Patents Examined by Kendrick Liu
  • Patent number: 10279595
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes: an installation case receiving a cartridge including a first liquid chamber; a tank including a second liquid chamber; and a controller configured to: when the cartridge is installed in the installation case, determine a liquid amount Vs of liquid stored in the second liquid chamber based on an outflow amount of liquid flowed out from the cartridge toward the tank and a discharge liquid amount for performing image recording of unit recording area; when the liquid amount Vs reaches a first threshold, determine a first recording speed as a recording speed; when the liquid amount Vs does not reach the first threshold, determine a second recording speed slower than the first recording speed as the recording speed; and perform the image recording of unit recording area at the determined recording speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nao Morimoto, Mikio Ogawa, Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10245866
    Abstract: A method of producing a security document includes the steps of producing a first part of a color image by color laser marking a security document precursor; and producing a second part of the color image by a second imaging technique different from laser marking. The resulting security document is more difficult to falsify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AGFA-GEVAERT
    Inventors: Bart Waumans, Paul Callant, Bart Aerts
  • Patent number: 10239330
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image containing a liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; a liquid absorbing member including a porous body that comes into contact with the image, the porous body being configured to absorb at least a part of the liquid from the image; and a plurality of pressure applying units configured to press the image on the ink receiving medium by the porous body. The plurality of pressure applying units include a first pressure applying unit configured to press the image at a first pressure and a second pressure applying unit configured to press the image having been pressed by the first pressure applying unit at a second pressure higher than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Ohnishi, Kyosuke Deguchi, Ryosuke Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10226923
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head has a plurality of nozzles and has a plurality of drive elements configured to cause the plurality of nozzles to eject liquid. A temperature sensor is configured to detect a temperature of the liquid ejection head. A heat generator generates heat when the plurality of drive elements is driven. A controller is configured to: perform a determining process of determining, based on a particular parameter indicative of a temperature difference, whether the printer is in a first state where the temperature difference is constant or in a second state where the temperature difference varies with time, the temperature difference being a temperature difference between the temperature detected by the temperature sensor and an actual temperature of the liquid ejection head; and control the plurality of drive elements based on a determination result in the determining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Aya Kimura, Shin Hasegawa, Masashi Ueda
  • Patent number: 10214011
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes: a first head chip having first nozzles arranged in a nozzle arrangement direction; a second head chip having second nozzles arranged in the nozzle arrangement direction, and being arranged to overlap at least partially with the first head chip in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the nozzle arrangement direction; a controller configured to control the first head chip and the second head chip to jet liquid from the first nozzles and the second nozzles; and power sources having different voltages, respectively. Each of the first nozzles and the second nozzles is driven by voltage supplied from one of the power sources, and the first head chip has a first overlapping portion and the second head chip has a second overlapping portion overlapping with the first overlapping portion in the orthogonal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masato Muto
  • Patent number: 10207522
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a base unit that can move in a moving direction and a medium support unit that supports a medium on which printing will be performed and moves in the moving direction along with the base unit by being attached to the base unit. When a position of the medium support unit with respect to the base unit during printing is defined as a base position, the medium support unit is slidable with respect to the base unit from the base position in the moving direction. By employing such a configuration, it is possible to suppress deterioration of work efficiency when setting a medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Mashima
  • Patent number: 10183507
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus is configured such that, in response to receipt a first command designating recordation of an image on a first type sheet, a motor is driven in accordance with a first feeding condition, and in response to the first sensor not detecting the sheet until the motor rotates by a particular rotation amount, the motor is driven in accordance with a second feeding condition. Further, the controller causes the recorder to record an image, based on the first command, on the sheet which is fed as the motor is driven in accordance with the second feed condition, while, in response to the first sensor detecting the sheet before the motor rotates by the particular rotation amount, the controller does not record the image, based on the first command, on the sheet which is fed as the motor is driven in accordance with the first feeding condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 10173416
    Abstract: A printing apparatus (droplet discharge apparatus) includes a discharge portion that has a nozzle discharging ink to a medium and a control device that allows the discharge portion to discharge the ink depending on execution of a print job defining a mode for discharging the ink to the medium. Before the print job is executed, the control device calculates a discharge amount fluctuation which is a fluctuation in a discharge amount of liquid per unit time by the discharge portion based on the print job and determines whether or not maintenance for recovering ink discharge performance of the discharge portion is required at the time of executing the print job based on the discharge amount fluctuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneyuki Sasaki, Katsuya Asamoto
  • Patent number: 10160219
    Abstract: For an image forming apparatus including first and second storage chambers, an inequality expression of “R2>A×R1” is met. R1 is a sum of a passage resistance value obtained by flowing air through a first air communication portion and a passage resistance value obtained by flowing liquid through a supply portion. R2 is a passage resistance value obtained by flowing air through a second air communication portion. A is a cross-sectional area ratio obtained by dividing a first average cross-sectional area of a first space of the first storage chamber taken along a plurality of horizontal planes by a second average cross-sectional area of a second space of the second storage chamber taken along the plurality of horizontal planes. The first space contains at least a portion adjacent to the supply portion and accumulating the liquid. The second space contains at least a portion accumulating the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Akinari Ishibe, Yuma Tanabe, Masahiro Hayashi, Masatake Sato
