With Conveyed Object Patents (Class 347/4)
  • Patent number: 7712891
    Abstract: A multifunctional device including a lower frame, a main control board, and a cartridge holder. A conveying space is formed in the lower frame farther forward than a recording unit and includes a discharge space for receiving discharged recording sheet. The main control board is disposed horizontally above the conveying space when viewed from the front. The recording unit is disposed farther rearward than the conveying space, with its topmost part substantially equal in height to the main control board. The cartridge holder is disposed to the side of the conveying space and the main control board and fits vertically within the top part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhito Ishida, Teruo Deshimaru, Tetsuo Asada, Yukichi Sawaki, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 7688482
    Abstract: A document feeding apparatus in a cover body supported by a document reading table whose upper surface is at least partially constituted by a platen glass. The cover body is openable and closable relative to the table and covers the glass when closed. The apparatus feeds a document sheet along a feed path from at a document setting portion and to a document ejecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshitaka Iwago
  • Patent number: 7682016
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes an endless conveyor belt, a counter roller, and a clutch part. The endless conveyor belt is rotatable to convey paper with a surface of the conveyor belt being charged. The counter roller holds the paper between the conveyor belt and the counter roller and conveys the paper. The clutch part is caused to slip by the difference in velocity between the conveyor belt and the counter roller. The counter roller is driven through the clutch part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideomi Sakuma, Shinji Imoto, Yohichi Itoh, Hiroshi Yasuda, Akira Ishii
  • Patent number: 7677682
    Abstract: A modular printer includes a frame. A housing in which the frame is housed has an operatively upper and an operatively lower cover and defines a print media inlet at one end between the covers and a print media outlet at an opposite end between the covers. An inlet roller assembly is mounted on the frame proximate the print media inlet for feeding a web of print media into the housing. A pair of opposed inkjet printhead assemblies are mounted on the frame downstream of the inlet roller assembly to define a printing zone between the printhead assemblies. The inlet roller assembly is configured to feed the web of print media between the printhead assemblies. An exit roller assembly is mounted on the frame proximate the print media outlet to feed the web of print media from the outlet. Each inkjet printhead assembly includes a series of substantially identical printhead modules, the modules of each printhead assembly being a mirrored replication of the modules of the other printhead assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7669947
    Abstract: A print mechanism positioned in a housing having a pivotably mounted cover and including a ink flow regulator operatively connected to a print cartridge and provided with a plurality of seals to prevent contamination and damage from unwanted ink flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: RSI Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Bradford, David Don, Edward Reagan, Daryl Betton Turner
  • Patent number: 7661789
    Abstract: The present invention is an image recording apparatus comprising an image recording unit which records an image by ejecting ink drops with respect to an recording medium, a conveyance unit conveys the recording medium at the time of image recording by the conveying driving means, a recording medium feeding unit which feeds the recording medium to the conveyance unit, and a particulate dust preventing unit which has a partitioning member partitioning space in the image recording apparatus into an image recording region GR at which image recording is carried out by the image recording unit, and a paper feeding region FR at which the recording medium is fed by the recording medium feeding unit, and which can carry out image recording in high image quality and with high reliability, without deteriorating the conveying ability for a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Masanobu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7593132
    Abstract: A method for calibrating the printing of a lenticular image with respect to the lenticules of a lenticular sheet includes the step of printing a test pattern including a plurality of patches on a lenticular sheet with an ink jet printer. The patches are sensed though the lenticules with a sensing device and the sensed data is analyzed to determine a calibration factor that is used to subsequently print a lenticular image on the lenticular sheet. In a further embodiment, the method comprises aligning a lenticular sheet in the ink jet printer; sensing the lenticules on said lenticular sheet with the sensing device; analyzing the sensed data in the processing unit to determine the lenticule spacing; calculating a calibration factor based upon the analysis; and using the calibration factor to subsequently print a lenticular image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Bast, Michael A. Marra, III, Charles J. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7581800
