Patents by Inventor Yasunori Fujimoto

Yasunori Fujimoto 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: 8113614
    Abstract: A recording apparatus for discharging ink from a recording head arraying a plurality of nozzles to execute recording of an image includes a drive unit configured to form a group with a defined number of nozzles so as to include an adjacent nozzle in a different block and to execute time-division driving of the block according to a driving order corresponding to a recording mode, and a recording control unit configured to execute scan recording to a recording medium in a first recording mode or a second recording mode. Each pass of scan recording in the second recording mode is executed using nozzles smaller in number than a number of nozzles used to execute each pass of scan recording in the first recording mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Nitta, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Yasunori Fujimoto, Taku Yokozawa
  • Publication number: 20120019582
    Abstract: A sharp image is formed without variation in ink spreading around an outer periphery of a print-required region depending on a printing direction. At the time of printing an image by scanning a print medium with a print head for ejecting a first ink which is visible as black and has relatively high permeation properties of penetrating the print medium and a second ink having relatively low permeation properties, a printing apparatus uses the second ink to print on at least an edge area of the print-required region of the print medium, and the first ink to print on a non-edge area surrounded by the edge area. The print head comprises a first nozzle array ejecting the first ink and second nozzle arrays ejecting the second ink. The second nozzle arrays are arranged on opposite sides of the first nozzle array in the scan direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakajima, Tatsuya Fukushima, Yasunori Fujimoto, Takeshi Honma
  • Publication number: 20120019583
    Abstract: An ink jet printing apparatus and an ink jet printing method, whereby high-permeation ink and low-permeation ink are employed to prevent a reduction in optical density is provided. The ink jet printing apparatus controls ejection of ink from print heads, so that only low-permeation ink is ejected onto the edge area of a print medium that is adjacent to a non-printing area, and this time, high-permeation ink is not employed. Further, the ink jet printing apparatus controls ejection of ink from the print heads, so that both low-permeation ink and high-permeation ink are employed for the non-edge area that is adjacent to the edge area, and to perform printing, the low-permeation ink is ejected onto the non-edge area prior to the high-permeation ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunori Fujimoto, Masato Kawakami, Takeshi Honma
  • Publication number: 20120013673
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus for effecting recording using a recording head for ejecting ink, the ink jet recording apparatus including a heating section for heating the recording head, a detecting unit for detecting a temperature of the recording head, a setting unit for setting a target temperature of the recording head, and a controller for controlling the target temperature of the recording head at or above the target temperature. The controller controls the temperature by heating control for heating the recording head and by diffusing control for diffusing the heat supplied by the heating control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Hayashi, Yasunori Fujimoto, Jun Shimoji
  • Patent number: 8038249
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus for effecting recording using a recording head for ejecting ink, the ink jet recording apparatus including a heating section for heating the recording head, a detecting unit for detecting a temperature of the recording head, a setting unit for setting a target temperature of the recording head, and a controller for controlling the target temperature of the recording head at or above the target temperature. The controller controls the temperature by heating control for heating the recording head and by diffusing control for diffusing the heat supplied by the heating control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Hayashi, Yasunori Fujimoto, Jun Shimoji
  • Patent number: 7987971
    Abstract: A belt device includes a belt; a driving unit that is provided inside the belt and drives the belt; a supporting unit that is provided inside the belt and supports the belt; and a position determination member that is fixed to one end in an axial direction of the driving unit or the supporting unit and comes in contact with an edge portion of the belt in the case where the belt is mounted so as to determine a position of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kimura, Takanori Sasaki, Toshinori Sasaki, Masakazu Takahashi, Shogo Kamiya, Yasunori Fujimoto, Masataka Konishi, Hitoshi Hamasaki, Keita Yano, Akira Fukuchi, Satoshi Matsuzaka, Masakatsu Eda
  • Publication number: 20110135351
    Abstract: A recording medium peeling device includes: a circularly moving section that has a moving surface circulating along a circulation course; and a pressing section that presses a recording medium passing through a pressing position in the circulation course, against the moving surface at the pressing position. The recording medium peeling device further includes: a peeling member that is disposed downstream from the pressing position in the circularly moving, is apart from the moving surface, is provided along the moving surface, extends in a direction crossing a direction of the circularly moving, and peels the recording medium after passing through the pressing position from the moving surface; and a protruding member that is disposed downstream from the peeling member in a direction in which the recording medium after being peeled by the peeling member proceeds, protrudes from the peeling member side to the recording medium side, and slopes downstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsumi Kurita, Shogo Kamiya, Yasunori Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20110128560
