With Web Supply Or Takeup Or Mount Therefor (e.g., Web Cartridge, Etc.) Patents (Class 400/613)
  • Patent number: 11084303
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a housing; a cassette receiving portion provided in the housing; and a print head provided at the cassette receiving portion. The cassette receiving portion is configured to detachably receive a cassette including a case in which an ink ribbon and a tape are provided. The print head extends in a first direction and is configured to be inserted in a head opening of the case upon attachment of the cassette to the cassette receiving portion. The print head is configured to perform printing to the tape via the ink ribbon. The cassette receiving portion is open in the first direction and in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. Upon attachment of the cassette to the cassette receiving portion, a portion of the cassette protrudes out of the housing in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 11059688
    Abstract: A printer includes a first route to which a sheet from a roll paper is to be fed, a drive roller arranged on the first route and capable of sending the sheet, an image forming part (thermal printer head), a second route branched from the first route, a route changer for switching a route of the sheet, a curl corrector provided on the second route, and a cutter (cutting unit) provided on the first route. The curl corrector is configured to form the route with a curl correction roller and a guide member, and an advancing direction of the route is changeable 100 degrees or more when the sheet passes through the curl corrector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD, CITIZEN SYSTEMS JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Takahashi, Naohisa Sawai
  • Patent number: 10933673
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a housing; a print head extending in a first direction; a cassette receiving portion; and a movable cover. The cassette receiving portion is open in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The cassette receiving portion can selectively receive a first cassette or a second cassette whose size is greater than that of the first cassette. The movable cover is movable between a closed position and an open position for covering and exposing the cassette receiving portion in the second direction. The cassette receiving portion provides: a first cassette receiving portion for receiving the first cassette with the movable cover at the closed position; and a second cassette receiving portion for receiving the second cassette with the movable cover at the open position. A portion of the second cassette receiving portion is overlapped with the movable cover at the closed position in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 10807382
    Abstract: A tape printing device includes a cartridge mounting portion on which a tape cartridge is mounted, a detection unit that has a first detection member configured to be protruded from and retracted into a first detection opening provided on a bottom surface of the cartridge mounting portion, and detects a type of a printing tape accommodated in the tape cartridge, and a thermal head that performs printing on the printing tape. A portion of the first detection member, exposed from the first detection opening, is located outside the tape accommodating area and is provided at a position on a side of the tape accommodating area different from a side of a first area in a plan view when the tape cartridge is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Kenji Motai
  • Patent number: 10807391
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide improvements to printers including the use of engineered structures to limit bending, flexing, and/or twisting during impacts and the use of impact absorbing materials to prevent cracks and breaks. Design features and materials add to the rigidity of the printer design to prevent twisting and flexing during impacts and add to the strength of the printer design in typical breakage areas. For example, embodiments provide improvements that strengthen traditional break areas by the use of improved materials and design optimization to distribute impact forces. Embodiments allow the printer to maintain an operational status following a drop test and/or a tumble test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Hutnak, James A. Lucas, Anthony R. Helberg, Matthew D. Corvese, Roy P. Lyman
  • Patent number: 10759186
    Abstract: A tape printer that includes: a cartridge loading portion to which a tape cartridge is loaded, the tape cartridge including a cartridge case and a platen roller accommodated in the cartridge case, the cartridge case having a positioning recess and a first detection target portion of which shape is varied depending on various types of tape cartridge; a platen shaft provided in the cartridge loading portion and inserted into the platen roller; a first detection unit provided in the cartridge loading portion, of which output changes depending on the shape of the first detection target portion; and a positioning projection provided at a position farther than the first detection unit with respect to the platen shaft in the cartridge loading portion when seen from a near side in a loading direction of the tape cartridge, and engaging with the positioning recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kubota
  • Patent number: 10730328