    Abstract: A system for printing to recycled paper sheets, by scanning a sheet for existing marks, comparing them with the intended output, and printing upon determining the suitability of printing the intended output to the sheet. When recycled paper is used for printing, the intended output is sometimes printed on the wrong side of the sheet, resulting in wasted paper, toner, and other resources. This system avoids printing to the wrong side of sheets, and enables adjustment of intended output for better result. Sheets can be reversed, rotated, and discarded, and the intended output can be adjusted by shrinking, moving, and rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignees: Kyocera Mita Corporation, Kyocera Technology Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Arthur E. Alacar
  • Publication number: 20090201323
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system applicable to an installation for candling eggs, to determine the presence of fertilized eggs in the cells of the egg crate grid moving on a conveyor. Row by row, the analyzing device synchronously monitors the light emission on the eggs of the row and detection of the attenuated light of emerging beams. The monitoring includes at least two close cycles of light emission. During the first cycle, which is of short duration to avoid causing glare of the detectors of the detecting device, the coordinates of possible empty cells in a row are determined and stored. During the second cycle, which is of longer duration, the coordinates of fertilized eggs of the row are determined and stored. The egg candling installation advantageously also marks the eggs, depending in particular on whether they are fertilized or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Pierre Robert, Olivier Somville
  • Publication number: 20090109250
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for supporting a substrate are provided. According to one aspect of the invention, a substrate support is provided which includes a first major surface comprising a plurality of flat support tiles and a plurality of leveling mechanisms coupled to the plurality of support tiles, wherein the plurality of leveling mechanisms are adapted to level the plurality of flat support tiles with respect to each other so as to provide a flat and level first major surface of the substrate support. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Johnston, Michael Renta
  • Publication number: 20090073195
    Abstract: In a rotary printing device, six printing racks disposed at equal angular intervals on the same circle revolve via the printing positions of six printing units arranged at equal angular intervals on the same circle. Five of the printing units are screen printing machines for printing designs and other matter common to the T-shirts. The remaining printing unit is an inkjet printer whereby the wearers' names and other types of individual information specific to each T-shirt are printed on the T-shirts. A highly versatile printing device capable of printing names and other individual information on T-shirts can be attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: MASTERMIND CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chizuo Ozawa
  • Patent number: 7484820
    Abstract: To provide a recording apparatus for recording an image on a recording medium having a flat image recording surface, the recording apparatus including: a rotary driving device which rotationally drives the recording medium; and an ink-jet head having a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink onto the image recording surface of the recording medium, wherein each of the nozzles has an output port, and the ejection ports of the plurality of nozzles are arranged such that the distance between the ejection ports of the plurality of nozzles and the image recording surface becomes shorter toward an outer side from the rotational center of the recording medium. Accordingly, when ejecting two or more types of inks having different volumes onto a rotating recording medium, the distance between landing positions of droplets of these inks is substantially constant regardless of the positions in the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroto Sugahara
  • Patent number: 7458670
    Abstract: An inkjet cloth printing apparatus includes a head moving mechanism moving the print head in a first direction, a cloth holder holding a periphery of a printing area of cloth on which the apparatus prints and including a first holding member and a second holding member fitted with an outer portion of the first holding member, a holder moving mechanism feeding the cloth holder in a second direction below the print head, the holder moving mechanism including a rack, a pinion brought into mesh engagement with the rack, and a drive motor rotating the pinion, and a cloth passage defined below a movement space through which the cloth holder is moved in the second direction by the holder moving mechanism so as to allow movement of part of the cloth located outside the printing area and running out of the cloth holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Kuki, Hiroshi Kitazawa
  • Publication number: 20080231645
    Abstract: The invention provides for a volume element (voxel) printing system for printing a three-dimensional object. The system includes a first printhead group having a plurality of first printheads configured to print a first voxel layer on a substrate, and at least one second printhead group having a plurality of second printheads downstream from the first group. The second group is configured to print a subsequent voxel layer on at least part of the first layer. The system also includes an object insertion device configured to insert objects into voids in the voxel layers, and a conveyor to operatively convey the substrate past the printhead groups. Also included is a control system to control and monitor the printhead groups, the object insertion device and the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7416276
    Abstract: A method of printing a three-dimensional object is provided. The method comprises providing a plurality of stationary printhead layer groups, each layer group comprising at least one printhead for printing a respective layer of the object; conveying a partially-formed object past the layer groups; and simultaneously printing material from at least one printhead in each layer group, such that a plurality of different layers are printed simultaneously by the layer groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7410097
    Abstract: An automated banking machine which dispenses cash and includes a mechanism for accepting deposited items. Deposited items may be provided to the machine in envelopes which are first passed to a user from an envelope storage area (132) in the machine through a transport (124) and which are presented to the user through an opening (244). A user may thereafter include deposit items in the dispensed envelope. The deposited items are passed through the opening (244) and are deposited in a deposit-holding container (128). The deposited items may be marked by an inkjet printer with indicia corresponding to the transaction or properties of the deposited item. The operation of the printer is caused by a controller (56) which controls the operation responsive to one or more environmental parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas S. Mason, Sean Haney, Jeff Brannan, Dale Chapman
  • Publication number: 20080164652
    Abstract: There is provided a feed roller that includes a feed drive roller and a teeth roller drivenly rotated by making contact with the feed drive roller, wherein the circumferential surface of the feed drive roller is equipped with a groove with which a part of the teeth roller makes contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi OTSUKI
  • Patent number: 7393070
    Abstract: A printing device including: an image data acquisition unit acquiring image data corresponding to pixels of the image; a printing data generation unit generating, based on the acquired image data, printing data including information about dot formation details based on the pixels for each of the nozzles; a nozzle information storage unit storing information about nozzles whose dot formation details are different from predetermined dot formation details; and a printing unit printing, based on the printing data, the image onto a printing medium using a printing head. By referring to the nozzle information storage unit, the printing data generation unit generates printing data providing a lower resolution for the image to be printed by at least either the nozzle of different dot formation details or neighboring nozzles compared with a resolution of the image data acquired by the image data acquisition unit corresponding to the nozzle used for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Arazaki
  • Patent number: 7390362
    Abstract: A thermal printer comprising a dispenser configured to dispense a medium from a stack of mediums and a conveyor belt assembly configured to receive the medium from the dispenser and convey the medium from a first position to a second position. A thermal printer is located between the first position and the second position and marks indicia on the medium. At least one sensor positions the print head of the thermal printer on an upper surface of the medium during the marking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Microboards LLC
    Inventor: Wray Russ
  • Publication number: 20080106568
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for patterning workpieces (2), which preferably consist at least partially of wood, wood materials or the like, having an ink-jet printing means (10) having a plurality of nozzles (12) from which drops of ink can be expelled, a workpiece carrier means (20) for carrying the workpiece (2) to be patterned, a conveyor device for bringing about a relative movement between the workpiece (2) to be patterned and the printing means (10). The device according to the invention is characterised in that it further has at least one image detection sensor (46).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventors: Ludwig Albrecht, Karl Frey, Achim Gauss
  • Patent number: 7354122
    Abstract: A method of printing digital data on a photograph includes loading an image processing program, transforming image data with the image processing program to produce transformed image data; redundantly encoding the transformed image data and the image processing program into a distributed form; and printing the redundantly encoded data using an invisible ink on a surface of a print media while simultaneously printing out the transformed image data as a photographic image in a visual, human readable form on the same surface of said print media. The redundantly encoded data is distributed across the print media such that the encoded data may be read and decoded despite a partial obliteration of the encoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walsmley
  • Patent number: 7341326
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus by which an image formed on a printing medium by image forming means on the basis of image data can be related to the image data includes a controller which prepares management information corresponding to the image data, and controls an operation of the image forming means in accordance with the management information, an adhering unit which adheres, to the printing medium on which the image is formed by the image forming means, a radio identification tag having a transmitting/receiving unit capable of transmitting/receiving data by radio communication, and a data holding unit capable of holding the data, and a communicating module which writes, in the data holding unit of the radio identification tag adhered on the printing medium, the management information for relating the image on the printing medium to the image data, by communicating with the transmitting/receiving unit by radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunsaku Kondo, Masatoshi Tanabe, Toshio Hayashi, Yoshihiro Funamizu, Keizo Isemura, Mitsushige Murata, Junichi Into
