Measuring And Testing (e.g., Diagnostics) Patents (Class 347/19)
  • Patent number: 10286650
    Abstract: A pixel row in an arrangement direction or an orthogonal direction is divided into processing groups including pixels at every predetermined pixel count in the pixel row. Nondischarge complementary processing is sequentially performed on the divided plurality of processing groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Kitai, Masahiko Umezawa, Yoshiaki Murayama
  • Patent number: 10286693
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey a medium including a transparent base layer and a separation layer stacked on each other, the medium further including a printing background layer; a printer configured to print a character on the medium conveyed by the conveyor, wherein the medium on which the character is printed is a printed medium; and a controller configured to control the conveyor and the printer. The controller is configured to: obtain outside-diameter relating information relating to an outside diameter of a wrapped member; and based on the obtained outside-diameter relating information, set a character printable region in which the printer is allowed to print the character on the printing background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minako Ishida, Junya Kawai, Naoto Ito, Shuhei Nohara, Harumitsu Inoue, Yukihiko Sato, Haruki Matsumoto, Kentaro Murayama
  • Patent number: 10289355
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a container in which a sheet is contained, an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet, a reading unit configured to read a test image formed on the sheet, and a controller. The image forming apparatus forms the test image on the sheet, reads the test image by the reading unit, and generates, based on a reading result of the reading unit, an image forming condition for correcting a shift between a position of an image to be formed on a first surface of the sheet and a position of an image to be formed on a second surface different from the first surface of the sheet, and determines a timing for the image forming unit to subsequently form the test image based on a time period during which the sheet is contained in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotomo Tanaka, Munetaka Sakata
  • Patent number: 10275693
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a head in which a first nozzle group, a second nozzle group, and a third nozzle group which have a plurality of nozzles are disposed in a predetermined direction, and that can eject a liquid on a medium, a main scanning unit that scans the head in a main scanning direction, a sub scanning unit that relatively moves between the head and the medium in a sub scanning direction intersecting the main scanning direction; and a control unit. When the liquid is ejected to form a plurality of raster lines on the medium, the control unit maintains fixed values for each total value of a nozzle usage rate of the first nozzle group, total value of a nozzle usage rate of the second nozzle group, and total value of a nozzle usage rate of the third nozzle group, corresponding to the respective raster lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Eishin Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10259230
    Abstract: A printing material container detachably attachable to a printing apparatus having apparatus-side terminals. The container can comprise an electrical device, a memory device and a plurality of terminals. First and second terminals can be coupled to the electrical device and a plurality of memory terminals can be coupled to the memory device. Terminal contact portions are present where the terminals contact a respective apparatus side contact forming member. A short detection contact portion can be positioned to contact a contact forming member that itself is coupled to a short detection circuit of the printing apparatus. The terminals can be arranged with the memory terminal contact portions located to the left of the second terminal contact portion and to the right of the first terminal contact portion. The contact portion that is second farthest to the right can be the third contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noboru Asauchi
  • Patent number: 10264667
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system that is configured to eject fluid vertically away from a thermal microfluidic die for use with scented oils or other fluids. The die is coupled to a rigid planar support board that separates the die from a reservoir of the fluid. The support board includes an opening that is lined with an inert liner that protects an interior surface of the support board from the fluid. The support board includes contact to an external power supply and contacts to the die on a first surface. The die is coupled to this first surface such that the second surface remains free of electrical connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics, Inc., STMicroelectronics S.R.L., STMicroelectronics International N.V.
