Package Attached To Typewriter Patents (Class 400/208)
  • Patent number: 10633210
    Abstract: A cutting device includes a fixed blade and a movable blade that slides past the fixed blade during cutting, and a cleaning tool with an adhesive removing element that comes into contact with a surface of the movable blade that faces the fixed blade during the cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10315439
    Abstract: In an example, a transmission may include a driven gear attached to a module housing of the imaging module. Further, the transmission may include a retention nose fixed or attached to the module housing. The retention nose may engage with a retention shelf of a drive housing and may retain the module housing to the drive housing such that the driven gear is operably engaged with a drive gear attached to the drive housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Asa Weiss
  • Patent number: 10265976
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a cassette case, a tape roll, an ink ribbon, an arm portion, a long hole, and a ribbon take-up spool. A first distance, which is a length of the long hole in a left-right direction, is larger than a second distance, which is a length from a right side surface of the cassette case to a right side end portion of the long hole. A center of gravity of the tape cassette is located in a specific area, which is an area whose both end positions in the left-right direction are the same as both left and right side end portions of the long hole, and which extends in a front-rear direction of the cassette case. The right side end portion of the long hole is located further to the right than a center of the ribbon take-up spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 10176941
    Abstract: An electronic device controller assembly for ergonomic dual-handed control of the electronic device includes a housing. At least one circuit board is positioned in the housing. The at least one circuit board is configured to selectively and operationally couple to the electronic device. Each of a pair of sticks is pivotally coupled to and extends between the upper face of the housing and a bottom of a respective plate. Each plate is configured to position a respective hand of a user. A plurality of first buttons is coupled to the plates. The sticks and the first buttons are operationally coupled to the at least one circuit board. Each first button is configured to be depressed to selectively control a respective function of the electronic device. Each plate is positioned to compel an associated stick to pivot relative to the housing to signal a directional movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Ciulla, Roger Chen, Elvis Chen, Raymond Tse
  • Patent number: 10117460
    Abstract: Smoking articles, and methods for forming such smoking articles, such as an electronic smoking article, are provided. An exemplary smoking article comprises a control body portion having a control body engagement end, and having a first control component therein. A cartridge body portion includes a cartridge body engagement end configured to removably engage the control body engagement end of the control body portion. The cartridge body portion further includes a consumable arrangement comprising at least an aerosol precursor composition and at least one heating element operably engaged therewith, and a second control component. At least the consumable arrangement is configured to be in communication with the first control component upon engagement between the cartridge body and control body portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Benson Sears, Timothy Brian Nestor, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Steven Lee Alderman, Michael Ryan Galloway, Quentin Paul Guenther, Jr., Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Raymond C. Henry, Jr., Allen Michael East
  • Patent number: 10029498
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a first component; a second component; a first housing configured to house the first component; a second housing configured to house the second component and movably supported on an installation surface on which the printing apparatus is installed; and a connector configured to connect the second housing openably and closably to the first housing in a horizontal direction and to allow a tilt of a turning axis of the second housing to the first housing and an upward and downward movement of the second housing to the first housing upon opening and closing of the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Aoki
  • Patent number: 9919544
    Abstract: A tape printing device includes a print unit having a print head, a cartridge loading section which is loaded with a tape cartridge accommodating a print tape, and a device case in which the cartridge loading section and the print unit are arranged and which has a tape discharge port through which the print tape is discharged. The tape cartridge has a first display section which is provided on a first surface of the tape cartridge and which displays a type of the print tape. A first opening is formed on a first outer surface of the device case where the tape discharge port is formed, and the first opening is formed in such a way that the first display section of the tape cartridge is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsu Nakayama, Haruki Sugawara, Tomoyuki Kubota, Daisuke Sato, Saeko Inoue
  • Patent number: 9855779
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a front wall and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and tape type indicator apertures formed on the front wall of the housing. A combination of the tape type indicator apertures forms a pattern corresponding to a type of the tape at least partially included within the housing. The tape type indicator apertures include a first tape type indicator aperture and a second tape type indicator aperture, and the tape type indicator apertures are positioned such that the first tape type indicator aperture is not aligned with the second tape type indicator aperture in a direction orthogonal to the tape feed path and parallel to the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9746806
