Patents Examined by Julian Huffman
  • Patent number: 10197532
    Abstract: The present application relates to pulsed discharge ionization detectors (PDIDs) and non-radioactive ionization sources, including miniaturized forms thereof. In some examples, the PDID includes annular electrodes, where each electrode is disposed between annular insulators. Also provided herein are methods of making and using such PDIDs, such as for detecting one or more volatile organic compounds, as well as non-radioactive ionization sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald P. Manginell, Matthew W. Moorman, Kent B. Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10160199
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharging apparatus including: a discharging portion which discharges liquid; a fixing portion which fixes the discharging portion; a circuit substrate for controlling discharge of the liquid; a head cover which covers the circuit substrate; and a covering portion which connects the fixing portion and the head cover to each other, and covers a part between the fixing portion and the head cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kyohei Date
  • Patent number: 10160206
    Abstract: Accounting for oscillations with drop ejection waveforms can include identifying a previous ejection waveform having a first plurality of parameters including a time interval from a final pulse of the previous ejection waveform. Accounting for oscillations with drop ejection waveforms can include determining a second plurality of parameters based on the first plurality of parameters, where the second plurality of parameters define a current ejection waveform that accounts for oscillations caused by the previous ejection waveform. Accounting for oscillations with drop ejection waveforms can include applying the current ejection waveform to cause an ejection nozzle of the printhead to generate a desired fluid drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhizhang Chen, Tony S. Cruz-Uribe, Peter J. Fricke
  • Patent number: 10155397
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a printer including a plurality of printing modes. A first printing mode is a printing mode for discharging a label by a transfer device, the label being still attached to a backing sheet. A second printing mode is a printing mode for discharging the label by the transfer device while peeling off the label from the backing sheet. The printer controls power supply from a storage battery such that a printing device performs printing at a first printing speed when the printing mode is the first printing mode and such that the printing device performs the printing at a second printing speed when the printing mode is the second printing mode, the second printing speed being slower than the first printing speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 10150303
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a printer including a plurality of printing modes. A first printing mode is a printing mode for discharging a label by a transfer device, the label being still attached to a backing sheet. A second printing mode is a printing mode for discharging the label by the transfer device while peeling off the label from the backing sheet. The printer controls power supply from a storage battery such that a printing device performs printing at a first printing speed when the printing mode is the first printing mode and such that the printing device performs the printing at a second printing speed when the printing mode is the second printing mode, the second printing speed being slower than the first printing speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 10150291
    Abstract: Provided is an inkjet print head capable of favorably cleaning an ejection port surface and also of improving landing accuracy of ejected ink onto a print medium. For that purpose, a conductive layer formed of a conductive material is formed on a support substrate, flattening processing is executed, and a liquid ejection substrate is mounted on the support substrate with good positional accuracy without protrusion of a sealant for protecting an electric connection portion of the liquid ejection substrate from the ejection port surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10144230
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mechanism that improves accuracy for positioning a head relative to a carriage, and easily performs positional adjustment for the head. A carriage unit includes a first carriage structure and a second carriage structure. The first carriage structure includes a first sliding face that can slide along a guide shaft, and a head can be mounted on the first carriage structure. The second carriage structure includes a second sliding face that can slide along the guide shaft, and can hold the first carriage structure to allow positional adjustment for the first carriage structure in a predetermined direction in which a position where the first sliding face contacts the guide shaft is to be shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Sekino, Koichi Kudaki, Ryoma Arai
  • Patent number: 10137700
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus configured to record an image based on image data on a sheet, the ink-jet recording apparatus includes a first roller pair, a second roller pair, a carriage, a recording head, and a controller configured to: control the first roller pair and the second roller pair to perform intermittent conveyance of the sheet; control the carriage and the recording head to record a one-pass image on the sheet; and calculate an overlap amount, in the conveyance direction, of a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a predefined one pass and a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a next one pass after the predefined one pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ito, Iwane Sano, Gakuro Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10131153
    Abstract: An image-recording apparatus includes a cartridge including a first storage chamber and a first air communication portion, a cartridge-attachment portion including a second storage chamber and a second air communication portion, a switching portion, and a controller. The second storage chamber stores liquid supplied from a supply portion of the cartridge connected to a connecting portion of the cartridge-attachment portion through a liquid outlet port. The switching portion switches the second air communication portion between a first state and a second state. An air flow rate through the second air communication portion per unit of time is lower in the second state than in the first state. The controller determines the liquid level of liquid in the first storage chamber and switches the switching portion to the second state when the liquid level in the first storage chamber is lower than a vertical position of the liquid outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masatake Sato, Akinari Ishibe, Yuma Tanabe, Masahiro Hayashi, Akihito Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10124603
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing panels having a decorative surface, wherein the panels at least comprise a substrate and a top layer, wherein the top layer comprises a paper layer having a printed pattern, and wherein the method at least comprises the step of providing the paper layer with thermosetting resin by transporting the paper layer through a resin application device in a resin application direction, and the step of providing the paper layer with at least a portion of the printed pattern by means of a digital inkjet printer, wherein the printed pattern comprises a wood motif having wood nerves extending generally in a nerve direction substantially corresponding to the resin application direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: UNILIN, BVBA, AGFA, NV
    Inventors: Benjamin Clement, Laurent Meersseman, Patrick Van Den Bergen, Rudi Vanhooydonck
  • Patent number: 10118390
    Abstract: An inkjet print head including a plurality of single jet elements. Each of the single jet elements includes an aperture configured to eject ink during a jetting event, and a channel for receiving ink, the channeling including a recirculation portion configured to receive ink during a non-jetting event. The print head also includes a first manifold structured to supply ink to the channel, and a second manifold structured to receive ink from the recirculation portion of the channel. The ink flows from the inlet portion to the second outlet portion during non-jetting through the second outlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Terrance L. Stephens, David A. Tence, Ryan J. Evens
  • Patent number: 10118403
    Abstract: A droplet ejecting apparatus includes: an ejecting section having a plurality of nozzles arranged along an intersecting direction with a transport direction of a recording medium. Each nozzle ejects a main droplet and a sub-droplet smaller than the main droplet consecutively. Each nozzle can change a deflection amount in an ejecting direction of the main droplet along the intersecting direction. A control section performs, in a case where a defective nozzle exists in the nozzles, a control of deflecting the ejecting directions of the main droplets ejected from a nozzle positioned within a predetermined distance from the defective nozzle toward a landing position of a main droplet that should have ejected from the defective nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Maeda, Shinji Seto
  • Patent number: 10114046
    Abstract: A sample and hold circuit takes a sample of the current flowing through an inductor of a buck switched-mode power supply (SMPS) at substantially the middle of the low side portion (50 percent point during low side switch ON) of the pulse width modulation (PWM) period. This sample of the current through the SMPS inductor during the low side ON 50% point may be considered as the “average” or “DC output” current of the SMPS, and taken every time at precisely the same low side ON 50%. A constant current source and sink are used to charge and discharge a timing capacitor whose voltage charge is monitored by a high speed voltage comparator to provide precise sample timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Scott Dearborn, Cliff Ellison
  • Patent number: 10112412
    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 back support 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 top and bottom arm are attached to the back support. At least two support braces are attached to the top and bottom arms. At least one restraining bar is slideably attached to the support braces such that the bar can be raised or lowered on to the object seated between the top and bottom arms. The bar physically retains the object while the object is being printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Jason Lefevre, Chu-Heng Liu, Paul McConville
  • Patent number: 10105962
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus includes: a head; a first-liquid-passage member defining a first liquid passage as a portion of a liquid passage connecting between the head and a tank; a second-liquid-passage member, as another portion of the liquid passage, defining a second liquid passage and having a gas permeability less than the first-liquid-passage member; a purging device; and a controller configured to: obtain air-position information relating to a position of air having flowed into the liquid passage from a liquid inlet opening; and execute a liquid discharge processing in which the controller controls the purging device to execute a liquid purging operation such that an amount of the liquid discharged when the air position indicated by the air-position information is located in the second liquid passage is less than that of the liquid discharged when the air position is located in the first liquid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10105959
    Abstract: A liquid supplying apparatus, configured to supply a liquid to a liquid ejecting section that is configured to eject the liquid, includes a tank configured to contain the liquid, the tank including a liquid containing section, and a container section connected to the tank. The container section is exposed to air through the tank, and the container section is connected to the liquid containing section of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Munehide Kanaya, Naomi Kimura, Koki Hayashi, Koji Nishimaki, Shoma Kudo
  • Patent number: 10099477
    Abstract: A fluid printhead including at least one fluid ejection element. The fluid ejection element includes a fluid chamber, a throat portion through which fluid is provided to the fluid chamber, and a heater element disposed within the fluid chamber. The fluid ejection element also includes a printhead condition detection system. The printhead condition detection system includes a first electrode at least a portion of which is disposed within the fluid chamber, the first electrode configured to receive a step voltage, a second electrode disposed within the throat portion, and a sense circuit electrically connected to the second electrode that generates an output based on the application of the step voltage to the first electrode as an indication of printhead condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: John Glenn Edelen, Steve Bergstedt
  • Patent number: 10099488
    Abstract: Marking device for marking information carriers, has a housing, a marking unit, a marking region inside the housing, and a holding device for holding at least one information carrier. The holding device is movable between a loading and unloading position outside the marking region and a marking position inside the marking region. A feed magazine for a plurality of information carriers to be marked, a deposit magazine for depositing a plurality of marked information carriers, a conveyor device and a positioning device are provided. An information carrier can go from the feed magazine into a first lower level below the holding device in the marking region by means of the conveyor device and vertically between the first lower level and the marking position in a second upper level by the positioning device, and from the first lower level in the marking region to the deposit magazine by the conveyor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Kilian Klages, Moez Bibani, Jörg Donoth, Mario Hiss
  • Patent number: 10096273
    Abstract: A method for debugging an overdrive table is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of establishing debugging conditions for debugging overdrive gray-scale values in overdrive table of different primary colors according to a partition mode of a liquid crystal display device, backlights of two color fields, and a refresh rate of the backlight. According to the method, various factors which influence the display effect of the liquid crystal display panel are taken into consideration when the overdrive table is debugged, whereby the accuracy of the overdrive table can be improved significantly, and a better display effect can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Fan, Chih Tsung Kang
  • Patent number: 10093118
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a carriage that has a recording head which performs recording on a medium; and a gap adjusting unit that causes the carriage to shift in a direction in which a gap between a medium and the recording head changes depending on rotation of a cam. In a state in which the carriage is positioned at an end portion in a moving range in the first direction, at least a part of the carriage and at least a part of the cam overlap in a moving direction of the carriage. In the state in which the carriage is positioned at the end portion in the moving range in the first direction, the cam does not project with respect to the carriage in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsunari Kumagai, Makoto Sato, Satoshi Nakata, Tatsuya Ito