  • Patent number: 7338155
    Abstract: A printing device, which reduces weight and space while ensuring excellent stability, includes a medium conveyance section on which a workpiece such as a fabric can be set, a fixed side structure for supporting the same, and a head for performing printing onto the workpiece. When the power supply to the device is switched off, the medium conveyance section is at a first position so as to be within the fixed side structure. When a workpiece is set on, or removed from the medium conveyance section, the medium conveyance section is at a second position so as to project partially from one side of the fixed side structure. During a printing operation, the medium conveyance section moves from the second position, to a third position where it projects partially to the second side, and return again to the second position where it projects partially to the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akiko Niimi
  • Publication number: 20080048388
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for patterning workpieces, having: an ink-jet printing means having a plurality of nozzles from which drops of ink can be expelled, a workpiece carrier means for carrying the workpiece to be patterned, a conveyor means for bringing about a relative movement between the workpiece to be patterned and the printing means, and a detection means for detecting the relative position between the ink-jet printing means and at least one surface to be patterned of the respective workpiece to be patterned. The device according to the invention is characterised in that the detection means is disposed and configured so as to be in a predetermined, fixed relationship to the ink-jet printing means and/or to detect at least the distance between the ink-jet printing means and at least one surface to be patterned of the respective workpiece to be patterned, at least during printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: Achim Gauss, Ludwig Albrecht
  • Patent number: 7332037
    Abstract: The invention concerns a contactless numerical printing machine for products of average fluidity, such as varnish, glue, and conducting or scratchable ink, onto a substrate of variable thickness and dimensions. The machine includes a special device for printing without contact by projection. The projected materials are materials of average fluidity or composed of large-dimension molecules. The process used includes an electro-acoustic device for control of the projection, and a multiplicity of projection nozzles, each controlled individually. The machine also includes a production chain with different work stations, whose printing devices are controlled by a computer management system. The production chain allows printing with a certain precision in given zones located during the processing by an appropriate work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: MGI France
    Inventors: Edmond Abergel, Raphael Renaud
  • Patent number: 7311367
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided. At least one clamping finger of a movable tray of a compact disc printer pushes against an outer periphery of a compact disc disposed on a surface of the tray to clamp the compact disc between the clamping finger and a pair of studs that protrude from the surface of the tray and engage a periphery of a hole passing through a center of the compact disc. A carriage of the printer for moving an ink jet cartridge attached thereto across the compact disc to deposit an image on the compact disc may include a sensor. The sensor can be used to determine the presence of a compact disc on the tray, whether the compact disc is clamped to the tray, and a dimension of the compact disc, and to perform a calibration method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Rimage Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip C. Salisbury, Douglas J. Lenz, John S. Lee, Westin W. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7310161
    Abstract: A combined flat bed scanner/printer machine having: a moving body; a scan module connected to the moving body to read a document; and a recording head connected to the moving body adjacent to the scan module, to print on a paper. The moving body is moved by a moving body transfer unit made up of a belt to which the moving body is secured, a guide rod to guide the moving body, and a motor to move the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-wook Kang, Seung-jae Lee
  • Patent number: 7306323
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object creation system is provided. The system comprises a plurality of stationary printhead layer groups, each layer group comprising at least one printhead for printing a respective layer of the object; and a conveyor for conveying a partially-formed object past the layer groups. The printheads are configured to print simultaneously such that a plurality of different layers are printed simultaneously by the layer groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7306319
