Combined Patents (Class 347/2)
  • Patent number: 10682843
    Abstract: A direct-to-object printer includes an object indexing subsystem. The object indexing subsystem includes an indexer actuator that operates a rotating indexer to rotate a collar in which an object is mounted. The amount of collar rotation enables the object held by the collar to be turned a predetermined angular amount so operation of the indexing subsystem between passes by a plurality of printheads enables different portions of a curved object surface to be printed during different passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos M. Terrero, Roberto A. Irizarry, Jacob R. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10601107
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is described that comprises an antenna configured to intercept radio waves modulated with printing data; a receiver configured to recover the printing data from the intercepted radio waves; a printing module configured to generate a printed output on a printing medium based on the printing data; and a housing for the printing apparatus, wherein the housing encloses the antenna, the receiver, and the printing module, and further wherein the antenna is integrated with an interior surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERMEC IP CORP.
    Inventors: Wai Kit Ho, Adriel Kee Fatt Siew, Ranuff Delario, Ling Ying Koh
  • Patent number: 10562065
    Abstract: A hydrophobic and oleophobic coating composition includes at least a polysilazane polymer and a fluoroacrylate copolymer is applied to one or more work pieces, such as solder paste stencils, via a nebulizing spray system having one or more spray applicators. Application is accomplished by controlled operation of the spray applicator along with controlled movement of a work piece relative to the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Newtech LLC
    Inventors: Steven Martin Johnson, Rodney Wade
  • Patent number: 10562321
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes an apparatus body, a receiver, a heating device, and a partition. The receiver holds a heating target so that the heating target is insertable into and removable from the apparatus body. The heating device is disposed above the receiver, to heat the heating target. The partition partitions an upper space above the heating device into a first space facing the heating device and a second space facing an upper surface portion of the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tadayasu Enomoto, Yuuzoh Obata, Tsuguyori Kemma
  • Patent number: 10491781
    Abstract: A controller performs: acquiring target image data; calculating a particular value of a first end image by using the target image data, the first end image being an image to be printed in a first end region parallel to a first end of a print medium; determining print processing to be performed by using the particular value, including: when a particular condition is satisfied, determining first print processing as the print processing, the particular condition including a first condition that uniformity of the first end image is higher than or equal to a first standard; and when the particular condition is not satisfied, determining second print processing as the print processing, the first print processing being processing in which banding is less likely to occur in the first end image than the second print processing; and controlling the printer to print an image based on the target image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Morikawa
  • Patent number: 10412270
    Abstract: An ink amount upper limit setting apparatus includes a target color designating section that accepts the designation of at least one target color for which an ink amount upper limit is to be set. A patch controller causes an output device to form patches in accordance with output values. A colorimetric value acquiring section acquires colorimetric values of the formed patches. A color reproduction determination output section outputs color reproduction determination information that indicates whether the target color is contained in a color reproduction region for each of ink amount upper limit candidates, on the basis of a coordinate value of the target color and the colorimetric values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yuko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10369785
    Abstract: An inkjet printhead device, fluid ejection device and method thereof are disclosed. The fluid ejection device includes a fluid supply chamber to store fluid, an ejection chamber including a nozzle and a corresponding ejection member to selectively eject the fluid through the nozzle, and a channel to establish fluid communication between the fluid supply chamber and the ejection chamber. The fluid ejection device also includes a pressure sensor unit having a sensor plate to output a voltage value corresponding to a cross-sectional area of an amount of fluid in the at least ejection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Van Brocklin, Adam L. Ghozeil, Daryl E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10358560
    Abstract: The invention provides dispersed inorganic mixed metal oxide pigment compositions in a non-aqueous media utilizing a dispersant having terminal end groups and a central portion of the structure —[CH(A)-C(B)(D)]n-[CR2CR2]m- to disperse a mixed metal oxide pigment in the media. The metal oxide pigment is of the type used to color ceramic or glass articles. A milling process using beads is also described to reduce the mixed metal oxide particle size to the desired range. A method of using the mixed metal oxide dispersion to digitally print an image on a ceramic or glass article using the dispersion jetted through a nozzle and subsequently firing the colored article is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Thetford, Elliot Coulbeck
