For Feeding Tape In Direction Of Print-line (i.e., Transverse Feed) Patents (Class 400/615.2)
  • Patent number: 10807392
    Abstract: Provided are a transport device and a printing device configured to minimize fluctuation in a tension of a medium in a portion between a first transport unit and a second transport unit. A transport device provided to a printing device includes a transport mechanism serving as an example of the first transport unit, a winding unit serving as the second transport unit disposed downstream of the transport mechanism in a transport direction, a tension imparting unit provided with a tension bar serving as an example of a tension imparting member biased toward a medium between the transport mechanism and the winding unit and configured to impart tension to the medium, and a biasing force adjustment unit serving as an adjustment unit configured to adjust at least one of a biasing force of the tension bar and a relative speed between the tension bar and the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Akahane
  • Patent number: 10410101
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for printing and encoding RFID products may be disclosed. The method, system, and apparatus can include a printer which can read and program an RFID device contained in a label, tag, or any other desired product, and also print onto the product without damaging the RFID device. The method, system, and apparatus can further include a quality control system. In some exemplary embodiments, the products can be arranged into sheets or rolls, and multiple products can be printed or encoded at the same time or substantially simultaneously. In some exemplary embodiments, reader and antenna configurations can allow the encoding to occur in line, so that printing, encoding, variable data imaging, and finishing can all be completed in one continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Bauer, Neil Travis
  • Patent number: 10272694
    Abstract: A print device includes a first print portion, a first discharge portion, a second print portion, a second discharge portion, and a user interface portion. The first discharge portion is configured to discharge a first medium printed by the first print portion. The second discharge portion is configured to discharge a second medium printed by the second print portion. The user interface portion is disposed on a front side portion of the print device. A main scanning direction of the first print portion and a main scanning direction of the second print portion are substantially parallel to an up-down direction. A length in the up-down direction of the second print portion is shorter than a length in the up-down direction of the first print portion. The second print portion is disposed to the front of the first print portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichiro Suzuki, Yasutoshi Kano, Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tomoyasu Fukui
  • Patent number: 10207523
    Abstract: A receipt printer according to an embodiment includes a sheet roller that transports a sheet from a sheet roll to a receipt issuing port. A printing device prints receipt data on the sheet. A cutter configured performs full cutting so that the sheet is separated from the sheet roll and partial cutting so that the sheet remains partially connected to the sheet roll. A processor controls the cutter to perform the partial cutting after the printing device prints the receipt data on the sheet, and also controls the cutter to perform the full cutting when a predetermined condition is satisfied after the partial cutting is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 10176847
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer including a memory storing computer-executable instructions. When the instruction is executed by a processor, a printer perform a read process and a printed matter production process. In the read process, process setting information stored in a cartridge memory of a cartridge of the specific type is read, triggered by attachment of the cartridge of the specific type to a cartridge holder. In the printed matter production process, at least a feeder and a printing head is controlled on the basis of a setting state included in the process setting information read in the read process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Kondo, Feng Zhu, Keigo Kako
  • Patent number: 10065434
    Abstract: A printing device has a print unit that prints on roll paper; a storage compartment that holds roll paper; a paper guide that limits the position of the roll paper in the storage compartment; a paper guide sensor that outputs different detection values according to the status of the paper guide; a memory unit that stores the paper width of the roll paper; and a control unit that causes the print unit to print based on the paper width stored by the memory unit, detects the status of the paper guide based on the detection value of the paper guide sensor when triggered by a specific event, changes the paper width setting to a value indicating 58 mm if the paper guide is installed, and to a value indicating 80 mm if the paper guide is not installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Motoyama, Hideki Nishimura, Satoshi Omoto
  • Patent number: 9740969
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a printer device capable of obtaining a print result having a good balance between characters in a predetermined print area and thus having good appearance. When the print length of an input character string is to be corrected, a comparison is first made in terms of the length of blank in each character and/or clearance between characters. In a case where minus correction is performed to reduce the print length, the blank or clearance is deleted by one column at a time preferentially from the area where the length of the blank and/or clearance is larger; while in a case where plus correction is performed to increase the print length, the clearance is added by one column at a time preferentially to the area where the length of the blank and/or clearance is smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NISCA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoki Kasai