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object creation system is provided. The system comprises: (i) a first printhead layer group comprising a plurality of first printheads configured for printing a first layer of the object; (ii) a second printhead layer group comprising a plurality of second printheads configured for printing a second layer on the first layer, the second layer group being downstream of the first layer group; (iii) a conveyor for conveying a partially-formed object past the layer groups; (iv) a fault-detection system for detecting a malfunctioning layer group; and (iv) a control system for dynamically reconfiguring at least one second printhead to print at least part of the first layer in the event that the first layer group is malfunctioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7278696
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus ejects ink from recording heads to a recording paper, thereby attaching the ink to the medium for recording. The apparatus includes a carriage driving motor, a transfer motor, a scanner which reciprocates a carriage having the recording heads in a scanning direction, and a transfer machine. The transfer machine transfers the recording paper in a transfer direction perpendicular to the scanning direction. Both of the motors are located at approximately the same place in an ejecting direction of ink from the heads to the paper, and at the same height of a transfer path of the paper or on the carriage side with respect to the transfer path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Matsuzaki, Shinichi Kitamura, Hiroyuki Matsuba, Kensei Otsubo
  • Patent number: 7198341
    Abstract: An apparatus for rewritably labeling data media, such as compact disks CDs, DVDs, or other forms of media. The media may be programmed within a player/recorder device adapted for programming the state of the electronic ink material on the media. Labels on the media may be rewritten at any time without the need to remove a prior label. A small handheld label printing device is also described for writing the labels. Numerous other display embodiments particularly suited to electronic ink, and various embodiments of LED array control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Rodger H. Rast
  • Patent number: 7196813
    Abstract: The present invention provides a print creating method which can instantaneously create media such as advertisements which are agreeable to the customer by incorporating therein customer snapshots, etc. by the process of printing with an ink-jet recording system on a coating layer of ink-jet recording ink on a variable region of a recording sheet on which constant information such as advertisements or scenery is printed by offset printing or the like, and which can thus notably enhance the memorial advertisement effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Matsumoto Inc.
    Inventor: Keizaburo Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7170538
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method using thermal and inkjet printing and a combination thermal and inkjet printer includes a thermal print head, an inkjet print head and at least one motor for driving a web of record members, such as labels past the thermal print head and the inkjet print head. A controller controls the thermal print head and the inkjet print head while the inkjet print head remains stationary to print on a record member as the record member moves continuously past each of the print heads at the same speed to provide a simple, fast and inexpensive and less complex combination thermal and inkjet printer than prior combination printers. The thermal print head is used to print data and the ink jet print head is used to print marks of any of various contrasting colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Paxar Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Rudolph J. Klein
  • Patent number: 7150790
    Abstract: A receptacle adapted to receive a disk from a conveyor surface. The receptacle includes a housing adapted to receive a disk from a conveyor surface and a removable hopper. The housing includes a guide member, at least one support member, and a base member. The removable hopper is adapted to receive the disk from the guide member, and includes a spindle attachable to a base, wherein the spindle is adapted to receive a plurality of disks from the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Microboards Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Wray Russ
  • Patent number: 7073897
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable ink jet recording apparatus of mobile type in which the user does not pay attention to reservation of an electric power required for driving the recording apparatus. A detachable and exchangeable supplies container containing a recording material, recording fluid and fuel for a fuel cell is provided, and a hybrid cell comprised of a compact fuel cell and a secondary cell is used as a power supply system so that, when the ink jet recording apparatus is not driven, an electric power generated by the fuel cell is stored in the secondary cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Kubokawa
  • Patent number: 7070250
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a modular printing system. In one embodiment, the modular printing system includes a first printer and a second printer. The modular printing system further includes a connector system adapted to interchangeably connect the first printer to the second printer and a control link adapted for communications between the first printer and the second printer to process a print job without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel M. Lester, Jimmy Sfaelos
  • Patent number: 7070100
