Including Control Of Format By Programmed-control-system Patents (Class 400/76)
  • Patent number: 10836191
    Abstract: A technique includes receiving a plurality of speed control requests from a plurality of components of a processing pipeline for a printing press system. The technique includes controlling the speed of the printing press system based on the plurality of speed control requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Shane Shivji
  • Patent number: 10795625
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a controller and a reservation job managing unit. The controller is configured to perform a print job or a transmission job using a printing device or a communication device. The reservation job managing unit is configured to (a) register schedule data and job data of a reservation job that is a print job or a transmission job in a predetermined storage device, (b) determine whether the job data is stored in the storage device or not when a reservation time has come on the basis of the schedule data, and (c) notify a user of that the job data is not stored in the storage device if the job data is not stored in the storage device, and afterward cause the controller to perform the reservation job if the job data is restored in the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Iyu Ien
  • Patent number: 10778690
    Abstract: Methods of managing a fleet of devices are provided, as are methods for configuring a standby device for a job in a workflow environment, and methods for performing a job in a workflow environment. Device information is analyzed, such as information pertaining to verification systems. Device instructions are sent to various locations on a device network in response to a deviation from a parameter value having been detected. The deviation from the parameter value may correspond to printed media and/or indicia produced by one or more devices. A workflow device and a standby device are provided, and the workflow device sends configuration data to the standby device. The standby device installs configuration data and is introduced into the workflow environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: H. Sprague Ackley, Thomas Celinder, Phek Thong Lee
  • Patent number: 10778864
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus processes data for printing an image by relatively moving a printing unit and a printing medium. The printing unit includes a plurality of printing elements arranged in a first direction, and the relative movement is in a second direction that intersects with the first. The apparatus includes an acquisition unit to acquire image data corresponding to an image of one page, a first processing unit to process first image data corresponding to a first processing area of the image by using a common parameter for each pixel arranged in the second direction, for generating first print data that is used for the printing unit, a second processing unit to process second image data corresponding to a second processing area of the image by using a common parameter for each pixel arranged in the second direction, for generating second print data used for the printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10768877
    Abstract: A device communication portion 35a transmits a print job to an image forming apparatus 20 and obtains information of the image forming apparatus 20 from the image forming apparatus 20. A server communication portion 35b transmits the information having been obtained from the image forming apparatus 20 to a server 40 which manages the information of the image forming apparatus 20. The device communication portion 35a obtains specific information of the image forming apparatus 20 from the image forming apparatus 20 with timing that is independent of timing of transmitting the print job to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hiwatari, Keiji Tsuda, Masafumi Sato
  • Patent number: 10766273
    Abstract: An object is to improve image quality in panoramic printing using a thermal printer. The thermal printer includes a seam shape calculator and a controller. The seam shape calculator determines the position and shape of a seam between images on the basis of an index of inconspicuousness to human eyes, in panorama printing where a panoramic image longer than a specified printing size is divided into the images as small as or smaller than the printing size, and is printed multiple times so that the images are joined to each other. The controller controls a printing medium, an ink ribbon, and a thermal head so that the images divided based on the position and shape of the seam are thermally transferred onto respective continuous regions of the printing medium using unit printing regions of the ink ribbon, so as to be joined to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: So Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10740049
    Abstract: One of a plurality of setting screens corresponding to a plurality of printers may be generated based on original data stored in a server. Each of the plurality of setting screens may be for permitting designation of a content of each setting item matching a print condition that a corresponding printer is capable of performing. The server may acquire specific printer identification information for identifying a specific printer from a terminal device, store target data of a print target and supply specific data, which is for representing a specific setting screen corresponding to the specific printer, to the terminal device. The server may acquire setting information indicating a designated content of each setting item designated via the specific setting screen and supply to the specific printer print data according to the target data and the designated content of each setting item indicated by the setting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Ohara
  • Patent number: 10735618
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus processes data for printing an image by relatively moving a printing unit and a printing medium. The printing unit includes a plurality of printing elements arranged in a first direction, and the relative movement is in a second direction that intersects with the first. The apparatus includes an acquisition unit to acquire image data corresponding to an image of one page, a first processing unit to process first image data corresponding to a first processing area of the image by using a common parameter for each pixel arranged in the second direction, for generating first print data that is used for the printing unit, a second processing unit to process second image data corresponding to a second processing area of the image by using a common parameter for each pixel arranged in the second direction, for generating second print data used for the printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10723133
