Of Medium Patents (Class 347/16)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10328725
    Abstract: A device detects at least one position of at least a part of a printing material while the printing material is transported in a printing machine. The device includes an optical sensor for establishing a distance between a printing machine component and the printing material. The distance established by the optical sensor is temperature-compensated by a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Knauf, Andreas Henn, Juergen Ritz, Olaf Lorenz, Thomas Schmidt, Stefan Muench, Thomas Goebel, Wolfgang Kabus, Stephanie Weinig-Kress, Stefan Mutschall, Nicklas Raymond Norrick, Steffen Neeb
  • Patent number: 10308046
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus, including: a conveyor; and an ejector to eject a liquid; wherein each of an upstream roller pair, a first downstream roller pair, and a second downstream roller pair of the conveyor includes upper and lower rollers to respectively contact front and back surfaces of a recording medium, at least one of the upper and lower rollers being configured to give a conveyance force to the recording medium, wherein a rotation speed of the second downstream roller pair is higher than that of the first downstream roller pair, and the conveyance force of the first downstream roller pair is larger than that of the second downstream roller pair, and wherein the conveyance force of the second downstream roller pair is largest at a position thereof in the first direction which is nearest to the central position of the second downstream roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Okumura
  • Patent number: 10300697
    Abstract: Provided are an inkjet recording device and an inkjet recording method that enable more reliable recording of an image at a desired position of a recording medium. The inkjet recording device is provided with: a recording means that discharges ink onto a recording medium; a conveying means that performs a conveying operation in which the recording medium is placed at a predetermined placement position upon a conveying member and the conveying member is caused to move in a revolving manner; a recording control means that causes the recording means to perform a recording operation in which an image is recorded onto the recording medium, which moves as a result of the conveying operation, by discharging ink thereto in accordance with image data; and a position-correspondence-information acquiring means that acquires position correspondence information corresponding to the position of the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Muramatsu, Toyoaki Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10273103
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device includes a shape detecting portion, and a switch control portion. The shape detecting portion detects a shape of a sheet at a detection position between a first conveyance member and a second conveyance member. The switch control portion, when a front end of the sheet has passed a arrangement position at which the first conveyance member is arranged, switches an detection interval at which the shape of the sheet is detected by the shape detecting portion, to a first interval that corresponds to a rotation speed of the first conveyance member, and when a rear end of the sheet has passed the arrangement position, switches the detection interval to a second interval that corresponds to the rotation speed of the second conveyance member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Mashimo, Toshiaki Mutsuo
  • Patent number: 10272698
    Abstract: There is provided a post processing device including a mounting portion on which a medium is temporarily mounted, a post processing unit that performs post processing on the medium mounted on the mounting portion, a discharging tray on which the medium is stacked after being discharged, and a suppressing unit that suppresses deformation of the medium mounted on the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kodama, Hirohisa Adachi, Yutaro Harada
  • Patent number: 10265972
    Abstract: There are provided an ink jet printing apparatus that can appropriately set drying intensity and a drying intensity setting method thereof. An ink jet printing apparatus includes a printing section that prints an image on a sheet with aqueous ink by an ink jet method, an ink drying section that dries the ink by heating the sheet having been subjected to printing, and a varnish coating section that coats the sheet of which the ink has been dried with UV varnish. The drying intensity of the ink drying section is set so that temperature where the sheet reaches is in a prescribed range. Regions corresponding to the same drawing conditions are extracted from an image to be printed, and drying intensity is set on the basis of a drawing condition corresponding to the maximum occupied area among the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Hojo
  • Patent number: 10226946
    Abstract: A post-processing device is provided with a post-processing unit which performs post-processing of a recording medium on which recording is performed, a transport path through which the recording medium is transported, or a deformation suppressing unit which suppresses deformation of the recording medium on a mounting unit on which the recording medium is mounted, in which the deformation suppressing unit is controlled based on a predetermined parameter related to recording processing with respect to the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kodama, Yutaro Harada, Hirohisa Adachi
  • Patent number: 10220635
    Abstract: To appropriately color develop ink according to a print condition even when carrying out the printing step and the color developing step in a series of steps. A printing device includes a printing machine that discharges an ink to a print medium and a color developing machine that heats the print medium, on which the ink discharged by the printing machine is attached, to color develop the ink. The printing device includes a controller that adjusts at least one of a heating time and a heating temperature of the print medium by the color developing machine according to at least one of a transporting speed of the print medium transported from the printing machine and an amount of the ink which is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusaku Matoba, Yoshihiro Ibuki, Shunsuke Akuta, Tomohiro Takano
  • Patent number: 10201991
