Abstract: A cooling unit has a cooling fan, a duct configured to guide air supplied from the cooling fan and having a shape extending along an axial direction of a photosensitive member, and a plurality of air outlet portions provided in the duct so as to be apart from each other in the axial direction. Air discharged from the plurality of air outlet portions is supplied to the inside of an image forming unit by utilizing a space as an air duct.
Abstract: An orientation designated in advance as an orientation that a grip unit is to take to grip an object having a shape of rotational symmetry with respect to at least one axis is acquired as a reference orientation. The relative position and orientation of the object and grip unit when the grip unit grips the object is acquired as a taught position and orientation. The position and orientation of the object is recognized from an image, and an initial position and initial orientation in which the grip unit grips the object are derived based on the recognized and taught positions and orientations. A grip orientation to grip the object is decided based on the reference and the initial orientation, and a grip position and orientation in which the grip unit grips the object is decided based on the grip orientation and the initial position.
Abstract: A user is notified with a tactile sensation in the case where a display position of a boundary preset in a display object passes through a predetermined position as a result of scrolling of the display object according to a command. The user is thereby more easily able to locate a desired item from among items that are scrolled.
Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a magnetoresistive element, including a step of forming a tunnel barrier layer, wherein the step of forming the tunnel barrier layer includes a deposition step of depositing a metal film on top of a substrate, and an oxidation step of subjecting the metal film to an oxidation process. The oxidation step includes holding the substrate having Mg formed thereon, on a substrate holder in a processing container in which the oxidation process is performed, supplying an oxygen gas to the substrate by introducing the oxygen gas into the processing container, at a temperature at which Mg does not sublime, and heating the substrate after the introduction of the oxygen gas.
Abstract: Provided is a back-illuminated solid-state image pickup apparatus having an improved color separation characteristic. A photo detector includes a first photo detector unit and a second photo detector unit disposed deeper than the first photo detector unit with respect to a back surface of a semiconductor substrate, wherein the first photo detector unit includes a first-conductivity-type first semiconductor region where carriers generated through photo-electric conversion are collected as signal carriers. A readout portion includes a first-conductivity-type second semiconductor region extending in a depth direction such that the carriers collected in the first semiconductor region are read out to a front surface of the semiconductor substrate. A unit that reduces the amount of light incident on the second semiconductor region is provided.
Abstract: An original reading apparatus conveys an original placed on an original stacking unit, reads the conveyed original, makes a setting about whether to validate a function of interrupting conveyance of originals upon detection of double feed of the originals during conveyance of the originals in accordance with detection of originals stacked on the original stacking unit, detects an original placed on the original stacking unit, and validates the function based on the made setting in accordance with detection of the original by the original detection unit.
Abstract: A drum unit usable in the process cartridge includes a photosensitive drum having an axis L1 and a coupling member having an axis L2. The coupling member includes a first end portion connected with the photosensitive drum, a second end portion having an outermost surface, an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion to each other, and at least one projection extending from the second end portion. For at least part of the outermost surface of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the axle portion increases.
Abstract: There are provided an image recording apparatus and an imaging apparatus. In the image recording apparatus and the imaging apparatus, a control unit identifies whether an input image input by an image input unit is an omnidirectional image or an ordinary image. An image editing unit, based on an omnidirectional image, converts the omnidirectional image into a panoramic image by developing the omnidirectional image in a circumferential direction. Then, the image editing unit records the converted panoramic image on a recording medium. As for an ordinary image, the image editing unit records the input image input by the image input unit on the recording medium.
Abstract: A cell that configures an electromagnetic band-gap structure, comprises a first flat conductor and a second flat conductor arranged opposing each other, a first coupling conductor that is positioned between the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor, is that electrically connected to the first flat conductor, and that has an end that is not connected to the second flat conductor, a second coupling conductor electrically connected to the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor, and a first conductor strip electrically connected to an end of the first coupling conductor and the second coupling conductor.
