Patents by Inventor Yasuhiko Kosugi

Yasuhiko Kosugi 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).

  • Publication number: 20150298461
    Abstract: An object is to improve a user's convenience. There is provided a control unit for use in a liquid ejecting apparatus using a tank containing a liquid and a storage material attachable to and detachable from the liquid ejecting apparatus, and storing an amount of the liquid in the tank. After the storage material is not mounted on a predetermined place, the control unit receives an answer for a question to ask whether or not the liquid is injected to the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Shuichi KOGANEHIRA, Yasuhiko KOSUGI, Tomohiko SANO, Kenji MATSUMOTO, Kenta MASUZAWA
  • Publication number: 20150224783
    Abstract: An object is to improve a user's convenience. There is provided a liquid ejecting apparatus including a head ejecting a liquid onto a medium; a containing unit containing the liquid; and a mounting unit on which a storage material storing a liquid amount of the containing unit is mounted. If the storage material is removed from the mounting unit when the liquid ejecting apparatus performs an operation, the liquid ejecting apparatus selects any one state between a first state of stopping the operation and a second state without stopping the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Koganehira, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Takeshi Iwamura, Tomohiko Sano, Kenji Matsumoto, Ryohei Ito
  • Patent number: 9090079
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes first to n-th (n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) ink tanks in which ink accommodated in an ink pack is filled, first to n-th slots that correspond to the ink tanks, first to n-th memory units that are packaged together with the ink pack and are respectively installed in the slots, and a processing unit. The processing unit outputs a read-out command in which communication ID information is set, to the storage device included in the memory unit that is installed in the selected slot, determines whether ink color information that is read out and an ink color corresponding to the slot are consistent with each other, and determines that the memory unit is erroneously installed when the read-out ink color information and the ink color corresponding to the slot are inconsistent with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 9061508
    Abstract: A circuit board of an ink cartridge is provided with a plurality of terminals, with the contact portions of the plurality of terminals forming a plurality of lines. The contact portions of two terminals used for detecting installation are positioned in a first line, and the contact portion of a power terminal is positioned between the two terminals. The first line may be positioned to a leading side when the ink cartridge is moved in a prescribed direction to effect installation in a printer. Alternatively, the first line may be the line closest to an opening of an ink delivery port. Alternatively, the first line may be the line closest to an ink delivery needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Satoshi Shinada, Izumi Nozawa, Yuji Aoki, Hiroyuki Kawate, Takakazu Fukano, Noboru Asauchi, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8919900
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a detection unit that detects the amount of residual ink in a ink cartridge, and a control unit that controls of initial filling of a printing head, in which the control unit performs initial filling when a state of the amount of residual ink detected by the detection unit is equal to or more than a predetermined amount, and the amount of residual ink based on information on the amount of ink stored in a storage unit is equal to or more than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Yamagata, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Publication number: 20140354719
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a detection unit that detects the amount of residual ink in a ink cartridge, and a control unit that controls of initial filling of a printing head, in which the control unit performs initial filling when a state of the amount of residual ink detected by the detection unit is equal to or more than a predetermined amount, and the amount of residual ink based on information on the amount of ink stored in a storage unit is equal to or more than a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Shinya Yamagata, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8888206
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing material container 100 including a storage device 203, a plurality of storage device terminals, a first and a second individual mounting detection terminal DT1, DT2, a first and a second cartridge out detection terminal CO1, CO2; an individual mounting detection portion 330; a cartridge out detection portion 340; a storage portion 310; and a controller 350. In an energy-saving mode, the controller 350 sets the individual mounting detection portion 330 to a disabled state and sets the cartridge out detection portion 340 to an enabled state, and if the cartridge out detection portion 340 detects a cartridge out state, writes that detection result to the storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Oe, Noboru Asauchi, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8814295
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes first to n-th (n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) ink tanks in which ink accommodated in an ink pack is filled, slots that respectively correspond to the ink tank, memory units that are packaged together with the ink pack and are respectively installed in the slots, and a processing unit that controls read-out of data from or writing of data to the memory unit. The processing unit updates total ink consumption information on the main body side for each ink color on the basis of the counted ink consumption, and writes the total ink consumption based on the total ink consumption information on the main body side, to the storage device of the memory unit corresponding to the ink color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8782326
    Abstract: A memory includes a nonvolatile memory cell array, and a memory control circuit which carries out writing of data to and reading of data from the memory cell array in access units of N bits where N is an integer equal to 2 or greater. The memory cell array includes a rewritable area in which both writing of data and reading of data are permissible, and a read-only area in which writing of data is prohibited and reading of data is permissible. The rewritable area is configured so that the N bits constituting one access unit contain both actual data and an error detection code. The read-only area is divided between an actual data area in which the N bits constituting one access unit contain actual data, and an error detection code area in which the N bits constituting one access unit contain error detection codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8690280
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a holder in which a printing material cartridge set is mounted; and a mounting detection circuit for detecting mounted states of printing material cartridges in the holder. Each of the N printing material cartridges includes a storage device for storing information regarding a printing material which is contained, an electric device for mounting detection, a terminal for the storage device, and a terminal for the electric device. The electric devices of the N printing material cartridges are configured so that a detection voltage becomes equal to or greater than a threshold voltage set in advance when the N printing material cartridges are all mounted in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Nakano, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Publication number: 20140063090