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a conveyer conveying a printing medium; an image former discharging ink on the printing medium; a mover relatively moving the image former and the conveyer; a first detector; a second detector; and a controller controlling image formation. The mover performs a first move operation to expand a distance between the image former and the printing medium and a second move operation to expose the conveying surface. Upon detection of an abnormal conveyance state of the printing medium by the first detector, the conveyer stops conveyance and the mover performs the first move operation. After stopping the conveyance and the first move operation, the controller checks for the contact of the printing medium and the image former during the second move operation based on the detection results at the second detector, and only if no contact is determined, the mover performs the second move operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Toyoaki Sugaya, Takashi Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10189287
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus capable of smoothly transporting a paper sheet, on a first surface of which printing is performed, with the paper sheet facing an ejection head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Sumii
  • Patent number: 10183514
    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: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Kotik, Alon Levin
  • Patent number: 10173445
    Abstract: A sheet transporting apparatus is provided, including a transport mechanism provided with a roller, a motor, a controller, and a measuring input unit, wherein a transport route has a curved area for inverting the sheet, and the controller is constructed such that the control on the motor is executed by a closed loop control system by using a measured value of an control output at an initial stage of the transport of a sheet from a tray, and the control on the motor is switched from the control performed by the closed loop control system to control performed by an open loop control system on condition that a preset phenomenon arises after the sheet is taken out of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Kenta Horade, Mitsuhiro Nozaki, Hirotaka Aoki
  • Patent number: 10166793
    Abstract: A serial-type recording apparatus includes a controller configured to execute continuous recording processing in which, before completion of image recording on a first sheet fed before a second sheet, the second sheet is fed from a feed tray, wherein the controller is configured to: set a first current limit value in a first motor and drive the first motor having the first current limit value to feed the second sheet from the feed tray; and set a second current limit value in the first motor and drive the first motor having the second current limit value to refeed the second sheet from the feed tray, on condition that driving of a second motor has completed a last intermittent conveyance of the first sheet and feed failure of the second sheet has been determined based on a detection signal from a sheet sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaru Jimbo, Hidenobu Kondo
  • Patent number: 10160217
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a tablet printing apparatus includes: a conveyor; an inkjet head configured to eject ink from a nozzle to a tablet conveyed by the conveyor to perform printing; an ink tank configured to contain the ink to be supplied to the inkjet head; a moving device configured to change the height of the ink tank; and a control unit configured to control the moving device. The control unit controls the moving device to change the height of the ink tank based on a use amount of the ink figured out in advance to maintain a head difference between the height of the liquid level of the ink in the ink tank and the height of a nozzle forming surface, where the nozzle is formed in the inkjet head, at a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Aoyagi, Azusa Hirano, Yasutsugu Tsuruoka
  • Patent number: 10155402
    Abstract: There is provided a printing device which can reduce the frequency at which a consecutive overlap-feeding operation is performed in a state where an overlap error in which a preceding medium and a following medium are overlapped in reverse order is not corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuji Yatsunami, Yu Shinagawa, Yoshikane Tsuchihashi
  • Patent number: 10155403
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a conveyance mechanism including two rollers, two drive devices, two measuring devices, and a controller. For a first period during which a sheet is conveyed with one of the two rollers, the controller calculates first and second control inputs U1 and U2 whereas for a second period during which the sheet is conveyed with the two rollers, the controller calculates the second control input U2, two estimated tension values R1 and R2, and the first control input U1=U2?UR. For an initial period of the second period, the controller adjusts the first control input U1 to restrain the first control input U1 from change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10150311
    Abstract: A recording apparatus performs recording on a recording medium by using a tray having a plurality of slots, and includes a reception unit receiving information for specifying a detection position of the recording medium in a slot of the tray from an external apparatus, and a specification unit to specify the detection position. In addition, a control unit controls the recording apparatus so that, in a case where the recording medium is arranged in a first slot and no recording medium is arranged in a second slot, recording processing is performed on the recording medium arranged in the first slot, and recording processing is not performed in association with the second slot. Detection processing to detect a recording medium is not performed for a third slot which is not specified, and detection processing is performed for the first and second slots which are specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Omagari
  • Patent number: 10137680
    Abstract: A printing system includes a print module with printheads covering a printing width in x-direction, and a substrate holder for supporting a substrate. The substrate and print module are movable relative to each other in y-direction. Each printhead is positioned spaced at a first distance from the substrate holder in z-direction. A detection mechanism is provided for detecting obstructions on the substrate holder. A control unit is provided for stopping further relative movement in the y-direction between the substrate and the print module when an obstruction has been detected. The detection mechanism includes individually movable sub-detection elements that together cover the printing width, where those elements are designed to have a detection signal send out to the control unit when one of the elements gets moved out of a starting position by an obstruction trying to pass it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SPGPrints B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Klein Meuleman, Sjef Kusters