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system at least one physical memory device to store ink estimation logic and one or more processors coupled with the at least one physical memory device, to execute the ink estimation logic to receive one or more gray level histograms, receive one or more halftone designs and generate estimated ink usage data for each of one or more color planes based on the gray level histograms and the halftone designs, wherein each gray level histogram corresponds to one of the one or more color planes, and each halftone design corresponds to one of the one or more color planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Vincent Ferreri, Walter F. Kailey, Nikita Gurudath, Mikel Stanich
  • Patent number: 10681245
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including: a marking extraction circuit that extracts, from a script image including a plurality of markings respectively superimposed on a plurality of character strings, the plurality of markings; a same-character-string identification circuit that identifies the same character string out of the plurality of character strings on which the markings are respectively superimposed; and a symbol determination circuit that allocates the same symbol to the same character string and allocates different symbols to different character strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Miura
  • Patent number: 10657481
    Abstract: Evaluation of output-producing-asset production may be performed at least by incorporating knowledge of operators of the output-producing asset into the generation of values of performance-based metrics for the output-producing asset. Since such knowledge may be only known by the respective operators, mechanisms, such as a graphical user interface (“GUI”), may be provided by which an operator inputs such knowledge and by which such knowledge is incorporated into the generation of values of performance-based metrics for an output-producing asset. A results screen may be generated to display values of performance-based metrics in a configuration that facilitates quick and simple understanding by a decision-maker or other user on how to improve return on the investment (“ROI”) in an output-producing asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SPENCERMETRICS LLC
    Inventors: David R. Spencer, Catherine Fiasconaro, Vishal Sahay, Yutak Kwok
  • Patent number: 10628723
    Abstract: A method for encoding a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay is described. The method includes causing, by a processor, a media to travel along a media path in an RFID printer. The media includes a plurality of labels. Each label of the plurality of labels comprises an RFID inlay. The method also includes determining a real-time position of a first label while the media travels along the media path based on an input signal received from a media sensor. The first label includes a first corresponding RFID inlay. Further, the method includes causing an RFID control system to initiate encoding of the first corresponding RFID inlay, and to rotate and continue encoding of the first corresponding RFID inlay until the first corresponding RFID inlay is successfully encoded. The RFID coupler is rotated based on the real-time position of the first label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sebastien d'Armancourt, Hong Sheng Leong
  • Patent number: 10623601
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from Document Management Systems (DMSs) that manage electronic soft copy documents. One or more DMSs are registered with a postmark server. A client computing device executes a postmark client, detects a print event for a specified document, and queries a postmark server to determine whether the print event for the specified document should include a graphical postmark. In response, the postmark server queries one or more of the registered DMSs to determine whether the specified document matches a document in any of the repositories of the registered DMS(s). When the specified document to be printed matches a document in a registered DMS, the postmark server authorizes the postmark client to add the graphical postmark in a print stream corresponding to the print event for the specified document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10599962
    Abstract: A data generating apparatus includes a first storage storing a content having multiple regions, a second storage storing a parent-child relationship table, a first identifier configured to identify a target region, an updater configured to update the characters included in the target region, a changer configured to change the target region to a parent region corresponding to the target region when a carry occurs during updating, and a generator configured to generate print data of the content. The updater is configured to update the characters included in the changed target region, and the data generating apparatus further includes a second identifier configured to identify a deletion region, a first deleter configured to delete the deletion region from the content, and a second deleter configured to delete a parent region and a child region corresponding to the deletion region based on the parent-child relationship table of the deletion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junya Kawai, Tomoki Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10592178
    Abstract: A printing system for printing a plurality of images in a first web and in a second web, includes a print head; a feeder configured to feed both the first web and the second web simultaneously to the print head in a feed direction relative said print head; a user interface configured to set a printing arrangement of the plurality of images in the first web and the second web and to input the print head and the feeder for performing printing according to the printing arrangement; and a print-pause module for stopping printing of the printing arrangement, the print-pause module being configured to: provide to the user interface a print-pause arrangement in which a print-pause is arranged in the printing arrangement upstream the feed direction with respect to both the print head and a first image whose printing is being performed in the first web when the print-pause module is selected; and cooperate with the user interface to input the print head and the feed means according to the print-pause arrangement to st
