Patents Examined by Lam Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10016994
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a carriage, a transport drive roller, and a plurality of gears. The carriage includes a recording head configured to record onto a medium. The carriage is configured to move in a movement region in a first direction and a second direction that is an opposite direction thereto. The transport drive roller is configured to transport the medium to a recording region in which the recording head performs recording. The plurality of gears are configured to transmit power of a motor to the transport drive roller. When the carriage is positioned at an end of the movement region in the second direction, at least a portion of one of the plurality of gears overlaps the carriage when viewed along a vertical direction that is parallel to a direction of gravity and overlaps the recording head when viewed along an axial direction of the transport drive roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Okazawa, Kazumasa Harada, Akira Anami
  • Patent number: 10005663
    Abstract: There is provided a method of manufacturing a pattern substrate in which a pattern is formed on the surface of the substrate. The manufacturing method includes a step of preparing the substrate and a step of arranging a liquid-repellent or lyophilic material on the surface of the substrate so as to form the pattern on the surface of the substrate in which the surface of the substrate has a liquid-repellent region and a lyophilic region, the pattern is formed by one of the liquid-repellent region and the lyophilic region and the pattern is used to locate a component by the surface tension of a liquid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Yamamoto, Kanji Nakayama, Keita Saito, Dai Suwama
  • Patent number: 10006895
    Abstract: A system for monitoring atmospheric pollution, includes a mobile appliance fitted on a vehicle and a remote processing unit, the mobile appliance including a location unit for detecting geographic coordinates of the vehicle, an atmospheric sensor for detecting an atmospheric pollution value, a transmission unit for transmitting the geographic coordinates and the atmospheric pollution value, the remote processing unit including a receiving unit for receiving the geographic coordinates and the atmospheric pollution value, a processing unit for processing the geographic coordinates and the atmospheric pollution value for monitoring the atmospheric pollution inside a geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: C.R.D. CENTRO RICERCHE DUCATI TRENTO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Adriano Zanfei, Christian Marzadro, Ernesto Miorando
  • Patent number: 9994029
    Abstract: A print head for an ink jet printer includes at least one ink supply channel and at least one nozzle having a nozzle channel and an inflow opening, and ink can be pressed from the ink supply channel through the inflow opening into the nozzle channel and ejected therefrom, wherein the nozzle is arranged in a stationary manner on a side wall of the ink supply channel and in the ink supply channel a ram is provided, which can be moved back and forth between a reversal point that has a minimal distance from the inflow opening of the nozzle and a reversal point that has a maximal distance from the inflow opening of the nozzle, wherein a first limiting device limits the movement of a ram end face to a movement between the reversal points; and a second external device is provided for applying a negative pressure relative to the ambient air pressure to the ink in the ink supply channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: DURST PHOTOTECHNIK—A.G.
    Inventor: Franz Obertegger
  • Patent number: 9994028
    Abstract: An ink heating device that is disposed on an inkjet recording device and heats ink includes an ink tank and at least one heater to heat the ink tank. The ink tank is an integrated unit of subtanks storing ink disposed along the longitudinal direction. The at least one heater heats both longitudinal ends of the ink tank to a temperature higher than a temperature of a central area in the longitudinal direction of the ink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Urakami, Seiji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9982999
    Abstract: An interferometric method for profiling the topography of a sample surface comprises: (i) a first interferometric profiling step at a first magnification M1 to produce a map comprising pixels with planar (X,Y)-coordinates corresponding to the area of the sample surface, (ii) identifying pixel(s) which meet or exceed a Cut-Off Threshold, and meet or exceed a parameter NNAP; (iii) identifying pixel(s) for which no z-coordinate has been recorded; (iv) generating a Low Magnification Frame File (LMFF) which comprises the (X,Y) coordinates of the pixels derived from steps (ii) and (iii); (v) a second interferometric profiling step at a second magnification M2, wherein M2>M1, wherein only selected regions of the sample surface are analysed, said selected regions comprising the features associated with the (X,Y)-coordinates of the pixels in the Low Magnification Frame File; and further comprising a step selected from: (vi) analysing the output of the second interferometric profiling step to differentiate between a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: DuPont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Karl Rakos
  • Patent number: 9970809
    Abstract: A digital filter for a digital weigher reduces a calculation time in an adapted filter while maintaining weighing accuracy, a digital weigher includes the filter for the weigher, and a wave filtering process method uses the digital filter for the digital weigher. A fixation section of a FIR filter removes an oscillating component in a predetermined frequency range, from a digital weighing signal. A determination device determines whether an amplitude of an oscillating component contained in a digital weighing signal derived by performing a wave filtering process falls within a predetermined damping range. A control device changes a frequency range of an oscillating component to be removed by an adaptive section of the filter based on a result of the determination. The adaptive section of the filter performs the wave filtering process with respect to the oscillating component in the frequency range changed by the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sachie Ito, Takayuki Nagai, Ryo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9952043
