Facsimile Transparency Image Scanning Patents (Class 358/487)
  • Patent number: 10678118
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sealing components of a front half camera module subassembly is described herein. The camera may be used in an automotive camera, which includes but is not limited to automotive rear-view cameras. A glue bead seal may be applied to the front half camera housing to which a camera lens may be attached. Then a glue bead seal may be applied to the other side of the front half camera housing to which a printed circuit board (PCB) is attached. As a result, the seals protect the lens inside optical surface and image sensor located between the camera lens and PCB from the outside environment. The lens inside optical surface and image sensor and PCB may be tested, calibrated, or have other assembly sequences completed outside of a clean room. Alignment of the PCB and lens inside optical surface and image sensor is also secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Gary Warren, Darren Van Roon, Reginald C. Grills, Pompilian Tofilescu
  • Patent number: 10458841
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method for compensating variations in an attenuation of light of an optical filter of a light sensor system comprises illuminating a clear sensor and a color sensor of the light sensor system with a test light having a test spectrum. Therein the color sensor comprises the optical filter and is designed to predominantly sense light with a wavelength within a pass band of the filter; and the test spectrum has components outside the pass band. A clear test signal generated by the clear sensor and a color test signal generated by the color sensor are received in particular in response to the illumination with the test light. Then a first transmission value T is determined based on the clear test signal and on the color test signal. Finally, a compensation factor Kr, Kg, Kb is calculated to compensate the variations in the attenuation of light based on the first transmission value T and a nominal transmission value Tn of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ams AG
    Inventors: Dan Jacobs, Eugene G. Dierschke
  • Patent number: 9641712
    Abstract: An image reading device generates, as image data of a reading region, image data for output and image data for size detection, the latter having a lower resolution than the former, discriminates high density lines from the size-detection image data, sets as a target line one of the high density lines. And the image reading device calculates as a width for size detection a width from a reference line to the target line, sets as the size of a document a reference size that has a width closest to the width for size detection, performs image processing on the output image data based on the reference size set as the size of the document, and outputs the processed image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yuya Tagami, Hiroyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 9350893
    Abstract: An overhead image reading apparatus includes an image-capturing unit that captures an image of a medium to be read placed on a placement surface from above, a light source capable of irradiating the medium with light, and a brightness controller that gradually alters brightness of the light source at least when the light source is turned on or when the light source is turned off. The overhead image reading apparatus may gradually alter the brightness by duty control on current supplied to the light source. Or, the overhead image reading apparatus may gradually alter the brightness by controlling a current value supplied to the light source. Alternatively, the overhead image reading apparatus may include a variable aperture between the light source and the placement surface to gradually alter the brightness by controlling an opening area of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Keisuke Kimura
  • Patent number: 9325870
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a main body and a reading unit. The reading unit includes: a document table; a lower supporting member that supports the document table from below; an upper supporting member that contacts an upper side of the document table and clamps the document table with the lower supporting member; and a reading device. The main body includes an exterior member arranged in a position adjacent to the upper supporting member when the reading unit is in a close position. One of the upper supporting member and the exterior member includes an abutting portion and the other includes an abutted portion so as to configure a positioning mechanism for establishing positioning of a relative position between the upper supporting member and the exterior member in an up-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 9325901
    Abstract: An image output apparatus is capable of performing index outputting in which reduced images obtained from a plurality of image files are arranged and output. The image output apparatus includes a setting information storage unit configured to store setting information for the index outputting, the setting information being applied to a first-type image file including a plurality of pieces of image data among a plurality of image files as a target of the index outputting, a selecting unit configured to select a piece of image data added with specific information in the setting information from among the plurality of pieces of image data in the first-type image file when an image file as a target of the index outputting is the first-type image file, and an output unit configured to perform the index outputting on the basis of pieces of image data including the selected piece of image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazutaka Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 9307114
    Abstract: An apparatus for backing up a digitally stored image includes a substrate on which the image and digital restoration data corresponding to the digitally stored image are printed on the substrate. The apparatus may be scanned to restore the image printed thereon to its original digital form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Hoarau, Ingeborg Tastl, Nathan Moroney, Anthony G. Stieber
  • Patent number: 9240022
    Abstract: A system is provided that allows a photographer to take images for a customer and provide those images to order servicing equipment with which the images are placed on-line for the customer to view. The customer may place orders for the images and products and services related to the images. The order servicing equipment may credit the photographer when the customer orders images, products, or services. Images may be manipulated before images, products, or services are ordered. Images may be taken using film-based cameras or digital image acquisition equipment. Image presentation options may be selected. Content may be appended to the images. Web sites and digital albums may be created using the images. The photographer may check the status of assignments that have been submitted to the order servicing equipment and may check on account status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Patent number: 9158062
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus includes: a rod-like light guide member that directs light emitted from a first light source and a second light source from an emission surface to an illuminated body while propagating the light by reflection surfaces; and a light blocking member including a second surrounding portion slidably covering another end of the light guide member, wherein the second surrounding portion includes: a light blocking portion protruding toward one end of the light guide member and covering the emission surface of the light guide member; and a cut-out portion adjacent to the light blocking portion and exposing the reflection surface of the light guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: CANON COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Hidemasa Yoshida, Yoshihiko Tsumekawa
  • Patent number: 9041986
    Abstract: A sheetfed film scanning correction method includes: using a film holding member as a film feeding carrier, wherein the film holding member is fixed and does not move during film feeding, and wherein after the film holding member is inserted into a work position in a scanner, a scanning module of the scanner collects a first correction information under a filmless scanning state and corrects a subsequent scan result according to the first correction information; and setting sheet-feeding rollers of the scanner in idle running as if under a real film scanning state during or prior to collection of the first correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: QISDA (SUZHOU) Co., LTD
    Inventors: Yong-Xiang Yi, Shan-Shan Tang
  • Patent number: 9001394
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus and method are provided. The image scanning apparatus scans an image of a document and converts the scanned image into digital data, and includes light sources that emit light. The apparatus includes a light guide unit that diffuses the light emitted by the light sources and a sensor unit that senses image data from the document by recognizing light reflected from the document by being diffused by the light guide unit. The apparatus includes a control unit that controls the turning on of the light sources. The control unit alternately turns on or off the light sources such that at least one of the light sources is turned on when at least one other light source is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-je Joh, Sun-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8773730
    Abstract: A scan assisting fixing device and a scanner using the same are provided. The fixing device is for fixing an object to be scanned, which includes a scanning portion and a holding portion. The fixing device includes an accommodation region, a scan window and a protrusion portion. When the holding portion is loaded in the accommodation region, the scanning portion correspondingly disposed in the scan window is retained and fixed by the protrusion portion, and the position of the holding portion in the fixing device is constant, so that the scanning portion is always within the range of the field depth of the scanner regardless of the specification of the positive film holder, and the clarity of the scanned image is assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Qisda (Suzhou) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yun-Bin Gu, Yong-Xiang Yi, Zhi-Hai Zhang, Jian-Chun Yu, Hong-Peng Li, Ming-Jie Zhao
  • Patent number: 8736854
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides an image reading apparatus including: a document placement portion on which a document is allowed to be placed; a display portion, at least a part of which is transmissive of light; an image reading unit movable along a first direction below the document placement portion and comprising an light emitting unit configured to emit light; and a control unit operable to control the image reading unit in a plurality of operation modes. The plurality of operation modes include a first operation mode that allows the image reading unit to be positioned at a first position corresponding to the display portion and cause the light emitting unit to emit the light, and the display portion is transmissive of the light emitted from the light emitting unit at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 8724193
    Abstract: An image forming device may be provided with a setting data storage device, a preview image creation device, and an output device. The setting data storage device may be capable of storing a plurality of patterns of setting data. The preview image creation device may create, for each pattern of setting data stored in the setting data storage device, a preview image to which the pattern of setting data is reflected. The output device may output the plurality of preview images created by the preview image creation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 8717649
