Patents Examined by Jannelle M. Lebron
  • Patent number: 10773519
    Abstract: The first cable and the second cable are disposed to at least partially overlap with each other in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which the first terminal and the second terminal are lined up. The second terminal and the fourth terminal are disposed between the first terminal and the third terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Sukehiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10773520
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus, including: a channel structure in which a channel is formed; an actuator stacked on the channel structure in a stacking direction, the actuator configured to cause a liquid in the channel to be ejected; a first frame formed of metal and stacked on the channel structure in the stacking direction; a driver integrated circuit (IC) electrically connected to the actuator; and a second frame formed of metal, the second frame including at least two side walls facing each other and an upper wall extending between the two side walls and extending in a direction orthogonal to the stacking direction, the second frame being thermally connected to the first frame, wherein the driver IC is disposed between the two side walls, and the upper wall of the second frame is thermally connected to the driver IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shogo Mori, Motohiro Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 10766261
    Abstract: A head cleaning device includes a first wiping member, a first drive mechanism, a second wiping member, a second drive mechanism, a common drive source, and control circuitry. The first wiping member wipes a nozzle face of each of a plurality of liquid discharge heads. The first drive mechanism moves the first wiping member to a first wiping position at which the first wiping member wipes the nozzle face and a first retraction position spaced apart from the nozzle face. The second wiping member wipes the nozzle face. The second drive mechanism moves the second wiping member to a second wiping position at which the second wiping member wipes the nozzle face and a second retraction position spaced apart from the nozzle face. The common drive source drives the first drive mechanism and the second drive mechanism. The control circuitry controls the common drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10759179
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that can reduce at least one of various inconveniences in a sub-tank, such as stock management being complicated. The sub-tank includes: a consumable article containing portion; a sub-tank-side storage unit; and a case that can be detachably attached to multiple slots in a consumable article consumption apparatus and contains the consumable article containing portion. In a state before the sub-tank is first mounted in the slot, the sub-tank-side storage unit stores a sub-tank-side identifier configured to distinguish from another sub-tank, and in a state after the sub-tank is first mounted in the slot, the sub-tank-side storage unit further stores sub-tank-side consumable article information relating to an attribute of the consumable article replenished in a consumable article containing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Koganehira, Shigeki Fukushima, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Takahiro Imai, Katsutoshi Ozawa, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Noriyuki Inukai
  • Patent number: 10752025
    Abstract: A base material processing apparatus includes a first edge sensor, a second edge sensor, and a displacement amount calculation part. The first edge sensor acquires a first detection result (R1) by detecting the position of an edge of a base material in the width direction at a first detection position. The second edge sensor acquires a second detection result (R2) by detecting the position of the edge of the base material in the width direction at a second detection position. The displacement amount calculation part calculates the amount of displacement in the position of the base material in the transport direction on the basis of the first detection result (R1) and the second detection result (R2). Accordingly, the amount of displacement in the position of the base material in the transport direction can be detected without depending on images such as register marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Yoshida, Yuichi Hanada
  • Patent number: 10744781
    Abstract: A liquid discharge device is configured to display, on a display, an S_Empty notification screen in a state where a low level signal is not received from a liquid level sensor and a count value SN2 reaches a second threshold value Nth2. The liquid discharge device is configured to erase the S_Empty notification screen in a state where the low level signal is received after receiving a high level signal is received from an installation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mikio Ogawa, Toshiro Ueda, Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10744756
    Abstract: A conveyance device includes a conveyor to convey a conveyed object, a head unit to perform an operation on the conveyed object being conveyed at a first conveyance speed, a sensor to acquire data of the conveyed object, a gauge to output a measured travel amount of the conveyed object, and a processor. The processor includes a calculator to calculate a detection result including at least one of a position, a speed of travel, and a calculated travel amount of the conveyed object based on the data acquired by the sensor; and an adjusting unit to adjust a timing of acquisition of the data acquired while the conveyed object is conveyed at the first conveyance speed, based on the detection result and the measured travel amount of the conveyed object being conveyed at a second conveyance speed lower than the first conveyance speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsunobu Gohda, Tomoaki Hayashi, Masahiro Mizuno, Tsuyoshi Nagasu, Koichi Kudo, Masayuki Sunaoshi
  • Patent number: 10744764
    Abstract: A circuit or a droplet deposition apparatus, the circuit configured to generate a drive waveform having a drive pulse, a first non-ejection pulse and a second non-ejection pulse, and wherein the first non-ejection pulse is inverted with respect to the second non-ejection pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Mario Massucci
  • Patent number: 10744795
    Abstract: A liquid discharge system includes a pretreatment execution device to perform pretreatment on a medium and a liquid discharge head to discharge liquid onto the medium based on image information on an image to be output. The liquid discharge system further includes circuitry configured to control a manner of the pretreatment based on the image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Harada, Takashi Tamai, Atsufumi Hanazawa, Sayuri Kojima
  • Patent number: 10737518
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a placement portion on which a medium is placed, a feeding portion that feeds the medium that is placed on the placement portion, a recording portion that has a liquid discharge portion that discharges liquid onto the medium that is fed by the feeding portion, a processing portion that executes pre-processing of the liquid discharge portion, and a control portion that performs control of the feeding portion and the processing portion or control of the feeding portion and the recording portion such that feeding of the medium and pre-processing are performed in parallel in a case where a recording start command is received in a state in which the processing portion faces the liquid discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Takei, Yasuo Sunaga, Yasuaki Hirai
  • Patent number: 10737487
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a marking assembly suitable for providing markings, for example a text, an image, a barcode, or the like, on objects like containers, packages or products. The marking assembly comprises a control unit configured to receive a signal from a sensor and configured to either activate an actuator to move a marking device to an elevated position with an increased speed, or to activate a release device to disengage the actuator, thereby moving the marking device by a counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDINGS SA
    Inventors: Diego De Carvalho Costa, Raynier Douglas Barbosa Gomes
  • Patent number: 10737502
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fluid circulation apparatus includes a first tank to store fluid to be supplied to a fluid ejection head, a circulation path including a first flow path portion to provide fluid from the first tank to a supply port of the fluid ejection head, and a second flow path portion to return fluid from a collection port of the fluid ejection head to the first tank, a bypass flow path to connect the supply port to the collection port outside of the fluid ejection head, and a pressure sensor configured to measure pressure of the bypass flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taiki Goto, Kazuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 10737503
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fluid circulation apparatus includes a first tank to store fluid to be supplied to a fluid ejection head, a circulation path including a first flow path portion to provide fluid from the first tank to a supply port of the fluid ejection head, and a second flow path portion to return fluid from a collection port of the fluid ejection head to the first tank, a bypass flow path that connects the supply port to the collection port outside of the fluid ejection head, and a buffer tank in the bypass flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hara, Taiki Goto
  • Patent number: 10723138
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to printing systems. In one example, a printing system can include an electrode having a plurality of electrode protrusions associated therewith and a conductive plate. The electrode and conductive plate can be positioned with respect to one another to generate an electric field therebetween and to allow a media substrate to be positioned therebetween to be exposed to the electric field. Additionally, an inkjet print head can form a printed image on the media substrate after exposure to the electric field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Tracy A. Lang, Thomas A. Saksa, Jay Shields
  • Patent number: 10723137
    Abstract: A control apparatus for generating a control signal for controlling a printer on the basis of an input signal includes: an arithmetic unit configured to generate an error diffusion processing signal by subtracting, from the input signal, an error diffusion output signal output from a diffusion matrix that determines a distribution of a print density error; a multiplier unit configured to generate an intermediate signal by multiplying the error diffusion processing signal by a correction gain for controlling a correction amount of the print density error; and a quantizer unit configured to generate the control signal by quantizing the intermediate signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Funatsu
  • Patent number: 10717290
    Abstract: A liquid discharge device includes a case receiving a cartridge having a first liquid chamber, a tank having a second liquid chamber, a head, a liquid level sensor, an interface, an alarm and a controller configured to: when the cartridge is installed in the case, read a liquid amount Vc stored in the first liquid chamber from a cartridge memory through the interface; read a liquid amount Vs stored in the second liquid chamber from a memory; calculate a threshold based on the liquid amount Vc read from the cartridge memory and the liquid amount Vs read from the memory; update a count value with a value equivalent to an amount of liquid instructed to be discharged by a discharge instruction; and operate the alarm when the updated count value reaches the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10717294
    Abstract: A waste ink case includes a container. The container houses an ink absorber that absorbs ink. The container includes an ink introducing port, an exhaust vent, and a partition wall. Through the ink introducing port, the ink is introduced from a print head into the container. Through the exhaust vent, air in the container is exhausted. The partition wall acts as an obstruction between the ink introducing port and the exhaust vent. The ink absorber is provided along a ventilation passage. The ventilation passage is from the ink introducing port to the exhaust vent, detouring around the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10717271
    Abstract: An apparatus for non-evaporative drying comprises a solvent permeable transfer substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. An ejector is configured to eject a droplet comprising at least one solvent onto the first surface of the transfer substrate. A reservoir comprising a draw solution is configured to place the draw solution in contact with the second surface of the transfer substrate, and a print substrate is configured to contact a portion of the first surface of the transfer substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Eugene S. Beh, Michael Benedict, Jessica Louis Baker Rivest, David Mathew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10712701
    Abstract: In a communication device, a processor identifies first and second group printing devices in accordance with device information on each printing device, and outputs device information corresponding to the first and second group printing devices in a distinguishable manner. A printing device having a tank accommodating printing agent greater than or equal to a first reference is identified as the first and second group printing devices. A printing device having a tank accommodating printing agent less than the first reference is identified as the second group printing device. A printing device without tank and in which a cartridge accommodating printing agent less than a second reference and greater than or equal to a third reference is identified as the first group printing device. A printing device without tank and in which the cartridge accommodating printing agent less than the third reference is identified as the second group printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Nogawa, Masafumi Miyazawa, Akiko Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10710361
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head substrate including a discharge opening through which a liquid is discharged, a base that includes a surface in which a heat generating element that generates heat to discharge the liquid through the discharge opening is provided, a first electrode that covers the heat generating element, a flow passage through which the liquid flows from a supply port that supplies the liquid, through the surface of the first electrode, and towards a collection port that collects the liquid, and a second electrode provided inside the flow passage, the second electrode together with the first electrode forming an electric field in the liquid, in which the second electrode is provided downstream of the first electrode in a flow direction of the liquid flowing towards the collection port from the supply port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Misumi, Maki Kato, Yuzuru Ishida, Tsubasa Funabashi, Takahiro Matsui