Of Medium Patents (Class 347/16)
  • Patent number: 10882327
    Abstract: A control device controls an image printing by a printing execution unit. The control device performs: determination processing of determining whether a first condition indicating that a supply of ink from an ink supply unit to a printing head is possibly delayed at a partial printing is satisfied, for each of a plurality of band images included in an image to be printed and aligned in a sub-scanning direction; first printing processing of, in a case where the first condition is not satisfied, causing the printing execution unit to print the band image by single time partial printing; and second printing processing of, in a case where the first condition is satisfied, causing the printing execution unit to print each of N partial images included in the band image and aligned in the sub-scanning direction by single time partial printing, to print the band image by N times partial printings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Masashi Kuno, Shota Morikawa, Shin Hasegawa, Yoshiharu Furuhata
  • Patent number: 10828917
    Abstract: A process for mounting a printing plate on a carrier sheet, including disposing registration indicia on the plate, placing the carrier sheet on a cutting table of a cutting system, mounting the plate to the carrier sheet, detecting absolute coordinates of the registration indicia; and cutting the carrier sheet along a cut line having absolute coordinates generated based upon the detected absolute coordinates. A related system includes the cutting system with the cutting table, a camera for detecting the registration indicia, a processor, a cutter, a controller, and a computer memory programmed with instructions for instructing the controller to detect the indicia, calculate the absolute coordinates for the cut line based upon the detected absolute coordinates and stored relative coordinates for the cut line, and cutting the carrier sheet along the cut line. Computer readable media containing such programmed instructions is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Esko-Graphics Imaging GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Scheele, Nils Kay, Jan Buchweitz, Pascal Thomas
  • Patent number: 10821744
    Abstract: A medium wind-up device is provided to suppress causing a wrinkle at a time of winding a medium, and also suppress a fluctuation of a winding position. The medium wind-up device includes: a tension roller that presses a medium, which is belt-shaped and transferred in a transfer direction that is predetermined, in order to provide the medium with a tension; a reversing roller that reverses the medium pressed by the tension roller, and the reversing roller being rotatable so as to follow a move of the medium; a loading mechanism that is capable of placing a load against a rotation of the reversing roller; and a wind-up portion that winds up the medium reversed by the reversing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Akuta, Tomohiro Takano, Kosaku Hotta
  • Patent number: 10821753
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head; an output unit that outputs the recording medium; an output tray that receives the recording medium; a pressing member that is configured to be displaced in an up-down direction and that presses the recording medium toward the output tray by displacement of the pressing member from an upper side to a lower side with respect to the recording medium output from the output unit; and a restricting member configured to be advanced and retracted in an advance direction and a retract direction. The restricting member restricts deformation of an upstream end portion in the output direction of the recording medium pressed by the pressing member, at a position at which the restricting member is advanced in the advance direction. The pressing member is displaced upward in a state in which the restricting member restricts the deformation of the upstream end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yuto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10787005
    Abstract: There is provided an intermediate unit including a transportation path along which a medium, on which printing has been performed by a printing unit that performs printing on the medium by using liquid, is transported to a post processing unit that performs post processing on the medium. The transportation path includes first and second inversion paths in which the medium is inverted upside down, respectively, the second inversion path being provided with a decurling unit that corrects curl of the medium, the first inversion path being not provided with the decurling unit, the first and second inversion paths being selectively used to invert the medium upside down according to printing data for the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaro Harada, Kohei Ueno, Akinori Muromachi, Hidetoshi Kodama, Kazuyoshi Ohashi, Tsuyoshi Furumido, Hirohisa Adachi
  • Patent number: 10787002
    Abstract: An aqueous ink printer includes an anti-curl fluid applicator that applies anti-curl fluid to a side of a substrate that is opposite a side that bears or will bear an ink image. The anti-curl fluid applicator includes a switching network that is configured to independently and selectively bias segments of a pressure member electrically. The segments are arranged along a longitudinal axis of the pressure member. The pressure member forms a nip with a anilox roller partially immersed in a reservoir of anti-curl fluid. As the switching network is operationed to selectively and independently bias the segments electrically using data corresponding to the ink image, anti-curl fluid migrates from the anilox roller onto the substrate in areas opposite the electrically biased segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Chu-Heng Liu, Douglas K. Herrmann, Seemit Praharaj, Paul J. McConville, Jason M. LeFevre
  • Patent number: 10780716
    Abstract: An aqueous ink printer includes a moisture applicator that applies moisture to a side of a substrate that is opposite a side that bears or will bear an ink image. The moisture applicator includes a switching network that is configured to independently and selectively bias the tile segments electrically. The tile segments contiguously cover a surface of the roller. As the switching network is operated to electrically bias the tile segments using data corresponding to the ink image, they transition from being hydrophobic to hydrophilic so the electrically-biased hydrophilic tile segments attract moisture from water in a trough or from water vapor produced by an ultrasonic transducer in the trough. The moisture is carried by the electrically-biased tile segments to the substrate at areas where the amount of ink in a portion of the substrate on the other side of the substrate exceeds a predetermined ink coverage threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Seemit Praharaj, Douglas K. Herrmann, Jason M. LeFevre, Paul J. McConville, Chu-Heng Liu
  • Patent number: 10766259
    Abstract: A controller of an inkjet printing apparatus is configured such that, in response to receipt of a preceding command, which notifies transmission of a recording command in advance, from an information processing device through the communication device, the controller executes a separating process to move from a covering position to a spaced position, a moving process to move a carriage, from which the cap is separated, from a first position to a second position, a flushing process to cause the inkjet head to eject the ink toward an ink receiver in response to receipt of a recording command instructing recording of an image on the sheet and upon completion of the moving process, and a recording process to cause a conveyer to convey the sheet and cause the inkjet head to eject the ink in accordance with the recording command, in response to completion of the flushing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Arai
  • Patent number: 10752025
    Abstract: A base material processing apparatus includes a first edge sensor, a second edge sensor, and a displacement amount calculation part. The first edge sensor acquires a first detection result (R1) by detecting the position of an edge of a base material in the width direction at a first detection position. The second edge sensor acquires a second detection result (R2) by detecting the position of the edge of the base material in the width direction at a second detection position. The displacement amount calculation part calculates the amount of displacement in the position of the base material in the transport direction on the basis of the first detection result (R1) and the second detection result (R2). Accordingly, the amount of displacement in the position of the base material in the transport direction can be detected without depending on images such as register marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Yoshida, Yuichi Hanada
  • Patent number: 10723149
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to initiation of a shortage model in a printing device. For example, initiation of a shortage model may include guidance of a page of print media through a printing device by a feedshaft and an upper paper guide, where the page of print media is held by a media control surface. A shortage model may be initiated based on an amount of data to be printed. An ink nozzle may be turned off based on the initiated shortage model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Lawrence Winburne, Jason M. Quintana, Donnell D. Daniels
  • Patent number: 10710378
    Abstract: A printing system applies images on the exterior of an axially symmetrical object that has a varying exterior surface, such as occurs on curved wine bottles and sports equipment like bats. The printing system includes a movable carriage having rotatable locking end members for holding the object for printing stationary along its longitudinal axis, but allowing for controlled rotation of the object. The carriage moves the object from a loading area into a printing area and a plurality of movable printing head assemblies position a plurality of ink jet heads over the surface of the object as it is moved along a linear axis under the print head assemblies. Each print head is movable such that as the object moves underneath the print head tilts to match the local slope of the contoured surface as ink is being applied. The applied image is then cured with UV lamps during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: LSINC Corporation
    Inventors: James Richard Bullington, Christopher Shea Curry
  • Patent number: 10696051
    Abstract: Devices and processes include/use an inkjet printhead, a sheet transport positioned to move sheets of media past the inkjet printhead, a sheet registration device positioned to align the sheets of media, and a controller electrically connected to the inkjet printhead and the sheet registration device. The controller is adapted to periodically control the sheet registration device to align a first sacrificial sheet with a first edge of the sheet transport and align a second sacrificial sheet with a second edge of the sheet transport and that is opposite the first edge. The controller is adapted to control the inkjet printhead to eject ink from a first set of nozzles to the first sacrificial sheet and eject ink from a second set of nozzles to the second sacrificial sheet. The first set of nozzles contains different nozzles from the second set of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Ferrara, Jr., Carlos M. Terrero, Roberto A. Irizarry, Jacob R. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10688781
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus including: a platen; a head; a carriage moving in a first direction and a second direction; a sensor configured to detect the medium; a memory; and a controller. Before a certain printing pass starts, the controller is configured to get a first distance value in the first direction between the sensor and a most downstream nozzle and a second distance value between an end of the medium and a close landing position that is closest to the end of the medium. The controller is configured to continue the certain printing pass without stopping the movement of the carriage, when the controller has determined that the second distance value is larger than the first distance value, and when the controller has determined that the medium is supported by the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Yusuke Arai, Masayoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10659637
