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PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus according to an embodiment of this invention inputs print data, generates a driving pulse to cause a plurality of print elements of a printhead to perform a printing operation and generates a print data signal based on the input print data to cause the printhead to print on a print medium. At this time, for example, the signal generation timing is controlled so as to determine, based on a driving pulse width, a generation range of the print data signal so as not to overlap with the leading edge and the trailing edge of the driving pulse. Subsequently, the generated driving pulse and the generated print data signal are transferred to the printhead, and the printhead is driven to print on the print medium.



OPTICAL HEAD, OPTICAL PRINT HEAD, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An optical head includes a lens array including resin lenses, a holder that holds the lens array, and a positioning mechanism that positions the holder such that the holder is opposed to a target. The positioning mechanism is configured to change a distance between the lens array and the target depending on a change in at least any one of temperature and humidity.



INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK SET

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink jet recording method includes a reaction liquid attaching process of attaching a reaction liquid containing a coagulant having solubility of 120 g or less in 100 g of water as a coagulant which coagulates components of an ink composition to a low absorbent recording medium or a non-absorbent recording medium to form a first recorded region, and an ink composition attaching process of attaching the ink composition containing water and a resin having a percentage of water absorption of 0.3% or less to at least one part of the first recorded region to form a second recorded region.



PRODUCTION METHOD FOR PAINTED HEAT-RESISTANT MEMBER, PRINTING DEVICE, AND INK

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein is a way to appropriately decorate a heat-resistant member. This is achieved by a method for producing a painted heat-resistant member which is a heat-resistant member having an image drawn thereon. The method includes a drawing step of ejecting an ink onto a heat-resistant member medium in droplets with an inkjet head, and irradiating the ink landed on the medium with UV light to draw an image on the medium, the ink containing at least a pasty liquid containing an organic substance, an UV-polymerizable organic substance which is an organic substance that polymerizes upon being irradiated with UV light, and an inorganic pigment dispersed in the pasty liquid; and an organic substance removal step of heating the medium having the image drawn thereon to remove the organic substance component contained in the ink on the medium.



MODULAR SUBLIMATION PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A safe, integrated dye sublimation printer apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus is configured to print one or more images. In some embodiments, the apparatus may be incorporated into a fully-enclosed vending machine, equipped with one or more product storage containers, to provide on-demand personalized sublimated products and accessories for a consumer.



METHOD FOR PRINTING ON A MEDIA OBJECT IN A FLAT BED PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method for printing on a media object supported by a flat bed of a printer, the printer comprising a print head and a camera above the flat bed, the method comprising the steps of detecting a media object on the flat bed surface of the printer by means of a digital camera image captured by the camera, deriving camera coordinates of the media object in the digital camera image, applying a direct transformation from the camera coordinates into print head coordinates of the media object without using coordinates of the flat bed surface, and printing a digital target image on the media object by ejecting recording material on the media object from the print head, the print head controlled according to the print head coordinates appropriate for the media object.



SELF-PROPELLED PRINTER AND SELF-PROPELLED IMPRINTER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A self-propelled printer comprises a processor; an interface communicatively connected to the processor for providing at least information respective of a surface to be printed; a memory communicatively connected to the processor, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, configure the self-propelled printer to at least render an image for printing respective of at least a portion of the information received via the interface; a print head communicatively connected to the processer for printing on the surface based on the rendered image; a motor control unit communicatively connected to the processor for propelling the self-propelled printer via at least one motor based on the rendered image; and at least a rotary element connected to the at least one motor, wherein the rotary element is configured to move in at least two directions with respect to the surface based on movement of the at least one motor.



LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A supporting section is disposed to confront an ejection surface and supports a recording medium. A first tank is mounted on a first-tank mount section. A liquid conveying section conveys liquid to a liquid ejecting head. A receiving section receives liquid ejected from the liquid ejecting head. A waste-liquid conveying section conveys liquid to the waste-liquid tank. A first casing holds the liquid ejecting head, the first-tank mount section, and the liquid conveying section. A second casing holds the supporting section, the receiving section, the waste-liquid tank, and the waste-liquid conveying section. The first casing is connected with the second casing such that the first casing is movable relative to the second casing. The first casing takes a first position at which the ejection surface confronts the supporting section and a second position at which the ejection surface is farther away from the supporting section than at the first position.