    Abstract: A device identifying a cyclic movement type of a physical system from a set of possible cyclic movements types includes: a movement sensor providing an observation data sequence concerning the physical system; a storage storing at least one statistical hidden-state Markov model; and a computer programmed to analyze the observation data sequence and select one cyclic movement type based on the stored statistical model. The storage includes least one statistical hidden-state Markov model for each possible cyclic movement type and the computer is programmed to analyze compatibility of the observation data sequence with each possible cyclic movement type based on the statistical model associated with this cyclic movement type. The computer is further programmed to provide a sequence of hidden states of the statistical model associated with the selected cyclic movement type, based on the observation data sequence and the statistical model associated with the selected cyclic movement type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Movea
    Inventors: Florence Gris, Pierre Jallon
  • Patent number: 9944099
    Abstract: An output value of the transport position output portion when a first mark which is provided in a recording medium is at a predetermined position with respect to a detection region is stored in a storage portion as a reference value, and a start timing of the printing of the image is controlled based on the timing at which the mark detection portion detects the mark after confirming that the first mark reaches a predetermined range from the detection region based on comparison of the output value of the transport position output portion and the reference value with each other, when the transport in the first direction of the recording medium is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Hori, Masashi Oba, Kunihiro Kawada, Shinji Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9948420
    Abstract: Systems and methods for time aligning time-stamped measurements using a voting scheme are disclosed. The system and method filter incoming measurements based on whether the time-stamped measurements fall within a defined time window. In response to determining that the time stamp falls within the defined time window, the time-stamped measurement is added to a time slice corresponding with the time stamp. In response to determining that the time-stamped measurement does not fall within the defined time window, the time window is re-established based on a voting scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron E. Wright
  • Patent number: 9944092
    Abstract: A post-processing agent application control device includes: a first post-processing agent application amount determination unit configured to determine an amount of a post-processing agent to be applied to an image formed on a recording medium; a first glossiness determination unit configured to determine a first glossiness that is a glossiness of a non-image area of the recording medium in a case where the determined amount of the post-processing agent is applied to the non-image area; and a second post-processing agent application amount determination unit configured to, if glossiness difference between the determined first glossiness and a second glossiness that is a glossiness of the non-image area of the recording medium is applied is larger than the predetermined value, change an amount of the post-processing agent to be applied, in a stepwise manner from an image area to the non-image area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoru Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 9944067
    Abstract: To more appropriately carry out printing at high precision even when a gap distance is large. A printing apparatus includes an inkjet head, a main scan driver, and a controller, where the controller sets a moving speed of the inkjet head according to a gap distance, and sets the moving speed in a main scanning operation so that an entering angle at a time of landing of the ink droplet on a medium becomes smaller than or equal to 45 degrees with respect to at least a position where the gap distance becomes the largest in a region of the medium to become a target of the main scanning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Ohnishi, Akifumi Seki
  • Patent number: 9937717
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a substrate that includes a piezoelectric element formed by stacking a piezoelectric layer, a first electrode and a second electrode such that the piezoelectric layer is interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode; and a wiring substrate that includes a driving element providing a signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the substrate. The substrate has an inspection region where a piezoelectric element for inspection which is a portion of the piezoelectric element is disposed. The wiring substrate has an electrode inspection region including an electrode to be inspected that is electrically connected to the piezoelectric element for inspection and is disposed on a surface side opposite to the substrate, and a flexible substrate mounting region which is disposed on the surface side opposite to the substrate, and is connected to a flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsutomo Tsukahara, Motoki Takabe, Eiju Hirai, Yoshihiro Hokari
  • Patent number: 9939494
