Position Or Velocity Determined Patents (Class 358/1.5)
  • Patent number: 10682849
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a tablet printing apparatus includes a conveying device, an inkjet printing device, and a control device. The conveying device is configured to convey a tablet. The printing device includes a nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles are arranged in a direction crossing a conveying path where the tablet is conveyed by the conveying device, and performs printing by ejecting ink from the nozzles to the tablet being conveyed by the conveying device. The control device increases either one of a resolution in the conveying direction of the tablet at the time of performing the printing and a resolution in the array direction of the nozzles at the time of performing the printing higher than the other according to a print density or a print shape on the tablet, and controls the printing device to perform the printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Ikuta, Junsuke Komito, Shinichi Ogimoto
  • Patent number: 10657429
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a printer configured to form an image on a sheet at a carrying speed, a first reading/writing unit configured read tag information stored in a wireless tag disposed on the sheet and to write tag information to the wireless tag, a reading/writing control unit configured to control the first reading/writing unit to read tag information stored in the wireless tag and to write tag information to the wireless tag, and a printer control unit configured to control the carrying speed of the sheet according to a total number of wireless tags disposed on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Setsuo Takada
  • Patent number: 10539901
    Abstract: A simple structure is provided to move an optical print head toward a photosensitive drum. An image forming apparatus includes an optical print head having a first link portion and a second link portion, a sliding portion configured to move by sliding as to an image forming apparatus main body, and an abutting portion where one end of the optical print head abuts. When the sliding portion moves by sliding, the first link portion and the second link portion pivot as to the sliding portion, with the one end of the optical print head abutting the abutting portion, and the optical print head moves toward the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiro Ishidate, Yasuaki Otoguro, Yuta Okada, Daisuke Aruga, Hitoshi Iwai, Shinichiro Hosoi, Yuichiro Imai, Toshiki Momoka, Yoshitaka Otsubo, Saimon Gokyu
  • Patent number: 10518534
    Abstract: In one example of the disclosure, a first print engine is to print a first image in a first area of a web substrate, and is to leave blank a second area of the web substrate. The printed first image includes a set of fiducials 1-n. For each of fiducials 1-n, a fiducial position error is determined based upon a comparison of the detected position and a predicted position for a subject fiducial. A substrate advancement error is calculated based upon an average of the determined fiducial position errors. An insertion point is determined based upon the substrate advancement error. The insertion point is a point at which a second print engine in-line with the first print engine is to begin printing a second image in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Yoav Landau, On Mashiach
  • Patent number: 10350880
    Abstract: A method and system of controlling at least one printbar in a printing system are described. The printing system has one or more of printbars distributed along a media transport. A first image including a reference pattern is generated on a print medium with a first printbar. A pattern is then detected on the print medium. The reference pattern and the detected pattern are used to determine a position of the first image relative to a second printbar. This position is used to configure nozzle data for a second image to be generated on the print medium by the second printbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marti Rius Rossell, M. Isabel Borrell Bayona, Jordi Sender Beleta
  • Patent number: 10349022
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises a hardware processor. The hardware processor is configured to acquire a captured image of an area that includes a display area in which content is displayed by a display device and a peripheral area of the display area; acquire a content image data corresponding to the content; specify a display area in the captured image; produce process information based on the captured image; and perform image processing that includes combining an image based on the content image data with the display area of the captured image by using the process information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihito Iwadate, Hirokazu Kanda, Kenji Sato, Shoichi Okaniwa
  • Patent number: 10328727
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus of the present invention including: a printing portion which performs printing by a line type printing head; a transport portion which transports a printing medium along a transport path that faces the printing head; a region detection portion which analyzes printing data and detects a non-printing region which is a region that does not become a target of a printing operation; and a transport control portion which controls a transport speed when the non-printing region passes through the printing head to be higher than a transport speed when the other printing region passes through the printing head, in which the transport control portion performs an acceleration control at least at a part while the non-printing region passes through the printing head and performs a constant speed control while the other printing region passes through the printing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Harigae
