Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10723576
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a support member having a support surface, a feed roller rotatable about a rotation axis located below a portion of the support surface, a separation roller disposed downstream from the feed roller, a separator disposed upstream from the separation roller, a stopper, when viewed in a direction of the rotation axis, disposed at least partially overlapping the separator and movable between a first position in which the stopper crosses the support surface and restricts leading edges of the sheets supported on the support surface and a second position, downstream from the first position in a conveying direction, in which the stopper is spaced apart from the support surface, and a restriction member configured to hold the stopper in the first position and to restrict movement of the stopper while continuing to support the stopper moving from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichiro Kuriki
  • Patent number: 10723154
    Abstract: An image forming system has a transmission assembly, standard and auxiliary sheet feeders, standard and auxiliary trays, an image forming device and a controller. The transmission assembly is for switching transmission of a drive force of a motor selectively to the one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders. The controller determines whether sheet is absent in the standard tray. The controller, based on determining the sheet is absent in the standard tray and receipt of preceding data, control the transmission assembly to initiate to switch the transmission of the drive force to the auxiliary sheet feeder. Also the controller, based on receipt of control data received after preceding data, control the image forming device to form an image based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Arai
  • Patent number: 10723136
    Abstract: An image formation device includes a plurality of nozzles, a processor which forms an image on the basis of print data, and a memory which stores computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform processes including, performing first ejection control which ejects a first amount of the ink at a timing of one of a forward path and a return path in the main scan direction, when printing is performed by a multi-pass method in which each of pixel arrays is printed by a plurality of main scans and, in each of the plurality of main scans, the ink is ejected onto the same pixel array from the respectively different nozzles, and performing second ejection control configured to eject a second amount of the ink at a timing different from the previous timing of the ejection of the ink, the second amount being smaller than the first amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kayanaka, Naoki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10728417
    Abstract: A communication system includes a server and a terminal device. In a memory of the server, first identification information is correlated to a plurality of sets of user information and a plurality of sets of restriction information. The first identification information identifies an image processing apparatus. Each of the plurality of sets of restriction information includes information for restricting settings of an image process available to a user specified by a corresponding set of user information. After receiving the target user information and identification information identifying the image processing apparatus, a server side controller acquires and transmits to the terminal device target restriction information. A terminal side controller receives the target restriction information from the server as a response to transmission of the target user information and the identification information; and outputting the target restriction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sunao Kawai
  • Patent number: 10725423
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a drawer movable between an inner position and an outer position and supporting a first cartridge including a first photosensitive drum and a first discharge part and a second cartridge including a second photosensitive drum and a second discharge part; and a waste toner box including a first coupling part coupled with the first discharge part and a second coupling part coupled with the second discharge part, in a state where the first cartridge and the second cartridge are supported by the drawer at an inner position and the waste toner box is mounted to the apparatus main body, the waste toner box being movable between a first/second position where the first coupling part and the first discharge part are coupled/decoupled and the second coupling part and the second discharge part are coupled/decoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Naomichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10727392
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 10723132
    Abstract: A recording apparatus comprising a container to store a sheet of recording medium; a conveyer configured to convey the recording medium in the container; a main tank receiving portion configured to receive a main tank for storing liquid; a sub tank configured to store liquid supplied from the main tank; and a recording head including an ejection surface where ejection openings for ejecting liquid supplied from the sub tank are formed. Each of three projected areas which are an area of the main tank receiving portion, an area of the sub tank, and an area of the recording head, each projected to a virtual plane parallel to a surface of the recording medium contained in the container from a first direction orthogonal to the virtual plane, at least partially overlaps a container projected area which is an area of the container projected to the virtual plane from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Hirata, Motohiro Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 10728408
