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PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a printing apparatus, an end of a destaticization section in a definition direction is positioned further on an outer side than an end of a transport belt in the definition direction. In addition, the printing apparatus is provided with an operation mechanism section that changes a location of the destaticization section that comes into contact with a sheet of paper, which is electrostatically adsorbed to the transport belt, by operating the destaticization section.



PRINTHEAD INCLUDING AN ASSEMBLY FOR CLEANING A LENS AND A DISPLACEABLE LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ASSEMBLY AND METHODS THEREOF

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printhead for a device capable of printing, including: a frame; a light-emitting diode (LED) assembly including a housing engaged with the frame, a plurality of LEDs one the housing and extending in a first transverse direction, and at least one lens parallel to the plurality of LEDs in the first traverse direction and arranged to focus light from the LEDs; and a displacement assembly connected to the frame and engaged with the LED assembly and arranged to displace the LED assembly, with respect to the frame to a first position for an operating mode for the printhead, in which light from the plurality of LEDs illuminates media passing through the printbar in first or second process directions orthogonal to the first transverse direction and to a second position for a cleaning mode for the printhead, in which a cleaning operation for the at least one lens is enabled.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pixel distance corrector configured to correct a pixel distance in the main scanning direction so that latent images corresponding to each pixel of image data are formed on the surface of the photosensitive member at substantially equal intervals in the main scanning direction. A controller configured to control a light source to emit light with a first light emission luminance with respect to an image part of the photosensitive member, and a second light emission luminance which is lower than the first light emission luminance, with respect to a non-image part of the photosensitive member. The controller is configured to correct light emission luminance so that the second light emission luminance decreases as the scanning speed decreases.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS FOR SCANNING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER WITH LIGHT SPOT

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes: a scanning unit configured to form a latent image on a photosensitive member, wherein a scanning speed changes within a scan line; a control unit configured to perform correction control of a luminance and a light-emitting time of a light source; a holding unit configured to hold profile information indicating a change of the light spot due to an environment or due to a position of the pixel. The holding unit is further configured to hold scanning information indicating the light-emitting time of the light source or the luminance of the light source with respect to a pixel, for correcting a change in the scanning time of the pixel, and the control unit is further configured to perform the correction control based on the scanning information and the profile information.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS LATENT IMAGE BY IRRADIATING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER WITH LIGHT

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A scanning unit performs scanning over a photosensitive member with a laser beam irradiated from a light source. A width correction unit corrects exposure time. A luminance correction unit corrects luminance of the laser beam for forming latent images. A density correction unit corrects a density value of each of the pixels of the image data according to a scanning position of the laser beam on the surface of the photosensitive member.



OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A seal member is injection-molded with a simple structure that needs no complicated assembling process. An optical scanning device 21 includes a light source unit 202 from which a light beam is emitted; a rotating polygon mirror 203 that deflects the light beam such that the light beam emitted from the light source unit 202 is scanned over a photosensitive member; an optical component that directs the light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror 203 onto the photosensitive member; an optical housing 20 that contains the light source unit 202, the rotating polygon mirror 203, and the optical component; and a cover 30 that covers an opening of the optical housing 20. The cover 30 includes a seal member 31a molded such that the seal member 31a is sandwiched between the cover 30 and a side wall of the optical housing 20, a gate 31a from which hot melt is injected, and a channel through which the hot melt flows to form the seal member 31a such that the seal member 31a is sandwiched between the side wall of the optical housing 20 and the cover 30. The gate 31a is provided outside a light path area for the light beam when viewed in a direction of a rotational axis of the rotating polygon mirror 203.



INK COMPOSITION AND RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink composition includes a pigment; polymer particles; and a polar solvent with a boiling point of 150° C. or higher, in which the polymer particles include a core polymer and a shell polymer that covers at least a portion of the core polymer, a glass transition point of the polymer that configures the core polymer is more than 30° C. lower than the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the shell polymer, the polymer that configures the shell polymer includes a polymer having a (meth)acrylate monomer unit and a carboxylic acid monomer unit, the content (solid content conversion) of the polymer particles is 1.0 mass % to 10 mass % with respect to the total amount of the ink composition, and the content of the polar solvent is 10 mass % to 40 mass % of the total amount of the ink composition.



