With Transfer Medium Or Driving Means Therefor Patents (Class 347/217)
  • Patent number: 11052673
    Abstract: A printing system includes: a printing device including a thermal head, a supplier, a winder, and a ribbon transport mechanism; and a controller configured to: transport an ink ribbon in a first direction from the supplier to the winder and heat the ink ribbon to perform printing; rewind the ink ribbon subjected to the printing in a second direction opposite to the first direction; after again receiving a print command, rewind the ink ribbon in the second direction by a first length corresponding to a length required to reach a printable speed; after the rewindings, store a second length corresponding to a length of the ink ribbon subjected to the printing upstream of the thermal head in the first direction; and feed the ink ribbon in the first direction by the stored second length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Fujita
  • Patent number: 10953637
    Abstract: A thermal transfer sheet is provided that accurately removes a transfer layer. The thermal transfer sheet includes a peel-off layer affixed to a substrate. The peel-off layer (i) contains at least a vinyl chloride-type resin and an acrylic-type resin, and a mass of the vinyl chloride-type resin based on a total mass of the peel-off layer is more than 50% by mass and not more than 95% by mass, or the peel-off layer (ii) contains a polyester-type resin having a number average molecular weight (Mn) of not more than 17000 and a glass transition temperature (Tg) of not less than 50° C. and not more than 120° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Iwasaki, Shinya Yoda
  • Patent number: 10534989
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to enable a machine-read mark to also determine, with high probability, a management state to be normal when a visual mark has determined the management state to be normal, in cases when the visual mark and the machine-read mark, which are provided with a sensor function for detecting an abnormality in the same management state, are present on one product, even if there is variation in the quality of the marks. At least two barcodes or marks for managing the safety of one and the same product are provided. The barcodes and marks are provided with a function with which the safety of the product is confirmed as a result of a change in a property thereof, such as the color or shape, caused by an external factor that may reduce the safety of the product. The at least two barcodes or marks are provided with the function with which the safety of the product is confirmed as a result of a change in a property thereof caused by the same external factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Tokuda, Tomotoshi Ishida
  • Patent number: 10493730
    Abstract: An object is to provide a transfer film that can impart sufficient durability performance to a transfer object surface and can also have excellent peeling stability without causing any transfer failures such as tailing and burr. A transfer film including at least a substrate, a release layer provided on the substrate, an intermediate layer provided on the release layer, and a protective layer provided on the intermediate layer, in which the intermediate layer includes a wax component and a rubber component, and the protective layer includes an active light curing resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Imakura, Ryoji Hattori
  • Patent number: 10399360
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing self-adhesive labels, in particular in a self-service area, for example of a drug store, is provided. The apparatus comprises a dye-sublimation thermal printer, as a printing means for printing a printing pattern onto an adhesive film, and a cutting apparatus for cutting the adhesive film along a cutting pattern, the adhesive film being moved automatically from the printing means to the cutting apparatus. Initially, only a first moving unit of the printing means moves the adhesive film at a first speed to a second moving unit of the cutting apparatus, after which both moving units move the printed adhesive film further in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Peter Schütz
  • Patent number: 10377158
    Abstract: A thermal printer uses an ink ribbon having a function of performing cleaning of a thermal head by being heated. The thermal printer performs a cleaning process of performing cleaning of the thermal head. In the cleaning process, the thermal head applies, to the ink ribbon, heat of a heat quantity with which a dye applied onto the ink ribbon does not sublime and with which the cleaning is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Sakuwa, Yoshifumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10369823
    Abstract: A printing system includes a print station for receiving print medium traveling along a transport pathway and an adjustable print head assembly. A medium dispenser transports the print medium on the transport pathway to the print station, and a medium width sensor detects the width of the print medium. A pressure sensor arrangement detects pressure imposed by the print head assembly at points along the width of the transport pathway when an image is printed on the print medium. A monitoring subsystem in communication with the medium width sensor and the pressure sensor arrangement calculates, based upon the detected width and the detected pressure, amounts of pressure imposed by the print head assembly along the width of the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Axel Jonas Celinder, Karl Perry
