Drying Or Curing Patents (Class 347/102)
  • Patent number: 10487226
    Abstract: The present invention relates to low odor radiation curable ink compositions. The composition comprises 10-40% w/w of 4-hydrobutylacrylate, 5-25% of a urethane (math)acrylate oligomer, 10-55% of diacrylates, one or more photoinitiators, one or more additives, and one or more pigments. The composition excludes many monofunctional monomers that have distinct odor and are commonly used in an ink jet composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Samuel, Huilei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10486420
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device and method for detecting an ink droplet. The device includes a conveying means configured to convey an article to be printed to a printing position under a print head for ejecting the ink droplet; an imaging means configured to acquire an image of a printing area after the ink droplet is ejected on the printed area of the surface of the article by the print head; an analyzing means configured to acquire at least one geometric property of the ink droplet from the image and determine whether ink droplet abnormality has occurred based on the at least one geometric property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinxiang Xue, Zhongyuan Sun, Wenqi Liu, Xiang Zhou, Jingkai Ni
  • Patent number: 10487250
    Abstract: The cationically photopolymerizable composition according to the present disclosure includes: (A) a polyfunctional epoxy compound having two or more epoxy groups per molecule; (B) a monofunctional epoxy compound having one epoxy group per molecule; (C) a photocation generator; and (D) an oxetane compound. At least one of the component (A) and the component (B) contains an epoxy compound ((A1) or (B1)) having a polyether backbone per molecule. A mass ratio of the component (A) to the component (B) falls within a range of 90:10 to 30:70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yozo Matsukawa, Akira Ito, Kenji Kitamura, Morio Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10479112
    Abstract: There is provided a printing device that carries out printing with respect to a medium; the printing device including inkjet heads, which are ejection heads that eject an ink to the medium; and an infrared irradiating portion that irradiates an infrared light in which a wavelength is smaller than or equal to 3 ?m with respect to the ink on the medium; where the inkjet heads eject the ink containing a solvent that generates heat by absorbing the infrared light; and the infrared irradiating portion volatilizes and removes at least one part of the solvent in the ink by irradiating the infrared light with respect to the ink on the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Ohnishi, Toshiya Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10479879
    Abstract: A cationically polymerizable curable composition comprising a compound having a vinyloxy group bonded to an aromatic group which is easily cured upon light exposure and/or heating, a cured product of the curable composition, and a method of producing a cured product using the curable composition. In a cationically polymerizable curable composition that includes a compound having a vinyloxy group bonded to an aromatic group, a sulfonium salt having a specific structure is used as a curing agent. A cured product is produced by shaping the curable composition into a predetermined shape, and subjecting the shaped curable composition to light exposure and/or heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Someya, Hiroki Chisaka, Naozumi Matsumoto, Dai Shiota
  • Patent number: 10479903
    Abstract: A UV-curable inkjet ink composition is curable by irradiation with ultraviolet light and includes a monofunctional monomer (A), a polyfunctional monomer (B), a photopolymerization initiator (C), and a colorant (D), wherein the composition has a hydroxyl value within the range of not less than 1 mgKOH/g and not more than 100 mgKOH/g, and is for forming, by inkjet printing, an ink layer 14 provided between a curved outer peripheral surface of a cylindrical can base 12 made of a metal material, and a coating layer 16 made of an aqueous coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA ALUMINUM CAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Ojima, Kazunori Ikeda, Asumi Suwa
  • Patent number: 10471738
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to methods and apparatuses printing and curing energy curable inks printed on substrates. The printing systems may include a printing station, a light source, and a reflective device. During operation, the printing station deposits energy curable ink onto a first surface of the substrate to define a printed region, wherein an amount of the curable ink may penetrate into the substrate from the first surface toward a second surface. The light source directs ultraviolet light onto the first surface of the substrate to define a first illumination zone. The reflective device reflects ultraviolet light traveling from the second surface of the substrate back toward the second surface to define a second illumination zone. The substrate is advanced in a machine direction to advance the energy curable ink through the first illumination zone and the second illumination zone to cure the energy curable ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Andrew Strasemeier, Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10471750
    Abstract: A liquid absorbing apparatus for absorbing a liquid component from a formed ink image includes an endless liquid absorbing sheet, a mechanism configured to move the liquid absorbing sheet cyclically, an absorption mechanism configured to absorb the liquid component from the ink image by making the liquid absorbing sheet contact the ink image, a removing mechanism configured to squeeze and remove a liquid with a nipping pressure by nipping the liquid absorbing sheet, and at least one nipping portion, different from the absorption mechanism and the removing mechanism, configured to nip the liquid absorbing sheet. In the apparatus, the nipping pressure of the removing mechanism is set higher than a nipping pressure of the nipping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hirokawa, Makoto Terui, Kyosuke Deguchi, Yoshiyuki Honda
  • Patent number: 10464310
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes an ink application unit configured to apply ink to a transfer body, a first application unit configured to apply a first treatment liquid over an area on the transfer body, a second application unit configured to apply a second treatment liquid to the transfer body, a heating unit configured to heat the second treatment liquid applied to the transfer body, and a transfer unit configured to transfer the ink image, wherein a ratio of the second treatment liquid to the first treatment liquid on an outside of ink portion is determined according to the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rinako Kameshima, Minoru Teshigawara, Yoshiaki Murayama, Masaki Nitta, Eisuke Nishitani, Keiichirou Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10457074
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes an air blower that blows air toward a recording medium and includes a case including an outlet opening through which external air, taken inside through an inlet opening, is discharged outside, and an opening in a portion facing a table. The case is located at least to one side of an ink head in a main scanning direction. The air blower further includes a fan that is located in the case and sends air through the outlet opening toward the recording medium placed on the table, a heater that is located in the case and heats the air sent from the fan, and a heat radiation layer that is exposed outside through the opening and radiates at least a portion of heat generated by the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisaya Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10446801
    Abstract: A ultraviolet (UV) pretreatment apparatus used in vacuum evaporation includes a housing having a curing chamber disposed inside the housing; an inlet disposed at one end of the housing and an outlet disposed at an opposite end of the housing; and a UV source disposed in the curing chamber. A light absorption layer is disposed on inner walls of the curing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhaosong Liu, Yuan-jun Hsu, Jangsoon Im
  • Patent number: 10427442
    Abstract: A multi-pass UV inkjet printer for outputting high glossy varnish and a printing method using the same includes providing a side UV light irradiation device at a side of an inkjet module and a front UV light irradiation device in front of the inkjet module not overlapped by a varnish print head. During output of the varnish, varnish outputted on a substrate in the nth pass is passed under the side UV light irradiation device with a lower UV irradiation power during or after the n+1th pass performed by the UV inkjet printer for setting or temporarily no curing, and then during or after the next pass, the varnish is passed under the front UV light irradiation device with a higher UV irradiation power for complete curing, thereby increasing production yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Great Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Chien Tsai, Chih-Hua Yen, Hui-Te Yu
  • Patent number: 10421294
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes an ink applying unit which applies, based on image data, ink containing coloring material, on a recording medium to record an image for the image data; a treatment-solution applying unit which applies treatment solution containing acid for agglomerating components in the ink, at and around an ink application position on the recording medium; a neutralizing unit which applies neutralizing solution for neutralizing the acid, on the recording medium on which the treatment solution and the ink have been applied; and a determining unit which, based on the image data and position data for application of the treatment solution, determines a neutralizing-solution application region so that only at least a part of a region in which only the treatment solution is applied on the recording medium is set as the neutralizing-solution application region. The neutralizing unit applies the neutralizing solution in the determined neutralizing-solution application region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Matsuura, Yoshiaki Murayama, Jun Yasutani
  • Patent number: 10399364
    Abstract: There is provided an intermediate unit including a transportation path along which a paper sheet, on which printing has been performed by a printing unit that performs printing on the paper sheet as a medium by using liquid, can be transported to a post processing unit that performs post processing on the paper sheet, in which the transportation path is provided with a drying unit that accelerates the drying of the paper sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaro Harada, Kohei Ueno, Akinori Muromachi, Hidetoshi Kodama, Kazuyoshi Ohashi, Tsuyoshi Furumido, Hirohisa Adachi
  • Patent number: 10399362
    Abstract: A conveying device includes a blower and a conveyor. The blower blows air to a sheet material. The conveyor conveys the sheet material through a blowing region of the blower. The conveyor includes a surface movable member and a presser. The surface movable member conveys the sheet material with movement of a surface of the surface movable member, with a back side of the sheet material supported with the surface movable member. The presser presses at least a portion of a leading end of the sheet material toward the surface movable member in at least an area from a position upstream from the blowing region in a conveyance direction of the sheet material to a position in the blowing region of the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohki Asada, Masato Ogawa, Natsuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10392523
    Abstract: A non-Newtonian photo-curable ink composition that includes a metal oxide/alkoxysilane complex in an amount ranging from about 0.1 wt % to about 10 wt %, a salt in an amount ranging from about 0.05 wt % to about 20 wt %, a photo-initiator, an organic solvent, and water, wherein the ink composition has a first dynamic viscosity ranging from 25 cps to 10,000 cps at a first state and a second dynamic viscosity ranging from 1 cps to 50 cps at a second state. Also described herein is a method for making such non-Newtonian photo-curable ink composition and a method for producing printed images using such non-Newtonian photo-curable ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James P. Shields, Raymond Adamic, Sundar Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 10369805
    Abstract: Provided is a method for carrying out printing on the inner and outer surfaces of a building. The method includes printing print text on the inner and outer surfaces of the building by using a printing apparatus in which a printing ink to be used for a piezo method or a printing ink made of a UV curable material can be placed in a spray means according to a user's selection, the piezo method or a UV curing method can be selected according to the type of printing ink placed in the spray means, and spraying of the printing ink of the piezo method or the UV curing method, curing and spraying of a coating agent are sequentially carried out during driving since the spray means, a curing means and a coating agent application means are sequentially arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HUMAN KOREA. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10363683
    Abstract: A digital decorating machine for ceramic products, including a conveyor, suitable to transport the products to be decorated (P) along a feed direction (A), and a plurality of decoration modules, positioned over the conveyor and adjacent to each other along the feed direction (A). The modules include respective printing heads provided with nozzles for ejecting a fluid to be delivered on the surface of the products to be decorated (P); the conveyor includes a movable member for supporting the products to be decorated (P), suitable for translating them along the feed direction (A). The conveyor includes at least a supporting surface, located along a respective flank of the movable member, including in turn a plurality of predetermined positioning zones for the removable engagement of respective coupling portions of the decoration modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: PROJECTA ENGINEERING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Vincenzo Palumbo
  • Patent number: 10357960
    Abstract: A printing system is used to selectively print a layer material on a surface that is initially in a planar or two-dimensional shape. After the layer material is printed onto the surface, it is exposed to an amount of radiation from a radiation source and partially cured. Several layer materials may be placed on top of one another and are also partially cured. The flat surface may be reshaped into a nonplanar or three-dimensional shape, and the layer materials are again exposed to an amount of radiation and fully cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10350912
    Abstract: An aqueous ink printer includes a dryer that enables coated substrates printed with aqueous ink images to be adequately dried before discharge of the substrates. The dryer is configured to hang the substrates vertically without the substrates touching one another as heat is applied to the substrates within the dryer to reduce the footprint of the dryer and increase the exposure time of the substrates to heat produced by the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Chu-Heng Liu, Paul J. McConville, Seemit Praharaj, Jason M. LeFevre
  • Patent number: 10350904
    Abstract: A printer includes a first ink head that ejects a first ink, a second ink head that ejects a second ink, a first dot controller that controls a dot size after curing of the ejected first ink, and a second dot controller that controls a dot size after curing of the ejected second ink. The second ink is ejected over the first ink on a recording medium, and the second ink is caused to have a dot size that is larger than a dot size of the first ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyuki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10343421
    Abstract: An aqueous ink for ink jet recording includes water, a water-soluble organic solvent, a coloring material, and a near-infrared absorbent, wherein a continuous range of wavelengths in which an absorption amount of the ink is not less than 80% of a maximum absorption amount of the ink in a near-infrared region is 10 nm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mamoru Fujita, Yoshiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10343416
    Abstract: A printer that performs printing on a medium by an inkjet scheme includes an inkjet head, for ejecting droplets of an ink containing a solvent to be evaporated to fix the ink on the medium; and an ultraviolet light source that irradiates the ink with an ultraviolet light. The ink contains a colorant, the solvent, an exothermic polymerizable substance, and a polymerization initiator. The colorant develops a color of the ink. The exothermic polymerizable substance causes a polymerization reaction to generate heat. The polymerization initiator starts the polymerization reaction of the exothermic polymerizable substance in response to irradiation with ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet light source irradiates the ink adhered to the medium with ultraviolet light to make the exothermic polymerizable substance cause the polymerization reaction. Thus, the solvent in the ink is evaporated by the heat generated by the polymerization reaction to fix the ink on the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 10330902
    Abstract: The illumination optic is a collimator lens having a solid monolithic structure that includes spaced-apart and longitudinally-extending side lobed segments laterally disposed around a central core section. Each lobed segment has a TIR inner peripheral surface extending from a rear side towards a front side of the collimator lens and has a light exit surface generally facing the front side. Also disclosed is an illumination device including the collimator lens and a diffusion lens that is coaxially positioned next to its front side to redirect light coming out of the light exit surfaces. The diffusion lens has spaced-apart outlying optical regions disposed around a central optical axis, at least one for each light exit surface, to be selectively positioned in or out of alignment with a corresponding one of the light exit surfaces depending on a relative angular position between the collimator lens and the diffusion lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DBM REFLEX ENTERPRISES INC.
    Inventor: Eric Marcoux
  • Patent number: 10329390
    Abstract: Polyurethane nanocomposites are provided which include a polyurethane and surface modified silica nanoparticles covalently bound into the polyurethane. High loadings in excess of 30% may be achieved. In some embodiments, the silica nanoparticles are covalently bound to the polyurethane polymer through a linkage derived from a surface-modifying compound comprising a silane functional group and a polyol segment. In some embodiments the polyurethane nanocomposite may be provided as a tape or film. In addition, precursors for a polyurethane nanocomposites are provided comprising: a first polyol and surface modified silica nanoparticles dispersed within the first polyol. In some embodiments, the silica nanoparticles are surface-modified by reaction with a surface-modifying compound comprising a silane functional group and a polyol segment derived from a second polyol, which may be the same or different from the first polyol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ryan E. Marx, William J. Schultz, Wendy L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10328720
    Abstract: A recording method includes a first drying step of evaporating 50 to 85 wt % of ink adhering on a recording medium, the ink being ejected from a recording head onto a surface of the recording medium back side of which is supported on a medium-supporting unit which faces the recording head, and a second drying step of drying the recording medium, which has been subjected to the first drying step, at the downstream side of the medium-supporting unit in a feeding direction of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiyohiko Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10329443
    Abstract: An ink set includes an ink composition for background containing a pigment for background and a coloring ink composition containing a coloring pigment. Provided that the surface tension of the ink composition for background is S1 (mN/m), and the surface tension of the coloring ink composition is S2 (mN/m), S1 and S2 satisfy ?5<(S1?S2)<4. the ink set is used in a first mode in which the ink composition for background and the coloring ink composition are recorded on a recording medium by being caused to be adjacent to each other, or in a second mode in which the ink composition for background is recorded on an image which has been recorded using the coloring ink composition. A recording apparatus includes this ink set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ippei Okuda, Tsuyoshi Sano
  • Patent number: 10322592
    Abstract: A printer includes a transport unit that transports continuous paper, a medium support unit in which a support surface that is capable of supporting continuous paper that is transported by a transport unit, and first concave sections, which are indented from the support surface, are formed, and an image capture unit, which is disposed on a lower side of the support surface, and which captures an image of a lower surface of the continuous paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Murotani, Mitsutaka Ide, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Hideyuki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10323155
    Abstract: An actinic radiation-curable inkjet ink containing a photocurable compound, a photopolymerization initiator, a fluorescent brightener, and a phenol-based antioxidant, in which the fluorescent brightener is a compound represented by general formula (1), and the photocurable compound contains a (meth)acrylate having two or more (meth)acryloyl groups in an amount of 80 mass % or more with respect to a total mass of the photocurable compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takayuki Toeda, Kana Yamada
  • Patent number: 10308827
    Abstract: A curable ink including at least one monomer, oligomer, or prepolymer; an optional photoinitiator; an optional colorant; and amide gellant having a molecular weight of from about 800 to about 2,500 g/mole; wherein the ink has an onset of gelation defined by the glass transition of the low molecular weight amide gellant according to the relationship Onset of Gelation (K)=(Constant) Tg of gellant (K); wherein the Constant is less than 1.5. A process for printing a three-dimensional article including providing a curable ink; depositing the curable ink in one or more layers; and curing the deposited ink to form the three-dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Naveen Chopra, Barkev Keoshkerian, Carolyn Moorlag, C. Geoffrey Allen, Marcel P. Breton, Gordon Sisler
  • Patent number: 10286688
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a liquid discharge head to discharge liquid to a medium to form liquid surface on the medium, an irradiator to radiate active energy rays onto the liquid surface, a carriage mounting the liquid discharge head and the irradiator, a scanner to scan the carriage in a main scanning direction, a height adjuster to adjust an irradiation distance between the irradiator and the liquid surface by relatively moving the carriage and the medium, a conveyor to move the medium and the carriage relatively in a sub-scanning direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction, and control circuitry to control the irradiator to irradiate the liquid surface with the active energy rays while scanning the carriage in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Mezaki
  • Patent number: 10286686
    Abstract: To alleviate the trouble of the color developing step and achieve miniaturization. A color developer that heats and color develops a print medium, on which an ink is attached, is arranged. The color developer includes a transportation path in which a carry-in port and a carry-out port of the print medium are communicated to outside air, and the transportation path is extended in a direction intersecting a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamichi Takeda, Tomohiro Takano, Shunsuke Akuta
  • Patent number: 10286692
    Abstract: A printer includes a transport unit that transports continuous paper, a medium support unit in which a support surface that is capable of supporting continuous paper that is transported by a transport unit, and first concave sections, which are indented from the support surface, are formed, and an image capture unit, which is disposed on a lower side of the support surface, and which captures an image of a lower surface of the continuous paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Murotani, Mitsutaka Ide, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Hideyuki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10277756
    Abstract: An apparatus and process overcoats a rendered image on a substrate with a liquid material. The apparatus includes a scanning device and a marking module aligned with the scanning device. The scanning device is used to scan the substrate including the rendered image to acquire scan data. A movable transport member moves the scanned substrate including the rendered image to a location underneath the marking subsystem. A controller uses registration and image data, generated from the scan data, to overcoat the rendered image on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Spence, Wayne A. Buchar, Joseph F. Casey
  • Patent number: 10265946
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing cylinder (17) that holds and transfers a sheet (4), a supply-side transfer cylinder (16 (sheet supply unit)) that supplies the sheet (4) to the printing cylinder (17) at a supply position (P1), and first to fourth inkjet heads (27-30). The printing apparatus includes a transfer mechanism (18) that receives the sheet (4) after printing at a receiving position (P2) and transfers the sheet (4) to one of a discharge route (44) and a reversing route (42). The reversing route (42) employs an arrangement that returns the reversed sheet (4) to the printing cylinder (17) at a return position (P3) located on the downstream side of the receiving position (P2) in the transfer direction of the sheet (4) and on the upstream side of the supply position (P1) in the transfer direction of the sheet (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Ito, Hiroyuki Suda
  • Patent number: 10265944
    Abstract: A value-document printing machine includes, in the path of the printed material, at least a first printing site, at which first printing site a printing material passing through that first printing site can be printed, in segments, on at least a first of the two sides of that first printing material in a cycle at a print image width with a cycle length that is fixed in relation to the advancing of the printing material at the printing site, with print images of a print material length that is shorter than the cycle length. A second printing site follows next downstream that first printing site and through which the printing material passing through the printing site can likewise be printed with print images on at least a second of the sides of the printing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Franz, Michael Scheller
  • Patent number: 10267563
    Abstract: A UV curing system and method for providing an adjustable beam profile are disclosed for UV curing for ultra high speed industrial applications, such inkjet printing with improved print quality and efficiency. Also provided is a lamp head assembly for a UV source for such a system, which provides an adjustable beam profile for optimizing UV curing. The lamp head assembly comprises one or more light sources and reflectors or other optical elements, which may be relatively movable and adjustable, to adjust the beam profile to processing conditions and requirements for consistent curing efficiency and print quality at different print speeds. Specific features of such a lamp head assembly may permit adjustment of the spectral, spatial and temporal distribution of light for improved or optimized curing efficiency in ultra-fast UV curing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Excelitas Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: John Joseph Kuta, Guomao Yang
  • Patent number: 10265971
    Abstract: A printing machine includes a printing assembly and a dryer unit having a dryer, with the dryer having at least one first energy output device. The at least one first energy output device is arranged such that it can be moved over an actuating distance between at least one active position and at least one stop position. The actuating distance extends in a continuously linear manner in or opposite to an actuating direction over at least 75% of its entire length. The actuating direction deviates by a maximum of 40° from at least one horizontal direction. The actuating direction deviates by a maximum of 40° from a normal direction of an average surface normal of an entire section, located in an active region of the at least one first energy device, of a transport path which is provided for a web-type printing machine. A method of operating a printing machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventor: Christoph Häcker
  • Patent number: 10260805
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes a plurality of heaters to heat a heating object, a plurality of air nozzles to blow air onto the heating object, and a blower to supply air to the plurality of air nozzles. The plurality of heaters is disposed along a conveyance direction of the heating object, at least one of the plurality of air nozzles is disposed between adjacent two of the plurality of heaters, and the plurality of air nozzles blows air onto the heating object while the plurality of heaters heats the heating object in both cases of when the heater performs a heating operation and when the heater does not perform the heating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Yoshinuma
  • Patent number: 10245853
    Abstract: Systems and methods for concentric duct system for a dryer of a printing system. One embodiment includes a dryer of a printing system and a duct system. The dryer includes web conditioners sources to condition a web of print media, intake ports to supply air for the web conditioners, and outlet ports to remove air for the web conditioners. The duct system includes a supply hub and a return hub. The supply hub includes a tubular body with a lower portion and an upper portion, and supply nodes around the lower portion. The return hub includes a body around the upper portion of the supply hub, and return nodes around the body. The duct system further includes supply ducts to connect the supply nodes and the intake ports, and return ducts to connect the return nodes and the outlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart James Boland, Scott Richard Johnson
  • Patent number: 10245852
    Abstract: A photo-curable ink jet ink set includes an undercoating photo-curable ink jet ink containing a (meth)acrylic acid ester having a vinyl ether group expressed by general formula (I), and an overcoating photo-curable ink jet ink. The undercoating photo-curable ink jet ink has a higher surface tension than the overcoating photo-curable ink jet ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Keitaro Nakano, Jun Ito
  • Patent number: 10232617
    Abstract: An ink jet recording method is provided for recording an image by ejecting an ink from a recording head including a member defining an ejection orifice through which the ink is ejected, an ejection element configured to generate an energy used for ejecting the ink, and a first flow path communicating with a portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element. The method includes ejecting an ink through the ejection orifice, and moving the ink from the first flow path to the portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element separately from the ejecting of the ink. In this method, the ink is an aqueous ink containing a coloring material and a compound containing a chain hydrocarbon having a carbon number of 8 or more to 18 or less substituted by a hydroxy group or an anionic group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikio Sanada, Shingo Okushima, Yoshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10227498
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a UV-curable ink composition, a method for producing a bezel pattern of a display substrate using same, and a bezel pattern produced thereby, the UV-curable ink composition comprising a colorant, an epoxy compound, an oxetane compound and a photopolymerization initiator, wherein a content ratio of the epoxy compound to the oxetane compound is 1:0.5 to 1:6, a taper angle after being cured is 0° to 30°, and optical density (OD) value is 0.05 to 2.5 per a film thickness of 1.0 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Eun Park, Yong-Sung Goo, Seung-A Back, Joon-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10221521
