Patents Examined by John Chizmar
  • Patent number: 6222616
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transferring a strip-form photosensitive paper material comprising mounting a feed roller on an upstream side of an exposure table and a transferring roller on a downstream side of the exposure table and intermittently transferring photosensitive paper material onto the exposure table only in predetermined feed size, characterized by measuring, in advance, a feed size of the photosensitive paper material based on a number of revolutions of the feed roller and a feed size of the photosensitive paper, based on number of revolutions of the transferring roller, and compensating for the number of revolutions given to both rollers in order to prevent an error generated between the photosensitive paper feed sizes and an exposure table having upstream feed rollers and downstream transfer rollers and control means for measuring and feed the photosensitive paper material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Narukami
  • Patent number: 6211948
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the photomechanical production of structured surfaces on a pattern support as an image for an electronically stored original, in particular for exposing offset print plates. The invention further relates to a device for carrying out the process. The original is broken down electronically into partial images which are displayed successively on a liquid crystal screen and reproduced on the pattern support such that the images recombine to form a total image of the original on the design support. The information in a partial image is checked and the partial image is reproduced on the pattern support according to this check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Friedrich Lüllau, Claus Mayer, Rolf Lüllau
  • Patent number: 6081675
    Abstract: A marking device of an electro-developing type video camera having a color separation optical system to color separate an object to be photographed into a plurality of color components, and an electro-developing recording medium having a plurality of optical image recording areas that electrically develop optical images corresponding to the color components. The marking device has a marking mechanism that forms a positioning mark indicating a relative position of each of the optical images developed in the plurality of optical image recording areas. The positioning mark is formed outside the optical image recording areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Mogamiya, Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6046794
    Abstract: A control device for reducing a marking time in a marking device. This control device performs control operations whereby an image 20 of an area that circumscribes the entire "ABCDE" pattern of an original image is retrieved, the circumscribed area image 20 is divided into a plurality of image segments 19 of a predetermined size, and each of the plurality of image segments 21 is sequentially displayed on a mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Komatsu Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masashi Ichihara
  • Patent number: 6043865
    Abstract: Imaging apparatus is provided which includes a generally cylindrical support defining a substrate support surface, a head operative to record information onto a substrate on the substrate support surfaces, and apparatus for precise rotational positioning and displacement of the cylindrical drum with respect to the imaging head. The apparatus includes at least one linear motor arranged to drive the cylindrical support in rotational motion, and control apparatus for providing electrical inputs to the linear motor to achieve precise rotational positioning of the substrate support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Scitex Corporation, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nir Halup, Yoav Lichtenstein, Eliyahu Vronsky
  • Patent number: 6041194
    Abstract: A position adjusting device is provided in an electro-developing type camera using an electro-developing recording medium by which an image is electronically developed. The electro-developing recording medium has first, second, and third recording areas in which green, red, and blue images are recorded, respectively. The electro-developing recording medium is supported by a recording medium supporting member through a piezoelectric transducer. The recording medium supporting member and the electro-developing recording medium are moved upward and downward by rotating a drive screw, so that one of the first, second, and third recording areas is positioned in the optical path of the photographing optical system. The position of the electro-developing recording medium is adjusted in a horizontal direction by extending and contracting the piezoelectric transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6023590
    Abstract: An image recording device mounted on an electro-developing type camera using an electro-developing recording medium in which an object image obtained through a photographing optical system is electronically developed. The electro-developing recording medium has a first recording area in which the image is recorded, and a second recording area in which information other than the image is recorded. First and second electrodes are provided in the first and second recording areas, respectively, so that an electric voltage can be independently applied to the first and second recording areas. By exposing the first recording area while applying the voltage thereto, the image is recorded in the first recording area. By heating the second recording area without applying the voltage thereto, the information is recorded in the second recording area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Abe, Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: 6019448
    Abstract: When a recording mode of a printer is changed to a resolution expansion mode when an internal temperature of a recording head falls or by an external indication, the number of divided blocks is changed so that the overlap of on time zones of block sub-division signals is prevented in order to assure that heaters of the recording head are energized for a sufficient time period. Thus, the heater energization time period for each block is extended without extending the total recording time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kentaro Yano, Naoji Otsuka, Osamu Iwasaki, Daigoro Kanematsu
  • Patent number: 6016182
    Abstract: A motion picture film having digital audio data recorded in at least one sound track thereof. Such digital audio data includes a plurality of bytes of data each having 8 bits of data. Each respective bit of each byte of audio data is recorded in a sound track of the film in the film running direction and each byte is arranged side-by-side in a direction normal to the film running direction to form a compression processing block. C1 parity data is added to each such compression processing block and C2 parity data is added after a predetermined interval of plural compression processing blocks. Error correction may be performed by utilizing the C1 and C2 parity data for each compression processing block and at the predetermined interval of plural compression blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Ohashi, Kozo Kaminaga, Kenji Takanashi, Toshiaki Setogawa, Teruyuki Yoshida, Katsuichi Tachi
  • Patent number: 6014199
    Abstract: A film containing first sections with narrower panoramic frames and second sections with wider normal frames is scanned to obtain density values. To distinguish the panoramic frames from the normal frames, the density values along two longitudinally extending strips near the edges of the film are checked for each film section. Each strip has a length equal to that of the respective frame, and the strips border the narrower panoramic frames but are located within the wider normal frames. The density distribution in each strip is compared with density distributions previously derived from the borders of panoramic frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Agfa Gevaert AG
    Inventor: Hans-Georg Schindler
  • Patent number: 6006043
    Abstract: An image signal recording operation control device is provided in a still video camera. The control device has a photographing optical system by which an image is formed on an electro-developing recording medium, by which the image is electronically developed. The control device also has a scanner optical system by which the image developed by the electro-developing recording medium is formed on a sensor imaging plane. A line sensor is provided for scanning on the sensor imaging plane to read out the image. When the electro-developing recording medium is not mounted in the still video camera, i.e., when an aerial image formed by the photographing optical system is read by the line sensor, the scanner optical system is displaced by a predetermined amount along the optical axis, in comparison with a state in which the electro-developing recording medium is mounted, so that the scanner optical system can form an in-focus image on the sensor imaging plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tahei Morisawa
  • Patent number: 6003967
    Abstract: A density measuring unit is provided for measuring a density of a printing substance such as ink or toner fixed on a paper sheet and producing a value of the printing substance's density. Further, a determining unit is provided for determining whether or not the value of said printing substance's density obtained from the density measuring unit is lower than a predetermined value. The density of the printing substance measured by the density measuring unit is either a density of the printing substance representing a predetermined mark which has been printed in addition to printing out received image information or a density of said printing substance representing said received image information. A blockage removal unit is provided for performing a blockage removal operation for removing any blockage which prevents a printing unit from normally printing out the received image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Mazaki
  • Patent number: 5995198
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exposure apparatus for printing a predetermined pattern on a mask onto a substrate whose surface is coated with a photosensitive material such as resist. The exposure apparatus according to the present invention comprises a special alignment system which effectively suppresses interference of alignment light, offset drift, and the like which may occur due to the resist, thereby realizing highly accurate alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Mizutani
  • Patent number: 5995195
    Abstract: An apparatus for exposing photosensitive materials includes a plurality of light sources for generating beams having different wavelengths, a polygon mirror for scanning and exposing the beams toward a color photosensitive material, and one or more f .theta. lenses disposed on an optical path between the photosensitive material and the polygon mirror. The polygon mirror and the f .theta. lenses are arranged, with respect to the beam from a light source having an intermediate wavelength among the light sources, such that reflection points corresponding to both ends of beam scanning on reflection surfaces of the polygon mirror pass through an identical point on an optical axis of the f .theta. lenses, and light beams at the both ends of beam scanning have line symmetry with respect to the optical axis of the f .theta. lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kodama, Kensuke Goda
  • Patent number: 5992961
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus is provided with at least one first electrode at least in either a recording head or ink retaining member, dielectric adjacent to the first electrode or laying between the first electrodes, a second electrode electrically connected to the first electrode through the dielectric and ink, power supply to apply and release voltage to and from the first electrode, potential difference detector for detecting the potential of the second electrode, and equivalent circuit to determine the ink remains at least in either one of the recording head and ink retaining member in accordance with the potential of the second electrode detected by potential difference detector. In this way, it is possible to provide an ink jet recording apparatus having equivalent circuit for detecting ink shortage, and expect a highly precise detection thereof, and also, to provide information processing systems having such recording apparatus for its output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishikawa, Osamu Asakura, Masasumi Nagashima, Yoshiyuki Shimamura, Kenji Kawazoe, Kazuya Iwata, Seiji Takahashi, Yuji Kanome, Takahiro Ohde
  • Patent number: 5986744
    Abstract: A projection optical system of the present invention comprises a shaping optical system which is disposed in an optical path between a first surface and a second surface on which an image of the first surface is formed and has a refractive power in only one of two directions which are perpendicular to an optical axis of the projection optical system and orthogonal to each other. This shaping optical system comprises a first lens group which has a refractive power in only one of the two directions which are orthogonal to each other and a second lens group which has a refractive power only in the direction in which the first lens group has the refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Kudo, Osamu Tanitsu
  • Patent number: 5983028
    Abstract: A usage control device is mounted in an electro-developing type camera with an electro-developing recording medium, by which an image is electronically developed. The electro-developing recording medium has an image recording area and a data recording area. The image is electronically developed and recorded in the image recording area. Data which indicates the number of times that a recording operation of the electro-developing recording medium has taken place, is magnetically recorded in the data recording area. The data recording area is composed of a magnetic recording medium, such as a magnetic tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Sato
  • Patent number: 5983039
    Abstract: An electronic still video camera has an electro-developing recording medium. As soon as an optical image is formed on the medium, the image is recorded and developed as a visible image therein. The developed image is electronically read as image data by a line sensor, and the read image data may be stored in an IC memory card, a floppy disk, a hard disk or the like. Optionally, the read image data may be transferred from the camera to an external device such as a computer, a TV monitor or the like. The developed image can be thermally erased from the medium by using an electric heater. One of these operations is executed by a depression of a single switch in accordance with a mode-selection switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Harumi Aoki
  • Patent number: 5983038
    Abstract: A white balance adjusting device includes a rotational color filter and a shutter which are provided between a photographing optical system and an electro-developing recording medium having first, second, and third recording areas. Red, green, and blue images are recorded in the first, second, and third recording areas through the rotational color filter. A photometry sensor is provided behind the electro-developing recording medium to sense the intensity of light passing through the first, second, and third recording areas. When the sensed light reaches a proper photometry value, the application of a voltage to the electro-developing recording medium is stopped, and the shutter is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Tahei Morisawa, Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5975665
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided an ink jet recording apparatus for recording an image on a recording medium by discharging ink to the surface of the recording medium, wherein ink is reserved in an ink tank including a negative pressure generating member, such as an absorber and a foaming member, and a function of accurately detecting the residual quantity such that depletion to a predetermined level can be detected is realized. Light emitted by a photointerrupter is allowed to pass through a portion of a wall surface of the ink tank made of transparent plastic or the like which is transmissible with respect to detection light emitted by the photointerrupter to detect change in the light reflectance in the boundary portion between the wall surface and the ink absorber. In accordance with reflectance obtained in a case where no ink exists in the detected portion and that obtained in a case where ink exists, the residual quantity of ink can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Torigoe, Masashi Kamada, Noribumi Koitabashi, Toshiharu Inui, Fumiyuki Mikami, Takayuki Ninomiya, Yasuhiro Unosawa, Kazuhiko Morimura, Hitoshi Nishikori, Masaya Uetuki