Physical Handling Patents (Class 347/104)
  • Patent number: 11511538
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording apparatus including: a conveyor, a recording head, a carriage and a controller. In a case that the controller causes a not less than two copies of a same image to be recorded, at a time of recording of a first copy of the not less than two copies, the controller generates first discharge data, obtains blank information, and performs the recording of the first copy by a multi pass recording based on the first discharge data, regardless of the blank information. At a time of recording of a second copy of the not less than two copies, the controller generates second discharge data and performs the recording of the second copy by at least one of a single pass recording and the multi pass recording, based on the second discharge data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Arakane
  • Patent number: 11512418
    Abstract: A fixation/transfer device for control of dye waste in a dye sublimation process. The device comprises a textile inlet, a textile outlet, a heat press or calender, an endless belt for driving the textile from the textile inlet to the textile outlet through the heat press, the heat press being held at a temperature sufficient to cause sublimation of the printing dye, and a cleaning station for cleaning the endless belt, the cleaning station being located downstream of the textile outlet and upstream of the textile outlet. The feed belt may be heated at the cleaning station so that sublimation may assist cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Kornit Digital Ltd.
    Inventors: Allon Shimoni, Alon Feldman
  • Patent number: 11491810
    Abstract: A recording device includes a recording head configured to discharge a liquid as a droplet, a carriage on which the recording head is mounted, a driving unit that causes the carriage to reciprocate along a guide shaft, and a control board on which a semiconductor element is mounted. In a state in which the carriage is positioned at one end of the guide shaft, the control board is disposed below the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Murata, Yosuke Nakano, Atsuhiko Takeuchi, Katsuhiko Otani
  • Patent number: 11485156
    Abstract: A recording device includes a recording head, a transport roller set, and a controller that controls a driving source that drives a transport driving roller. The controller judges whether a rear end that is an upstream end of a medium in a transport direction crosses a kicking region set in a range present downstream of a nipping position of the transport roller set in a transport direction. When the controller judges that the rear end does not cross the kicking region, the controller adjusts a feeding amount for at least one of a plurality of transport operations to be performed until the rear end reaches the kicking region in such a manner that the rear end of the medium crosses the kicking region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Yoshino, Hiroki Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 11458746
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feeding unit, a conveyance unit, a cutting unit, and a control unit. The conveyance unit nips the print medium conveyed from the feeding unit by a first roller and a second roller, and conveys the nipped print medium. The cutting unit cuts the print medium. The control unit: (1) performs control to make a command speed of the first roller lower than a command speed of the second roller until a printhead printing reaches near a trailing edge of a printing length after printing has started, (2) performs control to make the command speed of the first roller higher than the command speed of the second roller when the printing has reached near the trailing edge of the printing length, and (3) subsequently controls the cutting unit configured to cut the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Suzuki, Naoki Wakayama, Ryutaro Takahashi, Masakazu Nagashima, Hideyuki Nozawa, Waichiro Saiki
  • Patent number: 11401128
    Abstract: A conveyor includes a first conveyance path along which a sheet is conveyed in a first direction, a second conveyance path along which the sheet is conveyed in a second direction different from the first direction, a switching part configured to switch a conveyance direction of the sheet between the first direction and the second direction, a sheet detector configured to detect the sheet at the switching part, a conveyance system driver configured to convey and stop the sheet, and circuitry configured to control the conveyance system driver to stop conveyance of the sheet in a predetermined condition, control the sheet detector to detect the sheet at the switching part, and control the switching part to switch the conveyance direction of the sheet from the first direction to the second direction when the sheet detector does not detect the sheet at the switching part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Nakagaki
  • Patent number: 11401121
    Abstract: A sheet tray configured to accommodate a sheet includes a first tray, a second tray directly connectable to the first tray, and a third tray directly connectable to the first tray and to the second tray in a state where the second tray is disengaged from the first tray, the third tray being made of metal. The sheet tray is configured to take a first state where the first tray is directly connected to the second tray and a second state where the third tray connects the first tray to the second tray. The sheet tray is configured to accommodate a sheet having a first size in the first state and a sheet having a second size longer than the sheet having the first size in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Nakamura, Yasuo Fukamachi, Keita Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11383542
    Abstract: A recording system includes a recording device including a recording unit that performs recording onto a medium, a transporting belt that includes an adhesive layer and transports the medium stuck on the adhesive layer, a drive unit that drives the transporting belt, a control unit that includes a detection unit for detecting a load current flowing in the drive unit and that controls the drive unit. The recording system further includes a peeling device that peels the medium from the transporting belt, and a notification device that provides a notification. The control unit causes the notification device to provide a notification on a time to replace the adhesive layer, based on a detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Kitagishi, Katsuya Asamoto
  • Patent number: 11376865
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head portion for printing on a label paper, a feeding portion for feeding the label paper, a cutter portion for cutting the label paper, and a controller for controlling operations of the print head portion, the feeding portion, and the cutter portion. The label paper includes a bent portion that is generated in a portion right after unrolled from a label roll and changes in accordance with a label roll diameter. The controller is configured to control the feeding portion to feed the label paper by a constant length set in advance with respect to a predetermined label roll diameter so that a cutting operation by the cutter portion is performed at a position past a bent portion generated when the label roll diameter is larger than the predetermined diameter if the feeding operation for the label paper meets a predetermined condition set in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN SYSTEMS JAPAN CO.
