Absorber Patents (Class 347/31)
  • Patent number: 10479111
    Abstract: A lamp array for drying liquid ink on a media in a printing apparatus. The printing apparatus includes a transport system arranged to move the media through the printing apparatus in a process direction. The lamp array includes a plurality of lamps, each lamp of the plurality of lamps having a longitudinal axis arranged in a direction parallel to the process direction and adjacent to the transport system, wherein the plurality of lamps are equidistantly positioned substantially across a cross process width of the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roger G. Leighton, Paul M. Fromm, Robert P. Herloski
  • Patent number: 10449769
    Abstract: A maintenance system for maintaining an elongate inkjet printhead. The maintenance system includes: a carriage movable longitudinally along the printhead, the carriage including a maintenance member having a primary suction nozzle facing inkjet nozzles of the printhead and a wiper adjacent the primary suction nozzle; a traversing mechanism for traversing the carriage longitudinally along the printhead; and an engagement mechanism for urging the wiper and the printhead into engagement with each other. During use, the wiper contacts a non-printing part of the printhead and the primary suction nozzle is spaced apart from the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Memjet Technology Limited
    Inventor: Vesa Karppinen
  • Patent number: 10391780
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a recording head having an ejection port surface provided with ejection ports for ejecting ink, an ink receiving portion, an ink return path, and an ink storage container that includes an ink containing chamber, an air communication port, and a buffer chamber located below the ink containing chamber and provided between the ink containing chamber and the air communication port. The recording head performs a recording operation. The ink receiving portion receives the ink ejected from the ejection ports. The ink containing chamber contains ink to be supplied to the recording head. The air communication port communicates with air. The ink storage container is integrally formed with a buffer chamber that can temporarily retain ink. The ink return path connects the ink receiving portion and the buffer chamber and causes the ink to be returned from the ink receiving portion to the buffer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Takenaga
  • Patent number: 10338517
    Abstract: A waste liquid container includes a waste liquid vessel having a mounting face, a first side face, and a bottom face that are outer surfaces intersecting each other, a waste liquid inlet disposed on the mounting face, a circuit board having a connection terminal disposed along the first side face, and a first recess portion that opens in the mounting face and the bottom face below the waste liquid inlet. In the waste liquid container, when a width direction is defined as a direction in which both the mounting face and the bottom face extend, the first recess portion is disposed at a position between the waste liquid inlet and the connection terminal in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10173430
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus which performs printing by ejecting ink from a nozzle, including: a wiper blade that abuts on a nozzle surface on which an opening of the nozzle is formed, and moves in a first direction to wipe the ink adhering to the nozzle surface; and a cleaner that abuts on the moving wiper blade and scrapes off the ink adhering to the wiper blade, in which the wiper blade includes a blade member which protrudes in a second direction which is substantially orthogonal to the first direction, and in which the cleaner includes a scraping member which protrudes in a third direction which is a direction opposite to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Urabe, Kazushi Arafuka, Ken Inoue
  • Patent number: 10166799
    Abstract: A service station for servicing a handheld jet dispensing apparatus includes a fluid jet cartridge carrying a composition and a camera for capturing an image of a surface includes a body having a docking portion that is sized to receive the jet dispensing apparatus. A servicing portion is located adjacent the docking portion. The servicing portion is configured to receive a servicing cassette and to position the servicing cassette for interaction with nozzles of fluid jet cartridge of the jet dispensing apparatus for a cartridge servicing operation. An actuator is configured to move the servicing cassette during the cartridge servicing operation relative to the fluid jet cartridge of the handheld treatment apparatus with the handheld treatment apparatus in the docking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Thomas Elliot Rabe, Paul John Edward Vernon, Grant Edward Anders Striemer, Janette Villalobos Lingoes, Rebecca Ashley Kolakoski, Brian Lee Floyd
  • Patent number: 10118409
    Abstract: A lamp array for drying liquid ink on a media in a printing apparatus. The printing apparatus includes a transport system arranged to move the media through the printing apparatus in a process direction. The lamp array includes at least one lamp having a longitudinal axis arranged in a direction parallel to the process direction and adjacent to the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roger G. Leighton, Paul M. Fromm, Robert P. Herloski
  • Patent number: 10029470
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer with a print assembly includes an ink jet print head, the print assembly configured to be movable between a first position in which print head is positioned over a substrate to be printed upon and a second position in which the print head is positioned away from the substrate. The print head purges ink at the second position. A wiper assembly is positioned between the first position and the second position of the print assembly. The wiper assembly has a first orientation in which the wiper assembly does not contact the print head when the print assembly moves between the first position and the second position. The wiper assembly has a second orientation in which the wiper assembly contacts the print head when the print assembly moves between the second position and the first position. A fluid distribution device provides fluid to clean the wiper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dover Europe Sàrl
    Inventor: Sven Kerpe
  • Patent number: 10005284
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from a nozzle that is disposed on a nozzle surface, and an absorption member which is able to contact the nozzle surface, in which it is possible to perform a first contact operation which causes the absorption member to contact the nozzle surface at a position which corresponds to a nozzle region that includes an opening region of the nozzle, and a second contact operation which causes the absorption member to contact the nozzle surface at a position which corresponds to a non-nozzle region that is a region outside of the nozzle region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Suzuki, Koji Harada, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Kazuhiko Hara, Yasunori Koike, Ryo Oguchi
  • Patent number: 9962944
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a second flow-path-member comprising a second flow-path in communication with first and third flow-paths provided in first and second flow-path-members, the second flow-path-member stacked with the third flow-path-members in a stacking direction. A boundary between the first and second flow-path is tightly sealed by a first sealing-member. A boundary between the second and third flow-path is tightly sealed by a second sealing-member. The second flow-path-member includes a first substrate for positioning itself to the third flow-path-member in first and second directions intersecting with the stacking direction, and a second substrate for positioning itself to the third flow-path-member in the stacking direction. The first substrate is pressed against in the first and second directions by one of the first and second sealing-member. The second substrate is pressed against in the stacking direction by another one of the first and second sealing-member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Kanegae
  • Patent number: 9956781
    Abstract: A maintenance member includes a plate, an absorption member, and a protection plate. The plate includes a first face and is configured to be mounted in a print device. The absorption member is fixed on the first face and has absorbed a liquid. The edge surface of the absorption member is exposed in an extension direction of the first face. The protection plate is fixed in place such that a gap is provided between the protection plate and the absorption member. The protection plate is configured to protect the absorption member from contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Haruo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9943886
    Abstract: A cleaning cart for a three-dimensional object printing system wipes an ejector head to remove debris from the ejector head. The cleaning cart includes a platform having a plurality of bearings configured to move the platform on rails of the printing system. A cleaning mechanism is movably mounted to the platform, and an actuator is mounted to the platform. The actuator is configured to move the cleaning mechanism relative to the platform to enable the cleaning mechanism to clean an ejector head that is positioned opposite the rails of the printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Atwood, James J. Spence
  • Patent number: 9889669
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from a nozzle that is disposed on a nozzle surface, a first wiping portion which is able to wipe away the liquid that is adhered to the nozzle surface, and a second wiping portion which is able to hold the liquid that is adhered to the nozzle surface by contacting the nozzle surface, wherein it is possible to perform a first maintenance operation in which the nozzle surface is wiped using the first wiping portion and a second maintenance operation in which the second wiping portion is caused to contact the nozzle surface due to the second wiping portion being biased by the first wiping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigenori Nakagawa, Keiji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9878544
    Abstract: An ink jet printer with a print assembly includes an ink jet print head, the print assembly configured to be movable between a first position in which print head is positioned over a substrate to be printed upon and a second position in which the print head is positioned away from the substrate. The print head purges ink at the second position. A wiper assembly is positioned between the first position and the second position of the print assembly. The wiper assembly has a first orientation in which the wiper assembly does not contact the print head when the print assembly moves between the first position and the second position. The wiper assembly has a second orientation in which the wiper assembly contacts the print head when the print assembly moves between the second position and the first position. A fluid distribution device provides fluid to clean the wiper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dover Europe Sarl
    Inventor: Sven Kerpe
  • Patent number: 9855753
