JP5942450B2 - Mounting member, liquid container including mounting member, and liquid supply system - Google Patents

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JP5942450B2
JP5942450B2 JP2012022813A JP2012022813A JP5942450B2 JP 5942450 B2 JP5942450 B2 JP 5942450B2 JP 2012022813 A JP2012022813 A JP 2012022813A JP 2012022813 A JP2012022813 A JP 2012022813A JP 5942450 B2 JP5942450 B2 JP 5942450B2
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政弘 唐澤
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  The present invention relates to a mounting member mounted on a liquid consuming device, a liquid container including the mounting member, and a liquid supply system.

  A printer, which is an example of a liquid consuming apparatus, performs printing by ejecting ink from a print head onto a recording object (for example, printing paper). Ink supply to the print head is performed via an ink cartridge (also simply referred to as “cartridge”) in which an ink supply source is housed.

  A sensor may be provided to detect the remaining ink level so that the user can replace the cartridge when the ink in the ink supply source runs out or when the remaining ink level becomes low. (For example, Patent Documents 1 and 2).

  For example, in the technique of Patent Document 1, the ink remaining amount state is detected using ink remaining amount detecting means provided in the cartridge. The ink remaining amount detecting means detects a remaining ink state using a piezoelectric element. Further, for example, in the technique of Patent Document 2, the ink remaining amount state is detected by using an optical sensor provided in the refill unit and a detected portion provided in the cartridge.

JP 2008-273173 A JP 2010-155465 A

  In the technique of Patent Document 1, a piezoelectric element that is a sensor for detecting the ink remaining amount state is provided on the cartridge side. For this reason, the cost of the cartridge may increase. On the other hand, in the technique of Patent Document 2, a sensor for detecting the remaining ink state is provided on the refill unit side, and there is no need to provide a sensor on the cartridge side. However, the technique of Patent Document 2 does not consider positioning means for accurately arranging the detected portion at a predetermined position in the ink cartridge. For this reason, there is a possibility that the detection accuracy of the ink remaining amount state using the detected portion and the sensor may be lowered.

  The various problems as described above include not only a cartridge that stores ink for printing and a printing apparatus but also a liquid consuming apparatus that includes a sensor and a member that is used to detect the remaining amount of liquid. Common to mounting members.

  In view of the above-described problems, the present invention provides a technology capable of suppressing a decrease in detection accuracy of a remaining liquid state in a technology for detecting a remaining liquid state of a liquid supply source using a sensor on the liquid consuming device side. With the goal.

SUMMARY An advantage of some aspects of the invention is to solve at least a part of the problems described above, and the invention can be implemented as the following forms or application examples.
[Form 1]
A mounting member that is detachably mounted on the liquid consuming device,
A positioning member that is positioned by restricting movements in three directions parallel to three coordinate axes that are orthogonal to each other, including an attachment / detachment coordinate axis extending in a direction in which the attachment member is attached / detached; ,
A mounted member that is attached to the positioning member and is positioned by restricting movement in the three directions by the positioning member, and distributes liquid from a liquid supply source that contains liquid to the liquid consuming device. A member to be attached in which an internal flow path is formed, in which a liquid supply port which is an internal flow path and is connected to the liquid consuming device is formed;
A moving member attached to the attached member so as to be displaceable in at least a direction along the attachment / detachment coordinate axis in accordance with a pressure change of the internal flow path,
The moving member is a rod-like member provided in the liquid consuming device when the mounting member is attached to the liquid consuming device, and is provided by a sensor for detecting the liquid remaining state of the liquid supply source. Provided at a position facing the other end of the rod-shaped member where the displacement of one end is detected, and when the mounting member is mounted on the liquid consuming device, it contacts the other end,
The positioning member has a box shape with one open,
On the inner wall of the positioning member,
A plurality of sets of restricting portions for positioning the attached member in the three directions by contacting the attached member, and a plurality of sets including two or more sets of restricting portions for positioning in at least a part of each other. There is a regulation section,
The axis extending in the direction in which the bottom of the box-shaped positioning member and the opening face each other is the detachable coordinate axis, and the direction from the bottom to the opening among the directions along the detachable coordinate axis is the + Y axis direction, When the direction from the opening toward the bottom is the -Y axis direction,
The plurality of sets of restriction sections are:
A + Y-axis contact portion that regulates movement of the mounted member in the + Y-axis direction by contacting the mounted member;
A -Y-axis contact portion that regulates movement of the mounted member in the -Y-axis direction by contacting the mounted member;
A mounting member in which the number of the + Y-axis contact portions is smaller than the number of the -Y-axis contact portions.
According to the first aspect, the positioning member in which movement in three directions is restricted by the mounting portion of the liquid consuming device and the mounted member in which movement in the three directions is restricted by the positioning member are provided. A moving member is attached to the attached member. Thereby, the possibility that the positional relationship between the moving member and the rod-shaped member of the liquid consuming apparatus is deviated from the correct positional relationship can be reduced. Accordingly, it is possible to suppress a decrease in the detection accuracy of the remaining liquid state using the rod-shaped member and the sensor included in the moving member and the liquid consuming device. In addition, it is possible to easily position the mounted member by providing a plurality of sets of restricting portions that are positioned in directions different from each other on the inner wall of the positioning member. Further, by reducing the number of + Y-axis contact portions to be smaller than the number of −Y-axis contact portions, the friction between the + Y-axis contact portion and the mounted member when the mounted member is assembled to the positioning member from the opening. Resistance can be reduced. Thereby, a to-be-attached member can be easily assembled | attached to a positioning member.
[Form 2]
A mounting member that is detachably mounted on the liquid consuming device,
A positioning member that is positioned by restricting movements in three directions parallel to three coordinate axes that are orthogonal to each other, including an attachment / detachment coordinate axis extending in a direction in which the attachment member is attached / detached; ,
A mounted member that is attached to the positioning member and is positioned by restricting movement in the three directions by the positioning member, and distributes liquid from a liquid supply source that contains liquid to the liquid consuming device. A member to be attached in which an internal flow path is formed, in which a liquid supply port which is an internal flow path and is connected to the liquid consuming device is formed;
A moving member attached to the attached member so as to be displaceable in at least a direction along the attachment / detachment coordinate axis in accordance with a pressure change of the internal flow path,
The moving member is a rod-like member provided in the liquid consuming device when the mounting member is attached to the liquid consuming device, and is provided by a sensor for detecting the liquid remaining state of the liquid supply source. Provided at a position facing the other end of the rod-shaped member where the displacement of one end is detected, and when the mounting member is mounted on the liquid consuming device, it contacts the other end,
The positioning member has a box shape with one open,
On the inner wall of the positioning member,
A plurality of sets of restricting portions for positioning the attached member in the three directions by contacting the attached member, and a plurality of sets including two or more sets of restricting portions for positioning in at least a part of each other. There is a regulation section,
The attached member includes a contacted member that restricts movement of the attached member in the three directions by contacting the positioning member;
An axis extending in a direction in which the bottom of the box-shaped positioning member and the opening face each other is a Y axis as the attach / detach coordinate axis, and two axes different from the Y axis among the three coordinate axes are an X axis. , When Z axis
The plurality of sets of restriction sections are:
A plurality of X-axis restricting portions that restrict movement in the X-axis direction by abutting with the abutted member of the attached member, and a center line of the length in the Y-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of X-axis restricting portions disposed at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the Z-axis direction,
A plurality of Y-axis regulating portions that regulate movement in the Y-axis direction by abutting with the abutted member of the attached member, and a center line of the length in the Z-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of Y-axis restricting portions arranged at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the X-axis direction,
A plurality of Z-axis regulating portions that regulate movement in the Z-axis direction by abutting the abutted member of the attached member, and a center line of the length in the X-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of Z-axis restricting portions arranged at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the Y-axis direction.
According to the aspect 2, the positioning member whose movement in the three directions is regulated by the mounting portion of the liquid consuming device and the mounted member whose movement in the three directions is regulated by the positioning member are provided. A moving member is attached to the attached member. Thereby, the possibility that the positional relationship between the moving member and the rod-shaped member of the liquid consuming apparatus is deviated from the correct positional relationship can be reduced. Accordingly, it is possible to suppress a decrease in the detection accuracy of the remaining liquid state using the rod-shaped member and the sensor included in the moving member and the liquid consuming device. In addition, it is possible to easily position the mounted member by providing a plurality of sets of restricting portions that are positioned in directions different from each other on the inner wall of the positioning member. Further, even when the abutted member has a predetermined size, the X-regulating portion, the Y-axis regulating portion, and the Z-axis regulating portion can suppress the displacement of the attached member with respect to the positioning member.

Application Example 1 A mounting member that is detachably mounted on a liquid consuming device,
A positioning member that is positioned by restricting movements in three directions parallel to three coordinate axes that are orthogonal to each other, including an attachment / detachment coordinate axis extending in a direction in which the attachment member is attached / detached; ,
A mounted member that is attached to the positioning member and is positioned by restricting movement in the three directions by the positioning member, and distributes liquid from a liquid supply source that contains liquid to the liquid consuming device. A member to be attached in which an internal flow path is formed, in which a liquid supply port which is an internal flow path and is connected to the liquid consuming device is formed;
A moving member attached to the attached member so as to be displaceable in at least a direction along the attachment / detachment coordinate axis in accordance with a pressure change of the internal flow path,
The moving member is a rod-like member provided in the liquid consuming device when the mounting member is attached to the liquid consuming device, and is provided by a sensor for detecting the liquid remaining state of the liquid supply source. A mounting member that is provided at a position facing the other end of the rod-shaped member from which displacement of one end is detected, and that contacts the other end when the mounting member is mounted on the liquid consuming device.

  According to the mounting member described in Application Example 1, the mounting member includes a positioning member whose movement in three directions is restricted by the mounting portion of the liquid consuming device, and a mounted member whose movement in the three directions is restricted by the positioning member. . A moving member is attached to the attached member. Thereby, the possibility that the positional relationship between the moving member and the rod-shaped member of the liquid consuming apparatus is deviated from the correct positional relationship can be reduced. Accordingly, it is possible to suppress a decrease in the detection accuracy of the remaining liquid state using the rod-shaped member and the sensor included in the moving member and the liquid consuming device.

[Application Example 2] The mounting member according to Application Example 1,
The positioning member has a box shape with one open,
On the inner wall of the positioning member,
A plurality of sets of restricting portions for positioning the attached member in the three directions by contacting the attached member, and a plurality of sets including two or more sets of restricting portions for positioning in at least a part of each other. A mounting member provided with a restricting portion.
According to the mounting member described in the application example 2, it is possible to easily position the mounted member by providing a plurality of sets of restricting portions that are positioned in different directions at least partially on the inner wall of the positioning member.

[Application Example 3] The mounting member according to Application Example 2,
The axis extending in the direction in which the bottom of the box-shaped positioning member and the opening face each other is the detachable coordinate axis, and the direction from the bottom to the opening among the directions along the detachable coordinate axis is the + Y axis direction, When the direction from the opening toward the bottom is the -Y axis direction,
The plurality of sets of restriction sections are:
A + Y-axis contact portion that regulates movement of the mounted member in the + Y-axis direction by contacting the mounted member;
A -Y-axis contact portion that regulates movement of the mounted member in the -Y-axis direction by contacting the mounted member;
A mounting member in which the number of the + Y-axis contact portions is smaller than the number of the -Y-axis contact portions.
According to the mounting member described in the application example 3, the number of the + Y-axis contact portions is smaller than the number of the −Y-axis contact portions, so that when the mounted member is assembled to the positioning member from the opening, the + Y-axis The frictional resistance between the contact portion and the attached member can be reduced. Thereby, a to-be-attached member can be easily assembled | attached to a positioning member.

[Application Example 4] The mounting member according to Application Example 2,
The attached member includes a contacted member that restricts movement of the attached member in the three directions by contacting the positioning member;
An axis extending in a direction in which the bottom of the box-shaped positioning member and the opening face each other is a Y axis as the attach / detach coordinate axis, and two axes different from the Y axis among the three coordinate axes are an X axis. , When Z axis
The plurality of sets of restriction sections are:
A plurality of X-axis restricting portions that restrict movement in the X-axis direction by abutting with the abutted member of the attached member , and a center line of the length in the Y-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of X-axis restricting portions disposed at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the Z-axis direction,
A plurality of Y-axis regulating portions that regulate movement in the Y-axis direction by abutting with the abutted member of the attached member , and a center line of the length in the Z-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of Y-axis restricting portions arranged at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the X-axis direction,
A plurality of Z-axis regulating portions that regulate movement in the Z-axis direction by abutting the abutted member of the attached member , and a center line of the length in the X-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of Z-axis restricting portions arranged at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the Y-axis direction.
According to the mounting member described in the application example 4, even when the abutted member has a predetermined size, the displacement of the attached member with respect to the positioning member by the X restriction portion, the Y axis restriction portion, and the Z axis restriction portion. Can be suppressed.

[Application Example 5] The mounting member according to any one of Application Examples 1 to 4,
The internal flow path is
A liquid chamber having a volume that changes in accordance with a change in internal pressure, wherein the deformable member is deformed in accordance with a change in pressure in the liquid chamber, and a part of a wall that defines the liquid chamber is formed. And
The moving member is
An attachment portion attached to the attached member to form a rotation fulcrum and displacing the moving member in a direction along at least the attachment / detachment coordinate axis;
A first contact portion that contacts the deformable member from the outside of the liquid chamber;
A mounting member comprising: a second contact portion that is located on a side opposite to the rotation fulcrum with the first contact portion interposed therebetween, and that is in contact with the other end portion of the rod-shaped member.
According to the mounting member described in the application example 5, the second contact portion of the moving member that contacts the other end portion of the rod-shaped member is located on the opposite side of the rotation fulcrum with the first contact portion interposed therebetween. Thereby, the displacement of the 2nd contact part becomes larger than the displacement of the 1st contact part. Therefore, the detection accuracy of the displacement of the one end portion of the moving member by the sensor can be improved, and the accuracy of the liquid remaining amount detection can be improved.

Application Example 6 The mounting member according to any one of Application Examples 1 to 5,
A liquid container comprising: a liquid reservoir as the liquid supply source that stores the liquid supplied to the liquid consuming device via the liquid supply port.
According to the liquid container described in Application Example 6, it is possible to provide a liquid container that can suppress a decrease in the accuracy of the remaining liquid amount detection.

Application Example 7 In the liquid container according to Application Example 6,
A protective member for containing the liquid reservoir;
The said protection member is a liquid container assembled | attached so that the movement with respect to the said positioning member is possible.
The protective member side that accommodates the liquid reservoir is generally heavier than the positioning member side. For this reason, the protective member side may be inclined with respect to the horizontal direction due to the influence of gravity. However, according to the liquid container described in Application Example 7, the protection member is assembled so as to be movable with respect to the positioning member. Therefore, by configuring the protection member to move slightly relative to the positioning member by the clearance between the protection member and the positioning member, even if the protection member is inclined with respect to the horizontal direction, Tilt can be suppressed. That is, the positioning member can maintain the correct posture, and the possibility that the positional relationship between the moving member and the rod-shaped member deviates from the correct positional relationship can be reduced. Therefore, it is possible to suppress a decrease in accuracy of the remaining liquid amount detection.

[Application Example 8] The mounting member according to any one of Application Examples 1 to 5,
An external liquid reservoir as the liquid supply source for storing the liquid supplied to the liquid consuming device via the liquid supply port outside the liquid consuming device and the mounting member;
A liquid supply unit, comprising: a liquid transport pipe that communicates the external liquid reservoir and the mounting member.
According to the liquid supply unit described in Application Example 8, it is possible to provide a liquid supply unit that can suppress a decrease in the accuracy of the remaining liquid amount detection.

  The present invention can be realized in various forms. In addition to the above-described configuration as the mounting member, the liquid container, and the liquid supply unit, the mounting member, the liquid container, the method for manufacturing the liquid supply unit, and the mounting member , A liquid container, and a liquid consumption system including at least one of the liquid supply unit and a liquid consumption device.

It is a figure for demonstrating the liquid consumption system 1 as an Example of this invention. FIG. 6 is a first external perspective view of the mounting portion 6. FIG. 6 is a second external perspective view of the mounting portion 6. FIG. 10 is a third external perspective view of the mounting portion 6. 3 is an external perspective view of a cartridge 4. FIG. 3 is a front view of the cartridge 4. FIG. 4 is a side view of the cartridge 4. FIG. FIG. 6 is an external perspective view when the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6. It is F8-F8 partial sectional drawing of FIG. FIG. 3 is a first exploded perspective view of the cartridge 4. It is a disassembled perspective view of the mounting member 40C side part. It is the 1st figure for explaining internal channel 199. It is a 2nd figure for demonstrating the internal flow path. It is a figure for demonstrating the moving member. 4 is a schematic configuration diagram of a rod-shaped member 92 and a sensor 138 provided in the mounting unit 6. FIG. FIG. 6 is a first diagram for describing a method for detecting a remaining ink state. FIG. 6 is a second diagram for explaining a method for detecting a remaining ink state. It is the perspective view which cut | disconnected the positioning member 40A by the plane parallel to a Y-axis and a Z-axis. It is a rear view of positioning member 40A. It is the figure which cut | disconnected the positioning member 40A by the plane parallel to an X-axis and a Z-axis. It is F19A-F19A sectional drawing of FIG. It is F19B-F19B sectional drawing of FIG. It is a 1st figure which shows the to-be-attached member 190. FIG. It is a 2nd figure which shows the to-be-attached member 190. FIG. It is the 3rd figure which shows the to-be-attached member 190. FIG. FIG. 10 is a fourth view showing a member to be attached 190. FIG. 10 is a fifth view showing a member to be attached 190. It is a 6th figure which shows the to-be-attached member 190. FIG. It is a 1st figure which shows the relationship between each contact part and the to-be-contacted member 190A. It is a 2nd figure which shows the relationship between each contact part and the to-be-contacted member 190A. It is a 3rd figure which shows the relationship between each contact part and the to-be-contacted member 190A. It is a figure for demonstrating a 1st modification.