    Inventor: Yukihisa Kato
  • Patent number: 11376871
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a printing unit; a discharge unit configured to discharge a printed material on which the printing unit has performed printing and configured not to completely discharge but to hold the printed material; a detection unit configured to detect removal of the printed material that has been held by the discharge unit; and a control unit configured to control notification by a notification unit to a user. In response to detection by the detection unit of the removal of the printed material, the control unit is configured to control the notification unit to notify a user that the printed material has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takumi Iko
  • Patent number: 11358397
    Abstract: A digital printing machine comprises a cylindrical drum assembly on the rigid printing framework. A cylindrical drum moves along and rotates about its central cylindrical axis and a stationary printing head with multiple nozzles placed proximately above the circumference of the cylindrical drum. The combined linear and rotational movements of the cylindrical drum enable the printing head to create a smooth helical printing trajectory on the flexible fabrics. The cylindrical drum of the digital printing machine also works as a working drum to hold a piece of flexible textile to be printed. A double-side printing mechanism allows the digital printing machine to automatically carry out the second side printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Samuel Zhihui Jin
  • Patent number: 11358403
    Abstract: A web loader includes a web holder configured to hold a web, a traction member configured to hold the web holder and travel along a loading path of the web, a drive rotation body configured to drive the traction member to travel, and a limiter configured to limit a drive force applied to the drive rotation body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ohba
  • Patent number: 11358400
    Abstract: A transport device includes a transporting belt, which includes a support face that adhesively supports a medium, and which transports the adhered medium, a heating unit that heats the transporting belt before the medium is supported at the support face, a pressing unit that is provided downstream of the heating unit in a movement direction of the transporting belt and that presses the medium against the support face, a temperature detection unit that detects a temperature of at least a part of the support face, from the heating unit to the pressing unit in the movement direction, and a control unit that controls the heating unit based on a detection result of the temperature detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuya Asamoto
  • Patent number: 11345153
    Abstract: A supporting section is disposed to confront an ejection surface and supports a recording medium. A first tank is mounted on a first-tank mount section. A liquid conveying section conveys liquid to a liquid ejecting head. A receiving section receives liquid ejected from the liquid ejecting head. A waste-liquid conveying section conveys liquid to the waste-liquid tank. A first casing holds the liquid ejecting head, the first-tank mount section, and the liquid conveying section. A second casing holds the supporting section, the receiving section, the waste-liquid tank, and the waste-liquid conveying section. The first casing is connected with the second casing such that the first casing is movable relative to the second casing. The first casing takes a first position at which the ejection surface confronts the supporting section and a second position at which the ejection surface is farther away from the supporting section than at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11325402
    Abstract: A printer including a printing part which prints on a recording paper; a cutter part which cuts the recording paper; and a conveying part which includes a conveying route having a curving shape and through which the recording paper conveyed through the cutter part is conveyed; a conveying route cover which is attached to the conveying part and covers a portion of the conveying route; and a flapper which is provided at a curved portion of the conveying route, has a curved shape, and is rotatably attached to the conveying route cover so as to rotatably open or close relative to a main body of the printer, wherein the conveying route cover and the flapper are movable together so as to separate from or contact the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oguchi, Sumio Watanabe, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11318756
    Abstract: A method of printing on a plurality objects comprises arranging a first plurality of objects on a board having a flat upper surface, the first plurality of objects arranged on the board in a first configuration, and adhering a plurality of rail members to the flat upper surface of the board, the plurality of rail members arranged around a perimeter of each of the first plurality of objects to define borders for each of the first plurality of objects in the first configuration. The method further comprises positioning the board on a printer, printing on the first plurality of objects with the printer, and removing each of the first plurality of objects from the board. The method further comprises subsequently printing a second plurality of objects on the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Kenton Brett
  • Patent number: 11312160
