Patents Examined by Anh T. N. Vo
  • Patent number: 9844940
    Abstract: A print cartridge including a cartridge housing having a container body and a lid that encloses the container body. The lid includes a bottom surface and a top surface. One or more air vent openings are formed through the entire thickness of the lid from the top surface to the bottom surface. A hydrophobic coating is disposed on at least one of the top or the bottom surfaces of the lid, with the hydrophobic coating being absent over the one or more air vent openings. The hydrophobic coating is deposited in liquid or gaseous form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul W. Dryer, Christopher A. Craft
  • Patent number: 9844941
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a first case that houses a flow path member that is provided with a liquid flow path, a second case that includes a head unit, a seal member that includes a connecting portion that seals and liquid-tightly connects the liquid flow path on a first case side and a liquid flow path on a second case side. The liquid ejecting head ejects a liquid supplied from the flow path member from a nozzle of the head unit. A flow path-isolating member having higher gas barrier property than the seal member is disposed between the first case and the seal member. The flow path member is disposed in a sealed space that is defined in the first case by a flow path-isolating member being joined to the first case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9844947
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid consuming apparatus including: a liquid consuming section; a tank having a liquid storage chamber and an inlet port; a cap; and a casing having a cover movable with respect to the tank between a closed position and an open position. The cover has an inner surface and a projection projected from the inner surface toward the tank. The projection of the cover is provided with a pressing portion facing the outer surface of the cap at a predetermined spacing distance, under a condition that the liquid consuming apparatus is in a normal state in which the cover is in the closed position and that the cap is installed in the inlet port, and the pressing portion abuts firstly against the outer surface, under a condition that the cap is moved in the insertion direction for allowing the cap to be removed from the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 9840085
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: an attachment unit to which a liquid container that contains liquid is attachable; a liquid ejecting head that ejects the liquid; and a connection portion that is provided on the attachment unit and is detachably inserted into a connection port of the liquid container. The connection portion has at least one opening of a first flow passage and at least one opening of a second flow passage separately. The first flow passage is a passage through which the liquid contained in the liquid container is sent to the liquid ejecting head. The second flow passage is a passage through which the liquid contained in the liquid container is sent, but not to the liquid ejecting head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichiro Miyako
  • Patent number: 9840093
    Abstract: A light emitting elements drive control device includes: a supplying unit that supplies a common power source voltage to a plurality of light emitting elements whose light emission quantities are controlled individually by current controls; a determining unit that determines voltage ranges capable of assuring proper current control operations on the individual light emitting elements based on drive voltages for the respective light emitting elements that vary as the current controls are performed; and a setting unit that sets the power source voltage to be supplied from the supplying unit from a common voltage range of the voltage ranges determined by the determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eigo Nakagawa, Akira Sakamoto, Chikaho Ikeda, Jun Isozaki
  • Patent number: 9833999
    Abstract: A formulation unit for an inkjet printing machine, wherein the inkjet printing machine comprises a printing unit with a printing device and with an ink supply device for supplying ink to the printing device. The formulation unit comprises at least one preparation device for the preparation of ink and at least one storage tank for storing prepared ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Archroma IP GmbH, Ink-Situ AG
    Inventors: Anjani Prasad, Juan MarĂ­a Lara, Rune Jervidalo, Rainer Roesch
  • Patent number: 9827777
    Abstract: A liquid management system for supplying or receiving liquid at a controlled pressure, comprising: a closed reservoir having an inlet for receiving liquid from a first remote location and an outlet for supplying liquid to a second remote location; and a pumped outlet disposed in the reservoir and arranged to remove liquid and gas contained within the reservoir, the pumped outlet being disposed such that the level of liquid in the reservoir can be maintained at a constant height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Technology Partners, PIC.
    Inventors: Stuart Hatfield, Peter James Brown, Andrew Victor Polijanczuk
  • Patent number: 9821559
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes an opening section 30 which is formed on an outside surface of a housing 25 and through which a sheet cassette 29 is inserted, ink containers 17a and 17b that store ink, cases 18 that are disposed on outside surfaces on both sides adjacent to an outside surface on which the opening section 30 of the housing 25 is formed and holds the ink containers 17a and 17b, and a tube that supplies the ink from ink containers 17a and 17b to the inside of the housing 25, in which sizes of the cases 18 on both sides are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9821551
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes an ejection unit group that is configured with a plurality of ejection units which receives a drive signal and ejects liquid; an ejection state inspection unit that inspects a state of the ejection units; and an inspection ejection unit designation data management unit that manages inspection ejection unit designation data designating the ejection unit which is an inspection target that is the ejection unit which is inspected by the ejection state inspection unit, in the ejection unit group. The inspection ejection unit designation data includes first data of a first data format that designates the ejection unit which is first inspected, and second data of a second data format that designates the ejection unit which is continuously inspected. The second data has a smaller size than the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Motonori Chikamoto
  • Patent number: 9821548
    Abstract: An intermediate transfer film for use in a transfer lamination device includes a carrier layer, a transfer layer on the carrier layer, and a plurality of alignment marks supported on the carrier layer. The transfer section is configured to be transferred from the carrier layer to a substrate through a transfer lamination operation. Each alignment mark is substantially transparent to visible light and absorbs infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventor: James A. Rieck
  • Patent number: 9821561
    Abstract: Provided is an ink supply set having an ink containing body detachable from a liquid supply apparatus, and an electrical contact unit that is independent of the ink containing body. The ink containing body includes an ink containing portion, an ink guiding portion, and a first engaging portion, the electrical contact unit includes a circuit board and a substrate installation portion, and the liquid supply apparatus includes a liquid introduction portion and a movable support portion. In a state in which the first engaging portion and the substrate installation portion are respectively engaged with the movable support portion, the movable support portion is displaced to a connected position in which the ink guiding portion and the liquid introduction portion are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Hiroyuki Kawate
  • Patent number: 9822822
    Abstract: A drive apparatus, including: a first rotary member; a second rotary member, which is provided with an axle hole, and which receives drive power from the first rotary member or transmits drive power to the first rotary member; an axle member, which is inserted into the axle hole and engages with the first rotary member so as to transmit drive power between the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and a coupling member for coupling the first rotary member and the second rotary member; wherein the coupling member is provided with a sliding portion which is disposed between the first rotary member and the second rotary member in the radial direction and which slides over either one of the first rotary member and the second rotary member when the first rotary member and the second rotary member rotate integrally with each other via the axle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norihiro Matsumoto, Takeo Kawanami
  • Patent number: 9821580
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes a main body. An ink containing unit is disposed in the main body and is configured to contain ink to be supplied. The ink containing unit includes an ink refill portion through which ink is refilled and an ink level display surface disposed on a side surface of the main body. The side surface has an opening through which a jammed sheet is removed and a first cover configured to cover the opening. The ink level display surface and the first cover are juxtaposed on the side surface in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akinari Ishibe, Motohiro Momozaki
  • Patent number: 9815297
    Abstract: A thermal printer with head elements enables accurately determining the state of deterioration of the head elements, and minimizing the amount of stored data. A printing device has a thermal head having multiple head elements; a voltage application circuit configured to apply a printing voltage and an inspection voltage to the head elements; a head controller configured to control the thermal head and the voltage application circuit; and data storage configured to store a conversion table relationally storing a divided voltage and a resistance of the head elements. At a specific timing, the head controller applies the inspection voltage to the head elements by the voltage application circuit, measures the divided voltage of the head elements, converts the measured divided voltage to resistance based on the conversion table, acquires deterioration information based on the converted resistance, and stores the deterioration information in the data storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Uno, Shinichi Yoshie, Hideki Nishimura, Katsuo Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9809042
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus which includes a carriage which can move in a reciprocating direction, in which the carriage is provided with an ejecting unit which ejects liquid, a circuit board which inputs a signal to the ejecting unit, and a fan which can blow air toward the circuit board, and includes a separator which separates a path through which mist which occurs along with ejecting of liquid from the ejecting unit reaches the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Suzuki, Tsutomu Sasaki, Satoru Katagami, Kazutoshi Fujishima
  • Patent number: 9814098
    Abstract: A microfluidic refill includes a reservoir having a hollow body and an opening; a transport member in fluid communication with the reservoir; and a lid enclosing the opening of the reservoir. The lid is in fluid communication with the transport member. The lid comprises a rigid microfluidic delivery member. The rigid microfluidic delivery member includes a die and electrical traces that are in electrical communication with the die, wherein the electrical traces terminate at electrical contacts, wherein the electrical traces are disposed on only one plane. The die has a fluid chamber in fluid communication with the transport member at an inlet of the fluid chamber and with an orifice at an outlet of the fluid chamber and.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, David S. Hunt, Joseph Edward Scheffelin, Simon Dodd
  • Patent number: 9809030
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus which includes an ejecting unit which ejects liquid, and a collecting unit which collects mist which occurs along with ejecting of the liquid from the ejecting unit from a collecting port, in which the collecting unit includes a backflow prevention unit in the collecting port. By adopting such a liquid ejecting apparatus, it is possible to suppress backflow of mist of the liquid from the collecting unit which collects mist of the liquid which occurs along with ejecting of liquid from the ejecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Suzuki, Tsutomu Sasaki, Satoru Katagami, Kazutoshi Fujishima
  • Patent number: 9809040
    Abstract: An image recording device includes a drive roller, a driven roller, a recording unit and a control unit. The driven roller is configured and arranged with respect to the drive roller so that the recording medium is grasped between the drive roller and the driven roller. The recording unit is configured and arranged to record an image on the recording medium arranged further to a downstream side than the drive roller in a first direction. When the control unit stops conveying of the recording medium in the first direction, the control unit is configured to stop conveying of the recording medium in a state in which an area of the recording medium different from an area, in which the image is planned to be recorded after a timing at which conveying of the recording medium is stopped, is in contact with the driven roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Imamura, Akihiro Toya
  • Patent number: 9802414
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an array-type ink cartridge. The present array-type ink cartridge comprises: a plurality of ink cartridge modules which each have a pair of heads arranged so as to cross each other in the longitudinal direction so that the print width expands; and a fixing plate for fixing the plurality of ink cartridge modules and aligning the fixing position so that the plurality of ink cartridge modules are in an array configuration in the longitudinal direction of the ink cartridge modules or the width direction of the ink cartridges. The array-type ink cartridge according to embodiments of the present invention can embody various colors and print widths of various sizes by using a plurality of ink cartridge modules, and can optionally expand the number of ink cartridge modules used according to the characteristics of a printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: WOOSIM SYSTEM INC.
    Inventor: Il Bok Lee
  • Patent number: 9802420
    Abstract: A method and a device for detecting ink leakage during a printing process are used in an inkjet printing machine including a workflow system on a computer for print job control, an ink supply unit including an ink reservoir with an ink level sensor, a control unit running software for controlling the ink supply and print heads capable of creating ink drops of different sizes. A theoretical amount of ink to be consumed is calculated based on prepress printing data by adding drop volumes using the workflow system. The theoretical amount to be consumed is transmitted to the ink supply control software using the workflow system. An actual amount of ink having been consumed is detected by the ink level sensor. The theoretical ink consumption amount and the actual ink consumption amount are compared and a leakage alert is displayed if the actual amount is greater than the theoretical amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Matthias Guelck