With Recording Medium Patents (Class 347/221)
  • Patent number: 9757968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reveal substrate comprising: a) a top substrate layer comprising an opaque polymer sensitive to application of heat or pressure, and becoming transparent upon being heated to a predetermined temperature or subjected to a predetermined pressure, and b) a bottom substrate layer having one or more colored areas on a top surface thereof, disposed such that said one or more colored areas are obscured by the opaque polymer prior to being heated to the predetermined temperature or subjected to the predetermined pressure, and are revealed subsequent thereto, wherein: each of the one or more colored areas comprises at least two different colors, and comprises a two-dimensional matrix formed by a plurality of color blocks, each one of the plurality of color blocks having only one color, and the color blocks are arranged to have a repeating color pattern. A method of using the same is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Virtual Graphics, LLC
    Inventors: John V. Guzzo, Daniel F. Peters, Ricky L. Helton
  • Patent number: 9650741
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a mask that comprises a nonmetallic layer and a hollow-out pattern through the nonmetallic layer. The present disclosure further discloses a method of manufacturing the mask, which comprises manufacturing the hollow-out pattern through the nonmetallic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shengkai Pan
  • Patent number: 9606478
    Abstract: An electrophotographic member which has resistance to discharge degradation and can maintain the toner releasability for a long period is provided. The electrophotographic member includes a substrate and a surface layer. The surface layer includes a binder resin having an acrylic skeleton and a modified silicone compound having a polyether group and a hydroxyl group in a molecule, the surface layer having a surface having a n-hexadecane contact angle of 30° or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasutomo Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9460642
    Abstract: A laminate that possesses dye sublimation properties, particularly for use as tagless labels and embellishments for garments, apparel, fabric items and so forth such as sportswear fabrics, clothing and accessories is provided. The laminate includes a dye sublimation ink layer that overlies a substrate in which the dye sublimation ink interacts with the substrate's chemical make-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Osman N. Tanrikulu, Joseph Daley
  • Patent number: 9353037
    Abstract: Membranes are provided for energy efficient purification of alcohol by pervaporation. Such membranes include a nanofibrous scaffold in combination with a barrier layer. The barrier layer includes a graphene oxide. The membranes may, in embodiments, also include a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: The Research Foundation For The State University of New York
    Inventors: Benjamin Chu, Benjamin S. Hsiao, Devinder Mahajan, Tsung-Ming Yeh
  • Patent number: 9272536
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer comprising a storage part, a winding core, a rotating speed detecting portion, and a determining portion. The storage part stores a print-receiving tape roll that winds a print-receiving tape around an outer circumference part of a first winding core. The winding core driving device drives a second winding core for sequentially taking up the print-receiving tape on which print has been formed on an outer circumference part, and forming a roll. The rotating speed detecting portion detects a rotating speed of the second winding core. The determining portion determines whether or not the print-receiving tape roll has reached a tape end based on the rotating speed of the second winding core detected by the rotating speed detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsugi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9217224
    Abstract: A system for depositing a substance onto a substrate comprises continuously transporting the substrate in a transport direction while traversing a deposition arrangement across the substrate to deposit the substance in a number of swathes. During such movement the positions of the deposition arrangement and the substrate are controlled with respect to one another such that the swathes complement one another to provide substantially uniform coverage of the substrate. As a result of the defined arrangement, improved substrate speeds can be achieved since there is no need for the substrate to stop at each traverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: XENNIA HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Gerrit Koele, Alan Hudd
  • Patent number: 9176432
    Abstract: An intermediate transfer member (34) (ITM) transfers ink solids from an image bearing surface to a substrate. The ITM has an outermost surface having an absorptivity of less than or equal to about 5 percent when measured after 36 hours of immersion in Isopar L at 100 degrees Celsius. An imaging liquid developer system (22) deposits the ink solids and an ink solids carrier onto the outermost surface of the ITM, wherein the imaging liquid developer system (22) is configured to supply the ink solids carrier at a reduced thickness or reduced density as compared to more absorptive ITMs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Sandler, Shai Lior
  • Patent number: 9122121
    Abstract: A recording medium includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and an image recording layer with insulating properties provided between the first substrate and the second substrate, the image recording layer containing cells each encapsulating at least one of electrophoretic particles or magnetophoretic particles, a dispersion medium, and at least two kinds of thermoreversible gelling agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Yamashita, Nozomu Tamoto
  • Patent number: 9001170
