Multiple Supplies Patents (Class 271/9.01)
  • Patent number: 11001083
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding part configured to feed print media from a first support part supporting the print media, a second feeding part configured to feed print media from a second support part supporting the print media, and a print head configured to print on the print media fed by the first feeding part or the second feeding part. Further, the printing apparatus includes a first conveying path where the print media fed by the first feeding part are conveyed to the print head, and a second conveying path where the print media fed by the second feeding part are conveyed to the print head. At least a part of the second feeding part protrudes in a predetermined spatial area within the first conveying path during a feed operation of feeding print media from the second support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsukuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 11001469
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor including a first pair of conveyance rollers and a second pair of conveyance rollers each configured to nip and convey a sheet; a first jam releaser configured to separate rollers of the first pair of conveyance rollers from each other; a second jam releaser configured to separate rollers of the second pair of conveyance rollers from each other; and a controller configured to control the conveyor. In stopping sheet conveyance by the conveyor upon occurrence of a failure, the controller controls the conveyor to prevent a sheet from being nipped only by the first pair of conveyance rollers prior to separation of the rollers of the first pair of conveyance rollers from each other by the first jam releaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10792938
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding part configured to feed print media from a first support part supporting the print media, a second feeding part configured to feed print media from a second support part supporting the print media, and a print head configured to print on the print media fed by the first feeding part or the second feeding part. Further, the printing apparatus includes a first conveying path where the print media fed by the first feeding part are conveyed to the print head, and a second conveying path where the print media fed by the second feeding part are conveyed to the print head. At least a part of the second feeding part protrudes in a predetermined spatial area within the first conveying path during a feed operation of feeding print media from the second support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsukuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10791233
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a conveyance path, a plurality of setting portions, a printing portion, an operation panel, and a control portion. Before starting a mixed-sheet job, with respect to each of such setting portions of the plurality of setting portions as have a first sheet or a second sheet set therein, the control portion calculates first time, which is a period of time required for the first sheet to reach a registration position in a case where the first sheet is fed from the each of the such setting portions, sets a setting portion with respect to which the first time is shortest as a first setting portion, and makes the operation panel display recommendation information recommending setting the first sheet in the first setting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10745221
    Abstract: A sheet separating device includes a sheet separator that includes plural separating portions which have a planar shape and which are stacked one on top of another. The sheet separator has openings provided between the plural separating portions at both ends of the plural separating portions in a sheet passing direction. The sheet separator allows gaps between the plural separating portions facing one another to receive one of plural sheets apiece so as to cause the plural sheets to be kept separated from one another. The sheet separating device is held on a placement portion of a sheet processing apparatus that includes a sheet processing unit and the placement portion. The sheet processing unit sequentially feeds thereinto the plural sheets through a feeding opening and performs processing on the plural sheets. The plural sheets to be fed through the feeding opening are placed on the placement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaharu Koyama, Akira Harada, Mitsuaki Kuroda, Masahito Shikata, Yuji Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10696510
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor including a first pair of conveyance rollers and a second pair of conveyance rollers each configured to nip and convey a sheet; a first jam releaser configured to separate rollers of the first pair of conveyance rollers from each other; a second jam releaser configured to separate rollers of the second pair of conveyance rollers from each other; and a controller configured to control the conveyor. In stopping sheet conveyance by the conveyor upon occurrence of a failure, the controller controls the conveyor to prevent a sheet from being nipped only by the first pair of conveyance rollers prior to separation of the rollers of the first pair of conveyance rollers from each other by the first jam releaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10591861
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes at least one conveyance roller pair, an image forming unit, at least one brushless motor, a motor drive control unit, a delay amount detector, and an image formation control unit. The image formation control unit controls the motor drive control unit to convey the sheets at a predetermined timing toward the image forming unit. The image formation control unit, during a continuous image formation in which a plurality of sheets are continuously conveyed by the conveyance roller pair with a predetermined sheet spacing and images are sequentially formed on the respective sheets, controls the motor drive control unit to sequentially perform an on and off control of the brushless motor corresponding to the respective sheets, and adjusts the sheet spacing and a rise time in the on control of the brushless motor corresponding to the rotation delay amount detected by the delay amount detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daijiro Ueno
  • Patent number: 10425811
    Abstract: A computing device generates a link between a first user account and a second user account. The computing device logs in in an application or service using the first user account. The computing device receives a request to modify a state of a network-accessible device associated with the second user account. The computing device determines, based on the link, that the application or service has access to the network-accessible device. The computing device then causes the state of the network-accessible device to be modified in accordance with the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ayla Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudha Sundaresan, Chaitanya Ralladoddi, Alankritha Sishtla
  • Patent number: 10412246
    Abstract: An image-reading unit includes an original document conveyor that includes a first original document tray to hold an original document to be read, a first original document feeding port to feed the original document placed on the first original document tray, and an original document conveying path to convey the original document from the first original document feeding port to an original document discharging port. The original document conveyor further includes an openable second original document tray attached near an intermediate portion of the original document conveying path to hold an original document when opened, and a second original document feeding port to feed the original document on the second original document tray. The image-reading unit further includes an image reader to read an image of the original document being conveyed along the original document conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji Kawai, Yasunobu Youda, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Daisuke Imaki, Takayuki Andoh, Susumu Miyazaki, Tetsuo Inui, Yuki Fujii, Koichi Ono, Takeshi Shikama, Shingo Shiramura, Hideo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10395224
    Abstract: A financial device includes a medium depositing and withdrawing module having a medium receiving space to receive a medium, a discrimination module to discriminate the medium, a temporary stacking module to temporarily stack the medium, a medium storage unit to store at least one of media to be deposited and withdrawn, which are accepted into the medium receiving space, and a transfer module to guide a medium to the medium storage unit and a medium discharged from the medium storage unit. A portion of the transfer module can be changed or replaced to install or remove an additional function module which performs at least one function of a replenishment function to replenish a medium to the medium storage unit and a collection function to collect a medium from the medium storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ATEC AP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hak Kyum Kim, Seung Gill Baek
  • Patent number: 10212297
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a display that displays one of a first list including information of part of a plurality of sheet holding units, and a second list, including information of another sheet holding unit, of the plurality of sheet holding units, which is not displayed in the first list, and a user interface that receives a change instruction for changing the first list to the second list. The printing apparatus also includes a controller that controls the display based on the received change instruction received, such that, when an empty state occurs in a sheet holding unit of the part of the plurality of sheet holding units included in the information of the first list, the display initially displays the first list, and, when an empty state occurs in the other sheet holding unit included in the information of the second list, the display initially displays the second list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10081203
    Abstract: A controller of an inkjet printing apparatus is configured to receive first data, which an information processing apparatus transmits in response to receipt of a print instruction. The first data includes an instruction to move the cap from a covering position to a spaced position. Upon receipt of the first data, the controller determines a location of the cap. Then, upon determination that the cap is located at the spaced position, the controller determines the state of the driving force transmission assembly. The controller switches the state to the first state by moving the carriage to the non-recordation area in response to determination that the state is not the first state. Then, the controller receives second data, which includes image recordation condition, from the information processing apparatus, in response to determination that the state is the first state or after switching of the state to the first state is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoya Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10023412
    Abstract: A conveying device conveys a sheet selectively along a first conveying path and a second conveying path which are connected at a junction into a common path portion. A reading unit reads an image of a sheet conveyed in the common path portion. A shutter is disposed in the second conveying path at a position upstream of the junction in a sheet conveying direction. The shutter is movable between a first position and a second position. The actuator is disposed in the common path portion and movable between a third position and a fourth position in response to the shutter moving between the first position and the second position, respectively. In a case where a detection sensor detects that the actuator is at the fourth position, a controller controls the conveying device to convey the sheet along the second conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakashima, Katsuro Miura, Noriyuki Kawamata, Tianjin Xie
  • Patent number: 10027831
    Abstract: An image-reading unit includes an original document conveyor that includes a first original document tray to hold an original document to be read, a first original document feeding port to feed the original document placed on the first original document tray, and an original document conveying path to convey the original document from the first original document feeding port to an original document discharging port. The original document conveyor further includes an openable second original document tray attached near an intermediate portion of the original document conveying path to hold an original document when opened, and a second original document feeding port to feed the original document on the second original document tray. The image-reading unit further includes an image reader to read an image of the original document being conveyed along the original document conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji Kawai, Yasunobu Youda, Yohei Osanai, Tatsuaki Nagano, Satoshi Narai, Toshiyuki Horikawa, Daisuke Imaki, Takayuki Andoh, Susumu Miyazaki, Tetsuo Inui, Yuki Fujii, Koichi Ono, Takeshi Shikama, Shingo Shiramura, Hideo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9981817
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus preventing lowering of continuous printing performance; including plural paper feeding stages in main body; a residual paper quantity detection sensor; a printer part printing on paper; a paper feeding stage searching part functioning every time paper feeding is made; a paper feeding stage selection part determining existence of paper feeding capable stage, on result by paper feeding stage searching part, and selecting a paper feeding stage; a system control part performing stage changeover according to selection result by paper feeding stage selection part; when there exists no paper feeding capable stage, paper feeding stage selection part notifying system control part of it, and when there exists paper feeding capable stage, paper feeding stage selection part altering priority levels in stage searching on detection result by residual paper quantity detection sensor, and number of sheets required for printing, selecting paper feeding stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daiki Sone
  • Patent number: 9766582
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a chassis having a first opening on a first side, photosensitive members, an intermediate transfer belt arranged to have a surface thereof facing the photosensitive members, primary-transfer members, a secondary-transfer roller, a first feed roller, a cleaner device, a waste toner container, which is removably installed in the chassis through the first opening and settled in a position opposite from the photosensitive members across the intermediate transfer belt, a connector, a first feeding path extending in a range between the first feed roller and the secondary-transfer roller, and a second feeding path being formed in clearance between the intermediate transfer belt and the waste toner container to convey a recording sheet being inserted through a sheet inlet and merging into the first feeding path in the vicinity of the first feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka Mori, Hiroshi Nakano, Noboru Suzuki, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 9549092
    Abstract: A printer includes a first determination unit, a first receiving unit, a second determination unit, a second receiving unit, and a controller. The first receiving unit receives a setting of a print type determined to be settable by the first determination unit and inhibits a setting of a print type determined to be unsettable by the first determination unit. The second receiving unit receives a setting of a print function determined to be settable by the second determination unit and inhibits a setting of a print function determined to be unsettable by the second determination unit. The controller controls a printing unit so that the printing unit prints an image on the paper sheet, in accordance with the data input by the input unit, the print type received by the first receiving unit, and the setting of the print function received by the second receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keiya Kitahara
  • Patent number: 9494912
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a chassis having a first opening on a first side, photosensitive members, an intermediate transfer belt arranged to have a surface thereof facing the photosensitive members, primary-transfer members, a secondary-transfer roller, a first feed roller, a cleaner device, a waste toner container, which is removably installed in the chassis through the first opening and settled in a position opposite from the photosensitive members across the intermediate transfer belt, a connector, a first feeding path extending in a range between the first feed roller and the secondary-transfer roller, and a second feeding path being formed in clearance between the intermediate transfer belt and the waste toner container to convey a recording sheet being inserted through a sheet inlet and merging into the first feeding path in the vicinity of the first feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka Mori, Hiroshi Nakano, Noboru Suzuki, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 9432537
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a plurality of paper feed units and a control method thereof that displays a paper selection screen for displaying a page of items of information of the paper feed units and selecting a paper to be used in print processing by selecting an item of the items of information in the page displayed on the paper selection screen. Items of information of the plurality of paper feed units are divided into a plurality of pages. The apparatus and method control the display unit to display a page among the plurality of pages in accordance with a status of the image forming apparatus in a case that the display unit displays the paper selection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiro Tachibana
  • Patent number: 9261839
    Abstract: The image forming system includes an image forming apparatus, and an option device including a setting unit that includes a setting port where a value is set in a state of being connected to the image forming apparatus, and an input/output port. The setting unit transmits a response signal to the image forming apparatus according to a comparison result between a value of first data received from the image forming apparatus and the value of a signal set in the setting port. The image forming apparatus transmits recognition data on the option device to the option device according to the response signal. The setting unit sets a value of a signal at the input/output port based on the recognition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masamichi Iida
  • Patent number: 9254693
