Waste Storage Patents (Class 347/36)
  • Patent number: 10562297
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet printer comprising: a recording head, an electric power supply, and a controller which is configured: to determine an ink amount in which an ink is jetted by the recording head in a flushing processing; in a case that the determined ink amount is less than a first ink amount, to boost a driving voltage of the electric power supply to a target voltage value, in accordance with a predetermined first voltage boosting pattern; and in a case that the determined ink amount is not less than the first ink amount, to boost the driving voltage to the target voltage value, in accordance with a predetermined second voltage boosting pattern in which a voltage boosting time is shorter than that in the first voltage boosting pattern. Accordingly, it is possible to shorten FPOT while reducing the load on the constitutive elements of the ink-jet printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Arakane
  • Patent number: 10518542
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects a liquid, a discharge portion which discharges a waste liquid discharged from the liquid ejecting head, and a mounting unit which is provided with the discharge portion and in which is mounted a waste liquid container capable of storing the waste liquid which is discharged from the discharge portion, in which the mounting unit includes a liquid holding portion capable of holding the waste liquid in a periphery of the discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Ochiai, Tsutomu Kobayashi, Takeshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10479091
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a liquid discharge section configured to discharge liquid onto a medium, a holding section capable of holding a waste liquid container capable of containing waste liquid exhausted from the liquid discharge section, a sensor capable of detecting a state in which a containing amount of the waste liquid container has reached a threshold value, and a calculation section configured to calculate a waste liquid amount based on an exhaust amount of the waste liquid exhausted by the liquid discharge section. In the case where the sensor has detected the state in which the containing amount has reached the threshold value, the calculation section calculates the waste liquid amount by adding the exhaust amount of the waste liquid exhausted after the detection of the state by the sensor to the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Mashima, Seijun Horie
  • Patent number: 10357972
    Abstract: A waste pack for a printer includes a port, a sealing member configured to seal the port, and an urging member. When the waste pack is attached to the printer, a discharge port of the printer pushes the sealing member and enters the waste pack through the port. When the waste pack is detached, the sealing member urged by the urging member closes the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuura, Noboru Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10226932
    Abstract: A supply apparatus includes: tanks; a binder which holds the tanks in a state of being arranged in a first direction; a casing which supports the binder; and a positioning part disposed between adjacent two tanks, the positioning part positioning the two tanks at an interval in the first direction. Each tank includes two side walls facing the first direction to define a liquid storage chamber and an inlet to supply liquid to the liquid storage chamber. The two side walls include portions formed from resin. At least one of the two side walls includes a portion formed from a film. The positioning part is in contact with: the portion formed from the resin of one of the two side walls of one of the two tanks; and the portion formed from the resin of one of the two side walls of the other of the two tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Masako Kawagoe, Masahiro Hayashi, Taichi Shirono
  • Patent number: 10220621
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus, comprising: a recording head; an ink reservoir; an ink receiver; a first waste liquid reservoir comprising a first holding body; a second waste liquid reservoir comprising a second holding body; and a housing, wherein: the second waste liquid reservoir is movable between a first position where the first and second holding bodies contact and a second position; in a state where the second waste liquid reservoir is at the second position, the first holding body overlaps with the second holding body in an intersecting direction intersecting with a moving direction in which the second waste liquid reservoir moves; and in a state where the second waste liquid reservoir is disposed at the first position, the first and second holding bodies contact such that at least one of the first and second holding bodies elastically deforms to show an restoring force in the intersecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Tomohiro Wada
  • Patent number: 10173426
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus (liquid droplet discharge apparatus) including a discharge portion that has a nozzle surface to which a nozzle that discharges ink on a medium is open, a reflecting mirror that reflects light, an imaging portion that images the reflecting mirror, a wiping portion that wipes the nozzle surface, and a movement mechanism that moves at least one out of the discharge portion, the reflecting mirror, and the imaging portion so as to switch a state of the nozzle between a state in which the nozzle surface faces the medium and a state in which the nozzle surface faces the imaging portion via the reflecting mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuneyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10137690