    Abstract: A waste liquid absorber is adapted to absorb waste liquid discharged from an outlet configured to eject ink in an accommodated state when the waste liquid absorber is accommodated in an accommodation portion. The waste liquid absorber includes a first portion and a second portion having different densities in a thickness direction of a single piece of the waste liquid absorber, and the first portion has higher density than the second portion. Each of the first portion and the second portion includes a fiber and solid flame retardant powders. The fiber of the first portion is formed of material that is the same as material of which the fiber of the second portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidehiro Takano, Shunichi Seki, Yoshiyuki Nagai
  • Patent number: 9809029
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from a nozzle that is disposed on a nozzle surface, and an absorption member which is able to contact the nozzle surface, in which it is possible to perform a first contact operation which causes the absorption member to contact the nozzle surface at a position which corresponds to a nozzle region that includes an opening region of the nozzle, and a second contact operation which causes the absorption member to contact the nozzle surface at a position which corresponds to a non-nozzle region that is a region outside of the nozzle region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Suzuki, Koji Harada, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Kazuhiko Hara, Yasunori Koike, Ryo Oguchi
  • Patent number: 9757946
    Abstract: An inkjet print device includes a maintenance device wherein a mesh system and a waste liquid receiver are mounted. The liquid is applied during maintenance on the top of the mesh system and a waste liquid receiver receives the liquid dripping from the back of the mesh system. The mesh system is characterized by including a liquid spreading mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventors: Luc De Roeck, Paul Wouters
  • Patent number: 9701124
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a line head which ejects liquid from a plurality of nozzles with respect to a medium, a wiping member that is able to wipe a nozzle forming surface on which the nozzles are formed, and an electronic mounting member that governs an electronic control, in which the wiping member is attachable and detachable with respect to the liquid ejecting apparatus, and the electronic mounting member is disposed at a location which is different from below an attachment/detachment path when the wiping member is attached and detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ono, Kazuhiko Sato, Toru Tanjo, Yuichi Segawa
  • Patent number: 9623662
    Abstract: A cleaning module includes an actuator device, a fluid chamber, and a wiper member. The actuator device may enter an activation state based on a movement of at least a portion of the actuator device in response to an engagement with the printhead. The fluid chamber may store and supply fluid to the porous wipe material in response to the activation state of the actuator device. The wiper member may apply pressure to a porous wipe material including the fluid therein to wipe the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Mauricio Seras Franzoso, Marta Coma Vives, Antonio Gracia Verdugo
  • Patent number: 9573376
    Abstract: A waste liquid recovery apparatus includes a container body; a liquid absorbing body which is accommodated in the container body and absorbs liquid discharged as a waste liquid; and a sealing member which seals the container body, wherein a first space into which liquid is discharged from a liquid ejecting head and a second space which links with the outside through a ventilation hole formed in the sealing member are formed in a space closed by the container body and the sealing body, and the first space and the second space are connected with each other at the ventilation hole side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9573395
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus includes a case; a recording head that performs recording by ejecting liquid to a medium provided in the case; a base portion provided in a position that faces the recording head and has a medium supporting portion that supports the medium; a protruding portion that is provided in any one of an area facing a bottom portion of the case in the medium supporting portion or an area facing the base portion in the bottom portion in the case, protrudes to the other one, and extends in a first direction intersecting a transportation direction of the medium; and a receiving portion that is provided in any one of an area facing the bottom portion of the case in the medium supporting portion and an area facing the medium supporting portion in the bottom portion of the case, and receives the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Anami, Kazuhiko Tsuyama
  • Patent number: 9464199
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus includes an ejection head having nozzles that eject liquid, a strap member that holds the liquid ejected from the ejection head, a feeding roller and a winding roller around which the strap member is wound, and a driving source that rotates the winding roller, wherein a flash point of the liquid that is held in the strap member is 95 degrees Celsius or more, and the driving source is disposed at a position closer to the winding roller than to the feeding roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Uchiyama, Keitaro Nakano, Nobuhito Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9452622
    Abstract: In one example, a platen system for a printer includes a group of interchangeable platens each configured to support a different type of print substrate in the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPNY, L.P.