  • Patent number: 10220610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of printing a print job by an image reproduction system. The print job specifies a printing step on an image receiving medium and a finishing step in or on the image receiving medium. The method comprises the steps of receiving the print job by the image reproduction system and receiving a trigger by a controller of the image reproduction system that the finishing step is not to be performed. In such a case for a digital image comprised in print job data of the print job, at least one digital finishing visualization image of a predetermined visual appearance of a result of the finishing step in or on the image receiving medium is obtained as well as a position of the digital image for merging the obtained at least one digital finishing visualization image with the digital image. The digital image is updated by merging the obtained at least one digital finishing visualization image with the digital image at the obtained position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V
    Inventors: Vinod J. Menezes, Antonius M. Gerrits
  • Patent number: 10040303
    Abstract: A printer includes a printer body including a holder configured to house rolled recording paper, a cover configured to open and close the holder, a coupling mechanism that couples the cover to the printer body, and a detachment preventing mechanism configured to prevent the cover from being detached from the printer body. The coupling mechanism includes shafts formed on one of side plates of the cover and inner walls of the printer body, and shaft holes formed in another one of the side plates and the inner walls and configured to receive the shafts; and the detachment preventing mechanism includes a stopper that is disposed such that ends of the stopper contact inner surfaces of the side plates and configured to support the side plates and prevent the side plates from falling when a load is applied to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshinari Takabatake, Sumio Watanabe, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yuji Yada
  • Patent number: 10016979
    Abstract: In one example of the disclosure, a first print engine is to print a first image in a first area of a web substrate, and is to leave blank a second area of the web substrate. The printed first image includes a set of fiducials 1-n. For each of fiducials 1-n, a fiducial position error is determined based upon a comparison of the detected position and a predicted position for a subject fiducial. A substrate advancement error is calculated based upon an average of the determined fiducial position errors. An insertion point is determined based upon the substrate advancement error. The insertion point is a point at which a second print engine in-line with the first print engine is to begin printing a second image in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Yoav Landau, On Mashiach
  • Patent number: 9870601
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for displaying a panoramic image using a look-up table (LUT) are disclosed, including generating an LUT may include determining first geometric correction information to transform an input domain pixel coordinate system of an input image to a panorama domain pixel coordinate system of a panoramic image, determining second geometric correction information to transform an output domain pixel coordinate system of an output image of the panoramic image to the panorama domain pixel coordinate system of the panoramic image, determining third geometric correction information to transform the output domain pixel coordinate system of the output image to the input domain pixel coordinate system of the input image based on the first geometric correction information and second geometric correction information, and generating an LUT that maps the output domain pixel coordinate system of the output image to the input domain pixel coordinate system of the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, National University of Sciences & Technology
    Inventors: Yong Ju Cho, Joo Myoung Seok, Sang Woo Ahn, Ji Hun Cha, Arshad Ali, Muhammad Murtaza, Rehan Hafiz, Ashar Rasul, Saleh Saeed, Muhammad Umer Kakli
  • Patent number: 9805459
    Abstract: An axial force measurement method includes: a step of calculating an average value of the height of pixels positioned inside a minimum circle, which is centered on a gravity center position of a head, as a minimum point; a step of extracting pixels with a relatively large height from the pixels on the basis of a pixel value of the pixels and calculating an average value of the height of the extracted pixels as a maximum point; a step of calculating a displacement amount of the head on the basis of a difference between the minimum point and the maximum point; and a step of calculating an axial force by substituting the displacement amount of the head into a relational expression of an axial force and the displacement amount of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisanori Nakamura, Masahito Sakakibara, Tatsuro Mori, Yuichi Hirano, Yusuke Matsumoto, Takashi Sakui
  • Patent number: 9782990
    Abstract: An inner cover disposed on the underside of the free end of an open and closing cover that opens and closes a print medium container of a printer includes a protruding head having thickness is gradually narrower in the direction away from a platen roller. On said protruding head, a protruding part is disposed on a first surface opposing an adhesive layer during feeding a continuous label faces. The protruding part is adjacent to a portion of the outer circumference of the platen roller. A first rib is disposed on the surface of the protruding part. The first rib has a function of separating the continuous label from the outer circumference of the platen roller during back-feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Yamanaka, Takehiko Yokozawa
  • Patent number: 9736453
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and a camera module using the same are provided, the camera module comprises first and second sensor units each outputting left and right images, and an image processing unit configured to simultaneously encoding a depth image and a color image generated from the left and right images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji Hyun Yun
  • Patent number: 9704073
    Abstract: A color conversion apparatus includes a storage section configured to store a look-up table specifying a correspondence relationship between an used amount of a first color material used for a formation of a printing material in a printing device and an used amount of a second color material used for a formation of a color reproduction image in an image-forming apparatus, with the look-up table further specifying the correspondence relationship indicating a first output characteristic for a first region included in an input color space represented by a color of the first color material, and further specifying the correspondence relationship indicating a second output characteristic, which is different from the first output characteristic, for a second region, which is different from the first region, included in the input color space, and a color conversion section configured to perform a color conversion in reference to the look-up table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Okumura
  • Patent number: 9694611
    Abstract: A liquid discharging apparatus having a carriage that is capable of moving in a scanning direction and that has a discharging portion capable of discharging a liquid, a scale portion for confirming a position in the scanning direction of the carriage, and a cleaning portion that moves in the scanning direction of the carriage and is capable of cleaning the scale portion by contacting the scale portion. In such an apparatus, the cleaning portion is capable of displacement at a first state where contacting the scale portion and a second state where not contacting the scale portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Sumito Anzai, Norihiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9602694
    Abstract: A method for processing a print job includes: a) processing printer description language (PDL) image data for a select page of a print job to form raster image data for the select page, processing of the PDL image data and storing the raster image data in a RIP orientation; b) processing the raster image data for the select page to form bitmap image data for the select page, transforming the raster image data from the RIP orientation to a print orientation and storing the bitmap image data in the print orientation; and c) printing the bitmap image data arranged in the print orientation on a target substrate page to form a printed substrate page for the select page of the print job. A printing platform associated with the method includes a storage device, a RIP module, a rotator module, and a print engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Francis Kapo Tse, Peter Charles Rapley, David Russel Sponable, Jason Slack, David Rivshin, Lonnie A. LaFave, Steve Beers, James Bruce Campbell, Fritz Ebner, Scott Charles Warner, Timothy M. Hunter, Lee Roche
  • Patent number: 9592662
    Abstract: In a method to damp an oscillation of a roller driven via a drive in a printing system, a printing substrate web is directed across the roller, the roller and the printing substrate web forming a system capable of vibrating. With the drive the roller is driven with a predetermined nominal moment. With a sensor, a real value is determined of a variable representative of a velocity with which the printing substrate web is transported by the roller. In aid of a predetermined calculation rule, a correction moment is calculated from the determined real value such that a damping of the vibration-capable system results like a mechanical viscous damper. The correction moment is added to the predetermined nominal moment upon activation of the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Océ Printing Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Thiemann, Stephan Pilsl, Martin Pappenberger
  • Patent number: 9586431
    Abstract: An image forming system is described which is capable of assembling an output product which consists of sheets having uniform sheet widths by appropriately performing a trimming process even if the output product is made from a plurality of paper types. The image forming system consists of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet; a finisher provided with a slit unit for trimming edges of sheets and capable of assembling an output product by joining the trimmed sheets, and a control unit for controlling the image forming apparatus and the finisher. When a book cover (standard paper type sheet) is supplied, the control unit trims the paper edges by a designated trimming width. Conversely, when a book body (non-standard paper type sheet) is supplied, the control unit trims the paper edges by a designated trimming width to which an offset amount is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takao Kurohata
  • Patent number: 9442455
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a support column having one end fixed to an apparatus body and the other end that turnably supports an operation unit, an opening and closing member that moves between a closed position to hide an inside of the apparatus body and an open position to expose the inside, and a lock unit that holds the operation unit at a first holding position to hold the operation unit within a moving area of the opening and closing member and a second holding position to hold the operation unit outside the moving area of the opening and closing member. The lock unit releases the operation unit in cooperation with opening of the opening and closing member in a state in which the operation unit is held at the first holding position, and moves the operation unit to the second holding position while keeping the operation unit released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD
    Inventor: Tsutomu Somemiya
  • Patent number: 9445361
