Patents by Inventor Masataka Yamazaki

Masataka Yamazaki 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: 8503028
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having an accepting unit; a printing unit, which performs a high-speed double-sided print processing operation to print an image on a second recording medium during a period between when a first side of a first recording medium is printed and when a second side of the first recording medium is printed; an adjustment unit, which performs an image quality adjustment; a determination unit that determines whether adjustment execution conditions will be fulfilled during performance of the high-speed double-sided print processing operation before the high-speed double-sided print processing operation is initiated; and a control unit, which controls the adjustment unit to perform the image quality adjustment before initiation of the high-speed double-sided print processing operation, when the determination unit determines that the adjustment execution conditions will be fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8451494
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a carrier; a forming unit that forms a pattern on the carrier; a correcting unit that executes a plurality of correction processes for image formation by measuring the pattern formed on the carrier by the forming unit; and an issuing unit that has issuing conditions corresponding to the correction processes and issues execution requests indicating execution timings of the correction processes satisfying the issuing conditions, wherein the correcting unit executes only one correction process, of which the execution request is issued, when another correction process is not issued at the execution timing of the one correction process, and wherein the correcting unit executes the one correction process and the another correction process in a prescribed order regardless of the execution timings indicated by the execution requests when the another correction process is issued at the execution timing of the one correction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20130128313
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus operates according to setting information, and includes a storage unit for storing the setting information; an interface for connecting a portable storage medium; a processing unit for reading/writing the setting information from/to the storage unit, and reading/writing the setting information from/to the portable storage medium via the interface, and a log creating unit for creating a first processing result log indicating a first processing result of a reading/writing process when the processing unit reads the setting information from the storage unit and writes the setting information in the portable storage medium, and storing the first processing result log, and creating a second processing result log indicating a second processing result of a reading/writing process when the processing unit reads the setting information from the portable storage medium and writes the setting information in the storage unit, and storing the second processing result log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Tatsuma HIROKAWA, Yukio YAMAGUCHI, Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8390834
    Abstract: A control section attaches a reprinting data mark to FAX image data received in a “Replace Toner” state and then stores the data. Then, a user is prompted to check whether an image of the FAX image data with the reprinting data mark printed most recently has been outputted appropriately. In case of appropriate output, all the FAX image data pieces with the reprinting data marks stored in a storage section are deleted. In contrast, in case of inappropriate output, the FAX image data is stored intact as reprinting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8351803
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes: a printing section configured to perform duplex printing including printing N sheet on a first side thereof and subsequently printing M sheet on a second side thereof, wherein M is equal to or smaller than N, a suspension section which is configured to suspend the duplex printing in response to receiving a request for image adjustment during the duplex printing, while the sheet having the first face thereof printed is caused to stay in the image forming apparatus during the suspension, a correction section which is configured to update a correction data for image adjustment while the duplex printing is suspended by the suspension section, and a restarting section which is configured to restart the duplex printing suspended by the suspension section after the correction data has been updated by the correction section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20130003124
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided, which includes an instruction receiving unit which receives an execution instruction of a print job, a sheet receiving unit which receives printed sheets; a sorting unit which discharges a separation sheet for separating the printed sheets, and a control device which determine whether the print job is a first job to be executed while a user exists in the vicinity or a second job to be executed while the user dose not exist in the vicinity, and which executes the print job in a first mode where the sorting unit does not discharge the separation sheet, when the print job is the first job, and executes the print job in a second mode where the sorting unit discharges the separation sheet, when the print job is the second job.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masataka YAMAZAKI, Wataru MIZUMUKAI
  • Patent number: 8339657
    Abstract: An image data processing apparatus includes an execution device, a use determination device, an identification device, an execution determination device, and a control device. The execution device executes a predetermined data processing of image data. The use determination device determines at least one used amount in at least one specified portion which is used when the data processing is executed. The identification device identifies an attribute of the image data. The execution determination device determines whether or not to execute the data processing of the image data based on the attribute of the image data identified by the identification device and the at least one used amount determined by the use determination device. The control device makes the execution device execute the data processing of the image data when it is determined by the execution determination device to execute the data processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20120081728
    Abstract: A control section attaches a reprinting data mark to FAX image data received in a “Replace Toner” state and then stores the data. Then, a user is prompted to check whether an image of the FAX image data with the reprinting data mark printed most recently has been outputted appropriately. In case of appropriate output, all the FAX image data pieces with the reprinting data marks stored in a storage section are deleted. In contrast, in case of inappropriate output, the FAX image data is stored intact as reprinting data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8144352
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device comprising: a conversion unit configured to convert first data to second data having a predetermined format; a communication interface configured to interface the communication device with a network; a transmission unit configured to transmit the second data to an external device through the communication interface; a judgment unit configured to judge whether trouble would arise with respect to transmission of the second data to be executed by the transmission unit; and a storage control unit configured to store the second data while associating identification information of the external device with the second data in response to a fact that the judgment unit judges that the trouble would arise with respect to the transmission of the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20120002230
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a feeding delay control unit to control a delay in feeding image formation media to a conveying unit and a counting unit to count a number of image formation media discharged to a discharge tray. When a count value of the counting unit reaches a threshold, the feeding delay control unit causes a feeding unit to switch a feeding mode from a small spacing mode, in which a next image formation medium is fed while a previously-fed image formation medium is on a conveying path, to a large spacing mode, in which an image formation medium is fed after a previously-fed image formation medium is discharged from the conveying path. When a number of image formation media on which images have been formed is smaller than a upper limit, the feeding mode is returned from the large spacing mode to the small spacing mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20110249278