Next, embodiments of the present invention will be described in the following order.
A. Example:
B. Variations:

A. Example:
A-1. Overall configuration of liquid consumption system:
FIG. 1 is a diagram for explaining a liquid consumption system 1 as an embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 1, XYZ axes orthogonal to each other are drawn. The XYZ axes are drawn as necessary in the subsequent drawings. The directions of the XYZ axes drawn in other drawings correspond to the XYZ axes in FIG. The liquid consumption system 1 includes a printer 10 as a liquid consumption device and a cartridge 4 as a liquid container.

  The printer 10 of this embodiment is an ink jet printer that ejects ink from a head 22. The printer 10 is a large-sized printer that performs printing on large paper (A2 to A0, etc.) such as a poster. The printer 10 includes a mounting unit 6, a control unit 31, a carriage 20, a head 22, and a drive mechanism 30. In addition, the printer 10 includes an operation button 15 for the user to operate the operation of the printer 10.

  A plurality of cartridges 4 are detachably mounted on the mounting portion 6. In the present embodiment, four types of cartridges 4 corresponding to four colors (black, yellow, magenta, and cyan) of ink are installed one by one, that is, a total of four cartridges 4 are mounted on the mounting unit 6. In the printer 10 of the present embodiment, a replacement cover 13 is provided on the front surface (the surface on the + Y axis direction side). When the + Z-axis direction side of the replacement cover 13 is tilted to the near side (+ Y-axis direction side), the opening of the mounting portion 6 appears and the cartridge 4 can be attached and detached. When the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6, ink can be supplied to the head 22 provided on the carriage 20 via the hose 24. In this embodiment, ink is supplied to the head 22 by sucking ink in the cartridge 4 by a suction pump (not shown) of the printer 10. A hose 24 is provided for each type of ink. The state in which the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting unit 6 is also referred to as “mounted state”.

  The head 22 is provided with a nozzle for each type of ink. The head 22 prints data such as characters and images by ejecting ink from the ejection nozzle toward the printing paper 2. In this embodiment, the printer 10 is a so-called “off-carriage type” printer in which the mounting unit 6 does not interlock with the movement of the carriage 20. The present invention can also be applied to a so-called “on-carriage type” printer in which the mounting unit 6 is provided in the carriage 20 and the mounting unit 6 moves together with the carriage 20.

  The control unit 31 controls each unit of the printer 10 and exchanges signals with the cartridge 4. The carriage 20 moves the head 22 relative to the printing paper 2.

  The drive mechanism 30 reciprocates the carriage based on a control signal from the control unit 31. The drive mechanism 30 includes a timing belt 32 and a drive motor 34. By transmitting the power of the drive motor 34 to the carriage 20 via the timing belt 32, the carriage 20 reciprocates in the main scanning direction (X-axis direction). The printer 10 also includes a transport mechanism for moving the printing paper 2 in the sub-scanning direction (+ Y axis direction). When printing is performed, the printing paper 2 is moved in the sub scanning direction by the transport mechanism, and the printing paper 2 after printing is output onto the front cover 11 through the opening 12.

  Further, an area called a home position is provided at a position outside the printing area where the carriage 20 is moved in the main scanning direction, and a maintenance mechanism for performing maintenance so that printing can be performed normally is installed at the home position. Has been. The maintenance mechanism is pressed against the surface (nozzle surface) on which the nozzle is formed on the bottom surface side (side facing the printing paper 2) of the head 22, and forms a closed space so as to surround the ejection nozzle. An elevating mechanism (not shown) that raises and lowers the cap member 18 to press against the nozzle surface of the head 22 and a negative pressure is introduced into a closed space formed by pressing the cap member 18 against the nozzle surface of the head 22. A suction pump (not shown) is used.

  In this embodiment, when the liquid consumption system 1 (the printer 10 and the cartridge 4) is in use, the axis along the sub-scanning direction for transporting the printing paper 2 is defined as the Y axis, and the axis along the gravity direction (vertical direction) is defined as the axis. The Z axis is the axis along the moving direction (left and right direction) of the carriage 20 and the X axis. Here, the “use state of the liquid consumption system 1” means a state in which the liquid consumption system 1 is installed on a horizontal surface. In this embodiment, the sub-scanning direction (front direction) is the + Y axis direction, the opposite direction (rear direction) is the -Y axis direction, and the direction from the lower side to the upper side in the gravity direction (upward direction) is the + Z axis direction. The opposite direction (downward direction) is defined as the −Z axis direction. When the liquid consumption system 1 is viewed from the front side (+ Y-axis direction side), the direction from the right side to the left side is the + X-axis direction, and the opposite direction is the −X-axis direction. In this embodiment, the insertion direction when the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6 is also the −Y axis direction, and the direction when the cartridge 4 is detached from the mounting portion 6 is also the + Y axis direction. Therefore, in the mounting portion 6, the −Y axis direction side is also referred to as the back side, and the + Y axis direction side is also referred to as the near side. In the present embodiment, the arrangement direction of the plurality of cartridges 4 is also the X-axis direction.

A-2. Detailed configuration of the mounting portion 6:
Next, the detailed structure of the mounting part 6 is demonstrated using FIGS. FIG. 2 is a first external perspective view of the mounting portion 6. FIG. 3 is a second external perspective view of the mounting portion 6. FIG. 4 is a third external perspective view of the mounting portion 6. FIG. 2 also illustrates the hose 24 attached to the mounting portion 6. 3 and 4, in order to explain the internal configuration of the mounting portion 6, a part of the wall portion that defines the mounting portion 6 is not shown.

  As shown in FIG. 2, a cartridge housing chamber 61 for housing the cartridge 4 is defined in the mounting portion 6 by six wall portions described below. The cartridge storage chamber 61 has a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape. In the cartridge housing chamber 61, each portion that houses one of the four cartridges 4 is also referred to as a slot.

  The mounting portion 6 includes a device-side front wall portion 62, a first device-side side wall 63, and a second device-side side wall 64. The mounting unit 6 includes a third device-side side wall 65, a fourth device-side side wall 66, and an opening wall portion 67. A cartridge housing chamber 61 is defined by these six wall portions 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67. Each of the six wall portions 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67 has a substantially rectangular shape.

  The apparatus-side front wall portion 62 and the opening wall portion 67 face each other. The first device side wall 63 and the second device side wall 64 face each other. The third device side wall 65 and the fourth device side wall 66 face each other.

  The opening wall 67 is formed with an opening 69 through which the cartridge 4 is attached and detached. The opening wall 67 is provided with a lever 672 that is movable in the Z-axis direction. The lever 672 is hooked on the cartridge 4 by moving the lever 672 in the −Z-axis direction after the cartridge 4 is mounted. This prevents the cartridge 4 from being removed accidentally. The cartridge 4 is attached to and detached from the mounting portion 6 along the Y-axis direction. That is, the Y-axis direction becomes an attachment / detachment coordinate axis extending along the direction in which the cartridge 4 is attached / detached. Further, the + Y axis direction is a direction in which the cartridge 4 is removed, and the −Y axis direction is a direction in which the cartridge 4 is mounted.

  A suction pump P for sucking ink in the cartridge 4 is disposed on the −Y axis direction side of the apparatus-side front wall portion 62. The suction pump P is provided corresponding to the number of cartridges 4 to be mounted.

  As shown in FIG. 3, the first apparatus side wall 63 has a first rail 682 that restricts the movement of the cartridge 4 in the Y-axis direction in the mounted state. The first rail 682 guides the cartridge 4 to the mounting position. The first rail 682 is provided corresponding to at least the number of cartridges 4 to be mounted. In this embodiment, four first rails 682 are provided in total, with four cartridges 4 to be actually mounted and one spare. The first rail 682 is a groove extending in the Y-axis direction, and a part of the cartridge 4 is inserted therein. Further, a leaf spring 684 as a locking member is provided at the end of the first rail 682 on the −Y axis direction side. In the mounted state, the leaf spring 684 locks the cartridge 4 to prevent the cartridge 4 from coming out of the mounting portion 6.

  As shown in FIG. 4, the second device side wall 64 has a second rail 602 that restricts the movement of the cartridge 4 in the Y-axis direction in the mounted state. The second rail 602 guides the cartridge 4 to the mounting position. The second rail 602 is provided corresponding to at least the number of cartridges 4 to be mounted. In this embodiment, four first rails 682 are provided in total, with four cartridges 4 to be actually mounted and one spare. The first rail 682 is a groove extending in the Y-axis direction, and a part of the cartridge 4 is inserted therein. Further, a leaf spring 604 as a locking member is provided at the end of the second rail 602 on the −Y axis direction side. In the mounted state, the leaf spring 604 locks the cartridge 4 to prevent the cartridge 4 from coming out of the mounting portion 6. That is, the movement of the cartridge 4 in the −Y axis direction is restricted.

  In addition, a regulating member 612 is provided at a position near the device-side front wall portion 62 in the second device-side side wall 64. The restricting member 612 is provided corresponding to at least the number of cartridges 4 mounted. In this embodiment, five restricting members 612 are provided, but the number actually used is four. The restricting member 612 contacts the cartridge 4 when the cartridge 4 is inserted into the cartridge housing chamber 61 through the opening 69 (FIG. 2) and reaches the correct mounting position. That is, the movement of the cartridge 4 in the −Y axis direction is restricted.

