Programmed Patents (Class 399/77)
  • Patent number: 9274781
    Abstract: A display device capable of upgrading smart functions as broadly described herein may include a multi-functional display device capable of upgrading smart functions, including a broadcast receiver for receiving a broadcast signal, a demultiplexer for demultiplexing the received broadcast signal, a decoder for decoding the demultiplexed broadcast signal, a display for displaying the decoded broadcast signal, an external device interface configured to connect to a smart card for receiving upgrade data, a memory for storing the upgrade data and version information of the smart card, and a controller configured to process and display the received broadcast signal on the display, determine whether the smart card is connected to the display device, and communicate with the smart card to operate the multi-functional display device, wherein the smart card includes at least one smart function for execution on the multi-functional display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wooseong Chung, Jaehan Park, Chongsok Kim
  • Patent number: 9170839
    Abstract: A method for scheduling different combinations of jobs simultaneously running on a shared hardware platform is disclosed. Schedules may be created while executing the current set of jobs, for one or more possible sets of jobs that may occur after a change in the current set of jobs. In at least one embodiment, the present invention may be implemented in a SDR system where the jobs may correspond to radios in the SDR system. The possible combinations of radios that may occur after a change in the set of currently running radios may be determined at run time by adding or removing one radio at a time from the set of currently running radios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: David Guevorkian, Jan Westmeijer
  • Patent number: 9031438
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming section that forms an image on a recording medium; a fixing section that includes a heat roller with a heater inside and fixes a toner image on the recording medium; a temperature detecting section for detecting the temperature of an end region of the heat roller in a direction of a rotary axis thereof; a control section that controls the operation of the heater based on the detected temperature; and a post-drive time calculating section that calculates a post-drive time for a post-drive of the fixing section after a successive image formation on recording media, depending upon the sizes of the recording media and through a subtraction using a correction factor set according to a condition of conveyance of the recording media. The control section causes the fixing section to perform the post-drive for the calculated post-drive time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Asaka
  • Patent number: 8971788
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a sheet conveying unit, a TOD (Top of Data) control module for instructing the image forming unit to start generation of a toner image, a timing roller driving module for instructing the sheet conveying unit to start driving of the timing roller, an image synchronization module designed depending on the sheet conveying unit and the image forming unit, and a sheet information module for generating an image synchronization identifier for designating a pattern of image synchronization control related to printing of the toner image on the sheet, depending on a type of the sheet designated. The image synchronization module is activated when the formation of the toner image on the sheet has become possible, and activate each of the TOD control module and the timing roller driving module, with a relative time lag based on the image synchronization identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kohei Hayashi, Tomohiro Kato
  • Patent number: 8934801
    Abstract: Upon recovery from a power-saving mode to a normal mode and then restart of fixing temperature control from a state in which the fixing temperature control is stopped, a control part (display control part 10 obtains a current temperature of a fixing part based on output of a temperature detector and required stabilization time T1 based on required stabilization time data, and based on necessary time data A and the number of remaining setting screens on which settings need to be made in a wizard format, issues a restart signal RS for restarting the fixing temperature control between a first time point TP1 reached by tracing back by the required stabilization time T1 from a predicted time point at which making the settings is predicted to complete and a second time point TP2 as a time point the necessary time before the first time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yasushi Saito
  • Patent number: 8836989
    Abstract: A device and method for controlling the initiation of an image forming apparatus are provided using a NAND flash memory. The device for controlling initiation of an image forming apparatus includes: a NAND flash memory for storing a boot program and system control programs for initiating the image forming apparatus; a random-access-memory (RAM) for temporarily storing an execution program and data; and a driving unit arranged to first read the boot program and an engine control program among the system control programs from the NAND flash memory, execute the boot program and the engine control program, then read remaining system control programs from the NAND flash memory and store the remaining system control programs in the RAM when the boot program and the engine control program are being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sun-jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8737862
    Abstract: A method for operating a selectively interconnected modular printing system is disclosed. The method includes providing a selectively interconnected modular printing system that is responsive to an operational preference setting and associated configuration information for each module; communicating the associated configuration information for the selectively interconnected modules to a system controller; and using the system controller to automatically determine operational parameters based on the associated configuration information. The method further includes determining a set of operational preferences from the operational parameters; selecting at least one operational preference setting; using the system controller to determine specific operational parameters based on the selected operational preference setting; and storing the specific operational parameters so that the modular printing system is effective for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Manico, Kevin Michael Gobeyn, Christopher M. Muir
  • Patent number: 8676076
    Abstract: There is provided a heating controlling device having: a receiving section receiving heating instructions for plural heaters; and a controller that, when the receiving section receives a heating instruction to heat another heater while two or more heaters other than the heater for which the heating instruction is received are heating, stops heating of the heaters that are heating, after a first predetermined time period elapses from the control to stop heating, starts heating of the heater for which the heating instruction is received, and each time a number of second predetermined time periods elapses from the control to start heating, restarts heating, on the basis of predetermined priority rankings, of the heaters that were controlled to stop heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ohhashi, Takanori Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8456669
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a print system is provided comprising a plurality of networked print engines in communication with one another, a presence detector, and a controller to communicate with the presence detector to determine a user presence and to access usage data of each of the plurality of print engines. The controller combines and shares the user presence and the usage data to adjust operations of the plurality of print engines enabling quick entry to, and quick exit from, power saving mode of at least two of the plurality of print engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas Bisset
  • Patent number: 8373869
    Abstract: A charging management server is informed of an ID number stored in an IC card, and a user charging table of the charging management server is read. A new user charging list is transmitted to an MFP. In the case where the MFP receives a cooperative job to be executed by a cooperative server, a sub charging list is generated. The generated new sub charging list is transmitted together with image data to the cooperative server. The cooperative server executes the job on the basis of charging a fee for the job. As the job is executed on the basis of charging, the sub charging list is updated. In parallel with the execution of the cooperative job by the cooperative server, the MFP can perform a normal job according to the charging list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Tsukada, Hiroyasu Ito, Harumitsu Fujimori, Ichiro Bessho
  • Patent number: 8334988
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device that has a display control unit that causes, when one or more of setting items for specifying a processing are sequentially specified by a manipulation made by an operator, a display unit to display processing information sets each including setting items in a predetermined order on the basis of the sequentially specified setting items, and has a processing execution unit that executes a processing specified by setting items included in a processing information set specified by a manipulation made by the operator among the displayed processing information sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Sekine
  • Patent number: 8300248
    Abstract: A printing control system includes a host interface, a user interface, a printing unit, and a controller. The host interface communicates with a host device that submits a print job. The user interface communicates with a user. The printing unit executes the print job. The controller suspends operation at the printing unit in response to a suspend request received at one of the host interface and user interface. The controller measures an elapsed time since the suspension, and transmits one of first and second commands upon determining that the elapsed time exceeds a given reference time. The first command causes the printing unit to automatically resume the suspended operation. The second command causes the host interface to send a notification of the suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroya Uruta, Toshio Kitazawa, Tsuyoshi Sakuma, Yuka Saito
  • Patent number: 8194265
    Abstract: A method of authenticating at least one piece of content provided to an image forming apparatus in which at least one consumable is disposed includes determining whether the at least one consumable includes authentication information of the at least one piece of content, displaying the at least one piece of content on a user interface according to a license policy corresponding to the authentication information, selecting at least one piece of content from the at least one piece of content displayed on the user interface, and executing the selected at least one piece of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-woon Jung, Jin-young Lee
  • Patent number: 8149432
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that can be connected to an image-forming apparatus, a method, and a program used for the information processing apparatus are disclosed. The information processing apparatus comprises a control unit for controlling print-setting information set for document data to be printed, a recognition unit for recognizing information about a first function specified by the print-setting information by translating the print-setting information controlled by the control unit, an obtaining unit for obtaining information about a second function of the image-forming apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus, a determination unit for determining whether or not the image-forming apparatus can perform the first function recognized by the recognition unit based on the second-function information obtained by the obtaining unit, and a modification unit for modifying the print-setting information controlled by the control unit based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichiro Kizaki, Satoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8014692
    Abstract: When an instruction reception section receives an image forming instruction from an operator, a detector detects an toner image forming unit which performs an image forming operation in connection with the operator's instruction. A mode determining section determines which one of an image formation preceding mode or a sheet conveyance preceding mode is set for the toner image forming unit detected by the detector, and a drive controller controls drivings of the sheet conveying section and the image forming section according to the determined mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuji Furushige
  • Patent number: 7991317
    Abstract: In order to provide an automatic job template generating apparatus capable of making operations simpler by reducing the steps in the user interface operation to match a frequently used capability of an MFP, an automatic job template generating apparatus of the invention is formed of an operation history acquisition unit configured to acquire an operation history of a multi function peripherals for each user according to information accessed to the multi function peripherals on the Web, an operation frequency analysis unit configured to analyze an operation frequency at regular timing according to the operation history acquired by the operation history acquisition unit, and a job template generation unit configured to newly generate a job execution parameter having a high operation frequency on an operation screen as a job template button according to an analysis result of the operation analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kato, Sunao Tabata, Haruhiko Ishida, Masao Yamaguchi, Takahiro Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 7982903
    Abstract: In the printing and finishing of sheet-like objects, printing instructions are outputted to a printer. In accordance therewith, sheet-like objects are printed by the printer and are subsequently delivered by the printer directly to the finishing apparatus and then finished by the finishing apparatus. Output data concerning the printing instructions sent to the printer which are at least indicative of the printer capacity required for the printer to process the printing instructions outputted to the printer are registered. Sheet-like objects displaced by the printer are detected and signaled by the detector. At least periodically, production data in accordance with the signals received from the detector are generated. These data are at least indicative of a production quantity realized by the printer in response to the printing instructions sent to the printer. Depending on the production data, the output of next ones of the printing instructions to the printer is dosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Neopost Industrie B.V.
    Inventor: Bertus Karel Edens
  • Patent number: 7874750
    Abstract: A system for printing a multi-layer document includes no less than two continuous feed simplex printing devices that each print on no more than one of a plurality of media webs. An in-line post-processing device merges the media webs into a multi-layer document. The system also may have a controller that controls the printing devices and the post-processing device from a single synchronized dataflow. A method prints a multi-layer document, including the steps of simultaneously printing on no less than two media webs by a plurality of roll fed printers that each print on only one of the media webs; and merging the media webs from the plurality of roll fed printers in an inline post-processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Michel Lemoine
  • Patent number: 7844193
    Abstract: A multifunctional machine includes a first component section that starts up taking a first time period, and a second component section that starts up taking a second time period shorter than the first time period. An operation start prediction information obtaining section is provided to obtain operation start prediction information predicting a time when a user starts the multifunctional machine. A start up control section is provided to start up the first component section in advance of the second component section. A power supply control section is provided to supply power from at least one external power source and drive the start up control section in accordance with the operation start prediction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takagi, Hiroyuki Asanuma, Naoto Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7839510
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that can be connected to an image-forming apparatus, a method, and a program used for the information processing apparatus are disclosed. The information processing apparatus comprises a control unit for controlling print-setting information set for document data to be printed, a recognition unit for recognizing information about a first function specified by the print-setting information by translating the print-setting information controlled by the control unit, an obtaining unit for obtaining information about a second function of the image-forming apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus, a determination unit for determining whether or not the image-forming apparatus can perform the first function recognized by the recognition unit based on the second-function information obtained by the obtaining unit, and a modification unit for modifying the print-setting information controlled by the control unit based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichiro Kizaki, Satoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 7769312
