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(11)EP 3 388 245 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/25

(21)Application number: 18167165.2

(22)Date of filing:  13.04.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B41J 33/22(2006.01)
B41J 35/08(2006.01)

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RIBBON WINDING MECHANISM AND TAPE PRINTING APPARATUS

BANDWICKLUNGSVORRICHTUNG UND BANDDRUCKVORRICHTUNG

MÉCANISME D'ENROULEMENT DE RUBAN ET APPAREIL D'IMPRESSION SUR 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: 13.04.2017 JP 2017079626
27.12.2017 JP 2017250962

(43)Date of publication of application:
17.10.2018 Bulletin 2018/42

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

(72)Inventor:
  • 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-A1-2004/060684
US-A1- 2017 051 794
JP-A- 2006 334 857
  
      
    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

    BACKGROUND


    1. Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a ribbon winding mechanism for winding an ink ribbon and a tape printing apparatus.

    2. Related Art



    [0002] In the related art, as disclosed in JP-A-2006-334857, there is known a ribbon winding mechanism that selectively operates a slip mechanism that is loosely mounted in a gear case by attaching and detaching a switching member to and from the gear case, thereby being capable of switching winding torque.

    [0003] Since the ribbon winding mechanism of the related art is configured to switch the winding torque by attaching and detaching the switching member to and from the gear case, a user needs to perform an operation of attaching and detaching the switching member to and from the gear case in order to switch the winding torque.

    SUMMARY



    [0004] An advantage of some aspects of the invention is to provide a ribbon winding mechanism and a tape printing apparatus which are capable of switching winding torque with a simple operation.

    [0005] According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided a ribbon winding mechanism which may include: a winding rotor that may be provided in a cartridge mounting unit in which a first cartridge or a second cartridge may be mounted, the first cartridge may accommodate a first ribbon winding core around which a first ink ribbon is wound, and the second cartridge may accommodate a second ribbon winding core around which a second ink ribbon different from the first ink ribbon is wound., The winding rotor may engage with the first ribbon winding core and the second ribbon winding core. The ribbon winding mechanism may further include: a first winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and rotates the winding rotor; a second winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and rotates the winding rotor via the first winding gear; a first torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the first winding gear to the winding rotor to a first torque value; a second torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the second winding gear to the first winding gear to a second torque value, the second torque value lower than the first torque value; and a clutch that may transfer power from a drive source to the first winding gear when the first cartridge is mounted and may transfer the power from the drive source to the second winding gear when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0006] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may enter (e.g. be input or be applied) to the first winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor may be limited to the first torque value by the first torque limiter. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may enter (e.g. be input or be applied) to the second winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor via the first winding gear may be limited to the second torque value by the second torque limiter. Therefore, mounting of the first cartridge in the cartridge mounting unit by a user causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor may be switched to the first torque value, and mounting of the second cartridge in the cartridge mounting unit causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor may be switched to the second torque value. Hence, it is possible to switch the winding torque with a simple operation.

    [0007] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the clutch may include a sun gear to which the power from the drive source is input, e.g. the sun gear may receive the power from the drive source, a first planetary gear that may intermesh with the sun gear and may adjoin the first winding gear, a second planetary gear that may intermesh with the sun gear and may adjoin the second winding gear, and a carrier that may support the first planetary gear and the second planetary gear in a rotatable manner and may be provided rotatable between a first carrier position, at which the power is transmitted from the first planetary gear to the first winding gear but the power is not transmitted from the second planetary gear to the second winding gear when the sun gear rotates, and a second carrier position, at which the power is not transmitted from the first planetary gear to the first winding gear but the power is transmitted from the second planetary gear to the second winding gear when the sun gear rotates. It is preferable that the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0008] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position, and thereby the power from the drive source may be input to the first winding gear; in other words the power from the drive source may be transferred to the first winding gear. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position, and thereby the power from the drive source may be input to the second winding gear; in other words the power from the drive source may be transferred to the second winding gear.

    [0009] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the clutch further include an engagement member that may be provided to be movable to an engaging position, at which the engagement member engages with the carrier such that the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position, and to a disengaging position, at which the engagement member does not engage with the carrier such that the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position when the sun gear rotates. It is preferable that the engagement member may be positioned at the engaging position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the engagement member may be positioned at the disengaging position when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0010] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be positioned at the engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier, and thereby the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be positioned at the disengaging position at which the engagement member does not engage with the carrier, and thereby the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position when the sun gear rotates.

    [0011] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the engagement member may retractably project from a wall portion of the cartridge mounting unit. It is preferable that the engagement member may be pushed by the first cartridge to be positioned at the engaging position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the engagement member may be positioned at the disengaging position when the second cartridge is mounted, with a smaller movement length compared to a case where the first cartridge is mounted.

    [0012] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be pushed by the first cartridge and moves, and thereby the engagement member may be positioned at the engaging position. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the movement length of the engagement member is small, and thereby the engagement member may be positioned at the disengaging position.

    [0013] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the first cartridge may be mounted in the cartridge mounting unit such that a gap from the wall portion is a first gap, and the second cartridge may be mounted in the cartridge mounting unit such that a gap from the wall portion is a second gap larger than the first gap. It is preferable that the engagement member have a dismounting-period projecting length that is larger than the first gap, the mounting-period projecting length being a projecting length from the wall portion, which is obtained when neither the first cartridge nor the second cartridge are mounted in the cartridge mounting unit.

    [0014] In the configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be pushed by the first cartridge and may move until the projecting length of the engagement member from the wall portion is equal to the first gap. On the other hand, when the second cartridge may be mounted, the engagement member may be pushed by the second cartridge and may move until the projecting length from the wall portion is equal to the second gap if the dismounting-period projecting length of the engagement member is larger than the second gap. The engagement member may not be pushed by the second cartridge and may not move if the dismounting-period projecting length of the engagement member is smaller than the second gap. In this manner, when the second cartridge may be mounted, the movement length of the engagement member is small, compared to a case where the first cartridge is mounted.

    [0015] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the clutch further include an engagement member that may be provided movable to an engaging position, at which the engagement member may engage with the carrier such that the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position, and to a disengaging position, at which the engagement member may not engage with the carrier such that the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position when the sun gear rotates. It is preferable the engagement member may be positioned at the disengaging position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the engagement member may be positioned at the engaging position when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0016] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be positioned at the disengaging position at which the engagement member does not engage with the carrier, and thereby the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be positioned at the engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier, and thereby the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position when the sun gear rotates.

    [0017] According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a ribbon winding mechanism which may include: a winding rotor that may be provided in a cartridge mounting unit in which a first cartridge or a second cartridge are mounted, and that may engages with the first ribbon winding core and the second ribbon winding core. The first cartridge may accommodate a first ribbon winding core around which a first ink ribbon is wound, and the second cartridge may accommodate a second ribbon winding core around which a second ink ribbon different from the first ink ribbon is wound. The ribbon winding mechanism may further include: a first winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and may rotate the winding rotor; a second winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and may rotate the winding rotor via the first winding gear; a first torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the first winding gear to the winding rotor to a first torque value; a second torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the second winding gear to the first winding gear to a second torque value lower than the first torque value; and a clutch that may transfer the power from a drive source to the first winding gear and the second winding gear when the first cartridge is mounted and may transfer the power from the drive source to the second winding gear without transferring the power to the first winding gear when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0018] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may be transferred to the first winding gear and the second winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor may be limited to the first torque value by the first torque limiter. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may be transferred to the second winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor via the first winding gear may be limited to the second torque value by the second torque limiter. Therefore, mounting of the first cartridge in the cartridge mounting unit by a user causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor may be switched to the first torque, and mounting of the second cartridge in the cartridge mounting unit causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor may be switched to the second torque. Hence, it is possible to switch the winding torque with a simple operation.

    [0019] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the clutch may include an input gear that may transfer the power from the drive source to the second winding gear, a sun gear to which the power from the drive source is input, i.e. the sun gear may receive the power from the drive source, a planetary gear that may intermesh with the sun gear and may adjoin the first winding gear, and a carrier that may support the planetary gear in a rotatable manner and may be provided rotatable between a first carrier position, at which the power may be transmitted from the planetary gear to the first winding gear when the sun gear rotates, and a second carrier position, at which the power may not be transmitted from the planetary gear to the first winding gear when the sun gear rotates. It is preferable that the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0020] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the carrier may be positioned at the first carrier position, and thereby the power from the drive source may be transferred to the first winding gear and the second winding gear. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the carrier may be positioned at the second carrier position, and thereby the power from the drive source may be transferred to the second winding gear.

    [0021] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the clutch may further include an elastic member that may apply a force to the carrier toward the second carrier position, and an engagement member that may be provided movable to a first engaging position, at which the engagement member may engage with the carrier in a first engagement portion and the carrier is positioned at the first carrier position against the elastic member, and to a second engaging position, at which the engagement member may engage with the carrier in a second engagement portion and the carrier is positioned at the second carrier position by the elastic member. It is preferable that the engagement member may be positioned at the first engaging position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the engagement member may be positioned at the second engaging position when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0022] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be positioned at the first engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier in the first engagement portion, and thereby the carrier is positioned at the first carrier position. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the engagement member may be positioned at the second engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier in the second engagement portion, and thereby the carrier is positioned at the second carrier position.

    [0023] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the clutch may further include an elastic member that may apply a force to the carrier toward the first carrier position, and an engagement member that may be provided movable to a first engaging position, at which the engagement member may engage with the carrier in a first engagement portion and the carrier is positioned at the second carrier position against the elastic member, and to a second engaging position, at which the engagement member may engage with the carrier in a second engagement portion and the carrier is positioned at the first carrier position by the elastic member. It is preferable that the engagement member may be positioned at the second engaging position when the first cartridge is mounted, and the engagement member may be positioned at the first engaging position when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0024] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the engagement member is positioned at the second engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier in the second engagement portion, and thereby the carrier is positioned at the first carrier position. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the engagement member is positioned at the first engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier in the first engagement portion, and thereby the carrier is positioned at the second carrier position.

    [0025] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the first winding gear may be provided between the winding rotor and the second winding gear.

    [0026] In this configuration, it is possible to transmit the torque from the second winding gear to the winding rotor via the first winding gear in a simple configuration.

    [0027] In the ribbon winding mechanism, it is preferable that the second ink ribbon may have a width narrower than the first ink ribbon.

    [0028] In this configuration, when the first cartridge that accommodates the first ink ribbon having a relatively wide width is mounted, the winding torque may be switched to the first torque value that is relatively high. When the second cartridge that accommodates the second ink ribbon having a relatively narrow width is mounted, the winding torque may be switched to the second torque that is relatively low. In this manner, it is possible to suppress breaking of the ink ribbon, and it is possible to appropriately wind the ink ribbon.