  • Patent number: 10331028
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an imprinting apparatus is provided. The imprinting apparatus includes a controller that controls a resist drop position on a wafer to be imprinted with a pattern, using a first resist drop recipe corresponding to a first topography of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahito Nishimura, Jun Iijima
  • Patent number: 10279369
    Abstract: Printing apparatus includes: a printer (thin-film carrier, conveyer, and droplet discharger) printing on a thin film by discharging, while shifting thin film in first direction, droplets containing a functional component from a plurality of positions differing from each other in second direction; and a print uniformity controller (print controller and position switcher) performing the printing for a plurality of times, by using the printer and changing position and/or orientation of thin film relative to the plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayo Shinoda, Shuhei Nakatani, Kazuma Tsujita
  • Patent number: 10279612
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer including a memory storing computer-executable instructions that cause the printer to further perform a first determination process and a second determination process. In the first determination process, it is determined whether or not a preceding line location reaches an inter-page position between two adjacent pages of a print-receiving medium. In the second determination process, it is determined whether or not the either one state of the first and second energization state is switched to another state of the first state and the second energization state. In the case that it is determined that the either one state is switched to said another state, the print parameters being calculated in the parameter calculation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuya Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10254681
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include: a casing configured to accommodate developer therein, the casing extending in the first direction; a coupling rotatable about a first axis extending in the first direction, the coupling being positioned at one side of the casing in the first direction; a detection gear rotatable about a second axis extending in the first direction, the detection gear being positioned at another side of the casing in the first direction; and a storage medium including an electric contact surface, the electric contact surface being positioned at the one side of the casing in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Junichi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10213004
    Abstract: A nail shape acquiring device has a control unit, which acquires a plurality of index values representing a degree of curve of a curved shape of a nail of each of a plurality of objects on the basis of at least one image in which the plurality of objects is imaged. The plurality of objects are a plurality of fingers, including at least one pair of same type fingers on right and left hands, or toes, including at least one pair of same type toes on right and left feet. A determination unit determines, on the basis of different index values for nails of the same type fingers or the same type toes, whether at least one of the index values is to be used as a value representing the degree of the curve of the curved shape of the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10105977
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes: a print bar unit including an inkjet head configured to eject ink to a web being conveyed; and a guide configured to guide movement of the print bar unit in a print bar movement direction intersecting a conveyance direction of the web between a first position, a second position, and a third position. The first position is a position where the print bar unit performs printing on the web. The second position and third position are located on one and the other sides of the first position in the print bar movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Nishiyama, Tetsunori Saito, Tomohiko Shimoda
  • Patent number: 10101640
    Abstract: A connection structure connects to an electronic device and a projection component that connects to the electronic device through the connection structure to project a target projection content from the electronic device. The projection component includes a transmission module, an output interface, a direction change mechanism, and a linkage apparatus. The transmission module receives the target projection content. The output interface outputs an initial light ray of the target projection content. The direction change mechanism directs the initial light ray as an output light ray in one of a plurality of output directions. The linkage apparatus is coupled to the connection structure and the direction change mechanism to drive the direction change mechanism to change the output direction of the output light ray from a first output direction to a second output direction in response to a variation in a relative arrangement between the projection component and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Jianyu Chen, Xiaohua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10101684