    Abstract: A first client may establish a power charging association with one of a plurality of service agents over a network. The first client transmits a first signal via a first attachment point of a powerline network, the first signal associated with requesting the power charging association. The first client broadcasts a sounding message via the first attachment point after transmitting the first signal, wherein the sounding message is receivable by one or more service agents including at least a first service agent of the powerline network. The first service agent received the sounding message with a lowest attenuation of the one or more service agents that received the sounding message. The power charging association is established between the first client and the first service agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: James Gerard Zyren, Srinivas Katar, Manjunath Anandarama Krishnam, Lawrence Winston Yonge, III
  • Patent number: 9333771
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus executes: rotating a motor to cause a supply roller to supply a sheet; a conveyance processing for rotating the motor to cause a conveying roller and/or an output roller to convey the sheet; a recording processing for controlling a recording head to perform image recording while the conveyance processing is not executed; controlling the recording head and the motor to perform an image recording operation by executing the conveyance processing and the recording processing alternately; and a pre-discharge supply processing in the image recording operation at a time after a timing when a trailing edge position of a first sheet passes through the conveying roller and before all the recording processings on the first sheet are completed. The supply roller supplies a second sheet in the pre-discharge supply processing to the conveyance path, following the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toru Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9308743
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of light sources that emits a plurality of light beams arrayed in the sub-scanning direction via an optical system, a filter calculation unit that performs filter calculation of increasing or reducing a density of image data according to wideness or narrowness between a plurality of scanning lines formed on a photosensitive member when the light beams from the plurality of light sources are scanned on the photosensitive member, and a drive circuit that causes light beam emission from the plurality of light sources based on the image data that has undergone the filter calculation by the filter calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Izuru Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 9274728
    Abstract: There is provided a print control apparatus capable of outputting a plurality of printed materials after a user checks a dividing line of an original image and the layout of image portions on each page when performing poster printing. For this purpose, the original image is divided based on the size of the original image and the size of a sheet such that each of a plurality of image portions obtained by division sets in the predetermined size. At the same time, the original image is displayed in print preview, so that the dividing line of the original image is specified. This allows the user to output printed materials and obtain a product after checking the dividing line of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Hori
  • Patent number: 9223244
    Abstract: An image writing device includes an exposure unit including an exposure head, writing an image onto an image bearing surface of a photoconductor by causing the exposure head to repeatedly expose; and a write control unit transmitting image data to be written by the exposure unit to the exposure unit on a one-line basis. Further the write control unit generates a write cycle reference signal having a cycle corresponding to writing resolution, counts a clock by a predetermined count value, generates a write cycle signal by delaying the write cycle reference signal by a time period, generates a data request signal to request transmission of one line of the image data to a controller unit based on the write cycle signal, and stores the one line of the image data transmitted from the controller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Murota, Tatsuo Ohyama, Yuichiro Shukuya, Masashi Suzuki, Tatsuya Miyadera
  • Patent number: 9211741
    Abstract: A position encoder signal control system is disclosed. A position encoder input line receives a position encoder signal and a diagnostic input line receives a position encoder diagnostic signal. An output line is couplable to a position encoder output channel and a controller selectively connects one of the position encoder input line and the diagnostic input line to the output line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Javier González Bruno, Ignacio Soler Flores, Sergio de Santiago Dominguez
  • Patent number: 9104959
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus continuously performs primary paper feeding in which paper is transported from a paper feeding roller to a resist position roller and secondary paper feeding in which the paper is transported from the resist position roller to an ejection roller while not stopping the resist position roller. The image forming apparatus divides image data into pieces of band data, stores the pieces of band data, calculates the number of specific bands corresponding to an in-advance paper feeding timing corresponding to the paper size and the paper orientation, and outputs an in-advance paper feeding timing notice when image process is completed up to the number of specific bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuki Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 9098781
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a print carriage incorporating a printhead and a communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication, and a conveyance unit configured to convey the print carriage. When conveying the print carriage to cause the printhead to execute printing of print data, the printing apparatus detects a wireless tag on a paper sheet using the communication unit, and writes tag information in the detected wireless tag. The printing apparatus changes the conveyance mode of the print carriage by the conveyance unit before and after the number of wireless tags detected on the paper sheet reaches the number of target wireless tags in which tag information is to be written.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiya Fujinaga
