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347 - Incremental printing of symbolic information

347001000 - INK JET

347084000 - Fluid or fluid source handling means

347085000 - Fluid supply system

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347089000 With recirculation 89
20130083143LIQUID JET HEAD AND LIQUID JET APPARATUS - A head chip (04-04-2013
20090219358PRINTER COMPRISING PRIMING SYSTEM WITH FEEDBACK CONTROL OF PRIMING PUMP - A printer comprising: 09-03-2009
20090295889HEAD UNIT AND PRINTER - A head unit has a supply tank provided above a plurality of heads, for storing ink and a collecting part having an internal space into which ink flows from the plurality of heads. In the head unit, a plurality of ink inlet pipes serving as a plurality of passages leading from the supply tank to the plurality of heads have the same shape and the same resistance and a plurality of ink outlet pipes serving as a plurality of passages from the plurality of heads to the collecting part have the same shape and the same resistance. This equalizes respective flow rates of ink and respective pressures of ink at nozzles in the plurality of heads. As a result, it is possible to suppress variation in landing positions and the like of ink with respect to the nozzles among the plurality of heads.12-03-2009
20120113197RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD - A recording apparatus including an ink tank and a recording head having a flow path forming portion that has an ejection orifice plate having plural ink ejection orifices and a liquid chamber provided for each orifice to supply ink to the orifices, and an energy generating element for ejecting ink in the chamber. A surface layer of the flow path forming portion opposes to the outside of the plate. An opening is provided opposing to the orifices in the surface layer. An ink reservoir is provided between the plate and the opening. A circulation flow path communicating with the ink reservoir is provided. The area of the opening is larger than that of the orifice. Both ends of the circulation flow path are respectively connected to inlet and outlet portions connected to the circulation flow path. The inlet and outlet portions and liquid chamber are connected to the ink tank.05-10-2012
20120098906DISPENSING LIQUID USING VERTICAL OUTLET OPENING WALL - A liquid dispenser is provided that includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid dispensing channel, and a liquid return channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening that includes a downstream edge relative to a direction of liquid flow through the liquid dispensing channel. The downstream edge is perpendicular to the surface of the wall of the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid is provided that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A liquid drop is caused to be ejected from the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel by selectively actuating a diverter member to divert a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20120098905LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING VERTICAL OUTLET OPENING WALL - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening. The outlet opening includes a downstream edge relative to a direction of liquid flow through the liquid dispensing channel. The downstream edge is perpendicular to the surface of the wall of the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20120098904LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING FILTER IN RETURN PORT - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a first wall. A portion of the first wall defines an outlet opening. The liquid dispensing channel includes a second wall opposite the first wall. The second wall of the liquid dispensing channel extends along a portion of the liquid supply channel and along a portion of the liquid return channel. A liquid supply passage extends through the second wall in fluid communication with the liquid supply channel. The liquid supply passage includes a porous member. A liquid return passage extends through the second wall and is in fluid communication with the liquid return channel. The liquid return passage includes a porous member. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply passage through the liquid supply channel, through the liquid dispensing channel, and through the liquid return channel to the liquid return passage. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20120098903DISPENSING LIQUID USING DISPENSER INCLUDING MULTIPLE RETURNS - A liquid dispenser is provided that includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid dispensing channel, and a liquid return channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a first wall. A portion of the first wall defines an outlet opening. The liquid dispensing channel includes a second wall opposite the first wall. The second wall of the liquid dispensing channel extends along a portion of the liquid supply channel and along a portion of the liquid return channel. A liquid supply passage is provided that extends through the second wall and is in fluid communication with the liquid supply channel. A plurality of liquid return passages are provided that extend through the second wall and are 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 plurality of liquid return passages. A liquid drop is caused to be ejected from the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel by selectively actuating a diverter member to divert a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20120098902LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING MULTIPLE LIQUID RETURN PASSAGES - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a first wall. A portion of the first wall defines an outlet opening. The liquid dispensing channel includes a second wall opposite the first wall. The second wall of the liquid dispensing channel extends along a portion of the liquid supply channel and along a portion of the liquid return channel. A liquid supply passage extends through the second wall and is in fluid communication with the liquid supply channel. A plurality of liquid return passages extends through the second wall and is in fluid communication with the liquid return channel. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply passage through the liquid supply channel, through the liquid dispensing channel, and through the liquid return channel to the plurality of liquid return passages. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20080309743Fluid manifold for fluid ejection device - A fluid manifold for a fluid ejection device including a plurality of fluid feed slots includes a first layer and a second layer adjacent the first layer, and a first fluid routing and a second fluid routing each provided through the first layer and the second layer. The fluid ejection device is supported by the second layer, and the first fluid routing is communicated with one of the fluid feed slots, and the second fluid routing is communicated with an adjacent one of the fluid feed slots. A pitch of the first fluid routing and the second fluid routing through the first layer is greater than a pitch of the fluid feed slots, and the first fluid routing and the second fluid routing each include a first channel oriented substantially parallel with the fluid feed slots and a second channel oriented substantially perpendicular to the fluid feed slots.12-18-2008
20080273069Ink recirculation system - One embodiment of a method of storing a printhead includes opening a valve to a vent of an ink reservoir, operating a pump in a first direction to pull ink from the ink reservoir through said valve, and pumping the ink pulled from the ink reservoir to an ink supply container.11-06-2008
20080259145Liquid ejection apparatus and liquid processing method - In order to prevent, in an operation for circulating liquid, an ejection port from sucking air or the ejection port from pushing out liquid, the subtank for temporally storing ink to be supplied to the ink jet head includes the air communication passage opened or closed by the air communication valve. The ink jet head is communicated with the subtank by the first passage and the second passage to constitute one circulation passage. In order to circulate the ink in the subtank into the common liquid chamber, the main pump is energized while the air communication valve is being closed. When the circulation operation is stopped, the air communication valve is opened immediately after the stoppage of the main pump, thereby eliminating the differential pressure between the common liquid chamber and the subtank within a short period of time.10-23-2008
20090015643FLUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A fluid ejecting apparatus that ejects a fluid includes a storage portion that stores a fluid, a head, and a head capping device. The head discharges fluid supplied from the storage portion from a plurality of nozzles and includes a fluid discharging passage through which other fluid is discharged from the storage portion. The head capping device contacts the head and receives the fluid discharged from the plurality of nozzles and the fluid discharged through the fluid discharging passage. The head and the head capping device respectively include a head side flow passage and a head capping device side flow passage, which cooperatively form a circulation flow passage, through which the fluid that flows from the storage portion through the nozzles and the fluid discharged through the fluid discharging passage are returned back to the storage portion, in a state where the head capping device contacts the head.01-15-2009
20090002467FLUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A fluid ejecting apparatus including a head having a nozzle for ejecting fluid, a storing section that stores the fluid, a pressurizing section that applies pressure to the fluid so that the fluid flows from the storing section to the head, a discharge passage through which the fluid may be discharged from the head without passing through the nozzle, a valve provided in the discharge passage, a reservoir connected to the end of the discharge passage, and a circulating passage which connected to the end of the discharge passage which is connected to the storing section. The fluid ejecting apparatus has an ejection mode where the fluid is ejected from the nozzles, a discharge mode where the fluid is discharged to the reservoir, and a circulation mode where the fluid is discharged to the storing section through the circulating passage.01-01-2009
20090213197Inkjet printer - An inkjet printer includes: an ink recycling path that recycles ink; an ink head 08-27-2009
20090219356INK SUPPLY SYSTEM WITH FLOAT VALVE CHAMBER - An ink supply system for supplying ink to an inkjet printhead at a predetermined hydrostatic pressure, the ink supply system comprising: 09-03-2009