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a recording sheet storage unit for storing recording sheets substantially in an upright position, an image forming unit which forms an image on a recording sheet conveyed from the recording sheet storage unit, and a recording sheet receiving unit for storing the recording sheet conveyed from the image forming unit substantially in an upright position. In this image forming apparatus, a paper conveyance passage for conveying the recording sheet extends upward from a lower portion of the recording sheet storage unit toward the recording sheet receiving unit. The image forming unit positioned on the paper conveyance passage comprises a fixing device and a developer unit at least including a developer carrier, and the fixing device is arranged above the developer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Shigeharu Katayama, Mitsuko Hanai
  • Patent number: 9682584
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front wall, a tape feed exit on the front wall, and an arm portion formed by the front wall and an arm rear surface behind the front wall. The arm portion partially surrounds an opening, and a tape feed path passes through the arm portion. The tape cassette also includes a tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along the tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, an ink ribbon at least partially included within the housing, a take-up spool included within the housing and configured to take-up the ink ribbon, and a first aperture formed on a bottom edge of the front wall. A virtual line orthogonal to the front wall intersects the first aperture, the opening, and the take-up spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9623694
    Abstract: Disclosed are a ribbon cartridge, a thermal transfer printer, and a method for installing the ribbon cartridge. The ribbon cartridge (2) comprises a bracket (23), a supply cylinder (21) arranged on the bracket and used for accommodating an unused ribbon, and a winding cylinder (22) arranged on the bracket and used for accommodating a used ribbon, where the supply cylinder and the winding cylinder are placed in parallel, and have an initial state in which the supply cylinder and the winding cylinder are close to each other and an open state in which the supply cylinder and the winding cylinder are away from each other under the action of an external force. Compared with a ribbon cartridge whose supply cylinder and winding cylinder are arranged at a fixed interval in the prior art, the ribbon cartridge as disclosed is more compact and needs less installation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Gao, Haiyun Deng, Shuxun Dong, Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 9511610
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a front wall and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and tape type indicator portions on the front wall. A combination of the tape type indicator portions forms a pattern corresponding to a type of the tape included at least partially in the housing. The tape type indicator portions are positioned to oppose corresponding ones of tape type detecting switches, with a first subset of the tape type indicator portions having a first elevation and a second subset of the tape type indicator portions having a second elevation. At least two portions from the second subset of the tape type indicator portions are located in a common trench in the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9498996
    Abstract: An ink ribbon cartridge may include a supply roll; a winding roll; and a power transmission mechanism to transmit power from a drive source to the supply roll and the winding roll. A direction in which an ink ribbon is wound by the winding roll is a ribbon winding direction and a direction in which the ink ribbon is wound by the supply roll is a ribbon rewinding direction. The power transmission mechanism may include a winding side one-way clutch to transmit a driving force in the ribbon winding direction to the winding roll and cut off transmission of the driving force in the ribbon rewinding direction to the winding roll; and a supply side one-way clutch to transmit the driving force in the ribbon rewinding direction to the supply roll and cuts off transmission of the driving force in the ribbon winding direction to the supply roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keiji Ohta
  • Patent number: 9475324
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a front wall and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape included at least partially in the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and tape type indicator portions on the front wall. A combination of the tape type indicator portions forms a pattern corresponding to a type of the tape included at least partially in the housing. The tape type indicator portions are positioned to oppose corresponding ones of tape type detecting switches, with a first subset of the tape type indicator portions having a first elevation and a second subset of the tape type indicator portions having a second elevation. At least two portions from the second subset of the tape type indicator portions are located in a common trench in the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9427988
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing, at least one tape, and a color indicator portion disposed between the tape housing area and the periphery, and in a specified area adjacent to the tape housing area on a rear edge side of the bottom wall, the color indicator portion indicating color information relating to the at least one tape and including a plurality of lateral information sections that are a plurality of strip-shaped sections extending along the left-and-right direction of the housing and aligned in a front-rear direction of the housing, wherein, of the plurality of lateral information sections, whether an aperture is formed in a first lateral information section indicates a base material color of the at least one tape, and whether an aperture is formed in a second lateral information section indicates a print color of the at least one tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago, Takashi Horiuchi, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Masato Kato, Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 9409425
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface and a front surface, a wound tape mounted within the housing, a printer head holder insertion portion that is a space extending through the housing in a vertical direction and having an oblong rectangular shape in a plan view, the oblong rectangular shape extending parallel to the front surface, and a printer first support receiving portion connected to a first end of the printer head holder insertion portion and facing the printer head holder insertion portion in a first direction that is parallel to the front surface, the first end being positioned on an upstream side of the printer head holder insertion portion in a feed direction of the tape, the printer first support receiving portion being a first indentation extending from the bottom surface toward the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago, Takashi Horiuchi, Tsutomu Kato, Teruo Imamaki, Yasuhiro Shibata, Susumu Murata, Kengo Noda
  • Patent number: 9346294
    Abstract: A device for processing media may include a modular design configured with a consumable support assembly configured to load a consumable supply spool and a consumable take-up spool into a device. Embodiments may include a printhead assembly that is structured to be removably received into a printhead guide and movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The printhead assembly may include a cooling channel configured to receive a cooling air flow. The printhead assembly may be easily removed from a media processing device and, when installed, engaged with the platen in response to a lid of the media processing device being closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH CORP.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Perry, Stephen L. Ijams, Keath Jason Lawson Irizarry, Robert D. Hunter, Caleb J. Bryant, Ericka H. Bryant
  • Patent number: 9346297
    Abstract: A label printing apparatus, comprising a cassette-receiving bay adapted to receive a cassette, said cassette-receiving bay having a base, an opening opposite the base, and side walls extending between the base and the opening; a cassette locking mechanism comprising at least one locking element having a locking position for engagement with a cassette inserted into said cassette-receiving bay; and cassette detection means operable to determine whether said at least one locking element is engaged with a cassette inserted into the cassette-receiving bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Frank Van Coppenolle, Jimmy Dullaert, Kris Vandermeulen
  • Patent number: 9321279
    Abstract: A tape printer with a thermal head and a tape cassette for forming a self-laminating printed label: wherein the tape cassette comprises; an ink ribbon including a print ink layer formed from opaque ink, a transparent ink layer formed from transparent ink and a longitudinal film base, the print ink layer and the transparent ink layer being coated on the film base in a longitudinal direction of the film base; a print tape including a longitudinal transparent film portion with a first surface side and a second surface side opposite to the first surface side, the opaque ink of the print ink layer and the transparent ink of the transparent ink layer being transferred to the first surface side of the transparent film portion from the ink ribbon; wherein, in the print tape, a transparent adhesive layer is coated on the second surface side of the transparent film portion, the opaque ink of the print ink layer is transferred on a first end side of the first surface side of the transparent film portion in a width direc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Torii
  • Patent number: 9260227
    Abstract: A plastic-made cap for a vial having a lip, the cap being useful as a separation-preventing cap for a plug that seals up an opening of the vial, includes a top wall portion having an outer circumference and centrally defining an opening, and a cylindrical skirt portion extending downwardly from the outer circumference of the top wall portion and being open at its lower end. The skirt portion has an inner diameter (a) greater than an outer diameter (b) of the lip of the vial. The skirt portion is provided on its inner wall with plural ribs formed in a direction perpendicular to the top wall portion. The plural ribs are arranged in pairs at equal angular intervals between the respective pairs of ribs. Further, engagement claws are arranged between the respective pairs of ribs such that the engagement claws can be brought into engagement with an underside of the lip of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: DAIKYO SEIKO, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Kawamura, Hiroshi Togashi
  • Patent number: 9174464
    Abstract: A sublimation printer includes a casing, a platen roller, a thermal printing head and a paper cassette. The platen roller, the thermal printing head and the paper cassette are disposed inside the casing. The platen roller is configured to support a printing medium when the printing medium moves along a first direction or a second direction, in which the first direction is opposite to the second direction. The thermal printing head faces to the platen roller and is used to transfer dyes of a ribbon onto the printing medium. The paper cassette is located on a side of the platen roller along the second direction and is configured to accommodate the printing medium, in which the orthogonal projections of the paper cassette and the platen roller on the casing at least partially overlap with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hiti Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Chang Tu, Chien-Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 9085147