    Abstract: A desktop card printer having an external communication link, a multi-platform standardized PDL controller in communication with the link, and at least one data writer in communication with the controller. The controller controls the data output of data writers. The controller may be a PCL® controller. The data writers may include one or more print heads for visible printing, magnetic write heads for writing to magnetic media, and smart card contacts for writing to embedded smart card chips. The printer may include one or more couplers in communication with one or more of the data writers, for converting information into a form usable by the data writer. The data link may be a USB or Telnet link. The printer may include an internal USB hub. Image processing and decision making may be performed primarily or entirely within the printer, in particular within the processor. The printer may be commanded by a dedicated host, such as a personal computer, or it may be connected to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: DataCard Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Davie, Craig A. Lebakken, Michael A. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7063746
    Abstract: An in-line writing and marking system, which includes a dispenser for dispensing a disk from a stack of disks, and at least one duplication system which receives the disk from the dispenser and writes data onto the disk. A conveyor belt assembly receives the disk from the duplication system and conveys the disk from a first position to a second position. A marking device located between the first position and the second position and marks indicia on the disk. The system also includes a pad located between a first conveyor surface and a second conveyor surface, wherein the pad is configured to catch overspray from the marking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Microbroads Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Wray Russ
  • Patent number: 7057756
    Abstract: The present invention reduces the granularity of the dots for the entire density range by optimally setting formation amounts of a low-density dot and of a high-density dot per unit area. For this purpose, the formation amounts of the low-density dot and of the high-density dot in accordance with the density level are determined in such a way that as the density level rises, the formation amount of the low-density dot is gradually increased up to a first peak amount (200%) and, after reaching the first peak, gradually decreased, and in a range of density levels higher than a predetermined density level at which the low-density dot is formed to a specified amount (200%), as the density level rises, the formation amount of the high-density dot is gradually increased up to a second peak amount (100%) smaller than the first peak amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Ogasahara, Hiroshi Tajika, Miyuki Fujita, Yuji Konno, Norihiro Kawatoko, Tetsuya Edamura, Tetsuhiro Maeda, Atsuhiko Masuyama
  • Patent number: 7025431
    Abstract: A recording apparatus for effecting recording on a recording medium by a recording head includes a carriage for reciprocally scanning with the recording head carried thereon, a guide member for guiding the reciprocal scanning of the carriage, a drive source for driving the reciprocal scanning of the carriage, a transmitting member for transmitting a driving force from the drive source to the carriage, a holding member for holding the transmitting member, a projected portion disposed on the carriage and having the holding member mounted thereon, and an attenuating member for attenuating vibrations from the drive source between the carriage and the holding member, the attenuating member being of a shape surrounding the projected portion of the carriage, and the holding member holding the transmitting member being mounted on the projected portion with the attenuating member interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ikeda, Seiji Takahashi, Kota Uchida
  • Patent number: 7021738
    Abstract: A multicolor-printer has a plurality of print stations arranged to generate an image on a recording medium, and a recording medium conveyor. A plurality of similar encoding marks are associated with the conveyor. Sensor arrangements are associated with the print stations, responsive to the encoding marks. They generate signals indicating the conveyor movement with respect to the corresponding print station. An index marking is indicative of a conveyor reference position. The sensor arrangements are responsive to it, thereby providing information about the reference position with respect to the corresponding print station. The printer registers images of different print stations with each other based on the movement and reference-position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Fernando Juan, Eduardo Martin
  • Patent number: 7014284
    Abstract: Ammunition, such as shotshells used in waterfowl hunting, have indicia applied to substantially all of the external surface to reduce glare normally a problem in conventional ammunition. The indicia, such as a camouflage pattern, is applied either through the use of inkjet printing directly on the shotshell surface or through the application of a heat transfer sleeve to which the indicia has been previously applied. The process of applying the camouflage pattern may be incorporated into the manufacture of the ammunition or may be operable as a standalone process used for pre-manufactured ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventors: William (Bill) Morton, Jay Menefee, Andrew (Andy) Resko
  • Patent number: 6965451
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a method and system for printing information onto a print media. In one aspect the present invention may be utilized by an on-line postage system to query one or more databases, containing set up data on one or more printer drivers, to determine set up data for a user's printer. The present invention may then be used to perform a printer configuration test to determine the set up data for the user's printer if the set up data is not contained in the databases. The present invention then stores the results of the printer configuration test in one or more of the database for use by subsequent users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Stamps.com