  • Patent number: 10286694
    Abstract: A printer is operable for marking an image on a media substrate. The printer includes a housing and a printhead. The printhead is operable for marking the image on a surface of the media substrate held in proximity therewith by a weight of a supply of the media substrate from which the media substrate is fed. The media substrate supply is disposed in the housing over the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventor: Sébastien Michel Marie Joseph d'Armancourt
  • Patent number: 10157555
    Abstract: A ruggedized placard utilizes a multilayer construction including a clear primary layer or cover and an indicia layer, the indicia being viewable through the clear primary layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Optic Clear Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Samkol Truong, Robert P. Helstern
  • Patent number: 10124610
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a conveyance roller conveying a print medium, a printhead printing an image on the print medium, a carriage supporting the printhead and movable in a direction parallel to an axial direction of the conveyance roller, and a detecting unit detecting a rotation amount of the conveyance roller. The detecting unit is a rotary encoder including a code wheel provided coaxially with the conveyance roller. The carriage can move to a position at which the carriage overlaps the code wheel in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the conveyance roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruo Uchida, Shuichi Tokuda, Atsushi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10105980
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus which includes a base, a movable member which is movably held by the base, to be movable along a first direction which is parallel to the base, a spring which applies a bias to the movable member, at one side in the first direction, a bearing which is supported by the movable member, a roller which is rotatably supported by the bearing, and is extended in a second direction orthogonal to the base, and which guides the ink ribbon, a first detection target member which is provided to the roller, to be rotatable integrally with the roller, and a first sensor which is provided to the movable member, and is facing the first detection target member, and which detects rotation of the first detection target member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuma Hojo
  • Patent number: 9981496
    Abstract: When a roughened pattern is formed on an image protection layer, a thermal transfer sheet is protected from being damaged or broken. A thermal head 18 is driven and controlled such that an image protection layer 15e of a thermal transfer sheet 15 is thermally transferred to a printing medium 14, and that a roughened pattern 40 is formed on the image protection layer 15e. The roughened pattern 40 is made based on a corrected pattern 40B that is obtained by correcting a basic pattern 40A that is a pattern including an island portion formed of a mass of a plurality of high-energy pixels 40a, such that the high-energy pixel 40a surrounded by the high-energy pixels 40a forming an edge area of the island portion is converted to a low-energy pixel 40b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Sawada, Naoki Takizawa
  • Patent number: 9878566
    Abstract: There is provided a heat-sensitive transfer recording medium which is able to better suppress the occurrence of abnormal transfer during high-speed printing using a high-speed printer of sublimation transfer type and is able to improve transfer sensitivity in high-speed printing. The heat-sensitive transfer recording medium includes a base (10), a heat-resistant lubricating layer (20) formed on one surface of the base (10), an underlying layer (30) formed on the other surface of the base (10), and a dye layer (40) formed on a surface of the underlying layer (30), which is on the other side of a surface facing the base (10). In the heat-sensitive transfer recording medium, the underlying layer (30) has a major component that is a copolymer of polyester having a sulfonic group on a side chain and acrylic having at least one of a glycidyl group and a carboxyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Godai Fukunaga, Yasunori Ono, Takehito Yamato, Yasuhiro Miyauchi, Yoko Hirai
  • Patent number: 9858512
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a reduction processing unit, a connecting pixel group detecting unit, and a ruled line determining unit. The reduction processing unit is configured to (a) set a reduction direction as one of a horizontal direction and a vertical direction, and (b) reduce an original image along the reduction direction by a predetermined reduction ratio without reducing the original image along a direction perpendicular to the reduction direction and thereby generate a reduced image. The connecting pixel group detecting unit is configured to detect a connecting pixel group in the reduced image, the connecting pixel group continuously extending along the reduction direction. The ruled line determining unit is configured to determine a position of a ruled line in the original image from a position of the connecting pixel group in the reduced image on the basis of the reduction ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sota Nanbu