    Abstract: A tape cartridge mounted to a tape printer having a printing head, includes a cartridge case, a platen roller that is housed in the cartridge case and fees an ink ribbon and a printing tape pressed between the platen roller and the printing head, a tape delivery port that is provided in the cartridge case and feeds the printing tape, which is fed by the platen roller and separated from the ink ribbon, to outside of the cartridge case, and a delivery guide that has a first guide section at a side of the printing head and a second guide section at a side of the platen roller, which extend from edges of the tape delivery port to inside of the cartridge case while spreading apart from each other, and guides a distal end of the printing tape into the tape delivery port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Akihiro Shintani, Taishi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10682867
    Abstract: A card processing device may include a card reader and a printer. The printer may include an ink ribbon cartridge; a thermal head; and a cover member. The ink ribbon cartridge may include a supply roll and a take-up roll. The thermal head may heat the ink ribbon and transfer ink to the card. The card reader may be on a front side of the thermal head, and a part of the card reader may be on a lower side of the supply roll or the take-up roll. The cover member may pivot between a closed position and open position. A conveyance path may be provided inside the card reader and the printer. A part of the conveyance path inside the card reader may be a first conveyance path. The card reader may include an upper frame. The upper frame may pivot between a closed position and open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiji Ohta, Satoshi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10427846
    Abstract: A tape dispensing system includes packaging tape an application apparatus, and an incision element. The application apparatus is configured to apply the packaging tape to a package. The incision element defines a unique pattern, and is connected to the application apparatus. Movement of the apparatus is effective to punch or incise the unique pattern defined by the incision element completely through the packaging tape and into the package as or after the packaging tape is applied to the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Robert L. Cantrell, John J. O'Brien, Brian G. McHale, Jimmie Ray Bishop, III
  • Patent number: 10377156
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, having a body with a container compartment, a cover, a pair of supporting parts, a locking member, and an engaging portion, is provided. The pair of supporting parts support the roll along a first direction. At least one of the pair of supporting parts is movable in the first direction. The locking member is arranged on the movable supporting part and is movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The engaging portion in the container compartment is engageable with the locking member being located at the locked position. The locking member at the unlocked position under the condition where the cover is open is separated from the engaging portion. The locking member contacts the cover and shifts from the unlocked position to the locked position to be engaged with the engaging portion in a process where the cover being open is moved to be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Ikemoto, Ryuichi Kanda, Takehiko Inaba, Yuki Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10286700
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be installed in a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus, to which the tape cartridge is detachably installed and which includes an installation base for positioning the tape cartridge, includes a printing tape and a cartridge casing in which the printing tape is accommodated and forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge. The cartridge casing includes a first casing disposed at a front side of the tape when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion, and a second casing disposed at a back side of the tape cartridge when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. The first casing is formed with an elastic portion which is deformed by a pressing force of a pressing portion of the tape printing apparatus on a casing wall of the first casing at the frond side of the tape cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 10265982
    Abstract: A cassette case includes a bottom case and a top case. A tape is housed in the cassette case. A tape discharge portion discharges, from the cassette case, the tape that has been guided in the cassette case along a predetermined feed path. A first indicator portion indicates a type of the tape. A second indicator portion indicates a type of the tape, which is different from that indicated by the first indicator portion. An indicator member is a member independent from the top case and the bottom case, and is provided with the second indicator portion. An attachment portion is provided on the cassette case. The indicator member is removably attached to the attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Noda
  • Patent number: 10265968
    Abstract: A linerless label is printed and separated from a ribbon (7) of the labels by a label printer (1, 1?) having a printing unit (2, 2?), a holder (6) for the linerless label ribbon, a cutting unit (3) and a paper-feeding unit (8, 8?). The paper-feeding unit advances the linerless label ribbon through the printing unit and the cutting unit. The printing unit prints a part of the linerless label ribbon as it is advanced. The printed linerless label (9) is separated from the linerless label ribbon by the closing of at least two blades (4, 5) arranged on the sides of the linerless label ribbon. Afterward, the blades return to an open starting position for a next cutting operation. Before the blades open, the linerless label ribbon is pulled back from the blades, creating a distance (z) between the linerless label ribbon and the blades).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: METTLER-TOLEDO (ALBSTADT) GMBH
    Inventors: Walter Holike, Albert Gerstenecker