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. A color contact image sensor (CIS) module employing a single channel line sensor can be used to produce substantially the same performance as a color CIS module employing a three-channel line sensor and having color filters to, for example, reduce manufacturing costs. Moreover, a blurring phenomenon that can occur in a scanned image can be reduced and the quality of the scanned image can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Mi Kim, Jong Hyon Yi
  • Publication number: 20140118801
    Abstract: An article image annotation system including an imager and a transparent sheet discrete from the imager having a first face adapted to engage an imageable surface of an article and a second face adapted to receive annotations and adapted for engagement with the imager to allow imaging of the imageable surface of the article in association with the annotation through the transparent sheet, thereby producing an annotated article image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Diane M. Miller
  • Patent number: 8587808
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for scanning documents when a network is not available are provided. The document scans at least an entire page of a document for a user. If the document scanner identifies that the network is not available, the document scanner stores the scanned document in a repository at the document scanner. The document scanner also identifies when the network is available again. In response, the document scanner retrieves the stored scan document and sends the retrieved scan document to a destination computer over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd
    Inventor: Yi Ding
  • Patent number: 8564849
    Abstract: A method and system include using a scanner to copy a document containing an original image and an embossment. The method includes first scanning a front face of the document from which the original image is visible to form a first image, wherein the first scanning is conducted with a sensitivity such that the embossment is essentially not visible in the first image; increasing a sensitivity of the scanner; second scanning the document to create a second image, wherein the embossment is visible in the second image; combining the first and second images so as to obtain a reproduction image of the original image containing the embossment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin Luu, Isao Hayami
  • Patent number: 8564833
    Abstract: A problem of the present invention is to provide a control apparatus, a controlling method, a program, and a recording medium which can print by using at least one or more special colors in addition to four colors of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. To solve the above problem, the control apparatus according to the present invention includes analyzing unit that provides command analysis for a CMYK plate and a clear toner plate, generating unit that generates image data of the CMYK plate based on a result of the command analysis by the analyzing unit, and embedding unit that embeds a clear toner attribute obtained by analyzing the clear toner plate in an attribute flag accompanying each of pixels of the image data of the CMYK plate, which is generated by the generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junichi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 8549427
    Abstract: An article producing terminal apparatus communicatable with an external apparatus holding article-producing job data including image data, production information for producing an article using the image data and terminal designation information is disclosed. The apparatus includes: a communication unit communicating with the external apparatus; an article producing unit producing an article using the image data; a job acquiring unit acquiring that article-producing job data in the article-producing job data held in the external apparatus which designates the local article producing terminal apparatus with the terminal designation information by causing the communication unit to communicate with the external apparatus; and a job execution control unit causing the article producing unit to execute article production based on the image data and the production information in the article-producing job data acquired by the job acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohei Sakura, Toshiyuki Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 8547603
    Abstract: Transparency imaging systems and methods. One embodiment of the transparency imaging system comprises an imaging surface and a cover mounted adjacent the imaging surface. A media adapter is provided as part of the cover, and a chamber is formed in the media adapter. At least one template is receivable within the chamber formed in the media adapter, the at least one template loading the transparency media in the media adapter adjacent the imaging surface for an imaging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Charles Roger Shilling
  • Patent number: 8537279
    Abstract: A microform imaging apparatus comprising a chassis including a microform media support structure configured to support a microform media within a plane substantially orthogonal to a first optical axis, a fold mirror supported along the first optical axis to reflect light along a second optical axis that is angled with respect to the first optical axis, a lens supported along one of the first and second optical axis, an area sensor supported along the second optical axis, a first adjuster for moving the area sensor along at least a portion of the second optical axis and a second adjuster for moving the lens along at least a portion of the one of the first and second optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: e-ImageData Corp.
