JP2008265180A - Tape cartridge and tape printer - Google Patents

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JP2008265180A
JP2008265180A JP2007112674A JP2007112674A JP2008265180A JP 2008265180 A JP2008265180 A JP 2008265180A JP 2007112674 A JP2007112674 A JP 2007112674A JP 2007112674 A JP2007112674 A JP 2007112674A JP 2008265180 A JP2008265180 A JP 2008265180A
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a tape cartridge which can prevent deflection of a tape substrate, and to provide a tape printer which has the tape cartridge. <P>SOLUTION: The tape cartridge 50 has: a first tape 1 which has a printing surface 11a on which data is printed; a first tape reel 61 which has the first tape 1 wound thereon and is rotatably set in a main body of the tape cartridge 50; a second tape 2 which sticks to the first tape 1; and a second tape reel 62 which has the second tape 2 wound thereon, and is rotatably set in the main body of the tape cartridge 50. The first tape 1 and the second tape 2 wound on the first tape reel 61 and the second tape reel 62, respectively, are housed in the main body so as to be wound in mutually reverse directions. The tape printing device 100 has the tape cartridge 50, a driving mechanism 30 for feeding the first tape 1 and the second tape 2, and a printing head 70 for printing data on the first tape 1. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2009,JPO&INPIT

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  The present invention relates to a tape cartridge that accommodates a tape base material on which printing is performed, and a tape printer having the tape cartridge.

  Conventionally, as shown in FIG. 11, the tape cartridge 200 contains a tape base 210 on which printing is performed, an ink ribbon 220 for thermal transfer, and a platen roller 202 inside a substantially rectangular casing 201. The tape base material 210 is wound around the tape reel 203 so as to be freely drawn out (winded in the right-handed direction in the drawing) and accommodated. Further, the ink ribbon 220 is rotatably accommodated on the ribbon supply reel 204 and the ribbon take-up reel 205. The platen roller 202 is rotatably accommodated in the tape cartridge 200. Further, the tape cartridge 200 is formed with a through opening 206 into which a print head (not shown) is loosely fitted. Further, a feed slit 207 for feeding the tape substrate 210 to the outside of the tape cartridge 200 is formed.

  Then, the tape cartridge 200 configured as described above is mounted on a tape printer (not shown), and printing is performed on the tape substrate 210. In addition, the tape base material 210 that has been printed is cut into a predetermined length by a cutting mechanism (not shown) provided in the tape printer, and is discharged to the outside of the tape printer. The user peels off the release tape (not shown) constituting the tape substrate 210 from the discharged printed tape substrate 210 and attaches the printed tape substrate 210 to a desired surface to be attached. ing.

  Since the tape base 210 is housed in the tape cartridge 200 in a state of being wound around the tape reel 203, the tape base 210 is likely to be wound. Therefore, the tape base material 210 delivered from the delivery slit 207 of the tape cartridge 200 has a curved (warped) shape in the winding direction (right-handed direction in the drawing) as shown in FIG. Yes. In addition, printing is performed on the tape base material 210, and the printed tape base material 210 discharged from the tape printer also has a curved shape (curved) in the winding direction.

  Therefore, when the tape base material 210 delivered from the delivery slit 207 of the tape cartridge 200 faces the cutting mechanism part, a problem such as being caught by the cutting mechanism part has also occurred. Moreover, workability | operativity in the case where a user peels the peeling tape of the curved printed tape base material 210, or affixes the printed tape base material 210 after peeling to a to-be-adhered surface, etc. worsened.

  In order to solve such a problem, Patent Document 1 discloses a structure in which a roller that applies tension in a direction opposite to the direction in which the sheet is curved is used to move the roller so as to bend the sheet conveyance path. ing.

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  However, when the structure of Patent Document 1 is applied to the tape printing apparatus described above, the outer shape of the tape printing apparatus becomes large and is unsuitable for use at home. Therefore, it has been desired to reduce the curvature (warpage) of the tape base material with a structure different from that of Patent Document 1.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above problems, and an object of the present invention is to provide a tape cartridge that can reduce warping of a tape base material, and a tape printer having the tape cartridge.

  In order to achieve the above-described object, a tape cartridge of the present invention is a tape cartridge that houses a tape base material on which printing is performed, and includes a first tape base material having a printing surface on which printing is performed, and a first tape. A first tape reel installed inside the main body of the tape cartridge so as to be rotatable by winding the base material, a second tape base material bonded to the first tape base material, and the second tape base material being wound and rotated. A first tape base and a second tape base that are wound around the first tape reel and the second tape reel, respectively, It is accommodated so that it may become the mutually opposite winding direction.

  According to such a tape cartridge, by rotating the first tape reel and the second tape reel, the first tape base material and the second tape base material move in one direction (printing direction). Without twisting either one of the tape base materials, the curved surface of the first tape base material and the curved surface of the second tape base material formed by winding can be bonded to each other. The second tape is bonded to the first tape base material by being bonded so that the curved surface of the first tape base material and the curved surface of the second tape base material are opposite to each other (the direction of bending (warping) is reversed). The new tape base material produced by pasting the base materials has the direction of force due to the bending being opposite to each other, so that the bending (warping) is reduced. Therefore, a tape cartridge that can reduce warpage of the tape base material can be realized.

  Moreover, in the tape cartridge described above, it is preferable that the second tape base material is bonded to a surface opposite to the printing surface of the first tape base material.

  According to such a tape cartridge, a 1st tape base material and a 2nd tape base material can be bonded together so that a printing surface may turn into an outermost surface.

  In the tape cartridge described above, it is preferable that the first tape base material and the second tape base material are bonded inside the main body of the tape cartridge and sent out to the outside of the main body.

  According to such a tape cartridge, the first tape base material and the second tape base material are bonded together inside the main body of the tape cartridge, and are sent out to the outside of the tape cartridge as a printing tape with reduced warpage. The handleability of the later tape substrate is improved as compared with a tape substrate having a warp as in the prior art. For example, even when the fed tape base material is cut, it is possible to reduce clogging in the conveyance path leading to the cutter blade, clogging at the time of cutting, and the like.

  In the tape cartridge described above, it is preferable that the first tape base material and the second tape base material are bonded together when printing is performed.

  According to such a tape cartridge, when printing is performed, the first tape base material and the second tape base material are bonded together, whereby printing and bonding can be performed efficiently.

  In the above-described tape cartridge, the first tape base material includes a first printing base material having a printing surface, and a first adhesive layer bonded to the side surface opposite to the printing surface of the first printing base material. The second tape base material is preferably configured to have an adhesive layer protective base material bonded to the first adhesive layer.

  According to such a tape cartridge, the first tape substrate has the first printing substrate and the first adhesive layer, and the second tape substrate is bonded to the first adhesive layer. Has material. Therefore, the tape base material which reduces a curvature can be comprised efficiently.

  In order to achieve the above-described object, the tape printer of the present invention includes any one of the above-described tape cartridges, tape feeding means for feeding the first tape base material and the second tape base material, and the first tape base. And a tape printing means for printing on the material.

  According to such a tape printer, the first tape base material and the second tape base material are fed by the tape feeding means, and are bonded together as described above. And it prints on the printing surface of a 1st tape base material by a tape printing means. Accordingly, it is possible to realize a tape printer that reduces warping and performs printing on the first tape base material.

Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
(First embodiment)

  FIG. 1 is a schematic configuration diagram of a tape cartridge according to a first embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a schematic plan view of the tape cartridge. FIG. 3 is an enlarged view showing a bonding state of the first tape and the second tape around the platen roller in the tape cartridge. FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of portion A in FIG. 2 and shows the internal configuration of the tape cartridge 50. In addition, the tape thickness in tape structures, such as the 1st tape 1 and the 2nd tape 2, is set suitably for description. The configuration and operation of the tape cartridge 50 will be described with reference to FIGS.

  As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the tape cartridge 50 includes an upper case 51 and a lower case 52 that form a cartridge case 53. Inside the main body of the tape cartridge 50 constituted by the cartridge case 53, the first tape 1 as the first tape base material, the second tape 2 as the second tape base material, the ink ribbon 8 and the platen roller 65 are accommodated. ing.

  The first tape 1 is wound around and accommodated in a first tape reel 61 so as to be freely drawn out. The first tape reel 61 is rotatably installed in the tape cartridge 50. Further, the second tape 2 is wound around and accommodated on the second tape reel 62 so as to be unwound. Further, the second tape reel 62 is rotatably installed in the tape cartridge 50.

  As shown in FIG. 3, in the present embodiment, the first tape 1 includes a first printing tape 11 constituting a first printing substrate having a printing surface 11 a, and a side opposite to the printing surface 11 a of the first printing tape 11. And a first adhesive layer 12 bonded to the surface.

  Moreover, the 2nd tape 2 is comprised with the adhesion layer protective base material bonded together to the 1st adhesion layer 12, as shown in FIG. In this embodiment, the adhesive layer protective base material is a second protective tape 21 that is bonded to the first adhesive layer 12, a second adhesive layer 22 that is bonded to the back surface of the second protective tape 21, and a second adhesive layer. 22 and a peeling tape 23 bonded to 22.

  In addition, the 1st printing tape 11 of the 1st tape 1 is comprised by the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) base material in this embodiment. In addition to this, various base materials, such as PE (polyethylene), OPP (stretched polypropylene), and paper, can be used. The second protective tape 21 of the second tape 2 is also made of the same base material as the first printing tape 11.

  Moreover, the peeling tape 23 of the 2nd tape 2 uses the paper base material in this embodiment. And it is comprised by laminating PE on the surface side stuck to the 2nd adhesion layer 22 of this paper base material. The peeling tape 23 adjusts the adhesive force with the second adhesive layer 22 by laminating PE. In addition, glassine paper made from chemical pulp as a raw material, PET, PE, or the like can also be used as the base material. In addition to PE lamination, there are various methods for adjusting the adhesive strength, such as a method of treating with silicon resin, and a method of using both in combination.

  The first tape 1 is wound around the first tape reel 61 in a roll shape with the first adhesive layer 12 side inside. The second tape 2 is wound around the second tape reel 62 in a roll shape with the second protective tape 21 side inside.

  The first tape reel 61 and the second tape reel 62 are installed adjacent to each other. The first tape 1 and the second tape 2 wound around the first tape reel 61 and the second tape reel 62 are accommodated in opposite winding directions. Specifically, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, when viewed from above the plane of the tape cartridge 50, the first tape 1 is accommodated in the right-handed direction and the second tape 2 is accommodated in the left-handed direction. .

  Further, the ink ribbon 8 is composed of a base substrate 81 and an ink layer 82 as shown in FIG. Further, the ink layer 82 is set inside so that it can be fed out on the ribbon feeding reel 63. Further, the ink ribbon 8 fed from the ribbon feeding reel 63 is configured to be taken up by the ribbon take-up reel 64.

  The platen roller 65 has a platen rubber 66 that is an elastic member on the outer periphery, and is rotatably accommodated in the tape cartridge 50.

  The tape cartridge 50 is formed with a through opening 56 into which a print head 70 (described later) is loosely fitted. Further, a feeding slit 55 for feeding out a tape in which the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 are bonded together (this tape is referred to as a third tape 3) is provided outside the tape cartridge 50. A slit-like hole is formed on the side surface of the tape cartridge 50 across the case 52. Further, an identification label 57 for describing and identifying the tape color and tape width of the first tape 1 is adhered to the tape cartridge 50 from the upper surface of the upper case 51 to the side surface of the lower case 52.

  Further, on the upper surface of the upper case 51, windows 58 and 59 for visually recognizing the inside of the tape cartridge 50 are formed, which have a flat surface that is recessed by one step on both sides of the identification label 57. The window 58 is a window for visually confirming the remaining amount of the first tape 1, and the window 59 is used as a window for visually confirming the remaining amount of the second tape 2.

  As shown in FIGS. 1 to 3, a second tape guide rib 52 b having a substantially columnar shape is erected on the lower case 52, and the tip thereof is guided and fixed to the upper case 51. The second tape 2 is fed out from the second tape reel 62 and guided by the side of the second tape guide rib 52b being brought into contact with the side of the release tape 23, and the side of the release tape 23 is guided to the side of the platen rubber 66 of the platen roller 65. Abutting toward the delivery slit 55.

  Further, a first tape guide rib 52 a having a substantially cylindrical shape is erected on the lower case 52, and the tip thereof is guided and fixed to the upper case 51. The first tape 1 is fed out from the first tape reel 61 and guided while the first printing tape 11 side comes into contact with the side surface of the first tape guide rib 52a, and the first adhesive layer 12 side is the platen rubber of the platen roller 65. It is guided to the side surface 66 and heads toward the delivery slit 55.

  Further, ribbon guide ribs 52 c and 52 d having a substantially cylindrical shape are erected on the lower case 52, and the leading ends thereof are guided and fixed to the upper case 51. The ink ribbon 8 is fed from the ribbon feeding reel 63 and guided while the base substrate 81 side is in contact with the side surface of the ribbon guide rib 52c (see FIGS. 1 and 2). Then, the base substrate 81 side comes into contact with the inner side surface of the ribbon guide rib 52d (see FIG. 3) located on the side surface portion of the through opening 56, and inside the inside of the tape cartridge 50 along the through opening 56. It is wound on the ribbon take-up reel 64 in a form facing the inner side surface of the through opening 56 while abutting the side surface of the formed guide rib (not shown).

  As shown in FIG. 3, when the first tape 1 is guided to the platen roller 65 (platen rubber 66), the first tape 1 is simply attached to the second tape 2, and the third tape 3 is formed. The Specifically, the second protective tape 21 of the second tape 2 is bonded to the surface of the first adhesive layer 12 of the first tape 1 (the surface opposite to the printing surface 11a of the first tape 1). Thus, the third tape 3 is formed. Then, when the platen roller 65 rotates, the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 to be fed are bonded together while being guided by the platen roller 65 to form the third tape 3, which is fed from the feed slit 55. It will be.

  Further, the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 are rotated in a direction opposite to each other so that the first tape reel 61 and the second tape reel 62 are rotated in one direction (the direction of the platen roller 65). By moving to, one of the tape base materials is bonded without twisting.

  Moreover, the 1st tape 1 and the 2nd tape 2 have the winding hook according to the winding direction until just before bonding. Specifically, since the first tape 1 is wound around the first tape reel 61 in the right-handed direction, the first tape 1 that is fed out has a curl that curves in a right-handed manner. Similarly, since the second tape 2 is wound around the second tape reel 62 in the left-handed direction, the second tape 2 that is fed out has a curl that curves in a left-handed manner.

  The curved surface of the first tape 1 and the curved surface of the second tape 2 are bonded to the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 with such a curl. In other words, the 1st tape 1 and the 2nd tape 2 are bonded together so that the direction of curvature (warp) may become reverse.

  The tape width of the third tape 3 to be bonded by the tape cartridge 50 has a plurality of types such as 12 mm and 24 mm depending on the tape cartridge 50, and the lower case 52 of the cartridge case 53 identifies the type of the third tape 3. For this purpose, a plurality of small detection holes (not shown) are formed.

  FIG. 4 is a schematic perspective view of a tape printer to which a tape cartridge is mounted. FIG. 5 is a schematic perspective view of the tape printer main body with the opening / closing lid opened. FIG. 6 is a schematic perspective view of a state in which the opening / closing lid is opened and the tape cartridge is mounted. FIG. 7 is a schematic plan view of a state in which the opening / closing lid is opened and the tape cartridge is mounted. FIG. 7 shows the tape cartridge 50 and the tape printer 100 around it. Further, the position of the print head 70 shown in FIG. 7 shows the position in a state where the opening / closing lid 108 is closed. The tape printer 100 will be described with reference to FIGS.

  As shown in FIGS. 4 to 7, the tape printer 100 includes an apparatus main body 101 that performs character printing on the first tape 1 and the tape cartridge 50 that is detachably attached to the apparatus main body 101. I have.

  The apparatus main body 101 has a casing formed by an apparatus case 102. A keyboard 105 constituting the operation unit 104 is disposed on the upper surface of the front half of the device case 102. Further, on the front side of the operation unit 104, a grip unit 106 for gripping and carrying the tape printer 100 is configured. A cartridge mounting portion 107 to which the tape cartridge 50 can be detachably mounted is formed on the left side of the upper surface of the rear half of the device case 102 so as to be recessed in a substantially similar shape to the outer shape of the cartridge case 53.

  An opening / closing lid 108 that opens and closes when the tape cartridge 50 is attached to and detached from the cartridge mounting portion 107 is provided above the cartridge mounting portion 107. The opening / closing lid 108 is formed with a viewing window 108a for visually confirming whether or not the tape cartridge 50 is mounted with the opening / closing lid 108 closed. A rectangular display 109 for displaying an input result from the keyboard 105 and the like is formed on the right side of the upper surface of the rear half of the device case 102.

  From the cartridge mounting portion 107 of the device case 102 to the left side surface portion, a tape delivery guide port 110 that communicates the cartridge mounting portion 107 and the outside of the device case 102 is formed to be depressed in one step. A cutting mechanism 120 (see FIG. 7) for full-cutting or half-cutting the third tape 3 is installed in the middle of the tape delivery guide port 110. Then, the printed portion of the third tape 3 advances through the tape delivery guide port 110 by the rotation of the platen roller 65 and faces the cutting mechanism 120. And it cut | disconnects by the cutting mechanism part 120. FIG.

  Note that the printed portion of the cut third tape 3 is discharged from the discharge port 111 on the left side surface portion of the device case 102 communicating with the tape delivery guide port 110 to the outside of the device main body 101. Note that the tape printer 100 can also cut the third tape 3 by the cutting mechanism unit 120 without printing, and discharge the third tape 3 from the discharge port 111.

  On the other hand, a power supply port (not shown) for supplying power and a connection port (not shown) for connecting to an external device such as a personal computer (not shown) are formed on the right side surface of the device case 102. Although not shown in the drawing, a circuit board constituting a control unit that performs overall control of the tape printer 100 is mounted inside the device case 102.

  Further, on the bottom plate 107 a on which the tape cartridge 50 is mounted in the cartridge mounting portion 107, a head cover 107 b that covers the print head 70 and guide protrusions 107 c and 107 d that guide the mounting of the tape cartridge 50 are erected. The guide protrusion 107 c guides the first tape reel 61, and the guide protrusion 107 d guides the second tape reel 62.

  Further, the bottom plate 107a is provided with an opening so as to engage with the platen roller 65 of the tape cartridge 50 and feed the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 (see FIG. 8), a ribbon A ribbon take-up drive shaft 39 (see FIG. 8) for engaging the take-up reel 64 and feeding the ink ribbon 8 extends from below the bottom plate 107a. A stepping motor 32 (see FIG. 8) and a gear train (see FIG. 8) for driving the platen drive shaft 41 and the ribbon take-up drive shaft 39 are incorporated in the back side (inside) of the bottom plate 107a of the cartridge mounting portion 107. Thus, a drive mechanism unit 30 (see FIG. 8) constituting the tape feeding means of the tape printer 100 is configured.

  Then, as shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, the tape cartridge 50 is guided by the guide protrusions 107c and 107d to be mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 107. By mounting the tape cartridge 50 on the cartridge mounting portion 107, the through opening 56 of the tape cartridge 50 is inserted into the head cover 107b covering the print head 70, and the platen roller 65 is engaged with the platen drive shaft 41, thereby winding the ribbon. The ribbon take-up reel 64 is engaged with the drive shaft 39. When the opening / closing lid 108 is closed, the print head 70 is in contact with the platen rubber 66 on the outer periphery of the platen roller 65 with the first tape 1, the second tape 2, and the ink ribbon 8 interposed therebetween, and is in a print standby state. It becomes.

  In addition, a tape identification sensor (not shown) configured to identify the type of the third tape 3 is provided at a corner of the bottom plate 107 a of the cartridge mounting unit 107. The tape identification sensor identifies the plurality of detected holes formed in the lower case 52 of the cartridge case 53 described above, and identifies the type of the third tape 3.

  FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing a schematic configuration of the drive mechanism section. With reference to FIG. 8, the structure and operation | movement of the drive mechanism part 30 are demonstrated roughly.

  The drive mechanism unit 30 is a mechanism unit that transmits the rotation of the stepping motor 32 to the platen roller 65 and the like, and is disposed below the cartridge mounting unit 107. Further, the drive mechanism unit 30 incorporates various gears and the like described later with the base board 31 as a reference. In general, since the case is partitioned by a case (bottom plate 107a or the like) constituting the cartridge mounting portion 107, the drive mechanism portion 30 cannot be directly visually recognized only by opening the opening / closing lid 108. FIG. 8 shows a state in which the case is removed, and shows a main part of the drive mechanism 30.

A transmission mechanism that transmits the rotation of the stepping motor 32 to the platen drive shaft 41 and the like in the drive mechanism unit 30 will be described.
As shown in FIG. 8, the first gear 33 is attached to the rotating shaft 32A of the stepping motor 32, and the clutch arm 32B is fitted to the rotating shaft 32A with a predetermined friction. The clutch arm 32B constitutes a one-way clutch together with the second gear 34 and the third gear 35. That is, when the stepping motor 32 rotates in the direction of the arrow C shown in the figure, the clutch arm 32B rotates in the direction of the arrow C together with the second gear 34 due to the friction between the rotating shaft 32A and the clutch arm 32B. Engage. As a result, the rotation of the stepping motor 32 is transmitted to the third gear 35.

  The rotation of the third gear 35 is transmitted to the fifth gear 37 and the sixth gear 38 via the fourth gear 36 while further repeating gear down. The sixth gear 38 has a rotation shaft coupled to the ribbon take-up drive shaft 39, and takes up the ink ribbon 8 as the stepping motor 32 rotates.

  The rotation of the fifth gear 37 is further transmitted to the seventh gear 40 to rotate the platen drive shaft 41. A rim 41 </ b> A is provided below the platen drive shaft 41 so as to be fitted to the irregularities on the inner peripheral surface of the platen roller 65 and drive it. Therefore, when the stepping motor 32 rotates and the rotation is transmitted to the third gear 35 by the one-way clutch, the platen drive shaft 41 and the ribbon take-up drive shaft 39 eventually rotate.

With reference to FIG. 8, the configuration and operation of the print head 70 constituting the tape printing means will be schematically described.
The print head 70 is rotatably installed on a head rotation shaft 71 erected from the base board 31. The print head 70 is a flexible substrate on which a head main body 72 in which a plurality of heating elements are arranged and a head driver IC 73 (resin-molded) that drives the head main body 72 based on input print data are mounted. 74 is provided with a heat radiating plate 76 to which 74 is attached via an insulator 75. Further, the print head 70 is a frame 77 that supports the heat radiating plate 76 by the connecting plate 77 a, a coil spring 79 that biases the print head 70 toward the initial position, and electrical wiring to the head body 72. And a flexible cable 78.

  The frame 77 and the connecting plate 77a are connected by driving a pin 77b into the opening of the connecting plate 77a, and the heat radiating plate 76 to which the head main body 72 is attached is rotatable around the pin 77b. ing. As a result, when the print head 70 is pushed out to the platen roller 65 side, the head main body 72 is applied to the first tape 1, the second tape 2, and the ink ribbon 8 held between the print head 70 and the platen roller 65 with a uniform pressing force. It will abut.

  In addition, the lower end part of the frame 77 is extended and formed as a link board (illustration omitted). A coil spring (not shown) is connected to the link plate, and a drive member (not shown) is connected to the coil spring. Further, in order to press the driving member, an operation arm 108b (see FIGS. 5 and 6) formed to extend toward the end of the cartridge mounting portion 107 is formed at the end of the opening / closing lid 108. Yes.

  Here, after the tape cartridge 50 is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 107, the operation arm 108b pushes down the drive member by closing the opening / closing lid 108. As a result, the print head 70 rotates against the urging force of the coil spring 79. As a result, the print head 70 rotates (moves) around the head rotation shaft 71 from the initial position to the print position (printable position) facing the platen roller 65 of the mounted tape cartridge 50. That is, when the operation of closing the opening / closing lid 108 is performed, the print head 70 is set at a printable position. On the contrary, when an operation of opening the opening / closing lid 108 is performed, the operation of moving the print head 70 to the initial position is performed with respect to the removal or mounting of the tape cartridge 50 which is normally performed thereafter. It is.

  FIG. 9 is a schematic partial enlarged view of the periphery of the platen roller when the tape cartridge is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion. FIG. 9 is an enlarged view of a portion B shown in FIG. FIG. 9 is an enlarged view of main parts of the tape cartridge 50 and the print head 70. With reference to FIG. 9 (refer to FIG. 3 as appropriate), the printing on the first tape 1 and the bonding of the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 will be described.

  The state of the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 in the tape cartridge 50 alone before being attached to the tape printer 100 is the same as the content described in FIG. Here, when the tape cartridge 50 is mounted on the cartridge mounting portion 107 of the apparatus main body 101, as shown in FIG. 9, the platen roller 65 is engaged with the platen drive shaft 41 of the drive mechanism portion 30 as described above. . Further, the print head 70 loosely fitted from the through opening 56 moves from the initial position to a print position facing the platen roller 65.

  By this operation, the head main body 72 having the heating elements of the print head 70 is configured to sandwich the first tape 1, the second tape 2, and the ink ribbon 8 between the platen rubber 66 of the platen roller 65.

  As described with reference to FIG. 3, the first tape 1 is simply attached to the second tape 2 when guided by the platen roller 65 (platen rubber 66), and the third tape 3 is formed. . As shown in FIG. 9, when the head main body 72 moves to the printing position, the third tape 3 is pressed against the head main body 72, and the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 are bonded together. Power increases. Specifically, the adhesive force between the first adhesive layer 12 of the first tape 1 and the second protective tape 21 of the second tape 2 is increased.

  Here, when the platen drive shaft 41 and the ribbon take-up drive shaft 39 are rotationally driven by the stepping motor 32 at a predetermined rotational speed, the first tape 1, the second tape 2 and the ink ribbon 8 are the first tape reel 61, The tape is pulled out from the 2-tape reel 62 and the ribbon supply reel 63 by a predetermined amount.

  Along with this, the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 are bonded together so that the directions of bending (warping) are reversed, and the third tape 3 is formed. At the same time, the head body 72 of the print head 70 is energized to control the amount of heat generated in units of dots, thereby causing the ink layer 82 of the ink ribbon 8 to face the ink layer 82 and the first printing tape 11 of the first tape 1. Then, printing is performed on the printing surface 11a of the first printing tape 11 based on printing data such as character information input from the keyboard 105 or the like.

  After printing, the printed third tape 3 is sent to the tape feed guide port 110 through the feed slit 55 of the tape cartridge 50, and the ink ribbon 8 used for printing is taken up on the ribbon take-up reel 64. It is done.

According to the embodiment described above, the following effects can be obtained.
(1) According to the tape cartridge 50 of the present embodiment, the first tape 1 having the printing surface 11a on which the printing is performed is wound around the first tape reel 61, and is bonded to the first tape 1. Is wound around the second tape reel 62. Moreover, the 1st tape 1 and the 2nd tape 2 are accommodated in the inside of the tape cartridge 50 so that it may become a mutually opposing winding direction. As a result, the first tape reel 61 and the second tape reel 62 are rotated, and the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 move in one direction (the direction of the platen roller 65). Without twisting the base material, the curved surface of the first tape 1 and the curved surface of the second tape 2 formed by curling can be bonded to each other. Therefore, the new third tape 3 produced by bonding the second tape 2 to the first tape 1 has a bending force that is opposite to each other, so that the bending (warping) is reduced. Therefore, the tape cartridge 50 which can reduce the curvature of a tape base material (3rd tape 3) is realizable.

  (2) According to the tape cartridge 50 of the present embodiment, the second tape 2 is printed by being bonded to the first adhesive layer 12 which is the surface opposite to the printing surface 11a of the first tape 1. The first tape 1 and the second tape 2 can be bonded so that the surface 11a is the outermost surface. Therefore, the structure of the drive mechanism part 30 as a conventional tape feeding means and the structure of the print head 70 as a tape printing means can be used.

  (3) According to the tape cartridge 50 of the present embodiment, the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 are bonded together inside the main body of the tape cartridge 50, and the tape cartridge 50 of the tape cartridge 50 is reduced as a third tape 3 with reduced warpage. Since it is sent out to the outside, the handleability of the tape base material (the third tape 3) after the delivery is improved as compared with a tape base material having a warp as in the past. For example, even when the fed third tape 3 is cut by the cutting mechanism 120, clogging at the tape feed guide port 110 for guiding to the cutter blade, clogging at the time of cutting, and the like can be reduced.

  (4) According to the tape cartridge 50 of the present embodiment, the first tape 1 is bonded to the first printing tape 11 having the printing surface 11a and the surface opposite to the printing surface 11a of the first printing tape 11. The second tape 2 is configured to have an adhesive layer protective base material that is bonded to the first adhesive layer 12. The adhesive layer protective base material was bonded to the second adhesive tape 22 bonded to the first adhesive layer 12, the second adhesive layer 22 bonded to the back surface of the second protective tape 21, and the second adhesive layer 22. It has the peeling tape 23 and is comprised. Therefore, the tape base material which reduces a curvature can be comprised efficiently.

(5) According to the tape printer 100 of the present embodiment, the tape cartridge 50 described above, the drive mechanism unit 30 as a tape feeding means for feeding the first tape 1 and the second tape 2, and the first tape 1 are printed. And a print head 70 as a tape printing means for performing the above. Accordingly, the first tape 1 and the second tape 2 are fed by the drive mechanism unit 30, and as described above, the curved surface of the first tape 1 and the curved surface formed by the curl of the second tape 2 conflict. Paste together. Then, printing is performed on the printing surface 11 a of the first tape 1 by the print head 70. Therefore, it is possible to realize the tape printer 100 that reduces the warp of the tape base material (the third tape 3) and performs printing on the first tape 1. Thereby, the tape printer 100 which can aim at the improvement of the running precision of the tape base material (3rd tape 3) at the time of printing, the improvement of a printing speed, etc. is realizable.
(Second Embodiment)

  FIG. 10 is a diagram showing the configuration of the first tape and the second tape of the tape cartridge according to the second embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 10 is also an enlarged view showing a state where the first tape 1 and the second tape 9 are bonded around the platen roller 65.

  The portion of the tape cartridge 150 of the present embodiment that differs from the tape cartridge 50 of the first embodiment is only the configuration of the second tape 9. Other configurations and operations of the tape cartridge 150 are the same as those of the tape cartridge 50 of the first embodiment.

  The structure of the 1st tape 1 of this embodiment is comprised by the 1st printing tape 11 and the 1st adhesion layer 12 similarly to 1st Embodiment. And the 2nd tape 9 bonded together by the 1st adhesion layer 12 of the 1st tape 1 is comprised by the peeling tape 91 as an adhesion layer protective base material.

  A second tape reel (not shown) for winding the second tape 9 of this embodiment is similar to the second tape reel 62 for winding the second tape 2 of the first embodiment. Arranged inside.

  With the tape cartridge 150, the second tape 9 is bonded to the first tape 1 to form the third tape 5 in the same manner as in the first embodiment.

According to the above-described embodiment, the same effects as those of the first embodiment can be obtained, and the following effects can be obtained.
(1) According to the tape cartridge 150 of the present embodiment, since the second tape 9 is configured by only the release tape 91, the first tape 1 has a simple configuration compared to the second tape 2 of the first embodiment. And the second tape 9 can be bonded together. Moreover, the tape base material (3rd tape 5) which reduces curvature can be comprised efficiently.

  The present invention is not limited to the above-described embodiments, and various changes and improvements can be added. A modification will be described below.

  (Modification 1) In the first embodiment, the first tape 1 includes the first printing tape 11 and the first adhesive layer 12. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and the first printing tape 11 may be used alone. In that case, a configuration equivalent to the first adhesive layer 12 is configured on the second tape 2 and needs to be bonded to the first tape 1.

  Although the best mode for carrying out the present invention is disclosed in the above description, the present invention is not limited to this. That is, the present invention mainly illustrates and describes a specific embodiment, but the detailed configuration of the above-described embodiment without departing from the scope of the technical idea and object of the present invention. Various modifications (changes and improvements) can be made by those skilled in the art in terms of the shape, material, quantity, etc. Accordingly, the present invention also includes a case where a person skilled in the art makes various modifications in the shape, material, quantity, etc. of the detailed constituent members.

1 is a schematic configuration diagram of a tape cartridge according to a first embodiment of the present invention. The schematic plan view of a tape cartridge. The enlarged view which shows the bonding state of the 1st tape around the platen roller in a tape cartridge, and the 2nd tape. FIG. 2 is a schematic perspective view of a tape printer to which a tape cartridge is mounted. The schematic perspective view of the tape printer main body of the state which opened the opening-and-closing lid | cover. The schematic perspective view of the state which open | released the opening-and-closing lid | cover and mounted | wore with the tape cartridge. FIG. 3 is a schematic plan view of a state in which the opening / closing lid is opened and a tape cartridge is mounted. The perspective view which shows schematic structure of a drive mechanism part. FIG. 3 is a schematic partial enlarged view of the periphery of a platen roller when a tape cartridge is mounted on a cartridge mounting portion. The figure which shows the structure of the 1st tape of the tape cartridge which concerns on 2nd Embodiment of this invention, and a 2nd tape. 1 is a schematic configuration diagram of a conventional tape cartridge.

Explanation of symbols

  DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... 1st tape, 2, 9 ... 2nd tape, 3, 5 ... 3rd tape, 8 ... Ink ribbon, 11 ... 1st printing tape, 11a ... Printing surface, 12 ... 1st adhesion layer, 21 ... 2nd Protective tape, 22 ... second adhesive layer, 23 ... peeling tape, 30 ... drive mechanism, 39 ... ribbon take-up drive shaft, 41 ... platen drive shaft, 50,150 ... tape cartridge, 61 ... first tape reel, 62 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 2nd tape reel, 65 ... Platen roller, 70 ... Print head, 72 ... Head main body, 81 ... Base base material, 82 ... Ink layer, 91 ... Release tape, 100 ... Tape printer, 107 ... Cartridge mounting part.

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  1. A tape cartridge containing a tape substrate on which printing is performed,
    A first tape substrate having a printing surface on which the printing is performed;
    A first tape reel that is wound around the first tape base material and rotatably installed inside the main body of the tape cartridge;
    A second tape substrate bonded to the first tape substrate;
    A second tape reel installed inside the main body of the tape cartridge so as to be rotatable by winding the second tape substrate;
    The first tape base and the second tape base that are respectively wound around the first tape reel and the second tape reel are accommodated so as to have opposite winding directions. Tape cartridge to be used.
  2. The tape cartridge according to claim 1,
    The tape cartridge, wherein the second tape base material is bonded to a surface opposite to the printing surface of the first tape base material.
  3. The tape cartridge according to claim 1 or 2, wherein
    The tape cartridge, wherein the first tape base material and the second tape base material are bonded together inside the main body of the tape cartridge and fed out of the main body.
  4. The tape cartridge according to claim 3, wherein
    The tape cartridge, wherein the first tape base material and the second tape base material are bonded together when the printing is performed.
  5. It is a tape cartridge as described in any one of Claims 1-4, Comprising:
    The first tape base material includes a first printing base material having the printing surface, and a first adhesive layer bonded to the opposite side surface of the first printing base material to the printing surface,
    The tape cartridge is characterized in that the second tape substrate has an adhesive layer protective substrate bonded to the first adhesive layer.
  6. The tape cartridge according to any one of claims 1 to 5,
    A tape feeding means for feeding the first tape substrate and the second tape substrate;
    And a tape printing unit for performing the printing on the first tape base material.
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