(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,910,764 B2
Nakajima (45) Date of Patent: Jun. 28,2005
(54) IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, ENERGY RADIATION CURABLE INK AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS
(75) Inventor: Atsushi Nakajima, Hino (JP)
(73) Assignee: Konica Corporation (JP)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term ol this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 18 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/429,565
(22) Filed: May 5, 2003
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0222961 Al Dec. 4, 2003 (30) Foreign Application Priority Data
May 9, 2002 (JP) 2002-133991
(51) Int. C I. B41J 2 01
(52) U.S. CI 347/102; 347/101; 347/100
(58) Field of Search 347/102, 101,
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An image recording method, an image recording apparatus and energy radiation curable ink which can print highquality images. The image recording method for ejecting and placing energy radiation curable ink which is cured when irradiated with energy radiation according to an ink-jet recording method, irradiating the energy radiation on a recording medium on which ink dots are formed, and printing an image, has: ejecting the energy radiation curable ink to the recording medium from a plurality ol nozzles provided for an ink-jet head, moving the recording medium to the ink-jet head relatively, and forming the image; and controlling a range to which the energy radiation is irradiated, so as to correspond to a recording width ol the ink-jet head.
28 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets