Preparation Of An Article For An Identification Code (e.g., Printing, Encoding) Patents (Class 700/227)
  • Patent number: 10373007
    Abstract: Examples of a system and method for identifying double feed documents are generally described. A method may include scanning a plurality of documents using a scanner in a first configuration and rejecting identified potential double feeds of checks from the plurality of checks in the first configuration. The method may include rescanning identified potential double feeds in a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Darryl Scott O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9189713
    Abstract: A letter printing system includes: a data processing unit for receiving an instruction to print document data containing letter data of a plurality of letters, generating print data and outputting the print data to a printing unit; and the printing unit for performing, for each letter, printing on a paper sheet for envelope and a paper sheet for enclosure according to the print data and outputting the paper sheets in the order of printing, wherein the data processing unit determines a letter boundary of each letter in the document data and sequentially outputs print data of each letter to the printing unit, and the printing unit adjusts the order of pieces of page data forming the print data of each letter according to a predetermined order of output of the paper sheet for envelope and the paper sheet for enclosure for performing inserting and sealing operation, and performs printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kurose, Toshio Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9082099
    Abstract: A method for context-sensitive delivery involves determining, by a computing device, an anticipated delivery time, receiving, by the computing device, from a first delivery-sensing depository, an indication that the first delivery-sensing depository has received a delivery at a time differing from the anticipated delivery time, and alerting, by the computing device, a user regarding the detected delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Dmitriy Kolchin
  • Patent number: 8896421
    Abstract: A wide area radio frequency identification (RFID) system includes: a first RFID cell and a second RFID cell. The first RFID cell and the second RFID cell each include a reader and tags. The readers access the tags using ultra-wide band signaling. The RFID cells each include: a communications interface operable to communicate with a network operations center, and a communications gateway which supports direct communications between RFID cells. The method includes accessing the second RFID cell from the first RFID cell, and the accessing is performed using the communications gateway that can cover a range of at least five hundred meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zebra Enterprise Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Gideon Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8892246
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing items such as pieces of meat, comprising the steps of providing a stream of items 10 by means of a primary conveyor means 4, allocating at least partly by means of a computer system 8, 20 one or more of said items 10 to one of at least two workstations 1 where said items 10 are processed, e.g. cut and/or trimmed, resulting in one or more processed items 11, registering in said computer system 8, 20 information about a return of at least one of said one or more processed items 11 to said primary conveyor means 4, and returning said at least one of said one or more processed items 11 to said primary conveyor means 4 in accordance with said information about a return. The invention further relates to a system for processing items such as pieces of meat, said system comprising the means essential to carry out the above-mentioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Marel HF
    Inventors: Brynjolfur Thorsson, Stefan Axelsson
  • Publication number: 20140316558
    Abstract: System and method for the addressing of mail pieces by a variable printing system. Information allowing a mail piece to be associated with a mailing list of address information is printed on the mail piece prior to processing of the piece by a variable printing system. As the piece is processed by the variable printing system, the information printed on the piece is read and used to identify a mailing list from among a plurality of available mailing lists. Address information for that mail piece is obtained from the identified mailing list and printed on the mail piece by the variable printing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: VISTAPRINT SCHWEIZ GMBH
    Inventors: Henri B. Weinberg, Jonathan D. Styles, Jeffrey G. Prus
  • Patent number: 8849445
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval system includes a casing having an interior storage area and a staging area, a plurality of containers positioned in the interior storage area, and a gantry assembly positioned within the casing. The gantry assembly is operable to move each of the plurality of containers between the interior storage area and the staging area. The staging area simultaneously receives and supports more than one container to allow access to the more than one container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: RxSafe, LLC
    Inventor: William K. Holmes
  • Patent number: 8815031
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel systems and methods for processing packages through a delivery network using a hub assist label. Generally described, the hub assist label includes indicia of a sequence of sorting locations that designates the flow of a package through a delivery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: John Olsen, David Bradley, Rhesa Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8805576
    Abstract: A system and method of operation for proactively grouping disparate mail items that are queued to be produced in a processing facility, wherein the system and method utilize a manufacturing completion schedule for virtually grouping the mail items before physical production occurs and the system and method maximizes profitability by discounting the mail items by applying appropriate discount mailing regulations for virtually grouping the mail items before physical production occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: DST Output West, LLC
    Inventors: Charles B. Clupper, Marc Fagan, Raymond H. Thill, III, William T. Kohrummel, John Arndt, Frank W. Delfer, Mury Lee Albert Salls, Charles E. Preston
  • Patent number: 8798788
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 8797605
    Abstract: A method of creating a structural document may include receiving, by a host computing device in a cloud system, content information pertaining to one or more contents of a structural document that may be configured to encase the contents, determining a shape of a structural document based at least in part on the received content information, determining a plurality of dimensions of the structural document based at least in part on the received content information, receiving content item information associated with one or more content items, and causing a graphical representation of the structural document to be displayed at the user computing device. The method may include receiving an indication that a user is finished creating the structural document, generating a print document including an encoded data mark, and providing the print document to one or more print-related devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Hannaway, William J. Nowak, Cynthia J. Ryan, Stephen C. Morgana, James Milo Sweet, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 8797604
    Abstract: A method of creating a structural document may include determining, by a host computing device in a cloud system, a shape of a structural document, determining, by the host computing device, a plurality of dimensions of the structural document, receiving information associated with one or more content items, and causing a graphical representation of the structural document to be displayed at a user computing device. A shape of the graphical representation may correspond to the determined shape, a plurality of dimensions of the graphical representation may correspond to the determined plurality of dimensions, and the graphical representation may include at least a portion of the received content items. The method may include receiving an indication that a user is finished creating the structural document, generating a print document including an encoded data mark, and providing the print document to one or more print-related devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Hannaway, William J. Nowak, Cynthia J. Ryan, Stephen C. Morgana, James Milo Sweet, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 8774962
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Publication number: 20140189018
    Abstract: Systems and methods for utilizing a digital mailbox to provide additional services with regard to physical mail are provided. A more efficient process for verification of address uses a corresponding digital mailbox to first identify potentially misdirected mailpieces before incurring the expense of a third party address record search. Additionally the system provides notifications related to physical mailpieces using a digital mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: PITNEY BOWES INC.
    Inventors: Yassir Nawaz, Frederick W. Ryan, JR., Femi Olumofin
  • Patent number: 8748768
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method and system for mail item processing. More particularly, the present application relates to a method and system alerting document processing operators when all mail items have reached a designated bin in order to improve accuracy and efficiency during document processing as well as improving the overall efficiency of the document processing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Bowers
  • Patent number: 8751412
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an information handling system having at least one hardware component, e.g. motherboard, bearing a unique identifier (component ID) in software-readable form. The method comprises generating a digital identifier (system trackcode) which defines the hardware and software configuration of the item, storing the system trackcode in association with the component ID in a manufacturing database such that the component ID can be used as a key to retrieve the associated system trackcode. During manufacture the component ID is read from the motherboard and used to retrieve the associated system trackcode from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Roy Meaney, Philip Brisky, Eric Hoxworth, Joseph Tallieu
  • Publication number: 20140156062
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronically-capturing a destination address of a package and for using the destination address to automate a package pre-load operation. An embodiment of the invention includes a compression system for compressing the destination address as a compressed MaxiCode symbol, a smart shipping label system for generating a shipping label with a compressed MaxiCode and a pre-load assist system for generating package handling instructions from the electronically-captured destination address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Juan R. Perez, Duane Anderson, David Potteiger, Michael Burgess
  • Patent number: 8719118
