Patents Examined by Alexander D. Shenderov
  • Patent number: 10350920
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that has a plurality of functions including a printing function and is capable of executing printing with resolution of 300 dpi or more includes a plurality of operating units including a printing unit and a power supply unit. The power supply unit includes a substrate, an input terminal that receives an alternating voltage, a smoothing capacitor that smooths the alternating voltage, a thermistor that detects a temperature, and a comparator that compares a signal output from the thermistor with a standard signal and outputs a notification signal. The input terminal, the smoothing capacitor, the thermistor, and the comparator are mounted on the substrate. The supply of power from the power supply unit is stopped based on the state of the notification signal. A gap between the input terminal and the thermistor is longer than a gap between the input terminal and the smoothing capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Koike, Tomonori Yamada, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10350909
    Abstract: A decurling device includes a first conveyance path, a second conveyance path, a first switch, a decurler, and a controller. A sheet is conveyed along the first conveyance path or the second conveyance path. The first switch switches a route of conveyance of the sheet to the first conveyance path or the second conveyance path. The sheet has a first main surface and a second main surface. The decurler is located in the second conveyance path. The decurler corrects curl of the sheet. In a situation in which a weight per unit area of the sheet is smaller than a first threshold value, the controller controls the first switch such that the sheet is conveyed along the second conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroatsu Tamai, Takeshi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Ueda, Noriaki Ozawa, Toyotsune Inoue, Susumu Hiroshima, Takatoshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10350921
    Abstract: A carriage assembly for a printer that reciprocates along scan directions. The carriage assembly includes at least one printhead having a row of jetting channels for ejecting a print fluid, and reservoirs mounted on the carriage assembly that each supply the print fluid to the printhead. At least one of reservoirs is mounted on the carriage assembly to be offset from the row of jetting channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10343411
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head is mounted on a carriage in which a first positioning hole defined by a first inner surface is provided. The liquid ejecting head includes a first positioning member and a first intermediate member. The first intermediate member includes a first expansion portion being capable of being inserted into a first positioning hole and abutting on the first inner surface by expanding in a radial direction intersecting with an insertion direction of the first expansion portion. The first expansion portion includes a first insertion hole into which the first positioning member is inserted and expands in the radial direction by the first positioning member being inserted into the first insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SII PRINTEK INC.
    Inventors: Masaru Midorikawa, Naohiro Tomita, Shunsuke Yamazaki, Shuji Sato, Yuki Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10343413
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge is configured to be inserted into a cartridge-attachment section including a casing, a movable member, and an urging member. The casing includes a liquid chamber storing liquid therein; a liquid passage extending in a first direction in an upright posture, and a top surface. The top surface faces upward in the upright posture and formed with a recess. The movable member has a light blocking portion. The light blocking portion in the upright posture is configured to move between a first position and a second position. At least a part of the light blocking portion in the first position is positioned above the top surface in the upright posture. The urging member is configured to urge the movable member toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Miyao, Akihito Ono, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Fumio Nakazawa, Kosuke Nukui
  • Patent number: 10336101
    Abstract: A droplet discharge apparatus includes a head having nozzles capable of discharging droplets onto a medium, a heater configured to heat the medium onto which the droplets are discharged from the head, a blower fan configured to blow outside air from the outside to the inside of a casing that accommodates the head and the heater, and a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of outside air blown by the blower fan. If the temperature of outside air detected by the temperature sensor is less than a predetermined set temperature, the air volume of the blower fan is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuneyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10336108
    Abstract: A credential production device includes a processing path, a transport mechanism, a processing assembly and at least one assembly guide. The transport mechanism is configured to feed individual substrates along the processing path. The processing assembly includes a supply spool support, a take-up spool support, a plurality of ribbon supports, and a print head or a transfer roller. Each assembly guide is configured to guide movement of the processing assembly substantially perpendicularly to the processing path between an operating position and a loading position relative to the processing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Stangler, James Rieck, Ted M. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10336087
    Abstract: A liquid container is enabled to contain a liquid therein. An outer wall of the liquid container has a first surface, a second and a third surfaces are adjacent to the first surface, and the second surface and the third surface face each other. The first surface has a space in which a storage element storing the information on the liquid container is contained. The first surface and the second surface have a first recessed portion that crosses a boundary between the first surface and the second surface, and the first surface and the third surface have a second recessed portion that crosses a boundary between the first surface and the third surface. The first recessed portion and the second recessed portion face each other across the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeho Miyashita, Yasuo Kotaki, Tetsuya Ohashi, Hiroki Hayashi, Manabu Ohara
  • Patent number: 10336112
    Abstract: Printers and other machines providing tangible outputs are provided. In one implementation, a printer comprises a housing having a fixed structure and a movable cover configured to be movable with respect to the fixed structure. The printer also includes a printing mechanism that is disposed inside the housing and is configured to print an image on a medium. The movable cover is movably attached to the fixed structure via a first pivoting mechanism that defines a first pivoting axis. The movable cover is configured to be pivoted about the first pivoting axis of the first pivoting mechanism. Also, the movable cover comprises a plurality of linked slats, each pair of adjacent linked slats being linked together by a second pivoting mechanism. Each second pivoting mechanism includes characteristics enabling a user to detach the adjacent linked slats from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Celinder, Michael James Wells
  • Patent number: 10328715
    Abstract: A method of operating a transfer printer (1), the transfer printer comprising first and second spool supports each being configured to support a spool (3,4) of ribbon (2), a ribbon drive configured to cause movement of ribbon (2) from the first spool support to the second spool support along a predetermined ribbon path, and a printhead (7), the printhead being configured to selectively transfer ink from the ribbon to a substrate as the substrate is moved relative to the printhead in a direction of substrate movement. The method comprises driving the ribbon in a direction parallel to the direction of substrate movement, printing a first plurality of images onto a first respective plurality of substrates, driving the ribbon in a direction opposite to the direction of substrate movement, driving the ribbon in the direction parallel to the direction of substrate movement, and printing a second plurality of images onto a second respective plurality of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Steven John Buckby, Philip Hart
  • Patent number: 10308026
    Abstract: In one example, a structure to hold a printhead includes a surface defining an opening through which the printhead orifices may be exposed for printing and a replaceable shield shielding an area of the surface around the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marta Coma Vives, Xavier Gros Gras, Francesc Melia Sune
  • Patent number: 10308009
    Abstract: A print media holder device has first and second grip members. Permanent magnets are attached to the first and second grip members. An electromagnet is disposed between the first and second grip members, where when the electromagnet is selectively energized the permanent magnets attached to the first and second grip members are repelled in a manner that increases the outer dimension of the print media holder device to grip a media core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMEC IP CORP.
    Inventors: Wai Kit Ho, Harry Nicholas Makabali Lansangan, Ling Siong Chwa
  • Patent number: 10309054
    Abstract: A method of printing and processing a fabric having first material yarns forming a technical front, and second material yarns forming a technical back, first and second material yarns being held together by a ground; carding and polishing the technical front to increase the permeability of the fabric; printing an image on the technical front of the fabric, so that ink from the printing process penetrates to the ground of the fabric; brushing and napping the technical back, after the printing process, so that ink from the technical front is pulled through the ground to the technical back, so that a mirror image of the image from the technical front is formed on the technical back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ASHFORD TEXTILES, LLC.
    Inventors: Yuehua Allen Guo, Jack Burns
  • Patent number: 10308059
    Abstract: A printing apparatus for performing printing on a medium includes a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature and a control unit configured to, in a case where an operation mode of the printing apparatus is a first mode, allow the temperature sensor to detect temperature of heat emitted by an external heater, and execute processing in relation to an adjustment of the external heater based on the detected temperature. The external heater is externally installed and is configured to heat the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiko Sano
  • Patent number: 10301495
    Abstract: To provide an ink jet recording method excellent in a fixability of an image, capable of recording an image excellent in optical density, and excellent in a recoverability, when it uses a recording apparatus having a line head. This method records an image by using an ink jet recording apparatus equipped with a line head having an ejection nozzle of a pigment-containing aqueous ink and a mechanism for recovering an ejection state of the aqueous ink from the nozzle and applying the ink to a recording medium. The pigment has an average particle diameter of 80 nm or more, the ink has a dynamic surface tension of 55 mN/m or less at a lifetime of 10 milliseconds, the recovery mechanism includes a mechanism for causing the ink in the nozzle to flow, and the viscosity of the ink in the nozzle is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daiji Okamura
  • Patent number: 10286656
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a nozzle row in which nozzles which discharge a liquid are provided to line up, drive elements for discharging the liquid from the nozzles, and a control unit which drives the drive elements, in which the control unit selects the nozzles which are necessary from the nozzle row based on recording data and causes the liquid to be discharged from the nozzles which are selected at a predetermined timing, and in which a nozzle group is configured by consecutive nozzles which are adjacent to each other among the nozzles which are selected at each timing and a discharge timing of the liquid to be discharged from the nozzles of end portions of the nozzle group is caused to deviate with respect to the discharge timing of the liquid to be discharged from the nozzles other than those of the end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Miyagishi
  • Patent number: 10286652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting the presence of a jet from a multi-jet print head of an inkjet printer comprising a plurality of nozzles (4), at least one 1st and one 2nd deviation electrode (14a, 14b) for each jet, in which: the inkjet is produced by one of the nozzles, at a frequency fstim1, and is then charged by a voltage VTHT at a frequency fTHT, fTHT not being an integer multiple or sub-multiple of fstim1; a jet charge signal is detected, derived from sampling, at frequency fstim1, of the voltage at frequency fTHT, at least one spectral component of this signal being used to detect the presence of the jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DOVER EUROPE SÀRL
    Inventor: Damien Bonneton
  • Patent number: 10286659
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes an m number of data setters ranging from a first data setter to an m-th data setter, and an m number of print controllers ranging from a first print controller to an m-th print controller, where m is a natural number greater than or equal to 2. Upon receiving data for ink dots, an n-th data setter sets an n-th dot group including some or all of the ink dots, where n is a natural number in a range of from 2 to m. An n-th print controller causes the n-th dot group to be formed over an (n?1) dot group. The first to the m-th data setters set the first to the m-th dot groups so that at least some of ink dots belonging to the first to the m-th dot groups overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinari Ogura, Katsuo Ikehata, Yuya Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10280317
    Abstract: Graphene ink compositions comprising nitrocellulose and related methods of use comprising either thermal or photonic annealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Mark C. Hersam, Ethan B. Secor, Theodore Z. Gao
  • Patent number: 10272703
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that enables a medium container to be detached by moving a hopper with a reduced load with a simple structure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Soshi Okawa, Kazuhiro Nishiyama