JP2004255656A - Tape cartridge and tape printer - Google Patents

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JP2004255656A
JP2004255656A JP2003047566A JP2003047566A JP2004255656A JP 2004255656 A JP2004255656 A JP 2004255656A JP 2003047566 A JP2003047566 A JP 2003047566A JP 2003047566 A JP2003047566 A JP 2003047566A JP 2004255656 A JP2004255656 A JP 2004255656A
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Hiroyasu Mimura
浩康 三村
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An object of the present invention is to provide a tape cartridge capable of simultaneously producing different kinds of tapes without replacing tape cartridges when a large number of print tapes are produced.
In a tape cartridge (10A) detachably mounted on a tape printer (1) and performing printing on a print tape (40) that runs alongside an ink ribbon (14) by the tape printer (1), a plurality of print tapes (40) stacked in the axial direction are provided. It is composed of a small tape 41 and a single tape core 42 wound with a plurality of small tapes 41.
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Description

[0001]
TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a tape cartridge containing a printing tape and an ink ribbon, and a tape printer.
[0002]
[Prior art]
As shown in FIG. 12, a conventional tape cartridge includes a single roll of a printing tape a, a tape core b that winds and holds the printing tape a, an ink ribbon c, and a winding tape accommodating the ink ribbon c. The supply core d and the take-up core e of the ink ribbon and the platen g are housed in a cartridge case h. A substantially rectangular through opening f is formed in the cartridge case h near the platen g. On the other hand, a tape printer in which a tape cartridge is mounted has a tape core mounting guide in a cartridge mounting portion, a winding core drive shaft for rotating a winding core of an ink ribbon, a platen drive shaft for rotating a platen, and a platen. Print head. In addition, on the upper surface of the tape printer case, a keyboard for inputting characters such as characters and a display for displaying the input content are installed, and on the side surface, a tape discharge port for sending a printing tape is provided, A tape cutter for cutting a printed portion of the print tape is built in the vicinity of the discharge port. When the tape cartridge i is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion of the tape printer, the print head faces the above-mentioned through opening f and faces the platen g. At the same time, the platen drive shaft and the take-up core drive shaft engage with the platen g and the take-up core e of the ink ribbon, respectively. The print tape a fed from the tape core b reaches a platen g, where printing is performed by a print head. On the other hand, the ink ribbon c fed out from the ink ribbon supply core d reaches the platen g, where it overlaps the printing tape a, is used for printing, and is wound on the winding core e. The printing tape printed in this manner is cut by a tape cutter of a tape printer, sent out from a tape outlet, and used as a label (for example, see Patent Document 1).
[0003]
[Patent Document 1]
JP-A-4-331169 (FIGS. 1 and 18)
[0004]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
However, in the conventional tape cartridge, when a large number of labels are to be produced in a short time, it is necessary to perform so-called continuous printing on one roll of printing tape in series, and even if the printing speed is increased, much time is required. It was hanging.
[0005]
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is an object of the present invention to provide a tape cartridge and a tape printer capable of simultaneously producing a plurality of printed tapes in cooperation with a tape printer.
[0006]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
A tape cartridge of the present invention includes a print tape wound in a roll shape, an ink ribbon wound in a roll shape for printing on the print tape, and a cartridge case in which the print tape and the ink ribbon are movably accommodated. A tape cartridge that is detachably mounted on a tape printer and prints on a print tape that runs in parallel with the ink ribbon by the tape printer, wherein the print tape is a plurality of small tapes stacked in the axial direction, And a single tape core wound with the plurality of small tapes.
[0007]
Further, another tape cartridge of the present invention includes a printing tape wound in a roll shape, an ink ribbon wound in a roll shape and used for printing on the printing tape, and the printing tape and the ink ribbon being run freely. A cartridge case containing the cartridge, the tape cartridge being detachably mounted on the tape printer, and printing on the printing tape while the ink ribbon and the printing tape are running in parallel by the tape printer. It is characterized by comprising a plurality of stacked small volume tapes and a plurality of small volume cores wound around each of the small volume tapes.
