction and a device for cutting off a portion of the document is described. In an illustrative configuration, the document processing machine includes, adjacent to the cutting device, a mobile guide path for the cut-off portion of the document that is adapted to support and drive said cut-off portion in an ejection direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Julie Dudret, Patrick Fournier, Jean-Christian Maleyran, Francois Reby
  • Patent number: 7661667
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device includes a conveyor belt having a first row of a plurality of convex portions intermittently arranged on an inner circumferential surface of the conveyor belt in a sheet conveying direction. The sheet feeding device further includes a plurality of rollers around which the conveyor belt is spanned such that a direction substantially perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction is parallel to an axial direction of each of the rollers. The rollers include concave portions on outer circumferential surfaces thereof, in which the convex portions of the first row of the conveyor belt are engaged. The concave portion of at least one roller of the plurality of rollers has a width different from a width of each of the plurality of rollers other than the at least one roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuya Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 7278634
    Abstract: A tape transport system for printed products includes a tape having a tape width, a pulley, and a lever arm supporting the pulley, the lever arm having a first side and a second side. The pulley has a first section disposed on the first side of the lever arm and a second section disposed on the second side of the lever arm, the first and second sections supporting the tape so that the lever arm is within the tape width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Wingate, Matthew Jon Wingate
  • Patent number: 7168473
    Abstract: A web or fleece of synthetic resin strand collected on a sieve belt is discharged from the sieve belt into further processing equipment over a rerouting roller at the discharge end of the sieve belt. The rerouting roller is perforated and air or another fluid medium is passed through the belt at the rerouting roller to reduce adhesion forces between the belt and the web and lift the web from the belt without damage to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Reifenhauser GmbH & Co. Maschinenfabrik
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Geus, Detlef Frey
  • Patent number: 6976801
    Abstract: The present invention describes a double belt transport system for moving a mailpiece into a printing area of a digital printer. The transport system includes an upper belt and a lower belt. The upper belt has a straight section to form a nip with the lower belt to ingest the mailpiece. The straight section also defines a registration plane to register the upper surface of the mailpiece with respect to the print head of the printer. In order to make sure the registration is consistent regardless of the thickness of the mailpiece, an up-lifting mechanism is used to push the bottom of the mailpiece in an upward direction against a shield plate, which is positioned substantially on the registration plane. A velocity measurement device, such as an optical encoder, is used to measure the moving speed of the belts so that the printing speed of the digital printer matches the moving speed of the mailpiece in the print area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Salomon, Steven E. Cohen, Cyndee Jonas, Eric A. Belec
  • Patent number: 6731412
    Abstract: An imaging device is provided including a script setting plate for setting thereon a script to be read, a script positioning plate located near one end of the script setting plate and supported for up-and-down movements, a script positioning plate supporter selectively taking a support position under the script positioning plate, and a script-pressing cover extending over the script positioning plate and the script setting plate to guide a script against the script setting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Imamura
  • Patent number: 6640077
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus wherein the slip of a transporting belt relative to a driving device due to a change in the surface state the inner surface of the transporting belt and a bad image can be reliably prevented, and having a photosensitive drum on the surface of which a toner image is formed, a transfer belt and a driving roller for driving the transfer belt, wherein the toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive drum is transferred onto the transfer belt or a recording material borne on the transfer belt, an abrasive roller is provided at a position, in contact with a surface on which the driving roller abuts against the transfer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Suzuki, Haruhiko Omata
  • Patent number: 6557843