    Inventors: Simon Dodd, Joe Scheffelin, Dave Hunt, Steve Bush, Faiz Sherman
  • Patent number: 10262752
    Abstract: A method for identifying erroneous data in at least one memory element, particularly a register, that includes at least one flip-flop that is intended to allow reliable detection of soft errors. To this end, writing of data to the at least one memory element involves at least one write security bit being produced from these data and stored in an associated security memory element, wherein at least one output security bit is computed from the data continuously in the same way as for writing and is compared with the corresponding write security bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Adrian Traskov
  • Patent number: 10252435
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a storing unit configured to store data of a pattern having plural parts of different colors or designs; a display unit; and a control device. The control device is configured to: acquire data of a color or a design of at least one workpiece; change a color or a design of at least one part of a pattern in the data stored in the storing unit to the color or the design acquired for the at least one workpiece; and display the pattern having the at least one part in which the color or the design has been changed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakamura, Manami Ota, Kentaro Sugiyama, Hideaki Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 10252518
    Abstract: A correction data setting apparatus, which sets correction data in a memory for storing the correction data for correcting a pulse width of a drive pulse signal applied to each actuator corresponding to each nozzle of an inkjet head, comprises a generation section which sequentially generates a channel No. for individually identifying each nozzle; an output section which outputs a parameter required for arithmetic which represents a characteristic of a correction amount with respect to an arrangement direction of the nozzles; an arithmetic section which executes the arithmetic using the parameter output from the output section to calculate the correction amount for each channel No. generated from the generation section; a conversion section converts the correction amount calculated for each channel No. by the arithmetic section to the correction data; and a setting section sets the correction data obtained for each channel No. by the conversion section in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noboru Nitta, Teruyuki Hiyoshi, Shunichi Ono
  • Patent number: 10256126
    Abstract: Disclosed are process control systems and methods incorporating a crystal microbalance (CM) (e.g., a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM)) into gas flow line(s) entering and/or exiting a processing chamber. A CM measures the resonance of a quartz crystal sensor contained therein as gas flows over that crystal sensor and can, thereby be used to accurately monitor, in real time, the mass flow rate of the gas. The mass flow rate may indicate that gas contamination has occurred and, in response, a controller can cause the gas flow to stop. Additionally, the mass flow rate may indicate the desired result will not be achieved within the processing chamber and, in response, advanced process control (APC) can be performed (e.g., the controller can adjust the gas flow). CM(s) incorporated into gas flow lines entering and/or exiting a processing chamber can provide precise measurements for process monitoring at minimal cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Robert B. Finlay, Brian Conerney
  • Patent number: 10252539
    Abstract: In a fluid ejection apparatus, fluid flows from a tank, through a fluid inlet, to a fluid supply passage which extends to nozzles. A driver is configured to apply energy to fluid in the fluid supply passage to eject fluid from the nozzles. A purge unit is configured to purge fluid from the nozzles to execute first purging. A controller is configured to receive, from a user input unit, a refill completion signal indicating that the tank is refilled with fluid, obtain an amount of fluid consumed since receipt of the refill completion signal by counting an amount of fluid discharged from the nozzles, and determine an amount of fluid to be purged by the first purging by subtracting the amount of fluid consumed from a total capacity of the fluid supply passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoichiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10232653
    Abstract: An ink jet type printer includes a liquid discharge head that prints on a sheet, a container that houses ink, and a mounting portion which has an insertion opening and to which the container inserted through the insertion opening is detachably mounted. The mounting portion includes a mounting portion-side rib that, when the container is to be inserted through the insertion opening, guides the container to the insertion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mikinori Sawai, Susumu Taga
  • Patent number: 10232638
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are related to a coating system and a method for coating a surface of a product. The system may include a coating unit, comprising; a droplet deposition assembly configured to deposit droplets of a coating material from a plurality of nozzles according to a predetermined deposition pattern, to form a coating on the surface. The system may further include a curing unit for curing at least one polymeric component included in the coating material and a control unit configured to receive the predetermined deposition pattern and control the coating unit to deposit the predetermined deposition pattern on the surface, such that the coating has a thickness deviation of less than 1 micron per 1 meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PALRAM INDUSTRIES (1990) LTD
    Inventor: Reuven Hugi
  • Patent number: 10226941