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Tremblay, Stéphane Barizien
  • Patent number: 10567604
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a hardware processor. The hardware processor: receives page setting information in print data of a next page; stores the page setting information in a second memory at the time of receiving the print data of the next page from the external apparatus when a first memory has no area to store image information of the next page; and controls a conveyer to feed out the sheets from a paper feed tray specified by the page setting information to a conveyance path of the conveyer and to convey the sheets when the page setting information is in the second memory at the timing of feeding out the next sheet to the conveyance path of the conveyer regardless of whether the image information corresponding to the page setting information is in the first memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroki Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10559268
    Abstract: An imaging device for a passive e-paper display includes an erasing head to emit ions in a first polarity followed by an opposite second polarity after a first time period. The passive e-paper display is mountable on a support in a spaced apart relationship relative to the erasing head and by which the emitted ions are receivable onto substantially the entire surface of the passive e-paper display. Relative movement occurs between the support and the erasing head at least some of the time during the emission of ions from the erasing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development, L.P.
    Inventors: Omer Gila, Napoleon J. Leoni, Henryk Birecki
  • Patent number: 10554828
    Abstract: A communication apparatus communicates with an external apparatus, and executes instructions to set, as a transmission destination, at least one of first transmission destinations included in a first address book stored on the communication apparatus and second transmission destinations included in a second address book stored on the external apparatus, display detail information of the set transmission destination, and receive an instruction via a registration button to register the transmission destination in the first address book, when at least one of the second transmission destinations is set as the transmission destination and the set transmission destination is usable in the communication apparatus. According to the received instruction, the set transmission destination is registered in the first address book, and electronic data is transmitted to the set transmission destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10542177
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a memory, an auxiliary storage used as a virtual memory together with the memory, and a hardware processor. The hardware processor determines whether or not a predetermined region set in the memory has a free space corresponding to a size of a necessary region to be reserved for execution of a specific application. When determining that the predetermined region does not have the free space, the hardware processor applies a first power-saving mode as a power-saving mode of the auxiliary storage. When determining that the predetermined region has the free space, the hardware processor applies, as the power-saving mode of the auxiliary storage, a second power-saving mode in which less power is consumed than in the first power-saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Bounta Chitpasong
  • Patent number: 10460160
    Abstract: An imager includes an ion-emitting unit and a conveying structure to move a passive e-paper display medium in a first orientation along a travel path and to releasably support the display medium in spaced relation to receive airborne ions from the ion-emitting unit for imaging operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Napoleon J Leoni, Omer Gila, Henryk Birecki
  • Patent number: 10377132
    Abstract: A printing device is configured to be used simultaneously with other printing devices and includes: a print unit configured to print by ejecting ink from nozzles; a timekeeping unit configured to keep time; a storage configured to store a reference period for executing a nozzle maintenance operation, the reference period being initially set at an initial reference period; and a maintenance processor configured to: execute a nozzle maintenance operation each time the reference period passes based on the time kept by the timekeeping unit, change the reference period stored in the storage from the initial reference period to a changed reference period such that a timing of the nozzle maintenance operation differs from a timing of the nozzle maintenance operation of at least one of the other printing devices, and execute the nozzle maintenance operation after the changed reference period passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Wakasa
  • Patent number: 10310784
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a touch panel, a first reception section, an extraction section, a second reception section, and a determining section. The first reception section receives a print job for a document from a personal computer. The extraction section extracts a first specific word from an updated portion in the document. The updated portion is specified by update history information. The second reception section receives input of a second specific word through the touch panel. The determining section determines whether or not to permit execution of the print job according to whether or not the second specific word matches the first specific word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Shintani
  • Patent number: 10289263
