Patents Examined by Scott A Richmond
  • Patent number: 10308051
    Abstract: A measurement device includes a light source that radiates an illumination light on a measurement object; and a measurement unit that measures a measurement light that is reflection light obtained by the illumination light being reflected by the measurement object or transmitted light obtained by the illumination light passing through the measurement object. The illumination light is a plurality of illumination lights. In a case where the measurement object is positioned at a reference position, an illumination center at which an optical axis of each of the plurality of illumination lights and the measurement object intersect, and a measurement center that is a center of a measurement region of the measurement object measured by the measurement unit are positioned at different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsugio Gomi
  • Patent number: 10300699
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a recording element substrate having first to fourth discharge port groups, each of which includes a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid, first flow path connecting a first liquid tank to the first discharge port group, a second flow path connecting a second liquid tank to the second discharge port group, and a third flow path connecting a third liquid tank to the third discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group, wherein a flow resistance in the first flow path is smaller than a flow resistance in the second flow path and larger than a flow resistance in the third flow path, and wherein a ratio of the flow resistance in the second flow path to the flow resistance in the third flow path is 4 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sayaka Seki, Yuichiro Akama, Yuji Tamaru, Naoko Tsujiuchi, Yasuaki Kitayama
  • Patent number: 10293618
    Abstract: In a state where a supply portion of a cartridge is connected to a connecting portion of a cartridge attachment section, a first base part and a first protruding part of the cartridge and a second base part and a second protruding part of the cartridge attachment section have the following positional relationship: as viewed in the horizontal direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and second protruding part, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and as viewed in the vertical direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part, and the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Akinari Ishibe, Yuma Tanabe, Masahiro Hayashi, Masatake Sato, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10280325
    Abstract: A jet ink composition, a jet ink coating method and a resulting jet ink coated article are all predicated upon the jet ink composition which includes in addition to a particulate pigment material and a solvent composition a resin composition. The resin composition includes an uncured silicone resin, an uncured epoxy resin and an uncured melamine resin. Upon thermal cure the uncured resin composition forms a cured resin composition with superior adhesion to substrates such as but not limited to glass substrates, ceramic substrates and metal oxide substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tzu-Han Chen, Ruei-ming Huang, Yongsheng Yan
  • Patent number: 10279594
    Abstract: An apparatus displays an S_Empty informing screen on a display when a count value N reaches a threshold Nth, reads a liquid amount Vc from an IC chip of a cartridge which is installed, calculates an outflow amount Qc of a liquid flowing out from the cartridge to a tank at a period ?t based on the read liquid amount Vc, and erases the S_Empty informing screen from the display when the calculated outflow amount Qc is equal to or larger than a threshold Qth1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Horade, Mikio Ogawa, Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10245854
    Abstract: In one example, a printer having a removably-installable platen. The platen has a platen type. A surface of the platen has a feature that is indicative of the platen type. The printer includes a single platen-type-discriminating sensor. The sensor detects a distinguishing characteristic of the feature. A controller determines the platen type from the distinguishing characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Carles Flotats Vilagrasa, Francesc Melia Sune, David Toussaint
  • Patent number: 10245828
    Abstract: A discharge waveform generating device includes a timing reference generation circuit, a timing adjustment circuit, a waveform pattern generation circuit, and a timing correction circuit. The timing reference generation circuit generates a discharge timing for generating, from image data, a discharge waveform of ink to print the image data, based on a line synchronization signal for synchronizing discharge operations of discharge nozzles to discharge ink. The timing adjustment circuit sets an adjustment value of the discharge timing. The waveform pattern generation circuit generates the waveform from the image data, based on outputs of the timing reference generation circuit and the timing adjustment circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Kawahata, Takashi Michiyoshi
  • Patent number: 10241436
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a laser device, a sensor, and a control unit. The laser device emits laser light which is reference for image forming. The sensor detects the laser light emitted from the laser device. The control unit changes an output direction of the laser light emitted from the laser device if the laser light is not detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10232626
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes an ejection head that ejects an ink onto a recording medium, a passage in which an ink mist generated by the ejection head flows, a gas-liquid separator that is located in a portion of the passage and separates ink and air from the ink mist, and a blower that is located in the passage and causes the ink mist to be moved away from the ejection head to the gas-liquid separator. A downstream side of the gas-liquid separator is above an upstream side of the gas-liquid separator in a gravitational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyuki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10232639
    Abstract: Certain examples of apparatus for applying fluid in a printing system are described. The apparatus comprise a first chamber having a first aperture extending along a first axis, and a second chamber having a second aperture extending along a second axis, wherein the first axis is substantially parallel to the second axis. The second chamber is movable with respect to the first chamber. Also, methods for supplying a fluid, and printing systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Alex Feygelman, Boaz Tagansky, Gil Fisher, Mordechai Arenson, Roy Maman
  • Patent number: 10226942
    Abstract: A printer includes a processor; a thermal head driver circuit that drives a thermal head for printing on a printing medium; a motor driver circuit that drives a motor configured to convey the printing medium; and a power supply circuit that includes a capacitor and a first switching circuit to charge the capacitor, the power supply circuit supplying electrical power to the thermal head driver circuit and the motor driver circuit via the capacitor, wherein the processor, when stopping operation of the printer, performs a control process of discharging the capacitor via the motor driver circuit and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Hasegawa, Toshiaki Kanamura, Yoshimasa Yokoyama, Yasushi Murai
  • Patent number: 10201968
    Abstract: A flexible belt is disclosed for use in a printing system. The belt comprises an endless strip which, in use, travels along a continuous path. Formations are provided along the sides of the strip which are capable of engaging with lateral tracks to place the belt under lateral tension, the lateral tracks further serving to constrain the belt to follow the continuous path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LANDA CORPORATION LTD.
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Sagi Abramovich, Aharon Shmaiser, Rami Keller, Itshak Ashkanazi
  • Patent number: 10195852
    Abstract: In one example, a printhead assembly includes a molding with multiple printhead dies exposed at a front part of the molding and channels in a back part of the molding to carry printing fluid to the dies. The printhead assembly also includes a printed circuit board affixed to the back part of the molding, not covering any of the channels, and an electrical connection between each die and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Silam J Choy, Devin Mourey, Eric L Nikkel
  • Patent number: 10189290
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer configured to perform a forcible a first discontinuation control process, a first resuming control process, a second discontinuation control process, and a second resuming control process. In the first discontinuation control process, the printing is discontinued to execute forcible cooling when the detected temperature reaches a forcible cooling temperature. In the first resuming control process, the printing is resumed while doubly forming dots on the print line a print-receiving medium when the detected temperature is decreased to a forcible cooling cancellation temperature after a start of an execution of the forcible cooling. In the second discontinuation control process, the printing is discontinued to execute between-page cooling when the detected temperature reaches a between-page cooling temperature. In the second resuming control process, the printing is resumed when the detected temperature is decreased to between-page cooling cancellation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Kanda
  • Patent number: 10183500
    Abstract: Control of the print temperature for a thermal printer is disclosed. Two temperature sensors are used to sense the temperature of both the thermal printhead and the environment around the print medium. In this way, the energy applied to the thermal printhead's heating elements may be adjusted to match an ideal print temperature, which depends on both the printhead temperature and the print-medium temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zhiyong Liu
  • Patent number: 10183506
    Abstract: A thermal printer having a printhead, a printhead arm to engage and disengage the printhead, a platen roller, a user interface, and a printhead pressure adjustment mechanism is provided. The improvement consists of at least one force sensor adapted to sense the pressure between the printhead and the platen roller in real-time. The force sensor is communicatively linked to the user interface. The user interface is configured to display the pressure measured by the force sensor in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: DATAMAS-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ranuff Delario, Philamer Villa Creencia, Zheng Hao
  • Patent number: 10183512
    Abstract: Disclosed is a recording apparatus including a frame, a recording head that is disposed in the frame, and performs recording by ejecting a liquid onto a recording medium, a stay that is disposed with the frame, and supports a liquid accommodation body, which accommodates a liquid to be ejected from the recording head, outside the frame, an ink supply tube that supplies a liquid that is accommodated in the liquid accommodation body, which is supported by the stay, to the recording head, and a frame cover that is detachable from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Iwaya, Yoshisada Aoki
  • Patent number: 10183515
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, having a cassette, an attachable section, a printer, and a controller, is provided. The controller is configured to determine whether a medium remainder in a first cassette is equal to a predetermined amount; execute a reading action to read specific data from a first-typed memory device in the first cassette and store the specific data in a second-typed memory device, delete the specific data from the first-typed memory device in the first cassette; determine whether a second cassette being another cassette attached to the attachable section after execution of the reading action is a new cassette, in which the medium remainder is greater than the predetermined amount and in which the specific data is not stored in the first-typed memory device; and execute a writing action to write the specific data stored in the second-typed memory device to the first-typed memory device in the second cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Ito, Junya Kawai
  • Patent number: 10179457
    Abstract: A waste liquid tank includes a case. The case includes a first accommodating portion having an inlet and a first communication opening, a second accommodating portion having a second communication opening and a connecting portion connecting the first communication opening and the second communication opening, wherein a cross-sectional area of the connecting portion is less than a cross-sectional area of the first accommodating portion and is less than a cross-sectional of the second accommodating portion. The waste liquid tank includes a first absorber accommodated in the first accommodating portion, a second absorber accommodated in the second accommodating portion and a third absorber accommodated in the connecting portion. The connecting portion includes a passage defined between the third absorber and a peripheral portion of the connecting portion, the passage allowing the first accommodating portion to communicate with the second accommodating portion and for air to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10166783
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus includes an ejector, a fixing unit, a reversing unit and a hardware processor. The ejector performs an ejection operation of ejecting a color material and an overcoat material onto a recording medium. The fixing unit fixes the overcoat material, thereby forming an overcoat on the medium. The reversing unit reverses the medium. The processor causes the fixing unit to form the overcoat on one side of the medium after causing the ejector to perform the ejection operation on the one side at a predetermined ejection position, causes the reversing unit to reverse the medium with the overcoat formed on the one side, and causes the fixing unit to form the overcoat on the other side of the medium after causing the ejector to perform the ejection operation on the other side at the ejection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Toyoaki Sugaya, Toshiyuki Mizutani, Toshiyuki Takabayashi