Patent Number: 6,168,328

Title: Thermal transfer printer with a plurality of cassette holder plates

Abstract: According to the thermal transfer printer, a plurality of cassette holder plates each for holding ribbon cassettes stacked in plural stages are arranged side by side on a holding cover on the side opposed to a carriage, a fixed holding arm for holding the ribbon cassettes and a movable holding arm for pressing the ribbon cassettes toward the fixed holding arm are disposed respectively on both sides of each cassette holder plate of the holding cover, holding guides are erected on the holding cover at positions corresponding to ribbon cores of the ribbon cassettes in such a manner as to extend through the cassette holder plate, and a holding arm for holding the peripheral edge portion of one ribbon core of each ribbon cassette is formed integrally with one holding guide, while ribs for engagement with the other ribbon core of the ribbon cassette are formed on the other holding guide.

Inventors: Ueda; Kazuo (Kanagawa-ken, JP), Yorozu; Hideki (Iwate-ken, JP), Abe; Yoshibumi (Iwate-ken, JP)

Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B41J 35/22 (20060101); B41J 035/22 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018