Patents by Inventor Hideki Sakano

Hideki Sakano 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: 10099490
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is to be mounted detachably in a tape printing apparatus provided with a cartridge mounting unit to be mounted with the tape cartridge and an apparatus-side lock portion which is provided in the cartridge mounting unit, function as a rigid body, and has an edge on which the tape cartridge mounted is to be locked in an unmounting direction. The tape cartridge includes a cartridge-side lock portion that is locked on the edge of the apparatus-side lock portion in such a manner as to be inclined without facing squarely any wall surface near the edge when the tape cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit, and a lock spring portion that supports the cartridge-side lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20180290467
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer, which has an identification portion configured to identify a type of cartridge containing a tape-shaped printing medium. The tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which the tape-shaped printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that is formed into a fitting cylindrical shape and has a rotation shaft of the tape roll, an identification concave portion that is provided in an inner peripheral portion of the core shaft and engages with the identification portion, a depressed portion that engages with a pedestal which is disposed on the mounting section, and a core concave portion that includes the identification concave portion and the depressed portion. The identification concave portion is configured to accommodate the identification portion in a state where the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20180244085
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed in a tape printing apparatus on a cartridge installation portion that has a platen driving shaft. The tape cartridge includes a platen roller in which the platen driving shaft is inserted, an outer peripheral surface which is provided parallel with a cartridge installing direction and on an outer shell of the tape cartridge, a pair of projections formed on opposite sides of the outer peripheral surface, and a recessed portion provided on the outer peripheral surface. When seen from the attaching direction of the tape cartridge, the recessed portion is disposed on an opposite side with respect to the platen roller over an imaginary line connecting the pair of projections and disposed at a position to which one of the pair of projections farther from the platen roller is closer than the other of the pair of projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20180244084
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus. A first shaft and a second shaft are disposed on the cartridge installation portion. The tape cartridge includes a printing tape that is wound on a tape core, a platen roller in which a first shaft is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion, and a guided portion which is guided by the second shaft when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. When seen from an attaching direction of the tape cartridge, the guided portion is disposed at an opposite side of the tape core with respect to the platen roller and the guided portion is recessed on an outer peripheral surface of a cartridge casing that forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 10059132
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be mounted in a tape printing apparatus including plural push switches which project from a mounting circumferential wall includes plural detection target portions that is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the tape cartridge and to be opposed to the plural respective push switches when the cartridge is mounted in or unmounted from a cartridge mounting unit of the tape printing apparatus. Each of the plural detection target portions has a slide portion that extends in the mounting/unmounting direction and operates the associated push switch while sliding when the cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10022992
    Abstract: A tape cartridge detachably mounted in a tape printing apparatus, which has a printing head portion, a drive shaft, and a base convex portion that includes a pedestal erectly disposed on a mounting base and a convex portion erectly disposed on and integrally formed with the pedestal, includes a tape roll and a core shaft that has an outer circumferential face that rotatably supports the tape roll and an inner circumferential face formed into a stepped cylindrical shape formed by a concave portion and a depressed portion which has a diameter larger than that of the concave portion. A spring is installed into the concave portion. When the tape cartridge is mounted in the tape printing apparatus, the convex portion is inserted into the concave portion and presses the spring to release an inverse rotation prevention of the tape roll, and the depressed portion receives the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10022991
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be mounted in a tape printing apparatus including plural push switches which project from a mounting circumferential wall includes plural detection target portions that is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the tape cartridge and to be opposed to the plural respective push switches when the cartridge is mounted in or unmounted from a cartridge mounting unit of the tape printing apparatus. Each of the plural detection target portions has a slide portion that extends in the mounting/unmounting direction and operates the associated push switch while sliding when the cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9981491
    Abstract: A tape cartridge detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus having a first shaft and a second shaft on the cartridge installation portion. The tape cartridge includes a tape accommodation area in which a printing tape and a tape core are accommodated. A platen has a first reception portion in which the first shaft is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed, and a second reception portion into which the second shaft is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. When seen from an attaching direction of the tape cartridge, the tape cartridge has an appearance that is formed in an L-shape and of which a base end at a right side surface slightly projects. The first reception portion and the second reception portion are arranged each other from opposite side of the tape accommodation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20180117935
    Abstract: The tape cartridge is attached or detached in an attaching and detaching direction to or from the tape printing device including a detecting portion for reading specification information of the tape cartridge from a detected portion by irradiating the detected portion disposed in the tape cartridge with detection light. The tape cartridge includes the detected portion disposed on a wall surface in the attaching and detaching direction; and a fitting portion that is disposed on a wall surface on a rear side in a mounting direction. The detected portion is disposed at a position facing the detecting portion when being mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro OIDA, Hideki SAKANO
  • Patent number: 9956798
    Abstract: A tape printing device or the like in which the loading of a tape cartridge can be detected and in which the misalignment of the loaded tape cartridge can be restrained at the same time, is provided. A tape printing device includes: a cartridge loading section in which a tape cartridge is loaded in an unloadable manner; a push switch which is provided in the cartridge loading section and detects the loaded tape cartridge. The push switch has a stem which is energized in a protruding direction by a build-in spring, and the stem in an actuated state energizes the loaded tape cartridge in a direction intersecting with a loading direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Akihiro Shintani
  • Publication number: 20180099515
    Abstract: A tape cartridge detachably mounted in a tape printing apparatus, which has a printing head portion, a drive shaft, and a base convex portion that includes a pedestal erectly disposed on a mounting base and a convex portion erectly disposed on and integrally formed with the pedestal, includes a tape roll and a core shaft that has an outer circumferential face that rotatably supports the tape roll and an inner circumferential face formed into a stepped cylindrical shape formed by a concave portion and a depressed portion which has a diameter larger than that of the concave portion. A spring is installed into the concave portion. When the tape cartridge is mounted in the tape printing apparatus, the convex portion is inserted into the concave portion and presses the spring to release an inverse rotation prevention of the tape roll, and the depressed portion receives the pedestal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20180099514
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus having a platen supporting shaft and a printing head. A base end of the platen supporting shaft is fixed to the cartridge installation portion at one end of the platen supporting shaft. The tape cartridge includes a platen roller, an upper bearing portion, a lower bearing portion, and a fitting portion. The platen roller includes an upper engagement portion and a lower engagement portion. The upper bearing portion rotatably supports the upper engagement portion and restricts movement of the upper engagement portion. The lower bearing portion rotatably supports the lower engagement portion and restricts movement of the lower engagement portion. A tip end of the platen supporting shaft passing through the platen roller fits in the fitting portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20180079228
    Abstract: A tape printing device on which a tape cartridge is mounted, the device includes a sensor unit that faces a specification reading pattern formed on a base end surface of the tape cartridge; and a unit energizing portion that energizes the sensor unit toward a base end surface side. The sensor unit has a sensor portion that irradiates a specification reading pattern with a detection light and reads the specification reading pattern, and a sensor holder that supports the sensor portion and presses the base end surface by energizing of the unit energizing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki SAKANO
  • Patent number: 9914315
    Abstract: A tape cartridge which contains a tape-shaped printing medium and is to be mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer includes a tape roll around which the printing medium is wound and a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll. An inner circumferential portion of the core shaft includes a shape forming a first fitting portion which is fitted to a pedestal portion erectly disposed on the mounting section when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section, and a second fitting portion which is fitted to a first convex portion erectly disposed on the pedestal portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20180044128
    Abstract: Provided is a tape printing apparatus, etc. that makes it possible to discern, by attachment, whether a tape cartridge matches with the specification of the apparatus or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki SAKANO
  • Publication number: 20180043715
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus having the cartridge installation portion and a press switch. The cartridge installation portion has an installation base portion and an installation peripheral wall portion surrounding the installation base portion and allows the tape cartridge to be installed on the cartridge installation portion. The press switch has a stem projecting in a projecting direction crossing an installation direction of the tape cartridge and provided on the installation peripheral wall portion. The tape cartridge includes a detected portion that is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the tape cartridge and corresponds to the stem when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The detected portion has an installation guide slant surface that presses the stem when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20180043714
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be installed in a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus, to which the tape cartridge is detachably installed and which includes an installation base for positioning the tape cartridge, includes a printing tape and a cartridge casing in which the printing tape is accommodated and forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge. The cartridge casing includes a first casing disposed at a front side of the tape when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion, and a second casing disposed at a back side of the tape cartridge when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. The first casing is formed with an elastic portion which is deformed by a pressing force of a pressing portion of the tape printing apparatus on a casing wall of the first casing at the frond side of the tape cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20180037043
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a platen roller, a winding up core, and a cartridge casing that accommodates a printing tape, an ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core. The cartridge casing includes an insertion opening in which a head cover on a cartridge installation portion is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The insertion opening includes an inner wall portion including a first inner wall that is disposed at a printing tape accommodation side of the insertion opening and a second inner wall that is disposed at a winding up core side of the insertion opening, and a facing portion that is a corner portion formed by the first inner wall and the second inner wall and faces a convex portion on one of the corners of the head cover when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 9884500
    Abstract: A tape cartridge which contains a tape-shaped printing medium and is to be mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer includes a tape roll around which the printing medium is wound and a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll. An inner circumferential portion of the core shaft includes a shape forming a first fitting portion which is fitted to a pedestal portion erectly disposed on the mounting section when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section, and a second fitting portion which is fitted to a first convex portion erectly disposed on the pedestal portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9884498
    Abstract: A tape printing device includes a cartridge loading section where a tape cartridge having a platen roller and a portion to be guided is loaded in an unloadable manner; two recess portions in which fingers for gripping the tape cartridge are inserted; a platen support shaft inserted in the platen roller; and a guide pin inserted in the portion to be guided. The guide pin is situated on a side opposite to the platen support shaft across an imaginary line connecting the two recess portions and is arranged at a site where a distance from the recess portion at a position farther from the first insertion shaft, of the two recess portions, is shorter than a distance from the recess portion at a position closer to the platen support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge