Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10310448
    Abstract: In a case where a new consumable item is determined to be installed in a printer as a replacement for the current consumable item based on the related information, the printer receives, from the server, a first code assigned to a first consumable item to be installed in the printer. The printer obtains, from the second consumable item, a second code associated with a second consumable item installed in the printer as a replacement for the current consumable item. The printer determines whether the first code corresponds to the second code. The printer provides a notification indicating whether the second consumable item was determined to replace the current consumable item based on whether the first code corresponds to the second code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10310414
    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: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10313542
    Abstract: A function execution apparatus includes a display, a touch panel, and a controller configured to control the display to display a standby screen, the standby screen including a tab display area to display a plurality of tabs, and a tab screen display area to display a tab screen corresponding to a selected tab of the plurality of tabs, the plurality of tabs being associated with a plurality of tab screens, respectively, each of the tab screens including a plurality of icons associated with a corresponding tab, at least one of the tab screens including a particular specified function icon and at least one of a shortcut-registrable icon and a shortcut icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshi Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10310794
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores computer-readable instructions, the computer-readable instructions, in response to being activated by an operating system, causing the portable terminal to perform: a first acceptance process of accepting an operation designating one of image forming devices communicable; a first storage process of causing the memory to store a first device ID, as a designated device ID; a second acceptance process of accepting an operation designating contents; and an operation instruction process of transmitting operation instruction information, and the computer-readable instructions, in response to being activated by another program, causing the portable terminal to perform: an acquisition process of acquiring, from the another program, a second device ID for identifying the image forming device; and a second storage process of causing the memory to store the second device ID, as the designated device ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10313543
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus includes a controller configured to acquire image data by scanning a document and a particular range of a document pressing surface, detect black edge positions by detecting, from the image data, black pixels having gradation values less than a white gradation value, determine a sheet type of the document based on the gradation values of the black pixels, detect white edge positions by detecting, from the image data, white pixels having gradation values equal to or more than the white gradation value. The controller is further configured to, when the sheet type is a thin paper, detect, as the white pixels, pixels having gradation values equal to or more than a first threshold, and when the sheet type is a thick paper, detect, as the white pixels, pixels having gradation values equal to or more than a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiya Sato, Shuichi Sunako, Sayaka Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10311345
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum, a developing roller, a collecting roller, a belt, a cleaner, and a controller. In response to receiving a signal, the controller performs a process staring with a first process and ending with a second process. The controller rotates the developing roller at a contact position at a first speed in the first process. The controller causes the collecting roller to move residual toner to the belt to allow the cleaner to clean the belt while the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum in the second process. The process further includes: (a) causing the developing roller to halt rotating while maintaining the developing roller at the contact position; and (b) causing the developing roller halted in the (a) causing to start rotating at a second speed lower than the first speed while maintaining the developing roller at the contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Imai, Daisuke Maeta
  • Patent number: 10313561
    Abstract: A target file includes: object data including pixels indicative of coordinate values in a first color space; and an input-side profile including data for converting coordinate values from the first color space into a specific color space. A color conversion is executed onto object data to generate post-conversion data including pixels indicative of coordinate values in a second color space. The executing color conversion includes executing judgment to judge, based on the input-side profile, which of first type post-conversion data generated through first type conversion using the input-side profile and an output-side profile, and second type post-conversion data generated through second-type conversion using prescribed data, should be used to output an image of the target file. The prescribed data is for conversion from the first color space into the second color space. The output-side profile contains data for conversion from the specific color space into the second color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhide Sawada
  • Patent number: 10310428
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including: a photoconductor; an exposing device configured to expose the photoconductor and form an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor; a developing device including a developing roller configured to form a developer image on the photoconductor; a developer storage storing developer; a supplier configured to supply the developer from the developer storage to the developing device; and a controller configured to execute: a rotating process of rotating the developing roller; a developing process of developing, by the developing device, the electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor; a supplying process of supplying, by the supplier, the developer to the developing device; and a stopping process of stopping rotation of the developing roller after the supplying process has been suspended in a case where the supplying process is being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Kazuma Hinoue, Takashi Yasuda, Takashi Shimizu, Yoshifumi Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 10312729
    Abstract: An alternating current uninterruptible power supply system includes a first power feed line, a second power feed line, a switchover relay, a converter, a power switch, a fuel cell, a system control board, a battery, and an inverter. If it is determined that electric power supply from a commercial alternating current power source has stopped for a first time or longer, a system control part of the system control board switches the switchover relay from a first state to a second state. Then, on the basis of the state of the electric power of the first power feed line, the system control part determines whether or not stopping of the electric power supply from the commercial alternating current power source has continued for a second time or longer. After that, if it is determined that the stopping of the electric power supply from the commercial alternating current power source has continued for the second time or longer, the system control part starts power generation of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Mitsui
  • Patent number: 10310781
    Abstract: An image-processing apparatus includes a storage and a controller. The storage stores therein firmware for executing a plurality of image processes. The firmware includes a plurality of sets of sub firmware for executing respective ones of the image processes. The controller is capable of executing the image processes in accordance with the firmware. The controller is configured to perform: receiving update information about an update of the firmware from a server; when receiving an instruction to execute one of the image processes, determining whether the received update information includes specific information about an update of specific sub firmware which is one of the plurality of sets of sub firmware and is for executing the one of the image processes; and when determining that the received update information includes the specific information, notifying of notification information about the update of the specific sub firmware on the basis of the specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Okajima