  • Patent number: 9724948
    Abstract: A printing module configured to print a label on a curved surface of an article includes an expandable printing mechanism configured to be expanded to an open configuration for receiving the article or contracted to a closed configuration placing the curved surface in an operative position with respect to a print head and an article moving assembly configured to grasp and hold the article and effect relative movement between the curved surface and the print head. The printing mechanism includes contact elements, such as rollers, that contact or otherwise engage the article when the printing mechanism is in the closed configuration and maintain the curved surface in the operative position with respect to the print head during relative movement between the curved surface and the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Rolf Silbert, Robert Rosati, David Buse, Olev Tammer, Matthias Merten
  • Patent number: 9684855
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a printer including a first memory and a controller. The first memory is configured to store a plurality of types of partial print data for print formation of a plurality of types of partial pictorial symbols wherein some of the partial pictorial symbols are combined into at least one pictorial symbol. The controller is configured to execute a determining operation acceptance process, a print data generation process, and a coordination control process. In the determining operation acceptance process, a determining operation for determining the pictorial symbol is accepted. In the print data generation process, print data including the pictorial symbol determined by variably combining the plurality of types of the partial print data stored in the first memory is generated. In the coordination control process, the feeder and the printing head are coordinately controlled for forming a print corresponding to the print data on the print-receiving medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidekazu Ishii, Takahiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 9656496
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a tape feed path, a front wall, and a tape feed exit adjacent to the front wall. The tape cassette also includes a tape configured to be fed along the tape feed path to the tape feed exit, an ink ribbon, and a take-up spool configured to take-up the ink ribbon and having an axis of rotation. A first aperture is formed on a bottom edge of the front wall, wherein a portion of the first aperture is downstream of a location at which a virtual line orthogonal to the front wall and passing through the axis of rotation of the take-up spool passes through the front wall and upstream of a virtual centerline that is orthogonal to the bottom surface and divides the front wall into left and right portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9617101
    Abstract: A tape printing device for printing on a ribbon tape includes: a wrapping length acquisition unit which acquires a ribbon wrapping length that is a necessary length of a ribbon tape for ribbon wrapping, of a necessary tape length that is a necessary length of the ribbon tape for ribbon wrapping and ribbon tying on an object to be wrapped; a tying length storage unit in which a ribbon tying length that is a necessary length of the ribbon tape for ribbon tying, of the necessary tape length, is stored; and a necessary tape length calculation unit which calculates the necessary tape length, based on the ribbon wrapping length that is acquired and the ribbon tying length that is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 9498982
    Abstract: A printer 1 has a media orientation detection means 65 that detects displacement of a medium discharged from a media exit after media conveyance by the conveyance mechanism 63 stops; and a media processing device control unit 100 that controls the automatic paper cutter 60 to cut the media when the media orientation detection means 65 detects displacement of the media, and permits processing the media by the processing unit after controlling the automatic paper cutter 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takako Kasuga, Yuya Iwasa, Toshiaki Koike, Kiyomi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9469128
    Abstract: A roll paper printer has a roll paper holder that holds a paper roll of recording paper wound into a roll; a platen roller that conveys recording paper delivered from the paper roll; a printhead that prints on the recording paper conveyed by the platen roller; a delivery roller around which the recording paper travels between the paper roll and platen roller; and a paper detection lever that detects the recording paper; the paper detection lever being disposed on the inside circumference side of a first curved path through which the recording paper is conveyed in contact with the delivery roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ishimori
  • Patent number: 9444955
    Abstract: A method of creating a label to be printed on a label printing apparatus comprising: determining at least one option to be made available to a user relating to a label-creating process; displaying said at least one option on a display; and enabling a user to select said at least one option; wherein said determination of the at least one option to be made available to the user is based upon at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SANFORD L.P.