    Abstract: A printer includes a conveyor roller for conveying a long printing tape having an adhesive but no release paper on a back surface thereof, a printing mechanism for performing printing on the printing tape conveyed, a drive unit for rotationally driving the conveyor roller, and a control unit for controlling the drive unit so that a rotational speed thereof becomes a constant speed slower than a standard speed when the printing tape is initially conveyed and then becomes the standard speed after it is conveyed a contact length of the conveyor roller with the printing tape. Thus, a risk can be prevented of a tape jam occurring in the printer due to the tape member remaining sticking to the conveyor roller when it is conveyed for the next printing because the tape member with the adhesive has been left stationary long in the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Yuno, Yasushi Murai
  • Publication number: 20150049152
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermal recording material having a thermosensitive layer comprising single phase diffuser polymer particles. Each of the diffuser polymer particles has a refractive index at the center thereof (RIcenter) different from a refractive index at the surface thereof (RIsurface), and a continuous refractive index gradient, sometimes referred to as GRIN technology. The diffuser polymer particles may have a RIcenter of from 1.46 to 1.61 and a particle size of 0.85 to 15 microns. Additionally, the thermal recording material of the present invention may also include heat deformable particles and a binder. The present invention also provides a method for providing an image by subjecting selected portions of a recording material such as that described above to a physical agent selected from the group consisting of heat, pressure, and combinations thereof, sufficient to reduce the opacity of said selected portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Edward La Fleur, Gaurav Pranami, Himal Ray
  • Publication number: 20150049151
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods of directly determining the type of receiver media loaded in a thermal printer by measurements taken from the receiver media itself. In one embodiment, a tri-color emitter and detector combination work in conjunction to determine the intensity of light transmitted through the receiver media. The type of receiver media may be determined by the voltage response or transmission profile generated by the receiver in response to being illuminated by the tri-color emitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Robert Fredric Mindler, Young No, Gregory James Garbacz, Dennis W. Heizyk
  • Patent number: 8947483
    Abstract: A printer includes: a sensor; a calculation unit that calculates an average value of mark levels and a permissible range in accordance with the average value, the mark levels being output levels of the sensor that has read a mark on a sheet a given number of times; a setting unit that, when the mark levels read the given number of times fall within the permissible range, sets a middle value between a white level and the average value as a determination value of existence or nonexistence of a next mark, the white level being an output level of the sensor when a non-marking domain of the sheet is read; and a determination unit that determines that the next mark has been detected when a mark level at the time of reading of the next mark is less than the determination value of existence or nonexistence of the next mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Nakajima, Yukihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 8947484
    Abstract: A printer comprising: a housing having an accommodating portion that accommodates recording paper and opens in a direction crossing the direction of gravity; a cover coupled to the housing in an openable and closable manner, and closing the accommodating portion; a control unit provided on the cover and having a circuit board; an lever provided in the housing at a position above the control unit in the direction of gravity and opening the cover; and a discharge path provided on the cover outside the control unit and leading liquid having entered through between the lever and the control unit toward an area below the control unit in the direction of gravity, wherein the discharge path including an upstream side end disposed on the cover below the lever in the direction of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Aizawa, Hiroyuki Kohira
  • Patent number: 8947481
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer comprises a print object receiving portion, a first, a second, and a third increment mode receiving portion, a first and a second image generating portion. The print object receiving portion receives an input operation of the print object comprising a print identifier. The first increment mode receiving portion receives a setup operation of the print identifier, an increment interval, and an increment execution count. The first image generating portion generates first printed matter images using a plurality of different types of increment patterns. The second increment mode receiving portion receives a selection operation of the plurality of types of increment patterns. The second image generating portion generates second printed matter images using a plurality of different types of assignment patterns. The third increment mode receiving portion receives a selection operation of any one of the plurality of types of assignment patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidekazu Ishii, Takahiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 8944706
    Abstract: The first image which is a continuous image divided into pages is printed on the first surface of web by the first printer, and the start mark is printed at the head of each page. The second image which is a continuous image is printed on the second surface by the second printer in synchronization with recording synchronization pulses. In printing of the second image, obtained is a difference between the number of pulses inputted to the second printing mechanism between detections of preceding and succeeding start marks, and the number of pulses estimated to be inputted thereto in the case where expansion or shrinkage of web doesn't occur, to adjust the frequency of pulses on the basis of the difference. Therefore, the second image is printed in accordance with the first image on the web without being affected by expansion or shrinkage of web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sakamoto, Toshio Maeda, Hiroshi Tomiya