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes rendering for display, a digital three-dimensional (3D) model of a structural product composed of a plurality of parts, with the digital 3D model being observed from a home viewpoint. Input is received to navigate the digital 3D model to a part of the plurality of parts, observation of the digital 3D model being moved from the home viewpoint to a navigated viewpoint. A digital label is generated that includes information specifying the navigated viewpoint and includes information for the part. The digital label may be output to a label recorder configured to record the digital label on a physical medium and thereby produce a corresponding physical label. At least the navigated viewpoint of the digital 3D model in the digital label and corresponding physical label are in a machine-readable format and capable of being machine-read to automatically restore the digital 3D model at the navigated viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Kevin Puterbaugh, William E. Ward, John C. Gass, Michael P. Sciarra, Katherine I. Meza, Steven E. Malarkey, Nikoli E. Prazak, William J. McGarry, William J. Brown, Jeffery A. Bus
  • Patent number: 10282150
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a display unit, an operation reception unit, a communication unit, a storage unit, a printer driver unit, and a communication control section. When the operation reception unit receives designation of a color of a recording medium, the printer driver unit acquires position information of a paper feed cassette associated with color information indicating the designated color of the recording paper from the storage unit, and adds, as a part of printing conditions, a first command for instructing that the acquired recording medium be used in a printing process. When the operation reception unit receives designation of a color of a character and an effect and color used for the effect, the printer driver unit adds, as a part of printing conditions, a second command for instructing that the designated character color and effect and color used for the effect be used in the printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Jamielyn Monique Oropesa
  • Patent number: 10235106
    Abstract: An information processor includes an image data generating circuitry and a communicator. The image data generating circuitry includes a logical page generating circuitry and a page adjusting circuitry, and generates image data. The logical page generating circuitry generates a plurality of logical pages each containing a plurality of pages. The page adjusting circuitry adjusts number of pages of the plurality of pages contained in a first logical page of the plurality of logical pages. The image data contains the plurality of logical pages. The communicator transmits the image data to an image forming unit. The image forming unit is able to cut a recording medium by using the logical pages as a reference, and forms an image on the recording medium by using the logical pages as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Shirasaka, Hiroshi Kato
  • Patent number: 10235387
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, in response to a search query received at a server from a client device for searching content, a search is performed in a content database or via a content server based on one or more search terms of the search query to identify a first list of one or more content items. A search is performed in an image store based on the one or more search terms to identify a list of one or more images. Each content item of the first list is associated with one of the images. A second list of one or more content items having at least a portion of the images integrated therein is generated. The second list of content items is transmitted to the client device, such that each content item of the first list is presented with one of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Qi Kong, Dong Li, Yifei Jiang, Shuang Wu, Youling Zou, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10183515
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, having a cassette, an attachable section, a printer, and a controller, is provided. The controller is configured to determine whether a medium remainder in a first cassette is equal to a predetermined amount; execute a reading action to read specific data from a first-typed memory device in the first cassette and store the specific data in a second-typed memory device, delete the specific data from the first-typed memory device in the first cassette; determine whether a second cassette being another cassette attached to the attachable section after execution of the reading action is a new cassette, in which the medium remainder is greater than the predetermined amount and in which the specific data is not stored in the first-typed memory device; and execute a writing action to write the specific data stored in the second-typed memory device to the first-typed memory device in the second cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Ito, Junya Kawai
  • Patent number: 10173439
    Abstract: A printing press arrangement has a plurality of processing stations for processing sheets. The plurality of processing stations are arranged one after another in a transport direction of the sheets for in-line processing of the sheets. At least one of the processing stations is configured as a non-impact printing device. A transfer device, which is arranged upstream of the active region of the non-impact printing device, is provided for transferring the sheets from a first processing station, which is arranged upstream of the non-impact printing device, to the non-impact printing device. The transfer device aligns, in each case, at least one of the axial register and the circumferential register and the diagonal register of each of the sheets in register relative to the printing position of the non-impact printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventors: Christian Ziegenbalg, Bernd Patzelt, Hartmut Nickell, Martin Riese, Stefan Singer, Michael Koch, Carsten Reinsch
  • Patent number: 10131158
    Abstract: A tape printing device that is able to be operated by being handheld includes a printing device main body that includes operating portions and a display portion on a front surface, and a pair of magnets that is detachably mounted on a rear surface of the printing device main body and is used for being adsorbed to an object to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Akihiro Shintani, Taishi Sasaki, Haruki Sugawara, Naoya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10057433