  • Patent number: 9751342
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an encoder that detects the rotation of a driving roller that forms a transport device, an imaging device that images a medium during transport by the transport device, and a controller. In a second detecting unit, the imaging device images the medium irradiated with light that the light emission controller causes the light-emitting unit to emit through a strobe control signal. The second detecting unit acquires movement amount of the medium using a plurality of images with different imaging times at which the medium is imaged. In the first detecting unit, a latching circuit holds a rotation amount of a driving roller totaled by a counter at a timing based on the strobe control signal. The controller controls the discharge timing of the print head based on the rotation amount and the movement amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhisa Kurane, Masayuki Kamijima
  • Patent number: 9643401
    Abstract: A credential production device includes a printing device, a laminating device, a transfer ribbon accumulator, a processing assembly, and a frame. The printing device is configured to print an image to the transfer ribbon. The laminating device is configured to transfer printed images from the transfer ribbon to a substrate. The transfer ribbon accumulator adjusts a length of a portion of a ribbon path, along which the transfer ribbon is routed, in response to different transfer ribbon feed rates. The processing assembly supports the transfer ribbon, at least a portion of the printing device or a portion of the laminating device, and at least a first portion of the transfer ribbon accumulator. The frame supports the second portion of the transfer ribbon accumulator. The processing assembly and the frame are configured to move relative to each other between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Stangler, James Rieck, Russell Ericson
  • Patent number: 9561668
    Abstract: In a method of operating a transfer printing device, which includes a transfer ribbon having a series of transfer sections, a print unit, and a mark sensor, the transfer ribbon is fed in a feed direction. A transfer section that is available for printing is selected through the detection of an absence of a used mark in a predetermined position on the transfer ribbon corresponding to the transfer section using the mark sensor. An image is printed to the selected transfer section using the print unit. A used mark corresponding to the selected transfer section is printed in a predetermined position on the transfer ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Stangler, James Andrew Rieck, Tanya Jegeris Snyder, Andrew Slotto, Lyndon James Hanson, Jon Everett Freise
  • Patent number: 9539834
    Abstract: Provided is a medicine packaging device. The medicine packaging device includes: a reader-writer that reads information from an IC tag installed at a supply core of an ink ribbon roll detachably installed to an ink ribbon cassette as well as writes information to the IC tag; a motor control unit that controls a winding motor for rotating a winding core, based on a used length of the ink ribbon which is information read from the IC tag, so that the ink ribbon of the ink ribbon roll runs in a winding direction at a higher speed than a feeding speed of a continuous sheet for packaging; and a written information output unit that outputs information showing the used length of the ink ribbon which has been changed due to use of the ink ribbon, to the reader/writer as information written on the IC tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tooru Tanaka, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Satoru Ogino, Noboru Yamazaki, Tomonari Oda
  • Patent number: 9381764
    Abstract: An ink ribbon cartridge may include a supply roll; a winding roll; and a power transmission mechanism to transmit power from a drive source to the supply roll and the winding roll. A direction in which an ink ribbon is wound by the winding roll is a ribbon winding direction and a direction in which the ink ribbon is wound by the supply roll is a ribbon rewinding direction. The power transmission mechanism may include a winding side one-way clutch to transmit a driving force in the ribbon winding direction to the winding roll and cut off transmission of the driving force in the ribbon rewinding direction to the winding roll; and a supply side one-way clutch to transmit the driving force in the ribbon rewinding direction to the supply roll and cuts off transmission of the driving force in the ribbon winding direction to the supply roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keiji Ohta
  • Patent number: 9290007