    Abstract: A concentration distribution in an active material of a battery unit is calculated by using a diffusion equation, and a first polarization elimination time taken for the concentration distribution in the active material to fall within an allowable range is calculated assuming that charge and discharge of the battery unit is not performed. A concentration distribution in an electrolyte of the battery unit is calculated by using a diffusion equation, and a second polarization elimination time taken for the concentration distribution in the electrolyte to fall within an allowable range is calculated assuming that the charge and the discharge of the battery unit is not performed. It is determined that polarization of the battery unit is eliminated when a time for which the charge and the discharge of the battery unit is not performed is longer than the longer one of the first polarization elimination time and the second polarization elimination time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ogura
  • Patent number: 9927258
    Abstract: A system having a position sensing algorithm for determining a position of an electro-mechanical actuator (EMA) stroke includes a first rotary component supported for rotation about a first axis, and a second rotary component supported for rotation about a second axis. A first rotary encoder may be configured to generate an output based on an angular position of the first rotary component, and a second rotary encoder may be configured to generate an output based on an angular position of the second rotary component. The first and second rotary components may define a ratio such that the first and second rotary encoders generate unique combinations of outputs for an entire stroke of an EMA. A decoder may be provided having a position sensing algorithm that determines a position of the EMA stroke based on the ratio between first and second rotary components and outputs from first and second encoders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Derek Paul Dougherty, John Mendenhall White, Andrew Thompson
  • Patent number: 9927283
    Abstract: A digital filter for a digital weigher reduces a calculation time in an adapted filter while maintaining weighing accuracy, a digital weigher includes the filter for the weigher, and a wave filtering process method uses the digital filter for the digital weigher. A fixation section of a FIR filter removes an oscillating component in a predetermined frequency range, from a digital weighing signal. A determination device determines whether an amplitude of an oscillating component contained in a digital weighing signal derived by performing a wave filtering process falls within a predetermined damping range. A control device changes a frequency range of an oscillating component to be removed by an adaptive section of the filter based on a result of the determination. The adaptive section of the filter performs the wave filtering process with respect to the oscillating component in the frequency range changed by the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sachie Ito, Takayuki Nagai, Ryo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9922511
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for detecting and locating an attempted intrusion into a perimeter defined by a fence. The invention comprises a management unit (UG), impact or vibration detectors (D), and a station (P) for processing data (UG). According to the invention: each detector is connected on one side to another detector and on the other side either to another detector or a management unit; each detector transmits data to the detector(s) and/or management unit to which it is directly connected; each detector receives data from the detector(s) and/or management unit to which it is connected; and a detector that receives data on one side transmits said data to the detector or management unit to which it is connected on the other side, in addition to transmitting data about events that it has detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOCIETE RHODANIENNE D'ELECTRONIQUE APPLIQUEE-SORHEA
    Inventor: Bruno Bomparet
  • Patent number: 9919520
    Abstract: An ink jet recording method according to the invention includes: ejecting droplets of non-water-based ink, which contains an organic solvent, a color material, and resin, from nozzles of a recording head and causing the droplets to adhere to a recording medium to form an image; and preliminarily ejecting the droplets of the non-water-based-ink from the nozzles of the recording head not for forming the image. In the preliminary ejecting of the droplets, a time interval at which the preliminary ejecting is performed by a predetermined nozzle is equal to or greater than two seconds and equal to or less than twenty five seconds. The organic solvent contains a first solvent which is at least one kind selected from a hydrocarbon-based solvent, an alcohol-based solvent, and an ester-based solvent. Content of the first solvent is equal to or greater than 40% by mass with respect to entire content of the non-water-based ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Nagase, Akihito Sao, Kenichiro Kubota, Jun Ito, Naoki Koike
  • Patent number: 9914309
    Abstract: Compensation algorithms are applied to hide failed nozzles or, at least, reduce the objectionable effect of such nozzles in a printed image. Once a failed nozzle or under-performing nozzle is detected in a single-pass printing system, it is shut-off and the image data that was intended to be printed by this nozzle is redistributed to its neighboring nozzles. Embodiments of the invention use of a 1-D look-up table and stochastically distribute the duty cycle to each neighboring nozzle. In this way, failed nozzles are effectively hidden in the final print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Billow, Leon Williams, Ghilad Dziesietnik
  • Patent number: 9915627
    Abstract: The present invention provides deterioration analysis method which allows a detailed analysis of deterioration, especially deterioration of surface conditions, of a polymer material. The present invention relates to a deterioration analysis method, including irradiating a polymer material with high intensity X-rays, and measuring X-ray absorption while varying the energy of the X-rays, to analyze deterioration of the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Fusae Kaneko, Hiroyuki Kishimoto