Housing Structure Patents (Class 400/693)
  • Patent number: 10326224
    Abstract: A portable printer includes a casing accommodating a printer module and a control board accommodated in the casing and electrically connected to the printer module. A female-side connector is mounted on the control board and exposed to an outside of the casing through a connector opening formed in the casing. The female-side connector is configured to detachably mount a male-side connector. A connector cover made of an elastically deformable material is interposed between an inner peripheral surface of the connector opening and an outer peripheral surface of the female-side connector along an entire circumference of the female-side connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Masanori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10272701
    Abstract: A printer according to an embodiment includes: a printer body including a supplying part that rotatably holds a roll-shaped sheet member; an opening and closing cover configured to open and close with respect to the printer body; a thermal head disposed on the printer body, the thermal head configured to print on the sheet member; a platen roller disposed on the opening and closing cover, the platen roller positioned at a location opposite to the thermal head and feeding the sheet member in a closed configuration; and a platen roller holding mechanism configured to attachably and detachably secure the platen roller to the opening and closing cover. The platen roller holding mechanism includes a label roll supporter that rotatably guides the roll-shaped sheet member in the supplying part. The label roll supporter includes a cross-sectional arc-shaped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Obara
  • Patent number: 9821572
    Abstract: A printer according to an embodiment includes: a printer body including a supplying part that rotatably holds a roll-shaped sheet member; an opening and closing cover configured to open and close with respect to the printer body; a thermal head disposed on the printer body, the thermal head configured to print on the sheet member; a platen roller disposed on the opening and closing cover, the platen roller positioned at a location opposite to the thermal head and feeding the sheet member in a closed configuration; and a platen roller holding mechanism configured to attachably and detachably secure the platen roller to the opening and closing cover. The platen roller holding mechanism includes a label roll supporter that rotatably guides the roll-shaped sheet member in the supplying part. The label roll supporter includes a cross-sectional arc-shaped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Obara
  • Patent number: 9724934
    Abstract: A printer includes a carriage which includes an ink jet recording head and is movable in a first direction and a second direction that is an opposite direction to the first direction, a gear group which transmits power of a motor to a sheet transporter, a transporter drive motor which transmits power to the gear group, and a carriage drive motor which drives the carriage. At least a portion of the carriage drive motor and at least a portion of the gear group are at the same position as each other in a movement direction (x direction) of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Shuto, Kazuhiko Tsuyama, Naoki Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Tajima
  • Patent number: 9288349
    Abstract: An image processing device is provided with a first unit, a second unit attached to the first unit rotatably around a rotational axis, flat cables connecting elements in the first unit with elements in the second unit, and a guide member having wiring paths each defined between two of separations walls, the guide member guiding, from the first unit to the second unit, the flat cables laid through the wiring paths, respectively, in a state spaced apart from each other in a thickness direction thereof without contacting each other, at least one of the separation walls including a curving wall curving to surround the rotational axis, at least one of the flat cables guided to have a curving section along the curving wall, a first extension extending continuously from the curving section to the first unit, and a second extension extending continuously from the curving section to the second unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sakae Ito
  • Patent number: 9079742
    Abstract: Disclosed are a printer and a stacker and methods. The printer prints selectively on one or both sides of a printable web and sheets or labels are cut from the web and stacked in the stacker. The printer has an unwind mechanism that accepts and holds web rolls of different widths in center-justified relationship with respect to a print head. The printer has a spindle for mounting an ink ribbon core with a detent for center-justifying the ink-ribbon with respect to the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond A. Blanchard, Jr., Donald J. Ward
  • Patent number: 9031422
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus or an image forming apparatus includes: a housing including an opening and closing member that can be opened and closed; a conveying path that conveys an object to be conveyed, at least a part of the conveying path being provided adjacent to an inner side of the opening and closing member; a first detector that detects whether the object is present in a predetermined region and outputs a detection signal corresponding to a result of the detection; and an interlocking mechanism that causes, when the opening and closing member is opened, the first detector to change at least one of a position and a structure of the first detector in mechanically association with movement of opening of the opening and closing member, and to output a detection signal which is the same as a detection signal output when the object is present in the predetermined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naohisa Fujita
  • Patent number: 9016852
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing having an access cover, a paper feed tray, and a paper discharge tray provided on a side thereof in a rotatable manner. A rotation pivot of the paper feed tray and a rotation pivot of the access cover are arranged on the same axis, and a rotation pivot of the paper discharge tray is arranged with a shift from the rotation pivot of the access cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Takemura, Masaya Shimmachi, Yasuhito Tsubakimoto, Kaneto Tokuyama
  • 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: 8971729
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a sheet feeding portion which feeds a topmost sheet of sheets stacked on a sheet stacking portion and an image forming portion which forms an image to the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion. The image forming apparatus also has a moisture-proof member set to a covering position so as to contact with and cover a topmost sheet of sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion, a moisture-proof member detection portion which determines whether the moisture-proof member is available at the covering position, and a notification portion which notifies the presence or absence of the moisture-proof member at the covering position based on a detection result from the moisture-proof member detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuri Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 8965266
    Abstract: Automatic document feeder includes a transport path member having a transport path surface configuring a transport path in a device body, a latching member that is mounted on a rotating shaft provided in the other end side, is urged in a first rotation direction latched to a latched portion, and holds the transport path member in closed transport path, and an operating member that is rotated up to an operating position by own weight thereof or urging force in a second rotation direction when the device body moves to an exposed position of the transport path member, and is mounted with allowance so that the latching member is rotated in the second rotation direction according to a further rotating operation in the second rotation direction from the operating position and the latching member is detached from the latched portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Yamazaki, Hyundeok Ha, Senggyu Cho
  • 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: 8939666
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a first support unit which is disposed at an intermediate location of a transport path of the target and supports the target; a second support unit which is disposed at a location of a downstream side of the transport path of the target further than the first support unit and supports the target; a tension applying member which is disposed at a location of the target transport path between the first support unit and the second support unit and pressures the target from one side thereof to apply a tension to the target; and an optical detection unit which is disposed at a location corresponding to the tension applying member to face the other side of the target and irradiates detection light to a surface of the other side of the target to which the tension is applied by the tension applying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Tamai, Satoshi Morikawa
  • Patent number: 8934810
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus is provided with: a replaceable image forming structure body including elements for image formation; a recording medium transporting structure body including elements for transporting a recording medium to the image forming structure body; an output recording medium transporting structure body transporting, to an output port, a recording medium outputted from the image forming structure body; and a connection structure body electrically connected to structure bodies. They each form at least a part of the appearance of the image forming apparatus. The latter three bodies are adjacent to each other, and attachable in a state where the image forming structure body is not attached, the image forming structure body is in contact with at least three surfaces included in surfaces of the other bodies adjacent to each other, and the image forming structure body is attachable in a state where the other bodies have been attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Ishino, Hidekazu Amamoto
  • Patent number: 8920056
    Abstract: An electronic equipment of the embodiment comprises a housing that has an attaching wall with an inclined surface on which a covered object is arranged, an attaching body that has a covering surface covering the covered object and is amounted on the attaching wall, a first convex portion, wherein the projection tip portion of the first convex portion contacts the covering surface, and a second convex portion, wherein the projection tip portion of the second convex portion contacts the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8919936
    Abstract: In a recording apparatus, a first casing holds a supporting portion. A second casing holds a recording head and a first tank. The second casing is connected to the first casing so as to be rotatable relative to the first casing about a prescribed axis, the second casing being configured to move between a first position and a second position by rotating relative to the first casing, the recording head being located adjacent to the first casing when the second casing is in the first position, the recording head being further apart from the first casing when the second casing is in the second position than when the second casing is in the first position. The recording head opposes the supporting portion when the second casing is in the first position. The second casing is provided with a second tank mounting portion and a liquid transferring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8915661
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device for a printer includes a movable tray for supporting a print media. The tray is movable between an open position in which media may be moved on to the tray and a closed position in which media is blocked from moving on to the tray. The device also includes a rotatable media drive component for moving print media on to the tray and a movable restraint operatively connected to the tray. The restraint is movable between: a first position, corresponding to the open position of the tray, in which the restraint does not restrain the media drive component; and a second position, corresponding to the closed position of the tray, in which the restraint restrains rotation of the media drive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark G Miranda, Keith Janabka, Robert Winburne
  • Patent number: 8903268
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes vertically connected units, first and second fitting portions, and first and second fitted portions. These fitting portions are provided at a lower portion of an upper unit. These fitted portions are provided at an upper portion of a lower unit downwardly adjacent to the upper unit. The first fitted portion corresponds to the first fitting portion and the second fitted portion corresponds to the second fitting portion. The upper unit is restricted from displacing vertically relative to the lower unit when the first fitting portion engages with the first fitted portion. The second fitting portion engages with the second fitted portion such that the upper unit is restricted from moving horizontally relative to the lower unit, when a user pivots the upper unit downwardly about the first fitting portion while the first fitting portion is engaged with the first fitted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Ohkura