    Abstract: A method to calibrate a printer, in which printing of a plurality of uniform area fills using a variety of combinations of at least first and second types of correction is controlled, both the first and second type of correction being varied in the variety of combinations; and in which measurement of optical density uniformity of the plurality of uniform area fills is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Copmany, L.P.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Valero Navazo, Alejandro Manuel De Pena, Marcos Casaldaliga Albisu
  • Patent number: 10224469
    Abstract: A light emitting device (10) includes light emitting elements (12), conductor wirings (14), and alignment marks (18) formed on a substrate (11). The alignment marks (18) and the conductor wirings (14) are formed by printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Hata, Makoto Agatani, Shinya Ishizaki, Makoto Matsuda, Tomokazu Nada, Toyonori Uemura
  • Patent number: 10214025
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including a controller configured to execute: causing a printing execution unit to execute printing of a first test image and a second test image; acquiring first scan image data; acquiring second scan image data; identifying a first boundary; identifying a first number of pixels and a second number of pixels; calculating a first number of unit pixels and a second number of unit pixels; calculating a relevant value related to density of a dot formed by each nozzle; and generating characteristics data which indicates ink jetting characteristics of N pieces of nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaya Takasu
  • Patent number: 10207497
    Abstract: Selecting nozzles can include selecting nozzles of a plurality of nozzles to print a portion of a print job based on content of the print job and assigning firing reservations to the selected nozzles, where a total number of the firing reservations assigned to the selected nozzles is comparatively less than a total number of the plurality of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael W. Cumbie, Garrett E. Clark, Mark H. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 10207499
    Abstract: Examples associated with drop velocity aberrancy detection are disclosed. One example includes firing ink through nozzles of a print-head past sensors to identify drop velocities of the nozzles. A target drop velocity is selected based on the drop velocities of the nozzles. An aberrant nozzles is detected when a nozzle has a drop velocity that deviates from the target drop velocity by a selected threshold. The aberrant nozzle is deactivated, and a good nozzle that will travel over locations traversed by the aberrant nozzle is configured to print portions of a job that would have been printed by the aberrant nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mauricio Seras Franzoso, Antonio Gracia Verdugo, Marta Coma Vives
  • Patent number: 10209123
    Abstract: An acoustic module is coupled to an acoustic passage. The acoustic module includes an acoustic transducer coupled to a diaphragm. A controller or other circuitry measures an impedance of the acoustic transducer. Based on the impedance, the controller determines whether the impedance indicates that the acoustic passage is blocked. The controller may determine that the acoustic passage is blocked by liquid that is present in the acoustic passage. When the controller determines based on the impedance that liquid is present in the acoustic passage, the controller may drive out, purge, and/or otherwise remove the liquid, such as by using the acoustic transducer to vibrate the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolas T. Vitt, Ruchir M Dave, Jesse A. Lippert, Brad G. Boozer, Neal D. Evans, David S. Wilkes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10208158
    Abstract: Described is a super elastic epoxy hydrogel that is easy to manufacture and can be engineered for various performance enhancements of the polymer. Also described are methods of enhancing the performance of this hydrogel and other hydrogels. Various polymer hydrogel composites, structures, and their uses are included, such as the actuator element comprising the hydrogel of the invention depicted in FIG. 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: MEDIPACS, INC., THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Mark Banister, Dominic McGrath
  • Patent number: 10201981
    Abstract: An example method for determining an amount of a translucent printing fluid in accordance with the present disclosure is provided. The example method comprises printing a plurality of test patterns with different proportions of colored and translucent printing fluids. The plurality of test patterns comprise a first area and a second area contiguous with the first area, wherein a color of the second area is different from a color of the first area. Migration characteristics of the plurality of test patterns are analyzed to determine an amount of translucent printing fluid to use for a successive printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Antonio Gracia Verdugo, David Toussaint, Oriol Borrell Avila
  • Patent number: 10201854
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are directed to applying magnetohydrodynamic forces to liquid metal to eject liquid metal along a controlled pattern, such as a controlled three-dimensional pattern as part of additive manufacturing of an object. The magnetohydrodynamic force can be pulsed to eject droplets of the liquid metal to provide control over accuracy of the object being fabricated. The pulsations can be applied in fluid chambers having high resonance frequencies such that droplet ejection can be effectively controlled over a wide range of frequencies, including high frequencies suitable for liquid metal ejection at rates suitable for commercially viable three-dimensional fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Desktop Metal, Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuel Michael Sachs, Mark Gardner Gibson, Paul A. Hoisington, Richard Remo Fontana
