Including Programmed-control-system For Record-medium Feed (e.g., On Auxiliary Record) Patents (Class 400/582)
  • Patent number: 10364116
    Abstract: There is provided a medium feeding apparatus including a feeding roller that feeds a printing medium, a roll holding portion that holds a roll body on which the printing medium is wound, an intermediate roller that pulls out the printing medium from the roll body and feeds the printing medium on the feeding roller, a rotation amount detection portion that detects an amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and an amount of rotation of the roll body when the printing medium is fed by the intermediate roller, and a controller that calculates a roll diameter of the roll body based on the detected amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and the detected amount of rotation of the roll body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Hatada
  • Patent number: 10345752
    Abstract: When a file name corresponding to newly received print data is not stored, a control portion calculates a paper feed control time and associates the paper feed control time with the file name corresponding to the newly received print data and stores the paper feed control time and the file name in a storage portion whereas when the file name corresponding to the newly received print data is stored, with timing at which the paper feed control time associated with the file name corresponding to the newly received print data elapses after the start of RIP processing on a first page, the control portion starts the paper feed of a first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hashimoto, Kunihiko Shimamoto
  • Patent number: 10155397
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, there is provided a printer including a plurality of printing modes. A first printing mode is a printing mode for discharging a label by a transfer device, the label being still attached to a backing sheet. A second printing mode is a printing mode for discharging the label by the transfer device while peeling off the label from the backing sheet. The printer controls power supply from a storage battery such that a printing device performs printing at a first printing speed when the printing mode is the first printing mode and such that the printing device performs the printing at a second printing speed when the printing mode is the second printing mode, the second printing speed being slower than the first printing speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 10000078
    Abstract: A printer apparatus includes a printer main body having a platen roller and a print head to print on recording paper, a cutter unit configured to cut the recording paper, and a presenter unit connected to the cutter unit, wherein the recording paper on which the print head has printed enters the presenter unit through the cutter unit, and comes out from a discharge slot of the presenter unit, wherein the presenter unit includes a first roller and a second roller configured to convey the recording paper placed therebetween, and a flapper disposed along a transportation path of the recording paper between the cutter unit and both the first roller and the second roller, and configured to be flipped open to an outside of the presenter unit to expose the transportation path, wherein an angle at which the flapper is open is selectively set to one of a plurality of different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuhiro Ishikawa, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masahiro Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9802429
    Abstract: A control method of a media conveyance device enables accurately detecting media slack by a detection mechanism with multiple emitters and multiple photodetectors disposed opposite the emitters. A printer (media conveyance device) has a controller that controls a delivery mechanism, a conveyance mechanism that conveys media, a delivery mechanism, and a conveyance mechanism, and controls conveying roll paper; a first detector including a first emitter and first photodetector; and a second detector including a second emitter and second photodetector. When driving the conveyance mechanism, the controller selectively controls the first emitter and first photodetector to emit, and drives a spindle based on signal output from the first detector when first emitter emits, and signal output from the second detector when second emitter emits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawajiri, Nobuhiro Inoue, Norio Horaguchi
  • Patent number: 9754198
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a reading unit to read a document image to generate image data, and a printing unit to print an image of the image data on a sheet supplied from any of multiple sheet storage portions. The printing apparatus determines whether an automatic selection function is enabled or disabled. The automatic selection function automatically selects, from among the sheet storage portions, a source for supplying a sheet that is used for printing. If the automatic selection function is enabled and a user specifies a predetermined sheet storage portion that has no sheet stored therein, the job execution instruction is not allowed. If the automatic selection function is disabled and a sheet storage portion that supplies a sheet for printing from among the plurality of sheet storage portions has no sheet stored therein, the job execution instruction is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yohei Shogaki
  • Patent number: 9682834
    Abstract: A lead-in path through which a sheet is led in; a first branch path and a second branch path which branch from the lead-in path; a first switchback path which extends from the first branch path; a second switchback path which extends from the second branch path; a first joining path and a second joining path through which the switched-back sheet is transported; and a lead-out path which extends from a joining point at which the first joining path and the second joining path join with each other, are provided. The lead-out path passes through between the first switchback path and the second switchback path. A first connection point at which the first switchback path and the first joining path are connected to each other is disposed above a second connection point at which the second switchback path and the second joining path are connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kodama, Kazuyoshi Ohashi, Toshikazu Kotaka, Kohei Ueno