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus includes a liquid collecting device including a compression member configured to compress a first porous body from a second surface opposite to a first surface that comes into contact with a first image, to extrude and collect a liquid component containing a first liquid from the first surface of the first porous body, and the liquid collecting device includes a second porous body configured to absorb the liquid component extruded from the first surface of the first porous body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hirokawa, Toru Yamane, Akihiro Mouri, Hiroaki Motooka
  • Patent number: 10086614
    Abstract: There is provided a cap device including: a cap unit which is tiltable in a plane direction of the jetting surface and which comes into close contact with the jetting surface of the liquid jetting head; a flexible discharge tube of which one end is connected to the cap unit, which communicates with an inner space defined by the cap unit and the jetting surface under a condition that the cap unit comes into close contact with the jetting surface, and through which a liquid in the inner space is discharged; and a fixing mechanism which fixes a portion, of the discharge tube, other than the one end to the cap unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ayumu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10000064
    Abstract: Technology enabling stably attaching a cartridge having a fluid supply port and a waste fluid inlet to a fluid ejection device. The cartridge has a bottom wall with a fluid supply port for supplying fluid to the fluid ejection device, and a waste fluid inlet for recovering waste fluid from the fluid ejection device, a first side wall having a first contact part capable of contacting a first fastening member of the cartridge holder when the cartridge is installed in the cartridge holder, and a second side wall having a second contact part capable of contacting a second fastening member of the cartridge holder when the cartridge is installed in the cartridge holder. When looking at the cartridge from the bottom wall side, an imaginary first line passing through the first contact part and the second contact part passes between the fluid supply port and the waste fluid inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoteru Katsuki, Tomohiro Mizuta
  • Patent number: 9969172
    Abstract: A liquid consuming apparatus includes: a liquid consumer; a liquid receiver; a first waste-liquid storage including (i) a first housing connected to the liquid receiver to allow liquid communication between the first housing and the liquid receiver, and (ii) a first liquid absorber disposed in the first housing; and a second waste-liquid storage including (a) a second housing connected to the first waste-liquid storage to allow liquid communication between the second housing and the first waste-liquid storage, and (b) a second liquid absorber disposed in the second housing. The first housing has a first opening that opens toward the second housing. The second housing has a second opening that opens toward the first housing. The first liquid absorber protrudes from the first opening to an outside of the first housing. The second liquid absorber is in contact with the first liquid absorber protruding from the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Nishikawa, Toshiro Ueda, Yuya Tatematsu, Hideo Fukue
  • Patent number: 9889671
    Abstract: Provided is a technique capable of reducing the possibility that liquid reaches a visual check face. A liquid container includes a liquid retaining portion that can retain liquid and has an injection port forming face in which a liquid injection port is arranged, a visual check face that intersects the injection port forming face and through which a liquid surface in the liquid containing portion can be visually checked from the outside, and a container guiding path that guides the liquid existing in the injection port forming face in a direction different from a direction toward the visual check face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Koji Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 9878550
    Abstract: A container for holding a volume of fluid includes a housing defining an interior for retaining the volume of fluid, a vent system disposed at an upper portion of the interior adjacent to a fluid chamber to vent air to atmosphere. The vent system includes an air chamber in fluid communication with the fluid chamber through an air inlet and disposed within the interior. The air chamber includes a bottom surface angling from the air inlet towards a distal end of the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael R. Larrobis, Jeffrey G. Abanto
  • Patent number: 9656497
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a tape feed path, a front wall having a front surface, and a tape feed exit adjacent to the front wall. The tape cassette also includes a tape at least partially included within the housing, an ink ribbon at least partially included within the housing, and a take-up spool included within the housing and configured to take-up the ink ribbon. A first aperture is formed on the front surface of the front wall, wherein a first virtual line orthogonal to the front wall and passing through a most upstream end of the first aperture also passes through the take-up spool, and wherein a second virtual line orthogonal to the front wall and passing through a most downstream end of the first aperture also passes through the take-up spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9649861
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a rear wall, 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 extending to the tape feed exit, and a first indicator aperture positioned on the front wall and a second indicator aperture position on a rear portion of the bottom surface. A position of the first indicator aperture on the front wall indicates a type of the tape included within the housing. A position of the second indicator aperture indicates a color of characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Masato Kato, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9643418
