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Tape unit and tape cassette

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tape unit holds a tape roll that has a wound tape that is a print medium, and is adapted to be mounted in and removed from a cassette case. The tape unit is provided with a holder shaft portion and an indicator portion. The holder shaft portion is inserted into a shaft hole formed in a winding center of the tape roll and rotatably supports the tape roll. The indicator portion is disposed radially outside the tape roll which is supported by the holder shaft portion, and includes at least one hole portion and indicates a type of the tape.



Ergonomic keyboard

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An ergonomic keyboard is described. In one aspect, a keyboard layout for a subject language is developed by determining a percent of frequency of monograph characters and digraphs of characters used in writing in the subject language. Thereafter, each key for the characters from each most frequent digraph is positioned under different hands on the keyboard layout, on a middle row of the keyboard layout, and under the index or middle fingers of a keyboard user. Other most frequent characters are positioned in the middle row of the keyboard layout or in a position on the keyboard layout to be struck using the index or middle fingers. The least frequent monograph characters are positioned in the bottom and top rows of the keyboard, with the least frequent characters under pinky fingers of a keyboard user. An optimized Arabic keyboard layout is also disclosed.



Image forming device with cutter and door locking mechanism

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A sheet processing device includes a cutter including a movable unit moving toward or away from a predetermined position and cutting a sheet held in the predetermined position, a door provided to a housing having an opening, the door opening and closing the opening for an operation for the cutter. The sheet processing device further includes the housing holding the cutter, a locking member locking and unlocking the door closing the opening and a locking mechanism mechanically connecting the movable unit to the locking member and causing the locking member to lock or unlock the door depending on a position of the movable unit relative to the predetermined position.



Printer with pair of tape roll guide members having a recessed part for housing a pressing roller

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure discloses a printer comprising a roll storage part, a feeder, a printing head, a pair of guide members, a guide driving mechanism, a cover, a pressing roller, and a recessed part. The printing head is configured to perform desired printing on the print-receiving tape fed by a feeder. The pair of guide members are configured to determine a width-direction position of the print-receiving tape while sandwiching the stored roll. The guide driving mechanism is configured to make the pair of guide members move close to and away from each other by advancing and retreating in tandem in a width direction of the roll. The pressing roller is configured to contact the print-receiving tape near a feed-out position. The recessed part is configured to house at least a part of the pressing roller, provided to each position of the pair of guide members.



Label printer

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A label printer enables drop-in loading of linerless label paper rolls and prevents print defects caused by variation in the label paper transportation and the readhesion of chaff to the label paper. A pair of roll guiding members 37 and 38 limit the position of the outside of the label paper roll 5 to a position separated a predetermined distance from the label paper entrance 11 by contacting the outside of the label paper roll 5 inside the roll paper compartment 7 of the label printer 31 at a position offset from the label paper entrance 11 toward the center of the roll paper compartment 7. The roll guiding members 37 and 38 are members with low friction resistance when in contact with the outside of the label paper roll 5, and thus reduce the friction that can cause inconsistent paper transportation and chaff from wear.



Input device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An input device includes a casing, a first keyboard, and a second keyboard. The first keyboard is slidably connected to the casing. The second keyboard is connected to the casing in an obliquely slidable manner and slidably connected to the first keyboard. When the first keyboard slides toward an expanded position relative to the casing, the first keyboard drives the second keyboard to slide obliquely relative to the casing, so that the second keyboard slides upwardly relative to the first keyboard. When the first keyboard slides toward a folded position relative to the casing, the first keyboard drives the second keyboard to slide obliquely relative to the casing, so that the second keyboard slides downwardly relative to the first keyboard.



Recording device, control method of a recording device, and storage medium

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The cutting control unit 20a of a printer 1 monitors the output value of a notch detection sensor 19 while conveying a recording medium, and calculates a position corresponding to the axis of symmetry of a notch where a cutting unit is to cut based on a starting position and an end position. The starting position is the position of the recording medium at the detection position of the sensor when the sensor output value exceeds a specific threshold. The end position is the position of the recording medium at the detection position when the sensor output value goes below the specific threshold after the starting position is detected.



Jam-free printer

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printer that prints on a rolled recording paper, cuts the printed recording paper to a predetermined length, and ejects the cut recording paper. The printer includes storage 30b that stores a print status wherein, at the time of powering on, the printer references a previous print status based on the print status stored in the storage and, if the previous print operation is not completed, ejects the recording paper for a maximum print length and cuts the ejected recording paper.



