Interlace Patents (Class 347/41)
  • Patent number: 10286659
    Abstract: An inkjet printer includes an m number of data setters ranging from a first data setter to an m-th data setter, and an m number of print controllers ranging from a first print controller to an m-th print controller, where m is a natural number greater than or equal to 2. Upon receiving data for ink dots, an n-th data setter sets an n-th dot group including some or all of the ink dots, where n is a natural number in a range of from 2 to m. An n-th print controller causes the n-th dot group to be formed over an (n?1) dot group. The first to the m-th data setters set the first to the m-th dot groups so that at least some of ink dots belonging to the first to the m-th dot groups overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinari Ogura, Katsuo Ikehata, Yuya Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10272675
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses including printheads arranged along a machine direction for printing regions of advancing substrate at desired contrasts, wherein apparatuses include at least one printhead configured to print a region of a nonwoven substrate. The printhead is operated at a firing frequency and the nonwoven substrate is advanced at a speed in the machine direction under the printhead. Drops of ink having a drop mass DM are ejected from the printhead onto the first surface of the nonwoven substrate to define a printed region having a print resolution extending the machine direction, MDR (dpi), and a print resolution extending in the cross direction, CDR (dpi). In turn, the printed region includes an ink basis weight, IBW (gsm), that is equal to or greater than about 0.5 grams per square meter (gsm) and an optical density that is equal to or greater than about 0.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Andrew Strasemeier, Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10252529
    Abstract: There is provided a printer including first to fourth head chips, and first and second rollers. The first to fourth head chips are arranged at intervals in a second direction orthogonal to a first direction. A nozzle, of nozzles arranged in a second head chip N and used for printing, which is positioned closest to the one side in the second direction is referred to as a nozzle A. A nozzle, of nozzles arranged in a fourth head chip N and used for printing, which is positioned closest to the one side in the second direction is referred to as a nozzle B. The nozzle A is arranged closer to the one side in the second direction than the nozzle B and the first roller is arranged closer to the other side in the second direction than the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Hirai, Shohei Koide
  • Patent number: 10194042
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form a predetermined pattern image on a sheet, a notifying unit configured to provide a notification of an orientation for placing the sheet on which the predetermined pattern image is formed by the image forming unit, on a placement portion, a reading unit configured to read the sheet on a line to line basis, to generate image data, and a detection unit configured to detect a streak-shaped image extending in a direction along a predetermined edge of the sheet, by analyzing the image data generated by reading the sheet by the reading unit, wherein the notifying unit provides a notification of a placement orientation for allowing the sheet, on which the predetermined pattern image is formed, to be read on a line to line basis, the line extending in a direction along the predetermined edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10179448
    Abstract: An inkjet printing machine includes a controller and performs margin-less printing on a base material on the basis of image data having a size larger than that of the base material by discharging ink from an inkjet head while relatively moving the base material and the inkjet head for one cycle of reciprocation or more in a main-scanning direction. On the basis of the image data, the controller controls the inkjet head to stop discharging ink, when the inkjet head is moved from the outside toward an end of the base material. The controller controls, when the inkjet head is moved from the inside toward the end of the base material, the inkjet head to discharge ink to complement an image in a section where the inkjet head stops discharging ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mamoru Saito
  • Patent number: 10175876
    Abstract: At least certain embodiments of the present disclosure include an environment with user interface software interacting with a software application to provide gesture operations for a display of a device. A method for operating through an application programming interface (API) in this environment includes transferring a scaling transform call. The gesture operations include performing a scaling transform such as a zoom in or zoom out in response to a user input having two or more input points. The gesture operations also include performing a rotation transform to rotate an image or view in response to a user input having two or more input points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Blumenberg
  • Patent number: 10137700
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus configured to record an image based on image data on a sheet, the ink-jet recording apparatus includes a first roller pair, a second roller pair, a carriage, a recording head, and a controller configured to: control the first roller pair and the second roller pair to perform intermittent conveyance of the sheet; control the carriage and the recording head to record a one-pass image on the sheet; and calculate an overlap amount, in the conveyance direction, of a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a predefined one pass and a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a next one pass after the predefined one pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ito, Iwane Sano, Gakuro Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10105948
