Document Moves During Scanning Patents (Class 358/496)
  • Patent number: 10171684
    Abstract: A method for detecting electrostatic discharge (ESD) events in an imaging device includes scanning a target placed in a scanner to create a scanned image of the target. The scanned image has a plurality of scan lines with each scan line having a number of pixels or samples. For each of the plurality of scan lines, a determination is whether or not the number of pixels or samples of the scan line matches a respective predetermined number of pixels or samples, the predetermined number of pixels or samples being based upon a resolution setting of the scanner. Upon determining that the number of pixels or samples of the scan line does not match the predetermined number of pixels or samples, a count value is incremented. The count value is used as a healthcheck data to indicate at least one ESD event has occurred in the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip Daniel Erwin, John Thomas Fessler, Keith Bryan Hardin, Michael Todd Phillips, Kark Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 9978133
    Abstract: In an ejection controller for an injection molding machine, an image of an ejection process for a molded article is captured, a point in time when the molded article starts to drop from a mold is obtained as a drop start time point, an ejection stop time point is set based on the obtained drop start time point, and an ejection operation of an ejection device is interrupted at the set time point. Thus, the ejection is interrupted in a predetermined position, so that an operator can manually remove the molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Wakebe, Kousuke Mizumura
  • Patent number: 9838555
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image former; a reader that executes reading a document or a sheet; a post processor that applies post processing to the document or the sheet; and a controller. The controller controls the image formation, the reading and the post processing, judges the requested degree of importance of reading for a reading target on the document or the sheet, judges existence or nonexistence of an overlap between an execution timing of the reading and a timing of generation of vibration at the post processing, judges the necessity of a countermeasure to prevent the overlap from occurring with reference to the degree of importance of reading and the existence or nonexistence of the overlap, and controls the execution timing of the reading and the post processing to prevent the overlap from occurring when the controller determines that the countermeasure is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ujike
  • Patent number: 9792491
    Abstract: The location of a user's head, for purposes such as head tracking or motion input, can be determined using a two-step process. In a first step, at least one image is captured including a representation of at least a portion of the person, such as a head portion of the person. In a second step, a contour of the head portion can be determined, and a two-dimensional model, for example, an ellipse or other similar shape can be used to approximate the head portion of the person represented in the image. The ellipse, for example, can be modeled using a number of shapes, such as rectangles, and the portion of the person can be tracked by locating an ellipse that bounds a maximum intensity gradient of pixel values in each one of a series of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Sharadh Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9725267
    Abstract: A conveyance path forming body includes: a first surface that is disposed on an opposite side of a sheet to a processing unit disposed on a side of one surface of the sheet being conveyed along a conveyance path to perform processing on the one surface; and a second surface that is disposed at a downstream of the first surface in a conveying direction of the sheet so as to be more distant from the processing unit than a hypothetical extension surface of the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seigo Makida, Takao Furuya, Kiyoshi Hosoi
  • Patent number: 9686422
    Abstract: An image scanner includes a stationary original plate on which a stationary original is placed and a moving original plate, over which a moving original is conveyed, aligned with the stationary original plate in a sub-scanning direction and tilted relative to the stationary original plate by a given angle. A reader is movable in the sub-scanning direction between a stationary original reading span disposed opposite the stationary original via the stationary original plate to read an image on the stationary original and a moving original reading position disposed opposite the moving original via the moving original plate to read an image on the moving original. The reader pressingly contacts the stationary original plate and the moving original plate as the reader moves in the sub-scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Narai, Yasunobu Youda, Taku Kudoh, Takayuki Andoh, Koji Hatayama, Yohei Osanai
  • Patent number: 9584691
    Abstract: A light guide includes a plurality of boss portions. A round hole portion is provided near the center of a base member for fixing the light guide, and slit portions are provided on both ends thereof. The round hole portion supports one boss portion in both the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction of the light guide. The slit portions support boss portions in the lateral direction of the light guide, but are free in the longitudinal direction of the light guide. That is, the center of the light guide is fixed from both directions, and thus both ends of the light guides can expand away in the longitudinal direction. This cuts the influence of expansion by half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ayumu Murakami
  • Patent number: 9525792