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is provided with an image information storage unit, an image information processing unit, an actual image forming unit, an image information control unit that controls transfer of image information between each of the units, a power supply control unit, a cost information management unit that holds basic cost information prescribing power costs dependent on a usage time and calculates unit cost information, and an image processing time management unit that calculates a processing time required for image output jobs, wherein the image information control unit sets the execution timings of the image output jobs based on the basic cost information so that a total of image output costs of the image output jobs stored in the image information storage unit is lowest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Higashi
  • Patent number: 7653320
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image forming unit which forms an image as a toner image on a printing medium, a first fixing unit which fixes, on the printing medium, the toner image formed by the image forming unit, a second fixing unit arranged at a position different from the first fixing unit and used when a larger amount of heat is necessary for fixing the toner image on the printing medium, and a changing unit which changes the sequence of image formation by the image forming unit when the second fixing unit is used during image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ota, Shigeo Hata, Naohisa Nagata, Takeo Yamamoto, Daisaku Kamiya
  • Patent number: 7639958
    Abstract: This invention provides an image forming apparatus capable of shortening the user's print waiting time as much as possible when it is determined that image adjustment is necessary during the image forming operation, and a control method therefor. To accomplish this, in a color image forming apparatus including a plurality of image forming stations which form toner images with a plurality of toners on the basis of a job, it is discriminated whether adjustment processing is necessary during a continuous image forming operation based on the job. If it is discriminated that adjustment processing is necessary, it is determined whether each of the image forming stations has a non-operating time enough to execute the discriminated adjustment processing during the image forming operation. The image forming station determined to have a non-operating time enough to execute adjustment processing executes the discriminated adjustment processing during the non-operating time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Okamoto, Akihiko Sakai, Shinichi Takata, Yuichiro Maeda
  • Patent number: 7593291
    Abstract: Based on regional calendar data including weekday information and holiday information, days of a month to be set are displayed as date buttons in a nonconsultation day setting image. A WORK button, an ALL button, a PM button or an AM button may be clicked to set consultation days and nonconsultation days for each day or weekday. The amount of energy consumed by an image forming apparatus is reduced by an energy saving mode in a preset nonbusiness time zone on nonbusiness days, and on Sundays and holidays which are not working days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiko Ito
  • Patent number: 7522301
    Abstract: An interface card for a device with image output capabilities. The interface card includes a connector for connecting to the device and a controller. The controller sends data for output of an image of a quick-start guide from the interface card to the device through the connector. The controller sends the data once without error and does not send the data to the device again unless the interface card is reset with respect to whether the data has been sent. In the preferred embodiment, the interface card further includes a non-volatile memory, and the controller stores an indication that the data has been sent without error in the non-volatile memory in a case that the data has been sent without error. The controller uses the indication to determine if the data has been sent once without error, and the interface card is reset with respect to whether the data has been sent by resetting the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Don Hideyasu Matsubayashi
  • Publication number: 20080310874
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a controller configured to control each unit of the image forming apparatus, and an engine to which a startup instruction is sent from the controller and a plurality of peripheral devices is connected in series. Power is supplied to the controller and the engine separately, and further supplied to the plurality of peripheral devices from the engine. The engine independently sends startup instructions to the plurality of peripheral devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Yujin Mori
  • Patent number: 7454152
    Abstract: An image recording system is provided which includes two image recording apparatuses that can independently record images and can sequentially start up the two image recording apparatuses one by one rather than starting up at the same time. A bypass transporting path apparatus is disposed on a color image recording apparatus and a transporting path connecting apparatus is disposed between a front portion of a monochrome image recording apparatus and a rear portion of the color image recording apparatus. This system includes a start-up controlling portion that performs control such that after any one image recording apparatus is started up and put into a recordable state, the other image recording apparatus is started up and put into a recordable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Sekiya
  • Publication number: 20080267653
