Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10715701
    Abstract: In a data generating apparatus, a processor acquires offset information indicating a deviation in a colorant usage used by a specific print execution unit from a standard amount of usage. The standard amount of usage is a standard quantity concerning colorant used by print execution units. The processor controls the specific print execution unit to print a first patch image and generates first control data using first read data based on the first patch image. The processor generates corrected first control data using the offset information. The processor controls the specific print execution unit to print a second patch image using the corrected first control data and generates second control data using second read data based on the second patch image. The first and second control data is for common use in the printing processes performed on the print execution units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasunari Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10710383
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes a recording section which is provided over a transport passage for transporting a sheet in a transport direction and which has nozzles for discharging an ink onto the sheet; a platen which is provided under the recording section with the transport passage intervening therebetween and which has a plurality of ribs provided to support the sheet while being separated from each other in a widthwise direction of the transport passage perpendicular to the transport direction, the respective ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and a plurality of holding members which are provided to be positioned between the plurality of ribs in the widthwise direction of the transport passage over the platen on an upstream side in the transport direction from the nozzles and which abut against an upper surface of the sheet and press the sheet toward the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10710373
    Abstract: A supply apparatus includes: tanks; a binder which holds the tanks in a state of being arranged in a first direction; a casing which supports the binder; and a positioning part disposed between adjacent two tanks, the positioning part positioning the two tanks at an interval in the first direction. Each tank includes two side walls facing the first direction to define a liquid storage chamber and an inlet to supply liquid to the liquid storage chamber. The two side walls include portions formed from resin. At least one of the two side walls includes a portion formed from a film. The positioning part is in contact with: the portion formed from the resin of one of the two side walls of one of the two tanks; and the portion formed from the resin of one of the two side walls of the other of the two tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Masako Kawagoe, Masahiro Hayashi, Taichi Shirono
  • Patent number: 10716049
    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: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Longlong Ruan
  • Patent number: 10710384
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus may include a mechanism for forming a corrugated shape in a sheet to be conveyed. The mechanism may include various components include one or more pressing portions, one or more ribs, one or more discharge rollers, a switching mechanism and the like. In one arrangement, ribs and pressing portions configured to create the corrugated shape may be disposed at various locations upstream or downstream of the platen, recording portion and/or nozzles thereof. In one example, pressing portions may be disposed both upstream and downstream of the nozzles of the recording portion to maintain a corrugated shape in the conveyed sheet. Various other configurations may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ito, Yuji Koga, Wataru Sugiyama, Kenji Samoto
  • Patent number: 10712711
    Abstract: A drum cartridge mountable to an image forming apparatus in a mounting direction, the drum cartridge including: a frame having an opening, the frame allowing a toner cartridge to be attached, and the frame including a housing configured to accommodate therein a toner and a first storage medium including a first electric contact; a photosensitive drum; and a second storage medium including a second electric contact and located at an outer surface of the frame, and in a state where the toner cartridge is mounted to the frame, the first storage medium is exposed via the opening and the second storage medium is aligned with the first storage medium in the mounting direction of the drum cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahito Saeki
  • Patent number: 10712701
    Abstract: In a communication device, a processor identifies first and second group printing devices in accordance with device information on each printing device, and outputs device information corresponding to the first and second group printing devices in a distinguishable manner. A printing device having a tank accommodating printing agent greater than or equal to a first reference is identified as the first and second group printing devices. A printing device having a tank accommodating printing agent less than the first reference is identified as the second group printing device. A printing device without tank and in which a cartridge accommodating printing agent less than a second reference and greater than or equal to a third reference is identified as the first group printing device. A printing device without tank and in which the cartridge accommodating printing agent less than the third reference is identified as the second group printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Nogawa, Masafumi Miyazawa, Akiko Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10712980
    Abstract: A terminal device includes a controller configured to: transmit, to a device management server, an account information item having been registered in the device management server; receive, from the device management server, a target identification information item being for identifying a target device having been provisionally registered in association with the account information item, being unique identification information and being different from an IP address of the target device, and being assigned to the target device in advance before the target device is connected to a LAN where the terminal device is connected; specify the target device identified by the target identification information item from one or more devices connected to the LAN; and execute a formal registration process for formally registering the specified target device associated with the account information item in the device management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Nagasaki
  • Publication number: 20200215824
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid consuming apparatus including a casing, a liquid consuming section, and a tank. The tank includes a box-shaped body having a light-transmitting property and having five walls and a partition wall; a film adhered to rear end portions of the walls; and a positioning section disposed at least on an outer surface of each of the upper and lower walls, or of each of the right and left walls. In a state that the liquid consuming apparatus is placed on a horizontal plane, the box-shaped body is positioned at a posture at which the positioning section is brought into contact with the casing to thereby allow the front wall to be exposed from a side surface of the casing which extends in a direction crossing the horizontal plane, and at which the rear end portions are located inside the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinori IGARASHI
  • Publication number: 20200215820
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes: a pressure chamber formation member having first pressure chambers arranged in a first direction, and an insulation film covering the first pressure chambers; a cover which is joined to the pressure chamber formation member and has a first convex portion and a second convex portion; and a wiring member joined to the pressure chamber formation member. Each of the first convex portion and the second convex portion has a bonding surface to the pressure chamber formation member and extends in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taiki TANAKA
  • Patent number: 10703101
