Patents by Inventor Hayato FUJITA

Hayato FUJITA has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8982422
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image in accordance with light to be emitted from a light source includes: a digital half-toning unit configured to convert a uniform-pixel-value region of image data to a parallel-line pattern formed with a plurality of parallel lines extending obliquely with respect to a direction, in which pixels are arrayed, thereby expressing each gray level of the image data as an area percentage; a modulated-signal generating unit configured to generate a modulated signal by modulating the converted image data with a clock signal; a light-source driving unit configured to drive the light source according to the modulated signal; and an edge control unit configured to narrow a to-be-illuminated region, which is to be illuminated by the light from the light source, in each of edge neighborhoods of the lines constituting the parallel-line pattern, while increasing intensity of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Muneaki Iwata, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Hayato Fujita
  • Patent number: 8983318
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is disclosed, including a light source; a drum; an optical scanning apparatus; and an endless belt. The image forming apparatus further includes a pattern forming unit which forms, on the endless belt along a conveying direction of the endless belt, a density fluctuation detecting pattern having a period; a density sensor which detects the density fluctuating detecting pattern and outputs a density signal including information on density fluctuations in the conveying direction of the endless belt; and a period detecting sensor which detects the period included in the density fluctuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsufumi Omori, Masaaki Ishida, Kazuhiro Akatsu, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Patent number: 8976426
    Abstract: A light source driving circuit that drives a light source includes a driving electric current generator that generates a driving electric current including a predetermined electric current, a first auxiliary current, and a second auxiliary current; and a controller that sets values of the first and second auxiliary currents by using first and second lighting pattern signals, wherein each of the first and second lighting pattern signals is for controlling supply of the predetermined electric current to the light source. After setting a first value of the first auxiliary current, a second value of the second auxiliary current is set by using the second lighting pattern signal that defines a time period for stopping supply of the predetermined electric current to be shorter than a time period for stopping the supply of the predetermined electric current that is defined by the first lighting pattern signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsufumi Omori, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Patent number: 8957934
    Abstract: A light source drive circuit which drives a light source is disclosed, including a drive current generating unit which generates a drive current, the driving current including a predetermined current for obtaining a predetermined light amount from the light source; and first and second overshoot currents which are applied to the predetermined current in synchronization thereto; and a control unit which sets, to the drive current generating unit, a value of the first overshoot current to a fixed value, and a value of the second overshoot current in accordance with a light amount output from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Fujita, Atsufumi Omori, Muneaki Iwata, Masaaki Ishida
  • Patent number: 8928715
    Abstract: A light source driver includes a controller which outputs an undershoot current in synchronization with lighting complete timing in lighting information, wherein the controller is configured to output the undershoot current such that a voltage in a light source when the output of the undershoot current is complete is equal to a voltage in the light source before being turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsufumi Omori, Masaaki Ishida, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Patent number: 8929759
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a density detection unit that detects densities of an image developed by a developing unit at a plurality of positions in a main-scanning direction; a processing unit that obtains at least one of an amplitude and a phase of a first periodical density change of the image, of which cycle is a rotation cycle of a photosensitive drum, at the plurality of positions in the main-scanning direction on the basis of an output signal of the density detection unit, and corrects a drive signal for the light source so as to suppress the first periodical density change of the image at each position in the main-scanning direction on the basis of the rotation cycle of the photosensitive drum and at least one of the amplitude and the phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Muneaki Iwata, Kazuhiro Akatsu, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140347708
    Abstract: A light source driving circuit that drives a light source includes a driving electric current generator that generates a driving electric current including a predetermined electric current, a first auxiliary current, and a second auxiliary current; and a controller that sets values of the first and second auxiliary currents by using first and second lighting pattern signals, wherein each of the first and second lighting pattern signals is for controlling supply of the predetermined electric current to the light source. After setting a first value of the first auxiliary current, a second value of the second auxiliary current is set by using the second lighting pattern signal that defines a time period for stopping supply of the predetermined electric current to be shorter than a time period for stopping the supply of the predetermined electric current that is defined by the first lighting pattern signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Atsufumi OMORI, Muneaki IWATA, Hayato FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20140333940
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a pseudo-halftone processing unit that processes input image data to output image data of first resolution; a resolution converting unit that converts the image data of the first resolution into image data of second resolution that is higher than the first resolution; a modulation-signal generating unit that generates a modulation signal obtained by modulating the image data of the second resolution according to a clock signal; and a light-source driving unit that drives a light source according to the modulation signal. The pseudo-halftone processing unit converts a region of pixels having the same pixel value into a parallel line pattern that is formed with a plurality of parallel lines oblique relative to a direction of arrangement of pixels. The resolution converting unit generates the image data o in which each edge of the lines forming the parallel line pattern is smoothed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Muneaki Iwata, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140333941
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image in accordance with light to be emitted from a light source includes: a digital half-toning unit configured to convert a uniform-pixel-value region of image data to a parallel-line pattern formed with a plurality of parallel lines extending obliquely with respect to a direction, in which pixels are arrayed, thereby expressing each gray level of the image data as an area percentage; a modulated-signal generating unit configured to generate a modulated signal by modulating the converted image data with a clock signal; a light-source driving unit configured to drive the light source according to the modulated signal; and an edge control unit configured to narrow a to-be-illuminated region, which is to be illuminated by the light from the light source, in each of edge neighborhoods of the lines constituting the parallel-line pattern, while increasing intensity of the light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Muneaki IWATA, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140327938
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus forms an image by irradiating light from a light source to an image carrier. The image forming apparatus includes: an image processing unit that processes image data at resolution N; and a control unit that generates modulation data to drive the light source at resolution m×N (m is a positive integer equal to or larger than 2), which is higher than the resolution N, based on the processed image data. Processing at the image processing unit is pseudo-halftone processing to perform line thinning or thickening on a part of the image data. The control unit converts the image data at the resolution N that has been subjected to the pseudo-halftone processing into data at the resolution m×N, and adjusts an amount of light for a part of the image data based on the resolution m×N.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Masaaki ISHIDA, Atsufumi Omori, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140268186
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that forms an image according to light emitted from a light source is provided. The image forming apparatus includes: a first image processor that performs image processing on image data having a first resolution and outputs the resulting image data; a resolution converter that acquires the image data having the first resolution output from the first image processor and converts the image data to image data having a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution; a modulation signal generator that modulates the image data having the second resolution according to a clock signal to thereby generate a modulation signal; a light source driver that drives the light source according to the modulation signal; and a second image processor that performs image processing on the image data having the second resolution to be modulated to the modulation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: MUNEAKI IWATA, MASAAKI ISHIDA, ATSUFUMI OMORI, HAYATO FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20140176656
    Abstract: A light source driver includes a controller which outputs an undershoot current in synchronization with lighting complete timing in lighting information, wherein the controller is configured to output the undershoot current such that a voltage in a light source when the output of the undershoot current is complete is equal to a voltage in the light source before being turned on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Atsufumi OMORI, Masaaki Ishida, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20140139603
    Abstract: A light source drive circuit which drives a light source is disclosed, including a drive current generating unit which generates a drive current, the driving current including a predetermined current for obtaining a predetermined light amount from the light source; and first and second overshoot currents which are applied to the predetermined current in synchronization thereto; and a control unit which sets, to the drive current generating unit, a value of the first overshoot current to a fixed value, and a value of the second overshoot current in accordance with a light amount output from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Hayato FUJITA, Atsufumi OMORI, Muneaki IWATA, Masaaki ISHIDA
  • Publication number: 20140139605