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding apparatus of the present invention is arranged such that a transportation unit 24 (enclosing a pre-feeding roller 25, a pair of paper feeding rollers 26, a pair of resist rollers 27, a reading section 28, a pair of discharging rollers 29, etc.) is attached to a framework member 65 (a stay 66, a front-end plate 7, a rear-end plate 68, etc.) not fixedly, but in such a manner that at least the rearward end of the transportation unit 24 is capable of displacements in a vertical direction with respect to the framework member 65. Consequently, when the framework member 65 causes deflection, such deflection caused on the framework member 65 will not adversely affect an attachment state of the transportation unit 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Masuo Kawamoto, Hiroyuki Harada, Hideki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 6328440
    Abstract: An approach for managing the thermal stresses introduced into a heated belt of the type used for transporting media through an ink-jet printer so that the portion of the belt that transports the print media through the print zone does not buckle. The temperature of the belt is controlled to ensure that any temperature gradient produced in the belt is not great enough to buckle the belt in the print zone. Put another way, the temperature profile in the belt is substantially flat. As another approach to the present invention, the belt is bent in the print zone to create a force component in the belt for resisting thermal stress and to increase the belt area moment to greatly enhance resistance to buckling of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Todd R. Medin, Steve O. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6182567
    Abstract: A printing press having an actuator, includes a chamber partly surrounding the actuator and having a pressure prevailing therein that is greater than the pressure in the outer surroundings of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Gunschera, Roland Hirth
  • Patent number: 6145827
    Abstract: An automatic document conveyer comprising a moving frame turnably mounted on a machine housing via a hinge mechanism and a conveyer belt mechanism mounted on the moving frame. The conveyer belt mechanism includes a support frame, a drive roller and a driven roller arranged in the support frame, and a conveyer belt wrapped round the drive roller and the driven roller. The support frame of the conveyer belt mechanism is so supported as to be moved by a predetermined amount toward the side opposite to the hinge mechanism while the end of the conveyer belt on the side of the hinge mechanism reaches to the closed position after having come in contact with the transparent plate at the time when the moving frame is turned toward the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Harada, Masuo Kawamoto, Masahiro Sako, Shigeo Kurando, Takatomo Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 6113095
    Abstract: A belt supporting device includes a first support member for supporting a belt pulley, the member having a smaller width than that of the outer peripheral surface of the pulley, an endless belt wound on the pulley, a second support member for forming between the endless belt wound on the pulley and the second support member a space for extracting the endless belt in the axial direction of the pulley, and a positioning member located movably in and out of the space to maintain the space by entering the space and to thereby position the first and second support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruo Naruse
  • Patent number: 6113091
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder for use with an image forming apparatus, for conveying a document on a platen of the apparatus, includes a rotating conveyance belt for pressing the document to the platen thereby conveying the document along the platen; a pressing roller for applying pressure to the rotating conveyance belt and subsequently onto the document. The pressing roller includes a plurality of rows of rollers in a conveying direction of the document, and each of the plurality of rows is provided with a plurality of the pressing rollers. Tracks in an axis direction of the plurality of pressing rollers followed by at least two rows are different from each other, so that the tracks pass over different portions of the conveyance belt with respect to the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Mizubata, Tomohiro Morita, Osamu Kato
  • Patent number: 6045278
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting and for printing print media has an inclined guide plate and a transport mechanism orthogonal to this guide plate and an auxiliary device. An ink jet print head controlled by a control unit is rigidly arranged in a recess of the guide plate during printing. The recess is fashioned such that the print medium has a printed region lying free downstream. The print medium transported with the transport mechanism lies without any mechanical clamping against the auxiliary device, that has an ascending guide and allows a defined slippage perpendicular to the transport mechanism surface. Independently of the slope of the floor area of the machine, a non-contacting printing with the ink print head ensues with high print quality for print media transported standing or lying. A placement device precedes the guide plate for the adaptation of the inclination angle .alpha..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia AG & Co.
    Inventors: Ralf Kubatzki, Stephan Guenther
  • Patent number: 5967505
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for feeding fabric workpieces one at a time from the top of a stack of like workpieces having a first rough side and a second smooth side, the workpieces being stacked with alternating sides up. A computer controlled picker is used to separate the top workpiece from the remaining workpieces in the stack, and for depositing the workpiece on a downstream conveyor. An ultrasonic face detector is mounted above the first conveyor for determining whether the side of the workpiece facing the face detector--the top surface--is relatively rough or relatively smooth. A pivoting feeder/inverter is provided at the end of the first conveyor. If the workpiece has the desired side up for subsequent sewing operations, the inverter/conveyor is placed in a first position so that the workpiece is directed into a sandwich belt type conveyor which will not change the orientation of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Wei-Chin Lin, Donald L. Klusmann, Frederick N. Mueller, Pedro T. Silva, Frank Ch Kim, Kent Joell Halland, Timothy Matthew Blount, Steven Alan Amigh
  • Patent number: 5923941
    Abstract: This invention relates to a document transport device for use in an image forming apparatus. The document transport device has a first belt roller disposed above a document positioning member. A second belt roller is disposed away from the first belt roller in the document transport direction. An endless belt is wound around the first and second belt rollers. Plural presser rollers are arranged on a specified position between the first and second belt rollers to press the belt against a contact glass. The document transport device has a tension roller between the first belt roller and the presser roller closest thereto to apply a tension force to the belt so as to set the belt at the lowermost position of the tension roller below a common tangential line to the circumferences of the first belt roller and the presser roller and apart from the contact glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Harada, Toru Tanjo, Kazuhisa Kondo, Jun Kusakabe, Masahiro Sako, Hiroshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5854643
    Abstract: Two roller members support an endless conveying member tensioned around them, where the endless conveying member conveys a printing medium. A first displacing unit displaces a first portion of the endless conveying member in the direction different from the traveling direction of the endless conveying member and a second displacing unit displaces a second portion of the endless conveying member opposite to the first portion in accordance with the displacement of the endless conveying member made by the first displacing unit. The first displacing unit is arranged to displace the portion of the endless conveying member which faces the printing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 5685657
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transport for cards to be repeatedly scan printed with component colors. In the transport, a pair of belt rollers are fixed axially parallel in a frame, the belt rollers defining circumferential annular aligned grooves. Belts encircle the belt rollers, positioned in the grooves, and extend to define a virtual working bed on which the card is moved to be printed. Pinch rollers retain the card fixed to the belts. In sequence, cards are cleaned, magnetically processed and printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Mag-Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Jablonski
  • Patent number: 5497985
    Abstract: A method is provided for temporarily storing a series of successive textile sheets having a length L in an overlapping relationship in a collecting apparatus, including the successive steps of conveying the textile sheets one after another to an inlet of a carrier mechanism, while preventing an uncontrolled relative movement with a neighboring sheet in an overlapping contact area, clamping each textile sheet between the carrier mechanism and cooperating clamping means and conveying the clamped textile sheets along a path to an outlet of the carrier mechanism in successive steps having an adjustable step length d, removing the textile sheets from the collection apparatus at the outlet without disturbing a position of a neighboring sheets and displacing the carrier mechanism by one of translation, rotation and translation combined with rotation around one of a vertical axis and at least one horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Gaspar A. H. Byttebier
    Inventors: Gaspar A. H. Byttebier, Hendrik Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 5477901
    Abstract: For the manufacture of high pressure laminates, the pressed laminate (4) consisting of a stack of artificial resin impregnated paper sheets is fed into a single daylight hot press. The pressed laminate is held and guided along both longitudinal edges (6) by transfer clamps (7), which are connected to an endless rotating chain (8) and are conveyed on guide tracks (15). The transfer clamps (7) remain closed during the transfer into the single daylight hot press, during the pressing process and during a following cooling process in a cold press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignees: Resopal GmbH, Pathex International Ltd.
    Inventors: Horst J. Schikarski, Klaus Baranowski, Charles Kosa, Gert Muller, Reinhold Rudolf, Dennis Colyer
  • Patent number: 5476253
    Abstract: A paper slip transport and stack unit is provided for separating received slips of paper into individual slips for transporting and stacking up them in an orderly manner in a stack section while counting the slips of paper by a count mechanism. The transport and stack unit includes a separation mechanism which always operates in one direction, a transport mechanism operating intermittently in one direction, and a paper slip lift mechanism in the stack section intermittently operating exclusively against the transport mechanism. The separation transport and paper slip lift mechanisms in the stack section are driven by a single drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ace Denken
    Inventors: Takatoshi Takemoto, Kazunari Kawashima, Hideyuki Kadomatsu, Moriyuki Aoyama, Takeharu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5470051
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder for conveying a document on a platen glass. Back-up rollers for pressing a conveyer belt against the platen glass are loosely supported by a body frame. The shafts of a driving roller and a driven roller for rotating the conveyer belt, and the supporting member of the back-up rollers each have an end which is detachable from the body frame. The body frame has a first frame pivoted on a copying machine and a second frame for holding the conveyer belt and its motor. The second frame is connected with the first frame such that the second frame is movable from and to the platen glass with a specified range, and further the second frame is urged in a direction separating from the platen glass. The second frame is also movable in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the pivot of the first frame extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuusuke Morigami, Hirokazu Matsuo, Hirofumi Tanahashi, Yoshihito Hirano, Hiroyasu Nagato, Takuma Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5455663
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cylindrical image bearing member, an image forming device for forming an image on the image bearing member, a transfer unit for performing first image transfer of the image on the image bearing member to a recording material at a transfer position, and a movable recording material carrying unit for conveying the recording material to the transfer position while carrying the recording material in order to perform the first image transfer. The recording material carrying unit further carries and conveys the recording material in order to perform second image transfer to the recording material after the first image transfer. The apparatus also includes a conveying unit for conveying the recording material to the recording material carrying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Inoue, Nobuhiko Takekoshi
  • Patent number: 5451038
    Abstract: Sheet stacking apparatus comprises a sheet feed system formed by a belt (9) movable past a sheet stacking hopper (1) in a sheet accept direction to feed sheets to the hopper. At least one pusher member (23) is movable in the sheet accept direction through the hopper to push successive portions of a stack (24) in the hopper (1) out of the path of an incoming sheet so as to permit unrestricted entry of a sheet into the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: De La Rue Inter-Innovation AB
    Inventors: Steven M. Hosking, Alexander C. H. James
  • Patent number: 5409203
    Abstract: A time required for a copying operation is shortened in making duplex copies from simplex documents. In a copying machine provided with a recirculating document feeder for feeding documents one by one from a document container to an exposure region and returning the exposed documents to the document container, when the documents are circulated prior to the copying operation so as to count the number thereof, the copying operation is started immediately in the case where the number of the documents is detected before a first document passes the exposure region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Okamoto, Manabu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5379993
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder provided with a conveying unit which has a conveyer belt and regulating plates for regulating a space between the conveying unit and a platen glass. The regulating plates are disposed in a hinge side and a side opposite to the hinge side. The conveying unit is connected with a supporting frame through the regulating plates. The supporting frame is fixed to the hinges. The conveying unit is movable in a vertical direction to the supporting frame at least in the hinge side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazutaka Takemura, Akiyoshi Johdai, Hirokazu Matsuo
  • Patent number: 5371580
    Abstract: A plurality of double-faced originals in a series of pages are stacked on a tray with a first page faced upward. An original transport mechanism is arranged to transport a first sheet of original fed by a feed roller to an exposure position through an intermediate waiting position on a platen glass for image exposure of a first page. Then, the original transport mechanism forwards the first sheet of original to a reverse/discharge roller provided downstream side of a transport belt to invert the surface and reverse side of the original. Thereafter, the original is returned to the intermediate waiting position by the transport belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akio Kato, Tomoyuki Atsumi, Yoichi Kawabuchi, Hiroyuki Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 5363184
    Abstract: An automatic document conveying device is equipped with an opening/closing frame and a swing frame which are mounted on a main frame. When the opening/closing frame is turned to an open position, the document introduction passage is at least partly opened. In the document introduction passage are arranged an introduction roller, a pressing member, a feed roller, a separation roller and a plurality of document detectors. A conveyer belt mechanism is mounted on the swing frame. A plurality of electric wires are arranged extending from the opening/closing frame passing through an opening formed in the side plate of the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsuo, Shinya Aono, Toshinori Muraoka
  • Patent number: 5292113
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder for conveying a document on a platen glass. Back-up rollers for pressing a conveyer belt against the platen glass are loosely supported by a body frame. The shafts of a driving roller and a driven roller for rotating the conveyer belt, and the supporting member of the back-up rollers each have an end which is detachable from the body frame. The body frame has a first frame pivoted on a copying machine and a second frame for holding the conveyer belt and its motor. The second frame is connected with the first frame such that the second frame is movable from and to the platen glass with a specified range, and further the second frame is urged in a direction separating from the platen glass. The second frame is also movable in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the pivot of the first frame extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuusuke Morigami, Hirokazu Matsuo, Hirofumi Tanahashi, Yoshihito Hirano, Hiroyasu Nagato, Takuma Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5238382
    Abstract: An article forming system for forming at least one sheet of material into an article, such as a decorative flower pot cover for example. The article forming system includes a male die and a female die. A sheet of material is automatically moved to a loaded position between the male and female dies and then the male and female dies are moved to a forming position for forming the article. The formed articles are automatically stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Highland Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Franklin J. Craig
  • Patent number: 5232210
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding method for a recycling automatic document feeder (RADF) for use with a copier or similar image recording apparatus. The last document to be returned and the document immediately preceding it are discharged in succession. The discharge of the last document occurs on the elapse of a predetermined period of time after the discharge of the immediately preceding document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shirou Saeki, Hiroyuki Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 5207331
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically processing a supply of cartons, in flattened form and of different types, in accordance with a selectable number of plural, different and separately identifiable carton types. Unsorted cartons are removed in successive layers from stacks thereof and transported in serial succession along a transport path. Sorting modules are disposed along the transport path, each including respectively associated routing and stacking devices individually predesignated to receive and stack a given, identifiable carton type. A system controller tracks the progress of each carton, simultaneously for plural cartons, along the transport path and when a match of the carton type with a predesignated stacking device is determined, actuates the associated routing device to route a carton of a matching type from the transport path and to the associated stacking device for stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Teegarden, Andrew J. Gorman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5200790
    Abstract: An automatic document conveying device is applied to an image processor that has a transparent plate. The automatic document conveying device can convey a continuous document that has folding lines extending in the direction of width at stated intervals in the conveying direction and feed holes formed in both side edges thereof at stated intervals in the conveying direction. The automatic document conveying device includes a continuous document placing device on which will be placed the continuous document in a condition where it is folded along the folding lines, a conveying devices for conveying the continuous document passing on the transparent plate of the image processor, and a continuous document receiving device for receiving the continuous document conveyed passing on the transparent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichiro Irie, Yoshiyuki Takeda, Tsuyoshi Nagao, Yasuhiko Kida
  • Patent number: 5197723
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding apparatus in which a plurality of documents are sequentially fed to an image exposure section. Before the completion of the exposure of a foregoing document, the feeding of a following document is started to place the document on a given position before the image exposure section and stopped thereon temporarily for stand-by. The position of the temporary stop of the following document can be varied in accordance with document size detecting signals from a document size detector or selected in such a manner that the distance between the trailing end of the foregoing document and the leading end of the following document becomes constant substantially irrespective of the size of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Yamada, Yoshikazu Maekawa, Osamu Murata, Yoshio Ueda, Masanobu Kawano
  • Patent number: 5167406
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatically inverting workpieces of limp sheet material, such as fabric sheet material, including an endless primary conveyor having a forward-traveling reach for conveying workpieces in a forward direction, each workpiece having a leading edge and a trailing edge. A gripper engages a portion of the workpiece generally adjacent its leading edge as the workpiece travels on the primary conveyor and holds the leading edge portion stationary. The primary conveyor includes a series of flights spaced at intervals therealong with openings between the flights. The trailing edge of the workpiece and the adjacent trailing edge portion drop through an opening between a leading flight and a trailing flight after the gripper engages and holds stationary the leading edge portion. A pushing mechanism acts on the trailing edge portion of the workpiece for pushing the trailing edge portion forardly to invert the trailing edge portion as the leading edge portion is held stationary by the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Ark, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Cole, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5120039
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding a document includes a platen where a document is subjected to copy operation; a feeding device for feeding a document onto the platen; a delivering device for delivering a document from the platen; a conveying device for conveying a document on the platen to the delivering device; the delivering device driven independently of the conveying device; and a control device for controlling operation timings of the feeding device, the conveying device and the delivery device, wherein the control device stops the conveying device when the trailing end of a document being delivered by the delivering device has been located between the conveying device and the delivering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventor: Yasushi Yamada
  • Patent number: 5067701
    Abstract: A multiple bill escrow apparatus for forming a stack of successively received bills at an escrow location and for selectively moving the stack to a stacker or to a return in which a ram moves successively received bills to between pairs of first and second belt lengths to form the stack and in which the first and second belt lengths are mounted for relative movement to accomodate said stack and are concomitantly driven to move said stack out of the escrow position. Diverter belts are actuated selectively to direct the stack to a return path formed by pairs of third and fourth belt lengths mounted for relative movement to accommodate the stack and concomitantly driven to return the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Rowe International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Dekker
  • Patent number: 5060923
    Abstract: An automatic document conveying device for an image-processing machine including a housing having on its upper surface a transparent plate on which to place a document to be processed. The device includes an opening-closing frame member mounted on the housing so that it is free to pivot about a pivot axis extending along the rear edge of the transparent plate between a closed position at which it covers the transparent plate and an open position at which it exposes the transparent plate to view; a stationary frame member to be mounted on the housing adjacent to the upstream end of the transparent plate; a document table disposed on the stationary frame member; a document sending unit for sending a plurality of sheet-like documents placed on the document table to a document carrying-in passage one by one; and a document carrying-in unit for introducing the sheet-like documents sent to the document carrying-in passage toward the transparent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Mita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushi Takimoto, Yasushi Kamezaki, Koji Maekawa, Kiyoshige Kameda, Hiroyuki Fujita, Katsunori Masai
  • Patent number: 5037079
    Abstract: A mechanism for shuttering of vacuum ports of a vacuum platen transport (VPT) plenum in correspondence with the size of the documents being transported from the document tray of a recirculating document handler. The shuttering mechanism is coupled to a movable side guide of the document tray and includes a flexible coiled tape mounted with respect to the vacuum plenum of the VPT and movable side guide of the document tray such that movement of the side causes the tape to seal off vacuum slots within the plenum that are not located beneath documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert P. Siegel, William Brant
  • Patent number: 5004223
    Abstract: A document conveyance apparatus for conveying a document to an exposing surface of a copying apparatus, and conveying the document out from the exposing surface after an exposure to copy the document. The apparatus including a driving roller unit for supporting and driving a conveyance belt, including (i) at least a pair of driving rollers, rotatably mounted on a conveyance frame with first supporters, for driving the conveyance belt suspended thereon, wherein at least one of the driving rollers is driven by a driving motor, (ii) the first supporters for supporting both ends of the driving rollers, wherein each of the driving rollers is supported movable in the direction of its axis of rotation so that at least one end of the driving rollers is capable of being removed from the roller supporters, and (iii) a positioner for being mounted on each of the driving rollers so that each of the driving rollers is positioned in the direction of its axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventor: Susumu Okui
  • Patent number: 4936564
    Abstract: A cash dispensing unit includes first (68) and second (70) cooperating endless groups of belts for feeding a stack (72) of currency notes to an exit location (50). First ends of the first (68) and second (70) groups of belts respectively pass round first (26) and second (30) group of pulleys of equal diameter mounted in a central position of a support framework (11), and second ends of the two groups of belts (68, 70) respectively pass round two smaller groups of pulleys (66, 52) disposed adjacent the exit location (50). The first group of belts (68) pass partly around the periphery of the second group of pulleys (30), and are resiliently stretchable so that the stack (72) can pass between this group of belts (68) and this group of pulleys (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Hain
  • Patent number: 4928943
    Abstract: A sheet handling apparatus for copying and transporting sheets which comprises an image processing apparatus containing an image processing face, a sheet processing device disposed above said image processing face and operative to move toward and away from said image processing face, a sheet transport device including a pair of wrapping connector driving devices constituted by a combination of chains and sprockets, said sheet transport device turning on itself to form a loop which passes between said image processing apparatus and said sheet pressing device in sequential, opposite directions, a driving mechanism for driving the sheet transport device, a sheet gripping mechanism connected to said wrapping connector driving device for gripping the edges of the sheet being transported, a sheet pickup device for successively selecting the sheets, one-by-one, for distribution to the sheet gripping mechanism, and a sheet discharge device for receiving and transporting sheets received from the sheet transport device
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiki Nishibori
  • Patent number: 4903954
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for transporting a sheet in a predetermined path of travel. The apparatus comprises a plate having a lower surface extending parallel to and defining the path of travel, and having an aperture formed therein. In addition, the apparatus comprises sheet feeding structure, including a first pair of rollers spaced apart from one another and an endless belt looped about the first rollers, wherein the belt has a lower belt run extending between the first rollers and beneath the plate. Further, the feeding structure includes instrumentalities for driving one of the first rollers for moving the lower belt run at a constant velocity in the direction of the path of travel. Moreover, the feeding structure includes a second pair of rollers which are disposed beneath the plate and are made of a compliant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Atholl A. Robertson, William G. Hart, Jr.