  Here, when removing the cartridge 4 from the mounting portion 6, the lever 672 (FIG. 2) is moved in the + Z-axis direction, and the cartridge 4 is pulled out in the −Y-axis direction. When the cartridge 4 is pulled out in the −Y axis direction side, the leaf springs 604 and 684 are displaced so as to be accommodated in the rails 602 and 682, and the locking is released.

  As shown in FIG. 4, the device-side front wall portion 62 is provided with a device-side terminal portion 7, a liquid supply mechanism 8, and a rod member 9. The device-side terminal unit 7 includes a device-side terminal group 72 composed of a plurality of terminals and a connector 74. The device-side terminal group 72 is electrically connected to the connector 74. In the mounted state, the device-side terminal group 72 is electrically connected by contacting a circuit board (described later) provided in the cartridge 4. The connector 74 is electrically connected to the control unit 31 (FIG. 1) of the printer 10 by wiring. As a result, signals can be exchanged between the circuit board of the cartridge 4 and the control unit 31.

  The liquid supply mechanism 8 includes a liquid supply needle 82. In the mounted state, the liquid supply needle 82 is connected to the cartridge 4. Accordingly, the ink stored in the cartridge 4 can be distributed to the liquid supply needle 82. The liquid supply needle 82 is in communication with the hose 24.

  The rod member 9 includes a rod-shaped member 92. The rod-shaped member 92 is a member that extends along the Y-axis direction. The rod-shaped member 92 is provided so as to be movable along the Y-axis direction. In the present embodiment, the rod-shaped member 92 is provided so as to penetrate the apparatus-side front wall portion 62. The bar-shaped member 92 constitutes a part of a detection mechanism for detecting the ink remaining amount state of the cartridge 4. In this embodiment, the ink end state of the cartridge 4 is detected by the detection mechanism. Here, the “ink end state” refers to a state in which the ink in the cartridge 4 has run out, or a state in which the ink in the cartridge 4 has decreased. Details of the detection mechanism will be described later.

A-3. Appearance configuration of cartridge:
Next, the external configuration of the cartridge 4 will be described with reference to FIGS. FIG. 5 is an external perspective view of the cartridge 4. FIG. 6 is a front view of the cartridge 4. FIG. 7 is a side view of the cartridge 4.

  As shown in FIG. 5, the cartridge 4 has a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape. The cartridge 4 includes a case 40. Case 40 is formed of a synthetic resin. The case 40 includes a positioning member 40A into which the liquid supply needle 82 and the rod-shaped member 92 of the mounting portion 6 are inserted, and a protection member 40B attached to the positioning member 40A. The protection member 40B is attached with a clearance so as to be slightly movable with respect to the positioning member 40A. The case 40 contains therein a liquid storage portion (liquid storage body) 84 as a liquid supply source and a mounted member 190 in which an internal flow path through which ink in the liquid storage portion 84 flows to the liquid supply needle 82 is formed. To do. Specifically, the attached member 190 is attached inside the positioning member 40A. Further, a liquid storage portion 84 is stored inside the protection member 40B. The detailed configuration of the liquid storage portion 84 and the attached member 190 will be described later. Here, the positioning member 40A and the attached member 190 are constituent members of the mounting member 40C described later.

  The cartridge 4 includes a front wall 42, a rear wall 47, a first side wall 43, a second side wall 44, a third side wall 45, and a fourth side wall 46. The first side wall 43 is also called the upper wall 43, the second side wall 44 is also called the bottom wall 44, the third side wall 45 is also called the right side wall 45, and the fourth side wall 46 is also called the left side wall 46. The front wall 42 and the rear wall 47 oppose each other. The first side wall 43 and the second side wall 44 face each other. The third side wall 45 and the fourth side wall 46 face each other.

  As shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, the front wall 42 has a supply needle insertion hole (also referred to as “first insertion hole”) 440 into which the liquid supply needle 82 is inserted, and a rod into which the rod member 9 is inserted. An insertion hole (also referred to as “second insertion hole”) 420 is formed. As shown in FIG. 6, in the second insertion hole 420, the first portion 421 on the −Y axis direction side has a circular cross section (XZ cross section) parallel to the X axis direction and the Z axis direction, and the first portion 421. The second portion 422 on the + Y-axis direction side has a shape in which the maximum dimension in the Z-axis direction is smaller than the maximum dimension in the X-axis direction in the XZ section.

  As shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, the first side wall 43 has a first convex portion 52. The 1st convex part 52 is inserted in the 1st rail 682 (FIG. 3). The 1st convex part 52 has the 1st A part 52A provided in positioning member 40A, and the 1st B part 52B provided in protection member 40B. The first A portion 52A and the first B portion 52B are arranged via a predetermined space portion. In the mounted state, the leaf spring 684 (FIG. 3) enters the predetermined space between the first A portion 52A and the first B portion 52B. As a result, the leaf spring 684 biases the first A portion 52A toward the apparatus-side front wall portion 62 (on the cartridge 4 insertion direction side, −Y axis direction side).

  As shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, the second side wall 44 has a second convex portion 53. The second convex portion 53 is inserted into the second rail 602 (FIG. 4). The 2nd convex part 53 has the 2nd A part 53A provided in positioning member 40A, and the 2nd B part 53B provided in protection member 50B. The second A portion 53A and the second B portion 53B are arranged via a predetermined space portion. In the mounted state, the leaf spring 604 (FIG. 4) enters the predetermined space between the second A portion 53A and the second B portion 53B. As a result, the leaf spring 604 biases the second A portion 53A toward the apparatus-side front wall portion 62 (on the cartridge 4 insertion direction side, −Y axis direction side).

  As described above, the leaf spring 684 biases the first A portion 52A toward the −Y axis direction side, and the leaf spring 604 biases the second A portion 53A toward the −Y axis direction side. In this state, the movement of the cartridge 4 in the + Y-axis direction is restricted.

  As shown in FIG. 5, a recess 51 is formed at a corner where the front wall 42 and the first side wall 43 intersect. The circuit board 100 is disposed in the recess 51. As shown in FIG. 6, a cartridge side terminal group 132 composed of a plurality of terminals is arranged on the surface of the circuit board 100. In the present embodiment, the cartridge side terminal group 132 has nine terminals. The nine terminals are rectangular. A storage device is disposed on the back surface of the circuit board 100. Information about the cartridge 4 (for example, ink color) is stored in the storage device. The cartridge side terminal group 132 and the storage device are electrically connected. The recess 51 is provided in the positioning member 40A.

  A restriction surface 451 is provided at a corner where the front wall 42 and the second side wall 44 intersect. The restriction surface 451 is a surface facing the −Y axis direction (insertion direction). When the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6, the regulating surface 451 comes into contact with the regulating member 612 (FIG. 4) to regulate the movement of the cartridge 4 in the −Y axis direction.

A-4. Wearing state description:
Before describing the detailed configuration of the cartridge 4, the relationship between the mounting portion 6 and the cartridge 4 in the mounted state will be described with reference to FIGS. 8 and 9. FIG. 8 is an external perspective view when the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6. 9 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along line F8-F8 in FIG. 9 illustrates the apparatus-side front wall portion 62 of the mounting portion 6, and schematically illustrates the regulating member 612 and the leaf springs 684 and 604.

  As shown in FIG. 8, in the mounted state, the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6 with a part on the + Y-axis direction side exposed from the opening 69. As shown in FIG. 9, in the mounted state, the device-side terminal group 72 and the circuit board 100 are electrically connected. Further, the liquid supply needle 82 is inserted into the first insertion hole 440. Further, the liquid supply needle 82 is connected to a liquid supply port 194 for allowing the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 to flow outside. “Connected to the liquid supply port 194” refers to a state in which the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 can flow from the liquid supply port 194 to the printer 10 side. The flow of ink from the liquid storage portion 84 to the liquid supply needle 82 is schematically indicated by arrows.

  In the mounted state, the rod member 9 is inserted into the second insertion hole 420. In the mounted state, the + Y-axis direction end portion 92 b (also referred to as “other end portion 92 b”) of the rod-shaped member 92 contacts the moving member 172 of the cartridge 4. The moving member 172 is a part of the detection mechanism and will be described in detail later. Note that the displacement of the end 92a (also referred to as “one end 92a”) of the rod-shaped member 92 in the −Y-axis direction is detected by the optical sensor 138 of the printer 10. The sensor 138 is a part of the detection mechanism, and details will be described later. In the mounted state, the restriction surface 451 contacts the restriction member 612. In the mounted state, the leaf spring 684 biases the first A portion 52A toward the −Y axis direction, and the leaf spring 604 biases the second A portion 53A toward the −Y axis direction.

