Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Publication number: 20240192622
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a main body casing, a drum cartridge and a developing cartridge. The main body casing has an opening and a slot extending in from the opening toward an inside of the main body casing along a first direction. The drum cartridge and the developing cartridge are arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction in a state where the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge are attached to the slot. The main body casing includes a drum guide groove configured to guide movement of the drum cartridge. The drum cartridge includes a drum protrusion configured to be engaged with the drum guide groove. A width of the drum guide groove in the second direction is decreased toward the inside of the main body casing from the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2024
    Publication date: June 13, 2024
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideshi NISHIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20240192635
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided, including a housing; a drum cartridge; a developing cartridge; a drawer movable between an inner position and an outer position; and a lock member provided on the drawer and movable between a lock position at which the lock member locks the drum cartridge to the drawer, and a release position at which a lock between the drum cartridge and the drawer is released. The lock member includes an operation portion for moving the lock member between the lock position and the release position. The developing cartridge includes a cover member that covers at least a portion of the operation portion in a state in which the drum cartridge is mounted to the drawer, and the developing cartridge is mounted to the drum cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2024
    Publication date: June 13, 2024
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo SATO
  • Publication number: 20240192636
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a housing; a drum cartridge as a first cartridge including a photosensitive drum; a second cartridge accommodating toner; and a drawer movable between an inside position where the drawer in its entirety is positioned inside the housing and an outside position where at least a part of the drawer is positioned outside the housing. The drum cartridge is attachable to and detachable from the drawer. The drawer includes: a side plate configured to receive the photosensitive drum; and a locking member supported by the side plate. The locking member is movable relative to the side plate between a locking position where the locking member locks the photosensitive drum to the side plate and an unlocking position where the locking member unlocks the photosensitive drum from the side plate in an attached state of the drum cartridge to the drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2024
    Publication date: June 13, 2024
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo SATO, Yasuo FUKAMACHI
  • Patent number: 12010284
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with a storage, a controller, an image forming part, a first interface configured to receive an image forming job, and a second interface to which a portable storage device is connectable. When the particular storing function is enabled, image data is stored in the portable storage in response to receipt of the print job, and an image is formed in accordance with the image data stored in the portable storage. When the particular storing function is disabled, the image data related to the print job is stored in the storage of the image forming apparatus in response to receipt of the print job, and an image is formed in accordance with the image data stored in the storage of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sho Ogura
  • Patent number: 12008279
    Abstract: A printer includes: a print executing unit configured to execute printing on a sheet paper; a process executing unit configured to execute a predetermined process related to cutting of the sheet paper; and a controller. The controller is configured to, in a case where a first sheet paper having a first size is contained, send capability information to a terminal device, wherein the capability information includes specific size information indicating a sheet paper having a specific size. The specific size information includes a specific character string. The controller is configured to receive selection information indicating that the specific size was selected from the terminal device in response to a user selecting the specific character string. The controller is configured to, in a case where the selection information is received from the terminal device, cause the process executing unit to execute the predetermined process on the first sheet paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Haruka Azechi, Yushi Deura, Shunsuke Minamikawa, Takatsugu Yamada, Wataru Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 12008273
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing having a front section and a rear section opposite to the front section in a front-rear direction, a print engine, a user interface disposed at the front section, a controller and a memory interface having a plurality of ports including a first port disposed at the front section and a second port disposed at the rear section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshikazu Hori
  • Patent number: 12007707
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a developing roller is configured to rotate around a first rotational axis extending in a predetermined direction and to carry developer thereon, the developing roller having a first end and a second end apart from each other in the predetermined direction, a from-first-to-second direction being defined along the predetermined direction as being directed from the first end to the second end. A developing electrode is formed of a conductive material and is configured to be electrically connected to the developing roller, the developing electrode including a main part and a protruding portion protruding from the main part in the from-first-to-second direction. A detection body is formed of an insulating material and is rotatably supported by the protruding portion, the detection body including a first opening that exposes part of the protruding portion and a covering portion covering part of the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 12005714