    [0029] According to still another aspect of the invention, there is provided a tape printing apparatus which may include: a cartridge mounting unit in which a first cartridge or a second cartridge are mounted, the first cartridge may accommodate a first ribbon winding core around which a first ink ribbon is wound, and the second cartridge, may accommodates a second ribbon winding core around which a second ink ribbon different from the first ink ribbon is wound. The tape printing apparatus may further include: a ribbon winding mechanism that may rotate the first ribbon winding core and the second ribbon winding core; a drive source that may drive the ribbon winding mechanism; and a thermal head that may perform printing by using the first ink ribbon when the first cartridge is mounted and that may perform printing by using the second ink ribbon when the second cartridge is mounted. The ribbon winding mechanism may include a winding rotor that may be provided in the cartridge mounting unit and may engage with the first ribbon winding core and the second ribbon winding core, a first winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and may rotate the winding rotor, a second winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and may rotate the winding rotor via the first winding gear, a first torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the first winding gear to the winding rotor to first torque value, a second torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the second winding gear to the first winding gear to second torque value lower than the first torque value, and a clutch that may transfer power from the drive source to the first winding gear when the first cartridge is mounted and may transfer the power from the drive source to the second winding gear when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0030] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may be transferred to the first winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor is limited to the first torque value by the first torque limiter. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may be transferred to the second winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor via the first winding gear is limited to the second torque value by the second torque limiter. Therefore, mounting of the first cartridge by a user causes that the winding torque may be switched to the first torque value, and mounting of the second cartridge causes that the winding torque may be switched to the second torque value. Hence, it is possible to switch the winding torque with a simple operation. In this manner, even when one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge is mounted, it is possible to perform printing while the first ink ribbon and the second ink ribbon are wound with the winding torque suitable for the mounted cartridge.

    [0031] According to still another aspect of the invention, there is provided a tape printing apparatus which may include: a cartridge mounting unit in which a first cartridge or a second cartridge are mounted. The first cartridge may accommodate a first ribbon winding core around which a first ink ribbon is wound, and the second cartridge may accommodate a second ribbon winding core around which a second ink ribbon different from the first ink ribbon is wound. The tape printing apparatus may further include: a ribbon winding mechanism that may rotate the first ribbon winding core and the second ribbon winding core; a drive source that may drive the ribbon winding mechanism; and a thermal head that may perform printing by using the first ink ribbon when the first cartridge is mounted and that may perform printing by using the second ink ribbon when the second cartridge is mounted. The ribbon winding mechanism may include a winding rotorthat may be provided in the cartridge mounting unit and may engage with the first ribbon winding core and the second ribbon winding core, a first winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and may rotate the winding rotor, a second winding gear that may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor and may rotate the winding rotor via the first winding gear, a first torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the first winding gear to the winding rotor to first torque value, a second torque limiter that may limit torque transmitted from the second winding gear to the first winding gear to second torque value lower than the first torque value, and a clutch that may transfer power from the drive source to the first winding gear and the second winding gear when the first cartridge is mounted and may transfer the power from the drive source to the second winding gear without inputting the power to the first winding gear when the second cartridge is mounted.

    [0032] In this configuration, when the first cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may be transferred to the first winding gear and the second winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor is limited to the first torque value by the first torque limiter. On the other hand, when the second cartridge is mounted, the power from the drive source may be transferred to the second winding gear, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor via the first winding gear is limited to the second torque value by the second torque limiter. Therefore, mounting of the first cartridge in the cartridge mounting unit by a user causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor may be switched to the first torque value, and mounting of the second cartridge in the cartridge mounting unit causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor may be switched to the second torque value. Hence, it is possible to switch the winding torque with a simple operation. In this manner, even when one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge is mounted, it is possible to perform printing while the first ink ribbon and the second ink ribbon are wound with the winding torque suitable for the mounted cartridge.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0033] The invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein like numbers reference like elements.

    Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a part around a cartridge mounting unit of a tape printing apparatus according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 2 is a view of a part around the cartridge mounting unit viewed from a +Z side according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken along cutting line III-III in Fig. 2 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a part around the cartridge mounting unit in a state in which a first cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 5 is a view of a part around the cartridge mounting unit viewed from the +Z side in the state in which the first cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 6 is a sectional view taken along cutting line VI-VI in Fig. 5 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a part around the cartridge mounting unit in a state in which a second cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 8 is a view of a part around the cartridge mounting unit viewed from the +Z side in the state in which the second cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 9 is a sectional view taken along cutting line IX-IX in Fig. 8 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 10 is a view of the first cartridge viewed from a +X side according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 11 is a view of the second cartridge viewed from the +X side according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 12 is a perspective view of a feed wheel train and a ribbon winding mechanism according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 13 is a perspective view of the ribbon winding mechanism according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 14 is an exploded perspective view of the ribbon winding mechanism according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 15 is an exploded view of the ribbon winding mechanism viewed from the +X side according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 16 is a view of the ribbon winding mechanism viewed from the +Z side in a case where a carrier is positioned at a first carrier position according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 17 is a view of the ribbon winding mechanism viewed from the +Z side in a case where the carrier is positioned at a second carrier position according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

    Fig. 18 is a view of a ribbon winding mechanism according to a modification example when viewed from the +Z side in a case where a carrier is positioned at a first carrier position.

    Fig. 19 is a view of the ribbon winding mechanism according to the modification example when viewed in a direction between the +X side and the +Y side in a case where an engagement member is positioned at a first engaging position.

    Fig. 20 is a view of the ribbon winding mechanism according to the modification example when viewed from the +Z side in a case where the carrier is positioned at a second carrier position.

    Fig. 21 is a view of the ribbon winding mechanism according to the modification example when viewed in a direction between the +X side and the +Y side in a case where the engagement member is positioned at a second engaging position.


    DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS



    [0034] Hereinafter, exemplary preferred embodiments of a ribbon winding mechanism and a tape printing apparatus A will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the following drawings, it is needless to say that, in order to clearly show an arrangement relationship between portions, an XYZ orthogonal coordinate system is illustrated; however, the invention is not limited thereto.

    [0035] A schematic configuration of the tape printing apparatus A is described as an example with reference to Figs. 1 to 3. The tape printing apparatus A may perform printing by using one cartridge that accommodates both of a tape T and an ink ribbon R, like a first cartridge 100 (refer to Fig. 5) or a second cartridge 200 (refer to Fig. 8) which will be described below.

    [0036] The tape printing apparatus A includes a cartridge mounting unit 1 and a feed motor 3. The tape printing apparatus A includes a feed wheel train 20 and a ribbon winding mechanism 28 (refer to Fig. 12), which are not illustrated in Figs. 1 to 3.

    [0037] The first cartridge 100 (refer to Figs. 4 to 6) or the second cartridge 200 (refer to Figs. 7 to 9) is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1.

    [0038] Fig. 2 exemplary shows the cartridge mounting unit 1 which includes a mounting bottom wall 6 on a back side (-Z side) in a mounting direction of the first cartridge 100 or the second cartridge 200. On the mounting bottom wall 6, a platen shaft 7, an unwinding shaft 8, a winding shaft 9, and a thermal head 11 are provided to project on a +Z side. In addition, the mounting bottom wall 6 is provided with projecting mounting portions 13 projecting to the +Z side are provided on three positions of a corner on a +X side and a +Y side, a corner on a -X side and the +Y side, and a corner on the -X side and a -Y side. Further, the mounting bottom wall 6 is provided with an engagement member 54 to be described below, which retractably projects on the +Z side.

    [0039] The first cartridge 100 is described as an example with reference to Figs. 4 to 6. The first cartridge 100 includes a tape core 101, a platen roller 102, a ribbon unwinding core 103, a first ribbon winding core 104, and a first cartridge case 105 that accommodates the cores and the roller. A first tape Ta which may have a first tape width (for example, 36 mm) is wound into a roll shape around the tape core 101. A first ink ribbon Ra which may have a first ribbon width is wound into a roll shape around the ribbon unwinding core 103.

    [0040] The second cartridge 200 is described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 7 to 9. Similar to the first cartridge 100, the second cartridge 200 includes a tape core 201, a platen roller 202, a ribbon unwinding core 203, a second ribbon winding core 204, and a second cartridge case 205 that accommodates the cores and the roller. A second tape Tb which may have a second tape width (for example, 24 mm) narrower than the first tape width is wound into a roll shape around the tape core 201. A second ink ribbon Rb which may have a second ribbon width narrower than the first ribbon width is wound into a roll shape around the ribbon unwinding core 203. In a case where there is no need to particularly distinguish between the first tape Ta and the second tape Tb, the tap is simply referred to as a "tape T". Similarly, in a case where there is no need to particularly distinguish between the first ink ribbon Ra and the second ink ribbon Rb, the ribbon is simply referred to as an "ink ribbon R". In addition, a difference between the first cartridge case 105 and the second cartridge case 205 will be described below.

    [0041] The description back to Figs. 4 to 6 is provided. When the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, the platen shaft 7, the unwinding shaft 8, and the winding shaft 9 are inserted into the platen roller 102, the ribbon unwinding core 103, and the first ribbon winding core 104, respectively. In this manner, the tape T and the ink ribbon R is pinched between the thermal head 11 and the platen roller 102. In this state, when the feed motor 3 rotates in a forward direction, the platen roller 102 rotates in the forward direction and the first ribbon winding core 104 rotates in a winding direction. In this manner, forward feeding of the tape T and the ink ribbon R is performed. In other words, the tape T is unwound from the tape core 101 so as to be fed toward a tape discharge opening (not illustrated) outside the first cartridge case 105 and the ink ribbon R is unwound from the ribbon unwinding core 103 so as to be wound around the first ribbon winding core 104. On the other hand, when the feed motor 3 rotates in a reverse direction, the platen roller 102 rotates in the reverse direction and the ribbon unwinding core 103 rotates in a rewinding direction. In this manner, reverse feeding of the tape T and the ink ribbon R is performed. In other words, the tape T discharged from the tape discharge opening is pulled back and the ink ribbon R is rewound around the ribbon unwinding core 103. Here, a case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 is described as an example. The same is true of a case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, and the forward feeding and the reverse feeding of the tape T and the ink ribbon R are performed.

    [0042] The described example of the tape printing apparatus A is configured as follws: when a user inputs a desired character from an operation panel (not illustrated), and execution of printing is instructed, the forward feeding of the tape T and the ink ribbon R is performed and the thermal head 11 heats up. In this manner, the input character is printed on the tape T. After the printing is ended, a cutter (not illustrated) performs a cutting operation, and a printed portion of the tape T is cut off and is discharged from the tape discharge opening. Then, the reverse feeding of the tape T and the ink ribbon R is performed. In this manner, until the leading end of the tape T approaches the vicinity of a position of printing by the thermal head 11, the tape T is pulled back. Therefore, it is possible to reduce a margin generated in front in a length direction of the tape T due to a separation distance between the thermal head 11 and the cutter, on the tape T on which the next printing is performed.

    [0043] The first cartridge case 105 and the second cartridge case 205 are described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 6, 9, 10, and 11.

    [0044] The first cartridge case 105 includes a first wall 111, a second wall 112, and a third wall 113. The first wall 111 and the third wall 113 are opposite to each other. The second wall 112 configures a peripheral wall of the first cartridge case 105. The first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, in a state in which the first wall 111 is oriented to the +Z side and the third wall 113 is oriented to the -Z side. Similar to the first cartridge case 105, the second cartridge case 205 includes a first wall 211, a second wall 212, and a third wall 213.

    [0045] In addition, the third wall 113 of the first cartridge case 105 is provided with recessed case portions 114 recessed on the +Z side at three positions of a corner on the +X side and the +Y side, a corner on the -X side and the +Y side, and a corner on the -X side and the -Y side, which correspond to the projecting mounting portions 13 provided at three positions of the mounting bottom wall 6 (only one position is illustrated in Fig. 10). Therefore, when the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, avoiding of the projecting mounting portions 13 is performed by the recessed case portion 114, and the third wall 113 substantially comes into contact with the mounting bottom wall 6 (refer to Fig. 6). In other words, the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 such that a gap between the third wall 113 and the mounting bottom wall 6 is a first gap D1. Here, the first gap D1 is substantially zero.