    Abstract: A case member is formed into a molded article and includes a wall-shaped enclosure projecting to face a printing medium side and forming a predetermined space. A plurality of projections are formed at positions apart from each other on a top portion of the wall-shaped enclosure. A cover member is fixed to tops of the plurality of projections and is set in an end section of the wall-shaped enclosure. With the projections, the height setting can be finely adjusted by finely adjusting of a mold during resin molding. It is thus possible to maintain a desired height with high accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Watanabe, Katsumi Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9007622
    Abstract: A replaceable printer component includes a memory device and a communication link. The memory device includes a memory and a circuit configured to atomically update data stored in the memory. The communication link is configured to communicatively link the memory device to a printer controller when the replaceable printer component is installed in a printing system. The circuit is configured to receive a write request including data, a data length, and an address from the printer controller; copy the data length of data stored at the address to a backup area of the memory; store the data length and the address in the memory; set a write state stored in the memory to a first state; update the data length of data stored at the address with the received data; and set the write state stored in the memory to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Jacob Grundtvig Refstrup
  • Patent number: 8956064
    Abstract: A label printer comprising a cassette-receiving bay, the cassette-receiving bay having a base, a top opening opposite the base, and a locking mechanism extending from said base, the locking mechanism having a locking part, the locking part being movable in a first direction and biased in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the locking part having one or more projections such that a force thereon directed towards the base causes the locking part to move in the first direction and wherein said locking part is biased to move in the second direction when the force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Kris Vandermeulen, Erwin Vereecken
  • Patent number: 8939665
    Abstract: A label printer cassette is provided. Said label printer cassette comprises at least one supply of printing medium and a housing. The housing comprises a first surface, a second surface, said second surface being opposite said first surface, and at least one side extending between said first and second surfaces, one side having a switch operating arrangement having a ramped surface which is configured, in use to operate a switch of a label printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Dymo
    Inventors: Dirk Van Britsom, Stefaan Van Den Broecke, Kris Vandermeulen, Peter Van Pottelberghe
  • Patent number: 8845218
    Abstract: A credential production device includes a unitary frame formed of plastic, a first processing component and a second processing component. The unitary frame includes a rear wall, a pair of side walls extending from opposing sides of the rear wall, a top wall extending from a top side of the rear wall and coupled to the side walls, a bottom wall extending from a bottom side of the rear wall and coupled to the side walls, a first device registration member and a second device registration member. The rear wall, the side walls, the top wall and the bottom wall define an interior cavity and an opening to the interior cavity. The first processing component includes a first frame registration member that is configured to cooperate with the first device registration member to place the first processing component in a known position relative to the unitary frame and the second device registration member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Ted M. Hoffman, James R. Cedar
  • Patent number: 8834047
    Abstract: A label printing apparatus, comprising a cassette-receiving bay adapted to receive a cassette, said cassette-receiving bay having a base, an opening opposite the base, and side walls extending between the base and the opening; a cassette locking mechanism comprising at least one locking element having a locking position for engagement with a cassette inserted into said cassette-receiving bay; and cassette detection means operable to determine whether said at least one locking element is engaged with a cassette inserted into the cassette-receiving bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Frank Van Coppenolle, Jimmy Dullaert, Kris Vandermeulen
  • Patent number: 8770877
    Abstract: A tape printer includes a tape cassette, a cassette housing portion, a feeding device, a printing device, a table storage device, detecting switches, and a tape type identifying device. The tape cassette includes a housing, a tape mounted within the housing, a tape guide, and an indicator of the tape type formed in the front wall of the housing and includes at least one aperture. The detecting switches protrude toward the front wall of the housing, and a part of the detecting switches that opposes a surface portion other than the at least one aperture in the indicator is pressed to thereby detect information indicating a pressing or non-pressing state of each of the detecting switches as identification information. The tape type identifying device identifies, with reference to a tape type table, the tape type associated with the detected identification as the tape type of the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Masato Kato, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 8764325
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a generally rectangular box-like housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, and a side wall defining a periphery of the housing, a first and second cavities extending from the bottom wall and disposed between a tape containing area and the periphery at opposite ends of a diagonal of the generally rectangular box-like housing, at least one tape wound and mounted within the housing in the tape containing area, the at least one tape including a first tape disposed in a first area, the first tape having a hole at a center of winding, and the first area being one of two areas formed by dividing the housing with respect to a line connecting the first and second cavities, and a third cavity that extends in the hole of the first tape from the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 8764326
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing, at least one tape, and a color indicator portion disposed between the tape housing area and the periphery, and in a specified area adjacent to the tape housing area on a rear edge side of the bottom wall, the color indicator portion indicating color information relating to the at least one tape and including a plurality of lateral information sections that are a plurality of strip-shaped sections extending along the left-and-right direction of the housing and aligned in a front-rear direction of the housing, wherein, of the plurality of lateral information sections, whether a protrusion is formed in a first lateral information section indicates a base material color of the at least one tape, and whether a protrusion is formed in a second lateral information section indicates a print color of the at least one tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Masato Kato, Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 8757907
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a generally rectangular box-like housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, and a side wall defining a periphery of the housing, at least one tape wound and mounted within the housing in a tape containing area defined within the periphery, and a pair of cavities extending from the bottom wall and disposed between the tape containing area and the periphery at opposite ends of a diagonal of the generally rectangular box-like housing, the diagonal connecting a first corner portion and a second corner portion of the generally rectangular box-like housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 8721208
    Abstract: This is disclosed a portable printer that is easy to load with an ink ribbon cartridge and record members web supplies, that is simple, has relatively few parts, is lightweight and has a small footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Makley, John D. Mistyurik, Larri B. Williams
  • Patent number: 8714849
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an intelligent printer ribbon cartridge includes a microcontroller that monitors sensors related to the ribbon cartridge for use in a line matrix printer. The ribbon cartridge contains an impact printing ribbon in the form of either a simple loop, a mobius loop, or a long strip of ribbon connected to two spools, with one spool at each end of the cartridge. The ribbon cartridge is able to monitor at least one motion sensor, process the information, and perform a suitable action or communicate an action or information to the printer. This allows the ribbon cartridge to adapt or instruct the printer to adapt with any new types of ribbons, ribbon cartridges, formats, etc. so that the printing may occur with virtually any type of ribbon/cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Printronix, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin P Moore
  • Patent number: 8651756
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and an aperture formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 8646997
    Abstract: An ink ribbon cassette is provided with a shaft container including a reel-out shaft holder having a reel-out shaft bearing journaling an ink ribbon reel-out shaft; a reel-in shaft holder having a reel-in shaft bearing journaling an ink ribbon reel-in shaft; and a pair of lateral bodies connecting the reel-out shaft holder to the reel-in shaft holder. A reel-out shaft holder cover 19 adapted to cover the reel-out shaft holder of the shaft container is connected to the reel-out shaft holder via a first connecting body. A reel-in shaft holder cover adapted to cover the reel-in shaft holder of the shaft container is connected to the reel-in shaft holder via a second connecting body. The first and second connecting bodies and have two or more hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Matsubayashi, Hidemasa Kaida, Yoshihiro Sawa, Kazunobu Imoto, Naohiro Obonai
  • Patent number: 8647002
    Abstract: A label printing apparatus comprising a cassette receiving bay arranged to receive a cassette; and an engagement member. The engagement member is movable between a first position, in which the engagement member is engaged with the cassette, and a second position in which the engagement member is disengaged with the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Chad Terry, Jonathan Towle, John Aho, Leslie Scenna, Thomas Eagan
  • Patent number: 8641304
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and a protrusion formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki
  • Patent number: 8641307
