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METHOD FOR EFFICIENT FAN-OUT CONTROL

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A printing method with fan-out control minimizes register deviations by using a computer. The method includes: printing a test print including various color separations,measuring the register deviations that have occurred relative to a reference color,calculating the absolute total of the register deviations of all color separations relative to one another,selecting at least one color separation to be adapted as a function of the calculated absolute total of all color separations,adapting the at least one selected color separation, andcompensating for the register deviations that have occurred by creating and using at least one printing plate for the adapted at least one color separation.



POLYGON MIRROR, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POLYGON MIRROR

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A polygon mirror made of plastic is provided. The polygon mirror has a plurality of reflecting surfaces, a first surface intersecting the plurality of reflecting surfaces at a first side, a second surface intersecting the plurality of reflecting surfaces at a second side opposite to the first side, with a through hole provided to extend through the first surface and the second surface at a center of the polygon mirror. The polygon mirror includes a plurality of gate marks of injection molding. When viewed from an extending direction of the through hole, the gate marks are located on straight lines passing through the center and vertices of the first surface, and are rotationally symmetric with respect to the center.



LIQUID EJECTION SYSTEM, VENTILATION UNIT, LIQUID SUPPLY APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejection system includes a liquid ejection head configured to ejecting liquid, a liquid storage container that includes a liquid storage portion capable of storing the liquid that is to be supplied to the liquid ejection head, and a ventilation unit that constitutes at least a portion of an air introduction portion that is in communication with the liquid storage portion and is configured to introducing air into the liquid storage portion, and is detachable from the liquid storage container. The ventilation unit includes an introduction passage that constitutes at least a portion of a path of air flowing toward the liquid storage portion in the air introduction portion, and an air chamber that constitutes at least a portion of the introduction passage. The ventilation unit is arranged in the periphery of the liquid storage container.



POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In a conventional current resonance switching power source, the burst period of a burst operation could not be sufficiently prolonged, and the efficiency characteristics were insufficient in a light load. In order to improve this, an embodiment of the present invention generates, upon operating in the burst mode, a control signal in accordance with a comparison result of a first reference voltage and a secondary side voltage of a transformer and a comparison result of a second reference voltage and the secondary side voltage of the transformer. Subsequently, the oscillation operation timing of an oscillator that performs an oscillation operation to the transformer and the oscillation frequency that changes the voltage excited on the secondary side of the transformer are controlled based on the control signal.



TAPE CARTRIDGE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer. The tape printer has an identification portion configured to identify a type of cartridge containing a tape-shaped printing medium. The tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which the printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that rotatably supports the tape roll, and a fitting portion that is disposed at an inner circumferential side of the core shaft portion and is fitted to the identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section of the tape printer. The fitting portion is disposed in a depressed portion that is configured to accommodate the identification portion when the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.



AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING PRINTING PARAMETERS USING MEDIA IDENTIFICATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for automatically adjusting the setting(s) of a printer having a control circuit in communication with a sensory system and a database. The database is located in a storage medium and the data in the database includes one or more defined parameter settings corresponding to one or more media types. The sensory system is used to obtain a media identifier from media loaded into the printer. The control circuit determines the type of media from the media identifier. The media type is then compared to the database entries and used to retrieve any defined parameter setting(s) corresponding to the media type identified by the media identifier. Instructions to adjust the printer setting(s) according to the defined parameter setting(s) are determined at the control circuit. The control circuit then sends the instructions to the appropriate systems of the printer to adjusted the printer setting(s) according to the defined parameter setting(s).



INKJET MARKING DEVICE AND METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An inkjet marking apparatus 1, wherein a printing means 220 comprises a printhead 222 provided with a plurality of nozzles 224 in a direction intersecting the conveying direction of printing substrates P, the printhead 222 is supported so as to be movable in a direction in which the nozzles 224 are arranged, and a control means, at a time of nozzle change when the nozzles 224 to be used are changed, suspends the operation of a feeding means 10 to form a non-holding area on a carrier means 20 where the printing substrates P are not held in a holding part 22 and, after the printing substrates P are printed, moves the printhead 222 during a time when the non-holding area passes through a printing area A.



LOCATING A TARGET THROUGH MEDIA

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A printer is disclosed. The printer uses a target located on one side of media to position an image on the other side of the media. The printer backlights the media and uses a sensor that locates the target through the backlit media.



PRINTING PROTECTIVE COATINGS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method of printing a print media comprises printing an image onto a surface of a print media, and applying a protective coating over the surface of the print media using an analog printing process, wherein the protective coating comprises a plurality of micro openings.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DEGASSING FLUID

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for degassing fluid are disclosed. An example fluid ejection device including a channel having an entrance and an exit; a supply slot in communication with the channel; a vent; a first bubble impeding structure at the entrance of the channel; and a second bubble impeding structure at an exit of the channel, the first and second bubble impeding structures to retain a bubble within the channel to enable the bubble to be vented through a vent and to deter the bubble from entering the ink supply slot.



LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid discharge head includes a nozzle, an individual liquid chamber, and a circulation channel. The nozzle discharges liquid. The individual liquid chamber is communicated with the nozzle. The circulation channel is communicated with the individual liquid chamber. A first direction in which liquid flows in the individual liquid chamber crosses a second direction in which liquid flows in the circulation channel. A liquid-inflow-side opening of the nozzle faces an area in which a flow of liquid changes from the first direction to the second direction.



PRIMING SYSTEM FOR INKJET PRINTHEADS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a priming system for inkjet printheads that includes at least one inkjet printhead. Each inkjet printhead includes one or more single color inkjet chips. Further, the priming system includes at least one ink supply unit. Each ink supply unit is fluidly coupled to a corresponding single color inkjet chip for supplying ink to the corresponding single color inkjet chip. Furthermore, the priming system includes a pumping member that includes at least one pumping head. A pumping head is fluidly coupled to the corresponding single color inkjet chip to receive the ink from the corresponding single color inkjet chip, and to a corresponding ink supply unit to pump the ink back into the corresponding ink supply unit.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EJECTING ADJUSTABLE AMOUNTS OF INK

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for controlling an inkjet printing system including calculating a pigment concentration of ink ejected by the inkjet printhead relative to an initial pigment concentration of the ink based on a determined height of ink in an ink reservoir and a determined period of time since a last printhead activation. A firing pattern for the inkjet printhead is determined based on the determined height, the determined period of time and the calculated relative pigment concentration to account for settling of ink stored in the ink reservoir.



PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A printhead assembly including an ink cartridge body made of a material selected from the group of materials consisting of: nylon, polyethersulfone, polypropylene, polyethylene, polyoxymethylene and other materials that are compatible with ketone, acetate and alcohol based inks, an ink reservoir disposed within the ink cartridge body and adapted to receive and contain ink, and a printhead chip provided on the ink cartridge body and in fluid communication with the ink reservoir so as to receive ink from the ink reservoir for ejection of the ink onto a print medium.



INK STORAGE APPARATUS FOR A PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An ink storage apparatus for a printing system includes at least one ink container defining a storage volume for holding a predetermined volume of printing ink, the ink container being elongate and having a substantially uniform cross-sectional profile perpendicular to a longitudinal axis thereof. The cross-sectional profile is elliptical or oval. The ink storage apparatus in a printing system includes at least one ink container defining a storage volume for holding a predetermined volume of printing ink, and an agitator device arranged within the storage volume of the ink container for agitating the ink. The agitator device includes at least one agitator member which is configured to rotate about an axis. The agitator member includes a paddle element having a generally planar rectangular configuration, and a plurality of fin elements which are configured or arranged to extend out of a plane of the paddle element.



INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

To provide an ink cartridge in which a satisfactory electrical connection with a printer main assembly can be established An ink cartridge 1 detachably mountable to a cartridge mounting portion 33 including an ink receiving tube 52, an electrical connecting portion 55 and a locking lever 58, the ink cartridge 1 includes a tube inserting portion 8 into which an ink receiving tube 52 is inserted and which is provided in a lower portion at a front surface 2c of a casing 2, an electrical contact 4 provided above the tube inserting portion 8 and electrically connectable with the electrical connecting portion 55, and an engaging portion 24 provided in a position closer to the electrical contact than to the tube inserting portion 8 and engageable with the locking lever 58.