Abstract: A semiconductor distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) including a first multilayer structure including a plurality of first semiconductor layers and one or more second semiconductor layers each interposed between a corresponding pair of the plurality of first semiconductor layers; a second multilayer structure including a plurality of third semiconductor layers and one or more second semiconductor layers each interposed between a corresponding pair of the plurality of third semiconductor layers; and a protection layer interposed between the first multilayer structure and the second multilayer structure. The second semiconductor layer has a lower decomposition temperature than the first semiconductor layer. The third semiconductor layer has a lower decomposition temperature than the second semiconductor layer.
Abstract: A lens barrel includes an optical element, a barrel body configured to hold the optical element, the barrel body including a female thread, a presser including a male thread fastened to the female part and contacting the optical element, and an elastic member held by the presser, wherein in a fastening state in which the male thread is fastened to the female thread, both the presser and the elastic member contact the optical element, and the elastic member applies a force in a direction of fixing the optical element onto the barrel body.
Abstract: An image sensor in which a first chip and a second chip are stacked comprises: a pixel unit; output lines each configured to output a pixel signal from the pixel unit; and an analog-digital converter provided for each of the output lines. The analog-digital converter comprises a plurality of sets of the following configuration: reference signal generation units configured to generate a reference signal, a comparison unit configured to compare a signal level of a pixel signal output to one of the output lines with a signal level of the reference signal, a counter configured to count until the signal level of the pixel signal coincides with the signal level of the reference signal compared by the comparison unit. The pixel unit is arranged in the first chip and the analog-digital converter is arranged in the second chip.
Abstract: Provided is an inkjet printing apparatus capable of performing preliminary discharge without the influence of mist while suppressing degradation in throughput regardless of a preliminary discharge time. Specifically, an inkjet printing apparatus that performs a wiping operation on a nozzle arrangement surface provided with nozzles discharging an ink in a print head includes a wiping determination unit that determines whether to perform the wiping operation before preliminary discharge based on the amount of the preliminary discharge to be performed.
Abstract: A developer container includes a container configured to store developer and capable of discharging the developer from an opening, a sealing member configured to seal the opening, an unsealing member, rotatably supported, configured to open the opening by removing the sealing member from the container, and a sheet member attached to an attachment portion of the unsealing member in a relative position where the sheet member is held between the sealing member and the unsealing member.
Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a slide member configured to slide with a transfer material in a case that the transfer material is brought into contact with a transfer member, a grounding member configured to be electrically connected to the earth, and a connection member having conductivity and configured to be electrically connected to the slide member. The connection member includes a deforming portion deformed by an electrostatic force acting between the grounding member and the connection member, the slide member is conducted to the grounding member via the connection member in a case that the deforming portion is deformed and abuts on the grounding member, and the slide member is electrically insulated from the grounding member in a case that the deforming portion is separated from the grounding member.
Abstract: An encoder extracts motion vectors from a frame I(t?1) preceding the frame I(t) being encoded and processes them to create an estimated motion vector field I(t) for the frame being encoded. A minimized difference between the motion vector field of the frame being encoded and the estimated motion vector field is used to generate transform parameters, which are transmitted to the decoder as auxiliary information along with the usual motion prediction information. The decoder receives the transform parameters. The decoder also creates an estimated motion vector field I(t) for based on a preceding frame I(t?1) and applies the transform parameters to the estimated motion vector field to obtain missing motion vectors. The motion vector field rebuilt using the reconstructed missing motion vectors is used for subsequent error concealment/decoding/displaying.
Abstract: In an image capture apparatus that can perform processing using an image on which information displayed by a display device is superimposed and a method for controlling the same, the influence of the superimposed information included in the image is reduced. A first image in which information displayed by the display device is superimposed on an optical finder image is acquired. Then, the predetermined image processing is performed using a second image that excludes data on a pixel having the display color of the information, of pixels included in the first image.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus which makes a web page of peripheral equipment such as a print controller connected to the image forming apparatus available without the need to manually register the web page of the peripheral equipment as a favorite or the like in a web browser installed in the image forming apparatus. A determination unit determines whether the print controller is connected to the image forming apparatus via an interface. A generation unit generates a URL including an IP address or a host name of the print controller. A display unit displays an icon for accessing a web page corresponding to the URL in a case where the determination unit determines that the print controller is connected to the image forming apparatus.