  • Publication number: 20190160826
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a tank forming an ink chamber and including an injection inlet, a recording head, a cover, a monitor, a cover sensor, an operation panel, and a controller. The controller controls operation of the recording head and the monitor. The controller performs decision processing deciding whether ink injection into the ink chamber after complement of an initial process is completed, and counts an amount of ink discharged from the recording head. The controller controls the monitor to display notification depending on the decision processing and the counted amount of discharged ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki MATSUI, Kenta HORADE, Mana HONOKI, Tomoya OGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10303112
    Abstract: A process cartridge including: a photosensitive member cartridge including a photosensitive member; and a developing cartridge including a developer carrier. The developing cartridge further includes: an inputting portion; a first cover; and a second cover. The first cover has a first engagement portion configured to move the developer carrier away from the photosensitive member. The first engagement portion is positioned between an axis of the developer carrier extending in an axial direction and an axis of the inputting portion extending in the axial direction, when projected in the axial direction. The second cover has a second engagement portion configured to move the developer carrier away from the photosensitive member. The second engagement portion is positioned between the axis of the developer carrier and the axis of the inputting portion, when projected in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Naoya Kamimura, Ryuya Yamazaki, Hideshi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10301128
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus including a first tray having a first holding portion for holding sheets, a second tray disposed above the first tray and including a second holding portion for holding sheets, a sheet feeder that selectively feeds a sheet from one of the first tray and the second tray in a sheet feed direction, a recording unit that records an image on the sheet fed by the sheet feeder, and a discharge roller that discharges the sheet on which the image is recorded by the recording unit. The second holding portion of the second tray moves above the first holding portion of the first tray. The second tray further includes a discharged sheet receiving portion for receiving the sheet discharged by the discharge roller. The second tray including the discharged sheet receiving portion pivots relative to the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Tetsuo Asada, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 10306105
    Abstract: An image scanner has an operation clock generator, a photoelectric converter, an AD converter configured to convert the analog pixel signals serially output by the photoelectric converter to digital pixel data by sampling the analog pixel signals in accordance with an operation clock generated by the operation clock generator, a data generator configured to generate read image data representing an read image of the original based on the pixel data converted by the AD converter, a resolution setter configured to set a reading resolution in the sub scanning direction, and a line period determiner configured to determine the line period to be (integer+decimal value) times a modulation period based on the reading resolution set by the resolution setter, the modulation period being inversion of the modulation frequency. The integer is greater than one and the decimal value is determined based on the reading resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazushi Shumiya, Jie Zheng, Masashi Fujimoto, Takahiro Ikeno
  • Patent number: 10301491
    Abstract: A water-based white pigment ink for ink-jet recording includes a white pigment and water. The ink further includes a first binder that reacts with a cationic substance contained in a treatment agent applied to fabric to aggregate and a second binder having a lower reactivity with the cationic substance than the first binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Sakai
  • Patent number: 10303113
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include a housing including an outer surface, a small-diameter gear, a large-diameter gear, a first gear, and a moving member. The small-diameter gear may include a first engaging portion positioned on at least a portion of a peripheral surface of the small-diameter gear. The large-diameter gear may be positioned farther from the outer surface than the small-diameter gear from the outer surface. The large-diameter gear may be rotatable together with the small-diameter gear. The first gear may include a second engaging portion, a first end surface, a second end surface, and at least one protrusion. The moving member may include a contact portion configured to move the moving member from one position to another position in a state where the contact portion is in contact with the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Taguchi, Koji Abe, Motoaki Mushika, Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 10300696
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a case receiving a cartridge, a tank, a head, and a controller to: when the cartridge is installed in the case, calculate an outflow amount Qc based on heights Hc, Hs and flow path resistances; read the amounts Vc, Vs from a memory; subtract the outflow amount Qc from the read liquid amount Vc to calculate new liquid amount Vc; add the outflow amount Qc to the read liquid amount Vs to calculate new liquid amount Vs; store the calculated liquid amounts Vc, Vs in the memory; after a time period from at the time the calculated liquid amounts Vc, Vs stored elapses, again calculate the outflow amount Qc and the liquid amounts Vc, Vs and store the calculated liquid amounts Vc, Vs in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Takagi, Mikio Ogawa, Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10300709
    Abstract: A liquid discharging device including a liquid discharging head with nozzles, a carriage, and a controller is provided. When a position of the end of a sheet is on an inner side of an outmost contact part among a plurality of contact parts along a scanning direction, the controller determines discharging timings to discharge liquid from the nozzles based on first gap information, which is related to a gap between the sheet and the liquid discharging surface and is stored in a gap information storage. When the position of the end of the sheet is on the inner side of the outmost contact part, the controller determines the discharging timings based on the first gap information stored in the gap information storage and on second gap information generated in a gap information generating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto, Tsuyoshi Kuwayama
  • Patent number: 10303088
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a developing roller is configured to rotate around a first axis extending in an extending direction. The cartridge further includes a cylinder extending in the extending direction and configured to receive electric power, a first portion, which is one portion of a circumferential surface of the cylinder, and a second portion, which is another portion of the circumferential surface of the cylinder. The cartridge also includes a gear rotatable about a second axis extending in the extending direction, a first covering portion covering the first portion and being rotatable with the gear, and a gear cover covering at least a portion of the gear and having an opening through which the second portion is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10303110
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including a process cartridge and a main body with an opening and a cover, is provided. The process cartridge includes a drum cartridge, a toner cartridge, and a switching member. The switching member switches states in the process cartridge between a first state, wherein the toner cartridge is restricted from being detached, and a second state, wherein the toner cartridge is released from the restriction. The process cartridge is movable between an attached position to be placed entirely inside the main body and a detached position to be entirely outside the main body. The main body includes a restrictor to restrict the process cartridge from moving from an intermediate position toward the detached position. While the process cartridge is restricted by the restrictor, a supportive part in the cover supports the process cartridge with the switching member being at least partly placed outside the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Yasuo Fukamachi, Motoaki Mushika, Kazuna Taguchi