    Inventors: Craig Leonard Ogg, Keith Bussell
  • Patent number: 6942308
    Abstract: A printing device has a plurality of print stations including dot-forming elements arranged to produce an image on a moving recording medium and provided in a redundant manner, thereby enabling dot-forming-element activity to be distributed between redundant dot-forming elements and errors of dot-forming elements to be compensated. A lateral-position detector arrangement or predictor is arranged to indicate the recording medium's lateral position relative to the print stations during a print process. A controller is arranged to use at least one print mask for each print station to distribute the dot-forming-element activity between the print stations and to compensate the errors of dot-forming elements. The printing device is arranged so that, in response to a detected or predicted change of the relative lateral position, at least one of the currently used print masks is replaced by another one relating to the changed relative lateral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Pep-Lluis Molinet, Xavier Soler, Manuel Lopez
  • Patent number: 6910750
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of an ink cartridge that includes therein a print head for dispensing ink onto a media, a movement mechanism for enabling movement of the print head, and/or an ink service station. In one embodiment, the cartridge is designed to be inserted into a receptacle so that the cartridge and receptacle form a radial printing system. The receptacle may also include a motion actuator for engaging with the movement mechanism of the cartridge to thereby move the print head of the cartridge. The movement mechanism of the cartridge works in conjunction with the actuator of the receptacle to thereby move the print head with respect to the cartridge, e.g., moving into and out of the cartridge, and with respect to a rotating media to enable ink to be dispensed by the print head along a radius of a rotating circular media. In a specific implementation, the cartridge remains fixed with respect to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Elesys, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Q. Jones, Jan E. Unter, George L. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 6887313
    Abstract: An in-line marking system for marking indicia on a markable medium. The system includes a dispenser for dispensing a markable medium onto a conveyor belt assembly. The conveyor belt assembly conveys the medium from a first position to a second position, wherein a marking device located between the first position and the second position marks indicia on the medium. The conveyor belt assembly has a plurality of belts forming a conveyor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Microboards Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Wray Russ
  • Patent number: 6883911
    Abstract: A fabric printing device contains a supporting section on which a fabric can be installed and removed, having a supporting face for supporting an installed fabric from below; and an ink emitting section for emitting ink onto the fabric on said supporting face. The supporting section has a section in which the coefficient of static friction acting on the fabric in the central region of said supporting face is greater than the coefficient of static friction acting on the fabric in regions in the vicinity of the respective end sections of said supporting face in at least one direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Niimi, Katsuya Watarai
  • Patent number: 6866354
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a disk shape determining and labeling system includes a first module configured to determine a shape of a non-round disk. A second module determines an orientation of the non-round disk. The labeling system then applies a visible pattern to the disk, wherein the labeling is performed according to the shape and the orientation of the non-round disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul J McClellan, Jeffrey M Valley, David Pettigrew
  • Patent number: 6827421
    Abstract: A carrying device of the present invention is provided with a carrying mechanism for carrying a medium according to a target carry amount. Here, the carrying device: stores first correction information for correcting the target carry amount according to the target carry amount; receives information on the target carry amount from an outside section; corrects the target carry amount based on the first correction information and second correction information that is stored in the outside section and that is for correcting the target carry amount according to the target carry amount; and carries the medium with the carrying mechanism based on a corrected target carry amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Nunokawa, Riki Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 6793303
    Abstract: A recording apparatus is provided with a damper that attenuates vibrations from a driving source and a driving power transmission mechanism when the vibrations are transmitted to a carriage. The damper is structured to make the attenuation effect larger in the direction other than the traveling direction of the carriage so as to attenuate the vibrations from the driving source and the driving power transmission mechanism mainly in the direction other than the traveling direction of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Ikeda