Patents Examined by Kristal Feggins
  • Patent number: 10688795
    Abstract: A printing-fluid containing device configured to be inserted into a cartridge attachment section in an insertion direction to be detachably attached to the cartridge attachment section includes a printing-fluid cartridge and an adaptor. The cartridge includes: a casing; a supply portion; and a detection portion. The adaptor, to which the printing-fluid cartridge is configured to be detachably assembled, includes: an adaptor body into which the printing-fluid cartridge is insertable; an electrical interface; and an engagement portion. The adaptor body has a leading end and a trailing end in the insertion direction. The adaptor body has a front wall at the leading end, has an opening through which the supply portion extends, and further has an outer surface. The electrical interface is disposed on the outer surface. The engagement portion is configured to engage with the cartridge attachment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke Nukui, Toyonori Sasaki, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10688807
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a thermal print head includes a heat sink, a head substrate having a plurality of heat generating elements placed on the heat sink and disposed in a primary scanning direction, a circuit board placed on the heat sink so as to be adjacent to the head substrate in an auxiliary scanning direction and provided with a connection circuit, and a control element electrically connected to the heat generating element via a first bonding wire and electrically connected to the connection circuit via a second bonding wire, wherein a plurality of first bonding wires is disposed in parallel in the primary scanning direction, and among the first bonding wires, the first bonding wire having a length of at least 2 mm or more is a metal wire having a Young's modulus greater than that of gold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Hokuto Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Megumi Yamauchi, Seiichi Noro, Masakatsu Doi, Yoshihide Abe, Tomonori Suzuki, Yuuki Komori, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10688811
    Abstract: A gas blower includes a supply port, a chamber to which a gas is fed from the supply port, a nozzle communicating with an interior of the chamber to discharge the gas from the nozzle, a partition member disposed in the chamber to partition the interior of the chamber into a first space including the supply port and a second space not including the supply port, the partition member including at least one first opening through which the gas communicates between the first space and the second space, and an air flow guide including a plurality of second openings, disposed in the chamber between the second space and the nozzle. The supply port is disposed on one end in a longitudinal direction of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Nishimura, Toshihiro Yoshinuma
  • Patent number: 10688817
    Abstract: Examples associated with printer configuration are disclosed. One example includes printing, using a printer, a first portion of a test patch in a first print direction. A second portion of the test patch is printed in a second print direction. The second portion is printed at a first offset from the first portion. A first portion of a second test patch is printed in the first print direction, and a second portion of the second test patch is printed in the second print direction at a second offset from the first portion of the second test patch. The printer is configured to print in the second print direction using one of the first offset and the second offset based on a selection between the first test patch and the second test patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Joan Albert Jorba Closa, Lluis Hierro Domenech, Mauricio Seras Franzoso
  • Patent number: 10683181
    Abstract: Provided is a technique capable of detecting the amount of a stack of discharged print media and increasing print speed. A printing apparatus includes a displacement member configured to be in contact with the discharged print media and be displaced according to the amount of the stack of the print media, and detects the stack amount based on the displacement of the displacement member. The apparatus performs a first or second detection operation based on the detected stack amount. In the first detection operation, after a specified number of print media are discharged with the displacement member positioned at the evacuation position where it does not come into contact with a print medium, the displacement member is brought into contact with the print media to detect the stack amount. In the second detection operation, the stack amount is detected with the displacement member in contact with the print media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki Somano, Kosuke Yamamoto, Norio Sakurai, Yuki Emoto
  • Patent number: 10682869
    Abstract: A substrate in the form of a continuous sheet is fed towards a belt conveyor and is lied out on the conveyor itself. By means of the belt conveyor, the substrate is moved along a feed direction, while a printing unit operating above the belt conveyor realizes a print pattern on the substrate. The printed substrate is withdrawn by a traction unit operating downstream of the belt conveyor. In a section of its longitudinal extension between the belt conveyor and the traction unit, the substrate is subjected to a braking action to retain the substrate in contrast to traction actions induced on the same by the traction unit. A drying group operates on the substrate in the area affected by the braking action, with a combined action of radiation and ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ALEPH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Natalis, Roberto Manes, Alessandro Manes