    Abstract: A printer is provided having a printhead assembly having a carrier frame, a pagewidth printhead with a corresponding pagewidth print zone defined by a plane adjacent the printhead assembly mounted at a base of the carrier frame, an approach guide mounted to the carrier frame on a first side of the printhead and an exit guide mounted to the carrier frame on a second side of the printhead, and a feed mechanism for continuously feeding a web of print media through the print zone. The web is unsupported in the print zone and is guided therethrough by the guides. The approach guide curves about the carrier frame base to terminate upstream with a leading angular edge abutting with the web such that the natural path of the web is deflected downwards and around the approach guide, and the exit guide curves about the carrier frame base to terminate downstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zamtec Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Nagesh Ramachandra, Jan Waszczuk
  • Patent number: 8568044
    Abstract: An ink ribbon cartridge includes: a supply spool which has at one end portion a driving hole, with which a driving shaft of a printer apparatus is engaged; a winding spool which has at one end portion a driving hole, with which the driving shaft of the printer apparatus is engaged; and a cartridge main body which has a supply-side ribbon housing section, a winding-side ribbon housing section, and a thermal head entry opening portion formed between the supply-side and winding-side ribbon housing sections, and in which opening portions for the ribbon are formed on the head entry opening portion sides of the supply-side and winding-side ribbon housing sections, wherein in the cartridge main body, a concave guide portion is formed, and on a bottom face of the concave guide portion, a projection portion, which comes into contact with a guide portion of the printer apparatus side, is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Murata, Noboru Koyama, Shingo Hitose
  • Patent number: 8562231
    Abstract: A thermal printer in which an upper lid portion and a printing unit can be opened off a main body of the printer by a single operation and the upper lid portion is not closed even when a closing direction force is exerted on the printing unit during ink ribbon replacement. The upper lid portion has a stopper 34 that supports an upper lid portion 30 in a predetermined rotative position relative to a main body 20 and releases support of the upper lid portion 30 when the upper lid portion 30 is closed. A unit stopper 44 supports a printing unit 40 relative to the main body 20 at a smaller rotation angle than the upper lid portion 30 and releases support of the printing unit 40 when the printing unit 40 is closed. A connecting member 35 connects the upper lid portion 30 and the printing unit 40 in a fitted state where the printing unit 40 is fitted to the upper lid portion 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sato Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Maeda, Hiroshi Kokuta
  • Patent number: 8562228
    Abstract: A tape printer includes a tape cassette including a housing, a cassette housing portion, a feeding device, a printing device, a plurality of detecting switches that protrude toward a side surface of the housing of the tape cassette installed in the cassette housing portion, a first determining device that, if a part of the detecting switches is pressed, determines that the tape cassette is installed, and a second determining device that, if a specific detecting switch among the detecting switches is pressed, determines that the tape cassette is not installed at a proper position. The tape cassette includes a first pressing portion that, if the tape cassette is installed at the proper position, presses a part of the detecting switches, and a second pressing portion that, if the tape cassette is not installed at the proper position, presses the specific detecting switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Masato Kato, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 8556526
    Abstract: A printer that includes a cassette mounting portion into which a tape cassette is mounted and from which is removed a tape cassette in an up-down direction, a printing head that performs printing on the tape, a platen roller that faces the printing head, a roller holder that rotatably supports the platen roller, a sensor that detects the type of the tape, a sensor holder that holds the sensor, and a protective portion that is provided on the roller holder and is provided above the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kengo Noda, Asami Yokoe, Shinji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8500351
    Abstract: A compact printer having improved operational features. The printer includes an articulating print frame assembly coupled to a top cover that is adapted to rotate out of the top cover to an open position and to rotate into the top cover to a closed position. When the print frame is in an open position, the top cover is prevented from rotating toward the bottom housing to a closed position. The print frame includes a media guide bar that facilitates loading of ribbon and media. The disclosed printer also includes a fixed or adjustable media sensor, and is configurable to accommodate an internal supply of web (roll) media or an external supply of fanfold media. a bottom housing having a top cover coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Colonel, Raul Palacios, Ching-Yang Chou, Dick Feng Yi Tai
  • Patent number: 8469615
    Abstract: A label printer cassette including a supply of print medium a housing configured to house said print medium. The housing has first and second surfaces and a least one side extending between said first and second surface. A cover is provided on one of the sides movable along the length of that one side between a first position in which the print medium is exposed for printing and a second position in which the print medium is protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Dirk Van Britsom, Stefaan Van Den Broecke, Kris Vandermeulen, Peter Van Pottelberghe
  • Patent number: 8465220
    Abstract: A cassette is provided which includes a supply of label material and a brake. The brake has a first position and a second position. In the first position, the supply is clamped by the brake. In the second position, the supply is removable from the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Dymo, N.V.
