(19)
(11)EP 3 272 544 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 16765041.5

(22)Date of filing:  16.03.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B41J 15/04  (2006.01)
B41J 3/36  (2006.01)
B41J 32/00  (2006.01)
B41J 3/407  (2006.01)
B41J 17/32  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2016/058404
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/148212 (22.09.2016 Gazette  2016/38)

(54)

TAPE CARTRIDGE

BANDKASSETTE

CARTOUCHE DE BANDE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 19.03.2015 JP 2015055825

(43)Date of publication of application:
24.01.2018 Bulletin 2018/04

(73)Proprietor: Seiko Epson Corporation
Tokyo 160-8801 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • KUBOTA, Tomoyuki
    Suwa-shi Nagano 392-8502 (JP)
  • SHINTANI, Akihiro
    Suwa-shi Nagano 392-8502 (JP)
  • SASAKI, Taishi
    Suwa-shi Nagano 392-8502 (JP)

(74)Representative: MERH-IP Matias Erny Reichl Hoffmann Patentanwälte PartG mbB 
Paul-Heyse-Strasse 29
80336 München
80336 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2010/047154
JP-A- 2002 137 510
JP-A- 2011 011 399
US-A1- 2011 008 090
JP-A- 2000 127 538
JP-A- 2002 137 510
US-A1- 2010 329 767
US-B1- 6 491 460
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a tape cartridge which receices a printing tape and is mounted to a tape printer.

    Background Art



    [0002] In the related art, as this kind of tape cartridge, there has been known a tape cartridge including a tape core on which a printing tape (a label tape) is wound so as to be capable of being fed, a ribbon feeding reel on which an ink ribbon is wound so as to be capable of being fed, a ribbon winding reel that winds the ink ribbon fed from the ribbon feeding reel, and a cartridge case that houses these elements (see Patent Literature 1). In this tape cartridge, the cartridge case is formed at a sidewall thereof with a slit-like tape delivery port, and the printing tape is configured to be fed to the outside of the cartridge case from the tape delivery port.

    [0003] Patent Literature 2 discloses a tape cassette that includes a cassette case, a printing tape fed along a specified first feed path, a double-sided adhesive tape fed along a specified second feed path, a cylindrical tape feed roller that guides the double-sided adhesive tape along a section of its outer circumferential surface, a laminated tape restricting member provided on a downstream side of the tape feed roller on the first feed path and the second feed path and at downstream ends of the first feed path and the second feed path where the first feed path and the second feed path overlap each other, and an adhesive tape restricting member disposed to oppose the section of the outer circumferential surface and apart from the outer circumferential surface by a distance that is shorter than a length of the channel of the laminated tape restricting member.

    Citation List


    Patent Literature



    [0004] 

    Patent Literature 1: JP-A-2014-184560

    Patent Litarature 2: US 2010/329767 A1


    Summary of Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0005] It is general that this kind of tape cartridge is used in the state in which a distal end of the printing tape is always fed from the tape delivery port; however, in a tape printer mounted with the tape cartridge, there is a case where the distal end of the printing tape is pulled back into the cartridge case once, and then the distal end is fed to the outside from the tape delivery port again. For example, the distal end of the printing tape is pulled back to the position of the printing head positioned inside the cartridge case, so that it is possible to perform various types of printing with respect to the distal end portion of the printing tape.
    However, in the aforementioned tape cartridge, there is a problem that the distal end of the printing tape is pulled back once, and then when the distal end is fed to the outside from the tape delivery port again, the distal end of the printing tape is close to the printing head side, is deviated from the tape delivery port, and thus does not enter the tape delivery port. That is, the printing tape adheres to the ink ribbon due to compression by the printing head and a platen roller. Therefore, there occurs force pulled to the ink ribbon side, that is, the printing head side with respect to the printing tape fed from the tape pressing position. There occurs a case where due to this force, the distal end of the printing tape is close to the printing head side, is deviated from the tape delivery port, and thus does not enter the tape delivery port. As a consequence, the distal end of the printing tape pulled back once is not able to be normally fed to the outside from the tape delivery port.

    Solution to Problem



    [0006] The present invention provides a tape cartridge capable of reliably feeding the distal end of a printing tape pulled back into a cartridge case once to the outside from a tape delivery port. According to a first aspect the invention provides a tape cartridge in accordance with claim 1. Further aspects of the invention are set forth in the dependent claims, the drawings and the following description of embodiments.