    Inventors: Carlos Chover López, Lluis Hierro Domenech, Emilio Angulo Navarro, Francisco Javier Pérez Gellida
  • Patent number: 9340027
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a recording head configured to discharge ink, a first waste ink retaining member configured to absorb ink discharged from the recording head, a second waste ink retaining member arranged below the first waste ink retaining member, a first inclined surface configured to flow waste ink overflowing the first waste ink retaining member downward, a waste ink receiving surface connected with a bottom end of the first inclined surface and including a porous body sheet for absorbing waste ink, and a second inclined surface configured to flow waste ink overflowing the porous body sheet to the second waste ink retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 9211718
    Abstract: In one example, a shroud to protect a printhead in a print bar includes: an elongated body having an opening therein through which a printhead may dispense liquid past the shroud when the shroud is affixed to the print bar; and a bump on an exterior surface of the body next to the opening. The bump is configured to guide a leading edge of print media away from the printhead during printing when the shroud is affixed to the print bar and the print bar is installed in a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy Jacob Luedeman, James D. Plymale
  • Patent number: 9145002
    Abstract: In one example, a platen system for a printer includes a group of interchangeable platens each configured to support a different type of print substrate in the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Carlos Chover Lopez, Lluis Hierro Domenech, Emilio Angulo Navarro, Francisco Javier Perez Gellida
  • Patent number: 9056473
    Abstract: A printing system includes: a fixed printhead assembly having an array of printheads and vacuum platen assembly. The vacuum platen assembly includes a fixed vacuum platen and a plurality of rotatable service modules embedded in the fixed vacuum platen. Each service module is positioned opposite a respective printhead, and each service module comprises a respective vacuum platen module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Mernjet Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Rosati, David Petch, David Burney, Jim Sykora, Kenneth A Regas, Andy Bound, Neil Doherty, Scott Dennis, Ben Jones, Oksana Buyda, Locson Tonthat, Andrew Buyda, Patrick Kirk, Loren Hunt, Jason Dewey, Jim Trinchera, Bill Cressman, Ron Zech
  • Patent number: 9039135
    Abstract: A liquid absorbent for ink contains a cellulose fiber, a heat-fusible material, and a flame-retardant material. The absorbent satisfies the relation ?1??0?500, where ?0 [?S/cm] is the electric conductivity of the ink and ?1 [?S/cm] is that of a mixture of 5 g of the ink and 1 g of the flame-retardant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9039136
    Abstract: A waste ink absorber for absorbing waste ink discharged from a head for ejecting ink includes layers the same in density and different in flame retardant content ratio, which are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidehiro Takano, Toshiaki Yamagami, Shunichi Seki
  • Patent number: 9028043
    Abstract: A printhead cleaning device is configured to use a cleaning web to absorb the residual ink left on the faceplate of the printhead. The cleaning web is supplied from a feed cartridge and taken up by a take-up cartridge. The cartridges include indexing mechanisms that are configured to dispense and pull-in, respectively, a predetermined length of the cleaning web during each maintenance cycle of the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey John Bradway, Matthew D. Savoy, Frank Berkelys Tamarez Gomez, Jorge M. Rodriquez, Jeffrey Swing
  • Publication number: 20150091979
    Abstract: A liquid discharge recording apparatus includes: a first liquid containing 2-pyrrolidone; a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the first liquid; a second liquid containing a solvent of which freezing point is less than 20 degrees Celsius and of which specific gravity is less than 1.12 g/cm3; and an absorber which contains the second liquid and which is configured to absorb the first liquid exited from the liquid discharge head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Junichiro Sugimoto, Noriaki Satoh, Akihiko Taniguchi, Ayako Ohishi
  • Publication number: 20150091978
    Abstract: A liquid discharge recording apparatus includes a first liquid containing first 1,2-alkanediol; a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the first liquid; a second liquid containing second 1,2-alkanediol of which vapor pressure is lower than that of the first 1,2-alkanediol; and an absorber which contains the second liquid and which is configured to absorb the first liquid exited from the liquid discharge head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Noriaki Satoh, Junichiro Sugimoto, Akihiko Taniguchi, Ayako Ohishi