  • Patent number: 8882374
    Abstract: A printer having improved operational features. The printer includes an articulating print frame assembly coupled to a top cover that is adapted to rotate out of the top cover to an open position and to rotate into the top cover to a closed position. When the print frame is in an open position, the top cover is prevented from rotating toward the bottom housing to a closed position. The printer may include at least one media support member with a media adjustment channel disposed therein, a media adjustment member slidingly disposed through each of the media adjustment channels, and a resilient member configured to apply friction between each of the media adjustment members and the corresponding media support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Datamax—O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Colonel, Raul Palacios, Ching-Yang Chou, Dick Feng Yi Tai
  • Patent number: 8876420
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording apparatus including: a first transporting portion with a first transporting path formed to guide a sheet with its recording surface facing upward, a recording portion, a transporting roller, a second transporting portion with a second transporting path, a first flap, a sandwiching member sandwich the sheet between itself and the first flap, and a second flap. The first flap turn between a first position being able to guide the sheet along the first transporting path and a second position spaced downward from the sandwiching member farther than in the first position, and the second flap change between a third position for a third surface to define a guide surface of the second transporting path and a fourth position to open up the second transporting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 8870483
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, a thermal printer includes a housing in which a space is formed, printing means disposed in the housing, a cover disposed in the housing and which comes into contact with and separates from the housing when rotated, thereby opening and closing the space, urging means for urging the cover in a direction away from the housing, an engaging part which is disposed in the housing and which prevents the movement of the cover in a direction away from the housing when engaged with the cover, a pressed part which is disposed rotatably in the cover and which moves the engaging part when pressed, thereby releasing engagement between the cover and the engaging part, and elastic means arranged to urge the pressed part in a direction away from the engaging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Sekino, Kousuke Takahashi, Takeshi Hiyoshi, Kiyotaka Nihashi, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 8870482
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, a thermal printer includes a housing in which a space is formed, printing means disposed in the housing, a cover disposed in the housing and which comes into contact with and separates from the housing when rotated, thereby opening and closing the space, urging means for urging the cover in a direction away from the housing, an engaging part which is disposed in the housing and which prevents the movement of the cover in a direction away from the housing when engaged with the cover, a pressed part which is disposed rotatably in the cover and which moves the engaging part when pressed, thereby releasing engagement between the cover and the engaging part, and elastic means arranged to urge the pressed part in a direction away from the engaging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Sekino, Kousuke Takahashi, Takeshi Hiyoshi, Kiyotaka Nihashi, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 8858107
    Abstract: A device for processing media may include a front panel, a rear panel, a side panel, a support surface, and an access door assembly. The access door assembly may be pivotally coupled to the support surface and may include a major door pivotally coupled to a minor door. The minor door may be movable from an operational position to a minor support position and the major door may be movable from the operational position to a major support position in which the major door is positioned against and supported by the support surface. The side panel may define an imaginary plane that extends upward beyond the support surface and the access door assembly may be sized to be supported on the support surface without crossing the imaginary plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventor: Mark B. Urban
  • Patent number: 8845218
    Abstract: A credential production device includes a unitary frame formed of plastic, a first processing component and a second processing component. The unitary frame includes a rear wall, a pair of side walls extending from opposing sides of the rear wall, a top wall extending from a top side of the rear wall and coupled to the side walls, a bottom wall extending from a bottom side of the rear wall and coupled to the side walls, a first device registration member and a second device registration member. The rear wall, the side walls, the top wall and the bottom wall define an interior cavity and an opening to the interior cavity. The first processing component includes a first frame registration member that is configured to cooperate with the first device registration member to place the first processing component in a known position relative to the unitary frame and the second device registration member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Ted M. Hoffman, James R. Cedar
  • Patent number: 8845219
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses an adhesive tape printer comprising a housing, a first storage part configured to receive a first roll provided to one side of the housing in the first horizontal direction, a feeding roller, a printing head, a second storage part configured to store a second roll wherein the adhesive tape with print is wound around an axis line in the second horizontal direction, provided to the other side of the housing in the first horizontal direction, a feeding motor provided further on the other side than the first storage part and further on the one side than the second storage part so that an axis direction of an output shaft matches the second horizontal direction, a first opening/closing cover provided to an upper part on the one side, and a second opening/closing cover provided to an upper part on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsugi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8838007