  • Patent number: 10198663
    Abstract: A system for predicting occurrence of a defective image includes: an input device configured to input image data into an image forming apparatus; and a hardware processor configured to analyze a spatial frequency of gradient distribution of an image in accordance with a size of a density irregularity specific to the image forming apparatus with respect to the input image data and to calculate a probability of a conspicuous density irregularity of the size in regard to the image formed by the image forming apparatus based on the image data with reference to an index of correlation between an analysis result and an evaluation value of the density irregularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Natsuko Kawai, Takashi Akazawa, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Ryoei Ikari, Kei Okamura, Keiji Uchikawa
  • Patent number: 10195875
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transport unit which transports a recording medium in a transport direction; a printing unit which prints an image and a mark on the recording medium; and a mark detecting unit which is located on an upstream side of the printing unit in the transport direction, and detects a mark, includes a function of automatically adjusting a detecting sensitivity of the mark detecting unit, and obtains a printing start position using the mark, in which the mark detecting unit has a timer function including an ON delay in which a time between detecting of a mark and outputting of a detecting signal of ON is delayed, uses the timer function when obtaining the printing start position, and does not use the timer function when performing the automatic adjusting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Hori, Masashi Kitahara, Shinji Kawakami, Atsushi Imamura
  • Patent number: 10189248
    Abstract: A print head assembly (PHA) includes a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) die mounted to a substrate with an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The die includes an opening defined in the die, a plurality of nozzles adjacent to the opening in fluid communication with the opening, and a pad to receive electrical control signals. The ASIC includes a communication link and a plurality of transmission lines that transmit electrical signals to the MEMS die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter James Fricke, Andrew L. Van Brocklin
  • Patent number: 10185900
    Abstract: A method in a page-wide array printing apparatus comprising at least first and second printing dies that overlap in a page width direction comprises the steps of calibrating the printing apparatus in a media advance direction to a higher resolution than the page width direction, the media advance direction being perpendicular to the page width direction, and using printing masks to control the operation of a plurality of nozzles in an overlap area between the first and second printing dies to reduce any visible defects caused by dot placement errors in the page width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marcos Casaldaliga Albisu, M. Isabel Borell Bayona, Leticia Rubio
  • Patent number: 10173447
    Abstract: A printer having a carriage (10) movable along a guide beam (12) in a main scanning direction (y), and a number of print heads (14) mounted on the carriage (10), each print head having a plurality of printing elements (16), wherein the carriage (10) has at least two sub-carriages (38) each of which carries at least one of the print heads (14) and is independently guided at the guide beam (12), and the sub-carriages (38) are coupled for joint movement in the main scanning direction (y) but are movable relative to one another in a sub-scanning direction (x) normal to the main scanning direction (y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Wensheng Zhai
  • Patent number: 10168633
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a controller capable of executing a normal mode in which an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member is developed by setting a peripheral velocity ratio of a developer bearing member relative to the image bearing member to a prescribed peripheral velocity ratio, and a color gamut enlargement mode in which a color gamut of an image to be formed on a recording medium is enlarged as compared to the normal mode by setting the peripheral velocity ratio of the developer bearing member relative to the image bearing member to a larger peripheral velocity ratio than the peripheral velocity ratio in the normal mode, wherein the controller identifies image color gamut information included in image data and forms an image by selecting the normal mode or the color gamut enlargement mode in accordance with the image color gamut information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hisashi Nakahara, Akihiko Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10160199
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharging apparatus including: a discharging portion which discharges liquid; a fixing portion which fixes the discharging portion; a circuit substrate for controlling discharge of the liquid; a head cover which covers the circuit substrate; and a covering portion which connects the fixing portion and the head cover to each other, and covers a part between the fixing portion and the head cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kyohei Date
  • Patent number: 10163045
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus to which a removable device can be set is provided. The removable device includes a first memory to store first status information indicating a status of the removable device, first identification information identifying the removable device, and second identification information identifying the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kengo Tanaka, Kazushi Takei, Norio Muraishi, Sumihiro Inokuchi, Masashi Hommi, Atsushi Kuramoto, Takuya Kemmochi, Yoichi Kitahara
