Patents Examined by Scott A Richmond
  • Patent number: 11433665
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transport unit configured to transport a printing medium, a platen that includes a first support surface supporting the printing medium, a light-emitting unit configured to emit detection light toward a transport path of the printing medium, and a light-receiving unit provided adjacently to the light-emitting unit and configured to detect reflected light of the detection light, wherein a recessed portion is provided in the platen, the recessed portion including a primary reflection surface receiving the detection light and a secondary reflection surface receiving the detection light reflected by the primary reflection surface, and the first support surface and the secondary reflection surface overlap in an optical axis direction of the detection light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Hiruma
  • Patent number: 11420457
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a gap adjuster that adjusts a gap in a vertical direction between a recording head and a supporting surface for supporting a medium. The gap adjuster adjusts the gap by engagement of a carriage, a slide member, and a cam member that is provided therebetween and has a stepped portion with an alternate-arrangement structure in a width direction. The gap adjuster includes a coil spring that urges the carriage with respect to the slide member in the direction that is the opposite of the transportation direction. A slide contact member is provided on an end of the coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Keita Hanawa, Kensuke Tamai, Katsumi Yamada, Tatsuya Ito
  • Patent number: 11414344
    Abstract: The apparatus and methods include moving an optical fiber over a fiber path that includes a marking location at which resides a marking unit that dispenses an ink-jet stream. A centering method is performed whereby the optical fiber is incrementally moved in a lateral direction through the path of the ink-stream and the mark number density of marks formed on the optical fiber is measured along with the optical fiber position. A process window is defined by the range of lateral fiber positions over which a target mark number density is formed on a consistent basis. A controller calculates an optimum fiber path position and stores it memory for future reference while also moving the fiber path to the optimum position. The initially wet ink marks are dried and the fiber coated with a transparent protective overcoat to form a coated and marked optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven Howard Dunn, Aditya Kaimal, Kelvin Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11413890
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, having a printing unit, includes a first holding unit, a conveyance unit, a first cutting unit arranged between the printing unit and the first holding unit, a second cutting unit arranged between the printing unit and the first cutting unit, and a control unit. The first holding unit holds a sheet. The conveyance unit conveys the sheet to the printing unit. The first cutting unit cuts the sheet fed from the first holding unit. The second cutting unit cuts the sheet fed from the first holding unit. The control unit determines, in accordance with a length in a conveyance direction of a product to be printed on the sheet by the printing unit, whether to cut the sheet fed from the first holding unit by the first cutting unit or the second cutting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Nozawa, Tomohiro Suzuki, Naoki Wakayama, Ryutaro Takahashi, Masakazu Nagashima, Waichiro Saiki
  • Patent number: 11413889
    Abstract: A printing apparatus configured to print on a continuous sheet to be cut into a plurality of cut sheets at a plurality of cutting positions while being conveyed, includes a conveyance mechanism configured to convey the continuous sheet, and a print head provided so as to face a conveyance path for the continuous sheet in the conveyance mechanism and configured to sequentially print a plurality of cutting marks indicating the plurality of cutting positions on the continuous sheet being conveyed by the conveyance mechanism, in which, from between front end portions and rear end portions of each of the pages in a conveyance direction of the continuous sheet in the conveyance mechanism when printing by the print head is performed, the print head prints the cutting marks on the rear end portions for a plurality of pages on the continuous sheet corresponding to the plurality of cut sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Takahashi, Hiroyuki Kataoka, Satoshi Yasuda, Tetsuya Ishida, Masahiko Soma, Hiroshi Nishide
  • Patent number: 11413883
    Abstract: A liquid applying apparatus includes a liquid applier, a heating device, and a post-processing apparatus. The liquid applier is configured to discharge liquid to a sheet. The heating device is configured to heat the sheet on which the liquid is applied, by the liquid applier. The post-processing apparatus is configured to perform a post-processing operation to the sheet that has passed the heating device. An upstream sheet that is conveyed after the sheet and located upstream from the post-processing apparatus in a sheet conveyance direction stops in an area other than a heat area of the heating device when the post-processing apparatus performs the post-processing operation on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuushi Hirayama
  • Patent number: 11400723
    Abstract: A method of engaging a supply module with a printhead includes the steps of: moving an actuator handle in a first motion along a first axis, thereby linearly sliding the supply module along the first axis towards the printhead and engaging ink couplings of the supply module with complementary ink ports of the printhead; and moving the actuator handle in a separate second motion along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, thereby moving a PCB of the supply module towards the printhead and engaging PCB contacts with complementary printhead contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: David Burke, Norman Berry, Harrick Selvan Anothonysamy, Reynovel Pacinio Anciano, Soon Keat Fah, Poh Lai Say
  • Patent number: 11396201
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for applying a liquid to a printing surface (150). The apparatus comprise: a housing (110) arranged to receive the liquid, the housing comprising an aperture and the aperture comprising at least a first side defined by the housing and a second side defined by the housing which is opposite to the first side, such that the liquid can flow out of the housing by passing through the aperture between the first side and the second side; and a liquid guide member (120) which is inserted into the aperture so that the liquid guide member extends from the first side to the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alex Feygelman, Ben-Zion Ashtamker
  • Patent number: 11390099
    Abstract: Provided is an inkjet printing apparatus capable of wiping off contamination on a platen efficiently. To that end, a cleaning sheet in which a first crease and a second crease are formed is conveyed to clean the platen in the printing apparatus. In this operation, the conveyance of the cleaning sheet is controlled so that the cleaning sheet moves back and forth with the first crease of the cleaning sheet being in contact with a first region of the platen. Further, the conveyance of the cleaning sheet is controlled so that the cleaning sheet moves back and forth with the second crease of the cleaning sheet being in contact with a second region of the platen, the second region being at a position different from the first region in the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Emoto, Keisuke Arita
  • Patent number: 11390090
    Abstract: An ink maintenance system for a printer comprising a first tray having a base and a plurality of side walls, the first tray having a first length and an open top along the length and a second tray having a base and a plurality of side walls, the second tray having a second length and an open top along its length. The system also includes a fan and a filter. To use the system, a print head is positioned in a standby or cleaning position within the printer and ink is ejected from one or more print nozzles into an ink maintenance system within the printer such that the ejected ink is collected in at least one of a catch tray or a filter of the ink maintenance system. The system is then removable from the printer for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Erick Hagstrom
  • Patent number: 11383540
    Abstract: A printing unit includes a plurality of ink jet parts and an X-axis linear motion mechanism that moves each of the plurality of ink jet parts in the same main scanning direction. The X-axis linear motion mechanism moves the ink jet part involved in printing the workpiece among the plurality of ink jet parts so as to face the surface of the workpiece and moves the remaining ink jet part on the one X-axis linear motion mechanism so as to retreat from the surface of the workpiece. As a result, a printing apparatus that is capable of printing accurately onto the workpiece having a three-dimensional curved surface is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoji Hyuga, Takayuki Abe, Hidehiro Yoshida, Tohru Nakagawa, Makoto Okazaki
  • Patent number: 11383536
    Abstract: Provided is an inkjet printing apparatus that can reduce smears on a back surface of a print result medium by reducing accumulation of ink in a platen while reducing generation of mist. To achieve this, an ink receiving portion of a platen is provided away from a support surface by a predetermined distance, is formed in a mesh shape by laying multiple linear members, and is formed as a guide member that guides the ink received in the ink receiving portion to an ink guide holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shin Genta, Kazuhiko Sato, Kazuo Suzuki, Yoshinori Nakajima, Masataka Kato, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Satoshi Azuma, Shingo Nishioka, Sae Mogi
  • Patent number: 11364729
    Abstract: A method of marking on sheet metal includes the following steps: preparing marking information in digital format; transmitting the marking information to a marking system's control unit also having a system for driving the sheet metal; a system for braking the sheet; and a marking head; and inserting the sheet metal into the braking system and into the drive system. The method further includes the steps of exerting a drive force on the sheet metal in a drive direction; exerting a braking force on the sheet metal opposing the driving force, so as to tension and flatten the sheet metal; and marking the marking information on the tensioned sheet metal using the marking head, set in a marking plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: BKE-MACHINES INTERNATIONAL SA
    Inventor: Pierre Vandevelde
  • Patent number: 11345169
    Abstract: A printer includes a head configured to discharge a liquid onto a print target, and a platen configured to hold the print target. The platen includes multiple supports arrayed in a first direction and in a second direction intersecting the first direction, and each of the multiple supports is configured to movable between a first position and a second position different from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeyuki Kobayashi, Tetsu Morino
  • Patent number: 11345147
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes a recording element substrate including an ejection port member including a liquid ejection port, an electrical wiring layer including a pressure generating element that pressurizes the liquid to eject the liquid and an electrically connecting part connected to the pressure generating element to supply power for driving the pressure generating element to the pressure generating element, and a silicon substrate having the ejection port member and the electrical wiring layer. The silicon substrate includes a through-hole passing through the silicon substrate to expose the electrically connecting part. An outer shape of an opening of the through-hole on the back side of the silicon substrate has no side parallel to direction [110] of the silicon substrate or has a side parallel to the direction [110]. The side has a length equal to or less than half an entire length of the through-hole in the direction [110].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Kato
  • Patent number: 11338572
    Abstract: A printing template for use during an aqueous inkjet printing process in which ink is transferred onto a printable layer. The printing template includes a printable layer having two sides, and a shaped perimeter, the first side defining a printable surface. The printing template further includes a carrier layer sized and configured to entirely encompass the shaped perimeter of the printable layer. The carrier layer includes a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side includes an adhesive coating causing the first side of the carrier layer securely associated with the second side of the printable layer during the printing process, and is thereafter allowing removal of the carrier layer from the printable layer after completion of the printing process. Further, a predefined number of parts in a desired shape are die cut through the printable layer up until the carrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Christian Carter Noterman
  • Patent number: 11338574
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a first pressure chamber communicating with a first nozzle configured to eject a liquid, a second pressure chamber adjacent to the first pressure chamber and communicating with a second nozzle configured to eject the liquid, and a first driving element corresponding to the first pressure chamber. The liquid ejecting apparatus executes a detection operation of detecting a fluctuation in the pressure of the liquid within the second pressure chamber that occurred when the first driving element was driven to cause the pressure of the liquid within the first pressure chamber to fluctuate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kuramoto, Yukimasa Ishida
  • Patent number: 11331927
    Abstract: A printer ink mist collection system for a printer and a method of collecting and removing ink mist from the printer, the system having a channel extending from a print area to a filtration system wherein the filtration system comprises one or more filters and wherein the channel is configured to direct airborne ink and mist generated during printing to the filtration system and wherein the channel and filtration system are removable from a printer for purposes of cleaning the ink collection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Erick Hagstrom
  • Patent number: 11333600
    Abstract: A method includes irradiating printed matter, on which an ink containing a solvent is adhered, with light including a near infrared of a predetermined wavelength range, and measuring a spectrum, and determining a quantity of solvent content contained in the printed matter using a pre-created calibration curve model and the spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiichi Mori
  • Patent number: 11325390
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a food product with respect to a print head for printing on a surface thereof. The system is incorporated into a printer. The system has a movable support surface for supporting the food product thereon, the support surface being vertically and horizontally moveable with respect to the print head. A sensor is provided for detecting a position of a surface of the food product positioned on the moveable support surface with respect to the print head. The sensor provides a signal to the printer indicative of a position of the surface of the food product and wherein the moveable support surface is adjustable in response thereto. The sensor is a position sensor configured to detect the position of a top surface of the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Brent L. Nordhus, Erick Hagstrom