Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Publication number: 20220144570
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a tray, a device body having a conveying route of a sheet and supporting the tray, a side guide supported by the tray to be movable in a first direction intersecting with a conveying direction of the sheet and contacting an end portion in the first direction of the sheet placed on the tray, a cover rotatable with respect to the device body and covering the conveying route, and a lock lever locking the cover to the device body and provided in a position overlapping the side guide in a second direction intersecting with the conveying direction and the first direction. The lock lever is rotatable between a lock position where the cover is locked and a release position where the cover is released. The side guide includes a first notched portion facing a rotation track of the lock lever with a gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akinari ISHIBE, Hideaki YOSHIMUNE, Hikaru TAMURA
  • Publication number: 20220144566
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a support surface configured to support a sheet, a sheet feeding roller configured to feed the sheet in a conveying direction, a separation member for separating the sheet one by one and positioned downstream of the sheet feeding roller in the conveying direction, and a regulating member displaceable between a first position where the regulating member abuts against a distal end of the sheet supported by the support surface to regulate passage of the sheet in the conveying direction between the sheet feeding roller and the separation member and a second position that is farther from a conveyance path than the first position and that allows passage of the sheet in the conveying direction. The regulating member has a wall surface that abuts against the distal end of the sheet and includes at least one protrusion on the wall surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tianjin XIE, Akinari ISHIBE
  • Publication number: 20220143966
    Abstract: A foil transfer apparatus configured to transfer foil of a foil film to a sheet includes a cover movable between a closed position and an open position, a lock mechanism capable of locking the cover at the closed position, a heating member, a pressurizing member, a temperature sensor, and a controller configured to: calculate a first lock determination temperature and a second lock determination temperature that are values obtained by respectively adding a first correction value and a second correction value that are determined based on a condition for performing a foil transfer operation to a detection temperature detected by the temperature; control the lock mechanism to lock the cover when the first lock determination temperature is not lower than a first threshold; and control the lock mechanism to unlock the cover when the second lock determination temperature is lower than a second threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kentaro MORI, Ryosuke SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20220146960
    Abstract: A developing roller is located nearer a first end than a second end in a first direction. A first boss extends in a second direction and is movable together with a housing. The first boss bears the weight of a developer cartridge when the first boss is supported by a support surface of a first side plate of a drum unit, and is located away from the developing roller in the first direction and the third direction. A first pressure receiving surface is located farther away from the developing roller than the first boss in the third direction. The pressure receiving member receives a pressing force in the third direction from a pressing member of the first side plate of the drum unit. The first boss is located away from the developing roller in the first direction by a first distance. The first pressure receiving surface is located away from the developing roller in the first direction by the first distance or by a second distance smaller than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen WANG, Kazuaki OOKA, Isao KISHI, Junichi HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20220150373
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a motor, a sheet feeding roller, a separation roller, a conveyance roller, a first clutch set provided in a transmission path of a driving force transmitted from the motor to the sheet feeding roller, and a second clutch set provided in a transmission path of a driving force transmitted from the motor to the separation roller. The first clutch set includes a first one-way clutch and a first two-way clutch, and the second clutch set includes a second one-way clutch and a second two-way clutch. A maximum value of a first play angle set between a first transmission portion and a first transmitted portion in the first two-way clutch is larger than a maximum value of a second play angle set between a second transmission portion and a second transmitted portion in the second two-way clutch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki YOSHIMUNE, Tianjin XIE
  • Publication number: 20220146973
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a main body; a drum cartridge and a toner cartridge those attachable to the main body; a main memory; and a controller. The controller is configured to perform: determining a number of sheets printable using the toner cartridge attached to the main body; determining a number of sheets printable using the drum cartridge attached to the main body; determining a number of sheets printable using a new toner cartridge; and when determining that a sum of the number of sheets printable using the toner cartridge attached to the main body and the number of sheets printable using a new toner cartridge is greater than or equal to the number of sheets printable using the drum cartridge attached to the main body, transmitting to a server a signal for ordering a new drum cartridge together with a new toner cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi SUZUKI, Tadao KYOTANI, Shingo FUJIWARA
  • Publication number: 20220146976