[0008]
According to these configurations, since a plurality of small tapes are arranged and mounted in the tape cartridge, the plurality of small tapes are simultaneously fed out and printed in parallel with the ink ribbon. For this reason, parallel printing can be performed simultaneously by the number of small tapes. In other words, if a small volume tape is treated as a paragraph on a printing tape by a tape printer equipped with a tape cartridge and printed, for example, even if the printed contents are different from each other, a plurality of printed tapes (labels) can be used. ) Can be created simultaneously.
[0009]
In this case, it is preferable that the plurality of small tapes have different tape colors, or that the plurality of small tapes include tapes having different widths.
[0010]
According to this configuration, a plurality of printed tapes (labels) having different colors and different widths can be simultaneously produced, and a plurality of labels that need to be identified and labels having different usability can be produced simultaneously.
[0011]
Further, it is preferable that the ink ribbon is constituted by a plurality of small-color ribbons stacked in the axial direction.
[0012]
According to this configuration, the color can be made to correspond to the ground color of the printing tape so that the characters such as the characters to be printed can be easily seen.
[0013]
In this case, the tape printer is a tape printer to which the tape cartridge according to any one of claims 1 to 5 is detachably mounted, and feeds and feeds the printing tape, and causes the ink ribbon to run along with the printing tape. Tape feeding means, printing means for printing on a printing tape sent by the tape feeding mechanism, cutting means for cutting off a printed portion of the printing tape, input means for inputting a character to be printed on the printing tape, Display means for displaying the input character, wherein the input means is configured to be capable of inputting a character for each of the small tapes.
[0014]
According to this configuration, print settings can be easily made for each print tape according to the display of the tape printer, and a plurality of labels can be created simultaneously. That is, if print settings are made for each of the small tapes, a plurality of printed tapes (labels) can be created simultaneously even if the print contents are different from each other.
[0015]
BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION
Hereinafter, a tape cartridge of the present invention and a tape printer to which the tape cartridge is mounted will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. This tape cartridge contains a plain printing tape with release paper and an ink ribbon, and is used by being attached to a tape printer. The tape printer has a function of performing desired printing on a printing tape by key input and a function of cutting a printed portion of the printing tape, and a cut piece of the printing tape is used as a label to be attached to a document or the like. . That is, the tape printer uses a tape cartridge to create a label on which characters and the like are printed from a plain printing tape. In this case, when a tape cartridge is mounted on the tape printer and printing is instructed, the printing tape and the ink ribbon contained in the tape cartridge are respectively fed out so as to face the print head, and the printing tape is transferred from the ink ribbon to the printing tape. Printing by thermal transfer is performed.
[0016]
1 and 2 are external perspective views of a tape printer according to an embodiment of the present invention. The tape printer 1 has an opening / closing cover 3 provided with a window 7 on the upper surface of the apparatus main body 2, a button 4 for opening and closing the opening / closing cover 3, a keyboard 5 for inputting print information, and a display for displaying the input contents on a liquid crystal display. 8 and a tape discharge port 6 for sending out the print tape 40 on the side surface of the apparatus main body 2. On the other hand, when the cartridge mounting portion 20 of the tape printer 1 is opened by the opening / closing cover 3, the tape cartridge 10A is removably mounted thereon.
[0017]
The tape cartridge 10A accommodates the platen 17 in an upper and lower two-part cartridge case 28 as an exterior, and winds a printing tape 40 on which characters and the like are printed and an ink ribbon 14 for supplying printing ink in a roll shape. Turned and accommodated. In the vicinity of the platen 17, a through-opening 26 into which the print head 25 is inserted so as to penetrate the cartridge case 28 is formed, and a slit-shaped A tape outlet 19 is formed. Further, a detection hole 11 for discriminating the type of the tape cartridge 10A is formed at a lower corner of the cartridge case 28.
[0018]
Next, the structure around the cartridge mounting portion 20 will be described. The cartridge mounting portion 20 is a concave portion for accommodating the tape cartridge 10A, and has a cylindrical tape core mounting guide 22 for rotatably mounting the tape core 42 of the printing tape 40 on the bottom surface thereof corresponding to the tape cartridge 10A, and a platen. 17, a print head 25 facing the through-opening 26 facing the platen drive shaft 24, and a take-up core drive shaft 23 engaging with the take-up core 16 of the ink ribbon 14. Is established. Further, a cartridge detection sensor 21 and a wedge-shaped projection 32 to be described later are provided at a corner of the cartridge mounting portion 20 in correspondence with the detection hole 11. Further, a tape cutter 29 is arranged so as to face the tape discharge port 6.
[0019]
When the tape cartridge 10 </ b> A is mounted in the cartridge mounting section 20 configured as described above, the print head 25 faces the through opening 26 of the cartridge case 28 from the tape printer 1 side and faces the platen 17. At this time, since the cartridge case 28 has an irregular shape in a plan view, when the cartridge case 28 is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 20, the front and back, up, down, left and right are not wrongly mounted. Further, the print head 25 rotates in conjunction with the opening / closing operation of the opening / closing cover 3, and when the opening / closing cover 3 is closed, the printing head 40 and the ink ribbon 14 are sandwiched therebetween and adhere to the platen 27. Therefore, when the opening / closing cover 3 is open, the print head 25 largely escapes from the platen 17, and the tape cartridge 10A does not interfere with the print head 25 when the tape cartridge 10A is attached or detached. When the tape cartridge 10A is mounted, the platen drive shaft 24 is engaged with the platen 17 from the tape printer 1 side, and the take-up core drive shaft 23 is engaged with the take-up core 16 of the ink ribbon 14. . That is, the platen 17 and the winding core 16 function as a driving member, and the tape core 42 and the supply core 15 of the ink ribbon 14 function as a driven core.
[0020]
The platen 17 functions to feed the printing tape 40 and the ink ribbon 14 and to receive pressure from the printing head 25 for thermal transfer printing via the printing tape 40 and the ink ribbon 14 that have been polymerized at this position. In this case, the platen 17 and the take-up core 16 rotate simultaneously, and the print head 25 is driven to generate heat in synchronization with them. As a result, the print tape 40 and the ink ribbon 14 run in parallel, and printing by thermal transfer is performed by the print head 25. After printing, the printing tape 40 is cut by the tape cutter 29, sent out from the tape outlet 6, and used as a label.
[0021]
Next, the tape cartridge of the present invention will be described in more detail with reference to FIGS. The tape cartridge 10A accommodates the printing tape 40, the ink ribbon 14, and the platen 17 in the cartridge case 28 as described above, and includes the detection hole 11, the through opening 26, and the tape outlet 19. Further, on the bottom surface of the lower case 28b, a tape guide pin 18 for guiding the printing tape 40, ribbon guide pins 29a and 29b for guiding the ink ribbon 14, and a shaft for rotatably supporting the tape core 42 of the printing tape 40. The body 28c, the detent piece 31 of the take-up core 16, a supply core detent piece (not shown), and an opening wall 27 provided to border the through opening 26 are integrally formed. The upper case 28a is formed with a guide projection 28d that rotatably supports the supply core 15.
[0022]
The printing tape 40 is composed of a plurality of small tapes 41 stacked in the axial direction and a single tape core 42 around which each small tape 41 is wound. The tape core 42 stands upright on the lower case 28b. It is rotatably supported by the provided shaft body 28c. The ink ribbon 14 includes a supply core 15 that winds and houses a ribbon tape 44 having a width corresponding to the printing tape 40, and a winding core 16 that houses the ribbon tape 44 that has been subjected to printing. ing.