INKJET PRINT HEAD PROTECTION BY ACOUSTIC SENSING OF MEDIA

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A print head protection system is used in connection with an inkjet printer having a print head adapted for elevating, and a belt moving over a platen. A plurality of acoustic sensors is arrayed transversely to the process direction. The acoustic sensors measure a combined thickness of the belt, the platen, and the media sheet. An analyzer will detect if the media sheet is in contact with the media transport. An error signal is created when the thickness is below a predetermined value, indicating the media sheet is not in contact with the media transport. A mitigation control is operative to mitigate print head damage in response to the signal. Printing is halted in response to the signal to preclude damage to the print head. The sheet is discarded.



RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING RECORDED MEDIUM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A recording apparatus includes a transportation belt, a washing portion that washes the transportation belt, and a selection unit. The selection unit selects a transportation mode for transporting the recorded medium from among a washing transportation mode in which the transportation belt is transported while being washed by the washing portion, and a non-washing transportation mode in which the transportation belt is transported without being washed by the washing portion. The selection unit selects the transportation mode in accordance with a recording mode. The selection unit selects, as a transportation mode for use in transporting the recorded medium along with no recording operation after a recording operation onto the recorded medium has been brought to a halt, the washing transportation mode or the non-washing transportation mode, whichever has been selected in the recording operation having been brought to a halt.



INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink jet recording method in which an image is formed by applying onto a recording medium a reaction liquid, an aqueous pigment ink containing an anionic polymer aggregatable by the reaction liquid and a resin-containing aqueous liquid containing an anionic polymer aggregatable by the reaction liquid to form an image, the method including the steps of applying the reaction liquid to the recording medium; applying the aqueous pigment ink to a surface of the recording medium to which the reaction liquid is applied by an ink jet method to form an image; and applying the resin-containing aqueous liquid to the image formed on the recording medium by the ink jet method. The surface tension of the resin-containing aqueous liquid is higher than the surface tension of the aqueous pigment ink.



AN UV INKJET PRINTER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A UV inkjet printer includes a UV radiation device to irradiate jetted ink on a receiver, wherein the UV radiation device is attached to an inkjet print head module and includes a UV bulb lamp parallel to a slow scan direction; and the radiation device includes a shutter system to create a first irradiation zone on the receiver and to create a second irradiation zone.



INK JET PRINTING METHOD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink jet printing method includes attaching an ink composition to a cloth by using a printer head which has a nozzle discharging the ink composition, a pressure chamber for imparting pressure to the ink composition to cause the nozzle to discharge the ink composition, and a connection portion connecting the pressure chamber and the nozzle, and in which a distance of the connection portion is 500 μm or more, the distance of the connection portion being from a portion of the pressure chamber where the ink flows out from a pressure chamber to the nozzle side to the nozzle, in which the ink composition includes the resin as a solid content in the amount of 10% by mass to 26% by mass with respect to the ink composition, the ratio of the total content of the organic solvent to the total content of the solid content of the resin is 0.3 or more, and a sum of the total content of the solid content of the resin and the total content of the organic solvent is 37% by mass or less with respect to the ink composition.



PRINTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LABEL MOUNT REWIND TIME, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LABEL MOUNT REWIND TIME AND NON-TEMPORARY RECORDING MEDIUM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In accordance with one embodiment, a printing apparatus comprises a conveyance path, a detection section and a control section. The conveyance path conveys a mount to which labels are attached. The detection section detects the existence of the label peeled off by a peeling bar which peels off the label attached to the mount. The control section controls start time of back feed of the mount in a case in which it is detected that the label is taken away.