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head configured to discharge a liquid onto a medium being transported in a transport direction, a platen disposed facing the recording head, and supporting the medium at a front face side, and a reinforcing member of a plate-like shape supporting the platen, in which the reinforcing member includes a first plate portion having a first face facing a back face of the platen, and a second plate portion bent, with respect to the first plate portion, in a direction intersecting the transport direction and opposite to the platen, in which a convex portion protruding from a side of the first face toward the platen is provided at an edge portion of a bent section between the first plate portion and the second plate portion, and the platen is supported at a top portion of the convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Junki Akama, Atsuhiko Takeuchi, Ryuji Moriyama
  • Patent number: 11267266
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure a print duplexing assembly is described. The assembly includes a duplexing device to facilitate printing on both sides of a print media. The assembly also includes a platen coupled to the duplexing device to guide the print media along a feed path as it is being printed on. The platen and the duplexing device are selectively removable from a printing device in which they are installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Lee Hilton, Allen Zandonatti, Paul Coffin, Daniel Fredrickson
  • Patent number: 11267263
    Abstract: An apparatus (102) with moveable platen ribs (110,112), is described. The apparatus comprises a platen (108) for supporting print media (106). The platen extends in a plane in which the print media is conveyed to be printed. The apparatus further includes a first set of platen ribs (110) and a second set of platen ribs (112) each mounted on the platen. The second set of platen ribs are moveable approximately perpendicular to the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Wee Hien Tok, Wesley Chia, Xu-Gang Wang, Wei Lit Teoh
  • Patent number: 11262793
    Abstract: A folding-type electronic device including a first housing, a second housing, at least one hinge structure, an elastic cover, two bearing plates, a flexible screen, first synchronous gears, and second synchronous gears is provided. The first housing and the second housing are symmetrical to a centerline. The hinge structure is respectively connected to the first housing and the second housing, and the centerline passes through the hinge structure. The elastic cover is slidably disposed between the hinge structure and the first housing and the second housing and has first racks. The bearing plates have second racks. The flexible screen is disposed on the bearing plates. Each first and second synchronous gear is respectively pivoted to the first and second housings. Each first and second synchronous gear is engaged with each corresponding first and second rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Hsu, You-Yu Chen, Chia-Huang Chan, Wei-Feng Hsieh, Kai-Cheng Chao
  • Patent number: 11260675
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus is provided that includes a transport unit configured to transport a medium, a discharge unit configured to discharge a liquid onto the medium, a housing including therein the discharge unit, a humidifying unit configured to humidify an interior of the housing, and a humidity detection unit configured to detect a humidity. When the humidity detection unit detected a humidity less than a lower limit value (one example of a first predetermined value) (positive determination in step S12), the interior of the housing is humidified by the humidifying unit during transport by the transport unit or during discharge by the discharge unit (step S16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Asamoto, Tsuneyuki Sasaki, Takehito Washizawa
  • Patent number: 11260673
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a print unit configured to perform printing on the print medium held by a holding unit, the holding unit being capable of holding multiple types of print medium, a detecting unit capable of detecting the print medium and the holding unit, and a movement unit capable of relatively moving the detecting unit and the holding unit in a first direction and in a second direction intersecting the first direction. In addition, a control unit controls the detecting unit and the movement unit in a case where a first print medium is held by the holding unit, to obtain position information of the first print medium before the print unit performs printing and, in a case where a second print medium different from the first print medium is held by the holding unit, not to obtain position information of the second print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaaki Aoyagi, Koya Iwakura, Shimpei Fujisaki, Yasuhiro Ota
  • Patent number: 11256212
    Abstract: A paper feeding device of an embodiment includes a paper feed cassette, an alignment component, a fan, and a fan guiding duct component. A paper bundle in which a plurality of sheets of paper are stacked can be placed on the paper feed cassette. The alignment component can align the paper bundle placed on the paper feed cassette. The fan is connected to the alignment component. The fan can generate airflow. The fan guiding duct component is connected to the alignment component. The fan guiding duct component is positioned above the paper bundle placed on the paper feed cassette. The fan guiding duct component generates a negative pressure between the fan guiding duct component and an uppermost sheet of paper in the paper bundle due to the airflow from the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kei Matsuoka, Takamitsu Sunaoshi, Shunsuke Hattori, Masahiro Ohno
  • Patent number: 11254154
