Patents by Inventor Eihin Setsu

Eihin Setsu has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9977380
    Abstract: A heater for a fixing device heats an object to be heated, the object traveling in a first direction. The heater includes a substrate facing the object and extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; a heating body extending on the substrate in the second direction; a first conductor and a second conductor disposed on the substrate to supply power to the heating body; a plurality of first electrodes each connected to the first conductor and configured to supply power to the heating body; and a plurality of second electrodes having a polarity different from that of the first electrodes, each connected to the second conductor, and configured to supply power to the heating body. The first electrodes and the second electrodes are configured to intersect the heating body, alternately arranged in the second direction, and inclined with respect to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoko Wauke, Eihin Setsu, Hirotoshi Terao
  • Patent number: 9217970
    Abstract: A heater for fixing devices includes a glass substrate, a heating element, electrode patterns connected to the heating element, a first protective layer, and a second protective layer. The glass substrate is made of an alkali-free glass. The first protective layer is formed by firing a mixture of a first glass powder and a first filler. The first glass powder contains no alkali metal oxide and has a lower softening point than the glass substrate. The first filler has a lower thermal expansion coefficient than the alkali-free glass for the glass substrate. The second protective layer is made of a material that does not contain the first filler contained in the first protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heishiro Fudo, Tomoko Wauke, Eihin Setsu, Hirotoshi Terao, Kazuma Kobashi, Eiji Okada, Susumu Nakajima, Mikio Onodera
  • Publication number: 20150264748
    Abstract: A heater for a fixing device heats an object to be heated, the object traveling in a first direction. The heater includes a substrate facing the object and extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; a heating body extending on the substrate in the second direction; a first conductor and a second conductor disposed on the substrate to supply power to the heating body; a plurality of first electrodes each connected to the first conductor and configured to supply power to the heating body; and a plurality of second electrodes having a polarity different from that of the first electrodes, each connected to the second conductor, and configured to supply power to the heating body. The first electrodes and the second electrodes are configured to intersect the heating body, alternately arranged in the second direction, and inclined with respect to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Tomoko Wauke, Eihin Setsu, Hirotoshi Terao
  • Publication number: 20140353303
    Abstract: A heater for fixing devices includes a glass substrate, a heating element, electrode patterns connected to the heating element, a first protective layer, and a second protective layer. The glass substrate is made of an alkali-free glass. The first protective layer is formed by firing a mixture of a first glass powder and a first filler. The first glass powder contains no alkali metal oxide and has a lower softening point than the glass substrate. The first filler has a lower thermal expansion coefficient than the alkali-free glass for the glass substrate. The second protective layer is made of a material that does not contain the first filler contained in the first protective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Tomoko WAUKE, Eihin SETSU, Hirotoshi TERAO, Kazuma KOBASHI, Eiji OKADA, Susumu NAKAJIMA, Mikio Onodera
  • Patent number: 8212850
    Abstract: A recording apparatus including a printing unit that contacts or separates a thermal head with or from a platen using the driving force of a UD motor, one or more sheet feed units that include sheet feed rollers which are rotated forward or backward by the driving force of an LF motor transmitted through a transport gear group and pressure rollers which are supported between a pair of roller supporting members and are urged by elastic members to come into pressure contact with the sheet feed rollers, and are provided on an upstream side and a downstream side of the printing unit in a transport path of a recording sheet, a pressure release mechanism including a cam shaft that is rotatably provided so as to tilt the pair of roller supporting members of the sheet feed units against the urging force of the elastic members and separates the pressure rollers from the sheet feed rollers, and a pressure release gear group that transmits the driving force of the LF motor to the cam shaft of the pressure release mechan
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshibumi Abe, Minoru Sato, Zenko Motoki, Eihin Setsu
  • Patent number: 7986333
    Abstract: A recording device presses a thermal head, where heating elements are arranged in a direction orthogonal to a transport direction of the print medium, against a printing surface of the print medium at a printing portion on a transport path of a print medium transported by a transport means, controls the flow of current selectively applied to the heating elements, and performs desired printing at a printing area on the printing surface. The print medium has a shape having portions where the contact lengths of the printing surface coming in contact with the heating elements in a width direction orthogonal to a transport direction of the print medium are different in the transport direction. A pressing load of the thermal head is frequently adjusted according to the contact length of the printing surface of the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshibumi Abe, Eihin Setsu
  • Patent number: 7978212
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disk label printer that includes a slot-in type optical disk driving mechanism and a printing mechanism integrated with each other, has a small size, and smoothly transfers optical disks. The disclosed disk label printer includes: a case that has a slot through which an optical disk is inserted or ejected formed therein; an optical disk driving mechanism that is provided in the case and writes and/or reads signals to and/or from the optical disk mounted to a disk mounting portion; and a printing mechanism that is provided in the case and includes a thermal head which prints a desired image on a label surface of the optical disk. The printing mechanism is provided on a transfer path of the optical disk toward the optical disk driving mechanism between the slot and the optical disk driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Zama, Takashi Goto, Mitsuo Makino, Shinichi Sagawai, Mitsuaki Yamazaki, Eihin Setsu, Hisashi Hoshino, Tomohiro Osumi, Shinichiro Kimura
  • Publication number: 20100319556
    Abstract: A label printer includes a tray, a tray transport means, a print mechanism, a disk holding mechanism, a disk release mechanism, a carriage transport means and a control means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yoshibumi ABE, Eihin Setsu
  • Publication number: 20100045764
    Abstract: A recording device presses a thermal head, where heating elements are arranged in a direction orthogonal to a transport direction of the print medium, against a printing surface of the print medium at a printing portion on a transport path of a print medium transported by a transport means, controls the flow of current selectively applied to the heating elements, and performs desired printing at a printing area on the printing surface. The print medium has a shape having portions where the contact lengths of the printing surface coming in contact with the heating elements in a width direction orthogonal to a transport direction of the print medium are different in the transport direction. A pressing load of the thermal head is frequently adjusted according to the contact length of the printing surface of the print medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yoshibumi Abe, Eihin Setsu
  • Publication number: 20090189342
    Abstract: A recording apparatus including a printing unit that contacts or separates a thermal head with or from a platen using the driving force of a UD motor, one or more sheet feed units that include sheet feed rollers which are rotated forward or backward by the driving force of an LF motor transmitted through a transport gear group and pressure rollers which are supported between a pair of roller supporting members and are urged by elastic members to come into pressure contact with the sheet feed rollers, and are provided on an upstream side and a downstream side of the printing unit in a transport path of a recording sheet, a pressure release mechanism including a cam shaft that is rotatably provided so as to tilt the pair of roller supporting members of the sheet feed units against the urging force of the elastic members and separates the pressure rollers from the sheet feed rollers, and a pressure release gear group that transmits the driving force of the LF motor to the cam shaft of the pressure release mechan
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yoshibumi Abe, Minoru Sato, Zenko Motoki, Eihin Setsu
  • Publication number: 20090015648
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disk label printer that includes a slot-in type optical disk driving mechanism and a printing mechanism integrated with each other, has a small size, and smoothly transfers optical disks. The disclosed disk label printer includes: a case that has a slot through which an optical disk is inserted or ejected formed therein; an optical disk driving mechanism that is provided in the case and writes and/or reads signals to and/or from the optical disk mounted to a disk mounting portion; and a printing mechanism that is provided in the case and includes a thermal head which prints a desired image on a label surface of the optical disk. The printing mechanism is provided on a transfer path of the optical disk toward the optical disk driving mechanism between the slot and the optical disk driving mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Zama, Takashi Goto, Mitsuo Makino, Shinichi Sagawai, Mitsuaki Yamazaki, Eihin Setsu, Hisashi Hoshino, Tomohiro Osumi, Shinichiro Kimura
  • Publication number: 20090013885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disk label printer that includes a slot-in type optical disk driving mechanism and a printing mechanism integrated with each other, has a small size, and prints a high-quality image on the label surface of an optical disk. The disclosed disk label printer includes: a case that has a slot through which an optical disk is inserted or ejected formed therein; an optical disk driving mechanism that is provided in the case and writes and/or reads signals to and/or from the optical disk mounted to a disk mounting portion; and a printing mechanism that is provided in the case and includes a thermal head printing a desired image on a label surface of the optical disk. The printing mechanism is provided on a transfer path of the optical disk toward the optical disk driving mechanism between the slot an optical disk driving mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Zama, Takashi Goto, Mitsuo Makino, Shinichi Sagawai, Mitsuaki Yamazaki, Eihin Setsu, Hisashi Hoshino, Tomohiro Osumi, Shinichiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 6504564
    Abstract: A ribbon cassette 10 includes a cassette case 11 having a first accommodating portion 12, a second accommodating portion 13, and a connecting portion 14 connecting the first and second accommodating portions 12 and 13, a feeding core 12 and a take-up core 42 rotatably accommodated respectively in the first and second accommodating portions 12 and 13, and an ink ribbon R having a large width which can be fed from the feeding core 40 and taken up by the take-up core 42 through a connecting member 14, wherein there is provided in the first accommodating portion 12 in the vicinity of the connecting member 14 a shaft 19 extending along the direction of the width of the ink ribbon R, wherein there is provided in the connecting member 14 an edge portion 18a of a wall portion 18 opposed to the shaft 19, and wherein the ink ribbon R fed out from the feeding core 40 is bent at the shaft 19, and then bent in the opposite direction by the edge portion 18a before it is taken up by the take-up core 42, whereby it is possib
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Funaki, Mitsuo Tsushima, Eihin Setsu
  • Patent number: 6211895
    Abstract: An ink ribbon assembly for use in a thermal transfer printer includes a plurality of ink ribbons 17a, 17b and 17c which has at least one ink ribbon 17c less influence on an outcome the printing accuracy is shorter in length than the other ink ribbons 17a and 17b. The shorter ink ribbon has a terminal end mark 60 formed at its terminal end. At the time point when the end of the shorter ink ribbon is detected in the middle of the printing of one printing area, the other ink ribbons have finished the printing of such printing area, because they are longer than the ink ribbon 17c, and thus, joints cannot be produced in the printing with the longer ink ribbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignees: Alps Electric Co., Ltd., Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd., Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Asabe, Hiroshi Sato, Eihin Setsu, Iwao Nozaki
  • Patent number: RE40202
    Abstract: A ribbon cassette 10 includes a cassette case 11 having a first accommodating portion 12, a second accommodating portion 13, and a connecting portion 14 connecting the first and second accommodating portions 12 and 13, a feeding core 12 and a take-up core 42 rotatably accommodated respectively in the first and second accommodating portions 12 and 13, and an ink ribbon R having a large width which can be fed from the feeding core 40 and taken up by the take-up core 42 through a connecting member 14, wherein there is provided in the first accommodating portion 12 in the vicinity of the connecting member 14 a shaft 19 extending along the direction of the width of the ink ribbon R, wherein there is provided in the connecting member 14 an edge portion 18a of a wall portion 18 opposed to the shaft 19, and wherein the ink ribbon R fed out from the feeding core 40 is bent at the shaft 19, and then bent in the opposite direction by the edge portion 18a before it is taken up by the take-up core 42, whereby it is possib
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: ALPS Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hitoshi Funaki, Mitsuo Tsushima, Eihin Setsu