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit, a determination unit, and a thinning unit. The acquisition unit may acquire color information concerning color of an image having an attribute of at least one of character or line drawing. The determination unit may determine a thinning ratio for thinning data of non-edge portions of the image according to the color information acquired by the acquisition unit. The thinning unit may thin data of the non-edge portions according to the thinning ratio determined by the determination unit. The thinning ratio determined by the determination unit when the color information indicates a color other than black is lower than the thinning ratio determined when the color information indicates black.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunori Fujimoto, Ryuta Hirayama
  • Publication number: 20110085208
    Abstract: If a non-edge part of an image is thinned at a constant thinning ratio regardless of an image size (a character size or a line image width), a reduction in image density in the non-edge part becomes more conspicuous with increasing image size, which can lead to a reduction in image quality. In view of the above, the thinning ratio at which to thin data in the non-edge part of the image is determined depending on the image size. The thinning ratio is set to be smaller for images with sizes greater than or equal to a predetermined value than for images with sizes smaller than the predetermined value such that a high-quality image with sufficiently high density in its non-edge part is obtained regardless of the image size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobukazu Takahashi, Yasunori Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20110050776
    Abstract: A recording apparatus for discharging ink from a recording head arraying a plurality of nozzles to execute recording of an image includes a drive unit configured to form a group with a defined number of nozzles so as to include an adjacent nozzle in a different block and to execute time-division driving of the block according to a driving order corresponding to a recording mode, and a recording control unit configured to execute scan recording to a recording medium in a first recording mode or a second recording mode. Each pass of scan recording in the second recording mode is executed using nozzles smaller in number than a number of nozzles used to execute each pass of scan recording in the first recording mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaki Nitta, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Yasunori Fujimoto, Taku Yokozawa
  • Patent number: 7850270
    Abstract: A recording apparatus for discharging ink from a recording head arraying a plurality of nozzles to execute recording of an image includes a drive unit configured to form a group with a defined number of nozzles so as to include an adjacent nozzle in a different block and to execute time-division driving of the block according to a driving order corresponding to a recording mode, and a recording control unit configured to execute scan recording to a recording medium in a first recording mode or a second recording mode. Each pass of scan recording in the second recording mode is executed using nozzles smaller in number than a number of nozzles used to execute each pass of scan recording in the first recording mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Nitta, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Yasunori Fujimoto, Taku Yokozawa
  • Publication number: 20100277521
    Abstract: When recording with the use of a multi-pass recording method, the order in which a specific ink and the other inks are applied in layers is controlled while preventing the multiple recording scans (passes) from becoming unnecessary uneven in terms of the ink recording permission ratio, and also, the ratio with which the specific ink is permitted to be applied to each unit pixel is determined for each recording scan (pass), based on the information (for example, CMYK information, RGB information, etc.) regarding the specific ink and the other inks, which are to be applied to each unit pixel. Therefore, it is possible to change the recording scan(s), to which the application of the specific ink is concentrated, based on the application conditions for the specific ink and the other inks, and therefore, it is possible to change the ratio with which the specific ink is applied before or after the other inks are applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takumi Kaneko, Yasunori Fujimoto, Tomokazu Yanai
  • Publication number: 20100230248
    Abstract: A belt device includes a belt; a driving unit that is provided inside the belt and drives the belt; a supporting unit that is provided inside the belt and supports the belt; and a position determination member that is fixed to one end in an axial direction of the driving unit or the supporting unit and comes in contact with an edge portion of the belt in the case where the belt is mounted so as to determine a position of the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Kouichi KIMURA, Takanori SASAKI, Toshinori SASAKI, Masakazu TAKAHASHI, Shogo KAMIYA, Yasunori FUJIMOTO, Masataka KONISHI, Hitoshi HAMASAKI, Keita YANO, Akira FUKUCHI, Satoshi MATSUZAKA, Masakatsu EDA
  • Publication number: 20100188678
    Abstract: When executing the gradation lowering processing to a data area in the lower side in multi-valued print data 403, an error generated by executing the gradation lowering processing to the data area in the lower side is stored in an information storage area 901B. On the other hand, the error thus distributed and stored is used for executing the gradation lowering processing to the data area ā€œJā€ (Jth line) in multi-valued print data 404 relating to the next scan. In this way the error generated when executing the gradation lowering processing to the multi-valued print data is stored, which is used at the time of executing the gradation lowering processing to the multi-valued print data relating to the next scan. Therefore, the density is stored by receiving and delivering the error between the multi-valued print data in a scan unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichi Miyazaki, Tomokazu Yanai, Yasunori Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20100171972
