With Record Receiver Or Handling Means Therefor Patents (Class 347/262)
  • Patent number: 10501214
    Abstract: A system for packaging mass-customized items includes a computer system including a database containing item identification information unique to each item; (2) outer container identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each outer container in a plurality of outer containers; (3) inner pack identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each inner pack in a plurality of inner packs; and (4) inner pack filling apparatus that fills each inner pack with a specific item matched to that inner pack by the item identification information received from the database. Each item is associated with its unique item identification information and is inserted into an inner pack with matching item identification information, and each outer container is presented for loading with one or more inner packs matched to that outer container by the item identification information received from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley E. Sankaran, Eric Kuo, Kevin M. Conlon, Josh Van Riper
  • Patent number: 10429759
    Abstract: A holding member that holds an optical print head for exposing a photosensitive drum is provided with one abutting pin at each end thereof in the longitudinal direction. Each abutting pin has both a function of forming a gap between the optical print head and the photosensitive drum, and a function of restricting movement of the holding member in the X direction and Y direction. The holding member is supported by a link member further toward the side of the photosensitive drum than the lower end portion of the abutting pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiro Ishidate, Hitoshi Iwai, Toshiki Momoka, Shinichiro Hosoi
  • Patent number: 10401754
    Abstract: An exposing unit includes a holding member, an abutting pin protruding on both sides in the vertical direction at the rear side of the holding member, a second support portion provided further to the rear side than the holding member, and a movement mechanism that causes the holding member to move between an exposure position and a retracted position. The second support portion has a gap formed where the rear side of the holding member moves in the vertical direction, and this gap restricts movement of the holding member in the left-and-right direction. The holding member that is moved from the retracted position toward the exposure position by the movement mechanism is guided by the gap formed in the second support portion so that the abutting pin abuts a fitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Saimon Gokyu, Yasuaki Otoguro, Yuta Okada, Daisuke Aruga, Hitoshi Iwai, Shinichiro Hosoi, Yuichiro Imai, Toshiki Momoka, Yoshitaka Otsubo, Takehiro Ishidate
  • Patent number: 10317831
    Abstract: An image forming system includes first and second image forming apparatuses including respective image forming sections and fixing sections. When the system forms an image on a sheet using the first image forming section, then forms an image on the sheet using the second image forming apparatus, and forms an image on a same side of a sheet which has a nonuniform sheet thickness and first and second regions respectively having small and large sheet thicknesses, the image in the first region is formed and fixed using the first image forming apparatus and the image in the second region is formed and fixed using the second image forming apparatus, and the respective fixing sections of the first and the second image forming apparatuses pass the nonuniform sheet while applying a second load lower than a first load applied to a sheet having a uniform sheet thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Masahiro Onodera
  • Patent number: 10245866
    Abstract: A method of producing a security document includes the steps of producing a first part of a color image by color laser marking a security document precursor; and producing a second part of the color image by a second imaging technique different from laser marking. The resulting security document is more difficult to falsify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AGFA-GEVAERT
    Inventors: Bart Waumans, Paul Callant, Bart Aerts
  • Patent number: 9651892
    Abstract: A supply member of this wet type image forming apparatus has a surface rotating in a direction the same as a surface of a developer carrier at the same peripheral velocity at a portion abutting to the developer carrier. A control unit causes toner particles on the supply member to move to the developer carrier by providing a potential difference between the developer carrier and the supply member and controls an amount of toner particles on a latent image carrier by controlling electric power of a first charging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Atsuto Hirai
  • Patent number: 9579907
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus having a supply function and a winding function, in which a sheet is guided to a desirable position. To achieve this, the apparatus includes: a supply unit configured to hold a plurality of rolls of a wound continuous sheet; a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet drawn from one of the rolls held by the supply unit; a storage unit configured to store a sheet printed in the printing unit; and a guiding unit configured to guide a sheet discharged from the printing unit to the storage unit, wherein the guiding unit is capable of switching between guiding the sheet discharged from the printing unit to the storage unit and guiding the sheet discharged from the printing unit to the supply unit so that the sheet is wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryoya Shinjo, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Mikoshiba, Masaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9393807
    Abstract: A recording section that performs recording on a recording medium, a static eliminator that eliminates static electricity from the recording medium, and a moving section that moves the static eliminator with respect to the recording section are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9229385
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming part which picks up a recording medium at a predetermined pickup timing and forms an image at a predetermined printing speed; and a controller which accelerates the timing for picking up the recording medium in advance of the predetermined pickup timing, and which lowers the printing speed so as to allow the printing operation to take place at a lower fusing temperature during warming up from a cold start in order to shorten the first print output time (FPOT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-Soo Ko