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a detection gear and a memory. The detection gear may be rotatable about a first axis extending in a predetermined direction. The detection gear may include a first protrusion movable with rotation of the detection gear. The memory may include a first storage region configured to store, based on the motion of the first protrusion, new product determination information representing that the cartridge is detected as a new product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadao Kyotani, Nao Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10093116
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus including: a driving roller which drives a recording medium in a predetermined direction by rotation thereof; a supporting member which supports the recording medium further on the downstream side in the predetermined direction than the driving roller; a discharge head which is provided to oppose the supporting member and discharges liquid to the recording medium supported by the supporting member; a tension control portion which adjusts tension of the recording medium supported by the supporting member by controlling tension of the recording medium based on a result of detecting tension of the recording medium further on the downstream side in the predetermined direction than the driving roller; and a first destaticizing portion which destaticizes the recording medium further on the upstream side in the predetermined direction than the driving roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toyama, Satoru Katagami
  • Patent number: 9962983
    Abstract: A printable recording media containing a substrate; a pre-coat layer including more than about 60 wt % of one or more inorganic pigments by total dry weight of the pre-coat layer; a topcoating layer including more than about 60 wt % of one or more inorganic pigments; up to 25 wt % of binders and up to about 5 wt % of a combination of natural and synthetic rheology modifiers, by total weight of the top-coating layer, wherein the ratio of the amount of natural rheology modifiers to the amount of synthetic rheology modifiers is from about 90:10 to about 50:50. Also disclosed herein is a method for making such printable recording media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Lokendra Pal, Jason Swei, Rajasekar Vaidyanathan, Silke Courtenay
  • Patent number: 9962940
    Abstract: In some examples, a service cartridge includes a fluid storage container for receiving fluid discharged from a fluid ejection device, and a web wipe for performing a wiping operation on the fluid ejection device. In a first wiping operation, the web wipe is caused to be advanced by a first length. An amount of discharged fluid into the fluid storage container is monitored. In a second wiping operation after the first wiping operation, in response to the monitored amount of discharged fluid into the fluid storage container, the web wipe is caused to be advanced by a second length different from the first length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xavier Gros, Gloria Hernandez Ballester
  • Patent number: 9925800
    Abstract: A printing apparatus may include a dispensing device and a print device. The dispensing device may be configured for dispensing a film, wherein the film has an adhesive side. The print device may be arranged about the dispensing device in a position and orientation allowing the print device to impart information onto the adhesive side of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Allen Cork, Andy Brown
  • Patent number: 9889691
    Abstract: A printer system comprising a printer having a printhead operatively installed therein, the printer including a housing having opposing thumb screws extending outwardly therefrom, and a mount comprising a printer bracket having opposite printer bracket side members each terminating in a distally extending side member leg configured for attachment to the rail, the printer bracket side members each further having a mounting slot formed therein with a vertical slot portion and at least one horizontal slot portion and a rail bracket having a rail bracket top member with opposite substantially downwardly extending rail bracket side members terminating in outwardly extending side member legs configured for attachment to the rail, whereby the printer is received within the mount and selectively positioned therein as by engaging the thumb screws within the mounting slots so as to position the printhead as desired beneath the rail bracket top member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Nadeepuram K. Ranganathan, Barry Brucker, John P. Clary, Hugh Clary, Alexander E. Shafer, Robert Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9844916
    Abstract: A solid object manufacturing system comprises: a controlling device, a solid object manufacturing device and a projecting device. The control device generates a solid object model and then divides the model into a plurality of layer images. The control device then adjusts the height of a lifting table of the solid object manufacturing device and controls the projecting device to project one of the layer images on the lifting table synchronously, so as to guide user to form an article by using a printing module of the solid object manufacturing device. The solid object manufacturing system guides user to complete the article by projecting the layer images and adjusting the height of the lifting table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Li, Li Yu, Shih-Kuang Tsai
  • Patent number: 9827772
    Abstract: An inkjet device includes: multiple coating heads; a supply tank that is connected to the multiple coating heads through a supply pipe; a first controller that controls the pressure inside the supply tank; and a second controller that causes at least one coating head of the multiple coating heads to come close to an object. An inkjet method includes: (i) selecting at least one coating head from multiple coating heads; (ii) causing the at least one coating head to come close to an object; (iii) increasing a channel resistance of a supply pipe that supplies an ink to the coating head that has been caused to come close to the object; and (iv) coating the ink onto the object from the coating head that has been caused to come close to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9757938
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit; a housing configured to store the image forming unit, the housing including an outer peripheral wall; a power supply unit disposed inside the housing; and a near field communication board including an antenna for near field communication, the near field communication board being disposed at a position of the outer peripheral wall apart from the power supply unit by a communicable distance or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9659241
    Abstract: A method for operating a portable large format inkjet printer includes determining an output image size of an output image to be printed on a stationary flat media; selecting a source image to serve as the output image; displaying a preview of the output image superposed with an output image grid defining a plurality of output image area portions; selecting a serial order of printing each of the output image area portions; selecting a next output image area portion based on the serial order; printing the selected next output image area portion at a media print area of the stationary flat media; and repeating the acts of selecting the next output image area portion and printing, for each of the plurality of output image area portions, until an entirety of the output image area has been printed at the media print area of the stationary flat media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sam Norasak, Michael A. Marra, III, Bruce A. Deboard
  • Patent number: 9632037
    Abstract: A three dimensional printing apparatus and method for detecting printing anomaly are provided. The method is adapted to the three dimensional printing apparatus including an image sensor module and a movable platform. The three dimensional printing apparatus forms a plurality of layer objects on the movable platform according to three dimensional model information so as to build a three dimensional object including the layer objects. The method for detecting printing anomaly includes following steps. At least one object image is captured according to at least one view angle by using the image sensor module. At least one checking image associated with the layer objects is obtained according to the three dimensional model information and the view angle. Whether the object image and the checking image are matched to each other or not is determined through comparing the object image and the checking image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Peng-Yang Chen, Wen-Ten Lin
  • Patent number: 9616661
    Abstract: An inkjet device for controlled positioning of a droplet of a substance onto a substrate includes a print head having a nozzle configured to eject the droplet. A camera is configured to detect and generate images of the droplet after ejection of the droplet from the nozzle. If the droplet volume, velocity, flight path, viscosity or surface tension start to deviate from preset values, a computer is configured to correct for this in a closed loop manner. If the droplet fails to eject, the computer is configured to stop the inkjet device and an operator can maintain the print head. The computer is configured to determine viscosity and surface tension of the droplet from characteristics of the droplet identified from the droplet images, and the computer is configured to control the positioning of the droplet onto the substrate during the printing process based on the determined viscosity and surface tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Anke Pierik, Antonius Johannes Jo Wismans, Willem-Jan A. De Wijs, Johan Frederik Dijksman, Martin Maurice Vernhout, Adrianus Theodorus Anthonius Maria Raaijmakers, Leonardus Johannes Cornelius Van Den Besselaar
  • Patent number: 9604454
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head having a substrate, heat generating elements formed at the front surface side of the substrate, and a nozzle layer forming liquid chambers and liquid ejection ports at the front surface side of the substrate, and the method includes a process of preparing a substrate having heat generating elements and a nozzle layer formation material layer at the front surface side, a process of driving the heat generating elements for heating to form air bubbles serving as the liquid chambers in the nozzle layer formation material layer, and a process of forming liquid ejection ports which communicate with the liquid chambers in the nozzle layer formation material layer, and then forming a nozzle layer forming the liquid chambers and the liquid ejection ports at the front surface side of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Yamamuro, Satoshi Ibe, Toshiaki Kurosu, Shiro Sujaku
  • Patent number: 9561662