Abstract: An optical element having antireflection function includes a substrate including a first relief structure, which includes a plurality of convexes and a plurality of concaves arrayed with a pitch of at most a half of a wavelength ?. A thin film layer including at least one thin film on the first relief structure. The at least one thin film each has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the substrate. The optical element satisfies the following conditional expression: 1/4 ?h1/h0?2 and 1/5 ??D?2?, where h0 represents a first height difference between a top and a bottom of the first relief structure in a normal direction of a bottom plane of the first relief structure, h1 represents a second height difference between a top and a bottom of the second relief structure in the normal direction, D represents a maximum thickness of the thin film layer, and the wavelength ? is 550 nm.
Abstract: The process cartridge comprises a photosensitive drum having an axis L1 and a coupling member having an axis L2. The coupling member includes (i) a first end portion connected to a drum flange, (ii) a second end portion, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion. The coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.
Abstract: When a service of interest is specified, a communication apparatus searches other communication apparatuses capable of providing the specified service and establishes a wireless communication with the specified communication apparatus.
Abstract: An electrophotographic photosensitive member has a support, a charge generation layer, and a charge transport layer in this order, the charge transport layer containing a charge transport material. The charge transport layer is a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member and contains a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit selected from group A and a structural unit selected from group B.
Abstract: A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus includes: a frame; an accommodating portion, constituted by the frame, for accommodating a developer; a seal portion for preventing the developer from being leaking out from the accommodating portion, wherein the seal portion is formed by injection molding at a seal forming portion provided on the frame and is projected from the seal forming portion; and a sprue which is formed integrally with the seal portion by a resin material remaining in a path for permitting flow of the resin material melted when the seal portion is formed by the injection molding and which is projected from the frame in a position different from a position of the seal portion so as to be higher than the seal portion on the basis of the frame.
Abstract: An optical unit includes a plurality of paraboloid mirrors configured to reflect light fluxes from a plurality of LDs and to guide them to a concave lens. The light fluxes from the paraboloid mirrors are a plurality of convergent light fluxes, and the paraboloid mirrors reflect the light fluxes from the LDs such that as the convergent light fluxes travel farther away from the paraboloid mirrors, distances therebetween become shorter.
Abstract: A mobile information terminal includes a setting unit configured to store position information for browsing patient information. The mobile information terminal downloads the patient information from a server via a communication unit to store the patient information in a data storage unit according to a result of comparing position information specified by a terminal position specifying unit with the position information stored by the setting unit.
Abstract: An information processing apparatus and a control method update document data in such a manner that an object in document data is inputted to an application, the object is transmitted to an external information processing apparatus, a processing result processed based on the object is received, and the processing result is inputted to the document data.
Abstract: A communication unit and a controller are included, the communication unit being configured to communicate with a communication apparatus using a first communication procedure in which authentication of the communication apparatus is performed in order to retain a communication session with the communication apparatus and using a second communication procedure that does not require authentication of the communication apparatus in order to communicate with the communication apparatus, the controller being configured to perform, using the first communication procedure and the second communication procedure, control under which it is determined whether a communication session with the communication apparatus is to be retained and perform control under which a limit is put on retaining of the communication session with the communication apparatus through the second communication procedure in a case where the communication apparatus is not authenticated as a certain communication apparatus through the first commun
Abstract: An ink including a self-dispersible pigment, acrylic resin particles, a water-soluble organic solvent, and water. The self-dispersible pigment includes a phosphonic-acid-based self-dispersible pigment having a phosphonic acid group bonded directly or via another atomic group to a surface of particles of the pigment. The acrylic resin particles are formed of an acrylic resin containing a constituent unit derived from an ester-bond-containing monomer. The content of the constituent unit derived from the ester-bond-containing monomer in the acrylic resin is 60 mol % or more based on the total of the acrylic resin.
Abstract: Provided is an image recording apparatus, including: a recording unit recording an image on a recording sheet; a conveying unit conveying a plurality of recording sheets in an overlapping state to the recording unit; and a setting unit setting an overlapping amount so that the image is prevented from being printed on a region of a predetermined range which includes a boundary between an overlapping portion, in which a subsequent sheet and a preceding sheet overlap each other, and a non-overlapping portion, in which the subsequent sheet and the preceding sheet do not overlap each other.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, a mounting detection unit configured to detect that a container T is mounted on a mounting unit, a driving unit configured to rotate the container T, a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation information about the container T, and a controller configured to control the driving unit based on the rotation information. If the container T is detected to be mounted on the mounting unit, control of the driving unit is not carried out based on the rotation information until replenishment information satisfies a predetermined condition.