    Inventors: Bram Boot, Stephen Charles Gohde, Stephen Spencer, Stefaan Van Den Broecke
  • Patent number: 9386868
    Abstract: A dispenser for pillow napkins is provided that includes a carton having a bottom panel, opposite left and right panels extending vertically from the bottom panel, opposite front and back panels positioned between the left and right panels and extending vertically from the bottom panel, and a top panel extending parallel to the bottom panel. Left and right supports are positioned within a cavity of the carton. A plurality of pillow napkins are wound about a spool. The spool is positioned in the cavity such that the spool rotatably engages the left and right supports and the pillow napkins are spaced apart from the top and bottom panels. Methods of use are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BEDGEAR, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9327531
    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: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 9292768
    Abstract: Provided is a label data generating method of generating label data to create a label by printing a printing image on a tape-shaped member, the method comprising: setting sequential printing for creating the labels by printing a plurality of types of printing images based on each item of individual information which is sequentially read from an information list including the plurality of items of individual information; setting the number of printed copies; and generating the label data so that a plurality of copies of the labels are created, wherein in the generating of the label data, the label data is generated so that the label data creating apparatus performs non-sequential printing that prints the plurality of types of printing images respectively printed for a plurality of copies by the sequential printing in a sequence in which the same printing images are collected for a plurality of copies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mikihiro Kajihara, Akinori Tsuji, Minoru Kasahara, Junpei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9272555
    Abstract: A tape reel device includes a cartridge case (20) rotatably accommodating a spool (22b) around which an ink ribbon (22a) is wound, and a braking means (3) for providing back tension to the ink ribbon (22a) unwound from the spool (22b). The braking means (3) includes a sliding contact member (35) in sliding contact with end surface of the rotating spool (22b), a coil spring (36) urging the sliding contact member (35) in shaft direction of the spool (22b), and a rotation restriction means (37) for restricting rotation of the sliding contact member (35). The rotation restriction means (37) includes an engaging portion protruded from the cartridge case (20) to be inserted into the sliding contact member (35), and an to-be-engaged portion (44) which is protruded from inner circumference of the sliding contact member (35) and with which the engaging portion engages in rotation direction of the spool (22b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 9211737
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus includes: a feed unit configured to feed a tape-like member having a printing tape to be printed and a release tape adhered to the printing tape; a half cutter having a cutting blade configured to cut into the tape-like member and a blade receiving member configured to receive the cutting blade cut into the tape-like member, and configured to cut one of the printing tape and the release tape in a width direction; and a downstream-side restricting portion provided on the downstream side of the feeding direction of the tape-like member, and configured to restrict the movement of the cutting blade cutting into the tape-like member in the downstream side of the feeding direction of the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 9205682
    Abstract: A print controlling device includes a receiving unit that receives image data, a print controlling unit that causes a printing unit to print a cut mark and the received image data on a recording medium by using a recording agent, and a determining unit that determines whether the received image data includes a mark indicating a cut position of the recording medium. The print controlling unit causes the printing unit to print the cut mark when it is determined that the mark indicating the cut position is not included, and causes the printing unit not to print the cut mark when it is determined that the mark indicating the cut position is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norio Shimura
  • Patent number: 9145000
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including a tape drive for transferring a tape carrying a marking medium, and a printhead which is operable to transfer marking medium from such a tape to print an image, the tape drive including a pair of tape spool supports, upon one of which a supply spool is mountable and upon a second one of which a take up spool is mountable, each tape spool support being drivable by a respective motor, the tape drive further including a controller to control each of the motors, wherein the tape drive is operable to position a tape adjacent the printhead such that a spacing between adjacent portions of tape from which ink is removed in successive printing operations is less than 0.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Dover Europe Sàrl
    Inventors: Phillip Lakin, Simon Starkey, Paul Christopher Roberts, Jonathan Michael Gloag
  • Patent number: 8736895
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus compares a back-side background region of print data to be previously printed and a front-side background region of print data to be subsequently printed upon receipt of plural print data including background. If they are different, the tape printing apparatus creates a front-side color mixture tolerance region and a back-side color mixture tolerance region based on the front-side background region and the back-side background region, respectively, so that the front-side color mixture tolerance region and the back-side color mixture tolerance region are arranged continuously. The apparatus sets cut positions at a front edge border and a back edge border of each print data and cut the tape off at those portions while carrying out full-color print on the tape based on respective print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kishiro Yamaguchi, Tsutomu Kato, Susumu Murata, Ryosuke Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8630016
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for providing information on at least one container for storing a biological sample, including: a holder configured to hold at least one biological sample container and a receiver configured to receive information relating to at least one of the container or the biological sample as well as data relating to at least one instruction for printing the information. The system and method further include a printer configured to print the information in accordance with the at least one instruction. In one embodiment, the printer is configured to print the information directly on the container. In another embodiment, the system and method further include an applicator configured to apply a label on the container and the printer is configured to print the information on the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Kirk D. Swenson, Robert S. Golabek, Jr., Yuguang Wu
  • Publication number: 20130294807
    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: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Koshiro YAMAGUCHI, Tsuyoshi NAGAE, Teruo IMAMAKI
  • Patent number: 8419301
    Abstract: Provided herein is a printer, including a printing head configured to execute printing in units of columns of dots; a feed roller configured to feed a print medium; a motor configured to drive the feed roller; a drive control section configured to control driving of the printing head and the motor, wherein in case of halting and restarting printing operation, the drive control section implements printing of data for a first dot column to be printed at printing restart after driving the motor by a first driving amount, further restarts printing from the first dot column data after driving the motor by a second driving amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kubota
  • Patent number: 8270034
    Abstract: When the length of a print area in a print tape is designated and an instruction to print a symbol image of a two-dimensional code and character information is given, a printing apparatus sets the print size of the symbol image of the two-dimensional code to a predetermined print size defined as the initial setting, but changes the print attributes of the character information from the initial values to adjust the length of the character string, so that the character information can be printed together with the symbol image of the two-dimensional code within the print area in the print tape, that has the designated length. The printing apparatus prints the character information whose print size is adjusted and the symbol image of the two-dimensional code maintained at the predetermined print size, in a serial arrangement, in a range of the print tape having the designated length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Handa, Katsuyoshi Suzuki, Hirotaka Kuronuma
  • Patent number: 8202013
    Abstract: Provided herein is a printer, including a printing head that executes printing in units of columns of dots; a feed roller that feeds a print medium in synchrony with driving of the printing head; a motor that constitutes a drive source for the feed roller; a memory section that memorizes a predicted idling amount, which is the amount of idling predicted to occur when motor drive starts; and a drive control section that controls driving of the printing head and the motor, wherein when printing operation is halted and restarted, the drive control section drives the motor by a first idling amount that is smaller than the predicted idling amount, implements printing based on data for a first dot column to be printed at printing restart, further drives the motor by a subtraction amount that equals the predicted idling amount minus the first idling amount, and then starts printing from first dot column data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kubota
  • Patent number: 8152392
    Abstract: A tag label device includes a cartridge, a cartridge holder portion, and an antenna. The cartridge has a first roll around which a cover tape is wound and is detachably mounted in the cartridge holder portion. The cover tape has a plurality of RFID circuit elements To for transmitting and receiving information disposed thereon. Each of the RFID circuit elements To has an IC circuit part for storing information and an antenna connected to said IC circuit part. The antenna is disposed in the vicinity in a surface intersecting a tape surface of a path of the cover tape fed out from the first roll and transmits created RFID tag communicating information to the antenna by wireless communication and writes it to said IC circuit part. With this arrangement, the tag label device can arrange a tag medium as the cartridge without restricting the mounting/dismounting property of the cartridge and the layout of the cartridge holder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsugi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8082495
    Abstract: A label creating apparatus includes a print data creating and editing device that creates and edits print data to be printed onto a long tape. The print data creating and editing device includes a storage device that stores a data file, a divided display control device, a print data selecting device, a print data creating device, a model tape display control device, a model data file display control device, a file display size determining device. If the file display size determining device determines that a model data file is not entirely displayed in the data file display area, the model data file display control device compresses the model data file so that the model data file can be entirely displayed in the data file display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nose, Tatsuhiro Ikedo