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a DTG printing environment that uses autonomous robots to move garments between DTG processing stages (e.g., retrieval stages, pretreatment stages, printing stages, drying stages, etc.). Doing so removes the dependency of DTG printing process on the stage that consumes the most time. In one embodiment, the DTG processing stages or the autonomous robot include an actuator for moving the garment and the DTG processing stage closer together. In one embodiment, the processing stage includes a lift (e.g., an actuator) that lifts a detachable carrier from the robot on which the garment is mounted. The lift can level and rotate the detachable carrier to provide a fine alignment between the garment and the DTG processing stage. While a lift is specifically disclosed, in other embodiments, the actuator could be disposed on the robot to lift up the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CreateMe Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Khamvong Thammasouk, Thomas C. K. Myers, Jinhwa Jung, Benjamin R. Waller, IV, David B. Lemke
  • Patent number: 11250388
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a server, an information terminal 4, and a sharing device. If the information terminal determines that a start meeting exists and detects the sharing device, the information terminal transmits predetermined information including identification information of the sharing device detected to the server. Based on the predetermined information and a management table, the server determines whether or not to cause the sharing device to execute a connection process. If the sharing device executes the connection process, the information terminal is wirelessly connected to the sharing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiho Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11236245
    Abstract: A pigment textile printing ink jet ink composition contains a pigment, a resin particle, a nonionic fluorine-based surfactant, and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosuke Chidate, Masakazu Ohashi, Toshiyuki Miyabayashi
  • Patent number: 11214084
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording section that performs recording on a medium, a housing that houses the recording section, a tray configured to move to a loading position in which to load the medium to be subjected to recording and ejected and a stowage position in which the tray is stowed in the housing, and a switching unit that switches between an automatic mode in which to automatically move the tray to the loading position and the stowage position and a manual mode in which to manually move the tray to the loading position and the stowage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Tamai, Shingo Waki, Shintaro Komuro, Nobuhiko Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 11208225
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product utilize curve fitting to control a dispense rate for a packaging material dispenser. Predicted demands at a plurality of rotational positions of a load relative to a packaging material dispenser may be used to generate one or more points to which a curve may be fit, such that dispense rates may be determined for rotational positions between those for which predicted demands have been determined using the curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: LANTECH.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Mitchell, Patrick R. Lancaster, III
  • Patent number: 11207895
    Abstract: A method is provided for printing a surface of a non-absorbent substrate with an ink to be applied by an inkjet printing device. An ink that contains water as a solvent is used for printing the substrate. An ink having a water content of at least 70% is used. The substrate to be printed is supported by a workpiece support and is moved relative to the inkjet printing device. During this relative movement, ink is applied by the inkjet printing device to the surface of the substrate to be printed. The ink that is applied to the surface of the substrate is heated to a temperature that is above the temperature of the air surrounding the substrate and that is below the boiling point of the solvent contained in the ink. Above a liquid phase of the ink, a vapor layer, consisting of the solvent that is contained in the ink, is formed. The vapor layer that is formed above the liquid phase of the ink is transported away by an air flow emitted by at least one blower nozzle unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: KOENIG & BAUER AG
    Inventors: Eberhard Wahl, Manuel Komander, Bernhard Mokler, Rainer Simon, Dominik Wewior
  • Patent number: 11203034
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gravure coating apparatus including: two frames; a first support shaft which is installed between the two frames; a rotary spline which is installed between the two frames and in parallel with the first support shaft; and multiple gravure roller modules which are installed to be fitted with the first support shaft and the rotary spline; in which the multiple gravure roller modules receive rotational force from the rotary spline and move independently along the first support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Young Jun Lee, Sang Min Kim, Jae Pil Lee, Jong Joo Min, Yong Hee Kang, Euiseok Sa
  • Patent number: 11192394
    Abstract: A cleaning device cleans a surface of a sheet conveyance member which conveys a sheet in an image forming apparatus that executes image forming processing using a recording material, the surface carrying a solid substance that originates from the recording material and that adheres to the surface. The cleaning device includes a cleaning member including a contact surface configured to come in contact with the surface of the sheet conveyance member. The contact surface is an irregular surface rougher than the surface of the sheet conveyance member. At cleaning of the surface, the cleaning member makes a relative movement to the surface of the sheet conveyance member. The irregular surface is an irregular surface configured to take away the solid substance adhering to the surface of the sheet conveyance member when the cleaning member makes the relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Kenichi Satake, Hiroatsu Tamai, Takeshi Watanabe, Hiroki Sakane, Yusuke Tamekuni, Masato Usui, Yuzuru Yuasa, Yasuhiro Michishita, Naoto Miyakoshi, Shunsuke Yamasaki, Shinobu Ohata
  • Patent number: 11173732
    Abstract: To provide a printing apparatus and a conveyance apparatus that are capable of preventing a cut position to be cut by a slitter (cutting unit) from deviating, a printing apparatus, which is configured to perform printing by use of a printing unit on a printing medium conveyed by a conveyance unit and is configured to cut the printing medium on which the printing has been performed by the printing unit by use of a cutting unit at a cut position along a conveyance direction of the conveyance unit, includes an abutment portion configured to abut on a printing surface of the printing medium at an inner position relative to the cut position in a width direction of the printing medium, the width direction that crosses the conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Suzuki, Ryo Kobayashi, Tsutomu Obata
  • Patent number: 11167564
    Abstract: A Y-axis direction moving mechanism that moves a Y-axis carriage includes a right first driving pulley configured to retract and pay out a right first wire and located in a housing, a right first driven pulley on the Y-axis carriage and around which the right first wire is wound, and a Y-axis motor configured to drive and rotate the right first driving pulley. An X-axis direction moving mechanism that moves an X-axis carriage includes a second driving pulley configured to retract and pay out a second wire and on a Y-axis carriage, a second driven pulley on an X-axis carriage and around which the second wire is wound, and an X-axis motor configured to drive and rotate the second driving pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: DGSHAPE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Sakurai, Tsutomu Kuno, Masaki Nakabayashi, Akari Sakuragi
  • Patent number: 11161349
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a carriage having a recording head and an ink tank that stores ink to be supplied to the recording head, which are mounted on the carriage, wherein the ink tank has an inlet port provided in an upper part of the ink tank, and a prism provided in a lower part of the ink tank, the recording apparatus includes a sensor located under the carriage and having a light-emitting portion that emits light toward the prism and a light-receiving portion that receives light reflected by the prism, and, when the carriage is located at an ink replenishment position where the ink in the ink tank is replenished via the inlet port, the sensor is disposed at a position hidden by the carriage in plan view of the carriage as viewed from above the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsunari Kumagai, Takayuki Yazawa, Norihide Hashimoto, Katsumi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11155004
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to systems, methods and compositions for inkjet printing of ceramic dielectric portions. Specifically, the disclosure relates to systems, methods and compositions for the inkjet printing of three dimensional patterns formed from pre-ceramic polymer derived interpenetrated networks that are comprised of at least two phases, or bi-continuous phases, one formed by free radical polymerization and the other by sol-gel polymerization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Nano-Dimension Technologies
    Inventors: Hila Elimelech, Lior Yedidya
  • Patent number: 11142415
    Abstract: A sheet size detecting mechanism includes a sheet guiding module, a sensing module and a control unit. The sensing module includes a contact element and a circuit board. The circuit board includes a first conducting part, a second conducting part and plural fixed resistors. The first conducting part includes plural conductive segments. The plural conductive segments are connected with the corresponding fixed resistors, respectively. While the sheet guiding module is moved relative to the sheet input tray, the contact element is moved with the sheet guiding module. When the electric connection between a first conductive segment and the second conducting part is established through the contact element, the corresponding fixed resistor provides a resistance value, and the circuit board issues a sensing signal according to the resistance value. The control unit acquires the size of the paper sheet according to the sensing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Chia Lee, Chun-Chi Wang, Chao-Min Yang
  • Patent number: 11146804
    Abstract: A video data stream is rendered reducible in a manner so that the reduction leads to a restriction of pictures of the reduced video data stream to merely a predetermined subarea of the pictures of the original video data stream and in a manner so that transcoding, such as re-quantization, may be avoided and a conformance of the reduced video data stream relative to the codec underlying the original video data stream be maintained. This is achieved by providing the video data stream with information including an indication of the predetermined subarea and replacement indices for redirecting the indices included by the payload portion so as to refer to, and/or replacement parameters for adjusting the first set of coding parameter settings so as to result in, a second set of coding parameter settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Schierl, Cornelius Hellge, Karsten Grueneberg, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11099514
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first transport unit, a second transport unit, a cover, a flap, a drive unit for moving the flap, a first sensor for detecting opening and closing of the cover, a second sensor for detecting a position of a sheet, and a controller. The controller switches the drive unit to move the flap to the second position, upon determining it is necessary to move the flap to the second position, subsequent to determining that the cover is opened based on a detection result by the first sensor. The controller switches the drive unit to move the flap from the second position to the first position, upon determining, based on a detection result by the second sensor, that a leading edge of the sheet reaches a position downstream, in a sheet transport direction, of a swing end portion of the flap at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Kamikawa, Yusuke Ikegami
  • Patent number: 11084287
    Abstract: An object is to remove paper powder from a conveyance path while preventing the paper powder floating in the conveyance path from sticking to an ejection port. The present disclosure is printing apparatus having: a conveyance unit configured to convey a printing medium; a print head having an ejection unit configured to eject a liquid to the printing medium and performing a printing operation; a blower unit configured to blow air from a downstream toward the printing area in the conveyance path during the printing operation; and a cap member switchable between a cap-closed state and a cap-open state, and after the printing operation terminates, the blower unit stops to blow air and the blower unit resumes to blow air after the cap member switches from the cap-open state into the cap-closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Kida, Takaaki Ishida
  • Patent number: 11084282
    Abstract: A fluid ejection die includes a plurality of actuation devices to eject fluid drops, at least one strain gauge sensor to sense strain, and a comparator. The comparator is to provide a fault signal in response to the sensed strain exceeding an impact threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E Anderson, James Gardner
  • Patent number: 11059310
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing cylinder (14) that can hold sheets (4) and transfer them one by one continuously, first to fourth inkjet heads (41-44), and a feeder unit (2). The printing apparatus includes a speed reducer (72) that switches the speed of the feeder unit (2) between single-sided printing and double-sided printing. In single-sided printing, the feeder unit (2) is driven at a first supply speed at which the sheets (4) are supplied to the printing cylinder (14) one by one continuously, and the printing cylinder (14) is driven at a transfer speed at which the sheets (4) supplied from the feeder unit (2) one by one continuously are transferred. In double-sided printing, the printing cylinder (14) is driven at the transfer speed, and the feeder unit (2) is driven at a second supply speed that is ½ the first supply speed. The printing apparatus that operates stably in both single-sided printing and double-sided printing can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Inose
  • Patent number: 11059307
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus including a support portion supporting a medium, a movement unit configured to move the support portion in a movement direction, a printing unit configured to perform printing on the medium when the support portion is in a printing region, and a control unit configured to control movement of the support portion. The movement unit includes a belt movement mechanism configured to move the support portion by rotating an endless belt, and a linear movement mechanism configured to move the support portion with a linear motor. The control unit moves the support portion with the linear movement mechanism when the support portion moves in the first range with the printing unit performing printing on the medium and moves the support portion with the belt movement mechanism when the support portion moves within the second range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Momose, Norihiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11052663
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a transport belt that transports a medium by attracting the medium onto an outer peripheral surface of the transport belt and circulating, a recording portion that performs recording on the medium transported by the transport belt, a cleaning portion that cleans the outer peripheral surface, and a controller that controls a driving of components. The controller perform a cleaning operation that cleans the outer peripheral surface by moving both the cleaning portion and the transport belt in a state in which the cleaning portion is in contact with the outer peripheral surface of the transport belt, and a dew condensation suppressing operation that increases a temperature of the outer peripheral surface by stopping the cleaning portion and moving the transport belt in a state in which the cleaning portion is in contact with the outer peripheral surface of the transport belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akinori Muromachi, Takamasa Ikagawa
  • Patent number: 11034173
