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347 - Incremental printing of symbolic information

347001000 - INK JET

347020000 - Ejector mechanism (i.e., print head)

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
347029000 Nozzle cap, cover, or protection 388
347033000 Wiping 214
347034000 Mist or dust removal 52
347036000 Waste storage 51
347028000 Solvent 48
347023000 Responsive to condition 23
347035000 Purging without a cap 13
347025000 Gas 12
347027000 Vibration 4
20090237444LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CLEANING LIQUID EJECTING HEAD - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a plurality of nozzle openings that eject liquid; pressure generating chambers in communication with the respective nozzle openings; a liquid ejecting head including a pressure generating unit that causes the pressure generating chambers to generate a pressure change; a sucking unit that covers the nozzle openings and sucks the liquid from the nozzle openings; a suction control unit that causes the sucking unit to suck the liquid from the nozzle openings; and a liquid flow control unit that brings the pressure generating units into vibrations selectively corresponding to the pressure generating chambers to vibrate when sucking the liquid by the sucking unit and controls a flow of fluid in the pressure generating chambers by not driving the pressure generating units corresponding to the non-selected pressure generating chambers.09-24-2009
20110141191SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING OR RECOVERING NOZZLE FUCTION FOR A PRINTHEAD - A transducer capable of generating vibrational energy is positioned relative to an inkjet cartridge to impart a vibrational force to simultaneously vibrate at least a portion of each of a plurality of ink fluidic columns associated with a plurality of nozzles in a printhead of the inkjet cartridge to maintain or recover nozzle function.06-16-2011
20080218552PRINTING SYSTEM PARTICLE REMOVAL DEVICE AND METHOD - A printing system includes a source of liquid including a liquid outlet. The source of liquid includes a liquid with particles. A liquid vibrating mechanism is operably associated with the source of liquid. A controller is operably associated with the liquid vibrating mechanism. The controller is configured to control a desired direction of movement of the particles of the liquid by causing the liquid vibrating mechanism to vibrate the liquid with a non-symmetric energy such that movement of the particles is biased in the desired direction.09-11-2008
20110304670PRINTER DEVICE AND MAINTENANCE METHOD THEREOF - A printer device which can, using a relatively simple structure, remove foreign matter within a printer head. A printer device (12-15-2011
347026000 Heat 3
20120098884DISPENSING LIQUID USING ARRAY OF DISPENSING ELEMENTS - An array of liquid dispensing elements are positioned on a substrate. Each liquid dispensing element includes a liquid dispensing channel positioned on the substrate. The liquid dispensing channel includes an outlet opening positioned on a wall opposite the substrate. A diverter member is associated with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid return channel is positioned on the substrate and is in fluid communication with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply channel is positioned on the substrate and is in fluid communication with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply passage extends through the substrate and is in fluid communication with the liquid supply channel. A liquid return passage extends through the substrate and is in fluid communication with the liquid return channel. A liquid is provided that flows from the liquid supply passage through the liquid supply channel, through the liquid dispensing channel, through the liquid return channel to the liquid return passage of the array of liquid dispensing elements. A liquid drop is ejected from the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel of one of the liquid dispensing elements by selectively actuating the diverter member of the liquid dispensing element to divert a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel of the liquid dispensing element.04-26-2012
20120249670LIQUID DROPLET JETTING APPARATUS - There is provided a liquid droplet jetting apparatus, including: a liquid droplet jetting head in which a plurality of nozzles and a plurality of individual channels are formed; a purge mechanism; a judgment mechanism which judges whether or not a defective nozzle in which a jetting failure occurs is included in purge target nozzles; a heating mechanism which heats a liquid in the plurality of individual channels; and a controller which controls the purge mechanism and the heating mechanism. In a case that the judgment mechanism judges that the defective nozzle is included in the purge target nozzles, the controller controls the heating mechanism and the purge mechanism to heat the liquid in a part of the plurality of individual channels, which include an individual channel communicating with the defective nozzle, and to execute the purge operation for the purge target nozzles.10-04-2012
20110122191LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A printer controller generates a foam elimination flushing driving signal that includes a foam elimination flushing process driving pulse for eliminating foam within the ink flow channel by driving a piezoelectric element; a foam elimination flushing process for restoring the ejection capability of a recording head is carried out using the foam elimination flushing driving signal before ink within the ink flow channel is heated by a heating mechanism.05-26-2011
347024000 For color 1
20120133704Multiple Monochromatic Print Cartridge Printing System - A colour ink printing system includes a plurality of print head cartridges, each extending across and spaced apart along a direction of print media propagation; a print head chassis for supporting the plurality of print head cartridges, the print head chassis actuable between a printing position, a transition position, and a maintenance position; a maintenance chassis for supporting a plurality of maintenance cradles, the maintenance chassis actuable between a storage position and an operational position; and a plurality of supporting arms respectively extending upwards from each corner of the print head chassis. Each of the plurality of print head cartridges is held stationary with respect to a platen on which print media is propagated to effect printing on the print media. Each of the plurality of print head cartridges is a monochrome print head cartridge ejecting a fluid different to the remaining plurality of print head cartridges.05-31-2012
