Patents Assigned to Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10684568
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takafumi Hara, Masahiro Ikuta, Tsuyoshi Itou, Yasuhito Noda, Kazuhisa Takeda, Takayasu Aoki
  • Patent number: 10685339
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Nimiya, Hiroyuki Aikawa
  • Patent number: 10682874
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Shuhei Yokoyama, Takaya Kitawaki
  • Publication number: 20200180891
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kikuo MIZUTANI
  • Patent number: 10679202
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiromasa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10679203
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuo Murofushi
  • Patent number: 10670987
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10671145
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiharu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10671990
    Abstract: A register apparatus includes a scanner, an operation panel, a status indicator, and a processor. The processor is configured to process a product code of a product for a transaction obtained through the scanner or the operation panel, to determine whether or not the product code is associated with a predetermined sales restriction and whether or not sale is allowed for the product. The processor is also configured to control the status indicator to perform a first indication when the product code is determined to be not associated with the predetermined sales restriction, a second indication when the product code is determined to be associated with the predetermined sales restriction and sales is determined to be allowed for the transaction, and a third indication when the product code is determined to be associated with the predetermined sales restriction and sales is determined to be not allowed for the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Gotanda, Jun Kikuchi, Akiko Susaki, Jun Miyazaki, Jun Yoshitomi, Shun Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10674054
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus comprises a screen, a camera, a distance sensor, and a processor. The screen has one surface where an object is put. The camera photographs an image from the other surface of the screen. The distance sensor measures a distance from the one surface of the screen and generates distance information indicating the distance. The processor extracts a region of the object from the photographed image, specifies the object from the image of the region of the object, acquires an outer dimension preset to the specified object, calculates a length, from the screen, of the object put on the one surface of the screen based on the distance information, and outputs an alert when the outer dimension does not match the length of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nobuoka, Masaaki Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 10671010
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power converting device includes a rectifier bridge configured to pulsate an AC voltage to generate a pulsating voltage, a first smoothing capacitor configured to smooth the pulsating voltage to generate a DC voltage, a primary winding connected to the first smoothing capacitor, a switch circuit configured to switch the DC voltage supplied from the first smoothing capacitor to the primary winding, and a first discharge circuit. The first discharge circuit includes a first discharge resistor configured to discharge electric charges remaining on the first smoothing capacitor and a first switch element configured to release the first discharge resistor from the first smoothing capacitor if the AC voltage is supplied and to connect the first discharge resistor to the first smoothing capacitor if the AC voltage is not supplied and the electric charges remain on the first smoothing capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hosokawa, Yutaka Usami
  • Patent number: 10672235
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akiko Susaki, Norifumi Shishido
  • Patent number: 10671335
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form an image on a print medium based on print data supplied from an information processing apparatus; a first communication interface configured to perform wireless communication with the information processing apparatus by a first communication method in which the number of connectable apparatuses is set; a second communication interface configured to perform wireless communication with the information processing apparatus by a second communication method; and a system controller. The system controller is configured to cause the second communication interface to transmit a notification to the information processing apparatus when the number of apparatuses which are connected by the first communication interface has reached the number of connectable apparatuses, the notification representing that the number of apparatuses which are connected by the first communication interface has reached the number of connectable apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Harigae
  • Patent number: 10671989
    Abstract: On receiving simplified settlement data generated form settlement data and ID data for downloading electronic-receipt data from an electronic-receipt server, both from a settlement-processing apparatus, a portable terminal records the simplified settlement data in association with the ID data. The display unit of the portable terminal displays the simplified settlement data thus recorded. The portable terminal downloads electronic-receipt data from the electronic-receipt server by using the ID data recorded in association with the simplified settlement data, when the input unit is operated, thereby commanding that the electronic receipt related to the simplified settlement data displayed by the display unit should be downloaded. The electronic-receipt data is recorded in the electronic-receipt recording unit. The display unit displays the electronic receipt on the basis the electronic-receipt data recorded in the electronic-receipt recording unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10674021
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeo Nishijima
  • Publication number: 20200166873
    Abstract: A printer includes a sheet feeder; an intermediate transfer body; a first image forming device; a second image forming device arranged downstream of the first image forming device; a secondary transfer roller arranged downstream of the second image forming device; and a processor. The processor moves the secondary transfer roller away from the intermediate transfer body, primarily transfers a second toner image onto the intermediate transfer body, rotates the intermediate transfer body until the second toner image reaches the first image forming device, primarily transfers the first toner image onto the intermediate transfer body by superimposing the first toner image on the second toner image, causes the secondary transfer roller to contact the intermediate transfer body, and secondarily transfers the first toner image and the second toner image onto the sheet using the secondary transfer roller. The printer further includes a fixing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Isao Yahata
  • Patent number: 10664675
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a code recognition device includes a reader, a processor for region detection, for first extraction, and for second extraction. The reader photographs a code image. The processor detects a code region and a letter region included in the code image from the code image photographed by the reader. The processor extracts first code information indicating the code image from the code region. The processor also extracts second code information indicating the code image from the letter region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuki Taira, Norimasa Ariga, Masaaki Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 10663895
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a fixing roller, a heater, a heater controller, and a roller controller. The fixing roller conveys a sheet by rotation and fixes a recording material formed on the sheet to the sheet. The heater heats the fixing roller. The heater controller controls a temperature of the heater. The roller controller controls a rotation speed of the fixing roller. When the roller controller satisfies a predetermined condition indicating that a fixing part temperature indicating a temperature of the fixing roller is not suitable for operation, the roller controller increases a rotation speed to be higher than a rotation speed of a case in which the predetermined condition is not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10664210
    Abstract: A receipt printer includes a printing device, a communication interface configured to receive print data, and a processor. The processor is configured to generate text receipt data representative of text data included in the print data received by the communication interface, generate code symbol data corresponding to an optically-readable code symbol indicative of the text receipt data, based on the text receipt data, and control the printing device to print a receipt image on a receipt sheet based on the print data received by the communication interface and the optically-readable code symbol based on the code symbol data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihisa Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10664038
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiharu Takahashi