Patents Examined by Charles H. Nolan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7101099
    Abstract: A printing head which outputs an output from a sensor device provided for monitoring various condition of a printing head as digital data, and a printing apparatus using the printing head. The output from the device for detecting condition of the printing head, e.g., information indicative of a substrate temperature, a resistance value of an electrothermal transducer, an ON resistance value of a power transistor which drives the electrothermal transducer and the like is digitized on the substrate, and outputted as digital information to the outside. Further, the digital information is outputted by utilizing a clock signal and a latch signal used for transferring print data to the printing head. This does not increase the number of wires and the area of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuo Furukawa, Hiroyuki Maru, Takashi Yoshida, Kazuki Ohta
  • Patent number: 7019535
    Abstract: A method and system of calibrating first and second adapters comprises the steps of calibrating coaxial ports of a vector network analyzer to traceable standards and connecting a symmetrical through circuit path between the coaxial ports. The through circuit path comprises a cascaded combination of the first and second adapters. The first adapter is passive and substantially identical to the second adapter and uncascaded first and second adapters comprise a measurement device path. The through circuit path and the measurement device path have substantially equivalent S-parameters. S-parameters of the through circuit path are measured and then the first and second adapters are characterized based upon the measured S-parameters. The method and system may be applied to two port adapters and devices under test and may also be scaled for multi-port adapters and devices under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Vahe′ A. Adamian
  • Patent number: 7011462
    Abstract: A system is used where a print portal 100 that is functions at least as an intermediary server and a print station are connected on a network. The print portal 100 receives a job from a job resource 10 via the network and manages it for the respective executive authority person. When the executive authority person uses an instruction client 40 to instruct the intermediary server to output the job, the intermediary server authenticates the executive authority person by way of biometric authentication or the like, and then transfers the job to the print station 30. This enables an improper printing or mistaken printing to be avoided since the printing can be performed in response to the instruction of the person who has the true executive authority of the job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 6988839
    Abstract: A method and system for printing an electronic document is disclosed. In one aspect, a first media type for printing a first page range of one or more pages of an electronic document is selected. A second media type for printing a second page range of one or more pages of the electronic document is also selected. Information that identifies the first and second media types for printing the first and second page ranges of one or more pages of the electronic document are transmitted to a printing device. In response to receiving the information, the printing device generates a printed copy of the electronic document that includes the first and second page ranges; the first page range being printed using the first media type and the second page range being printed using the second media type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhongming Yu
  • Patent number: 6981448
    Abstract: In a drying apparatus equipped with a light source to dry a drying matter of a print by irradiating light of the light source to the print, a correlation between information relating to the time for which the light source is lit and information relating to the amount of light of the light source is preset. Then, the information relating to the elapsed time for which the light source is lit during the light source is lit is detected so that light of the light source is controlled to a constant amount, regardless of the elapsed time for which the light source is lit, based on information relating to a reference amount of light, which information is obtained from the preset correlation between the information relating to the time for which the light source is lit and the information relating to the amount of light with reference to the information relating to the elapsed time at the time of the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Ryobi Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Kimura
  • Patent number: 6971809
    Abstract: A printing system comprises at least two input sources for storing a printable medium prior to printing. The printing system also includes at least two output destinations for holding or processing the printable medium after the printing. A user interface supports a user's selection of one of the output destinations for any sheet of a print job in at least one of the input sources prior to the printing. A central processing unit determines a pattern of media feeds for each output set to achieve a desired appearance characteristic for the output set or the print job associated with the output destinations. The central data processing unit creates media feed instructions based on the pattern of media feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Edward M. Housel, Robert Brummond
  • Patent number: 6969207
    Abstract: Recognizing a print substrate in the vicinity of a sensor within a printing machine, whereby a change in the capacitance of the system formed by the sensor and a surface of an area in which a print substrate should be recognized, is recognized by the sensor. In this way, print substrates can already be identified on the basis of a dielectric constant that is different from that of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dirk Kahl, Wolfgang Eberhard Luxem, Karlheinz Walter Peter, Sönke Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6960036
    Abstract: By using an ink jet head, which has for each color two parallel columns of nozzles arranged side by side in the main scan direction and shifted from each other by one-half the pitch at which the nozzles are arranged in each column, odd-numbered rasters and even-numbered rasters making up an image are printed by the two nozzle columns. The registration between the odd- and even-numbered rasters is secured during the printing to produce an image with high print quality. For that purpose, the ink ejection timing between the two raster groups is shifted by a predetermined interval to form a plurality of adjustment patterns; the adjustment patterns printed are checked and, according to the check result, an adjustment value for the ink ejection timing between the two ink nozzle columns is entered; and the entered adjustment value is stored to be reflected on the actual printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Miyuki Fujita, Hiroshi Tajika, Yuji Konno, Shuichi Murakami, Norihiro Kawatoko, Takayuki Ogasahara, Tetsuya Edamura, Tetsuhiro Maeda
  • Patent number: 6960922
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring a sliding contact element in an electrical rotating machine, in particular a generator, includes a holder for the sliding contact element and a sensor for detection of a state variable of the sliding contact element. An evaluation unit is also provided for evaluation of the state variable which is detected by the sensor, with signals from the sensor being transmitted to the evaluation unit without using wires. The wire-free transmission makes the apparatus particularly maintenance-friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Juergen Klaar
  • Patent number: 6953292
    Abstract: Imaging by providing a plurality of webs, receiving a print job having one or more print images to be printed on the plurality of webs, and printing the one or more print images substantially simultaneously on one or more of the plurality of webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jorge Menendez, Ignasi Vila
  • Patent number: 6953295