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit that reads an image on a document, a document conveyance unit that conveys the document to the reading unit, a first identification unit that identifies a size of the document before the document begins to be conveyed, a reading control unit that controls the reading unit to read the document, based on the size identified by the first identification unit, and a second identification unit that identifies a size of the document after the document begins to be conveyed, wherein the reading control unit performs control to, in a case where the size identified by the first identification unit is smaller than the size identified by the second identification unit, cancel reading processing, and in a case where the size identified by the first identification unit is greater than the size identified by the second identification unit, continue the reading processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Aya Kasahara
  • Patent number: 9334134
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a feeding mechanism that individually feeds documents, a conveying mechanism that conveys the document fed by the feeding mechanism so that the document passes a reading position, a reading unit that reads the document at the reading position, and a control unit that controls the feeding mechanism and the conveying mechanism. When the control unit causes the feeding mechanism and the conveying mechanism to feed and convey a plurality of documents at constant intervals, the control unit causes the feeding mechanism to stop feeding after a trailing edge of a preceding document passes the reading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taishi Takeda, Takashi Saitou
  • Patent number: 9327927
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a conveyor for conveying a sheet along a predetermined conveyance path and a feeder unit for supporting the sheet to be fed to the conveyor. The conveyor includes a first guide part for guiding the sheet toward a downstream side in the conveying direction in a direction inclined at a downward gradient, a second guide part for guiding the sheet from the first guide part toward a further downstream side in a direction inclined at an upward gradient, a suction roller arranged at the first guide part for conveying the sheet supported by the feeder unit toward the downstream side, and a first conveyance roller arranged at the second guide part and for conveying the sheet conveyed by the suction roller toward the downstream side one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kotaro Kurokawa, Hideaki Utagawa
  • Patent number: 9319547
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for detecting boundaries of documents on flatbed and multi-function scanners on a first pass of a carriage assembly, and then performing a high resolution scan on a second pass. High resolution images of documents can then be obtained with little or no interaction normally necessary to identify areas of interest on the scanner bed. Patterns on the scanner cover or lid facilitate not only edge determination, but orientation of text and other objects, and straightening of images in preparation for OCR and related functions. Electronic images and files derived from paper documents may be automatically cropped, deskewed, subjected to OCR, and named consistent with content or other information derived from them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ABBYY Development LLC
    Inventor: Andrey Isaev
  • Patent number: 9319544
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, including a main unit including a placement plane and an image reader, a document cover swingably supported by the main unit via a hinge to move between a closed position and an open position, and a conveyer unit to convey a document sheet, is provided. The hinge includes an in-main-unit joint section attached to an end of the main unit, an on-cover joint section attached to an end of the document cover, and an urging member arranged in between the in-main-unit joint section and the on-cover joint section. A coupling device to couple the end of the document cover and the end of the main unit together and to restrict the end of the document cover and the end of the main unit from being separated from each other is disposed in an intermediate position between the document cover and the conveyer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirofumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9311580
    Abstract: Depending on a sheet used in printing, in some cases, a user desires to perform printing without an effect of an abnormal pixel, and in other cases, the user desires prompt execution of the reading of a document. Therefore, a method includes determining whether image data includes an abnormal pixel, the image data being generated by a reading unit performing reading with no document placed at a reading position, and performing control so that the determining is performed in a case where a sheet on which an image is to be printed by a printing unit is a sheet that is to be subjected to the determining, and performing control so that the determining is not performed in a case where the sheet on which the image is to be printed by the printing unit is a sheet that is not to be subjected to the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Unno
  • Patent number: 9296578
    Abstract: A sheet ejector is provided that includes an ejection roller unit including a first roller and a second roller, a pushing member that rotates concentrically with the first roller and includes a projection formed on a circumferential surface thereof, the projection contacting a trailing end of a sheet to be ejected and pushing out the sheet in an ejecting direction, and a contact member including a contact portion disposed, in a view along a rotational-axis direction of the first roller, in such a position as to overlap or be downstream relative to a most downstream position of a rotational trajectory of the pushing member in the ejecting direction, the contact portion configured to extend up to a position closer to the second roller than the rotational axis of the first roller and contact the trailing end of the sheet ejected from the ejection roller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiko Ohta
  • Patent number: 9277072
