Patents by Inventor Seiji Ogasawara

Seiji Ogasawara 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: 10974527
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a print head configured to perform print operation, the print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink are arrayed along an array direction, and a moving unit configured to move the print head between a printing position, at which the print operation is performed, and a standby position, at which the print operation is not performed. The moving unit moves the print head between the printing position and the standby position by performing rotational movement, in which the print head is rotated around a rotation axis that is parallel to the array direction, and linear movement, in which the print head is moved linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuyo Ohashi, Yasuyuki Takanaka, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Seiji Ogasawara, Noriko Sato, Akira Kida, Noboru Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10889134
    Abstract: To shorten the time to be taken to start executing a process to handle conveyance trouble of a print medium after the occurrence of the conveyance trouble, a printing apparatus of the present invention, upon sensing of conveyance trouble by a sensing unit during a printing operation, stops the conveyance of the print medium in the conveyance trouble and any print medium located upstream of it, and moves a printing head from a first position at which the printing head performs printing on a print medium to a second position to which the printing head is retreated from the first position, in parallel with a discharge operation for conveying, to a discharge unit, any print medium located downstream of the print medium in the conveyance trouble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Ishida, Seiji Ogasawara, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Publication number: 20200398590
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding part configured to feed print media from a first support part supporting the print media, a second feeding part configured to feed print media from a second support part supporting the print media, and a print head configured to print on the print media fed by the first feeding part or the second feeding part. Further, the printing apparatus includes a first conveying path where the print media fed by the first feeding part are conveyed to the print head, and a second conveying path where the print media fed by the second feeding part are conveyed to the print head. At least a part of the second feeding part protrudes in a predetermined spatial area within the first conveying path during a feed operation of feeding print media from the second support part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsukuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10870550
    Abstract: In a printing apparatus, the ends of print media fed continuously can be prevented from colliding with each other. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to perform a print operation, a detecting unit configured to detect a conveyance abnormality, a conveying unit configured to convey a preceding print medium and a succeeding print medium, a conveying path having a first area including a curved portion at which a conveying direction of the print medium is curved and a second area upstream of the first area, and an opening unit capable of opening the first area of the conveying path. In a case in which a leading edge of the succeeding print medium is located in the second area at the time of the detecting unit detecting conveyance abnormality of the preceding print medium, the conveying unit conveys the succeeding print medium so that the leading edge of the succeeding print medium reaches the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Tokuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Patent number: 10800189
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of performing jam processing includes a movable platen. For this purpose, once support of a platen supporting member is released, the platen will automatically turn to a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuki Matsuo, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20200316967
    Abstract: There is provided an inkjet printing apparatus capable of stably outputting high quality images in a configuration of feeding a print medium that is kept horizontal, performing printing by the use of a print head, and conveying the print medium vertically upward. To this purpose, a platen that supports the back side of the print medium in a position facing a printing part of the print head is located to support the print medium at an angle greater than 0° and less than 90° with respect to the horizontal direction, thereby reducing a contact pressure from roller pairs on the printed side immediately after printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuyo Ohashi, Yasuyuki Takanaka, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Seiji Ogasawara, Noriko Sato, Akira Kida, Noboru Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10792938
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding part configured to feed print media from a first support part supporting the print media, a second feeding part configured to feed print media from a second support part supporting the print media, and a print head configured to print on the print media fed by the first feeding part or the second feeding part. Further, the printing apparatus includes a first conveying path where the print media fed by the first feeding part are conveyed to the print head, and a second conveying path where the print media fed by the second feeding part are conveyed to the print head. At least a part of the second feeding part protrudes in a predetermined spatial area within the first conveying path during a feed operation of feeding print media from the second support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsukuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10787010
    Abstract: A print media feeding apparatus includes a stacking part configured to stack print media; a feeding roller which is movable to an abutting position at which the feeding roller contacts the print media stacked on the stacking part and to a separated position separated from the print media stacked on the stacking part and configured to feed a print medium by rotating at the abutting position; a separation member configured to separate the print media; and a return unit configured to perform a return operation of returning the print medium other than a top print medium which the feeding roller abuts. The feeding roller moves to the separated position after feeding the print medium from the stacking part. The return unit performs the return operation upon the feeding roller moving to the separated position. After the return operation, the feeding roller stops at the abutting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsukuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Motoyuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10723153
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a stacking unit, a print head having an ejection opening surface located vertically above the stacking unit, and a platen that supports a back side of a print medium at an angle greater than 40° and less than 50° with respect to a horizontal direction. A discharging unit is located vertically above the print head, and a print medium subjected to printing by the print head is discharged onto the discharging unit. A conveying unit conveys a print medium, subjected to printing by the print head, vertically upward toward the discharging unit. In addition, the ejection opening surface faces the platen in a case in which the inkjet printing apparatus is in a printing state, and faces downward with respect to a direction of gravity in a case in which the inkjet printing apparatus is in a standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuyo Ohashi, Yasuyuki Takanaka, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Seiji Ogasawara, Noriko Sato, Akira Kida, Noboru Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10640310
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device and a printing apparatus capable of estimating a number of remaining sheets without error include a loading member on which sheets are loaded, a lift unit that moves the loading member up and down, a position detection unit that detects a lift-up position to which the loading member moves up, a sheet detection unit that detects that a sheet at an uppermost position of the sheets loaded on the loading member has moved up to a feeding position by an upward movement of the loading member, a feeding roller that feeds a sheet at the feeding position, and an estimation unit that estimates the number of remaining sheets loaded on the loading member based on a combination of detection results of the sheet detection unit and the position detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuura, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10549554
    Abstract: A platen includes: a supporting portion that can support a sheet; a suction unit that sucks the sheet in such a manner as to attach the sheet to the supporting portion; a first ink receiver that receives ink ejected downstream of the leading end of the sheet passing the supporting portion; and a second ink receiver that receives ink ejected upstream of the trailing end of the sheet passing the supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuji Kurata, Seiji Ogasawara, Masakazu Tsukuda, Takahide Onuma, Yasunori Saito, Arihito Miyakoshi, Masahiko Kubota, Yusuke Imahashi, Nobuhito Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Arimizu, Yoshinori Itoh
  • Patent number: 10543698
    Abstract: A platen includes a plurality of supporting portions capable of supporting a sheet; negative pressure chambers, to which a negative pressure is supplied, so as to suck a sheet facing the supporting portions to the supporting portions; and an ink receiver that receives ink ejected from a printhead to the outside of the sheet supported by the supporting portions. The plurality of supporting portions are arranged in a sheet width direction transverse a sheet conveyance direction. The plurality of negative pressure chambers are disposed in a manner corresponding to the plurality of supporting portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahide Onuma, Tetsuji Kurata, Seiji Ogasawara, Masakazu Tsukuda, Yasunori Saito
  • Publication number: 20200016911
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a print head configured to perform print operation, the print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink are arrayed along an array direction, and a moving unit configured to move the print head between a printing position, at which the print operation is performed, and a standby position, at which the print operation is not performed. The moving unit moves the print head between the printing position and the standby position by performing rotational movement, in which the print head is rotated around a rotation axis that is parallel to the array direction, and linear movement, in which the print head is moved linearly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuyo Ohashi, Yasuyuki Takanaka, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Seiji Ogasawara, Noriko Sato, Akira Kida, Noboru Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10406838
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a print head configured to perform a print operation, the print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink are arrayed along a width direction, and a moving unit configured to move the print head between a printing position, in which the print operation is performed, and a standby position, in which the print operation is not performed. The moving unit moves the print head between the printing position and the standby position by simultaneously performing rotational movement, in which the print head is rotated around a rotation axis that is parallel to the width direction, and linear movement in the gravitational direction, of the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuyo Ohashi, Yasuyuki Takanaka, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Seiji Ogasawara, Noriko Sato, Akira Kida, Noboru Shimoyama
