Patents by Inventor Yoshinori Osakabe

Yoshinori Osakabe 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: 20210300020
    Abstract: An inkjet recording device includes: a head including a nozzle configured to eject ink toward a recording medium; a storage portion storing therein ink and formed with an air communication opening allowing an interior of the storage portion to be communicated with an outside thereof; a valve movable between an opening position opening the air communication opening and a closing position closing the air communication opening; an actuator configured to move the valve; a state sensor configured to output a detection signal based on the state of the inkjet recording device; and a controller configured to perform: (a) determining, on the basis of the detection signal, whether the inkjet recording device has an abnormality; and (b) controlling, in a case where determination is made in (a) that the inkjet recording device has an abnormality, the actuator to move the valve to the closing position from the opening position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori OSAKABE, Fumio NAKAZAWA, Taichi SHIRONO, Sosuke KUROYANAGI
  • Publication number: 20210300087
    Abstract: A first conveyance path and a second conveyance path are formed in a housing. The first conveyance path extends in a conveyance direction to reach a first discharge port for discharging a sheet. The second conveyance path extends in the conveyance direction at a position higher than the first conveyance path to reach a second discharge port for discharging a sheet. The second discharge port is located at a position upstream of the first discharge port in the conveyance direction. A first print engine is provided at the first conveyance path. The first print engine is configured to print an image by using a recording agent on a sheet conveyed along the first conveyance path. A second print engine is provided at the second conveyance path. The second print engine is configured to print an image by using a recording agent on a sheet conveyed along the second conveyance path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Satoshi MIYASE, Yoshinori OSAKABE, Tsuyoshi KUWAYAMA, Jun MORIKAWA, Haruka AZECHI, Yasuo ONO, Yuto CHIBA
  • Publication number: 20210300043
    Abstract: There is provided an inkjet recording device including a head, a support member, a storage portion, a valve, an actuator, and a controller. The head includes a nozzle and is configured to eject ink from the nozzle. The support member supports the head. The storage portion storing therein ink. The storage portion has a part positioned above the nozzle. The storage portion has an air communication opening allowing an interior of the storage portion to be communicated with an outside of the storage portion. The valve is movable between an opening position in which the valve opens the air communication opening and a closing position in which the valve closes the air communication opening. The actuator is configured to move the valve. The controller configured to control, while the head is ejecting ink from the nozzle toward a recording medium, the actuator to maintain the valve at the closing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumio NAKAZAWA, Yoshinori OSAKABE, Taichi SHIRONO, Sosuke KUROYANGI
  • Publication number: 20210300086
    Abstract: An upper supply tray is mounted at an upper mount position in a housing. A lower supply tray is mounted at a lower mount position lower than the upper mount position in the housing. A first print engine records an image on a sheet conveyed from the upper supply tray. A second print engine records an image on a sheet conveyed from the lower supply tray. A lower discharge tray supports the sheet on which the image is recorded by the first print engine. An upper discharge tray supports the sheet on which the image is recorded by the second print engine. The upper discharge tray is located at a higher position than the lower discharge tray. A first display displays at least: a first correspondence between the lower discharge tray and the upper supply tray; or a second correspondence between the upper discharge tray and the lower supply tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshinori OSAKABE, Satoshi MIYASE
  • Publication number: 20210300095
    Abstract: A first cover moves between a first closed position and a first open position. The first cover is located at another end of a housing when the first cover is located at the first closed position. A second cover moves between a second closed position and a second open position. The second cover is located closer to one end than the first cover is at the first closed position and at the second closed position. A first portion of a first conveyance path is formed between the first cover and the second cover at the first closed position and at the second closed position. A second portion of a second conveyance path is formed at a side of the second cover facing the one end at the second closed position. When the first cover opens the first portion, the second cover is located at the second closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Satoshi MIYASE, Yoshinori OSAKABE, Tsuyoshi KUWAYAMA, Jun MORIKAWA, Haruka AZECHI, Yasuo ONO, Yuto CHIBA
  • Publication number: 20210300093
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet printer, including: a tray; a recording section including a carriage and a head; a reservoir; a tube; a platen; a first guide member arranged at a front side of the recording section in a front-rear direction and having a first curved surface configured to guide a first surface of the sheet; a discharge section configured to discharge the sheet from a rear side toward the front side in the front-rear direction, the discharge section being arranged at the rear side of the recording section; a second guide member arranged at the rear side of the recording section and having a second curved surface configured to guide the first surface of the sheet; and a loading section configured to load the sheet discharged from the discharge section thereon. The loading section includes an inclined portion at the rear side of the recording section, the inclined portion being inclined upward toward the front side of the discharge section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hikaru TAMURA, Tsuyoshi KUWAYAMA, Fumio NAKAZAWA, Yoshinori OSAKABE, Hirotaka AOKI
  • Patent number: 11117382