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an openable cover capable of opening and closing an opening, an image forming portion for forming a toner image on a sheet, and a cam member provided in the image forming portion for moving a contact member toward and away from an opposing member. A controller controls the image forming portion and rotation of the cam member. The controller stops an operation of the image forming portion when a detecting unit detects opening of the openable cover, and then controls rotation of the cam member at least one full turn when the detecting unit detects closing of the openable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yu Shuhama, Yuichiro Osawa, Masao Amano, Kiyoharu Yoshioka, Nobukazu Adachi
  • Patent number: 8821054
    Abstract: A printer apparatus includes a supply unit to supply recording media, a recording unit to record information to the recording media, and a storage unit to store the recording media. A tray is formed in at least one of the supply unit and the storage unit and detachably connected to the apparatus to store a plurality of recording media in a stacked state. The apparatus includes a support surface for supporting a bottom surface of the tray, and at least one wall surface touching or opposing a side surface of the tray. An opening is defined by the bottom surface and the at least one wall surface to allow the tray to be detached from a direction within a predetermined angle of the side surface of the apparatus. A positioning device is disposed in at least one of the support surface and the wall surface for positioning the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichiro Nakazawa, Yukihiro Nakajima, Daisuke Kaneoya
  • Patent number: 8821055
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main body, an image forming unit, a fixing unit, a first feed path forming member, and an ejection portion. The first feed path forming member is disposed between the image forming unit and the fixing unit in the main body and forms a first feed path in which a transferring member is fed. The ejection portion includes a tray member disposed at an upper end portion of the main body and including a communication opening that provides communication between an inside and an outside of the main body. The communication opening is disposed between the image forming unit and the fixing unit in a plan view. The first feed path forming member includes a first through hole. The first through hole is open toward the communication opening and the communication opening is open toward the first through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masamitsu Ukai
  • Patent number: 8821051
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet, disposed in an upper portion of the image forming apparatus; at least upper and lower sheet roll supporters provided one above the other below the image forming unit to support a sheet roll, the lower sheet roll supporter offset proximally toward a front surface of the image forming apparatus from the upper sheet roll supporter; and multiple openings provided in the front surface of the image forming apparatus for the at least upper and lower sheet roll supporters through which the sheet roll is set to the at least upper and lower sheet roll supporters, an upper edge of the opening for the upper sheet roll supporter having a sloped portion tilting downward from the front surface to the back of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takayuki Niihara, Masahiko Yamada, Masato Ogawa, Yuichiro Maeyama
  • Patent number: 8814454
    Abstract: An image processing device is provided with a first unit, a second unit attached to the first unit rotatably around a rotational axis, flat cables connecting elements in the first unit with elements in the second unit, and a guide member having wiring paths each defined between two of separations walls, the guide member guiding, from the first unit to the second unit, the flat cables laid through the wiring paths, respectively, in a state spaced apart from each other in a thickness direction thereof without contacting each other, at least one of the separation walls including a curving wall curving to surround the rotational axis, at least one of the flat cables guided to have a curving section along the curving wall, a first extension extending continuously from the curving section to the first unit, and a second extension extending continuously from the curving section to the second unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sakae Ito
  • Patent number: 8814453
    Abstract: A printer including: a fixed part; a movable part that is connected to the fixed part rotatably around a rotation center such that one of an open state and a closed state is selectable; a cylindrical body configured to transfer a print medium; a holding part configured to hold the cylindrical body; and a restraint part configured to restrain the holding part to the movable part such that the movable part can slide in a radial direction of the rotation center; wherein the restraint part includes: an engaging part that forms a part of one of the holding part and the movable part; and an engaged part that forms a part of another one that is engaged to the engaging part, and the fixed part includes a storing part configured to store spindles of the transfer cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yukihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 8801308
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a media path within a body of the printing apparatus. The media path moves sheets of media through the body of the printing apparatus. A marking engine is also within the body of the printing apparatus. The media path supplies the printing media to the marking engine. A processor is within the body of the printing apparatus. The processor is operatively connected to the marking engine, and the processor controls actions of the marking engine. Sensors are within the body of the printing apparatus. The sensors are operatively connected to the processor, and the sensors are positioned along the media path. The sensors detect locations and conditions of the sheets of media as the sheets of media travel along the media path. The sensors have a first clip shape. Further, clip connectors are located within the body of the printing apparatus. The clip connectors are connected to the sensors. Additionally, light structures are connected to the clip connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Cole, Richard G. Hubbard, David K. Halden, Kenneth G. Dixon, Anthony J. Peters