    [0046] On the other hand, the third wall 213 of the second cartridge case 205 is not provided with a recessed portion like the recessed case portion 114 (refer to Fig. 11). Therefore, when the second cartridge 200 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, the second cartridge is mounted in a state in which the corners of the third wall 213 are laid on the projecting mounting portions 13, and the third wall 213 floats from the mounting bottom wall 6 (refer to Fig. 9). In other words, the second cartridge 200 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 such that a gap between the third wall 213 and the mounting bottom wall 6 is a second gap D2 larger than the first gap D1. Here, the second gap D2 is substantially equal to a projecting height of the projecting mounting portions 13 from the mounting bottom wall 6 in the Z direction.

    [0047] The feed wheel train 20 of the tape printing apparatus A is described as an example with reference to Fig. 12. The feed wheel train 20 includes a platen-side wheel train 21, an unwinding-side wheel train 22, and a winding-side wheel train 23.

    [0048] The platen-side wheel train 21 transmits power from the feed motor 3 to a platen rotor 31 that is rotatably supported by the platen shaft 7. The platen rotor 31 engages with the platen rollers 102 and 202, and the platen rotor 31 rotates. In this manner, the platen rollers 102 and 202 rotate.

    [0049] The unwinding-side wheel train 22 transmits power from the feed motor 3 to an unwinding rotor 32 that is rotatably supported by the unwinding shaft 8. The unwinding rotor 32 engages with the ribbon unwinding cores 103 and 203, and the unwinding rotor 32 rotates. In this manner, the ribbon unwinding cores 103 and 203 rotate.

    [0050] The winding-side wheel train 23 transmits power from the feed motor 3 to a winding rotor 33 that is rotatably supported by the winding shaft 9. The winding rotor 33 engages with the first ribbon winding core 104 or the second ribbon winding core 204, and the winding rotor 33 rotates. In this manner, the first ribbon winding core 104 or the second ribbon winding core 204 rotates. A torque clutch 45, which will be described below, is provided to the winding-side wheel train 23. In addition, the winding rotor 33 configures the ribbon winding mechanism 28 which will be described below.

    [0051] In addition, the feed wheel train 20 includes an unwinding clutch 26 and a winding clutch. The unwinding clutch 26 performs state switching to a state in which the power is transmitted from the feed motor 3 to the unwinding rotor 32 when the feed motor 3 rotates in the reverse direction, and the unwinding clutch 26 performs state switching to a state in which transmission of the power is blocked when the feed motor 3 rotates in the forward direction. In Fig. 12, the unwinding clutch 26 shown in a state in which the power is transmitted from the feed motor 3 to the unwinding rotor 32 is illustrated in a solid line, and the unwinding clutch 26 shown in a state in which the transmission of the power is blocked is illustrated in a two-dot chain line. The winding clutch (not illustrated) is provided on the -Z side of the feed motor 3 and performs state switching to a state in which the power is transmitted from the feed motor 3 to the winding rotor 33 when the feed motor 3 rotates in the forward direction, and the winding clutch performs state switching to a state in which transmission of the power is blocked when the feed motor 3 rotates in the reverse direction.

    [0052] The ribbon winding mechanism 28 of the tape printing apparatus A is described as an example with reference to Figs. 13 to 15. The ribbon winding mechanism 28 includes the winding rotor 33, a first winding gear 41, a second winding gear 42, a first slip spring 43, and a second slip spring 44. The ribbon winding mechanism 28, which are not illustrated in Figs. 13 to 15, includes the torque clutch 45 (refer to Fig. 12 or the like) which will be described below.

    [0053] As described above, the winding rotor 33 is rotatably supported by the winding shaft 9. As exemplary shown in Fig. 13, the winding rotor 33 is provided with a core insertion portion 401, a flange 402, and a first spring coiling portion 403, in this order from the +Z side. The core insertion portion 401 is inserted into the first ribbon winding core 104 or the second ribbon winding core 204. The core insertion portion 401 is formed to have a cylindrical shape, and the outer circumferential surface thereof is provided with a plurality of (for example, three) rotor-side projecting portions 405 extending in an axial direction (Z direction) which are scattered in a circumferential direction at substantially equal intervals. The rotor-side projecting portions 405 engage with core-side projecting portions (not illustrated) provided on an inner circumferential surface of the first ribbon winding core 104 (refer to Fig. 4) or the second ribbon winding core 204 (refer to Fig. 7). The first slip spring 43 is coiled around the first spring coiling portion 403.

    [0054] The first winding gear 41 is rotatably supported by the winding shaft 9 (refer to Fig.3). In other words, the first winding gear 41 is positioned on the -Z side from the winding rotor 33 and is provided to be coaxial to the winding rotor 33. According to the example shown in the Figs. 14 and 15, the first winding gear 41 is connected to the winding rotor 33 via the first slip spring 43 and rotates the winding rotor 33.

    [0055] The first winding gear 41 is provided with a first cylindrical portion 411, a first gear portion 412, and a second spring coiling portion 413, in this order from the +Z side. The first spring coiling portion 403, around which the first slip spring 43 is coiled, is inserted into the first cylindrical portion 411. A bottom surface of the first cylindrical portion 411 (in other words, a surface of the first gear portion 412 on the +Z side) is provided with a first spring engagement portion 414. An end portion of the first slip spring 43 on the -Z side engages with the first spring engagement portion 414. The outer circumferential surface of the first gear portion 412 is provided with a plurality of teeth that intermesh with a first planetary gear 51 which will be described below. The second slip spring 44 is coiled around the second spring coiling portion 413.

    [0056] The second winding gear 42 is rotatably supported by the winding shaft 9 (refer to Fig. 3). In other words, the second winding gear 42 is positioned on the -Z side from the first winding gear 41 and is provided to be coaxial to the winding rotor 33. According to the example shown in the Figs. 14 and 15, the second winding gear 42 is connected to the first winding gear 41 via the second slip spring 44 and rotates the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41.

    [0057] The second winding gear 42 is provided with a second cylindrical portion 421 and a second gear portion 422 in this order from the +Z side. The second spring coiling portion 413, around which the second slip spring 44 is coiled, is inserted into the second cylindrical portion 421. A bottom surface of the second cylindrical portion 421 (in other words, a surface of the second gear portion 422 on the +Z side) is provided with a second spring engagement portion 424. An end portion of the second slip spring 44 on the -Z side engages with the second spring engagement portion 424. The outer circumferential surface of the second gear portion 422 is provided with a plurality of teeth that intermesh with a second planetary gear 52 which will be described below.

    [0058] The first slip spring 43 may be coiled around the first spring coiling portion 403 of the winding rotor 33 and the end portion of the first slip spring on the -Z side engages with the first spring engagement portion 414 of the first winding gear 41. In this manner, the winding rotor 33 and the first winding gear 41 may be connected to each other. When a difference between a rotation speed of the winding rotor 33 and a rotation speed of the first winding gear 41 occurs and torque exceeding the first torque value is applied, the first slip spring 43 may be loosened from a coiled state around the first spring coiling portion 403 and may slip with respect to the first spring coiling portion 403. Therefore, the first slip spring 43 may transmit torque from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33 in a case where the torque that does not exceed the first torque value, is applied, e.g. since the applied torque stays below the first torque limit, the first slip spring 43 may transmit torque from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor; however, the transmission of torque from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33 may be blocked in a case where the torque exceeding the first torque value is applied, e.g. when the applied torque exceeds the first torque limit value the transmission of torque from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33 may be blocked. In other words, the first slip spring 43 limits torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, to the first torque value.

    [0059] According to the example shown in the Figs. 14 and 15, the second slip spring 44 is coiled around the second spring coiling portion 413 of the first winding gear 41 and the end portion of the second slip spring on the -Z side engages with the second spring engagement portion 424 of the second winding gear 42. In this manner, the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42 may be connected to each other. When a difference between a rotation speed of the first winding gear 41 and a rotation speed of the second winding gear 42 occurs and torque exceeding second torque value smaller than the first torque value is applied, the second slip spring 44 may be loosened from a coiled state around the second spring coiling portion 413 and may slip with respect to the second spring coiling portion 413. In other words, the second slip spring 44 may slip by torque smaller than that by which the first slip spring 43 may slip. Therefore, the second slip spring 44 may transmit torque from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41 in a case where the torque that does not exceed the second torque value is applied, e.g. since the applied torque stays below the second torque limit, the second slip spring 44 may transmit torque from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41; however, the transmission of torque from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41 may be blocked in a case where the torque exceeding the second torque value is applied, e.g. when the applied torque exceeds the second torque limit value the transmission of torque from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41 may be blocked. In other words, the second slip spring 44 may limit torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41, to the second torque value.

    [0060] In a case where the torque, that does not exceed the second torque value, is applied to the second slip spring 44, the torque that is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41 does not exceed the first torque, and thus is further transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33. Since the first winding gear 41 is provided between the winding rotor 33 and the second winding gear 42, it is possible to transmit the torque from the second winding gear 42 to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41 in a simple configuration.

    [0061] The torque clutch 45 is described exemplary with reference to Figs. 12, 16, and 17. The torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. In Fig. 12, the torque clutch 45 shown in a state in which the power is transmitted from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 is illustrated in a solid line, and the torque clutch 45 shown in a state in which the power is transmitted to the second winding gear 42 is illustrated in a two-dot chain line. The torque clutch 45 includes a sun gear 50, the first planetary gear 51, the second planetary gear 52, a carrier 53, the engagement member 54, and a clutch supporting shaft 55.

    [0062] The clutch supporting shaft 55 is provided on the +Y side with respect to the winding shaft 9. As will be described below, the sun gear 50 and the carrier 53 are rotatably supported by the clutch supporting shaft 55.

    [0063] The sun gear 50 is rotatably supported by the clutch supporting shaft 55. The power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the sun gear 50 via the winding-side wheel train 23. When the power is transferred from the feed motor 3, the sun gear 50 rotates in a counterclockwise direction in Fig. 16 (hereinafter, similarly, a "clockwise direction" or a "counterclockwise direction" means a direction in Fig. 16 or 18). The first planetary gear 51 is separated from the first winding gear 41 and approaches the first winding gear 41 from the substantially +Y side in an intermeshed state with the sun gear 50. The first planetary gear 51 rotates in the clockwise direction when the sun gear 50 rotates in the counterclockwise direction. The second planetary gear 52 is separated from the second winding gear 42 and approaches the second winding gear 42 from the +Y side inclined to the -X side in an intermeshed state with the sun gear 50. The second planetary gear 52 rotates in the clockwise direction when the sun gear 50 rotates in the counterclockwise direction.

    [0064] The carrier 53 is rotatably supported by the clutch supporting shaft 55. In other words, the carrier 53 is rotatably supported coaxial to the sun gear 50. The carrier 53 is provided with a first carrier supporting portion 531, a second carrier supporting portion 532, a protruding carrier portion 533, and a carrier engagement portion 534. The first carrier supporting portion 531 extends from the clutch supporting shaft 55 in a direction between the +X side and the -Y side. The first planetary gear 51 is rotatably supported by the first carrier supporting portion 531. The second carrier supporting portion 532 extends from the clutch supporting shaft 55 in a direction between the -X side and the -Y side. The second planetary gear 52 is rotatably supported by the second carrier supporting portion 532. The protruding carrier portion 533 protrudes on a side opposite to the second carrier supporting portion 532 with respect to the clutch supporting shaft 55, that is, in a direction between the +X side and the +Y side. The carrier engagement portion 534 is bent and extends from the front end of the protruding carrier portion 533 to the +X side. The carrier engagement portion 534 is positioned on the -Z side with respect to the engagement member 54 (refer to Fig. 3).

