Patents Examined by Matthew Luu
  • Patent number: 10730300
    Abstract: A controller of an inkjet printing apparatus is configured to raise a driving voltage to a target voltage, move the cap for an inkjet head from a covering position to a spaced position, and move a carriage, from which the cap is spaced, from a first position to a second position, simultaneously. The controller is further configured to cause the inkjet head to eject the ink toward an ink receiver in response to completion of boosting of the driving voltage and moving of the cap to the spaced position, and cause the conveyer to convey the sheet and cause the inkjet head to eject the ink in accordance with the recording command, in response to receipt of a recording command which instructs recording of an image on the sheet through a communication device, and completion of flushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Tetsunori Mori
  • Patent number: 10730297
    Abstract: Provided herein is a printing apparatus that includes a printhead assembly and a plurality of printhead pressure load modules that are adjustable on a shaft of a printhead pressure load assembly and engaged with a printhead member. The printhead pressure load module has a hollow housing, a plunger member, and a rotary cam. The plunger member and the rotary cam are movably engaged in the hollow housing. The rotary cam includes a plurality of channel members defined at an outer surface. Each channel member has a depth that is different from a depth of an adjacent channel member. A movement of the plunger member inwardly through the hollow housing defines a position of the rotary cam along the longitudinal axis with respect to the hollow housing. Position change of the rotary cam defines a force that acts on a pressure contact member and adjusts a load on the printhead assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Yaw Horng Yap, Chin Young Wong, Ching Hong Chua, Eng Hing Lim
  • Patent number: 10703101
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus comprises a flow passage member which has a pressure chamber communicated with a nozzle and a liquid supply port communicated with the pressure chamber; a piezoelectric element with which the flow passage member is provided so that the piezoelectric element is overlapped with the pressure chamber; a protective member which is arranged on the flow passage member so that the piezoelectric element is covered therewith; and a supply member which is formed with a supply flow passage communicated with the liquid supply port of the flow passage member and which is adhered to extend over the flow passage member and the protective member; wherein a layer of a first adhesive to adhere the protective member and the supply member is thicker than a layer of a second adhesive to adhere the flow passage member and the supply member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Yuichi Ito, Rui Wang, Toru Kakiuchi, Yasuo Kato
  • Patent number: 10688784
    Abstract: A head unit control circuit controls a head unit. The head unit includes: an ejector, a determination circuit, and an ejection limit circuit. The injector includes a displaceable piezoelectric element. The piezoelectric element is displaced by changing a drive signal potential. The determination circuit determines whether the piezoelectric element has a predetermined electrical storage capability. The ejection limit circuit stops the drive signal to limit the ejection of the liquid based on the determination. The head unit control circuit supplies an instruction signal, a first designation signal, and a second designation signal to the head unit. The instruction signal instructs the head unit to execute the determination. The determination circuit executes the determination during a period in which the first designation signal is set to a high level, the second designation signal is set to a low level, and the instruction signal is supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryota Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10688797
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ink cartridge (30) for a CIJ type printer, such a cartridge including at least one volume (14) delimited by a shell, a sealed aperture (16) of the shell, a fluid ink (17) and magnetic means (15) movable with respect to the cartridge shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Chalamet, Loïc Frerejean
  • Patent number: 10675882
    Abstract: There are provided a liquid ejection apparatus with low costs, a liquid container, and a manufacturing method thereof. To this end, a rocking body is assembled to the liquid container to suppress the drop thereof by melting and swaging of a support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Shiba, Tsubasa Takaoka, Hiroki Hayashi, Kazuya Yoshii, Ryo Shimamura
  • Patent number: 10657840
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes an image forming device and a controller. The image forming device includes a recording head unit and forms on paper a fold line image representing a fold line. The controller includes a first selection section. The first selection section selects formation of the fold line image in a “first manner” or a “second manner”. In the “first manner”, the fold line image is formed so as to become invisible after a first period elapses from a first time point at which the fold line image is formed on the paper. In the “second manner”, the fold line image is formed so as not to become invisible even after a second period elapses from the first time point. The second period is longer than the first period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sumio Yamada
  • Patent number: 10654290
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a liquid dispensing amount control apparatus. The liquid dispensing amount control apparatus may include at least one nozzle and at least one heating device. The heating device may be configured to heat a position of liquid dispensed from the nozzle to form a droplet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Mengyu Luan, Youyuan Hu, Xinfeng Wu, Lin Chen, Bo Mao, Fei Li, Xinzhu Wang, Huihui Li
  • Patent number: 10618326
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a mounting portion in which a container is detachably mounted through an opening, an opening and closing cover that is attached to be rotatable by being bent and deformed and is rotated between an open position where an opening is open and a closed position where the opening is closed around a rotation shaft provided on one end side, a mounting portion side deformation regulating portion (second eaves portion) that is provided on a side of mounting portion, and a cover side deformation regulating portion (protruding portion) disposed to face so as to be capable of coming into contact with the mounting portion side deformation regulating portion when the opening and closing cover is present at the closed position in a case in which the opening and closing cover is bent and deformed is provided on a side of an opening and closing cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Tamai
  • Patent number: 10596822
    Abstract: A printing apparatus performing printing by an inkjet scheme includes: an inkjet head; and a controller, configured to control the operation of a main scan driver and a sub scan driver to perform a main scanning operation multiple times on each position on a medium. In the main scanning operation, for at least part of ejection positions serving as ejection targets of ink droplets in the main scanning operation, the controller causes the inkjet head to eject an ink droplet in accordance with a mask for selecting part of the at least part of ejection positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Eiichi Ohara, Akira Takatsu
