Housing Patents (Class 347/108)
  • Patent number: 10430791
    Abstract: This invention is related to a secure sales and payment terminal where payment is carried out using methods such as biometric definition and fingerprint definition. Definition of the biometric face data and/or fingerprints of the user, carrying out secure payment via a bank, printing the payment details on a slip, submitting an electronic slip to the e-mail address of the customer, forming accounting records and storing all procedures carried out on the terminal (1) is performed by means of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MT BILGI TEKNOLOJILERI VE DIS TICARET A. S.
    Inventors: Murat Sancak, Aydin Celik
  • Patent number: 10315446
    Abstract: A recording apparatus including a housing, an apparatus main body that constitutes an inside of the housing, the apparatus main body including a recording member that performs recording, a feed roller that feeds a medium, the medium being set at an inclined position, towards the recording member, an opening/closing body that opens/closes a portion above an area in which the recording member is disposed, and a damper that applies damping force to the opening/closing body when the opening/closing body is closed. The opening/closing body and the damper are attached to the apparatus main body through an attaching member disposed at an area above the feed roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Togo, Hisayuki Akahane, Kenichi Shirota
  • Patent number: 10286676
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a recording head that performs recording; a carriage that has a recording head on the bottom and is movable in a width direction intersecting a medium transport direction; at least one ink tank loaded on the carriage, above the recording head, the ink tank storing ink to be supplied to the recording head and having a filling port from which ink can be poured from a refilling container. The ink tank has, at least in one portion thereof, a level checking portion formed of a transparent material through which the liquid level in the liquid container can be viewed. The carriage has a first viewing portion through which the level checking portion of the ink tank can be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Takashi Koase
  • Patent number: 10286675
    Abstract: A recording apparatus acquires residual amounts of respective tanks and determines a recording area of one recording head and a recording area of another recording head from among the two recording heads based on the acquisition result, so as to reduce a difference between residual amounts of ink within the tanks corresponding to the respective recording heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Okinori Tsuchiya, Akitoshi Yamada, Junichi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10259244
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes a main body. An ink containing unit is disposed in the main body and is configured to contain ink to be supplied. The ink containing unit includes an ink refill portion through which ink is refilled and an ink level display surface disposed on a side surface of the main body. The side surface has an opening through which a jammed sheet is removed and a first cover configured to cover the opening. The ink level display surface and the first cover are juxtaposed on the side surface in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akinari Ishibe, Motohiro Momozaki
  • Patent number: 10245863
    Abstract: Of at least three drive sources provided inside a printer body, a carriage-driving motor and a transport motor are disposed on one side with respect to a center portion in a width direction that intersects a medium transport direction while a sheet-feed motor is disposed on the other side with respect to the center portion in the width direction. The battery that provides electric power to the three drive sources is disposed such that the center of gravity of the battery is on the other side with respect to the center portion in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masachika Nagase, Hisayuki Akahane, Toshio Miyake, Eiji Taketsugu
  • Patent number: 10248067
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cover, a cooperating member, a switching member, a detector, and a controller. The cover opens and closes an aperture in a main body of the image forming apparatus. The cooperating member moves to an activated position when the cover is opened for the first time. The activated position is a position where the cooperating member is enabled to cooperate with the cover. The switching member moves in cooperation with the cover through the cooperating member in the activated position as the cover is opened and closed. The detector detects an open state or a closed state of the cover according to the movement of the switching member. The controller determines that image formation is enabled when the detector has detected the closed state of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Fukuma
  • Patent number: 10226933
    Abstract: In an embodiment of this invention, a carriage includes a first lever that is operated by an operator to attach or detach a printhead and rotates about a first rotating shaft. The carriage also includes a second lever that rotates about a second rotating shaft parallel to the first rotating shaft and, if the printhead is attached, contacts part of the printhead and presses the printhead in accordance with the rotation. The carriage further includes a spring having one end hung on an end portion of the second lever and the other end hung on part of the carriage. If the printhead is attached, the press force of the spring acts to press the printhead against the carriage in accordance with the rotation of the first lever. If the printhead is detached, no press force acts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10052899