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus that outputs a reference clock, divides the outputted reference clock based on a set multiple, and generates an image clock based on the division, a width of a synchronization signal that indicates dynamic deviation characteristics is detected, and the multiple is set in accordance with the detected width of the synchronization signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukihide Ushio
  • Patent number: 7444096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus initiate the supply of power to a component to ready the component to perform a function in response to further operator input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bradley M. Lowman, Michael C. Muthart, Andrew R. Smith
  • Patent number: 7436538
    Abstract: There is disclosed a dispersed input and output system adapted to instruct the execution of a dispersed divided input operation at a document input and output device, perform control to cause a plurality of document input and output devices other than the document input and output device to cooperatively carry out dispersed divided input operations, and register the operations as one job in a document handling function at the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiko Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20080219688
    Abstract: A disclosed image forming apparatus forming a visible image on a recording medium includes: a functional element required for an image forming operation; a first control unit controlling the functional element; an input unit inputting an external instruction; and a second control unit communicating with the first control unit about information on the image, performing a process in accordance with the instruction input via the input unit, and outputting a return signal for starting the functional element required for performing the process in accordance with the instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tomoda
  • Publication number: 20080075496
    Abstract: This invention provides an image forming apparatus capable of shortening the user's print waiting time as much as possible when it is determined that image adjustment is necessary during the image forming operation, and a control method therefor. To accomplish this, in a color image forming apparatus including a plurality of image forming stations which form toner images with a plurality of toners on the basis of a job, it is discriminated whether adjustment processing is necessary during a continuous image forming operation based on the job. If it is discriminated that adjustment processing is necessary, it is determined whether each of the image forming stations has a non-operating time enough to execute the discriminated adjustment processing during the image forming operation. The image forming station determined to have a non-operating time enough to execute adjustment processing executes the discriminated adjustment processing during the non-operating time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Okamoto, Akihiko Sakai, Shinichi Takata, Yuichiro Maeda
  • Patent number: 7224919
    Abstract: A digital printing apparatus comprises a rotatable image receptor defining a plurality of test zones along a circumference thereof. Test patches on the image receptor are requested for each of a plurality of types of test routines. A table is used for scheduling test routines requested by the control means, the table having as inputs a plurality of test zones for each a plurality of future rotations of the image receptor, and as outputs constraints relating to types of test routines for each test zone in a plurality of future rotations of the image receptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bejan M. Shemirani, Jun W. Carney
  • Patent number: 7190916
    Abstract: An engine control part determines a print operation start timing, wherein a transferring material discharging interval designated by a transferring material discharging interval notifying means for notifying a controller part of the transferring material discharging interval till the transferring material can be received when a transferring material discharging schedule operation means makes a schedule of a transferring material discharging operation for a transferring material discharging option control part, is set as a transferring material discharging interval from the transferring material discharged by a transferring material discharging option last time. A futile downtime is eliminated by virtue of processing of an discharging option such as changeover of discharging bins, stapling, bookbinding, etc. even in a case where an interval between transferring materials is expanded wider than normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuichi Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 7003232
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses which are connected to each other via a communication line. Each of the image forming apparatuses includes an image reader that reads an image of an original document as image data; an image data storage that stores the image data; an image forming unit that forms an image onto a sheet of paper from the image data; and a communication unit that transmits and receives any one of the image data and control data for controlling an image forming operation. At least one of the image forming apparatuses includes an output timing controller that controls the plurality of image forming apparatuses so that start time of an image forming operation are different among the plurality of image forming apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takumi Komori
  • Patent number: 6952535
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with hardware resources used by an image forming process, a storage section which stores one or more programs for carrying out processes of user services and control services related to the image forming process, a network control service which controls a network communication as an arbitrary control service and receives via a network an updating data group including an updating data for at least one of a plurality of programs, and a program starting section which starts the arbitrary control service when the network control service receives the updating data group. In addition, an updating data selection section selects an updating data from the updating data group received by the network control service, based on a program of the control service started by or is startable by the program starting section, and an updating section updates at least one arbitrary program stored in the storage section based on the selected updating data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisanori Kawaura
  • Patent number: 6915085
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes hardware resources used by an image forming process, a storage section that stores programs for carrying out processes of user services and control services related to the image forming process, an updating data selection section that selects an updating data for at least one of programs from an updating data group, based on a program of a control service that is started or is startable, and an updating section that updates at least one arbitrary program stored in the storage section based on the selected updating data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisanori Kawaura
  • Patent number: 6888641
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system having a computer and a plurality of printers connected to the computer. A printer selector selects a printer which can perform printing in the output form inputted by an operator through an input unit such as a keyboard or the like, based on print job data or printer data or the like. By inputting the output form, a printer having desired function e.g., printer capable of color printing or capable of both-sides printing and the like, is automatically selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuzou Koana
  • Patent number: 6819907
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus on which a paper handling apparatus is detachably mountable is provided. The image forming apparatus includes an image processing section that processes an externally inputted image signal, an image forming section that forms an image on a paper sheet based on the image signal processed by the image processing section, and a control section that controls the image forming section based on an instruction from the image processing section, wherein the control section transmits to the image processing section a paper delivery signal indicating a timing to deliver paper sheets from the image forming section to the paper handling apparatus. The image processing section controls the paper handling apparatus based on the paper delivery signal received from the control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoji Serizawa
  • Patent number: 6792223
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus can reduce a system return time by reducing a time required for initialization of peripheral control integrated circuits according to a control program and achieves a low-power consumption so as to improve convenience for a user. A CPU performs a control of the image forming apparatus. A control bus for address and data is controlled by the CPU. A memory is connected to the control bus and is configured to store a control program of the CPU. A reset IC initializes the CPU when a power is turned on. A peripheral control ASIC controls each part of the image forming apparatus in accordance with an instruction of the CPU. An exclusive control bus is connected to the peripheral control ASIC. An operation of the exclusive control bus is started according to an input from the reset IC so as to perform an initializing process of the peripheral control ASIC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazunori Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20040101326
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for print recommendation and control. In one embodiment, a system and method pertain to analyzing print job parameters, determining whether any of the print job parameters are impermissible, and interrupting the print job if one or more print job parameters is determined to be impermissible. In another embodiment, a system and method pertain to analyzing print job parameters, determining if one or more print job parameters is likely to create an adverse printing outcome, and if it is determined that an adverse printing outcome is likely, notifying the user as to the likelihood of the adverse printing outcome and providing an alternative print recommendation to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Keith Hoene, D. Travis Lay
  • Patent number: 6738587
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for print recommendation and control. In one embodiment, a system and method pertain to analyzing print job parameters, determining whether any of the print job parameters are impermissible, and interrupting the print job if one or more print job parameters is determined to be impermissible. In another embodiment, a system and method pertain to analyzing print job parameters, determining if one or more print job parameters is likely to create an adverse printing outcome, and if it is determined that an adverse printing outcome is likely, notifying the user as to the likelihood of the adverse printing outcome and providing an alternative print recommendation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Keith Hoene, D. Travis Lay
  • Publication number: 20030231895
    Abstract: In the image forming apparatus, when a RECEIVE PROCESSING UNIT receives program data downloaded from the outside, a transfer control unit judges whether the program data corresponds to the peripheral device connected to the image forming apparatus by comparing a type of the peripheral device identified by a peripheral device identification unit and the type of the peripheral device which can be specified with the downloaded program data. The transfer control unit judges that the program data is program data which corresponds to the connected peripheral device and transfers the program data to the peripheral device. In the peripheral device, a write control unit updates program data by writing the transferred program data to a data storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Seto, Yoshinobu Nakamura, Keiji Sawada
