Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Milton S. Sales
  • Patent number: 6966110
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a liquid emission device includes a chamber having a nozzle orifice. Separately addressable dual electrodes are positioned on opposite sides of a central electrode. The three electrodes are aligned with the nozzle orifice. A rigid electrically insulating coupler connects the two addressable electrodes. To eject a drop, an electrostatic charge is applied to the addressable electrode nearest to the nozzle orifice, which pulls that electrode away from the orifice, drawing liquid into the expanding chamber. The other addressable electrode moves in conjunction, storing potential energy in the system. Subsequently the addressable electrode nearest to the nozzle is de-energized and the other addressable electrode is energized, causing the other electrode to be pulled toward the central electrode in conjunction with the release of the stored elastic potential energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael J. DeBar, Gilbert A. Hawkins, James M. Chwalek
  • Patent number: 6952286
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing photofinishing services for images having a main subject and background, comprising the steps of producing a digital image of a customer's photographic image; producing a main subject belief map from the digital image; employing the main subject belief map to produce a modified digital image; producing a print of the digital image; producing a print of the modified digital image; and delivering both prints to the customer. The step of employing the main subject belief map to produce a modified digital image includes zoom and crop steps that maintain a main subject within a resulting cropped image. The step of employing the main subject belief map to produce a modified digital image may include a subject emphasizing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jiebo Luo, Robert T. Gray
  • Patent number: 6938310
    Abstract: An inkjet print head comprises a mandrel having flat front and rear surfaces disposed between an initially curved rear membrane and an initially flat front membrane. The rear membrane is initially hemispherically curved, in close contact at its periphery with the rear surface of the mandrel but substantially removed from the mandrel in its central region. Because the membranes are mechanically coupled, the initially curved rear membrane causes the initially flat front membrane to bow away from the front surface of the mandrel. Ink contacts only one membrane, preferably the front membrane, which is typically held at a ground potential. By applying a voltage sequence to the membranes and mandrel, the position of the actuator may be controlled in a “push-pull” manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gilbert A. Hawkins, Michael J. DeBar
  • Patent number: 6939577
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of making a material comprising the steps of: coating a support with a solution comprising a polymer, a blowing agent and a surfactant. Either prior to or after the step of coating the support, the solution is interacted with to cause the blowing agent to generate bubbles within the solution causing foaming of the polymer. The surfactant is selected in dependence on whether or not it satisfies one or more predetermined criteria, to control the size of the bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Julie Baker, Alan R. Pitt
  • Patent number: 6940541
    Abstract: A system wherein already-existing computing and memory resources in an electronic camera are used to process an image for printing. Rather than duplicating, in printers, computing and memory resources that are already in digital cameras, significant computing and memory resources need exist only in the camera. A digital camera can support many different printers, each with its own set of parameters such as for example print size, pixel size, colorimetry, sensitometry, and artifacts compensation. Printer parameters are uploaded from the printer to the camera to provide a basis for image processing specific to the associated printer; whereby compensation may be done for variations in the printer characteristics which may occur as a result of printer manufacturing variations, and further so that compensation may be done for different media types which may be installed in the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey Alan Small
  • Patent number: 6923529
    Abstract: An ink jet printer having an array of nozzles from which ink droplets of adjustable volume are emitted further includes a mechanism adapted to individually adjust the volume of the emitted ink droplets. The mechanism has a first state wherein the emitted droplets of selected nozzles are of a predetermined small volume and a second state wherein the emitted droplets of selected nozzles are of a predetermined large volume. A controller selectively switches the mechanism between its first and its second states such that ink droplets of the predetermined large volume are not simultaneously emitted from adjacent ones of the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James M. Chwalek, David L. Jeanmaire
  • Patent number: 6908178
    Abstract: A print head provides for multi-level printing with colorants of different densities without print head replication. A continuous ink jet printer includes a plurality of ink sources; a print head connected to multiple ink sources; and apparatus adapted to selectively transfer ink from each of the connected sources to the print head or to block such transfer. The nozzles selectively create a streams of ink droplets having a plurality of volumes. The apparatus also includes a droplet deflector having a gas source to interact with the stream of ink droplets, thereby separating ink droplets into printing and non-printing paths. The apparatus includes a print heads which can be switched between “light” and “dark” ink sources. This allows multi-level printing, thus achieving higher print quality at the same resolution without incurring the costs associated with additional dedicated print heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: David L. Jeanmaire
  • Patent number: 6908179
    Abstract: An inkjet printer having an expandable ink container biased to expand and configured to receive refill ink and an ink reservoir to provide refill ink to the expandable ink container. The printer also has an electronic volume detector to detect a refill value and a full value of the volume of the expandable ink container. The flow of refill ink begins when the volume of the expandable ink container decreases to the refill value and ceases when the volume of the expandable ink container increases to the full value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Yichuan Pan, Richard A. Murray
  • Patent number: 6877846
    Abstract: A replaceable ink supply tank that can be mounted to a pen body of a printhead system for use with an ink jet printer. The ink supply tank provides the necessary back pressure for successful operation of the printhead and includes a siphon break in the conduit that supplies ink from the supply tank to the pen body. A conduit connects the ink supply tank to the pen body. The conduit contains a raised portion that is at a level higher than the ink level in the supply tank. The conduit contains a siphon break chamber between the raised portion and the pen body. The conduit further contains an accumulator in the raised portion of the supply tank. The accumulator maintains back pressure in the preferred range to discourage drooling from the nozzle plate during ambient temperature swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Fellingham, Yichuan Pan, Mark M. Broschart, Dennis J. Astroth
  • Patent number: 6874867
    Abstract: A drop emission device includes a chamber having a nozzle orifice through which a drop of liquid can be emitted. A deformable electrode is associated with the chamber such that movement of the electrode in a first direction increases the chamber's volume and movement of the electrode in a second direction decreases the chamber's volume to emit a drop through the nozzle orifice. A fixed electrode opposes to the deformable electrode to define a second chamber there between such that control of relative voltage differences between the deformable and the fixed electrodes selectively moves the deformable electrode in the first or second directions. The variable volume is vented to a source of dielectric material through an opening in the fixed electrode. The ratio of the cross-sectional area of the opening to the perimeter of the opening is greater than 0.5 ?m, and is preferably about 5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael J. DeBar, Edward P. Furlani, Constantine N. Anagnostopoulos, Christopher N. Delametter
  • Patent number: 6873433
    Abstract: Reproduction apparatus calibration is effected by rendering not only neutral density target patches but also a sampling of intentional off-neutral patches produced by selecting sets of red, green, and blue (and sometimes black) input code values for those patches which deviate from sets of values that would produce neutral densities. Then, by analyzing how the measured densities of all the patches change with changes in code values, the optimum set or sets of the three (or four) input code values, that when used together produce a desired set of aim neutral density patches in a single iteration, are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: David J. Statt
  • Patent number: 6866357
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for controlling print nozzles of a full-line printing head in an inkjet printer for printing digital photographic images, in which, in order to prevent any image printing extending beyond the edge of a recording medium, the edge position of the recording medium that is moved relative to the printing head is sensed by way of a CCD line sensor, and ink droplets are discharged toward a recording medium, by way of the printing nozzles, in order to produce image pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Kurt Stehle
  • Patent number: 6863393
    Abstract: An ink drying apparatus for an ink jet printer includes an internal heating apparatus. The heating apparatus comprises gas flow restrictors for air that enters the heating apparatus. The gas flow restrictors may be formed as dual horizontal slots which are sized to maintain a higher air pressure in the heating apparatus as compared to the air pressure in a region within the ink drying apparatus that is outside of the heating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert S. Patterson, Jason S. Dewey, Shawn J. Mercy
  • Patent number: 6830701
    Abstract: An actuator is made by depositing an electrode layer on an initial layer. A patterned layer of sacrificial material is formed on the first electrode layer such that a region of the first electrode layer is exposed through the subsequent layer. A second electrode layer is deposited and patterned on the subsequent layer. Then, a third patterned layer of sacrificial material is formed on the second electrode layer with an opening there through to the exposed region of the first electrode layer. A structure is deposited, patterned and planarized on the third layer expose a surface of the third layer. A third electrode layer is deposited and patterned on the planarized structure and the exposed surface of the third layer. The sacrificial material is partially removed, whereby the first electrode layer, the structure, and the third electrode layer are free to move together relative to the second electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael J. DeBar, Christopher N. Delametter, Edward P. Furlani
  • Patent number: 6827429
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing an image is provided. In this apparatus, each nozzle is operable to selectively create a stream of ink droplets having a plurality of velocities. The apparatus also includes a droplet deflector having a gas source. The gas source is positioned at an angle with respect to the stream of ink droplets and is operable to interact with the stream of ink droplets thereby separating ink droplets into printing and non-printing paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David L. Jeanmaire, David P. Trauernicht, James M. Chwalek
  • Patent number: 6819451
    Abstract: Reproduction apparatus is periodically calibrated using only one member of a group of receivers. A correction is applied for other members of the group based on their relative differences from the one member. The one member to be calibrated periodically is designated the “key” member. Whenever a new member of the group comes into the lab, it, along with the key member are calibrated. The ratios of the density outputs over the full exposure range are calculated and saved for the new member. Then, at each reproduction apparatus calibration, the density outputs for the key member are determined and the ratios of density outputs are applied to predict the corresponding density outputs of the other group members, as if they were being calibrated at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: David J. Statt
  • Patent number: 6802588
    Abstract: Both a cleaning fluid jet apparatus and method for cleaning an array of inkjet nozzles in a printhead is provided. The fluid jet apparatus includes a cleaning head having an array of cleaning nozzles registrable with the array of inkjet nozzles in the printhead, and a mounting assembly that mounts the cleaning head in opposition to the printhead with the cleaning nozzles in substantial alignment with the inkjet nozzles. A supply of pressurized cleaning fluid is connected to the cleaning nozzles such that the cleaning nozzles discharge a stream of high velocity cleaning droplets that impinges the inkjet nozzles. Both a droplet sizing mechanism and a droplet speed controller are provided so that the size, frequency, and velocity of the cleaning droplets may be selected for maximum cleaning efficiency. The apparatus also includes a mechanism for changing a location of cleaning droplet impingement so that both the inkjet nozzles and the areas immediately surrounding the nozzles may be effectively cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gregory J. Garbacz, Gilbert A. Hawkins, Michael Long, John Sechrist
  • Patent number: 6793328
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing an image is provided. In this apparatus, each nozzle is operable to selectively create a stream of ink droplets having a plurality of volumes. The apparatus also includes a droplet deflector having a gas source. The gas source is positioned at an angle with respect to the stream of ink droplets and is operable to interact with the stream of ink droplets thereby separating ink droplets into printing and non-printing paths. Additionally, the apparatus includes a means for improving drop placement on the receiver media by making small adjustments to the volumes of the printing droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: David L. Jeanmaire
  • Patent number: 6770211
    Abstract: A liquid emission device includes a chamber having a nozzle orifice. Separately addressable dual electrodes are positioned on opposite sides of a central electrode. The three electrodes are aligned with the nozzle orifice. A rigid electrically insulating coupler connects the two addressable electrodes. To eject a drop, an electrostatic charge is applied to the addressable electrode nearest to the nozzle orifice, which pulls that electrode away from the orifice, drawing liquid into the expanding chamber. The other addressable electrode moves in conjunction, storing potential energy in the system. Subsequently the addressable electrode nearest to the nozzle is de-energized and the other addressable electrode is energized, causing the other electrode to be pulled toward the central electrode in conjunction with the release of the stored elastic potential energy. This action pressurizes the liquid in the chamber behind the nozzle orifice, causing a drop to be ejected from the nozzle orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael J. DeBar, Gilbert A. Hawkins, James M. Chwalek
  • Patent number: 6749350
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera including a writer adapted to couple information to a film in use in the camera, the information relating to an ISO rating setting for a particular image captured by the camera. The invention also relates to photographic processing system, comprising reading means to identify from magnetic information stored on a film to be processed the ISO rating setting at which images on the film were captured and a developer stage to receive the film to be developed. The photographic processing system also includes a control unit to select a development time for the film in dependence on the identified ISO rating setting. The invention enables optimisation of image quality to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Henry H. Adam