Patent Number: 7,101,100

Title: Printer apparatus

Abstract: Provided is a printer apparatus, including: a thermal print head that performs printing by contacting a heat-sensitive color-developing layer of a heat-sensitive adhesive sheet that includes a printable surface made from the heat-sensitive color-developing layer on one surface of a sheet-like base material, and a heat-sensitive adhesive layer on another surface of the sheet-like base material; a thermal-activation thermal head that activates the heat-sensitive adhesive layer by heating; a cutter device that cuts the heat-sensitive adhesive sheet; a transporting unit that transports the heat-sensitive adhesive sheet; and a controlling unit that controls the thermal print head, the thermal-activation thermal head, and the cutter device. The controlling unit controls the transporting unit to transport the heat-sensitive adhesive sheet so as to pass through the thermal print head, the thermal head used for activation, and the cutter device, in order; and to transport a leading edge of a remainder portion of the heat-sensitive adhesive sheet, after the cutter device cuts the heat-sensitive adhesive sheet, to return to a printing position of the thermal print head or to a heating position of the thermal-activation thermal head.

Inventors: Hoshino; Minoru (Chiba, JP), Sanbongi; Norimitsu (Chiba, JP), Obuchi; Tatsuya (Chiba, JP), Sato; Yoshinori (Chiba, JP)

Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.

International Classification: B41J 2/315 (20060101); B41J 2/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018