  • Patent number: 10675893
    Abstract: A tape cassette configured to contain a tape has a box-like cassette case having a wall formed with one of a recess and a hole, and a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, at least two conductive electrodes being provided to the first surface, a storage electrically connected to the pair of conductive electrodes being provided to the second surface. The at least one of the recess and the hole being arranged at a central area, in a particular direction, of the wall, and the substrate being attached on the wall such that the substrate is arranged at the one of the recess and the hole, and the at least two conductive electrodes are aligned in the particular direction regardless of whether the substrate is attached on the wall in a first orientation or a second orientation which is a reversed orientation with respect to the particular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Fujioka, Koichi Sugiura, Yoshihiro Ota
  • Patent number: 10668746
    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: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Hirotaka Aoki, Satoru Nakakita, Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 10668741
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a plant (1) for printing, particularly for digitally printing, a sheet fibrous material (T), said printing plant (1) comprising: a conveyor belt (2) configured for temporarily receiving in contact a first side (T1) of the sheet fibrous material (T) and guiding this latter in the movement along an advancement direction (A); one printing station (6) adapted to ink-print at least part of a second side (T2) of the sheet fibrous material (T), opposite to the first side (T1), one treating station (10) of the sheet fibrous material (T) configured for placing on a side of the sheet fibrous material (T) a treatment foam comprising at least one among: an anti-migration agent, a pH control agent, a hydrotropic agent. The present invention also refers to a process of printing of sheet fibrous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MS PRINTING SOLUTIONS S.R.L
    Inventor: Luigi Milini
  • Patent number: 10661581
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus contains a conveyer which conveys a recording medium, the conveyer having conveyance members on which the recording medium is mounted; a recorder which jets ink onto the recording medium being conveyed; and a fixer which fixes the ink landed on the recording medium. The ink is curable by a predetermined energy ray. The fixer irradiates the ink on the recording medium with the predetermined energy ray. The conveyer passes the recording medium for conveyance between the conveyance members and moves the recording medium in respective planes by movement of the conveyance members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Muramatsu, Mitsuo Kaburagi, Masashi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10654266
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a plurality of driving elements that causes an ejection of a liquid from a nozzle by causing a fluctuation in a pressure, a sealing body that seals a first space for accommodating the plurality of driving elements, a case member that forms a second space for surrounding the sealing body, an atmosphere vent that is formed in the case member and through which the second space communicates with the air, a communication hole that is formed in the sealing body and through which the first space communicates with the second space, and a moisture absorbent disposed in the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakajima, Takahiro Kanegae, Hiroshige Owaki, Makoto Otsuki, Hironori Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10654298
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus. A first shaft and a second shaft are disposed on the cartridge installation portion. The tape cartridge includes a printing tape that is wound on a tape core, a platen roller in which a first shaft is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion, and a guided portion which is guided by the second shaft when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. When seen from an attaching direction of the tape cartridge, the guided portion is disposed at an opposite side of the tape core with respect to the platen roller and the guided portion is recessed on an outer peripheral surface of a cartridge casing that forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 10654323
    Abstract: A method and associated apparatus for uniquely identifying tyres for wheels of vehicles as part of wheel maintenance processes. The method envisages that a vehicle wheel is mounted on a support of a wheel maintenance apparatus, said wheel comprising a rim and a tyre. Moreover, a digital code is created to uniquely identify the tyre. Finally, via a marking system, preferably of the optical type, at least one marking is created on the surface of one side wall of the tyre of said wheel, corresponding to the previously created digital code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SNAP-ON EQUIPMENT S.R.L.
    Inventors: Pietro Azzari, Lillo Gucciardino, Paolo Sotgiu, Marco Tralli
  • Patent number: 10647139
    Abstract: A printer contains a ribbon holding shaft; a ribbon winding shaft; a printing section to print using an ink ribbon and a print head; a winding motor to rotationally drive the ribbon winding shaft; a damper section, provided on a conveyance path of the ink ribbon; a controller to control an operation of the ribbon winding shaft at the start of driving by increasing an input voltage applied to the winding motor; a detection section configured to detect movement of the damper section; a calculation section to calculate a winding diameter of the ink ribbon on the ribbon winding shaft side using the input voltage when the movement of the damper section is detected and characteristics of the damper section; and a voltage determination section to determine an input voltage to be applied to the motor according to the calculated winding diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Kitahara
  • Patent number: 10639914
    Abstract: A media processing device includes: a housing having an opening providing access to a cassette removably supported within the housing; a media unit holder configured to receive a rejected media unit driven between the opening and a body of the cassette along a media reject path; the media unit holder including: a deck having a support surface between a body of the cassette and the opening, the support surface facing the opening; the deck configured to receive the rejected media unit on the support surface for removal of the rejected media unit via the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Moreira, Angel B. Rosales, Steve Ting Kei Chow, Myung S. Jun
  • Patent number: 10632756
    Abstract: In one example, a fluid level sensor includes control logic, and an array of sensing locations to detect a level of fluid in a container. The array of sensing locations include a number of memory cells located at a number of sensing locations in the array of sensing locations, a word line coupled to the memory cells, a bit line coupled to the memory cells, and a pre-charge circuit coupled to the word line and the bit line. The control logic instructs a number FETs coupled to a bit line to disconnect from a number of the memory cells, and power up the memory cells to cause the memory cells to take a first state or a second state. The control logic outputs the state of the memory cells to a processing device. The state of the memory cells defines the level of the fluid in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, James Michael Gardner, Berkeley Fisher, Scott A. Linn
  • Patent number: 10625522
    Abstract: An image adding system includes a cloth holder to hold a cloth to which an image is added, a printer to print the cloth held by the cloth holder with an image, and a heater to heat the cloth. The cloth holder is used by both the printer and the heater with the cloth held on the cloth holder when the printer prints the image on the cloth and the heater heats the cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakamura, Kazuyoshi Matsumoto, Kenji Hiratani, Yoshinori Uchino, Tsuyoshi Miyata, Kohei Chubachi
  • Patent number: 10625527
    Abstract: A tape includes a sheet and an elongated label that includes first portions and second portions. A second-side end portion of a first-side second portion is connected to a first-side end portion of one first portion, and a first-side end portion of a second-side second portion is connected to a second-side end portion of the one first portion. The one first portion has a first length in a tape widthwise direction. Each of the first-side second portion and the second-side second portion has a second length in the widthwise direction of the tape and a third length in a tape longitudinal direction. The second length is greater than the first length. The one first portion has a fourth length in the tape longitudinal direction which is greater than or equal to a specific length and less than a sum of the specific length and the third length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Banno, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukiko Takami, Tsutomu Kato, Kentaro Murayama
  • Patent number: 10618291
    Abstract: A method for maintaining an ink jet head according to the invention includes at least one of a maintenance step of attaching a maintenance liquid to a nozzle surface of an ink jet head, which ejects a reaction solution including an aggregating agent for aggregating or thickening components of an ink composition, to clean the nozzle surface, and a maintenance step of covering and moisturizing the nozzle surface with a head moisturizing cap supplied with the maintenance liquid, in which the maintenance liquid includes a water-soluble organic solvent having a boiling point of 280° C. or less and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ippei Okuda
  • Patent number: 10618283
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a pressure chamber forming substrate in which a pressure chamber empty portion is formed, a vibrating plate that is formed on the pressure chamber forming substrate, corresponding to the pressure chamber empty portion, and a piezoelectric element that is formed on the vibrating plate, corresponding to the pressure chamber empty portion, in which the vibrating plate is provided with a concave portion having a bottom portion which is overlapped with the pressure chamber empty portion, and is larger than the pressure chamber empty portion in a planar view, and a wall portion which surrounds the bottom portion, on the pressure chamber empty portion side, the wall portion has a curved surface that is inclined to widen in a direction toward the pressure chamber empty portion from the bottom portion, and a curvature radius of the curved surface is 60 nm to 1000 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kasahara, Masao Nakayama, Takeshi Saito, Yoshihiro Hokari, Toshihiro Shimizu, Naoto Yokoyama