  In the mounted state, the cartridge 4 (specifically, the positioning member 40A) has three directions (X-axis direction) parallel to three mutually orthogonal axes (X-axis, Y-axis, Z-axis) including the attachment / detachment coordinate axis (Y-axis). , Y axis direction, and Z axis direction) are restricted by the mounting portion 6. Specifically, in the mounted state, the positioning member 40 </ b> A is positioned with respect to the mounting portion 6 by the movement in the three directions of the X axis direction, the Y axis direction, and the Z axis direction being restricted by the mounting portion 6. That is, in the mounted state, the movement of the positioning member 40A in the X-axis direction is such that the first A portion 52A is inserted into the first rail 682 (FIG. 3), and the second A portion 53A is inserted into the second rail 602 ( It is regulated by being inserted in FIG. Further, in the mounted state, the movement of the positioning member 40A in the Y-axis direction is restricted as follows. That is, the movement of the positioning member 40A in the + Y-axis direction is such that the first A portion 52A is biased to the −Y-axis direction side by the leaf spring 684 and the second A portion 53A is biased by the leaf spring 604 to the −Y-axis. It is regulated by being biased toward the direction. Further, the movement of the positioning member 40 </ b> A in the −Y-axis direction is restricted by the restriction surface 451 coming into contact with the restriction member 612. In the mounted state, the movement of the positioning member 40 </ b> A in the Z-axis direction is restricted by inserting the rod member 9 into the second insertion hole 420.

A-5. First detailed configuration of the cartridge 4:
Next, the detailed configuration of the cartridge 4 will be described. FIG. 10 is a first exploded perspective view of the cartridge 4. FIG. 11 is an exploded perspective view of the mounting member 40C side portion. FIG. 12 is a first diagram for explaining the internal flow path 199. FIG. 13 is a second diagram for explaining the internal flow path 199. 12 and 13 schematically show the internal flow path 199. 12 shows a state when the suction pump P is not operating, and FIG. 13 shows a state when the suction pump P is operating. 12 and FIG. 13, illustration of the moving member 172 is omitted.

  As shown in FIGS. 10 and 11, the case 40 of the cartridge 4 contains a liquid storage portion 84, a member to be attached 190, and a moving member 172. Here, as shown in FIG. 10, the liquid storage portion 84 is stored in the protection member 40B. As shown in FIG. 11, a mounting member 190 and a moving member 172 attached to the mounted member 190 are accommodated in the positioning member 40 </ b> A constituting a part of the case 40. The mounted member 190 includes a flat plate-shaped contact member 190A having a predetermined thickness in the Y-axis direction. When the member to be contacted 190A contacts the positioning member 40A, the movement of the member to be mounted 190 in three directions is restricted. The positioning member 40A has a box shape with one side opened. The opening 41 is formed on the + Y axis direction side. A first insertion hole 440 and a second insertion hole 420 are formed in the bottom portion 42 that becomes the front wall 42. The direction in which the bottom 42 faces the opening 41 is the attaching / detaching direction (Y-axis direction). The direction from the bottom 42 toward the opening 41 is the + Y-axis direction, and the direction from the opening 41 toward the bottom 42 is the −Y-axis direction.

  The attached member 190 forms an internal flow path 199 (FIGS. 12 and 13) that allows the liquid storage portion 84 and the outside (the printer 10) to communicate with each other. The moving member 172 is provided at a position facing the other end 92 b of the rod-shaped member 92.

  As shown in FIG. 10, the protection member 40B is formed by assembling the first protection member 40Ba and the second protection member 40Bb. The liquid storage portion 84 is formed of, for example, an aluminum laminate multilayer film in which an aluminum layer is laminated on a resin film layer. The liquid storage portion 84 has flexibility, and the volume decreases as the ink inside decreases.

  As shown in FIGS. 12 and 13, in the flow direction in which the ink flows from the liquid storage portion 84 to the printer 10 in the internal flow path 199, the upstream side communicates with the liquid storage portion 84, and the downstream side includes the liquid supply needle 82. Inserted. This downstream portion (one end portion) is also referred to as a liquid supply port 194. The liquid supply port 194 has a substantially cylindrical shape.

  As shown in FIG. 12, the internal flow path 199 has a liquid chamber 192 on the way. In the liquid chamber 192, an inflow port 198 into which ink in the liquid storage portion 84 flows and an outflow port 197 from which ink flows out toward the liquid supply port 194 are opened. Further, the liquid chamber 192 is formed by a film 174 having an upper end surface which is one side surface made of a flexible material. The volume of the liquid chamber 192 changes as the internal pressure changes and the film 174 is deformed. This film 174 corresponds to the “deformable member” described in the means for solving the problem.

  As shown in FIGS. 11 to 13, a check valve 178 and a spring 179 are arranged in the liquid chamber 192. The check valve 178 prevents the ink that has flowed into the liquid chamber 192 from the inlet 198 from flowing backward. The spring 179 biases the film 174 toward the outside of the liquid chamber 192. That is, the spring 179 biases the film 174 in the direction in which the volume of the liquid chamber 192 increases. Specifically, the spring 179 is disposed in the liquid chamber 192 in a compressed state. A pressure receiving plate 176 is inserted between the spring 179 and the film 174. The pressure receiving plate 176 transmits the urging force of the spring 179 to the film 174.

  Further, the moving member 172 contacts the film 174 constituting one end surface of the liquid chamber 192 from the outside of the liquid chamber 192. The moving member 172 is attached to the attached member 190 so as to be displaceable about a predetermined rotation fulcrum. As illustrated in FIG. 11, the moving member 172 includes an attachment portion 180 </ b> A attached to the moving member 172 on the −Z axis direction side. The attachment portion 180 </ b> A has a shaft hole 180. By fitting the shaft hole 180 with the shaft pin 195 provided on the outer surface of the liquid chamber 192, the moving member 172 is pivotally supported by the shaft pin 195. On the other hand, as shown in FIG. 11, the moving member 172 is provided with a guide portion 182 on the + Z-axis direction side. When the guide portion 182 contacts the guide pin 197p provided on the attached member 190, the rotation operation of the moving member 172 is guided. A contact portion 184 (also referred to as “second contact portion 184”) that contacts the other end portion 92 b of the rod-shaped member 92 in the mounted state is provided on the surface of the moving member 172 opposite to the surface that contacts the film 174. ) Is formed.

  The attached member 190 includes an inlet 196. The injection port 196 communicates the outside with the liquid storage portion 84 and is used to inject ink into the liquid storage portion 84 from the outside. In addition, after the liquid storage portion 84 is filled with ink, the communication channel in the injection port 196 is closed.

  Ink is supplied from the liquid storage portion 84 to the printer 10 using the attached member 190 having such a configuration as follows.

  As shown in FIG. 12, when the suction pump P of the mounting portion 6 is not operating, the spring 179 pushes out the film 174 so as to increase the volume of the liquid chamber 192. As the volume of the liquid chamber 192 increases, ink flows into the liquid chamber 192 through the inflow passage 193 that connects the liquid storage portion 84 and the inflow port 198. In addition, the arrow of the broken line in a figure represents the flow of ink.

  When the suction pump P of the mounting portion 6 is operated, ink is sucked from the liquid supply port 194 and the ink in the liquid chamber 192 passes through the outflow passage 191 that connects the outflow port 197 and the liquid supply port 194. To be supplied. In the cartridge 4 of this embodiment, since the inner diameter of the outflow passage 191 is set larger than the inner diameter of the inflow passage 193, the ink inflow into the liquid chamber 192 relative to the ink outflow amount from the liquid chamber 192 is achieved. The amount does not catch up, and the liquid chamber 192 has a negative pressure. For this reason, as shown in FIG. 13, the film 174 is deformed so as to be drawn inside the liquid chamber 192 against the force of the spring 179.

  The negative pressure generated in the liquid chamber 192 is gradually eliminated by the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 flowing into the liquid chamber 192 through the inflow passage 193. Then, the film 174 is pushed out of the liquid chamber 192 again by the force of the spring 179, and the volume of the liquid chamber 192 is restored. Thus, after a predetermined time has elapsed since the suction pump P of the mounting portion 6 has stopped, the state shown in FIG. 12 is restored. When the suction pump P of the mounting portion 6 is differential again, the inside of the liquid chamber 192 becomes negative pressure, and the film 174 is drawn inside the liquid chamber 192 as shown in FIG. On the other hand, when the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 is consumed and disappears, the ink does not flow into the liquid chamber 192 even if the pressure in the liquid chamber 192 is negative. That is, even after a predetermined time has elapsed after the operation of the suction pump P is stopped, the negative pressure in the liquid chamber 192 is not eliminated, and the film 174 is placed inside the liquid chamber 192 as shown in FIG. It remains in the retracted state.

  As described above, when the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 runs out, the film 174 in the liquid chamber 192 remains deformed so as to be drawn inside the liquid chamber 192. That is, the ink end state can be detected by detecting the displacement of the film 174. However, since the displacement amount of the film 174 is small, the displacement amount is amplified using the moving member 172 as follows.

  FIG. 14 is a diagram for explaining the moving member 172. The moving member 172 includes a first contact portion 185, a second contact portion 184, and an attachment member 180A in which the shaft hole 180 is formed. The first contact portion 185 is a hemispherical convex portion and is in contact with the film 174. The 2nd contact part 184 contacts the rod-shaped member 92 (FIG. 9). The second contact portion 184 is a convex portion having a circular outer shape. The second contact portion 184 is on the opposite side of the shaft hole 180 across the first contact portion 185 with respect to a direction (Z-axis direction in the present embodiment) orthogonal to the attachment / detachment direction (Y direction) of the cartridge 4. To position. That is, the distance D2 from the shaft hole 180 serving as the rotation fulcrum of the moving member 172 to the second contact portion 184 is larger than the distance D1 from the shaft hole 180 to the first contact portion 185. Thereby, when the film 174 in contact with the first contact portion 185 is displaced, the displacement amount is amplified by the lever ratio R (= D2 / D1> 1, 3.1 in this embodiment), and the second contact portion. The displacement amount is 184. Here, the second contact portion 184 is displaced in the direction of the arrow Y1 with the shaft hole 180 as a rotation fulcrum. The arrow Y1 direction is a direction including a component in the direction (Y-axis direction) along the attachment / detachment coordinate axis (Y-axis).

A-6. How to detect the remaining ink level:
FIG. 15 is a schematic configuration diagram of the rod-shaped member 92 and the sensor 138 included in the mounting portion 6. As shown in FIG. 15, a spring 94 is attached to the rod-shaped member 92. The spring 94 urges the rod-shaped member 92 toward the cartridge 4 mounted on the mounting portion 6.

  The sensor 138 is a so-called transmissive photosensor having a concave shape. The sensor 138 is provided with a light receiving portion and a light emitting portion (not shown) facing each other, and the light receiving portion receives light emitted from the light emitting portion. In addition, the arrow of the broken line in a figure has shown the permeation | transmission direction of light.

  One end portion 92 a of the rod-shaped member 92 has a light shielding portion 91. When the rod-shaped member 92 is moved to the cartridge 4 side (+ Y-axis direction side) by the force of the spring 94, the light shielding portion 91 is inserted between the light receiving portion and the light emitting portion of the sensor 138 to block the light from the light emitting portion. As a result, the light receiving portion of the sensor 138 cannot receive light from the light emitting portion, so that the displacement of the one end portion 92a of the rod-shaped member 92 can be detected. In addition, although the transmission type photosensor is used for the sensor 138 of a present Example, what is necessary is just to be able to detect the displacement of the rod-shaped member 92, and it is not limited to a photosensor.

  FIG. 16 is a first diagram for explaining a method of detecting the remaining ink state. FIG. 17 is a second diagram for explaining a method for detecting the remaining ink state. FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating a state where the ink is sufficiently stored in the liquid storage portion 84. FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating a case where the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 is in an ink end state.

  As shown in FIG. 16, when the cartridge 4 with sufficient ink remaining is attached to the attachment portion 6, the other end portion of the rod-like member 92 is connected to the contact portion 184 of the moving member 172 provided on the cartridge 4 side. 92b contacts. Here, the urging force A ′ applied to the contact portion 184 of the moving member 172 by the urging force A of the spring 179 of the cartridge 4 is set to be larger than the urging force B of the spring 94. As a result, when the other end 92b of the rod-shaped member 92 abuts against the moving member 172, the rod-shaped member 92 moves to the back side (−Y-axis direction side) of the mounting portion 6 against the biasing force B of the spring 94. To do. Then, since the light shielding portion 91 of the rod-shaped member 92 is separated from the sensor 138, the sensor 138 is in a state of transmitting light. As described above, the sensor 138 can detect that the cartridge 4 is mounted on the mounting portion 6 based on the change from the light blocking state to the transmitting state due to the movement of the light blocking portion 91 of the rod-shaped member 92. It is. This state is maintained until the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 runs out or the remaining amount decreases. In this state, the printer 10 is controlled to enable printing as long as there is no other abnormality in the cartridge 4 or the printer 10. In addition, since the technique regarding the type of “other abnormality” and its detection method is well known, the description is omitted here.

  As shown in FIG. 17, when the ink in the liquid storage portion 84 runs out (or decreases), the ink does not flow from the liquid storage portion 84 into the liquid chamber 192, and a negative pressure is applied to the liquid chamber 192. Here, the urging force A of the spring 179 of the cartridge 4 is set to be smaller than the force C caused by the negative pressure generated when ink is exhausted in the liquid storage portion 84 (or when the remaining amount is small). Therefore, the film 174 remains pulled into the liquid chamber 192 by this force C. When the film 174 is deformed in the direction of decreasing the volume of the liquid chamber 192, the rod-shaped member 92 is displaced in the + Y-axis direction by the biasing force B of the spring 94. In accordance with this displacement, the rod-shaped member 92 rotates the moving member 172 following the deformation of the film 174, and the moving member 172 is held in a closed state. As a result, the rod-shaped member 92 moves to the cartridge 4 side, and the light shielding portion 91 of the rod-shaped member 92 is inserted between the light emitting portion and the light receiving portion of the sensor 138. Based on the fact that the light is blocked by the light blocking portion 91 of the rod-shaped member 92 (the rod-shaped member 92 has moved), the sensor 138 has run out of ink in the liquid storage portion 84 or has run out of ink (ink end). Status). The printer 10 is controlled so that printing is impossible in this state. Note that the force B by which the spring 94 biases the rod-shaped member 92 is amplified by the lever ratio R of the moving member 172. Therefore, when shifting from the state of FIG. 16 to the state of FIG. 17, the moving member 172 can be smoothly rotated with a relatively small force, and the ink end can be detected quickly.

  As described above, the liquid consumption system 1 detects the ink remaining state using the moving member 172 provided in the cartridge 4, the rod-like member 92 provided in the printer 10, and the sensor 138. Therefore, if the positional relationship between the moving member 172 and the rod-shaped member 92 deviates from the correct positional relationship designed in advance, the detection accuracy of the remaining ink state may be lowered. Therefore, as in this embodiment, in the detection method for detecting the ink remaining amount state using both the cartridge 4 side member and the printer 10 side member, the distance between the members used for detecting the ink remaining state is correct. By arranging them in the positional relationship, it is possible to suppress a decrease in detection accuracy of the remaining ink state.

A-7. Explanation of positioning of the mounted member 190 by the positioning member:
Next, a detailed configuration of the positioning member 40A will be described with reference to FIGS. FIG. 18 is a perspective view of the positioning member 40A cut along a plane parallel to the Y axis and the Z axis. FIG. 19 is a rear view of the positioning member 40A. FIG. 20 is a view of the positioning member 40A cut along a plane parallel to the X axis and the Z axis. 21 is a cross-sectional view taken along F19A-F19A in FIG. 22 is a cross-sectional view taken along F19B-F19B in FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 18, a plurality of protruding members PB are formed on the inner wall of the positioning member 40A. A plurality of sets of restricting portions 400 that position the mounted member 190 in three directions (X-axis direction, Y-axis direction, and Z-axis direction) are formed by a part of the plurality of protruding members PB. Here, among the plurality of sets of restricting portions 400, a member that positions the positioning member 40A by restricting the movement of the attached member 190 in the X-axis direction is also referred to as a first restricting portion 4X. Of the plurality of sets of restricting portions 400, a member that positions the positioning member 40A by restricting the movement of the attached member 190 in the Y-axis direction is also referred to as a second restricting portion 4Y. Of the plurality of sets of restricting portions 400, a member that positions the positioning member 40A by restricting movement of the attached member 190 in the Z-axis direction is also referred to as a third restricting portion 4Z.

  As shown in FIGS. 18 and 19, the first restricting portion 4X abuts the attached member 190, and the + X-axis abutting portions 4Xa1 and 4Xa2 restricting the movement in the + X-axis direction, and the attached member 190 And -X-axis contact portions 4Xb1 and 4Xb2 that restrict movement in the -X-axis direction. Two + X-axis contact portions 4Xa1 and 4Xa2 and two −X-axis contact portions 4Xb1 and 4Xb2 are provided.

  As shown in FIGS. 18 to 20, the second restricting portion 4Y comes into contact with the attached member 190 and + Y-axis contact portions 4Ya1, 4Ya2, 4Ya3, 4Ya4 that restrict the movement in the + Y-axis direction (FIG. 20). ), And -Y-axis contact portions 4Yb1, 4Yb2, 4Yb3, 4Yb4, 4Yb5, and 4Yb6 (FIGS. 18 and 19) that contact the attached member 190 and restrict the movement in the -Y-axis direction. There are four + Y-axis contact portions 4Ya1, 4Ya2, 4Ya3, 4Ya4, and six -Y-axis contact portions 4Yb1, 4Yb2, 4Yb3, 4Yb4, 4Yb5, 4Yb6.

  As shown in FIGS. 18, 19, 21, and 22, the third restricting portion 4 </ b> Z comes into contact with the attached member 190 and + Z-axis contact portions 4 </ b> Za <b> 1 and 4 </ b> Za <b> 2 that restrict movement in the + Z-axis direction, -Z-axis contact portions 4Zb1 and 4Zb2 that contact the mounting member 190 and restrict movement in the -Z-axis direction. Two + Z-axis contact portions 4Za1 and 4Za2 and two −Z-axis contact portions 4Zb1 and 4Zb2 are provided.

  Each contact portion 4Xa1, 4Xa2, 4Xb1, 4Xb2, 4Ya1 to 4Ya4, 4Yb1 to 4Yb6, 4Za1, 4Za2, 4Zb1, and 4Zb2 are formed by a surface different from the inner wall surface of the positioning member 40A.

  FIG. 23 is a first view showing the attached member 190. FIG. 24 is a second view showing the attached member 190. FIG. 25 is a third view showing the attached member 190. FIG. 26 is a fourth view showing the attached member 190. FIG. 27 is a fifth view showing the attached member 190. FIG. 28 is a sixth view showing the attached member 190. 23 to 28, when the mounted member 190 is accommodated in the positioning member 40A, the contact portions 4Xa1, 4Xa2, 4Xb1, 4Xb2, 4Ya1 to 4Ya4, 4Yb1 to 4Yb6, 4Za1, 4Za2, 4Zb1 of the positioning member , 4Zb2 are hatched, and the reference numerals of the abutting portions are given in parentheses.

  As shown in FIGS. 23 to 28, the contact portions 4Xa1, 4Xa2, 4Xb1, 4Xb2, 4Ya1 to 4Ya4, 4Yb1 to 4Yb6, 4Za1, 4Za2, 4Zb1, 4Zb2 corresponding to the surface of the contacted member 190A of the positioning member 40A Is in contact with the positioning member 40A in the three directions (X-axis direction, Y-axis direction, and Z-axis direction) of the mounted member 190.

  FIG. 29 is a first diagram illustrating a relationship between each contact portion and the contacted member 190A. FIG. 30 is a second diagram illustrating the relationship between each contact portion and the contacted member 190A. FIG. 31 is a third diagram showing the relationship between each contact portion and the contacted member 190A. 29 to 31, each abutting portion that abuts against the abutted member 190 </ b> A is represented by an arrow and a symbol of each abutting portion.

  Here, in order to restrict the movement of the attached member 190 in the X-axis direction, a pair of + X-axis contact portions and −X-axis contact portions are required. Similarly, in order to restrict the movement of the attached member 190 in the Y-axis direction, a pair of + Y-axis contact portions and −Y-axis contact portions are required. Similarly, in order to restrict the movement of the attached member 190 in the Z-axis direction, a pair of + Z-axis contact portions and −Z-axis contact portions are required. A pair of + X-axis contact portions and −X-axis contact portions are also referred to as “X-axis restriction portions”, and a pair of + Y-axis contact portions and −Y-axis contact portions are also referred to as “Y-axis restriction portions”. The + Z-axis contact portion and the −Z-axis contact portion are also referred to as “Z-axis restriction portions”. In this embodiment, the X-axis restricting portion is denoted by reference signs “4X1” and [4X2], the Y-axis restricting portion is denoted by reference signs “4Y1 to 4Y4”, and the Z-axis restricting portion is denoted by reference signs “4Z1”, “4Z2” is attached.

  As shown in FIG. 30, the X-axis restricting portions 4X1 and 4X2 are at positions sandwiching the center line Cz of the length in the Z-axis direction of the contacted member 190A. As shown in FIGS. 29 and 31, the Y-axis restricting portions 4Y1 to 4Y4 are located at positions sandwiching the center line Cx of the length in the X-axis direction and the center line Cz of the length in the Z-axis direction of the contacted member 190A. is there. As shown in FIG. 30, the Z-axis restricting portions 4Z1 and 4Z2 are at positions sandwiching the center line Cx of the length in the X-axis direction of the contacted member 190A.

A-8. effect:
As described above, in this embodiment, in the mounted state, the positioning member 40A is positioned by the movement of the three directions of the X axis direction, the Y axis direction, and the Z axis direction being restricted by the mounting portion 6. In addition, the attached member 190 to which the moving member 172 used for detecting the ink remaining state is attached is positioned by the movement of the positioning member 40A in three directions. Thereby, in the mounting state, it is possible to reduce the possibility that the positional relationship between the moving member 172 and the rod-shaped member 92 used for detecting the ink remaining amount state of the mounting portion 6 deviates from the correct positional relationship. Accordingly, it is possible to suppress a decrease in detection accuracy of the remaining ink state using the moving member 172, the rod-shaped member 92, and the sensor 138.

  Further, in the above embodiment, the protruding member PB is provided on the inner wall of the positioning member 40A (FIG. 18), and a plurality of sets of the restricting portions 4X, 4Y, 4Z can be easily formed using a part of the protruding member PB.

  Further, in the above embodiment, the number of the + Y-axis contact portions 4Ya1, 4Ya2, 4Ya3, 4Ya4 is located on the −Y-axis direction side with respect to the + Y-axis contact portions 4Ya1, 4Ya2, 4Ya3, 4Ya4. The number is less than the number of parts 4Yb1, 4Yb2, 4Yb3, 4Yb4, 4Yb5, 4Yb6 (FIGS. 18, 19, and 20). This reduces the frictional resistance between the + Y-axis contact portions 4Ya1, 4Ya2, 4Ya3, 4Ya4 and the mounted member 190 when the mounted member 190 is assembled to the positioning member 40A from the opening 41 (FIG. 11) of the positioning member 40A. it can. Thereby, the attached member 190 can be easily assembled to the positioning member 40A.

  In the above-described embodiment, the X-axis restricting portions 4X1 and 4X2 are located on the center line Cz of the length of the abutted member 190A in the Z-axis direction (FIG. 30), and the Y-axis restricting portions 4Y1 to 4Y4. Is at a position sandwiching the center line Cx of the length in the X-axis direction and the center line Cz of the length in the Z-axis direction of the abutted member 190A (FIGS. 29 and 31), and the Z-axis regulating portions 4Z1 and 4Z2 are The contact member 190A is at a position sandwiching the center line Cx of the length in the X-axis direction (FIG. 30). Thereby, even when the contacted member 190A has a thickness in the Z-axis direction and is a flat plate having predetermined dimensions in the X-axis direction and the Y-axis direction, the displacement of the mounted member 190 with respect to the positioning member 40A is prevented. It can be suppressed more.

  Moreover, in the said Example, the protection member 40B which accommodates the liquid accommodating part 84 is assembled | attached to the positioning member 40A so that a micro movement is possible. Accordingly, the protective member 40B is inclined with respect to the horizontal direction by configuring the protective member 40B so that it can move slightly with respect to the positioning member 40A by the clearance between the protective member 40B and the positioning member 40A. Even in this case, the inclination of the positioning member 40A can be suppressed. That is, the positioning member 40A can maintain the correct posture, and the possibility that the positional relationship between the moving member 172 and the rod-shaped member 92 deviates from the correct positional relationship can be reduced. Therefore, it is possible to further suppress a decrease in accuracy of ink remaining amount detection.

B. Variations:
As mentioned above, although one Example of this invention was described, this invention is not limited to such an Example, A various structure can be taken in the range which does not deviate from the meaning. For example, the following modifications are possible.

B-1. First modification:
In the above-described embodiment, the cartridge 4 including the protection member 40B that stores the liquid storage portion 84 that is a liquid supply source and the mounting member 40C has been described (FIGS. 10 and 11), but the liquid supply source is the mounting portion 6 It is not necessary to be integral with the cartridge 4 to be attached to and detached from the housing. For example, ink may be supplied to the printer 10 via the mounting member 40C using the mounting member 40C and an external liquid reservoir as a liquid supply source arranged outside the printer 10.

  FIG. 32 is a diagram for explaining the first modification. FIG. 32 shows a liquid supply unit 600 that supplies ink to the printer 10. The liquid supply unit 600 includes a mounting member 40C, an external liquid reservoir 610 disposed outside the printer 10 and the mounting member 40C, an internal channel 199 (FIG. 12) of the mounting member 40C, and an external liquid reservoir 610. And a liquid transport pipe 430 to be communicated. The external liquid reservoir 610 contains ink to be supplied to the printer 10. In the first modification, only the mounting member 40 </ b> C is mounted on the mounting portion 6. Thereby, regardless of the size of the slot of the mounting portion 6, a large volume of ink can be stored in the liquid supply source. Further, the liquid supply unit 600 of the first modification also has the same effect as that of the first embodiment including the mounting member 40C. For example, it is possible to suppress a decrease in the detection accuracy of the ink remaining amount state using the moving member 172, the rod-shaped member 92, and the sensor 138.

B-2. Second modification:
In the above embodiment, the plurality of sets of restricting portions 4X, 4Y, and 4Z position the attached member 190 in different directions, but the plurality of sets of restricting portions are attached members 190 in directions that are at least partially different from each other. May be positioned. For example, a cylindrical member that opens to the + Y-axis direction side may be disposed on the inner wall of the positioning member 190 at the bottom 42 (FIG. 18), and a part (projection) of the attached member 190 may be inserted into the cylindrical member. In this case, the cylindrical member serves as a restricting portion that positions the two directions of the X-axis direction and the Z-axis direction. In this case, the second restricting portion 4Y for positioning in the Y-axis direction may have the same configuration as in the above embodiment. Even if it does in this way, there exists an effect similar to the said Example.

