Electrical Connector Means Patents (Class 347/50)
  • Patent number: 10730332
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing polymeric decorative panels includes, in order, the steps of a) inkjet printing an image on a first thermoplastic foil using an aqueous pigmented inkjet ink; b) applying a second thermoplastic foil on the inkjet printed image; c) heat pressing the first and second thermoplastic foils into a decorative laminate; and d) cutting the laminate into a decorative panel; wherein the aqueous pigmented inkjet ink contains polymeric resin particles and a self-dispersing colour pigment; and at least one of the first and second thermoplastic foils is a transparent foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: AGFA NV, UNILIN BVBA
    Inventor: Roel De Mondt
  • Patent number: 10717282
    Abstract: An inkjet printhead includes: a manifold having first, second, third and fourth ink supply channels extending along the manifold and corresponding first, second, third and fourth rows of outlets defined in the manifold, wherein a first ink delivery group contains the first and second rows of outlets and a second ink delivery group contains the third and fourth rows of outlets. A first row of printhead chips is mounted to a lower surface of the manifold and a second row of printhead chips is mounted to the lower surface of the manifold. Each row of printhead chips prints two ink colors to provide a four-color printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Memjet Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jason Thelander, David Burke, Andrew Thomas
  • Patent number: 10696047
    Abstract: A fluid ejector includes a fluid ejection module having a substrate and a layer separate from the substrate. The substrate includes a plurality of fluid ejection elements arranged in a matrix, each fluid ejection element configured to cause a fluid to be ejected from a nozzle. The layer separate from the substrate includes a plurality of electrical connections, each electrical connection adjacent to a corresponding fluid ejection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Bibl, Kevin von Essen, Paul A. Hoisington
  • Patent number: 10675897
    Abstract: Examples of an apparatus for flexible flat cable, installable within a print device, are described. The flexible flat cable may be connected to a print carriage assembly of the print device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Deyang Wang, Clint Carl Sensano, Yan Zhu, Chin Siang Chua, Chern Fong Chong
  • Patent number: 10654269
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes an element substrate including an energy-generating element that applies ejection energy to liquid, a first electric wiring board electrically connected to the element substrate, and a second electric wiring board on which an integrated circuit element is mounted and which is electrically connected to the first electric wiring board. An electric signal is supplied to the integrated circuit element mounted on the second electric wiring board through the first electric wiring board, processed by the integrated circuit element, and supplied to the energy-generating element through the second electric wiring board and the first electric wiring board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shin Ishimatsu, Toshiaki Hirosawa, Genji Inada, Hiromasa Amma, Shogo Kawamura, Yasuhiko Osaki, Takuya Iwano
  • Patent number: 10654280
    Abstract: One example of a system includes a bulk ink assembly, a printhead assembly, a valve, and a controller. The bulk ink assembly receives a bulk ink supply. The printhead assembly includes nozzles to eject ink drops, a collapsible container to supply ink to the nozzles, and a sensor to provide a sensor signal indicating the amount of ink within the collapsible container. The valve supplies ink to the collapsible container from the bulk ink assembly in response to a control signal. The controller provides the control signal based on the sensor signal to regulate the amount of ink in the collapsible container and to provide an out of ink signal based on the sensor signal indicating the bulk ink supply is effectively empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Cowger, Matthew J Janssen
  • Patent number: 10642576
    Abstract: Information apparatus (e.g., a smart phone) for outputting digital content to an output device is herein disclosed and enabled. The information apparatus includes wireless communication circuitry for wirelessly discovering one or more output devices based, at least in part, on physical proximity and using short range wireless communication. Subsequent to having wirelessly discovered the output devices, the information apparatus receives device dependent attributes from the discovered output devices and provides, on a touch sensitive screen interface, at least an item related to the discovered output devices for selection. The device dependent attributes include information related to the discovered output devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Flexiworld Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ho Chang, Christina Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 10639895
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes head units each of which includes a corresponding head substrate and ejects liquid, flexible cables each of which has one end connected to the corresponding head substrate, and a common member including the head units that are fixed thereto. In the liquid ejecting head, when a first direction, a second direction, and a third direction are directions that orthogonally intersect each other and the common member is placed on a virtual surface defined by the first direction and the second direction and has a thickness extending in the third direction, the common member extends more in the first direction than in the second direction. In addition, a fixation region in which each of the flexible cables and the corresponding head substrate are fixed to each other extends more in the second direction than in the first direction when viewed in the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiya Takino, Hironori Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10625510