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a print supply cartridge comprises a microcontroller to receive a timing challenge and enable authentication of the cartridge by providing a challenge response. The challenge response is provided in a challenge response time that falls within an expected time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jefferson P. Ward, Stephen D. Panshin
  • Patent number: 9463644
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus, including: a drawing data generation unit which, as a fitting process, fits a design image to a drawing region of a drawing target, and generates drawing data of the design image fitted to the drawing region; and a drawing unit which performs drawing of the design element on the drawing region on the basis of the drawing data, wherein the drawing region is curved along a width direction of the drawing region, the design image includes at least one design element, and the drawing data generation unit performs fitting the design element to a region excluding at least one edge portion from the drawing region, the edge portion being set on one side in a width direction of the drawing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shuichi Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9399346
    Abstract: The object is to reliably remove dirt and/or stains on the nozzle surface of a printer head. To accomplish the object, an inkjet printing device (100) is provided with a rotating brush (50) in a cap (103) mounted on a printer head (1), and a piezoelectric element (150) disposed on the side wall of the cap (103). The piezoelectric element (150) is ultrasonically vibrated at a predetermined frequency by means of a controller (20) and a power source (9). The ultrasonic vibration is transmitted into a cleaning solution in the cap (103) to remove dirt and/or stains adhered to a nozzle surface (3a). The rotating brush (50) is rotated by a motor, and its bristles (53) are vibrated by the ultrasonic vibration. Accordingly, dirt and/or stains on the nozzle surface (3a) are mechanically removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 9358819
    Abstract: A printer system comprising a printer having a printhead operatively installed therein, the printer including a housing having opposing thumb screws extending outwardly therefrom, and a mount comprising a printer bracket having opposite printer bracket side members each terminating in a distally extending side member leg configured for attachment to the rail, the printer bracket side members each further having a mounting slot formed therein with a vertical slot portion and at least one horizontal slot portion and a rail bracket having a rail bracket top member with opposite substantially downwardly extending rail bracket side members terminating in outwardly extending side member legs configured for attachment to the rail, whereby the printer is received within the mount and selectively positioned therein as by engaging the thumb screws within the mounting slots so as to position the printhead as desired beneath the rail bracket top member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Nadeepuram K. Ranganathan, Barry Brucker, John P. Clary, Hugh Clary, Alexander E. Shafer, Robert Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9340039
    Abstract: A printer for printing on an optical fiber includes an ink tray storing an ink; a drawing roll configured to draw the ink from the ink tray; a printing roll, having a print pattern which is capable of filling the ink transferred from the drawing roll, configured to transfer the ink filled in the print pattern to a surface of the running optical fiber, the print pattern being a mesh pattern having a mesh size in a range of 75-mesh to 150-mesh; and a doctor blade configured to press the ink into the print pattern and to scrape the excess ink deposited on a surface of the printing roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Shota Yagi, Mizuki Isaji, Ken Osato
  • Patent number: 9327492
    Abstract: A printing machine for printing onto containers, such as bottles, having at least a conveyor and a printing unit with a print head module, with at least one print head, a movement system for adjusting the position of the print head module, a measuring system for determining the position of the print head module and a control unit for controlling the movement system, where the movement system comprises a radial module for adjusting the position of the print head module in the radial direction and a height module for adjusting the height of the print head module in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Josef Knott, Hartmut Davidson, Andreas Kraus, Andreas Sonnauer, August Peutl, Viktor Gette
  • Patent number: 9308744
    Abstract: An assembled blister package has a blister sheet formed with blisters sealed by a foil backing sheet. The blister package is sandwiched between opposite sides of a folded card (not shown) to stiffen it. Each of these sides has a rectilinear array of windows defining discrete areas on which to print. A header sheet on which a bar-code is printed is attached to the backing sheet, and a reader is positioned to read the bar-code and extract from it information which is fed to an ink-jet printer. Two stepping motors are used to control the position of the printer as information is printed on the respective discrete areas of the array. The printer can be spaced from the backing sheet by a sufficient distance to enable it to print without obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Manrex Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Gerard Stevens