    Abstract: A liquid supplying device includes a tank and a cartridge. The cartridge is configured to be detachably attached to the tank in an attachment-detachment direction crossing a vertical direction. The cartridge includes a first storage chamber. The tank includes a second storage chamber, a liquid passage, and a gas passage. The liquid passage has a first end, a second end, and a first extending portion. The second end is formed with a second opening open to an atmosphere. The first extending portion extends from the second opening in the attachment-detachment direction. The gas passage has a third end, a fourth end, and a second extending portion. The fourth end is formed with a fourth opening open to the atmosphere. The second extending portion extends from the fourth opening in the attachment-detachment direction. The second opening is at a position different from the fourth opening in the attachment-detachment direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takahashi, Yoshinori Osakabe, Akinari Ishibe, Tatsuya Shindo, Masahiro Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20210260882
    Abstract: There is provided a tank including a liquid inlet port, an atmosphere open port, a liquid outflow port, a first liquid chamber having a first atmosphere communication channel, a second liquid chamber being in communication with the first liquid chamber and having a second atmosphere communication channel, and a liquid channel. The liquid inside the liquid channel is movable along with a liquid consumption of a liquid consuming device connected to the tank. With the tank in a usage posture, when the liquid is stored in the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber, the liquid level of the liquid stored in the first liquid chamber is formed independently from the liquid level of the liquid stored in the second liquid chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro HAYASHI, Masako KAWAGOE, Taichi SHIRONO, Yoshinori OSAKABE, Seiji SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20210260880
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes a cartridge installing unit for detachably installing a plurality of ink cartridges. The cartridge installing unit includes: a base having a placing surface and aligning the plurality of ink cartridges in a first direction on the placing surface; a moving force applying unit moving an ink cartridge of the plurality of ink cartridges from an installation position to a removal position separated from the installation position in a movement direction including a component of the first direction; and a regulating unit regulating the movement of the ink cartridge from the installation position to the removal position. The moving force applying unit moves the ink cartridge from the installation position to the removal position in a case that the ink cartridge is released from the regulation by the regulating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi MIYASE, Yoshinori OSAKABE
  • Publication number: 20210245518
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the disclosure provides an image recording apparatus including a liquid supplying device. The liquid supplying device includes a tank, a cartridge, an atmospheric communication portion, and a recording portion. The tank has a second storage chamber configured to store liquid, a liquid passage in communication with the second storage chamber, and a gas passage in communication with the second storage chamber. The atmospheric communication portion includes a buffer tank defining a buffer chamber configured to store gas, a single communication flow passage allowing the buffer chamber to communicate with the second storage chamber, and an air communication passage allowing the buffer chamber to communicate with an atmosphere. When the cartridge is attached to the tank, the buffer chamber is positioned below the first storage chamber and the second storage chamber is positioned below the buffer chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro HAYASHI, Yoshinori OSAKABE, Akinari ISHIBE, Hiroaki TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 11084294
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus a tank and a cartridge attachable to the tank along an attachment direction crossing a horizontal direction and a vertical direction. The cartridge includes a first storing chamber configured to store liquid therein. The tank includes a second storing chamber configured to store liquid therein, a liquid channel and an air channel. When the cartridge is attached to the tank, the first storing chamber has a portion located above the liquid channel and the air channel, and the second storing chamber has a portion located below the liquid channel and the air channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Akinari Ishibe, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tatsuya Shindo
  • Patent number: 11084295
    Abstract: A liquid-consuming apparatus includes: a tank including a liquid storage chamber which stores a liquid, an inlet formed in a surface of the tank, and an outlet through which the liquid from the liquid storage chamber flows; a cap which is movable between a first position and a second position; a cover which is movable relative to the tank between a closed position and an open position; and a holding member which is connected to the cap and which holds the cap at the second position. The cap at the second position or the holding member is configured to obstruct a movement of the cover from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KAUBSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Tomohisa Higuchi
  • Patent number: 11077668
    Abstract: A liquid supplying device includes a tank and a cartridge configured to be attached to the tank. The cartridge includes a first storage chamber. The tank includes a second storage chamber, a liquid passage, a gas passage, and an air communication portion. The liquid passage has a first end formed with a first opening, and a second end formed with a second opening. The gas passage has a third end formed with a third opening, and a fourth end formed with a fourth opening. In an attachment state where the first storage chamber is in communication with both the second opening and the fourth opening, the first storage chamber has a portion positioned above the liquid passage and the gas passage, and the second storage chamber is positioned below the liquid passage and the gas passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayashi, Yoshinori Osakabe, Akinari Ishibe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11072182
