Patents Examined by Lam S Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11001063
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a maintenance apparatus includes a first suction nozzle having a first suction port facing a first nozzle row through which a first liquid can be ejected, the first nozzle row including nozzles aligned in a first direction on a nozzle plate, and a second suction nozzle having a second suction port facing a second nozzle row through which a second liquid can be ejected, the second nozzle row including nozzles aligned in the first direction on the nozzle plate and parallel to the first nozzle row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Kimura
  • Patent number: 11001057
    Abstract: There is disclosed a controller for controlling two or more groups of nozzles in an array, the controller configured to: encode data blocks into a data stream, wherein each data block denotes how a respective group of nozzles is to be controlled for a droplet period; encode fire codes into the data stream, wherein each fire code is a reserved code that denotes when a respective group of nozzles is to be controlled in accordance with the data block for the droplet period; and wherein the data block precedes the fire code for the respective group of nozzles in the data stream and wherein the fire codes are generated independently of the data blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Anirban Lahiri, Stephen Mark Jeapes, Mujahid-ul Islam
  • Patent number: 11001056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a printing control device (10) to control printing of a cover layer on a tissue or cell sample to be examined, a system (1) for printing of a cover layer (1) on a tissue or cell sample to be examined, a method to control printing of a cover layer on a tissue or cell sample to be sample to be examined, a computer program element for controlling such device or system for performing such method and a computer readable medium having stored such computer program element. The printing control device (10) comprises an imaging unit (11) and a printing control unit (12). The imaging unit (11) is configured to provide image data of the sample, and to determine a local image parameter from the image data. The local image parameter relates to local tissue porosity and/or a local capillary force of the sample. The printing control unit (12) is configured to control a printing parameter for printing the cover layer on the sample based on the local image parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Anke Pierik, Reinhold Wimberger-Friedl, Danielle Elisa Willemine Clout, Fei Zuo, Ruud Vlutters
  • Patent number: 11001070
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for providing a print fluid to a flow-through printhead. The printhead has a row of jetting channels configured to jet droplets of a print fluid, a supply manifold fluidly coupled to the row of jetting channels, and a return manifold fluidly coupled to the row of jetting channels. A first reservoir is fluidly coupled to the supply manifold, and a second reservoir is fluidly coupled to the return manifold. The first reservoir and the second reservoir are fluidly isolated except through the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10994547
    Abstract: Provided in one example is an articulating housing for carriage assembly of a printer system, the articulating housing comprising an articulating housing coupling part for establishing an articulated coupling between the articulating housing and the carriage assembly, as well as a carriage assembly and a printer system comprising such an articulating housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bryan Murphy, Sarah Russell, Jesse Phillips
  • Patent number: 10994540
    Abstract: A substrate having an obliquely running through hole is manufactured by arranging first and second masks each having an opening pattern on first and second surfaces, respectively, of the substrate, then forming cavities each facing an opening of the opening patterns from the respective surfaces by anisotropic dry etching, and making the cavities formed from the first surface and the cavities formed from the second surface communicate with each other to produce the through hole. The opening pattern of the first mask and the opening pattern of the second mask are arranged adjacently to or partially overlapping with each other as viewed from the direction orthogonal to the substrate. The opening area of at least one of the openings of the first and second masks are increased along the direction from the mask including the at least one opening toward the oppositely disposed mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsunori Terasaki
  • Patent number: 10987927
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head for controlling discharging of liquid, the liquid discharge head including a valve body configured to be movable, and to be pressed towards a discharge port from which the liquid is discharged; and a recessed portion provided in the valve body at a position facing the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Kaiba, Shuusei Murai
  • Patent number: 10981381
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head substrate comprising a liquid discharge element arranged above a surface of a substrate, an insulator arranged between the surface and the liquid discharge element, a liquid supply port extending through the insulator, first and second conductive patterns is provided. The first pattern connects an element arranged on the surface and the liquid discharge element. The second pattern surrounds the liquid supply port. The insulator includes first and second films that are bonded at a bonding surface along the surface. A first member arranged in the first film and a second member arranged in the second film, of the first pattern, are bonded at the bonding surface. A third member arranged in the first film and a fourth member arranged in the second film, of the second pattern, are bonded at the bonding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Soichiro Nagamochi, Takeshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10974518
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a control unit (a) sets an ink residual estimation value of a subtank as a first reference value corresponding to a tank capacity of the subtank when ink empty is detected on an ink container, and determines whether the ink residual estimation value is less than the ink consumption estimation value of a subsequent page in a print job or not, and (b1) stops the print job if the ink residual estimation value is less than the ink consumption estimation value of the subsequent page and (b2) continues the print job if the ink residual estimation value is equal to or larger than the ink consumption estimation value of the subsequent page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Takenori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10974525
    Abstract: A digital printing apparatus for inkjet printing on a sheet or web of material includes a belt for supporting and conveying the sheet or web of material fixed to the belt. The belt is guided along at least a first roller driven by a motor and a second roller driven by the belt. A plurality of printing heads is arranged along the path of the belt. A control system is configured to control the operation of the motor and the printing operation of the printing heads. A first encoder, being configured to supply a first encoder signal to the control system for controlling the operation of the motor, is associated with the first roller. A second encoder, being configured to supply a second encoder signal to the control system for controlling the printing operation of each printing head, is associated with the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SPGPrints B.V.