  • Patent number: 9681018
    Abstract: An information processing device is connected to a printing device, and has a storage device. Multiple pieces of application-generated data corresponding to multiple documents are generated by an application program. When a piece of application-generated data is obtained, it is temporarily stored in a storage device every time. When a particular print instruction is received, multiple pieces of application-generated data stored in the storage device are combined to generate a single piece of combined print data. The combined print data representing a combination of the multiple pieces of application-generated data respectively corresponding to multiple documents. The pages of images represented by the combined print data are continuously arranged, and is output to the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Minoru Oishi
  • Patent number: 9660566
    Abstract: A system has an acceleration region SU and a deceleration region SD between operation start and end positions of a wiper arm. In the acceleration region and the deceleration region, an addition amount and a subtraction amount are calculated, respectively, based on a difference between a maximum rotation speed and a current rotation speed to update a target rotation speed. The addition amount is larger than the subtraction amount, and a constant speed region CV is between the acceleration region SU and the deceleration region SD. When a change amount of an operation angle of the wiper arm does not exceed the constant speed region CV, the operation angle change amount is subtracted from the constant speed region. Further, when the operation angle change amount exceeds the constant speed region CV, the target rotation speed is updated by the same change amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Amagasa, Ken Hirata, Takeshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9643432
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a transporting unit which can transport a medium along a first direction; an ejecting unit which can eject liquid; a cutting unit which is provided on a downstream side in the first direction compared to the ejecting unit, and can cut the medium; and a control unit which can execute an ejecting operation in which the liquid is ejected onto the medium using the ejecting unit, and a cutting operation in which the medium is cut using the cutting unit, in which the control unit executes a post-cutting transport operation in which the medium is transported using the transporting unit between executing of the cutting operation and executing of the ejecting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidemasa Kanada, Kenichi Tanioka
  • Patent number: 9619183
    Abstract: A PrintTicket does not necessarily exist in each page of an XPS document. Regarding a page where no PrintTicket exists, the page is printed by referring to a PrintTicket in a higher hierarchical level. Here, when a plurality of XPS documents are combined, a user's intended print result may not be obtained when the PrintTicket in the higher hierarchical level to which the page refers changes before and after combining. Before a combining process is executed, print setting information of a page element is generated based on print setting information of an element in a higher hierarchical level than the page hierarchical level. A combined document is generated by combining a structured document including a page element to which the generated print setting information is added and another structured document including a page element to which the generated print setting information is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuya Shiohara
  • Patent number: 9618896
    Abstract: A paper sheet conveying apparatus includes: a first storage unit; a second storage unit; a first conveyance path to the first storage unit; a second conveyance path to the second storage unit; a conveyance unit configured to convey a paper sheet; a switching unit configured to switch a conveyance path of a paper sheet; a cutting unit configured to cut a paper sheet at a cutting position; a detecting unit configured to detect a jam; and a control unit, when a jam is detected on the first conveyance path, configured to cut a part of the paper sheet, the part is positioned on a side upstream from the cutting position, to a predetermined length, switch a conveyance path of the paper sheet from the first conveyance path to the second conveyance path, and store the cut paper sheet in the second storage unit through the second conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9616688
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a control unit that calculates a transport amount (an actual transport amount) during a transport period based on a captured image of a medium by an imaging unit and controls a transport unit. In addition, the control unit calculates the transport amount (the actual transport amount) during the transport period by calculating the transport amount at each calculation interval (a divided transport amount) and integrating the transport amount at each calculation interval (the divided transport amount). Then, the control unit causes the calculation interval to be longer in a case where the transporting speed of the medium is low than in a case where the transporting speed of the medium is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Murotani, Takahiro Abe, Hiroyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9552332
