Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises a decision section configured to decide an order scheduled time of a consumable commodity based on a time point at which a condition relating to replacement of the consumable commodity is satisfied since the consumable commodity is mounted. The decision section changes the order scheduled time based on the number of sheets printed in a predetermined period after the time point at which the condition is satisfied.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus as disclosed includes an installation section. The installation section is configured to install an application and install a number of different start parameters for the application. The image forming apparatus also includes an association section that is configured to associate one start parameter selected from the number of start parameters and the application with an object. The image forming apparatus further includes an execution section that is configured to execute the application associated with the object using the start parameter associated with the object in response to an operation input on the object.
Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a paper re-feeding path, a switching member, a reversing roller, a paper discharge roller, a motor, and a revolution control mechanism. The switching member can be switched between a first position and a second position. The reversing roller can reverse a revolving direction thereof between a first revolving direction and a second revolving direction. The paper discharge roller revolves in a third revolving direction for conveying the sheet in a third conveying direction. The motor reverses the revolving direction of the reversing roller and switches the position of switching member by reversing the revolving direction thereof. The revolution control mechanism revolves the paper discharge roller in the third revolving direction with the revolution of the motor, regardless of the reversing of the revolving direction of the motor.
Abstract: A developing device includes a developing roller, a casing, a dividing wall, and a shutter. A first chamber and a second chamber are formed in the casing. An opening is formed in the casing. The opening permits the first chamber to communicate with the outside and faces the developing roller. The dividing wall is disposed in the casing. The dividing wall divides the first chamber and the second chamber. At least one communicating window is formed on the dividing wall. The communicating window connects the first chamber and the second chamber. The shutter is selectively switched between a first state in which the communicating window is opened and a second state in which the communicating window is blocked.
Abstract: A sheet feeder and an image forming apparatus comprises a sheet feed cassette, in which a sheet bundle formed by stacking a plurality of sheets can be placed, configured to carry out sheets of the placed sheet bundle one by one, and an alignment cassette, in which the sheets carried out from the sheet feed cassette can be placed in a stacked manner one by one, configured to align the stacked sheets at a predetermined timing.
Abstract: A developing device includes a housing, a developing roller, and a blade. The housing includes a developer chamber and an opening. The developing roller is disposed in the developer chamber, such that a part of the developing roller in a rotational direction thereof is exposed to an outside of the opening. The developer roller includes a sleeve rotatable around a shaft and a magnetic element. The magnetic element has a magnetic polarity opposite to that of a developer and is disposed at an entrance rotational position of the developer roller at which a sleeve region of the sleeve goes into the developer chamber from the outside of the opening. The blade is positioned near a surface of the sleeve to regulate a thickness of the developer on the surface of the sleeve. The thickness of the developer regulated on the sleeve region at the entrance rotational position by the blade is equal to or greater than 0.6 mm and equal to or less than 1.4 mm.
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, a reading device reads inherent information of a commodity from an attached RFID tag. The device includes antennas arranged at different vertical locations with respect to a table having a placing region. The antennas respectively transmit radio waves from different locations to the placing region. A specifying unit of the reading device can specify a commodity in the placing region based on the inherent information read through the antennas. A selection unit of the reading device can select one commodity to be moved from the placing region from commodities specified by the specifying unit if a container in which the commodities are contained is taken in the placing region. A guide unit of the reading device can display guide information for instructing a movement of the commodity selected by the selection unit from the placing region on a display.
Abstract: A mirror device includes a mirror, a base member, a fixing unit, a biasing mechanism, and a movement mechanism. The mirror has an elongated shape including a reflective surface. The base member has an elongated shape disposed on a back side opposite to the reflective surface. The fixing unit fixes a portion of the mirror excluding the reflective surface to both ends of the base member in a lengthwise direction. The biasing mechanism is disposed on the back side of the mirror and biases the mirror towards the base member. The movement mechanism is disposed on the back side of the mirror and moves the mirror in a direction away from the base member.
Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a setting unit, a detector and a controller. The setting unit sets setting information associating a registered image obtained by reading an image with control information indicating whether input image data is to be stored or not. The detector detects the registered image from the input image data. The controller controls whether or not the input image data including the registered image is stored in a storage based on the setting information.
Abstract: A reversibly allochroic toner contains a binder resin and a colorant. The colorant reversibly switches between first and second color states in response to temperature changes. The colorant exhibits a hysteresis in a temperature-color state curve thereof in which the following relationships are satisfied. Tr<TL2<TL1<TH1<TH2<Tg TH2?50° C. 20° C.?Tr?30° C. where, TH1 is a temperature at which the colorant starts to change from the first color state to the second color state, TH2 is a temperature at which the colorant completely changes to the second color state, TL1 is a temperature at which the colorant starts to change from the second color state to the first color state, TL2 is a temperature at which the colorant completely changes to the first color state, and Tg is a glass transition temperature of the binder resin.
Abstract: A check-out system includes a registration apparatus and a plurality of payment apparatuses. The registration apparatus receives input of merchandise information and receives input of a user code in connection. The registration apparatus generates payment identification based on the input merchandise information. The registration apparatus transmits the payment information. If the user code is input in the registration apparatus, the payment information is transmitted in correspondence with the user code. One of the payment apparatuses receives input of the user code. In response to the user code being input, the payment apparatus transmits a request for the payment information that was transmitted in correspondence with the user code. The payment apparatus receives the payment information that was transmitted in correspondence with the user code. The payment apparatus processes payment with respect to the received payment information.
Abstract: A droplet dispensing apparatus includes a droplet ejection device, a microplate holder, a sheet stand, an image capturing device and a controller. The image capturing device is configured to move to a position above the sheet stand. The controller is configured to perform image processing on image data generated from an image captured by the image capturing device when the image capturing device is at the position above the test sheet on the sheet stand, to determine a size of each of test patterns formed by droplets dropped on the test sheet from the array of nozzles. The controller is further configured to generate a data file including the determined size of each of the test patterns. The test sheet colors or discolors at a place receiving a light-transmissive droplet.
Abstract: A post-processing apparatus includes a sheet discharge tray to which a sheet or a sheet bundle is discharged, and a shift mechanism configured to shift a discharge position of the sheet or the sheet bundle discharged to the sheet discharge tray from a reference position. The apparatus further includes a controller configured to control the shift mechanism to divide the sheet or the sheet bundle in a first direction in a direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet or the sheet bundle and a second direction opposite to the first direction.
Abstract: A commodity sales data processing apparatus, including a portable information terminal having a battery and a display on which an executable job name is displayed and a docking station on which the information terminal is mounted to charge the battery, monitors whether or not the information terminal is mounted on the docking station to detect the separation therebetween. The processing apparatus restricts jobs permitted at the time the information terminal is separated from the docking station to a part of jobs permitted at the time the information terminal is mounted on the docking station if the separation between the information terminal and the docking station is detected and the display of the information terminal displays job names permitted at the time the information terminal is separated from the docking station if the separation between the information terminal and the docking station is detected.
Abstract: An electronic tag reading device includes an antenna for transmitting wireless signals to an electronic tag for reading information stored in the electronic tag, an electronic tag reader electrically coupled to the antenna, the electronic tag reader supplying signals to the antenna and receiving signals from the antenna for reading information stored in the electronic tag, and a movable stage connected to the antenna and configured to move the antenna when the antenna is transmitting wireless signals during a tag reading process of the electronic tag reader and stop moving the antenna when the antenna is not transmitting wireless signals during the tag reading process.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a printer unit and a control unit. The printer unit forms an image on a sheet using a developer, and includes a predetermined driving member related to supply of the developer. The control unit acquires driving information regarding continuous driving of the driving member, acquires correction information regarding on correction of an amount of the developer used in accordance with the driving information, and estimates a remaining amount of the developer on the basis of the driving information and the correction information.
Abstract: A settlement apparatus contains a case body; a coin inserting slot, provided at the case body, which receives a deposited coin; a coin depositing/dispensing device, provided in the case body, which stores the deposited coin received through the coin inserting slot and dispenses the stored coin; and a concaved shape money placement portion, arranged at the case body, which has a money placement surface on which the deposited coin which is received by the coin inserting slot is temporarily placed, wherein the money placement surface is connected to the coin inserting slot in a width direction of the case body and is formed flatly, and the money placement portion is arranged across a center of the case body in the width direction.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a communication interface configured to communicate with a portable terminal capable of receiving a signal from a transmitter in a detection area. A processor of the apparatus is configured to determine whether to shift to an operable state from a sleep state based on user information contained in proximity information when the proximity information, containing the user information indicating that a user enters the detection area, is received by the communication interface from the portable terminal receiving a signal from the transmitter.
Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a first display control unit and a second display control unit. The first display control unit displays a visual representation in a screen for setting a first SIP server and a second SIP server connected to an IP-FAX terminal on a display unit. The second display control unit displays a first connection state between the IP-FAX terminal and the first SIP server and a second connection state between the IP-FAX terminal and the second SIP server on the display unit, based on completion operation of setting of the first SIP server and setting of the second SIP server by a user.