    Abstract: A CPU of an MFP receives battery information from a first external device via a first interface, determines whether a total amount of electric power supplied to a plurality of interfaces from a power supply is maintained, and reduces an amount of the electric power supplied to the first external device via the first interface in a case where determining that the first external device has no battery based on the battery information in response to determining that the total amount of the electric power supplied to the plurality of the interfaces from the power supply is not maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shimamura, Hajime Usami
  • Patent number: 10728411
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a power supply; a first interface; a first controller configured to control communication with the external device via the first interface, the communication including communication relating to image data and communication relating to power exchange to and from the external device; a second controller configured to control power fed from the power supply to the external device connected to the first interface, based on information obtained by the communication relating to power exchange to and from the external device; and a first path switch configured to: form a first communication path connecting the first controller and the first interface in a first power mode; and form a second communication path connecting the second controller and the first interface without via the first controller in a second power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsunori Sakai, Takayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10724172
    Abstract: A discharge printing device includes an application unit configured to apply a reducing agent to fabric and a contact heating unit configured to subject a reducing agent-applied area to contact heating and satisfies any of the conditions (a1)-(c1) and (d1)-(e1): the conditions (a1)-(c1): in the contact heating, a heating temperature is 100° C. or more, and a heating time is 60 seconds or more; the conditions (d1)-(e1): the contact heating unit subjects the reducing agent-applied area to contact heating to accelerate a reduction reaction and subjects, after the acceleration of the reduction reaction, the reducing agent-applied area to contact heating to accelerate an oxidation reaction, or the discharge printing device further comprises a non-contact heating unit, and the non-contact heating unit subjects, after the acceleration of the reduction reaction, the reducing agent-applied area to non-contact heating to accelerate an oxidation reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryohei Yagi, Goro Okada
  • Patent number: 10725427
    Abstract: A photosensitive drum is rotatable about a drum axis extending in a first direction. A frame includes a first side plate located at first end in the first direction and a second side plate spaced from the first side plate in the first direction. The frame rotatably supports the photosensitive drum between the first side plate and the second side plate in the first direction. The frame holds a developer cartridge. A lock lever is pivotable about a pivot axis extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction. The lock lever is movable between a lock position at which the developer cartridge is locked on the frame and a release position at which the developer cartridge is unlocked from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Junichi Hashimoto, Isao Kishi, Kazuaki Ooka
  • Publication number: 20200230955
    Abstract: A control device that controls a printing execution unit to execute printing by alternately executing partial printings, which forms the dot using the print head, and print medium conveying, which conveys the print medium using the conveyor, the conveyor including: a first roller; a second roller; and a third roller, wherein a first holding state is a state where the print medium is held by the first roller, is held by the second roller, and is held by the third roller, a second holding state is a state where the print medium is held by the first roller, is held by the second roller, and is not held by the third roller, and a length of the second partial image printed in the first holding state is longer than a length of the second partial image printed in the second holding state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirotoshi MAEHIRA
  • Publication number: 20200230963
    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: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito ONO, Akinari ISHIBE, Hiroaki TAKAHASHI, Takahiro MIYAO, Kosuke NUKUI
  • Publication number: 20200230966
    Abstract: A system includes: a housing; a cover that is supported by the housing to be movable between a covering position and an opened position; a tank; a reservoir; and a liquid discharging head that is disposed inside the housing and discharges liquid supplied from the tank, wherein the reservoir includes a liquid passage hole; the tank includes a passage tube that extends upward from the tank and is connectable to the liquid passage hole of the reservoir, the cover includes: a first wall that is positioned above the housing at the covering position, and a second wall that extends downward from an edge of the first wall, and when the cover is positioned at the covering position and the reservoir is connected to the tank, an upper end of the reservoir is positioned above a lower end of the second wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke NUKUI, Hiroaki TAKAHASHI, Akihito ONO, Takahiro MIYAO, Akinari ISHIBE
