Nozzles Patents (Class 347/47)
  • Patent number: 11302561
    Abstract: Transfer elements include an adhesion element having a higher Young's modulus at a lower temperature and a lower Young's modulus at a higher temperature. Heating elements are operable to change an operating temperature of each adhesion element in response to an input. A controller is coupled to provide the inputs to the heating elements to cause a change in temperature at least between the higher and lower temperature. The change in temperature causes the transfer elements to selectably hold objects to and release the objects in response to changes between the higher and lower Young's moduli of transfer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Yunda Wang, Jengping Lu, Qian Wang, Norine E. Chang
  • Patent number: 11230104
    Abstract: A liquid discharging head includes: a channel unit having a liquid channel which includes: a nozzle arranged at an end part, of the channel unit, on one side in a first direction; and a pressure chamber arranged at an end part, of the channel unit, on the other side in the first direction and communicating with the nozzle; and a piezoelectric element including: a vibration plate arranged on a surface, of the channel unit, on the other side in the first direction and covering the pressure chamber; and a piezoelectric layer arranged on a surface, of the vibration plate, on the other side in the first direction. An area, of the pressure chamber, which is projected in the first direction is not more than 50000 ?m2, and a diameter of the nozzle is increased from the one side toward the other side in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 11225070
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a fluidic die is described. The fluidic die includes a surface on which a number of nozzles are formed. An electrical interface on the fluidic die establishes an electrical connection between the fluidic die and a fluidic die controller. The electrical interface includes 1) a bond pad disposed within a bond pad region of the surface and 2) an electrical lead coupled to the bend pad to establish an electrical connection between the fluidic die and the fluidic die controller. The fluidic die also includes a beveled edge along an edge of the surface underneath the electrical lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stan E. Leigh, Kellie Susanne Jensen, Terry McMahon, Donald W. Schulte
  • Patent number: 11225696
    Abstract: A delivery device that is usable in a laser peening operation emits a columnar flow of a fluid that contains therein a beam of electromagnetic energy. The beam is retained within the interior of the flow of fluid since the total internal reflectivity of the flow is sufficient to do so. The flow of fluid that serves as a conduit for the beam also itself impinges on a workpiece and thus contains and washes away the plasma that forms from a laser peening operation, and this resists the plasma from reaching and possibly damaging the delivery device. The carrying of the beam in the columnar flow of fluid avoids the need to maintain a fixed distance between the delivery device and the workpiece, which simplifies the movement by a robotic manipulator of the delivery device along a non-planar surface of a workpiece during a laser peening operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Lyman J. Petrosy, Phillip J. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 11192369
    Abstract: A liquid discharging head, having a plurality of individual flow paths, a common flow path, a first member, and a second member, is provided. Each of the individual flow paths includes a nozzle, a pressure chamber, and a connecting flow path arranged between the nozzle and the pressure chamber. The connecting flow path connects the nozzle with the pressure chamber. In the first member, a plurality of first holes each constituting the connecting flow path and a second hole constituting the common flow path are formed. The second member is arranged at a side of the connecting flow path opposite to the pressure chamber in an aligning direction, in which the nozzle, the connecting flow path, and the pressure chamber align with one another. The second member has a third hole that constitutes the common flow path but does not constitute the connecting flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taiki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11192361
    Abstract: A liquid-discharging-head includes a nozzle having a first-nozzle-portion having a first-sectional-area and a second-nozzle-portion having a second-sectional-area larger than the first-sectional-area, a liquid chamber which communicates with the nozzle, and a piezoelectric-element which changes a pressure inside the liquid chamber, in which the piezoelectric-element is driven from the control section, and the liquid-discharging-head executes a first control in which an apex of a liquid surface is drawn into the second-nozzle-portion in a state in which an inner wall surface of the first-nozzle-portion is covered by a liquid film by decreasing the pressure inside the liquid chamber, and a second control in which a shape of the apex of the liquid surface is inverted to a protruding shape towed the opening and the droplet is discharged from the nozzle by increasing the pressure inside the liquid chamber in a state in which the inner wall surface is covered by the liquid film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Katakura, Hirofumi Sakai, Keigo Sugai, Shinichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11167297
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a print head for applying a coating agent to a component, in particular for applying a paint to a motor vehicle body component, having a nozzle plate, a nozzle in the nozzle plate for dispensing the coating agent, and a valve element movable relative to the nozzle plate for controlling the release of coating agent through the nozzle, the movable valve element closing the nozzle in a closed position, whereas the movable valve element releases the nozzle in an opened position, and having a seal for sealing the nozzle with respect to the movable valve element in the closed position of the valve element. The disclosure provides that the seal is not designed as an elastomer insert on the valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dürr Systems AG
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek, Timo Beyl, Frank Herre, Steffen Sotzny
  • Patent number: 11155084
    Abstract: An element substrate is bonded to a support substrate with high positional accuracy. A manufacturing method of the liquid ejecting head includes curing a first adhesive, which is in contact with an element substrate and a support substrate, at a first temperature to perform first temporary fixing, heating a second adhesive, which is in contact with the element substrate and the support substrate, to a second temperature higher than the first temperature so as to cure the second adhesive and perform second temporary fixing and heating a third adhesive, which is in contact with the element substrate and the support substrate, to a third temperature higher than the second temperature so as to cure the third adhesive and bond the element substrate to the support substrate. An elastic modulus of the second adhesive is larger than an elastic modulus of the first adhesive at the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Kudo, Hisashi Fukai, Hiroyuki Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 11155092
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus jetting a liquid onto a recording medium conveyed in a first direction includes head units arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. One head unit includes nozzle chips; one nozzle chip has a nozzle arrangement area wherein nozzles are aligned in a third direction crossing the first and second directions. The nozzle chip is arranged to be shifted relative to another nozzle chip in a direction crossing the first and second directions and different from the third direction. The head unit has a first overlapping portion wherein nozzle arrangement areas of first and second nozzle chips included in the nozzle chips partially overlap with each other in the first direction. The liquid jetting apparatus has a second overlapping portion wherein nozzle arrangement areas of third and fourth nozzle chips included in the head units partially overlap with each other in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taisuke Mizuno, Hideki Hayashi, Keita Sugiura
  • Patent number: 11135846
    Abstract: Printheads for a jetting apparatus. In one embodiment, a printhead comprises a plurality of nozzles configured to eject a print fluid. Each nozzle is comprised of a first converging section having a cross-sectional area that decreases in a flow direction of the print fluid through the nozzle, a neck adjoining the first converging section and having a cross-sectional area that is uniform in the flow direction of the print fluid through the nozzle, and a second converging section adjoining the neck and having a cross-sectional area that decreases in the flow direction of the print fluid through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nasser Budraa
  • Patent number: 11130337
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a first-nozzle-row set in which a pair of first-nozzle-rows is disposed in a second direction intersecting a first direction so that the first-nozzle-rows are symmetrical about a reference line extending in the first direction and a second-nozzle-row set in which a pair of second-nozzle-rows is disposed in the second direction so that the second-nozzle-rows are symmetrical about the reference line. In the second direction, the distance between the second-nozzle-rows is longer than the distance between the first-nozzle-rows. First nozzles constituting the first-nozzle-row set communicate with a first liquid supply source via a first supply flow path. Second nozzles constituting the second-nozzle-row set communicate with a second liquid supply source via a second supply flow path. Compliance capacity of the second supply flow path is larger than compliance capacity of the first supply flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Munakata
  • Patent number: 11097537
    Abstract: A fluid ejection device includes a molded body having a first molded surface and a second molded surface opposite the first molded surface, and a fluid ejection die molded into the molded body, with the fluid ejection die having a first surface substantially coplanar with the first molded surface of the molded body and a second surface substantially coplanar with the second molded surface of the molded body, with the first surface of the fluid ejection die having a plurality of fluid ejection orifices formed therein and the second surface of the fluid ejection die having at least one fluid feed slot formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W Cumbie, Anthony M Fuller
