Patents Examined by Kristal Feggins
  • Patent number: 11958290
    Abstract: There is provided droplet discharging apparatus including: nozzle configured to discharge liquid by energy generating element; first signal generator configured to generate, based on first and second data representing first and second driving waveforms, first time division multiplex signal; first separator configured to separate first or second driving waveform signal representing the first or second driving waveform from the first time division multiplex signal; second signal generator configured to generate, based on third and fourth data representing third and fourth driving waveforms, second time division multiplex signal; and second separator configured to separate third or fourth driving waveform signal representing the third or fourth driving waveform from the second time division multiplex signal. The energy generating element is driven by the first or second driving waveform signal separated by the first separator, or by the third or fourth driving waveform signal separated by the second separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Maeda
  • Patent number: 11951754
    Abstract: A printer in one example includes a thermal printhead with resistive heating elements. A motor is provided in the printer for conveying paper to the thermal printhead. A power supply is provided to supply power to the thermal printhead and the motor. A processor is configured to cause the supply of power to the motor to be paused after the supply of power to the thermal printhead exceeds a power threshold value and then to resume the supply of power to the motor after a predetermined period of time elapses after the pause of the supply of power to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11945217
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a box-shaped cassette case whose outline being defined by a bottom wall, a top wall, and a side wall and including a plurality of corner portions, at least one tape contained within a tape containment area defined within the outline, a pair of cavities extending from the bottom wall and being provided between the tape containment area and the outline at opposite ends of a diagonal line connecting one of the corner portions to another of the corner portions, and a side face indicator portion provided in the side wall, indicating a type of the tape, and including a plurality of indicator portions disposed in a pattern in accordance with the type of the tape, each of the indicator portions being one of a switch hole and a surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsutomu Kato, Masato Kato, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata, Teruo Imamaki, Akira Sago, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Takashi Horiuchi, Tomohiko Sugino, Kengo Noda
  • Patent number: 11945219
    Abstract: In a printing method, at least one image of a substrate supported in a printing system is acquired. An actual position of a first alignment feature on the substrate in a frame of reference of the printing system is determined based on the at least one image. Expected positions of second alignment features on the substrate are determined based on the actual position of the first alignment feature. Actual positions of the second alignment features in the frame of reference of the printing system are determined based on the at least one image and the expected positions of the second alignment features. Target positions of print regions on the substrate are determined based on the actual positions of the second alignment features. Ejection of print material onto the substrate in the print regions is controlled based on the target positions of the print regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Hauf, Eli Vronsky, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko
  • Patent number: 11945211
    Abstract: In an example of the disclosure, first and second print jobs are received at a printer. The first and second print jobs each include production frames. The first and second print jobs are printed with a media roll change occurring during printing. A first finishing device information nonproduction (“FDIN”) frame and a second FDIN frame are printed. The first and second FDIN frames include coded information regarding the first print job and the second print job, respectively. The coded information is for reading by a scanner at a finishing device. A press calibration nonproduction (“PCN”) frame that includes a printer calibration diagnostic is printed. A scanner at the printer is caused to capture the printer calibration diagnostic. A calibration operation is performed at the printer utilizing data or attributes captured from the printer calibration diagnostic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas J Peck, Shane Shivji, Claire O'Cull
  • Patent number: 11945242
    Abstract: A printing machine (10) for printing on a substrate having the form of a web (12) is described. It comprises a web entry unit (14) for receiving the web (12) on which a printing process is to be performed and a web exit unit (20) for dispensing the web (12) after the printing process. Furthermore, at least two printing units (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) are provided, wherein each of the printing units (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) is configured for applying an ink of a predetermined color on the web (12). Additionally at least two web paths (A, B) are provided between the web entry unit (14) and the web exit unit (20), each of the web paths (A, B) passing by all of the printing units (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38). The web paths (A, B) pass the printing units (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) in a differing sequence. Moreover, a method for changing a color sequence within a printing process is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ruoff