    [0007] A tape cartridge of the present invention is a tape cartridge mounted to a tape printer having a printing head and including a cartridge case, a platen roller that is housed in the cartridge case and feeds an ink ribbon and a printing tape pressed between the platen roller and the printing head, a tape delivery port that is provided in the cartridge case and feeds the printing tape, which is fed by the platen roller and separated from the ink ribbon, to outside of the cartridge case, and a delivery guide having a first guide section at a side of the printing head and a second guide section at a side of the platen roller, which extend from edges of the tape delivery port to inside of the cartridge case while spreading apart from each other, and introducing a distal end of the printing tape to the tape delivery port, wherein the first guide section of the delivery guide has a guide surface which is formed such that a separation distance from a virtual line is long at a leading-end section as compared with a base end section, the virtual line passing through a tape pressing position and a center of the tape delivery port.

    [0008] In this case, preferably, the first guide section of the delivery guide is formed such that the leading-end section is positioned the virtual line side apart from the ink ribbon separated from the printing tape.

    [0009] Preferably, the first guide section of the delivery guide is formed such that the leading-end section faces the ink ribbon separated from the printing tape.

    [0010] According to these configurations, even though the distal end of the printing tape is close to the printing head side (the ink ribbon side) and is deviated from the tape delivery port, the distal end contacts with the guide surface of the front side guide section so as to be guided to the tape delivery port by force from the ink ribbon, so that the printing tape is fed from the tape delivery port. As described above, the distal end of the printing tape pulled back into the cartridge case once can be reliably be fed from the tape delivery port. In addition, a case where the distal end of the printing tape is pulled back into the cartridge case also includes a case where the distal end of the printing tape is pulled back into the cartridge case by vibration and the like at the time of transportation as well as a case where the distal end of the printing tape is reversely fed by the platen roller.

    [0011] On the other hand, the second guide section of the delivery guide has a guide surface which is formed such that the separation distance from the virtual line is long at a leading-end section as compared with a base end section.

    [0012] In this case, preferably, the second guide section of the delivery guide is formed such that the angle of an acute angle between an extension line of the guide surface and the virtual line is equal to or less than the angle of an acute angle between a normal line of an outer periphery of the platen roller, which passes through the center of the tape delivery port, and the virtual line.

    [0013] Furthermore, preferably, the second guide section of the delivery guide is formed such that the leading-end section faces the outer periphery of the platen roller.

    [0014] According to these configurations, even though the distal end of the printing tape is close to the platen roller side and is deviated from the tape delivery port, the distal end faces the guide surface of the second guide section so as to be guided to the tape delivery port, so that the printing tape is fed from the tape delivery port. As described above, the distal end of the printing tape pulled back into the cartridge case once can be reliably be fed from the tape delivery port.

    [0015] Furthermore, preferably, the tape cartridge further includes protruding parts that protrude from the edges of the tape delivery port to the outside of the cartridge case.

    [0016] According to the configuration, for example, at the time of holding and the like of the tape cartridge by a user, even though the distal end of the printing tape is pushed back to the inside of the cartridge case by his/her hands, the pushing-back of the distal end of the printing tape is obstructed by the protruding parts. Therefore, the distal end of the printing tape is not pushed back beyond the positions of the protruding parts. That is, the reliable existence position of the printing tape can be approximate to the cutting position by the tape cutter as much as possible. Therefore, in the tape printer in which the distal end detection of the printing tape is not performed, a space on the distal end side of a label to be created can be reduced as much as possible.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0017] 

    Fig. 1 is an external appearance perspective view illustrating a tape printer in a lid closed state according to the present embodiment.

    Fig. 2 is an external appearance perspective view illustrating a tape printer in a lid opened state.

    Fig. 3 is a plane sectional view illustrating a cartridge mounting part and a tape cartridge mounted to the same.

    Figs. 4A to 4D are explanatory diagrams for explaining a label creation operation by a tape printer.

    Fig. 5 is a plane sectional view of main elements illustrating the surrounding of a tape delivery port.


    Description of Embodiments



    [0018] Hereinafter, with reference to the accompanying drawings, a tape cartridge according to an embodiment of the present invention and a tape printer mounted with the same will be described. The tape printer performs printing while feeding a printing tape and an ink ribbon from the mounted tape cartridge, cuts a printed part of the printing tape, and creates a label (a tape piece).

    [0019] As illustrated in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2, in a tape printer 1, an outer shell is formed by a device case 11 and a keyboard 12 including various keys is arranged on an upper surface of a front half part of the device case 11. An openable lid 13 is widely provided on a left upper surface of a rear half part of the device case 11, and at a front side of the openable lid 13, a lid opening button 14 is provided to open the openable lid 13. On a right upper surface of the rear half part of the device case 11, a rectangular display 15 is arranged to display an input result and the like from the keyboard 12.

    [0020] When the lid opening button 14 is pressed to open the openable lid 13, a cartridge mounting part 21 is hollow-formed inside the openable lid 13 such that a tape cartridge C is freely detachable. The tape cartridge C is mounted to the cartridge mounting part 21 in the state in which the openable lid 13 has opened.

    [0021] At a left side of the device case 11, a tape discharge port 22 connected to the cartridge mounting part 21 is formed, and between the cartridge mounting part 21 and the tape discharge port 22, a tape discharge path 23 is formed. Inside the device case 11, a tape cutter 24 is embedded to face the tape discharge path 23. The tape cutter 24 has a scissors type cutter structure, and has a fixed blade 25 and a movable blade 26 rotatably supported to the fixed blade 25 via a spindle (see Figs. 4A to 4D). Between the fixed blade 25 and the movable blade 26, the fixed blade 25 is positioned to the cartridge mounting part 21 side.

    [0022] As illustrated in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3, the cartridge mounting part 21 is provided with a thermal type printing head 31 housed in a head cover 30, a platen driving shaft 32 facing the printing head 31, a winding-side driving shaft 33 fitted to a ribbon winding core 43 to be described later, a feeding-side driving shaft 34 fitted to a ribbon feeding core 42 to be described later, and a positioning protrusion 35 of a tape reel 41 to be described later. The platen driving shaft 32, the winding-side driving shaft 33, and the feeding-side driving shaft 34 pass through a bottom plate 21a of the cartridge mounting part 21, and in a lower space of the bottom plate 21a, a feeding power system is arranged to drive the platen driving shaft 32, the winding-side driving shaft 33, and the feeding-side driving shaft 34. Fig. 3 is a plane sectional view taken at the center position of the tape cartridge C in the up and down direction.

    [0023] The printing head 31 is configured with a thermal printing head in which a plurality of heating elements (not illustrated) are vertically arranged in line. That is, the printing head 31 separately heat-drives the heating elements in the state of pressing a printing tape T and an ink ribbon R between the printing head 31 and a platen roller 44 to be described later, thereby thermally transferring ink on the ink ribbon R to the printing tape T in units of dots.

    [0024] The tape cartridge C has the tape reel 41 winding the printing tape T, the ribbon feeding core 42 winding the ink ribbon R, the ribbon winding core 43 taking up the ink ribbon R, the platen roller 44 facing the printing head 31, and a cartridge case 45 receiving these elements. The cartridge case 45 is through-formed with a head opening 46 through which the head cover 30 is inserted. At a left sidewall of the cartridge case 45, a slit-like tape delivery port 47 is formed to feed the printing tape T to the outside of the cartridge case 45. Details of the surrounding of the tape delivery port 47 will be described later.

    [0025] When the tape cartridge C is mounted to the cartridge mounting part 21, the head opening 46 is inserted around the head cover 30, so that the center hole of the tape reel 41 is inserted around the positioning protrusion 35. Simultaneously to this, the center hole of the platen roller 44 is fitted around the platen driving shaft 32, the center hole of the ribbon winding core 43 is fitted around the winding-side driving shaft 33, and the ribbon feeding core 42 is fitted around the feeding-side driving shaft 34.

    [0026] The printing tape T is fed from the tape reel 41 inserted around the positioning protrusion 35, passes through a facing position between the printing head 31 and the platen roller 44, and then is fed to the tape discharge path 23 through the tape delivery port 47 (a tape feeding path). On the other hand, the ink ribbon R is fed from the ribbon feeding core 42 fitted to the feeding-side driving shaft 34, passes through the facing position between the printing head 31 and the platen roller 44, circularly moves a peripheral wall of the head opening 46, and then is wound around the ribbon winding core 43 fitted to the winding-side driving shaft 33 (a ribbon feeding path).

    [0027] In contrast, the platen roller 44 fitted to the platen driving shaft 32 feeds the printing tape T and the ink ribbon R in a normal direction and a reverse direction by rotational driving while pressing the printing tape T and the ink ribbon R with the printing head 31. On the other hand, the ribbon winding core 43 fitted to the winding-side driving shaft 33 is rotationally driven in synchronization with normal feeding by the platen roller 44 to wind the ink ribbon R. Furthermore, the ribbon feeding core 42 fitted to the feeding-side driving shaft 34 is rotationally driven in synchronization with reverse feeding by the platen roller 44 to wind the ink ribbon R. In this way, the normal and reverse feeding operation of the printing tape T and the ink ribbon R is performed.

    [0028] Hereinafter, with reference to Figs. 4A to 4D, the label creation operation by the tape printer 1 will be described. In the present label creation operation, the printing tape T is reversely fed and is pulled back into the cartridge case 45, so that a label with no space due to a distance between the head and the cutter is created. Furthermore, it is assumed that the present label creation operation is performed from the state in which the distal end of the printing tape T is fed to the outside of the cartridge case 45 from the tape delivery port 47 (see Fig. 4A).

    [0029] As illustrated in Figs. 4A to 4D, in the present label creation operation, the platen roller 44 is reversely rotated (is rotationally driven in the counterclockwise arrow direction illustrated in Fig. 4B) to reversely feed the printing tape T, so that the distal end portion of the printing tape T is moved to a tape pressing position between the printing head 31 and the platen roller 44 (see Fig. 4B). That is, the distal end of the printing tape T is pulled back once, so that the distal end portion of the printing tape T is moved to a printing position by the printing head 31.

    [0030] After the distal end portion of the printing tape T is moved to the printing position by the printing head 31, a printing process is performed (see Fig. 4C). That is, the platen roller 44 is normally rotated (is rotationally driven in the clockwise arrow direction illustrated in Fig. 4C) to normally feed the printing tape T, so that the printing head 31 is driven. In this way, the printing process is performed. By the normal feeding at the time of the printing process, the distal end of the printing tape T is fed from the tape delivery port 47.

    [0031] When the printing process is ended, a printed portion of the printing tape T is cut (see Fig. 4D). That is, the platen roller 44 is normally rotated to move the tail end of the printed portion of the printing tape T to a cutting position by the tape cutter 24, and then the tape cutter 24 is driven to cut the tail end of the printed portion. In this way, a label including a tape piece is created, so that the present label creation operation is ended.

    [0032] Meanwhile, as described above, in the aforementioned label creation operation, the distal end of the printing tape T pulled back once is required to be fed from the tape delivery port 47. In this regard, in the present embodiment, the distal end of the printing tape T pulled back once can be reliably be fed from the tape delivery port 47 by the structure of the surrounding of the tape delivery port 47. Hereinafter, with reference to Fig. 5, details of the surrounding of the tape delivery port 47 will be described.

    [0033] As illustrated in Fig. 5, the tape delivery port 47 is formed in a slit shape extending in the up and down direction at the left sidewall of the cartridge case 45, and feeds the printing tape T, which has been fed by the platen roller 44 and separated from the ink ribbon R, to the outside of the cartridge case 45. Rear and front edges 47a and 47b of the tape delivery port 47 are provided with a pair of rear and front protruding parts 51a and 51b protruding to the outside of the cartridge case 45, and a delivery guide 52 extending to the inside of the cartridge case 45. Fig. 5 is a plane sectional view of main elements taken at the center position of the tape cartridge C in the up and down direction, similarly to Fig. 3.

    [0034] The pair of rear and front protruding parts 51a and 51b are formed to protrude to the outside (a feeding direction of the printing tape T when the platen roller 4 is normally rotated) of the cartridge case 45 from the rear and front edges 47a and 47b of the tape delivery port 47, and to protrude from the left sidewall of the cartridge case 45. Furthermore, the protruding parts 51a and 51b protrude such that the distal end portions 51c and 51d of the protruding parts 51a and 51b are approximate to the cutting position by the tape cutter 24 as much as possible. In the relation in which the fixed blade 25 near the tape delivery port 47 is positioned at a front side with respect to the tape delivery port 47, the protruding amount of the protruding part 51b protruding from the front edge 47b of the tape delivery port 47 is smaller than that of the protruding part 51a protruding from the rear edge 47a of the tape delivery port 47.

    [0035] The delivery guide 52 has a front side guide section 53 (a first guide section) and a rear side guide section 54 (a second guide section) that extend from the edges 47a and 47b of the tape delivery port 47 to the inside of the cartridge case 45 while spreading apart from each other.

    [0036] The front side guide section 53 is formed in an inclined shape of extending from the front edge 47b (the printing head 31 side) of the tape delivery port 47 to the inside (in the reverse feeding direction of the printing tape T when the platen roller 4 is reversely rotated) of the cartridge case 45 and introducing the distal end of the printing tape T to the tape delivery port 47. Specifically, the front side guide section 53 has a guide surface 61 that guides the distal end of the printing tape T. The guide surface 61 is formed such that a separation distance from a virtual line A is long at a leading-end section 61b as compared with a base end section 61a when the virtual line A is employed as a reference, wherein the virtual line A passes through the tape pressing position (a nip point) between the printing head 31 and the platen roller 44 and (a center point) of the tape delivery port 47. That is, the guide surface 61 makes an acute angle with respect to the tape feeding path from the aforementioned tape pressing position to the tape delivery port 47. In other words, at the time of the aforementioned normal feeding of the printing tape T, even though the distal end of the printing tape T is close to the front side and is deviated from the tape delivery port 47, the distal end of the printing tape T is configured to contact with the guide surface 61 so as to be guided to the tape delivery port 47.

    [0037] Furthermore, the front side guide section 53 is formed such that the leading-end section 61b of the guide surface 61 is positioned at the virtual line A side apart from the ink ribbon R separated from the printing tape T and faces the ink ribbon R.

    [0038] On the other hand, the rear side guide section 54 is formed in an inclined shape of extending from the rear edge 47a (the platen roller 44 side) of the tape delivery port 47 to the inside of the cartridge case 45 and introducing the distal end of the printing tape T to the tape delivery port 47. Specifically, the rear side guide section 54 has a guide surface 62 that guides the distal end of the printing tape T. The guide surface 62 is formed such that the separation distance from the aforementioned virtual line A is long at a leading-end section 62b as compared with a base end section 62a. That is, the guide surface 62 makes an acute angle with respect to the tape feeding path from the aforementioned tape pressing position to the tape delivery port 47. In other words, at the time of the aforementioned normal feeding of the printing tape T, even though the distal end of the printing tape T is close to the rear side and is deviated from the tape delivery port 47, the distal end of the printing tape T is configured to contact with the guide surface 62 so as to be guided to the tape delivery port 47.

    [0039] Furthermore, the rear side guide section 54 is formed such that the angle of an acute angle between an extension line B of the guide surface 62 and the aforementioned virtual line A is equal to or less than the angle of an acute angle between a normal line C of an outer periphery of the platen roller 44, which passes through (the center point) of the tape delivery port 47 and the aforementioned virtual line A. Moreover, the rear side guide section 54 is formed such that the leading-end section 62b of the guide surface 61 faces the outer periphery of the platen roller 44.

    [0040] According to the configuration of the aforementioned embodiment, since the front side guide section 53 is provided, even though the distal end of the printing tape T is close to the printing head 31 side (the ink ribbon R side) and is deviated from the tape delivery port 47, the distal end contacts with the guide surface 61 of the front side guide section 53 so as to be guided to the tape delivery port 47 by force from the ink ribbon R, so that the printing tape T is fed from the tape delivery port 47. Furthermore, since the rear side guide section 54 is provided, even though the distal end of the printing tape T is close to the platen roller 44 side and is deviated from the tape delivery port 47, the distal end contacts with the guide surface 62 of the rear side guide section 54 so as to be guided to the tape delivery port 47, so that the printing tape T is fed from the tape delivery port 47. As described above, the distal end of the printing tape T pulled back into the cartridge case 45 once can be reliably be fed from the tape delivery port 47.

    [0041] Furthermore, the protruding parts 51a and 51b are provided, so that a reliable existence position of the printing tape T can be approximate to the cutting position by the tape cutter 24 as much as possible. That is, at the time of holding and the like of the tape cartridge C by a user, there is a case where the distal end of the printing tape T is pushed back to the inside of the cartridge case 45 by his/her hands. Therefore, in the tape printer 1 of the present embodiment in which the distal end detection of the printing tape T is not performed, when the distal end of the printing tape T is pulled back on the assumption that the distal end of the printing tape T exists in the aforementioned cutting position, any trouble occurs. For example, the distal end of the printing tape T is pulled back beyond the tape pressing position between the printing head 31 and the platen roller 44, resulting in printing failure. Thus, in this kind of tape printer 1, pulling-back should be performed by employing the reliable existence position of the printing tape T as a reference. However, if the reference position and the cutting position by the tape cutter 24 are separated from each other, when there is no pushing-back of the distal end of the printing tape T by a user, a large space occurs in a label to be created. In this regard, the aforementioned protruding parts 51a and 51b are provided, so that the reliable existence position of the printing tape T can be approximate to the cutting position by the tape cutter 24 as much as possible, and can be approximate to the reference position of the pulling-back and the cutting position by the tape cutter 24 as much as possible. Thus, a space on a label to be created can be reduced as much as possible.

    [0042] The aforementioned embodiment has a configuration in which the front side guide section 53 and the rear side guide section 54 are formed over the whole area in the longitudinal direction of the tape delivery port 47; however, the front side guide section 53 and the rear side guide section 54 may be formed only in a part of the longitudinal direction of the tape delivery port 47. Furthermore, the protruding parts 51a and 51b are also similar.

    [0043] Furthermore, in the aforementioned embodiment, both guide surfaces 61 and 62 of the front side guide section 53 and the rear side guide section 54 make an acute angle with respect to the virtual line A; however, one of the guide surfaces 61 and 62 may be formed to be parallel to the virtual line A and the other one of the guide surfaces 61 and 62 may be formed to make an acute angle with respect to the virtual line A.

    Reference Signs List



    [0044] 
    1:
    tape printer
    31:
    printing head
    44:
    platen roller
    45:
    cartridge case
    47:
    tape delivery port
    47a, 47b:
    edge
    52:
    delivery guide
    53:
    front side guide section
    54:
    rear side guide section
    61:
    guide surface
    61a:
    base end section
    61b:
    leading-end section
    A:
    virtual line
    C:
    tape cartridge
    R:
    ink ribbon
    T:
    printing tape



    Claims

    1. A tape cartridge (C) mounted to a tape printer (1) having a printing head (31), comprising:

    a cartridge case (45);

    a platen roller (44) that is housed in the cartridge case (45) and feeds an ink ribbon (R) and a printing tape (T) pressed between the platen roller (44) and the printing head (31);

    a tape delivery port (47) that is provided in the cartridge case (45) and feeds the printing tape (T), which is fed by the platen roller (44) and separated from the ink ribbon (R), to outside of the cartridge case (45); and

    a delivery guide (52) that has a first guide section (53) at a side of the printing head (31) and a second guide section (54) at a side of the platen roller (44), which extend from edges of the tape delivery port (47) to inside of the cartridge case (45) while spreading apart from each other, and guides a distal end of the printing tape (T) moved to a tape pressing position between the printing head (31) and the platen roller (44) by rotation of the platen roller (44) in a counterclockwise direction into the tape delivery port (47),

    wherein the first guide section (53) of the delivery guide (52) has a guide surface which is formed such that a separation distance from a virtual line (A) is long at a leading-end section of the first guide section (53) as compared with a base end section of the first guide section (53), the virtual line (A) passing through a tape pressing position and a center of the tape delivery port (47), and

    wherein the second guide section (54) of the delivery guide (52) has a guide surface which is formed such that the separation distance from the virtual line (A) is long at a leading-end section of the second guide section (54) as compared with a base end section of the second guide section (54).


     
    2. The tape cartridge (C) according to claim 1, wherein the first guide section (53) of the delivery guide (52) is formed such that the leading-end section of the first guide section (53) is positioned to be closer to the virtual line (A) than the ink ribbon (R) separated from the printing tape (T).
     
    3. The tape cartridge (C) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the first guide section (53) of the delivery guide (52) is formed such that the leading-end section faces the ink ribbon (R) separated from the printing tape (T).
     
    4. The tape cartridge (C) according to claim 1, wherein the second guide section (54) of the delivery guide (52) is formed such that an angle of an acute angle between an extension line of the guide surface of the second guide section (54) and the virtual line (A) is equal to or less than an angle of an acute angle between a normal line of an outer periphery of the platen roller (44), which passes through the center of the tape delivery port (47), and the virtual line (A).
     
    5. The tape cartridge (C) according to claim 1 or 4, wherein the second guide section (54) of the delivery guide (52) is formed such that the leading-end section faces the outer periphery of the platen roller (44).
     
    6. The tape cartridge (C) according to any one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising:
    protruding parts (51a, 51b) that protrude from the edges (47a, 47b) of the tape delivery port (47) to the outside of the cartridge case (45).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Bandkassette (C), die an einem Banddrucker (1) mit einem Druckkopf (31) montiert ist, umfassend:

    ein Kassettengehäuse (45);

    eine Schreibwalze (44), die in dem Kassettengehäuse (45) aufgenommen ist und ein Tintenband (R) und ein Druckband (T), das zwischen der Schreibwalze (44) und dem Druckkopf (31) gepresst wird, zuführt;

    eine Bandausgabeöffnung (47), die in dem Kassettengehäuse (45) bereitgestellt ist und das Druckband (T), das von der Schreibwalze (44) zugeführt wird und von dem Tintenband (R) getrennt ist, zur Außenseite des Kassettengehäuses (45) zuführt; und

    eine Ausgabeführung (52), die einen ersten Führungsabschnitt (53) an einer Seite des Druckkopfs (31) und einen zweiten Führungsabschnitt (54) an einer Seite der Schreibwalze (44) aufweist, die sich von Rändern der Bandausgabeöffnung (47) zur Innenseite des Kassettengehäuses (45) erstrecken, während sie auseinander laufen, und ein distales Ende des Druckbands (T), das zu einer Bandpressposition zwischen dem Druckkopf (31) und der Schreibwalze (44) bewegt wird, durch Drehen der Schreibwalze (44) gegen den Uhrzeigersinn in die Bandausgabeöffnung (47) führt,

    wobei der erste Führungsabschnitt (53) der Ausgabeführung (52) eine Führungsfläche aufweist, die so gebildet ist, dass ein Trennungsabstand von einer virtuellen Linie (A) an einem Vorderendabschnitt des ersten Führungsabschnitts (53) im Vergleich zu einem Basisendabschnitt des ersten Führungsabschnitts (53) lang ist, wobei die virtuelle Linie (A) durch eine Bandpressposition und einen Mittelpunkt der Bandausgabeöffnung (47) geht, und

    wobei der zweite Führungsabschnitt (54) der Ausgabeführung (52) eine Führungsfläche aufweist, die so gebildet ist, dass ein Trennungsabstand von der virtuellen Linie (A) an einem Vorderendabschnitt des zweiten Führungsabschnitts (54) im Vergleich zu einem Basisendabschnitt des zweiten Führungsabschnitts (54) lang ist.


     
    2. Bandkassette (C) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der erste Führungsabschnitt (53) der Ausgabeführung (52) so geformt ist, dass der Vorderendabschnitt des ersten Führungsabschnitts (53) näher bei der virtuellen Linie (A) als das Tintenband (R), getrennt vom Druckband (T), positioniert ist.
     
    3. Bandkassette (C) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei der erste Führungsabschnitt (53) der Ausgabeführung (52) so gebildet ist, dass der Vorderendabschnitt dem Tintenband (R), getrennt vom Druckband (T), zugewandt ist.
     
    4. Bandkassette (C) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der zweite Führungsabschnitt (54) der Ausgabeführung (52) so gebildet ist, dass ein Winkel eines spitzen Winkels zwischen einer Verlängerungslinie der Führungsfläche des zweiten Führungsabschnitts (54) und der virtuellen Linie (A) gleich oder kleiner als ein Winkel eines spitzen Winkels zwischen einer normalen Linie eines Außenumfangs der Schreibwalze (44), die durch den Mittelpunkt der Bandausgabeöffnung (47) geht, und der virtuellen Linie (A) ist.
     
    5. Bandkassette (C) nach Anspruch 1 oder 4, wobei der zweite Führungsabschnitt (54) der Ausgabeführung (52) so gebildet ist, dass der Vorderendabschnitt dem Außenumfang der Schreibwalze (44) zugewandt ist.
     
    6. Bandkassette (C) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, weiter umfassend:
    vorstehende Teile (51a, 51b), die von den Rändern (47a, 47b) der Bandausgabeöffnung (47) zur Außenseite des Kassettengehäuses (45) vorragen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Cartouche de bande (C) montée dans une imprimante à bande (1) ayant une tête d'impression (31), comprenant :

    un boîtier de cartouche (45),

    un cylindre d'impression (44) qui est logé dans le boîtier de cartouche (45) et qui alimente un ruban d'encre (R) et une bande d'impression (T) pressés entre le cylindre d'impression (44) et la tête d'impression (31) ;

    un orifice de délivrance de bande (47) qui est fourni dans le boîtier de cartouche (45) et qui alimente la bande d'impression (T), qui est alimentée par le cylindre d'impression (44) et séparée du ruban d'encre (R), vers l'extérieur du boîtier de cartouche (45) ; et

    un guide de délivrance (52) qui a une première section de guidage (53) sur un côté de la tête d'impression (31) et une deuxième section de guidage (54) sur un côté du cylindre d'impression (44), qui s'étendent à partir de bords de l'orifice de délivrance de bande (47) vers l'intérieur du boîtier de cartouche (45) tout en s'écartant l'une de l'autre, et qui guide une extrémité distale de la bande d'impression (T) déplacée vers une position de pressage de bande entre la tête d'impression (31) et le cylindre d'impression (44) par rotation du cylindre d'impression (44) dans une direction en sens contraire des aiguilles d'une montre dans l'orifice de délivrance de bande (47),

    dans laquelle la première section de guidage (53) du guide de délivrance (52) a une surface de guidage qui est formée de manière à ce qu'une distance de séparation par rapport à une ligne virtuelle (A) est longue au niveau d'une section d'extrémité avant de la première section de guidage (53) en comparaison avec une section d'extrémité de base de la première section de guidage (53), la ligne virtuelle (A) passant par une position de pressage de bande et un centre de l'orifice de délivrance de bande (47), et

    dans laquelle la deuxième section de guidage (54) du guide de délivrance (52) a une surface de guidage qui est formée de manière à ce que la distance de séparation par rapport à la ligne virtuelle (A) est longue au niveau d'une section d'extrémité avant de la deuxième section de guidage (54) en comparaison avec une section d'extrémité de base de la deuxième section de guidage (54) .


     
    2. Cartouche de bande (C) selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la première section de guidage (53) du guide de délivrance (52) est formée de manière à ce que la section d'extrémité avant de la première section de guidage (53) est positionnée de manière à être plus proche de la ligne virtuelle (A) que le ruban d'encre (R) séparé de la bande d'impression (T).
     
    3. Cartouche de bande (C) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans laquelle la première section de guidage (53) du guide de délivrance (52) est formée de manière à ce que la section d'extrémité avant soit orientée vers le ruban d'encre (R) séparé de la bande d'impression (T).
     
    4. Cartouche de bande (C) selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la deuxième section de guidage (54) du guide de délivrance (52) est formée de manière à ce qu'un angle d'un angle aigu entre une ligne d'extension de la surface de guidage de la deuxième section de guidage (54) et la ligne virtuelle (A) soit inférieur ou égal à un angle d'un angle aigu entre une ligne normale d'une périphérie extérieure du cylindre d'impression (44), qui passe par le centre de l'orifice de délivrance de bande (47), et la ligne virtuelle (A).
     
    5. Cartouche de bande (C) selon la revendication 1 ou 4, dans laquelle la deuxième section de guidage (54) du guide de délivrance (52) est formée de manière à ce que la section d'extrémité avant soit orientée vers la périphérie extérieure du cylindre d'impression (44).
     
    6. Cartouche de bande (C) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, comprenant en outre :
    des parties saillantes (51a, 51b) qui font saillie à partir des bords (47a, 47b) de l'orifice de délivrance de bande (47) vers l'extérieur du boîtier de cartouche (45).
     




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