  • Publication number: 20150062241
    Abstract: A printhead cleaning device is configured to use a cleaning web to absorb the residual ink left on the faceplate of the printhead. The cleaning web is supplied from a feed cartridge and taken up by a take-up cartridge. The cartridges include indexing mechanisms that are configured to dispense and pull-in, respectively, a predetermined length of the cleaning web during each maintenance cycle of the printhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey John Bradway, Matthew D. Savoy, Frank Berkelys Tamarez Gomez, Jorge M. Rodriquez, Jeffrey Swing
  • Patent number: 8967759
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording head, an ejection detection unit, a cleaner, and a holder member. The ejection detection unit has an electrode member disposed in an area in which the electrode member is opposable to the head. The cleaner includes a cleaning member to remove droplets adhering to the electrode member. The ejection detection unit detects ejection or non-ejection of droplets by detection of electric changes of the electrode member generated when droplets ejected from nozzles of the head land on the electrode member in a state in which a potential difference is created between a nozzle face of the head and the electrode member and the nozzle face is opposed to the electrode member. The holder member supports the electrode member, and holds the cleaning member movable in parallel to a nozzle array direction in which the nozzles is arrayed in the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Masaoka, Shotaro Takeuchi, Masahiko Hisada, Kyohei Matsumura
  • Publication number: 20150029260
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a carriage having a removable liquid receptacle that holds a liquid or a removable connector connected via a flexible liquid channel to an external liquid receptacle that holds a liquid, an ejecting head, mounted in the carriage, that has a nozzle that ejects the liquid, and a maintenance unit that runs maintenance on the ejecting head; the ejecting head has a filter disposed so as to be capable of contact with a liquid absorption member provided in the liquid receptacle and in the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi TANAKA, Hitotoshi KIMURA
  • Patent number: 8931882
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a carriage having a removable liquid receptacle that holds a liquid or a removable connector connected via a flexible liquid channel to an external liquid receptacle that holds a liquid, an ejecting head, mounted in the carriage, that has a nozzle that ejects the liquid, and a maintenance unit that runs maintenance on the ejecting head; the ejecting head has a filter disposed so as to be capable of contact with a liquid absorption member provided in the liquid receptacle and in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Tanaka, Hitotoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8905516
    Abstract: According to the present invention, firstly, since the cleaning liquid is deposited onto the nozzle surface by the nozzle surface cleaning liquid deposition device, then it is possible to raise the dissolving effect, which is a chemical effect of dissolving adhering material which is adhering to the nozzle surface. Consequently, it is possible to remove the adhering material readily by subsequently wiping the nozzle surface with the wiping member, and hence the physical effects can also be improved. Furthermore, since the cleaning liquid is deposited so as to wet the wiping member, then it is possible to suppress the drawing out of liquid from the nozzles due to the absorbing characteristics of the wiping member, and therefore ejection defects due to solidification of drawn out liquid can be prevented. Consequently, it is possible to improve ejection stability of the droplet ejection head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 8888234
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid ejecting apparatus including: a linear absorbing member which is disposed so as to face two or more nozzle rows adjacent to each other in a direction intersecting an extension direction of the nozzle rows while extending from one end of the nozzle row in the extension direction and being reversed at the other end thereof and to be turned back in a manner of reciprocating at least once in the extension direction, and absorbs the fluid ejected from the nozzles; a first movement mechanism which moves the absorbing member in a direction intersecting the extension direction of the nozzle row; and a second movement mechanism which moves the absorbing member while turning back the absorbing member so as to reciprocate at least once in the extension direction of the nozzle row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takato Hayashi, Hisashi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 8888233