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus comprises a flow passage member which has a pressure chamber communicated with a nozzle and a liquid supply port communicated with the pressure chamber; a piezoelectric element with which the flow passage member is provided so that the piezoelectric element is overlapped with the pressure chamber; a protective member which is arranged on the flow passage member so that the piezoelectric element is covered therewith; and a supply member which is formed with a supply flow passage communicated with the liquid supply port of the flow passage member and which is adhered to extend over the flow passage member and the protective member; wherein a layer of a first adhesive to adhere the protective member and the supply member is thicker than a layer of a second adhesive to adhere the flow passage member and the supply member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Ito, Rui Wang, Toru Kakiuchi, Yasuo Kato
  • Patent number: 10703107
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge configured to be inserted into a cartridge attachment section includes: a cartridge body having a liquid storage chamber, and a liquid supply portion configured to supply the liquid stored in the liquid storage chamber to an outside. The liquid supply portion includes: a front end face facing frontward, an outer peripheral surface extending rearward from the front end face, and at least one guide provided at the outer peripheral surface. Each of the at least one guide is guided by corresponding at least one projection of the cartridge attachment section during attachment of a liquid supply tube of the cartridge attachment section to the liquid supply portion at a time of attachment of the liquid cartridge to the cartridge attachment section. Each of the at least one guide includes: a first guide portion, and a second guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Ono, Akinari Ishibe
  • Patent number: 10705455
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a first casing, a second casing, an auger screw, and a shutter. The first casing has a first internal space. The second casing has: a second internal space smaller than the first internal space; a first opening allowing toner in the second internal space to be discharged; and a second opening allowing air in the second internal space to be sent to an outside. The auger screw is rotatable about a first rotation axis and configured to convey toner in the first internal space to the second internal space. The shutter is rotatable relative to the second casing about a second rotation axis between a first position in which the shutter closes the first opening and a second position in which the shutter opens the first opening. In a state where the shutter is at the second position, the shutter does not close the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Furukawa, Kazuma Hinoue, Ryosuke Hayashi, Naoya Kamimura
  • Patent number: 10703115
    Abstract: A printing device includes a discharging roller, opposing rollers opposing the discharging roller, a discharge motor, a first coupling mechanism, a moving mechanism, and a second coupling mechanism. The first coupling mechanism rotates the discharging roller in a direction where a tape is transported downstream when the discharge motor rotates forward (arrow R1). The moving mechanism moves the discharging roller to a nip position to hold the tape with the opposing rollers and a release position spaced from the tape. The second coupling mechanism includes a one-way clutch that couples the discharge motor and the moving mechanism in a manner drivable together when the discharge motor rotates reversely (arrow R2) and decouples the discharge motor from the moving mechanism when the discharge motor rotates forward (arrow R1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Mizutani, Takamichi Kitauke
  • Patent number: 10705456
    Abstract: Toner cartridge includes a housing, an agitator, an auger, a first protrusion, and a second protrusion. The housing includes a first toner accommodating portion having and a second toner accommodating portion. The auger is rotatable about a second axis extending in a first direction and is configured to convey toner from a first toner accommodating portion to the second toner accommodating portion. The first protrusion is positioned at a first side of the second toner accommodating portion. The first protrusion extends in the first direction. The second protrusion is positioned at a second side of the second toner accommodating portion and extends in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideshi Nishiyama, Keita Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10705479
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a process cartridge, a scanner unit, and a toner cartridge. The process cartridge is detachably mounted on the apparatus main body. The process cartridge includes: a photosensitive drum configured to rotate about a rotational axis extending in a first direction; and a development unit configured to supply toner to the photosensitive drum. The toner cartridge is configured to store toner. At least part of the photosensitive drum, at least part of the scanner unit, and at least part of the toner cartridge are aligned in a second direction in this order. The second direction is perpendicular to both the first direction and to a vertical direction. The at least part of the photosensitive drum, the at least part of the scanner unit, and the at least part of the toner cartridge overlap one another as viewed from the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 10705697
    Abstract: An non-transitory computer-readable storage stores instructions which cause a controller to display an image represented by image data, edit the displayed image through a first indicator, determine whether the first indicator is in a holding state at a certain indicating position on a touch panel, determine whether a second indicator makes a particular contact at another position which is different from the position indicated by the first indicator in the holding state, and confirm the image which has been edited and is currently displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Kusumoto
  • Patent number: 10705459
    Abstract: A heating system includes a heater, a switch providing alternating current to the heater, and a current sensor electrically connected between the switch and the heater. The heating system also includes a controller that controls operation of the switch. The controller activates the switch during a portion of a half cycle of the alternating current having increasing amplitude under a threshold. The controller determines, based on a signal received from the current sensor during the activation of the switch, a time period from the start of the half cycle to a threshold timing at which the alternating current reaches the threshold. The controller reactivates the switch at a timing on or after a timing obtained by subtraction of the determined time period from an end of the half cycle. The heating system is useable within an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuya Harada
  • Patent number: 10706578
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores a program. The program causes the computer to: acquire photographed image data which is generated by photographing, in an imaging apparatus, a photographed object indicating multiple reference points; acquire pieces of position information which indicate positions of the multiple reference points in the photographed image; map pieces of relative information to the respective reference points by analyzing relative positional relations between the multiple reference points in accordance with a first method; map the pieces of relative information to the respective reference points by analyzing relative positional relations between the multiple reference points in accordance with a second method; and determine a certain reference point as a reference point to be excluded, in a case that a first mapping relation is different from a second mapping relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akidi Yoshida, Tomohiko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10705770
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores computer-readable instructions executable by a processor coupled with an information processing device including a display, an input interface, and a communication interface, the instructions causing the processor to control the display to display a first customizing screen, in response to a particular type of object on the first customizing screen being selected via the input interface, control the display to display a second customizing screen that is associated with the particular type of object and in a layer one-level lower than the first customizing screen in a screen hierarchy, accept, via the input interface, an operation of moving a target object between the first customizing screen and the second customizing screen, and transmit, to a display apparatus via the communication interface, screen data representing the first customizing apparatus and the second customizing apparatus between which the target object has been moved by the accepted operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoki Nakamura, Eriko Takahashi