Patents Assigned to Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10661575
    Abstract: A liquid circulation device comprises a booster pump that draws liquid from a liquid replenishing tank to supply it to a liquid discharge head; a pressure reducing pump that collects the liquid from the liquid discharge head to supply it to the liquid replenishing tank; a buffer tank connected between the liquid discharge head and the booster pump and between the liquid discharge head and the pressure reducing pump, and into which the liquid flows; a pressure sensor that detects pressure in the buffer tank; and a processor that controls driving voltages of the booster pump and the pressure reducing pump based on a nozzle surface pressure of the liquid discharge head calculated based on pressure data detected by the pressure sensor, and determines whether the liquid is deficient based on the nozzle surface pressure, the driving voltages of the booster pump and the pressure reducing pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taiki Goto, Kazuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 10664817
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a check-out system includes a plurality of the payment apparatuses in communication with each other and with a registration apparatus. A payment processor processes a payment in accordance with received payment information and a customer input. A storage unit stores received payment information when the payment apparatus is available to process payment. A transmission unit of a payment apparatus transmits received payment information to another payment apparatus of the plurality of payment apparatuses when the payment apparatus is unavailable to currently process the received payment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Namura
  • Patent number: 10663882
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing device that forms a toner image on a sheet; a supply device provided with a cartridge for accommodating toner and supplying the toner in the cartridge to the developing device; a sensor that acquires a physical quantity relating to an amount of toner in the developing device; a timer that counts time; and a controller that drives the supply device until a condition that the acquired physical quantity indicates that the amount of toner is equal to or greater than a predetermined value is satisfied when a condition that the physical quantity indicates that the amount of toner becomes small is satisfied, counts time during which the supply device is being driven with the timer, and determines that the amount of toner in the cartridge becomes smaller than a predetermined amount if the counted time is longer than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sho Koike
  • Patent number: 10664818
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a check-out system includes a plurality of the payment apparatuses in communication with each other and with a registration apparatus. A payment processor processes a payment in accordance with received payment information and a customer input. A storage unit stores received payment information when the payment apparatus is available to process payment. A transmission unit of a payment apparatus transmits received payment information to another payment apparatus of the plurality of payment apparatuses when the payment apparatus is unavailable to currently process the received payment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Namura
  • Publication number: 20200162631
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a communication processor, an external communication processor, and an approval processor. The communication processor is configured to communicate with a plurality of devices. Each of the plurality of devices is capable of generating an image forming job and configured to execute at least one software program. The external communication processor is configured to communicate with a management server. The approval processor is configured to approve transmission of log information relating to a target software program among the at least one software program. The target software program is executed by a target device among the plurality of devices in response to the target device receiving a request to transmit the log information for the target software program. The request is received by the target device from the management server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroteru TSUCHIYA
  • Publication number: 20200159139
    Abstract: A decolorizable toner allows for easy distinguishing between a sheet which can be reused and a sheet which is hardly able to be reused from each other. The decolorizable toner includes a color developable compound, a color developing agent, a decolorizing agent, a magnetic material, and a binder resin. The color developable compound is a precursor compound of a dye. The color developing agent is an electron accepting compound which donates a proton to the color developable compound. The decolorizing agent is a compound which inhibits a coloring reaction between the color developable compound and the color developing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi ITOU, Takafumi HARA
  • Publication number: 20200159138
    Abstract: A decolorizable toner allows for easy distinguishing between a sheet which can be reused and a sheet which is hardly able to be reused from each other. The decolorizable toner includes a color developable compound, a color developing agent, a decolorizing agent, a magnetic material, and a binder resin. The color developable compound is a precursor compound of a dye. The color developing agent is an electron accepting compound which donates a proton to the color developable compound. The decolorizing agent is a compound which inhibits a coloring reaction between the color developable compound and the color developing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Itou, Takafumi Hara
  • Patent number: 10657342
    Abstract: A portable wireless communication terminal installed on a shopping cart includes a reader, a wireless communication interface, a display, and a processor. The processor is configured to control the reader to read a commodity code that identifies a commodity to be purchased by a customer in a store, determine whether or not the commodity code read by the reader is associated with the store, determine a retrieval code based on a result of the determination about the commodity code, wirelessly retrieve from a database through the wireless communication interface, one or more pieces of information for promotion using the determined retrieval code, and control the display to display one of the retrieved pieces of information about a commodity available for sale in the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenya Hiramatsu, Takashi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10654263
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head includes an actuator communicating with a nozzle, configured to eject liquid from the nozzle, a drive circuit configured to drive the actuator, a wiring connector having a plurality of terminals spaced from each other along a first direction, a first temperature sensor connected to a first terminal in the plurality of terminals, the first terminal being on a first end side of the wiring connector in the first direction, and a second temperature sensor connected to a second terminal of the plurality of terminals, the second terminal being on a second end side of the wiring connector, the second end side being opposite to the first end side in the first direction. The drive circuit is connected to a third terminal line of the plurality of terminals, the third terminal being between the first end side and the second end side in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noboru Nitta