  • Patent number: 10195877
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer, which has an identification portion configured to identify a type of cartridge containing a tape-shaped printing medium. The tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which the tape-shaped printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that is formed into a fitting cylindrical shape and has a rotation shaft of the tape roll, an identification concave portion that is provided in an inner peripheral portion of the core shaft and engages with the identification portion, a depressed portion that engages with a pedestal which is disposed on the mounting section, and a core concave portion that includes the identification concave portion and the depressed portion. The identification concave portion is configured to accommodate the identification portion in a state where the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10173446
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a printer includes a housing that has an outlet, a drawer unit, first, second and third print medium support units and a printing unit. The drawer unit slides in the outlet between an open position and a closed position. The first supporting unit is disposed in the drawer unit and supports a roll of printable media when the drawer unit is in the open position so that an outer surface of the roll of printable media does not extend above the height of the outlet. The second supporting unit is disposed in the housing and rotatably supports the roll of printable media when the drawer unit is in the closed position so that a portion of the outer surface of the roll of printable media extends above the height of the outlet. The printing unit prints on printable media fed from the roll of printable media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiharu Sekino, Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 10022992
    Abstract: A tape cartridge detachably mounted in a tape printing apparatus, which has a printing head portion, a drive shaft, and a base convex portion that includes a pedestal erectly disposed on a mounting base and a convex portion erectly disposed on and integrally formed with the pedestal, includes a tape roll and a core shaft that has an outer circumferential face that rotatably supports the tape roll and an inner circumferential face formed into a stepped cylindrical shape formed by a concave portion and a depressed portion which has a diameter larger than that of the concave portion. A spring is installed into the concave portion. When the tape cartridge is mounted in the tape printing apparatus, the convex portion is inserted into the concave portion and presses the spring to release an inverse rotation prevention of the tape roll, and the depressed portion receives the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9969189
    Abstract: There is provided a printer including, in a sheet holding section configured to hold roll paper formed by rolling a printing target sheet, a pair of pressing sections configured to hold the roll paper from both side ends, and a holding section provided in each of the pressing section. The holding section is displaceable to a first position where the holding section projects to a side opposed to a side end portion of the roll paper and a second position where the holding section does not project. The holding section enters a cylindrical portion in a rolling center of the roll paper in the first position to hold the roll paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nihashi
  • Patent number: 9914315
    Abstract: A tape cartridge which contains a tape-shaped printing medium and is to be mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer includes a tape roll around which the printing medium is wound and a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll. An inner circumferential portion of the core shaft includes a shape forming a first fitting portion which is fitted to a pedestal portion erectly disposed on the mounting section when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section, and a second fitting portion which is fitted to a first convex portion erectly disposed on the pedestal portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9884500
    Abstract: A tape cartridge which contains a tape-shaped printing medium and is to be mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer includes a tape roll around which the printing medium is wound and a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll. An inner circumferential portion of the core shaft includes a shape forming a first fitting portion which is fitted to a pedestal portion erectly disposed on the mounting section when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section, and a second fitting portion which is fitted to a first convex portion erectly disposed on the pedestal portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9844962
    Abstract: A disclosed ribbon cartridge includes a first spool housing configured to receive a first spool; a second spool housing configured to receive a second spool; a first frame member extending between the first and second spools; and a second frame member extending between the first spool and the second spool; wherein a printhead assembly opening is defined and bounded by the first spool housing, the second spool housing, the first frame member, and the second frame member, wherein the first frame member defines a first channel adjacent to the printhead assembly opening, wherein the second frame member defines a second channel adjacent to the printhead assembly opening, and wherein the first channel and the second channel each comprise a drive surface, wherein the drive surface is configured to be engaged by a printhead assembly to drive the ribbon cartridge to an installed position within the media processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Petrica Dorinel Balcan, Randal Wong Mun Hon, Kuan-Ying Lu
