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INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink containing a self-dispersing pigment, polyurethane resin particles, a surfactant, and water, wherein the self-dispersing pigment is a pigment having a phosphonate group bonded directly or via another atomic group to the surface of the pigment, wherein the polyurethane resin particles have an anionic functional group content of 0.1 mmol/g or more and 0.4 mmol/g or less on the surfaces of the polyurethane resin particles and have a volume average particle size of 10.0 nm or more and 50.0 nm or less, and the surfactant includes a surfactant represented by a general formula (1), wherein the amount of the surfactant represented by the general formula (1) is 0.05 times or more and 1.00 times or less the amount of the polyurethane resin particles.



THERMAL INKJET INK SET

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A thermal inkjet ink set includes a pre-treatment fixing fluid, an ink, and a post-treatment fluid. The pre-treatment fixing fluid includes a metal salt. The ink includes an ink vehicle and a colorant. The post-treatment fluid includes a fluid vehicle and an anionic polyurethane acrylic hybrid polymer binder dispersed in the fluid vehicle. The anionic polyurethane acrylic hybrid polymer binder is present in an amount ranging from greater than 0 wt % to about 25 wt %. The anionic polyurethane acrylic hybrid polymer binder includes an acrylic polymer or copolymer, and an anionic polyurethane polymer encapsulating the acrylic polymer or copolymer.



PRE-TREATMENT FIXING FLUID FOR AN OFFSET COATED MEDIUM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An example of a pre-treatment fixing fluid for an offset coated medium includes calcium propionate, calcium pantothenate, tetraethylene glycol, a surfactant having an HLB less than 10, an acid, and a balance of water. The calcium propionate is present in an amount ranging from greater than 4.5 wt % to 8.0 wt %, the calcium pantothenate is present in an amount ranging from about 2.0 wt % to equal to or less than 15 wt %, and the surfactant is present in an amount ranging from about 0.01 wt % to about 1.0 wt %, each based on the total wt % of the pre-treatment fixing fluid. The acid is present in an amount sufficient to render the pH from about 4.0 to about 7.0.



INKS FOR INKJET PRINTERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Method for decorating green or fired ceramic bodies by inkjet printing comprising the use of a ceramic inkjet ink which is prepared by milling a ceramic inorganic pigment in an organic medium in the presence of a dispersing agent which is the reaction product of a polyethyleneimine and a 12-hydroxystearic acid and ε-caprolactone co-polyester, until the average particle size of the pigment is between 0.1 and 0.8 μm.



INKJET RECORDING INK COMPOSITION, INKJET RECORDING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRINTED MATERIAL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an inkjet recording ink composition, which has excellent ejection stability and enables the production of a printed material that has excellent water resistance and scratch resistance. Disclosed is an inkjet recording ink composition, which contains a wax emulsion having an average particle diameter of 140 nm or less and containing a polyolefin-based wax with a melting point of 85° C. or more and 120° C. or less, a resin emulsion, a pigment, and an aqueous solvent.



DECOLORING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A decoloring apparatus includes an erasing unit configured to generate heat so as to erase an image formed on a sheet with an erasable material, a sheet storing unit to store one or more sheets, each having the image formed thereon with the erasable material, a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheets from the sheet storing unit to the erasing unit, a quantity sensor configured to detect a quantity of the sheets stored in the sheet storing unit, and a control unit configured to determine whether or not the detected quantity is greater than a predetermined value, and control the sheet conveying unit to convey the sheets and the erasing unit to generate heat, when the detected quantity is determined to be greater than the predetermined value.



JET INK AND INK JET PRINTING PROCESS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink jet-printable composition, which comprises a compound having a reactive silyl group and which is suitable for printing on non-porous substrates such as a glass or ceramic, and a process of decorating non-porous substrates involving ink jet printing the composition onto the substrate, exposing the printed composition to actinic or electron beam radiation to initiate curing and heating the printed composition to a temperature of at least 100° C.



IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is provided with an image-forming unit for forming an image on a recording medium, and a control unit for controlling the formation by the image-forming unit of a test image used for adjustment of the image-forming unit in a blank space portion in which an image is not formed on the recording medium, the control unit specifying the size of the blank space portion, and forming a test image corresponding to the size of the blank space portion in the blank space portion. The test image is thus formed adequately utilizing the blank space of the recording medium.



PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY DATUMING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one example, a datuming system to position a printhead assembly relative to a component external to the printhead assembly includes a first datum on the printhead assembly to establish a first plane, a first line, and a first point and a second datum on the printhead assembly to establish a second plane orthogonal to the first plane, a second line, and a second point.



LABEL WINDING DEVICE AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A label winding device is for receiving a medium including a label liner and a label member that is removably attached to the label liner and has at least one label portion and a waste portion, separating the waste portion from the label liner at a waste separation portion, and winding the at least one label portion with the label liner. The label winding device includes: a waste winder for winding the separated waste portion; a label winder for winding the at least one label portion with the label liner without the separated waste portion; a waste guide for guiding the separated waste portion to the waste winder; a support for rotatably supporting the waste guide; a sensor for detecting a rotational speed of the waste guide; and a waste break detector for detecting break of the waste portion on a basis of the detection by the sensor.