    Inventor: Todd A. Kahle
  • Patent number: 8526071
    Abstract: An image scanning device and an image scanning method are provided. The invention is related to a miniaturized image scanning device and an image scanning method. The miniaturized image scanning device includes a housing, a first driving roller set, an entrance sensor, an image sensor, a reflective light source, a transmissive light source, and a control module. The housing has an entrance and an exit. The first driving roller set is disposed in the housing. The entrance sensor is disposed between the entrance and the first driving roller set. The image sensor, the reflective light source and the transmissive light source are disposed between the first driving roller set and the exit. The control module receives and processes signals outputted from the image sensor and the entrance sensor to control the operation of the image sensor, the first driving roller set, the reflective light source and the transmissive light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Qisda (Suzhou) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Xian-Jun Wang, Ming-Jie Zhao, Jian-Chun Yu
  • Patent number: 8520269
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a pair of pulleys between which a belt is stretched, and a pin that rotatably supports a driving pulley, of the pair of pulleys; a mount for fixing the pin; a housing; at least two first fastening parts, respectively including first bosses that extend vertically from a bottom portion of the housing and first fastening members that are inserted into the first bosses via the mount to fix the mount to the housing; and a second fastening part disposed on an opposite side to, the first fastening parts with respect to the pin in the scanning direction, including a second boss that extends vertically from the bottom portion of the housing and has a different height from the first bosses and a second fastening member that is inserted into the second boss via the mount to fix the mount to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Shibata
  • Patent number: 8488208
    Abstract: An optical module 100 includes an optical path unit 101 including a plurality of reflectors 104 for securing an optical path of reflected light from a manuscript, an image processing unit 102 including a reading device 105 which reads image information on the manuscript based on the reflected light from the manuscript entered via the optical path, and a connecting component 103 which connects the optical path unit 101 and the image processing unit 102 so that their positional relation will become a prescribed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Namie Sugiyama, Keisuke Hatomi, Hiroyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8441698
    Abstract: A scan bar assembly having a scan element including a length direction; a drive gear; a follower gear; and a housing having a mounting region for mounting the scan element onto the housing; a first mounting member for the drive gear; and a second mounting member for the follower gear, wherein the first and second mounting members and the housing are integrally formed as a single part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Murray
  • Patent number: 8422069
    Abstract: An image forming device may be provided with a setting data storage device, a preview image creation device, and an output device. The setting data storage device may be capable of storing a plurality of patterns of setting data. The preview image creation device may create, for each pattern of setting data stored in the setting data storage device, a preview image to which the pattern of setting data is reflected. The output device may output the plurality of preview images created by the preview image creation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 8379277
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a scanner motor and a rotary polygonal mirror which is driven by the scanner motor to rotate, and reflects a modulated beam emitted from a light source by a plurality of reflection surfaces. The image forming apparatus includes a rotation and carrier unit which, while rotating, carries an image formed on the basis of a laser beam reflected by the rotary polygonal mirror, a speed detection unit which detects a rotation speed of the rotation and carrier unit. The image forming apparatus includes a tracking characteristic detection unit which detects a tracking delay of the scanner motor from a target rotation speed and a control unit which controls, on the basis of the rotation speed detected by the speed detection unit and a tracking characteristic detected by the tracking characteristic detection unit, a rotation speed of the scanner motor that drives the rotary polygonal mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsumi Takahashi, Junichi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8368974
    Abstract: A light source lights up at luminance associated with supplied electric current. An electric-current supplying section supplies the light source with electric current. A control section controls the electric-current supplying section. A reading section reads at least one sheet of an original document on which light from the light source is irradiated and generates image data. A determining section determines whether a change in the electric current flowing through the light source is large, based on a predetermined criterion, during a period when the reading section reads the at least one sheet of the original document. When the reading section reads the at least one sheet of the original document, the control section increases electric current supplied to the light source if the determining section determines that the change is large relative to electric current supplied to the light source when the determining section determines that the change is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 8363294
