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: 9884499
    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 the platen roller, the upper bearing portion, the lower bearing portion, and the fitting portion. The platen roller includes an upper and lower engagement portion. The upper bearing portion rotatable supports the upper engagement portion and restricts movement of the upper engagement portion. The lower bearing portion rotatable supports the lower engagement portion and restricts movement of the lower engagement portion. The fitting portion in which a tip end of the platen supporting shaft passing through the platen roller fits when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9868306
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a tape printing apparatus provided with a detection portion which detects attribute information of the tape cartridge installed on a cartridge installation portion on which the tape cartridge is installed. The tape cartridge includes a wound printing tape and a core shaft. In the tape cartridge, the core shaft is positioned at an inner peripheral side of the wound printing tape, and the core shaft includes a detection object which faces the detection portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the tape printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Akihiro Shintani
  • Patent number: 9840096
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is installed detachably on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus in a predetermined detachable direction. The tape printing apparatus includes a detection portion which detects closing of an opening/closing cover provided on the cartridge installation portion. The tape cartridge includes a displacement input portion. When the opening/closing cover is displaced from an open state to a closed state in a state where the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion, the displacement input portion receives displacement of a detection-target element provided on the opening/closing cover to be displaced according to the displacement of the opening/closing cover, and the displacement output portion actuates a detection element of the detection portion according to displacement of the opening/closing cover to be further displaced in the same direction from the open state to the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 9821578
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus or the like is provided, in which both smoothness and high positioning accuracy can be realized when a tape cartridge is attached and detached. The tape printing apparatus includes a cartridge mounting portion on which a tape cartridge having a core shaft portion disposed on an inner peripheral side of a wound print tape is detachably mounted, a positioning protrusion portion which protrudes from the cartridge mounting portion and engages with an inner peripheral portion of the core shaft portion of the mounted tape cartridge, and a plurality of conductive contactors which are provided in the positioning protrusion portion, in which the plurality of conductive contactors are equally disposed in a peripheral direction in the positioning protrusion portion, and bias an inner peripheral surface of the engaged core shaft portion toward the outside in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Akihiro Shintani
  • Patent number: 9821582
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a printing tape, an ink ribbon, a platen roller, a cartridge casing, an insertion opening, and a facing portion. The platen roller receives power from a tape feeding mechanism portion and faces a printing head portion so that the printing tape and the ink ribbon are provided between a platen roller and a printing head at a printing position. The cartridge casing accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, and the platen roller. The insertion opening is provided on the cartridge casing and in which a head cover is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The facing portion is provided on an opening peripheral wall portion of the insertion opening and receives a convex portion to restrict a displacement of the tape cartridge in the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20170326892
    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: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9815310
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be installed in a tape printing apparatus by which a printing tape is fed out to perform printing on the printing tape. The tape cartridge includes the printing tape, a cartridge casing in which the printing tape is accommodated, and an elastic portion by which a reaction force is generated when the elastic portion is deformed by a pressing force of a pressing portion of the tape printing apparatus. The elastic portion is provided on a front surface of the cartridge casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 9751345
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer. The tape printer 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 printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll, and a fitting portion that is disposed at an inner circumferential side of the core shaft portion and is fitted to the identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section of the tape printer. The fitting portion is disposed in a depressed portion that is configured to accommodate the identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9744787
    Abstract: A tape cartridge or the like which can be pulled out of a cartridge loading section while maintaining a loading posture is to be provided. A tape cartridge is configured to be able to be loaded in and unloaded from a tape printing device. The tape cartridge includes a tab portion which is gripped at least at the time of unloading. The tab portion is arranged at or near a position where pull-out resistance due to unloading is balanced within a plane intersecting with an unloading direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20170217228
    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: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20170210151
    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: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Akihiro Shintani
  • Patent number: 9694599
    Abstract: A tape printing device or the like in which the misalignment of a loaded tape cartridge can be restrained is provided. A tape printing device includes: a cartridge loading section in which a tape cartridge is loaded; a platen drive shaft which outputs a forward rotational force to feed a print tape of the loaded tape cartridge; a take-up drive shaft which outputs a reverse rotational force to take up an ink ribbon of the loaded tape cartridge; and a main body-side abutting portion which is provided in the cartridge loading section and abuts against the tape cartridge so as to resist the rotational forces generated on the tape cartridge by the platen drive shaft and the take-up drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 9682572
    Abstract: A tape printing device in which the closing of an open/close cover and the presence/absence of a tape cartridge can be detected simultaneously is provided. The tape printing device includes a cartridge loading section in which a tape cartridge is loaded in an unloadable manner; an open/close cover which opens/closes the cartridge loading section; a cover detection section which is provided in the cartridge loading section and detects closing of the open/close cover; and a protrusion to be detected which is provided on the open/close cover, corresponding to the cover detection section. The protrusion to be detected displaces a displacement portion of the tape cartridge loaded in the cartridge loading section, with the closing of the open/close cover. The cover detection section is actuated for detection, with the displacement of the displacement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20170157965
    Abstract: A tape cartridge including a tape member, a tape core on which the tape member is wound, and a cartridge case in which the tape member and the tape core are accommodated. The tape member includes a folded tape main body having a print portion on a first side of the fold and a non-print portion on a second side of the fold. The folded tape main body includes an adhesive layer that pastes the print portion and the non-print portion together. An outermost surface of the print portion forms a print surface. The adhesive layer is provided on an inner surface of the print portion. A first release agent layer is provided abutting the adhesive layer. A second release agent layer is provided on an inner surface of the non-print portion such that the second release agent layer contacts the adhesive layer and the first release agent layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9662912
    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 printing tape wound on a tape core, two grasping portions that allow the tape cartridge to be grasped when the tape cartridge is installed to or detached from a tape printing apparatus and are disposed at two opposite places on a side surface of the tape cartridge, a platen that 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. The first reception portion is disposed on an opposite side of the tape core to the second reception portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: D787587
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: D787588
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: D787589
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: D787590
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: D788844
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano