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1. US20080068414 - Liquid ejection apparatus and liquid ejection method

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United States of America
Application Number 11981334
Application Date 30.10.2007
Publication Number 20080068414
Publication Date 20.03.2008
Grant Number 7823998
Grant Date 02.11.2010
Publication Kind B2
IPC
B41J 2/01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
JTYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS
2Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
01Ink jet
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41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
JTYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS
29Details of, or accessories for, typewriters or selective printing mechanisms not otherwise provided for
38Drives, motors, controls, or automatic cut-off devices for the entire printing mechanism
B41J 2/05
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41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
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2Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
01Ink jet
015characterised by the jet generation process
04generating single droplets or particles on demand
045by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers
05produced by the application of heat
B41J 2/14
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41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
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2Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
01Ink jet
135Nozzles
14Structure thereof
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005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
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135Nozzles
145Arrangement thereof
15for serial printing
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005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
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145Arrangement thereof
155for line printing
CPC
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045by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers
04501Control methods or devices therefor, e.g. driver circuits, control circuits
0458controlling heads based on heating elements forming bubbles
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045by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers
04501Control methods or devices therefor, e.g. driver circuits, control circuits
04505aiming at correcting alignment
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2Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
01Ink jet
015characterised by the jet generation process
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045by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers
04501Control methods or devices therefor, e.g. driver circuits, control circuits
04541Specific driving circuit
B41J 2/04578
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41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
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2Typewriters or selective printing mechanisms characterised by the printing or marking process for which they are designed
005characterised by bringing liquid or particles selectively into contact with a printing material
01Ink jet
015characterised by the jet generation process
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045by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers
04501Control methods or devices therefor, e.g. driver circuits, control circuits
04578controlling heads based on electrostatically-actuated membranes
Applicants Sony Corporation
Inventors Kuwahara Soichi
Takenaka Kazuyasu
Ushinohama Iwao
Ikemoto Yuichiro
Agents Depke Robert J.
Rockey, Depke &; Lyons, LLC
Priority Data 2003170269 16.06.2003 JP
Title
(EN) Liquid ejection apparatus and liquid ejection method
Abstract
(EN)

Even when ejection characteristics of ink droplets are dispersed between unit heads and when arrangement accuracies of unit heads are dispersed, stripe unevenness is alleviated by correction corresponding to each unit head. In a liquid ejection apparatus having a line head (10) arranged by juxtaposing a plurality of (unit) heads (11) of liquid ejection parts so as to connect the head (11) to the adjacent head (11), the liquid ejection apparatus includes ejection direction changing means for enabling the ejection direction of liquid droplets ejected from a nozzle of each liquid ejection part to change in a plurality of directions in the arranging direction of liquid ejection parts and reference direction setting means for individually setting one reference principal direction for each head (11) among a plurality of ejection directions of liquid droplets by the ejection direction changing means. In the (N−1)th and the (N+1)th head 11, the third ejection direction from the left is established as the principal direction while in the Nth head 11, the second ejection direction from the right is established as the principal direction.