  • Patent number: 10589532
    Abstract: A printing apparatus provided with a carriage provided with a mounting unit which can be mounted with a cartridge in which ink is accommodated and a printing head, an ink tank which stores ink, and a control unit which controls ejecting of ink using the printing head, in which, in a case in which the control unit obtains information for blocking ejecting of ink corresponding to the mounting unit, ejecting of ink, by the printing head, corresponding to the mounting unit is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Tanaka, Yasumasa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10576745
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a head unit including a print head provided with an ejection opening surface for ejecting ink and performing a print operation with respect to a print medium, a platen unit including a platen having a support surface to support the print medium opposite to the ejection opening surface in a case in which the print head performs the print operation, and a spacer member configured to define a print gap between the ejection opening surface and the support surface by abutting against the head unit. A cap member caps the ejection opening surface, and a cap moving unit moves the cap member with respect to the ejection opening surface. In addition, an adjusting member adjusts the print gap by moving the spacer member in association with an operation in which the cap moving unit moves the cap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Kohnotoh
  • Patent number: 10569536
    Abstract: In a method for controlling printing elements of an ink print head, an idle time between the ejection of two dots from the same nozzle is determined. In the event that the idle time exceeds a predetermined threshold (?tS), a determined number of vibration cycles is performed (e.g. in immediate succession). The number of vibration cycles is determined based on the idle time, such that more vibration cycles are performed the longer that the idle time lasts between the ejections of two dots from the same nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Océ Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hettler, Christian Maier, Josef Liebl
  • Patent number: 10569546
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes: an oil-based ink containing silicone oil; and inkjet heads each including a nozzle row in which nozzles configured to eject the oil-based ink to a print medium conveyed in a conveyance direction are arranged, the inkjet heads being arranged adjacent to each other with the nozzles in each nozzle row arranged in a direction non-orthogonally intersecting the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Shinsuke Ozawa, Shinichiro Shimura, Marie Morinaga, Kazuyuki Ando, Hikaru Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10562314
    Abstract: A flow path member includes a filter, a first space provided with an entrance through which a ink flows in, and a second space separated from the first space by the filter and that has an exit through which the ink flows out and a bottom surface facing the filter, in which the bottom surface includes an inclined surface spaced away from the filter from an end of the filter toward a center in a case where the filter is viewed in plan view, and the exit is in a middle of the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Emi
  • Patent number: 10532574
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting method includes: a first step of injection molding passage members collectively constituting a passage for a liquid in the liquid ejecting head; a second step of moving the passage members to bring the passage members into contact with each other; and a third step of injecting a sealing material into a space between the passage members held in contact with each other, and filling the space with the sealing material. The sealing material is injected and filled, from a gate on a longitudinal side of the passage members, in a direction intersecting with a longitudinal direction of the passage members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Takuya Iwano, Yukuo Yamaguchi, Toshiaki Hirosawa, Hiromasa Amma, Soji Kondo, Noriyasu Nagai
  • Patent number: 10525730
    Abstract: A thermal head according to the present disclosure includes: a substrate; a first electrode; a heat generating section; a second electrode; a resin layer; and a protective layer. The first electrode is located on the substrate. The heat generating section is located on the substrate. The second electrode is located on the substrate so as to be electrically connected to the heat generating section and the first electrode. The resin layer is located on the first electrode. The protective layer is located on the resin layer. Moreover, the resin layer includes a first portion inserted in the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Ishii
  • Patent number: 10525747
    Abstract: A tape includes: a sheet; first and second media; a first separating line located between first and second media of one pair and extending between first and second ends of the sheet in a widthwise direction; a first cutting portion formed through the first medium and extending from a first end of the first medium to a first endpoint; a second cutting portion formed through the second medium and extending from a first end of the second medium to a second endpoint; and second and third separating lines extending in a longitudinal direction between the first endpoint and a first-medium end portion and between the second endpoint and a second-medium end portion, respectively. A side of the first endpoint on which the first-medium end portion is located is identical in the longitudinal direction to a side of the second endpoint on which the second-medium end portion is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10518561
    Abstract: In one example, a platen holder includes a surface to support a platen and a clamp to clamp the platen to the surface. The clamp includes a jaw and an actuator to open and close the jaw. The jaw and the actuator located below a plane of the surface and the jaw movable at the urging of the actuator between an open position in which the platen may be placed on or removed from the surface of the holder and a closed position to hold the platen against the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Pau Martin, Ricardo Sanchis, Alberto Arredondo, Eduardo Martin, Alejandro Puente
  • Patent number: 10513116
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an ink jet head includes a pair of actuator plates, a return plate, and a flow passage plate. The pair of actuator plates are disposed to face each other in a Y-direction. In the actuator plate, a plurality of channels which extend in a Z-direction are arranged at a distance in an X-direction. The return plate is disposed on an opening end side of the channels in the pair of actuator plates. A circulation passage which communicates with the channels is formed in the return plate. The flow passage plate is disposed between the pair of actuator plates. An inlet flow passage into which an ink flows and an outlet flow passage which communicates with the circulation passage are arranged in the Z-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SII PRINTEK INC.
    Inventors: Yuzuru Kubota, Daichi Nishikawa, Daiki Irokawa, Eriko Maeda, Yutaka Hongo