    Abstract: A liquid supplying device includes a tank a tank and a cartridge. The cartridge includes a first storage chamber. The cartridge is formed with a communicating opening in communication with the first storage chamber. The tank has a second storage chamber and a joint having a hollow cylindrical shape. In an attachment state where the communicating opening of the cartridge is connected to the joint, the first storage chamber has a portion positioned above the joint and the second storage chamber is positioned below the joint. At least in the first end portion, the liquid passage has a rectangular shape in a cross section taken along a plane perpendicular to an extending direction of the liquid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayashi, Yoshinori Osakabe, Akinari Ishibe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20210221154
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet recording apparatus, including: a casing which is box-shaped, and which has an internal space; a recording head arranged in the internal space, and configured to jet ink droplets; a carriage which is movable, and is arranged in the internal space, and on which the recording head is mounted; and a dust-proof portion arranged between a movable space and an exterior of the casing, the movable space being a space, in the internal space, in which the carriage is movable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Tomohisa Higuchi
  • Patent number: 11040543
    Abstract: A tank is configured to be installed in a liquid consuming apparatus having a liquid consuming unit and stores liquid to be supplied to the liquid consuming unit. The tank includes a casing that includes: a liquid storage chamber demarcated by a first surface and a second surface different from the first surface, and configured to store the liquid; an inlet provided to inject the liquid into the liquid storage chamber; and a liquid outflow port through which the liquid flows out from the liquid storage chamber to the liquid consuming unit. The casing includes: a frame; a first film composing at least a part of the first surface; and a second film composing at least a part of the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayashi, Taichi Shirono, Masako Kawagoe, Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10994546
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the disclosure provides an image recording apparatus including a liquid supplying device. The liquid supplying device includes a tank, a cartridge, an atmospheric communication portion, and a recording portion. The tank has a second storage chamber configured to store liquid, a liquid passage in communication with the second storage chamber, and a gas passage in communication with the second storage chamber. The atmospheric communication portion includes a buffer tank defining a buffer chamber configured to store gas, a single communication flow passage allowing the buffer chamber to communicate with the second storage chamber, and an air communication passage allowing the buffer chamber to communicate with an atmosphere. When the cartridge is attached to the tank, the buffer chamber is positioned below the first storage chamber and the second storage chamber is positioned below the buffer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayashi, Yoshinori Osakabe, Akinari Ishibe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20210107288
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes a printer body and an ink container provided in the printer body. The ink container includes an ink containing portion, a frame portion and a cover portion. A top portion of the ink containing portion includes a port. The cover portion is pivotally connected to the frame portion and pivotable between an opened position, in which the port is exposed, and a closed position, in which the cover portion covers the port, with respect to the frame portion. The cover portion includes a sealing member provided corresponding to the port on an opposing surface of the cover portion. When the cover portion is in the closed position, the sealing member seals the port, and when the cover portion is in the opened position, the sealing member is separated from the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori OSAKABE, Masako KAWAGOE, Taichi SHIRONO
  • Publication number: 20210078335
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid consuming apparatus including: a tank having a liquid storing chamber, an erected wall through which the liquid inside the liquid storage chamber is visible from outside of the tank, and an inlet which is formed to penetrate through the erected wall and via which the liquid is poured into the liquid storage chamber; a liquid consuming section which consumes the liquid stored in the liquid storing chamber; and a cover. A transmitting section and a checking section are formed in an upper surface, of the cover, under a condition that the cover is in the exposure position, the transmitting section configured to transmit information optically to a user of the liquid consuming apparatus and the checking section configured to prevent the liquid moving on a particular surface of the cover from arriving at the transmitting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori OSAKABE, Tomohisa HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20210053351
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid consuming apparatus including: a liquid consuming section; a tank having a liquid storage chamber and an inlet port; a cap; and a casing having a cover movable with respect to the tank between a closed position and an open positon. The cover has an inner surface and a projection projected from the inner surface toward the tank. The projection of the cover is provided with a pressing portion facing the outer surface of the cap at a predetermined spacing distance, under a condition that the liquid consuming apparatus is in a normal state in which the cover is in the closed position and that the cap is installed in the inlet port, and the pressing portion abuts firstly against the outer surface, under a condition that the cap is moved in the insertion direction for allowing the cap to be removed from the inlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori OSAKABE