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LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is a light scanning apparatus, including: a light source; a rotary polygon mirror; an optical member guiding a light beam; an optical box on which the light source is mounted and which contains the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member; a cover covering an opening of the optical box; a fixation unit fixing the cover on the optical box; the cover having a dust-proof member which is sandwiched between the cover and a side wall of the optical box; and the dust-proof member including an abutment portion against which the side wall is brought into abutment, and non-abutment portions provided on both sides of the abutment portion and separated from the side wall, and the dust-proof member including a groove in one of the non-abutment portions which is located on a side opposite to another one located on a side where the fixation unit is provided.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An image forming apparatus comprises a semiconductor laser for emitting laser light for irradiating a photosensitive drum, BD for detecting laser light before irradiating the photosensitive drum to output BD signal as a reference for determining an initiation position of the photosensitive drum, and a laser circuit board. The laser circuit board causes the semiconductor laser to emit laser light detected by the BD with first light amount. When a BD sensor outputs the BD signal, a laser circuit board causes the semiconductor laser to emit the laser light with second light amount.



LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is a light scanning apparatus, including: a light source emitting a light beam; a rotary polygon mirror deflecting the light beam so as to scan a photosensitive member with the light beam; an optical member guiding the light beam; an optical box on which the light source is mounted and which contains the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member; a cover mounted on a side wall of the optical box so as to cover an opening of the optical box, and the cover having a dust-proof member which is molded on the cover and sandwiched between the cover and the side wall of the optical box; and the dust-proof member including convex portions protruded toward the optical box and configured to contact with a top of the side wall opposed to the dust-proof member, and a concave portion provided between the convex portions and separated from the top.



NON-NEWTONIAN INKJET INKS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present disclosure provides non-Newtonian inkjet inks and related methods. In one example, a non-Newtonian inkjet ink can comprise a gelator in an amount ranging from 0.1% to 10% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink; a salt in an amount of 0.05% to 20% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink; a sugar alcohol in an amount of 1% to 25% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink; and an organic solvent. The gelator and the salt can form a structured network, where the inkjet ink has a first dynamic viscosity ranging from 25 cps to 10,000 cps at a first state and a second dynamic viscosity ranging from 1 cps to 50 cps at a second state.



NON-NEWTONIAN INKJET INKS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present disclosure provides non-Newtonian inkjet inks and related methods. In one example, a non-Newtonian inkjet ink can comprise a low molecular weight organic gelator in an amount ranging from 0.1% to 10% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink; a salt in an amount of 0.05% to 20% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink; and an organic solvent. Additionally, the low molecular weight organic gelator and the salt can form a structured network and the inkjet ink can have a viscosity ranging from 100 cps to 10,000 cps at a temperature of 25° C. and a viscosity ranging from 1 cps to 10 cps at a temperature of 50° C.



INK, INKJET RECORDING METHOD, AND INKJET RECORDED MATTER

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Ink includes water, an organic solvent, a surfactant including a silicon-based surfactant, and a resin including a polyester-based urethane resin having a polyolefin portion.



SACRIFICIAL COATING AND INDIRECT PRINTING APPARATUS EMPLOYING SACRIFICIAL COATING ON INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A sacrificial coating on an intermediate transfer member of an aqueous ink imaging system is disclosed. The sacrificial coating is made from ingredients comprising: a waxy starch; at least one polycarboxylic acid cross-linking agent; at least one hygroscopic material; and at least one surfactant.



METHOD OF PRINTING

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is a method of printing having the steps of: providing a recording substrate having a water insoluble salt having a polyvalent cation; providing an aqueous ink composition having stably dispersed particles, the pH of the ink composition being between 2 and 5.5; printing the aqueous ink composition on the recording substrate. Optionally, the printing substrate is treated with a plasma prior to applying the ink composition. Optionally, the aqueous ink has a gelling agent, for instance, a water soluble salt of alginic acid.



REUSING PRINTING PAPER

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A printer includes a scanner to scan the previously printed paper. Software creates a file of areas that need to be blanked out around the areas already printed. A blanking mechanism covers areas that need to be blanked out with white ink or white toner the on previously printed paper. A print mechanism prints a new file over the blanked out paper.



CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Examples of a container assembly are disclosed herein. An example of the container assembly includes a regulated tank to supply printing composition and a free tank to supply reserve printing composition to the regulated tank. The container assembly also includes a regulator assembly to control flow of the reserve printing composition from the free tank to the regulated tank and an inflation assembly to prime the regulated tank to supply the printing composition. The container assembly additionally includes a labyrinth to fluidically isolate the flow of ambient air into and out of the regulator assembly from the flow of a supply of air into the inflation assembly.



INK DISCHARGE UNIT AND UNIT ASSEMBLING METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The ink discharge unit includes a biasing member. The biasing member is fixed to a fixing member immovably fitted to a carriage body that moves relative to a recording medium. The biasing member, while being thus fixed, biases an ink jet head in a direction illustrated with an arrow and in a direction illustrated with another arrow for position alignment of the ink jet head relative to the fixing member. The ink jet head, while being biased by the biasing member, is fixed to the fixing member. The fixing member has curved portions that regulate movements of the ink jet head in the directions illustrated with the arrows by way of contacts with the ink jet head.



RECORDING APPARATUS AND WINDING METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A printer includes a transportation unit that transports roll paper, a winding unit that winds up the transported roll paper, and a controller that controls the transportation unit and the winding unit. The controller switches between thresholds for a torque limit of the winding unit on the basis of inertia of the winding unit and a speed at which the roll paper is transported when the winding unit winds up the roll paper in synchronization with a transportation operation of the transportation unit.



RECORDING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A recording apparatus includes: a mount base having a mount surface on which a sheet discharged through a medium discharge outlet is mounted, the mount surface facing the recording surface of the sheet; a projection rib that is provided in the mount base, is projectable from the mount surface, and extends along a discharge direction of the sheet discharged through the medium discharge outlet, through a center of the sheet in a width direction crossing the discharge direction of the sheet; and a projection mechanism that causes the projection rib to project from the mount surface to a rib height according to a dimension of the sheet in the width direction discharged through the medium discharge outlet.



PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

When an image is printed by inkjet printing on a print surface of a target medium, an overcoat layer is formed in a more appropriate manner. A printing method uses color ink heads 202 as exemplified colored ink heads, a clear ink head 204, and ultraviolet irradiators 206. The printing method includes a color printing step of printing a print image using a colored ink in at least a partial region on a print surface of a medium 50, a non-colored region clear printing step of applying a UV clear ink for printing in a region at least including a non-colored region in which ink droplets are not discharged in the color printing step, and an overcoat layer forming step of forming an overcoat layer that covers the print image using the UV clear ink in a region covering at least the print image printed in the color printing step.



DRYER FOR INKJET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed herein are a dryer for an inkjet image forming apparatus and an imaging forming system having the same. The dryer for an inkjet image forming apparatus includes a heating device detachably installed in the inkjet image forming apparatus to dry a print medium in which a printing is completed by receiving the print medium from the inkjet image forming apparatus. An ink on the print medium may be dried in a short time and an image formation may be more quickly performed.



LIQUID DROPLET DRYING DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A liquid droplet drying device includes: a drying unit that includes a plurality of light sources emitting light to a liquid droplet ejected to a recording medium by a forming unit which ejects the liquid droplet to form an image and drying the image and in which an amount of light of each of the plurality of light sources is variable; and a correction unit that corrects the amount of light of each of the plurality of light sources so that a light amount distribution of the drying unit is within a range of a pre-decided target using light amount information obtained by reading the amount of light emitted from each of the plurality of light sources by a reading unit which reads the image formed on the recording medium by the forming unit.



Printing on Cylindrical Objects

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An apparatus for printing on cylindrical objects (31) comprises a plurality of printheads (32); and at least one holding device movable relative to the printheads (32) such that, in use, the holding device moves the object between the printheads. The path of the at least one holding device comprises a plurality of vertical sections (34) which are horizontally offset from one another. Each vertical section (34) comprises at least two identically orientated printheads (32) arranged such that they are vertically displaced from one another, with one directly above the others. The at least one holding device moves the object (31) between the at least two printheads (32) such that part or all of its path between the printheads is vertical.



REMOVING AIR FROM A PRINTING FLUID CHANNEL

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In one example, a processor readable medium has instructions thereon that when executed cause a printer to: introduce an unsaturated printing fluid into a channel through which fluid may pass to a printhead; dispense unsaturated printing fluid with the printhead to remove air from the channel; and then introduce regular printing fluid into the channel; and dispense printing fluid with the printhead until regular printing fluid is dispensed from the printhead.



INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An inkjet printing apparatus which removes gas dissolved in ink by a degassing module provided on an ink supplying path which supplies ink from an ink tank to an inkjet head, includes a liquid feeding pump and a foreign substance removal filter. The liquid feeding pump feeds ink and is provided on the ink supplying path from the degassing module to the inkjet head. The foreign substance removal filter is provided on the ink supplying path from the degassing module to the liquid feeding pump.



REPLACEABLE INTEGRATED PRINTHEAD CARTRIDGE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A replaceable integrated printhead cartridge is provided that comprises a liquid reservoir and a linear nozzle array being disposed in a bottom and extending perpendicular to a longitudinal axis.



MULTIPURPOSE BOTTLE APPARATUS AND BOTTLE LOADING MECHANISM AND METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A spill proof, user-friendly dispensing system that protects users from exposure to toxic fluids (e.g., Ethylene Glycol used in MICR ink) includes a bottle loading mechanism for feeding ink or other fluids to a respective supply tank of an image forming device, and a quick connect gravity feed multipurpose bottle apparatus. Ink replenishing bottles can be inserted upright into holder of the bottle loading mechanism, connected to a supply tank, and folded back out-of-the-way in a dispensing position. The bottle may be rotated from a gravity feed position to a rotated position for removal and installation while the bottle remains in the holder. The bottle when empty may be used to collect waste from the image forming device.



LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

There is provided a liquid ejecting device including a damper device which can sufficiently absorb dynamic pressure of a liquid while miniaturization of a device body is achieved and which can be easily manufactured. For that purpose, a part of an ink storage unit in the damper device is formed by a flexible member having a convex shape.



INKJET PRINTING MACHINE AND INK CARTRIDGE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

There are provided: a maintenance unit that performs a maintenance operation simultaneously on the plurality of inkjet heads, a memory that stores, for each of ink types, a settable range of a maintenance cycle of a maintenance operation as maintenance information; and a controller that reads, from the maintenance information stored in the memory, lower limit values and upper limit values settable ranges) corresponding to table numbers stored in the memories of all the ink cartridges all the ink cartridges when a user maintenance cycle having been stored in the memory is set, and that causes the maintenance unit to perform a maintenance operation with the user-set maintenance cycle being the maintenance cycle when the user-set maintenance cycle is within the read-out settable ranges for all the ink types.



FERROELECTRIC THIN FILM, PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM-COATED SUBSTRATE, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR, INKJET HEAD, AND INKJET PRINTER

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This ferroelectric thin film comprises lead zirconate titanate niobate. In said ferroelectric thin film, the ratio (a) of number of moles of lead to the total number of moles of zirconium, titanium, and niobium is greater than or equal to 100%; the ratio (b) of the number of moles of niobium to the total number of moles of zirconium, titanium, and niobium is between 10% and 20%, inclusive; and the ratio (c) of the number of moles of zirconium to the total number of moles of zirconium and titanium is between 52% and 59%, inclusive. The film stress exhibited by the ferroelectric thin film is between 100 and 250 MPa, inclusive.



PIEZOELECTRIC PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A piezoelectric printhead assembly can include a plurality of piezoelectric micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) dies each having a first application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) die coupled to a respective piezoelectric MEMS die and a second ASIC die coupled to the respective piezoelectric MEMS die.



BONDED STRUCTURE, PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BONDED STRUCTURE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is a bonded structure including a first substrate in which a resin portion made of an elastic member protrudes on one surface and a first electrode layer is formed to cover at least a part of the resin portion, and a second substrate in which a second electrode layer electrically connected to the first electrode layer is formed on a surface facing the first substrate, the first substrate and the second substrate being bonded to each other in a state in which a photosensitive adhesive is interposed therebetween. In a surface of one of the first substrate and the second substrate on the photosensitive adhesive side, a first region reflecting light and a second region less likely to reflect light than the first region are provided in positions different from each other on a region overlapping the photosensitive adhesive in a substrate bonding direction.