    Abstract: A compact desktop computer system is provided that has a small footprint due to integration of a pagewidth printer into the computer system's keyboard. A data bus interconnects the keyboard and conveys commands from the keyboard to a computer, and signals from the computer to the integrated printer. The keyboard is fitted with a port to receive an ink cartridge that is in fluid communication with the pagewidth printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Tobin Allen King, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 6951175
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a method for forming printing inspection data in which the use of a mask plate makes it possible to simply and efficiently form the inspecting data. In a method for forming printing inspection data for obtaining mask opening data from an image got by picking-up the image of a mask plate to form the inspecting data, when an image pick-up visual field 20a is sequentially moved to visual field positions having a grid-shaped arrangement to obtain a plurality of images, if incomplete opening parts 16b (X) and (Y) in which parts of the opening parts protrude are detected, ranges BX2 and BY2 which are excluded from an object of data in this image are determined based on these sizes BY1 and BY2. When the image pick-up visual field is moved to an adjacent visual field position, the image pick-up visual field is overlapped on the adjacent image pick-up visual field by BX2, BY2 to include these opening parts in the adjacent image pick-up visual field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Otake, Takahiro Fukagawa, Takashi Katsuki
  • Patent number: 6945170
    Abstract: A method for register correction in machines for processing webs of material includes providing at least one transport shaft and at least one processing shaft cooperating with the at least one transport shaft, driving the shafts synchronously with one another each by an individual drive mechanism, obeying by at least one shaft a chronological guide shaft function which corresponds to an instantaneous position of a guide shaft, correcting a plurality of register-tracking shafts formed by the transport shafts in accordance with a scan of register marks or the web of material relative to the guide shaft function, effecting only one common scanning for one group of the register-tracking shafts which correspond to one another in term of the register correction, and deriving from the only one common scanning a common correction function that all of the register-tracking shafts of the group obey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Rexroth Indramat GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Schultze, Hans-Juergen Doeres
  • Patent number: 6945721
    Abstract: An image-forming device includes a media sensor having a light-emitting element and a light-receiving element for detecting edge positions of a paper based on values outputted from the light-receiving element as the target detection area of the media sensor is moved in relation to the paper. The value of a current to be supplied to the light-emitting element for edge detection is determined in the following manner. First, the media sensor is moved to the center of the paper-conveying path (S110). Then, the paper is conveyed to a prescribed position (S120-S150). Next, the value of the current that should be supplied to the light-emitting element (light amount adjusting value) in order that output from the light-receiving element will reach a desired value is determined at a position A on the paper at which the target detection area of the media sensor is being presently located (S160, S170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sato
  • Patent number: 6945717
    Abstract: A controller (4) for controlling a printer engine (7) used to print data on a medium determines an identification number based on received data, and prints the identification number together with print data based on the received data on the medium. Simultaneously, the controller (4) stores therein the identification number and the print data in an HD (6). With the construction, the identification number printed on the medium is inputted in the next and later printing operations. The controller (4) searches the HD (6) to retrieve and print the print data. Therefore, a copy of a quality as high as that of the original document can be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisao Hata, Hirotake Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6945716
    Abstract: A printer having a function for printing index prints comprises a connector to which a recording medium can be connected, a data reader for reading image data from the recording medium through the connector, a memory for memorizing a plurality of kinds of templates, a controller for selecting the most suitable template corresponding to a number of thumbnail images to be printed as the index prints, and a printing mechanism for printing the index prints on paper sheets. The controller calculates a minimum number of the paper sheets necessary for printing the index prints corresponding to the numbers of the boxes of the templates and a number of thumbnail images to be printed as the index prints, and selects one template having the largest size of the boxes among the templates by which all the thumbnail images can be arranged on the minimum number of the paper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusaku Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 6943553
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the rapid tomographic measurement of conductivity distribution in a sample in which current excitations or voltage excitation is applied to the sample via electrodes or the like and potential differences or magnetic field strengths association with those excitation fields are measured and analyzed, e.g. by a Fourier analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH
    Inventors: Egon Zimmermann, Walter Glaas, Arre Verweerd, Axel Tillmann, Andreas Kemna
  • Patent number: 6935798
    Abstract: A printing apparatus having a plurality of print modes and a plurality of paper feeding means is constructed by means for designating the print mode, means for selecting the paper feeding means, and means for discriminating whether a print medium corresponding to the designated print mode coincides with a print medium corresponding to the selected paper feeding means or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 6935239
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming system which is capable of performing image formation operations in an order identical or close to the order of reception of inputted print jobs even when some printers cannot output print jobs due to maintenance to thereby raise the operational efficiency. Scheduling is carried out to assign an inputted plurality of jobs to a plurality of image forming apparatuses. Respective maintenance times of the plurality of image forming apparatuses are monitored. When the result of monitoring is that the maintenance time of an image forming apparatus has been reached, scheduling is carried out to reassign unprocessed jobs out of the assigned jobs to image forming apparatuses other than the image forming apparatus for which the maintenance time has been reached. A CPU causes the other image forming apparatuses to perform image formation based on the reassigned unprocessed jobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshio Mizuno, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Tsuyoshi Moriyama, Kenji Fukushi
  • Patent number: 6935795
    Abstract: A method for reducing the effects of printhead carrier disturbance during printing with an imaging apparatus having a printhead carrier for carrying at least one printhead includes the steps of accelerating the printhead carrier from a first position in a first direction; printing with the printhead in the first direction; and changing a rate of acceleration of the printhead carrier for a subsequent accelerating of the printhead carrier from the first position in the first direction prior to a subsequent printing with the printhead in the first direction to phase shift the printhead carrier disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Walter Fagan, Frederick Charles Griesemer, Michael Anthony Marra, III, Randall David Mayo