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a thermal transfer image receiving sheet which is able to provide excellent printing sensitivity and prevent the generation of poor image quality in high density areas and folded lines even during high speed printing, and an image forming method for forming an image on the thermal transfer image receiving sheet. Presented is a thermal transfer image receiving sheet containing a substrate and, on at least one surface of the substrate, a composite porous layer containing a thermoplastic resin, and a dye receiving layer in this order from the substrate, wherein the composite porous layer contains a porous core layer and non-porous skin layers layered on both surfaces of the porous core layer; a total thickness of the non-porous skin layers is 5 to 15% of a whole thickness of the composite porous layer; and a density of the composite porous layer is 0.65 to 0.74 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Yamamuro, Masayuki Tani, Shinji Kometani
  • Patent number: 9272531
    Abstract: A method of controlling tension in a tape, wherein the tape is transferable between a first spool and a second spool by a tape drive, the tape drive having a motor control system which includes two DC motors and a controller for controlling the operation of the motors, the tape drive also having two spool supports, each of which is suitable for supporting a spool of tape, and each of which is driven by a respective one of the motors, the method including only one tension setting step during a printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Dover Europe Sarl
    Inventors: Phillip Lakin, Simon Starkey, Paul Christopher Roberts, Jonathan Michael Gloag
  • Patent number: 9174457
    Abstract: To provide a printing apparatus that does not degrade the printing quality even when reciprocating shifts of a film-shaped medium are continued, an ink ribbon 41 that is the film-shaped medium is laid between a supply spool 43 and a wind-up spool 44 with regions used in printing on a single printing medium formed continuously in the longitudinal direction. A counter counts the number of times an unused region in the ink ribbon 41 located in a predetermined position between the supply spool 43 and the wind-up spool 44 reciprocates and shifts between the supply spool 43 and the wind-up spool 44, and when the number of times reaches the predetermined number, the wind-up spool 44 is driven to shift the region in the wind-up direction from the printing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Aihara, Toshiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9145021
    Abstract: A ribbon includes a substrate film, wherein the film comprises a tensionable material; and an ink disposed on the ribbon. A length of the ribbon includes portions that have been tensioned to provide a code readable from the ribbon by measuring the tension over the length of the ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Videojet Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Martin McNestry, Gary Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 9079435
    Abstract: A printer apparatus includes a print unit that prints an object on recording paper, a platen roller that conveys the recording paper, a cutter that cuts the recording paper, a mainframe that accommodates the print unit and the cutter, a cover that is attached to the mainframe and is configured to open and close with respect to the mainframe, the cover having the platen roller arranged thereon. The cover includes a lock member having a lock pin, and when the cover is closed, the lock pin of the lock member is moved towards the platen roller and is inserted into a lock pin fixing part that is arranged at the mainframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yukihiro Mori, Sumio Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150145941
    Abstract: A thermal transfer printer comprises a frame, a printing mechanism, and a ribbon mechanism, wherein the frame comprises a base, and a ribbon bracket and an upper housing pivoted with the base through a respective pivot shaft thereof, wherein the frame further includes a linkage mechanism used to open the ribbon bracket in linkage when the upper housing is opened relative to the base, and a driven member fixedly connected with the ribbon bracket, and a rotation axis of the driven member is coaxial with a pivot shaft of the ribbon bracket; a rotational direction of the driving member is the same with a rotational direction of the driven member; an operating space for installing the ribbon is formed between the upper housing and the ribbon bracket when the upper housing is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Ming Gao, Zhihua Wen, Tianxin Jiang, Shuxun Dong
  • Patent number: 9035984
    Abstract: A printing system and printing apparatus are provided with improvements in the image quality of an image formed on a printing medium, a peel off region (PO) wherein a transfer layer of a transfer film is not transferred is set corresponding to a card, modified printing data is generated by modifying a gray-scale value of printing data inside a region that is larger than the PO region by predetermined dimensions and including the PO region in the printing data of Y, M, C and Bk into a gray-scale value of 0, an image is formed on the transfer film by heating a thermal head for an image formation panel of an ink ribbon according to the modified printing data. The transfer layer is peeled off by heating the thermal head for a peel off panel of the ink ribbon according to position information of the PO region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Aihara, Naoki Shimizu, Tomohisa Koike