UV-Curable Silicone Composition, Cured Products Thereof, And Methods Of Using The Same

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments disclosed related to UV-curable silicone composition, cured products thereof, and methods of using the same. Various embodiments provide a shear-thinning UV-curable silicone composition. The composition can include (A) a mercapto-functional polyorganosiloxane having the unit formula [(CH3)3SiO1/2]x[(CH3)2SiO]y[R(CH3)SiO]z wherein x is about 0.01 to about 0.1, y is about 0 to about 0.94, z is about 0.05 to about 0.99, and at each occurrence R is independently a mercapto(C1-30)hydrocarbyl group. The composition can include (B) at least one of (B1) a polyorganosiloxane comprising at least two aliphatic unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds, and (B2) an organic molecule comprising at least two aliphatic unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds; the composition can include (C) a filler. The composition can also include (D) a photoinitiator.



LABEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME TO LABEL ARTICLES DURABLY YET REMOVABLY

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A label assembly and method of using the same to label articles durably, yet removably. In one embodiment, the method includes providing an image removing laminate. The image removing laminate includes (i) a remover support, and (ii) a remover layer secured to the remover support, the remover layer, upon being activated by at least one of heat and light, being bondable to an ink image on a garment in such a way that the bonding between the remover layer and the ink image is stronger than the bonding between the ink image and the garment. The method then includes bonding the remover layer of the image removing laminate to the ink image on the garment and, then, detaching the ink image from the garment by separating the image removing laminate away from the garment.



TAPE CARTRIDGE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus having the cartridge installation portion and a press switch. The cartridge installation portion has an installation base portion and an installation peripheral wall portion surrounding the installation base portion and allows the tape cartridge to be installed on the cartridge installation portion. The press switch has a stem projecting in a direction crossing an installation direction of the tape cartridge and provided on the installation peripheral wall portion. The tape cartridge includes a detected portion that is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the tape cartridge and corresponds to the stem when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The detected portion has an installation guide slant surface that presses the stem when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.



MEDIUM IDENTIFICATION DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF IDENTIFYING MEDIUM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medium identification device identifies a type of a recording medium used for image formation. The medium identification device includes: a two-dimensional image sensor that captures an image of the recording medium; and an identifying unit that obtains a glossiness evaluation value indicating glossiness of the recording medium, a surface roughness evaluation value indicating surface roughness of the recording medium, and a coloring evaluation value indicating coloring of the recording medium, using image data of a specular reflection region reflecting specular reflection light from the recording medium and image data of a diffused reflection region reflecting diffused reflection light from the recording medium, the regions being in the image of the recording medium, and identifies the type of the recording medium by combining determination using the glossiness evaluation value, determination using the surface roughness evaluation value, and determination using the coloring evaluation value.



PRINTER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a printer having a housing forming a substantially box shape; a pair of frames disposed in the housing and arranged such that the frames oppose each other across a conveyance path of a recording medium; a cutout portion disposed at an upper end of each of the frames; and a shaft that while inserted inside a winding core on which long paper is wound into a roll shape, both ends of the shaft are supported by the cutout portions and the shaft holds the paper while allowing the paper to be pulled out from the housing; an exterior cover is disposed in the housing. The exterior cover is formed using an insulating material, has openings that open the cutout portions exteriorly, and covers the pair of the frames with the cutout portions opened exteriorly through the openings.



Printing Equipment Housing Box

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing equipment housing box includes an equipment housing portion, an outer wall, a cover, a handle, a holding member, and a button. The equipment housing portion houses printing equipment. The outer wall includes a paper discharge port penetrating through the outer wall. The cover is provided between the outer wall and the equipment housing portion, and moves along the outer wall to close the paper discharge port in the closed position and to open the paper discharge port in the open position. The handle is provided on the cover and protrudes further to the outside than the outer wall. The holding member holds the cover in the open position. The button is connected to the holding member and is provided to be aligned with the handle along the outer wall. The button moves between a first position and a second position in a direction orthogonal to the outer wall.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a head; a scanning section; and a transport section. A first region is formed in the head between a nozzle formed at a first end and a first nozzle that is a first predetermined distance away, in the sub-scanning direction, from the nozzle formed at the first end. A second region is formed in the head between a nozzle formed at a second end and a second nozzle that is a second predetermined distance away, in the sub-scanning direction, from the nozzle formed at the second end. When the head, the scanning section, and the transport section form an image on the medium, a moving-average nozzle usage ratio within a region between the first region and the second region changes at a lower rate than moving-average nozzle usage ratios within the first region and the second region.



PRINTER AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING PARTIAL MULTI-PASS PRINTING

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printer performs a partial multi-pass printing including an (a)-print process and a (b)-print process. The (a)-print process includes an (a1)-pass process and a (a2)-pass process executed between the (a1)-pass process and the (b)-print process. The (a2)-pass process is a last pass process executed in the (a)-print process. Active nozzles used in the (a1)-pass process and the (a2)-pass process include an upstream segment and a downstream segment, an intermediate segment between the upstream segment and the downstream segment. Dot recording rates of active nozzles included in the upstream segment used in the (a2)-pass process decreases toward the most-upstream nozzle of the active nozzles. The upstream segment of the (a2)-pass process has a length in a conveying direction smaller than a length of an upstream segment of active nozzles used in the (a1)-pass process.



INK-JET PRINTER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink-jet printer is provided and includes: a motor, generating a driving force that prompts an ink-jet head moving in a main scanning direction relative to a print object; a motor, generating a driving force by which the ink-jet head is moved; a motor pulley, being rotated by the driving force generated by the motor; a first belt wound around the motor pulley to transmit the driving force from the motor pulley toward the ink-jet head; and a decelerating pulley on which the first belt is wound around to be rotated by the driving force transmitted on the first belt. At least one of a group of motor-side teeth of the motor pulley and belt-side teeth of the first belt and a group of deceleration-side teeth of the decelerating pulley and the belt-side teeth of the first belt is a combination of intermeshable spur gear teeth and helical gear teeth.



PRINTER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a printer including a reflection type optical sensor and a transmission type optical sensor arranged to oppose each other across a paper conveyance path, a sensor spring and a plate spring are elastically deformed consequent to the wave shape of a guide unit and a guide unit, according to the positions of the reflection type optical sensor and the transmission type optical sensor along the width direction of the printer, enabling the reflection type optical sensor and the transmission type optical sensor to be moved based on the pitch of the wave shape along the width direction of the printer while transmitting a click feeling to an operator each time the sensor spring and the plate spring climb over a protruding portion of the wave shape.



LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid discharging apparatus includes a discharge unit capable of discharging a liquid to a discharge region, a medium movement unit capable of moving in movement directions while supporting a medium onto which the liquid is discharged, a base unit that constitutes a movement path along which the medium movement unit moves, a detected unit, and a detector unit capable of detecting a position of the medium movement unit by detecting the detected unit. The detected unit and the detector unit are disposed so that the detected unit is detected by the detector unit when the medium movement unit is at a protrusion position at which a one direction-side end portion of the medium movement unit which is at a one direction side in the movement directions protrudes more toward the one direction side than does a one direction-side end portion of the base unit.



PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

When printing is performed on a medium, a computer of a printing apparatus acquires a space (a PLG level number and a thickness of the medium) between a surface of the medium and a print head, which is formed when an ink is discharged onto a medium from the print head in a printing unit. A high speed/low speed of a carriage speed (print speed mode), print color (monochrome/color), and a transport region (normal region/lower end region) as a transport position of the medium are determined. A calculation expression is selected according to the carriage speed, the print color, and the transport region, and a correction amount according to a gap length is calculated using the selected calculation expression. Also, the transport distance is corrected using the correction amount. Transport control is performed by the transport distance.



INK-JET PRINTER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A head holder has an opening through which a space between the head holder and a conveyer communicates with an inside of the head holder. A head cooler includes a blower configured to blow air into the head holder from an outside of the head holder with a flow rate of blow air and a suction unit configured to suction air from the head holder with a flow rate of suction air. The head cooler generates cooling air for cooling an ink-jet head inside the head holder by the blower and the suction unit. A controller controls the flow rate of blow air and the flow rate of suction air such that air containing ink mist is suctioned into the head holder through the opening.



PRINTER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printer is provided which includes an output part, a carriage, a cover, and a movable part. The output part outputs a medium, the cover covers the output part, the carriage reciprocates in a predetermined direction, and the movable part has a contact point with which the carriage comes into contact and includes a holding part that holds the cover in a closed state such that the movable part opens the cover by pivoting when the carriage comes into contact with the contact point.



PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus includes a transport belt that transports a sheet, a charging roller that supplies an electric charge to the transport belt, a print head that causes ink to be attached to a printing surface of the sheet electrostatically adsorbed on the transport belt, a charge eliminating unit that is displaceable between a charge elimination position and a retreated position and that eliminates the electric charge from the printing surface by coming in contact with the printing surface of the sheet, and a charge elimination control device that controls the position of the charge eliminating unit.



PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus includes a printing section that performs printing by adhering an ink to a medium, a transport section that transports the medium, and a heating device that heats the medium, on which printing is finished. The heating device includes a first partitioning wall that has an infrared ray emission surface that faces a third support member via a heating region, and a heating section which heats the first partitioning wall, and an area of the infrared ray emission surface is greater than a projection area obtained by projecting the infrared ray emission surface toward the third support member.



MEDIUM SUPPORTING UNIT AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medium supporting unit includes a supporting unit including a supporting face which supports a medium, and a receiving unit in which a receiving face which is recessed with respect to the supporting face is formed; and a pressing unit which can press the medium which is supported by the supporting unit by being received on the receiving face, in which the receiving unit is formed of a material of which rigidity is higher than a material which forms the supporting face. By configuring such a medium supporting unit, it is possible to make the supporting unit thin and light weight.



MEDIUM SUPPORTING UNIT AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medium supporting unit includes a supporting portion that includes a first surface supporting a medium, a second surface recessed more than the first surface, and a first side surface connecting the first surface to the second surface, and a pressing portion that includes a pressing surface pressing the medium supported by the first surface at a position facing the second surface, and a facing side surface which faces the first side surface, in which in the supporting portion and the pressing portion, at the time of a holding state in which the medium is supported by the first surface and is pressed by the pressing surface, a part of the medium positioned between the first side surface and the facing side surface is capable of being held in a state of being separated from the second surface.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MARKING FOOD PRODUCTS WITH SOURCE VERIFICATION INFORMATION, AND COLLECTION AND DISSEMINATION OF SUCH SOURCE VERIFICATION INFORMATION

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure includes a method and system for applying markings on a food product in such a manner to form a permanent marking thereon. The markings may include text, graphics, images, other types of indicia, and any combination thereof. In a preferred embodiment, the markings include freshness information, traceability data, historical processing information, other types of relevant source information, or any combination thereof. The markings are applied by any suitable marking device known in the art, such as laser-based or ink-based technologies. The source information is stored in memory, such as cloud-based memory, for later use, such as production planning, product recalls, other commercial and regulatory purposes, and the like.



MEDIUM SUPPORTING UNIT, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM SUPPORTING METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medium supporting unit includes a supporting unit which can support a medium, and a pressing unit which can press the medium which is supported by the supporting, in which a coefficient of static friction of a contact face with the medium in the pressing unit is larger than that of a contact face with the medium in the supporting unit. By configuring such a medium supporting unit, it is possible to suppress floating of the medium.



LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, FLOW PASSAGE MEMBER, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A flow passage member is used in a liquid ejecting head including an ejecting unit. The ejecting unit communicates with a self-sealing unit which is a negative pressure generation mechanism. The flow passage member includes a flow passage internal pressure adjustment mechanism that adjusts a pressure inside a flow passage between the self-sealing unit and the ejecting unit by changing a volume of the flow passage on a way of the flow passage and a flow passage opening and closing mechanism that opens and closes the flow passage on a way of a flow passage between the self-sealing unit and the flow passage internal pressure adjustment mechanism.



FLUID LEVEL SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME FOR INKJET PRINTING SYSTEMS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An inkjet printing system is disclosed and comprises at least one fluid reservoir containing a fluid, a fluid line that fluidly couples the at least one fluid reservoir with an imaging device, and a fluid level sensing apparatus fluidly coupled with the at least one fluid reservoir. The fluid level sensing apparatus comprises: a bottom portion having a fluid volume VB; an intermediate portion vertically adjacent the bottom portion and having a fluid volume VI, the intermediate portion including a first fluid sensor spaced vertically from a second fluid sensor; and an upper portion vertically adjacent the intermediate portion and having a fluid volume Vu, wherein Vu>VI>VB. The inkjet printing system also comprises a pump fluidly coupled with the at least one fluid level sensing apparatus and configured to exert fluid pressure along the at least one fluid level sensing apparatus.



PRINTHEAD WITH SEPARATE ADDRESS GENERATOR FOR INK LEVEL SENSORS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printhead with a separate address generator for ink level sensors is described. In an example, a printhead includes drop ejectors fluidically coupled to nozzles, at least one nozzle address generator, nozzle decoders coupled to nozzle address generator(s) and the drop ejectors, ink level sensors each having a sensor circuit in a sensor chamber and a purging resistor circuit, a sensor address generator, and sensor decoders coupled to the sensor address generator and the purging resistor circuit in each of the ink level sensors.



DUMMY HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dummy head is attachable to and detachable from a carriage of a liquid ejecting apparatus including a first route having a supply port through which a liquid can be supplied to a liquid ejecting head in a state of being attached to the carriage, and a second route having a collection port through which the liquid can be collected from the liquid ejecting head. The dummy head has a third route which can be connected to the supply port and the collection port.



INK CARTRIDGE AND INK-JET PRINTER HAVING THE SAME

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A processor acquires elapsed time information held by an ink cartridge loaded in an ink cartridge attachment unit, calculates current ink physical property information based on the acquired elapsed time information, and controls an ink ejection operation by an ink-jet head based on the calculated physical property information.



LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A technique of enhancing attachment of a liquid supply unit to a liquid ejection device is provided. A first cartridge 100a and a second cartridge 100b are attached to a carriage 27 of a printing device 27 via a holder structure 200. The holder structure 200 has a lever member 230 rotated and moved to engage with a main engagement part 120 of each of the first and the second cartridges 100a and 100b. Each of the first and the second cartridges 100a and 100b has a first side wall portion 125 and a second side wall portion 126 configured to press the lever member 230 and rotate and move the lever member 230 forward in the course of attachment of the first or the second cartridge 100a or 100b to the holder structure 200. A rotation axis RX of the lever member 230 is located at a position closer to an ink supply port 110 or 110a than the first side wall portion 125 and the second side wall portion 126 in the course of attachment of the first or the second cartridge 100a or 100b.



INK TANK AND PRINTER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink tank includes: a reservoir that stores ink; a supply port that supplies ink stored in the reservoir to a printer; a supply port sealing member that seals the supply port; an air port that communicates between an inside of the reservoir and an atmospheric space above an upper side of a liquid surface of the ink; and an air port sealing member which a needle tube is capable of inserting and pulling out of, and which seals the air port in a state where the needle tube is not inserted.



CONNECTION MEMBER AND INKJET RECORDING DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH THE CONNECTION MEMBER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A connection member is provided that can be fabricated at low cost and easily attached to a target component. The connection member is a member to be connected to and to communicate with a first component. The connection member is further connectable to another connection member to be connected to and to communicate with a second component. The connection member includes a communicating portion connectable to and communicatable with the first component, engaging portions engageable into the other connection member, and engaged portions into which the other connection member is engageable. These connection members are mutually connectable to communicate with each other.



PRINT DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A print device includes a mount portion, a lead-out needle, a head, liquid passages, a branch portion, and first resistance portions. The lead-out needle is provided on the mount portion and connected to a storage portion such that the liquid can be led out from the storage portion when the storage portion is mounted on the mount portion. The head has ejection areas capable of ejecting the liquid. Each of the liquid passages is connected to a corresponding one of the ejection areas and feeds the liquid from the storage portion. The branch portion causes the liquid led out from the lead-out needle to branch into each of the liquid passages. Each of the first resistance portions located between the branch portion and the head is provided corresponding to one of the liquid passages and generates a larger flow resistance than the lead-out needle.



INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink-jet recording apparatus includes a plurality of recording heads including a first recording head for ejecting black ink and a second recording head for ejecting a color ink; a rubber wipe blade; and a drive mechanism that moves the wipe blade along an ink ejecting surface and is able to move-up/down the wiper blade to approach or leave the ink ejecting surface. The wipe blade has: a first wipe blade that wipes purged ink on the ink ejecting surface of the first recording head; and a second wipe blade that wipes purged ink on the ink ejecting surface of the second recording head; wherein the first wipe blade is lower than the second wipe blade in rubber hardness, and the rubber hardness of the first wipe blade is 30° or higher to 45° or lower in ASKER C hardness.



RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR RECORDING HEAD, INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND RECOVERY METHOD FOR THE RECORDING HEAD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A recovery system for a recording head of the present disclosure includes a wiper, a drive mechanism, a first rotary mechanism, and a control portion. The first rotary mechanism causes the wiper to rotate. The control portion is capable of executing the recovery operation of a recording head including an ink push-out operation in which ink is forcibly pushed out, a first wipe-off operation in which purged ink is wiped off, a rotary moving-away operation in which, while being caused to move in a first direction, the wiper is caused to rotate toward an obliquely lower side in a second direction opposite to the first direction, thus moving away from the ink discharge surface, and a second wipe-off operation in which ink is wiped off by causing the wiper to move in the second direction.



LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting unit having nozzles able to eject a first liquid to a medium; and a fluid ejecting device having ejection ports able to eject a fluid including a second liquid to the liquid ejecting unit, in which the fluid ejecting device performs, as a maintenance operation of the liquid ejecting unit, a first fluid ejection of ejecting a fluid including small droplets of the second liquid that are smaller than a nozzle opening to an opening region in which the nozzles of the liquid ejecting unit open, and a second fluid ejection of ejecting a fluid including droplets of the second liquid in which the smallest droplets are larger than the small droplets to the liquid ejecting unit.



PRINTING APPARATUS AND MIST COLLECTION METHOD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Mist generated in an inkjet printing are efficiently collected. Specifically in a mist collection operation at the maintenance, a fan is rotated in a rotating speed larger than a rotating speed of the fan at the time of the mist collection operation at the printing time.



PRINTING DEVICE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing device includes a head portion, a receptacle portion, an absorption member, a discharge outlet, and a plurality of extended wall portions. The head portion includes a nozzle face having a nozzle. The absorption member is supported by the receptacle portion, is provided to absorb the liquid, and has a through-hole. The through-hole extends through the absorption member between a first face and a second face in an orthogonal direction to the nozzle face. The first face is an opposite side to the second face. The second face faces the nozzle face in the orthogonal direction. The discharge outlet is provided in a bottom wall portion of the receptacle portion and is continuous with an outside of the receptacle portion. The bottom wall portion extends along the nozzle face. The extended wall portions project from the bottom wall portion to the nozzle face side and support the first face.



INK-JET HEAD HAVING PASSAGE UNIT AND ACTUATOR UNITS ATTACHED TO THE PASSAGE UNIT, AND INK-JET PRINTER HAVING THE INK-JET HEAD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printhead module includes a plurality of rows of printhead nozzles, at least some of the rows including at least one displaced row portion, the displacement of the row portion including a component in a direction normal to that of a pagewidth to be printed, wherein the displaced row portions of at least some of the rows are different in length than the displaced row portions of at least some of the other rows.



Liquid Discharge Apparatus and Method for Manufacturing the Same

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid discharge apparatus is provided, including a liquid discharge head including: an upper substrate, a plurality of piezoelectric elements, an intermediate substrate, a lower substrate and a plurality of individual traces arranged on the upper substrate and extending toward the contacts arranged on the one end side in the second direction from the plurality of piezoelectric elements respectively.



