Juxtaposed Supplies Patents (Class 271/9.12)
  • Patent number: 11390476
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes an apparatus body, a drawer portion including a first contact portion, a feeding portion, and a pivot member configured to pivot between a first position and a second position, the pivot member constituting a part of a conveyance path at the first position, wherein the pivot member does not overlap a moving path of the drawer portion in a case where the pivot member is located at the first position, and overlaps the moving path in a case where the pivot member is located at the second position. The pivot member includes a second contact portion that pivots the pivot member from the second position toward the first position while being in sliding contact with the first contact portion in a case where the pivot member is located at the second position and the drawer portion is being inserted into the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Suzuki, Akira Matsushima
  • Patent number: 11292679
    Abstract: In a sheet feeder, an input passage has input and output ends and an input location. A first feeder module includes: a first input roller disposed on the input end; a first output roller disposed on the output end; and a first sensing device being disposed near the first input roller and generating a first signal transmitted to a processor upon sensing presence of a first medium. A second feeder module includes: a second input roller disposed on the input end; a second output roller disposed on the output end; and a second sensing device being disposed at the input location and generating a second signal transmitted to the processor upon sensing presence of a second medium. An image acquiring device acquires an image of the first or second medium. The processor controls enabled and disabled states of the first and second feeder modules. A control method of the processor is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventors: Shao-Lan Sheng, Chin-Chu Chiu
  • Patent number: 11274001
    Abstract: A recording medium feeder includes: a first cassette and a second cassette that are disposed side by side in a cross direction and can be pulled out in the same pull-out direction; a housing that houses the first cassette and the second cassette; a transport unit that is disposed above the second cassette in the housing and transports a recording medium sent from the first cassette; and a feeding unit that is disposed in the housing and feeds a recording medium stored in the first cassette toward the transport unit, wherein the transport unit can be pulled out in the same direction as the first cassette and the second cassette, the feeding unit includes a first roller and a second roller that sandwich and transport a recording medium, and the first roller or the second roller releases the sandwiching when the first cassette is pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 11167947
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body, a feeder, and a relay device. The main body forms an image on a sheet. The feeder feeds the sheet toward the main body. The relay device connects the main body to the feeder. The main body is placed on a placement surface. The feeder is arranged opposite to the main body with the relay device therebetween in a direction along the placement surface. The relay device includes a conveyance unit and a casing which houses the conveyance unit. The conveyance unit conveys the sheet fed from the feeder to the main body and rotates relative to the casing with an axis as a pivot thereof. The axis extends in a cross direction intersecting with the placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takatoshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11095787
    Abstract: A medium feeding apparatus includes a first feed roller, a second feed roller, a first separating roller, and a second separating roller. The medium feeding apparatus further includes a first curve forming portion that forms, in a medium, a curve in a width direction. The first curve forming portion is in contact with a medium at a portion upstream of a nip position between the feed rollers and the separating rollers in the feeding direction and at a portion between the first separating roller and the second separating roller in the width direction and a state in which the portion in contact with the medium is, with respect to the outer circumferential surfaces of the feed rollers, positioned in a rotation center direction of the feed rollers is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Nishimura, Masaki Namiki
  • Patent number: 10432808
    Abstract: A printing device (102) comprises a plurality of feeder print trays (104) to hold print media to be used for printing. The printing device (102) further comprises a plurality of user input sensors (106), such that a user input sensor (106) is provided in proximity to each of the plurality of feeder print trays (104) to sense at least one user input provided by a user on an outer surface of a casing of the corresponding feeder print tray (104). Further, an input tray control module (108) is communicatively coupled to the plurality of input sensors (106). The input tray control module (108) correlates the user input as selection of the corresponding feeder print tray (104) and subsequently determines selection attributes corresponding to the user input. The input tray control module (108) further determines a tray control action to be initiated for the selected feeder print tray (104) based on the user input data and the selection attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Shinoj Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 9156635
    Abstract: An image forming device includes a housing; a sheet tray; an image-forming unit; a conveying unit; and a switching mechanism. The sheet tray is detachably housed in the housing. The image-forming unit is configured to form an image on a sheet conveyed from the sheet tray. The conveying unit includes a first roller and a second roller configured to nip and convey the sheet on which the image is formed by the image-forming unit to the image-forming unit. The switching mechanism is disposed between the sheet tray and the conveying unit and configured to bring the first roller and the second roller to be in peripheral contact with each other in conjunction with a loading operation of the sheet tray into the housing and separate the first roller and the second roller in conjunction with an unloading operation of the sheet tray from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kien Trung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9027918
    Abstract: A medium processor is provided with a medium storage which can house two small storing boxes next to each other and has plural slots into which the two small storing boxes can be detachably loaded. Thus, the two small storing boxes can be loaded in a space equivalent to one conventional bill storing box, and the small storing boxes can be detached for servicing even when there are two small storing boxes loaded in one slot. Thus, various kinds of media can be handled without impairing maintainability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Komatsu, Ryousuke Kojima, Shinji Ohara
  • Publication number: 20150097329
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including a first guide configured in one of a first manner that the first guide is disposed on a first tray surface of a first tray and extends in a first direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of a second tray and parallel to the first tray surface, and a second manner that the first guide is disposed on a second tray surface of the second tray and extends in a second direction perpendicular to the rotational axis of the second tray and parallel to the second tray surface, and a second guide connected with the first guide, so as to move between a first position where the second guide faces the first tray surface in a direction perpendicular to the first tray surface and a second position where the second guide faces the second tray surface in a direction perpendicular to the second tray surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji UKAI
  • Patent number: 8910940
    Abstract: An image forming system of one aspect of the present invention includes a first image forming apparatus arranged on the upstream side in a sheet conveyance direction, a second image forming apparatus arranged on the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction, and an intermediate apparatus arranged between the first image forming apparatus and the second image forming apparatus and having a registration roller on the sheet conveyance path through which a sheet conveyed from the first image forming apparatus is conveyed to the second image forming apparatus. The intermediate apparatus has a path opening mechanism configured to release a pressure contact of the registration roller arranged on the sheet conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideo Isohara
  • Patent number: 8777209
    Abstract: A paper feeder, a control method thereof, and an image forming apparatus having the same are provided. The paper feeder includes a moving member to push paper loaded on one paper loader to another empty paper loader. With regard to operation of the moving member, the stop time of the moving member may be variable based on a paper size input by a user, which enables a stop position of the moving member to be automatically adjusted based on the paper size, resulting in enhanced user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Heon Chae, Min Gi Kim
  • Patent number: 8641033
    Abstract: A sheet feeding unit to be inserted between a printer main unit and a sorting unit having a plurality of discharge trays. The sheet feeding unit includes a casing in which a sheet is housed and through which a feed path and a discharge conveyance path extend horizontally. The casing has on a face thereof adjacent to the printer main unit an exit of the feed path and an entrance of the discharge conveyance path, and on a face thereof adjacent to the sorting unit an entrance of the feed path and an exit of the discharge conveyance path. The positions of the exit and entrance of the feed path coincide with each other when seen in a conveyance direction, and the positions of the entrance and exit of the discharge conveyance path coincide with each other when seen in the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihide Wada, Toshiaki Tokisawa, Kanto Kurasawa, Yoshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8585037
    Abstract: In a media tray, a mid-tray sensor is located relatively equally distant between the tray front and the tray back. This allows the tray to be free of a divider between the front and reserve stack areas. After the user closes the tandem tray, an elevator plate lifts media in the lead stack location and a slider moves in a forward direction toward the tray front based on the front media sensor not detecting media in the front stack area, or whenever the mid-tray sensor detects media located between the front stack area and the reserve stack area. An alarm is produced when the front media sensor does not detect any media, or when the slider is unable to move when it should be able to move (forward into the front stack area, back through the reserve stack area, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jos Wim Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8579278
    Abstract: A paper sheet handling apparatus includes: a transport path including a pair of a first transport surface and a second transport surface; at least one storage module configured to store the paper sheets transported through the transport path; and a body including the transport path and the storage module. The storage module is attachable and detachable to and from the body by moving the storage module in a predetermined direction, a part of an outer surface of the storage module attached to the body forms the first transport surface, and the second transport surface is exposed when the storage module is detached from the body so that the second transport surface is visible from the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Arikata, Michio Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8550448