  • Patent number: 10137707
    Abstract: A second inkjet head, a second platen, and a second pair of conveyance rollers configured to convey a sheet toward the second platen downward with respect to a horizontal direction are arranged at lower positions than a first inkjet head arranged upstream of the second inkjet head, a first platen arranged upstream of the second platen, a first pair of conveyance rollers arranged upstream of the second pair of conveyance rollers and configured to convey the sheet toward the first plates downward with respect to the horizontal direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Morita
  • Patent number: 10141506
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a capacitor-like structure is constructed that includes an RF co-sputtered TMO layer. The capacitor-like structure includes a first electrode (e.g., a bottom electrode) constructed of a first metal (e.g., Pt), a RF co-sputtered TMO layer on the first electrode including a first oxide and a second oxide (e.g., a RF co-sputtered Al2O3—NiO layer), and a second electrode constructed of a second metal (e.g., Pt) in contact with the co-sputtered TMO layer. The capacitor-like structure is resistively switchable due to formation and rupture of CFs through the RF co-sputtered TMO layer in response to application of a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode. The RF co-sputtered TMO layer may be grown using at least one direct oxide target (e.g., a NiO target) in a noble gas (e.g., Ar) atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Alwyn Rebello, Adekunle Adeyeye
  • Patent number: 10112410
    Abstract: There are provided an ink jet printing apparatus and a color conversion processing device that can prevent the generation of offset and blocking and can stably jet ink. A first LUT in which a total amount of ink after conversion is large overall and a second LUT in which a total amount of ink after conversion is small overall are prepared as a look-up table (LUT) that is used in color conversion processing. A LUT to be used is selected according to the number of printed mediums. The first LUT is selected in a case in which the number of printed mediums is smaller than a threshold value, and the second LUT is selected in a case in which the number of printed mediums is equal to or larger than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Yamanobe
  • Patent number: 10105947
    Abstract: In some examples, a printing system includes a printhead comprising a nozzle array including plural columns of nozzles to deliver printing fluid to a print medium, wherein nozzles in a first column of the columns are offset from nozzles in a second column of the columns. A controller is to control printing onto the print medium using the printhead by, for each respective pass of a plurality of passes of the printhead over the print medium, controlling an advance of the print medium for a print mask pattern that controls firing of the nozzles of the printhead, where the controlled advance of the print medium causes nozzles from different columns of nozzles of the nozzle array to deliver dots of printing fluid to a given row of a swath in successive passes of the plurality of passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Andreas Muller, Utpal Kumar Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10097712
    Abstract: A control unit causes a carriage to move in a width direction under a first movement control of changing a location of the carriage with a first resolution so that a sensor located forward in movement detects an edge of a medium. Thereafter, the first movement control is switched to a second movement control of changing the location of the carriage with a second resolution higher than the first resolution and the carriage is caused to move in the width direction so that a sensor located rearward in movement detects the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noritsuna Rokuhara, Tetsuji Takeishi
  • Patent number: 10071568
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes an inkjet head configured to perform printing using ink along a main scanning direction onto a print medium by moving in the main scanning direction; a platen configured to support, from an opposite side of the inkjet head, a portion of the print medium being printed by the inkjet head by a printing portion supporting region extending in the main scanning direction; a print heater configured to heat the print medium via the printing portion supporting region; and a fan device extending in the main scanning direction, and configured to blow air out from a blower outlet for blowing the air toward a surface of the portion of the print medium supported by the printing portion supporting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji Miyashita, Katsutoshi Yamabe, Hisayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10071549
    Abstract: Systems and methods for printhead position control. The system comprises a controller that identifies a target distance for moving a printhead in a lateral direction to compensate for lateral shifts in a web of print media as the web travels in a continuous-forms printer in a conveyance direction. The controller also identifies a maximum distance for moving the printhead in the lateral direction based on an allowable print error in a color plane of the printer and one or more previous positions of the printhead. The control further moves the printhead for a distance that is a lesser of the maximum distance and the target distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Scott Richard Johnson
  • Patent number: 10071580
    Abstract: A printing method for printing sign information constituted by characters and/or marks on a medium includes a test printing process of printing a plurality of test patters whose ink amounts are mutually different on the medium, a selection receiving process of receiving a selection of legible one test pattern among the plurality of test patterns having been printed on the medium, and an ink amount setting process of setting an ink amount for use in printing of the sign information to an ink amount having been used in the printing of the one test pattern, which has been selected in the selection receiving process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mamiko Kurasawa