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes first to n-th (n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) ink tanks in which ink accommodated in an ink pack is filled, first to n-th slots that correspond to the ink tanks, first to n-th memory units that are packaged together with the ink pack and are respectively installed in the slots, and a processing unit. The processing unit outputs a read-out command in which communication ID information is set, to the storage device included in the memory unit that is installed in the selected slot, determines whether ink color information that is read out and an ink color corresponding to the slot are consistent with each other, and determines that the memory unit is erroneously installed when the read-out ink color information and the ink color corresponding to the slot are inconsistent with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Publication number: 20140063089
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes first to n-th (n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) ink tanks in which ink accommodated in an ink pack is filled, slots that respectively correspond to the ink tank, memory units that are packaged together with the ink pack and are respectively installed in the slots, and a processing unit that controls read-out of data from or writing of data to the memory unit. The processing unit updates total ink consumption information on the main body side for each ink color on the basis of the counted ink consumption, and writes the total ink consumption based on the total ink consumption information on the main body side, to the storage device of the memory unit corresponding to the ink color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Publication number: 20130307906
    Abstract: A circuit board of an ink cartridge is provided with a plurality of terminals, with the contact portions of the plurality of terminals forming a plurality of lines. The contact portions of two terminals used for detecting installation are positioned in a first line, and the contact portion of a power terminal is positioned between the two terminals. The first line may be positioned to a leading side when the ink cartridge is moved in a prescribed direction to effect installation in a printer. Alternatively, the first line may be the line closest to an opening of an ink delivery port. Alternatively, the first line may be the line closest to an ink delivery needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Satoshi Shinada, Izumi Nozawa, Yuji Aoki, Hiroyuki Kawate, Takakazu Fukano, Noboru Asauchi, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8540347
    Abstract: A circuit board of an ink cartridge is provided with a plurality of terminals, with the contact portions of the plurality of terminals forming a plurality of lines. The contact portions of two terminals used for detecting installation are positioned in a first line, and the contact portion of a power terminal is positioned between the two terminals. The first line may be positioned to a leading side when the ink cartridge is moved in a prescribed direction to effect installation in a printer. Alternatively, the first line may be the line closest to an opening of an ink delivery port. Alternatively, the first line may be the line closest to an ink delivery needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Satoshi Shinada, Izumi Nozawa, Yuji Aoki, Hiroyuki Kawate, Takakazu Fukano, Noboru Asauchi, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8514654
    Abstract: A storage apparatus including a nonvolatile storage section and a control section controlling the nonvolatile storage section, wherein the control section has a detection circuit detecting floating state in at least one of power supply terminal connected to host side power supply terminal to which a power supply voltage is supplied from the host device, and ground terminal connected to host side ground terminal to which a ground voltage is supplied from the host device and a mask process section performing a mask process of the system clock that is used to control the nonvolatile storage section, wherein the mask process section masks the system clock if the floating state is detected by the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Yamada, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Noboru Asauchi, Yoshihiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8345507
    Abstract: A storage device includes a nonvolatile storage section; and a control section that controls the nonvolatile storage section, wherein the control section includes an access control section that outputs a clock for access control for performing access control of a read/write of the nonvolatile storage section, and performs access control of the read/write to the nonvolatile storage section, and a masking process section that performs the masking process of a reset signal on the basis of the clock for access control from the access control section, and supplies the reset signal after the masking process to the access control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Yamada, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Noboru Asauchi, Yoshihiro Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20120056921
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a holder in which a printing material cartridge set is mounted; and a mounting detection circuit for detecting mounted states of printing material cartridges in the holder. Each of the N printing material cartridges includes a storage device for storing information regarding a printing material which is contained, an electric device for mounting detection, a terminal for the storage device, and a terminal for the electric device. The electric devices of the N printing material cartridges are configured so that a detection voltage becomes equal to or greater than a threshold voltage set in advance when the N printing material cartridges are all mounted in the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Nakano, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8079660
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a plurality of semiconductor storage devices, each of which includes an access determination unit that determines whether the semiconductor storage device is accessed, an input terminal and an output terminal used for connection checking, a normally-closed switching element that electrically disconnects the input terminal from the output terminal when the access determination unit determined that the semiconductor storage device is accessed, and a bypass circuit that electrically connects the input terminal to a reference point through predetermined impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8038243
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a head having a nozzle; a pressure-changing unit for changing pressure of liquid in the nozzle in such a manner that the liquid is ejected from the nozzle; a level-data setting unit for setting a selected level data from a plurality of level data, based on an ejecting data; a driving-signal generator for generating a first driving signal and a second driving signal; and a driving-pulse generator for generating a driving pulse based on the selected level data and the first driving signal and the second driving signal. The first driving signal and the second driving signal are periodical signals having a same period. The first driving signal includes a first large-drop pulse-wave and a third large-drop pulse-wave. The second driving signal includes a second large-drop pulse-wave. The first large-drop pulse-wave, the second large-drop pulse-wave and the third large-drop pulse-wave have a same waveform, and appear in that order at regular intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Hosono, Toshiki Usui, Yasuhiko Kosugi
  • Publication number: 20110205590
    Abstract: A storage device includes a storage section, a storage control section that controls access of the storage section, a control section that performs a process of communicating with a host device, a data terminal, a reset terminal, and a clock terminal. The control section outputs a control signal for setting, to a low potential level, a voltage level of the data terminal pulled up at an m-th (m is an integer where 1?m?n) clock cycle, which corresponds to ID information of the corresponding storage device, among first to n-th (n is an integer of 2 or more) clock cycles of a clock which is input to the clock terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kosugi