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a decolorizing device includes a first stacker to stack sheets to be decolorized images on the sheets, a second stacker arranged adjacent to the first stacker, wherein the sheets stacked on the first stacker is kept waiting on the second stacker in order to be decolorized the images, a pressing unit to urge the sheets stacked on the second stacker downward and keep the sheets stacked on the second stacker flat, an image decolorizing unit to decolorize the images on the sheets, and a sheet feed unit positioned on an upper surface of the pressing unit to convey the sheets pressed on the pressing unit from the second stacker to the image decolorizing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ken Iguchi, Isao Yahata, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchihashi, Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 8490964
    Abstract: A sheet feeder assembly (1) includes a bottom-feed sheet feeder (3) and a delivery table (5) positioned to receive sheets from the sheet feeder and deliver the sheets one at a time to a top-feed mechanism (205) designed to feed the top sheet of a stack of sheets in a manual feed tray of a printer (7) or the like. The top-feed mechanism includes a lifting support (204) for a stack of sheets. An exit end of the delivery table rests on and moves with the lifting support and delivers sheets one at a time to the top-feed mechanism. A balance mechanism (75) reduces the effective weight of the delivery table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: James C. Kaiping
  • Patent number: 8430391
    Abstract: In a tandem media supply, two vertical stacks of media sheets are stored. The first stack is positioned on a lift plate that rises as top sheets are removed from the stack of media. When the first stack is exhausted, the second stack is moved by an actuator towards a position where the lift plate was loaded with the first stack of media sheets. Movement of the second stack displaces a biased gate to decouple the lift plate from a drive member that elevated the lift plate. The lift plate drops under the effect of gravity to a position where the second stack of media sheets moves onto the lift plate. Once the second stack is on the lift plate, a biasing force returns the biased gate to a position that enables the drive member to elevate the lift plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Clark Park, Timothy Carlysle Shaw, Michael John Janicki
  • Publication number: 20130093135
    Abstract: In a tandem media supply, two vertical stacks of media sheets are stored. The first stack is positioned on a lift plate that rises as top sheets are removed from the stack of media. When the first stack is exhausted, the second stack is moved by an actuator towards a position where the lift plate was loaded with the first stack of media sheets. Movement of the second stack displaces a biased gate to decouple the lift plate from a drive member that elevated the lift plate. The lift plate drops under the effect of gravity to a position where the second stack of media sheets moves onto the lift plate. Once the second stack is on the lift plate, a biasing force returns the biased gate to a position that enables the drive member to elevate the lift plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Clark Park, Timothy Carlysle Shaw, Michael John Janicki
  • Patent number: 8398069
    Abstract: A paper feeder, a control method thereof, and an image forming apparatus having the same are provided. The paper feeder includes a moving member to push paper loaded on one paper loader to another empty paper loader. With regard to operation of the moving member, the stop time of the moving member may be variable based on a paper size input by a user, which enables a stop position of the moving member to be automatically adjusted based on the paper size, resulting in enhanced user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Heon Chae, Min Gi Kim
  • Patent number: 8292287
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a decolorizing device includes a first stacker to stack sheets to be decolorized images on the sheets, a second stacker arranged adjacent to the first stacker, wherein the sheets stacked on the first stacker is kept waiting on the second stacker in order to be decolorized the images, a pressing unit to urge the sheets stacked on the second stacker downward and keep the sheets stacked on the second stacker flat, an image decolorizing unit to decolorize the images on the sheets, and a sheet feed unit positioned on an upper surface of the pressing unit to convey the sheets pressed on the pressing unit from the second stacker to the image decolorizing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ken Iguchi, Isao Yahata, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchihashi, Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 8186665
    Abstract: A locking device locks or separates a first paper feed tray to a second paper feed tray in a state where the first paper feed tray and the second paper feed tray being arranged in parallel at a storage position of an image forming apparatus. The locking device includes an engaging mechanism that can be set to an interlocked state. When the engaging mechanism is in an interlocked state, and when a drawing tray is drawn out from the storage position, a drawn tray is drawn out after the drawing tray is drawn out for a predetermined distance from the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Akema
  • Patent number: 8081919