    Abstract: A method for managing drilling rods, drilling tools, well—tubing and the like for ground drilling, particularly for exploring deposits of fossil fuels or geothermal reservoirs. An electronic data processing system stores information regarding the inventory and the present storage location of parts to be inserted into the well, such as drilling rods, drilling pipes, lining tubing, intermediate parts, drill bits, and the like, with additional information being saved in the computing system regarding the installation position and/or installation sequence of all parts inserted into the well so that the computing system can indicate to a user when and from where which part shall be fed to the well hole—supply system and/or to what location which part shall be returned to for storage when it must be removed from the well, and/or the computing system controls an automatic storage, supply, and restorage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: KEURO Besitz GmbH & Co. EDV-Dienstleistungs KG
    Inventor: Christian Hacker
  • Patent number: 8694162
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for determining a path or route in which a robot may be guided to perform a task(s) and avoiding one or more obstacles or obstructions. The apparatus includes at least one memory and at least one processor configured to receive origin location information via a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag associated with a key in an instance in which the key is positioned in an origin location. The processor is also configured to receive target location information via the NFC tag associated with the key in an instance in which the key is positioned in a target location, at which a task is performed by a robot and may generate a route for the robot to traverse in order to complete the task based in part on the origin location information and the target location information. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: McKesson Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Jaynes
  • Patent number: 8688266
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronically-capturing a destination address of a package and for using the destination address to automate a package pre-load operation. An embodiment of the invention includes a compression system for compressing the destination address as a compressed MaxiCode symbol, a smart shipping label system for generating a shipping label with a compressed MaxiCode and a pre-load assist system for generating package handling instructions from the electronically-captured destination address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan R. Perez, Duane Anderson, David Potteiger, Michael Burgess
  • Patent number: 8682479
    Abstract: A system and method of operation for proactively grouping disparate mail items that are queued to be produced in a processing facility, wherein the system and method utilize a manufacturing completion schedule for virtually grouping the mail items before physical production occurs and the system and method maximizes profitability by discounting the mail items by applying appropriate discount mailing regulations for virtually grouping the mail items before physical production occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: DST Output West, LLC.
    Inventors: Charles B. Clupper, Marc Fagan, Raymond H. Thill, III, William T. Kohrummel, John Arndt, Frank W. Delfer, Mury Lee Albert Salls, Charles E. Preston
  • Patent number: 8682481
    Abstract: A media processing device, a control method for a media processing device, and a control program for the same can accurately detect the last one or specified number of media stored in the media stacker. Media stackers store media in a stack. Media processing units write data and/or print a label on the media. A media transportation mechanism has a transportation arm that can hold the media and move vertically, and transports the media between the media stackers and the media processing units by movement of the transportation arm. A control unit controls the media processing units and the media transportation mechanism 31. The control unit has a measurement unit that measures the height of media stacked in the media stacker when media is removed from the stacker by the media transportation mechanism, and a comparison unit that compares the measured media height with a reference value to detect the difference therebetween, and determines the remaining media count in the media stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Toshima, Yoshimitsu Sezai
  • Patent number: 8671453
    Abstract: A social networking system obtains parental authorization from a parent for a child to access a computing resource, where the parent and the child are users of the social networking system. The child user may request the authorization by identifying a purported parent user. The social networking system attempts to verify the validity of the purported parent user's account, the age of the user associated with the purported parent's account, and/or the existence of a parent-child relationship between users of the accounts associated with the purported parent and the child. The social networking system makes these determinations, at least in part, using social and transactional information associated with the purported parent user's account and the child user's account in the social networking system. Upon verification of these items, the social networking system may allow the purported parent to provide authorization responsive to the child's request to access the computing resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Moore Underwood, Joseph E. Sullivan, Ryan McGeehan
  • Patent number: 8660687
    Abstract: A medication bin is provided that includes a bin housing configured to carry medication and other medical supplies, an electronic display, such as a liquid crystal display or electronic paper, carried by the bin housing and a processor carried by the bin housing and configured to control the electronic display. The processor is configured to receive information relating to a destination of the medication or other medical supplies to be carried by the medication bin. The processor is also configured to direct the electronic display to present a representation of the destination. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: McKesson Automation Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Leng