    Abstract: A light guide includes a plurality of boss portions. A round hole portion is provided near the center of a base member for fixing the light guide, and slit portions are provided on both ends thereof. The round hole portion supports one boss portion in both the longitudinal direction and the lateral direction of the light guide. The slit portions support boss portions in the lateral direction of the light guide, but are free in the longitudinal direction of the light guide. That is, the center of the light guide is fixed from both directions, and thus both ends of the light guides can expand away in the longitudinal direction. This cuts the influence of expansion by half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ayumu Murakami
  • Patent number: 9241084
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for detecting boundaries of documents on flatbed and multi-function scanners on a first pass of a carriage assembly, and then performing a high resolution scan on a second pass. High resolution images of documents can then be obtained with little or no interaction normally necessary to identify areas of interest on the scanner bed. Patterns on the scanner cover or lid facilitate not only edge determination, but orientation of text and other objects, and straightening of images in preparation for OCR and related functions. Electronic images and files derived from paper documents may be automatically cropped, deskewed, subjected to OCR, and named consistent with content or other information derived from them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ABBYY Development LLC
    Inventor: Andrey Isaev
  • Patent number: 9154657
    Abstract: A duplex scanning apparatus includes a scan case including a platen glass, a first scanning module disposed inside the scan case, a scanning module moving unit that is disposed inside the scan case perpendicular to the first scanning module and guides a movement of the first scanning module, and an automatic document feeding apparatus disposed on a top side of the scan case to cover the platen glass including a feeding frame in which a document moving route is formed, a scanning module opening formed on an upper side of the document moving route in the feeding frame, a second scanning module disposed in the scanning module opening, and a scanning module adjusting unit formed to rotate the second scanning module by a predetermined angle based on a point of the feeding frame with respect to the scanning module opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-il Lee, Dong-hun Lee, Myung-hee Jang
  • Patent number: 9073715
    Abstract: A sheet feeding mechanism includes a sheet feeding roller configured to feed an uppermost recording medium from stacked recording mediums, an inclined portion located at a downstream position of the sheet feeding roller in a conveyance direction of the recording medium and having a surface inclined with respect to the conveyance direction, and a restriction member configured not to contact the recording medium before the sheet feeding roller feeds the recording medium, and configured to contact the recording medium in a state where the recording medium is fed by the sheet feeding roller and conveyed along the inclined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Yokoi
  • Patent number: 9036226
    Abstract: A reading device includes an original glass plate, a scanner, a support portion, a towing portion, a guide portion, and an engagement portion. The towing portion is configured to tow and move the support portion in a predetermined direction. The guide portion is configured to guide a direction of movement of the support portion and the scanner caused by the towing of the towing portion. A center of mass of the scanner and the support portion is positioned at a midpoint between contact portions provided at both ends of the scanner and coming into contact with the original glass plate. The guide portion is disposed under the center of mass of the scanner and support portion. The towing portion is secured to the support portion or the engagement portion at a point on a vertical line passing through the center of mass of the scanner and support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hikaru Fuke
  • Patent number: 9036225
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a feeding portion which feeds an original one by one and passes the original through a reading position; a reading portion which reads an image of the original conveyed at the reading position; a transparent member which is disposed between the original conveyed at the reading position and the reading portion; a cleaning member including a brush which cleans the transparent member, and a shaft member which fixes the brush; and a controller which determines a home position of the cleaning member based on image information acquired from the reading portion when the cleaning member is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahito Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9036224
    Abstract: In an image reading device, an interlock portion is configured to supply or cut off power supply voltage to a driving portion in association with opening/closing of a cover. An open/close detecting portion is configured to detect opening/closing of the cover. A control portion is configured to execute (a) a scan process of causing a reading portion to read a document image during movement of the reading portion from a first position to a second position, (b) a return process of returning the reading portion to the first position in the opposite direction, (c) a reading interruption process of stopping a scan process when an opened state of the cover is detected during the scan process, and executing a return process when a closed state of the cover is detected next time, and (d) the scan process again after the reading interruption process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Seiji Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 9036222
    Abstract: A document scanner (10) includes an input tray (20) for holding documents (11). An input image capture device (30) captures at least a portion of the images of documents in the input tray. An image processor (65) determines characteristics of documents in the input tray, and the documents are processed based on the characteristics. At least one characteristic is document length (70), or width (80), or position (170), or other characteristics. An ultrasonic zone (160) detects the documents; and the ultrasonic zones are enabled or disabled in at least one location down the document based on at least one characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Kodak Alaris Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Pultorak