  • Patent number: 9199492
    Abstract: Motor control devices and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, such a device includes a fluid ejection head configured to eject a fluid onto a sheet that is on a downstream side from a transport driving roller along a supply direction of the sheet. The device also includes a first motor that provides a driving force for rotating a roll on which the sheet is wound, and a second motor that provides a driving force for driving the transport driving roller. The transport driving roller is on a downstream side from the roll along the supply direction of the sheet. The device also includes a motor control unit that simultaneously drives the first and second motors, and the motor control unit is configured to control an interpolation output that is given to the first motor while subjected to a change in a driving speed of the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Igarashi, Kenji Hatada
  • Patent number: 9091992
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, in a case where a print setting for printing an image on a preprinted surface of a preprinted sheet has been set and a surface of the sheet read by a reading unit is a preprinted surface, executes printing on the sheet. The image forming apparatus, in a case where a print setting for printing an image on an unprinted surface of a preprinted sheet has been set and a surface of the sheet read by the reading unit is not a preprinted surface, executes printing on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makiya Tamura, Daijiro Miyamoto, Megumi Saito, Tadanori Nakatsuka, Naoya Kakutani
  • Patent number: 9090095
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to patterning of flexible substrate. One implementation can be applied for production of flexible displays and other electronic devices on flexible substrates. The substrate may be plastic film typically 50-150 microns thick and the size of the pattern features may typically be in the range 1-10 microns across. Larger and smaller structures are possible. The patterning is done by means of optical exposure, either by exposure of a photosensitive resist or lacquer, or by other thermal or photochemical interaction between the light and the substrate. The substrate may typically be loaded as a roll and after exposure and other processing it may be rolled up on a second output roll, so called roll-to-roll (R-to-R) processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Micronic Mydata AB
    Inventors: Torbjorn Sandstrom, Carl During
  • Patent number: 8953008
    Abstract: A method for producing images (8) on a substrate (2) with colour bodies thereon, the colour bodies losing a colour effect due to a laser (23) and consisting of dyes or pigments contained in capsules (1). Different colour bodies having at least three different colour effects are on or in the substrate (2). The method includes: (a) producing a colour chart (14), with individual colour effect of individual colour bodies contained as a function of the spatial coordinates thereof on or in the substrate; and (b) spatially resolving radiation, which opens the colour effect of colour bodies of individual capsules and releases dyes by a laser (23) at a single frequency on the basis of the colour chart (14) in order to produce a resultant colour effect. Substrates, like security documents, can be produced this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: U-NICA Technology AG
    Inventors: Rainer Goldau, Klaus Schafer, Ulrich Ritter
  • Patent number: 8951614
    Abstract: A method for coating a laboratory print media with a photo-sensitive material may include generating, at a printer, a request to label a laboratory media. The laboratory media includes applying multiple coating layers to a laboratory print media to produce a human-readable and machine-readable label within a dedicated area of the print media. The multiple coating layers include at least a material based on photo-sensitive ink that is thermally-activated, and protected by a chemical and physical protective barrier/layer. The method may further include generating, using a printing mechanism, an image within the dedicated area of the print media. The image includes a laser-based image reflecting off of the photo-sensitive ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Vaporprint, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Collins, Charles W. Morrison
  • Patent number: 8933981
    Abstract: A disclosed marking control device controls a marking device to mark a target image on a thermoreversible recording medium by applying a laser beam includes a marking position determination unit dividing the image into plural marking lines, and determining their marking positions; a marking order determination unit determining a marking order to mark the marking lines in mutually opposite directions; an adjusting unit adjusting a distance between a first ending point and a second starting point to be longer than a distance between a first starting point and a second ending point, or adjusting laser power applied to a second starting point side of the second marking line to be lower than the laser power applied to a second ending point side of the second marking line; and a marking instruction generator unit generating marking instructions including the marking positions of the marking lines and the marking order thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Yamamoto, Tomomi Ishimi, Shinya Kawahara, Toshiaki Asai, Yoshihiko Hotta
  • Publication number: 20140353381
    Abstract: This inventive method assures the authenticity of drugs or other valuable substances that reside within product containers, such as syringes. The method includes initially measuring the 3D topology of the glass surface while determining the distance to the glass surface. Thereafter, a desired 3D code is written below the glass surface with a pulsed laser system. The written 3D code is readable using optical coherence topography (OCT) or parallel optical coherence tomography (pOCT) to verify the authenticity of the product container. A system uses this method with a plurality of syringes held within a tray, and a writing apparatus that moves relative to the tray to write a predetermined 3D code on each of the syringes held in the tray, during processing of the syringes along a process line while in the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: I-PROPERTY HOLDING CORP.