    Abstract: A printing material container is detachably attachable to a printing apparatus having a plurality of apparatus-side terminals. The printing material container comprises a first device, a second device, and a terminal group that includes a plurality of first terminals, at least one second terminal and at least one third terminal. The plurality of first terminals are connected to the first device and respectively include a first contact portion for contacting a corresponding terminal among the plurality of apparatus-side terminals. The at least one second terminal is connected to the second device and includes a second contact portion for contacting a corresponding terminal among the plurality of apparatus-side terminals. The at least one third terminal is for the detection of shorting between the at least one second terminal and the at least one third terminal and includes a third contact portion for contacting a corresponding terminal among the plurality of apparatus-side terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noboru Asauchi
  • Patent number: 10618280
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes an element substrate including an energy-generating element that applies ejection energy to liquid, a first electric wiring board electrically connected to the element substrate, and a second electric wiring board on which an integrated circuit element is mounted and which is electrically connected to the first electric wiring board. An electric signal is supplied to the integrated circuit element mounted on the second electric wiring board through the first electric wiring board, processed by the integrated circuit element, and supplied to the energy-generating element through the second electric wiring board and the first electric wiring board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shin Ishimatsu, Toshiaki Hirosawa, Genji Inada, Hiromasa Amma, Shogo Kawamura, Yasuhiko Osaki, Takuya Iwano
  • Patent number: 10608162
    Abstract: A stacked film includes an oxide film including a ZrO2 film, a metal oxide film provided on the oxide film, and a predetermined metal film provided on the metal oxide film and having a single orientation, and the metal oxide film is a PtO film or a PdO film. In the case of this structure, the predetermined metal film has a single orientation, and characteristics of the piezoelectric film such as PZT formed on the predetermined metal film are improved. Therefore, excellent characteristics such as an increase in the driving force due to the piezoelectric film or a reduction in leakage current can be exhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10603902
    Abstract: A print head includes an ejection unit that ejects liquid when a piezoelectric element is driven; a driving IC that includes a circuit element and wiring, and that controls driving of the ejection unit; a relay substrate that transfers a signal for controlling driving of the piezoelectric element; that is physically coupled to the driving IC and the relay substrate, and that electrically couples the driving IC and the relay substrate to each other by using an electrode arranged on a surface of a resin; and that is physically coupled to the driving IC and the relay substrate, and that does not electrically couple the driving IC and the relay substrate to each other by using an electrode arranged on a surface of a resin, wherein the energization bump overlap the circuit element or the wiring, and the inspection bump not overlap the circuit element and the wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Motonori Chikamoto
  • Patent number: 10602010
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including: a circuit board on which an electronic part and a connector are mounted; a housing to which the circuit board is attached; a flexible flat cable, having a connecting portion connected to the connector, configured to electrically connect the circuit board and another circuit board different from the circuit board provided in the image forming apparatus; and a holding member holding the flexible flat cable and rotatable integrally with the flexible flat cable with respect to the housing, wherein the holding member is rotatable with respect to the housing between a first position in which the connecting portion is connected to the connector and a second position in which the connecting portion is retracted from a fitting position of the circuit board in the housing in a state in which the connecting portion is removed from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromichi Koseki
  • Patent number: 10562307
    Abstract: Example methods for the maintenance of printheads are provided, the printheads comprising a reservoir containing a printing fluid with particles in suspension, and a nozzle plate. Example methods may comprise capping the nozzle plate of the printhead, and rotating the capped printhead. Example maintenance devices for printheads are also provided, comprising a support with a socket to attach a printhead to the support, a drive unit to rotate the support about a rotation axis, and a control unit connected to the drive unit to perform a predetermined rotation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marta Coma Vives, María Dinares Argemi, David Butinya, Macia Solé Pons
  • Patent number: 10543504
    Abstract: A microfluidic die is disclosed that includes a plurality of heaters above a substrate, a plurality of chambers and nozzles above the heaters, a plurality of first contacts coupled to the heaters, and a plurality of second contacts coupled to the heaters. The plurality of second contacts are coupled to each other and coupled to ground. The die includes a plurality of contact pads, a first signal line coupled to the plurality of second contacts and to a first one of the plurality of contact pads, and a plurality of second signal lines, each second signal line being coupled to one of the plurality of first contacts, groups of the second signal lines being coupled together to drive a group of the plurality of heaters with a single signal, each group of the second signal lines being coupled to a remaining one of the plurality of contact pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics, Inc., STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L., STMicroelectronics International N.V.
    Inventors: Simon Dodd, Joe Scheffelin, Dave Hunt, Matt Giere, Dana Gruenbacher, Faiz Sherman
  • Patent number: 10543692
    Abstract: A liquid supply unit includes an outer shell, a liquid supply portion that is arranged in the outer shell and can supply a liquid to the liquid ejection apparatus, and an engaged structure including an engaged portion that can engage with the engagement portion of the liquid ejection apparatus, and a first opening that is formed in the outer shell and through which the engagement structure can be inserted. The engaged portion is arranged further inward than an outer surface of the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Satoshi Shinada, Yoshiaki Shimizu, Noriyuki Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 10538086
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head substrate, comprising a discharging element configured to discharge a liquid, a driver configured to drive the discharging element, a conductive protection film covering the discharging element via an insulating film, and a controller connected to the protection film and configured to output a control signal that sets the driver in an inactive state when a change of a voltage of the protection film or a change in a current that flows to the protection film is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Fujii, Kazunari Fujii
  • Patent number: 10507659
    Abstract: A liquid jetting head includes: a nozzle plate having a nozzle surface in which nozzles are open; a channel member having a first surface and a second surface on an opposite side to the first surface, the nozzle plate being joined to the first surface, the channel member being formed with channels communicating with the nozzles respectively and a cavity being different from the channels, the channels including pressure chambers respectively; drive elements provided on the second surface of the channel member to correspond to the pressure chambers respectively, the drive elements having terminals led out to the second surface of the channel member; and a wiring member having wirings, the wirings being joined to the terminals respectively on the second surface of the channel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Rui Wang
  • Patent number: 10479087
    Abstract: In order that the interior of a cap member, in a case where the cap member abuts to a cover member, is allowed to have improved airtightness so that the cap member can sufficiently function, a sealing member is used to seal between the cover member and first and second flow path members for retaining the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Zentaro Tamenaga, Shuzo Iwanaga, Shingo Okushima
  • Patent number: 10479099
    Abstract: A system includes a cartridge attachment section and a cartridge attachable to the cartridge attachment section. The cartridge includes a board supporting portion supporting a board provided with an electrical interface. The cartridge attachment section includes a slider having a first wall, a second wall and an electrical contact. During insertion of the cartridge, the slider is moved from a second posture where the electrical contact separates from the electrical interface into a first posture where the electrical contact contacts the electrical interface. Upon completion of attachment of the cartridge, the first wall and the second wall are received respectively in a first space and a second space defined between the cartridge and the cartridge attachment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kanbe, Naoya Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10434786
    Abstract: A liquid supply unit that includes a liquid ejection apparatus and configured to be mounted onto a holder unit that has a liquid introducing needle that extends in a first direction includes an outer shell, a liquid supply port, and an engagement structure including a first engagement portion, in which the first engagement portion is disposed on a mounting direction side of the outer shell at a position that overlaps with the outer shell when the liquid supply unit is viewed from the demounting direction side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Yoshiaki Shimizu, Satoshi Shinada
  • Patent number: 10434784
    Abstract: There is provided with a cartridge comprising a liquid supply portion; a contact portion that is located on a +Z-axis direction side of the liquid supply portion and that is arranged to contact with an electrical connecting element; and a positioning structure that is located between the liquid supply portion and the contact portion in a Z-axis direction. The liquid supply portion is configured to receive a first external force in a ?Y-axis direction from the liquid introducing structure when the liquid supply portion is connected with the liquid introducing structure. The contact portion is configured to receive a second external force in a direction including a ?Y-axis direction component from the electrical connecting element when the contact portion comes into contact with the electrical connecting element. This configuration suppresses position misalignment of the cartridge or a connector to a mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Hirata, Masahiro Karasawa, Hiroshi Nose, Takeshi Komaki, Naoki Natio, Yuji Aoki, Tomoji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10421275