    Abstract: An image inspection device analyzes data of a first read image obtained by reading a defective nozzle detection pattern which is recorded in a first region of a recording medium by a single pass ink jet printing apparatus to detect a defective nozzle of a line-type ink jet head used to record the defective nozzle detection pattern and stores a history of the detection result of the defective nozzle in a history information storage unit. The image inspection device analyzes data of a second read image of a printed image recorded in a second region of the recording medium to detect an image defect of the printed image and collates information about the detected image defect with history information stored in the history information storage unit to specify a defective nozzle causing the image defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Ueshima
  • Patent number: 10083380
    Abstract: A calculating unit calculates, as a reference number N of scans, a sum by adding 1 to a product M of the number m of scans in a main-scanning direction and the number n of scans in a sub-scanning direction. An assigning unit assigns, as a count of scans indicating a scan order, an integer 1 or more and the product M or more to each pixel of a unit image. A changing unit changes the count of scans of some pixels to which a first scan is assigned to an N-th scan. The generating unit generates print data, in which nozzle groups from a nozzle group arranged on a downstream end in the sub-scanning direction to a nozzle group arranged on an upstream end are sequentially assigned to pixels from the pixels to which the first scan is assigned to the pixels to which the N-th scan is assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Hirano, Toshihito Kamei
  • Patent number: 9953251
    Abstract: An apparatus includes multiple image processing units configured to execute image processing on input data, which are connected in serial, and include two or more image processing units having the same image processing function. The image processing units include a transfer unit configured to transfer input first data to a next image processing unit without changing the data, and an image processor configured to execute image processing on the first data to output second data. At least one of the image processing units transfers the first data to the next image processing unit without changing the first data when the first data is input, and also outputs the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeru Fujita
  • Patent number: 9908324
    Abstract: A method for printing image data with a printing system having a staggered array of overlapping printheads. Adjacent printheads overlap in the cross-track direction defining an overlap region such that image pixels corresponding to the overlap region can be printed with either first or second printheads. The method includes defining an initial row interval N and an initial position of a transition boundary within the overlap region. N rows of image pixels are then printed wherein image pixels on one side of the transition boundary are printed using the first printhead and image pixels on the other side of the transition boundary are printed using the second printhead. A random process is used to iteratively determine updated row intervals, where the position of the transition boundary is shifted by an increment amount of between one pixel and three pixels for each row interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: James Michael Enge, Michael J. Piatt
  • Patent number: 9782987
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit having at least two nozzle lines each having multiple nozzles to discharge different color droplets; a carriage that carries the image forming unit and is configured to reciprocate in the moving direction crossing an arrangement direction of the nozzles; and a control device to control dual-directional printing to form an image using the at least two nozzle lines in an outward and a return of the carriage. The control device executes color difference handling print control for discharging the different color droplets by using, of each of the nozzles in the at least two nozzle lines, the nozzles located at different positions in the arrangement direction of the nozzles while not overlapping in the moving direction of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasunobu Takagi
  • Patent number: 9672453
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus includes a holding unit holding a code table, in which each of the codes in the table determines the dot arrangement pattern, a determining unit determining a predetermined number of first offset values which is power of 2, the first offset values denoting a number of pixels by which an arrangement of the codes is shifted in the code table, a table generating unit, in a case where a size of the code table is not power of 2 and the determining unit determines the first offset value wherein a quotient and a remainder when the predetermined number is divided by the size is 1 or more, determining a second offset value wherein the quotient is zero, as substitute for the determined first offset value, and to generate the code table to which an offset is made with the second offset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ueki
  • Patent number: 9513771
    Abstract: A system implementable on a computing device for handling color assignment within a complex document includes a user interface to facilitate user modification of at least one first color to at least one second color within a previously chosen color scheme for a component of the document. The color scheme has a predetermined number X of principal colors and a predetermined number Y of associated subordinate colors per principal color. The system also includes a color handler to modify the color scheme to produce an updated color scheme to match a perceived brightness of the at least one second color throughout at least a portion of the updated color scheme and a color processor to process and apply the updated color scheme at least to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: WIX.COM LTD.
    Inventors: Avishai Abrahami, Giora Kaplan, Nadav Abrahami
  • Patent number: 9434194
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus that executes ink jet recording based on multi-pass recording and that achieves a high glossiness and a low granularity is provided. Based on information corresponding to an ink discharge amount, distribution and concentration masks are selected for low and high duty areas of a recorded image, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hinako Iritani, Yuji Konno
  • Patent number: 9415586
    Abstract: A printing control apparatus which discharges ink from nozzles, while moving a printing head that includes at least a first nozzle row in which a plurality of nozzles capable of discharging a same type of ink are arranged in a predetermined nozzle row direction and a second nozzle row in which a plurality of nozzles capable of discharging the same type of ink are arranged in the nozzle row direction, in a main scanning direction intersecting with the nozzle row direction, in which, when, out of a group of raster lines corresponds to odd-numbered positions in the nozzle row direction and a group of raster lines which corresponds to even-numbered positions in the nozzle row direction, one group of the raster lines is printed by discharging the ink from the nozzle row out of the first nozzle row and the second nozzle row, which precedes during the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takuma Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9337426
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an organic electronic device using ink jet printing in swathes, comprises depositing an ink into a first set of locations in a column in a first print pass; wherein the first set of locations is less than a total number of locations in the column; and depositing an ink into a second set of locations in the column in a subsequent print pass; wherein the second set of locations is less than a total number of locations in the column. Preferably the number of nozzles used to fill all locations in a column is equal to the number of print passes needed to print the column. All locations in the swathe are printed after all print passes using a regular repeating randomized pattern, such that be ensured that print locations are not under filled, or over filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CAMBRIDGE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Dowling, Mark Ian Crankshaw
  • Patent number: 9315017
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a first nozzle row and a second nozzle row. A part of nozzles of the first nozzle row and the second nozzle row are overlapped in a predetermined alignment direction. A defective nozzle is included in the nozzles of the first nozzle row. The recording apparatus includes a processing unit that causes the nozzle closest to the defective nozzle in one side of the opposite sides in the alignment direction to be selected as a first complementary nozzle and the closest nozzle in the other side thereof to be selected as a second complementary nozzle among the nozzles in an overlap section of the second nozzle row with the first nozzle row, and complementary dots that complement a dot which is supposed to be formed by the defective nozzle to be formed by the first complementary nozzle and the second complementary nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Fukazawa, Naoki Sudo, Akito Sato
  • Patent number: 9254646
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a plurality of liquid jet heads each including a plurality of nozzles, a designating unit, and a spitting control unit. The designating unit is configured to designate, among the plurality of nozzles of each of the plurality of liquid jet heads, nozzles involved in printing from data representing an image to be printed as nozzles to be fired for a spitting operation. The spitting control unit is configured to carry out control of, if the number of the nozzles designated by the designating unit exceeds a threshold, performing the spitting operation in a time-divided manner that prevents the number of nozzles fired at a same time for the spitting operation from exceeding the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 9248678
    Abstract: In order to control smoothness depending on accumulation of a pigment ink in the multi-pass printing, an information processing apparatus for an image forming apparatus that forms an image on the same area in a print medium by a plurality of printing scans with the same pigment ink, the information processing apparatus comprises an input unit that receives inputs of image data and a target gloss level; a storage unit that stores a plurality of pattern sets including a recording pattern for each of the printing scans; and a generation unit that generates pattern data corresponding to the recording patterns by selectively using the pattern sets based on the image data and the target gloss level; wherein at least one of the plurality of pattern sets has a different thinning ratio in the recording pattern for each of the printing scans on the same area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ochiai
  • Patent number: 9242459
    Abstract: A method for printing an authentication pattern wherein, using a multi-deflection continuous inkjet printer, the pattern is printed on a substrate and only contains a small number of black pixels per raster. The resolution in the travel direction X of the substrate and in direction Y of the rasters is thereby largely improved compared with printing in dot-matrix mode, which makes reproduction of the pattern difficult for an infringer not having means to determine the electric charge to be applied to each of the droplets of a train of droplets needed to print each raster of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MARKEM-IMAJE HOLDING
    Inventor: Jannick Michallon
  • Patent number: 9199464
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of head modules of a first inkjet head includes a black nozzle array configured to eject a black ink and a cyan nozzle array configured to eject a cyan ink. A plurality of nozzles of the cyan nozzle array and a plurality of nozzles of the black nozzle array are offset by a half pitch in a main scanning direction. Each of a plurality of head modules of at least one second inkjet head other than the first inkjet head includes a magenta nozzle array configured to eject a magenta ink and a yellow nozzle array configured to eject a yellow ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Shimomura
  • Patent number: 9156249
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a plurality of complementing units which form a complementing dot for complementing a dot to be formed using a defective nozzle; and a selection unit which selects any complementing unit from among the plurality of complementing units, in which the plurality of complementing units includes a substitute nozzle complementing unit which forms the complementing dot on the first raster using a substitute nozzle, without using a vicinity formation nozzle; and a combination complementing unit which forms a complementing dot on the first raster using the substitute nozzle, and on the second raster using the vicinity formation nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akito Sato, Naoki Sudo
  • Patent number: 9120341
    Abstract: An inkjet printer, including an inkjet head, a conveyer unit to convey a recording medium in a conveying direction, a position detecting unit to detect a position of the recording medium along the conveying direction, a wave shape generating mechanism to deform the recording medium into a predetermined wave shape along a direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, a gap information storing device to store gap information related to a gap between an ink discharging surface of the inkjet head and the recording medium, and a correcting device to correct the gap information according to a position of the recording medium along the conveying direction, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Arakane
  • Patent number: 9108428
    Abstract: A generation unit is configured to generate a black color material data and the plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data, for a color positioned at a surface of a dark portion in a color gamut that can be reproduced using a black color material and the plurality of chromatic color materials, in such a way as to arrange dots of the black color material and respective dots of the plurality of chromatic color materials exclusively on a recording medium and set a rate of the arranged dots of the black color material to be greater as the color positioned at the surface is closer to black.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuya Shimada
  • Patent number: 9102164
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus determines a color range based on a dot counting value of a number of colors smaller than a number of colors subjected to thinning processing. Thus, even if the number of ink colors subjected to the thinning processing is great, a processing load of the determination of the color range can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Komano
  • Patent number: 9090058
    Abstract: The aim of the present invention is to propose a method for assessing and correcting the alignment of print heads carried out using at least one linear adjustment algorithm, allowing greater accuracy in the use of same by eliminating inaccuracies linked to the ejection of drops from the print heads, while limiting the use of the resources of the IT system on which the method is used. Moreover, the number of print heads of which the alignment needs to be assessed and optionally corrected has very little influence on the overall processing time required by said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MGI FRANCE
    Inventors: Edmond Abergel, Romain Poncet, Thierry Brionne
  • Patent number: 9090065
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ink jet printing apparatus and an ink jet printing method which are based on the multi-pass printing method using a print head having a plurality of nozzle rows and which enables a reduction in the number of nozzles to be simultaneously driven, allowing ink to be stably ejected. On the basis of the multi-pass printing method of dividing print data into a plurality of pieces by using mask patterns, the mask patterns are offset according to the positional relationship between the plurality of nozzle rows in the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minoru Teshigawara, Kiichiro Takahashi, Tetsuya Edamura, Akiko Maru, Yoshiaki Murayama, Takatoshi Nakano, Hiroshi Taira
  • Patent number: 9085151
    Abstract: A liquid droplet discharge apparatus includes a liquid droplet discharge head and a control unit. The liquid droplet discharge head includes: a plurality of main nozzles arranged in a first direction and discharging liquid droplets of main dots; and a plurality of sub nozzles arranged at end portion sides of arrays of the main nozzles and discharging liquid droplets of sub dots. The control unit is configured to control the liquid droplet discharge head to discharge the liquid droplets from the main and sub nozzles and to form sub dot arrays by the liquid droplets discharged from the sub nozzles in two arrays with being staggered at a predetermined interval in the second direction between main dot arrays by the liquid droplets discharged from the main nozzles, so as to form the dot arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Iriguchi
  • Patent number: 9079397
    Abstract: A printing system includes a printhead having adjacent inkjet nozzles for dispensing a common colored ink and a controller adapted to direct firing of the adjacent inkjet nozzles so that adjacent local areas using the common colored ink are printed on a printing medium with alternate firings of the adjacent inkjet nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory F. Carlson, Steven Goss
  • Patent number: 9079419
    Abstract: After a gloss-based liquid is ejected from a liquid ejection head, which ejects liquid from nozzles of a nozzle row, to a predetermined position on a landing target to form a glossy layer, a white-based liquid is ejected onto the glossy layer to form a white layer, the ejection amount of the gloss-based liquid being greater than the ejection amount of the white-based liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kinya Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9076089
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing apparatus and an image processing method that are able to optimize the arrangement method and arrangement size of a plurality of dot-arrangement patterns for each printing mode and each nozzle array without creating a need to increase memory. In order for this, a dot-arrangement table that stores a plurality of patterns having different dot arrangements for each level of multi-value data, and a small matrix arrangement table that stores information about the arrangement of those patterns are prepared. Desired arrangement information is acquired from the small matrix arrangement table according to the size and reading starting address of arrangement information that was set for each printing mode, and a unique dot-arrangement matrix is generated for each printing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uemura
  • Patent number: 9061496
    Abstract: A printer includes a first printing unit configured in printing a code image to form first dots on respective pixels of the code image and a second printing unit configured in printing the code image to form second dots between the first dots in a width direction of a region with a width of two or more pixels having the first dots formed by the first printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Shimomura, Hiroshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9056457
    Abstract: Nozzles for ejecting color ink are aligned in the conveying direction of a recording sheet at a pitch corresponding to three times the pitch of nozzles ejecting black ink. A region in which an image is printed is divided into sixteen regions segmented into four parts in the scanning and conveying directions. Each region includes eight dots in the scanning direction and four dots in the conveying direction. With respect to regions which include one character, in one side attachment regions, black ink is ejected only when an ink jet head is moved to the right side. With respect to regions which include one character, in the other side attachment regions, black ink is ejected only when the ink jet head is moved to the left side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9053407
    Abstract: In image processing, it is possible to suppress density fluctuation and keep graininess low as well as obtain a good balance of the processing load. More specifically, when dividing multi-valued data and generating two-pass multi-pass printing data, divided multi-valued data that is common to the two passes is generated in addition to the divided multi-valued data for each of the two passes. Moreover, quantized data of that common multi-valued data is reflected on the quantized data for each pass. Furthermore, when generating quantized data, a process of generating common data by the aforementioned data division, or a process of performing quantization first without dividing the multi-valued data and then dividing the quantized 2-pass data is selectively performed according to the printing position on printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Fumihiro Goto, Shigeyasu Nagoshi, Akihiko Nakatani, Okinori Tsuchiya, Ayumi Sano, Tomokazu Ishikawa, Akitoshi Yamada, Mitsuhiro Ono, Fumitaka Goto, Rie Kajihara
  • Patent number: 9050820
    Abstract: A new method for printing raised letters or images has been introduced, which is inexpensive, green and noiseless. The method can be carried out via personal computers (PC) or common ink-jet printers. A standard portable ink-jet printer is controlled by PC and common graphical softwares, that provide raised printing for different purposes such as Braille prints, security, packaging, advertising and printing of warning signs. The 3D ink-jet printing method comprises steps of providing two or more fluids having different formulation as inks. The mixture is cured and raised by jetting two inks in a controlled amount and mixing of inks on the substrate, without using electromagnetic radiation such as ultra violet (UV) or infra red (IR) or heating procedure. The prepared inks are water based, non-toxic, environmental friendly and have different compositions with optimum physical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Atasheh Soleimani-Gorgani
  • Patent number: 9039139
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a technique that prints characters and patterns clearly onto a tire surface without complicated operations. A tire printing device of the present invention includes a printer head that ejects and applies a coating material onto a tire surface, a widthwise moving unit that moves the printer head along the width direction of the tire, a radial moving unit that moves the printer head along the radical direction of the tire, and a swinging unit that swings the printer head around the axis along the circumferential direction of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9039120
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a print head having a plurality of nozzle arrays; a scanning unit configured to perform scanning of the print head in a first direction and in a second direction; an adjusting unit configured to adjust an amount of the ink ejection from a first nozzle unit including a predetermined number of nozzles arranged at one of end positions of a first nozzle array, the number of nozzle arrays arranged at a side of the first direction from the first nozzle array is less than the number of nozzle arrays arranged at a side of the second direction from the first nozzle array; and a control unit. The adjusting unit adjusts the amount of the ink ejection such that amount of ink ejection in the scan of the first direction is smaller than amount of ink ejection in the scan of the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shingo Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9039140
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of improving the quality of recorded images in ink jet recording technologies in which a plurality of nozzle lines that discharge ink of the same color are used. As a solution, nozzle lines (10) of n columns (where n is a natural number of three or more) each record a recording pixel column (2) on a recording medium by discharging ink of the same color while scanning over the recording medium (1); and when the nozzle lines (10) of n columns each extract a recording pixel column (2), which is recorded in a single scan, for each n columns in the scanning direction, ink is discharged in such a manner that there are at least two permutation patterns for the nozzle columns (10) that record each column of the extracted recording pixel columns (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 9016833
    Abstract: A printing apparatus which prints onto a recording medium by causing a print head to move in a main scanning direction includes a flexible cable through which, together with an arc-shaped loop, a signal is transmitted from a control substrate to the print head, a supporting member which is provided at a position which supports a portion of the flexible cable from the print head to the loop, and an insulating film which is provided between the supporting member and the flexible cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Sukehiro Ito, Kiyotaka Ogura, Hideyuki Kataoka
  • Patent number: 8994960
    Abstract: In an image forming device, an edge expansion unit executes an edge expansion process on an edge of an object by modifying image data so as to expand at least a first toner layer at the edge by a predetermined number of pixels' worth of width so that a surface area occupied by the first toner layer is larger than that occupied by a second toner layer along a recording surface, the first toner layer being made up of toner of a first color that is transferred onto the recording surface among a plurality of colors, the second toner layer being made up of toner of remaining color other than the first color, the edge expansion unit supplying the modified image data to an image forming unit, thereby causing the image forming unit to form an image represented by the modified image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuya Shimahashi
  • Patent number: 8967770
    Abstract: In a head (21) of an inkjet printer, a plurality of outlet rows are arranged in a scanning direction, the plurality of outlet rows each having a plurality of outlets arranged in a direction intersecting the scanning direction. The plurality of outlets are each capable of forming dots of a plurality of sizes on printing paper upon receiving different driving signals from an ejection control part (44). In the inkjet printer, under control of the ejection control part (44), some of the outlet rows form dots of only one size out of the plurality of sizes, and the other outlet rows form dots of only another size. In this way, causing the plurality of outlets in each outlet row to form dots of only one size makes it possible to reduce the occurrence of satellite droplets or the like and improve print quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Nakano
  • Patent number: 8967751
    Abstract: When an image is recorded using a multichip recording head including a plurality of chips each having a plurality of nozzle arrays, a change in image density can occur due to a registration error between chips in an overlapping part where two chips are connected. To suppress the change in image density, input image data is distributed to two chips such that there are dots overlapping each other between the two chips in the overlapping part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Azuma, Yoshiaki Murayama, Shigeyasu Nagoshi, Minoru Teshigawara, Susumu Hirosawa, Yutaka Kano, Takeshi Murase, Kentarou Muro, Masao Kato, Minako Kato, Tomokazu Ishikawa, Fumitaka Goto, Mitsuhiro Ono, Akitoshi Yamada, Yugo Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8960851
    Abstract: An image recording device which includes a control unit which alternately performs, main-scannings in which the recording head is moved in the main-scanning direction while the recording head ejecting the liquid to form line images that extend in the main scanning direction and are adjacent to each other in the sub-scanning direction, and sub-scannings in which the recording head is moved in the sub-scanning direction, and a detection unit which detects a displacement of a mark which is formed on the recording medium in the sub-scanning direction, wherein the control unit adjusts a movement amount of the recording head which is moved in the sub-scanning direction in the sub-scannings on the basis of a detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Sonehara
  • Patent number: 8964242
    Abstract: A print controller controls a print executing unit having a print head in which L nozzles are arranged in a first direction. A pitch of first nozzles in the first direction is set to a first predetermined nozzle pitch. The print controller generates print data based on image data. The print data causes the print executing unit to execute N pass printing. A pitch of lines formed through N pass printing is one N-th of the first predetermined nozzle pitch. At least one of the L number of first nozzles is unused for forming dots on the printing medium in each pass printing. Combinations of the first nozzles used in the N number of pass processes are different from one another. A movement distance of the print head when the first moving process is executed once is different from that when the second moving process is executed once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Kuno
  • Patent number: 8944564
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a nozzle head including a nozzle head main body and a plurality of linear nozzle units for spraying a printing material, the linear nozzle units on one side of the nozzle head main body and elongated in parallel in a first direction; and a nozzle head driver connected to the nozzle head main body and configured to move the nozzle head in a second direction crossing the first direction. In such a printing apparatus, a dry spot due to a printing time difference may be reduced or prevented, a uniform printing pattern may be formed, printing quality may be improved, and defective products may be reduced. In addition, the effective spacing between separate spray nozzles may be reduced or minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Cho, Sang-Jo Lee
  • Patent number: 8939546
    Abstract: A method includes moving an assembly of printheads with a bidirectional lateral motion. A direction of the lateral motion is substantially perpendicular to, and the lateral motion is concurrent with, a longitudinal motion of a substrate relative to the printhead assembly. Nozzles of the printheads are arranged in two rows that are oriented substantially parallel to the direction of the lateral motion. The longitudinal motion and the lateral motion are coordinated such that a nozzle in one of the rows and a nozzle in the other of the rows trace a common path on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Industrial Printing Ltd.
    Inventor: Alex Veis
  • Patent number: 8936349
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording medium includes a head unit which includes an ejecting unit which ejects photo-curable color ink which is cured by being irradiated with light, an ejecting unit which ejects photo-curable transparent ink which is cured by being irradiated with light, and a light irradiation unit which radiates the light; a moving unit which moves the recording medium and the head unit relatively in reciprocating movements; and a controller which causes the transparent ink to be ejected toward the recording medium while causing the head unit to move in one direction in the reciprocating movements, and causes the transparent ink which is applied in the one direction to be irradiated with the light while causing the head unit to be moved in the other direction in the reciprocating movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahisa Otake
  • Patent number: 8911051
    Abstract: In a case where a first image is printed on a recording medium based on first dot data using the first inkjet recording device and a second image is printed based on second dot data on another recording medium using the second inkjet recording device in which ejected ink drops land onto a recording medium with a small degree of dispersion in a main scanning direction compared to the first inkjet recording device, the first dot data is converted to generate the second dot data such that data of a large dot and a medium dot is converted so as to form a plurality of dots having sizes smaller than the dot size at predetermined intervals between the dots in the main scanning direction in place of the large dot and the medium dot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Fujita, Yoichi Mitsui
  • Patent number: RE47438
    Abstract: This invention concerns vision control panels and a method of UV inkjet printing vision control panels. A substantially imperforate light permeable material is partially printed with a ‘print pattern’ comprising a base layer and a design layer comprising a design colour layer. The method is limited to digital UV inkjet printing of all the superimposed layers required to make such panels. Optionally, the method uses a novel printhead array with a novel order of ink color supply and/or novel software to enable the required build-up of ink layers, for example of black, optional silver, white, cyan, magenta, yellow and process black colors. Printing is preferably arranged so that the base layer and design color layer are printed in the minimum number of passes of the printhead assembly of the digital UV inkjet printer to achieve the desired effect, preferably in one pass of the printhead assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CONTRA VISION LIMITED
    Inventor: George Roland Hill