    [0065] The carrier 53 is movable between a first carrier position (refer to Fig. 16), at which the first planetary gear 51 intermeshes with the first winding gear 41 and the second planetary gear 52 is separated from the second winding gear 42, and a second carrier position (refer to Fig. 17), at which the first planetary gear 51 is separated from the first winding gear 41 and the second planetary gear 52 intermeshes with the second winding gear 42. In other words, in a case where the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position, the power may be transmitted from the first planetary gear 51 to the first winding gear 41, but the power may not be transmitted from the second planetary gear 52 to the second winding gear 42 when the sun gear 50 rotates. On the other hand, in a case where the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position, the power may not be transmitted from the first planetary gear 51 to the first winding gear 41, but the power may be transmitted from the second planetary gear 52 to the second winding gear 42 when the sun gear 50 rotates. When the power is transmitted from the first planetary gear 51 to the first winding gear 41, the first winding gear 41 may rotate in the counterclockwise direction. Similarly, when the power is transmitted from the second planetary gear 52 to the second winding gear 42, the second winding gear 42 may rotate in the counterclockwise direction.

    [0066] The carrier 53 may be positioned at the first carrier position in an engaged stated with the engagement member 54. On the other hand, in a state in which the carrier 53 does not engage with the engagement member 54, and when the sun gear 50 rotates, the carrier 53 may rotate in the counterclockwise direction along with the sun gear 50 and may be positioned at the second carrier position.

    [0067] The engagement member 54 is exemplarily described with reference to Figs. 3, 6, 9, and 12. The engagement member 54 projects from the mounting bottom wall 6 of the cartridge mounting unit 1 and is provided to be movable in the Z direction (in other words, to be retractable into the mounting bottom wall 6). The engagement member 54 is provided with an engagement cylindrical portion 541 and an engagement projecting portion 542.

    [0068] An engagement spring 543 is accommodated in the engagement cylindrical portion 541. The engagement spring 543 may apply a force to the engagement member 54 on the +Z side. For example, a compression coil spring may be used as the engagement spring 543. The engagement projecting portion 542 projects from the outer circumferential surface of the engagement cylindrical portion 541 on the -Y side. When the engagement member 54 moves in the Z direction, the engagement projecting portion 542 is separated from the carrier engagement portion 534 on the +Z side and approaches the +Z side of the carrier engagement portion 534. An engagement surface 544 that is a surface of the engagement projecting portion 542 on the -Z side is formed to have an inclined shape such that the front end portion of the engagement projecting portion 542 in a projecting direction (-Y side) is oriented to the +Z side.

    [0069] The engagement member 54 has a dismounting-period projecting length L that is a projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 in a case where neither the first cartridge 100 nor the second cartridge 200 are mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, and the dismounting-period projecting length is larger than the first gap D1 and is larger than the second gap D2. Therefore, when the first cartridge 100 or the second cartridge 200 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, the engagement member 54 is pushed by the first cartridge 100 or the second cartridge 200 and moves (in other words, goes down) to the -Z side against the engagement spring 543. The engagement member 54 moves to the -Z side and, then, is locked by a locking mechanism (not illustrated) so as not to return to the +Z side by the engagement spring 543.

    [0070] States of portions of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 in a case where neither the first cartridge 100 nor the second cartridge 200 are mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 are described exemplarily with reference to Fig. 3. In this case, the engagement member 54 is disposed at a dismounting position at which the projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 is the dismounting-period projecting length L. At this time, the engagement projecting portion 542 is separated from the carrier engagement portion 534 on the +Z side and does not engage with the carrier engagement portion 534.

    [0071] States of the portions of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 in a case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 are described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 6 and 16. In this case, as described above, since the dismounting-period projecting length L of the engagement member 54 is larger than the first gap D1, the engagement member 54 is pushed by the first cartridge 100 to the -Z side until the projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 is equal to the first gap D1, and the engagement member 54 is positioned at an engaging position at which the engagement projecting portion 542 engages with the carrier engagement portion 534.

    [0072] At this time, since the engagement projecting portion 542 projects on the -Y side, the carrier engagement portion 534 is pushed by the engagement projecting portion 542 on the -Y side, and the engagement member 54 may rotate the carrier 53 in the counterclockwise direction, that is, to the first carrier position.

    [0073] When the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position, the first planetary gear 51 intermeshes with the first winding gear 41. In this state, even when the sun gear 50 rotates, the rotation of the carrier 53 to the second carrier position along with the sun gear 50 is blocked by the engagement member 54. In this manner, the state in which the first planetary gear 51 intermeshes with the first winding gear 41 is maintained. As a result, the torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41.

    [0074] When the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the first winding gear 41 such that the first winding gear 41 rotates, the winding rotor 33, connected to the first winding gear 41 via the first slip spring 43, rotates. At this time, the second winding gear 42 also rotates being driven by the first winding gear 41. The torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, is limited to the first torque by the first slip spring 43.

    [0075] As described above, in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the engagement member 54 is pushed by the first cartridge 100 and moves to the -Z side, and thereby the engagement member 54 is positioned at the engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier 53. In this manner, the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position. The first planetary gear 51 intermeshes with the first winding gear 41, and the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the first winding gear 41. As a result, the torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, is limited to the first torque by the first slip spring 43, and the winding torque is switched to the first torque.

    [0076] States of the portions of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 in a case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 are described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 9 and 17. In this case, as described above, since the dismounting-period projecting length L of the engagement member 54 is larger than the second gap D2, the engagement member 54 is pushed by the second cartridge 200 to the -Z side until the projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 is equal to the second gap D2, and the engagement member 54 is positioned at a disengaging position at which the engagement projecting portion 542 does not engage with the carrier engagement portion 534.

    [0077] In this state, when the sun gear 50 rotates, the carrier 53 rotates to the second carrier position along with the sun gear 50. In this manner, the second planetary gear 52 intermeshes with the second winding gear 42. As a result, the torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42.

    [0078] When the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the second winding gear 42 such that the second winding gear 42 rotates, the first winding gear 41, connected to the second winding gear 42 via the second slip spring 44, rotates, and the winding rotor 33, connected to the first winding gear 41 via the first slip spring 43, rotates. The torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41, is limited to the second torque by the second slip spring 44.

    [0079] As described above, in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the movement length of the engagement member 54 is small, and thereby the engagement member 54 is positioned at the disengaging position at which the engagement member does not engage with the carrier 53. Therefore, when the sun gear 50 rotates, the carrier 53 rotates in the counterclockwise direction and is positioned at the second carrier position. The second planetary gear 52 intermeshes with the second winding gear 42, and the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the second winding gear 42. As a result, the torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41, is limited to the second torque by the second slip spring 44, and the winding torque is switched to the second torque.

    [0080] As described above, the ribbon winding mechanism 28 of the embodiment includes the winding rotor 33, the first winding gear 41, the second winding gear 42, the first slip spring 43, the second slip spring 44, and the torque clutch 45. The winding rotor 33 engages with the first ribbon winding core 104 or the second ribbon winding core 204. The first winding gear 41 is provided to be coaxial to the winding rotor 33 and rotates the winding rotor 33. The second winding gear 42 is provided to be coaxial to the winding rotor 33 and rotates the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41. The first slip spring 43 limits the torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, to the first torque. The second slip spring 44 limits the torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41, to the second torque lower than the first torque. The torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 when the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 when the second cartridge 200 is mounted.

    [0081] In this configuration, when the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the first winding gear 41, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor 33 is limited to the first torque by the first slip spring 43. On the other hand, when the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the second winding gear 42, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41 is limited to the second torque by the second slip spring 44. Therefore, mounting of the first cartridge 100 in the cartridge mounting unit 1 by a user causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor 33 may be switched to the first torque value, and mounting of the second cartridge 200 in the cartridge mounting unit 1 causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor 33 may be switched to the second torque value. Hence, it is possible to switch the winding torque with a simple operation. In this manner, even in a case where one of the first cartridge 100 and the second cartridge 200 are mounted, the tape printing apparatus A can perform printing while the ink ribbon R is wound with the winding torque suitable for the mounted cartridge.

    [0082] In addition, in the ribbon winding mechanism 28 of the embodiment, in a case where the first cartridge 100 that accommodates the first ink ribbon Ra having a relatively wide first ribbon width is mounted, the winding torque is switched to the first torque that is relatively high. In a case where the second cartridge 200 that accommodates the second ink ribbon Rb having a relatively narrow second ribbon width is mounted, the winding torque is switched to the second torque that is relatively low. In this manner, it is possible to suppress breaking of the ink ribbon R, and it is possible to appropriately wind the ink ribbon R.

    [0083] In other words, as a comparative example of the embodiment, a configuration, in which the winding torque becomes the first torque even in a case where one of the first cartridge 100 and the second cartridge 200 is mounted, is assumed. In the comparative example, in a case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the second ink ribbon Rb having a relatively narrow width is wound with the first torque that is relatively high, and thus there is a concern that the second ink ribbon Rb will break (a portion of the ink ribbon R from the thermal head 11 to the second ribbon winding core 204, to which tension corresponding to the winding torque is applied, is heated by the thermal head 11, and thus the strength of the portion is degraded). By comparison, according to the embodiment, in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the second ink ribbon Rb having the relatively narrow width is wound with the second torque that is relatively low, and thus it is possible to suppress the breaking of the second ink ribbon Rb.

    [0084] In addition, as another comparative example of the embodiment, a configuration, in which the winding torque becomes the second torque even in a case where one of the first cartridge 100 and the second cartridge 200 is mounted, is assumed. In the comparative example, in a case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the first ink ribbon Ra having a relatively wide width is wound with the second torque that is relatively low, and thus there is a concern that it is not possible to peel off the first ink ribbon Ra, which is pinched with the first tape Ta between the thermal head 11 and the platen roller 102, from the first tape Ta, and the first ink ribbon Ra, along with the first tape Ta, will be fed out of the first cartridge case 105. By comparison, according to the embodiment, in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the first ink ribbon Ra having the relatively wide width is wound with the first torque that is relatively high. Therefore, it is possible to peel off the first ink ribbon Ra from the first tape Ta, and it is possible to appropriately wind the first ink ribbon Ra.

    [0085] A torque clutch 45A that is a modification example of the torque clutch 45 is described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 18 to 21. The torque clutch 45A has substantially the same configuration as that of the torque clutch 45. Hereinafter, a difference from the torque clutch 45 will be mainly described.

    [0086] The torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42 in a case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted. In addition, the torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 without transferring the power to the first winding gear 41 in a case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. In other words, the torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the torque clutch 45A does not transfer the power from the feed motor 3 in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. On the other hand, the torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 in both of the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted and the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. In other words, the torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 all the time when the feed motor 3 operates.

    [0087] The torque clutch 45A includes the sun gear 50, a planetary gear 51a, the carrier 53, the engagement member 54, the clutch supporting shaft 55, a transmission gear 56, an input gear 57, and a clutch spring 58.

    [0088] The clutch supporting shaft 55 is provided on the +Y side with respect to the winding shaft 9. The sun gear 50, the transmission gear 56 and the carrier 53 are rotatably supported by the clutch supporting shaft 55.

    [0089] The sun gear 50 is rotatably supported by the clutch supporting shaft 55. The power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the sun gear 50 via the winding-side wheel train 23. The sun gear 50 rotates in the counterclockwise direction when the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the sun gear 50. The planetary gear 51a is separated from the first winding gear 41 and approaches the first winding gear 41 from the +Y side inclined to the -X side in an intermeshed state with the sun gear 50. The planetary gear 51a rotates in the clockwise direction when the sun gear 50 rotates in the counterclockwise direction.

    [0090] The transmission gear 56 is provided on the -Z side of the sun gear 50 and integrally rotates along with the sun gear 50. The transmission gear 56 intermeshes with the input gear 57. The input gear 57 is provided between the transmission gear 56 and the second winding gear 42 and usually intermeshes with the transmission gear 56 and the second winding gear 42. Therefore, the input gear 57 transfers the power transmitted from the feed motor 3 via the transmission gear 56 to the second winding gear 42. The input gear 57 rotates in the clockwise direction when the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the input gear, and the input gear rotates the second winding gear 42 in the counterclockwise direction.

    [0091] The carrier 53 is rotatably supported by the clutch supporting shaft 55. In other words, the carrier 53 is rotatably supported coaxial to the sun gear 50. The carrier 53 is provided with a carrier supporting portion 530, an engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a, and a spring-side carrier engagement portion 534b. The carrier supporting portion 530 extends from the clutch supporting shaft 55 in a direction between the -X side and the -Y side. The planetary gear 51a is rotatably supported by the carrier supporting portion 530. The engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a extends from the clutch supporting shaft 55 in a direction between the +X side and the +Y side. The engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a engages with the engagement member 54. The spring-side carrier engagement portion 534b is bent and extends from the clutch supporting shaft 55 in a direction between the -X side and the +Y side. The spring-side carrier engagement portion 534b engages with the clutch spring 58.

    [0092] The carrier 53 is movable between the first carrier position (refer to Fig. 18), at which the planetary gear 51a intermeshes with the first winding gear 41, and the second carrier position (refer to Fig. 20), at which the planetary gear 51a is separated from the first winding gear 41. In other words, in a case where the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position and when the sun gear 50 rotates, the power is transmitted from the planetary gear 51a to the first winding gear 41. On the other hand, in a case where the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position and when the sun gear 50 rotates, the power is not transmitted from the planetary gear 51a to the first winding gear 41. When the power is transmitted from the planetary gear 51a to the first winding gear 41, the first winding gear 41 rotates in the counterclockwise direction.

    [0093] The carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position in a state in which the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a engages with a first engagement portion 545 (which will be described below) of the engagement member 54. On the other hand, the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position in a state in which the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a engages with a second engagement portion 546 (which will be described below) of the engagement member 54.

    [0094] The clutch spring 58 engages with the spring-side carrier engagement portion 534b the engagement member 54, and a force is applied to the carrier 53 in the clockwise direction, that is, toward the second carrier position, with the engagement member 54 as a support. For example, a torsion coil spring may be used as the clutch spring 58.

    [0095] The engagement member 54 engages with the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a. The engagement member 54 projects from the mounting bottom wall 6 of the cartridge mounting unit 1 and is provided to be movable in the Z direction. A force is applied to the engagement member 54 on the +Z side by the engagement spring 543 (not illustrated in Fig. 18 or the like). The engagement member 54 is formed to have a substantially quadrangular column shape, and a surface of the engagement member which is opposite to the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a is provided with the first engagement portion 545 and the second engagement portion 546 on the +Z side (refer to Fig. 21).

    [0096] The second engagement portion 546 is provided to have a recessed shape in the surface that is opposite to the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a. In other words, the first engagement portion 545 protrudes more in a direction between the -X side and the +Y side than the second engagement portion 546. When the engagement member 54 moves in the Z direction, the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a slides between the first engagement portion 545 and the second engagement portion 546. The engagement surface 544 that is the surface of the first engagement portion 545 on the -Z side (in other words, the surface of the second engagement portion 546 on the +Z side) includes a front end portion of the first engagement portion 545 in the projecting direction (direction between the -X side and the + Y side), the front end portion having an inclined shape toward the +Z side.

    [0097] The engagement member 54 has the dismounting-period projecting length L that is a projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 in the case where neither of the first cartridge 100 nor the second cartridge 200 are mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, and the dismounting-period projecting length is larger than the first gap D1 and is smaller than the second gap D2. Therefore, when the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, the engagement member 54 is pushed by the first cartridge 100 and moves to the -Z side against the engagement spring 543 (refer to Fig. 19). The engagement member 54 moves to the -Z side and, then, is locked by a locking mechanism (not illustrated) so as not to return to the +Z side by the engagement spring 543. On the other hand, even when the second cartridge 200 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1, the engagement member 54 is not pushed by the second cartridge 200 and does not move to the -Z side (refer to Fig. 21).

    [0098] States of the portions of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 in a case where neither the first cartridge 100 nor the second cartridge 200 are mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 are described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 20 and 21. In this case, the engagement member 54 is disposed at the dismounting position at which the projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 is the dismounting-period projecting length L. In other words, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the second engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a in the second engagement portion 546.

    [0099] States of the portions of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 in a case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 are described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 18 and 19. In this case, as described above, since the dismounting-period projecting length L of the engagement member 54 is larger than the first gap D1, the engagement member 54 is pushed by the first cartridge 100 to the -Z side until the projecting length from the mounting bottom wall 6 is equal to the first gap D1, and the engagement member 54 is positioned at the first engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a in the first engagement portion 545.

    [0100] At this time, since the first engagement portion 545 projects more in the direction between the -X side and the +Y side than the second engagement portion 546, the engagement-side carrier engagement 534a is pushed by the first engagement portion 545 in the direction between the -X side and the + Y side, and the engagement member 54 rotates the carrier 53 in the counterclockwise direction, that is, to the first carrier position.

    [0101] In a state in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position, the planetary gear 51a intermeshes with the first winding gear 41. In addition, as described above, the input gear 57 always intermeshes with the second winding gear 42. The torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42.

    [0102] When the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42 such that the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42 rotate, the winding rotor 33 connected to the first winding gear 41 via the first slip spring 43 rotates. The torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, is limited to the first torque by the first slip spring 43. In other words, when both of the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42 rotate, the torque on the side of the first winding gear 41 is adjusted as the winding torque.

    [0103] As described above, in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the first disengaging position. Therefore, the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position. The first planetary gear 51 intermeshes with the first winding gear 41, and the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42. As a result, the torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, is limited to the first torque by the first slip spring 43, and the winding torque is switched to the first torque.

    [0104] States of the portions of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 are described exemplarily with reference to Figs. 20 and 21. In this case, as described above, since the dismounting-period projecting length L of the engagement member 54 is smaller than the second gap D2, the engagement member 54 is not pushed by the second cartridge 200 and does not move to the -Z side. Therefore, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the second engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the engagement-side carrier engagement portion 534a in the second engagement portion 546. At this time, the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position.

    [0105] In a state in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position, the planetary gear 51a is separated from the first winding gear 41. On the other hand, as described above, the input gear 57 always intermeshes with the second winding gear 42. Therefore, the torque clutch 45 transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42.

    [0106] When the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the second winding gear 42 such that the second winding gear 42 rotates, the first winding gear 41 connected to the second winding gear 42 via the second slip spring 44 rotates, and the winding rotor 33 connected to the first winding gear 41 via the first slip spring 43 rotates. The torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41, is limited to the second torque by the second slip spring 44.

    [0107] As described above, in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the movement length of the engagement member 54 is small (more specifically, does not move), and thereby the engagement member 54 is positioned at the second engaging position at which the engagement member 54 engages with the carrier 53 in the second engagement portion 546. In the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the second disengaging position. Therefore, the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position. Since the planetary gear 51a is separated from the first winding gear 41, the power from the feed motor 3 is not transferred to the first winding gear 41, but is transferred to the second winding gear 42. As a result, the torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41, is limited to the second torque by the second slip spring 44, and the winding torque is switched to the second torque.

    [0108] As described above, the ribbon winding mechanism 28 including the torque clutch 45A according to a modification example includes the winding rotor 33, the first winding gear 41, the second winding gear 42, the first slip spring 43, the second slip spring 44, and the torque clutch 45A. The winding rotor 33 engages with the first ribbon winding core 104 or the second ribbon winding core 204. The first winding gear 41 is provided to be coaxial to the winding rotor 33 and rotates the winding rotor 33. The second winding gear 42 is provided to be coaxial to the winding rotor 33 and rotates the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41. The first slip spring 43 limits the torque, which is transmitted from the first winding gear 41 to the winding rotor 33, to the first torque. The second slip spring 44 limits the torque, which is transmitted from the second winding gear 42 to the first winding gear 41, to the second torque lower than the first torque. The torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42 when the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the torque clutch 45A transfers the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 without transferring the power to the first winding gear 41 when the second cartridge 200 is mounted.

    [0109] In this configuration, when the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the power from the feed motor 3 is transferred to the first winding gear 41 and the second winding gear 42, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor 33 is limited to the first torque by the first slip spring 43. On the other hand, when the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the power from the feed motor 3 is not transferred to the first winding gear 41 but is transferred to the second winding gear 42, and thus the torque that is transmitted to the winding rotor 33 via the first winding gear 41 is limited to the second torque value by the second slip spring 44. Therefore, the mounting of the first cartridge 100 in the cartridge mounting unit 1 by a user causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor 33 may be switched to the first torque value, and the mounting of the second cartridge 200 in the cartridge mounting unit 1 causes that the winding torque of the winding rotor 33 may be switched to the second torque value. Hence, it is possible to switch the winding torque with a simple operation. In this manner, even in a case where one of the first cartridge 100 and the second cartridge 200 are mounted, the tape printing apparatus A can perform printing while the ink ribbon R is wound with the winding torque suitable for the mounted cartridge.

    [0110] In addition, as described above, the planetary gear 51a is separated from the first winding gear 41 and approaches the first winding gear 41 from the +Y side inclined to the -X side, and the planetary gear intermeshes with the first winding gear 41 from the substantially +Y side in a state in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position after rotating in the clockwise direction. Therefore, in the case where the first winding gear 41 is locked, the force in the substantially +Y direction is applied to the planetary gear 51a. Therefore, if the planetary gear 51a is not restricted due to another gear or the like on the +Y side, there is a concern that the planetary gear 51a is hit with the force that is applied in the substantially +Y direction. In other words, the force is applied in a direction, in which the planetary gear 51a is blown to the outer side of the first winding gear 41. Therefore, there is a concern that a problem of intermeshing with the gears between the planetary gear 51a and the first winding gear 41 will arise. If the members such as the carrier 53 in the torque clutch 45A are all made of metal, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of hitting of the planetary gear 51a; however, the cost increases. By comparison, in the torque clutch 45A, the hitting of the planetary gear 51a is suppressed by the sun gear 50 in a state in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position. Therefore, even when the members such as the carrier 53 are made of resin, it is possible to suppress the hitting of the planetary gear 51a in a case where the first winding gear 41 is locked and the force in the substantially +Y direction is applied to the planetary gear 51a.