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus has an original mount, a recording material mount for mounting recording materials, a supply roller, a separating unit, a reading unit for reading an image of the original, an original detection sensor for detecting the original on the original mount, and an original widthwise direction reference surface for being abutted by the original mounted on the original mount to position that original. The recording material widthwise direction reference surface is used to position the recording material so that a portion of the original does not superpose on the recording material having a maximum width and the original detection sensor detects that a portion of the original mounted on the original mount is not superposed on the recording material having maximum width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Terashima, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Takashi Awai
  • Patent number: 8066273
    Abstract: A dual-stack document storage bin comprises a substantially U-shaped container including a first bottom wall which interconnects first and second sidewalls to provide (i) the substantially U-shape, and (ii) a first document storage chamber which is defined between the first and second sidewalls and into which documents can be stacked to form a first stack of documents when the U-shaped container is in a first position. The dual-stack document storage bin further comprises a substantially L-shaped housing including a second bottom wall and a third sidewall which is disposed relative to the second bottom wall to provide (i) the substantially L-shape, and (ii) a second document storage chamber which is defined between the third side wall and the second sidewall and into which documents can be stacked to form a second stack of documents when the U-shaped container is in a second position which is different from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Connell, Fredrik L. N. Kallin, David W. Norris, Robin I. G. Angus
  • Patent number: 7997574
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body which includes an attachment portion, a standby tray which is provided adjacent to the attachment portion of the apparatus body and stacks a paper thereon, a paper feeding tray stacks the paper thereon, a movement mechanism which moves the paper from the paper feeding tray located at the mounted position onto the standby tray along the paper conveying path, a holder member which moves to a first position so as to hold the paper at a predetermined position on the paper feeding tray and moves to a second position so as to recede from the paper conveying path, and a lock mechanism which engages with the holder member so as to hold the holder member at the first position when the paper feeding tray is located at the withdrawn position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 7976012
    Abstract: An integrated printing system is provided and includes a plurality of image marking engines, at least two media feeder modules, and a first forward substantially horizontal interface media transport integrated with the plurality of image marking engines and the at least two feeder modules for selectively transporting media from the at least one media feeder module to at least one image marking engine. The system further comprises a footprint, and at least one of the feeder modules having a first and a second paper feed tray, wherein the first and the second feed trays are canted upward at an angle from horizontal thereby reducing the footprint of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Linn C. Hoover, Henry T. Bober, Eun Suk Suh
  • Patent number: 7954804
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes moving rollers and a feeding roller. The moving rollers move a set first sheet in a direction intersecting a conveying direction. The feeding roller conveys sheets at a sheet stacking portion. After the first sheet is shifted to a parallel position by the moving roller, a second sheet at a setting position and the first sheet at the parallel position are conveyed by the feeding roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruo Uchida, Kenji Kawazoe, Nozomu Nishiberi, Koichiro Kawaguchi, Yoshiaki Watanabe, Yasuyuki Asai, Mitsuru Kondo
  • Patent number: 7874555
    Abstract: A feeding roller is operable to pick up a stacked first medium and to feed the picked up first medium. A medium guide is adapted to guide the fed first medium. A pair of transporting rollers is operable to transport the glided first medium. The feeding roller is disposed at one side deviated from the center of the medium guiding section in a main scanning direction which is a widthwise direction of the fed first medium. The medium guiding section has a first guide section and a second guide section having path for guiding the fed first medium different from that of the first guide section, the first guide section and the second guide section arranged in the main scanning direction. The first guide section is disposed at the one side where the feeding roller is deviated in the main scanning direction. The second guide section is disposed at the other side in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Nakashima
  • Patent number: 7866654
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a first storing unit in which a sheet bundle is stacked, a second storing unit that is provided near the first storing unit and in which the sheet bundle is stacked, a transfer tray that is provided in the second storing unit and transfers the sheet bundle from the second storing unit to the first storing unit, and a stopper that regulates, when the transfer tray transfers the stacked sheet bundle from the second storing unit to the first storing unit and moves from the first storing unit to the second storing unit, movement of the sheet bundle on the transfer tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Ohno
  • Patent number: 7841590
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first feeding unit and a second feeding unit. In the first feeding unit, a hand-feeding unit having a hand-feeding accommodating portion is mounted. The first feeding unit includes a first mounting portion into which a medium is conveyed from the hand-feeding accommodating portion. And a connection unit for consecutive installation is mounted to the first mounting portion in a state where the hand-feeding unit is removed from the first mounting portion. The connection unit includes an added conveyance path for consecutive installation. The second feeding unit includes a second mounting portion in which the hand-feeding unit is mounted and into which a medium is conveyed from the hand-feeding accommodating portion. And the second feeding unit is connected to the added conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Adachi, Yoshiaki Watanabe, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Yoshiyuki Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 7823869
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes a sheet feed tray on which a first sheet bundle is stacked at a first position where sheet feeding to a conveyance path can be performed, and a conveyance tray on which a second sheet bundle is stacked at a second position adjacent to the sheet feed tray, and which conveys the second sheet bundle to the sheet feed tray and stacks the second sheet bundle on the sheet feed tray after the first sheet bundle is fed, presses the stacked second sheet bundle to a side plate provided in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the conveyance tray, and aligns an end of the second sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tokihiko Ise
  • Patent number: 7819394
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device having a first sheet feeding path and a second sheet feeding path through which a sheet is configured to be fed. A first sheet-guiding member is disposed between the first sheet feeding path and the second sheet feeding path. The first sheet-guiding member is configured to move between a first position and a second position. A second sheet-guiding member is disposed opposite the first sheet feeding path. The second sheet-guiding member is configured to move between a third position and a fourth position. A connecting member is configured to selectively couple the first sheet-guiding member to the second sheet-guiding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 7789380
    Abstract: Two supply streams (1.1 and 1.2) of printed products are combined to form a combined printed-product stream. For this purpose, the supply streams are conveyed into a combining region (V) in a main conveying direction (F) in a state in which they, for example, rest loosely on conveying surfaces (3.1 and 3.2), are parallel to one another, adjacent to one another and on the same level, inner and outer edges of the printed products (P) of the two supply streams (1.1 and 1.2) being oriented parallel to the main conveying direction (F). At the entrance to the combining region (V), the inner edge region of each printed product of the first supply stream (1.1) is raised and, as they are conveyed through the combining region (V), the printed products of the two supply streams (1.1 and 1.2) are pushed transversely to the main conveying direction (F) and towards one another. An inner edge region of a printed product of the second supply stream (1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: H. Ulrich Stauber
  • Patent number: 7731350
    Abstract: A partition is provided at the almost center of a parallel sheet feed tray in a main-scanning direction, and recording paper sheets such as postcards are mounted in two rows in parallel in the main-scanning direction. By bringing upper surfaces of the recording paper sheets into contact with a pick roller, the recording paper sheets are picked one by one per row and fed toward an inside of a housing. While the recording paper sheets are conveyed in a sub-scanning direction with being arranged in parallel in the main-scanning direction, ink drops are discharged to both the recording paper sheets with reciprocation of a carriage with the ink cartridges in the main-scanning direction. Images are formed on the two recording paper sheets simultaneously, thereby shortening time necessary for printing a lot of recording paper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7677547
    Abstract: A holder of an apparatus for individually separating flat items from stacks comprises a first separating structure for individually separating outer flat items from one of the stacks at one end of the holder and a second separating structure for individually separating outer flat items from another stack at the opposite end of the holder. At least one urging member is at least partially positioned between the two separating structures for urging at least one of the stacks in the holder towards one end of the holder. A method for separating flat items from two stacks in a holder is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: NEOPOST Technologies
    Inventor: Hendrik Andries de Haan
  • Patent number: 7669844
    Abstract: A paper feeder includes a storage section, a feed path, a delivery section, and a receiving section. The storage section is configured to store therein plural sheet members to be fed to a processing apparatus which is operative to perform processing on the sheet members. The feed path allows each of the plural sheet members fed from the storage section to pass therethrough in a feed direction toward the processing apparatus. The delivery section is located most downstream on the feed path in the feed direction. The feed path is open to exterior in the delivery section. The receiving section is located upstream of the feed path in the feed direction for communication with a delivery section of a separate paper feeder having an identical construction with the present paper feeder when the separate paper feeder is disposed upstream of the present paper feeder in the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiki Ohgita, Jinichi Nagata, Naofumi Okada, Kouzou Yamaguchi, Hideo Yoshikawa, Yasuhiro Takai, Syouichirou Yoshiura, Tsutomu Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 7658375