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a control section and a hardware device controlled by execution of a job execution program. The control section includes a CPU and a non-volatile memory which stores the job execution program and working data created by execution of the job execution program. The control section includes a program monitoring section that, in accordance with a status of execution of the job execution program, determines a job execution status at power-off of the apparatus; and a matching section that, on the basis of a result of determining the job execution status, determines whether an execution status of the job execution program and an operation status of the hardware device match at start-up of the apparatus. On determining that the execution status and the operation status do not match at the start-up, the matching section deletes the working data in the non-volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nogawa
  • Patent number: 10007621
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure relates to a method for operating an electronic device. A control device detects a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface being connected to the electronic device, where the USB interface has a plurality of virtual ports. Then the control device receives one or more descriptors through the USB interface, each descriptor corresponding to a function of the electronic device. Then the control device matches each descriptor corresponding to each function with one driver file corresponding to each function, and after the matching is successful, determines a virtual function device corresponding to execution of each function. In response to receiving an operating command for executing one function, the control device sends the operating command to the corresponding virtual function device to the function to be executed through a corresponding driver interface, such that the corresponding virtual function device is operated on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: HISENSE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chao Ding
  • Patent number: 10001403
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system including a scale that weighs an item placed on the scale and encodes the weight and/or other item information into a machine readable code. The system may include a display that is coupled to the scale and displays the machine readable code. The scale may encode the item in Quick Response (QR) code format, Universal Product Code (UPC) format, and/or other computer-readable format. A mobile device may take a picture of or otherwise scan the machine readable code to determine the weight and/or other information encoded therein. The system may include a wireless transmitter that wirelessly transmits the weight. The mobile device may include a wireless receiver that wirelessly receives the weight transmitted from the scale. The mobile device may execute a self-scan application that uses the de-encoded or otherwise obtained weight for pricing the item based on the weight or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CATALINA MARKETING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jesse Brouhard, Michael Grimes
  • Patent number: 9986122
    Abstract: When other user is using an image forming apparatus before an output-permitted user having issued a security job reaches the image forming apparatus, security is lowered and also it takes some time until processing of security job is completed. The image forming apparatus notifies the output-permitted user of information indicating that other user is using the image forming apparatus in a case where the other user present near the image forming apparatus (own apparatus) is using the image forming apparatus. With this arrangement, the output-permitted user can know whether or not the other user is using the image forming apparatus before the output-permitted user reaches the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kosuke Masumoto
  • Patent number: 9948804
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet; a plurality of discharge trays to which the sheet is discharged; a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, print information including first image data, second image data, and discharge destination information that indicates a discharge destination of a printed product; and a control unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a first image on a first sheet for the printed product based on the first image data, and to form a second image on a second sheet for separating printed products based on the second image data, wherein the first sheet and the second sheet are discharged to one of the plurality of discharge trays that corresponds to the discharge destination set by the control unit based on the discharge destination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Oba
  • Patent number: 9936535
    Abstract: In a case where wireless connection to a device fails because the number of terminals in wireless connection with the device has reached a maximum number, a communication apparatus instructs the device to stop operating in a direct wireless communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiro Mihira
  • Patent number: 9928014
    Abstract: A printer includes a memory storing instructions for authenticating a login user and determining whether a user identity information is included in a print data. When the user identity information is included in the print data, the instructions cause the printer to determine whether the login user is identical with a data sender user having sent the print data. When the login user is identical with the data sender user, the instructions cause the printer to print the pint data. When the login user is not identical with the data sender user, the instructions cause the printing portion to not print the print data. When the user identity information is not included in the print data, the instructions cause the printer to print the print data irrespective of whether the login user is identical with the date sender user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Ohmiya, Takashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9904279
    Abstract: A numerical control device including a programmed machining restart function includes a first display unit for displaying, as a list, specific codes indicating limit points of machining steps of a machining program, a specification unit for specifying, among the specific codes displayed as a list by the first display unit, a specific code that is selected, and a program restart unit for executing, by using a location in a memory of the specific code that is specified by the specification unit, a restart operation of the machining program from a machining step including the specific code that is specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Haga, Yousuke Koyanaka
  • Patent number: 9886223
    Abstract: A printer includes a memory storing instructions for authenticating a login user and determining whether a user identity information is included in a print data. When the user identity information is included in the print data, the instructions cause the printer to determine whether the login user is identical with a data sender user having sent the print data. When the login user is identical with the data sender user, the instructions cause the printer to print the pint data. When the login user is not identical with the data sender user, the instructions cause the printing portion to not print the print data. When the user identity information is not included in the print data, the instructions cause the printer to print the print data irrespective of whether the login user is identical with the date sender user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Ohmiya, Takashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 9830585
    Abstract: A receipt issuing device, control method for a receipt issuing device, printing device, and a control method for a printing device can eliminate issuing unnecessary receipts without requiring changing the application of the host device. A transaction information reception unit 61 receives transaction information from a host device 2 that outputs transaction information and specific commands. A transaction identification command reception unit 62 receives a specific command after the transaction information is received. A decision unit 64 decides whether or not to issue a receipt R based on whether or not the specific command was received and/or the content received. A receipt issuing unit 65 prints the transaction information and issues a receipt R when the decision unit 64 decides to issue a receipt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiro Tsukada
  • Patent number: 9809408
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus capable of discharging even a lateral displacement uncorrectable sheet onto a discharge tray without collision with an alignment plate. A finisher conveys a sheet along a conveying path. A shift unit corrects a lateral displacement of the sheet based on a result of detection by a lateral displacement detection sensor. Sheets discharged via the conveying path are stacked on a discharge tray. A pair of alignment plates disposed above the stacking tray are lowered and are moved between a standby position and an alignment position to be brought into abutment with respective opposite edges of the discharged sheet in the alignment position. A finisher controller makes a distance between the alignment plates in a standby position different according to a sheet type, even when a size of the sheet in the width direction is the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromasa Maenishi, Mitsuhiko Sato, Takashi Yokoya, Yutaka Ando, Akihiro Arai
  • Patent number: 9707775
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus is provided, including a first transport section which transports a recording medium; a recording section which is formed with a plurality of nozzles and which records an image on the recording medium by discharging ink droplets from the nozzles; an interference member which is provided at a position separated from the recording section; and a control unit which controls the recording section so that only a part of the nozzles is used for a certain area of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kohei Terada
  • Patent number: 9710901
    Abstract: Disclosed is an edible object marking apparatus (1) wherein a carrier means (20) successively conveys an edible object to a detecting means (210), a marking means (220), and a marking inspecting means (230) while holding the edible object, wherein the detecting means (210) captures an image of the edible object to acquire orientational data indicating the orientation of the edible object, the marking means (220) forms a pre-set marking pattern in accordance with the orientation of the edible object based on the orientational data, and the marking inspecting means (230) captures an image of the edible object, extracts marking pattern data, compares the marking pattern data with pre-set reference pattern data based on the orientational data acquired by the detecting means (210) to thereby inspect marking accuracy. This edible object marking apparatus makes it possible to promptly and easily obtain edible objects provided with an accurate marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: QUALICAPS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Seo, Hiroshi Sakuramoto, Katsuaki Shimaoka, Yuta Igarashi, Tetsuhisa Ishida, Motohiro Yagyu
  • Patent number: 9701106
    Abstract: A digital printing device for the dynamic printing of a substrate web statically printed in a reel-fed printing press is disclosed. The digital printing device includes a position sensor which measures the substrate web for regulating a print position for the dynamic printing. The digital printing device is provided with a signal from a signal source of the reel-fed printing press. A position sensor control generates a synchronization signal and provides the synchronization signal to a digital printing head control. A speed signal transformer generates a feed signal and provides the feed signal to the digital printing head control. The digital printing head control activates the digital printing head dependent on the synchronization signal and the feed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: manroland web systems GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Schulmeister
  • Patent number: 9674405
