Global Patent Index - EP 0671271 B1

EP 0671271 B1 2000-07-05 - Ink jet recording apparatus

Title (en)

Ink jet recording apparatus

Title (de)

Tintenstrahlaufzeichnungsgerät

Title (fr)

Appareil d'enregistrement à jet d'encre

Publication

EP 0671271 B1 (EN)

Application

EP 95103252 A

Priority

JP 3873394 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: EP0671271A2] An inkjet recording apparatus comprises an inkjet head (10) having for each of one or more nozzles (4) an ink passage (7, 6) in communication with the nozzle (4) and an electrostatic actuator. The actuator includes a diaphragm (5) provided at one part (6) of the ink passage, a nozzle electrode (21) provided in opposition to the diaphragm (5) with a gap (G) in between and a vibration chamber (9) having upper and lower walls of which one wall is formed by one part of said diaphragm (5), while said nozzle electrode is attached to the other wall. The diaphragm constitutes one and the nozzle electrode (21) the other plate of a capacitor. Drive means selectively charge and discharge each actuator such as to displace its diaphragm (5) by electrostatic force, thereby to eject ink droplets from said one or more nozzles. Vibration chamber (9) is sealed to be airtight. Its volume V is such that the ratio between this volume V and the volume DELTA V displaced by the diaphragm is within the range 2 </= V/ DELTA V </= 8. This enables sufficient electrostatic attraction with a sealed actuator and without necessity to increase the drive voltage. <IMAGE>

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B41J 2/045

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

B41J 2/045 (2006.01); B41J 2/055 (2006.01); B41J 2/14 (2006.01); B41J 2/16 (2006.01); C04B 37/04 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

B41J 2/14314 (2013.01); B41J 2002/14379 (2013.01); B41J 2202/11 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

CH DE FR GB IT LI NL SE

EPO simple patent family

EP 0671271 A2 19950913; EP 0671271 A3 19960807; EP 0671271 B1 20000705; DE 69517720 D1 20000810; DE 69517720 T2 20010201; JP 3329125 B2 20020930; JP H07299908 A 19951114

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- Representative's name: E. BLUM & CO. PATENTANWAELTE

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