  • Publication number: 20190248165
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that enables application of additional conveyance force to a print medium and conveyance of various sizes of print media without multi-feed. A conveyance device includes a feed unit, a first conveyance unit that conveys a print medium, and a second conveyance unit that conveys a print medium fed by the feed unit to the first conveyance unit, and is capable of correcting the skew of a print medium by causing the second conveyance unit to convey the print medium with its leading edge in abutment with the first conveyance unit. This conveyance device is configured to cause the feed unit to apply conveyance force to a print medium conveyed by the second conveyance unit, depending on the size of the print medium in the conveyance direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuki Matsuo, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20190243300
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus that allows the user to easily perceive that the cover is unlocked. In the printing apparatus that includes: a cover unit configured to expose the conveying path, along which the printing medium is conveyed, to the outside when the cover unit is opened and that shields the conveying path when the cover unit is closed; and a locking configured to lock the cover unit to keep it closed, and that performs printing on the printing medium being conveyed along the conveying path, the cover unit is urged by an urging unit in the opening direction. In addition, when the locking unit unlocks the cover unit the cover unit is opened by a predetermined degree by the urging force of the urging unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuki Matsuo, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20190241383
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to prevent the ends of print media fed continuously from colliding with each other. The present invention is a printing apparatus including: a printing unit configured to perform print operation; a detecting unit configured to detect conveyance abnormality; a conveying unit configured to convey a preceding print medium and a succeeding print medium; a conveying path having a first area including a curved portion at which a conveying direction of the print medium is curved and a second area upstream of the first area; and an opening unit capable of opening the first area of the conveying path, wherein, in a case where a leading edge of the succeeding print medium is located in the second area at the time of the detecting unit detecting conveyance abnormality of the preceding print medium, the conveying unit conveys the succeeding print medium so that the leading edge of the succeeding print medium reaches the first area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Shuichi Tokuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Publication number: 20190240996
    Abstract: To shorten the time to be taken to start executing a process to handle conveyance trouble of a print medium after the occurrence of the conveyance trouble, a printing apparatus of the present invention, upon sensing of conveyance trouble by a sensing unit during a printing operation, stops the conveyance of the print medium in the conveyance trouble and any print medium located upstream of it, and moves a printing head from a first position at which the printing head performs printing on a print medium to a second position to which the printing head is retreated from the first position, in parallel with a discharge operation for conveying, to a discharge unit, any print medium located downstream of the print medium in the conveyance trouble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Takaaki Ishida, Seiji Ogasawara, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Publication number: 20190193429
    Abstract: Provided are a sheet feeding device and a printing apparatus that are capable of estimating the number of remaining sheets without errors. The sheet feeding device includes: a loading member on which sheets are loaded; a lift unit that moves the loading member up and down; a position detection unit that detects a lift-up position to which the loading member moves up; a sheet detection unit that detects that a sheet at an uppermost position of the sheets loaded on the loading member has moved up to a feeding position by an upward movement of the loading member; a feeding roller that feeds a sheet at the feeding position; and an estimation unit that estimates the number of remaining sheets loaded on the loading member, based on a combination of detection results of the sheet detection unit and the position detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuura, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Kazuki Matsuo
  • Publication number: 20190193432
    Abstract: A print media feeding apparatus includes: a stacking part configured to stack the print media; a feeding roller which is movable to an abutting position at which the feeding roller contacts the print media stacked on the stacking part and to a separated position separated from the print media stacked on the stacking part and configured to feed a print medium by rotating at the abutting position; a separation member configured to separate the print media; and a return unit configured to perform a return operation of returning the print medium other than a top print medium which the feeding roller abuts. The feeding roller moves to the separated position, after feeding the print medium from the stacking part. The return unit performs the return operation upon the feeding roller moving to the separated position. After the return operation, the feeding roller stops at the abutting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Masakazu Tsukuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Motoyuki Taguchi