Abstract: According to an embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a communication device and a processor. The processor collects information from a plurality of apparatuses via the communication device. The processor derives a formula on a basis of the collected information, the formula defining a relationship between a value about use of the component or the consumable item and a value about physical property of the component or the consumable item.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, in an image forming apparatus, a frame that supports a transfer belt conveying a toner image in a conveyance direction and image forming units aligned along the transfer belt is provided with a dowel hole between the image forming units in a direction parallel to the conveyance direction and is also provided with an elongated hole having a long axis in a direction parallel to the conveyance direction, a dowel between the exposure units of a chassis supporting exposure units in a direction parallel to the conveyance direction is fitted to the dowel hole, and another dowel is inserted into the elongated hole.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a process unit, a first rotator, a second rotator, a driving force transmission mechanism, and a displacement mechanism. The process unit forms an image. The first rotator is rotatable about a shaft in a first direction and a second direction reverse to the first direction. The second rotator is disposed in parallel to the first rotator. The second rotator is detachably connected to the process unit. The driving force transmission mechanism transmits a driving force of the first rotator to the second rotator to rotate the second rotator about a shaft when the first rotator is rotated in the first direction. The displacement mechanism releases the connection between the second rotator and the process unit by displacing the second rotator in a shaft direction when the first rotator is rotated in the second direction.
Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image forming apparatus, comprises a document feeder to feed a document page by page, a scanner to scan the document fed by the document feeder and generate image data of the document, a printing apparatus to print images on recording media. An interface is configured to receive print settings and a test printing command. A controller is configured to control the document feeder to feed pages of the document according to the print settings when the test printing command is received, acquire image data of the pages of the document fed by the document feeder, and control the printing apparatus to print images in a test printing. The images in the test printing comprising image data of the pages of the document fed by the document feeder.
Abstract: A heating apparatus includes a cylindrical film, a plurality of heating elements arranged inside the cylindrical film along a longitudinal direction thereof, a plurality of thermometers each configured to measure temperature of one of the heating elements, a power supply, a controller configured to control the power supply to supply electrical power to the heating elements according to the temperature measured by the thermometers, and a plurality of thermostats each configured to measure temperature of one of the heating elements and configured to interrupt the electrical power supplied to the heating element when the measured temperature exceeds a predetermined value. The thermometers and the thermostats are alternately arranged along the longitudinal direction.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a storage device in which a FAX transmission history including a plurality of FAX transmission records is stored, a processor, and a display device. The processor is configured to search the FAX transmission history in response to a search instruction to retrieve FAX transmission records according to a search term specified in the search instruction, and determine a display order of FAX transmission destinations specified in the retrieved FAX transmission records based on a predetermined FAX transmission condition for each of the retrieved FAX transmission records. The display device is configured to display the FAX transmission destinations according to the display order determined by the processor.
Abstract: A monitoring device according to an embodiment determines whether an information terminal, which moves together with a purchaser and receives data input regarding commodities for purchase by the purchaser, is present in a second place different from a set first place. The monitoring device detects that the information terminal is left unattended in the second place. The monitoring device activates an alarm in response to the information terminal being left unattended in the second place for a threshold period of time.
Abstract: A self-service point-of-sale terminal including a cover section having an inverted U-shape open in a front side and a bottom side, a casing that is movable with respect to the cover section and includes a lock configured to fix a relative position of the casing with respect to the cover section, and a coin and bill depositing and dispensing machine housed within the casing.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, an exposure device, a developing device, a primary transfer device, a secondary transfer device, and a control unit. The exposure device exposes the image carrier to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier. The developing device forms a toner image by developing the electrostatic latent image using toner. The primary transfer device primarily transfers the toner image to a transfer body. The secondary transfer device applies a transfer bias to secondarily transfer the toner image to a recording medium. The control unit applies a cleaning bias to the secondary transfer device to remove residual toner after the secondary transfer. When the control unit determines that the toner image based on the exposed electrostatic latent image is not secondarily transferred at a predetermined timing, the first cleaning processing is performed until the subsequent processing is started.
Abstract: A sales management device includes processing circuitry having programmed instructions to receive first data from a first sensor indicating movement of a commodity displayed in a display place. The sales management device receives second data from a second sensor identifying at least one customer located near the display place when the commodity is moved. The sales management device provisionally registers, in response to a determination that a plurality of customers are identified in the second data, sales data of the commodity in purchase lists of the respective customers. The sales management device prevents accounting for the first customer in response to a determination that a purchase list of the first customer includes provisionally registered sales data.
