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: 9498994
    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 being fixed to the cartridge installation portion at one end of the platen supporting shaft and extending in an attaching/detaching direction of the tape cartridge. The tape cartridge has a platen roller through which the platen supporting shaft passes when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion and which receives a pressing force from the printing head when a printing operation is performed in a state in which the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion, and a 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: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9469139
    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, includes the printing tape, a cartridge casing in which the printing tape is accommodated, and a reaction force application portion that is provided on a front surface of the cartridge casing, displaced by a pressing force of a pressing portion of the tape printing apparatus, and applies a reaction force against the pressing force to the pressing portion according to a displacement of the reaction force application portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20160271983
    Abstract: A tape cartridge that is to be mounted on a tape printing device including a detecting portion for reading various types of information of the tape cartridge from a detected portion of the tape cartridge by applying detection light to the detected portion and capable of being attached to and detached from the tape printing device along a mounting direction, includes the detected portion disposed on a first wall which is formed along the mounting direction, and an engaging portion disposed on a second wall which is formed at a deep side of the mounting direction. The engaging portion is engaged with an engaged portion provided in a holder in which the detecting portion is disposed and performs positioning between the detecting portion and the detected portion via the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20160271981
    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: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20160243867
    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 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: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20160236495
    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: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 9387712
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes 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 second reception portion is positioned on an opposite side over an imaginary line connecting the grasping portions with respect to the first reception portion and disposed at a position to which one of the two grasping portions farther from the first reception portion is closer than the other of the grasping portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20160159123
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which a printing medium is wound, a platen roller that has a first fitting portion to be fitted to a drive shaft when the tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer, and a second fitting portion that is disposed at a center of a tape roll in an axial direction of the tape roll and is fitted to an identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section of the tape printer. In the tape cartridge, when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section of the tape printer, the second fitting portion is disposed in a depressed portion facing the mounting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9358821
    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 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: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9352599
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a printing tape, an ink ribbon, a platen roller that 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, a cartridge casing that accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, and the platen roller, an insertion opening that 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, and a facing portion that 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: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20150343821
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes 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 second reception portion is positioned on an opposite side over an imaginary line connecting the grasping portions with respect to the first reception portion and disposed at a position to which one of the two grasping portions farther from the first reception portion is closer than the other of the grasping portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20150283836
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a printing tape, an ink ribbon, a platen roller that 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, a cartridge casing that accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, and the platen roller, an insertion opening that 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, and a facing portion that 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: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20150283838
    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 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: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20150283837
    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 being fixed to the cartridge installation portion at one end of the platen supporting shaft and extending in an attaching/detaching direction of the tape cartridge. The tape cartridge has a platen roller through which the platen supporting shaft passes when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion and which receives a pressing force from the printing head when a printing operation is performed in a state in which the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion, and a 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: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20150283835
    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, includes the printing tape, a cartridge casing in which the printing tape is accommodated, and a reaction force application portion that is provided on a front surface of the cartridge casing, displaced by a pressing force of a pressing portion of the tape printing apparatus, and applies a reaction force against the pressing force to the pressing portion according to a displacement of the reaction force application portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20150251464
    Abstract: A tape-like member includes: a tape main body having a plurality of tape pieces folded on each another in a direction of width along a fold, and having a print surface formed on a surface situated on the outside of a tape piece situated in an outermost position; and an adhesive layer which pasts the tape pieces to each other; wherein in the tape main body, when unfolded, the print surface is formed on one of a front side and a back side, and the adhesive layer is provided on the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 8899854
    Abstract: A tape printer control method including: (a) performing printing operation by driving a printing head while feeding a printing tape using a feed roller to which normal rotation power of a motor is transmitted via a gear train; (b) suspending the printing operation; (c) driving the motor slightly in the reverse rotation direction after the suspension of the printing operation to eliminate play in the reverse rotation direction produced by the backlash of the gear train without rotating the feed roller; (d) performing cutting operation for the printing tape using a tape cutter on the downstream side of the printing head in the tape feed direction; (e) driving the motor slightly in the normal rotation direction before restart of the printing operation to eliminate play in the normal rotation direction produced by the backlash of the gear train without rotating the feed roller; and (f) restarting the printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: D674839
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Taishi Sasaki, Hiroaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: D675254
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Shinsaku Kosuge, Hideki Sakano, Hiroaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: D675255
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Shinsaku Kosuge, Hideki Sakano, Hiroaki Tanaka