  • Patent number: 9244645
    Abstract: This printer is a printer having a wireless communication function, and includes an antenna (321f) in a front surface (110f) of a casing (110), which is a surface having a space requiring portion where space is required in a vicinity of the casing (110). The space requiring portion is a sheet delivery slot (120f) and a sheet receiving portion cover (130f) for replacing sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Iwanaga
  • Patent number: 9227430
    Abstract: A processing object modifying apparatus includes a conveying unit that conveys a processing object; a plasma processing unit that performs plasma processing onto a surface of the processing object while the processing object is being conveyed by the conveying unit; a measuring unit that measures a pH value of the processing object to which the plasma processing has been applied; and a controlling unit that controls the conveying unit to change a conveying speed of the processing object on the basis of a measurement result of the measuring unit, the processing object to which the plasma processing is being applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Matsumoto, Junji Nakai
  • Patent number: 9177593
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for storing archive images to a substrate, such as a rotatable optical disc. In some embodiments, the substrate stores a plurality of archived images in a human detectable form on a surface of the substrate and further stores control data associated with the archived images to facilitate optical recovery of said human detectable images from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Doug Carson & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Carson
  • Patent number: 9120300
    Abstract: A machine for inkjet printing three-dimensional objects, for example gas-filled balls, includes an apparatus having an inkjet print head for inkjet printing an object, an apparatus having at least one sucker for holding the object and an apparatus having a first drive and a second drive for rotating the object about two rotational axes which are different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Markus Moehringer, Henning Niggemann
  • Patent number: 9114654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for high-speed variable printing are provided. Ink jet technology and lithographic systems may be combined in such a way to create a fully variable and high-quality print system. Ink is applied to a first cylinder. Aqueous solution is applied to a second cylinder to produce a negative image. At least a portion of the ink from the first cylinder is transferred to the second cylinder. A positive image in ink is then transferred from the second cylinder to a print medium, and residue ink and aqueous solution is cleaned from the second cylinder. The systems and methods described herein may be used to create high-quality one-to-one marketing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Theodore F. Cyman, Jr., Anthony B. DeJoseph, Kevin J. Hook, Henk Haan, Anthony V. Moscato
  • Patent number: 9090104
    Abstract: A device for serial printing of print media, particularly mailpieces, with a print head having a planar printing face and a printing area extending longitudinally, and with a transport device for feeding print media to be printed to the print head. The transport device includes first and second transport units, which move the print media parallel to the printing face and can be moved in an orthogonal direction relative to the printing face in order to guide a print medium on the transport units to the printing face of the print head and at a distance away from the printing face that is suitable for printing. The first and second transport units can be moved independently of one another and a transfer area of the printing face is provided to transfer a print medium from the first to the second transport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: BOEWE SYSTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Hoepner, Arne Brueck
  • Patent number: 9073367
    Abstract: A label printer capable of keeping the printed contents from exceeding the bounds of the label. The printer (10) detects the leading edge of a sheet of paper (1) as well as eye marks using a detecting sensor (70). Cueing is performed by a control unit (40). When the difference between the length of the sheet of paper (1) from the leading edge to the first eye mark and the length of the sheet of paper (1) from the first eye mark to the second eye mark is less than a threshold value, printing is started from the first label and when the difference is at or above the threshold value, printing is started from the second label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9050828
    Abstract: A moving mechanism includes a support, a moving body arranged movably in a predetermined direction relative to the support, a first groove provided in the support parallel to the moving direction, a second groove provided in the moving body parallel to the moving direction, and facing the first groove, and a vibrating body arranged in the support or moving body and biased to press the other of the moving body or the support. A direction which the first groove and the second groove face each other intersects a direction which the support and the moving body face each other, and a biasing direction which the vibrating body is biased intersects the direction which the first groove and the second groove face each other and the direction which the support and the moving body face each other. Accordingly, backlash of the moving body with respect to the support is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9039111