    Inventors: Chad Terry, Jonathan Towle, John Aho, Leslie Scenna, Thomas Eagan
  • Patent number: 8465219
    Abstract: A label printing apparatus comprising a cassette receiving bay arranged to receive a cassette; and a cassette positioning mechanism. The cassette positioning mechanism is arranged to move a cassette inserted into the cassette receiving bay into a position in which printing can take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Dymo, N.V.
    Inventors: Chad Terry, Jonathan Towle, John Aho, Leslie Scenna, Thomas Eagan
  • Patent number: 8454252
    Abstract: An integrated ink-and-paper cassette (1) mountable to a thermal transfer printer (40) includes an ink-sheet supply unit housing (20) between an opening (30) for ejecting the recording sheet (13) and an ink-sheet take-up unit housing (21). Also, an upper case (10) mainly defining a recording sheet housing (22) is welded to a lower case (11) defining ink-sheet housings when assembled with the upper case (10), in the vicinity of a conveyance path of the ink sheet (12) at which a load is likely applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Shiraiwa, Minoru Tanabe, Kenji Ito
  • Patent number: 8382389
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, a tape that is a print medium housed in the housing, a tape exit that discharges, from the housing, the tape guided in the housing along a predetermined feed path, at least a part of the feed path extending parallel to the front surface, and a type indicator portion provided adjacent to the tape exit and in a specified area of the front surface on an upstream side of the tape exit in a feed direction of the tape, the type indicator portion indicating a type of the tape and including vertical information sections and an aperture formed in at least one of the vertical information sections, the vertical information sections being strip-shaped sections extending along a direction orthogonal to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 8360667
    Abstract: A printer that includes a cassette housing portion into which a tape cassette is detachably installed in a vertical direction, a feeding device that feeds the tape mounted in the tape cassette, a printing head that performs printing on the tape, a platen roller that is located facing the printing head, a roller holder that rotatably supports the platen roller, a mechanical sensor having a switch terminal that is capable of protruding and retracting, a sensor holder that holds the mechanical sensor between the shaft of the roller holder and the platen roller and that is capable of moving independently of the roller holder between a third position and a fourth position, and a determination device that determines the type of the tape based on protrusion and retraction of the switch terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 8348529
    Abstract: An ink ribbon cassette includes first and second rotatable bodies that rotate with an ink ribbon held between the rotatable bodies in sandwiched relation. The second rotatable body includes a hole through which a shaft extends such that the second rotatable body is rotatably supported on the shaft. The shaft may have a circumferential surface conical toward the free end, and the hole may be a conical hole into which the conical shaft extends. The shaft may include a plurality of cylindrical shaft portions that are in line with one another and that have different diameters. The second rotatable body is formed with a plurality of cylindrical hole portions having different diameters corresponding to the cylindrical shaft portions such that the second rotatable body is rotatably supported on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hayashi