  • Patent number: 8655014
    Abstract: A system and method for automated address directory updating. A method includes determining address information corresponding to a destination address for a parcel, the address information including a digitized address. The method includes determining if a previous address entry proposal, corresponding to the address information and having a counter, exists in a database. The method includes, if the previous address entry proposal does not exist, then storing the address information in a new address entry proposal and initializing a counter for the new address entry proposal. The method includes, if the previous address entry proposal does exist, then adjusting the counter for the previous address entry proposal. The method includes adding the address information to a first addressing database when the counter has reached a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley W. Sipe
  • Patent number: 8650132
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the distribution of single-product-type unlabeled packages are provided. For each distribution, the system coordinates the processes required for: (1) transporting unlabeled packages containing the product from a manufacturing location to a carrier hub; (2) printing and applying respective shipping labels to the unlabeled packages; and (3) sending the labeled packages to their various retail locations. By delegating the tasks of receiving, labeling, and shipping the packages containing the product to a single carrier, the systems and methods allow the carrier to receive the packages for continued processing without the presence of any identifying labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: James McClurg
  • Patent number: 8639384
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems and methods for receiving shipment parcels at materials handling facilities. A parcel receiving system has an imaging tunnel through which shipment parcels received at a materials handling facility are passed. While a shipment parcel is passing through the imaging tunnel, a camera captures at least one image of the parcel. The parcel image is electronically analyzed to discover various tracking information and to detect various types of exceptions, such as damage to the parcel or defective tracking information. In addition, the captured image is stored in order to create a visual record of the parcel at the time of reception. This record may be used in a variety of ways, such as resolving or tracking exceptions or providing feedback to the vendor or shipment carrier. In addition, the parcel image may be viewed by a user to enable the user to detect and/or resolve an exception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Young, Devesh Mishra, Timothy Jesse Tien, Jun Zhao, Sameer Vinod Shah, Zongyi Liu
  • Patent number: 8621646
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating a user receiving device to communicate with a partner service device includes a primary service provider. A user receiving device generates a request for a first encrypted token. The user receiving device communicates the request for the first encrypted token to an authentication web service of the primary service provider. The authentication web service generates the first encrypted token. The primary service provider communicates the first encrypted token to the user receiving device. The user receiving device communicates the first encrypted token to the partner service provider. The partner service provider communicates data to the user receiving device after receiving the first encrypted token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Kapil Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 8560115
    Abstract: The present application relates to a system and related method for processing a mailpiece through the steps associated with its manufacture and post processing. The present system and method allow for mailpiece item tracking data collection at each step in the mailpiece manufacturing and processing. The present system and method allow for the integration of mailpiece item data from a postage device by utilizing information based barcode data included as part of the postage evidence, together with the production and sorting processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Van Gorp, John Keirsbilck, Walter S. Conard
  • Patent number: 8532107
    Abstract: An egress device of a network tunnel is configured to receive fragmented packets over a tunnel interface when the network tunnel is defined using information that is not present in all of the fragmented packets. For example, an egress device includes an interface to receive packets associated with the network tunnel, at least some of the packets being fragmented packets that are fragments of tunnel encapsulated packets. Some of the fragmented packets include network layer information associated with a network layer header of an original unfragmented tunnel encapsulated packet and do not include transport layer information associated with a transport layer header of the original unfragmented tunnel encapsulated packet. A forwarding engine of the egress device uses a multi-stage chained lookup to determine whether packets conform to tunnel definitions for the network tunnel that define the network tunnel by specifying both network layer information and transport layer information required for the packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Kaushik Ghosh
  • Patent number: 8533852
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating a partner service provider and a primary service provider includes a network and, a partner service provider generating a request for a first encrypted token from a partner service provider and communicating the request to the network. An authentication web service receives the request for the first encrypted token from the network and generates the first encrypted token. The partner service provider generates a request for data with the first encrypted token and communicates the request for data to the network. A data web service receives the request for data and communicates the request for data from the data web service to the authentication web service. The authentication web service validates the request for data and communicates a validation result to the data web service. The data web service communicates data to the partner service provider from the data web service after validating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Kapil Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 8489227
    Abstract: Provided is a transport method comprising judging whether there is a possibility that misalignment greater than or equal to a threshold value occurs between substrates to be layered that are held by a pair of substrate holders aligned and stacked by an aligning section, the misalignment occurring when the pair of substrate holders is transported from the aligning section to a pressure applying section; and if the judgment indicates that there is the possibility of misalignment, transporting the pair of substrate holders to a region other than the pressure applying section. Whether there is the possibility of misalignment may be judged based on at least one of an acceleration of the substrate holders, an acceleration of a transporting section that transports the substrate holders, relative positions of the substrate holders, or relative positions of the transporting section and one of the pair of substrate holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Hidehiro Maeda, Kazuya Okamoto, Yasuaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8489231
    Abstract: Methods to solve the costly “loop mail” problem (FIG. 4, 464) in automated sorting and delivery of mail pieces are disclosed. Loop mail is detected, and marked as such (FIG. 7, 738), in an automated reject encoding machine (REM) (FIGS. 9-10). In one case, loop mail is detected where a new image of a returned mail piece is captured (702), a new destination address is read (720), and the new address does not match the bar code on the piece (732), suggesting that the previous address resolution was erroneous. The bar code is over-labeled (734) and replaced with the new postal code (736). The mail piece is marked with a loop mail indicator (738), and then returned for automated DBCS sortation (740). The loop mail indicator (810) indicates that the piece has already gone around the sorting and attempted delivery loop at least once, and is used to prevent recurrence (704, 710).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Brandt, Gregor Nitsche
  • Patent number: 8463427
    Abstract: An apparatus and method adapted to automatically load and unload biological material test tubes into and from a capsule suitable for handling in a pneumatic mail system, the test tubes being supported by a test tube container which may be removably accommodated in the capsule, wherein the apparatus includes a loading and unloading interface, a receiving/dispatching station for conveying capsules to/from various biological material collection departments and a receiving/dispatching station for conveying capsules to/from biological material testing departments, and devices adapted to handle arriving test tube containers and test tubes to be dispatched to a bench, including a loading area and an unloading area for test tubes and test tube containers, arriving material identifying and checking devices and orienting devices for test tube containers, including a control unit adapted to coordinate the devices during the loading and unloading operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Inpeco Holding Ltd.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 8457782
    Abstract: The present application relates to the ability to track mail items through a postal authority network with reference to a specific mail target. More particularly, the present application relates to a system and method for enabling tracking of event data by a mail owner of one or more mail items specifically by mail target through a mail delivery network's mail stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Ksiazek
  • Patent number: 8448256
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a programmable logic device includes a plurality of logic blocks, memory and a logic unit. The logic blocks are grouped into one or more partitions. The memory stores authentication and partition information uploaded to the programmable logic device prior to partition programming. The logic unit authenticates programming access to the one or more partitions based on the authentication information and controls programming of the one or more partitions based on the partition information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Joerg Borchert, Jurijus Cizas, Shrinath Eswarahally, Mark Stafford, Rajagopalan Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 8437874
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing plant material samples and a transfer station designed for use in such systems and methods. In one embodiment, the system includes a controller, a plant-material sampling device, and a transfer station. The plant-material sampling device is configured to communicate with the controller and to read an identifier of a plant. The sampling device also has a removable magazine, and is designed to take at least one plant sample from multiple plants, place such samples in the magazine, and track the identity of the plant from which each sample is taken. The transfer station is configured to hold, at multiple positions, multiple magazines and multiple trays such that the positions of the magazines are mirrored by the positions of the trays, read an identifier of each magazine, read an identifier of each tray, map storage locations for each one of the magazines to storage locations of one of the trays, and sequentially unload plant samples from the magazines to the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventors: William Michael Lafferty, Scott Wayne Beaver, Charles Wilson Tweedy, Elizabeth Ann George, Walter James Frandsen, Jr., Anthony David Barghini, Daniel Steven Kline, Shane Scott Swamer
  • Patent number: 8433093
    Abstract: A system and method for automated address directory updating. A method includes receiving a parcel having a destination address and determining address information from the destination address. The address information includes a digitized address and an address image. The method includes determining if a previous address entry proposal exists in a database, and if not, then storing the address information in a new address entry proposal and initializing a counter. If so, then incrementing the counter for the previous address entry proposal. The method includes, when the counter has reached a threshold, adding the address information and an address image to the first addressing database, updating a wide-area address management system to include the address information, and propagating the address information to a plurality of local addressing databases. Only one address image corresponding to a destination database is stored as an address entry proposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley W. Sipe
  • Patent number: 8433438
    Abstract: The present application relates to a system and related method for processing a mailpiece through the steps associated with its manufacture and post processing. The present system and method allow for mailpiece item tracking data collection at each step in the mailpiece manufacturing and processing. The present system and method allow for the integration of mailpiece item data from a postage device by utilizing information based barcode data included as part of the postage evidence, together with the production and sorting processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Van Gorp, John Keirsbilck, Walter S. Conard
  • Patent number: 8393075
    Abstract: A display change device is formed by connecting and thereby integrating an installation/removal device and a card display change device together. The card installation/removal device is configured to have at a back side thereof a pressure reception wall, at a further back side of which a position adjustment mechanism part is provided. The position adjustment mechanism part is configured to include a seat member, a moving part, and a drive part. The position adjustment mechanism part is configured to strike and move the card installation/removal device by an eccentric cam. The position adjustment mechanism part moves the eccentric cam far from the pressure reception wall under the condition that a reaction force Fr received by the eccentric cam becomes larger than a force Fa for pulling the moving part toward the pressure reception wall side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Tatsuaki Kunimoto, Nobuyuki Fujishima
  • Patent number: 8392135
    Abstract: A method for analyzing performance of a sorting system is provided. The method includes recording downtime experienced by the sorting system, recording runtime experienced by the sorting system, and recording an optimal characterization of a product stream to be sorted by the sorting system. The optimal characterization includes at least an optimal weight of a first commodity of the product stream. An actual characterization of the product stream as sorted by the sorting system is recorded. The actual characterization includes at least an actual weight of the first commodity sorted from the product stream. The method further includes determining the performance of the sorting system based on at least two of the downtime, the runtime, the optimal characterization, and the actual characterization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. McClain, James J. Schuster, Ricky G. Byers, Gerald L. Adams
  • Patent number: 8365296
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus and method configured to access multiple external storage medium. The apparatus and method detect theft or loss (or otherwise unauthorized use) of the information processing apparatus with respect to data stored in multiple storage areas, back up the data to the storage medium, and record, in association with each of the storage medium, an easiness degree indicating how easily a user accesses the storage medium. The apparatus and method calculate erasure priority rankings of the data stored in a manner that an erasure priority ranking is higher as an easiness degree is higher, record the calculated erasure priority rankings in association with each of the multiple storage areas, and erases the data stored in the multiple storage areas in accordance with the erasure priority rankings when detecting theft or loss of the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kouichi Yasaki, Kazuaki Nimura, Yousuke Nakamura, Fumio Honda
  • Patent number: 8359120
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for preparing mail pieces. By determining the number of postal items of a mail set that is fed or to be fed to a gathering station, the further processing can be based thereon, and if the number of postal items exceeds a predetermined maximum, the mail set is split by transporting the already gathered postal items from the gathering station to the inserting station, where the postal items are inserted in an envelope and an envelope printer can print an association marking on the envelope of the formed mail piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Klaas Drenth
  • Patent number: 8350677
    Abstract: A system includes an ordering module, an asset tagging module, a database, and a manufacturer server. The ordering module is configured to receive an order for a component from a web browser. The asset tagging module is configured to receive information for an asset tag from the web browser, and to receive a selection of a location on the component to place the asset tag. The database is configured to store the order for the component, the information for the asset tag, and the location of the asset tag on the component. The manufacturer server is configured to retrieve the order for the component, the information for the asset tag, and the location of the asset tag on the component, and to direct printing of the information on the asset tag and placement of the asset tag at the location on the component prior to placing the component in packaging for the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: John Mullin, David J. Trotter, John Herrick, Reza Koohrangpour, Stuart Ross Hobbie
  • Patent number: 8346675
    Abstract: A method, AND apparatus are described to accurately measure the delivery performance of a postal service using without external agents in the measurement process. The invention describes a system that measures the postal logistic automatically, and continuously. The basis for measurement are tag mail pieces that circulate continuously through the postal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Boerkei, Michael D. Carpenter, Dale E. Redford, Floyd W. Worth, II
  • Patent number: 8327457
    Abstract: A system is provided for managing asset access. The system includes a processor, a user manager interface, an asset manager interface, and an access tool. The access tool, when executed by the processor, compiles a user list of user access to restricted assets, provides the user list to the user manager interface, and receives a modified user list of user access to the restricted assets from the user manager interface. The access tool also compiles an asset list of user access to the restricted assets, provides the asset list to the asset manager interface, and receives a modified asset list of user access to the restricted assets from the asset manager interface. Additionally, the access tool modifies the user access to at least one of the restricted assets based on at least one of the modified user list and the modified asset list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Rachael L. Ferrara, Paul L. Gustafson, Christina L. McCormick, Star Moran
  • Patent number: 8311668
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and an article of manufacture for automatically configuring a feeder system of a mail sorting system are shown and described. The feeder system is configured in accordance with a customer's mailing parameters. This improves the performance of the mail sorting system. In various examples, customer information associated with a processing job is received. A feeder profile is also received. The feeder system is automatically configured according to parameters of one or more of the customer information and feeder profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Lee, Brian Bowers
  • Patent number: 8265788
    Abstract: An automated mail sorting system including a display for displaying the image of an item of mail belonging to a carrier route, and input device for associating the image with any of a plurality of stations in a walking sequence of the carrier route, and a sorter having a reader for identifying the item of mail, to sorter for placing the item of mail in a location corresponding to the station in the walking sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ehud D. Karnin, Eugene Walach
  • Patent number: 8260455
    Abstract: An address label rework station according to the invention includes a conveyor which can simultaneously transport a series of spaced parcels along a conveyor path in a substantially horizontal stream. The station includes a camera, A work space, a microphone is usable by an operator in the work space, a targeting device directing a human operator in the work space. Station also includes a sensor system, a labeler and a printer to print shipping information. The station also includes a computer configured to receive and recognize image and voice data, generate a label with a recognized shipping address, and control the conveyer to apply a new label to the parcel by the labeler at the position selected using the targeting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Redford, Michael D. Carpenter, James M. Pippin
  • Patent number: 8249744
    Abstract: A method is provided for routing mail items in a mail sorting system that includes means for capturing address information from a mail item in the form of an address block and an analysis engine comprising a plurality of analysis modules. The method comprises: receiving the address block at the analysis engine and making available to each of a set of the analysis modules at least a portion of the address block; at each analysis module, decomposing the available portions of the address block into one or more data objects, each including a representation component representing at least part of the portion and a data type identifier; storing the data objects with an indication of the mail item to which the objects relate; and subsequent to identifying a delivery endpoint for the mail item, adding at least one of the stored data objects to a data set associated with that delivery endpoint whereby future mail items may be routed to that delivery endpoint in dependence on those data objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin UK Limited
    Inventor: Mark R Doutre