[0023]
The take-up core 16 of the ink ribbon 14 has a cylindrical shape, and upper and lower end surfaces thereof are formed to be smaller than the outer diameter of the take-up core 16, and the small-diameter portion is formed in the upper case 28 a and the lower case 28 b. It is rotatably supported by the holes 28e and 28f. A plurality of engagement strips 16a for engaging with the winding core drive shaft 23 and transmitting the driving force are formed at equal intervals on the cylindrical inner surface of the winding core 16. At the small diameter portion at the lower end of the take-up core 16, an engagement portion 16b, which is a plurality of cutouts, which is engaged with the rotation stop piece 31 is formed. The supply core 15 of the ink ribbon 14 has a cylindrical shape substantially the same as the take-up core 16, and has an upper end rotatably supported by the guide projection 28 d and a lower end similar to the take-up core 16. The small-diameter portion formed in such a configuration is pivotally supported by the lower case 28b, and further has a plurality of notches formed in the small-diameter portion to engage with the supply core detent pieces.
[0024]
The platen 17 is formed in a cylindrical shape, and has a platen rubber 17a wound around its outer peripheral surface for improving adhesion to the print head 25 and performing good printing. The upper and lower ends of the platen 17 have a small diameter portion in the same configuration as the winding core 16, and are rotatably supported by the cartridge case 28. Further, a plurality of engaging strips 17b for transmitting a driving force by engaging with the platen drive shaft 24 are formed on the inner surface of the cylinder at equal intervals.
[0025]
In the tape cartridge 10A configured as described above, one of the plurality of engaging portions 16b formed at the lower end of the winding core 16 is engaged with the detent piece 31 provided on the lower case 28b. , Rotation is suppressed. Similarly, the rotation of the supply core 15 is also suppressed by the supply core turning piece. When the tape cartridge 10A is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 20 of the tape printer 1, the two wedge-shaped projections 32 erected from the bottom surface of the cartridge mounting portion 20 engage with the detent pieces 31 and the supply core detent pieces. , And acts in a direction in which the both detent pieces are separated from the engaging portions of the winding core 16 and the supply core 15. Thereby, the take-up core 16 and the supply core 15 of the ink ribbon 14 are in a rotatable state.
[0026]
The operation from the printing on the small volume tape 41 to the creation as a label has been roughly described above, but will be described in further detail. The tape guide pins 18 guide the small tape 41 to the platen (print position) 17 and send the small tape 41 to the platen 17 at a constant introduction angle even when the diameter of the small tape 41 wound on the tape core 42 changes. It is installed so that it can be. The tape guide pins 18 are provided with a plurality of guide grooves (not shown) corresponding to the respective small tapes 41 on the sliding contact surface thereof, and the respective small tapes 41 maintain a gap therebetween. It is sent to the printing position as it is. On the other hand, the ribbon tape 44 is fed out from the supply core 15, guided by the ribbon guide pins 29a and the ribbon guide pins 29b, and sent to the platen 17 at a constant introduction angle in the same manner as the small volume tape 41. Then, at this printing position, as described above, it overlaps with the small tape 41 and is sandwiched between the platen 17 and the print head 25 for printing. After that, it is guided along the opening wall 27 and is wound around the winding core 16 in a U-turn.
[0027]
Further, in order to maintain the stability of the small tape 41 after printing at the position of the platen 17, a tape delivery guide 30 as shown in FIG. 5 is provided inside the tape delivery port 19 of the cartridge case 28. The tape delivery guide 30 is provided with a plurality of tape guide grooves 31 for guiding the small tape 41. Each of the small tapes 41 is guided by the tape guide grooves 31 and is neatly moved from the cartridge case 28 by an arrow. Sent in the direction.
[0028]
Here, a method of detecting the types of the printing tape 40 and the ink ribbon 14 built in the tape cartridge 10A will be described. The type of the tape cartridge 10A is detected by a cartridge detection sensor 21 installed at a bottom corner of the cartridge mounting section 20 of the tape printer 1. The cartridge detection sensor 21 includes three detection switches (micro switches) 21a, 21b, and 21c. The three detection switches are provided on the lower surface of the tape cartridge 10A so that the type of the tape cartridge 10A can be detected based on the presence or absence of the detection hole 11 corresponding to the contact portion.