    Abstract: The electronic seal device is a document stamp which includes a fingerprint reader (for authenticating the user) and a camera for recording the document being sealed/stamped. The device includes memory and communication ports. An electronic tablet may be used in the computer programming process wherein the seal device may be connected to the computer to determine the functions of the document stamp and the number of times that the stamp has been used to seal documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Jarrah Almutairi
  • Patent number: 10029499
    Abstract: A storage case 30 for a portable printer according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a case body 31 configured to store a portable printer 1; a lower cover 32 configured to open and close so as to cover the lower part of the front surface in which the ejection port M, which a label is ejected after printed therefrom in the portable printer 1, is provided; an upper cover 33 configured to open and close the upper part of the front surface of the portable printer 1; and a printer holder 35 that holds the portable printer 1 in the storage case 30. The printer holder 35 includes a pair of protrusions that protrude partially to the front side of the portable printer 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ikuo Koshigoe
  • Patent number: 9908337
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that can easily set a state in which liquid accommodation units are filled with a liquid for recording while suppressing increases in an installation area. A recording apparatus including a liquid ejecting head that performs recording by ejecting ink onto sheets of paper, a discharge unit in which a discharge opening that includes a discharge region at which the sheets of paper, on which recording was performed by the liquid ejecting head, are discharged, is formed, and liquid accommodation units that are capable of accommodating the liquid that is supplied to the liquid ejecting head, in an apparatus main body, in which the liquid accommodation units are provided with injection openings through which it is possible to inject ink into the liquid accommodation units, which are provided in a positions that are below the discharge unit in a perpendicular direction (?Z direction) and overlaps with the discharge unit in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Munehide Kanaya, Shoma Kudo, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9884493
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a recording section configured to record an image on a sheet conveyed in a conveyance direction in a conveyance route; and an abutment member having a plurality of abutment portions which are arranged apart from each other in a width direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction so that the plurality of abutment portions abut against the sheet convened in the conveyance route respectively, and a connecting portion connecting adjacent abutment portions among the plurality of abutment portions. The connecting portion twists so as to rotate with the width direction as a rotation axis, under a condition that the plurality of abutment portions abuts against the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masao Mimoto, Shingo Ito
  • Patent number: 9860410
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document supporter, a guide, a carriage, and a reader. The carriage has a recessed portion. A first protrusion, a second protrusion, a third protrusion, a fourth protrusion, a fifth protrusion, and a sixth protrusion are provided on the recessed portion. Each of the first protrusion, the second protrusion, the third protrusion, and the fourth protrusion has a distal end portion in a protruding direction thereof, and the distal end portion is in contact with the guide when the carriage is mounted on the guide. A protruding amount of each of the fifth protrusion and the sixth protrusion in a protruding direction thereof is less than that of each of the first protrusion, the second protrusion, the third protrusion, and the fourth protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masanori Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9849685
    Abstract: A liquid supply device configured to supply a liquid to a liquid consuming apparatus comprises a liquid container configured to include a liquid supply portion and to contain the liquid therein; and a liquid supply connection structure supported on an outer wall of the liquid consuming apparatus and connected with the liquid supply portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsutomo Tsukahara, Tokujiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 9827768
    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: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9769341
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (100) includes an image reading portion (2), an image forming portion (3), an in-body discharge portion (7), an information reading portion (6), a reading cover (61), and an operation portion (5). The information reading portion (6) is stored in a front of the image reading portion (2) and reads information of a user. The reading cover (61) covers the information reading portion (6). A first area including surfaces of the reading cover (61) and the operation portion (5) and a second area including surfaces of the image reading portion (2), the image forming portion (3), and the in-body discharge portion (7) are substantially different in outer appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kuroki, Takashi Tamura, Hajime Sejima, Mikiya Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9690252
    Abstract: A second link member 47 has a protruding portion 48 and a first cover 42 has a bumped portion 42a. In an open state of the first cover 42, the protruding portion 48 and the bumped portion 42a abut against each other, thereby restricting the movement of the second link member 47 in a direction in which the display panel 41 is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Kusano, Yoji Misao, Shinkichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9643421
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that can easily set a state in which liquid accommodation units are filled with a liquid for recording while suppressing increases in an installation area. A recording apparatus including a liquid ejecting head 16 that performs recording by ejecting ink onto sheets of paper P, a discharge unit 20 in which a discharge opening 25 that includes a discharge region at which the sheets of paper, on which recording was performed by the liquid ejecting head, are discharged, is formed, and liquid accommodation units 30 that are capable of accommodating the liquid that is supplied to the liquid ejecting head, in an apparatus main body 12, in which the liquid accommodation units are provided with injection openings through which it is possible to inject ink into the liquid accommodation units, which are provided in a positions that are below the discharge unit in a perpendicular direction (?Z direction) and overlaps with the discharge unit in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Munehide Kanaya, Shoma Kudo, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9616691
    Abstract: In a recording apparatus, a first casing holds a supporting portion. A second casing holds a recording head and a first tank. The second casing is connected to the first casing so as to be rotatable relative to the first casing about a prescribed axis, the second casing being configured to move between a first position and a second position by rotating relative to the first casing, the recording head being located adjacent to the first casing when the second casing is in the first position, the recording head being further apart from the first casing when the second casing is in the second position than when the second casing is in the first position. The recording head opposes the supporting portion when the second casing is in the first position. The second casing is provided with a second tank mounting portion and a liquid transferring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9565931
    Abstract: An opening/closing structure of a cover includes a casing and a rotatable cover. A shaft part and a bearing part are formed to one and the other of the casing and the cover, respectively. One of the shaft part and the bearing part is formed with one of a protrusion and a relief part on a part of an end surface in an axial direction, and the other of the shaft part and the bearing part is formed with the other of the protrusion and the relief part on a facing surface facing the end surface. The protrusion circumvents contact with the surface having the relief part when the cover is closed. When the cover is opened, from the closed state, by a particular angle, the protrusion contacts the surface so as to be applied with a resistant force against rotation of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Shiohara, Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 9561658
    Abstract: The present invention provided a printing apparatus including: an ink storage section; a detection unit detecting an ink remaining amount of the section; a printhead; an air communication section communicating with the section and air; a suction unit; and a control unit. When a predetermined transport-preparation condition regarding transport of the printing apparatus is satisfied, the control unit saves information about the ink remaining amount detected by the detection unit and controls the suction unit to drain ink in the air communication section through the printhead. When a predetermined start-up condition is satisfied, the control unit controls, based on the information, the suction unit to suck ink from the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Danzuka, Masaya Uetsuki, Masataka Kato, Tsuyoshi Ibe, Asako Tomida, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9554007
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a frame in which a carriage configured to reciprocate along a predetermined direction is disposed, and a unit disposed to be openable with respect to the frame. A first engaging portion is formed on the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus is capable of restricting a movement of the carriage at least in the predetermined direction with use of a securing component including a second engaging portion engageable with the first engaging portion. When the securing component is attached to the carriage, and then the unit is closed with the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion engaging with each other, the securing component is sandwiched and fixed between the frame and the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhito Tsubakimoto, Kazuhisa Kawakami, Masaya Shimmachi, Kaneto Tokuyama, Toshiaki Harada
  • Patent number: 9527319
    Abstract: An inkjet printhead assembly includes a rail assembly and a removable jetting module. The rail assembly includes a beam and a rod attached to the beam. A printhead module includes the jetting module and a mounting assembly. The jetting module includes an array of nozzles, a first alignment tab having a first alignment datum and a second alignment datum, a second alignment tab having a third alignment datum and a fourth alignment datum, a rotational alignment feature including a fifth alignment datum, and a cross-track alignment feature including a sixth alignment datum. The mounting assembly includes a similar set of alignment features. Portions of the alignment tabs of the jetting module and the mounting assembly are adapted to fit within corresponding notches in the beam and engage with the rod. A jetting module clamping mechanism applies a force to the jetting module causing it to engage with the rail assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: John Charles Brazas, Jr., Charles D. Rike, Michael J. Piatt, Scott F. Roberts, David F. Tunmore
  • Patent number: 9485373
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an image reading unit that reads a document mounted on a document table, a printing unit that performs printing on a print medium fed from a feed opening, and a document cover which is supported openably/closably with respect to the document table and which supports the print medium inserted into the feed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Yamashita, Takaaki Ishikawa, Ichiro Yoshioka, Tsuyoshi Himeno
  • Patent number: 9475299
    Abstract: A tape printer includes a cartridge installation portion to install a tape cartridge, an opening/closing cover that rotates about a hinge portion to open/close the cartridge installation portion, a cover urging portion that rotates and urges the opening/closing cover in an opening direction in a state in which the opening/closing cover is rotated to an opening side to get across a prescribed rotation position and that rotates and urges the opening/closing cover in a closing direction in a state in which the opening/closing cover is rotated to a closing side to get across the prescribed rotation position, and a cover opening operation portion that has an opening button and rotates the opening/closing cover to the opening side to get across the prescribed rotation position with a force to press the opening button. The cover opening operation portion has the opening button, a leverage member, and a rotation spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 9420141
    Abstract: A position adjustment apparatus couples an imaging unit, which includes an imaging sensor and a focusing lens unit, to a base frame and is capable of adjusting a position of the imaging unit. The image sensor reads a document image and the focusing lens unit forms the document image by using the image sensor. The position adjustment apparatus may include an adjustment frame on which the focusing lens unit and the image sensor are installed, a height fixing member for coupling the adjustment frame to the base frame so as to fix a height of the adjustment frame at a fixed support position, and first and second adjustment members for coupling the adjustment frame to the base frame so as to adjust the height of the adjustment frame at first and second adjustable support positions. An image reading apparatus may include the imaging unit and the position adjustment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung-rok Kim
  • Patent number: 9409428
    Abstract: A printer includes a carriage which includes an ink jet recording head and is movable in a first direction and a second direction that is an opposite direction to the first direction, a gear group which transmits power of a motor to a sheet transporter, a transporter drive motor which transmits power to the gear group, and a carriage drive motor which drives the carriage. At least a portion of the carriage drive motor and at least a portion of the gear group are at the same position as each other in a movement direction (x direction) of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Shuto, Kazuhiko Tsuyama, Naoki Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Tajima
  • Patent number: 9370932
    Abstract: A printer may include a printer housing, a service station in the printer housing, an automated carriage assembly, and a print cartridge storage compartment. The service station defines an area for servicing one or more print cartridges. The automated carriage assembly is configured to carry the particular print cartridge through a printing area during a printing operation of the printer, and to carry the particular print cartridge to the service station area for servicing. The print cartridge storage compartment is defined by the printer housing and configured to store a spare print cartridge, the print cartridge storage compartment being separate from the service station and inaccessible to the carriage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Wai Kong Fong, Surendran Ramachanthiran
  • Patent number: 9315031
    Abstract: Provided is a recording apparatus allowing for a reduction in size of an ink jet recording apparatus. An ink jet recording apparatus includes a head unit that has a recording head which ejects ink and a relay adapter which relays an ink accommodating portion where ink is accommodated with the recording head, and is movable in a scanning direction of the recording head, and an ink tube that is connected to the relay adapter, guides ink which is sent from the ink accommodating portion to the relay adapter, and has flexibility, in which a height difference is formed in an upper portion of an adapter accommodating portion, where the relay adapter is accommodated, of the head unit, and the ink tube extends outside the head unit by using a space between a high position and a low position of the adapter accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Yoda, Kenji Oshima, Yoshisada Aoki, Satoshi Shimizu, Kazutoshi Sakamoto, Nobuhisa Nomoto
  • Patent number: 9296234