    Abstract: A medium transport device includes a transport unit configured to transport a medium in a transport direction, a winding unit configured to wind the medium, a tension applying unit configured to apply a tension to the medium between the transport unit and the winding unit, a drive unit configured to drive the tension applying unit, and a controller configured to control the drive unit, in which the controller is configured to control the drive unit such that an application of the tension by the tension applying unit is released at a time when a subsequent transport operation by the transport unit is started after a termination of an winding operation of the medium by the winding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Fujiwara, Takashi Akahane
  • Patent number: 11003123
    Abstract: A sheet housing apparatus including a housing unit, which houses a sheet to be discharged from a discharging opening of a printer, and a pair of housing-side feet disposed on both sides, in a width direction, of the sheet housing apparatus. The sheet housing apparatus can be combined with the printer. The printer includes a pair of body-side feet disposed on both sides, in the width direction, of the printer. In a state in which the sheet housing apparatus is combined with the printer, the body-side feet and the housing-side feet are arranged not to overlap with each other in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiro Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Hiromasa Yoneyama, Tetsuo Kikuchi, Itaru Wada, Daiki Anayama
  • Patent number: 10987952
    Abstract: Disclosed is a media transport system utilizing a chambered honeycomb core platen for transporting and maintaining the flatness of a sheet of media in an associated printing system. According to one exemplary embodiment, the chambered honeycomb platen includes a plurality of rows of cross-drilled hollow columnar cells configured to independently communicate vacuum through the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos M. Terrero, Brian J. Dunham, James J. Spence
  • Patent number: 10981400
    Abstract: A printer (5) operable to print a message in strokes on a substrate (7) passing in a print direction (8) along a moving line (6), wherein the printer is operable (15) to receive an indication of an allowable increase in length in the print direction of a message due to an increase in length in the print direction of gaps between successive strokes printed by the printer, to receive (14) an indication (9) of a speed of movement in the print direction of a moving line, to determine from the indication of the speed of movement of the moving line whether an increase in length in the print direction of a message printed by the printer is greater than the allowable increase in length and, if so, to generate an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Calhoun Bridges, Daniel John Lee, Juergen Martin
  • Patent number: 10974525
    Abstract: A digital printing apparatus for inkjet printing on a sheet or web of material includes a belt for supporting and conveying the sheet or web of material fixed to the belt. The belt is guided along at least a first roller driven by a motor and a second roller driven by the belt. A plurality of printing heads is arranged along the path of the belt. A control system is configured to control the operation of the motor and the printing operation of the printing heads. A first encoder, being configured to supply a first encoder signal to the control system for controlling the operation of the motor, is associated with the first roller. A second encoder, being configured to supply a second encoder signal to the control system for controlling the printing operation of each printing head, is associated with the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SPGPrints B.V.
    Inventor: Maurice Marinus Anthonius Jozef Janssen
  • Patent number: 10979587
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a reverse path for reversing a surface of a medium, a second medium transport path for guiding the medium on which recording has been performed to the reverse path, a third medium transport path which is positioned vertically below the second medium transport path and guides the medium on which recording has been performed to the reverse path, in which a first path forming portion that forms the reverse path, a second path forming portion that forms a part of an upper side of the second medium transport path, and a third path forming portion that forms a part of an upper side of the third medium transport path are constituted to be attachable and detachable as a unit body, and a part of the second medium transport path and a part of the third medium transport path are exposed by removing the unit body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuji Yatsunami
  • Patent number: 10967658
    Abstract: A printing apparatus and a sheet storage device meet a need for diversification in printing modes while reducing a load on a user. A printing apparatus includes a first holder which rotatably holds a roll sheet, a second holder which is located below the first holder and rotatably holds a roll sheet, a printing unit which performs printing on a shed reeled out of the first holder or the second holder, a discharge port which is provided above the first holder and discharges the sheet printed by the printing unit, and a receiving unit which is provided between the first holder and the second holder and is capable of establishing a first stab of receiving a front end portion of the sheet discharged from the discharge port and a second state of not receiving the front end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromasa Yoneyama, Daiki Anayama, Yasuyuki Asai, Tetsuo Kikuchi