  • Patent number: 9013529
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the present disclosure provides a thermal printer having a feeding motor that rotates the feeding shaft forward/backward depending on the winding configuration of the ink ribbon attached to the printer, an input part allowing the winding direction of the ink ribbon to be designated, a thermal head for transferring ink from the ribbon to a print medium, a wind-up motor that rotates the wind-up shaft of the ink ribbon after printing, a storage part for storing target rotating quantities for the wind-up motor and other target rotating quantities for the feeding motor in each winding direction, and a control part that extracts a target rotating quantity for the direction of tension for an ink-surface-outward winding ink ribbon or an ink-surface-inward winding ink ribbon and controls each motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Okiharu Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8979235
    Abstract: The conveyance apparatus includes a first conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet in a conveyance direction, and a second conveyance unit disposed on a downstream side of the first conveyance unit in the conveyance direction and configured to convey the sheet in the conveyance direction. The conveyance apparatus corrects a rotational amount of each conveyance unit using a correction value dedicated to each rotational phase of each conveyance unit for each conveyance state, in a first conveyance state in which the first conveyance unit is operative to convey the sheet, a second conveyance state in which the first and second conveyance units are cooperative to convey the sheet, and a third conveyance state in which the second conveyance unit is operative to convey the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Ishida, Yuki Emoto, Shuichi Tokuda, Junichi Hirate, Kiyoshi Masuda, Tomoyuki Saito
  • Patent number: 8967756
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a printer includes an image forming unit, a coloring conversion unit, and a deterring unit. The image forming unit forms an image from a temperature-sensitive ink whose color is changed depending on a temperature on a medium. The coloring conversion unit converts a coloring state of the image of the temperature-sensitive ink by heating or cooling the image of the temperature-sensitive ink. The deterring unit provided between the coloring conversion unit and the image forming unit deters an air heated or cooled by the coloring conversion unit from flowing toward the image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Ishii, Kiyoshi Morino, Sadayoshi Mochida, Chikahiro Saegusa
  • Patent number: 8957930
    Abstract: To provide a printing apparatus with high printing quality that reduces a transport amount of an ink ribbon except printing operation and that suppresses skew of the ink ribbon, diameters of spools 43, 44 are calculated from rotation amounts of the supply spool 43 and wind-up spool 44 corresponding to a printing length in a sub-scanning direction of the printing data during driving of a thermal head 40, a value of the calculated diameter is compared with a value of a beforehand set diameter, it is thereby determined whether or not an ink ribbon 41 is near empty, and when the ink ribbon is not near empty, the ribbon 41 is wound around the spool 44 up to a printing end position in which a rear end of a used portion of the ribbon 41 passes through a peeling member 28, while when the ink ribbon is near empty, the ribbon 41 is wound around the spool 44 until an empty mark EMP_M arrives at a position detectable by a sensor Se2, and then is rewound around the spool 43 until a front end of an unused portion of the ri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Aihara
  • Patent number: 8950856
    Abstract: A transfer device is provided to realize a higher speed in terms of print time by reducing a conveyance time of an ink ribbon to a beginning position of each ink panel. The transfer device includes an image formation unit conveying the ink ribbon and a recording medium held between a thermal head and a platen, and transferring a transfer image onto the recording medium; a ink ribbon conveyance device for conveying the ink ribbon; a recording medium conveyance device for conveying the recording medium; and a control device for controlling the ink ribbon conveyance device and the recording medium conveyance device to control, in the image formation unit, beginning positions of a transfer start position of the ink panel and a transfer start position of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Aihara
  • Publication number: 20150029285