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20100149250PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY WITH AIR EXPULSION ARRANGEMENT - A printhead assembly includes an elongate channel member of a metal alloy; a flexible elongate fluid carrier positioned on a floor of the channel member, the fluid carrier defining a plurality of passages longitudinally extending along a length of the fluid carrier, the fluid carrier further defining a repeated pattern of holes on an external surface thereof, the holes providing fluid communication from outside the fluid carrier to respective passages of the fluid carrier; and a series of printhead modules mounted to the external surface of the fluid carrier, each printhead module including an upper micro-molding and a lower micro-molding, the lower micro-molding having an air inlet slot in fluid communication with one of the plurality of passages via a hole of the repeated pattern of holes at one end and a series of alternating air inlets and outlets on the upper micro-molding at an opposite end. Each repeated pattern of holes diagonally spans a width of the fluid carrier, and the repeated pattern of holes together span a length of the fluid carrier. The alternating air inlets and outlets divert air from the air inlet slot to the printhead modules to facilitate cleaning of debris from the printhead modules.06-17-2010
20130033541MOVABLE SPITTOON PLATFORM - Embodiments of the present disclosure include systems and methods of handling ink using a movable spittoon platform. A frame defines at least a reservoir portion and a side wall protrusion adjacent the reservoir portion. A shuttle includes a platform slidably movable between a first position, in which the platform is biased to extend outwardly from an end portion of the shuttle, and a second position, in which the platform becomes retracted relative to the end portion of the shuttle. The shuttle is slidably movable relative to the frame toward the spittoon portion wherein, upon releasable contact of the platform against the protrusion, the platform moves from the first portion into the second portion to scrape ink off the platform into the reservoir portion below the shuttle.02-07-2013
20120218344Water-Based Ink for Ink-Jet Recording, Ink Cartridge, Ink-Jet Recording Method, Method for Preventing Corrosion of Metal Member, Method for Producing Water-Based Ink for Ink-Jet Recording, and Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus - There is provided a water-based ink for ink-jet recording including: a self-dispersible carbon black modified by carboxylic acid group; water; and a water-soluble organic solvent, wherein oxalate ion is contained in the water-based ink in a amount of not more than 45 ppm by weight.08-30-2012
20110007111INKJET PRINTER AND INKJET PRINT METHOD - The present invention provides an inkjet printer and an inkjet printing method, which enable an ink that overflowed to the outside from the edge of a printing medium to be fully absorbed by a platen. More specifically, the present invention provides an inkjet printer, comprising a platen, which absorbs a pigment ink that overflows to the outside of a printing medium when edgeless printing is carried out on the printing medium by using an ink that employs a pigment as a colorant, moving a printing head along a guide shaft, and ejecting the pigment ink from the printing head, and also an inkjet printing method, wherein the platen is impregnated with a humecant, a base, and the like.01-13-2011
20090091596System and method for print head maintenance during continuous printing - An ink jet printer system includes a partially redundant page-wide array of moveable ink jet print heads in a print zone, means outside of the print zone for servicing the print heads, and a transfer system, configured to selectively move a redundant portion of the array of print heads out of the print zone for servicing while printing with a remainder of the array.04-09-2009
20120306964Water-based Ink for Inkjet Recording, and Method and Apparatus for Inkjet Recording Using the Same - A water-based ink for inkjet recording is provided with color material, binder resin, surfactant, and water-based solvent, wherein when the ink is heated, 1) a viscosity of the ink is more than 10 mPa·s and 30 mPa·s or less, the viscosity being measured over the ink weight change rate range of 0% to 10%; 2) a viscosity of the ink is 200 mPa·s at any one of the ink weight change rate within 35% or more and 55% or less, the viscosity being measured by the E-type viscometer at 25° C. and 1 rpm; and 3) a surface tension at 25° C. of the ink at the ink weight change rate of 5% is lower than a surface tension at 25° C. of the ink at the ink weight change rate of 0%.12-06-2012
20120194603RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus, including: an endless belt having first and second areas each defined by two rollers and looped over rollers including at least one tension roller and at least one drive roller; a recording head opposed to the first area; and a first cleaning member, wherein, in a cleaning mode in which the first cleaning member cleans the belt, a controller is configured to have the first cleaning member be held in contact with the second area and to drive at least one of the at least one drive roller such that the second area is located on a downstream side of the at least one tension roller and on an upstream side of the at least one of the at least one drive roller in a running direction of the belt.08-02-2012
20110279518APPARATUS FOR ASSISTING PRINTING HAVING PROXIMAL WICK - A printing assistance apparatus for a media width printhead, the apparatus having: an elongate platen having a surface for supporting media across the media width during printing on the media by fluid ejection nozzles of the printhead; and a wick element positioned within the platen for wicking fluid ejected by the nozzles from the supporting surface, the wick element having an elongate body positioned within the platen and a plurality of pads projecting from the body along the longitudinal length body toward the printhead, the pads being separated by notches.11-17-2011
20110285782Apparatus for cleaning inkjet print head and inkjet printer having the same - There is provided an apparatus for cleaning an inkjet print head and an inkjet printer having the same. The apparatus for cleaning the inkjet print head includes a cleaning plate spaced apart from the inkjet print head with a cleaning area interposed therebetween, the inkjet print head ejecting ink through a nozzle; an electrode part allowing residual ink remaining at an end portion of the nozzle to be moved outwardly of the cleaning plate; and a power supply part electrically connecting the inkjet print head to the electrode part.11-24-2011
20120013679APPARATUS FOR CLEARING AN INK DROP STALAGMITE IN AN INKJET PRINTER - An apparatus for use as part of an inkjet printer to clear an ink drop stalagmite in the printer. In one embodiment the apparatus includes a clearing device coupled to an access door of the inkjet printer, wherein upon operation of the access door the clearing device at least partially clears the ink drop stalagmite.01-19-2012
20100091065TRANSLATABLE WEB SUPPORT - A method and apparatus service a print head by translating a first web support relative to a second web support to adjust a length of a web extending between the first support and the second support.04-15-2010
20100118081Dead Volume Removal From An Extrusion Printhead - A micro-extrusion printhead assembly utilized in a micro-extrusion system to form parallel extruded lines on a substrate includes a material feed system for pushing/drawing materials through flow channels and out of extrusion nozzles defined in the printhead assembly. The micro-extrusion printhead includes a layered nozzle structure sandwiched between plate structures, and the flow channels are defined by slots and holes formed in the layered/plate structures. Prior to use, solid forming fluid is passed through the printhead assembly such that the forming fluid occupies dead volumes (e.g., corners and pockets) of the flow channels. The solid forming fluid is then flushed from the flow channels such that portions of the solid forming fluid are retained in the dead volumes. The retained portions are then solidified to form solid structures that fill the dead volumes. In subsequent use, the solid structures prevent stagnation of extrusion material in the dead volumes.05-13-2010
20090141070Recording Device and Recording Medium Conveying Method - A cleaning roller is arranged at a position facing an image sensor with a conveying belt interposed therebetween. The conveying belt has a through hole. In an image sensor cleaning mode, the cleaning roller is inserted through the through hole and contacts the image sensor, while the image sensor is held without moving.06-04-2009
20090278883PRINTER WITH DEBRIS CONTROL APPARATUS - A printer with debris control apparatus which minimizes printer fouling. The printer includes a print head for printing on media, a platen having a side for feeding the media along a path past the print head, and debris control member in contact with the media.11-12-2009
20120194605LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND NONVOLATILE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A liquid ejection apparatus, including: a head having ejection openings and configured to eject liquid through the ejection openings; a sealing mechanism configured to selectively establish a sealing state in which the sealing mechanism seals an ejection space in which the ejection openings are open, from an outside and an unsealing state in which the sealing mechanism does not seal the ejection space from the outside; and a humid-air supply mechanism configured to supply a humid air into the ejection space when the sealing mechanism is in the sealing state; wherein a controller is configured to control the humid-air supply mechanism such that an amount of the humid air to be supplied into the ejection space from the, humid-air supply mechanism when the sealing mechanism is in the sealing state increases with a longer length of time of the unsealing state just before the current sealing state.08-02-2012
20110199421CIRCUIT BOARD FOR INK JET HEAD, INK JET HEAD HAVING THE SAME, METHOD FOR CLEANING THE HEAD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS USING THE HEAD - In an ink jet head using a thermal energy for ejecting ink, this invention aims to reliably and uniformly remove kogations deposited on a heat application portion in contact with the ink. To realize this objective, the upper protective layer is arranged in an area including the heat application portion so that it can be electrically connected to serve as an electrode which causes an electrochemical reaction with the ink. The upper protective layer is formed of a material containing a metal which is dissolved by the electrochemical reaction and which does not form, on heating, an oxide film which hinders the dissolution. With this arrangement, a reliable electrochemical reaction can be produced to dissolve a surface layer of the upper protective layer, thereby removing kogations on the heat application portion reliably and uniformly.08-18-2011
20080238981Printhead Maintenance Station With A Pad Mounted On A Pad Support And Having An Engagement Mechanism - Provided is a printhead maintenance station which includes a body defining an elongate slot along a length thereof, and a pad mounted on a pad support inside said body. The pad support is slidably engaged to said housing to be slidable to a first position, where the pad protrudes from the slot, and a second position, where the pad is inside the body. The station also includes an engagement mechanism to displace the pad between the first and second positions.10-02-2008
20090295861CONTINUOUS FLUID JET EJECTOR WITH ANISOTROPICALLY ETCHED FLUID CHAMBERS - A fluid ejection device, a method of cleaning the device, and a method of operating the device are provided. The device includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface located opposite the first surface. A nozzle plate is formed over the first surface of the substrate and has a nozzle through which fluid is ejected. A drop forming mechanism is situated at the periphery of the nozzle. A fluid chamber is in fluid communication with the nozzle and has a first wall and a second wall. The first wall and the second wall are positioned at an angle other than 90° relative to each other. A fluid delivery channel is formed in the substrate and extends from the second surface of the substrate to the fluid chamber. The fluid delivery channel is in fluid communication with the fluid chamber.12-03-2009
20080278535IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS WITH MAINTENANCE UNIT - An image recording apparatus of the present invention comprises an inkjet head which includes a nozzle plate where a plurality of nozzles that shoot ink are arranged in a column and an ink chamber which retains ink and is connected to the plurality of nozzles, at least one maintenance suction section which has a suction area larger than the nozzles, a suction section driving mechanism which causes the suction area to face the nozzles and moves the suction section relatively in the nozzle arrangement direction; and a positive pressure applying section which applies a positive pressure to the ink chamber. The maintenance suction section sucks in ink near the nozzles as moving in the nozzle arrangement direction, while the positive pressure is being applied to the ink chamber.11-13-2008
20080273053INK JET RECORDING HEAD AND PRODUCTION PROCESS THEREOF - An ink jet recording element substrate includes a substrate; an ejection outlet array for ejecting ink; a heat generating element array comprising a plurality of heat generating elements for generating ejection energy for ejecting the ink from the ejection outlet array; a protecting film, comprising protecting portions, for protecting the heat generating element array; a common line, disposed along a side of the heat generating element array, for supplying electric power for driving the heat generating elements, and being divided into at least two portions by a line perpendicular to the heat generating element array; a testing electrode for testing a function of the protecting film; and an externally connecting electrode, disposed at an end of the substrate, for externally supplying electric power to the common line; wherein the ink jet recording element substrate further includes, in an area between the portions of the common line, a connecting line for electrically connecting the protecting portions of the protecting film disposed to sandwich the common line and a lead line for electrically connecting the protective film and the testing electrode.11-06-2008