    Abstract: A fluid ejecting device including a die including a perimeter defined by a first edge, a second edge opposing the first edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge opposing the third edge, wherein the third and fourth edges are disposed at an angle to the first and second edges to form angular corners, an active area including circuitry for controlling the fluid ejecting device to eject fluid, an inactive area positioned between the perimeter and the active area, and a termination ring encircling the active area, the termination ring including sides extending parallel to the first, second, third, and fourth edges and corners coupling adjacent sides, the corners having a corner radius greater than a first distance between the first edge and one of the sides of the termination ring, and a nozzle to eject fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald W Schulte, Terry McMahon, Tony Fuller, Stan E Leigh
  • Patent number: 10423373
    Abstract: Embodiments of this application relate to the technical field of consumable chips, and provide a regeneration chip and a contact control method therefor. In this way, connection or disconnection between a printer connection contact and a native chip connection contact of the regeneration chip may be controlled, thereby avoiding problems of signal interference and collision that are caused because the regeneration chip and a native chip send signals to a printer at the same time. The regeneration chip comprises a printer connection contact, a native chip connection contact, and a switch signal end, where the native chip connection contact is connected to the printer connection contact via a switch circuit, the switch circuit is further connected to the switch signal end, and the switch circuit is configured to connect or disconnect the native chip connection contact to or from the printer connection contact under control of the switch signal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: APEX MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Han Wang
  • Patent number: 10421278
    Abstract: Examples include a plastic-based support substrate and at least one fluid ejection die coupled thereto. The at least one fluid ejection die comprises a nozzles for dispensing printing material. The plastic-based support substrate has a fluid communication channel formed therethrough, where the fluid communication channel is in fluid communication with the nozzles of the at least one fluid ejection die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W. Cumbie, Devin A. Mourey
  • Patent number: 10384456
    Abstract: A system includes a cartridge and an attachment section to which the cartridge is detachably attachable. The cartridge includes a board supporting portion; a board supported at the board supporting portion; and an electrical interface mounted on the board. The attachment section includes: a contact movable between a contact position and a non-contact position; a first wall; and a second wall movable between a first position allowing the contact to be moved to the contact position and a second position placing the contact at the non-contact position. In a state where the cartridge is completely attached to the attachment section, the cartridge provides a first space receiving the first wall and a second space receiving the second wall at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kanbe, Naoya Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10377133
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a print head includes forming a jet stack, the jet stack including a nozzle plate having an array of nozzles, attaching an array of transducers to the jet stack, wherein the array of transducers has a transducer corresponding to each nozzle, adhering an adhesive layer to the array of transducers, forming opening in the adhesive layer, each opening adjacent a transducer in the array of transducers, partially removing the adhesive layer in regions adjacent the openings, such that the adhesive layer is less thick in the regions adjacent the openings than in other regions, and filling the openings with a conductive material, such that when the conductive material is applied, any air in the openings moves into the regions of the adhesive layer with less thickness adjacent the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chad D. Freitag, Chanthy Luy, Samuel V. Schultz, Garry A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10363737
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes a pair of connectors that can be connected to each other, a flexible circuit on which one of the connectors is mounted, a circuit board on which another one of the connectors is mounted, a driver element that generates a driving force for ejecting liquid from a nozzle in response to an electric signal that is supplied from the flexible circuit to the circuit board via the pair of connectors, and a locking mechanism that locks connection between the connector of the circuit board and the connector of the flexible circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kanegae, Katsuhiro Okubo, Hiroshige Owaki
  • Patent number: 10363748
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head that ejects a liquid, and a liquid storage section that stores the liquid to be fed to the liquid ejecting head. The liquid storage section includes a storage tank of which at least part is provided with a flexible section having flexibility, a liquid feed port to feed the liquid to the liquid ejecting head, and a liquid filling inlet to refill the liquid. The liquid filling inlet is capable of opening and closing and capable of being sealed. Moreover, the storage tank has a volume that can be changed by the flexible section deforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10350884
    Abstract: There is provided an elongated liquid ejection head capable of voltage drop suppression and high-speed ejection operation. For this purpose, in each of flexible circuits electrically connecting element substrates to electrical substrates, a width Wa on a side connected to the electrical substrate is smaller than the width of another area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shingo Okushima, Satoshi Oikawa, Satoshi Kimura, Tatsurou Mori, Kengo Umeda, Masataka Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10350898
    Abstract: A fluid interconnect system including a mating component having an inlet port and a liquid outlet, the inlet port configured to support an interconnector and the liquid outlet configured to engage with a print cartridge so that liquid flows from a liquid source, through the interconnector and the inlet port, and out of the liquid outlet into the print cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven R. Komplin
  • Patent number: 10343411
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head is mounted on a carriage in which a first positioning hole defined by a first inner surface is provided. The liquid ejecting head includes a first positioning member and a first intermediate member. The first intermediate member includes a first expansion portion being capable of being inserted into a first positioning hole and abutting on the first inner surface by expanding in a radial direction intersecting with an insertion direction of the first expansion portion. The first expansion portion includes a first insertion hole into which the first positioning member is inserted and expands in the radial direction by the first positioning member being inserted into the first insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SII PRINTEK INC.
    Inventors: Masaru Midorikawa, Naohiro Tomita, Shunsuke Yamazaki, Shuji Sato, Yuki Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10322587
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a case receiving a cartridge having a first chamber, a tank having a second chamber, a head, and a controller to: calculate outflow amount Qa flowed from the second chamber for a time period ?t based on discharge amount Dh; calculate outflow amount Qc flowed from the first chamber toward the second chamber for the time period ?t based on the outflow amount Qa and flow path resistances; read liquid amounts Vc and Vs of the first and second chambers from a memory; subtract the outflow amount Qc from the read liquid amount Vc to calculate new liquid amount Vc; subtract the outflow amount Qa from the read liquid amount Vs and add the outflow amount Qc to calculate new liquid amount Vs; and store the calculated liquid amounts Vc and Vs in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mikio Ogawa, Toshiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10316138
    Abstract: A piezoelectric actuator is provided, including a vibration plate, a piezoelectric layer, a plurality of individual electrodes arranged in two arrays, first and second common electrodes which have first and second facing portions facing parts of the individual electrodes and first and second connecting portions connecting the first and second facing portions respectively, and first and second wiring portions which are arranged on the vibration plate and which are connected to the first and second common electrodes respectively via first and second connecting wirings, wherein one of the first connecting wirings connects the first connecting portion and one of the first wiring portion while striding over the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10286697
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing section configured to perform printing onto a medium while reciprocating in a movement area, and an attachment section to which a circuit board can be attached. The attachment section is movable between a first position above the movement area and a second position which is at least partially within the movement area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Seiya Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10279591
    Abstract: A discharge channel and a non-discharge channel are formed to have a similar shape, that is, to include extension portions and raise-and-cut portions continuing from end portions of both the extension portions, respectively. Then, imparting of a catalyst, washing of an unnecessary catalyst, plating, and the like are performed on a target surface, as a plating step. In an embodiment, an electrode clearance groove is formed after the plating step. Since channel grooves for the discharge channel and the non-discharge channel have a similar shape, it is possible to cause a water flow to uniformly flow in the channels when washing is performed, and thus to avoid an occurrence of a situation in which a lump is formed in the channel groove by plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SII PRINTEK INC.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakayama, Takeshi Sugiyama, Daichi Nishikawa, Eriko Maeda
  • Patent number: 10281490
    Abstract: A testing probe including a base, an elastic extensible element and a probe needle. The probe needle is disposed on the base through the elastic extensible element, and the elastic extensible element is in a stretched state. The testing probe requires only coating silver adhesive on the testing area of the liquid crystal screen previously, eliminating the need to make solder wire, fix solder wire, etc., thereby simplifying preparation before testing and ensuring reliable connections, which greatly reduces testing time and improves testing efficiency. A testing device including the above testing probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuepeng Wang, Zhaowei Yin
  • Patent number: 10272680
    Abstract: A fluid ejection die is described. The fluid ejection die comprises at least one nozzle to dispense fluid and is coupled to a support manifold. The support manifold has at least one channel passing therethrough to communicate fluid to the fluid ejection die for dispensation. The at least one channel has a fluid contact surface, and the support manifold comprises at least one recessed structure that is spaced apart from the fluid contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Gary G. Lutnesky, Michael W. Cumbie
  • Patent number: 10265949
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a first head unit configured to discharge a liquid, a second head unit configured to discharge a liquid, a first drive circuit configured to drive the first head unit, a second drive circuit configured to drive the second head unit, a circuit board on which the first drive circuit and the second drive circuit are provided, and a case that accommodates the circuit board. The case includes an inlet through which gas outside the case flows inside the case, and an outlet through which gas inside the case flows to the outside the case, and the first drive circuit generates more heat than the second drive circuit, and a distance between the first drive circuit and the inlet is shorter than a distance between the second drive circuit and the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10259216
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided. The device comprises discharge units each including a discharge element and a driving unit configured to drive the discharge element, and a terminal unit configured to supply power to the discharge units via a wiring line. The discharge units include a first discharge unit including a first discharge element of the discharge elements and a first driving unit of the driving units and a second discharge unit including a second discharge element of the discharge elements and a second driving unit of the driving units. A length of a current path from the terminal unit to the first discharge unit is longer than a length of a current path from the terminal unit to the second discharge unit and a resistance of the first driving unit is lower than a resistance of the second driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Takagi
  • Patent number: 10226926
    Abstract: A method of forming a printbar module may include providing a printed circuit board (PCB) having a plurality of recesses extending partially through the PCB and a plurality of dams surrounding the plurality of recesses. An adhesive material may be applied to each of the plurality of recesses and a plurality of printhead die slivers may be positioned in the plurality of recesses. The Plurality of printhead die slivers may be bonded with the PCB and the plurality of printhead die slivers and the PCB may be encapsulated with a molding compound. In response to encapsulating, a plurality of slots, extending through the PCB and the adhesive material may be formed, wherein the plurality of slots are in fluidic communication with fluid feed holes of the plurality of printhead die slivers to provide direct fluidic communication without fan-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W. Cumbie
  • Patent number: 10220611
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided. The device comprises discharge units each including a discharge element and a driving unit configured to drive the discharge element, and a terminal unit configured to supply power to the discharge units via a wiring line. The discharge units include a first discharge unit including a first discharge element of the discharge elements and a first driving unit of the driving units and a second discharge unit including a second discharge element of the discharge elements and a second driving unit of the driving units. A length of a current path from the terminal unit to the first discharge unit is longer than a length of a current path from the terminal unit to the second discharge unit and a resistance of the first driving unit is lower than a resistance of the second driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Takagi
  • Patent number: 10220620
    Abstract: In one example, a printhead structure includes multiple printhead dies and a printed circuit board embedded in a single monolithic molding with fully encapsulated wire bonds that electrically connect the dies to conductive routing in the printed circuit board. Fluid may pass through a slot in the molding directly to the dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W. Cumbie
  • Patent number: 10214015