    Abstract: If a print medium size is set as a print setting for print target data, a print control apparatus causes a printing unit to print an image with a size corresponding to the print medium size based on the print target data. If the print medium size is not set as the print setting, the print control apparatus causes the printing unit to print an image with a size corresponding to a candidate print medium size obtained by a sensor detecting the size of the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masao Maeda
  • Patent number: 9256819
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an acquiring unit configured to acquire information for specifying an attribute of a printing medium, a first control unit configured to, in a case where an attribute of a printing medium corresponding to a first printing and an attribute specified by the information newly acquired by the acquiring unit for a second printing are different, control the printing apparatus so that the second printing is not executed, a display control unit configured to cause a display to display a screen for confirming an attribute of a printing medium, in accordance with an instruction by the user, and a second control unit configured to control the printing apparatus so that the control by the first control unit is not executed and the second printing is executed, on the condition that the screen be displayed before the acquisition of the information corresponding to the second printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriaki Seto
  • Patent number: 9126790
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of collectively and accurately detecting the remaining sheet amount of sheets set in sheet feed trays. The remaining sheet amount value of each sheet feed tray is detected in stepwise levels. Whenever sheet feed is detected, the remaining sheet count is decremented by 1. Upon detection of a change in the remaining sheet amount value, the changed remaining sheet amount value is acquired, and the remaining sheet count is changed to the changed remaining sheet amount value. If the sheet feed trays include any other one set to the same type and size of sheets as those of sheets to which the sheet feed tray in current use is set, when the remaining sheet count of the sheet feed tray in current use is changed to the changed remaining sheet amount value, the other sheet feed tray is selected for feeding sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Ooba
  • Patent number: 8995014
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section that forms an image on a recording medium, plural recording medium supply sections that supply a recording medium to the image forming section, a recording medium setting section that sets attributes of the recording medium supplied by the recording medium supply section, a function program registration section that makes function programs for executing processes that use processing functions relating to image formation correspond to recording medium attribute information relating to the recording medium usable for the function program and performs registration for each of the function programs, and a control section that controls whether or not the registered function program is executable based on the attributes of the recording medium set by the recording medium setting section and the recording medium attribute information registered by the function program registration section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tokihiro Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 8992003
    Abstract: A recording medium feeding device includes a tray in which accommodates a recording medium, which is attachable to and detachable from a device main body including a feeding unit; a stopper that is able to switch between a regulating state in which the stopper comes into contact with a leading edge of the recording medium which is accommodated in the tray to regulate a movement of the recording medium, and a regulating release state that enables the recording medium to be fed to a feeding path; and a switching unit that is engaged with the tray to switch the stopper from the regulating state to the regulating release state, wherein the switching unit includes engaging portions that engages with the tray, and wherein the engaging portions are disposed, being separated from the stopper at the both sides of the stopper in a width direction of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tamura, Kazuhisa Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8967614
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus including a first tray having a first holding portion for holding sheets, a second tray disposed above the first tray and including a second holding portion for holding sheets, a sheet feeder that selectively feeds a sheet from one of the first tray and the second tray in a sheet feed direction, a recording unit that records an image on the sheet fed by the sheet feeder, and a discharge roller that discharges the sheet on which the image is recorded by the recording unit. The second holding portion of the second tray moves above the first holding portion of the first tray. The second tray further includes a discharged sheet receiving portion for receiving the sheet discharged by the discharge roller. The second tray including the discharged sheet receiving portion pivots relative to the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Tetsuo Asada, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 8917410
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has: pluralities of sheet storage units; a printing unit; a sheet driving unit that feeds a sheet of paper from the sheet storage units to the printing unit; a group setting maintaining unit that forms a group of the sheet storage units; a residual sheet amount detecting unit that detects sheet empty on any of the sheet storage units in the group; a sheet storage switching control unit that controls the sheet driving unit to select another one of the sheet storage units in the same group for feeding a sheet, if the residual sheet amount detecting unit detects the sheet empty; and a sheet empty warning unit that warns a user of the sheet empty detected by the residual sheet amount detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Toru Nakayama, Yoshiteru Nishikawa, Kozo Tao, Hiromi Yamagami, Norifumi Miyahara, Ryuichi Ishizu, Shinichi Hashimoto, Naoki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8894059
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device comprises a structure as an option, on which an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus having a lower face with a positioning depression is placed. The structure includes a mounting member, a reinforcement member and a positioning pin. The mounting member is located to face to a periphery of the lower face. The reinforcement member is located below the mounting member. The positioning pin includes an upper part having a guard part and a lower part. The pin penetrates the mounting member so that the upper part can fit in the positioning depression and the lower part can come into contact with the reinforcement member. When the apparatus main body is placed, the upper part fits in the positioning depression, the guard part comes into contact with an edge of the positioning depression and the lower part comes into contact with the reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8888089
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a conveyer configured to convey a sheet; a first introducing part into which a sheet is introduced toward the conveyer; a second introducing part into which a sheet is introduced toward the conveyer, wherein the second introducing part is different from the first introducing part; a cover configured to be displaced between an open state, in which the second introducing part is opened, and a closed state, in which the second introducing part is covered, in a state where the first introducing part is opened; a cover sensor that detects the open-and-closed state of the cover; and a controller, wherein when the cover sensor detects the closed state of the cover, the controller performs a driving process of driving the conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiki Motoyama
  • Patent number: 8885207
    Abstract: The printing apparatus for printing at least an address on an envelope that is set to a paper tray includes an envelope size detection portion for scanning an address print side of an envelope set to the paper tray to detect a size of the envelope based on a read image of the address print side; a print position setting portion for setting a print position of an address corresponding to the read size of the envelope; and a data synthesis processing portion for synthesizing the read image of the address print side and an image of the address at a position set by the print position setting portion and previews the synthesized address print image of the envelope on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kondoh
  • Patent number: 8876110
    Abstract: One embodiment of a credential manufacturing device comprises a first hopper, a first processing path, a first processing device, a substrate shuttle and a shuttle drive. The first hopper is configured to contain a plurality of card substrates and includes an output port. The first processing device is in the first processing path and is configured to perform a first process on individual card substrates in the first processing path. The substrate shuttle is positioned between the first hopper and the first processing path and is configured to receive individual card substrates from the output port of the first hopper, transport received card substrates along a shuttle path, and deliver received card substrates to the first processing path. The shuttle drive is configured to drive movement of the substrate shuttle along the shuttle path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Ted M. Hoffman, Philip G. Umberger
  • Patent number: 8864396
    Abstract: In order to enables a user to easily specify a sheet storage unit to which sheets are supplied next without confirming an operation unit, there is provided a method for controlling a printing apparatus for feeding a sheet from any one of a plurality of sheet storage units to print an image on the fed sheet. The method includes receiving an instruction to open a sheet storage unit, specifying, according to the received instruction, based on an attribute set to the sheet storage unit to which the instruction is issued, another sheet storage unit which has an attribute same as the attribute, and controlling the other specified sheet storage unit to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunsuke Iguchi
  • Patent number: 8851467
    Abstract: A recording material feed cassette includes first and second cassette portions. The second cassette portion is assembled so as to be capable of extending/retracting relative to the first cassette portion and, along with the first cassette portion, contains a recording material. A locking mechanism fixes the position of the second cassette portion relative to the first cassette portion. The locking mechanism has a lock portion capable of moving in a first direction that is orthogonal to the extension/retraction direction so as to take on a locked position and an unlocked position, an operation portion that is capable of moving in a second direction that follows the extension/retraction direction, and a connection portion that connects the lock portion and the operation portion and that is capable of deforming as a result of the movement of the lock portion in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Shiota
  • Patent number: 8820732
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which prevents lowering of productivity when sets of tab sheets are used in one print job. The apparatus includes first sheet feeding units storing tab sheets, and a second sheet feeding unit storing plain paper. The apparatus produces print products in each which at least part of each set of tab sheets and plain paper are mixed. A print job processor causes print products to be produced by repeating a sequence of processing for feeding the at least part of each set of tab sheets and feeding plain paper. The processor causes surplus tab sheets to be discharged which have not been used for the print products and remaining in the first sheet feeding units, after a print product is produced through sheet feeding from a last one of the first sheet feeding units in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuzo Harano
  • Patent number: 8807552
    Abstract: A base plate is selectively attached to a lower surface of a main body of an image forming apparatus or to an optional sheet feeder attachable to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kondo, Yasuo Matsuyama, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Yasuhide Ohkubo, Ippei Kimura, Toshikane Nishii, Mizuna Tanaka, Tomoyoshi Yamazaki, Haruyuki Honda, Masafumi Takahira
  • Patent number: 8780423
    Abstract: There are provided a paper conveying apparatus that can prevent a drop in quality of the image data while enabling stable conveyance of paper. The paper conveying apparatus includes a first image capture unit, a second image capture unit, a pair of conveyor rollers including a first roller and a second roller, a first conveyor guide, and a second conveyor guide, wherein a nip position of the pair of conveyor rollers is arranged above an extended plane of a top surface of the first image capture unit extended to the pair of conveyor rollers side, an axis of rotation of the second roller is arranged offset to the first image capture unit side compared with an axis of rotation of the first roller at projections on the extended plane, and the first conveyor guide guides the medium conveyed to above from the extended plane, to make the medium turn downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Shigeru Yonemura, Kouji Kawase, Hirotoshi Kakuda
  • Patent number: 8770573
    Abstract: To provide a recording device that can inhibit the occurrence of a recording media jam state in a shared passage part that is shared as a recording media shared path with a plurality of media supply paths, this is equipped with a plurality of conveyance paths for supplying paper, a shared passage part, a moving unit that moves the paper, a printing unit that performs printing on the paper, an insertion port that is able to insert paper in the conveyance path by paper being inserted, an opening and closing lid provided so that the insertion port can be opened and closed, a detection sensor for detecting an open lid state when the opening and closing lid opens the insertion port, and a movement control unit that, when the detection sensor detects the open lid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Kondo, Yohei Nunokawa, Yasuhiko Yoshihisa
  • Patent number: 8757063
    Abstract: A method of printing on a sheet of paper comprises drawing a first sheet of paper from a first paper source into a printer having an optical scanner and a print head, scanning a first face of the first sheet to determine the presence or absence of print thereon. In response to detecting print on the first face, the print head is caused to print an obstruction on the first face. In response to detecting no print on the first face, the print head is caused to print new matter on the first face. The method enables a printer to accept used paper while eliminating confusion over which face contains the new matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Margaret M. Quinn, Edward S. Suffern, J. Mark Weber
  • Publication number: 20140168701
    Abstract: When implementing a purge processing for collecting a retention paper sheet remaining within an image forming system so as to eject the collected retention paper sheet to a plurality of paper sheet ejecting trays of a paper sheet ejecting section, based on paper sheet information regarding a paper sheet feeding tray from which each of the retention paper sheets is fed, a control section controls the paper sheet ejecting section so as to eject the retention paper sheets onto the plurality of paper sheet ejecting trays, in such a manner that a first retention paper sheet fed from a specific paper-sheet feeding tray is ejected separately from a second retention paper sheet fed from a paper sheet feeding tray other than the specific paper-sheet feeding tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Norishige KATO
  • Patent number: 8755697
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a carrying unit, a resistance unit, a jam detection unit, a paper detection unit and a control unit. Responding to the jam detection unit detecting that a jam occurring location is outside the resistance unit, the control unit sets a part of the carrying unit, the part including at least the resistance unit, as an accumulation unit where a remaining sheet is accumulated, in accordance with a size of the remaining sheet. The remaining sheet is detected by a paper detection unit when the jam occurs. The control unit releases, among a resistance roller pair and carrying roller pairs of the carrying unit, the rollers of a pair located in the accumulation unit from pressing against each other, and makes the carrying unit carry the remaining sheet to the accumulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 8727333
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus including a sheet accommodation device including at least one sheet accommodation section which accommodates a sheet before printing, a printing unit which prints an image on a sheet based on print data stored in a storage area, a discharged sheet accommodation device including at least one discharged sheet accommodation section which accommodates the printed sheet, a control device which selects a combination of a sheet accommodation section and a discharged sheet accommodation section such that a storage device completes storing print data into the storage area by a conveyance starting time of a sheet to be printed based on the print data, and which control a conveyance device to feed the sheet to be printed based on the print data from the sheet accommodation section to discharge the sheet to the discharged sheet accommodation section of the selected combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ohmiya
  • Patent number: 8720881
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided that can efficiently reduce power consumption. The image forming apparatus includes a power supply portion that brings, into a power saving state, a paper feed device holding a sheet of a sheet size whose paper feed frequency does not reach a threshold value and a notification portion that provides a notification that a paper feed device holding the sheet of the sheet size whose paper feed frequency reaches the threshold value is encouraged to be the paper feed device that is closer to the print portion than the paper feed device holding the sheet of the sheet size whose paper feed frequency does not reach the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8714540