  • Patent number: 11942005
    Abstract: Present invention comprise sensor label, printer assembly, method and system for production and initializing the sensor label, and a method for monitoring the temperature chain of a transport session with goods under transport and/or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Tive Tag Norway AS
    Inventors: Knut Nygård, Jon Neeraas
  • Patent number: 11938737
    Abstract: A supply unit in which a liquid container including a coupling portion being detachably mounted includes: a liquid introduction unit coupled to the coupling portion of the liquid container; an urging member that urges the liquid container in an uncoupling direction which is a direction opposite to a coupling direction, the coupling direction being a direction in which the liquid container is coupled to the liquid introduction unit; and an engagement lever having an engaging portion that engages with the liquid container when the liquid container is coupled to the liquid introduction unit, the engagement lever includes an operating portion operated by a user and a pressing portion configured to press the liquid container and is configured to release the engagement of the engaging portion with the liquid container when the operating portion is operated and to press the liquid container in the uncoupling direction by the pressing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Horiuchi, Shunsuke Tamura
  • Patent number: 11932026
    Abstract: A head unit is used for production of a media sheet that has a medium region row including a plurality of medium regions, the medium regions being to be separate personal information media. The head unit includes a plurality of thermal heads configured to thermally transfer dots exhibiting a structural color from a ribbon to a target. The plurality of thermal heads are arranged so that each thermal head corresponds to a respective one of the medium regions constituting the medium region row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TOPPAN INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Kubota, Tomoyuki Marugame
  • Patent number: 11932010
    Abstract: Thermal printing on plastic cards where the energization of each individually energizable heating element of a thermal printhead is adjusted based on a temperature of the thermal printhead and a density of the pixel to be printed. For each pixel, the printhead temperature and the pixel density of a pixel to be printed are used to adjust the strobe pulse length that energizes the heating element to print that pixel. By compensating for both printhead temperature and pixel density, a tighter tolerance of the resulting printed densities is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Entrust Corporation
    Inventor: Ethan Yanna
  • Patent number: 11926752
    Abstract: The ink composition comprises pigment particles and a stimulus responsive dispersing agent for dispersing said pigment particles in a protic polar solvent, for instance for inkjet printing, which stimulus responsive dispersing agent comprises an anchoring part for anchoring to said pigment particles, a stimulus responsive part as shown in formula (XXa) or (XXb) and a hydrophilic part for solvent stabilization of the pigment, wherein the stimulus responsive part upon exposure to a stimulus initiates decomposition of the stimulus responsive dispersing agent. The paper with the printed ink can be deinked in an industrial deinking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Xeikon Manufacturing N.V.
    Inventors: Geert Gaston Paul Deroover, Lode Erik Dries Deprez
  • Patent number: 11926151
    Abstract: A winding device is capable of easily moving a flange portion to a position corresponding to a width of a continuous medium. A winding device that winds a print medium, the winding device including a winding shaft, a winding core portion that is provided to be rotatable on the winding shaft and that winds a continuous medium, a first flange portion that is provided on the winding shaft to be movable in an extending direction of the winding shaft and that guides the continuous medium wound around the winding core portion in a width direction of the continuous medium, a flange-side engaging portion capable of moving integrally with the first flange portion, and a flange moving section that includes a cylindrical cam provided with a cam-side engaging portion that engages with the flange-side engaging portion and that moves the first flange portion to a plurality of flange positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Shintani
  • Patent number: 11919301
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes ejecting sections that eject droplets from nozzles according with a driving signal supplied thereto. The driving signal includes a plurality of ejection pulses during one cycle. The plurality of ejection pulses includes a final ejection pulse corresponding to a final droplet. The final ejection pulse includes an expansion element that expands a pressure chamber, an expansion-maintaining element that maintains the expansion of the pressure chamber, a contraction element that contracts the pressure chamber, and a vibration-damping element that reduces residual vibration of liquid in the pressure chamber. The time width of the sum of the expansion element and the expansion-maintaining element of the final ejection pulse is longer than a length that is 0.5 multiplied by the natural-vibration cycle of the ejecting sections, and is shorter than a length that is 1.0 multiplied by the natural-vibration cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Hashimoto, Ryosuke Tsuchihashi
  • Patent number: 11912043
    Abstract: A thermal transfer printing apparatus includes a coater to coat an endless belt ribbon with ink on a coating zone, a printhead to print by thermal transfer a substrate with a part of the ink coated on the endless belt ribbon on a printing zone, a conveyor system supporting and transporting the endless ribbon including ink along a first path from the coater to the printhead and along a second path from the printhead to the coater; a pre-printing buffer to control the length of the first path of the ribbon in the coating zone; and a post-printing buffer to control the length of the second path of the ribbon in the printing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ARMOR
    Inventors: Maxime Charrier, Werner Van De Wynckel
  • Patent number: 11912025
    Abstract: In some examples, a controller includes an interface to receive an indication based on an electrical current through a device, and a processor to send control data to the device to operate the device, detect a measurement based on the indication that is responsive to an operation of the device according to the control data, and determine whether an issue exists in the device responsive to determining whether the measurement satisfies an expected property based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John Rossi, Erik D. Ness
  • Patent number: 11912027
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a stage on which a target substrate is mounted, and an inkjet head positioned above the stage, wherein the inkjet head includes an ejection part including a plurality of nozzles that spray ink containing a plurality of particles, a filter part disposed above the ejection part, and selectively passing the plurality of particles, and an electric field generating electrode that is disposed in the filter part and generates an electric field in the filter part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Ho Park, Kyong Sub Kim, Jae Won Choi
  • Patent number: 11904616
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus communicatively connected to a tape printing apparatus includes a tape width acquirer that acquires a tape width; a receiver that receives an instruction to print a print image; a calculator that calculates a margin length of a margin region of the tape measured in a tape width direction, the print region being where the print image is to be printed; a proportion determiner that determines whether or not the margin length is a particular proportion or above of the tape width; and a print controller that controls the tape printing apparatus to print a margin image when it is determined that the margin length is the particular proportion or above of the tape width, and controls the tape printing apparatus not to print the margin image when it is determined that the margin length is not the particular proportion or above of the tape width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetaka Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11904622
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a position determination unit of a printing system determines a printing position of printing information printed on an object to be printed conveyed by a conveyance machine. An erasing unit erases the printing information printed using thermochromic ink by emitting heat from a heat source, a height position of which is adjusted according to the printing position, from a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction according to a timing at which the printing position, determined based on the printing position, passes. A printing unit includes a printer using the thermochromic ink, disposed behind the heat source along the conveyance direction, and prints information on the object to be printed from the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction by the printer, a height position of which is adjusted according to the printing position, according to the timing at which the printing position passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishikawa, Taishi Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 11903446
    Abstract: A method for printing on an article can include positioning an article and a fiducial within a field of view of an image sensor. The method can also include generating an image of the article and the fiducial, using the fiducial to determine a print location on the article, and printing a graphic on the article at the print location. A method for printing on an article additionally or alternatively can include transforming a graphic using a shape model to produce a transformed graphic and printing the transformed graphic on the article. A method for printing on an article additionally or alternatively can include retrieving a shape model corresponding to a reference article, obtaining a configuration file corresponding to the article, transforming a graphic based on the shape model and the configuration file to produce a transformed graphic, and printing the transformed graphic on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Collier, Amie Evans, Laurel Manville, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 11897261
    Abstract: A head includes: a head unit; and a wiring film configured to be connected to the head unit. The wiring film includes: a flexible substrate; a first IC provided on the flexible substrate; a second IC provided on the flexible substrate; a first wire provided on the flexible substrate to connect the first IC and a first contact portion of the head unit; a second wire provided on the flexible substrate to connect the second IC and a second contact portion of the head unit; and a third wire provided on the flexible substrate. The first IC has a long side extended in a predetermined direction and connected to the first wire, the second IC has a long side extended in the predetermined direction and connected to the second wire, and the first IC and the second IC are aligned along the predetermined direction to be apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Yamashita