    Abstract: A printer includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet by an electrophotographic method, and a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet by an inkjet method. An image recording position of the recording unit is located above an image forming position of the image forming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SHINGAI, Shohei ICHIKAWA, Kazutoshi NAKAMURA, Shota SHINOYA
  • Patent number: 11327418
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include: a casing; a developing roller extending in a first direction; a developing-roller gear; a coupling including a coupling gear; a first idle gear; a second idle gear; an agitator; a first agitator gear; and a protrusion. The developing-roller gear, the coupling, the first idle gear, the second idle gear, the first agitator gear, and the protrusion may be positioned at an outer surface of the casing. The protrusion may be positioned between a first axis of the coupling and a third axis of the first agitator gear in a second direction connecting the first and third axes. The protrusion may be positioned outside an addendum circle of the developing-roller gear, an addendum circle of the coupling gear, an addendum circle of the first idle gear, and an addendum circle of the second idle gear. The first agitator gear may be spaced apart from the protrusion in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Fukamachi, Kazuna Taguchi, Takuya Kanda
  • Patent number: 11326287
    Abstract: A cap frame includes a body member including an arc-shaped curved wall extending in a particular direction, an attaching portion connected to the body member, and a retaining member including a clamping portion having a plurality of protrusions aligned along the particular direction, and a facing portion. The attaching portion is removably attachable to a moving mechanism of an embroidery machine. In a state where the retaining member is attached to the body member, the clamping portion is elastically deformed in conformance with the curved wall and presses, toward the curved wall, a cap sandwiched between the curved wall and the clamping portion. The facing portion faces the curved wall of the body member. Each protrusion extends toward the curved wall from a leading end of the facing portion in a removing direction and faces a leading end of the curved wall of the body member in the removing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahira Osamura, Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Mitsuhiro Iida, Kazuki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11330115
    Abstract: An image scanning device has a platen, an openable cover, a cover sensor, a scanning unit, a condition setting unit enabling a user to set a first condition, and a controller. The controller is configured to detect an opening state of the cover based on a detection signal output by the cover sensor and obtain the image data representing a partial image which is an image of a first end portion of a scannable area of the scanning unit. When the cover is in the closed state, the controller applies an image processing based on the first condition set through the condition setting unit, and when the cover is in the opened state, the controller applies the image processing based on a second condition which is a particular condition set in advance and different from the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isamu Fujii
  • Patent number: 11330500
    Abstract: A communication device may receive a predetermined signal from an external device in a situation where a specific wireless connection not via an access point is being established, determine whether a wireless communication via a first access point is executable with the external device, and supply a first disconnection instruction in a case where it is determined that the wireless communication via the first access point is executable with the external device. The communication device may execute the wireless communication with the external device using the first wireless connection in the case where it is determined that the wireless communication via the first access point is executable with the external device and execute a wireless communication with the external device using the specific wireless connection in the case where it is determined that the wireless communication via the first access point is not executable with the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Longlong Ruan
  • Patent number: 11329543
    Abstract: A device includes a driving portion, a transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding, the secondary winding generating an output voltage, the driving portion being connected across the secondary winding so that the output voltage is applied to the driving portion, a switching element connected in series to the primary winding, a first controller provided in a primary side of the transformer for controlling the switching element, and a second controller supplied with the output voltage. The second controller is configured to perform, during implementation of a burst switching control, transmitting a stop signal to the first controller when the output voltage exceeds a first voltage, and transmitting, after transmission of the stop signal, a resumption signal to the first controller when the output voltage falls below a second voltage lower than the first voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Tsujimoto, Yuya Harada, Keisuke Manoh, Masato Sueyasu
  • Patent number: 11325395
    Abstract: There is provided a printer including: a casing defining an internal space; a conveyor; a head; a tank, a first channel communicating the tank and the head with each other; a first pressure gauge; a first pump; a second channel communicating the tank and the head with each other; a second pressure gauge; and a second pump. The internal space includes a first space defined between a first virtual surface and a second virtual surface which are parallel to a conveyance direction and an up-down direction 7, and a second space which is different from the first space; the head is positioned in the first space; and the tank, the first pressure gauge, the first pump, the second pressure gauge, and the second pump are positioned in the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11327416
