Patents Assigned to Konica Minolta, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20200254780
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes: a recorder having a line head, the recorder ejecting ink through each of the ink ejection ports toward a recording medium; a mover that moves the recording medium and the line head relative to each other in a direction intersecting the arrangement direction of the ink ejection ports in the line head, and causes each pair of ink ejection ports of two adjacent head modules facing each other in the overlapping region to pass through a same place on the recording medium and a recording controller that controls ink ejection operations of the plurality of head modules on the recording medium in accordance with dot data, and causes either of a pair of ink ejection ports of two adjacent head modules to eject ink to implement complementary ink ejection operations by the pair of ink ejection ports of the two head modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki MIZUTANI, Yorihiro YAMAYA
  • Publication number: 20200257232
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including: a fixer that fixes a color material on a medium to the medium; a heater that heats a zone set in the color material fixed to the medium by the fixer; and a hardware processor that controls operations of the fixer and the heater, wherein the hardware processor performs adjustment of glossiness in an image fixed by the fixer and performs adjustment of glossiness in the zone heated by the heater, respectively, based on gloss information indicating glossiness in each part of a target image recorded on the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shigeo UETAKE, Toru HAYASE, Taira KITAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200256796
    Abstract: A first frame having a first through-hole is arranged on a support so that one opening of the first through-hole is closed. A liquid containing a capturer for capturing a substance to be detected is fed into the first through-hole, and the capturer is immobilized on the support exposed in the first through-hole. After removing the liquid from the support, a second frame having the second through-hole is arranged on the support in the first through-hole so that one opening of the second through-hole is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yukito NAKAMURA, Takatoshi KAYA, Tomonori KANEKO, Kosuke NAGAE, Hiroshi HIRAYAMA
  • Patent number: 10740046
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image forming apparatus, a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a display control program, and a display control method. The image forming apparatus may include a printer engine, a display configured to display screens each relating to a certain function of the apparatus, in different display modes according to operator's use of the function, and a hardware processor. In response to receiving a job which may give print instructions to the printer engine, the hardware processor may analyze the job and determine which of a first display mode and a second display mode is to be used for displaying the screens, on the basis of information contained in the job. The hardware processor may cause the display to display one or more screens showing information about the job, in the determined one of the first display mode and the second display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Osako
  • Patent number: 10740428
    Abstract: An operation processing device used to operate an information device is provided. The operation processing device includes a script execution portion configured to execute a script used for the operation processing device to cause the information device to perform a process in a state where a web page including the script is displayed; a display processing portion configured to finish, in response to operation for giving a command to finish display of the web page performed during execution of the script, the display of the web page in accordance with the operation; and a script continued execution portion configured to take over, when the display processing portion finishes the display of the web page, the script from the script execution portion to execute the script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Sugaya, Jun Kunioka, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Takeshi Hibino, Yukina Hisada
  • Patent number: 10741715
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the issue of providing: a light-receiving element that has an absorption layer of germanium (Ge), is capable of efficiently receiving near infrared light having a large light-reception sensitivity in the absorption layer, from a free space, and has high productivity and low production cost; and a near infrared light detector comprising said light-receiving element. This light-receiving element 10 has, laminated in order upon a substrate 20, an amplification layer 30 containing silicon (Si), an absorption layer 40 containing germanium (Ge), and an antireflection layer 50. The amplification layer 30 has, in order upon the substrate 20, at least an n-doped n-Si layer 31 and a p-doped p-Si layer 33. The absorption layer 40 has at least a p-doped p-Ge layer 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Konica Minolta, Inc., The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Yuichi Takeuchi, Takuji Hatano, Yasuhiko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10739711
    Abstract: A fixing device of an image forming apparatus includes: a fixing belt, a heat source that heats a portion of the fixing belt; and a pressure roller that forms a nip between the pressure roller and the fixing belt and that transports a sheet. In the heat source, a standby temperature (setting temperature in a suspension standby mode) in a standby state in which rotation of the fixing belt is suspended is set to be higher than a printing temperature in a printing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Taiga Hiate, Takuto Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10737507
    Abstract: A relative position detection method detecting a position of a light-emitting member relative to a lens array or a position of the lens array relative to the light-emitting member, in which the light-emitting member includes light-emitting elements arranged in a first direction and the lens array includes lenses arranged in the first direction and condenses light from the light-emitting elements to image positions of the light-emitting elements, optical axes of the lenses being orthogonal to the first direction. The method includes: causing the light-emitting elements to emit light; detecting, at a position displaced from the image positions along an optical axis direction, optical intensity distribution of light emitted from the light-emitting elements and transmitted through the lens array; and detecting a position of the light-emitting member relative to the lens array or a position of the lens array relative to the light-emitting member with use of the optical intensity distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Masayuki Iljima, Takaki Uemura, Makoto Obayashi
  • Patent number: 10739716
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image former which forms one or more images on at least one sheet fed from each of a plurality of feed trays; a first adjuster which adjusts positions of the images formed on the sheet by the image former such that the positions of the images match on both sides of the sheet fed from each of the feed trays; and a second adjuster which further adjusts the positions of the images on the sheet, the positions having been adjusted by the first adjuster, such that the positions of the images match between the sheets fed from the feed trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kiriyama
  • Patent number: 10737894
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transfer section including a transfer body that transfers an image onto a sheet in a transfer nip; a belt position correction section that performs operation of correcting misalignment of a position in an axial direction of a transfer belt in the transfer nip; a sheet conveyance member that is provided on the upstream side of the transfer nip in a sheet conveyance direction and conveys the sheet; and a hardware processor that controls the sheet conveyance member so as to displace the sheet along a width direction of the sheet. The hardware processor controls displacement of the sheet conveyance member so as to follow the position in the axial direction of the transfer belt at the transfer nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Shiokawa, Yoshiteru Kawakami, Takahiro Okubo
  • Patent number: 10739717
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus that includes a color image former that forms a color image with a plurality of process color toners, a spot color image former that forms a spot color image with a spot color toner, a transfer unit that transfers the formed color image and the formed spot color image onto a recording material, a fixing unit that fixes the transferred color image and the transferred spot color image onto the recording material, and a hardware processor that selects a first mode or a second mode depending on whether or not a type of the recording material and an amount of toner to be attached onto the recording material satisfy a predetermined condition. The number of times of image transfer and fixation onto an identical surface of the recording material is two or more predetermined times in the first mode. The number of times of image transfer and fixation onto an identical surface of the recording material is less than the predetermined times in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Tsukamura
  • Patent number: 10736608
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic device including an ultrasound image acquirer that acquires a plurality of ultrasound image signal frames; an angle information acquirer that acquires angle information of an ultrasound probe when each frame is being acquired; an evaluation determiner that analyzes the frames to determine whether an object image portion is included; a disease score calculator that calculates a disease score that quantitatively indicates a degree of disease from a signal of the object image portion; and a display controller that makes the diagnostic image be displayed. A diagnostic image includes an ultrasound image of a frame selected from the frames, a disease activity information indicator that indicates a degree of disease, and an angle information image portion that indicates angle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10740879
    Abstract: There are provided an image reader, a noise canceller, and an image processor. The image reader reads an image, outputs image data, and generates a horizontal synchronization signal. The noise canceller generates a noise-canceling signal to eliminate a noise entering a horizontal synchronization signal and eliminates a noise from a horizontal synchronization signal. The image processor captures effective image data out of image data transferred from the image reader correspondingly to a timing when the horizontal synchronization signal changes from a first signal level to a second signal level. The noise canceller generates a noise-canceling signal from a noise detection signal or image data generated in the image reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kosuke Masumoto
  • Patent number: 10737295
    Abstract: The piezoelectric element includes a piezoelectric composite including a plurality of piezoelectrics and a reaction product, and an electrode pair. The plurality of piezoelectrics is disposed in alignment at an interval of 1 to 10 ?m. The aspect ratio of each of the piezoelectrics is 5 or higher. The reaction product is a reaction product of a crosslinkable epoxy resin composition containing an elastomer component, a crosslinkable epoxy resin, and a crosslinking agent. One or each of a number of epoxy groups per molecule of the crosslinkable epoxy resin and a crosslinking value of the crosslinking agent is 3 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyokazu Morita
  • Patent number: 10737900
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus that performs, by one or more functional units which can be switched one another, predetermined post-processing corresponding to a function of the one or more functional units on a conveyed paper includes: a plurality of slots in which the one or more functional units can be loaded at respective loading positions along a conveyance path; a loading detector that detects that the one or more functional units are loaded in the slots; and a condition output part that outputs a condition that allows the post-processing depending on the loading positions of the slots in which the one or more functional units are loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kiriyama
  • Patent number: 10739691
    Abstract: An electrostatic image developing toner includes toner base particles, wherein the toner base particles contain: an amorphous polyester resin; a crystalline resin; and o-acetoacetaniside, and the content of the o-acetoacetaniside in the toner base particles is 0.1 ppm by mass or more and 200 ppm by mass or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takanari Kayamori, Masaharu Matsubara, Naoya Tonegawa, Atsushi Iioka
  • Publication number: 20200250805
    Abstract: To perform an image inspection even when an image formation device performs image processing or image editing. An image inspection device according to one aspect of the present invention includes: an image reader that reads a sheet formed with an image formed by an image former to acquire a read image; a document image acquisition portion that acquires a document image; an inspection target region specifier that specifies a print region in a recording material based on an image formation condition for a document image and specifies an inspection region in the read image based on the specified print region; and an image inspector that compares an image in an inspection region with an image in an inspection-region comparable region corresponding to the inspection region in the document image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasumasa TSUKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200249883
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a hardware processor that: receives, by voice of a first user, a setting instruction related to a setting of a job executed by the image forming apparatus; receives, by voice of a second user, an operation instruction for executing the job; specifies the first user and the second user based on the voices; associates and stores, in a storage, a setting according to the setting instruction and identification information of the first user; and extracts from the storage, upon receiving the operation instruction after receiving the setting instruction, the setting associated with identification information of the second user, and executes the job based on the extracted setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Nakata
  • Publication number: 20200245904
    Abstract: A posture estimation device includes: a processor that: obtains detected information indicating a feature of a subject, wherein the feature is detected based on an image that is captured by an imager from a position where the subject is viewed from above, calculates a feature amount based on the obtained detected information, updates, based on a geometric relationship between the imager and the subject, a model parameter for estimating a posture of the subject by machine learning using the calculated feature amount in a time series, and estimates the posture of the subject using the updated model parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20200249594
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holder, an intermediate transfer body, a transfer member, a pressing force changer, and a hardware processor. The intermediate transfer body includes a base layer and a coating layer provided on the base layer. The image forming apparatus transfers a toner image formed on the image holder to a sheet via the intermediate transfer body, thereby forming an image on the sheet. The transfer member is provided so as to face the image holder with the intermediate transfer body in between and forms a nip part with the image holder. The pressing force changer changes pressing force of the transfer member against the image holder. The hardware processor controls, with the pressing force changer, the pressing force of the transfer member against the image holder based on information on a surface profile of the sheet on which the image is to be formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Toshiki HAYAMI, Takeshi MAEYAMA, Tomo KITADA, Takashi KAWANAGO, Daisuke MURAKAMI