Patents Examined by Kristal Feggins
  • Patent number: 11117371
    Abstract: A recording system records a multi-tone image with liquid droplets of different amount discharged from nozzles. This recording system has a first nozzle and a second nozzle. The minimum amount of a liquid droplet discharged from the first nozzle is larger than the minimum amount of a liquid droplet discharged from the second nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsuzuki, Shinichi Tsubota
  • Patent number: 11117403
    Abstract: Printhead carriers and adapters are disclosed. An example disclosed print mechanism includes an adapter to simultaneously couple a printhead assembly to both a logic circuit of a media processing device and a power source of the media processing device; a printhead carrier coupled to the adapter; and wherein a first connection, between data input connector and the logic circuit, and a second connection, between the power input connector and the power source, are maintained when the printhead assembly is removed from the print mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert P. Gotschewski, Timothy T. Anderson
  • Patent number: 11117389
    Abstract: A handheld recording device includes a first face, a second face, a third face pair, a recorder, and a connector. The first face has an opening. The second face is disposed opposite the first face. The third face pair is different from the first face and the second face. One of the third face pair is disposed on one side in a given direction of the second face and configured to be held by a user for recording. The recorder is configured to discharge ink from the opening. The connector is configured to be connected to a cable to receive at least one of power and image data. The connector is disposed at a position closer to the second face than the first face, on another one of the third face pair disposed on another side in the given direction of the second face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunari Harada, Tetsuyoshi Nakata, Hideaki Iijima
  • Patent number: 11110721
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing unit configured to print on the print medium, a ribbon shaft configured to hold the ink ribbon, a partition member provided swingably between a close position where gears that transmit drive force to the ribbon shaft mesh with each other and an open position where meshing between the gears is released, and a lock mechanism configured to hold the partition member with respect to the printing unit when the partition member is placed at the close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Shioya, Masaaki Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 11104142
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a transport section which transports a medium in a transport direction, a liquid ejecting head which ejects a liquid onto the medium, a carriage which supports the liquid ejecting head, a liquid storage container which stores the liquid to be supplied to the liquid ejecting head, and an discharge section which discharges the medium onto which the liquid is ejected. The liquid ejecting apparatus further includes a holding section which holds a waste liquid box configured to store the liquid eliminated from the liquid ejecting head as a waste liquid. The holding section is disposed at a position downstream of the carriage in the transport direction and above the discharge section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yoda, Shintaro Komuro
  • Patent number: 11104156
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a print head having a heat generation element, a generation unit that generates print data for driving the heat generation element to form an image on a print medium and a drive unit that drives the heat generation element on a basis of the print data generated by the generation unit. The print medium includes a laminate of a plurality of image forming layers that generate develop mutually different colors by receiving heat. The generation unit generates the print data depending on a type of the print medium among a plurality of print medium types that differ from each other in order of lamination of the plurality of image forming layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Okinori Tsuchiya, Takashi Fujita, Takeru Sasaki, Hiroaki Ogawa, Akitoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11104167
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus including three holding protrusions that are provided on a mounting portion cover and that hold a cartridge mounted in a cartridge mounting portion, a displacement member that, when the cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting portion, is displaced from a protruded position to a lower-side position by having the cartridge abut against a cartridge abutment portion, and an elastic member that applies force to the displacement member towards an opposite direction to a mounting direction. In the tape printing apparatus, when viewed from the mounting direction, the cartridge abutment portion is provided inside a virtual holding triangle having holding distal end portions that are distal end portions of the three holding protrusions as apexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsaku Kosuge, Taishi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11097546
    Abstract: A print module includes: a printhead having ink ports and a row of printhead contacts; and a supply assembly slidably movable relative to the cradle along an axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the printhead. The supply assembly includes: ink couplings positioned for fluidic connection to the ink ports; and a PCB having a row of PCB contacts for electrical connection to the printhead contacts. A single actuator handle is configured for sequentially actuating electrical connection or disconnection in a first motion and actuating fluidic connection or disconnection in a second motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: David Burke, Norman Berry, Harrick Selvan Anothonysamy, Reynovel Pacinio Anciano, Soon Keat Fah, Poh Lai Say
  • Patent number: 11090928
    Abstract: A method of distinguishing between fluids may include providing a current to an electrode disposed within a fluidic passageway of a fluidic die, the current to be forced into a fluid within the fluidic die, sensing an impedance at the electrode, and determining a particle vehicle separation level of the fluid based on the sensed impedance between a first instance and a second instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, Eric Martin, James Michael Gardner, James A. Feinn
  • Patent number: 11084304
    Abstract: A cassette includes: a tape having a first surface and a second surface opposite each other; an ejecting portion for discharging the tape in a conveying direction; and a guide provided at the ejecting portion. The tape has a thickness in a first direction defined as a direction from the first surface to the second surface. The guide includes a first region in contact with the first surface of the tape at the guide, and second and third regions in contact with the second surface of the tape at the guide. The first region is positioned between the second region and the third region in a widthwise direction of the tape perpendicular to the first direction. The first region is positioned further in the first direction of the tape at the guide relative to the second region and the third region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shimako Nakai, Shota Iijima, Arisa Noda
  • Patent number: 11086266
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus according to an aspect of one or more embodiments may include: an image forming part that forms an image; a housing that houses the image forming part and includes an inner wall surface; and a cover attached to the housing so as to be movable between a position close to the housing and a position away from the housing. The cover includes a liquid receiver that receives a liquid getting into the housing, and the liquid receiver is adjacent to the inner wall surface in the state where the cover is close to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Inoue, Tomoya Urabe
  • Patent number: 11077686
    Abstract: A head assembly includes a base member, a recording head, a coupling member, and a pressing member. The recording head ejects ink. The coupling member couples the recording head to the base member. The pressing member is in contact with a first surface of the recording head. The coupling member includes an urging member that urges a second surface of the recording head toward the first surface of the recording head. The second surface of the recording head is a surface of the recording head on an opposite side from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sue
  • Patent number: 11077656
    Abstract: Provided is an inkjet recording apparatus including: a nozzle configured to eject droplets including a first droplet and a second droplet larger than the first droplet; a moving mechanism that moves a sheet relative to the nozzle; and a processor configured to generate ejection data for the droplets, the ejection data corresponding to a dot image formed by ejecting the droplets from the nozzle on the sheet moved relatively to the nozzle by the moving mechanism, wherein the processor is configured to replace the second droplet for a pixel of interest in an original ejection data for generating the ejection data with the first droplet when the droplets are not ejected for n pixels in a row after the pixel of interest to generate the ejection data, where n is an integer of 2 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Naosuke Ino
  • Patent number: 11077672
    Abstract: A control device is configured to: obtain target image data; generate dot data using the target image data; and control a print execution device to print a print image using the dot data by executing: a first partial printing of forming the dots in an overlapping area and a first non-overlapping area; and a second partial printing of forming the dots in the overlapping area and a second non-overlapping area. The control device generates data of the dot data corresponding to the overlapping area by executing an overlapping area processing including first processing for values of pixels within a first range and second processing for values of pixels within a second range, the first processing including lowering a density of an image to be printed in the overlapping area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Maehira, Masao Mimoto
  • Patent number: 11072174
    Abstract: A printing subassembly is disclosed. A printing subassembly includes a frame, a printbar coupled to the frame, and a lift mechanism coupled to the printbar. The lift mechanism selectively moves the printbar with respect to the frame. A fluid receiving system is coupled to the printbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth Russell Williams, Vern Elliit Myers
  • Patent number: 11065891
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a tray unit, a recording unit disposed above the tray unit, an outer guide defining a curved path extending from the tray unit to the recording unit, a sheet feeder configured to feed a sheet from the tray unit to the curved path, and a return guide disposed between the recording unit and the tray unit. The return guide pivots about a shaft and guides the sheet having an image recorded thereon back to the curved path. The tray unit includes at least one supporting portion. The return guide includes at least one supported portion. The at least one supporting portion of the tray unit engages the at least one supported portion of the return guide such that the return guide takes a guiding position in which the return guide defines a return path extending to the curved path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Hirotaka Aoki, Satoru Nakakita, Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 11059305
    Abstract: A printer according to an embodiment includes: a printer body including a supplying part that rotatably holds a roll-shaped sheet member; an opening and closing cover configured to open and close with respect to the printer body; a thermal head disposed on the printer body, the thermal head configured to print on the sheet member; a platen roller disposed on the opening and closing cover, the platen roller positioned at a location opposite to the thermal head and feeding the sheet member in a closed configuration; and a platen roller holding mechanism configured to attachably and detachably secure the platen roller to the opening and closing cover. The platen roller holding mechanism includes a label roll supporter that rotatably guides the roll-shaped sheet member in the supplying part. The label roll supporter includes a cross-sectional arc-shaped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Takeshi Obara
  • Patent number: 11052691
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to a calibration method for a printing system. The method comprises printing a diagnostic pattern representative of decap time. The diagnostic pattern comprises the firing of nozzles after an exposure to ambient air during a first predetermined time period to produce a first pattern element and the firing of nozzles after an exposure to ambient air during a second predetermined time period to produce a second pattern element. The method includes scanning the resulting diagnostic pattern with a sensor to collect decap data in a digital form, digitally analyzing the decap data, the digital analysis comprising identifying a quantitative difference between the first and second pattern elements, and modifying a servicing process of the printing system if the quantitative difference passes a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Antonio Gracia Verdugo, Aleix Fort Filgueira, Andreu Vinets Alonso
  • Patent number: 11046074
    Abstract: The liquid discharge head is configured to switch between a first mode in which the liquid supplied into the common liquid chamber is discharged through the individual flow channel from the outlet and a second mode in which the liquid supplied into the common liquid chamber is discharged from the outlet without passing through the individual flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Motoki Takabe
  • Patent number: 11040530
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a fluidic system is described. The fluidic system includes a fluidic die. The fluidic die includes a substrate in which a number of fluid chambers are formed. Each fluid chamber includes a fluid actuator disposed within the fluid chamber. A number of actuator sensors are disposed on the substrate to output at least one value indicative of a sensed characteristic of fluid actuators. A number of substrate temperature sensors are also disposed on the substrate to sense a temperature for the substrate. An actuator evaluation device of the fluidic system determines a state of the fluid actuator based at least in part on the at least one value and at least one correction value associated with the temperature sensed by the number of substrate temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, James A. Feinn, Eric Martin, James Michael Gardner