    Inventors: Alexander Stuck, Stefan Klocke, Paul Glendenning
  • Patent number: 8902267
    Abstract: Drawing control methods, laser irradiating apparatuses, drawing control programs, and recording mediums having recorded therewith are provided that make it possible to efficiently carry out drawing with high quality. The drawing control method controls, by a computer, a drawing device which draws what is to be drawn onto multiple unit regions on a surface of a medium. The computer executes a drawing order determining step which determines a drawing order of a line segment included in the what is to be drawn such that multiple continuing line segments over mutually neighboring multiple unit regions are drawn continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Miyuki Oda
  • Patent number: 8896647
    Abstract: A method is described for producing a character, pattern, symbol and/or image (8) on a substrate (2) by way of pigment particles (1) which are arranged thereon and lose their color effect under the action of a laser (23), wherein different pigment particles (1) with at least three different color effects are arranged on and/or in the substrate (2). The invention is distinguished by the following method steps: (a) production of a color chart (14), in which the individual color effect of individual pigment particles (1) or individual clusters of pigment particles is contained as a function of their spatial coordinate on and/or in the substrate (2); (b) spatially resolved irradiation, which changes the color effect of only individual pigment particles (1) or individual clusters of pigment particles, by way of a laser (23) at a single frequency on the basis of the color chart (14) in order to produce a resulting color effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: U-NICA Technology AG
    Inventors: Rainer Goldau, Klaus Schafer
  • Patent number: 8896649
    Abstract: An optical scanning device includes: a light source unit; a light deflecting unit that deflects a light beam emitted from the light source unit; a scanning optical device that focuses the light beam deflected by the light deflecting unit on a scanned surface; and a light shielding member. The scanning optical device is provided in a direction in which a sound pressure level of a noise caused by rotation of a rotating polygon mirror included in the light deflecting unit is highest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kensuke Masuda, Yukio Itami, Shigeaki Imai
  • Patent number: 8894175
    Abstract: A method of printing with an inkjet printer including a printhead, a star wheel located downstream from the printhead, and an adjustable biaser coupled to the star wheel. The method comprises analyzing print data to identify an area of printing to be printed on a sheet of print media that aligns with the star wheel; calculating the density of the printing in the identified area of printing; printing the identified area of printing; determining whether the calculated density exceeds a density criteria, and if so then using the adjustable biaser to lift the star wheel off of the sheet before the printed area of printing reaches the star wheel; advancing the printed area of printing past the star wheel; and using the adjustable biaser lowering the star wheel onto the sheet after the printed area of printing has advanced past the star wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Edwards, Robert W. Rumford
  • Patent number: 8890917
    Abstract: In order to improve read stability, a printing condition is set based on not visual read of a user, but read with an optical information reading apparatus. A printing quality evaluation apparatus includes: an image acquiring section that acquires an image; a symbol extracting section that extracts the symbol in which the printing quality can be evaluated from the captured images acquired by the image acquiring section; a printing quality evaluation section that evaluates the printing quality of the symbol extracted by the symbol extracting section; an identification information recognition section that recognizes the identification information identifying each printing condition of the symbol; and an evaluation output section that outputs the identification information, which is recognized by the identification information recognition section, and an evaluation result of the printing quality of the printing quality evaluation section according to the symbol extracted by the symbol extracting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Hajime Matsuda, Takaaki Ito
  • Patent number: 8872877
    Abstract: Motor control devices and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, such a device includes a fluid ejection head configured to eject a fluid onto a sheet that is on a downstream side from a transport driving roller along a supply direction of the sheet. The device also includes a first motor that provides a driving force for rotating a roll on which the sheet is wound, and a second motor that provides a driving force for driving the transport driving roller. The transport driving roller is on a downstream side from the roll along the supply direction of the sheet. The device also includes a motor control unit that simultaneously drives the first and second motors, and the motor control unit is configured to control an interpolation output that is given to the first motor while subjected to a change in a driving speed of the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Igarashi, Kenji Hatada
  • Patent number: 8854411
    Abstract: A system directs a laser beam to mark a material with an alphanumeric code. Character and quality information corresponding to a mark to apply to the material with the laser beam can be received, a font definition that specifies character segments can be obtained, a set of multiple spaced locations can be generated from the character segments in accordance with the character and quality information, and the material can be marked with the laser beam by directing the laser beam to dwell at the locations and move between the locations without deactivating the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Markem-Imaje Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Yohn, Mark Rapposelli, Kevin Franklin