  • Patent number: 11059291
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a fluidic ejection die is described. The die includes an array of nozzles. Each nozzle includes an ejection chamber and an opening. A fluid actuator is disposed within the ejection chamber. The fluidic ejection die also includes an army of passages, formed in a substrate, to deliver fluid to and from the ejection chamber. The fluidic ejection die also includes an army of enclosed cross-channels. Each enclosed cross-channel of the army of enclosed cross-channels is fluidly connected to a respective plurality of passages of the array of passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Si-lam Choy, Michael W Cumbie, Chien-Hua Chen, Jeffrey R Pollard
  • Patent number: 11034177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ink-jet printing method that is capable of obtaining good printed characters or images which are free of thermal deformation of a low-liquid absorbing printing medium as well as occurrence of mottling or color bleeding. The present invention provides an ink-jet printing method including the step of printing characters or images on a low-liquid absorbing printing medium using an ink-jet printing apparatus equipped with an ink-jet print head that is capable of ejecting water-based inks onto the low-liquid absorbing printing medium, in which the water-based inks each contain a colorant (A), an organic solvent (C) and water; the ink-jet printing apparatus is loaded with the two or more kinds of water-based inks which are different in static surface tension from each other; the printing medium is heated to a temperature of from 30 to 75° C.; and the water-based inks are ejected in the sequential order from the water-based ink having a higher static surface tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Azusa Kuroda, Yuta Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10982104
    Abstract: To provide an inkjet printing apparatus that improves the smoothness of the ink layer surface and improves the image quality. Provided is an inkjet printing apparatus that prints with a UV curable ink, the inkjet printing apparatus including: an ejection unit configured to eject the UV curable ink onto the surface of a print medium; and a control unit configured to control the ejection of the UV curable ink from the ejection unit, the UV curable ink containing a thixotropy-imparting agent, and the control unit setting the viscosity of the UV curable ink to 1 mPa·s to 20 mPa·s at the time of ejection and to at least 80 mPa·s within five seconds of landing on the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Bando, Kazuki Ohara, Osamu Saito
  • Patent number: 10967636
    Abstract: A head chip capable of suppressing the degradation of the reliability, and a liquid jet head and a liquid jet recording device using the head chip are provided. The head chip includes an actuator plate having a plurality of ejection channels respectively communicated with nozzle holes and electrodes disposed on inner walls of the respective ejection channels, a bonded plate to be bonded to the actuator plate, and having a liquid contact surface which liquid entered the ejection channels has contact with, an adhesive layer disposed between the bonded plate and the actuator plate, and adapted to bond the bonded plate and the actuator plate to each other, and a protective film adapted to cover continuously from inner walls of the respective ejection channels to at least a part of the liquid contact surface via an end surface of the adhesive layer exposed on the ejection channel side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SII PRINTEK INC.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10953656
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a nozzle plate including a plurality of nozzles to discharge liquid, a plurality of individual chambers communicating with the plurality of nozzles, respectively, a supply-side channel communicating with the plurality of individual chambers, and a collection-side channel communicating with the plurality of individual chambers. The collection-side channel includes a first channel arranged in a first direction along a surface of the nozzle plate, a second channel communicating with the first channel, the second channel arranged in a second direction across the surface of the nozzle plate, and a branch channel branched from the first channel and connected to the second channel, the branch channel arranged in a third direction across the surface of the nozzle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Watanabe, Norimasa Sohgawa
  • Patent number: 10946656
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes a flow path substrate, a first plate having a nozzle, and a second plate. A flow path substrate includes a first communication path which passes through a flow path substrate in a thickness direction and has an opening on each of a first plate side and a second plate side, and a second communication path communicating with an opening on a first plate side of a first communication path at a first plate side and extending on the second plate side. A pressure chamber communicating with a first communication path and a first flow path through which a liquid flows into a pressure chamber are formed by a part of a second plate and a part of a flow path substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiro Murayama, Yuma Fukuzawa, Shunya Fukuda, Kazuaki Uchida, Shunsuke Watanabe, Noriaki Okazawa
