Patents by Inventor Tomofumi Nishida

Tomofumi Nishida 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: 10889134
    Abstract: To shorten the time to be taken to start executing a process to handle conveyance trouble of a print medium after the occurrence of the conveyance trouble, a printing apparatus of the present invention, upon sensing of conveyance trouble by a sensing unit during a printing operation, stops the conveyance of the print medium in the conveyance trouble and any print medium located upstream of it, and moves a printing head from a first position at which the printing head performs printing on a print medium to a second position to which the printing head is retreated from the first position, in parallel with a discharge operation for conveying, to a discharge unit, any print medium located downstream of the print medium in the conveyance trouble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Ishida, Seiji Ogasawara, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Patent number: 10870550
    Abstract: In a printing apparatus, the ends of print media fed continuously can be prevented from colliding with each other. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to perform a print operation, a detecting unit configured to detect a conveyance abnormality, a conveying unit configured to convey a preceding print medium and a succeeding print medium, a conveying path having a first area including a curved portion at which a conveying direction of the print medium is curved and a second area upstream of the first area, and an opening unit capable of opening the first area of the conveying path. In a case in which a leading edge of the succeeding print medium is located in the second area at the time of the detecting unit detecting conveyance abnormality of the preceding print medium, the conveying unit conveys the succeeding print medium so that the leading edge of the succeeding print medium reaches the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Tokuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Patent number: 10857819
    Abstract: A printing apparatus can be downsized while degradation in the print quality can be suppressed. To perform skew correction on a second print medium on which printing is to be performed subsequent to a first print medium, a first conveying unit disposed upstream of the printing position where the printing unit performs printing on the print medium is stopped. Then, driving and stopping of third conveying unit disposed downstream of a second conveying unit is controlled, depending on whether the first print medium after printing has already passed by the second conveying unit when the first conveying unit is stopped, the second conveying unit being driven by the same driving source as that for the first conveying unit and being disposed downstream of the printing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuna Hattori, Tomofumi Nishida, Takaaki Ishida, Masaaki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10855871
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading apparatus includes a sensor capable of reading a document and a fixing member capable of restricting movement of the sensor on a basis of a user operation, the apparatus comprising: a control unit configured to perform predetermined control to move the sensor; a detection unit configured to detect a moving distance of the sensor by the predetermined control; a determination unit configured to execute a determination process of determining, on a basis of the detected moving distance of the sensor by the predetermined control, whether movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member; and a notification unit configured to execute a notification process of notifying a user that movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member, in a case where the determination unit determines that movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10773534
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that start conveying a subsequent sheet in a state where an overlap amount of a preceding sheet and the subsequent sheet is not determined, acquires the overlap amount after the sheet conveyance is started, acquires distance information about a distance between a trailing edge of an image of a last line on the preceding sheet and a leading edge of an image on the subsequent sheet based on recording data and the overlap amount, and generates recording data for image forming of recording data of the last line on the preceding sheet and recording data of a first line on the subsequent sheet in the same scan by a recording unit, based on the acquired distance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Publication number: 20200102172
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit, a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller, a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller, a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that the trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and the leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed from the stacking unit overlap each other, and a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit while keeping an overlap state between the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Tomofumi Nishida, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tetsuya Saito, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Publication number: 20200045201
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading apparatus includes a sensor capable of reading a document and a fixing member capable of restricting movement of the sensor on a basis of a user operation, the apparatus comprising: a control unit configured to perform predetermined control to move the sensor; a detection unit configured to detect a moving distance of the sensor by the predetermined control; a determination unit configured to execute a determination process of determining, on a basis of the detected moving distance of the sensor by the predetermined control, whether movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member; and a notification unit configured to execute a notification process of notifying a user that movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member, in a case where the determination unit determines that movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Publication number: 20200014812
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding roller, a feeding motor configured to drive the first feeding roller, a second feeding roller, a conveyance roller, a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller, a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet, a detection sensor configured to detect the leading edge of the printing sheet, and a control unit configured to, when the printing unit performs a printing operation on a preceding sheet, drive the feeding motor in synchronization with the conveyance motor before the detection sensor detects the leading edge of a succeeding sheet, and continuously drive the feeding motor so that the conveying speed of the succeeding sheet by the feeding motor becomes higher than that of the preceding sheet after the detection sensor detects the leading edge of the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Suzuki, Tetsuya Saito, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tomofumi Nishida, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Publication number: 20200001631
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that start conveying a subsequent sheet in a state where an overlap amount of a preceding sheet and the subsequent sheet is not determined, acquires the overlap amount after the sheet conveyance is started, acquires distance information about a distance between a trailing edge of an image of a last line on the preceding sheet and a leading edge of an image on the subsequent sheet based on recording data and the overlap amount, and generates recording data for image forming of recording data of the last line on the preceding sheet and recording data of a first line on the subsequent sheet in the same scan by a recording unit, based on the acquired distance information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10513407
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit, a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller, a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller, a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that the trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and the leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed from the stacking unit overlap each other, and a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit while keeping an overlap state between the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomofumi Nishida, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tetsuya Saito, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 10484558