  • Patent number: 10160198
    Abstract: A printer includes a page wide array of printing elements extending in a first orientation and co-located with a media path extending in a second orientation generally perpendicular to the first orientation. The printer is selectively operable according to a calibration involving current calibration values for a first subset of the page wide array of printing elements and a substitute calibration value for at least one non-first subset printing element of the page wide array immediately adjacent to at least one of the first subset printing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marcos Casaldaliga Albisu, Marti Rius Rossell
  • Patent number: 10154168
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an operation unit, a controller unit, and an external device controller, and a management unit. The external device controller is configured to control connection, writing, and reading of an external memory device. The management unit is configured to manage a mount state and unmount state of the external memory device. The mount state is a state in which the external memory device becomes available when the operation unit or the controller unit recognizes the external memory device. The unmount state is a state in which the mount state is released. The management unit is configured to execute an unmount process depending on the mount state when an unmount request of the external memory device is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhito Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10150289
    Abstract: Provided is a dot recording apparatus in which a first dot group is formed using a first nozzle group, a second dot group is formed using a second nozzle group, a third dot group is formed using a third nozzle group, of which the distance from the first nozzle group in a direction is a first nozzle row distance, a fourth dot group is formed using a fourth nozzle group, of which the distance from the second nozzle group in a direction is a second nozzle row distance, which differs from the first nozzle row distance, and inclination of the main scanning direction and a nozzle row are calculated on the basis of a distance in the main scanning direction from the first dot group up to the third dot group, and a distance in the main scanning direction from the second dot group up to the fourth dot group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Eishin Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10154163
    Abstract: A method for providing a dynamic user interface template in an industrial printing environment. The method including automatically determining: a print-head type, a utilized printing technology module, and a peripheral module. The method obtains from said print head information on one or several of technology type and capabilities, setting definition, fault and warning definitions, maintenance features and diagnostic features. The method also obtains from said printing technology module information on one or several of module type and capabilities, setting definition, fault and warning definitions, maintenance features and diagnostic features. The method additionally obtains from said peripheral module information on one or several of module type and capabilities, setting definition, fault and warning definitions, maintenance features and diagnostic features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MARKEM-IMAJE HOLDING
    Inventor: Mattias Larsson
  • Patent number: 10143280
    Abstract: A protective case can be used with a mobile device having front and back surfaces and side surfaces extending between the front and back surfaces, including a top side, a bottom side, a right side, and a left side, the mobile device having a screen on the front surface. The protective case can include a shell configured to engage and substantially surround at least three of the surfaces of the mobile device and preferably all or nearly all surfaces of the mobile device while still capable of allowing the user to functionally interact with biometric sensor (such as a fingerprint sensor) and/or not interfere with the intended functionality of the proximity sensors of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Incipio, LLC
    Inventors: Andy Fathollahi, Timothy Alan Hemesath, Kitty Yu-Ling Yung, Carlos Del Toro
  • Patent number: 10149379
    Abstract: A multi-layered circuit board includes a first insulating layer, a second insulating layer, and a sheet capacitor that is located between the first insulating layer and the second insulating layer. The sheet capacitor includes a pair of electrodes that sandwich a dielectric. Lead wirings continue to the electrodes, respectively. The lead wirings are disposed on an opposite side of the first or the second insulating layer with respect to the sheet capacitor to overlap the electrodes when viewed from a stacking direction of the multi-layered circuit board. Because the lead wirings are arranged to overlap the electrodes in the stacking direction of the multi-layered circuit board, an ESL of the sheet capacitor is maintained low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NODA SCREEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seisei Oyamada, Masamitsu Yoshizawa, Hirotaka Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10144237
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for printing objects, in particular containers, wherein the containers are transported along a specified transport path, and the outer surface of the containers is printed at least temporarily by means of at least one printing unit, wherein a controller controls the printing of the containers by means of the at least one printing unit on the basis of at least one printing parameter. According to the invention, at least one object to be printed is printed with at least one test marking in order to ascertain the printing parameter, and the object provided with the test marking is then inspected by means of at least one inspection device, wherein the printing parameter is derived from the result of the inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Andreas Sonnauer, Florian Lauterbach, Peter Lindner
  • Patent number: 10137682
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a pressure chamber; a nozzle communicating with the pressure chamber; a piezoelectric element which generates pressure fluctuations in a liquid in the pressure chamber; and a driving IC which is connected to the piezoelectric element through wiring and which carries out driving control of the piezoelectric element, in which the driving control has a first preliminary heating step of heating the liquid in the pressure chamber, a preliminary ejection step of ejecting a liquid in the pressure chamber from the nozzle after the first preliminary heating step, a second preliminary heating step of heating the liquid in the pressure chamber more weakly than in the first preliminary heating step after the preliminary ejection step, and a main ejection step of starting an operation of ejecting the liquid from the nozzle after the second preliminary heating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shunya Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10137694
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid supply unit provided with a liquid container that is configured to supply a liquid to a liquid consuming apparatus. The liquid supply unit includes a unit housing located below the liquid consuming apparatus and configured to be detachably mounted to the liquid consuming apparatus; the liquid container configured to be placed inside of the unit housing and provided with a liquid supply portion that is arranged to flow out the liquid; and a liquid introduction portion configured to be connected with the liquid supply portion and to flow the liquid from the liquid supply portion to the liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid introduction portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsutomo Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 10131152
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes a printer body, an ink container and a cover member. The cover member is pivotable about a pivot shaft. The ink container includes an ink containing portion, a sealing member, a frame portion and a cover portion. A top portion of the ink containing portion includes a port. The cover portion is pivotable about a first pivot axis between a maximum opened position and a closed position. One of a first opposing surface of the cover member and a second opposing surface of the cover portion is provided with a protrusion, and the other is provided with a recess portion. When the cover portion is in the closed position and the cover member is in the second position, a distance between the protrusion and the pivot shaft is equal to a distance between the recess portion and the pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taichi Shirono
  • Patent number: 10124613
    Abstract: Printing unit comprising at least a printing head, a support plate to which said printing head is associated, and at least one positioning member associated to the support plate and to the printing head to adjust the reciprocal position of the latter two; the support plate defines an adjustment plane with respect to which the printing head is positioned; the positioning member comprises at least an actuation device which can be selectively actuated above the adjustment plane and a kinematic conversion device configured to convert the actuation of said actuation device into an adjustment of the position of the printing head with respect to the support plate in at least one direction lying on the adjustment plane; the actuation device is associable with a cam element able to engage in a suitably shaped seating made in the printing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Jet-Set S.R.L.
    Inventor: Sergio Ferrari
  • Patent number: 10124578
    Abstract: A nozzle-clogging determining device is provided for detecting nozzle clogging without causing an increase in the cost. A nozzle-clogging determining device is configured to detect pass of droplets ejected from a plurality of nozzles of a head of an inkjet printer, and includes a droplet detector and a determination controller. The droplet detector includes a light emitter configured to emit detection light for detecting pass of droplets in a direction intersecting with a traveling direction of droplets, and a light receiver configured to receive the detection light. The determination controller consecutively ejects a plurality of droplets from each nozzle of the head at equal intervals, and has a threshold for performing determination on nozzle clogging on the basis of a light interception rate of the detection light which the light receiver receives when droplets are positioned inside a spot of the detection light which the light receiver receives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazumi Sakurai, Akihiko Mizusaki, Eiji Miyashita, Masaki Kodaira, Naoki Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10124581
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus has a head provided with discharge sections which discharge a liquid, a drive circuit configured to generate driving signals for driving the discharge sections and discharging the liquid, a carriage mounted with the head and the drive circuit, and a carriage support section configured and arranged to support the carriage. A shortest distance between the carriage support section and the drive circuit is shorter than a shortest distance between the carriage support section and the discharge section which is closest to the carriage support section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noboru Tamura, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10120333