    Inventor: Maurice Marinus Anthonius Jozef Janssen
  • Patent number: 10946671
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for marking eggs by stamping and printing thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Israel Sar-El, Viktor Kurmis
  • Patent number: 10946660
    Abstract: An object of the present disclosure is to provide a liquid discharge apparatus capable of sucking liquid in a cap member while suppressing generation of bubbles by a suction assisting member detachable from a cap member. A liquid discharge apparatus includes a liquid discharge head (6) to discharge liquid from a plurality of nozzles, and a suction mechanism (8) to suck the liquid from the liquid discharge head (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shotaro Ueda, Shingo Masaoka, Isamu Kubo
  • Patent number: 10946674
    Abstract: A sequence of loads within a system is determined during each of multiple time windows based on a determination of each load's temperature to a target value. The sequencing of the loads involves a determination as to whether the length of each time window is long enough to permit all of the loads to be sequentially activated in order to have their temperatures approximate the corresponding target temperatures. In some cases, the sequence of the loads is determined to be one that results in a monotonically changing power profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Duane A Koehler, Francisco Alcazar, Daniel James Magnusson
  • Patent number: 10946646
    Abstract: Heating is conducted sequentially by dividing a heating operation into first heating control and second heating control consuming higher electric power than that in the first heating control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Oonuki, Daisuke Kobayashi, Satoshi Seki, Tsukasa Doi
  • Patent number: 10942221
    Abstract: A method for estimating a battery power percentage of a battery includes: performing a first fuel gauge operation upon the battery; and using the first fuel gauge operation to generate the battery power percentage of the battery by referring to information measured by a second fuel gauge operation performed upon the battery wherein the second fuel gauge operation is different from the first fuel gauge operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Jui-Chi Wu, Jia-You Chuang, Tsung-Ju Tsai
  • Patent number: 10933648
    Abstract: An example printing cartridge includes a fluid container, a plurality of sensing locations in thermal contact with the fluid container, a voltage comparator to output time-based information based on a comparison of a sensed voltage generated at a selected sensing location of the plurality of sensing locations to a threshold voltage, the time-based information representative of whether a fluid is present at a fluid level associated with the selected sensing location, and a counter to convert the time-based information to a digital code based on a number of clock cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, James Michael Gardner, Berkeley Fisher, Michael W. Cumbie
  • Patent number: 10933672
    Abstract: A motor unit includes a motor including a motor side output shaft extending in a Z direction, and a reduction drive, wherein the reduction drive includes a housing, a reduction drive side output shaft extending in the Z direction, a toothed gear group configured to transmit rotation of the motor side output shaft to the reduction drive side output shaft with the rotation being decelerated, and a deformation sensor configured to detect deformation occurring due to vibration of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Hiruma
  • Patent number: 10926548
    Abstract: An example printing cartridge includes a fluid container, a plurality of capacitor plates to detect fluid in the fluid container, each of the capacitor plates associated with a respective fluid level, and a shift register to capture fluid level information from the plurality of capacitor plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, James Michael Gardner, Scott A. Linn, Michael W. Cumbie, Berkeley Fisher
  • Patent number: 10926563
    Abstract: The ink jet printing apparatus has: an analysis unit configured to analyze whether there is an error relating to a pattern based on image data read by a reading unit; a classification unit configured to classify whether an error of analysis results by the analysis unit is an error that a user can cope with; and a control unit configured to perform control to, in a case where an error of classification results by the classification unit is an error that a user can cope with, display a coping method thereof on the display unit, and to, in a case where an error of classification results by the classification unit is not an error that a user can cope with, advance processing to processing other than printing position adjustment processing included in a setup without adjusting a printing position of a print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Hirai, Yoichiro Makino
  • Patent number: 10919324
    Abstract: A platen unit includes a platen, a mount portion, and a connection portion. The platen has a surface on which a print medium is to be placed. The mount portion is mounted on a platen support portion provided in a print device. The connection portion connects the mount portion and the platen such that a position of the platen is slidable, with respect to the mount portion, between a first position and a second position in a first direction and in a second direction. The first direction is a direction along the surface of the platen. The second position is located in the first direction with respect to the first position. The second direction is a direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidekazu Komiya