    Abstract: When a cover is assembled to a case, an access opening of the case is opened by an opening operation of the cover. A part which is close to a first end of a link is connected to the cover. A part which is close to a second end of the link is connected to a connecting portion of a decorative sheet. A second fastening portion of the decorative sheet is fastened with respect to a first fastening portion of the case (side wall forming member) by a fastening member which is inserted into the case from the access opening. At this time, even when an opening operation of the cover is restricted by the link and the access opening becomes narrower, it is possible to easily perform the fastening operation. For this reason, it is easy to perform an assembling operation of the cover with respect to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Iwaya, Yuto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9296222
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tape printer including: a cartridge installation portion to install a tape cartridge; an opening/closing cover that rotates about a hinge portion to open/close the cartridge installation portion; a cover urging portion that rotates and urges the opening/closing cover in an opening direction in a state in which the opening/closing cover is rotated to an opening side to get across a prescribed rotation position and that rotates and urges the opening/closing cover in a closing direction in a state in which the opening/closing cover is rotated to a closing side to get across the prescribed rotation position; and a cover opening operation portion that has an opening button and rotates the opening/closing cover to the opening side to get across the prescribed rotation position with a force to press the opening button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 9227445
    Abstract: A printing device has an outside cover 17 that pivots in a closing direction from an open position and moves to a closed position; a stationary-side pressure lever 32 that rotates in the same direction as the closing direction from a stationary-side release position where a stationary-side media pressure part is separated from the conveyance path surface, and moves to a stationary-side pressure position wherein roll paper is pressed to the conveyance path surface by the stationary-side media pressure part when the outside cover 17 rotates in the closing direction; and a movable-side pressure lever 52 that rotates in the opposite direction as the closing direction from a movable-side release position where a movable-side media pressure part is separated from the conveyance path surface, and moves to a movable-side pressure position wherein roll paper is pressed to the conveyance path surface by the movable-side media pressure part when the outside cover 17 rotates in the closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shoichi Murata, Kenichi Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 9199486
    Abstract: A recording apparatus, including: a support portion; a recording portion; a first casing; a second casing; a positioning mechanism including a guide pin and a guide hole, for defining a relative position of the recording portion and the support portion by engagement of the guide pin and the guide hole when the second casing is positioned at a close position; and a movable member disposed at one end of the guide hole for moving in a direction away from the other end of the guide hole, so as to be retracted from a moving region of the guide pin that moves relative to the guide hole in association a pivotal movement of the second casing, wherein the movable member is for biasing the guide pin engaging the guide hole in a direction toward the other end of the guide hole such that the guide pin contacts the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yutaka Kakigahara
  • Patent number: 9177424
    Abstract: A franking machine has an ink jet printing device with exchangeable ink cartridges. The lower housing shell of a security housing of the franking machine has a sealable, shaft-shaped opening in the base and is designed to accommodate assemblies that can be contaminated with ink. These assemblies are situated in a non-secure region of the franking machine and are accessible via the aforementioned opening when a cover of the shaft-shaped opening is opened. A servicing procedure allows the franking machine to be retrofitted to print with a different ink color. After moving the print carriage in one direction and opening a cartridge flap, the ink cartridges can be removed. A displacement of the print carriage takes place after closing the cartridge flap, wherein the print carriage is moved in the opposite direction so that the print carriage arrives in the sealing position for ink cartridges. A box-shaped mod can now be removed from the franking machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Ortmann, Wolfgang Muhl
  • Patent number: 9126413
    Abstract: A plurality of second tanks is connected to at least one first-tank mount section so that each of the plurality of second tanks is supplied with liquid stored in a corresponding one of at least one first tank in a state where at least one first tank is mounted on the at least one first-tank mount section. One of the at least one liquid ejecting head is connected to at least two of the plurality of second tanks so that liquid stored in each of the at least two of the plurality of second tanks is supplied to the one of the at least one liquid ejecting head. At least two of the second tanks connected to the one of the at least one liquid ejecting head are arranged such that there is at least one second tank at each side of the liquid ejecting head in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuichi Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9099769