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which is capable of prompting a user to replace a process cartridge. The process cartridge is comprised of a plurality of components. At least CPU executes instructions to obtain life span information indicating life spans of the components of the process cartridge, determine whether or not the process cartridge is a specific process cartridge for which life span information on a part of the components of the process cartridge is obtained whereas life span information on all the components of the cartridge is not obtained, calculate a life span of the process cartridge, and provide notification of the calculated life span of the process cartridge. When the process cartridge is the specific process cartridge, the life span of the process cartridge is calculated based on only the obtained life span information on the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazutaka Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 10118394
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a flow path member in which a first substrate and a second substrate are joined to each other by an adhesive so that flow paths extending in directions along a junction surface between the first substrate and the second substrate are formed, and an ejection unit. The flow paths include a first flow path through which a first liquid flows and a second flow path through which a second liquid flows. The ratio of presence of a flow path between a demarcation wall that at least partially forms the first flow path and an external contour of the flow path member in the directions along the junction surfaces is greater than the ratio of presence of a flow path between a demarcation wall that at least partially forms the second flow path and the external contour of the flow path member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Munakata, Yuji Tabata
  • Patent number: 10115900
    Abstract: Various materials can be deposited on an OLED substrate at various steps, in which the materials may subsequently require drying, baking and a combination thereof. Given the critical nature of drying and baking steps, the inventors of the present teachings have designed various modules for carrying out drying and baking which can be used as a process development module, and additionally for as a dedicated process module in production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Conor F. Madigan, Eliyahu Vronsky, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko
  • Patent number: 10105956
    Abstract: A printing apparatus 10 calculates an consumed ink amount which is a consumed amount of ink ejected from an ejection unit that ejects ink supplied from an ink cartridge 60, and, in the case where an unused ink cartridge 60 is installed, executes initial maintenance of the ejection unit, determines an initial consumed ink amount which is a consumed amount of liquid consumed by the initial maintenance, writes the consumed ink amount and the initial consumed ink amount to a storage device 70 of the ink cartridge 60 as a consumed ink amount 73 and an initial consumed ink amount 75, and generates and notifies a ratio of the difference between the contained ink amount 71 and the consumed ink amount that is updated relative to the difference between the contained ink amount 71 and the initial consumed ink amount 75 as notification-use information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoo Kubota, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Shinya Yamagata
  • Patent number: 10108887
    Abstract: A print apparatus is provided that executes a print using print data that is stored in the apparatus, and in addition to executing post-processing on output materials after the printing, deletes the corresponding print data when processing of the print job ends. Here, the print apparatus according to the embodiment deletes the corresponding print data only in a case when the post-processing to all the sheets or the like set in one print job successfully ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daiji Kirihata
  • Patent number: 10097731
    Abstract: Provided is a change degree deriving device including a receiving unit that receives an image obtained by capturing an object and a known color body including plural color samples, the plural color samples including deterioration-series colors among colors used for the object, and each of the color samples having a known colorimetric value, a conversion rule generating unit that generates a conversion rule used to convert a color of the image received by the receiving unit into a colorimetric value in a device-independent color space based on the color samples included in the image received by the receiving unit, and a converting unit that converts a color of the object included in the image received by the receiving unit into a colorimetric value in the device-independent color space according to the conversion rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ogatsu, Shinji Sasahara, Junichi Matsunoshita, Ken Ogino
  • Patent number: 10093087
    Abstract: A distance measuring device includes: an imaging unit that captures a test pattern image including a pair of first markers and a second marker that is formed under a condition different from a condition applied to the first markers; a position detecting unit that detects a position of each of the pair of first markers and the second marker in a captured image captured by the imaging unit; a ratio calculating unit that calculates a ratio of a distance between the pair of the first markers in the captured image and an actual distance between the pair of the first markers; and an actual distance calculating unit that calculates an actual distance between one of the first markers as the pair and the second marker by multiplying a distance between the one of the first markers as the pair and the second marker in the captured image by the ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaya Kawarada, Nobuyuki Satoh, Kenji Morita, Yuichi Sakurada, Tomohiro Sasa, Daisaku Horikawa