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a substrate that includes a piezoelectric element formed by stacking a piezoelectric layer, a first electrode and a second electrode such that the piezoelectric layer is interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode; and a wiring substrate that includes a driving element providing a signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the substrate. The substrate has an inspection region where a piezoelectric element for inspection which is a portion of the piezoelectric element is disposed. The wiring substrate has an electrode inspection region including an electrode to be inspected that is electrically connected to the piezoelectric element for inspection and is disposed on a surface side opposite to the substrate, and a flexible substrate mounting region which is disposed on the surface side opposite to the substrate, and is connected to a flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsutomo Tsukahara, Motoki Takabe, Eiju Hirai, Yoshihiro Hokari
  • Patent number: 10207500
    Abstract: In example implementations, an apparatus with an interposer is provided. The apparatus may include an epoxy molded compound (EMC). A print head die and a drive integrated circuit (IC) may be embedded in the EMC. An interposer may also be embedded in the EMC. The print head die, the drive IC and the interposer may be wire bonded within the EMC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael W. Cumbie, Devin Alexander Mourey, Chien-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 10201975
    Abstract: An actuator device includes an actuator substrate having actuators, individual conductors electrically connected with the actuators respectively, and dummy conductors; and a bonding member bonded to a surface of the actuator substrate provided with the individual conductors and the dummy conductors. The individual conductors are aligned in an alignment direction to form a first row and a second row arranged in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the alignment direction. In a first end portion of the actuator substrate on one side in the alignment direction, first individual conductors are aligned in the alignment direction without intervening second individual conductors therebetween. In a second end portion of the actuator substrate on the other side in the alignment direction, the second individual conductors are aligned in the alignment direction without intervening the first individual conductors therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taisuke Mizuno, Hideki Hayashi, Keita Hirai, Yuichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10195878
    Abstract: Examples of an apparatus for flexible flat cable, installable within a print device, are described. The flexible flat cable may be connected to a print carriage assembly of the print device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Deyang Wang, Clint Carl Sensano, Yan Zhu, Chin Siang Chua, Chern Fong Chong
  • Patent number: 10166773
    Abstract: An actuator device includes: an actuator including a first element contact; and a wire member including (a) a first contact connected to the first element contact and (b) a first wire configured to conduct with the first contact. A first wide portion is formed at a distal end portion of the first wire at an edge portion of the wire member. The first wide portion is disposed beyond the first element contact in a wire direction of the first wire. The first contact is disposed at a basal end portion of the first wire. The basal end portion is located further from the edge portion of the wire member than the first wide portion. The first contact is connected to the first element contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 10112400
    Abstract: An ink cartridge for an inkjet printer includes a bottom face and a front face; an ink interface on the front face of the ink cartridge for connection to a cartridge receiving structure; a guide interface in the bottom face for guiding the cartridge along a straight line during insertion into the cartridge receiving structure for connecting the ink interface; a latch track disposed in the bottom face of the ink cartridge to guide a latch of the cartridge receiving structure; a latch stop disposed in the latch track for engaging the latch, where the latch track comprises a locking track and an unlocking track to accommodate movement of the latch with respect to the latch stop, the locking track being at least partly separate from the unlocking track; and a latch guide for redirecting the latch towards the locking track, rather than the unlocking track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David C. Harvey, Curt Gonzales, Ralph L. Stathem, David Olsen, David Welter
  • Patent number: 10093098
    Abstract: A liquid discharging head includes a print element substrate including an energy-generating element that generates energy used to discharge a liquid from a discharge port, and an electric wiring member including a plurality of contact pads arranged thereon. The plurality of contact pads are disposed in a contact area and include a first contact pad to which power for driving the energy-generating element is supplied and a second contact pad that has an electrostatic capacity lower than an electrostatic capacity of the first contact pad and that is disposed on an outer circumferential side of the contact area. The electric wiring member is connected to a ground of the print element substrate and includes a guard pad extending linearly outside the second contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yosuke Takagi, Yuichiro Akama, Satoshi Kimura