Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Publication number: 20190157541
    Abstract: An actuator device includes: an actuator including a first contact; and a wire member including a second contact connected to the first contact with a conductive adhesive including a conductive particle. One of the first contact and the second contact is a particular contact. The other of the first contact and the second contact is a specific contact. At least two protrusions and at least one recess are formed on and in the particular contact. The at least two protrusions are arranged in a first direction. The at least one recess is interposed between the at least two protrusions. The particular contact is joined to the specific contact with the conductive adhesive provided in the at least one recess, in a state in which each of the at least two protrusions is in contact with the specific contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru KAKIUCHI
  • Publication number: 20190152228
    Abstract: The liquid cartridge includes: a front surface facing in an insertion direction intersecting a gravitational direction; a rear surface spaced apart from the front surface in the insertion direction; an upper surface facing upward; a liquid supply portion disposed at the front surface; an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface; and a movable member including a detection portion. The movable member is movable between a first position and a second position. The movable member at the second position is positioned upstream in the insertion direction relative to the electrical interface. The movable member at the first position has a portion whose widthwise position is coincident with the electrical interface in a widthwise direction orthogonal to the insertion direction and the gravitational direction. The portion of the movable member at the first position is located downstream in the insertion direction or upward relative to the electrical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki TAKAHASHI, Kosuke NUKUI, Tetsuro KOBAYASHI, Akihito ONO, Takahiro MIYAO
  • Publication number: 20190152227
    Abstract: An inkjet printer further includes a printer main body, and an ink-accommodation unit including a first member and a second member. The first member is configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to the printer main body. The first member includes an injection portion for injection of ink. The second member is pivotably movably connected to the first member. The second member is pivotable relative to the first member between a closed position and an open position. When the second member is at the closed position, the injection portion is covered by the second member. When the second member is at the open position, the injection portion is exposed. Here, an axis of the pivot is parallel to a front-rear direction of the first member, and is positioned at a side of the first member, the side being closer to the printer main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinari ISHIBE
  • Patent number: 10293605
    Abstract: A liquid discharging device, including a liquid discharging head, a carriage, a carriage movement mechanism, a sheet conveyer, and a controller, is provided. The controller conducts a printing process, in which a path-printing operation and a conveying operation are repeated alternately for a plurality of times. The controller calculates discharging timing for the liquid discharging head to discharge the liquid in a path-printing operation, for an upstream area located on an upstream side of a predetermined reference position with regard to a carriage-movable direction, by delaying the discharging timing from a predetermined reference timing; and for a downstream area located on a downstream side of the predetermined reference position, by advancing the discharging timing from the predetermined reference timing to be earlier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10293611
    Abstract: A power transmitter is configured to transmit power from a drive source to a driven member. The power transmitter includes: a cam connected to the drive source and having a cam surface; a cam follower connected to the driven member and including a sliding portion slidable on the cam surface; and a cover configured to cover the cam surface. The cover is configured to move together with the cam follower when the sliding portion of the cam follower slides on the cam surface of the cam driven by the drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mikio Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10293612
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer including a conveyor, a carriage, a recording head, a power supply, an ink receiver, a command receiver, and a controller, is provided. The controller executes the steps of: determining a discharge ink amount that should be discharged to the ink receiver; raising a drive voltage to a first voltage when the discharge ink amount is less than a first threshold value, and raising the drive voltage to a second voltage when the discharge ink amount is the first threshold value or more; performing a flushing process; based on the flushing process after having raised the drive voltage to the second voltage having finished in the case of having raised the drive voltage to the second voltage, stepping down the drive voltage from the second voltage to the first voltage; and based on the flushing process having finished and on the drive voltage being the first voltage, performing a printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Arakane
  • Patent number: 10298686
    Abstract: There is provided an intermediate server for uploading data from a communication apparatus to a data storage server. While a current target file group including a current document file and some of plural image files to be uploaded is stored in the data storage server, the intermediate server receives an upload command for instructing an upload of a first image file to the data storage server, the current document file including text data for respectively specifying the image files stored in the data storage server. When the upload command is received, the intermediate server uploads the first image file, thereby changing the current target file group into a changed target file group which includes: a changed document file; and the first image file, the changed document file being acquired by adding first text data for specifying the first image file to the current document file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10293614
    Abstract: A printing fluid cartridge includes a front face oriented toward a first direction, a printing fluid supply portion positioned at the front face, a rear face positioned opposite the front face and oriented toward a second direction opposite the first direction, at least one electrical interface positioned between the front face and the rear face, and an engagement surface facing in the second direction. The at least one electrical interface is offset from the printing supply portion with respect to a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction. The at least one electrical interface is positioned closer to the front face than the engagement surface is, and the at least one electrical interface and the engagement surface intersect a plane which is parallel with the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kanbe, Hirotake Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10296572
    Abstract: An editing apparatus includes a processor and a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the editing apparatus to perform processes that include causing a mark and at least one portion of a character string to be displayed, causing a selection image to be displayed in a state in which the at least one portion of the character string and the mark are displayed, performing, in a case where the selection image is displayed, a determination whether the mark ceases to be displayed in an outer side of one of a left edge and a right edge of the selection image, and moving the at least one portion of the character string and the mark to a position where the mark is displayed in the outer side, in response to determining that the mark ceases to be displayed in the outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minako Ishida, Shinya Goto, Yasunori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10293615
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus includes: a tank including a liquid storage chamber, a first wall configured such that liquid stored in the liquid storage chamber visually recognizable from outside, and a second wall having a supply opening; a cover configured to cover at least the first wall and including a third wall having a light transmitting portion via which a particular portion of the first wall is visually recognizable from outside; a film bonded to the tank and partly protruding toward the cover from a portion of the first wall different from the particular portion; and a positioner configured to position the tank with respect to the cover. The film extends in a direction containing a component in an up and down direction. A length of the portion of the film which protrudes from the first wall is greater than the particular length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masako Kawagoe, Taichi Shirono, Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10298798