    [0111] The feed motor 3 is an example of a "drive source" of the invention. The first slip spring 43 is an example of a "first torque limiter" of the invention. The first torque limiter is not limited to the spring coiled around the winding rotor 33 like the first slip spring 43 and a felt type object may be used as the first torque limiter. The second slip spring 44 is an example of a "second torque limiter" of the invention. Similar to the first torque limiter, a felt type object may be used as the second torque limiter. The torque clutch 45 or the torque clutch 45A is an example of a "clutch" of the invention. The clutch spring 58 is an example of an "elastic member" of the invention.

    [0112] It is needless to say that the invention is not limited to the embodiment described above and it is possible to employ various configurations within a range without departing from the effects of the invention. For example, it is also possible to modify the embodiment into the following examples, in addition to examples described above.

    [0113] The torque clutch 45 is not limited to having the configuration, in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position in a case where the engagement member 54 is positioned at the engaging position and engages with the carrier 53, and the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position when the sun gear 50 rotates in a case where the engagement member is positioned at the disengaging position and does not engage with the carrier 53, and this may be reversely performed. In other words, a configuration, in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position in a case where the engagement member 54 is positioned at the engaging position and engages with the carrier 53, and the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position in a case where the engagement member 54 is positioned at the disengaging position and does not engage with the carrier 53 when the sun gear 50 rotates may be employed. In this case, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the disengaging position in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the engagement member 54 is positioned at the engaging position in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. In this configuration, in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the disengaging position at which the engagement member does not engage with the carrier 53, and thereby the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position when the sun gear 50 rotates. On the other hand, in a case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the engagement member 54 is positioned at the engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier 53, and thereby the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position.

    [0114] Similarly, the torque clutch 45A is not limited to having the configuration, in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position in a case where the engagement member 54 is positioned at the first engaging position and engages with the carrier 53 in the first engagement portion 545, and the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position in a case where the engagement member is positioned at the second engaging position and engages with the carrier 53 in the second engagement portion 546, and this may be reversely performed. In other words, a configuration, in which the carrier 53 is positioned at the second carrier position in a case where the engagement member 54 is positioned at the first engaging position and engages with the carrier 53 in the first engagement portion 545, and the carrier 53 is positioned at the first carrier position 545 in a case where the engagement member 54 is positioned at the second engaging position and engages with the carrier 53 in the second engagement portion 546, may be employed. In this case, the engagement member 54 may be positioned at the second engaging position in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the engagement member 54 may be positioned at the second engaging position in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. In addition, the clutch spring 58 may apply a force to the carrier 53 toward the first carrier position. In this configuration, in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, the engagement member 54 may be positioned at the second engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier 53 in the second engagement portion 546, and thereby the carrier 53 may be positioned at the first carrier position. On the other hand, in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the engagement member 54 may be positioned at the first engaging position at which the engagement member engages with the carrier 53 in the first engagement portion 545, and thereby the carrier 53 may be positioned at the second carrier position.

    [0115] The torque clutch 45 is not limited to having the configuration in which the dismounting-period projecting length L of the engagement member 54 is larger than the first gap D1 and is larger than the second gap D2, and a configuration in which, similar to the torque clutch 45A, the dismounting-period projecting length is larger than the first gap D1 and is smaller than the second gap D2 may be employed. In this configuration, in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted, the engagement member 54 may not be pushed by the second cartridge 200, and thus the engagement member 54 may not move to the side of the carrier 53. As described above, the small movement length of the engagement member 54 to the side of the carrier 53 also includes a case where the engagement member 54 does not move to the side of carrier 53, that is, a case where the movement amount is zero. Similarly, the torque clutch 45A is not limited to having the configuration in which the dismounting-period projecting length L of the engagement member 54 is larger than the first gap D1 and is smaller than the second gap D2. Similar to the torque clutch 45, a configuration in which the dismounting-period projecting length is larger than the first gap D1 and is larger than the second gap D2 may be employed.

    [0116] The torque clutch 45 is not limited to having the configuration in which the first planetary gear 51 intermeshes with the first winding gear 41, and a configuration in which the first planetary gear adjoins the first winding gear 41 via one or a plurality of gears provided between the first planetary gear 51 and the first winding gear 41 may be employed. In addition, the second planetary gear 52 is not limited to having the configuration of intermeshing with the second winding gear 42, and a configuration in which the second planetary gear adjoins the second winding gear 42 via one or a plurality of gears provided between the second planetary gear 52 and the second winding gear 42 may be employed. Similarly, the torque clutch 45A is not limited to having the configuration in which the planetary gear 51a intermeshes with the first winding gear 41, and a configuration in which the planetary gear adjoins the first winding gear 41 via one or a plurality of gears provided between the planetary gear 51a and the first winding gear 41 may be employed.

    [0117] The torque clutch 45 is not limited to having the configuration in which the engagement member 54 is pushed by the first cartridge 100 or the second cartridge 200, and thereby the engagement member 54 moves to the engaging position and the disengaging position. For example, the engagement member 54 may be configured to move to the engaging position and the disengaging position by the drive source such as the motor. In other words, the ribbon winding mechanism 28 may be configured to include a sensor that detects various types of cartridges mounted in the cartridge mounting unit 1 and a drive source that moves the engagement member 54 to the engaging position or the disengaging position based on the detection result of the sensor. Similarly, in the torque clutch 45A, the engagement member 54 may be configured to move to the first engaging position and the second engaging position by the drive source such as the motor.

    [0118] The configuration of the ribbon winding mechanism 28 is not limited to the configuration in which the winding torque is switched in two levels of the first torque and the second torque, and a configuration in which winding torque is switched in three or more levels may be employed. For example, the ribbon winding mechanism 28 may switch the winding torque in three levels in the following configuration. The ribbon winding mechanism 28 may further include a third winding gear and a third slip spring. The third winding gear may be provided coaxial to the winding rotor 33 and may rotate the winding rotor 33 via the second winding gear 42 and the first winding gear 41. The third slip spring may limit the torque, which may be transmitted from the third winding gear to the second winding gear 42, to third torque lower than the second torque. The torque clutch 45 may transfer the power from the feed motor 3 to the first winding gear 41 in the case where the first cartridge 100 is mounted, and the torque clutch 45 may transfer the power from the feed motor 3 to the second winding gear 42 in the case where the second cartridge 200 is mounted. In the case where another cartridge (for example, a cartridge accommodating a third ink ribbon having a width narrower than that of the second ink ribbon Rb) is mounted, the power from the feed motor 3 may be transferred to the third winding gear.

    [0119] A difference between the first ink ribbon Ra and the second ink ribbon Rb may not be limited to the width, and a difference therebetween may be a material. In addition, the first cartridge 100 and the second cartridge 200 may accommodate the tape T, and the cartridges may be a cartridge that accommodates the ink ribbon R.

    [0120] While certain exemplary embodiments have been described and shown in the accompanying drawings, it is to be understood that such embodiments are merely illustrative of and are not restrictive on the broad invention, and that the embodiments of invention are not limited to the specific constructions and arrangements shown and described, since various other changes, combinations, omissions, modifications and substitutions, in addition to those set forth in the above paragraphs, are possible. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that various adaptations, modifications, and/or combination of the just described embodiments can be configured without departing from the scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A ribbon winding mechanism (28) comprising:

    a winding rotor (33) that is providable in a cartridge mounting unit (1) in which a first cartridge (100) or a second cartridge (200) are mountable, and that is configured to engage with a first ribbon winding core (104) and a second ribbon winding core (204) respectively,

    wherein the first cartridge (100) accommodates the first ribbon winding core (104) around which a first ink ribbon (Ra) is wound, and the second cartridge (200) accommodates the second ribbon winding core (204) around which a second ink ribbon (Rb) different from the first ink ribbon (Ra) is wound;

    a first winding gear (41) that is provided coaxial to the winding rotor (33) and configured to rotate the winding rotor (33);

    a second winding gear (42) that is provided coaxial to the winding rotor (33) and configured to rotate the winding rotor (33) via the first winding gear (41);

    a first torque limiter (43) configured to limit torque transmitted from the first winding gear (41) to the winding rotor (33) to first torque;

    a second torque limiter (44) configured to limit torque transmitted from the second winding gear (42) to the first winding gear (41) to second torque lower than the first torque; and characterized by

    a clutch (45) configured to transfer power from a drive source (3) to the first winding gear (41) when the first cartridge (100) is mounted and configured to transfer the power from the drive source (3) to the second winding gear (42) when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.


     
    2. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 1,
    wherein the clutch (45) includes

    a sun gear (50) configured to receive the power from the drive source (3),

    a first planetary gear (51) configured to intermesh with the sun gear (50) and configured to adjoin the first winding gear (41),

    a second planetary gear (52) configured to intermesh with the sun gear (50) and configured to adjoin the second winding gear (42), and

    a carrier (53) configured to support the first planetary gear (51) and the second planetary gear (52) in a rotatable manner and is provided to be rotatable between a first carrier position and a second carrier position,

    wherein at the first carrier position the power is transmitted from the first planetary gear (51) to the first winding gear (41) but the power is not transmitted from the second planetary gear (52) to the second winding gear (42) when the sun gear (50) rotates, and at the second carrier position the power is not transmitted from the first planetary gear (51) to the first winding gear (41) but the power is transmitted from the second planetary gear (52) to the second winding gear (42) when the sun gear (50) rotates, and
    wherein the carrier (53) is positioned at the first carrier position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the carrier (53) is positioned at the second carrier position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    3. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 2,
    wherein the clutch (45) further includes an engagement member (54) that is provided to be movable to an engaging position, at which the engagement member (54) engages with the carrier (53) such that the carrier (53) is positioned at the first carrier position, and to a disengaging position, at which the engagement member (54) does not engage with the carrier (53) such that the carrier (53) is positioned at the second carrier position when the sun gear (50) rotates, and
    wherein the engagement member (54) is positioned at the engaging position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the engagement member (54) is positioned at the disengaging position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    4. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 3,
    wherein the engagement member (54) retractably projects from a wall portion of the cartridge mounting unit (1), and
    wherein the engagement member (54) is pushed by the first cartridge (100) to be positioned at the engaging position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the engagement member (54) is positioned at the disengaging position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted, with a smaller movement length compared to a case where the first cartridge (100) is mounted.
     
    5. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 4,
    wherein the first cartridge (100) is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit (1) such that a gap from the wall portion is a first gap, and the second cartridge (200) is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit (1) such that a gap from the wall portion is a second gap larger than the first gap, and
    wherein the engagement member (54) has a dismounting-period projecting length that is larger than the first gap, the mounting-period projecting length being a projecting length from the wall portion which is obtained when neither the first cartridge (100) nor the second cartridge (200) are mounted in the cartridge mounting unit (1).
     
    6. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 2,
    wherein the clutch (45) further includes an engagement member (54) that is provided to be movable to an engaging position, at which the engagement member (54) engages with the carrier (53) such that the carrier (53) is positioned at the second carrier position, and to a disengaging position, at which the engagement member (54) does not engage with the carrier (53) such that the carrier (53) is positioned at the first carrier position when the sun gear (50) rotates, and
    wherein the engagement member (54) is positioned at the disengaging position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the engagement member (54) is positioned at the engaging position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    7. A ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 1, wherein
    the clutch (45) is configured to transfer the power from a drive source (3) to the first winding gear (41) and the second winding gear (42) when the first cartridge (100) is mounted and is configured to transfer the power from the drive source (3) to the second winding gear (42) without transferring the power to the first winding gear (41) when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    8. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 7,
    wherein the clutch (45) includes

    an input gear configured to transfer the power from the drive source (3) to the second winding gear (42),

    a sun gear (50) configured to receive the power from the drive source (3),

    a planetary gear configured to intermesh with the sun gear (50) and configured to adjoin the first winding gear (41), and

    a carrier (53) configured to support the planetary gear in a rotatable manner and configured to be rotatable between a first carrier position, at which the power is transmitted from the planetary gear to the first winding gear (41) when the sun gear (50) rotates, and a second carrier position, at which the power is not transmitted from the planetary gear to the first winding gear (41) when the sun gear (50) rotates, and

    wherein the carrier (53) is configured to be positioned at the first carrier position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the carrier (53) is configured to be positioned at the second carrier position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    9. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 8,
    wherein the clutch (45) further includes

    an elastic member (58) configured to apply a force to the carrier (53) toward the second carrier position, and

    an engagement member (54) configured to be movable to a first engaging position, at which the engagement member (54) engages with the carrier (53) in a first engagement portion and the carrier (53) is positioned at the first carrier position against the elastic member (58), and to a second engaging position, at which the engagement member (54) engages with the carrier (53) in a second engagement portion and the carrier is positioned at the second carrier position by the elastic member (58), and

    wherein the engagement member (54) is positioned at the first engaging position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the engagement member (54) is positioned at the second engaging position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    10. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to claim 8,
    wherein the clutch (45) further includes

    an elastic member (58) configured to apply a force to the carrier (53) toward the first carrier position, and

    an engagement member (54) configured to be movable to a first engaging position, at which the engagement member (54) engages with the carrier (53) in a first engagement portion and the carrier (53) is positioned at the second carrier position against the elastic member (58), and to a second engaging position, at which the engagement member (54) engages with the carrier (53) in a second engagement portion and the carrier (53) is positioned at the first carrier position by the elastic member (58), and

    wherein the engagement member (54) is positioned at the second engaging position when the first cartridge (100) is mounted, and the engagement member (54) is positioned at the first engaging position when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.
     
    11. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to at least one of the preceding claims,
    wherein the first winding gear (41) is provided between the winding rotor (33) and the second winding gear (42).
     
    12. The ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to at least one of the preceding claims,
    wherein the second ink ribbon (Rb) has a width narrower than the first ink ribbon (Ra).
     
    13. A tape printing apparatus comprising a ribbon winding mechanism (28) according to any of the preceding claims.
     
    14. The tape printing apparatus according to claim 13, further comprising:

    a cartridge mounting unit (1) in which a first cartridge (100) or a second cartridge (200) is mounted,

    wherein the first cartridge (100) accommodates a first ribbon winding core (104) around which a first ink ribbon (Ra) is wound, and the second cartridge (200), accommodates a second ribbon winding core (204) around which a second ink ribbon (Rb) different from the first ink ribbon (Ra) is wound;

    a drive source (3) that drives the ribbon winding mechanism (28); and

    a thermal head (11) configured to perform printing by using the first ink ribbon (Ra) when the first cartridge (100) is mounted and configured to perform printing by using the second ink ribbon (Rb) when the second cartridge (200) is mounted.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28), umfassend:

    einen Wickelrotor (33), der in einer Patronenmontageeinheit (1) bereitstellbar ist, in der eine erste Kassette (100) und eine zweite Kassette (200)montierbar sind, und der gestaltet ist, mit einem ersten Bandwickelkern (104) bzw. einem zweiten Bandwickelkern (204) in Eingriff zu gelangen,

    wobei die erste Kassette (100) den ersten Bandwickelkern (104) aufnimmt, um den ein erstes Tintenband (Ra) gewickelt ist, und die zweite Kassette (200) den zweiten Bandwickelkern (204) aufnimmt, um den ein zweites Tintenband (Rb) das sich vom ersten Tintenband (Ra) unterscheidet, gewickelt ist;

    ein erstes Wicklungsrad (41), das koaxial zu dem Wickelrotor (33) bereitgestellt ist und gestaltet ist, den Wickelrotor (33) zu drehen;

    ein zweites Wicklungsrad (42), das koaxial zu dem Wickelrotor (33) bereitgestellt ist und gestaltet ist, den Wickelrotor (33) über das erste Wicklungsrad (41) zu drehen;

    einen ersten Drehmomentbegrenzer (43), der gestaltet ist, ein Drehmoment, das von dem ersten Wicklungsrad (41) auf den Wickelrotor (33) übertragen wird, auf ein erstes Drehmoment zu begrenzen;

    einen zweiten Drehmomentbegrenzer (44), der gestaltet ist, ein Drehmoment, das von dem zweiten Wicklungsrad (42) auf das erste Wicklungsrad (41) übertragen wird, auf ein zweites Drehmoment, das niedriger als das erste Drehmoment ist, zu begrenzen; und gekennzeichnet durch eine Kupplung (45), die gestaltet ist, Leistung von einer Antriebsquelle (3) auf das erste Wicklungsrad (41) zu überführen, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und gestaltet ist, Leistung von der Antriebsquelle (3) auf das zweite Wicklungsrad (42) zu überführen, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.


     
    2. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 1,
    wobei die Kupplung (45) enthält
    ein Sonnenrad (50), das gestaltet ist, die Leistung von der Antriebsquelle (3) zu empfangen,
    ein erstes Planetenrad (51), das gestaltet ist, in das Sonnenrad (50) einzugreifen, und gestaltet ist, an das erste Wicklungsrad (41) anzuliegen,
    ein zweites Planetenrad (52), das gestaltet ist, in das Sonnenrad (50) einzugreifen, und gestaltet ist, an das zweite Wicklungsrad (42) anzuliegen, und
    einen Träger (53), der gestaltet ist, das erste Planetenrad (51) und das zweite Planetenrad (52) drehbar zu stützen, und bereitgestellt ist, zwischen einer ersten Trägerposition und einer zweiten Trägerposition drehbar zu sein,
    wobei in der ersten Trägerposition die Leistung von dem ersten Planetenrad (51) auf das erste Wicklungsrad (41) übertragen wird, aber die Leistung nicht von dem zweiten Planetenrad (52) auf das zweite Wicklungsrad (42) übertragen wird, wenn das Sonnenrad (50) dreht, und in der zweiten Trägerposition die Leistung von dem ersten Planetenrad (51) nicht auf das erste Wicklungsrad (41) übertragen wird, aber die Leistung von dem zweiten Planetenrad (52) auf das zweite Wicklungsrad (42) übertragen wird, wenn das Sonnenrad (50) dreht, und wobei der Träger (53) an der ersten Trägerposition positioniert ist, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und der Träger (53) an der zweiten Trägerposition positioniert ist, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    3. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 2,
    wobei die Kupplung (45) weiter ein Eingriffselement (54) enthält, das bereitgestellt ist, um zu einer Eingriffsposition, in der das Eingriffselement (54) mit dem Träger (53) in Eingriff ist, sodass der Träger (53) an der ersten Trägerposition positioniert ist, und zu einer Trennposition bewegbar zu sein, in der das Eingriffselement (54) nicht mit dem Träger (53) in Eingriff ist, sodass der Träger (53) an der zweiten Trägerposition positioniert ist, wenn das Sonnenrad (50) dreht, und
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) an der ersten Trägerposition positioniert ist, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und das Eingriffselement (54) an der Trennposition positioniert ist, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    4. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 3,
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) einziehbar von einem Wandabschnitt der Kassettenmontageeinheit (1) vorsteht und
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) durch die erste Kassette (100) angeschoben wird, um in der Eingriffsposition positioniert zu werden, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und das Eingriffselement (54) an der Trennposition positioniert ist, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist, mit einer kleineren Bewegungslänge im Vergleich zu einem Fall, in dem die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist.
     
    5. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 4,
    wobei die erste Kassette (100) in der Kassettenmontageeinheit (1) so montiert ist, dass ein Spalt zu dem ersten Wandabschnitt ein erster Spalt ist, und die zweite Kassette (200) in der Kassettenmontageeinheit (1) so montiert ist, dass ein Spalt zu dem ersten Wandabschnitt ein zweiter Spalt ist, der größer als der erste Spalt ist, und
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) eine Demontageperiodenprojektionslänge hat, die größer als der erste Spalt ist, wobei die Montageperiodenprojektionslänge eine Projektionslänge von dem Wandabschnitt ist, die erhalten wird, wenn weder die erste Kassette (100) noch die zweite Kassette (200) in der Kassettenmontageeinheit (1) montiert sind.
     
    6. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 2,
    wobei die Kupplung (45) weiter ein Eingriffselement (54) enthält, das bereitgestellt ist, zu einer Eingriffsposition bewegbar zu sein, an der das Eingriffselement (54) mit dem Träger (53) in Eingriff steht, sodass der Träger (53) an der zweiten Trägerposition positioniert ist, und zu einer Trennposition, an der das Eingriffselement (54) nicht mit dem Träger (53) in Eingriff steht, sodass der Träger (53) an der ersten Trägerposition positioniert ist, wenn das Sonnenrad (50) dreht, und
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) an der Trennposition positioniert ist, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und das Eingriffselement (54) an der Eingriffsposition positioniert ist, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    7. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 1, wobei
    die Kupplung (45) gestaltet ist, die Leistung von einer Antriebsquelle (3) zu dem ersten Wicklungsrad (41) und dem zweiten Wicklungsrad (42) zu überführen, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und gestaltet ist, die Leistung von der Antriebsquelle (3) zu dem zweiten Wicklungsrad (42) zu überführen, ohne die Leistung zu dem ersten Wicklungsrad (41) zu überführen, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    8. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 7,
    wobei die Kupplung (45) enthält
    ein Eingangsrad, das gestaltet ist, die Leistung von der Antriebsquelle (3) zu dem zweiten Wicklungsrad (42) zu überführen,
    ein Sonnenrad (50), das gestaltet ist, die Leistung von der Antriebsquelle (3) zu empfangen,
    ein Planetenrad, das gestaltet ist, in das Sonnenrad (50) einzugreifen, und gestaltet ist, an das erste Wicklungsrad (41) anzuliegen, und
    einen Träger (53), der gestaltet ist, das Planetenrad drehbar zu stützen, und bereitgestellt ist, zwischen einer ersten Trägerposition, an der die Leistung von dem Planetenrad zu dem ersten Wicklungsrad (41) übertragen wird, wenn das Sonnenrad (50) dreht, und einer zweiten Trägerposition, an der die Leistung von dem Planetenrad zu dem ersten Wicklungsrad (41) nicht übertragen wird, wenn das Sonnenrad (50) dreht, drehbar zu sein, und
    wobei der Träger (53) gestaltet ist, an der ersten Trägerposition positioniert zu sein, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und der Träger (53) gestaltet ist, an der zweiten Trägerposition positioniert zu sein, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    9. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 8,
    wobei die Kupplung (45) weiter enthält
    ein elastisches Element (58), das gestaltet ist, eine Kraft auf den Träger (53) zu der zweiten Trägerposition hin auszuüben, und
    ein Eingriffselement (54), das gestaltet ist, zu einer ersten Eingriffsposition bewegbar zu sein, in der das Eingriffselement (54) mit dem Träger (53) in einem ersten Eingriffsabschnitt in Eingriff ist und der Träger (53) an der ersten Trägerposition gegen das elastische Element (58) positioniert ist, und zu einer zweiten Eingriffsposition, in der das Eingriffselement (54) mit dem Träger (53) in einem zweiten Eingriffsabschnitt in Eingriff ist und der Träger an der zweiten Trägerposition durch das elastische Element (58) positioniert ist; und
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) an der ersten Eingriffsposition positioniert ist, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und das Eingriffselement (54) an der zweiten Eingriffsposition positioniert ist, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    10. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach Anspruch 8,
    wobei die Kupplung (45) weiter enthält
    ein elastisches Element (58), das gestaltet ist, eine Kraft auf den Träger (53) zu der ersten Trägerposition hin auszuüben, und
    ein Eingriffselement (54), das gestaltet ist, zu einer ersten Eingriffsposition bewegbar zu sein, in der das Eingriffselement (54) mit dem Träger (53) in einem ersten Eingriffsabschnitt in Eingriff ist und der Träger (53) an der zweiten Trägerposition gegen das elastische Element (58) positioniert ist, und zu einer zweiten Eingriffsposition, in der das Eingriffselement (54) mit dem Träger (53) in einem zweiten Eingriffsabschnitt in Eingriff ist und der Träger (53) an der ersten Trägerposition durch das elastische Element (58) positioniert ist; und
    wobei das Eingriffselement (54) an der zweiten Eingriffsposition positioniert ist, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und das Eingriffselement (54) an der ersten Eingriffsposition positioniert ist, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.
     