Abstract: An information processing device includes a processor. The processor can acquire a balance of electronic money owned by a customer. The processor can update, every time the customer purchases a commodity, a total amount of price for the one or more purchased commodities. The processor can determine whether the total amount exceeds the balance of the electronic money. The processor can provide a notification in response to determining that the total amount exceeds the balance of the electronic money.
Abstract: A shopper management device includes a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to store a first list of first identifiers for identifying a plurality of tracked people within a store, store a second list of second identifiers for specifying a plurality of shoppers within the store, determine that a respective first identifier from the first list of first identifiers for identifying a respective tracked person is not correlated with a respective second identifier from the second list of second identifiers for specifying a respective shopper, receive an input that links the respective tracked person to the respective shopper according to an operation performed by an operator, and correlate the respective second identifier with the respective first identifier such that the respective tracked person is identified as the respective shopper.
Abstract: A transaction processing system includes first and second apparatuses and processes a transaction with a customer in a store. The transaction processing system includes a first input unit provided in the first apparatus, a second input unit provided in the second apparatus, a processing unit, and a display unit provided in the first apparatus. The first input unit inputs an instruction by the customer. The second input unit inputs an instruction by a store clerk in the store. The processing unit executes information processing for processing the transaction according to the instruction input by the first or second input unit. The display unit is provided in the first apparatus and, if the processing unit executes the information processing according to the instruction input by the second input unit, displays an operation performed by the store clerk when inputting the instruction with the second input unit.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a paper tray, an elevating plate, a cam, and a shutter. The paper tray is configured to hold sheets. The elevating plate on the paper tray is arranged to ascend and descend between a descended position and an ascended position higher than the descended position. The cam is movable between a first position and a second position. The shutter includes a shielding portion. The shielding portion is located at a shielding position when the cam moves to the first position. The shielding position is a position that overlaps with a region in a height direction occupied by the cam at the second position. The shielding portion retracts from the shielding position when the cam has moved from the first position to the second position.
Abstract: An ink jet head includes a nozzle plate base including a plurality of nozzles. A liquid repellent film is formed on a surface of the nozzle plate base. The liquid repellent film comprises a polymeric compound formed of repeating units with a cyclic structure. A portion of the repeating units with the cyclic structure are ring-opened.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an exposure device including a print head that exposes photoreceptor to form a latent image on the photoreceptor, a lifting mechanism that lifts or lowers the print head relative to the photoreceptor, and a biasing member that biases the print head toward the photoreceptor. The lifting mechanism has a lifting holder that holds the print head and is liftable with respect to the photoreceptor. The biasing member is provided between the print head and the lifting holder.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a print head, a detector, and a controller. The print head includes one or more light emitting element arrays, each light emitting element array includes a plurality of light emitting elements. The detector is configured to detect an emission time of the print head that emits light according to image data. The controller is configured to control a time interval to a print start corresponding to second image data, the second image data following first image data, based on a detection result of an emission time corresponding to the first image data.
Abstract: A system and method for language-based multifunction peripheral control includes receiving a user selection of an electronic document via a user interface of wireless portable data device. User selected print settings are also received via the user interface for printing the selected electronic document. The selected electronic document is then printed in accordance with the user selected print settings. The user associates a verbal shortcut with their current print settings, and the verbal instruction and settings are stored associatively. When the user wishes to print again, they can select their document and issue verbal print instructions which include their verbal shortcut. Print settings associated with this verbal shortcut are retrieved from memory and the document is printed using the print settings.
Abstract: A point-of-sale terminal includes a storage device in which first form data specifying a first image layout of image elements on a paper slip to be printed by the printer is stored, and a processor. The processor is configured to determine whether or not a promotion is offered, and determine whether or not an electronic receipt is issued. The processor is further configured to control a printer to print an image indicating the promotion on a paper slip with the first image layout, when it is determined that the promotion is offered and the electronic receipt is not issued, and control a communication interface to transmit promotion data of the promotion in a text format, when it is determined that the promotion is offered and the electronic receipt is issued. The promotion data includes a form identifier of the first image layout and does not include the first form data.
Abstract: A communication cable includes a first leaky coaxial cable, a first leaky coaxial cable, and an approach cable. The first leaky coaxial cable has a first end and a second end connected to a communication device. The second leaky coaxial cable has a third end and a fourth end different from the first end and second end of the first leaky coaxial cable. The approach cable has a fifth end connected to the communication device and a sixth end connected to the third end of the second leaky coaxial cable, wherein the sixth end is positioned near the second end of the first leaky coaxial cable.