Work Penetrating Member Patents (Class 493/384)
  • Patent number: 9712705
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus which includes an image reading section and a document conveyance section, the image reading apparatus including: a document size detector which detects a document size of the document; and a processor configured to detect whether or not a Z-fold exists in the document for which the document size is detected by the document size detector; unfold a Z-folded part of a Z-folded document for which a Z-fold is detected; and assign image data of the image to a page memory on the basis of the document size detected by the document size detector and whether or not a Z-fold is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takashi Hasebe
  • Publication number: 20140106951
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and apparatus for preparing a sleeve used to surround and assist in delivering an expandable implant to the vasculature of a human patient. The sleeve is formed by curving a sheet of material, longitudinally folding the material, and securing the longitudinally folded material with an elongated member, such as wire or thread, to form a sleeve. The resulting sleeve can then receive an endoluminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin S. Brandon
  • Publication number: 20130199139
    Abstract: A filter, in particular a pocket filter for filtration in air systems and devices, comprises at least one filter pocket, which is formed by folding a filter medium. A method for producing a filter, in particular a pocket filter for filtration in air systems and devices, comprises forming at least one filter pocket by folding a filter medium over a self-contained folding edge. A filter, in particular a pocket filter for filtration in air systems and devices, is also provided, which comprises a filter pocket made of a filter medium, wherein the filter pocket is self-contained and wave-shaped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: SPHEREFIL GMBH
    Inventor: Adam Krueger
  • Patent number: 8317178
    Abstract: A bookbinding system includes an image forming apparatus, a plurality of post-processing apparatuses, a controller, and an operation-and-display unit. The image forming apparatus forms images on recording media and outputs the recording media. The plurality of post-processing apparatuses is connected to the image forming apparatus and includes at least a folding apparatus and a ring-binding apparatus. The folding apparatus folds the recording media according to a plurality of folding types including at least Z-shape folding and double folding. The ring-binding apparatus binds the recording media with a ring. The controller is communicatively connected to the image forming apparatus and the plurality of post-processing apparatuses and prevents simultaneous selection of ring binding and a folding type incompatible with ring binding. The operation-and-display unit displays an indication that ring binding and the folding type incompatible with ring binding are not simultaneously selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Junichi Iida, Takeshi Sasaki, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Shingo Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20100255974
    Abstract: A device far placement of a card in a sheet, the device having one support plaque of the sheet, with windows for insertion of the corners of the card, cutting blades facing the windows to be displaced through the windows to provide oblique cuts on the sheet. The device further has a card holder plaque for fastening the card in a window, wherein part of the contour of this window is level with the route of the blades. Pushers are moveable towards the support plaque, facing the windows of the support plaque, for insertion of the corners of the card through the oblique cuts of the sheet. The cutting blades and of the pushers are displaced by an actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Jens August Mellentin
  • Patent number: 6983931
    Abstract: A binding apparatus includes a receiving device configured to receive a sheet from outside and convey the sheet, and a sheet folding device configured to fold the sheet, conveyed by the receiving device, in two at a center portion thereof in a direction the sheet is conveyed, so as to be a folded sheet, and convey the folded sheet with the folded portion thereof being a leading edge of the folded sheet. A jogging device includes a jogging table and is configured to receive and jog the folded sheet, conveyed by the sheet folding device, one after another, so as to be stacked into a stack of folded sheets on the jogging table. A binding device is configured to bind the stack of folded sheets stacked on the jogging table at an edge portion of the stack of folded sheets at the side where the folded portion of each folded sheet of the stack of folded sheets is located. A discharging device is configured to discharge the bound stack of folded sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Kaneko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamaki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6957810
    Abstract: A sheet finisher for executing preselected processing with a sheet conveyed thereto of the present invention includes a first processing tray configured to temporarily store the sheet and deliver it. A first and a second path are positioned downstream of the first processing tray in a direction of sheet conveyance and configured to convey a first and a second sheet stack, respectively. The first path conveys the first sheet stack upward over the downstream portion of the first processing tray while the second path conveys it downward over the same. A switching device selects either one of the first and second paths. The sheet finisher of the present invention is low cost and highly productive and space saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Yamada, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Masahiro Tamura, Hiromoto Saitoh, Shuuya Nagasako, Hiroki Okada, Junichi Iida, Akihito Andoh
  • Patent number: 6817605
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating a pillowless booklet, comprising: a means for accumulating a plurality of sheets to form a bundle; a means for fastening said plurality of sheets in said bundle operatively connected to said accumulating means; a means for forming a booklet spine edge operatively connected to said fastening means; and a means for flattening said booklet spine edge in order to create a pillowless booklet operatively connected to said booklet spine forming means, comprising; a crease wire; a crease roller located substantially adjacent to said crease wire; a guide operatively connected to said crease roller; a carriage roller operatively connected to said guide rail; and a clamp operatively connected to said guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Greg Bohn