Liquid Discharge Apparatus and Method for Producing Piezoelectric Actuator

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid discharge apparatus is provided, which comprises a channel substrate formed with a plurality of first and second pressure chambers disposed in a first direction, a plurality of first and second individual electrodes, a piezoelectric film, a common electrode, and first traces. The first traces are connected to exposed portions of the first individual electrodes exposed from the piezoelectric film, and each of the first traces passes from the exposed portion between the two second individual electrodes to extend to the one side in the second direction. A cutout, which is cut out from the one side in the second direction, is formed so that the cutout is not overlapped with the first trace between portions of the common electrode opposed to the two adjoining second individual electrodes. The first trace is formed continuously from the exposed portion to an upper surface of the piezoelectric film.



RAISED FLUID PASS-THROUGH STRUCTURE IN PRINT HEADS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A print head includes a substrate having a hole, a circuit on the substrate, the circuit having traces and a hole corresponding to the hole in the substrate, the hole forming a fluid path, and a raised structure on the substrate around the fluid path, the raised structure positioned to seal the circuit from the fluid path.



CONTROLLING AIR AND LIQUID FLOWS IN A TWO-DIMENSIONAL PRINTHEAD ARRAY

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printhead includes a substrate having an enclosure that includes an aperture through which liquid drops and gas flow are emitted. An array of liquid drop ejectors is included in the enclosure, which eject the liquid drops emitted through the aperture in response to image data. An array of gas flow ejectors is included in the enclosure, which emit the gas flow through the aperture.



METHOD FOR DETERMINING FUNCTIONING OF A PRINT HEAD COOLER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for determining functioning of a print head cooler includes operating the print head cooler, the print head cooler including a first surface in thermal contact with a surface of a print head; providing a predetermined amount of heat to the print head; measuring the temperature of the print head; based on the measured temperature, determining the functioning of the print head cooler. The predetermined amount of heat is provided by applying at least one non-jetting pulse to a liquid present in the print head. An assembly of a print head and a print head cooler is also disclosed. The assembly includes a control that is configured to perform the method for determining functioning of a print head cooler.



LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid discharging apparatus includes a housing, a head unit that is provided in the housing, and includes a discharge section, which is provided with a piezoelectric element that is displaced depending on a driving signal, a driving signal creation section that creates the driving signal, a temperature information creation section that creates temperature information, which shows a temperature of a predetermined location inside the housing, a detection signal creation section that creates a detection signal by amplifying a residual vibration signal, which shows residual vibrations that occur in the discharge section after the piezoelectric element is displaced depending on the driving signal, with an amplification factor that depends on a temperature, which the temperature information shows, and a discharge state determination section that determines a discharge state of the liquid in the discharge section on the basis of the detection signal.



DRIVE CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING A CAPACITIVE LOAD

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid discharge apparatus includes: a modulation circuit that generates a modulated signal by pulse-modulating a source signal; a transistor that amplifies the modulated signal to generate an amplified modulated signal; a low-pass filter that includes an inductor and a capacitor and smoothes the amplified modulated signal to generate a drive signal; a feedback circuit that returns the drive signal to the modulation circuit; a circuit board; a piezoelectric element that is displaced by application of the drive signal thereto. The circuit board has a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface. The capacitor and the feedback circuit are mounted and a first ground wiring connected to the capacitor and a second ground wiring connected to the feedback circuit are provided on the first mounting surface. At least one of the modulation circuit, the transistor, and the inductor is mounted on the second mounting surface.



PRINTER AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING MULTI-PASS PRINTING

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printer performs a multi-pass printing including: (a) pass process executed with Ka number of nozzles; (c1) pass process executed with Kc1 number of nozzles; (c2) pass process executed with Kc2 number of nozzles; and (b) pass process executed with Kb number of nozzles. Kc1 and Kc2 are greater than or equal to Kb and smaller than Ka. An upstream gradient of dot recording rates of (c1) pass process is greater than a gradient of (a) pass process. A downstream gradient of (c1) pass process is the same as the gradient of (a) pass process. An upstream gradient of (c2)-pass process is the same as a gradient of (b) pass process. A downstream gradient of (c2)-pass process is greater than the gradient of the (a) pass process. Kc1 is greater than Kc2.