  • Patent number: 10155388
    Abstract: A blowout port for gas is efficiently configured without impairing mist collection performance. Two blowout ports for gas are adjacent to each other by interposing a partition. An end of the partition is provided at a position near a deep side of the two blowout ports relative to ends of the two blowout ports so as to form a step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Imahashi, Masahiko Kubota, Hiroshi Arimizu, Nobuhito Yamaguchi, Arihito Miyakoshi, Yoshinori Itoh
  • Patent number: 10155386
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer, including: an ink-jet head; and a head moving device for moving the head in a scanning direction, wherein the ink-jet head includes a first head unit having a first nozzle row from which first ink is ejected and a second nozzle row from which second ink that differs in color from the first ink is ejected, a second head unit disposed so as to be shifted from the first head unit in a nozzle arrangement direction by a distance less than a nozzle pitch, and a third head unit disposed between the first and second head units in the scanning direction so as to be shifted from the first head unit in the nozzle arrangement direction by a distance corresponding to a predetermined natural number multiple of the nozzle pitch, the third head unit having fifth and sixth nozzle rows from which the first ink is ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroto Sugahara
  • Patent number: 10144228
    Abstract: In one example, a media guide for use in a printer having a print bar and a print zone adjacent to the print bar includes a movable blocker downstream from the print zone along a media path and movable though a range of motion to block print media from leaving the media path when exiting the print zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy Jacob Luedeman, Kevin Lo, Wesley R. Schalk
  • Patent number: 10137707
    Abstract: A second inkjet head, a second platen, and a second pair of conveyance rollers configured to convey a sheet toward the second platen downward with respect to a horizontal direction are arranged at lower positions than a first inkjet head arranged upstream of the second inkjet head, a first platen arranged upstream of the second platen, a first pair of conveyance rollers arranged upstream of the second pair of conveyance rollers and configured to convey the sheet toward the first plates downward with respect to the horizontal direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Morita
  • Patent number: 10131171
    Abstract: A transfer material is provided that can be more firmly attached to an image substrate without deteriorating printing characteristics concerning image bleeding, printing resolution, and the like. An ink receiving layer is of a gap-absorbing type. An adhesive layer includes discretely disposed adhesive pieces provided on a surface of the ink receiving layer so as to leave exposed portions on the surface of the ink receiving layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Sumikawa, Takahiro Tsutsui, Hiromitsu Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 10118410
    Abstract: A medium support unit for supporting a medium on which a printing apparatus performs printing includes a support portion having a support surface for supporting the medium, a heating portion heating the support portion, and a main body portion on which the support portion is mounted, wherein heat conductivity of a mounting portion as a portion of the main body portion on which the support portion is mounted is lower than heat conductivity of the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 10118428
    Abstract: A decoloring apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit, a scanner, a decoloring unit, and a controller. The decoloring unit decolors the image on the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveying unit. The decoloring unit is positioned downstream of the scanner in a sheet conveying direction. A distance along the sheet conveying direction between the scanner and the decoloring unit is shorter than a length of a first predetermined sheet size and longer than a length of a second predetermined sheet size. A controller determines whether the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit is the first predetermined sheet size or the second predetermined sheet size. The controller performs a mode limiting process if the sheet size is determined to be the first predetermined sheet size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10093110
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a printing apparatus comprises a printing section, a first temperature sensor and a processor. The printing section carries out printing on a sheet through heating. The first temperature sensor measures a temperature of the sheet on which the printing section carries out the printing. The processor sets a heating amount on the basis of the temperature of the sheet and controls the printing section to carry out printing through the heating amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoyuki Hattori
  • Patent number: 10067463
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (1) includes a frame (61) supporting an attached object (23) inserted into an apparatus body (2) and an attachment device (62) fixing the attached object (23) supported by the frame (61). The frame (61) includes a leading end plate (61b) facing to a leading end in an inserting direction of the attached object (23). The attached object (23) includes a fixing pin (65) supported by the leading end plate (61b) in advanceable/retreatable state along the inserting direction and formed connectable to the attached object (23), a biasing member (66) biasing the fixing pin (65) toward the inserting direction and a locking member (67) restricting dropout of the fixing pin (65). The attachment device (62) holds the attached object (23) being connected to the fixing pin (65) and receiving the biasing force of the biasing member (67) at a position gravitated to the leading end plate (61b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kosuke Uchida, Hiroshi Inui
  • Patent number: 10059851
    Abstract: An ink composition that performs recording by being attached on a heated non-absorbent recording medium or a heated low absorbency recording medium, the ink composition including a pigment; a core polymer and a shell polymer that covers at least a portion of the core polymer, and polymer particles in which the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the core polymer is more than 10° C. lower than the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the shell polymer, and in which the polymer that configures the shell polymer includes a polymer having a (meth)acrylate monomer unit and a carboxylic acid monomer unit, and the content of the polymer particles is 3.0 mass % or more with respect to the total amount of the ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kagata, Masahiro Yatake, Hiroshi Mukai
  • Patent number: 10059127
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head and a platen roller. The platen roller includes multiple bearings provided one at each longitudinal end of the platen roller, a roller positioned between the bearings, and multiple flanges of which one is positioned between the roller and one of the bearings and the other is positioned between the roller and the other of the bearings in the longitudinal direction of the platen roller. The flanges have a diameter greater than the diameter of the bearings and the diameter of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oguchi, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masahiro Tsuchiya