    Abstract: An automatic product sublimation process is disclosed allowing for point-of-sale customization of sublimation parameters in a retail environment. A dye sublimation transfer printing system is configured to print one or more images onto transfer media, then position the media onto a substrate. A selected product is positioned on top of the media. The system is configured to automatically determine, by a processor, one or more of a temperature and duration of a single thermal cycle to sublimate the one or more images onto the selected product. The determination may be based on properties of the product, characteristics of the images, or both. One or more heating platens engage the transfer media to sublimate the product in a single thermal cycle, wherein at least one of the cycle's temperature and duration match the determined values. The disclosed process improves the quality of the sublimation technique, yet requires no substantive operator training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: THE HILLMAN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Edward Will, Mark Leslie Tarter, Bryan Keith Solace, James Francis Huss
  • Publication number: 20150029289
    Abstract: A safe, integrated dye sublimation transfer printer apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus is configured to print one or more images onto transfer media, then align the transfer media onto a substrate. A selected product to receive the sublimated image is positioned on top of the transfer media, and the apparatus brings the transfer media and one or more heating platens into contact to sublimate the image. The heating platen is configured to sublimate one or more opposing sides of a product substantially simultaneously in a single thermal cycle. In some embodiments, the apparatus may be incorporated into a fully-enclosed vending machine to provide on-demand personalized sublimated products and accessories for a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Rosner, Gary Edward Will, Bryan Keith Solace
  • Patent number: 8933978
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a substrate processing device, such as a printing device. In some embodiments, the device includes a substrate supply, a reusable card, an operative unit, at least one transport mechanism, and a controller. The substrate supply is configured to support a plurality of operative substrates. The reusable card is stored in a dedicated storage area, which does not receive the operative substrates. The controller is configured to control the at least one transport mechanism and the operative unit to deliver the reusable card from the storage area to the operative unit, to process the reusable card with the operative unit, and return the reusable card to the storage area, multiple times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Daniel J. Fowell, Jeffrey L. Stangler
  • Publication number: 20140354752
    Abstract: To provide a printing apparatus without waste of a ribbon panel in using a two-side dedicated ribbon, a printing apparatus 1 capable of printing on both surfaces of a printing medium performs two-side printing using an ink ribbon 41 with a color ribbon panel 41a and monochrome ribbon panel 41b configured in a face sequential manner. At this point, the apparatus detects a position of each ribbon panel, judges a type (color or monochrome) of a next usable nearest ribbon panel of the ink ribbon 41, judges which type of the ribbon panel (color or monochrome) is used for printing data sent from a higher apparatus 201, and compares the type of the next usable nearest ribbon panel with the ribbon panel judged with the printing data to determine the printing order on the printing medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi AIHARA, Hiroshi MOCHIZUKI, Toshiro FUJIMOTO, Kota HIHARA
  • Patent number: 8890915
    Abstract: A thermal transfer printer comprises a print head drive mechanism that is configured to reciprocally move a print head parallel to movement of a carrier ribbon past the print head. A controller is configured to control the print head drive mechanism to move the print head in a first direction along the carrier ribbon to transfer ink material from the carrier ribbon to a substrate to print a first portion of an image on a first area of the substrate. The controller is also configured to control movement of the print head in a second direction opposite to the first direction as the carrier ribbon and substrate are also moved in the second direction to position the print head relative to the carrier ribbon so that a second portion of the image is printed on a second are of the substrate adjacent to the first area of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Videojet Technologies (Nottingham) Limited
    Inventors: Martin McNestry, Philip Hart
  • Patent number: 8882371
    Abstract: A printer may include a printhead assembly a clutch assembly, and/or a printer ribbon transport assembly. The printhead assembly may include a printhead biasing assembly defining a biasing ramp which may be configured to apply a biasing force to a printhead support bracket so as to at least partially counteract a ribbon force. The clutch assembly may be configured to supply or take-up a printer ribbon with first and second spool engagement members of different diameters that frictionally engage first and second friction members. The printer ribbon transport assembly may include a rotation lock mechanism configured to prevent rotation of a ribbon take-up core when the take-up core is disengaged from a drive assembly so as to prevent a loss in ribbon tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Hsin-Chih Chen, Richard Alan Kelley, Lawrence E. Smolenski, Petrica Dorinel Balcan, Jung Ethan Hoon Lee, Randal Wong
  • Publication number: 20140300680