Abstract: A dumping structure includes a first frame on which a driving portion is mounted, a second frame, a fixture fixing the first frame to the second frame, a restrict portion, provided around the fixture and provided between the first and second frames, which restricts a distance between the first and second frames, and a damping member, provided around the restrict portion, which is compressed by the first and second frame. The damping member has rigidity lower than rigidity of the first frame, rigidity of the second frame and rigidity of the restrict portion, and has a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in the state being compressed between the first and second frames, of 0.05 or more.
Abstract: A printing apparatus to which an option unit can be connected includes a storage unit configured to store an update program for updating an option unit program, and an update unit configured to, if an option unit has been connected to the printing apparatus, update the option unit program using an update program stored by the storage unit.
Abstract: The present invention is intended to inhibit off-hook using a hook key in an operation unit to make a caller ID function stably usable in an image communication apparatus connectable to a telephone line and having a caller ID display function. According to one embodiment, the image communication apparatus includes an off-hook unit configured to perform the off-hook using the hook key in the operation unit, a detection unit configured to detect polarity reversal of a telephone line, a receiving unit configured to receive an information service signal, which arrives via the telephone line, after the detection unit has detected the polarity reversal, and a control unit configured to perform control to inhibit the off-hook by the off-hook unit based on the detection of the polarity reversal by the detection unit.
Abstract: An MFP receives an electronic mail from a mail server. The MFP prints an image based on an attached file of the received electronic mail. If an abort instruction is not accepted during printing of the image, the electronic mail is deleted from the mail server after printing of the image based on the attached file of the received electronic mail is completed. On the other hand, if the abort instruction is accepted during printing of the image, printing of the image is aborted without deleting the received electronic mail from the mail server.
Abstract: A fixing apparatus fixes an image onto a recording material. A first fuse and a second fuse are connected in series each other. A power supply line is connected to one end of the first fuse. A signal line is connected to a connection point between another end of the first fuse and one end of the second fuse. A ground line is connected to another end of the second fuse. Information regarding the fixing apparatus is held in accordance with melt states of the first and second fuses.
Abstract: Provided is an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, an intermediate layer formed on the support, a charge generating layer formed directly on the intermediate layer, and a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer, in which the intermediate layer contains a compound represented by the formula (1).
Abstract: A power supply apparatus includes a power source unit supplying power to an electric load through a power supply line, a capacitor connected to the power supply line, a charge circuit charging the capacitor while restricting a current value of the power supplied from the power source unit, a detection unit detecting a voltage value of the capacitor, a controller which switches, after the charge of the capacitor is completed, a current value of the charge circuit to a first current value smaller than a current value supplied before the charge of the capacitor is completed, a first determination unit determining whether a first condition is satisfied based on the voltage value detected by the detection unit after the charge of the capacitor is completed, and a second determination unit determining whether an error process is to be performed based on a determination result of the first determination unit.
Abstract: A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having positive refractive power, a second lens unit having negative refractive power, a third lens unit having positive refractive power, and a rear lens group including one or more lens units. The distance between adjacent lens units changes during zooming. The first lens unit is closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at the wide-angle end. The second lens unit includes a first negative lens, a second negative lens, and a third negative lens in this order from the object side. The focal lengths of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end and at the telephoto end, the focal length of the first lens unit, and the focal length of the second lens unit are appropriately set based on predetermined mathematical conditions.
Abstract: An upper cover attached to an optical box included in an optical scanning device includes a flow path in which a sealing member is injection-molded. The flow path includes a first bottom portion, a second bottom portion, and a step. The step is formed between the first bottom portion and the second bottom portion, and the area where the sealing member and the upper cover adhere to each other increases by an amount corresponding to the provided step so that adhesiveness between the sealing member and the upper cover is enhanced.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus that is capable of displaying a WEB top button without deteriorating the quality of appearance even if the display size of the WEB top button is changed. A display unit displays a button, to which a URL is assigned, on an operation screen. An acquisition unit accesses a Web server that is identified by the URL and to acquire a plurality of icons in different sizes. The display unit selects an icon, which corresponds to a display size of the button, from among the icons acquired by the acquisition unit, and displays the selected icon together with the button.