Method and Apparatus for Creating 3D Effects with Ceramic Inkjet Inks

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A 3D relief effect is created on a ceramic tile with an inkjet printer and an inkjet print head by printing a relief pattern with an effect ink having a low surface tension on the ceramic tile. The inkjet printer and inkjet print head apply an aqueous glaze slurry having a high surface tension on top of the effect ink. An image is printed on the glaze and the tile is fired. A difference in surface tensions causes the aqueous glaze to move away from the printed effect ink, resulting in a relief pattern in the image at locations of the printed relief pattern.



MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND PRINTER DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Speed fluctuations are decreased with a simple method even when a stepping motor (100) having comparatively large torque fluctuations is used. A drive pulse modulating unit (112) which modulates the frequency of a drive pulse to be inputted to the stepping motor (100) is provided. The drive pulse modulating unit (112) modulates the constant frequency of the drive pulse such that the frequency of the drive pulse within excitation-phase one cycle of the stepping motor (100) is: low for a period that is, by 1/8 cycle of the excitation-phase one cycle, before an excitation phase where the vibration of the stepping motor is the maximum; and high in an excitation phase that is by 1/2 cycle subsequent to the excitation phase where the drive pulse frequency is low.



LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid supply unit configured to supply a liquid to a liquid inlet of a liquid jet apparatus. The liquid supply unit includes a liquid housing part configured to house a liquid, a liquid outlet configured to draw the liquid from inside the liquid housing part to outside the liquid housing part, and a filter provided upstream of the liquid outlet in a channel of the liquid that is drawn from inside the liquid housing part to outside the liquid housing part via the liquid outlet. The filter includes a first filter and a second filter that are constituted by a plurality of fibers laminated in a flow direction of the liquid. The first filter is provided upstream of the second filter in the channel of the liquid, and the first filter and the second filter differ in coarseness.



INK SUPPLY SYSTEM, INK-JET PRINTER, INK LOADING METHOD, AND METHOD OF USING INK SUPPLY SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink supply system, inkjet printer, and ink loading method are provided. The ink supply system includes an ink head comprising a nozzle; first and second ink containers; a first ink supply passage; a second ink supply passage; an ink amount detecting device configured to detect an amount of ink in the first ink container; and a notifying device to provide a notification when the detected amount of ink is less than or equal to a threshold amount.



PASSIVE ACTUATORS FOR PRINTHEAD CLEANING USING MOBILE MAINTENANCE CARTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A maintenance system for a three-dimensional object printer includes a platform having a plurality of wheels that enable the platform to move along a first track, and having a maintenance mechanism connected to the platform so as to be movable normal to the first track. The maintenance mechanism includes a lifting member that extends laterally from the platform, and a maintenance tool configured to move with the lifting member. A lifting platform is positioned laterally offset from a location of the first track where an ejector head is positioned opposite the first track, and is configured to engage with the lifting member to lift the maintenance tool and enable the maintenance tool to perform a maintenance operation on the ejector head.



LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting unit having nozzles able to eject a liquid to a medium; a maintenance unit which performs maintenance of the liquid ejecting unit using a maintenance liquid; and a heating section which heats the maintenance liquid used for maintenance.



LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A wall-shaped enclosure that forms a space which can accommodate a head chip is formed in a projecting manner at a lower end of a lower case member. Since a cylindrical thick part is formed at the lower end of the lower case member, the lower case member is unlikely to be bent, particularly around the wall-shaped enclosure and a part where the wall-shaped enclosure is disposed. The head chip that is disposed in the space of the lower case member which is unlikely to be bent is unlikely to be subjected to an external force, and the cover member absorbs torsion generated between the head chip and the lower case member so that the head chip is even more unlikely to be subjected to the external force.



