Patents Examined by Julian D. Huffman
  • Patent number: 10265977
    Abstract: A tape cartridge, to be installed in a tape printing apparatus having a cartridge installation portion, includes a tape-shaped member having a plurality of label portions provided along a length direction of the tape-shaped member and a plurality of detection target portions provided along the length direction of the tape-shaped member so as to correspond to the plurality of label portions on one side thereof in a tape width direction projecting in the tape width direction. The tape cartridge further includes a cartridge case in which the tape-shaped member is accommodated so as to be capable of being paid out. The cartridge case has a slit-shaped delivery port. A detection target passage of the tape delivery port, through which the respective detection target portions pass, has a chamfering portion at a corner on an inner surface side of the cartridge case of an edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taishi Sasaki, Kenichi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10259963
    Abstract: To provide an aqueous ink that can suppress the dissolution of silicon or a silicon compound contained in a recording head, can be stably, continuously ejected for a long time, and enables the recording of an image having excellent glossiness. An aqueous ink for ink jet includes a pigment, a resin dispersant for dispersing the pigment, an alkanolamine and a urethane resin. The pigment is a solid solution containing C.I. Pigment Red 122 and C.I. Pigment Violet 19, and the proportion (% by mass) of the C.I. Pigment Red 122 is 10% by mass or more to 90% by mass or less based on the total mass of the solid solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Aiko Masada, Kenichi Shiiba, Yuki Nishino, Kenji Moribe
  • Patent number: 10252516
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transfer drum including a transfer section and a non-transfer section which are moved cyclically, a print unit forming an ink image by discharging ink to the transfer section, a transfer unit transferring the ink image to a print medium, liquid absorbing member absorbing a liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section, a driving unit moving the liquid absorbing member, and a control unit. When a position at which the liquid absorbing member absorbs the liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section is defined as a liquid absorbing position, the control unit controls the driving unit such that a predetermined portion in which liquid absorbing performance of the liquid absorbing member degrades passes through the liquid absorbing position while the non-transfer section passes through the liquid absorbing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Sugimoto, Yuichiro Yanagi
  • Patent number: 10252522
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejection head, a plurality of amplifiers, and a plurality of signal line sets. The liquid ejection head has a plurality of actuators. The plurality of amplifiers is configured to amplify driving signals supplied to each of the plurality of actuators. The plurality of signal line sets is provided for respective ones of the plurality of amplifiers. Each of the plurality of signal line sets includes a supply line and a return line. The supply line is configured to supply the driving signals amplified by a corresponding one of the plurality of amplifiers to the plurality of actuators. The return line is configured to return the driving signals to the corresponding one of the plurality of amplifiers. Each of the plurality of amplifiers is electrically floating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuhei Hiwada
  • Patent number: 10253197
    Abstract: To provide an aqueous ink for ink jet enabling the recording of an image having excellent character quality and excellent highlighter resistance immediately after the recording. An aqueous ink for ink jet includes a pigment and a urethane resin. The urethane resin has a unit derived from a polyisocyanate, a unit derived from a polyol having no acid group and a unit derived from a polyol having an acid group, the proportion of a unit derived from the polyol having an acid group present at the molecular terminal relative to the whole unit derived from the polyol having an acid group is 30% or less, and the aqueous ink has a dynamic surface tension of 55 mN/m or more at a lifetime of 10 msec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Shiiba, Kenji Moribe, Daiji Okamura, Kousuke Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10245844
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining a 3-dimensional object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a frame configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject marking material on to a surface of an object. A flexible belt is positioned around an inside of the frame to form a circle. One end of the belt is fixed to the frame. An opposite end of the belt passes through an opening in a side of the frame. Pulling the belt through the opening tightens the belt encircled around the object in the frame. A lock prevents the belt from loosening after it has been pulled tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Annie Liu, Christopher Douglas Atwood, Kelly Burton, Elizabeth M. Crossen
  • Patent number: 10245847