PRINT HEAD DIE WITH THERMAL CONTROL

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A print head die may include a substrate, an electrical connector and at least three liquid feed slots. The electrical connector is on a first side of the substrate and extends along the major dimension of the substrate. The electrical connector is connectable directly to an electrical interconnect to connect the print head die to a controller. The at least three liquid feed slots are formed in the substrate and extend along the major dimension of the substrate. Wherein at least one and less than all of the at least three liquid feed slots has an associated temperature sensor connected to the electrical connector.



INKJET PRINTING DEVICE AND METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An inkjet printing device and method are provided. The inkjet printing device includes a nozzle head; and the nozzle head is provided with a main printing unit and an auxiliary printing unit which share a common liquid supplying pipeline. The main printing unit is located at a middle of the nozzle head and is configured to perform inkjet printing of pixel patterns. The auxiliary printing unit is located at an edge of the nozzle head and is configured to perform inkjet printing of protective patterns. The protective patterns are configured to produce a solvent-protective atmosphere for the pixel patterns at an edge of every printing process.



PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A printing apparatus having a plurality of print element arrays including a plurality of printing elements that are time-share driven achieves both improvement of quality at an image edge, and maintenance of uniformity with respect to inclination error between print element arrays. In a case where the plurality of printing elements of the print element array that discharges ink having the highest density are driven, and dots of image data in the array direction of the printing elements are printed so that the dots are arranged along a specified line in the array direction of the printing elements. Whereas the plurality of printing elements of a different print element array are driven, and dots of the image data in the array direction of those printing elements are printed so that each dot is displaced by a displacement amount for the each dot with respect to the specified line.



CATEGORIZATION OF VERTICAL EDGES CORRESPONDING TO A HALFTONE IMAGE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of printing includes identifying vertical edges in a halftone image. The method also includes determining whether a lightness of color of a first predetermined area to a left side of a respective vertical edge is substantially equal to, less than, or greater than the lightness of color of a second predetermined area to a right side of the respective vertical edge. The method also includes categorizing respective vertical edges left vertical edges, right vertical edges, and neutral vertical edges to prioritize a print direction thereof.



Image Processing Apparatus that Controls Print Execution Unit Provided with Print Head

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An image processing apparatus including a controller for controlling a print execution unit. The print execution unit repeatedly performs ejection processing of ejection droplet of color material onto a printing medium. The controller is configured to perform: specifying an estimate value for a target pixel image by using at least one pixel value corresponding to at least one of a plurality of pixels included in target partial data representing the target partial image, the target partial image being selected among a plurality of partial images included in an N-th band image and representing a part of an object; specifying an object type of the object; and determining an ejection execution direction with respect to an N-th ejection processing to be one of a first direction and a second direction according to the estimate value and the object type.



IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES EJECTION EXECUTION DIRECTION OF PRINT HEAD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An image processing apparatus includes a controller for controlling a print execution unit. The print execution unit repeatedly performs ejection processing of ejecting a droplet of color material onto a printing medium. The controller is configured to perform: specifying an estimate value for a target partial image by using color gap information, the target partial image being selected among a plurality of partial images included in an N-th band image; determining whether the estimate value satisfies an estimate condition; determining an ejection execution direction with respect to an N-th ejection processing to be a first direction in response to determination that the estimate value satisfies the estimate condition; and determining the ejection execution direction with respect to the N-th ejection processing to be opposite to the ejection execution direction with respect to an (N−1)-th ejection processing in response to determination that the estimate value does not satisfy the estimate condition.



MANAGING PRINTHEAD NOZZLE CONDITIONS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In an example, a method of managing a nozzle condition test on a printhead includes instructing a printhead to perform impedance measurements on a plurality of nozzles in a first set of nozzles. The method also includes retrieving from the printhead, an impedance measurement result corresponding with each nozzle, where each impedance measurement result indicates a nozzle condition of its corresponding nozzle.



DETERMINING A TIME INSTANT FOR AN IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In an example, a method for determining an issue in an inkjet nozzle includes providing an initial fire pulse for firing a nozzle, and receiving the initial fire pulse as a delayed fire pulse at a primitive of the nozzle. The method includes firing the nozzle with the delayed fire pulse, and determining a first time instant following the delayed fire pulse for taking a first impedance measurement across the nozzle.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit in which multiple chips including multiple light emitting elements are arranged in a main scanning direction, the image forming unit forming an image on a recording medium, a reading unit that reads the image fixed on the recording medium by a fixing unit, a density specification unit that specifies a density of a region in the image for each of the chips, the region corresponding to each of the chips, a correction amount specification unit that specifies a correction amount of light quantity from the chip based on an approximate value obtained by approximating the density of a region corresponding to a chip arranged in a predetermined range from a chip for which the correction amount of the light quantity is specified, and a correction unit that corrects the light quantity in accordance with the correction amount.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MARKING OPTICAL COMPONENT AT HIGH SPEED

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system and method for marking a moving surface of a fiber optic cable is provided. The system includes a supply of the fiber optic cable, a laser generating device configured to generate a laser beam that forms markings by interacting with the material of the moving surface of the fiber optic cable. The system includes a movement device moving the fiber optic cable through the system at a speed of at least 50 m per minute. The system includes a laser directing device located in the path of the laser beam and configured to change the path of the laser beam to direct the laser beam to a plurality of discrete locations on the moving surface to form a series of marks on the moving surface. The moving surface includes a plurality of tracking indicia to allow the position of the moving surface to be determined.



INK COMPOSITION, INK SET, AND RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An ink composition that performs recording by being attached on a heated non-absorbent recording medium or a heated low absorbency recording medium, the ink composition including a pigment; a core polymer and a shell polymer that covers at least a portion of the core polymer, and polymer particles in which the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the core polymer is more than 10° C. lower than the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the shell polymer, and in which the polymer that configures the shell polymer includes a polymer having a (meth)acrylate monomer unit and a carboxylic acid monomer unit, and the content of the polymer particles is 3.0 mass % or more with respect to the total amount of the ink composition.



INK COMPOSITION, INK SET, AND RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An ink composition that performs recording by being attached on a heated non-absorbent recording medium or a heated low absorbency recording medium, the ink composition including a pigment; a core polymer and a shell polymer that covers at least a portion of the core polymer, and polymer particles in which the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the core polymer is more than 10° C. lower than the glass transition point of the polymer that configures the shell polymer, and in which the polymer that configures the shell polymer includes a polymer having a (meth)acrylate monomer unit and a carboxylic acid monomer unit, and the content of the polymer particles is 3.0 mass % or more with respect to the total amount of the ink composition.



MULTI-TECHNOLOGY PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system for performing substrateless and/or local donor Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT), comprising a reservoir (9) comprising at least one opening; and an energy source configured to deliver energy to a donor material within said reservoir. In preferred embodiments of the invention, the energy source is a pulsed laser. This system enables deposition of material by LIFT without any need for a donor substrate. Methods of substrateless and local donor LIFT are also disclosed.



NOVEL IR DYES AND LASER MARKABLE ARTICLES COMPRISING SUCH IR DYES

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Infrared dyes having an infrared absorption maximum above 1130 nm with minor colouration in the visual spectrum. The infrared dyes are especially useful for producing multicolour laser marked security documents having reduced background coloration and enhanced colour gamut.



Electrocaloric Heating and Cooling Device

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present disclosure is drawn to electrocaloric heating and cooling devices and related methods. The electrocaloric heating and cooling devices can comprise an electronic feature of an integrated circuit, wherein the electronic feature is for heating and cooling cycles. The device can also include an electrocaloric film in thermal communication with the electronic feature which includes a blend or solid solution of two or more components selected from the group consisting of BNT, BKT, BZT, BMgT, and BNiT. Electrodes can be associated with the electrocaloric film, and an electrical source can be to add or reduce electrical field between the electrodes across the electrocaloric film to influence both heating and cooling of the electronic feature.



PRINTER HAVING SAME COVER OPENING/CLOSING DIRECTION AS PAPER CUTTING DIRECTION

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a printer having the same cover opening/closing direction as the paper cutting direction, and includes: a housing in which a receiving space is formed, on an upper part of which a discharging port through which paper is discharged is formed, and which includes a cover that is openable/closable frontward; a cutting unit that is provided in the receiving space and cuts the paper discharged through the discharging port in the opening/closing direction of the cover; and a discharging unit for discharging the paper from the housing.