INKJET HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An inkjet head may include a plurality of nozzle holes that is two-dimensionally located in a nozzle formation surface facing a recording surface of a recording medium in a first direction parallel to a main-scanning direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the recording medium and in a sub-scanning direction parallel to the conveyance direction of the recording medium. Two nozzle holes that form dots adjacent in the main-scanning direction may be dispersedly located so as not to be adjacent in the sub-scanning direction. The two nozzle holes that form dots adjacent in the main-scanning direction are not separately located at one end and the other end in the sub-scanning direction of the plurality of nozzle holes that is two-dimensionally located.



LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejection head includes a substrate having an energy generating element arranged therein and an ejection port forming member laid as superposed above the substrate. At least one ejection port is formed so as to run through the ejection port forming member. The ejection port forming member has a concave portion including the ejection port formed therein on the surface thereof opposite to the surface thereof facing the substrate, and has a convex portion on the surface of the ejection port forming member facing the substrate so as to correspond to the concave portion.



FLUID EJECTION DEVICES WITH REDUCED CROSSTALK

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A fluid ejection apparatus includes a plurality of fluid ejectors. Each fluid ejector includes a pumping chamber, and an actuator configured to cause fluid to be ejected from the pumping chamber. The fluid ejection apparatus includes a feed channel fluidically connected to each pumping chamber; and at least one compliant structure formed in a surface of the feed channel. The at least one compliant structure has a lower compliance than the surface of the feed channel.



PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINT HEAD, AND PRINTING METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus which performs printing in an inkjet mode is provided and includes a head unit including nozzle rows in which a plurality of nozzles configured to eject ink drops is aligned, and a main scan driver drives the head unit to perform main scan operations of ejecting ink drops while moving in a predetermined main scan direction, wherein the head unit includes three or more nozzle rows in which the plurality of nozzles aligned in the main scan direction is arranged side by side in a sub scan direction perpendicular to the main scan direction, and the three or more nozzle rows are installed side by side in the main scan direction, and each of the nozzle rows is installed such that the positions of its ends in the sub scan direction are deviated from those of each adjacent nozzle row in the main scan direction.



Techniques for print ink droplet measurement and control to deposit fluids within precise tolerances

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink printing process employs per-nozzle droplet volume measurement and processing software that plans droplet combinations to reach specific aggregate ink fills per target region, guaranteeing compliance with minimum and maximum ink fills set by specification. In various embodiments, different droplet combinations are produced through different printhead/substrate scan offsets, offsets between printheads, the use of different nozzle drive waveforms, and/or other techniques. These combinations can be based on repeated, rapid droplet measurements that develop understandings for each nozzle of means and spreads for expected droplet volume, velocity and trajectory, with combinations of droplets being planned based on these statistical parameters. Optionally, random fill variation can be introduced so as to mitigate Mura effects in a finished display device. The disclosed techniques have many possible applications.



METHOD FOR DETECTING FAILED PRINTING NOZZLES IN INKJET PRINTING SYSTEMS AND INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for automated detection of failed printing nozzles in an inkjet printing machine includes the following steps: carrying out a printing process to produce a first printed image with print image data,scanning and digitizing the first printed image produced in the printing process by using at least one image sensor,digitally offsetting the first printed image in the control unit by at least one printing nozzle in a direction transverse to the printing direction,carrying out a further printing process to produce a second printed image based on the digitally offset first printed image,scanning and digitizing the second printed image by using the at least one image sensor,comparing the first and second scanned printed images in the control unit. Failed printing nozzles are identified by using the control unit based on the result of the comparison.



IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND INKJET PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An image processing device (100) includes a non-discharge correction processing unit (114) that performs an image correction process for correcting an image defect caused by a non-discharge nozzle in an inkjet head and includes, as different files, a first halftone processing program file (152) that performs first halftone processing for a normal portion, which is an image region other than a non-discharge correction portion to be subjected to non-discharge correction and a non-discharge portion, and a second halftone processing program file (154) that performs second halftone processing for the non-discharge correction portion. The image processing device executes the first halftone processing program file (152) for the normal portion in an input image (102) and executes the second halftone processing program file (154) for the non-discharge correction portion, thereby obtaining a non-discharge-corrected halftone image (104).



PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus of the invention includes a medium information acquisition section that acquires medium information that can specify a type of a print medium, a printing section that discharges print ink to the print medium, a coating section that coats the print medium with precoat liquid before the printing section performs printing, and a coating control section that controls the coating section. The coating control section variably changes an amount of coating of the precoat liquid per unit area according to the acquired medium information.



INK SET INCLUDING A PRE-TREATMENT FIXING FLUID AND A FIXABLE, UV CURABLE INK

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink set includes a pre-treatment fixing fluid including at least two metal salts and a fixable, ultraviolet (UV) curable ink. The UV curable ink includes an aqueous ink vehicle, a pigment dispersed in the aqueous ink vehicle, and a dispersant. A polyurethane polymer dispersion is suspended as droplets within the aqueous ink vehicle. The polyurethane polymer dispersion includes a polyurethane polymer selected from the group consisting of a polyether-based polyurethane, a polyester-based poly-urethane, a polycarbonate-based polyurethane, and mixtures thereof. The polyurethane polymer has i) an acid number ranging from 0 mg/g to less than 20 mg/g and ii) a glass transition temperature of less than 0 C. A water soluble or water dispersible photoinitiator is present in the pre-treatment fixing fluid or in the fixable, UV curable ink.



RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A recording method includes first coating a treatment liquid A to a recording medium, a second coating a treatment liquid B to the recording medium after the first coating, and a discharging an ink composition including a coloring material to the recording medium by discharging from a nozzle after the second coating, and the treatment liquid A adjusts wettability of the treatment liquid B to the recording medium and includes at least any one of a resin and inorganic oxide fine particles, and the treatment liquid B thickens or insolubilizes the ink composition and includes at least any one of a polyvalent metal salt, an organic acid, and an organic acid salt.



METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AND DETECTING ANTI-COUNTERFEITING MARK AND ANTI-COUNTERFEITING IMPLEMENT USING THE SAME

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of manufacturing and detecting an anti-counterfeiting mark includes steps as follows. For manufacturing an anti-counterfeiting mark, a first ink, which has a contrast enhancer and a lecithin solution with a first concentration, is provided. Then, the first ink is used for drawing an anti-counterfeiting mark on a target object. For detecting the anti-counterfeiting mark, a second ink, which has a chloroauric acid solution having a second concentration, is provided. Then, the second ink is applied onto the target object to form a plurality of gold nanoparticles on the surface of the anti-counterfeiting mark. Further, a tool implementing the above method is also included.



PRINTER CALIBRATION FOR MEDIA COLOR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printer is disclosed. The printer is calibrated for use with colored media. The printer is calibrated by converting an original color look up table (CLUT) for use on any colored media to a modified CLUT for use on colored media with a measured color. Each of a plurality of output colors in the original CLUT are modified using the measured color of the media.



Apparatus and Method for Control of Print Gap

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Gas bearing systems, print gap control systems, and methods of print gap control are provided. The gas bearing systems can accommodate one or more print module packages. The systems and methods can be used for inkjet and/or thermal printing applications such as manufacturing organic light emitting devices (OLEDs). Gas bearing systems can employ one or more of pressurized gas and vacuum. For oxygen-sensitive applications, an inert gas, such as nitrogen gas, can be employed as the pressurized gas. Fluid channels and apertures of the gas bearing systems can be varied in terms of size and relative position to one another. Fluid channels and apertures can be grouped and paired with one or more manifolds and ultimately a pressurized gas and/or vacuum source.