  • Patent number: 9036165
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, including a driving unit, a separator unit, a conveyer unit, a reader unit, a reducer unit, a size detecting unit; and a controller is provided. The separator unit includes a drive shaft, a contact member, and a clutch. The controller manipulates the conveyer unit via the driving unit to convey the sheet at a first conveying speed when the size of the sheet detected by the size detecting unit is greater than a predetermined size. The controller manipulates the conveyer unit via the driving unit to convey the sheet at a second conveying speed, which is lower than the first conveying speed, when the size of the sheet detected by the size detecting unit is one of smaller than and equivalent to the predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Katsuro Miura, Muneaki Takahata
  • Patent number: 9036164
    Abstract: A feeder feeds a first recording medium in a first direction. A curved guide guides the first recording medium fed by the feeder upward along a first path. An upper guide receives a leading edge of the first recording medium, guided by the curved guide, and guides the first recording medium in a second direction substantially opposite to the first direction. An insertion guide guides, along a second path, a second recording medium inserted from an opening. A conveying unit disposed downstream of the upper guide in the second direction conveys the first recording medium and the second recording medium to a recording unit which records an image on each recording medium supported by a supporting unit. A deflecting member has a surface inclined with respect to the second direction and deflects a leading edge of the second recording medium, guided by the insertion guide, upward toward the upper guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Iijima, Iwane Sano
  • Patent number: 9030684
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and method for reading an image of a document and preventing an image from being printed on the document if a sheet type of the document is not suitable for printing. The method includes reading an image of a conveyed document, detecting a sheet type of the conveyed document, and controlling, in a case where the detected sheet type is the predetermined sheet type, an image to be printed on the conveyed document, and controlling, in a case where the detected sheet type is not a predetermined sheet type, an image not to be printed on the conveyed document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Megumi Saito
  • Patent number: 9030720
    Abstract: In a sheet conveying device, a first sensing portion is configured to output a first sense signal when a sheet is absent at a first sensing position determined in advance on a sheet placement portion, and output a second sense signal when the sheet is present at the first sensing position. A second sensing portion is configured to output the second sense signal when the sheet is absent at a second sensing position separated from the first sensing position in a width direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the sheet, and output the first sense signal when the sheet is present at the second sensing position. A sensing control portion is configured to sense a plurality of states in accordance with a combination of the first sense signal and the second sense signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Omoya
  • Patent number: 9025221
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device including: a separating roller; a separating piece; and conveying rollers. The separating roller conveys each sheet along a predetermined conveying path in a conveyance direction. The separating piece provides a first nip position in cooperation with the outer peripheral surface of the separating roller for nipping a sheet or sheets therebetween. The conveying rollers are provided at positions downstream of the separating roller in the conveyance direction and provide a second nip position where the sheet is nipped therebetween for conveying the sheet conveyed by the separating roller in the conveyance direction. An imaginary flat plane is defined by connecting the first nip position and the second nip position. The separating piece has a portion positioned downstream of the first nip position and protruding toward the separating roller beyond the imaginary flat plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Muneaki Takahata
  • Patent number: 9025218
    Abstract: In an image reading device, an opposing member opposes an image reading unit. The opposing member has a first part and a second part. A moving unit moves the image reading unit between first and second read positions. An image value generated by reading an image of the first part at the first read position is different from an image value generated by reading an image of the second part at the second read position. The control device is configured to: set a read position to selected one of the first read position and the second read position; control the moving unit to move the image reading unit to the read position; and determine that an edge of the original sheet reaches the reading region when image values generated by the image reading unit are changed while the conveying unit conveys the original sheet along the conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kentaro Iwatsuka
  • Patent number: 9019574
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a first tray, a second tray disposed above the first tray, a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet in a feed direction, and a first wall portion disposed at one end of the second tray in a width direction and fixed relative to the first tray. The first tray has a first end on a side far from the feeding portion. The second tray has, on the side far from the feeding portion, a second end, which is closer to the feeding portion than the first end of the first tray. The first end of the first tray is located above the second end of the second tray. An upper end of the first wall portion is higher than the second tray, and extends from a side closer to the second end of the second tray toward the first end of the first tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiko Ohta