  • Patent number: 9751345
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer. The tape printer has an identification portion configured to identify a type of cartridge containing a tape-shaped printing medium. The tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which the printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll, and a fitting portion that is disposed at an inner circumferential side of the core shaft portion and is fitted to the identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section of the tape printer. The fitting portion is disposed in a depressed portion that is configured to accommodate the identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9656495
    Abstract: A tape cassette is provided with a cassette case, a tape, a tape discharge portion, a first indicator portion, a first indicator member and a first attachment portion. The cassette case includes a bottom case and a top case. The tape is a print medium. The tape discharge portion discharges the tape from the cassette case. The first indicator portion includes at least one indicator hole and indicates a type of the tape. The first indicator member is provided with the first indicator portion. The first attachment portion is provided on an upstream side of the tape discharge portion and to which the first indicator member is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Noda
  • Patent number: 9656489
    Abstract: A printer includes a medium supply unit, a printing unit, a feed unit, which feeds a print medium along a feed direction that is any one of a first direction toward the printing unit from the medium supply unit or a second direction toward the medium supply unit from the printing unit on a reference surface, a depressed portion, which is disposed using the reference surface as a reference, and a movement restricting portion, which includes a guide piece and restricts a movement of the print medium to a direction perpendicular to the feed direction of the print medium by housing at least a part of the guide piece in the depressed portion and abutting a side edge of the print medium on the guide piece, and a side edge on a side of the printing unit of the guide piece is disposed at a position close to an inner wall surface on the printing unit side of the depressed portion with respect to an inner wall surface on a side of the medium supply unit of the depressed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kokuta
  • Patent number: 9610782
    Abstract: A drying device for drying a medium that has had a liquid ejected thereon includes a guide that the medium that has had the liquid ejected thereon abuts against, a tension control section that is capable of providing tension to the medium that is abutted against the guide, a heating section capable of heating the medium, and a cooling section capable of cooling the medium that has been heated by the heating section, wherein the tension control section is capable of generating a pressing force that presses the medium against the guide, and the heating by the heating section and the cooling by the cooling section are performed on the medium while the tension and the pressing force are being applied to the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Toya, Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 9610788
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be loaded in an unloadable manner in a tape printing device having an open/close cover to open/close a cartridge loading section where the tape cartridge is loaded. The tape cartridge includes: a tab portion which is provided on a surface of the tape cartridge that faces the open/close cover when loaded in the cartridge loading section, and which is configured to move between a gripping position and a non-gripping position in relation to the surface; and an energizing portion which energizes the tab portion toward the gripping position. The tab portion is pressed by a pressing portion provided on the open/close cover, in a closed state of the open/close cover. The energizing portion is displaced to resist the pressing force of the pressing portion via the tab portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9539833
    Abstract: Provided is a tape cartridge allowing rimless printing to be reliably performed on respective label portions. A tape cartridge installed in a tape printing apparatus includes: a label tape 101 having a plurality of label portions 105 provided along a tape length direction and a plurality of detection convex portions 109 provided along the tape length direction corresponding to the plurality of label portions 105; a cartridge case in which the label tape 101 is accommodated; and a platen roller 103 accommodated in the cartridge case and paying out the label tape 101 by rotation outside the cartridge case, wherein, in the tape length direction, detection tip-ends 109a serving as downstream-side ends of the detection convex portions 109 are positioned downstream of label tip-ends 105a serving as downstream-side ends of the label portions 105 in a paying-out direction of the label portion 105 at printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Taishi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9469140
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a tape cartridge including a connecting arm, a guide attaching/detaching part, and a second guide member. The connecting arm rotatably supports a first winding core and a second winding core. The guide attaching/detaching part is configured to detachably attach a first guide member. The first guide member is configured to allow a tape fed out from a first tape roll to pass and to guide the tape by regulating movement in a tape width direction through contact with both end portions of the tape in the tape width direction. The second guide member is disposed on the connecting arm. The second guide member is configured to guide the tape passes while being guided by the first guide member, by regulating movement in a second direction through contact with one side part of the tape in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsugi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9471854
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a tape printer comprising a controller. In a print data generation process, print data to form a first image portion, a second image portion, and a third image portion on a decorative to-be-printed tape is generated. The first image portion has a first length in accordance with a result of acceptance. The second image portion has a second length in accordance with the result of acceptance. The third image portion is composed of a third pattern image corresponding to one pattern type accepted. In a cooperative control process, a decorative tape is produced. A single of the first image portion is formed on a first side, and a single of the second image portion is formed on a second side, and at least one of the third image portion is formed between the first and the second image portions, on a decorative tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nako Sano
  • Patent number: 9463645
    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: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Chad Terry, Jonathan Towle, John Aho, Leslie Scenna, Thomas Eagan
  • Patent number: 9352600
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a cassette case, a tape roll housed in the cassette case, an arm portion that guides a tape, and a long hole extending in a left-right direction of the cassette case and formed straddling a center position of the cassette case in the left-right direction, wherein a first distance (a length of the long hole in the left-right direction) is larger than a second distance (a length from an end portion of the tape cassette in an opposite direction to a feed direction of the tape fed in the arm portion, to an end portion of the long hole in the opposite direction), and a center of gravity of the tape cassette is located in a specific area whose both end positions in the left-right direction are the same as those of the long hole, and which extends in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9315050
    Abstract: A process of configuring a web-fed printer is disclosed. Parameters for a web of printable media used in the web-fed printer and for print density are received. The parameters are applied to determine tension of the printable media and speed of the printable media through a print engine of the web-fed printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Studer, Karsten N. Wilson, Ross E. Friesen
  • Patent number: 9315061
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a cassette case, a tape roll housed in the cassette case, an arm portion that guides a tape, and a long hole extending in a left-right direction of the cassette case and formed straddling a center position of the cassette case in the left-right direction, wherein a first distance (a length of the long hole in the left-right direction) is larger than a second distance (a length from an end portion of the tape cassette in an opposite direction to a feed direction of the tape fed in the arm portion, to an end portion of the long hole in the opposite direction), and a center of gravity of the tape cassette is located in a specific area whose both end positions in the left-right direction are the same as those of the long hole, and which extends in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9211752
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a cassette case, a tape roll housed in the cassette case, an arm portion that guides a tape, and a long hole extending in a left-right direction of the cassette case and formed straddling a center position of the cassette case in the left-right direction, wherein a first distance (a length of the long hole in the left-right direction) is larger than a second distance (a length from an end portion of the tape cassette in an opposite direction to a feed direction of the tape fed in the arm portion, to an end portion of the long hole in the opposite direction), and a center of gravity of the tape cassette is located in a specific area whose both end positions in the left-right direction are the same as those of the long hole, and which extends in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9120340
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing part, a cutter part, and a presenter part. The printing part performs printing on a recording medium. The cutter part cuts the recording medium subjected to the printing. The cutter part is attached to the printing part so as to be rotatable about a rotation shaft. The presenter part conveys the recording medium subjected to the printing in the printing part through the cutter part. The presenter part moves together with the cutter part in the case of rotating the cutter part about the rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuhiro Ishikawa, Sumio Watanabe, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Tatsuya Oguchi
  • Patent number: 9061527
    Abstract: A direct thermal printer including a latch assembly, a media storage assembly, a media centering assembly, a print assembly, and a temperature sensing member. The latch assembly includes a single latch lever in mechanical communication with latch tabs disposed in the cover of the printer that are received by openings in the base of the printer to engage and disengage the cover from the base. The media storage assembly includes media guides with removable tabs having more than one available position to provide storage of different size media. The media centering assembly includes pulley assemblies that bias the media guides towards each other to secure media between the media guides. The print assembly includes a platen disposed in the base of the printer having cams on each end that are rotatable and positioned to adjust printing characteristic of a printhead disposed in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Dwayne Steven Tobin, William M. Bouverie, William C. Bouverie
  • Patent number: 9039312
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses a printer comprising a roll storage part, a feeder, a printing head, a pair of guide members, a guide driving mechanism, a cover, a pressing roller, and a recessed part. The printing head is configured to perform desired printing on the print-receiving tape fed by a feeder. The pair of guide members are configured to determine a width-direction position of the print-receiving tape while sandwiching the stored roll. The guide driving mechanism is configured to make the pair of guide members move close to and away from each other by advancing and retreating in tandem in a width direction of the roll. The pressing roller is configured to contact the print-receiving tape near a feed-out position. The recessed part is configured to house at least a part of the pressing roller, provided to each position of the pair of guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Ohnishi, Takamine Hokazono, Kumiko Uchino, Hidenori Jo, Yuki Nagashima, Keiji Seo
  • Patent number: 9011030
    Abstract: A platen support mechanism of a printer moves a platen unit of the printer. When moving the platen unit from a closed position to an open position, the platen support mechanism of the printer first moves the platen unit along a straight first path, and then moves the platen unit along a curved second path. A posture of the platen unit is held constant during this time by a six joint linkage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsugo Ishida
  • Patent number: 8974132
    Abstract: A tape cartridge 11 includes a platen roller 15, when the tape cartridge 11 is mounted on a tape printer 1, a print head 22 of the tape printer 1 contacting the platen roller 15 with a print tape T and an ink ribbon R arranged therebetween such that the print head 22 can be separated from the platen roller 15; a cartridge case 16 that houses the print tape T, the ink ribbon R, and the platen roller 15; and an insertion opening 17 formed in the cartridge case 16, the print head 22 being inserted into the insertion opening 17. A contact portion 10 of the platen roller 15 that is brought into contact with the print head 22 protrudes relative to a head receiver 72 of the insertion opening 17 to which the print head 22 is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 8974131
    Abstract: A tape cartridge 2 includes a tape core 21b rotatably supported in a cartridge case 25 and houses a print tape 21a wound around the tape core 21b such that the print tape 21a can be unwound. The tape core 21b includes a core body 26 with the print tape 21a wound around an outer peripheral surface of the core body 26, a disk-like rib 27 provided at a middle portion in an axial direction of an inner peripheral surface of the core body 26, and a shaft hole 28 formed at an axis center of the rib 27. The cartridge case 25 includes a shaft support 41 that is inserted into the shaft hole 28 and rotatably supports the tape core 21b, and a rotation guide 42 that slides on the inner peripheral surface of the core body 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 8973498
    Abstract: There is provided a roll paper storage cassette and a recording apparatus which do not need a roll paper storage cassette according to the size of roll papers, and prevent a roll paper, a roll-paper shaft, and a roll paper storage cassette from being erroneously loaded. A roll paper storage cassette for housing a roll paper wound around the core portion of a roll paper shaft includes a pair of openable and closable cases, an attachment which can be attached and detached to and from the inside of both ends of the case according to the size of the roll paper, and a regulation member configured to prevent the roll paper shaft of a specific type from entering and allow the roll paper shaft of another specific type to enter in a state where the attachment is detached and configured to be moved from a position where the roll paper shaft of the specific type is prevented from entering in a state where the attachment is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Kawashima
  • Patent number: 8967892
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a tape printer that includes a cartridge holder, a cartridge sensor, a feeding device, a printing device, a communication device, and a controller. The controller is configured to detect attribute information of a tape cartridge, identify a model of the mounted tape cartridge, and acquire corresponding current model information, acquire latest model information of the tape cartridge, from an information providing device related to the tape cartridge, generate purchase support information based on the acquired current model information and the acquired latest model information, when the tape cartridge of a model indicated by the current model information or the latest model information is newly purchased, and control the printing device so that the generated purchase support information is formed into print on a print-receiving tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidekazu Ishii, Koichi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8956062
