Patent Number: 6,332,674

Title: Ink cartridge and a method for sealing an aperture provided for such cartridge

Abstract: An ink cartridge for ink jet use is provided with an aperture for filling in the cartridge with ink. The circumference of the aperture and a part of a plug pressed in the aperture are fused and welded to be formed integrally to airtightly close the aperture, and obtain an integrated structure without any interface. Hence, it is made possible to reliably prevent ink from leaking therefrom, even if some scratches and cracks are present on both of them. This contributes to eliminating inspection steps to find ink leakage in the course of manufacture, and also, contributes to improving the yield of production. As a result, a significant reduction of costs is possible, while enhancing the reliability of the ink cartridge.

Inventors: Kamiyama; Yuji (Sapporo, JP), Masuda; Kazuaki (Kawasaki, JP), Kaneko; Hajime (Kodaira, JP), Tanaka; Hiroaki (Yokohama, JP), Ishinaga; Hiroyuki (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B41J 2/175 (20060101); B41J 002/175 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018