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus, comprises a document feeder to feed a document page by page, a scanner to scan the document fed by the document feeder and generate image data of the document, a printing apparatus to print images on recording media. An interface is configured to receive print settings and a test printing command. A controller is configured to control the document feeder to feed pages of the document according to the print settings when the test printing command is received, acquire image data of the pages of the document fed by the document feeder, and control the printing apparatus to print images in a test printing. The images in the test printing comprising image data of the pages of the document fed by the document feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiko Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10632771
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, in which a belt driving device, provided in an image forming part, has: plural rollers including a driving roller; an endless belt; a driver, with one roller as a tension control roller to control tension applied to the endless belt, that moves the tension control roller in a vertical direction to an axis of another roller; a position detector that detects the position of the tension control roller; a pressure detector that detects pressure added with the endless belt to the tension control roller; and a controller that controls movement of the tension control roller. To set the tension applied to the endless belt as a predetermined value, the controller controls the driver to bring the detected pressure closer to a target pressure to be added to the tension control roller in the detected position of the tension control roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryoichiro Kanno
  • Patent number: 10616450
    Abstract: A printed matter includes a recording medium; a chromatic color layer formed, with a chromatic colorant, on the recording medium; a plurality of first regions formed with a transparent material and arranged at intervals on the chromatic color layer; and a plurality of second regions each of which is disposed between adjacent two of the plurality of first region. A first unit material amount calculated by dividing an amount of the transparent material in the plurality of first regions with an area of the plurality of first regions is different from a second unit material amount calculated by dividing an amount of the transparent material in the plurality of second regions with an area of the plurality of second regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Takaya
  • Patent number: 10611178
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, including a sheet conveyer unit with a first roller unit, a printer unit, and a controller, is provided. The controller executes a first-face printing process, wherein an image is printed on a first face of a sheet; a switchback process, wherein the sheet after the first-face printing process is conveyed in a reverse direction by the first roller unit; a second-face printing process, wherein the image is printed on a second face of the sheet; a first ink amount determining process to determine whether an ink amount discharged in the first-face printing process at an end area of the sheet is one of greater than and equal to a first threshold amount; and a switchback setting process, wherein, if the ink amount is smaller than the first threshold amount, a rotation speed of the first roller unit is set at a higher rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Mizutani, Tetsuya Ouchi
  • Patent number: 10606529
    Abstract: A composite processing device includes a check printing mechanism and a roll printing mechanism and executes printing using selected one of the printing mechanisms by a command. The composite processing device includes a sensor that detects whether the check printing mechanism and the roll printing mechanism are in a enabled state or a disabled state, and a processor causes a display to display check printing mechanism state information and roll printing mechanism state information based on results of the detection by the sensor. When the check printing mechanism is selected and is in the enabled state, the processor causes the display to display the check printing mechanism state information and the roll printing mechanism state information. When the check printing mechanism is selected and is in the disabled state, the processor causes the display to display information on the disabled state of the check printing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Wakasa
  • Patent number: 10603932
    Abstract: Provided is a printer that includes a transport unit configured to transport a printing medium; a detection unit configured to detect a transport direction in which the printing medium is transported by the transport unit and a transport amount of the printing medium; and a control unit that makes the transport unit transport the printing medium after the printing of the first image, makes the detection unit detect the transport direction and the transport amount of the printing medium, determines a transport direction in which the printing medium is to be transported and a transport amount of the printing medium to be transported based on the detected transport direction and the detected transport amount, and makes the transport unit transport the printing medium based on the above determined transport direction and transport amount before printing a second image which is formed an image subsequent to the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Aida
  • Patent number: 10596824
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording apparatus including: a conveyer, a carriage moving in a scanning direction, a recording head, and a controller. When the controller has not detected that image data of a line image corresponding to one line that extends in the scanning direction is present at an upstream end in a conveyance direction of the recording area for a next recording pass, the controller makes a conveyance amount of the recording medium in the conveyance operation between a certain recording pass and the next recording pass smaller than a case in which the controller has detected that the image data of the line image is present at the upstream end in the conveyance direction of the recording area for the next recording pass, by a predefined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Arakane
  • Patent number: 10597247
    Abstract: Automatic sheet feeding of an installed roll is performed more reliably. To this end, a leading end of a sheet is detected on the basis of a change in an output value of a sensor while causing a roll to rotate in a winding direction using a sensor capable of detecting a distance to the sheet separated from the roll. After the detection, the roll is caused to rotate in a feeding direction, and a feeding state of the sheet is determined on the basis of a change in the output value of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Eiyama, Masashi Kamada, Yuki Igarashi, Masashi Negishi, Ryoya Shinjo, Ryo Kobayashi, Tomohiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10564110
    Abstract: Provided are a printing result inspection apparatus, a method, and a program capable of determining a printing defect caused by a printing step and a printing paper defect caused by printing paper by reading the printing paper once. A defect determination unit determines whether defected regions extracted from a non-image region are the printing defect or the printing paper defect based on a density change amount and a color, and an image feature amount of a defected region determined as the printing paper defect in the non-image region is stored in paper defect information and is accumulated in a paper defect information storage unit. Next, the defect determination unit determines whether defected regions extracted from image regions are the printing defect or the printing paper defect based on the paper defect information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshirou Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10562330
    Abstract: A printing mode for performing printing to a printing medium and a determination mode for determining the application amount of a reaction liquid to a discharge medium can be performed. In the determination mode, a reaction liquid application unit forms a layer of the reaction liquid on the discharge medium, and then an ink application unit applies an ink onto a part of the layer to form a test pattern to be utilized for the determination. In the formation of the test pattern, an image to be formed by the ink by the aggregation of a solid content in the applied ink partially moves and shrinks on the layer of the reaction liquid to be thereby deformed with a grade according to the applied reaction liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eisuke Nishitani, Masaki Nitta, Yoshiaki Murayama, Keiichirou Takeuchi, Rinako Kameshima
  • Patent number: 10562324
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an acquiring unit to acquire information on a shape of a label, a printing unit to perform printing on the label, a conveying unit to convey the print medium, and a detecting unit to detect the label. In addition, the detecting unit is movable in a direction intersecting a width direction of the sheet, and a control unit, when the label has a shape including a portion protruding towards a downstream side in a conveyance direction, moves the detecting unit to a region corresponding to a most protruding position of the label on the downstream side in the conveyance direction and stops the detecting unit in the region on the basis of the acquired information, and starts the printing unit to start the printing on the label on the basis of a detection result of the detecting unit that is located in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Shin Goto
  • Patent number: 10556423
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes an ejecting unit capable of ejecting a liquid, a support unit configured to support a medium onto which the liquid is ejected and is movable in a movement direction between a set position where the medium is set and an ejecting start position where the ejecting unit starts ejecting the liquid, and a detector configured to detect whether an interference substance which is a substance that causes an interference with the ejecting unit is present on the support unit. The detector is movable between a first position and a second position, a distance between the second position and the ejecting unit being longer than a distance between the first position and the ejecting unit, in the movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Sumito Anzai
  • Patent number: 10538079
    Abstract: A web press system including a first printbar, a first sensor, a second printbar, a second sensor, and a controller. The first printbar prints first user content on a first side of a web of media. The first sensor senses a pattern on the web of media and provides first sensor data as the first printbar prints the first user content. A second printbar prints second user content on the first side of the web of media. The second sensor senses the pattern on the web of media and provides second sensor data as the second printbar prints the second user content. The controller determines an amount of expansion of the web of media in a direction perpendicular to a web advanced direction based on the first sensor data and the second sensor data and modifies printing performed by the second printbar based on the amount of expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Cesar Fernandez Espasa, Santiago Garcia-Reyero Vinas, Jose Galmes
  • Patent number: 10532573
    Abstract: There are provided an image forming apparatus and an image forming method in which the deformation of an image caused by the deformation of a medium is suppressed in the image formation on a medium to which tension is applied. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming liquid-application amount-information acquisition unit that acquires information about the amount of applied image forming liquid, a tension-information acquisition unit that acquires information about tension applied to a medium, an elastic modulus acquisition unit that acquires an elastic modulus of the medium calculated using the information about the amount of applied image forming liquid, a medium deformation amount-calculation unit that calculates the amount of deformation of the medium using tension information and the elastic modulus, and an image conversion section that converts the image data into converted image data, which represents a converted image to be formed on the medium in a state where the tension is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10532563
    Abstract: Provided are a printing result inspection apparatus, a method, and a program capable of determining a printing defect caused by a printing step and a printing paper defect caused by printing paper by reading the printing paper once. A printing result inspection apparatus 10 accepts designation of paper defect information used for determining a defected region through an operation unit 14. A defect determination unit 24 determines whether defected regions D10, D12, and D14 extracted from a non-image region A10 are the printing defect or the printing paper defect based on designated paper defect information, a density change amount, and a color, and an image feature amount of a defected region determined as the printing paper defect in the non-image region A10 is stored in paper defect information I10 and is accumulated in a paper defect information storage unit 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshirou Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10532595
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a discharge unit that discharges ink onto a print medium based on print data, a power transmission unit that to wirelessly supplies power to the discharge unit for discharging the ink, and a control unit that controls the power to be supplied by the power transmission unit based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Asai
  • Patent number: 10525726
    Abstract: A printing method includes a step of forming a first image by ejecting a pretreatment liquid, and a step of forming a second image on the first image by ejecting a colored ink onto the first image. Here, the first image is allowed to include an extra portion by which the edge of the first image exists on the outside of the edge of the second image. Further, an amount of the ejection of the pretreatment liquid onto the extra portion per area at a position on the extra portion is allowed to be decreased further as the position is located further toward the outside from the edge of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shiki Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10518530
    Abstract: There is disclosed a non-transitory machine-readable medium encoded with instructions executable by a processor and comprising instructions to: control print apparatus to print a test pattern 11 on a test region of a print medium 4; receive test data relating to the test pattern 11 printed on the print medium 4 from a sensor 8; analyse the test data with reference to baseline data to determine if the test pattern 11 satisfies a print quality criterion; output an instruction to operate the print apparatus in a first mode, in which a pre-printing treatment is not applied to the print medium, in response to determining that the test pattern 11 satisfies the print quality criterion, the pre-printing treatment comprising wiping a printing surface of the print medium with a wiper element 10, 20; and output an instruction to operate the print apparatus in a second mode, in which the pre-printing treatment is applied to the print medium 4, in response to determining that the test pattern 11 satisfies the print qualit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Antonio Gracia Verdugo, Mauricio Seras Franzoso, Pau Costal
  • Patent number: 10518566
    Abstract: Examples described herein include method for calibrating LED modules in a curing engine. The method of calibrating UV curing modules includes receiving an uncured calibration image and initiating a curing operation that includes operating the curing modules according to a plurality of corresponding initial power level settings to apply radiant energy to the uncured calibration image to generate a cured calibration image. The method further includes receiving user input or information about an image characteristic of the cured calibration image from a user. The method then includes analyzing the user input to generate adjustments to the corresponding initial power level settings, and then applying the adjustments to the corresponding initial power level settings to generate a plurality of corresponding adjusted power level settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Kotik, Alon Levin
  • Patent number: 10513408
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus, includes a pair of rollers configured to convey a sheet in a sheet conveyance passage, a detector configured to optically detect an attitude of the sheet, one of a rotation device to rotate the pair of rollers in a direction parallel to a plane of the sheet and a moving device to move the pair of rollers in a width direction, and a controller configured to correct the attitude of the pair of rollers at a time interval, based on a detection result obtained by the detector. The controller performs the correcting operation by setting, according to reflectance of the sheet, at least one of a light emission time of the detector, the time interval of the correcting operation, light emission intensity of the detector and a conveying speed of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Nakamura, Takehiro Fujita, Tomoki Shimohira
  • Patent number: 10500876
    Abstract: An inkjet printing system and method for processing wafers in a high volume are disclosed. The inkjet printing system includes a chuck on which a wafer can be placed and an inkjet printing head with at least one nozzle. Each chuck is associated with a single camera. Each chuck includes a 2-dimensional visual reference. An electronic controller assembly is configured to take a single image containing the wafer edge and the 2-dimensional visual reference each instance a wafer has been placed on a chuck. For each image, the position of the chuck relative to the camera and the position of the wafer relative to the camera are determined. Subsequently, the wafer position relative to the chuck is calculated and based on that the firing of the at least one nozzle is timed and the movement of the printing motion assembly is controlled so that the liquid drops are accurately positioned on the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MEYER BURGER (NETHERLANDS) B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Verheijen, Laurentius Hendrikus Adrianus Van Dijk
  • Patent number: 10500886
    Abstract: A multi-pass UV inkjet printer for outputting high glossy varnish and a printing method using the same includes providing a side UV light irradiation device at a side of an inkjet module and a front UV light irradiation device in front of the inkjet module not overlapped by a varnish print head. During output of the varnish, varnish outputted on a substrate in the nth pass is passed under the side UV light irradiation device with a lower UV irradiation power during or after the n+1th pass performed by the UV inkjet printer for shaping or temporarily not curing, and then during or after the next pass, the varnish is passed under the front UV light irradiation device with a higher UV irradiation power for complete curing, thereby increasing production yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GREAT COMPUTER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chen-Chien Tsai, Chih-Hua Yen, Hui-Te Yu
  • Patent number: 10484549
    Abstract: An example system includes a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium having stored therein instructions that are executable to cause the system to perform various functions. The functions include, for each sample print of a plurality of sample prints, receiving respective color-measurement data indicative of color measurement patches printed on the sample print. The functions also include determining, using the respective color-measurement data for the sample prints, a respective color gamut volume for each sample print. Further, the functions include ordering the sample prints in order of increasing color gamut volume using the respective color gamut volumes for the sample prints. Still further, the functions include providing for display a presentation order for the sample prints, with the sample prints of the plurality of sample prints being arranged in order of increasing color gamut volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Michael M. Chang
  • Patent number: 10434799
    Abstract: Scan printing systems and methods for reducing banding artifacts of an image printed on a substrate, including a substrate feeder assembly, a printhead adapted to print an encoder pattern on the substrate, a sensor, and a controller. The controller performs a feedback cycle of positioning the substrate relative to the printhead and instructs the printhead to print a band of the image when the encoder pattern has reached a target position. The controller repeats the feedback cycle of positioning the substrate relative to the printhead and instructs the printhead to print a subsequent band of the image until the entire image is printed on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FABRICZOOM, LLC
    Inventors: Charles James Runckel, Ryan Nguyen, Hue Phuoc Le
  • Patent number: 10438099
    Abstract: A printing apparatus for printing on an elongate printing medium includes the following elements: a transport mechanism for transporting the printing medium; a printing unit including a plurality of print heads arranged at intervals in a transport direction; a detecting unit including at least three detectors arranged as spaced from one another for detecting positions in a width direction of the printing medium; a variation history acquirer for deriving, for each detection cycle, a function approximate curve based on positions of the same location in the transport direction of the printing medium detected by the respective detectors, and acquiring from each function approximate curve, and as a variation history, a deviation amount in the width direction in each of the printing positions; a predicted position calculator for calculating, from the variation history, a predicted position in the width direction for each of the printing position; and a printing controller for printing while correcting the position
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Fukui, Takaharu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10427425
    Abstract: Provided is a printer that can appropriately handle a paper (media) wound into a roll with one end of the paper affixed to a core, when the trailing end of the paper is detected, the trailing end of the paper being attached to the winding core in multiple ways. The printer has: a roll paper support that supports the core of a roll of paper; a roll driver that turns the core and delivers the paper; a conveyance device that conveys the delivered paper; a tension detection switch that outputs a first detection value when tension produced on the paper delivered from the roll is greater than or equal to a threshold; and a controller that drives the roll driver in the direction delivering the paper when the output of the tension detection switch changes to the first detection value in response to rotation of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kawajiri
  • Patent number: 10421292
    Abstract: A cylinder printing jig is provided by which a table of a moving table-type printer is allowed to contact with a rotation roller to smoothly rotate a cylindrical print medium. The cylinder printing jig includes a base unit detachably fixed to a body of a moving table-type inkjet printer, a movable unit supported by the base unit, a first rotation roller rotatably connected to the movable unit, a second rotation roller rotatably connected to the movable unit at a position at which the second rotation roller does not contact the table of the printer, and an auxiliary wheel axially supported by the movable unit. The first rotation roller and the auxiliary wheel are placed on the table of the printer by the deadweight of the movable unit. The movement of the table causes the contact with the table to provide the rotation of the first rotation roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: MUTOH INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Kento Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10421293
    Abstract: A tablet printing apparatus and a tablet manufacturing method are provided which are capable of distinguishing and collecting a preceding tablet and a following tablet from each other when two or more tablets in contact with each other are carried. A tablet printing apparatus includes a carrying device 20 carrying tablets Tb, a sensor 30 detecting the tablet Tb being carried by the carrying device 20, a printing unit 50 performing, when the status changes from the status in which the sensor 30 the tablet Tb is not detected to the status in which the tablet Tb is detected, printing on the tablet Tb that has changed the status, and a collecting unit R distinguishing and collecting, when the time length at which the sensor 30 is detecting the tablet Tb is longer than the predetermined setting value because two or more tablets Tb in contact with each other are carried, the preceding tablet Tb and the following tablet Tb following thereto among two or more tablets Tb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noritsugu Tanio, Jumpei Tanaka, Norihito Mafune, Junsuke Komito
  • Patent number: 10399366
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus including a liquid jetting unit, a container unit, a receiving unit, a conveyance unit and a controller. The controller is configured to carry out: determining whether or not it is necessary to stop and dry the liquid jetted recording medium in the conveyance path and controlling the conveyance unit to stop the recording medium in the conveyance path under a condition that the controller determines that it is necessary to dry the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10399368
    Abstract: A printing device reduces the load on the reel driver that drives a delivery reel. A controller drives a reel driver to turn at multiple drive speeds, including a minimum speed at which the circumferential speed of a media roll of the largest diameter is equal to, and a maximum speed at which the circumferential speed of a media roll of the smallest diameter is equal to, the conveyance speed of the media conveyor. When the amount of slack detected by a slack detector goes from between a first threshold and a second threshold that is less than the first threshold, to an amount of slack less than the first threshold, the controller changes the drive speed to one higher speed if the reel driver is not turning at the maximum speed, and stops the reel driver if the reel driver is turning at the maximum speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Kawajiri
  • Patent number: 10363760
    Abstract: A printing system for cut sheets includes a controller configured to control the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets and scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order, a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop and a rotational functional component arranged in the duplex printing loop for guiding and processing a printed sheet for two passes along or on a surface of the rotational functional component, a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data, in two passes, one side per pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus M. Van Herpen, Patrick G. H. Vestjens, Ronnie J. H. G. Berghs, Marcel J. H. M. Haenen, Jacobus J. Kandelaars
  • Patent number: 10357973
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from a nozzle that is disposed on a nozzle surface, a first wiping portion which is able to wipe away the liquid that is adhered to the nozzle surface, and a second wiping portion which is able to hold the liquid that is adhered to the nozzle surface by contacting the nozzle surface, wherein it is possible to perform a first maintenance operation in which the nozzle surface is wiped using the first wiping portion and a second maintenance operation in which the second wiping portion is caused to contact the nozzle surface due to the second wiping portion being biased by the first wiping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigenori Nakagawa, Keiji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10343427
    Abstract: A recording apparatus which suppresses banding which occurs on a recording surface of a medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Mori, Yosaku Tamura
  • Patent number: 10336063
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a head to discharge liquid onto a conveyed object, at least one light source to irradiate the conveyed object with light having a high relative intensity in a range of wavelength in which a relative reflectance of the liquid is high, and a detector including at least one optical sensor to perform imaging of the conveyed object being irradiated by the at least one light source, to generate data. The detector is configured to generate a detection result based on the data. The detection result including at least one of a conveyance amount of the conveyed object and a conveyance speed of the conveyed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hanako Bando, Koichi Kudo, Tsuyoshi Nagasu
  • Patent number: 10336068
    Abstract: There are provided a liquid jetting apparatus in which the deterioration of production efficiency is suppressed in a case in which the floating of a medium occurs, and a method of coping with the floating of a medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10336106
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transporting device that transports a medium and a printing unit that prints onto the medium. In addition, the printing apparatus includes an image sensor that images the medium and a controller that detects a displacement amount of the medium in an intersecting direction which intersects a surface to be printed of the medium based on a plurality of images obtained by imaging the medium by the sensor at different times and that controls the transporting device and the printing unit according to the displacement amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Tokunaga, Tetsuji Takeishi, Shota Hiramatsu, Hiroki Chino
  • Patent number: 10328728
    Abstract: This image recording apparatus includes recording heads and a detector for detecting a thick part of a recording medium. Before the thick part reaches a recording region, printing by means of the recording heads is stopped, and the relative position of the recording heads and the recording region is switched to a retracted position in the image recording apparatus. After the thick part passes through the recording region, the relative position of the recording heads and the recording region is switched to a printing position, and the printing of a new unit image is started from a position an integral multiple of a printing period apart from a last start position. This restrains a difference between the periods of image recording positions before and after the suspension of a printing step while restraining contact between the recording heads and the thick part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Takagi, Toshio Maeda