Patents by Inventor Shota Iijima

Shota Iijima 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: 10933673
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a housing; a print head extending in a first direction; a cassette receiving portion; and a movable cover. The cassette receiving portion is open in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The cassette receiving portion can selectively receive a first cassette or a second cassette whose size is greater than that of the first cassette. The movable cover is movable between a closed position and an open position for covering and exposing the cassette receiving portion in the second direction. The cassette receiving portion provides: a first cassette receiving portion for receiving the first cassette with the movable cover at the closed position; and a second cassette receiving portion for receiving the second cassette with the movable cover at the open position. A portion of the second cassette receiving portion is overlapped with the movable cover at the closed position in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Publication number: 20210031546
    Abstract: A tape cassette used for a printer includes a thermal head and a cassette holder to which the tape cassette is attachable. The tape cassette includes a tape roll, a casing, a regulation guide and a pressure member. The tape roll is formed by winding a tape. The tape has a width defining a widthwise direction. The casing accommodates therein the tape roll. A tape conveying passage is defined in the casing. The regulation guide is positioned at the tape conveying passage to restrict displacement of the tape in the widthwise direction. The pressure member is positioned upstream of the regulation guide in a conveying direction of the tape and along the tape conveying passage. The pressure member is in contact with the tape in a contacting direction to apply pressing force to the tape in the contacting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Yuki Hokari, Satoru Ito, Masaya Fujita
  • Publication number: 20200406655
    Abstract: A cassette includes: a tape roll rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction; a tape conveying passage; and first and second guides positioned at the tape conveying passage. The tape roll is a roll of a tape. The tape is conveyed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction along the tape conveying passage. The first guide and the second guide are configured to guide widthwise edges of the tape in the first direction. The first guide has a first end surface and the second guide has a second end surface facing the first end surface in the first direction. The first end surface and the second end surface provide a distance therebetween in the first direction smaller than a widthwise length of the tape in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Arisa Noda
  • Publication number: 20200406640
    Abstract: A cutter unit includes a cutter holder, a cradle, a cutter lever, a cradle lever, and a transmitting portion. The cradle faces the cutter holder and movable between a full-cut position and a half-cut position. The cutter lever is configured to be contactable with the cutter holder. The cradle lever is configured to be contactable with the cradle. The transmitting portion is configured to move the cutter lever and the cradle lever in interlocking relation therebetween. The transmitting portion is configured to shut off transmission of movement of the cutter lever to the cradle lever in accordance with only operation to the cutter lever out of the cutter lever and the cradle lever while the transmitting portion is configured to transmit movement of the cradle lever to the cutter lever in accordance with only operation to the cradle lever out of the cutter lever and the cradle lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventor: Shota Iijima
  • Publication number: 20200406647
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes: a tape roll which is a roll of a tape wound about an axis extending in a first direction; and a nipping member configured to nip the tape conveyed in a second direction in cooperation with a conveying roller of a printing device. The nipping member includes: a first region configured to face one end portion of the tape; a second region configured to face another end portion of the tape; and a third region positioned between the first region and the second region. The first region and an imaginary reference surface provide a first length in a third direction. The second region and the imaginary reference surface provide a second length in the third direction. The third region and the imaginary reference surface provide a third length in the third direction. The third length is greater than the first length and the second length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki Hokari, Shota Iijima, Masaya Fujita, Satoru Ito
  • Publication number: 20200406654
    Abstract: A cassette includes: a tape having a first surface and a second surface opposite each other; an ejecting portion for discharging the tape in a conveying direction; and a guide provided at the ejecting portion. The tape has a thickness in a first direction defined as a direction from the first surface to the second surface. The guide includes a first region in contact with the first surface of the tape at the guide, and second and third regions in contact with the second surface of the tape at the guide. The first region is positioned between the second region and the third region in a widthwise direction of the tape perpendicular to the first direction. The first region is positioned further in the first direction of the tape at the guide relative to the second region and the third region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Shimako Nakai, Shota Iijima, Arisa Noda
  • Publication number: 20200398591
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a tray unit, a recording unit disposed above the tray unit, an outer guide defining a curved path extending from the tray unit to the recording unit, a sheet feeder configured to feed a sheet from the tray unit to the curved path, and a return guide disposed between the recording unit and the tray unit. The return guide pivots about a shaft and guides the sheet having an image recorded thereon back to the curved path. The tray unit includes at least one supporting portion. The return guide includes at least one supported portion. The at least one supporting portion of the tray unit engages the at least one supported portion of the return guide such that the return guide takes a guiding position in which the return guide defines a return path extending to the curved path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuo ASADA, Hirotaka AOKI, Satoru NAKAKITA, Shota IIJIMA
  • Publication number: 20200398587
    Abstract: A printing device includes a printing mechanism, a first member, a second member and a RFID. The printing mechanism is configured to perform printing. The first member has a portion constituting a receiving portion. The receiving portion configured to receive therein a holder. The holder retains therein a consumable goods and is provided with a RFID. The holder is contactable with the portion of the first member when the holder is attached to the receiving portion. The second member is movable relative to the first member. The RFID reader is provided at the second member and is configured to read data stored in the RFID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Mizutani, Kentaro Murayama, Shota Iijima
  • Publication number: 20200290369
    Abstract: A cassette tape includes: a cassette case; a first tape roll and a second tape roll accommodated in the cassette case and rotatably supported thereby; and an RFID tag disposed at one of an upper wall and a lower wall of the cassette case. The first tape roll includes a first tape wound about a first winding axis extending in an axial direction. The second tape roll includes a second tape wound about an axis different from the first winding axis and extending in the axial direction. The second tape roll has a smaller diameter than the first tape roll. The RFID tag includes an antenna and a storage element for radiocommunication to read and write data. A part of the RFID tag is positioned to overlap with a part of the first tape roll in a predetermined direction parallel to the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Mizutani, Shota Iijima
  • Publication number: 20200269621
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a housing; a cassette receiving portion provided in the housing; and a print head provided at the cassette receiving portion. The cassette receiving portion is configured to detachably receive a cassette including a case in which an ink ribbon and a tape are provided. The print head extends in a first direction and is configured to be inserted in a head opening of the case upon attachment of the cassette to the cassette receiving portion. The print head is configured to perform printing to the tape via the ink ribbon. The cassette receiving portion is open in the first direction and in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. Upon attachment of the cassette to the cassette receiving portion, a portion of the cassette protrudes out of the housing in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Publication number: 20200269622
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a housing; a print head extending in a first direction; a cassette receiving portion; and a movable cover. The cassette receiving portion is open in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The cassette receiving portion can selectively receive a first cassette or a second cassette whose size is greater than that of the first cassette. The movable cover is movable between a closed position and an open position for covering and exposing the cassette receiving portion in the second direction. The cassette receiving portion provides: a first cassette receiving portion for receiving the first cassette with the movable cover at the closed position; and a second cassette receiving portion for receiving the second cassette with the movable cover at the open position. A portion of the second cassette receiving portion is overlapped with the movable cover at the closed position in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 10668746
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a tray unit, a recording unit disposed above the tray unit, an outer guide defining a curved path extending from the tray unit to the recording unit, a sheet feeder configured to feed a sheet from the tray unit to the curved path, and a return guide disposed between the recording unit and the tray unit. The return guide pivots about a shaft and guides the sheet having an image recorded thereon back to the curved path. The tray unit includes at least one supporting portion. The return guide includes at least one supported portion. The at least one supporting portion of the tray unit engages the at least one supported portion of the return guide such that the return guide takes a guiding position in which the return guide defines a return path extending to the curved path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Hirotaka Aoki, Satoru Nakakita, Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 10654296
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, including: a head holder; a platen roller; a first support shaft; a roller holder; a moving mechanism configured to move the roller holder; and a biasing member configured to bias the roller holder in an inclined direction inclined with respect to a first direction which is substantially orthogonal to a conveyance direction and in which the roller faces a thermal head toward a second direction side, the second direction opposite to the conveyance direction, wherein, in a state in which the roller holder is located at a pressing position, the roller is held in contact with the head while receiving a biasing force in the first direction from the biasing member, and a first contact portion of the roller holder is held in contact with the head holder in the second direction while receiving a biasing force in the second direction from the biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Kentaro Murayama, Takanori Izumi
  • Publication number: 20200108634
    Abstract: An image recording device is provided, having a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet, and a tray disposed below the recording unit. The tray includes a sheet holding surface configured to hold the sheet. Additionally, the image recording device includes a sheet feeder disposed between the recording unit and the tray. The sheet feeder includes a roller for feeding the sheet from the tray. The roller is configured to move between a first roller position in which the roller contacts the sheet holding surface of the tray and a second roller position in which the roller is separated from the sheet holding surface. A return guide, disposed between the recording unit and the sheet feeder, defines a second conveying path to guide the sheet having an image recorded on one side thereof back to the feed guide. The return guide has a first opening configured to accommodate the roller of the sheet feeder when the roller is in the second roller position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuo ASADA, Hirotaka AOKI, Satoru NAKAKITA, Shota IIJIMA, Kenji SAMOTO, Yuji KOGA
  • Patent number: 10589541
    Abstract: A printer includes: a head holder supporting a thermal head; a platen holder supporting a platen roller that presses a printing medium toward the thermal head; an engagement member movably supported by one of the platen holder and the platen roller and engageable with and removable from the head holder; and a moving mechanism configured to move the platen holder and the engagement member and configured to move the engagement member from a disengaged position at which the engagement member is separated from and not engaged with the head holder, to an engaged position at which the engagement member is located at and engaged with the head holder, in conjunction with moving the platen holder from a separated position at which the platen roller is separated from the head holder, to a pressing position at which the platen roller presses the printing medium against the thermal head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 10438517
    Abstract: A medium includes a base layer and a separation layer. Regions are defined along a first direction. The regions include: a first region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer includes opposite end portions in a second direction, and at least the opposite end portions are stickable; a second region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is non-stickable; and a third region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is stickable. A longest length of the first region in the second direction is less than a length of the second region or the third region in the second direction at a particular position in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Murayama, Kazuyuki Katagiri, Daisuke Baba, Yukihiko Sato, Shota Iijima, Haruki Matsumoto, Harumitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 10414174
    Abstract: An image recording device is provided, having a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet, and a tray disposed below the recording unit. The tray includes a sheet holding surface configured to hold the sheet. Additionally, the image recording device includes a sheet feeder disposed between the recording unit and the tray. The sheet feeder includes a roller for feeding the sheet from the tray. The roller is configured to move between a first roller position in which the roller contacts the sheet holding surface of the tray and a second roller position in which the roller is separated from the sheet holding surface. A return guide, disposed between the recording unit and the sheet feeder, defines a second conveying path to guide the sheet having an image recorded on one side thereof back to the feed guide. The return guide has a first opening configured to accommodate the roller of the sheet feeder when the roller is in the second roller position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Hirotaka Aoki, Satoru Nakakita, Shota Iijima, Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga
  • Publication number: 20190263150
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, including: a head holder; a platen roller; a first support shaft; a roller holder; a moving mechanism configured to move the roller holder; and a biasing member configured to bias the roller holder in an inclined direction inclined with respect to a first direction which is substantially orthogonal to a conveyance direction and in which the roller faces a thermal head toward a second direction side, the second direction opposite to the conveyance direction, wherein, in a state in which the roller holder is located at a pressing position, the roller is held in contact with the head while receiving a biasing force in the first direction from the biasing member, and a first contact portion of the roller holder is held in contact with the head holder in the second direction while receiving a biasing force in the second direction from the biasing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Kentaro Murayama, Takanori Izumi
  • Publication number: 20190263140
    Abstract: A printer includes: a head holder supporting a thermal head; a platen holder supporting a platen roller that presses a printing medium toward the thermal head; an engagement member movably supported by one of the platen holder and the platen roller and engageable with and removable from the head holder; and a moving mechanism configured to move the platen holder and the engagement member and configured to move the engagement member from a disengaged position at which the engagement member is separated from and not engaged with the head holder, to an engaged position at which the engagement member is located at and engaged with the head holder, in conjunction with moving the platen holder from a separated position at which the platen roller is separated from the head holder, to a pressing position at which the platen roller presses the printing medium against the thermal head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Publication number: 20190152239
    Abstract: An image recording device is provided, having a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet, and a tray disposed below the recording unit. The tray includes a sheet holding surface configured to hold the sheet. Additionally, the image recording device includes a sheet feeder disposed between the recording unit and the tray. The sheet feeder includes a roller for feeding the sheet from the tray. The roller is configured to move between a first roller position in which the roller contacts the sheet holding surface of the tray and a second roller position in which the roller is separated from the sheet holding surface. A return guide, disposed between the recording unit and the sheet feeder, defines a second conveying path to guide the sheet having an image recorded on one side thereof back to the feed guide. The return guide has a first opening configured to accommodate the roller of the sheet feeder when the roller is in the second roller position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Tetsuo ASADA, Hirotaka AOKI, Satoru NAKAKITA, Shota IIJIMA, Kenji SAMOTO, Yuji KOGA