PRINTER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

At a printer that feeds a continuous paper unwound from a paper sheet supply unit in a sheet-shape to a printing head portion side via a damper portion, and then prints on a label of the continuous paper, the damper portion is made of a transparent material.



PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus comprises a conveyance control unit which controls conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed from the stacking unit overlap each other; and a skew correction unit which performs skew correction of the succeeding sheet while the succeeding sheet overlaps the preceding sheet by the conveyance control unit. The skew correction unit makes the leading edge of the succeeding sheet abut against the conveyance roller during a time from an end of a last line feed operation by the conveyance roller for printing on the preceding sheet by the printing unit to start of a next conveyance operation.



PRINTER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a printer that performs printing on a label of a continuous paper while feeding the continuous paper unwound from a paper sheet supply unit to a side of a printing head portion via a damper portion, a head pressure plate is arranged between an operating portion that adjusts a pressing force against a thermal head portion and a printing line of the thermal head portion such that the head pressure plate is formed extended to connect them.



Label Peeling, Universal Printheads and Related Methods

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An example disclosed printer configured to peel media from a backing includes a peeler assembly that is engageable between a peeling position, wherein the printer is configured to peel the media from the backing, and a non-peeling position, wherein the printer is not configured to peel the media from the backing; a sensor configured to send a signal corresponding to a position of the peeler assembly; and a printer controller configured to receive the position of the peeler assembly from the sensor and configured to adjust at least one print setting in response to receiving the signal corresponding to the position of the peeler assembly.



IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM TRANSPORTATION DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM TRANSPORTATION METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A thickness of a recording medium to be held in a holding region of an outer circumferential part of a cylindrical portion having plural suction holes and a suction position positioned in a predetermined direction from a position of a shaft is acquired. In a case where the thickness of the recording medium is equal to or greater than a first threshold value, a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in a subsequent region other than a leading edge of the recording medium is set as a first suction flow rate, and a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in the leading edge is set as a second suction flow rate which is smaller than the first suction flow rate. In a case where the thickness of the recording medium is smaller than the first threshold value, a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in the holding region is set as a third flow rate which is smaller than the first flow rate.



PRINT UNIT ACTIVATION BY MEANS OF A CLOCK UNIT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing method comprises advancing a media to be printed towards a priming unit of a printing device by means of a media advance unit, detecting a position of the media relative to the printing unit, and providing a corresponding position sensor signal, and activating the printing unit to print on a predetermined portion of the media in accordance with the position sensor signal and a timing signal provided by a clock unit.



METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PATTERN, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING A PATTERN, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURAL BODY AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of manufacturing a pattern includes providing a pattern of a first liquid and a movement-restraining liquid on a medium, the movement-restraining liquid configured to restrain the first liquid from moving on the medium, applying a powder material to the pattern, and removing the powder material not adhering to the pattern to form a pattern of the powder material.



PRINTER MAINTENANCE GUIDE DEVICE AND PRINTER MAINTENANCE GUIDE METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printer maintenance guide device includes a guide command button for commanding a maintenance guide for a maintenance work, and a moving image memory storing moving images for successively and continuously displaying a whole process of the maintenance guide from start to end at once on a display unit by the operation of the guide command button.



NETWORKABLE MEDICAL LABELING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a labeling apparatus that generates a label for labeling a drug container at a healthcare facility. The labeling apparatus includes a code reader that interrogates a computer-readable code, and a non-transitory, local computer-readable memory that stores a drug formulary including a plurality of drug entries. A processing component identifies, from the formulary, a specific drug that corresponds to the computer-readable code read by the code reader. A printer prints label content identifying the specific drug onto a label that is to be applied to the drug container. A network component receives a drug formulary package over a communication network from a remotely-located computer terminal. The drug formulary package received replaces an existing drug formulary stored in the non-transitory, local computer-readable memory.



Laser marking machine, laser marking method, laser marking equipment and laser marking system

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed a laser marking machine, method, equipment and system. The method comprises steps of the control main board receiving coordinate and gray scale value of the target image pixel dot; calculating output power of the target image pixel dot by using the gray scale value; and controlling the laser device to use corresponding output power according to displacement of the galvanometer, and outputting laser specific to each target image pixel dot. By adjusting the output power of target image pixel dot (marking point), a separate pixel dot may reflect the change of gray scale value, so as to represent the image gray scale value. The coordinate of each pixel dot in the gray scale image may be calculated according to the predetermined resolution, such that, the coordinate of pixel dot is no longer adjusted, ensuring the DPI and the resolution of the gray scale image.



THERMAL HEAD AND THERMAL PRINTER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A thermal head includes: a substrate; a thermal storage layer disposed on the substrate and having a ridge portion; heat generating portions disposed on the ridge portion; and electrodes which are disposed on the substrate. At least one of the electrodes has a first corner portion at which a side surface and an upper surface intersect, more upstream in the conveyance direction of the recording medium than the top portion of the ridge portion. In a cross section of the thermal head, an inclination angle of an imaginary line which connects an intersection point of an imaginary line which hangs downward from the top portion (13b1) of the ridge portion and the substrate, with the first corner portion, is 75° or less from the substrate. Thus, printing residue is less likely to adhere to the thermal head.



PRINTING SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A printing method and system include a printhead configured to eject a fixer fluid. A controller is operatively connected to the printhead and configured to control the printhead so as to apply the fixer fluid to a print area in a pattern to form cells having a predetermined area without the fixer fluid.



LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID JET APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid storage container includes a liquid storage section configured to store a liquid, a liquid injection section connected to the liquid storage section and configured to inject the liquid into the liquid storage section, an air chamber communicated with air, an air introduction section communicated to the air chamber and configured to introduce the air to the air chamber, a communicating passage through which the liquid storage section and the air chamber are communicated to each other, a liquid injection port defined as an intersection at which the liquid injection section and the liquid storage section intersect each other, and a connecting port defined between the liquid storage section and the communicating passage and located above the liquid injection port in a posture where the liquid injection port is oriented upward in a direction intersecting with a horizontal direction.



CLEANING APPARATUS AND LIQUID DROPLET EJECTION APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A cleaning apparatus includes a contact unit that includes a container in which an opening is formed, the container accommodating cleaning liquid that cleans a forming surface of an ejection unit, the forming surface on which an ejection opening is formed, the ejection opening from which a liquid droplet is ejected; and an ultrasonic vibrator that is provided at the container and vibrates the cleaning liquid accommodated in the container, wherein the contact unit brings the cleaning liquid into contact with the forming surface in a state where the opening of the container faces the forming surface.



MUZZLE FOR PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A cap for a printhead device including a main body that includes a side wall, a top wall, and a bottom wall, the top wall and the bottom wall in a facing relation to one another so that a printhead device is held between the top and bottom walls, a vent seal disposed within an opening in the top wall, a nozzle plate seal disposed within an opening in the bottom wall, and a nozzle plate seal retainer that holds the nozzle plate seal within the opening in the bottom wall.



INKJET PRINTER HEAD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In accordance with one embodiment, an inkjet head comprises a plurality of groove-shaped pressure chambers formed on piezoelectric members of which the polarization directions are opposite, and a nozzle plate arranged at the lateral side of the pressure chambers across a lid section with high rigidity. A plurality of through holes connected to a plurality of nozzles formed on the nozzle plate is formed in the lid section. The inkjet head is set in a range of 10˜25% before and after a center, that is, a length ratio where the relation between ejection voltage of ink ejected from the nozzles and a length ratio between the length of the through hole of the lid section in the longitudinal direction of the pressure chamber and the length of the pressure chamber in the longitudinal direction of the pressure chamber is minimized.



LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A liquid ejecting head includes a set-up surface that faces a support body in a negative Z direction and that is fixed to the support body, an ejection surface that faces in a positive Z direction and in which are located nozzles that eject ink, and a first support surface and a second support surface that face in the positive Z direction and are located on the negative Z direction side of the ejection surface, and, when viewed in the Z direction, are separated from each other with the ejection surface interposed therebetween in the Y direction.



LIQUID INJECTION HEAD, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID INJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID INJECTION DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An individual electrode formed on an inside surface of a dummy channel, a common electrode formed on an inside surface of a discharge channel, an individual pad formed in a connection groove of an actuator plate, connecting the individual electrodes opposed in an X direction across the discharge channel, and to which an FPC is connected, a shallow groove portion opened toward a rear side on the actuator plate, a common pad formed in the shallow groove portion, and connecting the common electrode and the FPC through the shallow groove portion, and a dividing groove formed in a corner portion made by a surface and a rear-side end surface of the actuator plate, and dividing the common pad from the individual pad.



INK JET HEAD HAVING A PLURALITY OF DRIVE CIRCUITS HOUSED IN A CASING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ink jet head includes an ejection unit including first nozzles arranged along a line, second nozzles arranged parallel to the first nozzles, a first actuator configured to cause ink to be ejected from the first nozzles, and a second actuator configured to cause ink to be ejected from the second nozzles, a first drive circuit configured to drive the first actuator, a second drive circuit configured to drive the second actuator, and a casing. The casing has a first space on a first side of the casing and a second space on a second side of the casing that is opposite to the first side. The first drive circuit is housed in the first space and the second drive circuit is housed in the second space.



IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an image-forming apparatus that limits reductions in image quality such as streaking even when print element discharge failure occurs in the overlap region of short heads that configure a long head. In the overlap region, among multiple overlap areas configured from rows of consecutive print elements that do not comprise print elements that have been specified as discharge failure print elements, the overlap area with the largest number of overlapping print elements is specified. When the number of print elements in said overlap area is greater than a fixed number, an overlap control for gradually changing the discharge apportionment for the fixed number of print elements in each short head is performed. Since the discharge failure of the print element is present in an area in which the short head print apportionment is 100%, the discharge failure is supplemented by, for example, increasing the discharge amounts of the adjacent print elements. But because the discharge failure of the print element is present in an area in which the short head print apportionment is 0%, supplementation is not performed.