  • Patent number: 9092703
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a storage unit, a selection unit, and a generation unit. The storage unit stores first route information for acquiring first print information from an information processing apparatus, and stores second route information for acquiring second print information via an information conversion apparatus. The selection unit selects the second route information if conversion of the first print information into the second print information is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiko Kamoi
  • Patent number: 9081615
    Abstract: In a device cooperation system, devices connected via a network take partial charge of providing a function. A first device acquires image data to be output; receives a condition used when the first device and a second device output the image data; stores a possible output amount that can be output by the first device; determines whether a total page number, which is obtained from the condition and a number of pages of the acquired image data, is less than or equal to the possible output amount; determines first and second output numbers to be respectively allocated to the first and second devices; sends the image data and the second output number to the second device; and updates the possible output amount according to a number output by the first and second devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shingo Ohta
  • Patent number: 9041973
    Abstract: Having specified written information on a first card newly placed at a base A which is a first workspace and the position where the first card is placed, a PC (100A) which is a control device at base A stores, in a memory, the written information and the position where the first card is placed as card information. A PC (100B) connected to this PC instructs a printing device (200B) to print a second card based on the specified written information. The PC (100B) presents the position where the second card is to be placed at a base B which is a second workspace based on the specified position where the first card is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Eiji Tabata, Toshihito Kobayashi, Sayaka Morita, Masayasu Haga
  • Patent number: 9041972
    Abstract: A print control device includes an output unit, an adding unit, and a transmitting unit. The output unit outputs generated print data to a printing mechanism. The generated print data is generated as a result of unit print data, which includes page data of at least one page, being copied; and includes pieces of the unit print data. The adding unit adds blank page data between one piece of unit print data and another piece of unit print data to be printed next in line to the one piece of unit print data. The transmitting unit transmits, to the printing mechanism, information for causing an additional image to be formed on a medium when an image based on the page data is printed on the medium, and information for causing the additional image not to be formed on a blank page formed based on the added blank page data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunari Tanaka, Miho Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9041974
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, an image forming unit to form a multi-gradation image on the image carrier, a density detector to detect density of the multi-gradation image, a gradation characteristic data generator to generate gradation characteristic data, and a gradation corrector to correct image data of the multi-gradation image. The gradation characteristic data generator forms a gradation correction pattern on the image carrier via the image forming unit. The gradation correction pattern is a continuous gradation pattern including a first pattern having gradation levels from a maximum gradation level to a minimum gradation level and a second pattern having gradation levels from the minimum gradation level to the maximum gradation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Muroi
  • Patent number: 9025196
    Abstract: A printing system includes a screen printing unit as a printing processor of a non-digital system and an ink jet printing device as a printing processor of a digital system. Holes as reference marks formed in a three-dimensional shape are provided on a placement table which is used commonly in the screen printing unit and the ink jet printing device. Positioning of printing positions is performed with reference to the same holes on both of the screen printing unit and the ink jet printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Moriya, Kenji Yanagishita
  • Patent number: 9007649
    Abstract: A card printing device may include a card conveying mechanism which conveys the card through a card conveying passage; a printing mechanism which transfers and prints ink applied to an ink ribbon on the card which is conveyed along the card conveying passage; and a print control section which controls printing on the card. The print control section may divide a printing image into a plurality of divided images in a conveyance direction of the card, rearrange an arrangement order of the divided images in the conveyance direction, control the card conveying mechanism to move the card forward or backward so that the divided images are printed on the card in a rearranged order and, so that the card is printed with the divided images in an original arrangement order before having been rearranged and then, perform printing on the card by the printing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Higashi, Keiji Ohta
  • Patent number: 9007615
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for optimizing printing of an image on a non-optimal medium are disclosed. For example, the method analyzes one or more characteristics of a medium, determines that the medium is a non-optimal medium based upon the one or more characteristics that are analyzed, determines if an alternate medium having optimal medium characteristics is available, determines if a print parameter modification is available, increases a minimum border width of the non-optimal medium such that a sum of the minimum border width of each side of the non-optimal medium is greater than a pre-defined percentage of a width of the non-optimal medium if the alternate medium and the print parameter modification are not available, and prints the image on the non-optimal medium using the minimum border width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Eliud Robles Flores
  • Patent number: 9001338
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a controller. The acquisition unit is configured to, in a case of a recording medium having different thicknesses along a direction crossing a feeding direction in which the recording medium is fed by a feeding unit, acquire correction information that is set on the basis of an orientation of the recording medium in a case where the recording medium is fed by the feeding unit. The controller is configured to move a print start position of a print unit in the direction crossing the feeding direction on the basis of the correction information acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 9001383
    Abstract: Correction amounts of pixels in a sub-scanning direction for correcting misregistration of an image are determined based on interpolation using the correction amount in the sub-scanning direction corresponding to a first segment and the correction amount in the sub-scanning direction corresponding to a second segment, both of which are configured by pixels in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichirou Haruta
  • Patent number: 8995008
    Abstract: A system adjusts an original image for printing on a location on a medium that will be bossed after printing the adjusted image on the medium. The system comprises an interface for receiving information concerning a bossment to be implemented on the medium after printing the adjusted image on the medium; and an adjustor that makes an adjustment to the received image based on the information received by the interface. A method for operating the system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A.
    Inventor: Kenneth Young
  • Patent number: 8995007
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus may include a conveyor unit configured to convey a recording medium along a conveying path, first and second sensors disposed in the conveying path and configured to detect the recording medium, a memory, and a controller configured to determine whether a length of the recording medium is less than or equal to a conveying distance between the first sensor and the second sensor. The controller may also be configured to perform storing processes for storing detection results of the first sensor and the second sensor in the memory when the controller determines that the length of the recording medium is less than or equal to the conveying distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunji Uchino
  • Publication number: 20150085303
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus having a plurality of sensors for performing a detection with respect to a recording medium is provided, with which it is made possible for each of the plurality of sensors to detect the state of the recording medium at a desired position of the recording medium even in a case where the width of the recording medium being used has been modified. The image recording apparatus includes a conveyance part configured to convey the recording medium, a first sensor configured to perform a detection with respect to the recording medium, a second sensor configured to perform a detection with respect to the recording medium, and a positional relationship regulation part configured to regulate a positional relationship between the first sensor and the second sensor. The first sensor and the second sensor are movable in conjunction with one another by moving the positional relationship regulation part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Naoyuki OKUMURA
  • Patent number: 8988728
    Abstract: A determination unit determines density correction characteristics to be applied to correct density characteristics based on a reading result obtained by a reading unit. A measuring unit measures a density value of the image pattern formed on the image carrier by the image forming unit at the first image forming speed by applying the density correction characteristics. A reference density value storage unit stores, as a reference density value, the density value of the image pattern measured by the measuring unit. A creation unit creates modification data to modify the density correction characteristics for a second image forming speed from a difference between a density value of an image pattern formed on the image carrier by the image forming unit at the second image forming speed by applying the density correction characteristics, and the reference density value stored in the reference density value storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Nakase
  • Publication number: 20150077768
    Abstract: An image capture unit and computer readable medium used in combination therewith is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the image capture unit includes an image capturing sensor, a visual display, an instance of the computer readable medium, and circuitry for integrating functionalities thereof. The computer readable medium causes sensor data received from the image capturing sensor to be processed. The sensor data includes a plurality of image tiles and position indicating data defining a respective relative position of each one of each image tiles. Each one of each image tiles includes data representing a discrete portion of visual content. The computer readable medium causes a feedback image be displayed on the visual display. Displaying the feedback image includes correlate the relative position of each one of each image tiles with at least one other image tile that has been previously generated and displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Albert Durr Edgar, Michael Charles Wilder, Darryl Ray Polk, Michael David Wilkes, Sheppard Parker, Martin Potucek
  • Publication number: 20150077769
    Abstract: A designating unit designates any of three edge faces other than an edge face corresponding to a spine of a book-bound article generated by a printer. A generating unit generates a bitmap corresponding to the designated edge face depending on a bookbinding condition. A rendering unit renders a first image designated by a user on the bitmap. A specifying unit specifies, among pieces of line data respectively corresponding to dots forming a first side parallel to a paper thickness direction and that each extend parallel to a second side orthogonal to the first side, in the bitmap, line data corresponding to an object page to be printed. An adding unit adds a second image to a place corresponding to the dots of the first image included in the specified line data, on a third side indicating a side of the object page corresponding to the specified line data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshinari CHIGUSA
  • Patent number: 8976409
    Abstract: An image registration system which helps to accurately produce an image onto an oversized media substrate in a large scale printer. The image registration system includes a rail support track, a printing zone, and a platen cart moveable along the rail support track through said printing zone. The image registration system also includes an image capturing apparatus for capturing a position of the media substrate in relation to the platen cart in order to ensure accurate image on media substrate reproduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8976410
    Abstract: According to one example, there is provided a method of controlling a printing system. The method comprises: obtaining a print job to print on a substrate; obtaining a value of a factor material to an undesirable condition occurring; determining a quantity of printing fluid to be deposited on a substrate when printing a portion of the print job; determining, based on the obtained value and the determined quantity of printing fluid to be deposited, whether the undesirable condition is likely to occur whilst printing the portion of the print job; and temporarily reducing the throughput of the printing system whilst printing the portion of the print job where it is determined that the undesirable condition is likely to occur whilst printing the portion of the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marina Cantero Lázaro, Joan Albert Jorba Closa, Antonio Gracia Verdugo
  • Patent number: 8976417
    Abstract: An optical scanning device performs sequential scanning passes. Individual pixels are scanned in response to a clock whose frequency is dithered in repeatable cycles to reduce electro-magnetic interference, and scanning passes are coordinated with the repeatable cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas G. Keithley
  • Patent number: 8970929
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a housing, a tray, a conveyer, an image reader, a position detector, and a controller. The housing has a first introduction opening, a first discharge opening, a second introduction opening, and a second discharge opening. The tray is configured to connect to the housing movably between an open position and a close position relative to the housing. The tray is configured to cover the first introduction opening and to expose the second introduction opening and the second discharge opening at the close position. The conveyer is configured to convey the second medium from the second introduction opening to the second discharge opening. The conveyer is provided in the housing. The controller is configured to drive the conveyer when the tray is located at the close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Mukai, Yoshiki Yano, Tatsuya Sato
  • Patent number: 8965234
    Abstract: In a serial tandem image forming system having a plurality of image forming apparatuses, a double-side printing job can be performed in a way according to the needs of users by taking into consideration an adjustment operation. The serial tandem image forming system includes an upstream apparatus 200 and a downstream apparatus 300, as the image forming apparatuses, each of which is capable of forming images on both sides of a sheet. When receiving a double-side printing job while one of the image forming apparatuses is performing the adjustment operation, a control unit 260 displays information on a manipulation display 500 which prompts a user to select whether to immediately start the job by performing a single machine double-side printing process with the other image forming apparatus, or start the job by shifting to a tandem mode and performing a serial double-side printing process after the adjustment operation has finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ikuta, Akira Okamoto, Kenji Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Futami, Akifumi Isobe
  • Patent number: 8964253
    Abstract: Color shifting correction is performed first based on shifting amount information indicating a shifting amount with respect to the scanning direction on an image carrier of each image forming unit, and halftone processing is then performed, thus suppressing caused by color shifting correction, and forming a high-quality image. An image forming engine has color shifting amount storage units storing actual shifting amounts with respect to ideal scan directions on image carriers in image forming units. Color shifting correction amount arithmetic units calculate color shifting correction amounts for respective color components using stored color shifting amounts. Color shifting correction units perform color shifting correction by converting coordinates upon reading image data from bitmap memories using calculated color shifting correction amounts, and perform tone correction. Data after tone correction undergo halftone processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takada, Hiroki Kitamura, Yoshiyuki Akiba, Shuichi Nakamura, Yusuke Yamamoto, Masanao Motoyama, Takeshi Akiyama, Kenzo Tojima, Takaaki Nagaoka