    Abstract: A liquid discharging apparatus includes multiple nozzle rows, in which a plurality of nozzles capable of discharging liquid onto a medium are arranged, that are arranged in an intersection direction intersecting with a nozzles-arranged direction where the nozzles are arranged, a shielding portion that shields an area between the nozzle rows, and a collecting portion that collects mist which is attached to the shielding portion and is generated due to discharging of the liquid from the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Katagami, Tsutomu Sasaki, Manabu Suzuki, Kazutoshi Fujishima
  • Patent number: 9616671
    Abstract: An object is to provide a cartridge that is configured to be readily mountable and stir a liquid contained in the cartridge. A cartridge includes an ink pack, a first air bag and a casing provided to place the ink pack and the first air bag therein. The casing has an ink supply port, an air flow port for first air bag and an air flow port for casing that are provided on a front face of the casing in a mounting direction so that this configuration enables the cartridge to be readily mounted to the inkjet printer. The pressurized air is introduced through the air flow port for first air bag into the first air bag. This expands the first air bag to press the ink pack and thereby stir ink I contained in the ink pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Koizumi, Masaru Kumagai, Hitoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9573401
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and a protrusion formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 9573380
    Abstract: A printer which is configured so that an ink tank which accommodates ink is fixed and a user can refill the ink tank with the ink, includes one pair of electrodes which are disposed in the ink tank and serve as sensors for detecting whether or not the ink is present at a predetermined height (first threshold value). A control portion which controls the printer performs liquid presence detection to detect whether or not the ink is present at the predetermined height (first threshold value) by using the sensors, and performs initial filling which corresponds to the result of the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishida, Shuichi Koganehira, Ryohei Ito, Masaki Tsukida
  • Patent number: 9566812
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a front wall and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path in a tape feed direction toward the tape feed exit, a first aperture formed on the front wall, and a tape type indicator aperture formed on the front wall. At least one of the first aperture and the tape type indicator aperture is located in a trench in the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koshiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9555633
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a waste liquid container accommodation part, and a waste liquid drain passage member. The waste liquid container accommodation part replaceably accommodates a first waste liquid container to contain waste liquid. The waste liquid drain passage member guides waste liquid into the waste liquid container accommodation part. The apparatus body includes a mount portion to mount a second waste liquid container having a capacity greater than the waste liquid container accommodation part. The mount portion of the apparatus body is different from the waste liquid container accommodation part. The waste liquid container accommodation part accommodates a relay unit to relay a drain passage from the waste liquid drain passage member to the second waste liquid container, replaceably with the first waste liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Masashi Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 9555637
    Abstract: A cartridge 1 is provided with an ink pack 9, an air bag 10 capable of abutting the ink pack 9, and a pressurizing chamber 11 that stores the ink pack 9 and the air bag 10. In the case where the amount of ink in the ink pack 9 decreases, pressurized air is introduced into the air bag 10, the ink pack 9 is pressed against the air bag 10, and thereby the internal pressure of the ink pack 9 is increased. After that, pressurized air is introduced into the pressurizing chamber 11 so as to increase the internal pressure of the pressurizing chamber 11 and pressurize the ink pack 9 from outside. Accordingly, the ink in the ink pack 9 is supplied from an ink supply port 12 to the inkjet printer 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Kumagai, Yoshihiro Koizumi, Masaru Kobashi
  • Patent number: 9545794
    Abstract: A method of performing maintenance on a printhead of an imaging device includes the detection of at least one contaminated ink jet in a printhead. A first pressure is applied to ink in the printhead in response to the detection of the at least one contaminated ink jet. The first pressure is configured to prevent ink from entering a plurality of apertures in an aperture plate of the printhead and to prevent ink from drooling from the plurality of apertures unless the apertures are wiped by a wiper blade. A first portion of apertures in the plurality of apertures in the aperture plate is wiped with a wiper blade while leaving a second portion of the apertures untouched by the wiper blade while the first pressure is applied to the ink in the printhead. The wiping of the first portion of apertures enables ink to drool from the first portion of apertures. The first portion of apertures includes the at least one detected contaminated ink jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James Matthew Cunnington, Trevor James Snyder, Edward F. Burress, Heidi Noce
  • Patent number: 9539838