SHEET-FED PRINTING MACHINE AND PRINTING UNIT IN A SHEET-FED PRINTING MACHINE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing unit in a sheet-fed printing machine includes a printing cylinder, an upstream transfer cylinder and a downstream transfer cylinder. The transfer cylinders each include a device for decelerating/accelerating a sheet. The device, in particular, includes at least one gripper bar being movable in a substantially radial direction to change the tangential speed of the gripper bar and thus of the sheet. A printing unit of this construction allows the sheets to be transported at a lower speed and at a shorter distance from one another during the printing process, resulting in a better print quality and a higher throughput of the machine. A sheet-fed printing machine including such a printing unit is also provided.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING HYDROPHOBIC STRUCTURES IN A HYDROPHILIC PRINT MEDIUM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of forming hydrophobic structures in a hydrophilic print medium includes operating a plurality of inkjets to form an arrangement of hydrophobic material on first side of a print medium that moves in a process direction at a predetermined velocity. The method further includes moving the print medium through a convection heater at the predetermined velocity to enable the hydrophobic material to penetrate the print medium to form hydrophobic structures within the print medium.



RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to the invention, there is provided a recording method which includes discharging and adhering a reaction liquid to an ink non-absorbable or ink low-absorbable recording medium in a form of a droplet, by using an ink jet method, the reaction liquid containing a reagent for aggregating or thickening of a colored ink composition, so as to have a content of 0.1 mol/kg to 0.9 mol/kg, and the reaction liquid having an adhering amount which is set to be equal to or smaller than 1.9 mg/inch2, and adhering a colored ink composition to the recording medium to which the reaction liquid has adhered. A period from when adhering of the reaction liquid is ended until adhering of the colored ink composition is started is within 30 seconds. A surface temperature of the recording medium from the adhering of the reaction liquid to the adhering of the colored ink composition is equal to or lower than 38° C.



RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to the invention, there is provided a recording method which includes adhering an ink composition to a recording medium, and adhering a reaction liquid to the recording medium, the reaction liquid containing water and a reagent for aggregating or thickening components of the ink composition, and having a pH of 7 to 10. In the adhering of the reaction liquid, an epoxy-based adhesive is used for at least a portion of a reaction liquid passage for supplying the reaction liquid to an ink jet head, and a member in contact with the reaction liquid in the ink jet head, and the reaction liquid is discharged from the ink jet head so as to adhere to the recording medium.



CONVEYOR BELT FOR AN INKJET PRINT DEVICE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method using an inkjet print device for printing on a substrate includes a conveyor belt system, wherein the conveyor belt system includes a conveyor belt with synthetic setae to transport the substrate and to hold the substrate while printing on the substrate.



INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink jet recording method including forming a first and a second liquid composition aggregated layer respectively by applying a first and a second liquid composition containing resin to a recording medium using an ink jet recording head; a first fixation step of performing heating and pressurization of the medium using a first fixing unit; and a second fixation step including performing heating and pressurization of the medium using a second fixing unit followed by cooling to separate the medium from the second fixing unit. MFT1>MFT2 and T1>MFT1≧T2>MFT2≧T3 are satisfied, where MFT1, MFT2 are respectively minimum film forming temperatures of first and second liquid composition aggregated layers, and T1, T2, T3 are temperatures of first and second liquid composition aggregated layers upon heating and pressurization in first and second fixation steps and upon separation in second fixation step, respectively.



PRINTING DEVICE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a printing device that has a thermal head that transfers overcoat ink provided on an ink sheet onto the surface of printing paper based on pattern data. The pattern data is data in which a first pattern and a second pattern are arranged alternately in a primary scanning direction and a secondary scanning direction. The first pattern includes a rectangular block of high tonal value pixels, a frame-like group of low tonal value pixels surrounding the rectangular block, and a group of high tonal pixels surrounding the group of low tonal value pixels. The second pattern includes a rectangular block of low tonal value pixels, a group of high tonal value pixels surrounding the rectangular block, and a frame-like group of low tonal pixels surrounding the group of high tonal value pixels.



PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF SURFACE ELEMENTS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Processes for manufacturing surface elements are disclosed. The surface elements can comprise a decorative upper layer and a supporting core. Processes for manufacturing such surface elements can comprise obtaining a decor at least by digitization of a number of archetypes selected from woods and minerals by making a high resolution digital picture of said archetypes, storing said decor digitally, manufacturing a plurality of supporting cores, each being of rectangular shape and each having a size essentially equaling only one desired end user format and provided with an upper side and a lower side, editing said decor to fit said shape and size of each one of said plurality of supporting cores, and digitally applying different patterns on each of said plurality of supporting cores, wherein said patterns are selected and parted from said decor and said decor is used to control said digitally applying the different patterns.



PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF SURFACE ELEMENTS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Processes for manufacturing surface elements are provided. The surface elements can comprise a decorative upper layer and a supporting core. Processes for manufacturing such surface elements can comprise manufacturing a supporting core having an upper side, treating said upper side of said supporting core, including at least one of the steps of ground coating with a primer, sanding and providing said upper side with a surface structure, applying a digitally printed décor comprising inks of at least four colors directly on top of the ground coating by an ink-jet type printer, said digitally printed decor being one of wood or mineral, and providing and curing a protecting and at least partly translucent wear layer on the upper side of the supporting core.



PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF SURFACE ELEMENTS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Processes for manufacturing surface elements are provided. The surface elements can include a decorative upper layer and a supporting core. Processes for manufacturing such surface elements can comprise manufacturing a supporting core having a format essentially equaling the desired end user format and provided with an upper side and a lower side, providing a ground coating on the supporting core, and applying a digitally printed décor comprising inks of at least four colors directly on top of the ground coating by means of an ink-jet type printer, said four colors comprising one or more colors different from cyan, magenta, yellow and black; said digitally printed décor being one of wood or mineral, and providing and curing an at least partly translucent wear layer on the upper side of the supporting core.



RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A recording apparatus includes a discharge head which discharges a radiation curable ink to a recording medium, an ink container which stores the radiation curable ink to be supplied to the discharge head, an ink circulation flow path which is formed so that the radiation curable ink supplied from the ink container returns back to the ink container, and is connected to the discharge head, a degassing module which is provided in the middle of the ink circulation flow path, and a vacuum controller which controls the degree of vacuum of the degassing module, and the vacuum controller controls the degree of vacuum so that the degree of vacuum is −60 kPa to −20 kPa.



GEAR PUMP AND PRINTING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A gear pump for transporting a fluid includes a pump casing; and a gear assembly which is accommodated in the pump casing. The gear assembly includes a driving gear, a driven gear that mashes with the driving gear, a driving gear shaft to which the driving gear is attached, a driven gear shaft to which the driven gear is attached, and a bearing frame that rotatably supports the driving gear shaft and rotatably supports the driven gear shaft.



LIQUID CONTAINER

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid container is provided which includes a liquid containing section that contains ink, a spout from which the ink contained in the liquid containing section is poured, and a valve mechanism section that allows the ink to be poured by being deformed by action of an external force between the liquid containing section and the spout.



INK SUPPLY SYSTEM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink supply system for an ink jet printer, particularly a continuous ink jet printer, has a manifold assembly of two parts that are brought together at interfacing surfaces. At least one of the surfaces has a plurality of ink flow channels for conveying ink around an ink circuit between components. The other of the interfacing surfaces is configured to close and seal the channels. A plurality of ports is provided in fluid communication with the channels, the circuit components being connectable to the ports. The manifold assembly provides for a compact and neat arrangement free of many tubes and pipes. The lower number of connections significantly reduces the risk of leakage.



LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejection device provided by the invention can be easily transported in a stable orientation in which the weight balance is kept. A printer of the invention includes a liquid ejection head for ejecting ink onto a sheet, ink tanks for storing ink to be supplied to the liquid ejection head, and tubes that connect the ink tanks to the liquid ejection head. An ink injection opening that enables the injection of ink is formed on the upper side of the ink tanks in the vertical direction, and one portion of the ink tanks and another portion of the ink tanks are respectively arranged on one side and another side that face each other across a sheet conveying region.



PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus includes an ink tank that has a fill port for a user to pour in ink through, a printing mechanism that performs printing by using ink stored in the ink tank, and a float that floats in the ink in the ink tank. The fill port or a pour port of an ink container is closed as the float floats up.