  • Publication number: 20200230970
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes an ink tank, a recording head, an ink sensor, a monitor, an operation panel, and a controller configured to control operation thereof. The controller receives a completion signal indicating completion of ink injection, and receives a first signal or a second signal from the ink sensor based on whether a predetermined amount of ink is sensed in the ink chamber. Based on the completion signal and receipt of the first signal, inquiry information is displayed on the monitor regarding whether ink injection into the ink chamber is completed. Based on the completion signal and receipt of the second signal, a notification is displayed on the monitor that is based on the ink sensor not sensing the predetermined amount of ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mana HONOKI, Kenta HORADE
  • Publication number: 20200233335
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing configured to accommodate therein toner; a developing roller; a supply roller configured to supply the toner to the developing roller; a layer thickness regulation blade in contact with a circumferential surface of the developing roller; a developing electrode electrically connected to the developing roller; and a supply electrode electrically connected to the supply roller and the layer thickness regulation blade. The supply electrode includes: an electrode member electrically connected to a rotation shaft of the supply roller and movable in a direction perpendicular to the rotation shaft; and a connection member in contact with and electrically connecting the electrode member and the layer thickness regulation blade. The electrode member is movable relative to the connection member in the direction perpendicular to the rotation shaft in a state where the electrode member is in contact with the connection member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi FUKAYA, Tomoya ICHIKAWA, Koji ABE, Naoya KAMIMURA
  • Publication number: 20200230965
    Abstract: A system includes: a casing that has a conveyance path and through which a sheet passes; a first tank that is disposed on one side of the conveyance path; a second tank that is disposed on the other side of the conveyance path; a first reservoir that is connectable to the first tank; a second reservoir that is connectable to the second tank; and a liquid ejection head that is disposed inside the casing and is configured to eject liquid supplied from the first tank and the second tank, wherein the first reservoir includes a first liquid flowing hole, the second reservoir includes a second liquid flowing hole, the first tank includes a first flow conduit connectable to the first liquid flowing hole, and the second tank includes a second flow conduit connectable to the second liquid flowing hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito ONO, Kosuke NUKUI, Akinari ISHIBE, Hiroaki TAKAHASHI, Takahiro MIYAO
  • Publication number: 20200233338
    Abstract: In a developing cartridge, a first supporting member is attached to a housing and has a first developing supporting portion and a driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion, the first developing supporting portion being configured to rotatably support a first part of a rotational shaft, the driving-force-receiving-member supporting portion being configured to rotatably support a driving-force-receiving member. The second supporting member is attached to the housing and has a second developing supporting portion and a detection-rotational-body supporting portion, the second developing supporting portion being configured to rotatably support a second part of the rotational shaft, the detection-rotational-body supporting portion being configured to rotatably support a detection rotational body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Hideshi Nishiyama, Yasuo Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 10717290
    Abstract: A liquid discharge device includes a case receiving a cartridge having a first liquid chamber, a tank having a second liquid chamber, a head, a liquid level sensor, an interface, an alarm and a controller configured to: when the cartridge is installed in the case, read a liquid amount Vc stored in the first liquid chamber from a cartridge memory through the interface; read a liquid amount Vs stored in the second liquid chamber from a memory; calculate a threshold based on the liquid amount Vc read from the cartridge memory and the liquid amount Vs read from the memory; update a count value with a value equivalent to an amount of liquid instructed to be discharged by a discharge instruction; and operate the alarm when the updated count value reaches the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10717276
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharge head including: a communication plate having a plurality of descenders in respective communication with a plurality of nozzles, a pressure chamber plate being stacked on the communication plate and having a plurality of pressure chambers, a piezoelectric element arranged in a position overlapping with the pressure chambers in a stacking direction, and a discharge common channel extending in an array direction and being in communication with the plurality of pressure chambers. The discharge common channel includes: a first discharge portion formed in the communication plate; and a second discharge portion formed in the pressure chamber plate and in communication with the first discharge portion, the second discharge portion reaching as high as to a surface of the pressure chambers at the side of the piezoelectric element along the stacking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuo Kato