20110128335CIRCULATING FLUID FOR FLUID DROPLET EJECTING - A fluid droplet ejection apparatus includes a printhead having a fluid supply and a fluid return. A substrate is attached to the printhead, and the substrate includes a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet on a surface of the substrate proximate to the fluid supply and fluid return. Nozzles are in fluid communication with the fluid inlet. The fluid inlet of the substrate is in fluid communication with the fluid supply, and the fluid outlet is in fluid communication with the fluid return. A first circulation path through the substrate is between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The fluid supply is in fluid communication with the fluid return through a second circulation path that is through the printhead and not through the substrate.06-02-2011
20110025792INK RECOVERY DEVICE - An ink recovery device is disclosed. The ink recovery device, configured to retrieve ink being sprayed out from an inkjet printer, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a recovery unit, which retrieves the ink; a storage, which is connected to the recovery unit and stores the retrieved ink; and a vibrating unit, which vibrates the stored ink. The ink recovery device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can effectively retrieve ink being sprayed out for the maintenance of an inkjet head and immediately reuse the retrieved ink while maintaining the properties of the ink.02-03-2011
20090219357PRINTER HAVING INK SUPPLY SYSTEM WITH FLOAT VALVE CHAMBER - A printer comprising: 09-03-2009
20120200649LIQUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM AND INK-JET PRINTER - An ink circulation system includes: an ink-jet head in which a shared ink flowing route is formed, an ink tank, a supply flowing route for supplying ink from the ink tank to the shared ink flowing route, a reflux flowing rout for refluxing the ink from the shared ink flowing route to the ink tank, and a differential pressure generating unit for generating a differential pressure in the ink tank. The differential pressure generating unit is equipped with an impeller placed inside the ink tank, and a drive unit placed outside the ink tank. Then, the drive unit operates to turn the impeller, by means of remote driving, for generating a differential pressure between a supply port of the supply flowing route and a reflux port of the reflux flowing route so as to circulate the ink through the ink flowing route.08-09-2012
20110149000INKJET PRINTHEAD MODULE WITH ADJUSTABLE ALIGNMENT - A microdeposition system includes a stage, a printhead carriage, and a controller. The stage holds a substrate. The printhead carriage includes N printhead modules, where N is an integer greater than one. Each of the N printhead modules includes a printhead and an alignment mechanism. The printhead includes a plurality of nozzles that deposit droplets of fluid manufacturing material onto the substrate while relative movement between the substrate and the printhead is along a first axis. The alignment mechanism adjusts the printhead with respect to the printhead module. The controller controls the alignment mechanisms of the N printhead modules to set effective nozzle spacing for the pluralities of nozzles to a uniform value. The effective nozzle spacing is defined as spacing between adjacent ones of the plurality of nozzles as projected onto a second axis perpendicular to the first axis.06-23-2011
20120314010RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording head which discharges liquid onto a recording material, thereby performing recording; and a waste liquid recovery device which recovers waste liquid which has not been attached to the recording material, of liquid discharged from the recording head, wherein the waste liquid recovery device includes a movable sheet-like member which is provided on a side facing the recording head and receives the waste liquid which has not been attached to the recording material.12-13-2012
20090109267INK-JET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INK FLOW - An ink-jet image forming apparatus. The ink-jet image forming apparatus includes a print head having a plurality of nozzles to eject ink, an ink tank to store the ink, an ink supply passage to supply the ink in the ink tank to the print head, an ink return passage to return the ink in the print head to the ink tank, a regulator mounted in the ink supply passage to regulate ink flow supplied to the print head, a shut-off valve mounted in the ink supply passage, between the ink tank and the regulator, to intercept ink flow supplied to the regulator, and an ink pump mounted in the ink return passage to forcedly flow the ink in the ink return passage. The ink pump is configured to be driven in forward and reverse directions so as to change an ink flow direction. Since the shut-off valve intercepts forcedly the ink flow in the ink supply passage, the ink in the ink tank is prevented from flowing abnormally to the print head and leaking from the print head.04-30-2009
20090096852INKJET PRINTER WITH SELECTIVELY ISOLATABLE PUMP - An inkjet printer that has a printhead for printing onto a media substrate, a reservoir for supplying ink to the printhead, a pump for drawing ink from the reservoir and pumping ink into the printhead and, a valve arrangement for selectively opening fluid communication between the pump and the printhead, and closing fluid communication between the pump and the printhead while opening fluid communication between the reservoir and the printhead.04-16-2009
20080252706Ink Delivery System And A Method For Replacing Ink - An ink delivery system having a fluid supply and a printhead assembly, separate from and in fluid communication with the fluid supply. A primary flow path is configured to facilitate the delivery of fluid from the fluid supply to the printhead assembly, and a return flow path, at least partially separate from the primary flow path, is configured to facilitate the evacuation of fluid from the printhead assembly.10-16-2008
20080204533A Method of Ink Supply to Inkjet Print Head Array - Disclosed is an inkjet print head array with improved ink supply system. The system includes an ink manifold having at least two ink supply channels, a plurality of print head modules disposed along ink supply channels and forming the array, with each of the print head modules having at least two ink inlet ports. The ports are in fluid communication with the ink supply channels. Each of the ink supply channels supplies ink to each of the ports at a different flow rate, although the resulting ink supply flow rate is equal for each print head module.08-28-2008
20100289857Recirculating Ink System for Inkjet Printing - An ink reservoir (11-18-2010
20130222494PRINTHEAD ADAPTER FOR PIGMENTED INK - An inkjet printhead adapter, including a chassis operative to accommodate one or more printheads and include one or more ink recycling valves and one or more ink supply valves communicating with an ink reservoir via an ink feeding tube and with one or more printhead accommodated in the adapter and wherein the ink supply valve is operative to direct a flow of ink from the feeding tube to one or more of the printhead and the ink recycling valve.08-29-2013
20120212550LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - An outgoing path port and a returning path port of a circulation path are at a position that is lower than a printing head. The outgoing path port and a discharge port of a discharge path are at a position that is lower than the returning path port. When ink droplets are ejected from the printing head, ink is pumped from a main tank to a sub tank using a supply pump, and ink is pumped from the outgoing path port to the printing head using a circulation pump with an opening and closing valve open and an opening and closing valve closed. In a case where discharge of ink in the sub tank and a circulation path is instructed before replacing of an ink unit, ink is pumped from the outgoing path port to a junction side using the circulation pump with both of the valves open.08-23-2012
20120162331LIQUID CIRCULATING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, AND LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS - A liquid circulating apparatus includes a liquid discharging unit for having a nozzle, a supply path, a recovery path, first and second pressure adjusting units, an opening/closing valve and a circulation controlling unit. The circulation controlling unit controls the first and second pressure adjusting units and the opening/closing valve to circulate the liquid by causing a differential pressure between the liquid at a supply side and at a recovery side with respect to the nozzle while the liquid maintains a meniscus in the nozzle. The circulation controlling unit (i) makes a differential pressure between the liquid of the supply path and the recovery path to be lower than the differential pressure in middle of the circulation while the opening/closing valve is closed when the liquid starts circulating, (ii) opens the opening/closing valve, and (iii) changes the differential pressure to the differential pressure in middle of the circulation.06-28-2012
20120176454Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A system for recycling waste phase change ink in a phase change ink imaging device includes a printhead having an on-board phase change ink reservoir and a waste ink collector for receiving ink from an ejecting face of the printhead. The printhead is supplied ink from a remote ink reservoir, which is also fluidly connected to the waste ink collector by a waste phase change ink conveyor, which is configured to convey melted waste phase change ink from the waste ink collector to the remote ink reservoir.07-12-2012
20120224007LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - When a printing head is filled with an ink, a circulating pump is controlled so that an ink equal to or greater than the entire volume of a circulating path circulates from a feeding path hole to a returning path hole via a printing head (in a forward direction), and after that, the circulating pump is controlled so that the ink equal to or greater than the entire volume of the circulating path circulates from the returning path hole to the feeding path hole via the printing head (in a reverse direction). By doing so, gas (bubbles) in the circulating path may be more securely discharged to a sub tank.09-06-2012
20120188316FLOW PATH UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT INCLUDES FLOW PATH UNIT - A flow path unit includes: a tank that accumulates a discharge fluid; a main flow path pipe that is connected to the tank and that includes a horizontal section that transfers the discharge fluid in the horizontal direction; a diverging flow path pipe that diverges in plurality from the main flow path pipe and in which each is respectively connected to a plurality of discharge units that discharge the discharge fluid; a pump; a bypass flow path pipe that is connected to the main flow path pipe; a valve that switches the flow or otherwise of the discharge fluid in the bypass flow path pipe by opening and closing; and a control unit that switches between a first control state of recycling the discharge fluid in a flow path that passes through the horizontal section.07-26-2012
20100328407FLOW THROUGH DROP DISPENSER INCLUDING POROUS MEMBER - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid dispensing channel that includes an outlet opening, and a liquid return channel that includes a porous member located therein. A liquid supply provides liquid under pressure from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A diverter member is selectively actuatable to divert a portion of the liquid toward outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.12-30-2010
20080297577Ink Rejuvenation System For Inkjet Printing - An ink circulation system for use in an inkjet printing apparatus includes an inkjet printhead, an ink supply path for supplying an ink to the inkjet printhead and an ink return path for returning ink not used for printing from the inkjet printhead. The ink return path is coupled to the ink supply path for replenishing the ink supply path with the ink returned from the printhead. The coupling establishes an ink circulation circuit. The ink circulation circuit can be replenished with fresh ink from a main tank, as ink is withdrawn by the printhead for printing. In the circulation system an active through-flow ink degassing unit is provided to control the dissolved gas level of the ink in the ink circulation system.12-04-2008
20130229473Recirculation of ink - An apparatus includes an inkjet assembly having inkjet nozzles through each of which ink flows at a nominal flow rate as it is ejected from the nozzle onto a substrate. Ink is held under a nominal negative pressure associated with a characteristic of a meniscus of the ink in the nozzle when ejection of ink from the nozzle is not occurring. The apparatus includes recirculation flow paths, each flow path having a nozzle end at which it opens into one of the nozzles and another location spaced from the nozzle end that is to be subjected to a recirculation pressure lower than the nominal negative pressure so that ink is recirculated from the nozzle through the flow path at a recirculation flow rate. Each recirculation flow path has a fluidic resistance between the nozzle end and the other location such that a recirculation pressure at the nozzle end of the flow path that results from the recirculation pressure applied at the other location of the flow path is small enough so that any reduction in flow rate below the nominal flow rate when ink is being ejected is less than a threshold, or a change in the nominal negative pressure when ink is not being ejected is less than a threshold, or both.09-05-2013
20080231677PRINTER SYSTEM, MAIN PRINTER TO BE USED THEREFOR, AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING WASTE INK - A printer system includes a main printer having a first head and a waste ink tank for accommodating any waste ink; and a portable type sub printer having a second head which is detachable with respect to the main printer. The waste ink tank accommodates the waste ink discharged from the second head of the sub printer installed to the main printer. Accordingly, the printer system is provided, wherein it is unnecessary to provide any waste ink tank in the portable type sub printer, an ink tank of the sub printer can be allowed to have a large volume, and it is unnecessary to provide any exclusive station for processing any waste ink of the sub printer.09-25-2008
20130141501NON-AQUEOUS CLEANING LIQUID AND CLEANING METHOD - A non-aqueous cleaning liquid which is used for cleaning an ink flow path, through which a non-aqueous ink is circulated, in an ink jet recording apparatus including the ink flow path and with which a container composed of polyolefin is filled, includes a pigment and an organic solvent. In the non-aqueous cleaning liquid, a content of the pigment is 0.001% by mass to 0.5% by mass and an average particle size (d50) of the pigment is 10 nm to 500 nm.06-06-2013
20090295888CIRCULATING TYPE INK SUPPLY SYSTEM - A circulating type ink supply system includes an upstream ink tank, an upstream ink flow channel connected at one end thereof to the upstream ink tank, a nozzle branch portion connected to the other end of the upstream ink flow channel and being in communication with a nozzle configured to discharge ink, a downstream ink flow channel connected at one end thereof to the nozzle branch portion and a downstream ink tank connected to the other end of the downstream ink flow channel, wherein an energy per unit volume determined by a sum value of a static pressure and a potential energy of the ink in the upstream ink tank when the circulation of the ink is stopped does not exceed the energy per unit volume of the ink at an atmospheric pressure at a level of the nozzle.12-03-2009
20110242237LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING UNIT, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting head includes a plurality of nozzle openings, a first flow path, a supply path, a recovery path, a first filter, a second filter, and a second flow path. The nozzle openings eject a liquid, the first flow path is communicated with the plurality of nozzle openings and the liquid is circulated through the first flow path. The supply path supplies the liquid to the first flow path from the outside, and the recovery path recovers the liquid from the first flow path to the outside. The first filter is provided in the supply path and the second filter is provided in the recovery path. The second flow path connects the supply path provided in the upstream side of the first filter and the recovery path provided in downstream side of the second filter.10-06-2011
20110242236LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING UNIT, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting head comprising, a plurality of nozzle openings, a first flow passage, a circulation flow passage, a filter chamber, and a bypass flow passage, an inner diameter of the bypass flow passage is larger than a diameter of the hole of the filter,10-06-2011
20110242235LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising: a liquid reservoir unit, a liquid ejection head, a supply channel, a collecting channel; and a first pressure applied to the downstream side of the valve member in the circulation channel by the suction pump is larger than a second pressure on the downstream side of the valve member in the circulation channel required for causing the film to act so that the valve member opens the circulation channel, and a sum of a waterhead pressure determined by the height from the liquid reservoir unit to the circulation channel opened and closed by the valve member provided in each of the circulation channel and the first pressure is smaller than the second pressure.10-06-2011
20130278688FLUID CIRCULATION - Among other things, an apparatus for use in fluid jetting is described. The apparatus comprises a printhead including a flow path and a nozzle in communication with the flow path that has a first end and a second end. The apparatus also includes a first container fluidically coupled to the first end of the flow path, a second container fluidically coupled to the second end of the flow path, and a controller. The first container has a first controllable internal pressure and the second container has a second controllable internal pressure. The controller controls the first internal pressure and the second internal pressure to have a fluid flow between the first container and the second container through the flow path in the printhead according to a first mode and a second mode. In either mode, at least a portion of the fluid flowing along the flow path is delivered to the nozzle when the nozzle is jetting. The first mode has the first internal pressure higher than the second internal pressure and the second mode has the second internal pressure higher than the first internal pressure. The fluid flows from the first container to the second container according to the first mode and flows from the second container to the first container according to the second mode.10-24-2013
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20130083144INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink-jet recording apparatus includes a platen provided with a suction-collection section which sucks in and collects ink discharged deviating from an end portion of recording medium. The ink-jet recording apparatus includes a suction force generation unit for collecting ink configured to enable the suction collection section to generate a suction force, a collection flow path connecting the suction collection section to the suction force generation unit for collection, and a flow path control unit configured to vary an sectional area of the collection flow path. The sectional area of the collection flow path is varied according to an image forming time or a type of the recording medium.04-04-2013
20090033727LATERAL FLOW DEVICE PRINTHEAD WITH INTERNAL GUTTER - The invention provides an inkjet printhead comprising a lateral flow device nozzle plate, at least one ink nozzle in said plate, and an integral superstructure, containing a gutter, integral to said nozzle plate. A method of using the inkjet printhead is also disclosed.02-05-2009
20100073444INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus is provided with an ink head having a nozzle face on which a nozzle for discharging ink is formed, a first tank stored with the ink to be supplied to the ink head through a first ink passage, a second tank stored with the ink not having been discharged from the ink head through a second ink passage, and a third ink passage connecting the second and first tanks. The inkjet recording apparatus is further provided with a pump disposed in the third ink passage and configured to feed the ink from the second tank into the first tank, a fourth ink passage connected in parallel with the pump, and a pressure regulation valve incorporated in the fourth ink passage.03-25-2010
20100079565INK RECOVERY DEVICE - An ink recovery device is disclosed. The ink recovery device, configured to retrieve ink being sprayed out from an inkjet printer, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a recovery unit, which retrieves the ink; a storage, which is connected to the recovery unit and stores the retrieved ink; and a vibrating unit, which vibrates the stored ink. The ink recovery device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can effectively retrieve ink being sprayed out for the maintenance of an inkjet head and immediately reuse the retrieved ink while maintaining the properties of the ink.04-01-2010
20090040283INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus comprises a main body, a print head, and a cable. The main body includes an ink container for storing ink, an ink supply pump for supplying the ink, and an operation control section. The print head includes a nozzle for expelling the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, charging electrodes for charging the ink particles, deflecting electrodes for deflecting the charged ink particles, and a gutter for collecting ink particles that have not been used for printing. The cable includes an ink supply path through which the ink is supplied from the main body to the print head, an ink collecting path through which the ink particles collected in the gutter are returned to the ink container, signal lines interconnecting the operation control section and the print head. An ink collecting pump for transferring the ink particles collected in the gutter to the ink container is disposed in the print head.02-12-2009