    Abstract: A tape drive for transferring tape between a first spool and a second spool, the tape comprising at least one marker indicative of a property of the tape, the tape drive having: two spool supports, each of which is suitable for supporting a spool of tape, and a tape control system which includes: two motors and a controller for controlling the operation of the motors, each motor driving a respective one of the spool supports, and a detector that is operable, in use, to detect the presence of one or more markers on a portion of a tape, the tape control system being operable to identify a property of the tape according to the detected marker or markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Simon Starkey
  • Publication number: 20140267535
    Abstract: An image forming method and a combination of a thermal transfer sheet and a thermal transfer image receiving sheet are capable of forming images of high print quality. An image forming method wherein an image is formed by combining a thermal transfer sheet, which is obtained by forming a dye layer on one surface of a substrate and forming a back surface layer on the other surface of the substrate, and a thermal transfer image receiving sheet, which is obtained by forming a dye receiving layer on one surface of another substrate. The dye layer of the thermal transfer sheet contains a sublimable dye, a binder resin and one or both of (A) a polyether-modified silicone having a viscosity of not less than 1,000 mm2/s at 25° C. and (B) a polyester-modified polysiloxane. The dye receiving layer of the thermal transfer image receiving sheet is an aqueous dye receiving layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Yasushi Yoneyama, Yusaku Akiyama, Munemori Ieshige
  • Patent number: 8823757
    Abstract: A thermal transfer ribbon comprises a substrate, and a clear thermal transfer coating disposed on one side of the substrate, wherein the clear thermal transfer coating is substantially devoid of pigment material. Also, a method of manufacturing a thermal transfer ribbon for finishing a printed label comprises applying to one major side surface of a substrate a clear thermal transfer coating which is substantially devoid of pigment material. Further, an apparatus comprises a label printer, a thermal transfer printer, and an in-line feeding mechanism which interconnects the label printer and the thermal transfer printer to feed a printed label from the label printer to the thermal transfer printer so that the thermal transfer printer can thermally transfer a clear thermal transfer coating to the printed label to provide a finished label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jason L. Lence, Donald Eaton
  • Patent number: 8803933
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a printing apparatus includes a conveying section configured to move a recording medium fed from a paper roll along a conveyance path, a thermal head configured to thermally transfer ink of an ink ribbon to the recording medium to print, a control section configured to discriminate a print mode for the recording medium and control the printing processing for the recording medium and a feed length counting section configured to count the feed length of the recording medium conveyed from the paper roll to the thermal head in a first direction when the print mode is a preset mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Futoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 8780156
    Abstract: An ink sheet damage calculating unit compares image element density data of each of areas into which an image is divided by an image area dividing unit with a first threshold to calculate the total number of pixels each having density data equal to or larger than the first threshold for each area, and then compares the total number of pixels calculated for each area with a second threshold. A printing operation selecting unit uses a remaining area of an already-used ink area for formation of a next print image when the total number of pixels is smaller than the second threshold in every one of all the areas, and uses an ink area in a new unit area for formation of a next print image when the total number of pixels is equal to or larger than the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ichirou Furuki, Yoshifumi Yamamoto, Takashi Hatakenaka
  • Publication number: 20140192129
    Abstract: A thermal image receiver element dry image receiving layer has a Tg of at least 25° C. and is the outermost layer. The dry image receiving layer has a dry thickness of at least 0.5 ?m and up to and including 5 ?m. It comprises a water-dispersible release agent and a polymer binder matrix that consists essentially of: (1) a water-dispersible acrylic polymer comprising chemically reacted or chemically non-reacted hydroxyl, phospho, phosphonate, sulfo, sulfonate, carboxy, or carboxylate groups, and (2) a water-dispersible polyester that has a Tg of 30° C. or less. The water-dispersible acrylic polymer is present in an amount of at least 55 weight % and at a dry ratio to the water-dispersible polyester of at least 1:1. The thermal image receiver element can be used to prepare thermal dye images after thermal transfer from a thermal donor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Kodak Alaris Inc.