    Abstract: There is provided a non-transitory computer-readable medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a computer that is installed in an information processing apparatus, the computer program, when executed by the computer, causes the information processing apparatus to operate as: a preview data generation unit configured to acquire image data of a print job using a RAW spool type and to generate preview data from the image data, wherein the preview data is image data for preview; and a display unit configured to start up a previewer when the preview data of at least one page is generated and to display the preview data on the previewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayuki Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9176691
    Abstract: An output control device includes an output instruction unit configured to give an instruction for outputting a single output information item, to an application requesting output of the single output information item as plural output information items having the same identification information based on an output instruction, and to subsequently give an instruction to output end information indicating an end of the single output information item; a storage control unit configured to store the output information items output from the application in a save area upon changing the identification information of the output information items into different identification information items; a determination unit configured to determine whether the instruction to output the end information has been given; and a combining unit configured to combine the output information items stored in the save area, when the determination unit determines that the instruction to output the end information has been given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuta Moribayashi
  • Patent number: 9090109
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing portion, a cover including a first roller, a peeling mechanism including a second roller, and a first guide portion including a moving portion and a first restricting portion. The peeling mechanism is switched among three states. In a first state, the second roller is separated from the first roller. In a third state, the second roller is in contact with the first roller. In a second state, the distance between the first roller and the second roller is less than the distance between the first roller and the second roller in the first state. The moving portion switches the peeling mechanism from the first state to the second state as the cover changes from an open state to a closed state. The first restricting portion restricts the switching of the peeling mechanism from the third state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidenori Jo, Minoru Yamamoto, Takamine Hokazono, Yuki Nagashima, Kenji Kurita
  • Patent number: 9056500
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a heating section which is located further on the downstream side of a transport pathway than an image recording area, but further on the upstream side of the transport pathway than a transport roller which is rotated by a motor; and a control section which lowers the suction power of a suction section to a medium from a first suction power to a second suction power lower than the first suction power during a recording operation and makes a first torque which is generated at the motor in a period which is during the recording operation and in which the suction power of the suction section is a suction power lower than the first suction power, be lower than a second torque which is generated at the motor during a transport operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahito Sanekata, Daiki Tokushima
  • Patent number: 9022551
    Abstract: A transportation device includes a transportation unit that transports a transportation target material, a supporting surface that supports the transported transportation target material, a first suction hole that opens in the supporting surface in order to suck the transportation target material which is supported by the supporting surface, a light transmission portion that is exposed in the supporting surface and through which light is permitted to pass, a detector that has a light irradiator capable of irradiating the transportation target material which is supported by the supporting surface with light through the light transmission portion and detects a transportation amount of the transportation target material based on reflected light of the light with which the light irradiator has irradiated the transportation target material, and a second suction hole that opens in the supporting surface at least one of the positions adjacent to the light transmission portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Abe, Mitsutaka Ide, Tomoya Murotani
  • Patent number: 8939539
    Abstract: Whether a continuous sheet usable for printing on the basis of first print data and a continuous sheet usable for printing on the basis of second print data are the same or not is determined. If it is determined that they are the same, an image based on the first print data and an image based on the second print data are printed continuously on a continuous sheet. When an image based on the second print data is arranged at an end of a continuous sheet, the second print data is assigned to the beginning of print data to be printed on another continuous sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiya Fujinaga
  • Patent number: 8934122
    Abstract: Reducing waste in a digital printing system (200) includes moving media (214) through a web transport system (205) at a first speed. A first job is printed on the print media and a downstream finishing device (203) in a first configuration acts on the media. The web slows to a second speed prior the end of the first job and the finishing device changes to a second configuration after the first job has passed. A time to complete changing from the first to the second configuration is estimated and a time for a first section of the media containing the end of the first job to arrive at the finishing device is estimated. A second job is printed on the media prior to completion of the change based on the estimated time to completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Donald R. Allred, James A. Katerberg
  • Patent number: 8882373