20110012967CATCHER INCLUDING DRAG REDUCING DROP CONTACT SURFACE - A catcher and a method of printing are provided. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact face. The liquid drop contact face includes an opening that creates an air cushion upon which liquid flows after a liquid drop contacts the drop contact face.01-20-2011
20120098907LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING CURVED VENT - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening. A drain is located in the wall downstream from the outlet opening. The drain includes a radius of curvature as viewed from a direction perpendicular to the wall. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20080284835INTEGRAL, MICROMACHINED GUTTER FOR INKJET PRINTHEAD - The invention provides an ink jet printhead comprising a monolithic printhead with an integral gutter system wherein said gutter system is provided with an end wall adjacent to the ink stream and wherein the side of the wall adjacent the ink direction is generally parallel to the ink direction through said print head.11-20-2008
20090189964Ink jet recording device - An ink jet recording device, comprises: a main body equipped with an ink container which accumulate ink, an ink supply pump which supplies the ink, an ink recovery pump which recovers the ink, and a control unit; a printing head equipped with a nozzle which jets the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, an electrification electrode which electrifies the ink particles, a deflection electrode which deflects the electrified ink particles, and a gutter which collects ink particles which are not used for printing; and a cable in which an ink supply flow path for supplying the ink from the main body to the printing head, an ink recovery flow path for returning the ink particles collected by the gutter into the ink container, an exhaust circulation path which connects the ink container and the gutter, and various signal lines for connecting the control unit and the printing head, are arranged. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows, and exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.07-30-2009
20100295911ROTATING COANDA CATCHER - A catcher includes a housing and a drop contact structure. The housing defines a liquid removal conduit. The drop contact structure includes a moveable surface that delivers collected liquid drops to the liquid removal conduit of the housing.11-25-2010
20100295912POROUS CATCHER - A catcher for use in a continuous printhead includes a liquid drop contact structure and a reinforcing structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores with each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The reinforcing structure, which is in contact with the liquid drop contact structure, includes a plurality of fluid channels through which liquid from the plurality of pores can be removed.11-25-2010
20100295910PRINTHEAD WITH POROUS CATCHER - A printhead includes a catcher and a negative pressure source. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores, each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The plurality of pores have a critical pressure point above which air can displace liquid from the plurality of pores. The negative pressure source is in fluid communication with the plurality of pores of the liquid contact structure. The negative pressure source includes a pressure regulator to control the negative pressure such that the negative pressure remains below the critical pressure point of the plurality of pores of the liquid drop contact structure.11-25-2010
20100026770Ink Jet Recording Device - An ink jet recording device comprises a main body equipped with an ink container, an ink supply pump ink, an ink recovery pump, and a control unit. A printing head equipped with a nozzle emits ink supplied from the main body as ink particles. An electrification electrode electrifies the ink particles and a deflection electrode deflects the electrified ink particles. A gutter collects ink particles which are not used for printing. An exhaust circulation path connects the ink container and the gutter. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows and an exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.02-04-2010
20120098908LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING SECONDARY LIQUID MANIFOLD - A liquid dispenser includes an array of liquid dispensing elements 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 in fluid communication with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply channel is positioned on the substrate 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 manifold includes a liquid supply duct and a liquid return duct. The liquid supply duct is in fluid communication with each liquid supply passage of each liquid dispensing element. The liquid return duct is in fluid communication with each liquid return passage of each liquid dispensing element. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply duct of the liquid manifold through each liquid dispensing element to the liquid return duct of the liquid manifold. Each diverter member is selectively activated to divert a portion of the liquid flowing through the associated liquid dispensing channel through the outlet opening of the associated liquid dispensing channel to dispense a drop of the liquid.04-26-2012
20120026260PRINTING USING LIQUID FILM SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A method of printing includes providing liquid drops travelling along a first path using a jetting module. A catcher including a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source is also provided. A liquid film provided by the liquid source is caused to exit the liquid outlet of the catcher and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. Selected liquid drops are caused to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path using a deflection mechanism such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20120026261MOVING LIQUID CURTAIN CATCHER - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A moving liquid curtain is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid curtain in a drop interception region of the liquid curtain. A liquid collection device is positioned to collect the liquid curtain downstream from the drop interception region.02-02-2012
20120026259LIQUID FILM MOVING OVER SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A catcher includes a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source that causes a liquid film to exit the liquid outlet and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. The catcher is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20100208018Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A printhead for use in an imaging device includes a reservoir configured to receive ink from an ink source. An aperture plate includes a plurality of ink jet apertures at a first location in the aperture plate and a plurality of recycling apertures at a second location in the aperture plate. The printhead includes a plurality of ink jets, each ink jet being configured to receive ink from the reservoir and to reject ink through one of the ink jet apertures in the aperture plate, and a plurality of channels, each channel being configured to fluidly couple one of the recycling apertures in the aperture plate to the reservoir. A pressure source is coupled to the reservoir that is configured to generate a pressure in the reservoir.08-19-2010
20110310201PRINTER UTILIZING PRESSURE CONTROL OF AIR IN SUMP - An inkjet printer includes a printhead for printing onto a media substrate, the printhead defining a plurality of nozzles from which ink is expelled; an ink tank provided upstream of the printhead; a sump provided downstream of the printhead for collecting unused ink from the printhead, the sump having a lower portion for holding the unused ink and an upper portion defining a headspace of air above the unused ink; a first fluid conduit extending between the printhead and the sump for communicating the unused ink from the printhead to the sump, the first fluid conduit connecting the sump to a position in the printhead upstream of the plurality of nozzles; and a pump connected to the sump, the pump for drawing air from the headspace of the sump into atmosphere and effecting a negative pressure in the printhead upstream of the nozzles. Communication of ink from the ink tank to the printhead is effected by the negative pressure generated by the drawing of air from the headspace of the sump.12-22-2011
20130194359Collect Print Substance - Arrangement or method for collecting and heating print substance that passes through porous media in a printer.08-01-2013
20100123764Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A system for recycling waste phase change ink in a phase change ink imaging device includes a waste ink collector positioned within a phase change ink imaging device to collect waste phase change ink produced by a printhead in the phase change ink imaging device. The waste ink collector includes a heater for heating the waste phase change ink in the collector to at least a phase change ink melting temperature. A waste phase change ink conveyor is configured to convey melted waste phase change ink from the waste ink collector to an ink reservoir for the printhead.05-20-2010
20130271539LIQUID CIRCULATION DEVICE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS - A liquid circulation device includes a supply unit that forms a flow path supplying a liquid from a reservoir unit; a collection unit that forms a flow path collecting the liquid to the reservoir unit; and N number of the connection units provided respectively corresponding to N number of ejection units ejecting the liquid forming a flow path connecting the supply unit and the collection unit via the ejection units, wherein with regard to each of N number of the connection units, a connection order of the connection units with respect to the supply unit, which is counted from upstream in a flow direction of the liquid in the supply unit coincides with a connection order of the connection units with respect to the collection unit, which is counted from upstream in the flow direction of the liquid in the collection unit.10-17-2013
20130278689CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTING METHOD - A method of printing an image with a continuous inkjet printer system employing bimodal drop size generation with pigmented inkjet ink compositions comprising a polymer additive, wherein the liquid ink is an aqueous inkjet ink comprises dispersed pigment colorant particles having a mean particle size of less than 150 nanometers and at least about 0.1 wt % of polymer additive distinct from any polymer dispersant used to disperse the pigment particles, and recirculating liquid ink supplied to the nozzle if the printer system from a liquid ink source is in-line filtered with a filter selected to be effective at retaining particles having particle sizes equal to and greater than 0.6 micrometers from the liquid ink and to pass the dispersed pigment particles. The invention enables high quality drop control in a continuous inkjet printing system.10-24-2013
20130083144INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink-jet recording apparatus includes a platen provided with a suction-collection section which sucks in and collects ink discharged deviating from an end portion of recording medium. The ink-jet recording apparatus includes a suction force generation unit for collecting ink configured to enable the suction collection section to generate a suction force, a collection flow path connecting the suction collection section to the suction force generation unit for collection, and a flow path control unit configured to vary an sectional area of the collection flow path. The sectional area of the collection flow path is varied according to an image forming time or a type of the recording medium.04-04-2013
20090033727LATERAL FLOW DEVICE PRINTHEAD WITH INTERNAL GUTTER - The invention provides an inkjet printhead comprising a lateral flow device nozzle plate, at least one ink nozzle in said plate, and an integral superstructure, containing a gutter, integral to said nozzle plate. A method of using the inkjet printhead is also disclosed.02-05-2009
20100073444INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus is provided with an ink head having a nozzle face on which a nozzle for discharging ink is formed, a first tank stored with the ink to be supplied to the ink head through a first ink passage, a second tank stored with the ink not having been discharged from the ink head through a second ink passage, and a third ink passage connecting the second and first tanks. The inkjet recording apparatus is further provided with a pump disposed in the third ink passage and configured to feed the ink from the second tank into the first tank, a fourth ink passage connected in parallel with the pump, and a pressure regulation valve incorporated in the fourth ink passage.03-25-2010
20100079565INK RECOVERY DEVICE - An ink recovery device is disclosed. The ink recovery device, configured to retrieve ink being sprayed out from an inkjet printer, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a recovery unit, which retrieves the ink; a storage, which is connected to the recovery unit and stores the retrieved ink; and a vibrating unit, which vibrates the stored ink. The ink recovery device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can effectively retrieve ink being sprayed out for the maintenance of an inkjet head and immediately reuse the retrieved ink while maintaining the properties of the ink.04-01-2010
20090040283INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus comprises a main body, a print head, and a cable. The main body includes an ink container for storing ink, an ink supply pump for supplying the ink, and an operation control section. The print head includes a nozzle for expelling the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, charging electrodes for charging the ink particles, deflecting electrodes for deflecting the charged ink particles, and a gutter for collecting ink particles that have not been used for printing. The cable includes an ink supply path through which the ink is supplied from the main body to the print head, an ink collecting path through which the ink particles collected in the gutter are returned to the ink container, signal lines interconnecting the operation control section and the print head. An ink collecting pump for transferring the ink particles collected in the gutter to the ink container is disposed in the print head.02-12-2009
20110012967CATCHER INCLUDING DRAG REDUCING DROP CONTACT SURFACE - A catcher and a method of printing are provided. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact face. The liquid drop contact face includes an opening that creates an air cushion upon which liquid flows after a liquid drop contacts the drop contact face.01-20-2011
20120098907LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING CURVED VENT - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening. A drain is located in the wall downstream from the outlet opening. The drain includes a radius of curvature as viewed from a direction perpendicular to the wall. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20080284835INTEGRAL, MICROMACHINED GUTTER FOR INKJET PRINTHEAD - The invention provides an ink jet printhead comprising a monolithic printhead with an integral gutter system wherein said gutter system is provided with an end wall adjacent to the ink stream and wherein the side of the wall adjacent the ink direction is generally parallel to the ink direction through said print head.11-20-2008
20090189964Ink jet recording device - An ink jet recording device, comprises: a main body equipped with an ink container which accumulate ink, an ink supply pump which supplies the ink, an ink recovery pump which recovers the ink, and a control unit; a printing head equipped with a nozzle which jets the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, an electrification electrode which electrifies the ink particles, a deflection electrode which deflects the electrified ink particles, and a gutter which collects ink particles which are not used for printing; and a cable in which an ink supply flow path for supplying the ink from the main body to the printing head, an ink recovery flow path for returning the ink particles collected by the gutter into the ink container, an exhaust circulation path which connects the ink container and the gutter, and various signal lines for connecting the control unit and the printing head, are arranged. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows, and exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.07-30-2009
20100295911ROTATING COANDA CATCHER - A catcher includes a housing and a drop contact structure. The housing defines a liquid removal conduit. The drop contact structure includes a moveable surface that delivers collected liquid drops to the liquid removal conduit of the housing.11-25-2010
20100295912POROUS CATCHER - A catcher for use in a continuous printhead includes a liquid drop contact structure and a reinforcing structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores with each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The reinforcing structure, which is in contact with the liquid drop contact structure, includes a plurality of fluid channels through which liquid from the plurality of pores can be removed.11-25-2010
20100295910PRINTHEAD WITH POROUS CATCHER - A printhead includes a catcher and a negative pressure source. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores, each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The plurality of pores have a critical pressure point above which air can displace liquid from the plurality of pores. The negative pressure source is in fluid communication with the plurality of pores of the liquid contact structure. The negative pressure source includes a pressure regulator to control the negative pressure such that the negative pressure remains below the critical pressure point of the plurality of pores of the liquid drop contact structure.11-25-2010
20100026770Ink Jet Recording Device - An ink jet recording device comprises a main body equipped with an ink container, an ink supply pump ink, an ink recovery pump, and a control unit. A printing head equipped with a nozzle emits ink supplied from the main body as ink particles. An electrification electrode electrifies the ink particles and a deflection electrode deflects the electrified ink particles. A gutter collects ink particles which are not used for printing. An exhaust circulation path connects the ink container and the gutter. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows and an exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.02-04-2010
20120098908LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING SECONDARY LIQUID MANIFOLD - A liquid dispenser includes an array of liquid dispensing elements 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 in fluid communication with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply channel is positioned on the substrate 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 manifold includes a liquid supply duct and a liquid return duct. The liquid supply duct is in fluid communication with each liquid supply passage of each liquid dispensing element. The liquid return duct is in fluid communication with each liquid return passage of each liquid dispensing element. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply duct of the liquid manifold through each liquid dispensing element to the liquid return duct of the liquid manifold. Each diverter member is selectively activated to divert a portion of the liquid flowing through the associated liquid dispensing channel through the outlet opening of the associated liquid dispensing channel to dispense a drop of the liquid.04-26-2012
20120026260PRINTING USING LIQUID FILM SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A method of printing includes providing liquid drops travelling along a first path using a jetting module. A catcher including a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source is also provided. A liquid film provided by the liquid source is caused to exit the liquid outlet of the catcher and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. Selected liquid drops are caused to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path using a deflection mechanism such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20120026261MOVING LIQUID CURTAIN CATCHER - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A moving liquid curtain is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid curtain in a drop interception region of the liquid curtain. A liquid collection device is positioned to collect the liquid curtain downstream from the drop interception region.02-02-2012
20120026259LIQUID FILM MOVING OVER SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A catcher includes a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source that causes a liquid film to exit the liquid outlet and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. The catcher is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20100208018Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A printhead for use in an imaging device includes a reservoir configured to receive ink from an ink source. An aperture plate includes a plurality of ink jet apertures at a first location in the aperture plate and a plurality of recycling apertures at a second location in the aperture plate. The printhead includes a plurality of ink jets, each ink jet being configured to receive ink from the reservoir and to reject ink through one of the ink jet apertures in the aperture plate, and a plurality of channels, each channel being configured to fluidly couple one of the recycling apertures in the aperture plate to the reservoir. A pressure source is coupled to the reservoir that is configured to generate a pressure in the reservoir.08-19-2010
20110310201PRINTER UTILIZING PRESSURE CONTROL OF AIR IN SUMP - An inkjet printer includes a printhead for printing onto a media substrate, the printhead defining a plurality of nozzles from which ink is expelled; an ink tank provided upstream of the printhead; a sump provided downstream of the printhead for collecting unused ink from the printhead, the sump having a lower portion for holding the unused ink and an upper portion defining a headspace of air above the unused ink; a first fluid conduit extending between the printhead and the sump for communicating the unused ink from the printhead to the sump, the first fluid conduit connecting the sump to a position in the printhead upstream of the plurality of nozzles; and a pump connected to the sump, the pump for drawing air from the headspace of the sump into atmosphere and effecting a negative pressure in the printhead upstream of the nozzles. Communication of ink from the ink tank to the printhead is effected by the negative pressure generated by the drawing of air from the headspace of the sump.12-22-2011
20130194359Collect Print Substance - Arrangement or method for collecting and heating print substance that passes through porous media in a printer.08-01-2013
20100123764Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A system for recycling waste phase change ink in a phase change ink imaging device includes a waste ink collector positioned within a phase change ink imaging device to collect waste phase change ink produced by a printhead in the phase change ink imaging device. The waste ink collector includes a heater for heating the waste phase change ink in the collector to at least a phase change ink melting temperature. A waste phase change ink conveyor is configured to convey melted waste phase change ink from the waste ink collector to an ink reservoir for the printhead.05-20-2010
20130271539LIQUID CIRCULATION DEVICE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS - A liquid circulation device includes a supply unit that forms a flow path supplying a liquid from a reservoir unit; a collection unit that forms a flow path collecting the liquid to the reservoir unit; and N number of the connection units provided respectively corresponding to N number of ejection units ejecting the liquid forming a flow path connecting the supply unit and the collection unit via the ejection units, wherein with regard to each of N number of the connection units, a connection order of the connection units with respect to the supply unit, which is counted from upstream in a flow direction of the liquid in the supply unit coincides with a connection order of the connection units with respect to the collection unit, which is counted from upstream in the flow direction of the liquid in the collection unit.10-17-2013
20130278689CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTING METHOD - A method of printing an image with a continuous inkjet printer system employing bimodal drop size generation with pigmented inkjet ink compositions comprising a polymer additive, wherein the liquid ink is an aqueous inkjet ink comprises dispersed pigment colorant particles having a mean particle size of less than 150 nanometers and at least about 0.1 wt % of polymer additive distinct from any polymer dispersant used to disperse the pigment particles, and recirculating liquid ink supplied to the nozzle if the printer system from a liquid ink source is in-line filtered with a filter selected to be effective at retaining particles having particle sizes equal to and greater than 0.6 micrometers from the liquid ink and to pass the dispersed pigment particles. The invention enables high quality drop control in a continuous inkjet printing system.10-24-2013
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20130083144INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink-jet recording apparatus includes a platen provided with a suction-collection section which sucks in and collects ink discharged deviating from an end portion of recording medium. The ink-jet recording apparatus includes a suction force generation unit for collecting ink configured to enable the suction collection section to generate a suction force, a collection flow path connecting the suction collection section to the suction force generation unit for collection, and a flow path control unit configured to vary an sectional area of the collection flow path. The sectional area of the collection flow path is varied according to an image forming time or a type of the recording medium.04-04-2013
20090033727LATERAL FLOW DEVICE PRINTHEAD WITH INTERNAL GUTTER - The invention provides an inkjet printhead comprising a lateral flow device nozzle plate, at least one ink nozzle in said plate, and an integral superstructure, containing a gutter, integral to said nozzle plate. A method of using the inkjet printhead is also disclosed.02-05-2009
20100073444INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus is provided with an ink head having a nozzle face on which a nozzle for discharging ink is formed, a first tank stored with the ink to be supplied to the ink head through a first ink passage, a second tank stored with the ink not having been discharged from the ink head through a second ink passage, and a third ink passage connecting the second and first tanks. The inkjet recording apparatus is further provided with a pump disposed in the third ink passage and configured to feed the ink from the second tank into the first tank, a fourth ink passage connected in parallel with the pump, and a pressure regulation valve incorporated in the fourth ink passage.03-25-2010
20100079565INK RECOVERY DEVICE - An ink recovery device is disclosed. The ink recovery device, configured to retrieve ink being sprayed out from an inkjet printer, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a recovery unit, which retrieves the ink; a storage, which is connected to the recovery unit and stores the retrieved ink; and a vibrating unit, which vibrates the stored ink. The ink recovery device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can effectively retrieve ink being sprayed out for the maintenance of an inkjet head and immediately reuse the retrieved ink while maintaining the properties of the ink.04-01-2010
20090040283INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus comprises a main body, a print head, and a cable. The main body includes an ink container for storing ink, an ink supply pump for supplying the ink, and an operation control section. The print head includes a nozzle for expelling the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, charging electrodes for charging the ink particles, deflecting electrodes for deflecting the charged ink particles, and a gutter for collecting ink particles that have not been used for printing. The cable includes an ink supply path through which the ink is supplied from the main body to the print head, an ink collecting path through which the ink particles collected in the gutter are returned to the ink container, signal lines interconnecting the operation control section and the print head. An ink collecting pump for transferring the ink particles collected in the gutter to the ink container is disposed in the print head.02-12-2009
20110012967CATCHER INCLUDING DRAG REDUCING DROP CONTACT SURFACE - A catcher and a method of printing are provided. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact face. The liquid drop contact face includes an opening that creates an air cushion upon which liquid flows after a liquid drop contacts the drop contact face.01-20-2011
20120098907LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING CURVED VENT - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening. A drain is located in the wall downstream from the outlet opening. The drain includes a radius of curvature as viewed from a direction perpendicular to the wall. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20080284835INTEGRAL, MICROMACHINED GUTTER FOR INKJET PRINTHEAD - The invention provides an ink jet printhead comprising a monolithic printhead with an integral gutter system wherein said gutter system is provided with an end wall adjacent to the ink stream and wherein the side of the wall adjacent the ink direction is generally parallel to the ink direction through said print head.11-20-2008
20090189964Ink jet recording device - An ink jet recording device, comprises: a main body equipped with an ink container which accumulate ink, an ink supply pump which supplies the ink, an ink recovery pump which recovers the ink, and a control unit; a printing head equipped with a nozzle which jets the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, an electrification electrode which electrifies the ink particles, a deflection electrode which deflects the electrified ink particles, and a gutter which collects ink particles which are not used for printing; and a cable in which an ink supply flow path for supplying the ink from the main body to the printing head, an ink recovery flow path for returning the ink particles collected by the gutter into the ink container, an exhaust circulation path which connects the ink container and the gutter, and various signal lines for connecting the control unit and the printing head, are arranged. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows, and exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.07-30-2009
20100295911ROTATING COANDA CATCHER - A catcher includes a housing and a drop contact structure. The housing defines a liquid removal conduit. The drop contact structure includes a moveable surface that delivers collected liquid drops to the liquid removal conduit of the housing.11-25-2010
20100295912POROUS CATCHER - A catcher for use in a continuous printhead includes a liquid drop contact structure and a reinforcing structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores with each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The reinforcing structure, which is in contact with the liquid drop contact structure, includes a plurality of fluid channels through which liquid from the plurality of pores can be removed.11-25-2010
20100295910PRINTHEAD WITH POROUS CATCHER - A printhead includes a catcher and a negative pressure source. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores, each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The plurality of pores have a critical pressure point above which air can displace liquid from the plurality of pores. The negative pressure source is in fluid communication with the plurality of pores of the liquid contact structure. The negative pressure source includes a pressure regulator to control the negative pressure such that the negative pressure remains below the critical pressure point of the plurality of pores of the liquid drop contact structure.11-25-2010
20100026770Ink Jet Recording Device - An ink jet recording device comprises a main body equipped with an ink container, an ink supply pump ink, an ink recovery pump, and a control unit. A printing head equipped with a nozzle emits ink supplied from the main body as ink particles. An electrification electrode electrifies the ink particles and a deflection electrode deflects the electrified ink particles. A gutter collects ink particles which are not used for printing. An exhaust circulation path connects the ink container and the gutter. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows and an exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.02-04-2010
20120098908LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING SECONDARY LIQUID MANIFOLD - A liquid dispenser includes an array of liquid dispensing elements 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 in fluid communication with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply channel is positioned on the substrate 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 manifold includes a liquid supply duct and a liquid return duct. The liquid supply duct is in fluid communication with each liquid supply passage of each liquid dispensing element. The liquid return duct is in fluid communication with each liquid return passage of each liquid dispensing element. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply duct of the liquid manifold through each liquid dispensing element to the liquid return duct of the liquid manifold. Each diverter member is selectively activated to divert a portion of the liquid flowing through the associated liquid dispensing channel through the outlet opening of the associated liquid dispensing channel to dispense a drop of the liquid.04-26-2012
20120026260PRINTING USING LIQUID FILM SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A method of printing includes providing liquid drops travelling along a first path using a jetting module. A catcher including a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source is also provided. A liquid film provided by the liquid source is caused to exit the liquid outlet of the catcher and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. Selected liquid drops are caused to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path using a deflection mechanism such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20120026261MOVING LIQUID CURTAIN CATCHER - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A moving liquid curtain is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid curtain in a drop interception region of the liquid curtain. A liquid collection device is positioned to collect the liquid curtain downstream from the drop interception region.02-02-2012
20120026259LIQUID FILM MOVING OVER SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A catcher includes a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source that causes a liquid film to exit the liquid outlet and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. The catcher is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20100208018Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A printhead for use in an imaging device includes a reservoir configured to receive ink from an ink source. An aperture plate includes a plurality of ink jet apertures at a first location in the aperture plate and a plurality of recycling apertures at a second location in the aperture plate. The printhead includes a plurality of ink jets, each ink jet being configured to receive ink from the reservoir and to reject ink through one of the ink jet apertures in the aperture plate, and a plurality of channels, each channel being configured to fluidly couple one of the recycling apertures in the aperture plate to the reservoir. A pressure source is coupled to the reservoir that is configured to generate a pressure in the reservoir.08-19-2010
20110310201PRINTER UTILIZING PRESSURE CONTROL OF AIR IN SUMP - An inkjet printer includes a printhead for printing onto a media substrate, the printhead defining a plurality of nozzles from which ink is expelled; an ink tank provided upstream of the printhead; a sump provided downstream of the printhead for collecting unused ink from the printhead, the sump having a lower portion for holding the unused ink and an upper portion defining a headspace of air above the unused ink; a first fluid conduit extending between the printhead and the sump for communicating the unused ink from the printhead to the sump, the first fluid conduit connecting the sump to a position in the printhead upstream of the plurality of nozzles; and a pump connected to the sump, the pump for drawing air from the headspace of the sump into atmosphere and effecting a negative pressure in the printhead upstream of the nozzles. Communication of ink from the ink tank to the printhead is effected by the negative pressure generated by the drawing of air from the headspace of the sump.12-22-2011
20130194359Collect Print Substance - Arrangement or method for collecting and heating print substance that passes through porous media in a printer.08-01-2013
20100123764Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A system for recycling waste phase change ink in a phase change ink imaging device includes a waste ink collector positioned within a phase change ink imaging device to collect waste phase change ink produced by a printhead in the phase change ink imaging device. The waste ink collector includes a heater for heating the waste phase change ink in the collector to at least a phase change ink melting temperature. A waste phase change ink conveyor is configured to convey melted waste phase change ink from the waste ink collector to an ink reservoir for the printhead.05-20-2010
20130271539LIQUID CIRCULATION DEVICE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS - A liquid circulation device includes a supply unit that forms a flow path supplying a liquid from a reservoir unit; a collection unit that forms a flow path collecting the liquid to the reservoir unit; and N number of the connection units provided respectively corresponding to N number of ejection units ejecting the liquid forming a flow path connecting the supply unit and the collection unit via the ejection units, wherein with regard to each of N number of the connection units, a connection order of the connection units with respect to the supply unit, which is counted from upstream in a flow direction of the liquid in the supply unit coincides with a connection order of the connection units with respect to the collection unit, which is counted from upstream in the flow direction of the liquid in the collection unit.10-17-2013
20130278689CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTING METHOD - A method of printing an image with a continuous inkjet printer system employing bimodal drop size generation with pigmented inkjet ink compositions comprising a polymer additive, wherein the liquid ink is an aqueous inkjet ink comprises dispersed pigment colorant particles having a mean particle size of less than 150 nanometers and at least about 0.1 wt % of polymer additive distinct from any polymer dispersant used to disperse the pigment particles, and recirculating liquid ink supplied to the nozzle if the printer system from a liquid ink source is in-line filtered with a filter selected to be effective at retaining particles having particle sizes equal to and greater than 0.6 micrometers from the liquid ink and to pass the dispersed pigment particles. The invention enables high quality drop control in a continuous inkjet printing system.10-24-2013
20130083144INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink-jet recording apparatus includes a platen provided with a suction-collection section which sucks in and collects ink discharged deviating from an end portion of recording medium. The ink-jet recording apparatus includes a suction force generation unit for collecting ink configured to enable the suction collection section to generate a suction force, a collection flow path connecting the suction collection section to the suction force generation unit for collection, and a flow path control unit configured to vary an sectional area of the collection flow path. The sectional area of the collection flow path is varied according to an image forming time or a type of the recording medium.04-04-2013
20090033727LATERAL FLOW DEVICE PRINTHEAD WITH INTERNAL GUTTER - The invention provides an inkjet printhead comprising a lateral flow device nozzle plate, at least one ink nozzle in said plate, and an integral superstructure, containing a gutter, integral to said nozzle plate. A method of using the inkjet printhead is also disclosed.02-05-2009
20100073444INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus is provided with an ink head having a nozzle face on which a nozzle for discharging ink is formed, a first tank stored with the ink to be supplied to the ink head through a first ink passage, a second tank stored with the ink not having been discharged from the ink head through a second ink passage, and a third ink passage connecting the second and first tanks. The inkjet recording apparatus is further provided with a pump disposed in the third ink passage and configured to feed the ink from the second tank into the first tank, a fourth ink passage connected in parallel with the pump, and a pressure regulation valve incorporated in the fourth ink passage.03-25-2010
20100079565INK RECOVERY DEVICE - An ink recovery device is disclosed. The ink recovery device, configured to retrieve ink being sprayed out from an inkjet printer, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a recovery unit, which retrieves the ink; a storage, which is connected to the recovery unit and stores the retrieved ink; and a vibrating unit, which vibrates the stored ink. The ink recovery device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can effectively retrieve ink being sprayed out for the maintenance of an inkjet head and immediately reuse the retrieved ink while maintaining the properties of the ink.04-01-2010
20090040283INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording apparatus comprises a main body, a print head, and a cable. The main body includes an ink container for storing ink, an ink supply pump for supplying the ink, and an operation control section. The print head includes a nozzle for expelling the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, charging electrodes for charging the ink particles, deflecting electrodes for deflecting the charged ink particles, and a gutter for collecting ink particles that have not been used for printing. The cable includes an ink supply path through which the ink is supplied from the main body to the print head, an ink collecting path through which the ink particles collected in the gutter are returned to the ink container, signal lines interconnecting the operation control section and the print head. An ink collecting pump for transferring the ink particles collected in the gutter to the ink container is disposed in the print head.02-12-2009
20110012967CATCHER INCLUDING DRAG REDUCING DROP CONTACT SURFACE - A catcher and a method of printing are provided. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact face. The liquid drop contact face includes an opening that creates an air cushion upon which liquid flows after a liquid drop contacts the drop contact face.01-20-2011
20120098907LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING CURVED VENT - A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid return channel, and a liquid dispensing channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening. A drain is located in the wall downstream from the outlet opening. The drain includes a radius of curvature as viewed from a direction perpendicular to the wall. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A diverter member selectively diverts a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel.04-26-2012
20080284835INTEGRAL, MICROMACHINED GUTTER FOR INKJET PRINTHEAD - The invention provides an ink jet printhead comprising a monolithic printhead with an integral gutter system wherein said gutter system is provided with an end wall adjacent to the ink stream and wherein the side of the wall adjacent the ink direction is generally parallel to the ink direction through said print head.11-20-2008
20090189964Ink jet recording device - An ink jet recording device, comprises: a main body equipped with an ink container which accumulate ink, an ink supply pump which supplies the ink, an ink recovery pump which recovers the ink, and a control unit; a printing head equipped with a nozzle which jets the ink supplied from the main body as ink particles, an electrification electrode which electrifies the ink particles, a deflection electrode which deflects the electrified ink particles, and a gutter which collects ink particles which are not used for printing; and a cable in which an ink supply flow path for supplying the ink from the main body to the printing head, an ink recovery flow path for returning the ink particles collected by the gutter into the ink container, an exhaust circulation path which connects the ink container and the gutter, and various signal lines for connecting the control unit and the printing head, are arranged. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows, and exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.07-30-2009
20100295911ROTATING COANDA CATCHER - A catcher includes a housing and a drop contact structure. The housing defines a liquid removal conduit. The drop contact structure includes a moveable surface that delivers collected liquid drops to the liquid removal conduit of the housing.11-25-2010
20100295912POROUS CATCHER - A catcher for use in a continuous printhead includes a liquid drop contact structure and a reinforcing structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores with each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The reinforcing structure, which is in contact with the liquid drop contact structure, includes a plurality of fluid channels through which liquid from the plurality of pores can be removed.11-25-2010
20100295910PRINTHEAD WITH POROUS CATCHER - A printhead includes a catcher and a negative pressure source. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact structure. The liquid drop contact structure includes a plurality of pores, each of the plurality of pores having a substantially uniform size when compared to each other. The plurality of pores have a critical pressure point above which air can displace liquid from the plurality of pores. The negative pressure source is in fluid communication with the plurality of pores of the liquid contact structure. The negative pressure source includes a pressure regulator to control the negative pressure such that the negative pressure remains below the critical pressure point of the plurality of pores of the liquid drop contact structure.11-25-2010
20100026770Ink Jet Recording Device - An ink jet recording device comprises a main body equipped with an ink container, an ink supply pump ink, an ink recovery pump, and a control unit. A printing head equipped with a nozzle emits ink supplied from the main body as ink particles. An electrification electrode electrifies the ink particles and a deflection electrode deflects the electrified ink particles. A gutter collects ink particles which are not used for printing. An exhaust circulation path connects the ink container and the gutter. The gutter comprises two members of an ink flow path block in which ink flows and an exhaust flow path block in which exhaust solvent vapor flows.02-04-2010
20120098908LIQUID DISPENSER INCLUDING SECONDARY LIQUID MANIFOLD - A liquid dispenser includes an array of liquid dispensing elements 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 in fluid communication with the liquid dispensing channel. A liquid supply channel is positioned on the substrate 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 manifold includes a liquid supply duct and a liquid return duct. The liquid supply duct is in fluid communication with each liquid supply passage of each liquid dispensing element. The liquid return duct is in fluid communication with each liquid return passage of each liquid dispensing element. A liquid supply provides liquid that flows from the liquid supply duct of the liquid manifold through each liquid dispensing element to the liquid return duct of the liquid manifold. Each diverter member is selectively activated to divert a portion of the liquid flowing through the associated liquid dispensing channel through the outlet opening of the associated liquid dispensing channel to dispense a drop of the liquid.04-26-2012
20120026260PRINTING USING LIQUID FILM SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A method of printing includes providing liquid drops travelling along a first path using a jetting module. A catcher including a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source is also provided. A liquid film provided by the liquid source is caused to exit the liquid outlet of the catcher and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. Selected liquid drops are caused to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path using a deflection mechanism such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20120026261MOVING LIQUID CURTAIN CATCHER - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A moving liquid curtain is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid curtain in a drop interception region of the liquid curtain. A liquid collection device is positioned to collect the liquid curtain downstream from the drop interception region.02-02-2012
20120026259LIQUID FILM MOVING OVER SOLID CATCHER SURFACE - A printhead includes a jetting module that forms liquid drops travelling along a first path. A deflection mechanism causes selected liquid drops formed by the jetting module to deviate from the first path and begin travelling along a second path. A catcher includes a liquid outlet, a stationary surface, and a liquid source that causes a liquid film to exit the liquid outlet and flow over the stationary surface of the catcher. The catcher is positioned relative to the first path such that the liquid drops travelling along one of the first path and the second path contact the liquid film.02-02-2012
20100208018Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A printhead for use in an imaging device includes a reservoir configured to receive ink from an ink source. An aperture plate includes a plurality of ink jet apertures at a first location in the aperture plate and a plurality of recycling apertures at a second location in the aperture plate. The printhead includes a plurality of ink jets, each ink jet being configured to receive ink from the reservoir and to reject ink through one of the ink jet apertures in the aperture plate, and a plurality of channels, each channel being configured to fluidly couple one of the recycling apertures in the aperture plate to the reservoir. A pressure source is coupled to the reservoir that is configured to generate a pressure in the reservoir.08-19-2010
20110310201PRINTER UTILIZING PRESSURE CONTROL OF AIR IN SUMP - An inkjet printer includes a printhead for printing onto a media substrate, the printhead defining a plurality of nozzles from which ink is expelled; an ink tank provided upstream of the printhead; a sump provided downstream of the printhead for collecting unused ink from the printhead, the sump having a lower portion for holding the unused ink and an upper portion defining a headspace of air above the unused ink; a first fluid conduit extending between the printhead and the sump for communicating the unused ink from the printhead to the sump, the first fluid conduit connecting the sump to a position in the printhead upstream of the plurality of nozzles; and a pump connected to the sump, the pump for drawing air from the headspace of the sump into atmosphere and effecting a negative pressure in the printhead upstream of the nozzles. Communication of ink from the ink tank to the printhead is effected by the negative pressure generated by the drawing of air from the headspace of the sump.12-22-2011
20130194359Collect Print Substance - Arrangement or method for collecting and heating print substance that passes through porous media in a printer.08-01-2013
20100123764Waste Phase Change Ink Recycling - A system for recycling waste phase change ink in a phase change ink imaging device includes a waste ink collector positioned within a phase change ink imaging device to collect waste phase change ink produced by a printhead in the phase change ink imaging device. The waste ink collector includes a heater for heating the waste phase change ink in the collector to at least a phase change ink melting temperature. A waste phase change ink conveyor is configured to convey melted waste phase change ink from the waste ink collector to an ink reservoir for the printhead.05-20-2010
20130271539LIQUID CIRCULATION DEVICE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS - A liquid circulation device includes a supply unit that forms a flow path supplying a liquid from a reservoir unit; a collection unit that forms a flow path collecting the liquid to the reservoir unit; and N number of the connection units provided respectively corresponding to N number of ejection units ejecting the liquid forming a flow path connecting the supply unit and the collection unit via the ejection units, wherein with regard to each of N number of the connection units, a connection order of the connection units with respect to the supply unit, which is counted from upstream in a flow direction of the liquid in the supply unit coincides with a connection order of the connection units with respect to the collection unit, which is counted from upstream in the flow direction of the liquid in the collection unit.10-17-2013
20130278689CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTING METHOD - A method of printing an image with a continuous inkjet printer system employing bimodal drop size generation with pigmented inkjet ink compositions comprising a polymer additive, wherein the liquid ink is an aqueous inkjet ink comprises dispersed pigment colorant particles having a mean particle size of less than 150 nanometers and at least about 0.1 wt % of polymer additive distinct from any polymer dispersant used to disperse the pigment particles, and recirculating liquid ink supplied to the nozzle if the printer system from a liquid ink source is in-line filtered with a filter selected to be effective at retaining particles having particle sizes equal to and greater than 0.6 micrometers from the liquid ink and to pass the dispersed pigment particles. The invention enables high quality drop control in a continuous inkjet printing system.10-24-2013

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