    Abstract: A faceplate configured for attachment to a communications module may be provided. The faceplate may comprise a first surface arranged in a vertical direction relative to the chassis and a second surface arranged at an angle to the first surface. The second surface may comprise a connector for attachment to another piece of equipment, such as an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: George Youzhi Yi
  • Patent number: 9090062
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a circuit board includes a board main body, an electrode, a circuit plate and a connector. The board main body includes a first surface, a second surface located opposite to the first surface, a first side edge that extends between the first surface and the second surface, and a second side edge that extends between the first surface and the second surface and intersects the first side edge. The second side edge is provided with a fitting part. The electrode is provided on the first surface. The circuit plate is soldered to the electrode and has flexibility. The connector is attached to the board main body. A cable is inserted into the connector in a direction perpendicular to the first side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshimitsu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9039166
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a housing, a carriage in which a print head is mounted, the carriage moving inside the housing, and an openable cover provided for the housing. A restricting member configured to restrict movement of the carriage during transport of the printing apparatus is attachable to the printing apparatus. While the restricting member is attached to the apparatus, the restricting member engages with the carriage, the cover in a closed position, and the housing and part of the restricting member is exposed outside of the cover in the closed position. When the part is pulled, the restricting member disengages from the carriage, the cover, and the housing and is detached from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Hanabusa, Kazuhisa Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9033490
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus includes: a base member; a conveyor unit, supported by the base member, for conveying a sheet in a conveying direction parallel to a first direction; and a recording unit, supported by the base member, for ejecting ink when the recording unit is opposed to the sheet in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The base member is divided into a first base portion that supports the conveyor unit and the recording unit, a second base portion contiguous to the first base portion and located downstream of the first base portion in the conveying direction, and a third base portion contiguous to the second base portion and located downstream of the second base portion in the conveying direction. A stiffness of the second base portion is less than that of each of the first base portion and the third base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kawamata, Yasuhira Ota, Masao Mimoto, Iwane Sano, Jie Xiu, Keisuke Wakakusa, Shingo Ito
  • Patent number: 9035981
    Abstract: Device to reproduce images or graphical patterns in general on large surfaces, comprising at least a printing system (14) mobile in at least one direction with respect to a support frame (12)>> an optical viewing system (100) associated with the support frame (12) and able to recognize the position of the portion of image already executed, and to recognize possible reference signs affixed in the step when said portion of image was executed, in order to allow the correct positioning of the device so as to execute the adjacent portion of image that has to be executed next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Alessandro Dal Col, Carlo Tavian, Giacomo Battiston
  • Patent number: 9028059
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus includes: a base member; a conveyor unit for conveying a sheet in a first direction; and a recording unit for ejecting ink when opposed to a sheet in a second direction. The base member includes: a first side base portion; a second side base portion; a center base portion located between the first side base portion and the second side base portion in a third direction; first and second side walls extending in the first direction and projecting in the second direction from opposite edge portions of the center base portion in the third direction; and a main board connecting the first side wall and the second side wall and configured to support the conveyor unit and the recording unit. The main board is greater in stiffness than the first side wall and the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kawamata, Yasuhira Ota, Masao Mimoto, Iwane Sano, Jie Xiu, Keisuke Wakakusa, Shingo Ito
  • Patent number: 9016852
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing having an access cover, a paper feed tray, and a paper discharge tray provided on a side thereof in a rotatable manner. A rotation pivot of the paper feed tray and a rotation pivot of the access cover are arranged on the same axis, and a rotation pivot of the paper discharge tray is arranged with a shift from the rotation pivot of the access cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Takemura, Masaya Shimmachi, Yasuhito Tsubakimoto, Kaneto Tokuyama
  • Publication number: 20150109395