    Abstract: Factory adjustment and repairs are simplified while assuring the accuracy of a multifeed prevention function. A main unit has a conveyance path that conveys sheets, and a processing unit that applies a specific process to the sheets conveyed through the conveyance path, and a multifeed detection unit is removably disposed to the main unit. The multifeed detection unit has a sheet-passing unit disposed contiguously to the conveyance path, an ultrasonic transmitter disposed facing the sheet-passing unit, and an ultrasonic receiver disposed opposite the ultrasonic transmitter with the sheet-passing unit therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 8874016
    Abstract: A printing system includes a printing unit performing printing on a sheet, a conveyance mechanism, a control unit, and a selection unit causing a user to select any one of a plurality of methods whose maximum numbers of sheets existing in the conveyance mechanism at the same time are different from each other. The control unit controls the printing unit and the conveyance mechanism to perform double-side printing processing depending on any one of the methods. The control unit performs double-side printing processing in accordance with the method selected by the selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 8870476
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus is provided. The image recording apparatus includes a first conveyer to convey a recording medium in a first direction, a recording unit to record the image on the recording medium, a second conveyer including a first roller pair with a first driving roller and a first driven roller, an image position detector to detect a position of the formed image along a second direction within the recording medium, a rotation rate setting unit to set a rotation rate of the first driving roller based on the detected position of the formed image when a part of the formed image on the recording medium is nipped by the first roller pair, and a controller to control the first driving roller to rotate in the rotation rate set by the rotation rate setting unit and convey the recording medium by the first roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 8864393
    Abstract: Calibrating a media drive, comprising advancing media with a media drive while detecting media advances within the printer, determining an error in the media advances, and calibrating the media drive so as to at least partly compensate for the determined error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Raimon Castells, Francisco Guerrero, Abel Martinez, Carles Flotats
  • Patent number: 8860962
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a determining unit that determines whether first direction of a document that is first allocated on a first printing sheet in combination, matches second direction, which represents an orientation of a document that is first allocated on a second printing sheet in combination; a changing unit that changes, if the first direction does not match the second direction, an output order of the documents to be printed on the second printing sheet such that, if the orientation of the second printing sheet does not match the first direction after the documents to be output are allocated on the second printing sheet in accordance with a designated combining order, an order in which the documents are arranged when to be printed on the second sheet matches the designated combining order; and an output control unit that outputs the documents in a changed output order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Yuta Moribayashi
  • Patent number: 8858104
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: a heating section which is located further on the downstream side of a transport pathway than an image recording area, but further on the upstream side of the transport pathway than a transport roller which is rotated by a motor; and a control section which lowers the suction power of a suction section to a medium from a first suction power to a second suction power lower than the first suction power during a recording operation and makes a first torque which is generated at the motor in a period which is during the recording operation and in which the suction power of the suction section is a suction power lower than the first suction power, be lower than a second torque which is generated at the motor during a transport operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahito Sanekata, Daiki Tokushima
  • Patent number: 8840328
    Abstract: When a size of a reversing unit is smaller than that of a printing medium, errors can be detected without adding any other mechanism, and if such errors are not caused by a paper jam, the printing can be continued. A printing apparatus is provided with: an reversing unit provided with an reversing roller; a sensor ; and a control unit configured to, if when the detecting unit detects a load equal to or more than a predetermined value, a conveyance amount of the printing medium after the sensor has detected the fore end is longer than a threshold value that is a distance from a position of the fore end at the time of being detected by the sensor to a position of the fore end at the time of exiting from the conveyance path of the reversing unit, perform control to continue conveyance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Hoshino
  • Patent number: 8810849
    Abstract: A printing method that alternately repeats a transport operation that transports a continuous medium in a transport direction and an image forming operation that moves a head to form an image to thereby print out a first image and a second image, which has a smaller length in the transport direction than the first image, on the continuous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kunihiko Matsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8801308