  • Patent number: 8848014
    Abstract: A polygon mirror assembly, a light scanning unit employing the polygon mirror assembly, and an image forming apparatus. The polygon mirror assembly includes a polygon mirror formed of a plastic material and having a plurality of reflection surfaces; and a motor unit to support and rotate the polygon mirror, where the polygon mirror is coupled to the motor unit by using an adhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heon-hee Lim, Jae-hwan Yoo, Jin-kwon Chun, Jong-wuk Ku
  • Publication number: 20140285612
    Abstract: A security document having in order a) a first laser markable layer, present as a self-supporting layer or as a layer on a support; b) at least one polymeric overlay; and c) a second laser markable layer; wherein the second laser markable layer exhibits a higher laser sensitivity than a non-laser marked area of the first laser markable layer but produces a smaller maximum optical density or a smaller gloss on laser marking. Methods for manufacturing the security document are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
    Inventor: Carlo Uyttendaele
  • Patent number: 8840237
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for printing a substrate (7) in a printing machine, in which ink is transferred from a flexible carrier (3) to the substrate (7) in accordance with a predefined pattern by energy being introduced into the ink through the flexible carrier (3) by a device for the introduction of energy, some of the ink evaporating in the area of action of the energy and, as a result, a drop of ink (67) being thrown onto the substrate (7) to be printed, this step being repeated at least once, ink being transferred at least partly to the substrate (7) at the same positions in order to intensify the pattern produced. The substrate is transported through the printing machine (1) during the printing and, after the transfer of ink in step (a), the device for the introduction of energy is controlled in such a way that, during the repetition in step (b), the ink is transferred at the same position again as in step (a). The invention further relates to a printing machine for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Frank Kleine Jeager, Juergen Kaczun, Udo Lehmann
  • Patent number: 8823764
    Abstract: An optical writer includes a housing, a light source, a deflector, and a plurality of optical elements. The housing includes a plurality of surfaces, one of which includes a substantially flat portion having an opening formed therein and a curved portion curved in the shape of an arc of a circle in cross-section. The light source is enclosed within the housing and projects light through the opening and onto a target. The deflector is enclosed within the housing and deflects the light projected from the light source in a main scanning direction. The plurality of optical elements is enclosed within the housing and directs the light deflected by the deflector onto the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Fujii, Noboru Kusunose, Yoshinobu Sakaue
  • Publication number: 20140227487
    Abstract: An identification document includes a first surface, at least a portion of the first surface being made of foamable synthetic material, and a tactile relief marking having a bubble structure formed in the foamable synthetic material. A method is used for producing at least one tactile relief marking on an identification document by an irradiation source. The identification document includes a surface having foamable synthetic material that has a property of increasing its volume by foaming upon application of energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dennis J. Warwick
  • Patent number: 8791970
    Abstract: An information processing device for generating a piece of drawing information of a line image, including a shape information storing part to store pieces of shape information for respective combinations of a thickness and a size of a line image, a thickness information obtaining part to obtain a piece of thickness information, a code information obtaining part to obtain a piece of code information of a target image, a size information obtaining part to obtain a piece of size information of a target image, a shape information selecting part to select a piece of shape information out of pieces of shape information for each character based on the thickness information and the size information, and a drawing information generating part to read out the selected shape information from the shape information storing part and to generate a piece of drawing information from the shape information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumihiro Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20140160221
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of marking a substrate that comprises a color forming material, comprising the steps of: activating a region of the substrate so as to transform it from an inactive, low reactive state to an active, high reactive state; irradiating a part of the activated region with an initial color changing radiation to effect an initial color change to a first color; and irradiating a part of the substrate that has been changed to the first color with a high power density beam of visible electromagnetic radiation to effect a further color change of the irradiated region to a second color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: DATALASE LIMITED
    Inventor: John Cridland
  • Publication number: 20140152756
    Abstract: Provided is an image recording system for recording an image on a recording medium attached to a conveyed article, including: a conveyor device conveying the conveyed article in a predetermined conveying direction; and a recording device provided on at least one side of the conveyor device in a direction perpendicular to the conveying direction and capable of contactlessly recording the image on the recording medium being located at a position facing itself. The image includes a scan image to be read by a reading device. The conveyor device decelerates the conveyed article by observing a position at which the recording medium will face the recording device as a target stop position. The recording device records the scan image on the recording medium after the conveyed article reaches the target stop position and while the amplitude of vibration of the conveyed article is equal to or smaller than a reference value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Ishikake, Kazutaka Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8743170
    Abstract: A housing includes a base portion for installation of an optical beam emission unit, a light guiding unit, and a deflection unit, and a cover portion that includes an indented heat emission channel that transmits heat in an inner portion of the housing to a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Issei Nakano, Nobuhiro Fukuma, Jun Nakai
  • Patent number: 8730293
    Abstract: A laser light irradiating system which irradiates a laser light onto a thermally reversible recording medium which is pasted on a face on one side of an object to be conveyed to perform one of image erasing and image recording is disclosed. The laser light irradiating system includes a conveying unit; a detecting unit; a laser light emitting unit; and a control unit, wherein the control unit conveys the object to be conveyed to a specific position and, when the thermally reversible recording medium is not detected by the detecting unit, the laser light with a power level greater than or equal to a predetermined power level is prevented from being emitted from the laser light emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8723909
    Abstract: A laser rewriting apparatus positioned on one side or the other side of a conveyance path through which a to-be-conveyed object on which a thermoreversible recording medium is affixed is conveyed in a predetermined conveyance direction. The laser rewriting apparatus emits laser light to the thermoreversible recording medium and rewrites an image. The laser writing apparatus includes an image erasing apparatus that emits laser light to the thermoreversible recording medium and erases the image from the thermoreversible recording medium; and an image recording apparatus positioned on the predetermined conveyance direction downstream side of the image erasing apparatus and records a new image by emitting laser light to the thermoreversible recording medium. The image erasing apparatus and the image recording apparatus have the respective laser light emitting parts from which the laser light is emitted at ends on the same side with respect to the predetermined conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Asai, Yoshihiko Hotta, Shinya Kawahara, Tomomi Ishimi
  • Publication number: 20140085397
    Abstract: A method of marking an egg is disclosed and comprises applying radiant energy to the shell of an egg so as to cause discoloration of the eggshell, thereby forming a marking comprising at least a traceability code and a freshness date. Apparatus is also disclosed for applying markings on eggs being processed by an egg-handling machine that is designed and configured to transport a plurality of eggs therethrough, wherein the apparatus comprises a radiant energy source located in proximity to the egg-handling machine, the radiant energy source being configured to apply radiant energy to the eggs as the eggs are transported past the radiant energy source to selectively discolor the shell of the eggs and form markings on the shell, including a freshness date and a traceability code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: TEN Media, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley E. Parker
  • Patent number: 8616671
    Abstract: A multi-channel image is printed on a web receiver by a plurality of printing modules. The receiver is entrained around a take-up roll on a movable transport. During printing, the transport moves past the printing modules while the take-up roll holds the receiver in position with respect to the transport, and then the transport comes to a stop and the take-up roll draws the receiver across the transport. A cutter downstream of the take-up roll cuts off the printed portion of the web receiver to provide a printed sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joel Sherwood Lawther, David James Cornell
  • Patent number: 8605129
    Abstract: A tamper resistant check includes a first region on a first surface of the tamper resistant check and a second region on the first surface of the tamper resistant check. The second region on the first surface of the tamper resistant check corresponds to at least one critical field associated with the tamper resistant check including, but not limited to, one or more of the payee field, the amount field, and/or the signature field. The second region on the first surface of the tamper resistant check is designed so that toner-based characters/symbols applied by a laser printer to the second region cannot be removed from the second region without leaving visible evidence of the tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Barson, Kris R. Chopra, Margaret Tretola
  • Publication number: 20130314487
    Abstract: A laser marker includes a laser irradiation device that irradiates a card with a laser beam; a base unit that supports the card; a drive roller that is provided in the base unit and that is in contact with a lower surface of the card; a rotation member that rotates between a holding position and a withdrawn position, the holding position being a position in which the rotation member holds the card in cooperation with the base unit, the withdrawn position being outside of an optical path of the laser beam; a pinch roller that is provided in the rotation member, that is in contact with an upper surface of the card, and that transports the card in cooperation with the drive roller; and a prism that is fixed to the rotation member and that transmits and refracts the laser beam when the rotation member is in the holding position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohisa UGAJIN, Ryoichi UMEZAWA
  • Patent number: 8593651
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image reading unit disposed in an upper portion of the image forming apparatus, an image forming unit disposed below the image reading unit to form an image on a sheet fed from a sheet roll, a pair of flange members attached to both lateral ends of the sheet roll in a width direction of the sheet roll, a sheet roll supporter disposed below the image reading unit in a rear portion of the image forming apparatus to support the sheet roll, an opening through which the sheet roll is set to the sheet roll supporter, and a guide assembly provided at upper and lower parts of the opening to position at least one of the pair of flange members attached to the sheet roll in the width direction to guide the sheet roll to the sheet roll supporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Niihara, Masahiko Yamada, Yuichiro Maeyama, Masato Ogawa, Shigeru Morinaga, Kazuhiro Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 8593498
    Abstract: A hybrid processing device having printheads that records on a check conveyed through a medium conveyance path includes a first sensor that detects insertion of a check from the recording medium entrance of the medium conveyance path, a second sensor that detects discharge of the check from the recording medium exit of the medium conveyance path, and a third sensor that detects presence of a check between the first and second sensors. It is determined that the recording medium has been removed from the conveyance path, when the recording medium detectors change from a first state, in which at least one of the recording medium detectors detects that the recording medium is present, to a second state, in which none of the recording medium detectors detect that the recording medium is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Abe, Masahiro Takei, Hideki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8494392
    Abstract: An image forming system including first and second image forming apparatuses that includes a first image forming unit configured to form an image on a first surface of recording paper, a discharging unit configured to discharge the recording paper on which the image is formed by the first image forming unit to the second image forming apparatus, a second image forming unit configured to form an image on a second surface of the recording paper discharged by the discharging unit from the first image forming apparatus, and a correction unit configured to correct adjustment timing of the image forming system as a whole so that first adjustment timing for performing an adjustment operation of an output image formed by the first image forming unit and second adjustment timing for performing an adjustment operation of an output image formed by the second image forming unit accord with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeru Kasahara
  • Patent number: 8493427
    Abstract: The present invention is an optical scanning apparatus that is positioned and fixed to a metal frame of an image forming apparatus, in which a rotating polygon mirror being a deflection means and a drive motor rotationally driving the rotating polygon mirror are accommodated inside a housing made of resin. In the present invention, a bearing of the drive motor and a positioning member provided upright to the metal frame are inserted into and fitted with each other from opposite directions in a positioning boss formed in the housing, and the bearing is in contact with the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Oki, Yoshinobu Yoneima
  • Patent number: 8493616
    Abstract: A method for printing an image, the method includes the steps of defining a media support surface; advancing a print medium onto the support surface; emitting light from a first side of the print medium toward the defined surface; moving a sensor on a second side of the print medium along a scan direction; monitoring the position of the sensor as it moves along the scan direction; sensing the light on the second side of the print medium which is opposite the first side as the light passes through the print medium to a sensor; providing memory for storing patterns representing particular media types; providing a processor for comparing signals from the sensor to patterns stored in the memory in order to identify media type; identifying the print medium type; selecting a print mode based on the identified print medium type; processing an image according to the selected print mode; and printing the image on the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gregory M. Burke, Del R. Doty
  • Patent number: 8469507
    Abstract: A medium holding apparatus includes: a medium holding conveyance device which has a plurality of suction grooves for suctioning a sheet-shaped medium, and conveys the medium in a prescribed direction while holding the medium on a medium holding surface; and a suction pressure generating device which is connected to the plurality of suction grooves, and generates suction pressure in each of the suction grooves, wherein: the plurality of suction grooves include a leading end suction groove provided at a position where a leading end region of the medium is held, and the leading end suction groove has a structure so as to be separated from other suction grooves of the plurality of suction grooves, and is connected to the suction pressure generating device via a flow channel which is not connected to the other suction grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Fukui