  • Patent number: 9019578
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus having a conveyed document reading function and a placed document reading function includes: a moving mechanism for moving an imaging unit; a hinge mechanism for swingably connecting a document cover to a document platen; a conveyance mechanism provided to the document cover for conveying a document upon operation of the conveyed document reading function; a driving force transmission mechanism for selectively transmitting a driving force generated from a driving source to the moving mechanism or the conveyance mechanism; a first gear rotatable by receiving the driving force from the driving force transmission mechanism; and a second gear rotatable with being meshed with the first gear for transmitting the driving force to the moving mechanism or the conveyance mechanism, a rotating center line of which coincides with a swinging center line of the hinge mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shingai, Takayuki Akimatsu, Yasuo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9019567
    Abstract: A printer with integral scanner obtains a digital signature from an article as it is printed. The integral scanner has a coherent source which directs a light beam to illuminate the article and a detector arrangement to collect data points from light scattered from many different parts of the article to collect a large number of independent data points. The digital signature derived from the data points is stored in a database with an image of what was printed on the article. The authenticity of an article purported to be the originally printed article can be verified by scanning the purported genuine article to obtain its digital signature. The database is then searched, to establish whether there is a match. If a match is found, the image is displayed with the matched digital signature to allow a further visual check that the article is genuine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ingenia Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Russell Paul Cowburn
  • Patent number: 9019579
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a cover; a conveyor disposed to the cover and including a conveyance mechanism; a first platen configured to come into contact with a first side of the document conveyed by the conveyance mechanism; a first presser disposed below the first platen for pressing a second side of the document conveyed by the conveyance mechanism toward the first platen; a movable reading device for reading an image of the document on a document table while moving below the document table; a stationary reading device disposed above the first platen for reading an image of the document conveyed by the conveyance mechanism; and a first urging member for urging the first presser toward the first platen. The first platen and the first presser are spaced from each other when the document cover is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 9013763
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a transmitting glass; and a step member that is located upstream of a reading position, at which an image of a conveyed document is read by a reading unit via a transmitting glass, in a conveying direction of the document, and has a document guiding surface at a position away from a surface of a transmitting glass by a prescribed distance and forms a step between the document guiding surface and the transmitting glass. The step member is provided with a protrusion protruding downstream in the conveying direction of the document to form space between the transmitting glass and a downstream part of the step member in the conveying direction of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kubo, Hidehiko Fujiwara, Atsushi Kanaya, Shinya Kitaoka, Takeshi Akai, Fumiyuki Heishi, Takehisa Shimazu, Koki Sakano, Takuya Sano
  • Patent number: 9013766
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a base section; a reading unit; a movable body; a drive unit; and a cable. The movable body supports the reading unit and reciprocates between first and second end positions in a first direction. The drive unit is disposed on a first side where the first end position is located. The cable has one end portion fixed to a base wall of the base section and another end portion connected to the reading unit. The cable includes: a first elongated portion extending from the one end portion; a curved portion extending from the first elongated portion toward a second side where the second end position is located and then curving toward the first side; and a second elongated portion connected to the another end portion. The curved portion has a part overlapping with the drive unit in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Yamasaki, Hiroyuki Shingai
  • Patent number: 9013768
    Abstract: In a reading apparatus including a first conveying device including a first and a second movable unit to cause the sheet to pass through the first position; and a second conveying device including a third and a fourth movable unit to cause the sheet to pass through the second position; characterized in that when the reading device reads the sheet at the first position, a moving velocity of the second movable unit is larger than a moving velocity of the first movable unit, and when the reading device reads the sheet at the second position, a moving velocity of the fourth movable unit is larger than a moving velocity of the third movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazushi Ino, Atsushi Ogata, Ichiro Yasumaru, Hiroshi Kato, Daisuke Kaneko, Hiroki Kato
  • Patent number: 9013769