    11. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach mindestens einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche,
    wobei das erste Wicklungsrad (41) zwischen dem Wicklungsrotor (33) und dem zweiten Wicklungsrad (42) bereitgestellt ist.
     
    12. Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach mindestens einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche,
    wobei das zweite Tintenband (Rb) eine geringere Breite als das erste Tintenband (Ra) aufweist.
     
    13. Banddruckvorrichtung, umfassend einen Bandwicklungsmechanismus (28) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche.
     
    14. Banddruckvorrichtung nach Anspruch 13, weiter umfassend:

    eine Kassettenmontageeinheit (1) in der eine erste Kassette (100) oder eine zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist,

    wobei die erste Kassette (100) einen ersten Bandwickelkern (104) aufnimmt, um den ein erstes Tintenband (Ra) gewickelt ist, und die zweite Kassette (200) einen zweiten Bandwickelkern (204) aufnimmt, um den ein zweites Tintenband (Rb) das sich vom ersten Tintenband (Ra) unterscheidet, gewickelt ist;

    eine Antriebsquelle (3), die den Bandwickelmechanismus (28) antreibt, und

    einen Thermokopf (11), der gestaltet ist, Druck unter Verwendung des ersten Tintenbandes (Ra) durchzuführen, wenn die erste Kassette (100) montiert ist, und gestaltet ist, Druck unter Verwendung des zweiten Tintenbandes (Rb) durchzuführen, wenn die zweite Kassette (200) montiert ist.


     


    Revendications

    1. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) comprenant :

    un rotor d'enroulement (33) pouvant être fourni dans une unité de montage de cartouche (1) dans laquelle une première cartouche (100) ou une deuxième cartouche (200) peuvent être montées, et qui est configuré pour se mettre en prise respectivement avec un premier noyau d'enroulement de ruban (104) et un deuxième noyau d'enroulement de ruban (204),

    dans lequel la première cartouche (100) héberge le premier noyau d'enroulement de ruban (104) autour duquel un premier ruban encreur (Ra) est enroulé, et la deuxième cartouche (200) héberge le deuxième noyau d'enroulement de ruban (204) autour duquel un deuxième ruban encreur (Rb) différent du premier ruban encreur (Ra) est enroulé ;

    un premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) fourni coaxialement au rotor d'enroulement (33) et configuré pour faire tourner le rotor d'enroulement (33) ;

    un deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) fourni coaxialement au rotor d'enroulement (33) et configuré pour faire tourner le rotor d'enroulement (33) via le premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) ;

    un premier limiteur de couple (43) configuré pour limiter un couple transmis du premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) au rotor d'enroulement (33) à un premier couple ;

    un deuxième limiteur de couple (44) configuré pour limiter un couple transmis du deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) à un deuxième couple inférieur au premier couple ; et caractérisé par

    un embrayage (45) configuré pour transférer de la puissance d'une source d'entraînement (3) au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et configuré pour transférer la puissance de la source d'entraînement (3) au deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.


     
    2. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 1,
    dans lequel l'embrayage (45) comprend
    une roue solaire (50) configurée pour recevoir la puissance de la source d'entraînement (3),
    une première roue planétaire (51) configurée pour s'engrener avec la roue solaire (50) et configurée pour jouxter le premier engrenage d'enroulement (41),
    une deuxième roue planétaire (52) configurée pour s'engrener avec la roue solaire (50) et configurée pour jouxter le deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42), et
    un support (53) qui est configuré pour supporter la première roue planétaire (51) et la deuxième roue planétaire (52) de manière rotative et qui est fourni pour être rotatif entre une première position de support et une deuxième position de support,
    dans lequel, dans la première position de support, la puissance est transmise de la première roue planétaire (51) au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) mais la puissance n'est pas transmise de la deuxième roue planétaire (52) au deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) lorsque la roue solaire (50) tourne, et dans la deuxième position de support, la puissance n'est pas transmise de la première roue planétaire (51) au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) mais la puissance est transmise de la deuxième roue planétaire (52) au deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) lorsque la roue solaire (50) tourne, et
    dans lequel le support (53) est positionné dans la première position de support lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et le support (53) est positionné dans la deuxième position de support lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    3. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 2,
    dans lequel l'embrayage (45) comprend en outre un élément de mise en prise (54) fourni de manière à pouvoir se déplacer dans une position de mise en prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) se met en prise avec le support (53) de sorte que le support (53) est positionné dans la première position de support, et dans une position de mise hors de prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) ne se met pas en prise avec le support (53) de sorte que le support (53) est positionné dans la deuxième position de support lorsque la roue solaire (50) tourne, et
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la position de mise en prise lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la position de mise hors de prise lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    4. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 3,
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) fait saillie de façon rétractable à partir d'une partie de paroi de l'unité de montage de cartouche (1), et
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) est poussé par la première cartouche (100) pour être positionné dans la position de mise en prise lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la position de mise hors de prise lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée, avec une plus faible longueur de déplacement en comparaison avec un cas où la première cartouche (100) est montée.
     
    5. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 4,
    dans lequel la première cartouche (100) est montée dans l'unité de montage de cartouche (1) de sorte qu'un espacement par rapport à la partie de paroi est un premier espacement, et la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée dans l'unité de montage de cartouche (1) de sorte qu'un espacement par rapport à la partie de paroi est un deuxième espacement supérieur au premier espacement, et
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) a une longueur saillante de période de démontage qui est supérieure au premier espacement, la longueur saillante de période de montage étant une longueur saillante à partir de la partie de paroi qui est obtenue lorsque ni la première cartouche (100), ni la deuxième cartouche (200) ne sont montées dans l'unité de montage de cartouche (1).
     
    6. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 2,
    dans lequel l'embrayage (45) comprend en outre un élément de mise en prise (54) fourni pour être déplaçable vers une position de mise en prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) se met en prise avec le support (53) de sorte que le support (53) est positionné dans la deuxième position de support, et vers une position de mise hors de prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) ne se met pas en prise avec le support (53) de sorte que le support (53) est positionné dans la première position de support lorsque la roue solaire (50) tourne, et
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans une position de mise hors de prise lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la position de mise en prise lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    7. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel
    l'embrayage (45) est configuré pour transférer la puissance d'une source d'entraînement (3) au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) et au deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et est configuré pour transférer la puissance de la source d'entraînement (3) au deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42) sans transférer la puissance au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    8. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 7,
    dans lequel l'embrayage (45) comprend
    un pignon d'entrée configuré pour transférer la puissance de la source d'entraînement (3) au deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42),
    une roue solaire (50) configurée pour recevoir la puissance de la source d'entraînement (3),
    une roue planétaire configurée pour s'engrener avec la roue solaire (50) et configurée pour jouxter le premier engrenage d'enroulement (41), et
    un support (53) qui est configuré pour supporter la roue planétaire de manière rotative et est configuré pour pouvoir tourner entre une première position de support où la puissance est transmise de la roue planétaire au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) lorsque la roue solaire (50) tourne, et une deuxième position de support où la puissance n'est pas transmise de la roue planétaire au premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) lorsque la roue solaire (50) tourne, et
    dans lequel le support (53) est configuré pour être positionné dans la première position de support lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et le support (53) est configuré pour être positionné dans la deuxième position de support lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    9. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 8,
    dans lequel l'embrayage (45) comprend en outre
    un élément élastique (58) configuré pour appliquer une force au support (53) en direction de la deuxième position de support, et
    un élément de mise en prise (54) configuré pour pouvoir se déplacer dans une première position de mise en prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) se met en prise avec le support (53) dans une première partie de mise en prise et le support (53) est positionné dans la première position de support contre l'élément élastique (58), et dans une deuxième position de mise en prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) se met en prise avec le support (53) dans une deuxième partie de mise en prise et le support est positionné dans la deuxième position de support grâce à l'élément élastique (58), et
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la première position de mise en prise lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la deuxième position de mise en prise lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    10. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon la revendication 8,
    dans lequel l'embrayage (45) comprend en outre
    un élément élastique (58) configuré pour appliquer une force au support (53) en direction de la première position de support, et
    un élément de mise en prise (54) configuré pour pouvoir se déplacer dans une première position de mise en prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) se met en prise avec le support (53) dans une première partie de mise en prise et le support (53) est positionné dans la deuxième position de support contre l'élément élastique (58), et dans une deuxième position de mise en prise où l'élément de mise en prise (54) se met en prise avec le support (53) dans une deuxième partie de mise en prise et le support (53) est positionné dans la première position de support grâce à l'élément élastique (58), et
    dans lequel l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la deuxième position de mise en prise lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée, et l'élément de mise en prise (54) est positionné dans la première position de mise en prise lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.
     
    11. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon l'une au moins des revendications précédentes,
    dans lequel le premier engrenage d'enroulement (41) est fourni entre le rotor d'enroulement (33) et le deuxième engrenage d'enroulement (42).
     
    12. Mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon l'une au moins des revendications précédentes,
    dans lequel le deuxième ruban encreur (Rb) a une largeur inférieure au premier ruban encreur (Ra).
     
    13. Appareil d'impression sur bande comprenant un mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes.
     
    14. Appareil d'impression sur bande selon la revendication 13, comprenant en outre :

    une unité de montage de cartouche (1) dans laquelle une première cartouche (100) ou une deuxième cartouche (200) est montée,

    dans lequel la première cartouche (100) héberge un premier noyau d'enroulement de ruban (104) autour duquel un premier ruban encreur (Ra) est enroulé, et la deuxième cartouche (200) héberge un deuxième noyau d'enroulement de ruban (204) autour duquel un deuxième ruban encreur (Rb) différent du premier ruban encreur (Ra) est enroulé ;

    une source d'entraînement (3) qui entraîne le mécanisme d'enroulement de ruban (28) ; et

    une tête thermique (11) configurée pour effectuer l'impression en utilisant le premier ruban encreur (Ra) lorsque la première cartouche (100) est montée et configurée pour effectuer l'impression en utilisant le deuxième ruban encreur (Rb) lorsque la deuxième cartouche (200) est montée.


     




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