BELT ASSEMBLY FOR HIGH-SPEED INKJET PRINTING

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A printer includes: a printhead assembly having a print zone and a belt assembly for feeding print media past the print zone in a media feed direction. The belt assembly includes: an endless belt tensioned between a first roller upstream of the print zone and a second roller downstream of the print zone; a drive mechanism for moving the endless belt in the media feed direction; and a fixed platen positioned in the print zone. The endless belt is guided around and below the fixed platen.



PRINTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTING DEVICE

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A printing device has a print unit that prints on roll paper; a storage compartment that holds roll paper; a paper guide that limits the position of the roll paper in the storage compartment; a paper guide sensor that outputs different detection values according to the status of the paper guide; a memory unit that stores the paper width of the roll paper; and a control unit that causes the print unit to print based on the paper width stored by the memory unit, detects the status of the paper guide based on the detection value of the paper guide sensor when triggered by a specific event, changes the paper width setting to a value indicating 58 mm if the paper guide is installed, and to a value indicating 80 mm if the paper guide is not installed.



PRINTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTING DEVICE

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A printer that partially cuts roll paper to leave an uncut portion prevents paper jams from reversing the roll paper. A printer 1 has a print unit 41 for printing images on roll paper R; a cutter unit 46 disposed downstream in the conveyance direction from the print unit for cutting the roll paper and leaving an uncut portion; a conveyance unit 42 for conveying the roll paper in the conveyance direction or a reverse direction that is the opposite of the conveyance direction; and a controller 40 that executes a reversing process conveying the roll paper in reverse by the conveyance unit 42 when the roll paper is separated from the paper roll at the uncut portion after the cutter unit 46 cuts the roll paper, and not executing the reversing process in specific circumstances in which the roll paper remains connected through the uncut portion.



LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENTS DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE, DROPLETS-DEPOSITED LAYER DRYING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A light emitting elements drive control device includes: a supplying unit that supplies a common power source voltage to a plurality of light emitting elements whose light emission quantities are controlled individually by current controls; a determining unit that determines voltage ranges capable of assuring proper current control operations on the individual light emitting elements based on drive voltages for the respective light emitting elements that vary as the current controls are performed; and a setting unit that sets the power source voltage to be supplied from the supplying unit from a common voltage range of the voltage ranges determined by the determining unit.



INKJET PRINTING OUTDOOR GRAPHICS

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An inkjet printing method for producing images durable for outdoor usage includes the steps of: a) inkjet printing on a substrate a UV curable colourless primer including monofunctional monomers in a range of 40 wt % to 65 wt % based on the total weight of the UV curable colourless primer; b) at least partially UV curing the inkjet printed UV curable colourless primer; and c) inkjet printing on the at least partially cured UV curable colourless primer one or more UV curable colour inkjet inks including monofunctional monomers in a range of 30 wt % to 60 wt % based on the total weight of the UV curable colour inkjet inks; wherein a ratio of the wt % monofunctional monomers in the UV curable colourless primer over the wt % monofunctional monomers in the one or more UV curable colour inkjet inks is between 0.65 and 2.10.



HYBRID SILK SCREEN AND DIRECT-TO-GARMENT PRINTING MACHINE AND PROCESS

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A hybrid printing machine is described having both silk screening stations and a direct-to-garment digital printing station with a raster image processor to control a portion of a printing process.



TO CALIBRATE A PRINTER

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An apparatus to calibrate a printer. The apparatus comprises a controller to: control deposition of white printing material on media, the white printing material having an opacity of at least 55%; control deposition of non-white printing material on the white printing material; receive data for at least one sensed characteristic of the non-white printing material; and calibrate the printer using the received data for the at least one sensed characteristic of the non-white printing material.



VALVE

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A valve comprises an orifice plate (1) having one or more orifices (4) through which a fluid may flow, and one or more piezo-electric elements (2). Each element (2) has a face positioned to contact the orifice plate at an orifice. Each element has a first state in which it abuts the plate to prevent flow of fluid through the associated orifice and a second state in which the face is spaced from the plate to allow flow through the associated orifice. A controller (50) selectively applies a first voltage to an elements to cause it to adopt the first state and applies a second voltage to the one or more elements to cause the elements to adopt the second state.