INK STORAGE APPARATUS FOR A PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An ink storage apparatus and an agitator device in a printing system having at least one agitator member rotatable about an axis, wherein the agitator member includes a plurality of fin elements that extend out of a primary plane of the agitator member. The agitator member includes a paddle element having a generally planar rectangular configuration, and a plurality of fin elements that extend out of a plane of the paddle element. The ink storage apparatus has at least one ink container defining a storage volume for holding a predetermined volume of printing ink, and the agitator device is arranged within the storage volume of the ink container for agitating the ink.



LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from a nozzle that is disposed on a nozzle surface, a first wiping portion which is able to wipe away the liquid that is adhered to the nozzle surface, and a second wiping portion which is able to hold the liquid that is adhered to the nozzle surface by contacting the nozzle surface, wherein it is possible to perform a first maintenance operation in which the nozzle surface is wiped using the first wiping portion and a second maintenance operation in which the second wiping portion is caused to contact the nozzle surface due to the second wiping portion being biased by the first wiping portion.



Liquid Discharging Apparatus

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a liquid discharging apparatus including: a substrate formed with a first pressure chamber and two second pressure chambers; a vibration film; a first piezoelectric element; two second piezoelectric elements; a first wire connected to the first piezoelectric element; two second wires connected to the two second piezoelectric elements, respectively; and three contact sections to which the first wire and the two second wires are connected, respectively. The first wire passes between the two second piezoelectric elements and extends toward one of the three contact sections corresponding thereto; and length in the first direction of second active portions in second piezoelectric portions of the two second piezoelectric elements, is shorter than that of a first active portion in a first piezoelectric portion of the first piezoelectric element; and length in the second direction of the second active portion is longer than that of the first active portion.



PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a piezoelectric element including: a first electrode; a piezoelectric layer which is provided over the first electrode; and a second electrode provided on a side of the piezoelectric layer opposite to the first electrode, in which the second electrode includes a first layer which is provided on the piezoelectric layer side, and a second layer which is provided on a side of the first layer opposite to the piezoelectric layer, and the second layer does not contain platinum and covers an end portion of the first layer.



LAMINATE MANIFOLDS FOR MESOSCALE FLUIDIC SYSTEMS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A fluid ejection device may include a laminate fluid manifold including plates in a laminate plate stack. The stack may include a fluid passage extending to an edge of the laminate plate stack. A die maybe secured across the edge of the laminate plate stack, wherein the die includes opening to receive fluid transmitted through the fluid passage.



PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY MODULE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In one example, a printhead assembly module includes an upstream row of printheads and a downstream row of printheads. The upstream and downstream rows of printheads are offset from one another such that a printhead in the upstream row extends past the downstream row at one end of the module and a printhead in the downstream row extends past the upstream row at the other end of the module.



PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus including a head unit 12, a main scan driver 14, and a controller 20 is provided. The head unit 12 includes a first-color nozzle and a second-color nozzle, and performs main scan operations in an outward direction and main scan operations in a homeward direction. During each main scan operation, the controller 20 selects some pixels, as first-color ejection object pixels for which ink drops of a first color should be ejected, from pixels included in an area of a medium 50 which is an object of the corresponding main scan operation, and selects at least some pixels other than the first-color ejection object pixels, as second-color ejection object pixels for which ink drops of a second color should be ejected, from the pixels included in the area of the medium which is the object of the corresponding main scan operation.



METHOD TO REDUCE AN INCREASED VISCOSITY IN AN INK PRINT HEAD OF AN INK PRINTER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for reducing a locally increased viscosity of ink in an ink print head of an ink printer during printing operation includes: a determination of a printing pause with the aid of a pixel preview; an application of a first sequence of pulses for measurement of the activation current of a piezoelement of the ink print head; and an application of a second sequence of pulses for vibration of the ink meniscus at the exit of a nozzle if the ink print head to intermix the ink having locally increased viscosity with ink having the initial viscosity given a threatened failure of the nozzle.