Abstract: In a search server, a search request for searching for a device is received from a client PC, the device satisfying a search condition included in the received search request is searched for, and a searched result is transmitted to the client PC. Further, it is judged whether or not an apparatus at a transfer destination to which the search request is transferred has been registered in the search server. If it is judged that the apparatus at the transfer destination has been registered in the search server, the search request is transferred to the registered apparatus at the transfer destination based on the received search request.
Abstract: Methods for configuring antennas of first and second nodes of a wireless communications network clocked by transmission cycles, each cycle being divided into time slots, the first node and second nodes having first and second time slots for transmitting data in the first mode, the first node having a third time slot for transmitting data to the second node in a second mode, are proposed.
Abstract: Sheets fed out from a sheet feeding portion, which is brought into pressure contact with the sheets by the upward movement of a sheet stacking portion to feed out the sheets, are separated and conveyed one by one while being upwardly curved. During the sheet feeding operation, the sheet stacking portion is sequentially moved up, and when the sheet feeding operation is completed, the sheet stacking portion is moved down. Further, a remaining amount indicating member moved with the upward movement of the sheet stacking portion to indicate the remaining amount of sheets is held at a position before the sheet stacking portion is moved down, by a holding mechanism, when the sheet feeding operation is completed and the sheet stacking portion is moved down.
Abstract: The sheet conveying apparatus includes first to third pairs of skew conveying rollers conveying a sheet, a reference portion, in which the reference portion corrects a skew feeding of the sheet by abutting a side edge of the sheet conveyed by the first to third pairs of skew conveying rollers against a reference surface placed in parallel with the sheet conveying direction, and a guide groove provided on the reference portion, which guides the side edge of the sheet skew-conveyed by the first to third pairs of skew conveying rollers to the reference surface, wherein a vertical width of an opening portion of the guide groove in an upstream area of the reference portion is wider than that of the guide groove in a downstream area of the reference portion, in the sheet conveying direction.
Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus is provided which can print images with no print quality variations. For this purpose, the fluid viscosity resistances between the print head and the print medium beneath respective nozzle arrays that occur as the print head moves in the forward direction are made equal to those that occur as the print head moves in the backward direction.
May 26, 2010
Date of Patent:
January 1, 2013
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
Toru Yamane, Yukuo Yamaguchi, Mikiya Umeyama, Kiyomitsu Kudo, Chiaki Muraoka, Ken Tsuchii, Shuichi Ide
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image former for forming an unfixed toner image on a recording material, and a fixer for fixing the unfixed toner image on the recording material. The fixer includes a rotatable member for forming a fixing nip for nipping and feeding the recording material, and a cleaner, movable toward and away from the rotatable member, for cleaning the rotatable member. The apparatus is operable in a blankless image formation mode for forming the toner image without a blank at least at one of a leading end and a trailing end of the recording material. The cleaner contacts the rotatable member when a portion of the rotatable member in a blankless range at the leading end or the trailing end of the recording material reaches a position where the portion opposes the cleaner.
Abstract: An apparatus for acquiring information on a time waveform of a terahertz wave is comprised of a terahertz wave-generating unit, a waveform information-detecting unit, and a delay unit for changing the time after the terahertz wave is generated in the generating unit until it is detected as waveform information of the terahertz wave in the detecting unit, wherein the delay unit is configured so as to change a propagating distance of the terahertz wave generated by the generating unit, and associates waveform information of the terahertz wave, which is detected in the detecting unit, and the propagating distance every terahertz wave generated by the generating unit.
Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes: a holding portion which holds a booklet containing a two-folded sheet; and a pressing portion which presses a spine of a booklet into shapes during movement along the spine of the booklet held by the holding portion. The pressing portion can decrease, or release a pressing force to be applied to the booklet spine within a predetermined area of a moving range in which the pressing roller moves along the booklet spine.
Abstract: A printing apparatus prints on a printing medium by scanning a printhead having a plurality of nozzle arrays in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, and has a structure in which an air flow entering the nozzle array in the scan of the printhead in the first direction becomes larger than an air flow entering the nozzle array in the scan of the printhead in the second direction. The apparatus increases, in scanning in the second direction, discharge speed of ink discharged from at least one nozzle array arranged leeward in the scanning direction of the printhead from a predetermined position on the printhead in the scanning direction to be higher than or equal to the discharge speed of ink discharged from at least one nozzle array arranged windward in the scanning direction of the printhead from the predetermined position.
Abstract: A plurality of photoelectric conversion elements including a first photoelectric conversion element, a second photoelectric conversion element, and a third photoelectric conversion element, are arranged in a photoelectric conversion apparatus of the present invention. Provided, between the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element, is a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and of a first width in which a signal charge is a minor charier. And, provided, between the first photoelectric conversion element and the third photoelectric conversion element, is a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type in a higher impurity concentration and of a second width narrower than the first width at a position deeper in a semiconductor substrate rather than a depth of the first semiconductor region.
Abstract: Disclosed is a photoacoustic measurement apparatus that irradiates a light beam onto a subject, from a same side as that of an acoustic wave detector, and that measures photoacoustic waves. The photoacoustic measurement apparatus has: an acoustic wave detector; a diffraction grating member provided in front of a detection surface of the detector; a light source that generates a light beam; and an optical system that guides the light beam from the light source towards the diffraction grating member. The diffraction grating member is configured such that the light beam led to the diffraction grating member is outputted by the diffraction grating member towards a subject surface that opposes the detection surface of the detector. As a result, light beams can strike a biological body in a near-perpendicular angle. This affords greater illumination efficiency, and allows light of substantial light energy to be irradiated deep inside biological structures.
Abstract: An optical material is provided that has a high transmittance, a high refractive index, a low Abbe constant, a high secondary dispersion property, and a low water absorption rate. The optical material includes a polymer of a mixture which contains: a sulfur-containing compound represented by the following general formula (1): a sulfur-containing compound represented by the following general formula (2): and an energy polymerization initiator, in which a content of the sulfur-containing compound represented by the chemical formula (2) is 10% by weight or more to 60% by weight or less, an Abbe constant (?d) of the polymer of the mixture satisfies 18<?d<23, and a secondary dispersion property (?g,F) thereof satisfies 0.68<?g,F<0.69.
Abstract: A probe, a set of probes, and a probe carrier on which the probe or the set of probes is immobilized, are provided for classification of fungus species. The probe or the set of probes is capable of collectively detecting fungus of the same species and distinguishingly detecting those fungus from fungus of other species. The probe is an oligonucleotide probe for detecting a pathogenic fungus DNA and includes at least one of base sequences of SEQ ID NOS. 1 to 2 and mutated sequences thereof.
Abstract: The present invention provides a method of driving a semiconductor laser, where the method can control changes in the internal temperature of a device as well as control optical output using a driving current. A method of driving a semiconductor laser includes steps of: preliminary driving the semiconductor laser by preliminary activating at a current value larger than a threshold value; de-activating the semiconductor laser, after the step of preliminary driving; and starting a formation of a latent image on a photosensitive drum based on a latent image formation signal, after the step of de-activating.
Abstract: This invention is directed to an image reading apparatus. In the apparatus, reading an original by irradiating it with light of three primary colors, respectively, and by receiving the reflected light is performed as follows. More specifically, an operation mode is designated, and conditions used to perform image reading are set in accordance with the designated mode. Under the set conditions, the image reading is performed according to a method of irradiating an original sequentially with beams of the three primary colors and reading the beams reflected by the original. Alternatively, under the set conditions, image reading is performed according to a method of irradiating an original simultaneously with beams of two primary colors in each of three different combinations of the three primary colors and reading the beams reflected by the original. Instead, image reading is executed twice according to these two methods.
Abstract: At a start of sheet feeding operation, a feed cam starts to rotate in association with rotation of a feed shaft and a feed roller starts to rotate from a time when the feed shaft has passed an idle zone, so as to send out each of sheets on a rising and lowering plate. After that, the feed roller is returned to a feed initial position by a return mechanism including a conveyance roller and a feed rotatable member. A cam curve of the feed cam reduces a rising speed as compared to a rising speed of a conventional rising and lowering plate, and reduces generation of noise at the time of collision between the sheets on the rising and lowering plate and the feed rotatable member. Thus, an image forming apparatus having lower noise level can be provided.
Abstract: The present invention is a colorant compound represented by the following general formula (1): wherein at least one of R2, R4, R7 and R9 is an acylamino group represented by the following general formula (2): wherein R11 denotes one of an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aryl group, an arylalkyl group, an alkenyl group and a heterocyclic group; and ‘*’ denotes a bonding site with an aromatic ring of the general formula (1).
Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus which can perform cost-down and an improvement on a print quality by simplification of an apparatus construction is realized. For realizing such an apparatus, a gas-liquid separation is achieved by the construction where air bubbles generated in an ejection portion or a reservoir can rise to a liquid surface, and a negative pressure control and at the same time, discharge of the air bubbles are performed by a fan.
Abstract: This invention is directed to efficiently compressing data used in an image process for an unprocessed line adjacent to a process line in an image data process for each line, and reducing the memory band. To accomplish this, processed image data is compressed, and it is determined whether the process direction of image data of the next line is the first direction or the second direction opposite to the first direction. The data organization of the compressed image data is changed in accordance with the determination result. A memory stores the compressed image data whose data organization has been changed. The compressed image data stored in the memory is read out and decompressed. An image process is performed using the decompressed image data and image data of a line adjacent to the line of the processed image data.
Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid ejection method and a liquid ejection apparatus which enables small droplets each of diameter at most 10 ?m to be stably ejected and which allows a sufficient number of droplets to be ejected per unit time. A heater is allowed to generate heat to eject a main droplet and a liquid column from an ejection port; the liquid column is to be separated into a plurality of sub-droplets. A relationship (L2/L1)?0.9 is set for the length L1 of the liquid column observed immediately after the liquid column has been separated from the main droplet and from a liquid in the ejection port and the length L2 of the liquid column observed immediately before the liquid column is separated into the plurality of droplets.