Printing device with print timing control based on paperboard basis weight

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a corrugated paperboard sheet printing device which includes a conveyance device for conveying a corrugated paperboard sheet fed out from a sheet feeding device, while suckingly holding the sheet; a plurality of printing units for printing the sheet through a series of printing processes; an information generator for generating basis weight information indicative of a basis weight of a corrugated paperboard sheet in each order; a storage device for storing therein a plurality of correction information for correcting a plurality of printing timings at each of which a respective one of the plurality of printing units performs the printing process on the sheet, in association with the basis weight information; and a controller for, based on the correction information, correcting the printing timing in each of the printing units, and causing the printing unit to operate according to the corrected printing timing.



Conveying apparatus and image forming apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A conveying apparatus or an image forming apparatus includes: a housing including an opening and closing member that can be opened and closed; a conveying path that conveys an object to be conveyed, at least a part of the conveying path being provided adjacent to an inner side of the opening and closing member; a first detector that detects whether the object is present in a predetermined region and outputs a detection signal corresponding to a result of the detection; and an interlocking mechanism that causes, when the opening and closing member is opened, the first detector to change at least one of a position and a structure of the first detector in mechanically association with movement of opening of the opening and closing member, and to output a detection signal which is the same as a detection signal output when the object is present in the predetermined region.



Print substrate edge guide

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In one example, a device for use in a printer includes a flexible piece and a holder configured to removably attach the piece to a platen that has a surface over which a print substrate is moved through the print zone for printing on the substrate. The piece and the holder are configured to place the piece in tension along the platen surface such that, when the piece is attached to the platen, the piece becomes sufficiently rigid to counter substrate edge curl.



Medium accommodation cassette, medium feeding device, and recording apparatus

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The bottom surface of a paper cassette that supports recording paper is configured of a first bottom surface and a second bottom surface. The second bottom surface is formed of a swing member having a fulcrum at the downstream side in the paper feeding direction and being capable of swinging about the fulcrum with the upstream side in the paper feeding direction serving as a free end, thereby providing a structure in which an angle formed by the second bottom surface and a separation slope increases when the second bottom surface is caused to sink downward by a swing of the swing member.



Media detection apparatus and method

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for automatically calibrating a media sensor configured to detect advancing print media in a printing device. In some embodiments, the apparatus selects a first light intensity level and a second light intensity level greater than the first light intensity level. A light source unit, such as a light emitting diode or laser diode is activated to emit light at the second light intensity level. The light passes though print media, for example, a roll of self-adhesive labels, that is advanced along a print path of the printing device. The amount of light transmitted through the print media is measured as the print media advances. If the measured light increases, the light source unit is reactivated to emit light at the first light intensity level. In some embodiments, the apparatus identifies whether print media has changed or an out-of-stock condition exists.



Image forming apparatus having a member for forming an image

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a drive source configured to drive a member for forming an image on a recording material, a frame of the image forming apparatus including a planar portion on which the drive source is mounted, wherein a plurality of through holes is formed on the entire planar portion of the frame, and a sheet member configured to cover at least a portion of the plurality of through holes.



Tape feeding apparatus and tape printing apparatus

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tape feeding apparatus has a feeding roller that feeds a tape and a roller accommodation section that has a cylindrical accommodation section inner surface along with a roller outer circumferential surface of the feeding roller, accommodates the feeding roller having a gap with the roller outer circumferential surface, and has a roller opening aperture through which the accommodated feeding roller faces the tape. The feeding roller is rotatably supported at one end section side in a cantilever state and is opened at the other section side.



Transportation device and recording apparatus

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A transportation device includes a transportation unit that transports a transportation target material, a supporting surface that supports the transported transportation target material, a first suction hole that opens in the supporting surface in order to suck the transportation target material which is supported by the supporting surface, a light transmission portion that is exposed in the supporting surface and through which light is permitted to pass, a detector that has a light irradiator capable of irradiating the transportation target material which is supported by the supporting surface with light through the light transmission portion and detects a transportation amount of the transportation target material based on reflected light of the light with which the light irradiator has irradiated the transportation target material, and a second suction hole that opens in the supporting surface at least one of the positions adjacent to the light transmission portion.



Print label producing apparatus

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure discloses print label producing apparatus comprising a controller, a memory including a first sub memory, a second sub memory, and a third sub memory, and the controller being configured to execute a decoration setting process to perform at least one of a first sub decoration setting process for setting a decoration style randomly, a second sub decoration setting process for setting a frame randomly, and a third sub decoration setting process for setting a symbol randomly, a first print data generating process for generating first print data, by means of including at least one or more results of the decoration setting process of any of the decoration style of one or more types randomly set, the frame of one type randomly set, or the symbol of one type randomly set, and a first coordination control process for controlling the feeder and the printing head.



Printer with paper holder having paper near-end detector

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printer includes a paper holder which includes a shaft portion for supporting roll paper, and a movable member in a predetermined vertical height position near and above a first end portion of the shaft portion. The movable member is configured to be displaced along an extending direction of the shaft portion between a pressing position, in which the movable member is brought into contact with and pressed against an end surface of the roll paper supported by the shaft portion, and a non-pressing position, in which the movable member is not in contact with the end surface of the roll paper. The movable member is also biased toward the non-pressing position. A movable member detector is configured to detect that the movable member is in the non-pressing position, and a remaining amount notifier is configured to notify that a remaining amount of the roll paper is low.



Keyboard/keyboard enclosure

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A keyboard/keyboard enclosure is provided. The keyboard/keyboard enclosure includes front and rear shells removably connected together and made of a polymer material such as Nylon 6. A keypad is positioned on the front surface of the front shell. The rear shell includes a cutout and a removable hatch covering the cutout.



Printer with touch panel for receiving contact trajectory pattern for producing a print

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The disclosure discloses a printer including a feeder, a printing head configured to form desired print and producing a print, a discharge port disposed on one side of a housing, a display portion configured to display a print image, an operation portion disposed above the display portion, a detecting device configured to detect the operation input through contact to the operation portion, a first trajectory determining portion configured to determine whether or not a contact trajectory with a first predetermined pattern along a first direction has been input in a state where the print image is displayed on the display portion, and a printing control portion configured to control the feeder and the printing head when it is determined that the contact trajectory has been input so as to produce the print corresponding to the print image displayed and to discharge the print.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus includes a housing having an access cover, a paper feed tray, and a paper discharge tray provided on a side thereof in a rotatable manner. A rotation pivot of the paper feed tray and a rotation pivot of the access cover are arranged on the same axis, and a rotation pivot of the paper discharge tray is arranged with a shift from the rotation pivot of the access cover.



Conveying device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A conveying device includes: opposed first and second rollers disposed to a first path; a roller holder supporting the second roller and movable between a first position where the second roller contacts the first roller and a second position where the second roller is spaced apart from the first roller; and opposed first and second guide members defining a second path merged with the first path. The first guide member is movable between a third position where the first guide member is spaced apart from the second guide member at a predetermined distance and a fourth position where their distance is less than the predetermined distance. The first guide member includes a guide portion for contacting and moving the roller holder from the first position to the second position in response to movement of the first guide member from the third position to the fourth position.



Printer platen support mechanism and roll paper printer

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A platen support mechanism of a printer moves a platen unit of the printer. When moving the platen unit from a closed position to an open position, the platen support mechanism of the printer first moves the platen unit along a straight first path, and then moves the platen unit along a curved second path. A posture of the platen unit is held constant during this time by a six joint linkage mechanism.



Printing apparatus with ribbon winding unit having first and second moveable gears

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The ribbon winding unit is equipped with a first moving gear, a second moving gear, a first intermediate gear, a tumbler gear, and a winding member. The first intermediate gear engages with the first moving gear when the first moving gear and the second moving gear move in a given direction, and disengages from the first moving gear when the first moving gear and the second moving gear move in an opposite direction. The tumbler gear engages with the first intermediate gear, engages with the second moving gear when the first moving gear and the second moving gear move in the opposite direction, and disengages from the second moving gear when the first moving gear and the second moving gear move in the given direction.



Tape cassette

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tape cassette includes a cassette case having a pair of side faces, a tape roll contained within the cassette case, a discharge guide portion positioned in the cassette case in a first corner portion provided farthest downstream on a feed path for a tape, a tape exposing portion located on the feed path, in the vicinity of the discharge guide portion and on an upstream side in relation to the discharge guide portion, a tape feed roller provided on the upstream side on the feed path from the discharge guide portion and adjacent to a rear side of the tape exposing portion, a first recessed portion formed in the vicinity of the discharge guide portion in one of the side faces included in the first corner portion, and a second recessed portion disposed in a diagonally opposite position in the cassette case from the first corner portion.



Replaceable printer component including a memory updated atomically

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A replaceable printer component includes a memory device and a communication link. The memory device includes a memory and a circuit configured to atomically update data stored in the memory. The communication link is configured to communicatively link the memory device to a printer controller when the replaceable printer component is installed in a printing system. The circuit is configured to receive a write request including data, a data length, and an address from the printer controller; copy the data length of data stored at the address to a backup area of the memory; store the data length and the address in the memory; set a write state stored in the memory to a first state; update the data length of data stored at the address with the received data; and set the write state stored in the memory to a second state.



Cutter unit to be incorporated into a printer, having a control element

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A cutter unit is incorporated in a printer to cut a paper in accordance with an instruction from a controller of the printer. The cutter unit includes a cutter blade, a position sensor for detecting that the cutter blade is or is not in a reference position, a motor for driving the cutter blade, a drive circuit for the motor, and a cutter control element for controlling the drive circuit on the basis of a result of the detection of the position sensor to operate the cutter blade in accordance with the instruction from the controller.



Processing device

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A processing device comprising a ribbon cartridge including an ink ribbon wound around a feed-out core and a wind-up core winding up the ink ribbon, a device main body to which the ribbon cartridge is detachably attached, a cartridge-side brake mechanism provided to the ribbon cartridge and applying a rotational braking force to the ribbon cartridge, and a device-side brake mechanism provided to the device main body and applying a rotational braking force to the ribbon cartridge, wherein a rotational braking force by the cartridge-side brake mechanism is set stronger with respect to a rotational braking force by the device-side brake mechanism.



Image forming apparatus

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus including a sheet roll supporter disposed below a main body of the image forming apparatus to support a sheet roll such that a sheet is fed from the sheet roll, an image forming unit to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet roll, a sheet discharger disposed downstream from the image forming unit in a direction of conveyance of the sheet to discharge the sheet having the image thereon in a sheet discharging direction, a guide unit to guide the sheet discharged from the sheet discharger to the front of the main body of the image forming apparatus, and a stacking unit on which the sheet passing the guide unit is stacked. Upper and front parts of the sheet roll are covered with the guide unit and the stacking unit across a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to the sheet discharging direction.



Printing apparatus and printing apparatus control method

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printing apparatus of this invention includes a printing unit that executes print processing for a sheet, and feeding units that respectively store sheets conveyable to the printing unit. The printing apparatus identifies a sheet to undergo print processing, based on obtained print job data, and searches the feeding units for a feeding unit storing the identified sheet. The printing apparatus, when it detects the feeding unit storing the identified sheet, controls the printing unit to execute print processing based on the print job data for the sheet fed from the feeding unit, and when it cannot detect the feeding unit storing the identified sheet, executes avoiding processing regarding the print processing.



Tandem printing system having a web transport controller with a derived drum diameter

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tandem printing system for imaging a continuous web of material includes a first printer serially coupled to a second printer wherein the speed of the web can be adjusted to maintain image quality and to compensate for a change in a diameter of a driver drum. The change in the diameter of the driver drum can be derived from characteristics of the printing system including the amount of sag of the continuous web of material moving between the first printer and the second printer.



System and method for media curler characterization

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments described herein are directed to characterizing a media curler for a printing. Test curls can be imposed on media having input curls with known input values using a media curler to be characterized. The media curler can impose the test curls based on curler settings of the media curler. Resulting output values from an interaction between the test curls and the input curls can be measured and the curler settings can be characterized based on the known input values and the resulting output values so that the media curler can be configured to respond to incoming media having a known input curl by applying curler setting to achieve a desired output curl.



Printing system ribbon including print transferable circuitry and elements

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are provided for generating customized labels having electronic circuitry such as RFID circuitry. A printing system generates the label by selectively transfer printing elements (e.g., electronic circuitry, physical components, etc.) and donor layers (e.g., conductive materials, non-conductive materials, etc.) from a ribbon to a receiver (e.g., an item that receives the indicia). In addition, the printing system can program and test the label or indicia thereof, thereby providing the ability to customize each label according to predetermined criteria and to ensure that each label functions properly.



Apparatus and method for making fiducials on a substrate

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Fiducials having substantially continuous portions made on a substrate allow the position of the substrate to be determined. An approach for making fiducials involves moving first and second fiducial devices together back and forth across the substrate along a trajectory having a component along the lateral axis of the substrate while the substrate and the first and second fiducial devices are in relative motion along the longitudinal axis of the substrate. The first fiducial device operates to make one fiducial on the substrate during the movement along the trajectory and the relative motion. The second fiducial device operates to make another fiducial on the substrate during the movement along the trajectory and the relative motion. The fiducials may be formed so that they have a constant spatial frequency with the first fiducial being out of phase with respect to the second fiducial.



Explicit character filtering of ambiguous text entry

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for explicit filtering in ambiguous text entry. The invention provides embodiments including various explicit text entry methodologies, such as 2-key and long pressing. The invention also provides means for matching words in a database using build around methodology, stem locking methodology, word completion methodology, and n-gram searches.



Encoder mount

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mounting system for an encoder is disclosed. The mounting system prevents rotation about the encoder shaft's axis of rotation. The mounting system allows translation in a plane perpendicular to the encoder shaft's axis of rotation.



Media processing device with enhanced media and ribbon loading and unloading features

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for processing media may include a printhead pressure adjustment assembly including a barrel and a biasing element configured to apply a biasing force to the printhead, where the biasing force may be adjustable in response to the barrel being rotated about its axis. The printhead pressure adjustment assembly may further include a threaded insert received within the barrel and configured to move axially within the barrel in response to the barrel being rotated. The printhead pressure adjustment assembly may further include a cup received within the barrel and attached to the biasing element. The adjustment assembly may include a spring disposed between the threaded insert and the cup, where the spring is compressed in response to the barrel being rotated in a first direction and the spring is decompressed in response to the spring being rotated in a second direction.



Image forming apparatus with sheet transport control timing changed according to length of transported sheet

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus has an image bearing member bearing a toner image, a transfer part transferring the toner image from the image bearing member onto a sheet, a separation/feeding part separating and feeding sheets stacked on a sheet stacking member, and a transport part transporting the sheet fed by the separation/feeding part to the transfer part, in which a transporting operation of the transport part is changed according to a length of the sheet to be transported in a transport direction of the sheet. A control is configured to control so that a timing to decelerate to the transfer speed by the transport part with respect to a start of image formation is changed according to a length of the transported sheet in a transport direction of the sheet.



RFID tag issuing apparatus and RFID tag misalignment detecting method

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

According to one embodiment, an RFID tag issuing apparatus includes a communication instructing unit, a search unit, and a misalignment amount detecting unit. The communication instructing unit instructs a reader-writer unit to communicate with the RFID tag at a reference position that is reached when the label is carried by a predetermined amount in a predetermined direction after the specific position on the label is detected by a label position detecting unit. The search unit repeats a carrying of the label and a communication instruction to the reader-writer unit when communication cannot be established with the RFID tag, and thus searches for a communication-available range with the RFID tag. The misalignment amount detecting unit detects an amount of carrying of the label to reach the communication-available range from the reference position, as a misalignment amount of the RFID tag.



Platen assembly

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A platen assembly for a printer comprised of a platen roller assembly and a housing assembly that is structured to rotatably support the platen roller assembly. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a platen roller assembly comprising a platen roller defining first and second ends; a locking pin extending from at least one of the first and second ends of the platen roller; a housing assembly adapted to rotatably support the platen roller; and a drive assembly structured to rotatably engage the locking pin extending from one end of the platen roller. In this regard, the present invention provides a platen roller assembly that is simple, easily alignable, and readily replaceable by a user.



Label producing apparatus

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The disclosure discloses a label producing apparatus. The label producing apparatus includes a cartridge holder, a feeder, a movable blade, a driving roller configured to contact and discharge the label tape, a driven roller provided so that it can advance and retreat between a contact position and a separated position, a motor configured to rotate in a single direction only and generate a driving force of the movable blade, and a rotational movement of the driving roller, a gear mechanism configured to transmit the driving force to the driving roller, and an advancing and retreating adjustment device configured to adjust an movement of the driven roller and the movable blade, associated with a rotation of the motor, the adjustment device advancing and retreating the driven roller and the movable blade so that the driven roller is in the contact position for a predetermined time period after cutting.



Print preview for printers with multiple print heads

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A printing system has fixed print heads in positions that are subject to adjustment between print jobs. The system provides a print preview display that includes a representation of the item of printing stock on which the printing is to be performed. The print preview display also includes a first printing field that is at a location in the representation that corresponds to the position of a first one of the print heads. The print preview display further includes a second printing field that is at a location in the representation that corresponds to the position of a second one of the print heads.