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a process unit and a toner cartridge. The toner cartridge includes a cartridge housing having a first shutter and a second shutter. The process unit includes a conveying tube. The cartridge housing is movable between a first position and a second position. The first position is a position in which (a) the first shutter is positioned at a first open position, (b) the second shutter is positioned at a second open position, and (c) a second opening is aligned with the conveying tube in a second direction. The second position is a position in which (a) the first shutter is positioned at a first closed position, (b) the second shutter is positioned at a second closed position, (c) the second opening is spaced apart from the conveying tube, and (d) the toner cartridge is mountable and removable on and from the process unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro Fukuoka, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11326285
    Abstract: In a lower thread winding device, a motor rotates a thread winding shaft on which a bobbin is mounted. A sensor lever includes a contact portion contactable with a lower thread wound on the bobbin, and a cam piece. A contact includes a pin configured to contact the cam piece and rotates between a first position at which the pin contacts a first outer peripheral portion of the cam piece, and a second position at which the pin contacts a second outer peripheral portion of the cam piece. A lever shifts a position of the pin located when the contact is at the first position. The controller drives the motor when the contact is at the first position and stops driving the motor upon receipt of a detection result, by the detector, indicating that the contact is at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Ueda, Naoki Kawamoto, Nobuhiko Funato
  • Patent number: 11328190
    Abstract: A controller of an editing device executes displaying, on a display unit, an input area image corresponding to an input area in which the characters are arranged by overlapping the input area image on a medium image showing the printing medium, changing a size of the input area image displayed in the displaying, using first method or second method, according to a first instruction for changing the size of the input area, the first method being changing the size of the input area by setting a portion of the medium image corresponding to the non-light-transmitting area as a maximum range, the second method being changing the size of the input area by setting the entire medium image as a maximum range, and switching between the first method and the second method as a first switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Hoshikawa, Hideaki Ueda
  • Patent number: 11325381
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharge head including a substrate having a pressure chamber, an actuator, and a channel member. The actuator has a first film arranged on the substrate and a second film arranged on a surface of the first film. The substrate and the channel member are attached to each other with an adhesive. A first through hole is formed in a part of the first film, and a second through hole is formed in a part of the second film. An edge of the first through hole is positioned further inward of the second through hole than an edge of the second through hole. The adhesive is applied to a part of the surface of the first film overlapping with the second through hole, so as to cover a boundary part between the first and second films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Hirota
  • Patent number: 11325398
    Abstract: In an image processing device, a controller performs: acquiring target image data representing a target image; inputting first and second datasets into a machine learning model and causing the machine learning model to output first and second partial dot data; and generating dot data specifying a dot formation state for each of a plurality of pixels in a print image corresponding to the target image using the first and second partial dot data. The first dataset includes first partial image data and a first value for an input parameter. The second dataset includes second partial image data and a second value for the input parameter. The machine learning model outputs the second partial dot data different from the first partial dot data according to the second value being different from the first value even when the second partial image data is identical to the first partial image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koki Furukawa, Masaki Kondo
  • Patent number: 11325406
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes an ink tank, a recording head, a monitor, an operation panel, and a controller. The ink tank forms an ink chamber and including an injection inlet. The recording head ejects ink from the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet. The operation panel receives user input. The controller controls operation of the recording head, the monitor, and the operation panel. The controller performs receiving a completion signal indicating completion of ink injection, decision processing deciding whether an initial processing has been completed, and inquiry processing based on receipt of the completion signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mana Honoki, Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 11327693
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores computer-readable instructions configured to, when executed by a processor of an information processing device, cause the information processing device to acquire identification information for identifying an OS of the information processing device, using the acquired identification information, determine whether the OS is capable of accepting a driver program for controlling a device, when determining that the OS is capable of accepting the driver program, install the driver program into the OS, and when determining that the OS is incapable of accepting the driver program, download into the information processing device a driverless installer for achieving driverless control of the device without using the driver program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takafumi Kai