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, including a display, a memory, and a controller, to provide a plurality of functions is provided. The controller controls the display to display one of a first screen, through which one of the plurality of functions is selectable; a second screen, through which one of a plurality of options for the selected function is selectable; and a third screen, through which selection of the one of the plurality of options is indicated. When the controller reads shortcut information that indicates a first option for a selected one of the functions, and when the first option is permitted to the user, the third screen is displayed. When the first option is not permitted to the user, and if there is a second option permitted to the user, the second screen is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshi Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10293618
    Abstract: In a state where a supply portion of a cartridge is connected to a connecting portion of a cartridge attachment section, a first base part and a first protruding part of the cartridge and a second base part and a second protruding part of the cartridge attachment section have the following positional relationship: as viewed in the horizontal direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and second protruding part, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and as viewed in the vertical direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part, and the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Akinari Ishibe, Yuma Tanabe, Masahiro Hayashi, Masatake Sato, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10297743
    Abstract: An actuator device includes: an actuator including piezoelectric elements arranged in a first direction and first contacts arranged in the first direction; a protector including a first wall opposed to the piezoelectric elements and a second wall coupled to the first wall and joined to a region of the actuator at which the first contacts are disposed; first connection terminals disposed on the first; and first through electrodes formed in the second wall to bring the first contacts and the first connection terminals into conduction with each other. A distance between two of the first through electrodes which respectively correspond to two of the piezoelectric elements which are adjacent to each other in the first direction is greater than a distance in the first direction between the two of the piezoelectric elements which are adjacent to each other in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Kakiuchi, Yasuo Kato, Rui Wang, Yuichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10298799
    Abstract: A printing system includes a printer and an information processing device that includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions, the instructions being configured to, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to, when condition information does not include trigger information, determine to instruct the printer to start a pre-printing operation, when the condition information includes the trigger information, determine not to instruct the printer to start a pre-printing operation, in response to determining to instruct the printer to start the pre-printing operation, transmit the preparation instruction information to the printer, in response to determining to instruct the printer to start the pre-printing operation and performing the preparation instruction process, generate print data based on specified contents data, and transmit the print instruction information to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazutaka Yamada
  • Patent number: 10298805
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a computer of a portable device, the computer program, when executed by the computer, causes the portable device to perform operations including: receiving a user operation of designating operation specifying information; instructing an image processing apparatus to execute the image processing operation of a content specified by the operation specifying information; storing history information indicative of an execution history of the receiving and the instructing; extracting, from among a plurality of program identification information, program identification information associated with the extraction condition information coinciding with the stored history information; and displaying the extracted program identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Publication number: 20190145035
    Abstract: A needle mounting device mounts a punch needle for needle punching on a needle bar of a sewing machine. The needle mounting device includes an insertion portion, an engaging mechanism, and an affixing portion. The insertion portion has a bar shape and is configured to be inserted into a mounting portion provided in the needle bar for mounting a sewing needle. The engaging mechanism is able to engage with the needle bar at a different position from the insertion portion in an extension direction of the insertion portion. The affixing portion is configured to affix the punch needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki TAKAHASHI, Masaki YOSHIDA, Nobuhiko FUNATO
  • Publication number: 20190143706
    Abstract: An image-recording apparatus includes a cartridge including a first storage chamber, a tank including a second storage chamber, a recording portion, a detected portion, a detector, and a wall portion. Liquid supplied from the first storage chamber to the second storage chamber through an inlet port is supplied from the second storage chamber to the recording portion through an outlet port. The wall portion partitions an internal space of the second storage chamber into a first region including the liquid inlet port and a second region including the detected portion. The wall portion extends upward than the liquid inlet port and the detected portion and downward than the liquid inlet port and the detected portion. Communication between the first region and the second region is allowed through upper and lower communication portions. The upper communication portion is positioned upward than the liquid inlet port and the detected portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro HAYASHI, Yuma TANABE, Akinari ISHIBE, Masatake SATO, Akihito KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190146405
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a drawer having an exposure head. The drawer can include first and second guides to receive a drum cartridge and a developer cartridge, respectively. The first guide extends from a first side of the drawer into the drawer and toward the exposure head from a first side of the exposure head, and the second guide extends from the first side of the drawer into the drawer and toward the exposure head from a second side of the exposure head opposite the first side. In some instances, the drum cartridge is positioned at least partially below the developer cartridge but is removable from the drawer without removing the developer cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao ITABASHI, Masamitsu UKAI, Masato MAKINO
  • Patent number: 10286669
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes a cartridge body including: a liquid storage chamber, a liquid supply portion providing a liquid supply hole supplying the liquid in the liquid storage chamber to an outside, an air communication passage communicating liquid storage chamber with an atmosphere, a front wall, a rear wall spaced apart from the front wall, a lower wall connecting a lower end of the front wall and a lower end of the rear wall, and an upper wall extending between the front wall and the rear wall. The air communication passage includes an air communication pipe having one open end positioned downward relative to a highest liquid level and upward relative to an up-down center portion of the liquid storage chamber. The highest liquid level is defined in a state where a maximum permissible amount of liquid is stored in the liquid storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10289368
    Abstract: An information processing device may be configured to communicate with a communication destination device selected as a communication target among a plurality of devices. The information processing device may store, in a storage unit, communication destination device identifying information for identifying a device that was selected as the communication destination device and first network identifying information for identifying a network to which the communication destination device belongs. The information processing device may receive second network identifying information for identifying a network to which the information processing device is to connect. The information processing device may display a first image in a case that the received second network identifying information does not match the first network identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai