Patents by Inventor Marc Plummer

Marc Plummer 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: 9517627
    Abstract: A cap 13, 15, for the print face 9 of a drop-on-demand ink jet printer moves between a closed position, in which it covers the print nozzles on the print face 9, and an open position in which the print nozzles are uncovered, without requiring movement of the print face 9. In the open position, the cap is recessed relative to the front surface 21 of the printhead. For at least part of the movement of the cap, it is further forward than the print face 9, so that it does not slide across and damage the print nozzles. The drop-on-demand ink jet printer may be used to print onto objects 3 conveyed past it, for example on a packing line. The cap 13, 15, does not obstruct the path of the objects 3 even if they pass very close (e.g. 0.5 mm) to the print face 9 because its uncapped position is further back than the front surface 21 of the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Linx Printing Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Marc Plummer, Graham Thomas
  • Publication number: 20160236472
    Abstract: A cap 13, 15, for the print face 9 of a drop-on-demand ink jet printer moves between a closed position, in which it covers the print nozzles on the print face 9, and an open position in which the print nozzles are uncovered, without requiring movement of the print face 9. In the open position, the cap is recessed relative to the front surface 21 of the printhead. For at least part of the movement of the cap, it is further forward than the print face 9, so that it does not slide across and damage the print nozzles. The drop-on-demand ink jet printer may be used to print onto objects 3 conveyed past it, for example on a packing line. The cap 13, 15, does not obstruct the path of the objects 3 even if they pass very close (e.g. 0.5 mm) to the print face 9 because its uncapped position is further back than the front surface 21 of the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Linx Printing Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Marc Plummer, Graham Thomas
  • Patent number: 9333753
    Abstract: A cap 13, 15, for the print face 9 of a drop-on-demand ink jet printer moves between a closed position, in which it covers the print nozzles on the print face 9, and an open position in which the print nozzles are uncovered, without requiring movement of the print face 9. In the open position, the cap is recessed relative to the front surface 21 of the printhead. For at least part of the movement of the cap, it is further forward than the print face 9, so that it does not slide across and damage the print nozzles. The drop-on-demand ink jet printer may be used to print onto objects 3 conveyed past it, for example on a packing line. The cap 13, 15, does not obstruct the path of the objects 3 even if they pass very close (e.g. 0.5 mm) to the print face 9 because its uncapped position is further back than the front surface 21 of the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: LINX PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Marc Plummer, Graham Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150239249
    Abstract: A cap 13, 15, for the print face 9 of a drop-on-demand ink jet printer moves between a closed position, in which it covers the print nozzles on the print face 9, and an open position in which the print nozzles are uncovered, without requiring movement of the print face 9. In the open position, the cap is recessed relative to the front surface 21 of the printhead. For at least part of the movement of the cap, it is further forward than the print face 9, so that it does not slide across and damage the print nozzles. The drop-on-demand ink jet printer may be used to print onto objects 3 conveyed past it, for example on a packing line. The cap 13, 15, does not obstruct the path of the objects 3 even if they pass very close (e.g. 0.5 mm) to the print face 9 because its uncapped position is further back than the front surface 21 of the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: Linx Printing Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Marc Plummer, Graham Thomas
  • Patent number: 8833915
    Abstract: An ink/air separator for an ink jet printer has one or more plates 77, 79, 81, 83 over which an ink/air mixture can spread. Preferably there is more than one plate, and the mixture overflows from one plate to the next. Preferably adjacent plates are spaced so that as the mixture passes between two plates it contacts the surface above it as well as the surface below it. The plates may be separated by a gap of 10 mm or less, e.g. a gap of 2 mm to 5 mm, where they overlap Preferably some or all of the plate surfaces contacted by the mixture are roughened. Interaction between the ink/air mixture and the plate surface tends to slow the flow of very small air bubbles and encourage them to accumulate and/or merge, so that they separate from the ink more quickly than individual small bubbles. The ink/air separator may be connected in the path of unused ink returned from the gutter 27 of a continuous ink jet printer to an ink tank 39, or may be placed inside the ink tank 39.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Linx Printing Technologies Ltd
    Inventor: Marc Plummer
  • Publication number: 20130127958
    Abstract: An ink/air separator for an ink jet printer has one or more plates 77, 79, 81, 83 over which an ink/air mixture can spread. Preferably there is more than one plate, and the mixture overflows from one plate to the next. Preferably adjacent plates are spaced so that as the mixture passes between two plates it contacts the surface above it as well as the surface below it. The plates may be separated by a gap of 10 mm or less, e.g. a gap of 2 mm to 5 mm, where they overlap Preferably some or all of the plate surfaces contacted by the mixture are roughened. Interaction between the ink/air mixture and the plate surface tends to slow the flow of very small air bubbles and encourage them to accumulate and/or merge, so that they separate from the ink more quickly than individual small bubbles. The ink/air separator may be connected in the path of unused ink returned from the gutter 27 of a continuous ink jet printer to an ink tank 39, or may be placed inside the ink tank 39.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Marc Plummer
  • Patent number: D660354
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Linx Printing Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Marc Plummer, Terry Potter