  • Patent number: 8801307
    Abstract: In order to provide a substrate cartridge, a substrate processing apparatus, a substrate processing system, a control apparatus, and a method of manufacturing a display element capable of preventing foreign objects from being attached to the substrate, there is provided a substrate cartridge including: a cartridge mainframe that has an opening which a substrate is carried in/out and accommodates the substrate through the opening; a mount portion that is provided in the cartridge mainframe and is detachably connected to an external connecting portion; and a blocking unit that blocks the opening depending on a connection state between the mount portion and an external connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 8790028
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image reading unit to read an image of a document, disposed in an upper portion of the image forming apparatus; an image forming unit to form the image on a sheet, disposed below the image reading unit; at least upper and lower sheet roll supporters provided one above the other below the image forming unit to support a sheet roll, the lower sheet roll supporter offset proximally toward a front surface of the image forming apparatus from the upper sheet roll supporter; and multiple openings provided in the front surface of the image forming apparatus for the at least upper and lower sheet roll supporters through which the sheet roll is set to the at least upper and lower sheet roll supporters from a front surface side of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takayuki Niihara, Masahiko Yamada, Yuichiro Maeyama, Masato Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8789939
    Abstract: An ink and print media cartridge for a printer device includes a print media housing assembly configured for insertion and removal to and from the printer device, the print media housing assembly having a top molding coupled to a bottom molding and a print media storage volume defined therebetween; an ink housing assembly attached to an outer surface of the bottom molding, the ink housing assembly defining an ink chamber with the outer surface of the bottom molding; a spring provided between the top molding and the bottom molding, the spring positioned to bear on one side against the top molding and on an opposite side against print media stored in the print media storage region; and a feed mechanism provided within the print media housing, the feed mechanism having a drive gear protruding externally from the print media housing. The drive gear is positioned to engage with a complimentary drive mechanism of the printer device upon insertion of the print media housing into the printer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tobin Allen King, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8757794
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing having an access cover, a paper feed tray, and a paper discharge tray provided on a side thereof in a rotatable manner. A rotation pivot of the paper feed tray and a rotation pivot of the access cover are arranged on the same axis, and a rotation pivot of the paper discharge tray is arranged with a shift from the rotation pivot of the access cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Takemura, Masaya Shimmachi, Yasuhito Tsubakimoto, Kaneto Tokuyama
  • Patent number: 8740485
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an open/close lid configured to close or open a paper conveyance path of a recording paper, and a locking member configured to hold a closing state of the open/close lid by engaging with an engaging portion of the open/close lid, and to be capable to move to a position engageable with the engaging portion of the open/close lid or a position of retracting from the position engageable with the engaging portion of the open/close lid. The locking member moves to the position engageable with the engaging portion of the open/close lid at non-print time, and further moves to the position of retracting from the position engageable with the engaging portion of the open/close lid at print time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinga Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8727649
    Abstract: The roll paper loading mechanism of a roll paper printer has a left side panel rendered in unison with a roll paper holder. The roll paper holder pivots to the front of the printer in conjunction with the operation opening an access cover. When the access cover is opened completely, the left side panel protrudes through an opening formed in the printer case to the front of the printer. A right side panel disposed to hold the roll paper between it and the left side panel is stationary inside the printer case. A roll paper guide tab that projects to the front of the printer and extends away from the left side panel is formed on the front end of the right side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 8724303
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a first cover and a second cover. The main body includes a display formed on a surface thereof. The first cover is rotatably connected to one end of the main body and the second cover is rotatably connected to another end of the main body. When the first cover and the second cover are in a closed state, the first cover and the second cover are positioned at an opposite surface of the display. When the first cover and the second cover are unfolded like wings to be in an open state, the first cover and the second cover are positioned to extend from opposite sides of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Chao Duan, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 8721209
    Abstract: A multi-function printer including a body, a door, a feeding module, a transmission module, and a cam assembly is provided. The door is assembled to the body being opened or closed relative to the body. The feeding module and the transmission module are disposed in the body. The feeding module has a driving gear. The transmission module has a swim arm with an end connected to the driving gear. The cam assembly is movably disposed in the body and configured between the door and the transmission module. The cam assembly is in a moving range of the swim arm, and the door is in a moving range of the cam assembly. When the driving gear rotates in a direction, the other end of the swim arm is engaged to the cam assembly, and drives the cam assembly to push the door open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited, Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ching-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 8721208