  • Patent number: 10906306
    Abstract: The individual flow path includes a nozzle communicating with an outside, a first flow path, in the middle of which the nozzle is disposed and which extends in a first direction that is an in-plane direction of a nozzle surface of the nozzle plate in which the nozzle opens, a second flow path coupled to the first flow path and extending in a second direction other than the first direction, a third flow path coupled to the second flow path and extending in the third direction other than the second direction, and a pressure chamber which is disposed in the third flow path and in which a pressure change is induced by the energy generating element. A cross-sectional area of the first flow path is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shotaro Tamai, Kazuaki Uchida, Akinori Taniuchi
  • Patent number: 10875305
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes a substrate in which an ejection port for ejecting liquid is formed, a pressure chamber to house the liquid to be ejected from the ejection port and apply pressure to the liquid in the ejection, and a flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and configured to cause the liquid in the pressure chamber to circulate along the substrate. The ejection port has a non-circular shape, and the substrate is provided with a groove portion extending in a direction of the circulation and connected to the ejection port. According to the above-described configuration, the liquid ejection head can sufficiently extend a liquid circulation effect to a position near a meniscus while suppressing mixing of bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Nakakubo
  • Patent number: 10875321
    Abstract: In some examples, a fluid ejection device includes a support body, a multi-die assembly, and a fluid channel that extends through the support body from a first side to a second side adjacent the multi-die assembly. The multi-die assembly includes a plurality of fluid ejection dies to receive fluid from the fluid channel, where a first fluid ejection die of the plurality of fluid ejection dies is to dispense fluid of a first drop size, and a second fluid ejection die of the plurality of fluid ejection dies is to dispense fluid of a second drop size different from the first drop size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Garrett E Clark
  • Patent number: 10864736
    Abstract: A liquid discharge device includes a channel member, a nozzle plate, a flexible film, a support, and a lid. The channel member has a storage chamber that stores liquid. The nozzle plate has a nozzle through which the liquid stored in the storage chamber is discharged. The flexible film forms part of walling of the storage chamber. The support has an opening that surrounds a space where the flexible film is exposed at a side of the flexible film opposite the storage chamber. The lid is configured to cover the flexible film across the space, and is bonded, by an adhesive, to a surface of the support. The support has a groove provided in the surface bonded to the lid. The adhesive is also disposed in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Shunya Fukuda, Hiroki Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10864733
    Abstract: A MEMS chip assembly including: a support structure having a chip mounting surface; a MEMS chip mounted on the chip mounting surface, each MEMS chip having an active surface including one or more MEMS devices and a plurality of bond pads disposed alongside a connection edge of the MEMS chip; electrical connectors connected to the bond pads; and an encapsulant material covering the electrical connectors. The MEMS chip has encapsulant-retaining trenches defined in the active surface extending alongside the connection edge, each encapsulant-retaining trench being disposed between the bond pads and the MEMS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Elmer Dimaculangan Perez, Angus North, Graeme Lowe, See-Huat Tan, Christopher Barton
  • Patent number: 10850517
    Abstract: An inkjet printhead includes: an elongate support having a printhead mounting surface; a plurality of butting printhead chips mounted on the printhead mounting surface, each printhead chip having an ink ejection surface including one or more nozzle rows; and a grout material disposed between butting edges of each butting pair of printhead chips. Each printhead chip has a grouting trench defined in the ink ejection surface, the grouting trench extending alongside at least one butting edge and the grouting trench being disposed between an endmost nozzle of each nozzle row and the butting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Elmer Dimaculangan Perez, Angus North, Graeme Lowe, See-Huat Tan, Christopher Barton
  • Patent number: 10814626
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head including a vibration plate that forms a wall surface of a pressure chamber filled with a liquid; and a piezoelectric element that vibrates the vibration plate to eject the liquid in the pressure chamber from nozzles, in which the vibration plate includes a first layer formed of silicon oxide, a second layer formed of zirconium oxide on a side opposite to the pressure chamber when viewed from the first layer, a ratio of a film thickness of the second layer to a film thickness of the first layer is 0.16 or more, and the film thickness of the second layer is 300 nm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Mikoshiba, Katsutomo Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 10744765
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a liquid droplet ejection head and a liquid droplet ejection apparatus in which viscosity resistance of a liquid to be ejected is reduced on an ejection side of a nozzle to prevent pointed-end ejection and to improve accuracy of an ejection angle. This object is achieved by the following. That is, a channel 28 having a volume to be changed by a pressure generation element and a nozzle 23 communicating with the channel 28 are included. The inside of the nozzle 23 has a conical portion 23a with a diameter becoming gradually smaller toward an outside, and a cylindrical portion 23b continuous with the conical portion 23a and communicating with the outside. A connecting part of the conical portion 23a to the cylindrical portion 23b has the same opening cross-sectional shape as a connecting part of the cylindrical portion 23b to the conical portion 23a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Akito Shimomura, Kusunoki Higashino
  • Patent number: 10723130
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a head substrate and a surface treatment film on a surface of the head substrate. The surface treatment film is an oxide film containing Si. The oxide film contains a transition metal to form a passive film. A content of Si in a vicinity of an interface of the surface treatment film with the head substrate is higher than a content of Si in an inside of the surface treatment film and is 20 at % or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiko Kuroda, Satoshi Mizukami
  • Patent number: 10717278
    Abstract: An inkjet nozzle includes an aperture with a noncircular opening having a first segment substantially defined by a first polynomial equation and a second segment substantially defined by a second equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James A. Feinn, David P. Markel, Albert Nagao, Paul A. Richards, Thomas R. Strand, Erik D. Torniainen, Lawrence H. White
  • Patent number: 10668719
    Abstract: A recording element substrate includes a substrate, a plurality of energy generating elements arranged on the substrate to form an element row, a plurality of supply ports arranged along the element row to form a supply port row, and a plurality of supply paths extending from the plurality of supply ports along the thickness direction of the substrate, wherein a plurality of beam portions disposed between adjacent supply ports in the direction of the supply port row has a plurality of conductor layers in which a conductor layer including a power supply conductor connected to the energy generating elements and a conductor layer including a ground conductor connected to the energy generating elements, are stacked along the thickness direction of the substrate, and wherein at least one of the plurality of conductor layers is occupied by one power supply conductor or one ground conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masataka Sakurai, Nobuyuki Hirayama, Ryo Kasai, Kengo Umeda, Hidenori Yamato, Masanobu Ohmura, Tatsuhito Goden
  • Patent number: 10661201
    Abstract: An example device includes a frame having at least one outer opening and at least one inner opening recessed from the outer opening, at least one filter screen mounted on a perimeter of the at least one inner opening to form an inner chamber, at least one cover layer mounted on a perimeter of the at least one outer chamber to form an outer chamber, and a series of bubblebreaking features positioned within the inner chamber. The bubble-breaking features are positioned along a depth and a height of the inner chamber. The filter screen separates the inner chamber from the outer chamber, and the filter screen prevents froth from crossing and allows coalesced fluid to cross into the outer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony Studer, Robert Wickwire, John Farrar Wilson
  • Patent number: 10651383
    Abstract: A flow deflector, an inkjet printing method, an inkjet printing device, and a method for manufacturing a display substrate are provided. The flow deflector includes a plate-shaped body, and the plate-shaped body includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other, a plurality of through holes is arranged in the plate-shaped body, each of the plurality of through holes penetrates from the first surface to the second surface, and comprises a first opening formed on the first surface and a second opening formed on the second surface, and an opening area of the first opening is larger than an opening area of the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: BEJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Di Zhang
  • Patent number: 10632750
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes: individual channels; and a manifold commonly provided for the individual channels. Each of the individual channels has: a nozzle; a pressure chamber arranged away from the nozzle in a predetermined direction to extend along a plane orthogonal to the predetermined direction and connected to the manifold, a connecting channel connected to the pressure chamber to form at least a part of a channel communicating the pressure chamber and the nozzle, and a circulation channel connected to the connecting channel to form a part of a channel communicating the connecting channel and the pressure chamber. The connecting channel has a throttle, and the throttle has a smaller diameter along the plane orthogonal to the predetermined direction than a diameter, of a part of the connecting channel except the throttle, along the plane orthogonal to the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10611144
    Abstract: A fluid ejection apparatus includes a fluid ejector comprising a pumping chamber, an ejection nozzle coupled to the pumping chamber, and an actuator configured to cause fluid to be ejected from the pumping chamber through the ejection nozzle. The fluid ejection apparatus includes a first compliant assembly formed in a surface of an inlet feed channel, the inlet feed channel fluidically connected to a fluid inlet of the pumping chamber; and a second compliant assembly formed in a surface of an outlet feed channel, the outlet feed channel fluidically connected to a fluid outlet of the pumping chamber. A compliance of the first compliant assembly is different from a compliance of the second compliant assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Giere, Christoph Menzel, Daniel W. Barnett
  • Patent number: 10611153
    Abstract: A printing head and an inkjet printing device are provided. The printing head includes a base, and N printing components on the base, where N?2. Each of the printing components includes a diversion groove group and a plurality of nozzles. The diversion groove group includes a plurality of diversion grooves, the plurality of diversion grooves and the plurality of nozzles are in one-to-one correspondence, and a first end of each of the diversion grooves is connected to a corresponding nozzle. The center points of all the nozzles are on the same reference line, the opening faces of all the nozzles are in the bottom surface of the base, any two of the diversion groove groups of the N printing components are in different orientations of the reference line, and any two adjacent nozzles respectively belong to two different printing components, which reduces the turbulence between the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qing Dai
  • Patent number: 10611160
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes: a first tank; a second tank; a recording portion including a first damper chamber and a second damper chamber; a first switch; a pump; a second switch; and a controller. The first switch is configured to be switched between a first state and a second state. The second switch is configured to be switched between a third state and a fourth state. After attachment of first and second cartridges to the inkjet recording apparatus, the controller performs an initial ink introduction including one of: a first drive process to drive the pump in a state where the first switch is in the first state and the second switch is in the fourth state; and a second drive process to drive the pump in a state where the first switch is in the second state and the second switch is in the third state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10589534
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a recording head, an ink tank, a supply flow path, a supply pump located in the supply flow path, a collection flow path, a relief flow path connecting a first position in the supply flow path to a second position in the supply flow path, wherein the first position is located at a downstream side of the supply pump in the supply flow path and the second position located at an upstream side of the supply pump in the supply flow path, and a differential pressure regulating valve located in the relief flow path and configured to, in a case where the pressure of the pumped ink in the supply flow path is larger than a predetermined value, open the relief flow path so as to allow ink in the supply flow path to flow from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyoshiro Okude, Ryoma Arai, Toshiaki Tokisawa, Takashi Abe
  • Patent number: 10562304
    Abstract: An inkjet nozzle includes an aperture with a noncircular opening substantially defined by a polynomial equation. A droplet generator is also described which includes a firing chamber fluidically coupled to a fluid reservoir a heating resistor and a nozzle. The nozzle includes an aperture forming a passage from the firing chamber to the exterior of the droplet generator through a top hat layer. The nozzle is defined by a closed polynomial and has a mathematically smooth and mathematically continuous shape around aperture's perimeter wall, with two protrusions extending into the center of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James A. Feinn, Albert Nagao, Thomas R. Strand, David R. Thomas, Erik D. Torniainen, Lawrence H. White
  • Patent number: 10533800
    Abstract: The present invention provides, inter alia, for a liquid feeding device for the generation of droplets, in particular for the use in a process line for the production of freeze-dried particles, with a droplet ejection section for ejecting liquid droplets in an ejection direction, the droplet ejection section comprising at least one inlet port for receiving a liquid to be ejected, a liquid chamber for retaining the liquid, and a nozzle for ejecting the liquid from the liquid chamber to form droplets, wherein the liquid chamber is restricted by a membrane on one side thereof, the membrane being vibratable by an excitation unit, wherein the longitudinal axis of the liquid chamber is tilted relative to the longitudinal axis of the nozzle, and/or the liquid feeding device further comprises a deflection section for separating the droplets from each other by means of at least one gas jet, wherein the deflection section gas jet intersects perpendicular with an ejection path of the liquid ejected from the liquid chamb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sanofi Pasteur SA
    Inventors: Thomas Gebhard, Roland Kaiser, Bernhard Luy, Matthias Plitzko, Manfred Struschka, Christian Zerillo
  • Patent number: 10525712
    Abstract: A printer includes: a platen having an ink-collection slot extending across its width; a wick bar received in the ink-collection slot, wherein an upstream gap and a downstream gap are defined at either side of the wick bar relative to a media feed direction; a printhead positioned over the wick bar; and a vacuum chamber in fluid communication with the ink-collection slot. The wick bar has a wick surface sloped upwards from the upstream gap towards the downstream gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MEMJET TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Dan Baterna, Rommel Balala
  • Patent number: 10486421
    Abstract: A liquid discharging head includes a discharge port that discharges a liquid, a pressure chamber that communicates with the discharge port, and an energy generating element that is disposed in the pressure chamber. In the liquid discharging head, the discharge port is provided with a plurality of projections that project towards a central portion of the discharge port from an inner peripheral edge of the discharge port, and an interval between the projections at a location where the projections are closest to each other is 5 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takatsugu Moriya, Shuzo Iwanaga, Shintaro Kasai, Yoshiyuki Nakagawa, Akiko Hammura, Tatsuya Yamada, Tomohiro Sato, Ayako Iwasaki, Tomoki Ishiwata, Koichi Ishida
  • Patent number: 10479080
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a fluid ejection device includes a substrate with a fluid slot formed therein, a chamber layer formed on the substrate defining fluid chambers on both sides of the fluid slot, a thin-film layer between the substrate and chamber layer that defines an ink feedhole (IFH) between the fluid slot and the chamber layer, and a chamber layer extension that forms a bridge across the IFH between two chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Anthony M. Fuller, Ed Friesen
  • Patent number: 10464328
    Abstract: A printer includes: a printhead; a platen positioned below the printhead for supporting print media conveyed along a media feed direction through a print zone, the platen defining a particle-collection slot upstream of the print zone relative to the media feed direction; and a vacuum chamber in fluid communication with the particle-collection slot. An upper surface of the platen has a plurality of raised ribs extending along the platen in the media feed direction and a dam wall extending across the platen transverse to the ribs. The dam wall is positioned at a downstream side of the particle-collection slot and the ribs extend towards the dam wall from an upstream side of the particle-collection slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Memjet Technology Limited
    Inventors: Rommel Balala, Dan Baterna
  • Patent number: 10457049
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head includes selectively exposing a first photosensitive resin layer to light, thereby curing the portion of the first photosensitive resin layer defining a flow channel member; forming a second photosensitive resin layer on the first photosensitive resin layer; selectively exposing the second photosensitive resin layer to light, thereby curing the portion of the second photosensitive resin layer defining an ejection opening member; and removing the unexposed portions of the first and the second photosensitive resin layer at one time with a developer. Before removal with the developer, the water absorption W of the intermediate layer, the water absorption W1 of the exposed portion of the first photosensitive resin layer, and the water absorption W2 of the exposed portion of the second photosensitive resin layer satisfy the relationship W?W1>W2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10421276
    Abstract: A printing element substrate includes a substrate, an energy generating element, and an ejection-port formed member. The energy generating element is disposed on one surface of the substrate and configured to generate energy for use in ejecting liquid. The ejection-port formed member includes ejection ports that eject the liquid. A protrusion protruding toward inside of each of the ejection ports is provided on an inner surface of the ejection port. In a surface of the ejection-port formed member remote from the substrate, a tip portion of the protrusion is positioned closer to the substrate than an outer periphery of the ejection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Saito, Shintaro Kasai, Yoshiyuki Nakagawa, Takatsugu Moriya, Koichi Ishida, Tatsuya Yamada, Shuzo Iwanaga, Ayako Iwasaki, Tomoki Ishiwata, Tomohiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10406813
    Abstract: An ejection port includes a first ejection port that is an opening portion formed on an outer surface side of a recessed portion formed in an outer surface of a nozzle plate, a second ejection port positioned on a bottom surface side of the recessed portion, the second ejection port including an opening portion that is smaller than the first ejection port, and a plurality of protrusions that extend from an outer edge portion of the first ejection port towards a center portion of the second ejection port through the second ejection port, in which a distance between tip portions of the plurality of protrusions and the substrate is larger than a distance between an outer edge portion of the second ejection port and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasunori Takei
  • Patent number: 10293607
    Abstract: A recording element board includes a discharge orifice configured to discharge liquid, a pressure chamber communicating with the discharge orifice, a recording element configured to generate thermal energy to cause bubbling of the liquid, the recording element being disposed in the pressure chamber facing the discharge orifice, and a substrate on which the recording element is formed. When the recording element is driven and the liquid of within the pressure chamber is discharged, a generated bubble communicates with the atmosphere. A discharge orifice projection region where the discharge orifice has been projected on the substrate includes a region includes a region extending beyond a heat-generating region projection region where the heat-generating region of the recording element has been projected on the substrate, the outline of the discharge orifice projection region is circumscribed by the outline of the heat-generating region projection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takatsugu Moriya, Shintaro Kasai, Yoshiyuki Nakagawa, Akiko Saito, Koichi Ishida, Tatsuya Yamada, Shinji Kishikawa, Takayuki Sekine, Shuzo Iwanaga
  • Patent number: 10269863
    Abstract: Methods for forming via last through-vias. A method includes providing an active device wafer having a front side including conductive interconnect material disposed in dielectric layers and having an opposing back side; providing a carrier wafer having through vias filled with an oxide extending from a first surface of the carrier wafer to a second surface of the carrier wafer; bonding the front side of the active device wafer to the second surface of the carrier wafer; etching the oxide in the through vias in the carrier wafer to form through oxide vias; and depositing conductor material into the through oxide vias to form conductors that extend to the active carrier wafer and make electrical contact to the conductive interconnect material. An apparatus includes a carrier wafer with through oxide vias extending through the carrier wafer to an active device wafer bonded to the carrier wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Szu-Ying Chen, Pao-Tung Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu
  • Patent number: 10259224
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes an ejection orifice configured to eject a liquid, the ejection orifice has at least one protrusion protruding from the peripheral portion of the ejection orifice toward the center of the ejection orifice, and the protrusion includes, on the outer surface including at least the protrusion edge, a highly water-repellent region having a higher water repellency than that of the outer surface of the periphery of the ejection orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Hamade
  • Patent number: 10239314
    Abstract: A head unit includes a discharge section, a determination circuit, and a discharge limitation circuit. The discharge section is equipped with a piezoelectric element that is configured to be displaced in accordance with changes in potential of a drive signal when the drive signal is supplied. The discharge section is configured to discharge a liquid in accordance with displacement of the piezoelectric element. The determination circuit is configured to determine whether or not the piezoelectric element has a predetermined power storage capability. The discharge limitation circuit is configured to stop supply of the drive signal to the piezoelectric element and limit discharging of liquid from the discharge section when a result of determination is negative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Fujisawa, Ryota Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10201972
    Abstract: A recording element substrate includes: a substrate on which a plurality of energy generating elements that generate energy used for ejecting liquid are arranged side by side, an ejection port forming member in which ejection ports are formed at positions corresponding to the plurality of energy generating elements, a plurality of supply passages which are channels extending in a thickness direction of the substrate and through which liquid is supplied to the energy generating elements, and a support member that is formed between the substrate and the ejection port forming member and supports the ejection port forming member, in which supply ports that are apertures of the plurality of supply passages are linearly arranged side by side on the substrate, and a plurality of support members are provided side by side between adjacent supply ports on the substrate in a direction in which the supply ports are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Saito, Shintaro Kasai, Yoshiyuki Nakagawa, Takatsugu Moriya, Koichi Ishida, Shinji Kishikawa, Takayuki Sekine, Shuzo Iwanaga, Tatsuya Yamada