  • Patent number: 8466938
    Abstract: A transferred medium is provided. In one exemplary embodiment a transferred medium includes a projection part projected in a transferring direction. The projection part can be integrally formed at a front end of the transferred medium. The transferred medium can have a plate shape that can be nipped between a feed driving roller that is rotationally driven and a feed driven roller that is rotationally driven in contact with the feed driving roller. The transferred medium can also be configured to be transferred in the transferring direction with the rotation of the feed driving roller. Further, the transferred medium can include a plurality of the projection parts at its front end in a direction perpendicular to the transferring direction of the transferred medium with a predetermined pitch. Other embodiments of a transferred medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Sanshiro Takeshita
  • Publication number: 20130141512
    Abstract: A laser rewriting apparatus positioned on one side or the other side of a conveyance path through which a to-be-conveyed object on which a thermoreversible recording medium is affixed is conveyed in a predetermined conveyance direction. The laser rewriting apparatus emits laser light to the thermoreversible recording medium and rewrites an image. The laser writing apparatus includes an image erasing apparatus that emits laser light to the thermoreversible recording medium and erases the image from the thermoreversible recording medium; and an image recording apparatus positioned on the predetermined conveyance direction downstream side of the image erasing apparatus and records a new image by emitting laser light to the thermoreversible recording medium. The image erasing apparatus and the image recording apparatus have the respective laser light emitting parts from which the laser light is emitted at ends on the same side with respect to the predetermined conveyance direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Toshiaki ASAI, Yoshihiko Hotta, Shinya Kawahara, Tomomi Ishimi
  • Publication number: 20130135425
    Abstract: A laser light irradiating system which irradiates a laser light onto a thermally reversible recording medium which is pasted on a face on one side of an object to be conveyed to perform one of image erasing and image recording is disclosed. The laser light irradiating system includes a conveying unit; a detecting unit; a laser light emitting unit; and a control unit, wherein the control unit conveys the object to be conveyed to a specific position and, when the thermally reversible recording medium is not detected by the detecting unit, the laser light with a power level greater than or equal to a predetermined power level is prevented from being emitted from the laser light emitting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Kazutaka YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8448200
    Abstract: A transferred medium is provided. In one exemplary embodiment a transferred medium includes a projection part projected in a transferring direction of the transferred medium from a front end part of the medium such that the projection part traverses the front end part of the medium. The thickness of a part of the projection part can be configured to be greater than the thickness of the front end part, the width of the projection part in a direction perpendicular to the transferring direction can be narrower than the width of the front part in that same direction, and the urging force by the urging member can act on the projection part and the front end part during transfer of the transferred medium. A recording apparatus system that includes a transferred medium is also provided, as are other embodiments of a transferred medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Sanshiro Takeshita
  • Patent number: 8432428
    Abstract: A rotatable roller is provided which includes a first end and a second end and a surface adapted to wrap a portion of the media thereupon. A carriage conveys the roller along a path. The roller is moved by first and second drives. The first and second drives can be differentially operated to reorient the roller with respect to a direction along the path. The first drive and the second drive can be operated, differentially or non-differentially, to move the carriage along the path. The reoriented roller can be rotated about its axis while conveying the media to wrap the portion of the media onto the surface. The portion of the media can be sized to wrap over the surface of the reoriented roller without overlapping itself. The first drive and the second drive can be operated non-differentially to convey the reoriented roller along a portion of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kodak Graphic Communications Canada Company
    Inventors: Saar Moisa, Greg Peregrym, Ian Garben
  • Patent number: 8354611
    Abstract: In laser engraving apparatus for engraving a gray-scale image on a plastic ID-card, the laser is a modulatable optically pumped semiconductor laser. Focusing optics focus a beam from the laser into a focal spot about 10 micrometers in diameter. The ID-card is mounted on a turntable which is rotated such that the focal spot sweeps over the ID card. The turntable is translated in a direction transverse to the rotation direction and the laser is modulated such that the engraved gray-scale image is formed by a matrix of parallel black lines of various length and spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergei V. Govorkov, Luis A. Spinelli