    Abstract: There is provided a temperature detection unit 28 configured to detect an activation condition temperature that is the condition temperature causing activation of a remoistenable adhesive that is coated by water, an integrated storage unit 2 configured to store an attachment maintenance time table that is the attachment maintenance time selection condition for determining the attachment maintenance time T for the remoistenable adhesive depending on the activation condition temperature detected by the temperature detection unit 28, and an integrated control unit 3 configured to drive and control the discharge unit 26 of the enclosing and sealing apparatus 20 to thereby satisfy the attachment maintenance time T determined in response to the activation condition temperature detected by the temperature detection unit 28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taku Naitou
  • Patent number: 9004624
    Abstract: In some examples, a printing system including a rotating platen having an axis of rotation and configured to support a substrate, and a printhead configured to eject drops in a direction parallel with the axis of rotation onto the substrate supported by the rotating platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Baker, Edward T. Chrusciel
  • Patent number: 9004625
    Abstract: A nail print apparatus, including: a print head which performs printing on a nail region on the basis of image data including a first design and a second design that is a background of the first design; and an image data processing unit which has a second image data processing unit that processes the image data so that the second design covers an entire nail region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 8974016
    Abstract: A method of surface marking an article, especially a building product, is provided. One described method includes the steps of laser marking a first graphic design element on a surface of an article and ink-jet printing a second graphic design element in registry with the first graphic design element on the surface of the article to create a high quality overall graphic design. Also provided are articles made according to this method, and systems for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl J. Costin, Sr., Darryl J. Costin, Jr., Scott Fellin, Chase Carter
  • Patent number: 8974015
    Abstract: A method for creating a printed image on a rotating, three-dimensional body or bottle eccentrically on a turntable, includes providing an inkjet printing unit having inkjet nozzles along a straight line for printing at a clock rate, rotating the body about a rotation axis parallel to the line using a motor, prescribing a fundamental frequency f0(t) for activating the motor, for example based on a constant angular velocity, activating the motor with the fundamental frequency f0(t), prescribing an average or constant body radius R0, determining a radius change ?R(t) of the body during rotation, calculating a correction value k(t) for the printing unit clock rate, where k(t)=1+?R(t)/R0, and activating the printing unit with a frequency f(t) for the clock rate, where f(t)=f0(t)·k(t), for example permitting printing on eccentrically rotating bottles with a constant print resolution while avoiding image imperfections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Joerg-Achim Fischer
  • Patent number: RE46252
    Abstract: In general, according to one embodiment, an inkjet recording apparatus includes an inkjet head, a conveyance motor, a discharge motor, a printing medium surface sensor and a controller. The inkjet head ejects ink on a printing medium. The discharge motor causes discharge of the printing medium. The printing medium surface sensor, locates at the upper-stream side of the inkjet head apart from the inkjet head in a printing medium conveyance direction, senses a foreign substance representing an image printed on the printing medium beforehand. The controller drives the discharge motor to discharge a printing medium without ejecting ink from the inkjet head if an after-printing mode in which printing is made on the printing medium on which the image is printed beforehand is not set if the foreign substance is detected on the printing medium through the printing medium surface sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Atsushi Kubota, Kazuhiko Ohtsu
  • Patent number: RE46980
    Abstract: In general, according to one embodiment, an inkjet recording apparatus includes an inkjet head, a conveyance motor, a discharge motor, a printing medium surface sensor and a controller. The inkjet head ejects ink on a printing medium. The discharge motor causes discharge of the printing medium. The printing medium surface sensor, locates at the upper-stream side of the inkjet head apart from the inkjet head in a printing medium conveyance direction, senses a foreign substance representing an image printed on the printing medium beforehand. The controller drives the discharge motor to discharge a printing medium without ejecting ink from the inkjet head if an after-printing mode in which printing is made on the printing medium on which the image is printed beforehand is not set if the foreign substance is detected on the printing medium through the printing medium surface sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Kubota, Kazuhiko Ohtsu