    Abstract: In a device to clean wiper elements of an inkjet print head of an ink dispenser of a printing apparatus having a chassis, a maintenance station is mounted on the chassis to allow travel of the maintenance station in at least one direction that causes the maintenance station to move past the inkjet print head. The maintenance station carries wiper elements that wipe ink from the surface of the inkjet print head as the maintenance station moves past the inkjet print head. An ink uptake unit is mounted at the chassis at a position past which the maintenance station travels, after traveling past the inkjet print head. The ink uptake unit includes material that transfers ink from the wipers to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Muhl, Axel Ortmann
  • Patent number: 8882239
    Abstract: In a method for determining a maintenance performance of a maintenance unit of an inkjet printing system, the inkjet system comprises an inkjet print head having an orifice surface, the orifice surface comprising an orifice, which orifice is in fluid communication with an ink chamber. The method comprises operating the maintenance unit to perform a maintenance operation on the orifice surface of the inkjet print head and detecting the presence of a wiper element or amount of ink over the orifice by detecting a pressure wave in the ink chamber and analyzing the detected pressure wave to determine the maintenance performance of the maintenance unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oce-Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Miedema, Bastiaan J. H. Middelbos
  • Patent number: 8882232
    Abstract: When performing at least one of preliminary ejection or a suction unit as a countermeasure against adhering ink that accumulates in the portion where preliminary ejection is performed, the preliminary ejection amount and suction speed of the suction unit are optimized. An inkjet print apparatus that prints by using a printing head for ejecting ink, comprising: an ejecting unit; a sucking unit; a measuring unit that measures an elapsed time after the sucking unit is performed; and a control unit that control ejection by the ejecting unit or sucking by the sucking unit according to the elapsed time measured in the measuring unit; wherein as the elapsed time becomes longer, the amount of ink that is ejected to the ink receiving unit in the ejecting unit is increased or a suction speed at which the ink is sucked in the sucking unit is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ibe, Masaya Uetsuki, Kazuo Suzuki, Toshimitsu Danzuka, Masataka Kato, Asako Tomida, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8857949
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head having a nozzle formation surface with a nozzle that discharges a liquid. A cleaning member wipes the nozzle formation surface to remove liquid that has adhered thereto. An absorption member of a porous material deforms under pressure and includes an absorption surface that contacts the cleaning member to absorb liquid that has adhered thereto. A pressure member moves between a pressure position, in which the pressure member applies pressure to the absorption surface of the absorption member, and a non-pressure position, in which the pressure member does not apply pressure to the absorption surface. A movement mechanism moves the pressure member from the non-pressure position to the pressure position to cause the absorption member to deform, thereby dispersing the liquid absorbed by the absorption member from the cleaning member via the absorption surface into the interior of the absorption member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Seino, Taisuke Yamamoto, Shuhei Harada, Naoyoshi Hashimoto, Yoshihiro Koizumi
  • Publication number: 20140292913
    Abstract: A liquid absorber that is constituted mainly by fibers, includes fusion bondable resin, and is configured to absorb liquid, includes a first surface having a largest surface area, and a second surface perpendicular to the first surface. The second surface includes a surface low in degree of fusion bond of the fusion bondable resin and a surface high in degree of fusion bond of the fusion bondable resin that has a higher degree of fusion bond of the fusion bondable resin than the surface low in degree of fusion bond, and at least a part of the surface low in degree of fusion bond absorbs the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naotaka HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20140292912
    Abstract: A liquid discharge recording apparatus includes: a liquid containing first glycol ether; a liquid discharge head which discharges the liquid; an absorber which absorbs the liquid discharged from the liquid discharge head; and second glycol ether which is contained in the absorber and of which vapor pressure is lower than that of the first glycol ether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noriaki Satoh, Junichiro Sugimoto, Ayako Ohishi, Akihiko Taniguchi
