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20130044168INK-JET IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND INK-JET INK SET - In the present invention, provided are an ink jet image forming method employing actinic energy radiation curable ink-jet ink exhibiting no offset resistance during storage by superposing printed portions after printing in addition to excellent properties of printing durability, gloss evenness of coated paper and paper-feeding suitability, and an ink jet ink set thereof. It is a feature that the ink jet image forming method possessing the steps of providing colorless ink on a substrate, followed by heating the colorless ink provided on the substrate, and subsequently exposing the colorless ink provided on the substrate, to actinic energy radiation, wherein the colorless ink contains no colorant but an actinic energy radiation curable composition and a gelling agent with which a thermoreversible gel is formed.02-21-2013
20130044170IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The image forming apparatus of the present invention includes an image forming member that jets liquid droplets onto a recording medium and forms an image on a front face of the recording medium, a tension imparting member that induces tension of 100N/m to 1000N/m in the recording medium image-formed on the recording medium front face by the image forming member, and a drying member that dries the image formed on the front face of the recording medium when tension induced in the recording medium by the tension imparting member to a residual moisture level of 3 g/m02-21-2013
20130044169IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming member; a conveying member that retains with a retaining member a leading end portion of the recording medium and conveys the recording medium; a suction-attachment plate that is disposed with a separation to the conveying member, the suction-attachment plate suction-attaching the back face of the recording medium being conveyed by the conveying member while the leading end portion of the recording medium is retained by the retaining member and including a suction-attachment face at a temperature of from 30° C. to 70° C. for suction-attaching the recording medium; and a heating member that is disposed on the opposite side of the conveyed recording medium to the suction-attachment plate side and heats and dries the recording medium such that the front face of the recording medium being conveyed by the conveying member is imparted with heat energy of from 1.0 J/cm02-21-2013
20130044171RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a recording portion that ejects liquid onto a recording medium which is transported in a transportation direction so as to perform recording processing, a first infrared heating portion that is arranged at a recording surface side of the recording medium, and irradiates the recording medium on which the recording processing has been performed by the recording portion with infrared rays having wavelengths which are easy to be absorbed by water contained in the liquid, and a second infrared heating portion that is arranged at the recording surface side of the recording medium at the downstream side with respect to the first infrared heating portion in the transportation direction, and irradiates the recording medium which has been heated by the first infrared heating portion with infrared rays having wavelengths which are easy to be absorbed by a solvent contained in the liquid.02-21-2013
20130044172IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IRRADIATOR - An image recording apparatus includes: a nozzle that discharges electromagnetic wave curable ink that is cured when an electromagnetic wave is irradiated onto a recording medium; and an irradiator for irradiating the electromagnetic wave, wherein a filter that transmits the electromagnetic wave is provided on the irradiator, and the filter has a first transmittance that causes the electromagnetic wave curable ink on the recording medium to be curable with respect to an electromagnetic wave that is incident at a first angle and a second transmittance that maintains a state in which the nozzle can discharge the electromagnetic wave curable ink with respect to an electromagnetic wave that is incident at a second angle.02-21-2013
20110199447IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRYING METHOD USED IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus has an image forming unit, a heat pump, and a blow-out port. The image forming unit forms an image on a medium. The heat pump generates air of a decreased low humidity. The low-humidity air generated by the heat pump is blown from the blow-out port to the medium on which the image is formed by the image forming unit.08-18-2011
20100165064METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING IMAGE - An image forming apparatus includes a carriage mounted with a recording head of an ink-jet system, a carriage driving mechanism, and a sheet conveying mechanism that conveys a sheet in a predetermined direction. The carriage is moved in a direction orthogonal to the conveying direction of the sheet by the carriage driving mechanism. A sheet guide member is arranged in a position below the recording head and opposed to the recording head. A sheet passes over a guide section of this sheet guide member. A heater is provided in the sheet guide member. This heater heats the guide section.07-01-2010
20120200652RECORDING METHOD - A recording method is for recording on a recording medium with a photocuring liquid substance by discharging droplets from a discharge head onto the recording medium while displacing the discharge head and the recording medium relative to each other. While the discharge head and the recording medium are displaced relative to each other, a droplet discharge step of discharging the droplets from the discharge head toward a predetermined section of the recording medium, and a radiation step of radiating the light toward the droplets discharged on the recording medium, are performed n (n being an integer of 2 or greater) times on the predetermined section to complete recording on the predetermined section, and the recording rate in the nth discharge step is lowered below 100%/n.08-09-2012
20100118096IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image by using liquid, a conveyance mechanism having a roller configured to convey a medium on which the image is formed by the image forming unit or a transfer belt for transferring to a medium an intermediate image formed by the image forming unit, and wherein the roller has a discharge surface on which one or a plurality of holes is formed to blow gas toward the medium or the transfer belt conveyed by the conveyance mechanism.05-13-2010
20120162334RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording medium includes: a recording head ejecting fluid onto a recording medium; a transporting device transporting the recording medium along a supporting surface; and a heating device heating the recording medium on the supporting surface, in which a control device that protrudes the supporting surface upward toward the center portion from both ends in the width direction perpendicular to the transport direction which is direction the recording medium is transported, and controls the amount of protrusion at the center portion in accordance with the amount of thermal extension in the width direction of the recording medium due to heating of the heating device.06-28-2012
20090195627Printing Method for Printing Press and Printing Press - There are provided a printing method for a printing press that includes: printing an image on a sheet of paper fed using an ultraviolet curable paint; and irradiating the ultraviolet curable paint on the printed sheet fed by selectively causing a plurality of light emitting diodes disposed at predetermined intervals across a lateral direction of the sheet to turn on in accordance with the location and size of a predetermined area of the sheet, thereby irradiating the predetermined area with ultraviolet light therefrom and curing the predetermined area.08-06-2009
20100053289SECURITY PRINTING WITH GEL INKS - A method and system of embossing ink including applying the ink to a print substrate, applying an embossing substrate to the ink wherein the embossing substrate imprints a predetermined pattern into the ink, and curing, via a radiation source, the ink such that an imprint of the predetermined pattern is embossed in the ink.03-04-2010
20090122126Web flow path - An apparatus and method relating to a web flow path between print heads and a dryer are disclosed.05-14-2009
20130076843INKJET PRINTER USING LARGE PARTICLES - A printer includes a dryer, a liquid-deposition unit, a charging member, a development station, and a fixer arranged in that order along the paper path. The dryer dries a selected region of the paper on the transport to a moisture content not to exceed that of the paper equilibrated to 20% RH. The liquid-deposition unit deposits hydrophilic liquid in a selected fluid pattern on the paper within 15 seconds of the completion of drying. The charging member selectively charges the paper so that a charge pattern of charged and discharged areas is formed on the paper and the charged areas have a potential of at least 100 V. The development station deposits dry ink on the charged paper in a dry ink pattern corresponding to the selected fluid pattern. The fixer permanently fixes the dry ink to the paper.03-28-2013
20130076844LARGE-PARTICLE INKJET PRINTING ON SEMIPOROUS PAPER - A print is produced on a semiporous recording medium. The semiporous recording medium is dried to an equilibrated 20% RH. Hydrophilic liquid is deposited on the medium in a selected fluid pattern within 15 seconds after the completion of drying. The recording medium is charged so that a charge pattern of charged and discharged areas is formed on the recording medium and the discharged areas correspond to the fluid pattern. Charged dry ink having charge of the same sign as the charge in the charged areas on the recording medium is deposited on the medium in a pattern corresponding to the selected fluid pattern. The dry ink is at least in part hydrophilic, so the dry ink adheres to the hydrophilic liquid, and at least some of the liquid is drawn into or around the deposited dry ink particles.03-28-2013
20120176455PRINTING METHOD USING INK JET RECORDING - Printing is performed on a non-ink absorbing or low-ink absorbing recording medium, by providing a drying process, using an aqueous ink composition at least containing glycol ethers having an HLB value calculated by the Davis method in the range of 4.2 to 8.0 and 1,2-alkyldiols having 4 to 8 carbon atoms and a liquid composition at least containing glycol ethers having an HLB value calculated by the Davis method in the range of 4.2 to 8.0 and 1,2-alkyldiols having 4 to 8 carbon atoms.07-12-2012
20100118095IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided is an image forming apparatus for an inkjet recording having improved bleed resistance and stickiness resistance of formed image, exhibiting excellent abrasion resistance and adhesion to the recording medium, and having capability of printing onto recording medium with low softening temperature. An image forming apparatus for an inkjet recording method that forms an image by jetting a photo-curable inkjet ink comprising a colorant, a photo-curable monomer, a photo-initiator and a gelling agent onto a recording medium, and photo-curing the ink by a light irradiation apparatus, wherein an illuminance of the light irradiation apparatus is 1 mW/cm05-13-2010
20100118094DEVICE FOR PRINTING TWO-DIMENSIONAL PARTS, PARTICULARLY PLASTIC CARDS - A device for printing two-dimensional parts, particularly plastic substrates, preferably plastic cards, having a depot comprising the parts to be imprinted, a printing station with a printing device, and a transport device for transporting the parts through the printing station, characterized in that aligning means serving the alignment of the parts on the transport device are provided in front of the printing station.05-13-2010
20100073448RECORDING MATERIAL AND RECORDING APPARATUS - According to an aspect of the invention and there is provided a recording material comprising an ink, ink absorbing particles that absorb the ink, and a curable liquid that cures the substantial surface of the ink absorbing particles.03-25-2010
20130038668PRINT PREPARATION METHOD - Provided is a print preparation method possessing an ejection step in which liquid drops of actinic energy radiation curable type ink-jet ink each containing a polymerizable compound, a photo-polymerizable initiator and a gelling agent are injected from an ink-jet recording head to supply the actinic energy radiation curable type ink-jet ink onto a recording medium, and an actinic energy radiation exposure step, wherein the print preparation method further comprises step (A) in which the recording medium is exposed to electromagnetic waves having a longer wavelength than a wavelength of an absorption wavelength of the photo-polymerization initiator contained in the actinic energy radiation curable type ink-jet ink from a side of a surface on which the image is formed, before conducting the actinic energy radiation exposure step, the print preparation method by which a print having images exhibiting excellent image wear resistance, gloss evenness and image density evenness is provided.02-14-2013
20090079807RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL - A recording apparatus includes an intermediate transfer member, a supply unit that supplies onto the intermediate transfer member a curable solution containing a cationic curable material that is cured by a cationic curing reaction upon application of an external stimulus, a discharge unit that discharges an ink containing a recording substance to a layer to be cured that has been formed by the curable solution supplied onto the intermediate transfer member, a transfer unit that transfers, from the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium, the layer to be cured to which the ink is discharged, and a stimulus supply unit that supplies a stimulus that cures the layer to be cured.03-26-2009
20100026771INKJET RECORDING METHOD, INKJET RECORDING SYSTEM, AND PRINTED MATERIAL - An inkjet recording method is provided that includes a step of discharging onto a recording medium an ink composition containing a vinyl ether compound, an oxirane compound and/or oxetane compound, a cationic photopolymerization initiator, and a colorant, and a step of curing the discharged ink composition by irradiation with UV rays by UV irradiation means having an aperture type hot cathode fluorescent tube having a getter in the interior thereof. There are also provided an inkjet recording system that includes recording medium transport means, an inkjet head for discharging an ink composition containing a vinyl ether compound, an oxirane compound and/or oxetane compound, a cationic photopolymerization initiator, and a colorant to thus form an image on a recording medium, and UV irradiation means for curing the ink composition discharged onto the recording medium by irradiation with UV rays, the UV irradiation means having as a UV light source an aperture type hot cathode fluorescent tube having a getter in the interior thereof, a printed material obtained by the inkjet recording method, and a printed material obtained using the inkjet recording system.02-04-2010
20130027489PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to apply ink to a recording medium while reciprocating a print head with respect to the recording medium and a drying unit configured to apply energy for accelerating dryness to the recording medium to which the ink is applied by the print head. The drying unit applies a larger energy at edges of a range within which the printing unit moves on the recording medium than at a middle of the range.01-31-2013
20130027486SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A sheet processing apparatus includes a heater, an irradiation unit, and a contact unit. The irradiation unit irradiates a sheet with heat rays from the heater to heat the sheet by radiant heat. The contact unit includes a member that heats a region of the sheet by coming into contact with the radiant heated sheet on a downstream side of the irradiation unit. A part of the heat rays output from the heater is radiated onto a part of a structure constituting the contact unit to raise a temperature of the member.01-31-2013
20130027488PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTED MATERIAL AND MOLDED ARTICLE - With the printing method according to the above described aspect of the present invention, when first ink and second ink made of resin are placed on a printing medium, a first dot for which a first ink droplet land on the printing medium and a plurality of second dots for which a plurality of second ink droplets land on the printing medium are in contact, but adjacent ones of the second dots are separated from each other. With this printing method, the first ink is high in stretchability, and the glass transition point when the second ink is cured is higher than the glass transition point when the first ink is cured.01-31-2013
20130027487PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus includes a carriage having a recording head movable in a first direction relative to a medium, a color ink nozzle row and a clear ink nozzle row that are provided in the recording head and that respectively eject photo-curable color ink and photo-curable clear ink, and a light irradiation section. A first period of time from when the color ink is deposited on the medium to when light is emitted by the light irradiation section is equal to or longer than a second period of time from when the clear ink is deposited on the medium to when the light is emitted by the light irradiation section.01-31-2013
20100328411PRINTING ON VINYL PRINT MEDIA - A system and method of ink-jet printing on vinyl print media can comprise jetting an ink-jet ink onto a vinyl print medium to form a printed image, and applying from 50-100° C. of heat to the printed image. The ink-jet ink can include a colorant, an aqueous liquid vehicle, and core-shell polymer particles. Upon printing and heating, at least a portion of the aqueous liquid vehicle evaporates, the vinyl print medium plasticizes (but does not flow), and the ink-jet ink flows. The fused polymer particles form a film that encapsulates at least a portion of the colorant.12-30-2010
20130070036INK COMPOSITION, INK SET, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The present invention provides an ink set including an ink composition including resin particles including a polymer formed from one or more structural units selected from structural units, which are represented by the following Formula (1) and are derived from a polymerizable compound having an SP value of from 8.80 (cal/cm03-21-2013
20130070035DISTRIBUTED LIGHT SOURCES AND SYSTEMS FOR PHOTO-REACTIVE CURING - A light source for a photo-reactive curing apparatus is provided, which includes a plurality of light source elements or modules, such as, UV or visible LEDs or LED arrays, arranged to provide a beam profile comprising irradiation zones separated by a dark zone. Photo-polymerization occurs during periods of irradiation and dark polymerization occurs during dark intervals between irradiation. The relative positioning or spacing of light source elements or modules is set to provide an exposure profile with a dark interval which matches the required dark reaction interval for optimal curing efficiency. In modular or adjustable light sources, the spacing is adjustable dependent on process parameters. For processes such as inkjet printing, the beam profile may be better matched to the ink chemistry, so as to control the polymerization reaction to meet a required process speed for single pass or multiple pass applications.03-21-2013
20130050369IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The image forming method of the present invention includes imparting ink to form an image on a recording medium, drying the image, and curing the image after the drying process, 02-28-2013
20130050370RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a support member that supports a recording medium, a heating device that heats the recording medium on the support member, a recording head that ejects fluid onto the recording medium on the support member and that is positioned between the support member and the heating device, a blower that has a blowing port from which gas is blown, and a carriage that moves and has the recording head mounted thereon. The carriage has an enclosing structure inside which at least part of the gas blown from the blowing port is taken and inside which a gas layer in which the gas flows is formed between the recording head and the heating device.02-28-2013
20130050368Ink Jet UV Pinning for Control of Gloss - Gloss is controlled in UV ink jet printing within a printing system. Controlled pinning energy is used to adjust the amount of ink interaction between drops, substrate, and ink layers, resulting in virtual elimination of gloss banding and control of the finished gloss level from a gloss level of approximately 85 to a gloss level of approximately 5.02-28-2013
20130057626IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM - An image forming system has a first image forming section to form an image on a sheet, wherein the first image forming section heats the sheet to fix the image on the sheet, a second image forming section to form an image to the sheet on which the image has been formed by the first image forming section, and a transporting section to transport the sheet from first image forming section to the second image forming section. The transporting section has a first transporting part to transport the sheet to a predetermined position, and a second transporting part to reverse a surface of the sheet which has been transported by the first transporting part as transporting the sheet from the predetermined position to an area below the predetermined position.03-07-2013
20130057627LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a support portion including a support surface that supports a target; a liquid ejecting head that ejects a liquid onto the target supported by the support surface, from a position opposed to the support surface; a housing portion that includes the support portion in a wall portion opposed to the liquid ejecting head and that is formed in a location so that an air suction port that takes in air from the exterior is further from the liquid ejecting head than the support surface in a direction that is orthogonal to the support surface; and an air exhaust unit that exhausts air from the interior of the housing portion.03-07-2013
20090040284METHOD FOR INKJET PRINTING WITH LIGHT-CURABLE INK - A method for inscribing a substrate with an inkjet printer using a light-curing ink. The method includes traversing, by the carriage, to the first end position at a first travel speed. The light-curing ink is sprayed-on along an inscription row onto the substrate using the print head during the traversing to the first end position. The sprayed-on ink is irradiated, for curing, using the illumination head during the traversing to the first end position. The carriage is traversed from the first end position to the second end position along the inscription row at a second travel speed, the second travel speed being lower than the first travel speed. The print head is inactive during the traversing to the second end position. The sprayed-on ink is irradiated using the illumination head during the traversing to the second end position. The substrate is then advanced using the transport apparatus.02-12-2009
20130063534IMAGE FIXATION APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS - An image fixation apparatus includes a supporting surface that is a part of a path along which a recording target medium is transported from an upstream side to a downstream side and can support the recording target medium; and an image fixation section that is provided opposite the supporting surface and performs image fixation processing when the recording target medium is supported by the supporting surface after recording of an image on the recording target medium at a position upstream of the supporting surface, the image fixation processing being processing of fixing the image on the recording target medium, wherein, when measured in a direction in which the supporting surface and the image fixation section are provided opposite to each other, the supporting surface is relatively distant from the image fixation section as compared with a region that is located upstream of the supporting surface in the transportation path.03-14-2013
20130063535PHOTOCURABLE INK JET RECORDING INK COMPOSITION AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD - Provided is a photocurable ink jet recording ink composition having a low viscosity and excellent curing property and photopolymerization initiator solubility. The photocurable ink jet recording ink composition includes a polymerizable compound and a photopolymerization initiator. The polymerizable compound includes vinyl ether group-containing (meth)acrylic esters represented by Formula (I) in an amount of 20% by mass or more based on the total mass of the ink composition. The photopolymerization initiator includes a bisacylphosphine oxide photopolymerization initiator in an amount of 5% by mass or more based on the total mass of the ink composition and a thioxanthone photopolymerization initiator. The content ratio of the bisacylphosphine oxide photopolymerization initiator to the thioxanthone photopolymerization initiator is from 3:1 to 5:4.03-14-2013
20090237478RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING TEMPERATURE OF TRANSPORT BELT OF RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a transport belt that transports a target, a record head that performs recording by adhering liquid to the target that is loaded on the transport belt so as to be transported, a heating unit that heats the transport belt so as to accelerate drying the liquid that is recorded on the target by the record head, and a cooling unit that forcedly cools a portion of the transport belt that is heated by the heating unit in a position located in the middle in moving the portion of the transport belt to a position corresponding to the record head.09-24-2009
20090033730PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING APAPRATUS, AND PRINTED DOCUMENT - The present invention relates to a printing method, a printing apparatus, and a printed document by which an ink offset can be prevented while securing a sufficient adhesion force of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer. Ink is applied so that, when ink applied to a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer of a pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet cures, a convex section of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer exposed out of the curried ink, thereby printing an image.02-05-2009
20090046135Printer - In a printer, an image is formed by discharging a light curing type ink from a recording head on a recording medium and irradiating light from a light emission unit so as to harden the ink. The printer comprises a short arc type discharge lamp in which a pair of electrodes is provided in an electric discharge container so as to face each other a reflector which is provided so as to surround the discharge lamp, which has a concave face which reflect light from the discharge lamp wherein the pair of the electrodes are arranged so that a straight line formed by connecting the pair of electrodes, extends along an optical axis of the reflector, and wherein mercury of 0.08-0.30 mg/mm02-19-2009
20120229583PHOTOCURABLE INK COMPOSITION, INK JET RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING MATTER - An ink jet recording method having the steps of discharging a photocurable ink composition comprising a monomer expressed by CH09-13-2012
20120229581IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming method includes an ejecting step, a drying step after the ejecting step, and a particle-providing step after the drying step. The ejecting step includes ejecting aqueous ink onto a recording medium and forming an image. The drying step includes drying such that a difference between a water amount contained in the recording medium after the drying and a water amount that was contained in the recording medium before the ejecting is from 1.0 g/m09-13-2012
20120113202CONTACTLESS INK LEVELING METHOD AND APPARTUS - A method of leveling ink that is printed on a substrate includes establishing a thermal gradient across a thickness of the substrate, the thermal gradient characterized in that it is less than a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink across most of the substrate.05-10-2012
20120113200PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD - The invention provides a process for producing a protective-layer-provided substrate in which a protective layer is formed on a substrate on the surface of which a plurality of structures have been arranged at intervals. The protective layer has a resin layer and a film for chucking. The process includes the steps of forming the resin layer between the respective structures, on the surfaces of the respective structures and on the surface of the substrate having the plurality of the structures; and forming the film for chucking on the resin layer to form the protective layer.05-10-2012
20120113199LED Roll to Roll Drum Printer Systems, Structures and Methods - An enhanced printing system comprises a drum structure, a print carriage for delivering LED curable ink there from, such as from one or more print heads, and one or more LED light sources for curing the delivered ink. Some embodiments may preferably further comprise one or more LED pining stations, such as to control, slow or stop the spread of ink drops. As well, some printer embodiments may comprise a mechanism to deliver any of an inert gas, e.g. nitrogen, or other gas that is at least partially depleted of oxygen, between the LED energy source and the substrate. The disclosed LED printing structures typically provide higher quality and/or lower cost as compared to prior art systems, for a wide variety of printing matter output, such as for but not limited to super wide format (SWF) output, wide format (WF) output, packaging, labeling, or point of sale displays or signage.05-10-2012
20120236098THERMAL INK TRANSFER USING ENDLESS BELT - An embodiment is a method and apparatus for thermal ink transfer. An endless belt having a thin thickness transfers ink from an ink donor roll to an image substrate based on a pattern on the belt. A heating unit heats the belt locally as needed in vicinity of contact between the belt and the ink donor roll.09-20-2012
20120236097MARKING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING DEVICE, AND MARKING METHOD - A marking device includes a plurality of treatment devices, a transporting part, a static eliminator and a controller. Each of the treatment devices is configured and arranged to perform a treatment on a base material. The transporting part is configured and arranged to transport the base material between the treatment devices. The static eliminator is disposed near a path along which the base material is transported by the transporting part. The controller is configured to control the transporting part to follow a transport path routed via the static eliminator when the base material is transported to the treatment devices.09-20-2012
20120236096Thermal Indicators - A thermal indicator using indicia formed by opaque ink applied to a thermal imaging material element is described. The ink is substantially the same color as the imaging element background and remains substantially hidden until the imaging element background changes color when heated. Time-temperature exposure indicating labels can be prepared using a printer with direct thermal type and ink jet type print heads.09-20-2012
20120236095COATED PRINT MEDIA - The present disclosure is drawn to a coated print medium, a method of preparing a print medium, and a printing system. The coated print medium can comprise a substrate and a coating applied to the substrate. The coating can include, by solids, 20 wt % to 90 wt % of non-film forming polymer particulates having a particle size from 50 nm to 300 nm and a glass transition temperature greater than 85° C.; 1 wt % to 25 wt % water soluble polymer binder; 0.1 wt % to 5 wt % fixing agent; and 0.1 wt % to 10 wt % slip aid.09-20-2012
20110043578IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming method including: at least recording an image by ejecting, by an ink jet method, an ink composition containing, at least one pigment as a coloring material, particles of at least one resin, at least one water-soluble organic solvent, and water, the ink composition having a surface tension of from 30 mN/m to 40 mN/m, to a recording medium having a single-layered or multi-layered pigment layer on or above at least one side of a support containing cellulose pulp as a main ingredient and a transferring amount of pure water to the recording medium, when measured by a dynamic scanning liquid absorptometer, of from 1 ml/m02-24-2011
20090066771INK JET RECORDING HEAD UNIT AND PRODUCTION PROCESS THEREOF - In an ink jet recording head unit, on a surface of an ejection outlet surface of an ink jet recording head, a tape is applied so that a portion at the tape with a relatively high adhesiveness corresponds to an area of the ejection outlet surface with a relatively high hydrophobicity and a portion of the tape with a relatively low adhesiveness corresponds to an area of the ejection outlet surface with a relatively low hydrophobicity.03-12-2009
20110279612INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD - An apparatus includes: a drying unit to dry a printing medium on which an image was printed using an inkjet head; a humidification unit to humidify the printing medium that was dried by the drying unit so that the moisture content of the printing medium becomes the equilibrium state in the ambient environment; a colorimetric unit to perform colorimetry on the printing medium that was humidified by the humidification unit; and a calibration unit to calibrate printing properties on the basis of the result of colorimetry by the colorimetric unit.11-17-2011
20100171803PULSE DRYING SYSTEM - A laser drying system for printing is described. The present invention comprises in one embodiment a printer configured to apply liquid ink to a portion of a substrate to produce a printed area and a non-printed area, a laser module comprising a laser emitting a laser emission, the laser module mounted on an adjustable mount, a means to move the substrate from the printer to the laser module, the mount located over the means to move, an optic module comprising a focusing lens to focus the laser emission, and a controller configured to obtain print data from the printer and to operate the mount, the laser module, and the optic module to focus the laser emission only at the printed area of the substrate and not at the non-printed area of the substrate.07-08-2010
20090207225RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD OF RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: a supporting member that has a supporting surface for supporting a target to which a liquid is ejected; a heating apparatus that heats the supporting member; a transport unit that transports the target from an upstream side of the supporting member to a downstream side while sliding the target on the supporting surface; and a recording unit that, when a direction in which the target supported on the supporting surface is transported is a main scanning direction, repeatedly performs a moving operation in the main scanning direction in which the liquid is ejected to a recording area of the target to perform recording and a moving operation in a sub-scanning direction in which no liquid is ejected, thereby performing recording on the recording area of the target.08-20-2009
20090207223PRINTING OR COATING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An inkjet printing apparatus for printing on a substrate comprises a first support, which is a substrate support, and a second support which supports at least one inkjet printing head, at least one UV source of ultraviolet radiation, and at least one gas dispenser. The second support is moveable relative to a substrate supported by the first support. The printing head deposits ink on the substrate and the UV source cures the deposited ink. The gas dispenser is arranged to provide a layer of gas, which is at least depleted of oxygen, between the UV source and the substrate.08-20-2009
20110298877PRINT HEAD, UPGRADE KIT FOR A CONVENTIONAL INKJET PRINTER, INKJET PRINTER AND METHOD FOR PRINTING OPTICAL STRUCTURES - The inventions relates to a print head for printing optical structures on a substrate comprising an ejection device for ejecting at least one droplet of a printing ink towards the substrate and a curing device for curing the at least one deposited droplet, wherein the curing device comprises at least one UV-LED (ultraviolet emitting light-emitting diode).12-08-2011
20110298876INKJET IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INKJET IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image recording apparatus is provided containing: 12-08-2011
20110285799INKJET PRINTER - An inkjet printer includes a platen having a placing face, a printing device, and a printing medium feeding device. A guide is provided on a feeding-out side via which a printing medium is to be fed out from the platen. The guide has a guide face. A printing medium temperature raising device is to heat the guide face so as to raise a temperature of the printing medium placed on the guide face. A temperature raising preventing device is provided between the guide face of the guide and a portion of the placing face facing a printing target region. The temperature raising preventing device is configured to prevent an extended portion of the printing medium from being heated by the printing medium temperature raising device. The extended portion corresponds an area which is extended to the feeding-out side by a predetermined length from the printing target region.11-24-2011
20110292144INK DRYING - Ink drying methods and apparatus are disclosed. One example ink drying apparatus includes a resistive heating element having a first power dissipation density adjacent to a center region of a print media travel path and a second power dissipation density adjacent to an edge region of the print media travel path, wherein the first and second power densities are not equal.12-01-2011
20100103236PRINTING METHOD USING INK JET RECORDING AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing method that uses ink jet recording with a water-based ink set to form an image on a non-ink-absorbing or low-ink-absorbing recording medium, the method includes a printing step including recording with a color ink and recording with a resin ink performed after the recording with the color ink; and a drying step performed during the printing step and/or after the printing step. In the printing method, the water-based ink set includes the color ink containing a water-insoluble coloring agent and the resin ink not containing a coloring agent. The color ink contains the water-insoluble coloring agent, a resin component, a water-soluble solvent, and a surfactant. The resin ink contains a water-soluble resin solvent, a wax, and thermoplastic resin particles as a resin component that are insoluble in water but compatible in the water-soluble resin solvent. A content of the thermoplastic resin particles in the resin ink is 4% by mass or more and 12% by mass or less, and a content of the wax in the resin ink is 0.5% by mass or more and 6% by mass or less.04-29-2010
20100091078Ink Jet Printing Apparatus - According to the present invention, the size of a droplet ejected to a target area is minimized to obtain high printing resolution, and effects of attraction and adhesive forces acting between a nozzle and air resistance can be minimized so that the target area is finely controlled to obtain high printing precision. An inkjet printing apparatus according to the present invention includes an ejecting device ejecting a droplet of a solution to a target area; and a light irradiating device irradiating light onto the droplet at an acute angle with respect to a line going through the ejecting device and the target area to heat and evaporate a part of the droplet before the ejected droplet reaches the target area, so that the droplet is accelerated along the line.04-15-2010
20100033545Ink Jet Printer and a Process of Ink Jet Printing - An ink jet printer for printing a cationic ink jet ink is provided. The printer comprises a print head for printing the ink onto a substrate, a heating means for heating the ink on the substrate, and a source of radiation for curing the heated ink.02-11-2010
20090295894INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - The inkjet recording apparatus includes: a conveyance device which conveys a recording medium; a drying air flow spraying device which sprays a drying air flow onto the recording medium while the recording medium is conveyed by the conveyance device; a negative pressure suctioning device which opposes the drying air flow spraying device, and suctions a rear surface of the recording medium and suctions at least a portion of the drying air flow sprayed by the drying air flow spraying device while the recording medium is conveyed by the conveyance device; and an inkjet head which ejects ink to be deposited on the recording medium.12-03-2009
20110216139DRYING APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND DRYING METHOD - A drying apparatus includes a fluid supply mechanism configured to supply a fluid as a heat medium for controlling a target to a desired temperature. The fluid supply mechanism supplies the fluid to a space region disposed on one surface side of the target, to increase the pressure in the target from the one surface side.09-08-2011
20090231405APPLICATION APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An application apparatus has: a supply device which supplies a liquid in which a treatment agent having a prescribed function is dissolved; an application device which applies the liquid supplied from the supply device, onto a medium; and a condensing device which condenses the liquid supplied to the application device from the supply device during a period until the liquid is applied to the medium.09-17-2009
20090160924CONTACTLESS INK LEVELING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method of leveling ink that is printed on a substrate includes establishing a thermal gradient across a thickness of the substrate, the thermal gradient characterized in that it is less than a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink across most of the substrate.06-25-2009
20110261128DRYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - The invention provides an apparatus including: a rotatable belt having an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface partially coming into contact with a sheet; a plurality of rollers being arranged in a direction of movement of the sheet and including a first roller and a second roller adjacent to each other, the plurality of rollers being pressed against the outer surface and the moving sheet being nipped between the plurality of rollers and the outer surface; a blowing mechanism configured to blow hot air from between the first roller and the second roller toward the sheet; and a heating unit including a heater and a contact surface coming into contact with the inner surface, the heating unit being configured to be able to set the contact surface thereof to have a predetermined non-uniform temperature distribution.10-27-2011
20100194837IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - The image recording method includes ejecting an ink to form an image on the surface of a recording layer of a recording medium; and then applying a glossiness imparting liquid on the surface of the recording medium. The ink includes a particulate colorant, a surfactant and water, and has a solid content of not lower than 6% by weight. The recording layer is located overlying a substrate including cellulose pulp as a main component and includes an inorganic pigment and a styrene-butadiene copolymer. The surface of the recording medium bearing the recording layer absorbs the ink in an amount of from 1 ml/m08-05-2010
20100085406Printing Method for Printing Press and Printing Press - An object is to provide a printing method for a printing press and a printing press that are capable of providing advantages in terms of service life, heat generation, and power consumption while overcoming various problems caused by ultraviolet irradiation. The method includes: printing an image on a sheet of paper fed using an ultraviolet curable paint; and irradiating the ultraviolet curable paint on the printed sheet fed by irradiating the ultraviolet curable paint with ultraviolet light from a plurality of light emitting diodes disposed at predetermined intervals across the transverse direction of the sheet, thereby curing the ultraviolet curable paint, wherein all the light emitting diodes are turned on while shielding a predetermined area in the transverse direction of the sheet from ultraviolet light.04-08-2010
20100079569FLUID EJECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - A fluid ejecting device includes a transporting member for transporting a medium in a transporting direction, a fluid ejecting head for ejecting fluid containing a color material onto the medium, an irradiating unit provided on the downstream side of the fluid ejecting head in the transporting direction to cure the fluid by irradiating the fluid on the medium with ultraviolet rays, and a charge applying member for applying charges to the color material of the fluid on the medium before irradiation of the fluid with the ultraviolet rays.04-01-2010
20110267409Compositions and processes for manufacturing printed electronics - The present invention is directed to a printable composition, comprising: 0.5 to 60 wt % of a polymer selected from the group consisting of epoxy, Novolac and poly(dimethylglutarimide); and 40-99.5 wt % of a solvent composition comprising (1) a high boiling point solvent having a flash point greater than about 10° C. and a boiling point greater than about 130° C. and (2) a low boiling point solvent having a flash point less than 30° C. and a boiling point less than or equal to 130° C., all weight percents based on the total weight of the composition. The present invention is also directed to methods of forming patterned substrates using the above compositions. The compositions of the invention are useful for printing electronic materials onto a substrate using a piezo-electric printer.11-03-2011
20090284574INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording device has a recording head equipped with a nozzle for ejecting photocuring ink to a recording medium and also has light irradiation devices equipped with light sources for irradiating the photocuring ink deposited on the recording medium with light. The light irradiation devices can apply light to each block region in irradiation region on the recording medium divided into block regions and can bring the divided block region into an irradiation state or a non-irradiation state on a region by region basis. Further, in recording operation, on and off of the light sources are switched over by time sharing such that at least one of the block regions is in the non-irradiation state.11-19-2009
20090213200PRINTING DEVICE - A printing device includes a liquid spraying head unit and a light radiation head unit. The liquid spraying head unit is configured and arranged to spray a photo-curable liquid to a printing medium. The light radiation head unit is configured and arranged to radiate curing light rays to the photo-curable liquid on the printing medium to cause the photo-curable liquid to be cured. The light radiation head unit includes a light emitting body and a reflector. The light emitting body is arranged on a light source arrangement surface extending non-parallel to the printing medium. The reflector is configured and arranged to reflect the curing light ray emitted from the light emitting body toward the photo-curable liquid sprayed on the printing medium. The reflector is arranged on a reflector arrangement surface facing the light source arrangement surface and extending non-parallel to the printing medium.08-27-2009
20090189965FLUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS - A fluid discharging apparatus includes: nozzles configured to discharge fluid to a medium; a rotating member having a holding area configured to hold the medium and a non-holding area formed with an opening on a peripheral surface thereof and configured to rotate with the peripheral surface opposed to the nozzles; and a collecting mechanism configured to collect the fluid which does not adhere to the medium, the collecting mechanism including a suction unit configured to suck the fluid through the opening into the rotating member and a storage unit configured to store the fluid sucked into the rotating member.07-30-2009
20110169903INKJET INK COMPOSITION AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An inkjet ink composition is provided that includes (Component A) an N-vinyllactam, (Component B) a compound represented by Formula (B), and (Component C) a di(meth)acrylate ester of a hydrocarbon diol having 6 to 18 carbon atoms07-14-2011
20080211893LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - A light emitting device includes a substrate, a light emitting body, a thermally conductive member, and a heat radiation member. The substrate has a first face and a second face which is a face opposite to the first face. The light emitting body is held on a side of the first face of the substrate and emits light. The thermally conductive member is provided so as to be in contact with the second face of the substrate and contains a high thermal conductive material. The heat radiation member is provided so as to be in contact with the thermally conductive member and radiates heat conducted from the substrate through the thermally conductive member.09-04-2008
20100201772PRINTING METHOD - Provided is a printing method of printing a color image on a medium using a printing apparatus. The method includes forming dots on a medium by using cyan ink, magenta ink, and yellow ink that are cured when irradiated with electromagnetic waves, and then forming dots on the medium by using at least any ink among red ink, green ink, blue ink, and orange ink cured when irradiated with electromagnetic waves.08-12-2010
20100201770Method reducing image glosser artifacts - Often times the glossing process results in an image artifact consisting of locally lighter image a fixed distance from the lead edge as a print is glossed. This artifact is most visible in areas of medium but consistent image. The present invention provides methods for reducing this artifact.08-12-2010
20110199449LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - A light emitting device includes a substrate, a light emitting body, a thermally conductive member, and a heat radiation member. The substrate has a first face and a second face which is a face opposite to the first face. The light emitting body is held on a side of the first face of the substrate and emits light. The thermally conductive member is provided so as to be in contact with the second face of the substrate and contains a high thermal conductive material. The heat radiation member is provided so as to be in contact with the thermally conductive member and radiates heat conducted from the substrate through the thermally conductive member.08-18-2011
20090290007INKJET RECORDING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - An inkjet recording method including: (i) exposing a surface of a recording medium to non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma so as to hydrophilize the surface of the recording medium, and (ii) applying a stimulus to an ink composition so as to eject the ink composition to form an image on the recording medium, wherein the ink composition contains at least one of a pigment/water-dispersible resin particle mixture in which a pigment is dispersed along with water-dispersible resin particles and colored water-dispersible resin particles each of which is a water-dispersible resin particle which is colored.11-26-2009
20110169902INKJET INK COMPOSITION AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An inkjet ink composition is provided that includes (Component A) an N-vinyllactam, (Component B) a di(meth)acrylate ester of at least one type of diol selected from the group consisting of a straight-chain hydrocarbon diol having 9 to 18 carbon atoms, a branched hydrocarbon diol having 6 to 18 carbon atoms, and a monoalicyclic hydrocarbon diol having 6 to 18 carbon atoms, and (Component C) at least one type of polymerization initiator selected from the group consisting of an α-amino ketone compound, a thioxanthone compound, a thiochromanone compound, and a bisacylphosphine oxide compound. There is also provided an inkjet recording method that includes (a) an image formation step of forming an image above a support by discharging the inkjet ink composition by an inkjet method and (b) a curing step of curing the ink composition by irradiating the obtained image with actinic radiation to thus obtain a printed material having a cured image above the support.07-14-2011
20120293593PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus includes a head section which discharges a first ink which is cured due to the irradiation of light and a second ink which is a clear ink which is cured due to the irradiation of light and an irradiation section which irradiates the light, wherein a first image is formed by the light being irradiated with regard to the first ink which is discharged onto the medium, a second image is formed by the light being irradiated with regard to the second ink which is discharged onto the first image and the medium, a region where the first image is formed is included in a region where the second image is formed, and the discharge amount of the second ink per unit region is equal to or less than the discharge amount of the first ink per unit region.11-22-2012
20110221839COATING AGENT FOR UV CURABLE INKJET PRINTING - A coating agent for use in UV curable inkjet printing using nonaqueous UV ink. The coating agent includes a main component that is an organic-inorganic nanocomposite, and the coating agent is configured to form an undercoat before the inkjet printing or to form a finishing coat after the inkjet printing and UV curing.09-15-2011
20120268537PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus includes a chromatic ink ejecting nozzle that ejects a chromatic photocuring ink which is cured upon irradiation of light onto a medium, an achromatic ink ejecting nozzle that ejects an achromatic photocuring ink which is cured upon irradiation of light onto the medium, and an irradiation section that irradiates the light onto the chromatic photocuring ink impacted on the medium. At a time of applying the chromatic photocuring ink to print an image on the medium, the printing apparatus performs a process of ejecting the chromatic photocuring ink on the medium, a process of ejecting the achromatic photocuring ink on the medium from the achromatic ink ejecting nozzle in such a way as to apply the achromatic photocuring ink along an edge of an application range of the chromatic photocuring ink, and a process of irradiate the light from the irradiation section to cure the photocuring ink.10-25-2012
20120268539PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - A printing apparatus includes an ink ejection nozzle configured to eject therethrough a photo-curable ink, onto a medium; and an irradiation portion configured to irradiate the photo-curable ink having been applied to the medium with the light. Further, when printing of an image is performed onto the medium by applying the photo-curable ink, the printing apparatus ejects the photo-curable ink onto the medium such that the photo-curable ink is applied onto an increased portion of an area resulting from expansion of at least one original area, in an outward direction of the at least one original area from an entire edge thereof; the printing apparatus cures the photo-curable ink having been applied onto the medium by irradiating the photo-curable ink with the light from the light irradiation portion; and the printing apparatus removes the photo-curable ink having been applied onto the increased portion from the medium.10-25-2012
20120268538PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus is provided with an ink discharge nozzle which discharges photocurable ink which is cured when irradiated with light onto a medium, a surfactant nozzle which discharges a surfactant which has a substance which improves the wetting properties of the photocurable ink, and an irradiating section which irradiates the light onto the photocurable ink which has landed on the medium, wherein a process of discharging the surfactant from the surfactant nozzle onto the medium, a process of discharging the photocurable ink onto the medium, and a process of curing the photocurable ink by irradiating the light from the irradiating section are performed so that the surfactant is applied in the surroundings of the application range of the photocurable ink when an image is printed on the medium due to the application of the photocurable ink.10-25-2012
20110199448IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRYING METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a tray, a heating mechanism, a blower, and a body casing. The image forming unit forms an image on an image forming medium. The tray stacks the image forming medium, having an image formed thereon by the image forming unit, on the tray. The heating mechanism warms air. The blower sends out the air warmed by the heating mechanism. The body casing has a discharge opening. The discharge opening is used to discharge the air sent from the blower to the image forming medium stacked on the tray.08-18-2011
20110205320RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD - A recording apparatus includes: an upstream conveying unit that intermittently conveys a recording medium from an upstream side to a downstream side in a conveying direction; a downstream conveying unit that continuously conveys the recording medium; a recording unit that deposits a liquid and performs a recording process on the recording medium while the recording medium is being intermittently conveyed by the upstream conveying unit and has stopped; a fixing unit that performs a fixing process for fixing the liquid on the recording medium being continuously conveyed by the downstream conveying unit after the liquid has been deposited by the recording unit; and a control unit that controls the downstream conveying unit so that the downstream conveying unit conveys the recording medium at a conveying velocity that is higher than an average conveying velocity when the recording medium is conveyed by the upstream conveying unit.08-25-2011
20100103237RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRYING TARGET - A recording apparatus includes a transport unit that transports a target from an upstream side of a transport direction to a downstream side of the transport direction, a recording unit having a configuration in which at least one of a plurality of unit heads is deviated from another unit head in the transport direction, and performing a recording operation by attaching liquid to a target by each unit head, the unit heads allowing liquid ejecting nozzles to form nozzle arrays in a width direction of the target perpendicular to the transport direction, and a plurality of drying units having an arrangement identical to the arrangement of the unit heads in the transport direction and the width direction at a downstream side of the transport direction as compared with the recording unit, and drying the target.04-29-2010
20100060703IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Provided are an image forming method and image forming apparatus capable of always stably transferring an ink image on an intermediate transfer body to a printing medium and stably obtaining an image with high quality. Formation and drying operation of the image using an inkjet method are repeated a plurality of times to obtain the image on the intermediate transfer body and the thus obtained image is transferred from the intermediate transfer body to a printing medium to form the image. At this time, a capability of the drying operation finally performed among a plurality of times of the drying operations is more lowered than those of all the drying operations except the drying operation finally performed.03-11-2010