    Inventor: Teh-Ming Kung
  • Patent number: 8760481
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method to flash print an image. The apparatus includes an energy source that delivers energy. The apparatus includes an energy pulse width modulator coupled to the energy source. The energy pulse width modulator may receive energy from the energy source and modulate the energy received from the energy source. The energy pulse width modulator may be driven by a logic module. The apparatus also includes a plurality of imaging pixels modulated by the energy pulse width modulator and conveying modulated energy to a host material. The host material may be in close proximity to a receiving medium and the modulated energy may release the dye from the host material into the receiving medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Mark R. Jones
  • Patent number: 8730287
    Abstract: A ribbon drive assembly for optimizing the tension across a ribbon supply in a thermal transfer printer comprising a supply spindle and a take up spindle operable for cooperating with each other such that the ribbon supply is fed from the supply spindle through a print station and metered onto the take up spindle. Each spindle is provided with and connected to a motor, a plurality of gears, and a rotary encoder such that the spindles may be independently controlled by a control processor. The control processor is operable for monitoring, detecting, and controlling the operation of the motors and spindles. During operation and in order to maintain a constant ribbon tension, the torque on the motors are continuously adjusted in accordance with various data provided by the printer's processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Bouverie, Roger Keith Owens, Marjorie Hitz
  • Publication number: 20140132698
    Abstract: A method of detecting a reduction in tension in a tape, wherein the tape is transferable between a first spool (15) and a second spool (17) by a tape drive (11), the tape drive (11) having a motor control system (25) which includes two DC motors (16, 18) and a controller (24) for controlling the operation of the motors (16, 18), the tape drive (11) also having two spool supports (12, 14), each of which is suitable for supporting a spool (15, 17) of tape, and each of which is driven by a respective one of the motors (16, 18), the method including storing a value relating to the current required to be supplied to each motor (16, 18) to maintain tension in the tape, and comparing a value relating to the current being supplied to each of the motors (16, 18) during tape transfer with the respective stored values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Markem-Imaje Limited
    Inventor: Phillip Lakin
  • Publication number: 20140132697
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus for heating a recording medium and a transfer film with a transfer member and a transfer platen transferring an image includes a transfer film transport member, a recording medium transport member, a peeling member peeling off the transfer film, a support member supporting the transfer surface of the recording medium, and a bracket. A recording medium contact point of the peeling member is set in the same position as a first tangent passing through a recording medium contact point of the transfer member and a contact of the recording medium of a transport member and a recording medium contact point of the support member is set in the same position as a second tangent passing through the recording medium contact point of the transfer member and the recording medium contact point of the peeling member or on the transfer platen side relative to the second tangent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yohichi SAKAI, Tetsuya NODA, Akira TAKEI, Tatsuya ASAKAWA, Daisuke KANEOYA, Kota HIHARA
  • Patent number: 8717397
    Abstract: There is provided a thermal transfer sheet that, by virtue of flexibility and heat resistance imparted by a primer layer constituting the thermal transfer sheet, is less likely to be broken even upon exposure to a high level of thermal energy and is highly suitable for high-speed printing. The thermal transfer sheet has a thermally transferable colorant layer provided on one surface of a base material sheet, and a heat-resistant slipping layer provided on the other surface of the base material sheet through a primer layer. The primer layer contains at least a polyvinyl alcohol resin and a crosslinking agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoko Suzuki, Yoshimasa Kobayashi, Kano Sakamoto, Shinya Yoda, Mitsuhiro Oota
  • Patent number: 8687033
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transferring an image of predetermined length onto a substrate by selective energization of a row of printing elements in a printhead of a printing apparatus. Operational characteristics of the printing apparatus are determined, and the image is rendered such that the number of rows of the pixels in the rendered image is no greater than the maximum number of rows of pixels which can be printed in the length of the image given the operational characteristics of the printing apparatus. Additional rows of pixels may be printed between pairs of rows of printed which correspond to consecutive rows in the rendered image. The pixel content of each additional row is a function of the pixel content of the adjacent pairs of rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Videojet Technologies (Nottingham) Limited
    Inventor: Philip Hart
  • Patent number: 8665301
    Abstract: A method of operation of the tape drive, including obtaining the circumferences a supply spool, and a take-up spool, each spool being mounted upon a respective rotatable spool support which is mounted in a housing, the method including rotating the take-up spool support and the supply spool support simultaneously, so as to feed tape from the supply spool into a tape path extending between the spools, and to wind tape on to the take-up spool from the tape path, determining a length of tape fed into the tape path during a measurement period using a sensor assembly, monitoring the angle through which each of the spool supports has rotated during the measurement period, regulating the length of the tape in the tape path, such that the length of the tape in the tape path at the start of the measurement period and the length of the tape in the tape path at the end of the measurement period are substantially the same, and using knowledge of the length of tape fed into the tape path during the measurement period and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Markem-Imaje Limited
    Inventors: Simon Starkey, Phillip Lakin