  • Publication number: 20040212134
    Abstract: A binding apparatus includes a receiving device configured to receive a sheet from outside and convey the sheet, and a sheet folding device configured to fold the sheet, conveyed by the receiving device, in two at a center portion thereof in a direction the sheet is conveyed, so as to be a folded sheet, and convey the folded sheet with the folded portion thereof being a leading edge of the folded sheet. A jogging device includes a jogging table and is configured to receive and jog the folded sheet, conveyed by the sheet folding device, one after another, so as to be stacked into a stack of folded sheets on the jogging table. A binding device is configured to bind the stack of folded sheets stacked on the jogging table at an edge portion of the stack of folded sheets at the side where the folded portion of each folded sheet of the stack of folded sheets is located. A discharging device is configured to discharge the bound stack of folded sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Tamaki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6799759
    Abstract: In a booklet maker, as would be found in conjunction with a copier or printer, sheets to be folded and stapled into a booklet are accumulated in a slot. At the bottom of the slot, a selectably extendable contact member presses an accumulating set of sheets against a sidewall of the slot following the entry of each new sheet into the slot. The contact member decreases curling and fluffing of sheets within the slot, which can cause imprecisions in registering, stapling, or creasing of the sheets as they are formed into a booklet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. McNamara, Yanmin Mao
  • Patent number: 6793210
    Abstract: A folding/stitching apparatus (1) includes a sheet setting tray (3) having a slit (7), on which a plurality of superimposed sheets (P1) are set, a folding/stitching plate (16) provided to be freely moved between a standby position for not entering the slit (7) of the sheet setting tray (3) and a folding/stitching position for entering the slit (7) and having a staple bending portion (19) provided in an insertion tip into the slit (7), and a stapler (20) pressed into contact through the sheets (P1) with the folding/stitching plate 16 set in a folding/stitching position to stick staples into the sheets (P1). The folding/stitching plate (16) is moved between the standby position and the folding/stitching position in conjunction with an operation of a handle (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Shiro Sato
  • Patent number: 6755410
    Abstract: A binding apparatus includes a receiving device configured to receive a sheet from outside and convey the sheet, and a sheet folding device configured to fold the sheet, conveyed by the receiving device, in two at a center portion thereof in a direction the sheet is conveyed, so as to be a folded sheet, and convey the folded sheet with the folded portion thereof being a leading edge of the folded sheet. A jogging device includes a jogging table and is configured to receive and jog the folded sheet, conveyed by the sheet folding device, one after another, so as to be stacked into a stack of folded sheets on the jogging table. A binding device is configured to bind the stack of folded sheets stacked on the jogging table at an edge portion of the stack of folded sheets at the side where the folded portion of each folded sheet of the stack of folded sheets is located. A discharging device is configured to discharge the bound stack of folded sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Kaneko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamaki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6712349
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus comprising a center-stapling device, a center-folding device, and a stacking tray for stacking a discharged sheet or sheet bundle, staples at the center of a sheet bundle conveyer from a sheet output apparatus with the center-stapling device, folds the stapled sheet bundle into two with the center-folding device, and discharges the sheet bundle to stack on the stacking tray. Folding rollers discharge the sheet bundle folded into two by the center-folding device from the side folding into two. In this state, an opening/closing end fence orients a discharging direction of the sheet bundle folded into two downward in vertical direction, turns over the sheet bundle, and stacks the sheet bundle on a tilted lower side stacking tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6578838
    Abstract: A sheet collecting apparatus in a sheet-wise booklet making system is provided, including a collecting device for supporting folded sheets of material in a stack arranged for stapling, and a stapling device for stapling the folded sheets of material supported by the collecting device. The collecting device and the stapling device are attached to a movable frame such that the stapling device remains aligned with the collecting device during movement of the movable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven W Trovinger, Ross R. Allen
  • Patent number: 6450934
    Abstract: A sheet post processing machine has a first shelf for assembling a number of sheets without causing any inhibition to the speed of sheet delivery from a host printer or copier, and the assembled sheets are dumped from the first shelf to a second shelf at which the sheets are collected in sets, jogged into edge alignment, stapled at the corners or along an edge, the sets are offset from one another, and finally, dumped from the second shelf onto a stacker tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Gradco Japan
    Inventor: Peter M. Coombs
  • Patent number: 6231493
    Abstract: A method of making a pleat in a sheet-like material comprising the steps of feeding a flexible and thin sheet-like material having a flat surface in a direction of an extended line of an imaginary straight line which is perpendicular to its one end and along the surface, left and right parts of the sheet-like material being conveyed at a substantially same speed at both sides of the straight line, the one end of the sheet-like material being of a flat form at a start of the feeding, the left and right parts of the sheet-like material being gradually reduced in distance therebetween and drawn near toward the straight line at the middle portion of the extended line so as to face with each other and diagonally cross the surface, and coming in contact with each other perpendicularly to the surface at the forward portion of the extended line, thereby to form the pleat, conveying the sheet-like material through the middle portion to the forward portion with the left and right parts gradually twisted in a direction
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Nakanihon-Juki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koshimi Kato
  • Patent number: 6224529
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus for stapling multiple sheets with a stapler and delivering the sheets in folio, includes a staple hitting device, a stapler having an anvil opposed to the staple hitting device with respect to a sheet path and a shifting device for shifting the sheet so as to escape a staple from a groove on the anvil after the sheet is stapled by drive of the staple hitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Honmochi, Seiichiro Adachi, Mitsushige Murata, Kazunori Sasa
  • Patent number: 6109003
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the fixed combination of side-fold bags to form stacks. The side-fold bags to be combined, arriving from a machine which produces side-fold bags, are previously separated into stacks of a controlled quantity. During combining, each stack is oriented in relation to a perforating station, pressed together and punched with at least two through-holes. Each stack is interlockingly bundled by at least one intermediate fixation element, which is force-lockingly closed to form a loop, for the purpose of being further used in an automatic goods packing machine, where each stack is fixedly held in a packaging station by a fixing element in the shape of a hoop, which penetrates through the holes, wherein the intermediate fixation element is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Hinterkopf GmbH
    Inventor: Gottlieb Benz
  • Patent number: 5772039
    Abstract: A packaging system for displaying articles such as wallets in a manner such that the wallets are readily accessible to shoppers, but are relatively difficult to shoplift. The packaging system comprises three main elements: a box, a box insert, and an attachment mechanism which secures the article to the box insert. The box insert is then adhesively attached to the box. In a first embodiment, the article is secured to the box insert using a filament loop. In a second embodiment, the article is attached to the box insert using a flat loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Humphreys Inc.
    Inventors: Scott P. Orr, Thomas L. Prochut
  • Patent number: 5222932
    Abstract: A method of assembling an air bag comprising the steps of: providing at least one piece of material used to form the air bag; placing generally near a first edge of the material which is to be sewn a series of target markings; providing generally near a second edge of material to be sewn to the first edge a series of indicator markings; overlaying the first and second edges together; and sewing the edges together along a preferred sew line such that the indicator markings fall within the target markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Fontecchio
  • Patent number: 5074833
    Abstract: A method of making an intermediate bulk container having zones (12) for the attachment of lifting loops (20) from a fabric (10) having eight such zones with lifting loops attached to the zones comprises attaching the opposite selvedges (14, 16) of the fabric together and then attaching the base (26) to complete the bag. The zones (12) are arranged in four pairs with a zone (12a) of one of the pairs being adjacent to one of the fabric selvedges (14). The side seam (24) of the bag so made is thus spaced from its adjacent corner. This means that all four lifting loops can be attached to the fabric while it is still in the flat state since no lifting loop has to cross the seam in the finished IBC>. This form of construction lends itself to automatic stitching processes and radically increases speed of production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventor: Charles S. Futerman
  • Patent number: 5000726
    Abstract: A handbag is assembled wherein a right and left side silhouette blank are initially severed from a web, wherein a separate sole and a tongue are also provided, wherein the tongue utilizes a plurality of slots directed interiorly of a forward edge of the tongue to permit securement of sides of the tongue to upper sides of the blanks. A forward slot is formed in the tongue between the spaced slots for selectively receiving a support belt therethrough. Upon assemblage, a separate sole pocket is formed utilizing an upper and lower layer with a zipper sewn into a side wall of the thusly formed pocket, and wherein an upper interior surface of the sole is formed with a coextensive layer of hook and loop fasteners to secure the sole pocket selectively thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Martha V. Dimon
  • Patent number: 4979934
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding and folding cards from a card supply to a work surface at which the cards are utilized in a folded configuration in a work cycle. The cards are delivered to the work surface by a delivery mechanism and a folding device folds the cards as they are delivered to the work surface so that the cards are in the folded configuration when they arrive for utilization in the work cycle. Structure is provided for holding the cards in the folded configuration at the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: William A. Tice
  • Patent number: 4276042
    Abstract: The end wall of a Bliss-type container is secured to the flanges extending from the side walls and the bottom of the container, the securing being accomplished by a single stitching device. The container body is caused to move in a closed path on a carriage or platen for the stitching operation.The term "stitching" herein is not intended to merely mean the use of staples, but is intended to mean, for example, the use of an eyelet machine, a riveting machine, or a commercial sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Assignee: Container Corporation of America
    Inventors: John T. Bell, Max E. Bender