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. A color contact image sensor (CIS) module employing a single channel line sensor can be used to produce substantially the same performance as a color CIS module employing a three-channel line sensor and having color filters to, for example, reduce manufacturing costs. Moreover, a blurring phenomenon that can occur in a scanned image can be reduced and the quality of the scanned image can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Mi Kim, Jong Hyon Yi
  • Patent number: 8351063
    Abstract: Print jobs received at a printer are assigned a reference which is incorporated as a representation of the reference in the printed print job. When the user recovers the printjob, the part of said print job incorporating said representation of said reference. is scanned back into the printer, which is then able to read the representation. By monitoring the time intervening between the printing of the print job and the scanning of the part of the print job incorporating the representation, the system is able to monitor the delay, and in a case where this exceeds a threshold to notify the user accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandre Chabrol, Benoit Granier, Aurelien Jarry, Arnaud Mante
  • Patent number: 8330997
    Abstract: An image processing method, and an image processing apparatus with which to perform the method, the method including generating a scan image by scanning an object, detecting a non-image area affected by external incident light in the scan image according to a pixel-value distribution pattern varied depending on incident angles of the external incident light, and extracting an image area corresponding to the object by removing the non-image area from the scan image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Do Quan
  • Patent number: 8305656
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus which improved the development efficiency and is capable of reducing the development cost. The image reading apparatus comprises a specific unit 1001 and an alignment unit 1002. The specific unit 1001 has an CPU 1501 that informs the alignment unit 1002 of identification information for identifying an apparatus specification of the specific unit 1001.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Hayashi, Koji Doi, Yoshihiro Funamizu, Kunio Tsuruno, Satoru Kanno, Akihito Mori, Mitsushige Murata
  • Patent number: 8305653
    Abstract: A method and system including a scanning subsystem for scanning a plurality of documents with a plurality of corresponding images is presented. The system further includes an image generation subsystem for automatically generating (1) a plurality of thumbnail images corresponding to the plurality of documents scanned with the scanner, and (2) a mark sense area corresponding to each one of the plurality of thumbnail images. A printing subsystem is included for producing at least one print including the plurality of thumbnail images and a plurality of mark sense areas. A thumbnail selection module is also included that causes at least one of the plurality of corresponding images to be replaced when both the at least one print with one or more marked mark sense areas and at least one of the plurality of documents are scanned with the scanning subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Austin, Nathaniel G. Martin
  • Patent number: 8300278
    Abstract: A module 1 movable over the original surface 110 of the original reader 100 has a metal sheet frame 4 disposed in the vicinity of its gravitational center and having a substantially channel-like shape. A first and a second optical systems 2 and 3 and a drive source 6 assembled to be integral with a flat part 40 of the metal sheet frame 4. Thus, a reduced-size, improved quality and improved-accuracy original reader to be used for facsimile devices and image scanners is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Uchida, Kazuya Shouji
  • Patent number: 8284243
    Abstract: A stereoscopic image display apparatus includes a display panel and an image conversion sheet. The display panel includes a plurality of pixel units. Each pixel unit has a zigzag shape that extends in a first direction. The image conversion sheet includes a plurality of lens units. Each lens unit extends in the first direction and is disposed in a second direction different from the first direction. A plurality of the lens units is disposed in parallel with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Hoon Lee, Kyoung-Ju Shin, Hae-Young Yun, Sung-Woon Kim, Lu Jian Gang
  • Patent number: 8279501
    Abstract: A scanning apparatus includes a scanning module. The scanning module includes plural light emitting diodes, a porous reflective plate with plural openings, and a reflective element. When the scanning apparatus starts scanning a document, the light beams emitted by the light emitting diodes are directed to the porous reflective plate. A portion of light beams reflected by the porous reflective plate are defined as reflected light beams. The light beams penetrating through the openings are diffracted to be diffractive penetrated light beams. The reflected light beams reflected by the reflective element and the diffractive penetrated light beams are projected on the document, so that enhanced uniform illumination efficacy is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Chung Wang, Chien-Kuo Kuan
  • Patent number: 8233168