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus including a first tray having a first holding portion for holding sheets, a second tray disposed above the first tray and including a second holding portion for holding sheets, a sheet feeder that selectively feeds a sheet from one of the first tray and the second tray in a sheet feed direction, a recording unit that records an image on the sheet fed by the sheet feeder, and a discharge roller that discharges the sheet on which the image is recorded by the recording unit. The second holding portion of the second tray moves above the first holding portion of the first tray. The second tray further includes a discharged sheet receiving portion for receiving the sheet discharged by the discharge roller. The second tray including the discharged sheet receiving portion pivots relative to the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Tetsuo Asada, Yuji Koga
  • Publication number: 20140110897
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. Sheets, a plurality of which form a set, are contained in each of containers, and sheets are fed from the corresponding containers. If a first sheet to be fed is in the same layer as a second sheet that was fed from the containers last time, the first sheet is fed from a set that included the second sheet in the containers is fed. If the layer of the first sheet is higher than the layer of the second sheet that was fed from the containers last time, all remaining sheets in the set that included the second sheet are discharged from the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi KANEDA
  • Patent number: 8690146
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading a relatively rigid material in sheets into an operating station of a processing plant, comprises at least a store for storing and feeding the sheets and a loading device. The loading device is provided at least with feed means, disposed downstream of the store with respect to the direction of feed of the sheets, and able to feed the sheets into the operating station. The apparatus also comprises detection means, disposed in correspondence with the feed means, able to detect both the position of the sheets with respect to the feed means, and also the size of the sheets fed. The detection means are also able to vary in a coordinated manner the operating conditions at least of the feed means according to the position and sizes detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Panotec SRL
    Inventor: Giuseppe Capoia
  • Patent number: 8678688
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a printing device may include first and second printers respectively having first and second controllers. The first and second printers may be configured to share a common paper path with each other. The first controller in the first printer may enable the first printer to operate if the common paper path is not in use by the second printer. In this case, the first controller may inform the second printer that the common paper path is in use by the first printer. On the other hand, the second controller in the second printer may enable the second printer to operate if the common paper path is not in use by the first printer. In this case, the second controller may inform the first printer that the common paper path is in use by the second printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihisa Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8681400
    Abstract: An image scanning device includes a scanning unit configured to scan, at a scanning position, an image of a document, a first discharge portion, a second discharge portion, a conveying unit configured to selectively convey the document along a first conveying path from the scanning position to the first discharge portion, and along a second conveying path from the scanning position to the second discharge portion, a driving unit configured to generate a driving force for driving the conveying unit, and a path switching unit configured to receive the driving force generated by the driving unit such that the path switching unit moves between a first position for guiding the document toward the first discharge portion, and a second position for guiding the document toward the second discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuro Miura, Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 8672315
    Abstract: In a sheet feeder comprising a pair of sheet feeding units and an image forming apparatus comprising the sheet feeder according to the present invention, a feed roller of a first sheet feeding unit of the pair of sheet feeding units is driven to rotate when a driving source of the first sheet feeding unit rotates in the forward direction, and a conveying roller of a second sheet feeding unit of the pair of sheet feeding units is driven to rotate when the driving source of the first sheet feeding unit rotates in the backward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Takeshi Goto
  • Patent number: 8676065
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including at least one option cassette, and a paper jam handling method performed in the image forming apparatus are provided. The paper jam handling method includes the operations of detecting whether paper jam occurs in the image forming apparatus, checking whether paper sheets exist on a transfer path of the image forming apparatus and on a transfer path of the option cassette, when the paper jam is detected, and leaving the paper sheet on the transfer path of the option cassette as it is and discharging the paper sheet caught on the transfer path of the image forming apparatus. Accordingly, paper damage or paper consumption may be prevented by not discharging a paper sheet caught on a transfer path of at least one option cassette during paper jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-gyu Park, Yun-su Kim
  • Patent number: 8668300
    Abstract: A multifunction machine includes: a first feeding roller and a second feeding roller; an intermediate roller pair provided to a curved portion of a transport route; a main transporting roller pair; a recording head; a first drive motor and a second drive motor; and a control section. The control section intermittently drives the main transporting roller pair and makes the recording head jet ink during a period of time in which the main transporting roller pair is stopped, and performs pre-paper feeding processing for rotating the first feeding roller a predetermined amount in a paper feeding direction when a rear end of a paper is positioned between a first sensor and the first feeding roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga, Keisuke Wakakusa