Patents Examined by Geoffrey S. Mruk
  • Patent number: 10350901
    Abstract: An ink bottle comprises a container main body configured to contain ink that is to be supplied to an ink tank, an ink outlet forming portion provided on an end of the container main body and configured to include an ink outlet that causes the ink to be flowed out from the container main body, and a valve provided in the ink outlet forming portion and configured to seal the ink outlet in an openable and closable manner. The ink outlet is formed in an end face of the ink outlet forming portion. The end face is arranged to face an opposite side of the ink outlet forming portion that is opposite to a container main body side thereof. A first recess is formed in an outer side portion of the ink outlet on the end face to be recessed toward the container main body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Koichi Toba, Ryoichi Tanaka, Taku Ishizawa, Manabu Akahane, Tadashi Watanabe, Noriyuki Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 10350902
    Abstract: A collection unit configured to collect ink mist generated due to a discharge of ink from a head configured to discharge the ink includes a filter for capturing the ink mist and a liquid supply portion configured to supply a liquid to the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Arihito Miyakoshi, Masahiko Kubota, Yusuke Imahashi, Hiroshi Arimizu, Yoshinori Itoh, Hideo Sugimura, Takashi Horiba, Akira Fujikake
  • Patent number: 10350893
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a head, a platen, a platen absorbent that temporarily stores ink ejected from the head, a waste ink storage container that stores the ink discharged from the platen absorbent, and an estimation unit that, in a case where the platen is divided into a plurality of regions in a direction intersecting a conveyance direction of the printing medium, estimates an amount of ink stored in the waste ink storage container based on a position of a region to which the ink is ejected by the head and an amount of ink ejected to the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakagawa, Atsushi Arai, Masaya Uetsuki, Toshimitsu Danzuka, Kazuo Suzuki, Masataka Kato, Tsuyoshi Ibe, Shin Genta, Tatsuaki Orihara, Tomoki Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 10343399
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes: a channel substrate having a pressure chamber which is long in a first direction; an insulating film provided on the channel substrate to cover the pressure chamber; a piezoelectric film overlapping with the insulating film and having first and second portions, the first portion overlapping with a central portion of the pressure chamber in the first direction, the second portion extending from the first portion in the first direction beyond the pressure chamber, the first portion having a width in a second direction which is smaller than a width of the pressure chamber in the second direction; a first electrode arranged between the insulating film and the piezoelectric film; and a second electrode facing the first electrode with the piezoelectric film being sandwiched therebetween. The insulating film has a thin-walled portion formed at a portion overlapping with the second portion of the piezoelectric film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kyohei Naito
  • Patent number: 10336091
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes: a substrate, where a recording element is disposed; and a discharge orifice forming member, where a discharge orifice, facing the recording element, and configured to discharge the liquid, is formed. The liquid discharge head has a pressure chamber, a first liquid channel configured to supply liquid to the pressure chamber, and a second liquid channel configured to recover liquid from the pressure chamber. The substrate has a liquid supply channel connected to the first liquid channel to supply liquid to the first liquid channel, and a liquid recovery channel connected to the second liquid channel, to recover liquid from the second liquid channel. Pressure at an inlet portion of the liquid supply channel is higher than pressure at an outlet portion of the liquid recovery channel, and a flow velocity of liquid within the pressure chamber is 3 to 140 mm/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nakagawa, Shintaro Kasai, Shuzo Iwanaga, Akiko Saito, Koichi Ishida, Takatsugu Moriya
  • Patent number: 10336071
    Abstract: A print head (1) for depositing a liquid on a substrate comprises a layer structure including a stop layer (5) made of a dielectric material, an electrically conducting device layer (6), and an insulator layer (7) made of a dielectric material. A nozzle (3) is formed in the layer structure. The nozzle has a nozzle opening (34) for ejecting the liquid. A ring trench (31) is formed around the nozzle. The nozzle opening and the ring trench are radially separated by an annular nozzle wall (32). An ejection channel (37) is formed adjacent to the ring trench along the direction of ejection. An extraction electrode (8) is arranged on the insulator layer (7) and surrounds the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ETH ZURICH
    Inventors: Dimos Poulikakos, Julian Schneider, Patrick Galliker
  • Patent number: 10328698
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes: a channel substrate; a first substrate; a piezoelectric element; a spacer, which is provided on a surface of the first substrate on which the piezoelectric element is disposed; a second substrate; and a bump electrode, wherein the spacer is provided between the bump electrode and the piezoelectric element and attached to at least one of the first and second substrates by an adhesive, and wherein both a space on a side of the piezoelectric element with respect to the spacer and a space on a side of the bump electrode with respect to the spacer are opened by at least one of a portion other than a portion of the spacer positioned between the piezoelectric element and the bump electrode and an opening provided in at least one of the first and second substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taisuke Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10322582
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head is provided. The liquid discharge head includes: a semiconductor substrate including a first pressure chamber; an insulating film disposed above the semiconductor substrate; a first piezoelectric element disposed on an opposite side to the first pressure chamber of the insulating film and having a piezoelectric layer and a first and second electrode; and a doped layer formed in the semiconductor substrate. The doped layer partitions at least part of the first pressure chamber and has a lower electrical resistivity than the insulating film and the semiconductor substrate. A through hole having a conductor disposed on its inside is formed in the insulating film, and the first electrode and the doped layer are electrically continuous via the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10315446
    Abstract: A recording apparatus including a housing, an apparatus main body that constitutes an inside of the housing, the apparatus main body including a recording member that performs recording, a feed roller that feeds a medium, the medium being set at an inclined position, towards the recording member, an opening/closing body that opens/closes a portion above an area in which the recording member is disposed, and a damper that applies damping force to the opening/closing body when the opening/closing body is closed. The opening/closing body and the damper are attached to the apparatus main body through an attaching member disposed at an area above the feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Togo, Hisayuki Akahane, Kenichi Shirota
  • Patent number: 10314934
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing method, the method comprising steps of: providing a drop on demand apparatus comprising a plurality of nozzles in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir; selecting a subset of the plurality; dispensing fluid via the selected subset of the plurality; pausing all dispensing of fluid; selecting a second subset of the plurality; dispensing fluid via the second selected subset of the plurality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stephan Gary Bush, Faiz Feisal Sherman
  • Patent number: 10300699
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a recording element substrate having first to fourth discharge port groups, each of which includes a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid, first flow path connecting a first liquid tank to the first discharge port group, a second flow path connecting a second liquid tank to the second discharge port group, and a third flow path connecting a third liquid tank to the third discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group, wherein a flow resistance in the first flow path is smaller than a flow resistance in the second flow path and larger than a flow resistance in the third flow path, and wherein a ratio of the flow resistance in the second flow path to the flow resistance in the third flow path is 4 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sayaka Seki, Yuichiro Akama, Yuji Tamaru, Naoko Tsujiuchi, Yasuaki Kitayama
  • Patent number: 10293618
    Abstract: In a state where a supply portion of a cartridge is connected to a connecting portion of a cartridge attachment section, a first base part and a first protruding part of the cartridge and a second base part and a second protruding part of the cartridge attachment section have the following positional relationship: as viewed in the horizontal direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and second protruding part, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and as viewed in the vertical direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part, and the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Akinari Ishibe, Yuma Tanabe, Masahiro Hayashi, Masatake Sato, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10293617
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid injecting apparatus equipped with a liquid injecting head, which is mounted on a carriage and moved reciprocally in a widthwise direction of a target, and a valve unit, which is mounted on the carriage to be supplied with liquid via a supply passage from a liquid retainer and to supply liquid to the liquid injecting head. The valve unit has a pressure chamber connected to the liquid retainer via the supply passage; a valve, which opens or closes the supply passage to supply liquid to the pressure chamber; and a flexible film member, which is displaced based on a negative pressure generated as liquid in the pressure chamber decreases to thereby operate the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Aruga, Toshio Kumagai, Hitoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10286662
    Abstract: A bifurcation path and a flow path which communicates with the head main body through the bifurcation path are provided. The bifurcation path includes an upstream-side path and a downstream-side path. In a plan view of a flow-path forming surface including the bifurcation path and the flow path, the flow path is disposed in a state where an angle between a flowing direction in the flow path and a flowing direction in the downstream-side path is an acute angle. In addition, an angle between a first wall surface of the flow path, which is the wall surface located downstream from the upstream-side path, and a second wall surface of the upstream-side path, which is the wall surface connected to the first wall surface, is equal to or less than 90°. Furthermore, the second wall surface of the upstream-side path has an R shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Isamu Togashi
  • Patent number: 10286676
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a recording head that performs recording; a carriage that has a recording head on the bottom and is movable in a width direction intersecting a medium transport direction; at least one ink tank loaded on the carriage, above the recording head, the ink tank storing ink to be supplied to the recording head and having a filling port from which ink can be poured from a refilling container. The ink tank has, at least in one portion thereof, a level checking portion formed of a transparent material through which the liquid level in the liquid container can be viewed. The carriage has a first viewing portion through which the level checking portion of the ink tank can be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Takashi Koase
  • Patent number: 10286691
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus including: a recording unit that is configured to be capable of moving in a width direction of a medium and records an image on the medium; and a cutter unit that is configured to be connectable to the recording unit and cuts the medium by moving in the width direction, in which the recording unit has a first connection portion and a second connection portion for connecting with the cutter unit, and the cutter unit has a first engagement portion for engaging with the first connection portion and a second engagement portion for engaging with the second connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Chino, Hideki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10279587
    Abstract: An inkjet head comprises a drive section, a nozzle plate, a substrate and a wiring section. The drive section comprises two integral piezoelectric members of which polarization directions are opposite with respect to the longitudinal direction of the piezoelectric member, wherein a plurality of grooves arranged from one piezoelectric member to the middle of the other piezoelectric member and a plurality of holes arranged across the two piezoelectric members are alternately arranged along the longitudinal direction of the piezoelectric member. The nozzle plate is fixed on one main surface of the one piezoelectric member and comprises a plurality of nozzle holes facing the plurality of the grooves. The substrate is fixed with the other main surface of the other piezoelectric member. The wiring section is arranged on an inner surface of the hole and at a position facing the hole of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Shimosato
  • Patent number: 10279594
    Abstract: An apparatus displays an S_Empty informing screen on a display when a count value N reaches a threshold Nth, reads a liquid amount Vc from an IC chip of a cartridge which is installed, calculates an outflow amount Qc of a liquid flowing out from the cartridge to a tank at a period ?t based on the read liquid amount Vc, and erases the S_Empty informing screen from the display when the calculated outflow amount Qc is equal to or larger than a threshold Qth1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Horade, Mikio Ogawa, Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10280325
    Abstract: A jet ink composition, a jet ink coating method and a resulting jet ink coated article are all predicated upon the jet ink composition which includes in addition to a particulate pigment material and a solvent composition a resin composition. The resin composition includes an uncured silicone resin, an uncured epoxy resin and an uncured melamine resin. Upon thermal cure the uncured resin composition forms a cured resin composition with superior adhesion to substrates such as but not limited to glass substrates, ceramic substrates and metal oxide substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tzu-Han Chen, Ruei-ming Huang, Yongsheng Yan
  • Patent number: 10280322
    Abstract: An ink including a first pigment, a second pigment, and water. The first pigment satisfies condition 1, the second pigment satisfies condition 2, and the content (% by mass) of the first pigment relative to the content (% by mass) of the second pigment based on a total mass of the ink is 1.7 times or more to 8.0 times or less in terms of mass ratio. Condition 1: When, to a pigment dispersion liquid containing the first pigment, calcium chloride is added so as to give a predetermined concentration, the particle diameter increase rate of the solid content is 2.0 nm/second or more. Condition 2: When, to a pigment dispersion liquid containing the second pigment, hydrochloric acid is added so as to give a predetermined concentration, the particle diameter increase rate of the solid content is 0.5 nm/second or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Masada, Masahiro Terada, Hidetaka Kawamura, Akihiro Taya, Masanobu Ootsuka, Takaharu Aotani, Shoji Koike, Yutaka Yoshimasa