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Liquid ejection apparatus and gas processing method

Abstract

The liquid ejection apparatus includes: an ejection head which includes: pressure chambers storing liquid; nozzles which are connected with the pressure chambers and from which the liquid is ejected by means of pressure applied to the pressure chambers; a first liquid chamber which supplies the liquid to the pressure chambers; a gas flow channel which has a first end connected to an upper portion of the first liquid chamber and which forms a flow channel for gas to be expelled from the first liquid chamber; a second liquid chamber which accommodates the liquid and is separated from the first liquid chamber by means of a partition and which has a bubble nozzle connecting to a second end of the gas flow channel other than the first end, the gas being expelled from the first liquid chamber through the gas flow channel and the bubble nozzle and being to be dissolved into the liquid accommodated in the second liquid chamber; a gas flow channel opening and closing device which opens and closes the gas flow channel so that the gas moves from the first liquid chamber to the second liquid chamber; and a bubble pressure measurement element which is provided so as to correspond to a bubble creation position located in a vicinity of the bubble nozzle or inside the bubble nozzle; a pressure control device which controls internal pressures of the ejection head in such a manner that an internal pressure of the second liquid chamber is less than an internal pressure of the first liquid chamber; a gas flow channel opening and closing control device which controls the gas flow channel opening and closing device so that a bubble having a prescribed size is created at the bubble creation position, the bubble pressure measurement element measuring an internal pressure of the bubble present at the bubble creation position; and a gas judgment device which judges presence or absence of the gas in the first liquid chamber, according to a measurement result of the bubble pressure measurement element, wherein if it is judged by the gas judgment device that the gas is present in the first liquid chamber, then the gas flow channel opening and closing control device controls the gas flow channel opening and closing device so that the gas moves from the first liquid chamber to the second liquid chamber and is dissolved into the liquid accommodated in the second liquid chamber.

Filed on: 2007-08-27; Application Number: 11892782

Applicant(s)

Masahito Katada

Agent

BIRCH STEWART KOLASCH BIRCH

Assignee

FUJIFILM Corporation