  • Publication number: 20150029291
    Abstract: A printer includes: a sensor; a calculation unit that calculates an average value of mark levels and a permissible range in accordance with the average value, the mark levels being output levels of the sensor that has read a mark on a sheet a given number of times; a setting unit that, when the mark levels read the given number of times fall within the permissible range, sets a middle value between a white level and the average value as a determination value of existence or nonexistence of a next mark, the white level being an output level of the sensor when a non-marking domain of the sheet is read; and a determination unit that determines that the next mark has been detected when a mark level at the time of reading of the next mark is less than the determination value of existence or nonexistence of the next mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi Nakajima, Yukihiro Mori
  • Publication number: 20140362158
    Abstract: A recording medium includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and an image recording layer with insulating properties provided between the first substrate and the second substrate, the image recording layer containing cells each encapsulating at least one of electrophoretic particles or magnetophoretic particles, a dispersion medium, and at least two kinds of thermoreversible gelling agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Yamashita, Nozomu Tamoto
  • Patent number: 8882233
    Abstract: An inkjet printer having a print region, the inkjet printer includes an inkjet printhead; a media advance system for advancing recording medium through the printing region; a carriage for moving the printhead back and forth in a carriage scan direction across the print region, the carriage including a first magnetic element; and a platform that is movable along the carriage scan direction, the platform including: an optical sensor for receiving light from the recording medium to determine a type of recording medium; and a second magnetic element for selectively coupling to the first magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Juan Manuel Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20140320583
    Abstract: Thermal media comprises a substrate having a front side and a back side opposite the front side. The thermal media also comprises a thermally-sensitive coating disposed on the front side of the substrate. The thermal media further comprises a cleaner material disposed on a portion of the thermally-sensitive coating. The cleaner material is integrated into the thermally-sensitive coating to perform cleaning of a thermal print head when the cleaner coating moves past the thermal print head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry Butler
  • Publication number: 20140307039
    Abstract: A recording medium includes a first substrate; a second substrate; and an image recording layer provided between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the image recording layer has insulating properties and multiple cells or microcapsules, each of which encapsulates at least one of electrophoresis particles or magnetophoresis particles, a dispersion medium, and a thermoreversible gelling agent, wherein at least one of the first substrate or the second substrate contains fillers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nozomu Tamoto, Daiki Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20140232808
    Abstract: Provided is a heat-sensitive transfer recording medium having a base material, and an undercoating layer and a dye layer sequentially laminated and formed on the base material. The undercoating layer is formed by applying and then drying an undercoating layer-forming application liquid containing polyvinyl pyrrolidone and polyvinyl alcohol whose tensile strength measured based on JIS K 7113 is not lower than 8 kg/mm2. The dye layer is formed by applying and then drying a dye layer-forming application liquid containing an anthraquinone compound as a thermal migratory dye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunori Ono, Yasuo Sugishita, Takehito Yamato, Akihiko Ito, Ken Oshinomi
  • Publication number: 20140204170
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a front wall and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape included at least partially within the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path to the tape feed exit, a recess formed on the front wall extending from a bottom surface of the housing towards a top surface of the housing, and a first tape type indicator aperture on a bottom edge of the front wall. The first tape type indicator aperture is positioned downstream, in a tape feed direction, of the recess. The tape feed direction is a direction in which the tape is configured to be fed along a portion of the tape feed path proximate to the front wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Publication number: 20140193649
    Abstract: Methods and systems for thermal printing of thermally printable photonic crystal materials and assemblies. The photonic crystal materials and assemblies are responsive to thermal stimuli, wherein temperatures above a thermal threshold results in an optically detectable change in the appearance of the materials and assemblies. Heat is selectively applied to one or more portions of the materials and assemblies, in order to thermally print a graphic onto the materials and assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: OPALUX INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Romain Perrier-Cornet, Andre Arsenault
  • Patent number: 8764323