    Abstract: A printer having a sheet tray, a drive for advancing sheets past a marking mechanism, and a picker to remove sheets from an aligned tray includes a load position and a pick position. The trays are selectively moved between the load and pick positions. A transmission is engagable to connect the drive to the tray moving mechanism, whereby the tray is moved between the pick position and the load position by the media sheet advancing drive. The transmission is disengagable to enable advancement of the media sheets without movement of the tray. Starting with both trays in their load positions, one of the trays is moved to its pick position whereat a sheet can be picked; moving the other of the trays to its pick position whereat a sheet of media from each of the trays can be picked; and moving the tray remaining at its pick position from its pick position to its media load position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Randal M. Wong, Juan Belon, Petrica D. Balcan
  • Patent number: 7654514
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus for feeding a stack of sheets in a direction of movement to a process station, including: an elevator tray for holding stacks of sheets; a feed head for picking up a sheet from the stack of sheets when a vacuum force; air knife for blowing air between individual sheets in the stack of sheets, the sheet feeding apparatus having a first mode of operation for feeding a single stack of sheets from the sheet tray and a second mode of operation for feeding first stack of sheets and a second stack of sheets from the elevator tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: William D Milillo
  • Patent number: 7618037
    Abstract: The paper feeding apparatus includes a paper feeding cassette having a side guide part for defining and setting a lateral size of paper, a rear guide part for defining and setting a longitudinal size of paper, and a first and second load part for simultaneously or separately accommodating paper sheets; a first lifting unit installed to the paper feeding cassette for lifting the first load part; a second lifting unit installed to the paper feeding cassette for lifting the second load part; a paper feeding unit for picking up and feeding the paper sheets loaded on the first load part sheet by sheet when the first load part is lifted up; a paper transfer unit installed in the paper feeding cassette for transferring paper sheets loaded on the second load part to the first load part; and a paper detection unit for checking whether each of the first and second parts is loaded with paper sheets and whether paper sheets are loaded simultaneously on the first and second load parts in a shared manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon Kang, Duk-soo Kim, Dae-ho Kim
  • Patent number: 7568690
    Abstract: A paper supply device includes: a paper supply cassette that is loaded into an image forming apparatus body, such that the paper supply cassette can be freely pulled out, and is disposed with a first sheet housing for supplying sheets to an image forming section of the image forming apparatus body; and a second sheet supply mechanism that is disposed in the paper supply cassette and is for supplying, to the image forming section of the image forming apparatus body, sheets housed in a second sheet housing different from the first sheet housing, wherein a recessed portion, through which paper supplying means that is disposed in the image forming apparatus body and supplies sheets to the image forming apparatus body from the second sheet housing passes when the paper supply cassette is loaded into and unloaded from the image forming apparatus body, is formed in the paper supply cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kurokawa, Satoru Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 7529499
    Abstract: An image forming unit includes an image forming device that forms an image on a recording medium disposed at a lower portion thereof, a device frame that supports the image forming device at the lower portion, having a first attaching portion to which to attach a first storage frame and a second attaching portion to which to attach a second frame. Either a first storage unit or a second storage unit is attached to the image forming unit. The first storage unit includes a first storage tray having a first storage capacity, a first guide member and the first storage frame. The second storage unit includes a second storage tray having a second storage capacity larger than the first storage capacity, the second guide member and the second storage frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazumasa Makino
  • Patent number: 7516952
    Abstract: A feeder is provided for a punching or embossing apparatus. The feeder has a configuration for feeding sheets from a multiplicity of stacks. The stacks are disposed next to one another in the transport direction. In a method for punching or embossing sheets using a punching or embossing apparatus, sheets are fed to the punching or embossing apparatus from stacks disposed next to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Bittner, Gerhard Klaassen, Peter Köpke, Andre Pütz
  • Publication number: 20080308996
    Abstract: Two supply streams (1.1 and 1.2) of printed products are combined to form a combined printed-product stream. For this purpose, the supply streams are conveyed into a combining region (V) in a main conveying direction (F) in a state in which they, for example, rest loosely on conveying surfaces (3.1 and 3.2), are parallel to one another, adjacent to one another and on the same level, inner and outer edges of the printed products (P) of the two supply streams (1.1 and 1.2) being oriented parallel to the main conveying direction (F). At the entrance to the combining region (V), the inner edge region of each printed product of the first supply stream (1.1) is raised and, as they are conveyed through the combining region (V), the printed products of the two supply streams (1.1 and 1.2) are pushed transversely to the main conveying direction (F) and towards one another. An inner edge region of a printed product of the second supply stream (1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: H. Ulrich Stauber
  • Patent number: 7451972