  • Patent number: 10659659
    Abstract: An image decoloring apparatus includes a reader configured to read an image on a sheet to acquire image data, a storage section configured to store the image data acquired by the reader, and a first heater configured to heat the sheet. The apparatus further includes a difference extractor configured to extract difference image data based on first image data read from the sheet before it is heated by the first heater and second image data read from the sheet after it is heated by the first heater. The apparatus additionally includes a setting section configured to set a password required to access the difference image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kimihiko Hiyoshi
  • Patent number: 10656571
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a fixing device fixes a toner image formed on a medium to the medium. The fixing device includes a heating rotator which is rotatably supported, an auxiliary heating member which is disposed along an inner circumferential surface of the heating rotator, and swings as the heating rotator rotates, a lubricant supply member which is disposed at a position on which the swing auxiliary heating member abuts, and is impregnated with a lubricant, and a pressing rotator which abuts on the heating rotator, and forms a nip portion through which the medium passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10656551
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a plurality of process units, a transferring member, a sensor, and a processor. The plurality of process units include a photosensitive drum, an electric charger which charges the photosensitive drum, an exposing device which includes a plurality of light emitting element rows in a sub-scanning direction configured by the plurality of light emitting elements, and irradiates the photosensitive drum to form a latent image, and a developing device which attaches toner to the latent image to form a toner image. The transferring member receives the toner image from the photosensitive drum. The sensor detects the toner image transferred to the transferring member. The processor calculates a skew deviation amount based on the detection result of the sensor, and controls turning on and off the light emitting element based on a central tendency and the skew deviation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidehito Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10656574
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a fixing member, a pressurizing member, a movable member, and a controller. The fixing member heats a sheet. The pressurizing member has first heat capacity and faces the fixing member. The movable member is provided to be movable between a contact position to contact with the pressurizing member and a separation position to be separated from the pressurizing member, and has second heat capacity smaller than the first heat capacity. The controller is configured to move the movable member to one of the contact position and the separation position based on a change of a control temperature of the fixing member or the pressurizing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaho Watanabe, Hiroshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 10654273
    Abstract: An ink jet head includes a nozzle plate substrate having a nozzle for ejecting ink toward a recording medium and an oil repellent film on a surface of the nozzle plate substrate, the surface facing the recording medium. The oil repellent film comprises a fluorine compound having a first end and a second end, the first end comprising a perfluoroalkyl group with 3 to 5 carbon atoms per each molecule of the fluorine compound, and a ratio of a density of CF2 groups in the oil repellent film with respect to a density of CF3 groups in the oil repellent film is between 1.5 and 4.0 as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Seki
  • Patent number: 10657336
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a merchandise reading apparatus is equipped with a storage chamber formed of a radio wave shielding member and a reading apparatus which reads information of a radio tag from merchandise attached with the radio tag and stored in the storage chamber, and at least a part of the storage chamber is formed of a light transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sunao Tsuchida, Sadatoshi Oishi, Jun Yaginuma, Seiya Kishimoto, Yuki Koike
  • Patent number: 10659637
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiko Fujimori
  • Publication number: 20200153990
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes at least one of an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet or an image reader configured to read an image on the sheet, and a storage configured to store information. The apparatus also includes a display configured to display a screen, and a controller. The controller is configured to install an application program relating to the image forming device or the image reader, determine whether to display an execution instruction image for inputting an execution instruction of the installed application program on an individual home screen which is a home screen for individual use by each user, and display the individual home screen containing the execution instruction image determined to be displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki KATO
  • Publication number: 20200153989
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a function controller. The function controller performs control so as not to execute a conveyance function when function information, which indicates whether to restrict execution of a conveyance function for conveying a sheet for each conveyance source of the sheet or each conveyance destination of the sheet, indicates that the execution of the conveyance function is restricted. The function controller performs control to execute the conveyance function when the function information indicates that the execution of the conveyance function is not restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiko WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20200153986
    Abstract: A printer includes a forming device configured to form images with non-decolorable printing material and decolorable printing material. The printer further includes an interface configured to acquire a document image and a memory configured to store an auxiliary image relating to post-processing. The printer additionally includes a controller configured to print the document image with the non-decolorable printing material on a medium by using the forming device, and print the auxiliary image with the decolorable printing material on the medium by using the forming device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yayoi DOI
  • Publication number: 20200148243
    Abstract: A carriage includes a storage, a sensor, and a computer. The storage is configured to receive a commodity to be placed in the storage. The sensor is configured to acquire a waveform of vibration of the placement unit. The computer is configured to detect that the commodity is placed in the placement unit based upon the waveform acquired by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noriyoshi HARA