    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 extending to the tape feed exit; and tape type indicator apertures formed on the front wall, wherein a combination of the tape type indicator apertures forms a pattern corresponding to a type of the tape included at least partially within the housing. The tape type indicator apertures may be positioned proximate to the tape feed exit, and may comprise a first hole and a second hole, the first hole is formed at a bottom edge of the front wall, and the second hole is disposed on a downstream side of the first hole in a feed direction of the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9533507
    Abstract: An ink supplying and collecting apparatus includes a case, ink cartridges detachably attached to the case, and a collecting container detachably attached to the case. The ink cartridges supply ink to a recording head of a printer via ink supply tubes. The collecting container collects ink drained from the recording head via an ink drain tube. The case is located outside of and is separate from the printer. Thus, the sizes and shapes of the ink cartridges and the collecting container can be freely designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Kobayashi, Shinya Yamagata, Kiyoshi Mukaiyama, Steven Chen, Juliet Chen
  • Patent number: 9522556
    Abstract: A tape cassette for use with a label printer having a plurality of tape type detecting switches that includes a housing having a front wall, a tape feed exit on the front wall, a top surface, and a bottom surface, a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, a recess on the front wall extending from the bottom surface towards the top surface, and an aperture on the front wall. The aperture is positioned downstream, in a tape feed path direction, of the recess, and is configured to receive one of the tape type detecting switches. The tape feed path 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: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9517647
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and a protrusion formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 9511609
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a tape feed path, a front wall, and a tape feed exit adjacent to the front wall configured to expose a tape guided in the housing along the tape feed path. The tape cassette also includes a tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along the tape feed path to the tape feed exit, a first aperture, formed on the front wall above a first centerline bisecting the front wall into top and bottom halves, and to the right of a second centerline on the front wall bisecting the housing into right and left halves, and a second aperture, formed on the front wall to the left of the second centerline, wherein at least a portion of the second aperture is below the first centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9511611
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front wall, a tape feed exit located on the front wall, and an arm portion formed by the front wall and an arm rear surface behind the front wall. The arm portion partially surrounds an opening extending from the top surface to the bottom surface behind the front wall, and a tape feed path passes through the arm portion from an upstream portion of the arm portion to a downstream end of the arm portion. The tape cassette also has a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along the tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and a first aperture formed on a bottom edge of the front wall and positioned downstream of an upstream end of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9498997
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and an aperture formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9493021
    Abstract: A tape cassette for use with a label printer having a plurality of tape type detecting switches that includes a housing having a front wall, a tape feed exit on the front wall, a top surface, and a bottom surface, a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, a recess on the front wall extending from the bottom surface towards the top surface, and an aperture on the front wall. The aperture is positioned downstream, in a tape feed path direction, of the recess, and is configured to receive one of the tape type detecting switches. The tape feed path 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: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9481191
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a tape feed path, a front wall, and a tape feed exit adjacent to the front wall configured to expose a tape guided in the housing along the tape feed path. The tape cassette also includes a tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along the tape feed path to the tape feed exit, a first aperture, formed on the front wall above a first centerline bisecting the front wall into top and bottom halves, and to the right of a second centerline on the front wall bisecting the housing into right and left halves, and a second aperture, formed on the front wall to the left of the second centerline, wherein at least a portion of the second aperture is below the first centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9475325
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front wall, a tape feed exit located on the front wall, and an arm portion formed by the front wall and an arm rear surface behind the front wall. The arm portion partially surrounds an opening extending from the top surface to the bottom surface behind the front wall, and a tape feed path passes through the arm portion from an upstream portion of the arm portion to a downstream end of the arm portion. The tape cassette also has a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along the tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and a first aperture formed on a bottom edge of the front wall and positioned downstream of an upstream end of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9475322
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and a protrusion formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 9469141
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and an aperture formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9457604
    Abstract: A tape cassette for use with a label printer having a plurality of tape type detecting switches that includes a housing having a front wall, a tape feed exit on the front wall, a top surface, and a bottom surface, a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, a recess on the front wall extending from the bottom surface towards the top surface, and an aperture on the front wall. The aperture is positioned downstream, in a tape feed path direction, of the recess, and is configured to receive one of the tape type detecting switches. The tape feed path 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: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9421805
    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 extending to the tape feed exit; and tape type indicator apertures formed on the front wall, wherein a combination of the tape type indicator apertures forms a pattern corresponding to a type of the tape included at least partially within the housing. The tape type indicator apertures may be positioned proximate to the tape feed exit, and may comprise a first hole and a second hole, the first hole is formed at a bottom edge of the front wall, and the second hole is disposed on a downstream side of the first hole in a feed direction of the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9421806
    Abstract: A tape cassette for use with a label printer having a plurality of tape type detecting switches that includes a housing having a front wall, a tape feed exit on the front wall, a top surface, and a bottom surface, a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, a recess on the front wall extending from the bottom surface towards the top surface, and an aperture on the front wall. The aperture is positioned downstream, in a tape feed path direction, of the recess, and is configured to receive one of the tape type detecting switches. The tape feed path 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: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9399345
    Abstract: A waste liquid container is detachably mounted on a mounting unit which includes a discharge portion discharging a waste liquid and a projection to which a substrate connection portion is joined. The waste liquid container includes: a containing portion that is able to contain the waste liquid; a connection concave portion that is opened in a mounting direction; a circuit substrate that includes connection terminals electrically connected to the substrate connection portion and is joined to the connection concave portion; and a waste liquid introduction portion that is connected to the discharge portion. In the connection concave portion, one pair of guide portions guiding the projection is formed so that the connection terminals are interposed therebetween in a width direction intersecting the mounting direction. Of the pair of guide portions, one guide portion is disposed between the connection terminals and the waste liquid introduction portion in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 9375935
    Abstract: A waste liquid container includes a fitted portion, in which a discharge unit is fittable in a removable manner, a container connection terminal, which contacts a device connection terminal, an insertion restriction portion, which contacts a device contact portion and restricts movement of the waste liquid container in the insertion direction, and an engaged portion, which includes a contacted portion that contacts a removal restriction unit and restricts movement of the waste liquid container in the removal direction. The engaged portion is located toward an inner side in the lateral direction from a side wall at a position lower than both of the container connection terminal and the insertion restriction portion. The removal restriction unit is receivable in a region located toward an outer side in the lateral direction from the engaged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuhei Harada, Masanori Nakata, Shigenori Fukasawa, Hitotoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9302489
    Abstract: A liquid discharge recording apparatus includes: a liquid; a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the liquid; an absorber configured to absorb the liquid discharged from the liquid discharge head; and unsaturated fatty acid of which specific gravity is smaller than that of the liquid and which is contained in the absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichiro Sugimoto, Noriaki Satoh, Ayako Ohishi, Akihiko Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 9272551
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a liquid ejecting head unit which has liquid ejecting heads that eject liquid; an in-head roller which abuts against a landing surface of an ejecting medium; and a frame which pivotally supports the in-head roller. The liquid ejecting head unit is provided to be able to ascend and descend with respect to the frame. In the liquid ejecting head unit, at least two head rows, each of which includes the liquid ejecting heads and a void aligned in a reference direction intersecting a transporting direction of the ejecting medium, are arranged in the transporting direction. The in-head roller is disposed at a position where at least a part of the in-head roller faces the void, in a direction which is orthogonal to the landing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiya Takino, Taku Hirashima
  • Patent number: 9193169
    Abstract: The method of this invention for discharging a shipping ink from a newly installed print head filled with that ink minimizes the amount of shipping ink that may remain in the print head after the ink discharging process is performed. The shipping ink discharging method according to this invention comprises: a print head; an ink tank; a first pump; a second pump; a switch valve; and a cleaning mechanism; wherein the switch valve is closed and the first pump is operated to discharge the shipping ink from the ink ejection nozzles and the cleaning mechanism is operated to clean the print head, after which the switch valve is opened and the second pump is operated to supply ink from the ink tank to the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunya Sunouchi, Seiji Suzuki, Takaya Sato
  • Patent number: 9193165
    Abstract: To provide a waste ink absorber having excellent permeability and retention performance, in a waste ink absorber to absorb waste ink discharged from a head for ejecting ink, maximum parts where the density is locally high and a low density portion where the density is lower than the high density portion are provided in a single piece of the waste ink absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidehiro Takano, Shunichi Seki
  • Patent number: 9162467
    Abstract: An ink cartridge (1) for inserting into an inkjet printer, with an outer housing (2) and an ink container (4) located inside, wherein the ink contained comprises an ink outlet piece (5) through which the ink container (4) can be contacted from the outside in a fluid-conductive manner, wherein on the outer housing (2) of the ink cartridge (1) guiding means (136) are provided in order to align the outer housing (2) on inserting the ink cartridge (1) in the inkjet printer relative to puncturing means, arranged in the inkjet printer in a fixed location, the outer housing (2) of the ink cartridge (1) at least for the greatest part is of a cellulose material and the guiding means are formed as a component that is separate from the outer housing (2) and fixed to the latter, and the component comprises a material that differs from the material of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Marabu GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Constanze Marceddu, Uwe Wiesebrock, Ulrich Zech
  • Patent number: 9150034
    Abstract: A printing assistance apparatus for a media width printhead, the apparatus having: an elongate platen having a surface for supporting media across the media width during printing on the media by fluid ejection nozzles of the printhead; and a wick element positioned within the platen for wicking fluid ejected by the nozzles from the supporting surface, the wick element having an elongate body positioned within the platen and a plurality of pads projecting from the body along the longitudinal length body toward the printhead, the pads being separated by notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Memjet Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: John Christian Love, Biagio Agostinelli, Javier Escobedo, Antoni Murcia, David Tyvoll
  • Patent number: 9144982
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes an ejecting head that can eject a solution; a rotational body that has a circumferential surface which can accommodate the solution ejected from the ejecting head; a scraper that can come into sliding contact with the circumferential surface of the rotational body; and an accommodation container that accommodates the solution which is scraped off from the circumferential surface by the scraper. The accommodation container has a liquid storage section that stores a liquid which can dissolve a solute component of the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Miyamoto, Kazuyuki Fujioka
  • Patent number: 9144981
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus includes a liquid ejection head including: an element substrate; a first recess having inner walls including a first side surface of the element substrate, a second side surface facing thereto, and a part of a fitting surface to which the element substrate is fitted; and a second recess having inner walls including a third side surface of the element substrate, which is a rear surface of the first side surface, a fourth side surface facing the third side surface, and another part of the fitting surface; and the liquid ejection apparatus also includes a wiping member configured to move from the second recess toward the first recess to wipe the ejection port surface. The first recess is provided with a sealing material to a level higher than the level of a sealing material in the second recess, in a direction of ejecting liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihisa Saikawa
  • Patent number: 9132644
    Abstract: In a waste liquid container which is attachable and detachable to a recording portion including a liquid ejecting head which discharges a waste liquid and can store the waste liquid which is discharged from the liquid ejecting head in a state of being mounted on the recording portion, an engagement portion which protrudes from a side wall of the waste liquid container and is disposed lower in a vertical direction than a guide portion which is provided on the recording portion in the state of being mounted on the recording portion is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuhei Harada, Masanori Nakata, Taisuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9096068
    Abstract: A container for holding a volume of fluid includes a housing defining an interior for retaining the volume of fluid, a vent system disposed at an upper portion of the interior adjacent to a fluid chamber to vent air to atmosphere. The vent system includes an air chamber in fluid communication with the fluid chamber through an air inlet and disposed within the interior. The air chamber includes a bottom surface angling from the air inlet towards a distal end of the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Renejane Larrobis, Jr., Jeffrey Grengia Abanto