    Abstract: In a conveyor of an image-reading device, a first path is defined by a path from the upper path to the lower path via the curved path. A second path is defined by a path from the upper path to the extension path. A first reading unit is disposed on the upper path and reads the first surface while the original sheet is on the upper path. A second reading unit is disposed on the upper path and reads the second surface while the original sheet is on the upper path. A third reading unit is disposed on the lower path and reads the second surface while the original sheet is on the lower path. When the reading section reads the original sheet, the conveyor conveys the original sheet through the first path or the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Atsushi Yokochi
  • Patent number: 9013767
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus including: a conveyor; a first reading unit; a second reading unit; a first frame; and a second frame. The first reading unit extends in a prescribed direction and has a first end on a first side and a third end on a second side opposite to the first side in the prescribed direction. The second reading unit extends in the prescribed direction and has a second end on the first side and a fourth end on the second side. The second reading unit is disposed opposite to the first reading unit with a conveying path along which a sheet is conveyed interposed therebetween. The first frame includes first and second engagement portions configured to be engaged with the first and second ends, respectively. The second frame includes third and fourth engagement portions configured to be engaged with the third and fourth ends, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Saya Minoshima, Masamitsu Ukai
  • Patent number: 9007665
    Abstract: Documents in a large-format scanning system are scanned by coarsely recognizing longitudinal or transverse transition regions between a reflector roller and a document by the substeps of dividing the scanning image transversely into uniform image strips, determining statistical parameters for each image strip, examining the scanning image in the image strips with fixed threshold values for deviations such that, if a value of one the statistical parameters of an image strip exceeds the threshold value, this region is recognized as being a transverse transition region between the reflector roller and the document, and examining the image strips to determine the longitudinal transition region by line-by-line generation of an average value and determining sufficiently strong and steep edges, the image strips being rotated incrementally from the transverse of the document to an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roth + Weber GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Kaempflein, Burkhard Schoelpen
  • Patent number: 9001398
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a reading glass moving unit that moves a reading glass; a determining unit that determines whether or not a read image obtained by the sheet-through reading unit includes a vertical stripe which represents linear images continuous in the original carrying direction; a determining unit that, when a vertical stripe is formed, determines matching/mismatching of the positions of the vertical stripe in read images of an original carrying member which are obtained before and after moving the reading glass; a determining unit that, based on determination indicating mismatching, determines that a causing matter of the vertical stripe is present on the reading glass and, based on determination indicating matching, determines that a causing matter of the vertical stripe is present on a portion other than the reading glass; and a determining unit that determines the type of the causing matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Mayama
  • Patent number: 8988742
    Abstract: An image sensor unit includes a frame in which a light source and an image sensor are housed, and a cover member that is bonded to the frame. The cover member is bonded by means of a double-sided tape that includes a film-shaped substrate and adhesive layers formed on both sides of the substrate. Slits that extend from one outer edge in a width direction to an intermediate portion in the width direction and slits that extend from the other outer edge in the width direction to an intermediate portion in the width direction are formed in the double-sided tape. The respective slits that are adjacent include an overlapping portion when viewed in a long-side direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8988739
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus comprising: a placing portion on which an original being fed is placed; an original conveying portion which conveys the original placed on the placing portion; an image reading portion which reads an image on the original conveyed by the original conveying portion; an stacking portion which is disposed under the placing portion and on which the original read by the image reading portion is stacked; and an illuminating portion which is disposed above the stacking portion and below the placing portion to illuminate the stacking portion, wherein the illuminating portion is disposed outside an original stacking area, that a maximum-sized original in a width direction orthogonal to an original conveyance direction is stacked, in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruhisa Oshida
  • Patent number: 8982434
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a reception port capable of receiving a paper document. A discharge port discharges a paper document received from the reception port and serves as an ID card reception port. A conveyance path connects the reception port and the discharge port to each other. A conveyance unit conveys the paper document received from the reception port or the ID card received from the discharge port. An image reading unit, provided on the conveyance path, reads a double-sided image of the paper document or the ID card. An image processing unit matches a first image data output condition obtained by reading, by the image reading unit, the paper document received from the reception port, with a second image data output condition obtained by reading, by the image reading unit, the paper document received from the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ahimusa Uchida
  • Patent number: 8982427
