Patents by Inventor Taku Yokozawa

Taku Yokozawa 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: 10611156
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus according to the present disclosure executes a first wiping operation in a case where the count value counted by the count unit is higher than a first threshold value while the recording operation is being performed and execute a second wiping operation when the recording operation completes in a case where the count value counted by the count unit is higher than a second threshold value. The inkjet recording apparatus also executes the second wiping operation when the first wiping operation has been performed while the recording operation is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Toshimitsu Danzuka, Taku Yokozawa, Noboru Kunimine, Akiko Aichi, Kazuki Narumi, Tomoki Yamamuro, Kazuhiko Sato, Kazuo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10479090
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a recording unit, a first ink storage unit, a second ink storage unit, a discharge unit, a first detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the first ink storage unit is below a first predetermined amount, and a second detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the second ink storage unit is below a second predetermined amount. The inkjet recording apparatus further includes a control unit configured to control the discharge operation after the detection by the first detection unit and the detection by the second detection unit based on a detection timing of the first detection unit and a detection timing of the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Danzuka, Taku Yokozawa, Masataka Kato, Akiko Aichi, Shin Genta, Kazuki Narumi
  • Publication number: 20190232671
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of this invention, an apparatus comprises: a detachable inktank containing ink; a subtank containing the ink supplied from the inktank; a printhead configured to discharge the ink supplied from the subtank; an ink supply path connecting the subtank to the printhead; a valve arranged on the ink supply path; a supply unit configured to supply the ink from the inktank to the subtank by repeatedly opening and closing the valve; a suction unit configured to suck the ink from the printhead; and a control unit configured to control, when the inktank is attached, the supply unit to operate for a predetermined number of times to supply the ink from the inktank to the subtank, and to subsequently control the suction unit to operate to supply the ink from the subtank to the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Danzuka, Naoaki Wada, Kazuki Narumi, Tomoki Yamamuro, Hiroshi Taira, Akiko Aichi, Noboru Kunimine, Taku Yokozawa, Kazuo Suzuki, Kazuhiko Sato, Masataka Kato, Shin Genta, Hiroto Kango
  • Publication number: 20180370239
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus according to the present disclosure executes a first wiping operation in a case where the count value counted by the count unit is higher than a first threshold value while the recording operation is being performed and execute a second wiping operation when the recording operation completes in a case where the count value counted by the count unit is higher than a second threshold value. The inkjet recording apparatus also executes the second wiping operation when the first wiping operation has been performed while the recording operation is being performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Toshimitsu Danzuka, Taku Yokozawa, Noboru Kunimine, Akiko Aichi, Kazuki Narumi, Tomoki Yamamuro, Kazuhiko Sato, Kazuo Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20180257380
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a recording unit, a first ink storage unit, a second ink storage unit, a discharge unit, a first detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the first ink storage unit is below a first predetermined amount, and a second detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the second ink storage unit is below a second predetermined amount. The inkjet recording apparatus further includes a control unit configured to control the discharge operation after the detection by the first detection unit and the detection by the second detection unit based on a detection timing of the first detection unit and a detection timing of the second detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Danzuka, Taku Yokozawa, Masataka Kato, Akiko Aichi, Shin Genta, Kazuki Narumi
  • Patent number: 10022961
    Abstract: A recording apparatus is capable of executing multiple types of different temperature control. A recording head of the recording apparatus has multiple temperature sensors disposed at different positions from each other in the recording head. Each of the multiple types of different temperature control is performed based on representative temperatures acquired using different combinations of the temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroshi Taira
  • Patent number: 9895894
    Abstract: After printing is performed by driving only some printing elements, the other printing elements are driven so that kogation is deposited on the surface of the other printing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Satoshi Azuma, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9873247
    Abstract: A driving pulse to be applied is changed when an overlapped level of invert timing of driving pulse is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuhei Oikawa, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Hiroshi Taira, Satoshi Azuma, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9855743
    Abstract: Recording elements are driven by changing a driving pulse applied thereto in accordance with information regarding a total number of times the recording elements have been driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Kazuhiko Sato, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Yosuke Ishii, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9738069
    Abstract: A driving pulse to be applied to a plurality of print elements in a print element array is decided based on the deviation of the discharge amount from the print elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuhei Oikawa, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Hiroshi Taira, Yosuke Ishii, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroaki Komatsu, Kazuhiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20170225459
    Abstract: A recording apparatus is capable of executing multiple types of different temperature control. A recording head of the recording apparatus has multiple temperature sensors disposed at different positions from each other in the recording head. Each of the multiple types of different temperature control is performed based on representative temperatures acquired using different combinations of the temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroshi Taira
  • Patent number: 9656465
    Abstract: A recording apparatus is capable of executing multiple types of different temperature control. A recording head of the recording apparatus has multiple temperature sensors disposed at different positions from each other in the recording head. Each of the multiple types of different temperature control is performed based on representative temperatures acquired using different combinations of the temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroshi Taira
  • Publication number: 20170087826
    Abstract: Recording elements are driven by changing a driving pulse applied thereto in accordance with information regarding a total number of times the recording elements have been driven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Kazuhiko Sato, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Yosuke Ishii, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9522529
    Abstract: A substrate includes an AND circuit and an LVC. The AND circuit generates a control signal for switching an NMOS transistor. The LVC controls the gate voltage of the NMOS transistor on the basis of the control signal. The substrate applies a constant gate voltage to a PMOS transistor without using the AND circuit and the LVC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Yamaguchi, Toshio Negishi, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Kazunari Fujii
  • Publication number: 20160347057
    Abstract: A driving pulse to be applied to a plurality of print elements in a print element array is decided based on the deviation of the discharge amount from the print elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Yuhei Oikawa, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Hiroshi Taira, Yosuke Ishii, Satoshi Azuma, Hiroaki Komatsu, Kazuhiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20160339692
    Abstract: After printing is performed by driving only some printing elements, the other printing elements are driven so that kogation is deposited on the surface of the other printing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Satoshi Azuma, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Publication number: 20160288494
    Abstract: A substrate includes an AND circuit and an LVC. The AND circuit generates a control signal for switching an NMOS transistor. The LVC controls the gate voltage of the NMOS transistor on the basis of the control signal. The substrate applies a constant gate voltage to a PMOS transistor without using the AND circuit and the LVC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Takaaki Yamaguchi, Toshio Negishi, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Kazunari Fujii
  • Publication number: 20160263885
    Abstract: A driving pulse to be applied is changed when an overlapped level of invert timing of driving pulse is large.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Yuhei Oikawa, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Hiroshi Taira, Satoshi Azuma, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Publication number: 20160257115
    Abstract: In a case where the temperature difference between first and second time points detected by a first temperature sensor provided in a print head is lower than a threshold temperature, a temperature correction for the first temperature sensor is performed based on a temperature detected by a second temperature sensor provided within a printing apparatus thereof. In a case where the temperature difference is higher than the threshold temperature, a temperature correction for the first temperature sensor is performed without using the temperature detected by the second temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Satoshi Azuma, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Hiroshi Taira, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: RE46517
    Abstract: A method and recording apparatus including discharging ink to record an image, storing a parameter relating to a cumulative recording amount of the recording apparatus, setting a detection interval based on the parameter relating to the cumulative recording amount, and detecting a discharge state of the ink discharged from the recording head based on the set interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taku Yokozawa, Nobumori Shimizu