Patents Examined by Justin Seo
  • Patent number: 10737501
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a filter chamber that is provided in a flow path that supplies liquid to a liquid discharge unit, a filter that partitions the filter chamber into an upstream side chamber to which the liquid is supplied and a downstream side chamber that communicates with the liquid discharge unit, a storage chamber that is arranged vertically above the filter chamber and is connected to a branch of the flow path on the upstream side of the upstream side chamber of the filter chamber, and a pump that supplies the liquid to the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Sato, Hiroyuki Hagiwara, Daiki Tatsuta
  • Patent number: 10730325
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a head that can eject liquid, a carriage that holds the head and can move in an intersecting direction, a support portion that can support a medium from a side opposite the side on which the head is located, a frame portion that is provided upstream of the carriage in the transport direction, the carriage being attached to the frame portion, a cover portion that covers the carriage, a first adjustment part that is attached to the frame portion, and a second adjustment part that is attached to a positioning portion. A difference between a first adjustment distance and a second adjustment distance is smaller than a difference between a first distance and a second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10713546
    Abstract: A printing apparatus configured to print an image by discharging inks of different colors from a printing head onto a printing medium includes an edge extractor that extracts an edge pixel constituting a contour of the image from image data and a dot data generator that generates dot data indicating the recording state of dots corresponding to the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Tanase, Akira Yamada
  • Patent number: 10710371
    Abstract: Exemplary printing apparatuses include, among other components, a printhead structure that includes nozzles adapted to eject liquid ink, a carriage assembly having positioning structures, and one or more printhead caps or cups within the carriage assembly. The carriage assembly is shaped to latch to the printhead structure. The printhead includes corresponding structures and the positioning structures engage with the corresponding structures when the carriage assembly is latched to the printhead structure. Also, the printhead caps are positioned within the carriage assembly so as to cover the nozzles when the carriage assembly is connected to the printhead structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Kalb, Douglas A. Gutberlet, Patrick J. Howe
  • Patent number: 10704981
    Abstract: A scanning system for producing a path averaged concentration map of a leaking plume is provided. The system includes a tunable light source capable of tuning its wavelength over the absorption band of the specimen of interest, a lightweight mirror to scan the light, a lightweight collection optic, an array of detectors to measure reflected light, one or more processors configured to align the scanning with the detected signal and analyze the signal to produce a path averaged concentration map of the leaking plume, the one or more processors configured to use an analytical model of plume dynamics to compare the detected concentration map and calculate leak location and rate, and a flying platform that can fly in a control flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Niloy Choudhury, Cheng-Po Chen, Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo
  • Patent number: 10703597
    Abstract: A recording device includes: a transport unit configured to transport a medium in a plurality of transport speed modes; a driving unit configured to drive the transport unit with a plurality of speed profiles, each corresponding to one of the plurality of transport speed modes; a current sensor configured to measure a reference current the driving unit, the reference current being a current flowing in the driving unit when the medium is transported in a loosened state; and a control configured to acquire a plurality of current profiles, each corresponding to one of the speed profiles, based on the reference current. The control unit is configured to acquire a first current profile based on the reference current when the medium is transported in a first transport speed mode, and to generate a second current profile based on the first current profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Hamano
  • Patent number: 10682870
    Abstract: A conveyed object detector includes first and second image obtaining units disposed at first and second positions different in a conveyance direction, to image a conveyed object to obtain first and second image data; respectively; a recognition unit to recognize an object adhering to the first and second image obtaining units based on imaging at the first and second positions to generate first and second stain data, respectively; a removal unit to remove the first and second stain data from the first and second image data, respectively; and a calculator to generate at least one of a position, a movement amount, and a moving speed of the conveyed object based on first and second corrected image data. Each of the first and second image obtaining units include a light source, an area sensor, and an optical element disposed between the area sensor and the conveyed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Tobita, Koichi Kudo
  • Patent number: 10675875
    Abstract: Liquid and sedimentary components are kept from remaining in a bag of a liquid container. The liquid container includes a flexible bag in which a liquid storage portion for containing a liquid is provided, a liquid outlet member that is attached to one edge portion of the bag, and has a liquid outlet portion for leading out the liquid to a liquid ejection apparatus, a spacer member arranged in the liquid storage portion, and a liquid outlet tube that constitutes a flow path of liquid extending in the liquid storage portion from the liquid outlet member toward the spacer member. The spacer member is arranged at a position separated from an end portion of the liquid storage portion, and at least one directing channel extending from the end portion side of the liquid storage portion in a direction approaching the spacer member is formed in the liquid storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takumi Nagashima, Hiroyuki Kawate, Hiroyushi Ozeki, Manabu Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10668738
    Abstract: A method of treating a contoured surface with surface treatment layer includes applying a surface preparation layer along the contoured surface and applying a basecoat layer on top of the surface preparation layer. The method further includes stabilizing the basecoat layer to prepare a basecoat surface along the basecoat layer for one or more subsequent layers of the surface treatment coating and jetting a decorative livery layer along the contoured surface using one or more ink jet print heads. The method further includes applying an adhesion promoter on top of the decorative livery layer and stabilizing the adhesion promoter layer to produce a desired bonding surface along the adhesion promoter layer. Additionally, the method includes applying a clear coat layer to cover the underlying decorative livery layer, the basecoat layer and the surface preparation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Terrell D. Riley, Alexandra E. Corona, Bennett M. Moriarty, Ryan M. Trumbo, Kjersta L. Larson-Smith, Jill E. Seebergh
  • Patent number: 10661558
    Abstract: A piezoelectric print head includes a first discharge section, a second discharge section, a third discharge section, a first switch, a second, and a third switch. The second discharge section is located between the first discharge section and the third discharge section, the first switch and the third switch are switched in accordance with a print signal in synchronization with a first clock, the second switch is switched in accordance with a print signal in synchronization with a second clock, in a first period, the print signal synchronized with the second clock is transferred and the print signal synchronized with the first clock is not transferred, and in a second period, the print signal synchronized with the second clock is not transferred and the print signal synchronized with the first clock is transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Motonori Chikamoto
  • Patent number: 10654296
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, including: a head holder; a platen roller; a first support shaft; a roller holder; a moving mechanism configured to move the roller holder; and a biasing member configured to bias the roller holder in an inclined direction inclined with respect to a first direction which is substantially orthogonal to a conveyance direction and in which the roller faces a thermal head toward a second direction side, the second direction opposite to the conveyance direction, wherein, in a state in which the roller holder is located at a pressing position, the roller is held in contact with the head while receiving a biasing force in the first direction from the biasing member, and a first contact portion of the roller holder is held in contact with the head holder in the second direction while receiving a biasing force in the second direction from the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Kentaro Murayama, Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 10647124
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes: a tank having ink chamber; a recording head; a memory storing a count value updated toward a first threshold value in accordance with ejection of ink; a display; an operation interface; a power switching section switched between a first state and a second state; and a controller executes a first inquiry process to: display a first inquiry screen inquiring whether the ink chamber has been refilled with ink; and receive one of a first operation and a second operation. After receiving the first operation, the controller determines when ink has been supplied. In response to determining that ink has been supplied just before the first inquiry process, the controller sets the count value to a first initial value. In response to determining that ink has been supplied during the second state, the controller sets the count value to a second initial value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10647130
    Abstract: A new method of combining pad printing with digital printing is presented, where the pad printer lays down a layer of ink and adhesive primer to accept the digital image. The pad printed surface is baked and a high-definition digital image is printed on top of the primer coat. The result is clear-coated and the coating treated with UV curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Jim Cheng
  • Patent number: 10647127
    Abstract: Peripheral portion of filters includes short-side portions and long-side portions. A first component and a second component each include a first holding section and a second holding section, the long-side portion of the filter being compressively held between the first holding sections, and the short-side portion of the filter being compressively held between the second holding sections. At least one of the first component and the second component includes a wall portion configured to isolate the long-side portion and the resin from each other. The short-side portion and the resin are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Omura, Kazuhiko Okito, Yukuo Yamaguchi, Kyosuke Toda, Keiichiro Tsukuda
  • Patent number: 10632762
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes a body and a holder removably placed inside the body. The holder removably holds a heating object. A receiver removably holds the holder. A heater heats the heating object held by the holder held by the receiver. A mover moves one of the receiver and the heater vertically relative to another one of the receiver and the heater to a non-contact heating position where the heating object is isolated from the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuzoh Obata, Kazuyoshi Matsumoto, Ryoh Idehara, Tsuguyori Kemma
  • Patent number: 10632755
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus and an inkjet recording system includes a first ink chamber and a second ink chambers and a monitor. One of the inkjet recording apparatus can display first inquiry information and second inquiry information. The first inquiry information regards ink to be retained in first ink chamber. The second inquiry information regards ink to be retained in second ink chamber. The second inquiry information is displayed after displaying the first inquiry information. Another one of the inkjet recording apparatus can display inquiry information. The inquiry information regards to only ink to be retained in the first ink chamber but also ink to be retained in the second ink chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mana Honoki, Kenta Horade, Yoshinori Osakabe, Tomohisa Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10619531
    Abstract: As a lubricant present between a transfer belt for transferring a print sheet and a platen plate on a rear side thereof and bringing the both into close contact, a lubricant containing 70 weight % or more of a fatty acid ester solvent with carbon number in a molecule of 20 or more and 34 or less is used so as to reduce sliding between the transfer belt and the platen plate and sliding resistance generated between the transfer belt for transferring the print sheet and an auxiliary plate arranged along this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiro Endo
  • Patent number: 10618315
    Abstract: A medium support unit includes a support portion on which it is possible to set a medium in a setting direction that runs parallel to a support surface, and a friction member that is attached to the support portion, in which the friction member has an incision formation portion at a position that corresponds to a corner portion, and the incision formation portion that covers the corner portion positioned on an upstream side than the center in the setting direction has a first cover portion and a second cover portion positioned on a downstream side than the setting direction than the first cover portion, the first cover portion overlaps with the second cover portion such that an end portion of the first cover portion on the downstream side in the setting direction covers an end portion of the second cover portion on the upstream side in the setting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 10618303
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid ejection apparatus configured to circulate ink between an ink tank and an ejection head, the liquid ejection apparatus being capable of suppressing degradation of an ejection performance with a simple, inexpensive, and compact configuration. For this purpose, the liquid ejection apparatus measures impedance of the ink, and supplies, based on this measurement result, an adjusting liquid to a circulating ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Hasegawa, Yasuyuki Tamura
  • Patent number: 10618311
    Abstract: A label printer includes a platen roller, a printing device, a ribbon conveying device, and a peeling assembly disposed within a machine housing which defines a conveyance channel therein for conveying a label sheet, and a print area between the platen roller and the printing device. The peeling assembly has a peeling member which is disposed at an end of the printing device and immediately downstream of the print area, and which has a peeling edge that faces and extends across the print area and that is configured to be inserted between an upper major surface of the label sheet and a carbon ribbon so as to facilitate output of the printed label sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TSC AUTO ID TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhi-Hao Lu, Chih-Yu Chen