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head configured to print on recording paper, and a printer main body having a case in which the recording paper is set. The case includes a upper case part and a lower case part, and a size of the case is changeable by changing positions at which the upper case part and the lower case part are connected to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi Iwao, Masaki Noguchi, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20150109396
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a housing that has a top wall section on which a top opening is provided, a top opening/closing body that is capable of being disposed at a closing position at which the top opening/closing body covers the top opening, and a recording unit that performs recording on a medium inside the housing. The top opening/closing body disposed at the closing position makes a sliding movement from the closing position, thereby causing the top opening to be exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Makoto KAWAMOTO
  • Patent number: 9004655
    Abstract: A first-tank mount section is configured so that a first tank storing liquid is mounted thereon. Liquid is supplied to a second tank from the first tank mounted on the first-tank mount section. Liquid stored in the second tank is supplied to a liquid ejecting head having an ejection surface. A supporting section is disposed in confrontation with the ejection surface and supports a recording medium. A first casing holds the liquid ejecting head and the second tank. A second casing holds the first-tank mount section and the supporting section. The first casing is coupled to 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 spaced away from the supporting section than at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichi Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9004676
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a first housing; a second housing pivotable about a shaft relative to the first housing between a close position and a distant position; and a tank mount portion provided in the second housing such that a mounting direction of a tank with respect to the tank mount portion in a state in which the second housing is at the distant position has a downward component in a vertical direction. The tank mount portion includes a resistance applying mechanism which applies a resistance force to the tank in a state in which at least a part of the tank is inserted into the tank mount portion when the second housing is at the distant position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Yamamoto, Tomoyasu Yabuki
  • Patent number: 8998205
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a apparatus main body, and a unit body that forms a medium transportation path, and is configured to be attachable and detachable with respect to the apparatus main body. The unit body includes a feeding roller that transports a medium, and a driven transportation unit that transmits the drive force of the drive transportation unit to the feeding roller. The unit body is displaceable between a first position at which the driven transmission unit is connected to the drive transmission unit and a second position at which the driven transmission unit is separated from the drive transmission unit. When a user pulls out the medium, the unit body retained at the first position moves from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akinobu Nakahata, Kazuyoshi Ohashi, Takeshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 8991971
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a housing and a movement region of a carriage including a liquid ejecting head, an ink tank positioned at the outer side of the movement region of the carriage, an ink supply tubes connecting the ink tank and an adapter on the carriage, and a fixing portion fixing a portion of the ink supply tubes. In the housing, a containing unit of a sheet feeding cassette is formed to project to a discharge direction of a sheet and an operation panel unit is configured to have a housing portion having an inclined surface whose lower side further projects to the discharge direction than the upper side. The ink supply tubes have a deformable moving unit performing a movement of the carriage on a portion of a liquid ejecting head side rather than a fixing portion using a fixing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuto Suzuki, Yoshisada Aoki, Masaki Shimomura, Nobutaka Suzuki, Seiji Tezuka
  • Patent number: 8991972
    Abstract: A movable member configured to move when a liquid ejecting apparatus is inclined from a posture to be taken when ejecting liquid upon receipt of an action of the gravitational force and a memory unit configured to store the fact that the movable member is moved in response to abutment with the moved movable member are provided and the presence or absence of the movement of the movable member is acquired after the power has been turned ON. Accordingly, a change of the posture of the liquid ejecting apparatus in a power OFF state can be determined after the fact after the power has been turned ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8992006
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit forming an image on a recording medium; and a feeding unit feeding the recording medium in first and second directions opposite to each other relative to the image forming unit. Further when the recording medium is supplied from a first or second side of the feeding unit, while the feeding unit feeds the recording medium in the first or second feeding direction, the image forming unit forms an image on the recording medium, and the feeding unit further feeds the recording medium to the second or first side, respectively, of the feeding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Ito, Mikio Ohashi, Fumitaka Kikkawa, Naoki Saitoh, Soyoung Park, Yoshinori Uchino