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: a forming section; a correction section configured to measure at least one of a position and a density of a formed image and perform a correction function for adjusting an image forming condition based on the measurement; a determination section configured to determine whether a color condition is satisfied; and a control section configured to selectively perform a first mode or a second mode if there is a print request while a correction execution condition satisfied, wherein in the first mode, the correction section is caused to perform the correction function, before a printing process begins in response to the print request, and wherein in the second mode, the correction section is caused to perform the correction function at least before the printing process to the color page data, on condition that the determination section determines that the color condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20110157617
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including: a plurality of reception units, wherein at least one of the plurality of reception units receives a printing job; a printing unit that performs printing based on the printing job received by the at least one of the plurality of reception units; a determination unit that determines a difficulty level of reprinting based on which of the plurality of reception units received the printing job; a setting unit that sets a correction-performing condition based on the determined difficulty level of reprinting, wherein the correction-performing condition becomes easier to satisfy as the determined difficulty level of reprinting increases; and a correction unit that performs a correcting process by causing the printing unit to form a pattern and by correcting an image to be printed based on a result of measuring the pattern, if the correction-performing condition is satisfied when the printing job is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20110051155
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a printing unit which prints an image on a recording medium; a controller which causes the printing unit to execute print processing on the basis of a print request; a measurement unit which executes an image measurement processing using the image printed by the printing unit; a correction unit which corrects the image to be printed by the printing unit on the basis of the result of the image measurement processing; and a detector which detects occurrence of a measurement executable error which stops print processing performed on the recording medium by the printing unit and which can causes the measurement unit to execute the image measurement processing, wherein when the detector detects the measurement executable error during the print processing, the controller controls the printing unit to stop processing the print processing and controls the measurement unit to execute the image measurement processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20110002721
    Abstract: In a printing device, the conveying mechanism has a first path from a accommodating unit to the printing position and a second path that conveys the sheet that has once passed through the printing position to the printing position in an inverted state. The controller controls the conveying mechanism to perform an automatic duplex print. Printing on the one side is executed by using the first path and printing on the another side is executed by using the second path. The another side printing error disables printing of an image, by using the second path, on the another side of the sheet, whose one side has already been printed. When the another side printing error occurs, the controller controls the conveying mechanism to convey, through the first path, a sheet and controlling the printing unit to print the image on the sheet based on the set of image data to be printed on the another side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20110002700
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes: a printing section configured to perform duplex printing including printing N sheet on a first side thereof and subsequently printing M sheet on a second side thereof, wherein M is equal to or smaller than N, a suspension section which is configured to suspend the duplex printing in response to receiving a request for image adjustment during the duplex printing, while the sheet having the first face thereof printed is caused to stay in the image forming apparatus during the suspension, a correction section which is configured to update a correction data for image adjustment while the duplex printing is suspended by the suspension section, and a restarting section which is configured to restart the duplex printing suspended by the suspension section after the correction data has been updated by the correction section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20100302563
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having an accepting unit; a printing unit, which performs a high-speed double-sided print processing operation to print an image on a second recoding medium during a period between when a first side of a first recording medium is printed and when a second side of the first recording medium is printed; an adjustment unit, which performs an image quality adjustment; a determination unit that determines whether adjustment execution conditions will be fulfilled during performance of the high-speed double-sided print processing operation before the high-speed double-sided print processing operation is initiated; and a control unit, which controls the adjustment unit to perform the image quality adjustment before initiation of the high-speed double-sided print process operation, when the determination unit determines that the adjustment execution conditions will be fulfilled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20100302581
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a reading section configured to read an original document, a printing section configured to perform duplex printing including printing N sheets on first sides thereof and subsequently printing M sheets on second sides thereof when printing an image of the original document read by the reading section, wherein M is equal to or smaller than N, a determination section configured to calculate a preparation time required to generate print data based on a copy setting which affects the preparation time, and configured to determine the value of N, wherein the determination section determines a smaller value as the value of N, as the preparation time is longer, and a control section configured to control the printing section to perform the duplex printing in accordance with the value of N determined by the determination section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20100134813
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a carrier; a forming unit that forms a pattern on the carrier; a correcting unit that executes a plurality of correction processes for image formation by measuring the pattern formed on the carrier by the forming unit; and an issuing unit that has issuing conditions corresponding to the correction processes and issues execution requests indicating execution timings of the correction processes satisfying the issuing conditions, wherein the correcting unit executes only one correction process, of which the execution request is issued, when another correction process is not issued at the execution timing of the one correction process, and wherein the correcting unit executes the one correction process and the another correction process in a prescribed order regardless of the execution timings indicated by the execution requests when the another correction process is issued at the execution timing of the one correction process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20080231895
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device comprising: a conversion unit configured to convert first data to second data having a predetermined format; a communication interface configured to interface the communication device with a network; a transmission unit configured to transmit the second data to an external device through the communication interface; a judgment unit configured to judge whether trouble would arise with respect to transmission of the second data to be executed by the transmission unit; and a storage control unit configured to store the second data while associating identification information of the external device with the second data in response to a fact that the judgment unit judges that the trouble would arise with respect to the transmission of the second data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20070229865
    Abstract: An image data processing apparatus includes an execution device, a use determination device, an identification device, an execution determination device, and a control device. The execution device executes a predetermined data processing of image data. The use determination device determines at least one used amount in at least one specified portion which is used when the data processing is executed. The identification device identifies an attribute of the image data, The execution determination device determines whether or not to execute the data processing of the image data based on the attribute of the image data identified by the identification device and the at least one used amount determined by the use determination device. The control device makes the execution device execute the data processing of the image data when it is determined by the execution determination device to execute the data processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masataka YAMAZAKI