Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10304216
    Abstract: An image processing method includes: (a) displaying a plurality of candidate image processes to be performed on image data, the plurality of candidate image processes including a color modification process; (b) receiving an instruction indicating the color modification process selected from among the plurality of candidate image processes; (c) displaying a display image corresponding to the image data on the display; (d) designating a display image; and (e) displaying a processed display image that represents a result of the selected color modification process performed on the image data corresponding to the designated display image before the selected color modification process on the image data corresponding to the designated display image is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiko Watari, Tatsuya Sato
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10303115
    Abstract: A process cartridge includes: a drum cartridge including a photosensitive drum; and a toner cartridge which is mountable on the drum cartridge and stores toner, wherein the drum cartridge includes: a cleaner configured to collect waste toner on the photosensitive drum; a waste toner conveyance tube configured to convey the waste toner collected by the cleaner; and a developing unit which includes a developing roller configured to supply toner to the photosensitive drum and is swingable about a swing axis with respect to the photosensitive drum, and wherein the toner cartridge has a waste toner storing chamber for storing the waste toner conveyed by the waste toner conveyance tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Publication number: 20190157541
    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: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru KAKIUCHI
  • Publication number: 20190152227
    Abstract: An inkjet printer further includes a printer main body, and an ink-accommodation unit including a first member and a second member. The first member is configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to the printer main body. The first member includes an injection portion for injection of ink. The second member is pivotably movably connected to the first member. The second member is pivotable relative to the first member between a closed position and an open position. When the second member is at the closed position, the injection portion is covered by the second member. When the second member is at the open position, the injection portion is exposed. Here, an axis of the pivot is parallel to a front-rear direction of the first member, and is positioned at a side of the first member, the side being closer to the printer main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinari ISHIBE
  • Publication number: 20190152228
    Abstract: The liquid cartridge includes: a front surface facing in an insertion direction intersecting a gravitational direction; a rear surface spaced apart from the front surface in the insertion direction; an upper surface facing upward; a liquid supply portion disposed at the front surface; an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface; and a movable member including a detection portion. The movable member is movable between a first position and a second position. The movable member at the second position is positioned upstream in the insertion direction relative to the electrical interface. The movable member at the first position has a portion whose widthwise position is coincident with the electrical interface in a widthwise direction orthogonal to the insertion direction and the gravitational direction. The portion of the movable member at the first position is located downstream in the insertion direction or upward relative to the electrical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki TAKAHASHI, Kosuke NUKUI, Tetsuro KOBAYASHI, Akihito ONO, Takahiro MIYAO
  • Patent number: 10293605
    Abstract: A liquid discharging device, including a liquid discharging head, a carriage, a carriage movement mechanism, a sheet conveyer, and a controller, is provided. The controller conducts a printing process, in which a path-printing operation and a conveying operation are repeated alternately for a plurality of times. The controller calculates discharging timing for the liquid discharging head to discharge the liquid in a path-printing operation, for an upstream area located on an upstream side of a predetermined reference position with regard to a carriage-movable direction, by delaying the discharging timing from a predetermined reference timing; and for a downstream area located on a downstream side of the predetermined reference position, by advancing the discharging timing from the predetermined reference timing to be earlier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10298686
    Abstract: There is provided an intermediate server for uploading data from a communication apparatus to a data storage server. While a current target file group including a current document file and some of plural image files to be uploaded is stored in the data storage server, the intermediate server receives an upload command for instructing an upload of a first image file to the data storage server, the current document file including text data for respectively specifying the image files stored in the data storage server. When the upload command is received, the intermediate server uploads the first image file, thereby changing the current target file group into a changed target file group which includes: a changed document file; and the first image file, the changed document file being acquired by adding first text data for specifying the first image file to the current document file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10293611
    Abstract: A power transmitter is configured to transmit power from a drive source to a driven member. The power transmitter includes: a cam connected to the drive source and having a cam surface; a cam follower connected to the driven member and including a sliding portion slidable on the cam surface; and a cover configured to cover the cam surface. The cover is configured to move together with the cam follower when the sliding portion of the cam follower slides on the cam surface of the cam driven by the drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mikio Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10298798
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, including a display, a memory, and a controller, to provide a plurality of functions is provided. The controller controls the display to display one of a first screen, through which one of the plurality of functions is selectable; a second screen, through which one of a plurality of options for the selected function is selectable; and a third screen, through which selection of the one of the plurality of options is indicated. When the controller reads shortcut information that indicates a first option for a selected one of the functions, and when the first option is permitted to the user, the third screen is displayed. When the first option is not permitted to the user, and if there is a second option permitted to the user, the second screen is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshi Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10296572
    Abstract: An editing apparatus includes a processor and a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the editing apparatus to perform processes that include causing a mark and at least one portion of a character string to be displayed, causing a selection image to be displayed in a state in which the at least one portion of the character string and the mark are displayed, performing, in a case where the selection image is displayed, a determination whether the mark ceases to be displayed in an outer side of one of a left edge and a right edge of the selection image, and moving the at least one portion of the character string and the mark to a position where the mark is displayed in the outer side, in response to determining that the mark ceases to be displayed in the outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minako Ishida, Shinya Goto, Yasunori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10293612
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer including a conveyor, a carriage, a recording head, a power supply, an ink receiver, a command receiver, and a controller, is provided. The controller executes the steps of: determining a discharge ink amount that should be discharged to the ink receiver; raising a drive voltage to a first voltage when the discharge ink amount is less than a first threshold value, and raising the drive voltage to a second voltage when the discharge ink amount is the first threshold value or more; performing a flushing process; based on the flushing process after having raised the drive voltage to the second voltage having finished in the case of having raised the drive voltage to the second voltage, stepping down the drive voltage from the second voltage to the first voltage; and based on the flushing process having finished and on the drive voltage being the first voltage, performing a printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Arakane
  • Patent number: 10293615
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus includes: a tank including a liquid storage chamber, a first wall configured such that liquid stored in the liquid storage chamber visually recognizable from outside, and a second wall having a supply opening; a cover configured to cover at least the first wall and including a third wall having a light transmitting portion via which a particular portion of the first wall is visually recognizable from outside; a film bonded to the tank and partly protruding toward the cover from a portion of the first wall different from the particular portion; and a positioner configured to position the tank with respect to the cover. The film extends in a direction containing a component in an up and down direction. A length of the portion of the film which protrudes from the first wall is greater than the particular length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masako Kawagoe, Taichi Shirono, Yoshinori Osakabe