Abstract: Disclosed is a toner including toner particles each including a core portion that contains a binder resin, and a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer, in which each of the toner particles contains a polyvalent metal element having a resistivity of 2.5×10?8 ?·m or more and 10.0×10?8 ?·m or less at 20° C., and when the toner particles are subjected to X-ray fluorescence analysis, a net intensity originating from the polyvalent metal element is 0.10 kcps or more and 30.00 kcps or less.
Abstract: There is provided a method for forming a smooth resin layer on a substrate having a concavo-convex portion in manufacturing a liquid ejection head by a casting method. To achieve this, after forming an opening pattern on the resin layer formed on the substrate, a mold is brought into contact with the resin layer at a predetermined pressure so as to smooth a surface of the resin layer.
July 1, 2016
Date of Patent:
January 9, 2018
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Akihiko Okano, Takumi Suzuki, Tamaki Sato
Abstract: An image processing apparatus of the embodiments includes: an input unit configured to input a hue signal representing a hue of an image and an image quality signal representing a texture of the image; a conversion unit configured to convert the image quality signal into a physical quantity signal indicating at least one physical quantity of a refractive index of a color material, surface roughness of an image, an area ratio of dots on an image surface, and a layer thickness of a color material in an image corresponding to the image quality signal; and a dot arrangement determination unit configured to determine a color material dot arrangement for outputting the image based on the hue signal and the physical quantity signal.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a division unit configured to divide each of a plurality of frame images into a plurality of regions on a screen; a motion vector detection unit configured to detect a motion vector for each of the divided regions; a separation unit configured to separate a subject vector that indicates motion of a subject from a background vector that indicates motion of a background, based on a panning speed of the apparatus that was detected by a panning detection unit and the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit; and an identification unit configured to identify a subject region by weighting the subject vector based on information regarding a distance of the subject that was detected by a distance detection unit for each of the divided regions of the plurality of frame images.
Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device includes a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit including first and second electrodes, a photoelectric conversion layer between the first and second electrodes, and an insulating layer between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode, an amplifier unit connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal, and a reset unit for supplying a reset voltage to the second electrode. In accordance with a voltage applied between the first and second electrodes, an accumulating operation for accumulating signal charges and a removing operation for removing the signal charges are alternately executed, the reset unit supplies the reset voltage for at least a part of a horizontal scanning period, and the period during which the reset unit supplies the reset voltage is longer than the horizontal scanning period.
Abstract: The present invention, in one aspect, provides methods and systems for controlling slugs using temperature dependent fluorescent dyes. In some embodiments, the present invention uses one or more techniques to enhance the visibility of slugs, enhance a system's ability to differentiate between slugs, and enhance a system's ability to identify the positions of slugs.
August 31, 2011
Date of Patent:
January 9, 2018
Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
Johnathan S. Coursey, Kenton C. Hasson, Sami Kanderian, Gregory H. Owen, Hongye Liang, Scott Corey, Brian Bean
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a rotatable image drum for carrying a toner image; a transfer member contacted to the drum to transfer the toner image from the drum onto a transfer member; a cleaning blade provided downstream of the transfer member with respect to a peripheral moving direction of the drum and having a free end portion contacted to the drum, the blade being configured to remove, with rotation of the drum, toner remaining on the drum after transfer of the toner image by the transfer member; and a toner retaining member cooperative with the drum to provide a toner accommodation space toner removed from the drum by the blade. The toner retaining member can retain a part of the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space and capable of being deformed by the toner accommodated in the accommodation space to discharge the toner from the accommodation space.
October 24, 2016
Date of Patent:
January 9, 2018
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
Takashi Ueno, Motohiro Ogura, Shozo Aiba, Kengo Sato
Abstract: Provided is a liquid holding container in which waste liquid leakage is not caused even when the container is turned upside down. For this purpose, a surface of an absorber facing the rear face of a cover part is disposed apart from the cover part so as to form a space between the cover part and the absorber of a waste liquid holding container.