    Abstract: A light source drive circuit for driving a light source is disclosed including a drive current generating unit generating a drive current, the drive current including a predetermined current for obtaining a predetermined light amount from the light source, a first auxiliary current input to the light source prior to input of the predetermined current, and a second auxiliary current added to the predetermined current in synchronization thereto; and a signal generating unit generating a first signal and a second signal, the first signal causing the first auxiliary current to be input for a first period and the second signal causing the second auxiliary current to be applied to the predetermined current for a second period. The first period is shorter than a period from a rise of the predetermined current to when a light amount from the light source reaches the predetermined light amount with the predetermined current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Fujita, Masaaki ISHIDA, Atsufumi Omori, Muneaki Iwata
  • Patent number: 8705979
    Abstract: An LD driver to generate an asymmetrical driving current with a relatively faster falling edge and an optical transmitter having the LD driver are disclosed. The LD driver includes a primary driver and the sub-driver connected in parallel to the primary driver. The primary driver converts the input signal or the delayed signal delayed from the input signal into the primary current. The sub-driver generates a symmetrical current tracing the input or the delayed signal, and an asymmetrical current formed by the OR operation between the input and delayed signals. The driving current is formed by adding the primary current, the symmetrical current and the asymmetrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hayato Fujita
  • Patent number: 8648892
    Abstract: Apparatus that forms an image according to image information includes density sensors that detect image density variations in main and sub-scanning directions. A processing device generates correction data for correcting a light source output to suppress the density variations based on detection results. The processing device modifies the correction data such that the light source output after the correction is at least a minimum rated output at a position at which the output after the correction is lower than the minimum rated output, in the relation between a position on the surface of the photosensitive element in the main-scanning direction and the output after the correction, and modifies the correction data such that the light source output after the correction is at most a maximum rated output at a position at which the output after the correction is higher than the maximum rated output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Seizo Suzuki, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Kazuhiro Akatsu, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20130302052
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a density detection unit that detects densities of an image developed by a developing unit at a plurality of positions in a main-scanning direction; a processing unit that obtains at least one of an amplitude and a phase of a first periodical density change of the image, of which cycle is a rotation cycle of a photosensitive drum, at the plurality of positions in the main-scanning direction on the basis of an output signal of the density detection unit, and corrects a drive signal for the light source so as to suppress the first periodical density change of the image at each position in the main-scanning direction on the basis of the rotation cycle of the photosensitive drum and at least one of the amplitude and the phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Muneaki IWATA, Kazuhiro Akatsu, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20130243459
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is disclosed, including a light source; a drum; an optical scanning apparatus; and an endless belt. The image forming apparatus further includes a pattern forming unit which forms, on the endless belt along a conveying direction of the endless belt, a density fluctuation detecting pattern having a period; a density sensor which detects the density fluctuating detecting pattern and outputs a density signal including information on density fluctuations in the conveying direction of the endless belt; and a period detecting sensor which detects the period included in the density fluctuations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Atsufumi OMORI, Masaaki Ishida, Kazuhiro Akatsu, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20120293783
    Abstract: A light source drive device includes a first current source which provides a predetermined current to a light source corresponding to a predetermined light output, and a second current source which provides an overshoot current to the light source synchronized with the predetermined current. A processor is configured to set an overshoot time during which the overshoot current is provided to the light source. Further, an overshoot current is set which is applied to the light source. The overshoot time is set so that the overshoot time based on the rising of the predetermined current to when a light emission of the light source is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Hayato Fujita
  • Publication number: 20120189328
    Abstract: Apparatus that forms an image according to image information includes density sensors that detect image density variations in main and sub-scanning directions. A processing device generates correction data for correcting a light source output to suppress the density variations based on detection results. The processing device modifies the correction data such that the light source output after the correction is at least a minimum rated output at a position at which the output after the correction is lower than the minimum rated output, in the relation between a position on the surface of the photosensitive element in the main-scanning direction and the output after the correction, and modifies the correction data such that the light source output after the correction is at most a maximum rated output at a position at which the output after the correction is higher than the maximum rated output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Seizo Suzuki, Masaaki Ishida, Atsufumi Omori, Kazuhiro Akatsu, Muneaki Iwata, Hayato Fujita