    Abstract: A textile printing is more appropriately performed on fabrics made from various materials. A textile printing method of performing textile printing on a textile printing object which is a fabric includes a dye adhesion process of adhering particles of a polyester resin which is a particulate polyester resin, and a dye to the fabric, and a heating process of heating the textile printing object having the particles of the polyester resin and the dye adhered thereto, thereby developing the color of the dye while fixing the particles of the polyester resin to the textile printing object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Isao Tabayashi, Yoshimi Yamada, Yuta Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 10220606
    Abstract: A dryer device for a printing press that prints in at least one printing position on a printing substrate by use of at least one printing unit, in particular a printing press for securities, includes a dryer with a drying unit formed by an array of a plurality of adjacent radiation sources. That array extends at least over the maximum width of the printing substrate and is used to supply radiation to the printing substrate in each activated state for drying the latter. A control device allows the radiation sources or some of the radiation sources to be switched on or off in a repeating cycle that comprises a sequence with at least one active and at least one inactive phase in correlation with one of a press and a printing-substrate phase position. The dryer device comprising the dryer and the control device is configured to switch on and switch off, for each cycle, only some of the radiation sources in some sections in at least four pre-definable radiation-source groups, spaced approximately equidistantly, i.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Franz, Michael Scheller
  • Patent number: 10201986
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device transports a sheet to a predetermined processing unit, and includes a conveyance belt, a ventilation unit, and a suction unit. The conveyance belt has a first surface and a second surface, and is arranged to be opposed to the processing unit to transport the sheet on the first surface in a predetermined conveyance direction. On an upstream side of the processing unit in the conveyance direction, the ventilation unit blows out wind toward the sheet to adhere the sheet to the first surface of the conveyance belt. The suction unit is arranged to be opposed to the processing unit with the conveyance belt interposed therebetween to generate a negative pressure between the sheet adhered to the first surface by the ventilation unit and the conveyance belt, thereby bringing the sheet into close contact with the first surface of the conveyance belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10201994
    Abstract: A head unit of an ink jet printer is formed with a mist removing space for removing an ink mist generated when an UV ink is discharged by an ink jet head from a gap between the head unit and a table, where the mist removing space is formed with a gas introducing port, arranged at a position between the ink jet head and the LED, for the gas to be introduced from the gap side between the head unit and the table to the mist removing space, an intake port for the gas to be suctioned from the mist removing space toward a sirocco fan side by an airflow generated by the sirocco fan, and a gas discharging port, arranged separately from the intake port, for the gas to be discharged from the mist removing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10201985
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a dryer for an inkjet image forming apparatus and an imaging forming system having the same. The dryer for an inkjet image forming apparatus includes a heating device detachably installed in the inkjet image forming apparatus to dry a print medium in which a printing is completed by receiving the print medium from the inkjet image forming apparatus. An ink on the print medium may be dried in a short time and an image formation may be more quickly performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Hwan Jang, Hae Seog Jo, Tae Hong Kim, Tae Jin Baek, Joon Sik An
  • Patent number: 10195873
    Abstract: In one example, a printer includes a paper path having a drying area, a printhead near the paper path upstream from the drying area, and a convection dryer to force air simultaneously into an upstream part of the drying area at a first density and into a downstream part of the drying area at a second density less than the first density and to force air into the upstream part of the drying area at a first air speed for a duration and then at a second air speed faster than the first air speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mikel Zuza Irurueta, Francisco Javier Perez Gellida
  • Patent number: 10189277
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for pretreating and printing textile surfaces. For this purpose, at least one pallet (22) for accommodating and retaining a textile article (20) to be printed on a printing face, a pretreatment device (40) which allows the textile article to be pretreated, prior to it being printed, by applying a pretreatment fluid to the textile article in a pretreatment area, a printing device (60) comprising at least one printhead (61) that allows a printed image to be printed onto the textile article in the pretreatment area, a moving device (23) which allows the at least one pallet to he displaced relative to the pretreatment device and the printing device, and a programmable control device (31) which allows the printing device, the pretreatment device and/or the moving device to be controlled, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Aeoon Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Angelo Schiestl