20100141704IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus a plurality of head chip modules including a plurality of head chips, and a plurality of sub covers to cover the plurality of head chip modules individually. Covering the plurality of head chip modules respectively with a plurality of sub covers a significant reduction in evaporation of ink from nozzle parts of the head chips.06-10-2010
20110221821IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image forming apparatus that includes plural recording heads that eject liquid droplets and plural maintenance units that correspond to the plural recording heads. The plural maintenance units are capable of separately moving between opposed positions opposed to the plural recording heads and retracted positions not opposed to the plural recording heads, and the plural maintenance units are retracted into the retracted positions in postures different from postures at the opposed positions.09-15-2011
20110227997Printer Used with Rolled Sheet - In a printer, a first section is sized to accommodate a rolled sheet therein. A printing head is horizontally movable along a moving path extending in a first direction and operable to perform printing on a part of the rolled sheet which is drawn out from the first section. A second section is provided on a first side of the first section relative to the first direction. A third section is provided on a second side of the first section relative to the first direction opposite to the first side. A control board on which a circuit operable to control an operation of the printer is mounted is disposed in the first section so as to extend vertically. An ink supplying member is disposed in the third section that supplies ink to the printing head. The moving path is longer than a dimension of the first section in the first direction.09-22-2011
20090244169IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet printer has a carriage equipped with a recording head. The carriage is disposed downstream in a feeding direction of a recording medium. The carriage has an optical sensor for measuring dirt on a supply roller. When the supply roller is dirty, a cleaning operation is started to rotate the supply roller as being pressed onto a separation pad. The dirt on the supply roller is measured with the optical sensor, and the cleaning operation lasts until the dirt is removed from the supply roller.10-01-2009
20090315941LIQUID DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS, ELECTRO-OPTICAL DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE ELECTRO-OPTICAL DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A liquid droplet ejecting apparatus of the present invention includes a cleaning unit, a regular flushing unit, capping unit, and an ejection-amount measuring unit as droplet ejecting head maintenance units used for function maintenance, function recovery, adjustment, or inspection of a liquid ejecting head. The droplet ejecting head maintenance units are arranged in a group in a movable platen as a maintenance-unit installing section. The movable platen is supported by an accessory stand physically separated from a main body.12-24-2009
20090256883MAINTENANCE STATION OF AN INKJET PRINTER - A maintenance station of an inkjet printer mounted in a housing of the inkjet printer includes an ink cup rotationally and slidably coupled to the housing about/along an axis of rotation. The ink cup has a basic plate and a columnar rim around the basic plate. The columnar rim respectively defines a plurality of stopping ratchets and driving ratchets with the same gradient direction at a bottom and top thereof. A moving body is slidably disposed in the housing of the inkjet printer. An actuator movably disposed in the moving body moves together with the moving body, a tail of the actuator stretches out from the moving body for matching with the driving ratchets to rotate the ink cup. A plurality of housing ratchets are disposed in the housing of the inkjet printer and arranged into a ring for matching with the stopping ratchets to prevent the ink cup reversion.10-15-2009
20120105537CIRCUIT BOARD FOR INK JET HEAD, INK JET HEAD HAVING THE SAME, METHOD FOR CLEANING THE HEAD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS USING THE HEAD - In an ink jet head using a thermal energy for ejecting ink, this invention aims to reliably and uniformly remove kogations deposited on a heat application portion in contact with the ink. To realize this objective, the upper protective layer is arranged in an area including the heat application portion so that it can be electrically connected to serve as an electrode which causes an electrochemical reaction with the ink. The upper protective layer is formed of a material containing a metal which is dissolved by the electrochemical reaction and which does not form, on heating, an oxide film which hinders the dissolution. With this arrangement, a reliable electrochemical reaction can be produced to dissolve a surface layer of the upper protective layer, thereby removing kogations on the heat application portion reliably and uniformly.05-03-2012
20090315940INKJET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - An inkjet image forming apparatus including an exposure time of ink attached to nozzles is determined considering various factors including a capping/uncapping time of a print head, a time interval of a powering operation, and a time interval of a printing operation, and then a washing mode to be performed is selected out of a plurality of washing modes with different washing methods in accordance with the exposure time of the ink. Therefore, washing of a print head can be performed more efficiently depending on a condition of ink attached to the nozzles. In addition, a viscosity of the attached ink can be weakened by heating the print head while performing the washing mode. Especially, when washing the print head by an ultrasonic washing mode, a washing energy can be concentrated on a removal of the ink, thereby improving washing efficiency.12-24-2009
20120194604LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPLACING HUMIDIFICATION-LIQUID TANK OF THE APPARATUS - A liquid ejection apparatus including: a head having a face that has ejection openings through which liquid is ejected to record an image on a recording medium, an ejection space being defined so as to face the face; a humidification-liquid tank storing humidification liquid having a nonvolatile component; a sealing mechanism configured to selectively establish a sealing state in which the sealing mechanism seals the ejection space from an outside and an unsealing state in which the sealing mechanism does not seal the ejection space from the outside; and a humid-air supply mechanism configured to supply humid air into the ejection space when the sealing mechanism is in the sealing state, the humid air being an air humidified by the humidification liquid in the humidification-liquid tank, wherein the humidification-liquid tank is configured to be mountable on and removable from the humid-air supply mechanism.08-02-2012
20100013888Method Of Maintaining Printhead Using Maintenance Roller - A method of maintaining a printhead comprises the steps of: (i) providing a maintenance roller having a contact surface for sealing engagement with the printhead; (ii) moving the roller into a first position in which the contact surface is sealingly engaged with the printhead; (iii) moving the roller into a second position in which the contact surface is disengaged from said printhead; and (iv) rotating the roller such that the contact surface is conveyed away from the printhead. The maintenance roller does not rotate when the contact surface is sealingly engaged with the printhead.01-21-2010
20100238233INK JET PRINTHEAD CARTRIDGE HAVING AN INK FILL ACCESS PORT IN FLUID COMMUNICATION WITH THE FILTER TOWER - An ink jet printhead cartridge includes a cartridge body including a base and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from the base. A filter tower having a tower wall has an interior surface that defines a location of a tower passageway. A printhead chip assembly is attached to the base of the cartridge body in fluid communication with the tower passageway. A filter is attached to the filter tower at a distal end thereof. An ink fill access port is formed through a side wall of the plurality of sidewalls, and through the tower wall of the filter tower, to define a fluid path from the atmosphere external to the cartridge body to the tower passageway of the filter tower to facilitate the injection of ink directly into the filter tower during an ink filling operation for the ink jet printhead cartridge.09-23-2010
20100253737PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE ASSEMBLY FOR INKJET PRINTER - A printhead maintenance assembly for an inkjet printer includes a movable chassis arranged in a housing; an endless belt mounted on the chassis, the endless belt having a contact surface reciprocally movable between a first position in which the contact surface is engaged with the printhead and a second position in which the contact surface is disengaged from the printhead; a pair of spools mounted on the chassis and on which the belt is mounted, one of the spools being a toothed drive spool and the other being an idler spool; a drive gear driven by a drive motor and engaged with the drive spool, the drive gear, the drive spool, and the drive motor forming a conveyor mechanism for conveying the belt in a direction substantially parallel with a longitudinal axis of the printhead; and a cleaning station mounted on the chassis and positioned to clean the belt as the belt moves past. The contact surface is sloped with respect to the printhead10-07-2010
20090073215PRINTHEADS AND SYSTEMS USING PRINTHEADS - A printing apparatus comprises a jetting assembly including a plurality of nozzles for ejecting droplets on a substrate; an enclosure defining a print zone within which the jetting assembly prints on the substrate, the enclosure including an inlet for introducing a material associated with controlling an environment of the enclosure.03-19-2009
20100220143Mitigation of Fluid Leaks - A fluid ejector head includes a die with a plurality of fluid ejector units, each fluid ejector unit comprising a pumping actuator having a drive electrode, and a manifold that contacts the first side of the die to define a module volume in fluidic communication with a drainage volume. The module volume is defined in part between the manifold and at least a portion of plurality of fluid ejector units, and the drainage volume is located apart from the fluid ejector units. The module volume, in comparison to the drainage volume, has a greater ratio of interior surface area to volume or has a greater percentage of interior surface area covered by a non-wetting coating.09-02-2010
20090141069Inkjet Recording Apparatus - An inkjet recording apparatus comprises a conveying section having a conveying surface configured to convey a recording medium. The inkjet recording apparatus further comprises an inkjet head having a discharge surface. The inkjet recording apparatus further comprises a maintenance unit configured to maintain the inkjet head and a maintenance-unit moving mechanism configured to move the maintenance unit between a maintenance position and a withdrawal position. The inkjet recording apparatus further comprises an image sensor capable of picking up an image on the recording medium or on the conveying surface. The image sensor has a reading surface that opposes the conveying surface. The inkjet recording apparatus further comprises a cleaning member secured to the maintenance unit and configured to clean the reading surface. The inkjet recording apparatus further comprises an image-sensor moving mechanism configured to move the image sensor between an image pickup position and a cleaning position.06-04-2009
20110128320INK RECEIVING DEVICE FOR INK JET PRINTER - An ink receiving device C for an ink jet printer includes: an ink receptacle which receives ink discharged from nozzles of ink jet heads; and a support member which supports the ink receptacle in a manner to enable the ink receptacle to move horizontally. The ink receptacle is enabled by the support member to move horizontally to three positions including: a standby position at which the ink receptacle does not disturb the ink jet heads from printing on a print medium; an ink receiving position which is below the ink discharging surfaces of the ink jet heads and at which the ink receptacle receives ink discharged for a purpose other than printing; and a maintenance position which is different from the ink receiving position and the standby position and at which a maintenance work of the ink receptacle is performed.06-02-2011
20090147041Method Of Removing Foreign Particulates From Pagewidth Printhead - A method of removing foreign particulates from an ink ejection face of a pagewidth printhead mounted on a substrate. The substrate has a film guide positioned adjacent the printhead. The method comprises the steps of: (a) flooding the face with ink and dispersing the particulates into the flooded ink; (b) positioning a polymer film in a transfer zone so as to define a cavity defined by the ink ejection face, the film guide and the polymer film; and (c) guiding the polymer film through the transfer zone. The movement of the film in the transfer zone transfers the flooded ink onto the polymer film.06-11-2009
20090219333INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus is provided. The inkjet recording apparatus includes an inkjet head having a discharge surface in which discharge ports are formed for discharging ink; a moving mechanism that is configured to move the inkjet head and a recording medium relative to each other; and a capture unit that is configured to capture an extraneous substance, the capture unit disposed upstream of the inkjet head in a moving direction of the recording medium relative to the inkjet head, and disposed adjacent to the inkjet head.09-03-2009
20090219332METHOD OF DEPRIMING A PRINTHEAD WITH CONCOMITANT ISOLATION OF INK SUPPLY CHAMBER - A method of depriming a printhead. The method comprises the steps of: (i) providing a printhead having a plurality of nozzles for ejection of ink, an ink inlet and an ink outlet; (ii) providing an ink chamber having an outlet port connected to the ink inlet via an upstream ink line, the ink chamber having an inlet port controlled by a valve; (iii) depriming the printhead by pumping ink from a downstream ink line connected to the ink outlet, through the printhead and into the ink chamber; and (iv) closing the valve when a level of ink in the chamber reaches a predetermined first level, thereby isolating the ink chamber from an ink reservoir in fluid communication with the inlet port.09-03-2009
20110069113LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid containing metallic particles from a nozzle with respect to a target, the liquid ejecting head being disposed so that the nozzle opens facing a direction higher than a horizontal direction, and ejects the liquid from the nozzle facing the direction higher than the horizontal direction, thereby attaching the liquid to the target.03-24-2011
20110249059INKJET DRAWING APPARATUS - An inkjet drawing apparatus includes a head module which holds a droplet jetting head provided with a nozzle for ejecting droplets, and which is unmovable in a horizontal direction, and a drawing table which supports a recording member on an upper surface, and which is movable in the horizontal direction. The inkjet drawing apparatus executes a prescribed drawing by ejecting the droplets onto the recording member from the droplet jetting head. A maintenance unit transfer mechanism is movable within a prescribed region including a position under the head module, and transfers a maintenance unit for conducting a maintenance of the droplet jetting head toward the position under the head module, and executes positioning of the maintenance unit with respect to the droplet jetting head. A maintenance unit selecting/arranging mechanism selects one of a plurality of kinds of maintenance units, and places the selected maintenance unit on the maintenance unit transfer mechanism.10-13-2011
20080246798PRINTER ARRANGEMENT WITH PRINTHEAD AND INK TRANSPORT ASSEMBLY - A printer arrangement having a printhead mounted on a carrier, the printhead connected to a printhead controller by means of encapsulated wire bonds. The arrangement also includes an ink supply manifold having a plurality of ink reservoirs for supplying the printhead with ink, and an ink transport assembly configured to facilitate purging of ink from the printhead when the assembly is in a cleaning position.10-09-2008
20080284813INK JET APPLICATOR - An ink jet applicator includes an ink jet head having nozzle via which liquid droplets are jetted, a seal mechanism sealing the nozzle using a pressure vessel; a solution supply mechanism supplying a solution to the nozzle at a predetermined pressure.11-20-2008
20110134183IMPROVEMENTS IN OR RELATING TO CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTERS - The invention describes a gutter for incorporation in the print head of a continuous inkjet printer. The gutter, which is preferably provided with a slot entrance, is configured to reflect ink droplets which pass into the gutter off the gutter walls and towards the exit passage of the gutter. This arrangement allows the gutter to perform extremely well even when there is significant mis-alignment of the drop generator with the gutter.06-09-2011
20110254893LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - The invention provides a liquid ejecting apparatus which can prevent a target having liquid ejected thereon from warping irrespective of the type of the target. An ink jet printer includes a recording head configured to eject ink from a nozzle formed on a nozzle-formed surface onto a recording sheet being transported from an upstream side to a downstream side, and a plurality of supporting belts arranged so as to oppose the nozzle-formed surface and each having a supporting portion extending along the direction of transport of the recording sheet. The respective supporting belts are arranged so as to be capable of moving along the width direction intersecting the direction of transport of the recording sheet.10-20-2011
20120147088INKJET DEVICE AND SEALING METHOD FOR THE INKJET DEVICE - According to one embodiment, an inkjet device includes: an inkjet head; an armor section configured to surround the periphery of the inkjet head; a first gap formed over the entire periphery in the peripheral direction in a plurality of the armor sections; and a seal body for forming a surface tension seal by fluid in a second gap arranged in the first gap to form a gap narrower than the first gap.06-14-2012
20100194818INKJET PRINTER WITH RECIPROCALLY MOVABLE MAINTENANCE STATION - An inkjet printer comprises a stationary pagewidth inkjet printhead and a printhead maintenance station. The maintenance station comprises a chassis having a maintenance roller and a transfer roller mounted thereon. An engagement mechanism reciprocally moves the chassis towards and away from the printhead such that a contact surface of the maintenance roller is sealingly engaged with or disengaged from the face. A rotation mechanism rotates the maintenance roller only when the maintenance roller is disengaged from the face, and the transfer roller receives ink from the maintenance roller during rotation of the maintenance roller.08-05-2010
20110148981DETECTING AND REMOVING FIBERS - In one embodiment, a method to detect and remove fibers comprises identifying blocked nozzles in a grouping of nozzles within a printhead, and triggering a fiber removal event if it is determined that a plurality of adjacent nozzles are blocked.06-23-2011
20090027443INKJET PRINTER AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD - The present invention provides an inkjet printer and an inkjet printing method, which enable an ink that overflowed to the outside from the edge of a printing medium to be fully absorbed by a platen. More specifically, the present invention provides an inkjet printer, comprising a platen, which absorbs a pigment ink that overflows to the outside of a printing medium when edgeless printing is carried out on the printing medium by using an ink that employs a pigment as a colorant, moving a printing head along a guide shaft, and ejecting the pigment ink from the printing head, and also an inkjet printing method, wherein the platen is impregnated with a humecant, a base, and the like.01-29-2009
20110018930FEED SLOT PROTECTIVE COATING - An apparatus and method provide a protective coating (01-27-2011
20120306963IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an image forming apparatus including: a print head, including nozzle heads, configured to discharge ink droplets upward and movable between an image forming area in which images are formed on a recording medium and an idle discharge area in which idle discharge of the ink droplets is performed to clean the nozzles; an endless belt ink receiving member, disposed above the print head in the idle discharge area in which the print head performs idle discharge and configured to hold the idly-discharged ink; an ink receiving member driver operatively connected to the ink receiving member to circularly drive the ink receiving member; and a cleaner disposed downstream of the idle discharge area in the direction of rotation of the ink receiving member and configured to remove the ink from the ink receiving member.12-06-2012
20110050794Liquid Ejecting Apparatus and Method of Cleaning Liquid Ejecting Head of Liquid Ejecting Apparatus - A liquid ejecting apparatus provided with N (N≧2) liquid ejecting heads which eject liquid, the liquid ejecting apparatus including a supply path through which liquid is supplied from a tank to the N liquid ejecting heads, a circulation path through which liquid is returned from the liquid ejecting heads to the tank, N opening and closing valves that are installed for each liquid ejecting head on at least one of the supply path and the circulation path, and a liquid sending unit that applies a force sending the liquid from the tank toward the liquid ejecting heads. M opening and closing valves corresponding to M (M03-03-2011
20110050793Liquid Ejecting Apparatus - A liquid ejecting apparatus that includes liquid ejecting heads ejecting a liquid includes: a supply passage permitting a tank storing the liquid to communicate with the plurality of liquid ejecting heads and supplying the liquid from the tank to the liquid ejecting heads; and a circulation passage permitting the liquid ejecting heads to communicate with the tank and circulating the liquid from the liquid ejecting heads to the tank. The plurality of liquid ejecting heads eject the liquid, while circulating the liquid along a path from the tank to the plurality of liquid ejecting heads via the supply passage and the circulation passage. A passage resistance of the circulation passage is set to be smaller than a passage resistance of the supply passage.03-03-2011
20120001982Mitigation of Fluid Leaks - A fluid ejector head includes a die with a plurality of fluid ejector units, each fluid ejector unit comprising a pumping actuator having a drive electrode, and a manifold that contacts the first side of the die to define a module volume in fluidic communication with a drainage volume. The module volume is defined in part between the manifold and at least a portion of plurality of fluid ejector units, and the drainage volume is located apart from the fluid ejector units. The module volume, in comparison to the drainage volume, has a greater ratio of interior surface area to volume or has a greater percentage of interior surface area covered by a non-wetting coating.01-05-2012
20090219331METHOD OF PRIMING A PRINTHEAD WITH CONCOMITANT REPLENISHMENT OF INK IN AN INK SUPPLY CHAMBER - A method of priming a printhead. The method comprises the steps of: (i) providing a printhead having a plurality of nozzles for ejection of ink, an ink inlet and an ink outlet; (ii) providing an ink chamber having an outlet port connected to the ink inlet via an upstream ink line, the ink chamber having an inlet port controlled by a valve; (iii) priming the printhead by pumping ink from the ink chamber, through the printhead and into a downstream ink line connected to the ink outlet; and (iv) opening the valve if a level of ink in the chamber falls below a predetermined first level and replenishing with ink from an ink reservoir when the valve is open.09-03-2009
20120154482Print Head Maintenance Manifold System - A print head maintenance manifold assembly is disclosed. The maintenance manifold assembly includes a multitude of hoses and a manifold coupled to the hoses via fittings. The manifold includes a first set of fittings and small diameter hoses coupled to print heads at a first section of the manifold and a second set of fittings and hoses coupled to a vacuum source at a second section of the manifold.06-21-2012
20110090280PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE FACILITY HAVING FLUID DRAINAGE - A printhead maintenance facility is provided having a storage reservoir for storing fluid ejected by a printhead and a core movable relative to the printhead. The has an internal structure defining the storage reservoir and having a port in fluid communication with the storage reservoir, and an external structure movable relative to the internal structure and having a drain movable into registration with the port to establish fluid communication between the drain and storage reservoir.04-21-2011
20120120150LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE - A liquid ejection device includes: a support member configured and arranged to support a conveyed medium conveyed in a predetermined direction; a liquid ejection head having an ejection surface facing the support member with the ejection surface having a plurality of nozzles for ejecting a liquid onto the conveyed medium; and a protecting member provided between the ejecting surface and the conveyed medium, arranged in a position fixed relative to the support member, and having an open part that allows passage of the liquid ejected from the liquid ejection head.05-17-2012
20100214354METHOD OF MANUFACTURING INKJET HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - The method of manufacturing an inkjet head, includes: an opening section forming step of forming, with respect to a SOI substrate having a first silicon layer, a second silicon layer and a first thermal oxide film between the first silicon layer and the second silicon layer, nozzle opening sections passing through the second silicon layer and the first thermal oxide film and reaching the first silicon layer; after the opening section forming step, a first silicon layer removing step of removing the first silicon layer; and after the first silicon layer removal step, a liquid-repellent film forming step of forming a liquid-repellent film on a surface of the first thermal oxide film that has been exposed in the first silicon layer removal step.08-26-2010
20120162309PARTICLE REMOVAL DEVICE FOR INK JET PRINTER - A particle removal device for an ink jet printer is discussed. The particle removal device includes a first separator comprising an arrangement of obstacles including at least two rows of obstacles that extend laterally with respect to a flow path of ink in the first separator. The rows of obstacles are offset from one another by a row offset fraction. The arrangement of obstacles is configured to preferentially route larger particles having diameters greater than a critical diameter through the arrangement and along a first trajectory vector that is angled with respect to the direction of the flow path of the ink. The angle of the first trajectory vector with respect to the ink flow path is a function of the row offset fraction. Smaller particles having diameters less than the critical diameter travel through the arrangement along a second trajectory vector that is not substantially angled with respect to the flow path of the ink. The first separator causes a pressure drop of the ink of less than about 100 Pa.06-28-2012
20120169809LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to a liquid ejecting apparatus including a liquid ejecting head including a plurality of nozzles that eject a liquid, a liquid receiving unit that receives the liquid that is ejected from the nozzles on the liquid ejecting head while having a deformable sheet-like member fixed thereto, and a deforming unit that deforms the sheet-like member.07-05-2012
20100253736Inkjet Printhead Incorporating Ink Spillage-Containment Gaps - A printhead is provided for an inkjet printer. The printhead includes a substrate assembly defining rows of ink inlet channels. Rows of nozzle arrangements are disposed on the substrate assembly and include rows of nozzles defining nozzle chambers in fluid communication with respective ink inlet channels. The nozzle arrangements include respective actuators arranged in rows which are configured to eject ink from corresponding nozzles. Ink spillage-containment gaps are defined between respective adjacent rows of nozzle arrangements.10-07-2010
20080297557INK JET HEAD CLEANING DEVICE AND INK JET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A print head cleaning device, an ink jet image forming apparatus having the same, and methods thereof include a cleaning liquid circulation and/or a structure to clean an image forming apparatus print head.12-04-2008
20080297558PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE ASSEMBLY FOR AN INKJET PRINTER - A printhead maintenance assembly for an inkjet printer includes a housing. A movable chassis is arranged in the housing. A belt is mounted on the chassis with a contact surface for sealing engagement with a printhead of the printer. The chassis and thus the belt are reciprocally movable between a first position in which the contact surface is engaged with the printhead and a second position in which the printhead is disengaged from the printhead. A pair of spools are mounted on the chassis. The belt is mounted about the spools, with one of the spools being a toothed drive spool and the other being an idler spool. A drive motor is mounted on the chassis. A drive gear driven by the motor is engaged with the drive spool so that the motor can drive the belt. The drive spool, drive gear and drive motor form part of a conveyor mechanism for conveying the belt in a direction substantially parallel with a longitudinal axis of the printhead. A cleaning station is mounted on the chassis and positioned so that the belt moves past the cleaning station to be cleaned.12-04-2008
20080211858Inkjet Printhead With Electrical Disconnection Of Printhead Prior To Removal - A maintenance assembly for a pagewidth printer, said assembly operatively mounted between posts of a main body of the printer so that the maintenance assembly is positioned adjacent a printhead assembly of the printer. The maintenance assembly includes a maintenance chassis defining tongue portions and having ends which are shaped to fit over the posts of the main body to secure the maintenance assembly in position. The maintenance assembly also includes a retainer element operatively engaging the chassis, and a lower molding and an upper molding operatively fast with each other to sandwich an absorbent insert between them. The moldings are in turn sandwiched between the chassis and retainer element, so that the maintenance assembly is useable to wipe the printhead of the printer.09-04-2008
20110273510PRINTING APPARATUS - A plurality of recording head units are supported by a holder in an integrated manner. The recording head units and pairs of rollers which hold a sheet are arranged alternately along a sheet conveying direction. An elastic member is disposed in a clearance between the holder and each of the recording head units supported by the holder in an elastically deformed manner to form an airtight seal. The airtight seal prevents upward leakage, from the clearance, of the humidifying gas introduced into the narrow space to which ink nozzles of the recording head units are exposed.11-10-2011
20080259114PRINT HEAD CLEANING FLUID CONDENSATION - Various embodiments and methods relating to condensation of print head cleaning fluid upon a print head are disclosed.10-23-2008
20110234691PAGEWIDTH PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE FACILITY HAVING FLUID DRAINAGE - A printhead maintenance facility is provided having a storage reservoir for storing fluid ejected by a printhead, and a core movable relative to the printhead. The core has an internal structure defining the storage reservoir and having a port in fluid communication with the storage reservoir, and an external structure movable relative to the internal structure and having a drain movable into registration with the port to establish fluid communication between the drain and storage reservoir. The printhead is pagewidth and the internal and external structures are at least as long as the pagewidth.09-29-2011
20130187978LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS - A liquid ejection apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head having a head body that ejects liquid from nozzle openings and a flow path member that includes a liquid flow path through which the liquid is supplied to the head body, the liquid flow path being provided with a filter chamber disposed at a position in the liquid flow path with a filter disposed inside the filter chamber, and a portion of the filter chamber which opposes the filter being made of an elastic member; a pressing unit that presses the elastic member toward the filter; and a suction unit that suctions the liquid in the liquid flow path from the nozzle openings.07-25-2013
20120019589HARD IMAGING DEVICES AND HARD IMAGING METHOD - Hard imaging devices and methods are described. According to one arrangement, a hard imaging device includes a media transport system configured to move media along a media path and a print device adjacent to the media path and configured to eject a plurality of droplets of a liquid marking agent in a direction towards the media moving along the media path to form hard images using the media. The ejection of the droplets of the liquid marking agent by the print device creates satellites of the liquid marking agent suspended in air in a region adjacent to the print device and the media. The device also includes a satellite removal system in one arrangement to remove the satellites from the air in the region adjacent to the print device and the media.01-26-2012
20130194345CLEANING FILLING LIQUID, CARTRIDGE, CLEANING FILLING METHOD, AND INKJET RECORDING DEVICE - A cleaning filling liquid for inkjet device comprising: Water; 10.0% by mass to 45% by mass per whole amount of the cleaning filling liquid of an amide compound having following structural formula (1).08-01-2013
20130100199INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND MAINTENANCE METHOD - Even when a pressurizing operation is performed, degradation of the quality of a printing head due to wiping of a nozzle surface is suppressed. In an ink jet printing apparatus including a printing head, an ink tank, a first pump arranged in an ink supplying path for supplying ink from the ink tank to the printing head, a second pump arranged in an ink collecting path for collecting ink from the printing head to the ink tank, a switch valve arranged between the printing head and the second pump, and a cleaning mechanism, by driving the first pump in a state where the switch valve is closed, the ink is discharged from the nozzle row, and after driving of the second pump in a state where the switch valve is opened, the cleaning mechanism is caused to clean the printing head.04-25-2013

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