    Abstract: Multi-valued image data stored in an input image buffer are read out for each time of scans, and the color space conversion and image distribution are performed to read multi-valued image data. The binarized result is sent to the print buffer and at the same time, is accumulated as the print information to execute processing of reflecting it to the image distribution processing of the next pass. It is possible to appropriately restrict the density fluctuation due to the print position shift between planes without providing pixels where dots are overlapped and printed more than necessary. With this, by accumulating the multi-valued image data at the stage of RGB in the input image buffer to read out data stored in input image buffer for executing processing, a capacity required for input image buffer does not change even if the number of the ink colors provided on the printing apparatus increases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeru Fujita, Akira Ichimura, Yasunori Fujimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki, Hironori Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20100165390
    Abstract: A channel selection section selects whether the subsequent processing to the image data is executed by image distribution precedence processing or by gradation lowering precedence processing in accordance with channel information of the image data. That is, in regard to the channels of C, M and K with relatively high density among inks, the image distribution precedence processing excellent in robustness is selected. On the other hand, in the ink of the color with high brightness or low density, even if the print position of the dot is shifted, the density change due to this shift is not so much large. It is possible to restrict an increase in the processing load due to executing the gradation lowering processing after the distribution processing to each of the plural divided images by thus not selecting the image distribution precedence processing in consideration of the robustness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hironori Nakamura, Hiroki Horikoshi, Yasunori Fujimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki, Akira Ichimura
  • Publication number: 20100165366
    Abstract: The quantity processing is executed to data distributed for each color. Binary data obtained by this quantization processing are selected only in regard to a color generating print quantity information. Filtering processing is executed to the binary data of the selected color to generate the print quantity information. In the quantization processing for a second plane, data found by converting the print quantity information generated in the first plane processing into a minus value are added to the multi-valued data. In the quantization processing in the second plane added, the value of the multi-valued data is made small and in the quantity, probability that the multi-valued data become binary data printing the dots is made small. That is, a ratio where dots in the first plane and dots in the second plane overlap and are formed can be made small.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Ichimura, Yasunori Fujimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki, Hiroki Horikoshi
  • Publication number: 20100026746
    Abstract: In a multipass printing that performs a plurality of printing scans over a unit area of a print medium by using a leading head and a follower head, the multivalued image data for the leading head is distributed according to the print volume information for up to the preceding printing scan. Then, the multivalued image data for the leading head is subjected to the grayscale level reduction operation to generate binary data. Based on the binary data, the print volume information is updated, after which the multivalued image data for the follower head is distributed according to the print volume information. This causes a plurality of printing scans or a plurality of print heads, that print the same unit area, to have a correlation among them, with the result that dots on a plurality of planes when overlapped have an excellent scattering characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeru Fujita, Hiroki Horikoshi, Yasunori Fujimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki, Akira Ichimura, Hironori Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20090244580
    Abstract: Graininess is suppressed while at the same time minimizing grayscale variations caused by inter-plane deviations. For this purpose, when a pixel is printed by M relative scans of a print head over a print medium or by a relative scans of M print heads over the print medium, M pieces of multivalued image data is created according to a division number or distribution ratio determined by a grayscale value of that pixel. The M pieces of multivalued image data are individually quantized and then the printing is performed according to the quantized pixel data. This process prevents dot generation delays and graininess from deteriorating in highlighted areas, thus realizing printed images highly robust against density variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunori Fujimoto, Tomokazu Yanai, Shinichi Miyazaki
  • Publication number: 20090168087
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and an image forming method are provided which can produce an image with high robustness that can keep image impairments from becoming noticeable even when there are printing characteristic variations over a range of positions of the print elements, as in the case of an end deflection phenomenon. This is realized by distributing multilevel grayscale values of individual pixels according to distribution coefficients determined for the individual print elements that print the pixels, allocating the distributed grayscale values to the associated planes, and binarizing the allocated grayscale values in each plane. With this process, the grayscale value distribution factors in each scan of multipass printing can be determined according to the positions of individual print elements on the print head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunori Fujimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki, Hiroki Horikoshi, Akira Ichimura, Tomokazu Yanai