    Abstract: A system includes: a housing; a first tank; a second tank; a first reservoir configured to be connected to the first tank; a second reservoir configured to be connected to the second tank; and a liquid discharge head that ejects the liquid supplied from the first tank and the second tank. The housing includes: a front wall; a rear wall facing the front wall; and a housing side contact, the first reservoir and the second reservoir includes: a liquid flow hole; a first outer wall; and a second outer wall facing the first outer wall, the first tank includes a first flow pipe, and the second tank includes a second flow pipe. The system further includes a circuit board that is disposed on the second outer wall and has a reservoir side contact that contacts the housing side contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Ono, Akinari Ishibe, Hiroaki Takahashi, Takahiro Miyao, Kosuke Nukui
  • Patent number: 12010764
    Abstract: A terminal performs: in response to receipt of first identifying information, from a first function-executing device via a first wireless connection established between the terminal and the first function-executing device, receiving, when the computer program is launched by an OS program of the terminal, at least the first device-identifying information from the OS program; establishing a second wireless connection between the terminal and the first function-executing device, using the first device-identifying information received from the OS program; receiving capability information of the first function-executing device in a case where the first device-identifying information matches with device-identifying information stored in a memory of the terminal and the second wireless connection is already established prior to receiving the first device-identifying information; and displaying, a screen indicating capability of the first function-executing device based on the capability information after receiving t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka Asakura, Longlong Ruan
  • Patent number: 12007714
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a process frame is movable into and out of a main casing in a first direction. The process frame includes a first wall and a second wall spaced apart from the first wall in a second direction. A first cartridge is detachably mountable to the process frame in a third direction crossing the second direction. A first electrode protrudes from an outer surface of the first cartridge outwardly in the second direction. In a state where the first cartridge is mounted to the process frame, the first cartridge is positioned between the first wall and second wall of the process frame in the second direction and a portion of the first wall aligns with the first electrode in the third direction such that the portion of the first wall is overlapped with the first electrode as viewed in the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Okabe, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 12005720
    Abstract: A first cover moves between a first closed position and a first open position. The first cover is located at another end of a housing when the first cover is located at the first closed position. A second cover moves between a second closed position and a second open position. The second cover is located closer to one end than the first cover is at the first closed position and at the second closed position. A first portion of a first conveyance path is formed between the first cover and the second cover at the first closed position and at the second closed position. A second portion of a second conveyance path is formed at a side of the second cover facing the one end at the second closed position. When the first cover opens the first portion, the second cover is located at the second closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Miyase, Yoshinori Osakabe, Tsuyoshi Kuwayama, Jun Morikawa, Haruka Azechi, Yasuo Ono, Yuto Chiba
  • Patent number: 12005707
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a flow passage member, a sealing member, and an actuator member. The flow passage member is formed with individual flow passages each including a nozzle and a pressure chamber and the flow passage member has a surface on which the pressure chamber is open. The sealing member is arranged on the surface and seals the pressure chamber. The actuator member has a piezoelectric layer, a driving electrode, and a high electric potential portion. The piezoelectric layer is adhered to a first surface of the sealing member on a side opposite to the flow passage member, via a first adhesive having an insulating property. The driving electrode is arranged on a side opposite to the sealing member with respect to the piezoelectric layer at a position overlapped with the pressure chamber in a first direction orthogonal to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji Kura, Takashi Aiba, Rui Wang, Shotaro Kanzaki
  • Patent number: 12005713
    Abstract: A base board includes a board and a controller mounted on the board. A controller is configured to receive signals outputted from a first sensor and a second sensor. A recording head, a case, the first sensor, a maintenance unit, a waste liquid container, the second sensor, and the base board are arranged in an internal space of a housing. The base board has a flat surface extending in a first horizontal direction and in a second horizontal direction. A range occupied by the base board in a vertical direction overlaps each of a range occupied by the first sensor in the vertical direction and a range occupied by the second sensor in the vertical direction. The second horizontal direction is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction. The vertical direction is perpendicular to both the first horizontal direction and the second horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshimune, Hikaru Tamura, Akinari Ishibe
  • Patent number: 12005710