  • Patent number: 7990567
    Abstract: A label printer having a plurality of input devices for inputting information to said label printer where a first input device can be a keyboard, and a second input device can be a connectable external controlling entity; a supply of image receiving medium such as a tape; a printer adapted to print an image on the tape; and a printer controller for controlling the label printer, so that when the label printer is connected the label printer can be operated in a stand alone mode in which information can only be input to said label printer via said first input device, or an external control mode in which information can only be input to said label printer via the connecting device, such that for a predetermined period of time after use in one of the said stand alone mode and the said external control mode, any information input via the input device not in use can not operate the label printer, but after the predetermined period of time information can be input to operate the label printer via either the first in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Jos Vleurinck, Dirke Winne, Edward Philip Duffy
  • Publication number: 20110002725
    Abstract: A tape printer which prints an inputted character string on a tape includes: an input unit receiving input of the character string; a detecting unit detecting a keyword which contains a first character string expressing a number from the character string received by the input unit; and a printing unit performing sequential number printing which repeats printing while sequentially changing the first character string when the detecting unit detects the keyword.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akinori Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7855804
    Abstract: A tape creating apparatus, including a printing device that prints characters on label tape that includes a winding margin portion that is wound around a periphery of a cylindrical member and a flag portion that is uniformly formed with the winding margin portion, wherein the characters are printed on the flag portion, a first input device for inputting a diameter of the cylindrical member, and a first setting device for setting a length of the flag portion and a length of the winding margin portion on the basis of the diameter of the cylindrical member as input by the first input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Tanjima, Jun Itakura, Yuichiro Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20100316427
    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: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 7802934
    Abstract: An image generating apparatus includes a rotatable roller for carrying a paper, provided movably in an axial direction, a roller gear fixedly mounted on the roller, a drive gear meshing with the roller gear and driven by a driving source, and a position adjustment member regulating an axial position of the roller gear so as to hold the roller gear from axial both sides while capable of moving the roller gear to a separate position for separating the roller gear and the drive gear from each other in a state of applying no pressing force to the roller gear and to a mesh position for meshing the roller gear and the drive gear with each other in carrying the paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Mushimoto
  • Patent number: 7726893
    Abstract: When a label tape 36 after the printing on a label 39 has been fed to a tape cutting position, heating elements R1-Rn of a thermal head 9 is situated to face a position slightly on the upstream side of a label front end position (at the downstream end in the feeding direction) of the next label 39 which will be printed on next and to face a position on the downstream side of a print start position of the next label 39 (a<b in FIG. 7), and a mark sensor 12 is situated on the upstream side of the heating elements R1-Rn and to face a position slightly on the downstream side of a position indication mark 39B (c<e in FIG. 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hironori Harada, Yoshihito Nonomura
  • Patent number: 7686527
    Abstract: When a label tape 36 after the printing on a label 39 has been fed to a tape cutting position, heating elements R1-Rn of a thermal head 9 is situated to face a position slightly on the upstream side of a label front end position (at the downstream end in the feeding direction) of the next label 39 which will be printed on next and to face a position on the downstream side of a print start position of the next label 39 (a<b in FIG. 7), and a mark sensor 12 is situated on the upstream side of the heating elements R1-Rn and to face a position slightly on the downstream side of a position indication mark 39B (c<e in FIG. 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hironori Harada, Yoshihito Nonomura
  • Patent number: 7674055
    Abstract: A label printing apparatus having a label peeling mechanism determines the appropriate time to run a process for setting the paper. Paper having a plurality of labels continuously affixed to a web liner is loaded inside the label printing apparatus when a main cover is open. A peeling mechanism cover is attached and openable from the main cover. When opened, the paper is routed through one path or another to exit the printer from one or another exit depending on whether or not the peeling mechanism is used. A control method for this printer has a step of waiting for a switch to be pressed by an operator after the operator puts the paper inside the label printer and closes the main cover, and a step of executing a paper setup process when the switch is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Go Hiroike, Toshihiro Tsukada, Toru Takami
  • Patent number: 7654760
    Abstract: A tape printer includes a cutter lever that is capable of moving within a prescribed operating range, a tape-cutting mechanism for cutting a printing tape after the printing tape has been printed by a thermal head when the cutter lever moves past a prescribed range, a cutter lever sensor for detecting movement of the cutter lever within the prescribed operating range, and drive circuits for halting the tape-feeding operation and printing operation controlled by a controller when the cutter lever sensor detects an operation by the cutter lever. With this construction, a printing mechanism, which includes a tape-feeding mechanism, is completely halted when a cutter unit is operated, thereby eliminating all tape jams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Sakano, Toshihiro Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Minoya
  • Patent number: 7616338
    Abstract: A label printer having a plurality of input devices for inputting information to said label printer where a first input device can be a keyboard, and a second input device can be a connectable external controlling entity; a supply of image receiving medium such as a tape; a printer adapted to print an image on the tape; and a printer controller for controlling the label printer, so that when the label printer is connected the label printer can be operated in a stand alone mode in which information can only be input to said label printer via said first input device, or an external control mode in which information can only be input to said label printer via the connecting device, such that for a predetermined period of time after use in one of the said stand alone mode and the said external control mode, any information input via the input device not in use can not operate the label printer, but after the predetermined period of time information can be input to operate the label printer via either the first in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Jos Vleurinck, Dirke Winne, Edward Philip Duffy
  • Patent number: 7614810
    Abstract: A printer allowing changes of a paper size and an ink sheet in an intermediate stage of printing is obtained. This printer comprises a paper tray provided in correspondence to each of a plurality of paper sizes, a paper tray detecting portion for detecting the size of the paper corresponding to the paper tray, an ink sheet cartridge provided in correspondence to each of a plurality of types of ink sheets corresponding to the plurality of paper sizes respectively, a cartridge detecting portion for detecting the type of the ink sheet corresponding to the ink sheet cartridge and a control portion finally deciding a combination of a paper and the ink sheet subjected to printing after searching for the paper and the ink sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Naito
  • Patent number: 7604425
    Abstract: A controller displays a setting screen of printing contents for a paper band used for sealing the preset number of banknotes on a display unit. Various information items to be printed on the paper band are displayed in different colors or information items indicating edge positions when the paper band is wrapped around a preset number of banknotes are displayed in different colors for respective types of banknotes as the layout of information items to be printed on the paper band on the setting screen. Thus, the controller sets the contents to be printed on the paper band in the above display state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Toru Otsuka
  • Patent number: 7588380
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a label data creating apparatus, a label data creating method, and a computer program product which can make the production of label tapes faster, and increase efficiency of the production thereof. A CPU of computer equipment performs a template data create process by an editor with a display, a keyboard and the like, and selects a model name of a tape printer displayed in a transfer destination selection field as a transfer destination, when a transfer command is issued. After the selection, the CPU creates print data composed of block information included in the template data and text data, and then shows error message in the display if at least one value of block height data is smaller than that of the height of the minimum font size stored in the tape printer as the transfer destination, based on the block information of the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichiro Suzuki, Yuji Iida
  • Publication number: 20090028624
    Abstract: If a top cover 5 has been opened, a link lever 34 is moved backward in conjunction with the motion of the top cover 5, so that a release lever 51 is rotated clockwise as seen from the left side about a level shaft 50. Also, a release gear 49 and a release shaft 48 are rotated about 180° counterclockwise as seen from the left side, via a lever gear 52. Accordingly, a head supporting member 37 is rotated downward, resisting an urging force of a pressing spring 36, so that a thermal head 32 is separated from a platen roller 35 and entry of a roll sheet 3A becomes possible through an insertion port 26.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Shinji Kobayashi, Akira Sago, Takehiko Inaba, Keiji Seo, Atsushi Kasugai
  • Publication number: 20080310905