  • Patent number: 6625406
    Abstract: An image forming system for connecting a plurality of image forming apparatus and which is capable of conducting a tandem operation such that an image input by one of the plurality of image forming apparatus is output by the plurality of image forming apparatus and which includes job reserving sections provided on each of the image forming apparatus, for reserving an image forming job, wherein while conducting the tandem operation, any of the job reserving sections on the image forming apparatus is capable of reserving a job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Chikatsu Suzuki, Junji Sato, Akio Ueda, Yoshihisa Kamata
  • Patent number: 6581097
    Abstract: The invention is a method of establishing, and a structure for, a print stream job ticket. The method begins with receiving a unique job message identifier from a server client, where the identifier is representative of a particular print processing job. Once the identifier is received, the method locates a job ticket template database then attempts to match the received identifier with a template located in the database. The matching step is accomplished by plotting each element of the identifier to determine a set of elements to be mapped against a corresponding template. The identifier is then mapped against each one of the templates to determine a match based upon a set of matching rules. If a match exists, the matched template is selected to establish a new job ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Lynch, Robert P. Williamson
  • Patent number: 6567185
    Abstract: A data access and retrieval system is used with an image reproducing system for accessing and retrieving data from a hard disk set using multiple head assemblies. The head assemblies are separate from each other and are disposed so as to independently read or write image data to the same hard disk set. The head assemblies form multiple data pathways between a system bus and the hard disk set, thus allowing for separate independent access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Doyle, Mark J. Blejwas
  • Publication number: 20030044185
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with hardware resources used by an image forming process, a storage section which stores one or more programs for carrying out processes of user services and control services related to the image forming process, a network control service which controls a network communication as an arbitrary control service and receives via a network an updating data group including an updating data for at least one of a plurality of programs, and a program starting section which starts the arbitrary control service when the network control service receives the updating data group. In addition, an updating data selection section selects an updating data from the updating data group received by the network control service, based on a program of the control service started by or is startable by the program starting section, and an updating section updates at least one arbitrary program stored in the storage section based on the selected updating data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventor: Hisanori Kawaura
  • Publication number: 20020143893
    Abstract: A distribution server made up of an image forming apparatus manager and a host computer is provided to be capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus via a network. The distribution server comprises a receiving unit for receiving identifying information of a consumable unit, which is detachably loaded in the image forming apparatus, and a software distributing unit for transmitting image formation control software to the image forming apparatus depending on the received identifying information of the consumable unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakazono, Yasumasa Ohtsuka, Kengo Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 6408141
    Abstract: Machine discrimination data stored in an information storage area of a memory in a body of an image formation apparatus is read, and data stored in a machine information storage area of a memory in a cartridge mounted in the image formation apparatus is read. If the data in the cartridge is not “0”, it is judged whether or not the data in the body is identical with the data in the cartridge. If not identical, an error flag is set into “1”, and it is considered that a mounting error occurs, and controlling to prohibit image formation is performed. On the other hand, if the data in the cartridge is “0”, the mounted cartridge is considered as an unused cartridge, and the machine discrimination data of the body is stored in the mounted cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motoaki Tahara
  • Patent number: 6337961
    Abstract: A quotient (rounding up at one decimal place) obtained by dividing a user-designated number UNum of copies by a limit number PNum of copies unique to a printer is set as a number J of print jobs. PNum copies of print data obtained by one despool operation are printed. After printing of the PNum copies is performed (J−1) times, the number of copies for the final job (Jth job) is calculated. Since PNum×(J−1) copies have already been output at that time, N copies as the remainder of division of UNum by PNum suffice to be printed by the final job. Hence, the N copies are printed as the number of copies for the Jth print job, and printing is complete. This makes it possible to print the user-designated number of copies regardless of the printer limitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Mori, Koji Nakagiri, Satoshi Nishikawa, Yasuhiro Kujirai