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a data generation portion that generates text-searchable electronic data by superimposing transparent text data obtained by causing, to be transparent, text data contained in document sheet data stored in advance in a storage portion, and image data read from a document sheet by an image reading portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Satoru Hayama
  • Patent number: 8976427
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and a method of controlling the same are provided. The image forming apparatus includes a document feeder to feed an original document, a time delay integration image sensor to scan the original document and read image data, and a controller to activate a time delay integration function of the time delay integration image sensor when a direction for feed of the original document corresponds to a sub-scanning direction of the time delay integration image sensor, and to deactivate the time delay integration function of the time delay integration image sensor when the direction for feed of the original document does not correspond to the sub-scanning direction of the time delay integration image sensor, during reading of the original document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Je Joh
  • Patent number: 8970926
    Abstract: A document reading apparatus includes a conveyance unit for conveying a document and a reading unit for reading an image of a document. In the document reading apparatus, the reading unit includes a platen glass. The conveyance unit allows a cleaning member of a cleaning roller to start contact with the front end in a conveyance direction of a document, on the platen glass, upstream in the conveyance direction from a reading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Shinno
  • Patent number: 8970927
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a reading unit; a feeding unit; a carriage; a motor-side transmission gear for transmitting power from a motor; a carriage-side transmission gear for transmitting the power to the carriage; a feeding unit-side transmission gear for transmitting the power to the feeding unit; a switching gear switched between a meshing state with the carriage-side transmission gear at a carriage-side position and a meshing state with the feeding unit-side transmission gear at a feeding unit-side position; and a control device for performing: a first switching process for meshing the switching gear with the feeding unit-side transmission gear; a second switching process for meshing the switching gear with the carriage-side transmission gear; and an initialization process of the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8970924
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading device including: a light source member including light source portions emitting light; a light guide member including: an input section to which the light emitted from the light source portions is input; and an output section from which the input light is output; a support member supporting the light source member and the light guide member and having higher rigidity than the light source member and the light guide member; a retaining member configured to press the light guide member toward the support member and configured to retain the light guide member in a supported state by the support member; and a protrusion-shaped contact section provided on the light guide member and contacting the retaining member, the contact section protruding in a direction perpendicular from the predetermined main scanning direction from the light guide member toward the retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Nakaie
  • Patent number: 8964262
    Abstract: An image sensor unit includes: a light guide reflecting light rays entering through a first light entering surface and a second light entering surface provided at both ends thereof, by a reflection surface to make the light rays exit through a light exiting surface and illuminates an original; a first light source provided near the first light entering surface; a second light source provided near the second light entering surface and different in wavelength from the first light source; and a first reflection part and a second reflection part provided on the reflection surface and composed of dot patterns constituted of two kinds of dots different in spectral reflectance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuuichi Shimoda
  • Patent number: 8965266
    Abstract: Automatic document feeder includes a transport path member having a transport path surface configuring a transport path in a device body, a latching member that is mounted on a rotating shaft provided in the other end side, is urged in a first rotation direction latched to a latched portion, and holds the transport path member in closed transport path, and an operating member that is rotated up to an operating position by own weight thereof or urging force in a second rotation direction when the device body moves to an exposed position of the transport path member, and is mounted with allowance so that the latching member is rotated in the second rotation direction according to a further rotating operation in the second rotation direction from the operating position and the latching member is detached from the latched portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Yamazaki, Hyundeok Ha, Senggyu Cho
  • Patent number: 8964266
    Abstract: An optical unit of an image reading device has the center of gravity in a position toward a first sub scanning direction, relative to the middle point of the optical unit in terms of sub scanning directions. An engagement part is provided in a position toward a first main scanning direction relative to a sliding part. A plurality of pairs of pinching parts include a first pair provided in a position toward the first sub scanning direction and a second pair provided in a position toward a second sub scanning direction. Of the two pinching parts in the second pair, the pinching part provided in a position toward the first main scanning direction is biased by a first biasing member toward a rail part side, and the pinching part provided in a position toward a second main scanning direction is not biased by the first biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Yamasaki