    Abstract: A heat-activated linerless label comprises a heat-activated adhesive coating. Portions of the heat-activated adhesive coating are selectively activated by a thermal printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Mark E. Keeton
  • Patent number: 8616671
    Abstract: A multi-channel image is printed on a web receiver by a plurality of printing modules. The receiver is entrained around a take-up roll on a movable transport. During printing, the transport moves past the printing modules while the take-up roll holds the receiver in position with respect to the transport, and then the transport comes to a stop and the take-up roll draws the receiver across the transport. A cutter downstream of the take-up roll cuts off the printed portion of the web receiver to provide a printed sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joel Sherwood Lawther, David James Cornell
  • Patent number: 8619315
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a computer implemented method of printing data is provided, the method comprising identifying whether a single- or a double-sided printer is operatively connected to the computer, identifying whether single- or double sided media is installed in the printer, and selecting a mode of operation for the printer based on whether it is identified as a single- or a double-sided printer and whether single- or double-sided media is identified as being installed therein. Variations are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Colman McGarry, Joseph Jennings
  • Publication number: 20130328991
    Abstract: A thermal image receiver element dry image receiving layer has a Tg of at least 25° C. as 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 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 % of the total dry image receiving layer weight and at a dry ratio to the water-dispersible polyester of at least 1:1 to and including 20:1. The thermal image receiver element can be used to prepare thermal dye images after thermal transfer from a thermal donor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Teh-Ming Kung, Peter John Ghyzel, John Leonard Muehlbauer
  • Patent number: 8502848
    Abstract: A multicolor direct thermal imaging method wherein a multicolor image is formed in a thermal imaging member comprising at least first and second different image-forming compositions and a thermal printer for use in practicing the method. Heat is applied to at least the second image-forming composition while the first image-forming composition is at a first baseline temperature (T1) to form an image in at least the second image-forming composition, and heat is applied to at least the first image-forming composition while it is at a second baseline temperature (T2) to form an image in at least the first image-forming composition, wherein T1 is different from T2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Zink Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Busch, Fariza B. Hasan, Chien Liu, Stephen J. Telfer, William T. Vetterling
  • Patent number: 8441510
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that receives a supply of an image receiving medium and includes a platen arranged to feed the image receiving medium selectively in one of a forward and reverse direction. A print head arranged to print an image on the image receiving medium while the medium is fed in the forward direction and an arcuate guide portion partially encasing the platen and movable relative to the surface of the platen. The guide portion having an inoperative position in which it is spaced from the print head to permit a supply of image receiving medium to be received and an operative position wherein the guide portion is moved to be proximate to the print head whereby the guide portion in the operative position restricts movement of the image receiving medium in a direction perpendicular to the forward and reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Kris Vandermeulen, Erwin Vereecken
  • Patent number: 8421833
    Abstract: A thermal paper roll includes a paper core, a thermal paper wound on the paper core, a flange attached to at least one end surface of the paper core, and a contacted surface formed on a plane intersecting a roll axis of the paper core at a side opposite to the paper core side of the flange in order to detect or identify a state of the thermal paper roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masahide Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8400486
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a thermal transfer sheet including: a dye layer which is provided on one side of a substrate and which contains an indoaniline dye; and a transferred image coating layer provided on that side of the substrate on which the dye layer is formed, the transferred image coating layer being operable to coat an image thermally transferred onto a transferred image receiving sheet, wherein the transferred image coating layer contains a compound having a predetermined structure and a binder resin, and the content of the compound having the predetermined structure is 0.5 to 8 parts by mass based on 100 parts by mass of the binder resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Shinohara
  • Patent number: 8350881
    Abstract: A printer includes an upper unit which opens and closes about a fulcrum lying at a rear position of a lower unit, and a paper path which is opened by opening the upper unit. A sensor unit is attached to the lower unit and includes a lower sensor holder and an upper sensor holder which are disposed in opposition to each other via the paper path. The paper path can be opened by pivoting the upper sensor holder relative to the lower sensor holder. When the upper unit is closed, the upper sensor holder is also closed in accordance with a closing pivoting motion of the upper unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruyuki Ochiai, Hiroyasu Ishii, Osamu Watanabe, Yukihiro Tamura, Yoshimi Urushibata, Kazuhiro Fushimi
  • Patent number: 8342675
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to provide a newspaper production system, having the structure of a system that is provided with a supply unit for a continuous web provided at an upstream side of a printing unit for printing on one surface and the other surface of a continuous web, and a processing unit for carrying out cutting and folding processing of a continuous web after printing at a downstream side, by making the area of an installation flat region for the printing unit for printing on one surface and the other surface of a continuous web, having an ink jet printing device group for printing one side of the continuous web and an ink jet printing device group for printing the other side of the paper sheet, small, and with which it is easy for a single person to carry out a newspaper production operation of monitoring the entire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Motojima, Taizou Abe
  • Publication number: 20120224017
    Abstract: A paper roll residual amount detecting device includes a paper roll receiving unit including a rest portion to support an outer circumferential surface of a paper roll, and first and second recesses located in the rest portion to receive the paper roll when the paper roll is consumed, an attachment frame provided near the paper roll receiving unit, an arm supported on the attachment frame and provided with first and second projections, such that, when the residual amount of the paper roll becomes equal to or smaller than a predetermined amount, the first and second projections become out of contact with the end surface of the paper roll, and a detecting unit to detect, based on the operation of the arm, whether the residual amount of the paper roll is equal to or smaller than the predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nihashi
  • Patent number: 8243113
    Abstract: The present invention provides an organic material that is characterized by including a rigid matrix and a dye having a phosphorescence lifetime of 0.1 seconds or more in a rigid medium at 77 K and that exhibits such a strong and long-lived phosphorescence as to be recognizable with the naked eyes even at ordinary temperature: namely, an ordinary-temperature-phosphorescent organic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: National University Corporation Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Watanabe, Shuzo Hirata
  • Publication number: 20120056966
    Abstract: A thermal paper roll includes a paper core, a thermal paper wound on the paper core, a flange attached to at least one end surface of the paper core, and a contacted surface formed on a plane intersecting a roll axis of the paper core at a side opposite to the paper core side of the flange in order to detect or identify a state of the thermal paper roll.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Masahide Maruyama
  • Publication number: 20120038737
    Abstract: The present invention presents a thermosensitive recording medium having a sufficient water resistance against water or moisture when the thermosensitive recording medium is used in outdoor and also having a superior printing run-ability when printing at high speed (sticking resistance), color developing sensitivity, scratching resistance, plasticizer resistance and solvent resistance. The thermosensitive recording medium shows a superior water resistance and also shows a superior printing run-ability when printing at high speed (sticking resistance) etc, by installing a thermosensitive recording layer on a support and a protective layer on the thermosensitive recording layer, wherein the protective layer contains an acrylic resin with a glass transition temperature of higher than 50 degree C. and lower than or equal to 95 degree C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Kenji Hirai, Akihito Ogino, Tsuyoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 8115791
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that receives a supply of an image receiving medium and includes a platen arranged to feed the image receiving medium selectively in one of a forward and reverse direction. A print head arranged to print an image on the image receiving medium while the medium is fed in the forward direction and an arcuate guide portion partially encasing the platen and movable relative to the surface of the platen. The guide portion having an inoperative position in which it is spaced from the print head to permit a supply of image receiving medium to be received and an operative position wherein the guide portion is moved to be proximate to the print head whereby the guide portion in the operative position restricts movement of the image receiving medium in a direction perpendicular to the forward and reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Kris Vandermeulen, Erwin Vereecken
  • Patent number: 8054323
    Abstract: A reveal substrate includes a sensitive substrate having an opaque polymer sensitive to application of one of heat and pressure which upon one of being heated to a predetermined temperature and subjected to a predetermined pressure causes the opaque polymer to become transparent and a color material disposed in relation to the substrate in a manner to be obscured by the opaque polymer prior to one of the application of the predetermined heat and the predetermined pressure and is revealed subsequent thereto. A method of printing employing the reveal substrate is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel F. Peters, Ricky L. Helton, John V. Guzzo
  • Patent number: 7973816
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit which forms an image on a printing medium; a main body casing which accommodates the image forming unit; a feeding unit which feeds the stored medium to the image forming unit; and a rotation coupling unit which couples the feeding unit with the bottom surface of the main body casing to rotate at a predetermined angle with respect to the bottom surface of the main body casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sin-ae Kim
  • Publication number: 20110012980