B-3. Third modification:
In the above embodiments and modifications, the cartridges 4 and 10a used for the printer 10 as the liquid container and the mounting member have been described as examples. However, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, a color material ejection head such as a liquid crystal display A device equipped with an electrode material (conductive paste) ejection head used for electrode formation such as an organic EL display and a surface emitting display (FED), a device equipped with a bio-organic matter ejection head used for biochip production, The present invention can be applied to a liquid container or a mounting member that can supply a liquid to a liquid consuming apparatus such as an apparatus including a sample ejection head as a precision pipette, a printing apparatus, or a micro dispenser. In addition, the present invention is not limited to the ink cartridge, and can be applied to a mounting portion in which various liquid containers and various mounting members can be detachably mounted. When using a liquid container or a mounting member for the above various liquid consuming devices, a liquid (coloring material, conductive paste, biological organic matter, etc.) corresponding to the type of liquid ejected by the various liquid consuming devices is supplied as a liquid. It can be accommodated as a source. The present invention can also be applied to a liquid consuming system including various liquid consuming devices including a mounting portion and mounting members corresponding to the various liquid consuming devices.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Liquid consumption system 4Xa1 ... Contact part 4X ... 1st control part 4Y ... 2nd control part 4Z ... 3rd control part 6 ... Mounting part 7 ... Apparatus side terminal part 8 ... Liquid supply mechanism 9 ... Rod member DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 ... Printer 11 ... Front cover 13 ... Replacement cover 15 ... Operation button 18 ... Cap member 20 ... Carriage 22 ... Head 24 ... Hose 30 ... Drive mechanism 31 ... Control part 32 ... Timing belt 34 ... Drive motor 40 ... Case 40A ... Positioning member 40B ... Protective member 40C ... Mounting member 40Ba ... First protective member 40Bb ... Second protective member 41 ... Opening 42 ... Bottom (front wall)
43 ... 1st side wall (upper wall)
44 ... 2nd side wall (bottom wall)
45 ... Third side wall (right side wall)
46 ... Fourth side wall (left side wall)
47 ... Rear wall 50B ... Protective member 51 ... Concave portion 52 ... First convex portion 53 ... Second convex portion 61 ... Cartridge housing chamber 62 ... Front side wall portion on the device side 63 ... First side wall on the device side 64 ... Second Device side wall 65 ... Third device side wall 66 ... Fourth device side wall 67 ... Opening wall portion 69 ... Opening 72 ... Device side terminal group 74 ... Connector 82 ... Liquid supply needle 84 ... Liquid storage portion 91 ... Light shielding portion 92 ... Rod-shaped member 92a ... One end portion 92b ... Other end portion 94 ... Spring 100 ... Circuit board 122 ... Shaft hole 102 ... Cartridge side terminal group 138 ... Sensor 172 ... Moving member 174 ... Film 176 ... Pressure receiving plate 178 ... Check valve 179 ... Spring 180 ... Shaft hole 182 ... Guide part 184 ... Second contact part 185 ... First contact part 190 ... Attached member 190A ... Abutted member 191 ... Outlet passage 192 ... Liquid chamber 193 ... Inflow Channel 194 ... Liquid supply port 195 ... Shaft pin 196 ... Injection port 197 ... Outlet 197p ... Guide pin 198 ... Inlet 199 ... Internal flow path 400 ... Restriction section 420 ... Second insertion hole 421 ... First part 422 ... Second Portion 430 ... Liquid transport pipe 440 ... First insertion hole 451 ... Restriction surface 600 ... Liquid supply unit 602 ... Second rail 604 ... Plate spring 610 ... External liquid reservoir 612 ... Restriction member 672 ... Lever 682 ... First rail 684 ... Leaf spring P ... Suction pump PB ... Projection member Cx ... Center line Cy ... Center line Cz ... Center line

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  1. A mounting member that is detachably mounted on the liquid consuming device,
    A positioning member that is positioned by restricting movements in three directions parallel to three coordinate axes that are orthogonal to each other, including an attachment / detachment coordinate axis extending in a direction in which the attachment member is attached / detached; ,
    A mounted member that is attached to the positioning member and is positioned by restricting movement in the three directions by the positioning member, and distributes liquid from a liquid supply source that contains liquid to the liquid consuming device. A member to be attached in which an internal flow path is formed, in which a liquid supply port which is an internal flow path and is connected to the liquid consuming device is formed;
    A moving member attached to the attached member so as to be displaceable in at least a direction along the attachment / detachment coordinate axis in accordance with a pressure change of the internal flow path,
    The moving member is a rod-like member provided in the liquid consuming device when the mounting member is attached to the liquid consuming device, and is provided by a sensor for detecting the liquid remaining state of the liquid supply source. displacement of the one end portion is provided at a position facing the other end portion of the rod-shaped member to be detected, the when the mounting member is mounted, in contact with the other end to the liquid consuming apparatus,
    The positioning member has a box shape with one open,
    On the inner wall of the positioning member,
    A plurality of sets of restricting portions for positioning the attached member in the three directions by contacting the attached member, and a plurality of sets including two or more sets of restricting portions for positioning in at least a part of each other. There is a regulation section,
    The axis extending in the direction in which the bottom of the box-shaped positioning member and the opening face each other is the detachable coordinate axis, and the direction from the bottom to the opening among the directions along the detachable coordinate axis is the + Y axis direction, When the direction from the opening toward the bottom is the -Y axis direction,
    The plurality of sets of restriction sections are:
    A + Y-axis contact portion that regulates movement of the mounted member in the + Y-axis direction by contacting the mounted member;
    A -Y-axis contact portion that regulates movement of the mounted member in the -Y-axis direction by contacting the mounted member;
    A mounting member in which the number of the + Y-axis contact portions is smaller than the number of the -Y-axis contact portions .
  2.   A mounting member that is detachably mounted on the liquid consuming device,
      A positioning member that is positioned by restricting movements in three directions parallel to three coordinate axes that are orthogonal to each other, including an attachment / detachment coordinate axis extending in a direction in which the attachment member is attached / detached; ,
      A mounted member that is attached to the positioning member and is positioned by restricting movement in the three directions by the positioning member, and distributes liquid from a liquid supply source that contains liquid to the liquid consuming device. A member to be attached in which an internal flow path is formed, in which a liquid supply port which is an internal flow path and is connected to the liquid consuming device is formed;
      A moving member attached to the attached member so as to be displaceable in at least a direction along the attachment / detachment coordinate axis in accordance with a pressure change of the internal flow path,
      The moving member is a rod-like member provided in the liquid consuming device when the mounting member is attached to the liquid consuming device, and is provided by a sensor for detecting the liquid remaining state of the liquid supply source. Provided at a position facing the other end of the rod-shaped member where the displacement of one end is detected, and when the mounting member is mounted on the liquid consuming device, it contacts the other end,
      The positioning member has a box shape with one open,
      On the inner wall of the positioning member,
        A plurality of sets of restricting portions for positioning the attached member in the three directions by contacting the attached member, and a plurality of sets including two or more sets of restricting portions for positioning in at least a part of each other. There is a regulation section,
      The attached member includes a contacted member that restricts movement of the attached member in the three directions by contacting the positioning member;
      An axis extending in a direction in which the bottom of the box-shaped positioning member and the opening face each other is a Y axis as the attach / detach coordinate axis, and two axes different from the Y axis among the three coordinate axes are an X axis. , When Z axis
      The plurality of sets of restriction sections are:
        A plurality of X-axis restricting portions that restrict movement in the X-axis direction by abutting with the abutted member of the attached member, and a center line of the length in the Y-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of X-axis restricting portions disposed at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the Z-axis direction,
        A plurality of Y-axis regulating portions that regulate movement in the Y-axis direction by abutting with the abutted member of the attached member, and a center line of the length in the Z-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of Y-axis restricting portions arranged at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the X-axis direction,
        A plurality of Z-axis regulating portions that regulate movement in the Z-axis direction by abutting the abutted member of the attached member, and a center line of the length in the X-axis direction of the abutted member And a plurality of Z-axis restricting portions arranged at positions sandwiching at least one of the center lines of the length in the Y-axis direction.
  3. The mounting member according to claim 1 or 2 ,
    The internal flow path is
    A liquid chamber having a volume that changes in accordance with a change in internal pressure, wherein a part of a wall that defines the liquid chamber is formed by a deforming member that is deformed in accordance with a change in pressure in the liquid chamber; And
    The moving member is
    An attachment portion attached to the attached member to form a rotation fulcrum and displacing the moving member in a direction along at least the attachment / detachment coordinate axis;
    A first contact portion that contacts the deformable member from the outside of the liquid chamber;
    A mounting member comprising: a second contact portion that is located on a side opposite to the rotation fulcrum with the first contact portion interposed therebetween, and that is in contact with the other end portion of the rod-shaped member.
  4. The mounting member according to any one of claims 1 to 3 ,
    A liquid container comprising: a liquid reservoir as the liquid supply source that stores the liquid supplied to the liquid consuming device via the liquid supply port.
  5. The liquid container according to claim 4 , further comprising:
    A protective member for containing the liquid reservoir;
    The said protection member is a liquid container assembled | attached so that the movement with respect to the said positioning member is possible.
  6. The mounting member according to any one of claims 1 to 3 ,
    An external liquid reservoir as the liquid supply source for storing the liquid supplied to the liquid consuming device via the liquid supply port outside the liquid consuming device and the mounting member;
    A liquid supply unit, comprising: a liquid transport pipe that communicates the external liquid reservoir and the mounting member.
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