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention include an apparatus, system, and a method of controlling output of a data file, which receives a request for printing a data file having a plurality of objects from an information processing apparatus operated by a user, each object being embedded with a profile set by the user, determines whether a setting of the profiles in the data file is proper to generate a determination result, and transmits, when the determination result indicates that the setting of the profiles is improper, a notification indicating that the setting of the profiles is improper, to the information processing apparatus for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 9652186
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a data receiving part that receives output data from an information terminal; a data recording part that records the output data received by the data receiving part in a storage part in association with user information identifying a plurality of users; an information accepting part that accepts user information identifying a user; a first control part that controls output execution of output data included in the recorded output data that is associated with the user information accepted by the information accepting part; and a second control part that implements a control measure after the output data associated with the user information identifying the plurality of users is executed based on user information identifying one user of the plurality of users. The control measure is implemented to prevent output execution of the executed output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayori Nishida
  • Patent number: 9513856
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and related methods for shaping near field interrogation signals are discussed herein. Some embodiments may provide for a printer that includes a housing and a beam shaping near field communication (NFC) device secured with the interior surface. The beam shaping NFC device may include a ferromagnetic component including a core portion and a bottom flange portion. The beam shaping NFC device may further include a wire coil disposed around the core portion. The ferromagnetic component may concentrate near field interrogation signals generated by the wire coil toward a near field interrogation region and away from nearby conductive components, such as the interior surface of the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Robert A. Ehrhardt, Robert S. Gawelczyk, Derek J. Hampson, Dan E. Monnier, James M. Rehberger, Mark B. Urban
  • Patent number: 9487023
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a tape printer includes a controller configured to execute a tape width acquiring process, an object acquiring process, a first specification receiving process, a determining process, and a first reduction process. In the object acquiring process, a first and a second print object to be formed on a first or a second line of the print-receiving tape, are acquired. In the first specification receiving process, specifications of a first and a second size are received. In the determining process, it is determined whether or not a print of the first and the second print object can be performed according to each of the specified sizes and the tape width of the print-receiving tape. In the first reduction process, at least one of the first and the second print object is reduced in accordance with a magnification rule so that the print of the first and the second print object becomes possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidekazu Ishii
  • Patent number: 9471264
    Abstract: An information processing system includes at least one information processor, an output data reception part configured to receive output data or output target data via a network, a determination part configured to determine whether user identification information, which is to be correlated with the received output data or output data generated based on the output target data, is specified from user information stored in a user information storage part, a storing part configured to store data identification information and the received or generated output data in correlation with each other in a data storage part when the user identification information is not specified; a notification part configured to give notice of the data identification information via the network; and a transmission part configured to transmit, via the network, the received or generated output data correlated with the user identification information or the data identification information received via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayori Nishida
  • Patent number: 9463652
    Abstract: On a sheet of paper on which an image has already been formed, a first registration mark pair and a second registration mark pair are printed. The first registration mark pair and second registration mark pair each consist of a pair of registration marks that are arranged to be spaced apart in a paper-width direction, the second registration mark pair located posterior to the first registration mark pair in the paper-conveying direction. Based on the actual positional relationship between the first registration mark pair and the second registration mark pair that are read by a reading unit, a correction unit corrects discharge data that corresponds to an image formation area located between the first registration mark pair and the second registration mark pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: DUPLO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuhei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9434190
    Abstract: On a sheet of paper on which an image has already been formed, a first registration mark pair and a second registration mark pair are printed. The first registration mark pair and second registration mark pair each consist of a pair of registration marks that are arranged to be spaced apart in a paper-width direction, the second registration mark pair located posterior to the first registration mark pair in the paper-conveying direction. Based on the actual positional relationship between the first registration mark pair and the second registration mark pair that are read by a reading unit, a correction unit corrects discharge data that corresponds to an image formation area located between the first registration mark pair and the second registration mark pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: DUPLO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuhei Yamamoto