    Abstract: A cassette unit includes: a cassette case which covers a printing medium and has a feeding opening for passing the printing medium when the printing medium is fed by a feeding roller of a printing apparatus body; a cassette hopper which receives the printing medium and comes in contact with or separates from the feeding roller in a state in which the cassette hopper is mounted in the printing apparatus body; and s shutter which is switched so as to allow the printing medium to pass through the feeding opening or to prevent the printing medium from passing through the feeding opening, the cassette case, the cassette hopper, and the shutter being formed integrally. The cassette hopper is bent in a direction in which the cassette hopper approaches the feeding roller in a first joint portion jointing with the cassette case to engage with a first engagement portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keiichiro FUKUMASU
  • Publication number: 20080310904
    Abstract: On the back side surface of a release paper of a double-sided adhesive tape 53, sensor marks 65 each in a rectangular shape elongated in the tape width direction when viewed from its front are printed beforehand at a predetermined pitch L along the tape transferring direction to be vertical and symmetric with each other with respect to the center line in the tape width direction. Further, on the double-sided adhesive tape 53, wireless tag circuit element 32 is provided between adjacent sensor marks 65 on the center line in the tape width direction and at a position equal to the distance l1 from each sensor mark 65 in the tape discharging direction (a direction shown by an arrow A1). An antenna 33 and a reflective sensor 35 are distanced from a cutter unit 30 by a distance l1 in the tape transfer direction. The cutter unit 30 and a thermal head 9 are distanced from each other by a distance l2 in the tape transfer direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Ito, Yoshio Kunieda, Takahiro Miwa
  • Publication number: 20080304894
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes an ink ribbon provided with a base film coated with an ink layer thereon and a film tape provided with a transparent film with an adhesive layer formed on one surface thereof. When an adhesive layer of the film tape and the ink layer of the ink ribbon of the tape cassette into contact at a print position, the ink layer is adhered onto the adhesive layer on condition that the adhesive layer is heated to exhibit self-adhesive properties, and characters and the like are printed on the film tape. Also, an auxiliary sheet medium comes into contact with the adhesive layer. Further, a conveying roller does not come into contact with the adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Koshiro Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20080165370
    Abstract: A printer includes: an area judging unit which judges whether a character printing area necessary for standard printing of an image corresponding to the character data on the printing material exceeds a definite length printing area; a printing data processing unit which creates corrected image data corresponding to a corrected printing image produced by thinning out the image corresponding the character data in the printing direction to perform compressive conversion process for fitting the character printing area to the definite length printing area when the area judging unit judges that the character printing area exceeds the definite length printing area; and a printing device which prints the corrected printing image on the printing material based on the corrected printing data created by the printing data processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoji TAKAYAMA
  • Patent number: 7344323
    Abstract: A portable label printing system for printing on a variety of materials is disclosed. A retractable platen roller cooperates with a self-aligning print head in three planes cooperates for proper label printing registration. A display screen allows the user to view precisely what the actual label and associated indicia will look like when printed on a selected label. In addition, the printing system includes an optical sensor positioned to sense data marks on the backside of a label, located on a label supply roll, allowing the printing system to identify the label specifications and make necessary adjustments to affect print quality. Reverse feed of the label supply roll is possible. The label printing system further comprises a communication port for cooperation with various devices, such as online databases and computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: HellermannTyton Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Fries, Edward P. Dyer, Donald V. Lyskawa
  • Patent number: 7318681
    Abstract: A label making apparatus displays a copy print setting screen to make a user input a number of sets or labels to be copied, and determines whether or not a value stored in a total number of sets in a RAM is 1. After the determination, if the total number of sets is 1, the print format input process is terminated, and if the total number of sets is not 1, the user is made to select whether or not a numbering print is to be performed. Accordingly, the label making apparatus can print on a tape having a half cut line which extends in a tape longitudinal direction and makes a plurality of the labels which is narrower than the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae
  • Patent number: 7314321
    Abstract: In case where any one of longitudinal direction printing in which an arranging direction of character strings coincides with a longitudinal direction of a tape, and width direction printing in which the arranging direction coincides with a width direction, is selected and a print image having the character strings arranged therein is printed on the tape to produce a label, a size in the longitudinal direction of the tape which is made into a label is set as a label width in the width direction printing. Character strings for the width direction printing are inputted and arrangement widths of respective lines of the character strings are set. A print image is created and printed according to the arrangement widths and the tape is cut in accordance with the set label width, whereby a label is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Kurashina