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a media path within a body of the printing apparatus. The media path moves sheets of media through the body of the printing apparatus. A marking engine is also within the body of the printing apparatus. The media path supplies the printing media to the marking engine. A processor is within the body of the printing apparatus. The processor is operatively connected to the marking engine, and the processor controls actions of the marking engine. Sensors are within the body of the printing apparatus. The sensors are operatively connected to the processor, and the sensors are positioned along the media path. The sensors detect locations and conditions of the sheets of media as the sheets of media travel along the media path. The sensors have a first clip shape. Further, clip connectors are located within the body of the printing apparatus. The clip connectors are connected to the sensors. Additionally, light structures are connected to the clip connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Cole, Richard G. Hubbard, David K. Halden, Kenneth G. Dixon, Anthony J. Peters
  • Patent number: 8794855
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet feeder attaching unit, a communication unit, a connection determining unit, an acquiring unit, a storage unit, a compatibility determining unit and a forcible unconnected control unit. The connection determining unit causes the communication unit to communicate with a communication section of a sheet feeder, and determines whether the sheet feeder is connected based on a communication result. The acquiring unit acquires attribute information of the sheet feeder. The storage unit stores attribute information of sheet feeders being compatible, in terms of control, with the image forming apparatus. The compatibility determining unit determines whether the connected sheet feeder is compatible by comparing the acquired attribute information of the connected sheet feeder with the stored attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidekazu Usui
  • Patent number: 8790026
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes a body, a tray, a moving member, an actuator, a sensor, a reference position moving mechanism and a control unit. The moving member is movable to a first position, a second position, a third position and a reference position. The actuator moves the moving member to the first position, the second position and the third position. The sensor outputs an ON signal or an OFF signal based on positions of the moving member, the positions including the first position, the second position, the third position and the reference position. The reference position moving mechanism moves the moving member to the reference position. The control unit determines a detection position to be detected based on a change of the ON signal and the OFF signal of the sensor when the moving member is moved between the detection position and the reference position by the reference position moving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kensuke Hirate
  • Patent number: 8783979
    Abstract: There are provided a plurality of paper feed units 20 drawing and feeding, one by one, print media stacked on a paper feed table, a printing unit 30 printing a print medium, a secondary paper feed unit 14 feeding a print medium fed from the plurality of the paper feed units 20 to the printing unit 30, a circulating path CR on which a print medium printed by the printing unit 30 is transferred at a transfer speed of the print medium determined for each sheet size, a reversal unit 50 reversing a print medium transferred on the circulating path CR to feed the reversed print medium to the secondary paper feed unit 14, a transfer schedule setting unit 70c setting, when a double-sided printing request of a set of print media of two kinds of sheet sizes is included in a print job, a transfer schedule of the print media of two kinds of sheet sizes so that the waiting time for transfer in the print job is reduced, and an equipment control unit 70d causing the plurality of the paper feed units 20 or the reversal unit 5
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Hara
  • Patent number: 8770876
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit, a sheet feeder, a discharge unit, a sheet path including a feeding path, a discharge path, and a reversing path, a manual sheet inlet, through which a recording sheet is manually inserted, a manual sheet path merging into the sheet path at a merging point and guiding the manually-inserted recording sheet to the merging point, a detecting unit to detect the manually-inserted sheet fed through the manual sheet inlet while a double-face printing operation is conducted with a preceding recording sheet, a judging unit to judge whether the detecting unit detected the manually-inserted sheet, and a conveyer controller unit to reduce a speed to convey the preceding recording sheet in the sheet path when the judging unit judges that the detecting unit detected the manually-inserted sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Fukusada, Tetsuya Okano
  • Patent number: 8767248
    Abstract: A label data processing apparatus including: a label data storage unit configured to store one or more label data for printing a label; and a display unit configured to switch and display, per label, an editing screen including at least a portion of text data included in each label data, as a selection candidate for the label data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Kurashina
  • Publication number: 20140169854
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus includes a control unit controlling a feeder unit to feed a printing paper in a long-edge feed type or a short-edge feed type in accordance with a print mode set for print data. The control unit controls the feeder unit to feed the printing paper in the long-edge feed type upon a high resolution print mode being set and in the short-edge feed type upon a low resolution print mode being set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-yeon PARK, Byung-sun AHN
  • Publication number: 20140140749