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharging apparatus including: a liquid discharging head having a nozzle; an electrode; a voltage supplier; a first output part configured to output a first signal corresponding to an electric change, of the electrode or the liquid discharging head, caused in a case that the liquid discharging head performs inspection driving for discharging a liquid from the nozzle toward the electrode; a second output part connected to the electrode; a high pass filter; a third output part connected to the electrode via the high pass filter; and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine whether the liquid is normally discharged based on the first signal; and determine whether a short circuit is formed between the liquid discharging head and the electrode based on a second signal outputted from the second output part and a third signal outputted from the third output part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobumasa Tanaka, Ryuji Horata, Takafumi Nakase, Masayoshi Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20240184229
    Abstract: The present disclosure features an image forming apparatus having a first developing unit having a first developing roller; and a first toner supply unit configured to supply toner to the first developing unit, the first toner supply unit having: a first container configured to accommodate the toner therein, the first container having a first inlet opening through which the toner is received in the first container and a first outlet opening through which the toner in the first container is discharged; a first lid configured to close the first inlet opening; and a first shutter configured to open the first outlet opening when the first lid closes the first inlet opening, and to close the first outlet opening when the first lid opens the first inlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2024
    Publication date: June 6, 2024
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Publication number: 20240187538
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a recording unit configured to perform recording of an image on a recording medium by using recording material; and a controller configured to execute a recording control regarding the recording. The controller is configured to execute an adjustment processing for adjusting an amount of the recording material to be used in the recording, and the controller is configured to change a processing other than the adjustment processing in the recording control between a case that the adjustment processing is executed and a case that no adjustment processing is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2023
    Publication date: June 6, 2024
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: SATORU ARAKANE, SHOTA MORIKAWA, TOMOYA KONDO
  • Patent number: 11999169
    Abstract: A liquid container includes a liquid chamber defined by an upper wall, a lower wall, and a peripheral wall, a refill port, a liquid outlet port through which ink is supplied from the liquid chamber to the outside, and a first longitudinal partition extending upward from the lower wall and configured to partition the liquid chamber into a first liquid containing portion and a second liquid containing portion in a horizontal direction. A first lateral communication passage is positioned between an end portion of the first longitudinal partition in the horizontal direction and the peripheral wall. The liquid outlet port is disposed in one of the first liquid containing portion and the second liquid containing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masako Kawagoe
  • Patent number: 11999160
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a first unit including a printing head; and a second unit including a platen roller. The printing head is configured to perform printing on a printing medium. The platen roller is configured to nip the printing medium in cooperation with the printing head for printing and to convey the printing medium. The first unit has a first fixing member for fixing the first unit to an external housing. The first fixing member is provided at at least one of a plurality of outer surfaces of the first unit. The second unit has a second fixing member for fixing the second unit to the external housing. The second fixing member is provided at at least one of a plurality of outer surfaces of the second unit. The first unit and the second unit can be assembled to each other and can be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Takehiko Inaba, Ryoya Takahashi, Yoshitsugu Tomomatsu, Toshiyuki Furuyama
  • Patent number: 11999171
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes: a cartridge case defining a liquid storage chamber; a liquid supply portion provided at the cartridge case; a residual-amount detecting portion configured to change a state of incident light according to an amount of liquid stored in the liquid storage chamber; and a plate member. The residual-amount detecting portion includes an optical access portion accessible by light traveling in a left-right direction in an attached posture of the liquid cartridge. The plate member is positioned above the liquid storage chamber and frontward of the optical access portion in the attached posture. The plate member is pivotable between a first position and a second position about an axis extending in an up-down direction. In the attached posture of the liquid cartridge, the plate member extends in a front-rear direction at the first position, and extends in a direction crossing the front-rear direction at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Oki, Masahiro Hayashi, Nanami Abe, Naoya Okazaki
  • Patent number: 12001740
    Abstract: A printer includes a container configured to store recording agent, a print head configured to eject the recording agent, and a controller configured to permit the printer to perform printing until a print permission amount, different from a remaining amount of the recording agent in the container, reaches a first threshold. The print permission amount is information regarding a quantity, of the recording agent or sheets usable by the printer. The controller is further configured to receive an instruction to perform user cleaning to clean the print head by ejecting the recording agent from the print head, and in response to the receipt of the instruction to perform the user cleaning, cause the printer to perform the user cleaning when the print permission amount has not reached a second threshold, whereas restricting execution of the user cleaning when the print permission amount has reached the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taisei Okuzono