    Abstract: Provided is a reaction solution containing any one or more kinds of organic solvents from esters, alkylene glycol ethers, cyclic esters, and alkoxyalkyl amides; and an aggregating agent which aggregates components of an ink composition, in which the reaction solution is used for a recording method performed by using the ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akiko Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10245845
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an object holder for securely retaining an object while it is being printed in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the object holder of the present invention. In one embodiment, the object holder comprises a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject in onto a surface of an object. The mount has a plurality of receptacles, each has a shape for receiving a retainer in one of a plurality of orientations. A head of each retainer is shaped to retain an edge of the object on the mount. A base of each retainer is shaped such that, when the base is pressed into a receptacle, the head assumes a desired orientation. The removable retainers retain the object on the shuttle mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Ireland, Michael N. Soures, Bruce H. Smith, Donald E. Thresh, James D. Vanbortel
  • Patent number: 10239332
    Abstract: A printing device interrupts printing a label and cutting the label of which printing was interrupted when the image printed on the label may be corrupted. The printer controller drives a printhead and conveyance unit to print labels. When the trailing end of the label paper is detected, whether or not a target label in the group of labels being printed can be conveyed so that the trailing end of said target label goes downstream from the printing position before the conveyance amount of the conveyance unit reaches a specific amount. If said conveyance is not possible, printing the target label by the printhead is interrupted, the conveyance unit is controlled to set the target label being printed to the cutting position, and the cutter mechanism is then controlled to cut the target label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Minoru Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10239275
    Abstract: A corrugated fiberboard printing device includes a protection device which regulates approaching of a corrugated fiberboard within a predetermined distance against an inkjet head, and a controller. The protection device includes multiple regulation devices which are juxtaposed in a width direction of the corrugated fiberboard, and a movement mechanism which moves each of the multiple regulation devices in the width direction. The controller includes a specific column setting unit which is set to classify a specific column, in which a printing quality is less influenced even when the specific column is regulated by the regulation device, with respect to the corrugated fiberboard in a sheet width direction based on order information, and a movement mechanism control unit which controls the operation of the movement mechanism and moves each of the regulation devices so as to regulate the corrugated fiberboard in the specific column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Kaji, Kazuya Sugimoto, Makoto Shimohatsubo, Kunihiko Yamamuro, Takao Hisayuki
  • Patent number: 10240961
    Abstract: An electronic water meter capable of implementing precision metering. The electronic water meter comprises a machine frame, multiple counter units, and multiple shielding plates. The counter units comprise numerical character wheels, magnets, magnetic angular displacement sensors, and digital circuits. The magnetic angular displacement sensors are electrically connected to the digital circuits, sense components of magnetic fields at respective positions thereof on the basis of angular position changes of magnetic field vectors of the counter units, and transmit a corresponding electric signal to the digital circuits. The digital circuits perform a calculation processing on the basis of the electrical signal outputted by the magnetic angular displacement sensors and output a digital signal corresponding to the angular positions of the numerical character wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MULTIDIMENSION TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Cheng, James Geza Deak
  • Patent number: 10232609
    Abstract: An ink jet head includes a nozzle connected to an ink chamber, an actuator configured to change a pressure of the ink chamber, a driver circuit configured to supply a drive waveform to the actuator in response to a control signal, a non-volatile memory configured to store information for setting the drive waveform, a first signal line via which a logic power supply voltage is supplied to the driver circuit, a second signal line via which the control signal is supplied to the driver circuit, a third signal line via which the logic power supply voltage is supplied to the non-volatile memory, a fourth signal line via which the information stored in the non-volatile memory can be transferred, a first connector circuit that connects the first signal line to the third signal line, and a second connector circuit that connects the second signal line to the fourth signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teruyuki Hiyoshi
  • Patent number: 10232632
    Abstract: An object is to provide a liquid ejection apparatus that allows suppression of a fluctuation in a pressure of a liquid in a flow path caused by a liquid delivery unit, enabling the liquid to be stably ejected through an ejection port. The liquid ejection apparatus including a liquid ejection head having an ejection port through which a liquid is ejected, a flow path configured to communicate with the ejection port, and a liquid delivery unit configured to feed the liquid to the flow path. A relation between an angular frequency ? of the liquid delivered from the liquid delivery unit, a coefficient of kinematic viscosity ? of the liquid, and an equal diameter a of at least a part of a section of an extra-head flow path in a direction normal to a direction in which ink flows satisfies ?(?/2?)×a>1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10232631
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes a first surface and a second surface facing a particular direction, with a liquid outlet through the first surface. A circuit board is mounted on the second surface, and a liquid detection mechanism including a light access portion extends above the second surface further than the circuit board in the particular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoya Okazaki, Tetsuro Kobayshi, Hiroaki Takahashi, Kosuke Nukui, Akihito Ono, Mikio Hirano, Suguru Tomoguchi, Yutao Wang, Tomohiro Kanbe
  • Patent number: 10228396
    Abstract: The invention provides circuits, systems and methods for dielectric elastomer device (DED) self-sensing. The circuit comprises a first DED coupled or adapted for coupling to a first voltage source (for providing an actuating or priming signal, for example); a current sensor provided in series with the first DED; and an oscillating signal source coupled to the first DED and adapted to cause an oscillation in a voltage across the DED, wherein the oscillating signal source is decoupled from the first voltage source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Auckland Uniservices Limited
    Inventors: Todd Alan Gisby, Thomas Gregory McKay, Ho Cheong Lo, Benjamin Marc O'Brien, Iain Alexander Anderson
  • Patent number: 10220615
    Abstract: A method for controlling a liquid ejecting apparatus includes: driving a ejecting section by using each of a plurality of candidate waveforms of a minute vibration pulses in parallel with movement of a liquid ejecting head, the minute vibration pulses vibrates a liquid surface within a nozzle of the liquid ejecting head without causing liquid to be ejected from the nozzle, the candidate waveforms are different from each other; and setting a waveform of the minute vibration pulses included in a driving signal generated by the signal generating section, in accordance with an instruction accepted with an operating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryota Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10214025
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including a controller configured to execute: causing a printing execution unit to execute printing of a first test image and a second test image; acquiring first scan image data; acquiring second scan image data; identifying a first boundary; identifying a first number of pixels and a second number of pixels; calculating a first number of unit pixels and a second number of unit pixels; calculating a relevant value related to density of a dot formed by each nozzle; and generating characteristics data which indicates ink jetting characteristics of N pieces of nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaya Takasu
  • Patent number: 10214031
    Abstract: The invention provides an inkjet print apparatus and a recovery method of an inkjet print apparatus, which can suppress deterioration of productivity. For that purpose, timing, at which a recovery operation is practiced in accordance with a facing time period of a print head and a print medium and a not facing time period thereof, is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ito
  • Patent number: 10214026
    Abstract: A direct-to-object printer includes an object rotating subsystem. The object rotating subsystem includes an actuator with an output shaft, a holder mounted to the output shaft, the holder being configured to grip a portion of the object, and a controller operatively connected to the actuator. The controller is configured to operate the actuator to rotate the holder and the object gripped by the holder to enable at least one of the printheads in a printer to print a portion of a circumference of the object that is longer than a width of the at least one printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy R. Jaskowiak, Chu-Heng Liu, Paul J. McConville, Jason M. LeFevre, Douglas K. Herrmann, Reid W. Gunnell
  • Patent number: 10207506
    Abstract: There is provided an inkjet printing apparatus that can execute a recovery process appropriate for a print head according to a use condition of the inkjet printing apparatus. Therefore a recovery operation is performed based upon both an elapsed time in a non-use state where the printing is not performed and an elapsed time from the previous recovery process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Iwasaki, Tomoyuki Tenkawa, Atsushi Takahashi, Kei Kosaka