    Abstract: An imaging system including an image receiving structure including a tunable-resistivity material; and an energy source to emit an energy beam at the image receiving structure to pattern-wise program the tunable-resistivity material. A resistivity can be pattern-wise changed. Marking material can be pattern-wise adhered in response to the pattern-wise changed resistivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Timothy D. Stowe, Eugene M. Chow, Ashish V. Pattekar, Eric Peeters
  • Patent number: 7864205
    Abstract: A heat-sensitive transfer image forming method, containing: superposing receptor layer side of image-receiving sheet and dye layer side of ink sheet, making a thermal head contact with the sheets from lubricating layer side of ink sheet, and applying heat while making the head and ink sheet move at 60 mm/s or more relatively, and thereby transferring dye to form an image; wherein image-receiving sheet has heat insulation layer containing hollow polymer particles, receptor layer and/or heat insulation layer contains a water-soluble polymer; lubricating layer contains inorganic particles in 0.01-5 mass % to the total solid content of lubricating layer, the particles have Mohs' hardness 3-6 and mean particle size 0.3-5 ?m, and the ratio of the maximum width of each particles to the sphere equivalent diameter thereof is 1.5-50; and when 0.7 J/cm2 energy is applied, contact distance between the head and lubricating layer is 350-450 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Akito Yokozawa
  • Publication number: 20100328412
    Abstract: The present invention provides an organic material that is characterized by including a rigid matrix and a dye having a phosphorescence lifetime of 0.1 seconds or more in a rigid medium at 77 K and that exhibits such a strong and long-lived phosphorescence as to be recognizable with the naked eyes even at ordinary temperature: namely, an ordinary-temperature-phosphorescent organic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: National University Corporation Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Watanabe, Shuzo Hirata
  • Publication number: 20100245524
    Abstract: A reveal substrate includes a sensitive substrate having an opaque polymer sensitive to application of one of heat and pressure which upon one of being heated to a predetermined temperature and subjected to a predetermined pressure causes the opaque polymer to become transparent and a color material disposed in relation to the substrate in a manner to be obscured by the opaque polymer prior to one of the application of the predetermined heat and the predetermined pressure and is revealed subsequent thereto. A method of printing employing the reveal substrate is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel F. Peters, Ricky L. Helton, John V. Guzzo
  • Patent number: 7777770
    Abstract: A dual-sided two-ply direct thermal image element is provided. In one embodiment, the dual-sided two-ply direct thermal image element comprises a first substrate having a first side and a second side, and a second substrate having a first side and a second side, wherein both the first substrate and the second substrate include a thermally sensitive coating on at least a first side thereof, and wherein the second side of the first substrate is releasably attached to the second side of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Moreland, Mary Ann Wehr
  • Publication number: 20100125499
    Abstract: A multi-layer sheet material imageable by both direct thermal printing devices and digital offset printing presses (e.g., Hewlett-Packard (HP) Indigo digital offset printing presses), is provided. In one contemplated embodiment, the inventive sheet material demonstrates good ink/media adhesion when imaged using HP Indigo presses, and is comparable or superior to standard direct thermal grades in terms of printability and durability. Where HP Indigo and direct thermal are on demand printing devices, the present invention makes it possible to have a production line where both are in operation at various process steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Simon R. Cuch, Mayurkumar Patel, Hidenori Yada
  • Patent number: 7675259
    Abstract: A first determining section determines whether a recording medium is conveyed in a first direction. A setting section sets a first current value as a current initially outputted to a DC motor each time the first determining section determines that the recording medium is conveyed in the first direction. A first current outputting section outputs a current at the first current value, and subsequently outputs by steps a current gradually higher than the first current value motor until the first determining section again determines that the recording medium is conveyed in the first direction. A second determining section determines whether the recording medium is conveyed in a second direction opposite the first direction after the first current outputting section outputs a current at the first current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Iesaki
  • Publication number: 20090303307
    Abstract: A thermal transfer laminate film includes a base film, a non-transferable release layer made of a rubber-elastic resin and disposed on one side of the base film, and an image-protecting layer disposed on the non-transferable release layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Yasumatsu
  • Patent number: RE42427
    Abstract: A coreless thermal transfer recording web roll 10 is formed by rolling a thermal transfer recording web 10a in a roll. An inner end part 11 of the thermal transfer recording web 10a of the thermal transfer recording web roll 10 has a tab 11a formed at a substantially middle of the inner end part 11, and sticking parts 11b formed on the opposite sides of the tab 11a, respectively. Pseudoadhesive double-coated tapes 14 are attached to the sticking parts 11b, respectively. The pseudoadhesive double-coated tapes become tack-free after the sticking parts 11b have been separated from the innermost layer of the thermal transfer recording web 10a of the thermal transfer recording web roll 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Yamakawa, Hitoshi Saito, Hisaki Ota, Hiroaki Inoue, Junichi Hiroi, Tatsuya Kita, Shinichiro Takeda, Hiroshi Sugita