    Abstract: A roll paper supply device has a roll paper compartment that stores roll paper with the axis of rotation transverse so that the roll paper can roll thereinside; supply rollers that feed the roll paper from the roll paper compartment in a sheet; and pair of side pressure plates that cover substantially all of the sides of the roll paper and contact part of the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakayama
  • 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: 8950958
    Abstract: A printer, particularly for thermal paper is provided. Such printer includes those having a support structure which is fixed in use, and in which there is formed a receptacle for receiving a roll of paper tape which is unwound in use by rotation about an axis, a cover which is hinged to the structure about an axis which is substantially parallel to the unwinding axis of the roll, and which can be oscillated between a closed position and an open position in which it covers and uncovers the receptacle, respectively, a printing device carried by the support structure, and a transport roller for the paper tape unwound from the roll, interacting with the printing device; the roller being carried by the cover in such a way that it can be coupled to or uncoupled from the printing device as a result of the closing or opening of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: K.F.I. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonino Giovanni Fallica
  • Patent number: 8950957
    Abstract: In accordance with one example embodiment of a configurable printer for different paper sizes and types in accordance with the present invention, the configurable printer may comprise a print mechanism, a controller for controlling the print mechanism, a paper bucket for receiving a first sized paper roll to be printed, a divider for a paper bucket for reducing a width of the paper bucket to accept a second sized paper roll which is smaller than the first sized paper roll, and a bucket sensor adapted to sense at least one of insertion of the divider into the paper bucket and removal of the divider from the paper bucket and to provide a paper size signal to the controller. The controller controls the print mechanism in response to the paper size signal from the bucket sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: TransAct Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven A. Supron, Robert F. Bullivant, Bruce Harris
  • 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: 8931970
    Abstract: A ticket printer includes a housing having a frame and a front panel concurrently formed as a single unit. A printer unit is positioned in the housing and includes a print body and swing assembly having a print roller head. The swing assembly can be selectively rotated away from the print body for maintenance and cleaning. A paper guide, located at an outlet side of the printer unit, is positioned within the housing. Paper is routed between the print roller head and the print body of the printer unit. The paper guide directs the paper along a paper pathway and out of a ticket outlet in the front panel. The paper guide may be transparent to visualize jammed paper in the paper pathway. Paper directing ramps formed in the swing assembly and the paper guide direct the paper into the paper pathway and downwardly to the ticket outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Pyramid Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Mays, Leif J. Strom
  • Patent number: 8926202
    Abstract: A load applying unit includes a motor and a rotation transmission mechanism. A unit for causing the motor to be in a state where the motor creates a counter-electromotive force when rotational force from the roll body is received by applying a voltage less than a minimum driving voltage to the motor and a unit for changing a conveyance speed with which the conveyance unit conveys the print medium are included. While the print medium is pulled out from the roll body and the print medium is set in a state where image forming can be started, the motor is caused to be in the state where the motor can create the counter-electromotive force, and the conveyance unit performs a conveyance operation by changing the conveyance speed of the print medium in accordance with a detection result of the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kikuya Nakada
  • Patent number: 8920054
    Abstract: There is provided a roll tape including a core main body portion having a double cylinder construction made up of an outer core portion and an inner core portion, a pair of shaft portions each having an insertion portion which can be fittingly inserted in the inner core portion, an outer shaft which can be fittingly inserted in the outer core portion and a bearing shaft that is thinner than and concentric with the outer shaft and which extends longer in one direction than the outer shaft and a printing tape which is wound around a tape core which has the pair of shaft portions disposed individually on both sides of the core main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 8905658
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes an ink ribbon having an ink layer formed thereon and a film tape having a transparent film with an adhesive layer formed on one side thereof. In the tape cassette, the adhesive layer and an ink layer contact at a printing position and the adhesive layer is heated by a thermal head, thereby exhibiting adhesiveness. Then, the ink layer and the adhesive layer are adhered and characters are printed on the film tape. In a tape printing apparatus, a cutter unit is arranged close to the downstream side from the thermal head in the conveying direction. Accordingly, the film tape is cut immediately after printing. The adhesive layer side of the film tape is adhered to an auxiliary sheet medium at the position of a feed roller. The film tape is cut by the second cutter arranged downstream of the feed roller in the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koshiro Yamaguchi