  • Publication number: 20140267492
    Abstract: A waste ink absorber for absorbing waste ink discharged from a head for ejecting ink includes layers the same in density and different in flame retardant content ratio, which are stacked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidehiro TAKANO, Toshiaki YAMAGAMI, Shunichi SEKI
  • Publication number: 20140267493
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer including: (i) a recording head which has an outer surface and includes at least one nozzle opening in the outer surface; (ii) a carriage which carries the recording head and which is reciprocateable in a main scanning direction; and (iii) a waste-ink retaining device which retains a waste ink forcedly ejected from the at least one nozzle of the recording head when a flushing operation is performed by the recording head. The waste-ink retaining device includes an ink receiving portion which is provided below a flushing position to which the recording head is moved to perform the flushing operation, and which receives the waste ink ejected by the recording head, and a first ink retaining portion which receives the waste ink from the ink receiving portion and retains the waste ink and which extends upward such that a top end thereof is positioned higher than a height position of the ink receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takamitsu KAWAI, Takashi OHAMA
  • Patent number: 8826524
    Abstract: Provided is a fitting tool for a liquid absorber which is included in a liquid ejecting apparatus having a liquid ejecting head for ejecting liquid from nozzle openings formed in a nozzle forming surface and fits the liquid absorber for absorbing the liquid in a cap which is capable of being abutted to the liquid ejecting head so as to cover the nozzle openings, the fitting tool including: a holding portion which holds the liquid absorber; and a locking portion which has elasticity and is locked to a portion of the cap when the holding portion is inserted into the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Matsuoka, Atsushi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8827420
    Abstract: A printer includes a recording head having a nozzle forming surface formed with nozzles adapted to eject liquid; a wiper having an outer surface of a cylindrical surface shape capable of absorbing the ink attached to the nozzle forming surface; a motor that is driven, when moving the wiper in a direction in which the outer surface reaches the nozzle forming surface and in a direction in which the outer surface is separated from the nozzle forming surface, and is also driven when rotating the wiper; and a contact member coming into contact with the outer surface of the wiper rotated along with driving of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shunichi Hizawa, Nobuhito Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8820888
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid ejecting apparatus including: a plurality of nozzle rows which is arranged in the direction intersecting the extension direction of nozzles; a linear absorbing member which is suspended while being parallel to the nozzle rows or inclined with respect to the nozzle rows at a predetermined angle; a first movement section which relatively moves at least one of the absorbing member and the nozzle rows in the direction intersecting the nozzle rows; and a control section which performs a flushing process in which a fluid is selectively ejected from the nozzles facing the absorbing member toward the absorbing member while moving the absorbing member using the first movement section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takato Hayashi, Hisashi Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20140232789
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a support member having a plurality of ribs and supporting the sheet; a head disposed above the support member and ejecting ink to the sheet supported by the support member; and at least one contact portion disposed upstream of the head and configured to come in contact with the sheet so as to make the sheet a waved shape. The support member includes a first support portion comprising at least one first guide portions disposed corresponding to the at least one contact portion, and a plurality of second guide portions disposed corresponding to the plurality of ribs and disposed above the plurality of first guide portions. The support member further comprises a second support portion comprising a third guide portion disposed downstream of the first support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao MIMOTO, Yasuhira OTA, Jie XIU, Noriyuki KAWAMATA, Keisuke WAKAKUSA, Iwane SANO, Shingo ITO