    Abstract: This is disclosed a portable printer that is easy to load with an ink ribbon cartridge and record members web supplies, that is simple, has relatively few parts, is lightweight and has a small footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Makley, John D. Mistyurik, Larri B. Williams
  • Patent number: 8718533
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a cover member attached to and detached from a main body in a sliding manner, and achieves power transmission from the main body to driving elements of the cover member through an electronic clutch, thereby simplifying a power transmission structure and improving reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyung Won Yoon
  • Patent number: 8712312
    Abstract: A cover opening and closing unit includes a cover installed to be opened from and close a main body and a manual paper feed tray that is rotatably installed on the cover. The cover is connected to the main body by a link element and a connection link is connected to the link element and the manual paper feed tray so that, when the cover is opened from the main body when the manual paper feed tray is in an opened state with respect to the cover, an open angle of the manual paper feed tray with respect to a vertical direction is maintained within 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-wuk Lee, Je-won Jung
  • Patent number: 8702330
    Abstract: A printer has a roll paper compartment that stores roll paper so that it can roll on a horizontal axis of rotation, a roll paper cover that pivots to open and close the roll paper compartment, and a tension roller that is displaced when the roll paper cover pivots open and closed. The roll paper compartment is supported to pivot in the direction in which the roll paper cover rotates when the roll paper cover pivots open or closed. The tension roller is disposed to a position where it urges the roll paper opposite the direction in which the roll paper compartment moves circularly when the roll paper cover pivots in the opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 8696225
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, a thermal printer includes a housing in which a space is formed, printing means disposed in the housing, a cover disposed in the housing and which comes into contact with and separates from the housing when rotated, thereby opening and closing the space, urging means for urging the cover in a direction away from the housing, an engaging part which is disposed in the housing and which prevents the movement of the cover in a direction away from the housing when engaged with the cover, a pressed part which is disposed rotatably in the cover and which moves the engaging part when pressed, thereby releasing engagement between the cover and the engaging part, and elastic means arranged to urge the pressed part in a direction away from the engaging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Sekino, Kousuke Takahashi, Takeshi Hiyoshi, Kiyotaka Nihashi, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 8672565
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus including a tape accommodation area for accommodating a supply of image receiving tape; a cutting arrangement; an outlet arranged adjacent said cutting arrangement, the outlet having a first part downstream of the cutting arrangement with a size such that a user is able to access an area adjacent the cutting arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventor: Kris Vandermeulen
  • Patent number: 8672569
    Abstract: A platen roller fixing structure includes a platen roller; a spring; a spring supporting part supporting the spring; a print head; a platen roller receiving part configured to receive the platen roller; and a spring receiving part configured to receive the spring. The platen roller, the spring, and the spring supporting part are provided on one of a body part and a movable part of a printer. The movable part is rotatably connected to the body part. The print head, the platen roller receiving part, and the spring receiving part are provided on the other one of the body part and the movable part. When the movable part is closed relative to the body part, the spring receiving part comes into contact with the spring to cause the spring to press the platen roller against the platen roller receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Components Limited
    Inventors: Yuji Yada, Kunihiko Funada, Yukihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 8662773
    Abstract: In order to cope with a change in design between a printer having a hip down design specification (first specification) and another printer having a hip up design specification (second specification), each of a lower frame and an upper frame has a structure common to both of the specifications. The lower frame and the upper frame are coupled to each other by a hinge structure removably attached to the lower frame and the upper frame. The hinge structure is selected from a first hinge structure and a second hinge structure. By changing the hinge structure from the first hinge structure to the second hinge structure and vice versa, the height of a hinge center can easily be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 8651757
    Abstract: A platen support mechanism that movably supports a platen unit to which a platen is attached has a platen positioning mechanism that positions the platen unit in a specific posture at four locations, bosses that protrude from both sides at the front in the front-back direction of the printer, and shaft ends that protrude from both sides at the back in the front-back direction of the printer. The platen unit is thereby positioned in a specific posture at the closed position regardless of play in the platen support mechanism. As a result, the platen is positioned to the printing position in a specific posture with a constant gap to the nozzle surface of the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 8651758
    Abstract: An exterior structure of an apparatus for covering the outside of an apparatus main body with a multiple number of panel elements uses shielding panels, heat-radiating panels and machine-interior anti-scatter panels as the multiple number of panel elements. The apparatus has a framework to which shielding panels, heat-radiating panels and machine-interior anti-scatter panels are appropriately arranged in combination to cover the apparatus in conformity with the functional configuration of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nagao, Takashi Kikutani, Kazuhisa Yoneda, Yasushi Nakamura, Toshikazu Kitaura, Hidenobu Mandai