20080239043ACTIVE-ENERGY RAY CURABLE INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An active-energy ray curable ink-jet recording apparatus includes: an active-energy ray irradiation source; a plurality of full-line ink-jet heads which eject a liquid functional material that is curable by an active-energy ray, onto a recording medium which is scanned and transported; and a head controller for controlling the heads to form an image on the recording medium, wherein the full-line ink-jet heads include: a head arrangement having adjacent combinations of at least one set of colors in a complementary relationship; and active-energy ray irradiation sources which are placed respectively for each of the combinations on downstream sides of the combinations in the scanning transporting direction.10-02-2008
20080273072APPARATUS FOR FORMING A THIN FILM USING AN INKJET PRINTING METHOD - In an apparatus of forming a thin film, the apparatus has a printing chamber that forms a thin film on a substrate. The apparatus has at least two drying chambers that receive the substrate on which the thin film is formed and dry the thin film on the substrate. The two drying chambers may be independently controlled. Accordingly, the apparatus may reduce process time for forming the thin film without contamination of the substrate.11-06-2008
20080309746PRINTING SYSTEM WITH A DATA CAPTURE DEVICE - Provided is a printing system for producing wallpaper. The printing system includes a frame, a cabinet on the frame, the cabinet configured to receive replaceable ink reservoirs and cartridges of blank wallpaper, and a pagewidth printhead arranged on the frame for printing images on the blank wallpaper. Also included are pilot guides for guiding the blank wallpaper fed from the cartridges via a media path defined in the cabinet past the pagewidth printhead to facilitate printing, and a dryer module configured to dry the printed wallpaper. The system further has a cutter module for cutting the printed wallpaper before the printed wallpaper is fed into a container which stores the wallpaper in a roll, and a data capture device configured to capture the identity of an identifier carried by a print sample. The printhead is configured, subsequent to the capture of the identity of the print sample, to print the pattern which corresponds to the print sample.12-18-2008
20080278560Inkjet recording apparatus - An inkjet recording apparatus 11-13-2008
20080204536Ink jet recording apparatus - In an ink jet recording apparatus for performing printing with active ray curing type ink, when there is an attempt to prevent ink curing in a nozzle portion at a time of printing on a thick rigid medium, no-margin printing on the rigid medium is impossible. To an outside of a region of a rigid medium 08-28-2008
20080239044UV CURABLE INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS - A UV curable ink-jet recording apparatus includes: a recording medium transporting unit; an ink-jet head; and a UV irradiating unit, wherein the apparatus includes a light capturing portion between the UV irradiating unit and the ink-jet head, at least a part of the light capturing portion as seen in a longitudinal section taken vertically along a direction of transporting the recording medium has an opened wedge shape having no base side and comprising: a side vertical to the recording medium; and an oblique side which is in contact with a top of the vertical side, and which extends obliquely downward, the vertical side is located on the side of the ink-jet head, and the oblique side downward extends from the top toward the UV irradiating unit.10-02-2008
20110267410PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET METHOD - In a printing apparatus improvement of drying ability and reduction of consumed power are concurrently achieved by improving the efficiency of drying ink. More concretely, hot air is blown onto a print medium printed by ink, and a portion of the blown hot air is recovered and blown again. Before the hot air is blown, the print medium is heated by a preheating unit, making it higher than the dew point temperature of the blown hot air.11-03-2011
20130215202HELICAL DRYER PATH FOR A PRINT SUBSTRATE WEB - In one example, a print substrate web path through a printer includes a first web path through a printing unit and a helical second web path through a dryer.08-22-2013
20130215203APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING SHARP IMAGE IN AN INKJET PRINTER - An apparatus and method to heat media in order to achieve rapid ink drying for sharp image quality is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a media heating means to heat media approximate the print zone to prevent coalescence and inter-color bleeding, and a printhead cooling means to cool the printhead so that the printhead temperature is maintained below an upper printhead temperature limit to minimize clogged nozzles. The preferred embodiment includes a hot air blower attached to the movable carriage to impinge heated air directly on to the media surface, and circulating a liquid coolant in a fluid channel built in a printhead plate conductively connected to the printhead.08-22-2013
20130120513IMAGE RECEIVING MEMBER WITH INTERNAL SUPPORT FOR INKJET PRINTER - A thin wall ink image receiving member enables the ink image receiving member to reach operational temperatures from a cold state more quickly than image receiving members used in previously known printers. The thin wall image receiving member includes at least one annular support member fixedly mounted against the inner surface of the cylindrical wall to enable the image receiving member to provide adequate pressure in a nip formed with a transfix roller to transfer an ink image from the image receiving member to media in the nip.05-16-2013
20130120514LIGHT IRRADIATION DEVICE, LIGHT IRRADIATION MODULE, AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A light irradiation device according to an embodiment includes a light emitting element, and a substrate on which the light emitting element is mounted. The substrate includes a laminated body constituted so that a plurality of insulating layers are laminated, a first heat transfer member disposed in the laminated body so that a part thereof is located directly below the light emitting element, and a second heat transfer member disposed between the insulating layers so as to surround the first heat transfer member when seen in a plan view. Thermal conductivities of the first heat transfer member and second heat transfer member are higher than a thermal conductivity of the laminated body.05-16-2013
20100141725RECORDING APPARATUS - Provided is a recording apparatus including: a recording unit for performing recording on a recordable medium; a transportation unit for transporting the recordable medium; and a drier for accelerating the drying of the recordable medium by ejecting gas to the recordable medium, wherein the drier is configured such that the ejection range of the gas in a direction perpendicular to the transportation direction of the recordable medium is changeable.06-10-2010
20090160925RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HEATING RECORDING MEDIUM - A recording apparatus is provided which includes recording means for ejecting liquid so that the liquid is recorded on a recording medium; transporting means for transporting the recording means relative to the recording medium; microwave irradiation means for irradiating microwaves to the recording medium; microwave reception means for receiving the microwaves reflected from the recording medium; and microwave irradiation control means for determining a dryness level of the recording medium based on a reception level of the microwave reception means and controlling an irradiation dose or an irradiation intensity of the microwaves irradiated by the microwave irradiation means in accordance with the dryness level.06-25-2009
20120069110INK DRYING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS - An ink drying apparatus (03-22-2012
20120069109METHOD OF PRINTING - The application describes a method and apparatus for controlling surface finish in the printing of a substrate in a plurality of passes using a curable print material and an ink jet printer having a radiation source. A first set of passes is carried out, including depositing ink on the substrate and emitting radiation from a radiation source toward the deposited ink. The emitted radiation applies a dose of radiation in a first range. A second set of passes is then carried out to deposit ink on the substrate. Further radiation is emitted from a radiation source toward the deposited ink, the emitted radiation applying a dose of radiation in a second range different from the first range.03-22-2012
20120069108INK COMPOSITION - The present invention provides an ink composition comprising at least a polymerizable compound, a photo-polymerization initiator and a polymerization accelerator, wherein the polymerizable compound comprises en N-vinyl compound, the photo-polymerization initiator comprises two or more compounds selected from the group consisting of bisacylphosphine oxides, monoacylphosphine oxides and α-amino ketones, and the polymerization accelerator comprises fine particles having a polymerizable functional group. The ink composition of the invention may be a transparent ink composition containing no coloring material. The ink composition of the invention may further contain a fluorescent whitening agent.03-22-2012
20110221840HEATER UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE - The heater unit includes: a locking device selectable between a locked state in which the heater unit chassis is locked in the printer chassis, and an unlocked state in which the printer chassis and the heater unit chassis are unlocked; and a grip portion. When the grip portion is in a first operating position, the locking device is held in the locked state, and when the grip portion is in a second operating position, the locking device is held in the unlocked state. The operating state of the locking device changes in an interlocked manner with switching of the operating position of the grip portion.09-15-2011
20120287215REFLECTOR STRUCTURE FOR A RADIANT DRYER UNIT OF AN INKJET PRINTER - Structures for radiant dryer units of a printer. A radiant dryer unit includes a reflector element that reflects light waves from a light source back towards a printable medium to dry ink printed on the medium. The reflector element includes a plurality of modular sections. Each modular section includes a base portion having a reflective surface, and includes legs that protrude from an opposing surface of the base portion. The modular sections are affixed to one another so that the reflective surfaces of the modular sections form an aggregate reflective surface that faces toward the light source of the radiant dryer unit.11-15-2012
20090244237INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - The inkjet recording apparatus for recording an image on a recording surface of a recording medium, includes: an inkjet head which ejects an ink; a first drum-shaped member for printing which has a first drum circumferential surface opposing the inkjet head, and holds and rotationally conveys the recording medium in such a manner that the ink is deposited onto the recording medium by using the inkjet head; and a second drum-shaped member for drying which is disposed downstream of the first drum-shaped member, has a second drum circumferential surface opposing a drying device which dries a solvent of the ink, and holds and rotationally conveys the recording medium.10-01-2009
20090244233INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus includes an ink jet head on which a plurality of nozzles are arranged, a sub-scan driving unit which carries a recording medium on which an image is formed, a first carrying unit which is disposed on a downstream side of a carrying direction of the recording medium by the sub-scan driving unit and carries the recording medium on which an image is formed by the ink jet head, a second carrying unit which is disposed on a downstream side of the first carrying unit along a carrying direction of the recording medium, and a heating unit which is disposed between the first carrying unit and the second carrying unit.10-01-2009
20110228024Inkjet Printing Apparatus - A printing apparatus has been developed that prints inkjet images on a continuous web with a configurable number of distinct ink colors. The printing apparatus includes a frame configured to support a plurality of components to form a printing system, the frame including a plurality of mounting locations, a plurality of printing system components including at least one printhead array and at least one first ink composition curing assembly, each printing system component in the plurality of printing system components being configured to mount to a mounting location on the frame, and the printing apparatus being enabled to eject a first ink composition onto an image receiving surface when a first set of printing system components selected from the plurality of printing system components is mounted to the frame and being enabled to eject a second ink composition onto an image receiving surface when a second set of printing system components selected from the plurality of printing system components is mounted to the frame, the second set of printing system components not including a first ink composition curing assembly.09-22-2011
20090085998INKJET RECORDING DEVICE - The inkjet recording device has the feed mechanism for feeding the paper sheet in the feed direction, the inkjet head for ejecting the droplets towards the paper sheet conveyed by the feed mechanism, the dry section for drying the droplets attached on the paper sheet by landing, and the control mechanism for predicting the amount of heat necessary for drying the droplets based on either one of the paper sheet information of the paper sheet and the recording information to be recorded on the paper sheet to control the temperature of the dry section.04-02-2009
20090086000INK-JET RECORDING DEVICE - The ink-jet recording device includes an image forming section where an active energy ray-curable ink is ejected onto a recording medium to form an image, and an image curing section which includes at least one light irradiation unit having a fluorescent lamp and which cures the ink on the recording medium upon exposure to active energy rays. The fluorescent lamp has a bulb, a reflective film formed on a bulb inner wall and having a first aperture formed on a recording medium side, and a phosphor film formed on the reflective film and the bulb inner wall and having a second aperture formed on the recording medium side. The formulas: β<α, 60°≦α≦150° and 30°≦β≦90° where α represents a first aperture angle of the first aperture and β represents a second aperture angle of the second aperture are satisfied.04-02-2009
20090085997INKJET PRINTER - In an inkjet printer configured so that dry air in a drying unit is blown out to a conveyance unit, the conveyance unit conveys one or more pieces of paper laid thereon in a direction substantially orthogonal to a direction of paper output and a collecting unit downstream of the conveyance unit in the direction of paper conveyance collects the pieces of paper and conveys the collected pieces of paper in a direction substantially orthogonal to the direction of paper conveyance of the conveyance unit.04-02-2009
20090231404INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - Clogging of an ink-jetting opening is more reliably prevented, by inkjet recording apparatus 09-17-2009
20090135239UNDERSIDE CURING OF RADIATION CURABLE INKS - An ink printing device is disclosed that incorporates a curing lamp located on the opposite side of a printed face of a printed substrate and partially cures a radiation curable ink by irradiating through the substrate. Additionally, this disclosure provides a method for partially curing radiation curable inks by exposing a radiation curable ink on a substrate to a curing lamp located opposite the printed face of the substrate.05-28-2009
20090219369INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus includes an ink jet head in which a plurality of nozzles are arranged, a sub-scan driving unit which carries a recording medium to be formed with an image, a first carrying unit which is disposed on a downstream side of a carrying direction of the recording medium by the sub-scan driving unit and carries the recording medium on which an image is formed by the ink jet head, and a second carrying unit which is disposed so as to face the first carrying unit and heats the recording medium interposed between the first carrying unit and the second carrying unit.09-03-2009
20090315963INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING DRYING CONDITION FOR PRINT IMAGE - The present invention provides an ink jet printing apparatus that can substantially prevent possible variation in the color of an image on a print medium discharged from an ink jet printing apparatus. A drying condition is determined under which the color of the image varies until the color of the image becomes a target one having a color difference ΔE of at most 3 from a stable color with substantially no temporal variation. The image is dried according to the drying condition. The print medium is then discharged from the printing apparatus. This enables variation in the color of the image on the print medium discharged from the printing apparatus to be prevented from exceeding 3 in terms of color difference ΔE. As a result, a user can be prevented from perceiving variation in color.12-24-2009
20090251520ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATION DEVICE AND INK EJECTION DEVICE - An ultraviolet irradiation device includes: a light source which irradiates ultraviolet curable ink with ultraviolet rays; and a jetting port which jets gas to form a gas film facing the light source in an irradiation direction.10-08-2009
20100149296UV-CURABLE COATINGS AND METHODS FOR APPLYING UV-CURABLE COATINGS USING THERMAL MICRO-FLUID EJECTION HEADS - An aqueous-based UV-curable fluid composition for use in a micro-fluid ejection device. The fluid composition includes a mixture of poly-functional compounds, a colorant compound, a photo-initiator and less than about 50 weight percent water based on a total weight of the fluid composition, wherein the fluid composition is substantially devoid of volatile organic carrier fluids.06-17-2010
20090244235IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD - The image forming apparatus forms an image on a recording medium by using an ink and a treatment liquid. The ink contains coloring material, and the treatment liquid contains a component which causes the coloring material to aggregate. The image forming apparatus includes: a treatment liquid deposition device which deposits the treatment liquid onto the recording medium; an ink droplet ejection device which ejects and deposits droplets of the ink onto the recording medium; a plurality of heat fixing devices which perform fixing process of the image formed on the recording medium by removing stepwise a solvent component contained in the image, the heat fixing devices being arranged sequentially in a conveyance direction of the recording medium; and a fixing control device which controls the fixing process with the heat fixing devices so as to satisfy the following condition: if W10-01-2009
20090244238PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CURED 3D STRUCTURES - A printing system is provided having a plurality of printers, a conveyor for serially conveying a print medium past each printer so that voxels printed by the successive printer form successive layers of a three dimensional printed structure on the conveyed print medium, and a plurality of curing mechanisms between the printing devices for curing the printed voxels.10-01-2009
20090244234RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD - A recording apparatus is provided which includes: a recording unit that performs a recording operation on a target by causing liquid to adhere onto the target; a drying unit that performs a drying operation on the target on which the liquid is adhered by the recording operation of the recording unit in a state where a restricting force is not substantially applied thereto; and a restricting unit that performs a restricting operation on the target which has been subjected to the drying operation by the drying unit while supporting the target on a supporting face of a support member capable of supporting a surface of the target having the liquid adhered thereon in a uniform planar state, the restricting operation applying a restricting force to the target, the restricting force being directed toward the supporting face.10-01-2009
20090244232PRINTING APPARATUS, TARGET TRANSPORT DEVICE, AND TARGET TRANSPORT METHOD - A target transport device includes a transport belt that transports a target from an upstream side to a downstream side, a support member that supports the target transported by the transport belt over the transport belt, a heating unit that heats the support member, and a heat applying unit that applies heat from the heating unit to the support member so that a difference in temperature occurs on a surface of the supporting member supporting the target in a transport direction of the target.10-01-2009
20090244230ULTRAVIOLET CURING INKJET PRINTER, PRINTING METHOD USED IN ULTRAVIOLET CURING INKJET PRINTER, AND HEAD - An ultraviolet curing inkjet printer includes a first ejecting device, a first ultraviolet light irradiation device, and a second ultraviolet light irradiation device. The first ultraviolet light irradiation device is configured to emit ultraviolet light of a first light quantity for temporarily curing the ultraviolet curable inks ejected from the first ejecting device. The first ultraviolet light irradiation device is disposed posterior to the first ejecting device in a first direction as a scanning direction. The second ultraviolet light irradiation device is configured to emit ultraviolet light of a second light quantity for finally curing the ultraviolet curable inks temporarily cured by the first ultraviolet light irradiation device. The second ultraviolet light irradiation device is disposed anterior to the first ejecting device in a second direction, which is perpendicular to the first direction and is a moving direction of a recording medium relative to the first ejecting device.10-01-2009
20120194623ELECTROMAGNETIC IRRADIATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An electromagnetic irradiation device is provided. The electromagnetic irradiation device includes an irradiator which irradiates droplets that are attached to a recording medium with an electromagnetic wave, an irradiation control unit which causes the irradiator to periodically irradiate the attached droplets with the electromagnetic, and a frequency setting unit which sets a frequency of an irradiation period which is a period during which the irradiator is caused to emit the electromagnetic wave. The period may be set to be equal to or greater than 08-02-2012
20120194624ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE IRRADIATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An electromagnetic wave irradiation device includes an irradiator which irradiates electromagnetic waves onto a liquid droplet which has been adhered to a recording medium, an irradiation controller which causes the irradiator to irradiate the electromagnetic waves periodically such that a frequency of an irradiation period in which the electromagnetic waves are irradiated is a predetermined frequency, and a time setting unit which sets a time ratio obtained by dividing a length of an irradiation time by the irradiator in the irradiation period by a length of a termination time during which the electromagnetic waves are not irradiated by the irradiator in the irradiation period to be a value of greater than or equal to 0.2 and less than or equal to 2.08-02-2012
20120194622ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT EMITTING DIODE CURING OF UV REACTIVE INK - A method for printing a pattern on a electrical circuit, the method includes jetting on the electrical circuit an ultraviolet curable ink to form a pattern; and at least partially curing the ultraviolet curable ink by exposing the pattern to ultraviolet radiation generated from at least one ultraviolet light emitting diode (LED).08-02-2012
20100177151METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIXING A RADIATION-CURABLE GEL-INK IMAGE ONTO A SUBSTRATE - An apparatus prints and/or fixes ink on a substrate, such as in ink-jet printing with UV-curable inks. A conformable member is positioned to contact an ink-bearing side of the substrate at a nip. The conformable member substantially comprises a silicone-based elastomer having a conformability from about 20 shore A to about 10 shore A. A radiation source directs radiation to the ink-bearing side of the substrate at the nip, the radiation suitable for curing the ink on the substrate. The apparatus is particularly useful for printing onto corrugated cardboard or otherwise non-planar surfaces, since the resulting ink image is impressed uniformly onto the substrate by the conformable member without voids in the ink layer in the recesses of the non-planar surface.07-15-2010
20100149297RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus which transports a recording material onto a recording support unit, ejects ink from a recording head to perform recording on the recording material, includes: a hot air generating unit which is provided at a holding member of the recording head on one side of the recording head; and an exhaust unit which is provided at the holding member on the other side of the recording head. Here, the recording apparatus is configured to form a first air stream in which hot air blown out from the hot air generating unit passes between the recording head and the recording support unit so as to reach the exhaust unit when the exhaust unit is in operation.06-17-2010
20110228025DRYING DEVICE AND RECORDING DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH DRYING DEVICE - A drying device includes a drying unit configured to carry out a drying process on a recording medium by blowing heated air from a discharge port formed at a location partway along the conveyance path of the recording medium as the medium is conveyed from the upstream side to the downstream side in the conveyance direction. A drying zone is disposed on the downstream side of the drying unit in the conveyance direction over the front face of the recording medium so that the air blown from the discharge port is retained in the drying zone. An upper surface of the drying zone is defined by an extended surface portion of an outer surface of a housing of the drying unit, the extended surface portion extending from the discharge port toward the downstream side in the conveyance direction to cover the conveyance path from above.09-22-2011
20100157006PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes: a medium holding unit which is divided into a plurality of members to form a holding surface and holds a printing medium being transported on the holding surface; a heat transfer type first heating unit which is disposed in the medium holding unit and heats the printing medium held by the medium holding unit; and a printing head which performs printing by ejecting ink onto the printing medium. Boundaries formed by gaps between the plurality of members on the holding surface of the medium holding unit are curved in both a transport direction and a width direction of the printing medium so as not to be in a straight line shape in the transport direction.06-24-2010
20100157005Industrial Printer With Cutter And Dryer Modules - An industrial printer includes a frame; a cabinet defining a media path; a pagewidth printhead arranged on the frame for printing images on blank web media; pilot guides for guiding the blank web media fed from cartridges via the media path past the pagewidth printhead to facilitate printing; a dryer module configured to operatively dry the printed web media; and a cutter module for cutting the printed web media before the printed web media is fed into a container for storing the web media in a roll. The cutter module includes a frame having end plates, and a pair of entry rollers and a pair of exit rollers serving as a transport mechanism for the web media through the module. The cutter module further includes a slitter gang composed of a plurality of slitters each having a plurality of blades, the slitter gang being located between the end plates. The dryer module includes a plenum defined vertically downward through the cabinet for supplying air received from a top of the plenum to the media path.06-24-2010
20120140008INK-JET INKS INCLUDING INTER-CROSSLINKABLE LATEX PARTICLES - The present disclosure includes compositions, methods, and systems having an ink-jet ink comprising a liquid vehicle, a colorant dispersed or dissolved in the liquid vehicle, inter-crosslinkable latex particles dispersed in the liquid vehicle, and an inter-particle crosslinker. The inter-crosslinkable latex particles can comprise at least one hydrophobic monomer; at least one acidic monomer; at least one inter-crosslinkable monomer including at least one keto group; the inter-crosslinkable monomer having the structure described in Formula 1. Additionally, the inter-crosslinkable latex particles can be intra-crosslinked forming an inter-particle crosslinked latex polymer film after printing and upon at least partial depletion of the liquid vehicle or liquid vehicle component.06-07-2012
20090085999COATER AND INK-JET RECORDING DEVICE USING THE SAME - The coater includes a liquid holding vessel holding a functional liquid, a coating roll having a surface, a part of which is immersed in the functional liquid in the liquid holding vessel, the coating roll having recesses for retaining the functional liquid, a coating roll rotating device rotating the coating roll, a liquid flow generator which flows a region of the functional liquid held in the liquid holding vessel where the functional liquid contacts the coating roll, in a direction opposite to a rotational direction of a portion of the coating roll which is immersed in the functional liquid within the liquid holding vessel, and a transport device transporting an object coated with the functional liquid upon contact with the coating roll. The coater is capable of uniformly coating a highly viscous functional liquid at a high speed.04-02-2009