[0029]
Next, the configuration of the control system will be described based on the block diagram of the control system in the tape printer of FIG. The control system basically includes a detection unit 36, a control unit 37, a drive unit 39, the keyboard 5, and the display 8.
[0030]
The cartridge detection sensor 21 of the detection unit 36 detects the type of the printing tape 40 or the ink ribbon 14 built in the tape cartridge 10A, and inputs a detection signal to the control unit 37. The drive unit 39 has a display driver 39a, a head driver 39b, and a motor driver 39c. The display driver 39a controls the display 8 according to an instruction from the control unit 37, and the head driver 39b controls the driving of the print head 25 based on a signal output from the control unit 37. Similarly, the motor driver 39c controls the driving of the tape feed motor 34 and the cutter motor 35. The keyboard 8 includes an alphabet key group, a symbol key group, a numerical key group, a character key group, and a function key group for designating various operation modes.
[0031]
Then, the CPU 38 of the control unit 37 inputs various data from the keyboard 8 and the identification information signal from the detection sensor unit 36 via the input / output interface 37d according to the control program in the ROM 37a, and inputs the font information from the CG-ROM 37b. It processes the data and various data in the RAM 37c, and controls the display on the display 8 via the input / output interface 37c. Further, by outputting a control signal to the drive section 39, the tape feed motor 34 and the print head 25 are controlled to perform predetermined printing on the print tape 40, and the cutter motor 35 is further controlled to cut the print tape 40. For example, the entire tape printer 1 is controlled.
[0032]
FIG. 7 is a sectional view conceptually showing the tape cartridge according to the first embodiment of the present invention. As described above, the tape cartridge 10A winds each of the five small-volume tapes 41 (41a), 41 (41b), 41 (41c), 41 (41d), and 41 (41e). The printing tape 40 including the tape core 42 is accommodated. Each of the small tapes 41 is wound around a single tape core 42 and housed in a roll, and the ribbon tape 44 has a width capable of printing on five small tapes 41 at the same time. Printing can be performed on the small tape 41 at the same time. Similarly, the print head 25 is also set to a length that allows simultaneous printing on five small tapes 41. In this case, for example, the color (ground color) of each small tape 41 is white, and the ribbon tape 44 is black (ink).
[0033]
When the tape cartridge 10A is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 20 of the tape printer 1, the print head 25 faces the platen 17 from the tape printer 1 side, and the ribbon tape 44 and each small tape 41 are connected to the platen 17. And printing is possible. Each of the small tapes 41 is always held in a correct position in the vertical direction with respect to the ribbon tape 44 by a guide groove (not shown) provided in a tape guide pin erected near the platen 17. , Platen 17.
[0034]
Here, the first embodiment will be described with reference to FIG. 8 in a case where ten sheets are sequentially formed on the small volume tape 41, such as "PRINT (1)" and "PRINT (2)". When the tape cartridge 10A is mounted on the tape printer 1, the cartridge detection sensor 21 detects that the tape cartridge 10A has the built-in five small tapes 41 of 6 mm width, and the input corresponding to the cartridge 10A is performed. The settings are selected. The input setting is displayed on the display 8, and according to the guidance of the display, ten items are sequentially input from the keyboard 5 from "PRINT (1)" which is a print item. First, 1) When the power is turned on, the first line input screen is displayed. 2) Input characters. In the present embodiment, “PRINT” is input. 3) Input "1" as the second line setting. 4) Determine the repeat setting items. 5) Select the mode display. In this case, the serial number setting is selected. 6) Set the carry number. In this case, +1 is selected. 7) Set the number of repetitions. In this case, ten times are selected. 8) Check the input contents. In this case, it is confirmed that the fixed input character is "PRINT" and the repeated character is (1) ten times. 9) Perform printing. The operations 4) to 7) can be performed not only for the repetitive setting but also for individually setting the print contents for each of the small tapes 41.
[0035]
When a print instruction is input after the print items are input, the print head 25 outputs “PRINT <1>” to the small tape 41a, “PRINT <2>” to 41b, “PRINT <3>” to 41c, and 41d to “PRINT <3>”. “PRINT <5>” is simultaneously printed on “PRINT <4>” and 41 e, and the printed small volume tape 41 is sent out to the tape outlet 6 through the tape outlet 19 of the tape cartridge 10 </ b> A. When the printing is completed, after the feeding is stopped, the tape cutter 29 of the tape printer 1 is driven, and the five small tapes 41 are cut at the same time. The cut printed tape piece is discharged from the tape discharge port 6 and used as a label. Similarly, printing is performed simultaneously on each of the small tapes 41 sent to the print head 25 in order from "PRINT (6)". Of course, even when ten or more labels are created, labels can be efficiently created by sequentially repeating the same operation. This is particularly effective when a large number of labels are created quickly.
[0036]
The small volume tape 41 has a two-layer structure, and includes a base tape coated with an adhesive and a release tape protecting the adhesive. In the case where the small tapes 41 are of the same color as in the first embodiment, instead of the individual small tapes 41, the base tape portion is cut in five rows without cutting the release tape portion. It is also possible to set what is called a half-cut state. In this case, the guide groove of the tape guide pin 18 is unnecessary.
[0037]
FIG. 9 is a sectional view conceptually showing a tape cartridge according to the second embodiment. The tape cartridge 10B is composed of five small tapes 55 (55a), 55 (55b), 55 (55c), 55 (55d), and 55 (55e), and a tape core 52 around which each small tape 55 is wound. A printing tape 50, an ink ribbon 56 composed of two small ribbons 56a and 56b, and two guide grooves (not shown) for properly holding the two small ribbons at a predetermined position are provided. The other configuration is the same as that of the tape cartridge 10A of the first embodiment. The small ribbon 56a has a width that can be printed on the small tapes 55a and 55b at the same time, and the small ribbon 56b has a width that can be printed on the small tapes 55c, 55d, and 55e at the same time. In this case, for example, the tape color of the small tape 55a is green, 55b is blue, 55c is yellow, 55d is orange, 55e is red, and the ink color of the small ribbon 56a is black, 56b. Is blue.
[0038]
Unlike the first embodiment, the tape cartridge 10B is characterized in that the ink ribbon has a configuration of two colors instead of one color. Each of the small volume tapes 55 is wound around the same tape core 52, and is sent out five times simultaneously. Similarly, each of the small ribbons 56 is sent out at the same time, and the small ribbon 56a prints on the small tapes 55a and 55b, and at the same time, the small ribbon 56b prints on the small tapes 55c, 55d, and 55e. . That is, different printing of two colors can be simultaneously performed on the five small-volume tapes 55, instead of printing only one color. According to this configuration, compared to the first embodiment, printing can be performed simultaneously with a plurality of ink colors corresponding to the tape color of the small volume tape 55, so that a more visually appealing label can be created.
[0039]
Next, FIG. 10 is a sectional view conceptually showing a tape cartridge according to a third embodiment. The tape cartridge 10C includes a printing tape 60 including four small tapes 66 (66a), 66 (66b), 66 (66c), 66 (66d) and a tape core 62 around which each small tape 66 is wound. The ink cartridge 67 includes four small ribbons 67a, 67b, 67c, and 67d, and the other configuration is the same as that of the tape cartridge 10B of the second embodiment. In this case, the width of the small tape 66a is, for example, 12 mm for the small tape 66a, 9 mm for the 66b, 6 mm for the 66c, and 6 mm for the 66d, and the small ribbon 66a has a width that can be printed on the small tape 66a. Similarly, the small-sized ribbons 67b, 67c, and 67d have a width that can be printed on the small-sized tapes 66b, 66c, and 66d, respectively. The colors of the small tape 66 and the small ribbon 67 are yellow for the small tape 66a, orange for 66b, white for 66c, and green for 66d, red for the small ribbon 67a, black for 67b, blue for 67c, and 67d. Is yellow. Although not shown, the tape guide pin is provided with four guide grooves corresponding to the width of each small-winding tape 66, and similarly, the ribbon guide pin has a width corresponding to the width of each small-winding ribbon 67. Corresponding guide grooves are provided.
[0040]
The tape cartridge 10C is characterized in that the tape cartridge 10C is composed of four small tapes 66 each having a different width, and four small ribbons 67 each including a different width. That is, the small ribbon 67a prints on the small tape 66a, the small ribbon 67b prints on a 66b having a different width from the small tape 66a, and similarly, the small ribbons 67c and 67d use the small tapes 66c and 66d. To print. As in the first and second embodiments, each of the small tapes 66 and the small ribbons 67 are unwound four times at a time, and printing is performed simultaneously. According to this configuration, it is possible to simultaneously create labels having different widths as well as labels printed with different ink colors on the respective small tapes 66 of different tape colors.
[0041]
FIG. 11 is a sectional view conceptually showing a tape cartridge according to the fourth embodiment. In this case, the tape cartridge 10D includes a small core 71 (71a) in which the small tapes 77 (77a) and 77 (77b) are wound and accommodated, and a small core 71 in which the small tape 77 (77c) is wound. (71b), a core shaft 72 for attaching the small cores 71a and 71b, a small ribbon 78a corresponding to the small tapes 77a and 77b, and a small ribbon corresponding to the small tape 77c. And an ink ribbon 78 composed of a wound ribbon 78b. In addition, it includes platens 73 (73a) and 73 (73b), a connection gear 74a connected to the platen 73a, and a connection gear 74b connected to the platen 73b. The width and color of the small tape 77 are, for example, white with a width of 6 mm for the small tape 77a, green with a width of 6 mm for 77b, yellow with a width of 18 mm for 77c, and a small ribbon 78 with a blue 78a. 78b is black. Similarly to the second and third embodiments, although not shown, the tape guide pin is provided with three guide grooves corresponding to the width of each small tape 77, and the ribbon guide pin has Two guide grooves corresponding to the width of each small ribbon 78 are provided.
[0042]
In the fourth embodiment configured as described above, a clutch mechanism (not shown) is incorporated in a gear train that meshes with the connection gears 74a and 74b, and the platens 73a and 73b are connected via both connection gears. It is designed to rotate independently or simultaneously. The platen 73a is provided for the small ribbon 78a, and the platen 73b is provided for the small ribbon 78b. On the other hand, the small tapes 77a and 77b are contained in the same small core 71a, and the small tape 77c is contained in a separate small core 71b separate from the small core 71a. It is configured to be paid out. The small cores 71a and 71b are rotatably attached to the same core shaft 72, respectively. That is, the small tapes 77a and 77b and 77c are individually fed out by the platens 73a and 73b.
[0043]
Here, the driving of the platen 73 will be described. The platen 73a is connected to the connection gear 74a through the hollow shaft of the platen 73b, and the platen 73b is connected to the connection gear 74b. The driving force from the tape printer 1 is individually transmitted to the platens 73a and 73b through both connecting gears, and individually rotates. The winding core of the ink ribbon 78 also has the same configuration as the platen 73, so that the winding core containing the small ribbon 78a rotates in conjunction with the platen 73a to wind the small ribbon 78a, and The take-up core containing the small ribbon 78b rotates in conjunction with the platen 73b to take up the small ribbon 78b.
[0044]
Further, as in the other embodiments, when the tape cartridge 10D is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 20 of the tape printer 1, the print head 25 faces the platen 73 from the tape printer 1 side, and each small ribbon 78 Is pressed against the platen 73 so that printing can be performed at any time. The print head 25 is arranged so that three small tapes 77 can be printed at the same time. To execute printing, the platen 73a or 73b is rotated by an instruction from the head driver 39b to remove the small tape 77. This is done only for the part that is extended. That is, printing can be simultaneously performed on the small tapes 77a, 77b, and 77c, and printing can be performed only on the 77a and 77b or only on the 77c. According to this configuration, when printing various and many sheets, not only printing on all the small tapes 77 at the same time, but also selective printing on only some of the small tapes 77 is possible.