    Abstract: When a reading target object that includes a light emitting region is set as a reading target, the light emitting region is detected by a reading mechanism of a reading unit. The reading unit is caused to read the detected light emitting region, and in the reading, a read operation by the reading unit is controlled based on change of an amount of light received from the light emitting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeki Hachiro, Kaede Furuichi, Toshiyuki Kuroda, Syunichi Kunihiro, Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10469689
    Abstract: A reading control apparatus is directed to improving convenience for a user when a reading device is caused to read a display surface of a terminal apparatus having the function of changing the size of an image to be displayed on a display device, and includes a reading unit configured to cause the reading device to read, as a reading target, the display surface, which is a surface including the display device of the terminal apparatus operating in either of a first state where an image in a first size is displayed on the display device, and a second state where the image in a second size smaller than the first size is displayed on the display device, thereby acquiring image data, and a notification unit configured to, in a case where the terminal apparatus placed on a document platen is not in the first state, execute a notification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Syunichi Kunihiro, Shigeki Hachiro, Toshiyuki Kuroda, Kaede Furuichi, Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10447875
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding roller, a feeding motor configured to drive the first feeding roller, a second feeding roller, a conveyance roller, a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller, a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet, a detection sensor configured to detect the leading edge of the printing sheet, and a control unit configured to, when the printing unit performs a printing operation on a preceding sheet, drive the feeding motor in synchronization with the conveyance motor before the detection sensor detects the leading edge of a succeeding sheet, and continuously drive the feeding motor so that the conveying speed of the succeeding sheet by the feeding motor becomes higher than that of the preceding sheet after the detection sensor detects the leading edge of the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Suzuki, Tetsuya Saito, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tomofumi Nishida, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Publication number: 20190299675
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus that can be downsized while degradation in the print quality is suppressed. To perform skew correction on a second print medium on which printing is to be performed subsequent to a first print medium, a first conveying unit disposed upstream of the printing position where the printing unit performs printing on the print medium is stopped. Then, driving and stopping a third conveying unit disposed downstream of a second conveying unit is controlled, depending on whether the first print medium after printing has already passed by the second conveying unit when the first conveying unit is stopped, the second conveying unit being driven by the same driving source as for the first conveying unit and is disposed downstream of the printing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yuna Hattori, Tomofumi Nishida, Takaaki Ishida, Masaaki Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20190241383
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to prevent the ends of print media fed continuously from colliding with each other. The present invention is a printing apparatus including: a printing unit configured to perform print operation; a detecting unit configured to detect conveyance abnormality; a conveying unit configured to convey a preceding print medium and a succeeding print medium; a conveying path having a first area including a curved portion at which a conveying direction of the print medium is curved and a second area upstream of the first area; and an opening unit capable of opening the first area of the conveying path, wherein, in a case where a leading edge of the succeeding print medium is located in the second area at the time of the detecting unit detecting conveyance abnormality of the preceding print medium, the conveying unit conveys the succeeding print medium so that the leading edge of the succeeding print medium reaches the first area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Shuichi Tokuda, Seiji Ogasawara, Takaaki Ishida, Masakazu Tsukuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Publication number: 20190240996
    Abstract: To shorten the time to be taken to start executing a process to handle conveyance trouble of a print medium after the occurrence of the conveyance trouble, a printing apparatus of the present invention, upon sensing of conveyance trouble by a sensing unit during a printing operation, stops the conveyance of the print medium in the conveyance trouble and any print medium located upstream of it, and moves a printing head from a first position at which the printing head performs printing on a print medium to a second position to which the printing head is retreated from the first position, in parallel with a discharge operation for conveying, to a discharge unit, any print medium located downstream of the print medium in the conveyance trouble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Takaaki Ishida, Seiji Ogasawara, Masakazu Tsukuda, Shuichi Tokuda, Masaaki Matsuura, Kazuki Matsuo, Tomofumi Nishida, Yuna Hattori
  • Patent number: 10005293
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a feeding roller to feed a sheet, a conveyance roller conveys the sheet, a printing head prints on the sheet, a reversing path that reverses the sheet from a first surface to a second surface, and a control unit that controls feeding of a preceding sheet and a succeeding sheet fed next to the preceding sheet. The control unit starts feeding of the succeeding sheet when a trailing edge of the preceding sheet, which was reversed by the reversing path, reaches a predetermined position and feeds the succeeding sheet so that a distance between the trailing edge of the preceding sheet and a leading edge of the succeeding sheet is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Publication number: 20180115671
    Abstract: A reading control apparatus is directed to improving convenience for a user when a reading device is caused to read a display surface of a terminal apparatus having the function of changing the size of an image to be displayed on a display device, and includes a reading unit configured to cause the reading device to read, as a reading target, the display surface, which is a surface including the display device of the terminal apparatus operating in either of a first state where an image in a first size is displayed on the display device, and a second state where the image in a second size smaller than the first size is displayed on the display device, thereby acquiring image data, and a notification unit configured to, in a case where the terminal apparatus placed on a document platen is not in the first state, execute a notification process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Syunichi Kunihiro, Shigeki Hachiro, Toshiyuki Kuroda, Kaede Furuichi, Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 9944090
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a feeding unit feeding a sheet; a conveying unit conveying the sheet fed by the feeding unit; a printing unit printing the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit; an inversion path inverting the sheet printed on a first surface by the printing unit and conveying the sheet to the conveying unit; and a conveyance control unit performing conveyance control of overlapping a trailing edge of a preceding sheet conveyed through the inversion path and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet fed following the preceding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Publication number: 20180097954
    Abstract: When a reading target object that includes a light emitting region is set as a reading target, the light emitting region is detected by a reading mechanism of a reading unit. The reading unit is caused to read the detected light emitting region, and in the reading, a read operation by the reading unit is controlled based on change of an amount of light received from the light emitting region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Shigeki Hachiro, Kaede Furuichi, Toshiyuki Kuroda, Syunichi Kunihiro, Tomofumi Nishida