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, an energy converting unit receives light from an optical source and converts the light into electric power, and an electrical storage unit stores therein the electric power. The energy converting unit is arranged in such a manner that a relative position of the energy converting unit to the optical source is always constant when a reading unit is reading an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Ozaki, Eiji Nemoto, Hiroki Ohkubo, Yuji Matsuda, Hiroyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8199381
    Abstract: A pasting apparatus includes a pasting member operative to paste a non-transparent medium onto an image-formed surface of a transparent medium; and a conveying member that conveys the non-transparent medium to the pasting member by electrostatic adsorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Sudo, Mikio Ishibashi, Reki Nakamura, Megumi Ohtoshi, Yukiko Iwasaki, Kazuhiko Yuki, Nobuyuki Koinuma, Takashi Sakamaki, Ryuji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8199378
    Abstract: A kind of device to transfer film image into digital data includes a body, a frame, a bottom brace and a bottom cover wherein the frame body is assembled to the upper portion of the bottom brace and the while the body is housed in the body then the bottom cover is assembled and sealed below. A camera lens is set above the frame. A back light mechanism is set inside the bottom brace. One long groove each is set to two sides of the body and a film plate clamp is inserted from one side. This film plate clamp can fix the film plate inside and position to the top of the back light mechanism. The camera lens is utilized to access the images of the film and transfer the images into digital data to be sent to another computer for storage. The objects of rapid transfer the images on the film into the digital data for easy modification and permanent storage are thus achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: CRS Electronic Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun Chieh Hsu
  • Patent number: 8149476
    Abstract: Provided is a document reading apparatus in which an original document fed by feeding means to contact glass having a predetermined reading position is read by reading means. Then, the document reading apparatus is provided with a guide unit having a guide member for guiding the original document to be fed to the contact glass, and a backup unit to back up the original document to be read, and the guide unit is configured to be able to travel between a close position to near the contact glass and an open position to distance from the contact glass. In the guide unit is formed a concave portion for removably accommodating the backup unit, and the backup unit is configured so that an original document guide face of the guide member and an original document guide face in the backup unit form a continuous guide face when the guide unit travels to the close position. Then, the guide unit is moved to the open position to perform cleaning of the backup unit and contact glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Masataka Hamada, Fumihito Endo, Junya Nakajima, Koji Kanda
  • Patent number: 8139249
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that facilitate importing scanned image data into a production workflow, in accordance with various features described herein. A plurality of loosely-coupled, dynamically loaded plugins can be defined in a configuration file for a given production scanning job. The plugins can be invoked in response to a trigger with which each plugin is associated, and triggers can be associated with different phases of the production workflow, such as image data acquisition (importation), data filtering (pre-scanning), image analysis (scanning), and metadata processing (post-scanning). In this manner, the overarching scanning architecture need not have direct knowledge of which plugins are triggered, or even present, and custom plugins as well as standard plugins can be provided for each production scanning job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis L. Venable
  • Patent number: 8139262
    Abstract: A terminal 102 creates setting data 400 and inputs setting data 400 into an image output apparatus 101. The image output apparatus 101 sets the initial settings, operation settings, equipment settings, etc. based on the setting data, holds the setting data, and performs various processes based on the set settings and the held setting data. In addition, the image output apparatus 101 performs a media identification process, a media reader switching process, and the like using a media detection means 117, a media reader switching means 118, and the like, and allows only the use of the insertion opening of a predetermined media reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Hamashima, Jun Yoshida, Naoji Shibasaki, Yasuko Deushi, Nobuho Mori
  • Patent number: 8111433
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a reference member, a reading unit, a first reference value setting unit, a detecting unit, a second reference value setting unit, a determining unit, and a pixel value setting unit. The reading unit obtains image data and reference data. The first reference value setting unit sets a first reference value based on the reference data. The detecting unit detects a usage state of the reading unit. The second reference value setting unit sets a second reference value in accordance with the usage state. If the determining unit determines that the first reference value is in a predetermined condition, the pixel value setting unit sets a pixel value based on the image data and the first reference value; otherwise, the pixel value setting unit sets the pixel value based on the image data and the second reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 8089663