20100002063Printing System Having Duplex Dryer - A printing system is provided having a printer, a feed mechanism for feeding media to the printer for printing, and a dryer for drying the printed media. The printer has opposed printheads for respectively printing on first and second opposed faces of the media. The dryer has a transport mechanism for transporting the printed media from the printer past a first blower for blowing heated air onto the first face of the printed media and a second blower for blowing heated air onto the second face of the printed media. The first and second blowers are selectively operable for selectively drying the first face, the second face or both faces of the printed media during transportation.01-07-2010
20100188469RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a plurality of recording heads that eject ink onto a recording medium to execute recording, a medium feeding unit that feeds the recording medium toward a downstream side of the recording apparatus in a feed direction, a heating/drying unit that heats the recorded recording medium to dry the ink on the recoding medium, and a cooling unit that is provided at the downstream side of the recording apparatus in the feed direction further down in comparison with the heating/drying unit and which cools the heated recording medium. The plurality of recording heads are provided in parallel with each other in the feed direction, and the heating/drying unit and the cooling unit are provided in the feed direction between one recording head at an upstream side and another recording head positioned adjacent to the downstream side of the one recording head.07-29-2010
20100194838PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS - There is provided a printing method that is performed by using a first nozzle ejecting color ink that is used for printing an image on a medium and is cured in a case where irradiation of an electromagnetic wave is received, a second nozzle ejecting a process solution that is used for processing the surface of the medium and is cured in a case where irradiation of an electromagnetic wave is received, and an irradiation unit emitting the electromagnetic wave. The printing method includes printing an image constituted by color dots on the medium by ejecting the color ink from the first nozzle so as to form the color dots on the medium and forming process dots in areas other than the image on the medium by ejecting the process solution from the second nozzle, emitting the electromagnetic wave onto the color dots and the process dots, coating the color dots and the process dots with the process solution after the electromagnetic wave is emitted onto the color dots and the process dots, and emitting the electromagnetic wave onto the process solution with which the color dots and the process dots are coated.08-05-2010
20100253757KEYBOARD, PRINTING METHOD OF PATTERN ON KEY CAP, AND PRINTING METHOD OF PATTERN ON KEYBOARD - A keyboard which includes a plurality of key caps is provided. Each of the key caps includes a surface respectively and the surfaces of the key caps are coplanar substantially. Therein a pattern which includes a plurality of ink dots is formed on each surface of the key caps. The pattern formed by the ink dots could be a symbol, a character, a graph, or a combination thereof and several patterns could form a combination pattern. Additionally, the patterns could be covered with a protection layer.10-07-2010
20100225719Transporting device and liquid ejecting apparatus - The transporting device includes a linear guide member disposed at a position facing to inkjet line heads and a drying device, moving a pallet on which a sheet is attracted by magnetic force, and a belt driving device supporting both sides of the pallet by an endless belt and driving the pallet by circumferential movement of the belt. An ink is ejected from the inkjet line heads to the sheet on the pallet transported by the linear guide member, and a recording surface of the sheet is dried by the drying device. Subsequently, the pallet from which the sheet is separated is moved back to an upstream side of the inkjet line heads passing through a lower side of the linear guide member in the vertical direction by circumferential movement of the belt.09-09-2010
20100225720DRAWING DEVICE - A drawing device includes a carriage, a base configured and arranged to mount a substrate, and a movement device configured and arranged to move the substrate and the carriage relative to each other in a first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction. The carriage includes a plurality of types of droplet ejection head units and a plurality of ink-curing light irradiation sections. The droplet ejection head units are configured and arranged to respectively eject a plurality of types of photo-curing inks onto the substrate with the droplet ejection head units being aligned along a direction intersecting the second direction at a predetermined pitch. The ink-curing light irradiation sections are respectively disposed in positions adjacent to both sides of each of the droplet ejection head units in the second direction, and configured and arranged to cure the photo-curing inks.09-09-2010
20100225721TABLE HAVING INDICIA ON SURFACE - A method of creating a display on a table top having an upper surface is provided. The method comprises the steps of printing indicia on the upper surface of the table top and curing the indicia to create the display. The method further includes the steps of applying a first sealant layer over at least a portion of the display on the upper surface, and curing the first sealant layer. In one example, at least one of the ink and the first sealant layer is curable via exposure to a radiation source. In another example, the radiation source is a source of ultraviolet light.09-09-2010
20100238247INK JET PRINTER - An ink jet recording apparatus includes a guide rail extending in a first direction; an ink head that slidably engages with the guide rail and discharges an ultraviolet light curable ink toward a recording medium; an ultraviolet light irradiation device attached to the ink head to move together with the ink head and that irradiates ultraviolet light to the ink discharged on the recording medium; a second head that slidably engages with the guide rail; a carriage that moves along the guide rail; a first connection mechanism that detachably connects the carriage with the ink head; a second connection mechanism that detachably connects the carriage with the second head; and an irradiation prohibition mechanism that prohibits the irradiation by the ultraviolet light irradiation device based on a predetermined condition relating to a connection state between the carriage and the ink head caused by the first connection mechanism.09-23-2010
20100238245DROPLET DISCHARGE DEVICE AND DROPLET DISCHARGE METHOD - A droplet discharge device includes a stage, a droplet discharge head, a movement unit and a light radiating unit. The droplet discharge head includes nozzles arranged to discharge droplets of photo-curable liquid material toward a drawing region of a workpiece. The movement unit is arranged to move the stage and the droplet discharge head relative to each other. The light radiating unit has a light emitting part capable of emitting light to an entire area of the drawing region and disposed on a side opposite from the surface of the workpiece on which the liquid material is applied. The light emitting part is arranged not to emit the light to the portion of the drawing region when the droplet discharge head is disposed at a position over the portion, and to emit the light to the portion when the droplet discharge head has moved away from the position.09-23-2010
20110109708AQUEOUS INK COMPOSITION AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The invention provides an aqueous ink composition comprising (A) a colorant, (B) a polymer including a hydrophobic structural unit represented by Formula (1) below, (C) a polymerization initiator, (D) a polymerizable compound including an ethylenically unsaturated bond, and (E) water. In the Formula (1), R05-12-2011
20100238244Pattern formation method - A pattern is formed by carrying out the steps of dropping curable ink linearly onto a substrate, curing the ink dropped onto the substrate, and depositing layers of ink by repeating a process of linearly dropping a predetermined amount of ink onto the cured ink and a process of curing the predetermined amount of ink. In the step of depositing layers of ink, the ink is dropped at dot pitch p that satisfies p09-23-2010
20100238248INK JET PRINTER - According to one embodiment, an ink jet recording apparatus includes: a guide rail extending in a first direction; an ink head that slidably engages with the guide rail and discharges an ultraviolet light curable ink toward a recording medium; a second head that slidably engages with the guide rail; a carriage that moves along the guide rail; a first connection mechanism that bridges the carriage and the ink head and detachably connects the carriage with the ink head; a second connection mechanism that detachably connects the carriage with the second head; and an ultraviolet light irradiation device that is attached to the ink head to move together with the ink head, that is positioned in front, in rear or below the first connecting mechanism when the carriage and the ink head are connected by the first connecting mechanism, and that irradiates the ultraviolet light curable ink discharged from the ink head on the recording medium with ultraviolet light.09-23-2010
20100208021FIXING PROCESSING APPARATUS, INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND FIXING PROCESSING METHOD - The fixing processing apparatus includes: a conveyance device which conveys a recording medium in a prescribed conveyance direction along a conveyance path, a desired image having been recorded in an image formation region on an image formation surface of the conveyed recording medium; a heat and pressure fixing device which is arranged in the conveyance path and carries out heat and pressure fixing process in which the image formation surface of the recording medium is subjected to at least one of heating process, pressing process and non-pressing process, the heat and pressure fixing device applying pressure to the image formation region in the pressing process, the heat and pressure fixing device applying no pressure to the image formation region in the non-pressing process; and a setting device which sets a temperature of the heat and pressure fixing device to be higher in the non-pressing process than in the pressing process.08-19-2010
20120242766PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus includes a nozzle that ejects, onto a medium, photo-curing ink cured when irradiated with light, and an irradiation unit that irradiates, with the light, the photo-curing ink landed on the medium. Here, when printing an image on the medium by coating with the photo-curing ink, the photo-curing ink is ejected from the nozzle so that the photo-curing ink is coated on the medium with a smaller amount of ink than normally coated in a region inside an outer border of the image, and the photo-curing ink is cured by irradiating the image with the light from the irradiation unit.09-27-2012
20120242767PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A printing apparatus includes a nozzle that ejects, to a medium, photo-curing ink cured when irradiated with light, and an irradiation unit that irradiates, with the light, the photo-curing ink landed on the medium. Here, when printing an image on the medium by coating with the photo-curing ink, the photo-curing ink is ejected from the nozzle so that unevenness is formed in an original edge of the image by having a pixel that forms a dot along the edge and a pixel that does not form the dot appeared, and the photo-curing ink is cured by irradiating the image with the light from the irradiation unit.09-27-2012
20100253756Method of Ink Delayed Curing for UV Inkjet Printers - A method of ink delayed curing for an UV inkjet printer, the method comprises the following steps: a. closing a pair of movable light-blocking plates on an UV lamp set of an inkjet module on UV inkjet printer; b. activating printing, forwarding the inkjet module toward a set direction and provide ink for a work piece; c. after the inkjet module provides ink toward the set direction, opening the movable light-blocking plates of an UV lamp set so that the UV lamp set can irradiate on the work piece; and d. making the inkjet module move back for its next inkjetting stage, thereby irradiation onto the ink on the work piece by the UV lamp set can be delayed till the inkjet module moves back.10-07-2010
20100141724Ink-Jet Recording Apparatus, Ink-Jet Recording Method and Ultraviolet Ray Curable Ink - Disclosed are an inkjet recorder and inkjet recording method wherein the problem of image quality degradation caused when an image formed of an ultraviolet-curable ink employing no aqueous solvent is cured using flash light is solved, and a high-gloss high-quality image can be attained quickly while eliminating deterioration in density and adhesion to a recording medium. With such an inkjet recorder and inkjet recording method, a high-quality image can be similarly attained even in case of a color image containing an ink of different infrared absorption such as a black ink. Also disclosed is an ultraviolet-curable ink used in such an inkjet recorder and inkjet recording method. The inkjet recorder comprises a flash light source, and is characterized by comprising a means for attenuating the quantity of light at least in a part of infrared wavelength region of flash light emitted from the flash light source.06-10-2010
20100128096CUSTOMIZATION OF CURABLE INK PRINTS BY MOLDING - A system has a print head to dispense ink onto a print surface to form a printed image, a molding surface to contact the ink to form an informational image in at least the surface of the ink, and a radiation source to solidify the ink into the printed and informational images. A method includes dispensing ink onto a print medium to form a printed image, pressing a molding surface onto the printed image to transfer an informational image onto the printed image, and solidify the ink into the printed and informational images.05-27-2010
20100053291PRINTING APPARATUS - Provided is a printing apparatus including: a head unit that ejects liquid on a printing medium that is transported in a printing medium transport direction; a transporting roller unit that is disposed at a printing medium transport direction upstream side of the head unit; a transporting belt unit that is disposed at a printing medium transport direction downstream side of the head unit; an intermediate supporting unit that is disposed at a side facing the head unit; and a heating unit that is disposed to at least one of the transporting roller unit, the transporting belt unit and the intermediate supporting unit to heat the printing medium, wherein the heating unit heats the printing medium so that a temperature T03-04-2010
20110025795LIGHT IRRADIATING APPARATUS, LIGHT IRRADIATING PROCESS, AND IMAGE RECORDING PROCESS - The present invention provides a light irradiating apparatus comprising a plurality of light emitting elements which emit light of a specific wavelength region and form elliptical light images on a surface to be irradiated, wherein the plurality of light emitting elements are mutually arranged so that the light images are made continuous along their major axis directions. Further, the invention also discloses the above-mentioned light irradiating process and an image recording process.02-03-2011
20090322843INKJET PRINTER AND INK DRYER - An inkjet printer includes a plurality of guide walls and a plurality of choke portions. Each of the plurality of guide walls is arranged substantially in parallel with a feeding direction of a medium to provide a guide wall clearance between the plurality of guide walls. The wave guide has a first internal space connected to the guide wall clearance and an electromagnetic-wave supplier and configured to apply the electromagnetic wave to the medium which is introduced into the first internal space. Each of the plurality of choke portions includes a second internal space adjacent to each guide wall and an opening from the second internal space to the guide wall clearance. The second internal space is connected to the first internal space via the guide wall clearance. The second internal space has a length of λ/4 relative to wavelength λ of the electromagnetic wave in the feeding direction.12-31-2009
20090115828RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to an ink jet recording apparatus having an ultraviolet irradiation head having a discharge tube. Solving means include a recording head that reciprocates along the surface of recording paper and discharges ultraviolet curable ink toward the recording paper, a discharge tube that moves together with the recording head and outputs ultraviolet light, and a movable plane reflecting mirror that switches between two light paths through which ultraviolet light from the discharge tube is applied in front of and behind the recording head in the reciprocation direction M. The discharge tube may include an elliptic reflecting mirror that converges output ultraviolet light toward the surface of the recording paper.05-07-2009
20090115827RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus includes a recording head which discharges ultraviolet curing inks toward a recording sheet while reciprocally moving in a reciprocal movement direction M crossing a transportation direction S of the recording sheet; and an ultraviolet irradiation head which irradiates ultraviolet rays toward the ultraviolet curing inks discharged from the recording head and attached to the recorded medium. The recording head includes a going recording head and a returning recording head which are disposed at the front and the back of the reciprocal movement direction M with respect to a region in which the ultraviolet irradiation head irradiates the ultraviolet rays to the recording sheet.05-07-2009
20100220164PRINTING SYSTEM HAVING MEDIA GUIDING DRYER - A printing system is provided having a printhead mounted to a support structure, a print media and printing fluid cartridge removably mounted to the support structure in juxtaposition with the printer, the cartridge having a roll of print media and a removable printing fluid cartridge for feeding printing fluid to the printhead, a print media feed mechanism for feeding the print media from the roll to the printhead, and a dryer located in series with the printhead to receive printed media directly from the printhead. The dryer has guide rollers for transporting the printed media through the dryer, and a blower arranged to direct drying air onto a face of the printed media as it is transported through the dryer.09-02-2010
20100220162METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING OBJECTS, IN PARTICULAR PLASTIC PARTS - A method for imprinting objects, including providing a printing machine configured to deliver at least one object to be imprinted to a printing apparatus using a retaining apparatus or an inscription carrier. A data processing system is provided and includes at least one print pattern stored in at least one database. The data processing system is connected to the printing machine and configured to control the printing machine. A liquid is applied so as to generate the at least one print pattern on a surface of the at least one object using the printing apparatus. The at least one object is then exposed to a radiation so as to dry and cure the liquid and then the retaining apparatus or the inscription carrier is conveyed to an output station. The retaining apparatus and inscription carrier are stackable in the output station.09-02-2010
20090109269PRINTER WITH PRINT HEAD PLATEN - A wet ink printer uses a heated printhead. A platen guides and supports the print medium during printing, and has a plurality of raised ribs. In an example, the ribs extend on the base generally along the advance direction of the print media. Each rib comprises a discontinuous series of rib portions, and wherein between each adjacent pair of ribs is provided a spacing to allow deformation of the print medium towards the platen base.04-30-2009
20100295913PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR INK JET ULTRAVIOLET TRANSFUSE - In a tonerless imaging process, an inked image layer jetted on an image receptor is simultaneously transferred and fused to a recording medium. A radiation-curable material is incorporated in the image layer such that irradiation of the image layer cures the radiation-curable material therein. An ink jet printing apparatus for performing the above process is also disclosed.11-25-2010
20100302330IMAGE FORMATION METHOD AND ACTIVE ENERGY BEAM-CURABLE INK - Disclosed is an image formation method comprising: using an inkjet recording method and an active energy beam-curable ink to form, on a permeable substrate having an ink image formed thereon, an image that corresponds with the ink image and is superimposed on top of the ink image.12-02-2010
20110001784INK-JET APPLICATION METHOD AND DISPLAY DEVICE PRODUCING METHOD - By using an ink-jet application method, a solid content having a desired thickness contained in an application solution is formed in a desired region of a substrate by repeating an applying process and a drying process more than once. In the applying process, the application solution is sprayed and applied on the substrate. In the drying process, the application solution is dried to generate the solid content.01-06-2011
20110128336PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING - A printing apparatus includes a head which discharges coating ink which coats a medium and electromagnetic radiation-curable ink for image formation having a surface tension lower than the surface tension of the coating ink, a curing unit which irradiates the electromagnetic radiation-curable ink for image formation with electromagnetic waves to cure the electromagnetic radiation-curable ink for image formation, and a controller which makes the head execute a first discharge processing of discharging the coating ink to coat the medium and makes the head execute a second discharge processing of discharging the electromagnetic radiation-curable ink for image formation onto the medium coated by the coating ink to form an image in this order, and then, makes the curing unit execute a curing processing of irradiating the electromagnetic radiation-curable ink for image formation discharged onto the medium with the electromagnetic waves to cure the electromagnetic radiation-curable ink for image formation.06-02-2011
20090066772INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - To reduce ink bleeding and growing of dot diameters for high image quality, an ink jet recording apparatus for recording a color image includes a first head group including chromatic color ink recording heads, a second head group including at least one of a transparent ink recording head and an achromatic color ink recording head, and light emitting devices for curing a photocurable ink having landed on a recording medium. The first and the second head groups are disposed along a scanning direction. The chromatic color ink recording heads of the first head group do not have the light emitting device therebetween along the scanning direction. And the light emitting device is arranged along the scanning direction between the first and second head groups and further arranged at least on a trailing side, in the scanning direction, of a trailing one of the first and second head groups.03-12-2009
20120200653INK COMPOSITION AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The invention provides an ink composition including: 08-09-2012
20110115861METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING TEXTURED SURFACE TO CURABLE GEL INK - A printing system has a print mechanism to dispense a curable ink onto print media, a texture roller having a textured surface arranged to transfer a texture through a film to the curable ink on the media resulting in textured ink, and a curing mechanism to cure the textured ink. A printing system has a print head to dispense a curable ink onto print media, a film arranged adjacent a side of the media upon which the ink is dispensed, a texture roller arranged on a side of the film opposite the media to transfer texture to the curable ink, resulting in textured ink, and a curing mechanism to cure the textured ink. A method of controlling gloss in a printed image includes forming a printed image on print media using curable ink, using a roller to transfer a texture pattern to the curable ink, and curing the ink such that the pattern cures into the ink.05-19-2011
20110115864METHOD FOR DRYING A PRINTING SUBSTRATE AND/OR A PRINTING MEDIUM LOCATED THEREON AND A PRINTING MACHINE - The patent application describes a method for drying a printing substrate and/or a printing medium located thereon in a printing machine with at least one first and one second microwave applicator, the second microwave applicator being arranged, viewed in transport direction of the printing substrate, downstream of and adjacent to the first microwave applicator. The method comprises the steps of transporting the printing substrate past the first and the second microwave applicators, introducing microwaves into the printing substrate and the printing medium by means of the first microwave applicator, detecting the microwave power not absorbed by the printing substrate and the printing medium, and introducing microwaves into the printing substrate and the printing medium by means of the second microwave applicator, with the microwave power made available by the second microwave applicator being controlled as a function of the microwave power of the first microwave applicator that was not absorbed by the printing substrate and the printing medium. The method is particularly suitable for multi-color printing. Further described is a printing machine comprising at least one printing unit for applying a moist printing medium to a printing substrate, at least one drying unit for drying the printing medium and/or the printing substrate, and at least one transport unit for successively transporting the printing substrate through the at least one printing unit and the drying unit. The drying unit comprises a first and a second microwave applicator, said second microwave applicator being arranged, viewed in transport direction of the printing substrate, downstream of and adjacent to the first microwave applicator, and also comprises a first sensor unit in the region of the first microwave applicator for detecting the microwave power not absorbed by the printing substrate and the printing medium, and a control unit which communicates with said sensor unit in order to control the second microwave applicator on the basis of an output signal of said sensor unit.05-19-2011
20110115863RECORDING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a humidifying unit that generates humidified gas, a drying unit that dries ink applied to a sheet by a recording unit, a first duct that supplies gas discharged from the drying unit to at least one of the humidifying unit and the recording unit, and a second duct that supplies the humidified gas generated by the humidifying unit to the recording unit.05-19-2011
20110115862INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD - A recording head is operable to eject ink toward a recording medium. A carriage mounting the recording head is operable to carry the recording head in a first direction. At least one infrared ray heater is provided on the carriage so as to oppose the recording medium. An input energy of the infrared ray heater is 60 W or less.05-19-2011
20100149295SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGISTERING COLOR INK JET PRINTING IN A MAILING MACHINE - Printing systems including top registration plates and electromagnetic-curable inkjet print heads are described including methods for setting the intensity of the related electromagnetic sources. The printer includes a top registration plate that includes a plurality of registration plate print head openings, each opening adjacent to the registration plate. The transparent area is downstream of a UV light source and located above a media ski. In an alternative configuration, the top registration plate includes a transparent area that is adjacent to an opaque area of the registration plate. The transparent area is downstream of the UV light source and located above a media ski and below a light catch used to prevent the UV light from reaching the print heads in the printer.06-17-2010
20090033731INKJET PRINTER - In an inkjet printer in which upstream and downstream output rollers engageable against their respective counter parts are disposed upstream and downstream, respectively, of a drying unit for drying printing paper after being printed, the upstream output roller is disengaged from its counter part after the disengagement between the downstream output roller and its counter part.02-05-2009
20100103235METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIXING A RADIATION-CURABLE GEL-INK IMAGE ON A SUBSTRATE - An apparatus fixes ink on a substrate, such as in ink-jet printing. A leveling member is positioned to contact an ink-bearing side of the substrate at a nip. A radiation source is positioned to direct radiation to the ink-bearing side of the substrate at the nip, the radiation suitable for curing the ink on the substrate.04-29-2010
20100220163Image forming apparatus and image forming method - There is provided an image forming device, including: an image forming section that ejects ink droplets based on ink data and forms an image on a recording medium; a liquid adhering section that adheres a transparent liquid to an opposite face of the recording medium to that formed with the image; and a drying section that dries the recording medium that has been formed with the image by the image forming section and has been adhered with the transparent liquid on the opposite face.09-02-2010
20110211030PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND SHEET PROCESSING METHOD - An apparatus for performing duplex printing having a sheet feeding unit, a printing unit, a cutter unit, a drying unit, and a reverse unit. In the duplex printing, the printing unit prints a plurality of images on a first surface of a sheet fed from the sheet feeding unit. The sheet is a continuous sheet. The sheet printed on the first surface passes through the drying unit and is led to the reverse unit. The reverse unit feeds the reversed sheet to the printing unit and the printing unit prints a plurality of images on a second surface that is a back of the first surface of the sheet fed from the reverse unit. The cutter unit cuts the sheet printed on the second surface into a plurality of cut sheets each having the image printed thereon. The cut sheets pass through the drying unit and are ejected.09-01-2011
20110096131PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing device includes a plurality of heads ejecting ink cured by irradiation of light and arranged in a transport direction of a medium, a plurality of temporary curing light sources provided respectively corresponding to the plurality of heads and respectively irradiating light for temporary curing to dots formed on the medium by the respective heads, and a main curing light source irradiating light for main curing to the dots to which the plurality of temporary curing light sources have irradiated the light, wherein the printing device has a first printing mode where a clear ink is ejected from a head placed at the upper stream in the transport direction when seen from heads ejecting color inks, and a second printing mode where the clear ink is ejected from a head placed at the lower stream in the transport direction when seen from the heads ejecting the color inks.04-28-2011
20110085013PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD - A printing apparatus includes: a first nozzle which ejects a first ink used to print an image on a medium and cured by irradiation of light; a pre-curing light source which emits a pre-curing light to dots formed as the first ink ejected from the first nozzle is landed onto the medium; a second nozzle which ejects a second ink used to coat a surface of the medium and cured by irradiation of light onto the medium after being irradiated by the light from the pre-curing light source; and a main-curing light source which emits a main-curing light to the medium, wherein the irradiation energy of the light emitted to a unit area of the medium from the pre-curing light source is changed according to whether the second ink is ejected from the second nozzle.04-14-2011
20090244236INK JET PRINTER AND METHOD OF INK JET PRINTING - An ink jet printer prints an image by ejecting ink on recording medium. Information of an ink volume of the ink for application to the recording medium, for example, dot number, is specified. A first dryer dries the recording medium before forming the image. A memory stores a data table of a relationship between the ink volume and a drive condition of the dryer. A drive condition determiner determines a drive condition of the dryer from the ink volume according to the data table read from the memory. A CPU controls the dryer in the drive condition determined by the drive condition determiner. Preferably, the drive condition determiner, if the ink volume is lower than a first tolerable amount causing occurrence of cockle on the recording medium, disables the dryer.10-01-2009
20100039488Printing System Having Drying Compartment - A printing system is provided. The system has a support for supporting a media cartridge containing media web and a printhead, a drying compartment for drying the media web printed on by the printhead, and a driven roller for feeding the media web along a straight media path from the media cartridge past the printhead and through the drying compartment. The drying compartment has a door adjacent the media path, the printed media web extending from the media path as a catenary loop into a cavity of the drying compartment when the door is open.02-18-2010
20100039487Digital Ink Jet Printer and Process - There is provided a digital ink jet printer for printing and curing graphics on a cylindrical object comprising: (i) a printhead assembly comprising at least one printhead, wherein said at least one printhead contains ink; ii) a UV lamp for curing ink, attached to the printhead assembly, wherein said UV lamp is aligned in a plane with said at least one printhead; and (iii) a carrier moveably attached to said printhead assembly, wherein said carrier is positioned such that the cylindrical object is below the printhead assembly.02-18-2010
20100053290INK COMPOSITION AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - The present invention provides an ink composition including: 03-04-2010
20100066791Inkjet Printing Apparatus and Method - There is provided an apparatus and method for inkjet printing, particularly thermal inkjet printing, in which at least one radiation-curing device for curing the radiation-curable ink is integral with, and downstream of, the inkjet printing station. The inkjet printing apparatus further includes a plurality of commercial replaceable inkjet printer cartridges with integral printheads, mounted into a print carriage in fixed array positioned at a set distance above a continuously—moving industrial print media carried on a conveyor or on a web or sheet to engage non-contact printing on said industrial print media with photo-quality, multi-colour print capability.03-18-2010
20110102527CARRIAGE DEVICE OF INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Ink jet recording apparatus carriage device which discharges light cure type ink onto a recording medium while moving along a first guide shaft and a second guide shaft, which are disposed parallel to each other, curing the discharged ink by light, thereby forming a desired image on the recording medium, includes: head unit having recording head which discharges the ink onto the recording medium and recording carriage on which the recording head is mounted; light curing unit having a plurality of light curing sections which cures the ink on the recording medium by light and light curing carriage on which the plurality of light curing sections are mounted; carriage base slidably supported on the first guide shaft; and support frame having one end fixed to the carriage base and the other end slidably supported on the second guide shaft, wherein the head unit is supported in a cantilever manner on the carriage base.05-05-2011
20110074896INK COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF PRODUCING A PROCESSED PRODUCT OF PRINTED MATTER - An active radiation curable ink composition is disclosed. The ink composition includes a compound having a persulfide bond, at least one end of the persulfide bond being bonded to a ring structure directly or via a carbonyl group or a thiocarbonyl group; one or more radical polymerizable compounds; and a photopolymerization initiator.03-31-2011
20090027472INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS, INK-JET COPIER AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A containing member contains a recording medium which has a base member and granular material coated on both sides of the base member, and roughness of the surfaces of the coated granular material is smaller than the roughness of the base member. A printing unit includes an ink-jet recording head which jets recording liquid onto the recording medium. A conveyance unit and a conveyance path convey the recording medium, one side of which has been already printed, into the printing unit again in order to print image onto the other side thereof. A unit is provided for enabling the printing unit to print image on the recording medium such that the vertical orientations of the images printed both sides of the recording medium are coincide with each other.01-29-2009
20110074897INK COMPOSITION AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An ink composition is provided that includes (A) a monofunctional monomer comprising an acrylate monomer represented by Formula (I) and (B) a photopolymerization initiator represented by Formula (II), the monofunctional monomer (A) having a content of 30 to 90 wt %. There is also provided an inkjet recording method that includes (a03-31-2011
20120120169CONTACTLESS INK LEVELING METHOD AND APPARTUS - A method of leveling ink that is printed on a substrate includes establishing a thermal gradient across a thickness of the substrate, the thermal gradient characterized in that it is less than a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink across most of the substrate.05-17-2012
20110069129Printing Apparatus and Method - A printing apparatus and method may provide efficient transfer of ink from a transfer belt to a recording sheet by using a transfer mechanism having a supporting member for supporting the recording sheet and a contact member. In one arrangement, the contact member may be configured to contact an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt to bend the transfer belt and push the outer peripheral surface of the belt outward at an angle smaller than 90°. By pushing and bending the transfer belt, the an ink transfer surface of the belt and the recording sheet may be pinched together to affect transfer of the image.03-24-2011
20110069130MULTIFUNCTIONAL TYPE II PHOTOINITIATORS AND CURABLE COMPOSITIONS - A multifunctional Type II photoinitiator according to Formula (I):03-24-2011
20110069128Liquid Ejecting Apparatus - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes the following elements. A carriage allows a head ejecting liquid which is curable by light irradiation to move in the moving direction intersecting the transporting direction in which a medium is transported. A precuring light source, provided for the carriage, radiates light for precuring to dots formed by applying the liquid ejected from the moving head onto the medium. A full curing light source is provided for the carriage so as to be located downstream of the precuring light source in the transporting direction. The full curing light source radiates light for full curing to the dots which have been irradiated with light for precuring.03-24-2011
20110001782METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY OF INK PRINTED ONTO SUBSTRATES USING IRRADIATION CURE CONTROL - This invention discloses a method and apparatus for improving the flexibility of ink and substrate. In particular, systems utilizing cationic inks such as Ultra Violet cured ink can control the flexibility of the ink and substrate layer the ink is applied on by using Ultra Violet irradiation control.01-06-2011
20110254909Coated Films for Inkjet Printing - Provided are coated films suitable for inkjet printing applications using UV-curable inkjet ink. The films are coated with cationically stabilizable emulsion polymers. The emulsion polymers contain cationically stabilizable amino-functional polymers. Also provided is a method of printing with a UV-inkjet printer comprising jetting UV-curable inkjet ink onto the coated film substrate to form an ink printed image.10-20-2011
20110249067Ink-jet recording apparatus - [Objective] To provide an ink-jet recording apparatus capable of suppressing contamination of a recording medium, efficiently utilizing installation space, and carrying out printing continuously onto both surfaces of the recording medium.10-13-2011
20090244229Color-filter manufacturing method and color-filter manufacturing apparatus - A color-filter manufacturing method includes a first step in which an ink jet method is used to eject liquid inks which contain color components to form a land pattern made up of lands of light transmitting materials and a second step in which after drying of the thus ejected liquid inks, the ink jet method is used to eject a liquid ink which contains a light blocking material and the ink is allowed to permeate into a clearance between the lands, thereby forming a black matrix pattern.10-01-2009
20100321452HYBRID PRINTING METHOD USING MOVABLE PALLET - Disclosed is a hybrid printing method using a movable pallet. The movable pallet provides for easy attachment and detachment to enable a printing process, a digital printing process, a foiling process and a flocking process. The movable pallet can be used to apply various desired inks on the surface of fabric products and the like. A printing process, a digital printing process, a multicolor foiling process and a multi-color flocking process can be enabled to provide for a variety of designs and colors, dissimilar to the conventional method enabling a simple design and a single color work. The method of the invention is carried out with the pile put into a box and tightly contact at the top and bottom thereof and therefore the pile is not scattered into the atmosphere, thereby enabling to maintain a comfortable working environment, unlike the conventional process in which a pile is to be sprayed from the top to the bottom during the flocking process and thus a fine pile is scattered into the atmosphere to contaminate the environment of the workplace. The method is not an integral (fixed) type and thus can be carried out a selective work for each individual process, thereby improving the productivity by more 100-150% as compared to the conventional facility. Sixth, the movable pallet is formed of a thin aluminum plate of 3-4 mm thickness to minimize the time required for heating and cooling and to provide for easy attachment and detachment due to its light weight, and the pallet is supported on a pallet bracket to thereby avoid bending or distortion.12-23-2010
20100321453INK JET PRINTER - An ink jet printer includes: an ink head having a print head for ejecting ink and movable in a first direction, the ink curable upon irradiation with ultraviolet light; a first device positioned on a first side section of the ink head and a second device positioned on a second side section of the ink head opposite the first side section in the first direction, the devices being for irradiating a recording medium with ultraviolet light; and a cutting head attachable to the ink head such that the cutting head is positioned adjacent the ink head, movable in the first direction, and configured to cut at least a portion of the recording medium. When the ink and cutting heads are attached, at least a portion of the cutting head is positioned in front or in rear of one of the devices in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.12-23-2010
20120200651INK SET AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An ink set is disclosed which includes a yellow ink composition containing a resin-coated yellow pigment in which a yellow pigment is coated with a crosslinked water-soluble resin, a water-soluble polymerizable compound and water; a magenta ink composition containing a resin-coated magenta pigment in which a magenta pigment is coated with a crosslinked water-soluble resin, a water-soluble polymerizable compound and water; a cyan ink composition containing a resin-coated cyan pigment in which a cyan pigment is coated with a crosslinked water-soluble resin, a water-soluble polymerizable compound and water; and a treatment liquid containing an aggregating agent for aggregating components in the ink compositions.08-09-2012
20080204535INK JET PRINTER - An ink jet printer comprising a transporting device that is capable of transporting a print medium with a predetermined width in a first direction, an ink jet head that is capable of ejecting ink drops onto the print medium to execute a printing process, and a drying device that is capable of drying a portion of the printed print medium with a width that is smaller than the width of the print medium that extends from one end of the print medium to a second end of the print medium in the first direction.08-28-2008
20080204537Ink-jet printer device and ink-jet printing method - An ink-jet printer device equalizes a surface temperature of a print medium on the platen. In an ink-jet printer device which includes a platen having heater blocks, and a carriage having non-contact type temperature sensors each measure a surface temperature of each of a plurality of portions of the print medium on the platen. A CPU calculates an output value of each of the heater blocks for making the surface temperature of each of the plurality of portions of the print medium uniform based on the measured surface temperature, and a heater drive PWM circuit controls an output of each of the heater blocks based on the calculated output value.08-28-2008
20110134199ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATION DEVICE AND INK EJECTION DEVICE - An ultraviolet irradiation device includes: a light source which irradiates ultraviolet curable ink with ultraviolet rays; and a jetting port which jets gas to form a gas film facing the light source in an irradiation direction.06-09-2011
20100259589INERT UV INKJET PRINTING - Enhanced printing solutions are enabled by providing ultraviolet curing conditions without requiring complete evacuation of atmospheric oxygen. Increased ink coverage and adjusted surface appearance are also provided.10-14-2010
20120147110INK JET RECORDING MEDIUM WITH LENTICULAR LENSES - Disclosed is a recording medium with a lenticular lens for ink jet recording. The recording medium includes: a lenticular lens layer having a convex part surface, on which a plurality of semicylindrical or arcuate and elongated convexes are arranged in parallel, and a backside surface; and an ink absorptive layer provided on the backside surface of the lenticular lens layer. In the recording medium, an ink permeable layer for avoiding the stay of ink droplets on a recorded face after printing, or an adhesive layer for rendering the recording medium easily fixable to a wall, a mount and the like, or a temporarily applicable part is further provided.06-14-2012
20120147109INKJET PRINTER AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD - Disclosed is a printing method whereby a glossy image free of running can be printed by an inkjet printer. An inkjet head (06-14-2012
20110096130PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD - Disclosed herein is a printing device including: a plurality of heads configured to discharge inks cured by light irradiation and arranged in a transport direction of a medium; a plurality of pre-curing light sources provided in correspondence with the plurality of heads and configured to irradiate pre-curing light to dots formed on the medium by the heads; and a completely-curing light source configured to irradiate completely-curing light to the dots to which the light from the plurality of pre-curing light sources is irradiated, wherein a first printing mode in which a background ink is discharged from a head of an upstream side of the transport direction of the heads for discharging color inks and a second printing mode in which the background ink is discharged from a head of a downstream side of the transport direction of the heads for discharging the color inks are present.04-28-2011
20110096132INK JET RECORDING DEVICE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD - Provided are an inkjet recording device and an inkjet recording method for providing an image wherein concentration nonunifomiity is reduced with less ink bleed between inks of different colors, in high speed multicolor printing of single path system. In the device and the method, a conditional expression of 0.6≦R/R0≦0.9 is satisfied, where, R is a dot radius of a second ink jetted on a first ink which is jetted on the recording medium and semi-cured by a beam applied, and R0 is a dot radius of the second ink directly jetted on the recording medium.04-28-2011
20100110156DRYING APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRYING TARGET - A drying apparatus includes a transport unit that transports a target in a form of a cut sheet, on which a recording process has been performed through the attachment of liquid, from an upstream side to a downstream side of a transport direction. A drying unit performs a drying process on the transported target by blowing air toward a liquid attachment surface of the target. The drying unit is provided with a blowing port which allows air to blow toward an end portion of the target at the downstream side of the transport direction in a first direction from the upstream side to the downstream side of the transport direction, and allows air to blow toward an end portion of the target at the upstream side of the transport direction in a second direction from the downstream side to the upstream side of the transport direction.05-06-2010
20100214385Drying System for Web Printer - A drying system for a printer is provided. The printer feeds a media web along a media path past a printhead to an exit region. The drying system has a first chamber positioned on one side of the media web between the printhead and exit region, a heating element within the first chamber, a fan positioned to direct air past the heating element to produce heated air, and a second chamber positioned on the other side of the media web opposite the first chamber, the second chamber having an opening through which the heated air from the first chamber passes. The opening is configured so that the printed media web extends from the media path as a loop to hang within the second chamber through the opening from opposite sides of the opening.08-26-2010
20110261127METHODS OF LEVELING INK ON SUBSTRATES AND APPARATUSES USEFUL IN PRINTING - Methods of leveling ink on substrates and apparatuses useful in printing are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the methods includes irradiating ink disposed on a surface of a porous substrate with radiation emitted by at least one radiant energy source. The radiation heats the ink to at least a viscosity threshold temperature of the ink to allow the ink to flow laterally on the surface to produce leveling of the ink. The ink is heated sufficiently rapidly that heat transfer from the ink to the substrate is sufficiently small during the leveling that ink at the substrate interface is cooled to a temperature below the viscosity threshold temperature thereby preventing any significant ink permeation into the substrate.10-27-2011
20120147108INK-JET INK PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An ink-jet ink printing method and associated system can comprise a printer including an ink-jet ink. The ink comprises an aqueous liquid vehicle, 1 wt % to 5 wt % pigment, 1 wt % to 5 wt % acrylic polymer particles, 0.3 wt % to 3 wt % urethane polymer particles, and is formulated to print on a vinyl medium. The system also includes a heating device. Upon applying heat to the ink-jet ink printed on the vinyl medium, the polymer particles in the printed ink fuse, and form a film encapsulating at least a portion of the pigment on the vinyl print medium.06-14-2012
20100079568Active Energy Beam-Curable Ink and Ink-Jet Recording Method Using Active Energy Beam-Curable Ink - An active energy beam-curable ink contains an active energy beam-curable resin and a photocation polymerization initiator; wherein, as the active energy beam-curable resin, a multifunctional epoxy compound, an oxetane compound and 33 to 55% by weight of a monofunctional alicyclic epoxy compound are contained. Accordingly, it is possible to stably discharge the active energy beam-curable ink from an ink jet head, and the ink having a high hardness and high adhesion after curing is provided.04-01-2010
20120249700INK COMPOSITION AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An ink composition comprising: 10-04-2012
20120127249RECORDING METHOD, LIGHT CURABLE TYPE INK SET, AND RECORDING APPARATUS - Provided is a recording method using a light-curable-type ink set including a light-curable-type color-ink composition containing a polymerizable compound, a photopolymerization initiator, and a coloring material and a light-curable-type clear-ink composition containing a polymerizable compound and a photopolymerization initiator, wherein the light-curable-type color-ink composition contains (1) an acylphosphine oxide-based photopolymerization initiator and (2) at least one of a thioxanthone-based photopolymerization initiator and/or an α aminoalkylphenone-based photopolymerization initiator which is in a range of 0.5 to 4 mass % with respect to the total mass of the color ink composition, wherein the light-curable-type clear-ink composition contains an acylphosphine oxide-based photopolymerization initiator which is in a range of 5 to 12 mass % with respect to the total mass of the clear-ink composition, and wherein illumination energy when a coated film made from the ink set is cured through light illumination from a light source is in a range of 100 to 800 mJ/cm05-24-2012
20110050824RECORDING APPARATUS - There is provided a recording apparatus. The recording apparatus includes: a support member which supports a recording medium; a recording head which applies a recording material to one surface of the recording medium supported on the support member; and a fixing unit which fixes the recording material adhered to the one surface of the recording medium transported from the support member, wherein the support member and the fixing unit are arranged to be partly overlapped with each other in an up and down direction.03-03-2011
20110050823RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a transport unit that intermittently transports an elongated recording medium from an upstream side to a downstream side as the lengthwise direction of the recording medium moves along a transport path. A recording unit adheres a recording material to the recording medium when the recording medium is stopped in a midstream position of the transport path. A drying unit downstream from the recording unit heats and dries the recording material. A contact member has a contact surface continuous contact with the surface of the recording medium opposite the surface thereof to which the recording material is adhered, from the time when the recording medium enters into the drying unit to the time when the recording medium is discharged from the drying unit. The contact member forms the transport path with the contact surface having at least one bent section in the drying unit.03-03-2011
20110050822PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing system includes a temporary-curing light source radiating temporary-curing light to dots formed on a medium, and a complete-curing light source radiating complete-curing light to the dots irradiated with the temporary-curing light and having a wavelength band different from that of the temporary-curing light source. In the printing system described above, ink used for forming the dots includes at least two types of photopolymerization initiators which photopolymerize a monomer when being irradiated with light, and the two types of photopolymerization initiators have absorption peaks at different wavelengths.03-03-2011
20080204538PRINTING ON CORRUGATED SUBSTRATES - Methods and devices for forming, such as by printing, high quality, high throughput, ultraviolet curable gel ink images on corrugated substrates for packaging applications are disclosed. The methods and devices have excellent edge acuity and do not require precoating of the substrate prior to printing or nitrogen inerting during curing.08-28-2008
20120038725WATER-BASED INKJET INK, METHOD FOR PRODUCING INKJET PRINTED PRODUCT USING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING WATER-BASED INKJET INK - Disclosed is an inkjet ink which provides a high-quality image in that whitening of the recorded image film is inhibited, durability of the image is good, and there is no banding, and the like; inkjet injection stability and ink shelf life are excellent; and head maintenance returnability is excellent Also disclosed are a method for producing an inkjet printed product using the same, and a method for producing a water-based inkjet ink. This inkjet ink comprises at least a) a pigment, b) a polymer dispersant comprising polyethylene oxide groups having an acid value of less than 50 mgKOH/g (c) acrylic copolymer resin, and (d) at least one water-soluble organic solvent selected from glycol ethers and 1,2-alkanediols having 4 or more carbons.02-16-2012
20120038724ADD-ON TYPE ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An add-on type ultraviolet irradiation apparatus for being coupled to an inkjet recording apparatus that does not include an ultraviolet irradiation device for curing ultraviolet curable ink, so as to make the inkjet recording apparatus usable as an ultraviolet curing type image forming apparatus, includes: a detection device which detects a conveyance operation of a recording medium performed by the inkjet recording apparatus; an ultraviolet light source for radiating ultraviolet light onto an ultraviolet curable ink deposited on the recording medium by the inkjet recording apparatus; and an exposure control device which controls exposure performed by the ultraviolet light source according to a detection signal obtained from the detection device.02-16-2012
20120038723Curable Sublimation Ink And Sublimation Transfer Process Using Same - A transfer printing method including applying a curable sublimation ink having at least one curable component and at least one sublimation colorant in a desired pattern onto a transfer substrate to form an image on the transfer substrate at a first temperature which is below the sublimation temperature of the sublimation colorant; curing the image on the transfer substrate; and optionally, bringing the transfer substrate into contact with a final image-receiving substrate, optionally applying pressure, and heating to a second temperature which is sufficient to cause the sublimation colorant to sublime and form a permanent image on the final image-receiving substrate.02-16-2012
20110164101DRYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS - A drying apparatus includes: a rotatable belt which has an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface contacts a sheet; a blowing mechanism which blows hot air on the sheet at a side of the outer surface; and a heating unit which includes a heating element and a contact surface which is disposed in contact with the inner surface. A plurality of rollers are arranged in a direction in which the sheet travels. The rollers are pressed against the outer surface of the belt with the travelling sheet being held between the rollers and the outer surface of the belt.07-07-2011
20110063390RECORDING METHOD - A recording method includes a first drying step of evaporating 50 to 85 wt % of ink adhering on a recording medium, the ink being ejected from a recording head onto a surface of the recording medium back side of which is supported on a medium-supporting unit which faces the recording head, and a second drying step of drying the recording medium, which has been subjected to the first drying step, at the downstream side of the medium-supporting unit in a feeding direction of the recording medium.03-17-2011
20110063389INKJET WEB PRINTER - In one embodiment, an inkjet printer includes: a first series of print bars arranged along an arc on a first side of an arched printing unit and a second series of print bars arranged along an arc on a second side of the arched printing unit and a dryer positioned within a footprint of the arched printing unit. A plurality of web guides are arranged to guide the web along a duplex printing path past the first print bars for printing on a first side of the web, then through the dryer for drying the first side of the web, then past the second print bars for printing on a second side of the web, and then through the dryer for drying the second side of the web.03-17-2011
20110316950PAPER SEASONING APPARATUS, PAPER SEASONING METHOD, INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a paper seasoning apparatus, a paper seasoning method, and an inkjet recording apparatus, that may improve seasoning achieved by blowing air against a paper stack. A paper seasoning apparatus includes, an upwards protruding shaped mounting surface on which a paper stack is mounted, and first air blowing devices and second air blowing devices that blow air against a side face of the paper stack mounted on the mounting surface. The second air blowing devices are disposed in the vicinity of a maximum height position and at a height of a position where air outlets of the second air blowing devices include the mounting surface.12-29-2011
20110316949PAPER SEASONING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a paper seasoning apparatus and an inkjet recording apparatus including a paper seasoning apparatus, capable of seasoning paper configured in a paper stack, and separating the paper stacks by introducing separation plates between sheets of the paper. Namely, separation plates for separating paper into specific numbers of sheets are introduced from a plate feeding apparatus into a housing of a paper seasoning apparatus. A separation plate lowering device lowers the separation plate that is supporting a paper stack. Seasoning is performed by blowing air from an air blowing device against the paper stack.12-29-2011
20120001991ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATION UNIT - An ultraviolet irradiation unit (01-05-2012
20120013693PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, SHEET-FED PRINTING PRESS, AND ROTARY PRINTING PRESS - A printing device includes a rotatable printing cylinder, a blanket cylinder configured to make a synchronous rotation with the printing cylinder in contact with each other and to convey a printing medium by nipping the printing medium with the printing cylinder, an inkjet head that forms an image on a surface of the blanket cylinder by squirting heatset ink onto the surface of the blanket cylinder, and a first heating unit that heats up either the printing medium conveyed into a contact portion of the printing cylinder and the blanket cylinder or the blanket cylinder.01-19-2012
20120013692APPARATUS FOR PRINTING ON A MEDIUM - A roller assembly for use in a printer includes a shaft with two ends and a pair of conical rollers. Each of the conical rollers is disposed on the shaft near each of the ends. The roller assembly guides a medium within the printer without damaging a freshly-printed surface of the medium. A printer including the roller assembly and a belt in contact with the roller assembly is also described and claimed.01-19-2012
20120113201ULTRAVIOLET CURABLE TYPE INK-JET INK COMPOSITION, RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS USISNG SAME - Provided is a UV curable type ink-jet ink composition containing a monomer A which is expressed by the following general formula (I):05-10-2012
20090135238Ultraviolet Ray Curable Ink-jet Ink, Ink-jet Recording Method and Ink-jet Recording Apparatus - An ultraviolet ray curable ink-jet ink comprising at least a mono-functional monomer, a bi-functional monomer, and a photo-polymerization initiator, 05-28-2009
20110012971Printing System Having Media Loop Dryer - A printing system is provided having a printhead for printing on a media web, a dryer and drying chamber for drying the printed web, and a feed mechanism for feeding the web past the printhead, dryer and drying chamber so that the printed web hangs into the drying chamber as a loop from opposite sides of an opening in drying chamber. The dryer directs heated air into the drying chamber through the opening to dry the printed web.01-20-2011
20120026264IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming method includes applying an ink composition including water, a pigment, a water-soluble organic solvent and polymer particles to a recording medium at an application amount of the ink composition of 6 g/m02-02-2012
20120062670PHASE CHANGE INK COMPOSITION - The present invention relates a composition which is useful in printing an electrical conductor on the front surface of a substrate, such as a solar cell. A phase change binder is used to allow printing of narrow grid lines which also may have adequate height to provide sufficient electrical conduction. The present invention is also directed to a process to print a pattern of the composition.03-15-2012
20120062669CURABLE PHASE CHANGE INK CONTAINING ALKOXYSILANE MONOMER - A phase change ink includes an ink vehicle that includes at least one curable carrier, at least one gellant, at least one wax and at least one alkoxysilane monomer. In a method of forming an image with the ink, the phase change ink is melted, then jetted onto an image receiving substrate, wherein the phase change ink forms a gel state, and exposed to ultraviolet light to cure the curable components of the phase change ink. The alkoxysilane participates in crosslinking to form silicon-oxygen-silicon bonds, thereby producing an ink with advantageous stability and high image quality.03-15-2012
20120062668METHODS OF TREATING INK ON POROUS SUBSTRATES USING PARTIAL CURING AND APPARATUSES USEFUL IN TREATING INK ON POROUS SUBSTRATES - Methods of treating ink on a porous substrate and methods of printing onto porous substrates are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the methods of treating ink on a porous substrate includes applying a layer of ink onto a first surface of a porous substrate; irradiating the layer of ink with first radiation having a first spectrum effective to partially cure the ink layer and reduce penetration of the ink into pores of the substrate; leveling the partially-cured ink layer; and irradiating the as-leveled ink layer with second radiation to further cure the ink layer, the second radiation having a second spectrum different from the first spectrum of the first radiation.03-15-2012
20120062667METHODS OF ADJUSTING GLOSS OF IMAGES LOCALLY ON SUBSTRATES USING INK PARTIAL-CURING AND CONTACT LEVELING AND APPARATUSES USEFUL IN FORMING IMAGES ON SUBSTRATES - Apparatuses and methods for forming images on substrates in printing are provided and may include a first marking station for applying a first ink having a first color to a surface of a substrate, a first partial-curing station downstream from the first marking station, a second marking station downstream from the first partial-curing station for applying a second ink having a second color to the surface of the substrate, a second partial-curing station downstream from the second marking station, a leveling device for applying pressure to the substrate and the partially-cured first ink and second ink to level the first ink and second ink on the surface of the substrate, and a post-leveling curing device for irradiating the as-leveled first ink and second ink on the surface of the substrate to substantially-fully cure the first ink and the second ink.03-15-2012
20120062666METHODS OF FORMING IMAGES ON SUBSTRATES WITH INK PARTIAL-CURING AND CONTACT LEVELING AND APPARATUSES USEFUL IN FORMING IMAGES ON SUBSTRATES - Methods of forming images on substrates in printing and apparatuses for forming images on substrates in printing are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the methods of forming images on substrates in printing includes applying ink onto a surface of a substrate; irradiating the ink on the surface of the substrate with first radiation to partially-cure the ink; applying pressure to the substrate and partially-cured ink at a nip with a first surface of a first member and a second surface of a second member to level the ink on the surface of the substrate; and irradiating the as-leveled ink on the surface of the substrate with second radiation to substantially fully cure the ink.03-15-2012
20120154499CONDUCTOR FORMING METHOD - There is provided a method for forming a conductor, including a first printing step of printing a contour part of the conductor with a first printing ink, a drying step of drying the printed contour part, and a second printing step of printing a remaining part of the conductor with a second printing ink, wherein the second printing ink contains a conductive material and has a surface tension lower than or equal to a surface tension of the first printing ink.06-21-2012
20120154497COATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A coating apparatus includes a movable body, a particle feeding portion, a liquid feeding portion, a stimulus giving portion, and a nip portion. The movable body includes a circumferential face capable of rotating. The particle feeding portion feeds solid particles transparent to visible light to the circumferential face of the movable body. The liquid feeding portion feeds a hardenable liquid, in a form of a layer, on the circumferential face of the movable body supplied with the solid particles. The hardenable liquid is hardened by a stimulus given to the hardenable liquid. The stimulus giving portion gives the stimulus to the hardenable liquid fed on the circumferential face. The nip portion nips the hardenable liquid between the movable body and a recording medium.06-21-2012
20120154498IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMATION METHOD - An image formation device includes an inkjet head that ejects ink onto a sheet, IR heaters that dry the ink ejected on the sheet, and warm air heaters between the IR heaters. At the IR heaters, a peak wavelength of infrared rays is set to be less than or equal to 1.2 μm. By adjusting temperature of the IR heaters and temperature and wind speed of the warm air heaters, during an initial stage of drying in which a moisture content derived from ink at the sheet is greater than or equal to 4.0 g/m06-21-2012
20120154496CURABLE SOLID INKS FOR RAISED PRINT APPLICATIONS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME - Curable solid inks and low shrinkage curable solid inks which are solid at room temperature and molten at an elevated temperature at which the molten ink is applied to a substrate. In particular, the solid inks of the present embodiments retain the advantages of handling, safety, and print quality usually associated with conventional solid phase change inks but provide additional breakthrough performance characteristics such as enhanced robustness, lower jetting temperature, and ultra-low shrinkage upon crystallization, which allow the inks to be used as novel materials in inkjet-based Braille and raised print applications.06-21-2012
20120154495Oxygen Inhibition for Print-Head Reliability - Systems and methods of applying a gaseous inhibitor into a printing region to hinder the curing process of ink on the print heads caused by the presence of stray light in the printing environment.06-21-2012
20110058000Digital Ink Jet Printing Method and Apparatus - A method and apparatus a digital ink-jet printer are presented. A radiation-curable ink is continuously applies to successive locations on a substrate along a print line extending across the substrate. Concurrently with the continuous application of the radiation-curable ink along the print line, first curing radiation of a predetermined first intensity is continuously applied to the applied ink on the successive locations on the substrate along said print line, with a certain time delay, constant for all the locations on the substrate, between the applications of ink and to the first curing radiation. Second curing radiation of a predetermined second intensity is applied to the locations on the substrate a certain time period, constant for all the locations on the substrate, after the application of the first curing radiation to said locations.03-10-2011
20090160923CONCENTRATED ENERGY SOURCE - Apparatus for curing a substance. The apparatus includes a diode for emitting electromagnetic energy at a frequency selected to cure the substance and a culminator positioned to receive at least a portion of the electromagnet energy emitted by the diode. The culminator is selected to concentrate and intensify the received energy and to direct the energy toward an area of the substance. The area has a length and a width less than the length.06-25-2009
20110102528COMPOSITION, RESIST FILM, PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An embodiment of the composition contains any of compounds of the formula A-LG in which A represents any of residues of general formula (A-1) below and LG represents any of groups that are cleaved to generate acids of the formula A-H when acted on by an acid. The composition further contains at least one of a compound that generates an acid when exposed to actinic rays or radiation and a compound that generates an acid when heated.05-05-2011
20110102526CARRIAGE APPARATUS OF INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH - A carriage apparatus of an ink jet recording apparatus, discharges a photocurable ink, while moving with respect to a recording medium in main scan and sub scan directions. The carriage apparatus includes a first recording portion having recording heads for discharging a first ink to the recording medium. A first half curing unit irradiates and half cures the first ink. A second recording portion at a downstream side of a sub scan direction with respect to the first recording portion discharges the second ink to the recording medium and has fewer recording heads than the first recording portion. A second half curing unit irradiates the second ink with light to half cure the second ink. A main curing unit at the downstream side of the sub scan direction of the second recording portion irradiates the recording medium with light, thereby fully curing the half cured first and second inks.05-05-2011
20110102525Non-Contact Heating Of Solid Ink Prints After Ink Fixing - An imaging device includes a media transport system configured to transport print media along a media path. A first print station is positioned along the media path that is configured to apply ink to a first side of the media. A first fixing assembly is positioned along the media path downstream from the first print station. A second print station is positioned along the media path downstream from the first fixing assembly that is configured to apply ink to a second side of the media. A second fixing assembly is positioned along the media path downstream from the second print station. A heater is positioned along the media path downstream from the second fixing assembly that is configured to heat the media to a gloss reducing temperature.05-05-2011
20090153634PRINTING PROCESS - The invention relates to an ink jet printing process which comprises the steps of i) applying a radiation-curable primer to a substrate to form a layer of primer, ii) ink jet printing a radiation-curable ink onto the primer layer, and iii) curing the primer and the ink, wherein the viscosity of the primer increases rapidly after application to the substrate.06-18-2009
20120120168INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An inkjet recording apparatus and an image forming method in which ink curing defects caused by differences in the activation energy absorption characteristics due to differences in the inks are avoided, and a desirable curing process can be achieved.05-17-2012
20100289860INKJET PRINTER AND PRINTING METHOD USING THE SAME - An ink jet printer includes a medium supporter to support a print medium. A print head is configured to eject ink droplets toward the print medium. An ultraviolet light irradiation device is configured to irradiate the print medium with ultraviolet light to cure ink deposited on the print medium. On a carriage, the print head and the ultraviolet light irradiation device are mounted to face the medium supporter. The carriage is reciprocally movable relative to the print medium in a first direction and movable relative to the print medium in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The ultraviolet light irradiation device is arranged on a side in the first direction of the print head. The print head is arranged to project toward an upstream side of a feeding direction in the second direction by a predetermined length relative to the ultraviolet light irradiation device.11-18-2010
20100289859SURFACE-TREATED PIGMENT, INK COMPOSITION, AND INK-JET RECORDING METHOD - A surface-treated pigment is formed of a metal pigment including flat particles whose surfaces are treated with an alkoxysilane compound having a group having an unsaturated double bond between carbon atoms.11-18-2010
20100245512INKJET RECORDING METHOD - Disclosed is an inkjet recording method including recording an image by applying at least one of an ink containing a water-soluble dye of Formula (M), an ink containing a water-soluble dye of Formula (BK), an ink containing a water-soluble dye of Formula (Y), and an ink containing a water-soluble dye of Formula (C) according to an inkjet process, to an inkjet recording medium produced by a method including forming an undercoat layer containing a binder resin and a water-soluble divalent metal salt, to a support; forming a coating film containing at least inorganic fine particles and an acetoacetyl-modified polyvinyl alcohol, on the undercoat layer; and applying a curing solution containing a water-soluble multifunctional compound having two or more amino groups in the molecule, to the coating film, either simultaneously with the forming of the coating film or before the coating film undergoes decreasing-rate drying during drying of the coating film.09-30-2010
20100245513LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a liquid ejecting head having a nozzle opening for ejecting a liquid; a heating unit disposed opposite a liquid ejecting surface of the liquid ejecting head; a transport unit that transports a liquid-ejection-target medium between the liquid ejecting head and the heating unit; a blower unit that blows air onto a liquid-ejection-target surface of the medium; and a blowing control unit. The blower unit is able to vary an amount of air blown in a plurality of regions disposed along a certain direction, the plurality of regions including a region of the liquid-ejection-target medium, and the blowing control unit controls an amount of the air blown from the blower unit in the plurality of the regions along the certain direction on the basis of a width of the medium in the certain direction.09-30-2010
20100245511RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING MATERIAL - A recording device includes: an intermediate transfer member; a layer forming unit that forms a curable solution layer on the intermediate transfer member, the curable solution layer including a liquid-absorbing component, a curable material that is cured by irradiation of UV rays, and a surfactant having an HLB value of from 8 to 18; an ink supply unit that supplies ink droplets to the curable solution layer formed on the intermediate transfer member; a transfer unit that transfers the curable solution layer, to which the ink droplets have been applied, from the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium; and a UV irradiation unit that irradiates UV rays onto the recording medium, to which the curable solution layer has been transferred.09-30-2010
20100245510RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD - There is provided a recording apparatus including: an intermediate transfer body; a forming unit that forms an ink receiving layer on the intermediate transfer body, the ink receiving layer including a first solution layer containing a curable material that cures when irradiated with ultraviolet radiation, and a second solution layer, on the first solution layer, containing a curable material that cures when irradiated with ultraviolet radiation, and a liquid absorbing component, and in the case in which the first solution layer contains a liquid absorbing component, the content of the liquid absorbing component in the second solution layer being larger than the content of the liquid absorbing component in the first solution layer; an ink supplying unit that supplies ink droplets onto the ink receiving layer; a transferring unit that transfers the ink receiving layer from the intermediate transfer body to a recording medium; and an ultraviolet irradiation unit that irradiates the recording medium with ultraviolet radiation.09-30-2010
20120162335RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes: a recording head that ejects fluid onto a recording medium; a supporting member that supports the recording medium; and a heating device that heats the supporting member, in which a supporting surface that supports the recording medium in the supporting member has a surface treatment layer having a radiation factor of 0.85 or more.06-28-2012
20100238246INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An inkjet recording method of the invention includes at least: applying, onto a recording medium, an ink composition containing at least a pigment, a copolymer containing at least a fluorine atom, a water-soluble organic solvent, and water, thereby forming an image; drying the image by removing the water-soluble organic solvent and at least a part of the water from the recording medium; and heat-fixing the image onto the recording medium by bringing a surface of the image into contact with a heating member, and may further include other processes.09-23-2010
20120162336RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus including a conveyor which conveys a recording medium in a conveyance direction; a recording head which ejects recording liquid curable by irradiation of ultraviolet light; a plurality of pretreatment heads which ejects pretreatment liquid curable by irradiation of ultraviolet light, the pretreatment heads including a downstream pretreatment head and an upstream pretreatment head which is positioned upstream of the downstream pretreatment head in the conveyance direction; and a controller which controls the conveyor and the pretreatment heads to cause: a total amount of liquid droplets ejected from the downstream pretreatment head to be greater than a total amount of liquid droplets ejected from the upstream pretreatment head; and a liquid droplet ejected from the downstream pretreatment head to overlap, on the recording medium, a liquid droplet which has been ejected from the upstream pretreatment head.06-28-2012
20120162337METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR INK JET PRINTING ON A NONABSORBENT SUBSTRATE - Ink jet printing on a non-absorbent substrate involves a wet primer having a primer viscosity. The wet primer is applied on the non-absorbent substrate. An ink jet ink having an ink jet viscosity lower than the primer viscosity is jetted over the wet primer while the primer is still wet. The wet primer and ink are simultaneously cured on the substrate.06-28-2012
20090046134Phase change ink compositions - A phase change ink composition comprising (a) at least one curable monomer or prepolymer, (b) at least one gellant, (c) at least one hyperbranched polymer comprising at least one photoinitiating moiety, (d) a colorant, (e) optionally, a reactive oligomer; and (f) optionally, at least one low molecular weight photo initiator.02-19-2009
20100208020INK JET PRINTER FOR PRINTING ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE CURING INK - A printing device has a gas source, a printhead having a nozzle plate with nozzles in the nozzle plate, the nozzles are fluidly connected to corresponding pumping chamber and a gas outlet positioned adjacent to the nozzle plate. The gas outlet is in fluid communication with the gas source and the gas outlet is configured to provide gas to an exposed surface of the nozzle plate so that the gas flow is substantially parallel to the surface of the nozzle plate. Fluid that is ejected out of the nozzles has a UV curable component. After the fluid has been ejected out of the nozzle and onto a receiver, the fluid is irradiated and cured.08-19-2010
20100208022SYSTEM FOR THE FIXING OF PRINTED IMAGES ON A PRINTING SUBSTRATE - Printed images exhibiting a color medium are applied to the printing substrate by a printing device, the printing substrate having been provided beforehand with a viscous fluid film by an application unit arranged in front of the printing device. The color medium of the printed images migrates to a surface of the viscous fluid film and adheres there. After the drying of the fluid film the printed images are firmly fixed on the printing substrate.08-19-2010
20090244231INKJET PRINTER - An inkjet printer includes: a printing part including a print head for ejecting ink to paper to print an image on the paper; a drying part including a heater for drying the ink adhering to the paper printed by the print head; and an agitator for agitating the air in the space in the printing part during a warm-up operation involving raising the temperature of the heater.10-01-2009
20120212553LIQUID DROPLET DISCHARGING DEVICE - A liquid droplet discharging device is provided with a discharge head capable of relative movement through a predetermined plane with respect to a substrate, and adapted to discharge liquid droplets cured by activation light; and an irradiation section for irradiating the liquid droplets on the substrate with the activation light. Also provided is a retaining device whereby a cover member that transmits the activation light is detachably retained in a direction parallel to the predetermined plane.08-23-2012
20110181675INK JET RECORDING SYSTEM AND RECORDING METHOD - An ink jet recording system, contains a recording head that ejects ink to the surface of a target non-ink-absorbing or low ink-absorbing recording medium; a medium support portion that faces the recording head and supports the target recording medium from the back surface; a drying portion as a first fixing portion that evaporates a liquid ingredient of the ink that is ejected to the target recording medium from the recording head and adheres thereto; and a second fixing portion at the downstream side with respect to the drying portion of a feeding direction of the target recording medium, the second fixing portion is an irradiation device that irradiates the target recording medium with ultraviolet ray or electron beam, and the evaporation amount of the liquid ingredient in the drying portion is 40 to 70% by weight of the ink adhering to the target recording medium.07-28-2011
20120133716ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATION DEVICE AND PRINTING DEVICE - An ultraviolet irradiation device 05-31-2012
20120133715Inkjet recording apparatus and inkjet recording method using the same - The present invention is directed to an inkjet recording apparatus 05-31-2012
20120314012BELT LEVELING APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR SIMULTANEOUS LEVELING AND PINNING OF RADIATION CURABLE INKS - Systems for leveling UV-curable gel ink include a leveling belt member having a TEFLON FEP inner layer and a conformable silicone outer layer. A UV source is disposed to direct light through the belt onto a substrate at a leveling or pressure nip defined by the leveling beltz tube and a backing member such as a backing belt and chilled platen.12-13-2012
20120162333Infrared-Absorbing Radiation-Curable Inks - Disclosed is an ink composition comprising: (a) a phase change ink carrier which comprises at least one curable monomer, oligomer, or prepolymer; (b) an initiator; (c) an infrared-absorbing taggant; and (d) an optional colorant, the ink being curable upon exposure to radiation, the ink absorbing radiation in the infrared region.06-28-2012
20120249705INK JET RECORDING METHOD - An ink jet recording method includes heating an ink non-absorbent or low ink-absorbing recording medium to a temperature of 40° C. to 110° C. and performing recording using an aqueous ink composition containing a water-insoluble colorant, a paraffin wax, resin particles, and water.10-04-2012
20120249702PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING DEVICE - A printing method includes: discharging droplets of a liquid curable by active light rays from a nozzle of a discharge head onto a semiconductor device while the semiconductor device is in a heated state; and irradiating the droplets on the semiconductor device using the active light rays.10-04-2012
20110205321INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: a liquid ejection head which ejects an aqueous ultraviolet-curable ink toward a recording surface of a recording medium; a holding and drying unit including: a suction holding drum which conveys the recording medium while holding a back surface side of the recording medium by suction through suction holes formed in an outer circumferential surface of the drum; and a hot air flow drying device disposed to face the outer circumferential surface of the drum; a transfer conveyance device which is arranged at a downstream side of the holding and drying unit and conveys the recording medium while holding a leading end of the recording medium and curving the back surface side in a convex shape; and a fixing unit including an ultraviolet light irradiation device which is arranged at a downstream side of the transfer conveyance device and irradiates ultraviolet light onto the image.08-25-2011
20120176456ULTRAVIOLET CROSSLINKING INK AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An ultraviolet crosslinking ink including a radically polymerizable and anionically polymerizable monomer; a photoradical generator; and a photo-base generator. An inkjet recording method including ejecting an ultraviolet crosslinking ink including a radically polymerizable and anionically polymerizable monomer; a photoradical generator; a photo-base generator; and a colorant, toward a surface of a recording material to form an ink image, and irradiating the ink image with ultraviolet light using a light emitting diode.07-12-2012
20120075394INK, INKJET PRINTER, AND METHOD FOR PRINTING - An ink includes a volatile organic solvent and a UV curable ink. The ink has a viscosity greater than or equal to 3 mPa·sec and less than or equal to 18 mPa·sec (at 25° C.). The UV curable ink has a viscosity of greater than or equal to 20 mPa·sec (at 25° C.). The UV curable ink comprises a pigment, an ultraviolet curable resin curable by an ultraviolet light, and a photopolymerization initiator.03-29-2012
20100271449IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The image forming apparatus, comprises: a plurality of ejection heads which eject liquid containing, a first ultraviolet curing initiator having spectral absorption characteristics at least in a first wavelength range, a second ultraviolet curing initiator which has spectral absorption characteristics at least in a second wavelength range being on a shorter wavelength side from the first wavelength range and has no spectral absorption characteristics in the first wavelength range, an ultraviolet-polymerizable compound, and a coloring material, onto a medium; a semi-curing device which radiates, at least once, ultraviolet light having at least a wavelength which is in the first wavelength range and which is on a longer wavelength side from the second wavelength range, onto dots formed by the liquid ejected from the ejection heads onto the medium; an intermediate processing device which performs intermediate processing of an image formed on the medium by the dots; and a main curing device which radiates ultraviolet light having at least a wavelength in the second wavelength range, onto the image which has undergone intermediate processing by the intermediate processing device.10-28-2010
20120314013SHEET-FED DUPLEX PRINTING PRESS - A sheet-fed duplex printing press includes a front-surface printing unit having a first impression cylinder that can carry cut paper by rotating while holding the cut paper a first blanket cylinder that contacts the first impression cylinder and can transfer heatset ink onto a front surface of the cut paper, and a first ink jet head that can supply the heatset ink to the first blanket cylinder, and a rear-surface printing unit having a second impression cylinder that can carry the cut paper by rotating while holding the cut paper, a second blanket cylinder that contacts the second impression cylinder and can transfer heatset ink onto a rear surface of the cut paper, and a second ink jet head that can supply the heatset ink to the second blanket cylinder, in which the first impression cylinder and the second impression cylinder directly contact each other.12-13-2012
20120249704DRYING APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS HAVING THE DRYING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING NIPPING MEMBER - A drying apparatus provided with a heating portion which includes two nipping members and which is configured to heat a recording medium being nipped by and between the two nipping members, wherein one of the two nipping members is disposed in opposition to the other of the two nipping members, and includes an air-permeable elastic member, and a liquid-repellant film which covers a surface of the elastic member in opposition to the above-indicated other nipping member and which has a plurality of through-holes formed therethrough.10-04-2012
20120249703DRYING DEVICE AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME - A drying device of this disclosure is a drying device that dries ink discharged onto a surface of a recording medium and includes a drying conveyor portion and a blower portion. The drying conveyor portion conveys the recording medium. The blower portion blows air toward the recording medium substantially parallel to an ink recording surface of the recording medium being conveyed by the drying conveyor portion.10-04-2012
20120249701BLACK INK COMPOSITION, INK SET, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - A black ink composition includes a resin-coated carbon black containing a water-soluble resin and carbon black, a water-soluble polymerizable compound, a polymerization initiator, and water, wherein an average primary particle diameter of the carbon black is 20 nm or more, and an absorbance ratio of absorbance at a wavelength of 350 nm with respect to absorbance at a wavelength of 600 nm (absorbance at a wavelength of 350 nm/absorbance at a wavelength of 600 nm), when the black ink composition is diluted 5,000-fold with water, is 1.9 or lower.10-04-2012
20120314011METHOD AND APPLYING A CURABLE HOT-MELT INK ON A MEDIUM - In a method for applying a curable hot-melt ink the ink is applied in a fluid state on a medium, in particular a recording medium or an intermediate transfer member, on which the ink cools, thereby thickening. Then, the applied ink is at least partly heated such that the viscosity of at least a part of the ink decreases. Thereafter, the ink is cured. The method is suitable for providing a high gloss image and/or for improving an ink transfer from the intermediate transfer member to a recording medium and/or for improving an adhesion of the ink on the recording medium.12-13-2012
20120224011CURABLE SOLID INK COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING NOVEL CURABLE WAX - Curable solid ink compositions, comprising a curable wax having a melting point under 40° C. as part of the ink vehicle, which are suitable for ink jet printing in applications that require high and/or variable levels of gloss. In particular, there is provided a novel high gloss, ultraviolet (UV) curable, phase change ink composition comprising a colorant and an ink vehicle comprising a gellant, a reactive diluent, a photoinitiator package, and a curable acrylate wax.09-06-2012
20120224010PRINTING METHOD INCLUDING WEB MEDIA MOVING APPARATUS - A method of printing includes providing a printhead and providing a roller positioned downstream from the printhead. The printhead is used to selectively moisten at least a portion of the web of print media as the web of print media is guided through the printing system. The print media is caused to contact and wrap around a portion of the roller as the print media moves past the roller. The roller, having an axis of rotation, includes a pattern of recesses and ridges positioned along the axis of rotation of the roller. A second section of the roller is located between a first section of the roller and a third section of the roller as viewed along the axis of rotation. The roller includes a profile as viewed along the axis of rotation in which the diameter of the ridges located in the first section of the roller and the diameter of ridges located in the third section of the roller are greater than the diameter of the ridges located in the second section of the roller.09-06-2012
20120224009PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING WEB MEDIA MOVING APPARATUS - A digital printing system for printing on a continuous web of print media includes a printhead configured to selectively moisten at least a portion of the web of print media as the web of print media is guided through the printing system. A roller, positioned downstream from the printhead, contacts the print media and causes the print media to wrap around a portion of the roller as the print media moves past the roller. The roller, having an axis of rotation, includes a pattern of recesses and ridges positioned along the axis of rotation of the roller. A second section of the roller is located between a first section of the roller and a third section of the roller as viewed along the axis of rotation. The roller includes a profile as viewed along the axis of rotation in which the diameter of the ridges located in the first section of the roller and the diameter of ridges located in the third section of the roller are greater than the diameter of the ridges located in the second section of the roller.09-06-2012
20120256992Inkjet Web Printer And Duplex Web Printing Path - In one embodiment, an inkjet printer includes: a first series of print bars arranged along an arc on a first side of an arched printing unit and a second series of print bars arranged along an arc on a second side of the arched printing unit and a dryer positioned within a footprint of the arched printing unit. A plurality of web guides are arranged to guide the web along a duplex printing path past the first print bars for printing on a first side of the web, then through the dryer for drying the first side of the web, then past the second print bars for printing on a second side of the web, and then through the dryer for drying the second side of the web,10-11-2012
20120188318CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A conveying device comprising a conveying body that conveys a recording medium; and a press roller comprising a large diameter portion that is formed at an axial direction central portion of the press roller and makes contact with the conveying body, and small diameter portions formed at both axial direction sides of the large diameter portion with a smaller diameter than the large diameter portion. Only a width direction central portion of the recording medium is pressed against the conveying body by the large diameter portion.07-26-2012
20120188319CUSTOMIZATION OF CURABLE INK PRINTS BY MOLDING - A system has a print head to dispense ink onto a print surface to form a printed image, a molding surface to contact the ink to form an informational image in at least the surface of the ink, and a radiation source to solidify the ink into the printed and informational images. A method includes dispensing ink onto a print medium to form a printed image, pressing a molding surface onto the printed image to transfer an informational image onto the printed image, and solidify the ink into the printed and informational images.07-26-2012
20090021569INK JET PRINTER - An ink jet head of an ink jet printer comprises an ink jet nozzle ejecting ultraviolet curing ink, a pair of ultraviolet LEDs provided on both sides of the ink jet nozzle in the moving direction for emitting ultraviolet light in order to cure the ultraviolet curing ink.01-22-2009
20120229582LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a liquid ejecting head having a nozzle opening for ejecting a liquid; a heating unit disposed opposite a liquid ejecting surface of the liquid ejecting head; a transport unit that transports a liquid-ejection-target medium between the liquid ejecting head and the heating unit; a blower unit that blows air onto a liquid-ejection-target surface of the medium; and a blowing control unit. The blower unit is able to vary an amount of air blown in a plurality of regions disposed along a certain direction, the plurality of regions including a region of the liquid-ejection-target medium, and the blowing control unit controls an amount of the air blown from the blower unit in the plurality of the regions along the certain direction on the basis of a width of the medium in the certain direction.09-13-2012
20120262524LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING METHOD - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes (A) a carriage that moves a nozzle ejecting a liquid which is cured by irradiation of an electromagnetic wave in a moving direction, (B) a first irradiation section that is installed on the carriage and irradiates electromagnetic waves on dots formed by landing the liquid which is ejected from the moving nozzle, on a medium, and (C) a second irradiation section that is installed on the carriage and irradiates electromagnetic waves on the dots which are irradiated by the electromagnetic waves from the first irradiation section, in which an irradiance level of the electromagnetic waves from the second irradiation section is different from that of the electromagnetic waves from the first irradiation section.10-18-2012
20120262525PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM - A printing method and a printing system are provided in which a fast printing speed is achieved, a variety of ultraviolet curable inks can be used, and excellent transfer properties to a printing object can be achieved. First, print processing is performed, thereby printing an image on a transfer pad, next, provisional curing processing is performed, thereby provisionally curing an ultraviolet curable ink applied to the transfer pad, next, transfer processing is performed, thereby transferring the ultraviolet curable ink landed on the transfer pad to a printing object, and next, final curing processing is performed, thereby performing final curing of the ultraviolet curable ink transferred to the printing object. In this way, transfer printing of an image to the printing object can be performed by a single transfer. In addition, if the transfer printing is finished, cleaning processing is performed, thereby cleaning the transfer pad.10-18-2012
20110001783LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a head that ejects liquid to be cured by receiving irradiation of an electromagnetic wave onto a medium; a provisional-curing irradiation section that emits a first electromagnetic wave to a dot formed on the medium by the liquid; and a main-curing irradiation section that emits a second electromagnetic wave, which has irradiation intensity higher than that of the first electromagnetic wave, to the dot to which the first electromagnetic wave is emitted. When the main-curing irradiation section emits the second electromagnetic wave, a dot forming surface of the medium faces the lower side in the direction of gravity.01-06-2011
20120127248INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An inkjet recording method using a clear ink composition includes processes of applying the clear ink composition and of heating the applied clear ink composition, wherein the clear ink composition contains an amino group-containing resin, water, a sparingly water soluble alkanediol, and a wetting agent which is solid at 20° C. and 60% relative humidity.05-24-2012
20100231673IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The image forming method includes: an image forming step of forming an image on a recording medium by using aqueous ink, the recording medium showing dimensional change of not more than 0.1% with respect to water content of 1 g/m09-16-2010
20100231672Method of improving the electrical conductivity of a conductive ink trace pattern and system therefor - A method and system for improving the electrical conductivity of a conductive ink trace pattern provided on a substrate involves the printing of a conductive ink on a substrate to form a trace pattern thereon, fixing the trace pattern to the substrate and performing calendering on the substrate having the trace pattern fixed thereto.09-16-2010
20120086762INK JET RECORDING METHOD - A method of ink jet recording including forming an uncured first ink layer of a first ultraviolet curable ink A on a recording medium, forming an uncured second ink layer having a recording pattern inside the uncured first ink layer of the ink A by discharging a second ultraviolet curable ink B from an ink jet head, and curing the uncured first ink layer by irradiating the uncured first ink layer with ultraviolet light after forming the uncured second ink layer, wherein the ink A contains a photoradical generator and the ink B contains a photobase generator and a coloring agent.04-12-2012
20120092428INK-JET INKS HAVING POLYMERS AND NEAR-INFRARED ABSORBING DYES - The present disclosure is drawn to methods and compositions directed at durable ink-jet inks. As such, an ink-jet ink can comprise a liquid vehicle, a colorant dispersed or dissolved in the liquid vehicle, a high T04-19-2012
20120287213UV INK JET PRINTING INK COMPOSITION - A 1K UV-ink jet printing ink composition comprising effect pigments, wherein the composition comprises: 11-15-2012
20120287212ROBUST CURABLE SOLID INKS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME - Curable solid inks and low shrinkage curable solid inks which are solid at room temperature and molten at an elevated temperature at which the molten ink is applied to a substrate. In particular, the solid inks of the present embodiments retain the advantages of handling, safety, and print quality usually associated with conventional solid phase change inks but provide additional breakthrough performance characteristics such as enhanced curing and robustness, lower jetting temperature, and ultra-low shrinkage upon crystallization, which allow the inks to be used as novel materials in inkjet-based print applications.11-15-2012
20120287214IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A nozzle surface (nozzle plate) of a printing head which ejects UV-curable ink from a nozzle is tilted with a predetermined inclination angle θ with respect to the recording surface of a recording sheet so as to face the opposite side to an ultraviolet irradiator. In this manner, it is difficult for the ultraviolet light which is radiated from the ultraviolet irradiator, and is reflected on the recording sheet to input to the nozzle plate, and it is possible to prevent ink in the nozzle from being thickened, or being cured due to the ultraviolet light.11-15-2012
20100201773INK JET PRINTER USING UV INK - An ink jet printer includes a platen configured to receive a print media, an ink jet head, and at least one UVLED. The ink jet head is relatively movable with respect to a surface of the print media received on the platen and configured to shoot an ink drop at the surface of the print media. The at least one UVLED is configured to irradiate the ink drop on the surface of the print media with UV rays to cure the ink drop on the surface of the print media.08-12-2010
20100201771LIQUID DISCHARGING METHOD AND LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting method using a liquid discharging apparatus, the method including: a first process, forming dots on a medium in a predetermined direction at a first interval by discharging liquid that is cured when electromagnetic waves are irradiated to the medium; a second process, irradiating the dots formed on the medium with electromagnetic waves; a third process, forming dots in the predetermined direction at the first interval so that the dots formed in the first process and the dots formed in the third process are positioned in the predetermined direction at a second interval which is shorter than the first interval; and a fourth process, irradiating the dots formed on the medium with electromagnetic waves.08-12-2010
20120140007INKJET PRINTERS WITH DUAL PAPER SENSORS - A printer that determines paper type includes a first short and long wavelength radiation source located on a first side of paper which first radiation source sequentially outputs a short wavelength radiation and a long wavelength radiation onto the first side of the paper that reflects the long wavelength radiation and the short wavelength radiation is absorbed by the paper and emitted as long wavelength fluorescence radiation; one or more first detectors located on the first side of the paper and each detector detects a long wavelength fluorescence signal resulting from the short wavelength radiation source of the first radiation source and a reflectance signal resulting from the long wavelength radiation source of the first short and long wavelength radiation source; a second short and long wavelength radiation source located on a second side of the paper which second short wavelength and long wavelength radiation source sequentially outputs a short wavelength radiation and a long wavelength radiation onto the second side of the paper that reflects the long wavelength radiation and the short wavelength radiation is absorbed by the paper and emitted as long wavelength fluorescence radiation; one or more second detectors located on the second side of the paper each detector detects a long wavelength fluorescence signal resulting from the short wavelength radiation source of the second radiation source and a reflectance signal resulting from the long wavelength radiation source of the second short and long wavelength radiation source; and a lookup table that determines a paper type from a plurality of paper types based on the fluorescence signal and reflectance signals.06-07-2012
20130010041METHODS FOR RADIATION CURABLE GEL INK LEVELING AND DIRECT-TO-SUBSTRATE DIGITAL RADIATION CURABLE GEL INK PRINTING, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS HAVING PRESSURE MEMBER WITH HYDROPHOBIC SURFACE - A UV curable gel ink leveling method for digital direct-to-substrate UV curable gel ink printing includes jetting UV curable gel ink directly onto a substrate, irradiating the gel ink to increase a viscosity of the gel ink, adding sacrificial release fluid to a hydrophilic contact roll, and leveling the ink at a leveling nip formed by the contact roll and a pressure roll. The pressure roll comprises an elastomeric material and a surface that is hydrophobic.01-10-2013
20100141726IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming method includes: moisture-controlling one surface of an inkjet recording medium having an air permeability of 300 seconds or more; feeding the moisture-controlled inkjet recording medium onto a conveyance path in a state where the moisture-controlled inkjet recording medium is curled such that a surface of the moisture-controlled inkjet recording medium that is curved inwards faces the conveyance path for conveying the inkjet recording medium; conveying the fed inkjet recording medium while adhering the inkjet recording medium by suction onto the conveyance path; and forming an image by applying ink by an inkjet method on the inkjet recording medium adhered by suction to the conveyance path.06-10-2010
20130016164LIQUID EJECTION DEVICEAANM USUDA; HidenoriAACI MatsumotoAACO JPAAGP USUDA; Hidenori Matsumoto JP - A liquid ejection device has a feeding mechanism, a nozzle, an irradiating section, and a color meter. The feeding mechanism is configured and arranged to feed a medium in a feed direction. The nozzle is configured and arranged to eject a liquid to be cured by irradiation of light toward the medium. The irradiating section is configured and arranged to radiate the light toward the liquid landed on the medium. The color meter is disposed on a downstream side of the feed direction with respect to the irradiating section so as to perform color measurement of an image generated on the medium, the color meter being configured and arranged such that calibration of the color meter is performed by reading a reference. The irradiating section is configured and arranged to radiate the light when the calibration of the color meter is performed.01-17-2013
20130016165INKJET RECORDING APPARATUSAANM Izawa; HideoAACI ChibaAACO JPAAGP Izawa; Hideo Chiba JPAANM Ooyama; KouichiAACI AkitaAACO JPAAGP Ooyama; Kouichi Akita JPAANM Sato; MasahitoAACI AkitaAACO JPAAGP Sato; Masahito Akita JP - [Object] To provide an inkjet recording apparatus that can obtain a recorded object with high quality by reliably inhibiting flapping of a travelling web to maintain travelling stability.01-17-2013
20130016167RECORDING APPARATUSAANM Kitagishi; MikioAACI Matsumoto-shiAACO JPAAGP Kitagishi; Mikio Matsumoto-shi JPAANM Ota; MihoAACI Shiojiri-shiAACO JPAAGP Ota; Miho Shiojiri-shi JP - A recording apparatus includes a recording head that ejects fluid onto a recording medium, a transport device that transports the recording medium along a support surface, and a heating device that heats the recording medium. The heating device is provided with plural first heating units in a direction crossing the transport direction in a state where a side of the first heating unit is parallel with the transport direction, and a second heating unit which extends in the transport direction at a boundary region which is present between the neighboring first heating units.01-17-2013
20130016166INKJET INK COMPOSITION AND INKJET RECORDING METHODAANM HAYATA; YuuichiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP HAYATA; Yuuichi Kanagawa JP - An ink composition is provided that comprises at least (Component A-1) diethylene glycol monobutyl ether acrylate, (Component A-2) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by Formula (1), phenoxyethyl acrylate, isobornyl acrylate, 3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexyl acrylate, and 4-t-butylcyclohexyl acrylate, (Component A-3) an N-vinyllactam and/or tetrahydrofurfuryl acrylate, and (Component B) a polymerization initiator, Component A-1 having a content of 1 to 35 wt % of the entire ink composition, and Components A-1 to A-3 having a total content of 60 to 90 wt % of the entire ink composition01-17-2013
20110157284RECORDING METHOD - A recording method includes: printing a recording pattern onto an electronic component with a photocuring liquid having the property of accelerating curing when irradiated with light; irradiating light onto liquid that constitutes the recording pattern after the printing of the recording pattern; and thinning the film that constitutes the recording pattern after the irradiating of the light.06-30-2011
20130021420METHOD FOR DRYING PRINTED MATERIAL - A method for drying printed material operates with the aid of a one-dimensional or two-dimensional array of radiation sources which can be driven individually or in groups. At the same time, the high-resolution image data describing the printing image or a content of printing forms for individual color separations is transformed into image data of lower resolution. Position data which describes the position of the printed image in the transport direction is also obtained from a device for transporting the printing material. Control data for modulation of an intensity of the radiation sources or groups of radiation sources of the array are generated from the image data of lower resolution and the position data, so that the printing material is swept over in the transport direction with time-modulated radiation points which in each case include a plurality of image points of the higher-resolution printed image.01-24-2013
20130135408PRINTING APPARATUS - There is provided a printing apparatus capable of improving total throughput of color measurement and preventing damage to a printed image. Therefore a colorimetric housing 05-30-2013
20120242768INK JET RECORDING METHOD, INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS, AND INK JET RECORDED MATTER - An ink jet recording method including: applying at least two energy beam curable liquids different from each other in surface tension on a recording medium to form an energy beam curable liquid layer having a distribution pattern of different surface tensions; ejecting an energy beam curable ink on the energy beam curable liquid layer formed on the recording medium; and irradiating the energy beam curable liquid layer and the energy beam curable ink with energy beams to cure the energy beam curable liquid layer and the energy beam curable ink to form an image.09-27-2012
20120242765TRANSIENT VOLTAGE SUPPRESSION IN SOLID-STATE LIGHT FIXTURES - A lighting module has an array of solid state light emitters positioned to transmit ultraviolet light, a power supply electrically coupled to the array of solid state light emitters through a connector, and a transient voltage suppressor electrically coupled to the connector. A printing system includes a lighting module having an array of emitters, the lighting module electrically coupled to a power supply having a transient voltage suppressor, a print substrate delivery system positioned to receive light from the array of emitters, and an ink delivery system positioned to delivery ink to the print substrate such that the ink receives sufficient illumination from the lighting module to cure the ink. A lighting system has a lighting module having an array of light emitters, a power supply electrically coupled to the lighting module, and a transient voltage suppressor electrically coupled to the power supply.09-27-2012
20080252709WATER-BASED HEAT FIXING INK AND HEAT FIXING INKJET RECORDING METHOD - A water-based heat fixing ink comprising at least the following 4 compounds, a: pigment; b: water-soluble resin comprising a copolymer, in which a monomer having a carboxyl group and monomer having a hydrophobic group are polymerized, and the resin is dissolved by neutralization with an amine; c: an organic solvent satisfying following Equation (1) which is represented by a hydrogen bonding term and a polar term of a solubility parameter; and d: water; wherein b is contained in an amount of 0.5-7.0 weight % as a free polymer in a water-based heat fixing ink,10-16-2008
20080239045INK SET FOR INKJET RECORDING AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD - An ink set for inkjet recording is provided that includes at least a colored liquid comprising at least a radically polymerizable compound, a photopolymerization initiator, and a colorant and an undercoat liquid comprising at least a radically polymerizable compound and a photopolymerization initiator, the undercoat liquid comprising a sensitizer represented by Formula (I) below.10-02-2008
20080225101RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a support drum that rotates while supporting a recording medium on a support surface thereof. A guide axis extends in parallel with a rotation axis of the support drum along the support surface. A carriage that is guided by the guide axis moves back and forth along the support surface. A recording head for ejecting ultraviolet curing type ink toward a recording medium is supported on the support surface. The recording head has head units and is mounted on the carriage. Each head unit ejects a different type of ultraviolet curing type ink to a different position along an extending direction of the guide axis. An ultraviolet emission unit of the recording apparatus includes ultraviolet light sources that generate ultraviolet light having at least an intensity, wavelength, or emission time that is different from those of the other ultraviolet light sources.09-18-2008
20080225100RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus includes a support drum which rotates while supporting a recording medium on a support surface thereof. A guide shaft of the recording apparatus is spaced apart from the support surface by a predetermined distance and extends in parallel to a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the support drum. A carriage which is guided by the guide shaft is reciprocally moved along the support surface. A recording head mounted on the carriage ejects an ultraviolet curing ink toward the recording medium. An ultraviolet ray irradiation unit irradiates ultraviolet rays to the ultraviolet curing inks which are ejected from the recording head. In operation, the carriage is moved along the guide shaft so as to form an image formed by the ultraviolet curing ink and a coat ink over the overall surface of the recording medium supported by the support drum.09-18-2008
20080225099Photo-curable Ink-jet Ink Compositions, Systems, And Methods - The present invention is drawn to photo-curable ink-jet ink compositions, systems, and methods. One exemplary ink-jet ink composition includes a liquid vehicle, a milled pigment which has been milled in a milling solvent having minimal to no gas solvency for the milled pigment, and a photo initiator. In this embodiment, the composition can be ink-jettable at frequencies of at least 29 KHz without requiring degassing during printing.09-18-2008
20110261129ACTIVE ENERGY RAY CURABLE INK JET RECORDING LIQUID COMPOSITION AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD USING THE SAME - The invention provides an active energy ray curable ink jet recording liquid composition including a radically polymerizable compound, an active energy ray polymerization initiator, a wax and water, wherein the melting point of the wax is 40° C. or more and 120° C. or less.10-27-2011
20130176370LED CURABLE COMPOSITIONS - A radiation curable composition includes a) at least one monomer comprising at least one vinyl ether group and at least one (meth)acrylate group; and b) at least one diffusion hindered photoinitiator selected from the group consisting of a polymeric photoinitiator, a multifunctional photoinitiator and a polymerizable photoinitiator characterized in that the diffusion hindered photoinitiator includes at least one structural moiety according to Formula (I):07-11-2013
20120249706LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS - A light emitting device includes a substrate, a light emitting body, a thermally conductive member, and a heat radiation member. The substrate has a first face and a second face which is a face opposite to the first face. The light emitting body is held on a side of the first face of the substrate and emits light. The thermally conductive member is provided so as to be in contact with the second face of the substrate and contains a high thermal conductive material. The heat radiation member is provided so as to be in contact with the thermally conductive member and radiates heat conducted from the substrate through the thermally conductive member.10-04-2012
20130113868INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR PRINTING ULTRAVIOLET (UV) CURABLE INK - An inkjet printing apparatus (05-09-2013
20130113867RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording apparatus includes a recording head which discharges ultraviolet curing inks toward a recording sheet while reciprocally moving in a reciprocal movement direction M crossing a transportation direction S of the recording sheet; and an ultraviolet irradiation head which irradiates ultraviolet rays toward the ultraviolet curing inks discharged from the recording head and attached to the recorded medium. The recording head includes a going recording head and a returning recording head which are disposed at the front and the back of the reciprocal movement direction M with respect to a region in which the ultraviolet irradiation head irradiates the ultraviolet rays to the recording sheet.05-09-2013
20130100220LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a head that ejects liquid to be cured by receiving irradiation of an electromagnetic wave onto a medium; a provisional-curing irradiation section that emits a first electromagnetic wave to a dot formed on the medium by the liquid; and a main-curing irradiation section that emits a second electromagnetic wave, which has irradiation intensity higher than that of the first electromagnetic wave, to the dot to which the first electromagnetic wave is emitted. When the main-curing irradiation section emits the second electromagnetic wave, a dot forming surface of the medium faces the lower side in the direction of gravity.04-25-2013
20130100218RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet printer includes a liquid recording head that is arranged at a halfway position of a transportation path of a sheet to be transported to a downstream side from an upstream side, and performs surface print processing by adhering ink to a surface of the sheet, a drying device that is arranged so as to be spaced from the liquid recording head on the transportation path, and an exhaust fan that generates airflow for suppressing heat transfer from the drying device to the liquid recording head between the liquid recording head and the drying device.04-25-2013
20130100221RADIATION CURABLE INKJET PRINTING METHODS - A radiation curable inkjet printing method for producing printed flexible foils and plastic bags wherein a web-like polymeric substrate having a maximum value for Tan δ between 40° C. and 110° C. and a surface energy S04-25-2013
20130100219SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND JAM CLEARING METHOD - A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising: a first processing unit including a first sheet conveyance mechanism; a second processing unit including a second sheet conveyance mechanism; a cutting unit, interposed between the first processing unit and the second processing unit, for cutting the sheet; and a controlling unit that controls, in a case of trouble with sheet conveyance, driving of the first sheet conveyance mechanism until an end of the sheet reaches the first processing unit side beyond a cutting position of the cutting unit.04-25-2013
20130100217PRINTING APPARATUS AND SHEET DRYING DEVICE - To downsize a drying device that blows gas on a sheet to dry the sheet. A printing apparatus is provided with: a print head of an inkjet type; and a drying unit that dries a sheet printed by a print head. The drying unit has: a plurality of conveying rollers that support the sheet; a conveying belt that conveys the sheet; and a nozzle that is arranged between the plurality of conveying rollers in a direction of the conveyance of the sheet by the conveying belt and blows gas toward the sheet. The nozzle has a blowout port and the blowout port is tilted with respect to a surface of the sheet, which is supported by the conveying rollers.04-25-2013
20130127962IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - An image recording device includes: a conveyor unit for conveying a recording medium; a drum for rotating under the force of friction against the recording medium being conveyed by the conveyor unit, the recording medium being wound around an outer peripheral surface thereof; an ejection unit for ejecting a photo-curable ink to record an image on a portion, of the recording medium, that is wound around the drum; a light irradiation unit for irradiating the portion, of the recording medium, that is wound around the drum with light to cure the ink on the recording medium, downstream of the recording medium on a conveyance path with respect to the ejection unit; and a cooling unit for cooling the drum.05-23-2013
20130127961COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING IT - A process for producing a composite material or a precursor thereof includes the steps: (i) printing a support material (A1) with an ink (D) which can be cured by irradiation with light, the support material (A1) (a) being impregnable with a curable resin (B) which after curing is transparent and light-stable, and (b) having a translucency, based on the overall thickness, of 10-95%, preferably 20-90%, more preferably 30-80% for light in the wavelength range of 200-500 nm; (ii) curing the ink (D) by irradiation with light; (iii) impregnating the thus-treated support material (A1) with a curable resin (B) which after curing is transparent and light-stable, and optionally combining the support material (A1) with at least one further support material (A2); and (iv) curing the curable resin (B) simultaneously with or after step (iii); and also relates to the material obtainable by this process.05-23-2013
20130127960PRINTING SYSTEM FOR APPLICATION OF A PATTERNED CLEAR LAYER FOR REDUCING GLOSS BANDING - The invention involves application of a clear, low-density after-layer of high gloss ink onto a printed substrate to reduce or eliminate negative printing effects, such as gloss banding. Some embodiments of the invention involve a method of applying colored ink, curing the colored ink, applying a clear ink layer in a pattern, and curing the clear layer.05-23-2013
20130135407TARGET TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS - A target transport apparatus includes a transport roller pair that has a plurality of segmented roller members disposed at intervals in a width direction that intersects with a transport direction of continuous paper and that imparts a transport force on the continuous paper by the segmented roller members pinching the continuous paper; and an image capturing unit, disposed in a location that corresponds to a pinched area in the width direction of the continuous paper that is pinched by the segmented roller members and to the pinched area along the transport direction, that detects, without making contact with the continuous paper, an amount by which the continuous paper is transported by the transport roller pair.05-30-2013
20130141504LIGHT-CURABLE INK COMPOSITION FOR INK JET RECORDING AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD USING THE SAME - A light-curable ink composition for ink jet recording contains a coloring material, a polymerizable compound, and a photopolymerization initiator. The coloring material contains at least C.I. Pigment Yellow 155, and the polymerizable compound contains at least a vinyl-ether-containing (meth)acrylate represented by general formula (I) below:06-06-2013
20130127963Printing Ink - This invention relates to a radiation-curable ink-jet ink having a viscosity of 30 mPas or less at 25° C., the ink comprising: at least two monofunctional (meth)acrylate monomers which comprise a cyclic monofunctional (meth)acrylate monomer and 2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethyl acrylate; a monofunctional monomer selected from an N-vinyl amide, and N-acryloyl amine or a mixture thereof; a multifunctional (meth)acrylate monomer; a polymerisable (meth)acrylate oligomer; a radical photoinitiator; and a colouring agent. The ink is preferably used in reel-to-reel printing and in printing where the substrates are stacked.05-23-2013
20110273522PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF INSTALLING PRINTING APPARATUS - A printing apparatus includes a first housing at least a sheet feeding unit is provided therein and a second housing at least a printing unit is provided therein. The first housing and the second housing are individually supported on a floor. The first housing and the second housing are separable for the purpose of maintenance.11-10-2011
20100309270INKJET-RECORDING MEDIUM AND INKJET-RECORDING METHOD USING SAME - To provide an inkjet-recording medium including a water non-absorptive support, and an ink-receiving layer which is formed over at least one surface of the water non-absorptive support and which contains inorganic microparticles, wherein the ink-receiving layer has an ink-absorption capacity of 2 mL/m12-09-2010
20100309269CURING - A method of curing radiation-curable fluid is described. In one example, the method includes emitting radiation from an array of light-emitting diodes towards ink to be cured. LEDs are cheap, light weight, highly efficient in their conversion of electrical power, and give effectively instant switching to full power. Another advantage is that the emission spectrum of an LED is sharply peaked around the nominal frequency. Thus LEDs give several advantages over conventional radiation sources such as mercury lamps. A low oxygen environment is preferably provided at the radiation source to accelerate the curing reaction. Also described are inks which are specially formulated to respond to the radiation emission spectrum of an LED.12-09-2010
20100309268RADIATION CURABLE INKJET PRINTING METHODS - A radiation curable inkjet printing method for producing printed flexible foils and plastic bags includes the steps of a) providing a web-like polymeric substrate having a maximum value for Tan δ between 40° C. and 110° C.; b) providing a single pass inkjet printer having at least one page-wide printhead or at least one set of staggered printheads, a transporting device arranged to transport the web-like recording medium, and a curing device; c) jetting onto the web-like polymeric substrate having a surface energy Ssub, a non-aqueous radiation curable inkjet liquid having a surface tension SLiq, wherein SLiq is smaller than SSub by at least 4 mN/m; and d) curing the radiation curable liquid on the substrate at a surface temperature equal or higher than the temperature of the maximum value for Tan δ and smaller than the melting point of the polymeric recording medium. The maximum value for Tan δ is determined by dynamic mechanical analysis at a temperature ramp of 3° C./min using forced oscillation with a cycle of 1 second and an amplitude of 100 μm. Also, a single pass inkjet printer for performing the method.12-09-2010
20120274718IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming method includes the steps of: depositing an ink containing 10% or more and less than 30% of a water-soluble high-boiling-point organic solvent having an SP value of 28 or lower, onto a recording medium in accordance with an image signal, the ink having a viscosity of 10 cP or lower in a case where a temperature of the ink is 25° C.; removing water contained in the solvent of the ink on the recording medium, by a heating drying device; and heating and pressurizing the ink so as to fix the ink onto the recording medium.11-01-2012
20120274717PHOTOCURABLE INK COMPOSITION, RECORDING METHOD, RECORDING APPARATUS, PHOTOCURABLE INK JET RECORDING INK COMPOSITION, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD - A photocurable ink composition includes polymerizable compounds and a photopolymerization initiator. The polymerizable compounds include vinyl ether group-containing (meth)acrylic esters represented by the following Formula (I):11-01-2012
20120274716Print Process For Phase Separation Ink - A process including disposing at least one phase separation ink in an imagewise fashion onto a final image receiving substrate to form an ink image, wherein disposing is at a first temperature at which the at least one phase separation ink is in a molten, unseparated state; cooling the ink image to a second temperature sufficient to initiate crystallization of at least one component of the at least one phase separation ink, wherein at the second temperature the at least one phase separation ink comprises a crystalline phase and an amorphous phase; wherein the amorphous phase of the at least one phase separation ink substantially penetrates into the final image receiving substrate; and wherein the crystalline phase of the at least one phase separation ink substantially remains on the surface of the final image receiving substrate; applying pressure to the ink image on the final image receiving substrate; and allowing the ink to complete crystallization.11-01-2012
20110242244INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND THERMAL INSULATION METHOD - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: an image formation unit including an inkjet head which forms an image on a recording medium, and an image formation drum which rotates while supporting the recording medium on a circumferential surface and thereby moves the recording medium relatively to the inkjet head; a drying process unit including a drying process device which performs a drying process on the recording medium on which the image has been formed by the inkjet head, and a drying drum which rotates while supporting the recording medium on a circumferential surface and thereby moves the recording medium in a process region of the drying process unit; and an air curtain generation unit which generates an air flow in a downward direction between the image formation unit and the drying process unit, and thereby generates an air curtain for thermal insulation between the image formation unit and the drying process unit.10-06-2011
20110242243INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD - An ink jet recording apparatus of the present invention includes a head, a first light source, a second light source. Liquid droplets of a photo-curable ink composition are applied to a recording medium. After one second or less elapses from the time when the liquid droplets are applied to the recording medium, the liquid droplets are illuminated with light of the first light source. After 0.1 second or more and one second or less elapses from the time when the liquid droplets are illuminated with light of the first light source, the liquid droplets are illuminated with light of the second light source.10-06-2011
20110242242Image Forming Apparatus and Image Forming Method - There is provided an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus including: a first discharge head which discharges, toward the recording medium, an ink containing a coloring agent; a second discharge head which discharges, toward the recording medium, a liquid which improves image quality and which contains a component for coagulating or depositing the coloring agent; an energy emitting device which emits active energy; and a transport mechanism which transports the recording medium to a position opposed to the first discharge head and the second discharge head, wherein: at least one of the ink and the liquid contains a curable substance which is curable by being irradiated with the active energy.10-06-2011
20110234728INK JET RECORDING PROCESS - Recording onto a non-ink-absorbing recording medium is performed using an aqueous ink composition containing a first solvent composed of at least one selected from 2-pyrrolidone, 1,3-dimethyl-imidazolidinone, and N,N′-dimethylpropylene urea, a second solvent composed of at least one selected from 1,2-hexanediol and 1,2-pentanediol, and a third solvent composed of at least one selected from glycol diethers and heating the non-ink-absorbing recording medium at 40 to 60° C.09-29-2011
20110234727INK JET RECORDING PROCESS - Recording onto a non-ink-absorbing or low-ink-absorbing recording medium is performed using an aqueous ink composition containing a first solvent composed of a glycol diether having a boiling point of 150 to 220° C., a second solvent composed of at least one selected from 1,2-hexanediol and 1,2-pentanediol, and a third solvent composed of a glycol having a boiling point of 170 to 220° C. and conducting two drying steps at different heating conditions.09-29-2011
20110234726INK JET RECORDING METHOD - An ink jet recording method includes recording with an aqueous ink composition on a non-ink-absorbing or low-ink-absorbing recording medium. The aqueous ink composition contains a water-insoluble colorant, water-insoluble thermoplastic resin particles, a surfactant, a first solvent including at least one selected from 2-pyrrolidone and N,N′-dimethylpropylene urea, a second solvent including 1,2-hexanediol, and a third solvent including at least one selected from glycol diethers having a boiling point of 240° C. or more and 280° C. or less.09-29-2011
20110234725INK-JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK SET - An ink-jet recording method, having the steps of: ejecting droplets of inks from an orifice of a recording head onto a recording sheet in response to recording signals; and heating the recording sheet to 70° C. or higher before the droplets of the ink land on the recording sheet or at the time of landing thereof, thereby to form a multi-order color image on the recording sheet, in which the inks are two or more kinds of inks that thicken by heating and have different color hues from each other, and the droplets of the inks are ejected in sequence from the ink having the lowest viscosity at 70° C. among the inks.09-29-2011
20110234724CORRUGATED PRE-CURLER FOR MEDIA HOLD-DOWN TRANSPORT - A system for maintaining depth of focus in an ink jet printer between a series of print heads and corrugated media includes a vacuum transport in combination with a heating element positioned upstream of the series of print heads in order to help the vacuum transport acquire the corrugated media and seal edges of the corrugated media against a platen.09-29-2011
20110234723PRINTING SYSTEMS WITH PROGRESSIVE IMAGE TRANSFER AND PROGRESSIVE RADIANT ENERGY EXPOSURE OF IMAGES FOR MULTI-PASS PRINTING, PRINTING APPARATUSES AND CORRESPONDING METHODS - Printing systems, printing apparatuses and methods of forming images on media are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the printing systems includes a rotatable intermediate member including an outer surface on which marking material can be applied by a marking system to form an image via multiple passes of the intermediate member past the marking system; a transport device including a rotatable transport belt having an inlet end and an outlet end, the transport device being movable relative to the outer surface of the intermediate member to engage the transport belt with a medium starting at the inlet end at which a leading edge of the medium enters and progressively increase an engagement zone with the medium toward the outlet end as the leading edge of the medium advances, the outer surface and the transport belt forming an image transfer/curing zone along which the image is transferred from the outer surface to the medium, the image transfer/curing zone increasing in length as the transport belt is progressively engaged with the advancing medium; and a radiating device including a radiant energy source adapted to simultaneously progressively expose the image to radiant energy while the image is being transferred to the medium along the image transfer/curing zone.09-29-2011
20090207224PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A printing apparatus for printing on a substrate comprises a first support for the substrate and a second support moveable relative to the first support. The second support supports an inkjet print head and at least one plasma source. The print head and plasma source move with the support to apply plasma to the substrate and to deposit ink on the substrate treated with the plasma.08-20-2009
20130155161KEYBOARD MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Disclosed herein are a keyboard manufacturing apparatus and method that provide improved printing of at least one of a letter, a symbol, a number, and a pattern onto a keycap of a keyboard. The keyboard manufacturing apparatus includes a loader to load a keyboard, an unloader to unload the keyboard, a printing device provided between the loader and the unloader to print at least one of the letter, symbol, number and pattern onto the keyboard, wherein the printing device includes a support on which the keyboard is positioned, and an inkjet unit to print the at least one of the letter, symbol, number and pattern onto the keyboard, wherein the inkjet unit includes an inkjet head containing ink with a color identical to a specific color to be printed onto the keyboard, and a hardeners positioned on one side of the inkjet head to dry the ink.06-20-2013
20130155162PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING DEVICE - A printing method comprises supplying a flocculant for promoting aggregation reaction of aggregative material that gels by aggregation to at least a region of a printing medium having a small capillary force, shooting droplets of ink containing the aggregative material by an ink jet method to at least the region of the printing medium having a small capillary force, and fixing the ink that has gelled by the aggregation reaction between the aggregative material and the flocculant onto the printing medium.06-20-2013
20120281049INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An inkjet recording apparatus includes: an image forming device; a scanning device; a relative movement device which causes relative movement between the recording medium and the image forming device; a first active light beam irradiation device which radiates an active light beam onto the ink to provisionally cure the ink; a second active light beam irradiation device which radiates an active light beam having an irradiation light quantity for fully curing the ink; an ejection control device which controls ink ejection from the nozzle row, for each of a plurality of nozzle groups; and an irradiation control device which controls irradiation of the active light beam of the first active light beam irradiation device, with respect to each of a plurality of irradiation units, according to an irradiation light quantity of the active light beam of the first active light beam irradiation device.11-08-2012
20130182057INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS - An ink jet recording method includes using at least a first ink composition containing a color material and a second ink composition containing a resin as well as substantially not containing a color material, including: a first recording step recording the first ink composition onto a medium to be recorded; a second recording step recording the second ink composition onto the image; a second drying step of drying the image at a first temperature, which is performed during execution of the second recording step or thereafter; and a third drying step of drying the image at a second temperature which exceeds the first temperature after the second drying step; in which, the second ink composition does not substantially contain an aprotic polar solvent, and the heat deformation temperature of the resin exceeds the first temperature and is lower than the second temperature.07-18-2013
20110310204INKJET PRINTER AND PRINTING METHOD - To provide a printing method that enhances bonding between a colored-ink layer and an overprint layer, flatten a surface of the overprint layer, and make it possible to print glossy images or decorative colors when performing overprinting on a colored ink print using an inkjet printer.12-22-2011
20110310203Pre-Heating Print Media - A system for pre-heating print media includes a carriage: a plurality of printheads disposed on the carriage; and a plurality of heating lamps disposed on the carriage such that each of the printheads is associated with at least one of the heating lamps. Each of the heating lamps heats a corresponding portion of a print medium prior to arrival of a printhead associated with that heating lamp at that portion of the print medium.12-22-2011
20130194367DRYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - There is provided a drying device including: an airflow path extending in a direction intersecting with a conveyance path of a recording medium; an external air intake section that introduces external air into the airflow path; and a heating and blowing section provided to the airflow path that heats external air introduced into the airflow path and blows drying air onto a front face of the recording medium being conveyed on the conveyance path.08-01-2013
20130194365SEPARATION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM TO CURE INK - An image forming apparatus includes an ink applicator unit to selectively apply ultraviolet (UV) curable ink on a media, a media support unit to support the media to receive the UV curable ink, and a UV radiation curing device to cure the UV curable ink on the media. The UV radiation curing device includes a UV radiation source module to emit an electromagnetic spectrum and a dispersion member. The dispersion member may separate ultraviolet electromagnetic radiation subtype C (UVC radiation) from at least one of ultraviolet electromagnetic radiation subtype A (UVA radiation) in the electromagnetic spectrum and ultraviolet electromagnetic radiation subtype B (UVB radiation), apply the UVC radiation to the UV curable ink on the media, and subsequently apply the at least one of the UVA radiation and the UVB radiation after the UVC radiation is applied to the UV curable ink on the media.08-01-2013
20130194366SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIGITAL RAISED PRINTING - Systems and methods are provided for digital printing of Braille or other raised printing. In some embodiments, ink is printed directly from a print head onto a substrate, rather than onto a transfer drum that is later printed onto a substrate. In some embodiments, a plurality of layers of a curable, phase-change ink are printed onto the substrate, wherein pauses of a predetermined time are included in between of layers to enable the curable, phase-change ink to set up into a given shape and height. In some embodiments, temperatures of printing components are lowered from those used for traditional printing, so as to enable the curable phase change ink to set up into a given shape and height. In some embodiments, spacing of components are altered from those used for traditional printing, so as to enable the curable phase change ink to set up into a given shape and height.08-01-2013
20130201266PRINTING APPARATUS USING PHOTOCURABLE INK AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRINTED MATERIAL - A recording apparatus that uses photocurable ink includes an ink discharge section that discharges photocurable ink onto a printing medium, a light irradiation section that irradiates curing light onto the photocurable ink that has been discharged onto the printing medium, a tension application mechanism that applies tension to the printing medium and a control section. The control section discharges photocurable ink onto the printing medium by controlling the ink discharge section, and subsequently applies a tension, which is greater than that at the time of ink discharge, to the printing medium by controlling the tension application mechanism, and irradiates curing light onto the photocurable ink that has been discharged onto the printing medium by controlling the light irradiation section in a state in which the tension is being applied to the printing medium.08-08-2013
20130100216IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD - The object of the present invention is to form, quickly and at low cost, a high-quality image on a medium formed with a curved surface.04-25-2013
20130208064CURABLE COMPOSITION FOR INKJET, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT - Provided is a curable composition for inkjet capable of improving uniformity of a cured product film and heat resistance of a cured product. The curable composition for inkjet according to the present invention contains a compound having a (meth)acryloyl group and a cyclic ether group, a photoreactive compound, a compound having a cyclic ether group, a photopolymerization initiator, and a potential curing agent, the photoreactive compound and the compound having a cyclic ether group each are a compound other than the compound having a (meth)acryloyl group and a cyclic ether group, the compound having a (meth)acryloyl group and a cyclic ether group has one or two (meth)acryloyl groups, and the viscosity at 25° C. of the curable composition for inkjet according to the present invention is 160 mPa·s or more and 1200 mPa·s or less.08-15-2013

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