[0045]
The present invention can provide various types of tape cartridges that can be used in various applications because the tape cartridge and the ribbon can be set in various combinations, even though the tape cartridges are identical in appearance. it can.
[0046]
【The invention's effect】
As described above, according to the tape cartridge and the tape printer of the present invention, since the printing tape is composed of a plurality of small tapes, printing can be performed on a plurality of small tapes and a plurality of labels can be simultaneously printed. Can be created. That is, a plurality of labels can be created quickly and efficiently without making a structural improvement to the tape printer.
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FIG. 1 is an external perspective view of a tape printer according to an embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is an external perspective view of the tape printer from which the tape cartridge has been removed.
FIG. 3 is a plan view of the tape cartridge according to the embodiment with an upper case removed.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged cross-sectional view around a tape core and a platen of the tape cartridge, and an enlarged cross-sectional view around a supply core and a take-up core.
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a part around a tape feeding port of the tape cartridge.
FIG. 6 is a block diagram of a control system in the tape printer.
FIG. 7 is a sectional view conceptually showing the tape cartridge according to the first embodiment.
FIG. 8 is an explanatory diagram showing an input operation method in the tape printer.
FIG. 9 is a sectional view conceptually showing a tape cartridge according to a second embodiment.
FIG. 10 is a sectional view conceptually showing a tape cartridge according to a third embodiment.
FIG. 11 is a sectional view conceptually showing a tape cartridge according to a fourth embodiment.
FIG. 12 is an external perspective view of a conventional tape cartridge.
[Explanation of symbols]
1 Tape printer
10 Tape cartridge
11 Detection hole
14 Ink ribbon
15 Supply core
16 winding core
17 Platen
18 Tape guide pin
20 Cartridge mounting section
25 print head
28 Cartridge case
29a, 29b Ribbon guide pin
30 Tape delivery guide
40 printing tape
41, 55, 66, 77 Small tape
44 Ribbon tape
56, 67, 78 Komaki Ribbon
71 Komaki Core

Claims (6)

  1. The tape printer includes a printing tape wound in a roll shape, an ink ribbon wound in a roll shape for printing on the printing tape, and a cartridge case accommodating the printing tape and the ink ribbon movably. In a tape cartridge that is detachably mounted and prints on a printing tape that runs alongside an ink ribbon by a tape printer,
    The tape cartridge according to claim 1, wherein the printing tape includes a plurality of small tapes stacked in the axial direction and a single tape core wound with the plurality of small tapes.
  2. The tape printer includes a printing tape wound in a roll shape, an ink ribbon wound in a roll shape for printing on the printing tape, and a cartridge case accommodating the printing tape and the ink ribbon movably. In a tape cartridge that is detachably mounted and prints on the printing tape while running the ink ribbon and the printing tape in parallel by a tape printer,
    The printing cartridge is characterized in that the printing tape is composed of a plurality of small tapes stacked in the axial direction and a plurality of small cores wound around each of the small tapes.
  3. The tape cartridge according to claim 1, wherein the plurality of small tapes have different tape colors.
  4. 4. The tape cartridge according to claim 3, wherein the ink ribbon is formed of a plurality of small-color ribbons stacked in the axial direction. 5.
  5. The tape cartridge according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the plurality of small tapes include tapes having different widths.
  6. A tape printer to which the tape cartridge according to claim 1 is detachably mounted,
    Tape feeding means for feeding the printing tape while feeding it out, and running the ink ribbon in parallel thereto,
    Printing means for printing on a printing tape sent by the tape feeding mechanism,
    Cutting means for separating the printed portion of the printing tape;
    Input means for inputting a character to be printed on the printing tape,
    Display means for displaying the input character,
    The input means is configured to be capable of inputting a character for each of the small tapes.
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