    Abstract: A detachable transparent plate for a scan head assembly in a document scanning system that allows an operator to detach the transparent plate from the scan head assembly located above a media feed path to clean a top face of the transparent plate and easily reattach it to the scan head assembly. The scan head assembly has an optical system and a sealing member detachably mounted to a bottom end of the optical system. The transparent plate is received and supported by the sealing member and defines a portion of a bottom surface of the sealing member. The sealing member is detachable from the bottom end of the optical system to allow an operator access to the top face of the transparent plate of the sealing member for cleaning the top face of the transparent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Chengwu Cui, Charles Brandon Langrel
  • Patent number: 8085448
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus capable of continually conveying a plurality of originals in a stable manner while cleaning a contact glass of an image sensor and reducing streaks occurring in read images. An image sensor reads an original image via a contact member which the conveyed original may contact. A cleaning member, being provided on a turning member which is able to rotate or swing and disposed at a position opposing the image sensor, cleans the contact member's surface which the original may contact. The turning member is turned by a driving unit. A controlling unit controls the driving unit to turn the turning member so that cleaning of the contact member is performed by the cleaning member after the original has passed an image reading position of the image sensor and before a subsequent original reaches the image reading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinobu Kato, Katsuhiko Okitsu, Hirokazu Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8059315
    Abstract: An image reading device having a compact plane-shaped illumination portion is provided, by which a portion of a target to be light-irradiated can be irradiated with light whose oblique angles are different from each other, and a transmission part of the target can be read. The image reading device includes a conveying means for conveying in a conveying direction a target to be light-irradiated including a transparent portion, a lens assembly, arranged on one side of the target, for focusing transmission light having passed through the transparent portion of the target, a sensor for receiving the transmission light focused by the lens assembly, a light source, positioned on the other side of the target, arranged in a main-scanning direction, and a light guide for guiding light from the light source in a sub-scanning direction, and the light guide having a reflective portion for reflecting the guided light and then irradiating a portion to be irradiated with the reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takafumi Endo, Yohei Nokami
  • Patent number: 8015489
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of computer image processing technology, particularly, to a method for adding marks in the process of page rasterizing, which in detail is the method for adding marks on the output medium when description files of pages are output in raster imaging devices. The description files of pages are generally PostScript file, i.e. PS file, and Portable Document Format (PDF) files, i.e. PDF file. The prior art has disadvantages of poor compatibility, slow speed and the like. The present recognizes adding various marks to description files of pages in the process of page rasterizing in an RIP, thereby it is possible to add marks to any of PS files and PDF files without pre-scanning the description files of pages, and obtain good flexibility and compatibility substantially without effects on speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignees: Peking University Founder Group Co., Ltd., Beijing Founder Electronics Co., Ltd., Peking University
    Inventors: Weiping Huang, Junje Kang
  • Patent number: 8014041
    Abstract: An optical scanning apparatus which includes: a light source unit which emits a light beam; a deflection scanning device which deflects the light beam emitted from the light source unit; an optical scanning unit having a scanning imaging lens and which scans a surface to be scanned; and a light beam detector which detects a position in a sub-scanning direction of the light beam, and is disposed in a position maintaining a correlation, in a time-varying characteristic, between an amount of change of a position in the sub-scanning direction of the light beam on the surface to be scanned and an amount of change of a position in the sub-scanning direction of the light beam detected by the light beam detector, in which a difference between the amount of change of the position in the sub-scanning direction of the light beam on the surface to be scanned and the amount of change of the position in the sub-scanning direction of the light beam detected by the light beam detector is equal to or less than a set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Suzuki, Shigeaki Imai
  • Patent number: RE42823
    Abstract: A slide securing device, using in a flatbed scanner, includes a frame and a securing cell. The securing cell comprises an aperture, a first securing clip, a second securing clip, a first securing groove, a second securing groove, a picking portion, a first support member and a second support member. The slide securing device utilizes proper clips for holding slides. Thus, the scanner can directly scan the secured slides by predetermined parameters and reset mode, in order to save scanning time. Further, the securing grooves maintains slides at a fixed height to improve the scanning quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Transpacific Optics LLC
    Inventors: Jenn-Tsair Tsai, Chieng-Ming Tsaur