Patents Examined by Alejandro Valencia
  • Patent number: 11833826
    Abstract: Add-on module suitable to receive and hold a disposable printer cartridge that is provided with inkjet nozzles, which disposable printer cartridge is equipped for placement in a printer, and wherein the add-on module is a disposable and independent item without forming a constructional part of the printer, and wherein the add-on module comprises at least one of capping means and wiping means that are arranged for capping and wiping respectively of said inkjet nozzles of the printer cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: MEVAM BV
    Inventor: Meindert de Groot
  • Patent number: 11813872
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a discard absorbing member (first absorbing member) that absorbs a liquid discarded from a discharge head to an outer side of an end portion of a medium supported by a support section as a waste liquid. Further, the recording apparatus includes: a cap which is an example of a waste liquid receiving section that receives the liquid ejected from the discharge head as a waste liquid; a waste liquid absorbing member (second absorbing member) that absorbs the waste liquid sent from the cap; and a waste liquid box (accommodating section) that holds the waste liquid absorbing member. The discard absorbing member and the waste liquid absorbing member 50A are coupled to each other such that the waste liquid can be delivered from the discard absorbing member to the waste liquid absorbing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Yamada, Takatoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11794471
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of display technology, and provides an inkjet assembly, an inkjet printing apparatus and an inkjet printing method. The inkjet assembly includes at least one jet printing member having a first surface on which an inkjet port is formed. The inkjet assembly further includes a deflection member configured to provide a deflection force to a fluid emitted from the inkjet port and a control member configured to control operation of the deflection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., Shanghai University
    Inventors: Jinsong Zhang, Jin Cao, Zhiliang Wang, Limin Yan, Xinguo Li, Xiao Wu
  • Patent number: 11738580
    Abstract: A printer including: (i) a guide device extending in a first direction; (ii) a carriage reciprocateable in the first direction, while being guided by the guide device; (iii) a recording head carried by the carriage; (iv) a feed device for feeding the recording medium in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; (v) a flexible ink-supply tube for supplying ink to the recording head; and (vi) a carriage movement detector including an encoder strip which extends in the first direction. The ink-supply tube has a U-shaped body including a pair of arm portions extending in the first direction and spaced apart from each other in the second direction. The guide device, the ink-supply tube and the encoder strip are located on respective different positions in a third direction that is perpendicular to the first and second directions. The ink-supply tube has a part that overlaps with the guide device and the encoder strip as seen in the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventor: Shuichi Tamaki
  • Patent number: 11731343
    Abstract: Various examples of systems and methods are provided for three-dimensional (3D) printing of reactive materials. In one aspect, among others, a system includes a droplet generation assembly comprising a first printhead coupled to a first reservoir of reactive material and a second printhead coupled to a second reservoir of reactive material, the first and second printheads configured to produce jets of reactive material droplets; a jet alignment assembly configured to adjust orientation of the first and second printheads to align the jets of the reactive material droplets for intersection at a collision point; and a motion control assembly configured to adjust positioning of the first and second printheads and a platform configured to position a deposition location at the collision point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Inventors: Yong Huang, Kyle Will Christensen
  • Patent number: 11718112
    Abstract: A printer includes a liquid discharge head configured to discharge a liquid to a print target, a holder configured to hold the print target, and a height detector configured to detect the print target on the holder at a first height and at a second height lower than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsu Morino, Muneyuki Okeguchi
  • Patent number: 11697290
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a control unit configured to execute image processing including a division and a combination of image data, and a printing unit configured to perform printing on a printing medium based on image data after the image processing, wherein the control unit acquires image data as a target of the n-th image processing, generates an upper image whose lower side is horizontal, and a lower image whose upper side is horizontal by dividing the image data by a horizontal line, generates combined image data whose upper side and lower side are horizontal by combining a lower image whose upper side is horizontal and that is generated by the division in the image processing at the (n?1)-th time, on the upper side of the upper image, and causes the printing unit to execute printing based on the combined image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Kayahara
  • Patent number: 11679592
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: an apparatus main body having a recording unit that performs recording onto a recording medium; and a unit body which is provided on an upper side of the apparatus main body, and forms a plurality of boundaries between the unit body and a top of the apparatus main body, wherein a recess that receives liquid entering through a gap is formed for each of the plurality of boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Haruki Miyasaka, Shintaro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 11679608
    Abstract: Both end parts of a cord are fixed to a maintenance mounting frame, and an intermediate part of the cord is laid on a first body-side rotating member, a head-side rotating member and a second body-side rotating member. Here, when a motor is driven, the movement restriction of the cord is released and a movement of a head mounting frame is restricted, whereby only the maintenance mounting frame moves together with a maintenance part while the movement of the head mounting frame is restricted. Further, when the motor is driven, a movement of the cord is restricted and the movement restriction of the head mounting frame is released, whereby only the head mounting frame moves together with a discharge head while a movement of the maintenance part is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Asada, Keisuke Hirai
  • Patent number: 11673395
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer includes: a base material transport mechanism for transporting a base material along a transport path in a transport direction; an ink ejection head having a lower surface opposed to the transport path, and an ink ejection port for ejecting ink toward the transport path; and a base plate having a lower surface opposed to the transport path over the transport path, and a mounting hole open in the lower surface, the ink ejection head being mounted in the mounting hole. The base plate includes an air flow hole that is a though hole penetrating through the base plate. The air flow hole has an air outlet open in a location downstream of the ink ejection port in the lower surface. Air passing through the air flow hole is ejected from the air outlet toward the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Tamio Fukui, Takashi Kuroda, Kazutaka Ikeuchi, Norimasa Matsui
  • Patent number: 11654700
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing device to print an image on a sheet, a carriage mounting the printing device, the carriage to scan in a main-scanning direction, a detector on the carriage, the detector to detect a presence and an absence of the sheet, and circuitry to detect an edge position of the sheet in the main-scanning direction based on a detection result by the detector while the printing device prints a first scan of the image on the sheet, adjust a print start position at which the printing device starts printing a second scan of the image on the sheet based on the edge position detected in the first scan, and control the printing device to print the second scan of the image from the print start position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kahei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11648776
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet recording apparatus which includes a recording portion, and a contact portion configured to come into contact with an upper surface of the sheet. The contact portion has a storage portion provided on a side of the recording portion and configured to store an ink, and a protruding portion provided between both ends in a width direction intersecting the transporting direction of the storage portion, and which is protruded toward the recording section, and an upper end of the protruding portion is the highest in the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ito, Yuji Koga, Wataru Sugiyama, Kenji Samoto
  • Patent number: 11623447
    Abstract: A printing module includes a first imaging device and a slot for accommodating an optional second imaging device. An ink supply module includes a slot for accommodating an optional drying/fixation apparatus, and a second ink supply device. Also, the ink supply module and the printing module include ink inlet/outlet ports such that the optional second imaging device in the printing module, if present, can be supplied ink from the second ink supply in the ink supply module when the printing module and the ink supply module are combined to form a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Henricus J. A. Van De Sande
  • Patent number: 11623999
    Abstract: A method for preparing a fluorescent polarizing film based on directional arrangement of quantum rods. In the method, an inkjet printing technology is used for printing quantum-rod ink having proper viscosity and surface tension on a substrate according to a preset pattern, and directionally arranging quantum rods to obtain a fluorescent polarizing film. The diameter and spacing of fluorescent lines obtained by the method can be controlled and adjusted according to parameter conditions such as a needle aperture, a printing speed, and a preset pattern. The prepared transparent fluorescent film with directionally arranged quantum rods has a high degree of polarization, can be prepared on a flexible substrate in a normal temperature environment, and has wide applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Xiaowei Sun, Kai Wang, Haochen Liu, Ziming Zhou, Zhe Zhang, Junjie Hao, Zuoliang Wen
  • Patent number: 11618253
    Abstract: A fluidic die may include a substrate supporting a fluid actuator address line and first and second groups of fluid actuators connected to the fluid actuator address line. The first group of fluid actuators may include first and second types of fluid actuators having different operating characteristics. The second group of fluid actuators may include the first and the second types of fluid actuators. The fluid actuators of the first and second groups have addresses such that a fluid actuator of the first type in the first group and a fluid actuator of the second type in the second group are both enabled in response to a single enabling event on the fluid actuator address line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sean P. McClelland, Donald J. Milligan, Eric T. Martin
  • Patent number: 11607891
    Abstract: A method for preparing a material for use as a surface of a medical device may include printing, with an ink jet printer and using ink that is curable with ultraviolet light, content onto a surface of material that includes woven ticking fabric laminated with polyurethane. The method may also include curing the ink with the ultraviolet light. The method may also include cutting a section of the material in registration to the content printed on the surface for use in a medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Knittie, Genaro Guajardo, Taylor Franklin, James Evans
  • Patent number: 11590760
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus includes a tank and a cartridge attachable to and detachable from the tank along an attachment and detachment direction crossing a vertical direction. The cartridge includes a first storing chamber configured to store liquid therein. The tank includes a second storing chamber configured to store liquid therein, a liquid channel and an air channel that communicate with the second storing chamber, and an air communication port allowing the second storing chamber to communicate with an outside thereof. When the cartridge is attached to the tank with the first storing chamber of the cartridge communicating with the liquid channel and the air channel of the tank, the first storing chamber has a portion located above the liquid channel and the air channel in the vertical direction, and the tank is located below a secondary-lower surface and faces a secondary-front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Akinari Ishibe, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tatsuya Shindo
  • Patent number: 11590757
    Abstract: A discharge apparatus includes a discharge unit configured to discharge a liquid to a medium, a suction unit, and a supply unit configured to supply a gas to the suction unit. The suction unit includes an opening facing the medium, and a suction groove including an arc-shaped inner wall surface inside the opening and configured to suck mist around the medium. An outlet portion configured to blow out the gas supplied from the supply unit toward the inner wall surface is provided in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Arimizu, Yoshinori Itoh, Motomi Tsuyuki, Yusuke Imahashi, Arihito Miyakoshi, Yasushi Iijima, Hideo Sugimura, Takashi Horiba, Akira Fujikake, Masahiko Kubota
  • Patent number: 11577517
    Abstract: A printhead maintenance system includes: an inkjet printhead; a carriage movable longitudinally along the printhead in a cleaning direction, the carriage having a maintenance member including: a fluid bath having a mouth opposing the nozzle face of the printhead, a primary fluid inlet at an upstream end of the fluid bath relative to the cleaning direction, a suction nozzle at a downstream end of the fluid bath relative to the cleaning direction and a pair of wipers flanking the fluid bath; and a traversing mechanism for traversing the carriage along the printhead. The maintenance member does not contact inkjet nozzles of the printhead; the wipers each comprise a wiper material for contacting respective parts of the printhead flanking a nozzle face; and the wiper material is air-permeable such that, in use, suction of air through the wiper material into the fluid bath generates a foam in the fluid bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Zhenya Yourlo, Reza Behi
  • Patent number: 11577514
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording head that ejects inks of different colors on a recording medium to form an image based on image data, a storage device that stores a plurality of different dot patterns for flushing, and a control device that functions as: a controller that allows the recording head to make flushing; an image area detector that detects an image area in the image data; an overlapping dot counter that counts a number of overlapping dots for each of the plurality of dot patterns according to which flushing is to be made on the image area, the number of overlapping dots being a number of dots in the dot pattern of the ink ejected on the image area; and a dot pattern assignor that assigns, according to the number of overlapping dots, the respective dot patterns for use in flushing with the inks of different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takuya Kotsuji, Hiroshi Yokota, Toshihiko Tanaka, Seiki Satomi