    Abstract: A printing system includes a receiving unit, a printing unit, a grouping unit, a determining unit, and a control unit. The receiving unit receives a job in which a sheet feeding source is designated. The printing unit prints an image on a sheet fed from one of a plurality of sheet storage units. The grouping unit groups some of the sheet storage units as one virtual sheet storage unit. The determining unit determines which of one of the sheet storage units or the virtual sheet storage unit is the sheet feeding source. The control unit controls sheet feeding to continue the printing. When the sheet feeding source is determined to be a sheet storage unit, a sheet is fed from the designated sheet storage unit. When the sheet feeding source is determined to be the virtual sheet storage unit, sheets are respectively fed from the grouped sheet storage units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: CANNON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuzo Harano
  • Patent number: 8721206
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes: at least one roller pair which has a driving roller and a driven roller facing the driving roller and which rotates while interposing the recording medium therebetween to transport the recording medium in a first direction; a recording section which records an image on the recording medium transported by the roller pair; a position detecting section which detects a position of the recording medium with respect to the roller pair in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction before the recording section starts recording; a determining section which determines a rotation amount of the driving roller before the recording section starts the recording depending on the position in the second direction of the recording medium detected by the position detecting section; and a control unit which controls the driving roller based on the rotation amount determined by the determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 8705087
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image data conversion unit configured to convert print data into bitmap data, a sheet feeding unit configured to store and feed a sheet on which printing is to be performed, a detecting unit configured to detect an orientation of the sheet in the sheet feeding unit, a print unit configured to print the bitmap data onto the sheet fed from the sheet feeding unit, a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a data orientation in which pieces of pixel data of the bitmap data are arranged matches the sheet orientation detected by the detecting unit, and an image rotating unit configured to rotate the bitmap data when the determination unit determines that the data orientation does not match the sheet orientation, whereby the data orientation matches with the sheet orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kozo Tao
  • Patent number: 8678688
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a printing device may include first and second printers respectively having first and second controllers. The first and second printers may be configured to share a common paper path with each other. The first controller in the first printer may enable the first printer to operate if the common paper path is not in use by the second printer. In this case, the first controller may inform the second printer that the common paper path is in use by the first printer. On the other hand, the second controller in the second printer may enable the second printer to operate if the common paper path is not in use by the first printer. In this case, the second controller may inform the first printer that the common paper path is in use by the second printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihisa Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8643854
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, connected to an information processing device via a network, includes a receiving section, a memory, an interpretation section, and a transmission section. The receiving section receives a plurality of pieces of print data from the information processing device via the network. The plurality of pieces of print data include first print data for normal printing, second print data for interruption printing, and third print data. The memory has first to third buffers. The first and second buffers store the first and second print data, respectively. The third buffer stores the third print data during execution of the interruption printing of the second print data. The interpretation section interprets the plurality of pieces of print data. The transmission section transmits a reply message to the information processing device in accordance with a result of the third print data interpreted by the interpretation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazuma Saito, Takeshi Fujita, Hideaki Matsui, Daisuke Okada
  • Patent number: 8628261
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a platen including a supporting surface that supports a sheet that is conveyed, a sensor unit including an image sensor that takes an image of the sheet so as to detect the movement of the sheet. The sensor unit is embedded in the supporting surface and takes an image of a back side of the sheet, the sheet being supported on the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hisashi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8625151
    Abstract: A conveyance mechanism includes a conveyance belt having a detection pattern containing a plurality of isolated patterns. The shape of the plurality of isolated patterns contained in the detection pattern, the size of a template area from which a template pattern is to be extracted, and the size of a seek area are associated with each other so that a part of the detection pattern contained in the template pattern extracted from first image data invariably serves as a unique pattern in the seek area of second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Hayashi, Hitoshi Nishikori
  • Patent number: 8622640