  • Patent number: 10065439
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printhead on a movable carriage; an operating unit operating by a driving force of a driving source; a transmitting unit being displaced by the driving force between a position where the transmitting unit transmits the driving force to the operating unit and a non-transmitting position; a movable member arranged on a moving path of the carriage; a restricting member being displaced, in coordination with a displacement of the movable member, between a position where the displacement of the transmitting unit is restricted and a non-restricting position; and a selecting member provided between the movable member and the restricting member. The selecting member is displaced between a position where the movable member and the restricting member are coordinated with each other by the selecting member and a non-coordinating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuji Nogami, Yasuhiro Ota, Kenji Soya
  • Patent number: 10065819
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes feeding, conveying, and separating members, and detecting, image forming, and control units. The feeding member feeds a recording material placed on a tray. The separating member and the conveying member separate recording materials at a nip. The detecting unit detects that the recording materials have been fed to the nip. The image forming unit forms an image on fed recording material. The control unit switches between a first and second control. Under the first control, the feeding member starts feeding a recording material placed on the tray, and ends feeding before a recording material trailing end passes through the feeding member. Under the second control, the feeding member starts feeding a recording material placed on the tray, and ends feeding after a recording material trailing end passes through the feeding member when the detection unit detects that the recording materials are fed to the nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuhei Shoji, Yuta Hojo, Shingo Harada
  • Patent number: 10059108
    Abstract: A controller of an inkjet printing apparatus is configured to raise a driving voltage to a target voltage, move the cap for an inkjet head from a covering position to a spaced position, and move a carriage, from which the cap is spaced, from a first position to a second position, simultaneously. The controller is further configured to cause the inkjet head to eject the ink toward an ink receiver in response to completion of boosting of the driving voltage and moving of the cap to the spaced position, and cause the conveyer to convey the sheet and cause the inkjet head to eject the ink in accordance with the recording command, in response to receipt of a recording command which instructs recording of an image on the sheet through a communication device, and completion of flushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsunori Mori
  • Patent number: 10029492
    Abstract: There is provided a printing device which can suppress a decrease in printing quality with respect to a following medium which is generated when performing a consecutive overlap-feeding operation of transporting a preceding medium and a following medium together to a printing start position of the following medium in a state where the preceding medium and the following medium partially overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuji Yatsunami
  • Patent number: 10022989
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a driving roller configured to drive a recording medium by rotation thereof while being in contact with the recording medium; a discharging head configured to discharge liquid onto a recording medium; a driven rotational member configured to be driven to rotate as a result of transport of the recording medium while being in contact with the recording medium; a rotation position detection unit configured to detect a rotation position of the driven rotational member; and a control unit configured to rotate the driving roller to transport the recording medium and adjust a timing of discharging the liquid from the discharging head in accordance with a detection result of the rotation position detection unit. The control unit adjusts a rotational speed of the driving roller in accordance with a linear pressure applied to the recording medium on the driving roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Imamura, Naoki Hori, Masashi Oba
  • Patent number: 10016987
    Abstract: An image forming method includes discharging a liquid containing a color material and water onto a surface of a recording medium; performing spray coating to apply a coating liquid containing wax to the surface of the recording medium, the surface having the discharged liquid; and heating the recording medium to which the coating liquid is applied in the spray coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Keita Katoh
  • Patent number: 10016980
    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: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Arai
  • Patent number: 10011123
    Abstract: There is provided a recording device including a transport section that transports paper along a support surface; a recording section; a determination region setting section; a liquid volume ratio calculation section; a determination section; and a recording position adjustment section that, when the determination section determines that the average value is larger than the threshold, adjusts a distance of the recording section from the support surface to a distance which is longer than a case in which the average value is not larger than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 10011128
    Abstract: Disclosed are a paper discharging mechanism and printing device having the same. The paper discharging mechanism includes: a frame provided with a paper outlet thereon; a swinging rack, configured to be swingable relative to the frame; a conveying roller assembly provided on the swinging rack; a first drive assembly, which is in a transmission connection with the conveying roller assembly and configured to drive the same to deliver a paper to the paper outlet; a first detection assembly, configured to detect a position of the swinging rack relative to the frame; the swinging rack swings in a direction away from the paper outlet when the paper outlet is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhengmin Zhang, Ning Feng, Shanhua Xu, Shuxun Dong