Image forming apparatus, image forming system and program product

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image forming apparatus including: an image forming unit; plural trays; a sheet feed unit that feeds a sheet held in one of the trays; a correspondence storing unit that stores correspondence between trays and kinds of sheets; a priority setting unit that sets priority to a designation of the tray or to a designation of the kind; a sheet feed control unit that feeds the sheet from one of the trays when the priority is given to the designation of the tray and the one of the trays is designated, and searches one of the trays that holds the sheet of the designated kind based on the correspondence to feed the sheet from the searched tray when the priority is given to the designation of the kind and the kind of the sheet is designated; and a setting change unit that changes a setting of the image forming unit correspondingly to the kind of sheet.



Transdermally absorbable preparation

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a novel transdermally absorbable preparation which enables the efficient, stable and long-term administration of a drug to a living body. More specifically, the transdermally absorbable preparation comprises: a laminate comprising an outer film, a drug-containing layer and a support layer laminated in this order from the side to be contacted with the skin; and a fixing means for fixing the laminate on the skin. In the transdermally absorbable preparation, the outer film is a drug-permeable polymer film that can control the release of the drug into the skin and is provided as a surface of the laminate which is to be contact with the skin.



Tape cartridge with platen protruding into head insertion opening

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tape cartridge 11 includes a platen roller 15, when the tape cartridge 11 is mounted on a tape printer 1, a print head 22 of the tape printer 1 contacting the platen roller 15 with a print tape T and an ink ribbon R arranged therebetween such that the print head 22 can be separated from the platen roller 15; a cartridge case 16 that houses the print tape T, the ink ribbon R, and the platen roller 15; and an insertion opening 17 formed in the cartridge case 16, the print head 22 being inserted into the insertion opening 17. A contact portion 10 of the platen roller 15 that is brought into contact with the print head 22 protrudes relative to a head receiver 72 of the insertion opening 17 to which the print head 22 is exposed.



Tape catridge and tape printer

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A tape cartridge 2 includes a tape core 21b rotatably supported in a cartridge case 25 and houses a print tape 21a wound around the tape core 21b such that the print tape 21a can be unwound. The tape core 21b includes a core body 26 with the print tape 21a wound around an outer peripheral surface of the core body 26, a disk-like rib 27 provided at a middle portion in an axial direction of an inner peripheral surface of the core body 26, and a shaft hole 28 formed at an axis center of the rib 27. The cartridge case 25 includes a shaft support 41 that is inserted into the shaft hole 28 and rotatably supports the tape core 21b, and a rotation guide 42 that slides on the inner peripheral surface of the core body 26.



Printer

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure discloses a printer configured to perform desired printing, comprising a substantially box-shaped housing, a partition wall that partitions an internal structure of the housing into a first area positioned on a first side, and a second area positioned on a second side opposite to the first side, a control substrate provided to the first area, a medium storage chamber configured to store the print-receiving medium and provided to the second area, an opening/closing lid configured to expose the medium storage chamber to the outside and provided to the housing and configured to open and close between an open position and a closed position, and a print processing mechanism configured to perform desired printing while feeding the print-receiving medium supplied from the medium storage chamber based on control by the control substrate.



Device for adjusting gap between platen and print head and inkjet printer using the device

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for adjusting gap between platen and print head includes a base, a printing unit, a platen and a pair of adjusting elements. The printing unit is located on the base and includes a print head. The platen is located between the printing unit and the base, in which the platen has a platen-portion and a pair of adjusting-portions, the adjusting-portions are disposed at opposite sides of the platen-portion, and each of the adjusting-portions has a step-guiding-surface. The adjusting elements are disposed beside the platen and correspondingly contact the step-guiding-surfaces of the adjusting-portions, in which the distance between the platen and the print head is varied with positions of the adjusting elements relative to the step-guiding-surfaces.



Recording apparatus

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a roll paper storage cassette and a recording apparatus which do not need a roll paper storage cassette according to the size of roll papers, and prevent a roll paper, a roll-paper shaft, and a roll paper storage cassette from being erroneously loaded. A roll paper storage cassette for housing a roll paper wound around the core portion of a roll paper shaft includes a pair of openable and closable cases, an attachment which can be attached and detached to and from the inside of both ends of the case according to the size of the roll paper, and a regulation member configured to prevent the roll paper shaft of a specific type from entering and allow the roll paper shaft of another specific type to enter in a state where the attachment is detached and configured to be moved from a position where the roll paper shaft of the specific type is prevented from entering in a state where the attachment is attached.



Explicit character filtering of ambiguous text entry

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for explicit filtering in ambiguous text entry. The invention provides embodiments including various explicit text entry methodologies, such as 2-key and long pressing. The invention also provides means for matching words in a database using build around methodology, stem locking methodology, word completion methodology, and n-gram searches.