    Abstract: Mechanism unit(s) functioning as automatic-feed cassette(s) and mechanism unit(s) functioning as manual-feed tray(s) together form a single integral module, constituting a hybrid paper supply module. In such constitution, paper transport path(s) may be formed between or among first guide member(s) provided at automatic-feed cassette mechanism unit(s) and second guide member(s) provided at manual-feed mechanism unit(s), and manual-feed mechanism unit(s) may be pulled outward and to side(s) of apparatus(es) so as to cause paper transport path(s) to be opened up to the exterior, facilitating removal of jammed paper. Furthermore, given such constitution, a plurality of hybrid paper supply modules may be stacked together to constitute a paper supply mechanism. Manual-feed tray(s) with which manual-feed mechanism unit(s) of respective hybrid paper supply module(s) is or are provided may be collapsible so as to permit extension and/or retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuaki Fukada, Susumu Hashimoto, Shigeru Yoshida, Takashi Kubo, Yoshiaki Hiramoto, Yasushi Matsutomo
  • Patent number: 7451970
    Abstract: A feeding tray for feeding sheets from the left side thereof and a feeding tray for feeding sheets from the right side thereof are disposed on a multiple inserter, and selectively employing the feeding tray for feeding sheets from the left side thereof and the feeding tray for feeding sheets from the right side thereof allows reversal actions of sheets to be eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Kawata
  • Patent number: 7320461
    Abstract: A flexible media integration system (10) includes a multifunction flexible media interface system (12). The interface system includes a plurality of flexible media input areas (22, 24, 26) for receiving flexible media (14), such as sheets of paper, from a plurality of associated input processors (16, 18, 20), such as printers or paper feeders. A plurality of flexible media output areas (32, 34) provide outputs to different associated flexible media output processors (36, 38), such as printers or finishers. The interface system also includes a sheet position sensing system (52) and a sheet transporting system (42). The transporting system provides selectable flexible media translation for selectably transporting flexible media from selected ones of the plurality of flexible media input areas to selected ones of the plurality of flexible media output areas so as to provide selectable flexible media feeding from selected flexible media input processors to selected flexible media output processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Lofthus, Kristine A. German, David K. Biegelsen, Joannes N. M. deJong, Lloyd A. Williams, Warren B. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7281709
    Abstract: A stream of flat articles is to include imbricated formations (26.1, 26.2, 26.3) of different article types (A, B, C) and differing numbers of articles of the different types. For establishing such a stream a succession of supply devices (23.1, 23.2, 23.3) and a conveying surface are provided, the supply devices being equipped for preparing the imbricated formations (26.1, 26.2, 26.3) and for depositing whole preformed imbricated formations on the conveying surface. A device for establishing the stream of flat articles includes a main conveyor (21) with the conveying surface (21) and for each other device (23.1, 23.2, 23.3) an article source (25) and an intermediate conveyor (24), wherein the supply devices are controlled independently of each other and wherein the intermediate conveyor (24) and the article source (25) of one supply device may be driven independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Werner Honegger
  • Patent number: 7226049
    Abstract: A multifunction printed sheets interface system with plural sheet input areas for receiving printed sheets from plural printers, plural sheet outputs areas for plural outputs to different sheet processing systems, a sheet position sensing system, and a sheet transporting system providing selectable sheet translation from selected plural sheet input areas to selected plural sheet outputs areas so as to provide selectable sheet feeding from selected printers to selected sheet processing systems, and selectable sheet rotation of selected sheets and selectable sheet merging in a selected sheet sequence of sheets from plural printers. The sheet transporting system has a large planar area with a multiplicity of spaced apart independently operable variable sheet feeding direction and sheet velocity sheet transports, larger than the dimensions of any sheet to be fed thereon to allow simultaneous plural sheet variable transport thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Lofthus, Kristine A. German, David K. Biegelsen, Joannes N. M. deJong, Lloyd A. Williams, Warren B. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7198263
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a printhead carrier system including a printhead carrier configured for movement along a scan path, a first sheet picking mechanism, a second sheet picking mechanism, and a selector device. The selector device is configured to select one of the first sheet picking mechanism and the second sheet picking mechanism for picking a sheet of print media based on a position of the printhead carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry W. Acton
  • Patent number: 7063314
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a media handling device for handling sheets of media contained in a conglomerate stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric U. Eskey
  • Patent number: RE44946
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device having a first sheet feeding path and a second sheet feeding path through which a sheet is configured to be fed. A first sheet-guiding member is disposed between the first sheet feeding path and the second sheet feeding path. The first sheet-guiding member is configured to move between a first position and a second position. A second sheet-guiding member is disposed opposite the first sheet feeding path. The second sheet-guiding member is configured to move between a third position and a fourth position. A connecting member is configured to selectively couple the first sheet-guiding member to the second sheet-guiding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Yuji Koga