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is supplied capable of printing without the occurrence of the slack of copying paper. The printing apparatus comprises a paper cut mechanism for cutting successive paper printed in a print mechanism; a first conveying section which holds and sends out successive paper to the print mechanism; a second conveying section which holds and sends out the successive paper that is printed out in the print mechanism and is sent out from the first conveying section to the paper cut mechanism; and a controlling section which returns a tip of the successive paper after being cut by the paper cut mechanism to between the print mechanism and the first conveying section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Sato, Takashi Nagakubo
  • Publication number: 20140003853
    Abstract: Reducing waste in a digital printing system (200) includes moving media (214) through a web transport system (205) at a first speed. A first job is printed on the print media and a downstream finishing device (203) in a first configuration acts on the media. The web slows to a second speed prior the end of the first job and the finishing device changes to a second configuration after the first job has passed. A time to complete changing from the first to the second configuration is estimated and a time for a first section of the media containing the end of the first job to arrive at the finishing device is estimated. A second job is printed on the media prior to completion of the change based on the estimated time to completion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Donald R. Allred, James A. Katerberg
  • Patent number: 8613253
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including: a web conveyance unit that conveys a web; a printing unit that prints an image on the web; a web discharging unit that discharges the web on which the image is formed with the printing unit, the web discharging unit being placed downstream of the printing unit; and a web withdrawal unit that withdraws the web into the printing apparatus, the web withdrawal unit including a web withdrawal roller and at least one pressing roller. When the printing apparatus is in a print waiting state, the printing apparatus drives the web withdrawal roller intermittently, while a pressing force from the at least one of the pressing roller is maintained, so as to convey the web intermittently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuji Ohmura
  • Publication number: 20130322946
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that enables printed products to be removed from a sheet processing apparatus at scheduled time. The printing apparatus is configured to discharge printed products to a stacking tray that is provided in the sheet processing apparatus so as to be movable upward and downward. The printing apparatus accepts a setting of scheduled time at which printed products are to be taken out of the stacking tray, and causes the stacking tray to move downward to a removal position when the setting time is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8587821
    Abstract: A tape printer having a large-size printing function of printing an enlarged printing image which is larger than the tape width of a long tape into a plurality of tape parts, includes: a tape width detecting section detecting the tape width; a layout determination section determining enlargement layout information for forming the enlarged printing image; a margin determining section determining the widths of an upper margin and a lower margin of the enlarged printing image and determining whether or not the sum of the determined margin widths is equal to or greater than the tape width; an image data generating section generating image data of the enlarged printing image; and a printing section sequentially printing, on two or more tape parts respectively, the image data of the enlarged printing image other than part of the upper margin and part of the lower margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noriaki Murayama
  • Publication number: 20130279962
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus arranged to produce groups of printed sheets. Each group includes a plurality of sequential sheets. The image forming apparatus includes a plurality of storage units each configured to store the printed sheets produced by an image forming unit, a sorter unit configured to sort the printed sheets of a group into a plurality of portions, wherein the sheets in each portion are in sequential order, and to output each of the portions to a different storage unit, and a display unit configured to display an indication of the storage unit storing the portion including the first or the last sheet of the group such that a user is directed to collect the portion including the first or the last sheet of the group from the indicated storage unit first.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Seiya Fujinaga
  • Patent number: 8564795
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printer including a transverse tension sensor for detecting that a sheet being discharged has deviated in a paper width direction orthogonal to a discharging direction. The conveyance of the sheet is stopped based on a detection signal of the transverse tension sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventors: Shou Yazawa, Yukio Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 8559073
    Abstract: A document reading device (1) comprises a mounting surface (5) on which a page to be read (9) of a passport (7) is placed, a camera (13) for taking an image of the page to be read (9), an illumination light source (15) for radiating illumination light that will be reflected on the page to be read (9), and an ultraviolet light source (41) for radiating ultraviolet light to activate a fluorescent material on the page to be read (9). The illumination light source (15) is located at a position corresponding to a first edge (73) perpendicular to a binding edge (71) on the page to be read (9) and radiates illumination light in the direction intersecting with the first edge (73). The ultraviolet light source (41) is located at a position corresponding to a second edge (75) parallel to the binding edge (71) and arranged to radiate ultraviolet light in the direction intersecting with the second edge (75). The illumination light source (15) includes an infrared light source (21) and a white light source (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Mukawa, Kazuki Saitou