Controller Patents (Class 347/5)
  • Patent number: 11155099
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system at least one physical memory device to store density control logic and one or more processors coupled with the at least one physical memory device, to execute the density control logic to generate first uncalibrated ink deposition data, receive first calibrated ink deposition data, generate a first transfer function based on the first uncalibrated ink deposition data and the first calibrated ink deposition data and transmit the first transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikel Stanich, Nikita Gurudath
  • Patent number: 11155080
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head includes first eluting a first electrode and second eluting a second electrode. In the cleaning method, the first eluting and the second eluting are executed such that a ratio between a first electric power amount used in the first eluting and a second electric power amount used in the second eluting is a ratio based on a ratio between an area of a first face of the first electrode and an area of a second face of the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Misumi, Maki Kato, Yuzuru Ishida, Tsubasa Funabashi, Takahiro Matsui
  • Patent number: 11157221
    Abstract: Implemented are a control apparatus, a control method, and a storage medium that enable efficient setting of poster printing. To this end, a control apparatus of the present invention is a control apparatus that allows a printing apparatus to print multiple divided images, into which an input image is divided, on print media, including: a setting unit that sets the number of divisions of the input image based on user input; an obtaining unit that obtains a width of the print media; a determining unit that determines a print region width of each of the divided images based on at least the set number of divisions and the width of the print medium; and a display control unit that displays guide information indicating a dividing position on a preview screen of the input image based on at least the determined print region width of the divided image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Hori
  • Patent number: 11144257
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, provided is a component management device includes a detection unit, a correlation determination unit, and an update unit. The detection unit detects a first-class component whose used amount exceeds the threshold value and which is used without causing a failure, and detects a first-class device that is a device including the detected first-class component and not causing a failure related to the first-class component. The correlation determination unit determines the presence or absence of a correlation with respect to a first correlation that is a correlation between the used amount of the detected first-class component and an operating condition of the first-class device. When it is determined that there is no correlation for the first correlation, the update unit determines a first update value that is an update value of the threshold value based on the used amount of the first-class component in the first-class device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Oyama, Hiroyo Tanaka, Kazuhiro Ogura, Sou Miyazaki, Masaki Narahashi
  • Patent number: 11141973
    Abstract: An integrated circuit to drive a plurality of fluid actuation devices includes a plurality of memory cells, a select circuit, configuration logic, and control logic. Each memory cell corresponds to a fluid actuation device. The select circuit selects fluid actuation devices and memory cells corresponding to the selected fluid actuation devices. The configuration logic enables or disables access to the plurality of memory cells. The control logic either activates the selected fluid actuation devices or accesses the memory cells corresponding to the selected fluid actuation devices based on a state of the configuration logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott A. Linn, James Michael Gardner, Michael W. Cumbie
  • Patent number: 11124002
    Abstract: A partial printing fluid short detection system can detect a partial printing fluid short in a print head. The partial printing fluid short detection system includes a timing circuit to detect a print gap of the print head, and the partial printing fluid short detection system can detect the partial printing fluid short in response to detection of the print gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ben Percer, James Hasler
  • Patent number: 11090946
    Abstract: Density unevenness accompanying a variation in an ejection characteristic of each nozzle is reduced without worsening granularity of an image. To this end, an image processing apparatus generates first corrected data by correcting image data by using a first correction table common to the plurality of nozzles. Further, the image processing apparatus generates second corrected data by correcting the image data by using a second correction table for each of the plurality of nozzles. Furthermore, the image processing apparatus generates first quantized data by quantizing the first corrected data and generates second quantized data by quantizing the second corrected data. After that, the image processing apparatus generates N-valued print data based on the first quantized data and the second quantized data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Otani, Hisashi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11092560
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus for realizing high-speed cooling of a trace material by using liquid drop cooling, which comprises an injector connected with an injection driver and used for dropwise adding a volatile cooling liquid; a temperature sensor placed below the injector; a data collector used for collecting a thermopile signal and a heating resistor signal of the temperature sensor; a gas purger used for purging a cooled sample; and a control center, wherein the injector, the temperature sensor, the data collector and the gas purger are all connected with the control center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: NANJING UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Dongshan Zhou, Evgeny Zhuravlev, Jing Jiang, Shaochuan Luo, Christoph Schick, Qi Xue, Xiaoliang Wang, Wei Chen, Wei Jiang, Qing Ji
  • Patent number: 11090953
    Abstract: In a case where a predetermined sheet size is selected by a user from a plurality of sheet sizes displayed on a display, an image larger than the predetermined size is printed. In a case where a sheet size is input by the user in an input screen displayed on the display, an image having a size corresponding to the input sheet size is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideharu Sawada
  • Patent number: 11084222
    Abstract: Systems and method for determining dynamic forces in a liquefier system in additive manufacturing include, in at least one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification, a method including: receiving motor data for a drive motor that pushes a solid material toward a liquefaction zone of the liquefier system, wherein the motor data comprises at least one data point per individual command code of a set of command codes sent for additive manufacturing; receiving pressure data associated with the liquefaction zone of the liquefier system, wherein the pressure data includes at least one data point per individual command code of the set of command codes; analyzing the motor data and the pressure data for the set of command codes; and outputting a result of the analyzing to facilitate further 3D printing by the AM 3D printer using the solid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: William Edward Yackabonis, Andreas Linas Bastian, Peter Joseph Schmehl, Joseph Isaac Sadusk
  • Patent number: 11064093
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process for printing comprising the steps of selecting eight or fewer process colors from a known process ink color set, providing a color channel for the selected process colors from the known process ink color set, providing two or more spot color channels, wherein one or more of spot colors correspond to a non-selected process color of the process ink color set, applying a first ink limit and a first linearization to the one or more spot color channels to produce a color set including the non-selected process color of the known process ink color set, applying a second ink limit and a second linearization to the one or more spot color channels to produce a color set including the spot color, and optionally printing an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Bart De Vreede
  • Patent number: 11034156
    Abstract: In an inkjet recording apparatus, ink reserved in a reserve portion flows into a valve chamber through an inflow port. A first outflow port and a second outflow port are capable of flowing the ink from the valve chamber. The first valve element is preliminarily located at an opening position separated from the first outflow port in an inward direction directed from the first outflow port toward inside of the valve chamber. The first valve element is displaced from the opening position to the first outflow port and closes the first outflow port when the valve chamber is filled with the ink. The second valve element is preliminarily located at a closing position closing the second outflow port, and opens the second outflow port when the valve chamber is filled with the ink. Subsequently, a recording head becomes ready to record an image on a recording object with the ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masanobu Maeshima
  • Patent number: 11020984
    Abstract: White-balance is improved when printing on colored media, while minimizing the time and use of costly materials required by present approaches. In an embodiment, the typical solid white fill or background layer is altered by including in the white layer one or more of the other colors already available in the printer to shade this layer. Thus, a small amount of cyan, for example, helps balance a pink-ish (red) media; yellow is used for blue media; and magenta is used for green media; as well as combinations thereof. A combination of transparent process inks and opaque white helps to maintain brightness (luminosity).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Heath, Joseph A. Lahut, Dwight Cram, Bryan Ko
  • Patent number: 10967650
    Abstract: A hybrid printing machine is described having both silk screening stations and a direct-to-garment digital printing station with a raster image processor to control a portion of a printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr., Geoff Baxter
  • Patent number: 10940708
    Abstract: It is disclosed a substrate selection method wherein the printer comprises a feeding mechanism including a feeding roller to receive a substrate roll and a media advance roller to receive a substrate from the substrate roll, the method comprising: actuating the feeding roller or the media advance roller; measuring a feeding mechanism parameter on the feeding roller or the media advance roller; calculating a substrate parameter in view of the feeding mechanism parameter; determining from a table a substrate type of in view of the substrate parameter; and selecting a preset on the printer in view of the substrate type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Aleix Fort Filgueira, Antonio Gracia Verdugo, Carles Flotats Villagrasa
  • Patent number: 10877419
    Abstract: In one example of the disclosure, a first print engine is caused to print a first image in a first set of sectors of a substrate. A second print engine is caused to print a second image in a second set of sectors of the substrate. The second print engine is caused to print a cover-up image over an incidence of the first image printed by the first print engine. The second print engine is caused to print a calibration image upon the cover-up image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HP INDIGO B.V.
    Inventors: On Mashiach, Yoav Landau
  • Patent number: 10857812
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for coating, optionally with specific colouring, an exposed surface of a body with simultaneous formation of a structured surface, including projecting formations, via a device for depositing one or more liquid substances in droplets, in particular by a jet, said method consisting, for each affected site (1?) of the surface to be printed (1?), of consecutively depositing at least two vertically adjacent layers (6, 6?) of a first substance selected from the group made up of a size, a varnish, an adhesion or attachment agent and a coating agent, preferably white or transparent and at least one second substance such as a colouring substance or a mixture of colouring substances, each of the consecutive layers (6, 6?) being formed by depositing droplets (4, 4?; 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: REYDEL AUTOMOTIVE B.V.
    Inventor: Jérôme Boniface
  • Patent number: 10807381
    Abstract: A recording device includes a recording head (a printing head) with multiple nozzles arranged therein to discharge droplets (ink droplets) onto a recording medium (a printing medium), and a recording controller (a printing controller) configured to control recording of a recording image, the recording including moving the recording head relative to the recording medium while the droplets are discharged. The recording controller is configured to control the recording for pixel data of the recording image that have a prescribed gray scale value or larger under conditions that a nozzle duty corresponding to the number of nozzles, included in the multiple nozzles and being able to discharge the droplets per unit area on the recording medium, is smaller than or equal to an upper limit value and that a discharge amount of the droplets discharged per the unit area is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru Fujita
  • Patent number: 10661559
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a liquid discharge head configured to discharge a liquid, a first wire and a second wire to which a first drive signal and a second drive signal for driving the liquid discharge head is respectively supplied, and a single relay substrate configured to relay the first drive signal and the second drive signal from the first wire and the second wire to the liquid discharge head. The single relay substrate includes a first connector configured to be connected to the first wire, a second connector configured to be connected to the second wire, and a relay connector configured to be connected to a head-side connector of the liquid discharge head. The relay connector outputs, to the head-side connector, the first drive signal supplied from the first wire to the first connector, and the second drive signal supplied from the second wire to the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidekazu Uematsu, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10654301
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes: a first head unit; a second head unit disposed adjacent to the first head unit in a first direction and located on a first side of the first head unit in a second direction; and a heat uniforming unit shared by the first head unit and the second head unit. Each of the first head unit and the second head unit includes: a unit body including an actuator; and a first driver integrated circuit disposed on the first side of the unit body in the second direction. The heat uniforming unit includes a first heat uniforming member disposed on the first side of the first head unit and the second head unit in the second direction. The first heat uniforming member includes a first protrusion located next to the second head unit in the first direction and protruding toward the first head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Sugiura, Masayuki Takata, Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10649507
    Abstract: A portable or modular cooling system is operated via the power-over-Ethernet (PoE) standard. The cooling system receives electrical power via an Ethernet connection to a source device (such as a server, switch, or other PoE-enabled equipment). The cooling system may thus be used to spot-inject cooler ambient air in the vicinity of the source device without the need for grid electric and for cumbersome electrical wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: John C. Donachy, David L. Moss, Mark A. Muccini
  • Patent number: 10579913
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: a conveyer that conveys a recording medium; an image former that forms an image on an image carrier and prints the image on the recording medium conveyed by the conveyer; and a hardware processor that controls to stop a print job when a length of the print job reaches a predetermined threshold and form a cleaning pattern image on the image carrier, and at the time of overprinting to further print in an overlapping manner on continuous paper on which a mark image indicating an image formation position is printed, obtains the length of the print job on the basis of an interval between mark images set in advance before starting printing the print job and displays a warning when the length of the print job is estimated to exceed the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Takemasa Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10576739
    Abstract: A head unit control circuit controls a head unit. The head unit includes an ejector, a determination circuit, and an ejection limit circuit. The ejector includes a displaceable piezoelectric element for controlling the liquid ejection. The piezoelectric element is displaced by changing a drive signal potential. The determination circuit determines whether the piezoelectric element has a predetermined electrical storage capability. The ejection limit circuit stops the drive signal to limit the ejection of the liquid based on the determination. The head unit control circuit includes: a first terminal that outputs an instruction signal instructing the head unit to execute the determination; a second terminal that outputs the drive signal; and a third terminal that is between the first terminal and the second terminal. The third terminal has a smaller potential change width than the second terminal when the ejecting section ejects the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Yamada, Hironori Endo, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10576740
    Abstract: A connection cable electrically connects a head unit and a head unit control circuit. The head unit includes: an ejector, a determination circuit, and an ejection limit circuit. The ejector includes a displaceable piezoelectric element for controlling the liquid ejection. The piezoelectric element is displaced by changing a drive signal potential. The determination circuit determines whether the piezoelectric element has a predetermined electrical storage capability. The ejection limit circuit stops the drive signal to limit the ejection of the liquid based on the determination. The connection cable includes: a first connection supplying a determination instruction signal from the head unit control circuit to the head unit; a second connection supplying the drive signal from the head unit control circuit to the head unit; and a third connection between the first and second connections with a smaller potential change width than the second connection when the ejector ejects the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Yamada, Hironori Endo, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10569548
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer, including: an ink-jet head; and a head moving device for moving the head in a scanning direction, wherein the ink-jet head includes a first head unit having a first nozzle row from which first ink is ejected and a second nozzle row from which second ink that differs in color from the first ink is ejected, a second head unit disposed so as to be shifted from the first head unit in a nozzle arrangement direction by a distance less than a nozzle pitch, and a third head unit disposed between the first and second head units in the scanning direction so as to be shifted from the first head unit in the nozzle arrangement direction by a distance corresponding to a predetermined natural number multiple of the nozzle pitch, the third head unit having fifth and sixth nozzle rows from which the first ink is ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroto Sugahara
  • Patent number: 10543682
    Abstract: A head unit control circuit controls a head unit. The head unit includes an ejector, a determination circuit, and an ejection limit circuit. The ejector includes a displaceable piezoelectric element for controlling the liquid ejection. The piezoelectric element is displaced by changing a drive signal potential. The determination circuit determines whether the piezoelectric element has a predetermined electrical storage capability. The ejection limit circuit stops the drive signal to limit the ejection of the liquid based on the determination. The head unit control circuit includes: a first terminal that outputs an instruction signal instructing the head unit to execute the determination; a second terminal that outputs the drive signal; and a third terminal that is between the first terminal and the second terminal. The third terminal has a smaller potential change width than the second terminal when the ejecting section ejects the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Yamada, Hironori Endo, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10503617
    Abstract: An industrial process control system comprises a primary controller coupled with a buffer and a primary memory. The primary controller is configured to create at least one redundant data type based on at least one base data type. The at least one redundant data type includes tracked operators that are different from corresponding operators of the at least one base data type. The tracked operators include an assignment function that is a same assignment function performed by the corresponding operators of the at least one base data type, and a transfer function. The primary controller is further configured to perform the assignment function on a piece of data to assign the piece of data to an address in the primary memory, perform the transfer function to transfer the piece of data to a buffer, and transfer contents of the buffer to a backup memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William Russell Massey, Jr., Raj Bandekar
  • Patent number: 10493754
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharging apparatus configured to discharge liquid, including: a liquid discharging head including a driving element; a driving device configured to drive the driving element; a power unit; a switch configured to perform switching of voltage supply; and a controller. When the power unit is switched on, the controller causes a power supply voltage of the power unit to be raised up to a first voltage while checking the power supply voltage; and the controller controls the switch to start the voltage supply from the power unit to the driving device while the power supply voltage is being raised up to the first voltage; and under a condition that the voltage supply is started while the power supply voltage is being raised up to the first voltage, the controller controls the driving device to apply the voltage to the driving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10479117
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head configured to print along a raster direction portions of an image in units of a raster, a movement mechanism that includes a stepping motor and is configured to move one of the printing medium and the print head so as to change a relative position between the printing medium and the print head in a direction intersecting the raster direction, and a control unit configured to control the print head and the movement mechanism. The print head is controlled to perform printing of one raster each time the relative position between the printing medium and the print head is changed by an interval of the raster. The movement mechanism is controlled to make a drive interval of the stepping motor at least one time step longer than a preceding drive interval before a rotation speed of the stepping motor reaches a predetermined target speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahide Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10479104
    Abstract: An optical module includes: a measuring device including a measuring portion that measures light reflected at a measurement position of a measurement target, a light source that radiates light onto the measurement position in a direction crossing a measurement optical axis oriented from the measurement position to the measuring portion, and a window through which light incident on the measuring portion passes; and a shutter that opens and closes the window of the measuring device. The shutter is provided with a reference object disposed closer to the measuring portion side than the measurement position on the measurement optical axis, on a face of the shutter facing the measuring portion when closing the window, and the optical module includes a light guide that guides the light from the light source to the reference object when the window is closed by the shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10479081
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure a flexible printhead is described. The printhead includes a number of printhead die, a printhead die including a number of nozzles to deposit an amount of fluid onto a print medium. The printhead also includes a fluid delivery system to deliver the amount of fluid from a fluid supply to the number of nozzles. The printhead also includes a number of electrical circuits to electronically couple the number of printhead die with a printing device. The printhead also includes a flexible substrate on which the number of printhead die and the number of electrical circuits are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Silam J. Choy
  • Patent number: 10457066
    Abstract: An example system includes a print engine to print a first image on a medium. The system also includes a controller communicatively coupled with the print engine. The controller is to detect a failure in the print engine that results in a defect in the first image. The controller also is to perform an affine transformation on a second image to produce a transformed second image. The controller is to instruct the print engine to print the transformed second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Frank E. Perdicaro, Jose Galmes
  • Patent number: 10442229
    Abstract: An inkjet recording device includes: an inkjet head that forms an image on a recording medium by ejecting ink containing a phosphor onto the recording medium; an ultraviolet light source that irradiates the image formed on the recording medium with ultraviolet rays; and an imager that detects fluorescence emitted by the image by the irradiation of the ultraviolet rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasunori Inaba
  • Patent number: 10427437
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet printer which includes a head, a carriage, an encoder having a scale and a sensor, a memory, and a controller. The controller executes judging whether or not a recording medium is positioned at an area that can face the carriage, and detecting an abnormal position, and printing an image on a recording medium, and comparing a velocity parameter value acquired and a first threshold value, when the carriage is at a position other than the abnormal position, and comparing the velocity parameter value acquired and a second threshold value corresponding to a velocity slower than the first threshold value, when the carriage is at the abnormal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10416584
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a liquid electrophotographic composition comprising a thermoplastic polymer resin, a charge adjuvant, microspheres, and a liquid carrier. Each microsphere comprises a shell of material encapsulating a gas. The microspheres are present in an amount of 5 to 90 weight % of the total weight of solids in the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Tony Azzam, Tehila Ben-Ezra, Regina Guslitzer, Reut Avigdor, Samer Farran, Yaron Grinwald, Roy Har-Tsvi, Eyal Shelef
  • Patent number: 10414157
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a discharge head, a drive substrate provided with a signal generation circuit to generate a first and a second signal and an output connector to output the first and second signal, a first and second wire to supply the first and second signal to the discharge head, and a relay substrate to relay the first and second signal from the drive substrate to the first and second wire. The relay substrate includes a relay connector to be connected to the output connector, a first connector to be connected to the first wire and to output the first signal supplied from the output connector to the relay connector to the first wire, and a second connector to be connected to the second wire and to output the second signal supplied from the output connector to the relay connector to the second wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidekazu Uematsu, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10406837
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that includes a printhead and a carriage can perform a detection operation for detecting a voltage to determine whether current leakage occurs. The printing apparatus includes a supply unit configured to supply, to the printhead, a voltage which is used to perform the print operation, a power line for connecting the printhead and the supply unit, a monitor unit configured to monitor a voltage appearing on the power line, and a control unit configured to perform a detection operation for detecting the voltage monitored by the monitor unit. The control unit performs the detection operation in a case that a movement of the carriage is reversed, in a case that a sensor detects that a jam has occurred, in case where the printhead is mounted to the carriage, or after and before a cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoya Teraji
  • Patent number: 10391800
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes: a first head unit; a second head unit disposed adjacent to the first head unit in a first direction and located on a first side of the first head unit in a second direction; and a heat uniforming unit shared by the first head unit and the second head unit. Each of the first head unit and the second head unit includes: a unit body including an actuator; and a first driver integrated circuit disposed on the first side of the unit body in the second direction. The heat uniforming unit includes a first heat uniforming member disposed on the first side of the first head unit and the second head unit in the second direction. The first heat uniforming member includes a first protrusion located next to the second head unit in the first direction and protruding toward the first head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Sugiura, Masayuki Takata, Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10384446
    Abstract: There is disclosed a housing including a plurality of compartments for housing a plurality of LEDs or photo detectors. Each compartment has a number of control pads projecting inwardly and a number of protrusions. The control pads are configured to provide a contact surface for the LEDs or photo detectors to control the alignment and position of each of the plurality of LEDs or photodiodes within each of the plurality of compartments. Each of the protrusions urges each of the plurality of LEDs or photodiodes against the respective control pads to control the alignment of the LEDs or photodiodes in the housing. A detector array including a casing, an LED housing and a photodiode housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Francisco Gomez, Rafael Ulacia Portoles, Laura Portela Mata, Jose Miguel Felguera
  • Patent number: 10374909
    Abstract: In a server, a storage is configured to store status of a service agreement for delivering a cartridge with an image-recording device. For the image-recording device, the cartridge is available in a first mode and is unavailable in a second mode. The status includes a first status indicating that the service agreement has been in force and a second status indicating that the service agreement has been canceled. The storage is further configured to store instructions causing the server to receive a cancellation request of the service agreement from an information processor; transmit a switch command to switch an operating mode of the image-recording device from the first to second mode in response to the cancellation request; and change the status stored in the storage to the second status in response to receiving a response indicating that the operating mode has been switched from the first to second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sunao Kawai
  • Patent number: 10350920
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that has a plurality of functions including a printing function and is capable of executing printing with resolution of 300 dpi or more includes a plurality of operating units including a printing unit and a power supply unit. The power supply unit includes a substrate, an input terminal that receives an alternating voltage, a smoothing capacitor that smooths the alternating voltage, a thermistor that detects a temperature, and a comparator that compares a signal output from the thermistor with a standard signal and outputs a notification signal. The input terminal, the smoothing capacitor, the thermistor, and the comparator are mounted on the substrate. The supply of power from the power supply unit is stopped based on the state of the notification signal. A gap between the input terminal and the thermistor is longer than a gap between the input terminal and the smoothing capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Koike, Tomonori Yamada, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10328713
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus extracts provisional band data from image data. The apparatus calculates near white number for a target line. The near white number is number of pairs of first and second pixels. The first pixel is located on the target line, the second pixel is in positionally adjacent relation to the first pixel. At least one of the first pixel and the second pixel is a near white pixel. In a case where a prescribed border condition is met for the target line, the apparatus determines finalized band data so that a finalized band image includes at least part of the provisional band image, and has the target line as a borderline. In a case where a specific condition is met, the apparatus changes the target line to one of a plurality of candidate lines which is not selected as the target line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoya Kondo
  • Patent number: 10308014
    Abstract: A computer program for an information processing device communicating with a droplet discharging device is provided. The droplet discharging device is configured to form rendering data on a printing medium by being moved by a user on the printing medium, and includes a position calculation unit for calculating a position of the droplet discharging device, and a droplet discharging unit for discharging a droplet in accordance with the rendering data and location information. The computer program is configured to cause the information processing device to function as a scanning direction output unit for outputting a scanning direction of the droplet discharging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Watanabe, Yasunari Harada, Hideaki Iijima, Hiroki Tanaka, Toshiaki Hosokawa, Shunsuke Shitaoka
  • Patent number: 10300724
    Abstract: A printer includes a detection unit configured to detect an error, a storage unit configured to store in itself error information corresponding to the error, a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus, a printing unit configured to perform printing on a printing medium, and a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Akizuki
  • Patent number: 10245857
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, including: a main body; an image recorder; a sheet supporter movable between an opposed position and a retracted position; a cap movable between a contact position and a distant position; a distance-defining member movable between a first position and a second position and configured to define a distance between an upper surface of a sheet and a lower surface of the recorder, the first position being a position where the member partially overlaps a region of the cap at the contact position, the second position being a position where at least a part of the member does not overlap the region; and a controller to control the cap to move from the distant position to the contact position after the supporter has been moved from the opposed position to the retracted position and the member has been moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 10239330
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image containing a liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; a liquid absorbing member including a porous body that comes into contact with the image, the porous body being configured to absorb at least a part of the liquid from the image; and a plurality of pressure applying units configured to press the image on the ink receiving medium by the porous body. The plurality of pressure applying units include a first pressure applying unit configured to press the image at a first pressure and a second pressure applying unit configured to press the image having been pressed by the first pressure applying unit at a second pressure higher than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Ohnishi, Kyosuke Deguchi, Ryosuke Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10198785
    Abstract: A graphics processing method, apparatus, and system are presented. The method includes receiving a command queue input by a current frame which includes multiple drawing commands; splitting each irregular drawing command into at least one first-class drawing command and at least one second-class drawing command; grouping, into multiple drawing command sets, a regular drawing command in the multiple drawing commands, and the first-class drawing command and the second-class drawing command that are obtained after the splitting, so that drawing commands that belong to different drawing command sets do not intersect with each other; separately performing intersection detection on the multiple drawing command sets; separately performing drawing command combining on the multiple drawing command sets on which the intersection detection is performed; and executing a drawing command obtained after combining is performed on each drawing command set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaotang Jiang, Zhenkun Zhou, Yunxi Li
  • Patent number: 10160214
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head including a substrate where a plurality of hollow portions are formed, a flexible plane that delimits a part of the hollow portion, and a piezoelectric element provided corresponding to the hollow portion, an inspection mechanism that inspects ejection of liquid from a nozzle based on an electromotive force of the piezoelectric element, and a signal generation circuit that generates a first drive signal and a second drive signal. The second drive signal maintains a state, where a second vibration portion including the second piezoelectric element and the flexible plane corresponding to the second piezoelectric element is deformed, during a detection period in which the inspection mechanism performs inspection based on vibration caused when a first vibration portion including the first piezoelectric element and the flexible plane corresponding to the first piezoelectric element is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shunya Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10160242
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes: a first head unit; a second head unit disposed adjacent to the first head unit in a first direction and located on a first side of the first head unit in a second direction; and a heat uniforming unit shared by the first head unit and the second head unit. Each of the first head unit and the second head unit includes: a unit body including an actuator; and a first driver integrated circuit disposed on the first side of the unit body in the second direction. The heat uniforming unit includes a first heat uniforming member disposed on the first side of the first head unit and the second head unit in the second direction. The first heat uniforming member includes a first protrusion located next to the second head unit in the first direction and protruding toward the first head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Sugiura, Masayuki Takata, Hideki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10155386
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer, including: an ink-jet head; and a head moving device for moving the head in a scanning direction, wherein the ink-jet head includes a first head unit having a first nozzle row from which first ink is ejected and a second nozzle row from which second ink that differs in color from the first ink is ejected, a second head unit disposed so as to be shifted from the first head unit in a nozzle arrangement direction by a distance less than a nozzle pitch, and a third head unit disposed between the first and second head units in the scanning direction so as to be shifted from the first head unit in the nozzle arrangement direction by a distance corresponding to a predetermined natural number multiple of the nozzle pitch, the third head unit having fifth and sixth nozzle rows from which the first ink is ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroto Sugahara